This week’s headlines: YSL Beauty KLCC is now open, Bella Hadid gets backlash on “racist” photo and more


By Wei Yeen Loh

This week’s headlines: YSL Beauty KLCC is now open, Bella Hadid gets backlash on “racist” photo and more

Kim Kardashian West announces yet another juicy bit of news on her KKW Beauty line, Bella Hadid gets on the wrong side of Saudi Arabians, and why you should drop by two shopping malls in town this weekend:

Lululemon debuts a self-care range for men and women

The Canadian activewear retailer is expanding its range beyond its cult-popular yoga pants and the like. It recently dropped a gender-neutral self-care line that includes a dry shampoo, two spray-on deodorants, face moisturiser and lip balm—all available in two size options (full and gym).

All products are not tested on animals, free of sulfates, aluminum, parabens and gluten, and made with natural and “technology-driven synthetic” ingredients. While we’re not sure if this range will make its way to our shores, it is currently stocked in Lululemon stores and select partners in North America and

James Charles is back

That was fast. The YouTuber recently took a one-month break from social media after a very-public feud with fellow vlogger Tati Westbrook that resulted in a 43-minute long video (by Westbrook on why she decided to unfriend him, basically) and Charles losing 3 million subscribers on his YouTube channel.

Drama aside, the 20-year old’s latest video is a makeup tutorial on a Pride-inspired rainbow eye makeup look. Worth noting is that Charles plans to donate 100% of this video’s YouTube’s AdSense profits to The Trevor Project, a non-profit organisation that focuses on suicide prevention support for LGBTQ+ youth.

Kim Kardashian West is collaborating with Winnie Harlow for her KKW Beauty line

Kim K isn’t slowing down any moment now with her KKW Beauty updates. Just a week after the beauty mogul launched a body collection, she announced an upcoming collab with model and vitiligo spokesperson Winnie Harlow on an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. While no details on the collab are available just yet, we hope to see a range of head-turning, razzle-dazzle makeup and perhaps more inclusive foundation shades.

Bella Hadid’s Insta-shot spews hate from Saudi Arabia

Bella Hadid landed herself in hot water earlier this week after posting a photo on Instagram that seemed to be inconsiderate and “racist” to some. Her allegedly offensive shoe-fie in an airport had all the makings of a no-no: her shoes were facing the window, with airplanes in the backdrop—one with the flag of Saudi Arabia on its tail and the other the United Arab Emirates. In many Arab cultures, shoes are considered dirty and displaying the soles of your shoes is deemed disrespectful.

Shortly after, a brouhaha ensued with the hashtag #BellaHadidIsRacist circulating Twitter, and some commenters even called on Dior to stop using her as brand ambassador (she’s currently the face of Dior Makeup). Hadid has since apologised on Instagram and Twitter for the photo, admitting that it was an honest mistake and that she “never want my posts or platform to be used for hate against anyone, especially those of my own beautiful and powerful heritage.”

Taylor Swift releases a music video and we love the plethora of jaw-dropping beauty looks in it

What we’re not calm about? All 13 beauty moments from Taytay’s ‘You Need To Calm Down’ music video, obviously. Apart from the fashion highlights from the 3.5 minute screentime, the hair and makeup moments were just too good to not notice. From her Breakfast At Tiffany’s silk mask to her Pride-inspired hairdo, the video is worth rewatching at least a handful of times—for both the tune and the number of Easter Eggs you can’t miss out on.

YSL Beauty opens its sixth boutique in Suria KLCC

Here are a few good reasons to drop by the brand new 584-square feet store. You can get your hands on YSL Beauty’s limited-edition lipstick collection Endanger Me Red, available in nine shades and four finishes—in case you can’t find the perfect red lip. Also in store is a Gifting & Engraving Station that you can personalise your lipsticks and fragrance bottles as part of the brand’s “Make It Yours” campaign. The best part? Score the Black Opium fragrance with the choice of three collector-edition Spring 2019 black leather jacket sleeves. Need to gift a friend or loved one for a special occasion? This is your go-to spot.

YSL Beauty is located at Lot C-27 Concourse Floor, Suria KLCC

History of Whoo hosts its Royal Heritage event in Pavilion KL

If you haven’t heard of luxury Korean beauty brand History of Whoo, drop by Pavilion KL’s Centre Court to learn all about this royal-worthy brand. Famed for its ornately stunning designs and unique ingredients, History of Whoo’s skincare combines modern science and oriental herbal medicine in the queen’s royal court. Fun fact: its products are actually used as South Korea’s diplomatic gifts!

All its products have named originated from Korean names, e.g. Gongjinhyang: Seol (snow) is the name of its whitening line. Bestsellers include the Bichup Self-Generating Anti-Aging Essence, a signature product that is made from star ingredient Chojahabidan—a potent herbal extract that erases wrinkles, improves elasticity and promotes the skin’s self-generating properties.

From now till 23 June, check out History of Whoo’s Royal Heritage event to score limited-edition beauty kits and learn all about the deeply-rooted heritage behind this premium beauty brand.

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