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Decorte Whitologist Brightening Concentrate

Give Your Skin An Upgrade: Decorte Whiteologist Brightening Concentrate

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.

Crash Landing On You: Yoon Seri’s Beauty Secrets

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.

What makes you feel beautiful?

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.)

“Don’t touch your face”: Good habits for great skin and staying healthy

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 …

2020 Beauty Resolution: Save The Environment With Your Routine

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 …

More organic ingredients in Three Cosmetics

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)

Of Muse and Myth: Aesop Holiday 2019

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.

Pikashu: Pokemon X Shu Uemura, the most coveted Xmas collection yet

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.

Orbis Defencera Review: Hype or possibly the most delicious edible moisturiser?

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 …