The Power Of Eight: Skin Detox For Radiant Skin | Clozette


“Your face should look as if you cared, and your best friend is your mirror.” - Estée Lauder


This quote resonates with me and explains my diligence and take on skincare since my teens. Till now, there is not a day I would miss my skincare routine or skip the major steps. Yet, there are still days that dullness sets in. Fast-paced lifestyle, work, travels, diet, stress and many more from the multiple roles we play.


Though makeup does wonder on the outside, it all starts with a beautiful canvas powered from within. After all, beauty starts from within.  This is in sync with the Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy where beautiful and radiant skin starts with healthy looking, well-balanced skin. And for over a decade, Estée Lauder has been unlocking the secrets of healthy, beautiful Asian skin by taking inspiration of this philosophy though the Nutritious range.


Time to Power Up




Now, Estée Lauder has intensified the power of pomegranate used in the Nutritious range with the NEW Nutritious Vitality8 collection formulated with NEW Pomegranate Complex. This collection activates 8 signs of vitality with 8 powerful ingredients in just 8 days. Here’s a little sharing on my experience the past 8 days. But before we get there, let’s take a look at the collection.


The Collection

1. Nutritious Vitality8 Radiant Overnight Detox Concentrate (S$116)

2. Nutritious Vitality8 Radiant Dual face Emulsion (S$92)

3. Nutritious Vitality8 Radiant Moisture Creme (S$92)

4. Nutritious Vitality8 Radiant Overnight Crème/Mask (S$106)


The Unique Blend

NEW Pomegranate Complex is a power up of the super fruit with more anti-oxidant ability in a unique blend of 8 powerful ingredients.

1. Pomegranate

2. Soapberry

3. Mangosteen

4. Berry Extract

5. Vitamin C

6. Vitamin E

7. Anti-oxidant Booster

8. Mineral Water


And how would this unique blend smells like, we wonder. Fruity delicious but not overly sweet. ADDICTIVE! More about it later!

8 Key Signs of Healthy-Looking Vitality




By delivering this intensive infusion of energizers, deep hydration, vitamins and minerals to skin, NEW Pomegranate Complex provides vital energy and key nutrients that support skin’s natural balance. In just 8 days, the NEW Nutritious Vitality8 collection helps to reactivate 8 key signs of radiantly healthy skin from the inside-out.  

1. Hydrated

2. Nourished

3. Energized/Vibrant

4. Calmed/Soothed

5. Radiantly Healthy

6. Supple

7. Refined

8. Smoother


Sounds like something we all need? Indeed! So, let’s take a peek at my daily notes before I go into the details of the products. Shall we?



Daily Notes




Day 1: 

Always start with a good base. So I decided to embark on this collection with a detox (Overnight Detox Concentrate and paired it with the moisturizer (Moisture Crème). Skin feels hydrated the next morning.


Day 3: 

I remember this being a hectic day, swamped with work and errands. But skin felt energized and softer even at the end of the day. It was the third day into the detox and second day of using the emulsion. That night, I started on the Overnight Crème/Mask. The cream is intensely rich and so I decided to use it more as a booster, an overnight mask.


Day 8: 

Interestingly, my skin improvement on the 8th day was observed by my facial therapist. She asked if I have been resting very well lately as my skin seems radiant and supple! Happy dance!  I have been using all four products so far and have not felt any discomfort on my skin. In fact, I seem to see improvement on my pores too and will continue to observe the condition.


What impresses me most about this collection is how versatile it is to suit the different skin tone. Here are some of my thoughts and how I integrate them respectively into my daily routine for my combi skin.




1. Nutritious Vitality8 Radiant Overnight Detox Concentrate (S$116)




Every skin needs a clean and strong base before other skincare can work its miracles. 


Thus, my pick to begin my journey of radiant, nourished skin with this intensive detox treatment. 


It is to be applied before night moisturizer as the concentrated pomegranate power works with our skin’s natural renewal cycle while we sleep. Formulated with Clay to help absorb impurities and detoxify skin, this concentrate removes toxin and help purifies accumulated damage from pollution and other aggressors.


It seems to have minimized my pores and I will continue to use this for 28 consecutive nights (as recommended at the beginning of every season) before switching it to a twice weekly booster.






