Unboxing: Clinique Custom-Blend Hydration System | Clozette

It's a given that skincare should be personalised. After all, each of has different skin concerns. With all the recent developments in the beauty industry, most of us can now tailor our skincare routine. Adding serums and boosters is considered a must so you can properly target problem areas. But sometimes it can be a hassle to create a concoction. The good news is that skincare brands are starting to recognise the need for customisable beauty products. 

The Clinique iD™ Duo, also referred to as the Custom-Blend Hydration System, lets you take full control of your skincare. The first step is to choose a base; you can pick one from the three different textures of Dramatically Different™ (Moisturizing Lotion+, Oil-Control Gel, Hydrating Jelly). Afterwards, select which cartridges you'd want to add: irritation (for soothing sensitive skin), pores & uneven (for retexturising skin), uneven skintone (for brightening), fatigue (for glowing skin) and lines & wrinkles (for plump skin). Once you're done customising your skincare, just insert the cartridge of your choice and pump away. Remember to mix and match formulations depending on what your skin needs for the day.

Watch our video and see how easy peasy it is to personalise skincare with the new Clinique iD™ Duo.

(Cover photo from: @clinique)


Hey, hey, it's International Lash Day! Now, we all love lush lashes as much as the next person. And for sure, if you're thinking of giving your lashes a boost, getting lash extensions already crossed your mind. But with it seeming like a big commitment, a bit high maintenance, and not to mention pricey, you might be thinking: what is a great alternative? 

Don't worry, we got you. If you feel like lash extensions are not your thing but you still want to enhance the look of your peepers, we've got other great options to get you started. 


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Since the rise of beauty vloggers, false eyelashes or falsies also rose into fame. And with it popping at almost every beauty counter, more and more people started using it on the daily. But it's no secret that at first, it can be a bit of a struggle to get right and making sure you won't misplace it is a whole new issue altogether. Still, if you're the type who loves to mix and match your lash volume, length and style depending on the look you are gunning for, without a doubt falsies are the way to go to deliver that kind of diversity. Ardell lashes (if you're looking for a drugstore option) and Velour lashes (for something a bit pricier) are some of the most top rated falsies on Sephora and Amazon so why not give them a go? Pair 'em up with Duo Lash Glue that many beauty gurus swear by.

Volumising and lengthening mascaras

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Not everyone can wait for that tacky glue to dry, okay? If you're not a fan of falsies and don't like committing to anything permanent or semi-permanent, mascaras are the way to go. Not only is it easy to get a hold of but if you're already a sucker for anything beauty, then we know you already have your HG tube that gives your lashes that va-va-voom effect minus the heavy commitment. Our Clozette Beauty Awards 2018 (CBA) winner Benefit's BADgal Bang! fits the bill perfectly. You can also check out our CBA runner ups that are champions in this arena, too!

Lash lifting or perming

Not everyone is blessed with naturally lifted lashes. But hey, if you already love what you have — whether they're short, stick-straight or don't fully curl all the way — and are just opting for a little boost, our best suggestion would be a lash lift. They're not as high-maintenance as lash extensions and certainly a lot cheaper as you don't have to have them retouched every two weeks or so but the results are just equally stunning.

Lash tinting

Often goes hand-in-hand with a lash lift, what do you say about giving your lashes a salon-like treatment by getting them tinted? Darkening your lashes can definitely make them look fuller and bolder without even changing them drastically. Just like how you tight-line your waterline when doing your makeup to fill in the gaps where your lashes seem to be separated, it also works the same way by deepening the colour of each hair down to its roots. Think of it as a semi-permanent mascara or lash tattoo. 

Lash serums or castor oil

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If you're not in a hurry and prefer a more natural way to give your lashes a boost, why not give lash serums a spin? Or better yet, go for a more potent option — which is also a common ingredient in most lash serums — and just give castor oil a try. Many studies support castor oil's ability to aid in hair growth and it also helps in providing hydration to your eye area without clogging or irritating the skin. If you're in the Philippines, castor oils can be bought over-the-counter at Watsons (there are many variants but Apollo is a popular choice); you can also try out the castor oil from famed essential oils brand Now Foods which is available in RedMart if you're in Singapore; and if you're in Malaysia, this 4.4-starred pick from The Heritage Store is something you should add to your Lazada cart. 



In need of a break from the start-of-the-week hustle? From Ja Rule planning Fyre Festival 2.0 to Bata Heritage teaming up with Coca-Cola for an iconic capsule collection, take a moment to catch the latest buzz with us in today's Insider Roundup.

Is Fyre Festival 2.0 in the making?

Uh-oh! Looks like after the disastrous events of 2016's Fyre Festival, its co-founder and known rapper Ja Rule is planning another music festival. Needless to say, people are worried. After the release of its respective Netflix and Hulu documentaries and the court summons for personalities who participated in the previous event, one would think that Ja Rule would opt out of music festivals — or any large scale events for that matter — for a long time. But in an encounter with TMZ last week, Ja Rule teased plans for a Fyre Festival-esque sequel by saying "[Fyre Festival] is the most iconic festival that never was. So I have plans to create the iconic music fest but you didn’t hear it from me.” Yikes!

Kim Kardashian is coming out with a bridal beauty collection

There may not be a lot of photos of Kim K.'s wedding look back when she married Kanye in 2014, but this single snap shows us that she opted for something natural, nude, and beat to perfection. Fast forward to 2019 and it looks like Kimmy went to get the photo albums and got inspired as she teased that a bridal collection is soon to be expected under her beauty brand KKW. Sharing the bit during her attendance at friend and official makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic's masterclass last weekend, we're expecting a lot of neutrals, nudes, and more contour products coming our way from this collection. Who knows? Maybe they'll release it late May just in time for every June bride's prep.

Your favourite Kiehl's sunscreen is getting a new texture

If you're a fan of the Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense sunscreen, then you are going to love this! Landing at Kiehl's counters on 1 March, the brand is introducing a brand new aqua gel texture for normal to oily skin types. The Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Aqua Gel SPF 50 PA++++ is specially formulated for humid conditions that we are all so familiar with in this region. Non-comedogenic with advanced UVA/UVB technology and pollution protection, it also hydrates and gives a refreshing feeling upon application given its aqua-gel formula. Talk about a new potential favourite for our all-year summer needs.

Bata Heritage x Coca-Cola is coming

Bata Heritage and Coca-Cola partnered up for an amazing capsule collection and we cannot wait. Putting a fresh spin on the legendary Bata Tennis and Hotshot styles by sharing Coke's signature red and white colours, can 15 March come any quicker so that we can already spot these picks at the shelves?

If you didn't catch last Friday's updates, we're giving you a look back right here.