All posts tagged: beauty

ReFa Clear

The latest beauty device from Japanese label ReFa is a cleansing one that taps on sonic ion technology to rid skin of impurities. ReFa Clear (S$360) deep cleanses with a replace-able ultra-fine, dome-shaped brush manufactured in Kumano, Japan that reaches round the contours of the face. The kumanofude glides and vibrates with sonic waves, and is charged with negative ions to exfoliate and repel debris. The device has three speeds: a soft one for gentle morning cleansing; a stronger one for ridding residual makeup at the end of the day; and the strongest mode is for a power-cleansing session. This gadget is also best used with the ReFa Cream Wash, which lathers well to produce a rich, cushiony, and smooth foam that gives the cleansing device a better glide on the skin. The wash also contains fruit extracts – hydrolysed prune and pear juice ferment filtrate – to soften and exfoliate dead skin. For me, the distinguishing feature between the ReFa Clear and other sonic cleansing devices is how gentle it is on the skin. My face …

Laneige Two Tone Contouring & Correcting Bars

For quick and easy make-up, Laneige has produced a series of two-toned Contouring and Correcting Bars for on-the-go make-up perfection. Like the brand’s bestselling Two-Tone Lip Bars, the duo colours blend seamlessly onto skin upon application.   Creamy and ergonomically shaped, these make-up sticks are easy to blend with fingertips, or a kabuki brush. Here’s how they work:       The transparent Primer no.1 prepares skin for make-up application, and is for use all over the face.                 No.2 Pink Coral is good for concealing dark circles while brightening the area.                   No.3 Purple Blue brightens the skin, good as a highlighter.                 No. 4 Mint Lemon hides dark circles, adds the appearance of volume to cheeks, and conceals redness.             No. 1 Cacao gives skin a natural-looking contour for sharper-looking features.               No. 2 Almond offers a more dramatic contouring …

Shiseido Future Solution LX Yutaka Treatment

After a long day of meetings, I ate an early dinner and headed straight to the comforts of the Shiseido Facial Studio at Tangs along Orchard Road. My tired skin (body and soul) were in desperate need of a pampering session. So the skin-firming Future Solution LX Yutaka Treatment featuring the improved Future Solution LX formula with a potent medicinal enmei herb, was a treat. The relatively spacious room was filled with calming music composed with the recordings of chirping birds and running streams of Mount Koya, where enmei grows aplenty. Cocooned under comfortable sheets, and after a double-cleansing of the skin, I was given a most comforting massage with heated imari porcelain yutaka massage tools from Japan. Each is handmade meticulously. The smooth surface of the warm porcelain was rolled on my décolleté and face; while a larger piece was placed on my abdomen to soothe it. The heat was just right, unlike regular hot stone massages that can sometimes burn the skin. The therapist’s upward firming strokes on my face, décolleté and arms …

Jill Stuart Beauty in Singapore Sephora Ion March 29

If you have always begged friends to buy you pretty Jill Stuart Beauty cosmetics on their trips to Japan, you’d be happy to know that the products will be available at Sephora Ion from March 29. Launched in 2005, the products are infused with skincare ingredients. Its bestsellers include the Mix Blush Compact, Ribbon Couture Eyes Palette, and Lip Blossom lipsticks. Watch the clip below for a glimpse of the range that will be available at Sephora Ion, Singapore. Prices range from S$30 to S$60.

Popstar Cosmetics

Nothing makes us more excited than quality, mid-prices cosmetics. Popstar Cosmetics, a two-year-old label founded by Singapore-born makeup artist and photographer Donald Chiu, is TBG’s new favourite. With a keen eye for visuals, Chiu’s work has been featured in the advertising campaigns of Brand’s such as Shiseido, Shu Uemura and Make Up For Ever. The artist dreamed up Popstar Cosmetics so that his clients could recreate the glamorous makeup looks on magazine covers and advertisements on their own. “I often have clients telling me that they want a certain look in magazines. But it is not possible to do so with just the products advertised or mentioned in the magazines,” says Chiu. “To recreate the rich colours and textures of the makeup shown in print, in real life, I often need to improvise. I once had to use a cream eyeshadow on lips because the colour was more vivid and durable.” His vision for Popstar Cosmetics was crystallised: make-up that glows onscreen, and on the skin. The products seem to have delivered on the brand’s …

