19 Beauty Stops For Last Minute Christmas Shoppers

Christmas is in a few days and I’ve only bought like two presents. I’m obviously a last minute shopper and if your shopping habits are just like mine, then scroll through the list below to check out where you should go for fab beauty finds:

1. Jo Malone
Why You’ll Like It: The quaint store finally opened in Greenbelt 5 and it’s so elegant! Anything you buy comes packaged in the iconic Jo Malone box (yay for no gift wrapping) and you’re guaranteed to impress whoever you’re shopping for.

Such a pretty store! Read more about Jo Malone's philosophy scent layering here.

Such a pretty store! Read more about Jo Malone’s philosophy on scent layering here.

What To Check Out: Their famous fragrances and the different holiday sets that are available for every budget. The candles are also perfect for your gal pal who just got married or is moving into a new apartment!

Such elegant gift sets—perfect for your guy's mom or the tough-to-impress sister.

Such elegant gift sets—perfect for your guy’s mom or the tough-to-impress sister.

2. Acca Kappa
Why You’ll Like It:
The brand is understated, classy, and there’s just an elegance about the craftsmanship of their products. They’ve got stores in Rustan’s and BGC Central, too.

And it's partly because of the new hair tools I'm using: a boar bristle brush from Keratin Complex, my Rowenta 2-in-1 Ceramic Ionic Curling Iron, and a paddle brush from Acca Kappa.

My favorite wooden paddle brush! Click here to read more about my hairstyling secrets.

What To Check Out: Their brushes are fantastic and you’ll feel like a queen whenever you run it through your hair. But my favorite will always be the Muschio Blanco line—I always get compliments whenever I wear this scent!

I'm seriously thinking of getting this for myself, guys. I want the soap and the solid perfume!

I’m seriously thinking of getting this for myself, guys. I want the soap and the solid perfume!

3. Burt’s Bees
Why You’ll Like It: If you’re into beauty products that pride themselves in being 99% natural (on average) and environmentally-sustainable, then this is a brand you’ll definitely want to support. Shop over at Beauty Bar, Estancia, or click here if you want to do it online!

A radiant gift set from Burt's Bees! The pouch is great for traveling, too.

A radiant gift set from Burt’s Bees! They have more sets that range from P795 to P1,495, so there’s something for every budget.

What To Check Out: They have lots of affordable holiday kits, but if you’re only shopping for one thing, make sure it’s a lip product. Considering that women reportedly eat about 7 pounds of lipstick in a lifetime, you’ll be glad that you’re ingesting something that’s practically chemical-free.

Fab stocking stuffers for your Kris Kringle baby. The individual lip balms in holiday packaging are only P225 each.

Fab stocking stuffers for your Kris Kringle baby. The individual lip balms in holiday packaging are only P225 each.

4. The Aivee Clinic
Why You’ll Like It: The reflective crystals and plush interiors in this beauty sanctuary can really help erase all the stress that accumulated throughout 2015. It’s also one of the most trusted derma clinics in town because of their constant innovations in the skin and cosmetic surgery arena.

Here's a peek at the luxurious lobby at the Aivee Clinic Alabang.

Here’s a peek at the luxurious lobby at their Alabang branch. Click here to visit their site and find clinics closer to you.

What To Get: Grab a gift check for your friend who’s in need of some R&R. This way, she can choose whatever service she likes (I reco the Geneo facial) and welcome the new year looking absolutely fresh and gorgeous!

I could spend all day here! It really would be the perfect way to pamper yourself for all the hard work you did in 2015!

I could spend all day here! It really would be the perfect way to pamper yourself for all the hard work you did this year!

5. Benefit Cosmetics
Why You’ll Like It:
Their stores always look Instagram-worthy and you won’t get overwhelmed when you’re looking through their displays. I always enjoy reading the fun and witty packaging while testing out their latest products on counter.

This is their newest (and biggest!) store in SM Megamall! So cute, right?

This is their newest (and biggest!) store in SM Megamall! More store locations here!

What To Check Out: Definitely get their 12-Days of Gorgeous Advent Calendar because you’ll get to sample all of their best-sellers for just P2,500. Watch my unboxing below to take a peek at all the goodies you’ll get!

6. Make Up For Ever
Why You’ll Like It: It’s the best place to go if you take makeup seriously and want a brand that the pros trust. You never have to worry about getting your money’s worth, their products are known for delivering what they promise.

