Happy Skin launches beauty care for Filipina skin
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Happy Skin is the newest venture of beauty partners Jacqe Yuengtian-Gutierrez (L) and Rissa Mananquil-Trillo.
During their recent launch at Bizu, Rissa and Jacqe explained how the brand was created from scratch, with key products formulated and made in Japan.


To make the event even more fun, guests got to try the products from their own vanity kit that were filled with Happy Skin items, specifically personalized to match their skin tones.

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Friends and family came to show support, like Lucy Torres-Gomez

Happy Skin’s Jacqe Yuengtian-Gutierrez and Rissa Mananquil-Trillo with Lucy Torres-Gomez

Anchorwoman Karen Davila

Happy Skin’s Jacqe Yuengtian-Gutierrez and Rissa Mananquil-Trillo with Karen Davila

Philippine Tatler’s Mia Borromeo with PR maven Susan Joven

Philippine Tatler’s Mia Borromeo and Susan Joven

Cosmopolitan‘s Myrza Sison

Myrza Sison of Cosmopolitan

Model Valerie delos Santos

Valerie Delos Santos and Happy Skin’s Rissa Mananquil-Trillo

Ria Tanjuatco-Trillo and Liz Uy

– Happy Skin’s Jacqe Yuengtian-Gutierrez and Rissa Mananquil-Trillo with Ria Tanjuatco-Trillo and Liz Uy

Happy Skin takes cosmetics to a whole new level of hip and happy, with makeup that cares for your skin.
You’ll get hooked on the cute packaging, witty names, and skin-loving products designed to be fuss-free, easy-to-apply, and in shades specifically formulated to complement Filipina skintones.
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“We started Happy Skin because we’re firm believers in good skincare, and we don’t like compromising our skin because of the makeup we use,” says founder Jacqe. Co-founder Rissa echoes the same: “Truly good makeup should be your ally—not your enemy—in making you look and feel more beautiful.”


As such, all Happy Skin products are “infused with special skincare ingredients, such as Japanese tea leaf, cherry blossom, hyaluronic acid, and Argan oil, to name a few,” explains Jacqe. “All our key products are sourced and made in Japan because we recognize the importance of skincare in this beauty capital.”


Happy Skin is currently available at select Plains & Prints boutiques but will be available in bigger beauty stores very soon.
To know more, go to or follow @happyskin_ph on Instagram and Twitter.

Miss Universe candidates who don’t stand a chance
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Only six days to go before Miss Philippines takes home the crown. That depends on how she answers in the Q&A portion, because I am 99% sure she will get into the Top 5.

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That’s because of Miss Philippines’ winning streak during the last three years.
In 2010, Venus Raj finished 4th Runner-Up.
In 2011, Shamcey Supsup won 3rd Runner-Up.
In 2012, Janine Tugonon nearly brought home the crown at 1st Runner-Up.

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If the lucky streak continues, then the only way is up!

Miss Philippines 2013, Ariella Arida

I’m not a huge Miss Universe watcher. I turn off the TV when Philippines is out of the race.
In my years of watching though, I’m not a good judge of who’s going to win because Miss Universe standards are different from my own.
Some believe there is a lucky formula, such as a certain hairstyle, hairline, height, body type, even the cut of the gown.
Taking those into consideration, I think I can predict those who will not win Miss Universe this year.
Based on the hair, these candidates are out:

Because you can’t win with Miley Cyrus hair, Miss Switzerland.
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The Taras Bulba dilemma: The hair does not match the extension.

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L-R: Miss Lithuania, Miss Chile

Puson factor: Miss Ethiopia

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Bawal ang baduy: L-R: Miss Azerbaijan, Miss Aruba
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Miss Haiti, Miss Slovenia
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Miss Mexico, Miss Guam
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Miss Brazil, Miss Canada
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Actually most of the gowns are so bad, I am hard pressed to find a decent gown.
Even Miss Philippines (L) and Miss Japan have unflattering gowns.

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As for the most decent gowns, I’d go with Miss Australia (L) and Miss Singapore

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With so many talented Filipino designers, I wonder why Ariella Arida has to wear that washboard gown to the most important competition of her life?
Seriously, Megan Young had a better fighting chance with this gown. Let’s cross our fingers.


Sensorium: Media/Art Kitchen Manila opens at Ayala Museum
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To celebrate 40 years of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, Media/Art Kitchen Manila will open the exhibition component of Sensorium at the Ayala Museum on November 7, 2013, Thursday at 6 PM.
A series of performances will feature Singaporean artist Bani Haykal and local artists Caliph8, Mannet Villariba, Mel Araneta, Paolo Garcia (Pasta Groove) and Erick Calilan.
The exhibition will run until November 24, 2013.

Bani Haykal


The exhibit will showcase the work of Japanese and Southeast Asian artists like Kenichi Hagihara, Takashi Makino, mamoru, Yuichiro Tamura, Tetsuya Umeda, Lyota Yagi (Japan), lifepatch, Anggun Priambodo (Indonesia), Fairuz Sulaiman (Malaysia), Ringo Bunoan, Kawayan De Guia, Tad Ermitano, Liby Limoso, Manny Montelibano, Renan Ortiz, Maria Rosalie Zerrudo (Philippines), Chulayarnnon Siriphol (Thailand), and Bruce Quek (Singapore).

Kenichi Hagihara

Takashi Makino
Takashi Makino


Tesuya Umeda
Tetsuya Umeda

Lyota Yagi

Fairuz Sulaiman

Bruce Quek

Tad Ermitaño
Tad Ermitano

Laboratories (Green Papaya Art Projects, 98B), workshops/talks (Benilde School of Design & Arts), as well as performances (Escolta) and screenings (FDCP Cinematheque Baguio/IloIlo/Davao) are also scheduled this month until November 24. 2013.

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Stay Curious: Lee Spring/Summer 2014
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Lee Jeans Philippines recently showcased its Spring/Summer 2014 collection at the SM Mall of Asia Atrium, which was transformed into a street scene with the audience right at the heart it.

Lee denim show

Pieces highlighted denim engineering, together with colorful pieces inspired by digital technology.
The collection also featured Union Made Lee101+ which celebrates the brand’s signature denim pieces.
Models wore Lee’s Stretch Deluxe jeans, made of quality Italian fabric with improved stretchability and an enhanced shape recovery for a leaner, more flattering fit.

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One of the highlights of the show was the presentation of capsule collections from the Lee Style Army 2013, featuring the work of talented students from all over the country.


This year’s winning team is Team Futurama/I Am A Futurist, composed of Nazer Molina (UST), Van Oscar Tabaloc (UP-Cebu) and Paulina Raymundo (DLS-CSB) for fashion design and John Karunungan (SoFA) for styling.


Student models brought life to the collections, with Lin Villacorta (UP-Diliman) and Arwin Villafuerte (DLSU) emerging as this year’s winners.

Lee winners

To celebrate 125 years of Lee Jeans, a denim exhibit highlighted the works of brand influencers: artist Leeroy New, Turbo Goth vocals Sarah Gaugler, muralist Deejae Pa’este, accessory designer Paul Jatayna, fashion designer Jerome Lorico, ProFormula Racer and designer Mark Bumgarner, and sister IndyCar racer, Michele Bumgarner.

Part of the celebration of its 125 year milestone, Lee also showcased a Denim Exhibit

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