My worst beauty buys


The Ilocano in me bought inexpensive beauty tools. I don’t mind buying inexpensive products as long as they deliver great results.

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I thought I’d be getting quality products since I purchased and liked Etude House’s makeup before, particularly their cheek colors. The curlash can’t curl and the tweezers can’t pull out hair — just really as simple as that.

For primping tools, invest in tried and tested brands such as Japanese Shu Uemura or Shiseido curlash (best for Asian eyes) and Tweezerman tweezers. Revlon products are also nice and pretty affordable. Though I keep on losing one, I also like the Swiss Army tiny tweezers.

I wish beauty companies invest more on product testing.

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Candy Tray Etude House

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I got carried away by the virtual eye candy that is Etude House, that Korean makeup store I spotted in SM Baguio. Stepped inside to find lip balm for Alexa, but wound up buying 3 items for myself as well — peachy pink blushes for the sunny days and a tube of crystal clear lip gloss which I’ve never ever bought  before.

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Alexa easily picked a peachy Kissfull Lip Care #2 in cute retro packaging. Swatched the several blushers and fell for the non-chalky pink color of My Lovely Cookie Blusher in #7 Rose Macaron and the Nars Orgasm-like tones the shimmery duo OR202 of the Dear My Blooming Cheeks line creates.

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My sensitive skin likes both the two formulations. Wearing Rose Macaron for day a lot these days. It’s a warm pink that looks natural. I’m still getting used to the high beam feature of the versatile Dear My Blooming Cheeks though. The colors can be worn individually.

I got a Dear Darling Roll Roll Gloss to wear with my old lip colors. The hint of candy flavor is cute, such pretty stuff to thin down and transform a too matte or highly pigmented lipstick for the summer.

Etude House’s packaging screams dolly and sweet, yet nicely made. Prices are reasonable.

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