The everyday hustle can get exhausting, so you need to pause and check on how you’re doing. And like what's been said before, sometimes it doesn’t take a lot to uplift your mood—all you need is a short break with a few good tools to make you look and feel good.

For days when you need to take a breather, do these short activities and reach for your self-care savers:

Nourish your lips.

With the “-ber” signalling the start of cooler weather, your skin needs TLC—including your lips—and nothing beats petroleum jelly. This Apollo Lip Balm in Pretty Pink softens and relieves dry skin plus the light pink tint makes you look like you’ve just been kissed! 


TRY: Apollo Lip Balm in Pretty Pink, P49, Robinsons Supermarket

Rejuvenate your skin.

If you don’t have time for multi-step skincare, then invest in a multitasking cream that can nourish and repair your skin instead. Kojie-San Face Lightening Cream is a light and non-greasy formula that moisturizes and lightens the skin, and reduces and prevents the formation of dark spots. Use in the morning and at bedtime to maximize the effect! 

TRY: Kojie-San Face Lightening Cream, P120, Mercury Drug

Retouch your roots.

No time for the salon? We hear you. If your hair has been looking for a touch up then do a quick fix with L’Oreal Paris Magic RetouchIt’s a spray-on concealer that covers gray hair and stays on until your next shampoo. It’s quick, easy-to-use, and comes in three colors: black, brown, and dark brown. Tip: Be careful not to touch your hair after spraying it on — it can leave a stain on your hands! 

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TRY: L’Oreal Paris Magic Retouch, P399, Zalora

Pamper your skin.

Stretch marks happen to a lot of women, whether you're a mom-to-be or not. There's nothing wrong with them at all, but you still do need to give your skin some TLC, especially when it starts itching. Palmer’s has always been one of the go-to brands for this, and their massage cream comes with a highly-concentrated formula combining cocoa butter, shea butter, natural oils, collagen, elastin, and lutein that’s great for soothing dry skin. Best used for stretch-mark prone areas like the tummy, hips, thighs, and bust. 


TRY: Palmer's Massage Cream for Stretch Marks, P495, Rustan’s Beauty Source

Repair you nails.

If you’re doing all the hard work at home, then reward yourself — and your nails — for it. And you do it while you sleep! Sally Hansen Gel Rehab is an overnight renewal mask that helps repair damaged nails. Even if you don’t do manicures that often, this is still pretty helpful if you want to strengthen your tips. 

TRY: Sally Hansen Gel RehabP595, Zalora

Fake your beauty sleep.

Did you miss out of sleep last night? Other people don’t need to know that. Use a multi-tasking highlighter like the Max Factor Miracle Glow Duo, which conceals dark eyes and makes your skin look more radiant. The iridescent side makes your face glow while the soft side can be used as a perfector. Get your glow on!

TRY:  Max Factor Miracle Glow Duo, P895, available in leading department stores

Take a selfie!

What’s a great motivator for days when you feel down? Looking good and letting others know it! Take some time to make yourself look pretty — start with a solid base like Revlon’s Photoready Insta-Filter Foundation. It’s lightweight but buildable and comes with a blending sponge for quick application! It also provides great coverage, especially for those with oily skin.


TRY: Revlon Photoready Insta-Filter Foundation, P925, Watson’s

8. Stay hydrated!

Hydration is at the core of every beauty routine, and it’s the best anti-aging solution to all your skin woes. Be inspired to drink water with a tumbler so stylish it makes you want to reach for it all the time. bkr glass bottles have small mouths for easy, no-spill slipping (which means your toddler can use it, too), plus have protective, grippy silicones so you can take it anywhere with you. 

TRY: bkr glass bottles, P2,650, BeautyMNL

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