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Cruelty-free beauty products you need in your makeup bag

Becoming a vegetarian or vegan is not just about the diet, it’s about caring for animals. With that said, there are many more ways you can do your part to prevent animal cruelty without necessarily switching to a meat-free diet.



Becoming a vegetarian or vegan is not just about the diet, it’s about caring for animals. With that said, there are many more ways you can do your part to prevent animal cruelty without necessarily switching to a meat-free diet. All you need to do is check the labels on your makeup and toiletries, or just do your research,  to see whether or not they’ve been tested on animals. If so, throw them out immediately and start buying cruelty free beauty products; most of which work just as well as other brands, and can suit any budget.

Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

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NYX Cosmetics

Who said drugstore makeup can’t be cruelty free? NYX Cosmetics are easily found in most supermarkets and drugstores, and they don’t blow a massive hole in your budget. If you want anymore proof that these cosmetics are cruelty free, you should know that they are PETA certified. The range includes everything from eye shadows, lipsticks, concealers, and primers. You can find a basic selection in stores, or you can go to Amazon for the full collection.

The Body Shop

The Body Shop was the first global beauty brand to fight against animal testing in cosmetics. Most of their products are vegetarian, although you will find a few vegan cosmetics if you scan the labels to make sure there is no beeswax, honey, shellac, or lanolin in the product. Since vegan products are becoming more popular in an attempt to protect all animals, The Body Shop has launched a new vegan range, which will have a vegan symbol on them so they’re easier to find in shops. Ultimately, The Body Shop has always been dedicated to creating naturally inspired beauty products from the finest ethically-sourced ingredients. The range includes makeup, shower gels, skin care, and even hair care products.

Bare Minerals

For the people who don’t really enjoy wearing makeup, but feel the need to make an effort for a special occasion, Bare Minerals has managed to tick a lot of boxes. The original powder foundation has high praise for coverage, yet it doesn’t feel heavy like most other brands. The eye shadow powders look flawless, and are available in a wide range of colors. Bare Minerals is on PETA’s list of cruelty free brands, and this includes other brands such as Buxom, and MD Formulations, which are all part of the Bare Escentuals range. You can find them in high end shops in town, or you can look online for their full collection.

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Wen Sixthirteen

There are many reasons to consider changing your hair products in addition to wanting a cruelty free shampoo. Most hair products are full of parabens and sulfates. Parabens are chemicals that have been used since the 1950s to prevent bacteria and act as a preservative in deodorants, lotions, lipsticks, shampoos, scrubs, and more. Sulfates are effective cleansing and foaming agents that can be found in toothpaste, shampoo, and body washes, among other products. Some studies have shown that some parabens can mimic the activity of estrogen in the body’s cells, and while estrogenic activity is associated with certain forms of breast cancer, parabens have been found present in breast tumors. Sulfates are concerning because they were found to break down proteins, which can lead to a degenerative effect on the cell membranes. Sulfates were also found to leave residue in the heart, lungs, and brain.

Although these studies have not been definitively proved, it does give you further incentive to switch your shampoos and conditioners. Wen Sixthirteen is technically a cleansing conditioner – a conditioner that is formulated to be used as a shampoo – but it works wonders on all hair types. It isn’t much more expensive than other specialty shampoo, not to mention you don’t need to buy a conditioner to go with it. With an option like this available, who needs to choose a shampoo that tests on animals.


Stepping into a Lush store is like entering a world of exotic smells. It’s all the more sweeter when you learn that  everything in the store is handmade from raw materials, and none of said materials have ever been tested on animals. Lush never buys from any company that tests any products on animals, whether it’s for food, pharmaceuticals or cosmetics. Lush is mostly known for their luxurious bathroom products, but they also provide an amazing range of makeup, skin care products, and hair products. Their Cynthia Sylvia Stout shampoo is made from beer and cognac oil, which leaves all hair looking glossy. Lush can get a bit pricey, but you can buy some products by weight, so if you know you won’t need much you can still save a fair amount of money.

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Natural perfumes

There are some people who dread perfume shopping, mostly because they can’t really distinguish one overwhelming scent from another. The majority of perfumes on the market today are made from positively damaging ingredients. The synthetic chemicals found in fragrances might make you smell good in the short term, but in the long term some of the ingredients can cause irritability, mental vagueness, muscle pain, asthma, joint aches, sinus pain, fatigue, eye irritation, gastrointestinal problems, dizziness, swollen lymph nodes, spikes in blood pressure,  and burning or itching skin irritations. Perfume manufacturers are not required to list all their ingredients, but you should know that most perfumes are made with chemicals such as ethanol, acetone, benzyl alcohol, ethyl acetate, methylene chloride, a-terpineol, camphor, and limonene.

If you want to wear a lovely scent that won’t cause you bad long-term illnesses, you’re better off trying to find natural perfumes that don’t contain the same chemicals as air fresheners and laundry detergent.

Unlike cheap perfume scents created in labs, natural perfumes rely on scents found in nature, like essential oils and rare ingredients like ambergris (fossilized whale poop). When combined together, these scents create complex fragrances that tend to be less overwhelming than synthetic perfumes. Manufacturers of natural perfumes aren’t shy about listing their ingredients, so it might be easier to find one than you think.

