Once in a while I stumble upon awesome beauty products by way of samples, sponsors and events. Cure is one of them. It has been imported to the country by Beauty Box Corp, the same company that brought in Japanese cult cosmetics like the 24-hour tattoo eyebrows and eyeliners by K-Palette and Fairy Drops a few years ago.

Cure is a popular skincare product in Japan. It is essentially a water-based skin exfoliator in the gentlest but very effective way. It’s been in the market for 10 years and has been in the Philippines since 2013.


The distributors sent me a bottle to try at home. I’ve been using it for the past 3 weeks. And I’ve been pleased with the results.


The package comes with clear instructions in English. It is important to use it on already cleansed but towel dried skin. I’ve used it on my elbows and knees as well. Just gently rub the product back and forth and you’ll see dead skin rolling away.


I have my own beauty routine which includes a facial and Power Peel at Belo once every 3-4 weeks. It’s not good to overdo exfoliation as you’ll be exposing your skin to potential damage. In between my facials, I gently exfoliate my skin once a week. Otherwise I feel the accumulation of dead skin layers.

The instructions of Cure recommends that it be used up to twice a week. The bottle will last up to four months if done so. If you are a heavy user of serums and moisturizers you should try exfoliating your skin once or twice a week. You’ll get better results as the lotions and serums will be better absorbed by the skin.


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I’ve never tried chemical peels – not a fan. I also do not use scrubs on my face. I was very cautious about using Cure because I have sensitive skin. So far I’m pleasantly surprised to see how gentle it works. Apparently it only takes out the top 0.01mm dead skin.

Since Cure has been out in the market it has won several beauty awards from publications like @Cosme and other beauty magazines. It’s been featured in Vogue Japan, Cleo, Her World and Cosmopolitan, to name a few.


CLEO Aug 09_Cure product feature


Her World Aug 09_Cure product feature


CURE Natural Aqua Gel is available in the Philippines exclusively through the Beauty Bar stores. Cure retails at Php 1500.00 for a 250 gram bottle.

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Tory Burch fragrance and cosmetics





Finally, the wait is over. Tory Burch Eau de Parfum and beauty capsule collection are available in Manila. Last week I attended the launch at the newly redesigned Tory Burch Greenbelt store.

The capsule collection includes carefully selected essentials that will flatter a range of skin tones – a lipstick, a lip and cheek tint, a bronzer and blush palette and a retractable face brush. Each product comes enveloped in gorgeous distinctive packaging – graphic gold and orange fretwork which look like pretty accessories in itself.


ToryB collage


The Tory Burch Bronzer & Blush in Divine features three skin brightening, luminous shades – in pink, gold and ivory – pressed into one palette. The palette is delicately scented with notes of mandarin, tuberose and vetiver. The Tory Burch Lip Colour in Pas du Tout delivers a sheer veil of colour in Tory’s signature shade of pinky nude — creamy in texture, with a faint shimmer and universally flattering pale neutral pink shade. The lipstick is scented with subtle notes from the fragrance including cassis, grapefruit and mandarin.


“Fragrance is part of my personal history — my parents each had their favourite scents that are so tied to my memories. When we decided to create a fragrance, we spent a lot of time thinking about what it should be — a balance of femininity and tomboy, citrus and floral, grounded and graceful.” –Tory Burch.


“It’s similar to the clothes and accessories we design — sophisticated but down to earth, combining disparate ideas you don’t usually see together. The fragrance is the same way. There’s a brightness to the scent when you first smell it, and then you realize that it’s more complex.” — Tory Burch.


The outer packaging is in the brand’s signature colour, a vibrant orange, while the fragrance is pale pink. The glass bottle is clean with beveled edges and cosmetics feature a metal detail in gold fretwork.


There is a special limited edition solid fragrance that comes in a sliding locket featuring Tory’s signature fretwork. This is available only in the Tory Burch Greenbelt 5 shop and not in the Rustan’s beauty counters.


The Tory Burch Eau de Parfum mixes florals, citrus and woods. The feminine floral notes include peony, tuberose, jasmine sambac and sweet alyssum. The crisp citrus and fruit notes include grapefruit, mandarin, bergamot, cassis and neroli. The depth and complexity come from warm cedar and sensual sandalwood. Vetiver remains the signature note in the scent.


With Theya Quing of Estee Lauder Philippines. It was an intimate afternoon affair, so I wore the new silk dress I bought in Bali from a store called Magali Pascal.


I really love the way the store looks now. Sometimes I go into this room and pretend it’s my closet. Haha.


I just love the colour palette of this entire store – orange, gold, green and silver blue. Word has it that every single feature had to be imported from the same suppliers that do Tory Burch boutiques around the world. My favourite, the huge double doors. Now I forgot to take a picture of that. But next time you’re in GB5 take a look at those doors. Yum!


Tory Burch Fragrance and Cosmetics

Eau de Parfum 50ml P4,700 and 100ml P6,150
Lip Colour in Pas du Tout, P1550
Lip & Ceek Tint in Cat’s Meow P2,200
Bronzer & Blush in Divine P2,400
Face Brush P3,100
Body Cream 190ml P4,465
Bath & shower Gel 250ml P2,775
Candle P3,300

Now available at Tory Burch Greenbelt 5 and Rustan’s Makati and Shangri-La.



Wicked x MAC



Defying Gravity
Defying Gravity. From the original Australian production. Photo by Jeff Busby courtesy of Wicked.


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As Long As. Photo by Jeff Busby, courtesy of Wicked.


For Good
For Good. Photo by Juho Sim, courtesy of Wicked.


A couple of weeks ago I attended the MAC Wicked Greening event at their boutique in Glorietta.


I got to witness the application of Elphaba’s green make up. I’d say the whole face took less than half an hour.


