MAC SS2017 Trends

 

 

Not too long ago, I was whisked off to a lovely tropical destination for two days by MAC Cosmetics. They’ve done something similar before, a couple of years ago. They brought us (editors and bloggers) to Shangri-la Boracay. This time, we were invited to Shangri-la Mactan.

 

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I love flying over our islands.

 

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Welcome gifts in our room. The MAC Strobe Cream has become my daily pick-me-upper. Just dab a little bit on upper corner of cheekbones and you instantly look like you have inner glow and radiance.

 

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First stop, lunch at Cowrie Cove. Here with Geolette Esguerra of ABS-CBN publishing.

 

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Our first event was for the launch of MAC Shadescents.

 

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Six new scents were launched. Each represented a cult-favourite lipstick colour — Creme d’Nude, Velvet Teddy, Candy Yum-Yum, Lady Danger, Ruby Woo, and My Heroine.

 

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My Heroine is described as “an intoxicating and totally unexpected fragrance composed of rich and primal Cordovan leather.”

 

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The room was set up with six long tables. Each table represented a scent, which was interpreted with floral settings.

 

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The cocktail reception during sunset was so pretty, I forgot to take pictures. Each scent was also interpreted into cocktail drinks.

 

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MAC Shadescent ambassadors – Megan Young, Karylle, Stephanie Zubiri, and Tessa Prieto.

 

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With the editors – Liza Ilarde, Mia Borromeo, Raul Manzano, and Tessa Prieto.

 

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The lovely guests.

 

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On the second day, MAC provided us with makeup services in the comforts of our own rooms. My regular makeup artist, Ria Aquino, did an express 30-minute face for me. I love it. That lip colour!

 

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She did a quick set up in my room. For those of you who want makeup services, they do this as a package in all MAC counters — for P3,000 or P5,000 all consumable, you get free makeup services.

 

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For the SS 2017 trend report, MAC set up at the tent in Shangrila Mactan. In photo with Vicky Abary, Tessa, Mia, and Liza.

 

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So in love with the setting… our prints weren’t so bad either. My shoes are from Melissa.

 

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Inside the tent, MAC Artist RB Changco assisted the bloggers and guests in choosing our own makeup shades.

 

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The editor gang.

 

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Director of Makeup Artistry for MAC Cosmetics, Gregory Alt with the four Spring Summer 2017 looks — Warm, Wet, Real, and Free.

 

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There is an overarching tendency for makeup to lean toward the (apparently) nonchalant this season. This ranges from the literal “bare face” – aptly described by Diane Kendal as “grooming for girls,” and Gordon Espinet as “next to nothing, but not literally nothing” – to stronger looks that are specifically finished to give the impression of belonging to the individual (as opposed to applied by a makeup artist). An essential feature of modern makeup this season is appearing, in some way, “broken down.”

This direction is a direct reference to the real makeup that real women wear: Brazil nut brown or residual black on the eyes, a remnant of lipstick (or at least one that doesn’t look highly perfected), clean, ostensibly bare skin. “Everything feels very easy, unforced,” says Val Garland. “It’s not about being conceptual,” agrees Sam Bryant. “It’s about looking hyper-real.”

Worn-in and worn off: this is makeup that migrates. It is corporeal; it lives and breathes, thanks to what Lyne Desnoyers describes as “malleable textures” – creams and glosses that wrap around and into the features. These finishes have a humanity to them that breaks the powdered and perfected convention of “sophistication.”

Which is all to say that this unstudied effect is the height of modern chic. As Terry Barber perfectly summarizes: “True beauty is all about style, not physical perfection.”

 

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Gregory worked the “Real” trend on Steph.  – the enduring appeal of the real – unfiltered realism to beauty that lives and breathes as women wear it, worn-in and enhancing, never heavy

 

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Dynamic and vibrant, colour has a free-form feel for SS17. Elated, vivid and always worn against nothing else – so that it feels abstracted and spontaneous – the free spirit of SS17 plays into the movement for “individual” makeup. It ignores any rules on placement, proportion or convention and deliberately declares itself as something singularly adorning. “It is a marking rather than a classic beauty gesture, which enhances the features in a non-traditional sense,” says Alex Box.

“It is playful, not serious,” says Val Garland. “The opposite of taking yourself seriously and filtering your selfies.”

Naïve in effect, if not technique. “Seeming spontaneity is much more difficult to craft than perfection,” points out Terry Barber. Free makeup is about “precision and play in equal measure,” adds Box.

As much as this quality of makeup makes a joyous expressionist statement, they are mesmerically beautifying, too. “These colour accents energize the face,” says Lyne Desnoyers. “They break apart ‘good taste’ to better define it for now.”

 

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The look of Free on Karylle – stamps and slashes of expressionist colour that provide an inspiringly abstract moment in the art of SS17 makeup: energetic, gestural and refreshingly unconventional.

 

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The art of mimicking light on the skin (and replicating a radiance coming from within it) is an enduring preoccupation for makeup artists. The reason is simple: “There is a modern simplicity to shine that is also incredibly flattering,” says Val Garland. This season, artists are captivated with light and reflection in its purest sense – as a texture. “Glosses, oils and shines look authentic, as if they come from within the skin,” continues Garland. “Shimmers and powders always tend to look more like makeup.”

As the fashion industry’s response to the very filtered and tuned approach to mass-culture beauty, this tendency is all about the exploration and celebration of how balm, oil and emollient texture works to enrich and humanize makeup. Gloss can look clean, groomed and pure or equally nod to a sweaty, worn-in urbanism. “Gloss brings out the athleticism in the bone structure but also enhances the individuality of makeup by breaking it down,” explains Lynsey Alexander. “Anti-perfection looks very modern,” adds Tom Pecheux. “Luxury now has real identity to it.”

