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Your six last-minute yet epic looks for Halloween 2016

The ultimate product guide to achieving your best Halloween look yet.

epic looks for Halloween

Halloween’s just around the corner, with most of the parties happening this Saturday.

If you haven’t prepared your costume yet, not to fret! M∙A∙C Cosmetics just released six gorgeously crazy looks you’ll want to – and can! – do on your own at home on Hallow’s Eve. All you need is your arsenal of makeup (we have a product guide below), a dash of creativity and a trick-or-treat bag of confidence to pull these off. After all, no better time to go insane with your look than Halloween!



DESIGNED BY: Stephanie Roberts (M·A·C Lime Ridge, Canada)


SKINCARE: Strobe Cream
PRIMER: Prep + Prime Fix+
FOUNDATION: Gesso Eye Shadow / Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula Softening Lotion with blending sponge
POWDER: Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish
BLUSH / CONTOUR / HIGHLIGHT: Humid Eye Shadow with 217 Brush / Lime Eye Shadow and Copper Sparkle Pigment with 224 Brush / Blacktrack Fluidline with 211 Brush (black dots)

BROWS: Brow Finisher
BROW HIGHLIGHT: Lime and Swimming Eye Shadow
EYELID: Humid Eye Shadow (inner corner) with 228 Brush
CREASE: Lime Eye Shadow with 242 Brush
LINER: Blacktrack Fluidline with 263 Brush
LASHES: Black Haute & Naughty Lash

PENCIL: Blacktrack Fluidline
LIPSTICK: Copper Sparkle Pigment / Mixing Medium Shine
FINISH: Prep + Prime Fix+



DESIGNED BY: Alicia Martinez (M·A·C Orange County)


SKINCARE: Strobe Cream
PRIMER: Mineralize Timecheck Lotion
FOUNDATION: Vibrant Grape and Gesso Eye Shadow
POWDER: Gesso, Parfait Amour and Beautiful Iris Eye Shadow / Grape Pigment
BLUSH / CONTOUR / HIGHLIGHT: Violet and Frozen White Pigment / Reflects Red and Reflects Transparent Teal Glitter with 252 Brush and 127 Brush

BROWS: Platinum Pigment / Mixing Medium Water Base
BROW HIGHLIGHT: Blacktrack Fluidline
EYELID: 3D Black and 3D Lavender Glitter
CREASE: Cinderfella and Young Punk Mineralize Eye Shadow with 242 Brush
LINER: Feline Kohl Power Eye Pencil
LASHES: 7 Lash / Zoomfast Black Lash with 204 Brush

LIPSTICK: Model Behaviour Lipstick / White Pigment
FINISH: Grape and Frozen White Pigment



DESIGNED BY: Ashley Tiopo (M·A·C Toronto)


SKINCARE: Oil Control Lotion
PRIMER: Prep + Prime Skin
CONCEALER: Pure White Acrylic Paint
FOUNDATION: Gesso Eye Shadow with 170 Brush
POWDER: Gesso Eye Shadow / Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula Softening Lotion
BLUSH / CONTOUR / HIGHLIGHT: Silver Fog Pigment with 217 Brush /
Basic Red Acrylic Paint / Nocturnal Liquid Eye Liner (screws) with 210 Brush

BROWS: Fascinating Eye Kohl
BROW HIGHLIGHT: Reflects Pearl Glitter with 150 Brush
EYELID: Passionate Eye Shadow with 239 Brush
CREASE: Scene Eye Shadow with 224 Brush
LINER: Blacktrack Fluidline / Black Brilliance Fluidline Eye Pencil 
with 266 Brush
LASHES: In Extreme Dimension

LIPSTICK: Frosting Lipstick
FINISH: Reflects Pearl Glitter with 316 Brush



DESIGNED BY: Fernando Lustosa (M·A·C Avenue Louise, Brussels)


SKINCARE: Lightful C 2-in-1 Tint and Serum with Radiance Booster
PRIMER: Prep + Prime Natural Radiance
FOUNDATION: NW15 M·A·C Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 / Prep + Prime Skin / Golden Olive Pigment with 190 Brush
BLUSH / CONTOUR / HIGHLIGHT: Golden Olive Pigment / Plumage and Carbon Eye Shadow with 217 Brush

BROWS: Gesso Eye Shadow / Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula Softening Lotion
EYELID: Dark Soul Pigment / Mixing Medium Shine with 231 Brush
LINER: Feline Kohl Power Eye Pencil with 209 Brush (and to create eye shapes)

LIPSTICK: Dark Soul and Golden Olive Pigment with 316 Brush



DESIGNED BY: Belle Jackson (M·A·C UK / White City)


SKINCARE: Mineralize Charged Water Face and Body Lotion / Strobe Cream
PRIMER: Strobe Cream
CONCEALER: NW15 Pro Longwear Concealer with 195 Brush
FOUNDATION: NW10 M·A·C Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 with 190 Brush
POWDER: Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder
BLUSH / CONTOUR / HIGHLIGHT: Freshwater and Tilt Eye Shadow / Marine Ultra Pigment with 190 Brush, blended with 224 and 188 Brush

