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.

 

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Washable Nail Polish

 

 

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A couple of months ago (yes, months), we received the most wonderful present from a very thoughtful reader, Cheryl Sy. I don’t know her personally but she sent me a private message, either in Facebook or Instagram, I can’t remember now. She asked if she could send my daughters some non-toxic nail polish. I politely declined because my girls are, like me, not into nail polish. So we left it at that.

Cheryl didn’t stop there. She ordered a gift from her crafting friend in Oregon, and promised to send these personalized goodies to my kids. Weeks and probably months later, she contacted me saying the package went to Tel Aviv by mistake and that she was working on getting them to Manila. Cute.

Anyway the package finally got to us. It really brightened up my day. It was the most well-thought of presents. Cheryl also wrote lovely notes for me and my daughters. I just can’t tell you enough how we appreciate this gesture, Cheryl. Thank you!! Stella drew a thank you note. And the girls also recorded a thank you video. I have yet to send them to Cheryl. In the meantime, here is her amazing product…

 

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The three bottles carry the names of my daughters — Rose, Daisy, Lily. (Margarita means daisy.)

 

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Personalized charm bracelets for each girl, with miniature Snails bottles and their flowers! Look at them… so adorable, the lily, the rose, and the daisy.

 

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Each of the bracelets has a little “Strawbunny” charm. Not many know that my daughters have a Facebook page called The Strawbunny where they show some of their art work and creations. The Strawbunny character was designed by Lily.

 

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Snails is a non-toxic and completely water-soluble nail polish meant for children… but also good for adults. According to Cheryl she found this brand while searching for non-toxic nail polish for her own daughter. She would use toxic-free polish but would end up using nail polish remover with harsh chemicals. It also took forever to remove and sometimes damaged her daughter’s nails. With Snails (safe nails), the polish comes off with just water and soap! Perfect for little digits playing fancy dress-up. If you want the colour to last longer, you can use the Snails Top Coat and your polish can stay on for up to two days. It then can be removed by water!

 

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Just above the barcode, the Lily. You will also see that the formula is free of harmful chemicals like Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, and Parabens.

 

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Stella agreed to have her cute little nails coloured with polish. I promised her that it would come off easily.

 

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The bunny with orange Snails.

 

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I tried it myself. Two coats of pink. I didn’t seal it with the top coat because I wanted to check if it was really water soluble.

 

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And so I tried washing it off.

 

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Just a little soap and some gentle rubbing, the colour came off.

 

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And there you have it… washable nail polish!

 

You can find Snails at Bright Brands in Facebook and Instagram.

 

 

Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder

 

 

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“I want to make women feel empowered, to feel sexy and confident. This makeup collection does that. I have to make women feel like the best version of themselves.” – Victoria Beckham

The Victoria Beckham Estée Lauder limited edition makeup collection was introduced to the western market in early September. I had the privilege of receiving the highlighter end a lipstick a few weeks ago. I held off on writing about it until I tried it. I have not stopped using the highlighter. I loved the pieces so much, I went to SM Aura to buy more from the collection. It only debuted in the Philippine market yesterday, October 8th. But I am getting ahead of myself.

The VB x Estee Lauder collection is all about sweaty-sexy skin, fiercely lined eyes, nude lips, wet finishes, liquid metals, foil shine. It is sexy, cool with a bit of rawness and edge. It is meant to be worn smudgy with the confidence to be imperfect.

 

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This is the Brazilian Nude lipstick that was sent to me by Estee Lauder. I love how smooth and natural-looking it is. It has tiny specks of shimmer that is almost invisible, so don’t expect sparkle, instead you get a lot of shine. The other lipstick is Chilean Sunset, a bold and bright red, which is packaged in a gold tube.

 

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This is the winning piece of the collection. The Modern Mercury highlighter. I use it everyday. Sometimes I use  it as eyeshadow. I will be very sad when this runs out on me. I checked online and this is pretty much sold out everywhere.

 

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Modern Mercury was a previous limited edition Estée Lauder highlighter that became a favourite of Victoria’s. Naturally, she had to include it in her capsule collection. It comes in a sleek gold compact with ribbed leather pads. So beautiful. You can use it to highlight and contour your the face. I wear it on my cheekbones the way Victoria wears hers, as you’ll see in all her photos that her cheekbones are very sharp and sexy.

 

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The lipgloss in Moroccan Heat is a warm, nude lip gloss that offers high shine for a polished look. Infused with Estée Lauder’s signature fig scent, this lip gloss can be worn alone or over lipstick to give a plump and polished pout.

 

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The eye palette comes in six powder eyeshadow shades that can be applied wet or dry. Innovative dual purpose pearlized pigments have a translucency that allow these eyeshadows to reflect light and pull light into the formula for a more vibrant look. This palette contains: Fired Sapphire, a shocking metallic blue; Blonde Cumin, a soft, gold-hued nude; Metal Saffron, a warm, golden metallic honey; Burnished Sage, a burnt metallic intense green; Grey Amber, a smoky charcoal grey; Black Nutmeg, a shimmery copper.

