My 2014 Beauty Favourites | Clozette

2014 came and went and I was able to try out quite a number of beauty products throughout the year. Here is a quick round-up of the Top 5 beauty items I discovered and loved in 2014!


HERA UV Mist Cushion LONG STAY in C23

HERA UV Mist Cushion has always been one of my favourite BB cushions, but the BB cushions don’t seem to be as lasting or as suitable in Singapore’s humid weather. When HERA came out with their LONG STAY summer edition cushion, with upgraded coverage and 12 hour long lasting properties, I immediately grabbed it to try. And I was definitely not disappointed! 

The coverage is awesome and it does not melt as quickly under the humid weather as compared to other BB cushions. The BB cushion also retained the UV Mist Cushion’s moist properties, and despite its good coverage it is not heavy on the skin.
Laneige Waterbank Gel Cream_EX

My skin turned drier in the latter half of 2014; and to keep it moisturised but not too over moisturised for the humid weather in the region, the Laneige Waterbank Gel Cream_EX did a wonderful job. The gel like texture of the cream refreshes and moisturises, and it is quickly absorbed by the skin. 

I use this every morning before my makeup and it helps keep my skin stay moisturised throughout the day. The lightweight texture of the gel cream is also not too overpowering for the humid weather.

Shiseido Eyelash Curler

When it comes to Asian eyelashes, I must say Shu Umera and Shiseido tops in their eyelash curlers. The eyelash curler from Shiseido is slightly flatter and upward, hence giving an amazing curl to your lashes. I was instantly amazed by how curled my lashes were when I first tried them out. I definitely recommend this to those with shorter lashes or those wanting to achieve that Kawaii Japanese eyelash look.

Aritaum Mono Eyes Eyeshadow quads

These Mono Eyes eye shadow quads were released in 2014 and were one of Aritaum’s best- selling items of 2014. Available in a variety of shades, from matte, to shimmer to glitter colours, the different quads are designed for you to mix and match according to your taste and preference to create your desired eye look. 

My favourite shades are No. 80, No. 69, No. 83 and No.70. The colours are pigmented and long-lasting throughout the day; and are easily applied with either a brush or your finger. And the best part of it all, it’s only KRW 5,000 (approx. USD$5.00) per quad!


I jumped on the cleansing device bandwagon and I’ve never regretted it! I own the Clarisonic Aria which has 3 cleansing speeds and I use the deep cleansing pore brush. I think it’s perfect for a city girl like me to deep clean my pores every day after being exposed to all the dirt and dust outside. Also, the Clarisonic Aria helps me remove my makeup more thoroughly and I’ve seen significant improvements to my skin ever since.



We adore Gwyneth Paltrow. At 42, she’s still one of Hollywood’s most beautiful faces, a talented actress, style icon, taste maker and food writer among many other accomplishments – so what’s not to love? 

Clearly, we are not alone in this sentiment. Hugo Boss appointed Gwyneth to be the global ambassador of its fragrance, Boss Nuit EDP, precisely because of the qualities she possesses that makes her a role model for many women.

Like Gwyneth, Boss Nuit is feminine, classic and inspires confidence in a woman on any occasion. So you can’t be Gwyneth Paltrow – but wearing this scent comes pretty close!

We’ve just flipped our calendars to a new page and with this, come the excitement of turning a new leaf in our stylebooks as well. But before you get caught in a frenzy of change or pressure yourselves into the newest fads, take note that even the smallest change – if it’s the right one – can make a major impact. 

Try these subtle yet effective ways of getting a new look that don’t require a big production (nor budget)!


Get Luscious Lashes

When you need to take a break from the dozen or so beauty trends you can’t wait to try, work on your eyelashes. Even without the rest of your makeup, focusing on your lashes can make a huge difference on your whole look without being too obvious. Curl your lashes carefully before applying a volumising mascara that lifts and holds like Maybelline’s Great Lash.

Most women apply mascara only to the top lashes, but you can do so with your bottom lashes as well to make your eyes really pop (so long as you use a waterproof formula that won’t run). If you’re looking for something that lasts longer, try getting lash extensions. You wake up to beautifully framed eyes every day, for about an average of three to four weeks.
Dazzle With Your Smile

It might sound cliche, but never underestimate the power of a dazzling smile to set positive things in motion. Various studies have proven that smiling makes you more approachable and trustworthy, keeping you on top of most social situations. So if you want a new look that will help you be more confident and engaging, work on that smile.

Use a mild scrub for your lips, like a mixture of coconut oil and sugar, to keep your pout soft and smooth. Then, choose a superior multi-tasking toothpaste like Closeup Deep Action Menthol Fresh that freshens your breath as it whitens your teeth. The Active Zinc Mouthwash in it provides deep cleansing and fights 99% of odour-causing germs, giving you up to 12 hours of fresh breath – so there’s no fear in flashing your pearly whites at any given time.

Change Your Hair Part

It’s not as dramatic as getting a new haircut, but changing the way you part your hair instantly freshens up your usual look. Different ways of parting the hair flatter different face shapes so experiment until you find one that suits you. Remember, you’re not just limited to a side part or a centre part – you can try a diagonal part, a deep side part or even a crisscrossing one. Wet your hair when you want to experiment so it’s easier to deviate from your previous part.