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ShopSM Finds: Gift Ideas for your WFH Friends

WFH gift ideas that won't break the bank! If you’re looking for gift ideas for your fam and friends who are working from home, check out our list of recommended gifts. We promise—they will love these for sure! 1. Wireless headphones to block out unwanted noiseComfy headphones are a non-negotiable nowadays and this one from SM Accessories is budget-friendly and does the job. And yes, we don’t need to hear your neighbor’s dog barking at every Zoom call. Headphones Lkd850 Black, P599 2. Backup wifi for a stable connectionIt’s always good to have a backup wifi ready—you never know when your big presentation could be. Smart Bro Pocket LTE WiFi, P445 3. Laptop Riser for those long work daysThis sturdy, light, and sleek laptop stand is perfect for those long hustle days. It can even hold up to 2kg (tested on a 16-inch MacBook Pro) and has a lot of color options to match your home office aesthetic. SM Accessories Laptop Riser in White, P499 4. Insulated mug for your nth cup of coffeeEveryone needs caffeine to function—enough said. Choose your poison whether tea or coffee, this wallmug can keep drinks hot or cold for hours. Cute print: a fun bonus! Rivers Soregaii Wallmug 300ml – Beige, P895 5. Tatami chair for after work hoursA cushiony chair with 6 reclining angles designed to help you sit back and relax after a long day. Surplus Foldable Japanese Tatami Chair, P999 Do check out our other wfh gift ideas and recommendations by browsing through our Christmas Shop.

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5 Must-Have Christmas Decorations for Any Home

We’ve got just the Christmas décor to liven up your home! Christmas is just around the corner and what better way to hype yourself up for the festivities than to start on a little holiday decorating? Decking out your home with the right pieces can really set the mood for the best time of the year, and ShopSM has just the stuff you need to really amplify that classic Paskong Pasko na vibe! Bring in that Christmas cheer with these must-have house decorations!1. A very classic Christmas to you!Pasko in the Philippines won’t be complete without a traditional parol. This quintessential Christmas décor can be hung over your doorways or windows—perfect for welcoming the occasion!Tahanan by Kultura Foldable Christmas Parol in Green2. The heart of the holidaysA reminder of the reason for Christmas. The nativity scene holds a special significance for those who celebrate the season. It can be depicted in many ways, but always with the image of Mother Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus in a manger. Tahanan by Kultura Capiz Nativity Décor3. Add a little color!You can never go wrong with the classic red and green motif, but adding accents or experimenting with other Christmas-themed colors can definitely make your home look much more eye-catching. Hints of gold, silver, and even a touch of glitter are great if you want your home Christmas décor to POP! SM Home 3-Piece Pearlized Printed Christmas Balls (Gold) - 8cm 4. Make it merry and brightSignal the start of festivities with sparkling lights! Christmas lights hung outside of your house or around your tree are perfect for adding magical finishing touches. Don’t forget to color-coordinate if you prefer some consistency with the look you are going for. Yuletide Fantasy 200 Curtain Strobe LED Christmas Lights 3m - Multicolored5. Naughty or nice?A little something for the kiddos! Have they been naughty or nice this year? Santa Claus always brings a sense of joy and wonder to children, much more so if a big ‘ol holiday stocking (or two) is hung up for their presents! This will definitely make waiting for Christmas that much more exciting! SM Home Santa Snowflake Christmas Stocking 14.5in. These are just a few recommendations to kick-start your Christmas decorating! Classic is king, but we know you’re always up for a little artistic challenge when it comes to prepping up for this season’s celebrations! Whether you want to stick to more traditional setups or want to think out of the box, there’s no limit to what you can come up with with a little inspiration and creativity!

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Stylish Wardrobe Basics Everyone Has To Have

