Fashion and Beauty

A sparkling ginger scent that's perfect for summer

CULTURE VULTURE - Therese Jamora-Garceau - The Philippine Star
A sparkling ginger scent that's perfect for summer
Fresh, sweet and spicy: Twilly Eau Ginger is the sparkling third sister of the Twilly d’Hermès tribe, showcasing ginger in delicious, candied form.

Outgoing, forward and fearless, Twilly Eau Ginger is the sparkling third sister of the Twilly d’Hermès tribe.  These Hermès “girls” are all woven around three main notes. The original had ginger, tuberose and sandalwood in daring, elegant combination.  Her spicy sister, Twilly d’Hermès Eau Poivrée, was built around pink peppercorn, rose and patchouli.

Twilly d’Hermès Eau Ginger showcases one of the original notes — ginger — at its heart, but in delicious candied form.  “It is a pleasing, light scent,” says Hermès general manager in the Philippines Mario Katigbak, and I totally agree.

Feminine peony opens the scent, which initially smells like iced ginger tea or a sparkling ginger ale that’s refreshing and perfect for summer.  Then the sweetness from the candied ginger kicks in, and as it dries down, the third note, cedar, warms it into a sensual, spicy fragrance that’s more cuddly and come-hither.

The Twilly Eau Ginger bottle comes with a white cap, its neck wrapped in an orange, fuchsia and yellow silk twilly, and can be personalized by engraving it with your name or the name of the lucky lady you’re giving it to.

It’s a joyful fragrance that makes me feel happy.  If you love ginger like I do, Twilly d’Hermès Eau Ginger could be your signature scent or holy grail.

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Twilly Eau Ginger is available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source, Rustans.com and the Hermès flagship store located at Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati City, tel. 7757-8910, open Monday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The white stuff: White Caviar Essence Extraordinaire is the latest innovation in La Prairie’s White Caviar collection to achieve luminous skin.

Inspired by light dancing on water

La Prairie’s new innovation White Caviar Essence Extraordinaire was inspired by how light dances on water. “Similarly we are fascinated by the dance of light on skin, and discovered surprising parallels,” says Dr. Daniel Stangl, La Prairie’s director of innovation.

They found that light entering the skin could be absorbed by pigments like the melanin in age spots. “Over time, the skin surface gets rough due to lack of moisture and the appearance of lines and wrinkles,” Stangl says. Consequently, reflection of light from the skin surface decreases, and your skin loses its luminosity and looks dull.

White Caviar Essence Extraordinaire counteracts these changes in three ways: “First, it increases moisture in the skin,” Stangl says. “The skin is plumped from within and its surface is evened out for a smooth finish and increased light reflection.

“Second, our new formula is infused with golden caviar extract, the signature caviar ingredient of the collection now made in Switzerland. It helps densify the collagen network in the dermis, thus increasing light reflection from within.

“And third, our innovation includes La Prairie’s extraordinary illuminating molecule Lumidose. It decreases the synthesis of the brown pigment melanin, thus reducing light-absorbing age spots for a more luminous skin.”

Clinical studies show that White Caviar Essence Extraordinaire plumps, smoothens and improves skin-tone evenness by reducing age spots and densifies the collagen network. “Thanks to these complementary actions, skin is immersed in a glimmering luminosity,” concludes Stangl.

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La Prairie is available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source and Rustans.com.

Han So Hee creates lipstick line for BYS Ph

K-drama actress Han So Hee is the newest face of BYS Philippines. “We were drawn to her beauty, energy, versatility, professionalism, and personality,” shared Angie Goyena, president of iFace, Inc.

The beautiful heroine of My Name and villainess of The World of the Married created a line for BYS Ph called Lip Nectar, an easy-to-apply liquid lipstick with a velvety-soft matte finish (P499 each). Comprised of sweet pinks, sexy nudes and bold reds that embody Han So Hee’s cool-girl persona and inspired by her strong roles, the eight shades are named after flowers: Blossom, Cherry, Tulip, Poppy, Rose, Dragonlily, Orchid, and Poison Ivy.

“It is such an honor to become a brand ambassador of BYS and I’m also happy to get close to my overseas fans who are always supporting and loving me,” says Han So Hee.  “Please stay tuned for more collaborations of mine with BYS.  Mahal ko kayo!”

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BYS x Han So Hee Lip Nectars are available at Watsons, The SM Store, and online at Shopee, Lazada and Amorfia.

The ideal foundation for summer

Lately I’ve been obsessing over every Nars foundation release.  Their Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer won my Best of Beauty award for 2021, and now they’re leveling up their game again with the new Light Reflecting Foundation and setting powder.

This new foundation is perfect for summer because it goes on like water, but you instantly see it covering and blurring all your imperfections like a veil.  It contains a photo-friendly powder that adjusts to and reflects light, so your face doesn’t look washed out, no matter where you take your selfies.  And the formula is 70% skincare ingredients that make your skin clearer over time, even if you wash the foundation off at the end of the day.

It’s partner, the cult favorite Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder, has the same Photochromic Technology, so it optimizes light reflection, creating a soft-focus effect that blurs pores, fine lines and wrinkles while locking in your makeup the whole day.

While the Light Reflecting collection will officially launch March 10, it’s on pre-sale now until March 9 exclusively at the Nars Official Store on Lazada, where you can find great deals and score it before everyone else.

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Link to the ongoing pre-sale is https://bit.ly/Lazada_ShopNARS . In April the collection will be available at Nars stores, Rustans.com.ph and Lookatme.com.ph.

Homegrown nail polish that’s vegan, cruelty- and 18-free

Finally, we have our own vegan, cruelty-free and 18-free nail polish brand.  Nami Natural was developed and made in the United Kingdom, tested in German labs and owned by Filipino Ogie Rodriguez, dedicated to making safe, high-quality beauty products for customers worldwide.  Nami identified 18 harmful chemicals commonly found in traditional nail polish and developed eco-friendly, sustainable alternatives.  Thus, Nami Natural polishes and remover are water-based, and don’t have the harsh chemical smell that regular polishes and removers do.

What they do have are dermatologist and PETA approval, chip resistance, and an initial range of six colors that are ultra-flattering, fashionable and quick-drying.  Don’t Call Me Angel is a dark violet that’s a ringer for Rouge Noir, Easy On Me is a sexy nude, Blood Red Lips is a bright and bold crimson that makes your fingers look whiter, Happier Than Ever is a sweet ballerina pink, Never Worn White is a striking true white and Love to Hate is an edgy gray.  And prices are reasonable:  P499 for the polish and remover or a discounted P2,495 for the whole set of six colors.

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Available at www.naminatural.com .

Japan’s secret to deeply moist skin

Hada Labo, an Osaka brand that means “Skin Lab” in Japanese, employs ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid as its key ingredient. Hada Labo’s Hydrating Lotion has been Japan’s No. 1 face lotion for 13 years, with one bottle bought every five seconds.

Formulated with four different types of hyaluronic acid — from large to nano size — to penetrate and moisturize the deeper layers of the skin, Hada Labo is also free of fragrance, mineral oil, alcohol and colorants, which makes it ideal for those with sensitive skin.

The line includes foaming face washes with green tea and Bentonite clay to deep clean and refine pores, resveratrol to enhance fairness and Super Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate. The moisture creams have the perfect texture for our tropical weather: Hydrating Water Gel is refreshing and cooling, while Hydrating Light Cream infuses skin with a delicate veil of moisture.

The best way to try Hada Labo is the 3-in-1 Hydrating Kit with trial sizes of the complete skincare routine.

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Hada Labo is available at Watsons and www.watsons.com.ph .

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