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Instant gratification beauty buys for your self-care stash

No, thinking of beauty products amid a global pandemic is a not a crime — and online shopping? It’s not a cyber crime. If you’ve been feeling in your gut a strong impulse to buy a fragrance or a really luxe body wash (when you don’t even like body wash), you’re not alone. It could be a reaction to COVID stress, or WFH stress, or social media stress. Perhaps you’re in need of some self-care?

I use the term loosely, because self-care is a lot more than just face masks and massages. HOWEVER, in these extraordinarily high-anxiety times, every little bit goes a long way. Here are some beauty buys from Rustan’s The Beauty Source — from everyday essentials to bottled luxuries — that might do the trick.

Chanel offers a cleansing collection to renew the skin by removing sebum, makeup,  pollution, and anything that dulls its radiance. With blue micro-algae which protect cells from micro-stress caused by pollution and marine salicornia extract to hydrate and strengthen skin with its capacity to self-regulate water, Chanel’s cleansers are the perfect starters to prep your skin. Double cleanse with L’HUILE (Anti-Pollution Cleansing Oil) and LE GEL (Anti-pollution Cleansing Gel) to eliminate surface impurities while illuminating and refreshing your complexion. To make sure that all unwanted dirt and grime (especially if you ran out for errands) are washed away LE GOMMAGE (Anti-Pollution Exfoliating Gel) gently exfoliates by removing polluting particles and dead cells to refine the skin’s texture and reveal radiance. Once a week, recharge your skin with vitamins with LE MASQUE (Anti-Pollution Vitamin Clay Mask) to help purify and refine skin’s texture, while respecting and preserving the skin barrier.

Murad’s Vita-C Eyes Dark Circle Corrector is a one-of-a-kind, gold-stabilized vitamin-c eye serum that fights the look of dark circles in as little as two weeks, and Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum which helps improve the look of hyperpigmentation and uneven tone for dramatically brighter, healthier-looking skin.

Perricone High Potency Growth Factor Firming and Lifting Serum

Perricone’s High Potency Growth Factor Firming & Lifting Serum helps create a lifting effect while supporting skin’s moisture barrier. This three-tiered complex is a combination of novel ingredients including polyamine growth factor, eggshell membrane and encapsulated retinol that delivers dramatic anti-aging results. BONUS: It can be used on all skin types.

Huile Prodigieuse Florale

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse® now comes in a new Floral scent but still features the same natural composition as the classic version. It doesn’t stop there. Nuxe also offers a new generation of Multi-Corrective skincare which boosts youthful skin with their Crème Prodigieuse® Boost line: the Energising Priming Concentrate (all skin types) is a “booster” infusion serum-lotion that combines 2 types of natural Hyaluronic Acid for visible smoothing effect while moisturising deep down and Vitamin C that activates the skin’s radiance; the Multi-Correction Eye Gel Balm (all skin types) brighten the eyes with its Botanical Caffeine extract, with anti-dark circle and anti-puffiness properties in the eye contour area, to counter the effects of an insufficient night’s sleep in the blink of an eye; the Multi-Correction Gel-Cream (normal to combination skin). Lastly, the Night Recovery Oil Balm (all skin types) is enriched with Macadamia oil to help the skin regenerate itself overnight, Jasmine Flower antioxidant complex to maintain the skin’s mechanisms, and Nopal Flower Extract to boost cell renewal for a luminous complexion and smooth features upon waking.

Clarins Bright Plus Serum nourishes and brightens skin from within, while the Brightening Cushion Foundation to keep you looking fresh even if you just woke up. In the evening, pamper your skin with the iconic Double Serum that help work on the five vital functions of the skin for a more youthful and radiant complexion.

Phytocolor, is a DIY hair color that’s made with botanical pigments, no ammonia, no resorcinol, and no PPD, you can trust that it is safe for your scalp. Keep your hair neat and in place with Denman’s brushes, elastics, and no-slip grip hair pins. Give your hair some love and boost volume and shine with Fab Hair Dry Shampoo for scheduled zoom meetings.

Cath Kidston’s Mini Cherry Sprig handy alcohol-based hand sanitizer is small enough to fit in the pockets of your bag. L’usine and Felicia Flora hand washes and soaps from Heathcote and Ivory lend to an aromatic and relaxing cleanse. For much-needed moisturization due to overwashing, nourish your hands (and body) with creams and lotions from Diptyque, Clarins, Palmers, Neal’s Yard Remedies, L’Occitane, Dermalogica, and Hermes.

Fragrances from L’Occitane, Clinique, Acca Kappa, Gotas Fresccas, Chanel, Tom Ford and Gucci, as well as candles and diffusers from Diptyque, relax and soothe the senses.

Finally, Laura Mercier, Stila, Koh Gen Doh, Sisley, and Anastasia Beverly Hills have all your makeup needs to give you a confidence boost for meetings and/or grocery runs.

Shop these personal care products stress-free with Rustan’s The Beauty Source Personal Shopper on Call and give yourself some love because self-care always matters or shop online at Your safety is our top most priority rest assured that Rustan’s Malls have implemented safety guidelines in stores. Rustan’s Makati and Shangri-La are open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Rustan’s Gateway is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Rustan’s Alabang is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

For details and info on Rustan’s The Beauty Source, join their Viber Community ( to get real time updates on brand and product offers. Follow them on Instagram and Facebook @RustansTheBeautySource and visit their website

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