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Dior Prestige La Crème (Texture Essentielle)
Can a face cream really reverse the signs of ageing by up to six years? Dior’s Prestige La Crème promises that it can, thanks to the regenerative powers of Rose de Granville. The flower’s extract, which is derived through a unique magnetic extraction process to preserve its potency, is fused with the plant’s vital sap and two peptides to create Rosapeptide. The brand’s latest youth enhancing technology penetrates deep into the skin, working its magic to undo the ravages of time by building collagen, promoting hydration, firming the skin from within and enhancing its radiance. Upon immediate use, the skin is visibly more hydrated and smooth to the touch. And after just a couple of weeks, we noticed the blurring of fine lines and a more even complexion. Despite its ultra nourishing ingredients, we love that the luxurious formula is lightweight and does wonders in enhancing the skin’s natural glow.
Dior Prestige La Crème (Texture Essentielle), $595 for 50ml; refill $535 for 50ml, available at Dior Beauty
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L'Occitane Divine Youth Oil
It’s not uncommon for the uninitiated who have walked past L’Occitane’s expansive, eco-focused boutiques here in Singapore to wonder what the fuzzy yellow flowers adorning its walls might be. Well, it’s this very sunshine-hued bloom that powers L’Occitane’s cult Divine Youth Oil. Back with a new and improved formula, it is enriched with Immortelle Super Extract from Corsica. The antioxidant-rich and anti-ageing benefits of this oil feed the skin with vitamins A, C, E and Omegas 3, 6, 9 for resilient and radiant skin from within. Now with 10 per cent more Immortelle Essential Oil, the retinol-like effect of this lightweight oil helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines while nourishing the skin from deep within, sans the cloying, greasy feel of traditional facial oils even when layered with lotions and creams.
L’Occitane Divine Youth Oil, $178 for 30ml, available at L’Occitane
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Chanel Les 4 Ombres Tweed Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in 02 Tweed Pourpre
If you’re seeking an artful way to pull together a gorgeous eyeshadow look, then Chanel’s tweed-effect quadrants are your chicest bet. Inspired by Chanel’s signature tweed fabric, each of the eyeshadows are embossed with a tweed pattern, while the palette itself is encased in a unique tweed pouch crafted by the Maison Lesage embroidery house. Available in four different colour-coordinated options, a highlight is the Tweed Pourpre, offering a medley of illuminating rosy shades and sculpting darker tones of plum and mauve. In other words, all the shadow steps required to define the eyes while adding a romantic touch can be found within this palette. These shadows apply beautifully with rich pigments and a dense consistency, also providing a satin-like finish on the skin. Handily, the palette also houses two small brushes to aid with application.
Chanel Les 4 Ombres Tweed Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in 02 Tweed Pourpre, $135, available at Chanel
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Tom Ford Beauty Bois Marocain Eau de Parfum
Spicy, aromatic and undoubtedly luxurious, Tom Ford Beauty’s Bois Marocain Eau de Parfum is certainly not for the faint hearted. One of the three fragrances from the Enigmatic Woods collection, Bois Marocain commands attention with a blend of Thuya wood, vetiver and incense which forms a rich and mesmerising aroma that lingers for hours. The blend of pink and black peppercorns, cedar wood and patchouli enhances the scent with their spicy and herbaceous fragrance profiles. This seductive scent is perfect for date nights when matched with a pair of killer heels and a deep scarlet pout. But it’s also appropriate for the board room, if you’re in need of a confidence boost.
Tom Ford Beauty Bois Marocain Eau de Parfum, $405 for 50ml, available at Tangs at Tang Plaza
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This Works Skin Deep Dry Leg Oil
Shaving, waxing, IPL—you name it. Hair removal treatments are a gateway to dry and dehydrated skin on our bodies. One of the best remedies to consider is something deeply moisturising, and this oil formula from This Works is one to try. Aside from the legs this restorative elixir also restores hydration to the whole body. The oil contains an impressive nine essential oils including tuberose, sandalwood and evening primrose that nourishes the skin while elevating your body care routine to a spa-like level. Working in conjunction to smooth and soften, radiant and supple skin can be restored through even a light application. As this product is an oil, a little goes a long way. For best results, apply after stepping out of the shower so your skin absorbs as much of the moisturising benefits as possible.
