There’s no age limit to being beautiful. This month, we celebrate beauty at every age with four stunning Cebuanas—Jennifer Sarmiento, Vanessa Deen, Iris Arcenas and Alice Woolbright, who share their beauty secrets– and products that addresses specific skin care needs to look gorgeous, no matter what year it says on the birth certificate.
20s: JENNIFER SARMIENTO Founder and CEO of Beauty and Beyond Philippines
In the midst of a busy schedule, it’s important to have a product that serves multiple functions. The CliniqueMoisture Surge CC Cream gives a naturally rosy glow with color-correcting technology that uses light to achieve radiant and healthy-looking skin. It’s infused with key hydrating ingredients to combat the effects of humidity, and prevents environmental damage with UVA/UVB protection and antioxidants.
Give your natural look more oomph with the Balm NudeTude Palette, which features shimmery shades that range from the white Shimmer and the bronze Silly to the deep black Serious. Its ultra-cute packaging doesn’t hurt either.
Cute packaging is always appealing—what’s better than a product that’s effective and looks great? The EOS LipBalms come in pretty round shapes with colors that echo its flavors, like Strawberry Sorbet, Lemon Drop, and Sweet Mint. The same goes for the Dose ColorPills, the fun pharmaceutical-like bottles that make manicures a lot more interesting.
A part of a refreshing new take on the brand’s classic scented collection, the L’Occitane Mint Verbena BodyIce Gel leaves skin with a minty feeling—spearmint and peppermint are mixed in with citrus fruits, lemon zest and verbena. Use with the Exfoliating Shower Gel for something truly refreshing on those humid tropical days.
BEST BEAUTY ADVICE
“My parents told me to keep yourself hydrated at all times and drink lots of water. Water alone gives you so much benefits: detoxifying hydrating, and makes your skin clearer.”
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT
Rose water. “This is my favorite beauty product, I honestly cannot live without it. You can use it for everything– it’s not just a natural toner, it also helps with skin irritation, hair trouble and eye infections, and it’s very soothing.
30s:VANESSA DEEN, Managing Partner of Bigseed Public Relations Events
Lips can be very sensitive to the elements, and it’s important to pick products with gentle but effective formula. Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lip Glosses add color and sheen while moisturizing lips with botanical oils and beeswax. For a more dramatic look, though, Vanessa turns to MAC Lipsticks. “The have the most versatile and wearable shades, and I love how they are vanilla-scented too.”
In homage to the iconic New York City graffiti and visual artist, the DKNY Keith Haring Fresh Blossom Art Eau de Toilette is vibrant and fresh. With a colorful palette of lush flowers and fruits, it’s a scent that epitomizes the charismatic and captivating spirit of the Big Apple.
The Bobbi Brown Navy Nude Collection was especially created as its namesake founder’s take on a sexy but fresh-faces summer look– a nude face with a hint of color. the two-level Eye Palette features shades that range from creamy white to a deep royal blue, while the Brightening Brick adds a soft, pearlized glow to create a sun-kissed look.
BEST BEAUTY ADVICE
“It’s from my mom. She always used to tell me to never touch my face with dirty hands and, most importantly, to get atleast eight hours of sleep every night.”
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT:
Weleda Rose Day Cream. “Since our skin is our largest organ and comprises 70% of our body, I try not to put anything with harmful chemicals on it. I found this line of products called Weleda and I swear by their rose day cream—it’s light, nongreasy and the only thing I put on my face.”
40s:IRIS ARCENAS, President of Ferimar Import-Export Incorporated
As the season shifts into colder weather, take on darker and more mysterious beauty looks with the Laura MercierDark Spell collection. Start off with the Face Illuminator to highlight with its soft rose gold shimmer, then add some eye drama with the Satin Matte Eye Color and Kohl Liner Extreme.
Twelve weeks of using the Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle UV Damage Corrector is a potent serum that promises visible wrinkle-reducing power that rivals that of a dermatological laser procedure.
Younger-looking skin might just come overnight with the Estee LauderAdvanced Time Zone Night Cream. The brand’s revolutionary formula boosts the skin’s natural production of hyaluronic acid to fight fine lines and a nightime amino acid complex to optimize collagen replacement—resulting in plumper skin in just three days
Stay fresh with the elegant scent of the Givenchy Dahlia NoirL’Eau. A fuller version of its original composition, the perfume has top notes of citron and neroil, and rose petal middle notes for a subtle but sensual fragrance.
BEST BEAUTY ADVICE
“Drink lots of water, exfoliate, and stay happy.”
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT
“I use Argan Oil for my hair, body and face. It’s really a great product, it’s natural and has a lot of benefits– from fighting frizzy hair to moisturizing your skin.”
