2015 in Beauty

As I was thinking of how to start blogging again, Dana tagged me to do her 2015 faves post, which focused on skincare and makeup. You can also check Elaine‘s favorites here.

Doing this, it was a good way to see which products I used more. I also think it’s an interesting way to share a little bit of my still developing beauty routine if I can call it that. After all, I did not work as an editorial assistant for a lifestyle magazine for almost three years to learn nothing.

Disclaimer: I have oily, acne-prone skin. I’m fair-skinned, with cool undertones as well. So what I might recommend might not work for you as it did for me.

Sorry about the lack of skill/visual aesthetic in the photos. I’m not exactly a skilled photographer. There is a reason I do the writing rather than the photography when we do stuff for KStreet. HAHAHAHA. Yes, the photos were taken on my bed.

I have a confession to make. Most of the products featured here are stuff I got as press gifts from when I was still with my old job, so I didn’t buy these. I also left out products part of my skin-care routine that came from my dermatologist who I have been seeing to help curb my acne. However, my opinions for these products are based on my experiences using them. I will try not to sound so press-release-y. I promise.



Clockwise from top-left: Nature Republic Fresh Farm Peach Foam Cleanser, Skinfood Fresh Apple Mild Pore Peeling Gel, Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Essence, Leaders Insolution AC-Dressing Skin Clinic Mask, Etude House Zero Sebum All Day Matte Gel

Nature Republic Fresh Farm Peach Foam Cleanser

This is my temporary facial wash as the soap from my dermatologist has run out. So far, my skin hasn’t been breaking out or reacting negatively to it.

Skinfood Fresh Apple Mild Pore Peeling Gel

I use this once a week to scrub off whatever dead skin cells I have. It’s easy to use and not as rough as some other scrubs I’ve tried. It does the job well, so I’m not complaining.

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Essence

My cousin got this for me as a pasalubong from his Korea trip, and this helped in keeping my skin moisturized without being too greasy. Unfortunately, I used it all up and I don’t think any of the local sites that carry Innisfree have this product so I might have to find a way to get this stuff.

Leaders Insolution AC-Dressing Skin Clinic Mask

Leaders’ masks have impressed me so far, since my skin feels softer and smoother after using them. I like this one in particular since it did help make my breakouts less red when I started using face masks on a weekly basis.

Etude House Zero Sebum All Day Matte Gel

This works as an everyday moisturizer. My face doesn’t exactly get that matte finish promised, but at least it’s not a grease factory even after six hours when I apply the product.




Clowckwise from left: Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer, L’Oreal True Match Foundation in Golden Beige (G3), Benefit Big Easy in 03, Estee Lauder Double Wear All-Day Glow BB Cream in Intensity 2.0, Ellana Minerals Eye/Cheek Makeup in Celebrity, MAC Lightful Powder Foundation

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer

It’s pretty much the only primer I have, so I don’t have any other choice. HAHAHA. It does the job of keeping my makeup in place longer, but I’m willing to try any other primers out there.

L’Oreal True Match Foundation in Golden Beige (G3)

This has been my go-to foundation ever since I bought it. It’s good especially for those times when I need more lasting coverage than what BB cream would give. My only complaint is that it catches on EVERYTHING including my eyeglass frames.

Benefit Big Easy in 03

This is the first BB cream I got from work that actually suited my skin-tone. It’s not too white or too dark on me, nor does it leave me looking grayish. It has a liquid-to-powder finish which helps mask the grease on my face. I will really cry once this runs out, since Benefit isn’t cheap here.

Estee Lauder Double Wear All-Day Glow BB Cream in Intensity 2.0

I actually just got this from my former boss’ stash when she said we can claim stuff for ourselves. I thought I lost the Benefit one, so I snatched this one right after swatching it on my face and seeing that it matched my skin. I alternate between this one and the other BB cream, depending on whichever I can reach first.

Ellana Minerals Eye/Cheek Makeup in Celebrity

It’s been years since my former managing editor handed this to me after she attended an event for the brand. At that time, I had no blush. so I accepted this one, since it suited me better than her. LOL. Until now, it’s the only blush I have since I hardly use blush unless I have to. This one has intense color pay-off and it stays on my cheeks all day. It’s a bit messy to use since I use my fingers. (sorry for the mess you can see on the mirror) I promise, the pink looks more natural once it’s blended in.