2. Nutritious Vitality8 Radiant Dual face Emulsion (S$92)




This lightweight lotion can be applied before or in place of the moisturizer. 


Thus, making it a versatile pick for any skin type and condition. For my combi skin of oily t-zone and dehydrated cheeks, I prefer using it in place of moisturizer in the day and layer it with moisturizer on my cheeks in the night.


It is more than a treatment lotion, this innovative dual-phase formula strengthens skin’s internal moisture barrier and leaves skin looking dewy fresh and full of radiant vitality. It also contains Ginseng which complements the high-intensity of NEW Pomegranate Complex to recharge skin with vital energy.  Skin’s radiance is instantly revived and refreshed with an energizing burst of light hydration and nutrients.


Remember to shake well before use. 



3. Nutritious Vitality8 Radiant Moisture Creme (S$92)




A moisturizer for intense hydration.  


My skin feels smooth and the moisture lasts all day long. I am generally more careful when it comes to richer cream for my combi skin and do not use them daily. However, I gave it a try daily the past 8 nights and I am more than pleased with the results; smooth and plumped skin with lasting moisture. It also contains lasting anti-oxidant power which helps neutralize environmental aggressors. Makes a great addition to our routine for both day and night. 



4. Nutritious Vitality8 Radiant Overnight Crème/Mask (S$106)




A night moisturizer which can double up as a sleeping mask to restore skin’s balance and infuses deep hydration and nourishment.  It helps to re-activate skin’s natural moisture defenses.  A nightly dose of this intense nutrient infusion gives a renewed, radiant and well-rested skin in the morning. As for my combi skin, I will prefer to use this more as a twice weekly booster mask in place of the Moisture Crème.



Scent and Texture






The scent as mentioned earlier can get addictive. Inspired by the exquisite essences of the South Pacific, this illuminating scent enlightens the senses. Sparkling Grapefruit, Chinese Orange and Black Currant blend harmoniously with the delicate fusion of Fresh Rhubarb, Asian Pear and Cherry Blossom. The subtle whispers of Lotus Flower and Pink orchid are softened with Fruity Musk bringing a sheer finish to this natural infusion. And the texture in all the four products absorbs easily and quickly into our skin, leaving skin feeling nourished but not sticky.



Detoxify, Neutralize and Infuse




In the span of 8 short days, I’ve experienced radiance, hydration and see a smoother and healthier skin. What impresses me most about the NEW Nutritious Vitality8 collection besides the scent and speed, is how versatile it is to suit the different skintone.


I’ve asked myself what would be my top favourite out of the four in the collection but I have no answer for it at the moment as they have each delivered individually and worked so well together to bring me radiant skin. And the mirror, shall remain my best friend.


Hope you enjoyed my little sharing as I leave you with another favourite of mine from this Power of Eight… the lid, the hidden power. The white plastic lid with a flap makes it easier to open, shorten application time and simply adds a touch to the whole experience.


Truly, a classic beauty.





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A woman is the ultimate multi-tasker and it's no wonder that we've come to expect the same from our skincare. After all, if we can do at least four things at once, why can't our skincare do the same? So we're absolutely thrilled when Clinique recently announced their latest eye treatment, the new Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment. It's an advanced eye treatment that is a lightweight, oil free gel-cream perfect for all skin types. 

It is formulated to visibly brighten, lift, smoothen the creases around the eyes, and diminish fine lines to crow’s feet--while also offering offers a boost of hydration that helps repair dehydrated skin. Utilizing “smart” technology, NEW Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment is fortified with a cocktail of potent ingredients that help to keep skin calm, comfortable, and receptive to ingredient benefits.

Want to know more? Here are 4 reasons why this may be our new favourite eye treatment!

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Goodbye, inflammation!


No one likes inflamed skin, especially when it's around the eyes (one of the more sensitive parts of our face). This eye treatment is formulated with Cladosiphon Okamuranus Extract (native to Okinawa, Japan), which make for a potent anti-irritant agent perfect for soothing skin around the delicate eye area. The addition of Algae Extract also provides exceptional anti-irritant benefits, helping keep skin soothed and calm so that it is more receptive to repair.
Plumps and repairs damage


The key to keeping your eye looking brighter, younger, and fresher is by repairing damage while plumping the skin around the delicate eye area. Clinique's Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment offers a potent cocktail of ingredients that is able to support the skin’s natural repair process while helping to eradicate the appearance of damage caused by stress, UV, and other harmful assaults. Best thing about it: the presence of Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 and Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12 in its formula help stimulate natural collagen production, which plumps skin, helping to diminish lines and wrinkles. So skin looks and feels firmer and more resilient.


