Last Friday night, I was randomly browsing for reviews of eye creams online, and then I came across the Beauty MNL website. I found myself browsing for skincare and makeup products for almost an hour, clicking on the ‘Checkout‘ button, and signing up for an account. So yes, what started out as an innocent Google search ended up as a skincare haul.
Let me start with four top things I liked the most about Beauty MNL that made me push through with my purchase:
Wide variety of products
Beauty MNL, as the largest online store in the Philippines, offers a wide range of skincare and makeup products from over 300 brands (from high-end, foreign, to local brands). And unlike other online stores you may find on Facebook or Instagram, with Beauty MNL, you are sure of the authenticity and quality of the products.
Easy and convenient transaction
I loved how user-friendly the site is, making it so easy to continue my transaction. It was so easy to create an account, and there were also various payment methods available: Credit Card, PayPal, Bank Deposit, and Cash on Delivery. That is a major plus for me because not everyone has a credit card, and I find Bank Deposit too much of a hassle to do.
I opted for Cash on Delivery just in case something went wrong with the delivery. After checkout, I immediately received an email with my Cash-on-Delivery Invoice which included the Payment Instructions and my Order Summary.
In the email, it was emphasized that exact payment is needed because delivery personnels do not carry change. Ever. Also, as soon as the delivery personnel has arrived on your doorstep, you are expected to provide your payment. If fail to pay for your order, your order is automatically cancelled and the products are made available to other customers.
Fast and free delivery
I took advantage of the free delivery for orders above Php 2,000.00 (only applicable for deliveries within Metro Manila). The delivery countdown officially begins once you have received your payment invoice. Orders from Metro Manila are delivered the next day while orders outside Metro Manila are delivered within 3 to 5 business days.
The email also mentioned Beauty MNL doesn’t deliver on weekends. So imagine my shock when I received a call on a Sunday that my package from Beauty MNL has arrived on our apartment. I placed my order on Friday noon time and it arrived on Sunday afternoon, it only took 48 hours (on a weekend, even).
Pretty and secure packaging
The packaging came on a plastic zip-lock bag (which is sealed tightly initially). The products inside were wrapped in paper and bubble wrap which is a relief because you won’t have to worry about spills or breakage during delivery.
All items I bought are included in the Best Sellers list of Beauty MNL, and have earned high reviews from buyers. Now, let me give you an brief review on the items I ordered, included are actual pictures, Pros and Cons, and links for each product.
I haven’t had serious breakouts ever since I entered college but I’ve always had problems with blackheads (especially the ones on my nose, chin, and T-zone area). I’d get facials and put on strips but the blackheads usually come back after just a week. So when I saw this product along with the immense amount of positive reviews it got, I was absolutely sold!
This is a holy grail product recommended by various beauty bloggers and is part of the 2016 Beauty MNL Awards. Made up of 4% Beta Hydroxyl Acid (BHA) which is best for removing dead skin, this power liquid is a pore-clearing treatment used to remove blackheads, minimize the appearance of large pores, and brighten the skin.
Price (SALE): PHP 963.00
Original Price: PHP 1,070.00
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+ Big bottle: Might last for a few months to a year
+ It works: I’ve only been using this for 2 days but I can already see my pores getting smaller.
+ No flaking: Unlike other product for blackheads I have used before, this product did not cause flaking and dryness on my face.
– Consistency is very liquid-y
– 30 mins. waiting time Before you can apply another product over it
– May cause “purging”: That is, you may experience breakouts the first time you apply this product as it is an active product.
Last month, I’ve finished up my previous toner (Hawaiian Fresh Clear Toner from Nature Republic), and since then I have been on the hunt for a new toner. The reviews on the BHA Blackhead Power Liquid all recommended this product to complement the former one.
It contains natural Alpha Hydroxyl Acid (AHA) and Beta Hydroxyl Acid (BHA) which work together as a gentle clarifying and exfoliating toner. When using this product, you must never forget using a moisturizer as your skin might end up too dry once the toner has settled on your skin, and might bring adverse effects to your skin instead of making it better. Also, use an SPF on the morning for extra protection. If you are new with AHA and BHA, and are wondering how to incorporate this in your skin routine, you may use this guide:
Cleanser > Toner (this product) > Essence > Serum/Treatments (ex. BHA Blackhead Power Liquid) > Mask > Eye Cream > Moisturizer > SPF.
