The sets of Chanel’s fashion shows are immersive and experiential. Karl Lagerfeld lets his imagination take flight for the shows; the mis-en-scene complements the clothing and accessories, transporting fashionistas to imaginary worlds where they would need every single piece he offered. Lagerfeld has taken his guests everywhere from the Chanel airport and grocery store, to futuristic spaces complete with a rocket, and magical forests. So when Chanel Beauty launched its CoCo Game Center Pop-Up in Singapore to give its latest beauty launch a fresh spin; it is with little wonder that the brand went all out. The Instagram-worthy space, inspired by an 80’s game arcade, is located at the Luxe Art Museum on Handy Road from now till 6 May, 11am to 9pm daily. Play Chanel beauty-themed old-school computer games, check out the testers, and pick up the brand’s latest launches including the Rouge Coco Lip Blush, and Chanel Cruise 2018 Makeup Collection. Register here to get a slot. Pictures: Chanel
When it comes to handy makeup products for on-the-go use, Laneige often comes up tops. The brand has its pulse on what busy women need to rule the world, and looking flawless while at it. The first of its kind, the Laneige Layering Cover Cushion & Concealing Base (S$43), nicknamed the Double Cushion, is an all-in-one concealer and foundation. Flip it open, and the sponge on the left dispenses a lightweight concealer to hide spots and dark eye circles. While the cushion on the right is soaked with a buildable liquid foundation. The formulas blend and layer easily, have a semi-matte finish, and contain SPF 34 PA++ as well as SPF 50+PA++ respectively. The tear drop-shaped puff applicator is easy to use too. The tapered edge with a flocked velvety texture blends the concealer on well, while the spongier and wider side picks up more foundation for medium to full coverage of the face. The casing is also slimmer than most cushion compacts, so it can be slipped into the season’s tiny cross-body clutches.
South Korean skincare label Mamonde’s new Pure White Active range is focused on skin-brightening. The star ingredient of this line is the rejuvenating magnolia flower extract, magnolin, to boost the skin’s translucence and luminousity. The key product in the four-piece line is the Essence, which contains violet brightening and colour-correcting capsules suspended in a clear, skin-firming gel. Lightweight and refreshing on the skin, the Essence also keeps skin supple and prepares it for makeup application.
If you have always begged friends to buy you pretty Jill Stuart Beauty cosmetics on their trips to Japan, you’d be happy to know that the products will be available at Sephora Ion from March 29. Launched in 2005, the products are infused with skincare ingredients. Its bestsellers include the Mix Blush Compact, Ribbon Couture Eyes Palette, and Lip Blossom lipsticks. Watch the clip below for a glimpse of the range that will be available at Sephora Ion, Singapore. Prices range from S$30 to S$60.
Urban Decay has teamed up with beauty influencer Kristen Leanne for a three-piece limited edition collection. With her colourful tattoos (especially that stunning neck piece), this social media celebrity stands out with her choice of neon eyeshadows and beaming highlighter. Just so you can get her makeup look, the UD x Kristen Leanne collection features the Kaleidoscope Dream Eyeshadow Palette (S$65) with 11 shades (tangerine, gold, fuchsia, lime green, navy, turquoise, aubergine, black, an iridescent shifting duo tone). If you prefer more neutral eye makeup, Kristen shows she can perfect it too. The Daydream Eyeshadow Palette (S$45), is a quintet of easy-to-use matte shades. Completing the collection is the Beauty Beam Highlight Palette (S$55) with three complementary shades for the cheekbones, collarbone, and everywhere else. Available at Sephora and UD stores.
