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This Month's Beauty Advice, According to Your Zodiac Sign

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Aries

(March 21 to April 19)

Everyone's being extra nice to you this month about how great your glow is. Don't brush the compliments off, Aries—soak them all in, say thank you, and see how extra radiant you become when you embody that authentic beauty. Set off your inner radiance even more by adding on some subtle highlights and skin brightening elixirs.

Taurus

(April 20 to May 20)

Practice makes perfect and this month's calling you to test your aptitude in a brand new beauty skill. Whether it’s trimming your own bangs (get some expert mentorship from your stylist), reshaping your brows yourself, or learning how to perfect a French manicure all on your own, summon up some extra confidence and keep at it.

Gemini

(May 21 to June 20)

Time to 'fess up—have you had some bad beauty practices lately? October is laying down karmic law your way. It's time to pay back for sleepless nights, zero hydration, and one of beauty's biggest sins, not washing off your makeup properly at the end of the day. Regroup and learn your lessons well so you can start over stat.

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Cancer

(June 21 to July 22)

The beauty world's your oyster this month, which means you're allowed exactly 31 days to window shop (or shop-shop) as you please. Which trends are speaking straight to your heart? Have a go at them and know that you need not commit to just one look. Hop from one vibe to another, you have your pick of the litter.

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Leo

(July 23 to August 22)

Brainstorming your Halloween look? You'll want to toe the line—nothing too sexy (keep that Khaleesi costume under wraps and go for a covered up Daenerys Targaryen instead), nothing too conservative either. We know how much you hate to play it safe, Leo—but you'll figure out how to sizzle while still keeping the parents happy.

Virgo

(August 23 to September 22)

Suffering from insomnia, Virgo? You need to give yourself a major stress break to prevent those eye bags from taking over. Sleep is a must, especially when your skin's starting to look sallow and unkempt. Keep those cooling cucumber slices on your eyes when napping and have a hot cup of calming tea while you're at it.

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Libra

(September 23 to October 22)

On the fence about what your next haircut will look like? The stars are daring you to take a risk and to stop overanalyzing every little decision. Hair grows back, so you have plenty of time to recover from a botched 'do. That said, who’s to say your stylist's going to ruin your coiffure? Stay optimistic, bring a lot of pegs, and start snipping.

Scorpio

(October 23 to November 21)

Your skin may be going through a purge this month, Scorpio. This means you're going to have to contend with a couple of surprise zits popping up once in a while. As much as you possibly can, keep your face make-up free to let those pores breathe...and when you've got no choice, make sure you use an ace concealer that’ll erase any blemishes.

Sagittarius

(November 22 to December 21)

It's easy to disassociate the food we eat with our beauty routines in general, but what you put in your body does have some bearing on how your hair grows, and how glow-y or dull your skin becomes. Take care of your beauty concerns this month by making sure you eat healthy and adequately. Get a lot of those leafy greens and healthy fats in!

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Capricorn

(December 22 to January 19)

It's not wise to limit yourself beauty-wise this month, Capricorn. When in doubt about which way to go (crème sheen or matte lip? cream blush or powder?), know that you don't have to restrict yourself to just one choice. When it comes to beauty shopping, you can totally have the best of both worlds—buy both!

Aquarius

(January 20 to February 18)

It's all about a lush, luxurious look this month. Treat your mane to an enriching hair mask and see how your hair thanks you back. Saturate your skin with a super moisturizing face mask before going to bed and wake up to plumpness and suppleness you’ve never seen before. Enrich your beauty routine and empower yourself.

Pisces

(February 19 to March 20)

One big beauty trend that's slowly making its way into the mainstream is eco-friendly, organic beauty. Let the do-gooder in you shine through this month by trying your hand at sustainable products that are not animal-tested and are fair trade. It’s time to pay it forward and look good while you're at it!

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This is a drawing and a poem I’ve made for a summer love. Our time together was short-lived but the feelings were not.

“God’s Gift”

On a platform we stand

Faces seen all in a blur

Relentless searching led by a spur

To find someone, to feel something

Aren’t we fools to waste away time?

To look for one man’s treasure

Somewhere as ephemeral, as fragile

As a bond built in crime

But aren’t we just like every weary heart?

Hoping for an oasis

In the midst of the desert

Wanting to quench our thirst

Aren’t we all like frosted windows

Of old and battered houses on winter?

Wishing for the sun to give us warmth

To melt the facade so we can show what the inside is made

Aren’t we maven pretenders?

A Casanova? A Temptress? Who made us this way?

A sly fox? A ruthless hunter?

