Makeup special: Customize your own makeup palette

Leading German makeup brand Artdeco is back in the Philippines. With a vast range of around 800 products, think of them as a premium brand with MAC prices and the quality of Chanel.

According to Artdeco Cosmetics sales director for APAC Jackie Cheng, their products like Perfect Teint Foundation, Crystal mascara and High Precision Liquid Liner are bestsellers, while she personally favors the No Color Setting Powder.

“It is a fantastic product,” she says. “It looks like a normal powder but it’s not; it’s based on a gel technology so it doesn’t dry your face out.”

Her secret is to apply a generous amount of the No Color Setting Powder after skincare “and instantly you’ll feel your skin is like baby skin.”

Artdeco is also known for its customizable system of magnetic compacts that you can fill with your choice of eyeshadow, blush and brow powders, plus camouflage cream. “Our camouflage cream is so professional that you can actually cover tattoos, pigmentation, and basic discoloration on the face,” Jackie says. “And I love the Magnum boxes — really big boxes where you can mix all categories. For us, the DNA of the brand for 40 years is the customizable system.”

Artdeco, which recently launched in Korea and is doing very well with their foundations there, will soon create special makeup and skincare products for Asia-Pacific that will fit the Asian skin tone. “We actually work with a renowned Korean supplier,” Jackie reveals. “So we source the raw materials from Italy, but the concept came from Korea.”

Can’t wait for these special products to come here.

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Artdeco is exclusively distributed by Rustan Marketing Corporation and is available at The Landmark Makati, Lazada and Shopee. It will be available soon at Beauty Bar, other leading department stores and ecommerce sites.

Your lips but better

Ever Bilena recently announced that Chanyeol would be their new celebrity ambassador, and the EXO singer is the face of the EB Plus collection, which includes the latest drop, Serum Tinted Lip Balm (P245 each).

This is a lip product that’s extra, fortified with vitamin E, shea butter and hyaluronic acid to soothe and hydrate lips while giving a pop of color, without the weight or stickiness of traditional lip balms.

The four-color shade range includes Bloom, a vibrant red that Chanyeol likes to mix with the other shades — Latte, a sheer caramel; Naked, a warm terracotta; and Toast of New York, a pinky nude — to achieve the ultimate “his lips but better” look.

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Available at SM Store, Watsons, Robinsons Department Store, Landmark, and the Ever Bilena stores on Shopee, Lazada, and TikTok.

Korea’s no. 1 cushion foundation is here

Clio Kill Cover Founwear Cushion, which won Korea’s annual Olive Young Awards for being the best in K-beauty three years running — from 2022 to 2022 — is finally here!

What makes it so good? This ultra-light yet high-coverage foundation gives you a semi-matte finish that looks utterly flawless, and lasts up to 72 hours!  What’s more, its puff is curved to ease application in hard-to-reach areas.  Available in six shades, from 1.5 Fair to 4 Ginger, Clio Kill Cover will change your makeup game.  Just dab and tap to achieve the most natural, flawless-looking base you’ll ever see.

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Available at Look at Me at SM Aura, the @clio.philippines TikTok Shop, the Clio official store on Shopee and the flagship store on Lazada.

Multi-tasking makeup that’s affordably priced

Teviant founder Albert Kurniawan is an Indonesian makeup artist who decided to make Manila his home, so I was excited to try the makeup products from his brand, which is named after his mother, Tevianty, and are affordably priced at below P600.

His Mon Cheri mascara is a bestseller, because it brilliantly combines two spoolies — one for the upper lashes and a much thinner one for the lower lashes — plus it’s waterproof, sweatproof, smudge-proof, lasts up to 22 hours, and endows you with a natural yet flattering look.

I also love his Multi-Glaze Eyeshadow pen, another duo stick that pairs a matte eye crayon with shimmery liquid shadow to highlight. I was able to achieve a halo eye look in seconds, and now want all six shades.

