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Custom Brows By Browhaus

August 15, 2018
I've never really trusted anyone to do my brows until last week. Can you believe I've never had my brows threaded or waxed before? The fear of having it over-plucked, or infected by unsanitary tools made me trust no one by myself and stay away from brow salons. But upon attending Browhaus' event and hearing how professional, well-trained and sanitary they are, I immediately felt confident to finally let someone touch my brows. 

Browhaus is your one-stop brow and lash grooming salon, built for the image-conscious urbanite who demands not just function, but function and style. That’s why Browhaus has specialists who are well-equipped with knowledge towards the perfect arch. Browhaus uses a precise Blueprint System designed to create the perfect brow, employing grid technology to structure a brow creation of perfect form and symmetry.

At Browhaus, they see every face as a unique terrain with differing bone and muscle definition. Any face shape - whether round, oval, heart-shaped or square - is taken into consideration. Your eye shape, how it is set and unique concerns such as a prominent nose, chin or lip are all factored into the equation. The natural effects of aging, slackening skin and the loss of facial muscle tone are rebalanced. Even your skin type - oily, dry or combination - is considered!

The launch event last week was for their newest service Brow Resurrection. Developed and perfected by Browhaus’ dedicated research and develop team, Brow Resurrection creates realistic hair strands from root to tip to give the perfect brows. Unique only to Browhaus, this treatment uses an advance embroidery technique to create natural-looking strokes, resulting in a finer finish compared to other semi-permanent brow treatments that simply weave in parallel hair strands.

The finest multi-pins to craft out intricate life-like brow strands are used for the procedure and never reused. Each tool comes individually sealed, sterilized and will be disposed off after the treatment.

I wasn't able to try Brow Resurrection myself. I have a full brow naturally and needed almost no addition of hair strands to my brow hair. I only needed grooming and went for a session of threading. But for some of the girls at the event, they were perfect candidates for Brow Resurrection.

Here are some information you'd want to know about Brow Resurrection straight from Browhaus' management itself:

How painless is BR?

We go that extra mile to ensure a comfortable experience from start to finish. To minimisediscomfort, the therapist will apply a superior numbing cream to the treatment area. Nine out of 10 customers feedback that they don’t experience any discomfort and for those who do, the discomfort is #NoBigDealand likened to eyebrow tweezing.

How long is the treatment duration?

The entire procedure takes 90 minutes for Brow Resurrection Classic, Soft and Full and 120 minutes for Brow Resurrection Ombreto complete, consisting of consultation and the treatment itself.

Are there any after effects?

After treatment effects varies with every individual. Post-treatment, there might be slight swelling and tenderness on the treated area. Don’t immediately freak out if you think the colourof your brows are too dark after the treatment –the colouris meant to fade over the next 6 to 10 days, leaving you with the desired shade that you initially agreed on with your therapist.

How long does BR last ?

A year and a half.

Since the service was offered, already 150,000 brows were resurrected. You can visit one of their branches to know if you're a good candidate for Brow Resurrection. 

Brow Resurrection is available in all Browhaus branches nationwide: Serendra BGC, Mega Fashion Hall SM Megamall, Powerplant Mall Rockwell, Lucky Chinatown, Abreeza Davao.

Hair Care by The Body Shop

July 24, 2018
I consider my baths sacred. It's the one time of the day when I can just escape from all the stresses of life, and find peace and serenity without anyone to disturb me. I take this fifteen minutes I have all to myself seriously and only choose the most luscious shower companions and best scents one can have in the shower. I have too many toiletries of different scents to suit any mood, and a quarter of them is from The Body Shop.

Recently, The Body Shop have extended their haircare range so 1you can care for your locks your way and love them in all of their natural, untamed glory. The new heroes in this care-free and cruelty-free collection are the1Strawberry Clearly Glossing Shampoo and Conditioner – the first ever 100% 1vegan haircare routine from The Body Shop – and 100% vegan Ginger Scalp Care 1Conditioner, to accompany their bestselling Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo.

