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A sense of scent

Published October 3, 2016 by SoClaimon

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http://www.nationmultimedia.com/life/A-sense-of-scent-30293678.html

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French fragrance diffuser brand Lampe Berger brings four new perfumes to Thai homes

THIS AUTUMN bring fragrance and beauty to your home with a revolutionary little lamp created by Maurice Berger back in 1898.

Originally designed as a system of diffusion by catalysis to purify the air in hospitals, the fragrance lamp was soon being applied for private use, giving birth to the Lampe Berger Company. Today the brand, which is based in Paris, has nine branches in Bangkok and offers 51 fresh fragrances.

Nontakarn Dapparungsi Ng, the brand’s managing director for Thailand, recently introduced “Sweet Romance”, a collection of four new home fragrances – Floral Passion, Miss Violet, Mystery Patchouli, and Amber Powder.

Taking inspiration from nature, the collection not only removes odours while purifying the indoor air, but brings a touch of chic to every room.

“We would like to highlight the subtleties of femininity as well as sweetness and strength. Aroma affects our emotions and mental state and having a Berger lamp in the bedroom or living room helps makes your home feel fresher.

“The delicate floral fragrance of Floral Passion gives fruity top notes starting from peach and followed by jasmine, peony, and orris. They’re enhanced with base notes of praline, musk, and cedar. This is good for sleeping, as is Miss Violet, which has a fruity hint of vanilla-scented raspberry,” she says.

A more sensual composition, Mystery Patchouli gives off a calming scent beginning with subtle rose and blackcurrant, accompanied by soft and warm harmonies of sandalwood and balms, and finishing with a touch of captivating amber and patchouli.

Amber Powder suits larger rooms, welcoming guests with rose, lily of the valley and vanilla and finishing with a touch of amber and patchouli.

Unlike other home diffusers, sprays, or candles, Lampe Berger gives off no fumes and is free from harmful chemicals like benzene, styrene, naphthalene, formaldehyde, and acetaldehyde during diffusion. The ingredients contained in each Lampe Berger home fragrance are 100-per-cent natural and subject to strictly specific standards.

The lamps are simple to use too: just fill it to two-thirds full, insert the burner and allow 20 minutes for first use. Then light the burner, wait for two minutes, blow out the flame and replace the mounting on the burner to purify and perfume the air. This takes around 20 minutes for eight square metres. To stop it, take the mounting off and put the extinguisher back on the burner.

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The eyes have it

Published August 19, 2016 by SoClaimon

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http://www.nationmultimedia.com/life/The-eyes-have-it-30293165.html

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Tattoo artist Kat Von D brings her makeup line to Bangkok

AMERICAN TATTOO ARTIST, model and entrepreneur Kat Von D made her name around the world with the hit TV reality shows “Miami Ink” and “LA Ink”. Both now off the air, she’s now making even bigger ripples with her cosmetic line Kat Von D Beauty and recently popped over to Thailand to promote the brand, which is marketed in the Land of Smiles as elsewhere by Sephora.

Fusing old Hollywood glamour with modern rock n’roll, the products have won several editorial awards and both lipstick and eyeliner are favourites with celebrities wanting to make a statement.

She talked to XP about her cool look and edgy cosmetics.

WHAT IS KAT VON D BEAUTY ABOUT?

I think it stands out from the brands on the market today. That’s not only due to colour selection – though we do have a very broad spectrum when it come to the lipstick – but the art that is behind it. As founder I’m involved in the whole process. I do everything from the design of the component to the artwork for the packaging, to lip testing the shade formula and the art direction on social media. It’s exciting. It’s a lot of work but it’s worth it.

HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOUR FAVOURITE LOOK?

I love the simple Kat eyeliner and a bold lip colour and I think it’s great that the make up line lets you do anything you want. You don’t have to look like me or emulate my style. You can approach makeup anyway you like and do whatever you want.

WHICH PRODUCT IS THE MUST-HAVE KVD?

The “Tattoo Eye Liner” for sure. It’s the eyeliner that I wear everyday, the formula is great. I think Thai women will love it too especially as the weather is so hot and humid here. The formula is waterproof. It’s easy to apply and it stays on.

WHAT DO YOU THINK WOMEN NEED IN TERMS|OF COSMETICS?

