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Decorte Whiteologist Bright Express Brightening Serum

The Japanese are known for their skin-brightening products for fairer, brighter, healthy- and translucent-looking skin (sorry, not really that bleached, beached whale kind-of-white that some might assume Chinese/ Korean/ Japanese women want to have). As summer comes round, and the sun’s rays are at its strongest, Kose launches its latest trio of skin-illuminating skincare products. The latest version of the Whiteologist Bright Express Brightening Serum contains a proprietary active complex (comprising of seaweed extract, Japanese honeysuckle, saffron, mallow, wild thyme, glycerin, and kojic acid) that disperses melanin clusters. This helps to prevent melanin from becoming dark spots on the surface of the skin. This clear serum is very watery, so use it after an essence and before a more viscous serum. Perfect for layering of skincare. The serum now comes in a limited edition fancy silver 60ml bottle worth $260, and retailing at $330. Available at Cosme Decorate counters in Singapore. You can use all the skin-brightening serums you want but skin will not stay fair if you do not use a good sunscreen on …


Shaver of your dreams: Bolin Webb

It is one of life’s biggest mysteries. Most guys use shavers everyday. But so many of the handles are badly designed – plasticky, too light, slippery, weirdly angled – and the menfolk end up with a nick or two almost every morning. Set to do men’s faces right, Bolin Webb is an award-winning men’s grooming label famed for its ergonomic razor handles. Sleek and hefty, the handles are coated with elastomer skin on the underside; made for a firm grip, sharp turns, and a closer shave (hopefully, with zero bleeding).  To be used with the regular Gillette razors, the Bolin Webb handles come in a variety of luxe finishes, from chrome to 24-carat-gold. Now available at Maven, Takashimaya Department Store Level 3.

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Ink Liner and Color Paint

Not for the faint-hearted and wimps, Make Up For Ever’s new eye make-up range is pigmented and made to last through stressful board meetings to sweaty gym sessions. The super long-wear Aqua XL range comprises of the Ink Liner liquid eyeliner and the Color Paint cream eyeshadows. The Ink Liner is a stiff sponge-tipped tapered applicator that is good for bold cat eye flicks, and graphic make-up looks. Each pump picks up enough liquid for a full wing-tip. Start each application from the thickest middle part of the cat eye flick as the applicator picks up quite a bit of liquid; leave the finer details to the end of the stroke. The Color Paint shadows make an awesome base for a super bold smokey eye. Just a teeny tiny bit of the cream shadow can be blended out with fingertips (or MUFE shader brush #226) to cover the entire eye socket area. Alternatively, apply with a stiff angle brush for bold coloured lines. Colour sets well and does not budge once dry. Both the Ink Liner …

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil

A good melt-on-your-lips pout treatment product is a must-have in any beauty pouch.  And if nothing in the market seems to treat your flakey pout, all you have to do is this: – Drink enough water (cracked and dry lips are a sign of dehydration) – Exfoliate dead skin cells with a cotton wash cloth – Get your hands on the Clarins Instant Light Lip Oil.  Don’t let the idea of coating your lips in oil put you off. The Clarins Lip Oil is more like a gloss, minus the thick stickiness but with all the shine. Plus, this lightweight formula contains moisturising jojoba and hazel seed oils that is easily absorbed to soften lips. The finger-tip shaped applicator makes use super easy too. The Lip Oil is now available in more colours, from bright pink tints to the beautifully sparkly Honey Glam. Wear the Lip Oil alone or on top of lipstick for extra shine and moisture. Click here for a swatch. 

Sulwhasoo’s 20th Anniversary and Time Treasure Renovating Eye Serum

Luxury South Korean skincare brand Sulwhasoo’s new Time Treasure Renovating Eye Serum comes with an ergonomic, and 24 carat gold-plated eye care massager, no less. But what’s inside this new eye serum is just as precious. Formulated with traditional Korean herbs like the brand’s other products, it contains red and white ginseng, pine bark, licorice root, white peony, and Indian lotus extracts as well as shea butter. This eye serum with a light ginseng scent is surprisingly lightweight. While easily absorbed, it plumps up the fine skin and brightens the dullness around the eyes. Perfect as a primer for eye concealer too. As Sulwhasoo marks its 20th anniversary this year, find out more about the brand and its parent company Amorepacific in this article; here and here.  

