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Clarins Hydra-Essential: Skin quenchers to start 2018 right

Dehydrated skin always looks tired, dull, and lined. Plumping it up with moisture is that one thing you can do to make skin look more youthful, immediately. According to Clarins’ research on the skin, it is exposed to sudden changes in temperature and humidity everyday; on the commute, air-conditioning, rainy days, even post-gym. This “shocks” the skin, and it ends up dehydrated if it is not replenished with the right levels of moisture. To keep skin supple and hydrated throughout, Clarins’ new Hydra-Essentiel range contains organic Leaf of Life, an organic succulent herb with antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. Sourced from the Jardins du Monde in Madagascar, the organic and fair trade Leaf of Life supposedly keeps the skin’s moisture level optimal through the “shocks”. The Hydra-Essentiel Intensive Bi-Phase Serum is a watery formula that sinks easily into the skin. I find that it plumps up skin immediately, making it look brighter and firmer. For best results (especially for those with normal to combination skin), use it with the Hydra-Essentiel Cooling Gel to seal in …

Laneige Perfect Renew Eye Serum

A refreshing gel-textured formula, the Laneige Perfect Renew Eye Serum (S$65 for 14ml) is made to moisturise and firm the eye area. It contains rejuvenating ginger water and lavender oil to keep skin supple for longer; a perfect non-oily base for concealer make-up on the under eye area. This product kept my eyes looking brighter, more awake and youthful.

Aesop Deodorant Roll-On

The new deodorants from Aesop are a dream to use. Feels cool on the skin and lightweight, these roll-ons have an earthy, woody scent. Way different than the medicinal-smelling or cheap perfume versions. Aesop’s are most suited for those who prefer a light, masculine fragrance to keep odours at bay. Available in two options. The regular one with vetiver, zinc ricinoleate, lavender oil, clover flower oil, eucalyptus oil, tea tree leaf oil, coriander seed oil, thyme oil, ginger root extract, wasabi japonica, and lactic acid. The herbal version contains sage leaf, rosemary leaf oil, orange flower oil, eucalyptus oil, ginger root extract, lactic acid, zinc ricinoleate, and wasabi japonica.

Shu Uemura Lacque Supreme

The new Lacque Supreme liquid lipsticks by Shu Uemura are very good. And by that I mean long-wearing glossiness, translucent-but-rich-pigment kind of very good. Formulated with an oil-in-water emulsion, it feels moisturising and lightweight. Blended with a polymer coating used in pharmaceuticals and food, this liquid lipstick gives lips a high-shine that even lasts through meals of oily food. The colours are even and bright with one dip and two to three coats. The angled tip of the applicator makes it easy to slick on this gel-textured lipstick. Watch this clip to see the beautiful shine and colour. TBG’s picks of the lot: RD05 PK06 CR01 WN05 Available in 16 shades, S$43 each.

Tatouage Couture Matte Stain by Yves Saint Laurent Beaute

Yves Saint Laurent Beaute has always been at the forefront of the liquid lipstick game. Some six years ago, when it launched its Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Levres, it blew so many of its competitors out of the water. The lightweight texture of the liquid lipstick gave lips a punchy colour with a Ferrari-finish shine. Now, it is set to keep lipstick junkies’ pulse racing with the new Tatouage Couture Matte Stain. As lightweight as the Vernis a Levre, with that fresh watery feeling on the lips, the Tatouage formula dries down on the lips with a pretty pop of colour and a trendy satin-matte finish. Clearly inspired by the permamence of tattoos, the Tatouage range is long-lasting (but not through oily food). Just one dip and one coat is enough for an smooth and even coat of beautiful colour. The spatula-shaped applicator – stamped with a tiny YSL logo, no less, for that luxe factor – makes precise strokes a breeze. Watch this for a snapshot of how this lippie performs. TBG’s picks: No.16, …

Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate + Vit C and Hyaluronic Acid

Kiehl’s latest serum is a potent blend of Vitamin C (an eyebrow-raising 12.5 per cent) and hyaluronic acid. Formulated to smoothen the appearance of lines and pores; the Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate is indeed powerful enough to leave a warm and tingly sensation on the skin upon application. The slight stinging feeling did not last more than 10 seconds on my normal-combination skin though. Although it might further irritate those with intolerant skin. After using it three days and nights in a row, I’ve noticed a perceptible improvement to my skkn texture. Somehow, my skin also looks less oily throughout the day. This serum leaves behind a silky-smooth matte finish, and is lightweight enough to be layered between a lotion, and moisturiser, sunscreen, foundation.

Casio Exilim TR-M11 Review

A strong segment in Casio’s stable of offerings is its range of TR selfie cameras that automatically turns portraits picture-perfect. In seconds, the camera automatically adds a dewy translucence and healthy flush to the selfie, so one’s posts on social media will always be flawless and approved by adoring followers. The latest Casio launch is the TR-M11, a camera that looks just like the cushion compact foundation, and fits in the palm of the hand. It also has an 8-LED ring light around the lens to smoothe away shadows on the face. Here’s an excerpt from our review for The Straits Times: “Taking a selfie with this gadget is a no-brainer. Just flip it open, adjust the position of your face within the square digital screen (perfect for the square proportions of Instagram posts) and tap the screen or press the ergonomic button at the 1 o’clock position of the camera. The best selfies are impromptu and snapped quickly, and this non-fiddly device is perfect for such moments. Portraits can also be cropped in circles …

Verso Anti Pollution Skin Mist

A multi-purpose skincare mist that conditions skin, sets makeup and protects it from fine pollutants? Sign us up. This made-in-Sweden formula contains antibacterial phenoxyethanol, humectants and acrylic acid (for long-lasting makeup wear). Think of it as an extra shield from pollution for the skin. Perfect for haze season if you live in Singapore; or all year round in polluted cities like Bangkok and Beijing. Available at escentials.

Natasha Denona Sunset Palette and Blush Duo #13

Though pricey – at US$125 for a 15-shade palette – Natasha Denona’s eyeshadow palettes have had beauty junkies raving about it on social media. For good reason. The pigments are fine, smooth, rich, and so easy to blend for a beautiful melding of shades for the perfect soft smokey eye. A few dabs with the brush will get you alot of colour on the lids. There is also almost no fallout, so there is no mess on the under eye and cheeks during application. The Sunset Palette has been consistently sold out since its launch a few months back. Its appeal? A perfect and on-point medley of shades that bring to mind a tropical sunset: burnt orange, terracotta red, gold shimmer, metallic peach, sunny yellow; all accented with a variety of transition brown and neutral matte shades. This is one palette that you can truly create entire eye makeup looks from start to finish, with. Complement the Sunset Palette with the Blush Duo compact, which offers a bright blush (so a little bit goes a …