On Scent and Aromateria Scents & Sensibilities

October 4, 2012 § 5 Comments

About a couple of months ago, the only scents I owned and used were from Clean – Fresh Laundry and Summer Escape. They were simple and smelled good (my boyfriend and my dad call them bagong-ligo, or freshly-showered fragrances!), which made them perfect choices for everyday especially when I’m in a hurry and tend to reach for the quickest option.

When I discovered Darling Clandestine and Haus of Gloi, that’s when I really started getting into scent and appreciating the art and alchemy it takes to bring together wonderful, complex, uncommon fragrances. In fact, I splurged and bought perfume solids, samples, and full-size perfumes from DC and the Haus, which I talk about briefly here (and which have yet to make a full appearance on the blog, sorry), and some of which are on their way to me.

The only downside is that it takes some trouble and time to get your hands on these scents – since both of them are from sellers based in the US, I’ve limited myself to placing big orders from them, so that the shipping cost is worth it.

But, when I was clicking around on Facebook though, I stumbled on a local business that does exactly what DC and the Haus: provide you with handmade, artisan fragrances and solid perfumes.

Aromateria Scents & Sensibilities, owned by Shani Tan.

It looks as if they’re a relatively small and new business, having started in 2011, and making appearances in craft fairs and the upcoming Yabang Pinoy bazaar (November 10-11, 2012, in the Rockwell Tent). They have around 22 scents in three categories: Men, Women, and Unisex.

This is their scentlist, as of February 2012 (I think they classified the Unisex fragrances under the Men category):

Aromateria perfumes come in the form of solid perfume sticks (which look like lip balms and gloss, although they warn that you shouldn’t use them for this perfumes). Solid perfumes (I have the DC fragrances in tin form) are very convenient to carry around – they take up little space and you don’t have to worry about spills in your bag.

I like that they’re packaged so conveniently, with design that’s a little bit arcane, and a lot artistic. The ingredients, scent descriptions, and ‘instructions’ are also printed on each label.

What I LOVE, however, that they’re inspired by books and comic books, and tv shows and movies and whatnot. The fangirl in me is dying to own fragrances inspired by Game of Thrones, Agueda (which, I think, references Nick Joaquin’s May Day Eve), Jane Austen, alcoholic drinks, and even Shakespeare. I mean, the business name itself references Austen – and I’m sure you’ll be able to spot familiar characters and names in the picture above. And it’s Filipino-made.

The price isn’t explicitly stated on the website (which I think could also use a complete list and descriptions of all fragrances offered), but from clicking around Facebook, I’ve found that an Aromateria solid perfume stick goes for P250. Which makes them reasonably-priced, especially for a handmade fragrance that’ll last you for a long time.

Right now, I really want to try:

  • Sto Helit (dark chocolate, grapefruit, and tangerine)
  • Beach Bunny (Florals, mossy marine with a touch of sugar)
  • Van Pelt (lemon & musk with warm ginger)
  • Holy Basil (fresh basil, sweet lime with a hint of mint)
  • And maybe Sherlock (bergamot, patchouli, oakmoss, basil, and cedarwood) for my boyfriend.

Aromateria has me very intrigued. This was actually not in my line-up of posts, but I got so excited when I stumbled on their website that I just had to write about them. I will most likely, be unable to control myself, and place an order by the end of the week!

Check out Aromateria’s website here, or their Facebook page here.

Are you interested in any of their scents? Are there other unique, Filipino-made products you’ve discovered?

[All images were taken from the Aromateria website and Facebook page. No copyright infringement is intended.]


Tina Tries: Contouring Angst and the Face Shop Designing Dual Shading Pact

October 2, 2012 § 4 Comments

Dad has a habit of saying that our family’s lucky, because even if / when we lose weight, it’s never really obvious because of our full faces. I’m pretty sure that he’s (and maybe my Momma) the only one who thinks that.

My sisters and I all dislike our round faces, although mine’s a lot more squareish than theirs. We’ve got cheeks that give us a hard time in photos – I for one haven’t found that perfect angle yet. In fact, so much fat obscures my cheekbones and the hollows, it’s crazy.