Pamper: Super Smooth

I have nothing against women who prefer to keep the hair on their underarms as a feminist political statement. But personally, I prefer clean-shaven pits for hygiene reasons. The trouble of shaving (and the resulting ingrown hair) is literally a pain for me. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve put on a pretty sleeveless outfit; and just before heading out, realise that I need to shave. At a friend’s recommendation, I decided to try a session of hair removal laser treatment on my underarms at Super Smooth. Tucked away in a nondescript corner of the CBD area at Robinson Square, the salon does not even have a signboard. Yet, it has a constant stream of regulars to keep the clean and spacious area in business (a sign of a reliable enterprise). Previously, Super Smooth was located at Amoy Street. I opted to treat the hair follicles on my underarm ($60 per session; $1,027 for eight sessions and additional necessary ones within three years). After the areas were shaved with a disposable razor …

Kenzoki relaunches exclusively at Sephora Singapore

Kenzoki, the skincare arm of LVMH-run Kenzo will be relaunching exclusively at (also LVMH-run) Sephora Singapore stores and come March 15. The understated brand is formulated from, and inspired by plants of Asian origin: the white lotus (hydration and radiance); sacred lotus (anti-ageing); ginger flower (revitalising); plum blossom (brightening) and rice (rejuvenating and nourishing). TBG has always been impressed with the efficacy, luxurious texture and scents of Kenzoki formulas, which are good additions to any skincare routine. The products are divided into five ranges for varying skin concerns. Prices start from S$31 for 15ml for the star product, the Belle De Jour Dream Night Mask.

UD x Kristen Leanne

Urban Decay has teamed up with beauty influencer Kristen Leanne for a three-piece limited edition collection. With her colourful tattoos (especially that stunning neck piece), this social media celebrity stands out with her choice of neon eyeshadows and beaming highlighter. Just so you can get her makeup look, the UD x Kristen Leanne collection features the Kaleidoscope Dream Eyeshadow Palette (S$65) with 11 shades (tangerine, gold, fuchsia, lime green, navy, turquoise, aubergine, black, an iridescent shifting duo tone). If you prefer more neutral eye makeup, Kristen shows she can perfect it too. The Daydream Eyeshadow Palette (S$45), is a quintet of easy-to-use matte shades. Completing the collection is the Beauty Beam Highlight Palette (S$55) with three complementary shades for the cheekbones, collarbone, and everywhere else. Available at Sephora and UD stores.

Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator

We’ve heard of long-lasting makeup, but never long-lasting skincare that promises to keep skin hydrated for up to 72 hours. This new Moisture Surge (S$75 for 50ml) gel-cream moisturiser contains hyaluronic acid, a moisturising “matrix” to seal in hydration, as well as a formula of caffeine and “activated”‘aloe water to help the skin rehydrate itself. I slathered on a thick layer of this viscous product before bed as an overnight mask, then slept in an air-conditioned room. The slick texture also makes it ideal for facial massages. The next morning, my skin felt more supple than usual. As I washed my face, I could still feel the moisturiser on the skin; that is how well it adheres. This multi-tasking moisturiser can also be blended with a liquid foundation, bronzer or highlighter to give skin added hydration as you apply your makeup.

Pamper: Urban Retreat Bangkok

When you’re tired and weary from all that eating and shopping in Bangkok, a good body massage is what you need to perfect that holiday. But if cheap, S$10 hourly Thai massages in cramped quarters are not your thing, consider the Urban Retreat spa located right next to the Asok train station. Urban Retreat’s suite of services are pricier than your average quickie Thai massage spots; but they are still three to four times cheaper than what you would pay in Singapore. The prices for the services at Urban Retreat start at 400 TB for an eyebrow wax, to 3,200 TB for the “Bliss Package” (2 hr 50 min sugar and honey body scrub, mud mask and macadamia oil massage). Plus, the experience is worth it at this decade-old establishment. There are more than 20 clean, private and spacious rooms available, including those for couples with adjoining shower cubicles. This means you could show up without a prior booking (say, just before dinner time) and have a good chance of getting a slot (although planning …