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Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Light Catcher

Known for its makeup range that offers the perfect #wokeuplikethis look, Laura Mercier has done it again with a new setting powder that offers a candle-lit glow on the skin. The new Translucent Loose Setting Powder Light Catcher is made to set makeup, and prevent it from shifting. The perfect product to wear under your protective face mask, when you’ve got foundation, blush and contouring makeup on. (Why? Because sometimes, we need to look great when eating in public.) This champagne colour -tinted powder – named Celestial Light – provides the finishing touch to your makeup routine. It is also a secret weapon for when you need to take video calls: it does not leave a white cast or metallic finish on skin while blurring out imperfections.

Kiehl’s Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily Micro-Dose Serum

While it is an effective anti-aging ingredient, retinol is notoriously difficult to incorporate into the skincare routine. Because often, it can cause dryness, redness and even peeling of the skin. Now, Kiehl’s has taken out the guess work in allowing you to effortlessly incorporate retinol into your beauty ritual. Tapping a “micro-dosing” technology, Kiehl’s new Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily feels comfortable and gentle on the skin as it also contains soothing peptides and ceramides. This new product can even be layered with other Kiehl’s serums. Here’s how to layer it on, effectively: 1. Moisturising Toner or Essence 2. Other Kiehl’s serum 3. Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily Micro-Dose Serum 4. Face cream (go for a more hydrating one) 5. Sunscreen (skip this for the night routine, clearly)

Beauty Gazette: More to come – Reports on Beautiful Fashion, Lifestyle, Retail

It has been five years since The Beauty Gazette was launched, and what an incredibly satisfying journey. After I left my job in the media, TBG has been a great escape from the daily grind of my corporate career It is the perfect outlet for my observations of the wild and wonderful emerging in the beauty industry. I love makeup, skincare, and all things self-care. Because if you can’t look after and love yourself, then you can’t really expect to have the best life you should be living. If you can’t love yourself, then you can’t really expect to live the best life. -TBG Like many of you, the pandemic has made me re-assess my priorities including TBG. What should I drop, take on and refine? So I’ve decided that since the lines between beauty, fashion, lifestyle and retail are increasingly blurred, TBG will also cover these other forms of self-indulgence, going forward. I’ll be sharing more on all things bright, shiny and beautiful. On top of my posts on beauty trends, I’ll keep you …

Best Sunscreens To Buy

Summer or autumn, pandemic or peace times, the one skincare item that you should always have in your beauty routine is suncare. If like me, you love hanging out on a sunny balcony, a bright spot at an outdoor cafe, or stepping out for a bike ride to unwind, never forget to slather on the sunscreen to slow down skin ageing. Here are my favourite sunscreens that I reach out for on a daily basis. They all have a few things in common: Non-sticky finish Feel lightweight on skin Have high broad spectrum protection Contain added skincare benefits (moisturising agents, anti-pollution ingredients, etc. Multi-purpose (provide skin-perfecting illusion) Work brilliantly as a make-up primer (just layer under foundation) I’ve added hyperlinks to the list so you can go straight and buy them (no affiliation, btw).

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. …

ReFa Skincare: New formulas to complement platinum rollers

To enhance the instant lifting and sculpting effects of its bestselling platinum-plated rollers, Japanese beauty label ReFa has extended its skincare line. Interestingly, the latest formulas immediately tighten, firm, and moisturise the skin. Few products promise and deliver on that. The products are also lightweight and easy to layer so that you can use them in tandem with the facial tools. TBG’s picks: Expression Booster Serum (S$95) with hyaluronic acid, collagen, elastin, colloidal platinum and marjoram extract Expression Rising Lotion (S$100) containing phytopolyamine from soybean, as well as marjoram and juniper extracts Expression High Tension Mask (S$80 for 4 pcs) wraps around the jawline and neck with double ear loops. The fabric mask is soaked with angelica keiskei, growth factors as well as citrus and chamomile extracts. Watch to see how it works.

Laneige Two Tone Matte Lip Bar

Because a multi-tasking lip product with balm, primer, and intense pigment will make our lives easier; Laneige created the Two Tone Matte Lip Bar range. One of the K-Beauty brand’s signature makeup product, the Two Tone Lip Bar offers lips an artsy ombre effect too. The matte version has a satiny-finish, but does not feel dry on the lips. It applies smoothly and evenly with bright colours that are relatively long-lasting. All the shades are also flattering on Asian skin tone. As they are not completely opaque while veiling lips in punchy hues, these lipsticks are great for everyday, non-dramatic looks too.

Laneige Fresh Calming Morning Mask 

Once again, Laneige proves that it is ahead of the beauty game. The brand launched its best-selling Water Sleeping Mask in 2002, so women too busy living their lives can indulge in a fuss-free leave-on mask.  This summer, it launches its new Fresh Calming hydrating range, featuring a “Morning Mask”. More than just another mask with a catchy moniker, the Morning Mask is a first with its texture and formula. Dispensed through a pump can, it is a relatively viscous mousse emulsion that envelops skin in a cushiony gel. It sinks into skin with a few minutes of massaging.  I was really impressed with the texture. Besides the dense foamy facial wash of Japanese brands, I’ve never tried anything else quite like this Morning Mask. Moisturising and soothing, it is a multi-tasking all-day mask and moisturiser that prepares skin for makeup. I also tried using this as a night mask, and it worked just as fine. The next morning, my skin looked clearer, and matte; signs that show it is balanced. The Fresh Calming Morning …

Beauty routine: What I would have told my younger self

Fresh out of school, I landed my first job at Singapore’s bestselling women’s magazine. I went on to carve out a journalism career in beauty, fashion and lifestyle for a decade. In other words, I have been lucky enough to be learning from beauty experts on skincare routines and the latest beauty trends since I was in my early 20s. Still, there are beauty regime mistakes I wish I had not committed when I was younger If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it: There is no need for laser treatments when you are in your 20s. Six years ago, I tried out an Intense Pulsed Light treatment on my neck and décolletage area to “even out the skin  tone, and firm it up”. But my skin was perfectly fine to begin with. So all the treatment left me with was skin that got weakened and easily irritated. Now, the skin on my neck and décolletage is still prone to a red rash whenever the weather gets too warm, or when I wear clothing that rubs against it. Never, …

Make Up For Ever UV Bright Cushion SPF35

While Make Up For Ever’s colour cosmetics are excellent – rich pigments and long-lasting performance – its base makeup range is pretty good too. Generally, MUFE’s foundations are also long-wearing and evens out the complexion without a cakey-ness. Like every major beauty brand, MUFE now has its own cushion compact foundation, a South Korean invention. Soaked in liquid foundation, the cushion – which pretty much works like an ink pad – offers quick and easy coverage, as compared to a powder or cream compact. The UV Bright Cushion gives skin additional moisture, as well as a broad spectrum sun protection factor of 35 PA +++ (with titanium dioxide which is gentler on easily-irritated skin). It also instantly brightens the complexion with a soft glow and dewiness. Available in five shades, the cushion offers light to medium coverage. With just one pump of the cushion, the applicator picked up enough liquid foundation to cover my entire face. It is also long-lasting. One application in the morning lasted me the entire day in the office, and I …