 

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“I have been collecting makeup for many years. I am always mixing colours to get what I want. With this collection, I believe I have created many of the key pieces that you really need in your makeup kit. As a woman who likes to wear makeup, this is exactly what I want. Not I am excited to share it with women everywhere.”

 

 

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Eye Foil in Burnt Anise, a strong, rich, charcoal shine. These breakthrough new liquid eye foils deliver intense vinyl-like shine – even after they’ve dried. Sparkling pearl pigments add flecks of blonde gold or silver in this liquid metal-effect formula.

 

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At the Estee Lauder boutique in SM Aura this afternoon, October 9th, they still had a few items available from the collection. I bought the 6-shade eye palette for P4535, and eye foil in Burnt Anise for P1720. I am so in love with them.

 

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If you’re looking for the Morning Aura Illuminating Creme, a moisturizer and primer, they still have it. Hurry!

 

 

For more information, visit @victoriabeckham and @esteelauder on Instagram and Twitter. Available exclusively in the Philippines at Estee Lauder SM Aura starting 8 October 2016.

Baby Foot

 

 

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Our site partners at Beauty Box Corporation sent me some samples of Baby Foot, Japan’s revolutionary foot peeling kit. As the name suggests, it promises to leave your feet as smooth and soft as a baby’s. It has a unique formula of 17 types of natural extract that will allow your feet to exfoliate naturally, leaving them moisturized. I was curious. But before trying it out, I needed to read up on it. In the brand’s main website and Instagram, I saw photos of feet peeling. I nearly lost my appetite. Haha.

So I read up some more. Baby Foot contains natural extracts like Apple, Orange, Lemon and Grapefruit citrus oils, Calendula, Clematis leaf and Chamomile. These have high moisturizing power and astringency, leaving the sole smooth after peeling dead skin layers. The main ingredient of Baby Foot is Fruit Acid or Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) which has been used as a remedy for the elimination of bacteria, inflammation and psoriasis for several hundreds of years. These days, it is commonly formulated for facial cleansing and peeling to support the texture of the skin by removing the dead skin layers and beautifying and improving the skin. (Source.)

The product doesn’t work instantly. You basically have to soak your feet in wet socks loaded with peeling extracts for 30 minutes. Then you can start seeing your dead skin peel off from three to seven days. The peeling process takes up to 2 weeks. If you want to see foot peeling photos, go here.

Baby Foot has won numerous awards from beauty authorities around the world. It was recently featured and reviewed in Vogue, Today, and Refinery 29, all giving this product rave reviews.

 

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Baby Foot comes in Medium and Large size. I used Medium (size 7.5) which retails for P830 in Beauty Bar. Each box comes with a vacuum sealed foil pack containing two plastic socks soaked with peeling formula. Instructions are mostly in Japanese, but the local distributor provides English translations.

 

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The foil pack lists the ingredients.

 

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Here is the plastic sock. It is sealed, so you must cut off the top end with a pair of scissors.

 

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You must have clean feet. And it is advised that you pre-soak your feet in water for about 10 minutes. Or take a bath or shower before you do the treatment. Your feet will absorb the formula easier if it’s pre-soaked.

 

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The gel is a bit cold. They recommend that you wear socks over it to keep the gel pack in place. If you really must walk from A to B, please do so with caution as the gel pack is slippery. I didn’t move.

 

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I kept it on for 30 minutes. Then I rinsed it off completely. My feet were a bit tingly the rest of the day. But no visible peeling happened, as expected. The peeling took place 5 days later.

 

In the interest of protecting my future career and endorsements, I am not posting photos of my own peeling feet. Haha. Please. But it did happen gently. Mine was like a powdery peel. You will see in the website of Baby Foot that peeling occurs in different ways. Some dead skin really peel off in one whole chunk. You must avoid the temptation of peeling the skin yourself. Just wait patiently for the skin to fall off.

What happens after you use Baby Foot is exactly what the product claims. You will have the softest and smoothest feet – with all new skin. This sensation lasts for about three months. You must take care of your feet by putting moisturizer after. This beats any tough sloughing process using metal shavers of pumice stones.

 

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For more information, check out Baby Foot Philippines on Facebook and Instagram. Baby Foot is available exclusively at Beauty Bar.

Belo, fairest of them all

 

 

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I have been going to Belo religiously for over ten years. By that I mean, regular facials every 2 to 3 weeks. I have the simplest maintenance routine — Honey Almond Cleaning and Power Peel. No chemicals, no ointments, no creams, no lasers. Two times I tried laser, Picosure, for research purposes. I love the results, but I feel like I don’t need lasers just yet. This is because I am so happy and satisfied with the quality of my skin.

To give you some examples I am posting some shameless selfies here — with no filters, no make up, just woken up face, and one photo shows what I look like with my everyday makeup. With all objectivity and humility I can say I have very little visible pores on my face. Because of my treatments at Belo, I’ve also reduced the need for other skincare. I don’t use masks or creams. Once in a while, I’ll use eye cream, only because I’m jealous of my friends who buy fancy creams.

