Your Scent Is Your Signature | Clozette
What do Marilyn Monroe’s beauty mark, Victoria Beckham’s pout and Karl Lagerfeld’s ponytail and shades have in common? If you’re thinking “signature”, you’re absolutely right. The trio of celebrated style icons have each created a signature look that’s become synonymous with their names the way red soles are redolent of Louboutins and the letter “i” of Apple. When you’re known and remembered by your “signature”, whatever it may be, you know you’ve successfully branded it like Beckham. 

If you’re still searching for it, though, there’s a simple but extremely effective way of making a lasting impression: identify a signature scent that’s representative of you and your personality — your olfactory thumb print, if you will. And what really makes your signature scent a powerful branding tool is that you don’t even have to be present to be remembered — you are wherever your perfume is!

To guide you to your signature scent, we’ve gleaned a few useful tips from the experts, and rounded up a selection of perfumes to match the following personality traits.

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If You’re Feminine …



The obvious choice would be something from the floral family of fragrances. Why? Floral fragrances tend to be lighter, for one, as the key character of a floral fragrance lies in the heart notes. They are elegant, romantic and have, by far, been the most popular choice for the feminine woman. 

Recommended: Dolce&Gabbana Rose The One and the Gucci Flora Garden Collection.
If You’re Sporty And Adventurous …



Go for a citrus-y or floral fruity scent. These categories of fragrances are top-note heavy — they give a vibrant first impression, which is befitting of someone who is vivacious and outgoing.

Recommended: Hermes Eau D’Orange Verte, Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue and Jo Malone Grapefruit


If You’re Sexy …



Oriental-themed scents are most suitable for you. They’re rich, heady and very sensual — best worn with an alluring Hervé Léger dress and a pair of strappy Choos. Oriental is sexy mainly because they’re typically made with the most exotic of ingredients such as incense, sandalwood and patchouli, along with spicy notes like cinnamon and vanilla as well as intoxicating florals like geranium and lilac.

Recommended: Guerlain Shalimar and Gucci Guilty


If You’re Glamorous …



Up your glam game and make it your signature in a woody or musky floral fragrance that is all about depth, sophistication and complexity. Like you, such a scent has the ability to enchant everyone around you ever so effortlessly.

Recommended: Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire and Tom Ford Violet Blonde


Shopping Tips From The Experts: 

1. Everyone has a unique skin odour, which means the same perfume can smell good on your friend but may not necessarily work on you. 

2. Before you go shopping, make a mental note of brands you identify with and zero in on them in store. 

3. Try no more than five fragrances on paper strips so you (well, your nose) won’t get overwhelmed. And no, coffee beans don’t help when testing fragrances — it’s a myth! 

4. Keep the strips for an hour to allow the scents to fully evolve, and then decide if you still like it. 

5. Pick two of your favourite and test them out on your skin for a whiff of how it’d actually smell on you.

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Nothing kills confidence more than bad breath. So if you're looking to take 2015 by storm and reinvent yourself, then it's absolutely a must to have clean, fresh breath for that jolt of confidence you need to tackle whatever challenges life may throw at you this year.


So here are our top tips on how to keep your breath fresher, for longer! 


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Tip #1: Stay Hydrated



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Dehydration leads to a dry mouth, which leads to bad breath. So keep your mouth moist and free from those unwanted bad-breath-bacteria by staying hydrated through the day with loads of water. Quick tip: stay away from sugary, caffeinated drinks. Those just encourage more bacteria build-up. 
Tip #2: Brush, Brush, Brush!



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Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is a sure-fire way to keep your breath clean and fresh. Choose a toothpaste that provides long-lasting fresh breath such as Closeup Deep Action Menthol Fresh. It has Active Zinc Mouthwash that fights up to 99% of germs that cause bad breath, giving you minty fresh breath that lasts up to 12 hours.


Tip #3: Watch What You Eat



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If you know that you'll be meeting people, either for a job interview or a social function, be sure to watch what you eat a few hours prior to the event. Opt for clean, fresh food, and stay away from garlic.


Tip #4: Got Gum?



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Need a quick breath-refresh but just don't have time to excuse yourself to the bathroom for a brush? Then pop a minty candy or gum, preferably one with xylitol. Chewing gum or sucking on a hard, minty candy quickly moistens your mouth and leaves your breath feeling nice and minty.


Tip #5: Snack On Yoghurt



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If you want a quick pick-me-up in the day but don't want to ruin your fresh breath, snack on yoghurt! It introduces good bacteria in the gut which results in the healthier, less-drier mouth.


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2014 came and went and I was able to try out quite a number of beauty products throughout the year. Here is a quick round-up of the Top 5 beauty items I discovered and loved in 2014!


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HERA UV Mist Cushion LONG STAY in C23




HERA UV Mist Cushion has always been one of my favourite BB cushions, but the BB cushions don’t seem to be as lasting or as suitable in Singapore’s humid weather. When HERA came out with their LONG STAY summer edition cushion, with upgraded coverage and 12 hour long lasting properties, I immediately grabbed it to try. And I was definitely not disappointed! 

The coverage is awesome and it does not melt as quickly under the humid weather as compared to other BB cushions. The BB cushion also retained the UV Mist Cushion’s moist properties, and despite its good coverage it is not heavy on the skin.
Laneige Waterbank Gel Cream_EX




My skin turned drier in the latter half of 2014; and to keep it moisturised but not too over moisturised for the humid weather in the region, the Laneige Waterbank Gel Cream_EX did a wonderful job. The gel like texture of the cream refreshes and moisturises, and it is quickly absorbed by the skin. 

I use this every morning before my makeup and it helps keep my skin stay moisturised throughout the day. The lightweight texture of the gel cream is also not too overpowering for the humid weather.


Shiseido Eyelash Curler




When it comes to Asian eyelashes, I must say Shu Umera and Shiseido tops in their eyelash curlers. The eyelash curler from Shiseido is slightly flatter and upward, hence giving an amazing curl to your lashes. I was instantly amazed by how curled my lashes were when I first tried them out. I definitely recommend this to those with shorter lashes or those wanting to achieve that Kawaii Japanese eyelash look.


Aritaum Mono Eyes Eyeshadow quads



These Mono Eyes eye shadow quads were released in 2014 and were one of Aritaum’s best- selling items of 2014. Available in a variety of shades, from matte, to shimmer to glitter colours, the different quads are designed for you to mix and match according to your taste and preference to create your desired eye look. 

My favourite shades are No. 80, No. 69, No. 83 and No.70. The colours are pigmented and long-lasting throughout the day; and are easily applied with either a brush or your finger. And the best part of it all, it’s only KRW 5,000 (approx. USD$5.00) per quad!


Clarisonic



I jumped on the cleansing device bandwagon and I’ve never regretted it! I own the Clarisonic Aria which has 3 cleansing speeds and I use the deep cleansing pore brush. I think it’s perfect for a city girl like me to deep clean my pores every day after being exposed to all the dirt and dust outside. Also, the Clarisonic Aria helps me remove my makeup more thoroughly and I’ve seen significant improvements to my skin ever since.


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