Insider Roundup: K-Beauty Spree At The Beauty Bar & More | Clozette

Cap off a good week with an equally good roster of fun happenings. From new launches to exclusive experiences, here are the things you need to know right now.

K-Beauty at the Beauty Bar

Can't get enough of K-Beauty? Get your fix at the Beauty Bar. They've recently welcomed dear, klairs, Neogen, Celebeau and COSRX. New offerings from Yadah are available, too! If this is your first foray into the world of K-Beauty, COSRX's Minnie Kim recommends their One Step Original Clear Pad for everyone — yes, even the men in your life! Head to Beauty Bar's website or their brick and mortar branches to scout for your next skincare obsessions.

 Joy by Dior

While you still can, experience the one-of-a-kind multi-sensorial journey offered at the Joy by Dior Pop-Up, the first Dior fragrance pop-up in the world, at Changi Airport Terminal 1. Take a virtual dip into their "swimming pool" photo booth or be led into a starry night with exquisite fragrance at the Joy Olfactive Cabin. Immerse in the Dior universe through their virtual reality headset. And cap off the experience with a souvenir in the form of a personalised Joy bracelet. The pop-up is open until 12 October only, so don't miss out!

Fashioning a new generation

The Textile and Fashion Federation of Singapore (TAFF), in partnership with Enterprise Singapore and JTC, is setting up an incubation space and mentoring programmes at Design Orchard. The move is said to be aimed at helping foster a startup mentality among fashion designers and to promote Singapore as an innovative fashion hub. Interested to be part of the intitative? Email [email protected] for more details.

JW Anderson's NET-A-PORTER collection

Exude graceful modernity and femininity through JW Anderson's exclusive capsule collection with NET-A-PORTER. Inspired by British Aestheticism, the collection evokes the vibe of the 19th-century movement of "Art for Art's Sake." Adorn yourself with pieces that have eye-catching twists, in true JW Anderson fashion. Get your hands on the collection starting 15 September at NET-A-PORTER.

Catch up on what happened earlier this week here.



At the end of a long day, one of the most relaxing things to do is to remove our make-up and prep our skin for a good night’s rest. And more often than not, our choice of make-up remover comprises of some very simple characteristics: it needs to do a good job of removing all traces of make-up without leaving a greasy after-feel. It’s as simple as that, right? But what if we told you that your skin can do better than that?

Let’s be clear: Nivea’s newest Rose Micellar Water with Oil is not your regular heavy-duty make-up remover. As the first micellar water with oil in Singapore that is infused with rose water, it not only removes waterproof make-up easily without leaving your skin feeling greasy, it also delivers 10 skincare benefits.

The Nivea Rose Micellar Water with Oil works to maintain skin’s pH balance; hydrate and revitalise skin’s texture; is packed with antioxidants that help protect skin from damage; reduce oiliness; purify and tone skin; sooth irritated skin; reduce redness; cool and refresh skin; fight acne; and encourage the healing of wounds and reduce the appearance of scars. It’s a mouthful of skin goodness, but we thought you should know. Simply put, your skincare routine begins the moment you cleanse away your make-up — and how can we deny our skin of this game-changing benefit, right?

Can the Nivea Rose Micellar Water with Oil — suitable for all skin types — actually cleanse away our waterproof make-up, and is the Clozette team impressed by its skincare benefits? Watch the video above, then read our reviews below.

“I tried it on my waterproof eyeliner next, and I was pleasantly taken aback.” 

Nivea’s newest Rose Micellar Water with Oil comes in a super pretty packaging in pink. As a fan of Nivea, I’ve always noticed that my skin feels refreshed and comfortable immediately after using their products. When I first tried the product, it swiftly removed my blush and foundation in one swipe. I tried it on my waterproof eyeliner next, and I was pleasantly taken aback. It thoroughly cleansed my upper and lower lids without the need for rubbing or rinsing.

This effective cleansing remover with rose water takes it up a notch by infusing rose into its formula – smelling like fresh roses and harnessing the skincare benefits of rose water.

The Rose Micellar Water comes with a layer of oil on top and I was surprised by the non-greasy after-feel on my skin. Not only did my skin feel smoother and softer, it left a glowing complexion and my skin felt hydrated! — Sabrina, Content & Community Executive

“My irritated skin feels calmed, refreshed, and soft to the touch.” 

I love a good visual, so I can’t help but notice the layers of oil and pink-tinted water that make me want to give the Rose Micellar Water a good shake every time! Now, I use mascara everyday so I’m a regular user of waterproof make-up removers that contain oil. I’m pretty much used to the oily after-feel, so imagine my surprise when my skin didn’t feel greasy or sticky at all after the product dries off. Most of my make-up, including my waterproof mascara, came off on my first swipe!

