X’mas 2020: Laura Mercier Ballet a Paris

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.

K-Pop Beauty Icons: Blackpink

Light Up the Sky, the eye-opening documentary on the K-pop sensation Blackpink has debuted on Netflix.

We take a closer look at the trend-setting beauty and makeup styles of the four starlets.

Their makeup is the quintessential K-Beauty look: not over the top but accentuating the natural contours of softer Asian features.

#1 – Subtle smokey

Their lightly-lined and faintly smudged eyes keep the faces looking youthful while sultry and pretty.

Thin eyeliner to define the upper lashline, and lightly smudged neutral shadow just below the lower lashline.

Lisa Blackpink
Playing up Lisa’s big eyes
Jennie Blackpink
Jennie‘s accented almond eyes
Jinsoo Blackpink
Jinsoo‘s sexy smokey eyes
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Jinsoo’s eyes, defined “naturally”
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Even while dramatic, Jennie’s eyeshadow is kept soft and feathered at the edges

#2 – Skin-glow-up pastel makeup

Flattering pastel rainbow shades on the hair, eyes, cheeks and lips.

Lisa of Blackpink
Lisa’s pink pastel shadow to match the hair
Jinsoo of Blackpink
Jinsoo’s coral lids with a pearlescent accent
Jinsoo of Blackpink
Jinsoo’s blush and coral rose pink lips
Rosie of Blackpink
Rosie’s coral brown shadow and platinum hair

#3 – The Ingenue makeup

Bright eyes with a flick and perfectly-lined bright red/ pink lips. Simple, but so glamourous.

Lisa of Blackpink
Lisa’s red lips add sophistication to a grungy look
Jinsoo of Blackpink
Jinsoo’s glossy pout ties the look together
Jinsoo of Blackpink
Jinsoo’s red lips with a satin-matte finish
Jennie of Blackpink
Jennie, the glamourpuss

#4 – Glowing skin

The makeup look of a Korean celebrity is not complete without beautifully luminescent skin.

Jinsoo of Blackpink
Makeup that plays up Jinsoo’s natural beauty
Lisa of Blackpink
Clear skin and subtly defined eyes
Jennie of Blackpink
Jennie’s tousled curls complement her clear skin, neutral-toned lips and eyes
Jennie of Blackpink
Not more than great base makeup to erase flaws, a hint of eye makeup and tinted gloss

Photos taken off the Instagram accounts of @jennierubyjane, @lalalalisa_m, @sooyaa__ @roses_are_rosie

YSL Beaute Le Encre De Peau Cushion 2020

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.

Clarins Lip Comfort Oil Intense

Yes, with all the protective mask-wearing when you are outside during this pandemic, why would you need another lip product?

But don’t forget about that Zoom/ Microsoft Teams/ Face Time session where you could still put on a nice lippie.

So Clarins’ new Lip Comfort Oil Intense is what we’d recommend.

It is formulated after the brand’s popular Lip Comfort Oil which keeps the lips hydrated, moisturised, and glossy with plant oils.

But with a shot of intense colour added to make a liquid lipstick formula that is bright, lightweight, and skin-plumping with a sheen.

The applicator of the Lip Comfort Oil Intense – which looks like an eyeshadow sponge applicator – also just picks up the right amount of product, so the application is even, precise, and so easy.

The colours – available in eight shades of reds, pinks and nudes – are also bright and nicely opaque, even with just one sheer layer.

See how it works, here.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Palette

Picks from Sephora Spring 2020

As usual, here are The Beauty Gazette‘s picks from Sephora’s new and upcoming goodies that are hitting shelves.

First up, its the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Palette by yet another social media star. ABH has been very successful with its consistent stream of limited edition palettes designed and curated by beauty influencers. We like this palette’s easy-to-wear shades with just the right amount of classic colours that complement the dramatic ones.

Jill Stuart Bloom Mix Blush Compact Blooming Tulip
Then, we’ve got our eye on this Jill Stuart petal-pretty blush combo, which can easily double up as subtle eyeshadow shades. Perfect for spring.
Jill Stuart Bloom Mix Blush Compact Blooming Tulip, S$50

Tarte Shape Tape Glow Wand
No need to resist too much with Tarte’s new Shape Tape Glow Wand, a creamy liquid highlighter that adds radiance to the face with pearlescent micro-pigment and skincare ingredients. Blended with shea butter and mango seed butter.
Tarte Shape Tape Glow Wand, S$39

Too Faced Born This Way Palette
The Too Faced Born This Way Palette is all we need when travelling. All the nudes for sexy sultry smokey eyes; or just with a classic and elegant winged liner. Perfect colours for widening the eyes naturally.
Too Faced Born This Way Palette, S$69

Dr Roebuck's Ningaloo Firming Serum
We are attracted to the blue hue of Dr Roebuck’s Ningaloo Firming Serum. And it proves to be a potent concoction of skincare. Made with the antioxidant copper peptide, skin-quenching hyaluronic acid and nourishing Banksia flower extract.
Dr Roebuck’s Ningaloo Firming Serum, S$93

Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial Masque
For thirsty skin, go for Drunk Elephant’s super-moisturising formula with an equally bombastic name: the F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial Masque Hydratant. It has Vitamin F microbeads that burst upon application, and Sodium PCA to up the skin’s moisture level. Best used as an overnight mask after a hangover or day by the beach.
Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial Masque, S$74

Supergoop! Bright-Eyed Mineral Eye Cream
Nothing better than a moisturising and skin-loving sunscreen just for the eyes, plus a concealing effect. Supergoop!’s latest Bright-Eyed Mineral Eye Cream with SPF 40 PA+++ ticks all the right boxes. Contains probiotics, caffeine and green tea extract.
Supergoop! Bright-Eyed Mineral Eye Cream, S$55

Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Strengthening Treatment Oil
To keep hair lusciously long, a dedicated haircare routine is essential. Keep tresses looking healthy with this ceramide-infused formula by Briogeo, the Don’t Despair, Repair! Strengthening Treatment Oil.
Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Strengthening Treatment Oil, price unavailable

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.)

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 plastic to wash up in the ocean. Pick scrubs that are made up of natural components such as seed kernels, sugar or salt crystals. Otherwise just use the loofah or simple washcloth.

5) Pick brands with environmentally-conscious best practices.

Take time to read through the CSR practices of brands that would do good for the earth in the long run. Do they put in an effort to source for ingredients sustainably? Engage in tree re-planting efforts? Reduce their packaging? Use recycled or recylcable packaging?

Charlotte Tilbury Lands in Sephora Singapore

The glamorous makeup line of Hollywood celebrity face artist Charlotte Tilbury is now available in Sephora Singapore.

The collection is famous for the lustrous glow it brings to the skin; as well as the special makeup sets that contain everything one needs for a decadently delicious makeup look.

The eyeshadow palettes, lipsticks, blush and contour palettes are the brand’s bestsellers.

Charlotte also takes care of the skin. The Magic Cream she used to whip up backstage on movie sets to perk and nourish the skin of the actors, is now bottled for you.

Here, a few peeks at Charlotte Tilbury’s recent Sephora launch party.

Charlotte Tilbury Singapore
Charlotte Tilbury Singapore
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Charlotte Tilbury Singapore
Charlotte Tilbury Singapore

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.