Fillerina introduces lip plump for smoother, fuller lips
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I was born with fish lips.
When I was pregnant for the first time, I asked my husband Jeroen what he thinks the baby will look like.
“I want the baby to have your lips,” he said.
True enough, our two sons have plump fish lips.
In high school, there was a guy who referred to my lips as “Bolivian lips”. I have no idea why.
In 2001, when Angelina Jolie became famous for playing Lara Croft, her full lips became the new beauty standard.
I remember my sister coming home from a trip abroad with her pasalubong for me—lip plumpers.
Not that I needed it.

Cecile van Straten

Here’s a fact: As you grow older, you start to wrinkle—not just on the forehead or on the corners of your eyes. You get wrinkles around your lips, and the lips become smaller. Fortunately, there are now many options to remedy that.
But many people are scared of any cosmetic procedure that involves needles and surgical knives.

Fillerina is a brand that works for people who are afraid of medical procedures.
Their 14-day Filler Treatment has six hyaluronic acids of varying weights that allow absorption up to the skin’s inner layers.


Hyaluronic acid is the new big thing in skin care. It has powerful anti-aging properties. Hyaluronic acid also has the capacity to attract and hold vast amounts of moisture.

“The rest of my face has a newfound plumpness, I no doubt attribute to the six sexy molecules in Fillerina. Others report decreased wrinkling, increased cheekbone volume, and even bigger lips, according to the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. 98% satisfaction, guys. That’s a good product,” said Brennan Kilbane in the beauty website Into the Gloss after using Fillerina.

Now Fillerina introduces Lip Plump, a product made by Labo Cosprophar Suisse and distributed in the Philippines by Vizcarra Pharmaceutical Inc.


Lip Plump promises smooth and fuller lips for two weeks to a month.
Use it five times a day for two weeks on clean lips to achieve the full effect. You can even apply lipstick on top of the Lip Plump.
Fillerina Lip Plump comes in Dose 2 and Dose 3. The dose depends on the condition of your lips. Dose 2 is milder, while Dose 3 is for more wrinkled lips.


It is conveniently packaged in a clear tube with a roll-on tip.


There’s no pain, tingling or any discomfort. On application, it absorbs instantly and gives a smooth appearance to your lips.
After the two-week treatment period, you can still use Fillerina Lip Plump once a day.
Fillerina Lip Plump is available in the beauty section of The SM Store in SM Makati, SM Aura and SM Megamall.
For more information, follow @FillerinaPH on Instagram and Facebook or visit

Kanye West and Adidas announce Yeezy Boost for babies (and adults too)
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If you have teenage kids, you’d know that Yeezys are the holy grail of sneakers. Every Yeezy drop is anticipated in households where boys dwell.
And now for the first time, Kanye West and Adidas will release the Yeezy boost for both infants and adults.

adidas YEEZY V2_5-1

The YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 comes in a black/red color way and will release globally on February 11, 2017.
It features a black Primeknit upper with contrast red letters bearing a mirrored ‘SPLY-350’ mark, distinct center stitching, and, for the first time on the YEEZY BOOST 350 V2, a heel tab.

adidas YEEZY V2_2

On the adult shoe, a semi-translucent rubber outsole and TPU sidewalls create a striking effect while providing superior traction, while the YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 midsole utilizes adidas’ innovative BOOST™ technology to create a durable, shock-resistant, responsive sole.

adidas YEEZY V2_4

The infant shoe features a responsive all-rubber outsole, and a BOOST™ midsole, delivering superior traction and comfort.

The YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 will retail for Php 11,495, and the YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 INFANT for Php 6,495.
The YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 will be launched through an in-store ballot at selected adidas Original stores; while the YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 INFANT will be released as an adidas online exclusive.

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Could Max Alvarado be Baste’s real father?
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If you’re an old soul like me who grew up watching TV in the ’70s, you’d definitely know who Max Alvarado is.
He was the ultimate mean guy who played the villain for over 60 years in Philippine cinema.
Sadly Max, he died a bit early at the of 68 in 1997.
Meanwhile, presidential son Sebastian “Baste” Duterte is 28 years old. His mother, Elizabeth Zimmerman, is Jewish American by ethnicity, which explains Baste’s mestizo looks.
The surf-loving dude looked rather cute when he was younger


But the older and he gets, the more he looks like Max Alvarado.
Just take a look at those lips and eyebrows

Max and Baste

The sinister smile with crow’s feet

Max and Baste

That squinty stare with the badass outfit

Max and Baste

And the natural irresistibility to the opposite sex.

