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Natural and Undone

by ning nuñez
Monday, March 2nd, 2015
Posted in Beauty & Trends, Pretty Girl |

I love makeup, but what I love more than makeup is skin that doesn’t need much makeup. Yes, that means dewy skin and microscopic pores. The days of heavy foundation and really penciled-in brows have finally gone and passed. NYFW makeup artists are taking the lead by just dabbing on some concealer and highlighter on the models’ faces, then suddenly, they’re just good to go. Of course, for any beauty look to work, having great skin is key. Healthy skin is important, but a little bit of makeup wouldn’t hurt as well.

Backstage at the Carolina Herrera Fall 2015 show. A model gets prepped up with a moisturizing sheet mask from SK-II.

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Natural looks dominate the Christopher Kane Fall 2015 (left) and the Jason Wu Fall 2015 (right) shows. Seems like this look is here to stay!

In addition to a stellar skincare regimen, get a load of this minimalist trend with a tinted moisturizer, a lip and cheek tint, and a clear brow gel. Don’t forget to keep your hair and your outfit polished as well!

Are you guys willing to go all in for looking au naturel?


Hi, Harry Styles, Can We Talk?

by ayessa
Thursday, February 26th, 2015
Posted in Candy Rap |

It is no secret (here at the Candy HQ, at least) that I am crazy about One Direction cutie, Harry Styles. ICYDK who he is—and I’m really hoping that’s not the case because if it were, we need to talk—he’s the guy Taylor Swift could be singing about in “Style” or in most of the songs in her 1989 album.

As we draw nearer to their first time here in Manila on March 21 and 22, my feelings are getting all out of control. I know you totally get how I feel, Candy Girls. I even told Macy that I might really cry once I see them because asdfghjkl! #NoShame So when news came out recently that One Direction is already in Japan, just the thought of being in the same continent as dear Harry is making me giddy and smile uncontrollably.

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But my feelings~~~ aren’t the only things I want to talk about with Harry (okay, partly they are, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Hahaha!). It’s because I really have strong feelings towards his concert #OOTD in Japan. OMG, GUYS, MY BABY IS WEARING SOMETHING SHEER. :x Oh be still, my heart. *covers mouth to stop screaming for the thousandth time*

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Hey, Harry, we need to talk. Can you wear something similar to that here in Manila, too? Or better yet, don’t wear any top at all! :D This is a tropical country and it can get really, really, really warm. You know, I’m just really concerned about your health and all. And while you’re at it, allow your man bun to grace us with its presence, too, so your hair won’t be dripping with sweat during your two-night concert here. Ahhh, pretty please? Yes? Yes.

Love you loads, BB—messy hair, exposed chest, and all. Luh ya, 5ever and ever.



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Now Brewing: Coffee at J.Co

by guest
Thursday, February 26th, 2015
Posted in Candy, Candy Bites |

What do you drink a cup of coffee for? Productivity? Relaxation? Creativity? It can be for a lot of things, but Maxene Magalona, J.Co’s newest brand ambassador, looks for warmth and energy in her cup of coffee to help her get through her days.

She shared during the JCoffee Media Launch at Glorietta 2 last February 18 that a cup of her favorite JCoccino, JCoffee’s take on cappuccino, helps jumpstart and fuel her throughout the day. What she likes best about JCoffee is the variety of its flavors. They even made a counterpart of the Avocado Dicaprio donut – the Avocado-flavored coffee.

JCoffee takes pride from their hand-picked Indonesia-grown Arabica beans from Sumatra and Sulawesi which they use in brewing their coffee. They also boast of their skillful and creative Coffee Experts who not only can brew your coffee to perfection, but can also make it aesthetically-pleasing by decorating it through latte art. I personally saw how these coffee experts create those cute designs when they did a demo right in front of us. It not only tastes delicious, it also looks beautiful!
So head to the nearest J.Co store (or their soon-to-be-opened lifestyle cafe at Forbes Town Center) and get a lovely combination of freshly-brewed coffee and delectable donuts, like Maxene’s favorite combo, the JCoccino with the Alcapone donut or my combo, Avocado coffee and Tiramisu donut.

