Update Your Fragrance Library With These Picks | Clozette


One way to boost your confidence and increase your appeal is by looking for a scent you absolutely love. Luckily for you, you don’t have to search far and wide for your signature fragrance. Along with classic scents we've come to love, a number of must-have fragrances have also popped up this 2019. There's a wide array of exhilarating tones to choose from that vary from sweet to fresh. So go ahead and update your fragrance stash with these excellent and scent-sational options.



Zesty florals


Flower by Kenzo Eau de Vie



Flower by Kenzo has also been a favourite among girls who enjoy the subtle scents brought by a floral flourish. This eau de parfum is described as a “love-at-first-scent fragrance,” an olfactory melody that makes you want to use again and again. This Kenzo fragrance features a zesty ginger note combined with a joyful orange blossom, that pairs well with Bulgarian rose and Tonka bean. 


Sweet rose


Floraiku Just A Rose


Looking for some classic floral choices from all the must-have fragrances that were released this 2019? Well, nothing can be more feminine than smelling like a rose with Just A Rose from the Enigmatic Flowers Ikebana Collection of Floraïku. This Eau de parfum offers a new take on our favourite rose scent. A sparkling floral, the first whiff of this scent gives the impression of a “rose that has just been freshly picked at the first light of dawn.” Dewy and sweet, the fragrance warms on the skin, revealing the honeyed-sweetness of guaiac wood oil. Meanwhile, bergamot oil also elevates the fragrance brought about by this perfume. Just A Rose comes in indigo and white floral box, each bottle of 50ml is accompanied by its own intricately-designed purse spray.



Elegant bouquet


A bottle of Vera Wang Perfume by Vera Wang



Vera Wang's first-ever fragrance for women, Vera Wang Perfume, carries the modern and sensual spirit that her bridal designs are known for. Her signature perfume for women combines an intoxicating blend of florals like Bulgarian rose, calla lily, and Mandarin flower, along with notes of gardenia, sheer musks, and white woods. Elegant and exquisite, the scent was made to be a sensory bouquet for the modern-day bride.




For a young rebel


Signorina Ribelle


Made with a woman who's a multitude of paradoxes — independent yet romantic, fierce but kind — Salvatore Ferragamo's new Signorina fragrance, aptly named Ribelle, is perfect for a young rebel. Expect the unexpected with a blend of sweet and spicy scents — mandarin and red pear paired with pink pepper. It's floral but woody and filled with whimsy.


(Cover photo from: @kenzoparfums



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We all love retinol — it prevents acne, stimulates collagen production, and keep fine lines at bay. But as great as it may be, retinol has one major flaw: it can be irritating to those with sensitive skin. Even those who have a more tolerant skin type also report dryness and peeling especially during the first few applications. Luckily, many brands are now incorporating a new gentler alternative called Bakuchiol. It's been proven to deliver retinol-like effects sans the harshness and is being studied as a possible cancer treatment. Curious? Keep reading to know more about this hot skincare ingredient.


It's 100% vegan



Bakuchiol is purely plant-based, which makes it great for those who don't want to use animal-derived skincare ingredients. Psoralea corylifolia, the plant which Bakuchiol is extracted from, has actually been used in traditional Ayurveda practices and Chinese medicine for many years for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties long before its retinol-like effects were explored.


Its side effects are less harsh


Bakuchiol functions the same way as retinol. It encourages cell turnover and stimulates collagen to reveal fresh skin that will keep the complexion smooth and clear. Although Bakuchiol is a gentler ingredient, this process will still make your skin more photosensitive and may still cause some peeling. In other words, the side effects will still be there. But, it's significantly dialled down compared to using retinol. 


Studies about Bakuchiol are limited


Even though there's a lot of buzz around Bakuchiol, the truth is that studies about this promising skincare ingredient are still in its infancy. Unlike retinol, which has been thoroughly studied through the years, we have yet to discover the long-term effects of using Bakuchiol. But still, the study published by the British Journal of Dermatology, which concluded that "bakuchiol is comparable with retinol in its ability to improve photo ageing and is better tolerated than retinol" is still impressive. But just like any other skincare trends, practising caution in using this ingredient is still a must. Never forget to do patch testing first!