50s: ALICE WOOLBRIGHT, Managing Partner of the Beverly Hotel
Signs of aging are more prominent in the eye area so make sure to give some extra TLC. The Benefit Erase Paste instantly brightens the eyes and reduces signs of fatigue with a quick sweep before putting on concealer. Finish off with the Elizabeth Arden CeramideLash Extending Mascara, a special no smudge formula engineered to revitalize and protect lashes to make them fuller and longer.
An inspired blend of artistry and advanced biotechnology, the La Prairie White CaviarIlluminating Système offers lightening and lifting benefits in a luxurious formulation. The three-part system is composed of a cream and two concentrated serums, each offering anti-wrinkle, illuminating and hydrating effects.
Dubbed the age-defying foundation, the Lancome Renergie Lift Makeup SPF 20 blurs lines and wrinkles for up to 12 hours, with Micro-Lift technology that makes skin look flawlessly even, luminous and younger than ever.
Add drama to your look with the ShiseidoLacquer Rouge, inspired by Japanese lacquer artistry to produce intense color and luster.
BEST BEAUTY ADVICE
“Make a habit of cleansing your face every morning and before bedtime. It’s important to find the right cleansing cream (never soap), then use a warm washcloth to gently remove. Follow up with icy cold water to close pores then dab on some moisturizer. This gives skin a smooth radiant glow. These are the basic skin care steps I learned in my teens as a beauty consultant.”
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT:
“Mary Kay Timewise 3-in-1 Cleanser and Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. I have tried so many products in the market, but I always go back to these these favorites, which I have been using since I was 16.”
- photography Dan Douglas Ong
- makeup Jomer Arances and Emi Ayag
New Year’s Eve Dressing for 2020
What’s an ideal New Year’s Eve soirée outfit? Three of Cebu’s young fashion designers share their suggestions for the ladies on how to ring in the year 2020 in style…
“Holiday dressing is all about sheer skin and comfort. A silver gray palazzo jumpsuit with sheer lace cut-outs is in order.” -Mikhail Achas, Fashion Designer
“Holiday dressing is all about clean lines and sophistication. A tailored blacked tea dress with godet insertions will totally give out a modern vibe with a toast to the 50s.” -Bree Esplanada, Fashion Designer
“I chose this design because it is so comfy and light. The raffles make it look elegant and versatile for different events, like awarding ceremonies or a New Year’s Eve party.” -Eve Navales, Fashion Designer
Something to watch out for this year from these young designers will be their collection exclusively designed for the cast of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues for V-Day Cebu 2020, which will be staged in March. For more information, visit the Facebook page V-Day Cebu.
Rajo Laurel, Amina Aranaz-Alunan, and Bianca King Share Tips on How to Take Better Care of Your Clothes
To help keep your clothes in the best shape, check out these tips from Electrolux FashionCare Ambassador Rajo Laurel, along with the FashionCare Council members Amina Aranaz-Alunan and Bianca King.
Wear it well without wearing it out! That is the fashion philosophy shared by Electrolux, a
leading global appliance company from Sweden, when it comes to clothes. You don’t
need a lot of clothes to look stylish – just give them some TLC, especially when doing
To help keep your clothes in the best shape, check out these tips from Electrolux
FashionCare Ambassador Rajo Laurel, along with the FashionCare Council members
Amina Aranaz-Alunan and Bianca King. From washing to storing, these practical hacks
will help keep your clothes looking new for longer.
Check the Label
Acclaimed fashion designer Rajo Laurel shared that his number one rule when it comes
to caring for clothes is to check the care label, which teaches you everything from the
temperature, the kind of cycle and even instructions on drying, bleaching and ironing.
And if those laundry symbols look like hieroglyphics to you? Executive director and
teacher of SoFA Design Institute, and Creative Director of fashion accessories and bag
label ARANÁZ Amina Aranaz-Alunan’s practical tip: print out a guide that explains the
symbols for laundry instructions.
Caring for White Shirts and Tops
A staple in anyone’s wardrobe, the classic white tee is a great piece to build your
wardrobe around. It’s easy to dress up and down, going from casual to business-chic.
To keep your white shirt looking new, before washing, unbutton your shirt including its
cuffs and collar. Check the label recommendations for care guidelines. Use a laundry
detergent that contains bleach to really make your whites, white.
And if your white shirt or polo gets wrinkled easily, check if your washing machine has a
Steam or Vapour Care setting – this relaxes the fibres and removes odours to bring back
that soft, fresh feel to your white top.
Caring for Colours
Having coloured pieces is a great way to make a look pop but they are also prone to
fading faster than dark or white clothing. To help make sure your coloured garments
don’t lose their vibrance, sort your garments by colour before doing the laundry. Bright
clothes such as purples, reds and oranges can be washed together, so can bright blues
and greens. If a colour stands out on its own, consider washing it alone. Then check the
garment for stains and apply a small amount of liquid detergent to the stain and shake
gently in water. Turn your garments inside out to minimize rubbing of fibres. Choose a
low temperature and avoid hot settings that can cause fading. You can also use a gentle
Caring for Jeans
Denim is durable but to make them last longer, especially the coloured and printed
denims or anything with a deep indigo wash, you need to give them extra special care.