PRICE (SALE): PHP 657.00
ORIGINAL PRICE: PHP 730.00
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+ Spray Type Container: perfect for lazy days where you don’t have time to use cotton pads
+ Multipurpose: it also works as a gentle exfoliant for the face and for other body parts such as rough skin on the arms or legs
+ Reduced oiliness and gave radiance to the skin
+ No strong smell: unlike other toners that have a strong alcohol-like smell, this product smells almost like water
– Sprays too little: you would have to spray close to your skin
– Slight sting was felt when I first applied it. But on the second day, the tingly feeling was no longer there as I found my skin adjusting to the product.
– May cause “purging”: that is, you may experience breakouts the first time you apply this product as it is an active product.
Years of stress and lack of sleep from college has caused me dark eye bags and puffiness under my eyes that are hard to conceal through makeup. I have been using the Anti Dark Circle Eye Roll-On from Garnier but I didn’t see any significant changes while using the product.
This roll-on eye cream is one of the best products for Beauty MNL buyers, and is usually out of stock. With ingredients that include Vitamin E and cucumber extract, it does not only brighten dark circles but it serves as a treatment for tired eyes as well. Unlike other eye creams that are stored in large tubes, this product boasts of its compact size (see photo below).
PRICE: PHP 150.00
Buy this product from Lazada.
+ Small, compact container you can bring anywhere
+ Refreshing: right after application, your eyes immediately feel refreshed
+ Gentle smell: it smells just like baby lotion
+ Really cheap: this product is such a steal with this price
– Roll-on could be unhygienic if not used properly: make sure to have a newly-cleansed face before using this product, otherwise, the roll-on could become dirty or smell bad after a while
– Not a fast cure for dark eyes: this product is mainly targeting the lines and puffiness under the eyes so if you need something to lighten your dark circles immediately, this product might not be for you
I’ve always been curious of paddle brushes ever since they got famous last year. I have used the beauty blender from Sephora to apply foundation on my face before but the sponge ended up absorbing all of it (such a waste of foundation). So I have been using my hands to apply foundation instead, which I found to be better than using the beauty blender.
I chose this brush out of all oval brushes on Beauty MNL mainly because of its affordable price and its good reviews. The brush was able to easily blend my foundation (Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation by MAC) on my skin, and also brought an airbrush effect on my face. I tested it on my hand to show you how it looks like after blending (see photos below).
PRICE: PHP 199.00
+ Compact size: you can bring anywhere
+ Arc provides more flexibility: you can reach more areas on your face with the arc just above the handle of this brush
+ Blends the foundation evenly: I love how this brush does not absorb the foundation, instead it spreads it evenly on the face.
+ Soft bristles: it wouldn’t cause irritation on the skin
+ Affordable: this product is such a steal with this price
– Could be bigger: it would be better if the brush was a little bit bigger so it would take less time to apply the foundation on the face.
– Handle is sort of flimsy
Brows can definitely make or break your look, I’ve learned that after learning how to do my brows last year. My brows are already naturally thick and have good shape so I only had to fill them in to match my hair color (burgundy red), and have the messy hairs waxed. I’ve only been using brow liners (Anastasia Beverly Hills) and brow mascaras since I was just starting out and I felt intimidated with using more complex products. Just recently, I decided to challenge myself and bought a dip brow (Brow Pot) from Colourpop but wasn’t able to use it since I didn’t have a brow brush and I didn’t have any idea on which one to purchase.
Just in time, I saw this product on the recommended section on Beauty MNL. I initially purchased this only to reach the total minimum of PHP 2,000 to get free delivery for my order. But I was in for a big surprise at how much of a good purchase this product was. I opted to get a double brush with a spoolie because I always broke the spoolies of my brow liners.
PRICE: PHP 150.00
+ Adjusts with hand’s pressure: it is easy to adjust the pressure which is a big help in achieving gradient brows for a more natural look
+ Compact: I love how I could fit this in my makeup purse and bring this anywhere.
+ Sturdy: the spoolie and handle is really firm unlike the usual spoolies attached to brow liners
– Brow brush size is too big: the brush wasn’t compatible with the shape of my brows so when I applied the pomade on my brows, I ended up looking unnatural so I had to reshape it and use the brush sideways. This might be a problem for other people as well.
FREEBIE: CREAM SILK DRY RESCUE CONDITIONER
Freebies are good marketing strategy for any brand, and Beauty MNL takes full advantage of this. It offers various freebies every period once you reach the minimum amount for your order. I expected the freebie to just be a small-sized conditioner but it was actually a regular size one (180 mL). I have used this product before so it will definitely be of use once I’ve finished up my current bottle of conditioner. You may also buy this product from Lazada.
So that has been my first haul from Beauty MNL. I absolutely loved how easy, fast, and convenient the transaction was. We all know how hard it is to find certain skincare/makeup products in the Philippine market, and Beauty MNL has just made it easier for all of us.
I am certainly going to be ordering more products soon, so until then! <3