Still Your Favorite Coping Mechanism: 10 Fresh Finds to Add to Cart This April

Treat yourself...for the 25th month in a row.

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PHOTO BY Starbucks, Apple, Beyond the Vines, Onitsuka Tiger, Aveda ILLUSTRATION War Espejo

(SPOT.ph) Work days feel slower than usual, weekends are packed with plans, and every day, the weather is hot as f*ck—it must be summertime. And amid the simultaneous urges to lie in bed all day long and fly off to a spontaneous vacay destination is the desire to spend money like crazy. Something about those carefree summer days just makes you want to forget your responsibilities—more specifically, your monthly budget—and deal with them some other time. And hey, we know the feels. In fact, we’re here to encourage you to give in to them. Below is our monthly list of the freshest finds to shop right now. For April, we spotted some must-have beauty products, stylish accessories, and handy gadgets you’ll want to add to cart.

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

Botanical Repair Intensive Strengthening Masque (P3,200) from Aveda

aveda Botanical Repair Intensive Strengthening Masque
PHOTO BY Aveda

If you’re the type of person who can’t leave the house without washing your hair, then you may notice that your tresses tend to get a little drier in the summertime—partially from the heat and partially from the excessive shampooing. So if your locks need some serious rehabilitation, we suggest Aveda’s Botanical Repair hair mask. A cult favorite in the beauty world, this mask promises to condition and strengthen damaged hair thanks to plant lipids as well as nourishing butters and oils that work to leave your locks softer, shinier, and healthier. Just apply the product onto damp hair and leave it on for two to five minutes before rinsing.

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Available on Lazada.

Personal Safety Alarm (P999) from Bella

bella personal safety alarm
PHOTO BY Bella

While we here at SPOT.ph are all about carefree fun in the summertime, we also like to promote safety. If you often find yourself alone in public spaces or using public transportation—especially at night—you may want to keep this personal safety alarm from local brand Bella clipped onto your bag, belt loop, or keychain. It works by creating a loud 130 dB sound when activated. The built-in alarm—along with the gadget's flashing strobe light—can be activated should you ever need to defer an attack, create a momentary distraction, or signal to those around you that you need help.

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Available online.

Micro Dumpling Bag (P2,790) from Beyond the Vines

Beyond the Vines micro dumpling bag
PHOTO BY Beyond the Vines

There are two types of people in this world: those who carry large bags and those who carry small bags. As soon as April hits, we are the latter. If you’re the same, here’s a carrier you can use all summer long: Beyond the Vines’ Micro Dumpling Bag is an itty-bitty version of the cult-favorite bag of the same name and it’s perfect for toting around just the essentials. It sports a slouchy silhouette, textured exterior, and lightweight nylon fabric—it’s also waterproof, so you’ll have no problem bringing it to the beach. The purse is about as small as a little makeup pouch, making it perfect for holding your phone, a card case, a coin purse, a lipstick, and so on. What more do you really need on those laid-back summer days? Plus, the bag has a flexible and stretchy construction that means despite its tiny size, you won’t have to struggle to squeeze in all your belongings.

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Available online and at Beyond the Vines' stores in Shangri-La Plaza, Power Plant Mall, and SM Mall of Asia.

Tiger Horizonia (P5,590) from Onitsuka Tiger

Onitsuka Tiger Tiger Horizonia
PHOTO BY Courtesy of Onitsuka Tiger

Every sneaker brand has that classic, decades-old pair in their lineup that immediately comes to mind as soon as you mention the label. For Onitsuka Tiger, that pair is the Mexico 66, which remains a staple in their style selection. Since its original release in the 1960s, the Mexico 66 has been reimagined by Onitsuka with iterations like the lace-free Paraty and the step-in Sabot, both of which feature the pair’s classic red-white-and-blue colorway and the brand’s signature multi-stripe logo. Now, the Japanese brand has once again reinvented the Mexico 66 with several new styles, our favorite being the new Horizonia. It maintains all the OG design elements that make the Mexico 66 instantly recognizable, but on a bulkier, more modern silhouette reminiscent of contemporary streetwear.

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Available online; see a list of Onitsuka Tiger stores.

