3 Beauty Insiders On The Holy Grail Gift That Keeps On Giving | Clozette

Courage, renewal, and purity -- what do you get when you put these three big words alongside beauty?

This holiday, SK-II dressed its iconic Facial Treatment Essence up in three colours -- red, blue, and green -- to symbolise these three qualities with its Suminagashi art-inspired pattern. Each artful dot and swirl creates a unique, one-of-a-kind masterpiece, much like the FTE, where every drop delivers a nourishing glow to reveal crystal clear skin every day.

There is no question why the FTE remains as the Holy Grail skincare product up till this day. Along with their FTE festive bottles in tow, we sat down with three of our Clozette ambassadors and beauty insiders -- Sydney, Everest, and Celine -- to hear them weigh in on the Holy Grail gift that keeps on giving.



Fill in the blanks: In 2016, I _________________.

“I finally completed an intensive three-month fashion design course. All my life, I wanted to pursue my passion -- and I finally did it. The next step is to go forward and build my brand bigger and better.”

What does the word “courage” mean to you?

“Courage is when I took the leap of faith to go into my fashion retail business without any know-how or prior experience.”

How has the SK-II FTE changed your beauty experience?

“To me, SK-II has always been a premium brand. My mum uses it, along with my other friends who had just entered into their adult years. I don’t know why, but most people I know always reached out to SK-II eventually. When it was my turn, I wanted to try it as well.

When I want to achieve “that glow”, I’ll go for SK-II’s FTE. It replenishes my skin’s moisture, smoothens my skin’s texture, and has given me more confidence and assurance in my skin’s condition. I also thought that it helped make my skin more translucent. The FTE just boosts my confidence even without makeup. Ultimately, it just gives that natural glow.”

FTE as a gift for the festive season -- yes or no?

“Definitely. We all deserve the best. If you love someone enough, you’d want the best for her, right?”



Fill in the blanks: In 2016, I _________________.

“I travelled and visited a lot of magical places. Travelling allows me to see different places, views and cultures. I got to see Santa Claus at the Santa Claus village and I managed to catch the Northern lights.

On the fashion front, I got to walk my first ever runway show at the Clozette Style Party 2016. I had more opportunities to work with homegrown brands and had fun collaborating with fellow fashion bloggers to showcase our National Day outfits.”

What does the word “renewal” mean to you?

“It’s quite simple and something that we already embrace every day. It’s very important that we have adequate rest so we can rejuvenate and recharge ourselves. This to me is renewal. It’s something we do on a daily basis.”

How has the SK-II FTE changed your beauty experience?

“The FTE was recommended to me by an aircrew friend. Her skin is always glowing even though she goes through late nights, odd hours and terrible in-flight conditions. “How do you maintain your skin?” I’d ask her. That’s when she told me about SK-II and how she has been using it even before she began flying. I think the FTE really helped preserve her skin and give her a plumped up look.

I have been using the FTE for close to five years now. It actually made me stay loyal to a brand. Previously, I was changing product after product because I couldn’t feel that I could really trust [a brand]. I think that’s why SK-II is so confident of calling the FTE a miracle water.”

FTE as a gift for the festive season -- yes or no?

“I would recommend the FTE to anyone who wants beautiful skin. To give a bottle of FTE at the end of the year for them to start using it for the New Year is like starting afresh. Maybe at the end of next year, they’ll be hoping to receive another bottle of the FTE!”



Fill in the blanks: In 2016, I _________________.

“I managed to juggle my full-time job and my blogging career enjoyably well. I always get the question on how I manage blogging along with my full-time job. A lot of times people think that I have so much time. But it’s all about the passion. If you have the passion, anything can happen. Anything can motivate you to do the things you do.”

What does the word “purity” mean to you?

“To me, purity is honesty and integrity. When you handle relationships and meet people, you want people to treat you like how you want to be treated. I enjoy treating people with integrity, so that the friendship is a pure and honest one.”

How has the SK-II FTE changed your beauty experience?

“I got the SK-II FTE as a gift. Before I received it, I already heard so much about this SK-II essence and had a hopeful image of the product. When I got it, I felt so excited about trying it. I like to use the FTE before my other skincare products to prep my skin. You just need a few drops and it’s enough for your entire face.”

FTE as a gift for the festive season -- yes or no?

“I believe that all women have probably heard of SK-II’s FTE. It’s such an iconic product that every woman should try it at least once in a lifetime. If you are a new user, you should try it. If you’re already a fan, you should collect it!”


Looking for more gift-giving ideas? We got digital beauty influencer Leanne to share her holiday faves with us.



