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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 …

Pamper: Al Hammam Traditional Baths, Athens

With its proximity to Turkey, it is not surprising that the Al Hammam in the centre of Athens is considered one of the best in the city. Tucked in the alleyways of Athens (10 Ragava St. Plaka), it is a skip and hop away from the historic Bath of The Winds (now a museum). Step into the cool interior and be greeted by a colourful and cosy reception. But don’t let it fool you: the marble hammam space is heated up to 40 degrees celsius with hot steam. My husband and I picked the signature treatment, Al Hammam (49 Euros for 60 mins). Here’s what we got: 30 minutes in a private marbled hammam where we were steamed on a heated hexagaonal slab at up to 40 degrees celsius. Just 3 minutes in, we were gasping like fish out of water. Here’s the thing, if you are not used to or do not like saunas, the hammam experience will be trying. Thankfully, we were given cool water to drink before the 30-minute hammam session. Also …

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, get a free mini lip palette with any Jill Stuart Beauty purchase.

Pamper: Super Smooth

I have nothing against women who prefer to keep the hair on their underarms as a feminist political statement. But personally, I prefer clean-shaven pits for hygiene reasons. The trouble of shaving (and the resulting ingrown hair) is literally a pain for me. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve put on a pretty sleeveless outfit; and just before heading out, realise that I need to shave. At a friend’s recommendation, I decided to try a session of hair removal laser treatment on my underarms at Super Smooth. Tucked away in a nondescript corner of the CBD area at Robinson Square, the salon does not even have a signboard. Yet, it has a constant stream of regulars to keep the clean and spacious area in business (a sign of a reliable enterprise). Previously, Super Smooth was located at Amoy Street. I opted to treat the hair follicles on my underarm ($60 per session; $1,027 for eight sessions and additional necessary ones within three years). After the areas were shaved with a disposable razor …

Kenzoki relaunches exclusively at Sephora Singapore

Kenzoki, the skincare arm of LVMH-run Kenzo will be relaunching exclusively at (also LVMH-run) Sephora Singapore stores and come March 15. The understated brand is formulated from, and inspired by plants of Asian origin: the white lotus (hydration and radiance); sacred lotus (anti-ageing); ginger flower (revitalising); plum blossom (brightening) and rice (rejuvenating and nourishing). TBG has always been impressed with the efficacy, luxurious texture and scents of Kenzoki formulas, which are good additions to any skincare routine. The products are divided into five ranges for varying skin concerns. Prices start from S$31 for 15ml for the star product, the Belle De Jour Dream Night Mask.

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.

Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion EX, Multi Cushion Highlighter, and Powder for Cushion launching 2018

Luxury Korean beauty brand Sulwhasoo has upped the ante on its cushion offerings. Come January 2018, it will be launching the second-generation of its bestselling Perfecting Cushion EX that first debuted in 2013. Infused with the subtle fragrance of ginseng (its extracts are a key skincare ingredient), the formula also moisturises with hyaluronic acid-boosting beta glucan and protects with antioxidants. The new Perfecting Cushion EX boasts quick and even fuss-free coverage to give you a more flawless-looking complexion. Each pat of the thin flocked sponge dispenses just the right amount of product on the skin, so you spend less time blending it out. Tip: patting the sponge on skin; instead of gliding it on the skin and pulling it – gives you more coverage and less wrinkles. Coverage is medium to high with a dewy radiance, and long-lasting. The new cushion will also be available in four additional lighter and deeper shades (ivory beige no.17; honey pink no.31, sand beige no.27, and amber beige no.37), bringing the total number to 10.  Both no.37 and no.31 are …

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, …