Anne Curtis launches cosmetics line
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Actress, TV host and endorser Anne Curtis first started appearing on her noontime show without foundation—just red lipstick and groomed brows, and the world followed suit.
Now, Anne has teamed up with Jacqe Yuengtian Gutierrez for blk cosmetics, which represents Anne’s philosophy of “uncomplicated beauty.”

BLK cosmetics

“Makeup is something I am very passionate about. It’s part of who I am,” said Anne during the launch of blk cosmetics at Manila House.
blk stands for the color black, said Jacqe.
“Black is timeless, elegant, and uncomplicated, which is what we want the brand to be,” said Anne.
blk wants to stand out by going back to basics. The brand also has a cruelty-free certification from PETA.
Anne is someone who likes “to keep things simple, clean, yet still have an impact.”
All blk cosmetics products are of the best quality at its price points—from Php 299 to Php 499.

BLK cosmetics

“We felt there was a scarcity of high-quality brands in this price segment, so there is clearly an opportunity to introduce a brand like blk. We’re out to prove that luxe-looking, premium makeup doesn’t have to be a splurge,” said Jacqe.
The line is perfect for college girls and those who have just joined the workforce. You can buy just five items from the line for your first makeup kit. The lipsticks, on the other hand, are for females of all ages.
The shades they’ve come up with are aligned with Anne’s preference for showcasing different looks but if there is one beauty advise she can give to women, it’s to keep a bold lipstick in their purse at all times.
“You’ll never know when you’re gonna need that extra pop of color,” said Anne.

BLK cosmetics

Anne was very involved with product development. According to Jacqe, the actress would message her at all hours of the days with her ideas and suggestions.
Aside from the lipsticks (Php 299) and lmatte lipsticks (Php 349), the lineup includes an All-Day Matte Powder Foundation (Php 399), Contour, Blush, and Highlight Palette (Php 499), Long-Lasting Liquid Eyeliner (Php 249), Brow Sculpting Pencil Duo (Php 249), Velvet Lip Cream (Php 299).

Find them at selected Watsons and SM Department stores nationwide, and through

About those Balenciaga Crocs
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My son Ben knows me so well.
When I entered the room, he asked me, “Mommy, are you buying those Balenciaga Crocs?”
“Yes, definitely. What color should I get?”
Ben, 15, said yellow or pink.

Balenciaga Crocs
Balenciaga Crocs

“I’m kind of leaning towards grey. But if it’s not too expensive, I want to get a color too,” I said.

Balenciaga Crocs

I really don’t like purple

Balenciaga Crocs

And the black looks a bit benign. We’ll see…

Balenciaga Crocs

I’m guessing price point would be around $650. Just a wild guess from me.
I got one of those hyped Balenciaga “Ikea” bags because I really think it’s art.

Balenciaga Ikea

I also think Demna Gvasalia is a genius. I was talking about Demna with my friend Tere Henson.
Demna is the creative director of Balenciaga, and co-founder of Vetements, which is my current favorite label.


So the more the Internet made fun of the “Ikea” bag, the more I wanted it.
I feel the same way about the Crocs.

In 2011, I had dinner with Jappy Gonzalez and Mr. Enda Cleary of Comme des Garçons where I opened up the idea of a CDG x Crocs collab.
During that time I was all about CDG, and now I am all about Demna, so this shoe is really amazing.
So the Universe really does give me what I want. Or maybe in Balenciaga’s case, Univers will.

Tried & Tested: Big Day Slim Team home spa
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So my new(ish) car is coded on Wednesdays. It took me a while to remember that, and I still forget sometimes and have to grab an Uber.
Oh, and the Universe usually gives me what I want.

Two months ago, I decided to go on a diet. The goal was to drop 20 lbs. Many people have been asking me how I did it, but I do not want recommend because of the suffering.
Basically it’s a combination of starvation, cycling, a fat burner, and that’s not all.
It’s hell, but I’ve lost 14 lbs.
Six lbs to go.

Speaking of being coded on Wednesdays and slimming down, it was really a wish granted when Maxinne Ignacio of Big Day Slim Team asked me if I would like to try their home spa again.
It was like Universe giving me a gift.

