#CandyStrobe: A Sweet Makeover From Matrix | Clozette
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.


All that recycled cabin air coupled with a potential climate change when you land in your holiday destination can cause serious damage to your skin. From a dry, dehydrated mess to a dull-looking complexion, the possibilities of distressed skin are endless whenever you're on a holiday.

Luckily, sheet masks exist – travel-friendly face masks created to soothe or treat any skin issues, leading them to become in-flight and vacation must-haves ever since. So if you’re heading someplace where you know your skin might suffer this holiday season, we round up the best sheet masks you should bring on your upcoming trip.


Leaders Insolution Aquaringer Treatment Mask

Leaders Insolution Aquaringer Treatment Mask, USD5 (leaderscosmeticsusa.com)

It’s like getting a hydrating facial, but for lesser cost and time. The Leaders Aquaringer Treatment Mask is a cult favourite among travellers for three reasons: it’s affordable, provides intense nourishment and instant relief, and minimises fine lines. What more can you ask from a “cheap as chips” sheet mask that packs a punch?

Sephora Collection Rose Face Mask

Sephora Collection Rose Face Mask, USD6 (sephora.com)

We all know how hectic tour schedules, dry cabin air, and lack of sleep can affect our skin. That is why if you’re in need of a brightening mask that gives your skin a boost of hydration too, we recommend the Sephora Collection Rose Face Mask. With natural rose, rice, and broccoli extracts, your complexion will look and feel plumped up, refreshed, and more luminous in 20 minutes or less.


Dr. Jart Water Replenishment Cotton Sheet Mask

Dr. Jart Water Replenishment Cotton Sheet Mask, USD7.50 (sephora.com)

If you have sensitive skin, Dr. Jart’s Water Replenishment Sheet Mask not only hydrates skin, but soothes and calms down redness too. Infused with chamomile flower water, marine collagen, witch hazel extract, and cactus extract, this mask will leave your skin clean, hydrated, and refreshed – perfect for long-haul flights or whenever you need a quick pick-me-up.

Tony Moly Age-Defying Snail Hydrogel Face Mask Sheet

Tony Moly Age-Defying Snail Hydrogel Face Mask Sheet, USD9 (sephora.com)

Weirded out about the idea of snail slime on your face? You’ll immediately forget all about it once you experience its effects on your complexion. Tony Moly’s Snail Hydrogel Sheet Mask contains a high concentration of snail essence to rehydrate, soften, repair, and brighten your skin. Paired with seaweed and sea algae extract, your dull, dehydrated skin won’t stand a chance against this gel-based face mask.


SK-II Facial Treatment Mask

SK-II Facial Treatment Mask, USD17/SGD23

For those of you who love to pamper your skin with something luxurious while travelling, the SK-II Facial Treatment Mask is the perfect one for you. With a high concentration of Pitera in one mask, your skin will immediately be drenched in moisture, resulting in a visibly radiant and crystal clear complexion. And the best part? This mask has a ton of essence in one packet, which means you can still get a lot of uses out of it after you’ve used up the sheet mask.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask, USD25 (sephora.com)

Everyone’s favourite serum is now in a sheet mask form. If you want to take your beauty sleep to the next level, the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair PowerFoil Mask will do just that. With two times more hyaluronic acid, this innovative foil sheet mask delivers a surge of liquid revitalisation to your skin. So when you remove it, you'll look like you had eight hours of sleep!


Looking for more travel face mask recommendations? Read here for the quirky face masks that your skin will instantly love!