Flower Beauty

The makeup line brought to us by Drew Barrymore features a lot of cheerful floral patterns and bright colors, which reflect the actress’ personality. You don’t have to be hesitant about buying this brand of celebrity makeup, because Barrymore’s company is cruelty free. PETA has confirmed that Flower Beauty does not conduct, commission, or pay for tests on animals anywhere in the world, therefore earning the right to display PETA’s logo on their products. The full collection of Flower Beauty can be found at Walmart, or online at the Flower Beauty website.

Nail polish

Nothing makes a person feel more glamorous and powerful than when they have a killer manicure. Unfortunately, not all nail polishes are created equal. Some cosmetics companies still pay for unnecessary and inhumane tests on animals. Some of these tests involve dripping substances into animals’ eyes, smearing products onto their shaved or scraped skin, or forcing them to ingest or inhale huge quantities of chemicals.

Fortunately, many cosmetics companies are filling this gap in the market. Brands such as Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, wet n wild, and Beauty Without Cruelty have released their own range of brightly colored nail polishes that do not test on animals. Beauty Without Cruelty makes their nail polish from plant-based ingredients, and also has a nail polish remover made from wheat, corn, and sugarcane, and it’s free from acetone and ethyl acetate.

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UNIQLO celebrates 5th anniversary in PH

Being the biggest Global Flagship store in Southeast Asia, it is the home to the complete line-up of LifeWear items in the country, as well as unique experiences such as the custom printing service, UTme!, and special displays and collaborations with various local talents.



Global apparel retailer UNIQLO marks the 5th anniversary of its Global Flagship store in the Philippines with exciting experiences and fun-filled activities for everyone to enjoy.

Since its opening in 2018, the UNIQLO Manila Global Flagship Store has brought customers exciting things over the years. Being the biggest Global Flagship store in Southeast Asia, it is the home to the complete line-up of LifeWear items in the country, as well as unique experiences such as the custom printing service, UTme!, and special displays and collaborations with various local talents.

As part of the brand’s appreciation for being part of Filipinos’ daily lives, UNIQLO is bringing customers an even better shopping experience as they ring in their 5th year from October 13 to 26, 2023. 

Elevated Store. Elevated Essentials. Embrace the Future.

UNIQLO Manila’s 5th anniversary promises to be one for the books with the theme “Elevated Store. Elevated Essentials. Embrace the Future.”

Bringing the concept to life is UNIQLO’s partnership with five young and distinguished individuals who have achieved global recognition in their respective fields. Each partner represents one of the brand’s biggest item lines which all hold innovative functionality at its core. These LifeWear items champion the Filipino people, elevating everyone’s essentials, wardrobe, and lifestyle. 

  • Food and lifestyle content creator Erwan Heussaff, recognized by the prestigious James Beard Media Awards last June, joins the group for AIRism
  • Groundbreaking director Martika Escobar, the first Philippine director to win an award at the Sundance Film Festival, represents HEATTECH
  • Part of the group as well modeling for the AirSense line-up is entrepreneur Gio Visitacion, owner of the Good Cup Coffee Company and 2020 Philippine Brewers Cup champion
  • Southeast Asian Games Medalist and Guinness World Record holder Kaizen Dela Serna for UV Protection products
  • Award-winning singer and actress, popstar royalty Sarah Geronimo for Bra Tops

Discover new experiences

Opening on the second floor of the Global Flagship Store, customers are treated to new and revamped experiences. 

UNIQLO is introducing UNIQLO Coffee to the country, bringing Filipinos the brand’s cafe-style offerings that first opened in 2021 at the renewed UNIQLO Global Flagship Store in Ginza. Highlighting the brand’s commitment to being one with the community, the coffee drinks will be made with locally sourced, high quality coffee beans from Mt. Apo, and will feature goods and pastries that mix Filipino and Japanese flavors. 

As part of the brand’s commitment to sustainability, UNIQLO is also set to bring to Manila its Re.UNIQLO Studio. Visitors to the Global Flagship Store will get to enjoy repair services on their pre-loved UNIQLO items, bringing new life to their favorite LifeWear pieces. This stays true to the LifeWear philosophy of quality, enabling customers to enjoy their UNIQLO items for a longer period of time.

Lastly, UNIQLO refreshes their UTme! line-up, collaborating with local artists from all over the country to bring customers unique designs they can customize on t-shirts and tote bags. The artists include Gianne Encarnacion and Ross Du of Metro Manila, Johanna Velasco and Myka Arnado of Cebu, and Kajo Baldisimo of Davao. Muralist Glendford Lumbao also joins in to contribute a piece to be displayed at the new experience areas on the second floor of the Flagship Store.

Enjoy special UNIQLO items and limited-time offers

The celebration doesn’t stop here! From October 13 to 31, customers can expect exciting freebies and promos exclusive to the UNIQLO Manila Flagship store. 

Moreover, customers should also stay tuned for fun and educational workshops led by select UTme! artists and endorsers throughout the month of October. 

