(Cover photo from: @ritueldefille)


We’re halfway through March, friends. The days are getting hotter, and that could only mean one thing — summer is approaching. The coming of a new season gives us a renewed perspective. We’re looking forward to a lot of new things in the coming months — there are a lot of exciting things happening! — but for now, we want to share our excitement over fun things that happened in the worlds of beauty, fashion and more this week. 


Let’s recap the highlights of the week together.


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Black Anti-Highlighter


Since we’re talking highlights, we may as well start with one. Well, it’s not exactly a highlighter but something of the opposite nature. Rituel de Fille has released a creme pigment called Eclipse Inner Glow, and it’s meant to be a “black blush, contour, cream eyeshadow and lipstick” in one.


Unicorn Wands


From one whimsical thing to another, here’s something that would tickle the fancy of fans of unicorn tales (pun intended). Tarte Cosmetics has released a line of brushes with handles that mimic unicorn horns.

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#byob




Having the right beauty tools is important to make sure that you achieve the look you want. If you’re in Singapore, finding the right tools and products won’t be a hassle as Luxasia has recently opened its pop-up store called #byob Your Beauty Playground. Visit them at the Suntec City Mall, Tower North Atrium as soon as you can because it’ll only be there for a limited time.


Beauty in Motion



For many of us, doing our beauty routine is therapeutic. So it requires being in a place where we’re comfortable and at peace. One girl from the Philippines, however, has tried to prove that you can achieve the look you want no matter where you are — even on top of a moving tricycle.


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ULTRA



If you’re not as adventurous as the girl we mentioned, perhaps you’ll appreciate this kind of fun time. ULTRA Worldwide will hold its first phase in a series of festivals in Singapore and South Korea on June 10-11. Enjoy music from acts including Tiesto, Sasha & Digweed and Dash Berlin at the Ultra Park, 1 Bayfront Avenue Singapore.


Lindsay Lohan’s New Venture


From something “out there” to something a bit more subdued, Lindsay Lohan has dipped her toes into fashion once again, but this time it looks like she’s heading toward the modest department. The actress posted a photo of herself wearing a hijab to tease her upcoming project.
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Smashing Releases


Smashbox is back and better than ever! New releases are here, and they are to die for. Visit Sephora at Ion to get your hands on the coveted products.


Woohoo for a woman!


Givenchy has just announced who will take over for Riccardo Tiscci, who left the brand after 12 years. Claire Waight Keller is the fashion house's new artistic director, and she's the brand's first female creative head.

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Last week was as jam-packed with fun stuff as this one. Missed it? Read about what happened here.



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Finding the right foundation is essential to anyone's beauty routine. It builds your canvas and significantly affects the finish of your overall look. But in all honesty, I can say that finding my perfect match took a long time. I am very particular with the price range of my beauty products, and I can also claim that I don't exactly have the best skin. 


I have read tons of reviews online, done my fair share of research, but nothing stuck to me. Most of the foundations I used would work flawlessly after one or two tries, but I would find myself looking horrible, cake-y, or oily after a while. And yes, no matter what the claims of the products are, I usually find myself working through these dilemmas. 


But a couple of months ago, I decided to give one of the most raved about drugstore foundations, the L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 24H Foundation, a try. I was a bit iffy to try it at first because it's not available here in the Philippines yet so I had to order this one online, and shade matching through my laptop screen isn't exactly the easiest thing in the world. Still, I have tried the Pro-Glow version of this foundation and the shade 208 Sun Beige matched me perfectly, so I decided to use that as a basis. For Pro-Matte, I got 107 Fresh Beige. 


Top: L'Oreal Infalliable Pro-Matte in 107 Fresh Beige

Bottom: L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow in 208 Sun Beige


As you can see from the swatches, both have a yellow undertone. The consistency contrasts as the Pro-Matte is slightly thicker in formula than the Pro-Glow. I got each for less than USD10, shipping included.


I have combination skin that significantly changes depending on the weather. Since I'm going on a trip soon, I hate the idea of having to worry about my makeup throughout the day, doing multiple touch-ups to look good in a photo. So I've been test running this foundation for quite sometime and here's a wear test I've done recently. 

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After moisturising and priming my face (take note that I did not use a mattifying primer), I applied the foundation with a sponge. This one dries down quite easily so I had to really work fast in applying, so if you feel like it, a stippling or a buffing brush also works. It is build-able and can be medium to medium-high coverage depending on your skin type. I usually have dark spots to cover and it does the trick most of the time; I simply have to spot-conceal minimally. 

As it has a demi-matte finish, there's still a nice sheen to the skin after application, and the concealer also adds a touch of dewiness to the skin, so don't worry about looking flat. 

This is how it looked at 11:00 AM, minus the bronzer, blush, and lipstick. I only added some setting powder on my nose and forehead, and opted out of setting spray. 



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I've been outdoors for a couple of hours after this and the weather was scorching hot. Typically, I would be greasy by this time of the day (5:00 PM) but the foundation, as I expected, was holding up pretty good. It looked much better on my skin as it has now fully set, giving me that skin-like glow. This is still without touch-ups whatsoever. 




Before taking it off, I decided to take a photo of what it looks like around 8:30 PM, 9 1/2 hours after application, and it still looks naturally dewy, demi-matte in all the other areas, and I can even go on and wear this throughout the night if I want to. Take note that for the span of when I applied it, I did no touch-ups, didn't even blot, and it held up nicely. 




So, overall, I can say that it is possible to find your holy grail foundation without breaking the bank; I'm happy to say that I've found mine. And if you're wondering, yes, I've used this with and without a primer, and it lives up to its claims. The only con for this is that I don't think it will hold up 24 hours straight, as it says on the tube, but I think it's still wearable for up to 12 + hours.


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Taking a 'no makeup' makeup look to a whole new level, the faux freckles trend celebrates the beauty in going bare. A minimalistic makeup style that involves very few elements, this sophisticated look is easy to cop, and beautiful with naturally sun-kissed summer skin.

With the help of our Clozette Ambassadors Kim Santiago and Faye Balogo, watch as they recreate this on-trend look. 

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Give your 'tips a summer makeover, too, with these nail trends!


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