"I can say na yung product ko very affordable. Hindi mo rin naman masasabi na hindi maganda ang packaging. I can also attest na ginagamit ko yung product," says Ara Mina when asked about her new business venture, Pure Glow by Ara's Secret.

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Ara Mina ventures into a new business — beauty products.

The sexy actress proudly presented products of Pure Glow by Ara's Secret, during the official opening of her store in Market! Market! held recently.

As she showed off soaps, lotion, and body scrubs, Ara said her decision to go into the beauty business was timely because she is free from any beauty endorsement.

She also said, "Nakaisip ako ng business na bagay na bagay sa akin. Kasi, maarte talaga ako, e. Gusto ko maputi, makinis. So, I've decided na maglabas ng sarili kong line. Tutal yung relatives ko naman nasa business [din].

"Actually, nag-start ito noong kinukuha ako ng tita ko na mag-endorse. So sabi ko, kapag mag-e-endorse ako ng soap, dapat sarili ko ng line. So, nag-compromise kami, nag-usap kami na I want to have my own line kaysa mag-endorse ako ng ibang soap, para masaya."

Ara is proud of the quality of her products.

 "Before namin inilabas ito late last year, I tried it first, after the election. Kasi, di ba, nangitim ako? So, bumalik na ang color ko just by using my soap, my lightening lotion, and body scrub."

The former Illumina actress said the main ingredients of her products come from abroad. But everything else is made here including the packaging.

"Nagpa-design ako pero ako yung nag-approve. Kapag ayaw ko, sasabihin ko hindi ko type. Very hands-on ako sa mga maliliit na details," she said.

Ara said she will soon launch a website related to her business. This will contain information about Pure Glow products, as well as beauty and skin care tips from the sexy actress.