We are in the early days of 2021, and yet it is clear how the beauty trends will pan out for the year. Here are 5 to look out for: At-home self-care continues to be important As it will take awhile for the COVID-19 vaccines to be doled out, and enough people to take it, the responsible thing to do would be to stay home. So at-home pampering will continue to be on-trend: beautifying face masks, face massagers, home spa kits, etc. Skincare will rule the day As we have our protective face masks on, there is really no need for makeup on a daily basis. But skincare will continue to be important, as more realise that plastering on makeup does not solve their skin blemishes, complexion and tone. Protective-mask proof makeup will be in-demand Then for those who have to step out for work, they need makeup that will not be smudged and smeared by protective face masks. Long-lasting foundations, setting powders, smear-free lipsticks, blush that sticks on all day, even when rubbed. High-Definition …
As 2020 draws to a close and everyone reflects on the past year; we look back on the best beauty products TBG roadtested in 2020 🧖🏼♀️ ❤️Dyson Airwrap Styler – Literally makes hairstyling a breeze, even those who can barely use a hairdryer properly. ❤️Fancl BC Intensive Skin Booster – A potent serum to rejuvenate the skin, made mine smoother and more supple. ❤️Kiehl’s Daily Refining Milk-Peel Toner – Brightened, softened, and smoothened my skin immediately. ❤️Lancome Advanced Genifique – Great for bringing the balance back to the skin. ❤️YSL Air Thin UV Defender Pure Shots – Lightweight but powerful sunscreen with a refreshing citrus scent. ❤️Aesop Sublime Replenishing Night Masque – Perfect for a relaxing night in, and a long beauty sleep. ❤️Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex – Kickstarts the skin’s night recovery process, always does wonders for my skin so I wake up looking fresher. ❤️Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial Masque Hydratant – Perfect skin quencher, soothing on sunburnt skin too. ❤️Living Proof Color Care Whipped Glaze – Keep bleached …
I waited a long time before taking the plunge with the Dyson Airwrap this Christmas. The set does not come cheap and I wasn’t sure if it was worth it at S$699. So is it? Here’s a quick review so you can make up your mind. These convinced me: 1. Soft bouncy curls A key selling point, the Airwrap uses innovative technology to create special airflow that enable your locks to wrap easily around the curlers. Great for hairstyling noobs like me (I always feel I need three or four arms to get a proper blow out with a brush and hairdryer). With blasts of hot and cold air, you end up with soft, shiny and bouncy curls. You have to divide your hair in small sections though, as only a relatively thin layer can be curled effectively around each barrel, each time.
To say the least, 2020 has been a tough year for all of us. But still, the show must go on. Laura Mercier’s limited edition holiday collection is inspired by the art of ballet. Pastel pinks, corals, nudes are awash in this collection. The Opening Night Cheek Palette ($80) is a pretty trio of a coral blush, illuminating highlighter and bronzer. Embossed with the pattern of grossgrain ribbons. While the Prima Ballerina Mini Eyeshadow Palette ($50) is a handy palette with six neutral shades in a variety of textures for a multi-dimensional eye makeup look. The star of the collection is the aptly-named Piece de Resistance Eye & Cheek Essentials ($180). There are 15 easy-to-wear and versatile eyeshadow shades and a quartet of blush, bronzer and highlighter.
