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Allies of Skin Peptides & Omegas Firming Eye Cream
Allies of Skin is known for potent, intelligent skincare and this Peptides & Omegas Firming Eye Cream is exactly that. This lightweight cream absorbs swiftly around the eye area, hydrating and nourishing that delicate skin with vitamin C to brighten and reduce dullness, a host of fatty acids, ceramides and an omega complex to plump up skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines. One percent bakuchiol helps to deliver regenerative, texture-refining effects, alongside a cocktail of hyaluronic acid, green tea, licorice root and CoEnzyme Q10 to help reduce inflammation, promote circulation and thus, de-puff, and provide super antioxidant protection.
Allies of Skin Peptides & Omegas Firming Eye Cream, $125, available at Sephora
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Guerlain Legendary Reds lipstick
Some things never ever go out of style—like red lipstick. And Guerlain is celebrating three of its iconic reds, reterpreting them in to emblematic finishes to form a new collection of six featuring the shades Rouge Du Tigre, a flaming brick red inspired by Asian lacquer and the very first lip colour created by the house; Rouge Imperial, a deep berry red that pays homage to 19th-century aristocracy; and Roi Des Rouges, a pure, intense red that embodies the vibrancy of the Roaring Twenties. Each piece of this Legendary Reds collection comes in three new collectible Rouge G red velvet cases for an extra plush touch.
Guerlain Legendary Reds lipstick, $49 for the lipstick refill, $52 for the case, available at Sephora
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Braun Silk-Expert Pro
Best known for its innovative household appliances and men’s grooming tools, Braun has marked its 100th year with new offerings for women—headlined by the Silk-Expert Pro 5, an at-home permanent hair reduction IPL device. Clinically tested, FDA cleared and dermatologically accredited by Skin Health Alliance, this hair removal tool promises smoother skin and less visible pores with safe, quick and painless results in just four weeks. Think SensoAdapt Technology with UV Protection to intelligently read one’s skin tone to intelligently adapt the light intensity during the treatment, with no UV radiation; three Comfort Modes for adjustable intensity ranges (according to one’s level of sensitivity) and a pain-free experience; fast IPL treatment time with 125 flashes per minute (so you only need five minutes for both lower legs); and a new compact design with a precision head for better control around trickier areas like the bikini line.
Braun Silk-Expert Pro 5, $699, available at Courts
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Zyu Skincare Antioxidant Night Mask
For nights that you need a little extra skin TLC, or if your skin’s acting out and is in need of some soothing, SOS recovery, reach for Zyu Skincare’s Antioxidant Night Mask. This last step of your nightly ritual cocoons complexions with a veil of rich moisturisation and a cocktail of nourishing ingredients: soothing rosemary extract, lily extract, hydrating aloe extract, arbutin which enhances skin texture and tone, and vitamins A and E. Not only will this overnight remedy recharge the layers of skin and cell regenerating processes, it leaves skin looking and feeling plump, fresh and glowing in the morning.
Zyu Skincare Antioxidant Night Mask, $89, available at Zyu Skincare
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Moist Diane Vegan Shampoo
Did you know that Moist Diane is Japan’s number one silicone-free shampoo brand? Another fun fact: they’ve launched a new eco-friendly, vegan haircare series. This collection of four products divided into Healthy Damage Repair and Relax Smooth Repair ranges are formulated with vegan superfood ingredients like vegan keratin which harnesses the restorative power of unused green pea shells, organic botanical oils that nourish the hair follicles, and organic prickly pear that soothes the scalp and strengthens hair from root to tip—and they all come packaged in bottles made from 96 percent recycled plastic. Recommended for those suffering from dry scalps and lifeless, dull hair damaged by chemical treatments, heat styling and poor nutrition can start on the Healthy Damage Repair Basil & Avocado Shampoo which comes packed with anti-inflammatory properties to soothe, repair, strengthen and rebuild resilient locks.
Moist Diane Be True Damage Repair Healthy Vegan Shampoo, $14.90, available at Watsons
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Chloé Signature Naturelle eau de parfum
Rethinking luxury and sustainability in deeper, meaningful ways has been a top priority for many conscious fashion and beauty brands alike. Chloé’s new Signature Naturelle eau de parfum is fruit of this hopeful change.