This Works Skin Deep Dry Leg Oil, $80, available at Sephora
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Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Brightening Ampoule
Sulwhasoo’s ginseng ampoule is a joy to apply alongside its new Concentrated Ginseng Brightening Serum. A gentle yet potent option for removing dark spots and the look of melasma, this intensive two-week ampoule helps to revitalise the complexion while fading discolouration. The science? Sulwhasoo’s proprietary Ginsenomics and Melasolv™ Technology, the product of two decades of brightening research with proven skin brightening. Tranexamic acid, vitamin C and glycyrrhizic acid also help with promoting brighter and clearer skin.
Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Brightening Ampoule, $155, available at Sulwhasoo
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Maison Francis Kurkdijan 724 Eau de Parfum
Maison Francis Kurkdijan had big footsteps to follow within its latest launch, given the immense popularity of their scent Baccarat Rouge 540. But this new perfume may very well become the next cult classic for the fragrance house. This fragrance is inspired by the pulsing energy and relentless vibrancy of cities. Opening with an urban accord that is clean and fresh, featuring Italian bergamot, the scent then dries down into its floral heart of jasmine, sweet pea and orange. At its base, musk. The musk and floral blend is airy despite the strength of its ingredients, making it perfect for 24/7 wear and city living—just as its name would suggest.
Maison Francis Kurkdijan 724 Eau de Parfum, $335 for 70ml, available at escentials
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Dear Dahlia Blooming Edition Paradise Soft Dream Blush
For a naturally lifted look, the Dear Dahlia Blooming Edition Paradise Soft Dream Blush does wonders—and all it takes is a simple swirl on your cheeks. A combination of wondrously graduating tones, the powdery formulation is highly pigmented; where a light tap of your brush will reward you with a soft, matte flush. A favourite shade of ours? Joy—an absolute enactment of its name—offers a beautiful blend of rosy pink and daffodil yellow that you can build up towards a bright, radiant complexion, ideal for a long day ahead.
Dear Dahlia Blooming Edition Paradise Soft Dream Blush, $44, available at Sephora
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L'Occitane Volume & Strength Shampoo
Sick of living with limp and lacklustre locks? L’Occitane’s Volume & Strength Shampoo might just be the solution to breathing new life to your tresses. The formula is infused with botanical extracts of rosemary, lemon, juniper, ylang ylang and cedar to invigorate the scalp, and what we also love is that these oils perfume the bathroom to promote a relaxing and therapeutic effect. Rich in amino acids, vegetal keratin infused in the mix helps with strengthening weak strands, so the occurrence of breakages are less likely to happen. Within two weeks, you may notice lesser hair fall and a more luscious feel to your hair.
L’Occitane Volume & Strength Shampoo, $49 for 500 ml, available at L’Occitane
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Dermalogica Daily Milkfoliant
The fears surrounding exfoliation are undeniably warranted, especially for those with sensitive skin. But these worries might just be alleviated with Dermalogica’s latest offering, the Daily Milkfoliant. Comprising oat, coconut and botanical extracts rich in AHAs and BHAs, the exfoliant comes in a powder form that requires all but a drop of water to convert it into a rich lather that will spread well over your mien, whilst remaining gentle on the skin. Designed to find harmony with your protective skin barrier, it also consists of hyaluronic acid and nourishing minerals that aid in boosting hydration levels overall. By lightly massaging this in, you can expect not only your dead skin cells and surface debris to be eradicated but that end-of-day dullness to be lifted as well—revealing a fresh, healthy visage after.
