5-Day Skincare Challenge: Will This Skincare Routine Result In Significant Change? | Clozette
When it comes to skincare, we all know that it usually takes time before skin shows visible results – whether it be skin refining, pore reducing, or clearing up hyperpigmentation. This is because most skincare products rely on the skin’s natural 28-day cycle to slough off dead skin cells to reveal the fresh, radiant, and smoother skin underneath.

But is it possible to see an actual difference in our skin in as little as 5 days? Are the skincare products of today advanced enough to have fast-acting active ingredients that’ll give considerable results in a short amount of time?

To answer those questions, I took the 5-day skincare challenge and put Olay’s new Regenerist Miracle Duo to the test!

I’m in my 30s and anti-aging skincare is definitely something I have been obsessed with, constantly looking for products that keep my skin moisturized and plump to smoothen the skin and prevent and correct fine lines. 

So when I saw the claims of the Miracle Duo, I was intrigued. And since the range is regarded as “the next breakthrough in skin cell renewal,” I wanted to see if the combined usage of the Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence and the Micro-Sculpting Cream could live up to its claims of boosting hydration, reducing lines, and plumping and firming the skin. If it could do something to my skin in 5-days, then it might have a good chance to deliver quality results in 28 days. 

Keep scrolling below to read my thoughts throughout the 5-day skincare challenge!
DAY ONE

The main idea behind the Olay Regenerist Miracle Duo is that it promises to smooth skin surface by plumping the surface cells with a boost of hydration. It’s a skincare routine that works best when the Pre-Essence and the Micro-Sculpting Cream are used together. So aside from my go-to cleanser, I put aside the rest of my usual daytime skincare routine and opted to only use the Miracle Duo throughout the 5-days.

First impressions: The pre-essence is lightweight and absorbs quickly into the skin. While the cream is a bit thicker than what I’m used to (I prefer a lightweight cream for daytime), it does the job in keeping my skin from feeling tight and dry throughout the day. I must note though that the cream doesn’t have any SPF, so I would recommend topping it off with your choice of sunscreen if you’ll be out and about throughout the day. 

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DAY TWO

I’ve really been enjoying applying the Youth Pre-Essence and love how it’s been packaged. The dropper dispenses just right amount of product and keeps everything hygienic. The main thing to note about the essence is that it contains Golden Amino Peptides that trigger collagen production for surface cell renewal. This primes the skin for the hydration and anti-aging benefits of the Micro-Sculpting Cream.

Whenever I would apply the essence, I would feel a warm sensation all over my face which remains even after applying the cream over it. Could it be the Miracle Duo working its magic?

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DAY THREE

Day three into the challenge and I woke up today to surprisingly softer skin. I remember looking at myself in the mirror and thinking ‘Wow. My skin looks good today!” That’s impressive considering that I’ve only been using two skincare products for the past couple of days.

While I did mention in Day One that the cream is a bit too thick for my personal preference, the texture has grown on me -- especially since I’m actually seeing results, with my skin looking a lot more hydrated and dewy even if I haven’t had enough sleep. I would credit this to the cream’s formula of Amino-peptide Complex, olive-oil extracts, and Hydra-Firming Complex that work together to retain the skin’s youthful glow.



DAY FOUR

Skin texture is very important to me, especially when judging an anti-aging product. At the end of the day, for an anti-aging product to impress me, it should not only hydrate my skin but should also smoothen my skin texture. I don’t expect miracles from beauty products and don’t expect a product to make wrinkles and bumps disappear in a matter of days. But when a product (or in this case a duo of products) can make my cheeks feel a bit smoother to the touch, then it’s getting a big star on my book!

I also noticed today that my foundation applied more smoothly on my face than compared to the week before I embarked on this challenge. 

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DAY FIVE

It’s the end of my 5-day skincare challenge and here’s what I’ve learned through the 5 days: when tasked to stare at your face every day to spot changes, it makes you feel more comfortable about your skin in the long run – especially when you see actual results. There were a couple of days when I didn’t even want to wear makeup because I was so happy with how my bare face looked and felt.

So would I continue beyond Day 5? Of course! I would probably add an SPF to the routine; but other than that, I’m happy that a simple anti-aging routine has made a difference in my skin in 5 days. While the difference may be small, it’s a step towards brighter more radiant skin. And all it took was two products.

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Have you tried the Olay Regenerist Miracle Duo yet? Share your experience in the comments below!
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(cover photo from curlsandmints)


It is true that when it comes to makeup, “the world is your oyster.” But when you just want to head back to the good old classic looks, you don't have to look that far because there are a number of beauty pairings that have been tried and tested over the years and prove that they work on all skin tones, face shapes, and ages.

If you’re over following beauty trends (i.e. Instagram brows and ridiculous contouring) and just want something sleek and sophisticated to wear for everyday or when you're heading to a girls' night out, fret not. Below we have the 5 universally flattering makeup pairings that will always look gorgeous on you!

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Red lips with a feline flick


(photo from Instagram/@allanaramaa)

When in doubt, you can always turn to this timeless combination. The eyeliner will instantly define your eyes and the red hue of the lip colour will pull your entire look together. What else can you ask for from an MOTD?

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Naturally flushed lips and cheeks


(photo from Beautybyrah)

The innocence that the pops of colours on your cheeks and lips add to a look is unlike any other. It gives off a universally flattering “just in from the cold” vibe that looks beautiful on all complexions; and is perfect to wear anytime of the day, anywhere, and with any outfit!


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Smoky eyes and nude lips


(photo from Instagram/@simplysona)

If you want to opt for something that leans towards the rock and roll side of things, the classic smoky eyes and nude lips pairing will never let you down. So if you love to wear dark colours, just pair them with your favourite nude hues for an edgy look!


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Thick brows and long lashes


(photo from curlsandmints)

Boy, are we glad that skinny, overplucked eyebrows are over. Because now that our arches are back to their bushy glory, pairing it with long, defined lashes is the perfect combination for ‘no makeup’ makeup days. It may not sound much, but no words can express the flawless difference it will make to your look.


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Bright blush with pale eyeshadow


(photo from Instagram/@soothingsista)

The pairing of bright blush with a pale eye look also gives off a healthy looking complexion. How? The light eyeshadow will brighten up your eyes and make you look more awake, while the bright blush will illuminate your cheekbones for a classic undone-yet-done MOTD.

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Which beauty pairing do you love to wear? Share your favourite makeup looks with us below!

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2016 is flying by so fast and now we're almost celebrating the holidays! And what better way to celebrate this festive season than by dolling up and taking home a new haul that just shouts Christmas? 


That's right! Begin the holiday season on a sweet and lucky note with Etude House’ limited-edition My Little Nutcracker Collection. Whether you're looking for something for gift-giving or you're always on the lookout for cute and glam beauty products to add to your stash, this new collection has a product for everyone!




Inspired by Nutcrackers – a symbol of good luck given as keepsakes to bring good fortune, the packaging of the collection features Nutcracker motifs spiced up with a touch of Etude House magic – Nutcrackers have never looked more whimsical!

From our current favourites like lipsticks, mascaras, eyeshadow palettes, highlighters, BB Cushions, and the signature PLAY 101 range, the My Little Nutcracker Collection will also feature limited-edition fragrances and lip and eye colour shades made exclusively for this collection.

So what are you waiting for? Give your festive season a touch of sparkle and glam with Etude House' My Little Nutcracker Collection. 

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The Etude House My Little Nutcracker Collection will be available in all Etude House counters in Singapore this November. 
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