Every thirties woman has her own set of beauty rules and priorities. (You do you, after all.) Some never skip their nightly skincare routine while others wouldn't be caught dead with less than perfect kilay. But anyone can agree that what matters most is to look your most presentable self with the least amount of effort possible. So while small makeup purchases here and there will always offer a good pick-me-up, these major beauty investments can really help improve your confidence in the long run.

Read on to know more about these procedures that have been tried and tested by Pinays just like you:

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Gentle Max Pro Underarm Hair Removal

What It Is:

Gentlemax Pro is perhaps the fastest and most powerful laser hair removal system available today. Unlike Diode, you won't need a cooling gel after as the machine also emits a coolant spray. It's a painless procedure that only takes 10-20 minutes, and is suitable for all skin types and tones. After six to eight sessions, you can get the booster package for longer-lasting results.

Why It's Worth It:

"I once had underarm laser hair removal done using a super cheap discount voucher and learned the hassle way that not all machines are created equal. It took several sessions for me to really notice the difference and the slow hair growth didn't really last long. Fast forward to four years later, where after just one session with the Gentlemax Pro, I was able to notice results instantly (read: thinner hair that I didn't need to shave off). I was worried at first because I had a beach trip scheduled two weeks after my first session, but the hair was barely visible by then and I didn't even have to think about it. Another thing I appreciated is that there's barely any downtime. You just can't sweat or work out for three days after—>best excuse ever." - Ysabel

TRY: Skin House Beauty and Laser Clinic, P2,500/session or P12,000/six sessions

Pioneer Centre Supermarket, Mandaluyong, 0917-7131588 or (02) 542-4106

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Eyebrow Microblading

What It Is:

Microblading uses blade and ink to create semi-permanent, hyper-realistic brows. While eyebrow tattoos have gotten a bad rep over the years for looking too fake, microblading follows the growth of your hair so it looks more natural. PhiBrows, in particular, uses the Phi compass, which gets the optimal ratio of the shape that's needed for your face. It gets the golden ratio (1.618), which gives the optimal distance of the eye that will guide the artist in filling in your brows. The treatments lasts for about two hours, but your brows (depending on your lifestyle) can last for up to two years! (Click here for the full feature.)

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Why It's Worth It:

"I'm very concious of my thin kilay, even more today since having thick eyebrows has become very popular. I can say that eyebrow microblading really bolstered my self-confidence. And not only did it save me from worrying about how I look, it also saved me time, especially in the morning. I used to take an extra 20-30 minutes of getting ready for work so now I can sleep in a bit more—this means a lot because I leave the house at 6 a.m. everyday." - Elsa

TRY: Ron Peña - PhiBrows Artist, P25,000 - 28,000

Gamboa St. Makati City, 0999-8812669

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Luxury Facial

What It Is:

This facial deep cleans pores and removes bacteria-causing acne, trapped dirt, and excess oil. It also minimizes pores for up to two weeks. (For best results, sign up for six sessions.)

"This pain-free procedure begins with a soothing facial cleanse and relaxing facial massage. Then, skin-nourishing vitamins are absorbed into the skin via sonophoresis, a process wherein ultrasound waves seep nutrients into the skin, removing blackheads and whiteheads along the way. After, electric currents safely pass through the skin using a special machine to lift and revitalize the skin. And finally, an oxygenating machine releases cool, pressurized oxygen into the skin to hydrate and open pores."

Why It's Worth It:

"I signed up for this procedure a few days before the holidays hit full swing, which was the best time to do it. I didn't have to use primer so much and even skipped putting on foundation for some casual get-togethers because my skin remained tight until weeks after. Putting on makeup was a breeze and I kept getting compliments from friends and family I hadn't seen in a year. (Of course I didn't tell them I just got a facial--I wanted them to think that was my new normal. Haha!)" - Ysabel

TRY: Luminisce Holistic Skin Innovations Luxury Facial, Price available upon request

The Podium Mall, Mandaluyong, (02) 637-2398, 0917-1684661

FN TIP: Pair with the Lustril Laser to even out skin textures, diffuse redness and scars. 

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Dental Whitening Treatment with Cosmetic Brightening Gel

What It Is:

According to their website, The Smile Bar uses products and technology from Swedish company, Brilliant Smile. To start, you bite into a clear, cushioned plastic lined with brightening gel which safely removes discoloration and stains from the enamel. Then an LED lamp that uses Plasma Light technology is used to activate the whitening ingredients. The results should last for about four to six months, depending on your lifestyle. (via Cosmo.ph)

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Why It's Worth It: 

"Using a cosmetic brightening gel instead of bleach lessens the possibility of the teeth getting brittle... When I was done, Michelle (the attendant) compared my teeth to their color chart and showed me that I went four shades lighter. They weren't toothpaste-commercial white, but the years of bingeing on chocolates were almost gone. My smile was definitely brighter than it was before." - Ira

TRY: The Smile BarSingle Whitening - P2,999; Double Whitening - P4,999; Triple Whitening - P6,999; Nano Seal Total+ - P1,299

Uptown Parade in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, (02) 541-2853, 0917-1485659

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