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.
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.
This Christmas, Skin Inc offers a limited edition skincare set unlike the others. Sticking true to its axiom of marrying beauty with technology (from its custom-blend formulas based on information from personal online surveys, to products created with data analytics intel), Skin Inc’s Selfie Essential Set will soon be sold together with HP’s new Sprocket 2-in-1 smartphone printer and instant camera. The Selfie Essential Set comprises of the Pure Revival Peel for exfoliation, the Pure Recovery Dew gel-to-liquid moisturiser, and the Pure Serum-Mist (a TBG favourite) for an instant glow, so #nofilter is needed. Priced at S$48, the set is worth S$79. While the Holiday Detox is boxed with the My Daily Dose of Vitamins ABC Serum (with Vitamins A,B,C) alongside the Pure Revival Peel, and Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask (another TBG favourite). Priced at S$98, value of S$162. The Bundle of Glow set contains the My Daily Dose of Glow Serum (with Vitamin A, chlorella and hyaluronic acid), as well as the Pure Revival Peel and Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask. Also priced at S$98, …
One of the best things about Christmas sets are the savings. At Clarins, its gift sets make good value-for-money presents for your BAEs or stocking up on beauty essentials. The Beauty Gazette‘s picks for your X’mas shopping list: Double Serum Double Serum Duo set , S$200 (worth S$250). Super Restorative Super Restorative Luxury Collection, S$328 (worth S$410). Body Contouring and Slimming Body Shapers, S$102 (worth S$146). Worthy limited edition ones: The Essentials Eye Makeup Palette, S$68 Holiday Eau Dynamisante, S$82 (worth $S121)
K-Beauty Mamonde’s new Brightening Cover Cushion duo are additional options for women who want more out of their cushion compact foundations. The Brightening Cover Powder Cushion is formulated for those who prefer a velvet-matte finish, lightweight, and more coverage. The Cover Fit Puff the Powder Cushion comes with is slightly thicker and more porous, so it picks up more product for buildable coverage that mattifies skin at the same time. Made for those who usually prefer to finish their foundation application with a dusting of loose powder. While the Brightening Cover Watery Cushion moisturises the skin with a narcissus bulb extract, gives skin a dewy finish and lightweight coverage. Available in five shades that brighten and even out the skin tone, $32 each. Buy from Mamonde Tangs VivoCity and Isetan Tampines.