Make the most of the fun activities and special offers by visiting the UNIQLO Manila Global Flagship store in Glorietta 5 in Makati City from October 13 to 26, 2023.

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Want a deal on that vintage item? Find common connection with seller

Sellers value the good more, but they will accept less from a person who also values that good because they want the link to the people who came before them — the heritage connection.



If you’re looking to furnish your home with vintage furniture or expand a collection of treasured memorabilia, new research from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and the Cornell University SC Johnson College of Business suggests those items could end up being cheaper if buyers emphasize a mutual connection to the past.

The research also has implications for sustainability.

“While a good gains value through association with an individual owner, it also gains value through its connection with a collective past,” said Kate Christensen, assistant professor of marketing at the Kelley School. “But connecting to the people who came before changes the value of objects. Sellers value the good more, but they will accept less from a person who also values that good because they want the link to the people who came before them — the heritage connection.”

Christensen is the lead author of the article, “The Role of Heritage Connection in Consumer Valuation,” recently published by the Journal of Marketing Research. Her co-author is Suzanne Shu, the John S. Dyson Professor in Marketing and dean of faculty and research at Cornell University’s SC Johnson College of Business.

“It’s long been known in behavioral economics that owners will often over-value an item,” Shu said. “Yet, we were observing almost an opposite pattern: Owners were willing to take a below-market sales price if the buyer was somehow connected to the object’s past.

“Even more surprising was that they’re offering a lower sales price to people who they think are likely to value the item the most. From an economic perspective, it’s an interesting demonstration of how people are willing to trade between money and emotional connections. From a marketplace perspective, it gives us insight into the selling and donating of the heirlooms retirees may be trying to get rid of.”

They conducted their study with Cornell alumni at a reunion weekend, with sellers in Facebook Marketplace and with CloudResearch-approved participants on the Amazon Mechanical Turk platform.

Past research has found that owners who are highly attached to sentimental items demonstrate heightened sensitivity to the future usage of their goods. This research suggests that sellers find it easier to part with an item when selling to buyers who share a connection to the item’s past.

Christensen and Shu’s research is applicable to markets that involve resale, such as the $43 trillion U.S. housing market and the $450 billion collectibles market.

“To get a discount on an older house, real estate agents might encourage their clients to use homebuyer ‘love letters’ that emphasize their experience living in a house from the same time period and their goal of staying connected to the past while enjoying the house,” Christensen said.

But the research could have significance beyond the hunt for a good bargain.

“While we analyze buying and selling of consumer goods in this paper, our work has implications for sustainability,” Christensen said. “While individuals sell goods, governments sell land, oil, water and mining rights. This research suggests that emphasizing a natural resource’s connection to generations past and the people who came before may make citizens value the land more and may make them more concerned about who gets the rights to the resource.

“We hope that understanding the link between the past and the present will pave a way to understanding how to preserve and protect our future.”

Nearly everyone has a possession that connects them to the past. For Christensen, that item was her grandmother’s teacups. Her research confirmed her own feelings that there is a distinction between selling to a collector and to someone who wants to maintain the same connection to those who came before them.

“Novelist William Faulkner famously wrote, ‘The past is never dead. It’s not even past,’” she said. “This is true in the marketplace, where the past has been mostly ignored. We found that a heritage connection — a seller’s link to the people who came before them — affects the decisions consumers make in a marketplace.”

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GDERM Clinic brings Sofwave skin tightening, skin lifting technology to Isabela

GDERM Clinic is pleased to introduce the game-changing, triple FDA-approved Sofwave skin tightening and skin lifting technology to the Cagayan Valley region.



GDERM Clinic is pleased to introduce the game-changing, triple FDA-approved Sofwave skin tightening and skin lifting technology to the Cagayan Valley region.

Sofwave delivers FDA-cleared Synchronous Ultrasound Parallel Beam SUPERB technology. The high-frequency, low-divergence ultrasound waves and heat reach the deeper layers of skin where collagen production and skin tightening are stimulated. This helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles and lift the eyebrows, neck, and submental (under the chin) area, no matter the skin type or skin color.

“We’re taking skin rejuvenation to the next level with Sofwave.  It’s non-invasive and can fit into an active lifestyle. Patients love the fact that they can have the treatment and go back to their daily routine right after,” said Dr. Mark Gerald R. Serrano, Medical Director of GDERM Clinic.  “The treatment is done within 30-45 minutes and there’s no downtime. Patients can see and feel the difference after one session.”

Award-winning technology

In 2022, Sofwave’s game-changing technology was recognized at Cosmopolitan’s Holy Grail Beauty Awards, NewBeauty’s Beauty Awards and SHAPE’s Skin Awards. Sofwave™ was also awarded by Elle in 2021.

Isabela residents can experience Sofwave only at GDERM Clinic. For inquiries, patients can call 0927-0457290 or message GDERM Clinic on Facebook (

About GDERM Clinic

Established in 2019, GDERM Clinic aims to provide quality dermatologic care to residents of Isabela and the rest of the region through world-class clinical and aesthetic treatments.

Dr. Mark Gerald R. Serrano is a board-certified dermatologist. He finished his dermatology training at the National Specialty Center for Dermatology of  Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center.

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