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Insider Roundup: Nikon’s Free Online Photography Classes & More

Happy Friday!


We’re just in the fourth month of 2020 and already, so much has happened. Our readers in Malaysia and the Philippines are now in their third week of home quarantine. So to help alleviate the anxiety we’re all feeling, free entertainment and online classes have been made available online. There's also Nikon’s free photography classes, various brands having IG Live sessions, and more, in this week’s Insider Roundup.


Stream Nikon’s free online photography classes


Nikon camera on red notebook with pen

Nikon is allowing you to take their online classes for free this month.


Brands have taken to sharing some free learning content online. From now until 30 April, Nikon School is allowing you to access their photography classes — taught by professionals — for free! These classes usually go for USD15 to USD50 each, so this is a great opportunity for amateur photographers and photography enthusiasts alike. It covers a range of topics including pet and landscape photography. If you’re interested, head over to Nikon’s official website and sign up by entering your name and email address so you can view the classes.

Tune in to live musical entertainment through Instagram Lives




Taking a cue from John Legend and Hozier, some brands have invited musicians to go live on their Instagram accounts with a musical performance. Singaporean personalised skincare brand Yours had singer-songwriter Joie Tan take song requests during her live acoustic session yesterday evening. If you missed that one, tune into Chanel’s official Instagram profile tonight at 7 PM SGT, for a live serenade from Belgian singer Angéle. For more weekly engagement, every Monday starting 6 April, Marc Jacobs will also have Tune In The Good where they’ll play music playlists curated by friends of the brand. We’re sure that more brands have something similar planned for the next few weeks.


Try-on makeup through your phone


A screenshot of Charlotte Tilbury mobile website

You don't need to go out to try on some makeup.


Remember when Pinterest launched their virtual try-on feature? Charlotte Tilbury just added the technology on their mobile website. Now, you can try on the brand’s famous makeup items, from Pillow Talk and Hot Lips to Luxury Palettes and Eyes To Mesmerise, all before purchase — and without having to go out or use physical testers. Head over to their website, click on the “TRY IT ON ME” button, give permission to access your mobile camera — et voilá! You can now scroll through and try all shades available per product through augmented reality. Happy shopping!

Treat yourself to the WASO Beauty Smart Water


A styled photo of the WASO Beauty Smart Water

WASO Beauty Smart Water, SGD45/~USD31.43


You can now cleanse, hydrate, and prime your skin all in one step with WASO’s new Beauty Smart Water. Inspired by Amazake, a traditional, sweet, low-alcohol Japanese drink made from fermented rice, this beauty water removes light makeup residue, excess sebum and dirt all while adding moisture to your skin. It’s a triple treat that all skin types will enjoy. It comes out this month at SGD45/~USD31.43 in Shiseido counters island-wide in Singapore.  


Check out the Onitsuka Tiger x shu uemura sneaker collab

Red sneakers

Onitsuka Tiger x Shu Uemura Sneaker, SGD229/~USD159.93


Following their groundbreaking makeup collaboration, Onitsuka Tiger and Shu Uemura have announced that they will be coming out with another collaboration. This time, it’s sneakers. Inspired by the cosmetics’ packaging, the sneakers have a material combination of glossy enamel with smooth cow leather as well as a voluminous midsole made from the highly responsive sponge material FLYTEFOAM Propel™. Its vivid Tokyo Red hue goes perfectly with the sporty urban look of Onitsuka Tiger’s new DELEGATION EX™ model, inspired by the shoes worn by the Japanese team in 1964. The limited-edition collaboration sneakers will be launched in Onitsuka Tiger Takashimaya S.C. on 1 May 2020 for SGD 229/~USD159.93.



Need a little recap of the headlines you missed? These were last Monday’s news.