Category: What is Beauty

Chanel’s Vamp

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Did you you?

umathurman_450x3001The blood red nail polish popularised by Uma Thurman in the movie Pulp Fiction is apparently Chanel’s top selling product of all time. The shade is called Vamp but originally called Rouge Noir. It was created by Dominique Moncourtois in 1994.

It was so sought after at one time that there was a waiting list for the nail- polish.

Chanel No 5 – Ultimate Favourite

When you think of perfumes, to most women, the first thing that comes up in their mind is none other than Coco Chanel’s  Chanel No. 5.

Why did Coco called her perfume Chanel No. 5 and not number 1, 2 or 3…?  Apparently Coco’s favourite number was number 5.  So much so that the perfume was launched on 5th May (5th Month of the year) 1921.

It is such a timeless fragrance, so luxurious and expensive smelling.  It has hints of vanilla, rose and jasmine. 

It is quite expensive but  not the most expensive perfume in the market but it is always been a best seller.  No girl in their right mind would turn down a Chanel No 5.  Would you?  I wouldn’t!!!

When Coco Chanel was asked where one should wear perfume…

“Wherever one wants to be kissed.”

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Chanel No 5 – Ultimate Favourite

Marilyn Monroe was probably the most famous endorser of the scent.  When she was asked what she wore in bed, expecting her to say a pajama top of just the pajamas or a sexy negligée, Marilyn blurted “Chanel No. 5”

Actually it is also Peter’s favourite.  He buys it for me all the time.

 

 

Banana Shaped Body Type

We blogged the hour-glass figure previously which was best exemplified by our chosen celebrities.  This time we are going to talk about the banana shape figure.

The banana shape is just like what the fruits connotes.  It is rectangular or rather more or less straight up and down.  The shoulders, the waist and the hips measurement are almost the same.  This body frame is what is vernacularly called boyish or androgynous just like most catwalk models.  This could be the size zero generation.  The banana shape can be like an hour-glass figure without the a protrusions or curves.

Banana Shaped Body Type

Our banana shaped celebrities are:

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Gwyneth Paltrow

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Victoria Beckham

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Keira Knightley

 

Taylor Swift

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Rebecca Adlington Buys New Nose

Rebecca-Adlington-3174861Our British sporting heroine, Rebecca Adlington had succumbed to the pressure of celebrity self-image.

Apparently winning a couple of gold and two more bronze for excellent swimming prowess was not enough to elevate Rebecca into a stratospheric euphoria. Instead, her being in the public eye had resulted in her being image-conscious.

Becky Adlington was never ugly, she was attractive but lacking in self-confidence. This has probably had something to do with winning two golds for Team GB which made everyone expect for her to be honoured and made a dame by the Government, the way they did with Dame Kelly Holmes.

I think Kelly Holmes was over-honoured. The Government made a knee-jerk reaction; they used Kelly Holmes’ triumph at the Olympics to deflect people and voters from what was going wrong in the Government.

It was unfortunate for Becky that people started thinking that she would be honoured the same way as Kelly. When she failed to get the same celebration from the Government, Becky might have probably felt let down. Really unfortunate for a young woman’s ego.

I hope Rebecca’s new nose brings here some comfort and more self-confidence.

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She does look better and seems more confident with her “new” nose.

February Goddess: Lupita Nyong’o

25 April 2014 Update

Lupita Nyong’o – People’s Most Beautiful Woman in the World

Lupita has been declared by People’s magazine’s readers as the most beautiful woman in the world ousting the lovely Gwyneth Paltrow.

Lupita’ star is continuing to shine brightly.  She is now the new face of the giant cosmetic company, Lancome

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February Goddess: Lupita Nyong’o

It is the season for awards ceremonies, the BAFTA, OSCARS and million others around the world.

And the star that glistens more is none other than a relatively newcomer, Lupita Nyong’o.

Lupita is currently the flavour of the month for February. But then again, it is hardly surprising. She is drop-dead gorgeous and can really act too.  She has been nominated for best supporting actress from the film 12 Years A Slave.

Good luck, Lupita!

Lupita was born in Mexico to a Kenyan parents. She was a year old when her family went back to Kenya, where she spent her time growing up. She was in her teens when she was sent back to Mexico to learn Spanish.

