We are proud to present the third BeautyMNL Awards: a twelve-part event that celebrates this fabulous year in beauty and wellness. After comprehensive discussion—and a whole lot of road-testing—the girls at the BeautyMNL office have listed the Best Products of 2018. In the ninth installment of our 2018 BeautyMNL Awards, we’re lauding all things local. It’s no secret that some of the best-loved, bestselling brands onsite are made by and made for Filipinas. This year saw an even higher upsurge in botanical solutions and skin-loving makeup, all of which use the finest Philippine-sourced ingredients (and sport the cutest packaging!)

Suffice to say, our homegrown brands have come a long, long way and have brought forth some of our most popular products to date. See the list of this year’s finest local creations, below!

Happy Skin Feeling Sculptacular Face Contour Kit Honeymoon Glow Edition, P1,299 “One of the best contour and highlight powders out there! The contour shade is perfect - it’s not too orange and gives the right shadow needed to chisel the face. The highlight shade has such a nice and warm sheen that can be used on any skin tone for dimension and a nice healthy glow.” – Joanna T.

Pink Sugar These Lips Don’t Lie Crayon, P349 “I love crayon lipsticks, and this one is really nice! Not drying, long-wearing, and really pigmented.” – Frankie C.

V&M Naturals Happy Pores Orange Flower Water, P480 “My usual Witch Hazel toner was out of stock, so I decided try this one out, and I love it, too! My face feels clean and fresh after every time I use it, plus I feel that my skin has gotten brighter and clearer since I started using this product.” – Maia M.

Lauren & Co. Beauty Bare Skin Facial Sun Mist SPF 70, P499 “It’s a game changer because I know that you do need to reapply sun block every 2 hours but that also depends on your sun exposure of course) but this one has changed the game because I can literally retouch my sun protection without ever having to spread the product with my fingertips because it comes with a spritz AND it wake mes up during sleepy hours at work! It has 100ml and 30ml so you can bring it anywhere!” – Michelle C.

“This is the lightest, most refreshing, and best-smelling sunscreen mist I’ve tried, hands down. I stash it in my bag for days when I’m rushing and forget to put on SPF before leaving the house; it doesn’t disturb makeup and even acts as a setting spray. Perfect for beach trips, too.” – Marla M.

“Was really impressed with the product since it’s the first time I’ve tried a mist with SPF. “ – Celine A.

This product is also available in 100ml and 50ml.

Leiania House of Beauty Hemp Seed Oil, P200 “I always thought that using facial oils will make my skin even more oily, but I was wrong! I leave this on overnight, and I wake up with skin like glass. “ – Nisee L.

Kris Matte Matic Lipstick, P245 [SHADE: Life] “It’s a great shade of Nude that makes for a perfect MLBB! I love a matte lipstick and I give this plus points for not being drying on the lips!” – Lianne S.

Human Nature Sunflower Beauty Oil, P175 “This is my go-to all-over body oil. I put it all over right after my shower, before towelling off, and it leaves my skin is moisturized and smooth all over.” – Joanna T.

Hello Gorgeous Unicorn Elixir, P700 “It’s really great for dry skin like mine, especially during this time of the year when my skin just withers. It smells really great too so that’s a bonus. The mix of oils really keeps my skin nourished, dewy, and glowy all day! It’s a whole skincare routine I slather on and wear the whole day.” – Sam K.

This product is available in 30ml and 15ml.

Leiania House of Beauty Milky Lemon Face Serum, P390 “My face scars pretty easily so I’ve been looking for a brightening product to help lighten blemishes.” – Patty G.

Skin Genie Pit Perfect Deodorant Spray, P250 “This product is gentle on the skin and dries up fast, unlike other deodorant sticks I’ve tried that leaves a waxy, greasy feeling afterward. Every time I put this on, I feel instantly fresher!” – Angie G.

Happy Skin Sakura Bloom Bundle, now on sale at P1,498 (limited time only) “I’m super impressed with how this combo delivers instant, noticeable results. The Brightening Peeling Gel makes my skin as soft and smooth as a baby’s butt, and the galactomyces-infused Hydrating Skin Booster brightens and balances in an instant. The spray bottle is also pretty convenient—no need for cotton pads.” – Marla M.

V&M Naturals Witch Hazel Toner, P184 “This is one of my go-to toners to prevent breakouts and I can truly say it works just as well as any fancy anti-acne toner out there. It’s super gentle on the skin and my pores always feel extra after I sweep this on with a cotton pad. I can’t believe how cheap it is, but you definitely get more than what you pay for.” – Kim V.

