We're Looking At These Picks For An Empowered Daily Routine | Clozette

Would you believe we're already halfway through the year? With all the hustling, deadlines, and personal agendas we had to work through, we say a little mid-year pick-me-up is necessary. For us, that comes in the form of retail therapy, with some 'me time' on the side. Because nothing beats recharging and gearing up for what's ahead.

So what's on our mid-year wishlist? We're currently looking at these fashion, beauty and lifestyle picks for an empowering daily routine that will help us survive the rest of the busy year. 


Deputy Editor

Clozette Covets: Glamglow GentleBubble Daily Conditioning Cleanser


"I have to admit: cleansers are not my most favourite skincare products. But cleansing is the first step to a good routine, so surely, it should hold a bit more weight, right? So I’m putting more premium on it now and will start with the Glamglow GentleBubble Daily Conditioning Cleanser on my to-get list. Aside from its super fun packaging that’s truly hard to miss, it’s got hydrating, softening and protecting properties thanks to apple extract, vitamin E, Teaoxi Green Tea Leaf and oat amino acids — yes, all that on top of cleansing."


Features Writer and Campaign Executive

Clozette Covets: Furla x Hello Kitty

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"I believe that every woman cannot leave the house without a trusty bag. And yes, you can blame it on the fact that our clothes usually don't have very reliable pockets (if they have any at all). But we've embraced the piece like an extension of our personalities and choosing the right one is just as personal as one's own skincare routine. So as soon as I saw Furla x Hello Kitty's latest collaboration, I knew I found pieces that fit my taste just right. Elevating Hello Kitty's fun and quirky vibe is Furla's chic and sophisticated aesthetic, making it perfect for kids-at-heart like me who deal with #adulting on the daily."


Features Writer and Community Specialist

Clozette Covets: Rouge G de Guerlain

Left to right: Guerlain Rouge G Matte Shades, SGD48; Guerlain Rouge G Cases, SGD31


"As cliché as it may seem, no one can deny that a red lip has unbeatable allure. The colour is bold, empowering and unapologetic wearing one is like saying to the world that you're unstoppable. Over the years, I've tried many red bullets and now have my all-time favourites, but it wouldn't hurt to add another tube to my collection. This month, I'm eyeing the Rouge G de Guerlain in the shade Rouge Intense. The best part is that you can even customise the case that comes with it when you purchase one. So chic!"


Features Writer

Clozette Covets: Dyson Lightcycle Task Light


"My eyes are suffering from fatigue a lot more lately and it makes it difficult for me to manage my daily tasks efficiently. That’s why I’m excited for Dyson’s Lightcycle Task Light, which is engineered to adjust automatically throughout the day to give you the perfect light. The desk lamp adapts to your local daylight and age, so you get the optimum brightness and temperature you need. Hopefully, when it’s released this July, it can finally reduce my eye strain and help me enjoy my night-time reading once more."


Community Executive

Clozette Covets: SS19 EVISU x Keith Haring

Left to right: SS19 EVISU x Keith Haring shirt, SGD1,099; SS19 EVISU x Keith Haring sliders, SGD599

"After a week's long vacation in my favourite city, Tokyo, my enthusiasm for Japanese High-Street Fashion has not dwindled. A new playful collection featuring EVISU and legendary '80s pop-art artist Keith Haring has just been launched. The collection includes a range of t-shirts, denim shorts, beach boxers, beach slippers and all other fashion items in fun and colourful prints. Throw on an EVISU x Keith Haring tee, a pair of pool sliders and be ready to indulge in an artistic and creative summer."


Creative Lead

Clozette Covets: The Hustle 2019 movie

 "I have been wanting to watch The Hustle featuring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson, who star as female scam artists, one low rent and the other high class, who team up to take down the dirty rotten men who have wronged them. Rebel Wilson, who studied law in her early days, fought in court for the rating of the movie as it was considered sexist towards men. I love such stories of women standing up for women! I can't wait to watch it." 

(Cover photo from: @guerlain; @furla)



A ton of refreshingly new beauty trends are popping up on our Instagram feeds nowadays. Still, despite our excitement for these, we sometimes miss the glamour of the looks of the past. Luckily for us, HERA decided to collaborate with renowned Italian brand Au Jour Le Jour to help us create striking looks this season. Just this last 30 May, the number one Korean cosmetics brand launched the limited-edition collection. In their boutique in ION Orchard, they held a makeup demo to show us how to achieve this classic yet edgy aesthetic.

The HERA x Au Jour Le Jour collection stays true to its 1980s punk inspiration by housing its products in glittery and bold packaging. This limited-edition collection features an all-new six-colour eyeshadow palette, two lipsticks, along with some of their best-selling products. Available in soft colours, this collab will help you create your modern take on the vintage punk look.

A photo booth full of makeup and a woman wearing makeup

HERA x Au Jour Le Jour launch and the vintage punk look created during the makeup demo.

Here's a peek at what the collection offers.

Cell Essence

A bottle of essence for skincare

HERA x Au Jour Le Jour Cell Essence in 225ml, SGD99 (source)

HERA Cell Essence is the perfect first-step to your daily beauty routine. The essence rejuvenates the skin by mimicking body fluids on a cellular level to effectively regulate moisture. With its eight skin activators, it will battle Skin Desertification and give you a clear and bright complexion.

Black Cushion

A cushion foundation in a glittery silver case

HERA x Au Jour Le Jour Black Cushion, SGD75 (source)

Get that flawless-looking skin all day long by using Black Cushion as your base. Despite offering full coverage, the long-wearing semi-matte foundation is completely lightweight. With the help of HERA’s Ultra Fine Powder Dispersion technology, it blends seamlessly and comfortably on your skin.

