Hello beautiful people!

Today I’m sharing an online shopping platform with you all.  It’s a site that is dedicated to makeup and all things beauty.  It was launched early last year by the same people behind Deal Grocer and Taste Central.

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Now you might be wondering, “What’s so special about it?  There are a lot of online makeup stores in the Philippines.”  Yeah, I was thinking the same thing until they unveiled their product lineup.  BeautyMNL is probably the biggest online shopping platform for beauty products here in the Philippines and they offer a wide range of products, and by wide I mean REALLY WIDE.  They partnered with other online stores we already know (e.g. Digital Traincase) and carry their products on the site. Cult favorite brands like MAC, NARS, Chanel, Dior, Guerlain, Tarte, Fresh, Redken, Jo Malone, et al. have limited range of products on the site.  Aside from high end brands BeautyMNL also carry drugstore products, both local and imported brands.  As if that isn’t enough, they even stock high end and drugstore beauty products from Japanese and Korean brands.

Overall, they have a seriously solid product range that won’t fall short from your expectations.  Before you ask, no I’m not being paid to say this! haha!  I’m just sharing this with you because I love makeup, I love shopping for makeup and most of all, I love getting a really good deal.  Now, if you’re patient about buying makeup, you can get good deals at the site, like the one I’m about to share with you.

Yep, I’m finally getting to the whole point of this post, which is my pre-birthday haul at BeautyMNL. Btdubs, this haul prompted me to decide on a 1.5 month long shopping ban. 

Last Sunday, I was idly browsing through my Instagram feed when I chanced on a post by @beautymnl announcing that giftcards are 30% off on Mother’s Day, and you can use the credits to buy anything on the site.

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I probably hesitated for all of 5 seconds before buying enough GC’s to buy something that I’ve been wanting to have for yeeeeears.  I’m not even kidding.

Curious as to what it is?  It’s the Michael Kors Mercer Gold-tone watch:

It just so happens that they have this in stock at BeautyMNL, and I knew this was the perfect opportunity to get it at a discount.  I know there are a lot of MK watches available online but I am wary of purchasing from them due to authenticity issues, so I put off buying it.  Turns out, it was a good decision because man, I got this at a really good price.

If you click on the link to this item above, you will see that it was initially P16,000.00 but it’s discounted so it’s only P12,000.00 which is still a lot of money, in my opinion.  So with 30% discount on gift cards, I only spent P8500.00 ish to get enough gift card credits for the watch.

But it seems like I was fated to have this watch for my birthday because when I was trying to input the code to credit my first gift card into my account, I couldn’t get it right, and ended up reaching the limit of entering invalid codes.  I had to wait another 24 hours before I can try again.  I was so frustrated with it because it’s such a classic case of so near and yet so faaaar from my reach.

Needless to say, my impatience got the best of me so I created another account on beautymnl using my other email address.  Then I was pleasantly surprised to see that the 20% discount for first time purchases is still ongoing.

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hello you beautiful beautifuuuul thang

Surprise morphed into a short freak-out-happy-dancing session when it sunk in that I got my Michael Kors watch at half the sale price! P6000.00!! HOLY MOLY AWESOME DEAL. 😮  Oh, can I just say?  I’d take a fashion watch over a luxury watch any day. #obviously

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Riding on that high, I picked up several other items along with it with the remaining credits, because heck, I already purchased the giftcards anyway.

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Revlon Photoready Skinlights in Bronze Light – you guys know how much I love this.  This has been a staple on my makeup routine since I started using it last year.  I mix it with my foundation or stipple it on top of my makeup base.  It’s like a temporary face tan and illuminator rolled into one.  I am yet to finish my first bottle which I got last year, and I have a back up, but hey it never hurts to have another one since I know I’m going to stay tanned for a while.  A long loooong while, thanks to wakeboarding.

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Revlon Photoready Skinlights in Peach Light – Since I love the bronze version of this, and I actually liked this when I swatched it in the counter sometime last week, I decided to spend some of the spare credits on this because I haven’t actually tried a liquid highlighter aside from MeMeMe’s sunbeam.  I’ll let you know how I get on with this highlighter and if it’s as good as the bronze one.

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Pixi by Petra Pencil sharpener – haven’t seen any reviews on this one but I need a new sharpener so I thought I’d try this out.

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Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment with SPF 15 lip balm – I feel like these have been around forever and I’m the last one to give them a whirl, but hey, better late than never!

So those are all the “freebies” I got with my birthday haul at BeautyMNL.  I am absolutely excited to try these, and I can’t wait to start using my new watch!

Right after purchasing it though, my smug grin faded slightly when I realized how much I’ve been spoiling myself with the “my birthday is coming up anyway” excuse so I’m now on a shopping ban until end of June. Lol!   It’s a way to alleviate the guilt I suppose.

Just in case you’re worried about shipping, they have their own courier and they charge P50.00 for shipping within Metro Manila and a flat rate of P100.00 outside Manila.  One thing I love about this site is that they are never late with deliveries.  I ordered the giftcards on Sunday afternoon and they were delivered at 8:00am the next day.  For the watch and beauty items, I ordered them last Monday around midnight and it arrived at 2:00pm the next day.  Talk about express shipping!

Does anyone want to see the rest of my birthday haul? I’m currently working on a brush review but I though it’s more timely to post about the things I received on my birthday first.

Let me know what you guys would rather see.

BTW if you still haven’t signed up for a BeautyMNL account, then you are in luck because that means a 20% discount is waiting for you on your first purchase.  My advice?  Make it count!  It’s the perfect opportunity to pick up those high end makeup items that you can’t stomach purchasing full price.