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The sun is always shining in this side of the world, and we can't help but have a love-hate relationship with the humidity and weather. This leaves us working through an extensive beauty routine that requires a lot of hydration, moisture, and basically anything that battles too much oil or too much dryness. Still, having summer as the main season also has its plus side when it comes to our skin. But do the beauty pros outweigh the cons when it comes to living in the tropics?


Keep on scrolling as we battle out the beauty perks and irks of residing in the warmer regions of the globe. 


Irk #1: The tendency to have large pores


Heat tends to open up our pores, compensating for the sweat and oil that we have to expel. This emphasises our pores, making them very visible and hard to tighten. Still...


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Perk #1: We have our natural source of moisture


Despite the excessive oil and sweat that usually makes us sigh in frustration, these natural excretions are actually healthy for our skin. The moisture and hydration give our skin a healthier and plumper feel that tend to delay advanced skin maturation. However...


Irk #2: Finding makeup products that will 'stick' throughout the day is challenging


Having that natural dewy and glowy look is fine... until your makeup starts melting off because of the heat. Finding makeup products that will last an entire day without feeling heavy on the skin can prove to be a major headache, and what the beauty gurus from the West are raving about may not necessarily work for us here in the tropics. It's a good thing...


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Perk  #2: We don't need to have a rotating beauty routine


Since we only have one season to deal with (and the occasional rains), once we find a routine that works for us, that's it! You know your skin's exact tendencies to heart by now, making it easier to tweak your routines and finding a formulation that will live up to its promise — no drastic changes needed since you don't have to worry about that transition from intense summer heat to chilling winter weather. Did we mention the major money-saving aspect of this and not worrying about seasonal products expiring on you? But then again....






Irk #3: It's hard to keep your skin tone even


We expose ourselves to the sun daily, and the rays hit stronger here than those who live in cooler places. The sun tends to peak really high during the day, and even in the confines of four walls and air-conditioning, the heat reflecting from the glass windows and stone pavements can leave our skin looking dull and uneven. But fret not...


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Perk #3: That sun-kissed glow is easy to come by


As long as you take the proper measures in exfoliating, moisturising, and putting on sun protection every time you expose yourself out in the sun (a.k.a. daily), your skin will be in tip-top shape. No need to hit the tanning salon or head to the beach to get that radiant, sun-kissed glow either.


So we guess, it's a tie? There are always irks and perks that come with living under the sun's glory, but as long as you keep on looking at the upside of things and follow our tips, then we say you — and your skin — will be in good shape. Now, go and flaunt your beauty, you sun-kissed goddess!


(Cover photo from: Cherrish)



Plus, perk up your (all-year round) summer outfits with these fun accessories.


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If, like us, you're all about getting surprised by things you learn, you're in for a treat. This week's Insider Roundup is going to inspire awws and ohs. Here are just a few of the fun things we discovered. 


#HalalPaint



Nail polish that's not haram has come. Muslim girls and boys can now paint their nails freely with this collaboration between Muslim Girl and Orly.


Dress like Audrey



If you love Audrey Hepburn as much as you love nail polish, you'll love this. Sotheby's is auctioning off some of the late iconic actress' personal possessions, including a few clothes and some ballet flats.

A crystal wand?



What's the strangest thing you've seen a person carry in their bag? Right now, ours would have to be the crystal wand Miranda Kerr brings everywhere with her. The Aussie model says it's great for meditation and on acupressure points. (While this is new to us, it's apparently something a lot of famous people have been doing. Victoria Beckham has a crystal in her bag at all times, too.)


Bridal Tresses



Wedding season has started in Southeast Asia, and we're super excited to see new trends. Before we dive into the pool of newness, though, we're taking a look back at how things were with this clip on 100 years of bridal hair.


(Cover photo from: @muslimgirl)



Catch up on last week's happenings here.

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Just when you think you know everything about the beauty industry, a new trend, an innovative product, or a new brand comes along. But more often than not, we only look into the surface of these emerging additions to our beauty-ridden consciousness  (a.k.a. we get swept into excitement), not realising that we're in for a surprise if we choose to dig deeper. 


And because we got curious, we decided to investigate the ins and outs of the industry and found some interesting beauty lines that are owned by the most unexpected brands. From a home appliance manufacturer to a company that creates probiotic milk drinks, find out which well-known brands are also venturing into producing makeup and skincare lines without you knowing.


LG Electronics: Various K-beauty brands


(Photo from: Jeankuah)


Mobile phones and household appliances are not the only ones bringing in the moolah for LG Electronics. K-beauty brands such as belif, Phyto Derma, philosophy, and Dermalift are some of the well-known beauty lines under their umbrella. LG believes in the holistic approach to an easy lifestyle; it's the very reason why their beauty lines offer similar conveniences as their appliances — versatile depending on one's lifestyle. 


Fujifilm: Astalift


(Photo from: beautifulbuns)


Revolutionising the connection between photography and skincare, Fujifilm's 80 years of research in improving their brand segued into beauty when their various technological assets involving collagen and nanoparticle formulation were tested for cosmetics and skincare.


By 2007, when digital media started to take over and photographic film became outdated, they used their findings to turn around the business, leading to the birth of Astalift. Now, resurfacing to the top of the game with their production of digital cameras, they focus on the complementary relationship of making the subject (a.k.a. you) beautiful with Astalift and capturing it through their Fujifilm gadgets.


Yakult: Yakult Beautiens and various Japanese beauty brands



Who would've thought that the probiotics drink you were most likely fond of as a kid is also behind various skincare lines in Japan? Parabio, Bellefin, and Lactdew are just some of the brands they own; the range focuses mostly on anti-ageing, makeup, and skin repair products. And did we mention that they're luxury products, too? 


Clorox: Burt's Bees


(Photo from: jeannelucero)


Well known for their natural-made products, it's no wonder why people are in for a surprise when they find out that Burt's Bees is owned by the cleaning supplies and bleach manufacturer Clorox. Almost 10 years ago, it was sold to the company for USD970 million, sparking the interest of its patrons as to how this will affect the practices of the beauty brand, especially since the ventures are almost at two different ends of the spectrum. But rest assured, Burt's Bees swears by sticking to their original organisational 'culture' despite being owned by a different (and larger) corporation.




Samsung: Deoproce



Need another K-beauty brand to fall in love with? Look no further than the epitome of Korean brands itself —Samsung. The well-known tech brand also has a beauty line up its alley under Deoproce, which has skincare and makeup products that are sure to find its place into your daily essentials, just like their Android gadgets.


(Cover photo from: Jeankuah)



On the lookout for more interesting beauty trivia? Read all about the most expensive beauty products in the world here.

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