Checking out the MUFE store at the Mega Fashion Hall with the fambam. Yes, I force them to go makeup shopping with me :p

Checking out the MUFE store at the Mega Fashion Hall with the fambam (more stores here). Yes, I force them to go makeup shopping with me :p

What To Check Out: You know what your party BFF will love? A set of mini-sized makeup that’ll easily fit her clutch or a pair of hot falsies that’ll make her look super sexy for all the New Year Eve bashes.

The MUFE Cult Make Up Set has all their best-sellers—long-lasting liners, falsies mascara, HD powder, and base.

The MUFE Cult Make Up Set has all their best-sellers—long-lasting liners, falsies mascara, HD powder, and their latest Step 1 primer.

Looooove these!! They will definitely make you look h-o-t in photos!

Looove the Lash Show collection from MUFE and the set comes with a tiny tube of lash glue that’s super good, too. P.S. If you don’t know how to stick on falsies, watch my video tutorial here!

7. Mario Badescu
Why You’ll Like It: It’s no-fuss skincare! I was OBSESSED with this brand when I was a beauty newbie because they’re so simple to use and very straightforward—a must for no-nonsense gals who don’t have time for too many rituals.

Been using this toner since it's non-drying and uses a Witch Hazel formula to calm skin (a must for the holidays). As for the Super Collagen Mask? It's great for zapping excess oil!

Been using this toner since it’s non-drying and uses a Witch Hazel formula to calm skin (a must for the holidays). As for the Super Collagen Mask? It’s great for zapping excess oil!

What To Checkout: All of their skincare products are good, so it’s just about finding the right one for your skin (you can find the brand at Rustan’s). I can really vouch for the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion for spot-treating pimples. Meanwhile, the Super Collagen Mask is my favorite when it comes to multi-masking and controlling an oily T-zone. Watch my video below to see how I use it!

8.  OPI
Why You’ll Like It:
All the hottest celebs collaborate with this brand from Gwen Stefani, Katy Perry, and even the Kardashians. They always have the coolest colors and nail sets in town!

Undoubtedly my fave collection so far! Read about it here.

Undoubtedly my fave collection so far! More pics here and you can shop for OPI at Rustan’s Department Stores.

What To Check Out: The OPI Over The Moon With Gold Set. It comes two polishes (one in sparkly gold and another in red) and a sheet of flash tattoos. ’Nuff said.

Imagine all the gorgeous hand and nail shots you can take with this <3 P.S. I really have a thing for temporary tattoos!

Imagine all the gorgeous hand and nail shots you can take with this temporary tattoos!

9. L’Occitane
Why You’ll Like It:
You’ll always feel like you’re walking into a French meadow or lavender field whenever you use products from this line. The vibe is light, refreshing, and effortless and luxurious at the same time.

Shopping at the L'Occitane store at BGC Central!

Shopping at the L’Occitane store at BGC Central! Btw, I also have a thing for French beauty finds like this and this!

What To Check Out: So many things!! I love their body washes, fragrances, lotions, and their facial wash. Haha, so basically everything! My top picks from their lines in the photos below and click here for their boutique locator.

Their Reine Blanche line is for whitening and brightening. I've been using the facial wash and it's made my skin super soft and my brother even noticed that I got fairer!

Their Reine Blanche line is for whitening and brightening. I’ve been using the facial wash and it’s made my skin super soft and my brother even noticed that I got fairer!

This is their Melting Honey collection and it smells like sweet citrus to me. I'm not a lotion girl, but this one was really good. No greasiness at all and my skin really drank it in.

This is their Melting Honey collection and it smells like sweet citrus to me. I’m not a lotion girl, but this one was really good. No greasiness at all and my skin really drank it in.

This is their Verveine Agrumes collection. I'm not super into lemon-scented products, but check it out if you like light and fresh fragrances.

I’m not super into lemon-scented products, but check out their Verveine Agrumes collection if you like light and fresh fragrances.

Now their Aromachologie line is my ultimate fave!! It smells like a spa and a French field and it's soooo relaxing! My reco is the exfoliating shower gel (on the upper right).

Now their Aromachologie line is my ultimate fave!! It smells like a spa and a French field and it’s soooo relaxing! My fave pick is the exfoliating shower gel (on the upper right).

10. Banila Co.
Why You’ll Like It: It’s a new Korean brand that’s now available locally, so there are a lot of fresh products to explore.

And you don't even have to brave the traffic to shop for this brand! Just head to beautymnl.com to shop online.

And you don’t even have to brave the traffic to shop for this brand! Just head to beautymnl.com to shop online.

