Adapting your Makeup Kit To Your School Activities and Surroundings

When I was studying in Dela Salle St. Benilde, my makeup kit consisted of double- duty and heavy products-I stayed a lot in air-conditioned rooms so makeup meltdown wasn't really my problem. When I've transferred to U.P. Diliman, I had to revamp my makeup kit and replace a majority with light and easy-to-use products as I had to walk for blocks and commute via the Ikot and Toki to get to my classes. I've realized that you can't just stick to a general set of makeup products in your entire academic life (or even your entire life)-you must adapt your makeup kit according to your school's activities and surroundings in order for your beauty to survive.

And this is just what I did. I've curated three makeup kits based on the most common surroundings and activities in College. Do you stay all the time inside air-conditioned rooms? Do you have to walk from building to building to get to your classes? Or do you have to commute everyday to get to school? Take your pick from my suggestions, or you can mix and match the products to suit your specific needs.


- Air-conditioning is a blessing and a curse: It keeps you looking fresh, but it's also the culprit behind dry and dull- looking skin. If you take your classes in air- conditioned rooms all day, stash some hydrating products in your makeup kit to help lock in or add moisture to your skin.

FACE: ZA Total Hydration BB Cream; Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs and Rosewater
LIPS: Clinique Chubby Stick Intense; Lipice Mentholatum Lipbalm
SKIN: L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream; Vaseline Healthy White Lotion w/ SPF 24 (To shield your skin from artificial UV rays); Snoe Past, Present, and the Future Eye Serum (can be applied on top of makeup to help depuff and hydrate undereyes)


Commuting is stressful for your skin as it exposes you to pollution and the sun. Remember to keep your makeup light and easy so you don't have to retouch often, and to give your pores a little room to breathe.

FACE: Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA+++; G-Lish Hydra Mist (cools down the skin); Shiseido Powder Foundation (for quick, lasting, and lightweight coverage); Bobbi Brown Retouching Powder (to refresh your makeup)
CHEEKS: Benefit Cha Cha Tint
LIPS: Benefit Coralista Lipgloss
EYES: Fairy Drops Volumizing Mascara, Waterproof type


Walking is considered as a form of exercise, therefore it is inevitable that you'll perspire as you tread the halls or walkways to get to your next class. Sweat can reduce makeup coverage, opt for long-wearing (but light) makeups so runny makeup would be the least thing to worry about.

FACE: Max Factor Facefinity All Day Flawless 3-in-1 Foundation (a long-wearing yet watery foundation, primer, and concealer in one); The Balm Sexy Mama Translucent Powder (to blot oil effectively without adding a thick layer of powder); Snoe Awesome Poresome Pore Minimizing Toner (sets makeup and tones the skin, while its cooling effect helps minimize that irritating feeling caused by sweat) Silk Secrets Oil Control Sheet (lets you refresh your makeup even if you're on the go)
CHEEKS: Maybelline Blush 'Em Powder Blush
LIPS: Revlon Colorstay Lipstick (resists fading
EYES: Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Edge Meister Mascara (waterproof and gives your lashes a lengthened and soft look)

That's all! Hope you all liked this post! Don't hesitate to ask if you still have questions. :)

Addendum: As requested, here are the prices:

Aircon Gal:

1. Mario Badescu Facial Spray- P445.00
2. ZA Total Hydration BB Cream- P450.00
3. L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream- Around P500.00
4. Snoe Past, Present, Future Eye Serum- P1,399.00
5. Lipice Mentholatum Lipbalm- P89.75
6. Vaseline Healthy White SPF 24 Travel- sized lotion- Around P30.00+

The Commuter:

1. Shiseido Powder Foundation- Foundation starts at P1,800.00 and Case at P900.00+
2. Bobbi Brown Retouching Powder- P3,200.00
3. Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Sunblock- P1,995.00 (30ml) P2,995.00 (60ml)
4. Benefit Cha Cha Tint- P1,800.00
5. G-Lish Hydramist- Around P80.00-P100.00
6. Benefit Box O' Powder Lipgloss (Coralista)- P900.00
7. Fairy Drops Mascara- P950.00