Enter contouring.

I’m not well-versed in this at all – most of what I know, I learned from my youngest sister, who took a makeup workshop when she was only 15, and is obliging enough to fix me up for special occasions and give me tips. Once, she was so proud of herself that she started gushing over her work, and I quote, “OhmyGOD I gave you cheekbones! And I made your nose look so nice, I’m so good at this!” And the difference was noticeable!

So I thought I’d pick up a matte bronzer and try out a bit of contouring for every day. The Face Shop was the most convenient choice, since we happened to be in SM Megamall then. Haha!

For those who aren’t familiar with it, The Face Shop is a natural skincare and makeup line (though I’m not exactly sure how natural all their products are) from Korea that claims to “bring together science and the perfection of nature to deliver the best products for your skin.” I’d say that this, and Etude House are the most popular Korean makeup lines in the Philippines – in fact, their biggest endorsers are Korean pop stars, actors, and male models! Must be good, right? The Face Shop opened in the Philippines in 2006 – and I’ve been a fan of their products since then, especially their nail polishes, blushes, and highlighters. So it made sense to try out their bronzers as well.

The Face Shop Designing Dual Shading Pact in 01 Blending Brown

Packaging: The bronzer comes in a standard round compact – the packaging and color are very simple, which I love since I rarely gravitate towards cutesy packaging. Flipping the top open reveals the inside of the compact, which includes a mirror, and a brush that clicks onto a plastic shield that covers the bronzer, which is housed in the bottom half of the case itself.

I like this style a lot more than let’s say my Face Shop blush, which, when you open it, reveals the blush in a shallow compartment right away. That flips up to reveal the brush in a hollow compartment below. The packaging of the bronzer seems a lot more sanitary since the product is actually protected by a shield, and I don’t have to worry about the sides of the pan and the mirror getting messy!

The included brush is softer and of better quality than most others of it’s kind – it’s not what I prefer to use, but I’ve held on to it because it’s good to use in a pinch.

Colors: You get 12g of product in the pan; and there are two shades – a lighter caramel-tan, and a darker, muddy brown. Both seem darker in the pan than they do when swatched.

The instructions that came on the box (which I threw away, sorry!) say to use the lighter color in the hollows of the cheeks and on the jawline, and to use the darker color on the temples. As you can see below, the muddy brown color is much too dark for me, so I’m avoiding it for now. The lighter shade makes for a good contour shade against my skintone.

The top swatch is the darker color in the pan, and the bottom swatch is the lighter color. I went over both twice, to get the color to show up well.

Product: I’ve only been using this for a few weeks, but I can say it’s pretty long-wearing. How do I know? It’s kind of a makeup-mishap, rookie-mistake kind of story, but what the hell. No shame right?

Anyway, the first time I used this, I was, to say the least, overeager: I picked up a lot of product, contoured the hollows of my cheeks and the jawline, stepped back from the mirror, and was HORRIFIED. Blending furiously, I tried to remedy the problem, but ended up spreading it over more of my face. And there was no time to remove everything, so I went with a muddy look for the day (which was crazy stupid), and was saddened by how brown the tissue paper was at the end of the day when I removed my make-up. And by the thought that I probably looked very, very stupid that day.

Lately, I’ve been using spare amounts – for a barely there effect – but it still lasts the whole day, which is good, right? Also, despite my early, HUGE failure, I’ve found that it is actually very easy to blend, and it does help to bring out the planes of my face more.

Finally? I’d say this is a good starter bronzer for those who’re just getting into contouring – it wasn’t the bronzer I would have wanted to get, but I feel it’s impractical to buy something expensive when I’m just starting out. Also, this cost just below P1000 ($23, thereabouts) – but for me, it’s a small price to pay because Face Shop products have never broken me out, and you get a lot of product anyway.

Hey, I’ve just realized that this isn’t a real review – a tried & tested – at all. Because I’m still trying.

