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Aesop In Two Minds skincare

Released earlier this month, Aesop’s latest In Two Minds skincare range was created to balance combination skin. And we’re talking about the oily T-zone and chin, with dry and flaky cheek areas, kind of combination skin. Three years in the making at the brand’s lab in Melbourne, In Two Minds comprises of a cleanser (S$43 for 100ml), toner (S$45 for 100ml), and a hydrator (S$80 for 60ml). Dr Rebecca Watkinson, Aesop’s Innovation and Research Manager says the products were a result of observations of its customers’ skin in the past decade, especially those in warmer climates: “They were finding it increasingly difficult to manage this challenging and often reactive skin type.” The cleanser is a gel-based low-suds formula that is mild but contains witch hazel, sage leaf and salicylic acid for gentle yet thorough cleansing. The toner is a refreshing blend of chamomile, witch hazel, niacinamide and panthenol. It softens and primes the skin for a dose of the lightweight hydrator, which feels rich when dispensed but disappears into the skin with gentle massages. This …

Guerlain Rouge G: Decorated and celebrated

Lipsticks are a bestselling category for many beauty brands. Because nothing brightens up a face so much as a pop of colour on the lips, and making a woman feel more confident instantly. To make their customers feel extra special, Guerlain has gone all out to up the ante on the packaging of its luxurious Rouge G lipsticks. The hefty bullet case with a quality crystal-clear flip-up mirror – designed by jeweller Lorenz Baumer – now comes in a variety of 15 opulent designs: some even come ensconced in leather. Watch this for a sneak peek. Of course, as with all quality lipsticks, the formula is still as smooth, pigmented, and moisturising. The Rouge G retails at around S$70 a pop.

Cle de Peau Beaute Firming Serum Supreme

Luxury Japanese skincare label Cle de Peau Beaute has launched a premium anti-ageing serum. The product is formulated with a “4D-Boosting Technology” that “sculpts” the face and enhances the skin’s natural collagen production. It also reduces the appearance of puffiness, sagging, pores, and expression lines. Formulated with coix lacryma-jobi ma-yuen seed extract to firm and keep skin supple; licorice root to firm; raspberry extract to strengthen skin barrier; as well as an exclusive ingredient that regulates cell behaviour. Although this serum has a rich texture, it is easily absorbed and does not leave a sticky afterfeel Immediately after application, I also felt a slightly warm sensation. Skin was instantly plumped, and felt firmer and tighter. Use this in-lieu of cream on hot and humid days.

CliniqueFIT Makeup review

The athleisure range of clothing – sportswear that takes you right from breakfast to gym class and then to brunch – is increasingly popular because it fits right into busy, go-getting women’s lifestyles. Now, Clinique is launching its FIT makeup range to literally fit into this segment in the beauty market. Packaged in handy sizes, these can be slipped easily into a gym bag. Fuss-free and easy to use, the formulas make one look and feel good in a jiffy; with or without a session of spin class. TBG took three products for a roadtest through a sweaty hike in the depths of a tropical jungle. Theย Matte On The Mat Workout Makeup SPF 40/PA+++ is a tinted sunscreen with a matte finish. The watery texture spreads easily. The Post Work-Out Glow Without The Workout Lip + Cheek Flush gives skin a natural-looking tint, so it looks exactly like how it would look after exercise. The tint looks dark when squeezed out of the tube but when blended out, it looks translucent. While Lash Longer Out …

Net-a-Porter celebrates five years of beauty

Last evening, luxury e-tailer Net-a-Porter marked its fifth anniversary in beauty. Its global beauty director Newby Hands was in Singapore to meet tastemakers, brand owners and beauty junkies to share the e-tailer’s latest offerings and market insights. Local celebrity makeup artist Clarence Lee; and Nicolas Travis, founder of homegrown skincare label Allies of Skin shared their beauty tips at the cosy session in the swanky attic of a members’-only club. When Net-a-Porter was launched five years ago, its offerings were meant to complement the shopping habits of its fashion consumers.ย Sophisticated, cosmopolitan, and discerning, these women have deep pockets but demanded mainly classic colours and effective skincare that would fit their jet setting and professional lifestyles, says Hands. The latest beauty trends and shades were not necessarily their priorities. “They may buy their bags and shoes in the latest pastel spring shades, but not the makeup in those colours,” she lets on. Starting out with just 10 cult beauty labels that were not well-known internationally but offered quality formulas, #NetaBeauty did not aim to be Sephora. …

