Get To Know Beauty Maven Of The Year, Gen-zel Habab | Clozette

From amazing and holy grail-material products to bizarre and viral-worthy trends, this year has been major for the beauty community. But beyond the ones that we pick from our favourite counters, a big contributor to our shopping habits and routines are beauty influencers.

This is why in our recently concluded Clozette Beauty Awards 2017, we asked YOU, our beauty- and skincare-loving community which influencer made a massive impact in your life â€” and beauty routine â€” this year and you voted none other than Clozette Ambassador Gen-zel Habab.

We're sure you've already seen her on social media, but let's get to know our Beauty Maven category winner's beginnings, inspirations, and top beauty tips below! 

How did you start as a beauty influencer?

I started my blog on 27 March 2012, with the help and encouragement of my best friend who knows me so well and knows how I just love to share the things I love. My first blog post was not even about beauty, but my path as a blogger was accidentally directed to the beauty industry because of my genuine passion to empower women.

What is the most satisfying thing about being a beauty influencer? What is the most challenging thing about it?

The most satisfying thing about being a beauty influencer for me is meeting people — those who share the same passion and love for beauty. It feels so great to be surrounded by those who can truly understand what you love, your goals, and your purpose. It's like building a community of my own.

As for the most challenging part, in my case, it is time. It's really hard to maintain a blog and a YouTube channel while keeping a full-time job to support myself. I struggled with consistency before because it takes so much time to write, film, edit, and all these behind-the-scenes work, but I'm thankful to my followers and friends who stick with me no matter what.

How has your idea of beauty changed ever since you became an influencer?

My idea of beauty has changed in a sense that I learned and went deeper into what beauty truly means. It's not just how you present yourself but also how you encourage others to feel the same way about themselves. To me, that's what makes a beautiful person.

What are your beauty essentials? Say, your house catches fire (knock on wood that it doesn't happen, of course!), what five beauty items will you make sure to save?

Oh my, this is so hard! But if I were to pick just five things from my kikay (vanity) kit, I'll get a mascara, eyebrow pencil, lip and cheek tint, sunscreen, and face powder.

What's the best beauty tip you've learned?

Invest in skincare. Makeup, no matter how expensive, will not serve its purpose if your skin is not healthy. If you have good skin, it can boost your self-confidence and even [prompt you to wear] less makeup. 

What can we expect from you next year?

2017 has been really good to me and I feel super excited for 2018. My goal is to focus on my blog, YouTube channel, and of course my first love, which is music. Expect to see more of me next year!

Learn more about CBA 2017 winners here!



The year is coming to an end, but the onslaught of exciting things is not slowing down. There are so many things happening in the worlds of fashion and beauty, and it seems like they can't wait for next year. That said, we're pleased to learn about these cool things. 

Confessions of a beauty influencer

It may seem like it's all glitz and glam, and while it is to an extent, it can also be taxing not just physically but also mentally. That's what we learned from reading the confessions of a beauty influencer to The level of competition is really high and putting yourself for public scrutiny is challenging, to say the least.

Bye, Phoebe

Rumours swirled in October, and now it's confirmed: Phoebe Philo is leaving CĂ©line. She served as the brand's creative director for nine years.

A Royal Christmas

The British Royals were out and about on Christmas. But let's be real, the people's attention was not focused on the princes. The women definitely stood out. Clad in chic coats (that are now sold out) and cool hats, the Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle looked stunning beside their princes.

Welcome, Mattemoiselles

Fenty Beauty's latest offering, the Matemoiselle Plush Matte lipsticks are now available worldwide. Grab one of the 14 shades at Sephora or now.

Missed what happened last week? Get a rundown here.


Eyes are the windows to the soul. They speak volumes even when you don't. So it's only fitting that you make sure they do the talking and that what they "say" is, at the least, nice. We've always attributed "eyes that sparkle" to being healthy, confident and happy, making it something we want to always project. If you feel like you need a little help in that department, don't fret. Ahead, our tips on getting eyes that shine.

Glossy, healthy eyes

There's nothing quite like having healthy eyes. But it's even better when your eyes reflect your individuality. Make sure you're sending this message by taking good care of your peepers. A little colour also helps in achieving that. Say "I love what's #UniquelyMe" through your eyes with the ACUVUE Define Radiant Sweet contact lenses. The mix of espresso brown and tan colours give the eyes a reflective teary effect. The lenses also enhance the eye's depth and enlarge the iris for eyes that say look-at-me. 

Magic eyes

Brighten up your eyes with a little help of magic... Magic Eyes Brightening Stick from BeYu, that is. A good trick to use when you want to make your eyes appear brighter (or larger) is to use a nude shade of liner on your lower waterline. This product was created for that and more. Aside from using it under the eyes, you can also put it on your lids as a cream eyeshadow.

Frame 'em

(Photo from: Paperkitties)

The eyes are the windows to the soul, so think of the brows as the curtains that accentuate them. You don't want curtains that look dishevelled, right? Nowadays, everyone's about having eyebrows on fleek. It's a fair goal, but you don't always have to go full-on glam to achieve that look. Get natural-looking brows that work with Benefit Cosmetics Soft & Natural Brows kit. It includes everything you need for brows that wow: Benefit's goof proof kit, their signature Tips & Tricks, and special brow stencils.

Lash love

Peepers with fluttery lashes command attention. Don't forget to give your lashes some love. Make sure they're facing the heavens, giving focus on your eyes. Add a coat (or two or, okay, three) of the Browhaus HD Lengthening Mascara for fluttery lashes that look perfect all day.

(Cover photo from: penmyblog)