Formulated with 100 per cent natural origin ingredients, naturally derived alcohol, and water, this vegan scent is also made with some ethically sourced ingredients to lower impact on packaging. Happily 25 per cent of the glass bottle is made with reclaimed materials. A hundred per cent of the polyester ribbon adorning the bottle and 40 per cent of the cardboard packaging are made with recycled materials, helping to lower the brand’s carbon impact further. Within however, you can expect Chloé’s classic modern rose, with a twist as ethically-sourced neroli, rose, cedarwood, and citron fill the room with a burst of this fresh, romantic scent.
But it doesn’t end there. Chloé is working in partnership with EcoMatcher—a company dedicated to addressing the climate crisis through planting trees around the world. They’ve already planted 1,000 trees in Nepal and invite customers to be part of their Grow a Tree with Chloé campaign, with every Chloé client receiving a tree with any purchase of Signature Naturelle eau de parfum.
Chloé Signature Naturelle eau de parfum, $251 for 100ml eau de parfum, available at Sephora
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Rationale The Vitality Collection #2 The Hydragel
Tried one hydrating gel, tried them all—right? Not exactly. At least not with the case of Rationale. Perfect for those with surface-oily skin that also happens to be dehydrated deep within, this hydragel forms a protective barrier over skin, shielding it against lifestyle stressors by forming an ultrafine mesh of ceramic microspheres across the skin. It can be used in the day and night, and contains minerals, enzymes, bioactive vitamins C, A (retinol), and curiously—melanin to not only promote elastin production but refine skin texture while delivering hydration and antioxidants that slow down the signs of premature fine lines and wrinkles.
Rationale The Vitality Collection #2 The Hydragel, $184, available at Rationale
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M.A.C VIVA GLAM x Keith Haring Lipstick in Canal Blue
If you’re out of beauty-related Christmas gift ideas and want the gift that keeps on giving—literally—consider this life-saving lipstick by M.A.C. For over 27 years, M.A.C’s iconic VIVA GLAM lipsticks have helped in supporting the health and rights of those affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as women and girls, and the LGBTQIA+ community. Remarkably, through VIVA GLAM, M.A.C has raised over US$500,000,000 globally.
This year, M.A.C’s VIVA GLAM collection honours the work of late visionary artist Keith Haring in three special-edition lipsticks in his signature colour palette. Haring who himself passed from AIDS-related complications in 1990, continues to inspire new generations today with his imagery.
Here in Singapore, 100 per cent of the selling price of every VIVA GLAM lipstick is donated to Action for AIDs (AfA) and used for its Mobile Testing Service, which aims to make HIV counselling and testing more accessible and available to high-risk persons. The collection comes in a vibrant matte red, a frosted yellow and our pick, a bold blue matte lipstick with micro-pearlescent particles known as Canal Blue.
M.A.C VIVA GLAM x Keith Haring Lipstick, $33, available at Sephora
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La Mer The Hydrating Infused Emulsion
Ticking all the boxes of bouncy, radiant, healthy skin, La Mer’s new The Hydrating Infused Emulsion is a featherlight hydrator that’s packed with nutrient-rich kelp and soy (everything from vitamins A, C, D and E to zinc and iron); the iconic calming, cell-renewing Miracle Broth, and lime tea concentrate, an antioxidant-packed concentrate that works to fight free radicals and support skin’s harmony. Together, they deliver all-day healing, skin-quenching hydration that strengthens, rebalances and boosts renewal. The brand’s first emulsion is silky and quick-absorbing, lusciously gliding onto skin before swiftly imparting an enviable dewy glow as it penetrates in seconds.
La Mer The Hydrating Infused Emulsion, $200 for 50ml, available at Sephora
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Chanel Exclusive Creation Les 4 Ombre N°5
For the holidays, the Chanel Makeup Creation Studio drew inspiration from N°5 and “100 years of celebrity”. Reflecting both the golden elixir and glamour of the red carpet, this 13-piece collection seeks to adorn eyes and skin with decadent pops of gilt and glitter-flecked black, while lips and nails get draped in shades of festive, fiery red. The Les 4 Ombres N°5 Exclusive Creation is a real collectors item with perennial shades you can use all year round, with a shimmery white, satiny amber, sparkling champagne and deep, intense matte black for full on festive grandeur and definition.
Chanel Exclusive Creation Les 4 Ombre N°5, $100, available at Chanel
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Harnessing the skin rejuvenating powers of some of the world’s most potent plants, Herbal Face Food prides itself in multi-correction, antioxidant-rich serums that feed the skin a whopping 100,000 times more youth-boosting benefits than traditional vitamin C (according to the brand and the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity rating). The Cure is a serum that contains 50 botanicals, including 20 ultra-rare plant concentrates, to address and remedy conditions like maskne, acne, rosacea, melanoma and more. A warming sensation can be expected after each application, with the formula stimulating blood flow to help deliver the nutrients deep into the skin.
