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Dior Capture Totale Super Potent Serum Foundation, $112
A cutting-edge foundation that not only cares for complexions but improves skin health the longer you use it, the new Dior Capture Totale Super Potent Serum Foundation is a feat of make-up hybrids. Powered by Dior science’s floral expertise and knowledge of stem cells, this flexible formula envelops faces with hydration, diffusion and a seamless glow in six versatile shades, while below the surface, it works on visibly correcting signs of ageing, like firmness, fine lines, pigmentation and dullness—results tracked by artificial intelligence systems designed specifically to measure the effectiveness of this unique foundation.
Dior Capture Totale Super Potent Serum Foundation, $112, available at Sephora
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Byredo Mumbai Noise, $274 for 50ml eau de parfum
For founder and creative director of Byredo Ben Gorham, his roots to Mumbai run deep: “From a young age, almost as soon as I was born, I would often travel to India to spend time with my grandmother in Chembur, Mumbai. I have very vivid childhood memories of my experiences there–and, after she passed, it wasn’t until my 20s that I returned. When I did, it looked extremely different—but still felt extremely familiar. With Mumbai Noise, I wanted to express that idea: to present an exploration of the city today, anchored in my memories of its past.”
Byredo Mumbai Noise, $274 for 50ml eau de parfum, available at escentials
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Dashing Diva Glaze in Silver Holic, $25
Best known for their press-on nails for effortlessly chic manicures and pedicures in minutes, Dashing Diva has launched Glaze, a new volume gel nail that provides that salon-like gel effect at home. Each box comes with 34 sticker strips of varying sizes to best fit your fingernails—just stick on, snip and file to your nail length, and with just a single curing with the gel lamp (sold separately), you’ll get glossy dome-shaped nails look as if you’ve gotten three perfectly painted coats from every angle. Oh and specially for Blinks, you’d want to get your hands on these Silver Holic ones that were spotted on Blackpink’s Jennie.
Dashing Diva Glaze, $25, available at Dashing Diva
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Dyson Flyaway Attachment, $79
When the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer launched, it revolutionised the way we dried and styled our hair. And just when you thought this device couldn’t get any better, smarter or more versatile with its diffuser and various nozzles, the brand presents the Flyaway attachment. Designed to mimic a salon-standard round-brush blow out, this C-shaped finishing tool harnesses the Coanda effect to smoothen, de-frizz and add shine to hair without extreme heat—all with just one hand, in one stroke.
Dyson Flyaway Attachment, $79, available at Dyson
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Chanel L'eau de Mousse, $76 for 150ml
The newest addition to Chanel’s The Cleansing Collection is ultra plush and gentle—L’eau de Mousse is a soap-free, sulfate-free micellar formula that combines mild, plant-derived cleansing agents and an amino acid derivative to gently remove impurities from the skin. A single pump dispenses a watery liquid that transforms into a luscious creamy foam when massaged onto skin, removing make-up, dirt, excess sebum and dead skin cells, while also other active ingredients like marine salicornia extract and blue microalgae extract help to fortify and relieve environmental damage.
Chanel L’Eau de Mousse, $76 for 150ml, available at Tangs
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Urban Decay The Vegan Naked Cyber Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay’s Naked Eyeshadow Palette is back, this time with a Cyber edition that’s set to transport your eye looks into cyborg-worthy realms. From peachy-mint Cyberspace to brick red with icy blue contrast pigments in Y3K, these 12 shimmery neutrals, gleaming pastels and reflective colour-changing duo chromes offer varying levels of iridescence and vibrancy, all in the brand’s signature velvety vegan formulas that are highly pigmented, ultra-blendable and made to be used wet or dry. And if you want a galactic foiled effect, mist the tapered brush with the All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray.
