As one of the most premium South Korean beauty brands, Sulwhasoo prides itself on being a patron of culture and art. This year, it pledges a portion of proceeds from the limited edition bottles of its signature First Care Activating Serum to support global cultural heritage. Each limited edition set comes with a plain white porcelain bottle and stickers designed by South Korean artist Saki. In Singapore, Sulwhasoo will pledge $10,000 to the Asian Civilisation Museum for the conservation of Asian heritage.
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.
The 2020 version – and 5th generation – of the formula promises 72-hour hydration, and an improved skin barrier in 4 hours.
French beauty brand YSL Beaute’s takes the definition of the luxe beauty accesory to a whole other level with its new cushion foundation. The Le Encre De Peau Cushion Foundation is emblazoned with the signature metallic YSL logo set on a buttery soft black leather chevron base. It’d look perfect right next to the luxury label’s iconic leather bags and heels. The formula of this cushion foundation has also been reformulated for a brightening matte finish that is lightweight for buildable longlasting coverage. Available in 8 shades, at S$102 per piece.
If you are on the look out for a new and unscented multi-tasking serum, consider Kiehl’s Vital Skin-Strengthening Super Serum.
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.
The secret to Korean celebrities’ translucent dewiness: the right skincare routine. Their skin glistens through the seasons, in sub-zero degrees in winter and right through the heat of summer. Layering with the right formulas is key. Sulwhasoo’s First Care Activating Serum was launched in the late 1990s as a pre-serum to use the first step in the skincare routine. The lightweight and potent serum contains traditional korean medicine ingredients including white lily, solomon’s seal and lotus, to soften and prepare skin for subsequent layers of serum and creams. This year, Sulwhasoo launches the 5th generation of the First Care Activating Serum for improved efficacy.
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.
It’s a strange feeling. To be cocooned in my own home but feel such anxiety. The cycle has just been: answering work emails, Zoom/Skype/Whatsapp meetings, watering my plants, reading scary media headlines; repeat. But relaxing scents help to calm me down. Rozu, the latest one by Aesop is an EDP that smells like a walk through a romantic, deciduous forest. Inspired by French modernist designer Charlotte Perriand, it is a bouquet of rose, incense, woodiness… 🥀 🌲 I spritz this on my skin, and keep my Shoyeido Kyoto Horikawa incense burning for some Zen-ness. Rozu will be in Aesop Singapore stores, when they re-open; or get it online from April 20. In the meantime, you might want to bust out your fave scented candles or perfumes to soothe the soul too. Stay at home and practice social distancing so we can all get through this, stronger.