Are You Guilty Of These Beauty Shopping Habits? | Clozette

Over the years, beauty shoppers like us have become more and more critical when it comes to their choice of products. And who could blame us? There are just too many beauty brands out there, not to mention product types, that we can choose from. While beauty trends and our preference for certain products may change, some unusual shopping habits die hard — especially when we're off surveying beauty counters for new vanity finds.

So for the fun of it — and a hint of learning in between, too — we decided to narrow down some habits that are oh-so-common among us makeup and skincare lovers whenever we're off on a beauty shopping spree. Which of these are you guilty of?

Smelling a product before buying

We got you on the spot, didn't we? One of the most common habits that you may not realise but constantly do is smelling a product when buying it in a beauty section. This is your way of testing a new product's 'newness' and make conclusions based on its scent. And yes, even if the product is already labelled ‘fragrance-free’, you still can’t resist giving it a whiff. Who knows? Maybe it's instinctive. To be fair, though, scents can be very off-putting in some cases and it's best to use your olfactory organ as the first line of defence if you are going to like a product or not. 

Maximising the use of testers

Whether it be a lipstick, foundation or eyeshadow, you can’t leave the store without testing any products —even when you’re not particularly looking into buying it. It's the very reason why 'swatch and sniff' has become a practice when it comes to everything beauty. Our theory? The appeal of a beauty product that's open for you to try is simply irresistible. And it may not necessarily mean you’ll buy it right away, but it's more of getting a feel of the product in every way possible before you add it to your cart. Definitely a mark of a smart shopper, to be honest. We're not judging if you're totally guilty of this one.

Not reading the labels

Don't worry, we feel you. Reading the labels can be taxing and it's a common habit to just rely on the keywords on the packaging. However, with hundreds of brands and products in the market nowadays, we say taking advantage of technology and googling unfamiliar terms listed on the label will definitely do you good. Trust us, once you get used to some of the most common technical beauty terms, it'll definitely make your shopping experience more easy and informed. So chop-chop and make beauty-sleuthing and researching your thing.

Equating product prices with quality and potency

Like in most things, you always assume the price is the assurance of quality. While you might consider a drugstore or a dupe option at times, you believe that they can be subpar as compared to an expensive pick. But always remember that while the price point may be a good baseline when it comes having a great find, it's not something that applies to all products. Just like you, we believe that beauty products, especially skincare, should be an investment. But you should not discount more affordable picks just because they lack a couple of zeroes in their price tag. Don't forget: 'pricey' does not always equate to 'potency'. 

Being sceptical of the salesperson

It's common not to trust a salesperson because there's a high chance that they would probably say anything to make sure you take their products to the register. But sometimes, it's best to put aside your scepticism and consider that they are people who are well-trained to know about the product they're delegated to sell. Think of it this way: if you have any questions about the product, you can easily have it answered right then and there. At the end of it, if you feel like they're not helping you enough or if you're still not sure of the product, remember: whether you take it or ditch it, it's your money and therefore, your choice. 

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We're all fans of the glowing, radiant skin many Koreans are known for. This coveted complexion also referred to as glass skin has even sparked the interest in an extensive skincare routine — from seven to 12 steps. But did you know that you can reach your glow goals by using five products? Yes! The key is in keeping your skin hydrated. So, ahead, we're giving you non-negotiables to add to your routine to ensure you get glass skin, as nominated by our panel of beauty experts for the 2018 Clozette Beauty Awards.

A moisture booster

Hydrated skin is synonymous to glass skin. So make sure you have one that does the job or even works overtime. For fans of moisturisers that are lightweight and don't give the skin a smothered feeling, belif True Cream - Aqua Bomb, Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream and Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturizer are great picks. If you're on the dry side and wants something that's more on the creamy side, take the Dr. Wu Extra Hydrating Lotion with Hyaluronic Acid and the Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator for a spin.

A super anti-ager

Aside from looking moisturised, glass skin also appears smooth and without lines. So invest in an anti-ager that will deliver. If you're looking for something that's light but potent, try the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II and Re-Erth Multi-Targeted Elixir. If you want something that has a bit more body, try the Astalift In-Focus Cellactive Serum and the Clarins Double Serum. If you want something that's more on the cream side, get the Origins Plantscription Youth-Renewing Power Night Cream.

