So I Went Shopping

I was meant to be doing errands this past Monday (which I still did naman) when I ended up buying a few makeup bits. I also went on a swatching spree with the Revlon Matte and Lacquer balms, which are relatively new to Manila. Lookie:shopping2The lady at the Revlon stall in PCX was very patient with me that day. It was my first time to see these and I had no idea there were TEN shades from each line (bad beauty blogger, not doing your research!). Naturally, I wanted to try every single shade on my arm and it left me with these two pretty rows of swatches. :)

I was going to arrange them by shade but I was much too excited… so now I have no idea which is which except for the two that I actually bought. Hehe! I’m sure you can find proper swatches of the whole range online (Temptalia did reviews, for example). Just wanted to share the photo with you guys because it’s pretty and the whole range looks promising. The two shades I bought are on the far upper left and far lower right. They’re #145 Ingenue and#250 Standout. Srsy, leave it to me to pick the most basic shades. Lol.

shopping1And here’s everything I got on that day! Clockwise from the blush: NYX Blush in Taupe, Revlon Lacquer Balm in #145 Ingenue, Revlon Matte Balm in #250 Standout, VMV Superskin Toner 2 (new formula), and a Duo eyelash adhesive.

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Online Makeup Acquisitions

— are they really worth it? Some people still think that buying makeup online is more of a hassle than a convenience. I would agree to some extent, but the frequency at which I’ve been buying from Multiply shops or otherwise hasn’t abated at all. I suppose the pros just outweigh the cons for me. Let’s run through those real quick, beginning with the cons:

Cons of online makeup shopping: 

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  • No swatching. Some retailers will provide photos of swatches, but there are some products that you just have to see against your own skin to be sure. The Cargo powder pictured above (from Stuff in Style) is really great and finely milled, but I picked out shade 30 which is just a shade too light
  • The inability to swatch leads to long hours of research about the quality of a product online — which, to some, can be enjoyable, but it’s loss of time nonetheless
  • If you don’t have a credit card and/or PayPal account, you will often need to deposit payment at a bank
  • You can’t be sure that a seller stores their products in an ideal manner. There are great sellers who understand how to handle makeup, but again you need to research
  • Shipping– you are sometimes required to shoulder shipping and the very idea that the makeup will be shipped in the heat of the Philippines isn’t too appealing

haul.jpgHowever, there are always the PROS to counter the cons:

  • You can get things not readily available in the country, such as the Sonia Kashuk brush set and the UNII palette pictured above (purchased through House of Flair)
  • The products available both here and abroad are usually cheaper on online stores (Revlon lipbutters for example sell at over 500php locally but are approximately 300php online, depending where you can find them) although that may change soon (read: taxation on online stores)

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  • No need to leave your house (or the country). These Sonia Kashuk brushes from Target are some of the best I’ve tried and they are sold at a very reasonable price.

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  • Some retailers even offer a cash on delivery option now. This Wet N Wild palette is available on Zalora, which I can’t say enough negative things about, but their cash on delivery option is admittedly convenient
  • Variety. There’s just so much more to choose from when you’ve got the world as your cosmetics supplier, and you didn’t even have to deal with customs!

It may be that I just love makeup too much to wait until I go abroad for cheaper/better alternatives… or I’m impatient. haha! But I truly love the convenience of online shopping, so long as the items are ones that I’m familiar with. It can be a bit of a hit-and-miss experience, but I’ve stuck it out and I hope that doesn’t mean I’m crazy. The best things to source online (in my experience) are: Seche Vite top coat, all brands of imported nail polish, Bioderma, NYX cosmetics (their eyeliners are amazing), EOS lipbalms, and any other item you may be lemming after that you’ve tried but aren’t willing to pay the inflated price for! Just do your research and you should be fine. ;)

Here’s a list of my favourite online shops (mostly Multiply-based):

  1. Digital Traincase – the best, best, best at choosing what products to bring in! Love! 
  2. House of Flair – They do the US preorder service I’m always going on about! They also have onhand items extending beyond makeup!
  3. Stuff In Style – good, wide selection. Sometimes very random but they’re good surprises! haha
  4. Polish Please! – loads of polishes and you can choose by colour! They feature one polish a week, which sells on a discount.
  5. The Nail Shoppe – they’ve got the classics and most of the latest collections.
  6. Care Free Shopper – Again, a good selection of beauty bits. You may have to shoulder shipping for this store.

I have ordered items from all of these shops except for Care Free Shopper, so I can vouch for their honesty and the authenticity of their products. The only reason I haven’t dealt with Care Free Shopper is that I can often find their items are cheaper prices elsewhere, but I still included them because their MAC lippie selection is wide.

Are you an experienced online shopper or a newbie? Thoughts? Do share! :)

Healthy (Hair) Options!

Made a trip to Healthy Options (love that store!) this afternoon in search of sulfate-free shampoo. I had a Keratin treatment done on Saturday and my stylist said that I should avoid shampoos with sulfate in the ingredients list–which means avoiding almost every shampoo out there. Sulfate is an ingredient that helps remove excess oils from your hair, and there are 5 common types of sulfate used in shampoo, all varying in strength. Nothing wrong with removing oil from your hair– but having just had keratin infused into my hair, shampoos with sulfate would only take away the effects of the treatment sooner.

Nature’s Gate was the ONLY brand that explicitly said on the label: “sulfate free” so I went with it! They were 215.00php each for the shampoo and the conditioner, and though there were a lot of variants, I chose “awapuhi” because it’s supposed to add volume to your hair (also admittedly because “awapuhi” sounds fun).  Threw in some pure Tea Tree oil for when I get break-outs and some fruit leather too! The fruit leather was gone before I even got home. Yummy. :}

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