The main message behind my brand isn’t that beauty is obtained with makeup. Makeup is just there to have fun and express yourself if you want to highlight the special feature you love most. But I think true beauty doesn’t require any makeup to feel good.

YOU SAY THAT THE ART IS BEHIND YOUR PRODUCT. DID YOU STUDY ART?

I’ve been drawing since I was little. I got involved in the tattoo world when I was 14. Tattoo art is something that has always been prominent in my life. And it translates to the makeup line itself. When I’m laying out the product, I hand-draw on paper before I hand over to my team. And yes, I love art, especially the grandmasters. I am a big fan of Caravaggio, Michelangelo and Rembrandt. For contouring, I often look to Caravaggio who is very famous for shade and light, to understand how to obtain the texture, the dimension. For me, that’s what contouring is all about. If you want to highlight something on your face, you soften the edges with the light part of the palette or use dark shades for the background. A lot of art translates into make up.

WHEN DID YOU DECIDE TO DO |THE COSMETIC LINE?

Sephora approached me about the makeup line in 2008 and something clicked. I’m not professional makeup artist by any means, I’m just a huge fan of makeup. It’s truly an art form. I think it’s very exciting to create. But I don’t see it a transition because I still do tattoos, draw, paint, and play music.

DO YOU HAVE ANY QUICK TIPS?

My eye shape is not a perfect for eyeliner and that prompted me to compile a list of tips and tricks to achieve specific looks on my website. The Tattoo Eyeliner is very easy to apply. I call it the dummy eyeliner because even if you are a beginner, you will intuitively use it like a pen. We don’t really chase trends; in fact, we usually do the opposite. We stay true to what works for us. Our aim is to pioneer looks and stay on the market for a very long time. We want to make people look good and have confidence in themselves. Take our “Lock-It Foundation”. It provides full coverage but is really light to wear. It feels comfortable. If you want to cover up a tattoo or acne scar, you can.

LifeStar rising for Surachai

Published August 19, 2016 by SoClaimon

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http://www.nationmultimedia.com/life/LifeStar-rising-for-Surachai-30291571.html

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The media tycoon explains how a ‘Passion to Win’ drove him into a whole new field

SURACHAI CHETCHOTISAK, the chief executive at media-and-entertainment firm RS, has famously gone into the skincare business with LifeStar, and plans to list his new affiliate on the stock exchange next year.

LifeStar has done extremely well through “call-sell”, which means “teleshopping”, which means buying your stuff by phoning in orders to a TV show. Last year alone it made Bt200 million this way, and the revenue target this year is Bt600 million.

The products – also sold at beauty shops, trade fairs and online – include beauty and personal care items such as the anti-ageing skincare formula Magique from Switzerland. You can get the firming treatment Gravitas with its innovative Starfish V-Activating complex, the Japanese skin-brightening lotion Noble White, the American-made acne cream Clear Expert, and Revive, another Swiss export, which prevents hair loss.

It’s obvious that Surachai is being quite purposeful in his undertakings, and LifeStar is no exception. In a wide-ranging chat with The Nation, he says he’s always open-minded about people and opportunities and has a sharp eye for both – along with a passion to win.

TELL US HOW YOUR MOVE INTO |PERSONAL-CARE PRODUCTS CAME ABOUT.

It started almost four years ago, when I noticed that most of the advertisements on our flagship digital-TV station Channel 8 and our satellite-based free-to-air Channel 2 involved beauty and personal care products.

It’s a tremendous market and it’s growing continuously every year, even despite the overall economic slump. Locally it’s worth almost Bt80 billion, in fact. The industry appeals to modern consumers’ lifestyles, and that’s where we began with our marketing strategy. I really enjoy being involved in the business!

In 2014 we contacted skincare laboratories overseas to make sure we had the right and most effective formulas, and then we found the top factory in Thailand to create our line. And finally we got into the market in 2015, initially only through call-sell.

DO YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS ABOUT PRODUCTS MADE IN THAILAND RATHER THAN THE MORE ESTABLISHED SOURCES IN FRANCE, SWITZERLAND, JAPAN OR EVEN SOUTH KOREA?

Not at all – the formula and the effectiveness of the product are what matter. And we fully trust in our quality control.

THE BEAUTY BUSINESS IS A LONG WAY |FROM WHAT YOU’VE BEEN DOING |FOR THE PAST 30 YEARS.

