Best Beauty Buys is The Singapore Women’s Weekly’s annual awards to discover the most effective and game-changing skincare, haircare and makeup products for busy women and their families. The products were road-tested by a group of mums, and these are their picks.

Find yourself more willing to splurge on a gift for others than on yourself? Us too. In fact, research has shown that people are happier when they spend money on others. 

The reasons why we do this are many, but they generally boil down to wanting to make our friends and family happy. We want to give them things that they would not ordinarily get for themselves, because we love them and want to treat them.

But, wait! Hear us out. It’s important to pamper ourselves too. After all, our children model their behaviour on ours, and we need to show them that we are our own biggest advocates, so that they in turn learn to treat themselves the way they deserve. 

So when you’re next buying a luxurious treat for your mum or bestie, get something for yourself too. Make pampering yourself a thing in 2024… because you are so worth it.

1. Best Rich Moisturiser: Tatcha The Dewy Skin Cream

Best Rich Moisturiser: Tatcha The Dewy Skin Cream

If you have a friend who’s always trying to achieve dewy, plump and hydrated skin, make her day and gift her a tub of this rich Tatcha cream. Boasting a blend of Japanese anti-ageing superfoods like green tea, purple rice, and algae, as well as hyaluronic acid and lipids to lock in moisture, it’s a wonderful treat for thirsty skin.

$125 for 50ml

Shop at Sephora | Lazada

2. Best Lightweight Moisturiser For Combi Skin: Tatcha The Water Cream

Best Lightweight Moisturiser For Combi Skin Tatcha The Water Cream

Lightweight, refreshing, and nourishing – this cream is a strong contender for top gifts of 2024 for someone with combination skin. Japanese botanicals lend their powers (and amazing fragrance) to this Tatcha cream, including wild rose to calm the skin and spirit, leopard lily to reduce excess oil, Okinawa red algae to help the skin retain moisture, and Akita rice to nourish and moisturise dry parts of the face. 

$125 for 50ml

Shop at Sephora | Lazada

3. Best Luxurious Moisturiser: Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme+ Youth Power Soft Creme Moisturizer

Best Luxurious Moisturiser Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme+ Youth Power Soft Creme Moisturizer

If you’ve been meaning to target those signs of ageing as your beauty goal for 2024, this is your sign to click “shop”. This indulgent cream is enriched with potent anti-ageing and cell renewal botanicals like hibiscus morning bloom extract, moringa extract, and cactus stem cell extract to tackle multiple signs of ageing at a go. Filling in lines and wrinkles, strengthening crepey skin, lifting and toning saggy skin, and brightening up dull and tired skin… your revitalised face and soul will agree that this is worth every cent.

$215 for 75ml

Shop at Lazada | Sephora

4. Best Value-For-Money Sunscreen: Allie Chrono Beauty Gel UV EX SPF50+ PA++++

Best Value-For-Money Sunscreen: Allie Chrono Beauty Gel UV EX SPF50+ PA++++

Not all gifts have to cost a pretty penny. Gifting someone a wonderful value-for-money sunscreen that she can easily repurchase for herself is pretty dope. Introduce this amazing pocket-friendly sunscreen to a fellow mum. For starters, its lightweight gel texture makes it a breeze to apply. Add on its water and sweat resistance, hydrating properties, and ability to prevent small particles from sticking to the skin – and this sunscreen now has a new fan.

$15.25 for 40g

Shop at Watson (via Amazon Fresh)

5. Best Multitasking Sunscreen: Two Lips Screen Pore-Refining Sunscreen SPF 50 PA +++

Best Multitasking Sunscreen Two Lips Screen Pore-Refining Sunscreen SPF 50 PA +++

Get this awesome Two Lips sunscreen for someone who is always in a rush and loves a high-powered multifunctional product. Packed with skin-loving ingredients like prebiotics, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid to balance the skin’s microbiome, protect its barrier, and keep it moisturised; you can legit skip the moisturiser on those crazy days and put this dual-function sunscreen on before heading out.

$70 for 50ml

Shop at Two Lips | Shopee

6. Best Ultra-Luxe Sleep Mask: Noble Panacea The Exceptional Chronobiology Sleep Mask

Best Ultra-Luxe Sleep Mask: Noble Panacea The Exceptional Chronobiology Sleep Mask

See this as enjoying a luxurious facial treatment like you would at a spa, from the comfort of your own bed. Coming in at a heftier price tag, this is a worthy buy for your mum if you want to spoil her. The clever sleeping mask releases a sequence of concentrated anti-ageing active ingredients all through the night, calibrated to work with your body and its natural circadian rhythm of sleep cycles for maximum efficiency. 