Lupita has something, a star quality. She has that freshness about her which is magnetic. I believe a new star has been born.

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From the above gallery, I think Lupita looks best when she dresses up in block colours rather that fussy, and silly dresses like that Prada which is a cheap looking Pocahontas knock off.

The above video is so powerful especially for “women/people of colour” like me. I am a proud Kayumangi (Brown) Filipino.

I have been telling anyone who would listen that I find it perplexing why Filipinas would try to lighten their beautiful brown skin.

When I went back to the Philippines for a visit and run out of hand lotion, it was hard to find something that is not a skin whitening product. I had to navigate rows upon rows of immaculate shelves of whitening products at SM (ShoeMart). Even my trusted Nivea was a whitening moisturiser. I ended up with lighter coloured hands compared to the rest of my arms. They do work!

Dermatological clinics are now big business in the Philippines; many young and mature women are visiting these establishments for smoother, whiter complexion.

I say, be proud of your natural skin colour, enhance it but not change it.

Kate Moss @ 40

The longevity of Kate Moss’s career is astounding. She is not particularly tall to be the ideal supermodel nor the most beautiful and yet most of the supermodels she started with have now been “retired” but Kate is still going from strength to strength.

She is still a regular cover of magazines, she is as visible as ever in any party circuit, she is still a favourite muse on music videos.

Kate has a checkered past but she seems to have a teflon ability. No matter how heinous and destructive the gossips are about her or what is actually happening to her, Kate just gets up and dusts herself off and away she goes again as if nothing much had happen.

Kate is uber-cool, her waif-like beauty is so beguiling.

At 40, Kate still got it, whatever “it” is. She is Playboy magazine’s 60 years anniversary cover and it seems they made the right choice. Kate is simply stunning.

GlobalGranary wishes Kate Moss a Happy 40th!!!

Kate Moss @ 40

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Most Beautiful Filipinas – Past & Present

I have been told several times that Filipinas are considered the most beautiful women of Asia. They have a certain unique countenance that differs them from others in Asia.

It has probably something to do with Philippines being a melting pot of races, which produced these truly aesthetically superior beauties.

I have left the Philippines in mid-80s and have not really followed the Philippine movies, which produce new batch of fresh drop-dead gorgeous celebs in almost every waking-moment of the day.

With celebrities, we can never truly know what is inside them, how they really feel. We can never know whether they are truly good people inside and out.

Entering show-business or becoming a public figure allows one to wear a mask, leaving behind close doors one’s real self. I supposed this is the only way to keep oneself sane and to have a bit of control.

Anyway we will leave the psychology of it all and just concentrate on the physical beauty of Filipinas.

My List which is a work in progress is not in any order. It includes the following (so far):

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AMALIA FUENTES

download (1)In her heyday, Amalia was known as the most beautiful woman in Asia.  The Liz Taylor of the Philippines.

Obviously because of her beauty, she became a product endorser and she was the very first Filipina Lux soap model.

Amalia is multi-talented.  She acts, she writes scripts, she directs as well.

Sadly, life has not been always kind to her.  Her only biological daughter died recently which caused Amelia to have a very public breakdown.

Hope she finds solace somewhere!

 

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IMELDA ROMUALDEZ MARCOS

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Imelda Marcos has always been a real beauty.  She’s called the Rose of Tacloban, having won a beauty pageant when much younger and an ingenue.  Imelda Marcos life story came straight from the pen of Jose Rizal.

Imelda’s grandmother was a product of a friar’s dalliance with a Filipina in a la Maria Clara story.

Despite being a Romualdez, with their perceived fabulous wealth, Imelda’s life was one of rugs to riches story.  She grew up in the garage of the big house, where the children of her father’s first marriage lived.  She knew what poverty was like.  This might have been the factor that pushed her to reach the top and stay there and amassed the fabulous wealth she now enjoys which she can only dream of as a child.

Imelda, is probably the original ‘World Class Filipina, which the Philippine media is spouting about! Imelda is now known around the world for her gargantuan collection of shoes!

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KC CONCEPCION
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– I’ve just read somewhere that Amalia Fuentes, top above, considers KC Concepcion to have the most beautiful face in today’s crops of goddesses in Philippine showbiz.

We thought so too.

