Insider Roundup: Zodiac-Inspired Brushes & More | Clozette

Woohoo! Let's shake off those Wednesday (a.k.a. hump day) blues with fun news. Here are the things you need to know right now.

Zodiac brushes


Astrology became quite a hit this year. (We're not saying it's just a trend, of course. But we did notice the interest in it.) Some brands, however, have taken it to a different level and have come up with their own astrology- or zodiac sign-inspired products. Here's the latest: a brush set inspired by your star sign.


Oui, Mattemoiselle


As suspected, Rihanna has been sporting fun lipstick colours as a way to tease fans about her upcoming releases for Fenty Beauty. The singer's cosmetics line is set to launch a matte lipstick line called Mattemoiselle on 26 December.

Cathay Pacific Lai See



Cathay Pacific has found a way to breathe new life into old uniforms of their flight attendants. They have been repurposed as Lai See or red envelopes. You can watch what happened behind the scenes of the process here.

Ruby Rose vs. Prada

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Actress Ruby Rose has accused Prada of using a photo of her in one of their new bags. The fashion house has denied the claim, but Rose is adamant that she looks exactly like the woman printed on the bag.


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Catch what happened earlier this week here.

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Even if you don't consider yourself a party girl, we're sure you'll attend at least one social event this holiday season. And of course, you'd want to look great and festive while you're at it. So you ace your base, get your brows on fleek and bring your lippie game on. That is until you hit the dance floor and all your hard work starts melting off. We all hate it when that happens. So, in our recent giveaway, we asked real ladies what their tried and tested party beauty hacks are and we got some very interesting answers. 


One-Stick Wonder



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The winning party hack is from pupuren, who shared that she repurposes her my M.A.C. lipstick as an alternative to eyeshadow and blusher so she'll only need to bring one makeup product while she parties. As much as we want to fully retouch our makeup mid-party, our little party bags can't hold all our beauty essentials. So sometimes, we have to settle for the next best thing which is to repurpose a single, versatile item.


Keep Your Lip Stain Alive


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@ponyyune shares a hack that will keep our lips luscious even after the afterparty. "Use a brighter lip tint before lipstick. Your lips will stay sexy until everyone gone back home," she said. What a neat idea! This way, the tint will still be vibrant even after the lipstick has come off. 


A Fresh Concoction


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Meanwhile, @joyortega, who shared a simple recipe for a homemade facial spray that will keep skin fresh and hydrated amidst partying. "I want my face to look fresh even at the end of the day, that's why I use a freshening facial spray. I prepare it by mixing aloe gel and purified water in a 1:3 ratio. Then, I pour the mix into a spray bottle. Voila!" We're definitely trying this on our next night out.


For Smooth Skin 


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@inrokini's hack is simple but genius; she adds a few drops of facial oil into her foundation to keep skin moisturised and smooth all night long. Party-ready in a jiffy!




Tame That Pimple


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This one is not really about party-proofing but more on prepping before the party. According to @seawitchz, she uses the COSRX Pimple Patch then dabs Tamanu oil to soothe and flatten pimples. On the night of the party, the blemishes won't be as glaringly obvious compared to when it first erupted.


(Cover photo from: Enabelle)


We've got another ongoing giveaway right now! Click here to join.

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When we travel, we not only look forward to soaking up the holiday atmosphere but we also take the opportunity to stock up on products that are hard to get at home. Case in point: remember that time when half of your luggage space was filled with Japanese snacks, beauty products and traditional trinkets? Good news: now you can save up on luggage space and still get some of these must-buy goodies — without an air ticket to Japan.


We can’t help but wonder, why are Japanese products so widely loved? “Other than the visually attractive packaging and high quality, what makes Japanese products so adored and trusted by many is that they put the biggest effort in the smallest of details,” shared Singapore-based Malaysian blogger, Cheesie. “Whether in design, user-friendliness or efficiency. As a consumer, you feel truly cared for.”

A self-declared lover of the Japanese culture, Cheesie’s Instagram profile says it all: “Japan is my religion. Welcome to my cult.” So, who better than Cheesie to spill on the trending items from Japan that are, in fact, already available in Singapore? P.S. Keep reading for a Clozette-exclusive offer below!


Hairbeauron Style Iron




“Instead of causing damage, this styling iron for straightening or curling uses a special bio-programming technology that improves your hair quality even when it’s set on high heat. The more you use it, the shinier and smoother your hair becomes. I know it sounds too good to be true, but it was tried and tested (by me!). You can find it in Number76 Hair Salons.”



Pantene Japan Pro-V Severe Damage Care Series




“I always see Japanese top model and Pantene Ambassador Nanao flaunt her perfect hair so effortlessly in the TV commercials, and I am very surprised that the new Pantene Japan Pro-V Severe Damage Care series is actually very simple to use.

You only need two products: the Pantene Pro-V Shampoo and Pantene Pro-V Treatment-in-Conditioner. The shampoo smells like a sweet blend of berries, and it transforms to a lovely bouquet fragrance upon application of the conditioner. My hair also feels tangle-free and very smooth after. I think it’s perfect for busy ladies who need instant and intense care for damaged hair! You can get the series on Redmart and at retail stores here.”



Fujiko Kakitashi Mayu Tint




“Japanese ladies do not do eyebrow embroidery as eyebrow shapes are seen as an ever-changing trend. But I understand how frustrating it feels with fading brow make-up on a day out. The Fujiko Kakitashi Mayu Tint is the best-selling eyebrow tint in Japan that lets you have super long-lasting tinted brows for up to three days. It is now available at selected make-up stores.”



Shiokoji




Shiokoji is a healthy ingredient that has been trending in Japan for a long time, but it's still relatively unheard of by most Singaporeans. It is a natural seasoning used to marinate, tenderise and bring out the umami of food – especially meat dishes. I use it in almost all my dishes. It is like a magic ingredient that enhances the taste of every meal. You can find it in Japanese specialty supermarkets here at a very reasonable price.”



Orbis Powder Wash +




“Powder washes are a hot beauty item right now, and I personally feel that the Orbis Powder Wash + truly cleanses deep within your pores. I'm looking forward to trying their other skincare range. You can get it from the Orbis boutique in Ngee Ann City.”


Those who live in Singapore can now get their hands on the Pantene Japan Pro-V Severe Damage Care Series at Guardian, Watsons and Redmart!


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