Xeng and Xander



Here are some of the photos we did a couple of months ago. We did this for fun and for art’s sake.  This is what happens when you play around with friends who are the industry’s top artists. Makeup by Xeng Zulueta and hair by Cats Del Rosario. Photography by Xander Angeles, Edge of Light Studios.

These images are raw and unedited. No photoshop at all.








I know. I know. I’m so lucky to have Xander and Xeng as friends. Please don’t hate me. Haha.

Follow @XanderAngeles on Twitter. And for real time beauty advice, follow @XengZulueta on Twitter and check her out in Tumblr.





Breast Cancer Awareness




BCA Single Ad Page


October was breast cancer awareness month. It came and went and I forgot to mention anything here in my blog. I had been invited to Estee Lauder’s event, as I usually am every year. But I couldn’t attend because of prior commitments. They sent me some post-event releases which I want to share with you. Though it’s now November and I’m late, I don’t think it really matters what month it is. Breast cancer awareness should be on-going every month.

Just some stats. 1 in 8, chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer some time during her life, according to the American Cancer Society. 1 in 8!!! 90% in women whose breast cancer is diagnosed at an early stage and is localized, 90% survive more than 5 years. Women in their 20’s should begin breast self-exams on a monthly basis. And women aged 40 and above should have a mammogram every year and should keep doing so as long as they’re in good health.


MANILA, PH (October 13, 2011) –The Estée Lauder Companies announced this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign theme and launched local initiatives to raise awareness for this disease. This year’s 2011 BCA Campaign initiatives support its Campaign’s concept “Together. Connect. Communicate. Conquer. For A Future Free Of Breast Cancer,” a compelling call-to-action that emphasizes the power of millions joining together, with one voice, to communicate the life-saving message about the importance of breast health and early detection.

To celebrate the 12th anniversary of its Global Landmark Illuminations Initiative, The Estée Lauder Companies and Philips are proud to launch their first-ever partnership, whereby prominent global landmarks will be illuminated in pink lights using Philips’ innovative and environmentally-friendly LED technology.


The 2011 BCA Campaign Illumination of Storey Bridge in Queensland, Australia
Illumination of Storey Bridge in Queensland, Australia. Source: BCA Facebook


White Tower, Greece.
Illumination of White Tower, Greece. Source: BCA Facebook


The 2011 Illumination of Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada through BCA Campaign and Philips Partnership.
Illumination of Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Source: BCA Facebook


Transformation Sculpture by Architect Lor Calma
The first local illumination of Architect Lor Calma’s award-winning Transformation sculpture. The three monolithic structures, a beacon of light, symbolic of the rapidly evolving community of Bonifacio Global City, was illuminated in pink for two weeks since October 10.


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Ina Casas, Kirsten Brito and Camille Flores.


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Patty Betita, Mel Lerma and Myrza Sison.


To share her own message of hope, Patty Betita, professional model, beauty queen and image consultant, narrated among the guests her inspiring survival from breast cancer. According to Patty, “You don’t have to be 40 years old to get your base line mammogram. The earlier that it is detected the better chances of cure, better quality of life, and of course most importantly, survival.”


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Rosan Callueng of Philips, Patty Betita, Michael Huang of Rustan’s and Mel Lerma of Estee Lauder


Since 1992, The BCA Campaign has distributed close to 115 million Pink Ribbons worldwide. Rustan’s has been a supporter of Estee Lauder’s Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign and have been partners in philanthropy. Michael Huang, owner of Rustan’s Group of Companies and Special Assistant to the President said in his remarks, “We firmly believe that as Evelyn Lauder stated “together we are stronger, together we can do more”. It is this belief in the possibilities offered by this campaign that makes us affirm that this initiative has the full backing and support of Rustans.”

Mel Lerma, Estee Lauder Business Development Manager highlighted in her remarks the objective of this campaign, “Our goal for all of these initiatives is to reach new women and men, unify us all to eradicate the effects of this disease, and to conquer our future Free of Breast Cancer. ”


Please go to www.bcacampaign.com to know more about breast cancer. And please spread the word.



