Tried & Tested: What’s in my shower stall
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When I was younger, I used to marvel at all the bath products in my parents’ bathroom.
Now that I’m a parent, my son Markus marvels at all the bath products in my shower stall.
My choices in bath and beauty products have evolved a lot ever since I started writing for the Philippine Star and received all sorts of products not usually found at Mercury Drug.

I have very fragile, thin hair, so I try to avoid hair products from the supermarket.
At Aveda Salon, I learned about the benefits of sulfate-free shampoo. After two years, I feel like my hair is better, thicker.
Here’s what’s in my shower stall today:

hair products

On the left side are my products and on the right side are the hubby’s products.

hair products

Here’s my stuff from L-R:
1) GynePro feminine wash given to me. Thank you! Aside from the product, I also love the bottle design.
2) Undeneath: Dove Intense Repair cream. I use this once in a blue moon when I feel like I need a hot oil treatment.
3) Favorite Shiseido facial cleansing foam given to me by a Japanese friend. I love the unscented cleanness and the tiny exfoliating beads.
4) Aveda Invati shampoo. This cleans up your scalp, allowing hairs to grow. Promises thicker hair. I swear by it!
5) Aveda Damage Remedy. Not a conditioner, but I use this to protect my hair from frequent blow-drying. No need to rinse. I use it only at the ends.
6) Aveda Color Conserve shampoo. I use this when my hair is newly dyed and if I feel like my hair is a bit dry. No need for conditioner when using this.
7) Asprey Purple Water conditioner swiped from the Ritz Carlton Tokyo. Also very light with a subtle scent.
8) Living Proof Full Shampoo. Given by Grace and created by Jennifer Aniston. Best for thin hair! I use this when I need to have good hair, for photo shoots and events.
9) Big bottle of Aveda Color Conserve shampoo, which is almost finished. Hence, the other bottle.
10) Murad body wash. Used with a Muji brush to prevent backne.
11) Aveda Pure Abundance shampoo. Similar effect to #8 Living Proof Shampoo. Because I like having options.

These are Jeroen’s products, which includes more Aveda products, body wash from Dove Men, his favorite Zwitsal shampoo from Holland, and Neutrogena anti-residue shampoo for getting rid of hair products and cleaning the scalp.

hair products

I swear by Aveda products. Pricey, yes. But results are worth it.
You can buy at Basement Salon at Shangri-La Plaza and at Aveda stores in Greenbelt 5 and SM Makati.
Living Proof is available from and Sephora Singapore.

Throwback to ’90s: TLC and SWV in Manila this November
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Music Management International (MMI Live) is thrilled to announce a one-night, back-to-back throwback performance of America’s most successful R&B girl group, TLC together with the phenomenal trio, SWV on November 6 (Sunday), 8 PM at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

T-Boz and Chilli of TLC

Formed in Atlanta in 1991, TLC was originally comprised of Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, and (the late) rapper Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes.
In 1994, TLC broke records with their multi-platinum album CrazySexyCool that went on to sell over 11 million copies in the U.S. alone and won a Grammy for Best R&B Album, which included chart-topping hits such as “Creep” and “Waterfalls”.
TLC’s highly anticipated third album, FanMail, was released in 1999 and took home Album of the Year and Best R&B Album. “No Scrubs” won Record of the Year and “Unpretty” won Best Video.
The group is slated to release a brand new album in 2017.


SWV or Sisters With Voices is comprised of three school friends: Cheryl “Coko” Gamble, Tamara “Taj” Johnson, and Leanne “Lelee” Lyons. During the ’90s, the group scored nine top 10 singles on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, including chart-toppers “Weak”, “Right Here (Human Nature Remix)”, and “You’re the One”.
Recently, the group released a brand new single entitled, “MCE (Man Crush Everyday)”, which appears on their latest album “Still”.

Relive the ’90s as TLC with SWV Live in Manila take the stage on November 6, 2016 (Sunday) at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Tickets will go on sale on September 17, Saturday at 10 AM via

Ticket Prices:
VIP: Php 5,775
Patron A: Php 5,040
Patron B: 3,990
Box: Php 3,413
Upper Box: Php 2,625
General Admission: Php 1,050

For more information follow #MMILive (on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) or call 911-5555.

James Reid: From Matinee Idol to #BodyOfTheCentury
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By Dinna Vasquez

Before James Reid became part of the Century Tuna family, his fitness inspiration was Derek Ramsay, who is also one of the brand’s endorsers.
“I wanted those abs. I’m thin but I’m not a person with zero fat,” said James, pressing the excess fat on his waistline between two fingers.

James Reid for Century Tuna

James headlines Century Tuna’s latest campaign, where he appears in a series of television commercials. The first TV spot focuses on metamorphosis. The second revolves around the themes of commitment and loyalty.

“James’ story is truly inspiring,” said Greg Banzon, Century Tuna General Manager.
“It speaks of transformation, the relentless desire to improve oneself. It’s a winning formula that brings many positive lessons for everyone: perseverance, keeping the faith, while staying humble and true to yourself—qualities that make James a true role model.”

