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Beauty trends 2021

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 …

Dyson Airwrap

Dyson Airwrap Complete Review

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.

K-Pop Beauty Icons: Blackpink

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

Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum 5th Generation

Sulwhasoo 5th Generation First Care Activating Serum

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.

Aesop Rozu

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.

Decorte Whitologist Brightening Concentrate

Give Your Skin An Upgrade: Decorte Whiteologist Brightening Concentrate

Skin-brightening formulas are often a hit-or-miss. Simply because it is tricky to create products that would add radiance to the skin effectively. Decorte has revamped its signature Whiteologist serum (S$210) for the third time to offer you an improved formula. Based on a capsule-delivery system, the brightening complex contains the herbal medicine angelica acutiloba extract to promote blood circulation; jujube extract for cell turnover and moisturising properties; as well as the antioxidants of grape seed extract. This lightweight formula layers seamlessly under a heavier moisturiser and foundation.

Crash Landing On You: Yoon Seri’s Beauty Secrets

Clearly, you are obsessed about the K-Drama Crash Landing On You, or you wouldn’t have clicked on this link. Details of the lead character Yoon Seri’s wardrobe in this romantic drama has gotten its female fans excited. And we’ve paid close attention to her beauty secrets. 1. Use a face oil with plant botanicals. 2. Hot steam baths are great for the skin. 3. Long, smooth and straight hair is the most flattering. 4. Pink or coral eyeshadow blended lightly around the eyes, make you look prettier when angry or crying. 5. The combination of translucent and moisturising pink lipstick, groomed brows and full lashes never go wrong. 6. Simple makeup goes with all outfits; from chunky block-coloured sweaters to frilly floral dresses and sharp tweed jackets.

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)