I think I’ve figured out my 2017 beauty goal halfway through the year: I’m planning to explore the world of stick concealers! Why cover-up sticks specifically? They are so convenient to tote around that I can see myself popping one or two sticks in my daily makeup bag for a quick round of hide-and-seek with blemishes and dark circles. I’ll start off the collection with Shiseido Perfecting Stick Concealer in 22 Natural Light (PHP 1,350).
Shiseido Perfecting Stick Concealer
Quick Specs: 5 g / 0.17 oz ; made in Japan
I mentioned before that I’m legit starting to get into the whole rose skincare trend after reviewing an eye cream. It all fell into place organically. A few weeks after I started using my eye cream, In Her Element Low pH Rose Gel Cleanser (PHP 675) made its debut in a bazaar/fair booth I was helping man. After seeing the tester in action, I purchased mine right away.
In Her Element Rose Gel Cleanser
Quick Specs: 100 ml ; made in the Philippines
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
I confess: Before my beauty writing colleagues mentioned their desire to try products of Indie brand, Deciem, I never even knew about The Ordinary. But the thrill was palpable as they discussed shipping the stuff to Manila and, yes, there was a little bit of FOMO on my part. When I heard that they were stocking up from a local reseller, I was in! I got only 2 products to start with, the first being The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (USD 9.8).
Quick Specs: 30 ml ; made in Canada
While I was in high school and only starting to learn about makeup, one of the first few luxury brands that I started seeing virtually everywhere was Shu Uemura. I was all about wishlisting their iconic cleansing oils and lash curlers, and I was so stoked to finally get their classic curler some years later. Fast forward to 2017 when the brand has unfortunately left the Philippines, leaving brokenhearted fans in its wake. But before the last of their boutiques closed its doors, I was able to grab the Shu Uemura Stage Performer Glow Creator in Warm Glow (SRP = SGD 62).
Shu Uemura Stage Performer Glow Creator
Quick Specs: 30 ml / 1 fl oz ; made in Japan