Beauty buzz: NikkieTutorials comes out, Kat Von D steps down from her beauty brand


By Redzhanna Jazmin

Beauty buzz: NikkieTutorials comes out, Kat Von D steps down from her beauty brand

Emilia Clarke is Clinique’s first celebrity ambassador


The bubbly Game of Thrones star is now Clinique’s new Global Brand Ambassador—the first time in the 50-year old brand’s history that an A-lister has been appointed as an ambassador. An avid fan of the brand, Clarke seems like a natural choice and a perfect fit. The Last Christmas star fronts the Clinique iD skincare line that offers customised hydration products tailored to specific skin types.

“We didn’t go with a model, we went with somebody with a human personality. She’s got such a human, emotional, real authenticity to her,” says Clinique’s Senior Vice-President and Global Creative Director Elizabeth Nolan, according to WWD.

NikkieTutorials comes out as a trans woman

This weekend was a whirlwind for YouTube (Jeffree Star’s breakup) and the feather that broke the back is NikkieTutorials coming out as a transgender woman over the weekend. In a heartwarming monologue, Nikkie de Jaeger shares her truth in the most candid, beautiful way. She called out the people who blackmailed and threatened to out her, while expressing her pride over her gender history.

Sephora unveils its flagship store in Fahrenheit88


Spoiler: it’s massive. Boasting over 17,000 sq ft of beauty services, 100 beauty brands and over 10,000 products, it’s the biggest store in Asia. The global beauty retailer’s new venture marries the brick and mortar retailing with digital e-commerce for the ultimate shopping experience.

Gold members have exclusive access to the one and only Beauty Loft for a luxurious pamper (we’re talking facials, lip treatments, hand massages and personal shopping!). The flagship also has a huge event space as well as a Sephora University within its walls. As an added bonus, Sephora has introduced eight new brands to its product lineup, including La Mer, Bobbi Brown, SKII, Sulwhasoo, Maison Margiela, Aerin and, for the first time (in stores) in Malaysia, Tatcha and Drunk Elephant.

Dior Beauty launches the Capture Totale range

Dior Beauty is taking skin ageing very seriously with its new skincare range, Capture Totale. After 20 years of stem cell research and development, the house has found a way to restore cellular energy to retain the skin’s youth and vitality. The star of the lineup is the Capture Totale Super Potent Serum, packed with new-gen hyaluronic acid that penetrates 13 times deeper into the skin than regular hyaluronic acid—made for all skin types across all ages.

Drop by Oasis at Level 6, The Gardens Mall to find out more about the Capture Totale C.E.L.L Energy range and the science behind this age-reversing technology.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand Goop launches a vagina-scented candle

Once again, Gwyneth does as Gwyneth pleases. Apparently, it doesn’t actually smell like vagina (it’s all a farce), but we’ll never know as it is sold out everywhere. Described as a “funny, gorgeous, sexy, and beautifully unexpected scent”, the candle has notes of “geranium, citrusy bergamot, and cedar absolutes juxtaposed with Damask rose and ambrette seed.”

Kat Von D steps down from her namesake brand


The founder and former owner has stepped away from the brand, effective immediately and will no longer be involved with the brand in any capacity. Also effective immediately, the brand’s name is changing to KVD Vegan Beauty. Supposedly, Von D has made the departure to pursue her other creative endeavours like her music and her shoe venture, Von D Shoes. Fans of the brand, don’t fear—your favourites are safe as the brand is maintaining its product lineup and continue to add new vegan and cruelty-free products under the new ownership by Kendo.

Aveda releases a superfood-powered haircare collection

Aveda’s new Nutriplenish collection is almost good enough to eat. The vegan and cruelty- and silicone-free brand’s new range is made with a “Superfood Complex”—a blend of organic pomegranate oil, organic coconut oil and mango butter—to better address hydration needs. The Nutriplenish Light Moisture Collection is suitable for fine to medium hair types, while the Deep Moisture Collection is packed with 50% more butters for those with thick and highly-textured locks.

Now available at all Aveda stores and select hair salons.

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