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Hair Care by The Body Shop

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, In : Reviews 
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 ...
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Vice X Bang Cosmetics

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, In : Reviews 
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 a...
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Unleash the Goddess Within

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, In : Events 
Sleek Makeup invited friends from the media today for another event and seeing that it's a launch of a highlighting kit, there was no chance I was to say no. In the center of SM Makati's activity area, Sleek Makeup's event glimmered in gold, making all of the guests want to unleash the goddesses in us.

And it was easy for us to do so with the activities they've prepared for us:

We could have as much metallic body tattoos we wanted!

Or we could have our Egyptian makeup and face tattoos done wit...
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Control Your Frizz

Posted by Dior Co on Thursday, October 6, 2016, In : Events 
Now that my priorities have shifted, it has been harder and harder to make time to visit the salon for some pampering session. I find myself with, at the most, half an hour to prep myself to leave the house. It’s one thing to walk out of a salon with gorgeous, straight hair and another to step out of the house every day with the same salon-gorgeous look. But thanks to amazing beauty products like TRESemmé Keratin Smooth, I can now #ControlYourFrizz with the same salon results, right in you...
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Sleek Enough To Fit My Kit

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, August 15, 2016, In : Reviews 
Sleek makeup has been one of the most promising cosmetic brands that recently arrived in Manila. Not only do they have a line-up that can complete your entire makeup kit, they're also surprisingly affordable. Almost all, if not all their products are highly pigmented, making them favorites of makeup artists like me.

Last month, Sleek gathered bloggers and makeup artists to reintroduce the brand and new makeup in their line-up, most appropriate for the cooler months ahead.

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Second Year of SM Lipstick Fest

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, August 15, 2016, In : Announcements 
What kind of makeup artist are you if you don't celebrate International Lipstick Day? Thanks to SM, we all can celebrate this day at the annual SM Lipstick Festival.

This year, the SM Lipstick Fest had almost all the beauty brands under their roof offer up to 50% off regular prices. Some of the participating brands were crowd favorites such as BYS, Sleek Makeup, L’Oreal, Maybelline, Revlon, MaxFactor, OFRA Cosmetics, Happy Skin, Catrice, Nichido and many more.

I arrived at 11 in the morning ...
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Bold Hair with Watsons

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, In : Events 
If there's one concern we human beings share, it has to do with our crowning glory -- our hair. Now more than ever, our hair is a statement to who are in this world. However, most of us are still afraid to really let our personalities show because of fear of hair damage and costly maintenance. 

Watsons’ recently launched their “Color Your Hair Bold” initiative at Revel, The Palace, to ease these worries of women by highlighting that hair coloring is not only fun, it is also safe, afford...
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Double Up On Beauty with Cream Silk

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, January 5, 2016, In : Announcements 
More and more, I see that Filipinas are becoming more fashion-forward, daring to stand out and look different. And this is true not only on fashion but also on beauty, especially on hairstyles. No longer are we intimidated by bright hair colors and bold hairstyles, as it has now become one of the most important forms of expressing ourselves. The problem, however, is that along with styling is the threat of dealing with dry hair.

Cream Silk, the country’s No.1 conditioner, enables the Fili...
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Céleteque DermoCosmetics

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, In : Reviews 
As I age, I'm inclined to obsess more about skincare now than makeup. But a fusion of both at a reasonable price? Why not! Céleteque Dermo, the trusted brand for cutting-edge skincare technology, recently launched their first ever line of cosmetics for every sensible and hardworking Filipina.

After the brand has established itself as a skincare staple—in countless women’s beauty regimen, with its extensive, customized and expert line of dermatologist-tested, hypoallergenic, and clinical...
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K-Palette Thanksgiving Afternoon

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, October 5, 2015, In : Events 
When you're starting a new phase in your life, in my case marriage, things just tend to change. I no longer have the time and energy to attend all the beauty events I'm invited to. It's a good thing actually, I get to realize what brands I truly believe in. 

