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

Unboxing: Memebox From Korea (Part 1)

Look what I got in the mail! And it’s fresh from my current favorite country—Korea!

The Meme Box is full of Korean beauty products and is shipped from Seoul!

The Memebox (pronounced as “Mi-mi-box”, not “meme-box) is full of Korean beauty products. It’s sourced, packaged, and shipped, directly from Seoul! From the looks of it though, my box had a stopover in Hong Kong.

The box is packaged in bubble wrap, so nothing breaks en route.

Take a peek! The box is packaged in bubble wrap, so nothing breaks en route. A special thank you to the Memebox Team for shipping this to me!

And here's the box! Love the pink! Meme Box's beauty goal is to bring the most trusted, best-loved Korean cosmetics—from skincare, hair products, and makeup—at everyday prices.

I’m a sucker for packaging and hot pink, so I love this! Here’s a little trivia for you: Memebox is currently the #1 beauty box provider in Korea and they ship to our country! I had no customs issues at all, but the delivery guy asked for an extra P50 before he released the box. Why? He didn’t say :s

Here's what you see when you open the box! What's inside? Only the most trusted, best-loved Korean cosmetics. With beauty boxes, it's always a gamble. You can get anything from skincare, hair and body products, and makeup.

Open, open! With beauty boxes, it’s always a gamble. You can get anything from skincare, hair and body products, and makeup. What you’re seeing there is the card with all the product details about what’s inside. Take a closer look—there’s a clue about what the theme of this box is!

Curious about what was inside? Watch out for my next post! Each Memebox contains 4 to 8 full-size products and deluxe samples—and I’ll show you lots of photos about each item in the box. All the brands inside were new to me and I didn’t even see them when I visited the country last June (read about that beauty adventure here, here, and here). So if you’re into K-Beauty , you’re gonna wanna see this!

Want to learn more about Memebox? Click here to check out their website! And if you decide to order one of their boxes, my readers get a special discount! Just type in this promo code—SLL2OO—and you’ll get $5 off!** 

**Promo is valid until August 31, 2014 and is limited to one time per customer.