TBG Beauty Picks of 2020

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 bottle blonde locks from looking brassy.

Dyson Airwrap

Dyson Airwrap Complete Review

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.

Continue reading “Dyson Airwrap Complete Review”

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.

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.

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.

Top Skincare Picks of 2019

Abit late because I had too much fun at the end of last year.

Here is The Beauty Gazette’s annual list of Skincare Picks of 2019.

These items were either launched in 2019; or I’ve discovered in 2019. Some are affordable.

Some are pricey, but worth the money.

In no particular order:

👍🏻 Armani Beauty Crema Nera: Super luxurious treat for the face while you sleep. Leaves behind a lovely sheen on skin.

👍🏻 Elizabeth Arden Prevage Progressive Renewal Treatment: Great home treatment for better skin where you can actually see the difference. Just four bottles of serum to get a finer complexion.

👍🏻 Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum: Good for drier skin types, a little bit goes a long way. Instant glow to the skin.

👍🏻 Orbis Defencera: Get a sugar rush and better skin with this edible skin-moisturising supplement. Lines looked less visible after I popped this for a week.

👍🏻 Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intense Reset Concentrate: A very effective serum for overall better skin. Saw results within a week.

👍🏻 Cle de Peau Beaute Clear Radiance Le Serum: Luxurious and effective serum, use with complementary range for best results. Instantly brighter skin.

👍🏻 Indie Lee I-Waken Eye Serum: Refreshing and lightweight gel serum, plumps lines instantly.

👍🏻 Legology Air Lite: Gives you instantly better-looking legs

👍🏻 Kopari Coconut Lip Glossy: Best lip balm ever, sinks right in to plump lips with goodness. Perfect for smoothing and priming lips before lipstick application. Just blot away the excess before slicking on the rouge.

Aesop Seeking Silence Facial Hydrator

Aesop’s new face cream is made to calm the skin while keeping its moisture levels balanced.

The formula has an intriguing moniker – Seeking Silence Facial Hydrator – and is blended with antioxidants and humectants.

The two star ingredients are a green micro-algae, the dunaliella salina extract; and an extract from the bulbs of narcissus tazetta. Both soothe irritation and reduce redness.

While ginger root extract and bisabolol calm skin sensitivity. The humectants saccharide isomerate and aqualabel are also added to maintain the skin’s barrier function.

To be used morning and evening on clean skin, this emulsion is ideal for those who prefer a fuss-free routine.

It is also lightweight enough to be worn under makeup on a hot and humid day. It gained extra points for leaving a cooling sensation on the skin.

S$80 for 60ml, available at Aesop Singapore stores 30 Sept 2019.