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

#FOTD: My 3 Basic Makeup Musts

If you see me out and about on regular days, this is pretty much what I look like.

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Tousled hair, no concealer or foundation—pretty low maint for a beauty blogger if you ask me!

I’m always in a rush, so I like quick fixes that make me feel a little more polished. For errand days and chill meetings, I only need 3 basic makeup items to do that—and it only takes 5 minutes, too. Keep reading to find out what they are! Continue reading

Review: K-Palette Lasting 2Way Eyebrow Pencil

I’ve been testing this on and off for weeks!

The K-Palette Lasting 2Way Eyebrow Pencil, P795 at Beauty Bar.

The K-Palette Lasting 2Way Eyebrow Pencil, P795 at Beauty Bar. The shades from top to bottom: Light Brown, Natural Brown, and Grayish Brown.

Eyebrows are really hard to fill in, so the product you’re using has to be easy to use. I had high expectations about this because I’m a huge fan of the K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyebrow Liner. I really wanted to like it, which is probably why I kept testing it for so long, but I found it a bit more difficult to work with. It’s not that it’s not good—it’s just not for me.

Trying on the pencil in the shade in Natural Brown. I think this is the best color choice for those with brown or dark hair.

Trying on the pencil in the shade in Natural Brown. I think this is the best color choice for those with brown or dark hair—and it gives the most natural-looking finish.

There are lots of factors that come into play when you’re defining your arches, like the amount (and texture!) of your brow hair. My eyebrows aren’t that full, but the strands are thick. Perhaps that’s why it was more difficult for me to use this product? It really comes down to what you prefer here, because most people like using a pencil more than a liquid pen. Check out more pros and cons about this product after the jump! Continue reading

#FOTD

In my part of the world, summer is just beginning. The temperature feels a little warmer on the skin and the extra sunshine is giving everyone good vibes. Makeup-wise? It’s making me crave a fresh and effortless look. Donning heavy eye makeup with the breezy, laidback weather just isn’t a fit.

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This look actually takes more effort sometimes.

Getting your skin to glow and your eyes to look bright without making it look like you’re wearing much makeup is tricky! I credit the glow to some makeup magic, good lighting, and the beauty habits I’ve been forcing myself to follow over the past month. More about the products I used after the jump! Continue reading

Makeup Tutorial: Taylor Swift in Shake It Off

Have you guys seen Taylor Swift’s new music video, Shake It Off?

 
I’m a Swiftie all the way and I’m inspired by all-things Taylor from her style to her hair (read about that here). In the video above, I LOVED her beatnik-inspired look that came out at around the 1:44 mark.

I adore the beatnik era and Taylor even more for pulling off the look so perfectly!

So gorgeous! I have to copy this!

If we analyze her look, it seems simple and straightforward enough. But it’s the details that’ll help you pull it off fabulously. Here’s what I did:

Time to play!

Time to play!

Check out the step-by-step makeup action, the products I used, and see if I was able to copy Taylor’s look after the jump! Continue reading

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