How To Wear Ribbons For A Sophisticated Look | Clozette

Wearing ribbons is the quintessential female move when it comes to changing up or levelling up the hairstyle. There’s something so girly and nostalgic about wearing ribbons on your crowning glory. The problem, however, is that ribbons tend to do just that: make you look quite a bit too girly. It's something that might not work well if you’re going for a more sophisticated look. Despite this challenge, there are many ways to incorporate a ribbon into your look and style that won’t remind people of pigtails and Mary Jane shoes. Here are some tips to elevate the ribbon from girly to chic.

Add drama to a bun

This ribbon hairstyling tip is great when you’re planning to attend formal events like weddings or a big birthday bash. Add drama to a simple updo by tying a thin, bejewelled ribbon around the bun and let it snake through sections of your hair. 

Subtle and classy

Want to look extra femme but don’t want all the attention of a big ribbon? Then try a nice, black satin ribbon to give your hair something extra while still keeping it classy. 

Hairbands for drama

Ribbons aren’t just used for ponytails or braids. Try one when you're letting your hair a bit loose. Choose subtle colours like black or navy blue to give your ribbon headband a minimalist appeal or go bold with a printed one. Tip: Keep the ribbon in place by using hairspray.

Twist around braids

If you have time to make your hairstyle more elaborate, why not twist thin ribbons while doing a braided hairstyle to give your hair a whimsical upgrade?

A jewelled twist

Some might find it tacky but we think there’s something quite Parisian chic about using jewels and bows in a hairstyle. End a chic braid with a small bow and simply add a bejewelled clip to give your hairstyle a nice twist. 

Don’t just settle for one

If you’re feeling like adding a touch of the avant-garde to your style, don’t just settle with one bow. For a bigger statement, opt for contrasting colours to create a statement accessory. 

The ballerina bun

Here's something that's sweet and pretty. Tie a nice ribbon around a high bun to create the regal stance and silhouette that ballerinas are known for with just a touch of personality.

Bracelet pretty

You don't need to limit yourself to using ribbons just for your hair. Think outside the box. Might we interest you to try a ribbon scarf as a bracelet? Pick one in a neutral colour for a sophisticated look or brights for an oomph in your outfit.

Bag it

Add something pretty to your favourite bag by tying a nice ribbon scarf on the handle. It's a good way to customise your purse and express your personal style. 

(Cover photo from: sparksofjoyce)

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The quest for holy grail skincare products is a never-ending process. So when one product makes a buzz, it definitely piques our interest. This is the case for the Marc Jacobs Youthquake Hydra-Full Retexturizing Gel Créme.

Marc Jacobs Youthquake product review

While it has a delectable cocktail-like scent and a promise of ultra-hydration and skin texture-overhaul, beauty enthusiasts are divided when it comes to this product. As someone who loves moisturisers, I just had to see whether or not this truly is of holy-grail material. After almost a month of using the product, while dealing with skin issues just before the holidays kick in, these are my thoughts.

Packaging, appearance and texture

Dressed in a jar packaging that's very sleek and clean-looking, the Marc Jacobs Youthquake, which retails for SGD30/~USD22 for 50ml, has a nice weight to it that makes it feel sturdy and luxurious. After opening the jar, it reveals a secondary cap made for sanitary purposes, with a small notch to make it easier to remove and put back in place. It immediately gives off a scent, which is akin to a piña colada — one of the main draws of the product, according to its website and the reviews I've read. 

Marc Jacobs Youthquake packaging and texture

Application and usage

The product is a yellow gel créme that feels very rich and smooth on the skin. It applies flawlessly, leaving the skin with a soft sheen and a velvety finish upon fresh application. One possible downside might be that it's not exactly lightweight — which is why I use it only at night — and has the same feeling as when you put a facial oil. I don't find it weird because it's not too tacky or uncomfortable. After a couple of minutes, it also dries down. But this might turn off people who prefer their moisturisers to be weightless. 

Marc Jacobs Youthquake application and usage

I was a bit hesitant to incorporate a new product into my routine when I got a hold of this because I was really having a bad skin week. But waking up to soft and supple skin after using it for the first time made me eager to continue. It does a good job at moisturising and re-texturisation (as the product claims); you can actually feel it when you touch your skin after using it. I didn't experience any breakouts or other weird results while using it despite having sensitive skin, so that was definitely a good sign. I now even reach for it more often than my other current moisturisers and sleeping masks because of how much I love the morning-after feel.  

Overall thoughts

Reading reviews prior to testing it gave me doubts about its efficacy. But after incorporating it into my routine, it proved that skincare really is personal. 

The rich coconut and pineapple scent was a treat to the senses. It also pushed me to do my skincare regimen no matter how tired I get. Meanwhile, I can see why the shiny after-effect and heavy texture can turn off people with oily skin. However, as someone with a lot of dry patches to deal with, the thickness works quite well in making my skin more hydrated and radiant. I also noticed that it helped give my skin a nice glow, and it even helped soothe some pain and peeling that I got from extreme sunburn. Picking it up will really just boil down to preference. Curious to give it a try? You can find it at Sephora Singapore.

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For beauty lovers like us, the holiday season always comes early since most of the seasonal curations or collections are teased months before their actual release. We have to admit, limited-edition items do make us giddy, and if only we can, we'd take them all home. One of the holiday collections that caught our fancy this year is Chantecaille’s.

Chantecaille's 2019 Holiday Makeup Collection

We first had the chance to check them out during its unveiling last week at POLLEN Terrace in the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay. Dressed in luxurious gold-themed packaging, one could already tell that the pieces would elevate the look of any vanity table.

Rubellite Lip Cristals

Rubellite Lip Cristals, SGD82/~USD60 each

Our favourite items are the Rubellite Lip Cristals that have a creamy and smooth texture; they glide well on the lips. There are three limited-edition shades: Carnelian, Rose Quartz and Rubellite. Each bullet is shimmer-coated, which, when applied, will give lips a sparkling colour and metallic depth — a perfect pair for your eye-catching holiday outfits.

Next on our wish list are the Éclat Doux and Éclat Brilliant! Éclat Doux is a soft powder-balm hybrid that blurs blemishes, mattifies the complexion, and illuminates skin, giving you a perfect canvass. After applying Éclat Doux, you can proceed to add more radiance to your look with the Éclat Brilliant, which provides a subtle golden shimmer for a festivity-ready glamorous glow.

Éclat Doux and Éclat Brilliant

Left: Éclat Doux and Éclat Brilliant, SGD150/~USD110 each; Right: Éclat Brilliant gold-themed packaging

Then, there's also the Buff and Blur Brush, which is designed to feature a uniquely shaped flat surface for even distribution of powder products. 

Stress Repair Concentrate

Left: Buff and Blur Brush, SGD80/~USD58; Right: Stress Repair Concentrate+, SGD350/~USD257each

But that's not all! During the launch, we also had the pleasure of taking a peek at the newly formulated Stress Repair Concentrate+. The latest version of this bestselling eye cream is now boosted with refining lipopeptide and bionymph peptide stem cell extract, which claims to boost the skin's collagen and hyaluronic acid production. There's also the addition of Wild Indigo, Hawthorn, and Arabian Jasmine to aid in targeting the appearance of dark circles and visibly lift the eyelids.

Wanna bring home these goodies? You'd have to wait for a little bit. The collection will drop at their Takashimaya counter on 1 December. Mark your calendars!