X’mas 2020: Laura Mercier Ballet a Paris

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.

Insider secret Japanese skincare label Geol

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.

Sulwhasoo Beauty From Your Culture 2020

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.

Sulwhasoo X SAKI First Care Activating Serum

YSL Beaute Le Encre De Peau Cushion 2020

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.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Palette

Picks from Sephora Spring 2020

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.

Jill Stuart Bloom Mix Blush Compact Blooming Tulip
Then, we’ve got our eye on this Jill Stuart petal-pretty blush combo, which can easily double up as subtle eyeshadow shades. Perfect for spring.
Jill Stuart Bloom Mix Blush Compact Blooming Tulip, S$50

Tarte Shape Tape Glow Wand
No need to resist too much with Tarte’s new Shape Tape Glow Wand, a creamy liquid highlighter that adds radiance to the face with pearlescent micro-pigment and skincare ingredients. Blended with shea butter and mango seed butter.
Tarte Shape Tape Glow Wand, S$39

Too Faced Born This Way Palette
The Too Faced Born This Way Palette is all we need when travelling. All the nudes for sexy sultry smokey eyes; or just with a classic and elegant winged liner. Perfect colours for widening the eyes naturally.
Too Faced Born This Way Palette, S$69


Dr Roebuck's Ningaloo Firming Serum
We are attracted to the blue hue of Dr Roebuck’s Ningaloo Firming Serum. And it proves to be a potent concoction of skincare. Made with the antioxidant copper peptide, skin-quenching hyaluronic acid and nourishing Banksia flower extract.
Dr Roebuck’s Ningaloo Firming Serum, S$93

Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial Masque
For thirsty skin, go for Drunk Elephant’s super-moisturising formula with an equally bombastic name: the F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial Masque Hydratant. It has Vitamin F microbeads that burst upon application, and Sodium PCA to up the skin’s moisture level. Best used as an overnight mask after a hangover or day by the beach.
Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial Masque, S$74

Supergoop! Bright-Eyed Mineral Eye Cream
Nothing better than a moisturising and skin-loving sunscreen just for the eyes, plus a concealing effect. Supergoop!’s latest Bright-Eyed Mineral Eye Cream with SPF 40 PA+++ ticks all the right boxes. Contains probiotics, caffeine and green tea extract.
Supergoop! Bright-Eyed Mineral Eye Cream, S$55

Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Strengthening Treatment Oil
To keep hair lusciously long, a dedicated haircare routine is essential. Keep tresses looking healthy with this ceramide-infused formula by Briogeo, the Don’t Despair, Repair! Strengthening Treatment Oil.
Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Strengthening Treatment Oil, price unavailable

Of Muse and Myth: Aesop Holiday 2019

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.

Pikashu: Pokemon X Shu Uemura, the most coveted Xmas collection yet

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.

Sephora Fall 2019: Look out for these

Probiotic formulas

Probiotics are good for your gut, and good for your skin too.

Glamglow Berryglow Probiotic Recovery Mask
Glamglow Berryglow Probiotic Recovery Mask

Allies of Skin Molecular Saviour Probiotics Repair Mist
Allies of Skin Molecular Saviour Probiotics Repair Mist

 

Gallinee Face Vinegar
Gallinee Face Vinegar

 

 

Potent serums and oils

Because we always recommend amp-ing up your skincare routine to re-boot skin.

Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil
Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil

 

Pixi Overnight Retinol Oil
Pixi Overnight Retinol Oil
Bybi Beauty Bakuchiol Booster
Bybi Beauty Bakuchiol Booster
Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil
Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil
The Inkey List Caffeine
The Inkey List Caffeine

 

 

Multi-tasking moisturisers

Because who doesn’t love do-it-all formulas?

Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream
Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream
Tarte Baba Bomb Moisturizer
Tarte Baba Bomb Moisturizer

Dr Roebuck's Stoked Weightless Face Moisturizer
Dr Roebuck’s Stoked Weightless Face Moisturizer
Tata Harper Hyaluronic Gel Moisturizer
Tata Harper Hyaluronic Gel Moisturizer

 

 

Colours

Fall shades that are still bright and lively.

Stila After Hours Eyeshadow Palette
Stila After Hours Eyeshadow Palette
Jill Stuart Eternal Couture Eyes Shimmer in shade 03 Timeless Joy
Jill Stuart Eternal Couture Eyes Shimmer in shade 03 Timeless Joy
Cover FX Monochromatic Blush Duo in Spiced Cinnamon
Cover FX Monochromatic Blush Duo in Spiced Cinnamon

 

 

Complexion perfectors

Quick-fixes for flawless-looking skin

 

Pat McGrath Skin Fetish Sublime Perfection Foundation
Pat McGrath Skin Fetish Sublime Perfection Foundation
Nudestix TInted Cover
Nudestix TInted Cover

 

 

For pampering all-over

Literally head-to-toe.

Starskin VIP The Gold Mask Hand
Starskin VIP The Gold Mask Hand
Frank Body A-beauty Scrub
Frank Body A-beauty Scrub

The Ordinary, Covent Garden

Shopping in London: The Ordinary

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:

  1. Antioxidants to fix stressed skin: Resveratrol 3%+Ferulic Acid 3%
  2. Moisturisation: Hyaluronic Acid 2%+B5, or, 100% Plant-Derived Squalane, or, Amino Acids+B5
  3. Smoothen fine lines and wrinkles: Matrixyl 10% + HA
  4. Unclog pores and heal acne: Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

If you’re in London, we recommend visiting The Ordinary at 5B The Market Building, Covent Garden, WC2E 8RF.