Building brands is our strength. LifeStar has its own teams providing management and expertise. What RS and I do is input our marketing experience, using our media channels to promote the brand.

The challenge of running a successful business these days isn’t in competing with the other businesses, but rather in how you develop customer loyalty and adapt quickly to their changing preferences. Shoppers are very well informed and, due to modern technology, they’re apt to change their minds quickly. Many businesses die because they’re unable to adapt or adjust fast enough and the customers just leave. You can be comfortable in your market position, but if you don’t keep developing, you’ll lose.

WHICH BUSINESS HAS THE BETTER |FUTURE – ENTERTAINMENT OR |HEALTH AND BEAUTY?

RS is still doing fine and is profitable with the media and entertainment sector, but we have to change often. LifeStar is just beginning, so it needs more attention.

Whatever business I’ve done, my passion is always to win. Some people say, “Do what you love doing”, but for me that’s secondary. My passion to win is stronger than my interest in loving what I do. When I want to win, my focus will be on the goal – I live with it and finally I’ll love it. If you have that passion, whatever obstacles you encounter along the way, you’ll get over them because in the end you want to win.

I’m 54 years old. My dreams have already come true. I’ve had everything I want since I was in my early 40s. You might think, “Okay, enough, I’m done”, but I’m not that kind of person. I still enjoy my work a lot and certainly, when I see an opportunity, I can’t help but grab it.

And I notice things, so when I see how significant the growth in the health and beauty business is, even among young people just selling products on Instragram, I ask, “Why can’t I do that?”

At the moment I have no goal in life because I enjoy every moment I’m working. In the next three or four months you’ll be surprised with the new business directions at RS.

HOW MANY PEOPLE DOES RS EMPLOY |AND HOW DO YOU KEEP THE STAFF |FEELING UNITED IN THEIR EFFORTS?

We have about 1,000 employees, and I believe they’re all capable of doing many things well.

My management structure at RS is very flat. The staff is evaluated based on the outcome of their work. There’s no politics. I want them to be able to change and act fast and to be confident in me. Every change we make is for the better. There’s always job security – the purpose of the changes is never about laying-off employees. I don’t expect anyone to work all day and all night, but to work happily and to be efficient.

The perception of RS is that it has the capability to create businesses through marketing. We don’t want to be stamped as a media-and-music entertainment company or a beauty company, but rather as a company can be a diverse as well as successful. That’s my vision.

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU |ENCOUNTER AN OBSTACLE?

I fix it! For example, I see in my head the way LifeStar will be successful, so I just have to get it there.

DO YOU RELY ON ADVISERS?

Everyone on my team is my adviser. How else would a 54-year-old know what 23-year-olds are thinking if he doesn’t listen to them? I’m very open-minded.

LIFESTAR HAS SINGER MARSHA WATTANAPANICH AS A BRAND AMBASSADOR, AND YET SHE USED TO BE ATTACHED TO AN RS COMPETITOR, GMM GRAMMY.

LifeStar and I choose Marsha |and Ruangsak “James” Loychusak [formerly signed to RS] as our brand ambassadors simply because |they’re the most suitable people to present the products. There’s nothing else to it.

Superlatives for the skin

Published August 19, 2016 by SoClaimon

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http://www.nationmultimedia.com/life/Superlatives-for-the-skin-30289970.html

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Australian holistic skincare brand Aesop sets up shop in Bangkok

ONE OF THE world’s |best-known holistic skincare brands, Aesop from Australia recently arrived in Thailand with the launch of its first counter at upmarket mall Siam Paragon.

Established in Melbourne almost 30 years ago, the brand offers a range of products designed for even the most sensitive skin, with such ingredients as parsley seed playing a dominant role.

Aesop’s chief executive Michael O’Keeffe stopped off in Bangkok for the launch of the counter and told XP that he considers Thailand an important new country for the brand.

“Producing exceptional products is at the very heart of Aesop. We don’t just focus on product functionality like anti-ageing and whitening but also on how we present our skincare range. We are different from other brands in that we have never sought celebrity endorsement. We prefer to let our products speak for themselves,” he says.

And this they do more than adequately, marrying science and nature to formulate a range of skin, hair, and body care treatments that combine plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients and packing them into bottles designed to keep the UV light out and protect the product as much as possible.

