If you do not spend more than an hour away from Instagram (yes, I think that’s about right for most of this site’s readers), you would have noticed the social media coup Giorgio Armani Beauty has had in the last couple of days. It invited some of the most beautiful Instagram celebrities to attend the Venice Film Festival, decked out in couture Giorgio Armani, and of course, a face of Giorgio Armani Beauty. Languishing in the luxurious interiors of water taxis boating to the party, or posing on the red carpet… By linking Giorgio Armani Beauty to a night out at the glamorous film festival with Hollywood stars and the most beautiful gowns, this move has completely made the beauty label so much more covetable. Feel like reaching out for your GA Beauty Lip Maestro and Luminous Silk Foundation to feel like these leading (social media) ladies yet?
The sets of Chanel’s fashion shows are immersive and experiential. Karl Lagerfeld lets his imagination take flight for the shows; the mis-en-scene complements the clothing and accessories, transporting fashionistas to imaginary worlds where they would need every single piece he offered. Lagerfeld has taken his guests everywhere from the Chanel airport and grocery store, to futuristic spaces complete with a rocket, and magical forests. So when Chanel Beauty launched its CoCo Game Center Pop-Up in Singapore to give its latest beauty launch a fresh spin; it is with little wonder that the brand went all out. The Instagram-worthy space, inspired by an 80’s game arcade, is located at the Luxe Art Museum on Handy Road from now till 6 May, 11am to 9pm daily. Play Chanel beauty-themed old-school computer games, check out the testers, and pick up the brand’s latest launches including the Rouge Coco Lip Blush, and Chanel Cruise 2018 Makeup Collection. Register here to get a slot. Pictures: Chanel
When it comes to handy makeup products for on-the-go use, Laneige often comes up tops. The brand has its pulse on what busy women need to rule the world, and looking flawless while at it. The first of its kind, the Laneige Layering Cover Cushion & Concealing Base (S$43), nicknamed the Double Cushion, is an all-in-one concealer and foundation. Flip it open, and the sponge on the left dispenses a lightweight concealer to hide spots and dark eye circles. While the cushion on the right is soaked with a buildable liquid foundation. The formulas blend and layer easily, have a semi-matte finish, and contain SPF 34 PA++ as well as SPF 50+PA++ respectively. The tear drop-shaped puff applicator is easy to use too. The tapered edge with a flocked velvety texture blends the concealer on well, while the spongier and wider side picks up more foundation for medium to full coverage of the face. The casing is also slimmer than most cushion compacts, so it can be slipped into the season’s tiny cross-body clutches.
South Korean skincare label Mamonde’s new Pure White Active range is focused on skin-brightening. The star ingredient of this line is the rejuvenating magnolia flower extract, magnolin, to boost the skin’s translucence and luminousity. The key product in the four-piece line is the Essence, which contains violet brightening and colour-correcting capsules suspended in a clear, skin-firming gel. Lightweight and refreshing on the skin, the Essence also keeps skin supple and prepares it for makeup application.
If you have always begged friends to buy you pretty Jill Stuart Beauty cosmetics on their trips to Japan, you’d be happy to know that the products will be available at Sephora Ion from March 29. Launched in 2005, the products are infused with skincare ingredients. Its bestsellers include the Mix Blush Compact, Ribbon Couture Eyes Palette, and Lip Blossom lipsticks. Watch the clip below for a glimpse of the range that will be available at Sephora Ion, Singapore. Prices range from S$30 to S$60.
Urban Decay has teamed up with beauty influencer Kristen Leanne for a three-piece limited edition collection. With her colourful tattoos (especially that stunning neck piece), this social media celebrity stands out with her choice of neon eyeshadows and beaming highlighter. Just so you can get her makeup look, the UD x Kristen Leanne collection features the Kaleidoscope Dream Eyeshadow Palette (S$65) with 11 shades (tangerine, gold, fuchsia, lime green, navy, turquoise, aubergine, black, an iridescent shifting duo tone). If you prefer more neutral eye makeup, Kristen shows she can perfect it too. The Daydream Eyeshadow Palette (S$45), is a quintet of easy-to-use matte shades. Completing the collection is the Beauty Beam Highlight Palette (S$55) with three complementary shades for the cheekbones, collarbone, and everywhere else. Available at Sephora and UD stores.
The latest fragrance from Aesop is an olfactory hideaway from the steeliness of urban landscapes. One or two (or three) pumps of Hwyl will spirit your imagination away to a deep Hinoki (cypress) forest with its earthy, smokey incense layers with a hint of spice and dried citrus. Cypress, frankincense, vetiver. An intense EDP that is as perfect on cashmere as it would be on crisp linen. Hwyl is the third fragrance in Aesop’s stable, after Marrakesh Intense and Tacit. Aesop collaborated with Barnabé Fillion, who developed Marrakesh Intense in 2014. For inspiration, Barnabe took a walk amongst 300 year old Hiba trees in an ancient Japanese forest. And now you have that moment bottled in Hwyl on your dresser. Landscape photos: Aesop
Every October, Estee Lauder goes all out to bring attention to breast cancer. In 1992, Evelyn Lauder, the daughter-in-law of the brand’s founder, launched a campaign to encourage women to take better care of their bodies and health. She handed out pink ribbons at the brand’s counters, and later founded the non-profit Breast Cancer Research Foundation to benefit research on the disease. Today, Estee Lauder continues its good work. More than $70 million has been raised to fund breast cancer research, education and medical services. This month, it rolls out limited edition pink products, with a portion of the proceeds going to the foundation. Our pick from the lot: the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum with the pink ribbon keychain ($163), $20 from each bottle sold benefits the foundation. Breast Cancer Examination tips: – Women above the age of 20 should do a self-examination of their breasts every month. Those aged above 40 should get a clinical breast examination once a year; while those 50 and above are encouraged to go for a mammogram …
Known for its skincare oils, the cult Japanese skincare brand Three Cosmetics will be available at Tangs, Tang Plaza along Orchard Road come 15 September 2017. And with a spa too 💆🏻 Outside of Japan, Three was previously only available in Thailand, Hong Kong, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia and Taiwan. Three is in good company at the newly renovated level 4 of Tangs at Orchard; where other indie beauty labels such as Eve Lom, Kat Burkit, Bjork & Berries, and Ren Skincare are stocked. The beauty spas of Sulwhasoo, Aesop, Shiseido, Dr Georgia Lee, and Lancome are also located on the same floor. Urbanhair, which was formerly on Seviin at Tangs on level 7, is also now on level 4. Previously seating just 15, the salon is now more spacious with 21 chairs, and a cool marble-themed interior. Jul 30 2017 update – The other counters and salons to look out for on that floor include: *Qween; a lash extension, hair removal, and eyebrow reconstruction salon by Joanne Ling. Read review *Orchard Health Lifestyle, which uses …
Three years after Nars’ successful launch in Singapore in 2014, the label marks the New Year with its first standalone store here. This sleek 77 sq m boutique is where you’ll be able to get your hands on exclusive lipstick shades. To us, the star product available in the store is the customisable magnetic palette (pictured above), where you can fit all your fave cheek, contouring, and eye colours into one sleek case. Perfect for on-the-go glamour. Nars 391 Orchard is located at B1-53 Takashimaya S.C., Ngee Ann City Singapore 238872