MAC x Maleficent



I love anything Angelina Jolie, so naturally I saw Disney’s “Maleficent” right when it opened here in Manila. It was so beautifully done. I watched it without the kids first to gauge the scariness factor. The next day I brought Sophia and Lily to see my favourite villain. I knew Stella would find some of the creatures a little spooky. (Note that after hearing her big sisters rave about Maleficent, she wants to watch it now. So I may actually watch it for the third time).


For fans of MAC and Maleficent, here is a must-have if you can still get your hands on this limited-edition colour collection in specially designed packaging to delight the most demanding of dark sorceresses.


Intensely admired for her evil elegance, despite her efforts to instill fear in the hearts of generations, this icon casts a spell of absolute adoration with sensuous shades for eyes, face, lips and nails so wickedly gorgeous, who needs beauty sleep?



The collection includes an amplified clean bright red lipstick called True Love’s Kiss. Pro Longwear Lipglass and Lip Pencil. The eyeshadow quad, which I have, has Ground Brown a matte dirty deep brown, Concrete a muted taupe brown satin, Carbon an intense matte black and Goldmine a frosted gold with shimmer. There’s also a Penultimate Eyeliner in Rapidblack, Eyebrow pencil in Fling. Sculpting Powder and Beauty Powder. The remainder of the collection includes a fabulous Prep + Prime Highlighter with a peachy coral tone. The Nail Lacquer includes Uninvited (neutral nude with slight pearl), Flaming Rose (true red), and Nocturnelle (black as night black). And to finish off Maleficent’s stunning face, there are false lashes.

The collection was scheduled to be sold in MAC Makati and Rockwell stores in June. Naturally, as you may have guessed, it sold out within minutes. If you can get your hands on any of this from other MAC counters around the world, lucky you. Let me know which of the MAC Maleficent items you got.



MAC Playland







As the name suggests, this collection of MAC Cosmetics is a real playland of creativity and amusement. I’m loving all the playful pinks, brilliant purples, and bright corals in their Lipstick and Lipglass formulations. There are no eyeshadow duos or quads, instead MAC offers pigments in amplified colours like soft yellow, cyan blue, neon orange and frosted green-gold. Lots of colours to play around with.
The MAC Playland event was held at Rockwell Power Plant Mall’s north court, providing an intimate space for makeup aficionados.


Had a great time catching up with Yvette Fernandez, editor in chief of Town and Country.


This adorable giant blow-up giraffe stood in the middle of the setting.


Makeup artist Jigs Mayuga and I showed up in the same colour palette of MAC Playland.


I wish I had brought my girls to this event. But I had come from meetings and couldn’t pick them up. Oh, my dress. Since a lot of people already asked about it, it’s from K&Company. And it comes as separates.


Since it’s all about Playland, that’s exactly what I did. I played…


I got to try Red Balloon Lipstick with a bit of neon salmon Pigment around my eyes.


Thank you Odessa for brightening up my face that Friday afternoon.






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MAC Playland is now available at all MAC stores in the Philippines. Here are some of my picks from the collection:

01  Chromagraphic Pencil in Hi-Def Cyan

02  Lipglass in Pure Silliness creamy lilac

03  Lipstick in Sweet Experience amplified bright pink

04  Casual Colour lip or cheek tint in For Your Amusement

05  Pigment in Olive, Hi-Def Cyan and Neo Orange

06 Pigment in Ever So Yellow

Palmolive Naturals Body Wash



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Palmolive Naturals now comes in a body wash with long-lasting fragrances. Its formula, infused with 100% natural ingredients, helps moisturize and care for skin to make it feel softer and smoother. And get this, it is 100% soap free, pH balanced and dermatologically-tested.


A couple of weeks ago, I was invited by Palmolive to meet their celebrity-endorser at the launch of their new product, Palmolive Body Wash. The event was a lovely, intimate gathering with some media guests and bloggers. The celeb endorser just happens to be one of the biggest stars today – Angel Locsin.


We’ve all heard how lovely and nice Angel is. And she truly is. We had a brief chat about The Legal Wife. The night before the Palmolive event, ABS-CBN aired the nasty confrontation scene between Monica and Nicole (Yes, I watch sometimes. Haha.) Angel told me that it was hard to shoot that scene because it was actually her birthday and she was not allowed to be happy. That scene was cray.


In real life Angel is not a woman scorned. She is not angry nor sad. She is just happy and nice. To everyone. And she bathes in Palmolive Naturals Body Wash. Check out her new TV commercial below.


Do you recognize the “I can feel it” line? Angel certainly gives it her own imprint.


We got to sample all three scents/variants at the event and at home.


Ultra Moisture is infused with 100% natural milk proteins and olive extracts to condition and moisturize skin. Soft Moisture is infused with 100% natural milk proteins and honey extracts. Honey is known to deeply cleanse and moisturize your skin while it wraps you in a soft milk and honey fragrance. Calming Moisture is infused with 100% natural milk proteins and cherry blossom extracts.


Patty Laurel, Kelly Misa and I and our brief meet and greet with Angel. Shortly after this we were all treated to a wonderful spa treatment.