MAC Lightful Powder Foundation

Another thing I nicked off my former editor’s stash when she told us to. To my luck, it’s in my shade. The coverage wasn’t as heavy as I wanted it to be when I first took it (my skin was worse before than it is now), but these days, the light to medium coverage it offers is fine. And it’s effective in preventing my skin from appearing too greasy.



Benefit They’re Real! Push-Up Liner, Smashbox Eyeshadow Trio in Photo Op, Maybelline Hypercurl Volum’ Express Mascara

Benefit They’re Real! Push-Up Liner

This is newly opened since I just ran out of the Bobbi Brown eyeliner I used before. So far, I like it. It’s easy to use, the color is intense, and it stays on all day that I have to use cold cream to remove it.

Smashbox Eyeshadow Trio in Photo Op

I confess. This is the only eyeshadow palette I own that has brown shades, so it’s not like I have much choice. But at least, the colors suit me well and they stay on even without eye makeup primer.

Maybelline Hypercurl Volum’ Express Mascara

I rarely use mascara because of my glasses, but when I do, I make sure it’s easy to use. This mascara works fine with me, as it makes my lashes look longer and fuller. Best part is, it’s affordable, so no need to feel bad that I need to ditch it after a few months.



Clockwise from top left: Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Posy Pink, MAC Lipstick in MAC Red, VDL Triple Shot Tint Bar in Triple Burgundy, MAC Lipstick in Snapdragon, Too Cool For School Glossy Blaster Tint, MAC Lipstick in Rebel, MAC Lipglass in Show Me!, MAC Lipstick in By Design. Center: Nature Republic Flower Lip Balm (Rose Scented/Yixing)

Before anything else, the MAC and Smashbox lippies are all stuff from the events I attended. I was just lucky enough that these shades are useable for the most part.

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Posy Pink

This is my lippie of choice when I want a no-makeup look. It looks natural on my lips without making me look sick. My only complaint is that it doesn’t stay on after I eat or drink.

MAC Lipstick in MAC Red

This is the only red lippie I own, and I’m not sure it suits me perfectly, as I don’t get any reactions when I put it on. Until I find a better red, I will be sticking to this one.

VDL Triple Shot Tint Bar in Triple Burgundy

This was an impulse buy when I was in Hong Kong back in October. It has an instant gradient effect, which I like. I’m fascinated with the gradient-lip trend, but I am absolutely clueless how to do it. I love it since it stays on a little longer than my other lippies after eating. The problem is, I have to apply it at least three times for the color to be visible (or maybe my eyes and lighting are just bad).

MAC Lipstick in Snapdragon

Another pink lippie I own. It’s a bit more pink than the Smashbox one. I use it whenever I want to add some color to my look but it’s still too early for the darker shades.

Too Cool For School Glossy Blaster Tint

My go-to tint for those days wherein I have to keep things simple. It stays on despite eating and drinking, and moisturizes my lips. It’s super easy to use, and I love the slightly fruity smell.

MAC Lipstick in Rebel

If I have a kontrabida lipstick, this would be it. It’s the darkest one I own, and it’s my default lipstick for night events. There’s something about this lipstick that makes me feel more BAMF and gives me an instant confidence boost.

MAC Lipglass in Show Me! 

I use this just to help bring out the color of the next lippie I’m about to discuss here. It’s effective in making my lips look shinier, which is the point of lip gloss. It works best with nude shades, for me at least.

MAC Lipstick in By Design

Story time: this is the first lipstick shade I ever got from an event so this has some sentimental value to me. It’s a nude shade with a little bit of sparkle. I used to use this for the no-makeup look, but now it’s mostly for whenever I feel like it. :))

Nature Republic Flower Lip Balm (Rose Scented/Yixing)

This was from one of my friends. I can’t remember if I bought it from her or if it was a gift. Being the Yixing trash I am, this is the only lip balm I intend to use for a while. It comes out clear, but later on turns into dark pink.


That’s it for my most used beauty products for 2015. I’m still learning as I go along the fascinating world of beauty and skincare. Do you have anything you want me to try in 2016? Let me know.

Happy New Year, you guys!



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