Teviant’s award-winning Eye Intensifier Waterproof Eye Pencils are another must-have, as they’re highly pigmented, soft and gentle on eyes, and are made from wood culled from fallen trees. Aside from the usual black and brown, I like lining my water line with Flesh, a nude shade, and Gold Rush, a shimmery yellow gold, to make my eyes look bigger and more awake.

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Teviant Beauty products are on sale now at , , and Shopee.

Your cheat sheet to feel-good lips

Vaseline has come a long way from its petroleum-jelly days. In addition to its core Lip Therapy range, the brand also has a range that fuses Colour + Care.

If you’re a simple, on-the-go girl, Vaseline’s Original Lip Therapy in tub and tube form helps heal dry lips and prevents further dryness by locking in moisture and shine. The Rosy Lips variant adds a light rosy fragrance and tint for a pretty pout.

For more luscious, lively-looking lips, Vaseline Colour + Care lip balms with manuka honey and shea butter feature trendy colors designed to complement every skin tone, from Blooming Pink to Mellow Rose and Kissing Red. Not only do they enhance your natural beauty, they provide intense moisturization for lips that feel good 24/7.

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Vaseline lip products are available at Watsons, Shopee and Lazada.

Highlight, blush & contour in seconds

Careline has collaborated with Spongebob Squarepants to create a fun liquid-makeup line that will brighten and contour your face in seconds. All come in tubes with doe-foot applicators that make it easy to dot, dab or draw them on, before blending out with your fingers or a brush, and all are only P325 each.

Contour Y’All is a liquid contour boosted with hyaluronic acid, shea butter and glycerin. I like drawing thin lines down the side of my nose, under my jaw and even in the crease of my eyes for a café-latte eyeshadow effect.

Shimmery Splash is a liquid highlighter with hyaluronic acid and castor-seed oil that I dot it on the high points of my face; you can also use it on your chest and other body parts you’d like to glaze.

Oh My Blush is a liquid blush that’s buildable, blendable, and provides an under-the-sea, hydrated flush with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E. Four colors include coral Girly Girl, Pink Patricia, Red Ahoy and Shell Pink.

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Available at SM Store, Watsons, Robinsons Department Store, Shopee, Lazada, and TikTok.

Everybody loves almond

Blissful body care: L’Occitane Almond Supple Oil, Shower Oil and Milk Concentrate are available at L’Occitane stores,, and the Lazada flagship store.

L’Occitane’s Almond Shower Oil is so beloved that a bottle is sold every 15 seconds around the world!  What makes it so good? Not only is this great-smelling oil enriched with the powerfully hydrating qualities of sweet almond, it also turns into a creamy foam when water hits it, gently cleansing your skin while leaving it smooth, moisturized and fragrant. The mouthwatering scent transports you to a summer’s day in an almond grove in Provence. Pro tip: You can also use it as a shaving oil that will help a razor glide smoothly over your skin.

After bathing, follow the oil with L’Occitane Almond Milk Concentrate, which veils your skin in fragrant moisture and silkens its texture. Your skin will absorb twice the nutrition from the formula’s almond milk-and-oil combo, and the unique pairing of walnut seed and almond extract deliver long-lasting hydration.

Another popular product is the Almond Supple Skin Oil, which when massaged in has been shown to improve the appearance of stretch marks, according to brand manager Aprille Cabrera. Enriched with 50% sweet almond oil, 97% of the oil is made from naturally derived ingredients. Aside from long-lasting hydration, the oil improves elasticity and firmness, revealing softer, smoother, satiny skin.

If you still can’t get enough almond, now there’s even a fragrance. Top off your routine with Almond Delightful Body Mist, a mouthwatering mix of fresh almond, citrus zest and gourmand vanilla with skincare benefit that deliver eight-hour hydration.

L’Occitane’s Almond products are an investment in the biodiversity of Provence, since the company is commited to buying almonds from producers in the South of France so that the almond tree, which had long been forgotten in the region, has once again become an important element of the Provençal landscape.

