Biopha Organics





My friends at Souq Organics sent me the entire range of Biopha Organics. My kids are using the bath products. Lovely because the price points are much friendlier. Much.

“Biopha Organics collection of personal care products are certified ORGANIC by not just one, but two international organic regulatory organizations: Ecocert and CosmeBio. This means that every ingredient in every bottle of Biopha Organics comes from 100% natural origin and is free from GMOs, petrochemicals and chlorine derivatives, parabens and artificial scents and coloring.” (Source: press kit).

You can buy Biopha Organics online through Souq Organics website.



Tea Tree Oil and more BB Cream



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That’s a lot of tea tree oil sold. Remember this? This got me through university. Zapped any pimple that came my way.


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Here is the complete Tea Tree Oil line including the newest product, Tea Tree Pore Minimizer.


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I love Lily Cole.


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My sister Johanna was very curious about the Korean brands of BB Cream since that’s where it originated. Now it seems, every beauty company has its version of BB Cream. All-in-one is good, especially if it evens your skin tone appearance-wise and skin-deep.


Please share your experiences with BB Creams. I prefer to keep my face bare so I’m not really sure I want to use BB Creams. I mean, I spend so much time and resources doing my regular facials at Belo to have good skin. And as for anti-aging, I have my Olay of course. I don’t like to cover my skin unless necessary (i.e. taping and shoots).

But I am very curious about BB Creams. Please share how it’s been for you.



Makeup Trends by MAC



As promised, here are the highlights from the MAC AW2012 Makeup Trends from New York, Milan, Paris and London fashion weeks. One of my makeup artists saw the book at home and she freaked. So I figured some of you makeup pros and fanatics who didn’t make it to the MAC show would appreciate this. Words aren’t mine; they’re from the book recap.


Sense and Sensibility

Healthy, sensible, honed, balanced, understated, elegant, effortless and groomed. It’s somewhat a rural approach to city makeup: while the inspiration takes an equestrian, aristocratic, ‘country’ angle, the impeccable application is definitely ‘town’. “I’m calling it Sense and Sensibility makeup,” explains Lyne Desnoyers. “It’s about timeless classics done in a modern way – these are elements of makeup that never go out of fashion but simply get reinvented,” agrees Terry Barber.

The perfect cleansing focus of a lip (make it nothing but a Russian red). The mastery of a gentle outdoors flush (must be seamless). Studies in what constitutes a modern bare face (p.s., it’s a fuller brow). These looks ultimately carry a sophistication that elevates them beyond trend, becoming instead a new set of modern Classics.


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Roam Antique

A globally influenced independent woman is channeled this season, but think less ‘boho-festival goer’ and more ‘grown up gypsy’. There’s a certain eccentricism, but this world traveller is honed, not haphazared. From a stained soulful tints through to mesmerizing jewel-like metallics, it’s a trend that focuses on playing with the proportion and depth of an eye (perhaps bringin in a rustically tinted lip for balance). Call it a contemporary rethink on how to do ‘smoky’.

“Fashion wants to revisit a smoldery eye, but the issue is in devising one that isn’t trashy or retro,” ponders Terry Barber. Hence the focus on a mascara-less lash, and colours with a more antiquated patina and diffuse application than those dripping in jetsetting-luxuriousness.




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While a black liquid liner can be inextricably linked with the past (a Twenties flapper, Forties feline, Fifties wings, Sixties flicks, Seventies punk, Eighties New Wave…), makeup artists this season have shrugged off the liners’ retro connotations and are considering the contemporary graphicism of a black line interpreted in an unconventional manner. “This season isn’t about liner being classic,” explains Gordon Espinet. “It’s about liner as an etching, about it creating a geometry on the face. Beauty is very much in this detail, though. For while these lines are fragmented in their structure, by respecting the architecture of the eye shape, they tailor and still very much enhance the face.







Hone Structure

Exploring the construction and contour sof ao face isn’t a brand new idea in beauty, yet for AW2012 the concept of sculpting continues in an increasingly cerebral direction. In its purest form, this look is about a nude sculptural face as a canvas for a brow (straighter, stronger and more purposefully groomed, from which the other features seem to hang) — indeed, a brow is the axis of what makes these honed, nude looks contemporary.

