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Another week has begun. Instead of pining for the weekend that has gone, let’s celebrate all the good that is to come. Urban Decay Glitter Rock Collection and Netflix’s new fashion competition series are just a couple of things you can look forward to starting this week. Want to know other exciting updates? Read on to get your week on a great start.

 

Sparkle out loud with the upcoming Urban Decay Glitter Rock Collection


Urban Decay Glitter Rock Collection


Turn it up and make your looks even more fab! The new Urban Decay Glitter Rock Collection is coming to Singapore’s shores this week. The collection features an eyeliner, an eye pencil, and a glitter gel — all of which come in shimmery shades that are fit for all occasions. Try them out this 23 May when they come out in all Sephora stores and in the freestanding Urban Decay store at Ngee Ann City.


ZALORA partners with NBCUniversal to air Style Me Now, their first-ever TV show




Fashion fans across Asia are sure to delight in ZALORA’s latest offering. Hosted by social media star Nicole Andersson, Style Me Now will bring four women across the region in a life-changing journey that opens them up to the world of style and beauty. Catch the show as it airs on DIVA on 20 May at 8:25PM and on E! on 26 May at 9:00PM.

 

Watashi+ by Shiseido Singapore brings all your favourite Japanese beauty brands to Shopee



Shopping for your favourite Japanese beauty products is now easier than ever. You can get Shiseido’s beloved drugstore beauty brands on Watashi+ on Lazada, Redmart, Shopee, and Watsons.com.sg. Add an extra touch of confidence in your beauty with brands like Anessa, Senka, Tsubaki, Ma Chérie, and Za Cosmetics. Shop ‘til you drop online and get exclusive offers and gifts when you buy at Shopee until 31 May. 



Lady Gabriella Windsor ties the knot in a classic wedding dress



In true Royal fashion, Lady Gabriella Windsor chose a classic silhouette for her nuptials with Thomas Kingston. Designed by Italian designer Luisa Beccaria, the full-length ensemble had a sheer lace neckline and sleeves complemented with floral detailing. The bride wore the traditional-style gown with the Kent City of London Fringe tiara, the same piece worn by her mother and grandmother in their own weddings. The wedding took place last 18 May in Windsor Castle, just a day before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Wedding anniversary.

 

Queer Eye’s Tan France and Alexa Chung are hosting a new Netflix series



Another fashion series is coming our way soon with Netflix’s new fashion competition series. Titled Next In Fashion, the show will feature 18 experienced designers competing in a series of challenges. Queer Eye’s Tan France and British fashion multi-hyphenate Alexa Chung are set to host this exciting 10-episode show. We're all excited but Netflix has yet to announce the release date. While waiting, why not see Tan France as he lends out fashion advice on Queer Eye?



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Makeup allows for plenty of self-expression. Sometimes, it’s not just how it looks on your face that matters but what you decide to put on. Currently, there are lots of options in the cosmetics industry. This allows women to choose what best suits their beauty philosophy. Yet the concept of halal beauty is less frequently talked about.


What is halal beauty?


A common misconception about halal beauty is that it’s simply natural or vegan. Halal beauty is more distinctive in that its composition and production must adhere to the tenets of Islamic law. That means no alcohol, no genetically modified organisms, and no ingredients derived from animals. This is so because halal is believed to not only affect what Muslims should eat but also what cosmetics they wear (in part because lipstick, for example, gets ingested when you lick your lips or eat). Curious? Here are some of the brands to know if you’re interested in checking out halal-certified products.


Chriszen


Halal beauty brand Chriszen Match Matte Serum Foundation MN 215 Nude Beige

Chriszen Match Matte Serum Foundation in MN 215 Nude Beige, MYR56.90/~SGD19


Chriszen is a leading halal beauty and skincare brand in Malaysia. Their focus is to provide quality products innovated with science and creativity that embody beauty and glamour with a Southeast Asian touch. Their Match Matte Serum Foundation boasts of 11 active ingredients such as Oat Kernel Extract and Red Sea Algae to provide hydration, whitening, anti-ageing, antioxidant, and anti-pollution benefits.


Talent Cosmetic


Halal beauty brand Talent Cosmetic Sunwoo Cosme BB Pact,

Talent Cosmetic Sunwoo Cosme BB Pact, MYR101/~SGD33


Talent Cosmetic unites the best of K-beauty with halal principles. The first to acquire halal certification for cosmetics in Korea, Talent Cosmetic aims to bring K-beauty’s high-performing and aesthetically appealing makeup and skincare to a wider audience. Many love their Sunwoo Cosme BB Pact for its non-oxidising, lightweight formula and pearly glow finish.


Wardah Beauty


Wardah Beauty Perfect Curl Long-Lasting Mascara

Wardah Beauty Perfect Curl Long-Lasting Mascara, price unavailable


Wardah Beauty takes beauty seriously and this can be seen through their in-site Skin Analyser, which selects the best products for your skin type. They’ve also been a firm champion of women empowerment by lending their products and services to local designers at Jakarta Fashion Week. Their Perfect Curl Long-Lasting Mascara is enriched with Argan Oil to offer extra nourishment for fine lashes.



