Sometimes the best products come in the most unusual packages. And according to our customers, that’s the best part of beauty—when things work in unexpected ways for the better. Below, they share their 5-star experiences with products that solved their most pressing beauty woes—from a one-of-a-kind skin-lifting mask and sunscreen pills to a nano-spray that makes moisturizing all the more enjoyable. You’ll find some good ol’ gems on the list, too! Between these 15 customer faves, you’re bound to find something that works for you.

1. Kailijumei Flower Jelly Lipstick with Mirror in Flame Red, now on sale at P990 (limited time only)
“I was so excited when I got my order yesterday! Ever since I saw this on the internet last year I’ve always wanted one. The flower and the gold flakes made it look so magical. Good thing it was on sale here on beautyMNL. Although it’s a little small, it’s still a good buy. At first I couldn’t see any color, but seconds later my lips turned vibrant pink. The color is so long lasting that it’s still there when I woke up (I forgot to remove [it] before sleeping). Plus it smells so good!” – Frances

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2. Crazy Skin Lifting Mask, now on sale at P150 (limited time only)
“I was a bit reluctant to buy this because it is a bit pricey, but I’m glad I did. I’ve tried a lot of face masks before, but this one is truly amazing. Carefully follow the instructions on how to use it and wait for the essence to dry on your face. It felt like it was tugging my skin as it dried out, but it’s okay. After washing off my face, my skin felt softer and looked radiant. My pores are visibly smaller than before and my laugh lines vanished! I definitely recommend this product.” – Mhay

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3. Seed & Tree Cedar Wood Toner, P999
“I tried this toner mainly because it was on sale and it came in a 500ml bottle! I didn’t have any expectations as I’ve never tried any skincare products with cedar wood as an ingredient. But I was pleasantly surprised! I fell in love with it the first time I used it. It was refreshing and nourishing. I feel like my skin is really hydrated when I use this that I don’t feel guilty when I skip my night time moisturizer at times! Will I repurchase? Definitely! I do wish that it’ll be on sale again!” – Jescha

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4. Bath Junkies Moroccan Mambo Bath Bar, now on sale at P120 (limited time only)
“Who wouldn’t love this soap? First of all, the packaging is lovely. I gave it as a gift to my friends and I just added a little note to it. They all find it cute. Second, it smells good! It has that sweet and mild smell that makes me want to smell it again and again. It also makes skin soft and supple. I just thought that it doesn’t lather well compared to other soaps. Other than, I am satisfied with this product and will definitely buy again.. especially if it’s on sale! Hehehe” – Claire

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5. HiMirror HiSpray Facial Moisturizing Spray, P990
“This facial moisturizing spray is great! It’s not too expensive and does really nice job at hydrating your skin. I use this in my morning and night skincare routine in applying moisturizer. And by the time I put on my make up, my skin looks plump and refreshed. It is also good at taking away your makeup. I carry this around in my bag and throughout the day. If my skin is feeling dry or dull, I’ll just have to spray this on and my face feels so much better. Amazingly relaxing!” – Cee

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6. Prettify Skin Lightening Gel, P395
“I recently had acne on my jaw and cheek area and at my age, it is so frustrating. It’s hard to cover up. I just had to find a lightening product that is effective, fast acting, one that will not dry out my skin and will not cause redness. I have tried many local products, including those of known local brands. NOTHING compares to the effectivity of this product ON ME. It’s not the overnight miracle cream that we dream of but I saw definite results within a week. Now I have to try this on my armpits too, hoping it will be as effective.” – Criscelle

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7. Angel Skin Lightening Bar with Kojic, now on sale at P100 (limited time only)
“Got this as one of the freebies on 3 of my recent purchases. Since I am not a fan of whitening products, I gave it out as a gift. Next thing I knew is that the one I gave it to is begging me to buy her more of this soap. She liked it so much that she used up the entire bar in just a week! Needless to say, this is one freebie that is sooo worth my purchase.” – AM

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8. Pure Bliss 100% Pure Squalane Oil, P1,000
“I’m rating this purely on the basis of my using this on my eczema. I suffer from hereditary eczema which will never be cured completely so I’ve lived with it and usually use super rich moisturizers and lotions to prevent dryness and flare-ups. I’ve used petroleum jelly, aloe vera, Aveeno eczema cream and Vitamin E oil and now this. And I must say, this has been the best so far in terms of moisturizing the affected parts the longest. I usually need to re-apply vitamin e oil every few hours but with this oil, I only need to apply in the morning and when I get home and it would be enough for my eczema not to dry up and be itchy. What’s even better, I was able to buy this on discount so it’s doubly cost-efficient and cost-effective.” – Thea

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9. Chemworld Fragrance Factory Perfume Sampler Pouch, P300
“This perfume sampler contains 10 2mL vials of different scents. There is also info card which contains information about the what’s in the vial such as the name of the scent, scent hint, concoction(top notes, middle notes and base notes). I like it because I can get to try 10 different perfumes for a cheap price. The scent is also long lasting. Definitely worth it.” – Maricar

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10. Go Black Activated Charcoal Powder (100g), P360
“I noticed the difference right away. My teeth were immediately whiter after using this, and it felt so clean. It was like detox for the teeth. You also get so much product, I was surprised at the amount of product that I got for such a cheap price. I’m a little scared of mixing this with drinks for some body detox, but since I had good results for my teeth, I might just give it a shot!” – Jessica

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11. Ladykin Mango Softfoam Cleansing, P390
“i have sensitive and oily skin especially on very humid weather and i totally needed a cleanser that would help prevent me from oiling up. PLUS it’s mango aroma is so good or i just love mangoes that much. i like the fruity smell and it is really refreshing! GO TRY IT!!” - Joy

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12. Heliocare Oral Ultra Capsules, P2,500
“I love going to the beach but don’t like getting tanned or sunburnt. This product solves my dilemma by providing that extra protection so that I don’t need to worry about staying under the sun. My derma still recommends putting on sunscreen though. Tried and tested, no sunburn even after hours under the sun. I’ve also started using this even on a daily basis as its really getting hotter and because I undergo laser treatments for my face every now and then. There’s no other product like this and this brand has a really good reputation. Pricey but worth it.” - Lesley

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13. Tinchew Vita7 Mad for Cover Pact, P1,950
“Ive been using this product for weeks now everyday, and I love the korean porcelain, glowy effect of the cushion and plus 1 for the free refill catridge that you can use for a long time! Its dewy effect that is not sticky on skin was even more perfect too you’ll love” - Selyn

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14. V&M Naturals Voila! Locks Hair Masque, P580
“This is my absolute favorite hair masque. Aside from the fact that the ingredients are all natural, it leaves my hair super soft, super fragrant and super moisturized. For those who are wondering, I have super dry hair from daily ironing, plus I also have it regularly rebonded. I use this hair masque as a conditioner whenever I rinse my hair, and it has really saved it from drying out (scalp included). Definitely give this a try!” – Michelle

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15. Sirene Essentials Peppermint Sea Glow Dry Oil, P480
Didn’t quite get how oil can be non-greasy until I tried Sirene’s dry oil. It’s lightweight and I did notice that it was easily absorbed by my skin. Plus! The smells really great! Like I came out of a spa! What I tried doing is after I bathed before bed, I sprayed this on my legs and arms. Felt nice seeing my legs all moisturized.” - Ferlene

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