Let down the walls, It’ll be okay

Rushed for a hug, now no hesitating

Engulfed by a sense of bliss or was it longing? Eyes wide-open,

Stepping on a quicksand I embraced the fall into the deep end

Gazed at you lying there unaware With you, found something rare I swear

Realization dawning as loud as a thunder

As the Beating of your heart put me into a deep slumber

Waking up from this reverie

Truth slapped me back to reality

Two worlds so different, now I see If only I could I’d be anything and anyone you need me to be I’m the ludicrous clown, you see

Thought if I ruin it first I’d be free

From the doubts brought by my own insecurity I was so wrong,

What a tragicomedy Brought by the month of April

We rushed the ticking of clock to May Hands interlocked

Weaved skin to skin on a rainy day But when June came to say hello, all went dark grey

What was once there ceases to exist Like the wilting of a flower

Once so beautiful, so full of life Now turned into dust by death’s kiss

Unbounded joy brought by your presence

Paralleled with the perennial ache of your absence Yearned for and offered seventh heaven

Now the heart weeps for evanescence

A mirage, to be the fair maiden The sorrow to find out I’d end up our own villain

But all’s well for you are but a distant dream Gamaliel, You are, I knew it from the very beginning .

Written by me, the one-shot story

Coffee is about a girl who used to cherish moments with someone in a cafe. Sometimes, a simple drink can leave an imprint on someone's mind. ____________________________________________

Coffee

It's been a year since my boyfriend and I broke up. I love him and he loves me too but things just didn't worked  the way it should be. Now I'm heading at the cafe where we started and ended. I have no choice but to go there after all it was made up of both happy and sad memories. But that's life , right? We can't be happy all the time. Challenges come and hearts can break. But it doesn't just end there.

"One signature coffee , please." I said as I ordered from the cashier.

"What size?" she asked.

"Small." I said.

Then she took my payment and I headed towards the seat near the window. A window seat.... for two. The cafe was surprisingly full tonight unlike the past few days.

Again, I have no choice but to sit on that window seat. It is where we sit often. It is our seat. Our place. There are a lot of couples at the cafe and wow I'm alone. There's a part of me which says you should be happy because he's not the only guy in this world. Another part of me says you're still hurt so don't pretend to be happy. The truth is , I am both happy and sad.  I'm happy because we're both free and we can focus more in our careers. But I'm sad because I'm not the other half of his heart anymore. I'm sad because I let him go even though I still love him. I'm sad because I can't see him. I'm sad because I can't share this relaxing coffee shop where we can chill with the aromatic smell of the coffee.

"Small signature coffee?" the waitress said as she serves my coffee.

"Yes. Thank you." I said.

"Since you're a regular customer here, we would like to give you this item for free." the waitress said. She handed me a purple journal with the name of the cafe on it and a pen.

"Oh thanks." I said .

"Enjoy your coffee!" she said.

I took advantage of using the freebies from the cafe. A window seat is also a bonus in inspiring me to write something. While sipping my coffee my brain and my heart began to function smoothly.

And so I wrote: My coffee has been cold lately, I can't feel anything after taking a sip and there's no heat to leave a pain on my lips. And it was a relief. But then, I remember one thing about sipping a cold coffee instead of a hot one: cold coffee doesn't leave you any marks when you sipped it, just like a blunt feeling. But a hot coffee will leave you a remarkable pain from the heat which reminds you that you are alive to feel....

I closed the journal and stared at the window. He was the coffee. The hot coffee. No matter how our breakup hurt me, he left me a mark and a lesson to learn. A hot coffee can be a challenge too or an obstacle. They all made you feel that you are alive. That you can go on with your life. You can still stand up. Love taught me to move forward. He taught me to be stronger. He is love.

Belley Marie A day ago

WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE A BROKE FANGIRL/FANBOY

One of the proudest things as a fan is the feeling that you are part of their growing fandom and stardom. From streaming their songs online, watching their music videos, TV guestings, collecting photocards, albums, lightsticks, attending to their concert and fan meetings surely, you're a fan! But there's a problem, MONEY.

It's really heartbreaking when you hear that members of your favorite band are coming and their concert is just around the corner but here you are thinking of how to sell one of your kidneys just to go to their concert (kidding).That no matter how much you try to save, it will never be enough for a ticket because you are only a student who has limited resources or if you're an adult, you have bills to pay. So joining a "team bahay" livestream is your last resort, but sometimes even those links don't work!

Of course if there's team bahay there's also "team airport/ team labas", fans who waits at the airport hoping to see their idols upon their arrival. How we wish we could also attend and be part of it, something like shouting their names, fanchants then cry out of happiness while waving their lightsticks or banners. What a concept isn't?

Hey, cheer up! being broke doesn't make you any less of a fan. Know that there are other ways to support and love them. For sure our idols have the same and equal love to us no matter what "team" we belong (team concert, team airport/labas and team bahay).Maybe for some people, they might think we are being overly dramatic without knowing that for us fans, their existence itself and music saved us and made us happy once in our lives. -Gwy June 16,2020

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