“We talk to people in terms of the holistic lifestyle – how they eat, sleep, drink and exercise. We don’t believe that what is in the jar can solve all problems even when it is prepared with neither silicon nor paraben, and has no synthetic perfume,” says O’Keeffe.

“Diet and overall health are also important.”

Oxidation occurs every day as part of our metabolic functioning and plays a vital role in overall health. However, the process of oxidation also unleashes free radicals, which can damage healthy cells. Free radicals occur in greater numbers after the skin is exposed to UVA and UVB rays, pollution, or when the skin experiences minor trauma. Smoking, stress and lack of sleep add to the problem.

The answer lies in anti-oxidants, which are found in a variety of foods and bring health benefits by neutralising free radicals. Regular helpings of foods such as olive oil, citrus fruits and coffee are recommended for everyday wellbeing. Topical application of anti-oxidants is also encouraged to fortify the skin. Vitamins A, C and E are easily absorbed by the skin and assist in repairing and protecting surface cells.

The water-soluble topical vitamin C derivative, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, helps to reduce formation of free radicals.

Aesop’s Parsley Seed Skin Care range provides especially potent doses of anti-oxidant-rich ingredients, in formulations suited to all skin types. Mandarin Facial Hydrating Cream is a lightweight, citrus oil-infused moisturising cream for normal or combination skin.

This rapidly absorbed cream’s citrus-derived ingredients cool, tone and balance the skin and help in rehydration. For deep cleansing, the Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque, also containing anti-oxidants, is suited to most skin types. This clarifying clay formulation decongests and refreshes the skin while delivering optimal hydration. Its inclusion of Vitamin E ensures skin isn’t left stripped of moisture.

“Our long-term perspective calls for a slow and methodical approach to any new market. We hope to open two to three stores a year but we consider it more important to get the level of customer service up to the standard that we expect so that we are able to connect to customers,” O’Keeffe says,

“We are still relatively small but we are growing, in terms of both our digital and physical presence. We are a product-focused company and regularly launch new products for skin, hair and body in response to genuine needs expressed by our customers.”

In a lather over soap

Published August 18, 2016 by SoClaimon

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http://www.nationmultimedia.com/life/In-a-lather-over-soap-30288234.html

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French soapmakers go to war over the recipe for Savon de Marseille

IT IS as French as baguette, and as emblematic of the country’s southern Provence region as lavender fields and cicadas.

But a dispute over the “official” recipe for the region’s famed traditional soap, “savon de Marseille”, has producers in a froth.

With cheap Chinese and Turkish soaps flooding the market, manufacturers want Marseille soap to be granted a “geographical indication” (GI) so consumers can tell the difference between the real thing and cheap imports.

But a dispute over how “true Marseille soap” should be made has the producers themselves at each others throats.

In one camp are a dozen soapmakers from across the southeast of France led by the cosmetics giant Occitane who have formed the Association of Makers of Savon de Marseille (AFSM).

It was they who filed the bid in October to have the soap recognised as a GI, a designation which already protects many French wines and cheeses.

In the other corner are four die-hard traditionalists, master soapmakers from the Marseille area itself who want to bring the product back to its artisanal roots.

Their supporters in the Mediterranean city started a petition on change.org that now has more than 123,000 signatures to back their demand for a return to something closer to the original recipe, first officialised under the “Sun King” Louis XIV in 1688.

But relations between the two camps are so bad now that the French state is having to arbitrate the vexed question of the soap’s “official” make-up.

“Talks have broken down, our only communication now is through third parties,” says Serge Bruna of the more industrial AFSM.

While they are pushing for the norms for a “traditional savon de Marseille” to be based on vegetable oil and soda ash, they also want certain additives and perfumes to be allowed.

But this is heresy for the traditionalists who make their soaps from scratch in large cauldrons without recourse to ready-made ingredients produced elsewhere.

“We are the last to keep up the traditional know-how,” says Marie Bousquet-Fabre, great grand niece of the founder of the Marius Fabre soapworks. “We are true soapmakers. We start from the vegetable matter and oil and we transform them by heating them with the soda ash in our cauldrons.”

Marseille soap was originally made with seawater, olive oil and soda ash, but for decades olive oil has given way to palm and copra oil.

Even the traditionalists now use some palm or copra oil in their olive soaps.

Their lobby group, the UPSM, however, insists that true savon de Marseille can only be produced by artisanal makers in the Bouches-du-Rhone region around the city.

