Jul 26, 2009

Cosmetic Clean-Up

no, this is not a hual. but rather a picture of the products that i have to throw away :(( i didn't even realize they had expired already :(( huge thanks to frances for her post!! i didn't really know about the PAO symbol. it tells you how many months u can use the product after opening it for the first time.

after reading it, i literally went thru all my makeup and skincare products. it's a good thing i've kept a list of my expenses through the past years (since 2006), so i was still able to backtrack when i bought what. now i've labeled everything.

with a heavy heart, i'm going to put all those other products in the trash. even if most of them still have 50 - 75% left :( yes, it really is a shame. but better that than for me to develop skin allergies or rashes. if anything, this experience has taught me
  • not to haul makeup/skin care products anymore (yes! i shall turn over a new leaf :P)
  • to be more aware of a product's expiration date (admittedly i've been really, really naive about this)
for products that don't have PAO symbols, i've compiled a list of their lifespan, based on what i've researched on the internet:
  • mascara: 3 - 6 months
  • liquid liner: 6 months
  • liquids and creams (i.e foundation): 12 - 18 months
  • lipstick/lipgloss: 1- 2 years
  • mail polish: 1-2 years
  • powders (i.e eye shadows/blushes): 2 - 3 years
  • pencils (i.e lip liner/eye liner): 2-3 years
  • perfume: 2-3 years

Jul 25, 2009

Color Bar

i wanted a handy dandy palette that i could bring when traveling (i didn't exactly want to lug my CS palette around). i was looking for the ff. characteristics:
  • one that contained both blush/es and eyeshadows (lip colors were optional)
  • a good mix of eye colors
  • small and compact (that one's pretty obvious)
  • not expensive (of course! haha)
since i wasn't really looking for a high-end brand, i decided to take a look at Watsons. Ever Bilena had a couple of palettes, but the colors didn't really appeal to me. i felt they were either too dark, or they didn't offer much variety as the colors were all from the same family. i browsed through the other counters and i decided to purchase the Color Bar from Fashion 21. it's got 2 blushes and 12 eye shadows. and at P150, i'd say that's a steal ;)

i immediately tried it out when i got home. i did a day look with colors 4, 8, and 1, and a night look with 6, 9, and 12. i think it's great that this tiny palette is enough to carry u from day to night.

so i'm quite psyched with this find :D i really like the range of colors that it offers. from the pretty pastels to the shimmery ones. i can totally imagine me wearing a different look each day on out of town trips, haha! and that was basically the whole point of me wanting a travel palette :P

p.s i didn't use eye primer here (i didn't want to waste my UDPP haha). i just put concealer on my lids. and no foundation too haha i just wanted to test the blush

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