These Are Some Of Our Favourite Beauty Products We're Loving Right Now
Su:m37 Losec Summa Elixir Cream, $466
I like a cream that delivers all the goodness sans stickiness. With its patented Aura Enzyme and Ferm Theriaca, this new launch does just that. Using fermentation science, it minimises inflammation from external stressors, while promoting collagen production in the dermis layer to induce skin turnover, deeply purifying and regenerating skin from within.
Available at Su:m37 stores, Tangs Plaza and Isetan Tampines
Chanel Les Beiges Water-Fresh Blush, $84, in four shades
Feeling more like skincare than makeup, Les Beiges Water-Fresh Blush is a fresh take on blushers. Featuring microfluidic technology, an innovative process first used in Chanel’s Hydra Beauty skincare line, the blush has a light gel texture formulated with micro- droplets that melt into skin for subtly rosy cheeks and an immediate cooling sensation.
Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Sooooo... Glow, $16 for a chain to $84 for a case
Have fun with makeup with these refillable and customisable lipstick cases and charms – there are 15 shades, three cases and six charms to choose from. Though intensely pigmented, the vegan- friendly range provides buildable coverage. Its first application leaves a comfortable balm that intensifies in colour with subsequent applications.
Available at Tangs
La Prairie Skin Caviar Nighttime Oil, $820
With caviar lipids and caviar-derived retinol, the exclusive-to-La Prairie Caviar Retinol harnesses the line-erasing potential of caviar. Imbued with Caviar Retinol, this oil is designed to work in conjunction with skin’s natural circadian rhythms to counteract age-induced effects, while its oily composition creates an instant temporary outer barrier to minimise water loss at night. I use it as the last step of my PM ritual, so this luxurious formula seals in moisture and active ingredients.
Available at La Prairie stores and counters
Jurlique Activating Water Essence+, $95
With an improved formula using new biodynamic botanicals such as lavender, rose gallica, calendula and marshmallow root, this best-selling essence is clinically proven to increase immediate hydration by 155 per cent. My skin is instantly soothed with a few pats of this light, quick-absorbing formula. Still, my favourite part has to be the calming lavender and calendula scent that has me smiling every time I reach this step of my routine.
Available at Jurlique stores
Hermes Twilly Eau Ginger eau de parfum, $113 for 30ml
I love the taste and smell of ginger, but I was surprised to find it in a fragrance as a key ingredient. However, it works, especially in the hands of Hermes. Weaving candied ginger together with peony and cedar, this spirited scent exudes sunshine and joyful energy. It’s my go-to when I desire a burst of exuberance.
Available at Hermes stores
Anastasia Beverly Hills Magic Touch Concealer, $47, in 16 shades
I’ve always had the idea that different concealers are needed for different concerns – until I used this one. This tiny yet mighty multitasker conceals imperfections, brightens the under-eye area, highlights and contours. Its medium-to-full coverage, coupled with its blurring effect, allows more smooth blending without creasing.
Dior Prestige Le Sucre De Gommage, $160
I’ve tried my fair share of luxury beauty products and often, the emphasis is either on the packaging or the formulation, but Le Sucre De Gommage is luxury from beginning to end. The hefty glass jar with a beautiful gold scoop is just the start. The scrub, with its fine sugar micro-crystals that melt into a nourishing mask texture after massaging, is devoid of the dry, uncomfortable effect that some exfoliants leave. Le Sucre De Gommage is part of Dior’s Prestige series which has found a fan in Blackpink Jisoo (she uses the range’s serum — Le Micro-Serum De Rose Yeux Advanced.)
The star product of the Japanese brand’s whitening line, this essence contains a vitamin C derivative that is rich in antioxidants, and has high stability and permeability. This variant penetrates our skin 10 times faster than other vitamin C derivatives, and helps to moisturise, balance sebum secretion and fight inflammation. Despite its thicker consistency, it absorbs quickly. After three weeks of use, my skin looks more translucent than usual.
Rare Beauty Stay Vulnerable Liquid Eyeshadow in Nearly Neutral, $33
It’s my first time experimenting with liquid eyeshadow, and I had doubts about whether it would amplify the creases on my lids, and take too long to set. However, this weightless, liquid-to-powder eyeshadow put all my doubts to rest. It blends seamlessly to impart a long-lasting, waterproof and crease-resistant colour. One caveat: Work quickly before it sets to powder for that soft, satin finish.
Tatcha Indigo Overnight Repair 2-in-1 Serum in Cream, $140
If you don’t like the heaviness of most night creams, try this light serum in cream that contains a quadruple lipid complex and hyaluronic acid to replenish the skin barrier. Another key ingredient is mondo grass root that helps to balance skin’s microbiome. It also has a light scent derived from rice and green tea – ingredients that plump and soften skin.
