Can you believe we’re halfway through the year? Now’s the perfect time to take stock of the beauty investments we’ve made so far in 2017. But if you can’t figure out whether or not your hauls were worth the money, allow us to help. Skip the conflicting reviews and mile-long product descriptions—the 10 finds in this list always give you the bang for your buck. Swear!

1. NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick, P460 “I got this because this is said to be a dupe for KVD’s Lolita. On me, it wasn’t similar to Lolita but more of a nude everyday lippie (Maybe because of my skin color and tone). I like the formulation, non drying and also pigmented so a little goes a long way. I have to have eye makeup for this to look good on me; can’t be worn on its own because I would look really pale. But NYX makes affordable and good quality lippies so yess, 5 stars!” – Kristin

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2. Bioré UV Aqua Rich Whitening Cream, P445 “I’ve always been on the lookout for a good sunblock / sun cream that does the job and doesn’t make my skin look pasty. And this Biore UV Aqua Rich Whitening Cream is IT. With its high SPF coverage and texture that is just right, you cannot go wrong with this product. And a little goes a long way. An added bonus for me is the fact that it somehow helps keep my skin [stay] matte throughout the day … I’ve skipped my primer altogether this summer because this cream alone under my foundation is good enough. Should have gotten my hands on this sooner … I’m completely satisfied!” – Christine

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3. Human Nature Acne Defense Facial Wash, P170 “Discovered this product by surprise – I was staying with my aunt during a vacation and my skin started breaking out. I found this facial wash by the sink and tried it. Luckily for me, it worked like a charm! Not only did it help dry my zits, it also stopped new ones from forming!! :) Since then, I would use this product whenever it’s that “time of the month” and zits are at bay. So glad I’ve discovered this!! Can’t wait to try more of their stuff.” – Loren

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4. Tidy Heidy Instant Stain Remover, P115 “I purchased this product because I always wear white to the office and it sucks when my clothes are stained. I tried this on food stain and all I can say is that it works and I am very amazed. I tried it twice. First on my barong and on a hotel towel. its pretty amazing.” – Kristyn

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5. L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte FDTN, P700 “I always, ALWAYS, get complimented on how my skin looks every single time I use this foundation. People tell me that my skin looks dewy, healthy and that I look well-rested. They tell me that my skin has a “Korean” glow - nice and dewy but never oily, not even after a long hot and humid day. The coverage I would say is medium, but easily buildable to full which makes it perfect from everyday look to full-on glam. It is very long-lasting, too, and did not make me look cakey even after 10 hours. I use it with the Infallible setting spray from L’Oreal Paris.” – Kat

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6. Avant Scene Screw Brush for Eye Brow, P269 “I use this brush for both my eyebrows and eyelashes. It’s great to get your brows ready for a tinted brow gel if you’re into the natural brow look. It’s also great to help get a feathery lash look by using it to lift and separate your lashes between coats of mascara.” – Patricia

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7. Miss Bella PH Blender Sponge, P300 “DEFINITELY THE BEST DUPE FOR THE ORIGINAL BEAUTY BLENDER!!!! i love this, so soft!!! … good thing i did research this on YouTube and convince my self to buy this! AND I DON’T REGRET DOING SO! i want to thank MISS BELLA PH for making this! OMG !!! i hope the sponge for “baking” will be available soon! still… YAY! gonna buy all ur sponges!” – Katkat

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8. Pili Body Oil, P1,150 “I purchased this product out of curiosity and wanting to try out body oil instead of the usual lotion after bathing, I became instantly hooked! I loved the smell and how the scent stays on my skin until night time. A small amount of oil goes a long way and my skin feels more supple and looked more radiant, does not feel sticky and it makes me proud to support our own product.” – Evelyn

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9. Happy Skin The Morning After Lipstick, P699 “This liquid lipstick is a must for mauve lovers! The color is very subtle and dainty. It glides smoothly on the lips, moisturizing and is very pigmented even if it’s just one swipe. It’s a bit pricey but the quality is excellent. Plus it is a local brand too! Try out their matte lippies too and you’ll love it!” – MK

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10. Davines Glorifying Pak (250ml), now on sale at P550 (limited time only) “I have bleached hair and in dire need of reliable hair products. I used the 250 ml jar for almost 2 months; once a week at first then almost every other day when my sulfate free conditioner ran out. It leaves my hair soft and easy to comb. Combined with Clairol purple shampoo, and the Dumb Blonde leave in conditioner, my bleached hair weathered breakage and undue discoloration ( im on my 6th month and have not had to trim my hair since ) . I LOVE: 1. The Scent - very subtle and smells better after rinsing 2. Conditioning and Protection 3. It’s always on sale!” – Jam

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Tune in next week for another batch of 5-star must-haves!

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