Jinkee Pacquiao for Belo Nutraceuticals



I couldn’t say no to this lunch event in honour of Jinkee Pacquiao. I haven’t gone out to any event in months – except those I’m directly involved in. But this time I made the effort. It was lunch and I’d be home before the kids got home from school.

Dr Vicki Belo herself invited me. I had been going to Belo religiously for the past three years – every two weeks to get a facial/cleaning. Recently I finally tried a fancy treatment. Nothing surgical or invasive. And nothing on my face. I just wanted to get rid of the fatty stuff in my upper back – aka the wings. No matter what kind of exercise I do, my wings seemed to grow. So I went for the newest machine Tite FX, the “most innovative non- invasive body contouring and fat killing machine in the world. It uses Electroporation High Voltage “HV” Pulse for permanent destruction of fat cells. It’s combined with radio frequency that provides précised optimal heating of the skin for tightening and body shaping.” I have done five out of the recommended six sessions and let me tell you… it really works! I don’t know where my fat went or how it disappeared, but it is noticeably flatter and tighter. Let me know if you want to know more about it and I’ll write…

This story is about our Jinkee and why she appears to be glowing.


Jinkee, introducing her endorsement of Belo Nutraceuticals. I didn’t actually get to meet her, but she did say hi to me as she was walking towards the stage. And yes, she looks exactly like she does in the billboards.


L-R Dr Belo, me, Johnny Litton, Cristalle Henares and Phoemela Baranda. Dr Belo and Cristalle were totally hands-on with everything. And this photo makes me look 5 months pregnant. I swear, it’s just the dress.


Like I said, hands on. She did the rounds and made sure every one was okay. (Note, the valet stand for my white blazer. Nice touch by Red at Shangrila Makati).


Jinkee Pacquiao. They raffled off products and boxing gloves signed by Jinkee and Manny Pacquiao. I didn’t win… I never do.


Armed with confidence, and the expertise of the Belo Authority, Jinkee Pacquiao now looks and feels like a knock-out.  With Belo Nutraceuticals,  Jinkee Pacquiao is now FEARLESS.

A breakthrough product from the Belo Authority, Belo Nutraceuticals provides the key benefits of whitening and anti-aging in one pill. It has a patented formulation that has gone through extensive testing and study to ensure its professional grade quality, safety, and efficacy.

Belo Nutraceuticals is infused with 250 mg of compacted glutathione that fights dark spots to whiten your skin, and collagen that lifts skin from within as it provides strength, elasticity, and resilience.

Source: Press Kit



Since I do not use any whitening products, I’m cutting and pasting some FAQs from the press kit.

What exactly is glutathione and why is it important?
Glutathione is a tripeptide of amino acid present in our human cells. It is considered as the master antioxidant because it is the most potent antioxidant in the body. The highest concentration (26.58% of glutathione in the body is found in the liver because it is where it is needed most. It is also involved in various reactions, such as detoxification, destruction of free radicals, and strengthening immune health. It is also clinically proven to whiten the skin.

How does glutathione whiten the skin?
Glutathione whitens the skin in 3 ways:
a. Interferes melanin production
b. Changing dark melanins (eumelanin) to light melanins (pheomelanin)
c. Replacement of skin tissue to excrete melanin

When is the best time to take Belo Nutraceuticals Glutathione + Collagen?
It is recommended to take it in the morning, with or without meal because glutathione levels are lowest and oxidative stress is highest during daytime.

Would it cause hyperacidity when we take this capsule without food intake?
No, because the Vitamin C present in the capsule is in the form of ascorbate. Ascorbates are known to be less acidic than other types of Vitamin C and provide better absorption than ascorbic acid alone.

Are there any side effects associated with Belo Nutraceuticals Glutathione + Collagen?
No. There are no known negative side effects associated on this product.