Let’s talk clothing essentials that are always in season! Your Basics are the building blocks of your wardrobe, and owning these essentials means having a more versatile and interchangeable closet that can create limitless outfits—saving you a lot of time, money, and effort. Whether you’re planning to assemble a capsule closet or just simply looking for true staples, check out our list below for ride or die pieces you’ll need—stat! Dynamic Denim Who doesn’t love a good pair of jeans? Fashion trends may come and go but denim is forever for reals! The silhouette we specifically recommend is the classic tapered cut that not only helps make you look sharp, slim, and taller (especially when they’re high-rise) but also pairs well with your chic pumps or your favorite sneakers. Levi's Men's 502 Taper Jeans in Davie Adv Tnl Levi's Women's High Waisted Taper Jeans in FYI The Jean Jacket Denim for days! Following our denim pants recommendation is another laid-back fashion choice you’ll love to quickly put on when you’re on-the-go. The jean jacket is a timeless layering piece you can wear any day of the year. Forever 21 Men's Hooded Denim Jacket in Light Denim Forever 21 Ladies' Distressed Denim Jacket in Medium Denim Timeless Tees No closet is complete without plain t-shirts! You can wear them under jackets, hoodies, and blazers, or pair them with shorts, skirts, and trousers—the possibilities are endless! Perfect for dressing up or down, your cotton tees are simple yet always in season. Make sure you have them in no-fail colors such as white and black. Jockey Men’s Elance Round Neck Tee in White JOCKEY JOCKEY T SHIRTS PLAIN BLACK L A12070001L Sneaker Staples Forever classic? White Sneakers. These crowd favorites go well with anything! You can rock them during casual hangouts and even formal affairs because they let the rest of your outfit shine. Plus, it’ll spare you loads of time deciding what shoes to wear. Adidas Men's 3MC Vulc Shoes in White Keds Ladies' Champion Canvas Sneakers in White Stylish Sandals If you’re looking for a cool and comfier option, go for sandals. We have everyday go-to pairs that are practical but never compromise on style. Pair them with your shorts, skirts, and dresses to complete your outfits for running errands to Sunday brunches with the fam. Crocs Classic Clog in Black Bata Ladies’ Comfit Cloud 661-0630 Sandals in Cream Crossbody Crushes When you’re out and about, you’re gonna want to carry a great bag with you. One that not only goes well with your getup, but also safely and conveniently stores your essentials. Crossbody bags make the perfect companions for any trip. Ideal for business or leisure, these must-have bags will keep you organized and ready for whatever. Wharton Men's Leather Zip Mini Crossbody Bag in Tan Parisian Ladies' Lucy 4 Crossbody Bag in Beige All-Star Accessories It’s all about the details! Even the most basic of outfits can be elevated with the right accessories. Top off your OOTDs with staple pieces that you can rotate on the regular. Sleek and functional watches make a great finishing touch to your casual to athleisure looks, while gorgeous yet understated jewelry pieces give you elegance that adapts to your looks. Smart Watch - Blue Khai Pearl Ladies' Southsea Pendant in Silver Now that we’ve covered some fundamental fashion basics that help make the most of your closet, it’s your turn to pair them with the right pieces. Don’t be afraid to mix and match! Have fun and enjoy creating a variety of ensembles that express your personal style.

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7 Holiday Makeup Looks To Try This Year

Leave your merry makeover to us!The holiday season is the perfect time to go all-out on your looks! While it may not be as jam-packed with events to attend IRL as before, it's still a great excuse to bust out that shadow palette that’s been hiding in your vanity drawer. We still want to look “Extra” on those video call reunions of course! So dust off those makeup brushes, because we’ve put together 7 makeover must-haves to put at the very top of your Christmas list! 1. Bold and BrightWe’re starting the list with the most classic holiday makeup look of all time — The Bold Red Lip. And what better way to pull it off than with the iconic Mac Ruby Woo? With this pop of color, you won’t need much of anything else. You can even top it off with some clear gloss for some extra festive spice! Just remember to line your lips to avoid lipstick bleeding. MAC Retro Matte Lipstick 3g - Ruby Woo2. Wing it!Also a timeless go-to, you can opt to flex your eyeliner skills by going for a kitten eye or a killer cat-eye! (Ariana Grande who?) Just make sure you use one that is budge-proof and easy-to-use like this one from Clinique. So you can spend less time applying and more time taking bomb selfies! No filters needed! Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen 0.67g - Black 3. Glam But Make It Natural The Snatural Look (Get it? Snatch + Natural) is something you’re going to want to master as it can be worn all-year long! The trick is to remember that it is all about balance. Meaning, you can still reach for your big voluminous lashes and apply bold eyeliner, but tone your look down a bit with a nude lippie and natural eye makeup. Try rosey and brown shadows from Bobbi Brown! Bobbi Brown Nude Drama II Eyeshadow Palette 1.13g 4. Smokey Staple Is your blending game strong? Because when all else fails, you can never go wrong with a classic smokey eye. Just like the Natural Glam, you can complement your smoldering look from The Body Shop’s Down to Earth Quad Eye Shadow with your favorite MLBB! And the secret to nailing this smokey staple? Avoid looking washed out by layering on as much blush as you need! The Body Shop Down to Earth Quad Eye Shadow Brown 02 8.8g 5. Merry in BerryIf you’re in a bit of a grungier mood, you can swap your classic red with this gorg berry shade! This Cranberry not only gives you an instantly sexy holiday makeup look, but it is also one that almost anyone can wear. Fluff your brows, layer on some mascara, swipe on this Laneige Lipstick, and you’re good to go! Tip: You can blot your lips for a more effortless vibe. Laneige Silk Intense Lipstick 3.5g - No. 325 Cranberry Red 6. Golden GlazeIf you’re all about the glossy, wet-look trend as much as we are, then you’ll love the Teviant Glow To Glass Cheek Palette! Top off your holiday look by dusting some on the high points of your face and even your body to shine as bright as the ornaments on your Christmas Tree or to get your glow on no matter the time of year! Teviant Glow To Glass Cheek Palette 10g – Resin 7. Sparkly Stunner Lastly, What’s Christmas and New Year’s Eve without a bit of sparkle? Be the life of the party with the Revlon Colorstay Glaze Stick Eyeshadow. Not only is it a showstopper, but it is also beginner-friendly! Just glide the shadow all over your lids and blend it out with a brush or your finger. Plus, it has a super-staying power that will keep you glam ‘til the A.M. Revlon Colorstay Glaze Stick Eyeshadow 1.04g – Sequin That’s it for our merry makeover list! We hope we were able to inspire you with ideas for your next go-to holiday look. And for our very last tip: Don’t sweat it! It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Apply whichever makes you the jolliest and enjoy the rest of the holidays slaying your Christmas and New Year traditions while spending quality time with the ones dearest to you.

