Fashion and Beauty

Soap is the ultimate (and cheap!) solution to wispy, thin brows. (Image via Huffington Post) During a photo shoot, I noticed makeup artist Archibald “Archie” Tolentino scrubbing a spoolie against a solid yellow substance. I picked it up to examine, asking him, “Is this soap?” It was, indeed! Archie wet the spoolie by...

Celebrity makeup artist Mark Qua and his celebrity clients [Celebrity portraits: Instagram: @mkqua]Ever wondered how celebrities achieve that perfect skin and gorgeous glow? Celebrity makeup artist Mark Qua shares some tips and secrets you can easily cop. Qua, who has worked with the country’s most beautiful faces—and...

Uma Thurman in FitFlop’s S/S 2017 campaign We loved her in Kill Bill and Uma Thurman puts on another role, now as a ‘Superwoman.’ But no, it’s not for a movie, rather for FitFlop’s 10th year anniversary campaign celebrating the real life heroes of today. Confident, bold, and strong—these are the characteristics of the...

These are not your average fragrances: Leather, whisky, tobacco, anyone? By Chesca de la Cruz Jo Malone London’s The Bloomsbury Set: (counterclockwise from top left) Leather & Artemisia, Tobacco & Mandarin, Blue Hyacinth, Garden Lilies, and Whisky & Cedarwood Artistic, intriguing, addictive—this is The Bloomsbury Set,...

By Maureen Tañedo French beauty Iris Mittenaere has just ended France’s 64-year Miss Universe drought (and you thought 42 years for the Philippines was long enough!). An accomplished young woman from Lille, Iris is studying to become a dental surgeon, which she tied in very nicely with her response in the Final Q&A...

Miss Universe Philippines Maxine Medina in her Mindanao-inspired national costume (Photo courtesy of Maxine Medina’s Instagram account) By Chesca de la Cruz Beautiful, regal, and confident—Miss Universe Philippines Maxine Medina looked every inch like royalty in her national costume, which she debuted during the...

Plant touches of Greenery, the Pantone Color of 2017, into your wardrobe to ring in an auspicious Year of the Fire Rooster. 1. Jul B. Dizon Onyx and green turquoise links with diamonds 2. Tim Tam Ong ‘Grace’ handcrafted earrings with emeralds, carved jade, and citrine 3. A look from Bally Men’s S/S 2017 collection 4....

Hair expert Lourd Ramos demonstrates three easy and trendy ways to style your middle length hair By Chesca de la Cruz A lob (long bob) haircut is probably the most popular hairstyle in the recent years. This chic and versatile ‘do is universally flattering, not to mention easy to style and maintain. Just like makeup,...

What to wear during the holidays? Be festive in high-wattage sequins and shine bright around the clock By Chesca de la Cruz Sure, sporting Christmas colors or a classic black suit for your holiday parties sounds like a plan. But holiday dressing doesn’t necessarily have to be safe, cut and dry! Stand out from the...

By Chesca de la Cruz I love a bold pair of brows—one thing I can’t miss when I do my makeup. Whether I’m sporting a ‘no makeup’ makeup look or a full ‘do, I always make sure my brows are, as they say, on fleek. Although I like my brows bold, I do prefer a more natural-looking pair over heavily-done brows wherein...