I recently contracted a bout of contact dermatitis on my décolleté, an allergic reaction to a product I applied on my skin. It itched and burned, and was covered in angry and red welts for weeks. Now that I’ve recovered with antihistamines, I’m left with patchy scars on my chest. I’m just patiently waiting for my skin tone in that area to even out. It was a painful reminder to always pay attention to the ingredients in my skincare. Now while I cannot guarantee that Fancl skincare would not cause you to break out in an allergic reaction, as everyone reacts differently to skincare products; it is a “cleaner” option. This Japanese skincare brand which is well-known for its oral collagen skincare supplements, is also renowned for its preservative-free and fragrance-free formulas. Its anti-ageing and moisturising range are sold in relatively small 30ml bottles, which are doubly-sealed. The rationale: as it is preservative-free, it needs to be kept fresh and you need to use up the content of the bottle quickly for best results. The …
So are you also one of those freaks who wear a full face of make-up and lipstick under your protective face mask? Well then, here’s the perfect non-smudgy but super intense lipstick range for you: The YSL Beauty Rouge Pur Couture The Slim Velvet Radical Highly Pigmented Velvet Matte Lipstick. The colour glides on opaque in one stroke, easy to blend with a fingertip, smells sexy and powdery. The matte finish allows the colour to set quickly on the lips. Blot gently with a tissue three or four times; and the colour will not budge under your mask. So that when you whip off the face cover to drink your coffee or eat lunch; your perfect make-up will pleasantly surprise.
Known for its makeup range that offers the perfect #wokeuplikethis look, Laura Mercier has done it again with a new setting powder that offers a candle-lit glow on the skin. The new Translucent Loose Setting Powder Light Catcher is made to set makeup, and prevent it from shifting. The perfect product to wear under your protective face mask, when you’ve got foundation, blush and contouring makeup on. (Why? Because sometimes, we need to look great when eating in public.) This champagne colour -tinted powder – named Celestial Light – provides the finishing touch to your makeup routine. It is also a secret weapon for when you need to take video calls: it does not leave a white cast or metallic finish on skin while blurring out imperfections.
While it is an effective anti-aging ingredient, retinol is notoriously difficult to incorporate into the skincare routine. Because often, it can cause dryness, redness and even peeling of the skin. Now, Kiehl’s has taken out the guess work in allowing you to effortlessly incorporate retinol into your beauty ritual. Tapping a “micro-dosing” technology, Kiehl’s new Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily feels comfortable and gentle on the skin as it also contains soothing peptides and ceramides. This new product can even be layered with other Kiehl’s serums. Here’s how to layer it on, effectively: 1. Moisturising Toner or Essence 2. Other Kiehl’s serum 3. Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily Micro-Dose Serum 4. Face cream (go for a more hydrating one) 5. Sunscreen (skip this for the night routine, clearly)
With quarantines, lock-downs, and touch-less retail and services being de rigueur during COVID-19, home beauty devices are a perfect addition to your beauty routine. Clearly, these DIY grooming machines are convenient so you don’t have to trudge off to a salon. Plus, it is much safer since you will not have to share any of the beauty tools and accoutrements with others, and be potentially exposed to the novel coronavirus. Dr Dennis Gross’ DRx Spectralite BodyWare Pro taps on LED light therapy to provide anti-aging (red LED) and anti-acne (blue LED) benefits on your neck, decollete and limbs, while you’re chillin’ and Netflixin’. The best part? You can actually mould the flexible device to your body so you get a customised treatment. Just don’t use it on your face (and eyes!) as the Bodyware Pro is not meant for that. The device provides 3 options for the 3-minute sessions (red, blue or red + blue). There’s also a bonus option: a 14-minute red LED treatment to soothe muscle and joint pain. The Bodyware is also …
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.
As 2020 draws to a close and everyone reflects on the past year; we look back on the best beauty products TBG roadtested in 2020 🧖🏼♀️ ❤️Dyson Airwrap Styler – Literally makes hairstyling a breeze, even those who can barely use a hairdryer properly. ❤️Fancl BC Intensive Skin Booster – A potent serum to rejuvenate the skin, made mine smoother and more supple. ❤️Kiehl’s Daily Refining Milk-Peel Toner – Brightened, softened, and smoothened my skin immediately. ❤️Lancome Advanced Genifique – Great for bringing the balance back to the skin. ❤️YSL Air Thin UV Defender Pure Shots – Lightweight but powerful sunscreen with a refreshing citrus scent. ❤️Aesop Sublime Replenishing Night Masque – Perfect for a relaxing night in, and a long beauty sleep. ❤️Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex – Kickstarts the skin’s night recovery process, always does wonders for my skin so I wake up looking fresher. ❤️Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial Masque Hydratant – Perfect skin quencher, soothing on sunburnt skin too. ❤️Living Proof Color Care Whipped Glaze – Keep bleached …
I waited a long time before taking the plunge with the Dyson Airwrap this Christmas. The set does not come cheap and I wasn’t sure if it was worth it at S$699. So is it? Here’s a quick review so you can make up your mind. These convinced me: 1. Soft bouncy curls A key selling point, the Airwrap uses innovative technology to create special airflow that enable your locks to wrap easily around the curlers. Great for hairstyling noobs like me (I always feel I need three or four arms to get a proper blow out with a brush and hairdryer). With blasts of hot and cold air, you end up with soft, shiny and bouncy curls. You have to divide your hair in small sections though, as only a relatively thin layer can be curled effectively around each barrel, each time.
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’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.