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Shiseido Essential Energy Hydrating Day Cream
There are a multitude of considerations to take into account when selecting a moisturiser. Skin type and hydrating capabilities aside, it is also imperative to note geographical climate, absorbency rate, and more. Bearing in mind Singapore’s relentless heat, the Shiseido Essential Energy Hydrating Day Cream is a natural fit. Boasting an airy lightweight texture that sinks into the skin instantaneously, it comes equipped with shielding capabilities that defends against UV rays and pollution; a non-comedogenic formula; as well as 24-hour moisture retention. Utilise a generous portion after your serums and ampoules to lock in and bolster the effectiveness of your skincare regime.
Shiseido Essential Energy Hydrating Day Cream, $88, available at Sephora
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Chanel Le Vernis in 121 Première Dame
Herald the arrival of summer with a burst of exuberant colour for your digits. Introducing the revamped Le Vernis range; 24 stunning polishes categorised into five distinct colour families—that is, shades to energise, soothe, disrupt, bring joy, and provide strength. Crafted with the intention to facilitate self-expression, the full line-up encompasses velvety neutrals, electrifying citrus hues, and earthy tones in the vein of khaki and grey. Pair it with the Chanel Le Gel Coat, a longwear top coat, to extend the longevity of your manicure, and/or adorn them with the maison’s iconic nail stickers for a hint of flamboyance. Our pick for the season: 121 Première Dame, a sprightly coral sure to grant pizzazz to any set of talons.
Chanel Le Vernis 121 in Première Dame, $46, available at all Chanel boutiques
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Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Contouring Compact
The essence of summer, condensed into a single face palette that is guaranteed to turn heads. Think an incandescent glow, of which is attributed to three versatile and vibrant hues designed to add dimension and radiance to your visage. A cream-powder texture allows for a seamless application, gliding on with ease with fingers and a brush alike—making it a perfect fit for on-the-go users as well as make-up newbies looking to dip their toes into the precise art that is contouring and highlighting. The dynamic duo is rounded out by a pigment-packed blush that can be dusted on for a sheen of colour over cheeks. Layer on all three hues to acquire a healthy, sunkissed radiance that will have everyone thinking that you’ve just returned from a beach holiday.
Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Contouring Compact, $190, available at Sephora
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Clé de Peau Beauté Cream Rouge Sparkles
Lacklustre pout, be gone. On any one day, this Clé de Peau Beauté pick offers the ease of an instant swipe, granting you with a glossy sheen that dials up on the dazzle. True to its name, the creamy formulation is a luxurious dream to apply—giving way to a cosmic blend of iridescent sparkles that are as enchanting as can be. This makes it a spectacular topper over a matte base, and will be a smart reach on evenings you’re needing to amp up on the glam. Of the lot, seek out the 303; it’s a light pink dream that easily melds over the reds and pinks you would probably already have in your arsenal.
Clé de Peau Beauté Cream Rouge Sparkles, $80, available at Tangs
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Drunk Elephant A-Shaba Complex Eye Serum
It’s never too late (or early) to invest in an eye serum—and the A-Shaba Complex is a strong start. Enriched with caffeine and copper peptides, the serum is a potent remedy for puffy and wrinkly eyes that could use a rejuvenating dose of antioxidants and collagen. Plus, unlike other aggressive eye creams, this product only employs a gentle concentration of vegan retinol that diminishes the appearance of fine lines and sun damage, without being overly irritating.
Moreover, the thoughtful design of the bottle includes a twistable and detachable cap, making it perfect for on-the-go use and easy recycling.
