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Beautiful At Every Age

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.

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

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Awesome Online-Exclusive Deals and Free Shipping Await Shoppers at the Newly-Launched Old Navy PH Digital Store

OLD NAVY, NEW HOME

By Danica Ronquillo

Nothing screams “Americana” like Old Navy!

From trendy denims and soft cotton Ts to statement graphics and fleecy pajamas, Old Navy has been the first name in fun, classic fashion staples for the whole family since 1994. Known for high-quality pieces that fit every size, shape, and budget, this heritage brand has found a way to reach even more hangers in the digital age: OldNavy.com.ph.

While no stranger to the digital sphere, OldNavy.com.ph is the brands’s first standalone e-commerce, making Old Navy’s vast array of on trend apparel and accessories available to customers 24/7. The launch of OldNavy.com.ph will not only feature styles that can be found in their brick- and-mortar locations, but also seasonal essentials and online exclusives, like Old Navy’s activewear line.

OldNavy.com.ph customers can enjoy free shipping with a minimum order spend of Php 4000, as well as various deals and e-payment options to ensure everyone can be a part of the Old Navy experience.

Shoppers will still be able to find new arrivals in all Old Navy Philippines stores, including Bonifacio High Street, SM Megamall, and Shangri-La Plaza, as well as in Old Navy’s Viber community.

With this launch, Old Navy Philippines continues to be the pioneer of making comfort, quality, and style accessible to all. There’s something for everyone at Old Navy!

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37 Years of High Fashion; Arcy Gayatin leaves a Legacy of Edginess and Elegance

Arcy Gayatin: A Legacy of Luxury in Fabrication

 

By:  Allain Dumon Fonte 

 

The brand Arcy Gayatin gave the Queen City of the South a distinct reputation in the fashion industry.  The fashion line of Arcy Gayatin sets the bar higher each year for clothing luxury and fabrication techniques.

 

April Duenas, Nikki Gayatin and Arielle Gayatin for Arcy Gayatin—Photos by John Paul Autor from Lifestyle Inquirer.net

 

Araceli “Arcy” Ancajas Gayatin is the daughter Galileo Ancajas and Remedios Zanoria Ancajas who founded Cebu’s home brand, Gal’s Bakery.  Arcy went to the University of San Carlos and studied Political Science.  And just like Dr. Muccia Prada, who completed her Ph.D. in Political Science and established the luxury line of Prada, Arcy also got in touch with her artistic side and started her own fashion line.  However, it was not Prada that influenced Arcy.  Arcy was introduced to fashion and tailoring at a very young age by her mother, Madame Remedios Anacajas whom they dearly call Mama Eme.  Mama Eme was running a tailoring business back then.  It was called Arabel; named after Arcy and her sister Belma.  Ara from Araceli and Bel from Belma.  In those years, Arcy was fascinated by fabrics and was intrigued by how to manipulate the fabrics to come up with fashion-forward designs without compromising comfort and taste.

 

Arcy Gayatin (photo grabbed from Space Philippines Blog Spot)

 

After 37 years of creating haute couture pieces for the most fashionable personalities in the Philippines, Arcy Gayatin is now laying down her sketchpads and pens to rest.  As she enjoys her retirement, may be on a cruise to the Bahamas or a holiday to the Swiss Alps, Arcy Gayatin has left the fashion industry a legacy of elegant and edgy clothing ensembles that understand and define the shape of women; without compromising comfort and good taste.

 

Arcy Gayatin’s Pink Flamingo collection                                               Arcy Gayatin’s Sketch on a Terno

 

To salute the lady who brought Cebu fashion to the world, a retrospective exhibition of Arcy’s incomparable masterpieces can be seen today at Ayala Center Cebu’s The Gallery; curated by fashion editor and writer, Clint Holton Potestas, and interior and fashion designer, Jul Oliva.

 

BALANCE.  Arcy Gayatin is known for her perfect symmetrical lines when fabricating.  She knows how to balance edginess and class; understanding well the strength and the finesse of a woman.

 

RHYTHM.  Arcy’s expertise in draping and fabric manipulation can be seen in how she achieves rhythm between architectural lines and soft fabrics like silk and cashmere.

 

TEXTURE.  With her thorough knowledge on fabrics, Arcy Gayatin has achieved the perfection of fabrication by working on different types of fabrics and creating a single piece of art out of them. 

 

HARMONY.  The simplicity of the silhouette plus the intricacy of the details create a wonderful harmony, making Arcy Gayatin’s design a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

           

The photos below show an up-close look at the intricacy and the exquisite craftsmanship of Arcy Gayatin’s fabrication techniques:

 

THE SPIDER WEB:  one of Arcy’s genius fabrication techniques.

 

MATCH and PATCH:  Arcy’s unique fabrication craft by patching layers of different types of lace and lace patterns

 

PLEATS: The perfection of symmetry in pleats on silk.

 

LA ROSE BLEUE:  U.P. student, Danielle Alessandra Deutsch, inspired by the artistry of Arcy Gayatin, designed this midnight blue dress.   The cabbage rose made from layers of silk organdy gave this evening ensemble a romantic appeal.

