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Full of beauty, heart, and class—this edition’s Real People features Bianca Guidotti, who represented the Philippines in the Miss International 2014 pageant in Japan. Currently a fashion model, she is also an advocate for humanitarian response to widespread devastation, where working in a local NGO opened her eyes that the most significant and sustainable change is made at the grass-root level.

Read more about this Beauty Queen with a huge heart here.

1. What is your day like as a beauty queen/model/advocate?

My schedule can range from being completely packed to absolutely free from one day to the next. I love being busy but I do welcome the days wherein I can just relax and spend time with myself.

On busy days, the day usually starts early and ends late. Call time for photoshoots and runway shows can be as early as 6am and end as late as 10pm. One particularly grueling job had me come to the venue at 2am! It was at a mall and the shoot needed to be finished by the time the mall opened at 10am. To top it off, the day before I had a fashion show that ended at around 10pm, which gave me absolutely no time to sleep before showing up to my 2am call time a few hours later. But the job can be a lot of fun and help you go to places you would otherwise not go to. Recently, I was invited to the soft opening of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity Building in UP Los Banos as one of their Biodiversity Champions. It was my first time in the campus and I was in awe with the nature encompassing the whole ground.

On free days, I like to spend time with friends and family as well my fur baby (his name is Gordo, puppy in the picture attached). I also like to workout, either at the gym or do some running in my old Alma Mater (Ateneo De Manila). I make it a point to visit Blue Water Day Spa at least twice a month. I think women should not be afraid to take time to take care of themselves. Set a date where you can relax both your mind and body from the stress of every day life.

2. What beauty item you can’t live without?

Waterproof Mascara. There is nothing like a good waterproof mascara to get you through whatever the day might throw at you. Applying mascara helps widen and brighten your eyes, making your face light up. Of course, skincare is still number one because great makeup starts with healthy and happy skin.

3. What’s your one beauty indulgence?

I tend to spend the most money on skincare products. I have very sensitive skin so I invest the most on products that are mild yet effective.

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4. What’s your daily skincare regimen?

Before going to sleep I try my best to make sure I remove all my makeup by using Moisturizing Make-Up Remover Wipes. I prefer using wipes because they are easy to use and access. I keep them on my bed side table so I can grab them at any time, even during those times you come home and plop straight onto bed. Afterwards, I use a gentle facial wash to rinse my face, a toner to make sure I get any dirt and finally apply an anti-aging night cream. In the morning, before applying makeup I repeat the process again except this time with a day cream. Once a week I use different facial masks to condition and relax my skin.

5. Best beauty discovery from abroad?

I stumbled upon a BareMinerals shop at the Outlets in the US last year, and got absolutely hooked! I use BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream for my everyday foundation and other products like their brightening powdered concealer and various kits. What I love about their products is that they use minerals in all of their products which make their line long-lasting, lightweight, easier to blend while protecting and nourishing your skin. Their makeup not only makes you look good but is also good for your skin. BareMinerals states that their products “were created to enhance your skin from the outside in.”

6. What’s the best beauty advice anyone has given you?

I think the best beauty advice given to me was the importance of taking care of your body. We really have to be conscious about making sure that we lead a lifestyle that is healthy and sustainable. And this does not meal “dieting” but actually making conscious decisions in your every day life that are good for both your mind and body. Choosing the right food that nourish your body and making sure you are able to break away from stress and anxiety are key to beauty that is not only on the outside but glows within. It’s not an easy thing to do and I definitely fall off the bandwagon constantly but I always try my best to stick to it as much as possible.

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7. If you were to raid someone’s closet, whose closet would it be and why?

I would love to raid Emma Watson’s closet. She is not the usual Fashion Icon you see named on fashion magazines but I love her sophisticated style. She is a power dresser. What I love the most about her is her genuine desire to dedicate herself to good causes, even in fashion. In 2015 she vowed to “go green” at the red carpet, vowing to only wear clothes from ethical designers who practice sustainable means of production.

8. Favorite spot to unwind on a Friday night in the metro? Your go-to cocktail / poison of choice?

I tend to enjoy hanging out with friends in a in-house setting. I usually end up kicking back at someone’s house and listening to music (most likely broadway) while sipping on a sangria or whiskey. If I’m not doing that, I’m usually out watching a newly released movie with my boyfriend at the mall. We make it a mission to watch every single title that is showing at cinemas (at Powerplant Mall usually).

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9. Local destination on your bucket list and why?

I am yet to see the beauty of Coron, Palawan. I have heard so many beautiful descriptions and seen so many gorgeous photos. I hope it is the raw beauty that people say it is!

10. One word that best describes you?

Natural.

I feel that make-up is supposed to enhance your natural beauty and not try to change your face to subscribe to a certain beauty standard or trend. Although sometimes it is fun to play around and completely change your look, your confidence should always stem from you knowing that who you are is worth anyone’s attention. Being yourself in our world today where social media opens you up to judgment is scary, but take courage in the fact that we are all in this world for a purpose. Be Natural. Be Yourself. Let your light shine and appreciate the natural glow of others.

xoxo,

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