Tor Torre’s Top 10 Beauty Tips by Joanne Zapanta-Andrada

I was interviewed a while back by Joanne Zapanta-Andrada about my top ten beauty tips that I can give to women.

I answered this with practicality in mind based on personal observations made over 9 years of being a makeup artist.

I’d like to thank the faboulous Joanne Zapanta-Andrada for believing in my skills. I am over the moon!

To read the article click on the link below to be brought to the online page of Joanne’s column “Uptown/Downtown” in the Allure Section of The Philippine Star:

The model that was featured on the paper is named Alana Vicente. We worked together a while back. The photo used was a behind the scenes photo. No filter, no editing.

Here it is:



Tor Torre : VMV Hypoallergenics Brand Ambassador

I have a bit of good news to share!

I am now a brand ambassador for the Global Filipino skin care and cosmetics line, VMV Hypoallergenics.

Screen capture of the Brand Ambassador page of VMV Hypoallergenics.


My first experience with VMV was when I was a high school student (circa 1997-98), this was the time  my friends and I were starting to experiment with makeup. I was walking at the local department store in Cebu City when I spotted VMV’s counter. I was initially attracted to their packaging, it was white and rectangular. Easy to use and easy to hide in my back pack.

I lost touch with the brand over the years especially during my days as a pageant queen (read as drag queen) and when other international brands started coming into the country.



My relationship with VMV Hypoallergenics was rekindled in 2012 when I received a phone call from a friend who was at that time working for VMV. Helen told me that they had a project in the works and they wanted me to come in to talk about the said project. I went to their office and met with the marketing team, the creative team and the CEO/Creative Director, Laura. We talked about different looks, skin care, lots of makeup, icons… anything under the cosmeceutical universe. I left that meeting as if I just had dinner with good friends. Light and bubbly.  Two weeks later, I was hired to be the makeup artist for their advertising materials.

This was the time when I started to get to know a wide array of skin care and makeup products that today has proven to be an integral part of my bathroom counter and makeup kit.



Since then, VMV Hypoallergenics has supported me as my skincare sponsor for a makeup workshop that I created called FACE The Possibilities (click to learn more). In early 2015 my team and I shot once again for VMV’s in-store and online promotional materials that you can currently see today.


Today, I am humbled to be part of a group of skinthusiasts who excel in their chosen fields and inspire other to do so. Currently, there are 5 brand ambassadors for VMV Hypoallergenics. To get to know them click here, to be brought the the brand ambassadors page of VMV Hypoallergenics.

There’s also a little “Get To Know Tor” article, and if you have time, please feel free to read it here.


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I am skinthusiastiac about continuing my journey with VMV and I am looking forward in continuing to share my joy for the brand and it’s products that I stand for. Hopefully my skinfatuation, as they put it, will boil over and will lead you to skinthusiasmly try and discover VMV Hypoallergenics for your self.






Feature with VMV Hypoallergenics: Armada Sport Skinthusiasm Winner

I am a huge fan of VMV Hypoallergenics and of their sunscreen called Armada Sport SPF 70. I noticed in VMV Hypoallergenics Instagram account the hashtag #whereintheworldisyourarmada. I decided to participate in their movement and got creative.

After a few months of being “creative”, I received word from them that I won a 185 g Armada Sport SPF 70 and 60 minute Facial & Services Certificate.

Click on the link to read my feature

If you guys are a fan of VMV Hypoallergenics, do share you skinthusiasm and you might just be the next winner. Just use the hashtag #vmvhypoallergenics and #skinthusiasm so they can find you.