Toss or Keep: BECCA Luminous Skin Colour Review + Other Foundations I’m Keeping

Project Toss or Keep — where I would use one foundation for most of the month and decide if I would toss or keep it. I kind of cheated when I chose BECCA to kick off this series. I started with something easy for motivation. I already tried letting go of this foundation last year just because of the scent–like old school makeup. I decided to hold on to it again and found a way to make it work by setting it with a heavily scented finishing powder that I like. Based on reviews, most people don’t seem to be bothered by the scent at all,…

Kick-off: The Toss or Keep Series

Before anything else, let me clarify that when I say “toss”, I mean, either sell or give away — not literally toss in the trash, unless the thing is expired. Last May, I did a foundation inventory.  I had 10 face bases at the time and at some point I was able to bring the number down to 5. Now I’m back up to 13 (Shiseido Sun Protection Stick Foundation not in the photo): I thought of doing the project pan strategy where I would deliberately use just one product until I use it all up. But then, I thought, that would…

Makeup Musings + My Challenges With Makeup

Most of the time, I ask myself why I’m even beauty blogging. I already mentioned this here more than once — if you see me walking down the street, you wouldn’t think I am running a skincare and makeup-centric blog. I usually go out wearing just sunblock and a strong-colored lipstick (sometimes, blush). Lately, I’ve been really trying to do a toned down full face of makeup at least once a week — mainly just to practice applying eye makeup on my hooded lids and partly to use up my stuff. The biggest challenge for me is eye makeup — a challenge…

Hard Truths: 20 Days of Foundation Challenge (Update for Weeks 3 & 4)

I did it! It was a struggle for me to finish this. There were days when I didn’t feel like wearing any makeup. I found out a few interesting things about myself because of this challenge. I realized that I like wearing makeup when I’m angry. E likened it to war painting. It made sense to me now why I made sure I had makeup on when I raised a complaint at the bank (after finding out that something went wrong with my online account.) Another thing I realized is that I don’t have the motivation to wear makeup when I’m sad. Hence, the struggle. WEEK 3:…

Foundation Shopping Realizations + 20 Days of Foundation Challenge (Week 2 Update)

I didn’t commit myself to a specific product in Week 2. I wanted to know which ones I would actually pick up. But before I talk about them, I have good news, I think I already know the silly reason why I own too many face bases. I’m not sure if knowing would help curb my foundation appetite, but I have a feeling that it will. I used to hate foundation. Every time I go to a makeup person to get caked up for an event, I always feel like erasing everything after checking the makeup in the mirror. My face would always end up looking  either…