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The Zee Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Not done with your holiday shopping? Here are some stocking stuffers that will be a sure hit come Christmas morning.

 

 

For all its clamor about being the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas can actually be quite stressful-there’s the increasingly unbearable traffic that has us on the road for two hours on end; the overcrowded shopping malls, and their corresponding parking lots; the stark lack of hours in the day, when you realize that you don’t have time to buy your parents Christmas gifts in between going to work and all the holiday get-togethers (why do you have so many friends??).

Okay, even just writing that gave me anxiety. But take a deep breath and relax–if you’re among the Christmas shopping procrastinators, we’ve got your back.

We spent some time scouring stores and market (online and otherwise) for the best stocking stuffers of the year. From makeup and accessories, watches to bags, here are some products we know will be sure hits come Christmas morning.

Seeing Red

Give the glamorous people in your life bold accessories that will make them stand out in any room.

4 carat oval quartz set in lab-created diamonds and 24k plated gold on silver earrings; 3 karat pear Morganite gems set in diamonds and 18k rose gold handmade earrings; and 7 carat pear amethyst in high mount setting with diamonds and 18k satin finish yellow gold, all from JARRA JEWELS. Frida tassel earrings from SEPA ACCESSORIES. Tassel earrings from STROZZI.

The Fine Details

Handcrafted watches and accessories are minimalist ways to show off the finer things in life.

CEO Adesso Chronograph watch from TW STEEL at Lucerne, Ayala Center Cebu. Black Crystaldust double bangle from SWAROVSKI at Rustan’s Department Store, Ayala Center Cebu. 15 carat cushion peach pink topaz with baguette and round diamonds in 14k rose gold matte finish; 1 carat princess cut pink diamond in cathedral setting with diamonds and 14k two-toned yellow and white gold; and 3 carat cushion cut raspberry garnet with princess and round diamonds set in 14k yellow gold, all from JARRA JEWELS. Legacy Petite ladies’ watch from PHILIP STEIN at Lucerne, Ayala Center Cebu.

Pretty in Pink

With their bright colors and festive designs especially for the holidays, these tried-and-tested products are the perfect addition to any vanity.

PunchPop! Liquid Lip Color in Watermelon and Bubblegum; Gogo Cheek Tint; and Galifornia Love Kit (with Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel, Roller Lash Curling and Lifting Mascara, and Galifornia Blush), all from BENEFIT COSMETICS at SM Seaside City. Ultra Facial Cream; and Midnight Recovery Concentrate, all from KIEHL’S at Ayala Center Cebu.

Captain Quirk

Zoological details, a play on textures and bright colors for those who like to infuse some personality into their ensembles.

Belle of the Ball tassel earrings; and Be My Lady Bug sling bag, all from FEBRUARY LIFESTYLE. Hoop earrings; and stud earrings, all from STROZZI.

Tassel Town

Definitely this year’s of-the-moment accessory, the tassel earrings come in a variety of colors and sizes–and get a sophisticated twist when paired with more classic pieces.

Ants in Your Pants sling bag from FEBRUARY LIFESTYLE. Amatheia tassel earrings from SEPA ACCESSORIES. A collection of tassel earrings from STROZZI. Beaded necklace from CAROLE; Penelope tote bag from LONGCHAMP; Pearl necklace from MAJORICA, all at Rustan’s Department Store, Ayala Center Cebu.

A Man’s World

The man in your life deserves a touch of luxe, even in a lifestyle that’s rugged and on-the-go.

Black leather briefcase, and printed button-down shirt, all from OLEG CASSINI; Driving jacket from RICARDO PRETO, all at Rustan’s Department Store, Ayala Center Cebu. Pilot’s watch with case from VICTORINOX at Lucerne, Ayala Center Cebu.

Bare Necessities

A pared down beauty kit of great skincare products (and tools for the perfect brows!) is something any beauty maven will appreciate.

Defined Refined Brows kit (with BROWVO Conditioning Primer; Precisely, My Brow Pencil; High Brow highlight and lift pencil; and brow mapping tool) from BENEFIT COSMETICS at SM Seaside City. The Soft Fluid Long-Wear Foundation; and The Revitalizing Hydrating Serum from LA MER at Rustan’s Department Store, Ayala Center Cebu. Kind to Skin Moisturising Facial Wash from Simple Sensitive Skin Experts. Lime Basil and Mandarin Scented Candle from JO MALONE at Rustan’s Department Store, Ayala Center Cebu.

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Drench Your Skin in Bespoke French Facials at Beaute Affair Luxe

Bespoke French Facials at Beaute Affair Luxe

By Kara Mae Noveda

When it comes to skincare treatments, one size does not necessarily fit all, shared Dr. Gwen Bagay-Matias, the resident dermatologist of Beaute Affair Luxe. This is why Dr. Matias, a dermatologist of 15 years, would begin a client visit with one-on-one face time. A consultation gives the dermatologist or specially-trained aesthetician the opportunity to listen to the concerns and take a closer look at a person wanting to indulge in some skin pampering.

