So… I’m back from a months-long hiatus! This was completely unintentional, but I had to go on a trip and make up for missing work. And then when I was about to start writing again, there were issues with my photo hosting site that rendered a good half of the blog entries here photo-less. (Arg!) Long story short, I got a little overwhelmed and decided to take a break, so I wouldn’t put too much pressure on myself and burn out. But I’m back now, and I’m gradually fixing old blog entries to regain their photos.
In my extended leave of absence, I had the chance to re-evaluate my beauty collection and rotate skincare and makeup products, so this gave me a chance to try out a bunch of new stuff that I can’t wait to share. Without further ado, let’s get things started (again) with Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash (P1,725).
Quick Specs: 7.8 fl oz / 230 ml ; made in USA Continue reading
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
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
Quite unintentional, but it seems like my eye cream choices are taking on the botanical trend. After finishing up a bottle of Nuxe, I’ve embraced the rosy side of things with Organic Doctor Rose Otto Eye Serum (USD 23.99; not available in the Philippines; bought from Vitamin World).
Organic Doctor Organic Rose Otto Eye Serum
Quick Specs: 15 ml / 0.5 fl oz ; made in the UK
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