Here’s Why You Need Charcoal For Your Hair | Clozette

Shiny, bouncy strands? Check. Clean scalp with no issues? Yes, please. We’re sure you have these in mind, too, when it comes to goals for your hair. (Who doesn’t?) But we have to admit that they’re easier listed down than achieved. From stress to pollution, our hair can really take a toll. It doesn’t mean getting the tresses you dream of is impossible, though. With proper care — and the right products — you’ll find that it’s still achievable.   

The products in the Pantene Micellar Charcoal range

We’re sure you already have an arsenal of primping products, but we say what you really need is charcoal for your hair. Yes, charcoal. But no, not the one you use for cooking. Activated charcoal may sound odd at first but it’s actually really effective in pulling out the bad stuff from your body. It soaks up to 100 times its weight in impurities. So just imagine how much dirt, oil and scalp build-up it can cleanse from your hair. With its help, you’ll have cleaner, healthier scalp, which makes it easier for your hair to grow fast.

Before you head out to look for activated charcoal, though, we say skip the hassle. The Pantene Micellar Charcoal range has you covered. Made not only with micellar technology that has been proven great for cleansing but also with white charcoal extract, the products are sure to make your hair and scalp free from micro-dirt. While it’s great at stripping off dirt, it’s also incredibly gentle and nourishing, making sure that your hair remains healthy and strong. To top it all off, it has a Fresh Leaves with Mosa-Mint fragrance that gives your clean hair an equally clean scent.

Get the Pantene Micellar Charcoal range here.


We’ve all gone through makeup days where the foundation starts caking up as the hours go by. You’ll whip out a beauty sponge and try your best to fix it, but what a hassle it is to be constantly checking and retouching problem areas because the foundation is just sitting on top of your skin.

SHISEIDO Synchro Skin Launch Event

Vincent Oquendo, SHISEIDO's North America Color Artist, uses products from their new Synchro Skin collection on a model in the Singapore launch.

Well, worry no more. We were able to see SHISEIDO’s new Synchro Skin Collection in action during their Singapore and Malaysia launch. SHISEIDO's North America Color Artist Vincent Oquendo was there to exhibit and explain the improvements they made in their formulas. If you're wondering what makes this new line so revolutionary, here's the answer: the Synchro Skin Collection features their ActiveForce™ Technology, which makes their formulas resistant to sweat, oil, and motion. It targets the three main reasons why liquid and cream-based makeup don’t last throughout the day: sweat and humidity, oil and sebum, and your facial expressions. Who wouldn't want makeup that lasts all day? We know we do. Learn more about the science behind this new J-beauty base range by reading on.

Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Foundation

Shiseido Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Foundation


Who knew you could get hydration and day-long use from the same foundation? How about throwing some skincare into the mix? The SHISEIDO Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Foundation contains hyaluronic acid, which helps boost your skin’s moisture. Paired with the Smart Correcting Powder from their ActiveForce™ Technology, it sinks and melts into your skin to enhance its texture and tone. It comes in 30 shades, has a lightweight formula with SPF30, and buildable coverage that will last you throughout a day in the sun and rain.

Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Cushion Compact

Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Cushion Compact


Head’s up, skincare lovers: This cushion compact will be calling out your name. The cushion compact’s weightless and buildable formula can last up to 16 hours while infusing your skin with antioxidants from the wild thyme extract. While it provides a protective veil from external pollutants, people with dry skin will love the combination of hyaluronic acid and a hydro-sensing polymer, which are key ingredients that help retain your skin’s moisture.

Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Concealer

Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Concealer


If you’re not a fan of using foundation on an everyday basis, then a good quality concealer is an alternative you should look into. This multi-tasking liquid will camouflage any dark spots and blemishes, giving you enough coverage for a whole day without settling into fine lines and creases. Its lightweight formula is crease-resistant, sweat-resistant, and smudge-proof, so you can smile and laugh as much as you want while your makeup stays looking fresh and on-point all the time.

Synchro Skin Correcting GelStick Concealer

Synchro Skin Correcting GelStick Concealer


Don’t let its name fool you. The GelStick Concealer can also be used for contouring. Since it contains a revolutionary combination of agar, clay, and copolymer gels, it provides an ideal balance of hydration, correction, and light-to-medium coverage that can last up to 24 hours of wear. The unique blend of ingredients instantly brightens your complexion while reducing the appearance of fine lines, gliding on and blending seamlessly into your skin. Set it with powder and you’re good to go!

Synchro Skin Invisible Silk Loose Powder

Synchro Skin Invisible Silk Loose Powder


If you’ve been shopping around for an everyday powder, do give this your consideration. It comes in two finishes: a matte one that contains shine-erasing cellulose powder and a radiant finish that has luminous silk proteins. Both ingredients diffuse shine and light in a way that’s best for your skin type. The fine loose powder adapts to be compatible with every skin tone so you won’t see any chalky white cast here. It's also perfect for travelling, as its unique packaging was made to prevent spillage even if it gets tossed around in your purse, according to Oquendo.

