For Your Summer Shopping Spree: 10 Fresh Finds to Add to Cart This March

Gear up for the sunny season!

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PHOTO BY Kayu Beauty, Beyond the Box, Melissa, Kinokoz ILLUSTRATION War Espejo

( March is here and the summertime weather is creeping in—finally a decent excuse to go shopping! No other time of the year is as ripe with adventure and opportunity as the summer season, so if you need to hit "add to cart" a couple (or a lot) of times to gear up for the next few months, then we say go for it. Plus, with Metro Manila and several other areas now under Alert Level 1, the possibilities for fun are endless. So to help you prepare for your upcoming vacations, outdoor activities, weekend hangouts, late-night exploits, and sunshine-filled IG pics, we list 10 cool finds worth adding to your cart this March. This month, we spotted stylish fashion finds, cool new beauty products, nifty gadgets, and so much more.

Add these 10 cool shopping finds to your cart this March:

Kayu Kiss Soft Matte Moisturizing Lipstick (P349) from Kayu Beauty

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While we love full-glam makeup looks, we’d say summer is the time to stick to no-fuss, low-maintenance beauty products that are comfortable to wear even on hot days. This March, we’re eyeing this soft-matte lipstick from Kayu Beauty, a new makeup brand started by Pinoy TikTok stars Ayn Bernos (of Miss U Philippines 2021 fame), Kai Javier, and Rica Salomon. The creamy, lightweight formula provides smooth, buildable coverage that doesn’t dry out the lips.

Available on Lazada and Shopee.

Retro Mini Bluetooth Keyboard (P2,919) from Kinokoz

retro typewriter keyboard
PHOTO BY Kinokoz / Shopee

We hate to say it, but yes, we’ll all still be doing our jobs this summer—the summer breaks of our high-school days are far beyond us. But hey, WFH need not be dull. To brighten it up, why not revamp your home office with stylish new gadgets and accessories? Currently on our wish lists is this retro-inspired keyboard from Shopee-based store Kinokoz. It’s inspired by an old-school typewriter complete with circular keys and a stand for your tablet or phone up top. You can get it in five pretty colors including white, ivory, navy, mint, and pink.

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Available on Shopee.

Boba Cup (P900) from Acqua

acqua boba cups

With temperatures rising, you’ll want to take extra care to stay hydrated in the coming months. In case you’re the type who’s always forgetting to take a sip of water, we suggest keeping a cute tumbler like Acqua’s Boba Cup nearby at all times. It promises to keep your beverages cold for up to six hours, so you’ll have ice-cold water by your side for most of the day. You can also use the cup for coffee—it holds 590 ml of liquid, which is about the size of a Starbucks Venti!

Available on Acqua’s website and Shopee.

Flip Flop Free (P2,495) from Melissa

melissa flip flop free
PHOTO BY Melissa

It’s flipflop season, folks! But no, not the ratty old tsinelas you wear around the house—we’re talking stylish takes on fuss-free footwear like Melissa’s Flip Flop Free. It features a chunky construction that gives the slip-on a fun, quirky look as well as a nostalgic touch. The flipflop is made from what’s known as Melflex, which is the brand’s signature material of choice and what gives each of their pairs that famous jelly-like feel. Not only does the material lend every shoe a distinctly cutesy feel, it’s also waterproof, easy-to-clean, and can be used in a variety of places and seasons with no fuss.

Available online; see a list of Melissa stores.

Floral Prints Impact Clear Case for iPhone 13 Series (starts at P2,490) from Casetify

PHOTO BY Beyond the Box

ICYMI, the popular phone-case brand Casetify—known for their wide range of designs as well as their slim-but-protective models—is now available at Beyond the Box. The tech store’s got several styles and prints in their lineup, but we’re currently eyeing this gorgeous floral case. Not only does it keep your iPhone safe from bumps, scratches, and drops, but it also makes for a cute mirror-selfie accessory that’s fit for the sunny season.


Available online and at Beyond the Box stores.

fenix 7S Smartwatch (P39,695) from Garmin

Garmin fenix 7s

If your goal this summer is to hop back on your fitness goals, this Garmin watch would be a great companion. It’s equipped with trackers to monitor your steps, oxygen level, heart rate, exercise progress, location, pace, fitness level, stamina, recovery time, and more. The touch-screen interface promises easy, comprehensive control over your fitness tracking white the stainless-steel build looks as stylish as any classic timepiece. Plus, you can get up to 11 days of use on a full charge.

Available online; see a list of Garmin retailers.

Self-Care Is My Priority Tote (P399) from Hiraya Pilipina

hiraya pilipina tote bag
PHOTO BY Hiraya Pilipina

Tote bags were made for summer time! Their slouchy, laid-back look is perfect for pairing with your sundresses, swimsuits, linen sets, and the like. Our fave for the season is this carrier from local brand Hiraya Pilipina, that’s printed with the words "self-care is my priority" (and yes, it should be). You can get the tote in vibrant shades of blue and green—great for adding pops of color to your minimalist outfits.

Available online.

Original Dry Shampoo (P550) from Batiste

Batiste dry shampoo
PHOTO BY Batiste

Though the Filipino urge to shower multiple times a day is definitely appealing in the summer months, we’d suggest resisting the temptation to use shampoo in your hair daily. Yes, we know, it makes you feel fresh and you’ve gotten used to it by now, but washing your tresses too often can dry them out. And before you complain about your scalp getting greasy, we’re here with a solution: Batiste’s cult-classic dry shampoo. You can spray it on your scalp any time your head’s getting a little too oily. And no, this isn’t a replacement for a shower—it’s just a way to keep your hair from getting unkempt without having too overwash it. We recently got a chance to try it out and we were pretty impressed with the results: This writer used the dry shampoo on a Wednesday and her hair stayed grease-free up until Saturday with no washes in between!


Available on BeautyMNL.

Paradiso Earrings (P995) from Sunspell

PHOTO BY Sunspell

Gold hoops are a jewelry-box staple in our book, but if you’re looking for a variation on the classic style that’s fit for the summer vibes, check out these earrings from local brand Sunspell. Attached to the 18K gold-coated hoops are baroque pearls that have a distinctly rustic charm. You can dress the earrings up or down depending on what outfit you pair them with!

Available online.

Lightful C³ Quick Finish Cushion Compact SPF 50 (P2,550) from MAC Cosmetics

mac cushion compact
PHOTO BY Mac Cosmetics

For summer, our base makeup product of choice is MAC Cosmetisc’ new cushion compact. The lightweight cushion foundation is part of the brand’s Lightful C line, which is all about creating makeup products that have skin-nourishing ingredients. This foundation is formulated with vitamin C, coral grass, and cherry blossom to give your skin that radiant glow-from-within in the long term. The pigment also boosts your complexion with a natural dewy finish.

Available on Lazada.

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