Start 2020 right. Little tweaks and small efforts in your beauty ritual will help save the earth. 1) Use less makeup wipes. They are super convenient, but so bad for the environment. Most contain polyester that do not biodegrade, and clog up sewage systems. Use 100 per cent cotton pads or re-usable towels instead. To also reduce plastic waste in your beauty routine, switch to cotton buds with bamboo or wooden handles. 2) Go for re-fillable packaging. You consume less, and overall, pay less for your cosmetics when you buy re-fillables. For example, many cushion foundations are refillable, as are magnetic eyeshadow palettes, brow pencils and eyeliners. Eco-conscious consumer brands also offer re-fillable shower gel and facial wash options. 3) Dispose bottles and palettes in recycle bins. Most beauty products – especially liquid foundation, skincare and haircare items – come in plastic or glass bottles. So take that bit of effort to sort your empties and get them recycled. 4) Pick exfoliants that do not contain plastic. The simple exfoliating formula causes tiny beads of …
All you need for a party makeup look. This stunning disco-themed collection with a rich plethora of reds, golds, and plum is perfect for a dramatic finish to a sparkly outfit. Our pick is the eyeshadow palette, which is versatile enough to be used on its own – just add mascara and eyeliner.
The popular Japanese skincare label Three now contains a higher dose of organic ingredients. The revamped formulas are given the stamp of approval by Cosmos Eco Cert (the international standard for organic and natural cosmetics), and contain up to 100 per cent naturally derived ingredients. This means formulas that are more nourishing for the skin. Each is made with essential oils such as frankincense, geranium, orange peel and petitgrain; botanical oils like tea seed, sea berry and jojoba oil; as well as extracts including carrot root, grapefruit, white tea and lavender. The improved products are: *Balancing Point Makeup Remover (S$50) * Balancing Cleansing Oil (S$68) * Balancing Foam (S$58) * Balancing Lotion(S$98) *Balancing SQ Oil (S$150) *Balancing Emulsion (S$110) * Balancing Cream (S$140)
These are made for the artist, the sophisticate, the stylish, the intellectual, the beautiful. Inspired by the Greek Gods, Aesop’s Holiday Kits are perfect microcosms of skincare goodness. Pampering packages of the brand’s signature products that are best gifted to family and deserving close friends. Because we are skincare addicts, our top pick is The Chronicler (S$185) featuring a skin clarifying set of Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste, Primrose Facial Cleansing Mask, and Fabulous Face Oil. A close second is the skin-brightening The Orator (S$240) with Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser, Antioxidant Facial Toner, and Serum. For a smoother body and hands, go for The Reveller (S$160) Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash and Balm; and Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser as well as Rind Concentrate Body Balm. Available at Aesop boutiques.
Out of all the Holiday beauty collections, Shu Uemura always cones up tops for the surprises. This season, Shu gives die-hard Pokemon fans and its beauty junkie collectors a treat with a Pikachu-inspired collection. The cutesy theme could have fallen flat if not executed well; but Shu has managed to make the plump yellow cat/bunny hybrid cartoon character, stylish. We are loving the yellow and gold-themed shadow palette, as well as the gold lash curler with a Pika-Pika charm. The limited edition collection is available at Shu Uemura counters islandwide from Nov 1.
A beauty routine is not just about what you apply on your skin, but what you pop into your mouth. That is why a healthy and balanced diet is so important for glowing skin. And supplements are easy options to cheat your way to better skin. One of the latest to hit the market and make waves is the Orbis Defencera, a powdered skincare supplement that promises to moisturise skin. The brand claims that 80,000 boxes were sold in the first month of its launch in Japan. Each 1.5g sachet contains 1.8mg of glucosylceramide, or DF-Ceramide, extracted from brown rice. Ceramides play an important role in maintaining skin barrier function, moisture levels and resilience. The beauty of swilling a ceramides oral supplement is that it also apparently stimulates the body to produce more ceramides, so skin is kept plump and more youthful, all over. It helps then, that the Orbis Defencera tastes like powdered yuzu candy, which melts in the mouth. We like to enjoy the sugar rush, then down it with a cup of …
Lipsticks are the new eyeshadows. At least at Shu Uemura. The brand has always been known for its wide range of beautiful eyeshadows: metallic, glitter, matte. Now, it has expanded its lipstick colour range, to an impressive 155 shades. Encased in an acrylic bullet, the colours come in six textures. These include two new ones: amplified and amplified matte with extra pigment. All the lipsticks have also been reformulated with tsubaki (or camellia flower) oil, so that it feels extra moisturising on lips. For these textures, the colours are intense, with additional slick. Even for the matte version, there is no need to put on a coat of balm beforehand for smooth application. The Rouge Unlimited lipsticks are priced at S$42 each.
Francois Nars launched his iconic eponymous makeup label 25 years ago. This year, the brand marks its anniversary with 60 new lipstick shades. To commemorate the 12 signature shades with their enigmatic names, Nars has also encased them in a red velvety bullet so you can pick them out straight: * Honolulu Honey (neutral beige, satin finish) * Blonde Venus (cool beige, matte) *Morroco (warm cinnamon, matte) *Casablanca (bold coral, satin finish) *Funny Face (bright fuchsia, matte) *Heat Wave (bright orange red, matte) *Jungle Red (vivid blue red, satin) *Trans Siberian (rich ruby rose, matte) *Red Lizard (full-on red, matte) *Shanghai Express (warm brick red, matte) *Transeurope Express (deep rose, matte) *Scarlet Express (rich blue red, matte) Flattering, intensely pigmented, and traffic-stopping; Nars lipsticks should be a staple in your makeup bag.
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.
These days, anything that promises to do more for my skin in a single step, or in lesser time, I’m up for it. So when Estee Lauder announced that it was launching a new product that would “reset” skin in a flash, my ears pricked up. Especially when it is from the iconic Advanced Night Repair line which is made to boost the skin’s repair process while you sleep. Made to complement the Advanced Night Repair Serum, the Intense Reset Concentrate promises to amp up skin repair when it is stressed. The gel emulsion contains: Concentrated Purification ingredients made from fermented yeast to boost skin cells’ natural purification process Estee Lauder’s patented Chronolux Technology, that supports the synchronisation of the skin’s nightly repair process Hyaluronic Acid and Anti-oxidants to fortify skin Multi-Molecular Weight Hyaluronic Acid Complex to keep skin plump and moisturised, while maintaining its own natural hyaluronic acid levels. Hyaluronic acid molecules of various sizes penetrate different levels of the skin’s surface to seal in moisture. Anti-Pollution Anti-Oxidants to protect skin from pollutants Gentle …