KC, despite the silver spoon in her pretty mouth, has remained down to earth.   Sharon Cuneta, her mother, brought her up well.  And I supposed it has also to do with life experiences KC has had.  Firstly being conned by an ex-boyfriend, whose alleged sexuality is questionable!  Then also the death of her maternal grandmother, whom she was very close to and lately a very surprising contretemps with her saintly mother, Sharon Cuneta.  Reading between the lines (I really hope I am misreading the lines LOL) it seems KC is a bit of a rebel and rather ungrateful to all the sacrifices her mother did on her behalf!

Sharon was also apparently concerned with how KC is clothing herself lately – very miniscule, to say the least.  I supposed she is a young lady, who has something to show.  If you’ve got it ….. flaunt it.

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LORNA TOLENTINO

images (5)I remember Lorna Tolentino as a natural beauty, really beautiful face and had the most enviable body and most shapely legs in the 80s and 90s.  The mole on her upper lip became rather famous as well.

She was so popular that her name was abbreviated to just her initial LT or Lorna T..

Lorna was a beautiful child actress who grew up into a very accomplished and multi-awarded actress.

 

 

 

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MARIAN RIVERA

 

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Marian Rivera is one of the most beautiful faces in today’s Philippine showbiz.  From what I saw in YouTube, Marian is charming and full of vim.  She can dance pretty well and can sing a little.  But there is something about her that is shiny and bright. She is near perfection but not quite, Marian is not confident with the English language preferred by the snobby world of Philippine showbiz. 😉 She is not a bimbo (she is in fact a BS Psychology graduate) but English does not come naturally to her.  She just had a baby and it seems motherhood had changed her.  She has become ultra conservative and a fount of information about child rearing.

Marian also has the most fabulous collection of designer bags, shoes and clothes.  Her collection is well documented via instagram, FB and twitter as well countless magazine coverage.
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AURORA PIJUAN

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Aurora Pijuan is the second Miss International winner from the Philippines.

Aurora, also known as Au Au married a basketball coach, Tommy Manotoc, who came from a rich and influential family.

Her public life became more controversial when her husband became her ex.

Tommy married Imee Marcos, the eldest daughter of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos.

Aurora remains beautiful inside and out.  She is now busy doing charity work, mainly for the Gawad Kalinga.

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RHIAN RAMOS

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Rhian Ramos is currently garnering credits and kudos for appearing as Jade Tanchingco in the latest GMA televison soap, The Rich Man’s Daughter, which I think is loosely based on a real-life story of the lesbian daughter, Gigi Chao, of a Chinese billionaire.  The Father offered gazillions of money as a dowry to a man that could make his daughter heterosexual again. LOL

Rhian herself is not a stranger to controversy.  While much younger, scandalous videos of her with her then boyfriend DJ Mo Twister appeared.  It was also reported that she had undergone an alleged abortion, which of course was so shocking to the Catholic country of the Philippines.

Just so glad my compatriots are so forgiving.

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KUH LEDESMA
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When I was growing up, I secretly wished I was Kuh Ledesma. She was the most popular chanteuse in the early 80’s. She has an exotic beauty, almost androgynous but she looked so sophisticated and so intelligent.

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LOVI POE

Lovi Poe 3Lovi Poe is the daughter of Fernando Poe, Jr from an affair.

Lovi is lovely with her morena (kayumanggi) complexion.  She is a good dancer and a very convincing actress.

I actually love her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ANGEL LOCSIN
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Angel Locsin was the most popular actress for a long time in the Philippines when she is much younger. But people, her fans, are pickle. They can’t take so much controversy from their idol, who seems to crawl out from one to the next.
Back in February 2016 in Manila, she was a regular feature of the tabloid newspaper ‘Bulgar’ after she broke up ‘again’ from her boyfriend Luis Manzano.

 

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DAWN ZULUETA
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KRISTINE HERMOSA

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PILAR PILAPIL

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VILMA SANTOS

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BESSIE BADILLA – FILIPINA SUPERMODEL

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ANNA THERESA LUY LICAROS (born August 10, 1984 in Mandaluyong City, Philippines), nicknamed Tere, is the Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 2007 titleholder.