The latest fragrance from Aesop is an olfactory hideaway from the steeliness of urban landscapes. One or two (or three) pumps of Hwyl will spirit your imagination away to a deep Hinoki (cypress) forest with its earthy, smokey incense layers with a hint of spice and dried citrus. Cypress, frankincense, vetiver. An intense EDP that is as perfect on cashmere as it would be on crisp linen. Hwyl is the third fragrance in Aesop’s stable, after Marrakesh Intense and Tacit. Aesop collaborated with Barnabé Fillion, who developed Marrakesh Intense in 2014. For inspiration, Barnabe took a walk amongst 300 year old Hiba trees in an ancient Japanese forest. And now you have that moment bottled in Hwyl on your dresser. Landscape photos: Aesop
With Lush, bath time is never a quickie affair. The brand is about the bath bombs that turn the tub into an essential oil-infused body soak; the colourful bubble bars that leave your skin covered in crazy colours like neon pink and orange while you scrub; and so on. Lush products come in unexpected textures: solid hair conditioners and shampoos, toothpaste, mouthwash; wobbly jelly soaps; powdery bath bombs that fizzle like a coke in the water. Some of the ingredients are also good enough to eat. And the scents always hit you like… So bath times becomes a true ritual, where you take time to unwind and take stock of the day. The latest collection is no less fun. The Beauty Gazette‘s picks: Pink Custard Shower Jelly – with lavender oil, tonka absolute, vanilla absolute, neroli oil, organic coconut oil, brown sugar (keep it in the freezer for a super cooling wash on hot days) Drop of Hope Hand & Body Soap – So interesting. This bar is made from rapeseed oil, sourced from the Minamisoma …
The new Cle de Peau Beaute spring collection is a soft, elegant, and romantic palette. The colours are easy-to-wear, not too in-your-face bold, and flattering for fairer skin tones. See how pretty it looks on Amanda Seyfried, the brand’s stunning face. The Beauty Gazette’s picks from this Spring/ Summer collection: Eye Color Duo in 105 – the pretty pearlescent beige and a subtly metallic/shimmery blue – worn by the poster girl in the campaign Eye Color Duo 102 – a peachy-pink pair that livens up the face; made for everyday looks or to match with bold brows, and lips Enriched Lip Luminizer Lipstick in 238 (a soft and pretty peachy pink) and 239 (a brighter reddish pink). Super creamy and moisturising, softens lips too. Wear it slightly sheer in one coat, or bolder with two coats. The high-shine finish also plumps up the appearance of skin. Relatively long-lasting, stains lips 😍😘👍🏻
There is always an occasion to pamper yourself in the 🛀 bathroom, like Easter Sunday. And Lush is all set to give you a good time in the privacy of your boudoir with a selection of cutesy chick 🐥 and 🐰 bunny-themed soaps, and bath bombs. All formulas leave you with softer, smoother, moisturised and deliciously scented skin. Like the Bunch of Carrots Bubble Bar ($25, pictured above), blended with Sicilian lemon, bergamot, and buchu oils. Chick n Mix Bath Bomb ($19) A refreshingly sweet blend of bergamot oil and tonka absolute Which Came First? Bath Bomb, $20 Soak in Sicilian lemon 🍋 and grapefruit oils with this fizzy bath bomb Chocolate Easter Egg, $7.30/ 100g This soap is swirled with sweet white chocolate and citrus oils Flopsy Face Wash Jelly, $25 A wobbly jelly soap made with carrot 🥕 infusion and carrageenan extract Golden Egg Bath Bomb Melt, $ 15 A glittery mess of cocoa butter and sweet wild 🍊 orange
Origins’ new Three-Part Harmony Soft Cream and Foaming Cream-to-Oil Cleanser, are luxurious additions to the brand’s line-up. The cream is whipped but not exactly lightweight. Thanks to a “micro-droplet technology”, it hydrates the skin intensively but without clogging it up and leaving behind an oily film. The formula contains Tazetta lily bulbs for skin regeneration, white myrtle to purify, and Japanese knot weed to protect and firm. This rich cream also contains shea butter and Vitamin E to keep skin soft and hydrated. Because of its rich and whipped texture, I prefer to use this rich cream at night. It left my skin feeling bouncier, smoothe, moisturised and clear the next morning. The Foaming Cream-to-Oil Cleanser is a soothing cream cleanser for drier skin types. It also creates enough slick for a good facial massage in the shower. Perfect for a gentle morning cleanse (when you don’t have to remove make-up, dirt and excess sebum), and all you need is a comforting cleanser to perk your skin up. These two are currently staples in my …