We are in the early days of 2021, and yet it is clear how the beauty trends will pan out for the year. Here are 5 to look out for: At-home self-care continues to be important As it will take awhile for the COVID-19 vaccines to be doled out, and enough people to take it, the responsible thing to do would be to stay home. So at-home pampering will continue to be on-trend: beautifying face masks, face massagers, home spa kits, etc. Skincare will rule the day As we have our protective face masks on, there is really no need for makeup on a daily basis. But skincare will continue to be important, as more realise that plastering on makeup does not solve their skin blemishes, complexion and tone. Protective-mask proof makeup will be in-demand Then for those who have to step out for work, they need makeup that will not be smudged and smeared by protective face masks. Long-lasting foundations, setting powders, smear-free lipsticks, blush that sticks on all day, even when rubbed. High-Definition …
As 2020 draws to a close and everyone reflects on the past year; we look back on the best beauty products TBG roadtested in 2020 🧖🏼♀️ ❤️Dyson Airwrap Styler – Literally makes hairstyling a breeze, even those who can barely use a hairdryer properly. ❤️Fancl BC Intensive Skin Booster – A potent serum to rejuvenate the skin, made mine smoother and more supple. ❤️Kiehl’s Daily Refining Milk-Peel Toner – Brightened, softened, and smoothened my skin immediately. ❤️Lancome Advanced Genifique – Great for bringing the balance back to the skin. ❤️YSL Air Thin UV Defender Pure Shots – Lightweight but powerful sunscreen with a refreshing citrus scent. ❤️Aesop Sublime Replenishing Night Masque – Perfect for a relaxing night in, and a long beauty sleep. ❤️Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex – Kickstarts the skin’s night recovery process, always does wonders for my skin so I wake up looking fresher. ❤️Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial Masque Hydratant – Perfect skin quencher, soothing on sunburnt skin too. ❤️Living Proof Color Care Whipped Glaze – Keep bleached …
I waited a long time before taking the plunge with the Dyson Airwrap this Christmas. The set does not come cheap and I wasn’t sure if it was worth it at S$699. So is it? Here’s a quick review so you can make up your mind. These convinced me: 1. Soft bouncy curls A key selling point, the Airwrap uses innovative technology to create special airflow that enable your locks to wrap easily around the curlers. Great for hairstyling noobs like me (I always feel I need three or four arms to get a proper blow out with a brush and hairdryer). With blasts of hot and cold air, you end up with soft, shiny and bouncy curls. You have to divide your hair in small sections though, as only a relatively thin layer can be curled effectively around each barrel, each time.
To say the least, 2020 has been a tough year for all of us. But still, the show must go on. Laura Mercier’s limited edition holiday collection is inspired by the art of ballet. Pastel pinks, corals, nudes are awash in this collection. The Opening Night Cheek Palette ($80) is a pretty trio of a coral blush, illuminating highlighter and bronzer. Embossed with the pattern of grossgrain ribbons. While the Prima Ballerina Mini Eyeshadow Palette ($50) is a handy palette with six neutral shades in a variety of textures for a multi-dimensional eye makeup look. The star of the collection is the aptly-named Piece de Resistance Eye & Cheek Essentials ($180). There are 15 easy-to-wear and versatile eyeshadow shades and a quartet of blush, bronzer and highlighter.
Japanese skincare brand Geol offers innovative and luxurious formulas loved by industry insiders and longtime fans. The Deluxe milk lotion is blended with colloidal gold and amino acid. The light pink watery lotion is also scented lightly with a floral and powdery fragrance. A classic launched in 1957. The DC Impact Direct Cell Serum is made to support cell rejuvenation. Use before applying moisturiser. The star product at Geol is the Crystal60, an anti-aging gel infused with colloidal gold. Leaves skin plump and supple. See more of the product here.
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.