We all know that it's important to budget your suweldo before anything else, but we also know that you need to budget for leisure, because really, what's the point of working your fanny off if you can't enjoy the fruits of your labor? Start with your beauty stash by indulging in these small things that can brighten a bit of your day--and make you look even better in the process:

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A moisturizing facial mask you can stuff in your bag

It may seem silly, but putting on a facial mask in your cubicle during a stressful day at work can be very satisfying. Aside from re-moisturizing your skin after being exposed to dry air con air, it can also mentally soothe you and calm you down. 

TRY: Leaders Mediu Amino Moisture Mask, P94, Watsons

Pore strips that can effectively do away with blackheads

It can be a little annoying to see black spots on your nose when the rest of your face is clear (they can be a pain to put makeup on, too, since they still tend to peek out). Regularly clean out those pores of dirt and sebum to avoid dilation and infection.

TRY: Biore Pore Pack, P79, exclusively at 7-Eleven 

An emulsion that will protect your skin from pollution

Commuting daily can really leave a lot of gunk on your face. Make sure to get all the good nutrients in to keep your pores clean and protected!


TRY: Human Nature Pollution Defense Hydrating Emulsion, P350/50ml, at Human Nature

Foundation in the right shade

A huge makeup no-no is wearing foundation that doesn't really match you, because really, you wouldn't want your face to be of a different skin tone from your body. Find a long-lasting base that won't melt in Metro Manila weather.

TRY: Revlon Insta-filter Foundation, P925, at Robinsons Department Store

A strong eyeliner-mascara combo

You may not need more drama in your life, but who says you can't have a touch of it on your eyes? While the classic black/brown eyeliner may be your favorite go-to, be more adventurous and pick one in an interesting shade. Top it off with mascara that will volumize your lashes and open up your peepers.


TRY: CoverGirl Get In Line Liquid Eyeliner in Teal Crystal, P249; CoverGirl Peacock Flare Mascara in Waterproof Black and Black Brown, P399, Rustans the Beauty Source

A lippie that will keep your puckers nourished

Dry lips are always prone to breaking and bleeding, and when this happens all the time, you're left with skin that's scabby and uneven. Aside from scrubbing regularly, you can also invest in products containing vitamins that can keep your lips smooth and nourished.


TRY: Max Factor Colour Elixir Lip Cushion, P455, available in Beauty Bar

A setting spray that can finish your look

Don't belittle the power of an effective setting spray! The right formulation can keep your makeup in place the whole day.

TRY: J. Cat Cruelty-Free Matte Makeup Setting Spray, P475, in Gateway Mall

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