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I first heard of the newest MAC collection when I was strolling one of the many malls in Bangkok. Imagine my surprise when I saw models at the counters with ridiculous show-dog hair even bigger than my puppies’. Two weeks later I got to attend the event in the PI to finally find out what the dog ‘dos were all about.

The newest collection called Haute Dogs takes inspiration from, as you may have already guessed, show dogs. It’s high time we made a tribute to man’s best friend although I never thought it’d be in the form of makeup. Still, it makes perfect sense. Owners tend to start looking like their puppies sometimes and, let’s face it, well-groomed pups have shinier, softer hair, the most defined eye liners and unbelievable lash lengths. The new collection, similarly, boasts of “buttery fur tones, gold-spun sculpting powders and regal berries for lips.”

It’s interesting to note that the collection has a lot of shimmer. Gone are the days of summer mattes and blocked pigments. As we usher in the BER months (it’s 97 days ’til Christmas, you guys), the holidays deserve something a lot more festive and one’s makeup has to reflect that.

Haute Dogs includes an array of what should be your new holiday makeup arsenal: 3 eyeshadow palettes, highlighters, 5 shades of lip-stick and 3 -glass aptly named after our canine obsessions, lip pencils, gel liners, brow liners and even nail lacquer. Consider them a timely seasonal upgrade to your essentials.

My personal favorites are the everyday add-ons to any beauty routine – the Deep Brunette brow pencil (I need to get one of those!), Currant lip liner (an intense reddish purple), and the different eyeshadow palettes. Even PR Manager Vanessa Vergara shares the same sentiment boasting of how easy the eyeshadow palettes fit the busy woman’s lifestyle allowing for a seamless transition from day to night. It’s true though, the palettes have a whole range of hues each from light to dark to suit whatever beauty mood you may be in.

I personally can’t wait to try out the different looks I can do with the palettes. Maybe holiday makeup can be my Christmas gift to myself.

Then again, do we really need an occasion to love ourselves? I think not.

Visit MAC stores for the newest products; Mineralize Rich Lipstick, Php1500; Mineralize Glass, Php1500; Lip Pencil, Php1000; Mneralize Eye Shadow, Php2750, Fluidline, 1100; Veluxe Brow Liner, Php1280; Mineralize Skinfinish, Php2750; Sculpting Powder, Php1400;MAC Nail Lacquer, Php750