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The Personal Care Prepper | A Tale About Backups

I don’t have a shelved and inventoried stockpile of products sitting in a titanium lined bomb shelter, but I do have a number of specific items I can count on one hand (minus the foundation because that makes 6 lol) that I do not like running out of.  They’re not at all last season’s embossed makeup palettes but they do belong in a beauty blog and have more meaningful functions in my life.  Prepping is on everyone’s mind now and relevantly speaking I do go through these like the Shinkansen and nobody’s business.  I’ve placed the nearly empty ones in front in case you can notice the difference at all.  The only thing I wouldn’t say is not nearly empty is my Earl Grey Hurraw vegan lip balm which is approaching halfway and my Shiseido foundation.

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Delon Argan Oil Conditioner (S&R Membership Shopping grocery), Le Couvent Des Minime Gentle Cleansing Milk (currently 30% off at SM Watsons beauty floors…), J&C Super Clean Solutions Makeup Brush spray (contains alcohol), Dr. Woods Liquid Castile Soap w/ Shea Butter (for deep shampooing makeup brushes), Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation, Hurraw Earl Grey Lip Balm

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Stories about acquiring the backups and the reasons behind them are more interesting I think than the backups themselves, they prove their worth (for individual reviews I’ve done click on the product names).  These were “stockpiled” randomly over the last 4 months.

The Delon Argan Oil Conditioner I actually did not stock up on at S&R the first time when I believed stocking up was sort of pretentious and when I ran out it was temporarily GONE from S&R for months and I blamed myself daily, it’s the only conditioner that actually makes me feel that it really contains Argan Oil plus it emulsifies a little bit and rinses leaving that healthy glow or sheen my dull hair craves for.  Then mom spotted the conditioner again at S&R a few grocery stops ago and she got me four bottles plus one for herself.

The Le Couvent Des Minime Gentle Cleansing Milk I’ve just really run out of words for, it’s such a comforting soothing cleanser with rose botanicals that doesn’t foam, doesn’t have mineral oil, but still removes makeup while it cleanses (except waterproof mascara).  I have this bad feeling that people aren’t noticing this L’Occitane sister brand as much as they should in the SM watsons beauty halls, please help them do well so that this brand stays here LOL!!  I don’t want them pulling out any time soon, don’t give me more reasons to stock up, lol.

As I mentioned in my last post for the J&C Super Clean Solutions Makeup Brush Spray I found the perfect opportunity to stock up when I ran out.  I checked with the team that works it out last July 28, apparently they were going to have a price increase come August so I decided to get two bottles while it was still Php395, it now retails for Php595.  It takes about 4-5months for me to get through one.  If you’re looking for an alcohol-free brush cleansing spray a reader of mine named Soleil just mentioned the Ellana Brush Cleanser…which I’m also keen to try.

The Dr. Woods liquid Castile soap  from HEALTHY OPTIONS is pretty much an all-around sort of product safe to use for people and general cleaning but I buy it primarily to shampoo my makeup brushes.  Two overflowing caps to a cup of water is the ratio that works for me then just repeat the amount if you need more of the solution.  Dip, swirl, and lather up your brushes with it on your hand, repeating till the lather is white then rinse thoroughly. It’s a good and sufficient Dr. Bronner’s dupe and is safe to use on yourself as well as your brushes.  My favorite variant for brushes is the peppermint one but I love that they have an unscented BABY version for people with sensitive skin who need their brushes to be completely free of any possible irritants.  The tea tree variant I’ve not opened yet but have on hand should be good for keeping germs and bacteria at a minimum.  I do recommend you use this and NOT Joy Antibac detergent as I previously recommended (Joy didn’t break me out but broke someone else out) to ensure skin safety.

On the Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation there is no need to say much because I’ve already reviewed it.  It’s a favorite and the one I reach for the most currently.  The backup story of this has sort of a twist because I really got one more in a shade darker because I accidentally tanned (waking up late by a bedroom window where the sun rises).  I then realized I was slowly running out of the first lighter shade I had, right now I’ve been mixing the two as I slowly lose my tan.

