Insider Roundup: The Star Wars X World Balance Collection Is Here & More | Clozette


Well, wasn’t that a fun week? Living through these past few days was made a breeze thanks to all the exciting happenings in our locale. From the launch of Star Wars x World Balance collection to finding a skin saviour we can trust in Philosophy’s new additions to their Renewed Hope In A Jar line, here is all the latest buzz from the region you might have missed.



Star Wars X World Balance Collection is here


Star Wars X World Balance Collection


The force is certainly with the Philippines, thanks to the Star Wars x World Balance collection. Launched last 20 October, this collection is the Filipino footwear brand’s second collab with Disney — a delightful surprise to all Star Wars fans in the country. The limited-edition collection of footwear, apparel, and accessories inspired by your fave Star Wars characters can easily be incorporated into your everyday outfits. Aside from being available in all World Balance stores and leading department stores nationwide, the exciting collection is also on their official siteLazada, and Zalora. So ace your athleisure game and gear up just in time for the space saga’s final episode.


Filipino shoppers can now shop Zara online



Another great news for style mavens in the country: Zara just officially launched their online store in the Philippines last 23 October. Now, you don’t have to suffer through the worsening traffic and just do your holiday shopping right at home! Visit Zara online and have access to complete collections for women, men, and kids. Opt to have your cart delivered to your doorstep, to accessible drop points, or — if it’s more convenient for you — get it through in-store pick-up. 



BEAMS launches their pop-up with Colony Clothing in SG


BEAMS x Colony Clothing


Shopaholics in the sunny shores of Singapore can satisfy all their sartorial needs with Japanese boutique retailer BEAMS’ collab with local clothing store Colony Clothing. The BEAMS x Colony Clothing pop-up will run at Colony Clothing until 17 January, and at the Pop-up at Takashimaya Centre until 6 December, so you’ll have plenty of time to find fresh autumn styles and shop holiday gifts. Watch out for pieces from Champion and Levi's, as well as a commemorative triple collab T-shirt by Hideki Inaba.  




Philosophy introduces two new additions to their Renewed Hope In A Jar line


Renewed Hope In A Jar Water Cream


Beauty junkies, meanwhile, can rejoice as Philosophy launches two new products as part of their best-selling Renewed Hope In A Jar skincare line. First off is Renewed Hope In A Jar Water Cream, which promises to give four times more hydration than regular creams. It’s perfect for those wanting to achieve, glowy, glassy skin all day long, and can even be used on top of your makeup for a highlighting effect. Next is the all-new Moisture Mask that’s filled with powerful water-dew serum to give you an instantly plump, younger-looking skin. See the moisturising powers of Philosophy for yourself by getting them from Sephora stores island-wide and online.



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During my media trip at the LG headquarters in Seoul last July, we were given the chance to test and review some of their latest innovations. Among their new offerings, I gravitated the most towards the Pra.L Total Lift Up Care. You see, at age 46, sagging skin is now one of my key skincare concerns. And this beauty gadget promises to help improve skin elasticity and lift facial skin when used twice a week, so it seemed to be the one that can address my concern.


LG Pra.L Total Lift Up Care Review

LG Pra.L product line


I started noticing skin sagging issues during my mid-30s, and they became more visible in my late 30s. Since then, I've tried out various methods to bring back the bounce on my skin, and I did have some degree of success. But, truly, the effectivity of these treatments depends on how diligent I am about keeping my regular treatment sessions.


Of course, sometimes life happens and I would slack. Between juggling a business and taking care of three young kids, it's not always easy to find time for professional treatments. It's also one of the reasons why the Pra.L Total Lift Up Care caught my fancy. Because it's a portable device, I can do some self-maintenance at home when I have to postpone my visits to my facialist.


LG Pra.L Total Lift Up Care Review

Pra.L Total Lift Up Care as part of my nightly skincare routine


With all these in mind, I was so excited to try it. Keep reading to learn about my experience using the Pra.L Total Lift Up Care and how it compares to other similar devices that I have used in the past.


Built and usage


What I love most about the Pra.L Total Lift Up Care is that it's wireless. This means I can leave it in my bathroom next to the sink with all my skincare products. By doing this, using it becomes a natural part of my skincare routine before bedtime. It also makes it easy to glide around my face. Compared to other similar devices, which need to be plugged in, using this is just seamless.


Another thing that I like is its weight. It's not so heavy that it would strain your wrists while using it, but it's also not very lightweight that you wouldn't have good leverage for when you move it on your skin. The powdery rubber feel of the device makes it comfortable to hold in the hand.


