Whether you're overseas and need to send a present to someone in the Philippines or simply cannot put up with the horrific Manila traffic during the Holiday season, you're in luck. There are now a multitude of online shops that carry the perfect holiday gifts. Here are my top three picks, based on the quality and variety of products, and reputation (they won't run off with your moolah):
If you don't know this store by now, you've been living in a cave. Beauty Bar is THE go-to place for beauty addicts of all ages. They carry great products from Smashbox, Burt's Bees, Japonesque, Bloom, Youngblood, The Balm, Prestige... that's just to name a few. The sweet part is you get a free gift for a minimum purchase of Php 500.00 and free shipping for a minimum of Php 2,500.00
This is the pioneer beauty online store in the country and, like Beauty Bar, carries a wide variety of brands... the ones you typically won't find at the mall. They have stuff from Neutrogena, Benefit, Physician's Formula, Mary Kay, Hard Candy and Stila. They also provide free samples for a minimum purchase.
What if your loved one owns too many cosmetics? Then give that person accessories instead! Suesh carries a wide variety of make up brushes that can be purchased individually or in sets (for travel and for pros). They also carry make up trains, mirrors and disposable tools. Another good gift idea for the make up afficionado is to sign her (or him) up for Suesh's Make Up Workshop.
Online shopping is convenient - pay and wait for the package to arrive in a few days. Plus, no parking queues to deal with. Good luck and have fun!