By VIANCA GAMBOA
Part of the reason Filipino beauty brands are overstaying their 15-minute welcome from sometime around 2015 is because we’ve always been one with nature. These brands have learned to adapt to cruelty-free and vegan methods, and we Pinays are all guilty beauty junkies, trudging through Watsons to swatch lipstick shades and ransack testers.
For this season’s hustling and bustling with the heat, we did a little rundown on these homegrown essentials you should cop this summer. One thing you can be sure of with these? They know the Filipina skin in and out!
1. Happy Skin Catch The Sun Brightening UV Gel Cream SPF 40 PA+++ Anti-Urban Pollution Screen (P999)
Stickiness amid a sweaty, muggy weather is the last thing we need, so when choosing a face sunblock to combat the sun’s harmful rays, opt for the lightweight, quick-absorbing UV cream that also keeps pollution at bay, and dries to a powdery matte finish so you can stay fresh all while protecting your precious skin.
2. Sunnies Face Lifebrow Grooming Gel (P345)
You know you can only rely on the best when it comes to your arches! Sunnies have been making rounds in the beauty industry ever since their glasses collection branched out into the highly coveted Sunnies Face Fluffmate series. Upon releasing their new brow collection that is a staple to every girl’s makeup routine, you know fans had to line up. And Lifebrow Grooming Gel didn’t disappoint with its clear precision, fluffy finish, and sweat proof wear that can only guarantee perfection even in the dog days.
3. Colourette Coloursnaps in Beachy
This local cult-favorite is a summer staple for its subtly pigmented shades, its multi-use formula that you can use for your cheeks, lids, and lips, and its protective and moisturizing properties—it has shea butter, vitamin E, and SPF 15. Their bestselling shade “Beachy” lives up to its name for its instant dewy, sunkissed glow that looks like you just came out of the waters. It also comes in a really handy, cute, compact case so you can bring it with you everywhere you go.
4. Beach Born Sea Salt Spray (P185)
Here’s a quick fix for your summer hair woes. This all-natural, budget-friendly sea salt-infused spray lets you achieve that sought-after beach waves by adding extra texture and volume to your otherwise boring, sticky, damp hair. It will tousle your locks to a natural-looking, bouncy, wind-blown finish without all that crunchy mess. Think Blake Lively in all her surfer babe hair glory.
5. Human Nature Sunflower Lip Miracle (P199.75)
Summer = chapped lips more than ever! Pucker up with this ultra hydrating lip balm that boasts of its sunflower oil that has 44x more vitamin E, blended with beeswax and castor oil for that crack-free, smooth lips. You can leave this on overnight to wake up to supple lips, or re-apply every time you need that extra moisture.
6. Pink Sugar Our Lil’ Secret Liquid Foundation (P399)
Don’t get fooled by its price, this foundation will literally get you covered! We all know the hassle that comes with going on full-coverage when you’re out to soak in the sun but this local bestseller gives you more benefit than that dewy glow. Its all-botanical, soothing elements balance out oil for that shine-free, no mess, no fuss look. It also has green tea, hyaluronic acid, and aloe vera to moisturize and hydrate your face to counter a whole day of drying-out from the sun.
7. Ellana Blur Primer (P799)
This local beauty power brand’s Blur Primer made waves for its long lasting base coverage that preps and fills in pores and imperfections with a satin-smooth finish, rivaling top beauty primers such as Benefit Pore Professional. It also controls oil for hours, heals with allantoin, locks in moisture, and helps keep your makeup intact even in a humid, summer day.
8. BLK Cosmetics Long-Lasting Liquid Matte Lipstick in Sassy (P314)
Bid heavy lippies goodbye with a little something that is easy on the eyes and won’t make you look daunting when the sun comes shining. Apart from its mousse-y, matte pigmented tone that lasts long, it also moisturizes your lips with vitamin E and Rosehip oil. This lip line offers a slew of vivid hues, but Sassy stands out for its peachy pink shade that’s perfect for that lightweight, outdoor fun.
9. Beauty Bakery Clarifying Witch Hazel Facial Mist (P265)
This summer, facial mists are your best friend! When it gets too hot out and your face passes through its “haggard” stage, you can instantly freshen up and hydrate with this bestselling Witch Hazel Facial Mist. It also calms inflammations or sunburns with witch hazel water and tea tree extracts, and refines skin tone and texture with vitamin C and lemon extract.
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10. Careline Strobe Stick (P205)
Not only a summer must-have, this cult-favorite
costs next to nothing but is a whole lot of something, evident through its huge following in the internet by influencers and makeup enthusiasts alike. It’s your all-in-one go-to stick that blurs, corrects, conceals, or even highlights—all without clogging your pores. Need we say more?