BROWS: Deep Purple Pigment / Mixing Medium Matte
EYELID: Dazzlelight Eye Shadow and Enlightening Pressed Pigment with 219 Brush / Parfait Amour and Moon’s Reflection Eye Shadow with Gold Glitter and 217 Brush
CREASE: Indian Ink and Stars ‘n’ Rockets Eye Shadow
LINER: Passionate Eye Shadow / Mixing Medium Matte with 263 Brush

LIPSTICK: Reflects Bronze Glitter / Mixing Medium Matte



DESIGNED BY: Georgia Cutts (Meadowhall UK)


SKINCARE: Strobe Cream
PRIMER: Prep + Prime Natural Radiance
FOUNDATION: NC15 Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation / Gesso Eye Shadow with 190 Brush
POWDER: Gesso Eye Shadow
BLUSH / HIGHLIGHT / CONTOUR: Shadester Sculpt and Shape Powder /
Dark Soul and Black Black Pigment

BROWS: Taupe Veluxe Brow Liner / Shadester Sculpt and Shape Powder with 224 Brush
BROW HIGHLIGHT: Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish with 239 Brush
EYELID: Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish with 217 Brush
CREASE: Taupe Eye Shadow with 217 Brush
LINER: Blacktrack Fluidline with 210 Brush
LASHES: In Extreme Dimension

PENCIL: Nightmoth Lip Pencil
LIPSTICK: Media and Rebel Lipstick with 316 Brush


So, which look are you going to try? Share a photo and use the hashtag #MacSlaysHalloween!

G/F Rustan’s, Ayala Center Cebu
Mountain Wing, SM Seaside City Cebu


CEBU’S GALLERY OF ROUGE: Mistress of Disinfo, Vixen of Vexation and the Duchess of Disorder

Ogle La La
By Alexandra Fortabat de Hermès

Cebu’s own Lady Whistledown is back after a long hiatus and talks about the naughty ones who comprise the initial #TroubleTrifecta, three ladies who you may or may not know…

It’s been eight years since someone’s picked up this particular (jewel-encrusted) quill so thought it rather apropos to begin sharpening those French-manicured talons and polishing our sardonic wits once again. After all — dear amigas — there is only so much Netflix one can watch, or peloton one can engage in, or caviar-topped foie to prepare, while we’ve all been locked down in our kubôs for well over a year!

To be sure the last twelve months have been a rollercoaster of emotions, a carousel of follies and a series of blunders that have reversed decades of growth resulting in historical levels of unemployment while a very few have been channeling  Winston Churchill’s adage of “never waste a good crisis” a bit too much. While we can go on and on about the bungled and disastrous government response, we will limit our political commentaries here as we have no interest – nor inclination — to open that rather voluminous Pandora’s box. 

The armoires that we will explore will belong to three types of our island’s “alta” sociedad who – in this last revolution around the sun – made us cringe and bust out many tubs of popcorn through their sheer audacity, lack of sensitivity, and overall dopiness.  This –  ladies (and lady wannabes) – is therefore the debut edition of the  #TroubleTrifecta.

The first is that amiga who, by choice or plain predilection, just cannot keep her facts straight.  Let’s call her Mistress of Disinfo coz one simply cannot trust what comes out of her well-lined lips or read from her often convoluted (and run-on) status updates. In this age of ubiquitous and nearly instantaneous information and the proliferation of fake news, the least one can do is check the veracity of what one puts out in the social media realm.  As with anything else, quality is key!

The next Vixen of Vexation is that overbearing arriviste who is desperate to bowdlerize her courtesanal past by plastering her obviously enhanced and Gluta-enabled mug on every surface (and platform) known to modern man.  This self-proclaimed Madame Multiverse is quick to brandish her (dubious) accomplishments, has an affinity for B (or C?) rated actors and milks her closeness to certain members of the Old Guard.   In her perpetual quest for legitimacy and acceptance by the upper echelons, perhaps this Señorita aspirant should heed the advice of  Malcolm Forbes when he declared: “How to Succeed: Try Hard Enough; How to Fail: Try Too Hard.”

Our last Duchess of Disorder is definitely NOT the least in this Gallery of Rouge and has actually been the source of not just consternation but of many a disruption – and not in a good way.  This Soaper Woman is so-called due to her propensity to air out all her filthy lavada to anyone who will listen or bother to read her IG stories. Besides giving any Grammar Nazi a massive coronary, this Fräulein of Fracas has been known to commit acts of arson, has no qualms of engaging in online character assassinations AND seems to have a never-ending bevy of skeletons that are constantly feasting in her many closets. 

Ladies, please!  While we have to admit that we derive a certain guilty pleasure from your virtual explosions and implosions, they do get very prosaic – very quickly.  Discretion, like intelligence and proper manners, truly never goes out of style.

So there you have it folks. These tumultuous times we live in certainly do not need any more brouhaha so  please remember to be precise, don’t try too hard and always maintain a  certain sense of delicadeza. Not only will your lives be simpler and more pleasurable but maybe, just maybe, you may finally crack that clique that you’ve been clawing your way to be a part of.  

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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.

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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
your laundry.

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
wash cycle.

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.

Proper Storage
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.

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