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Play It Forward with The Body Shop

December 13, 2017
This Christmas, The Body Shop Philippines has teamed up with International Alert to send love, joy and compassion to some of the most vulnerable peaople in the world. 

Every gift bought from their seasonal collections helps support the Peace Play Project in Lebanon for a year, which provides a safe space for children to play and heal.

Are you game? I am! So here are just some of my personal picks for Christmas from The Body Shop:

Frosted Plum Series

A truly sophisticated indulgence for your body, this scent with notes of magnolia, peony and ripe plum is sure to lavishly make your Christmas delicious both in and out the shower!

Shower gel at P500 and Body Butter at P995

Premium Collection

Their premium collection composed of Shower Gel, Body Scrub, Body Butter, Body Mist and Hand Cream is all anyone needs, really! I love the delicate scent of Moringa, but this is also available in Shea, Satsuma, Strawberry and British Rose.

They have other game-changing gifts and sets this holiday starting from 110 pesos! Every budget can take home a TBS gift set!


Clearer with Creer

December 3, 2017
One of the things I'm truly religious about is my cleansing regimen. I may skip moisturizers or other steps in my skincare routine, but one thing's for sure, I never go to bed until my face is immaculately clean. Most women I know complain on removing their makeup at the end of the day that some even sleep with their makeup on. I cannot relate! I actually enjoy stripping my face off all that's left of the day and let my skin breathe, making sure not even one dot is left. 

I've probably tried a hundred of makeup removers out there, and that's not an exaggeration. I've come to realize you need different kinds depending on your skin's needs. And because your skin changes through season and time, you need several ones. 

Creer comes in two types of cleansers, one for removing light makeup and one for heavy. Both formulations are free from colours, parabens, alcohol and fragrances, making them suitable for even the most sensitive of skin.

For testing purposes, I applied the new formulation of quick drying and super waterproof K-Palette eyeliners at the back of my hand. 

I waited an hour before removing it with just water and soap. In the photo below, you'd see there are remnants despite me rubbing it off.

I reapplied the super long-lasting K-palette eyeliners again and removed 2 strokes with Creer Cleansing water and 2 strokes with Creer Cleasing Water Oil In and both removed all eyeliner strokes easily as seen in the photo below:

Not only is Creer amazing at removing makeup and dirt, it's also formulated with hot spring water and Shimane Prefecture's Izumi Onzen, which is said to have beautifying properties. This product is loved for cutting short our beauty regimen in just one step. It's not only a powerful cleanser, it's also a makeup remover, toner and exfoliator in one.

The original variety is best used for days when you're wearing minimal makeup and the Oil In variety on days when you've applied thicker makeup and also long-lasting formulations of cosmetics such as silicone-based foundations and powders.

Creer Cleansing Water varieties retail at P545.00 for a 330ml and is available in Beauty Bar, SM Beauty Stores and Lazada.


Instant Body Lightening Cream

November 10, 2017
Whenever I see a new ad on a product promising instant whitening, I always look the other way. Have any of you, really found one that can actually lighten the skin instantly? It seems like a long shot, and in my experience and from what I've heard, all those products promising that just ends up disappointing.

Clearly, the beauty industry heard our woes and had finally come up with one that does lighten the skin instantly. Yes, you've read right. INSTANTLY. And I'm not just talking about a subtle difference. The instantaneous effect, I promise, is obvious!

Shiro Ashi Hime is a japanese instant body lightening cream that, well, does just that. 

This lightening cream can be used on the entire body and face. For the face, it's can cover up blackheads, pores, bruises, dull skin, scars, ingrown hair and freckle marks. What interests me more is how it can actually improve skin on my body. So here's the test, with the top arm without it and the bottom arm with a pea-sized amount applied onto it:

See what I mean by 'obvious' effect? As seen, my arm definitely brightened and lightened. I also noticed my skin tightening, thanks to the coffee and tea extract in the formulation. Upon reading the ingredients list, it also contains Arbutin Chamomilla extract that are known for their moisturizing properties. 

It was also easy to apply and blend it onto the skin with it's light and fluffy texture. And! It doesn't stain clothing and gets absorbed easily. 

So far, no allergies or irritation in my experience. At the end of the day, you may just wash with soap and water to remove it. 

Shiro Ashi Hime is exclusively distributed by Beauty Box Corp and can be purchased online or at all Beauty Bar outlets nationwide.

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