Clarins Calm Essentiel

If like us, your skin acts up as you wear a protective face mask for long hours (to be a responsible citizen during the pandemic), Clarins is offering you a skincare option.

To help calm sensitive skin, its latest Calm Essentiel range is made with clary sage, known for its soothing and healing properties.

The Redness Corrective Gel is lightweight and has a hint of light green to even out redness on the face. Wear it under foundation as a multi-tasking primer.

The Soothing Emulsion is skin-plumpingly moisturising, and easily absorbed.

While the Restoring Treatment Oil is a calming face oil to be layered on top of th moisturiser if you need that extra boost. Otherwise, warm a couple of drops between your palms and press directly onto clean skin before bedtime.

Aesop Sublime Replenishing Night Masque

Indeed, nothing is quite as sublime as a good night mask to double up the benefits of beauty sleep.

This creamy new formula by Aesop contains vitamins B, C, E and F to keep the skin hydrated, rejuvenated and protected from free radicals.

It also contains frankincense, making the lightly fragranced leave-on mask an absolute luxury to use. If you like, layer a drop or two of face oil under the mask.

Soothing and easily absorbed, Aesop’s Sublime Replenishing Night Masque is a must-have, especially if you are a loyal fan of this minimalist beauty label.

Lancome Advanced Génifique

Lancome Advanced Genifique: Pre-and Probiotics Added

Lancome’s most famous skincare product, the Advanced Génifique, is iconic for good reason.

It contains a game-changing complex of 7 pre- and probiotics to help regulate the skin’s microbiota balance.

All of us have a combination of fungi, bacteria, viruses and mites living on our skin, to keep it healthy. More often than not, we have skin issues – such as breakouts, roseacea, eczema – when the microbiota ratio is out of whack.

The Advanced Génifique serum is fragrance-free, and lightweight. It soothes plumps, smoothens and hydrates skin immediately. Aids skin rejuvenation when you need it the most. Consider it your antidote to stressed skin.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex

The iconic Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum has been reformulated to provide longer-lasting hydration and anti-ageing benefits.

The 2020 version – and 5th generation – of the formula promises 72-hour hydration, and an improved skin barrier in 4 hours.

Like all the products in the ANR range, it is packed with antioxidants and helps to turbo-charge the skin’s repairing process while you sleep at night. So that the skin is clearer, brighter smoother and more even in tone.

Interestingly, while the texture is fresh and gel-like, it seals in moisture just fine like a heavier cream but with added skincare benefits. This is one reason why the product has been a bestseller all these years. It does the job.

Use it with the full range of products for the best effects: The Micro-Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion, ANR Eye Supercharged Complex, and the ANR Intense Reset Concentrate.

Watch the beauty roadtest of the latest Advanced Night Repair serum.

Kiehl’s Vital Skin-Strengthening Super Serum

Kiehl’s Vital Skin-Strengthening Super Serum

If you are on the look out for a new multi-tasking serum, consider Kiehl’s Vital Skin-Strengthening Super Serum.

Formulated with red ginseng root, holy basil and schisandra berry, the anti-ageing blend promises to brighten the skin.

It also contains a hyaluronic complex to boost skin resilience, suppleness and moisture levels.

The best parts about this serum? It is unscented and easily absorbed. Making it great for layering under moisturiser, and sunscreen.

I like to use this product with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream and Ultra Light Daily UV Defense.

After using it for five days, the Super Serum left my skin smoother and more hydrated.

Clarins Lip Comfort Oil Intense

Yes, with all the protective mask-wearing when you are outside during this pandemic, why would you need another lip product?

But don’t forget about that Zoom/ Microsoft Teams/ Face Time session where you could still put on a nice lippie.

So Clarins’ new Lip Comfort Oil Intense is what we’d recommend.

It is formulated after the brand’s popular Lip Comfort Oil which keeps the lips hydrated, moisturised, and glossy with plant oils.

But with a shot of intense colour added to make a liquid lipstick formula that is bright, lightweight, and skin-plumping with a sheen.

The applicator of the Lip Comfort Oil Intense – which looks like an eyeshadow sponge applicator – also just picks up the right amount of product, so the application is even, precise, and so easy.

The colours – available in eight shades of reds, pinks and nudes – are also bright and nicely opaque, even with just one sheer layer.

See how it works, here.

Aesop Citrus Melange Body Cleanser

Aesop Citrus Melange Body Cleanser

Summer days are here.

If you live on a tropical island like Singapore, it probably wouldn’t matter if summer were here or not. Except for the amazing sales in the stories.

That said, everyone’s imagination needs to be transported these days. When many countries’ borders are on lockdown, the pleasure of travel is becoming a fuzzy memory.

I imagine Aesop’s new Citrus Melange Body Cleanser must be what the lemons of the Mediterranean Amalfi Coast must smell like in Summer. Fresh, breezy and a hint of herbaceous deliciousness. I’ve never been to the Amalfi Coast but I can imagine the salty sea breeze.

Containing petitgrain, lemon rind and grapefruit rind, Aesop’s low-foaming cleanser turns your shower experience into a daydreaming session.

Pair it with the Petitgrain Reviving Body Gel (grapefruit rind, pantheon, witch hazel) to cool hot skin, and smell fresh and earthy.

Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum 5th Generation

Sulwhasoo 5th Generation First Care Activating Serum

The secret to Korean celebrities’ translucent dewiness: the right skincare routine.

Their skin glistens through the seasons, in sub-zero degrees in winter and right through the heat of summer.

Layering with the right formulas is key.

Sulwhasoo’s First Care Activating Serum was launched in the late 1990s as a pre-serum to use the first step in the skincare routine.

The lightweight and potent serum contains traditional korean medicine ingredients including white lily, solomon’s seal and lotus, to soften and prepare skin for subsequent layers of serum and creams.

This year, Sulwhasoo launches the 5th generation of the First Care Activating Serum for improved efficacy.

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules: Updated Formulas

The iconic pearlescent capsules have been updated with extra benefits for the skin.

The Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsule Daily Youth Restoring Serum contain ceramides, lipids, retinol and botanicals that keeps skin looking plump, fresh, smoother and softer.

The oil always feels dense when you dispense the capsule into your palms. But warm it between the hands, press into skin; and you’ll see how easily absorbed it is.

To boost the skin’s renewal process while you sleep, try the Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum. As its name suggests, has an additional shot of retinol to stimulate the skin’s collagen production, and glow.

These oil-based serums work best on those with dry or combination skin. And depending on how your face feels after this formula is absorbed, layer on a moisturiser to seal in the skin food.

Decorte Whitologist Brightening Concentrate

Give Your Skin An Upgrade: Decorte Whiteologist Brightening Concentrate

Skin-brightening formulas are often a hit-or-miss.

Simply because it is tricky to create products that would add radiance to the skin effectively.

Decorte has revamped its signature Whiteologist serum (S$210) for the third time to offer you an improved formula.

Based on a capsule-delivery system, the brightening complex contains the herbal medicine angelica acutiloba extract to promote blood circulation; jujube extract for cell turnover and moisturising properties; as well as the antioxidants of grape seed extract.

This lightweight formula layers seamlessly under a heavier moisturiser and foundation.