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Crystal Tomato: Beyond Sun Protection SPF 75+

Any beauty junkie worth her salt would be popping a revolutionary Crystal Tomato supplement tablet every day. We have had it in our beauty regimen for years, and the results on our skin are crystal clear: smaller pores, and brighter, firmer and overall healthier looking skin. We saw results within a week, after we started popping the pill. And the clinical results prove it. Now, to complement the Crystal Tomato supplement, the brand has launched the Beyond Sun Protection sunscreen that was five years in the making. Lightweight, non-greasy and sheer on the skin, this formula packs a punch: More than 50 per cent protection against High Energy Visible (HEV) light. Also known as Blue Light, it can cause hyperpigmentation, redness, and stimulation of the production of free radicals that can accelerate skin ageing. (The scariest part about Blue Light? You’re staring at it now. Besides the sun, sources of this skin-damaging light are the screens of electronic devices and LED lights.) Persistent Pigment Darkening Protection 17+ and PA++++; highest ratings possible Anti-pollution and antioxidant …

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.

Hourglass No.28 Lip Treatment Oil

As the last of winter turns to spring and the weather remains chilly, a good lip treatment product is essential to keep that pout looking delicious. Hourglass’ popular No.28 Lip Treatment Oil now comes in tinted formulas. Blended with botanical oils (with a relaxing scent), vitamins and active ingredients, it hydrates, plumps and lends definition to the lips. The 24-Karat gold-plated tip adds luxe and a cool touch to the pout upon application. It also smoothens fine lines immediately for a juicy appearance. The colour is semi-sheer and lasts relatively long for an oil-based liquid balm. Our fave shades: Adorn, Bare and Cameo for that perfect #MLBB look.

Luxurious yet lightweight: Armani Beauty Crema Nera

Armani Beauty has made its mark with its liquid lipsticks, foundations and molten eyeshadows. The colours are beautiful and striking; like the brand’s iconic fashion collections. But its skincare range? Almost non-existent until the recent launch of the Crema Nera range. And the star is the luxurious Crema Nera Extrema Supreme Reviving Cream. Lightly scented with a refreshing floral, the formula is gel-cream that is easily absorbed into the skin. It immediately gives skin a reflective sheen, and suppleness See how it works here.

Shu Uemura #RD163 Lipstick

If you are Asian with a fair skin tone, Shu Uemura claims to have created the perfect red lipstick for you. #RD163 is blended with just the right amount of yellow and blue for a flattering rich scarlet. It is available in matte, satin and glossy textures. (We like the matte one which is especially long-lasting) To complete the look, Shu Uemura has also launched a complementary red eyeshadow and earthy red-toned liners that look perfect with a black winged-tip stroke. Watch this to get a glimpse of the shade.

Get drunk on good skin: Drunk Elephant review

“Drunk Elephant” may seem like a pretty strange name for a skincare line. But it holds a special, if quirky, meaning for brand founder Tiffany Masterson. According to her, elephants love gobbling the fruit of the marula tree. Apparently, the fruit ferments in their tums and make them happy-drunk. Tiffany believes that virgin marula oil has all the goodness (anti-oxidants, fatty acid content, anti-microbial content), and it is a key ingredient in her skincare line that has become a staple on the shelves of smart beauty junkies. Based on the philosophy of “clean” skincare, Drunk Elephant formulas do not contain nasties that Tiffany (as well as many skin experts) believe are the root of inflamed skin: essential oils, drying alcohols, silicones, chemical screens, fragrance/dyes and SLS. What Drunk Elephant formulas contain, however, put many other skincare brands to shame. For example, the potency of its popular C-Firma Day Serum is due to a blend of 15 per cent L-ascorbic acid and ferulic acid, 1 per cent Vitamin E, pumpkin ferment and pomegranate extract; grape, licorice …

Hera Sensual Tint

The new lip formula by South Korean beauty brand Hera is not for the faint-hearted. The colours are bright and pigmented; even though the texture is a relatively watery liquid. Fortunately, a spade-shaped applicator with a fine tip makes spreading the lip colour on precisely, easy. The sponge-tip soaks up just enough liquid to dispense a thin layer that stains the pout. Just two coats will give lips an intense shade, and high-shine. The dry-down is not immediate though; so give it some time before you drink. Hera Sensual Tint is available in 10 flattering shades.

The Lancer Method: Review

In this part of Asia where skincare routines with more than six steps are de rigueur, simple and straightforward ones are refreshing. In fact, the tried-and-tested three-step routine developed by Beverly Hills-based dermatologist Dr Harold Lancer has been a go-to for celebrities such as Victoria Beckham and Oprah Winfrey, for years. Dr Lancer states his premise in his book, Younger: The Breakthrough Anti-Aging Method for Radiant Skin: Regularly polish (or rather, exfoliate) skin to create “controlled injury” so that the deeper layers of the skin are triggered to “repair” mode and expedite cell renewal on the epidermis, as well as collagen production. Follow-up with cleansing to remove the rest of the gunk (debris, excess sebum, leftover makeup, pollution, etc.). Finish by “feeding your face”. The AM routine begins with cleansing, then nourish and protect (with sunscreen). While Dr Lancer shares a variety of other products across brands and price ranges that work well, clearly his own complementary formulas would work best for his prescribed routine. Lancer The Method: Polish gives a skin slightly warm sensation …

YSL Beauty Touche Eclat All-In-One-Glow Foundation

In a market where products are rejuvenated every couple of years to keep up with consumers’ fickle tastes, the formula of the classic YSL Beauty’s Touche Eclat has not been revamped for years, apparently. And for good reason. The sleek highlighter click-pen conceals dark circles and dusky areas of the face (corners of the mouth, sides of the nose) seamlessly. And it adds a glow to the cheekbones, cupid’s bow, décolleté, and anywhere else you want the light to hit. Now, YSL Beauty has bottled the soft candle-lit glow you get from the Touche Eclat pen, into a tube of foundation. So you get a soft iridescence to the skin, and light to medium coverage with this light and hydrating easy-to-blend gel-cream textured All-In-One-Glow Foundation.