MAC Chili x Maybelline Toasted Brown | How I kept myself from buying MAC Marrakesh

It was love at first sight when I saw a swatch of MAC Marrakesh online. I thought it was the perfect burnt terracotta orange red brown shade.

MAC Chili and Maybelline Toasted Brown Swatches


I wanted Marrakesh so much, I thought it’s gonna be the makeup item to break my No Buy rule of “replacements only”. I still had Chili, a matte lipstick in the same color family, but less brown, more orange, and much brighter. The latter is why I don’t pick it up as much — I wish it was more muted.

MAC Chili, Chili x Toasted Brown, Maybelline Toasted Brown

So I layered Maybelline Toasted Brown over Chili to mute it down.

MAC Chili, Chili x Toasted Brown, Maybelline Toasted Brown

It’s true what they say — restrictions boost creativity. I probably wouldn’t have thought of this if it hadn’t been for my self-imposed No Buy year. In no way was my Chili x Toasted Brown mix a dupe for Marrakesh, but I enjoyed using it.

I was able to wear Chili more and, as of this post, finish the tube. Woohoo!

Empties 2019 | Vol 2 – Simple Micellar Water, Althea Face Wash, and Safeguard Dermasense Review

A review of Safeguard Dermasense for Acne Prone Skin, Althea Korea Contour Cleanser, and Simple Micellar Water.

This post features products I received as samples from the brand (marked with *). I was not compensated for this review.

I initially planned on posting monthly reviews of products I emptied, but I got overwhelmed when I saw how much was piling up. I decided to post an entry every time I accumulate 3 products.

Here is the 2nd set of products I emptied this year:

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water

Simple Micellar Water*

To be honest, I can’t tell much of a difference between micellar water cleansers save for the scent. I would pay more attention if my skin is either dry or reactive, but I’m lucky that isn’t the case. Simple Micellar Water does the job. It loosens up makeup making it easier to remove everything when I double-cleanse. I will not repurchase. I am attempting to live life without micellar water.

Althea Bare Essentials Contour Cleanser*

This face wash smells amazing — very ‘green’, like fresh cut grass. Unfortunately, I found it too drying for the face. It creates a thick foam like Pond’s foaming cleansers. I enjoyed it as a body wash instead.

Safeguard Dermasense for Acne Prone Skin Facial Cleanser, Althea Bare Essentials Contour Cleanser

Safeguard Dermasense for Acne-Prone Skin

This is a cream-type non-foaming salicylic acid cleanser. It’s not drying and I like using it when I’m not craving for a squeaky-clean feel. This is basically a way cheaper Olay Regenerist Cream Cleanser without the gritty bits. Save for the latter (hydrated silica), the ingredients are the same — and P&G manufactures both of them.

I’m hoping the next installment would be makeup! Struggling to finish several lipsticks right now.

Empties 2019 | Vol 1 – Olay Regenerist, Olay Age Protect, and Purito Vitamin C Review

These are my reviews on products I emptied – Olay Regenerist Cream Cleanser, Olay Age Protect, and Purito Vitamin C Serum

I feel like I am going through skincare so fast. It can only mean one thing — my Replacement-Only No Buy project is going so well that I’m able to enjoy stuff I already own.

Here are my thoughts on the first several items I finished this year:

Olay Regenerist Cleanser

Olay Regenerist Cream Cleanser

This is a cream-type, non-foaming cleanser with gritty bits and salicylic acid. I developed a liking to non-drying cream cleansers because the rest of what I use on my face have a potential to dehydrate the skin.

If you prefer a cleanser that lathers up and gives a satisfying squeaky clean feel, this is not for you.

It can’t completely remove makeup, but it works really well as a second cleanser.

Olay Age Protect

Olay Age Protect Anti-Ageing Cream

I already reviewed this in the past (Read: Olay Age Protect Review). I’m happy they didn’t change the formula. I still love it! It sets fast and doesn’t give that sitting-on-top-of-skin look. It doesn’t feel heavy too.

It has salicylic acid (in a non-drying formula) but the concentration is not stated on the label. It’s affordable at Php149/19g.

Purito Vitamin C Serum

Purito Vitamin C Serum

This is the first non-derivative vitamin c serum I tried.

It has 84% Hyaluronic Acid (Sodium Hyaluronate), 10% Vitamin C, and Niacinamide (listed 4th on the ingredients list). I remember buying it because I was starting to feel overwhelmed by The Ordinary’s single-active products. I like that this has 3 of the ingredients I want in one bottle. I don’t want to have to think about layering and timing between products.

It makes my skin flush when I apply too much, but the redness goes away overnight. The more important thing is it kept dark marks from forming after my pimples healed and it brightened my skin. I might post a more detailed review on this. Let me know if there’s anything you want to know about the serum.

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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