Did you know that The Body Shop sell a bottle 1of Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo every 4 seconds? I myself can't wait to try this one out. The humid weather these days is making my hair flake! I'm badly in need with a formula that can rid off the flakes without the harmful chemicals. And with The Body Shop, you're always sure their products are cruelty-free and care-free. 

They’ve paired 1this iconic, international bestseller up with the new, 1100% vegan Ginger Scalp Care Conditioner. This powerful duo is enriched with ginger essential oil 1from Sri Lanka and birch bark and white willow extracts. Together, they leave the scalp feeling soothed and hair feeling cleansed and revitalised. 

Upon opening the bottle, you can already smell ginger’s signature, sparkling spiciness. It's an energizing scent I'd recommend to use in your morning ritual to stimulate the senses! After using the shampoo, my hair felt clean and I follow with the conditioner, letting it stay on for a minute to let the goodness seep in my strands. After shower, combing wasn't difficult though my hair wasn't as manageable as it is when I use my usual keratin shampoos. Though there's a significant difference in the lightness of my hair. My hair feels bouncy, with less weight. My scalp felt soothed, and I notice less flakes. A week into this regimen and my scalp has definitely rebalanced and flakes are almost gone.

Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo is available at 250ml and 400ml bottles at P450.00 and P795.00 respectively, while the Ginger Scalp Care Conditioner comes in a 250ml bottle at P450.00.

BSoul Launches in Manila

July 17, 2018
I've dabbled on skincare as early as when I was 17 years old. I was a bit too paranoid then, I used anti-aging skincare as I thought using it as early as my age then would prevent my skin from premature aging. I've learned later that applying on your face what your skin doesn't need can cause more harm than good. Ever since, I made my regimen simple.

Fast forward to now and I'm in my 30's. I'm back to my paranoid self who's slowly feeling a cringe every time she sees the finest line on her eye area or a new dark spot mark. I've recently consulted many dermatologists and learned about so many new ingredients that I need to add to my regimen like AHA/BHA, Retinol, etc. Needless to say, it's quite complex and confusing.

So when invited to the launch of Italian skincare brand, I was happy to RSVP yes. Let's see the Italians' take on skincare.

Health and beauty company Linea Organica launches BSoul, a natural skincare line that aims to reinvigorate the skin by activating its correct function. Hailing from Tuscany, Italy, this luxury makeup line uses bio-compatible and eco-friendly ingredients to solve the root causes of skin problems, avoiding damage recurrence and the frustrating lifespan of skincare effects that never last. 

LineaOrganica Managing Director Mikee Federizo welcomes the guests at the launch of BSoul

BSoul founder Martina Bindi flew to the Philippines herself to launch the brand in Manila last July 12 at the Conrad Manila. A skin expert for more than a decade focusing on advanced facial and body techniques applied to aesthetics, Martina's motivation comes from her personal experience, after having spent 13 years facing skin problems herself. It's Martina's success story that fuels the BSoul tagline "Beautiful without makeup—every woman's dream." 

BSoul Founder Martina Bindi performing the Hydra Lift Lifting Anti-Aging Treatment on blogger Shen Cala-Or 

According to Martina, skincare should be simple and uncomplicated. You don't need a gazillion steps. Most of the time, it's just as basic as changing your cleanser and shifting to a milder formulation, that respects the skin's physiological condition.  Here are some of BSoul's organic skincare products available to us, that's said to bring back balance to our skin with its gentle formulation:

BSoul’s Starter Kit consists of the Hydra Milk Cleanser, Hydra Face Scrub 3Action, Redness Sinergy and Hydra Comfort

BSoul BB Hydra Repair nourishes while providing a sheer coverage and comes in three shades.

BSoul facial serums comes in three variants that targets specific skin concerns.

BSoul anti-aging creams moisturizes as it helps prevent and cure signs of aging.

BSoul Power Vials contain concentrated formulas for quicker results.

