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Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque

The first thing you’ll notice when applying this cool gel mask; it feels like you’re spreading a delicious citrusy marmalade on your face.  Blended with aloe vera and calendula petals, this rather viscous gel mask is formulated to cool and hydrate skin on hot days.  Apply a relatively thick layer on skin, leave on for five minutes. Then massage into skin before rinsing excess off. This quickie 5-min mask left my skin soft, smooth, and supple. It is the perfect complement to the bestselling Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner that is alcohol-free and soothing, as well as the Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash (a little bit goes a long way, gentle and does not strip skin of oils). Advertisements

IT Cosmetics Superhero and Je Ne Sais Quois palettes

The best products are always the ones created out of necessity. IT Cosmetics co-founder and CEO Jamie Kern Lima is a TV news anchor who spent years masking her rosacea and hyperpigmentation under copious amounts of makeup.  When she couldn’t find the right skincare and makeup for her skin type and needs, she created her own with plastic surgeons. These two products are the only ones from IT Cosmetics that we’ve tried so far, and we can now understand the hype. The Superhero palette comprises of colours that aren’t flashy. Just simple, flattering shades that make eyes look younger and brighter. The palette is called the “Superhero Eye Transforming Anti-Aging Super Palette” afterall.  It comprises of matte and slightly metallic shades in neutral and smokey tones. But what makes this product stand out from the  tonnes of other “basic” neutral shadow palettes are the Eye Foundations. These larger-size pot of shadows are made to colour-correct, and smoothen the appearance of lids. Apply these all over the eye area. The powders are also pigmented and smooth. …

NYDG Skincare

A new label headed by American dermatologist David Colbert, the NYDG Skincare range is a fuss-free line is designed by a team of dermatologists, physicians, chemists, and aestheticians.  Formulated to heal and repair the skin, the products are made with antioxidants to protect from pollution and harsh environments. We tried three products and came away impressed. Formula 119 Cream: A soothing and rich cream that does not feel heavy, it contains sodium hyaluronate, shea butter, algae extract, chamomile, Vitamin E, peptides, ginseng, grape seed, green tea, and ginkgo leaf extracts. Easily absorbed by the skin, this cream moisturises well without leaving behind a sticky feeling. With its chamomile scent, the cream is a lovely addition to morning and evening routines. Chem-Free Active Defense SPF30: Made to be water-resistant for 80 minutes, and provide broad spectrum pretection. With zinc oxide as its main ingredient, it reflects the sun’s damaging rays (instead of absorbing it) so is less likely to irritate the skin. This formula is not lightweight and leaves a white cast if not blended properly; therefore …

The Lush Easter 🐣 Collection

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

Cle de Peau Beaute’s new Concentrated Brightening Serums

Premium beauty label Cle de Peau Beaute’s iconic skin-brightening serum has been given a shot in the arm. The newly-reformulated Concentrated Brightening Serum ($260) contains mangosteen extract for improved cell regeneration (naturally exfoliated, smoother skin); nourishing chai hu extract for rejuvenated and more supple skin; as well as artemisia extract to improve skin clarity and fairness. This skincare cocktail also contains ingredients that promise to reduce the yellow  skin undertones for a brighter visage. Apply the lightweight and easily-absorbed serum after lotion/ essence, and before a heavier cream or moisturiser. While you give your face TLC, don’t forget the rest of your body. The new Concentrated Brightening Body Serum ($120) is concocted for the neck, as well as the décolletage and limbs. It also contains chai hu extract, as well as other skin-brightening ingredients that the brand usually reserves for its exclusive face-care collection. Moisturising but lightweight (and non-sticky), this body serum is a luxurious addition to your skincare ritual. Available at Cle de Pau Beaute counters.  