What To Check Out: If there’s one thing you should get, it’s the Clean It Zero Classic. Think of it as a cleansing oil in solid form, so it melts off all the hard-to-remove makeup without making you panic about your vision getting cloudy. The best part? It’s way more affordable, too.

Seriously, guys. Get the Clean It Zero—it's such a steal compared to expensive cleansing oils and it leaves your skin crazy soft after!

Seriously, guys. Get the Clean It Zero—it’s such a steal compared to expensive cleansing oils and it leaves your skin crazy soft after!

11. K-Palette
Why You’ll Like It: It’s a must for the brow obsessed and anybody who’s into long-lasting eye makeup. It’s available at all Beauty Bar outlets, too!

Yup, I have quite a collection here. Their liquid liners are that good!

Yup, I have quite a collection here. Their liquid liners are that good!

What To Check Out: The liquid eyebrow pens and liners are always a must-have. My friend, Kat, just told me that she’s obsessed with the black pencil from K-Palette also since it doesn’t smudge. They also have eyeliners that are double-ended (liquid ink on one side and eyeshadow on the other).

Been using this for lazy beauty days! The liner never smudges and I just use my fingers to blend the eyeshadow (I apply it right above my lashline) if I want more depth.

Been using this for lazy beauty days! The liner never smudges and I just use my fingers to blend the eyeshadow (I apply it right above my lashline) if I want more depth.

12. Leaders InSolution
Why You’ll Like It:
Trust me, if there’s anything you (and your gal pals) have to add to your beauty routine, it’s a weekly face mask. And the ones from Leaders never disappoint.

And it's always loads of fun to take selfies with masks on! I'll write a more thorough review of these soon—watch out for it!

And it’s always loads of fun to take selfies with masks on! I’ll write a more thorough review of these soon—watch out for it!

What To Check Out: My skin was acting up, so I used their Coconut Bio Mask with Tomato last night and it totally calmed my skin and prevented future flare-ups (see how I applied it on my Snapchat @beautyandsparkl—it’ll be up ’til tonight!). But really, all their face masks are fabulous. Just choose the ones that best suit your skin!

Brightening, anti-oil, detox masks—take your pick!

Brightening, anti-oil, detox masks—take your pick! Their main store is at Lucky China Town Mall in Manila, so I just shop online here.

13. Lunasol
Why You’ll Like It: It’s a bit pricey, but there’s no denying that you’re getting a high-quality product. Girls who prefer to use makeup brands that fly under the radar and aren’t so mainstream will love it.

Here's a look at their choco-inspired eyeshadow and a multi-colored brow palette.

Here’s a look at their choco-inspired eyeshadow and a multi-colored brow palette.

What To Check Out: Their chocolate line! Everything looks delicious, smells delicious, and they’ll make beauty addicts with a sweet tooth super happy. Keep an eye out for them at the Kanebo counter in Rustan’s stores!

BRB, looking for chocolate now! Hehe, told you their makeup looks good enough to eat!! BRB

BRB, looking for chocolate now! Hehe, told you their makeup looks good enough to eat!!

These would be my top picks: Lunasol Coloring Cream Cheeks (P1,925) and the Melty Chocolat Lips (P1,540).

These would be my top picks: Lunasol Coloring Cream Cheeks (P1,925) and the Melty Chocolat Lips (P1,540).

14.  Etude House
Why You’ll Like It:
Koreans are famous for creating ingenious products for beauty problems you didn’t even know existed, so keep an eye out for interesting finds. Another bonus: All the pink will make you feel like a princess the moment you enter the store!

Make sure you check out their gift sets!

They also have give sets that’ll give you more bang for your buck! Click here to find a store that’s close to you.

What To Check Out: They have holiday kits to help make shopping a lot easier! I would get the kit (in the photo below) with the nude eye pencil since it can help you look fresh and camouflage all the late night partying you’ve been doing.

Here's a closer look at some of the items from their Holidayed set. P.S. That's the pencil I mentioned by the top right—it's practically a dupe of this one from Nars.

Here’s a closer look at some of the items in their Holidazed set. P.S. That’s the pencil I mentioned by the top right—it’s practically a dupe of this one from Nars.

15. Girlstuff Forever
Why You’ll Like It: The brand is affordable, it’s five-free, and they have lots of color options to choose from. The best part? It’s a homegrown brand, too! P.S. Find out where you can shop for their polishes here.

Ugh, I really wish I wasn't in #nailrehab! I'm super dying to paint nails.