On that note, let me show you the initial draft of this post, which was marred by a lot of hormone-induced negative thoughts, immediately following my muddy-faced story:

“I think I’m going to spend a good part of tomorrow morning practicing in front of a mirror – I’ve been looking at tutorials by Chriselle of Cosmetic Fixation here, and by other bloggers like Nikki of Askmewhats, and Xiao of Messy Wands.

I still get a frustrated sometimes because I’m still unable to do a lot of what I want to do, makeup-wise. Damned if I’m going to give up though!”

I’ve had this for a few weeks now, and I’ve been practicing, and, you know what? I’m doing better. Not enough to give myself beautiful cheekbones yet (a daunting task given how chubby my cheeks are), but yeah, I think I’m getting there! Yay for practicing right?

Favorite bronzers (or contouring tutorials, haha!)? Have you ever had any contouring mishaps?

First Impressions: Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè

September 29, 2012 § 6 Comments

My family went to Europe last summer and we had so much fun doing all the vacationy things: walking around the beautiful, beautiful cities (although we didn’t get to visit Oxford, where I spent three weeks in high school), seeing the sights and taking lots of pictures, watching plays and musicals (I finally got to see Les Miserables after fifteen years of singing all the songs!), lots of eating (my favorite were the full English breakfasts, every single meal we ever ate in Italy, AND all the wine and beer), and a lot of shopping.

Because I’m me (and that’s the way I roll yo), I came prepared with a list of things I absolutely needed to buy and brands I needed to check out – most of them from the fabled French pharmacies. But we were in France for only a few days, so the only thing I managed to cross off that list was the Bioderma Crealine H2O Solution Micellaire.

I’ve been using this bottle since May, and the only reason it’s this depleted is because I use it all over my face sometimes. A splash on a cotton ball works well to remove all traces of eye make-up, including stubborn mascara, though, for everyday cleansing.

That’s not the point of this post though, this is:

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè

I was disappointed about not being able to come back from France with some Embryolisse, because I’ve seen raves about it on so many different blogs, and I was looking for a change of pace from Clinique Dramatically Different (which is a great moisturizer, but way too thick for my taste). So I scoured the internet, and I found it on www.cosme-de.com for $29 (PHP 1210.00), and promptly ordered it. Never mind that I had to wait three weeks, and that I had to pay customs taxes – I was still happy to have finally received it.

Here’s a picture of the ingredients listed on the back of the tube:

The full list of ingredients (taken from Embryolisse USA) is: AAqua. Paraffinum Liquidum. Stearic Acid. Glyceryl Stearate. Triethanolamine. Cera Alba. Cetyl Palmitate. Butyrospermum Parkii. Steareth-10. Polyacrylamide C13-14 Isoparaffin. Laureth-7. Propylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Aloe Barbadensis. 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol. Tropolone. Parfum.

It’s paraben-free and not tested on animals – more points in its favor, if you favor cruelty-free and gentle products.

The brand seems almost boastful of this product — for good reason because it seems to be such a cult item? It’s supposed to be a multi-use item: a moisturizer, makeup remover, and makeup base. Either way, Embryolisse describes this as:

“A wonderful care product – a real beauty secret, favored by dermatologists for decades: a combination of ingredients of natural origin with recognized virtues, rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins. Provides the skin with all the nutrients and water needed for its balance, reconstitutes its hydrolipidic film – the barrier that protects the skin from aggression – and accelerates cell renewal. Moisturized, nourished, and repaired, the skin is supple and elastic once more. It is plumped, smooth, and incredibly soft. Signs of dryness and discomfort disappear, leaving the skin soothed. Its creamy milk texture leaves a satin film, even on dry skin.”

Pretty boastful, right? It comes in utilitarian blue-and-white tube-style packaging (I have the larger size, 75 mL), which a lot of people seem to dislike because it reminds them of topical, medicinal ointments. I don’t mind it myself.

I’ve only been using the Embryolisse regularly for about around two weeks or so – before that, because I had to deal with a horrible breakout which I treated with a toner-like treatment with tea tree oil and water, undiluted tea tree oil (bad for my skin, I know) as a spot treatment, yet another all-natural spot treatment and my trusty Aloe E cream. It dried my skin out a lot, but for me, that was a small price to pay to keep the pimples at bay (poet, I know it).

