Moisturised, hydrated, supple, dewy skin. The signature Korean beauty look is built entirely on the skincare routine that soaks skin in moisture and oils. So Laneige has stepped up its flagship Water Bank collection with the extracts of water cress, kale, beetroot, and garden cress. The star products of the lightweight moisturising range are the Hydro Essence and Gel Cream (for combination skin); and Moisture Essence and Moisture Cream (for drier skin). Look out for the Water Bank Quick Hydro Pen as well. It is the perfect handy skincare tool for those random dry patches on the cheeks or undereye area that appear in the middle of the day. Just click the pen to dispense a gel cream, and apply. Also contains extracts of artichoke, lima beans and brussel sprouts.
Tired of haircare that cannot instantly repair her celebrity clients’ hair for red carpet appearances, hairstylist Wendy Iles decided to make her own. Iles Formula is sulfate-, paraben- and silicone-free. The Haute Performance Shampoo lathers well, and cleanses my bleached and dyed hair well without stripping it of the oils and colour. The Haute Performance Conditioner is the star product as it is made with silk proteins from Japan, a technology that seals and smoothes hair cuticles, as well as tucuma palm and macrobola tree seeds from the Amazon rain forest. The Finishing Serum works like a vitamin shot for the hair: nut oils, silk, ceramide. When used together, the trio gave me soft, voluminous and frizz-free locks. Most haircare products leave my chemically-treated hair stiff and dry, which I usually have to smoothen with at least two other kinds of leave-in haircare serums. I also love how the Haute Performance range is perfumed with pleasant white-flower and white musk accords, adding a touch of luxury to my me-time in the bathroom. Iles Formula is …
Inspired by #travel #wanderlust #bornfree #wishuwerehere Insta posts, Urban Decay has launched its new Born To Run eyeshadow palette. With 21 bright hues in matte, metallic and iridescent textures, this palette is handy for travels as it lets one create a wide variety of eye makeup looks. From sunset dinners in Santorini to beach parties in California, the palette has you covered. The shadow formula gets a little powdery when the brush dips into the pan; but tap off the excess and it goes on smoothly with minimum fall out. The colours are pigmented, but as with all shadows, best used with a primer. To complement the range, there are three limited edition bold Vice Lipstick shades: a glittery coral pink, a plum and a mauve pink. As well as three 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils to match the shades in the palette.
Amorepacific’s Laneige changed the masking game when it launched its Sleeping Mask in 2002. Busy and stressed out women could finally fall asleep with a beauty mask slathered on, and without being worried that they would wake up with “over-treated” skin and irritation. Now, Laneige has upped the ante on its bestselling Sleeping Mask. The new skin-brightening White Dew Vita Capsule Sleeping Mask comes with a separate sachet of Vitamin C powder to be blended together, for a more intense moisturising and skin-whitening treatment. This keeps the formula fresh and more effective. The gel mask soothes and envelops the skin in a thick layer, as each capsule is a generous 0.3ml. The lightweight packaging makes it easy to slip the mask into a beauty travel pouch, and keep your face bright, even, and hydrated while on the road.
You may never have original supermodel Elle Macpherson’s height, face, body, skin, genes. But now you can reach out for the “Super Elixir” that she swears by for a healthier gut, and less bloated, flatter tummy (ab muscles not included). This dietary supplement comes in the form of a fine powder, and contains all the good stuff: organic barley grass, organic wheatgrass, pineapple, apple, organic alfalfa, spinach, goji berry, apple pectin, fructo oligosaccharides, L-Glutamine, linseed meal, psyllium husk, lemon, lime, beetroot, carrot, xylitol, acai, pomegranate, calcium citrate, papaya, probiotic blend (lactobacillus acidophilus, bifidobacterium bifidum, bifidobacterium lactis, bifidobacterium longum), organic spirulina, broccoli, grape seed extract, kelp, magnesium citrate, milk thistle extract, eleutherococcus senticosus extract, zinc gluconate, dandelion leaves extract, maitake mushroom extract, shitake mushroom extract, green tea extract, turmeric, aloe vera, horsetail, copper gluconate, beta carotene, D-biotin, selenium methionine. It tastes green and earthy but not unbearable, and best taken when shaken well so you don’t get powdery lumps stuck in the throat. The supplement can be added to plain water, or shakes. I like it …
The idea is so simple and not exactly new, but effective. To boost the effects of its new Lift and Firm Sculpting Gel from its signature Ceramide range, Elizabeth Arden attached a roller applicator to the product. So as you squeeze the tube, the gel formula oozes onto the roller-applicator which you apply onto the skin in upward strokes to firm and lift. Coat skin with the gel, then gently massage it into the skin. It immediately makes the skin feel tighter and more supple. If you prefer lightweight hydration on your skin, you could also use this in-lieu of a moisturiser. This formula also primes skin well for make-up, as it leave skin smoother, firmer and moisturised enough for foundation to set nicely on it.
Here’s a new multi-purpose, one-size-fits-all neutral eye palette by Make Up For Ever. Comprising a value-for-money 18 shades in three textures: matte, metallic and a subtle sparkle. Good for everyday looks and a compact makeup kit for travel. Watch this to see how it wears on the skin.
Skin Inc’s offerings are all about multi-taskers for the busy woman on-the-go. Its latest product is the cleansing water/ oil with a shot of skincare serum. So you can get rid of stubborn makeup while plumping skin with sakura leaf, artichoke leaf, and saxifraga sarmentosa extracts. The oil removes long-wearing makeup, and the cleansing water gets rid of impurities. Massage onto dry skin, and rinse with water. It does not have a greasy afterfeel like most cleansing oils; while leaving the skin clean, and feeling fresh and supple.
Despite feeling almost weightless and barely-there on the skin, SK-II’s new Atmosphere Airy Light UV Cream packs SPF 50+ PA++++ to keep dark spots and wrinkles at bay. This untinted sunscreen also contains SK-II’s signature pitera skincare ingredient. Moisturising and easily absorbed, Atmosphere Airy Light also left my skin feeling supple. As a final step to my skincare routine, it prepares my face for a smoother application of base makeup and ensures that it lasts longer.
Paris-based designer Yazbukey is back working with Shu Uemura on a limited edition collection. For Spring/Summer 2018, the Yazbukey x Shu Uemura range launches with 16 Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte Lipstick shades (four quartets of reds, plums, pinks, nudes) and four edgy metallic lip liners (in gold, silver, rose gold, bronze). Yazbukey – known for her quirky lip-shaped plexi-glass jewellery – first collaborated with Shu Uemura in 2015 on a range of colourful makeup. Watch this to see moving swatches of the nude lipsticks. The formula is long-lasting, creamy, and opaque in two to three coats.