We Tried Victoria's Secret Models' Favourite Mask Brand | Clozette


Aside from their fitness tips, we also look to models for their effortless style and demeanour — not to mention the secrets behind their gorgeous looks. While we know that most of it can be attributed to genetics, there are some tricks of the trade that they follow to maintain (or even enhance) what they already have. (But don't we all?)


So at this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, our interests were piqued, and not just by the fun ensembles that were paraded on the runway but more so by the preparation that went on backstage. Some of the models got ready by making sure their skin is healthy and glowing, and we spotted them using masks from 111SKIN. We just had to try them! We got the Rose Gold Brightening Facial Mask and had our human resources director, Katherine — who loves masking — give it a whirl. What does she think about it? Read on.




The details


Katherine has dry skin with fine lines and loss of skin elasticity and collagen. As a masking enthusiast, she looks for a product that comes from a reputable company that invests in research development. The product also has to be compatible with her skin and does not cause any allergy. It also has to deliver what it promises and has to be paraben- and sulfate-free.


The claims


The 111SKIN Rose Gold Brightening Facial Mask uses hydrogel, 24K Gold and Rosa Damascena extract to give skin ultra-hydration and brightening. It has liquorice root extract and niacinamide to brighten, silk amino acids and vitamin E to hydrate, Centella Asiatica and 24K gold to heal, and rose extract to protect the skin.




Packaging and application


The masks were well-sealed and beautifully presented in a shiny rose gold-coloured sachet, says Katherine. As for the application, Katherine says, "The hydrogel fits snugly on the face. It is advised to use the mask lying down, but since I was getting ready to go out, I was pottering about my bedroom. Despite all the back and forth, the mask stayed put and did not slide off." Katherine adds that the mask also has a subtle, clean and natural fragrance of essential oils. 


The results


The mask claims to aid in diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Of this claim, Katherine shares, "For this point, it performs as promised. It softens the fine lines around my eyes and the nasolabial folds around my mouth. I am most impressed by the lasting effect till the next day."


As for the use of 24K gold to brighten the skin, Katherine says she can't vouch for it a hundred percent, but she noted that her skin tone appeared to be more even and fairer after using the mask. 


When it comes to adding protection to the skin barrier and rejuvenating lacklustre skin, Katherine says it was pretty effective.




"My skin felt cool, soft and smooth," she shares. "I used the mask before going for a night out and while in my car on the way, I could not stop touching my face because I loved how cool and smooth it felt. The mask also prepped my skin so well, making it looked smooth and poreless. I only needed a small dollop of primer and a few pats of my BB cushion to look like I had been at the spa all afternoon instead of what I really did, which was dashing around madly in the mall doing last minute Christmas present shopping."



The verdict


So, should you grab a 111SKIN mask ASAP? Katherine says, at SGD34 a piece (SGD170 for five pieces), it's not exactly wallet-friendly, but it is worth its price because of three important reasons. One, you immediately feel that the mask is working. Katherine says she felt a tingling sensation while the mask was on and felt that the mask was already doing its wonders on her skin. Two, it uses hydrogel, which has been proven to be more effective in delivering results than regular masks. Three, there are a lot of potent ingredients present in the product that can change your skin for the better. 


(Cover photo from: @111SKIN)


111SKIN will be available exclusively at Robinsons The Heeren from 10 January 2018.


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Elizabeth Taylor gets her facial hair shaved professionally. The process is called dermaplaning. Some salons and spas offer this kind of service, but there are women who do it on their own.  It's a pretty polarising topic, but if you're interested to do it, here are some things you need to know first. 

For anti-ageing?


Exfoliation can do wonders for the face — just make sure you don't overdo it, of course. That said, shaving your facial hair can also exfoliate your skin. When you shave your facial hair, you also shave the dead skin cells off, allowing your skin to renew (a.k.a. not age). 


Better base


After you shave your facial hair, your face will become really smooth, making makeup foundation application a whole lot easier and smoother. 

Skincare absorption


Because the hair and the dead skin are gone, the skincare you put gets easily absorbed.

(Photo from: LUMINNEJ)


Thicker hair?


Most women think that if you shave your facial hair, it will grow back thicker and darker but they won't. If anything, the difference would be too slight that you won't even notice.


It needs to be maintained


If you start to shave your face and start to love it, you definitely have to maintain it. Hairs do grow back, after all, and the smooth feeling is not permanent.


(Photo from: Perinsidhu)


It is a personal preference 

Keep in mind that shaving your facial hair is a personal preference. It is the same as shaving your legs and armpits, and it’s all up to you if you want to try it or not.


(Cover photo from: felizaong)

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After the hassles of last minute Christmas shopping, you might be tempted to skip the wrapping part and just give the gifts how you purchased them. That's a very practical thing to do considering the environmental waste that you'll spare Mother Earth from. However, if you want to add a personal touch to your gift, consider doing one of these chic and eco-friendly gift-wrapping ideas. Don't worry, you don't need to be a craft expert to pull these off!


Wrap It In Reusable Cloth



We got this idea from Lush's holiday collection. This year, they presented these reusable cloth gift wraps as an alternative to traditional wrapping paper. You can also do this at home by cutting some old but decent cloth. After, just wrap your present with the cloth, then secure with a knot. Easy peasy!


Dress Up An Old Box



Remember when you were tasked to decorate an old shoebox so it can double as your hygiene kit in second grade? Well, you can still put those creative skills to work now that you're an adult by dressing up old boxes to wrap your presents. You can even customize them to match the personality of the recipient. 


Wrap It In Recycled Paper



Put those stacks of grocery brown paper wraps to good use. You can use yarns to secure the package. Now, this can look bland as it is, so don't forget to decorate with different elements. If you're particularly art-inclined then you can draw or do some simple calligraphy on it.


Put It In A Mason Jar



Whether your gifts are edible or not, mason jars are a whimsical and chic way to present your gifts. Decorate them with trinkets to make them more personal and visually appealing.




Use Sinamay Fabric



The sinamay fabric is popularly used in millinery and bouquet-making because of its sturdy structure and elegant 'raw' look. Needless to say, this material is also perfect for gift wrapping if you're looking for something that's more elegant-looking. Another plus point is that this will not go to waste after serving its purpose as a wrap because it can be repurposed as an ornamental mat.


(Cover photo from: queenofallyousee)



Still unsure what gifts to get for your fashionista friends? Then, check out our gift guide

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