This is where the Embryolisse comes in. When my skin calmed down enough to the point that I was just using the Aloe E cream to minimize the bumpiness, dryness, redness, and scarring, I started using the Embryolisse regularly on top of that. I’d let the Aloe E sink in for thirty minutes to an hour, and then very carefully spread a thin layer of the moisturizer all over my face and neck. As you can see from the fairly depleted appearance of the tube, I use more than just a pea-sized amount (which is what most other beauty bloggers recommend), but that was because of alll the drying.

First impressions: The texture of the cream is very rich, although not overly so. It takes a minute to sink into skin, but notably less than Clinique Dramatically Different. And it doesn’t leave my face feeling thick or goopy — Embryolisse just leaves it feeling moist, so it’s comfortable to wear. I usually apply it thirty minutes to an hour before bedtime, just so it sinks in well. I don’t like using it in the morning because it doesn’t have SPF.

I won’t go into too much detail since this is a “first impressions” post, but I will say this: after around two to three days, the dry patches from the use of the tea tree oil were gone, and pimple scars (even old ones – not the ones from the “fresh” breakout) were faded in appearance. So far, I’ve been waking up every day with soft, supple skin that feels hydrated – and I’ve even noticed that the dryness on my face (mostly concentrated on my cheeks and forehead) has lessened. Which means I’ve been using less and less of the moisturizer every night!

Suffice to say, I’m liking the  Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè as moisturizer so far. I’ll come back to this in around three weeks and give my final verdict, yeah?

Have you tried this? Are there any other moisturizers you absolutely love?

Things of the Day: 09/25

September 25, 2012 § 4 Comments

Nails of the Day (NOTD): Chanel Blue Rebel from the Chanel Les Jeans de Chanel Collection.

Pretty much a sucker for any navy blue, dark blue, or midnight blue polishes (the deeper the better!), so when I saw the chance to pick up two of the three lacquers from the Les Jeans de Chanel collection slightly-used for half the price, I took it. I have Blue Rebel and Blue Boy.

Blue Rebel is a lovely, lovely dark navy blue color, as you can see, and applies opaque with two coats. The packaging is so typically Chanel – chic, minimalist, and functional. Not going to buy any more Chanel lacquers, as they’re extremely expensive – but I’ll definitely be looking for similar colors.

(Also I should invest in a quality base coat and top coat. My nails are lacking that pretty polish because I just used Caronia. And hey, it works well enough with other drugstore polishes, but I guess Chanel demands more).


Lips of the Day (LiOTD): Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Smitten

This and Adore are my favorites of the Kissable balm stains  – funny, because I never thought I could wear a bright pink lip out. This one’s also the least drying, and I wore it for 4 1/2 hours before having to reapply after lunch (it stained pretty well, with some fading in the center of my bottom lip).

I also *love* how these Kissable balm stains pull differently on people, depending on the pigmentation of their lips and their skintone. This one’s a pretty bright pink on me, but on others, it can look a little deeper, and a little more raspberry. Googling it’ll show you – the differences are subtle, but they’re there! Not going to do a full review on any of the colors I own since there are so many reviews out there, but suffice to say: I love them!

(a little bit shy to post a full face here, so we’ll save that for maybe a year from now, haha!)

Scent of the Day (SOTD): Darling Clandestine Summer’s Cauldron (not in picture) over Haus of Gloi Autumn Pumpkin Butter in Pumpkin Queen

The Haus’ Pumpkin Queen is deep, spicy, and earthy – pumpkin and peach mixed with spices and herbs, hay, and amber, all of which keep it from becoming too rich and fruity. This one’s pretty heady and I love how the smell morphs throughout the first few hours of slathering it on – from a mix of everything, to the spiced peaches taking the foreground later on, with the pumpkin just adding some richness in the background.

I just had to layer with DC Summer’s Cauldron, which is spicy and smokey in its own way. I’ve owned that little tin for a month or so now, and the smell has shifted in an interesting way – less spicy, with more floral with a touch of citrus coming out. With this, I’ve learned that less is more, so I only dabbed a little on my wrists and the base of my neck.

