Golden Glow for Two

Valentine’s day is exactly ten days away. For us bitten by l’amour, it’s an occasion that must be made extraordinarily special for those we hold dear. For busy wives, such as myself, it’s a time to rack our brains (again) for the perfect gifts to give our husbands. Ties, watches, polo shirts, that cheesy heart shaped-cake, sporting equipment and almost everything else we’ve been offered by retail stores have all been wrapped for our gents over the years.


A Serving of Diamond Dust, Pearls and Magma


Brian Austin Green and Alice Eve for Orogold Cosmetics

Brian Austin Green and Alice Eve for Orogold Cosmetics

This year I decided to surprise my husband with a different kind of treat. In the guise of a lunch date, I brought him to Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila and after our meal led him to the Orogold Exclusive store. A week prior, I was invited by Marie Claire Ortega, Head of Marketing and Promotions, for an afternoon of pampering for two at the VIP room of the opulent boutique. Perfect! Men, unless they’re the metrosexual kind, will never think of getting facials. Alpha males, which is exactly the pack Mr. Fermin belongs to, are no fuss creatures because they concern themselves with more urgent matters. So it was quite incredulous when A agreed. It could also be that he got curious when Claire said, “Sir, all you have to do is give us a bit of your time, relax and let our skin specialist take care of you. You’ll definitely like the results!” With that, we were whisked into the luxuriously appointed room, offered red wine and chocolates and then got our respective treatments.

Feel the rejuvenating effects of the OROGOLD SIR Collection (for him) and the Cryogenic collection.(for her)

Feel the rejuvenating effects of the OROGOLD SIR Collection (for him) and the Cryogenic collection.(for her)

Oily skin, large pores and deep crow’s feet were my husband’s must-fix concerns. Orogold’s Sir Collection, made specifically for men’s skin, was used on him. The foaming cleanser was applied to the skin until it was absorbed without wetting the face and only the two ring fingers were used(because these are the lightest digits). This allowed the skin to absorb all the ingredients of the Orogold product as it simultaneously rid the face of impurities. Next was the Magma Peel which removed built-up dirt, excess oils and stripped dead skin cells away. Then the Volcanic Mask was applied to tighten the skin and minimize pores. After the black mask was removed, A was given a mirror, and he chuckled and exclaimed, “Wow!”  Checking his face from all angles as an eye balm was being applied, he was visibly impressed.

I received the Cryogenic Treatment because upon closer examination, I was told that skin discoloration had start to set in aside from wrinkles in my forehead and, sigh, a bit of sagging in my jowls. Vitamin C Cleanser, 24K Cryogenic Diamond Mask, 24K Pearl Revival Elixir, 24K Neck Lift Cream were all used to repair, energize and nourish my skin. My mirror moment revealed a younger me! My skin felt more supple, looked brighter and felt tighter too!


Au! Be in your Best Element this Valentine’s Day

All Orogold products have gold particles in them. Gold has long been known for its beautifying properties. This element is loaded with antioxidants, is hypoallergenic and has anti inflammatory properties as well making it the perfect ingredient for Orogold’s opulent skin care line. It recreates broken cellular connections, reduces fine lines and the effects of sun damage.

As the finale to our date, we received a his and hers OROGOLD wrinkle and skin tightening treatment. Both solutions were dispensed from black and pink syringes but there were no injections involved! The 24K Sir Syringe De-Liner is the solution for aging  lines. It contains coffee bean extracts, volcanic water, kojic acid and gold which all works in achieving youthful looking skin. The 24K DMAE Deep Wrinkle Tightening Solution lifts sagging skin, reduces wrinkles and reveals radiant and smooth looking skin like no other. I can attest to that!

1.Orogold His and Hers Limited Edition Set, the gift of youth. Get him a 24K Syringe De-Liner and receive a 24K DMAE Deep Wrinkle Tightening Solution for free!

1. Orogold His and Hers Limited Edition Set, the gift of youth. Get him a 24K Syringe De-Liner and receive a 24K DMAE Deep Wrinkle Tightening Solution for free!


I couldn’t help but compliment my husband as we left the boutique. “You look great,” I said. “Thank you for my advance Valentine’s gift, sweetheart,” he replies with a big smile.

The best gifts are indeed best shared with a loved one.

Orogold Cosmetics is located in the G/F of Century Mall  and Robinsons Place L2, Midtown Wing. Orogold Exclusive is in Newport Mall, Resorts World with tel no. 835 54 67.

With a pocketful of glitter,

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High Brow – The Art and Science of Brow and Lash Grooming

As an on-the go mom, I don’t fuss much about putting on make-up or styling my hair.  From the moment I get out of bed in the morning, this momma is already multi-tasking.   Get the children ready for school.  Make sure everyone eats a hearty breakfast .  Wait, did they take their vitamins?  Where  are my nude stillettos? These are just some of the things I have to cross out from my  to-do list even before I make it to the bathroom to bathe and get ready for my day.  This is not to say that we busy moms should take our looks for granted.  The challenge is to find smart beauty fixes that will fit our lifestyles.

I’ve never been a fan of plucking or having my brows shaved by an overzealous beautician.   My  pleasant experience at Browhaus, however, has made me a brow grooming convert.  “Browhaus offers brow and lash grooming services.  We use the Blueprint  System which is a precise process designed to create the perfect brow.  Every facial shape  (round, oval, heart-shaped or square) is taken into consideration.  Even the client’s eye shape and setting as well as unique concerns like a prominent nose, chin or lip are factored in the equation,” says managing director Tab Abad-Estacion.  “Applicants undergo two to three months of rigid training before we employ them as brow architects.  To be able to do the Brow Resurrection, which is the salon’s signature service,  years of experience is needed. Only then do we send candidates to Singapore for additional training skills and tests which will qualify them to be called Brow Masters,” she adds.

