Beauty Favorites – Rainy Day Edition

It’s been ages since my last make-up purchase – pardon me, I’ve been trying to use up my existing stuff rather than let them expire.

However, if there is one make-up item that I get to use regularly (by that, I mean about every other day), it would have to be a lip/cheek tint. I am quite naturally pale with dry skin, plus I sleep really late so come morning, my skin is pasty and ghost-like. I don’t really have any brand loyalty when it comes to blushes but I love Smashbox’s O-Glow and O-Gloss (if you are willing to shell out around Php1,000 for each small tube) and Bench Tint (a steal at around Php200 which you can use for both lips and cheeks). 
Clockwise from top: Soft Touch Automatic Lip Liner and Total Age Repair from Etude House, Blood On pot from Majolica Majorca
So anyway, my latest discovery is Blood On, this cute little pot from Majolica Majorca which you can apply to your lips and cheeks. It has no scent, which is a big plus point since I am allergic to scents and it doesn’t taste like anything. It’s cream so you can just dab your fingers, dab on your skin and blend as you please – very easy to use! And quite cheap too given that it’s dual purpose (I forgot the exact cost but probably around Php500).

I have almost used up my Maybelline BB Cream (after more than a year of sitting on my dresser!) and while I still prefer my Paul and Joe powder foundation over BB, I can’t seem to find time to head to Rustan’s Makati to get a refill (it’s the only cosmetics counter in the whole country, I think, that sells this) so I ended up trying Etude House’ BB Cream. 

My verdict? It’s not as smooth as Maybelline so you have to do a lot of blending with your fingers and it has a light scent (actually nice but it sometimes triggers my allergies); but coverage is light to moderate. Good enough for daily use. You might want to stock up on face powder or blotting paper as my face looked oily/shiny after a few hours.

I also got the cute lip liner from Etude House. What’s great about it is that it’s automatic – you just turn the pencil and the liner comes out. Plus, it has a pointy tip and the liner itself is a bit creamy so it’s very easy to apply. You really have no excuse to line outside your lips as this pencil practically guarantees accurate application. I use this when I need to look presentable but have only a few minutes to spare.
Cle de Peau concealer, Shu Uemura lipstick and Calvin Klein lipliner

On to my next batch of purchase – I have been googling for the perfect concealer for my skin. I have always relied on The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Concealer Stick but it works mainly on covering pimples (while the tea tree helps to dry it up); it doesn’t do much in the way of covering dark under eyes and acne scars. And then I came across Cle de Peau (if I’m not mistaken, this is a sister company of Shiseido). Several websites and magazines have voted this the best concealer in terms of hiding what you want to hide. True to form, it did hide my pimple scars – so well even I was deceived. Hahaha! Plus, it’s quite creamy so blending it is not hard. It’s a bit pricey though – around Php4,000 and you have to get it abroad.

I also got a new shade of pale pink lipstick (shade 310) from Shu Uemura which I absolutely adore. It’s a warm but light pinkish hue which doesn’t make me look washed out but is also pale enough to look almost natural. I’ll post pics soon of me wearing this shade.
Shu Uemura cleansing oil

Now, with all these new goodies to put on my face, it makes sense that I also invest in a good make-up remover. For years I have used Philosophy’s Purity, a multi-purpose cleanser/toner/make-up remover (I’m a sucker for multi-purpose thingies – I am lazy you know) but I was thinking of trying a different cleansing method. And who else should I turn to but the legendary Shu Uemura cleansing oils? 

After using this product, I was like – how come I am only using this now? It felt so good on my face, it doesn’t smell, and my skin felt supple immediately afterwards. I am in love with it.

How about you? What are your recent beauty product purchases?

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