Mamonde Floral Hydro Ampoule Toner and First Energy Firming Mask Honeysuckle

The South Koreans have always been known for their innovative cosmetics. Afterall, Amorepacific invented the BB cushion and single-handedly launched an entirely new category for the global beauty industry. Now with Mamonde, it has possibly launched a world-first gel-textured toner. Unlike your usual watery toner, the Floral Hydro Ampoule Toner is viscous. Lightweight and refreshing, it disappears into the skin with a few gentle rubbing movements. And the formula leaves the skin lightly hydrated, softer and ready to receive serums and moisturisers.  On hot days, place this in the fridge before application to soothe skin. This toner completes the hydrating Floral Hydro range for oily/ combination skin.  The main ingredient in this line: the narcissus with its long-lasting blooms. An extract from the narcissus bulb supposedly improves the moisturisation levels and circulation in the skin.  For best results, use the toner with the bestselling Floral Hydro cream, a relatively heavy-textured gel cream that envelops skin in a layer of moisture. Complete the beauty routine with one of Mamonde’s wide selection of pulpy and squishy sheet …

For Beloved Girl Mineral Cloud-Silk Mask: Benefits and skincare ingredients

We first reviewed the For Beloved Girl Extreme Moisture Mineral Cloud-Silk Mask earlier in the year (and we still think that is one of the best masks we’ve tried so far). Now that the full Mineral Cloud-Silk range has been launched in Sephora stores, here are more deets. All Cloud-Silk masks are made with a fine cotton fabric that is super absorbent, does not dry out easily, and clings well to the face. They are of a perfect size for smaller, Asian faces too. There is a mask for every occasion. When it is that time of the month… Skin Renewal Mineral Cloud-Silk Mask (Ca). Calcium lactate is an astringent that can help treat pore and acne issues. The serum is made to soften dead skin, cleanse pores; also contains roselle, rosehip, hibiscus extracts. Oil Control Mineral Cloud-Silk Mask (Zn). Contains Zinc Gluconate and Tea Tree Oil to treat inflammation and keep sebum production in control. When you have a special night out… Flawless Brightening Mineral Cloud-Silk Mask (Fe). Made with Ferric Citrate, a kind of citric acid, for …

Elizabeth Arden Sheer Kiss Lip Oil

To appeal to its regular customers who have been loyal to the label over the decades, as well as the Millennials, Elizabeth Arden has found a balance with its new Sheer Kiss Lip Oil. It has the viscous texture and sheer tint of a gloss, but the moisturising goodness of a lip oil and trendy shades.  Containing coconut, avocado, tsubaki, sunflower seed and meadow foam oils; the product sinks into the skin easily and plumps up dry lips, without leaving it sticky like traditional glosses.  Available in six shades at $34 each: Pampering Pink, Nude Oasis, Coral Caress (TBG pick), Rejuvenating Red, Purple Serenity, and Heavenly Rose (TBG pick). Each gives lips a sheer wash of colour and soft shine. The formula comes in an interesting pod-like container; remove the cap, squeeze the soft centre and apply the product directly onto lips. I prefer to apply it with a lip brush for better precision. The lighter shades Nude Oasis and Pampering Pink also make a good lip-softening base for smooth application of a bold lipstick.

Clarins Body Fit Anti-Cellulite Contouring Expert, and SPF 20 Brightening Body Veil

The first products that masseur Jacques Courtin-Clarins sold out of his salon in 1954, were body treatment oils. Almost six decades on, Clarins is still known for its body treatment products that promise to smoothen skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite. The new Body Fit Anti-Cellulite Contouring Expert is a lightweight gel moisturiser that leaves the skin with a velvety finish, and lightly perfumed (we are loving the refreshing floral scent). Think of it as invisible Spanx. After application, my skin immediately looked smoother, and feel just that tad firmer and tighter. Its star ingredient is a quince leaf extract that acts on the adipose fat cells to smoothen the dimpling on skin caused by cellulite. Eight plant extracts are also added to lift, and firm the skin. For sure, applying this gel alone will not give you a firmer and tighter cellulite-free silhouette. Use the Body Fit with regular exercise (be it circuit training at the gym or the #BBG at home), and a sensible diet (which includes the occasional burrata rucola pizza and …

Origins Mix & Mask Pods

Masking frequently is the best thing you can do for your skin, even when you are on the road. Origins’ new Mix & Mask set lets you pick any six handy 10ml mask pods at $20 with $80 purchase at Origins stores located in Singapore at Ion Orchard, Nex Serangoon, Centrepoint Orchard. Each pod is generous, and good enough for at least three uses. These sample-sized pods are also perfect if you want to give Origins’ range of best-selling masks a try before you decide on a full-sized tube. The options: Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask to treat dehydrated skin through the night: rose, myrtle leaf, and bitter orange flower waters, chamomile flower extract, black currant seed, bitter almond kernel, camphor bark, orange peel, apricot kernel oils; osmanthus flower, rosa damascena, bitter orange flower, aloe leaf, rice, oat kernel, olive fruit extracts; orange peel wax, mango seed butter; apricot kernel, and avocado oils. Drink Up 10 Minute Mask to hydrate thirsty skin in a jiffy: carnauba wax, apricot kernel oil, algae extract. Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask for …