I love waterproof makeup for my eyes and I'm really generous when it comes to putting on products on my face every single time I do my makeup routine.  Because of this, I don't feel quite satisfied with removing all my makeup with just wipes or micellar water. I also have a very tedious skincare routine. For me, double-cleansing is the way to go.  


It took me a while to find an oil-based cleanser that doesn't sting my eyes and when I did find one that worked, I couldn't get a hold of it again — not in the Philippines, at least — because I got it in Japan. Luckily, I came across Human Nature's Bare Necessity Cleansing Balm a couple of months back. 




First impressions, packaging, practicality


Off the bat, it's quite fair to not expect a luxurious packaging given its price point of PHP345. Inspired by the popular 10-step Korean skincare routine, the balm is housed in a nice plastic tub that looks clean, simple, and practical. It also has a lid inside for extra protection and sanitary purposes, I assume. Plus, a small scooper suggestive of just how much you need per usage.


The consistency of the product in the tub was very candle wax-like when I got it, but because it has become a mainstay in my vanity table, it has melted into a cream-like texture due to the heat. There are no instructions whether there's a need to refrigerate it to retain the solid consistency, but since it hasn't reduced to a liquid state even after a couple of months, I'd say that's still a plus in my book. I sort of wish it would've stayed more solid, though.


Compared to my initial go-to, the Kose Softymo Speedy Selected Treatment Oil, this one's easier to bring when I travel because of the size difference of bottle vs. tub. If you're a frequent flyer, this also proves to be more convenient. 




Usage and claims



I was a bit sceptical at first because, as I mentioned earlier, I am very picky when it comes to my cleansers. I scooped the tiniest amount using the scooper and started to massage it over my waterproof lined-and-mascara-ed eyes. It transformed from balm to oil as soon as I started working it into my skin and surprisingly, it didn't sting nor did it need any tugging to melt away the makeup. Plus, there was no need for extra scooping as that tiny amount did the trick for my entire face.


It's also worth noting that while I'm also very particular about scents, the coconut scent of the balm was neither overwhelming nor intolerable. I actually found it pretty soothing. 


My only issue with it is that it's not as water soluble as the more high-end balm cleansers or my other go-to oil-based cleanser, so I need to wipe it off with a cotton pad or a cloth first before I can rinse it off with my water-based cleanser.  





In the photo above, I swatched and let set a matte liquid lipstick, a lip and cheek tint, a waterproof mascara, and a waterproof eyeshadow stick. The white substance in my wrist area is the balm. The second frame shows how the balm transforms to oil during the makeup removal process. The final frame is after the cleanser has been wiped off with a cotton pad.


Final thoughts


After using Human Nature's Bare Necessity Cleansing Balm, I must say that while it has its minor flaws, it definitely sealed its place in my beauty routine. The natural oils in its formulation also helped my skin feel softer, plumper, and skincare-routine ready. I've also been using it religiously for almost three months now and I'm still nowhere near the bottom of the tub. Given this, I'd say that with its affordable price point, it's a product that's worth every penny. 




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You may have already seen the Kaleidoscope Palette from the Urban Decay x Kristen Leanne collaboration and got inspired to whip up colourful eye looks. Well, we're happy to report that the flow of inspiration will not stop there. Aside from the said palette, the collection also features other products that will urge you to create more fun looks. Piqued? Let's take a look.


Daydream Eyeshadow Palette


SGD45


Kristen Leanne is known for her out-there, colourful looks, but she's no stranger to the goodness of a classic neutral palette. So she created one that fulfils every neutral-lover's daydream. The palette contains five new matte neutral shades named Lucy (an ivory), Daydream (a soft nude), 12/12 (a soft peach), subscribe (a warm nude), and eight (a rich warm brown). 


Beauty Beam Highlight Palette


SGD55


This palette contains three colours — a soft rose gold, a white gold, and a warm gold — that will make you glow like the beauty unicorn you really are. 


Vice Lipsticks and Liquid Lipsticks


Vice Liquid Lipstick in Bun Bun (Lipstick, SGD31; Liquid Lipstick Duo, SGD55)


Kristen Leanne also created new shades of the Vice lipsticks for her collection. There are three: Bun Bun (a nude) and Cloud 9 (a magenta), which both have the Comfort Matte formula, and Spellbound (a deep plum), which is Mega Matte. There's also a liquid lipstick duo that complements the shades in the Kaleidoscope palette. Forgive, which has a Comfort Matte formula, is a pink-mauve nude. Meanwhile, Forget, which also has a Comfort Matte formula, is a light coral nude.


All products from the Urban Decay x Kristen Leanne collection will be available on 1 March in all Sephora stores and 8 March in all free-standing stores.

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Feeling tired and stressed-out often? Couldn't find the time to set an appointment to your favourite spa for some me-time? We say take the matters into your own hands!


Instead of letting those relaxing spa sessions cloud your dreams but never your reality, we say re-create the experience right at your own home.  Ahead, we list down beauty picks you need to pick up, stat, for the perfect pampering session within your house's four walls. 


Rossano Ferretti Parma Intenso 03 Softening & Smoothing Hair Mask




SGD96


Always styling and putting products in your hair to keep it in place for your daily hectic schedule? Give it the break it deserves with this hair mask from Rossano Ferretti. This professional formula has a rich concentration of nourishing, strengthening, and moisturising natural ingredients that will help detangle and condition your mane while making it shiny and silky.


Its sleek packaging also gives you that luxe feel of a top hair salon without having to actually step out of your house.


escentials Serge Lutens Dent De Lait




SGD 280


Who says fragrances are only for those who have plans for the day? Perfumes and scents help soothe and reinvigorate the senses. So for your special at-home pampering sesh, we encourage spritzing some on!


Our pick is the newest fragrance to debut under Serge Lutens — Dent de Lait. Its notes include almond milk, coconut, incense, heliotrope, and a slight metallic note that mixes calming and youthful elements, with a sensual and enigmatic pop. 

Canvas Rose Otto Multi-Intensive Face Oil Serum




For a touch of bliss and luxury, check out this face oil serum from Australian brand Canvas. Mixed with Rose Otto essential oil and pure essential oils, the fresh and soothing aroma of this anti-ageing serum gently seeps into the skin and helps brighten and even out skin complexion, lift and firm the skin, as well as add and lock in moisture into the various skin layers. 


innisfree x Snoopy® Limited Edition Collection My Body Cedar Wood Set




SGD32



While your daily skincare routine might focus too much on your face, we say don't leave out your body as it takes as much stress and damage from daily aggressors! 


Relax and lather on some of innisfree x Snoopy®'s My Body Cedar Wood Set that comes with a body cleanser and a body lotion. The deep and woody scent plus the plumping and moisturising feel of this bundle gives an earthy, soothing vibe that's ever so familiar in spa sessions — your skin will definitely thank you for after!




L'Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Body Cream




SGD68


Another treat you can indulge in is this redesigned fan fave from L'Occitane. Packed with 25% Shea, bring your skin back to life with its formula that combats extreme dryness for up to 72 hours and leaves skin feeling quenched, plump, and revived.



Anya Hindmarch Baby Powder scented candle




From SGD90 to 290


Go all out with your at-home pampering session by working on the ambience as well. Infused with notes of bergamot, Italian mandarin and rose petal, vanilla, tonka bean from Venezuela and many more, this candle gives off a soft oriental fragrance that will definitely top off your at-home spa setup with a sense of completion.


(Cover photo from: Paperkitties)

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