MAC and Miss Universe

 

 

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Have you caught the Miss Universe bug? I have to be honest. I’m not really a fan of beauty pageants. But since Pia Wurtzbach won, I’ve been following her in Instagram. I love what she has done as an advocate of HIV awareness. My knowledge about the pageant has gotten a little deeper since. And because Miss Universe is being held here in the Philippines, I don’t think any of us can escape the excitement.

Miss Universe began last January 12, 2017. The candidates have been doing interviews, preliminaries and shoots. It’ll culminate with a live telecast on January 30, 2017 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

M·A·C Cosmetics, the official sponsor of the Miss Universe Pageant, met with all 86 candidates and gave each the perfect MISS UNIVERSE KIT that complements her skin tone.

Top-notch artists from M·A·C Cosmetics, have been providing makeup for the contestants. In addition, a special team of makeup artists will also be available for the Miss Universe Organization, current title holder Pia Wurtzbach, VIPs, judges, and hosts.

Friends from M·A·C Cosmetics sent me photos taken from the activities of the past week. This is a photo-heavy blog that I’m sure will make pageant fans happy.

 

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M·A·C Cosmetics, the official sponsor of the Miss Universe Pageant

 

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The official team of makeup artists for the contestants includes Al De Leon, Anacleta Paredes, Angel Manhilot, Apple Fara-on, Byron Velasquez, Don De Jesus, Emer Buenaventura, Emman Concepcion, Gela Laurel, Gery Penaso, Jaycee Matias, Kusie Ho, Leah Casio, Mikee Raymundo, Omar Ermita, Pong Niu, Raf Bardon, RB Chanco, Ria Aquino, and Ryan Wong.

 

 

 

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All 86 candidates received a personalized Miss Universe M·A·C Cosmetics Kit containing these products – Primer, Skincare, Foundation, Powder, Contour, Highlight, Eyebrows, Eyeliner, Eye Shadow, Lashes, Blush, and Lipstick. Products are available in all M·A·C stores.

 

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Look how happy Miss Colombia is with her MAC loot bag. That’s how I feel too every time I receive gifts from MAC.

 

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My makeup artist Ria Aquino and Miss Namibia

 

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Miss Thailand

 

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Miss Indonesia

 

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Miss Brazil

 

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Our very own. Miss Philippines Maxine Medina

 

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Miss Slovak Republic

 

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Miss Russia

 

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Miss Canada

 

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Miss Kazakhstan

 

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Miss Guatemala

 

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Miss Aruba and her MAC kit

 

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I didn’t see her sash in full. Who is she?

 

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Miss India

 

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Miss Indonesia

 

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Miss Israel

 

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South Africa

 

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Maxine

 

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Miss Puerto Rico

 

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Miss Italy

 

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Miss Peru

 

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Miss France

 

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Miss Mexico and Miss Argentina

 

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Miss Dominican Republic

 

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Miss Sweden

 

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Miss Nigeria

 

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Miss Russia and Miss Honduras

 

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Miss Germany

 

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Miss Switzerland and Miss Austria

 

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Miss Albania and MAC artist Omar Ermita

 

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Miss Albania

 

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Miss Ukraine

 

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Miss Finland

 

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I love these photos back stage. It’s the closest thing we’ll get to seeing the candidates so natural. Miss Colombia.

 

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Miss Argentina

 

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Miss Japan before makeup.

 

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Miss Japan with game face on.

 

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A hairstyle that’s ready for a crown. Miss Iceland.

 

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M·A·C Cosmetics Philippines’ Gay Lao and Miss Tanzania

 

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Miss Sweden, Miss Curacao, and Miss Norway

 

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Miss Spain and MAC artist RB Chanco

 

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Miss Germany pre-makeup

 

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Miss Turkey

 

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Miss Kenya

 

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Miss Kosovo

 

A couple of days ago, on January 20th, M·A·C hosted the M·A·C AIDS Fund event to raise awareness for the Viva Glam campaign. It was attended by Miss Universe, Pia Wurtzbach, and select Miss Universe contestants.

The M·A·C AIDS Fund is the leader in the global fight against HIV and AIDS. Each year, they support more than 400 charitable organizations that work to combat the HIV epidemic worldwide. With each purchase of (1) Viva Glam lipstick, MAC provides 10 nutritional meals for someone infected with HIV/AIDS.

 

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A #MACLipsLipsLips Pop-up Store is open to the public at the Main Atrium of S Maison Mall of Asia from January 18 to Febraury 2, 2017. Viva Glam lipsticks can be purchased there.

 

#MACBackstagePH, #MACLipslipslips

 

 

CHIC Readers

 

 

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My very CHIC readers in Seattle

 

So you know I wrote a book, right? It was launched in National Book Store by Summit Books last September 2016. CHIC: Tips on Life, Style, and Work has been on the NBS Best Seller list since its launch. Thank you to all my readers. Especially to those who bought them in bulk to give as Christmas gifts.

 

A photo posted by DAPHNE® (@daphneop) on

 

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A reader in Seattle, Amie, contacted me via Facebook. She wanted to order 10 books to give to her girl friends.

 

CHIC is only sold in National Book Store – in stores and online. I wanted delivery to be easier for Amie, so I bought the books for her in NBS Greenbelt, and her niece picked it up from me. First, I signed and dedicated each book for them. Her niece then brought the books to the US.

