ReFa’s most recent product to hit shelves is the CAXA Ray (S$350), a device inspired by the traditional Chinese treatment Guasha.
The long-awaited standalone Hourglass Cosmetics counter has finally launched with a flourish at the newly-revamped Tangs Orchard, in Singapore. Fans of its minimalist, complexion-perfecting lit-from-within candle light glow products can now pick up Hourglass’ full range of products, including skincare and limited edition sets at Tangs. These include the Confession Lipstick Collection (S$560), Lash Instrument makeup tool (S$122), as well as the Graphik Eyeshadow Palette (S$92). Previously, Hourglass was only available in selected Sephora stores scattered around the island. We also have our eye on the limited edition Ambient Lighting Edit – Unlocked (S$140). Vanessa Eckels, Hourglass’ Global Artistry Trainer shares her favourite makeup tips and products with The Beauty Gazette. If you only have three minutes before getting out of the house…I recommend that you pick up the Ambient Lighting Powder in Mood Light (S$76). This product was inspired by the Hourglass founder’s glamorous mom, who has pink light bulbs all around her house because it makes everyone look good. That’s the power of light which we try to capture with Hourglass products. This …
In a market where products are rejuvenated every couple of years to keep up with consumers’ fickle tastes, the formula of the classic YSL Beauty’s Touche Eclat has not been revamped for years, apparently. And for good reason. The sleek highlighter click-pen conceals dark circles and dusky areas of the face (corners of the mouth, sides of the nose) seamlessly. And it adds a glow to the cheekbones, cupid’s bow, décolleté, and anywhere else you want the light to hit. Now, YSL Beauty has bottled the soft candle-lit glow you get from the Touche Eclat pen, into a tube of foundation. So you get a soft iridescence to the skin, and light to medium coverage with this light and hydrating easy-to-blend gel-cream textured All-In-One-Glow Foundation.
Lightweight, anti-ageing, gel-textured, ginseng. You won’t usually see these few words in the same sentence to describe a serum. But Sulwhasoo’s new Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Serum is exactly it. This anti-ageing formula is surprisingly light with a cushion-y gel texture, making it suitable for even younger skin (mid-20s onwards), and for use in the summer or humid climates. The ginseng scent isn’t overpowering like it can be with most formulas containing panax ginseng too. This serum promises to firm, smoothen and add radiance. I find that it keeps skin especially supple, so that the application of foundation is smoother.
All about the lips. A fresh spin on the good old lip balm in a tin, Laneige’s new line of Tin Tint Balm (S$26 each) offers intense colours and moisturisation. Infused with ingredients in the brand’s popular Lip Sleeping Mask, the balm melts onto lips and stains it for long-lasting colour. Glossy and lightweight, the Tin Tint Balm is available in 8 shades of pinks, reds and corals.
Hera’s lipsticks have always been the brand’s most iconic products. The technology behind the formulas, top-notch. The smooth glide, even distribution of skin tone-flattering colours, and long-lasting formula make the Rouge Holic range a winner. The matte-textured options go on with a velvety finish, and stains the lips evenly even; after a meal. While this matte lipstick is non-drying, exfoliation is a must for the perfect pout. The cream version is more moisturising, has a glossier finish, and the colours look more intense. All in reds, corals and pinks that complement pink and yellow-toned fairer skin.
Few mascaras get the stamp of approval on The Beauty Gazette, But the new Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara is one of them. It makes fine, short and straight lashes curl, look longer, thicker and fuller. It does not clump too much if you comb through the lashes carefully. Or if you love the bold, edgy and clumpy lash look, this is the mascara for you too. The long-lasting formula does not smudge in humid weather either. And the best part… it is easy to remove with micellar water and you don’t lose any precious lashes while you’re at it.
As part of its revamp to modernise its 146-year-old heritage, Shiseido has re-centred itself in the world’s largest makeup market: the US of A.
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?
Luxury label make-up brands are a hit or miss. The most prominent and fashionable logos could be emblazoned on the products, but the formulas may be as useful as a toy make-up. Giorgio Armani Beauty, however, has made its way into the hearts and makeup pouches of the most critical makeup junkies. Apart from its sleek, bright scarlet packaging with the iconic GA logo, the products are luxuriously formulated for women on-the-go. My Armani To Go Cushion offers a satin-matte finish, lightweight, medium coverage, and moisturising skincare ingredients with SPF23. The label’s lipsticks are also a hit, especially the iconic rich red #400. The award-winning Lip Maestro Liquid Lipstick is packed with pigment, with a velvety-matte texture that is not drying. Also relatively long-lasting. Another of the brand’s bestsellers is the Luminous Silk Fluid Foundation. As its name suggests, it cocoons the skin with a comfort and lustre like liquid skin. Easy to blend, with medium to high-coverage and offering a glow, the formula is also award-winning and lightweight. To satiate demand for its coveted …