Time to Regroup | Mid-year No-Buy Update

My no-buy hasn’t been going well since May. I used stress and my birthday as excuses to shop. I don’t know if regroup is the right word for this since there’s no one to literally regroup but me, but something of the sort is definitely in order. I made an adjustment to my rules and started implementing a few things. I logged off Instagram I’ve been documenting my empties and no-buy-related activities on Instagram, but lately it’s been counterproductive. I mostly follow candid skincare and makeup enthusiasts and I find their influence stronger than people actually influencing for a living….

Second Cleansers Inventory 2019

Beauty Inventory | Day 2 – Second Cleansers

Same as last year, I have 4, but this time a different set of products. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser I bought this last year after I had CO2 Laser Resurfacing done. I needed something I was sure won’t irritate and strip my skin of moisture. Alba Botanica AcneDote Deep Pore Wash This is a gel-type cleanser with 2% Salicylic Acid. It’s not as drying as I thought it would be. I use this several days before and during my period to preempt and address any zit that might erupt. Jason Super-C Cleanser It’s a non-drying gel-type cleanser and smells overwhelmingly…

Makeup Remover Inventory 2019

Beauty Inventory | Day 1 – Makeup Removers

I will spend every day of June taking an inventory of the beauty products I own by category. Exciting! I did this on Instagram last year, but I thought of also blogging about it this time to get me back into writing. Let’s kick this off with makeup removers. I have 3 — 1 bi-phase makeup remover and 2 emulsifying cleansing balms. I had these since last year. I didn’t realize how long it takes me to use up cleansing balms! I am sure it’s because I have several makeup removers open simultaneously, I don’t wear a lot of makeup,…

No-Buy 2019 | February and March Update

I did well with my No Buy Challenge in the first quarter of 2019. I should’ve just called it Replacement Only Low Buy. I bought a total of 7 items. Two (2) of which I already shared in my January No-Buy Update post. The other 5 are: Muji Peelable Cotton Pads (Feb – PHP 395)— It’s expensive, I know, but each pad is peelable in 4 cotton sheets which I further cut in half. It has already been 3 months since I bought it and there’s still half of it left. MAC Matte Lipstick in Marrakesh (March – PHP 1,100)—…

It Cosmetics CC Cream Review | Empty

TL;DR – I love It Cosmetics CC Cream. This is one of the face bases that get me the most compliments. It can make me look like I had 9 hours of sleep when I only had 3. Depth-wise, medium is a good fit for me. Unfortunately, it’s not very close to my undertone. Medium leans neutral. For reference, I’m light-medium olive with strong yellow undertones. It’s workable because I don’t build it up to full coverage. Nitpick time–I notice a negligible ashiness (see the photo below; had to take several shots to capture the ashiness that only I can…