Can lactating or pregnant women take this product?
No.  We don’t recommend lactating or pregnant women to take this product.

What is the average daily dosage of glutathione? What happens if I take a very high dosage?
The average daily dosage of glutathione is 100mg to 1000mg per day. Based on studies, if you take in above these recommended dosage, it could affect the body’s own production of glutathione.

Belo Nutraceuticals: Glutathione+Collagen is available in Mercury Drug, Watsons, and other leading drugstores nationwide.   It comes in three sizes.   The recommended dosage is 2 capsules per day, with or without meals

For more info check the Belo Nutraceuticals website.






Gem Palace ring


I was looking through my photos of India, fixing the next batch to be uploaded, and figured that this photo has a story to tell. Ingrid shot this while we were having lunch at the Oberoi in Agra. Yes I am wearing a ring that I so love, I will wear it as much as I can. I can tell you that it is a ruby set in gold with two tiny blue sapphires holding it in a screw. It swivels completely 360 degrees.

I’m sharing this picture in its raw form. Un-photoshopped and unenhanced. I am aware that the little wrinkles under my eyes are visible, and so are the moles on my temple, my dry lips and my crooked nose. I have red veins on my cheeks and green veins around my eyes. Sometimes I think my skin is transparent. It’s been that way since I was a child. If you look closer you’ll see that I have a three inch scar above my left eyebrow. I got that from a bicycle accident when I was 8. And that’s why my left eyebrow has a bald spot. If you look even closer you’ll probably notice a little bit of whiteheads. Just a little.

When we were in India, we had very little time at the hotels. Most of our time was spent on actual tours, meaning roadtrips on the bus. I planned all my outfits, keeping in mind that I’d be sharing my photos. I gave up on fixing my hair, so I kept it on a ponytail most of the time. Or just let it hang in all its messy glory. I didn’t have time nor did I even want to wear makeup. All I had on was faded lipstick, a little eyeliner and a bit of powder (applied with a tiny brush and never with a sponge applicator. I’m not a fan of overly made up faces). No foundation. I wanted my skin to breathe. And thanks to the gorgeous light in India, everyone looked softer and more beautiful. Sigh.

So this is how my skin looks bare. Yes, I’ve had lots of time to think about my flaws. When I was younger, I wanted to change everything about my face. But my mom always told me to love what God has given me. She doesn’t know that I asked my Canadian orthodontist to look into making my jaws more even. But when the dentist told me that she’d cut one side and shut my teeth together for many weeks, I ran out the door. Eventually, I grew to accept the way I looked. And just forgot about it when I had better things to do and worry about.

I am raising three daughters. I know at some point they’ll be bothered with something about their face or body. This early we are trying to not put emphasis on physical appearances – hence the creativity, imagination, playing in the park, enhancing of talents and basically living a normal childhood. They know that I stand against beauty pageants but I support the performing arts. But if they develop some sort of neuroses about their looks when they’re teenagers, I will not brush it off. I know those issues are real. I just hope I’ll know how to coach them through life then.

I’m okay with my scars and wrinkles. They don’t bother me at all. The only anti-aging thing I do is use Olay Total Effects (and no, this post isn’t sponsored. Haha). I use it sparingly though. If my skin is oily or I know I’ll be exposed to hot conditions, I lay off it. The highest maintenance I do is visit the derma religiously. Every two weeks, I go to Belo Greenbelt for a simple cleaning. No fancy treatments, no lasers, no crazy peels, just a basic facial and removal of whiteheads. Sometimes I do a powerpeel to slough off dead skin. I’ve been doing this for over three years. And prior to that, with another doctor. It’s an investment of your time and money (but not so expensive).

Where am I going with this? I don’t know. I just got reminded of what my mom said – love what you have been given. But also take care of it. Natural beauty is great. Low-maintenance is even more wonderful. But make an effort to take care of it. I’m glad I found my routine and that it allows me to face the world with no makeup.