I Am Her: Olivia Culpo On Being Inspired To Inspire | Clozette

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After being crowned in the 2012 Miss Universe pageant, 25-year-old Olivia Culpo’s life took a 180-degree turn. “I just [kinda been] thrust into a career and travelling all over the world,” the beauty queen and ex-girlfriend of Nick Jonas (formerly from the Jonas Brothers) shared. She was in Singapore last week to celebrate the launch of Skin Inc’s Oxy Recharge Bubble Mask, a 3-in-1 mask inspired by Skin Inc's award-winning oxygen facial and designed to fit into the hectic schedule of a time-starved millennial like Olivia.

When Olivia is not travelling the world modelling, acting, hosting, editing (as contributing editor for Byrdie) and contributing to humanitarian work (as the global ambassador of Pencils of Promise), she enjoys sharing her personal style, make-up tips and cooking recipes with her two million followers on Instagram. “The most fun part of my job is being able to do everything. I like that I’m breaking boundaries, and when I see people doing that, I admire that a lot. So I hope that I can do that for other girls, too.”

At 25, the social star has accomplished a feat most 25-year-olds could only dream of. Ahead, Olivia Culpo tells us how she does it all with ease — and in style.

How do you define beauty?

Beauty to me is knowing yourself, loving yourself and not being afraid to be who you are.

You are the definition of looking good while doing what you do. How do you stay inspired and empowered to do that every day?

For everyone, there are of course moments when you wake up and you don’t feel great. But I do find a lot of inspiration in knowing that I inspire other people. So I take inspiration from other people, and I get to share my inspiration with other people if that makes any sense. I’m inspired by knowing that people look up to me, and I want to set a good example.

How do you cope with the stress of being in the limelight?

Every job has its stress, and this job is just like any other job. So the way to handle it is to take time for yourself, meditating, exercising, having a good support system. Understanding when you need to take a break, and also kind of knowing what you need, and exploring things that you might require in order to do the best that you can. Also, relax when you need to relax.

Do you follow a strict diet? If you do, do you allow yourself to indulge during the weekends?

No, I don’t actually follow anything like that. I try to balance and have a good perspective on diet and health in general. I don’t ever want to feel like I’m punishing myself or depriving myself of something. I do want to feel good, so I don’t eat things that are unhealthy. My mentality is just to be healthy. Don’t deprive yourself but also don’t overdo anything. Too much of anything is bad.

Share with us five of your Clozette essentials right now.

I would say a good hat and a good pair of high-waisted jeans. A good bodysuit is a staple item that anybody should have. Combat boots, and a fanny pack or statement bag.

Skincare or make-up? Why?

Oh my gosh, skincare absolutely! You need to take care of your skin before you can think about putting make-up on. It all comes down to the right products. I also think sleep, hydration, avoiding sun damage, genetics help as well. Diet [helps] and then, of course, a proper skincare regimen.

Your personal mantra of 2018?

Something that I’ve been saying a lot. “God’s rejection is God’s protection.” Everything happens for a reason. Don’t give up if something doesn’t go well. Sometimes, it’s probably for the best.

The Skin Inc Oxy Recharge Bubble Mask is now available at all Skin Inc counters at SGD76.



We're already gearing up for the weekend. But, as usual, we'll be sure to take fashion and beauty news to ponder on during our rest days. Here are some of them.

Bomb Baby Mini

We know you're still not over the Fenty Beauty hype yet. We aren't either. So we're definitely excited about these cute travel-sized versions of the Killawatt Highlighter in Hu$tla Baby and the Universal Gloss Bomb. You can get the two at SGD33 at sephora.sg.

Gucci Garden

The Gucci museum in Florence, Italy has been renovated. The fashion house's creative director Alessandro Michele dubbed it Gucci Garden. Aside from the many Gucci goods on display, the "garden" also features a restaurant and a boutique selling exclusive pieces.

UNIQLO x marimekko

UNIQLO and marimekko implore you to discover the joy of being bold through a collection of clothing that bears bold and vibrant print designs. The collection will include nine pieces, all of which will have prints designed by marimekko's Maija Louekari. Get your hands on this limited edition collaboration starting 30 March in all UNIQLO stores in Singapore and on uniqlo.com/sg.

Nabile Quenum passes on

Capping the week off with a celebration of the life of street style photographer Nabile Quenum, who has passed on at the age of 32. 

(Cover photo from: @moccamakeup.sv)

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I love waterproof makeup for my eyes and I'm really generous when it comes to putting on products on my face every single time I do my makeup routine.  Because of this, I don't feel quite satisfied with removing all my makeup with just wipes or micellar water. I also have a very tedious skincare routine. For me, double-cleansing is the way to go.  

It took me a while to find an oil-based cleanser that doesn't sting my eyes and when I did find one that worked, I couldn't get a hold of it again — not in the Philippines, at least — because I got it in Japan. Luckily, I came across Human Nature's Bare Necessity Cleansing Balm a couple of months back. 

First impressions, packaging, practicality

Off the bat, it's quite fair to not expect a luxurious packaging given its price point of PHP345. Inspired by the popular 10-step Korean skincare routine, the balm is housed in a nice plastic tub that looks clean, simple, and practical. It also has a lid inside for extra protection and sanitary purposes, I assume. Plus, a small scooper suggestive of just how much you need per usage.

The consistency of the product in the tub was very candle wax-like when I got it, but because it has become a mainstay in my vanity table, it has melted into a cream-like texture due to the heat. There are no instructions whether there's a need to refrigerate it to retain the solid consistency, but since it hasn't reduced to a liquid state even after a couple of months, I'd say that's still a plus in my book. I sort of wish it would've stayed more solid, though.

Compared to my initial go-to, the Kose Softymo Speedy Selected Treatment Oil, this one's easier to bring when I travel because of the size difference of bottle vs. tub. If you're a frequent flyer, this also proves to be more convenient. 

Usage and claims

I was a bit sceptical at first because, as I mentioned earlier, I am very picky when it comes to my cleansers. I scooped the tiniest amount using the scooper and started to massage it over my waterproof lined-and-mascara-ed eyes. It transformed from balm to oil as soon as I started working it into my skin and surprisingly, it didn't sting nor did it need any tugging to melt away the makeup. Plus, there was no need for extra scooping as that tiny amount did the trick for my entire face.

It's also worth noting that while I'm also very particular about scents, the coconut scent of the balm was neither overwhelming nor intolerable. I actually found it pretty soothing. 

My only issue with it is that it's not as water soluble as the more high-end balm cleansers or my other go-to oil-based cleanser, so I need to wipe it off with a cotton pad or a cloth first before I can rinse it off with my water-based cleanser.  

In the photo above, I swatched and let set a matte liquid lipstick, a lip and cheek tint, a waterproof mascara, and a waterproof eyeshadow stick. The white substance in my wrist area is the balm. The second frame shows how the balm transforms to oil during the makeup removal process. The final frame is after the cleanser has been wiped off with a cotton pad.

Final thoughts

After using Human Nature's Bare Necessity Cleansing Balm, I must say that while it has its minor flaws, it definitely sealed its place in my beauty routine. The natural oils in its formulation also helped my skin feel softer, plumper, and skincare-routine ready. I've also been using it religiously for almost three months now and I'm still nowhere near the bottom of the tub. Given this, I'd say that with its affordable price point, it's a product that's worth every penny. 

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