The rise and success of natural and organic beauty products prove that people are becoming more particular about the things they put into their  bodies. And if you are as cautious about the products you use, then you've most likely tried cruelty-free and environment-friendly brands, too.


But if you're still on the lookout for natural beauty brands to add to your next shopping haul, these are some you should definitely not miss. 


Human Nature


This Filipino beauty brand have currently crossed over to the international community and has been well-loved ever since they were released in the market. From face and body care to makeup and beauty tools, people swear by their organic products that are budget-friendly.

Herbivore Botanicals


Vegan, non-toxic, and highly-effective — what more can we ask for from Herbivore Botanicals? If you want to feel like you're getting a spa treatment every time you do your nighttime routine, the refreshing yet subtle scent of their natural ingredients  will add a new twist to your beauty regimen.


RMS Beauty


From the containers to the actual products, this brand swears by doing things cruelty-free. Each product is made to ensure that the skin does not only look illuminated and fresh upon makeup application, but also help repair and nourish the skin as you wear it throughout the day. 


Ellana Cosmetics


One hundred percent vegan ingredients, talc-free, fragrance-free, cruelty-free — these are the promises of Ellana Cosmetics, which is said to be the number one mineral makeup brand from the Philippines. Specially formulated for sensitive Asian skin, they also take their 'beauty for a cause' advocacy a notch higher by innovating their product containers to be reusable and recyclable.





Alima Pure


"Minimal ingredients for maximum impact" is their philosophy in creating all their beauty products. This ensures finely chosen ingredients that are concocted to perfection and created for ensured effectivity, all while remaining cruelty-free and environment-friendly.  


(Cover photo from: @herbivorebotanicals)



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Whether you're too busy to go to the beach or you just prefer spending the summer indoors, these highlighters will help you achieve that sun-kissed glow without soaking up the sun. From drugstore brands to high-end ones, we've rounded up some of the best highlighters for the season.

Splurge: Benefit Sun Beam


SGD46 (Photo from: Vinvola)


This liquid matte bronze highlighter is the winner when it comes to long-lasting power. Dab a little of this on the cheek bones to create a soft, radiant finish that will last all day even for gals who have oily skin. Remember that with this product, a little goes a long way so don't put too much or else you'll end up looking a disco ball. 


Save: Essence Pure Nude Highlighter


SGD11.90 (Photo from: Beautybyrah)


This highlighter by Essence, whose coverage is build-able, creates an ethereal, sun-kissed look. Depending on your preference, you can opt for a subtle glow or a full-on fabulous sheen. This is perfect for everyday use, such as for going to the office or meeting up with friends, because to its very natural, warm glow. For its price, the quality will definitely not disappoint.



Splurge: The Balm Betty-Lou Manizer

SGD36.90 (Photo from: fifiliciousify)


This bronzer slash highlighter will easily win your heart with its highly pigmented colour. You can use this for events for sculpted and defined cheekbones. Although this is a warm brown with an orange undertone, you'll be pleasantly surprised that it looks really good on Asian skin.  An added perk is that this can double as an eyeshadow! 


Save: Maybelline Master Strobing Stick


SGD18.90 (Photo from: girlxplorer)


Maybelline's Master Strobing stick does the one thing that highlighters should do best — make your cheekbones pop. With its creamy yet lightweight consistency, this strobing stick easily blends so seamlessly on the skin, making it the perfect choice for when you're travelling. One to two swipes is already enough, but you can still build this up depending on the occasion. 




Splurge: Becca Rose Quartz


SGD52.91 (Photo from: ideastolife)


We all know that the Becca brand is synonymous to great highlighters; and the Becca Rose Quartz surely delivers. If you prefer a very soft sun-kissed highlight, this is the perfect one for you. Although be warned that a limited edition product as such comes with a steep price point. 


Save: L'oreal Infallible Pro-Contour


 

SGD19.90 (Photo from: musicalhouses)


This two-in-one contour and highlight palette can also achieve the soft finish of a high-end brand if applied correctly. For beginners, this good combo is a good start as you already have a mini-guide where to highlight and where to contour. With just a bit of practice, you'll master the art of achieving that sun-kissed look in no time.


(Cover photo from: GlamMama)




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Makeup is an investment, whether it's drugstore or high-end. This is why when we're offered a beauty deal that seems to good to be true, we are most likely to grab it. 


Remember when Kylie Jenner's first batch of lip kits came out and everybody just wanted to get one? It became a status symbol of sorts in the beauty industry, making many beauty addicts go to lengths to get their own set, to the point that there were bids on eBay rising to ridiculous amounts of dollars. So when online stores started selling these lip kits for half, and even a quarter, of the original price, people went crazy.


But it wasn't until people started stepping up to tell their own beauty horror stories that everybody started becoming more wary of fake makeup. So if you're fond of online shopping or buying from resellers, here are some tips on how to spot the fake from the not. 


The price can either be ridiculously cheap or ridiculously expensive


Extremes are never good. The philosophy applies to buying makeup. Always research the original price of the product before you consider buying it. If it's too cheap or too expensive, drop it from your online shopping cart.


Be keen on studying the packaging



Fake makeup manufacturers are getting better and better when it comes to copying original makeup packaging, but there are still bound to be differences. From the stickers being slightly off-centre to using different fonts and bearing misspellings, take all these as red flags when on the lookout for beauty finds. 


If it's not on the original list of products by the brand, then it's a no-go



Urban Decay Naked 4 and 5 eyeshadow palettes, a Kylie Jenner lipstick, a MAC multi-coloured lip and cheek tint — just when you think it couldn't get any weirder, the fake makeup industry also takes an initiative in creating new products under the name of well-known (and usually high-end) brands. But even if they say it's safe, who knows what they put in those products? So before you spend your moolah on these 'exclusive' buys, hit the search bars of beauty brands' websites and check whether they are selling a product like that or it's a faux 'limited release.'


(Cover photo from: InsideMakeupBeauty) 

*products in photo are authentic


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