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.
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.
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.
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.
“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 …
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.
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 …
ReFa’s most recent product to hit shelves is the CAXA Ray (S$350), a device inspired by the traditional Chinese treatment Guasha.
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.
Lightweight, anti-ageing, gel-textured, ginseng. You won’t usually see these few words in the same sentence to describe a serum. But Sulwhasoo’s new Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Serum is exactly it. This anti-ageing formula is surprisingly light with a cushion-y gel texture, making it suitable for even younger skin (mid-20s onwards), and for use in the summer or humid climates. The ginseng scent isn’t overpowering like it can be with most formulas containing panax ginseng too. This serum promises to firm, smoothen and add radiance. I find that it keeps skin especially supple, so that the application of foundation is smoother.