Insider Roundup: Suzy Bae Is Lancome's New Muse & More | Clozette

We know your Wednesdays are busy so we took the liberty to list down some of the latest news this midweek, fresh and piping hot. 

Suzy Bae for Lancôme

You know her as an award-winning Korean singer, actress, and media host, but Suzy adds another title to her belt as Lancôme's new muse. Appearing in the latest Genefique campaign movie of the brand, as well as in a series of digital films sporting the most coveted L’Absolu Rouge lipstick, we can't wait to see more from this partnership between the K-pop culture icon and luxe beauty brand. 

Kim Kardashian-West's new fragrance bottle is moulded from her body — literally

Following the continued success of her KKW beauty line, Kim Kardashian West kicked things up a notch by announcing that her next fragrance will come in a bottle whose shape was moulded from her own body. The reality star and entrepreneur is known to never shy away from showing off her voluptuous physique so whether you love her or hate her, we all have to admit that she really embodies — pun intended — playing it smart when it comes to branding and business. 

Tom Ford introduces 001 Timepiece with interchangeable straps

Tom Ford admits that timepieces play a huge role in his daily routine. Always on the clock and time-disciplined, he wanted to extend his 'obsession' with watches that capture elegance, personalisation, and reliability — thus the creation of the 001 Timepiece. The curved-back watch, which comes in two sizes and in four different metals, allows the user to customise and rotate from a series of armbands depending on their mood and preference. Overall, we say it's sleek, sophisticated, and definitely interesting. 

Asia's 1st sexual wellness festival is coming to Singapore

Founded by sex & relationship counsellor and TEDx speaker Erin Chen and YOGA Instructor Sinnead Ali, SPARK Fest 2018 is Asia's first sexual wellness festival and it's happening in Singapore on 19 May 2018. SPARK, which stands for Sexual Pleasure and Relationship Konversations, aims to encourage people to #lovemoreconsciously and provide a curated space to bring conversations about sex, pleasure, and relationships into the open.

Pomelo launches Rhythm of Nature

Just a few weeks before the month of Ramadan, Pomelo launches a 70+ piece special collection that is designed for women of all walks of life who seek modest styles that are diverse, chic, and not alienating. Inspired by earthy tones and free-spirited silhouettes, the collection is aptly named Rhythm of Nature, showcasing a covered-up aesthetic in mind but are still versatile and can be worn for any occasion. 

Kim Tae-Ri is the new face of Flower By Kenzo

The South Korean actress who stole the limelight in the 2016 Cannes Festival entry The Handmaiden has been chosen by Flower By Kenzo to be their new face. Upon the revelation of their new Flower By Kenzo Le Cushion, the product and the actress complements one another with both their stunning, world-class prowess, making it a timely collaboration that is much anticipated by patrons of the brand.

Keepers Designer Trunk Show

The inaugural Keepers' Designer Trunk Show will happen on 28 April from 12PM to 6PM. Make sure you swing by the National Design Centre to get yourself a piece or two.

In case you missed it, here is Monday's roundup!



Cryotherapy is another term for ice therapy, a concept that is not new but saw a revival lately with celebrities like Kate Moss claiming that her beauty tip was inspired by the movie Mommie Dearest, which opened with a scene showing the legendary Joan Crawford’s morning ritual of dunking her face in ice.

This old-school trick can supposedly also enhance the efficacy of your skin care products. If a serum is applied to the skin, rolling an ice cube over it will help capillaries constrict and create a pulling effect that helps the ingredients penetrate deeper.

Ice cubes can also be used as an eye treatment. Wrapping eye cubes in gauze and sliding the cubes from the inner eye corners up to the brow drains excess fluids under the eyes and improves the appearance of tired-looking eyes.

Claims and ingredients

Anne Semonin takes ice therapy up a notch in their Eye Express Radiance Ice Cube (USD62) by incorporating a cocktail of skin-loving ingredients into this eye mask like Marine Sea Water, which contains magnesium that helps skin retain moisture, pumpkin seed and Ginkgo Biloba leaf extracts both known to be rich in antioxidants that promote anti-aging, and wild indigo, known for its soothing anti-inflammatory properties to elevate puffiness.

Packaging, size and application

The eye masks are sold in packs of six with each mask stored in one-time use capsules that need to be placed in the freezer for at least three hours before use. Before use, remove one ice cube, release it from the mould, and then wrap it in the gauze provided. Apply around the eye contour area and directly over the eyelid.

It's designed to be used as an SOS treatment to refresh tired puffy eyes after a night of too many mojitos or for an instant pick-me-up prior to a hot date or meeting an ex to show him what he has been missing. 😜

I tested the eye mask the morning after taking a red-eye flight from Hong Kong to Singapore when my sunken eye troughs looked more severe. The ice cold cubes provided instant relief, soothing my tired eyes and instantly making me look less tired. But the eye cubes melted very quickly, so applying them over the sink will make the cleaning up a lot easier.

Is it worth it?

The verdict? My eye serum and cream did absorb faster after the mask and my eyes did look less tired and puffy for a few hours after. I also like how fast the whole process takes — less than a minute — whereas, with most eye masks, I need to lie down and relax for at least 10 minutes. However, at about USD12 a pop, I expected a miracle worker and this product falls short of my expectations.