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Cebuano Haute Couture Shines at 2021 Cebu Wedding Expo

Photography by Rene Amodia

Forever at Soltana

by Allain Dumon Fonte

Soltana Nature Residences host the grandest wedding destination expo for 2021. In their grandiose Events at Soltana venue, wedding suppliers, event coordinators, events stylists, fashion designers, and exhibitors gathered to showcase their best to excited couples and clients.  The grand expo was opened by the Chairperson of Lapu Lapu City’s Tourism Commission and first lady of this historic resort city, Madam Cynthia Cindy King Chan; she was with city counselor, Hon.  Queenie Malingin Amman; Taft Properties COO and Vice President, Myra Lynn Gilig; Taft Properties CFO, Feliz Tiukenhoy; and Mr. Justin Gaisano of Taft Properties. 

Philip Rodriguez

To set the event’s mood, AD models Kevin Lahousse and Gingie Alducente acted as newlyweds joining the expo and leading the guests to the exhibitors’ booths.  Yet, the highlight of the event was the glamorous fashion show set in the world’s most visited wedding destinations, as the mannequins of AD models paraded the haute couture creations of Cebu’s A-list fashion designers.

Dexter Alazas

The show was opened by Miss Earth 2008, Karla Henry-Amman, wearing a bridal gown designed by Hanz Coquilla.  Her wedding mood was the historic streets and sceneries of Vigan, Philippines.  Coquilla created a Filipiniana-inspired bridal dress with perfectly constructed butterfly sleeves, exquisitely clean lines, and masterfully crafted bias skirt of balanced cones and flows.  Valerie Alvez showcased a bridal dress made of vintage Chantilly lace.  Alvez proved her skills in manipulating laces to be impeccable; the bow detail at the back added glamour to the dress, exuding luxury to the bride wearing Alvez’s masterpiece.  Wendell Quisido set her wedding theme to the dreamy beaches of Ipanema; and as her model glided on the runway, everyone in the audience dropped their jaws to the intricately detailed bridal dress that Quisido made. Quisido designed a bustier dress with well-balanced panels that wonderfully fitted the model’s figure; but what made Quisido’s dress jaw-dropping are the countless Swarovski crystals that covered the dress.  Dexter Alazas joined the fashion show with a 1920’s inspired wedding dress of vintage tulle and embroidered in the decade’s popular baroque patterns.  Alazas has shown the wonders of working with delicate fabrics and the opulence of vintage embroidery patterns.

Wendell Quisido

Valerie Alvez

The fashions show also brought us to the rich sceneries of Mallorca, Spain with Ren Manabat’s three-tiered wedding dress.  The labor-intensive layers upon layers of soft English tulle made Manabat’s artwork stand out, among others.  Another head turner is a dress that was carefully planned and architecturally constructed, the bridal gown designed by Protacio.  Protacio has obviously studied well which fabrics to use and how each fabric is sewn to the other to create an illusion of nudeness under layers of vintage Italian mesh. The dress was architecturally constructed like the Burj Khalifa where every piece sits perfectly with each other in harmony and balance.  Fashion connoisseur Marichu Tan-Geson created an extremely detailed bodice lined with Swarovski crystals, and a skirt made from layers of dotted soft English tulle.  Tan-Geson’s manipulation techniques on the soft tulle and how she delicately draped every layer of the tulle upon the other is interesting and intriguing.  With a work of art as beautiful as that, I could say that Tan-Geson is the Madame Gres of Cebu fashion.  The show ended with a groom and a bride wearing a 19th century English-inspired wedding ensemble by master couturier, Philip Rodriguez.  Rodriguez has proven once again his artistry and expertise in fashion by creating an empire-waist gown with ruffled sleeves made from dotted Italian mesh of 100% silk and vintage silk taffeta.  Rodriguez presented a truly elegant wedding dress; lesser on the intricacy but more on the richness of the materials being used.  The rarity of Rodriguez’s fabrics already makes his dress worthy to a MET gala exhibition. 

Ren Manabat

Protacio Empaces

Philip Rodriguez

The models wore the timeless and recherche jewelry collections from Royal Gem to match the bridal dresses of the featured designers.  Every jewelry piece is made to complement a woman who loves fashion and whose self-awareness dictates her own style.  From green sapphires to yellow diamonds, every jewelry piece is stunning.  No wonder why socialite and fashion icon, Heart Evangelista, loves and promotes Royal Gem. All models are wearing Shandar bridal footwear.

Philip Rodriguez

Marichu Tan-Geson

Hanz Coquilla

The Grand Wedding Destination Expo at the Events at Soltana will run until the 24th of May 2021 with exciting activities:  a maquillage session with Jessie Glova, a bridal make-up competition and show, a financial literacy session for new couples, a talk on real estate investments, a session  with Rod Bautista and Eddie Jamin from the Centerpiece Weddings and Events about wedding destinations in Cebu and the new norms in wedding celebrations, and a whole lot more of raffle prizes from Plantation Bar Resort and Spa, Solea Mactan Resort, Savoy Hotel Mactan, and others.

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