Beauty, Cambodia, Fashion, lifestyle, Phnom Penh

Dying to be white.

A horrible advertisement.

Pond’s Advertisement, Phnom Penh Cambodia

The Dangers of Skin Lightening Cream

When perusing the health and self-care aisle of your local supermarket or beauty supply store, it’s common to see row upon row of skin lightening and whitening creams, lotions, and foams. These are particularly prominent in Cambodia and other parts of Asia like India, Korea, and Thailand. These popular products aren’t a new addition to the beauty ritual and celebrities, models, and peers alike share their success stories of whiter skin and show off their artificially lightened, or “brightened” skin.

The harmful idea that lighter is better has caught across the globe, with an estimated $18 billion spent per year on whitening products in Asia alone. Unfortunately, there’s a dark side to skin lightening that many have yet to learn of – and where manufacturers turn a blind eye. The phrase “pain is beauty” seems to be the ideal tagline for these lightening products; it’s not so pretty when things go awry, causing pain, disfigurement, and even death.

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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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Ladies August 2013.

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

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