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Another week’s upon us. And before you groan about the hectic schedule you have for the next few days, take a break and catch up with all the latest bites you might’ve missed last weekend. From the release of Beyoncé and Donald Glover’s rendition of the iconic The Lion King duet to the fun beauty pop-ups in town this week — read them all here.


Disney teases the full version of The Lion King duet by Beyoncé & Donald Glover



With The Lion King’s worldwide premiere nearing, Disney hypes us up some more by releasing the full soundtrack of the film. The OST features a new original song from Beyoncé entitled Spirit, along with remakes of classic songs. But what caught everyone’s ears is Beyoncé and Donald Glover’s rendition of the iconic "Can You Feel The Love Tonight." Their perfect harmony in The Lion King duet completely gave us goosebumps. The music was a huge part of our fave childhood film, so we can’t wait to experience it anew as it plays along with the uber-realistic animation on the silver screen this week.


Kylie Jenner customises a private jet for Kylie Skin



In the most lavish Kylie Skin promo yet, Kylie Jenner decided to customise a private jet to promote her skincare brand. The beauty mogul had the jet repainted with Kylie Skin’s colours and logo. As if that wasn’t enough, she also had custom uniforms made for the flight attendants and had pink silk pillows and eye masks made for the flight. Kylie, along with her friends and daughter Stormi, had a photoshoot on the pink carpet laid out before the stairs before boarding the flight to an exclusive tropical Kylie Skin getaway. Though her brand has been embroiled in so many controversies, you can’t deny her extra dedication to her business.



Estée Lauder Launches Lip Lounge Pop-up


Estée Lauder launching this Lip Lounge pop-up and Disney releasing Beyonce & Donald Glover's version of "The Lion King" duet are just some of the latest news this weekend


For all lippie enthusiasts out there, there’s a new lip spa in town this week for you! Pamper yourself and get all your lip care needs at Estée Lauder’s Lip Lounge. The exciting pop-up at Paragon Level 1 Atrium features the beloved beauty brand’s latest Pure Color Envy Lip Care Collection. Try this and get an exciting makeover with the interactive four Insta-worthy “spa rooms”. Catch the fun week-long event and get makeup tips until 18 July.



Hair care centre Beijing 101 unveils new Funan Mall outlet and re-designed logo


Storefront exterior of Beijing 101 in Funan Mall


After over four decades of providing a holistic hair care experience for all, Beijing 101 gives their brand a whole new look. In the spirit of wellness, a new green logo with a more contemporary appeal has been unveiled. Their fresh new look was revealed at the opening of their outlet at Funan Mall. With the understated elegance of its interiors, you can enjoy a soothing experience perfect for de-stressing your tresses. Heading to their new branch this week? Definitely try out their signature Meridian Scalp Treatment that prevents hair loss by detoxifying and massaging your scalp. In just two hours, your locks will be shinier and healthier than ever.


(Cover photo from: @lionking)



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The rainy season may be upon us but since we are stationed in the tropics, the call of the beach never really leaves our system. Still, the saying "sun's out, buns out" isn't really for everyone. So when Two Lips' Undercover Vulva Peptide Cream came into our radar promising lightening and extra care down there, we knew we had to give it a spin. Turning to the resident beach babe of #TeamClozette, we asked our Content Solutions Executive Ave Alindugan to give this product a try to see if this truly is confidence in a bottle. 


First impressions


Ave shared that she was initially both iffy and excited about the prospect of having a product that "can even out the skin of the vulva." Given the hype she's seen about it online, plus, the fact that it can also work for one's face because it's super gentle, she trusted it to be safe and effective to use for her private area. 


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The minimalistic nude packaging of the product gives is a very nice and classy feel, she added. The push pump can also be locked when the product is not in use, making it sanitary and easy to bring wherever.


The only thing she found to be a bit off-putting is the weird, indistinguishable scent. "Maybe I got used to the smell of most feminine washes that smelled like flowers and fresh scents," she said, adding that while it's not too strong, the product's scent may affect people's preferences.


Claims


Instructions for use and a clear statement on what's in the product is included in its box. It is said that the cream is infused with Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-36 that helps brighten, protect and rejuvenate the skin, and is made without sulfates, parabens, or petrochemicals. It also claims to be gentle and would not cause irritation even for those with sensitive skin. 


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Usage and application


The product has a lotion-like consistency that's neither too watery nor too thick. It doesn't feel sticky when applied and really absorbs quickly into the skin. "It's very easy to use," Ave shared, saying that it has a cooling effect when applied and there's immediate brightening upon first application.


"Since I just had a bikini wax when I started using this, it was easier for me to see the results," Ave said. "I noticed immediate changes after the second week. My skin down there looked a little lighter and more even. It also looks more moisturised."



Overall thoughts


Ave said that while it still hasn't completely evened out her skin after a month of using it, she believes that with consistent usage, it's possible. She shares that it's quite easy to slip this into one's routine and that our intimate area deserves just as much loving as our face and other parts of the body. "I’m quite happy with it! It serves as a moisturiser down there which is a new thing for me," she shared.



