Beauty Inclusivity: Inspiring Stories of Women who Embraced their Individuality through Livestreaming

Coming to terms with yourself, flaws and all—and in the age of social media, no less—can be difficult. When unrealistic beauty standards are reinforced everywhere you look, self-acceptance doesn’t always come easy. 

As a top beauty and personal care company in the country, Unilever acknowledges its role in championing a new era of beauty. Through projects such as Dove My Hair, My Say and Real Beauty, Unilever resolves to make beauty a positive and inclusive experience for all. As its next step towards celebrating the beauty in diversity, Unilever launches Yes to Positive Beauty on Shopee this May 17-19. The campaign aims to encourage Filipinos to embrace their unique beauty, support inclusivity, and say “Yes” to Positive Beauty. 

Need a little inspiration saying “Yes” to Positive Beauty yourself? Follow two Shopee livestreamers’ journeys to self-love below:

Bianca Umali

Shopee Beauty Inclusivity

Bianca Umali calls her foray into livestreaming ‘a leap of faith.’ A year later after taking the plunge, however, Bianca shares that pushing the boundaries of her capabilities was one of the best things she’s ever done for herself. “Embracing yourself, I’ve realized, is not about staying in one place. It’s also about branching out to the different facets of your being.”

Bianca admits that she used to hate her chinita eyes and longed for double eyelid surgery. Now that she recognizes that she does not have to follow unrealistic beauty standards, Bianca is determined to create authentic content as a public figure. She frequently goes live sans makeup. “My viewers can see me raw and unedited, and in turn, they get to see me as a real human being. They’ve seen me with dark circles, blemishes, and puffiness.”

One simple step towards embracing yourself, according to Bianca, is to filter your media consumption. “Our self-image only gets shattered when we are made to believe we do not measure up. Fight this belief by being in command of what you take in, and you will always see yourself as beautiful.”

Mary Grace Khu

Shopee Beauty Inclusivity

Mary Grace Khu used to believe that only people with model-esque features could land jobs as on-cam talents. She eventually realized that her shape, size, and skin tone shouldn’t hinder her from going after her dreams, and thereafter snagged a job in the industry.

As a public figure, MG still feels self-conscious from time to time about strangers’ opinions, but for the most part she has found a supportive community in her viewers. She credits this to her authenticity and drive to advocate self-love online. “I am taking this as an opportunity to share my experiences and stories. I will always be real about it, as it would be hard to sustain if you’re trying to pretend or be like someone else.”

MG also believes that beauty isn’t one dimensional. “I see beauty in a holistic manner: being healthy, having a positive mindset, and being confident in my own skin.” She adds that it is through one’s personality that true beauty radiates, and so she endeavors to bring sunshine to others by spreading positivity through her content.

Yes to Positive Beauty Sale on Shopee

For beauty and personal care products catering to all kinds of beauty, visit the Yes to Positive Beauty Sale on Shopee this May 17-19. Enjoy discounts up to 70% off on Dove, TRESemmé, Cream Silk, Pond’s, St. Ives, Love Beauty & Planet, and more. Get additional 15% off with the code POSITIVEBEAUTY. Buy five or more items from the sale to receive the products in sustainable paper eco-wrap packaging. As part of Unilever’s goal to provide equal opportunities to all, a portion of the proceeds will go towards supporting small businesses in partnership with Mano Amiga. 

Say yes to a new era of beauty and join Unilever in saying Yes to Positive Beauty. Add to cart and check out at https://shopee.ph/m/unilever-super-brand-day/

Don’t forget to top up your ShopeePay for more deals on skincare! Use ShopeePay at checkout to enjoy free shipping with a minimum spend of ₱199 and 8% cashback sitewide with a minimum spend of ₱1,000.

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

Photo Credit: Lesly Juarez on Unsplash

BENCH Skin Expert launches Ultherapy

Did you know that sound can be used for beauty enhancement?

Curious yet?

Well, you can check it out at your nearest BENCH Skin Expert branch where Ultherapy, the newest addition to the modern Filipina’s arsenal in the fight against skin aging, is now available.

BENCH Skin Expert Ultherapy

BENCH Skin Expert Ultherapy

Together with fellow beauty and lifestyle bloggers, I was invited to attend the launch of Ultherapy held at Glorietta branch of BENCH Skin Expert. The event was graced by the clinic’s celebrity endorsers which include Ashley Sandrine-Yap (daughter of actor Richard Yap) and 80’s star Yayo Aguila.

BENCH Skin Expert Ultherapy

BENCH Skin Expert Ultherapy

BENCH Skin Expert Ultherapy

BENCH Skin Expert Ultherapy

Ultherapy is a non-surgical treatment that uses focused ultrasound. It is the only non-invasive procedure cleared by the US FDA to lift skin on the neck, under the chin and above the eyebrow, as well as improve lines and wrinkles on the decollete. The system basically helps users achieve a fresher and more youthful look with which to face the world with confidence.

Ultherapy targets the same foundational layer as cosmetic surgeons, but instead of cutting or disrupting the skin’s surface, it sends focused ultrasound energy that creates micro-wounds. This action initiates the body’s natural response to spur the growth of fresh, new collagen while strengthening weak collagen.

While other trending non-invasive procedures such as lasers and radio frequency penetrate only up to the skin’s most superficial layer, Ultherapy actually bypasses the skin’s surface and delivers ultrasound energy at the optimal depth, temperature and precision. In fact, the dermatologist administering the procedure can actually use ultrasound imaging to visualize the skin tissue during treatment.

BENCH Skin Expert Ultherapy

If you’re worried that after Ultherapy, you will be out of commission for a long time, fret not. It is actually considered a lunch-break procedure. Depending on the area being treated and your individual treatment plan, Ultherapy usually takes 60 to 90 minutes for a face and neck procedure and around 30 minutes for a chest treatment.

After the procedure, you can go about your usual activities without having to follow stringent post-operation measures.

And while you will be able to detect some initial effects immediately after the procedure, the full effects will be apparent after two to three months. That is when tired collagen is replaced by the growth of new collagen. You will then be able to enjoy the resulting youthful, lifted and tightened appearance for a year.

So if you’re interested in getting this treatment, head on to your nearest BENCH Skin Expert branch.

Through its partnership with Merz Aesthetics, BENCH Skin Expert makes Ultherapy available to its patrons, adding to its suite of skin care and beautifying services.

This BENCH Skin Expert branch is located at 2nd Floor, Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Makati (beside Ascott, The Residences). For inquiries or to book your treatments, call +63 2 6250012.

Other branches are located at:

  • 3rd Floor, Ayala Trinoma Mall, EDSA corner North Avenue, Quezon City (Tel: +63 2 7304009)
  • 5th Floor, SM Mega Mall Building B, EDSA corner Julia Vargas Avenue, Mandaluyong City (Tel: +63 2 6545015)