How To Be *That Girl* In 2023: Easy Glow-Up Hacks And Habits You Gotta Try Now


If you often spend time on Tiktok or Instagram, you’ve probably already heard of *that girl* — and no, *that girl* isn’t a codename for any celebrity or influencer.

*That girl*, or defining and becoming one, is a recent trend that features women living their best lives and being their best selves. From daily routines and lifestyle hacks to mindsets and mantras, women use this trend to highlight what makes up their own version of *that girl* and how they embody its energy in everything they do. 

So—how do you become *that girl*? There’s no one-size-fits-all way, but we have 7 tips to guide and empower you in your overall journey. 

And since it’s International Women’s Month, we also included marked-down treats to help you pull off our *that girl* hacks and habits easier! Get them all from the Women’s Month Wednesday sale at the SM Malls Online app, where you can enjoy at least 50% off on items that fall under the week’s featured theme. 

Mark your calendars for March 8 as well, because the SM Malls Online app will be celebrating International Women’s Day with an awesome Flash Sale. On this day, you can enjoy greater deals on fashion, beauty, wellness, home items, and other daily essentials—plus a bigger discount when you use the voucher code WOMEN! This code is applicable on all other Wednesdays with 15% off (capped at P200) for your purchase, but its discount is leveled up to 20% off (capped at P300) on March 8 only—so don’t miss it!

Make self-care a routine

Taking care of yourself physically and mentally is crucial in becoming *that girl* and having a happy and healthy life. Start with a positive mindset centered on self-love, then incorporate feel-good practices into your routine. It doesn’t need to be fancy or take lots of effort; even simple things like skincare can do wonders for your self-care routine. 

Need some ideas? When showering, use refreshing and moisturizing body care products like the Olay Cleansing & Brightening Creme Wash. Infused with Niacinamide (B3) and Vitamin C, it nourishes your skin and repairs its moisture barrier to help you achieve a brighter and more radiant complexion. The key to enjoying this body wash’s long-term benefits is using it consistently, so get it now while it’s at 30% off to start your self-care routine! 

From an original price of P349, you can score an Olay Crème Bodywash Cleansing and Brightening 500ml bottle for only P244.30 on all Wednesdays of Women’s Month at Watsons. This promo is available in all malls via the SM Malls Online app. 

Be your most confident self

Loving your bare and natural face is great, but *that girl* also acknowledges that wearing makeup can be a helpful confidence booster. Just always remember that you’re wearing makeup for yourself, not for others—and if haters try to bring you down? Simply raise a well-defined eyebrow at them and smile!

The FMGT Ink Brow Tattoo Pen has a 4-point tip brush to help you easily draw and define your dream brows. This eyebrow tattoo pen also ensures long-lasting wear with its water, sweat, and oil resistance—so no need to worry about your on-fleek brows fading from commuting or doing chores. 

A money-saving tip: Stock up on the FMGT Ink Brow Tattoo Pen now while it’s on a buy two, take two promo for only P1,990! Four FMGT Ink Brow Tattoo Pens originally cost P3,980, so don’t miss the big savings from this deal at The Face Shop—available every Wednesday of the month in all malls via the SM Malls Online app.

The golden rule: Stay hydrated!

Drinking enough water doesn’t just keep you safe from dehydration—it also helps improve your skin. Reap benefits like less clogged pores, a healthier complexion, prevention of wrinkles and fine lines, and moisturized skin from drinking at least five to eight glasses of water daily.

Make sure you’re always hydrated wherever you go with this cute and durable Aquaflask 32oz Wide Mouth with Spout Lid - Powder Blue. This double-wall and vacuum-insulated bottle can keep your hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours and cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours, and it’s also leak-proof and BPA-free.

Get one now for only P750 (and save 71% off its original price of P2,590) at Aquaflask in all malls (except SM Aura Premier and SM City Sucat) during Women’s Month Wednesdays via the SM Malls Online app. 

Balance style and practicality

When shopping for fashion items and picking her OOTDs, *that girl* also values functionality and timeless styles instead of simply going with the latest trends.