Drunk Elephant A-Shaba Complex Eye Serum, $64 US, available at Drunk Elephant
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RE:ERTH Omni Serum
On a hectic work day, time is of the essence. So with the entry of multi-functional skincare, our routines have been graciously edited and cut down for ease. Now, RE:ERTH’s latest Omni Serum sets to obliterate the need for toners, essences and even moisturisers. It’s a bold multitasking claim; yet proven with its oil-water-based formula—instantly nourishing the skin with Tasmanian seaweed extract as a key ingredient to balance the skin’s microbiome. Once deeply embedded within, it also works to repair the skin’s damage from UV exposure—an all-too familiar problem we face on the daily. What we really appreciate? The serum’s finish lays on lightweight, leaving your face feeling supple and well-hydrated.
RE:ERTH Omni Serum, $116, available at RE:ERTH
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Rose Hermès Silky Blush in 58 Rose Cuivré
For just a hint of colour and warmth to the cheeks, look no further than the Rose Hermès Silky Blush in 58 Rose Cuivré. The maison welcomes three new hues to its line-up this 2023, with this warm fuchsia hue making a case for muted vibrancy this season. Dust it on with a brush to see its full spectrum of colour come into play; an intricate tapestry of pink and pastel shades enriched with hints of mother-of-pearl for a soft, iridescent finish. Should you prefer something with a little more flair, its buildable colour and texture also means it can be layered on as well to provide a punch of pigment that makes for a unique visual statement. Extend it all the way to your temples, à la Lady Gaga at the Oscars 2023, to get those heads turning.
Rose Hermès Silky Blush in 58 Rose Cuivré, $126, available at Hermès Liat Towers, Marina Bay Sands, Takashimaya Department Store, and Tangs Department Store
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Make Up For Ever UV Protector Step 1 Primer
Attaining an immaculate, flawless canvas comes with its own set of challenges—and goes beyond opting for a full-coverage foundation, as make-up maestros will attest. It is a sentiment well-grasped by American label, Make Up For Ever, who has come up with a solution in the form of an inclusive range of primers. The most recent addition centres its focus on UV-protection as well as hydration, where its formulation comprises blue-reflecting pearls to help illuminate and even out sallow skin tones while also granting SPF50 protection. What’s more, its lightweight texture also means it plays well with make-up, serving as a seamless base to more elaborate looks.
Make Up For Ever UV Protector Step 1 Primer, $62, available at Sephora
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Penhaligon’s Solaris Eau de Parfum
Rich, incandescent warmth is conveyed via an amalgamation of fruit and floral notes meant to invoke feelings of liveliness and vibrancy. Meet the latest addition to the Penhaligon’s astral family, of which takes its inspiration from the source of everything: the sun. The brand’s interpretation of its reassuring presence and magnificent rays comes through with sparkling hints of blackcurrant, neroli, and lemon oil; soothing ylang ylang and jasmine; as well as woodsy cedar and sandalwood. The end result: a playful, effervescent fragrance that harbours a sense of timeliness and generosity, bringing to mind the sensation of skin on skin and affinity.
Penhaligon’s Solaris Eau de Parfum, $310 for 100ml, available at Selfridges
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Caudalie Brightening Eye Cream
Fountain of youth, or Caudalie’s bestselling Vinoperfect serum? The French skincare brand intent on reversing the effects of ageing has come out with a new eye cream featuring star ingredient Viniferine, which is claimed to be 62 times more effective than Vitamin C. This effulgent formula combines Viniferine with caffeine and niacinamide to nip the holy trinity of under eye concerns—purple-blue, darkened, and saggy eyebags.
Puffy-eyed early risers can also rejoice, as the tube comes with a cooling ceramic tip that you can use to gently massage your eye contours and relieve fluid retention. Incorporate this lightweight and non-greasy eye cream into your morning and evening skincare routine for visibly brighter under eyes within the span of two months.
Caudalie Brightening Eye Cream, $65, available at Sephora
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Lancôme Idôle Fragrance
Ensure you’re getting your boost of confidence before stepping out that door. The Lancôme Idôle is the perfect invitation to do just that, whilst allowing one to get in touch with their femininity—as the fragrance gives breath to the sweet, floral notes of its botanical ingredients. With a swirling meld of rose and jasmine underscored by its woody notes of white chypre, the perfume is decidedly youthful and fresh in its delivery, without forgetting to maintain a sophisticated allure. A fragrance that sings of womanhood, two or three spritzes will settle well onto one’s skin to last throughout the day.