This has angered the rival AFSM whose members are spread over a large swathe of southern France.

AFSM stalwart Bruna claimed that the austere pale green and beige blocks of soap made by the traditionalists “are not what 90 per cent of consumers want”.

One of the biggest sellers in his Licorne brand’s shop in Marseille’s Old Port is a soap in the shape of a sardine. For many customers, the lavender oil added to the soap gives it “the essential odour of savon de Marseille”, he claims.

The French government, however, is taking its time over the decision partly because the Marseille soap will be the first manufactured item to be given the IG status – something that has up to now been reserved for food products.

It hopes it will lead the way for other French regional products like Basque berets, Limoges porcelain and knives from Laguiole getting the same classification.

With a public inquiry into the soap’s composition ending only next week, no official decision is expected until September.

But an adviser to minister of state Martine Pinville, who will make the final decision, says the dilemma for officials was “promoting quality” while opening the IG classification to a “a maximum number of people”.

Sebastien Malangeau says that the ministry is “ready to be as flexible as possible… but the most important criteria is the quality”.

If the label is just seen as “a marketing gimmick it will die”, he adds.

Saving our seas

Published August 18, 2016 by SoClaimon

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http://www.nationmultimedia.com/life/Saving-our-seas-30287687.html

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La Mer celebrates World Oceans Day with a beach and sea cleaning exercise on the Chon Buri Coast

Located less than an hour from Bangkok, Bang Saen and Wonnapa beaches in Chonburi Province have long been popular weekend destinations for the urban crowd. Sadly, they have suffered from their popularity with visitors regularly using them as garbage dumps rather than respecting their natural beauty. Indeed, members of a recent media trip organised by skincare leaders La Mer to Wonnapa beach were horrified to witness the extent of trash littering the beach and the nasty odour given off by rotting food, paper and plastic.

The visit was organised as part of “La Mer’s Blue Heart” project to mark World Oceans Day 2016. La Mer staff and journalists joined up with guests Dr Thon Thamrongnawasawat, Puri Hiranprueck, Byron and Cindy Bishop, Disaya Koragotchamas, Isawan Sutthinark, Sirachai Arunrugstichai for a massive beach-cleaning session before boarding a Sri Racha Marine Fisheries Research Station’s research vessel to explore the condition of the sea.

The boat took its passengers to the area around Koh Loy and here too they were dismayed at the amount of garbage floating through the water and lying on the seabed.

Tons of water bottles and plastic bags were collected during the trip but despite this effort they will continue to damage our coral reefs and cause the death of several marine animals, especially rare ones close to extinction.

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Garbage is not a national-level problem, but an international one, as it affects the ecosystem and the environment as a whole. It is not too late for us to stop damaging activities and realise the importance of the ocean for every life on the planet.

“Several islands in Thailand have been closed down for restoration. It is now time for us to help. First, we have to help spread the message because it is easier to prevent damage than to restore. What we can do is to keep what we have today and minimise the damage. Thailand ranks among the top five countries with the largest amount of plastic garbage per head,” said conservationist and marine expert Dr. Thon Thamrongnawasawat.”

Free diver Disaya Koragotchamas added: “I love the sea, and diving is an activity that brings me closer to the beauty under the sea. We must conserve and give back to the oceans, which provide us with so much joy.”

Byron Bishop is a keen diver and says he’s saddened by the degradation of coral and other sea creatures he witnesses during his dives. “This is our world,” he stresses, “and if we all help, we can make a big difference.”

On a global scale, La Mer is continuing its partnership with National Geographic Society for the fifth consecutive year to help support the next generation of ocean explorers. Through this partnership, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr Sylvia Earle shares her ocean inspiration and expertise through a short film, which can be viewed shortly at Facebook: La Mer Thailand, Instagram @LaMerThailandOfficial and at http://www.LaMer.co.th/blueheart.

Joining this project are marine conservationists Philippe and Ashlan Cousteau, free diver Tomoka Fukuda, and model and actress Elsa Pataky.

La Mer invites consumers to share their own personal story of the sea through the #LaMerBlueHeart campaign on Instagram. Lucky winners from Thailand can win tickets from Bangkok Airways to explore the seas in Maldives, Phuket and Krabi. To qualify, post a picture at #LaMerBlueHeart and #MyOceanStory.

For more information, visit Facebook: La Mer Thailand.

