Vice Cosmetics: The makeup collection that broke the Internet
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Except for CNN and ANC, I don’t really watch TV, so I didn’t know who Vice Ganda until my cousin Keri told me a story about the Taylor Swift concert in 2011, where her daughter Amanda spotted Vice Ganda with Kris Aquino, and Amanda wanted to have a photo with Vice Ganda, not Kris Aquino.
I was like, who’s Vice Ganda??
Now I know.

Vice Ganda is a popular flamboyant gay comedian and TV host who’s known for wearing outrageous costumes.
Now he’s also known as an influential business partner with the successful opening of District 8 gastro-pub in Greenhills and now Vice Cosmetics.

Vice Cosmetics

Everybody—including some makeup snobs I know—is talking about Vice Cosmetics.
With prices that fit right into the brand’s “Ganda For All” beauty philosophy, Vice Cosmetics taps into the Instagram generation’s need for lips that are perfectly lined and filled in.

Vice Cosmetics

Stocks in shelves were sold out within two hours and Vice Cosmetics own website crashed a few times due to the volume of users.
According to the brand’s US-based partners, business for Vice Cosmetics was so brisk that it caused multiple servers to crash.

The Phenomenal Lip Kits, which include a lip liner and liquid lipstick, are priced at Php 295.

Vice Cosmetics

The Good Vibes Matte Lipsticks are Php 199.

Vice Cosmetics
Vice Cosmetics

“They would, truthfully, have been priced slightly higher but Vice wanted everyone to be able to afford the lipsticks,” said Rhoda Campos (below, left), head of Business Development and Marketing at Vice Cosmetics.

Vice Cosmetics

The idea behind the products is genius. The Phenomenal Lip Kits come in eight colors ranging from browns and nudes to reds and berries. The shades are perfect for millennials. The Good Vibes Matte Lipsticks come in colors that are more age-democratic.

The lip kits come in shades which relate to Vice Ganda’s career: Pony, Benjamin, Whoops Kiri, Girly, Phenom, Star, Unicorn and Showtime.
The shades in the Good Vibes collection are even gayer and more showbiz: Ganderz, Aura, Hayabayabayu, Kering-Keri, Good Vibes, Pak Ganern, Tarush and Kavogue.

Vice Cosmetics

The clamor has been so great that Vice Cosmetics is having a “good problem.”
Rhoda admitted they underestimated demand for the lipsticks. According to sources, the lip kits are selling so fast, with most in-demand shades, Pony and Whoops Kiri.

Vice Cosmetics

Vice Cosmetics will be formally launched in a concert called “Ganda for All” at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on October 22. Admission is free to those who purchased the lipsticks.
The collection is available at selected Watsons and SM Stores, and Vice Cosmetics kiosks at Trinoma, Farmers Plaza and Market! Market!

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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.
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Follow them on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram @bigdayslimteam.