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Your October Beauty Horoscopes are Here!

Who says you can't ask the stars how to up your beauty game?
IMAGE Liza Soberano | instagram.com/lizasoberano ART Clare Magno

Aries

(March 21 to April 19)

It's time to hit pause on the makeup shopping for a minute, Aries. Put your virtual dermatologist lab coat on and observe what works and what doesn't on your skin. Strip down your stash to just the products that get you glowing from within. Do away with the unnecessary.

Try: The Therapy Moisture Blending Formula Cream, The Face Shop

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Taurus

(April 20 to May 20)

Who says you have to figure out your best look all on your own? Take your best pal with you when you're out to get that drastic cut (she can give your stylist the evil eye in case he tries something out of whack). Transform your home into spa central and hold a mani-pedi party for you and your gals.

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Try: Miracle Gel, Sally Hansen

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Gemini

(May 21 to June 20)

Trouble sleeping at night? Make a ritual out of getting ready for bed and give yourself the best ZZZs of your life. Spark up some scented candles, put on a facemask while watching your fave show on Netflix, slather your heels with a rich foot cream and enjoy the process. Make bed time appealing and it'll give you sweet dreams right back.


Try: Shea Butter foot cream, L'Occitane

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Cancer

(June 21 to July 22)

Period pains giving you a headache out of nowhere? Did a zit show up unexpectedly? No need to be a drama queen about it. Tap into your inner Beyoncé and slay the unspeakable annoyances with confidence. Assemble your emergency beauty toolkit and arm yourself with the stuff that can take care of the worst surprises possible.

Leo

(July 23 to August 22)

Lacking beauty inspiration? You've got a wealth of information at the tip of your fingers. Subscribe to a new beauty channel on YouTube, add an app to your smartphone, read reviews on the latest shades. You don’t have to be stuck in a rut. If you're tired of the same old look, make a move to shake things up.

Virgo

(August 23 to September 22)

Even the best of us gets hit by beauty boo-boos (just run through any red carpet and you're bound to find a faux pas somewhere). Don't be so down on yourself for cutting your bangs too short, forgetting to shave on the one day you decide to go sleeveless. The great thing about beauty is you can start fresh with a new perspective any time.

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Libra

(September 23 to October 22)

Kylie lip kits work because they’ve pair essentials you can’t resist. This month urges you, dear Libra, to find your perfect beauty partner. Whether it's a wear-anywhere gloss that works when you’re dressed up or down, or a multi-purpose blush you can pat on your lips for a pop of color, something that offers double duty is always worthwhile.

Try: V Face Blush Contour, Maybelline

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Scorpio

(October 23 to November 21)

When things go awry IRL, you can always trust a beauty fix to make you feel better (even for a moment). What gives you an instant feel-good boost? Stuff your purse pocket with these essentials and get your fix anywhere. Even a small can of breath mints, a spritz of your fave scent or a quick brow shape-up can make your day better.

Try: Flaunt, Penshoppe

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Sagittarius

(November 22 to December 21)

Check your beauty stash for the underdog you may have been ignoring these last few weeks and put it back in rotation. When we're so set on getting on trend, we forget what's always worked for us through the years. Give your old standby a new lease on life and give yourself a chance to freshen up your look.

Capricorn

(December 22 to January 19)

You've been in your comfort zone way too long, Capricorn. Sure, those earthy shades look good on you but it wouldn't hurt to try something new. Switch up your liner to a bold shade that'll make your brown peepers pop. Mix up your polish and go for a surprising color combination. Give yourself a much-needed makeover.

Try: Eye Studio Hypersharp wing liner, Maybelline

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Aquarius

(January 20 to February 18)

No matter how many layers of primer and foundation we plan on piling on, nothing beats beauty that starts from the inside. Give your skin the reset it needs—keep yourself hydrated, get the rest and sleep you know you need, and keep yourself protected from sun damage. When you get your skin routine right, and everything else follows.

Try: Skin relief after-sun gel, Celeteque

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Pisces

(February 19 to March 20)

Fast fashion and inexpensive trends are fun to play around with, but as you're building your beauty stash, also consider shelling out a bit more for products that you know are worth the investment. If you've ever craved a cult classic (maybe a MAC lipstick or a Deborah Lippman limited edition shade), it's time to consider saving for the real deal instead of a dupe.