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Almond products are available at all L’Occitane stores,, and the L’Occitane Lazada Flagship Store.

From high-tech down jackets to high-tech fragrances

Mountain-air freshness: The two sizes of Moncler Pour Femme and Pour Homme — you can customize the message on the LED screen of the larger, 120ml bottles.

Moncler, the luxury fashion brand known for its puffy nylon down jackets, has launched its two signature fragrances in the Philippines at Rustan’s:  Moncler Pour Femme (For Women) and Moncler Pour Homme (For Men).

“They are a solid reflection of the brand: very cool, futuristic and with a very innovative concept,” said The Beauty Edit Ph’s Nicole Limos-Morales, referring to the 150ml bottles that have LED screens on them, on which you can customize and display your own messages, like “Happy birthday!” “I love you” or “Will you marry me?”

“Moncler is a beautiful and very successful brand,” says Renaud Boisson, Interparfums Asia-Pacific managing director. “It’s an Italian brand now but it started in France 71 years ago, and they started creating technical and qualitative mountain wear. And they’ve rapidly evolved in the past 20 years or so to the forefront of style and innovation.”

Luxasia Philippines senior brand manager Dinty Alcantara elaborated on the brand story:  “Moncler was created by René Ramillon and André Vincent in 1952 and was established in Monestier-de-Clermont, a small village in the mountains in France. ‘Mon’ comes from Monestier, and ‘cler” comes from Clermont.

“In 1954 the first padded down nylon Moncler was made, the most famous product of the brand, and in the 1980s products started to be worn in the cities on a daily basis and became a true phenomenon among younger clients.”

Thus, the brand motto is “born in the mountains, living in the city,” and one of their values is “embrace crazy,” which informs Moncler’s out-of-the-box marriage of cool and chic.

This is true in the fragrances as well, which Alcantara describes as “a perfect balance between the sophistication of luxurious, natural and raw materials and high-tech, cutting edge molecules. So you can imagine a fragrance crafted like a Moncler jacket: perfectly comfortable and enveloping.”

Star perfumers Quentin Bisch and Nisrine Grillié created Moncler Pour Femme, while famed noses Antoine Maisondieu and Christophe Raynaud created Moncler Pour Homme.

Luxasia Ph senior training manager Tin Conde says they created one DNA for both fragrances, with a Moncler-exclusive Mountain Woods accord as the backbone. An accord is a combination of individual notes to create a scent you can’t get from nature, so Mountain Woods is actually made up of cedar wood, sandalwood, amber and musk.

The highlight of Moncler Pour Femme, which Conde describes as “floral, woody and musky,” is another accord — a fantasy top note of Powdery Snow combined with bergamot for a sparkling, powdery effect. “It lifts you to pure, mountain-air crispness, inspired by the feeling of snowy mountain heights and a gentle, soft and fresh sensation,” Conde says. “When it dries down, you feel the femininity and voluptuousness of floral heliotrope and jasmine. The base note is sensual and addictive, thanks to vanilla and that Mountain Wood accord.”

Moncler Pour Homme, meanwhile, highlights an exclusive Alpine Green accord. “It’s woody and aromatic, perfect for our weather here in the Philippines,” says Conde. “Woody is very masculine and very guapo, and aromatic is very refreshing.”

Like Moncler Pour Femme, the masculine eau de parfum is also inspired by nature and the fresh, Alpine sensation of mountain peaks. Top notes are the powerful and aromatic Alpine Green accord and clary sage, the heart is vibrant cypress and cedar wood, while the base notes are vetiver and Moncler’s Mountain Woods accord, “which gives you this luxury, enriched feeling,” Conde says.

Both fragrances are so enveloping they hug you, just like a Moncler jacket.

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Both fragrances are available at the Moncler counter in Rustan’s The Beauty Source.

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