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
I was re-organizing my beauty storage space (a.k.a. plastic drawers in a corner of my room) when I started to take stock of the skincare products I have in my stash. It is an assortment of products from Korea, the USA, and Japan. Notably almost-absent in my collection are Philippine-made products.
Why is that? I guess it’s because I see these imported products that are either attractively presented or aggressively marketed that it’s easy to get caught up in the hype of wanting to purchase those ASAP. But luckily, there are local brands that get with the millennial program by presenting stylishly marketed skincare with impressive formulations. (After fiddling with the testers, you’ll sit up and take notice!) One such product is the In Her Element Rose Gel Serum Moisturizer (PHP 895).
In Her Element Rose Gel Serum Moisturizer
Quick Specs: 30 g ; made in the Philippines
Is it me, or is the holiday season slow approaching? I’m surprised that I’m not seeing more festive mall decor, especially in the Philippines where the Christmas enthusiasm is on another level. Then again, there is no shortage of Christmas songs in circulation. I’m only glad that I have yet to hear the medleys.
Anyway, all this talk of yuletide cheer makes me think of, you guessed it, holiday sets! And because I want to make room in my
hoarder’s pile closet for new stuff, I set my mind to proactively finishing up the older items in my stash. These are my current empties:
Clockwise From Top: Nars Deep Throat Blush, L’Occitane Cerisier Princesse Hand Cream, and The Body Shop Olive Body Butter
Is there such a thing as a “hot spot” in someone’s home? I didn’t used to believe it, but the last three summers have forced me to reconsider. I swear, there’s this corner in the room where I usually do my writing that also happens to have this insanely humid air. Even if I have a fan aimed directly at me, it feels like steam is coming off that area. And there are no other rooms like it! Sadly, staying in that place for a prolonged period of time is causing heat rashes, so I’ve had to treat the area with a little help from a tin of medicated talcum powder and a bottle of In Her Element Spot Control Facial Oil (PHP 475).
In Her Element Spot Control Facial Oil
Quick Specs: 15 ml ; made in the Philippines
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