Ever since I got into makeup and skincare a year ago, I’ve bought, tested, liked, and loved a ton of stuff. I’ve found a few gems and possible holy grail products along the way, but I’ve also bought items that I wish I hadn’t. Here’s a list.
1. e.l.f. Poreless Face Primer
It was a toss-up between the e.l.f. Powerless Face Primer and the Ellana Mineral Primer when I was looking for my first makeup primer (I said primers a lot there…primerprimerprimerprimerprimer). I didn’t want to commit to a high-end primer in case I didn’t like the product, so I set out to buy something cheap yet reliable. How did I end up with the e.l.f. one, you ask? I just saw it first in the department store.
Why I don’t like it: The repellent smell. Like radioactive lemons left out in the sun for too long!
Wow, this year is just flying by. Next thing you know it’ll be Christmas already. But before we panic over our Christmas shopping budget or how to slim down to make room for all the imminent holiday ham, here are my second quarter favorites this year.
1. Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder
There are many joys—and burdens—in getting into beauty in my mid-20s. For one thing, I think I would have been less cautious had I discovered makeup at a younger age; I probably would’ve bought ridiculous glitter eyeshadow, lots of black eyeliner (I blame Avril Lavigne), or overpriced mascara I’d leave to dry after using it for a few weeks. Now that I’m more mature, I stick to neutral colors, really wearable shades, multi-functional items, and products that will really help my skin look good and healthier.
I’m not at that point where I know what really, really works for me yet. I’m new to the game, so I still want to try everything. K-palette eyeliner? That’s a classic. I must have it! That Etude House eyeshadow palette shaped like a chocolate bar? I already have a lot of eyeshadows. But it’s so cute. I must have it! Makeup primer? I don’t have anything like that yet. I must have it! That’s pretty much how my brain works near beauty sections.
Since I buy skin care products and makeup with my own money, I research the hell out of a product that catches my eye before actually buying it because beauty is pain…fully expensive. If I’m going to spend P700 upwards on one product, I make sure I’ll get my money’s worth.
After amassing a small hill of makeup and skin care stuff since 2015 rolled around, I’ve come to love a few things more than others. Hoping this turns out to be a sustainable series on this blog, I’ll stick to featuring around five items that I’m loving and can absolutely recommend to anyone.