I didn’t plan on writing about beauty resolutions for the new year. Usually, whatever it is that I want to stop or start doing, I just go at it the moment the idea crosses my mind.
But I wanted to put an emphasis on a specific thing I want to do more this year, so here I am on the resolution bandwagon.
It came to me when I was just about to send an order form for several Real Techniques Brushes.
Right before I was about to click send, I asked myself:
Could there be brushes like these
sold by tax-paying Filipino entrepreneurs?
I wrote about opting for local products eight months ago, but being the scatterbrained person that I am, I lost focus.
Going back to buying brushes — the first brand that came to mind was Charm. I realized that they can already cover all of my eye makeup brush needs (I want to hone my eye makeup skills this year). I also found something I like from the Soffia line, I imagine it to be a bigger version of Shiseido’s Perfect Foundation Brush:
Unfortunately, Charm does not have anything similar to the Expert Face Brush, Blush Brush, and the Retractable Angled Kabuki Brush. I’m still considering the first two Real Techniques brushes. But for the retractable kabuki, I might just buy a similarly shaped Charm brush and just put it in a Brush Guard to make it makeup bag-friendly.
I also remember wanting to buy Virginia Olsen’s sculpting brush but I was waiting for enough reviews for it. Is Virginia Olsen a local brand?
Some local makeup products also caught my eye.
Whenever I go to Watsons, I always find myself swatching Fanny Serrano square eye shadows. They look so much like Bobbi Brown and I’m a little turned off by that. But I can’t say the same for the eye shadows themselves. They are very pigmented. In fact, they are more pigmented (and less chalky) compared to the Bobbi Brown eye shadows I own. Here are reviews from Sabs and Carina.
I also want to check out James Cooper and Pinkies Collection eye shadows. I already have one from the latter — a vibrant matte purple.
I might look at local matte lipsticks but I’m on a VERY strict 6-lipsticks-at-a-time policy and I currently have 10. I should be letting go of four and not buying more.
If you have other recommendations, let me know. I’m currently into blushers and eye shadows.
P.S. I want to say that maybe buying local can help reduce our carbon footprint but I have no information on cosmetics manufacturing practices in our country and most Filipino cosmetic companies import products from abroad.