Earlier this week, Ako Bicol party-list Representative Rodel Batocabe proposed the implementation of a “Vanity Tax,” which would impose a 10 to 30% levy on makeup and beauty services.
So that pretty much means having to purchase your favorite powders, pencils, lipsticks, facial treatments, whitening treatments, and beauty what not at a higher cost.
Say what now?
He reasons, “While the poor can avoid the use of beauty products, they however, cannot avoid using public transportation or purchasing basic commodities.” Also Vanity Tax would be an alternative to fuel levy, as reported by ABS-CBN News.
Since then, netizens have not taken this lightly and these #DontTaxMyBeauty-related Instagram posts, are proof.
What signs would look like if this gets any closer to becoming law.
Sadly, Pinoys may consider traveling abroad to get the products they want (what will happen to the local beauty industry now?)
Because, newsflash, looks like the no-makeup look actually requires makeup.
[related: Cheat Sheet: "No Makeup" Makeup, The Nadine, Liza, Kathryn, Elisse, And KC Way]
One thing’s for sure, Vanity Tax has not at all helped the country’s rep.
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Photographs from Instagram.com/kpalette_ph, Instagram.com/pinaybeautyandstylelover, Instagram.com/pinksugarph, and Instagram.com/myrikaness / Artwork by Jana Jimenez