Dermalogica Daily Milkfoliant, $103 for a 74g bottle, available at Dermalogica
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Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Cuivre Dore
A brightened inner eye has been a spectacular runway trend this year, but this bronze eye pencil from Chanel will want to have you drawing shiny lines everywhere. The eyeliner itself applies fluidly and precisely thanks to its minimal tip and the easy-to-grip pencil. Brilliantly, it will also last you all day and night thanks to being water-, humidity- and sweat-proof. The bronze colour of this shade, Cuivre Dore, instantly embellishes but is natural enough of a hue to apply liberally on the daily.
Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Cuivre Dore, $39, available at Chanel
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Elixir Superieur Lifting Moisture Lotion
If you find that your daily routine could use an uplifting boost, the Superieur Lifting Moisture Lotion from Elixir, Shiseido’s anti-ageing line, will deliver just that. Formulated to lift one’s mien—the lotion comes in varying textures, from lightweight for oilier skin to moisturising for drier skin. The product also comprises an in-house ingredient from Shiseido—M-tranexamic acid that targets freckled skin as it suppresses the production of melanin. What we do love is its consistency, which permeates easily into your skin, while leaving a dewy, refreshed glow right after.
Elixir Superieur Lifting Moisture Lotion, $58, available at Lazada
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Augustinus Bader The Eyebrow & Lash Enhancing Serum
Other telltale signs of poor nutrition and a high stress lifestyle are the falling of eyelash and eyebrow hairs. A luxurious cheat code to consider is Augustinus Bader’s The Eyebrow & Lash Enhancing Serum, which works to strengthen the follicles while promoting hair growth. The formula is infused with TFC8 (the brand’s cell nourishing proprietary ingredient), biotin, as well as roselle and safflower extracts to help with this function. Those with sparse or short hairs will notice the lengthening of hairs and signs of regrowth in as short as four weeks, so you can only imagine how much more improvement you can observe with continuous use.
Augustinus Bader The Eyebrow & Lash Enhancing Serum, launching on Net-a-Porter in October
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Chantecaille’s Bio-Lifting Cream+
Lock in your moisture for the night with Chantecaille’s Bio-Lifting Cream+. Infused with five botanical stem cells, from bionymph to raspberry and plantago, the naturally-scented cream assures a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, visibly resculpturing the face for a lifted, hydrated mien. Once slathered on, the velvety rich formulation might take its time to penetrate deep into one’s skin barriers to unlock its full nourishing effects—making it an ideal option to spread on just before a deep slumber; the perfect set-up to a luminous glow the next morning.
Chantecaille’s Bio-Lifting Cream+, $594 for 50ml, available at Tangs
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Ultra Violette Lean Screen SPF 50+
As with Ultra Violette’s other sunscreens, this Lean Screen can be considered a hybrid of skincare and sun protection. Not only offering broad-spectrum SPF 50+ properties but also additional antioxidant care courtesy of Kakadu Plum and hydrating bioactive Pentavitin, this creamy sunscreen imparts a soft matte finish. As such, it’s ideal for oily to combination skin though even those privy to a drier complexion seeking a matte make-up look can use this without fear of dehydration.
Ultra Violette Lean Screen SPF 50+, $52 for 50ml, available at Sephora
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Hermès Violette Volynka
If you’re a fan of musky floral scents, then Hermès’ Violette Volynka is the one for you. The latest fragrance in the Hermessence line bursts with a sweet floral note at first spritz before warming up to reveal the musky and sensual scent of violet flowers. The green and vegetal notes of violet leaves intertwine with the aroma of cuir Volynka which can be detected in the background, lending the scent an element of mystery. Violette Volynka is perfect for romantic occasions as it is seductive yet classy and lasts for hours. One tip: spritz it in your hair so you’ll leave an unforgettable fragrance trail in your track.
