I'm hyper-aware that my T-zone gets shiny by midday, so I'm mindful about using products that will do their very best to control oil. The true test came when I had to ride Angkas (a motorcycle ride-sharing service) to a work event.
(Warning: Long story ahead.)
I did not want to be late. I left the house early (I live in ~the South~), but EDSA had other plans. I was just in Glorietta and my destination, Poblacion, Makati was a few kilometers away. In my head, "But it's just right there?" Taking a car was a big no-no because Makati Ave. traffic was LIT. I decided to try Angkas. I downloaded the app, and I was relieved that the signup process was pretty quick. My ride arrived after five minutes.
It totally slipped my mind that I had to wear a helmet. I had a full face of makeup—the works. I worried that it will all melt off as soon as I got to my destination. But you know, desperate times! I shrugged it off.
When I arrived at the bar, I went straight to the restroom to freshen up. And then I found out that I did not have my makeup bag with me. Feeling defeated, I just dabbed a tissue on my forehead. The only item that could save me was a hair freshening mist. Full disclosure: I always have it in my bag because of impromptu KBBQ dinner dates, LOL!
Since it was an event, there were lots of pictures being taken—for documentation and content creation (do it for the 'gram, y'all). I got DMs saying that I looked fresh, which means that no trace of commuter stress was seen on my face! I felt validated (LOL) and satisfied that my makeup products have served me well.
If you're curious about my hulas-proof makeup routine, here are the sweatproof products I used:
Clio Professional Pre-Step Pore Primer
A makeup base that blurs rough skin texture and provides a powder-matte finish.
Clio Professional Pre-Step Pore Primer, P1,240, LazadaContinue reading below ↓
blk Cosmetics Universal Skintint Sun Shield SPF 30 Butterscotch
This lightweight tinted sunscreen gives medium coverage so it can cover blemishes in one go. Plus, it stays on the skin for a long time.
blk Cosmetics Universal Skintint Sun Shield SPF 30 Butterscotch, P499, LazadaContinue reading below ↓
Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder
Don't let its size fool you. This powder will keep the shine away for hours, even on hot, sunny days.
Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder, P390, SM Megamall
K-Palette 1Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyebrow Liner in 02-Greyish Brown
Filling in sparse areas will be a breeze, thanks to this brow ink. Its pigment lends the most natural-looking effect, too.
K-Palette 1Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyebrow Liner in 02-Greyish Brown, P845, WatsonsContinue reading below ↓
3ina The Cream Eyeshadow
This cream pot is easy to blend and lasts long even on super oily eyelids.
3ina The Cream Eyeshadow in 313, P795, SM MakatiContinue reading below ↓
Romand Juicy Lasting Tint in Jujube
This glossy lip tint has a great color payoff. After eating a burger, I still had a lovely stain on my pout.
Romand Juicy Lasting Tint in Jujube, P680, Lazada
Ellana Minerals Flower Power Setting Spray
A tried-and-tested setting spray that locks in makeup and prevents caking. It also has skincare ingredients to bring out the complexion's glow.
Ellana Minerals Flower Power Setting Spray, P599, LazadaContinue reading below ↓
Human Nature Refreshing Hair Mist
Now this is what I consider the ultimate "fresh lang" essential: Hair mist! A few spritzes get rids of amoy usok and that malagkit feeling.
Human Nature Refreshing Hair Mist in Summer Breeze, P249.75, Human NatureContinue reading below ↓
Follow Ira on Instagram.