Big Day Slim Team

Big Day Slim Team is on my list for noninvasive slimming treatments. They’re a home-service team that can do a spa set up in your home. They come complete with a spa bed, candles and other props to make it a complete experience.
Maxxine Ignacio, who owns Big Day Slim Team, purchased her machines from Korea.
“We use multiple paddle sizes, pulse frequencies and techniques to cater to specific problem areas such as the face and neck, arms, middle section and thighs, while considering your unique body type, lifestyle and Big Day deadline,” said Maxxine.

Maxinne Ignacio
Maxinne Ignacio

Maxxine, a former beauty writer for a glossy magazine, started the business in 2014 after she realized how traffic and stress could ruin the otherwise relaxing spa experience for people. She flies to Korea regularly to scout new treatments for Big Day Slim Team.

The company’s name—Big Day Slim Team—means their services are perfect for specific goals.
For example, you could be down to your last extra five or 6 lbs. or you could be struggling to make sure that bridesmaid’s dress will fit you properly for your sister’s wedding. You could also be a bride who’s stress-eating because the wedding is three weeks away.

What I’ve been doing is Lipocavitation, which removes fat in problem areas, tightens and tones skin, too. It doesn’t include surgery and/or injections.
Prices for Lipocavitation at Big Day Slim Team also start at Php800 for 20 minutes (face and neck).
After this, we do Radiofrequency (RF) treatments to tighten skin. RF can be done for the face, neck, arms, thighs and abdomen. Prices start at Php800 for a 20-minute face and neck treatment.

Big Day Slim Team

For unwanted hair, Big Day Slim Team also offers IPL hair removal for legs and underarms.
While Big Day Slim Team’s specialty is weight loss treatments, they also offer massages, facials, mani-pedis, hand and/ or foot spa treaments and waxes.

Packages are personalized for clients. There are special packages too for brides and debutantes.
Big Day Slim Team can also be booked for “sparties”, bridal showers or as a gift for your special friends and family.
You can get discounts for packages and more than one area treated in one day.

Big Day Slim Team

Big Day Slim Team accepts appointments from 9 AM to 9 PM from Tuesday to Sunday (daily, except Monday). Please book 1-2 days before your scheduled session.
Call or text (0939) 831 3822

So yes, I’ve been looking forward to my Wednesdays at home.
To know more, go to
Follow them on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram @bigdayslimteam.

Ogetsu Hime opens at SM Fashion Hall
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Ever since Kimpura Greenhills closed its doors last June, we’ve felt the loss in our family.
Tsukiji on Pasay Road is our favorite, but it’s all the way in Makati.
Lucky for us Pasig dwellers, there’s a new Japanese restaurant at SM Megamall.
I was invited for a food tasting with the owner VJ Villavicencio on a Saturday. On Sunday, I was back with my kids and they loved it.


The 300 square-meter restaurant is on the 3rd floor—at the restaurant row of SM Fashion Hall. It seats 130 people. It has three function rooms and teppanyaki tables, where the chefs put on a show for diners.


The teppanyaki chefs trained for nearly a year to be able to properly do a show AND serve good food. To maintain the authenticity of the food, Ogetsu Hime has two Japanse chefs: Chef Iwabuchi and Chef Takada Isao. VJ told us that the combined work experience of all the chefs and cooking staff in the restaurant would probably reach 100 years.

Sushi Chef Takada Isao (middle) with staff

The seafood is flown in three times a week from Japan. Ogetsu Hime probably has a comprehensive sushi bar that includes Chutoro (fatty tuna), Otoro (blue fun tuna belly), Amaebi (Hokkaido sweet shrimp),Hotategei (Hokkaido giant scallops), Engawa (Japanese halibut), Hamachi (Japanese yellowtail) and Anago (Japanese saltwater eel).



My personal favorite is hamachi, which I only used to eat at Tsukiji. Ogetsu’s hamachi—though thinly sliced—is not bad at all, and it comes with a side dish of chopped hamachi in dressing. Love this!


But Ogetsu Hime’s pride is the Matsusaka beef, touted as the most expensive beef. Matsusaka beef has the highest rating from the Japanese Meat Grading Association, with a higher rating than Kobe and Wagyu.