Such a targeted approach in aesthetics is attuned with the skincare philosophy of the 40-year-old French brand, Biologique Recherche. This brand has developed an exclusive, customized methodology of cosmetic treatments and products which aim to address each kind of skin’s unique needs. And Beaute Affair Luxe deservedly boasts of being the first and only accredited center of Biologique Recherche treatments and products in Cebu.

Very much like the French fashion’s affinity for the classics—a facial with Biologique Recherche products is unlike every other trendy treatment that will shortly fade into passé. The brand’s methods and products are meant to be tailored after your skin’s age, texture, and of course, your own expectations over time. In other words, this skincare line is not just a one-time affair, but meant to marry into your lifestyle. After all, any expert will tell you—good skin is not just something one is born with, but it is something that can be built from curated habits and products. Your monthly facial (twice a month, if you are acne-prone, recommends Beaute Affair Luxe’s Dr. Matias) helps keep your delicate facial skin fresh and healthy.

What can one expect from a Biologique Recherche session? The brand observes three main skincare protocols: 1) Assessment stage (the aesthetician carries a thorough dermo-cosmetic diagnostic to narrow down to your treatment option); 2) Initialization stage (the aesthetician preps the epidermis—skin is rigorously cleansed, before lotion and face mask are applied) and; 3) Actual Treatment stage (the aesthetician incorporates products with the highest concentration of active ingredients, this helps the top layer of the skin be primed for self-regeneration). To conclude, a relaxing one-hour session well-spent on yourself.

During the session, Beaute Affair Luxe’s aesthetician expertly proceeded with gentle hands—massaging luxe organic products generously on the face and neck. It is good to be reminded that organic products are free from synthetic fragrance and give off a naturally herby aroma (be assured though that organic products are kinder to the skin). If there is one thing that’s apparent throughout the session: the Biologique Recherche facial is refreshingly void of any prickly or stinging sensation! No pain, only gain, with this non-invasive procedure. All in all, a truly satisfying experience we owe our skin and ourselves. After all, our face is the mirror of our well-being and the image we project into the world—let us give it the discerning care it deserves.

Book a session in Beaute Affair Luxe to see the difference thoughtful skincare brings. The clinic is located on the second level of The Space, A.S. Fortuna St., Mandaue City, Cebu and operates from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., from Tuesday to Sunday.

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What Makes Your Coffee Truly ‘Guilt-Free’? Let’s Delve Into the Details.

Coffee, for most people, is an essential drink to kickstart or fuel up their day. There are probably more coffee lovers around the world compared to those who can’t tolerate this popular beverage. According to webmd.com, coffee is a drink made from coffee beans, which are the roasted fruit of the Coffea Arabica bush. People most commonly drink coffee to relieve mental and physical fatigue and to increase mental alertness.

Although coffee has gotten some bad raps due to the side effects of its main active ingredient ‘caffeine’, which is a stimulant, it is believed the good side of it weighs more than the bad. Of course, everything boils down into not having too much of this beloved drink. ‘Drink moderately’, as the popular tagline goes.

According to Aaron Carroll, a professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine and health research blogger at The Incidental Economist, is taking a stand in a recent New York Times article: “It’s way past time that we stopped viewing coffee as something we all need to cut back on,” he writes. “It’s a completely reasonable addition to a healthy diet, with more potential benefits seen in research than almost any other beverage we’re consuming. It’s time we started treating it as such.”

Well, not all coffee are created equal. Some are carefully formulated so that you will be able to enjoy without the worry. So, what makes your coffee truly ‘guilt-free’? Aside from great taste, we are eyeing two important factors:

  1. It must be sugar-free. We’re all quite familiar on how too much sugar intake wreaks havoc not only to our inner health but also to our outside appearance. It can lead to some serious health problems like obesity and diabetes, not to mention how it destroys the natural collagen in our skin that is responsible in making us look young and wrinkle-free. Certain drinks opt for natural sweeteners like stevia, which is a healthier option.
  2. It must have benefits for both beauty and wellness. A lot of brands around the world has concocted unique formulations to amp up the benefits of coffee in terms of beauty and health. Natural and organic ingredients were used to provide benefits to the skin hair and nails and to the overall physical fitness of the human body. Most of these added natural ingredients contains vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to fight oxidative stress and provide boosted energy levels. Some of these claim to have therapeutic benefits and may help alleviate some health conditions.

EDITOR’S PICK. Good news for all local coffee drinkers! You can now indulge in your favorite morning brew without the guilty feeling! A local brand from Cebu, Philippines, Lumiché, has recently launched their inaugural product–’guilt-free coffee’, a carefully considered and researched beverage that promises all-day energy, with added benefits that will help you glow and flourish.

Long-time friends Michelle Lim-Cu and Janice Escario King started Lumiché in 2019.

