Your Party-Proof Beauty Essentials According To Your Destination | Clozette


There’s no better time to get into a party mood than during the festive holiday season. Whether you’ll be flying to a beach destination or exploring another city, you can expect a party happening just around the corner. Since you’re travelling and not just having a regular night out, we’re sure you’ll want to take some snaps and look good in it. But we all know that hours of partying can make our makeup melt and our skin less than radiant. The good news is, with the right beauty products you can prevent those from happening. Pack these beauty goodies so you can look glam till the after-party.


For beach parties in Phuket 




Sulwhasoo Evenfair Perfecting Cushion No.21 SPF 50+ PA+++, USD47.29 (ourshop.com)


It’s a given that you should always wear sunscreen during the day especially if you’re gonna spend some time under the sun. But when it comes to beach parties in tropical countries like Thailand, we can understand that piling on sunscreen every three to four hours can be quite a hassle and uncomfortable for your skin. As an alternative, you can touch up your sunscreen using a long-lasting, hydrating cushion foundation with adequate SPF.

For club hopping in Shanghai 




CLIO Kill Cover Liquid Concealer, USD17 (clubclio-en.com)


Shanghai’s nightlife is as dynamic as the city itself, so it’s highly recommended to go club hopping instead of just staying at one place to fully experience the vibrant local atmosphere. Some of the most popular spots in town are Bar Rouge and M1NT among others. Before you start partying, make sure to use a creamy, long-lasting concealer that will keep you covered all through the night. You can also bring it with you for quick touch-ups.


For attending the snow festival in Sapporo 




Philosophy Hydrating & Refining Face and Eye Duo, USD37.23 (ourshop.com)


It takes more than just using reliable makeup products to party-proof your look, you also need to have a good skincare prep. Toning and moisturising are especially crucial when visiting a place during the winter. If you plan on partaking in the upcoming famed snow festival in Sapporo, you have to be diligent in keeping your skin hydrated to avoid developing dry, flaky skin.

For chilling at rooftop bars in Singapore




Peripera Blur Pang Milk Blur Primer SPF30 PA++ 50ml - Banana, USD7.04 (ourshop.com) 


Not a fan of loud parties? That’s totally cool, you can also have a good time just chilling at a rooftop bar. In Singapore, there are a lot of posh rooftop bars to choose from and all of them boast delicious cocktails so we’re not gonna blame you if go for round two or three. Keep your beauty look on point despite the surge of alcohol by using a tone-up cream primer to prevent redness and calm bloated skin.


For pool parties in Manila



IT Cosmetics Brow Power Waterproof Perfector Pencil, SGD42/~USD30.37 (sephora.sg) 


The Philippines is known for its pristine beaches, but if you’re in the capital you also shouldn’t miss stopping by the pool clubs where you can spot some of the country’s up-and-coming celebrities and influencers. If you plan on taking a dip, ensure that you’re using waterproof (not just water resistant) brow makeup to maintain flawless, on-fleek brows.

For beach clubbing in Bali



Peripera Ink Airy Velvet Lip Tint, USD7.04 (ourshop.com)


Fancy a little day drinking while on vacation? There’s no better place to chill and have some afternoon cocktails than at Potato Head Beach Club in Bali. Indulge yourself in a relaxing swim at their infinity pool while you take in the magnificent view of the Bali shore. For this, you’d want to swap your fave lipstick for a tint that will stay put even after a few dips.

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As someone who's no stranger to wearing a full face of makeup even on the most casual occasions and scenarios, I can attest to the saying that the secret to a good makeup look is a great base. No matter how hard you blend that eyeshadow or work on those brows to make sure they're on fleek, everything goes down the drain when your foundation looks dry, cakey and patchy. So on my quest to finding a trusty face base that can handle the highs and lows of my day without crumbling, I turned to a beauty vlogger favourite: the It Cosmetics CC+ Oil Free Matte Pore Minimising Full Coverage Cream



The name's a mouthful, for sure, but it's quite justifiable considering its many claims. It is said to have SPF 40, brightening, colour correcting, hydrating, pore minimising and concealing properties — results that every makeup wearer wishes for when it comes to their base. But with all of its promises, does it really live up to the hype? 


Packaging, texture, and scent


Let's start with the basics. It has 1.08 fluid ounces of product, which is a standard for most bases and comes in a travel-friendly tube packaging complete with a pump. It also includes most of its claims and usage instructions in its packaging so no objections in this area. I've always liked tubes more than bottles because it's easier to squeeze products out of them especially when they're on the brink of being used up.



I'm using the It Cosmetics CC+ Oil Free Matte Pore Minimising Full Coverage Cream in the shade Medium Tan


Moving on to the product's texture, it has a very thick consistency that is almost mousse-like, which is common among full coverage bases. It doesn't have a distinct smell, so if you're sensitive about scents, this will definitely be a plus.