 

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A few years ago the night before I turned 40.

 

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My every day makeup involves no actual foundation makeup. I only wear foundation if I have to go on stage. For real life and events, I just dust some powder on my skin. I wear concealer to mask some dark circles under my eyes and redness around my nose. Then I focus on the yes and lips. This was in 2013 in Toronto.

 

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Breakfast at home, 2014.

 

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Another “woke up like this” shameless photo. At the beach in 2014, during our early morning walk.

 

I’m not claiming to be perfect. But whatever imperfection there is, I’ve accepted completely. I have a huge scar across my forehead due to a bicycle accident when I was 8. I have red veins that show through my skin — which I actually love, because one side spells the letter “M” in red veins. My kids think it is my mark – M for mom. I have a mole in my lip. Speaking of, I know I have thin lips but I will not get fillers, not me. Too scared of injections. My nose is funny; it points down when I smile. Laugh lines and fine wrinkles are there too. I used to obsess over my teeth as a teenager because they were huge. My parents got me braces in my late teens when my jaw reached maturity. I had to wear a headgear at night. There is no such thing as effortless beauty. Haha.

I am raising three daughters who I hope will not be obsessed by their looks. I know that consciousness about beauty and body image is part of growing up. My role as their real role model is to show them that these things are temporary and what matters most is what they have inside – their good heart, intelligence, compassion, faith, drive — these are what will give them inner strength and peace. But of course, being beautiful helps a bit up to a certain point. And by this I mean, just care for what you have and be the best version of yourself. I tell them not to worry because that’s a given. They have beauty in their genes (my mom and Patrick’s mom). So now they just have to just focus on working on their inner selves and taking good care of their skin and body.

So before you go on throwing pie in my regularly scrubbed face, let me tell you that the reason I’m blabbing about this is because you may have a chance to win my treatments too! Thanks to Belo Medical Group, they are sponsoring a very special giveaway once a week for three weeks! And on the fourth week there is a grand prize! Scroll below to see mechanics.

 

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Belo and I go way back. I am so grateful to Dr Vicki Belo for taking good care of my skin for over a decade.

 

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With some of the Belo Babies.

 

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Before treatment.

 

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My Power Peel bed.

 

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Fairest of them all! Just yesterday at Belo Shangrila Plaza where I had a simple body scrub. (I’m into wearing loose clothing these days).

 

In celebration of Belo Medical Group’s 26th anniversary, they have meticulously designed each of their 12 clinics to make all the patients feel like royalty. Their fairytale-like clinics have various unique decorations but definitely support the main theme “Fairest of Them All”.

As part of the #DaphnexBelo giveaway, I am inviting you to visit one of the 12 Belo clinics to personally see the creative set-up for this 26th anniversary. And then you guessed it, please upload photos and/or a video to qualify to win a weekly prize and/or the grand prize. Visit any Belo Medical Group Clinic. See list of branches here.

For complete mechanics for the giveaway, please scroll down.

 

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Belo at Tomas Morato, Quezon City

 

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Belo at Shangrila Plaza, 5th floor

 

 

DAPHNExBELO Giveaway

 

In celebration of Belo’s 26th anniversary, Belo is giving away the following prizes during the period of August 16 to September 12, 2016 for you, my awesome readers:

1st winner – August 22 – Glycopeel cleaning/Honey Almond cleaning and Power peel
2nd winner- August 29 – Glycopeel cleaning /Honey Almond cleaning and Power peel
3rd winner- September 5 – Glycopeel cleaning/Honey Almond cleaning and Power peel
Grand winner- September 12 – Wet and Dry Dermabrasion and Revlite on the face

 

Mechanics of the contest:

1. Post a video or photo greeting for Belo’s 26th Anniversary on Instagram and tell us why Belo is the fairest of them all. The video must be no longer than 30 seconds. Video taken inside the Belo clinic is a plus but not required.

2. Follow the Official IG of Belo and my IG in order to qualify for this contest. Use the hashtags #Belo26 #FairestOfThemAll #DaphnexBelo and tag @belobeauty @victoria_belo @daphneop

3. Posts should be made public.

4. The contest will run for 4 weeks starting from August 16 to September 12. The best answer to the question “Why Belo is the fairest of them all?” will be chosen every week for the first three weeks. Announcement of weekly winners will be done every Monday- Aug 22, 29 and September 5. Each winner for the first 3 weeks will receive Belo items and gift certificates for my favourite maintenance treatments like Honey Almond cleaning/Glycopeel Cleaning and Power peel (Total Value: P4,000+)

5. On the 4th week, the most creative video throughout the whole contest period (may include the three past winners) will be declared as the grand winner on September 12. Prizes include Belo items and gift certificates for Wet and Dry Dermabrasion and Revlite on the face (Total Value: P22,400+)

6. The winning entries will be posted on @belobeauty, the official Instagram account of Belo Medical Group.

 

Contest starts August 16. But you can start making your video now.

Good luck, everyone!