Cheryl Tan, owner of Beautybox Corp that brought us the many Japanese brands that we now have in Manila, thanked me last week for always supporting their events. And honestly, I felt the other way around. I'm truly grateful that these bran...
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Review: The Body Shop Voyage Collection

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, October 5, 2015, In : Reviews 
Just in time for my honeymoon next week, I'm bringing with me one of The Body Shop's scents from their new Voyage Collection. Infused with authentic ingredients from the four corners of the globe, the new Voyage collection is inspired by four destinations -- Japan (Cherry Blossoms), India (Jasmine), Morocco (Mountain Roses) and Italy (Figs).

Since our first stop is Italy, it's only but appropriate to bring Italian Figs fragrance with me. Figs are emblematic of the Italian coast. This bitte...

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Review: Benefit Air Patrol

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, October 5, 2015, In : Reviews 
I'm often asked why I still stop by a beauty store despite thousands of makeup I have at home. Well, the beauty industry just keeps coming out with newer innovative products! Take Benefit Cosmetics' new Air Patrol BB cream eyelid primer for instance. I mean, who wouldn't buy an eyelid primer in BB cream texture with broad-spectrum SPF 20 that also contains EnviroDefend complex to help guard our delicate eyelids against sun, smoke and pollutants?

It also promises to extend the wear of eyesha...
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Happy Skin Read My Lips Series

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, October 5, 2015, In : Announcements 
As Happy Skin turns two this month, they were happy to share that day in and day out, they sell over one hundred lippies, without fail. And because of this, one of my favorite homegrown brands of skin-caring makeup devotes its holiday 2015 collection to a true best-seller that’s been making women everywhere happiest: the cult-favorite Shut Up & Kiss Me Lippie.

From the introduction of its very first lippie—the Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippie, launched back in October 2013—Happy Sk...
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Bathe in LUXury

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, October 5, 2015, In : Reviews 
There is nothing more rewarding than having the luxury of time to take long baths after a long day. And while at it, why not bathe in a luxurious scent? I believe that the scent of a woman all starts in the shower.

We now can have the luxurious experience of bathing with perfume every day, as LUX finally sets the Philippines abloom. Masterfully designed and crafted by perfume experts from New York, Paris, and London, the new LUX Perfumed Bath Collection consists of lingering fragrances that ...
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Review: Himawari Oil in Shampoo & Conditioner

Posted by Dior Co on Saturday, August 29, 2015, In : Reviews 
When I received a package from Kracie to try out their Himawari Oil in Shampoo and Conditioner, I immediately looked at the details at the back of the bottle to see if it's silicone- and sulfate-free. And thank God they are! You see, I have been regularly highlighting my hair every six months. Because of this, I need hair products that won't fade my hair color. Just in time, Himawari was sent to me just in time when my Kerastase Chroma shampoo and conditioner have a few drops left.

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Inglot Opens Its Flagship Store

Posted by Dior Co on Thursday, December 18, 2014, In : Events 
My, my... how time flies! I can still remember writing a post on my first visit to the much awaited Inglot store in Glorietta 5 last year. And now, they've already opened a new store — their grandest and biggest one to-date!

A couple of days ago, I had the chance to experience and shoot at the newest flagship store of Inglot Cosmetics, the brand that brought the power of freedom to your makeup selection, in Megamall Bldg A.

The event was hosted by the fab, fun & quirky Sam Oh.

The Inglot PH te...

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Giving the Greatest Gift of All — Education

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, In : Announcements 
Christmas 2014 at The Body Shop is all about wishes and making them come true, not only by providing us with their biggest ever gift selection, but also by teaming up with War Child. For every specially selected gift you buy, you can send a child to a class.

War Child, the global charity for children affected by war, grants children the gift of education. With our help, The Body Shop is aiming to provide more than 6 million lessons in war-torn areas. For every specially selected gift you buy,...

