Be Merry And Bright With November’s Beauty Launches | Clozette


With the holiday festivities just around the corner, now is the time to start shopping for items that will give you that effervescent glow. From makeup to skincare to fragrances, capture the holiday cheer with this month’s newest releases. Ahead, find your newest beauty essentials — just in time for the holidays.


Acqua di Parma Colonia Holiday Collection with Gio Pastori

Acqua di Parma


Acqua di Parma partners up with up-and-coming artist Gio Pastori in reinventing their Holiday Season Collection. Gio Pastori, a talented paper-cut artist, captures the essence of the purest Italian style in the limited edition Colonia Holiday Gift Set, containing the brand’s iconic Eau de Cologne (100ml), Bath and Shower Gel (75ml), and Spray Deodorant (50ml). Each hat box is distinguished by the colour code of the label: white for Colonia, bronze for Colonia Intensa, black for Colonia Essenza, and matte silver for Colonia Pura.


MAC Starring You Holiday Collection



Be the star of every holiday party with MAC's collection of limited-edition A-list kits and glittery cosmic shades. Inspired by their chosen cast of performers, takes the spotlight with a legendary line-up of A-list worthy kits. Our current fave: the Lucky Stars Lip Kit (PHP1,800), with its three crowd-pleasing neutral or vibrant mini lipsticks in shiny black packaging with metallic stars. It comes in a glitzy pouch with a star-accented zipper for added bling.

Anna Sui Candyholic Holiday 2019 Collection



Gift shopping is easy with Anna Sui’s November holiday releases. They have two for your perusal: the Makeup Coffret Set III and the Gift Box B. The Makeup Coffret Set (SGD62) has colourful candy-like eye and cheek colours encased in an eye-catching pop vanity case that comes in two designs. For more options, set your sights on the Gift Box B that comes in four assortments. Each round tin features a unique design that’s perfect for decorating your bedroom vanity as a container for your makeup or knickknacks.


Armani Beauty Holiday 2019

Armani Beauty

Capture the spirit of the holiday festivities with Giorgio Armani’s HOLIDAY 2019 limited edition collection, featuring the brand’s iconic fragrances and lip colours. Cast a spell with the Lip Maestro, a gold-infused velvet matte lip colour that comes in six limited-edition shades. For an ultra-matte finish, swipe on the Lip Magnet with its perfect blend of fine oils, pigments, and water that feels like a second skin on your lips.


Carolina Herrera Good Girl Glorious Gold Eau de Parfum Collector’s Edition


Carolina Herrera fragrance

Carolina Herrera’s ultra-feminine fragrance gets reinvented with this gold-dusted packaging for the holidays. Taking inspiration from iconic film stars in the ’20s, the flacon features a heel made of slanted lacquered facets coated in gold dust, making it not only a staple but also a beautiful decoration on your makeup vanity. It has notes of Jasmine Sambac and cocoa with almond, coffee, and tuberose providing a refreshingly light contrast.


innisfree Green Holiday


innisfree Green Holiday collection


Innisfree will get you into the perfect holiday mood with their 2019 Green Holidays Collection, made in collaboration with Netherlands-based artist Jordy van den Nieuwendijk. The collection’s fun packaging was inspired by the joyful music that resonates during the holiday season at the end of the year. They go bigger and better with a jumbo-sized Green Tea Seed Serum (RM152, 160ml), the Perfumed Hand Cream Set (RM51, 30ml each), and a jumbo-sized Green Tea Seed Cream (RM142, 100ml). Create a stunning look with their Mood Up Party Palette with its dozen eyeshadow shades and four blushers (RM155) paired with the Sparkling Glitter Tint (RM46) in shades Sparkling Red and Bubbly Pink. Set the mood with the lovely scents of their Perfumed Diffuser (RM 100, 110ml) and Bright Music Notes Scented Candle (RM105, 60g).



KANEBO The Exceptional Collection


KANEBO The Exceptional


Japanese beauty powerhouse KANEBO is coming out with your newest complexion faves yet this season. Ace your base with The Primer (SGD180) to hydrate and prep your skin for The Cream Foundation (SGD295) with its creamy formula, giving you a delicate “your skin, but better” look.


L’OCCITANE Holiday Gift Sets



Browse through L’Occitane’s wide range of gift sets to find thoughtful and personal gift ideas for your loved ones. Show them love by showering them with nature’s best gifts such as the Time To Reset (RM 519), Holiday Almond Gift Set (RM285), Mini Scent of Provence Trio (RM108), My L’Occi Most Loved (RM270), and the Scented Candle in various scents (RM129 each).



