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G-DRAGON’s new Nike Kwondo1
NIKE and South Korean designer G-DRAGON have launched the Nike Kwondo1, a second footwear collaboration and new silhouette. Leveraging a white canvas design, G-DRAGON, and his PEACEMINUSONE label, came up with the Nike Kwondo1. Key features of the shoe include: a premium leather upper with Brogue detailing inspired by Nike’s Tiempo football boots and classic golf shoes; stylish wings, removeable flap tongue and lace kiltie to balance both a formal and sporty aesthetic; an all-white colorway silhouette that serves as a blank canvas for any look and style; the PEACEMINUSONE daisy motif embroidered on the back tabs, and together with the label’s detailing on the tooling and aglets, represent Nike’s partnership with one of the most creative minds in the world. The footwear is named for the blending of Korean martial arts “taekwondo,” G-DRAGON’s Korean name Kwon Ji Yong, and Nike’s slogan “Just Do It.” The Nike Kwondo1 will be released globally on Dec. 3 on Nike.com, SNKRS, and at select retailers, and in North America in early 2022.
Uniqlo opens its 1st store in Camanava
JAPANESE global apparel retailer, Uniqlo, opened its first store in the area within the cities of Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, and Valenzuela (Camanava) at SM City Grand Central on Nov. 26. Located at the 2nd level of the mall, the Uniqlo SM City Grand Central store has 830 sqm shopping space featuring the brand’s LifeWear clothing. The new store will showcase the latest lineup of Uniqlo items — including the latest Fall/Winter collection for men, women, kids and babies, just in time for the holidays. Shoppers can avail of special offers from Nov. 26 to Dec. 3 on Women’s Ultra Stretch Leggings Pants, Men’s Chino Shorts, and Kids Easy Shorts. For more updates, visit Uniqlo Philippines’ website at www.uniqlo.com/ph and follow social media accounts, Facebook (facebook.com/uniqlo.ph), Twitter (twitter.com/uniqloph) and Instagram (Instagram.com/uniqlophofficial).
Maybelline Lifter Gloss with Hyaluronic Acid now in PHL
MAYBELLINE’S new Lifter Gloss with Hyaluronic Acid has been going viral on TikTok for all the right reasons: it is a hydrating and plumping gloss. Usually used in skincare, Hyaluronic Acid or HA is a cult-favorite among skincare aficionados. The hype is real with Hyaluronic Acid: an ingredient that attracts and holds on to moisture in skin cells. With HA as a key ingredient in its formula, Maybelline Lifter Gloss is able to give lips a plump, luscious look upon application and nourishes lips at the same time. Maybelline’s formula keeps lips supple and hydrated with care. And it has an easy-to-use XL wand. The gloss is available in six pink and nude shades. The lip gloss is available for P349 at Maybelline’s Official Lazada and Shopee stores: https://bit.ly/LifterGloss-Shop.
Gift giving with Avon
GOOGLE reports that global searches for “online gift” increased by 80% in 2020 compared to 2019, and has expanded beyond the usual special occasions like birthdays and the holidays, as well as giving gifts beyond immediate family or social circles. Facebook also shares that about 73% of holiday shoppers in the Philippines agree that the holidays is the best season to find deals. So Avon is making it easy to shop for gifts online via www.avonshop.ph, with everything from make-up and fragrances, skincare and jewelry, intimates and accessories, and more, all in one shop. These include the Far Away Royale fragrance, Avon Anew Essence for skincare, and the latest Avon x Love Marie Collection Plate set. For the undecided, Avon representatives can recommend gifts based on who you’re giving to and the best products that fit your budget. Don’t have an Avon Representative? Visit www.avon.ph or like and check out Avon Philippines on Facebook.
