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“Don’t touch your face”: Good habits for great skin and staying healthy

With the current Sars-Cov-2 pandemic, where the novel coronavirus spreads through droplets and contaminated surfaces, here’a a timely reminder to not touch your face. Dirty hands on your lips, nose or eyes means a risk of contracting the coronavirus disease. And guess what? Dirty hands on your face also means more bacteria, dirt, pollutants and other gunk on the skin = pimples, and irritated, blotchy skin. I don’t know about you. But everytime I get a pimple, it is most likely because I touched my face at mid-day with unwashed hands, at the exact same spot. So here’re some basic rules: 1. Only apply skincare with washed hands on a clean face. Ideally, after a good shower with exfoliants. And only use a fresh towel to dry your clean face. 2. Apply makeup right skincare application with clean fingers and brushes. Don’t wear makeup while outdoors, if possible. This keeps your face as clean as can be with a protective layer of skincare, sunscreen, and foundation. 3. Once out of the house, do not touch …

2020 Beauty Resolution: Save The Environment With Your Routine

Start 2020 right. Little tweaks and small efforts in your beauty ritual will help save the earth. 1) Use less makeup wipes. They are super convenient, but so bad for the environment. Most contain polyester that do not biodegrade, and clog up sewage systems. Use 100 per cent cotton pads or re-usable towels instead. To also reduce plastic waste in your beauty routine, switch to cotton buds with bamboo or wooden handles. 2) Go for re-fillable packaging. You consume less, and overall, pay less for your cosmetics when you buy re-fillables. For example, many cushion foundations are refillable, as are magnetic eyeshadow palettes, brow pencils and eyeliners. Eco-conscious consumer brands also offer re-fillable shower gel and facial wash options. 3) Dispose bottles and palettes in recycle bins. Most beauty products – especially liquid foundation, skincare and haircare items – come in plastic or glass bottles. So take that bit of effort to sort your empties and get them recycled. 4) Pick exfoliants that do not contain plastic. The simple exfoliating formula causes tiny beads of …

Top Skincare Picks of 2019

Abit late because I had too much fun at the end of last year. Here is The Beauty Gazette’s annual list of Skincare Picks of 2019. These items were either launched in 2019; or I’ve discovered in 2019. Some are affordable. Some are pricey, but worth the money. In no particular order: 👍🏻 Armani Beauty Crema Nera: Super luxurious treat for the face while you sleep. Leaves behind a lovely sheen on skin. 👍🏻 Elizabeth Arden Prevage Progressive Renewal Treatment: Great home treatment for better skin where you can actually see the difference. Just four bottles of serum to get a finer complexion. 👍🏻 Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum: Good for drier skin types, a little bit goes a long way. Instant glow to the skin. 👍🏻 Orbis Defencera: Get a sugar rush and better skin with this edible skin-moisturising supplement. Lines looked less visible after I popped this for a week. 👍🏻 Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intense Reset Concentrate: A very effective serum for overall better skin. Saw results within a week. 👍🏻 …

Adult braces: What you need to know

I recently removed my braces after 15 months. I am 36, way older than most who have their teeth corrected in their teens. So what do you need to know when deciding if you should put on braces as an adult? Here are the answers to your burning questions. Clear aligners or braces? Ask your orthodontist, because it depends on the kind of correction you need. Initially, I wanted clear aligners because they look less obvious and seem less inconvenient. Then my orthodontist told me that my as I needed to do very precise adjustments to my teeth – correct my bite, even and widen my smile – braces was the best option for me. I chose porcelain braces in the end, as they looked a little more natural on my teeth. I was told that clear aligners are best for those with minor adjustments. Is the whole process painful? Yes. Especially if you need to remove teeth to fit a straight smile, then that would be the first hurdle you need to get past. …