Les Merveilleuses Laduree 2019 Holiday Collection


Les Merveilleuses Laduree


Inspired by the ballet classic "Swan Lake", Les Merveilleuses Ladurée’s holiday collection features graceful and delicate swan motifs. The collection features the limited edition Rose Ladurée, an arrestingly beautiful, luxurious powder pot in the shape of a swan concealing rose petal powder blush under its wings. For gifting, set your gaze to the Makeup Coffret VII, a makeup kit that highlights the cheeks and lips for a simple yet elegant look. Turn your attention to the Silky Pressed Powder that leaves your skin with a beautiful, soft luminosity and translucence.


Maison Christian Dior Holiday Gift Guide


Maison Christian Dior holiday


Make shopping for gifts easier and more fun with bundles from Maison Christian Dior. Make bathrooms a winter paradise with the new Lucky Bath Line with its fresh scent of white flowers and lily-of-the-valley. It’s composed of body crème (SGD140), liquid soap (SGD80) and bar soap (SGD55). Then let the winter magic spread throughout your home by creating a cosy atmosphere with their new scented candles, the woodsy Encens Mystique (SGD115) and Thé Osmentus (SGD115).



Sulwhasoo Holiday Limited Edition Collections



From Sulwhasoo comes your new beauty essentials that will leave your skin glowing – right in time for the holiday festivities. Nourish your skin with their First Care Activating Serum EX Set (SGD155), which has a full-sized bottle of their best-selling First Care Activating Serum EX, Snowise Brightening Exfoliating Mask (30ml), Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Water (15ml), Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Emulsion (15ml). For ultra-soft and smooth lips, swipe on the Essential Lip Serum Sticks (SGD105 for 3) with their moisture-boosting camellia oil and safflower complex. Finally, pamper your skin with some TLC from Sulwhasoo’s limited edition body care products that carry the fresh White Breath scent (SGD39).


YSL Beauté High on Stars Collection


YSL Beaute's High on Stars collection


Capture the beauty of a star-studded night with YSL’s Beauté’s High on Stars Collection. It includes the High on Stars Edition Face & Eye Palette Collector (SGD129), Rouge Pur Couture (SGD52) in eight shades including four new ones to fall in love with, the Touche Éclat (SGD62), Encre De Peau Cushion (SGD 92) and Mon Paris Holiday Collector (SGD179, 50ml). Create the perfect holiday look with this special holiday collection from YSL.


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This year was quite eventful for the beauty community, with all the launches, collabs, and surprise reveals. But it seems like one particular guru was destined for prestige before 2019 comes to an end as Bretman Rock wins this year's Beauty Influencer of the Year at the 45th People's Choice Award. Many praised the PCAs for the recognition, vouching for Bretman as one of the few members of the beauty community truly worth stanning due to his talent and down-to-earth nature. 



The Filipino internet sensation won over other YouTube stars like Jeffree Star, Nikki de Jager (NikkieTutorials), and Nikita Dragun, whose names were mostly on this year's beauty community headlines. So in light of the occasion, we're looking back at our favourite looks from 'da baddest' beautuber on the block. 


This sea glass eye look



They say that you either suit blue eyeshadow or you don't. But Bretman makes us want to not care at all with this glam look. Going in with a blend of blues using his collection in collaboration with Colourpop, we can totally see ourselves wearing this eye look whether it be attending a music festival or an elegant gala with our best girls. 

For the love of lash



Bretman knows how to rock both feminine and masculine looks. But it wasn't until he wore this fresh and simple beauty look that banks on a lot of lash and plump glossy lips that we truly appreciated the appeal of the androgyny. From the bushy brows to the soft blush and contour, this ranks as one of our favourites for its easy-to-cop vibe, too.


Hot lips



Talk about a twist on the classics, take it from this beauty guru to add a whole new sparkle — literally — to a gold-shadow-and-red-lip combo. Steering away from his usual preference of a nude lip, this is giving us a 'Jessica Rabbit's dress' aesthetic that's many levels of sultry. 



The glamour in theatrics



As much as we love B's easy-to-recreate looks, his artistic interpretations using makeup are definitely why we're subscribed to his socials in the first place. This green-and-purple Poison-Ivy-esque colour story is giving us tree nymph vibes that would take every adventurous bone in our body to recreate on a casual occasion. Still, we love it anyway. Maybe for next year's Halloween look, then? 


