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Rationale The Enriched Eye Crème SPF15
Formulated on the promise of brighter, illuminated eyes, Rationale’s The Enriched Eye Crème SPF15 provides maximum rejuvenation whilst protecting the skin from environmental and sun damage. With a research center based in Melbourne, their entire line of skincare is backed by years of scientific innovations and dermatologists alike. This lightweight eye cream has a sheer tint to brighten up those eye bags after a long night, and contains botanical extracts that actively boosts hydration around the eyes. Apply in the morning before your makeup routine for much needed extra SPF protection in the eye area.
Rationale The Enriched Eye Crème SPF15, $170, available at Rationale
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Aesop B Triple C Facial Balancing Gel
Don’t be alarmed by its honey-like consistency, Aesop’s B Triple C Face Balancing Gel is nectar from the gods. It’s packed with natural antioxidants and vitamins B and C to give your skin a potent boost of nourishment, perfect for those with oily skin looking for lightweight hydration in hot and humid weather. The gooey viscosity of the gel may appear intimidating initially, but once you get over the learning curve, your skin will thank you. Simply warm up a teaspoon of the gel in your hands (pro tip: add a few drops of your favourite oil or serum for smoother application) and slowly massage it into the skin. It works great as a nighttime moisturiser or even before applying makeup as it dries down to a matte texture. The result after consistent use? Supple and glowy skin.
Aesop B Triple C Face Balancing Gel, $165, available at Aesop
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Dr. Ora Infused Water Pack
Hitting your H20 intake just got more fun, with Dr. Ora Infused Water Packs. Each fruit-flavoured sachet goes through a freeze-blasting process to preserve the fruit’s natural nutrients, antioxidants and flavours sans preservatives. Not to be confused with your average fruit juices, a pack of these are entirely free from sugar. Apart from getting an added spike of flavour, the supplement can also help stimulate your body’s metabolism, as you keep up your regular water intake. More is more, in this case.
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Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional Lite Primer
We’re all familiar with Benefit’s cult classic The Porefessional Face Primer which has graced many a beauty bag around the globe, and now the brand has released an ultra-lightweight version. As with the iconic original, this lighter formula still works to seamlessly smooth the skin, minimising pores and creating a silky canvas for make-up application. However, the difference here lies within the Lite Primer’s weightless-feeling consistency, which feels like next to nothing on the skin. Perfect for our humid, oft-sticky climates here in Singapore, where ‘the more breathable, the better’ is a rightful make-up mantra epitomised by this nifty primer.
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Supergoop! Mineral Sheer Screen SPF 30
In a continuation of the ‘barely there’ theme that translates to skincare as well as it does make-up, this Supergoop! sunscreen is completely sheer, making for a seamlessly smooth application leaving no sticky or greasy residue behind. The opposite of an interference between your skincare and make-up routines, this formula is so velvety that it can even double as a make-up primer—a dream for every girl on the go. Most importantly, no aspect of the product’s SPF efficiency is compromised, making it a must-have tool to combat the dangers, sun damage and ageing effects of UV rays.
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Ole Henriksen Barrier Booster Orange Ferment Essence
We can’t get enough of facial essences. Do they matter? If you like your skin hydrated and primed to receive the next steps in your skincare routine, then yes, they’re worth adding to your collection. Ole Henriken‘s new antioxidant-rich addition is great if you’re looking to simultaneously brighten, hydrate, and help defend and strengthen your skin’s barrier. The lightweight, milky-feel vegan fluid contains fermented orange actives and ethyl ascorbic acid (aka vitamin C) to condition and refresh the skin, skin plumping hyaluronic and polyglutamic acids, as well as niacinamide to clarify and tone the skin. We found it a little tingly on days when our skin felt tired or dehydrated, but this is fast remedied when followed-up with a serum and moisturiser. Pat this on the skin twice a day after cleansing and toning your face.
