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“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 …

Top Skincare Picks of 2019

Abit late because I had too much fun at the end of last year. Here is The Beauty Gazette’s annual list of Skincare Picks of 2019. These items were either launched in 2019; or I’ve discovered in 2019. Some are affordable. Some are pricey, but worth the money. In no particular order: 👍🏻 Armani Beauty Crema Nera: Super luxurious treat for the face while you sleep. Leaves behind a lovely sheen on skin. 👍🏻 Elizabeth Arden Prevage Progressive Renewal Treatment: Great home treatment for better skin where you can actually see the difference. Just four bottles of serum to get a finer complexion. 👍🏻 Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum: Good for drier skin types, a little bit goes a long way. Instant glow to the skin. 👍🏻 Orbis Defencera: Get a sugar rush and better skin with this edible skin-moisturising supplement. Lines looked less visible after I popped this for a week. 👍🏻 Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intense Reset Concentrate: A very effective serum for overall better skin. Saw results within a week. 👍🏻 …

Red Carpet Makeup Inspo: 50 Best Looks

Need makeup inspiration for your next big event? Look no further. Your trusty Beauty Gazette shortlists the 50 best red carpet looks from the top celebrity makeup artists. Classic Red Lip Sexy nudes Full-on smokey eye Boldly-Coloured Eye Bold Lip Looks by Hung Vanngo, Patrick Ta, Charlotte Tilbury, Pat McGrath

Giorgio Armani Beauty’s savvy social media moves

If you do not spend more than an hour away from Instagram (yes, I think that’s about right for most of this site’s readers), you would have noticed the social media coup Giorgio Armani Beauty has had in the last couple of days. It invited some of the most beautiful Instagram celebrities to attend the Venice Film Festival, decked out in couture Giorgio Armani, and of course, a face of Giorgio Armani Beauty. Languishing in the luxurious interiors of water taxis boating to the party, or posing on the red carpet… By linking Giorgio Armani Beauty to a night out at the glamorous film festival with Hollywood stars and the most beautiful gowns, this move has completely made the beauty label so much more covetable. Feel like reaching out for your GA Beauty Lip Maestro and Luminous Silk Foundation to feel like these leading (social media) ladies yet?

Net-a-Porter celebrates five years of beauty

Last evening, luxury e-tailer Net-a-Porter marked its fifth anniversary in beauty. Its global beauty director Newby Hands was in Singapore to meet tastemakers, brand owners and beauty junkies to share the e-tailer’s latest offerings and market insights. Local celebrity makeup artist Clarence Lee; and Nicolas Travis, founder of homegrown skincare label Allies of Skin shared their beauty tips at the cosy session in the swanky attic of a members’-only club. When Net-a-Porter was launched five years ago, its offerings were meant to complement the shopping habits of its fashion consumers. Sophisticated, cosmopolitan, and discerning, these women have deep pockets but demanded mainly classic colours and effective skincare that would fit their jet setting and professional lifestyles, says Hands. The latest beauty trends and shades were not necessarily their priorities. “They may buy their bags and shoes in the latest pastel spring shades, but not the makeup in those colours,” she lets on. Starting out with just 10 cult beauty labels that were not well-known internationally but offered quality formulas, #NetaBeauty did not aim to be Sephora. …

Yves Rocher Elixir Jeunesse

Haze season is slowly creeping back into the humid sticky Singapore air. To protect skin from the fine particles of pollutants, French beauty label Yves Rocher has launched its new Elixir Jeunesse line. Formulated with the aphloia plant from Madagascar because of its ability to repair and protect itself, this skincare range promises to protect cells from stress while repairing collagen fibres. Free from parabens, mineral oil, silicone and colourants, the range comprises of an essence, micellar cleanser, eye cream, detoxifying mask, as well as night and day cream. Prices start from S$19 for the micellar cleanser.

Start the Lunar Year of the Dog with the right beauty essentials

Before the celebrations for Chinese New Year draws to a close, here are The Beauty Gazette’s picks this Spring for an auspicious start to 2018. Yves Saint Laurent Beaute Blush Volupte Hope & Joy Edition – for its limited edition collectible packaging with red blooms against a radiant gold. Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon – one-swipe long-lasting pigmented formula that is non-drying. Lightweight but just a gentle glide would get you an intense shade. One of the best lipsticks we’ve ever used. (Both pictured above) SK-II Facial Treatment Essence – an iconic and effective skincare formula in a limited edition, auspicious scarlet. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Dirty Thirty Limited Edition Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife – Because there’s always reason to own another, especially when it is in shimmering gold. Chanel Le Vernis for Spring Summer 2018 – Bright and poppy colours inspired by the idyllic seaside city of Naples, Italy. Pictures: The Beauty Gazette, Fenty Beauty, Chanel Beauty

Marc Jacobs Beauty 2.0

When Marc Jacobs Beauty was launched in 2013 with its sleek and shiny black lacquer-finish packaging, and true-to-makeup-artist formulas, it changed the luxury cosmetics game for the LVMH-owned Sephora and Kendo. With Jacobs’ signature quirky-edgy-sexy-sophisticate aesthetic, and quality products, the brand impressed beauty junkies amd flew off the shelves. Fast forward five years, the brand still holds its own (it has 1.8 million followers on Instagram); but it needed a new spin to keep beauty shoppers excited. In the face of immense competition, from runaway cult indie brands to those built entirely on pop culture, beauty brands have to reinvent themselves almost constantly. New formulas, another pretty face, fancy packaging, limited edition products; the works. But instead of trying too hard; Marc Jacobs Beauty stayed true and simply went down the tried-and-tested route of associating itself with the top makeup artists in the business. Such as the legendary Dick Page, and Diane Kendal. Marc Jacobs Beauty also signed on a bevy of the top makeup artists in showbiz as Global Industry Ambassadors; and boy, is …