No Time For A Mani? Try Nail Wraps | Clozette


Nail wraps and stickers are nothing new, but these days they're getting some extra attention. And why not? Theoretically, nail wraps are a heaven-sent alternative to the traditional lacquer. No more waiting for the polish to dry, chipping won't be an issue, and it's an easy, mess-free way to give your tips some nail art. All you have to do is paste the wrap, file and you're good to go. There's really no harm in giving it a try! Keep reading to know where you can get the best nail wrap sets in our region.


Incoco Japan



Incoco Japan provides an array of cute and dainty designs that will surely catch your fancy. From ethereal florals to sparkling glitters, there's no shortage of adorable looks in their catalogue. Their products are available in over 30 stores in Japan so getting one won't be an issue when you're visiting the country. Be sure to check out their Ornate Collection, which features beautiful ombre options.


EMMEzing Nails



The edge of EMMEzing's nail wraps is their "3 in 1 material" system where each wrap already comes with a base and top coat along with the design. This innovation will certainly cut down your manicure time by almost half, which is always a plus in our books. They also offer nail wraps in special edition designs that celebrate local culture like the "ILY, Ondeh-Ondeh!" set inspired by the tasty Southeast Asian snack called Onde-onde. International shipping is available so you can gift this to your friends overseas.


Ki-Kai



Based in the Philippines, Ki-Kai (a play on the Filipino word "kikay" meaning girly) has just launched a year ago and is now beginning to expand to more locations nationwide. But although they're a newbie player, Ki-Kai already offers a wide variety of designs ranging from minimalist to bold and geometrical. They even have a tropical-inspired collection that's made in collaboration with local influencers Kally Araneta and Chelsea Robato. 


Nail Pop



Gals in Malaysia can get their nail wrap fix via Nail Pop. They have several outlets in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya, but you can also just order the goodies online (for Malaysia delivery only). Some of their must-haves are the embellished nail wraps that include little gemstones in the design which are perfect for complementing any glam look. 


(Cover photo from: kikaiph/@incocojapan)


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Rihanna continues to break down barriers with her recent campaign for Fenty Fashion. As she dropped her first-ever collection online, fans were quick to notice how the singer continues the fight for body-positivity and inclusivity. On the cover of the Fenty’s fashion jewellery section, you’d see Sudanese model Aweng Mayen Chuol with her facial scars untouched by Photoshop. It’s another huge step for the acceptance of unedited beauty, a revolutionary movement in a world where flawlessly perfect looks are perceived as beautiful.


A model with facial scars poses for an unedited beauty campaign

(Photo from: fenty.com)



Towards unedited beauty



Besides Fenty, other fashion and beauty brands have already attempted to normalise what’s real. Back in 2014, lingerie brand Aerie made the commitment to feature only unretouched photos. Aside from that, they featured the most inclusive line-up of models and ambassadors. #AerieREAL casted women of all sizes and colour, as well as those with various medical conditions and different abilities. Other than that, there’s Gucci, which, just this last May, became the first major luxury brand to do an unedited beauty campaign. Their ‘80s-themed lipstick campaign featuring close-ups of crooked teeth made imperfections a part of beauty. These game-changing moves were applauded because they inspired empowerment in diversity.  


Photoshopping standards



Still, most models and celebrities usually featured in fashion and beauty campaigns fit the conventional idea of beauty — but that doesn’t mean they’re already safe from digital retouches. Most of the time, their photos are still heavily edited to push their perfection to be ridiculously unattainable. Seeing this almost every day creates unrealistic beauty standards for all — so much so that even these celebrities feel compelled to edit photos they upload on their personal Instagram accounts. And for the people whose feeds are filled with them? Well, they’re forced to yearn for this unattainable beauty too. We’re used to seeing this inhuman perfection that we become unsettled when we see real bodies instead.



Inclusivity rules



Everyone can agree that edited beauty puts so much pressure on everyone. The unattainable body standards they impose breeds insecurity in all. It seems as if you’re not beautiful if you aren’t tall and slim with smooth, light skin. This toxic cycle is exactly why unedited beauty initiatives like Fenty’s are a huge deal for us. Everyone is born different, so beauty shouldn’t look the same as well. Normalisation of real bodies is important so we could be more accepting towards ourselves.



With big brands like Rihanna’s Fenty, Gucci, and Aerie paving the way for unedited beauty, hopefully other brands will follow suit. Imperfections exist in all — we have no other choice but to embrace them.  We’re keeping our fingers crossed that soon, a model with untouched scars is no longer news, but the norm. 


(Cover photo from: fenty.com)

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There's no denying that the beauty industry has grown exponentially in the past decade. From fancy celebrity makeup lines to indie skincare brands with a cult following, the choices for beauty fanatics are practically limitless. In fact, just when you thought that you have already tried all the 'essential' brands, you'll find that there's more to discover — especially in the Asian cosmetics category. Keep reading to discover underrated Asian beauty brands and you may just find your next favourite.


eSpoir



As a beauty brand under the cosmetic conglomerate Amorepacific, it's a surprise that eSpoir is not as well-known internationally, especially when compared to sister brands Etude House, Laneige and Innisfree. But we're guessing that's about to change as eSpoir begins its entrance to the Southeast Asian market via its launch in Thailand. They're known for their pretty colour makeup lookbook palettes and glossy lippies. 


RAFRA



Sure, you've heard about SK-II, Shiseido and Shu Uemura. But apart from the holy trinity of Japanese beauty, there are tons of other J-Beauty brands worthy of your attention. One of them is RAFRA, a skincare-focused label that believes in cultivating a simple skincare routine. If you're keen on giving RAFRA a try, go for the Balm Orange, which is a cleansing balm that also has skin-enhancing properties. It's their bestselling item that's hailed as holy-grail even by fans outside Japan.


Mores



Even though Mores is a Thai brand, most of its product ingredients are sourced from other countries like Switzerland and France. But the formulation is still made especially for Asian skin with a concentration on evening out hyperpigmentation and repairing damaged skin. Their must-try product is the affordable 2 Eyes Sleeping Eye Mask, which is said to brighten and plump the under eye area very effectively. 


ROVECTIN



ROVECTIN is a Korean beauty brand that was originally created to address the unique skincare concerns of cancer patients. Now that they have entered the mainstream beauty market, several of their products are already making a buzz in the beauty community like the Skin Essentials Barrier Repair Cream Concentrate and Cica Care Sleeping Pack. 



CREMORLAB



If you've got dehydrated skin, trying a bottle of CREMORLAB's most celebrated product, the Mineral Treatment Essence, may just be the solution to all your woes. Boasting their signature T.E.N. (Thermal water, Eco-energy, Natural Nourishment) thermal water as their star ingredient, this hydrating product promises to lock in hydration, smoothen skin texture and brighten the complexion. Many people have experienced really good results with the brand's products so we're betting their popularity will rise soon.


(Cover photo from: @espoir_makeup/@rafra_official)


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