Go Extra On Self-Care With These Colourful Picks | Clozette


We're already halfway through the year, which either means all our plans and agendas for 2019 are already settling down nicely or just starting to pile up. No matter which end of the coin you're on, the new half of the year calls for recalibration, especially in self-care. But we're not just talking about a sheet mask here or a nap there. We say go the extra mile when it comes to me-time. Ahead, we share our handpicked selection of self-care goodies that make you feel pampered, recharged, and empowered to face the rest of the year.


The best part? You have the chance to get 'em all. 


A trusty skincare starter: Bioderma H2O Micellar Solution kit


Go Extra On Self-Care With These Colourful Picks - Bioderma H2O Micellar Solution


A person's beauty routine is one of the most basic forms of self-care. The many steps allow one to indulge in a meaningful and efficient downtime. Just like any other process, the first step in skincare is crucial. That's where the the Bioderma H20 Micellar Solutions come in. With three variants — Sensibio H2O Micellar Solution (for all skin types), Sebium H2O Micellar Solution (for those with oily-combination skin), and the Hydrabio H2O Micellar Solution (for dry skin types) — they provide a mild, non-rinse cleansing experience for your skin based on your skin type. 


A unique radiance booster: Skin Inc. My Daily Dose Cocktail Serum set


Go Extra On Self-Care With These Colourful Picks - Skin Inc. serums


Stress and fatigue can definitely take away your glow. We say don't let them. Indulge yourself in radiance with the help of Skin Inc.'s My Daily Dose Cocktail Get Glowin' Custom Blended Serum. Created with an algorithm of over one million skin profiles to increase accuracy and formulated to match your skin's 28-day renewal cycle, you'll definitely say hello to brighter and glowing skin in no time with this serum. As the name suggests, you get to play chemist and create your very own booster serum based on your skin's needs and wants. It's your me-time, so why not make it personal?


A pick for the ultimate sensorial experience: The Body Shop Body Yogurts


Go Extra On Self-Care With These Colourful Picks - The Body Shop Body Yogurts


Self-care not only means face care, so we're kicking things up a notch and also adding in a treat for the rest of your body — and senses — to enjoy. The Body Shop's Body Yogurts not only help restore the skin's elasticity, moisture, and suppleness but also provide a guilt-free indulgent approach to skincare with their all-natural ingredients and utterly delectable scents. Choose from Almond Milk, Ginger, British Rose, Mango or Strawberry (or hoard them all, we won't judge!) and lather it on for a rejuvenating experience you oh-so deserve. 


A touch of on-fleek fun: Benefit 3D BROWtones


Go Extra On Self-Care With These Colourful Picks - Benefit 3D Browtones


As busy as today's world is, one thing is still certain: you need to make time for having fun so you stay refreshed! Playing with makeup is already fun, but we say amp it up with colours where you normally wouldn't think of applying them. For all our brow-tastic enjoyment, our best pick is the cult-favourite Benefit 3D BROWtones. Hair-like strokes with depth and dimension in Magenta, Deep Blue, Rich Purple, and Copper? Colour us excited!



An empowering lippie: Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Lipsticks


Go Extra On Self-Care With These Colourful Picks - Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselles


There's no denying that a woman wearing her favourite lipstick exudes a different kind of power. So it goes without saying that every self-care kit must have a dependable and empowering lippie in it. Our personal pick: the Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselles. They're 'universally flattering' and 'long-wearing'. But the best part? They allow every woman to relive her 'lipstick fantasies' with its diverse and fun colour selection. We're going rogue and bold with ClapBack (a midnight blue colour), Saw-C (a vibrant orange pick) and Griselda (a vampy brown-red). We think you should, too.


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Our Friday is looking lit! In today's Insider Roundup, we spill the deets on Japan's MOS Burger chain coming to Manila, a cult-fave eyebrow product adding new shades to their range, celebs reconciling over cookies and more. Make sure you scroll until the end so you don't miss anything.


Japan's MOS Burger is coming to Manila



Manila is looking like a hot spot for international fast food franchises this year, with Shake Shack's recent arrival and In-N-Out mounting a pop-up stall recently. Following their footsteps is Japan's MOS Burger, which is the second largest fast food chain in the Land of the Rising Sun just after McDonald's. Looking to officially open their doors to the Filipinos in March 2020, we're already looking out for their famed rice burgers that made waves on the internet a couple of years back.


Benefit Precisely My Brow releases four more shades



Earning fame for its easy-to-use ultra-fine tip that allows for precise and natural strokes, this pick favoured by many Benebabes also boasts 12 hours of budge-proof wear. Previously offered in eight shades in a range of browns, the Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil now adds four more colours to its lineup. It's now the largest brow collection in the industry. Say hello to 2.5 (a neutral blonde), 2.75 (warm auburn), 3.75 (warm medium brown), and the unique Cool Grey, which is a versatile colour that can be used by people with naturally grey or white hair.


