Insider Roundup: Taylor Swift Re-Releases "Love Story" & More

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The past week just flew by, didn’t it? But don’t let it sweep you away. Some recent news in beauty and entertainment are stuff you really don’t want to miss. Have you listened to Taylor Swift’s re-mastered version of Love Story yet? Or have you heard of Givenchy’s upcoming foundation launch? Sephora Malaysia has some announcements too. We’ve barely scratched the surface of the heaping pile of exciting headlines, so read on to stay informed.

Taylor Swift re-releases Love Story with more to come

Taylor Swift, fresh from her folklore and evermore success, put a new spin to her iconic Love Story song which was initially released in 2008 under her Fearless album. It soared to the top of music charts, eventually selling 18 million copies worldwide. It’s been more than a decade since so Swifties around the world were hit with a massive dose of nostalgia when Taylor announced that she re-recorded Love Story (Taylor’s Version). If that wasn’t enough, she’s re-releasing Fearless too. Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is set to release on 9 April 2021, with six never-before-heard singles, so get ready to feel all the feels once it drops!

Bridgerton casts their new female lead for Season 2

Speaking of hits, Netflix’s most-watched series Bridgerton announced that they’ve cast the new female lead for their second season. Since the show follows the best-selling Bridgerton novels by Julia Quinn, the next season will focus on the story of the eldest Bridgerton, Viscount Anthony Bridgerton. If you can recall (or spoiler if you haven’t finished watching the show yet) Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) ended the series determined to find a wife. Well, we now know who it will be: Sex Education’s Simone Ashley will be playing Kate Sharma (formerly Sheffield in the books), and adding some South Asian representation to the already diverse cast. Are you excited for season 2? We know we are, so our eyes are set on some behind-the-scenes footage as they begin shooting in the next few months.

See Wednesday Addams in live action

While we’re on the topic of Netflix shows, it seems we’ll be finding a new go-to source for dark humour from a new Netflix original series. Netflix just announced that they will be releasing a live-action series featuring Wednesday Addams from The Addams Family. We’re curious to see how this newest take on the character will be refreshed for the new generation of viewers. Seeing as Tim Burton will be directing the show, we’re ready for some bizarre and out-of-the-box possibilities. While we’re at it, who do you think will be cast as Wednesday? They have big shoes to fill, since they will be following in the footsteps of Christina Ricci, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Lisa Loring. 

We’re getting sequels to Parasite

Aside from Tim Burton, another award-winning director has some news of his own. Bong Joon-Ho revealed during his guest appearance on The Director’s Cut podcast that he already has a finished script for a follow-up film to Parasite, and another one in the works. So far, all he’s revealed is that one of the films is set in Seoul while the other will be split between the US and the UK. It will be interesting to see how the Korean director will characterise the Western social nuances, don’t you think?

Givenchy to launch Prisme Libre Skin-Caring Glow Foundation

Givenchy Prisme Libre Skin-Caring Glow Foundation shades


Setting aside entertainment headlines, we’re also excited for some new beauty releases. Namely, Givenchy’s upcoming Prisme Libre Skin-Caring Glow Foundation. The hybrid foundation will be made of 90 per cent skincare ingredients, so you’ll get some nourishment with your bomb makeup looks. The glowy foundation will be available in 16 shades through Sephora Singapore stores, website, and Takashimaya Department Stores starting 11 March.

Sephora Malaysia launches new slogan

Sephora Malaysia has some new developments in store too! The beauty retailer launched its new slogan called “My Beauty Power”, inviting shoppers to fearlessly explore and embrace what beauty means to them. Ahead of the launch, Sephora Malaysia arranged some exclusive media sessions with their brand founders and experts, who shared their thoughts on their beauty powers — watch out for our insider scoop on these soon! — and spilled on their upcoming launches coming later in the year. Some of the brands who participated were Patrick Starrr’s One/Size, Sunday Riley, Gallinée, Biossance, and Tatcha. The new motto can already be seen at Sephora Malaysia stores. You’ll also be able to shop the new releases within the next couple of weeks, so watch this space for more details soon.

Singaporeans can get their beauty faves straight from Japan

Osakakuma store exterior

If you’re a Singaporean who loves Japanese beauty products, this is for you. Osakakuma, supported by Okuma, is an online and offline beauty retailer in Singapore that offers tried, tested and trusted Japanese products delivered straight from Japan daily. The direct sourcing promises to let you enjoy your fave Japanese cosmetics, skincare, haircare, and personal care at very low prices. You browse through their stock via Shopee and Qoo10 right now but if you prefer shopping in person, they just opened a new physical store too. You can find it at 10 Paya Lebar Road #02-22 PLQ Mall Paya Lebar Quarter Singapore 409057.

Which of the headlines above caught your attention?

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