Facial Treatments at Aesop, Nakameguro, Tokyo

“Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.” – Janis Joplin As I tucked myself between the sheets on the toasty spa bed at Aesop’s beautiful Nakameguro store in Tokyo, I found myself staring at this quote on the ceiling. I’m doing the right thing then, I thought, pampering myself with the new Tranquil Order Facial Treatment for “combination, sensitive and reactive skin”. First launched in Melbourne in 2005, the facial is now available at Aesop’s Nakameguro store, the only one in Japan which currently offers the indulgent session. The therapist decided on the Tranquil Order treatment (from 18,000 yen for 60 minutes, before tax) for me after a consultation, which involved a questionaire on my beauty routine and skincare habits. The treatment begins with a deep cleansing ritual where she mixed the Tea Tree Leaf Facial Exfoliant mixed with the Purifying Cream Cleanser, along with some facial cabin-only professional products. This was followed by the Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser, all applied with firm and comforting strokes. What happened next was all a blur as …

Mamonde launches in Singapore

South Korean beauty conglomerate Amorepacific is bent on making its presence felt in Southeast Asian markets. After its successful launches with the premium Laneige, youthful Etude House, high-end Sulwhasoo, and masstige Innisfree brands in Singapore, it now introduces Mamonde to the mix. Inspired by flowers 🌸🌼🌺🌹 (the first-ever beauty product in Amorepacific’s heritage was hand-pressed camellia oil), and created with floral extracts, Mamonde was launched in 1991.  Its products feature the ingredients from flowers such as hibiscus, magnolia, camellia, honeysuckle, and lotus. The labels’s star products include: The First Energy Essence made with fermented honeysuckle plant, vinegar and patented lactobacillus to strengthen, and moisturise skin. The Moisture Ceramide Light Cream with hibiscus 🌺 extract and ceramide to keep skin hydrated.  Rose 🌹 Water Toner with Bulgarian damask rose water 💦 which is multi-purpose: toner, makeup-remover, facial mist, and to soak mask sheets. Cover Powder Cushion with peach 🍑 flower 🌺 extract. Offers lightweight coverage, moisture, and a satin-matte finish. Highlight Lip Tint in ten flattering shades to brighten the appearance of fairer Asian skin tones. …

Shu Uemura Petal Skin Fluid Foundation

After all these years – five decades to be exact – Shu Uemura is still through and through, a Japanese beauty brand. Even though it is now owned by a French beauty conglomerate. Shu Uemura places plenty of emphasis on the basics, the skin, the blank canvas. Its philosophy: Colours are secondary, and they can only add to one’s beauty if the skin looks flawless. The new Petal Skin Fluid Foundation is not pretentious. It does not contain too much light-reflecting particles to make you glow like a beacon. It just makes your skin look naturally beautiful. With a satin-matte finish, it provides medium to high coverage (redness, pores, uneven skin, acne), a soft radiance, and is relatively long-lasting. Pair it with the Stage Performer Block:Booster for a fresher-looking skin tone, added su protection, and even longer wear.

Clarins’ V-Day collection

Want to look like you’re experiencing the first flush of love? Clarins has got you covered. For Valentine’s Day, it will be releasing a line of limited edition blush and balm. The Skin Illusion Blush is a handy blush compact with a sponge applicator built into the cover. So just twist and tap for a hint of colour on the cheeks. While the Daily Energiser Lovely Lip Balm moisturises lips while giving it a natural-looking, sexy just-bitten rosy hue. These items hint at things to come – the re-launch of Clarins make-up in SG, and we can’t wait. The V-Day collection is available at all Clarins Singapore counters.  

Eyes Wide Open:  Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Eye Mask

If you didn’t get a good night’s rest, the tell-tale signs are around your eyes. Dry, crepey skin with fine lines caused by dehydration, along with the puffiness and dark circles, tells everyone that you stayed up too late (working/ watching videos on Youtube/ Facebook-ing/ scrolling through Insta/ online shopping/ swiping left/ Netflix-ing/ all of the above). Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair serum is famous for making your skin look like you had enough sleep when you didn’t. And now, the brand is taking things one step further with an ANR eye mask. To keep the formula fresh, the liquid is kept separate from the eye mask pads in each sachet. All you have to do is break the liquid out if its section so it soaks up the pads. Then place the infused pads on the undereye area for 10 minutes. The ANR Concentrated Recovery Eye Mask is made with lady thistle and white birch extracts to soothe and de-puff skin; as well as hyaluronic acid and rice bran extract to moisturise and firm …