Three Skincare: New and improved

Japanese beauty label Three is known for its quality, effective and fuss-free formulas. To enhance the user experience, it has now launched a new range of skincare with a calming blend of frankincense oil to complement the skincare ingredients. All the products in the skincare line also contain laurel leaf oil (anti-bacterial), hot spring water (ionised alkaline), alpine rose extract (to protect skin). The textures are fine and easily absorbed by the skin. The Treatment Lotion is also formulated with watermelon and eggplant extracts to hydrate skin. While the Treatment Cream boasts kabosu and rosa rugosa fruit extracts to promote cell turnover and rejuvenate skin. The cleansers are also gentle. The Cleansing Oil contains sapote butter so dirt glides off; while the Clearing Foam is formulated with soap nut extract, a natural and gentle alternative to detergent.

Pixi Beauty launches at Sephora Singapore

One of the latest labels launched at Sephora Singapore is mid-priced beauty brand Pixi Beauty. Founded almost two decades ago by Swedish makeup artist Petra Strand, Pixi Beauty has a wide range of skincare and colour cosmetics. Infused with vitamins, minerals and botanicals, prices of the formulas start from S$15. They include the refreshing Rose Caviar Essence with rose petal bits suspended in the formula, and the Teen Vogue-approved alcohol-free Glow Tonic that exfoliates with glycolic acid and soothes with aloe vera.

YSL Beaute Mon Paris Couture Highlighter

To complement its popular Mon Paris floral-fruity fresh fragrance, YSL Beaute has launched a prettily embossed highlighter palette. In a translucent pink shade with subtle and sophisticated shimmer, the collectors’ item retails at S$105 (with a mini Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick, mini Mascara Vinyl Couture, and mini Mon Paris Couture 7.5ml). Exclusively available at Tangs, Tang Plaza Singapore.

Jill Stuart Beauty: A closer look

The result of a tag team between fashion designer Jill Stuart and Kose Corporation, Jill Stuart Beauty joins the fray of Singapore’s beauty retail scene at Sephora Ion Orchard on March 29. Debuting in Singapore for the first time, Jill Stuart Beauty is already available in the region (Hong Kong, Thailand, Taiwan and South Korea). Targeted at women in their early 20s with its girly pink colour cosmetics, it also entices all makeup collectors with its shiny, bejewelled, faceted, acrylic packaging. Like other Kose colour cosmetic ranges, Jill Stuart Beauty formulas are infused with skincare ingredients. They include rosemary and wild rose extract, as well as lavender and rosehip oils. Promotions at the Sephora Ion store on 29 March include free (very pretty) hand-held mirrors with S$100 purchase, and complimentary name-engraving on lipsticks. At Sephora.sg, get a free mini lip palette with any Jill Stuart Beauty purchase.

The new YSL Beaute classics: Encre De Peau Le Cushion and Couture Palette

Yves Saint Laurent’s beauty range has long been a staple in the beauty arsenal of glamorous stars and their makeup artists. The Touchรฉ Eclat pen is a classic highlighter/ concealer that hides flaws while accentuating the contours of the face with a natural-looking finish. Many beauty gurus swear by the Top Secrets Instant Moisture Glow primer; and the Rouge Pur Couture lipsticks are deliciously, decadently, sexy. YSL Beaute does not try too hard with its makeup range, just quality products that work for timeless, classic beauty. No crazy neon colours, highlighters that beam to the moon, or other fads. Our new YSL Beaute favourites attest to this. The Encre de Peau Le Cushion (the new version is emblazoned with the iconic YSL logo) gives skin a soft satin-matte finish, with lightweight and build-able coverage. This formula is unlike the dewy high-shine texture of most cushions that really only works on those with already flawless skin. Another must-have from the brand: the Couture Variation Palette with 10 complementary shades so you can create a variety of …