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.
Skin-brightening formulas are often a hit-or-miss. Simply because it is tricky to create products that would add radiance to the skin effectively. Decorte has revamped its signature Whiteologist serum (S$210) for the third time to offer you an improved formula. Based on a capsule-delivery system, the brightening complex contains the herbal medicine angelica acutiloba extract to promote blood circulation; jujube extract for cell turnover and moisturising properties; as well as the antioxidants of grape seed extract. This lightweight formula layers seamlessly under a heavier moisturiser and foundation.
Clearly, you are obsessed about the K-Drama Crash Landing On You, or you wouldn’t have clicked on this link. Details of the lead character Yoon Seri’s wardrobe in this romantic drama has gotten its female fans excited. And we’ve paid close attention to her beauty secrets. 1. Use a face oil with plant botanicals. 2. Hot steam baths are great for the skin. 3. Long, smooth and straight hair is the most flattering. 4. Pink or coral eyeshadow blended lightly around the eyes, make you look prettier when angry or crying. 5. The combination of translucent and moisturising pink lipstick, groomed brows and full lashes never go wrong. 6. Simple makeup goes with all outfits; from chunky block-coloured sweaters to frilly floral dresses and sharp tweed jackets.
Is beauty more than skin deep? For sure. But skin-deep beauty is clearly important too (well, your demand for skincare and makeup fuels the entire beauty industry…) Here are a few things that will make you feel great in your own skin, instantly. Click on the links to some of our favourites. So the next time you need a beauty pick-me-up, you know what to do… 1. A good red lipstick. 2. Yoga or pilates session. 3. Exfoliating skincare. 4. New, body-flattering outfit. 5. Good brows (drawn-well). 6. Smokey eyes (blended properly) using a great shadow palette. 7. An inspiring book. 8. A blush that complements the skin tone. 9. Fresh haircut. 10. Love (from partner, family, friends, yourself.)
With the current Sars-Cov-2 pandemic, where the novel coronavirus spreads through droplets and contaminated surfaces, here’a a timely reminder to not touch your face. Dirty hands on your lips, nose or eyes means a risk of contracting the coronavirus disease. And guess what? Dirty hands on your face also means more bacteria, dirt, pollutants and other gunk on the skin = pimples, and irritated, blotchy skin. I don’t know about you. But everytime I get a pimple, it is most likely because I touched my face at mid-day with unwashed hands, at the exact same spot. So here’re some basic rules: 1. Only apply skincare with washed hands on a clean face. Ideally, after a good shower with exfoliants. And only use a fresh towel to dry your clean face. 2. Apply makeup right skincare application with clean fingers and brushes. Don’t wear makeup while outdoors, if possible. This keeps your face as clean as can be with a protective layer of skincare, sunscreen, and foundation. 3. Once out of the house, do not touch …
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)