It's been two weeks since I got back from a month-long honeymoon and until this day, my body is still adjusting and suffering from a bad case of jet lag. Getting back to business as usual has been quite a task and untimely sleepiness and hunger pangs have been challenging. With the countless invites I came home to on my desk, I needed to sort and select which ones are worth exchanging hours of rest for. And the first one I've attended didn't disappoint!

Yesterday, I attended the launch of Banila Co. at the Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas. The launch was graced by Banila Co. CEO Mr. Chang Soo Kim, Chief Makeup Artist Mr. Kangpil Kim, and Managing Directors Cathryn and Jon Lim of All That Blush Trading Inc. Korea’s influence over our cosmetics industry has gained considerable momentum through the years — and it promises to grow even bigger. But to be honest and quite obviously, I'm not a fan of the "Korean" look. But I am a fan some of this brand's skincare products that have been given to me as pasalubong by friends. 

Banila Co is the most multi awarded Korean cosmetics brand in the field of base makeup. Famous for achieving the “Lit from Within” look, Banila Co.’s primers, foundations, CC creams and make up cleansers have been hoarded by some of my friends whenever they visit Seoul. And with their generosity, I got to try and love those products too.

Its Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm for instance, has been lauded by Korean beauty enthusiasts that they snapped up the product at a staggering rate of 1 cleanser for every 4.8 seconds!

This sorbet-like texture balm removes even the most tenacious makeup without stripping the skin of its natural moisture.

Banila Co.’s Prime Primer, my personal favourite, with its silky smooth texture and its potent ability to minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines, was adjudged by Get It Beauty, a Korean cable program that reviews the best cosmetic products in the market, as the best primer in the industry. The company also boasts as having the first and only water-based CC cream in the market. The It Radiant CC Cream has been the bestselling CC cream in Korea for 3 years running. I have yet to try this one!

I've been hearing a lot of raves about this CC cream and it's definitely going to be typed in my next shopping list!

It's my first time to try their makeup yesterday and fell in love with their packaging! I can imagine having these in my purse every time I need a pick-me-up eye candy to last through a hectic day!

Instantly drawn to the funky packaging of Banila Co.'s makeup line

Choose between a palette of neutral shades for a natural look and one for a smokey eye

So far, my favourite two lippies from their makeup line are the Water Tint and Tinted Balm.

Swipes of my fave shades of Water Tint and Tinted Balm

Topped the pink Tinted Balm with red Water Tint and voila! My very own cherry shade! Also wearing Banila Co.'s VV Bouncing Cushion that instantly evened out my skin tone and added much needed suppleness to my dehydrated skin.

Banila Co opened its first store in Glorietta 4 last November 14 and will soon open its doors in Robinson's Place Manila and other prime malls next year.

For more information, please visit their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram: @banilacoph