Hermès Violette Volynka, $424 for 100ml, available at Hermès
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Le Labo Gaiac 10 Eau de Parfum
From Le Labo’s exclusive City Exclusive collection of scents is the enigmatic Gaiac 10. The fragrance is an ode to Tokyo and plays on a mysterious and refined aspect of the city within its subtlety. Woody and musky, gaiac wood forms the scent’s base while four different types of musk, along with hints of cedar and incense, comprise its additional layers. The result? A pleasing, powdery fragrance that feels more clean than heady on the skin. This is a perfume to get your hands on quickly, though. Typically only available in Tokyo, the month of September is an exception when the scent (along with the other city homage-paying perfumes from Le Labo’s collection) may be purchased worldwide including Singapore.
Le Labo Gaiac 10 eau de parfum, $475 for 50ml, available at Le Labo Labs at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands and Takashimaya Shopping Centre
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Jo Malone London Lavender and Moonflower Pillow Mist, $78, available at Tangs
Both early birds and night owls alike will find serenity in Jo Malone London’s captivating pre-bed mist. Spitz onto your pillow and linens to wind down with the aromatic notes of English lavender, comforting white musk and mysterious night-blooming flowers. And if you’re not a fan of scenting your bedding, the collection includes a diffuser and candle that lend an air of serene sophistication as you’re ushered to la la land. It’s truly the most luxurious way to bid the day adieu.
Jo Malone London Lavender and Moonflower Pillow Mist, $78, available at Tangs
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Bobbi Brown Intensive Serum Foundation
This skincare/make-up hybrid ticks all the right boxes for someone who’s after a naturally radiant and even-toned complexion. With light and buildable coverage, the skincare-infused base product boasts 26 fortifying skincare ingredients including cordyceps, ginseng and hyaluronic acid to truly help skin perform at its best. UV filters offer SPF 40++++ skin protection against UVA/UVB rays and pigmentation-triggering blue light. At $105, it may be a skinvestment for some. But it’s certainly worth it if you’re after a radiant, flattering finish that is also crease-proof and likely to last the day.
Bobbi Brown Intensive Serum Foundation, $105, available at Sephora
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Fresh Tea Elixir Skin Resilience Activating Serum
It’s all about building your skin’s resilience when it comes to Fresh’s Tea Elixir Skin Resilience Activating Serum. The lightweight gel-like formula is infused with Adaptive Phytocompound Tea (APT) Technology extracted from the Mauritius tea plant, which is highly prized for its powerful protective properties. The patented ingredient helps to strengthen and improve the skin’s quality, allowing it to journey through the day while resisting the damaging effects of pollution. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides and niacinamide support this action by properly nourishing and repairing your skin. In just a few weeks, you’ll notice that your skin is less prone to irritation and feeling more supple to the touch.
Tea Elixir Skin Resilience Activating Serum, $135 for 30ml, available at Fresh
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Skin Design London Face Bath
We know how important double cleansing is, especially if you’re a sunscreen or make-up junkie. But to make the step less of a chore and more of a spa-like treat, consider using Skin Design London’s Face Bath. The balm formula feels like a dream to use thanks to its luxurious rose scent and buttery soft texture. The formula itself melts easily between the palms, and removes even the most stubborn of make-up with just a gentle rub. You’ll be glad to know that it can also double up as a luxurious clarifying facial treat as it is infused with antioxidants from hibiscus, organic rosehip seed oil and organic camellia oil, as well as fruit acids to promote a clear and well-nourished complexion.
Skin Design London’s Face Bath, $130, available at Net-A-Porter
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Olay Regenerist Antioxidant Moisturiser
When it comes to effective anti-ageing solutions from the drugstore, Olay is one brand you can count on. One of its latest offering is the Antioxidant Moisturiser from the Regenerist line which is infused with vitamins B3, C and E. This combination of youth preserving vitamins help protect your skin against environmental aggressors while keeping it well hydrated, allowing it to look its best around the clock. All you need it a pea-sized dollop of if to get you all geared up to face the day. Besides the soft, radiant glow that it imparts on your skin we also appreciate that it makes make-up glide on oh so easily.