Testing the features


The voice assistance feature of the device


All the devices under the LG Pra.L series has the voice guidance feature, which I like. When you turn on the product, the voice assistance tells you which mode you're in and guides you in your routine. You can also choose to turn off the voice assistance if it's already late in the night and you don’t want to disturb anyone. There are three modes to choose from: Total Care mode (for tightening + lifting), Tightening mode, and Lifting mode. You can rotate through the three modes by holding the level button for about five seconds.


It's also worth mentioning that the head of the device is made with medical material; it's safe for the skin and easy to clean. Before you start, clean your face and make sure you apply a water-soluble product such as a water gel or ultrasonic wave gel. This is to ensure smooth contact between the device and your skin and smoother manoeuvring.


LG Pra.L Total Lift Up Care Review

The LG Pra.L in lifting mode


With the tightening mode, the thermal energy of the high-frequency current (deep heat effect) and the wavelength of the RED LED are both transmitted to the skin to help improve elasticity. Don't be alarmed about the "deep heat effect" because, at least for me, I hardly felt any heat and that's saying something because I'm someone whose facial skin is extremely sensitive to heat. I feel that heat also aggravates my melasma issues; this is another reason why I have stopped using my other device.



LG Pra.L Total Lift Up Care Review

Pra.L Total Lift Up Care in lifting mode


With the lifting mode, the microcurrents stimulate skin tissue and muscles to lift the facial skin. While using this, I actually felt a little prickling sensation on my face. I was nervous at first, but soon got used to the feeling and now I kinda enjoy it. It feels like my face muscles are actually getting a workout.


The LG Pra.L Total Lift Up Care also features a sound cue to signal when it's time to stop or move on to the next treatment. There's a beep every five seconds, which you can use as a guide to pace your routine. Truthfully, I tend to not follow the beep and just follow my own pace. My tip is to always move the device in an upward motion, and if you're using it on the neck, make sure to avoid the area where the thyroid gland is located because you don’t want to stimulate it.


The tightening and lifting modes each runs for about nine minutes, so that's a total of 18 minutes for the complete skincare routine. As always, I’m a little stretched for time but I always try my best to use it twice a week (the recommended usage frequency). Usually, I do one complete routine and one lifting routine each week.


Battery life


LG Pra.L Total Lift Up Care Review

Two ways to charge the device


The battery life of LG Pra.L Total Lift Up Care is amazing. A full charge takes about more or less 3 hours. A full charge is said to be enough to last six complete 18-minute (both lifting and tightening) sessions. But because I don't do the complete routine all the time, I find that I hardly have to charge it. 



Results and overall impression


LG Pra.L Total Lift Up Care Review

Visible improvements after testing


After using it for about two months now, I would say that I really love it. I've been using it to lift the skin around my cheeks, temple area, along my jawline, and under my chin. The improvements are visible, especially along my jawline, which is now more defined. 


Priced at SGD699 (~USD512), think of it as a special treat for yourself. Considering how much we spend on treatments, which we may not be able to keep up with regularly, I think the Pra.L Total Lift Up Care is a great companion that's worth the investment. Plus, it's really handy for a last-minute glow up before special events and when travelling.


You can learn more about the Pra.L Total Lift Up Care and where to buy it here.


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Well-loved personal care and cosmetics brand Bottega Verde is back in Singapore and they’re here to once again showcase their artisanal products made with natural active ingredients. We caught up with them last Wednesday, 16 October over lunch in Open Farm Community and learned about what they have in store for Singaporeans.


Bottega Verde Products


Bottega Verde’s Product Manager Barbara Ferro presented during the event by sharing the charming backstory of the brand. Bottega Verde was founded in Pienza, Tuscany back in 1972. Almost half a century later, Bottega Verde still uses natural ingredients in their products. Such ingredients, which go up to almost 300 in quantity, come from their own fields or plants on their estate. Their production is all done in-house. Product conceptualisation, development, testing, and even packaging are all made by their trusted employees. This guarantees their product’s quality will always meet the Bottega Verde standard. Because of this hands-on approach to quality control, the small herbal shop in Pienza is now one of the top natural cosmetics brands in Italy.

Bottega Verde's Moringa Defense Collection


With their comeback in Singapore is the newest addition to their roster: Moringa Defence collection, which uses moringa oil as one of its active ingredients. The collection helps protect and repair your skin especially after being exposed to daily pollutants and irritants, such as dust, haze, and UV rays — perfect for city-dwelling people like us. It includes a face mask, a gel eye cream, a moisturiser, and a hair mousse to clarify and nourish your skin and hair after your busy day.


Bottega Verde’s products are now available at Takashimaya Department Store’s B1 counters. You will soon be able to buy them online as well.


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