Herschel’s Cruz crossbody bag is an excellent example of what *that girl* would wear. It’s versatile enough to be paired with any outfit, has a classic everyday design, and features external storage sleeves and spacious inside storage to hold daily essentials like your phone and wallet. It also has a zippered closure with Prusik cord pulls to keep your items secure, and its comfortable crossbody strap design is helpful whenever you need to keep your hands free.

Originally priced at P2,990, you can get the Herschel Supply Company Cruz Crossbody Tobacco Crosshatch 0.5L at 30% off for only P2,093 during Women’s Month Wednesdays at Herschel in SM Megamall and SM City North Edsa via the SM Malls Online app.

Cheer and empower other girls

*That girl* believes it’s important to uplift other women and help them be their best selves—no matter how young or old they are. Barbie Fashionistas’ latest line of dolls features different body types, skin tones, eye colors, hair colors, and hairstyles that are perfect for helping young girls embrace their features and celebrate diversity. Even at an early age, these dolls can give them a glimpse of how empowerment and representation feel like—which are things that *that girl* values in her journey.

Aside from its uplifting message, young girls will appreciate the stylish outfits and fun fashion accessories of every Barbie Fashionistas doll. They can also let their creativity shine by customizing the doll’s reusable vinyl bag zippered storage with art supplies like stickers. 

For only P800, you can get a Barbie Fashionistas No. 143 Doll Best Sellers Children Toys at Toy Kingdom in all SM malls (except SM City San Lazaro, SM City Sucat, SM City Marikina, and SM City Dasmariñas) via the SM Malls Online app. That’s an 11% discount from its original price of P899, and you can enjoy this sweet deal during Women’s Month Wednesdays only.

Always get adequate sleep

Aside from preventing or reducing dark undereye circles, getting enough snooze helps your body repair itself better and produce the collagen your skin needs to reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots. Plus, doesn’t a good night’s sleep make you feel refreshed and ready to power through the day?

To help you enjoy a deeper and healthier slumber, try resting your head on the Sleep Right Memory Foam Pillow—which you can get at Surplus for only P599 on all Wednesdays in March. This memory foam pillow has a therapeutic design that adapts to your head, neck, and shoulder, providing the enhanced support and gentle alignment you need to stay comfortable while sleeping. 

Enjoy a 40% discount (from its original price of P999) on the Sleep Right Memory Foam Pillow 60x40x10cm (White) this month when you purchase it from Surplus in all malls via the SM Malls Online app.

Indulge in a feel-good hobby

A huge part of being *that girl* is prioritizing yourself and enjoying what makes you happy. Set aside some time for hobbies or activities that make you feel good, especially when you need a stress reliever or creative outlet. 

Baking is a popular feel-good hobby, and the KitchenAid 5QT (4.8L) Artisan Stand Mixer is a helpful tool that you can try for it. This mixer has ten speeds that help you thoroughly mix, knead, and whip ingredients quickly and easily—letting you create more baked goodies in less time. 

Get the KitchenAid 5QT (4.8L) Artisan Stand Mixer Empire Red 220 V with Nylon Coated Flat Beater, Nylon Coated C-Dough Hook, 6-Wire Whisk, and Pouring Shield for baking now at KitchenAid in SM Megamall via the SM Malls Online app. Every Wednesday this month, you can score over P4,000 off on this baking equipment—bringing its price down to P30,450 from P34,995.

Attention, ladies!

Incorporate these hacks and habits into your daily life for a healthier, happier, and more empowered you in 2023. To help you save money while becoming *that girl*, check out all the affordable daily essentials at the SM Malls Online app.

Use the voucher code WOMEN to get up to 20% off (with a cap of P300) on awesome Women’s Month finds from your favorite brands on the SM Malls Online app—no minimum purchase required! This voucher code is valid on Women’s Month Wednesdays (March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29) only, so make sure to mark your calendars. 

For more exciting deals and discounts, visit SM Deals or download the SM Malls Online app!