In case you need to be reminded, time for yourself is important.
Remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup. You need to prioritize yourself, too, so you can take better care of those around you.
Do things that make you feel good, whether that means trying something new or even as simple as updating your beauty routine.
This 2021, we continue to help you practice self-care with Female Network’s BEST FOR 30, a curated list of products and services that your 30-something mind, body, and heart will appreciate. We hope you’ll find something in here that you’ll love!
Keep scrolling to see Female Network’s Best for 30 list:
Price: P367.23 or P12.24/capsule
Available at: Watsons, Rustans, Family Mart, 7-Eleven, and Puregold
Take care of yourself both and inside out with this beauty supplement that's packed with vitamin E—a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from free radicals. It helps strengthen your body's resistance, too!
What reviewers love about it: "I used to have acne due to stress and this helped improve my skin in a few months' time, along with the other skincare products I'm using. It also helped boost my immune system when I got really ill!"
Hyaloo Aqua Plus low-pH Cleansing Toner
Available at: Shopee and Lazada
Does your skin feel drier in your 30s? Go for gentler toners that won’t strip your skin of moisture. This one from Hyaloo is alcohol-free and is formulated with four types of hyaluronic acid to cleanse, tone, and moisturize the skin.
What reviewers love about it: “It’s soothing and refreshing! Even if it has a mild formula, it’s able to remove dirt and makeup so effectively. I have dry and sensitive skin so this is perfect for me.”
Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules Radiance Renewal Serum
Available at: Zalora, Lazada, and Beauty MNL
These golden capsules aren’t only pretty to look at—each one is filled with vitamin C serum that gives the skin a healthy glow. It helps fade dark spots and lock moisture into the skin, thanks to ceramides. To use it, just twist off the top and squeeze the serum onto your hands.
What reviewers love about it: “I use it before going to bed and I swear the lines between my brows just fade the next day. It’s expensive but worth the purchase!”
Aveda Thickening Lotion
Available at: Zalora, Lazada, HairMNL, Rustan’s.com, and Greenbelt 5
Formulated with amla, wheat, and corn, this thickening spray works wonders for adding fullness and body to thinning hair. The best part is it’s free from parabens, formaldehyde, and other harmful ingredients.
What reviewers love about it: "I have thin hair due to postpartum hair loss. I used this at night right after showering, and when I woke up, my hair was super thick! Really love it. Although it’s a bit sticky at first, its pros outweigh its cons."
Colourette Cosmetics Colourtint
Available in: SM North Edsa, SM Megamall, SM Manila, Landmark Trinoma, Robinsons Department Store - Festival Mall, Robinsons Department Store - Ermita, and more.
If you like keeping your makeup routine simple, you’ll love this multi-use tint. The oil-based formula is highly pigmented so you can sweep it on your cheeks, lips, and even your lids and look polished with ease.
What reviewers love about it: “It doesn’t dry very quickly so you have ample time to blend it properly. It’s also very pigmented so a little goes a long way!”
Careline Acne Spot Concealer
Available at: Lazada and Shopee
A few dots of this creamy concealer is all you need to cover blemishes and even pigmentation. It provides full coverage and a soft, natural-looking finish. You can use it as a foundation, too—just apply the concealer on your T-zone to instantly look refreshed!
What reviewers love about it: “It blends easily and provides good coverage even with just a little amount of the product. It doesn’t dry so quickly, too.”
Ever Bilena Studio Finish Brow Pen
Available at: Shopee and Lazada
Speed up your kilay routine with this unique liquid brow pen. It has a three-pronged tip that draws short, hair-like strokes in seconds. You can pick from two shades: Tweed (light brown) and Wood (dark brown.)
What reviewers love about it: “The applicator makes it easy for me to fill in my sparse brows."
Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Cloud Cream
Available at: Zalora, Lazada, BeautyMNL
This water-based gel moisturizer sinks into the skin almost instantly. As one tester notes, "It doesn't leave a sticky texture, too, so it works well as a day product." Spiked with 30% hyaluronic acid complex (which draws water into the skin), it lives up to its claim of delivering long-lasting hydration.
What reviewers love about it: “This is something I’d definitely spend my money on—it’s worth every penny! I love its texture. Since I have acne-prone skin, I use Azelane soap (which tends to dry out my skin) and this moisturizer complements it so well. It keeps my skin hydrated the whole day.”
