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Saturday, January 2, 2010

My Best and Worst Product Purchases in 2009

I have been inspired by fellow bloggers' posts about the best products they have purchased and used in 2009 so I decided to come up with my own. So here are the best and worst products I have bought and used for the past year.

Let me start with the worst or probably the products I regret to have purchased and used.

The 10 Worst 2009 Buys: (in no particular order)

1. Dickinson's Witch Hazel Toner - Yellow Variant
- This product made my skin look dirty and I broke out with it.

2. Charcoal Soap from Saizen
- Dried out my skin and made it flaky and gave me red marks and dried out my cheeks so bad.

3. Garnier Light Cleansing Foam
- Broke me out in the past, I should've known better instead of repurchasing this year to once again give it a try

4. Skin 79 Diamond Collection Star Glow Cheek
- This has to be the worst smelling blush/highlighter ever! Smelled like beans and greens and worse, smelt like a rotten one that I can't stand using it.

5. ELF Sunkissed Bronzer
- It broke on its own after less than 24 hours upon purchasing it so I was not able to use it.

6. False Eyelashes & Glue from Saizen
- The glue stung my eyes so bad and the pair I got was so hard to work with.

7. Olay Regenerist Cleanser
- Olay's supposed to be a good product but I am one of those unlucky bunch who broke out with Olay products.

8. Sunsilk Straight & Sway Shampoo & Conditioner (Green ones from the picture)
- Made my hair brittle and dry. I couldn't touch my hair as it feels annoying.

9. The Soap Factory Tomato Soap
- Broke me out after just a couple of washes.

10. A few more mineral make up
- I know mineral make up breaks me out but I decided to give it one more shot but still, I broke out no matter how nice the finish is and regardless of how long it stays on my oily skin.

The Top 14 Best Purchases of 2009:

1. NARS Blushes
- Being a blush girl, I do not and I don't think I will ever regret buying NARS blushes as these are a few of the best investments I made when it comes to make up. The product is so worth it for the price.

2. Kryolan TV Paint Stick
- The only foundation in a non-powder form that really works for me. Didn't break me out and for PHP1250, I could never go wrong. Beats all the powder foundation I have when it comes to staying power and its ability to conceal my blemishes.

3. Kryolan Anti-Shine Powder
- This kicked MAC Blot's behind when it comes to keeping oilies at bay. You get so much product (30g) for only PHP1350 which will most likely last you for years.

4. Chanel Joues Contraste and Irreelle blushes
- The most I had to spend on a single compact of blush but definitely worth it as Irrelle In Love is my current HG blush.

5. Saizen Charcoal Mask
- Made such raves and became one of the most wanted products in girltalk that it was always out of stock on the first and second waves of raves. Now, there is a lot of stocks at Saizen so feel free to go there and grab a tube or two.

6. PureDerm Strawberry Yogurt Pack & Dual Wellbeing Pack
- Inexpensive yet very effective products. These two are now officially part of my favorite products.

7. MAC 187 and 188 brushes
- MAC 187 haunted me in my dreams and I knew then that I had to have this brush. The most expensive single product I have purchased so far for PHP2950 back then and PHP3050 now, if I remember correctly. Very versatile as this can be used on foundations, powders, and best of all, blushes. :P
MAC 188 is the smaller version of 187 and I use it only for blushes and is priced at PHP2050.

8. Etude House stippling brush
- The most abused brush in my brush stash. Made my 188 and 187 kept in the brush box as I use this pretty much on everything. Works best with NARS blushes.

9. ELF Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzer Duo
- Because of this, I don't have to buy a NARS Orgasm/Laguna duo. Cheap yet a good product.

10. MAC Tinted Lip Conditioner - Gentle Coral
- This has to be my favorite tinted lip balm and is now my HG lip balm. I use this more than I use lipsticks and lip glosses. I use it every single day.

11. MAC Amplified Creme lipstick in Cosmo.
- This has to be my best nude-pink lippie ever! :P

12. EcoTools Brushes
- Talk about cheap with good quality and eco-friendly tools.

13. Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap
- My best friend in deep cleaning my brushes. Makes brush cleaning easy as a breeze.

14. BRAGG Apple Cider Vinegar
- The best and cheapest toner I have tried. Not the best smelling product though. Smells like Tequila.

* I would've also added Aztec Indian Healing Clay as one of the best prods but I have not purchased one as I am using the sample I received form Japjap. :P*

So there you are. My best and worst picks in 2009. I would've added more but I can certainly go on and on and on and this might be a very long post if I do. Plus I already forgot everything that I purchased this year.

Happy New Year, everyone. Wishing you all the best for 2010!



  1. Interesting. I might just do something like this. I'm just still ever so busy:(

  2. Tish, I'll look forward to your best and worst post. :P

  3. thanks for sharing. i'm sorry dickinson's witch hazel didn't work for you. it works well for me.

  4. agh DWH didnt work on me too.parang ala lang thats why NAG ACV ako and it might not be the best smelling toner there is siya naman ang Winner for me.Cheap pa,amoy lasing pala tayo pammy palagi eh noh ahaha.

  5. I'm glad to know DWH works for you, Crystal. :)

  6. Shobe, pareho pala tayo. Love ko ACV as in it rescues me from occasional zits. Pero oo nga, it'll make us smell drunk. :P

  7. na-sad ako na ang love ko na toner eh worst sayo sis.. :(
    anyway, Happy New Year.. :)

  8. If it doesn't work for me, at least it does work for other girls like you. :)

    Happy new year too. :P

  9. i agree, NARS blushes for the win!!
    i haven't tried any of the products in your worst list before...except sunsilk...and i do hate it very very much!!

  10. thanks for sharing this list :)

    nacucurious na tlga ako dyan sa saizen charcoal mask.. pag sinipag i will go to robinsons hehe

    ako nman i like sunsilk teehee

    oooh etude house stippling brush.. i wanna buy a new stippling brush p nman! where can i get that? :D

  11. Mia, there is an Etude House store in Megamall Building A. And there are also online resellers. ;)

  12. thanks for the list pammy! that Kryolan anti-shine powder looks nice.. =)

  13. what is wrong with me? bakit hindi ako nakagamit ng mga products na ito.

    but this is really a good post.

    me, i don't like buying products you see from the TV. It's just too much hype i guess.

    have a great day gorgeous!

    I am Denise Katipunera

  14. Wow I like your list girl, I find it very helpful :)

    And by the way, I tagged you. Please check it out on my blog :)

  15. Khymm, it is really nice. Better than MAC blot imo. A bit messy though. :P

    Hi Denise. Maybe you should try a product or two from these. Nice blog, by the way. :P

    Emily, glad it is in a way helpful. :) Thanks for the tag, I'll check it out. :P

  16. the last one can be a toner??i did not knowdat!!:)


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