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Marbbie C. Tagabucba - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines –  The monkeys are known to be very playful. A little bit of a trickster, they are mischievous. But because of the nature of the fire, people will generally be quick to react and be impulsive, making sudden outbursts,” Princesse Lim Fernandez of Yin and Yang Shop of Harmony summarizes the overall mood of the new lunar year. “A tip for everyone is to not overanalyze a situation and take a step back before reacting or making decisions.”

If you’ve observed a trend of people leaving jobs in the past month, Fernandez explains it’s because of the Winter Solstice last Dec. 20, when the energy of the monkey started to come in: “People were reacting immediately, leading to misunderstanding, words being said that cannot be taken back.”

Fernandez has a few words of caution: “Your (birth) year only plays a part in how your luck turns out. Not everyone will have the same luck, not everyone has the same path because your zodiac according to your year doesn’t give the complete picture,” she says, citing your birth month and day as well as the feng shui of your living and working spaces which all play a part in how your year pans out.

She finally assures, “The gift of knowing is so you can emotionally and mentally prepare for it, whether it’s change or movement, so you can embrace it instead of resisting it.” That being said, here’s what’s in store for you for 2016 — and some beauty finds for more auspicious times!


Born under this sign:

Alessandro Michele,

Fernanda Ly

What’s in the stars: “This year holds a great chance for them to move ahead by tapping their relationships and connections. They should just watch their backs and not be too trusting lest they fall prey to the ulterior motives of others,” Fernandez says. “Pay extra attention to documents, contracts and legalities. They should also be extra careful when near water or during water activities.”

Beauty advice: Hustling hard means you might not be getting enough sleep. Make the most out of your rest time with the good ol’ reliable Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate.


Born under this sign:

Alber Elbaz, Phoebe Philo

What’s in the stars: “The Ox has a happy favorable star shining on its sign that brings good luck and good romance and relationships,” Fernandez reports, so for those who are single, travel and socialize more, circulating more will also attract good opportunities in your wealth and career.

Beauty advice: An exotic scent that evokes romance like Armani Code Satin should amp up your confidence.


Born under this sign:

Sarah Burton

What’s in the stars: This year brings about some form of change, movement or travel. “It will be best for Tigers to not stay put in one place for a prolonged period of time for them to have better luck,” advises Lim Fernandez.

Beauty advice: Change your hair and you change your life, so the adage goes. A dollop of Kérastase Sérum Thérapiste protects while treating hair from styling and chemical damage.


Born under this sign:

Brooklyn Beckham

What’s in the stars: “They should be bold and not hesitate too long when faced with new ventures. They will even receive sincere help from noble people. They should maximize the opportunities the year brings in preparation for 2017.”

Beauty advice: Shush all the haters with a bold lip color that delivers a punch like Mac’s Retro Matte Liquid Lip Color in Fashion Legacy.


Born under this sign:


What’s in the stars: Health, safety, and miscommunication are low points for the Dragon but their lucky stars outshine the unlucky ones. Fernandez says, “Since the Dragon is compatible to the Monkey, an opportunity to jointly work on a project or work with a team will arise.”

Beauty advice: Apply Milk Makeup’s Cooling Ice Water when your spirits get low. Its seawater and caffeine will de-puff your eyes refresh your overall psyche.


Born under this sign:

Grace Coddington,

Kanye West

What’s in the stars: “Good fortune, success and happiness await the Snake but they should avoid disputes and make sure that all their documents and contracts are in order to avoid any legal issue from arising. They can expect a thriving business and career along with a rosy romance.”

Beauty advice: After a productive day, get in the mood for love by lighting a Rosaviola candle, the new scent by Diptyque in collaboration with Olympia Le-Tan.


Born under this sign:

Jennifer Lawrence

What’s in the stars: Last year may have been better for Horses, but attending happy celebrations and basking in positive environments should help to boost their luck. Fernandez advises, “It is not the time to be impulsive else their competitors will get the better of them. Opportunities to excel in their career and even ventures overseas are on the horizon but this might not translate into wealth just yet. Be wary of those promises that seem too good to be true.”

Beauty advice: Whatever your luck may be, at least have great skin. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair foil mask is supercharged with vitamins.


Born under this sign: Raf Simons

What’s in the stars: After the challenges of last year, Goats can now heave a sigh of relief as this year is a much better one. Fernandez explains, “They have benevolent stars that bring bright and clear opportunities their way. This will also enhance their relationships and romance, but married Goats should remember to direct this enhanced romance luck to their partners.”

Beauty advice: Repair the effects of last year’s challenges with some Erno Laszlo Phormula 3-9, a nutritional supplement for the skin.


Born under this sign:

Hedi Slimane

What’s in the stars: “This year may bring its share of frustrations and setbacks but if they remember to keep a steady pace and just tackle everything one at a time, then it should not be too overwhelming. They should be conservative and always have a backup plan or tap the good relationships they have built through the years. Try to work with a team rather than doing it all on your own. If a chance arises to learn something new or to acquire a new skill, grab it.”

Beauty advice: Look as friendly as you feel with the Becca Undereye Corrector so you don’t shy away from asking potential collaborators.


Born under this sign: Beyoncé

What’s in the stars: “The luck of the Roosters this year is much better. They will receive aid from influential benefactors that if properly handled, will bring them a prosperous year. They should remember to pay attention to the process and the journey and not just focus on the end goal. Single Roosters have blossoming relationships this year, but for those who are in a relationship, keep temptation at bay and spend more time with your partner.”

Beauty advice: Channel a magnanimous glow from the generosity of others with La Prairie Cellular Radiance Perfecting Fluide which is infused with pure gold.


Born under this sign:

Pat McGrath

What’s in the stars: “Dogs should remember to find peace and derive joy from the little things that matter and be patient and hopeful. Consider taking mini-breaks this year or even just have some movement around the office for a change of environment. This, as well as attending happy occasions and doing more kind deeds or charity will help boost their luck.”

Beauty advice: When you do get away, make your tan last with Sun Bum’s Browning Lotion and Towelette.


Born under this sign: Gigi Hadid

What’s in the stars: “Pigs should be more discerning as to  the sincerity of the intentions of the people around them. They should not let this cloud their judgment to avoid any untoward event. On the other hand, they should not overthink matters and keep everything bottled up inside.”

Beauty: Being in groups will bring Pigs peace of mind. Sign up for a group workout with any of GuavaPass’ partners at or download the app.

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For more information, call the Yin & Yang Shop of Harmony at 752-5882 or visit them at the ground floor of New World Hotel, Makati.

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