$520 for 8 doses

Shop at Tangs

7. Best Anti-Ageing Eye Cream: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Gel-Creme

Best Anti-Ageing Eye Cream Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Gel-Creme

Give yourself the gift of bright, youthful eyes. This lightweight gel cream seeks to lighten, brighten, and correct dark eye circles of every colour, whether they are blue, purple, or brown. A power-packed blend of antioxidants, vitamin E, peptides and sodium hyaluronate protect, repair and moisturise the delicate skin around your eyes, putting that priceless sparkle into your eyes every morning.

$128 for 15ml

Shop at Lazada | Sephora

8. Best Nourishing Serum For Dull Skin: Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate 

Best Nourishing Serum For Dull Skin Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

Instead of asking your mum friend why she looks so tired (you know why), give her a bottle of this concentrated anti-ageing serum. Containing heavily researched ingredients such as fermented roselle extract that smooths and firms the skin, and heartleaf extract that strengthens the skin and boosts its defences, this serum helps prep the skin for both day and night.

$125 for 30ml

Shop at Sephora | Lazada

9. Best Pampering Anti-Ageing Moisturiser: Dior Prestige La Creme

Best Pampering Anti-Ageing Moisturiser Dior Prestige La Creme

Looking for the ultimate pampering anti-ageing cream? Rich and intense without being overwhelming, this cream goes on like the most comforting, pillowy quilt at the end of a long day. Powered by the Dior-patented rosapeptide complex, a regenerative extract combining the sap of the Rose de Granville (a Dior-cultivated flower) and collagen-boosting peptides, this sumptuous cream smooths wrinkles, plumps up loose skin, lifts and tones saggy skin, and restores radiance. 

$220 for 15ml

Shop at Sephora

10. Best Firming Device For Face And Body: Est.Lab VitaLift A+ SmartSculpt Buddy

Best Firming Device For Face And Body Est.Lab VitaLift A+ SmartSculpt Buddy

Grant your buddy the gift of a personal face workout on the go. Est.Lab’s sculpting tool tones and strengthens facial muscles through a combination of electrical muscle stimulation and sonic vibration therapy that increases blood circulation and boosts the production of collagen and elastin. Using this for 15 minutes on the jawline, forehead, cheeks, and neck will go a long way in achieving a tauter, smoother and more youthful complexion. 

$298

Shop at Est.Lab | Lazada

11. Best Multipurpose Cleansing Device: Iren Shizen Skin Genie Pro Cleansing Brush + LED Light Therapy

Best Multipurpose Cleansing Device Iren Shizen Skin Genie Pro Cleansing Brush + LED Light Therapy

You know how a cleansing brush feels like it would be great to have, only… it feels like a splurge? Well, yeah, it is, but if you consider how this Iren Shizen brush can help you deep cleanse your pores AND give you a LED light therapy facial too? We say it’s a worthy investment. This little device comes with four different LED light settings to target signs of ageing, treat acne, brighten skin, and soothe inflammation while massaging your face.

$168

Shop at Takashimaya

12. Best Skin-Tightening Device: Amiro R3 Turbo RF Skin Tightening Device

Best Skin-Tightening Device Amiro R3 Turbo RF Skin Tightening Device

You can’t give anyone the fountain of youth, but you can definitely give them this amazing facial rejuvenation tool. Using a combination of radiofrequency, electrical muscle stimulation, infrared light and LED lights, it smooths wrinkles in every zone, tightens and lifts saggy skin, and defines the jawline. 

$527

Shop at Amiro Beauty

13. Best Rejuvenating Eye Patches: Augustinus Bader The Eye Patches

Best Rejuvenating Eye Patches Augustinus Bader The Eye Patches

The gift of these rejuvenating eye patches will be like a breath of fresh air, especially if puffy eyes, dark eye circles, or eye bags are among the problems faced. Each pair of hydrogel eye patches are supercharged with hydrating, soothing and strengthening ingredients, including hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, vitamins B5 and E, fermented polysaccharides, and green tea extract. 

$192 for 6 pairs 

Shop at Sephora

14. Best Pampering Eye Mask: Mtm Labo Custom-Blended Eye Mask

Best Pampering Eye Mask Mtm Labo Custom-Blended Eye Mask

Is there anything better than a custom-blended eye mask for an exhausted mum? This set includes a bottle of essence featuring four hand-selected nourishing plant-based extracts, as well as 12 pairs of collagen pads soaked in a concoction of alpha-arbutin, collagen, peptides, and liquorice root extract. When used together, they promise to reduce wrinkles, brighten dark eye circles, and prevent hyperpigmentation.

