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.

No Buy 2019 January Update

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 Simple Micellar Water. — P 89.00

I finished 3 other products that didn’t need replacement. I don’t have backups of these specific products, but I have alternatives in stock. I’ll post capsule reviews in another post.

  • Olay Regenerist Cleanser
  • Watsons Soft and Clean Square Puffs; and
  • Olay Age Protect

Here’s a summary of what’s gone from my vanity this January —

  • Empties – 5 (Makeup – 5 | Skincare – 0)
  • Purge (Gave Away) – 12 (Makeup – 7 | Skincare – 5)
  • Expired – 1 (Makeup – 1 | Skincare – 0)

If you weren’t able to read the rules to this replacement-only no-buy — I am allowing myself to buy something if I let go of 3 items of the same type. I am not lusting for any product right now but I am considering if I’ll allow myself a future purchase for every 3 items I let go of. I’ll resist as much as I can but I’ll be tallying each category just in case.

Coffee. I made two solo gourmet coffee trips this month. In one of the instances, I was not being mindful and bought expensive coffee because it’s the store nearest me. The other instance, I wasn’t able to bring enough cash to cover lunch and cheap coffee. I had remaining balance in my expensive coffee shop rewards card and used that ~ note to self: Don’t top-up that card. Total spent on solo coffee trips — P 260.00

Clothes. I mentioned that I need to buy clothes this year, but shopping to complete a two-week capsule wardrobe stressed me out. I do NOT enjoy shopping for clothes, but I decided that I will not settle and will only buy clothes that spark joy.I was only able to buy one shirt — P 499.00

Total money spent on in-scope no-buy items is P 2,083.00. I shall deposit this amount to my savings account.

To read the introduction to No-Buy 2019, click the link: No-Buy 2019.

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.

NARS Audacious Brigitte
NARS Audacious Brigitte

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 me. When applied sheer, I think it looks good (see photo).

NARS Audacious Brigitte on NC30 skin

The pigmentation, longevity, texture, and finish (satin) is consistent with all the other Audacious lipsticks I tried.

Dupes and Comparison Swatches - NARS Audacious Brigitte / Happy Skin Swept Off My Feet
Top – NARS Audacious Brigitte | Bottom – Happy Skin Swept Off My Feet

I’m adding the NARS Audacious lipstick line to my ‘Do Not Buy’ list. I thought I really liked them, but after all the Audacious lipsticks I acquired and subsequently let go of, I am realizing that maybe I just like the idea of them.

The line ticks all the boxes — easy to apply, comfortable on the lips, opaque in one swipe, lasts long relative to other satin bullet lipsticks, and they don’t bleed or move around. There are 40+ shades to choose from and many of them are unique. Despite all that, I don’t find myself opting for them when I get ready for the day. I guess I will always prefer matte lipsticks.

One bullet costs P 1,850. Available at Rustans and Adora (Greenbelt 5).

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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 just too few.

Click here to read the Declutter Diary series.

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.

Project Pan 2019

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 a deadline on when I should be done. I’ll just be deliberate in using these 3 and adjust my strategy based on my progress (or non-progress).

Once I finish a product, I’ll add a new one in the pan list IF there’s something in my collection that I like and is about to go bad. I’ll limit my pan list to 3 at a time so I don’t get overwhelmed. I will still use other products from time to time but for the majority of the week, I’ll try to use the products I’m ‘panning’ as much as I can.

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 I apply a second layer (one pump) directly on my skin. The toner gives a subtle cooling minty feel that I really appreciated last summer.

The product has 0.1% Betaine Salicylate (which I thought was negligible) and 88% Willow Bark Extract. I spent a good number of hours googling for studies on the latter when used topically.

Willow bark extract contains salicin. The latter doesn’t convert to salicylic acid when applied on the skin but it has anti-inflammatory and aspirin-like properties. I found this to be true for me. The overall reddish cast my face had from using retinoids is significantly reduced. Note: Redness reduction is not included in the product’s claims. Just something I noticed.

Willow bark extract also has tannins that constrict pores. My first week of using it, I did not see any improvement. My pores look better now but not to the extent that I would describe my skin as “poreless”. If you have high expectations with this product when it comes to pore (dis)appearance, I’m hesitant to recommend it.

What I did notice is that my pores looked clear and not congested. I used to use 2% Salicylic Acid at least once a week to manage ruddiness and blackheads. I don’t find myself needing the latter as often anymore.

At one point I doubted my perception and thought it wasn’t really doing anything so I stopped using it. I WAS WRONG. My face looked less ‘maaliwalas’ when I took a break. (I’m not sure there’s a direct english translation for this word but it means clean, clear, and bright). Generally, it makes me look well-rested.

Maybe 0.1% Betaine Salicylate is not as negligible as I thought. That said, I still think this product is more of a toner/astringent (like Witch Hazel Extract which incidentally also has tannins) rather than a BHA treatment product. If you’re looking for the latter, COSRX Blackhead Power Liquid with its 4% Betaine Salicylate could be the better option or look for a 2% salicylic acid product (my preferred).

Overall, I really like this as a toner used on my Salicylic Acid off days. The only con I can think of is the cost (Php 990), but I like it enough to repurchase.

Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Water 88.0%
Betaine Salicylate 0.1%

Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Water, Butylene Glycol, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Water, Pentylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Betaine Salicylate, Arginine, Betaine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Allantoin, Panthenol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Cassia Obtusifolia Seed Extract, Menthyl Lactate, Mentha Haplocalix Extract

COSRX products can be purchased from the following official distributors in the Philippines: Watsons, Shopee (theskincarecurator), Beauty Bar, and