Urban Decay The Vegan Naked Cyber Eyeshadow Palette, $83, available at Sephora
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Dr Dennis Gross Advanced Retinol+Ferulic range
If you’re into pro-youth skin solutions that erase fine lines, wrinkles, refine texture and more, it’s likely you’re no stranger to retinol. The anti-ageing vitamin A-derived active remains the gold standard for improving the complexion, but it’s worth noting that the skin does pay the price in redness, irritation, flaking and dryness. Not so with Dr Dennis Gross‘ new Advanced Retinol+Ferulic range, which is potent and clinically proven to boost skin texture, zero-in on breakouts and enlarged pores and fine lines—all while being gentle on sensitive skin.
Take the Advanced Retinol + Ferulic Texture Renewal Serum, for instance. It improves the skin’s collagen-building properties while reducing the appearance of blemishes with its Phyto-Retinol blend comprised of retinol, bakuchiol, rambutan and ferulic acid. Alongside these clarity and radiance-inducing ingredients are powerful hydrators such as squalane and hyaluronic acid. Or, for targeted care, the Advanced Retinol + Ferulic Triple Correction Eye Serum which reduces the look of wrinkles and crepiness to firm, hydate the eye area. It also doubles as an eye primer before make-up.
Of course, you can cherry pick the products from this collection to incorporate into your existing regime, but we’ve found this entire line helpful for a complete skin overhaul.
Dr Dennis Gross Advanced Retinol+Ferulic Triple Correction Eye Serum, $105; Advanced Retinol+Ferulic Texture Renewal Serum, $108; Advanced Retinol+Ferulic Overnight Wrinkle Treatment, $123; Advanced Retinol+Ferulic Overnight Texture Renewal Peel, $112, available at Sephora
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Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix
The muscles of the face are the only ones in the entire body that are directly attached to skin, so it’s no surprise to learn that, according to Estée Lauder Research, increased repetitive movements—like blinking more as a result of staying up later—accelerates signs of eye ageing. To help remedy this, Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex supports skin’s natural nightly repair process to reduce the look of under-eye lines, crow’s feet, glabellar ‘11’ lines, and dark circles, while also stimulating collagen production for improved elasticity and firmness. It’s 360° Mesh Matrix Technology then cushions the delicate eye area against micro movements. Apply this eye concentrate with the accompanying cryo-steel wand to cool puffy eyes and boost microcirculation.
Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex, $120, available at Tangs
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Sisleÿa L’intégral Anti-Age Anti-Dark Spot Serum
We covet radiant skin, but how does that actually happen? Here’s where science meets the sophisticated artistry of Sisley’s formulations. After researchers discovered that the skin’s surface reflects 10 per cent of the light that hits it, they took a multifaceted approach in boosting its radiance. In addition to incorporating ingredients such as Lansium extract to disrupt melanin production—which is responsible for hyperpigmentation and dark, patchy areas—they also added minerals to boost oxygenation and cell respiration as well as wild rose extract to reduce sallow tones. The serum also improves collagen production, which acts like an internal ‘mirror’ to help reflect the light absorbed by the skin. The smoother the skin’s surface, the denser and more reinforced the dermis, and the more luminous the complexion appears.
Sisleÿa L’intégral Anti-Age Anti-Dark Spot Serum, $620, available at Metro
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Estee Lauder Double Wear Sheer Long-Wear Makeup SPF20PA++
Sheer and long-wearing make-up seems to be an oxymoron: not so with Estee Lauder’s new Double Wear Sheer Long-Wear Makeup SPF20PA++. A foundation for our times, this formula is super breathable and lightweight (you’ve probably had sunscreens thicker than this texture) and offers a sheer-to-light buildable coverage for days where your complexion needs a little zhuzh on those Zoom calls. It imparts moisture to dry, patchy areas of the face and is clever enough to keep shine-prone hotspots under control, leaving the skin fresh and colour-true. The foundation claims to be humidity and sweat resistant, though oilier skin types will definitely benefit from a light touch of loose powder to lock it all in.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Sheer Long-Wear Makeup SPF20PA++, $71, available at Sephora
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su:m37 Losec Summa Luxury Makeup Box
One luxe make-up box to rule them all? K-Beauty brand, products in su:m37’s Losec Summa Luxury Makeup Box come housed in a keepsake vessel inspired by Greek sculptor Pheidias, the artist-craftsman behind the Parthenon. In this elegant, intricately designed box comes seven base, lip and eye products. The set includes the glow-inducing Losec Summa Golden Cushion (shade no.1), the Losec Summa Liquid Concealer in light beige; a coral pink cream blush to revitalise all skin tones. For the eyes: a grey brown angled brow pencil, a black gel eyeliner, and a quad eyeshadow palette with wearable beige, gold brown, coral pink and deep brown hues. Rounding off the set, the Golden Lipstick infused in gold powders in a vivid brick orange shade. The set is worth $466 and might be just the pre-holiday present to treat yourself with.