Riana Lago and Tricia Quintero
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Is It Summer Yet?

by marla
Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
Posted in Beauty & Trends, Candy, Pretty Girl, Travel |

I’ve never been a summer kind of girl. For so long, I disliked the beach, hated the hot weather, dreaded the months of April and May the most, and would choose sweaters over sundresses any time. But in the last few years, I met a bunch of people who are huge beach lovers, became really really good friends with them, and eventually realized that summer and I are actually pretty okay. Things are different now: it’s only the middle of February and I’ve already been to the beach three times this year, booked a huge out-of-the-country trip to the ocean, purchased two adorable pairs of bikinis I can’t wait to wear, and sifted through my closet and makeup kit for stuff I would definitely be able to use when the warmer days roll in. I’m actually excited, and the feeling, though unfamiliar, is definitely welcome.

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This longing for summer was only exacerbated by a trip to Balesin two weeks ago, when Nivea invited Erin and me to the island paradise for their #NiveaComeCloser getaway. We only stayed for three days but managed to make years’ worth of memories—it was an amazing mini-holiday filled to the brim with new friends, delicious food, clear blue waters, pristine sand, gorgeous villages, and great beauty loot. Here are my favorites among the products we got to try on the island, along with some of my classics and stand-bys for this coming summer:

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Clockwise: (1) Nivea In-Shower Skin Conditioner, which conveniently moisturizes while you bathe; (2) Nivea Fruity Shine in watermelon, a soft-sheen lip balm that smells and tastes amazing; (3) MAC Toledo in Sin, which is admittedly not a very summery shade but is the perfect goth girl plum I’ve been looking for my whole life and never ever ever want to part from #together4ever; (4) L’Occitane Fleurs de Cerisier, a light cherry blossom scent I can’t wait to wear on a weekend lunch date; (5) NARS Porto Venere eye cream, a super flattering beige that instantly brightens my lids and even works as an undereye concealer; (6) Nivea Sun Whitening Immediate Protection Face Cream, which is neither sticky nor greasy and packed with all that SPF goodness we need; and (7) Happy Skin Eye Love View, which is the only eyebrow pencil I can deal with on days when I just can’t be bothered with #kilayproblems.

What’s going into your summer beauty kit? I’d love to know!


Confessions of a New The 1975 Fan

by guest
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
Posted in Candy, Spotlight |


When I found out I was going to attend The 1975 concert, I wasn’t exactly thrilled. I was there for work—and I had no prior knowledge of their songs or what genre they played. I presumed that they were some upbeat boy band that would bleed my ears dry from cliché. Needless to say, I was proven wrong.

Ambient music filled the air, while eager fans screamed in anticipation. My curiosity grew by the minute as the show’s imminent beginning was closing in. Finally, the lights dimmed, and the room was slowly filled with the chords to the opening song—it’s called “The City” as I later found out—and the crowd quickly sang along.


I was taken aback! I didn’t expect these young musicians who hail from the same city as The Smiths, and even the Bee Gees, to be capable of such spine-tingling, hair-raising, and dare I say, sexy music. The 1975’s style is also reminiscent of Icelandic band Sigur Rós’s ethereal sound mixed with pop-rock influences. This was the band’s first ever arena show—and they seemed to have a good time. All throughout, they were able to perfectly synthesize upbeat songs you can sing-along to with very ambient, slow, and emotionally taxing numbers. Kudos to that amazing, amazing saxophone that made hearts melt—mine, at least. The pacing was incredible, and it was evident in their set that The 1975 are an experimental band. By the concert’s end, I was converted.



Hi, I’m Yael—now a certified addict. I am listening to “Medicine” as I try my darndest best to close this entry. Oh, and Matty is running in my head: shirtless, taking a swig out of his wine bottle, singing in between relentless drags of his cigarette.


photos by Chaco Cruz

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