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Japan's Kracie Arrives Manila

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, In : Announcements 
I don't know about you beauty addicts, but the first aisle I head to when at a grocery store is the toiletries aisle. We've gotten a lot of good brands over the years but somehow, they never seemed enough still. So when I heard that Kracie, a toiletry and cosmetic brand that came from Japan, is finally available in Manila, I was psyched! Established in 1887, Kracie provides high quality but reasonably priced home-use products for daily living such as body washes, shampoos, hair conditioners, ...
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Review: Ultimate Brow Define

Posted by Dior Co on Saturday, December 13, 2014, In : Reviews 
I've recently written a blog post on Eye of Horus Metallic Icons and included in the article a sneak peek about their upcoming brow product. Well, it has made its way to us just in time for Christmas!

The slimline pointed tip is perfect for eyebrow definition while the mechanical twist up lead never needs sharpening. The Castor Oil in the formula also enhances brow condition and growth in the long run.

Available in three shades: Husk (Blonde), Dynasty (Medium Brown) and Nile (Medium/Dark)


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Bridal: Michelle Sarmiento - Kho

Posted by Dior Co on Friday, May 2, 2014, In : Works 
Photography by Imagine Nation
Makeup by Dior Co
Hairstyling by Marky Buenaobra

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Bride: Fel Daantos - Bais

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, In : Works 
Photography by Phases 'N Faces
Makeup by Dior Co
Hairstyling by Marky Buenaobra

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Bridal: Carla Espiritu - Tan

Posted by Dior Co on Thursday, March 6, 2014, In : Works 
Photography by Reflexion's Studio
Makeup by Dior Co
Hairstyling by Marky Buenaobra

For the wedding video SDE of Kelly and Carla, you can view it here.

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Glamourbox Blog Feature

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, In : Interviews 
Thanks for featuring me as your Beauty Curator of the month, Glamourbox PH!

To see my more about my tried and tested top beauty picks from the Glamourbox Boutique, click here. You may also shop online for their other beauty products here.

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Bridal: Kate Aniceto - Dizon

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, March 3, 2014, In : Works 
Photography by Larry Leong & Madoka Tomas of ImagineNation
Videography by Alt X Videos
Makeup by Dior Co
Hairstyling by Jonard Bareng

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You Can Be Skinny AND Strong

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, February 24, 2014,
When I read today's Women's Health online article about women being bashed for being too skinny, I didn't know if I should discuss it here in my beauty blog or in my Tumblr personal blog. But since health is also under the beauty category (who can be beautiful without being healthy??), I decided this blog is the right platform.

In the said article, Actress Gal Gadot has been getting a lot of flack for being "too skinny" to play Wonder Woman in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman. I have my own s...
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Bridal: Soleil Gan - Li

Posted by Dior Co on Friday, February 21, 2014, In : Works 
Photography by Benjie Tiongco
Makeup by Dior Co
Hairstyling by Aries Manal

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My 1st Subscription Glamourbox!

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, In : Reviews 
I admit, for someone who works in the beauty industry, it's a shame I've never held any subscription beauty box in my life -- until last month when Glamourbox sent me their Special Edition Snoe Products box. 

I only know one thing about subscription boxes, they promise to send you beauty products that are at least thrice the subscription fee you pay every month. To my excitement, of course I opened the box at once and immediately I was in what I call my "beauty heaven." No wonder almost every ...
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Makeup to Wakeup

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, In : Events 
One of the makeup brands I always hoard in Target in the US has finally arrived in Manila. Welcome Pixi! Bloggers and friends from the media gathered last month for the launch of Pixi Philippines. Swedish makeup artist Petra Strand founded Pixi in UK with a mission to give us women a chance to look flawless in ten minutes or less. Who has the time for a 30-minute makeover when you're too busy living your fabulous life?!

Here are some photos from the launch at Simply Thai, Greenbelt 5: 

With f...

