P and I are always on the go, Aurora on weekends, Subic on weekdays, and Manila from time to time. We carry out two backpacks, two laptop bags, and my personal bag for my needs. Obviously I cannot live without my make-up bag and make-up brush set. I usually don’t wear make-up whenever we’re in Dingalan because it is just not needed, so this gives me the opportunity to save on products, money, and skin. Back then I was such a terrible packer! I’d pack numerous clothes, undies and pretty much pack all my make-up. However, my make-up collection has been rapidly increasing over the months, I just have to learn to not bring them all! So here are my CURRENT beauty essentials for the past 2 months.
Beauty products that focuses on the face are my obsession! I don’t know why but I get so crazy on buying foundations, primers, concealers, and sprays. Never once I really cared about the price as long as they are good. I also love to mix high-end to drugstore make-ups.
MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance in Radiant Yellow – Rating 4.8/5
A silky gel emulsion, rich in natural ingredients, that hydrates and primes to improve foundation or powder application, control oil and promote smooth texture. Vitamins E and C protect with antioxidants, while caffeine calms skin. Illuminating pearl powders reflect optic radiance. Now in two shades: Radiant Yellow is especially effective on deeper skin tones and Radiant Pink for fairer skin tones. The formula disappears upon application, resulting in a beautiful glow.
My go-to primer. Perfect bottle size and amount, it can last for months with me, and I think I use average amount per use.
NARS Pore and Shine Control Primer – Rating 4.5/5
Mattifying. Refining. Oil free. Pore Minimizing Complex diminishes the look of pores instantly and over time. Controls shine. Prolongs and enhances the look of makeup.
INSTANT RESULTS: Minimizes pores and mattifies skin throughout the day with soft-focus powders.
LONG-TERM BENEFITS: African Whitewood and Oleanolic Acid combine with peptides to help balance skin.
I’ve only used this product once since I just bought this 4 days ago. First of all, I love the packaging. However, I am not happy with the size of the bottle and the price. This is only a 30mL bottle with a price of Php1,950.00 / EUR 35,00 while my other MAC primer is only about Php 2,000.00 / EUR 37,00 for 50ML. Yikes. However, I’ve read and watched so many good reviews about this product so I am so excited to continuously using it. The artist who was in store instructed me to use only a pea size of it on my facial area where it gets the most oily.
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 in Honey – Rating 4/5
This water-based, oil-free formula delivers undetectable coverage and a fresh, hydrated glow for the most natural skin-like finish. In addition to weightless, long-wearing coverage and hydration, the formula minimizes the appearance of pores, conceals imperfections, and delivers broad spectrum UV protection. Buildable formula goes easily from light to medium and is available in wide range of shades for all skin tones.
I have a love and hate relationship with this foundation. It is water based, and it does give you a fresh, hydrated flow, natural skin-like finish. But after a whole day of wearing it, it gives me an oily look especially around my nose and forehead. I use both foundation brush and beauty blender with it, but it just gives me the same results at the end of the day. Nevertheless, I still keep on buying it because I just love the fact it is light on my face.
MAC Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation in 4 – Rating 4.5/5
Proprietary foundation formula uses Shade Intelligence Technology to offer customizable pigments that adjust to your skin tone in a flawless matte finish with medium buildable coverage and broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 15/PA++ protection. Gives perfect colour purity without looking ashy or chalky, reduces shine on the skin’s surface and helps to absorb excess oil. Refines skin while minimizing the appearance of pores and imperfections.
I’ve only used this once since I bought it along with the NARS primer. I think I liked this foundation when a friend recommended this to me. I’ve always been using MAC Pro Longwear because I like to wear my make-up the whole day til I need to take it off before I go to bed. However, this foundation is not for it. The artist in the store honestly told me that this can only last up to 6 hours only. Hmm… let’s see about that.
L.A. Girl HD Pro Conceal in Natural – Rating 4.7./5
L.A. Girl’s HD Pro Concealer is crease-resistant with opaque coverage in a creamy, yet lightweight texture. The long-wearing formula camouflages darkness under the eyes, redness and skin imperfections. Provides complete, natural-looking coverage,evens skin tone, covers dark circles and minimizes fine lines around the eyes.
For Php 300.00 something, this is freakishly a good concealer! I’m obsessed with it. I have a Bobbi Brown concealer back home in my vanity table, but this one I always use and bring everywhere. Hands down! If you are not picky with make-up brands, please do try this. To blend properly, I use my Beauty Blender and Zoeva concealer brush.
MAC Studio Fix in NC 40 – Rating 5/5
A one-step powder and foundation that gives skin a smooth, flawless, all-matte finish with medium to full coverage. Long-wearing, velvety texture allows skin to breathe. Available in a wide range of colours.
What MAC promises you with this pressed powder they truly deliver. This product does not only have a good longevity on my face, but also the actual product itself.
Kat Von D Shade + Light Face Contour Palette – Rating 5/5
We came, we saw, we contoured! How did we get through the day before Shade+Light??