My book was Amie’s gift to her girl buddies to commemorate their 10th year of friendship. I thought it was the sweetest gesture, not only because it’s my book, but because these amazing women take time to see each other regularly. And look how elegant and chic they are.

 

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The package was well received. Amie sent me this photo. Since I love receiving hand-written notes, I also love sending them.

 

Dearest Amie, Zyd, Tonette, Tisha, Apple, Jean, Jennifer, Pam, and Raquel – thank you for being an inspiration. You all embody the idea of CHIC not only in the way you look, but more importantly in your faith and friendship. Stay CHIC!

P.S. To all my CHIC readers, please post photos in IG, Twitter or FB and use the hashtag #CHICbyDaphne. I’d love to repost your insights from the book.

My Dyson Pure Cool Link

 

 

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The Dyson Pure Cool Link has made our home healthier and safer.

 

Last November, I got a phone call from the doctor in my daughters’ school. She asked me to pick up my daughter (I won’t identify which one, to respect her privacy) because she was wheezing and having difficulty breathing. We had been warned by the pediatrician that she could develop asthma, there were already telling signs but it was too soon to diagnose. I quickly went to the school and brought her medication. We have been on asthma alert ever since.

Any parent of a child with asthma or severe allergies can tell you that we do whatever we can to prevent episodes and attacks. The most common intervention is to get rid of dust. This involves constant cleaning of your home environment. But there are so many allergens that are invisible to the eye. These can aggravate allergies or worse, can even enter your bloodstream.

Last Christmas, I received the Dyson Pure Cool Link purifier fan. As the name suggests it is a fan and air purifier in one. This is the first Dyson product in our home. And I can’t tell you enough how excited I am to finally own a Dyson – their products are not just technological breakthroughs, but also major triumphs in design.

I just love that the Dyson Pure Cool Link automatically removes 99.95% of indoor allergens and pollutants as small as 0.1 microns from the air. Just to give you an idea of what 0.1 microns means – these are particles that are 1,000 times smaller than a single strand of human hair. These particles are so small it can penetrate the bloodstream and cause respiratory diseases.

The Pure Cool Link is a well-designed vertical bladeless fan with a sleek cylindrical air purifier at the base. It has a small footprint – not bulky at all. Its sleek design goes well with any style of interiors. We’ve seen them usually in new, modern homes. But as you will see, it looks great even beside our antiques and tropical furniture.

 

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Stella was amazed at the fan. Finally she won’t be risking hurting her little fingers. The air she breathes from the Pure Cool Link has been removed of toxic fumes and odours.

 

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The remote control has the simplest and easiest buttons. Nothing frustrates me more than a remote control that I don’t understand. With the Pure Cool Link, you simply turn on the power button and control the strength and circulation. It has 10 airflow settings and an automatic night-time mode for the lightest sleepers.

 

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I love that you can rest the remote control on the fan, and it becomes one with the silhouette. That magnetized surface is perfect for storing the remote control.

 

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The Dyson Link app can automatically monitor the air quality of the room. You can use it to control the air purifier and fan from a remote location.

 

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I downloaded the Dyson Link app so we can see the air quality and purify the air in the room even before we get back home.

 

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Of course I had to try it from outside the house.

 

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The app monitors indoor and outdoor air quality. You can also check your usage and air quality history.

 

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Patrick sent me a screenshot of the app while he was at his office.

 

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Since indoor air pollution can be up to five times worse than outside (due to trapped air), we maximize the use of the Pure Cool Link by moving it around the house. Here it is in our bedroom.

 

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My tiny desk in our bedroom. Yes I have succumbed to working from the bedroom. But we will change this in 2017. I believe the bedroom should be just for resting. The Dyson Pure Cool Link has such a small footprint that it can stand anywhere a letter sized paper can fit.

 

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This uses a Dyson 360 Glass HEPA filter. It has a layer of activated carbon granules that captures odours and harmful toxins like paint fumes. The Glass HEPA filter is the reason it can stop even 0.1 microns of pollutants, as it has borosilicate fibres that are densely compacted and woven together. The filter lasts one year if you use the machine 12 hours a day.

 

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My kids are crazy into art and books. This afternoon I kept the Pure Cool Link on in the family room, so when they come home from school, the air is purified. The sensors inside the machine detects changes in home conditions. So every time I move it to a different location, it analyzes the air quality first, then cleans it.

 

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In the kids’ bedroom. The Pure Cool Link removes pollen and allergens, bacteria and mold, industrial and auto emissions, odours and fumes, ultra fine particles, and pet dander.

 

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The simplest and easiest interface on a remote control.

 

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It looks great in our family room. It can be damp in this part of the house. The machine can detect high levels of humidity and prevent poorly ventilated areas from accumulating excessive mould.

 

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Even scented candles, anti-perspirant, and household cleansers can contribute to poor air quality. We don’t have furry pets, but for those who do, the Dyson Pure Cool Link can get rid of pet dander to prevent allergies on humans.

 

For more information on Dyson Pure Cool Link, visit the Dyson concept store in Greenbelt 5 and in Century City Mall, Rustan’s Makati, and SM Mall of Asia.