The idea is so simple and not exactly new, but effective. To boost the effects of its new Lift and Firm Sculpting Gel from its signature Ceramide range, Elizabeth Arden attached a roller applicator to the product. So as you squeeze the tube, the gel formula oozes onto the roller-applicator which you apply onto the skin in upward strokes to firm and lift. Coat skin with the gel, then gently massage it into the skin. It immediately makes the skin feel tighter and more supple. If you prefer lightweight hydration on your skin, you could also use this in-lieu of a moisturiser. This formula also primes skin well for make-up, as it leave skin smoother, firmer and moisturised enough for foundation to set nicely on it.
Here’s a new multi-purpose, one-size-fits-all neutral eye palette by Make Up For Ever. Comprising a value-for-money 18 shades in three textures: matte, metallic and a subtle sparkle. Good for everyday looks and a compact makeup kit for travel. Watch this to see how it wears on the skin.
Skin Inc’s offerings are all about multi-taskers for the busy woman on-the-go. Its latest product is the cleansing water/ oil with a shot of skincare serum. So you can get rid of stubborn makeup while plumping skin with sakura leaf, artichoke leaf, and saxifraga sarmentosa extracts. The oil removes long-wearing makeup, and the cleansing water gets rid of impurities. Massage onto dry skin, and rinse with water. It does not have a greasy afterfeel like most cleansing oils; while leaving the skin clean, and feeling fresh and supple.
Despite feeling almost weightless and barely-there on the skin, SK-II’s new Atmosphere Airy Light UV Cream packs SPF 50+ PA++++ to keep dark spots and wrinkles at bay. This untinted sunscreen also contains SK-II’s signature pitera skincare ingredient. Moisturising and easily absorbed, Atmosphere Airy Light also left my skin feeling supple. As a final step to my skincare routine, it prepares my face for a smoother application of base makeup and ensures that it lasts longer.
Paris-based designer Yazbukey is back working with Shu Uemura on a limited edition collection. For Spring/Summer 2018, the Yazbukey x Shu Uemura range launches with 16 Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte Lipstick shades (four quartets of reds, plums, pinks, nudes) and four edgy metallic lip liners (in gold, silver, rose gold, bronze). Yazbukey – known for her quirky lip-shaped plexi-glass jewellery – first collaborated with Shu Uemura in 2015 on a range of colourful makeup. Watch this to see moving swatches of the nude lipsticks. The formula is long-lasting, creamy, and opaque in two to three coats.
Luxury Korean label Hera has finally joined the stable of Amorepacific beauty brands available in Singapore. It will make its debut at Takashimaya Department Store with a standalone counter on May 10. In Singapore, K-drama star Gianna Jun is the face of Hera Makeup. The line is known for its luxurious lipsticks and cushion compacts. The ranges available at the Takashimaya counter also include the skincare and Homme lines. A limited edition collection by Edith Carron will also be sold at the counter. Launched two decades ago in South Korea, Hera is known for its sleek and stylish aesthetic. It has been an official sponsor of Seoul Fashion Week since 2015. Prices start from S$43 for a lip tint; to S$75 for the cushion compacts and S$380 for a jar of night cream. Photos: Hera
To mark the launch of La Prairie’s cushion compact, the Skin Caviar Essence-in-Foundation, the brand announces three “Complexion Artists”. The beauty experts share their tips. Born in Singapore and raised in Hong Kong, Alvin has worked with celebrities including Emma Watson, Kendall Jenner, Uma Thurman, Dakota Johnson, Margot Robbie, and Milla Jovovich. With two decades of experience, the self-taught artist is inspired by veterans such as Kevyn Aucoin, and Topolino. What is the most important part of a skincare routine? Cleansing, protecting, massaging, moisturising and masks. Without proper skincare, there is no way one can get a good complexion. Knowing your skin’s needs before applying the products is also crucial. How does one apply foundation correctly? Always prep the skin first. Make sure it is clean and free of dead cells, then moisturise. Never apply foundation to the skin when it is dry. I prepare my clients’ skin by cleansing it thoroughly, and then mildly exfoliating it before applying a mask. I also massage the lymphatic notes to improve blood circulation, before starting on the makeup application. How would you describe your signature …
A multi-tasking cosmetic product is a lifesaver. Especially when you need to travel light; or you’re a busy mom who has little more than 5 mins to look decent every morning. It Cosmetics’ CC+ is a colour correcting cream infused with an anti-aging and hydrating serum; as well as SPF 50+ sunscreen with both UVA and UVB blockers. It spreads on skin like butter, blends beautifully with warm fingertips, and gives skin medium to full coverage. None-sticky finish and gives skin a subtle glow. It is relatively long/lasting too. We would recommend preparing skin with skincare before makeup application, but if you don’t have the time to layer on the beauty potions before foundation, the next best thing to do is reach for It Cosmetics’ CC+.
Released earlier this month, Aesop’s latest In Two Minds skincare range was created to balance combination skin. And we’re talking about the oily T-zone and chin, with dry and flaky cheek areas, kind of combination skin. Three years in the making at the brand’s lab in Melbourne, In Two Minds comprises of a cleanser (S$43 for 100ml), toner (S$45 for 100ml), and a hydrator (S$80 for 60ml). Dr Rebecca Watkinson, Aesop’s Innovation and Research Manager says the products were a result of observations of its customers’ skin in the past decade, especially those in warmer climates: “They were finding it increasingly difficult to manage this challenging and often reactive skin type.” The cleanser is a gel-based low-suds formula that is mild but contains witch hazel, sage leaf and salicylic acid for gentle yet thorough cleansing. The toner is a refreshing blend of chamomile, witch hazel, niacinamide and panthenol. It softens and primes the skin for a dose of the lightweight hydrator, which feels rich when dispensed but disappears into the skin with gentle massages. This …
Lipsticks are a bestselling category for many beauty brands. Because nothing brightens up a face so much as a pop of colour on the lips, and making a woman feel more confident instantly. To make their customers feel extra special, Guerlain has gone all out to up the ante on the packaging of its luxurious Rouge G lipsticks. The hefty bullet case with a quality crystal-clear flip-up mirror – designed by jeweller Lorenz Baumer – now comes in a variety of 15 opulent designs: some even come ensconced in leather. Watch this for a sneak peek. Of course, as with all quality lipsticks, the formula is still as smooth, pigmented, and moisturising. The Rouge G retails at around S$70 a pop.