5 Beauty Benefits Of Coconut Oil | Clozette

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As a beauty junkie, I am constantly on the lookout for things to add to my health and beauty routines. Lately, I’ve noticed that coconut oil related products have started to pop up in increasing numbers on the shelves of health and lifestyle stores. There also have been numerous articles touting this oil as the next secret ingredient in both the kitchen and health and beauty routines. So when I was invited to attend Vita Coco's media invite last week, I jumped at the chance to discover their Coconut Oil products.

Vita Coco's coconut oil is USDA organic certified, completely unprocessed, and cold pressed. It also has the added bonus of having a revitalising tropical scent, which was a blessing when I tested it extensively as part of my beauty regime. I am glad to say that it has resulted in my skin being well hydrated, as well as being great for the hair as well.

So if you want to know how to incorporate coconut oil in your beauty routine, here are 5 ways to do so!


Use it as a makeup remover 

It does sound a little counter intuitive, but coconut oil does a great job at dissolving sun block and makeup at the end of the day. Warming the coconut oil in your hands and massaging it into the skin with a circular motion aids in the removal of makeup. After wiping away the makeup with tissue or a damp cotton pad, a few drops of micellar water to a cotton pad will remove residual oil. Follow up with a mild foaming wash and it will surprise you how soft and hydrated your skin will feel.

A gentle face and body moisturiser

Coconut oil aids in trapping moisture to the skin. In addition, its natural antioxidant and fatty acid properties make it a great skin moisturiser either by itself, or mixed with honey to make an extremely hydrating mask. Alternatively, mix it with sugar for a gentle sugar scrub to exfoliate and moisturise your face and body.

Use it to repair damaged hair

Rich in lauric acid and protein, coconut oil is able to penetrate hair shaft to repair damaged hair. So apply a small amount to your hair, comb it through, and leave it to soak for at least an hour---or overnight for better results. Then wash it off with shampoo. You’ll notice that your hair will become noticeably smoother, softer, and more manageable.

For added shine to your hair

A dab of coconut oil to the tips of your hair can add shine and vibrancy to your hair. However, don't be overzealous. Add too much and your hair can appear greasy.

A great alternative to Cuticle Oil

Before applying hand cream, rub a touch of coconut oil on your hands and cuticles to lock-in moisture. At night, give your feet some well earned TLC by massaging the oil into cuticles and calluses before applying lotion. Remember to cover your feet with socks to prevent your sheets from getting oil slicks.


The 250ml Vita Coco Coconut Oil jar retails at SGD $20 and is available at all major supermarkets and speciality stores in Singapore from November 2015 onwards.

For the full list of its health and beauty benefits, with easy to use recipes—visit www.vitacoco.com.sg


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We’ve all seen the ads - this waterproof mascara will last for this long, this will curl, this won’t smudge, and more. With the number of mascaras out in the market, finding the perfect one (the golden one) is like finding a needle in a haystack. Others will smudge, or not hold a curl at all, while others will even make your lashes fall out at the end of the day.

Which brings us to the age old question, what do we have to do to find the perfect mascara? The answer, is in the 3 waterproof, smudgeproof, and “droop-proof” mascaras we have come up for you, so you can say goodbye to boring, straight lashes, and hello to thick, long lashes!


Drugstore: Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Waterproof Mascara

One of the most popular brands when it comes to mascara (Great Lash, anyone?), Maybelline has it all. From volumising, to defining, to lengthening, and to curling, they have an entire library of mascara that it’s easy to get lost just by looking at them.

But the one that stands out the most is their Volum’ Express The Falsies Waterproof mascara with its curved wand that perfectly hugs each lash and lifts it up. This mascara lengthens after just one coat and volumises after two! With its black formula, this drugstore product is perfect for beginners and experts!

Mid Range: Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Edge Meister Mascara

Japanese mascaras are the best mascaras in the world because they are formulated to withstand all types of weather, sweat, and humidity, and they’re designed to really curl even the straightest of lashes.

If you’re looking to dip your toes into the Japanese mascara market, Majolica Majorca will be your new best friend. The Lash Expander Edge Meister gives long, jet black lashes that will last even in the hottest of climates! With fibers in the formula, applying this mascara is a breeze due to its comb brush that easily coats each and every lash.

Tip: Be careful when removing this mascara, though! The formula is extremely waterproof and budge proof that it will take some time before your makeup remover can completely break it down. Just be gentle and patient and you will be good to go!

High End: Lancome Hypnose Drama Waterproof Mascara

For a little high end mascara love, you’re going to love the drama with Lancome’s Hypnose Drama Waterproof mascara!

Like the Maybelline one, this mascara comes with a curved, albeit an S-curved, brush too so it helps with curling your lashes, lengthening them even more, and dispensing more product for those beautiful, thick, black lashes we all crave for. With its amazing and buildable clump-free formula, just layer on coat upon coat and you will never need another set of falsies again!


What's your holy grail mascara? Let us know in the comments below!



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One of the most universally adored makeup look for the holiday season is one that incorporates a touch of gold to the look, whether as an inner-corner highlight, a pop on the centre of the lid, or as an all over lid shade. After all, it's a colour that matches all skin tones and perfectly embodies the celebratory vibe of the coming holiday festivities.

So to inspire your holiday-ready makeup look, here are a few gold eyeshadow makeup tips from Sonya, our host from Clozette TV's style school.

Watch this makeup video for Sonya's gold eyeshadow tips:

Want to give gold eyeshadow a try?
Scroll down to see our list of favourite gold eyeshadows!

YSL Couture Mono High-Impact Colour Eyeshadow

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YSL Couture Mono High-impact Colour Eyeshadow features a high chromatic power and a unique texture which binds to the eyelid for a bold gold shimmer. It's best applied with an exclusive, patented applicator from YSL Beauté as its ergonomic shape glides with ease across the eyelid--for effortless precision.

stila baked eyeshadow trio

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Designed to be applied wet or dry, the stila trio is baked on a terra cotta disk for a sheer and never-chalky application. Best thing about it, it has two other shades that perfectly complement the baked, gold eyeshadow--allowing you to quickly create a gold-inspired makeup look.

MAC Eyeshadow in Gorgeous Gold

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MAC eyeshadows are adored the world over, with its highly pigmented powder and finish that blends easily to create a multitude of looks--from bold eyes, to a soft glow. Gorgeous Gold in particular is vibrantly toned and perfect for the holidays, featuring a velvety soft finish with a slight metallic shimmer and overlaid with high-shine pearl. 

Dior 'State of Gold - Diorshow' Fusion Mono Eyeshadow

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The Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow features a unique cushiony gel-foam texture that brightens your eyes with multi-dimensional and long-lasting colour with a weightless finish. For a soft fusion effect, gently sweep on the colour with your fingertips. If you're going for a bolder look, use a smudging applicator for an intensified finish that reveals its pure gold colour.


What's your favourite gold eyeshadow? Share it with us in the comments below!