Offers brightening radiance


We all love that brightening boost on the skin. The eye treatment features Plum Extract that brighten dull and fatigued looking skin, so eyes appear more awake and youthful. It's also chock-full of brightening botanicals that help restore radiance and luminosity, for a more even-toned appearance. The result: eyes that looks bright-eyed and awake.


Gives a boost of hydration



One of the key reasons why the skin around your eye may look dull and sallow is due to dehydration. When your skin is dehydrated, it pulls moisture from your skin. This stretching out your skin, emphasizing fine lines and dark circles. Clinique's Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment features Hyaluronic Acid that attracts and binds moisture to thirsty skin; while its combination of Cucumber Extract, Sunflower Extract, and Barley Extract provides a complex of super-moisturizing fatty acid based-ingredients to help keep skin perfectly hydrated. 


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Putting together your back-to-school makeup kit can be quite a challenge. You have to take into account the space you have in your school bag while also ensuring that you have all the essential beauty items you may need through a school day. As such, you need products that are dual purpose and give you the protection and coverage that you need while still carrying that signature flawless look you're known for. 


Here are 7 beauty essentials to have in your school bag to keep your prepared and ready whatever comes your way!


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Face makeup: Primer + Concealer + Powder



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If you plan on wearing makeup every single day of school, then best to opt for light makeup instead. Too much layers of makeup under the sun while doing a lot activities may cause breakouts and irritation. The no-makeup-makeup look is the star here. To achieve that, you can skip the foundation and opt for the primer, concealer, and powder combination. The primer will hold everything in place while the concealer will give you the highlight you need in key areas of the face and conceal your eye bags and blemishes. Finish it off with powder to ensure that your face is oil-free.

Eyes: Eyeshadow Palette + Mascara



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Carrying several beauty products for your eyes isn't really the most practical thing to do. That's why eyeshadow palettes were created. Eyeshadows are one of the most versatile products you can use, but make sure the colour combination includes a light shade, a matte dark brown shade, peach or pink shades, and any other colours you think are perfect for your eye look.


Aside from using these shades for your eyes you can use the brown shade for your eyebrows and light contouring for your cheekbones, while you can use the peach and pink shades as blusher. Top of the look with your favourite waterproof mascara (to keep it from melting) and you're good to go! 



Lips: Tinted Lip Balm or Nude Moisturising Lipstick



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Unless it's a special occasion, don't wear something too bold on your lips for school. Choose long-wearing lipsticks in coral or nude pink shades that's close your natural lip colour. Your lip products should also be moisturising because your lips are the first ones to dry out during the day. To make it easier, opt for a tinted lip balm instead! And oh, you can also use them as blush if you want a more natural flush!



Makeup Tools: Powder + Angled Eyeliner + Eyeshadow + Curler +Spooly 



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We know you love your brushes, but you might not have enough space to bring all of them. What you can do is to bring a mini or a travel set, or better yet, invest in dual purpose brushes. Your Powder blush can also function as your blush and contour brush, while your angled eyeliner brush (if you're using the dark brown eyeshadow colour in your palette) can double as your eyebrow and eyeliner brush. 



Sunscreen



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If you're not applying sunscreen on a daily basis then you better rethink your skincare routine. Sun protection is the number one thing your skin needs. It prevents signs of ageing and prevents you from getting skin cancer. Your face should get at least SPF 20+ or more while your body should get SPF 30+ or more. 



Face Wipes



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If you need a touch up from scratch (because your whole makeup has melted off after gym class), you need your handy-dandy cleansing cloths. Aside from a cleansing cloth, it's also essential to keep oil blotting sheets around to absorb the extra shine on your face before applying a new layer of powder whenever you touch up.



Fragrance



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Nothing smells as fresh as the new spritz from your cologne or perfume. Opt for a citrus or a sweet scent to keep a youthful scent throughout the day. Apply it on the heat-points of your body, like the side of your neck and wrists, to keep the fragrance lasting through the day.



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