Light Up the Sky, the eye-opening documentary on the K-pop sensation Blackpink has debuted on Netflix. We take a closer look at the trend-setting beauty and makeup styles of the four starlets. Their makeup is the quintessential K-Beauty look: not over the top but accentuating the natural contours of softer Asian features. #1 – Subtle smokey Their lightly-lined and faintly smudged eyes keep the faces looking youthful while sultry and pretty. Thin eyeliner to define the upper lashline, and lightly smudged neutral shadow just below the lower lashline. #2 – Skin-glow-up pastel makeup Flattering pastel rainbow shades on the hair, eyes, cheeks and lips. #3 – The Ingenue makeup Bright eyes with a flick and perfectly-lined bright red/ pink lips. Simple, but so glamourous. #4 – Glowing skin The makeup look of a Korean celebrity is not complete without beautifully luminescent skin. Photos taken off the Instagram accounts of @jennierubyjane, @lalalalisa_m, @sooyaa__ @roses_are_rosie
As one of the most premium South Korean beauty brands, Sulwhasoo prides itself on being a patron of culture and art. This year, it pledges a portion of proceeds from the limited edition bottles of its signature First Care Activating Serum to support global cultural heritage. Each limited edition set comes with a plain white porcelain bottle and stickers designed by South Korean artist Saki. In Singapore, Sulwhasoo will pledge $10,000 to the Asian Civilisation Museum for the conservation of Asian heritage.
Yes, with all the protective mask-wearing when you are outside during this pandemic, why would you need another lip product? But don’t forget about that Zoom/ Microsoft Teams/ Face Time session where you could still put on a nice lippie. So Clarins’ new Lip Comfort Oil Intense is what we’d recommend. It is formulated after the brand’s popular Lip Comfort Oil which keeps the lips hydrated, moisturised, and glossy with plant oils. But with a shot of intense colour added to make a liquid lipstick formula that is bright, lightweight, and skin-plumping with a sheen. The applicator of the Lip Comfort Oil Intense – which looks like an eyeshadow sponge applicator – also just picks up the right amount of product, so the application is even, precise, and so easy. The colours – available in eight shades of reds, pinks and nudes – are also bright and nicely opaque, even with just one sheer layer. See how it works, here.
Summer days are here. If you live on a tropical island like Singapore, it probably wouldn’t matter if summer were here or not. Except for the amazing sales in the stories. That said, everyone’s imagination needs to be transported these days. When many countries’ borders are on lockdown, the pleasure of travel is becoming a fuzzy memory. I imagine Aesop’s new Citrus Melange Body Cleanser must be what the lemons of the Mediterranean Amalfi Coast must smell like in Summer. Fresh, breezy and a hint of herbaceous deliciousness. I’ve never been to the Amalfi Coast but I can imagine the salty sea breeze. Containing petitgrain, lemon rind and grapefruit rind, Aesop’s low-foaming cleanser turns your shower experience into a daydreaming session. Pair it with the Petitgrain Reviving Body Gel (grapefruit rind, pantheon, witch hazel) to cool hot skin, and smell fresh and earthy.
The secret to Korean celebrities’ translucent dewiness: the right skincare routine. Their skin glistens through the seasons, in sub-zero degrees in winter and right through the heat of summer. Layering with the right formulas is key. Sulwhasoo’s First Care Activating Serum was launched in the late 1990s as a pre-serum to use the first step in the skincare routine. The lightweight and potent serum contains traditional korean medicine ingredients including white lily, solomon’s seal and lotus, to soften and prepare skin for subsequent layers of serum and creams. This year, Sulwhasoo launches the 5th generation of the First Care Activating Serum for improved efficacy.
It’s a strange feeling. To be cocooned in my own home but feel such anxiety. The cycle has just been: answering work emails, Zoom/Skype/Whatsapp meetings, watering my plants, reading scary media headlines; repeat. But relaxing scents help to calm me down. Rozu, the latest one by Aesop is an EDP that smells like a walk through a romantic, deciduous forest. Inspired by French modernist designer Charlotte Perriand, it is a bouquet of rose, incense, woodiness… 🥀 🌲 I spritz this on my skin, and keep my Shoyeido Kyoto Horikawa incense burning for some Zen-ness. Rozu will be in Aesop Singapore stores, when they re-open; or get it online from April 20. In the meantime, you might want to bust out your fave scented candles or perfumes to soothe the soul too. Stay at home and practice social distancing so we can all get through this, stronger.