And last but not the least, my soooo affordably luxurious Hurraw Earl Grey Lip Balm  available from Cutieverse.com or email rebecca@cutieverse.com for more information (if I’m not mistaken these are already retailing at Beyond Yoga BGC fort).  Since I was contacted to review the products originally I shamelessly asked if I could have a backup of Earl Grey and Cutieverse were glad to supply my Earl Grey fix.  I keep reaching for it and when I can’t find it in my bag I feel a little incomplete without it.  The Hurraw Earl Grey scent and flavor is just so comforting and there are not enough words to describe how perfect the texture is for a cold-pressed vegan lip balm.  It tops any other pocketable balms I’ve tried so far.

That pretty much sums up the stuff I have backups for.  One thing you can never have a backup for though is the people you love, you need to be with them while they exist and spread the truth about love with others.  More than anything I think that’s what really matters should we begin talking about expiration dates and human existence, because time running out is real.

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Steve Carell, Keira Knightley – Seeking a Friend for the End of the world

Sentiment aside, is there anything you kind of stock up on in particular whether from the grocery, from a makeup boutique, or something from abroad?  I’m really interested to hear about what you guys like to have on hand.  Tell me in the comments if you feel like it.

 

 

 

Stock Up on J&C Super Clean Solutions at Php395

A little bird told me that my favorite local spot cleaning, disinfecting solution for brushes is soon going for a price increase from Php395 to Php595 this August. You’ve got today and tomorrow to still get it at Php395.  :)  It’s so satisfying to see how two spritzes of this on tissue and two on the brush plus some swirl action draws out the grime for in-between minty fresh cleaning.

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This is the best mid-range price dupe I’ve found so far for Make Up For Ever’s brush cleaning spray with tea tree.  Go to the FB page JC Super Clean Solutions FB here or politely contact Krissy at 09998870362 for direct orders. :)

Shawill Mono Eyeshadows 006 & 002 | Dupes for MAC Club & Satin Taupe

The super pigmented delights that are the Shawill makeup products more often than not catch my interest when I hover over Watsons SM beauty floors.  The products are alarmingly affordable which may lead you to question the ingredients but the blushes I bought almost 2 years ago never broke me out and I was almost always drawn to their undoubtedly chrome-y metallic, velvety eyeshadow ranges.  Once in awhile I do like to have a dig in the department store beauty floors, simply because it’s a vast well of dupes for more expensive items waiting to be discovered.  Several months back I came across a local blog, if you’re reading this forgive me but I forgot to write your URL down (leave it in the comments), that mentioned a Shawill Mono Eyeshadow dupe for MAC cosmetics’ popular Club eyeshadow which I’ve reviewed before over here.  She wasn’t kidding, the MAC Club duochrome’s close dupe is Shawill’s Mono Eyeshadow #006 and #002 is a close dupe for MAC’s Warming Trend or Satin Taupe.  Take note, they’re successfully mirroring the mentioned MAC eyeshadows at a delightful Php69.00 each and are available at select SM Watsons beauty floors.  Both have a finish that’s a cross between a MAC veluxe pearl and satin.

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Both shots, Left to Right: Shawill Mono Eyeshadow in 002 and 006

The eyeshadow texture is a velvet, pigmented consistency that glides smoothly over skin, however beware that if you drop this it is soft enough to crumble and break apart.  You can see how the Shawill #006 transformation from the first photo to the next proves it’s a successful MAC Club dupe.  The way 006 shifts from khaki to a deep chocolate brown depending on the angle copies MAC Club almost exactly, the green aspect of MAC Club is more teal than a medium khaki.  The simple taupe shade that is 002 seems to be pretty close to either MAC Satin Taupe or the once available shade that is Warming Trend.

