Viber introduces Secret Messages
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People now are so lucky, they can keep in touch with loved ones no matter where, for free with just a smart phone and an app like Viber.
The first time I made a Viber phone call was a couple of years ago when I was in Tokyo and a friend’s mother died. We spent more than 30 minutes talking for free.
When I was studying in New York in the ’90s, I can’t tell you how much I spent on my phone bill…

Fast forward to 2017. Viber freely connects users around the world with the people that matter to them most. With more than 800 million unique users on the platform, Viber allows people to connect through individual messaging, group chats, or even video calls.

And now there’s Secret Messaging.
The new feature allows you to share images and videos that disappear after viewing. I leave it up to you to think about how to use it.
As for me, I quite enjoy sharing gossipy photos with my friends. *wink*

Viber secret messages

To get started with Secret Messages, simply take a picture or video using the Viber camera or choose one from your gallery, set a time limit, and then send.
Once the media is opened by your recipient, the Secret Message will be visible for the time set, then it will disappear without a trace.

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MAC cosmetics launches lip kits
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MAC Cosmetics launches its first wave of its lip kits today at all of its stores nationwide.
Kylie Jenner may have been the first to come up with lip kits but before that, she was wearing MAC Lip Liners in Spice, Soar and Whirl.
MAC has bundled seven of its bestselling nude shades with Lip Liners into seven sets.

MAC lip kits

They include Mehr Lipstick and Soar, Velvet Teddy and Boldly Bare, Stone Lipstick and Stone, Taupe Lipstick and Hover, Honeylove Lipstick and Subculture, Whirl Lipstick and Whirl and Twig Lipstick and Half Red.
The lip kits will sell for Php 1,785 each, a 15% discount if you prefer to buy a lipstick and lip liner individually.
The Lip Kits will be available until February 18, 2017 only.

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?