I am a four-week skincare programme convert, as I typically see results at the two-week mark. However, I was initially sceptical of 111Skin Concentrates’ lofty claims. So imagine my pleasant surprise when I wake up to brighter, more even skin after three continuous nights of use. Thanks to its natural blend of citric, tartaric and lactic acids, this lightweight 7-day programme with five targeted systems – Reparative, Clarity, Intensive, Treatment and Radiance – takes the place of serum for a week, and is gentle enough on my sensitive skin.
Penhaligon’s The Coveted Duchess Rose Eau de Parfum, $420
From Penhaligon’s Portraits line, this perfume is a tease. At first sniff, the mandarin top note gives off a subtly sweet scent. Smell it again and rose centifolia and damascene rose have set in to give a floral heart. My favourite part? The sensual hint of musky wood that lingers on me after hours have passed.
Available at Penhaligon’s Singapore and Escentials
I’m always on the hunt for products that will help me achieve a plumped-up glow that lasts well beyond the first application. And one of the few serums that have worked for me is Guerlain’s Abeille Royale Advanced Youth Watery Oil. With skin repair as its main focus, the reformulated Youth Watery Oil helps to make the skin’s natural repairing process nine times faster while intensively hydrating my skin. On top of that, I also noticed that my skin was more plumped-up and radiant after a few uses.
The Australian brand as just launched a trio of parfums, idyllically named Othertopias. Perhaps it’s my desire to travel, but the scents deeply appeal to my senses and imagination. Karst, in particular, smells peculiarly familiar, with cumin and sandalwood conjuring salty, metallic notes reminiscent of the tides.
I usually find it challenging to find the perfect blusher as it’s one area you really shouldn’t be experimenting much with, unlike eyeshadows and lipsticks – plus it has to look natural on your cheeks. The super-light micro-fine finish and silky emollient powder in this mean the formula melts upon application, resulting in a healthy, second-skin flush.
Available at Takashimaya and Tangs at Tangs Plaza
Clarins V Shaping Facial Lift Eye Concentrate, $99
Beloved by influencers like Drea Chong, the winning point of this eye serum for me is its in-built cryo-cooling applicator. The cooling effect is immediate and lingers for several minutes after application. The serum, containing botanical ingredients such as Irish moss extract, Zerumbet ginger extract and horse chestnut, is lightweight enough for it to be quickly absorbed. After two weeks of using it day and night, my eye area looks more rested.
Estee Lauder Pure Color Whipped Matte Lip Color, $49
Bold, hydrating and lasting – the keywords for my ideal lip colour, and this certainly checks all of them. One stroke is all I need. Comes in nine shades, but my faves are Bar Noir and Love Fever.
Available at Estee Lauder and Sephora
Ole Henriksen Dewtopia 20% Acid Night Treatment, $78
I’m a big believer in acid ingredients in skincare, and this night serum doesn’t disappoint. With a potent blend of 10 per cent AHAs and 10 per cent PHAs, Dewtopia interestingly doesn’t trigger my sensitive skin at all. After using it for just five consecutive nights, I saw a glowy, bright complexion on the morning of the sixth day. Its light texture, with a refreshing lemony scent, means it’s easily absorbed into skin too.
Ever since I bleached my hair two years ago, I realised I needed a completely new set of haircare products. My needs have become different and somewhat more… desperate. This heat-activated product that protects and restores hair is now my must-have. Bleached hair takes a long time to dry, so blow-drying is a necessity. I love how this cream – when activated by heat – forms an adhesive micro-gel to seal the damaged parts and repair breakage. My hair is left softer and glossier.
The legendary clay mask by Glow Recipe is back and better than before! Featuring the star ingredient, the Hyaluronic clay, the Watermelon Glow Hyaluronic Clay Pore-Tight Facial is one mask you’ll want to add to your cart during your next visit to Sephora. What’s great about this particular mask is that it doesn’t just purify your skin while absorbing excess sebum, but it also works to infuse skin with hydration too!
Dr. Barbara Sturm V Drops ($155) and V Wash ($110)
A good skincare routine doesn’t always have to be just about taking care of your face. In fact, many of us tend to ignore the other parts of our body like our intimate areas.
Specially developed to maintain the health of your intimate area, Dr. Barbara Sturm has just released its V Collection and its everything you need to cleanse, sooth and hydrate your skin.
Formulated with Prickly Pear Extract, the V Drops help to reduce any visible signs of irritation while moisturising and soothing your skin after shaving. Whereas, the V Wash, helps to gently cleanse your intimate area and prevents unhealthy bacteria and yeast proliferating that causes infection. It also provides enough hydration for your skin and visibly reduces any signs of irritation.
Available at sg.drsturm.com and in-stores from 6th July onwards at #02-12E Takashimaya S.C. Ngee Ann City and #01-K1 Paragon.