Is this the hottest — and weirdest — trend this summer? 




As if our list of weird trends isn't already overflowing, another one grabs the spotlight. Say hello to the Towelkini. That's right! Why bring a bikini and a towel to the beach when you can have both in just one item? It's getting mixed opinions online and in mainstream media, but the only question that matters to us is your answer to the question "Would you wear it?"

Taylor Swift and Katy Perry end longtime feud with... baked goods? 



After their five-year feud over backup dancers, a back-and-forth of shady songs, and just a whole lot of drama, it looks like things have been patched up between T. Swift and Katy Perry. Earlier this week, Katy posted a photo of cookies with the words 'peace at last' while tagging Taylor in her caption. Tay-tay responded with 13 beating hearts in the comments, showing us that all is indeed well. Is it too early to ask for a collab? 



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Many skincare trends have come and gone this past couple of years. But nothing would probably beat the fame of K-beauty's glass skin. This coveted complexion broke the global reign of matte beauty looks and gave way to more glowy and dewy skincare and makeup trends. 


Now, fast-forward to a couple of months after the glass skin trend has moved away from the limelight, many people may have already swapped their tedious K-inspired beauty routines for something more practical. But there's no denying that the idea of achieving glass skin through a minimised routine is still something that we're all thinking about. After all, who doesn't dream of having chok-chok skin à la BLACKPINK's Jisoo or the ageless K-drama queen Song Hye Kyo? Here's a catch though: the secret to glass skin may not lie in a nightly skincare routine after all. 



According to a recent story by Allure, the secret to South Koreans' smooth and poreless skin may just be a procedure called 'Skin Botox' or 'mesobotox'. Known as one of Seoul's most popular injectables, it is said to be an instant method to get your glass skin goals. But how different is it from the botox we already know of and is it something you should consider getting? 


Your usual botox versus 'skin botox'


Botox — or botulinum toxin, if you want to get technical — is a neurotoxin that is used to paralyse the underlying muscles under the skin to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It is also procedurally used to treat excessive sweating (usually for the underarms) and other muscular-related disorders. Despite raising alarm for its tendency to be poisonous or cause respiratory failure, botox is still known to be the world's most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment. 


Is Skin Botox The True K-Beauty Secret For Instant Glass Skin?  - Botox vs skin botox


In principle, skin botox or mesobotox is no different. The difference between the two is where the neurotoxin is injected, with skin botox being applied on the skin's dermis to target the pores rather than deep into the muscles. Most skin botox procedures also use botulinum toxin diluted with hyaluronic acid. This is to ensure that the skin retains a certain glow or moisture despite it being stiffened or paralysed to reduce texture. It is also said to look more natural compared to the results of traditional botox.


If you're wondering about how fast the results are, the skin botox also has the upper hand. As soon as the procedure is over, the skin's glow and tightened appearance show immediately, much to its claim of delivering 'instant glass skin'. This is in comparison to a regular botox where it would take two to three weeks before taking full effect. 



When it comes to price, there is definitely a big margin between the two, especially if you're getting them in South Korea. According to some sources, South Korean traditional botox procedures cost 50 per cent less compared to other countries. On the other hand, a whopping KRW350,000 and up (USD296+++) is what's needed for a skin botox procedure.


Is Skin Botox The True K-Beauty Secret For Instant Glass Skin?  - Desired Results


This is considering that some skin botox treatments also infuse vitamins and other ingredients apart from botulinum toxin and hyaluronic acid into its injectable to give the skin that instant glow. And while it might not be as effective as regular botox when it comes to heavy lines, skin botox works flawlessly (no pun intended) in making fine wrinkles disappear.


As for the longevity of the effects, both procedures only last for three to six months. However, because of the skin botox's immediate results, at least you can flaunt your skin earlier than when you get a regular botox. 



Should you get a skin botox? 


The idea of skin botox, when compared to its traditional counterpart, looks promising in almost all angles. However, just like any other beauty procedure, don't forget to approach this with caution. The treatment still uses botulinum toxin which — as the name suggests — has toxic elements that may cause muscle weakness, vision problems, bladder control issues and even blood poisoning if it spreads throughout the body. This is why it's important to consult your doctor for any possible complications that may arise and ensure that you are getting the treatment done in an accredited facility. 


Is Skin Botox The True K-Beauty Secret For Instant Glass Skin?  - Safety and caution


And sure, nothing beats a swift procedure to get you the results you want. But in our opinion, if you have more patience, looking to save some moolah, and are in it for long-term results, having a traditional skincare routine is still the best route to take.  


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