Airbrush makeup technique courses offered online

A SPECIAL certificate course on Airbrush Make-up Techniques for Screen and Media, is set to be offered by the School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPaCE) of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, an institution which promotes continuous learning for professionals. The program will be completed online while at home, through BigSky, the college’s learning management system which incorporates synchronous and asynchronous sessions. Designed to equip participants with technical skills on airbrush make-up application, enrollees are taught airbrush techniques to achieve the natural, bridal, high fashion, editorial and avant-garde look. Students are to be familiarized with the essential tools, proper assembling and dismantling, and operation and maintenance of an airbrush gun. The program concludes with a live practical exam to ensure that the attendees will be able to safely apply their skill sets in the new normal. The course was designed to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) standards and Public Health Safety guidelines anti-COVID-19. It will be facilitated by professional make-up artists Diana Kwong and Patricia Ting. Ms. Kwong attended Beauty Make-up Artistry and Basic Airbrush Courses in Make-up Designory Los Angeles. She has completed Fashion Airbrushing at the Westmore Academy and Temptu Art of Contouring Airbrush Workshop in California. She has been working as a professional make-up artist for weddings, events, and photoshoots since 2008. Ms. Ting was likewise trained under Beauty Make-up Artistry and Basic Airbrush Courses in Make-up Designory Los Angeles. Her broad expertise includes make-up for studio and film, bridal, avant-garde, and high fashion. Her years of experience include stints at big events such as the Metrowalk Denim Fashion Show and Mr. and Ms. China Town. Sessions are scheduled on Oct. 3, 10, 17, and 24. The module fee of P33,495 comes inclusive of a TEMPTU PRO Kit. For more information on available online courses, visit or the official Facebook account at Benilde-Continuing Education (@SPaCEBenildeOfficial).

WFH outfits by local brands

WORKING from home is no excuse not to look professional and presentable, and Shangri-La Plaza is making a case for dressing up for WFH with curated pieces from favorite local brands that help strike that balance between comfort and style. Shangri-La Plaza has also made it easier for mall guests to quickly identify these new outfits with special discounts via the Spot the Dot stickers, ongoing until Oct. 7. For Filipiniana-inspired outfits with eye-catching details, Tygie offers modern blouses made from light materials with hand-embroidered and intricate beadwork design, while R.A.F. by Plains and Prints offers a selection of tops with lace-up straps and puffed sleeves. For bold colors, prints, and textures, Rajo!, Criselda, and Oleg Cassini at Rustan’s Department Store have a range of tops in dramatic and artsy prints. When it gets a bit chilly, cover up in Allena knitted cardigans in striking hues and cuts. Pants and skirts can be comfortable while working from home, too. Top picks include loose, airy bottoms like wide leg and sarong pants from Lotus Resortwear by Rustan’s, CLN’s linen-cotton skirts, and K &  Company’s versatile jogger pants that can easily transition from work to workout. For those looking for breezy slip-on dresses, Plains and Prints and MICO Boutique have something in every style. Men can also find put-together options from U by Ricardo Preto, My Philippines by Rustan’s, and Ricardo Preto by Rustan’s.  Browse and #ShopShangNow for chic and comfortable everyday looks from these local brands. For updates and inquiries, follow Shangri-La Plaza on Facebook at and on Instagram @shangrilaplazaofficial.

Araneta City marks first year

ARANETA City celebrates the first anniversary of its rebranding with new services, promos, and deals. Whether you are looking to refresh your wardrobe, craving your favorite dish, or need some gardening supplies, Araneta City can have them delivered to you through the Araneta City Assist service. Araneta City is also holding a contest — share Instagrammable pics of memorable firsts enjoyed at Araneta City and get the chance to win ₱5,000 and have the opportunity of being featured in Araneta City’s ads. To join, share the photo on Instagram with a caption that details that  memory at Araneta City and use the hashtag #AranetaFirst. There is also a special Araneta City-branded Instagram Filter that can be used. Meanwhile, an exhibit showcasing the history of Araneta City, which for most of the last 60 years was known as Araneta Center, is on view at the Gateway Mall activity area until Sept. 30. The virtual version of the exhibit can be viewed at Visit the mall from home with the Araneta City 360 Virtual Mall. Using 3D technology, Araneta City is making a realistic shopping experience complete with a 360-degree view of a mall storefront facade that showcases various products. By the end of September, guests will also be able to use Ask Araneta to look for a specific item; just message a complete description of the item and they’ll search for it. They can ask to have that item reserved for you for 24 to 48 hours for pick up at your own convenience. No time to go out and do your shopping? There is Araneta City-Zen Personal Shopper go to MyKuya app, select Araneta City-Zen Personal Shopper, and book a personal shopper to do the shopping and item delivery for you. For more information about the rebranding anniversary, visit

