If you’re a total beauty newbie, welcome to the club! There’s no better time to dip your toes in the water than the start of a shiny new year. And yes, we know it’s a lot to take in. But we promise you it’s a lot of fun, too! To help light your way, here’s the first Top Reviews roundup of 2018. With these beginner-friendly finds, getting glam should be a breeze. Go on—give ‘em a whirl!

1. Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Stick, P399 “My new favorite! Best for ‘tamad girls’ like me. This foundation is what I’ve been looking for. It’s my first time to try foundation stick and I’m glad that I did try it. It blends into your skin easily and will make you look flawless in an instant. With regards to its longevity, I guess it’s doing the job well (oily skin here). Never been this in love with a foundation. No need to use powder nor a primer. Just strobe it unto your face, spread it well, and the freshness lasts! Been hearing comments also that I look fresh, the first time I tried it.” - Jelly

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2. Happy Skin Bye Bye Blues Brightening Concealer Wand, P899 “I was drawn to the claims to this concealer - that it won’t settle into fine lines, that it naturally highlights using organic ingredients. Plus it’s the same applicator that I like using… So I gave it a try and I have to say, it really brightens not just the eye area - which the concealer is really for (I don’t think I’ve the kind you use to cover blemishes) but also the entire face because of the effect of a healthy glow in the center of the face/eye area. Plus, when I used my finger to apply, I really noticed that it doesn’t settle into my fine lines! AMAZING! Plus, using the two step cleanse, I didn’t have difficulty removing the product. YAY! In addition, when I swatched this on the back of my hand, I noted a cooling sensation… didn’t notice that on my face but it’s definitely a plus! And finally, it really is very light weight. LOVE THIS. HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!” - Tina

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3. Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery BB Cream 3D Effect, P450 “I love this mainly for its coverage and protection. It does have a tint and I’m in between morena and fair, so if I put on too much, my face ends up looking lighter than my neck. A little goes a long way, and the bottle has lasted me several weeks already (and there’s still more left). It’s not greasy and heavy on the face, and provides good coverage as a base.” - Patricia

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4. Detail Duo Liquid Eyeliner and Eyebrow Pen, P299 “What I liked about this product is the convenience it brings for in a single stick, you can have 2 makeup products on both ends. There’s no need to worry of forgetting either your eyebrow pencil or eyeliner for with this, you’ll have the two already! I’m really amazed by their idea of putting the two altogether. Plus for a very reasonable price, its performance is quite nice already. The eyebrow pen brings a natural kilay look.” - Shermaine

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5. L’Oreal Paris False Lash Butterfly Wings Waterproof Mascara, P500 “I really love this mascara! I love that it’s easy to apply and its spoolie brush is made to coat every strand of my lashes to give them a wing and waterproof finish. This lasts all day, doesn’t smudge and is really lightweight. Perfect mascara for everyday and every occasion.” - Clarissa

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6. Tony Moly Delight Tony Tint, P198 “Love this tint so much. One of my first K-beauty items and I’m not disappointed. I bought this in the red shade and it is stunning. It stays on even after a meal, so I’m very happy that I don’t have to reapply as often. Only down side for me is that it’s drying. A quick (but temporary) fix for it is to top it off with a lipbalm, but I find that it affects its longevity.” - Gina

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7. NYX Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream, P390 “Honestly, after trying this beauty I have not gone back to the typical lipsticks sold in the market. I bought mine last summer and there is still a lot of product in it. If you’re new here, I suggest you try this OG of liquid lipsticks. It’s affordable and brings out the best look for your lips. It’s matte but hardly dries your lips as long as you moisturize your lips prior application. It also smells like cake batter. There are a lot of gorgeous shades, so choose wisely! I have mine in Rome and Berlin.” - Karen

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8. Smink Beauty PH Blush Blush Baby, P150 “I’m an avid fan of this product. My daughter is a blush person while I’m a lipstick person but I learned to love my blushing face when I used this product. It really stays on your face for the whole day and it moisturizes your skin. It is also easy to blend on your face especially with your bb creams or foundation. It comes with a small tube but it will last for 3+ months. I love how it is pigmented and looks healthy on my cheeks.” - Rosalina

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9. Pixi by Petra Makeup Fixing Mist, P975 “This mist is super light on the face. I’ve hesitated trying out makeup fixing sprays before because I thought doing so would just add to the heaviness feel of having make up on, but this Pixi mist has completely changed my view. It feels refreshing on the face. I even apply it whenever I feel like it. Much love!” - Peach

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10. Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water Pink (400ml), P249 “I’ll admit it, some nights I really cannot be bothered to do my entire skincare routine especially after a long day which is exactly why I LOVE this product. It makes it so much easier to remove makeup and it’s gentle on the skin! It’s affordable as well which is why there really is no reason not to buy it.” - Danielle

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

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