Lancôme Idôle, $141 for 50ml, available at Lancôme
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Hourglass Unlocked Satin Creme Lipstick
Hourglass Unlocked Satin Creme Lipstick blankets lip in a high-impact satin crème wash of colour. Its creamy, vegan formula features innovative plant-based fatty acids that mimic beeswax, alongside hydrating mango seed butter, avocado and argan oils to lock in moisture and keep lips looking their best though the day. We love the pigment’s buildable quality and best of all, its Red 0 shade comes formulated sans carmine, making this an animal-friendly lip product to enjoy.
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Rare Beauty Discovery Palette
Inspired by their beloved Soft Pinch Liquid Blush, which has swiftly become a Gen-Z cult-favourite, Rare Beauty has graced us with yet another dream of an eyeshadow palette. Encased in a sleek compact, six crescent pans in rosy and mauve hues lovingly embrace an irresistible centrepiece—a mesmerising glitter top coat adorned with taupe and lilac flecks, best applied with the gentle touch of your fingertips.
Seamlessly transition from daytime elegance to evening glamour with these velvety and highly blendable shades that effortlessly endure throughout the day and night. The conveniently pocket-sized compact also boasts a built-in mirror, ensuring effortless on-the-go touch-ups whenever and wherever you desire.
Rare Beauty Discovery Palette, $50, available at Sephora
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Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint
A plumped, hydrated pout is within reach. Available in 9 flattering hues, the Extra Lip Tint from Bobbi Brown comes infused with moisturising oils in the vein of olive, jojoba, and avocado so as to condition and soften all while injecting a much-needed dose of colour. Choose from a spectrum of pinks, corals, and mauves that show up as a subtle stain, all of which will help seal kissers in a coat of moisture and striking colour. Flakes and fine lines will be made obsolete—with an added bonus of enhanced volume and shape to the lips thanks to the inclusion of a plumping peptide complex that is slated to last all day.
Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint, $54, available at Sephora
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JVN Complete Air Dry Cream
A styling cream that works across all mediums and textures. Think a soft, nourishing formula that helps smooth and define locks no matter your preferred method of drying. To use, simply apply a dime-sized amount to damp strands and scrunch it slightly between fingers. Its formidable formula comprising moringa seed oil, chia seed, and linseed extract will work its magic next, adding shine and lustre to even the most damaged of strands—with an added boost of hydration allowing hair to become more malleable than ever. Feel free to reach for your tried-and-true heat styling tool next, or perhaps opting to air-dry your mane. Its effects will be discernible either way.
JVN Complete Air Dry Cream, $42, available at Sephora
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Jo Malone London The Highlands collection
Undulating hills, fields of heather, and castles swallowed by nature—enter Jo Malone London’s newest collection, The Highlands, featuring an anthology of four invigorating scents. Each of these limited edition colognes are inspired by vignettes of the agrestal Scottish Highlands, that can be layered on top of each other. Pair Melancholy Thistle, a woody, regal bouquet laced with minty Coolwood basenotes, with the fresh and floral Mallow On The Moor for a refined, androgynous aura. And for those looking to seduce, slip into a sensual lavender haze with a few spritzes of the amber-laced Highland Heather, or beguile and refresh with the citrusy-white musk of Wild Achillea.
An added bonus for the eco-warriors: All colognes from the Highlands collection are manufactured using 100 per cent renewable sources of electricity.
