Tech Talk: At-Home Facial With Skin Inc Optimize Voyager Tri-Light ++ | Clozette


Gone are the days when a new cellphone model would excite me. These days, tech in beauty is more my jam. My first foray into the beauty gadget world was through the Foreo Luna Mini 2, which left quite a good impression on me, creating hope for more fun finds in the tech-beauty dimension. When first presented with the prospect of trying out the Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri Light ++, however, my old sceptical self shone through. I may have lucked out in my first gadget, but did this one surprise me in a good way as well?


What's the Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri Light ++?


The Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light usually comes in a white, but the one I tried was in a beautiful rose gold.


The device is said to combine the power of NASA-inspired LED Chromotherapy to activate the light receptors in the skin and Low Frequency Stimulation to address different skin concerns like brightening, anti-ageing, blemish control and more. The original version of the teardrop-shaped device has three lights while the limited-edition one in sleek Rose Gold, which I got to try, has five.

Turning the device on (and off) and choosing your light based on your concern is pretty straightforward with just pressing the power button. Red is for repairing damaged skin cells, yellow is for brightening the complexion, blue is for soothing sensitive and acne-prone skin, orange is for a combination of repair and brightening, and purple is for a mix of soothing and anti-ageing. A couple of other benefits the device promise are boosting the absorption of skincare products and V-sculpt, which helps give you a lifted V-shape and reduces water retention.


How the Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light works


How to use it


Using it is pretty straightforward, too. Just pick the light according to your skin concern, glide the circular applicator on with the help of a water-based product (a serum or a mask) using circular, upward motions for 10 minutes, et voila! — facial in a flash.


The different lights of the device


I have quite a few skin concerns but I wanted to test the device on those where I can see a quantifiable result a day or so after use. So I alternated the yellow and blue lights (with some days using the other lights so I can test them all out). I used it with the Deoproce Aloe Vera Gel after putting on my toner. It does give off a bit of warmth but nothing I was uncomfortable with.


How was my experience?


The day after using it for the first time, I was surprised to see my skin glowing; I almost squealed. Using it for 10 minutes for a couple of days was bearable, but I'd have to admit that using it for that long a time every single day proved to be cumbersome. After a few more days, I felt like I was already accustomed to how my skin looked so I wasn't wowed by the results anymore. But I saw a friend sometime during my first week of testing it and she commented that my skin looked better than when we last saw each other. Two weeks into using the device, another friend shared how “fresh” she thought I look.



Overall thoughts


I'll admit that there were qualms when I first started using it, with questions such as “How would I know if it really works or if it's my mask that's carrying the weight?”, “Can I do this by using just any LED light in a similar colour?”, “Will I get similar results with my cocktail of acids?” and “Is it worthy of its price?” swirling in my head.


Now that I've arrived at the end of my testing voyage (pun intended), I'd say it really does work (my skin looks calmer now and has a nice glow to it) — just don't expect it to be a miracle-worker that will grant all your skin-related wishes overnight. It's more an investment that grows over time than a straight-up purchase to fill an urgent need. So if you can commit to its price of SGD398/USD295, I say go right ahead. Or maybe wait until they release a version that's rechargeable; the latest one's powered by three AAA batteries — that would make the purchase even more worth it.



Get the Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light here.


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We don't usually count Monday as a fun day, but that doesn't mean we can't make it one. From news about Marc Jacobs' wedding to Netflix teasing a Beyoncé documentary, we spill everything we know in today's Insider Roundup. 


Marc Jacobs' fashion-royalty-filled wedding



The renowned designer of the eponymous brand married his longtime partner Char Defrancesco in New York last weekend. Needless to say, the guest list was filled with big names in the entertainment and fashion industry, and their outfits were simply gorgeous. Some of the personalities spotted in attendance were the Hadid sisters, Kaia Gerber, Naomi Campbell, and of course, Anna Wintour. Cheers to the happy couple! 


Is Queen Bey coming to Netflix?


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Remember Beyoncé's iconic Coachella 2018 set? The one where we all wished we were a part of whatever school homecoming event was happening at that moment? Well, good news BeyHive! It looks like it's coming to Netflix for you to put on repeat whenever you want to. While nothing's 100% sure at the moment, Netflix teasing the words 'Homecoming' in B's signature yellow colour, complete with the use of Greek-style lettering following the theme of the set at the time, do we really need more clues? 


Bench teases Park Seo Joon as their newest Global Trendsetter



The Filipino brand is back at it again by bringing in another oppa as one of their newest endorsers. While the reveal initially started as an obvious tease, fans were quick to note that those dimples and that Adam's apple can only belong to the one and only Park Seo Joon. The What's Wrong With Secretary Kim? actor follows other Asian personalities like Park Hyungsik and Dylan Wang as well as international stars Cole Sprouse and Noah Centineo as Bench's Global Trendsetters. Fans can only hope that this means the hallyu star will also come to Manila for a fan meet soon, just like the others. 


Kylie Cosmetics is launching setting sprays



Looks like Kylie Jenner is on a roll when it comes to product releases for spring as she now brings in setting sprays into the game. Just in time for the restock of her highly-coveted setting powders on 12 April, she is also launching the item to deliver "the perfect combo". 


(Cover photo from: @marcjacobs)


Missed last week's news? Here's a recap.


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Pucker up, ladies! We spotted a new, emerging makeup trend on Instagram and it's totally going to be the next big thing. Social media has always been a fertile breeding ground for popularising eccentric beauty looks and most of the time these trends are just too bizarre for everyday wear. However, velvet lips are definitely an exception. Sure, it's not your usual on-fleek pouty lips ala Kylie Jenner but it's got its own charm. Curious to know what it is? Keep reading to know what the buzz is about.


It's all about the stylish smudge



We've all heard about smudged eyeshadow but until now we didn't think it would also look good on lips. Imagine doing overlined lips but instead of sharp edges, you'll have to do soft smudges. Sounds complicated? Well, it's actually simpler than you think. But like any other intricate makeup look, you'll need a steady hand and superb hand-eye coordination. As always, practice makes perfect! And you better nail the look first at home before you decide to sport it in events or else people may start offering you tissues to wipe your smudged lippie. 


Here's the best way to get the look



One of the makeup gurus that does this well is Lenna Wang. Take a cue from her and use a pointed lip brush with a tapered edge to strategically smudge the outer edges of your lipstick. For this, you can also use a dense concealer brush if you have one. Here's a tip: apply your velvet lipstick thinly at first then just build up the colour on inner lip once you already perfected the outer smudging. This will create a nice and soft ombre look that's perfect for summer! 


What lip products to use



In its early days, velvet lips are achieved by mixing lip balm with creamy blush to create that unique semi-matte powdery finish. But now, various cosmetic brands have released all kinds of lip colour in velvet finishes. There's tint velvet, tube velvet and even glitter velvet. The popular ones include CLIO Mad Velvet Tint which is a liquid tint that comes in a variety of berry and coral shades. If you prefer the classic bullet, there's also the CLIO Rouge Heel Velvet which is basically a solid version of the Mad Velvet Tint variant.



Another brand that you should check out is Peripera and its Ink Airy Velvet line which provides a wider colour range and includes peachy browns and tangerine shades. 



Want to go for a little punch of colour and some gloss? Then choose to work with Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited. It's a lightweight lipstick so you can still easily smudge it strategically without any additional hassle. Pick a peachy pink, warm-toned colour like the CR324 or PK340 as these shades would look better for the smudged velvet lip look. Dark ones may appear too harsh when not blended out nicely so it's best to start with light, easy colours before moving on to the statement tones. 


(Cover photo from: @lennawangtw)


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