Rustan’s nail action

JUST because everyone has to wear a mask does not mean they can’t express their personality using their hands. Sally Hansen nail polish does this job with its wide spectrum of hues that’s like a collection of multiple inner personalities translated into colorful liquid form. Swipe the vibe you want with these long-wear formulas. InstaDri Jelly Belly is a fast-drying 3-in-1 nail polish in a range of Jelly Belly inspired colors. Formulated with a base and top coat for extended wear, it provides full-coverage, streak-free shine, with a drying speed of 60 seconds. The New Complete Salon Manicure with Keratin Push & Pull boasts of seven benefits in one bottle, including runway-inspired colors with gel-shine finish, growth treatment, and keratin complex for stronger nails. Xtreme Wear is Sally Hansen’s original strengthening formula that helps prevent chipping, splitting, and cracking. Available in the most wanted shades, it also guarantees long-lasting, fade-resistant, waterproof colors. Miracle Gel is a chip-resistant nail polish with patented technology for longer wear up to 14 days, and which can easily be removed just like an ordinary nail polish. It cures in natural light thus no more UV or LED lamp needed. Exclusively distributed by Rustan Marketing Corp., the nail varnish is available in leading online shopping sites and department stores nationwide.

Jacinto & Lirio social enterprise

JACINTO & LIRIO is a social enterprise that transforms a “pest” water hyacinth into eco-friendly, multi-functional “leather” goods, while empowering families affected by the water hyacinth infestation problem through livelihood generation. Jacinto & Lirio has a series of product lines from New Normal Essentials, Bags & Wallets, Bundles & Gifts, Gadget Accessories, Journals & Planners, Lanyard, Passport Sleeve, to Travel Accessories. All are handmade by its community partners using vegan leather. For the month of October, Jacinto & Lirio celebrates local creations and craftsmanship during the pandemic through a campaign called Lilykha. Lilykha is a portmanteau of the Filipino word “likha” or create and “lily” from the local misnomer of the water hyacinth. Oct. 3-9 is Lilykha Linggo when Jacinto & Lirio will create a drawing prompt or list consisting of seven words which will serve as the word of the day. Every day for one week, a famous local artist will be sharing his/her artwork inspired by the word of the day. Sharing his/her own definition and expression of the word. The brand will be holding a Brand Ambassador Search from Oct. 12-17 through an art challenge. The search is open to anyone. Interested parties have to create one artwork per day inspired by Jacinto & Lirio’s drawing prompt/list.

Montblanc Heritage Egyptomania now out

A HISTORIC 1920s Montblanc design is reimagined as a new collection, pairing the aesthetic appeal of vintage Montblanc writing instruments with a modern writing sensation. With every one of its Heritage editions, Montblanc resurfaces historic editions from its rich past and reimagines them for today’s writing culture enthusiasts with new designs and technical innovations. One such writing instrument is the so-called Montblanc “Egyptian Fountain Pen” from the 1920s. During that decade, at the peak of archaeological adventures and discoveries, ancient Egypt captured the world’s imagination when great treasures were excavated including King Tutankhamen’s tomb. This obsession for Egypt reached Montblanc which released a fountain pen featuring an octagonal shape and Egyptian style engravings. The cap of this new version is embellished with a set of authentic hieroglyphics that translate into the word “Montblanc.” Created in partnership with an expert in Egyptology, the symbols mean “white stone mountain,” effectively describing “Montblanc.” The hieroglyphics featured on the barrel of the Doué version are taken from a passage of the “Book of the Dead” of Hunefer. Beyond the aesthetic qualities of the collection, the nib on the fountain pen features a contemporary design with a triangular hearthole that offers a softer writing style reminiscent of historical Montblanc fountain pens. The Montblanc Heritage Egyptomania collection is made up of two editions, each available as a fountain pen, ballpoint pen and rollerball pen. These are the Montblanc Heritage Egyptomania Special Edition Resin with an octagonal cap and barrel in precious black resin with authentic hieroglyphics, vintage gold-coated fittings and 14K gold nib with an embossed scarab; and the Montblanc Heritage Egyptomania Special Edition Doué with an octagonal cap in precious black resin and a barrel with metal embellished with authentic hieroglyphics, vintage palladium-coated fittings and a 14K gold nib with an embossed scarab. Montblanc Heritage Egyptomania Special Edition pens are available starting this month at Montblanc boutiques worldwide and online. For more information visit Montblanc is available at Rustans Makati (0917-525-2958), Rustans Shangri-La (0917-598-6532), Rustan’s Cebu (0917-802-2913), Greenbelt 5, City of Dreams and Resorts World. Shop the latest Montblanc collection from home. Contact the Rustan’s store service and a Sales Associate will assist with your inquiries, order confirmation and payment transactions. There is complimentary delivery for a minimum purchase of P2,000. Pick-up only available in Cebu for now. For more information, visit