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It's been pouring quite a bit here and there, but the rain is not gonna make us feel blue. With open eyes and happy spirits, we're seeking new things to learn and discover. Things in the worlds of fashion and beauty are heating up, and here are just a few that caught our attention.


New Naked



The new Urban Decay Naked palette is finally arriving. Named Heat, the eyeshadow palette features warm matte and shimmery shades that are hot, hot, hot!


Cop Alexa Chung's style



You know what will go incredibly well with the looks created with the Heat palette? Outfits inspired by style icon Alexa Chung. You don't have to look further to cop her style, though, as Chung has finally unveiled her much awaited clothing line.

Hair Marbling



Looking to level up your hair, too? Try this new trend. Marble has been the go-to for aesthetics on social media, and it has now crossed over to hair dyeing.


Queue-less and cashless drinking




The future is now, friends. You no longer have to queue for drinks or struggle to get the bartender's attention. Get Juiced, opening in four weeks, is Singapore's first cashless bar. 



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Oh, we know how hard it is to let go of beauty products and practices that have been with us through thick and thin. But times are changing and new alternatives are here. It's out with the old and in with the new! Time to swap those old beauty habits for better ones. Let's identify those outdated beauty practices and the improved alternatives that you should try.


Swap Your Microbeads Exfoliating Scrubs For Chemical Exfoliators


(Photo from: JeanKuah)


The verdict is out: microbeads are bad news.  You see, these mechanical exfoliants are made from tiny plastics that are used to remove gunk from the superficial layer of your skin. But by doing so, they create tiny scratches on your skin, leaving it vulnerable to all kinds of bacteria that could cause infection. And if you're acne-prone, they can aggravate your acne by disrupting the healing and promoting the transfer of bacteria to other parts of your face.


Plus, microbeads have been proven to cause harm to the environment (poor fish, too). While biodegradable microbeads are on their way, they might not come soon enough. Thankfully, we have the option to use chemical exfoliants containing AHA and/or BHA to effectively exfoliate dead skin cells and reveal a better glow instead. A popular choice from the community is the COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid. However, if you really prefer mechanical exfoliation, you can try milder alternatives like the SKINFOOD Black Sugar Mask


Tinted Moisturisers Versus Everything Else


(Photo from: beautifulbuns)


There was time when tinted moisturiser was the holy grail product for all busy gals. And although it still has great skin benefits, like added hydration, it can be argued that the alternatives — BB creams, cushion pacts and foundation — can offer much more. Improved formulas of these alternatives can give higher SPF, better coverage, and finish options. The cherry on top is these alternatives, especially the cushion pacts, don't really take much of your time for the blending process. 


Applying Makeup With Fingers; Use Beauty Sponges Instead


(Photo from: ladies_journal)


You don't have to get your hands dirty when trying to achieve a flawless makeup look. The allure of using fingers as a makeup applicator probably boils down to the natural finish that it provides. After all, improper use of brushes can leave unsightly makeup strokes. However, when using fingers, you inevitably tug your skin to ensure proper blending. In the long run, this will cause fine lines and sagging skin.


Another issue is if you use cosmetics that are in a jar and your fingers are directly dipped into the product, the makeup will most likely become a breeding ground for bacteria — no matter how clean you think your hands are. If you're all for that natural-looking finish, then there's a foolproof alternative — a beauty sponge. You just have to wet it, squeeze then bounce the cute squishy applicator to evenly apply makeup. You just have to be extra diligent in cleaning it if you want it to last. 


No To Toothpaste As Pimple Zapper, Yes To Pimple Patches


(Photo from: Slowbrogal)


This is a myth that's as old as time, but surprisingly many people still do it. For the cooling sensation perhaps? That, and also because it does dry up your acne, thanks to a particular ingredient called triclosan. But toothpaste also has a ton of other ingredients that might not agree with your skin, which can worsen the situation or can cause other bad effects in the long run. So let's be safe, ladies, and use products that are created exclusively to treat pimples like pimple patches. Some claim that these can solve your problem overnight. While this may not happen every time, you can be sure that it will definitely calm down your acne so it won't be as angry tomorrow as it is today. 





