Getting Ready for Boracay? Here’s What To Pack | Clozette

Daydreaming about summer vacation already? We hear you. Our thoughts are already wandering to the sunny shores of Boracay Island, the most popular summer destination in the Philippines – with its fine, white sand, clear, aquamarine waters and fun-filled parties that last for days. 

For many of us, Boracay is the highlight of our summer and we spend weeks in preparing for it. But before you finish (over)packing, make sure you don’t forget these essentials to make the most of your trip.


Waterproof Sunscreen

This should be the first thing that goes in your bag. You’re more vulnerable to sun damage at the beach than you are in the city, so you’ll need at least SPF50+ to adequately protect your skin.
Whitening Toothpaste

In such a fun-filled island, we have no doubt you’ll be flashing those pearly whites all day long. Your smile is your best accessory, so keep it dazzling! Brush your teeth with Closeup’s Deep Action Toothpaste with Micro Shine Crystals that help remove yellow stains, polishing your teeth to a beautifully white finish!

A Figure-Flattering Swimsuit

You might be pressured to start exercising for that beach bod just right after the holidays. Relax – it’s all about finding the right cut, one that makes you feel comfortable and sexy. There are a variety of styles to suit every shape like the classic one-piece suits, triangle bikinis, tankinis, maillots and many more.

Your Comfiest Flip-Flops

We love walking barefoot by the beach. But for times when we want to avoid the scorching sand, rocks and seashells, a chic pair of flip flops is a must.

A Stylish Beach Hat

Keep your head well-protected from the summer heat by covering it with a stylish beach hat, like a wide-brimmed straw hat or a lightly-woven fedora.

Scratch-Resistant Sunglasses

Likewise, keep your eyes shaded from harsh sunlight. Opt for a pair that is scratch and water resistant as you will likely be spending a lot of time around the elements.

Microfiber Towel

Constant exposure to the sun, wind and saltwater will surely take a toll on your hair. So take the gentler route in towel-drying your locks by using a microfiber towel, which has a finer surface texture that is kinder to your hair cuticles and reduces frizz.

Damage Repairing Shampoo & Conditioner

At the end of the day, make sure to use an intensive damage repairing shampoo and conditioner. Your hair will thank you for it.



The New Year not only marks new beginnings but also the anticipation of brand-new releases from some of our favourite makeup brands. Korean cosmetic brands have been on a roll with their inventions and new releases; and 2015 seems to be a bright year ahead for Korean beauty lovers. 

The beauty trend for Korea this year is said to be '코스테틱' (Costhetic) – combining the words “Cosmetic” and “Aesthetic”. This means that we can expect aesthetic results from beauty products without visiting the professionals at aesthetic clinics as these products aim to improve skin elasticity, with lifting and slimming properties. On top of that, we can also expect unique brand collaborations through special edition releases that will definitely be a must-have to add to our makeup collection.

So here is a rundown of the Top 4 releases we’ve been excited about!


Espoir THE SMURFS Collaboration Collection

Kicking off 2015 in a cute and vibrant manner is THE SMURFS collection from professional makeup brand, Espoir. The collection consists of 2 eyeshadow trios & 5 tint glow lipsticks in an ever-adorable SMURF-themed packaging. This proved quite a hit as it was sold out within a week from its January 1st release date.

Laneige Clear C Advanced Effector

The Laneige Clear-C Advanced Effector is the newly improved formula of one of Laneige’s bestsellers, the Clear-C Effector. For the past decade, the Clear-C Effector was popular as a product for boosting skin translucency. Now, with the reformulated Clear-C Advanced Effector, users can expect greater results. 

The new product contains 92.5% of superberry (combination of acerola and acai berries) extract, which is said to have 4 times the antioxidant effect of Vitamin C. The product also uses the brand’s exclusive Silicium Capturing Technology to protect skin from pollution. 

The Saem Express Beauty Cotton Swab

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The Saem recently released the first giant cotton swab, boasting a size 5 times that of a normal cotton swab. The express beauty swab comes in 2 versions, Mild – Milk Peel Cotton Swab; or its intensive care version – Aqua Peel Cotton Swab. It has peeling properties that removes dead and dry skin around the eyes, lips, and the rest of the face. It’ll definitely come in very handy in maintaining a clear and smooth complexion! 

Etude House Beauty Shot Face Blur

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Wishing to look as good as your app edited selfies? Worry not because Etude House’s new Beauty Shot Face Blur with SPF 15/ PA + blends the blurring and brighten tool of your favourite photo editing app into one amazing beauty product. It cover pores, skin irregularities, and flaws while adding subtle highlights to your face—giving your skin a photoshopped effect. 



Here's the thing about being young and vibrant: going out with your best girl-friends and painting the town red. And what do you need for that perfect Ladies Night? A smile that keeps heads turning through the night.

But before you reach for your go-to lip colour, ensure that your smile is bright, white, and fresh for long-lasting confidence through the night. We recommend a whitening toothpaste such as Closeup Deep Action toothpaste for its amazing Micro Shine Crystals that effectively polishes teeth and removes yellow stains for a brighter smile. 

Once you've achieved that bright, white smile, grab a lipstick in a colour that will make your smile stand out even more. 

Read on for our top picks of the 5 lipstick shades for a gorgeous smile >>

M.A.C RiRi Woo

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To make your smile appear almost two shades lighter, opt for a vivid red like MAC's RiRi Woo (Ruby Woo's similar looking sister).

Deborah Lippmann Sexy Back

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A bright pink, semi-matte cream lipstick is a great option for a dramatic, dazzling smile. Its slight-blue undertone and bright finish will make your teeth appear a lot whiter than it may be.

Lipstick Queen 'Sinner' Lipstick

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This Lipstick Queen lippie in "Bright Rose" has a slight blue-orange undertone with a matte finish. Perfect for a smile that pops.

Yves Saint Laurent 'Rouge Pur Couture'

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If you're not in the mood for a bright pop of colour, opt for a paler hue such as this YSL lipstick in Corail Legende. It has a light pink-orange undertone for a subtle smile-brightening effect.

M.A.C Viva Glam

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For a smile that can be seen across the room, be bold and reach for this cult classic from M.A.C. Viva Glam is a deep red shade that suits all skintones and is the perfect shade for a statement smile.