Then it made sense why the Palmolive Naturals Body Wash launch was held at The Spa at Shangrila Plaza.


I was given a dry massage at The Spa.


But before that I had a quick shower and tried Soft Moisture, which is the milk & honey scent. Then the attendant gave me a hot foot soak using more of the same product. Then I don’t remember what happened. I fell asleep because I was so relaxed.


Palmolive Naturals Body Wash with Angel 1


For more information on Palmolive Naturals, check out their Facebook Page.



Summer beauty



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I’ve been lucky enough to receive a number of samples from different cosmetic companies. It’s taken a while to share news about them because I needed time to try them out. These are all very exciting premier beauty products. Try them out…


1  This is a nice summer scent from Cartier, aptly named Eau De Cartier Zeste de Soleil. It is light enough to wear under this summer’s scorching heat. It consists of freshly squeezed tropical passion fruit infused with a hint of mint in the heart, topped with accords of yuzu. The scent is a bit exotic but fresh. Cartier Fragrances are exclusively distributed by Rustan Marketing Corporation and are available in Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Shangri-la, Rustan’s Alabang, Rustan’s Gateway, SM Aura, Perfumerie kiosk in Power Plant Mall and in all Cartier boutiques. Cartier Zeste de Soleil is available in 50ml (PhP3,300), 100ml (PhP4,600) and 200ml (PhP6,100) EDT spray bottles.

2  Prevage Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum. This tiny wand can work magic on your lashes and brows. It can improve the look of sparse or thinning brows. It may also be used on upper and lower lashes. Available at Rustan’s Makati, Shangri-la Plaza, and Rustan’s Alabang Town Center. Exclusively distributed by Rustan Marketing Corporation. Prevage Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum, .13 fl. oz. PhP5,650

3  Perhaps the best innovation I’ve seen in lipcolour lately. I never liked lip gloss for the simple reason that it’s sticky. My hair often would get stuck on my lips. And since I started having children, lip gloss just got in the way of kissing my babies. So I only wore them for TV and print shoots. Never in real life. With the new L’Oreal Paris Shine Caresse lip gloss, there is absolutely nothing sticky about it. It feels like a water-based lip stain with a coating of moisturizer on top. You don’t end up with totally fake glossy lips instead you’ll have shiny lustrous lips. The colour is buildable too, so you can wear it sheer or make it as pigmented as you want. The teardrop shaped wand controls the amount of gloss that goes on your lip. Because of its shape you can even apply the lip gloss without a mirror. Seriously. Shine Caresse comes in five colours – Beach Berry, Fuchsia Fun, Ready in Red, Color me Coral, Kiss me Pink. Each lippie is PhP595. Exclusively imported and distributed by L’Oreal Philippines and is available nationwide in all L’Oreal Paris counters.

4  Guerlain L’Ecrin 4 Couleurs, inspired by this season’s colours includes four powders with four different textures – matte, satin, metallic and iridescent. I like that it can play with shadow and light which can be layered and blended. The metallic aquatic green illuminates the eyes. Other powders include iridescent ivory, satin nude and matte dark purple. Limited Edition. PhP3,000

5  Happy Skin just released their limited edition summer lippies in Summer Crush (pink), Sunset Kiss (red orange), and The Morning After (mauve) in the same Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippies formulation. It comes in the same fat crayon packaging that offers the shine of a gloss, the pigment of a lipstick, and hydration of a balm. It has shea butter and collagen that keep your lips “happy.” Happy Skin is currently available at Rustan’s Makati and Rustan’s Shangri-la, Beauty Bar, and Plains & Prints boutiques. Visit for complete store listings. PhP1,249 for a box set of three lippies.



MAC Proenza Schouler







I love designer collaborations. This one comes as a surprise. Every season we see Proenza Schouler collections on the runway with almost bare-faced models with filled-in brows. But this MAC Cosmetics collab with Proenza Schouler shows a very bright almost-neon makeup palette. It isn’t actually a departure from the brand’s DNA though. The line reflects Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough’s strong 90’s influence inspired by the sporty sophisticated “it girl.” The sheer plum lipstick Primrose brings back images of nineties-era It girls Winona Ryder and Martha Plimpton.

For the first time, the cool cleverness of the Proenza Schouler woman is captured in a collection of confident colour, featuring specially designed, limited-edition packaging. Lipstick bullets, square compacts and Pro Longwear pencils gleam in a unique, luxurious metallic finish, while four Nail Lacquers glide on in creamy urban hues. Introducing new shades of Blush Ombre in Sunset Beach and Ocean City – face powders in cool pink and warm peach, fused into fuchsia and coral gradients. Source: MAC press


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1   Blush Ombre in Sunset Beach cool pink ombre into beige PHP1,800

2   Lipstick in Primrose sheer berry plum lustre PHP1,340

3   Nail Laquer in Dayflower clean plum cream PHP830

4  Powder/blush brush PHP 2300

5   Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in High Energy bright orange-red cream  PHP 1,230


The MAC Proenza Schouler collection will be available in the Philippines in May 2014.