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Bridal: Erika Ang - Yu

Posted by Dior Co on Thursday, February 6, 2014, In : Works 
Photography by Chestknots Studios
Makeup by Dior Co
Hairstyling by Aries Manal

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My Top 5 Picks: Timeproof Makeup

Posted by Dior Co on Friday, January 31, 2014, In : Reviews 
Hello ladies! First and foremost, happy new year! Sorry for the late greeting and for the lack of blog entries as my December and January had been fully-booked with weddings and other makeup jobs. But I'm back and I'm introducing a new segment "My Top 5 Picks." Every month, I will be posting my favorite five items on a certain category. Today, it's going to be all about the best long-lasting makeup in the market today. All tried and tested by me.

1. Guerlain Tenue de Perfection Foundation (P3...

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Bridal: Valerie Co - Clavio

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, In : Works 
Photography & Video by Daniel Lei Studio
Makeup by Dior Co Makeup Artistry
Hairstyling by Marky Buenaobra

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Bridal: Joy Ong - Sy

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, January 13, 2014, In : Works 
Photography by Benjie Tiongco
Videography by LEC
Makeup by Dior Co
Hairstyling by MJ Delizo

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Bridal: Kathlyn See - Kwok

Posted by Dior Co on Thursday, January 9, 2014, In : Works 
Photography by Jamie Lihan of Imagine Nation
Makeup by Dior Co
Hairstyling by MJ Delizo

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Bridal: Tracy Tan - Chan

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, In : Works 
Photography by Chestknots Studios
Videography by Derek Yee
Makeup by Dior Co
Hairstyling by Bryan Yokota

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Winners of ZA BBeautiful Contest

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, In : Announcements 
Thanks to everyone who sent in their entries for the ZA BBeautiful Contest that ran from October 11-20. Here are the five winners with the best answers:

Congratulations winners! I've contacted you via email for details as to how you can claim your prizes.

You've each won a ZA gift bag worth P1710 containing:
1 Total Hydration BB Cream UV White 
1 True White Cleansing Foam 
1 True White Prizmizer 
1 True White Day Protector

ZA's Swap and BBeautiful promo and Half-face Test are still ongoing in all th...
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ZA BBeautiful Contest Alert

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, In : Contests 
It's been quite a while since I've thrown a contest here in my blog. Well that while ends now as I'm announcing a contest happening here in my blog in collaboration with ZA cosmetics!

First off, I'd like to share some good news from ZA. This October 12-31, they have an ongoing Half-face Test in all their stores and you can buy their best-selling ZA Total Hydration BB Cream UV White for half the price! Mechanics below:

I've tried ZA Total Hydration BB Cream UV White and took the half-face test m...

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Mascaras, mascaras, mascaras!

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, September 9, 2013, In : Reviews 
Volumizing, lengthening, curling, and even vibrating! You name it. We girls just need our mascaras. I've probably tried more than fifty kinds in this lifetime in search for the perfect tube that will give me the lushest lashes. Don't judge me just yet. Take into account that one tube can only be used for three short months and needs to be replaced or else you'd be risking yourself with an eye infection. So if you compute, I bought just the right amount! 

It will take me forever if I'd write a ...

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Benefit Conquers South!

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, August 5, 2013, In : Announcements 
Finally, Benefit hits south and conquers SM Mall of Asia! Woohoo for us who don't need to travel up north just to grab our Benefit goodies! 

Three days before the opening, we bloggers had a sneak peak inside the still 'under construction' boutique and had a "Hard Hat" party. 

Benefit PH made this boutique's waxing room extra spacious and special.

And of course, what's a party without never-before-seen new products?

Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer

What makeup artists are seeking for: makeup that works...

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Bloom Cosmetics Make-Over

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, In : Works 
One of Beauty Bar Philippine's top brands, Bloom, had a photo contest on Instagram last month where contestants can post a photo of her and her best friend at their most blooming, and the prize was an exclusive makeup class from me! 

