Custom-made skincare isn’t new. But Alcheme sets itself apart with its detail-oriented virtual skin consultation, as well as the quality of the skincare ingredients. The process begins with an online questionaire at www.alcheme.one, where you are required to take a portrait shot (without makeup and spectacles, even lighting), and answer questions on your lifestyle habits (are you exposed to cigarette smoke? what’s your stress level? etc.) as well as skin type. Products are made fresh immediately after payment is confirmed, and delivery time is standard. I yearn for radiant skin and need anti-ageing ingredients to keep my 30-something skin supple. I am also exposed to cigarette smoke so antioxidants are necessary. I am sensitive to artificial fragrances in skincare, so I opted for the formula’s natural scent. The blend that reached me contains the extracts of centella asiatica leaf, panax ginseng root, babchi seeds and moringa oleifera seeds; as well as Vitamin C. These were added for my skin needs. The other usual ingredients in Alcheme products include camellia japonica seed oil, niacinamide and sunflower …
The wildly successful eponymous label by beauty blogger Huda Kattan is now available in Singapore at Sephora. With her beautiful Iraqi features played up with clever makeup techniques – that makes just about any Kardashian wannabe swoon – Kattan is her own ambassador for the range of eyeshadow palettes, liquid lipsticks, and fluttery false lashes. Based in Dubai, Kattan’s range is packed with beautiful shades that are best suited to women with dusky skin, large feline eyes, and full lips. Her new Desert Dusk palette is clearly inspired by a romantic Middle Eastern 1,001 Nights theme. Smooth and pigmented, the burnt bronze and neutral shades are perfect for every occasion. Highlighters and liquid lipsticks are also par for the course for Kattan’s fans to get that Jasmine-on-the-magic-carpet look.
To add a little luxury to your summer skincare routine, Clarins has rolled out a limited edition range of products themed on white flowers. The Hand and Nail Treatment (S$15 each) is available in three scents: Magnolia, Neroli, and Jasmine. While the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector (S$33) which deeply moisturises lips and gives it a glossy shine, is available in a pretty rosy pearlescent finish that brightens the natural lip colour. Perfumed with neroli, the Catch-Light Face Highlighter (S$36) comes in a stick form and is easy to use for extra glow on the cheekbones, brow bones, decolletage and cupid’s bow.
You would never have thought that there would be a connection between photographic film, and skincare. But in 2007, Japanese film manufacturer Fujifilm made a stunning diversification into the beauty business with the launch of Astalift. Tapping on its assets such as R&D in collagen and nanotechnology, it created beauty creams that were effective in delivering antioxidants to the skin. Today, its skin-firming and brightening skincare formulas, as well as supplements, are some of the best in the market. This May, Astalift launches its new makeup range Flarosso to complete its line of products. It comprises of quartet shadow palettes ($65), lipsticks ($46), blush (S$55), and a highlighter (S$55). The brand says it has incorporated technologies related to photography to colour correct the skin for perfect selfies: an overlay effect of yellow, magenta and cyan colours for more vibrant shades. Stay tuned for a video review snippet that will be updated in this post, this weekend.
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.
Paris-based designer Yazbukey is back working with Shu Uemura on a limited edition collection. For Spring/Summer 2018, the Yazbukey x Shu Uemura range launches with 16 Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte Lipstick shades (four quartets of reds, plums, pinks, nudes) and four edgy metallic lip liners (in gold, silver, rose gold, bronze). Yazbukey – known for her quirky lip-shaped plexi-glass jewellery – first collaborated with Shu Uemura in 2015 on a range of colourful makeup. Watch this to see moving swatches of the nude lipsticks. The formula is long-lasting, creamy, and opaque in two to three coats.
Luxury Korean label Hera has finally joined the stable of Amorepacific beauty brands available in Singapore. It will make its debut at Takashimaya Department Store with a standalone counter on May 10. In Singapore, K-drama star Gianna Jun is the face of Hera Makeup. The line is known for its luxurious lipsticks and cushion compacts. The ranges available at the Takashimaya counter also include the skincare and Homme lines. A limited edition collection by Edith Carron will also be sold at the counter. Launched two decades ago in South Korea, Hera is known for its sleek and stylish aesthetic. It has been an official sponsor of Seoul Fashion Week since 2015. Prices start from S$43 for a lip tint; to S$75 for the cushion compacts and S$380 for a jar of night cream. Photos: Hera
Lipsticks are a bestselling category for many beauty brands. Because nothing brightens up a face so much as a pop of colour on the lips, and making a woman feel more confident instantly. To make their customers feel extra special, Guerlain has gone all out to up the ante on the packaging of its luxurious Rouge G lipsticks. The hefty bullet case with a quality crystal-clear flip-up mirror – designed by jeweller Lorenz Baumer – now comes in a variety of 15 opulent designs: some even come ensconced in leather. Watch this for a sneak peek. Of course, as with all quality lipsticks, the formula is still as smooth, pigmented, and moisturising. The Rouge G retails at around S$70 a pop.
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.
One of the latest labels launched at Sephora Singapore is mid-priced beauty brand Pixi Beauty. Founded almost two decades ago by Swedish makeup artist Petra Strand, Pixi Beauty has a wide range of skincare and colour cosmetics. Infused with vitamins, minerals and botanicals, prices of the formulas start from S$15. They include the refreshing Rose Caviar Essence with rose petal bits suspended in the formula, and the Teen Vogue-approved alcohol-free Glow Tonic that exfoliates with glycolic acid and soothes with aloe vera.