A hydration hero

Got more than 30 minutes to spare on your routine? Definitely add a hydrating mask to the mix to boost your skin's glow. The Dr. Jart+ Dermask Water Jet Vital Hydra Solution, For Beloved One Hyaluronic Acid GHK-Cu Moisturising Bio-Cellulose Mask, Senka Perfect Aqua Rich Extra Moist Mask, For Beloved Girl Extreme Moisture Mineral Cloud-Silk Mask, and innisfree My Real Squeeze Mask - Green Tea are great for the extra hydration you need.

An instant rejuvenator

By mid-day, our skin will tend to get dry. But we can't really go ahead and do our routine all over again. So we need a quick fix. For that, we need an instant rejuvenator in the form of a hydrating mist. Our picks? The Herbivore Rose Hydrating Face Mist; Evian Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray; Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater; Pixi Glow Mist and The Body Shop Rose Dewy Glow Face Mist

A sun protector

Don't waste all the effort you've made by letting the sun damage it. Make sure you keep your hydrated, glowing skin at its prime by protecting it from the sun — while barely feeling like you put sunscreen on. Our lightweight favourites include the Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen FX SPF50 PA++++, FANCL Sunguard 50+ Protect UV, Biore UV Perfect Bright Face Milk SPF50+ PA++++, Creme Simon Daily Defense UV Protector SPF50 and Hera Sun Mate Daily SPF35/PA++++.

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Upgrading your style is not always synonymous to buying brand new clothes. Most of the time, all you need to add is a single piece to elevate your look. Whether it's a fancy watch or quirky accessories, these little things go a long way. Another way to spice up your style without breaking the bank is by using makeup items that complement your existing wardrobe. As they say, never underestimate the power of a good highlight! Ahead, the fashion and beauty products that will upgrade our style in a jiffy.




"Make-up that’s as stylish as an outfit? The Urban Decay Naked Cherry palette features 12 all new on-trend cherry-hued shades that go from delicate to sexy in a hot minute. The shades that will hit pan faster than the rest? Feelz, a soft dusty rose matte; Ambitious, a metallic rose copper; and Young Love, a metallic cranberry."




"Anyone who knows me knows that I more often than not wear all-black. I've been trying to keep up with my goal of injecting colours into my wardrobe, though, so I'm eyeing this Demi Dial watch from Olivia Burton's Celestial Collection. While the straps are still black, the watch's face has romantic, rose-hued whimsical flowers that will give a nice pop of colour to a monochromatic look."


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"I've always had an obsession with boots even before they became mainstream, so this gorgeous pair of Kyoto Ankle Boots from Phillip Lim definitely stood out to me the first time I saw it. It's easy to pair with any type of look. This definitely makes it to my wishlist, especially when talking about travel outfit must-haves. Plus, I believe the wooden block heel is a smart choice for providing that much-needed height boost without compromising comfort."


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"When it comes to personal style, you could say that I'm the living embodiment of the girly-girl cliche. I love wearing dresses, skirts, knits and cute shorts. My wardrobe never has a shortage of floral and pastel-coloured pieces. To upgrade my style, I'd say I need to up my accessorising game. To start, I'm setting my sights on this super adorable Bunny Mini Bag from LOEWE that features a cute gingham print and a faux fur tail. It goes well with my floral sundresses and pastel sandals."


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"I'm completely obsessed with PANDORA's latest collection of mesh-textured bracelets the Reflexions. This bracelet, which is available in gleaming sterling silver, 18k gold-plated PANDORA Shine and blush-pink PANDORA Rose along with an array of flattering and sleek clip-on charms, exudes a modern femininity that fits my personal style. It gives a luxurious touch to the everyday look. I also love how these two bracelets can be attached together and can be worn as a choker or a short statement necklace."


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"This season, I'm sporting darker colours! To contrast it, I'm gonna brighten up my face and draw some attention to the cheekbones with the Max Factor Miracle Glow Duo. It comes in two shades, light and medium, to create a beautifully radiant glow that also builds up to a blinding shine. After all, more is more, right?"

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