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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.

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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.

Lush

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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3 Trends Filipino beauty consumers are prioritizing this 2022

We took a deep dive into the latest craze in the local beauty industry and rounded up 3 trends Filipino beauty consumers are currently buying into. We’ve also included product recommendations that embody each trend, which you can get up to 90% off on Shopee Beauty.

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Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but as our new normal continues to collectively influence our daily needs, values, and priorities, we see a few key trends rising above the rest. The past two years have altered the way we approach beauty – adopting more easygoing and holistic routines and putting more premium on skin as evident in buzzwords such as skinimalism and self-care dominating our socials.

We took a deep dive into the latest craze in the local beauty industry and rounded up 3 trends Filipino beauty consumers are currently buying into. We’ve also included product recommendations that embody each trend, which you can get up to 90% off on Shopee Beauty.

Back to Basics

As most of us continue to juggle both our personal and professional lives at home, consumers are embracing a more streamlined beauty routine. The key is using fewer, but harder-working items that are quick and effortless. Championing uncomplicated beauty, the Blk Glow Stick Duo Set is a versatile glow stick for eyes, cheeks, and lips. Loaded with Castor Oil, this all-around stick gives a radiant glow with a buildable pop of color. Another hybrid product is the Issy & Co. Active Skin Tint. Its breathable and lightweight formula gives a sheer hint of color while providing sun protection with SPF 35, blending skincare and makeup into one easy-to-apply base. For the brows, the Maybelline Define and Blend is a definite must-have if you’re after convenience and precision. With its perfectly angled tip, this brow pen allows you to create defined and filled brows with just a few strokes.

Skintellectual Solutions

With the wealth of knowledge on skincare and wellness available online, consumers are now more keen on the ingredients and benefits offered by products  – and we love to see it! Active beauty products such as the new L’Oreal Paris Glycolic Bright Face Serum are right on trend. Formulated with 1.0% Glycolic Acid, this serum is clinically proven to reduce 5 years of dark spots in just 2 weeks. For cleansing, go for the Happy Skin Clean & Exfoliate Massage Kit. This duo includes the Happy Skin Hyaluronic Soothing Cleansing Gel, which combines Hyaluronic Acid, Centella Asiatica, and Ceramide to hydrate and soothe the skin. Use this in tandem with the Massage Silicone device to dislodge deep-seated dirt and oil. While for dry skin, use the Aveeno Dermexa Daily Emollient Cream to moisturize and help strengthen the skin’s protective barrier. It’s unscented, paraben-free, and has a fast-absorbing formula infused with prebiotic Triple Oat Complex and Ceramides.

Going Green

The onset of the pandemic has given rise to more plastic consumption and waste. But alongside this, demands for sustainability also skyrocketed as consumers seek out products that offer ways to offset their environmental impact. The Garnier Super Glow Sampler Kit, which contains Vitamin C to fade and lighten dark spots and acne marks, comes in an all-sustainable and plastic-free packaging as part of the brand’s #OneGreenStep campaign. Last on the list is the Ellana Stay Fresh Powder Face Cleanser, a gentle mineral powder that refines pores and deep-cleanses the skin, without harsh and damaging side effects. It’s refillable and comes in paper packaging which is compostable and designed for minimum waste.

The bottom line is, the beauty industry will continue to adapt to the changing times and innovate to meet the evolving needs of consumers. That said, we can always look forward to new trends and game-changing products to try out. For more beauty deals, tips, and know-hows, check out Shopee Beauty: https://shopee.ph/m/shopee-beauty. Enjoy exclusive deals of up to 90% off from your favorite beauty brands and free shipping with a minimum spend of ₱499 for every purchase.

Want to stay on top of the latest beauty trends without breaking the bank? Make sure to check out with ShopeePay for exclusive perks and savings; such as daily free shipping and cashback vouchers. To enjoy even bigger savings, you can scan to pay with ShopeePay in-store to receive 20% cashback on your next health and beauty shopping spree at partner merchants such as Nature Republic, HBC, Vice Cosmetics, and Zen Zest.

With Shopee’s all-in-one e-wallet, you can also look forward to cashless payments and deals when you buy load, pay bills, and send money. Get up to 10% off on load across all networks and up to 25% cashback on your monthly bills from over 60 billers. Spread the word about these deals and keep your fellow beauty trendsetters in the know.

Cash in to ShopeePay from over 40+ partner banks, and get up to ₱25 cashback on your InstaPay fee when you cash in at least ₱300 using your preferred banking app. You can also enjoy free transfers to any bank or to any Shopee user so you can send payments to online beauty shops that only accept bank transfers.

