2017 Everyday Make-up Essentials

Yep, I’m still alive and today, I feel like sharing an updated list of my everyday make-up essentials. I feel like my preferences have changed a bit. I am now more of a minimalist when it comes to everyday make-up, unlike before when I was still exploring and layering all types of products I could find on my face. From putting on a base + concealer + powder + contour + bronzer + blush + lips + brows + highlight combination, I now only put on five types of products. Maybe I just got lazy, but this works for me. These essentials help me look presentable day and night, without feeling like I have a lot on my face:

BASE: Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream (Shade: No. 27 Honey Beige)

I finally found a BB cream with a shade for my skin-tone. I am morena so it’s rare to find BB creams in retail stores that suit my skin tone, so I was really happy when I found one supplier online that sells this shade. I love this BB cream so much as it has enough coverage (you can layer it as much as you want to achieve the coverage you need), plus it is also very lightweight on the skin. Aside from that, despite times when I sweat a lot, I do not feel that oily and heavy feeling I get from foundations. It is a bit pricey though, as compared to other BB creams, and shades from the line, but it’s worth it! I apply this by patting product on my face with my Tony Moly Air Puff. (BONUS TIP: I recently bought Etude House’s slim air puff and I don’t like it at all! Tony Moly’s is better in terms of application, blending, and the overall feel I get when using it.)

CONCEALER: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer (Shade: 35 Deep)

This gives me the coverage I need. It really covers my dark spots, and it doesn’t break me out. This is much better than my Shiseido concealer before, and you could get it at a very affordable price.

SETTING POWDER: Nichido Final Powder

Many Filipino youtubers swear by this, so I decided to try it. I was wary at first of buying from this brand as it might break me out but it didn’t. This helps set my make up in place, and you could get so much product for only P150! It’s a loose powder though so I don’t like bringing it with me on-the-go. I heard that this is perfect for baking as well. It is also compared often to Laura Mercier’s.

BROWS: Maybelline Fashion Duo Brow Shaper (Shade: Dark Brown)

I am fortunate that I do not have sparse brows so I do not really need to fill my brows that much. I find that this product does enough for me in terms of definition. I love the pencil side of the product, though I only seldom use the powder side.

BLUSH: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Colour (Shade: RD103) OR Ever Bilena Advance Lip and Cheek Stain (Shade: Very Red)

For blush, I still use my Shiseido one whenever I’m too lazy to use my hands to blend my Ever Bilena tint. As for the tint, I do not like using it on my lips as I found that it is very drying (and bitter in taste), though I find it really good for the cheeks. It lasts long and it gives me that natural rosy cheeks look I want.

LIPS: KJM Lip and Cheek Tint

I love KJM’s lip and cheek tints. They are not very drying, plus they aren’t bitter, unlike Ever Bilena’s. I find that using my Carmex lip balm beforehand helps in spreading the tint on my lips. I have 3 shades with me: Bittersweet Magenta, Dolly and Summer Kiss, but Bittersweet Magenta is usually my go-to out of the three. These tints do not last long though, but I do not find it that much of a hassle to do touch-ups from time to time.

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Finally, hola 2017!

Cheers! It’s finally 2017!

I really am so happy that I can finally say goodbye to 2016 already. It had been such a crazy year. You may disagree with me on this, but I find that most of us, when asked to think about the “defining moments” of 2016, tend remember the bad ones first. I, personally, am guilty of this. However, despite those memories, we should still keep in mind that 2016 was not all that bad. There will always be a thousand and more reasons to still be thankful and be able to look back on 2016 with a smile and a happy heart.

Normally, I would be rambling on about my plans for the following year, but right now I feel like looking back first before anything else.

So what happened the past year?

  • I interned, and was faced with the big question of what path I wanted to take on after graduating. Honestly, I still do not have an answer even after all those nights of trying to figure it out.
  • I got sucked into the KDrama addiction. Definitely not complaining!
  • I met and interacted with people I wish I had in my life sooner. At the same time, I realized that there are some that are better off let go.
  • I had the privilege of living with the Aetas from Tarlac for 3 days, an eye-opening and humbling experience where I got to interact with a lot of incredible and loving people.
  • I experienced failure and had the opportunity of really testing and pushing myself to get back up and prove everyone wrong. (Spoiler alert: I did.)

I also feel like doing a round up of the things that made me happy in 2016. Let’s surround ourselves with the positive, people!

