Our idea of Friday fun is kicking off our heels and gearing up for the weekend. Plus, getting our dose of the latest and hottest in the worlds of beauty and fashion. Ahead, piping hot stories you need to know.
Samsonite for Her
Samsonite's first concept store exclusively for women, called Samsonite for Her, has opened today. Visit them today at Paragon for your travel needs.
Kris Life Kits
Ever Bilena, the Philippines' leading local cosmetics brand, has launched its much-awaited collaboration with the country's Queen of All Media, Kris Aquino. Named Kris Life Kits, the collection includes creamy matte lipsticks in classic tube packaging (Kris Matte Matic Lipstick), liquid lipsticks (Kris Matte Liquid Lipstick), brow liners (Kris Matte Brow Liners) and brow mascaras (Kris Matte Brow Mascara). The collection is now available online at BeautyMNL.com and Lazada.com.ph, as well as at Ever Bilena counters nationwide.
See what you may have missed earlier this week here.
"Who puts on makeup for suhoor?"
We have had stories about hits and misses in the beauty industry when it comes to inclusivity. And of course, each issue trumps one over the other, including this new 'controversy' MAC Cosmetics have found themselves embroiled in.
With the beauty brand's tagline "All Ages, All Races, All Sexes", it's no surprise that scrutiny as to whether or not they are committing to it is always on the table. This is why a post from their Middle East leg about a makeup look for Suhoor, a practice a during Ramadan where Muslims eat pre-dawn before their daily fast, immediately caught people's attention.
However, some came to MAC's defence saying that since Ramadan is a worldwide happening for all Muslims, the time for Suhoor can vary depending on which side of the globe you're in. In fact, many pointed out that in Dubai, Suhoor occurs at 9PM, with people going out and celebrating after. This, they said, makes wearing a full face of makeup and wearing your best and most glamorous clothes actually make sense.
Given this, it's great that people are becoming more aware of sensitivities when it comes to race, culture and even gender. The outspoken nature of this generation has paved the way for revolutionising the diversity not just in the beauty and fashion industries but also in different aspects of our lifestyle.
However, this is one example of how far the 'snowflake culture', a term referring to the oversensitive and easily offended people usually on social media, can go. There seems to be a trend in some people who always find something to scrutinise and are overly righteous without regard for other aspects of or facts about the situation, and it reverses the progress we are making as a diverse and inclusive society.
It is one thing to call out something that is overreaching and overly harmful towards someone and another to just be too introspective and spout your opinion on things without regard that maybe, in another part of the globe, the thing you are calling out is beneficial and actually makes sense.
When was the last time you gave yourself time to unwind? With our busily packed lives, we often forget that setting aside time for self-care should be a priority. And no, you don’t need to spend a fortune on going out to pamper yourself. You can do so in the comfort of your own home, with just a few accessories and tweaks to your routine. Check out our checklist for the ultimate home spa experience.
Set the mood with a scented candle
Luxurious spas evoke a relaxing feeling through the sight and smell of flickering candles, so let’s create this same experience at home. Choose a scent that relaxes you and that signals to you that the work day is over.
Hang eucalyptus on your shower head
The scent of eucalyptus is invigorating. It calms your mind while also energising your senses. Hang a branch of eucalyptus on your shower head and let the steam of the hot water release its scent. Plus, did you know that eucalyptus also has antibacterial properties? Your skin will feel extra clean after your shower.
Exfoliate with a loofah
Treat it like getting the stress off your skin. Choose the type of scrub that works best for you — a body scrub in a jar works well while a loofah or a dry brush is also good for a more thorough exfoliation — for a brighter complexion. It works like a massage for your skin, too.
Lather like no other
Aside from skin-saving properties, Neutrogena Rainbath comes in different variants infused with different scents to give you the feeling of a luxurious spa experience in your own home. Pear & Green Tea helps take away your stress by creating an image of peaceful greeneries with every whiff. Gold Lush has a spicy fruit scent that makes you feel relaxed and refreshed. Ocean Mist lets you conjure up images of days by the beach and hearing the sound of waves.
You can also use the Neutrogena Rainbath Shower & Bath Gels as a shaving cream alternative — but with an added perk of smooth freshness! If you have a bathtub, lather up a bubble bath for an opulent me-time.
Match it with music
Make your at-home spa experience a multi-sensorial one with the help of music. Set the mood and chill out to tunes that evoke calmness and serenity. Of course, that could mean different things to different people, so pick your go-to playlist, whether it be cheery pop songs or soothing classical tunes.
Feed your mind
What better way to escape the stressors of real life than diving into a fictional one? There’s just something about turning the pages that an e-book cannot replace. If you’re not the type to pick up a book of fiction, bust out your non-fiction or self-help faves. Take this opportunity to not only relax but also feed your mind with new knowledge.
Here’s your checklist for the ultimate home spa goals – at a glance:
Neutrogena Rainbath Shower & Bath Gel
Your favourite book
A cup of tea
A scented candle
A branch of eucalyptus
A loofah or dry brush
A bathroom waterproof speaker
Enjoy everyday spa-like indulgence with Neutrogena Rainbath Shower and Bath Gels.
Plus, visit Neutrogena Singapore's Facebook page to stand a chance to win up to SGD8,400++ worth of products from Neutrogena and Grohe!
Talent: Elaine Jasmine
Location: Grohe Spa Flagship Store
Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Road, #01-04/05, Singapore 228208