Insider Round-Up: A Defiant Girl Faces A Bull, Milk Beauty Tackles Gender Fluidity And More | Clozette
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The days are getting hotter, friends. How do you feel about the coming of spring and summer? We're having mixed feelings because we do miss the cooler breeze, but mostly we're excited about the prospect of going to beaches and doing more outdoor stuff. We're also equally excited about what's been happening in the worlds of beauty and fashion lately.


Share in our excitement as we go through the fun things that happened with the help of this week's Insider Round-up.


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A girl faces a bull



Wall Street's famous “Charging Bull” statue now has competition. A $2.5 trillion asset manager put a statue of a defiant girl in front of the bull in time for International Women's Day. The statue's message is simple but bold: There is a need for gender diversity in the workplace, especially in a male-dominated one like Wall Street. 


Milk for everyone


Wall Street is not the only place where gender is being talked about. In the world of beauty, Milk Makeup has made a statement by launching its #BlurTheLines campaign inspired by their Blur Stick.


“We're blurring the lines on the gender spectrum and exploring what individuality truly means today,” the brand said.

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Nike for Hijabi



Nike has launched a product for Muslim women. The "Pro Hijab" is an answer to Muslim women athletes' call for hijabs that fit the demands of the sports they play.


Lollipop Lips



The beauty world is constantly evolving, and trends come by the dozen. The latest thing to surface is the lollipop lips trend. Yes, they look just how you pictured them in your head — a messy stained look akin to when you eat lollipop like a kid.



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Another one for a Hadid




There's no stopping the Hadid sisters from becoming modelling powerhouses. Bella Hadid has just been named the new face of Dior Beauty.


Beautiful harmonies



From one beauty to another, here's a mesmerising rendition of the classic tune from the Beauty and the Beast by John Legend and Ariana Grande. 



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New from Downy



You can ditch the perfume when your clothes smell awesome. In time for International Women's Day, Downy launched its new and improved  Parfum Collection.  We were there to witness the unveiling, which featured Malaysian actress Scha Alyahya, Miss Vietnam 2012 Dang Thu Taho, Thai actress Araya "Chompoo" Hargate, and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach. Make sure to follow us on Instagram so you get to see new product releases with us!

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The braided hairstyle is a popular beauty look among brides for its ability to complement a wide variety of wedding gowns. Not only can braids add texture to your look with their intricacy, they are also very romantic – a perfect way to ‘tie the knot’, if you know what we mean.

Beyond just the regular three-strand braids, there are many other braiding techniques you can try. Whether you like your braid cascading down at the side loosely, up in a chic bun, or styled in-between in a relaxed fashion, we share three ways you can dress up your tresses on your big day. Watch hair and makeup artist Gerra Chong, who was awarded second place in the hair and makeup category at the first Vanitee Awards 2016, work her magic on Clozette ambassador, Cassandra Tan.

Don’t forget, just for our Singapore readers only: enjoy up to SGD15 off all beauty services on Vanitee using the code CLOZETTE50 (offer ends 31 March 2017)! 


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Half Up, Half Down 




Cascading Side Braid 



Crowning Updo




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Beauty is fun! Discovering new products and learning new tricks are just a couple of the things we love most about exploring the wonderful world of beauty. It's even more exciting because there seems to be a new trend coming out weekly. It can be hard to keep up sometimes, but we're still on the lookout for anything interesting.


While we find it amusing that many are eager to share tips and tricks, we found that some of them don't live up to the hype and others are even dangerous. Here are beauty trends you may want to pass up on.


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Turmeric Mask




This trick has been practised by many for centuries now, but it was recently found out in a study that it's not exactly as effective as many believe it to be. Turmeric has been touted as a miracle worker for people with oily skin as it has antibacterial and oil-absorbing properties. A study published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, however, found that the herb contains very little medicinal properties. So while it's not bad for you, it doesn't actually do much if at all.


Lash Enhancement Tattoo



Microblading was all the rage last year, but now it's the lashes that get the attention. A procedure called Lash Enhancement Tattoo aims to make your lashes look lush. The procedure is done by filling in the gaps between your lashes with ink. The result looks a lot like a tattooed eyeliner. While we encourage you to do anything you want, we implore you to refrain from doing anything extreme in sensitive areas of your face.  

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Milk Of Magnesia For Oily Skin





Some people are hoping to stop their T-Zones from getting oily with the help of Milk of Magnesia. The laxative does a good job at keeping oil at bay, but using it for a long period of time can wreak havoc on your skin. Since its pH is quite basic, it can lead to skin troubles such as increased acne and contact dermatitis.


Toothpaste For Blackheads




Engaging in beauty-related activities is fun, and that's the reason why many are fond of DIY projects. Sometimes, though, our goal of finding things at home that can double as beauty products can lead to bad results. From the old myth that toothpaste can zap away zits overnight, we now see people using toothpaste as a mask for blackheads. Toothpaste has ingredients that are good for cleaning the teeth but may be too harsh for the skin, so it's best to reserve their cleaning powers for your pearly whites instead.



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Cutting Eyelashes To Make Them Longer



This idea has been circulating for decades now, but the truth of the matter is, it's not true. Our eyelashes don't grow the same way like the hair on our head. It takes longer for eyelashes to grow back, so be careful about getting a pair of scissors near the hair on your peepers.



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