The Walker:

1. Max Factor Facefinity All Day Flawless 3-in-1 Foundation- P925.00
2. Snoe Awesome Poresome Pore Minimizing Toner- Comes with the Awesome Poresome Trio set (around P500.00+)
3. Revlon Colorstay Lip Suede- P575.00
4. Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Edge Meister Mascara- P795.00
5. Silk Secrets Oil Blotting Sheet- Around P50.00+

Shopping Directory

1. Benefit- Greenbelt 5, Rustan's Makati, Shangri-La Mall, Ortigas
2. Shiseido- Greenbelt 5, Powerplant Mall Rockwell, SM Department Stores: Makati, Aura Premiere, Shangri-La Mall, Ortigas
3. Snoe Beauty- Refer to this
4. Mario Badescu- Available in Rustan's
5. Fairy Drops- Beauty Bar
6. Kiehl's- Greenbelt 5, SM Mall of Asia, Alabang Town Center, Powerplant Mall, SM Aura Premiere, Shangri-La Mall, Trinoma
7. Majolica Majorca, Revlon, ZA, Max Factor, Lipice, Maybelline- Available in Watson's stores and leading department stores
8. Bobbi Brown- Rustan's Makati, Ayala Center Cebu, Shangri-La Mall, Powerplant Mall
9. Vaseline- Available in leading department stores, drugstores and supermarket
10. L'Occitane- Available in Rustans, Powerplant Mall, Greenbelt 5
11. G-Lish- SM Megamall, Trinoma, Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall

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13 Lovely Thoughts

  1. i so need this right now!i'm more of a walker, mainit din kasi kaya i sweat a lot.thanks for this suggestions ms m.! :) i'm interested on the max factor..where can i buy it online? :(

  2. I wish you'd include the prices :D

  3. im in the category of THE COMMUTER.. since i commute everyday to work =) to do errands

    in my pouch:
    lipbalm/lipgloss (for my chapped lips)
    cologne (i hate early smokers.. they make my stomach ache)
    paper blotters (my fave clean and clear..)
    hand cream (for my dry hands.. i cant login in biometric when i dont put lotion on my hands -- my fingerprint unrecognized)

    oh.. i missed schooling =)

  4. helpful post. how about sweat-proof makeup? to those people who workout.:)

  5. I work in an air-conditioned environment, but my job involves a lot of physical activity. So my makeup kit is a mixture of light and long-wearing makeup :)

  6. helpful post. how about sweat-proof makeup? for those people who workout.:)

  7. i work in an air conditioned office and I'm a commuter so I better mix and match on my makeup kit :)

  8. Thank you Ms. MArtha! :) Super well thought lagi ng posts mo. :)

  9. Hi Ms. Martha. Will you please include the prices and places where the products can be bought? :) i am astudent po and you know naman, i have to prepare a budget. Hope you consider. Thank you :)

  10. This is a very useful post! Have been looking for something like this! I'm more of a walker and I tend to sweat a lot when the pressure is ON (i'm at the hospital 24/7) haha! Thanks for posting! :)

  11. Paola Ysabel: Welcome! Glad you liked it! :)

    Kimmy: Included already. :)

    Gellie Zelle: Thank you, Gellie Zelle! :)

    Issa: Yup! That's the way to do it! :)

    Lian Chong: That's another post! :)

    BrownOso: Thanks for sharing. I'm more of a walker. :)

    Rhain: Thanks for sharing your kikay kit to us! :)

    Jacobin: Just did! :)

    CJ: Hi CJ! Max Factor is only available in department stores. :)

  12. how about a cross between a commuter and an aircon gal -- I work in the day, travel to school late in the afternoon, attend classes in the evening and commute again at night. any suggestions? thanks in advance!

  13. Omg. I am so glad I found this! I need to revamp my makeup kit. Problem is I am a walker, a commuter (sometimes) and all my classes are in air conditioned rooms. Any suggestions? 😌 thanks!


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