This contour collection was a game changer for makeup mavericks everywhere! Inspired by an artist’s palette, Kat created six matte shades that look truly stunning on EVERYONE!
The contour and highlight pairs are arranged by undertone, so you get neutral, warm and cool shades! (But you can use all the shades no matter your undertone). Use the deeper contour shades to add natural shadow and depth to your face, then accentuate your best angles with the brighter highlight shades!
The formula is SO incredibly fine, we feel like we’re brushing on powdered silk. And speaking of brushes, we made one specifically for this very palette! Read all about our Shade+Light Contour Brush!
100% Cruelty Free Forever!
Lo and behold on one of the best contouring palettes ever made! Before I bought this palette, I really took the time to research depending on price, quality, and quantity. I ended debating whether to get the Anastasia Beverly Hills palette or this, but based on reviews, Kat Von D’s takes the cake!
Bronzer & Blush:
MAC Bronzing Powder in Bronze – Rating 5/5
A subtly tinted powder that gives skin sheer, natural colour effects and highlights. Perfect for enahancing skin tone, providing a natural, sun-kissed look or accentuating a tan. Formulated to provide a smooth, even application on all skin types.
For that GOLDEN ISLAND SEÑORITA LOOK go get it!!! Perfect bronze shade, perfect gold glow for a sun-kissed look.
MAC Powder Blush in Melba – Rating 5/5
Designed by and for professionals, formulated to provide fantastic colour with ease and consistency. Applies evenly, adheres lightly to skin to achieve a natural-looking application of colour that stays put all day.
I only have two blushes which is this one, and another one in the my vanity table which I forgot the name of the shade. Sorry for that. I love this shade because it gives me a pinky peach-coral-apricot look on my very adoring cheeks. Somehow, it looks natural on me and gives me a healthy natural glow.
Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray in Bridal – Rating 5/5
Kiss-proof, cry-proof and sweat-proof, Skindinavia’s ultra-fine spray is specially designed to resist the effects of excess moisture and helps keep makeup looking flawless.Our award-winning mist controls stress-induced shine and keeps makeup photo-ready for up to 16 hours. Recommended for all skin types.
Bridal. Finishing Spray. Three keywords. One Bottle. This product totally won my heart! I’ve always been amazed how most bridal make-up last long, and how they look so good in photos. Wedding or not, I always want to look like a bride! I highly recommend this product especially for women on the go.
MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ – Rating 4/5
A lightweight mist of water packed with vitamins and minerals, infused with a blend of green tea, chamomile and cucumber to gently soothe and refresh the skin. Gives an instant boost of hydration while delivering a soft sheen to refresh and finish makeup.
I realized soon that it is not a good finishing spray. Hence, the name “prep + prime”, this product is good to be used before putting on make-up and after putting the primer, foundation, and concealer. Thank you Tin for this tip! I do not recommend this to be used a finishing spray. However, you may keep using this to hydrate!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Sun Dipped – Rating 5/5
A collection of four metallic powder highlighters for intense luminosity. Layer shades of Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit, or wear them separately, on the face and body for a radiant glow.
This was one of the Christmas gifts I got from my darling. So this Glow Kit has 4 different metallic powder highlighters – Bronzed (amber with a penny metal finish), Tourmaline (warm taupe with a rose gold finish), Moonstone (radiant quartz with a pearl finish) and Summer (luminous sand with a white gold finish). I love this baby so much, not only because it was given to me by my very own baby, but also because it gives me that island glow that I love. If you notice, most of the products that I use give me the sun-kissed / golden glow look that I want to achieve. It may cost money, but I swear to you after buying this, you would not need another set of highlighters.
MAC Brow Set in Girl Boy – Rating 4.5/5
A brush-on gel that strokes brows into shape. Adds shine and style. No flaking or stiffening. Offered in tinted or clear shades. Also grooms lashes, sideburns and facial hair
Most people buy the Brow Set in clear, but I prefer it with shade only because I want to have that perfect finished looked just in case I made a mistake with my first layer. Do lightly apply this on your brows, or else it will create something weird out of it.
MAC Brow Shader in Porcelaine / Browning – Rating 4.5/5
A perfect pairing of complementary powder colours – one matte, one satin – that blend into brows to match and highlight a range of brow shades.
I can’t believe that they discontinued this product! Certainly love this item, not only it lasts long on my eyebrows, but I don’t have to use it a lot so I really save so much money on this product!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown – Rating 3/5
An award-winning ultra-slim, retractable pencil that creates precise, hair-like strokes. Use Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz®‘s fine tip to spot-fill areas where brow hair is sparse, and the custom spooley end to blend for a flawless finish.
Mimics natural hair
Long-wearing, smudge-proof formula
Glides on effortlessly
ABH is the queen of brows. Trust me on that. I do have the ABH Dipbrow back home, but I save that on special occasions AND when I’m on my vanity table. One mistake and you will just ruin everything!!! The Brow Wiz has two tips, the pencil and brush. The pencil is very easy to use, while the brush… broke right away after a few weeks of using it. I do have another brow brush, and I use that the most, but for some reason it had to break on me. This is why I give the quality of this product a 3 out of 5. Boo.