Jo Malone London The Highlands collection, $130 each, available at Jo Malone London
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Augustinus Bader The Retinol Serum
Hailed as the ‘miracle’ ingredient, retinols are all the rage in the skincare sphere now. The vitamin A compound deeply penetrates the skin to neutralise free radicals and stimulate the production of elastin and collagen. This ‘plumping’ effect gives the skin a natural botox that reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and enlarged pores. However, a longstanding gripe with the product is its exfoliating properties, which some say can lead to discomfort and redness.
Enter Augustinus Bader’s The Retinol Serum, which promises all the benefits of retinols with none of the downsides. The serum’s proprietary Trigger Factor Complex is a gentle formula that not only enhances the skin’s natural microbiomes, but stymies unwanted bacteria growth, leading to a youthful, rejuvenated complexion.
Augustinus Bader The Retinol Serum, $380, available Augustinus Bader
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Dermalogica Micellar Prebiotic PreCleanse
As any make-up maven would know, removing make-up is just as crucial as applying it. Finding a one-stop shop for a cleanser that denudes the skin of make-up, sunscreen, and dirt while preserving its natural barrier can feel like an endless pursuit. Fortunately, Dermalogica’s Micellar Prebiotic PreCleanse is the latest micellar water that goes the extra mile to nourish the skin with microbiome-balancing prebiotics while rigorously lifting debris and make-up with murumuru butter micelles. This nutrifying perk is perfect for those who swear by the double cleansing rule, as it helps to hydrate the epidermis with apricot kernel oil and soothe it with oat milk, preparing the skin for a deeper, second wash.
Much like how you would apply an oil cleanser, first use dry hands to massage the product onto your skin before adding water to create a light, milky emulsion. Thanks to the inclusion of amino acid-rich cottonseed protein, your skin will feel soft, supple, and hydrated even after rinsing.
Dermalogica Micellar Prebiotic PreCleanse, $83, available at Dermalogica
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Rationale Beautiful Skin Superfluid SPF30
The Australian luxury beauty label has waded into the waters of skincare make-up hybrids with their latest tint; a sophisticated formula amalgamating zinc, melanin, and iron oxides that deftly reflects light to bolster natural radiance and luminosity. Available in six hues that showcases their intensive research of the Fitzpatrick Scale—a melanin-focused study—the brand has unearthed six universal skin types based on the amount of melanin genetically present in the skin. This has translated into skin-adapting capabilities within the tint which grants an immaculate, natural finish no matter their skin type or tone. To top it all off, the Rationale Beautiful Skin Superfluid SPF30 also comes with solar protection alongside a soft, blurring effect to conceal imperfections and redness.
Rationale Beautiful Skin Superfluid SPF30, $121, available at Rationale
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Givenchy Prisme Libre Skin-Caring Concealer and Corrector
From the depths of Givenchy’s innovation comes a new addition to the skinimalism movement. Lightweight, buildable, and enduringly hydrating, the Prisme Libre Skin-Caring Concealer can be applied as either a classic concealer or a medium-coverage foundation. Infused with vegetable glycerine and nasturtium extract, it also restores the skin’s natural radiance while harmonising undertones.
The concealers come in a medley of 12 skin shades and three colour correcting tones—blue, yellow, and peach—to correct and brighten any complexion. The applicator is also thoughtfully designed with a petal-shaped wand, imbuing enhanced precision and better control over the amount of product applied.
Givenchy Prisme Libre Skin-Caring Concealer and Corrector, $60, available at Sephora
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Dior J’adore Les Adorables Golden Gel
For those lusting after Anok Yai’s glistening décolletage at the Met Gala, bask in the same goddess-like glow with Dior’s latest exquisite shimmering body gel. The golden salve features 24k gold particles and pearlescent pigments that illume the skin in a refreshingly glamourous melt.
The gel is also delicately scented with the fresh and floral notes of Dior’s signature J’adore fragrance, adding a sweet, sexy, and divinely feminine redolence to your overall radiance.