$358 for 20ml and 12 pairs of collagen pads

Shop at Mtm Labo | Lazada

15. Best Pampering Gel Cleanser: Glowfully Charcoal Beads Gel Cleanser

Best Pampering Gel Cleanser Glowfully Charcoal Beads Gel Cleanser

Few cleansers come close to this one when it comes to pampering. Containing beads of detoxifying charcoal that instantly draws out dirt and oil from the pores, and scented with the fragrance of geranium essential oils, it provides a spa-like wash experience.

$40.80 for 100ml

Shop at Lazada | Tangs

16. Best Luxurious Body Oil For Dry Skin: Laura Mercier Neroli Du Sud Bath & Body Oil

Best Luxurious Body Oil For Dry Skin: Laura Mercier Neroli Du Sud Bath & Body Oil

When you’re not quite sure what to give your pal on her birthday, a luxurious bath and body oil such as this Laura Mercier Neroli Du Sud oil is a fabulous idea. First off, it’s a real treat to the senses, pampering both body and mind with its floral and citrus notes of orange, lavender and verbena. Nourishing body oils also hydrate and strengthen the skin, bestowing a healthy glow for the next few days after use.

$114 for 100ml

Shop at Sephora | Selfridges

17. Best Exfoliating Gel Cleanser: Onsensou Body Cleanser Kabosu

Best Exfoliating Gel Cleanser: Onsensou Body Cleanser Kabosu

For those super long and exhausting days that never seem to end, you’ll want to break out a bottle of this Onsensou body cleanser to pamper yourself. Formulated with AHA to exfoliate dead skin cells; as well as liquorice, yeast extract, and hot spring algae extract that are rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, you’ll feel noticeably lighter and more refreshed after washing the satisfying lather off.

$45 for 300ml

Shop at Lazada | Asian Beauty X

18. Best Scented Moisturiser: Sol de Janeiro Bom Dia Bright Cream

Best Scented Moisturiser: Sol De Janeiro Bom Dia Bright Cream

Fragrances have the power to transform your mood; this scented body cream most certainly can. Put a smile on your friend’s face with a tub of heavenly-smelling Sol de Janeiro Bom Dia body cream. It smells exactly like what you’d imagine a good morning would smell like – think sweet black plum and uplifting amber woods – to help you start your day on the right, glowy foot. Fortified with fruit AHAs and vitamin C to brighten, soothe and smooth the skin.

$77 for 240ml

Shop at Sephora

Best Mood-Lifting Body Scrub: & Other Stories Sicilian Sunrise Body Scrub

Gift a beautiful Sicilian sunrise in a tub of divine-smelling body scrub. This smoothing sugar scrub polishes skin gently, leaving it feeling refreshed and silky to the touch. Best used with eyes closed to let the ubiquitous Sicilian scent of fresh lemons, grapefruit, jasmine, pear, and cedarwood wash over you as you imagine sitting under the Sicilian evening sky, savouring a cannoli with the sea breeze on your face.

$28 for 250ml

Shop at Zalora

20. Best Scented Body Cream For Mature Skin: Sol de Janeiro Beija Flor Elasti-Cream

Best Scented Body Cream For Mature Skin: Sol De Janeiro Beija Flor Elasti-Cream

Boost someone’s mood and collagen levels with this skin boosting and delicious-smelling body cream. High-performing ingredients such as plant collagen and cacay oil (which acts like a gentle retinol alternative) form the basis of this rich cream, plumping and replenishing tired skin with every massage of the product into the skin. The fresh, fruity fragrance of pink dragonfruit and Brazilian jasmine is the icing on the cake.

$77 for 240ml

Shop at Sephora | Revolve

21. Best Scented Volumising Shampoo: Oribe Magnificent Volume Shampoo

Best Scented Volumising Shampoo  Oribe Magnificent Volume Shampoo

Oribe shampoo makes for a wonderful gift on two counts: its ubiquitous efficacy, and understated sense of luxury thanks to its signature scent of citrus and floral notes. This hair-thickening shampoo works by cleansing the scalp gently with coconut and natural sugars; strengthening the hair follicles with plant-based ingredients like lupine protein, saw palmetto extract, and moringa seed extract; and thickening the strands with high-tech polymers that don’t weigh them down. Keep the link handy because you’ll be repurchasing this for sure.

