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2018 Best of Skincare and Makeup

Today I thought of sharing to you the best of beauty products from skincare to makeup I tried in 2018.

I am so excited to write this post because I did discover some holy grail products last year. Soon I will be publishing my current skincare routine, a big update from the last one I did. I have so many products currently, thanks to Althea Korea! You can watch the unboxing I did worth almost Php 7,500 free gifts from them. It’s a giveaway too, BTW.

Anyway, without much rambling here are the best of skincare and makeup I had for the year.

Let’s start with skincare.

St. Ives Renewing Collagen and Elastin Moisturizer

This tub quickly became a must have for me. Now I can’t imagine leaving the house without first putting a spoonful of this rich moisturizer. What I like most about this product from St. Ives is it is easily absorbed by the skin. No matter how much product I put, after a couple of seconds my skin has already absorbed the moisture. It also has a good scent which I really love.

You can check out my full review of this product HERE.

Price - Php 267 and you get around 525ml of product already.



Skinfood Black Sugar Wash Off

I’ve been meaning to buy try this Skinfood Black Sugar Wash Off since 2018 began but it was always sold out in Althea. Not surprising since it has been one of the tried and tested korean skincare products of all time. So when my trip to Seoul happened I knew I had to buy this. It was sold for almost the same price as what’s indicated in the Althea website so if you also want to try this scrub I highly recommend buying it from Althea instead once it become available. This Skinfood Black Sugar Wash Off is so good and kinda addicting. I love how it feels on the skin once the black sugar melted. I used to have a lot of whiteheads and big pores in my nose area but ever since using this, it helped minimize those.

Price - Php 310

Lush Mask of Magnaminty

This is such a holy grail product for me. So much love (and memories) for this Lush Mask of Magnaminty. I really used it all throughout 2018 especially when I do my pamper routine. My eldest sister gifted me a tub of Lush’s Mask of Magnaminty which I seriously love! This has been my very first Lush product and I maximize every ounce of it on my skincare routine. I apply this right after washing off the face scrub I used. The effect of this mask is so A-MAZ-ING! I certainly enjoy the cooling sensation it provides upon application. I noticed that whenever I use this my skin feels less oily in the morning. Pores are also tightened which is something I definitely need help with. It reminds me so much of the Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque which was part of my 2016 Best of Beauty.

Price - Php 499

Human Nature Lip Scrub in Peppermint

Also known as my most viewed blog post for 2018. I have nothing but praise for this lip scrub from Human Nature. It’s like Skinfood’s Black Sugar Wash Off only it is intended for the lips and not the face. One of the things I like the most about the Human Heart Nature Natural Lip Scrub is it truly works. It peels off the dry skin on the lips in an effortless manner, revealing a much softer kissable lips right after. I try to use this every other day when I do my exfoliate and mask routine.

Full review here.

Price - Php 175. You can buy it here.

Human Nature Balancing Face Toner (Oil Control)

Another favorite product from Human Nature. I just love the brand because they keep on releasing products that actually work. This in particular became my go to toner because it smells really nice. I love how mild it is to the skin. It’s alcohol free, 100% natural and the smell of the product is so good too. As soon as I emptied the small version I immediately ordered the 200ml and it’s so worth it.

Price - Php 99.75 for 100ml, 184.75 for 200,ml

Biore Pore Pack

Oh Emm Gee! I discovered the most effective nose pack ever and it is none other than Biore Pore Pack. I got it during the monito monita in the office and it comes with four strips already. I wasn’t expecting any good from it since I am already used to pore packs and nose strips that do not work. But this one is different. I get so much junk after putting it on. I also feel the whiteheads and blackheads being pulled out from my nose which feels amazing BTW. It is really good.

Price - Php 37.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop

I have to be biased with this one because it is the most expensive purchase I had in the beauty area. Finally, my very own Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop. A beauty wishlist unlocked. I got this last November during my trip to Malaysia where I had my first ever Sephora shopping experience. This is a mini travel size only so I’ve been using it only for special occasion. So far so good though. It does give you that blinding highlight that’s not too harsh. I love how it enhances my cheek bone area and the way it looks when sun hits you.

Price - Php 1067.77 (converted from ringgit). It comes with a liquid version too.

Shawill BB Cream

I can’t tell you how many tube of this Shawill BB Cream have I emptied ever since I discovered it in 2015. This has been featured in the blog from my best products below Php 250 to monthly favorites. This is such an everyday face product for me. I use it to hide my dark under eyes and any blemishes. I let the warmth of my fingers melt the product and viola - almost perfect canvass. If you haven’t tried Shawill’s BB Cream, I highly encourage you to do so.

Althea Petal Velvet Powder

I received this Althea Petal Velvet Powder as part of my welcome gift when I became an Althea Angel. I received three variants in total - one in shade 23, one in Translucent and another in Pink Lavander which is the 3rd Anniversary Limited Edition. Among the three shades I definitely enjoyed using shade 23. I love how Althea was able to pick the most suitable shade for me. Petal Velvet Powder. No. 23 definitely works for morena like me. I’ve been using it as a setting powder since the Malaysia trip and it’s sooooo good! I love how fine the powder is and the coverage it gives is on point.

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Price - Php 210

Bench Brow Lasting Mascara in Dark Brown

My super sulit waterproof eyebrow holy grail. If you haven’t tried Bench’s Brow Lasting Mascara then you are missing  A LOT in the brow department. I tried using this on my brows and I’ve been to brow haven ever since. I don't need to use any other product at all and just this Brow Lasting Eyebrow Mascara from Paintbox by Bench and my brow routine is complete. I can also attest to it being waterproof. I used this during my Caramoan and my Palawan trip, swam and walked under the sun with them and my brows are still in tacked. Really good product.

Price - Php 139

Ever Bilena Matte Liquid Lipstick in Toast of New York

Although I have this since 2017, it was only last year when I wore this liquid lipstick almost every single day. This is such a good product released by Ever Bilena. The color reminds me so much of MAC’s Taupe but more reddish undertone. I really like this and even my younger sister swears the formula and color pay off makes a morana beautiful.

Price - Php 185


That’s it for my 2018 Best of Beauty. I hope you enjoyed this post.

What’s your favorite product from last year? Let me know in the comment section.

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