Zahara Cosmetics


Zahara Cosmetics Golden Goddess Palette

Zahara Cosmetics Golden Goddess Palette, MYR36/~SGD12


Zahara Cosmetics prides itself in bringing “beauty without compromise” and celebrating diversity for all. Their products are carefully selected and made with the customer’s interests in mind, with shade selections curated from numerous polls and surveys. One good example is their Golden Goddess Palette, an eyeshadow quad of richly pigmented and flattering neutrals.


Amara Cosmetics


Amara Organic Lipstick in Burgundy Blush


Amara Organic Lipstick in Burgundy Blush, MYR43/~SGD14


Amara is well-known for being the first halal-certified and all-natural cosmetics manufacturer in North America. They make use of plant-based ingredients and everything from the texture, smell, and the product packaging is taken into consideration to make everything appealing for both Muslim and non-Muslim women. Their Organic Lipstick — which is made of vegetable oils, waxes and mineral pigments — is one of their bestsellers.



Sampure


Sampure Minerals Glamorous Nail Polish

Sampure Minerals Glamorous Nail Polish in Harmonic Tan, MYR74/~SGD24


Sampure is a multi-award-winning UK halal beauty brand popular in Europe for its delicate makeup products. They focus on developing pure mineral cosmetics with a luxurious look and feel. Their breathable Glamorous Nail Polish is free of harsh ingredients like formaldehyde and parabens, with a mica-based chip-proof formula to boot.


May these halal beauty brands encourage a new perspective in approaching beauty!


(Cover photos from: @chriszen_official)


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Ah, the internet! Just when you thought things couldn't get any weirder, we get the news that people are actually debating about leg washing. And yes, we gathered that people actually have strong feelings about this. 


Leg-washing: Poll


poll created by Twitter user Conor Arpwel that asks the question received a total of 852,782 votes with 80 per cent saying 'yes' and the rest saying 'no'.


Leg-washing: Pro-side

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And while the margin looks high — even Arpwel claims that he's also on the 'leg washer' side — it's still saying something considering that 20 per cent is still around 170,000 people. Interesting, right? 


The voice of the minority


The majority of voters claim that it shouldn't be up for debate as it is basic hygiene. However, those at the opposite end of the argument gave more than enough reasons to back their case. Some rely on practicality, saying that shampoo and soap make their way to the legs in the process anyway and the skin does have its ways of cleansing itself. 


Leg-washing: Skin self-cleaning

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Others who also voted no say that leg-washing should be done occasionally (like if they got sweaty at the gym or are shaving) to avoid drying out their skin. Same goes for those with eczema, who supported the statement. 


But of course, the pro-leg-washing side of the story was quick to note that lotions and body oils exist to combat this very same concern. 


Leg-washing: Lotions & body oils

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Science says...


Upon our research, we heard that a similar inquiry was done in 2017 and the proper authorities (a.k.a. dermatologists) have issued their say on the matter. According to this statement from Joshua Zeichner, M.D. Director of Cosmetic & Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, there's no need to directly wash your legs with a cleanser unless it got deliberately dirty. He said, "The cleanser that drips down your body is enough to remove most of the dirt and sweat that accumulates during the day."


Leg-washing: Scientific explanation


He also said that over-scrubbing or cleaning your legs, just like any other part of your body, can definitely lead to stripping the skin of its natural oils, destroying the skin barrier and even inflaming and irritating the skin. 


As for the discussion on lotions and body oils, it's quite a half-and-half situation. On one hand, those who don't shower daily have a bit more freedom to not use moisturising products on most of their body and just let their natural oils do their thing. But don't get us wrong. They are still recommended to do so for areas prone to easy chapping like elbows, knees, and heels. On a similar note, it is definitely advisable to wash your legs if you put any product on them to avoid clogging your hair follicles. Still, being gentle is key so no over-washing, soaping, or scrubbing. 



So which side of the leg-washing debate should you be on?


Now that we've seen the quips and the clapbacks, as well as the scientific proof, it's time to deliver our verdict. And it is safe to say that it's a tough call. At the end of the day, it's really up to you on what you consider hygienic, with skincare being a personal thing  — yes, even when it comes to leg-washing. Only you know how you go about your daily affairs and if you think your skin warrants a thorough (but gentle!) cleanse, then you do you. On the other hand, if you feel like too much cleansing is harming your skin and maybe even had a dermatologist advise a remedy, give that a follow. This has been a fun online debate that no one thought would blow up but hey, at least it's been educational, right? 


Still, to close this off, we guess you can forgive us for asking: which side are you on? 


While we're on the topic of skincare, have you heard of the newest fruit-themed beauty trend?

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