Despite the heavy outpour of the rain and traffic, the winners managed to arrive and had an hour and a half session of pure makeup talk with me. Here are some photos from the makeup class:

The focus was teaching the participants on how to look naturally "bloomin...

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Q&A: More on Dark Circles

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, In : Reviews 
Q: Hi Dior! I really have bad "panda" dark circles around my eyes. Even if I pile on concealer, it still shows! I can't cover them completely. None of the concealers I tried work. Help!

A: I've already wrote past entries here and here on this but wow, this seems to be the biggest problem of most of my readers! First, don't despair. I've worked with clients who also have "panda" circles around their eyes and it is possible to conceal them. It may be that you're using the wrong type of concealer...

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Boi-ing: Industrial-Strength Concealer

Posted by Dior Co on Sunday, July 8, 2012, In : Reviews 
For some apparent reason, I'm getting pimples here and there. I blame my poor sleeping habits for these hormonal breakouts! A lot has been in my head lately and work schedules have been erratic.

Thanks for my dermatologist brother, I was prescribed with a good acne treatment to combat these blemishes. More on that in a few weeks when I get to see results. I just got it this week and there's no telling if it's effective. (Always give your skincare products at least two weeks to take effect befo...

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The Lash King’s Royal Chamber

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, In : Reviews 
When Majolica Majorca came to our shores last year, I wasn't as excited. With so many cosmetic brands around, it seems like nothing can ever surprise a make-up artist anymore. But as I've gradually gotten to know the brand, its story chapters and the products they carry, I became a believer. I usually don't mind what's inside my personal make-up kit that I carry around in my purse, but with MJ's chic regal packaging, I can't help but fill in my bag with those golden intricate cases! Very clas...
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Valentine's Contest Winners

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, February 13, 2012, In : Announcements 
Happy Valentine's to all my readers and most especially to three of my blog followers who won my "Giving Back Some Love" Valentine's contest! Congratulations to:
You won the Majolica Majorca cosmetic set (worth P3,500):


You won the Dr. Jart Blemish Balm set (worth P1,800.00)

You won the Myra 300E Skincare set (worth P800.00)

Thanks to everyone who participated and sent their entries. 'Til our next big contest!
All qualified participa...

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Giving Back Some Love

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, January 31, 2012, In : Contests 
Last year has been a big year for my blog, gaining more than a handful of followers and subscribers plus sponsors who’ve been so generous with their products. For your continuous trust and support, it’s time I give back!

It’s the month of LOVE, and I’m sending a generous amount of it to you! It’s your chance to take home some of the products I’ve received and reviewed last year. How? See mechanics below:

How to join and qualify:

1. “LIKE” and “SHARE” Dior Co Make-up Art...

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January COTM Winner!

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, January 31, 2012, In : Contests 
Thanks to everyone who left their wonderful and helpful comments in my blog and Facebook fan page! Lucky for one you, you'll take home this Body Bakery Gift set worth P1,550.00. 
 Congratulations to SHARON CONDES-RODIL for winning January's Commenter of the Month!

Gift Set includes: 1 Lip Butter, 1 Body & Hair Icing, 1 Whipped Cream, 1 Gauze Sponge &1 Satin Pouch Bag
All made in the USA

For a chance to win next month's beauty loot, here are the mechanics on how to be the commenter of the month...

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Q&A: Dark Under Eye Circles

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, January 12, 2011, In : Tips 
Q: I have dark under eye circles. Is there any way to get rid of them for good? I'm so tired of putting on concealer everyday.

A: Dark circles is a common problem for most women and men. It's annoying and unlike other facial blemish, it's almost impossible to get rid of them completely. Fortunately, thanks to science and research, there's a way to lessen the darkness and appearance of these circles. You have two options:

Option 1: Eye creams and solution gels with Vitamin K Oxide can help s...

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