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Katrina Iriberri is a blogger for Pepper.ph and her own personal one at Don’t Ask Me To smile. She is also in finance for one of the biggest consumer goods companies in the Philippines. She is an avid home cook and baker, too.


I think the products I use are a good mix of drugstore/supermarket finds and high-end brands. This is partly because I’m approaching the age where I promised myself that I would start “investing” on my skin and partly because I don’t think I need to spend a fortune on basics (shampoo) and the stuff magazines tell me I can scrimp on (mascara).


For my bath, it’s pretty straightforward. Now that my hair is long-ish again (I used to have a pixie cut), I’m using Pantene Hair Fall Control. I alternate between Olay Body Wash Plus and Safeguard White for my body.

It’s post-bath when things start to get more complicated. My hair is permed curly/wavy and the LE Curling Touch was recommended to me by my Korean hairstylist. I apply it to my damp hair and twirl sections with my fingers to hold the curls. When it dries, my hair is in soft, loose curls that last all day.


I start cleansing my face with Maybelline’s Eye and Lip Makeup Remover. It’s gentle, effective and cheap. At night, I use my Clarisonic Mia with either the cleanser that came with it or with Cetaphil. I LOVE my Mia. My skin has become smoother and I now have less breakouts because of it. If my Mia is still charging or if I just feel like a good scrub, I’ll use St. Ives Apricot Scrub. My skin feels so smooth and clean soft after a good scrub with this. In the morning, it’s just Cetaphil and water for me.

If I do have a pimple or a minor breakout, I’ll treat it with Clyndamycin from my derma. I’ll run a soaked cotton ball over my entire face, but also soak cotton patches and apply them directly on the problematic area.


After all that, I’ll apply Clinique’s Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector. I’ve had issues with dark pimple marks for a while now, and this was the first product that I tried to specifically solve that problem. After eight weeks, my dark spots have faded significantly, some completely. It’s a bit pricey, but it works. In the day, I’ll follow that up with Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Complete UV Moisture SPF 50 sunblock. I’ve been wearing minimum SPF 30 on my face since my late teens, it really is imperative and they really should teach that to girls in school. I like this because it’s light, is non-sticky and you won’t feel it once it’s been absorbed by your skin. You can even wear it under makeup. I also just started using SK-II’s Facial Treatment Essence, but I haven’t been using it long enough to have a verdict on it.

I have dry skin (boo genetics), so body lotion is a must, especially because our office is freezing. On most days, I’ll use the Nivea Baby Gentle Nourishing Lotion. On colder days, like during the –ber months, I’ll switch to Shea Body Butter from The Body Shop. Unlike other body butters, this is non-greasy, feels thick and heavy and smells really nice and nutty. I spent a full winter in South Africa a few years ago and this saved my skin.


My daily makeup routine is so simple, it probably doesn’t deserve to be called that. My lashes are stick-straight so I need the Shu Uemura eyelash curler. I’ll follow-up that up with mascara from Maybelline’s Falsies line. I’m still not convinced that the really expensive mascaras are worth the price, so I’m fine with the myriad of options from the drugstore.

I have my brows groomed in Browhuas and I use the K-Palette Lasting 2-Way Eyebrow stick to fill them in. I’m heavy-handed and used to over-apply color on my brows with my old pencil. But with this, the color and formula is a great balance between translucence and coverage, and I don’t end up looking like a contrabida after applying it. And it really is long-lasting, so my brows look even (or at least as are as even as I applied them) all day.

I’m obsessed with lip balms. I’ve tried so many over the years and the search for the best one ever is still ongoing. The best one I’ve tried so far is Rosebud Perfume Co.’s Strawberry Rose Lip Balm. It glides on smooth, is long-lasting and is really nourishing on the lips. It’s so good that I don’t even mind that it comes in a tin. Their signature product, Rosebud Salve is good as lip balm as well, but is a little greasier. I use this for other things, too, like insect bites, my cuticles, and the calluses on my hands. The other lip balm that’s on rotation right now is this Viktor & Rolf one that I got from the KLM overnight kit. It’s really smooth and creamy and I’m saving it because it’s not commercially available.

For color, I really like Clinique’s Chubby Stick Intense line. I’m still new to wearing makeup everyday to work (as embarrassing as that is to admit), so I’m still not used to the feeling of lipstick. I find it too thick and heavy. So Clinique’s lip color balm is a great compromise. They’re lighter on the lips but give good color. I have Curvaceous Caramel, a pinkish nude and Chunkiest Chili (the names are annoying, I know), a muted brick-red. My one lipstick is MAC’s Russian Red.


If I it’s a special (and non-formal) occasion, I’ll make an effort and use my Bare Minerals. This was given to me as a gift because it’s “makeup for dummies” according to my tita who gave it to me. And it kinda is since the starter kit even comes with a DVD tutorial. Prime Time, is an amazing primer, your face will feel like a infant’s soft behind after applying it. The foundation doubles as concealer, too. All in all, this is a great system for beginners like me.


I’m pretty basic when it comes to nail polish, too. I tried Seche Vite after reading about it on divasoria’s blog. I love it because even when I apply my color unevenly, it looks perfect after a coat of Seche Vite. My colors are pretty basic: Chanel’s Frenzy and Tendresse. I’m still looking for that perfect shade of brick-red, but so far, no luck.


I never really realized this until I lined up my perfumes like this, but I apparently I like light, floral scents: Sarah Jessica Parker’s Lovely (my favorite), Acca Kappa’s Hibiscus, Marc Jacob’s Daisy and Jo Malone’s English Pear and Freesia. But if I had to choose just one scent to wear until the end of my days, it would be Gucci Envy.

as told to divasoria

Written by divasoria

November 27th, 2013 at 5:33 am

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