Randomesticity: The Beauty Grails

Short post for now, just to talk about what I’m loving at the moment.

White Linen by Estee Lauder. This is one of those things that I would never have picked for myself; apparently my Dad went to the fragrance counter and had two packages gift-wrapped for me and Mom, but I ended up with White Linen and she got Clinique Happy. Not a bad bargain, as it turns out; after years of wearing fruity florals, it’s nice to be able to wear something womanly for a change. This reminds me of old Spanish houses in the Philippines, with freshly-cut flowers resting on rich wood furniture.

Essence Get Big! Lashes Volume Curl mascara. After months of putting up with my Revlon PhotoReady mascara, I knew I was ready for a new start. At first I wanted to try the I <3 Extreme mascara, but the helpful lady at the Essence counter in SM Makati told me that this version of Get Big! was their best-seller. Let me tell you, this mascara does as advertised: between the no-smudge formula and the curling powers of the spoon-shaped high-volume brush, this gives so much lift to my eyes that it might as well shave 10 years from my face. It’s not as tear-proof as Maybelline’s Super Film mascara, but at P169 you can’t go wrong.

K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Lasting 2-Way Brow Liner. Speaking of “anti-aging” eye products, I saw this product at Beauty Bar in TriNoma during a shopping trip with my Mom. This one comes highly recommended by my friend Brewhuh, who has been using hers for months; a little spendy, but it takes care of bald patches and all sorts of weirdness that gets in the way of healthy (and sane-looking) eyebrows. The one I own is Shade 01 (Grayish Brown) and I love it for the natural finish it gives to my brows. Jury’s out on the 24-hour claim, though, but I can honestly swear that this held up nicely on long, hot days when I have to be out and about town.

Love, Stella

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Stella Torres

is the author of the adult contemporary romances Save the Cake, Crushingly Close, and Nine Years Away, as well as the short story “Be Creative” in the anthology Kids These Days: Stories from Luna East Vol. 1.

In her previous life, she has worked in public relations, taught English as a second language, and even attended graduate school (twice!). She has lived in Indonesia, Honolulu, and Quezon City before moving back to her hometown of Los Banos, a few hours’ drive (with traffic) from the heart of Manila.

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