Synchro Skin Invisible Silk Pressed Powder

Synchro Skin Invisible Silk Pressed Powder


Created using SHISEIDO’s patented jelly-coated process for a cushiony and weightless feel, this double-duty product may just turn out to be your new ride-or-die. The pressed powder has a flexible formula that just disappears into your skin. Not to mention, it also reduces shine and minimises the appearance of pores. All that’s left behind is smooth and flawlessly matte skin that's ready for a selfie no matter the time of day.

(Cover photo from: @shiseido)

Next, nail your makeup base with proper skincare.



Now that the –ber months have arrived, it’s definitely a good time to start thinking about shopping for gifts. Perhaps you have a fellow makeup lover that will appreciate the new releases. Or you may feel like spoiling yourself a little with some retail therapy. Read up on fresh arrivals from our beloved beauty brands this September, and you just might find something that tickles your fancy.

Dior Prestige Le Micro-Fluide Teint de Rose

Dior Prestige Le Micro-Fluide Teint de Rose


Looking for a natural, glowy foundation? The first addition to the Dior Prestige collection is a skincare-based foundation that contains Rose de Granville micro-nutrients and rose micro-pearls enriched with gold. Made to revive dull and tired-looking skin, it leaves you with a natural glow and radiance that'll leave everybody in awe.

Milani’s Gilded Eye Palettes

Milani Gilded Eye Palettes


Milani’s new range of eyeshadow palettes can take you from office chic to special dress occasion with one swipe of a brush. From warm- to cool-toned, bright and chic to dark sultry, you get a wide selection to choose your new Holy Grail eyeshadow palette from.

Shiseido’s Synchro Skin Collection


Who doesn't want makeup that melts and adapts to your skin throughout the day? Luckily for us, Shiseido is releasing a line of makeup base products that “synchronises” with your skin, making it look like your base was freshly applied even hours after application. Never worry about getting cakey-looking skin with their self-refreshing hero-of-the-hour products: the Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Foundation and the Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Cushion Compact. The collection comes with makeup brushes designed specifically for applying the products in this collection.

Chantecaille’s Fall 2019 Makeup Collection

Chantecaille's Autumn 2019 Makeup Collection

Luminescent Eye Shades, SGD87/~USD63.06; Cheek Gelee, SGD75/~USD54.36; Lip Veil, SGD80/~USD57.98; Shade and Sweep Eye Brush, SGD66/~USD47.84

We’re giving credit to Chantecaille for raising awareness to the severe plight of Africa’s most endangered species with their latest collection. Their Luminescent Eye Shades each pay homage to a particular animal on its packaging, containing a gel-powder formula that applies smoothly on the eyelids. Also part of the collection are the new Cheek Geleé colour, new Lip Veil shades, and the Shade and Sweep Eye Brush.

Dior’s Limited Edition Rouge Dior Trafalgar

Dior’s Limited Edition Rouge Dior Trafalgar

Rouge Dior 844 Trafalgar, SGD54/~USD39.14 and Rouge Blush 080 Trafalgar, SGD75/~USD54.36

If you’re a fan of red lipstick and berry-toned blushes, then Dior’s new Trafalgar collection is perfect for you. Inspired by the famous red Coup de Trafalgar dress by Christian Dior, this collection celebrates bold and unapologetic femininity. The collection will be available exclusively at the Dior Takashimaya counter in Singapore.

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Gel Lotion

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Gel Lotion


Nothing shouts confidence more than naturally glowing skin! Meet the new addition to IT Cosmetics’ Confidence range, the Confidence in a Gel Lotion. It’s a hydra-plumping, skin-transforming weightless moisturiser that gives you up to three days of moisture. This quick-absorbing moisturiser is infused with cactus flower extract, ceramides, glycerin, and a Tri-Smooth Water Gel Complex that will prime your skin for a great makeup day.

More clean SPF products from Supergoop!

Supergoop! September Launches

100% Mineral Sunscreen Stick, SGD35/~USD25.37; PLAY 100% Mineral Lotion, SGD53/~USD38.41; and the SPF All-Star Kit, SGD37/~USD26.82

Before you step out into the sun, always pack on sun protection. Products with SPF protect your skin from sun damage as you go about your day. With the Supergoop! Mineral Sunscreen Stick, 100% Mineral Lotion, and the SPF All-Star Kit, you never have to worry about forgetting to protect your skin. These items are perfect for on-the-go application, so always keep them in your handbag.

