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Skin Savers to have on hand

In Philippine Star Column on November 22, 2013 at 12:40 am

Having a first-aid beauty kit is an absolute must in this day and age of bi-polar weather, here- to-there traffic, and the work and social events that are starting to fill up your iCal. These add up to skin stress, and the last thing you want is to look as if the season had partied all over you. Many products are now available in travel sizes, so you don’t have to be weighed down when stashing a couple of them in your purse or leaving some in your office drawer or school locker for whenever you need a beauty boost.

Here’s a shortlist of how to keep the beauty blues away:

Bright wash

Clean, fresh skin is the base for all things beautiful. The SebaMed Liquid Face and Body Wash is 100-percent soap- and alkali-free, making it non-drying and perfect for frequent use. It is also a deep-pore cleanser, a highly economical one as one drop can already wash your entire face. With the humidity and pollution in the country, give yourself a clean slate with this gentle cleanser. Call 242-3636 or 244-6992 for info.

LiquidFaceBodyWash hi res

The great cover-up

Coming in different shades that are great for Filipina skin tones, the Aivee Teo Foundation with SPF 40 can cover up as well as protect skin from the sun’s harmful rays. In a pinch, it also acts as a clever concealer, evening out your skin tone and covering up dark undereye circles. P700. Call The Skin and Laser Clinic at 403-3245 to order.


Rosehips don’t lie

This is a miracle in a bottle. An itchy rash? A pimple? Use Venus and Mars Naturals’ Rosehip Oil for immediate relief. You may witness skin irritants disappear within a couple of days, if not hours. P800 for a 20ml bottle. Order through or call 0922-3092798.


A soft touch

Your hair, nails and other parts of your body also need some TLC so gently spread Souq International Moroccan Argan Oil on areas that need conditioning or a little softening up. It’s so rich, a little goes a long way. Works wonders on cracked heels and tired toes after a whole day in stilettos, too! P1,500. Available at

Moroccan Argan Oil

Buzz off

Not only are those pesky little buggers potentially dangerous (think dengue), but also nobody looks good scratching away at a mosquito bite. The lovely-smelling Cadenia Nature Anti-Mosquito Cologne is a great double agent to up your mood and keep you from getting bitten, especially when you have to party outdoors. P275 for 125ml and P375 for 250ml. Available online at

Anti-mosquito cologne

Have any (or all) of these products on-hand and you can save face no matter where you find yourself as the holidays come rushing in. Bonus: they’re all small enough that they’re travel- friendly too!

Organic (and effective) solutions for hair and scalp at The Souq Organics

In Philippine Star Column on February 17, 2012 at 4:04 am

If there is one persistent beauty issue I have it’s the condition of my hair. Born to two parents who had baby-fine textured strands, I have always been conscious of how my (less than) crowning glory was treated. In my early teens I succumbed to the Aqua-Net bandwagon, and even (I cringe) the perm generation. I fell victim to parlorista after parlorista claiming their product would give me volume, bounce and shine. In the end, after a really good blowout (and countless foul-smelling chemicals) my hair would eventually go back to its natural state, which was limp and uneventful. I eventually gave up on the promises of trendy tress treatments and stuck to regular trims and shaping with Victor Ortega of Emphasis Salon and  monthly vitamin-infused meso-hair therapy at The Skin and Laser Clinic. It was the in-between periods wherein I suffered humidity, lazy styling days and change of weather (due to traveling abroad) bad hair days. No matter if it was an overnighter in HK or a month-long sojourn to Europe, my hair behaved while on holiday and just went full-on tantrum once I got home.

Usually, once I have a free weekend, I just coat my hair and scalp with a deep conditioning cream or oil and leave it on overnight; this used to work until a couple of months ago — say late 2011 when work-stress was at an all-time high and the birthday clock ticked another crucial year away. I’m not sure where I developed the rather annoying habit of picking at my scalp, but there was an itchiness and dryness that acted like a magnet and drew my fingers (and sometimes nails) there. It got so bad that I started doing it in public; disgusting, I know, and I am grateful that I had several friends who called it to my attention early on. The flakiness of my scalp was an added beauty insecurity and I refused to slather on dandruff shampoos that looked and smelled like they had been infused with radioactive ingredients. I turned to my beauty blackbook and noticed that The Souq Organics (the home of one of my all-time must-have products, Moroccan Argan Oil) finally opened its own store in Katipunan Ext., near White Plains, and they delivered. What was recommended was their Fushi line of hair products, the Total Repair Herbal Shampoo and the Repair and Soothe Herbal Conditioner, specifically from the range.

Vanity fair: Get your (organic) beauty fix at Souq International.


Fushi hails from the UK and has won an Ethical Award, has no sulphates, parabens, petrochemicals, artificial perfumes and is free from animal-testing. Plus, they are part of ecological project “Tree for Eternity,” as every purchase of a Fushi product allows the corporation to plant trees. Sounded like a company with a heart, so I was praying that the products worked. Over the Christmas break I used the two products consistently. The first thing I noticed? Even if I didn’t take the time out to blowout my hair before leaving in the morning resorting to toweling dry my hair rapidly in the car from house to office, my hair was  far from flyaway and seemed to shine.

Yes, maybe it was all in my imagination (the shine) but the smoothness was real. In fact, when I got home in the evenings, I realized I hardly had to brush my hair to keep it in place the entire day. Second, despite the moisturizing properties of both products my hair didn’t look oily and stringy, it just looked normal, which was a welcome change.

Finger-combing became a new habit of mine instead of picking at my scalp which, after a little over a week’s use had miraculously stopped flaking in that one spot. The shine on my hair is no longer an imaginary one and I firmly believe that the highlights I had put in before Christmas have become deeper and integrated well with my natural hair color.  My hair springs to life once dry and I’m assuming this is because of  all the organic ingredients and the absence of as many harmful chemicals as possible. Needless to say this dynamic hair duo has become my mane squeeze so to speak, and has gotten me so enthusiastic with the results that I’ve even looked into trying their “Really good Cellulite Oil” which is triple-infused with ingredients such as Gota Kola, an Ayurvedic herb known for its circulatory benefits, helping in strengthening the connective tissue in the skin and boost collagen as well as Green Coffee Bean, a well- known stimulant and diuretic that helps smooth the skin and boost the lymphatic system. What is essential to an effective product are great ingredients, not great marketing, and thankfully, The Souq Organics has made the effort to bring in products that don’t just look pretty but can actually help keep you pretty, long term.

Damage control: This shampoo helps your head and hair heal

Soothsayer: Herbal conditioner to help sooth dry hair and scalp




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The Souq Organics is located at Unit B, G/F Bellitudo Lifestyle Strip, 79 Katipunan Ext., White Plains, QC (tel.421-5745). Visit  for more info

There's the rub: A potent cellulite reducing oil