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.

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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)

Miss Universe 2016: Notes from the VIP section (Part 1)
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When I was young I got to watch Bb. Pilipinas live at the Araneta Coliseum. I remember it being so much fun, with all the gays and fans screaming—I wanted to experience it again.
What better way to do it than to watch Miss Universe in Manila?
But I wasn’t willing to pay these ticket prices.

Miss Universe ticket prices

Gov. Chavit Singson spent more than US$12.5 million to stage it here, and I heard he lost money.
If Mr. Singson can’t make money of it, nobody in their right mind will do it again. Therefore, it’s our last chance.

But somehow the universe heard me. The day before the coronation night, I got a text from Vanessa Vergara of M.A.C—official makeup sponsor of Miss Universe 2016—that she had two VIP tickets for me!! I was over the moon!
I decided to bring Dinna, who has been covering the preliminaries for Smart Communications, but had no ticket to the main event.
With an on-air time of 8 AM, that meant we should be at Mall of Asia Arena by 7 AM.
That means leaving the house at 6 AM and getting up at 4:30 AM to get dressed.

Here’s why I believe Mr. Singson lost money. I heard they were scrambling for funds days before the event—even calling mayors’ offices for sponsorship.
Candidates were sent out to minor sponsors to hawk strange products that have nothing to do with beauty—anything to raise more funds. I also heard the candidates were dead tired from all the extracurricular activities, such as hawking Ligo sardines.

Miss Universe x Ligo

I really felt bad for them, not to mention, embarrassed. I had a flashback to my childhood in the’70s when Joe Quirino gave Family rubbing alcohol to Gina Lollobrigida. I was scarred for life, but I digress…

(To be continued)

Best in jowa: Stalking Miss Belgium’s hot boyfriend
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Miss Belgium, Stephanie Geldof, is one of my top five candidates in Miss Universe 2016.
To me she looks perfect. I’m not a beauty contest expert though; I can never pick a winner.
So that’s not necessarily good for Miss Belgium.

Maxim's instagram

But win or lose, she’s already a winner! I bet she has the cutest boyfriend among all the candidates.
I’ve been stalking the Instagram of her boyfriend Maxim Dekegel. Hoymagad!!

Maxim's instagram

Just look to the right:

Maxim's instagram
Maxim's instagram

Even in face paint, he can pass for a Kennedy…

Maxim's instagram

How sweet…

Maxim's instagram

Nasaan ang hustisya??

Maxim's instagram

Oh, and he’s currently in the Philippines. So sweet!!!
And look at his feet—perfection!!

Maxim's instagram

You’re welcome.
To know more, follow @maximdekegel and @stephaniegeldhof on Instagram.

Best in makeup: Miss Universe 2016
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As official makeup sponsor of Miss Universe 2016, M·A·C Cosmetics was present during the first five days of the Miss Universe Candidates in the Philippines.
Upon arrival in Manila, the candidates went through interviews, fittings and final registration to be officially signed as a candidate for the pageant.


M·A·C Cosmetics helped all 68 candidates get glammed up for their official photoshoots. Each candidate was also given a Miss Universe Kit complement their skin tones.
Miss Costa Rica loves her kit.

Costa Rica
Costa Rica

My neighbor Apple Faraon is a M.A.C makeup artist. When I asked her who her bets are, she said, “All of them are beautiful.
M.A.C sent me hundreds of photos of the first five days. After going through all of them, I came up with my choices for Best in Makeup.

While Miss Albania has an interesting face and shocking hair, I feel her beauty is more for runway than beauty pageant.


Miss Brazil has a beautiful face, but I think her hair looks dated (read: ’80s). She could pass for a contravida in Dynasty.


I feel like this T-shirt isn’t flattering to Miss Colombia. But I am partial to her because she looks like Kerry Washington, who I love.


The white T-shirt looks better on Miss Philppines


Miss Guatemala


Miss Belgium is one of my favorites (more on her later)


Miss India


Miss Indonesia looks like a winner


Miss Kenya looks perfect


Beautiful Miss Kosovo


Ayaw ni Donald Trump: Miss Mexico


Makeup perfection: Miss Nigeria


Miss Thailand


Miss Vietnam could pass for prim and proper Mocha Uson


Congrats to the M.A.C Philippines team for an amazing job!

makeup artists

(To be continued)