– In celebration of La Mer’s Blue Heart and World Oceans Day this year, a 100ml jar of Creme de La Mer with a new limited-edition sea-inspired design is available at all La Mer counters through the end of June for Bt18,600.

 

Pretty in pink

Published August 4, 2016 by SoClaimon

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http://www.nationmultimedia.com/life/Pretty-in-pink–30286243.html

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Actress Araya “Chompoo” A. Hargate stuns on the Cannes red carpet

BACK ON THE fashionable French Riviera for the 69th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, Thai actress Araya “Chompoo” A Hargate is turning heads both on and off the red carpet.

Dubbed by the Thai media as the “Queen of Cannes” and at #Mae is Mae” as the fashion queen, Araya is in France for the fourth year running as brand ambassador for L’Oreal Paris.

For the “Caf้ Society” premiere and opening ceremony this year, the superstar looked stunning in a dramatic pink ruffled gown by Ralph & Russo and really caught the public’s attention when she changed into a sexy violet Versace gown. For the premiere of “The BFG”, Araya stayed true to her voluminous dressing, opting for a Zuhair Murad organza dress while for the premiere of “From The Land of the Moon”, she opted for a completely different colour palette with a black-and-white gown by Jean Paul Gaultier.

The Thai actress enhanced her outfits with the Red Carpet gems from the main sponsors Chopard High Jewellery Collection.

L’Oreal Paris has kept fans updated throughout the festival with not only shot-by- shot images of Araya on the red carpet, but through a video presentation on its official website that shows how the brand’s international makeup artists created the gorgeous looks. These come courtesy of beauty guru Napassorn “Momay” Buranasiri who joined the trip to Cannes and filmed the makeup inspiration with Araya.

As ever, L’Oreal Paris is making it easy to follow the “Sensual Sophistication” look with its “Cannes 2016 Red Carpet Edition” range, which comprises four makeup items. Infallible 24H Stay Fresh Foundation” (Bt499) is a high- coverage, long-wear foundation that hides fatigue and blemishes; “L’Oreal Paris False Lash Superstar” (Bt449) are super-sized, super-long, lashes; “L’Oreal Paris Super Star Liner” (Bt399) transforms your look in one daring stroke and “Colour Riche L’ Extraordinaire Matte” (Bt459) – lends a sublime velvet lip quality in a multi-dimensional rich colour that’s never flat.

For more, check out http://www.LOrealParisthailand.com/ cannesmunity and http://www.facebook.com/lorealparisthailand.

Beauty in a jar

Published August 4, 2016 by SoClaimon

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http://www.nationmultimedia.com/life/Beauty-in-a-jar-30285721.html

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England’s highly reputed organic skincare brand, Neal’s Yard Remedies, finds a new home in Bangkok

WITH AN increasing number of women reporting allergies, no matter how slight, to the chemicals contained in beauty products, it’s not surprising that organic skincare brands are grabbing a growing |portion of the market.

The latest to arrive in Thailand is Neal’s Yard Remedies, a British brand with a strong ingredients policy that follows specific criteria for safety, sustainability and efficacy. The brand recently launched at Siam Paragon.

A firm believer in the dictum that holistic health brings out the beauty from within, owner Peter Kindersley, who acquired the brand from its founder Romy Fraser in 2005, points out that plants grown in their natural ecosystem are the healthiest and most vibrant of ingredients.

A small shop opened in 1981 by Fraser in Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden in the very heart of London, Neal’s Yard Remedies today has more than 50 branches throughout the UK, and has expanded to 21 countries on five continents. Its success has been guaranteed by more than 50 awards from leading organisations and publications.

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Fran Johnson, manager of natural health for Neal’s Yard Remedies, was in Bangkok for the grand opening and celebrated the event by holding a workshop on the brand’s highly reputed essential oil.

Since joining the company at its factory in Dorset 11 years ago, Johnson has been responsible for developing new products, and told XP that she particularly enjoys the challenge and limitations that using essential oils can bring/

“Not many people realise we smell all the time and the sense of smell is strongly linked to our memory. For example, vanilla reminds many of us of the kitchen, taking us back to the days when our mothers baked cakes at home.

“So essentials oil not only work physically on the skin but the fragrances themselves have emotional effects. So when you use an essential oil product, you get double the treatment,” she says.

