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How to Smell Like a High Net Worth Individual

If taking care of yourself is a game, then the goal is to look good. Always.
IMAGE Reese Lansangan
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Smell better. How do you imbue your skin with a long-lasting and more nuanced scent? Why, by wearing fragrance in different forms. Think of it as completing a winning set of three: Start with a bar of soap that, aside from exfoliating the skin, also leaves it with the smell of citrus peels, bamboo, olive oil, and bergamot, and follow up with the accompanying moisturizing balm and perfume, both of which contain the key ingredient, that clean (and expensive) smell of bergamot.


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Essenze Exfoliating Body Bar (P4,600) by Ermenegildo Zegna, Rustan’s Makati.

Shave smarter. The key to a good shave is to perfectly trace the grooves of your face. Gillette adds agility to their already tricked-out Fusion ProGlide shaver with the addition of a movable ball that enables the head of the razor to swivel left and right. With increased articulation, the blades achieve maximum contact with your skin, which translates to a closer, smoother, and more comfortable shave over all the curves, dips, and corners of any face.


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Fusion ProGlide Manual Razor with Flexball Technology by Gillette.

Look all right. Overindulge in vices—smoking, drinking, all-night binge-watching—and your face ends up looking like a dehydrated, patchy puzzle. Kiehl’s multi-tasking moisturizer can help sort out the mess. As well as providing all-day hydration, which is most effective for dry patches, it promises to improve texture, clarity, and firmness. Evenness is achievable, but that lifting effect may be a long shot if you keep putting your skin under stress. Get some sleep!


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Super Multi-Corrective Cream SPF 30 by Kiehl’s, Greenbelt 5.

Look awake. The skin around your eyes is more fragile than the rest of the skin on your face, requiring targeted care. This eye cream revs up microcirculation and stimulates lipolysis (the break down of fat) to improve Panda Eyes (dark circles and puffiness). The gel texture also has a cooling effect, that gives an instant sensation of energy.


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Anti-Fatigue Eye Serum (P2,650) by Clarins Men, Rustan’s Makati.

Delay aging. We know. Putting on sunscreen is a chore. But what has the world come to if you can’t spare a minute to do this one simple thing? Sunscreen is the most important defense against the skin-crumpling effects of UVA and UVB exposure. Fail to put it on and reap the punishment in the future (the death of your face). This sunscreen comes in a spray form so you can just press, spread, and go. It’s that easy. The water-like texture becomes colorless upon application and leaves no greasy feeling afterward.


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Photoderm Max Ultra Spray 50+ (P2,078 for 200 ml) by Bioderma, SM Supermalls.

Finish the job. Why do you put on perfume? To impress a woman? To mask your natural scent? To make the people around you dizzy? You put it on to complete the job. It’s the last step before presenting yourself to the world. It’s the finishing touch (or spray) that says, “Hey, I care about myself.” Try: a subtle fragance culled from nature (woodsy cypress, bitter grapefruit, bright ginger) feels refreshing and less like an olfactory bombardment.


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Nature Cypress and Grapefruit (P1,295 for 75 ml) by Yves Rocher, SM Aura.

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