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7 Effective Skincare Products That Don’t Break the Bank

Get great skin without having to break the bank. Score these great finds at a supermarket or a drugstore near you!

Skincare is an investment that requires commitment, but it doesn’t always have to be expensive to yield satisfying results. After all, price tags don’t define products.

From cleansers to sheet masks, there are many skincare products lining the aisles of your local supermarket or drugstore that are just as effective as the fanciest brands.

Here is a list of skincare products that will help you feel and look good for under Php 500:

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, Php 249
In need of a makeup remover? Try this brand of micellar water! It wipes off makeup and oil buildup in just a few swipes without the need for rinsing and the risk of breaking out. Bonus point for the fact that it’s a cleanser, a toner, and a moisturizer in one.

Quick tip: Buy the bottle with the pink cap if you have dry to normal, or sensitive skin. If you have oily skin, the one with the blue cap is for you.

 

Neutrogena Deep Clean Acne Foaming Cleanser, Php 241
This cleanser is perfect for acne-prone and oily skin. A pea-sized amount of it is enough to create a rich lather that lifts out impurities from your pores, leaving you with a clean and smooth face. They really mean it when they say, “deep clean.”

 

Nivea Refreshingly Soft Moisturizing Cream, Php 264
A lightweight formula—lighter than its original counterpart—enriched with Jojoba oil (a botanical substance that locks in moisture by sealing your skin with a protective barrier) and vitamin E that keep your skin refreshingly smooth and soft without leaving traces of grease behind.

 

Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+, Php 488
Are you a member of the oily/combination skin club? Then slather on SPF daily without looking like a greasy ghost using this cooling water-based sunscreen. Its lightweight formula contains Hyaluronic acid (the Holy Grail to wrinkle-free, hydrated skin) and citrus essence that do more than just protect your face from the searing heat of the sun. It wears well under makeup, too!

 

Evian Facial Spray, Php 349
Hot days, or cold ones spent in an office, call for a hydration boost, and that’s what the Evian Facial Spray is for. A couple of spritzes will water (literally) and freshen your skin. It also works as a setting spray or a mist to tone down the thickness of your makeup. Definitely one to up your selfie game!

 

COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patches, Php 200
You only have to wait overnight to get rid of pesky pimples with these skin-blending clear patches. Dubbed as a “Hydrophilic Wound Dressing,” the COSRX patches treat popped pimples for what they technically are: open wounds caused by bacterial infection. The patches suck the bacteria, oil, and other impurities out of your skin without scarring and drying it. They come in three varied sizes, so you have more options.

Leaders Mediu Amino Clearing Mask, Php 94
This mask is enriched with not one, not two, not even five, but seventeen different types of amino acids that, along with lotus flower extract and vitamin C, hydrate, moisturize, and leave skin feeling fresh and looking radiant. It also soothes redness and pimples. All these benefits in one!

Other than being wallet-friendly, it helps that these products are easily accessible for the long haul, which is important as it’s not enough to use a skincare product only for a while. So, try them out!

 

All products featured on Zee are independently selected by the writer. Products are on the shelves and prices are accurate at the time of writing.

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5 Things We Love About Nailplay, a Luxury Nailspa

Tucked into a quiet area in the hustle and bustle of Banilad, you can find a haven where you can look fabulous and fresh in one go.

Nailplay is a luxury nailspa that was a brainchild of five ladies, who wanted a place that was clean, had a relaxing ambience away from the city, and basically, was their own secret getaway.

Upon seeing the studio, a lush landscape is the welcoming sight. To get into the nailspa, guests have to cross a little wooden bridge, above a pond filled with koi fish. Immediately, it’s obvious that a trip to Nailplay guarantees a relaxing experience.

Faye Louise Veloso, the woman who manages Nailplay, explains that the studio’s overall concept is more in line with wellness.

“It’s really a cross between an ordinary nail salon and a spa, so we refer to Nailplay as as Nailspa,” Louise says.

The nailspa, as it’s lovingly called, offers services such as their Luxury Urban Escape, which involves an hour of relaxation through their SpaPlay Mani and Footspa, followed by your choice of a deep back and shoulders massage, or their 30-minute hair treatment.

Of course, Nailplay also offers nail services, with a choice of regular or gel nail polish. For those who want a fancier take on nails, you may also get nail art done by their staff. To complement the massage and nails, try Nailplay’s Signature Mink Eyelash Extensions These are lightweight and natural-looking, as it comes in three different lengths to match one’s natural eyalashes. And, to round off the pamper session, they also offer eyebrow waxing and threading! There’s no need to hop from one place to another to get all these services done.

For those who want to have bridal showers or a pamper-filled birthday bash, Nailplay also offers packages that fit the client’s needs. The package includes the exclusive use of the venue for three hours, manicure and pedicure for all the guests and light catering for the event. During the event, guests may upgrade to any of the other services that the nailspa offers.

“It’s been quite popular with bridal showers, but we recently hosted a children’s birthday party,” Louise shares. “I’ve been told the kids had a blast!”

Louise believes that Nailplay’s venue plays a huge role in its success.

“The landscaping was done beautifully, and it doesn’t even feel like you’re in the heart of Cebu!” She says. “Our friendly beauty therapists are also what make Nailplay what it is—our top customer service is why our clients keep coming back.”

