Drugstore Foundations 2

Hi readers, are you ready to rumble?

I’m on a quest for The Perfect Foundation™, and at this point, I’m wondering if I should shell out a few more dollars 😥 I don’t wanna! Whether it be for something the over $5 point or having to use primer or some other adjuster, it’s looking like that’s where it’s headed.

Check out the first couple of foundations I reviewed here. I compare two Rimmel Stay Mattes, a Wet n Wild Photofocus, and an e.l.f. stick.

Drugstore Foundations

Wet n Wild Photofocus 362C Soft Ivory

I reviewed the same foundation in my first post but in the shade Soft Beige. Soft Beige seemed to oxidize way orange on me, so I thought I’d try a lighter shade and perhaps if it oxidized, it might work? LOL. No such luck. As you can see in some of my videos, it’s too light for me.

EMBARRASSINGLY, I just noticed Wet n Wild actually says skin tone and undertone right on the bottle! Soft Ivory is their light warm option and Soft Beige is their light-medium warm. So, I don’t really know what to do. Should I try their light-medium neutral? Should I make more of an effort to use primer with Soft Beige? I actually have a Rimmel “skin tint” which I think I could mix with Soft Ivory, BUT I don’t think they make it anymore. So I would have to buy something like e.l.f.’s shade adjuster. 😢 Whyyyy.

LA Colors Liquid Makeup in Creamy Beige

You know what? This was a bad buy from the beginning, and I acknowledge that. I’d conflated LA Colors with LA Girl and didn’t bother to differentiate. This has very little coverage and even though actually seems kind of creamy, I’ve started to swatch on a piece of paper and when I applied this, the wateryness is noticeable. The shade may have been ok, but it’s really pink. It’s only $2, so if one is short of funds, this brand/line could be a convenient shade adjuster, highlighter or bronzer! However, I’m not a fan of the packaging as I find the cap wasteful, and you really have no control over the pump. It’s all or nothing!  

Drugstore Swatches
Wet n Wild Soft Ivory | LA Colors Creamy Beige | Wet n Wild Fair/Light

Wet n Wild Coverall 816 Fair/Light

Honestly, I cannot remember where I got this because all Wet n Wild I’ve seen lately is Photofocus. Also honestly, I can’t really tell the difference. I’m sure a seasoned makeup person may be able to, but I’m Team Whatever Works for You. It’s interesting that this is supposed to be a light shade but it’s so much tanner than a light shade from the same brand and from other people’s swatches. I would think that if something becomes orange it has a warm undertone, but other people’s swatches look very yellow! So could this still be cool?

Drugstore Swatches on paper

I know that I’ve been considering primer this whole post, but I just remembered that the last time(s) I’ve used it, I really did not like how it looked around my nose. IDK what it’s called, but it’s like how it looks at the end of day if you don’t prime? Very bad! Does this just mean I need to moisturize better? AHHH.

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Once again, it’s kind of bust for The Perfect Foundation™, but the fun is the trip, right? 😅 At least now I know that I can consider e.l.f’s foundations, maybe LA Girl and Flower which maybe a few dollars more, but I can justify if other products aren’t working. If you know which shades I should or other affordable brands (no CoverGirl, Revlon, L’Oreal, Maybelline, or Neutrogena, please!), let me know!

Filipino Friends Is It a Mermaid Cora Cooks Pancit

Filipino Kids Books 3

Ahoy-hoy readers, have you eaten today?

I feel like I just ate a bunch and could still go for some pudding. Anyway, here’s my latest installment of Filipino kids books reviews. Watch my video because my mother interrupts! 

Filipino Friends

This book is a wealth of information. There’s a main storyline but also a bunch of words with Tagalog-English translations and even a game and song. My main issue is that there’s an whiff of bougieness about it. It’s like it’s in the view of a Fil-Am that doesn’t maintain any relationship with the Philippines. Everybody is hella light-skinned. I suppose it’s ok for a child because of the info otherwise, but please make sure it’s not their sole link to the culture.

Is It a Mermaid?

This is a very cute book that’s almost basically a picture book. It’s about a dugong that thinks it’s a mermaid. I thought that might be a metaphor for something, but I would not interpret it that way. There’s a little boy that tries to keep telling the dugong that she is a sea cow, not a mermaid. She cries, and he feels bad, but she pretty immediately forgives him. I would prefer to show kids to mind their own business or a portrayal where someone who was possibly bullied not have to immediately forgive their bully, but like I said, maybe just don’t think about this one, lol.

On the back, it also says that it takes place in the Philippines, but there is no indication of that in the story.

Cora Cooks Pancit

Now this is how one writes a book not about a culture necessarily but incorporating it into a regular story. I think this is a perfect example of what people talk about when they say, “Oh, I wish I had this when I was a kid!” There’s none of this hand-wringing or sad desperation for acceptance from white supremacy which can be understandable. I can totally empathize with experiencing racism and wanting respect and wanting the world to see that injustice. But we deserve an alternative. We deserve stories that don’t center around it and use just being able to thrive and enjoy ourselves.

Cora’s older siblings are out for the day, so her mother asks her what she’d like to do. She’d like to make the noodle dish, pancit. Preciously, her concerns are whether she’ll be able to do older jobs like cut vegetables and if the family will like her cooking. It even comes with the recipe!


Title Filipino Friends Is It a Mermaid? Cora Cooks Pancit
Author Liana Romulo Candy Gourlay Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore
Illustrator Corazon Dandan-Albano Francesca Chessa Kristi Valiant
Publisher Tuttle Otter-Barry Shen’s
Year 2006 2018 2009
Language English w/ Tagalog keywords English English
Level 2nd-3rd grade 2nd-3rd grade 2nd-3rd
Recommended eh it’s ok yes!

Filipino Friends Is It a Mermaid Cora Cooks Pancit

Check out my previous posts!
Review 1 feat. Hand Over Hand, Masayang Magtanim, Kayang-kaya!
Review 2 feat. Abadeha, Lakas the Manilatown Fish, An Eagle’s Feather

I’m always looking for recommendations.
Thanks for reading!