Try These Calming Masks When You're Stressed | Clozette


When stressed, people often visit spas for some relaxing pampering sessions. But if you just want a quiet, quality me-time to rejuvenate or simply don't have time to get a full body massage, you can also go for more budget-friendly options that you can do at home like using a calming face mask. Ahead, our recommended masks to use when you're having one of those stressful days. Indulge in one (or all!) of these masks to uplift your mood.


Laneige Water Sleeping Mask


SGD42/~USD30.95


Tried and tested to be incredibly effective, just one layer of this will leave you feeling fresh and rested the next morning. The Laneige Water Sleeping Mask is an all-time favourite because it delivers real results. Keep a tub of the lavender variant by your bedside for the nights when you don't feel like going through your whole skincare routine. The soothing aroma of this mask will also help you get that well-deserved beauty sleep.


Skyn Iceland's Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels


SGD22/~USD16.21


If you're going through stressful days and having restless nights, we can't recommend this product enough. One of the best beauty finds of the year, Skyn Iceland's Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels promises to infuse the undereye area with Icelandic glacial water and active ingredients that can firm, tone, and brighten in just ten minutes.


Starskin Dreamkiss™ Plumping & Hydrating Bio-Cellulose Second Skin Lip Mask


SGD16/~USD11.79


Pamper your lips with the Starskin Dreamkiss™ Plumping & Hydrating Bio-Cellulose Second Skin Lip Mask! Enriched with mango butter, flaxseed, sea fern and hyaluronic acid, this lip mask feels so nourishing and indulgent. It will soften and plump your lips, smooth out fine lines around the mouth area and leave you feeling oh-so-spoilt.


The Body Shop's Himalayan Charcoal Body Clay


SGD37/~USD27.26


Grab a tube of The Body Shop's Himalayan Charcoal Body Clay and apply it all over your body to remove impurities and soften your skin. Designed to help you recreate a spa experience at home, this product should be used with a warm towel wrap in order to maximise the bamboo charcoal's purifying effects. Doing this will leave you feeling refreshed which can make way for a deep, satisfying slumber.



Baby Foot


SGD29.90/~USD20.03


Your feet carry all your weight and yet it's usually neglected aside from the occasional pedicures and foot spas. Give your feet some lovin' and try the cult-favourite Baby Foot mask from Japan. It softens your feet so much that the dead skin simply peels off over the course of a week after using it. Talk about a fresh start for your feet!


(Cover photo from: @aluxelist)


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It's been a whirlwind week for everyone! For the last few days, a lot of eye-catching headlines have dominated the newsfeed ranging from celebrity intrigue to important international news like the massive forest fire at the Amazon rainforest. We know how easy it can be to get overwhelmed with all the reports, so we're rounding up some of the beauty, fashion and lifestyle updates that you shouldn't miss. From a mystical makeup collaboration between two big names in the beauty industry to local boutique openings, here are the essentials.


MAC x PONY



MAC Cosmetics and beauty guru Hye-Min Park a.k.a. PONY just announced that they will be releasing a collaboration collection called Pony Park. The project has been in the works for almost three years before being unveiled today. Pony Park will feature tarot-inspired packaging and will include matte lipsticks, brushes and an eyeshadow palette among other things. According to PONY, this collab will be released globally by October 2019.


Discover the new KrisShop



KrisShop, Singapore Airlines' travel retailer, just launched several improved services including a revamped e-commerce platform, new in-flight offerings featuring homegrown Singaporean brands like Scene Shang, PHS Hairscience, The Golden Duck, Skin Inc., and Scent By Six. To celebrate, they have set up an experiential pop-up space at Raffles Hotel (open until 24 August) where you can have fun with their interactive booths. 


Visit Lancôme's Stop & Glow Pink Lounge


Lancome Stop & Glow Pink Lounge


Going to Changi Airport soon? Drop by Lancôme's Stop & Glow Pink Lounge for a quick refresh before your next flight. The pop-up booth offers a 3-minute beauty glow service that will instantly rejuvenate your complexion. You can also play with the Changi-exclusive interactive AR game panel or take a snap at the photo booth to commemorate your experience. Plus, Lancôme will give away some macarons made with their special pink recipe. Isn't that sweet? The booth is located at Changi Airport Terminal 1 Transit Area and is open until 10 September.


Looking for an investment? Consider a Carribean citizenship


Carribean


If you're looking for new investment, you may want to consider citizenship in Carribean countries. Yes, that's a thing! Citizenship by investment allows individuals to obtain second citizenship quickly in exchange for a donation or real property investment. This year, Professional Wealth Management Magazine by the Financial Times ranked Carribean countries such as Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis and St Lucia as some of the best places to get a Citizenship by investment. Would you consider getting one?