Dior J’adore Les Adorables Golden Gel, $130, available at Dior
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Valmont Magic Bubbles Discovery Set
If you’re in search of the ultimate home spa experience, look no further than Valmont’s coveted Deto2x cream. With just a simple swipe of its foamy top layer, this bestselling cream reveals a luxurious oxygen facial that enhances cell renewal and boosts collagen production. Instilled with potent plant-based actives, stem cells, and Triple DNA, it deeply penetrates the skin, leaving your complexion renewed and rejuvenated.
But the detoxification doesn’t stop there. Reach into the complimentary bubble-detailed pouch to complete your pampering with an Oxygenating Bubble Mask—a minty, refreshing, and oh-so-fun bubble bath for your face that relieves skin from environmental pollutants.
Valmont Magic Bubbles Discovery Set, $218.40, available at Dehcos
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ést.lab Activcalm Gentle Hydrating Calming Mousse
Dispensed as a delicate foam, the gentle sulfate-free, pH-neutral cleanser works hard to remove impurities and sebum from the skin while respecting the skin’s barrier. Safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and designed for all skin types including acne-prone and sensitive skin, the magic lies in its two-prong modus operandi: a soft yet effective silicone brush head, and impressive edit of ingredients. Formulated with soothing, anti-inflammatory rose flower extracts, trehalose to protect skin from free radical damage and pantheons or vitamin B5 to minimise oil production, skin is left calm, restored and importantly, cleaned.
ést.lab Activcalm Gentle Hydrating Cleaning Mousse, $56, available at ést.lab
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Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Ageing Cleansing Cream
The latest addition to Dr. Barbara Sturm’s cult-favourite anti-ageing line is a decadent, creamy cleanser that gently removes impurities whilst also providing intense jolts of hydration. This alone makes it a great fit for anyone with dry, parched complexions and/or mature skin, whereupon enriching ceramides and carbohydrate-based molecules are effortlessly absorbed with each wash. This results in clean, rejuvenated skin that is bouncy soft to the touch; a potent multi-tasking foam that also serves to provide anti-pollution protection as well as bolster cell renewal. On days where heavy make-up removal is required, it is recommended that users utilise a hazelnut-sized amount of the cleanser to dry skin, massaging gently before adding lukewarm water until a milky emulsion forms and rinsing after. Watch it cut through grease, waterproof formulas, and more with ease.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Ageing Cleansing Cream, $175, available at all Dr. Barbara Sturm counters and online
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Fenty Skin Smooth Rich Peptide Eye Cream
For those who have not ventured into the realm of eye creams just yet, the Fenty Skin Thicc N Smooth Rich Peptide Eye Cream proves to be a prime pick. While its name might suggest a rich, thick texture, it actually harbours a non-greasy formula that sinks into the skin seamlessly. Comprising nourishing skincare favourites in the vein of hyaluronic acid, panthenol, and baobab oil, it promises to brighten, depuff, and reduce the appearance of fine lines; an all-in-one product that serves as an effective preventive measure while also actively rectifying current concerns. As with most Fenty Skin products, it is housed in an innovative twist-up vessel that makes it perfect for long-nail users—two pumps is all you need to cover the entirety of your undereye area.
Fenty Skin Thicc N Smooth Rich Peptide Eye Cream, $61, available at Sephora
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Byredo Eyeshadow Palette 18 Colours Remembrance
It’s hard to merely gloss over the Byredo’s Remembrance palette—even at first glance, its striking mirrored steel casing sits as a sizeable block; along with an enchanting centrepiece that pieces a Greek goddess—Mnemosyne. Just like an art piece that happens to hold a delicious spread of 18 shades—ranging from light to dark, in metallic, matte and glistening sheens. With optimal pigment that allows for high-octane results with effortless creamy blend, the palette, which leans into nudes and pink sunsets enables experimentation whether it be for a day or night look. Keep this all-encompassing number close, and you won’t need anything else for your peepers.
Byredo Eyeshadow Palette 18 Colours Remembrance, $162, available at Escentials