Ugh, I really wish I wasn’t in #nailrehab! I’m super dying to paint nails.

What To Check Out: Their Solique line! It’s a gel polish that doesn’t need any curing—just a special topcoat to boost its lasting power and shine.

I tried the shade Love Me Like You Do. This light gray hue was a popular pick amongst the bloggers at the event. Totally bummed that it wasn't in my kit, but at least it won't be to expensive when I shop. Hehe!

The shade: Love Me Like You Do. It’s my fave, but they have more fun colors you can check out here.

16. TonyMoly
Why You’ll Like It: 
It’s a mix of Korean fun, style, and luxury! “Tony” here means nice and trendy, while “Moly” means included or employed. So basically, it’s for the cool girl who’s always the first to know about the hottest trends in beauty. Click here for store locations!

Oooh...the Tony Moly Snow Fantasy Brilliant Eve Facebook set! It opens up like a book!

Oooh…the Tony Moly Snow Fantasy Brilliant Eve Facebook set! It opens up like a book!

What To Check Out: They have fun holiday sets that contain lip balms, hand creams, and even skincare essentials for men! But for the makeup addict, the Snow Fantasy set here is the best!

Eyeliners, fab bases, and a lippie—all the Korean makeup basics you need!

Eyeliners, fab bases, and a lippie—all the Korean makeup basics you need!

17. Manuka Health

Why You’ll Like It: Celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow reportedly swear by the benefits of Manuka honey and Scarlett Johansson even talked about how she puts it on her skin. “You just warm your face so that your pores are open…and then you just take a spoon and apply the honey directly to your face and leave it for 10 to 15 minutes,” the actress told Style.com in 2011. “It really adds an amazing glow and your skin is so soft afterwards.”

Another brand to check out if you want something more natural and nature-inspired.

Another brand to check out if you want something more natural and nature-inspired. Check out their website and shop online here.

What To Check Out: Their skincare line is composed of Manuka Health’s MGO™250+, but it’s their ManukaClear Mask that’s in-demand. Use it to clear up acne and help balance dehydrated skin.

It's sticky when you apply it over your skin, but it rinses off super easily. Watch my video here to see how I used it to multi-mask!

It’s sticky when you apply it over your skin, but it rinses off super easily. If you haven’t seen it yet, watch my video here to see how I used it to multi-mask!

18. Laneige
Why You’ll Like It: It’s a more grown-up version of Korean beauty. The packaging is sleeker, more chic, and the formulations in their skincare appears to be a lot more sophisticated (so it’s great for those who are serious about getting the enviable dewy K-glow). Click here for store locations!

So fancy! I feel like a famous Korean actress whenever I use these products. Hehe!

So fancy! I feel like a famous Korean actress whenever I use these products. Hehe!

What To Check Out: Their Time Freeze line is known for improving elasticity and boosting collagen, so try this if you want to up your anti-aging game. Of course, if you still want playful Korean products…

There's the My Darling Shy Girl Play No More collection. My sister loves their BB Cushion compact because it's so easy to use and leaves your skin with a flawless finish.

There’s the My Darling Shy Girl Play No More collection. My sister loves their BB Cushion compact because it’s so easy to use and leaves your skin with a flawless finish.

19. Department Stores
Why You’ll Like It:
Beauty doesn’t always have to be expensive—and that’s exactly why you have to hit the beauty aisles at department stores. You’ll be surprised that there are budget-friendly makeup finds that work just as good as the fancy ones.

The Max Factor Miracle Match actually glides on like a dream and it feels light on your skin, too.

The Max Factor Miracle Match actually glides on like a dream and it feels light on your skin, too.

What To Check Out: CoverGirl (for eye makeup—see their palette here) and Max Factor (for foundation and lipstick) are my top picks this year. And of course, these fab cream eyeshadows from Maybelline. And there’s usually a lot of special holiday sales going on at this time, too!

The new Covergirl Lash Bloom Mascara! Love that you don't have to store the wand in the main tube, so it can prevent bacteria build-up and prolong the life of your mascara.

The new Covergirl Lash Bloom Mascara! Love that you don’t have to store the wand in the main tube, so it can prevent bacteria build-up and prolong the life of your mascara.

PHEW!!!! That was the longest post I’ve ever done on my blog—ever! I really hope you like this beauty Christmas shopping guide and that you even found a few products that you’d like to get for yourself (you really deserve to treat yourself more!). Leave me a comment and tell me what’s on your wishlist, too! I’d love to know! Happy holidays, my sparkly loves! ♥