24H Non-Wired Wrap-Over Bra (P2,690) from Etam

Etam 24h bra
PHOTO BY Etam

So, we all agree that wired bras, well, suck, but this is especially true in the summer when the combination of heat and a restricting boob cage is enough to make anyone cranky. For the next few months, you’ll want to trade your uncomfortable old bras in for Etam’s 24H Non-Wired Wrap-Over Bra. Instead of the usual metal underwire sitting just under your breasts for support, you get a wire-free build and a soft, wrap-over design that’s not only seamless, but sits gently against your skin and won't dig into it. Inside, the bra is built with what the brand calls spacer cups: extra-thin padding made from breathable material that keeps the cups from deforming and promises to sit delicately against your body. Thanks to the ultra-comfortable design and versatile material, you can use the bra as a crop top, sports bra, or even bikini top—no matter the occasion, you can get away with not wearing a wired bra.

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Available at Etam stores and on Zalora and Lazada

Mickey + Minnie Waffle Maker (P2,530) from Asahi Appliances

mickey minnie waffle maker
PHOTO BY Asahi

In case you missed it, local appliance brand Asahi dropped a new collection of Mickey Mouse-inspired electronics perfect for sprucing up your kitchen. Our fave from the line has to be this waffle maker, which sports a sleek black exterior with an illustration of the world-famous cartoon up front. Plus, the device not only has a Disney-themed design on the outside, it also makes Mickey- and Minnie-shaped waffles featuring the characters’ faces right on the freshly cooked dough—you'll feel like you're eating breakfast in Disneyland!

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Available on Lazada and Shopee.

Wild Algae Quench Crème (P1,185) from Pure Culture

pure culture Wild Algae Quench Crème
PHOTO BY Pure Culture

When the weather is as humid as it is in April, thick and heavy skincare products are just out of the question. If you’re looking for a lightweight moisturizer for day time, check out Pure Culture’s Algae Quench Crème. It has a weightless, non-sticky texture and is formulated with centella asiatica (known for soothing inflammation) and niacinamide (a popular ingredient for its skin-evening properties).

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Available online.

12 oz. Tumbler in Sassy Pink Green (P1,245) from Starbucks

starbucks pink green collection
PHOTO BY Starbucks Philippines

For 2022, we’re loving anything decked out in pink-and-green color combos—something about the two shades together just seems so refreshing. That’s why we were so excited to learn that Starbucks released an entire drinkware collection decked out in pink and green pastels. Currently on our wish lists is this 12-ounce tumbler, but they also have mugs and reusable cups with straws that are equally as pretty.

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Available at Starbucks stores nationwide and on Lazada and Shopee.

Fit Pro True Wireless Earbuds (P11,590) from Beats

beats fit pro
PHOTO BY Apple ILLUSTRATION War Espejo

On the lookout for a new pair of investment-worthy wireless earbuds? Check out the Beats Fit Pro model, which have three main claims-to-fame: innovative construction, high-quality sounds, and Active Noise-Cancellation capability. Each earbud features pressure-relieving vents, which means you won’t feel any discomfort even after a whole day of wear. Meanwhile, the wingtip design promises to flex to the shape of your ear and stay in place even through busy days and workout sessions. The device is made to deliver powerful but balanced sound thanks to a dual-element diaphragm driver, which works to create excellent stereo separation that promises output that's both loud and clear. And with this high-quality sound, you can choose between two listening modes. Go for the fully adaptive Active Noise-Cancellation if you want to tune out the world or switch to Transparency Mode if you need to be aware of your surroundings.

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Available on Power Mac Center’s website and Beyond the Box’s website.

Clay Pen (P249) from Detail Cosmetics

clay pen detail cosmetics
PHOTO BY Detail Cosmetics

If you’re all about quick, fuss-free makeup routines, Detail Cosmetics’ Clay Pen would be right up your alley. Available in a variety of shades, the compact, multi-use pen can be applied all over the face, depending on where you need a pop of color. You can blend it out effortlessly with your fingers and once it dries down, it’s not going anywhere. We recommend the shade Beam for highlighting the lids, inner corners of the eyes, and tip of the nose as well as the shade Craft for contouring the nose, eyelids, and lips. You can also get the Clay Pen in a range of brown tones (both warm and cool), a bright blue color, and muted pinks and purples. 

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Available on Lazada and Shopee.

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