Removing Makeup With Only Your Facial Wash


(Photo from: beautifulbuns)


This one is more focused on what you're not doing. Double-cleansing's popularity in the beauty community has peaked in the past few years, and it is mostly thanks to the K-beauty wave that hit us. Suddenly, ladies became aware of how makeup can still build up deep into the skin even after the washing and the toning (back when toning was more of a cleansing step than a skin prep). Since then, it has become an established part of a gal's routine. Now you have an array of choices — from Banila Co's sorbet-type Clean It Zero balm to Shu Uemura's pioneer cleansing oils. Yes, this is an added step but the benefits surely outweigh the extra time.


(Cover photo from: beautifulbuns)



It's not just the skin that needs updated lovin', our hair needs attention, too! Maybe it's time to switch to  sulfate- & chemical-free shampoos.

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We often talk about gender equality and the significance of female empowerment. Women honour female strength in a positive light, and we command respect from men. However, before that, let’s sidetrack for a moment. We’re for all kinds of female empowerment: men to women, and — note this — women to women. We tend to forget that sometimes, women don’t respect other women too.

Let’s be honest: as fellow women, we have been on both receiving ends. Whether done deliberately or unconsciously, we have been guilty of passing judgment on other women, and vice versa. If we, as women, can band together and inspire one another, then we’re taking a big step onto stronger foundation towards women empowerment — don’t you think?

Do you dare take that step? In collaboration with the Downy Parfum Collection, watch the video above and keep reading as three #TeamClozette women — Kersie, Azleena, and myself — share our personal stories and ways on how women can empower other women.


Kersie: Dare to build a good support group



“This happened to a friend of mine when we were in our early 30s. She was finding her way around in a new MNC she had just joined. Over dinner with close friends, this friend proudly shared that she had a recent breakthrough at work. The VP of Marketing had commended her on a long overdue project that she had brought to fruition after she took over. "You deliver!", her boss said. To that, another friend, who often speaks her mind all too quickly, joked: "It’s because you're pretty, my dear!"

Upon hearing this, the rest of us jumped to her defense, and my friend promptly apologised. While we all laughed it off, it was an awkward moment for us. Many thoughts went through my mind. If a close friend, a fellow female, thought this way, how did the rest of her teammates think when the boss praised her? Do others judge “good looking” women this way at the workplace, and that the “good-lookers” can get away with a better review?

At the end of the night, we agreed that while it’s important to present yourself well, we should not judge a person's merit just by the way they look. More importantly, as fellow females, we must support each other. Many years have since passed and as close friends, we continue to share our joys and successes with each other — no qualms attached. Though we still speak our minds, we learn to be more mindful of each other’s feelings, and address issues in a positive and kind manner. After all, a good female support group is not easy to find, so we work hard to keep our friendship stronger then ever.”




Azleena: Dare to act



“I remember a friend at school who always felt judged based on her appearance. Her droopy eyes and lips made her look a little bit dazed and ditzy. Because of that, she often got teased. There was one incident when a female lecturer — a supposedly respected figure — made blunt remarks about my friend’s appearance to her academic grades. I could tell my friend was heartbroken and on the verge of tears.


I felt unjust for her, but as I was not an outspoken person, I did not know what to say or do. All I did was befriend her after the encounter, and to be there for her. Yes, I could have said something — but I never did know the right words. What’s important is that I decided that actions speak louder than words, so I gave her my friendship and support.


No one should be judged based on how they look, especially not by what they can do or achieve. As fellow women, we should feel the same. Such remarks can affect our confidence. We should be encouraging fellow women — not shame them.”




Becks: Dare to avoid making premature judgment




“I didn’t know when it started. But when I entered the workforce, I already had a preconception that female superiors were more challenging to “deal with” than the opposite gender. The Female Boss, to me, was always a Miranda Priestly-type — the domineering alpha female magazine editor-in-chief, played by Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada.

I was right, female bosses were indeed harder to work with. The first female boss I had was overly emotional, her mood swung from one end to the other. The next female supervisor “suffered” from the Queen Bee syndrome, a 1970s management theory on how successful women put down other women in a professional setting. I remember thinking: “Why can’t women be professional?”

But a couple of unpleasant encounters with male superiors, and landing my next gig under an amazing female boss later… I realised I had it all wrong. It was never about the gender. It was a matter of character. Whether male or female, a good leader is a good leader. I was simply too hasty and quick to pass judgment that I discriminated my own gender, womanhood. How can we women support and empower each other if we’re against each other? Reminder to self and everyone else: avoid making premature judgment on the social misconceptions of the female gender.”




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