While the smell is still not negligible, she says it's forgivable because the lack of artificial fragrance may be a factor as to how the product is non-irritating and gentle. It also does come with a hefty price tag (it retails for SGD42/USD120) that may be a turn-off for most people. Still, if effective intimate care that promises newfound confidence appeals to you, this may just be the thing you're seeking for. 


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We're no strangers to starting each day with our makeup on fleek, only for our faces to turn into living, breathing oil slicks by midday no thanks to the hot, humid weather we deal with on a regular basis. With the hectic city lifestyles many of us lead these days, we also face a common problem — exhaustion. Be it as students, professionals, mums, or a combination of some or all of these roles, we often find ourselves feeling stressed, having late nights, and definitely not getting the ideal eight hours of sleep a night.


How then can we achieve that effortless, naturally flawless look that does not diminish when lunchtime comes around? Since time immemorial, beauty enthusiasts like us have tried just about every makeup and skincare trend with varying results in hopes of finding more effective solutions. Shannon Pirie Charles, Vice President of Global Education at IT Cosmetics, has been there. So she shared her very own tips and advice with us.


Shannon Pirie Charles It Cosmetics

Shannon Pirie Charles, Vice President of Global Education at IT Cosmetics


Living and dealing with heat and humidity


Shannon recalls the first time she came to Singapore, and how she did not know what to do back then because she'd never had to cope with warm, humid weather before. But this time around, she is much better prepared.


"You have to set your makeup," she said. However, Shannon cautioned against talc-based powders. While talc keeps the excess shine off your face, in the presence of humid air, it also wicks away moisture from your skin causing makeup to crease and crack, which can make you look older. She recommends using a talc-free powder that won’t dry out your skin — like IT Cosmetics' Bye Bye Pores, which contains skin-loving ingredients such as anti-ageing silk, hydrolysed collagen, antioxidants, and peptides.



Keeping signs of fatigue away from your face


"Undereyes," said Shannon without missing a beat, when asked about the number one giveaway that someone is exhausted. "I think eyes are windows to the soul, and the people around you will often make eye contact with you, so when your under eyes are tired and you're not using an eye cream or you've applied a mad heavy concealer, it can make you look exhausted."


To combat dark eye circles and bags, Shannon cannot stress enough the importance of staying well-moisturised by using a good eye cream. Apart from the under eyes, exhaustion usually shows up on the skin in the form of fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and acne as a result of a weakened skin barrier. So using skincare products containing ceramides will help strengthen that barrier and help other ingredients work better on your skin. Of course, combating fatigue should not be merely a skin-deep undertaking. It's also important to drink plenty of water in order to keep skin supple and hydrated for that a lit-from-within glow.


Makeup in a hurry?


As a super busy lady who's always on the go, Shannon is no stranger to the hustle and bustle of city life. When asked about her makeup must-dos when in a hurry, she emphasised the importance of using CC cream as a base and filling in one's eyebrows. “Brows frame your face; you don't have to do a full brow, but give some definition and fill them in,” she said. “They're the only form of symmetry on your face, and symmetry is beauty." If you've had a late night or look tired, adding colour to your face with some bronzer and blush also goes a long way to making you look refreshed and awake.



Shannon personally prefers to apply concealer last and recommends the newly relaunched Bye Bye Under Eye concealer by IT Cosmetics, which can be used to cover anything from dark eye circles to hyperpigmentation to little acne spots or even on the entire face. It also contains skincare ingredients such as anti-ageing peptides, vitamins, hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants to care for the delicate skin around your eyes. "It is very concentrated, so a little goes a long way. Use it sparingly," she advised.


Brushes are also key in the application of makeup, shared Shannon. "Picasso didn’t paint with his fingers — he painted with brushes." Investing in a good brush will go a long way in improving the longevity of your makeup. Shannon likes using the double-ended Heavenly Luxe™ Complexion Perfection Brush #7 by IT Cosmetics as one tip mimics the shape of a fingertip for accurate placement of concealer, while the larger end helps to blend product flawlessly.




Don't choose yourself last


For someone who has an extremely packed schedule and travels frequently, Shannon looks impeccably fresh and well-rested without a hint of jetlag, despite having flown in from Paris just the day before we met her. So we knew we had a thing or two to learn from her own personal routine.


As it turns out, it all revolves around making a conscious decision to care for yourself. "I always have my moisturizer and my eye cream next to my bed," said Shannon. Adopting this tip from Shannon ensures that even after a really long day, and you're too exhausted to do anything aside from laying in bed after you get out of the shower, you can just reach towards your nightstand and do some quick skincare before sleeping.


Speaking of which, getting a good night's sleep whenever you can and preparing for it well is also something Shannon recommends. The process of winding down takes three and a half hours, so making a conscious effort to begin clearing her mind hours before bedtime is something that she finds immensely useful to achieve a restful night. "Sleep is so important; I think it’s something we have to see as a massive part of our lives," she said. "We (tend to) choose ourselves last, and need to take care of ourselves and sleep better."


Shannon Pirie Charles It Cosmetics

Shannon Pirie Charles, Vice President of Global Education at IT Cosmetics with April of Team Clozette


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