To say that 2018 is an eventful year for beauty is an understatement. From the release of a self-wrapping curling iron to the launch of a sunscreen that ironically becomes more effective when exposed to water, it's safe to say that we are definitely entering a new beauty era. At the same time that these innovations were made, major strides towards inclusivity have also been achieved. Overall, it's been a great year for all beauty lovers. Let's take a look back at some of the most remarkable headlines and biggest beauty trends of 2018.
Shimmer and glitter
Dyson AirWrap and the DIY version
Have you heard? '80s fashion reigned this year. So it's just fitting that neon makeup, which is a signature beauty look of the decade, is also back. Even the Clozette Community was taken by storm by the neon craze. "I personally think that neon makeup has been around for a couple of years already but this year, many brands started to adopt bright colours in their products so it may be one of the reasons why it got more popular," Clozette Ambassador Roanna shares.
Clozette Ambassador Fenny also remarks that she's glad that there's less stigma about bold beauty looks these days and that people are generally more likely to experiment with bright hues. Both ladies also shared that they think neon makeup will still be huge in 2019. "It will have the same theme but probably a new concept," Fenny says. "With any makeup trend, there's always this hype period but for neon makeup, I think we'll still see it in 2019 as people have become more receptive to using colours," Roanna says.
A controversial year
The girl on fire from the Philippines
It's a major feat to win the title of Miss Universe. The responsibilities tied to it are just as big — from becoming the face of women empowerment to trying to advance global advocacies. In the 67th year of the pageant, beautiful, smart and empowered women from 94 countries and territories competed for the crown. But in the end, it was Catriona Gray from the Philippines who was named the victor.
But who is this new queen and what goes beyond her signature slow-mo turn, her blazing red dress a la Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games, and the answers that earned her the crown? Ahead, get to know Miss Universe 2018 with these fun facts.
She's no newbie to pageants
She joined her first ever pageant at the age of five in Little Miss Philippines. She was also a Miss World contender in 2016 in which she lost the crown, a verdict dubbed an injustice by fans. Looking back, it's safe to say her story of defeat helped her rise from the ashes and earn her place in a bigger arena. Another interesting anecdote about her pageant history is that at the age of 13, her mother Normita Magnayon claimed to have dreamt that Catriona won Miss Universe in a red dress.
She has a master's certificate in Music Theory
Filipinos are known for their love of music and Catriona is no different. The 24-year-old Filipina-Scottish model and creative took her love for the craft one step further by working for a master's certificate in Music Theory from Berklee College of Music in Boston. But that's not all! Using her talent in singing and songwriting, she recently released a single titled "We're In This Together" to raise awareness towards her advocacy of child support and education.
She's a multi-faceted artist
Aside from her talent in the visual arts, Catriona is also quite the athlete. She earned her black belt in Choi-Kwang Do when she was 12.
She went 'independent' to embrace more of her creativity
The Philippines is globally known for having some of the best and most competitive pageant camps that even foreign contenders choose to get their training done in the country. However, after her unfortunate loss at Miss World in 2016, Catriona opted to go independent to have more freedom and authority over her self-representation in pageants, especially in her choice of outfits. Another fun fact: Catriona designed the earrings she wore for the Binibining Pilipinas pageant and Miss Universe 2018.
All her Miss Universe looks tell a story about the Philippines
Being a long-time muse of fashion designer Mak Tumang, the two immediately decided to create more symbolic outfits after her Binibining Pilipinas win. From her Ibong Adarna dress, inspired by a mythical bird from Filipino folklore, worn in the preliminary evening gown presentation to the blazing Mayon Volcano evening dress that paid homage to the natural beauty found in her province of Bicol, we can say that her outfits are not only gorgeous but also well thought out. Even her national costume in the pageant held a number of historical and cultural references.
It's mid-month madness, friends. We're busy with the holidays coming but we're also busy keeping abreast with what's happening in the worlds of fashion and beauty. From a baby powder controversy to a beauty pageant win, here are the latest pieces of news you need to know.
The debate over the safety of baby powder has been ongoing for years now. It sparked when a woman sued Johnson & Johnson because she alleged that the powder played a part in her developing cancer. Now, it has been revealed that people within the company have been discussing their product and the probability that it contains asbestos for decades now. Is baby powder safe to use? We'll just have to stay tuned for more details to unfold.
Prada says sorry
Prada has issued an apology after they were called out for a piece in their latest collection called Pradamalia. Many people voiced out their disappointment with the brand after it reportedly created a trinket inspired by blackface. The move was said to be different from the brand's history of inclusivity (which includes hiring Naomi Campbell at a time when the modelling industry was dominated by Caucasians).
Kendall Jenner is on top
The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star had a good year. Jenner reportedly earned USD22.5 million, making her the highest-paid model of 2018.
The Philippines and the Universe
The Philippines' representative to the Miss Universe pageant won the coveted crown. Catriona Grey is the fourth Filipino to win the beauty pageant.
We got to celebrate with Pomelo for a fruitful year at their tea party. But the festivities were not limited to that because we also got the first look at their upcoming Chinese New Year collection. It consists of 101 pieces you'll surely love, so stay tuned.
Check out the fun happenings last week here.