VJ explained that it took him a year to bring the best Matsusaka beef to Manila. Apparently, only female cows can be used for Matsusaka beef.

Since I’ve been on a diet, I really enjoyed the Matsusaka Seiro, or steamed beef on a bed of vegetables.


It looks plain, but I really love this diet food.


I don’t have a picture of it, but my kids really loved the Matsusaka Ishiyaki cooked on hot stone. That’s one order per boy, plus a side of ebi tempura and lots of steamed rice.


Of course my son Markus needs two bowls of mixed fried rice.


Aside from steamed and cooked on hot stone, they also serve Matsusaka Sushi

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Matsusaka Tataki

ogetsu hime matsusaka tataki

and Matsusaka Teppanyaki

ogetsu hime matsusaka teppanyaki

The cuisine at Ogetsu Hime highlights the freshness of the ingredients instead of smothering them with a lot of sauces. As a picky eater, I like that.

Ogetsu Hime offers a Gold Card to its customers, which entitles the bearer to 50% discount on selected premium food items and other “Best of Japan” offerings. The Gold Card is available for use at SM Aura (the first branch) and SM Megamall.

For reservations and inquiries, call
Ogetsu Hime Megamall at (02) 470-8241, (02) 637-7510, and (0917) 576-2377
or SM Aura at (02) 519-9840, (0917)-809-6585

The Megamall branch is open from 11am to 3pm and 5pm to 10pm from Monday to Friday and the whole day on Saturday and Sunday.

To know more, follow them on Facebook and Instagram @ogetsuhime

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar now part of Historic Hotels Worldwide
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Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan is now part of Historic Hotels Worldwide, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, an organization that helps promote heritage and cultural travel to prestigious historic treasures.

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Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar was also nominated as one of the Best Historic Hotels Worldwide hotels in Asia & the Pacific alongside Alsisar Haveli in India, Sofitel Legend Metropole in Vietnam, Laxmi Niwas Palace in India, Hotel New Grand in Japan and The Fullerton Hotel in Singapore.

Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar
Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar

Historic Hotels Worldwide, an official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (in the United States), represents the finest global collection of historic hotels and other historic lodging spanning more than 10 centuries in more than 30 countries.

“We are delighted to induct Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, a heritage community resort built in 2000 to Historic Hotels Worldwide.” said Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Director of Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. “We welcome Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Mr. Jerry Acuzar and leadership team into Historic Hotels Worldwide.”

Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar
Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar

To be nominated and selected to be featured on the Historic Hotel Worldwide site, lodging properties must be at least 75 years old; utilize historic accommodations; serve as the former home or be located on the grounds of the former home of famous persons or significant location for an event in history; be located in or within walking distance to a historic district, historically significant landmark, place of historic event, or a historic city center; be recognized by a local preservation organization or national trust; and display historic memorabilia, artwork, photography, and other examples of its historic significance.

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“We are more than honored to be the first resort in the Philippines inducted into this prestigious organization through our efforts of bringing the best of Filipino heritage and culture to the world. We are also very delighted to be nominated as one of the Best Historic Hotels Worldwide hotels in Asia & the Pacific. In line with this, we will continue to showcase local craftsmanship and the warmth of hospitality that Filipinos are known for,” said Erwin Dona, Director of Brand Marketing for Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar.


Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, which opened its doors to the public, is a development that’s rich in history and architectural integrity. Since 2000, the 400-hectare land has been undergoing development. At present, 26 hectares have been developed and are being used as space for the resort’s growing heritage community.
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar has architectural pieces from 18th century Philippines. The casas or houses are the centerpieces of this Bataan resort.

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The resort takes pride in its collection of houses from the Spanish colonial era. With this collection of casas and accesorias, the resort aims to revive Filipino heritage, culture, and tradition in this modern age.
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is part of the Conde Nast Johansens Luxury Global Collection and is a project of the New San Jose Builders, Inc. in consultancy with Asian Grand Legacy.

Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar is in Brgy. Ibaba, Bagac, 2107 Bataan
Tel (02) 332 5338

To know more, click HERE.