Essential oils contain volatile aroma compounds from plants and are extracted from the flowers, the leaf, the stem and the root. Each essential oil is made of hundreds of natural chemical constitutions. Each constitution has the smell of the oil and one or more specific activities. Frankincense, for example, has fantastic constitutions that rejuvenate and tone the skin, while rose extract helps to nourish and reduce inflammation.

“Essential oils have been used medicinally for centuries, More recently, they have become part of the pharmacopoeia for wellbeing and wellness because they work in many different ways and have different benefits as well. So you can use essential oil for treating everyday wellness as well as long-term illnesses. You can use them in the bath or in a diffuser. You don’t need a degree to be able to use them, though you must study their safety background,” Johnson explains.

“Ethics are the very foundation of the brand and our focus on essential oils and herbs has not changed. While we do update our formulations in term of texture, we don’t need to alter fragrances.”

In comparison to other natural derivatives, organic vegetable sources are not processed. “Certain processing can release toxins and at Neal’s Yard we don’t follow any of those processes,” Johnson says.

“Products still work even when they are processed. It’s all down to personal ethics. We choose to use organic raw materials where we can because of the lack of chemicals. We choose to support a non-toxic lifestyle. That’s who we are and organic certification is the way we ensure and prove what we are doing.”

Neil’s Yard Remedies already had a following among Thais. Lifestyle guru Ploy Chariyaves fell in love with the products – as well as the brand’s vibrant deep blue bottles – during a visit to Covent Garden in the late ’80s.

“Personally, I like everything that is organic. Most people think that it takes a long time to see the results of using organic products but that’s not true. I’m very impressed with the Rose toner, the smell is just like fresh roses and feels very clean too,” Ploy says.

Young celebrity Anutara Kiengsiri says she likes the gentleness of the Frankincense collection to protect and tone her skin. “I’ve been a fan since my days studying in England,” she says.

 

NYX for a brand new look

Published June 28, 2016 by SoClaimon

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Straight out of the Hollywood dream factory, this professional standard makeup already has its star fans in Thailand

LOS ANGELES-BASED makeup brand NYX is about to make a splash here with L’Oreal (Thailand) importing the affordable products, as recently unveiled at an event at the EmQuartier humorously titled “Sorry I’m Not Sorry”.

No apologies were necessary, though, as NYX paired a fantastic presentation of its makeup with a fashion show featuring the “Myth Universe” SS16 collection by celebrated Thai designer Milin Yuvacharuskul.

On hand for the face-painting and the fun were Jularak Piyasombatkul, Pavenelak Limpichart, MR Mannarumas Yukol, Sonya and Piraya Singha, Pimlerd Baiyoke, Art Araya, Nontaporn Teerawatanasuk, Natthapa Kamolsawedkun, Saruntorn Techapaiboon, Cris and Ploy Horwang, Amata “Pearypie” Chittasenee, Pakorn Chatborirak, Pitt Karchai, Piyawat Kempetch, Laknara Piatha, Chicha Amattayakul, Patcharawalai Pongpamorn, Preeyakarn Jaikanta, Parva Nakasai and many more.

NYX has achieved almost cult-like appeal since its introduction in 1999 at makeup trade-shows, where the pros readily acknowledged that these products of Los Angeles – home to the Hollywood dream factory, after all – were among the best on the market.

LA is nothing if not colourful, of course, a city where creative dreams are pursued every day, where diversity is the norm and where self-expression is celebrated. The sprawling metropolis has television and movies in its blood, and behind every great actor there’s a team of dedicated, innovative and usually award-winning makeup artists.

The brand has seen tremendous growth in recent years and now comprises more than 2,000 beauty products in every shade, every tool for every level of makeup artistry, from everyday basics and in-trend shades to special-occasion favourites.

With the rise of the social media, it’s built a global online community of beauty fans who create their own unique digital presentations. Self-taught and proud of it, they love to share their tricks using NYX makeup, all in the name of self-expression. In this way NYX has become one the most influential brands online, with its followers serving as a limitless source of inspiration.

Milin counts herself among those fans, saying she most likes to use pink shades. “Pink is truly feminine and it will never be out of style for makeup,” she said at the launch party. “Personally, I like to use glowing pink on the lips for a simple kind of beauty that’s very charming.”

Paweenalak Limpichart is ready for summer with her favourite shade of shiny brown. “Since I have rather tanned skin I like to make my face brighter, with a healthy tone, so I use the glowing-brown brush on my cheeks,” she said. “It’s a must-have item for me.”

