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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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).
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.”
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.
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!
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…
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.
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!
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! ♥