The key to a long life is to wash at a low temperature and avoid over washing. First off,
be sure to wear your jeans for as long as possible before they are first washed to give
them a comfortable shape and a natural fade. Separate your jeans from white or other
brightly coloured clothes because they might bleed colour. Turn them inside out before
washing as well.
Dealing with Stains
The FashionCare Council members all share that it’s best to deal with stains
immediately. Soak or try to wash them off right away. For food and wine stains, Laurel
shares that he uses salt and soda water on the stains before washing as these help to
lift the stains.
Here are some other helpful tips to remove common stains: For ink stains, blot the
stained area with alcohol using a clean cloth and rinse thoroughly. For coffee stains,
first try using cold water through the back of the stain for 10-15 minutes. If the stain is
not fully removed, use liquid laundry detergent and a little cold water, or try using dish
washing liquid. Gently rub the liquid detergent or dish washing liquid with your thumb to
loosen the stain for about five minutes.
The FashionCare Council members also shared that storage can play a role in keeping
clothes looking their best. Model and actress, Bianca King advised people to keep their
closets neat so you have a full account of everything you own and to know which items
should be hung or folded (if it’s a knit or weave). And speaking of hanging, Laurel and
Aranz-Alunan both mentioned the importance of using proper hangers – Laurel
mentioned avoiding those without foam defense as they could ruin the shape of clothes.
Another advantage of keeping a closet organized is it could help you plan your wardrobe
– you can rotate your pieces, as shared by Laurel, to help prolong their life.
This Watch Collection by Seiko Prospex is Perfect for the Adventurous
With several outdoor activities for adventure-seekers, Cebu is never without any options. Take Seiko Prospex’s watches on your next adventure!
With several outdoor activities for adventure-seekers, Cebu is never without any
options. There’s skydiving in Bantayan; snorkeling, canyoneering and scuba diving in
Moalboal; and mountain climbing in Dalaguete, Cebu’s highest peak, to name a few. All
these activities require a quality timepiece that matches one’s active lifestyle.
With this in mind, Seiko Watch Corporation opened the first Prospex Boutique outside
Japan to provide quality outdoor timepieces for sports lovers and thrill-seekers. The
Seiko Prospex Boutique in Cebu is located at Level 2 of Ayala Center Cebu.
Prospex is Seiko’s leading sports watch collection renowned for its high functionality
whether on land, at sea or in the sky, and has won acclaim and the trust of
professionals across the world. It stemmed from Seiko’s introduction of Japan’s first
diver’s watch in 1965 which used innovative technology and changed global standards
in producing timepieces for diving.
Leading the opening of the Prospex Boutique in Cebu last September 27, 2019 were
Timeplus Corporation Vice President and Digital Marketing Officer Edric Dy; Timeplus
Corporation President Karl Dy; SEIKO Watch Corporation Director and Senior Vice
President Yoshikatsu Kawada; and Hana Harada from the SEIKO Prospex
Management Planning Department.
Guests were treated to drinks and cocktails in the exhibit area at Level 1, near Oh
Georg! where select Seiko Prospex timepieces were on display, highlighting the
collection's heritage, features and functions. The event was also graced by mom and
actress, Kaye Abad-Castillo; Cebu City Councilor and former Philippine Basketball
Association player Dondon Hontiveros; and Maria Noella Zosa, a member of the
Philippine freediving team—Seiko’s brand ambassadors who got the first glimpse of the
“I’m so glad to have opened the second Prospex Boutique here in Cebu because it is a
sacred destination for marine sports lovers,” said Kawada.
The Prospex collection features five unique series: the Sea, Sky, Land, Street and LX,
all of which embody wearability, comfort, the fusion of practicality and aesthetics, as
well as functionality for all kinds of outdoor adventures.
The Sea Series is the ideal timepiece for all types of water activities from swimming to
scuba diving, the Sky Series is designed for pilots and frequent world travellers, and the
Land Series is perfect for trekking and camping. The Street Series is a line of sports
watches for the urban explorer, designed with enhanced durability for everyday use like
exploring, shopping, or running errands in the city.
Seiko Prospex’s latest series, the LX Line, incorporates its Land and Sky models with its
classic 1968 divers watch, and features a spring drive movement in its timepieces,
promising reliability in various sports activities, from diving to mountain climbing.
The Seiko Prospex Boutique in Cebu is the seventh Seiko boutique in the country. An
eighth boutique will open in November 2019 at Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Parañaque City.
For more information and updates, follow @seikophilippines on Facebook and
Instagram or view its collections at www.seikowatches.com/ph-en.