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Beauty Counter July 2019

Wonder Beauty Counter: July is About Weightless Makeup, Skin-Specific Solutions and Getting That Glow On

This month’s double tap, double take-worthy beauty finds get their time in the spotlight

 

 

As far as weather and our personal sentiments are concerned, July is one of those odd transitional months. Right in the thick of the rainy season (although not quite as rainy as most Junes), yet still bearing the searing goodbye kiss of summer (despite the hottest months being far behind us). It’s that bridge between the hot humidity and the premature holiday craziness, the definitive calendar marker that tells us we can congratulate ourselves and each other on officially making it past more than half the year.

 

In terms of beauty, though, July has been an especially good month. Great and glowing and green-minded in the best sense, even. Is it obvious I’m trying to alliterate? What I mean to say is that there’s an abundance of good, limelight-worthy (more green puns) products that are either geared towards bringing the skin to spankin’ shape, compressing regimens or instilling a sustainable mindset when it comes to beauty.

 

Don’t let me keep you any longer. Ahead, July finds and keeps well worth the beauty counter real estate:

 

Count to Ten

Earlier this month, Maybelline took us to New York City (without having to leave Manila, would you believe?) with a triple-threat product launch. Among the new makeup they introduced––a powder foundation, a liquid liner and a lip tint––the tint easily had the most attention-piquing power. The Sensational Liquid Matte Lip Tint builds off the Filipinos’ collective love of a good liquid lippie, adopting the intense color payoff and matte finish into a mousse-like lip tint. Buildable, blendable and lightweight despite the creamy formula, this is a good bet for nailing a low-effort gradient lip. It’s also available in a wide spectrum of shades––ten to be exact, so there’s bound to be something for everybody.

MAYBELLINE Sensational Liquid Matte Lip Tint in Truly MLBB, P219

MAYBELLINE Sensational Liquid Matte Lip Tint in Best Babe, P219

MAYBELLINE Sensational Liquid Matte Lip Tint in To The Fullest, P219

 

The Sensational Liquid Matte Lip Tint is available on Shopee, Lazada and counters nationwide.

 

Glow and Behold

Glow Skin Clinic has risen to prominence on Instagram for being the celebrity and influencer’s new favorite derma clinic. From the Kimi Juans and the Mari Jasmins to the Andi Eigenmanns (Eigenmenn?) of the world, this is the face-contouring, complexion-improving force that has been helping these ladies keep their glow in check. Recently, Glow Skin Clinic released Glow Skin Habits, their take-home line of skin products. Every fixture in the line (sold individually and in sets, in case you were curious!) are either tailored to skin type or skin goal, depending on whether you’re a glass half-full or half-empty kinda person.

 

GLOW SKIN CLINIC Clear Glow Set, P4,800

GLOW SKIN CLINIC Day Glow Set, P3,550

GLOW SKIN CLINIC Gentle Glow Set, P2,250

 

Brighten Up!

If you can’t quite unlock happiness of the IRL sort just yet, might as well slather, brush, or pat it all over your face––depending on the standard operating procedure you observe when it comes to foundation. In the most Benefit way ever (think bubbly drinks, makeup and movie trivia, vanities aplenty and lots and lots of pink), the cult fave beauty brand released a pair of new foundations this month. Say hello to the Hello Happy foundation duo, made up of a brightening medium-coverage liquid foundation (packed with flower acids for boosted radiance and photochromic pigments for all the light-catching our selfies require!) and a velvety-finish lightweight powder. Both promise a lightweight, fresh-faced finish––and hey, what’s not to love about that?

 

BENEFIT Hello Happy Flawless Brightening Foundation, P1990

BENEFIT Hello Happy Velvet Powder Foundation, P1990

 

Conscious Beauty

Clean beauty lovers, rejoice! As the demand for eco-conscious brands goes up, so do our options. This time, we have our eyes set on Mineral Fusion, a natural personal care line—from hair care to cosmetics—dedicated to making beauty healthy. We’re talking about makeup free from gluten, parabens, talc, artificial colors, synthetic fragrances, SLS and phthalates, and products that haven’t been tested on animals. Imagine cosmetics that nourish protect and brighten skin, leaving it in even better condition than before without the guilt and all that bad stuff. It’s the stuff of our daydreams if you ask us.

 

Wonder Beauty Counter - Mineral Fusion | Wonder

MINERAL FUSION 3-in-1 Color Sticks for eyes, cheeks and lips, made with skin-soothing aloe, P995

MINERAL FUSION Waterproof Mascara with argan oil, P945

 

Mineral Fusion is available in select Healthy Options branches nationwide.

 

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Toner or Cream?

It can be a real challenge to find products that suit your skin type or work just as hard as you do. Meet COSRX Light Fit Real Water Toner To Cream, a versatile skin solution that can be used as a moisturizing toner for dry skin or a lightweight moisturizer for oily skin. It’s made with Sea water, and packed with skin-loving vitamins and minerals to boost collagen production, strengthen skin barriers and ease post-acne woes, like pigmentation.

 

COSRX Light Fit Real Water Toner to Cream, P1,100

 

Available via The Skincare Curator, BeautyMNL, Lazada and Shopee. Also available in select Watsons and Beauty Bar branches.

 

Hit Refresh

Sleep is prime time for internal recalibration, so what better way to amp up one’s beauty sleep than with a little external rejuvenation to match? Snailwhite’s Icy Mask, the brand’s very first overnight facial mask, does just that with a snail potion and French silene colorata flower coming together in a snow-like, sleep-friendly formula. Like a hard reset for the skin, the Icy Mask lifts the dullness we’re all privy to in times of stress, replacing it with an instant glow and supple finish.

 

Wonder Beauty Counter - Snailwhite | Wonder

SNAILWHITE Icy Mask, P70 (7mL) or P395 (7mL x 6)

 

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Which of these are making it to your shopping cart, or better yet, your beauty counter?

 

 

Art Alexandra Lara

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