Ole Henriksen Barrier Booster Orange Ferment Essence, $66, available at Sephora
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Clé De Peau Beauté Concealer
Can you improve on perfection? Launched in 1991 and on high rotation in make-up bags for decades ever since, Clé de Peau Beauté’s cult Concealer gets a better-than-ever update. Now available in 13 shades, everyone’s favourite imperfection-blurring skin-enhancer offers a thin layer of product with full yet weightless coverage. Featuring Clé de Peau Beauté’s Thin Fit Layer Formula EX, it glides on effortlessly to hug the skin with a lighter, smoother texture while correcting minor blemishes and dark circles for long-lasting wear sans creasing, cakiness or dryness. Best of all, the product promises smoothness and radiance with continued use.
Clé De Peau Beauté Concealer, $105, available at Tangs
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Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Liquide Mat Lipstick
On my first day of road-testing this liquid lipstick from Gucci, a video call prompted my friend to ask if I’d had anything done to my lips recently. Well, yes—if you’d count an injection (read: coat) of this matte lip colour. This velvety formula comes in a range of brown- and berry-toned pinks that are ideal for a naturally attainable look of glamour that can take you from day to night. Handily, unlike quite a few other matte lippies out there, these different colours can be layered and blended as well as applied to the cheeks for a perfectly coordinating flush. —DY
Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Liquide Mat Lipstick, $59, available at Sephora
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The Body Shop Wild Jasmine Body Cream
For those wishing to be whisked away on a lush holiday—or at least craving a moment of such escapism amid everyday life—this Wild Jasmine scented Body Cream from The Body Shop’s Choice Fragrance Collection is key. The heady blend of Indian jasmine, violet leaf and white iris is instantly uplifting, while the vegan formula itself is smoothly absorbable. A new look for The Body Shop’s long-bestselling Indian Night collection, those who can’t get enough of this potent scent can also indulge in the matching shower gel, body mist or eau de toilette.
The Body Shop Wild Jasmine Body Cream, $35, available at The Body Shop
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Chanel Sublimage L’Essence Fondamentale Yeux
Chanel’s most precious skincare line just got a new addition, the Sublimage L’Essence Fondamentale Yeux. This fine and lightweight but nutrient-packed eye serum harnesses the anti-ageing powers of two botanical jewels sourced from the house’s open-sky laboratories: vanilla planifolia, Sublimage’s star ingredient that helps deeply replenish the delicate skin around the eyes, visibly reducing wrinkles and fine lines, while smoothing texture; while another key active ingredient, solidago, works to firm up the skin with its redensifying properties. Besides lifting, rejuvenating skin and reducing dark eye circles, this serum also helps nourish your lashes and brows too.
Chanel Sublimage L’Essence Fondamentale Yeux, $351, available at Chanel
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Sisley All Day All Year
Sisley’s iconic skincare-sunblock hybrid known as All Day All Year is back, better than ever in a recyclable glass bottle. The cream helps to boost the skin’s self-defence capabilities, neutralising environmental threats that can deplete the skin. It aims to address the tell-tale signs of ‘silent’ and premature ageing including hydration levels, a loss of radiance, firmness and vitality with two shields. The physical shield with enhanced UVA/UVB protection helps to defend the skin’s surface before external aggressors in our urban environment get the chance to alter its cells. Its biological shield, imbued with anti-ageing adenosine from active white willow leaf, sesame seed, dandelion and Sophora japonica extracts work deeper on the skin to initiate self-defence capabilities, stopping oxidation. With its comfortable texture and pleasant botanical scent, it reportedly offers eight hours of photoprotection while rebooting and revitalising the skin.
Sisley All Day All Year, $510, available at Sisley Marina Bay Sands
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Dior Addict lipstick
Housed in a black vinyl effect lacquered case, the redesigned Dior Addict lipstick is back to dress lips up in gorgeous colour and shine—the type that people talk about for decades. This legendary formula has been updated by Peter Philips, creative and image director for Dior Make-up and Dior Laboratories, now boasting 90 percent natural origin ingredients infused with floral lip care, ensuring gleaming, cushiony, stay-all-day pigment. The new selection comprises 40 desirable shades globally, featuring new classics, original creations, and the new Dior 8, a universal brick red. This refillable bullet also comes with a wardrobe of couture cases, from indigo denim to pink cannage, each inspired by the house codes and adorned with the signature silver pearl.
