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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. 

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

HYDRA Slim
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. 

HYDRA Tone
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.

 

Vice X Bang Cosmetics

June 12, 2018
Last September, Vice Ganda launched his line of lipsticks that sold out its year-long stocks in a month! Users raved about his long-lasting liquid lipsticks that sells for just P195 a tube. I was intrigued myself but never got the chance to get hold of one until last week, when I got invited to the launch of Vice Ganda cosmetics' collaboration with Bang Pineda.



It was not a surprise to see this collaboration materialize as Vice Ganda has always trusted his stylist and long-time friend Bang's aesthetics that's very similar to his. Fun yet accessible and relatable is how Vice Ganda described their style.


And to commemorate that, they've teamed up to create a striking lipstick collection. The four duos of Vice's phenomenal matte lipstick with a glitter topper is said to achieve that "Ganda with a Bang!"


I happily played with the colors and tried them on myself. On first application, I got surprised on how lightweight the formula was. Amongst all matte liquid lipsticks I've tried, this one's the lightest. I waited for minutes for it to dry and it didn't feel too tight on my lips. I didn't have a hard time smiling or talking, or feeling conscious that the color might crack everytime I move my lips -- which was a problem with other matte lipstick formulations. I was quite impressed on the quality given it's just P195! 

The glitter topper is a winner to anyone who'd want a bit more glam. It gives the dazzle we need on a night-out. My mood that night was just for matte lips so I decided to just have fun with the glitter topper by dabbing it on other parts of my face such as the eyelids, browbone and cheekbone. 

Wearing Mowdel shade's phenomenal matte lipstick

The Vice x Bang duos comes in four limited edition pair of shades. Only Vice cosmetics can come up with such fun, quirky and uniquely Pinoy names for the shades: Fashown, Mowdel, Rrrahmpa and Saveeeh. My favorite so far is Mowdel, which is reminiscent of the 90's era popular brownish nude shade.



Though they come in pairs, you can mix and match the matte lippies with the glitter toppers. 

The Vice x Bang collection is now available at P395.00 per pair in all Vice cosmetic stores, Watsons and SM department stores nationwide. 
 
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