Unboxing: Sephora Holiday Collection | Clozette


As the holiday season comes rolling in, you could expect a lot of Christmas sets to pop up here, there, and everywhere. While we love limited-edition collections, there’s something to be said about an entire bundle of bestsellers. This is why we’re excited about Sephora’s holiday collections.


To begin the Christmas shopping spree, we have the Benefit Queen of the Camp set (SGD86/~USD63.17) that includes the cult-favourite Hoola Bronzer, the eye-opening Bad Gal Bang Mascara, the OG Porefessional Primer, and their clear Brow Gel. Next, we're eyeing the Tatcha Bestsellers Skincare Set (SGD104/~USD76.39) for that smooth and glowing complexion. There are also some skincare goodies from Sunday Riley’s Pro Vitamins Kit Vol. 1 (SGD110/~USD80.80). And if you’ve been dying to try out the much-hyped Mario Badescu facial sprays, you should get your hands on the Mario Badescu Facial Spray Travel Trio (SGD24/~USD17.63). Finally, pamper your skin with the Dr. Jart+ Cicapair™ Calming Masks and Calming Gel Cream (SGD23/~USD16.89).


Gush over the lush packaging these sets come in by watching our unboxing video above.


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The logomania trend hit the fashion industry again in recent years. Now, it's the beauty community's turn to get a taste of it. Think not-so-subtle branding on manicures — not just of fashion labels but all kinds of logos imaginable. Food establishments, law enforcement, and even sauce-inspired 'tips are taking over. Got you curious? Ahead are quirky inspirations on this exciting nail art trend. 


Microsoft masterpiece



Move over, Apple! Microsoft users can now proclaim their love for the OG OS with this look. Combining classic nude nails and sparkly gemstone accents with notable Microsoft symbols — our personal fave being the Xbox's — being a tech geek has never been more stylish. 


Viral in Versace



Capturing the elegant aesthetic of the brand's gold, black, and white colour scheme using techniques like freehand painting, stamping, and using nail decals, this is definitely one for the books. 

S.W.A.T. style



Never did we think that law enforcement would intersect with beauty. We've always known that black and yellow work really well together — both in fashion and beauty — and now we get to see it in a whole new light with this sleek yet badass nail art. 


IKEA ingenuity



One of the easiest ways to pull off nail art without too much effort would be to have an accent nail. However, this freehanded IKEA logo on this glittered ensemble sure looks anything but easy. More than the work that was put into it, we can't help but wonder how one could've arrived at this design decision.



Sultry in Sriracha



Last but not least, remember the sauce-inspired 'tips we mentioned previously? Not only is this Sriracha nail art surprisingly sexy, but it can also pass off as a normal artsy manicure from afar. If tabasco sauce is more up your alley, there's a variation of that here, too.


(Cover photo from: @nootcd)


Ethereal-looking nails are more up your alley? Check out the sea glass nail trend next!

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When it comes to East Asian beauty looks, Korean and Japanese techniques have often been interchanged with one another. They have numerous similarities, that is true. Both bank on having soft and luminous skin through an in-depth skincare regime, as well as creating a natural, youthful makeup look. But there are subtle differences between the way Japanese women apply their makeup compared to that of Korean ladies. If you’re interested to know what they are, do read on.


Brows




To start off, we have the brows. Eyebrows shape the face, depending on how they're done. Both Korean and Japanese makeup styles want to create a youthful appearance, so the brows are especially important. While both Korean and Japanese women prefer a natural-looking brow, the shape and products used are what differentiate one from the other. Korean women prefer a perfectly straight brow shape while in Japan, women would fill in their brows by following the natural arch of their brows. They would also use brow powder to create soft, natural brows while Koreans would use apply brow gel in a lighter shade from their hair colour after filling them in.

Eyeshadow




Both Japanese and Korean makeup trends emphasise the innocent and wide-eyed looks but they achieve them in different ways. In K-beauty, eyeshadows are often applied in a gradient — shimmer on most of the eyelids with a darker shade towards the outer corner of the eye. They would also use a lighter shade with shimmer to further emphasise the bags underneath their eyes — the aegyosal — creating a doe-eyed look. In Japan, women would be more likely to use natural eyeshadow colours with a slight hint of shimmer to enhance their eye shape.


Eyeliner




To further create youthful eye looks, both Japanese and Korean women use eyeliners to define the shape of their eyes. When it comes to eyeliner, Korean girls line their eyes by drawing downwards at the end, instead of winged out, in what is called “puppy eyeliner” style. Among Japanese women, eyeliner looks could either be a thin line following their upper lash line or a more fun subtle cat-eye.



Blush




Blush is often where people get confused between the two styles. The drunk, hangover blush is quite prevalent in Japanese beauty. However, they would often use a nude or cherry hue for their blush colour, which is then applied directly below the eyes in an inverted triangle shape. In Korea, women gravitate towards a peachy or pink-toned blush and apply it more conventionally on their cheekbones.


Lips




Finally, the lips. This is another instance where the two styles are noticeably different from one another. Japanese girls would opt for a glossy lip in a bold red or pink shade. Korean beauty trends have always been about the gradient and blurred lips; gradient lips are done by applying the lip colour on the centre of the lips and blending it outwards while blurred lips are created by gently smudging the edges of the applied lipstick. Korean lip colours are often done in oranges, muted reds, and pinks.



Here’s how you can perfect the drunk blush look, Igari style.

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