su:m37° Losec Summa Luxury Makeup Box, $398, available at su:m37° stores and Tangs
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Davines The Purity Circle Hair & Scalp Mask
Aside from your regular shampoo and conditioner combo, when was the last time you gave your scalp and tresses a proper deep clean? Enter this detoxifying mask, geared at removing impurities such as sweat, pollution, dust, heavy metals and more for a seriously clean and healthy mane. It contains free radical-fighting matcha and bamboo charcoal which absorbs and pulls out impurities. Apply this directly to the scalp before shampooing and leave on for 10 minutes before going through the rest of your regime. Best of all, this mask is just one in a wide range of hair treatments in Davines The Circle Chronicles Hair & Scalp Masks—from The Renaissance Circle for repairing lifeless hair to The Spotlight Circle hair masks which restores shine to locks, mix, match and hair spa at home with this multi-mask collection
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Shiseido Professional Sublimic Wonder Shield
If you’re constantly struggling with frizzy, damaged and dry unruly hair, it’s time you tried Shiseido Professional’s bestselling leave-in homecare treatment, Sublimic Wonder Shield. This lightweight mist essence covers all the bases: First, it does what it’s name says—it forms a protective barrier over hair cuticles to shield tresses against external stressors like UV rays, heat damage, humidity and environmental pollution. This also helps to reduce frizz and remove unpleasant odors, while maintaining a silky smooth texture that makes hair much easier to tame and style. Many also reach for this to help prolong the results of in-salon treatments, to keep hair fresh in between wash days, or to help wet hair dry quickly for maximum convenience and better hair health. This new limited edition packaging has been designed in collaboration with Japanese calligrapher Mikitype, and marks the brand’s first steps towards a more sustainable future. Giving back to its source, Shiseido Professional has partnered with international NGO WaterAid to donate part of the products’ earnings to support and raise awareness about water conservation and enable access to clean water in communities in need.
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Smile Direct Club Teeth Whitening Kit with LED Light
We may be wearing masks all the time, but all that just makes way for an even grander reveal of our full face and smile when the food arrives at the table. Smile Direct Club is the go-to spot for straighter teeth with their clear, effortless Aligners that can be worn all day long or night time only, but they also have a trusty teeth whitening kit that you can use at home for a whiter, brighter smile in just one week. This six-month set comes with four bright on pens that contain the same enamel-safe whitening agent used by dentists, with a no-mess brush applicator that lets you “paint” the gel directly onto teeth, before you put on the 20-LED accelerator light to boost its illuminating effects which removes years of tough stains with low to no sensitivity. Data has shown results of up to nine shades whiter after one full week treatment, lasting up to six months.
Teeth Whitening Kit with LED Light (6 months of whitening), USD40, available at shop.smiledirectclub.com
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We-Vibe Touch X
Have you ever mistaken a facial tool for a vibrator (or vice versa), because of its shape or vibrating function? Well, the team at We-Vibe heard us and have developed a triple-function device that can be used as you please: Touch X. Lightweight, waterproof and ergonomically designed, this whisper-quiet device is ultimately a cute but powerful vibrator, caressing all of your erogenous zones with its sensuous curves and seven gentle-to-powerful vibration modes. But We-Vibe also recommends this device for a quick body or facial massage, what with its circulation-stimulating capabilities, easily targeting pressure points with pulsating motions to help to relax muscles and alleviate tension from head to toe.
We-Vibe Touch X, $140, available at Guardian