These benefits are as follows:

  • Sugar-free
  • Helps maintain energy levels
  • Strengthens hair and nails
  • Acts as an appetite suppressant
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties
  • Helps improve skin texture
  • Aids in fat-burning and weight loss
  • Aids in better bowel movement

Lumiché guilt-free coffee is able to provide the above-mentioned benefits due to the natural ingredients it contains:

  • Collagen
  • Spirulina
  • Ginseng
  • L-Carnitine
  • Mangosteen
  • Garcinia Cambogia
  • Moringa
  • Stevia
  • Non-dairy creamer

Lumiché guilt-free coffee is indeed a must-try!

Lumiché  is available for online buyers on their official website www.lumiche.ph, as well as on Lazada and Shopee. Starting April 6, 2022, lovers of coffee may also purchase in either take-home packs or ready-to-drink hot or cold cups in SugboMercado IT Park.

For more information and updates, like and follow their Facebook Page.

Lumiché is also looking to partner with resellers within Cebu Province, and distributors in major cities in the Philippines. For inquiries, call (+63.917.707.5279 or email them at hello@lumiche.ph.

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Tea with Coralie

When a basket filled with tea goodies of macaroons, delicate cakes and sandwiches was delivered, it came in the signature purple color of this iconic brand. “Very Charriol”, as Coralie , the CEO of the Swiss brand, might have put it. She didn’t actually use that term to describe the savories. Rather, she was describing the cable bracelet that makes their products distinct. Avid Rustans Cebu shoppers will find the Charriol boutique just off the main entrance of the department store, near the familiar scented hall at the first level. On display are an array of earrings, bracelets and watches enticing to those looking for retail therapy with pieces that are timeless and yet not overtly breaking the credit card limit.

The tea Zoom party, as arranged by our host Ginggay Joven, and Luzanne Manlapit who is the brand manager of Charriol in the Philippines, was as good as any press-do from pre pandemic normal times. And an intimate peak at lifestyle editors’ lives as most of us were zooming from our living rooms, including Coralie who was answering our questions from her home in Geneva. Like most of us, she readily says, “I have a travel bug, and on weekends, I dream of where I can go!”.

Philip Charriol, Coralie’s father who started the brand in 1983, was a frequent visitor to the Philippines, making Manila (and Cebu) a side trip to his rounds of Singapore and Hong Kong. He made many friends in Asia and it was a sad day when everyone heard of his passing more than a year ago in a car accident at the Le Castellet racing track in southeast France.

These days, the company is in good hands with Coralie. She is set to debut a series of new collections building upon her father’s vision, including a reimagined Celtic collection, a line of watches first introduced in the 80s. The latest Celtic Legacy watch has a more striking face with two dials and bigger bezels available in gold or rose gold. The cable bracelet is made up of 6 strands of steel and titanium alloy that are flexible and durable. It comes in an elegant 30mm case, making it an equally perfect accessory for both a lunchtime affair as well as to a glitzy night on the town.

Also new are their ocean-themed pieces. The Forever Starfish watch comes in two iteration of stainless steel or rose gold case with a white mother-of-pearl dial. The second one is the Marina bracelet collection — the Charriol signature cable tied around a porthole and clasped together by a Charriol dial, it’s a fresh and young take for an everyday jewelry.

As a contemporary business leader, Coralie shared cautionary tales of polar bears and melting icebergs. Through their Charriol Living initiative, Philippe Charriol is a partner of the global organization Lonely Whale. It is a community of international businesses cognizant of the harming effects of disposable stuff in today’s world. Particularly single-use plastics, which are harmful to marine life when they end up in our seas. She co-produced a compelling documentary titled The Story of Plastic (www.storyofplastic.org) “a searing expose revealing the ugly truth behind plastic pollution and the false solution of plastic recycling”.

The company is committed to being socially conscious. Pretty soon, all Charriol packaging will be made of paper and sustainable materials. “We are interconnected tru our oceans”, she explains. In addition, part of the proceeds of selected ocean-themed Charriol pieces like the Forever Turtle watch, the Forever Waves and Ocean bracelets, will go to the Lonely Whale organization.

Philippe Charriol comes up with new design for watches once a year or once every two years to keep it fresh. Their jewelry line is much more frequent with bracelets and earrings. When asked if the company will be coming out with smart watches, Coralie was quick to reply that although other prestige watch companies have tried it, Charriol will not be producing one. “But I am coming out with something by October which is a kind of an accessory to a techie watch. To connect Charriol to technology.”

 

Coralie Charriol, the CEO of Charriol showing the Forever Starfish collection using mother of pearl face and their entry level cable bracelets in bright colors.

 


Screenshot of the Zoom tea party attended by top Manila lifestyle editors

 


The tea goodies for the tea party delivered by the Charriol team

 

The Charriol boutique inside Rustans at Ayala Center Cebu

 

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