Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Color Clay Mask

Currently, my biggest beauty undertaking of 2018 is joining the #ABMidyearStashChallenge on Instagram. The prospect of sorting through my collection and categorizing/documenting what I have is helpful in maintaining my beauty low-buy pledge, since I’m being met with the sheer amount I still have to use up. It’s also also caused me to dig through the beauty products that I’ve nearly forgotten about. Now I’m in the mood to line them up for review, starting with the Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Color Clay Mask in Vitalizing (estimated PHP 400 / USD 9).

Quick Specs: 70 ml ; made in Korea ; 4-free formula

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Althea Bare Essentials

Regular shoppers have their haunts, and I have Althea Korea for my (authentic!) Kbeauty fix. True Story: I was in Korea late last year and got to shop around Myeong-dong, and I was surprised to find that some of the products on my to-buy list were actually cheaper in Althea than in-store. Lesson learned? Don’t forget to canvas! So, yeah, the site is still a go-to for great deals and brands that aren’t locally available.

But it doesn’t stop there. After the successful launch of their first in-house product, the Petal Velvet Powder, and a major site revamp, the big news on the block is the release of Althea Bare Essentials, the brand’s dermatologist-tested 3-step skincare line. Seemingly going against the grain, the Althea skincare range is about minimalism, coming up with products that “give the benefits of the infamous 10-step Korean skincare routine, rolled into 3 quick and easy steps”. Additional steps = Bonus/Optional.

Althea Korea Bare Essentials

Quick Specs: made in Korea

Althea Bare Essentials Contour Cleanser Ingredients: Glycerin,Water,Myristic Acid,Stearic Acid,Potassium Hydroxide,Palmitic Acid,Lauric Acid,PEG-32,Glyceryl Stearate,PEG-100 Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine,Glyceryl Stearate SE,Microcrystalline Cellulose,Zea Mays (Corn) Starch,Lactose,Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Polyquaternium-67,Sodium Chloride,Disodium EDTA,Menthol,Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polyquaternium-7,Fructooligosaccharides,Saccharide Hydrolysate,Pullulan,1,2-Hexanediol,Tocopheryl Acetate, Mesembryanthemum Crystallinum Extract,Sodium Benzoate,Sodium Acetate,Butylene Glycol, Lippia Citriodora Leaf Extract,Ethylhexylglycerin,Fragrance

Althea Bare Essentials Primer Water Ingredients: Water,Propanediol,Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone,Alcohol,1,2-Hexanediol,Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract,Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract,Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer,Tromethamine,Betaine,Fructooligosaccharides, Saccharide Hydrolysate,Xanthan Gum,Ethylhexylglycerin,Pullulan,Butylene Glycol,Dipropylene Glycol,Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Saussurea Involucrata Extract,Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract,Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Origanum Vulgare Extract,Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract,Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Sclerotium Gum,Agar,Polysorbate 20,PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil,Fragrance

Althea Bare Essentials Fixer Cream Ingredients: Water,Glycerin,Methylpropanediol,Dimethicone,Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil,Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin),Cyclopentasiloxane,Glyceryl Stearate, 1,2-Hexanediol,Cetearyl Alcohol,Polysorbate 60,PEG-100 Stearate,Cyclohexasiloxane,Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract,Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract,Carbomer,Tromethamine,Polyacrylate-13,Fructooligosaccharides, Saccharide Hydrolysate,Polyisobutene,Propanediol,Ethylhexylglycerin,Pullulan,Disodium EDTA,Polysorbate 20,Butylene Glycol, Sorbitan Isostearate,Trehalose,Sodium Hyaluronate,Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract,Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract,Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract,Adansonia Digitata Seed Extract,Fragrance

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Pyunkang Yul Balancing Gel

I suppose in the past year my beauty preferences have graduated into the “distinct product” category. I’m trying to avoid hoarding, but I still want to try new things. Perhaps it’s a passable compromise that I only purchase beauty products that truly excite me. Once I saw Instagram photos of the Pyunkang Yul Balancing Gel (P1,400), it was hard to look away from the unique texture.

Pyunkang Yul Balancing Gel

Quick Specs: 100 ml / 3.3 fl oz ; made in Korea

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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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Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash

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).

Kiehls Calendula Deep Cleansing Face Wash Quick Specs: 7.8 fl oz / 230 ml ; made in USA Kiehls Calendula Ingredients Continue reading