How i became a beauty addict
It’s all fun, games and prizes with brands like Phyto, Nars and Clarin.
How i became a beauty addict
Marbbie Tagabucba (The Philippine Star) - September 20, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Is it your favorite song, randomly playing from the DJ’s set list, taking you by surprise? Or is it the competitive rush of an exciting game? At times only a swipe of an illuminating highlighter can do the trick — I know finding the most natural-looking one in itself exhilarates me. (Let me tell you, it’s now in Rustan’s The Beauty Source.)

It was really from swatching and experimenting at the Chanel beauty counters of Rustan’s in my teens that I was able to find my beauty signature. For seven years now at the annual Rustan’s Beauty Addict event, this experience always turns into a big party for its members. You not only get to sample but also win products and shop with crazy discounts. Here, I have discovered brands that I wouldn’t have tried and now can’t live without if not for the checklist of challenges. This year’s edition, the Glow Beauty and Beats Festival, combines that with live music.


Winding down after breaking a sweat while throwing darts at Perricone and a challenging game of pinball at Clarins, I sat for a portrait at La Prairie. I took photos for my Instastories at Hermès, Diptyque and Maison Francis Kurkdjian, and the newest brands at Rustan’s, RMS and Koh Gen Do — in my opinion these two create the most natural-looking, lit-from-within highlighters. I get a fishtail braid from Phyto while sipping rosé. My new discovery? Sleep-enhancing essential oils that I won from a ring toss game at Neal’s Yard Remedies.

The event also marks the beginning of month-long promos that highlight a different category per week. Until Sept. 22, glow-enhancing offers and gifts from Guerlain, Sisley, Deborah Lippmann await. From Sept. 23 to 30, complete the look from head to toe with your favorite bath and body brands.

An Instagram flatlay station introducing new Rustan’s The Beauty Source brands Koh Gen Do and RMS.

There is also a chance to win a luxurious getaway for two to Club Med Maldives, Bali or Phuket for every P2,500 purchase at Rustan’s The Beauty Source. Beauty Addict members who sign up as a KrisFlyer member using promo code KFXGLOW can get a raffle entry for a chance to win. Fingers crossed!

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