Every year, we receive more and more exciting products to test and trial, but 2018 has been extra special here at BeautyMNL. Besides our growing assortment of beauty must-haves, our wellness lineup has also grown in ways we never even expected. So, before the year ends, we’re sharing with you our top personal favorites—many of which we use in our own day-to-day routines. Spanning everything from skincare and makeup to pantry superfoods and zero waste staples, here’s everything we loved in 2018!

Smink Beauty Balm Shells All-Around Clay Blush, P180 WHY WE LOVE IT: Fan of the drunk blush look? This long-lasting clay rouge delivers intense color payoff in just a dab and leaves a natural flush you can apply on your cheeks, eyes, and lips.

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Miju Glow Castor Oil with Mascara Brush, P99 WHY WE LOVE IT: Sparse brows and short lashes are a thing of the past with this top-rated solution. Made with 100% pure and organic castor oil, it strengthens follicles and boosts hair growth in as little as one week.

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Pro Studio Beauty Exclusives i-Heart Brush Cleaning Pad, now on sale at P299 (limited time only) WHY WE LOVE IT: Featuring textured nubs, stain-resistant material, and an ergonomic design, this brush cleaning pad thoroughly removes dirt from makeup tools. No fuss, no mess, and no residue—just one use and your brushes will look good as new.

Shop it here.

Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer, P1,990 WHY WE LOVE IT: This silky powder is a cult-fave for a reason! With its matte, warm bronze shade, it provides the most natural-looking tan that flatters every skin tone, whether you’re fair, medium, or morena.

Shop the full-sized variant here and the mini variant here.

SnailWhite Snail Secretion Facial Cream, P995 WHY WE LOVE IT: Designed to provide intensive nourishment and brightening, this snail cream quickly restores damaged skin. Its snail secretion filtrate content plumps up fine lines, soothes acne, and boosts cellular turnover to to give you your most glowing and youthful complexion yet. (Kris Aquino swears by it!)

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Some by Mi Cereal Pore Foamcrub, now on sale at P790 (limited time only) WHY WE LOVE IT: Formulated with 72% natural grain extracts, this gentle scrub buffs away dead skin cells and oil without drying out your skin. It also contains rice bran powder and lentil seed extract, which soothe acne-prone skin and brighten dull complexions.

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Maybelline Super Stay 24H Full Coverage Foundation, now on sale at P399 (limited time only) WHY WE LOVE IT: A favorite among YouTube gurus and beauty enthusiasts alike, this famous formula is perhaps the most comfortable full-coverage foundation in the drugstore. It camouflages every type of blemish and wears up to 24 hours without creasing, pilling, or fading.

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The Green Tummy Organic Dried Goji Berries (140g), P299 WHY WE LOVE IT: Chewy with a flavor like a cranberry or a sour cherry, goji is one berry we’ve been eating by the fistfuls. The reddish-orange berries aren’t just a deliciously guilt-free treat—it’s loaded with antioxidants, fiber, and protein that make it all the more sweeter to eat.

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Sip PH Skinny Burrito, on sale at P300 (limited time only) WHY WE LOVE IT: Wherever, whenever we lunch, we’re never without this bamboo cutlery kit. It comes with a spoon, fork, knife, chopsticks, plus a canvas pouch that winds up for easy storage. Perfect for kids and adults alike!

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Manila Superfoods Roasted Barley Tea (100g), P115 WHY WE LOVE IT: Reminiscent of smokey platters of barbecue and towers of Korean friend chicken in our nearest shabu-shabu, barley tea makes a reliable companion to flavors even beyond Seoul. It has a hot, deep flavor that makes it just as (if not more) addicting than coffee.

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Made by Maxi Almond Butter (Dark Cacao), P365 WHY WE LOVE IT: If Nutella were a nut butter, this would be it! It tastes super chocolatey, yet doesn’t wear our stomachs—or clean-eating consciences—down like its counterpart. We love it on toast, but on some days, eating it by the spoonful is just as satisfying.

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HIMA Himalayan Rock Salt (500g), on sale at P166 (limited time only) WHY WE LOVE IT: Besides the pink color, we love these Himalayan salt rocks on dishes that need a bit more oomph. Plus, it doubles as a beauty item: use it with coffee grounds to create a body polish, or make it into a face mist to reveal your inner glow.

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Modern Rituals by HIMA Amethyst Facial Roller, on sale at P1,312 (limited time only) WHY WE LOVE IT: This makes our skincare routines feel like an indulgence, getting rid of puffiness, frown lines, and the day’s worries with every sweep. We’re unsure of whether amethyst contributes to any of its prowess, but it’s certainly pretty to store atop a vanity!

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Wheyl Nutrition Co. Just Melon Milk Whey Protein, P550 WHY WE LOVE IT: Like melon milk? You will LOVE this. It bears that distinctly sweet, creamy flavor that makes it taste like dessert in and of itself. The only difference is, this one is jam-packed with protein—an essential part of our ongoing workout regimens.

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Kotex Luxe Ultrathin Overnight Pad, P83 WHY WE LOVE IT: On days we feel like Niagara Falls is located in our undies, this make sure to keep our flow in check. You might think it’d feel like an adult diaper due to its super-absorbing properties. But it’s actually thin enough to make you forget it’s that time of the month.

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Anytime Menstrual Cup (Size 2), on sale at P350 (limited time only) WHY WE LOVE IT: We’ve grown up—and gotten used to—wearing pads and tampons. But this silicone cup gives our trustworthy period products a run for their money. It feels like nothing on, and doesn’t require constant changes. Plus, it’s cool knowing we’re helping the planet as well.

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Pure Bliss Poopoori Spray (10ml), P150 WHY WE LOVE IT: When we have to go, we have to go. And sometimes, we have that stinkin’ feeling at the most inconvenient of times. These fragrant, pen-shaped mists make the process a little more discreet—and will have you leaving the bathroom like nothing ever happened.

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Dentiste’ Breath Spray, P198 WHY WE LOVE IT: We’re not of the mind to lug around our toothbrush everywhere we go. Instead, we rely on this spritzer to give us minty-fresh breath after pungent meals. It gets rid of foul odors (and spares our seat mates) ’til we get the chance to brush, floss, and gargle.

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