Sisters Sonya and Piraya Singha prefer the nude hues. “We love doing makeup,” said Pariya. “Our rooms at home are covered with cosmetics, and of course we always share everything. I like the orange shade of nude on the cheeks, with just a little highlighting on the eyebrows. And Sonya creates dimension in her face with nude brown, especially on her lips.”

The way to stay ‘forever young’

Published June 16, 2016 by SoClaimon

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Women at varying stages of life share their tips for looking beautiful all the time

WOMEN AT DIFFERENT ages have different concerns, each requiring its own health regimen, and Dr Thidakarn Rujipattanakul says the chief concern at any stage should be oxidants – the toxins that cause signs of premature ageing in the skin.

Thidakarn, accredited by the American Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine, participated in the recent panel discussion “Bio-Life: Be Forever Young”.

“The trend today is taking care of yourself from inside out,” she said. “The wrinkles that multiply as we get older – the loss of elasticity – is a sign from the inside that we’re ageing, and it’s due to oxidants. To eliminate them we should get enough sleep, avoid sweets and fried food and eat more anti-oxidant foods, such as vegetables, fruit, green tea and tofu.

“Dietary supplements, like Astaxanthin, Astaxanthin Plus Vitamine E, and Astaxanthin Plus Coenzyme Q10 are interesting additional options,” she said.

“We only have one body, and there are no replacement parts, so we have to take good care of the entire body system – the brain, the heart and the eyes. The earlier we start taking care of our health the better.”

Women ranging in age from 25 to 40 years shared their personal experiences, offering the full perspective from the different stages of life.

“I never used to take care of myself at all,” said fashion designer and beauty blogger Jiraporn “Saipan” Buranapong, “and I was not a beautiful person with my rough skin. Then I started taking weight loss seriously and taking better care of myself the natural way.

“I have recipes that use herbs and vegetables from my mother’s garden. I drink tomato juice and lots of water. I was eating clean food long before it became popular – lean meat, vegetables – and I avoid eating too much carbohydrates and sugar and never have large meal portions. I also always do cardio exercise to burn off fat and ride my bike every day. These activities have become routine for me.”

ML Auradis Snidvongs, a senior vice president at Siam Piwat, said that, having raised her children, her aim is restoring balance in life.

“I’ve started working again and I take good care of myself by eating items from all the recommended food groups, especially vegetables, fish and fruit with Vitamin C, like grapes and oranges. I avoid carbohydrates and drink plenty of water. I do a lot of exercise, including swimming and horseback riding, and I use our fitness equipment at home.

“The real secret to maintaining balance once you get older, though, is finding a peaceful spot to sit and relax,” she said. “It’s good for both the mind and the health.”

ML Radeethep Devakula, an assistant vice president at Thai Beverage, is the mother of three young children as well as the wife of an ambassador.

“I’m scared of all the medical equipment they use in the beauty industry, so dietary supplements are the alternative for me.” She too exercises regularly, eats healthy food and takes proper care of her skin, using cream to combat fine lines and dark circles under the eyes.

“To be a woman in 2016, looking beautiful for your age and have your own style,” Radeethep said, “you have to love yourself – doing good things for your own sake, first by taking care of your skin – and love your career, inspiring yourself to be all you can be. Be your own kind of beautiful – that’s the definition of eternal beauty.”

After the discussion, yoga instructor Chatrisa “Noo Lek” Srisarntiwong led a session of “baby face yoga”, designed to “tighten up your facial skin in 30 minutes”.

The participants first sat with backs straight and repeated five times the words “kluay” to pucker the lips, “nam” to compress them, and “wa” to open the mouth and eyes. Next they said “pla” to open the mouth, “too” to protrude the lips, “mod” to pull the chin down, and “kheng” to open the eyes wide without raising the eyebrows.

To reduce sagging neck skin, they said “som” with head straight and lips compressing tightly, and “tum” with a swallow and the breath held for five seconds. This was done facing front, up, down, left and right, changing direction on the count of five.

Finally there was the “super-lift” with head straight and the lips tightly compressed, the saying “pa pa pa pa”, again in different directions.

“You get tired,” Noo Lek said. “It’s like going through intense exercise. If you do baby-face yoga and take dietary supplements, your facial skin will be taut.”

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