Dominique Cojuangco’s Lighten-Up List



Photography by Roy Macam
Makeup by Patrick Rosas

  • "I’m also obsessed with dungarees. Can’t wear them in London yet, though, it’s a little too chilly for that."
  • "I’m definitely obsessed with macarons from Ladurée. It’s really close to where I live so I stay away as much as I can. My mom loves salted caramel and that’s all she’ll eat but that’s too sweet for me, so I like chocolate and that’s all I’ll eat."
  • "I’m obsessed with either matte nude nails or oxblood—really dark oxblood."
  • "I was just listening to Beyoncé in the car and she’s on top of my list. I did have one stage where I had to pull an all-nighter and to keep myself up, I decided I would play all of her albums from beginning to end. I like 'Pretty Hurts.' I like all of them but I think that’s the one where the lyrics are stuck in my head most of the time."
  • “SPF every day. I got badly sunburned once. It was my 11th birthday party and my friends and I were all trying to be cool. We didn’t want to put any sunblock on and we all got home with these little bubbles on our shoulders, and all in pain and feverish. So I’ve never had a sunburn after that.”
  • "Well, Pretty Little Liars for sure. I met Shay [Mitchell] last year. It was actually an accident ‘cause I just saw that Tito Ben [Chan] posted a photo with her at his house and I knew my mom was at his house. So I texted her in all caps and I was like, ‘Shay Mitchell is at Tito Ben Chan’s house right now. Tell her I love her.’ It was one of the only shows I followed while it was on. I don’t usually like watching one episode at a time."
  • "'The Wizard of Oz'—I love that movie. For Book Week, when I was about 10, my friends and I dressed up as the characters, so yes, I’ve always been obsessed. It’s about where your home is, who you are, and that you should be thankful for the people around you."


With a mother who is the paradigm of fierceness, it’s no surprise Dominique Cojuangco chose to pursue fashion design as a career. Taking a quick break from London’s Instituto Marangoni to visit Manila, Dominique joined the BENCH family and recently became one of three ambassadors for BENCH Body’s Skin Whitening Lotion.

Besides the illuminating new product, of course, Dominique relies on a few other things to lighten her days. Click through this B/BLOG kit for what cultural and cosmetic items the fresh-faced 19-year-old turns to for instant uplift.



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