Max and Baste.

Resemblance is uncanny.
Like father, like son?

Happy Skin launches sun care line
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Just in time for summer, Happy Skin creators Rissa Trillo and Jacqe Gutierrez, are launching sun care products.
The pretty business partners visited me at home (Rissa is a neighbor) to show me their latest Catch The Sun gel cream and spray mist.

Rissa and Jacqe
L-R: Rissa Mananquil Trillo and Jacqe Gutierrez

It took them about two years to develop, considering what Filipinas want and don’t want in a sun protection product.
“They don’t want anything sticky or heavy,” said Jacqe. “They don’t want anything with a white cast—which makes you look pale and ashen in photographs.”
The reason why Happy Skin products won’t give you a white cast is because they don’t contain titanium dioxide and zinc.
After rigorous product development and testing, Happy Skin’s first ever sun care line, Catch the Sun, is finally here.

Happy Skin Catch The Sun

Catch the Sun Brightening UV Gel Cream SPF 40 PA+++ (Php 999) is a watery gel cream that protects against UV rays and doubles as an anti-urban pollution screen.
It is lightweight, non-sticky, and delivers a matte finish.
“Because of Moringa Seed Oil, our UV gel cream shields skin from pollution and free radicals that accelerate aging and skin stress,” explains Rissa. “The innovative water-based gel formula also makes it weightless and non-greasy, so you can wear it alone or as a makeup base.”

Happy Skin Catch The Sun

Sun protection is only one of the benefits of Catch the Sun’s Brightening UV Gel Cream SPF 40 PA+++. It also protects users from environmental pollutants such as cigarette smoke and air pollution.
“Everyday life exposes us to pollutants like car emissions, industrial gas, and cigarette smoke. They may be invisible, but exposure to such pollutants, even just six hours a day, is enough to cause skin irritation, dull skin tone and, yes, accelerated skin aging. Sunscreen alone is not enough,” said Rissa.

Personally, I’m loving the Sun On the Go Hydrating UV Mist SPF 35 PA++ (Php 699), which is basically a spray-on sunblock. You can even spray it on top of your makeup for a double purpose of sunscreen plus setting spray.

Happy Skin Catch The Sun

“What makes the formula different from the rest is its unique makeup fit polymer, which adheres to the skin and prevents makeup from coming off. It’s perfect to use before makeup as a first layer of sun defense, or over makeup to create an instant protective shield without ruining your look,” said Rissa.
Both Catch the Sun products were developed without colorants, mineral oil or parabens. The products are so mild that Rissa even uses them on her two little girls Celestia and Audra.

Pre-selling now at
To find a Happy Skin store near you, click HERE.
Follow Happy Skin on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter ​​@happyskin_ph.

Miss Universe 2016: Notes from the VIP section (Part 2)
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I am not a morning person, so getting up at 4:30 AM is a huge effort to me.
We left Pasig at 6 AM with enought time to buy Jollibee corned beef which we ate in the car. Yum!! I did not want to starve during the three-hour show.
We arrived at MOA Arena at 7 AM and met Rizel of M.A.C who gave us the VIP tickets. Wow! I did not expect our seats to be this good! This seat is worth Php 50,000.


I was at the same row as designer Michael Cinco, who did Pia Wurzbach’s blue ball gown

Michael Cinco
Michael Cinco (in shades)

Pia Wurtzbach
Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach wearing Michael Cinco (Photo: TAMMY DAVID)

Behind Mr. Cinco was Osmel Sousa, president of the Miss Venezuela Organization, which has produced the most number of international title holders in the world.

Osmel Sousa

He is practically a legend! I learned about him from the new Netflix docu, To Be a Miss, which shows how a pageant-obsessed country produces beauty queens.
Mr. Sousa was super nice and accommodating to picture takers. There is no truth to the rumor that he walked out when Miss Venezuela was eliminated…

In front of Michael Cinco was Pia Wurtzbach’s boyfriend, the child-like, Marlon Stockinger

Marlon Stockinger

Behind us was President Duterte’s Chief Legal Counsel, Atty. Salvador Panelo.

Atty. Salvador Panelo

Right in front of me was gazillionaire Lucio Tan, who left before the show ended.
Now you see him,

Lucio Tan

Now you don’t.

Lucio Tan left

And all around us were just tons of gays and AFAMS from all over the world. Fun!!


(To be continued)