It may not be a sustainable alternative


Yes, Bakuchiol is vegan and cruelty-free but here's the catch — Psoralea corylifolia is an endangered plant. So while this alternative may be good news for us, it's not so much a treat for the sustainability movement. However, some processes like in-vitro micropropagation are being studied to find a way to both prevent this plant from becoming further endangered and meet the demand of the consumers. 


(Cover photo from: @herbivorebotanicals)










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There's no other rivalry in the beauty world like the one between matte and gloss lipsticks. Some people favour matte over gloss because of its rich pigment and clean feel. On the other hand, there are gals who swear by a gloss lipstick's power to liven up any outfit with its dazzling shine and glitter. No matter what camp you're in, we're sure you pretty much stick to your choice. But today's review may make you switch sides.


To help us discover the pros and cons of both matte and gloss lipsticks, Abby Gabriel from Team Clozette tested the Shu Uemura Supreme Matte and Laura Mercier Starlights Lip Glace. Ahead, her full review.


Packaging


Shu Uemura Supreme Matte Laura Mercier Starlights Lip Glace


Shu Uemura Supreme Matte: With its slim packaging, it will surely fit in your purse — even in those tiny ones. As such, you can easily bring it anywhere with you. I also like how the clear cap makes the lipstick's look even chicer. Overall, it's simple yet very stylish.


Laura Mercier Starlights Lip Glace: I love the classic clear lip gloss packaging where you can easily see the shade. It makes the product very Instagrammable. However, the cap doesn't seal tightly, which may cause the product to dry out.


Texture


Shu Uemura Supreme Matte Laura Mercier Starlights Lip Glace

The Laura Mercier Starlights Lip Glace when applied


Shu Uemura Supreme Matte: Usually, matte lipsticks feel heavy on my lips. But with Shu Uemura, it’s surprisingly lightweight. It glides effortlessly and has a smooth matte finish. It doesn't feel dry or patchy on the lips at all. Even if I use it for a long time, it still feels very comfortable to wear. However, it does have a tendency to smudge.


Laura Mercier Starlights Lip Glace: You can instantly see the shine it gives on your lips. If you have dry puckers, this one can moisturise it well. But what I don't prefer is that it feels quite heavy on the lips and has a sticky feeling.


Lasting power


Shu Uemura Supreme Matte Laura Mercier Starlights Lip Glace

Matte on the left, gloss on the right


Shu Uemura Supreme Matte: It doesn't really slide off even hours after the initial application but it's totally gone already after eating or drinking.


Laura Mercier Starlights Lip Glace: This collection, in particular, says it lasts long. But in my experience, after eating a snack and drinking a glass of water, the gloss was immediately removed.


Colour pay-off


Shu Uemura Supreme Matte Laura Mercier Starlights Lip Glace


Shu Uemura Supreme Matte: Its strong pigment is both its strength and weakness.  It definitely adds a pop of colour to my face. A little glide goes a long way, which means I don't have to repeatedly put more every hour to achieve that full pout. But it's just too easy to put on too much colour, which may look unflattering (at least to me).


Laura Mercier Starlights Lip Glace: Its high-shine finish definitely creates the appearance of fuller lips and enhances any makeup look. 



Verdict


Shu Uemura Supreme Matte Laura Mercier Starlights Lip Glace


Both matte and gloss has its own advantages and disadvantages. Because of its long-wearing capability, I think matte lipsticks are best for work, evening dates and casual hangout sessions with friends. Those who prefer bold makeup looks will love how the Shu Uemura Supreme Matte will give you a rich, full pout.


In contrast, lip glosses may not be as longlasting but they're really fun to use when you want to jazz up your look but don't want to seem overdressed. They're best for nights out and glamorous parties and will be loved by people who prefer to add shine and a little dazzle to their look.


With all that said, I actually prefer to use lip gloss layered over a matte lipstick to add a subtle shine and glitter. This way, I get the best of both worlds!


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