I suppose in the past year my beauty preferences have graduated into the “distinct product” category. I’m trying to avoid hoarding, but I still want to try new things. Perhaps it’s a passable compromise that I only purchase beauty products that truly excite me. Once I saw Instagram photos of the Pyunkang Yul Balancing Gel (P1,400), it was hard to look away from the unique texture.
Pyunkang Yul Balancing Gel
Quick Specs: 100 ml / 3.3 fl oz ; made in Korea
It just occurred to me that I haven’t done my nails for months! In the horrible humid weather, the prospect of dealing with chipped polish was off-putting. But now that it’s supposed to get a little bit cooler, colorful “talons” are on my mind once more. Withshyan Peel Off Nail Curator (P260) from Althea Korea is going to be helping me achieve those NOTD goals.
With Shyan Peel Off
Quick Specs: 15 ml / 0.5 fl oz ; made in Korea
If you go through my makeup stash, you are sure to find a collection of lipsticks and, to a lesser extent, some liquid lipsticks, glosses, and a couple of lip tints. It will become apparent to you that I still prefer the more traditional delivery system of lip color. And it’s not because I am a purist. It’s just that I’ve always had trouble embracing the experience of other lip makeup. So rarely do I find a formula that isn’t sticky or drying, and I especially hate claims of long-wear lippies.
But let it be known that Peripera Peri’s Ink Velvet in Dollish Beige Rose (PHP 450) is a glorious exception. Thank goodness for yet another case of FOMO.
Peri’s Ink Velvet
Quick Specs: 8 g ; made in Korea
How high does concealer rank on your absolute must-haves? It’s right up there on my Top 3, along with lipstick and brow pencil. In fact, that’s one of the first things I started learning to use, because of dark circle issues. And to this day, concealer shopping is a hit or miss, be it drugstore finds or high-end brands. So for today, I’ve got two drugstore-priced Kbeauty ones here to judge: The Saem Cover Perfection Tip Concealer in 1.5 Natural Beige (PHP 320) and The Saem Cover Perfection Pot oncealer in 01 Clear Beige (PHP 180) from Althea Korea.
Quick Specs: Tip Concealer at 3.8 g ; Pot Concealer at 4 g ; made in Korea
I think I’m starting to develop a preference for Kbeauty brand, The Saem. Back in circa 2012, it was my dad who unintentionally introduced me to it during a trip to Korea. Not usually a skincare person, he caught sight of the never-ending lineup of beauty stores and decided he wanted to try some anti-aging stuff. I saw their Gem Miracle line with shimmer pigments and pearly balls suspended in their toner and serum, respectively. This was a relatively new concept (at least, to me) at the time, and it blew my mind. Fast forward to 2016-2017, where the brand still doesn’t have a boutique in the Philippines, but they do have several items for sale in Althea Korea.
Just like that day when I spotted the Gem Miracle line, I found myself amazed at the presentation of the The Saem Iceland skincare line. In fact, it has now become my summer skincare routine.
The Saem Iceland Skincare Collection
Quick Specs: made in Korea