Dior Addict lipstick, from $58, available at Dior
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Allies of Skin CE15 Bakuchiol Firming Oil
Allies of Skin refers to this as its golden child for good reason—the CE15 Bakuchiol Firming Oil, is the optimum blend of 22 clinical actives and nine organic cold-pressed oils combined at peak potency to support deep-active skin recovery and deliver intensive moisturisation with every drop. It’s jam packed with youth-activating vitamin C; antioxidant-rich vitamin E and coenzyme Q10; damage- and hyperpigmentation-reversing oils rich in omega-3 and -6 fatty acids; and one per cent bakuchiol, a plant-based retinol alternative that renews skin, boosts firmness and refines texture.
Allies of Skin CE15 Bakuchiol Firming Oil, $215, available at Sephora
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Glowgear Glowquartz Face Roller
The traditional art of gua sha is, by now, a fixed part of mainstream beauty consciousness following its recent years of trending status. Fortunately, there’s substance to the style, exemplified by this GlowQuartz face roller from gender-inclusive skin and self-care brand GlowGear. Available in either calming jade stone or healing rose quartz, this roller is designed for the ideal fit to engage your facial muscles, and leaves the face feeling gorgeously toned and taut after only a few minutes of putting its fluid draining and invigorating kneading abilities to task. Take care to cleanse your face and apply a liquid product such as your favourite serum or moisturiser beforehand for maximum results.
Glowgear Glowquartz Face Roller, $73, available at Sephora
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Guerlain KissKiss Bee Glow Tint Lip Balm
This tinted lip balm is an essential multi-tasker for your beauty bag. An effective balm it truly is, delivering on its promise to provide lasting hydration that’s felt from application.The balm is available in six shades from deeper-toned red and purple to lighter rose and peach, though true to name the colour shows as more of a subtle tint than a heavy layer, which makes it ideal for everyday use. Nourishing ingredients include honey, hyaluronic acid and shea butter—all of which aid in achieving a sublime, floral-fresh glow.
Guerlain KissKiss Bee Glow Tint Lip Balm, $55, available at Sephora
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Philosophy Hope in a Jar Skin-Resurrection Overnight Power Hydrator
The Hope in a Jar franchise really is the stuff of beauty legend. Shortly after its launch in 1996, it was featured on Oprah’s list of favourite things, and remained there every year for the next decade. Back with a renewed clean formula and post-consumer plastic packaging, this overnight product contains enhanced hyaluronic acid, mandelic acid, a trio of skin-smoothing AHAs and Myramaze® resurrection plant to improve the skin’s texture while offering deep hydration. This silky-textured phthalate-free cream is a great finishing touch to any nighttime beauty ritual, apply it over your serum to renew the skin and combat dullness and roughness while you sleep.
Philosophy Hope in a Jar Skin-Resurrection Overnight Power Hydrator, $64, available at Sephora
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Giorgio Armani Beauty Power Fabric + Foundation
If you liked the Power Fabric then, you’re going to love it now. Singapore’s favourite foundation’s new and improved formula spells longer-lasting coverage for you. Powered by micro-fil technology and what Armani Beauty describes as a fine weaving process that allows for a seamless liquid-to-powder feel, expect a weightless, incandescent soft matte finish with each application.