More organic ingredients in Three Cosmetics

The popular Japanese skincare label Three now contains a higher dose of organic ingredients. The revamped formulas are given the stamp of approval by Cosmos Eco Cert (the international standard for organic and natural cosmetics), and contain up to 100 per cent naturally derived ingredients. This means formulas that are more nourishing for the skin. Each is made with essential oils such as frankincense, geranium, orange peel and petitgrain; botanical oils like tea seed, sea berry and jojoba oil; as well as extracts including carrot root, grapefruit, white tea and lavender. The improved products are: *Balancing Point Makeup Remover (S$50) * Balancing Cleansing Oil (S$68) * Balancing Foam (S$58) * Balancing Lotion(S$98) *Balancing SQ Oil (S$150) *Balancing Emulsion (S$110) * Balancing Cream (S$140)

Charlotte Tilbury Lands in Sephora Singapore

The glamorous makeup line of Hollywood celebrity face artist Charlotte Tilbury is now available in Sephora Singapore. The collection is famous for the lustrous glow it brings to the skin; as well as the special makeup sets that contain everything one needs for a decadently delicious makeup look. The eyeshadow palettes, lipsticks, blush and contour palettes are the brand’s bestsellers. Charlotte also takes care of the skin. The Magic Cream she used to whip up backstage on movie sets to perk and nourish the skin of the actors, is now bottled for you. Here, a few peeks at Charlotte Tilbury’s recent Sephora launch party.

Orbis Defencera Review: Hype or possibly the most delicious edible moisturiser?

A beauty routine is not just about what you apply on your skin, but what you pop into your mouth. That is why a healthy and balanced diet is so important for glowing skin.  And supplements are easy options to cheat your way to better skin. One of the latest to hit the market and make waves is the Orbis Defencera, a powdered skincare supplement that promises to moisturise skin. The brand claims that 80,000 boxes were sold in the first month of its launch in Japan. Each 1.5g sachet contains 1.8mg of glucosylceramide, or DF-Ceramide, extracted from brown rice. Ceramides play an important role in maintaining skin barrier function, moisture levels and resilience. The beauty of swilling a ceramides oral supplement is that it also apparently stimulates the body to produce more ceramides, so skin is kept plump and more youthful, all over.  It helps then, that the Orbis Defencera tastes like powdered yuzu candy, which melts in the mouth. We like to enjoy the sugar rush, then down it with a cup of …

Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited, Amplified

Lipsticks are the new eyeshadows. At least at Shu Uemura. The brand has always been known for its wide range of beautiful eyeshadows: metallic, glitter, matte. Now, it has expanded its lipstick colour range, to an impressive 155 shades. Encased in an acrylic bullet, the colours come in six textures. These include two new ones: amplified and amplified matte with extra pigment. All the lipsticks have also been reformulated with tsubaki (or camellia flower) oil, so that it feels extra moisturising on lips. For these textures, the colours are intense, with additional slick. Even for the matte version, there is no need to put on a coat of balm beforehand for smooth application. The Rouge Unlimited lipsticks are priced at S$42 each.

Saturday Skin: For skin as great as the weekends come

When you come across the girly, pastel-coloured packaging of beauty brand Saturday Skin on Sephora Singapore’s bright and shiny shelves, you wouldn’t be faulted for thinking: Just another one made to catch the Millennial’s eye? With its snappy font and unassuming branding, Saturday Skin belies its serious and traditional South Korean heritage. The origins of the brand stem from the Chaum Wellness Centre, which is probably the best-kept beauty and wellness secret of the creme de la creme of Korean society. Chaum is known for combining the latest anti-ageing technologies (that tap on anything from gene analytics to stem cell-banking) with traditional Korean medicine techniques, to improve the quality of its clients’ lives and of course, their beauty. Clearly, the fees at Chaum are pricey. Apparently, membership fees start at US$55,000 a year, and a sculpting and lymphatic massage can go up to US$1,000 per session. But thankfully for you and me, you could get your hands on some of the goodness from Chaum at Sephora. Founded by beauty industry veteran Sidney Beck, Saturday Skin’s formulas are made …