Missha 4D Mascara

The first time I was blown away by mascara was when I tried this Japanese brand called Heroine Make. It made me realize how Asian brands have stepped it up with formulas that address Asian lvl lash issues, like high humidity and having corner lashes that tend to press and smudge against the undereye area. So moral lesson: Don’t sleep on Asian mascara brands.

This time, I have a cheap thrill from Korea that yet again exceeds my expectations. Missha 4D Mascara (around PHP 300/7g) is here to play.

Quick Specs: made in Korea

Ingredients: Purified Water, Acrylates/Ethylhexyl acrylates copolymer, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Black Oxide of Iron, AMP-Acrylates Copolymer, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Beeswax, Triethanolamine, PVP, Glycerin, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, 1,2-Hexandiol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Lanolin, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Dimethicone, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Isostearic Acid, Ethanol, Ethyl Hexanediol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Disodium EDTA

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Colourpop BFF Mascara in Blue Ya Mind

Call me Colourpop crazy. I had a casual relationship with this brand when I first started using their Lippie Stix back in 2015. But when I discovered the magic of their eyeshadows last year, I was well and truly hooked. Eye makeup is their jam, so Colourpop BFF Mascara in Blue Ya Mind (USD 8 / PHP 420) sets the bar high for drugstore mascara.

Colourpop BFF Mascara Blue Ya Mind

Colourpop BFF Mascara Blue Ya Mind

Quick Specs: 7 g / 0.24 oz ; made in USA

Ingredients: Water, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Cyclopentasiloxane, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Butylene Glycol, VP/VA Copolymer, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, C32-36 Isoalkyl Stearate , Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Acacia Senegal Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Stearyl Behenate, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Octyldodecanol, Panthenol, Aminomethyl Propanol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-3 Stearate, Myristic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Chlorphenesin, Simethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Nylon-6, Polysorbate 60, Methyl Alcohol, Methyl Acetate, Black 2 (CI 77266), Ultramarines (CI 77007).

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August 2018 Empties

I’m always talking about my personal anti-hoarding campaign, but I feel like I’ve actually made a lot of progress this year. I want to free up the linen closet I’ve been using to hold skincare and bath products to hold… well, towels and linen. Out of the three shelves in that closet, I’ve already been able to reclaim one! Now I’ve got a fresh batch of empties and the wish that another shelf will be good to go by the end of the year.

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Tarte Intro to Tarte Deluxe Discovery Set

While the first quarter of 2017 may be done, I am still sorting through my 2016 holiday haul. Naturally, beauty-loving friends went a little Black Friday gaga and pooled our US purchases for shipping to Manila. The first of my buys making a debut for review here is the Intro to Tarte Deluxe Discovery Set (USD 10). *Note that this is a limited edition set for Black Friday that is no longer being sold, but there are resellers still offering this set.

Tarte Intro to Tarte

Quick Specs: Mascara 4 ml / 0.13 fl oz manufactured in Italy and assembled in Taiwan ; lipstick 1 g / 0.035 oz made in Italy ; blush 1.5 g / 0.05 oz made in China


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