No Buy

No-Buy 2019 | January Update

I’m doing good with my replacement only no-buy. I was so tempted but I am able to resist getting Kosas Tinted Face Oil. I make my own by mixing a rice grain-sized amount of Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer with a drop of Kiehl’s Daily Recovery Concentrate (Oil) to scratch the itch. I bought 2 skincare products this month to replace what I used up: Timeless Vitamin C Serum to replace Purito Vitamin C Serum (emptied), The Ordinary Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate (gave away), and The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin (gave away) — P 1,235.00 Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (100 ml) to replace…

NARS Audacious Brigitte

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Brigitte | Review

I wasn’t able to make the most of NARS Audacious Brigitte, the last Audacious in my lipstick stash. When I checked all my lipsticks for viability several days ago, I found my tube of Brigitte smelling (mildly) like rancid cooking oil. That said, the texture and color is the same as when I got it. On the NARS website, Brigitte is described as nude rose. I don’t detect any nude or rose to be honest. I would describe the shade medium pink coral. It doesn’t suit my light-medium yellow olive skin tone when applied full-coverage — I think it ages…

Skincare Samples

Declutter Diary: Skincare Samples

Last weekend I went through my stuff to collect skincare samples and I threw them all away. I wish I took a photo of everything but I forgot. Above are some of the samples I had. I decided not to give them away because most (if not all) samples have shorter shelf-lives compared to their full size counterparts. Samples usually don’t have the expiration date printed on the label too. From now on, I’ll either use samples as soon as I get them or I’ll just decline them. The number of purchases I made from the samples I tried is…

Project Pan 2019

Project Pan 2019 | Kevyn Aucoin SSE, NARS Torres Del Paine, and It Cosmetics CC Cream

Generally, I don’t think project pans work for me, more specifically hate-panning. I tried it a few times, but I failed to follow through. I always just end up using products I feel like using instead of the products I set aside to use. I’m trying again and I think I can do it this time because I love these 3. I have just been picking up other products more often because I wasn’t ready to let go. However, these might expire soon. Time to start using the good china. As with most of my personal projects, I won’t put…

COSRX Two In One Poreless Power Liquid – Review / Empty

Disclaimer: The product (COSRX Two-In-One Poreless Power Liquid) featured in this post was sent by @theskincarecurator for PR consideration. All thoughts are my own. I’ve been using this almost daily for several months now and I’m currently on my 2nd bottle (repurchased). It has a watery gel consistency but runny enough to apply with a cotton pad. Before we had water filter installed, I used to apply one layer with a cotton pad first because water in our residence building leaves rusty brown watermarks on the dish drain. I like to imagine I was wiping rust off my face. Then…