Beauty Roundup: The new NYX lippie, NARS’s controversial move, and a K-Beauty super promo

When it comes to the beauty world, a lot of changes often have to be made in order for brands to grow, get better, and become more successful. Whether its revamping packaging or reformulating classic products, cosmetic companies are always on their toes to stay relevant in a fiercely competitive industry.

For this week’s roundup, we’re tackling some of the latest updates from our favorite brands. Some are going to make you literally feel good (through the power of crystals!) while others have touched on sensitive topics and caused some beauty lovers to find alternatives in other brands. It's a bit of a rollercoaster ride but it's one worth taking. Read on, PV girls!

We’re Going K-razy!

When it comes to super deals and crazy finds, we here at PV want to make sure you girls get the best bang for your buck. This time, Korean beauty destinations Etude House and Tony Moly have teamed up for a Buy 1 Take 1 promo! From perfumes to face bases and lipsticks to nail polishes, it's the perfect time to stock up on your 10-step skincare routine and makeup must-haves for a Goblin-inspired FOTD. You can view the full list of available Etude House products here and Tony Moly products here.

The Buy 1 Take 1 promo is only until supplies last so head on over to Etude House branches in Festival Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Robinsons Place Manila, SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, Trinoma, Glorietta, and Greenbelt and Tony Moly branches at Glorietta, Mall of Asia, SM North EDSA, and SM Megamall.

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Image via VOGUE Thailand

Image via VOGUE Thailand

This Collection is Kahlo-ka!

Korean beauty and skincare have both become staples in a lot of our beauty routines. Whether you love their beauty waters, sheet masks or lip tints, there’s no denying the impact (and absolute joy) K-beauty has brought to the world. So when a famous Korean beauty brand decides to come out with a gorgeously packaged collection, we cannot help but go cray cray! 

The Missha x Frida Kahlo Collection is proof of how far K-beauty has come with regard to collaborations. For a limited time only, their famous Original Tension Pact Cushion Foundations will be housed in the most beautiful compacts, featuring Kahlo’s works. The Intense Moisture (the perfect base for dryer skin because it is infused with olive, jojoba seed, grape seed oil, and hyaluronic acid) and the Perfect Coverage (more suitable for oily skin, promising flawless coverage and mattifying properties) will be available in cases with some of Kahlo’s more famous designs. The collection will be released on July 13 on the Missha website.

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Image via Typist.ph

It’s a Lip Slip!

NYX Cosmetics has a vast range of lip products that we’ve all grown to love, Whether it be their famous Soft Matte Lip Creams or their Lip Lingeries, the affordable (but great quality) brand has not only proven to be accessible, but down right fabulous. Enter their latest lip baby: the NYX Slip Tease Full Color Lip Oils. The new line will feature 12 shades ranging from nudes, purples, pinks, and even reds, and will only cost you $7 a tube!

With its satin to matte formulation, these lip colors promise to keep your lips hydrated yet budge-proof. We’re loving Red Queen (true red), I Woke Up Like This (brown nude) and Fatal Attraction (bright purple). The NYX Slip Tease Full Color Lip Oils are now available so be sure to check the NYX Counter nearest you!

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Images via Bustle

Images via Bustle

Take a look at my crystal... balm?!

Crystals are said to have natural healing properties and bring about peace and calmness to their surroundings. They are also the source of inspiration for Colourpop's latest release! The Crushed Crystal Collection contains four crystal-infused mini-collections that each include a face mist ($6), liquid highlight ($6), and holographic lip balm ($5). The Aquamarine Collection is all about calming the body while the Rose Quartz Collection promotes self-love and acceptance. The Aventurine Collection is aimed at bringing prosperity while the Amethyst Collection channels inner wisdom and strength.

The launch date has been postponed until further notice but in the meantime, you can watch the Colourpop team reveal the Crushed Crystal Collection here. Whether you believe in crystals or not, the packaging is gorgeous and we're definitely excited to see the swatches. Here’s hoping they launch it soon!

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Image via Glamour

Image via Glamour

Rita + Rimmel = 100% Fabulosity! 

Known for getting gorgeous and super talented women in their campaigns (Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss are just to name a few) Rimmel London has just teased new pictures of yet another cool girl ambassador, Rita Ora, for the new campaign of the Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colors! These liquid lipsticks are pigmented and long-lasting, with a promise to be kiss-proof, smudge-proof and waterproof!) It will be available in 15 shades ranging from bright pinks to hot reds, and even some cool toned nudes.  

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Image via Harper's Bazaar

Image via Harper's Bazaar

How to feel about NARS?

Many perfectly groomed and styled brows shot up when NARS made a big, controversial announcement the other day. Despite marketing themselves as a “cruelty-free” brand, the brand posted a photo on their Instagram explaining that since they are now available in China, they are now bound to Chinese laws and regulations when it comes to cosmetics distribution and production, including testing on animals. They also reiterated their stance on the need to abolish animal testing altogether and their support for research on cruelty-free testing methods. 

The Internet went crazy as fans and loyal customers posted comments of disappointment and anger. Many described the move as a "moneygrab" rather than a sincere desire to "bring [their] vision of beauty and artistry to fans in the region". NARS has yet to respond to the backlash and calls for boycott. We'll keep you updated on the developments but in the meantime, what do think of this decision? 

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