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Puredistance: Parfums with excellent sillage

When you have creatives at the helm of a fragrance label – instead of shrewd marketers out to make a quick buck – you get a nice range of standout perfumes. At Puredistance, the scents are noteworthy for their long-lasting sillage due to an exceptionally high content of perfume oil. All seven Parfum de Extrait in the range contain between 25 and 38 per cent of perfume, “hence the higher cost and prices”, explains the brand’s founder Jan Ewoud Vos. His rationale for using so much perfume oil in the juices: they fuse with the skin’s natural scent for longer. Prices of Puredistance parfums start from 175 euros for 17.5ml. Pick a crystal and 24 carat gold flacon and prices go up to 1,890 euros for 17.5ml. “As I give a perfumer a brief, I also give them an unlimited budget and time,” says Vos, who is also a photographer. This freedom is rare in the tightly-controlled perfume industry where profit margins rule the day. For that reason, when Vos announced in 2007 that he …

Victoria Beckham Estee Lauder’s latest makeup capsule collection 

VB’s second collection is just as luxurious as the first. The colours are beautiful, and centred around her signature smokey make-up look. Glowy – but not shiny dewy – skin, softly-lined eyes, and matte/ glossy nude lips. Our picks: The double-ended Eye Kajal (smooth and creamy, staying power 👌🏻); Eye Ink Mascara (love the small brush, perfect for Asian eyes); Skin Perfecting Powder (mattifies and sets); Eye Matte Duo (soft colours); Aura Gloss (moisturising balm).  Watch to see the colours and textures in action.

Skin Inc Serum-Infused Night Oil

To complement its serums and masks, Skin Inc has launched its own dual water-and-oil formula. To lock moisture into the skin and protect it, the Serum-Infused Night Oil (S$98) contains lavender essential oil, Japanese yuzu seed oil, olive oil, as well as Vitamins A, B12, C, E and amino acids. The oil is relatively thick and viscous; but with the hydrophilic serum, it smoothes nicely into the skin. Best used at night, cooler climes, or for those with drier skin. You could even mix it into your liquid foundation for extra hydration and glow. The best part about this face oil is how well it blends with the brand’s best-selling Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask to become a thicker gel-emulsion that drenches the skin in moisture.  Watch: ​​

Estee Lauder raises awareness on breast cancer: 25 years on

Every October, Estee Lauder goes all out to bring attention to breast cancer.  In 1992, Evelyn Lauder, the daughter-in-law of the brand’s founder, launched a campaign to encourage women to take better care of their bodies and health. She handed out pink ribbons at the brand’s counters, and later founded the non-profit Breast Cancer Research Foundation to benefit research on the disease. Today, Estee Lauder continues its good work.  More than $70 million has been raised to fund breast cancer research, education and medical services. This month, it rolls out limited edition pink products, with a portion of the proceeds going to the foundation.  Our pick from the lot: the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum with the pink ribbon keychain ($163), $20 from each bottle sold benefits the foundation. Breast Cancer Examination tips:  – Women above the age of 20 should do a self-examination of their breasts every month. Those aged above 40 should get a clinical breast examination once a year; while those 50 and above are encouraged to go for a mammogram …

Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty launches at Sephora Ion, Singapore on Sept 8

Here are some Wild Thoughts. Popstar royalty Rihanna will be launching her long-awaited makeup collection, Fenty Beauty, on September 8, 10am at Sephora Ion, in Singapore.   The cosmetics line is a collaboration with LVMH’s Kendo division, which also helms the other runaway hits: the makeup brands of Kat Von D  and Marc Jacobs. The teasers on social media so far show Shine-Bright-Like-A-Diamond (and a million bucks) highlighters; and subtly flattering eyeshadows and lippies for all  skin tones.  Watch the just-released campaign here. And get ready to claw your way through the crowds to get your hands on the collection. Or fill your cart here. Sept 8 update: The range comprises of – 40 shades of Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation (S$50) 1 universal Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer (S$48) 30 magnetic Match Stix Skinsticks, in both matte and shimmer finishes to contour, correct, conceal, highlight and blush (S$37) 6 cream-powder hybrid Killawatt Freestyle Highlighters for face and eyes (S$50) Invisimatte Blotting Powder (S$44) Invisimatte Blotting Paper (S$26) 1 universal lip gloss known as Gloss …

