Beauty, Cambodia, Fashion, lifestyle, Phnom Penh

Dying to be white.

A horrible advertisement.

A horrible advertisement.

The Dangers of Skin Lightening Cream

When perusing the health and beauty aisle of your local supermarket or beauty supply store in Cambodia and other parts of Asia like India and Thailand, it’s common to see row upon row of skin lightening and whitening creams, lotions, and foams. These popular products are not a new addition to beauty rituals and celebrities, models, and peers alike are sharing their success stories and parading artificially lightened skin, believing it to be attractive. The idea that lighter is better has obviously caught on with an estimated $18 billion USD spent per year on whitening products in Asia alone. Unfortunately, there’s a dark side to the skin lightening industry that many have turned a blind eye. The phrase “pain is beauty” may be the perfect tag line for these lightening systems, but it is not so beautiful when the user is suffering from poisoning or worse, dead.

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Beauty, Cambodia, Expat, Fashion, lifestyle, Phnom Penh

Ladies January 2014.

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I am quite proud of how much the magazine has  changed since I’ve arrived and begun working on it in the past year. From the content which is now actually original to the layout  and design- things have taken a turn for the better to say the least. For being my first stint in publishing and editorial, I feel blessed for the opportunity to have had this time operating on this thing that badly needed some plastic surgery (and neurosurgery at that) and watch its metamorphosis. While there is much to improve on that I don’t have the capacity achieve- I am happy to present a few pages of the magazine marking my one year of being part of the team.

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Beauty, Cambodia, Expat, Fashion, Food, lifestyle, Phnom Penh

Ladies Magazine December 2013

For the December issue, the Ladies Magazine team skipped over to Sihanoukville for a pampered stay at Independence Hotel.

Ladies December 2013

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Cambodia, Expat, Fashion, Phnom Penh

Ladies November 2013

Another month of Ladies Magazine Cambodia, comin’ at ya!

Ladies November 13

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Ladies Magazine October 2013.

Another peek into the pages, this month featuring some of my loveliest friend’s work, some awesome collaborations, and highlighting the importance of Breast Cancer Awareness for Cambodian women.

Ladies October

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Cambodia, Expat, Personal, Phnom Penh, Travel

One Year.

Photo: Jeremie Montessuis for Film Noir Studio

It’s the 6th of September, and I arrived in Phnom Penh on the 5th last year.

I had meant to, on the one year mark of my arrival, write a blog post reviewing the past twelve months putting together a meaningful, intricate, and interesting entry to post- but over a feast of bangers and mash and rosé last night at Public House I realized I had missed the mark.

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Cambodia, Expat, Fashion, Phnom Penh

Ladies August 2013.

Here’s Ladies Magazine August 2013,  a few pages to glance!

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