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How To Make A Difference Through One's Passion

Entrepreneur and lifestyle blogger Nicole Ortega talks about beauty and her passion projects.
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What led you to pursuing your passion?

I used to work in the corporate world and stopped when my husband was elected into public office. Now that my kids are older, I am pursuing my passion in cooking, I started my food business, and I work on my blog because I love to share and help. Making a difference is a passion I started to have as I grew older.

What inspires you?

Progress in our country, open-mindedness, and seeing people make an effort to beautify their surroundings and appearance in their everyday life. The feedback I receive from those I am helping through my blog also inspires me.

Pet peeves?

The lack of urgency and poor customer service we still face as a country. Pretentiousness. Arrogance. Boastfulness. And the perpetually late person. Punctuality says so much about a person.

“I make sure to cleanse morning and evening. I never sleep with makeup on and I use a lot of sunblock.”

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M.A.C lipstick and Lancôme sunscreen, Rustan’s Makati; ZO by Zein Obagi skincare line, Belo Medical Group, The Residences at Greenbelt, RMK face powder, rmk.com; NARS blush, Rustan's Makati.

What impression do you hope to leave through your personal look?

A clean and polished one—always.

Dreams?

That my blog and food business would flourish more. That I be able to empower others and help others overcome grief and insecurities. To be able to travel more with my kids because they’re growing so fast.

What would you never compromise on?

My food quality—no extenders or preservatives. Personally, my principles, values—no “people pleasing.”

“I keep a small kit for quick touchups.”

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Bobbi Brown lip pencil and L’Occitane hand cream, Rustan’s Makati; ZO by Zein Obagi lip treatment, Belo Medical Group, The Residences at Greenbelt; Goody comb and Clean&Clear oil control film at leading department stores.

What is your most memorable beauty faux pas?

When I was a teenager, I would get the occasional zit. I’d put black eyeliner over it and pretend it was a mole. So I had a constantly moving mole and it really confused people.

Beauty icons?

Grace Kelly. I loved her beauty. My mother and my mother-in-law who are aging gracefully—my mother by exercising every day and my mother-in-law by her inner peace that just shows.

What is the best beauty advice you’ve ever received?

Moisturize and use sunscreen.


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What makes you happy?

Being with my kids and family, laughing with friends, wine, traveling, creativity, and eating really good—not necessarily expensive—food.

Your personal definition of beauty?

There’s a saying that goes, “Style is saying who you are without you having to speak.” I find that so sexy and beautiful. When you just have natural style and flair. Not overdoing your face and appearance. The confidence of knowing how to carry yourself. Positivity in one’s words and actions is also beautiful to me.

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Nicole Limos Morales
Contributing Beauty Editor
Nicole is the former managing editor of Town&Country. After working as features editor and beauty editor of the title’s print edition for 6 years, she helped launch Townandcountry.ph in 2016, creating new concepts and story formats, analyzing data, and mastering digital audiences—establishing the title to become the Philippines’ leading luxury lifestyle website. She left her full-time position in 2019 to focus on family life, while carrying on writing beauty content for T&C as a contributing editor. “I think what’s amazing about beauty is that in its arena, you can really only be a skeptic for so long,” she says. “There will always be a product that will make you believe.”
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