January 2019 Empties

Maybe it’s the New Year feels, but I’m motivated to keep my low-buy going into 2019. And it doesn’t hurt that I’m getting some inspiration from Netflix’s Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. I have a long way to go, but this whole concept of keeping things that spark joy is helping bring out my critical side. So instead of more new purchases, I’m likely to be going through the backlog and sharing empties like what I have here:

Watsons Naturals, Good Virtues Co., and Dove

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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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The Body Shop Tea Tree Anti-imperfection Daily Solution

At a certain point, I think everyone has their list of go-to ingredients that they check for when shopping for potential skincare products. I often seek out hyaluronic acid in moisturizers, centella for soothing skincare, and witch hazel or tea tree oil for those occasional flare-ups.

For my most recent anti-blemish care purchase, I’ve decided to change things up by trying out a serum-type blemish care product that I can easily sandwich between toner and moisturizer. This is The Body Shop Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution (PHP 1,095 / USD 13.20).

The Body Shop Blemish Solution

Quick Specs: 50 ml / 1.69 fl oz ; made in Thailand

Ingredients: Water, Alcohol Denat., Propanediol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil/Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Salicylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil, Disodium EDTA, Medicago Sativa Extract/Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract, Potassium Hydroxide, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Limonene, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citral, t-Butyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Citronellol, Leptospermum Petersonii Oil, Tocopherol

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Clinique Moisture Surge Supercharged Concentrate

Do you have a default skincare brand? With such a varied selection out there, I think a lot of us tend to mix and match brands depending on which particular products catch our fancy. So a company should be pretty darn special and manage to churn out consistently high-quality releases to be able to establish a long term relationship with clients.

For my mom, that brand is Clinique. And while I don’t know her whole story behind it, I know that she loves their toner, fragrance, facial wash, and powder foundation. She even introduced me to the Clarifying Toner. And while I have yet to declare a default brand, I do share the belief that they’ve got a solid lineup of skincare products. Most recently, I did manage to pick up a bottle of Clinique Moisture Surge Supercharged Concentrate (PHP 2,850; USD 39) to try out.

Clinique Moisture Surge Supercharged Concentrate

Quick Specs: 48 ml / 1.6 fl oz ; made in UK

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In Her Element Rose Gel Serum Moisturizer

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

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