The combination was a little too strong, admittedly – maybe not entirely work-appropriate, since my colleagues smelled something spicy and fruity in our area (and I didn’t let on it was me!), but I still liked it. Maybe for nights at home, though.

Yay of the Day! (YOTD): Tea Pigs

I thought that I’d do a Yay of the Day every time I did “Thing of the Day” posts – things that make me happy, or excited. Mini-features or peeks into my life, I guess?

I ordered these through the TeaPigs website, all the way from the UK (I know, right. Shameless tea junkie here): a Mix ‘n’ Match Box of 12 sampler packs and 15 tea temples of the Everyday Brew (English Breakfast). I liked the option of the sampler packs – you could choose 12 varieties of tea, for a total of 24 tea temples. I’m most excited about the Chocolate Flake, Chai, Popcorn, and Rooibos Creme Caramel teas. #obsessed

I am trying to be more consistent with this blog, ugh, but work has gotten in the way D: This is me trying to update more frequently! Goal for the week: 2 more posts!

Tried&Tested: Haus of Gloi pumpkin butters review

September 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’m pretty sure I first heard of Haus of Gloi over at Claire’s Beauty–specifically, this Indie Interview post with Evonne of Darling Clandestine, who mentions that she uses her own scent concoction mixed into Aether Pumpkin Butter. Aether. Pumpkin Butter.

Aether pumpkin butter: it sounds pretty, appetizing, and luxurious all at the same time!  Ok, there you go, curiosity piqued: I visited Haus of Gloi.

The Haus is an indie, vegan bath, body, and fragrance line based in Oregon. It’s run by Matt and Britton — all the scents are crafted and blended by hand, so you’re pretty much assured of getting interesting and unique products, whether they’re pumpkin butters, body emulsions, soaps, emulsifying scrubs, bubbling scrubs, and perfume oils.

I like that they put a lot of thought into their “branding.” For example, the website’s overall theme changes with the seasons – right now, it’s autumn, as you can see from the screenshot.  Whether it’s spring or autumn, the site reflects their aesthetic (a mix of quirky and arcane come to mind), is really easy to navigate, and only has the essentials.

BUT browsing the catalog is difficult, because everything sounds so appealing! Check out the pumpkin butters here and be tempted.

Since this was my first order, I decided to order pumpkin butters in the sample sizes (2oz) so I could get a variety of scents: Elevenses, Troika, and Twice is Nice. I also ordered a perfume oil sample in Honeysuckle Lemon Curd (which I’ll review in another post). I received my little haul – with a free sample of Picaroon – thanks to my aunt’s obliging friend (who allowed me to ship this to her) and to my aunt (who brought them home from her business trip).

Here they are, a little worse for the wear, after I’ve used them a few times.

The pumpkin butters come in little plastic jars with screw-on lids — and as a bonus, they’re sealed, which I didn’t expect from an independent business. Once you open them, they look like whipped butter, close to the pictures in the catalog.

I scooped a small amount on the back of my hand to show you the texture – doesn’t it look thick and luxurious? Be warned: a little of this product goes a long way; it was enough to cover my entire forearm. I’ve used them each a number of times for my whole body (usually after I shower to lock the moisture in), and I can tell you that these pumpkin butters also go on smoothly and sink well into the skin. If you use a little too much, you might feel a bit more stickiness on your skin, but that’s not really a bad thing for me, as these are all so moisturizing.

On to the scents (official description in italics, my impressions below):

Twice is Nice: Sweetest offerings of opulence! Buttery sugar cookie, with shavings of creamy coconut and topped with toasted almond slivers!

– I’ve found that with the Haus, scent descriptions are generally spot on: this smelled to me like a freshly-baked, buttery coconut macaroon. The almond’s also there upon initial application, but fades away behind the buttery, coconut smell. I thought I smelled delicious, honestly – but my younger sister also said I smelled like virgin coconut oil. She got the scent right, but not in the way I would’ve liked!

