The secret to Korean celebrities’ translucent dewiness: the right skincare routine. Their skin glistens through the seasons, in sub-zero degrees in winter and right through the heat of summer. Layering with the right formulas is key. Sulwhasoo’s First Care Activating Serum was launched in the late 1990s as a pre-serum to use the first step in the skincare routine. The lightweight and potent serum contains traditional korean medicine ingredients including white lily, solomon’s seal and lotus, to soften and prepare skin for subsequent layers of serum and creams. This year, Sulwhasoo launches the 5th generation of the First Care Activating Serum for improved efficacy.
When you come across the girly, pastel-coloured packaging of beauty brand Saturday Skin on Sephora Singapore’s bright and shiny shelves, you wouldn’t be faulted for thinking: Just another one made to catch the Millennial’s eye? With its snappy font and unassuming branding, Saturday Skin belies its serious and traditional South Korean heritage. The origins of the brand stem from the Chaum Wellness Centre, which is probably the best-kept beauty and wellness secret of the creme de la creme of Korean society. Chaum is known for combining the latest anti-ageing technologies (that tap on anything from gene analytics to stem cell-banking) with traditional Korean medicine techniques, to improve the quality of its clients’ lives and of course, their beauty. Clearly, the fees at Chaum are pricey. Apparently, membership fees start at US$55,000 a year, and a sculpting and lymphatic massage can go up to US$1,000 per session. But thankfully for you and me, you could get your hands on some of the goodness from Chaum at Sephora. Founded by beauty industry veteran Sidney Beck, Saturday Skin’s formulas are made …
The new lip formula by South Korean beauty brand Hera is not for the faint-hearted. The colours are bright and pigmented; even though the texture is a relatively watery liquid. Fortunately, a spade-shaped applicator with a fine tip makes spreading the lip colour on precisely, easy. The sponge-tip soaks up just enough liquid to dispense a thin layer that stains the pout. Just two coats will give lips an intense shade, and high-shine. The dry-down is not immediate though; so give it some time before you drink. Hera Sensual Tint is available in 10 flattering shades.
As a clear sign of Sulwhasoo’s readiness to take on the international market with its commercial festivities, it has launched its first ever advent calendar. Traditionally, religious advent calendars are used to count down the days to Christmas, with little gifts and puzzles behind each “door”. Sulwhasoo’s version is made up of little pastel paper boxes filled with almost its entire range of skincare items. So if you’ve never tried the brand’s formulas before; or are looking for travel-sized items for your post-gym skincare routine, this advent calendar is a good purchase. Out of the 24 boxes in the set, four items are a sizeable 30ml and above: Hydro-Aid Moisturising Soothing Mist (30ml) Clarifying Mask EX (50ml) Overnight Vitalizing Mask EX (50ml) Radiance Energy Mask (30ml) There are also four 25g bars of herbal soaps Pine Tree Plum Blossom Apricot Red Ginseng A surprise ginseng-scented candle is also thrown into the mix. The rest of the items range between 3.5ml and 15ml. This is also a fun set to get for Christmas parties; just let …
Korean luxury label Sulwhasoo has always been big on preserving culture, a refined way of life that is infused into the brand. With its latest limited edition set comprising of the First Care Activating Serum, a pouch and travel-sized skincare essentials; S$20 will be donated to the Asian Civilisations Museum. Sulwhasoo has pledged a minimum of S$10,000 to the museum.
Lightweight, anti-ageing, gel-textured, ginseng. You won’t usually see these few words in the same sentence to describe a serum. But Sulwhasoo’s new Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Serum is exactly it. This anti-ageing formula is surprisingly light with a cushion-y gel texture, making it suitable for even younger skin (mid-20s onwards), and for use in the summer or humid climates. The ginseng scent isn’t overpowering like it can be with most formulas containing panax ginseng too. This serum promises to firm, smoothen and add radiance. I find that it keeps skin especially supple, so that the application of foundation is smoother.
The makeup colours by Korean beauty brands are not always pastel, light and subtle, as Mamonde’s Creamy Tint Lip Squeeze range proves. Calling it a “tint” is an understatement. The colours are pigmented and intense, while the formula is creamy. A tiny blob goes a long way, and is best applied with fingertips or a lip brush. First squeeze the product on the back of the hand, and pick the colour up in small portions for even application. The Creamy Tint is surprisingly long-lasting and has a satin-shine finish. Watch this clip to see how the product works.
This range could just be one of the best lipstick balms on the market. Laneige’s new Stained Glass Stick lippies are very moisturising with a melt-on texture that coats lips evenly with a hint of colour. Each shade is flattering on Asian skin tones, and has a high-shine finish that is rarely achieved by a lipstick/balm formula. The slim lipstick bullet makes application easy-breezy. Although the Glass Stick is not very long-lasting, it stains the lips to keep the face from looking washed-out. Available in 10 shades. The light blue No.1 Blue Topaz goes on clear, while the rest glide on with varying shade of pink, coral, red and plum.
Amorepacific’s Laneige changed the masking game when it launched its Sleeping Mask in 2002. Busy and stressed out women could finally fall asleep with a beauty mask slathered on, and without being worried that they would wake up with “over-treated” skin and irritation. Now, Laneige has upped the ante on its bestselling Sleeping Mask. The new skin-brightening White Dew Vita Capsule Sleeping Mask comes with a separate sachet of Vitamin C powder to be blended together, for a more intense moisturising and skin-whitening treatment. This keeps the formula fresh and more effective. The gel mask soothes and envelops the skin in a thick layer, as each capsule is a generous 0.3ml. The lightweight packaging makes it easy to slip the mask into a beauty travel pouch, and keep your face bright, even, and hydrated while on the road.
Luxury South Korean beauty brand Sulwhasoo’s latest limited edition range is adorned with plump peaches and spring flowers illustrated in a classical style. Symbolising longevity and vitality, the gold-accented designs are available on the First Care Activating Serum EX, Perfecting Cushions, Lip Serum Stick (which look brightly coloured but are actually very moisturising balms that give lips a hint of pink/coral). Also look out for the blush/highlight palette which comes with pretty embossed florals. The Peach Blossom Spring Utopia is a good buy for makeup collectors, or those who’d like to add some old-world Eastern glamour to their vanity.