Ali Calder is this international production of Wicked’s Elphaba understudy.


Wicked’s make up artist Kellie Ritchie demonstrated the application of Elphaba’s green make up using all MAC cosmetics. The green body paint isn’t available commercially. It is part of their PRO line.


With Ali Calder and Steve Danielsen who plays Fiyero, the leading man. They rushed back to the CCP shortly after this event to prepare for that evening’s performance. Which I got to watch.


With Estee Lauder’s Country Manager Mel Lerma. My first friend since birth.


This face chart shows how you can do a MAC Wicked-inspired look with emphasis on the eyes using shades of green.

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That evening after the MAC Wicked Greening event, we had dinner at the Diamond Hotel then proceeded to the CCP to watch Wicked.


I had to ask a reader to take my photo. (After he took a photo with me. So sweet. I love meeting you guys.)


It was a treat to watch the production with Manila’s top editors and writers – Cheche Moral, Agoo Bengzon, Jane Kingsu and Cai Subijano.


That night I got home and found this note in my bedside. From Lily. She knew I was watching Wicked without them. And made sure I knew how she felt. Haha.


So a few days after, I chanced upon some good seats for a Yolanda benefit from Tessa Prieto. I bought three tickets for Soph, Lily and my Mom for the January 31st show. They loved it. All three girls are singing show tunes everyday.


Wicked is showing in Manila until March 9th. For more information on Wicked in Manila, click here. For updates from MAC Cosmetics, click here.



MAC Divine Night



MAC Divine Night


Mineralize Eye Shadow, Blush and Skinfinish pair rich, contrasting shades with the graphic impact of a limited-edition powder design. Fluidline in Macviolet and Stares & Speculation get you noticed, while Kohl Power Eye Pencil lines eyes with glittering shades of pearl. False Lashes sharpens with ultimate definition. Lips exude allure in matching shades of Cremesheen Glass and Lipstick, and glossy nails with a lacquered finish are fit to fire up everyone’s envy.


MAC cosmetics launched Divine Night at Whitespace, Makati last November 11.




MAC started the evening by announcing their P1 Million donation to UNICEF Philippines for Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan programs. The funds came from MAC’s Global Aids Fund which is supported by sales from Viva Glam. In photo with me is my good friend Mel Lerma, Country Manager of Estee Lauder Group of Companies which owns MAC Cosmetics.


Allison Harvard and MEGA’s Suki Salvador


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Ingrid Go, Pong Niu and Gretchen Fullido


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Ellen Adarna


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Coleen Garcia


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Cloie Syquia


Town & Country’s beauty editor Nicole Limos, events editor Manica Tiglao and Alicia Colby-Sy.


Stephanie Zubiri, Vicki Abary, Rosanna Ocampo


With Pauline Juan, Myrza Sison, Agoo Bengzon, Mel Lerma and Tara Santos


Sarah Labahti


Wendy Valdez and Kat Hermosa


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Nikki Gil




Happy Skin



Shut Up & Kiss Me moisturizing lippie from Happy Skin


I’m so glad I got to attend the launch of Happy Skin, a new local brand of cosmetics. This is the brainchild of Jacqe Yuengtian-Gutierrez, known to beauty insiders because of her many years of working in a multinational beauty brand. She recently left her corporate job and set up her own baby — a line of cosmetics that multitask to keep skin happy, thus the name.  While the product was being formulated in Japan, Jacqe approached model Rissa Mananquil-Trillo to try some samples. Rissa loved the products so much that she asked to invest in the company.


Jacqe Yuengtian-Gutierrez and Rissa Mananquil-Trillo


The first thing I tried were the lippies. I’m a fan of this type of formulation of fat crayons like Clinique’s Chubby Stick and Revlon’s Just Bitten balm stain. I was pleasantly surprised to find more pigmentation on Happy Skin’s Shut Up & Kiss Me lippies. And despite the opaque colours, it is still very moisturizing. Apparently is loaded with Shea Butter plus vitamins A and E.


Yesterday morning I was stuck in traffic at the skyway and Makati. I got off my car and took the MRT so I could make it in time for a live guesting at Mornings at ANC. I didn't even have time to retouch makeup. I used Rissa and Jacqe's new line Happy Skin
From my instagram a couple of weeks ago. I had to post this photo from when I was stuck in traffic at the Skyway and Makati and I would have been late for a live TV guesting at Mornings at ANC. I ended up getting off my car and taking the MRT. I had used Happy Skin’s powder foundation and lippie. I didn’t even have time to retouch makeup and went straight to the set of the morning show. I believe I still looked human.


Happy Skin’s skin-loving products were designed to be fuss-free, easy-to-apply, and come in shades specifically formulated to complement Filipina skintones. According to Jacqe, “all Happy Skin products are infused with special skincare ingredients, such as Japanese tea leaf, cherry blossom, hyaluronic acid, and Argan oil, to name a few. All our key products are sourced and made in Japan because we recognize the importance of skincare in this beauty capital.”


Eye Need a Miracle concealer. This goes on smoothly and is not cakey at all.


Dont Get Mad, Get Even hydrating makeup


Pretty packaging with witty names.


The event fell on the week before our UNICEF Auction for Action so I wore one of my UNICEF Tshirts.  Dress code said “happy colours” anyway.


Always such a pleasure bumping into Lucy Torres Gomez


Jacque and Rissa with model friends Phoemela Baranda, Bubbles Paraiso and Valerie delos Santos


With Ces Drilon.


With Ruby Gan, Lourd Ramos and Apples Aberin. We all came solo.


With Agoo Bengzon and Pauline Juan



At the time of launch, Happy Skin was only available at select Plains & Prints boutiques. But today, Jacque announced that they will be sold at Beauty Bar! Congrats ladies!!!


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