Les Merveilleuse LADURÉE Autumn 2019 Skincare Collection

Les Merveilleuse LADURÉE Autumn 2019 Skincare Collection

Rose Essence Water, SGD83/~USD60.16; Rose Essence Cream, SGD110/~USD79.73

From Les Merveilleuse LADURÉE comes a skincare range that captures the translucent beauty of the White Charming rose, an edible and extremely rare variety of white rose. This new line of skincare products includes the Rose Essence Water, a milky white serum lotion that instantly softens and moisturises the skin, and Rose Essence Cream, which locks in moisture to leave your skin feeling smooth and soft.

The HERA Signia Line

HERA Signia Collection

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When it comes to fighting the evidence of time, it's best to go back to the basics of life: genetics. HERA utilises its Stem-Cord™ Technology to create the Signia skincare range, which aims to restore your skin’s vitality. This anti-ageing collection includes the HERA Signia Water, HERA Signia Emulsion, HERA Signia Ampoule, HERA Signia Serum, HERA Signia Cream, and the HERA Signia Eye Treatment.

MAC’s Love Me Lipstick Collection

MAC's Love Me Lipstick


Not a fan of matte lipstick? MAC’s new Love Me Lipstick collection features a creamy satin finish and packs a lot of colour pay-off. To make it even better, MAC Cosmetics partnered up with six inspiring and empowering women who embody self-empowerment, joy, and zest for life that the brand aims to celebrate with this next step from their iconic matte lipsticks.

Gucci Makeup

Gucci Beauty Lipsticks


From luxury fashion brand Gucci comes their new makeup line. Set to launch in Singapore on 12 September 2019, Gucci Makeup is coming out with a line of lipsticks in three textures: satin, sheer, and translucent. Gucci Makeup will be available at the Takashimaya Department Store Beauty Hall starting today.

Urban Decay’s NAKED Honey Palette

Urban Decay's NAKED Honey Palette


Urban Decay’s revolutionary NAKED palettes collection is welcoming a new addition with their new Honey palette. Featuring warm golds and browns, you can create any look from daytime freshness to evening glam with just one palette. If you’re looking for a versatile, warm-toned palette, you should definitely consider this one.

Marc Jacobs’ Lust & Stardust Collection

Marc Jacobs Lust & Stardust Collection

See-quins Glam Glitter Eyeshadow, SGD38/~USD27.54; Enamored Dazzling Lip Lacquer Lipgloss, SGD42/~USD30.44; O!mega Glaze All-Over Foil Luminizer, SGD69/~USD50

Love a little razzle to dazzle in your look? Get first dibs on Marc Jacobs’ Fall 2019 exclusive, the Lust & Stardust Collection. You’ll get bright pigments with high shine and lustre catches your eye in any lighting, from every angle.

Covergirl’s Vinyl Vow Lipstick

Covergirl Vinyl Vow Lipstick


The ’90s are making a comeback with Covergirl at its helm. Their new Melting Pout Vinyl Vow Lip Color has the high shine of gloss combined with the hydrating power of lip balm. They're launching this collection in 12 wearable shades, from neutral nudes to dark berry hues that will have you ditching your regular lippies.

Salvatore Ferragamo’s Signorina Ribelle Fragrance

Salvatore Ferragamo's Signorina Ribelle

SGD111/~USD80.45 (30ml), SGD158/~USD114.52 (50ml), SGD212/~USD153.65 (100ml)

Salvatore Ferragamo’s new scent is the embodiment of fruity, floral, and spice in a bottle. Signorina Ribelle is a mix of mandarin and red pear spiced up by pink pepper, balanced by white floral notes from Tiaré and orange flowers, as well as the delicate Ylang Ylang molecule. The light floral tones are underscored by the woody base of deep sandalwood and fresh musk, enriched by  Italian vanilla gelato and coconut milk.

Paco Rabanne’s Lady Million Empire Eau de Parfum

Paco Rabanne Lady Million Empire

SGD129/~USD93.50 (50ml), SGD166/~USD120.31 (100ml )

From Paco Rabanne comes power, success, and femininity in a bottle. The Lady Million Empire Eau de Parfum has the airy freshness of the magnolia blossom infused with the muskiness of cognac. It’s a scent that’s perfect for the evening and the lady who loves a fragrance that makes a big impression as she does.

Mugler’s Angel Eau de Toilette

Mugler's Angel Eau de Toilette

SGD99/~USD71.75 (30ml), SGD134/~USD97.12 (50ml)

The Angel Eau de Toilette has a bright and radiant fragrance that will never be overpowering. If you’re looking for a new daytime scent, this might just be the one for you. It has fruity notes from mandarin, apple, and praline essence paired with a pleasant contrast of peony and patchouli notes.

(Cover photo from: @diormakeup)