Glitter tears



Saving the best for last, this look holds a special place in this list as Bretman posted this in line with him earning four million subs on YouTube. Definitely a major milestone for any content creator, Bretman showed everyone why he was worth the follow in the first place by adding a twist to his tears of joy with nothing less than glam and glitters. Now that's how you serve drama without diving into actual drama, right?


(Cover photo from: @bretmanrock)


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As more and more environmental issues have popped up in recent years, a lot of beauty enthusiasts have hopped on the clean beauty trend. The skincare trend made products that are ethically made without a long list of ingredients linked to toxic effects popular. With that, facial oils, which are packed with fewer but more effective ingredients, came into the fore. One such product that created a buzz that challenged everyone’s love for traditional moisturisers was Herbivore Botanical Orchid Youth-Preserving Face Oil.


Herbivore Botanicals Orchid Youth-Preserving Face Oil Review

Herbivore Botanicals Orchid Youth-Preserving Face Oil


When I found out that I had to test this product, I must confess that I really wasn’t keen on trying it. I’m not a moisturiser fan. Most of the ones I’ve tried felt heavy and left my skin uncomfortably greasy. Not to mention, there are breakouts caused by the excess oil left by these skincare products said to help nourish my skin. If regular moisturisers made my skin that way, what more damage would a facial oil cost, right? It seems counter-intuitive to drench my combination skin with oil when I want it less greasy. 

I didn’t see what the fuss was about. Some have claimed that hydrating your skin with healthy, nourishing oils would prevent your skin from producing excess ones that make you shine, but I was still wary about it. Plus, there’s the fact that its price tag is not up my alley, with the 8ml variant coming in at SGD38, and the 50ml one at SGD100. So more than anything, I was more intent on proving my assumptions regarding facial oils. Let’s see if I had succeeded with that with this Herbivore Botanicals product.



Packaging and appearance


Herbivore Orchid Face Oil Packaging


In line with Herbivore Botanical’s commitment to clean beauty, the Orchid Youth-Preserving Face Oil is straightforward and simple. With subtle golden embellishments on its white and lavender box, however, this minimalism is elevated to sophistication. The fact that the facial oil itself comes in a transparent glass bottle, complete with a pipette for application gives the whole product a classic, vintage vibe. While I love the luxurious feeling of being transported back in time whenever I use the product, I also can’t help but feel extremely worried that the dainty bottle would shatter to pieces due to my clumsy hands. So I always return it to its box to be extra careful.




Application


Herbivore Botanicals Orchid Youth-Preserving Face Oil


Contrary to its name, Herbivore Botanicals Orchid Youth-Preserving Face Oil actually smells like jasmine. I usually find the scent imposing, and it reminded me of churches and altars adorned with wreaths of the tiny flowers. But, somehow, when I got a whiff of the floral notes as I applied the silky facial oil, I couldn’t help but feel calm and relaxed with the lingering fragrance. The contents of the small bottle comes a long way — I’ve been using this for four months now and I’m only halfway through it. I reckon this would last me at least half a year. The pipette applicator makes for extremely convenient dispensing, and just two drops of the light yellow oil was enough to cover my visage.  



Results


Herbivore Orchid Face Oil


I was extremely sceptical of facial oils, but using the Herbivore Botanical Orchid Youth-Preserving Face Oil completely opened my mind about them. I don’t like being proved wrong, but with this revelation, I was delighted. My skin completely — and gladly — drank the oil up, even in times when I applied much more than needed to see how differently it would fare. The first time I used this, I couldn’t believe how much softer my skin was right after. When I apply it at night, my face never feels greasy the next morning. It’s so lightweight that it also perfectly worked as my morning moisturiser, leaving my skin amply hydrated all day long. My face was left still matte-looking but luminous. The shiny t-zone I always get by noon seems to have gone when I started using this product.  



Overall thoughts


Herbivore Botanicals Orchid Youth-Preserving Face Oil


Herbivore Botanicals Orchid Youth-Preserving Face Oil has now totally converted me into a facial oil devotee. It comes at a high price point, but I’d be willing to invest in this, perhaps, even in its regular-sized version. My skin has never felt this good, and it definitely helped hydrate and revive my skin that’s been suffering from trying out all sorts of other products. It never feels too thick, which is usually the only thing deterring me from using moisturising products. Having been a user for months now, I can see how it earned all those rave reviews I found online.



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