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8 Smart Space Savers to Spruce Up Your Home

Save on space with these organization picks!Running low on free surfaces? We’ve got your back! Check out this selection of storage solutions specially designed to suit your organizing needs! These finds are perfect for making the most out of limited spaces, no matter what the size of your home. 1. Closet clutter, begone! Who knew having too many outfits could be a problem? This movable clothes hanger can fix just that! It can be used horizontally or adjusted vertically to greatly increase your closet’s capacity. Watts Hanger with Joint Hook2. Always the center of attentionDesign for function, as we always say! This stylish center table doesn’t just look great in your living room, it also has drawers that double as a shelf for your favorite magazines or books. SM Home Fedan Center Table3. An organizer within an organizer We believe in the power of simple solutions! A straightforward pull-out organizer lets you maximize closet or drawer space easy peasy! Watts Food Storage 8L - Black4. Always in your cornerCorners are always tricky. Luckily, we have just the right space-saving ideas to put them to good use! Keep your shampoos, cleaners, soaps, and more, neatly arranged and accessible with this corner storage rack! Cascade 3-Tier Corner Aluminum Storage Rack – Silver5. Stack ‘em up!If you’re a fan of makeup or skincare, you’ll find that your vanity just doesn’t have enough real estate (we can relate). This organizer can neatly stack over another to give your table a little more breathing room. Hosh Stackable Organizer Medium 1929B – White6. Just roll with itIt’s easy to see why tiered trolleys have become such a trend. You can conveniently use them as spice racks, pantry storage, supply shelves—you name it! Livit Foldable Trolley – White7. Plantita’s palsYou don’t need a large garden to fulfill your plantita dreams. This hanging rustic planter can save on space and add to your home aesthetic. Tahanan by Kultura Abaca Hanging Planters8. Bedside buddyGetting up after finally finding the perfect sleeping position can be a pain, we know. Fortunately, this handy bedside caddy is as space-saving as it is convenient! Make reaching for your phone or favorite bedtime book a lot easier with this must-have find! Bed Pocket Caddy Bedside Organizer - GrayHome organization is often a problem in Filipino households, so we hope this nifty list has helped you gain inspiration for storage ideas. We recommend taking it one step at a time if you feel overwhelmed with the clutter. Pinpoint the spots you think have the biggest problems and start from there. Good luck!

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Know Your Skin Type

Before you embark on your skincare journey, it's important for you to know your skin type first! Take this short quiz to know your skin type and the beauty products that will work well with your skin type. // <![CDATA[ (function(d,s,id,u){ if (d.getElementById(id)) return; var js, sjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0], t = Math.floor(new Date().getTime() / 1000000); js=d.createElement(s); js.id=id; js.async=1; js.src=u+'?'+t; sjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, sjs); }(document, 'script', 'os-widget-jssdk', 'https://www.opinionstage.com/assets/loader.js')); // ]]> Now, for the nitty gritty—here's a basic breakdown of each skin type. Oily SkinHaving oily skin is not that bad as your skin will not as prone to premature aging and wrinkling as the other skin types. Although pores are usually pretty enlarged and do tend to have more acne breakouts, oily skin can be maintained through gentle cleansing everyday. You don’t want to use harsh products that strip your skin of oil, because it will simply make matters worse. You don’t want your skin to produce even more oil, right? Shop Oily Skin products >> Normal Skin#Blessed with problem-free skin—complexion is usually supple, well hydrated, elastic. Although it seems like you don't really need to do anything, it’s still important to cleanse, tone, and moisturize your face at the end of day. Minimal care is still needed to keep that healthy glow. Shop Normal Skin products >> Combination SkinProbably the trickiest skin type there is! You have patches of dry skin and areas of oily skin that need to be balanced out. That means targeted types of care for these specific facial areas. Dry zones (near the cheeks and eyes) are usually treated with rich creams while oily areas will require lighter texture like gel-type or water-based moisturizers. The keyword here is balance. Shop Combination Skin Products >> Dry SkinRefined skin with almost invisible pores. Your skin usually looks flaky with dry patches, skin might feel tight and uncomfortable after washing. Because it is dry, this type of skin can develop a sallow tone, as it won’t reflect light hence skin perpetually looks dull. It’s good to use hydrating products to replenish your skin’s moisture. Shop Dry Skin Products >> Sensitive SkinSensitive skin can be identified by how it reacts to topical products. You might experience burning or itching sensations when using certain products, especially peels (i.e., retinol) or ones with fragrance. Sensitive skin is also prone to skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, or rosacea, so if you have any of those, chances are you have sensitive skin. Remember that your skin can get become sensitive through things like aging and excessive retinol use. Shop Sensitive Skin Products >> Here are some of our product recommendations for each skin type. Remember, these products are not a one-size-fits-all type. What worked for your friend might not work for you so tread lightly.

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