While Louise is often between Cebu and Sydney, she shares that treating herself is as simple as taking the time to eat well, do some exercise, or get a footspa—at Nailplay, of course. Her personal favourite service though, is their Signature Mink Eyelashes.

“One of the beauty therapists even thought I had naturally long lashes,” she recounts, “without realising I just had them done!”

While Nailplay has only one store in Cebu, Louise divulges that they have plans of expanding in the future.

“I think the wellness market in Cebu is ready for our luxury and boutique Nailspa services,” she states. “Hopefully within the next five years, you’ll see more Nailplay stores in similar unique locations.”

Check out the video below to know the 5 Things We Love About Nailplay, or visit their website at www.nailplayphilippines.com.

 

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These Four Women Show Us How They Empower Themselves Through Pole Fitness

Charmaine, Jane, Ginie, and Ant are four women who take women empowerment on another level. With their daily morning routine of working their day jobs and attending to other matters, they all meet up in the afternoon to do one thing – Pole Fitness. Inside their studio, Pole Sphinx, they practice and teach other men and women about the beauty and grace of Pole Fitness and how it has helped them achieve much of what they are today.

Zee takes you inside their studio to fully know how these women empower others through Pole Fitness.

 

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Get That Glow Up at Rustan’s Beauty Addict

Cebu’s favorite annual celebration of skincare, haircare, fragrance, makeup and all things beauty is back for its fourth run this Thursday, October 10 in Rustan’s Cebu, Ayala Center Cebu.

Heads up, Beauty Addicts! The metro’s favorite annual celebration of skincare, haircare, fragrance, makeup and all things beauty is back for its fourth run. Say hello to Rustan’s Beauty Addict’s 2019 iteration: the GLOW Beauty and Beats Festival. Happening on October 10 at Rustan’s Cebu, the first-of-its-kind festival brings together beauty gurus, skinfluencers and makeup aficionados alike in a celebration of two things we’re guilty of loving most: beauty and music.

 

READY, SET, GLOW

Music has long been recognized as an avenue for self-expression and freedom, which makes it the perfect counterpart to the color, spirit and playfulness of the beauty realm. The GLOW Beauty and Beats Festival joins these creative forces to fashion an all-new Beauty Addict experience.

For Beauty Addict 2019, Rustan’s Cebu as we know it will transform into a wonderland of bright lights, fun installations and vibrant palettes, setting the scene for a festival getaway right in the heart of the city. Attendees can shop Rustan’s the Beauty Source’s ever-growing roster of beauty brands including CHANEL, La Prairie, Clarins, Jo Malone, Perricone, Nuxe, MAC, L’Occitane, Phyto, Diptyque, Jane Iredale, Stila, Deborah Lippmann, Acca Kappa, among others.

There will also be activity booths where Beauty Addicts in attendance can amp up their festival-worthy looks even further with a sprinkling of glitter, braid bar or an additional pop of color. Photo walls and a ball pool made specifically for snaps and Boomerangs will also ensure plenty of ‘gramming opportunities. To add more flair to your posts exclusive Beauty Addict Glow Instagram stickers, wallpapers and quizzes are available for your use!

That’s not all: what good is a festival without music? Live performances by DJ Gio Visitacion, The Wonggoys and Pandora await GLOW-goers. In between sets, attendees can listen to the specially curated Rustan’s Beauty Addict: GLOW Spotify Playlist (bit.ly/RustansBeautyandBeats) as they post away on social media from the comfort of the lounge and cocktail area.

DEALS, DISCOUNTS AND DIGITAL DELIGHTS

Making the Beauty Addict experience even better for shoppers this year, Rustan’s the Beauty Source is delivering on the digital front, too. Generating more buzz for the annual celebration of all things beauty, Rustan’s has created a variety of exclusive Beauty Addict Glow Instagram stickers, wallpapers and quizzes for Beauty Addicts to enjoy.

This year’s event also marks the launch of the Beauty Addict mobile app. Simply download the Rustan’s FSP App on Google Play or the App Store and instantly gain access to all your Beauty Addict card privileges! Points earned on purchases made during the event can now be credited through the mobile app.

Any purchase made during the GLOW Beauty and Beats Festival promises an automatic Beauty Addict membership. For existing Beauty Addict members, we encourage you to download the app to get a 50-point reward equivalent to a Php10,000 purchase. Even better, points earned by members from purchases made on the day of the event will be multiplied by 10!

This year’s celebration is in partnership with Metrobank Femme Visa and Metrobank Femme Signature Visa. Guaranteed to be bigger and grander this time around, don’t miss out on taking special snaps and make sure to have your photos taken by Sweet Escape Photography. Enjoy drinks and cocktails from local craft beer brand Engkanto Brewery.

Keep up with the latest deals, promos and brand offerings by following Rustan’s the Beauty Source on Facebook  and Instagram (@RustanstheBeautySource) or visiting their official website at Rustans-thebeautysource.com

Follow and listen to the curated Glow Beauty and Beats Spotify playlist here: bit.ly/RustansBeautyandBeats

Official hashtags: #RustansBeautyAddict #RustansTheBeautySource and tag us @rustansthebeautysource

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