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!

There are SO MANY more lust-worthy beauty products to spy on (even if you’re just “window shopping” for yourself). Check them out after the jump! Continue reading

Tried & Tested: Geneo Facial At The Aivee Clinic

I mostly stick to basic facials with mild cleaning, since I don’t really like messing with my face. So when I was invited to try the Geneo Facial (P6,000) at the new Aivee clinic, I did my research first and said I’d think about it.

First step: Check out the website and YouTube videos to see what it’s all about:

Second step: Get testimonials. I asked a few beauty editors who tried the treatment already to see how it went. Raves all around and a fab review on Cosmo.ph here. After that, I was in!

Cosmo.ph dubbed it a beauty miracle? Okay, now I have to try it!

Cosmo.ph dubbed it a beauty miracle? Okay, now I really have to try it!

But first—what is the Geneo facial, really? Here’s a quick explanation:

  • This 3-in-1 super facial lasts for about 45 minutes and aims to renew and tighten your skin with the help of TriPollar 3rd Generation RF technology.
  • It starts with a gentle cleansing and exfoliation process and then it infuses your skin with nutrients to revitalize it (read: make it look younger and brighter).
  • The OxyGeneo treatment triggers a response, so that your body will send more oxygen to the treated area. The results? Softer lines and wrinkles, smaller pores, firmer skin, and a gorgeous glow.
  • The best part? Zero downtime.

Now, let’s see if it delivers!

I set my appointment at the newly-opened Aiviee Clinic at the Mega Fashion Hall.

I set my appointment at the newly-opened Aiviee Clinic at the Mega Fashion Hall.

Check out the posh waiting area! The interiors can be intimidating, but everyone welcomes you very warmly.

Check out the posh waiting area! The interiors can be intimidating, but everyone welcomes you very warmly.

I liked how they gave me a little Skin Quiz to fill out. This way, they can assess my current skin type. It changes per season, you know! It's not required, but I also asked to see the derma on duty. It's always important to do a consult if it's your first time!

I liked how they gave me a little Skin Quiz to fill out. This way, they can assess my current skin type. It’s not required, but I also asked to see the derma on duty. It’s always important to do a consult if it’s your first time!

Here's the coziest treatment room I've ever been in. The sheets feel like clouds and the bed is heated! I would pay to go back for a nap if I could. Haha!

Here’s the coziest treatment room I’ve ever been in. The sheets feel like clouds and the bed is heated! I would pay to go back for a nap if I could. Haha!

And here's the Geneo machine! Since I don't really do treatments like this, I'm glad it doesn't look scary.

And here’s the Geneo machine! Since I don’t really do treatments like this, I’m glad it doesn’t look scary.

All cleansers, creams, serums, and vitamins that are going to be used on my skin.

All the cleansers, creams, serums, and vitamins that are going to be used on my skin.

And me! All prepped and ready to go! My main skin concern: wrinkles around my eyes and I felt like my skin on my face isn't as firm. I was starting to notice that it would jiggle a bit with every step I took in my high heels. Yes, I really can feel it.

And me! All prepped and ready to go! My main skin concerns: wrinkles around my eyes and I felt like my skin on my face wasn’t as firm anymore. I was starting to notice that it would jiggle a bit when I walked in high heels. I know it’s weird, but I really did notice that!

Take a closer look at the process and find out my final verdict about this much-raved about treatment after the jump! Continue reading