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Dasique Shadow Palette
The true mark of a solid eyeshadow palette is its ability to build upon a multitude of looks—from the various tiles of pigment it holds alone. And for Dasique’s Shadow Palette, we dare say it delivers on this account, especially with its Chocolate Fudge edition. With nine differentiated squares of matte brown hues and soft glitters, the palette is one that can take you from an everyday nude look to a darker delivery complete with a mystifying shadow smoke. Its range of glitters is formidable indeed; with three shimmers and two chunkier glitter options, the latter perfect for moments when you need to dial up on the dazzle.
Dasique Shadow Palette, available at Ksisters
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belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb
We’re dubbing this the ultimate moisture bomb. Akin to slapping on a silky face mask, this formula from belif is clinically proven to increase your skin’s hydration levels by 70%. Within, lies Lady Mantle extract, derived from a potent, botanical herb, carrying with it an invigorating scent. The formula is light yet adequate, sheathing your skin with a cooling sensation, and leaving it supple and smooth as you awake the next morning. Apply this generously during wintry climates and you’ll be all set this Christmas vacation.
belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb, available at The Face Shop
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Nars Kiss The Stars Matte Lip Duo
Nars’s iconic shades are reimagined in a limited-edition holiday rendition. In this mighty duo, channel your femme fatale with their vivid siren red Dragon Girl shade—taking form in the cult-favourite Velvet Matte Lip Pencil and Air Matte Lip Colour. The pigment glides on creamy and soft, leaving a lightweight finish to your mien. For a subtle daytime look, opt for their pastel pink Dolce Vita shade instead.
Nars Kiss The Stars Matte Lip Duo, $55, available at Nars
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Stephen Knoll Moisture Control Shampoo
Dry, brittle hair is just not the vibe. So why not add like and bounce to damaged tresses with a boost of moisture? Stephen Knoll’s Moisture Control Shampoo is concocted with deep hydrating technology that improves shine, strength and flexibility to your mane, making it easier to manage and less prone to breakage. Not only does this help with taming unwanted frizz, it also keeps your scalp and hair feeling fresh without added weight with every wash.
Stephen Knoll Moisture Control Shampoo, $21.90, available at Shopee
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Charlotte Tilbury Daily Glow Toner with Niacinamide
What do you look for in a toner? For us, an effective toner exfoliates, hydrates, smoothens, and preps the skin to perfection. Being cruelty-free, vegan, parabens-free, and suitable for sensitive skin will, of course, be the cherry on top. Lucky for us, this is exactly what the Charlotte Tilbury Daily Glow Toner promises. Packed with peptides, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and Exfolactive™, just one encounter with the toner will be enough to convert any beauty connoisseur. Apply this miracle-worker after cleansing your face to achieve refined pores, a glistening radiance, and the smoothest supple skin.
Charlotte Tilbury Daily Glow Toner with Niacinamide, $56 for 150ml, available at Selfridges.
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est.lab LumiGlow Enzyme Cleansing Pods
Uncover an all-in-one beauty within these pastel pearls. Yes, we’re calling it: est.lab’s new travel-friendly, skin-inclusive orbs will be your chosen companion this holiday season and beyond. Crush these freeze-dried spheres on your palm before leathering it with water, and begin rubbing your way to softer, moisturised skin. Watch as these gentle orbs thaw away your make-up and sunscreen, while cleansing and exfoliating altogether in one swoosh. The final result? Less time spent on the aftercare and all the more energy for the dining and celebrating this ‘Chrimbo.
est.lab LumiGlow Enzyme Cleansing Pods, $52, available at est.lab.
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Codex Beauty Labs Shaant Balancing Clay Mask
We love a good deep cleansing mask to detox our skin with on self-care Saturdays. But we can do without with the redness and irritation. One formula that purifies our pores while leaving our skin soft and supple is Codex Beauty Labs’ Shaant Balancing Clay Mask. The silky smooth formula removes gunk and impurities from our pores thanks to the blend of plant-based starches and bentonite clay. The brand’s proprietary ingredient, ShaantComplex, works wonders at keeping excess sebum at bay, while the blend turmeric and microbiome-friendly ingredients brighten and hydrate the skin. Over time, skin is left more supple and more refined.
Codex Beauty Labs Shaant Balancing Clay Mask, $41, available at Robinsons
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AHC Ampoule Directory PHA Toner
If you’re on the lookout for an effective solution to clear skin without unwanted sensitivity, AHC’s Ampoule Directory PHA Toner might just do the trick. The quick absorbing formula is infused with PHA to help slough off surface dead skin cells, revealing brighter and smoother skin when used consistently. The addition of AHAs and BHAs deliver acne-fighting benefits to keep your complexion clean and clear. If you’re worried about damaging your skin barrier, the formula also contains glycerin, ceramides and soothing botanical extracts to condition and hydrate the skin. Just remember to layer on a copious amount of sunscreen on your skin if you’re using this product in the daytime, as the formula’s exfoliating properties can cause photosensitivity.
AHC Ampoule Directory PHA Toner, $40 for 100ml, available at Watson’s
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Guerlain Mirror-Effect Multi-Use Gel Gloss
Shimmer and shine with an ethereal glow this festive season Guerlain’s latest Mirror-Effect Multi-use Gel Gloss. The lightweight shimmery gel gloss adds a sophisticated gleam to your look, easily elevating it with its high-shine effect. Simply dab this on your lips, eyelids or even your cheekbones to achieve an elevated “glazed doughnut” effect effortlessly at social gatherings, whether it’s during the festive season or at special events. Trust us, your dewy and supple complexion with a Midas touch will be the centre of attention for all the right reasons.
