Etude House Proof 10 Eye Primer

I am the most stubborn person when it comes to primers. I seldom buy eyeshadows these days (because hoarder), so I try to opt for ones known for their longevity when I am in the rare mood to make a purchase. But the reality is that I still have some average longevity shadows in my stash, and it’s a waste to see them festering away because they don’t last on my lids long enough. I eventually convinced myself to get Etude House Proof 10 Eye Primer (P298) after getting several recommendations from friends and reading raves.

Etude House Proof10 Eye Primer

Etude House Proof10 Eye Primer

Quick Specs: 10 g / 0.35 oz ; made in Korea



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Kate Tokyo Makeup Lock Primer

Summer is ‘prime time’ for me. My skin is extra moist then, and the usual primer formula will exacerbate dry spots on other days. But here I am with a promising one from Japan, whose mother-brand is the popular Kanebo. The Kate Makeup Lock Primer (PHP 550) seems to be going the opposite route, much to my relief.

Kate Makeup Lock Primer

Quick Specs: 15 g ; made in Japan


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Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base

~Just a quick note: Happy Chinese New Year!!!~

For the longest time, I’ve stubbornly used my pore eraser as an eyelid primer. It’s partly because I try to avoid product redundancy and partly because I’m playing the cheapskate game. It’s actually not recommended to use the product on the eye area, so I was using it at my own risk. But now I want to be a tad more legit with my eyelid primer choice. I nabbed Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base (regular price PHP 229) on sale just last week, and I’ve been using it everyday since.

Essence Cosmetics I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base

Quick Specs: 4 ml / 0.13 fl. oz ; made in Poland

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StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner

Have you seen Mean Girls? Is it safe to assume that most of you have? That popular film came out when I was in my senior year of high school, and there was this scene where Lindsay Lohan and The Plastics were in a room enumerating what was wrong with their bodies. Found the clip here:

Basically, they just had to find something wrong with themselves, so it was a satirical picture of teen queen shallowness. However, if we’re going to look at things that way, I’d cop to huge pores and man shoulders. Luckily, that common complaint—large pores, not man shoulders—can easily be fixed by a good pore refiner or pore minimizer. I’ve been using StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner (USD 99) to address that specific concern. To read about my earlier review of StriVectin Repair & Protect Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30, click HERE.

StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner

Quick Specs: 50 ml / 1.7 fl. oz ; made in USA; SPF 30; non-comedogenic; paraben-free; sulfate-free

IngredientsAqua (Water, Eau), Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Myristyl Nicotinate, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Mica, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Glycerin, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Lecithin, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Seed Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Bisabolol, Rosa Multiflora Fruit Extract, Plankton Extract, Salicylic Acid, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Oryzanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sorbitan Oleate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Behenyl Alcohol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/ Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Poloxamer 338, Polysorbate 80, Parfum (Fragrance), Disodium EDTA, Sorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, BHT, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491/ CI 77492/ CI 77499 (Iron Oxides)

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FOTD: Purple and Pink

I went on a pink binge for so long that it’s good to rediscover just how fun the color purple is. It’s every bit just as feminine as pink, but a little bolder. And you know what else? It makes me think of wildflowers!

For this look, I started with Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser, Koh Gen Do Foundaton in PK-0, and my personal illuminating powder mix. Then I used a combination of purple and pink shadows from the Etude House & Rose Flowering Eyes palette. To add more warmth, I used just a hint of the red eyeshadow. It resulted in something a little more mauve, thus making it a closer match to my perky pink lipstick. A few swipes of Kiss Me Heroine Long and Curl Mascara completed my eye makeup.

Next up are blush and lipstick. To top-off the purple-pink theme, I applied Clinique Blushing Blush Powder Blush in Smoldering Plum and finished off with In2It Colour Shine Lipstick in Carnation.