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Hi. These are just my thoughts that I put into words during this quarantine. I also miss the beach so much so I'm attaching the photo I took during my last beach trip. Thanks and stay safe! ???? ----

Lately, it has been a roller coaster ride of emotions. You were happy and then you just found yourself feeling empty and lost the next day. Sometimes, it occurs all at once. All the aversion and the doubts, the frustration, the feeling of not feeling anything but sadness. It's all gonna drown you. And it's not gonna be easy. You're gonna question all that you're doing- if in any case, you're achieving anything or if you're succeeding with the path that you take. You wonder if you're now heading to the right direction or still lost and wandering. We all fight these kind of thoughts and struggles.

In life, you can never be happy and content at all times. All the broken pieces will remain to be broken. You're still gonna breakdown at some point; you're still gonna cry. But don't be hopeless. Even though life is throwing you with so many reasons to give up, please fight. Don't be hopeless. I'm gonna agree with you, if you'll say "it's not easy" But none of the things that are worthwhile in life is ever easy.

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I wish you well.

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Karen Mei Caro 9 hours ago

I know that right now, things are not okay. There's a deadly virus. You lost your job. You have no money and you have to pay your bills. You suddenly broke up with your boyfriend. You can't figure out what's going on. It's like you're facing blank walls and you're lost in a different world.

You are sad, confused and totally scared. But dear, you don't have to keep it all inside. You can talk about it. Telling your fears and troubles is not a bad thing. It's never wrong to be honest. It maybe frightening at first but it will make you feel better. Don't be afraid to ask for help. It took me a while to learn this. It was a complete struggle and I forced myself to believe that I was okay even if I was not.

For many years, I kept everything to myself. And it was very difficult to fight my battles alone. I even reached the point when I wanted to give up because I was already tired of all the fears, pains, rejections and disappointments. Until I have learned to accept that sometimes, things don't go our way. And it's okay to fail, to cry, to be different, to get angry, to feel negative emotions because it makes us human. Admitting that you're not okay and knowing that it's okay is your first step to healing.

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You don't have to be perfect. You have nothing to prove to anyone. Your mistakes and failures do not make you any less. And if you're going through a hard time, talk to people you trust. Remember that your feeling is valid, no matter what it is. So, don't be afraid to show your emotions. Nothing is wrong with that. That's what I did and it really helped me a lot. Think of the things that make you happy. Do them all over again. Choose to relax and appreciate everything that you have. And don't forget to pray. Life is beautiful, so, always take care of yourself.

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By: Jairus Gabriel A. Cardinoza

With the world suffering by crisis and chaos today, where everyone of us seems to be caged, may be in our home, in our thoughts, with our regrets, or even with someone whom we can never have, while sulking in our house with our home works and household choirs, there are those idle moments when I stop and stare into oblivion, I can’t help but to think about those moments where we are the happiest, or we are the most sad, we have our own highlights of our life, either our downfall or shortcomings, sometimes our triumphs, but how about those moments caught in between but played as much as important episode to those we remember the most?

Sometimes you can’t help but to think about those moments in between. We think that our life is built by big moments, but little do we realized how little they play in our lives, we barely even consider the little things, that made a huge impact in our lives, maybe it wasn’t about the medal you’ve got from winning an essay contest, but the stranger who let you borrow his/her pen because you forgot yours at home, maybe it wasn’t the brand new watch that your parents gave you as a present but the person that you saved unconsciously, asking you what time is it because he/she was worried he/she might be late for the class.

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Admit it, or not, we have all took those moments for granted, those moments when everything is in between. In times like this, where a crisis is on the midst, our mind often wanders elsewhere, there will always be that moments that the silence of our room will be filled by the cacophonies of our thoughts that strangle us in the subtle ways. The only solace we could find in this misery is sometimes our memories, not the big ones but those moments we once thought idle, who would have guess that the last time you drink your favorite coffee was a month ago, or the comfort of your favorite street you passed after school, hoping you could meet the person you want to talked to accidentally, the way you rush to the favorite fast food chain after a tiring day, hoping for a cone of ice cream, our life will always be built by these moments.

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There will always be something in between, that stiches two extremes into a one fine art, between love and pain, there is learning, the midnight always reminds us that yesterday is over but there is always a tomorrow waiting for us to rise, between our dreams and our failures, there is hope, the wisest person sometimes understand that life is a prism, it can blind us with all the colors and wonders of its side, but there is one source of light that made all those colors possible. Take a chance to be that light, that sees not only the parts that we hide, nor the highlights of our lives but those moments of everything in between.