Guerlain Mirror-Effect Multi-use Gel Gloss, $41 for 4g, available at Selfridges
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Anna Sui Cosmic Sky EDT
Spritz away into a wonderland with Anna Sui’s latest holographic reveal. Perfumier Jérôme Epinette whisks us on a mystical journey that starts with a whiff of pear and bergamot before drying down to unleash the saccharine scent of apple blossoms and brown sugar. For a scent that is as ethereal as it looks, grab this floral fruity fragrance for days that could benefit with a touch of sweetness—whether it’s for date nights, or a girl’s day out.
Anna Sui Cosmic Sky EDT, $135 for 75ml, available at BHG
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Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution SPF50 Neutral PA++++
One important factor we look out for when looking for a great sunscreen is a lightweight texture with the feeling of second skin. This tinted number from Clarins proves to be perfect for the day—with an airy formula to withstand unpredictable climes. Specially formulated for Asian skin and infused with plant extracts, this multi-protection oil-free treatment seamlessly blends into your skin, sans the white cast. From this base, layer on your everyday make-up regime with complete ease.
Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution SPF50 Neutral PA++++, $80, available at Clarins
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Supergoop Re(Setting) Refreshing Mist SPF 40
Acting as both a setting mist and a light sunscreen, Supergoop’s Re(Setting) Refreshing Mist SPF 40 is the perfect solution for anyone who’s big on SPF top-ups—especially when they have a full face of make-up on. A few spritzed of the nozzle gives way to a fine, freshly scented mist that settles well onto your skin. All you need to do is give it a few light pat-downs for good measure. The formula lends a dewy, glowy finish to your complexion. And we also like that it doubles as a setting mist, helping to keep our make-up intact whilst getting much-needed SPF in.
Supergoop Re(Setting) Refreshing Mist SPF 40, $55 for 100ml, available at Sephora
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Ralph Lauren Fragrances Ralph's Club Parfum
Clean, fresh and sensual. These are the three words that aptly describe Ralph Lauren Fragrances’ latest fragrance launch, Ralph’s Club parfum. The masculine scent opens with a burst of lavender and clary sage, which brings sophistication and class to the table. The scent then dries down to reveal the deep, seductive notes of cedar wood and vetiver. Ralph’s Club works best for evening events. But we also see it working for boardroom meetings, as its refreshing notes have a way of commanding attention effortlessly.
Ralph Lauren Fragrances Ralph’s Club parfum, $215 for 150ml, available at Ralph Lauren Fragrances
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Amuse Dewy Lip Tint
As far as lip tints go, Amuse’s Dewy Lip Tint makes for a worthy purchase considering how intensely pigmented it is. With its liquid velvety texture, the formula glides on to deliver a rich, well-moisturised finish that’s equal parts fresh and dewy. From soft corals to blush pinks and dark rouges, the K-beauty brand’s lip tint collection offers a range of natural hues to suit varying skin tones. Heading out for a full day affair? Consider yourself covered as the formula leaves a long-lasting stain on your lips even after it has been wiped off. If we could show our hand in picking the shades, we’ll go with the 02 Breeze and 06 Fig Dew, which are perfect for adding a soft touch of colour to your complexion, no matter your skin tone.
Amuse Dewy Lip Tint, $36, available at Sephora
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Dior Vernis Gel Top Coat Nail Polish
Should your nails need a seamless festive upgrade, consider using the Dior Vernis Gel Top Coat nail polish to layer over your matte or solid lacquer. Infused with glittery-gold speckles, the bottle of magic is an easy topper that adds a cosmic sparkle to your manicure—just enough to play into the holiday mood. Hardly chunky in its make, the high-shine formulation effortlessly glides over your already-present manicure, giving you a faultless finish akin to a fresh, new set of nails.
Dior Vernis Gel Top Coat nail polish, $46, available at Nordstrom
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Chloé Fragrances Santalum Eau de Parfum
Joining Chloé’s Atelier des Fleurs collection are two new fragrances, Santalum and Violette eau de parfums. Both fragrances are vegan-made and formulated with high quality raw ingredients—all in line with the brand’s aim to reduce its environmental impact. Between the two, Santalum eau de parfum makes for a fabulous every day scent as it envelops you with the luxurious scent of Australian-harvested sandalwood oil. The creamy, woody scent reminds us of clean linen on a Sunday afternoon—laidback yet luxurious, and will work well with crisp shirt and tailored trouser combo.
Chloé Fragrances Santalum eau de parfum, $410 for 150ml, available at Chloé
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OHIOHOO Oh My God Mask
One of the defining factors to a beautiful mien has to be the brightening aspect—in lieu of uneven skin tone and pesky pigmentation. Whenever you’re feeling weary or burnt out from the daily hustle, have a moment with OHIOHOO Oh My God Mask, soaked in an essence formulated with naturally-derived ingredients like fig and rice extracts. Upon removal, expect to see instantly brighter, supple skin. Perfect for that pre-event glow.
OHIOHOO Oh My God Mask, $27, available at Ksisters