To enjoy these exclusive deals and more, activate your ShopeePay now for a rewarding cashless experience.

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UNIQLO launches 2022 Spring/Summer LifeWear Collection

The collection provides fresh, comfortable, functional, and stylish pieces perfect for the season, whether one is in the city, nature, at home, or the seaside.

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Japanese global apparel retailer, UNIQLO, shows us the joys of clothing as it presents its Spring/Summer collection for 2022. The collection provides fresh, comfortable, functional, and stylish pieces perfect for the season, whether one is in the city, nature, at home, or the seaside. 

THE JOYS OF CLOTHING

For this season, UNIQLO focuses on the simple joys that come to life when people and clothes find each other. In its latest lineup, there’s a blazer or dress that captures modern life in the city, a relaxing and roomy pair of shorts for that trip to the great outdoors, and breezy linens and madras shirts in lively colors that can be worn at the beach. UNIQLO presents four sub-themes this season and what ties all these together is that they bring happiness and comfort to its wearer during these sunny days.

The Joys of Skyline

City-dwellers enjoy the convenience of a cosmopolitan lifestyle: a neighborhood cafe with friendly baristas, a deli selling artisanal cheeses, restaurants serving farm-to-table food, or attending children’s ball games necessitating football mom shirts. This urban way of life needs contemporary and modern clothes that can be worn at work or off-duty.

The Joys of Landscape

Relish life off the grid, the rustling of the wind in the trees and the crunching of leaves under the shoes, with colors and textures that blend in with the scenery of nature.

The Joys of Imagination 

Art and sophisticated designs stir the senses. Imaginations are supposed to wander and enter brilliant new worlds so UNIQLO found inspiration in vibrant and uplifting colors. 

The Joys of Sun and Seaside

An afternoon by the beach while soaking in the sun and feeling the breeze calls for natural textures, linen fabric, and clothes that drape effortlessly over the body. These are comfortable to wear and more importantly, easy to shed off when it’s time for a dip.

UNIQLO U

This season’s collection for UNIQLO U aims to support the daily rhythm of all sorts of lifestyles. Artistic director Christophe Lemaire and the design team in Paris produced relaxed, loose-fitting, and clean silhouettes for the ultimate in comfort. 

This is also reflected in the palette, featuring earth tones in brown, khaki, and olive. Warm, neutral colors, such as faded tones of orange and green, and military blue also make an appearance. A kids’ collection will be offered again this season.

UT

For this season, UNIQLO’s exciting range of t-shirts inspired by art, music, movies, manga, and other elements of culture, UT promises a diverse range of interests, including film, art, and photography. 

A highlight this season is a line of monochromatic Mickey Mouse art by Joshua Vides. The artist is known for his immersive installations and products that embody the essence of pop art. Next is the collection in collaboration with Magnum Photos, a cooperative that has visually documented most of the world’s major events and personalities since the 1930s. The collection includes iconic photographs shot by Alec Soth, Eli Reed, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Gueorgui Pinkhassov, Elliott Erwitt, and Martin Parr.

These are accompanied by a collection that features Keith Haring’s debut exhibition at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery in New York City in 1982. Joining Haring are collections showcasing the art of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

COLLABORATIONS

Apart from the sub-themes, UNIQLO is offering collaborations that reflect different aesthetics, but are all grounded by joy:

Hana Tajima

Hana Tajima returns to create UNIQLO’s first collection dedicated to dresses. This season, the New York-based fashion designer created garments that are made to be lived in, with understated yet iconic styles. 

The collection features deep greens and blues inspired by nature and flower patterns found in Tajima’s garden. These patterns can also be found on hand-drawn scarves. 

Inès de la Fressange

Inès De la Fressange turns to the colorful Moroccan city of Marrakesh in creating this season’s collection. The designer crafted high-quality and elegant yet casual items that liberally use cotton, linen, and silk. 

The womenswear lineup is infused with menswear elements in natural colors and warm accents in reds, oranges, and pinks. The collection stays true to de la Fressange’s DNA of effortless chic that is truly French, truly Inès.

JW Anderson

Jonathan Anderson, who is never far from the sea, was inspired by sailing and the culture of seaside towns and ports when developing this collection. The sapphire blues of the sea, the soft browns of seashores, and the calming beiges of chalk cliffs are combined with red, green, and blue elements, reminiscent of maritime signal flags. 

