FAVE 5: Bold Makeup Looks | Clozette


Stuck in a beauty rut? Be bold and switch up your makeup by playing with vivid colours. Take it from these ladies from the Clozette Community to show you how you can put together a brand new look with the untouched shades from your palette.

 


Smokey Shimmer


Woman with shimmery smokey eye look

(Photo from: ladies_journal)



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You might have noticed a growing number of products with the words “anti-pollution” plastered on them, but what does it mean? We know that we deal with environmental pollution on the daily but how much it can actually affect our skin? So here, we give you the lowdown on another one of 2019’s big skincare trends: the rise of the anti-pollution skincare products.


air pollution


Can pollution cause skin damage?


Short answer: yes. Soot, smoke, and acid particles are released into the atmosphere daily especially in cities where there’s a congested urban environment.  These tend to come from industrial emissions, exhaust fumes, household activities, and cigarette smoke. In addition, UV light, blue light emissions from tech screens and free radicals are also known aggressors. When cells are overburdened with these agressors, they can even harm DNA in such a way that cells are unable to heal and repair. The skin barrier weakens, making your complexion more prone to dullness, dehydration, hyperpigmentation, inflammation and fine lines.


purifying plant


What do anti-pollution skincare products do?


True to their name, anti-pollution products help protect skin by strengthening the skin barrier against said aggressors. Many of them often contain ingredients that fight free radicals, reduce oxidative stress (that is, stress caused by free radicals mixing with oxygen leading to a dull and uneven skin tone), balance moisture levels to keep skin hydrated, and aid cells in the removal of waste and toxic substances. Some of them also contain filters that block UV and blue light damage.


What anti-pollution skincare products do you recommend?


Here are the products you can add to your skincare routine to help increase your skin’s protection against environmental aggressors.



Caudalie VineActiv Overnight Detox Night Oil


caudalie detox night oil

Caudalie VineActiv Overnight Detox Night Oil 30ml, SGD65/~USD48 (sephora.com)


Caudalie’s 100% plant-based oil works overnight to reverse damage caused by pollution by detoxifying and encouraging cell renewal.


Chanel L’Eau Micellaire


chanel micellar water

Chanel L’Eau Micellaire Anti-Pollution Micellar Cleansing Water 150ml, SGD64/~USD47 (chanel.com)


Chanel’s micellar water makeup remover is of 96% natural origin and features two marine active ingredients: blue microalgae, which is a known depolluting agent, and marine salicornia extract that boosts and regulates hydration levels.



Laneige White Dew Tone Up Fluid


laneige tone up fluid

Laneige White Dew Tone Up Fluid SPF35 PA++ Moisturiser, SGD52/~USD38 (sephora.com)


Laneige’s tone-up fluid promises eight layers of skin protection that shields skin from multiple aggressors throughout the day while brightening up the complexion.


My Clarins RE-CHARGE Relaxing Sleep Mask


my clarins sleep mask

My Clarins RE-CHARGE Relaxing Sleep Mask, SGD45/~USD33 (clarins.com)


Clarins’ hip new skincare line, My Clarins, is filled with pollution-fighting products. This sleep mask eliminates toxins from skin, replenishing it with moisture from the inside out.



Sunday Riley C.E.O. Moisturiser


sunday riley ceo moisturiser

Sunday Riley C.E.O. C + E Antioxidant Protect + Repair Moisturiser 50g, SGD92/~USD68 (sephora.com)


Sunday Riley’s formula contains antioxidant support to help reverse damage caused by UV-B exposure. Anti-pollution exopolysaccharides and vitamin C address skin ageing and environmental stress while Bisabolol calms and soothes the skin.


(Cover photo from: @sundayriley)


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By now, it's safe to say that nobody does product launches like Glossier. Leave it to this indie beauty brand to create massive hype around their new releases. From the Cloud Paint and Boy Brow to Milky Jelly Cleanser and Solution, their social media launches are nothing short of a major hype fest covered by the media, influencers and even celebrities. The latest raved product? Bubblewrap. As expected, the reaction to this new release is massive with some people even hailing it as a botox replacement. Keep reading to know more about Glossier's new promising product.


It's a dual-purpose beauty product



Aside from its reported effectivity, the main selling point of Bubblewrap is that it's not only an eye cream but it can also be used as a lip cream. In an interview with Allure, Melissa Souto (Director of Product Marketing and Development at Glossier) shared that the inspiration behind this dual-purpose product came from an industry hack where makeup artists use eye creams to prep lips. The brand also explains in their Instagram posts that both the eye area and lips are the thinnest parts of our face so it makes sense to give them some extra lovin'.


The key ingredients



Those who got first dibs on Bubblewrap reported that it has a unique "bouncy-milky" texture or as the brand puts it "water-in-oil emulsion" with a lightweight feel. But what exactly is this product made of? The key ingredients are mostly related to hydration, which includes two types of good old hyaluronic acid (hydrolyzed HA and Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer); squalane, which is a staple ingredient in anti-ageing products; and avocado oil. There's also a peptide complex (another anti-ageing ingredient) and fruit extracts that are rich in antioxidants. As you can see, it is indeed quite a power-packed product with a concentration on intense hydration. 


Here's what people are saying about it


By this time, all we can scout are praises about the effectivity of Bubblewrap. Glossier shares on their website that during their clinical trials, a high percentage of people found the product to be instantly moisturising and deeply hydrating after two hours. With all the rave reviews, it does seem like that's the case. The promising product was even dubbed as good as botox. Whoa!



Others commented on how good it is as a lip cream because it delivers ample hydration without the pilling. "It just soaks on your lips and just leaves you like a blank canvass," shares YouTuber Rohini Elyse.  All in all, there seems to be a consensus that this new release is a winner. However, beauty guru Ruthie Barone remarked that even though she really enjoyed Bubblewrap and thought it was a great product, she feels like it's not a must-have in your beauty cabinet if you already have a trusty moisturiser that you can use all over your face. 


Where to buy?


As you may know, Glossier products are hard to come by on this side of the globe. There's always the option of purchasing it directly from the brand's official website. But you can also wait and check with local shops and distributors in a few days if they're going to offer Bubblewrap soon. Here's hoping that it reaches our shores soon.


(Cover photo from: @glossier)


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