Bh- Male and Femal Brow Resurrection



After looking at the menu of services at Browhaus Greenbelt , I decided to try the upper lip threading (P200) , the Browgraphy: Shaping and Color Tweak (P1,298) and the Lashgraphy Color  (P1,150).  Each store has a design theme and  the particular branch I went to had green submarine-like cubicles.  Edz, the brow architect, patiently explained how she’ll go about giving me the perfect arch.   I warned her that I had very low tolerance for pain. “Ma’am please feel free to stop me at anytime.  I assure you that the result will be worth it.  Tiis ganda po,” she said jokingly.  I had to laugh at her suffer-for-beauty philosophy.

 The level of pain was tolerable.  During the upper lip threading, I was asked to stick my tongue to the side of my mouth to raise that area so the facial hair could be threaded more effectively.  My skin immediately turned reddish and a bit puffy minutes after the threading was done.  A mix of mint and licorice balm called Ice Cream was applied to soothe the skin flame.


The brow construction took less than thirty minutes. This time , the attendant asked me to wait until my brows and lashes were dyed before looking at the mirror. Earlier I learned that dyeing the brows in the same shade as the hair will not only achieve perfect brow balance but will also open up the face.


Coloring the lashes, however, is more obvious in Caucasians than in Asians.  Lashgraphy makes the lashes appear richer and thicker.  I couldn’t wait to see the effect of the blue black vegetable dye I chose for my lashes!

BH- BQP Before and After



I couldn’t be happier when it was time for the big reveal.   My eyes were beautifully framed by perfectly shaped brown-hued arches.  The result was so natural. My face was cleaner and clearer…and I couldn’t stop batting my eyelashes!

The next day, I received compliments from my friends who couldn’t quite pinpoint what I had done .   “Do you want to know the secret?  It’s “tiis ganda” at Browhaus!”

Browhaus has branches in Greenbelt 5, Serendra, Lucky Chinatown , SM Megamall and Abreeza, Davao.

The author with Browhaus Owner Tab Abad-Estacion

The author with Browhaus Owner Tab Abad-Estacion


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Parkjun’s Hair Salon – My Fab Korean Curls!

Believe it or not, I’m notorious for not combing my hair.  My hairdryer has gathered cobwebs from non-use and my driver shakes his head every time I rush to the car  with my hair wet and unkempt.  So this year, I decided I wanted to do something with my unruly, limp mane.  Two days before my birthday, I went to PARKJUN’s Hair Salon (located at#224 Upper Ground Level  of Alabang town Center –above Marks and Spencer).

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PARKJUNS has 300 branches in 13 countries. It caters to an elite clientele which includes international and local celebrities. Calll 511-8202 to inquire about promotions. The salon offers morning, weekend and birthday discounts!

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PARKJUN’S has Sarah Geronimo, Lucy Torres- Gomez and Eula Valdez as regulars.



LENA, the  Korean senior hairstylist,  took a long time examining my strands.  She ran her fingers through it and shook her head. Too dry, uneven dye and remnants of my highlights from last year were still showing.  After shampooing my hair,  Lena continued her scrutiny.  “Mucota!” she said to her assistant.  So back to the shampooing area I went.



PARKJUN’S prides itself in using only the best hair products.  The MUCOTA HAIR CARE SYSTEM comes from Japan  and I tell you, it made a believer out of me! Lena said I needed the treatment before I could have my hair curled, otherwise,  my locks will suffer more damage.   This 6-step treatment involves :   1. SHAMPOOING with AIRE to remove the dirt from hair and cleanse the scalp 2. APPLICATION of ETHOS to prevent further damage to chemically treated hair 3. APPLICATION of SCENA for hair repair 4. APPLICATION of CALORE for the protection of hair cuticle 5. HONEY TRETAMENT (Light Veil Conditioner) to maintain moisture inside the  hair  and 6. SHINE SPRAY  to protect the hair from heat.

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Expect only the highest quality products from PARK JUNS Beauty Lab.



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MAGIC VOLUME WAVE – To achieve perfect curls, the hair is carefully sectioned and set.


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Looks like a scene from a sci-fi movie — but it’s just me getting my digi-perm.

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LOVE IT! So , so happy with the result! Lena also gave me a cut, dyed my roots and rebonded the top part of my hair to get rid of the frizz. FANTASTIC!


In Korea,  hair styling is a serious profession.  The government regulates the mane industry by conducting a state exam and only the best pass and are given licenses.  PARKJUN’s caters to a discerning clientele.  There is a reason why services are a bit pricey.  Nothing is rushed or done hurriedly. (It took the team 5 hours to finish working on my look).  The hair specialists take their time examining your hair, explaining  what treatment is best and executing  the best style for you.   I’m so happy with the way my curls turned out. It’s been a little over a week now and I still look like I just out of the salon ! My hair is soft, bouncy and shiny.  As for combing , well the good news is that combing is not allowed! Hahaha, All I have to do is air dry my scalp and twirl the end of my hair to keep the curls.

What a cool change indeed!

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Thanks LENA for my fab Korean curls!

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Owner Stacey Kim has big plans for the future. A branch in the north (MM) and a private salon that serves liquor and food to select VIP clients.