“It’s a highly technical form of beauty,” adds Terry Barber, of the myriad manners and devices employed to create it. This trend is absolutely about proper placement of a highlight and a contour. “To put in bone structure is a very knowing art form and the real mastery of being a makeup artist,” adds Terry.




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MAC Cosmetics A/W 2012



Here are some photos from the MAC Cosmetics A/W 2012 makeup trends show that I attended a couple of weeks ago at the Mind Museum. James Molloy, MAC’s Director of Makeup Artistry was flown in to conduct a few workshops on current looks – sense and sensibility, roam-antique, hone structure and arti-tech.


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James Molloy, Director for Makeup Artistry.


Pauline Prieto, who I discovered is a relative on my father’s side, thanks to Patricia Prieto for telling me.


Isabel Daza hosted.


The models with AW ’12 looks by James Molloy.


With bride-to-be Kelly Misa.


Watch out for Cremesheen Lipstick and Cremesheen Glass created by MAC especially for the Asian market, inspired by Korean women. These are infused with crushed pearl in 15 new Asian-inspired shades. Modern pinks, nudes and corals pop and glow against all skin tones with a light-reflecting finish that leaves lips luminously lacquered. Dying to try these when they come out.


Cremesheen Pearl Lipglass which gives foolproof coverage, gleaming shine and creamy gloss. Available in Sept 2012. P1,200.


And in keeping with the BB Cream trend, MAC has its own version. I have yet to try this Prep+Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35/PA+++ in three semi-transluscent shades covering extra light to medium skin tones. I claims to blend SPF protection, creamy emollients and optical pearl pigments into a face-priming, color-perfecting formula that protects and events the complexion for flawless results. P1,950.


Kelly Misa wears red lipstick so perfectly well! We all got this beautiful makeup trend book with awesome looks. I’ll share the highlights in the next post here.




Cocktales, new shoes, and my hair



We had Pie Alvarez, Mayor of San Vicente Palawan as guest in Cocktales last week. She’s just in her early 20’s. In fact, she ran for mayor while she was still finishing her degree in Babson College, Massachusetts. She was also working in a Chanel store then. Now she runs a municipality with pretty beaches.


Here is the part I talk about my outfit. It’s a K&Company jersery dress. I wore it with my Rose, Lily, Margarita necklace. Hard to see, but the flowers are big. I made these based on the names of my three daughters. I’m wearing colourful shoes from CMG. They sent me a couple of pairs through PR Frank Briones.


You can catch the replay of Pie Alvarez’s segment this Sunday at 12 noon. Cocktales also airs internationally via the TV5 Kapatid International network.


Remember the thing that happened with Bureau of Customs and my one pretty book? (Here.) My friends suggested we invite the Customs Commissioner over as guest in Cocktales. So we did.


It’ll take more than one Commissioner to reform the Bureau of Customs. Mr. Biazon says there’s a need to update the laws and mathematical formulas.


We discussed the perception about the bureau and the things he’s tried to do. And I just found out that the study of customs taxation is actually a degree in university here.



This peplum dress is from K&Company. I wore my charm necklace with it. This is the necklace that started my interest in collecting antique hand-painted charms. My shoes were also a gift from CMG.


My hair.

Have you noticed in the photos above that I’ve darkened my hair again? I want it to go back to its natural colour. Alex Carbonell of Studio Fix gave me Irridescent (ash violet) Brown by Schwarzkopf.

I also got an Express Blow Out, the latest in-salon innovation which reduces 95% of the frizz and curl. I’ve never gotten my hair rebonded. And I never aspired to have long straight hair. I’ve always been okay with my bouncy  hair. But sometimes, the frizz got out of control. So I wanted smoothness and ease. I was tired of blow drying my hair everyday.

Unlike the regular keratin therapy that takes hours, express blow-out only takes one hour and its effects last up to 3 months. It’s been three weeks since my Express Blow Out and I love how easy its been. I leave my house with wet hair. When it dries, it’s smooth and silky. No frizz at all.

Check out Express Blow Out in Studio Fix.