Spice Up Your Look With The New HERA X Au Jour Le Jour Collection | Clozette


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.



Eyeshadow


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.



WONDER PEARL Liquid Lip


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.

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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.

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Almost a year ago, I decided to give the very popular Pixi Glow Tonic a try. You can read about my full review here, but in a nutshell, this exfoliant slash toner lived up to the hype. It took only a few days for me to see the results, which is nothing short of a skincare miracle! After finishing a small bottle, my skin was noticeably smoother and brighter. That's why when I heard about Pixi Beauty's sheet mask version of this product, I knew I had to try it. Not to mention that it's been getting rave reviews on various beauty websites. Keep reading to find out if the Pixi Glow Glycolic Boost is as good as they say.


Formulation, claims and usage


The ingredients of the Glow Glycolic Boost is very similar to those of the Pixi Glow Tonic. All of the essences and actives are still there such as aloe leaf juice, glycolic acid, witch hazel and ginseng extracts. But other plant-based ingredients were also added like Camellia Sinensis leaf and Japonica Root extracts. All in all, it's basically a sheet mask dipped in a less concentrated (in terms of glycolic acid) formula of the toner variety.



On Pixi Beauty's website, they claim that this product will help you give a more luminous complexion and keep the skin in good health. Unlike the Pixi Glow Tonic, this one isn't marketed to help with hyperpigmentation or skin texture but it does promise a dose of hydration. Interesting!


As for usage, there really are no instructions on how frequent you should use these sheet masks to get results. With that, I just carried on with my usual weekly skincare routine and that includes putting on a sheet mask only once a week. 


Packaging and scent


Pixi Glow Glycolic Boost i


In terms of pricing, the Glow Glycolic Boost can be considered to be on the mid-range at USD10/~SGD13.69 per box (contains three sheet masks). There's nothing fancy about the packaging, just your straight-up sheet mask packed in individual packets. Moving on to the scent, it's got the same powdery smell as the Pixi Glow Tonic but it's much less prominent, so it won't upset even those who are strongly averse to fragrance.


Results: Is it worth the hype?


The Pixi Glow Glycolic Boost does deliver on the hydration. My skin is plump and bouncy the morning after. However, I didn't see any significant brightening or luminous effect. Sure, my skin became a tinge brighter but it's barely noticeable. It could be because I was only using this mask once a week and an increased frequency in usage could make a difference in the long run. However, if you want to have that instant glow, the original Pixi Glow Tonic is still the best choice, in my opinion.


Pixi Glow Glycolic Boost

Trying on the Pixi Glow Glycolic Boost


Overall, I would say that although the Glow Glycolic Boost didn't give me that instant glow, it's still a good and affordable sheet mask that you can slap on during your relaxation sessions for a great hydration boost. And who knows? We all have different skin types so this sheet mask might do the trick for you.


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