shaw_monoeyeshadow_03  I’ve only got a proper example today of Shawill #006 on my eye, the other photos were not worthy of posting due to bad lighting.  What I love about the effect that mimics MAC club is it does happen to be one of the most easy to use single eyeshadows for parties out because it makes it look like you’ve put on not one but two colors.  See how #006 appears brown in the crease and khaki over the lid?  That’s value for Php69.00 I must say.  By the way, sometime this weekend or next I’ll be browsing through new, fresher themes and layouts for the blog.  I’ve just been too much of a coward to take the leap, backup my data and face the possible kinks that might involve giving this blog a makeover, but it’s been way beyond the due date for one so I’d better get to it.  Don’t worry the layout will still stay minimal, white and fresh still with a right sidebar…I just need it to give it a bit more room to breathe, new typefaces, and revamp it a little for everyone’s sake.  I’ll put up a post noting when I’ll be “renovating” so anticipate intermittent downtime once I do, and please pray nothing goes wrong, thanks.  Meanwhile, before my cautionary post goes up and I finally sit on a layout I like…onward with the features and keep reading!

ZOYA Pixie Dust Polish “Godiva” | Sandy Shores on My Nails

I’ve just painted remnants of creamy beach shores on my nails.  I’ve reviewed the Zoya Pixie Dust polish before in the shade Vespa.  This is the latte nude version in Godiva.  Juicy high shine gel finishes are complete stunners and quite fun but can be eventually overrated after awhile I think, after a few nicks and scratches on the way out you’re bound to fret.  As I mentioned before when it came to the whole caviar nail fever that hit last year I was a total snob…not interested in the slightest even though I tried to read up on it simply because it was super not my type.  I didn’t mind the idea of painting variations of texture over my nails to change it up (I still like glossy finishes, just get bored) but a more subtle curveball had to do the job, something a little more like this.

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The finish is a sandy matte grain with infused micro glitter, as always with Zoya it looks sophisticated.  The polish itself is a little more runny than standard formulas only because it dries to different finish, it still coats evenly if you don’t over apply, just wipe the brush excess on the mouth of the bottle before applying each layer.  It’s best to let two minutes pass before applying the wave of second coats.  What you’re looking at is two coats applied over a Caronia basecoat.  If you’re on for texture then no topcoat required.  When the shade isn’t in direct daylight it’s the color of a creamy latte and I love that it’s neither too yellow nor too cool of a nude, it’s pretty neutral.  This cost Php550.00 via Ebay PH and details for where I sourced Zoya Pixie Dust polishes are here in my previous post where I featured the green shade Vespa.

 

Brand New Stuff by Benefit Cosmetics 2013

Benefit Cosmetics have been making lots of nice changes within their range and have been launching a handful of new beauty “swoonworthy” items this year.  I attended the exclusive hardhat pre-launch celebration of their upcoming branch at SM Mall of Asia just the other day and came away with these to show you!  Almost all here are shown beside the packaging swag they come suited up in.

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CLOCKWISE: Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow Php1100 (Always a Bridesmaid…huhu lol), Benefit Hydrating Fake Up Concealer about Php1100, Benefit Cha Cha Go-Go, about Php1000 (Portable Tint + Gloss), Benefit Ultra Plush Lipgloss Php900 (Kiss You), Benefit Gimme Brow (Light/Medium) Brush-on Tint (about Php900), Benefit Longwear Shadow Php1100 (Nude Swings)

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In a nutshell, this is awesome…

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…this is now smoother and cuter (it feels like it doesn’t dry up as quickly)…

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…this is smoother than most…

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…this is pretty with no sticky…

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 …and this powder eyeshadow is very basic beauty.  The one I don’t have a closeup photo of is the Cha-Cha Go Go tint+gloss tube, it’s basically Cha Cha Tint in a more handy form plus a clear gloss.  I’m loving the Art Deco-ish take on the repurposed reusable packaging some of the products come in, like the eyeshadow boxes.

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There are some other new products being launched as well so keep up with the updates via @benefitbeautyph on Instagram and on the Benefit Cosmetics Philippines FB page.  I was told that the SM Mall of Asia branch would be officially open on July 26, some were thinking July 25 on the Benefit Cosmetics page but I believe as of today they might still be doing some pretty polishing in the new branch so it would be best to check it out for sure in a day or two :).  Stand alone reviews on some of these goodies are upcoming of course :).

 *products provided by Benefit Cosmetics Philippines for review

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