Kiehl’s Marks 170th Anniversary

Started out as a go-to apothecary of the neighbourhood in a street corner of New York in 1851, to say Kiehl’s has come a long way is, an understatement.

Kiehl’s turns 170​
Kiehl’s turns 170

To celebrate its 170th Anniversary milestone, the illustrious skincare label churns out a limited edition series of old-favourites.

Kiehl’s 170th Anniversary Limited Edition Range

We’re particularly enamoured with the Heritage Rosewater Toner, which smells heavenly, and feels gentle yet refreshing. We’re petitioning for it to be made a constant in the collection.

Also look out for the Essence Oils, named after the moods we all want to be in: Love Luring (jasmine, rose, ylang-ylang), Fortune Seeking (citrus and white tea), Jinx Removing (vetiver and sandalwood).

Kiehl’s Heritage Rosewater Toner​
Kiehl’s Heritage Rosewater Toner
Kiehl’s limited edition Essence Oil

The crowd-favourites come in classic limited edition white and gold jars and bottles.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate​
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate
Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal-extract Toner​
Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal-extract Toner
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream​
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream
Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment​
Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment

Because the Kiehl’s bestsellers always deserve some space in your skincare cabinet. Afterall, they’ve got 170 years to prove it.

Clarins Calm Essentiel

If like us, your skin acts up as you wear a protective face mask for long hours (to be a responsible citizen during the pandemic), Clarins is offering you a skincare option.

To help calm sensitive skin, its latest Calm Essentiel range is made with clary sage, known for its soothing and healing properties.

The Redness Corrective Gel is lightweight and has a hint of light green to even out redness on the face. Wear it under foundation as a multi-tasking primer.

The Soothing Emulsion is skin-plumpingly moisturising, and easily absorbed.

While the Restoring Treatment Oil is a calming face oil to be layered on top of th moisturiser if you need that extra boost. Otherwise, warm a couple of drops between your palms and press directly onto clean skin before bedtime.

2021 Resolution: Balance your skin microbiome

It might sound gross, but your skin is covered with trillions of micro-organisms such as bacteria and fungus.

The right symbiotic balance of this skin flora is important for the prevention of some skin diseases, and proper functioning of the skin’s immune system.

The latest beauty trend? Skincare that contains probiotics, on top of the other usual goodness to keep your skin in tip-top condition. This is well, sort of au naturel skincare in a bottle.

Here, some of the latest probiotics-enriched picks to boost your usual beauty routine.

Allies of Skin Prebiotics & Niacinamide Pore Refining Booster

Allies of Skin Prebiotics & Niacinamide Pore Refining Booster

Contains 10% niacinamide, hyaluronic Acid, prebiotics and probiotics complex, centella asiatica, goji berry, licorice root, and pomegranate extract, silver, ribose, chlorella, and Coenzyme Q10

Drunk Elephant Sweet Biome Fermented Sake Spray

Drunk Elephant Sweet Biome Fermented Sake Spray

Made with fermented sake extract, kombucha, and hops for a balanced and healthy microbiome. Coconut water, zinc, copper, ceramides, vitamin F, and essential amino acids keep skin perked up.

Pixi Skintreats Clarity Concentrate Clarifying Serum

Pixi Skintreats Clarity Concentrate Clarifying Serum

Blended with salicylic, glycolic and lactic acids, as well as probiotics and aloe.

Sunday Riley Pink Drink Firming Resurfacing Essence

Sunday Riley Pink Drink Firming Resurfacing Essence

A cocktail of peptides, ceramides, fermented honey with prebiotics, chlorella, kelp, sea water and pink yeast.

TBG Beauty Picks of 2020

As 2020 draws to a close and everyone reflects on the past year; we look back on the best beauty products TBG roadtested in 2020 🧖🏼‍♀️

❤️Dyson Airwrap Styler – Literally makes hairstyling a breeze, even those who can barely use a hairdryer properly.

❤️Fancl BC Intensive Skin Booster – A potent serum to rejuvenate the skin, made mine smoother and more supple.

❤️Kiehl’s Daily Refining Milk-Peel Toner – Brightened, softened, and smoothened my skin immediately.

❤️Lancome Advanced Genifique – Great for bringing the balance back to the skin.

❤️YSL Air Thin UV Defender Pure Shots – Lightweight but powerful sunscreen with a refreshing citrus scent.