Rich Curling Mascara

A mascara with bold red lips printed on the tube

HERA x Au Jour Le Jour Rich Curling Mascara, SGD45 (source)

Don’t you hate it when your mascara clumps or smudges when you apply it? Define your eyelashes without struggling through all that with the Rich Curling Mascara. Because it has a slim, peanut-shaped brush, it amplifies each of your lashes from the roots. For a more interesting look, give your lashes a lift with the limited edition vintage red shade.


HERA x Au Jour Le Jour Eyeshadow Palette in a glittery case

HERA x Au Jour Le Jour Eyeshadow Palette, SGD80 (source)

Housed in a slim, glittery case, this eyeshadow palette from the HERA x Au Jour Le Jour collection offers six shades in a variety of textures and finishes. As it has a range of versatile colours, the palette can serve more than one purpose. It’s designed so you can also use it as a highlighter, contour, or blush to match your mood.


Two tubes of glittery liquid lipstick

HERA x Au Jour Le Jour WONDER PEARL Liquid Lip, SGD43 (source)

Finish your vintage punk look by saying goodbye to mattes. Available in two specially crafted colours, Lady May and Bubblegum Pink, WONDER PEARL Liquid Lip illuminates with its glittery texture. The glide-on, non-sticky formula of the liquid lipstick is infused with Vitamin E to help nourish your lips.

The HERA x Au Jour Le Jour Collection is available at all HERA counters and boutiques in Singapore.



You might have seen it before: the odd wanderer lost in the desert and parched with thirst. Suddenly he sees a cactus, verdant and plump with moisture. Out of sheer desperation, he proceeds to hack off a limb from the plant hoping to find a spot of water that might give him relief. But this cartoonish image might not be a fantasy for long. Drinking cactus water is a real thing these days and not just for hydration but for its purported health benefits. Curious how this works? Here we attempt to unpack this crazy new trend.

What is cactus water and can I really drink it?

Cactus Water

As the name suggests, it’s water from a cactus but not just any random cactus plant. Producers usually extract the water from the fruit of a specific type of cactus called the Prickly Pear, which is the only one that has a vital blend of antioxidants, electrolytes, and vitamins. These are responsible for the myriad of benefits this new health elixir is said to cause. It’s safe for drinking and is even known to be better absorbed and retained in the body. Some variants like Cali Water mix it as part of beverages while others like True Nopal package it pure.

What do I get from drinking cactus water?

Cactus Water

For something that seems so niche, cactus water does pack quite a punch when it comes to benefits. It contains the antioxidant taurine, which reduces inflammation and helps repair damage on muscular tissues caused by exercise. Other vitamins found in the drink — such as vitamin B and C, calcium, and iron — can aid in supporting your immune system functions. As for the skin, cactus water enables healthy retention of moisture to keep it hydrated. The anti-inflammatory compounds help minimise redness and puffiness while the antioxidants protect from UV, free radical, and pollution damage. It’s great for all skin types as it does have antibacterial, calming, and hydrating properties that can cover a range of skin concerns. The only issue with cactus water is that it can be difficult to come by locally so do try it when you find it.

How else can I avail of cactus water’s benefits?

Fortunately, many skincare products are adding cactus water to their ingredients list to capitalise on its effects. Here are some you can check out.

Boscia Cactus Water Hydrating Cream

Boscia Cactus Water Hydrating Cream

Boscia Cactus Water Hydrating Cream, SGD38/~USD28 (sephora.com)

This dermatologist-recommended lightweight moisturiser absorbs quickly into the skin, making it ideal for combination-oily skin types. It uses extracts from the Queen of the Night cactus and aloe vera to deliver serious hydration.

Cactus Skincare White Clay Mask in Lemon & Prickly Pear

Cactus Skincare White Clay Mask

Cactus Skincare White Clay Mask in Lemon & Prickly Pear SGD57/~USD41 (cactusskincare.com)

Detoxify your skin with this kaolin and zeolite mask. Prickly Pear and Lemon Myrtle oil encourage the skin’s natural glow while Apricot Kernel oil assists with barrier function.

Kiehl’s Cactus Flower & Tibetan Ginseng Hydrating Mist

Kiehl’s Cactus Flower & Tibetan Ginseng Hydrating Mist

Kiehl’s Cactus Flower & Tibetan Ginseng Hydrating Mist, SGD23/~USD17 (kiehls.com)

Hydrate on the go with this facial mist. Cactus flower keeps skin moisturised even under dry conditions while Tibetan Ginseng facilitates cell respiration. An essential oil blend of lavender, geranium, and rosemary keep the environmental aggressors at bay.

Starskin Orglamic™ Pink Cactus Pudding

Starskin Orglamic™ Pink Cactus Pudding

Starskin Orglamic™ Pink Cactus Pudding, SGD75/~USD55 (sephora.com)

This silky-soft pudding combines Prickly Pear cactus seed oil with hyaluronic acid for a hydrating glow boost. Plus points for the luxuriously cool and velvety texture.

Tony Moly I’m Real Sheet Mask in Cactus

Tony Moly I’m Real Cactus Sheet Mask

Tony Moly I’m Real Sheet Mask in Cactus, SGD4.11/~USD3 (skinstore.com)

This essence-soaked sheet mask is packed with 1000ppm of natural Prickly Pear extract to calm, soothe, and hydrate the skin.

Next, find out how this prickly skincare trend can work for you.