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:
Lit Brows SALE-abration at Benefit
It’s been three years since Benefit Cosmetics brought to us their line of amazing brow products. Benefit wants to say thank you by celebrating their third anniversary with quite a SALE-abration: up to 30% off* on all brow products! Yes, we’re talking beauty girl favorites, like Gimme Brow, Precisely, My Brow Eyebrow Pencil, Brow Contour Pro and more. Today’s the last day so if you’re looking to treat yo self, head on over to a Benefit boutique near you!
Benefit stores are located in Greenbelt 5, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma, Robinson’s Magnolia, Ayala Center Cebu, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM Seaside Cebu, SM Makati, SM Aura, SM North Edsa, Rustan’s Shangri-la Plaza Mall and Rustan’s Makati.
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
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 Jasmines 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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
SNAILWHITE Icy Mask, P70 (7mL) or P395 (7mL x 6)
Beauty and Beyond
Céleteque is known to hero women who are not only beautiful, but inspiring and intelligent, too. This time, they’re adding three new ladies to their roster for the brand’s signature skin care for smart beauty. Meet Jacque Kwen Buskovitz, a sustainable energy advocate and a Business Development Manager for a solar company, Danie Laurel, a finance expert, news anchor and ambassador for education and responsible voting, and Atty. Marge Gutierrez, a lawyer and NGO volunteer and Vice President of the Professional Models Association of the Philippines (PMAP). These women embody everything the beauty and skincare brand stands for.
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Never thought that at 33 I’d still be modelling. This is my first endorsement since I was 20 and left the Philippines. Back in college, I earned a nice amount of money with a solo TVC for Monde Nissin (and a giant billboard in Guadalupe). I also did a commercial for Meralco (still hosting their events today haha), ZPdee internet (of Sky Cable, funny now I’m competitor Cignal’s Talent), print for Globe Telecom and the Body Shop, an AVP for Pond’s (now it’s competitor Celeteque!), and I was also one of the Kamiseta TV girls playing in all of their stores at one point! 🥰 Also did spreads in all the cute teeny bopper magazines – Candy, Chalk, Pink, etc., a few out of town shoots for Travel+Leisure, and proudly walked the ramp for countless Ateneo/UP parties. All while staying on the Dean’s list 😉 Never really thought about it as a big deal back then, just something extra and fun to do. But looking back, it really gave me a sense of earning my own money at a very young age, gave me self-confidence, but also and most importantly taught me how to take rejection lightly (all those VTRs whose roles I never got! All those rooms filled with prettier, sexier girls trying out!) because I always prioritized my studies anyway and I knew I was smart and “more than just a pretty face”. One of my most beautiful close friends told me years ago that she had read that the prettiest girls have the hardest time aging and get the most depressed. That really stuck with me and that really scares me. It’s actually rather important for the “pretty people” to cultivate other interests and “fallbacks” to be able to deal with changing looks. Pretty will NEVER be enough. So never bank on just your looks. I quite stick to that idea. 😉 @celetequedermo
Céleteque is carefully formulated with expert solutions to address specific skin concerns. Featuring six skincare lines: Hydration, Advanced Anti-Aging, Acne Solutions, Brightening, Sun Care and Hair & Scalp Care, each one is co-developed with dermatologists. Meanwhile, Céleteque DermoCosmetics is a combination of skin-loving cosmetics that make you look good while improving skin quality. Beautiful and smart, what more could a woman ask for?
Céleteque is available online and in all drugstores and supermarkets nationwide.
Which of these are making it to your shopping cart, or better yet, your beauty counter?
Art Alexandra Lara