Herbal Face Food The Cure, $285 for 30ml, available at Freia Medical and Freia Aesthetics
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Le Labo Thé Matcha 26
For the Japanese and those who appreciate the culture, ‘matcha‘ calls to mind so much more than just tea accords. It speaks of meditation and contemplation; communion with self and others. Le Labo this season invites us to go inwards in this matcha-inspired scent, infused with a present fig note that’s grounded by soft vetiver, cedar woods and bitter orange. Described as an introverted ‘skin scent’, Thé Matcha 26 will have you sniffing your body to observe how the fragrance develops and evolve on your body. Pick this up at the new Le Labo Marina Bay Sands, located at L1-36, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018956 or WhatsApp for personal service +65 8940 1126.
Thé Matcha 26, $277 for 50ml eau de parfum, available at Le Labo
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One of three stunning new fragrances from Louboutin Beauty‘s new Loubiworld EDP Intense collection, Loubiprince is a gender-neutral perfume that immediately plunges us into the mystery and magic of Egypt. Housed in this lacquered gold-capped bottle, is a sensual amber woody scent by French perfumer, Fanny Bal. Joining warm amber are cistus, sandalwood, creamy tonka bean—in an offering that’s at once addicting and hypnotic.
Loubiprince, $490 for 90ml eau de parfum, available at Tangs
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MAC Cosmetics M.A.C x L Powder Blush in Melba
You’ve learned the lyrics of Money, mastered the Lalisa choreography, and now, you too, can get dolled up like Blackpink’s Lisa with her first-ever make-up collection with MAC Cosmetics: the limited edition M.A.C. x L Combining new shades and all-time favourites, these pieces are her go-tos for stage performances and music videos, from Powder Blush in Melba; Brushstroke 24-Hour Liners in Brushblack and Brushbrown; Powder Kiss Liquid Lipcolours Rhythm ‘N’ Roses, Swoon For Blooms and Pink Roses; and M.A.C x L Eye Shadow Palette, sintered by her beloved cats and favourite ice-cream flavours with shade names like Leo, Louis, Lily and Milk Tea. Naturally, the K-pop idol matched these high-performance formulas by dressing her collection in equally high style: “I chose purple and glitter as the main look to give off a modern and glamorous feel”.
M.A.C x L Powder Blush in Melba, $48, available at Sephora
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Chantecaille Gold Recovery Intense Concentrate A.M./P.M.
Chantecaille’s newest daytime-nighttime skincare innovation boasts the most powerful gold ingredient on the market—100 percent vegan gold heptapeptide. Comprised of ampoules to use at the start and end of your day, the Chantecaille Gold Recovery Intense Concentrate A.M./P.M. is formulated with an unprecedented cocktail of botanicals and new-to-market scientific ingredients that take shifts to revive and repair fatigued, dull and stressed skin. Used in your morning regimes, the A.M. concentrate zooms in on combatting dullness, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and firmness with bakuchiol, a gentle, natural alternative to retinol—combined with a host of ingredients like light-activated enzymes and revitalising micro algae. The P.M. concentrate targets overnight restoration, with reparative enzymes, an amino acid-copper complex, and bionymph peptide stem cell extract that, together with the new gold heptapeptide, work on boosting cellular renewal and radiance while you sleep.
Chantecaille Gold Recovery Intense Concentrate A.M./P.M.,$500 for a set of four, available at TANGS at Tang Plaza
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Clinique Smart Clinical Repair Wrinkle Serum
Just like how there are different types of fine lines and wrinkles, there are multiple ways of tackling them—and Clinique‘s Smart Clinical Repair Wrinkle Serum prides itself on ticking all the boxes. Engineered with a trifecta of powerhouse technologies, this unique serum contains the brand’s exclusive CL1870 Peptitde Complex that repairs skin by boosting natural collagen product and strengthening the dermal matrix; a next-generation retinoid that visibly reduces wrinkles and smoothes texture; and a potent dose of hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture and replump the skin. Having tested on 28 Asian women who used this product twice a day for 10 days, Clinique’s studies show 20 percent visible reduction in stubborn lines in under two weeks.
Clinique Smart Clinical Repair Wrinkle Correcting Serum, $110 for 30ml, available at TANGS at Tangs Plaza