LEGO releases new botanical builds

LEGO is not just for children, but also for adult plantitos and plantitas whose green thumb may be closer to brown. It has come out with the decorative LEGO Botanical Collection which is made up of a Flower Bouquet to brighten the home, and a Bonsai Tree for those opting for zen in the new year. With seven in 10 adults saying they often research new ways to destress, and over eight in 10 saying play helps them relax (73% of adults globally research or think about ways to destress at least weekly, according to the LEGO Play Well Study 2020, while the same study shows 81% of adults globally say play helps them relax/destress), the new sets provide the perfect perennial project for those looking to get creative, destress and find moments of mindfulness in a day. Both sets in the new LEGO Botanical Collection include a number of elements made from plant-based plastic, produced using sustainably sourced sugarcane. The  756-piece Flower Bouquet set features beautiful blooms in an array of stunning colors that older builders can customize as their flowers flourish. The flower stems are adjustable so it’s easy to tailor the arrangement for any vase. A combination of snapdragons, roses, poppies, asters, daisies, and different grasses can be arranged in the bouquet in a number of ways to suit the mood of the builder and the design of the room. The set includes a host of LEGO elements that feature new colors and shapes to recreate petal shapes. Meanwhile, the 878-piece Bonsai Tree model building kit gives builders the option to shape the bonsai tree model with either green leaves or pink cherry blossoms. When you’re ready for a change or when the season starts to turn, just swap the colored crowns to create a totally new look. The model comes with a rectangular pot and a slatted wood-effect stand. Those who look very closely may even notice the little frogs that make up each blossom. Both sets are now available across LEGO Certified Stores and major retailers in the Philippines. The Flower Bouquet blooms can be designed to be over 14 inches (36 cm) high while the Bonsai Tree stands at seven inches (18 cm) high when complete. Both are priced at P3,499.75. To learn more about the new LEGO Botanical Collection, visit the LEGO Flagship Store in Lazada.

Loewe collaborates with Studio Ghibli on Totoro collection

LOEWE has created a capsule collection in collaboration with Studio Ghibli focusing on the film My Neighbor Totoro. The result, LOEWE x My Neighbor Totoro,  features the film’s iconic characters and the fantasy landscapes they inhabit interpreted as prints, jacquard intarsia and leather marquetry, and also as hand-painted motifs or transformed into pom-poms on a range of clothing (T-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, sweaters, culottes, and biker jackets), leather bags and accessories. The collection celebrates the poetry and immediacy of these characters’ iconography — qualities have made My Neighbor Totoro a cultural landmark. Studio Ghibli — which is not only the studio that brought Totoro to life, but also features Totoro as its mascot — is known for its animated feature films, but has also produced short films and television commercials. Founded in 1985 by directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, with producer Toshio Suzuki, it has created masterpieces such as Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle and has received a roster of Academy Award nominations. In the Philippines, Loewe is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc., located at Shangri-La Plaza Mall East Wing. Visit or follow @ssilifeph on Instagram for more information.

Kiehl’s introduces oil-free facial gel cream

THE ONGOING coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has affected all aspects of our lives, including daily skincare rituals. Months of working from home, combined with the constant use of a facemask and face shield led to a host of concerns such as acne breakouts and excessive oil production, that the term “maskne” was coined. With this in mind, Kiehl’s has released the new and improved Ultra Facial Oil-free Gel Cream. The 24-hour no-shine hydrator with its fast-absorbing, residue-free formula cools skin for an all-day fresh feeling even in hot, humid, and polluted conditions. The moisturizer is meant for oily-to-combination skin; 98% of users who tested this product agree that this moisturizer feels ultra-lightweight on skin and reduces the presence of blemishes (based on a four-week, nine-point scale consumer study on 60 subjects). The product’s active ingredients are Antarcticine, a glacial glycoprotein that moisturizes dry skin and protects and hydrates the skin in cold temperatures; and micronized amino acid which helps regulate skin’s excess oil production. To introduce the product, Kiehl’s has a special limited time offer — starting Jan. 20, buy two 50 ml jars of the Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream for P3,330 and receive a limited-edition pouch and tote bag. This year, Kiehl’s invites Filipinos across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao to find out which moisturizer is right for their skin type by undergoing a free skin consultation with a KCR (Kiehl’s Customer Representative) at any Kiehl’s Since 1851 store nationwide or by sending a message to Kiehl’s Philippines via Facebook Messenger or Lazada. For more information, visit Kiehl’s Philippines on Facebook, and online at

Tommy Sports for New Year resolutions

THE NEW Year inspires many a resolution and one of the most popular is to get fitter in the new year. To support these resolutions, the Tommy Sport collection has items that suit everything from gentle at-home yoga to high-intensity circuits. Featuring enhanced stretchability, moisture wicking properties, breathable fabrics and water repellency, the collection fosters full focus for any choice of activity. The collection includes made-for-comfort soft-touch tees; color-block leggings; archive-inspired jerseys and close-to-body silhouettes.