Olay Regenerist Antioxidant Moisturiser, $54.90, available at Watson’s
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Cle Melting Lip Powder
What is this sorcery? Cle’s pigmented powder, applied to lips and cheeks via a doe-foot applicator, uses microcapsule technology that melts and transforms to a long-wearing tint upon skin contact. The fine powder contains vitamin E and coconut oil to nourish and provides moisture and that gorgeous velvety-matte finish. Aside from leaving a gorgeous, healthy tint, we love that it’s also light and therefore buildable in intensity. Try Lady Guava for lips that appear naturally plumped and effortlessly flushed.
Cle Melting Lip Powder, $34, available at K-Sisters
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YSL Beauty Touche Éclat Glow-Pact Cushion
As far as beauty franchises glow, the iconic Touche Éclat pen, used for chasing away dark under-eye shadows and bringing light to the high points of the face practically built lit-from-within skin. Now, the family welcomes a stunning new addition in the form of the Glow-Pact Cushion. Unlike other traditional sponge cushions, this uses mesh technology to distribute the long-wearing, radiance-inducing foundation. It contains skin-soothing natural mallow and marigold flowers, selected by YSL chemists for its ability to stimulate circulation while calming the skin. Vitamin E and hyaluronic hydrators also help to moisten and nourish the skin, making this overall emulsion 60 per cent skincare based. We love that it chases away redness in favour of an even-toned, glowy complexion every time.
YSL Touche Éclat Glow-Pact Cushion, $110; $65 refill, available at YSL Beauty
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Belif Super Knights Clear Soothing Mask
Moisture is abound with Belif’s Super Knights Clear Soothing Mask—the perfect form of relief for stressed and irritated skin after a long day out. With its smooth gel consistency, the formulation is easy enough to spread evenly across your mien, using the metallic spatula provided along with it for hygiene purposes. It contains vitamins B3 and E which are crucial ingredients in aiding the skin to retain its moisture, whilst the inclusion of vitamin B12 helps to reduce redness and inflammation with its calming properties. You can apply several layers of the product, should you wish to hit the pillows with a thicker mask. This ensures you’ll rise in the morning with a soft, dewy glow—courtesy of the intense hydrating effects this mask wonderfully delivers.
Belif Super Knights Clear Soothing Mask, $55, available at The Face Shop
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Chanel N°1 de Chanel Revitalising Lotion
Harnessing the rejuvenating powers of red camellia, Chanel’s Revitalising Lotion from the eco-friendly N°1 de Chanel collection works to bring life back to ageing cells and aims for the complexion to appear younger for longer. Used after cleansing, this lightweight lotion absorbs quickly into the skin and immediately hydrates it, giving it a soft well-moisturised glow. We like that the product complements our serums and moisturisers thanks to its deep hydrating properties. With this product, we can imagine skipping the serum and moisturiser steps and going straight to using sunscreen on lazy weekends in.
Chanel N°1 de Chanel Revitalising Lotion, $100, available at Chanel
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By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Balm in 2. Nudissimo
Keeping your pout perfected throughout the day often involves the toting around of multiple lip products, from a hydrating balm to colour-injecting lipstick. However, thanks to this brand new hyaluronic acid-infused lipstick from luxe French beauty brand By Terry, a single-product regime can now do the trick. Boasting a 94 per cent skincare-based formula that moisturises, hydrates and plumps the lips, the lipstick’s finish is high-shine and vividly toned. Available in six shades mostly across the nude spectrum, a must-try is 2. Nudissimo—its rosy pink sheen borders on frosty, though the effect is more pastel elegance than trendy Y2K. As this lipstick also blends beautifully, you can also consider taking the colour up to your cheeks.