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LOREN LEGARDA is a Filipina broadcasting journalist, environmentalist, and politician of Visayan ancestry, notable as the only female to top two senatorial elections (1998) and 2007). lz-loren-legarda

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MARIANNE DE LA RIVA is a Filipina actress, popularly known as Luisa in Gulong Ng Palad, a classic TV series in the Philippines aired in 1977. She was the favorite leading lady of action king Fernando Poe, Jr. and other action stars in the ’80s.

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HILDA KORONEL

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MARICEL SORIANO

images (8) (born Maria Cecilia Dador Soriano on February 25, 1965), also known as The Diamond Star, is a critically acclaimed Filipina film and television actress. She has starred in many films covering different genres including comedy, fantasy (Inday series), horror, suspense, action, romance and drama. She has appeared in hundreds of films and has scored a number of blockbuster hits.

 

 

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SHARON CUNETA

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STELLA STRADA

A true list of real Filipina beauties will not be complete without a mention of the tragic Stella Strada.
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Dina Bonnevie

Dina Bonnevie

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Lea Salonga

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Susan Roces

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Techie Agbayani

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Gloria Romero

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Ruffa Guttierez

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Zsa Zsa Padilla

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Maja Salvador

Maja-Salvador2This girl has something special about her.  She has lots of sex appeal.  During a drama scene against the beauteous Angel Locsin, Maja was able to hold her own and shown!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Celeste Legaspi

Celeste Legaspi

Celeste Legaspi

During her heydey, back when she was known more as a very accomplished songstress rather than an actress, Celeste was gorgeously sophisticated.  She has grown more beautiful and had become a very accomplished actress.

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Leah Navarro

Leah Navarro

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CARMEN SORIANO – FILIPINO CHANTEUSE

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Maricar Reyes

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Maricar Reyes is not only a real beauty but brainy as well.  This stunning woman is multi-talented and multi-skilled as  an actress, and a model but also as a General Practitioner (GP).  Yes folks our Maricar is a medical doctor.  Maricar’s career and personal life were almost derailed by a salacious scandal (her sex-video with Haydon Kho, who has a penchant for recording sexual acrobatics with women which often end up on the internet, was one which got downloaded online).

However, Maricar is now married to Richard Poon and her career is still stellar.

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KRIS AQUINO

kris-aquino-olay-mainKRIS Aquino to me is not just a pretty face (she has Belo on her cellphone, lol) but she is also beautifully honest in her opinions to the point of being tactless and sometimes even rather rude.

She wears her heart on her sleeve.  Many a time, she can be found crying on television, to let everyone know her side of the story (there had been many and I expect more to come.)  I like that! LOL

She seems to be a very good mother; a faithful sister, a good cook, fairly good actress, a generous friend by all account and a confident host on television.

Despite her many blessings, love – REAL LOVE, seems to evade this beauty.  Good wishes to her from US.

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Louise De Los Reyes

louiseThis girl is a natural beauty.  She has charisma.

1 June 2015 – Something seems to be happening to Louise.  A few weeks ago, a random woman came out to claim that she was Louise’ s real mother.  She can’t show solid proof aside from having given her child, allegedly Louise, to a friend of a friend to take care of, as they can’t look after baby Louise for not lack of love but of money.

Strangely, Louise seems to encourage the woman to go on with her ‘delusion’?!!!

 

 

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Charito Solis

charito solisCharito Solis was a premier actress in the Philippines.  She was consistently nominated and won countless awards in drama.  She was beautiful and feisty.

Unfortunately her stellar career was slightly dimmed by some salacious unfounded rumours.  Apparently, the death of the popular Manila mayor, Arsenio Lacson was due to a fatal stroke from over-excitement while making love to the young and beauteous Charito in a hotel room.

Hour Glass Figure Girls

Beyonce Knowles

Beyonce Knowles

Beyonce has a beautiful hour glass figure.

Hour Glass Figure Girls

According to studies & research conducted by Harvard University, women with large breasts and narrow waists find it easier to fall pregnant. It  has been found that the classic hour-glass figure has on average 26% higher level of hormone of E2 and enhanced level of progesterone.

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Jessica Rabbit

Both the E2 and progesterone are linked to fertility in women. The finding was published in the Royal Society journal imaginatively titled  article entitled ‘Proceeding B’.

Kelly Brook

Kelly Brook

Christina Hendricks

Christina Hendricks of famed Mad Men television series is much admired for her hourglass figure.

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Scarlett Johansson

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Kim Kardashian