BSoul sunscreens for sensitive skin that doesn't clog the pores

BSoul also carries shower essentials such as shampoo and body wash

BSoul’s beauty arsenal for eyes and lips: Hydra-Lift Eye Contour Gel and Hydra Lip Cream

I was one of the lucky few who had a chance to experience a a one on one consultation with Martina. We met at the Linea Organica branch in S Maison.

Martina's warm personality quickly made me feel at home to open up about my skincare history and skin issues. She's very straightforward on her assessment of my skin, with the help of a unique machine that showed me my current skin condition.

Martina, all warm and professional at the same time.

This chart shows my moisture level is borderline dehydrated.

My sebum level is at its lowest.

My elasticity score is at the highest!

Nothing to worry about wrinkles yet, but fine lines are starting to show up.

The ideal pores shown here came from the sample of my skin on my arms. Can you believe my body's skin is in better condition than my face's? 

My evaluation:

Moisture Level: Low
Sebum Level: Low
Elasticity: Very Good
Pigmentation: Very Good
Wrinkles: Very Good

As shown in my evaluation above, my skin condition is borderline my age. This means I'm so close to appearing older than I look even if I pass with flying colors on elasticity, pigmentation and wrinkles. Just because my moisture and sebum levels are low, it dragged my evaluation score down. I may have taken care of all the other skin concerns but forgot the most basic, moisture!

I was advised to start using BSoul's Hydra Milk Cleanser and Hydra Comfort Cream. And get a weekly Hydra Facial Hydrating Treatment for four weeks to 'normalize' my skin and bring back the moisture it had lost.

I'm due for another assessment after 6 weeks to see how the new regimen and weekly facials have improved my skin condition. 

Until then, here are other Linea Organica treatments you can avail using BSoul products:

HYDRA Facial Hydrating Treatment
Reduces transepidermal water loss (TEWL) to make sure skin is smooth, soft, hydrated and light. 

HYDRA Clear Basic Anti-Acne Treatment
A decongestant acne treatment that removes skin toxins, making redness disappear. 

HYDRA Clear Brightening Anti-Acne
Recommended for fragile skin, this treatment reduces redness, inflammation and strengthens the skin's defense against free radicals. 

HYDRA Uniform Anti-Dark Spot Treatment
Using BSoul's Hydra Ultra-Bright Concentrated Serum, this treatment lightens dark spots and evens out skin tone. 

HYDRA Redness Sensitive Skin Treatment
For skin that looks lighter, hydrated and bright, this treatment builds defense mechanisms against oxidative stress. 

HYDRA Lift Lifting Anti-Aging
A treatment that awakens cell metabolism, restores hydrated skin and highly improves anabolic and metabolic mechanisms to flush out toxins from the skin. 

HYDRA Lift Firming Anti-Aging
This treatment slows down skin aging caused by sun exposure. 

HYDRA Double Chin Anti-Double Chin Treatment
This treatment drains water retention and fats under the chin area with the use of special draining techniques that keep the chin's V-shape. 

HYDRA Double Chin Duo Anti-Double Chin + Lifting
The Anti-Double Chin treatment bundles with a lifting treatment, offering a 2-in-1 deal. 

This treatment is a special draining technique to reduce water retention and eliminate toxins from the lymphatic system, reducing the superficial appearance of cellulite. 

A post Hydra Detox procedure, this treatment targets specific fat deposits throughout the body. 

HYDRA Sculpt
This treatment addresses lactic acid build up, as they are broken down through the use of special techniques such as lymphatic drainage and soft tissue manipulation. 

A non-invasive firming treatment to improve the appearance of specific fat-dense body parts.

BSoul is a brand under Linea Organica, a company committed to distributing organic and natural beauty products and treatments all over the world. 

Follow BSoul and Linea Organica at @lineaorganicaph on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Visit BSoul and Linea Organica at the 2nd floor of S Maison in Pasay or at Ayala Vertis in Quezon City.


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