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Red Carpet Makeup Inspo: 50 Best Looks

Need makeup inspiration for your next big event? Look no further. Your trusty Beauty Gazette shortlists the 50 best red carpet looks from the top celebrity makeup artists.   Classic Red Lip                 Sexy nudes                       Full-on smokey eye                               Boldly-Coloured Eye                   Bold Lip               Looks by Hung Vanngo, Patrick Ta, Charlotte Tilbury, Pat McGrath  

Aesop Gentle Facial Cleansing Milk

Aesop Gentle Facial Cleansing Milk

Not all cleansers are made equal (or sudsy). Aesop’s new Cleansing Milk is one of the gentlest we’ve come across. Containing moisturising panthenol, grapeseed and reinvigorating sandalwood, this milky emulsion is a pleasure to use. I’d recommend including this into your routine at the end of a long day, to help you unwind before bed. This Cleansing Milk glides on like a cream. Massage onto a dirty but dry face to lift away dirt and impurities. Then rinse with water. The formula left my skin clean, soft and supple. This product is perfect if you hate that squeaky clean but dry feeling after using a regular sudsy facial wash. It would also work well on drier skin types.

Elizabeth Arden Prevage Progressive Renewal Treatment

1 Week Review: Elizabeth Arden Prevage Progressive Renewal Treatment

Intensive skincare treatments can be tricky. With the high concentration of ingredients, they could either work magic on the skin, or leave it irritated and prickly. And it seems Elizabeth Arden’s premium Prevage range may have gotten the formulas of its four-week Progressive Renewal Treatment right. The genius is in the four-bottles labelled 1 to 4. Each contains an increasing concentration of peeling and rejuvenating ingredients, to minimise irritation of the skin. This treatment range is made with polyhydroxy acid, and alpha hydroxy acid to exfoliate and encourage cell turnover. It is also blended with the antioxidant idebenone as well as phosphate salts to maintain a low PH level on the skin for more effectiveness. The active ingredients are kept active and more potent with a push button mechanism that mixes the idebenone only upon the first use. See it in action here (from 2:21). Each bottle is enough for at least a week’s supply. (Although because I prefer to be conservative when it comes to using intensive treatments, and use only one pipette each …

TBG Interview: Indie Lee Skincare founder, Indie Lee

A rare brain tumour was the rude awakening for Indie Lee. She was given six months to live, but survived it. The doctors said it could be the result of an unhealthy environment and the products she was applying on her skin. Following the brand’s debut at Sephora Singapore’s recent Spring/Summer 2019 launch, Indie Lee shares with The Beauty Gazette her trigger for a fuller life, and the creation of a  cleaner beauty brand. After I was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor in 2008, and recovered from it, I made it my mission to educate and empower others to live their healthiest lives. Our products serve to underline this message. When I first started the brand, I had no beauty experience and no industry connections – I was previously in accounting. But I was on a mission and I found my way. For us, it’s really speaking to a psychographic versus a demographic. We aren’t chasing one profile or age group. We want to connect with people undergoing a transformation in their life, be it pregnancy, a …

Saturday Skin: For skin as great as the weekends come

When you come across the girly, pastel-coloured packaging of beauty brand Saturday Skin on Sephora Singapore’s bright and shiny shelves, you wouldn’t be faulted for thinking: Just another one made to catch the Millennial’s eye? With its snappy font and unassuming branding, Saturday Skin belies its serious and traditional South Korean heritage. The origins of the brand stem from the Chaum Wellness Centre, which is probably the best-kept beauty and wellness secret of the creme de la creme of Korean society. Chaum is known for combining the latest anti-ageing technologies (that tap on anything from gene analytics to stem cell-banking) with traditional Korean medicine techniques, to improve the quality of its clients’ lives and of course, their beauty. Clearly, the fees at Chaum are pricey. Apparently, membership fees start at US$55,000 a year, and a sculpting and lymphatic massage can go up to US$1,000 per session. But thankfully for you and me, you could get your hands on some of the goodness from Chaum at Sephora. Founded by beauty industry veteran Sidney Beck, Saturday Skin’s formulas are made …

TBG Interview: Gigi Goldman, co-founder of Kopari Beauty

Coconut oil as the key ingredient of a beauty brand that pitches itself to millennials? Hardly original or surprising, when the rich plant-based oil has been deemed a “superfood” in recent years, and a beauty secret for generations of Asian women. But when the right people come along to develop a brand that is bent on the right formulas, and gives consumers what they deserve, you have a winner. Launched in 2015, San Diego-based Kopari Beauty churns out coconut oil skincare products that are now available at Sephora. The textures are most impressive. While coconut oils are thick and heavy, Kopari products are lightweight, so sink in easily, and a dream to use. The effective products are also free of parabens and phthalates. The Beauty Gazette finds out from brand co-founder Gigi Goldman, on what keeps Kopari Beauty authentic at a time when beauty fads come and go almost instantly. Just a few years ago, I was a stay-at-home mom to three little kids and I barely had any time to devote to my beauty routine. …

Hourglass Cosmetics: Overall Review

The hype is real. Hourglass Cosmetics deserves to be in the makeup pouches of the most critical beauty junkies. As compared to many other luxury/ masstige beauty labels, Hourglass Cosmetics’ product launches are few and far between. The bold colours in the collection are mainly limited to its lip line. Yet, makeup addicts are obsessed with Hourglass Cosmetics simply because the products work. Its award-winning Veil Mineral Primer is silky-smooth and keeps makeup on through the day, partying, drama, and drinks. The super-fine Veil Translucent Setting Powder takes away the shine, without adding any cakiness, and adds a luminousity to the skin. While the new Caution Extreme Lash Mascara is a dream to use. The highlighting, blush, and contour products are legendary; as they also add a glamorous soft glow to the face. And when they are all thoughtfully packed together in a single palette; you’ve got the perfect travel glam kit. Up next on our wish list: the new Ambient Lighting Edit Face Palette in Unlocked.

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.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonder Glow Primer, Magic Foundation

You can always tell the difference when a cosmetic brand is made with the thought process of a beauty industry veteran. After all, some of the biggest beauty brands today were the brainchild of top makeup artists of their generation. The eponymous brand of makeup guru Charlotte Tilbury seems set to be a classic beauty brand for years to come. At least based on the formulas reviewed for this post. The Magic Cream has legendary status. Apparently Tilbury uses her special custom-made blend to perk up and firm the tired skin of supermodels and celebrities backstage. Whipped with shea butter, aloe vera, camellia seed oil, damascena rose, sunflower seed oil, the cream seems heavy at first touch but blends so well into the skin. No need for an additional serum layer underneath. With SPF15, you don’t even need to layer sunscreen on top (unless you intend to spend long hours under the sun). As a base for beautifully made-up skin, Tilbury created the Wonder Glow Instant Soft-Focus Beauty Flash Primer. Use it three ways: under …