$73 for 250ml

Shop at Amazon | StrawberryNet

22. Best Scented Conditioner For Limp Hair: Oribe Magnificent Volume Conditioner

Best Scented Conditioner For Limp Hair Oribe Magnificent Volume Conditioner

Pamper your tresses with a conditioner that leaves your hair soft, full and luscious. With a light-as-air gel texture that coats each strand of hair with nourishing plant extracts like lupine protein, saw palmetto extrac, and hydrolysed vegetable protein; as well as high-tech polymers to plump up the hair follicles – every wash is bliss. The signature Oribe fragrance that lingers softly in your hair is the gift that keeps on giving.

$73.03 for 200ml

Shop at Amazon | StrawberryNet

23. Best Hydrating Lip Balm: Dior Beauty Dior Addict Lip Glow Balm

Best Hydrating Lip Balm Dior Addict Lip Glow Balm

If you’ve got someone who’s in search of her glow, do her a favour and give her a tube of this Dior Beauty lippie. It’s part lipstick, part lip balm and 100% awesome. Worn on its own, it gives lips a subtle, natural colour flush, and a deep dose of lasting hydration. We (and lots of makeup artists too) love its nourishing formula that is 97% made up of ingredients of natural origin like cherry oil, sunflower wax, and shea butter.

$61 for 3.2g

Shop at Amazon | Sephora

24. Best Multitasking Eyeshadow Stick: Rare Beauty All of The Above Weightless Eyeshadow Stick

Best Multitasking Eyeshadow Stick Rare Beauty All of The Above Weightless Eyeshadow Stick

This is an eyeshadow stick that multitasking mums will definitely appreciate: it lines, shades, smokes, and highlights the eyes with amazing finesse. With a creamy, multi-dimensional pearlescent formula that is crease-resistant, fade-proof, extremely buildable, and glides right on, it’s truly a joy to use. 

$37 for 1.3g

Shop at Sephora

25. Best Travel-Friendly Eyeshadow Palette: Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Sultry Eyeshadow Palette

Best Travel-Friendly Eyeshadow Palette Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Sultry Eyeshadow Palette

Know someone who would kill for an all-in-one palette for all reasons and seasons? Get this Anastasia Beverly Hills mini palette for her, pronto. It’s got all the eyeshadow shades she would need in a single palette, including everyday neutral hues and cool-toned mattes, as well as dramatic metallics and shimmery shades – all with the brand’s signature high-colour-payoff formula that goes on like a dream.

$50

Shop at Sephora

26. Best Long-Wear Blush: Rare Beauty Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush

Best Long-Wear Blush Rare Beauty Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush

Put the colour back into your cheeks with a pampering blush like this Rare Beauty liquid blush. Just two dots on each cheek are sufficient to suffuse them with a soft, healthy and long-lasting colour to help you feel and look ready for the day. The amazingly buildable and lightweight formula is available in 13 pretty shades in dewy and matte finishes to suit your mood.

$39 for 7.5ml

Shop at Sephora

27. Best Styling Putty: KMS Conscious Style Styling Putty

Best Styling Putty  KMS Conscious Style Styling Putty

If you find a reliable putty that yields naturally styled hair that lasts the whole day, it’s an automatic keeper. Gift this to the man in your life and he’ll thank you for sure. Providing a natural, textured and lasting hold without the greasiness, stickiness or stiffness of other styling products, this putty has a cult following and we can totally see why.

$37.80 for 75ml

Shop at Amazon

28. Best Giftable Shaving Cream: Acca Kappa White Moss Shaving Foam

Best Giftable Shaving Cream Acca Kappa White Moss Shaving Foam

Elevating the shaving experience tenfold with this scented shaving foam that feels like a soft, fluffy cloud on skin. Enriched with moisturising macadamia oil and shea butter, one hearty spritz helps achieve an effortlessly clean shave that leaves skin soothed and smooth.

$25 for 50ml

Shop at Takashimaya

29. Best Moisturiser For Men: Shiseido Men Hydrating Lotion Clear

Best Moisturiser For Men Shiseido Men Hydrating Lotion Clear

For the husband who doesn’t (yet) believe in moisturising, this hydrating lotion will change his mind. Its specially formulated with antioxidants and moisturising ingredients for male skin, tackling common concerns such as oiliness, dryness and dullness. It gets absorbed speedily, so there’s no reason for your man to complain or stop using it.

$48 for 150ml

Shop at Lazada | Sephora

Prices are accurate at time of publication.

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