Just in time for the festive season, Clozette has partnered once again with Matrix Philippines to feature Matrix's latest hair trend that's both sweet and exciting: Candy Strobe. Using soft and pastel inspired highlights, confectionery chefs Jackie Laudico (from Chef Laudico Guevarra’s & Laudico Catering) and Carmela Villegas-Acosta (from Casa San Luis Pastries and Crisp on the 28th) were treated to a hair revamp rooted in the art of strobing.

Similar to the Rock 'N' Strobe makeover event held last June, the event highlights strobing, a technique that originated from makeup as the placement of highlights in key areas of the face to draw attention to your favourite features. Now this trend has expanded beyond makeup in the form of Matrix's Candy Strobe hair colouring technique.

Truly embracing the sweetness of this trend, find out how Chef Jackie and Chef Carmela's hair makeovers turned out!


Starting her confectionery adventures back in 2011, Chef Carmela loves coming up with desserts that bring comfort and incorporate local flavours. She finds the idea of Candy Strobing very similar to her #BakingIsLife outlook in life that's very fresh and colourful. 

She describes her hair as naturally frizzy and curly. She defines her hair reinventions in the past as very adventurous, ranging from blonde, to red, to being brunette once again.  

Upon consulting with the Matrix educators, Chef Carmela's hair was cut in layers to create more dimension and to complement the look she's getting -- the cheek strobe. 

Combining wearable shades of purple and red, the makeover aimed to give her a fresher, more vibrant look that highlights the natural glow of her cheeks. 

"Most of my past [hair] experiences were more of the orange-y highlights type, so for this one I decided to go for the darker red purple look and this [look was] really fun. What came out was something very different from what I expected. There’s a lot of artistic approach in hair colouring and mixing different colours. [The experience] was pretty cool." -Chef Carmela
Chef Jackie, on the other hand, is more conservative when it comes to her hair. She shared that her hair history is all about sticking to more natural shades.

As someone who started cooking and baking as early as six years old and is very much grounded to her passion for both, Chef Jackie appreciates the dynamism, blending, and techniques involved in this hair trend. From mixing and matching the colours to getting a look that's perfect for bringing out the best feature of the person getting the trend, it's pretty much a parallel to coming up with a taste to suit someone's palate. 

She was ecstatic to find out that even with the use of pastel-y colours, Matrix is all about keeping shades wearable and great to match any person's everyday routine. She finds it amusing that the colours used in this trend is very relatable to her. 

To highlight her eyes, Chef Jackie was styled with a fringe and was given softer shades of brown to frame key points in her  eye area. The hair tone the Matrix educator gave her was a bit darker than before the makeover started to bring out a more youthful vibe. 

"[As someone who loves confectionery,] I related so much to the colours used and it reminded me of the colours I use in cooking and baking." - Chef Jackie

The final look? Subtle tones and soft cuts that highlighted both the chefs' key points and features.

"I feel happy very happy that this new look will brighten me up this Christmas Season. When you invited me [in this event,] I was really excited because my husband wanted me to colour my hair red or something pop-y and that’s probably why I [went for reds and purples]. I'm excited to show him tonight, he will probably be super happy." - Chef Carmela

"[My Matrix experience] is very interesting and the strobing techniques were very different and impressive. This new look is something exciting and different from what I would normally wear, but it is surprisingly amazing." - Chef Jackie

Want to find out more about Chef Carmela and Jackie's Candy Strobe experience? Check out the video below!


Visit your nearest Matrix salon nationwide in The Philippines and request for a Candy Strobe makeover today!



Sporting a classic red lip or smoky eyes during your Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties is still gorgeous, but why not change it up this year? From slate, to gold, and to berry, The Body Shop’s three different makeup looks – using their limited edition makeup collections that are both glamorous and right on trend – will ensure that you kick off the party season with a roar.

Are you ready to slay the upcoming wild festive nights? Keep reading below for the three inspiring party makeup looks that will add emphasis to all your best facial features.


Rock The Night

Get that ‘girl-about-town’ vibe on point with this rocker chick look. By combining black with a metallic blue and silver for your eyes, it provides a beautiful contrast with the red lips. The result: a mesmerising MOTD that will draw in anyone you look at.


Go For Gold

We like to call this one the “holiday vamped up” look with its strong brows and vampy lips balanced against warm golds on the eyes and natural-looking lashes – a modern twist on a cocktail hour classic.

A True Romance

Combine berry tones with soft pinks and you'll get a sultry-meets-sweet look that is perfect for when you’re waiting for that movie-inspired under-the-mistletoe kiss. It’s bold yet strong, classic yet modern – a true romance indeed.


Want more holiday treats from The Body Shop? Then head over to their Facebook page for more holiday collections.