Hada Labo Powers Skin Hydration At New Launch | Clozette
It’s clear that all of us want to have beautiful skin, but why is it that even after piling on product after product, some of us just can’t seem to get that healthy glow? Hada Labo invited us to Red Dot Museum last Friday to show us what we all are neglecting — hydration.

Dubbed as the Prince of Make Up, we were graced with the presence of Xiao Kai Lao Shi, celebrity make-up guru of hit Taiwanese lifestyle variety show, Ladies First, at the event.



Xiao Kai Lao Shi showed us how patting the product into your skin using your fingers, as well as massaging your face with your palm, encourage greater circulation and accelerate absorption of the product. Pair the use of the new Hada Labo Hydrating Essence with any Hada Labo Hydrating Lotion and it will guarantee even better results by amplifying the effect of any skincare product used after!

While most of us would opt for re-applying and slapping on foundation powder during our midday touch up, Xiao Kai Lao Shi suggests dabbing a few drops of the Hada Labo Hydrating Essence onto a makeup sponge and patting that onto your skin instead. That way, your makeup will sink in and moisture will be released to give that fresh, dewy look.


When asked about how one can differentiate between oily skin and hydrated skin, the celebrity makeup artist cheekily commented, “You will know the difference between the two – because when you have hydrated skin, people will naturally start to compliment you more on your beautiful skin.”




Over at the mini Hada Labo science laboratory, Dr Naelong Wang, General Manger of Hada Labo Asia Research Centre, explained the science behind the High Performance Penetrating & Deep Moisturising (HPP&M) Hydration Technology – a technology Hada Labo prides itself on.

One common misconception that most people have – as Dr Wang pointed out – is to think of hydration and moisturising as the same thing. You’ll be surprise to know that hydration and moisturising are actually two different things. While one talks about water penetrating into your skin, the other talks about preventing the water in your skin from evaporating and locking it in. With both, that’s where dewy, healthy looking skin comes in.




With the presence of four different sizes of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) in their products — Large-sized HA, Medium-sized HA, Super HA & Nano-HA — the market leader in the study of Hyaluronic Acid (one gram of HA is able to hold up to six litres of water!) promises to deeply hydrate and moisturise your skin at the same time.

With hydration this deep, it’s no wonder Hada Labo has claimed its name as a hydration expert in the skincare industry, living up to its tagline — ‘One Drop Locks Up An Ocean’!

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The new Hada Labo Hydrating Essence retails for $31.90 in Guardian and Watsons stores. 
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Since opening their first boutique in Far East Plaza, Singapore-based grooming boutique Milly’s has made a name for itself among the local beauty crowd. Highly raved for their eyelash extensions services, Milly’s also offers a wide range of other professional beauty services – from Eyebrow Embroidery and Eyeliner Embroidery, to Manicure & Pedicure, Body Waxing and IPL. Simply put: Milly’s is your one-stop beauty shop for all your grooming needs.


After witnessing Milly’s at work during our Clozette Style Party last month, we decided to send three of our Clozetters down to Milly’s main branch at Suntec City to give their Eyelash Extensions and Eyeliner Embroidery services a test-drive!



Milly’s occupies a spacious area at the third level that sits between Suntec City’s Tower 1 & 2, boasting a welcoming reception with couches to boot, a row of private treatment rooms; a dedicated manicure and pedicure section, and even a makeup zone for you to freshen up after your grooming session. With clean, modern aesthetics in mind, each area – splashed in warm colour tones – is strategically placed to give ample legroom. All to satisfy our need for space and comfort while we indulge in some pampering time!

Read on as Clozetters Azleena, Lynn and Kersie try and tell!

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Azleena


“My first impression of the brand is always the storefront – Milly’s at Suntec City looks spacious, clean and modern. Before my eyelash extensions session began, I was provided with a comprehensive chart that showcased Milly’s range of single and cluster lashes, as well as options for eyelash style, curl type, thickness and length.



The illustrations were simply and clear-cut, and it was a matter of time before I made my choice: a Natural lash look using the Royal Furlash single lashes.



The overall experience was painless and quick. The beautician was so gentle that I almost fell asleep halfway through my session. Here’s a tip: after my session, my eyes felt a little dry due to my contact lenses. So if your eyes tend to feel dry easily, bring along a bottle of eye drop.



I can now save time on my eye makeup every morning. Plus, no more woes of removing my mascara! Unlike my previous experience with eyelash extensions, this set of lashes felt so light and it doesn't prick me when I blink. Sometimes I even forget I have my extensions on!”


Kersie


“I've always wanted to try eyeliner embroidery because I’m not very good at creating a satisfying liner look. I like a tight line – nothing too dramatic, just a subtle accent that can perk my face up and make me look less tired – so when I learnt that Milly's offers a Lash Line Eyeliner Embroidery service, it sounded like a good solution for me.



