Fresh Off The Boat Beauty Must-Haves

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This year's got me the longest summer season imaginable. It started nice and early this March when I had the chance to take a 7 day (!!!) vacay in Cancún, Mexico. I had what felt like an illegal amount of tacos and mojitos at my beck and call with the salt-infused Caribbean Sea breeze giving my hair so much life (and consequently lulling me to long, much needed naps). <333

a hermana by the Isla Mujeres dock

I grew a tan so deep from almost 3 months ago and I'm trying my absolute best to keep it fresh and aglow by running outdoors (in SPF, of course) and occasionally doing some cray cray pool laps. On days when I need a little more oomph in the beauty department, Beauty Bar is on my speed dial with its Cult Summer Favorites.

photo via @beautybarph

We all know by now that before slaying your sun game, in order to stay wrinkle and burn-free, you have to slather on some SPF. If you're looking for some serious SPF that will match your tiki shelfie goals, you have to checkout Sun Bum. Always fresh from Cocoa Beach, Florida, its products are specially concocted for folks who both live for and love the sun. I have their Sunscreen Lip Balm in Watermelon and I'm so hooked by it's legit (*snicker*) scent. It has SPF 30, aloe vera, and vitamin E. No waxy feel nor white film/residue too!

When it comes to my hair game, I don't know where to even begin my vicious addiction. I always tell myself that if I only spent less on it, I'd probably be flying business class more frequently. That or I'm already halfway my investment plan for my little off-the-grid retirement home. Still, I wind up buying really good stuff that unfortunately push me to my budget's edge. That's where Not Your Mother's (NYM) come to play. I learned about this brand sometime 2016 by accident. I was looking for a hair treatment for my blonde hair and snagged their Blonde Moment Treatment Conditioner for a little under $10 with the taxes for a 237ml tube. Apart from extending the ashy tones and gloss of my hair colour, it also helped me fight the dryness that comes with heavily lightened hair. Fast forward to 2018, I saw them again in Beauty Bar and learned that true to its goal, NYM products are still salon-quality with reasonable price tags. If you're clueless what to try out first, I recommend Love For Hue Color Care UV Protectant Spray to preserve your hair colour, Plump For Joy Hair Lifter for some seriously bodacious hair, and Beach Babe Texturizing Spray for natural looking beach maiden, light matte finished locks. I tried the last one for this look and I love it!

If you're more into all-in-ones that smell like the juicy fruits of summer, you have to check out the new It Does It All 7in1 by Dr. Pawpaw. It won't just save you time and money but also precious counter space since you've got 7 styling products in one 750ml. spray bottle. This one felt nice on my hair, didn't grease it up, and smells like mangoes! YUM!

Locally, apart from the It Does It All 7in1, we have all 4 balm variants of Dr. Pawpaw. Original (aka. yellow) remains to be their best selling, multi-purpose, fragrance-free balm. You can use it for your lips, skin, hair, cuticles, and nails. Dry, irritated, and cracked skin begone! I also got to try the Shea Butter Balm that's guaranteed to make your skin drunk of moisture. The brand boasts that it's "100% natural, cruelty free, vegan and vegetarian friendly, chemical free, non-toxic, jam packed with responsibly and ethically sourced ingredients and made from plastic that is recyclable and biodegradable." If you're looking for a touch of colour, they also have the Tinted Peach Pink Balm (top on swatch below) and Tinted Ultimate Red Balm (bottom on swatch bellow).

If you like tidying up your eye brows without looking overdrawn (sounds like my daily goal!), Aussie born Full Brow has a good handful of products to help you achieve your face's best frames. I use their Brow Powder in Taupe and I love how it just builds and blend without going over the top. If you need pangmalakasang eyebrows, make sure you finish it with their Brow Wax (below) for all-day, stay put insurance.

To complement your beautiful brows and tinted lips and cheeks, checkout this season's limited edition Havana Nights eyeshadow palette from Cargo Cosmetics.

It has a good mix of both neutral and pop hues that's perfect to create either a low-key sun kissed FOTD or a hot and balmy all-out look. It's compact and comes with dual ended brushes too, making it a perfect travel palette. In a pinch, Vintage and Miramar can also be used to contour and highlight respectively.

Because time is today's most expensive and irrecoverable commodity, Beauty Bar has made shopping for these cult finds much easier through I like that they now have cash on delivery (COD) and free shipping for orders Php 1500 and above. Too, they have monthly freebies with purchases for as low as Php 1000. Now excuse me while I start shopping their site for a new hair iron to achieve my newest addiction to beach waves.
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