After a long, hot day in this humidity, my irritated skin feels calmed, refreshed, and soft to the touch with a lingering fragrant that smells a little like baby powder: soft smelling and never overpowering. — Azleena, Campaign Manager

“Is this a make-up remover, toner, moisturiser and treatment in a bottle?” 

You’d think that a make-up remover with oil would give you an uncomfortable, greasy finish – but not this one. The Nivea Rose Micellar Water with Oil is godsend for double cleansing ladies like me. Not only does it remove my waterproof make-up cleanly — it definitely gives you instant gratification in that department — it also helps to soothe and reduce the residual redness I get from the angry zits that pop up during the time of the month. Plus, it also tones, purifies and hydrates skin! I’m confused — is this a make-up remover, toner, moisturiser and treatment in a bottle? Well, but it doesn’t matter, does it?

For a total double cleansing experience, I tried the Nivea Rose Micellar Water Wash Gel next. The result is refreshingly clear skin without that uncomfortably squeaky or taut feeling. The Wash Gel delivers bonus skincare nourishments overnight and preps the skin for make-up application the next day. My takeaway from this review? Your skin doesn’t necessarily need a toner or moisturiser to feel balanced and hydrated. You probably just need this cleansing duo. — Becks, Editor

“It removes makeup… without tugging at my skin or disrupting its fragile balance.” 

Stripping down to the basics with micellar water, I like that the Nivea Rose Micellar Water with Oil is a non-rinse, soap-free cleanser that lifts makeup, oil and other impurities from my skin with a simple swipe of a cotton pad. It’s a rather gentle cleanser that removes waterproof makeup from face, eyes, and lips effortlessly without tugging at my skin or disrupting its fragile balance. One thing to note is that it leaves behind a taste on my lips after removing my lipstick and did take a while for it to fade, but nothing a quick wetting of lips with water can’t fix! Apart from that, I think it’s great that it removes makeup thoroughly and easily in a swipe or two, without any feeling of tightness or dryness. — Jenifer, Campaign Manager

Learn more about the Nivea Rose Micellar Water with Oil here.



When you hear the words ‘beauty’ or ‘makeup’, you’d immediately associate it with a world that’s dominated by women. Because that’s all most of us have ever known, right? History will tell you otherwise.

Dating back to the ancient times, men have used makeup for a variety of purposes based on their culture. Earliest recordings date back to 3000 B.C. in China and Japan, where tinctures of gum arabic, gelatin and egg were used to stain fingernails to signify their status in society. In ancient Egypt, pharaohs wore black eyeliner as a symbol of wealth and power and used green malachite shadow to ward off harmful illnesses.

Eighteenth-century France saw the trend of painting beauty marks. Clark Gable in the 1930s became the first example of metrosexual beauty. The '70s and '80s birthed timeless icons in the form of David Bowie and Prince.

At present, we have online beauty gurus such as cosmetics line owner Jeffree Star and Covergirl's first male ambassador James Charles at the frontlines of men using makeup. And the world of K-pop isn’t shy about having their male idols wear makeup for shows and appearances.

But it isn’t just individuals who are paving the way to a more open view towards makeup, brands have been making waves as well. Kevin Aucoin, Tom Ford, and YSL have long since opened doors through their legacy or products. Other brands are starting to follow suit.

The latest one to jump on the train? CHANEL with their line of makeup exclusively for men called Boy de CHANEL. Included in the lineup are four shades of eyebrow pencils, eight shades of tinted foundation and a moisturising lip balm. What makes it special? It's specifically made for men, casting away the idea that only women should care about how they look. It allows men to take ownership of their grooming and appearance without being relegated as vain. The line, first released in South Korea, has Goblin actor Lee Dong Wook as the face of the campaign.

This isn’t the first time male Korean celebrities have fronted beauty ads or made collaborations; their huge influence over Asia and massive fan-base provide these brands with more than enough sales pull for the products they endorse. This move has allowed international brands to take another look at South Korea’s personalities. In fact, there have been rumors circulating that Fenty Beauty is also looking to collaborate with a male K-pop star for a future campaign.

South Korea has a different definition of masculinity. Since appearances are important, makeup is used to cover up unwanted features (e.g. pimples, scars) and enhance the ones they want to showcase. 

With this mindset, more and more people are becoming more invested in skincare and grooming all over the world. But since we are becoming more open towards a gender-neutral perspective towards makeup, is there still a need to create marketing campaigns such as this? It's been proven that representation matters; just take for instance how Asians were given the spotlight in Crazy Rich Asians. Seeing yourself or identifying with someone like you makes all the difference in normalising things that are otherwise thought of as taboo or alien and making you feel like you belong. At the end of the day, we are all — no matter the gender — just looking for ways to express and better ourselves.

(Cover photo from: @leedongwook_official)