And so my session began! When my beautician lined my first eyelid the third time over to allow the colour to be absorbed, I must admit that it felt a little sore. However, it definitely felt way better when she started working on my second eyelid, which had more time for the numbing cream to take effect. So if you're nervous about pain like me, I recommend that you ask for a longer numbing period.




Was it worth it? I'm very happy with the results, so yes, I think it’s worth the while. There was a very slight soreness right after it was done. But about one to two hours later, I was surprise that I felt zero discomfort!”


Lynn


“Having done eyelash extensions before, I knew what exactly to look out for: comfort, comfort and comfort!



What I found impressive is how Milly’s has a catalogue for the various eyelashes and styles they provided. It ranges from cluster to single, thick to thin, long to short, cute to super sexy, and even differing in the curvature of the lashes. It seems like there’s something for every eye shape – big or small.




The beauticians were very flexible with the styles, reassuring me and catering to my own personal preference of wanting a “not-so-dramatic” Sexy Glamour style using the Miracle Mink Single Lashes. In all, my lashes felt extremely comfortable, both during the application and after – definitely a great booster for my natural lashes!”


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Editor’s note: We sent our ClozetteINSIDER Contributor Melissa Phang to try out Redken’s new Blonde Idol In-salon Colour at The Hairshop at Paragon Shopping Center. Here’s her Insider experience as she tried out the new Sombre hair trend!


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To give myself a new look, I headed over to The Hairshop Paragon to try out the new Redken Blonde Idol In-salon Colour, which is the company’s latest innovation when it comes to caring and colouring blonde tresses.

Before my appointment with Redken’s Technical Hair Director Xiao Hui, I sent in some photos of my hair so that she could plan for the colour that would look the best on me. I’m not going to lie, I went into the salon expecting to come out looking like Suki Waterhouse with my new “Babylights”.


Due to Singapore’s hot weather doing no good to my hair and its colour, when I saw Xiao Hui my roots were already showing, and my hair looked unhealthy, yellowed, and frizzy. It looked nothing like the ash brown I had originally dyed it with!



As a graduate of the Toni & Guy Hair School and as a Technical Hair Director for 10 years, Xiao Hui earned my trust immediately! She knew I was in the Sales & Marketing business so she decided to give me a subtler colour change by incoporating the latest hair trend: the ‘Sombré’.

A Sombré is basically a “soft ombré”, just as popular as balayage. But Xiao Hui decided that a Sombré would be easier to manage once my roots grow out.




To achieve the Sombré look, she divided my hair into four major sections -- the top fringe, left, right, and back sections. Xiao Hui then went in and applied a mocha brown L’Oréal Cool Cover dye over my roots.



After going in with about 3 inches of the mocha colour, she then blended a mix of Titatnum .12 and Blue .1 of the Redken Blonde Idol In-salon Colour for the rest of my hair.




Next, she applied the Redken Blonde Idol Colours mixture in sections, dividing each one with foil. If you’ve always wondered why salons use foil, it’s because it prevents colours from smudging, and it allows easier application and blending of the shades.



To finish the colouring process, she stretched out the darker colour at the top section of my hair, and I was left to let the colour sit in for 20 minutes.




While waiting, I had fun reading the Blonde Idol Range; being fascinated by the different dye techniques illustrated in the book and how the 12 different colours in the Blond Idol Range have different effects on the hair.



20 minutes later, my hair had absorbed the colour very well and I was ushered to their washing basin to have it washed off and have my hair conditioned. Xiao Hui’s teammate then gave me a blow dry, which never fails to make me feel like a superstar!

Then voilà, my new hair is done! It wasn’t blonde, but I absolutely loved what Xiao Hui did to my hair – the titanium and the blue tones of the Blonde Idol In-salon Colour neutralised the yellow and copper tones. And since I change my hair parting from time to time, Xiao Hui made the top part darker to make the shade more versatile when I want to achieve a different look! Such a genius idea!




Through my experience, the Blonde Idol range proves that not only does it allow you to lighten your hair without bleaching it, it’s also great for neutralising copper shades and refining your hair’s undertones to achieve the ashy colour you want!




It’s almost been three weeks, and I’ve never loved my hair more! My hair colour is just the way I want it to be, and despite it being a bright colour, it looks healthy and shiny, with a subtle dimension as if I had highlights done in my hair, and I never have to worry about my colour going awry as the Blonde Idol shades will never look brassy!



I thoroughly enjoyed creating a unique #MyKindofBlonde with Xiao Hui at The Hairshop. So if you’d like to achieve your kind of blonde, give Xiao Hui a visit at The Hairshop at Paragon Shopping Centre or find your nearest Redken salon!

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What kind of blonde will you be? Share it with us in the comments below!

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