Laneige X YCH Collab

The latest Laneige Meets Fashion collection stars Korean designer YCH. The edgy polka-dotted line is Laneige’s fourth fashion collaboration  The limited edition LANEIGE X YCH collection will pre-launch from 28 August to 3 September 2017 at Plaza Singapura, Main Atrium, Level 1 and will subsequently be available from 4 September 2017 onwards at all LANEIGE boutiques and counters, LAZADA Singapore and ZALORA Singapor

Kiehl’s launches Apothecary Preparations in Singapore

A hundred and sixty-six years ago, the first Kiehl’s formulas were sold out of an apothecary in New York’s East Village. Today, the skincare label is harking back to tradition and offering customised skincare products.  After a consultation with the beauty assistant where you identify your top two skin concerns, you go home with a bottle of Skin Strengthening Concentrate and two tubes of Targeted Complexes. Mix the Complexes with the Concentrate on your own before use. The Concentrate is made up of 35 per cent squalane, and 20 per cent skin lipid complex (oils of apricot, coriander, blackcurrant, echium oils).  The Complexes:  Wrinkle-Reducing Complex with retinol concentrate & pro-retinol (vitamin A palmitate) Texture Refining Complex with an unsaturated fatty acid blend including glyceryl oleate, glyceryl linoleate and glyceryl linolenate; and lipohydroxy acid (a salicylic derivative) Visible Redness Neutralising Complex with sunflower seed extract and vitamin E Pore Minimising Complex with samphira extract and salicylic acid Brightening complex with vitamin C and scotch pine extract Available at Tangs, Tang Plaza; and Takashimaya. Photos: Kiehl’s

Pat McGrath Labs Dark Star 006 UltraViolet Blue Review

“WARNING: UltraViolet Blue pigment can cause a temporary staining of the skin.” We have not come across any eyeshadows with a warning label, until the legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath‘s Dark Star 006 UltraViolet Blue. Then again, so many things about this set of eyeshadows are different. 1) The packaging: With the holographic bag and sequins as stuffing, it is a visual feast from the get-go. Perhaps this is eyeshadow the aliens would wear? 2) The pigment: The star of this set is obviously the UltraViolet Blue shadow. This is pure metallic sparkling blue pigment. Full-on colour in one swipe with finger or brush. Use with eye makeup primer to prevent staining of the skin, says the instructions. The others; Astral White, Mercury and Dark Matter pigments, do not disappoint. These sparkly metallic colours come through easily. We have never seen a darker black eyeshadow 👌🏻. Buildable and blendable. The lighter colours are beautiful as highlights or all over the lids. And all with minimal fallout, so it does not get messy during application. The …

Dr Barbara Sturm skincare review

Popular with Hollywood celebrities, Dr Barbara Sturm is a German doctor who turned her expertise in orthopaedics into innovative solutions for an aesthetic practice and skincare line. She is known for her MC1 “blood cream”, for which a trip to her clinic is necessary. Fortunately, Dr Sturm also has a superb skincare line that is now available on Net-A-Porter. When we met over lunch last week for a tete a tete, she urged me to try only her products for a week, just to see what a difference it would make to my skin. And I’m glad I did. The made-in-Germany line is relatively simple, with all the basics to keep the skin healthy. The Eye Cream is a lightweight creme containing macadamia seed oil, antioxidant-rich purslane ferment extract, glycerin, radish root ferment. It is absorbed easily and immediately plumps up the skin; and leaving it so the entire day. The skin on my undereye area gets crepe-y and dry extremely easily, so I am pretty impressed with this eye cream. The Hyaluronic Serum is …

Dr Barbara Sturm and her skincare line: 6 things to know

“I’m the Mother of customised skincare,” declares Dr Barbara Sturm, the German orthopaedic surgeon-turned anti-ageing skin expert. Instead of sounding arrogant, she is actually just matter-of-fact. The doctor is after all, the word-of-mouth go-to for some of the most beautiful and ageless in Hollywood, young and older: from Cher and Jennifer Aniston to Rosie Huntington-Whitley, Irina Shayk and Hailey Baldwin.  In 2003, she pioneered a method that uses one’s blood for a customised anti-ageing face cream, the MC1 or “Blood Cream”. In a nutshell, here’s how it works: she puts a vial of your blood through a “mechanical stimulation” process to trick the cells into thinking that it needs to produce wound-healing proteins.  “The resulting concentration of anti interleukin-1 and transforming growth factor (TGF) beta is 140 times higher than what you would have in the body,” says Dr Sturm. She adds the concentration into a tub of moisturiser, and there is the customised face cream. (Primarily, the use of your own blood is for hygiene purposes.) The doctor created the MC1 when she was …