Tired of using and wasting money on commercialized products? Well, then, just STOP!
You know what you need to do?
Stop looking for products at the supermarket, and go online! Because a handful of good stuff is now on Instagram and on BeautyMNL! They’re natural and LOCAL!
Let me share some of my great finds:
Skin Genie Pit Perfect Underarm Whitening Scrub
Where I bought it: BeautyMNL
Price: P200 / 100 g
Ingredients: Please see the image below
First of all, notice how witty the name of their product is: Pit Perfect. Get it?
It is, as the name suggests, a whitening scrub specifically made for the dark side of many of us. (tee hee!) I have never used other pit products, other than deos, because I never really believed they actually worked. Since this is made with natural ingredients and it’s not, at all, expensive, I added it into my cart, proceeded to checkout, and away my money went!
According to the instructions, I must use it twice a week. I gently massaged the product on my armpits for 3 minutes. However, I was supposed to rinse it with warm water, but I didn’t because I was also going to take a shower that time and was already too lazy to do it. I started yesterday, and in all fairness, I noticed how smooth my pits were, after bathing! It felt unusually soft and fresh! I love it!
By the way, it has quite a strong scent to it, which probably comes from the ground oats. But it is neither overpowering nor annoying. This product is promising. I hope that after I finish my jar, I will finally see the light and share before and after photos. hehe!
Or maybe not.
The Beauty Bakery Clarifying Witch Hazel Facial Mist
Where I bought it: BeautyMNL
Price: P265 / 150 ml bottle
Ingredients: Water, Witch Hazel Extract, Tea Tree Extract, Lemon Extract
This is another first of mine – first facial mist I bought. At first I couldn’t smell the lemon scent in it, instead I was reminded of Stay Fresh candies. Remember those small round green peppermint candies?
The product is packaged in a frosted glass bottle, which is the only downside. Carrying it around is NOT impossible, but a little inconvenient. Since it’s heavy and made of glass, it needs to be handled with care.
The spritz is pretty decent. It gives off tiny droplets, so I don’t worry about ruining my makeup. However, I feel like it does not dispose of enough product so I need to keep pressing until I feel my face is freshened up enough.
Ever since I used it, it has become a part of my daily regimen – after washing my face and after bathing. It has become a necessity. After spraying a generous amount of the mist on my face, I immediately apply my moisturizer. I learned that doing so, lets the water get absorbed more by the skin. Otherwise, some of it will just evaporate and not get into the skin.
It was also the facial mist that I used in my JAMSU video.
It’s effective by the way. 😉
Hello, Gorgeous! by Skinline Rainbow Dash Highlighter and Eyeshadow Compact
Where I bought it: Hello, Gorgeous!
Price: P350 (quantity/weight not indicated)
Ingredients: (not indicated but claims that all products are made with natural ingredients)
Introducing the first EVER rainbow highlighter from a Philippine brand! As far as I know, the first rainbow highlighter that came out was by BitterLaceBeauty on Etsy, who I believe is based in Florida, USA. Since then, more rainbow highlighters came out and one was the Color Icon™ from Wet n Wild, another foreign brand.
Finally a Pinoy company dared to create one; and boy it IS glow-rious! I love the fact that they made it a multi-tasking product. You can use each shade individually as eyeshadows, too. Despite its cute size, which is about as big as the Macaron lip balm from Careline, it comes with a mirror, which is super convenient you don’t need to fumble in your kikay kit for one.
You can sweep your highlighter brush onto the product to get that rainbow glow, you can also just swirl it onto the highlighter to get a sheer prismatic effect.
Check them out on Instagram or their website for more awesome products!
Oh, and don’t they look perfect with these really cute (yet affordable!) Unicorn brushes from Lip Monstr?
Faith. Hope. Love. Cucumber Hydrating Mist
Where I bought it: @faith.hope.lovesoapmain on Instagram
Price: P160 / 50ml
Ingredients: Please refer to the photo above.
This was highly recommended by fellow makeup enthusiasts @geekyella and @karenlizescobar (check them out on IG! Karen is a YouTuber, too, btw! Subscribe to her channel!). Anyways, they said they love this mist ’cause it smells good and really helps their makeup last longer.
So, when my Witch Hazel Facial Mist was almost empty, I placed an order through Faith. Hope. Love’s Instagram and Ms. Van, one of the people behind the company, was so gracious and friendly; she was super easy to transact with. You could feel so much positive vibe even in her messages!
So when the package arrived, I opened it right away, took pictures of the cucumber mist, tore off the protective seal, twisted the cap open, and smelled it… wait….. wait….
It was super sweet and heavenly and refreshing! Ugh! I looove it!
It’s packaged in a lovely purple plastic bottle, which makes it much more convenient to take anywhere! Even the label looks pretty!
However, since the spritz is different from Witch Hazel Facial Mist, I had to get accustomed to it at first. It disposes of more product, there is more pressure, and [juuuust a bit] bigger droplets. So I make sure that when I use it, it’s within an arm’s length. On a brighter note, just a few sprays is all I need.
I will definitely get the bigger one once I’ve emptied this bottle. Just like Ella and Karen, I highly recommend it! It helps the makeup last longer and I can’t wait to try it with the Jamsu technique!
Faith. Hope. Love. Coffee Soap
Where I bought it: (Actually, it was included in my order as a gift! OMG!)
Price: P150 / 100 g
Ingredients: Coffee Granules, Coffee Extract, Marine Collagen, Seaweed Extract, Vit F Forte™, Sunflower Seed Oil, Carrot Extract, Coco Betaine, Lemon Peel Oil, Preservative – Leucidal™
Now, to complete the story above…
When I received the package, I thought there was a mistake. It was supposed to be round, but why did it seem as if there was a box inside? I tore open the courier’s package, and saw the paper wrapper sealed with a sticker with a Bible verse.
I carefully removed the tape on both ends of the packaging and took a quick peek inside. I pulled it out and was truly, truly overwhelmed by the surprise. (Thanks, Ms. Van!)
Now, now, on the product…
As you can see, the printed box is SUPER CUTE! Since it’s a coffee soap, the box has a drawing of a coffee plant and coffee beans printed all over. On the front side, you’ll see the logo, the product name, and what it’s for; while at the back, you’ll see all the other details you need to know about the product and the company.
The flaps are on the side, which is a little unusual, since most boxes like this have the flaps on top and at the bottom. The soap itself is brown; you’ll see specks of black which are actually the ground coffee granules.
I cut it into four to make sure it lasts longer. It was not difficult to cut, because it’s quite creamy, though solid. I also placed it somewhere that does not collect water to avoid “melting”.
The coffee granules in the bar gently exfoliates my skin. I massaged my face with it for 1-2 minutes before rinsing. My face felt really clean. It also felt smoother and softer. I think it has helped my micro-exfoliant fluid to get into my skin better. The best thing about that is, I LOOOOVE COFFEE! And coffee is well-known for its detoxifying properties! It smells like coffee caramel-ish, so lathering my face with this soap is such a breeze and will never be a struggle!
I recommend this soap, so I think I’m ditching my cleansing gel for this!
This is exactly what my skin needs!
Beauty Arsenals Hair Fairy Dry Shampoo
Price: P200 / 100 ml
Ingredients: Hydrocarbon Propellant, Alcohol, Starch Powders, Perfume Oil, and D-Panthenol
I have a separate blog post on this product. If you wanna read my thoughts about it, please click HERE.
So, there! I hope you guys check all these brands and their awesome products! Let’s all support local brands!
What about you? Which local products/brands have you used? Share it/them in the comment section below!