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. To celebrate its 170th Anniversary milestone, the illustrious skincare label churns out a limited edition series of old-favourites. 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). The crowd-favourites come in classic limited edition white and gold jars and bottles. Because the Kiehl’s bestsellers always deserve some space in your skincare cabinet. Afterall, they’ve got 170 years to prove it.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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’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.
The 2020 version – and 5th generation – of the formula promises 72-hour hydration, and an improved skin barrier in 4 hours.
If you are on the look out for a new and unscented multi-tasking serum, consider Kiehl’s Vital Skin-Strengthening Super Serum.