Beauty

  • Colourpop Lippie Stix in Brink
  • Maybelline HyperSharp Wing Eyeliner
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
  • Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Colour in RD103
  • AOA Wonder Blender

Movies

  • Kimi no Na wa
  • The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
  • Me Before You
  • Train to Busan

TV Shows

  • Pinnochio (Kdrama)
  • Healer (Kdrama)
  • Orange (Anime)
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Kamisama Hajimemashita (Anime)

Youtubers

  • Zoella
  • Titan Tyra
  • Kathleenlights
  • Jess and Gabriel
  • Leslie Castillo

Restaurants

  • Kumori
  • Silantro
  • The Chippery
  • Amare by Chef Chris
  • Spanglish

That’s all I could think of right now, and time check: it’s 2:39AM.

Also, to be honest, I have not thought of my plans for 2017 yet. I have been such a bum lately, but I would probably share it here as well.

Anyway, I hope you had (or will have) a great time celebrating the new year with your loved ones! Happy 2017!

PRODUCT REVIEW: Biorè Cleansing Oil

My last post here was a review about Biorè’s Micellar Water. My experience with it was okay. It did not really cause me any breakouts; however, I felt that it was rather too mild for the makeup I use everyday. Every night, I always find myself struggling and using up a lot of cotton balls just to remove my makeup. Of course, this also involved a lot of tugging and pulling that aren’t really good for my skin. After a while of finally realizing that my makeup is too stubborn for micellar water, I decided to switch to an oil-based makeup remover.

I initially wanted to try the Celeteque one; however, Watsons does not offer it anymore as an individual item. To be able to avail of their makeup remover, you have to either buy around P700 worth of their makeup where you would get the makeup remover as a freebie, or buy a set that includes the makeup remover and their other skincare products.

Because of that, I found myself getting another Biorè product again; this time its Cleansing Oil. It claims to instantly dissolve stubborn makeup and even waterproof mascara, as you can see from the packaging.

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I have been using it for a month already, and I have to say that I am really impressed by the product. It suits my skin well as, so far, it has not caused me any breakouts yet despite the oil. It also lasts longer than the micellar water; 1 (sometimes even half) pump of the product is already enough for me to remove all my makeup, including my waterproof mascara (I use Maybelline’s Lash Sensational mascara by the way). Despite it being a month already, I have not used up even a third of the product yet, as you can see in the image above.

Please note that because it is oil-based, you have to rinse it with water and then use another cleanser to remove the oil thoroughly.

This really is a pretty decent product especially considering that it is relatively cheaper than the other makeup removers you could find.

If, from your experience, you see that their micellar water is not enough for your everyday makeup, you could consider getting this instead.

PRODUCT REVIEW: Biorè Micellar Cleansing Water

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I am not really sure where I first heard about this but I have heard that this was a good and well-known brand, especially now that micellar water is quite a fad these days in the beauty world. When I first saw this in Watson’s, I was ecstatic because I really wanted to add a makeup remover to my skincare routine and try the infamous micellar water. The best part though is that this one only costs P180!

According to the packaging, Biorè Micellar Cleansing Water:

  • Contains natural mineral water from japanese alps
  • Effectively removes makeup without clogging pores
  • Is non-rinse
  • Is clinically-proven to be gentle and non-comodogenic
  • Lifts off more makeup in 1 wipe, and;
  • Is light and refreshing

I have been using this product for more or less 3 weeks already, and it is only tonight that I feel I have used it to its full potential. I will tell you already that I am very lazy when it comes to removing makeup. Before I started using this product, I did not really use any makeup remover, aside from the one month I tried using Human Nature’s sunflower oil. I just relied on my AcneWin soap bar which was able to do the trick somehow at 80%.

Being the lazy me, I did not really use this product to completely remove my makeup for the 2+ weeks I have been using it. I just made sure that most of my makeup was gone and just trusted that my AcneWin soap would remove what was left on my face. When using this product, I use cotton balls simply because I do not cotton pads at home. These balls are quite small compared to pads and so it takes me a couple of balls to remove most of my makeup. Frankly, it feels like a chore for me. Maybe I should consider getting cotton pads already.

After using this product, I felt that my face was quite sticky and though it is said to be non-rinse, I felt that I still needed to wash my face with my soap bar. It was not that refreshing to me. I thought that this was because I did not really remove my makeup completely; however, tonight, it still feels the same even though I already tried completely removing my makeup.

What I like about it though is that it really removes my makeup and that it really is gentle on the skin. It does not sting even in the eye area, no matter how many times I try putting product on my face. Also, it is indeed very affordable.