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TITLE: Good night

It was the morning of May 5; I went to the ICU to take the morning shift. I peeked from the sliding door and saw a female doctor and 3 nurses probably making their rounds. Half asleep, I entered the room not realizing what was happening. I sat in front of my grandma’s bed, waiting for the doctors to leave. My aunt was crying from the corner of the room, I thought that perhaps my grandma was deteriorating. Then the monitor on the upper left part of the bed kept beeping, then the lady in white coat announced “time of death 8:50”.

Everything froze, I didn’t understand a thing. I saw my aunt hug our grandma so tight, shaking out of grief and desperation. I sat there frozen and speechless, it was so surreal I thought it was a dream. My sister who was sitting beside me took a few heavy steps towards grandma’s bed. She hugged our grandma and whispered words lost in between her sobs.

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When it was my time, I held her right hand, the hand I used to wipe and hold. It wasn’t cold, it was still warm, soft and wrinkly. The bruises from countless injections she endured. I pressed her hand trying to wake her up, more tears rolled when she wouldn’t respond. “Inang! Agriing kan a, bigaten!” (Granma wake up, it’s morning already) I wrapped my hands around her, she’s the same Inang I used to hug but this time she isn’t hugging me back. I tried to wake her up a couple more times more desperate than the last. I wanted to see those little eyes open again and look at me. I wanted her to ask me “apaya nakkong?” (why my dear?) once more. How about calling me miss Universe when she forgets my name. I loved her and will love her even if she calls me the wrong name.

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I still remember the night she held my hands so tight she said “ haan nak panpanawan a, ta nu matay nak ket haan ko nga maymaysa.” (Please don’t leave me so that if I die, I will not be alone “I hope I fulfilled my promise to her I hope she didn’t die lonely but happy. The room was enveloped with grief engraved in the cries we made but in the middle of the room, there she lies. She laid still, she looked so serene and peaceful. It looked like she was having a good nap. It was the first time in years that I saw her sleep so tight.

After all the restless nights she can finally sleep. I wiped my tears as I marvel the way she looked. It was a painful but beautiful sight. I wanted her to wake up but how could I ask that if she looked so peaceful now? After all the pain she endured she is finally resting. I couldn’t ask her to come back when I know she’s in a better place. She is free now, free from pain and suffering. I stop waking her up and held her hand tightly, in between my cries I bid goodbye. To my dearest Inang Nani, go on find the light. I know Tatang and Tito are waiting for your arrival. Rest well Inang, Good night.

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Loneliness that Turned into Beautiful Solitude

Are you one of those many people who experienced loneliness? The moment where you do not have someone else to rely on. Have you experienced it? Going home with a lot of thoughts running in your mind but no one was there to listen. Have you ever felt bad for yourself? In realizing that you were the only one left. When every one else was leaving. When most people around you have chosen others over you. Have you experienced the pain? The pain of being alone? A lot of people are afraid to be alone for various reasons. Some people says that they are just used to something that there is always someone out there for them. Someone who is always there. Someone who is always ready to accompany them in all. Someone who is always willing to stay. Stays in your best and most especially at your worst. While others simply do not have the courage to face the world of loneliness. I, experienced the pain of loneliness but gained a lot of benefit from it.

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Living alone is not a simple thing for me to do but for me to survive and acquire proper education, I have to. I have to learn to live alone. In living alone, I had face a lot of difficulties. I encountered a lot of problems that were made to be fixed by many but was able to get it fixed by myself. Yes it was hard, it is hard. It was never easy to begin with. There will be times or days that it can make you drain and cause you countless sleepless nights. Yes, it is painful. But we have to realize that in loneliness, we can also find peace in ourselves. The "YOU". The genuine "YOU".

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People are so afraid to experience loneliness. Most of us do not realize that with so much fear of being alone, we started to forget that good things come from being alone. As time pass by, I got used in solving problems by myself, I learned to live alone, I saw the "beauty of loneliness" that's how my loneliness slowly turned into beautiful solitude. As time passes by, I realized that there are a lot of good things that you can get in being alone. So, for those who are reading this, I hope you guys learn to appreciate the beauty of being alone.

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