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Beauty Essentials Every Smart Girl Needs for Her Summer Vacay

The smart girl's guide to A+ beauty looks this summer.
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Summer isn't just a great time to explore your style, it's also the perfect time to try out bolder beauty looks that you couldn't possibly rock when classes are still going on. While there's no doubt that discovering and exploring different beauty trends is always exhilarating, that doesn't mean that you shouldn't be smart when it comes to your beauty choices anymore. To make sure that you'll have all the fun, but still remain conscious and smart about your beauty picks this summer, we're listing down the beauty non-negotiables every smart girl needs in her makeup bag for all her summer trips.

Sunscreen

Try: Max SPF 100++ Clear Spray P549, Beach Hut

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We all know that whether it's the summer season or the rainy season, a good sunscreen is a must. But when the sun is out, make sure to double up on the SPF—especially if you're going to spend a lot of time in the beach. Too tamad to apply your sunscreen? Opt for a spray version instead!

Lip Balm

Try: Baby Lips Lim Balm in Mix Berry P89, Maybelline

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There is absolutely no doubt that lippies are fun to play with, but during the summer season, expect that the chances of skin dryness is higher and that includes your lips, too! Make sure to carry around a moisturizing lip balm to prevent chapped lips.

Face Mist

Try: Rose Facial Mist P450, Blushing Beauty by Skin Station

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For an instant pick-me-up in the middle of a hot afternoon, just spritz a hydrating face mist and you're good as new.

After Sun Spray

Try: Cooling After Sun Spray P275, Nivea

You may have lathered up on a trusty sunscreen, but just in case the heat is too much to bear, always pack an after sun cooling spray with you to help your skin recuperate after a long day under the blazing sun.

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Bronzer

Try: Hoola Lite Soft-Matte Powder Bronzer P1600, Benefit Cosmetics

This summer, ditch the heavy contouring and opt for a sun-kissed glow you can easily score with the help of a bronzer.

Moisturizer

Try: Dr. Belmeur Daily Repair Ato Salt Cream P1495, The Face Shop

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To avoid skin dryness from worsening during the summer season, swap your regular moisturizer for a thick and creamy one to pack on the moisture!

Sheet Masks

Try: Vita Bright Skin Renewal Mask P134, Leaders Insolution

For extra moisture and hydration, spoil your skin with our favorite guilty pleasure—sheet masks. Plus, it's a great way to relax and escape the reality for a good fifteen minutes whether you're on your way to a new country or just lying under the sheets in your room.

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What other beauty essentials do you have in your kits every summer season?

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Janelle Yau
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The Rebecca Bloomwood of Manila. I spend half of my time obsessing about the latest fashion craze, and the other half overthinking and over-analyzing just about anything under the sun. When I’m not busy as a bee playing with fifty shades of pink lippies, you can probably catch me swiping my plastic for yet another pair of shiny, pointed gold flats.
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If you know me, and know me well, I am not the biggest fan of idyllic lifestyles. With a Type A personality, I act immediately upon whatever challenge that needs to be addressed. I actually enjoy keeping my mind preoccupied: doing university work in my favourite cafe then running errands around town, grocery shopping here, updating my accounts there, photocopying documents on the way down the street - all just in time before having a glass of champagne at the bar with my friends come evening.

And so, you could imagine my bewilderment when the next challenge to be faced was an extensive self-quarantine protocol. I didn’t know what to do when my greatest responsibility in this situation was to do nothing at all. My first few attempts to combat my consternation were very much rooted in distraction and imagination. My distractions involved conducting research, writing songs, calling family and friends, filming videos, and eating chocolate! My imaginations and fantasies were centred on travelling, shopping, even clubbing (which I rarely do) for when they find a cure to COVID-19. I did anything and everything that could be considered constructive in order to pass the time, mainly hoping I could just undertake the basic human necessities to survive - that is, eat and sleep the day through - until the next day comes, until the world is closer to becoming a better place, until quarantine ends, until my flight follows through, until I see my family and friends again.

Days in self-isolation and suspended flights turned to weeks and turned to months. By the third extension here in Spain where I study Fashion Business, I had to tell myself this shall be my new normal now, that I was blessed to be healthy, that I was tired of merely existing and missed what it was like to actually live - even if just within four walls. Little by little, I began to find significance in the simple occurrences of the day: the soft glare of the rising sun beaming golden streaks through my bedroom window upon waking up, the fragrance of freshly washed bed sheets that I had painstakingly hung to fit a relatively small clothes rack without crumpling them, the crunch and tanginess of warm toasted bread topped with raspberry marmalade, the buzzing sound of a phone call from home just waiting to be answered, to the caress of a fuzzy sweater to keep warm at night. I realised, “What pleasures to be enjoyed in the pause of slow living!” Through this continued pause, which I loathed at first, I began to appreciate each moment of the day rather than wish it would pass more swiftly, moments I had overlooked so often before the lockdown. I started to find that the challenge of self-isolation was never to pause both the regular routines of life as well as the positive emotions that came with these - as initially, I thought it meant to pause all happiness, so as to withstand a time of endurance in hopes for a better tomorrow, much like a form of delaying gratification. Life is just too fragile these days to delay gratification any further.

Life has paused, but it has not stopped. Believe that like any punctuation mark in a sentence, the pause will provide the right timing of things to take place. Till then, let us not waste our time waiting. Instead, we could be in the moment, seek substance in simplicity (that is, in what we already have), And enjoy the pleasure in pause. “Practice the Pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.”

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