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
Available at: Zalora, Lazada, and BeautyMNL
For smoother and brighter skin, add this gentle exfoliator to your night routine! It contains rice-based powder that turns into a textured paste when mixed with water. Massaging it on the face helps even out the skin tone and texture.
What reviewers love about it: “My skin felt so soft after using this and I love how gentle it is. It’s a great alternative to face scrubs!”
Dior Miss Dior Rose N’ Roses
Available at: SM Aura Premier, SM Makati, Podium, Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Rustan’s Shangri-La, Rustan’s Cebu, and SM Mall of Asia
Looking for a new signature scent? If you love the smell of fresh roses, Miss Dior Rose N’ Roses will be right up your alley. Grasse and damascus roses are blended with bergamot and white musk to create a sparkling floral fragrance you’ll want to wear every day.
What reviewers love about it: “It has a very floral scent that may initially be overpowering, but dot it in the warmest points of your body and throughout the day, you'll get to enjoy the notes one after the other, layer by layer. It honestly doesn't fade—it just smells nicer and nicer as the hours pass. Definitely a must-buy!”
Pureganics Ginger Calming and Revitalizing Body Lotion
Available at: SM Supermarket, Hypermarket, Savemore, Waltermart, Mercury Drugstores, Watsons, and other leading supermarkets, drugstores, and grocery stores nationwide
We absolutely love the fast-absorbing, non-greasy formula of Pureganics’ scented lotions. They’re available in four variants: Ginger, cucumber, papaya, and calamansi.
What reviewers love about it: “I love using the ginger variant at night right after showering. It has a warm, calming scent, and it doesn't feel sticky.”
Pond’s Vitamin Duo Sheet Mask
Available at: Lazada
After 15 minutes, these vitamin-infused sheet masks leave the skin visibly plumper and more refreshed. Another plus? Each pack costs less than P100, making them easier to hoard.
What reviewers love about it: “It's affordable yet effective!"
Lactacyd Feminine Wash
Price: P199.75 (All Day Care), P204.75 (Odor Fresh), P224.75 (Pearl Intimate, ProSensitive, and Extra Nourish)
Available in: Leading supermarkets, pharmacies, and eCommerce sites
Lactacyd’s mild, hypoallergenic feminine washes do a good job of protecting your intimate area from dryness and irritation.
What reviewers love about it: “Lactacyd is a brand I forever buy, and I grew up using their feminine wash. Up to now, they still deliver the same gentle formulation, which isn't heavily perfumed.”
Available on: Google Play
As cashless transactions become a part of the “new normal,” an e-wallet that’s worth trying out is ShopeePay. Aside from allowing you to pay bills and shop online, Shopee’s in-app e-wallet offers users cashback for bills payments, discounted mobile and load data, and even P1 deals from establishments.
What reviewers love about it: “It’s user-friendly, and I get to earn coins or cashback when paying my bills. I use ShopeePay to pay for my Meralco, Manila Water, and PLDT bills, and I would usually earn at least 60 coins per transaction (1 Shopee coin is equivalent to 1 Peso.) I've been using it since November 2020 and so far, I haven’t encountered any issue!”
SMAC (which used to be called SM Advantage Card) has been around for years and shoppers continue to love it to this day.
Aside from SM stores, you get to enjoy discounts from SM’s partner brands including Forever 21, Uniqlo, Watsons, ACE Hardware, Innisfree, Pet Express, and more. This membership card is valid for five years and is renewable for P200.
What reviewers love about it: "If you regularly shop from SM and their retail partners, I highly recommend getting a SMAC! I usually gas up at Shell so I earn points every month."
Available on: Google Play, App Store
In case you didn’t know, you can start investing your money through GCash. The e-wallet has a special feature called GInvest, which allows users to invest in professionally managed funds for as low as P50. You’ll only need to verify your GCash account to get started!
What reviewers love about it: “It makes investing a little less intimidating for a first-time investor like me! The platform is also easy to navigate—buying funds is almost like shopping online. It usually takes days, however, for investments to be processed—the same goes for withdrawals so it’s always best to invest the money you won’t need right away.”
Produced by Patricia Melliza
Art direction by Cyrille Calderon