Beauty Roundup: Our 9th Anniv Today, a Pinoy beauty brand wins big abroad, and a juicy update about CosRX

This week’s Beauty Roundup features the best of the best when it comes to all things beauty. From an organic Filipino company bagging top international beauty awards to a new foundation that feels as good as bare skin, we’ve got the low down on everything you need to know this week. Ready your wish lists because you’re going to want to try these amazing products!

Yes, today is the day! Day 1 of our 9th Anniversary celebrations begins with six of our fave brands opening their doors at The Podium Mall in Ortigas. Come by the Level 2 Atrium to experience Inglot, Kate Tokyo, Pink Sugar, Ellana, Baby Foot, and My Amazing Hair Care Secrets! They have special promos only during our event, so please don't miss it.

Day 2 is tomorrow, when our Guts, Glam, and Glory Forum will commence. The whole PV Team is excited to see you there!

Image via Human Nature and Philippine Primer

Image via Human Nature and Philippine Primer

Proudly Pinay!

It’s no secret how the local beauty scene is expanding with more and more brands to choose from, with one-of-a-kind quality product offerings that can compete internationally. The global community has also been paying attention and looking to Filipino efforts for the next advances in beauty innovation. At the Sustainability Awards held in Paris, homegrown brand Human Nature took home the Sustainability Pioneer Award, a recognition given to a brand that continues to make waves and sustainable changes in the beauty world. With Human Nature’s constant creation of certified natural cosmetics (it’s the first local brand to be certified cruelty-free by PETA, too) made from locally sourced ingredients and employment of impoverished communities in the Philippines, it is truly a brand to be recognized. 

In addition, company co-founder and president Anna Meloto-Wilk was recognized as the Asia Pacific winner of the Beauty Industry Woman of the Year by Cosmetics Design, a London-based beauty industry publication. She’ll be joining the In-Cosmetics Global Exhibition in London where the global winner for the award will be announced, but her win for Pinay entrepreneurs is already a great source of pride and inspiration. Congratulations, Human Nature!

Update as of 31 March, 11am: Anna Meloto-Wilk won the Global Beauty Industry Woman of the Year award! See announcement here.

Image via Bustle

Image via Bustle

Glow-bal Domination

As if we could love (and lust) over Anastasia Beverly Hills products even more, the brand is now coming out with another must-have palette for us highlighter-obsessed women: the Aurora Glow Kit! It’s been a long time (and several palettes later) since the brand launched their first ever Moonchild kit, and fans have been craving for another “out of this world” palette of pigment. The Aurora Glow Kit will consist of six shades inspired by the stars and outer space while still keeping the wearable look of each powder. There’s Eclipse (soft peach), Luna (baby pink), Spectra (deep lavender), Helia (white with green tint), Orion (turquoise), and Lyra (warm orange). The palette is set to launch soon on April 4 on the ABH website and will retail for $40. Better get your wallets ready!

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Image via LA Times

Image via LA Times

Herbivore It’s Too Late!

Sephora Philippines is killing it these days! From restocks to new-ins, the website has got everyone buzzing with excitement. Another awesome addition? Organic skincare brand Herbivore Botanicals is now available! Known for their all-natural, cruelty-free products and minimalist packaging, the brand has created a gigantic following since early 2014. Their masks have been raved about by tons of magazines and YouTubers for having amazing results. The Blue Clay Spot Treatment Mask (P1,124) promises to help treat your stubborn spots and bumps while gently clarifying your skin; the Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask (P2,215) is a cooling gel mask that helps reduce redness while unclogging pores and exfoliates dead skin cells; and the Brighten Pineapple Enzyme + Gemstone Instant Glow Mask (P2,696) increases blood circulation, giving your skin extra plumpness and a glow from within. I’m definitely excited to try the Sea Mist Coconut + Sea Salt Beach Wave Hair Mist (P610) and the Bamboo Charcoal Deep Cleanse Detoxifying Soap (P610) once they go back in stock! Shop Herbivore Botanicals here.

Image via Beauty Almanac

Image via Beauty Almanac

Nothing is Everything

MAC Cosmetics is known for their amazingly full coverage foundations and base products. From their iconic Studio Fix foundation and powders to their Studio Sculpt tubes, the brand knows their stuff when it comes to that flawless finish. So when they release a foundation that promises an undetectable look and feel to the skin, we can't help going crazy! The MAC Next to Nothing Face Colour is formulated with nourishers and light-reflecting opalescent microspheres giving you that “no makeup, makeup look” complete with a dewy glow. The thin, BB cream-like formula feels lighter on the skin but ably covers up all redness and discolorations. Available in nine shades so far, the Next To Nothing Face Colour retails for $31 and the Next to Nothing Powder is for $27. 

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Image via facebook.com/BeautyMNL

Image via facebook.com/BeautyMNL

It’s That Simple!

Talk about a surprise treat! BeautyMNL is slashing P100 off on ALL of the Simple Skincare products on their site! Shop their Moisturizing Facial Wash (P239), Micellar Wipes (P239) and Eye Makeup Remover (P399) at discounted prices until March 31. Remember: they offer free shipping for orders above P2,000 so you may want to stock up on your skincare staples. Happy shopping, PV girls!

Images via Lime Crime

Images via Lime Crime

Mane Priority

Summer is officially here and things are about to get extra magical! Taking a turn for the better, Lime Crime has been reinventing themselves as a brand and coming out with more products to catch our fancy. The beach is definitely a hot spot for everyone this season, and what better way to rock an on-trend look than with Unicorn Hair! Oh yes. Lime Crime’s Unicorn Hair Dye ($16) will be available in 11 shades of pure magic. From shades like Strawberry Jam to Dirty Mermaid, you can rock your locks in colors that celebrate the carefree days of summer. No word yet on the exact release date but the dyes are 100% cruelty-free and vegan, with no bleach needed! Check out the Lime Crime website for more details.

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Screencap from Instagram user @cosrx

Screencap from Instagram user @cosrx

Cos(RX) Your Fingers!

We’re not big on rumors but when the official Instagram account of one of our favorite Korean brands posts a picture about meeting with one of the country’s top beauty destinations—we freak out! CosRX posted a very simple picture with the caption “Guess who we met today #watsonsphilippines #cosrx #comingsoon” which has us buzzing! We’ve already spotted (and promptly purchased) their acne pads, honey moisturizers, and cushion pacts at select SM Beauty stores like Megamall and Makati. We’re eager for the brand to reach at more locations! That, and for the full line of products to be available! We’ll definitely keeping close tabs on this one and updating when we get more deets.

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