As a basis for comparison, I benchmarked it against Jeunesse Instantly Ageless. Its video on YouTube showed a woman’s pronounced eye bags being instantly and miraculously removed. But no, it's not a miracle worker for me either. Similar to Anne Semonin’s Eye Express, my tear trough lines only looked a little softer and the skin under the eye area appeared slightly smoother. Perhaps the reason why I couldn’t see pronounced results is that both products are designed to address eye bags and dark eye circles while my problem is a harder-to-treat sunken eye.

I still prefer my Tony Moly Ferment Snail Mask (SGD5), which provided the same tactile instant relief on tired eyes, and regular use does help to plump up the saggy skin under my eye.

As a recruiter for over 20 years, I have stared at thousands of eyes and besides acquiring work-related skills along the way, I have stared at enough mistreated and neglected eyes to scare myself into starting an eye care regimen early, stubbing out that cigarette, indulging moderately on alcohol and getting enough sleep.

(Cover photo from: @annesemoninuk)

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Our “I Am Her” series features the female movers and shakers of the industry to learn how femininity and power coincide beautifully and seamlessly together.

Finding the right balance between work and life seems to be an impossible feat for most of us. Others may even think that it will never happen and that we must ultimately prioritise one over the other. And yet there are some who are able to keep the scales of life even. Living up to the title "Jill Of All Trades", Nadia Chan is here to prove that work-life balance can be achieved. 

Chan wears many hats. She serves as the co-founder of Maiko Pte Ltd, the company responsible for managing CANVAS' marketing efforts and communication activities, and also as a general manager of a local public relations agency. She does this all while still making sure to spend time and care for her 4-year-old son Callum. Ahead, Chan shares her secret formula in successfully juggling spheres of her life and talks about her beauty regimen using CANVAS organic products.

Fill in the blank: I am a “Jill of all trades”, a mum and __________.

A career woman who has big dreams!

How do you juggle the many roles you play? What’s the key to your productivity?

I am driven by the “never-say-die” attitude and what I have learnt from this experience is that sometimes, it is easier than it sounds. The key to overcoming any challenges is to never let fear get in the way and just do it. I always ensure that proper planning is done. It is an essential key to being productive and planning ahead allows me to devote time to my young son Callum, the PR agency and of course Maiko. Amongst all of this, I also find ‘me-time’ equally important. I try and spend some time in the gym or at the shops, just to give my mind the space to reflect and sometimes even be inspired by the world around me. Having started Maiko, it has indeed been a steep learning curve and many who know me know that I always say “Anything worth having is difficult”. 

How did your PR agency experience help you when it was time to build and put your brand out in the market?

My experience in PR has definitely given me leverage on launching the brand in Singapore. I have learnt that sincerity is key and that it is so important to believe in the message you are trying to portray. When you believe in what you’re saying, half the battle is won. I never used to be into skincare at all; I was more of a makeup kind of girl but ever since I started using CANVAS, I’ve noticed the changes in my skin and now, it gets me excited telling people what the products can do for them.

What sets CANVAS apart from so many beauty brands out there?

We take great pride in creating natural, organic and effective products and only use high-quality natural herbal ingredients with proven efficacy. We are passionate about being organic because our extensive studies show that the skin benefits immensely from the use of herbal ingredients that possess natural healing powers.

This is why we’re extremely proud that CANVAS aromatherapy and skincare products contain a minimum of 90% organic ingredients, except for the Sun Protect Gel SPF30. Australian Certified Organic (ACO), the leading certifying body in Australia, has approved over 20 essential oils, carrier oils and body oils.

Where do you see CANVAS and yourself in five years?

I really hope more and more people can see the importance of using natural and organic products on their skin. Our skin is essentially the canvas that stays with us for life; a part of us that we should really treasure. There’s definitely an education that needs to be done and I hope in five years, more consumers will be more aware of the products they put on their face and will truly appreciate the very reason why we brought CANVAS here in Singapore.

You are the definition of looking good while doing what you do. How do you stay inspired and empowered to do that every day?

It all boils down to self-love. If you love yourself enough, feeling good on the inside and out won’t be such a task. I hope to inspire young women and young working mothers especially to always find time for themselves. In terms of looking good, of course, I make sure that I stick to my beauty regimen with CANVAS. The natural and organic ingredients in CANVAS products are mentally and physically uplifting. In a way, it also gives me an excuse to have more ‘me-time’. I focus on looking after my skin religiously every day. On days when I feel tired and lazy to do my skincare routine, I remind myself that anything good worth having requires an investment. Next thing you know, I’m back at it again.

Share with us your Clozette essentials. 

First are hoop earrings because they never go out of style. Then, CANVAS' Sun Protect Gel SPF30. You know what they say, the sun will age your skin so I make sure to put on a good amount of it on my face before stepping out. A ghd hair straightener because I have had frizzy hair since I was young, so ghd is definitely a life-saver. Finally, CANVAS' Calendula Soothing Cream since my skin cracks often, especially when it gets too dry or too cold.

Inspired? Check out stories of other exceptional women here.