Insider Roundup: Beyonce To Buy Out Ivy Park & More | Clozette

The worlds of fashion and beauty are always abundant with fun happenings. Case in point: these tidbits we gathered. Here's your weekly dose of news.

Beyonce to buy out her brand?

As you may know, Beyonce has an athleisure brand created in partnership with Topshop called Ivy Park. But since Topshop hotshot Philip Green has been embroiled in a harassment case, there have been rumours that Beyonce is buying out her brand from the British company. No confirmation yet, but we're holding our breath for a resolution.

Blending makeup with a pancake?

Just when we thought we've seen it all — from cellphones to that part of a man's body — here comes another material used for makeup blending that just isn't right. Riverdale actress Camila Mendes was caught on video using... wait for it... a pancake — we're serious! — to blend her foundation in between takes. Well, it goes without saying that we will not try this trend but we assume that the sponge-like texture of the pancake does make for a good blender substitute.

Weed you try this?

Cannabis has been used for skincare and haircare products before, and more recently for mascara. But now we're moving on to colour makeup as Melt Cosmetics has just unveiled its Smoke Sessions Collection. And yes, the products in the line, which include an eyeshadow palette and a few lipsticks, are infused with weed. 

Cardi B x Fashion Nova

Cardi B has released her much-awaited collaboration with Fashion Nova over the weekend. The bad news is it's already sold out. Inspired by her favourite fashion designers, the clothes are meant to be affordable versions of what you may see on runway shows.

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Beauty gadgets, tools and whatnots have been a part of our lives ever since the beginning of time. They always go hand-in-hand with the human's propensity for vanity and while some of them have gone obsolete, some are still being used and practised today. For the Egyptians, it was in the form of pot and sticks to apply their eyeliners, then fast-forward to the Elizabethan era where leeches (yes, the blood-sucking parasite) were used for facials —  it's still being practised today — and there's also the variety of hair styling tools that emerged in the '40s to the '60s that are still being used today. But now, it's a different story. 

A new day comes with a new beauty tech innovation. It seems like we can't go on a week without having something new in the makeup or skincare department that's being crossed over with an A.I. or our smartphones. This new gadget from L'Oréal gives us similar vibes. The brand, in partnership with Swiss industrial designer Yves Behar and tech giant Apple, introduces La Roche-Posay My Skin Track UV sensor clip, a minute accessory that supposedly aims to track your skin's health as affected by UVA and UVB rays. It helps in preventing damage that ranges from sunburn to something more serious like skin cancer. It also helps prompt about levels of pollen or pollution in a given area. 

The size itself makes it handy for clipping onto your clothes or your bag and it takes in UVA for data analysis and uses the data to mix with an algorithm to compute for UVB. Running by means of something similar to a solar panel, the sensor uses LED to store energy from sunlight as its power source instead of relying on batteries or Bluetooth. When the sensor is brought close to your smartphone, it directs information to its corresponding app, prompting the user to do necessary measures such as taking shade, putting sunblock and other related activities. Just like the other beauty innovations such as digital wellness and bespoke makeup, this is claimed to be the industry's 'next big thing'.

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So the question lies: is it really? 

While the prospect of wearable skincare seems intriguing and the idea of it being more scientific than our personal discernment seems more reliable, we believe that skincare is actually intimate and personal; it's something that can be instinctive. Not everything must be app-driven. Unlike facial gadgets or beauty tools that are upfront in aiding our use of skincare products, a prompter like this clip-on sensor definitely invites scepticism especially from beauty enthusiasts who already religiously follow a skincare routine (and, thus, know the importance of sunblock). Plus, with the only feature of detecting UVA and UVB, why can't this be a feature incorporated in other wearables such as smartwatches or Fitbits instead?

So will it soar in popularity? Maybe. Is it practical? In our book, it's probably helpful but not adding anything new to the table. Truthfully, if it comes down to this and another beauty gadget, we'd say we prefer something that's not wearable but makes skincare much more enjoyable. We'll have that any day than something that tells you when you're taking in too much sunlight as if you can't already feel it. 

(Cover from: @larocheposayusa)



We've gone past the halfway mark of this month, but we still have a lot of things on our to-do list. One of the many things we want to continue to accomplish is to stay abreast on what's happening in the worlds of fashion and beauty. Like any other enthusiast, we've got our noses over the latest and hottest. So here's what we found out.

An avocado mask

Glow Recipe, the brand that popularised the now cult-favourite Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask, has unveiled a new product that promises to be just as good — and as popular. Meet the Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask, which is made with real avocado and Manuka Honey promises to make your skin silky smooth while you sleep.

Selfie check-in

The future of staycations and hotel experiences has arrived. The Grand Park City Hall has just announced their facial recognition technology for mobile check-in. Yes, with your selfie, you can check in for your stay and even avail of different services offered by the hotel. Download the GPCH app (for Android and iOS) to learn more.

The Outnet clearance sale

Ready your wallets for The Outnet's series of sales. You can now start availing of products in reduced prices starting today. The discount goes up to 80% off, so better hit now!

Sunday Riley in hot water

Sunday Riley, the creator of her eponymous skincare brand, is under hot water for not being clear about her credentials. The entrepreneur has always referred to herself as not just the CEO of her company but also its product formulator, but a report on Business Insider says her "credentials are murky." This comes a few weeks after it was made known to the public that employees of the brand were asked to write positive reviews about their products in different beauty e-commerce stores.

(Cover photo from: @glowrecipe)

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