❤️Aesop Sublime Replenishing Night Masque – Perfect for a relaxing night in, and a long beauty sleep.

❤️Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex – Kickstarts the skin’s night recovery process, always does wonders for my skin so I wake up looking fresher.

❤️Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial Masque Hydratant – Perfect skin quencher, soothing on sunburnt skin too.

❤️Living Proof Color Care Whipped Glaze – Keep bleached bottle blonde locks from looking brassy.

Insider secret Japanese skincare label Geol

Japanese skincare brand Geol offers innovative and luxurious formulas loved by industry insiders and longtime fans.

The Deluxe milk lotion is blended with colloidal gold and amino acid. The light pink watery lotion is also scented lightly with a floral and powdery fragrance. A classic launched in 1957.

The DC Impact Direct Cell Serum is made to support cell rejuvenation. Use before applying moisturiser.

The star product at Geol is the Crystal60, an anti-aging gel infused with colloidal gold. Leaves skin plump and supple.

See more of the product here.

Sulwhasoo Beauty From Your Culture 2020

As one of the most premium South Korean beauty brands, Sulwhasoo prides itself on being a patron of culture and art.

This year, it pledges a portion of proceeds from the limited edition bottles of its signature First Care Activating Serum to support global cultural heritage.

Each limited edition set comes with a plain white porcelain bottle and stickers designed by South Korean artist Saki.

In Singapore, Sulwhasoo will pledge $10,000 to the Asian Civilisation Museum for the conservation of Asian heritage.

Sulwhasoo X SAKI First Care Activating Serum

Aesop Sublime Replenishing Night Masque

Indeed, nothing is quite as sublime as a good night mask to double up the benefits of beauty sleep.

This creamy new formula by Aesop contains vitamins B, C, E and F to keep the skin hydrated, rejuvenated and protected from free radicals.

It also contains frankincense, making the lightly fragranced leave-on mask an absolute luxury to use. If you like, layer a drop or two of face oil under the mask.

Soothing and easily absorbed, Aesop’s Sublime Replenishing Night Masque is a must-have, especially if you are a loyal fan of this minimalist beauty label.

Lancome Advanced Génifique

Lancome Advanced Genifique: Pre-and Probiotics Added

Lancome’s most famous skincare product, the Advanced Génifique, is iconic for good reason.

It contains a game-changing complex of 7 pre- and probiotics to help regulate the skin’s microbiota balance.

All of us have a combination of fungi, bacteria, viruses and mites living on our skin, to keep it healthy. More often than not, we have skin issues – such as breakouts, roseacea, eczema – when the microbiota ratio is out of whack.

The Advanced Génifique serum is fragrance-free, and lightweight. It soothes plumps, smoothens and hydrates skin immediately. Aids skin rejuvenation when you need it the most. Consider it your antidote to stressed skin.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex

The iconic Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum has been reformulated to provide longer-lasting hydration and anti-ageing benefits.

The 2020 version – and 5th generation – of the formula promises 72-hour hydration, and an improved skin barrier in 4 hours.

Like all the products in the ANR range, it is packed with antioxidants and helps to turbo-charge the skin’s repairing process while you sleep at night. So that the skin is clearer, brighter smoother and more even in tone.

Interestingly, while the texture is fresh and gel-like, it seals in moisture just fine like a heavier cream but with added skincare benefits. This is one reason why the product has been a bestseller all these years. It does the job.

Use it with the full range of products for the best effects: The Micro-Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion, ANR Eye Supercharged Complex, and the ANR Intense Reset Concentrate.

Watch the beauty roadtest of the latest Advanced Night Repair serum.

Kiehl’s Vital Skin-Strengthening Super Serum

Kiehl’s Vital Skin-Strengthening Super Serum

If you are on the look out for a new multi-tasking serum, consider Kiehl’s Vital Skin-Strengthening Super Serum.

Formulated with red ginseng root, holy basil and schisandra berry, the anti-ageing blend promises to brighten the skin.

It also contains a hyaluronic complex to boost skin resilience, suppleness and moisture levels.

The best parts about this serum? It is unscented and easily absorbed. Making it great for layering under moisturiser, and sunscreen.

I like to use this product with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream and Ultra Light Daily UV Defense.

After using it for five days, the Super Serum left my skin smoother and more hydrated.