The basics are comfortable and reliable, and while no one can argue that they are must-haves, at some point you’ll need to take a few things to a higher level.
We’ve listed several products that turn the usual into something special. From added features that give better results to breakthrough innovations, these can add more oomph into your life.
Foundation that works as concealer AND sunscreen
Bonus oil-control powers? Check.
TRY: VMV Hypoallergenics Illuminants Brilliant Finish SPF25 Powder Foundation, P2,295 at BeautyMNL
A carry-everywhere eyebrow pencil
Keep that kikay kit light! Pick a high-quality product that packs a lot of extra functions.
TRY: L’Oreal Brow Artist Designer Pro, P500 at beauty counters
Something that will fill your kilay gaps
Not everyone is blessed with awesome arches, but at least there are a lot of legit products that can help you get the brows you’ve always wanted.
TRY: Benefit Foolproof Brow Powder, P1,500, at Sephora.ph
We say “multi-purpose” because not only can you mix and match them, some of the shades can also double as highlighters!
TRY: Revlon ColorStay Crème Eye Shadow, P575 at beauty counters
A lippie that moisturizes and has SPF
Your lips need the same loving as the rest of your face. A lip tint that doubles up on protection can give you a flawless smooch.
TRY: FRESH Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15, P1,387 at Sephora.ph
Skin and Hair Care
A product that shoos wrinkles away
You’re never too young to work on those fine lines! Keep your skin smooth and supple with an anti-wrinkle cream that does the job.
TRY: Pond’s Age Miracle Intensive Wrinkle Correcting Cream, P999/50g at all Watson’s Stores, select supermarkets, and eCommerce sites Lazada, Zalora, BeautyMNL, and Calyxta.
Day cream that has everything in it
Your day cream is what separates your skin from harmful elements such as heat, dirt, and pollution once you step out of the house. Make sure that it’s reliable to avoid speeding up aging!
TRY: Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Day Cream with SPF 15, P789 at Olay’s Official Lazada Store and beauty counters
Mists that can calm your skin
The value of facial mists often goes unnoticed, but good ones don’t only help you freshen up, they can also keep red spots and irritations at bay.
TRY: Eau Thermale Avène, P557/50ml, now available at Watsons nationwide
Soap that’s gentle on you
Go natural with a bath soap with the relaxing scent of lavender and the cleansing power of glycerin extracted from coconut oil.
Try: Human Nature Scented Cleansing Bar in Lavender Mint, P80 at BeautyMNL
Conditioner that’s customized to your needs
If you’re a wash-and-wear girl, maybe it’s time to personalize your conditioner to make sure you always look your best. Remember ladies, upgrades don't need to be expensive.
TRY: Cream Silk with 7 Customized Solutions, available in supermarkets and at beauty counters
Invest in travel pieces
Now’s the time to buy all your winter clothing for that snowy New Year’s trip you’ve been planning! Investing in travel pieces is something you should think about in your 30s, especially when your wanderlust is too much to handle!
TRY: Duffle Coat and Military Sweater from the UNIQLO X JW ANDERSON line, now available at Uniqlo outlets
Workout clothes that move with you
While the amount of effort you exert shouldn’t be affected by what you wear to the gym or studio, purchasing workout clothes can make the experience much more enjoyable since they help support the way you move.
TRY: Atsui Performance and Athleisure Clothing with Airmov, available at Atsui.ph.
A powerful phone that can get the job done
In your 30s, you’ll need to invest in quality products that are durable and will last you a long time, rather than those that are cheap but flimsy. Getting a phone from a quality brand doesn’t only ensure you of top-tier performance, but also great after-care service.
TRY: Sony Xperia XZ1 with 3D scanning and processing, P39,990, available at Sony stores starting October 13.
A reliable laptop that can keep up with you
Time is money, which is why it can be pretty annoying when your laptop is slower than your car crawling along EDSA. Get yourself one that can keep up with all your tasks and up your productivity.
Try: ASUS Zenbook Flip S laptop and tablet in one with an Intel Core i7 processor, P84,995 available at ASUS outlets and retailers