Application, buildability, and longtime wear


Depending on the product, I usually apply my base using either a brush or a sponge. But for this one, its thickness makes it a bit hard to stipple and blend with a brush so I find that tapping it on with a sponge provides a better finish. After testing this out for a couple of months already, I can say that this can work as a full coverage base if you have little to no scarring because it easily covers hyperpigmentation and redness. But if you're like me, who has some dark spots and unevenness to cover up, this delivers medium to medium-high coverage only. Upon application, it proves to be buildable and not cakey, even giving a nice skin-like glow to it even if it claims to be matte. I've worn this on a shoot and my skin really looked smooth and filtered on both the monitor and the photos. 


Left: Product has a thick, mousse-like consistency; Right: Product was blended with a damp beauty sponge and gives an almost airbrushed, filtered finish


However, it's not exactly as much of a dream as I hoped it would be. I find that after hours of wear, it doesn't really melt into the skin but rather stay on top of it like a mask, which is kind of disappointing. It also settles into my skin's lines and dry patches, which doesn't look pretty especially under the eyes and around the chin. Setting it or adding powder products on top of it doesn't help its case either. I tried several methods to remedy this, like mixing it in with moisturiser or putting on a hydrating primer but I still get the same results. 


After a couple of hours, the product is still very much visible on the skin and has settled into the lines, emphasising texture


Our Sub-Editor Jorj shares the same sentiment. "At first it seemed too good to be true," she says. "It had great coverage that really evened out my skin tone and covered spots (even the most stubborn ones). The finish was matte but not flat; it actually still is.


We've all wondered how makeup YouTubers must look like in person when they look flawless on video. This CC cream makes me believe that there are base products that are only good for photography. After several hours, it wears off in such a way that I resort to just wiping it all off because it doesn't seem to be salvageable by a touch-up. If I were to stay in an air-conditioned room all day long and I have it on, I think it would fare really well. In hot and humid Philippine weather outside, not so much."



Overall thoughts


After months using the It Cosmetics CC+ Cream, I'd say it's a product that really has its highs and lows. On photoshoots or videos, your skin would look flawless and filtered with this as your base, but it may not look as smooth and faultless in real life. I can't say for sure if the skincare properties it claimed to have helped me at all, but as someone who has sensitive skin, it didn't cause me to have allergies or breakouts so that's a good sign. Still, for SGD65/~USD38 and all the things it claimed to be, I was left feeling so-so for this product. At the end of the day, my money's on other foundations that delivered better results. While I might reach for this occasionally, I don't see this as a product that would have a mainstay spot on my daily makeup routine. 


Next, here's what we have to say about the K-beauty favourite Laneige Water Sleeping Mask.

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To Malaysians, Utena may sound like a new player in the beauty game, but they’ve been doing great things for over 90 years! Founded by Masakichi Kubo in 1927 the brand has been innovating skincare for women and creating new products for better skin.


We were invited to the Utena Premium Puresa & Matomage launch to really sink our teeth into the brand and the two product lines they chose to highlight to the Malaysian audience.




What is Utena? 


So what is Utena, really? Let’s start with the name, which means calyx or pedestal in Japanese. The calyx is essentially the support system of a flower whilst in the bud. This reflects Utena’s desire to support the beauty journey of women all over the world, and their pride and helping customers maintain good skin.

What is Premium Puresa and what does it do?


Utena introduced their shining star, the Premium Puresa Golden Jelly Series at the launch, giving us an opportunity to partake in this year’s biggest skincare trend, jelly masks. The series was first launched in Japan four years ago and Utena was one of the first to infuse jelly essence, a premier ingredient for hydration, into skincare products.



Are these products suitable for everyone? 


With the weather in this region being generally hot and humid, a little extra moisture doesn't hurt. The Premium Puresa Golden Jelly Mask is infused with the highest known concentration of beauty serums on the market. It is also suitable for any skin type because it is free of artificial fragrance and colourants, mineral oils, alcohol, silicon, and UV absorbers.

The masks are suitable for a girls' night of pampering, as well as on the go. If you’re in need of a quick fix at the end of a long drying flight, the Premium Puresa Golden Jelly Masks are also the perfect travel companions thanks to the easy application of the jelly mask and minimal dripping.



Guests learning more about the jelly masks





What is Matomage and how does it benefit us?


In addition to skincare, Utena also brought us a handy helper for keeping our hairstyles in place: the Matomage Hair Styling Series, featuring an improved formula that suits our climate. Inspired by men’s styling pomade, the Matomage Hair Styling Stick is conveniently packaged to be used on the go and comes in two variants, Regular and Strong Hold. The hair wax formulation is packed with natural ingredients such as beeswax, shea butter and beauty oils to keep hair looking smooth and shiny.




If you prefer a lighter application, we found the Matomage Hair Styling Water to be a great product to tame your hair while still keeping it soft and healthy. This product works like ordinary hairspray, save for the fact that it will not make your hair stiff.



Where can we find these products?


The Premium Puresa Golden Jelly Series and the Matomage Hair Styling Series are already available at Sasa, Play Up Advance, select Aeon departmental stores, select Ben’s Independent Grocers, and various major e-commerce platforms. They will also be available at Watsons stores by February 2019. 


Learn more about Utena here.

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