Benefit They’re Real Lengthening Mascara in Jet Black – Rating 5/5
Bigger, bolder, sexier lashes!
they’re real! lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts and separates. Our jet black, long-wearing formula won’t smudge or dry out. A specially designed brush reveals lashes you never knew you had!
- 94% saw dramatic length & volume*
- 94% saw visible lift*
- 100% saw long-wearing results*
The first time I knew about Benefit was from an interview on Leighton Meester during the years when Gossip GIrl was on. She really admired Benefit’s Bad Gal Lash, but when I went to the store they didn’t have it anymore. Instead, they introduced me to their new mascara product which is… yup you guessed it. Since then, I’ve always loved this mascara and will never buy another one.
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler – Rating 5/5
The iconic, best-selling and award-winning shu uemura eyelash curler featuring enhanced design and upgraded features for ultimate precision that delivers the perfect curl.
Upgraded silicone pad in a new “mushroom” shape provides a protective, stay-put edge for improved safety and optimum curl. Upgraded patented hinge with precise engineering applies perfect amount of pressure on eyelashes.
Curved angle suits all eye shapes. Calculated shape and size of frame length and ergonomic handles ensure stability and control.
I have nothing else to say about this product but indeed it is iconic! I know it is currently not in the photos because guess what, I forgot it at home but usually, I will have this wherever I go. It’s so sad that they pulled out Shu Uemura stores in the Philippines, but I guess we will always have Japan for that.
MAC Eye Shadow in Cork – Rating 5/5
Highly pigmented powder. Applies evenly, blends well. Can be used wet or dry. Available in a wide variety of textures and finishes.
Really good shade of brown on my skin tone. Definitely my go-to eye shadow and also for contouring the nose, thanks for this tip MAC artists!
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original – 4/5
Our # 1 best-selling product in a NEW easy-to-squeeze tube! Apply before your eyeshadow for more vibrant CREASE-FREE color that lasts for 24 hours. This is it – THE most legendary primer in the beauty industry. Eyeshadow Primer Potion is coveted by makeup artists and makeup junkies alike because it guarantees more vibrant eyeshadow that lasts for 24 hours and NEVER CREASES! Once you experience its powers (plus how smoothly it glides on – an added bonus) you’ll never want to live without it. Original formula dries down invisibly, while Eden, Sin and Greed are shades that can also be worn as shadows or highlighters!
This was my very first UD product which I bought in Sephora in Italy. At first I really liked it but then I realized my eye shadow does not really stay for a very very long time. It doesn’t crease though which is a good thing. I’d still buy this product, but eventually would love to try NARS’ version of this.
OraLabs ChapIce Beeswax Lip Balm – Rating 5/5
ChapIce® is a popular and classic lip care line that soothes, protects and moisturizes chapped lips. There are ChapIce products for everyone, with enriched formulas that include sunscreen and any number of quality ingredients like Beeswax, Vitamin E, Menthol, Natural Oils, Lanolin, Menthol and of course – flavor. And, because OraLabs wants to make everyone happy, ChapIce is available in traditional sticks, mini sticks, squeeze tubes, pots and mini-tubs.
It’s keeps my lips moist and juicy all throughout the time I’m putting on make-up.
Gerard Cosmetics Hydra-Matte Liquid Lipstick in Serenity – Rating 5/5
Serenity is a beautiful warm pink, with hints of brown, a very comfortable non-drying matte formula that feels as if there is nothing on your lips! I named this color after a big inspiration of mine growing up; Sailor Moon. Yes I know its a children’s Japanese anime but it was one of the first shows that I ever saw that portrayed a powerful woman who goes from a dorky school girl to a crime fighting vixen and that really resonated with me! It takes me to a place of serenity in the same way that makeup does.
I don’t understand why no one else is selling Gerard Cosmetics in the Philippines but MUP? Gerard Cosmetics is the bomb! I have three liquid lipsticks (you will meet them soon) from them and I love them all! I prefer their liquid lipsticks than ABH’s by the way.
Colourpop Ultra Natte Lip in Perky – Rating 4/5
“Perky here, perk there, perky everywhere in this warm-toned muted rose.” Ultra Matte – This thin and lightweight formula glides onto the lips leaving SUPER intense colour with a bold, ultra matte finish. It’s very long wearing and completely kiss proof! Shade – Rose/Plum.
Most non-picky lipstick lovers all know that Colourpop is good for it’s price. I know it’s not the best quality like Stila or some of Kylie’s Lipkits, but come on you always get what you pay for. Some liquid lipsticks have a coconut kind of smell while some just smell weird. I still recommend this to make-up lovers who want a good variation of liquid lipsticks for a cheaper price. What I don’t like about this product that it changes it’s color overtime, while other lipsticks don’t do that.
Make-up Tools: MAC, Zoeva, Shiseido, Real Techniques, and Suesh make-up brushes. Mixing Palette / Spatula. Hair Pad.