There’s something about getting your hands on makeup with pretty packaging. Even better if the beauty items are classics that belong in your regular routine, so you get maximum mileage out of the limited edition collection. (That is, if you bear to use them instead of storing them away carefully.) YSL Beauty’s seasonal range is a case in point. This February, its Heart & Arrows collection will literally make your heart palpitate a little faster. Sparkly hearts embellish the iconic Touche Eclat pen, while the Rouge Volupte Shine is printed with bold scarlet ones.
As a clear sign of Sulwhasoo’s readiness to take on the international market with its commercial festivities, it has launched its first ever advent calendar. Traditionally, religious advent calendars are used to count down the days to Christmas, with little gifts and puzzles behind each “door”. Sulwhasoo’s version is made up of little pastel paper boxes filled with almost its entire range of skincare items. So if you’ve never tried the brand’s formulas before; or are looking for travel-sized items for your post-gym skincare routine, this advent calendar is a good purchase. Out of the 24 boxes in the set, four items are a sizeable 30ml and above: Hydro-Aid Moisturising Soothing Mist (30ml) Clarifying Mask EX (50ml) Overnight Vitalizing Mask EX (50ml) Radiance Energy Mask (30ml) There are also four 25g bars of herbal soaps Pine Tree Plum Blossom Apricot Red Ginseng A surprise ginseng-scented candle is also thrown into the mix. The rest of the items range between 3.5ml and 15ml. This is also a fun set to get for Christmas parties; just let …
Clearer and brighter skin is always a good start to party season. Skin Inc’s Optimizer Voyage is one of those fancy skincare gadgets that can actually inject an instant glow and tighten skin immediately. The latest version of this device – the shape and size of a regular automated cleansing brush – delivers bursts of LED light in five shades to boost skin healing. (Read about the benefits of LED light here.) Red repairs, blue soothes, yellow adds a glow. A combination of red and yellow (=orange) helps repair skin; while red and blue (=purple) tightens skin. Low-frequency waves emitted by the device also help to sculpt the face. For best results, use with the brand’s exfoliating Pure Revival Peel, customised Encapsulated Serums and nourishing and cool Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask. We are loving this device and complementary products; a sure-fire way to instantly rejuvenate skin at home.
Limited edition sets from luxury label Cle de Peau Beaute make some of the best collectors’ items. This year’s range comes adorned with beautiful Alice In Wonderland illustrations by Italian artist Daria Petrelli. The exclusive items include: Stick Highlighter in Light Me Refining Pressed Powder with fine glitter Satin-metallic Eye Color Quad in 318 Tea Party Lipstick Cashmere in 504 Follow Me, and 505 Paint Me Slip down the rabbit hole and take a closer look at the collection here. Now available at Cle de Peau Beaute boutiques and counters.
Korean luxury label Sulwhasoo has always been big on preserving culture, a refined way of life that is infused into the brand. With its latest limited edition set comprising of the First Care Activating Serum, a pouch and travel-sized skincare essentials; S$20 will be donated to the Asian Civilisations Museum. Sulwhasoo has pledged a minimum of S$10,000 to the museum.
This year’s gifting options from Aesop are stylish as usual. Designed in collaboration with Dutch couturier Iris Van Herpen, the bold patterns are inspired by the undulating patterns of rivers and landscapes. Available globally at Aesop stores and boutiques Nov 1. See the full inspiration here.
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Custom-made skincare isn’t new. But Alcheme sets itself apart with its detail-oriented virtual skin consultation, as well as the quality of the skincare ingredients. The process begins with an online questionaire at www.alcheme.one, where you are required to take a portrait shot (without makeup and spectacles, even lighting), and answer questions on your lifestyle habits (are you exposed to cigarette smoke? what’s your stress level? etc.) as well as skin type. Products are made fresh immediately after payment is confirmed, and delivery time is standard. I yearn for radiant skin and need anti-ageing ingredients to keep my 30-something skin supple. I am also exposed to cigarette smoke so antioxidants are necessary. I am sensitive to artificial fragrances in skincare, so I opted for the formula’s natural scent. The blend that reached me contains the extracts of centella asiatica leaf, panax ginseng root, babchi seeds and moringa oleifera seeds; as well as Vitamin C. These were added for my skin needs. The other usual ingredients in Alcheme products include camellia japonica seed oil, niacinamide and sunflower …
The wildly successful eponymous label by beauty blogger Huda Kattan is now available in Singapore at Sephora. With her beautiful Iraqi features played up with clever makeup techniques – that makes just about any Kardashian wannabe swoon – Kattan is her own ambassador for the range of eyeshadow palettes, liquid lipsticks, and fluttery false lashes. Based in Dubai, Kattan’s range is packed with beautiful shades that are best suited to women with dusky skin, large feline eyes, and full lips. Her new Desert Dusk palette is clearly inspired by a romantic Middle Eastern 1,001 Nights theme. Smooth and pigmented, the burnt bronze and neutral shades are perfect for every occasion. Highlighters and liquid lipsticks are also par for the course for Kattan’s fans to get that Jasmine-on-the-magic-carpet look.
To add a little luxury to your summer skincare routine, Clarins has rolled out a limited edition range of products themed on white flowers. The Hand and Nail Treatment (S$15 each) is available in three scents: Magnolia, Neroli, and Jasmine. While the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector (S$33) which deeply moisturises lips and gives it a glossy shine, is available in a pretty rosy pearlescent finish that brightens the natural lip colour. Perfumed with neroli, the Catch-Light Face Highlighter (S$36) comes in a stick form and is easy to use for extra glow on the cheekbones, brow bones, decolletage and cupid’s bow.