Product Empties: Beauty and Skin Care

in at March 28, 2017

It’s been a good year diligently collecting emptiesgathering products I love –  and found myself grieving over, upon its material death – and others, which I finished for the sake of a clear conscience. The paper bag was accumulating filth that I really had to complete this entry. Lo and behold, my trash!

Skin Care

Micellar Water 

*L’Oréal Micellar Water in Moisturizing (Watsons, P225)

Times have changed, more drugstore brands are finally carrying micellar water. If you’re on a budget, L’Oréal’s 2016 launch is a good alternative for cleansing oils and balms. It gently removes make-up effectively. I personally use it to remove my lip product and eye make-up then follow up with my (crazy skin care lady) double cleanse: a cleansing balm and a water-based cleanser.

Cleansing Balm

*Banila Co. Clean It Zero Super Size in Classic (Beauty MNL, P1,270)

I grieved over emptying my Banila Co. Clean It Zero a month ago. So far, I’ve discovered it’s the best way to completely rid my face of make-up for a clean and hydrated face. It’s an international best-seller for a reason. It’s a solid balm that dissolves into a milky, oil-like substance. This extra step makes all the difference in my regimen. The Super Size lasted me for 4 months – considering I use make-up every day – which makes the item worth the splurge. Again, the only con I have for this is the blurry sensation I have when it’s close my eye area.

Full review here.

Hope Girl Jamong Cleansing Balm (Althea Korea, P910)

I finished Hope Girl’s Jamong Cleansing Balm so fast that I don’t think it’s worth the price. It does the job but I have to apply it on my face twice. It’s a sherbet-type cleanser thinner and more slippery in consistency than the Clean It Zero. I’m on the search for the next cleansing balm…Heimish’s All Clean Balm, perhaps? Or even a cleansing oil! If you have recommendations, do let me know!


Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash (Watsons, P299)

Upon discovering the cult favorite, Shiseido Perfect Whip Foam Cleanser, nothing else compares. Simple’s Moisturizing Facial Wash is pretty, wait for it, basic. I’m not undermining its effectivity as a cleanser but it does exactly what other drugstore generic facial washes do, and I need something more.


*CosRX One-Step Pimple Clear Pad (Watsons, P665)

I’ve never loved a skin care product more than CosRX’s One-Step Pimple Clear Pad; I can’t live without it. I’m on my second, and it’s been a part of my daily routine ever since I discovered it. I use it at night to gently exfoliate my skin after a long day under hostile environmental elements. Not only does it prevent breakouts, it also calms redness at the onset of hormonal acne. Use the textured area of the pad to mildly exfoliate and the flat area for a gentle cleanse. And, who wouldn’t love that super cute packaging?!


*St. Ives Collagen Elastin Moisturizer (Watsons, P249)

It still baffles me how this huge jar of moisturizer (10oz) is so affordable. For the price of P249, this nourishes deep into skin. I even feel my face tighten after application! It also isn’t sticky so this is good even for day wear, especially during summer. I want to try new products for reviews but I can’t seem to detach myself from it – I’m actually on my second jar! If 10-ish steps is too overwhelming for you, I recommend at least incorporating this product to your minimal routine.

*The Face Shop Jeju Aloe Fresh Soothing Gel (The Face Shop, P195)

Aloe Gel is a miracle multi-tasker to treat stubborn acne and insect bites, soothe sunburn, and many other things. I personally use it every night as a sleeping gel as the last step of my routine. It seeps into my skin and hydrates it. In just one week of religious use, I noticed that tiny bumps on my face, especially on my forehead, started disappearing.



QuickFX No-Shine Mattifier (Watsons, P99)

To fill in pores and to mattify (oily to combination) skin, the QuickFX No-Shine Mattifier is an underrated gem from the drugstore! It’s a fantastic product to control sebum, and it even makes skin look Photoshopped. This silicon-based primer is pretty similar to ELF’s Mineral Infused Face Primer and Maybelline’s Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer but way more affordable. I suggest to use a setting spray to lengthen make-up wear time since this doesn’t do that. I won’t purchase it again just for the reason that I have normal skin so I don’t really need much mattifying.


*L’Oréal True Match Liquid Foundation in Nude Beige (Watsons, P600)

I’ve forgotten how much I love L’Oréal’s True Match Liquid Foundation after obsessing over Cushion Compacts and BB Creams for a while. I set it with my Nichido Final Powder in So Natural, and I’m all set for a full day – I even wear this for events! It covers my blemishes so well, I don’t even have to wear concealer. This also lasted me half a year. This is such a holy grail from the drugstore!

*Maybelline Dream Velvet Matte Foundation in Natural Beige (Watsons, P499)

I love, love, love Maybelline’s Dream Velvet Matte Foundation for everyday wear. This gives me flawless skin. Because of its velvet matte finish, this is super hydrating for normal/dry skin. From reviews online, this isn’t the best product for oily skin. Don’t forget to use a beauty blender or a sponge because this particular formula doesn’t cling well to normal make-up brushes.


COVERGIRL The Super Sizer By Lash Blast Mascara in Very Black (Watsons, P395)

I purchased COVERGIRL’s Super Sizer on one of its sales because it’s Tati-approved, but it left me disappointed since it applies really messy. It does lengthen and volumize lashes like no one’s business but it took a month of constant use before I actually liked it.


Sleek MakeUp Matte Me Lip Cream in Birthday Suit (P450, Zalora)

I have a complicated love-hate relationship with Sleek MakeUP’s Matte Me Liquid Lipstick in Birthday Suit. I’m on my second tube, and it remains the best (pinkish) nude I have in my collection. No wonder it’s always sold out. This dries completely matte, which means it can be difficult to reapply in the middle of the day. The more you apply, the more chapped your lips will get. This is super drying, and it feels heavy but I look past its flaws for the stunning shade.

*Nyx Soft Matte Lip Creams in Cannes, Prague, Copenhagen, and Transylvania (Stuff in Style, P270)

If you’re not a fan of uber drying liquid lipsticks, the classic Nyx Soft Matte Lip Creams may be your cup of tea. They deliver superior pigmentation and come in a ton of vibrant shades – without leaving your lips a chapped mess! It remains one of the best formulas in the market, even beating luxurious brands. Cannes (a pinkish nude), Prague (a deep fuschia), and Copenhagen (a vampy red) are my top picks; they’re universally flattering, too!

*Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss Lipstick in 08 and 104 (P350, Your Make-up Store PH)

The Kate by Rimmel lipsticks are the creamiest lipsticks I’ve tried. 08 and 104 are some of my favorite pinks from the drugstore. Because of how buttery it is, just be wary of the product moving around.

Lip Balm

Classic Carmex Moisturizing Lip Balm (P139, Watsons)

I actually finished a lip balm…wait, what? This moisturizes my lips as well as Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm. The smell is just a bit strange, a mixture of vanilla and Omega Pain Killer?

*This product is definitely worth repurchasing!

What have you emptied lately? Any products you’ve tried from the list? Let me know in the comments below! ✨

Elisa Aquino

Elisa Aquino is a portrait photographer, life(style) writer, passion blogger, and beauty rookie from Manila, Philippines. This platform exists to document her daily musings and to showcase the life-changing power of grace to transform women from ashes to beauty.