Hello 2017! My year started with a knee injury which is keeping me home-bound. I don’t mind being cooped up at home but there’s always the option of going out anytime I like. With the involuntary confinement, my brains is starting to send me all sorts of signals which require me to be outdoors so, to keep myself occupied I shall talk about my 2016 Favorites!
For most of the past year, my skin has been struggling with breakouts ever that trip to Astique Clinic; it’s normal to get some mild redness after treatment since facials are like an external way to detoxify but in the ensuing months, areas (along my hairline and forehead) that I rarely have problems with went into an excruciating breakout-then-heal cycle. Now that it’s finally under control, I felt like I’ve aged 20 years after all that stress.
As for beauty products, 2016 has mostly been steeped in cult classics:
Shu Uemura Hard Formula Eyebrow Pencil is made of hard lead shapened wide, flattened and angled at the tip to follow the curvature of our brows. The formula “releases color pigment when it interacts with the oils in the brow hairs,” and I was just amazed at how fine each stroke produces. With precision and easy control, you get natural, defined brows. Even better, the waxy formula translates to better longevity and the product itself can last for a long time.
I have used many acne solutions over the years but remained skeptic over Mario Badescu Drying Lotion: I’ve always found $36 for a small bottle is a tad steep but desperate means call for desperate measures. Color me impressed when tiny whiteheads and bumps were ceased overnight, although I think the longer my skin is exposed to the solution, the longer wounds take to heal. This will defintely be added into my shopping cart the next time Sephora holds its Members’ Sale.
I purchased the Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask as a self-introduction to a brand whose philosophy is to eliminate unnecessary components and extravagant fragrances in favor of essential and natural ingredients. Initially the night mask is too rich for my skin to bear but applying with damp palms always does the trick! Fulfilling its promise of brightening and and additional supplement to my regular moisturizer.
My favorite duo comes in the form of Sulwhasoo’s Snowise Brightening Serum and Hydro-aid Moisturizing Soothing Cream; the former is a reformulation released last summer that not only cranks up collagen production but also forms a reflective layer to increase light transmission through 2 White Ginseng derivatives.
The moisturizer aims to reintroduce viality back to the skin formulated with Birch Sap that functions as nutrient-rich fuel that powers the growth of plants, and is a natural cocktail of vitamins, antioxidants and amino acids. The cream is more of a hybrid between gel and cream, and leaves a slight tacky residue on my finger tips. It also takes a while to be absorbed and leaves an oily sheen afterwards. My parched skin managed to drink every bit and left in its place, smooth and plumped.
As for makeup, I’ve been sticking to earthly colors courtesy of the NAKED Palette all year round, occasionally using moss green on the lash line to accentuate my brown eyes. There’s also new accquisions that I love such as the E-GLIPS Powder Pacts, and Kat Von D concealers.
My lips speak of a different tone with colors that are outside of my wheelhouse; Esprique Bright Lasting Rouge in PK891 is a vibrant fuchsia and Etude House Dear My Blooming Lips Talk Chiffon in PK027 is a deep pink with a soft matte finish.
Lastly, these Etude House Play 101 Stick Contour Duo is designed to perform chiaroscuro by sculpting and chiseling your best features. Comes in a retractable stick format, its creamy and buildable pigments blends easily with your fingers thus forgoing the need for brushes – I use a Beauty Blender for precise blending. The contouring shade is too orange for my liking, but the highlighter on the other end contains the right amount of shimmer(around the eyes, nose bridge and cupid’s bow) for a subtle luminous finish.