To say the least, 2020 has been a tough year for all of us. But still, the show must go on. Laura Mercier’s limited edition holiday collection is inspired by the art of ballet. Pastel pinks, corals, nudes are awash in this collection. The Opening Night Cheek Palette ($80) is a pretty trio of a coral blush, illuminating highlighter and bronzer. Embossed with the pattern of grossgrain ribbons. While the Prima Ballerina Mini Eyeshadow Palette ($50) is a handy palette with six neutral shades in a variety of textures for a multi-dimensional eye makeup look. The star of the collection is the aptly-named Piece de Resistance Eye & Cheek Essentials ($180). There are 15 easy-to-wear and versatile eyeshadow shades and a quartet of blush, bronzer and highlighter.
Japanese skincare brand Geol offers innovative and luxurious formulas loved by industry insiders and longtime fans. The Deluxe milk lotion is blended with colloidal gold and amino acid. The light pink watery lotion is also scented lightly with a floral and powdery fragrance. A classic launched in 1957. The DC Impact Direct Cell Serum is made to support cell rejuvenation. Use before applying moisturiser. The star product at Geol is the Crystal60, an anti-aging gel infused with colloidal gold. Leaves skin plump and supple. See more of the product here.
As one of the most premium South Korean beauty brands, Sulwhasoo prides itself on being a patron of culture and art. This year, it pledges a portion of proceeds from the limited edition bottles of its signature First Care Activating Serum to support global cultural heritage. Each limited edition set comes with a plain white porcelain bottle and stickers designed by South Korean artist Saki. In Singapore, Sulwhasoo will pledge $10,000 to the Asian Civilisation Museum for the conservation of Asian heritage.
French beauty brand YSL Beaute’s takes the definition of the luxe beauty accesory to a whole other level with its new cushion foundation. The Le Encre De Peau Cushion Foundation is emblazoned with the signature metallic YSL logo set on a buttery soft black leather chevron base. It’d look perfect right next to the luxury label’s iconic leather bags and heels. The formula of this cushion foundation has also been reformulated for a brightening matte finish that is lightweight for buildable longlasting coverage. Available in 8 shades, at S$102 per piece.
As usual, here are The Beauty Gazette‘s picks from Sephora’s new and upcoming goodies that are hitting shelves. First up, its the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Palette by yet another social media star. ABH has been very successful with its consistent stream of limited edition palettes designed and curated by beauty influencers. We like this palette’s easy-to-wear shades with just the right amount of classic colours that complement the dramatic ones.
All you need for a party makeup look. This stunning disco-themed collection with a rich plethora of reds, golds, and plum is perfect for a dramatic finish to a sparkly outfit. Our pick is the eyeshadow palette, which is versatile enough to be used on its own – just add mascara and eyeliner.
These are made for the artist, the sophisticate, the stylish, the intellectual, the beautiful. Inspired by the Greek Gods, Aesop’s Holiday Kits are perfect microcosms of skincare goodness. Pampering packages of the brand’s signature products that are best gifted to family and deserving close friends. Because we are skincare addicts, our top pick is The Chronicler (S$185) featuring a skin clarifying set of Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste, Primrose Facial Cleansing Mask, and Fabulous Face Oil. A close second is the skin-brightening The Orator (S$240) with Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser, Antioxidant Facial Toner, and Serum. For a smoother body and hands, go for The Reveller (S$160) Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash and Balm; and Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser as well as Rind Concentrate Body Balm. Available at Aesop boutiques.
Out of all the Holiday beauty collections, Shu Uemura always cones up tops for the surprises. This season, Shu gives die-hard Pokemon fans and its beauty junkie collectors a treat with a Pikachu-inspired collection. The cutesy theme could have fallen flat if not executed well; but Shu has managed to make the plump yellow cat/bunny hybrid cartoon character, stylish. We are loving the yellow and gold-themed shadow palette, as well as the gold lash curler with a Pika-Pika charm. The limited edition collection is available at Shu Uemura counters islandwide from Nov 1.
Probiotic formulas Probiotics are good for your gut, and good for your skin too. Potent serums and oils Because we always recommend amp-ing up your skincare routine to re-boot skin. Multi-tasking moisturisers Because who doesn’t love do-it-all formulas? Colours Fall shades that are still bright and lively. Complexion perfectors Quick-fixes for flawless-looking skin For pampering all-over Literally head-to-toe.
In a world of beauty products printed with mysterious and long lists of skincare ingredients, the appearance of The Ordinary is like seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. Launched in 2016, The Ordinary revolutionised the beauty market with affordable products that contain simple and effective ingredients. Soon, The Ordinary was on the hit list of beauty junkies that knew their retinol from their alpha hydroxy acids. Packaged simply in tinted glass dropper bottles, most of the products are made in straightforward combinations of the two best ingredients that would make one’s skin better: more hydrated, smoother, firmer, fairer. One at a time. The Ordinary does not make promises about do-it-all serums; just the right and pure ingredients that do it. TBG was in London earlier this year, and picked up 7 items that would be good for beginners looking to treat their skin, without having to risk too much of a reaction: Antioxidants to fix stressed skin: Resveratrol 3%+Ferulic Acid 3% Moisturisation: Hyaluronic Acid 2%+B5, or, 100% Plant-Derived Squalane, or, Amino Acids+B5 …