Troika: A trinity of soft milks, almond, oat and coconut, lashed with sweet agave nectar and the ethereal scent of clean white.

– This is the most subtle of the scents I chose – it smells clean and soft, not too overwhelming at all. The prominent notes are really the milk and almond, with a hint of the coconut. I can’t really distinguish the other scents, but they’re there to keep the fragrance from being TOO simple and boring. At first, I thought this was exactly similar to Vanilla & Co’s Milky Almond buttercream, and then I compared the two – yep, Milky Almond is Troika’s more boring sister.

Elevenses: Not quite breakfast and not quite lunch, its the little snack in between. Bring out the old cracked china! Tiny, little, fluffy orange cakes, sugar coated toasty almonds and a wee steaming cup of black tea!

– This was my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE of all three scents. It makes me feel like I’m in Hobbiton, having second breakfast in Bag End – astringent black tea, orange cakes flecked with spices, and something creamy tying it all together (must be the almond). I love this so much I’ve only used it twice – on days that I need a pick-me-up.

The packaging’s pretty nice as well – it reflects the site’s quirky-arcane aesthetic. Labels are also printed with a complete list of (vegan) ingredients and the descriptions of the scents. I like these so much that when I’ve used all of these up, I don’t think I’m going to throw these jars away!

I thought that these were such tiny, tiny jars, but you get a surprising amount of use with these products – I’ve used Troika five times, and there’s still a little over half the jar left.

See – there’s still a lot of product left

I did a little sleuthing around Google before I ordered these, and I found out that Julia of Bless My Bag has also ordered from the Haus. You can read her post about them here, especially if you’re wondering about shipping to Manila.

I should add that Matt and Britton have great customer service as well – when I sent them an email to correct my shipping address, they responded promptly.

As a bonus, they include a free sample of perfume oil with every order. Turnaround time (the time in between placing your order and them shipping it out) is also very fast – it took 2 days for them to ship out this order.

PROS: packaging, generous sample sizes, very moisturizing, spreads and sinks into skin well, amazing scents, scents linger for 3-4 hours, affordable prices, fast turnaround time, great customer service, they ship worldwide, and all products are vegan-friendly

CONS: none that I can think of!

Try? I would recommend these products to everyone, whether they’re from the general collection (as all 3 of mine were), or they’re from the themed seasonal collections (Autumn is up right now). Right now, Elevenses is the only one I would repurchase in the full size – not because I didn’t like the other products, but because I want to try everything else. Yes, everything.

(and in fact, the entire Autumn line of pumpkin butters is on their way to me!)


September 9, 2012 § 2 Comments

After I’m done checking out r/MakeupAddiction, r/SkincareAddiction, and r/FancyFollicles (so vain, I know!), I SOMETIMES head on over to r/BeautyBoxes. I say “sometimes,” because, truth be told, I’m not too fond of seeing the pictures and descriptions of the little samples and full-size products that so many other girls are getting through Birchbox, GlossyBox, Jolie Box, Bella Box, and Lust Have It.

I know that a lot of people are complaining about the quality of Birchbox and Glossybox going down, especially when they started putting disposable razors and faulty earphones in the boxes, but, dammit, I’d at least like the option of receiving a mini-haul in the comfort of my own home every month! For a while, I even considered subscribing to this international beautybox (I forget the name, but saw it over at Roseanne’s blog), but it would’ve been really expensive.

Soo – imagine my excitement when, while browsing through my daily reads, I saw this post over at Loving Sunshine.

Introducing: Saladbox, the Philippines’ first beauty box subscription!

It works like pretty much every beauty box subscription service – you sign up for it, fill up a beauty profile, and receive a Saladbox full of samples personalized according to your tastes! And for only P500.00 ($12) a month! This is what it says on their website:

It was a good thing I saw Kumiko’s post early, as Saladbox launched today, at 8:00PM! The full contents of the website would be available to all–including a Brands page, which is like getting a preview of what you COULD get, and you could also reserve in advance for the October Saladbox.