(Cover photo from: @ponysmakeup)


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Move over traditional moisturisers! Ever since natural and clean beauty became the biggest trend in skincare, facial oils took their place in the limelight. Not only do they pack on a lot of benefits for our skin, but they also amp up on extra hydration. One of the brands known to fit this description, at least with the hype it continuously receives among beauty enthusiasts, is Herbivore Botanicals.


As someone who's had my fair share of facial oils in the past — with Human Nature's Jojoba Oil and Sunflower Oil Bloom and Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Oil being my tested favourites — I was pretty psyched to try Herbivore's Phoenix Regenerative Facial Oil to see what the fuss is about. Many reviews on Sephora US, SG, and PH named this as their holy grail facial oil despite being pricey at SGD44/PHP1,412 per 8mL and thrice the price for the full-sized 50mL variant so we knew we just had to give it a whirl. 


Plus, considering how well our Herbivore Blue Tansy mask review turned out, we can't help but also have high hopes for this one. After a couple of weeks of trying this out, I'm ready to pass on my verdict. Scroll on to see if the Herbivore Phoenix Regenerative Facial Oil lives up to its name of reviving my skin from the ashes. 

Packaging, smell, and texture


One of the things I love about Herbivore's branding, in general, is its sleek and clean aesthetic. Phoenix's dropper-type bottle felt very sturdy to the touch and definitely gives off a nice luxurious feel despite its quaint size. The bright orange colour also looks appealing as it beautifully contrasts the minimalistic label of the packaging. 


Herbivore Phoenix Regenerating Facial Oil review - packaging


Moving on to my actual first impressions of the product, one that I had mixed feelings about in the beginning is the strong sweet  (yet non-artificial) smell. While it's good to know that the concoction of various ingredients and oils such as CoQ10 (aids collagen production), rosehip oil (skin hydration and regeneration), chia seed oil (for redness reduction and anti-ageing properties), and other natural ingredients contributed to this, I'd say it can be pretty overwhelming if you have a sensitive nose. I personally love natural scents in my beauty products but even I found the smell a bit uncomfortable during my first couple of uses. It's also the type that lingers and takes a bit of time getting used to so be warned. 


As for the texture, it's similar to past facial oils I've tried — neither too thick nor too watery. It's also not tacky or slippery to deal with, which met my initial expectations. 


Claims and application


According to Sephora's product description, the Phoenix Oil utilises its natural ingredients to lock-in moisture, vitamins, and antioxidants to protect the skin from dryness and heat in the environment. Reviews of the product also suggest that it's so potent, enough to deliver noticeable effects overnight. With these promising claims in mind, I endured the strong smell and went on with the testing. 


Herbivore Phoenix Regenerating Facial Oil review - texture and blending


I'm currently practising a simplified skincare routine where I only water-cleanse in the morning. And at night, I just do double-cleansing, toning, applying special serums, and moisturising. For my first time using the Phoenix Oil, however, I really stretched its claims and tried it out alone after cleansing. It doesn't feel heavy or sticky upon application, but it definitely takes a while to get absorbed into the skin. I highly suggest you don't use this right before you plan to hit the hay as chances are it will stain or transfer to your pillowcase.


Anyway, the next morning proved to be quite a shocker as I didn't expect I would say 'wow' out loud even at initial usage. But I did. My skin was definitely plumper, softer, and more luminous like I had a good night's sleep combined with an extensive facial the night before (which tbh, I didn't). I couldn't even remember how long it was when my skin last felt this good!



After my promising first experience, I swapped my usual facial oils with Herbivore's Phoenix Oil and started my renewed skincare journey. There are days when I leave out my Vitamin C serum out of the picture and just use the Phoenix Oil after toning to also see if it does commit to its promise of healthier and glowy looking skin with continued use and it ticked all the boxes. There are even days when I just use this alone (when I'm feeling lazy) and still wake up to radiant-looking skin. 



Apart from the amazing results, it's also worth noting that despite me using the 8mL variant for a while now, I'm still nowhere near half the bottle as it takes just one to two small drops to cover my entire face. But while I do recommend giving this a try in the morning, too, I find that it's best for a no-base/natural look as it will only cause your base products to really slip and look cakey. 


Overall thoughts


With all that said, it's safe to say that this product is truly worth its wonderful reviews. It might be a bit expensive, but I'd say even as a self-proclaimed cheapo, I'll be happy to splurge for this given my experience. It definitely helped revive my dull and damaged skin (mostly as a side-effect of reviewing other products in the past) and hey, if my grandma noticed my skin looked a lot better, then that's saying something, right? 


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