The nautical narrative is expressed through rope details, performance fabrics, patchwork, and asymmetrical elements.

UNIQLO’s 2022 Spring/Summer collection will be available starting February in all stores nationwide. 

For more updates, visit UNIQLO Philippines’ social media accounts, Facebook (facebook.com/uniqlo.ph), Twitter (twitter.com/uniqloph) and Instagram (instagram.com/uniqlophofficial) and UNIQLO Philippines’ website at uniqlo.com/ph, and download the UNIQLO App.

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Everyone can help create a world of more sustainable fashion

Sustainable fashion is not just a concern for high end designers – we can all make a difference by the choices we make.

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Repairing clothes, buying second hand, purchasing direct from the maker, reading labels, lobbying for change via social media platforms and not being a slave to trends are all actions individuals can take to encourage a new, more ethical order of fashion says a QUT researcher.

Around 100 million tonnes of fibre is produced each year and some 92 million tonnes of textile waste are discarded in the same period, an unsustainable situation in which everyone participates whether dressed in PPEs, tracksuit pants, uniforms, skinny jeans, designer dresses, or smart suits.

Associate Professor Alice Payne says even small changes from individuals, paired with larger scale industry and policy measures could help make the current system ‘less bad’ for the environment and workers within it.

Some of the inspiring examples of changes she cites include:

  • ‘Taming waste’ using advanced remanufacturing and other measures to recycle fast fashion fibres
  • Innovation in biotextiles and other renewable materials to move away from the heavy reliance on non-renewable polyester
  • Approaches to better connect everyone in the system, from fibre manufacturers, retailers, wearers to charities and recyclers
  • Growing consumer behavioural change: how people are sharing, swapping, and finding alternative ways to engage in fashion beyond industry dictates, including inventive approaches to repair
  • Initiatives around the world fighting to improve worker welfare
  • Manufacturers’ innovation in better management of chemical inputs and wastewater, and
  • The opportunities presented through traceability technologies that can powerfully connect everyone throughout fashion’s complex supply chains

“‘Sustainable fashion’ may be defined as systems of clothing production and use that are environmentally responsible, contribute to the social wellbeing of workers and the wider community, and are based on values of cultural respect,” said Associate Professor Payne who has a new book on the subject – Designing Fashion’s Future: Present Practice and Tactics for Sustainable Change (Bloomsbury).

“What is considered design in fashion is trivialised, feminised or brought into the rarefied world of art and serves to disguise how design in fashion actually functions. Exalted high end designers such as Chanel or McQueen represent only the tiniest portion of design practice in fashion.

“My book is not about them. Instead, I have sought to understand the design processes and practices of those who create everyday items like socks and t-shirts, as well as the many other decision-makers who help bring into being these humble objects. These people and their design processes clothe the world from cradle to grave, and their practices design fashion’s future.”

Associate Professor Payne sees the dominant form of fashion system as composed of four networks of production, promotion, wearing and destruction, all of which are out of sync with one another.

“In the dominant system, fashion’s industry and culture are bound up with an unsustainable pace of change, provoking the continual creation and destruction of new garments and the continual piquing of desire without satiation,” she said.

“A ‘better’ fashion system is certainly possible, but everyone needs to take some responsibility – if you wear clothes, you are part of it. In the past decade fashion sustainability ‘awareness’ has risen exponentially but so has pollution, waste, and overconsumption.”

By digging into the root causes of fashion’s unsustainability, Associate Professor Payne proposes the imperfect but essential actions to take for change, and how these can be defined for an individual – whether designer, brand owner or everyday wearer – as their own ‘ethical action space’.

“The book is not ‘optimistic’. Nor does it claim ‘sustainability’ is ever possible. Amid climate crisis and growing inequality, we may see few reasons to be optimistic. Rather, a way through the doom is to reject vague optimism and embrace hope, which can be expressed through actions,” she said.

“Think about the issues that matter to you – whether biodiversity, justice for workers, tackling climate change, poverty, and that can become your ethical action space.

“In the short-term, it’s about seeking to make things better in the immediate and near future, within the scope of one’s own ethical action space. For me that includes working with colleagues, community, and industry partners in finding the new processes and technologies to re-evaluate waste, here in Australia.

“A long-term agenda for fashion’s designers is to prepare our organisations, firms, communities in which we work for a resource-constrained future, one that is cleaner and lower-carbon through necessity, yet one in which economies and communities may be struggling to adapt. Fashion as culture, expressive of community and identity, will find new ways to flourish within these limits.”

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