Congruent with the omnipresence of wet texture is the continuing appeal of “natural” skin in its truest sense: the cliché that “less is more” has never been truer, as the treatment that Gordon Espinet describes as “#nofilter” has become the new fashion standard. In short, concealer where necessary with skincare stepping up as the modern replacement for matte or reflective foundations (Val Garland’s favourite recipe:
Mineralize Timecheck Lotion for a velvet matte finish, Prep + Prime Moisture Infusion to mimic plump hydration, Care Blends Essential Oils on the cheekbones). The role of powder, too, has been given a rethink: today it deliberately enhances and amplifies shine by being placed against it. “Like applying all-over foundation, the idea of homogeneously powdering the entire face is old-fashioned,” confirms Lyne Desnoyers.

Hence, the story of gloss this season is super strategic. “It all looks massaged in, not artificial and is very specifically placed,” says Barber of the way that gleam works on the eyes, cheeks, lips and temples. “It’s about exploring different weights and depths
of reflection. Building up considered layers, from skincare glazes to points of vinyl shine.”

The best tool? “Your fingers,” says Alexander. “Their warmth helps gloss become one with the skin.”

 

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Megan sports the Wet trend – the visceral beauty of wet gloss – from sweat to humidity, the perennial fascination with how light fits and flatters a face is explored as a texture, from vinyl shine to emollient sheen.

 

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This is beauty at its most feminine. Sunned, summery and inspired by the brighter side of nature, artists are pulling from an organic palette, applying these heated shades in soft
washes and tints. “These colours are designed to enhance and mimic really great skin condition,” says Terry Barber, emphasizing that texture is vital to this point: “The modern
way to wear them is in textures that have an affinity with the complexion.”

Which means you should see the skin through them, and give it a bit of a sheen or gloss, as SS17’s preoccupation with shine extends to this tendency in makeup, too.

“These are very classic beautifying tones,” says Lyne Desnoyers of the optimistic, flora-inflected palette. “But what makes them interesting and feel new is all in the finish we give them; most notably, what the application of an oil or gloss does to the way they bring life to the face.”

From a flush to a blush to a bronzed skin and myriad pinkish to peach tints on the eyes and lips, think of these shades as a means to heighten nature rather than cover.

“Peach, pink and tan look alive and fresh when applied with transparency,” says Mark Carrasquillo. “They are what I call very heightening colours.” So while shine textures are the way to update rose and apricot tones for today, there is nothing complex or conceptual about this ultra-feminine leaning in makeup. “It’s not about transforming the face,” explains Tom Pecheux. “It’s simply about making it look more beautiful.”

 

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Gregory works the Warm trend on Bianca Manalo – a palette drawn from the heat of the environment (the sun, the beach, petals, terracotta, crystals, the earth) worn with a simplicity that renders it modern.

 

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The boundaries between the four tendencies are distinctly blurred – characteristics of ease, broken texture and elements of gloss are innate to them all. Which is indicative of the fact that there is no strict prescription to makeup today, no hard and fast rules that delineate one makeup direction from another. Wear them your way.

 

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Magic hour in Mactan

 

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For our last night, there was this fabulous beach party set up.

 

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With Gregory Arlt. A day after this he was back in LA with Gwen Stefani.

 

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White party.

 

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Our MAC loot included a selfie light.

 

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Testing it.

 

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S&R Members’ Treat 2017

 

 

Teaser Reveal

 

It’s that time of year again. The S&R Members’ Treat is happening this Wednesday, March 29 to Sunday, April 02, 2017 in all S&R branches nationwide.

S&R Members will get five whole days of big value and even bigger savings, with Buy 1 Take 1 deals and price reductions of up to 50% off on lots and lots of S&R picks – grocery staples like fresh produce, yummy baked goodies, and imported treats. There are also gift items, housewares, towels and linens, and even select appliances.

Here, we are giving you a sneak peek at some products that will be on sale. There are so much more, so make sure you plan your strategy. Some people make this event a family affair. Or others keep the kids away from the frenzy and just go solo. Or some meet up with friends so they cover all bases. Very, very exciting.

 

IMPORTED GOODS

 

FROZEN GOODS

 

BAKERY

 

PET ITEMS

 

The S&R Members’ Treat will take place in all 12 clubs: BGC (Taguig City), Aseana (Pasay City), Congressional (Quezon City), Alabang (Muntinlupa City), Shaw (Mandaluyong City), Cebu, Pampanga, Imus (Cavite), Nuvali (Laguna), Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, and Davao.

 

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My personal wish list: 01 BALCONI Wafers Cubi Cacao gr. 250 – stand up bag, 02 OXICLEAN Stain Remover 11.7lb 252ld, 03 EMBORG Cream Cheese Classic 200g, 04 MARTINELLI Apple Cider 50.7Z, 05 TGIF Mozzarella Sticks 30oz, 06 MERBA Brownie Cookies 200g,  07 ECOS Plus with Enzymes 210HE lds  (Items shown in photo may have different packaging in reality).
Aside from low prices matched with a world-class shopping experience, another awesome perk for S&R members is POWER FUEL SAVERS, a partnership with Unioil, the pioneer of high-quality clean fuels in the country. Fuel savings will get even bigger at Php4.00 off per liter of gasoline or Php3.00 off per liter of diesel at any of the 50 participating Unioil branches, only on the dates of the S&R Members’ Treat from March 29, 2017 until April 02, 2017.

Good luck and happy shopping!

 

 

MAC and Miss Universe

 

 

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Miss Costa Rica

 

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.