Giorgio Armani Beauty Power Fabric + Foundation, $90, available at Tangs
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Caudalie Beauty Elixir
This beauty essential is oft spotted on flights, by work desks and in the kits of leading make-up artists, and for good reason. Caudalie‘s vegan rose, rosemary, lemon balm and peppermint essential oil-infused beauty mist inspired by the Queen of Hungary refreshes both skin and senses on weary days. Spritz it on clean skin to form that perfect priming base and use it between layering your make-up to set and slow down oxidation. It also doubles as an aftershave for the guys and can always be counted on for when your complexion just needs a zing! As the mist is free of phthalates, mineral oils, parabens, and silicones, it also makes for a clean yet aromatic body mist for those rebalancing their hormones or trying to conceive.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir, $70 for 100ml, available at Sephora
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Clé De Peau Beauté Radiant Cushion Foundation
The new new normal calls for a skincare-infused cushion foundation that not only hydrates and offers appropriate coverage, but long-lasting wear. Clé De Peau Beauté’s reformulated Radiant Cushion moisture-gel Foundation with a mesh cushion lends a vibrant, luminous finish to the complexion. This fresh-feeling medium-coverage foundation adheres like a second skin and is adept at staying put without creasing or fading for reportedly 16 hours and eight hours under a mask. While not entirely transfer proof, rest assured this is one cushion that performs well under heat, humidity and on-again, off-again masking.
Clé De Peau Beauté Radiant Cushion Foundation, $139 and $100 for the refill, available at Sephora
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Hermèsistible Infused Care Oil
Juicy. Lush. Plump. This collection of 6 exuberant lip care oils are a glorious hybrid between radiant gloss, hydrating balm and nourishing plant oil. Each shade features its own unique corresponding scent created by in-house perfumer Christine Nagel, and features precious sandalwood, arnica and addictive fruity notes in a clear flacon that’s made with 14 per cent recycled and 100 per cent recyclable glass.
Formulated with 97 per cent natural ingredients, these oils impart a light touch of colour, shine and scent, making the product truly sensorial lip treat. Enjoy this alone or apply atop your favourite lipstick for a high-shine finish.
Hermèsistible Infused Care Oil, $84, available at Hermès
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Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow in 384 Imaginare
If you’ve spent hours staring at K-Drama actresses on screen, longing to replicate their alluring eye looks: Chanel’s got you. This quad of gorgeous peach and warm-toned neutrals come in matte, satiny, iridescent and metallic effects and lend a subtle touch of wide-eyed flair to your lids.
Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow in 384 Imaginaire, $100, available at Chanel
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Sand and Sky Tasmanian Spring Water Splash Serum
Whether your complexion is parched due to lifestyle factors or just needs a little TLC after going full-out on one too many actives, Sand and Sky’s Tasmanian Spring Water Splash Serum aims to impart much-needed hydration to the skin. This lightweight, water-based serum, contains pure Tasmanian spring water—a rich source of minerals such as calcium and magnesium—alongside Bifida ferment to strengthen the skin’s barrier and safeguard against irritation, inflammation and water loss. The formulation also includes hyaluronic acid to deeply hydrate and renew the skin, and fermented sea kelp which aids in repair and inhibits enzymes responsible for wrinkles and loss of elasticity. And added plus given our heat and humidity: it penetrates fast and comforts the skin without any goopy or tacky residue.
Sand and Sky Tasmanian Spring Water Splash Serum, $75, available at Sephora
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Rare Beauty Warm Wishes Bronzer Stick in Power Boost
The option of mask removals in the outdoors does pose more prospects for our make-up game—particularly around our cheeks. Sculpting your face is made easier with this liquid-like cream bronzer stick from Rare Beauty—with easy application to paint over your cheeks, forehead and even over your lids. Its formulation will have it blend perfectly into the skin, leaving you with a natural sun-kissed glow to last the entire day.
Rare Beauty Warm Wishes Bronzer Stick in Power Boost, $38, available at Sephora
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111Skin NAC Y² Recovery Mask
The ‘Recovery’ in this mask says it all: to promote healing within your skin from daily aggressors to bacteria and sebum build-up. 111Skin NAC Y²™ comprises a trifecta of antioxidants, amino acids and vasoprotectors to neutralise and calm the skin surface, while also strengthening the overall texture. If you’re going through an irritation phase, this might be an optimal mask to gently soothe any redness or small bumps surfacing. After your skincare routine, apply a generous amount and leave it on before hitting the sack.
111Skin NAC Y² Recovery Mask, $240, available at Metro
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