“I like how this toner smells!” – Jamby J.

TRVLR Portable Perfume Refillable Atomizer, P280 “This is so convenient! I love how you don’t need to lug around a clunky perfume bottle just to keep yourself smelling fresh. Whether you’re going to work or on a trip, you can easily slip this into a purse or makeup kit for a total hassle-free traveling experience.” – Claire C.

V&M Naturals Tamanu Oil, P1,700 “This is a great pimple treatment. I have dry skin so I can’t use pimple treatments that dry out the pimple. Since this is an oil, it’s safe for my skin to use. Anytime I feel like a pimple is brewing I just place this on top and the pimple stops growing and calms down.” – Kat E.

Everyday Love+ Nude Lips, now on sale at P150 (limited time only) “A+ formulation and lasting power! I also love that the wide range of nude shades cater to Filipinas of different skin tones. Plus points for being so affordable as well. Definitely my favorite local discovery of the year.” – Mara T.

Beauty Bakery Charcoal + Clay Scrub Mask, P199 “At first, I only bought this product because it was on B1T1, but when I tried it, it really did work wonders for my skin! It’s a really great exfoliator, and really does leave your skin feeling tighter and freshened up! Bonus: it smells super good!” – Ilyana O.

V&M Naturals Smooch Lip Detox with SPF 15, P225 “My lips feel so moisturized after applying this. A great solution for chapped lips!” – Jaye H.

Pro Studio Beauty Exclusives Makeup Setting Spray, now on sale at P249 (limited time only) “While this doesn’t give me a matte finish, it makes the makeup I applied look super natural. It’s specially useful for whenever I use too much foundation. A few spritzes takes down any caky-ness or weird patches.” – Dani C.

Happy Skin At Long Lash Supercurl Waterproof Mascara, P999 “If there’s one thing I really hate, it’s clumpy mascara! This one’s unique bristle-free wand is perfect for long and perfect eyelashes. I also love how this mascara never smudges on me - yay for no panda eyes!” – Jem C.

Skinpotions Tomato Serum, P295 “This inexpensive locally made product cleared my skin! My face is so much brighter and it isn’t that expensive, too.” – Jaye H.

Skin Genie Apple Cider Vinegar Soap, P150 “This makes my skin really soft and supple, and I can feel how clean (but not squeaky clean!) it is after every use.” – Ayana T.

Leiania House of Beauty Tea Fresh Oil Blotting Paper, P135 “Using this in the middle of a busy day makes me look a little more refreshed and a lot less haggard! One pack lasts me a long time, since even though I can get quite oily, one sheet is almost always enough—it absorbs a lot of oil, plus it doesn’t rip easily unlike other brands.” – Maia M.

“I never leave the house without this! This is the best blotting paper I’ve ever tried, and it’s been a staple in my makeup kit for almost 2 years now. It’s affordable, effective, and it smells like green tea which is a huge plus for me! :)” – Carli D.

“I can definitely see why this product is a customer favorite. It effectively absorbs excess oil without feeling rubbery or plastic-like after. I always keep one in my bag and I think I’m already on my sixth pack since I started using this product early last year! “ – Kathy A.

Be Organic Bath & Body VCO Conditioner, now on sale at P170 (limited time only) “I absolutely love the Be Organic Bath & Body VCO Conditioner because it’s so mild and perfect for colored hair. I have highlights so my hair tends to get dry and frizzy, and this conditioner really helps keep it nice and healthy-looking. Another reason why I love it is because it smells like a dream!” – Trish R.

Beauty Bakery Clarifying Witch Hazel Facial Mist, P265 ““The facial mist feels super refreshing! Works as part of the skincare routine and can even use as setting spray after make up. It smells amazing, and is a super effective pick-me-up to use throughout the day. :) BONUS! It’s super sulit and afforable” – Yana O.

This is also available of 100ml and 85ml.

V&M Naturals Exfobomb, P395 “I‘m kinda afraid of trying products for my pits since it might get darker but still, due to the positive reviews, I tried it and it didn’t fail me! It lightens my pits a bit, not pearl white but enough to give me confidence to at least wear sleeveless.” – Charmaine L.

Zenutrients Gugo Shampoo, P249 “I’ve decided to avoid sulfate in shampoo and I started my journey with this shampoo. It’s the best decision I’ve made for my hair so far! My hair fall has lessened and my hair always feels light.” – Erika G.

Pink Sugar Sugar Tint Lip & Cheek Tint, P349 “Super love this tint! This product is extremely versatile and buildable, so you can use this as a tint or a liquid matte lipstick, depending on the occasion!” – Nisee L.

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