A ‘merry’ safe Christmas at SM Supermalls
SM Supermalls is making sure that all its visitors get to have a “merry” safe Christmas. For one, SM malls have rolled out its #SafeMallingAtSM campaign. This means that as government alert level restrictions slowly ease, SM is intensifying its safety protocols to ensure public health and safety, especially during the holiday rush. SM malls nationwide are disinfected thoroughly and regularly, especially in areas with heavy foot traffic, plus alcohol dispensers are deployed in strategic places. Meanwhile, all mallgoers are required to have their temperature checked at the mall entrances, wear their face masks and shields, and encouraged to practice social distancing at all times. To date, 77 SM malls have been awarded the Safety Seal. This is a voluntary certification that affirms that the establishment is compliant with the government’s public health standards and utilizes contact tracing with StaySafe.ph. Meanwhile, Santa Clause may not be coming to town but “Santi” Claus is. Santi the robot will be found around the decked halls of select SM malls to greet visitors and help ensure health and well-being by sanitizing every area with an aerosol disinfectant that is 100% hypoallergenic, non-toxic, and non-corrosive. Currently, over 5 million COVID-19 jabs have been given at SM malls nationwide in partnership with the LGUs. Moreover, SM employees are 100% vaccinated. With all the essentials – from the latest gadgets, to new home décor, from dining, and self-care sessions with a new hairstyle or manicure; to getting vaccinated, and even applying for government IDs — found at SM, visitors don’t have to go anywhere else to complete their Christmas shopping and tick off that to-do list. Still, if someone decides to play it safe by opting to stay at home, SM still has them covered through its SM Store Gift Registry and SM Malls Online app. Ask family and friends for their wish list for the holidays through SMS, Viber, Facebook, and e-mail using the SM Store’s Gift Registry app (https://www.thesmstore.com/pages/gift-registry). The SM Malls Online app is available for free via the Google Play or App Store with SM North EDSA, SM Megamall, and SM Mall of Asia.
Lush is becoming anti-social
THE GLOBAL brand Lush has turned its back on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and Snapchat until these platforms take action to provide a safer environment for users, the company said in a statement. This policy is rolling out across all the 48 countries where Lush operates. Concerns about the serious effects of social media are barely being acknowledged, it noted, so Lush “has decided to address these serious issues now and to start by changing its own practices rather than waiting until others notice that there is actually a real problem.” Having previously attempted this in 2019, the company said “our resolve has been strengthened by all the latest information from courageous whistleblowers, which clearly lays out the known harms that young people are exposed to because of the current algorithms and loose regulation of this new area of our lives.” Jack Constantine, Lush’s CDO and Product Inventor, is quoted as saying, “As an inventor of bath bombs, I pour all my efforts into creating products that help people switch off, relax and pay attention to their wellbeing. Social media platforms have become the antithesis of this aim, with algorithms designed to keep people scrolling and stop them from switching off and relaxing.” The company said it will not become “completely anti-social” as it can still be found on Twitter and YouTube. In the Philippines, Lush is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc., with shops at Alabang Town Center, Bonifacio High Street, Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 3, Robinsons Magnolia, Shangri-La Plaza, SM Mall of Asia, and TriNoma. Available also in Zalora and Trunc.com.
LA-based Pinay unveils soy wax candle brand
LOS ANGELES-based Filipino entrepreneur Joyce Jamlang-Tiongson has harnessed the power of scents in Ryliv Home, her recently launched brand which offers hand-poured soy wax candles with the aroma of essential oils. At the onset of the pandemic, Ms. Jamlang-Tiongson belonged to a corporation which was forced to close its doors. Now home-bound, she turned to scented candles and diffusers to ease the stress brought about by the sudden unexpected situation. This inspired her to venture into this endeavor. Armed with an Export Management Degree from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde and her 11 years of extended overseas experience as a sales manager, she conducted extensive research and experimented until she perfected her first batch of homemade candles. Thus in early 2021, Ryliv Home, named after her son Ryder and her daughter Olivia, started operations. The initial series offered four sizes and over 10 scents, headlined by the bestselling Eucalyptus, French Lavender, Gardenia, Plumeria and Black Oud. The selections likewise include Sweet Pea, Citrus Flower, Coconut, Apple Cinnamon, Cashmere and Vanilla, Rosewater and Chamomile, Sandalwood and Pumpkin Spice. Now, Ms. Jamlang-Tiongson has released her first Christmas collection, which comes in the scents of Winter Forest and Pine Mist. Currently, she is gearing up to open a physical boutique for home fragrance and goods in the US. For more information, visit Ryliv Home on https://www.instagram.com/rylivhome/ or https://rylivhome.com/.