Greg Banzon of Century Tuna
Greg Banzon speaking at the media launch

Two years ago, James embarked on a fitness journey to gain more confidence befitting one of the country’s top young actors. Regular workouts and a balanced and healthier diet have resulted in a leaner and stronger body.

James Reid for Century Tuna

For the new Century Tuna TV commercial, which served as the #RevelationDay of James’ transformation from matinee idol to Superbod, the actor had a month to work out six times a week.
“There wasn’t much time; I had a month off. Before that, I came from a world tour where I got to work out maybe once a week. The real training for the TVC didn’t start until that one-month break,” said James.

The workouts were 45 minutes long in the beginning. James moved up to 55 minutes. Eventually, it became one and a half hours. His favorite workout is weightlifting.
James didn’t hire a dietitian or nutritionist. Instead he focused on good nutrition. His diet is low-carb (definitely no rice) and always includes a good protein.
“I know my body well enough. I made sure to bring a can or two of Century Tuna in water with me and I would eat that with a salad.”

James Reid for Century Tuna

Before shooting the commercial for Century Tuna, James was in his best shape in 2014 when he did the Cosmo Bachelor Bash. But then he became busy taping for On The Wings Of Love, that he lost time for his workouts.

“I learned from my mistakes and will do better,” said James. “I liken it to a championship game. If you want to win, you naturally want to surround yourself with a teammate you can put your total faith into. That to me is Century Tuna, and I can’t think of any other name that I’d trust to keep my body fit.”

Meet Happy Skin’s Glam Squad
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Happy Skin’s latest collaboration features a full line of beginner-friendly, yet professional level makeup products that were made together with Filipino makeup masters (L-R) Juan Sarte, Mickey See, Denise Go-Ochoa, and Jigs Mayuga.

Happy Skin Glam Squad

Together, the four makeup artists developed an Arch Definer & Brow Mascara (Php 949 each), Happy Skin Glam Squad Contour & Color (Php 1,399), and Custom Brush Set (Php 2,999).
Each makeup artist also created their own Happy Skin Glam Squad Liquid Matte Lipstick (Php 699 each) and Eyeshadow Duo (Php 899 each).

Happy Skin Glam Squad

“Being in makeup for more than 20 years, I’ve never seen a local makeup brand that’s as good as Happy Skin,” said Juan Sarte. Juan brings to life the Modern look with his choice of bronze and champagne eyeshadows and a universal mauve liquid lipstick.

“I’ve always believed in the quality of Happy Skin—I’ve seen and experienced it myself,” said Denise Go-Ochoa. Since 1999, Denise has been specializing in the Fresh look. Taking inspiration from her trademark, she went with matte caramel and satin-finish medium brown eyeshadows and a naked peach liquid lipstick.

Happy Skin Glam Squad

Mickey See has been dolling up celebrities and brides for the past 12 years. With a bride-to-be in mind, he decided on a Blushing look with a choice of shimmery peach and matte light brown eyeshadows and a deep blush liquid lipstick.

For Jigs Mayuga, having his name on a makeup a product is like a dream. “It validates that you’ve made a name in your career,” he says. “It’s a huge thing for me.”
Having been a makeup artist and a makeup guru for 12 years, Jigs understands how trends empower, which is why he decided on a Bold look with matte brown and matte black eyeshadows and a rose-brown liquid lipstick.

Like its famous matte lippie, Happy Skin’s liquid matte lipsticks contain ultra-hydrating Cupuaçu butter for a matte-yet-moisturizing finish.
For a crease-resistant look, all the eyeshadow duos have nourishing Argan oil to allow pigments to glide on smoothly.

Happy Skin Glam Squad

Completing the collection are the Contour & Color palette, which has a taupe contour powder and a rosy-coral blush powder; the Arch Definer & Brow Mascara, a double-ended pencil and mascara pen that comes in two shades: light brown and medium brown; and the Custom Brush Set that contains powder, angled flat top, eyeshadow/concealer, crease, eyeshadow blending, and lip brushes.

Happy Skin Glam Squad

The four makeup artists are giving a portion of the collection’s sales to their charities of choice: Juan, to a global food assistance program; Denise, to Haven for the Elderly; Mickey, to orphanage White Cross Children’s Home; and Jigs, to LGBTQ network LAGABLAB.

Happy Skin stores are located at 2/F Glorietta 3, 2/F Greenbelt 5, 2/F Power Plant Mall, 2/F Mega Fashion Hall, and 1/L Trinoma.
Also available at Rustan’s Makati and Shangri-La; Beauty Bar; Plains & Prints; The SM Store Makati, Mall of Asia, Megamall, North Edsa, and Cubao; Watsons Mall of Asia; Landmark Makati and Trinoma; and Metro Gaisano Department Store, Alabang Town Center and UP Town Center.

Happy Skin Glam Squad

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Exclusively available at—buy your favorite makeup master’s eyeshadow duo and liquid matte lipstick, and get the Glam Squad Double-Zip Pouch for free.

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