By 7:30, I was on their website and refreshing the page every few minutes just in case it appeared early. Eager beaver, right? I really just wanted to be among the first to try it out because I’ve been lemming for something like this for quite some time – and I figured, it’s only P500, and easily discontinued if I don’t like what I get after the first three months. According to the website, the brands that’ll be featured in September’s Saladbox (which are all reserved already) are: Hotshop, BC Fragrances, Skinmiso, and Klair’s (the latter are from a Korean site named wishtrend, I believe).

My only problem with the whole thing was that the website actually launched closer to 9:00pm. The “Reserve” button didn’t work until way past 8:00PM. To be fair to them, Saladbox updated their Twitter with apologies, but they should have anticipated the excitement, right? So many people were tweeting and posting about it after all. Either way, it was a minor inconvenience, and I happily signed up for the October Saladbox–along with more than a hundred others. :D

P.S. I just checked their website now, and you can still reserve! Why not try it out?

P.P.S. I haven’t forgotten about the Haus of Gloi, Darling Clandestine, Sakura Bath and Body, and Shiro Cosmetics posts, I promise! I haven’t been able to take good pictures yet, but those are forthcoming, along with a blog post on a makeup exchange I recently received. *yay*

[Both photos taken from the http://www.saladbox.com.ph website. No copyright infringement intended.]

How Reddit introduced me to the world of indie

September 1, 2012 § 1 Comment

Since an officemate introduced me to Reddit, r/MakeupAddiction has quickly become one of my favorite subreddits. I agonize over looks that I’ll never be able to get right, look for things to add to my to-buy list, and get tips and tricks and be entertained by the lovely MUAers, in general.

Lo and behold, one morning – in the middle of the stressful and hellish month that was July – I clicked on a post talking about the perfect summer lip color and was immediately *sold*. A pretty coral color + Zoidberg = NEED.

So I went to Shiro Cosmetics and placed an order for five of the sample intertubes in Trololo, Why Not Zoidberg, Ridiculously Photogenic, Team Buffy, and Three Wolf Moon.

Then I settled down to begin what would be a three-week long wait and decided to keep browsing Reddit (no surprises there, hahaha). The comments and a lot of Googling brought me to Luna over at Toxid Lotus, and eventually, to Claire over at Claire’s Beauty. It was through them that I first heard of Darling Clandestine, Haus of Gloi, and Etsy/indie bath and body products in general.

I started browsing the Haus, DC, and Etsy, and with every click, it was almost like my money was begging to be spent. “Tina, you need to *smell* like butter cookies sprinkled with coconut and almond. Hey, don’t you need a bright, summery perfume? And in a handy-dandy solid that’s easy to lug around? No, come on, seriously, you need these now!”

Honestly, it sounded like that in my head at the time that I was salivating over the pumpkin butters and perfume solids. The massive Googling I did to see whether their products were worth buying brought me to reviews that convinced me even more: I had to have ’em.

At that point, I was only worried about the logistics, especially since the things I wanted to buy could only be shipped through regular mail, and were considerably more bulky than the Intertubes samples. The Philippine Postal Service isn’t considered very reliable after all, and Customs is notorious for overcharging taxes, asking for bribes, and even stealing from the packages (despite having Comm Biazon at its helm now). And then I got a text message from my Mom saying, “Your aunt is going to the US. If there’s anything you want to order, order it already and she will email you the address where you can have it shipped.”

Everything fell into place, really. The heavens conspired, and now, I have ALL OF THIS:

L-R: Haus of Gloi Pumpkin Butters, Darling Clandestine solid perfumes & perfume samples from DC and Haus of Gloi, Sakura Bath & Body lip balms

I’ve tried most of them already, and I am seriously addicted – I’ve a list of shops I now browse regularly, and I’ve got a regular ol’ shopping list for the coming months. But first – the things I already have for the next post – specifically, the Haus of Gloi pumpkin butters and the Sakura Bath & Body lip balms!

Considering this is only the second post on Three Tii’s, I feel a bit silly (but I’ll keep the optimism and act as if there are people reading this already), but – how did you discover Indie? Any favorites? :)

P.S. Crappy pictures for now because I have yet to unearth our camera. Sorry!