Since I rang in 2018, I’ve been spending more time shopping the beauty stash than shopping for new things. It has a lot to do with a hall closet that turned into a beauty vault during the time of the Great Hoard of 2015-2016. With that said, I’ve been quietly using up what I’ve amassed (for both the full-sized and sample-sized product categories), so expect there to be more empties posts this year.
For the first quarter, here’s the meager spread I’ve started with:
Biore, Bobbi Brown, and Estee Lauder
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
New year, new resolutions? Just trying to eat better by being partial to higher quality ingredients. I was chatting with my cousin who has lived in Europe for half a decade now, and she’s been emphatic about investing in more wholesome ingredients. (She’s a big Jamie Oliver fan, so basically it’s something along that train of thinking.)
One of the recipes she has recently shared is her chia seed bowl (yogurt, milk, muesli, honey, and chia seeds) and I have been converted by how this super ingredient has positively affected my system. And if you’re wondering where else chia seeds can go, let me introduce you to the Hask Chia Seed Oil Collection for hair care!
Hask Chia Seed Oil
Quick Specs: shampoo and conditioner at 12 fl oz. / 355 ml each ; made in USA
Ingredients — Top: Shampoo; Bottom: Conditioner
I don’t think anyone is ever too old to use baby products. Lol. I actually remember very well the taste of Gerber applesauce and peach. And I can use baby shampoo for washing makeup brushes and shampooing my hair. So when I saw Johnson’s Active Kids Shiny Drops Shampoo (PHP 131 for 200ml) on Sample Room, I wanted to see if it would be like what I remember.
Johnson’s Active Kids Shiny Drops Shampoo
Quick Specs: made in Malaysia
Short of getting regular hair rebonding sessions, the only other way I know (so far!) to help my unruly hair look somewhat acceptable is to wear it out on its second day. But there’s one hitch: Towards the end of my second-day hair, my scalp does start to get oily. I’ve taken to using Dove Dry Shampoo (PHP 280) to help keep things fresh until the next hair-washing.
Dove Dry Shampoo
Quick Specs: 141 g / 5 oz ; made in USA