By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Balm in 2. Nudissimo, $57, available at Sephora
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Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Eye and Cheek Palette in 01 Plage Privée
This limited edition palette from Tom Ford Beauty is inspired by summer sultriness and the golden rays of sunlight. And, indeed, that’s the effect drawn from this curation of two rose-gold blushes (the more golden of the two is decidedly bronzer-like) and four earth-toned eyeshadows. Either one or both of the blushes applied instantly adds definition to the cheek’s contours with a warming radiance. Meanwhile, the versatile shadows offer the perfect opportunity to experiment with layering neutrals around your eyes for extra dimension. Consider this palette your passport to a balmy summer’s night, instantly.
Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Eye and Cheek Palette in 01 Plage Privée, $255, available at Takashimaya
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Take your at-home facials up a notch with Foreo Bear, the world’s first FDA-cleared medical microcurrent device—to send a low-frequency massage deep below your skin surface. Every glide of the device counts, as Foreo’s signature pulsations work to stimulate blood flow while restoring firmness and elasticity. What’s worth nothing is that it’s a handy gadget that fits snugly into the palm of your hand while pairing seamlessly well with the Foreo app. Sure enough, the device’s vision of “sculpting” your face might sound too good to be true, but abiding by a disciplined schedule to massage your skin will have you seeing a firmer facade over time.
Foreo Bear, $539, available on Shopee
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Aesop Eidesis Eau de Parfum
Not a fan of fresh and flirty fragrances? Aesop has got you covered. Eidesis eau de parfum, the latest fragrance from the luxury Australian brand, is a haunting scent that envelops you with the dark and earthy notes of vetiver, black pepper and cedar wood. A hint of powdery sandalwood and a touch of frankincense lend the fragrance some sweetness and sensuality, making it wearable and sexy without being too perky. This new fragrance from Aesop is beautiful and is perfect for those who prefer natural, forest-like scents. Spritz on date nights to get deep conversations going well after dinner is over.
Aesop Eidesis Eau de Parfum, $255 for 50ml, available at Aesop
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By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Primer
This primer from By Terry can be considered the ideal last step of skincare and first of make-up, given the benefits it holds for both aspects of your beauty routine. Infused with hyaluronic acid, this primer improves your skin’s texture by evening out your skin tone and reducing blemishes as well as pore size. Meanwhile, the primer itself is lightweight within its mousse texture, allowing for effortless application. This prepping of your skin as an ideal canvas for longer-lasting make-up goes one step further when considering the powerful skincare benefits of hyaluronic acid that work to improve your skin’s texture over time.
By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Primer, $90, available at Tangs
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Fenty Beauty Wish You Wood Longwear Pencil Eyeliner in Cuz I'm Black
Fenty Beauty has done it again, this time with an innovative take on our much-loved eyeliner. This eyeliner pencil delivers precise pigment that glides on for a bold dimension to your eye look. Its formula ensures that the pencil stays put all day long, too. While darkest shade Cuz I’m Black delivers utmost boldness, the eyeliner is also available in subtler counterpart Big Truffle for fans of rich brown. And beyond appearances, the patented wooden pencil means there’s no sacrifice of sustainability.
Fenty Beauty Wish You Wood Longwear Pencil Eyeliner in Cuz I’m Black, $34, available at Sephora
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Gucci Flora Gorgeous Jasmine Eau De Parfum
Here’s a floral scent that is as gorgeous as the golden-capped, floral-adorned turquoise packaging it arrives in. One of Gucci’s latest fragrance offerings, this is a spritz at once delightfully fresh and sensual. With jasmine leading the concoction, the scent also unfolds with base notes of sandalwood, benzoin, mandarine essence and magnolia accord. The feeling evoked is that of being transported to a lush, exotic garden.
Gucci Flora Gorgeous Jasmine Eau De Parfum, $145 for 30ml, available at Metro