Dr. Barbara Sturm
OLEHENRIKSEN Dewtopia 20% Acid Night Treatment, $78
Otherwise known as the brand’s most potent serum to date, the OLEHENRIKSEN Dewtopia 20% Acid Night Treatment is a force to be reckoned with. Filled with ingredients like 20% acid blend of 10% AHA and 10% PHAs, the serum helps to target skin concerns such as uneven texture, dark spots, fine lines and of course, wrinkles too.
Want skin like Bad Gal Riri? Her clean complexion and exquisite skin texture has been a point of fascination since forever. And if you’re looking to achieve smooth, supple skin, then you’ll be glad to know that Fenty Skin has just launched its very own Exfoliating Body Scrub.
The Buff Ryder, is essentially a luxurious tropical-inspired body scrub that works to exfoliate while conditioning to refine, renew, and reveal silky smooth skin. Consisting of sugar, salt, and superfine sand, the scrub helps to polish your skin, while nourishing it with decadent body oils — revealing that healthy summer glow on your body.
innisfree’s iconic Volcanic range is well-loved for good reason. This month, innisfree has launched yet another product to its line and it’s none other than the Volcanic Calming Pore Clay Mask. Whisking away impurities and dead skin cells, the mask helps you to achieve a clear and smooth complexion by melting away your blackheads and removing excess sebum from your skin.
Available at all innisfree stores islandwide and online on Shopee.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Bronzer ($52) and Stick Blush ($48)
Want to look like you’ve spent a day in the sun, even though you’ve spent most of your time in front of your computer? A surefire way of faking that beautiful summer glow is with a trusty cream blush and bronzer — just like these new releases from Anastasia Beverly Hills.
Within the new range, the brand has released four new versatile shade of cream bronzers that are suitable for any skin tones. It’s buildable, blendable and boasts a long-staying power that can last for the whole day. As for the stick blushes, it comes in five different shades that are super wearable and lightweight, it won’t feel like you have anything on your cheeks!
Available online on Sephora e-store, and in-stores at Sephora from 26 August 2021 onwards. The Cream Bronzer shade “Caramel” will only be available from 7th October 2021 onwards.
Anastasia Beverly Hills
The Body Shop Vegan Haircare Range, $17 each
As the first global beauty brand to fight against animal testing, The Body Shop is making its mark with its latest haircare range that’s 100% vegan. Formulated with Vegan Silk Protein, which helps to improve the appearance of damaged hair, while repairing the hair follicle from the inside out. From Tea Tree, Ginger, Moringa, Shea, and not to mention, Banana, the new line is targeted to your different hair needs such as dry and flaky scalps, as well as frizzy, dull hair.
The blusher gives you a pretty flush, so you don’t look too pale on virtual calls. What’s nice is its whipped texture, which allows you to quickly apply it on your cheeks with your fingers, seconds before the meeting starts. Comes in three shades.
The essence from the Japanese skinimalism brand helps nourish even dry, dull or stressed-out skin, using soothing botanical extracts from camomile, bodaiju, yagurumagiku flower, and tokinsenka flower. Use three pumps, morning and evening.
The brand’s colour-enhancing lip balm is now made with 97 per cent natural-origin ingredients, including cherry oil. It offers up to 24 hours of hydration, and six hours of glowy shine. Three new shades have been added to its existing nine: Cherry, a gourmet red; Seoul Scarlet, a vibrant red; and Universal Clear.
Grail Skin Got It Covered Sunscreen, $36; $66 for two tubes
Actor Lawrence Wong launches his second product, a 100 per cent mineral sunscreen with SPF50 and PA++++ that’s reef-, kid- and pregnancy-safe. Made for Singapore’s humid weather, the lightweight texture sinks into skin, protecting it with nano titanium dioxide and stem cells from the Arabian cotton plant. It covers all the bases too: UVA, UVB, infrared and blue light.
Cartier Rivieres de Cartier fragrance trio, $160 each
Cartier pays tribute to the raw beauty of water with these refillable EDT sprays. There is Allegresse, with its fresh notes of tuberose, petitgrain, bergamot and blackcurrant bud; the gently sweet Insouciance, with iris and violet; and the more complex, wilder Luxuriance, with fern, oak, rosemary, wild herbs and geranium.
Contains a blusher, highlighter and bronzer to give you a variety of looks. Pro tip: Apply the bronzer along the temples, hairline, cheekbones and jawline to look sun-kissed, or blend it along the tip and sides of the nose to define it. It comes in two variations: Italian Summer and Off To Costa Rica (pictured here).
It’s not just dull, tired skin that needs a reset – anyone would benefit from a boost so that their skin works better. This double-action concentrate gives gentle exfoliation using AHAs, yet offers skin a hydration boost at the same time, using camellia yeast extract.