The Calyxta Beauty Awards is a continuing celebration of the best and the brightest in the beauty world. Whether it’s skin care or makeup, it’s that time yet again to shine the spotlight on products that make one feel confident enough to take on the world, and then some. This time around, it’s also a celebration of YOU as we feature the top favorites chosen by Calyxta customers. Since women today can be just as fierce as they are practical, we’re listing down favorites that are also P500 or less. After all, who said the best of beauty can’t be on a budget?
Read on to find out what wallet-friendly items ranked supreme in our 2nd annual Calyxta Beauty Awards:
CosRX is a brand that’s been on everyone’s lips for a while now. From your bestie to your bestie’s aunt, people are just raving about a CosRX find they swear by. A tried and tested wonder from this cult-status brand is their CosRX Acne Pimple Master Patch. Need to shrink a pesky zit, or even banish dreaded whiteheads and blackheads, while you get your beauty sleep? Slap one of these on and you can rest easy. As you snooze, it eliminates bacteria and breaks down any gunk on your skin so that you wake up with a boost of confidence. Plus, we know one size doesn’t fit all so it comes with three different sized patches for you to ‘customize’ your overnight skin overhaul.
Whether you’ve got ‘skin as white as snow’ or are exuding morena girl magic, every gal loves a pop of color on her cheeks. This flattering-on-any-complexion blush is buildable, pigmented, and adds just the right touch of radiance to your face. So much so that you can opt to skip on highlighter! Even if you like to keep things low-key when it comes to your makeup, all you need to do is slather on some tinted moisturizer, set with powder, swipe this on and you’re good to ‘glow.‘
Lipstick faded and you need to retouch for the umpteenth time? ‘Ain’t nobody got time for that!’ Even if you’re a certified lipstick lover, retouching again and again throughout the day isn’t anyone’s idea of fun, especially if you can’t always sneak away to do so. Maybelline knows this woe all too well, which is why they saved the day (and night) with the Superstay Matte Ink liquid lipsticks. These babies are waterproof and transfer-proof thanks to its Elastic Ink technology, and you can achieve full coverage in just one swipe. Plus, with its non-drying formula, your lips stay luscious while remaining meticulously matte.
Did you know that more and more Filipinas are discovering great beauty products from local brands? The cutely named Pink Sugar is just one of them. From regular customers to influencers, their Creamy Matte Lipstick line is a homegrown favorite. With a whopping 17 shades to choose from, there’s something for everyone. Highly pigmented with a semi-matte finish, its vitamin E and shea butter infusion also moisturizes and nourishes lips with every application. Want something a little more sweet and simple? You can’t go wrong with a rosy nude like “XOXO” or a pretty pink like “Rumor.” If you want to up the fierceness factor, go for a bright fuchsia with “Hotline Bling” or even a punchy purple with “Royals.“
Beauty trends come and go, but any makeup enthusiast will tell you the dream of achieving long, voluminous lashes has been around for literal decades. L’Oreal’s Lash Paradise mascara is indeed heaven-sent with over 200 bristles that catch every lash to add dramatic volume and length with no flaking or clumping. It’s lightweight and waterproof, so you can wear it with no fear of those dreaded ‘panda eyes.‘ With a 24-hour lasting claim to boot, you can happily bat those pretty peepers from day to night.
Nothing beats going to bed with a fresh, clean face. After all, the first and most important step in one’s skin care regime is to cleanse. But sometimes, life gets a bit hectic and you’re too exhausted to even drag yourself to the sink. Simple’s Micellar Water is the ‘simple’ solution. Tough against dirt and makeup, but still gentle on skin, it instantly leaves your face clean and hydrated. Even better, it doesn’t contain any harsh ingredients or perfume, making this particularly perfect for those with sensitive skin. Tip: For lazy nights, leave this on your bedside table along with a few cotton pads and you can go to bed to get that much-needed beauty sleep you deserve.
Whether your skin rivals the Sahara desert, an oil spill, or somewhere in between, exfoliating is one of the secrets to getting healthy, glowing skin. Even celebrity dermatologist, Dr. Harold Lancer, recommends regular exfoliation to his clients that include Beyoncé and Kim K. herself. St. Ives Exfoliate & Nourish Coconut Oil Scrub is made up of 100% natural exfoliants, along with grape seed oil, to help slough away dead skin and grime and leave you with a smoother, brighter complexion. Bonus: with all those nasty layers gone, it makes all your other skin care products work even better!
Rapidly gaining popularity in the West, sheet masks are the perfect addition to any skin care routine. Whether you’re working late at home or firing up Netflix while curled up in bed, slapping on a sheet mask is also the easiest way to care for your skin. Beauty Friends II can be your skin’s new best friend with four varieties to choose from: Red Ginseng to tighten pores and fight signs of aging, Tomato Essence to rejuvenate skin and diminish dark spots and hyperpigmentation, Green Tea Essence to treat sun damage, and Snail Essence that promotes skin regeneration.
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