Too consumed by our daily grind, we often neglect taking good care of ourselves. When was the last time you indulged yourself in a luxurious facial ritual, brightened your face with highlighter, nourished your hair and body, or indulged yourself in tension-relieving scents?
These amazing recently and soon-to-be launched beauty products inspired us to combine them into a day-to-night self-care system that will bring out a healthy radiant glow in you from head to toe by nourishing, protecting, and brightening with carefully selected botanical ingredients and advanced innovation.
Enliven your face in the morning
1. Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil
What better way to start the day for your skin than giving your face a luxurious cleanse with a Shu Uemura cleansing oil? And this particular one is a 2017 resurrection of the revolutionary 2012 Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil, superiorly enhanced.
The Ultime8 Infinite Complex is the blend of eight precious botanical origin oils at the core of the product’s formulation and is now enhanced with three rare and potent Asian life-energising plants, namely, Japanese Camellia (conditioning and anti-inflammatory), Korean Ginseng (boosts elasticity), and Golden Bamboo (full of Vitamin E and natural antioxidants).
It also removes any dirt and makeup still trapped in the skin without leaving skin dry. Your skin will be thoroughly nourished and enriched, feel luxuriously soft and smooth, and have refined pores! And it doesn’t end there – this cleansing oil is also an aromatic experience of herbal, floral, woody, and musky notes!
The Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil retails at SGD65 for 150ml and SGD165 for 450ml at Shu Uemura and Sephora stores.
2. Essano Mist Toner and Rosehip oil
Incorporating rosehip oil into our beauty regime is a sure way to regain youthful skin, and New Zealand brand Essano uses the oil as the core element in all its facial skincare products! Rosehip oil is proven effective at reducing appearance of scars, stretch marks and blemishes, smoothing wrinkles, improving skin elasticity by stimulating elastin, boosting micro-cellular renewal, protecting the skin from sun damage with antioxidants, moisturising, nourishing, and brightening dry, dull skin, as well as evening out skin tone.
Essano’s mist toner is composed heavily of Vitamin A from Rosehip oil and Vitamin C from Kakadu plum, which together with witch hazel and aloe vera, deeply hydrates, balances, and soothes facial skin after cleansing. It’s also a portable bottle that can be whipped out and spritzed any time in the day when you’re in need of a replenishing hydration boost!
The brand’s certified organic Rosehip oil can be used after toning in the place of a serum. As mentioned above, you’ll be defying both age and the sun’s rays with just two to three drops of this miracle oil! In fact, all Essano products are developed in a certified organic laboratory, made of mineral and plant-based ingredients, cruelty-free, and use recyclable packaging.
Essano’s 13 facial skincare products are available at selected Watsons stores and retail at affordable price points. The mist toner costs SGD22.95 for 120ml and the Rosehip oil costs SGD29.95 for 20ml.
3. Guerlain’s Orchidée Impériale The Cream
In this day and age of environmental pollution, stress, as well as progressive technology, we need and deserve more than an ordinary facial moisturiser. Guerlain’s Orchidée Impériale The Cream is that extraordinary facial cream that has for three generations been reinvented within the research framework of skin cell’s functional longevity, and its fourth generation has just been unveiled this January.
This new generation is newly formulated to regulate skin cell respiration, i.e. skin cells’ control of oxygen use, to boost cells’ vital energy, thereby enhancing and accelerating their ability to regenerate thus prolonging youthfulness. The anti-ageing results are numerous and noticeably visible – diminished wrinkles and fine lines, increased firmness and radiance, as well as evened skin tone. Diamond powder is also an ingredient in this upgraded formula and it works to help the skin capture luminous energy and reflect it in all directions like the multi-faceted diamond.
Guerlain’s Orchidée Impériale The Cream retails at SGD680 for 50ml and is available at TANGS, Tangs Plaza and Takashimaya, Ngee Ann City.
Perk up your glow with makeup and perfume
1. Chanel’s Le Blanc Whitening Compact Foundation
When it comes to foundation makeup, we commonly expect our skin’s natural luminosity to be obscured by heavy coverage. This amazing new compact foundation with SPF25 from Chanel, however, aims at reflecting a healthy luminosity of the skin by providing light, breathable coverage that also acts as a shield that protects the skin from being irritated by variations of climate and weather, which promotes a brighter, more illuminated skin. Despite being a light layer, this formula creates a smooth and clear canvas. It’s of a soft and creamy powder texture that keeps the skin moisturised throughout the day with convenient, periodic touch ups!
Chanel’s Le Blanc Whitening Compact Foundation retails at SGD100 and refills are priced at SGD75. Available at Chanel counters islandwide since 20 Jan.
2. Burberry Beauty’s Silk and Bloom Blush Palette
Adding on a light-reflecting blush of colour on top of your natural-looking, luminous makeup base enhances your radiance. Burberry Beauty’s The Antique Nudes collection features makeup for face, eyes, lips, and nails, and the colour scheme of soft, muted pinks and nudes inspired by Burberry’s runway pieces.
Their new silk and bloom blush palette is an illuminating face powder that adds rosy hues and pearlescent radiance to cheeks. It’s so light and its colour so subtle that you’ll look like you’re sporting a naturally glowing flush!
Burberry Beauty’s The Antique Nudes collection is available at TANGS in Tang Plaza and the ION Sephora store.
3. Guerlain Météorites Happy Glow Pearls
Dusting Guerlain’s Météorites on our face is a celebration of radiance in itself. Created to provide one-stop colour correction and optically enhanced luminosity, this classic product comprising colourful pearls of powder is given an upgrade in celebration of its 30th anniversary!
A new combination of bigger “Rainbow Glow” pearls and smaller pearls of three different shades work together to revive tired-looking skin and reveal the skin’s natural radiance. The “Rainbow Glow” pearls’ multi-hued shimmer contributes a luminous boost, the champagne effectively reflects light, mauve corrects yellow hues and subtly catches light, and pink brightens your overall complexion in a refreshing way.
Guerlain’s Météorites Happy Glow Pearls retails at SGD115 at TANGS in Tang Plaza, Takashimaya in Ngee Ann City.
4. Chloe Love Story Eau Sensuelle Fragrance
Embody the romantic and seductive glow of the sunset with Chloe’s Love Story Eau Sensuelle eau de parfum. Chloe’s signature orange blossom scent is made even sweeter blended with a sunny note of heliotrope that’s like a floral vanilla, giving you an olfactory glow of innate femininity and sensuality. The sensuality of that blend is refined by a sandalwood chord. The colour of the perfume emulates the colour of the setting sun, and the beautiful “lock” design of the bottle is inspired by the lovers’ padlocks on Pont des Arts in Paris. In short, you’ll be walking around smelling like romance.
Chloe’s Love Story Eau Sensuelle Eau de Parfum will be available from February, retailing at SGD103 for 30ml, SGD147 for 50ml and SGD176 for 75ml at BHG Bugis Junction, Isetan Scotts Metro (Centrepoint, Paragon,Woodlands), Robinsons (The Heeren, JEM, Raffles City), Takashimaya S.C, Tangs (Tang Plaza, Vivocity), and all Sephora outlets.
Care for your face, hair, and body at night
1. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil
You come home at the end of another long day and you’re yearning for some relaxing me-time. Why not get that and more while you cleanse your face?
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil packs effective cleansing, smooth texture, and soothing floral aroma – basically a home spa experience in one simple cleansing step! Its botanical oils efficaciously break up dirt and other impurities like sunscreen and makeup while keeping the skin’s natural oil levels balanced.
You start off just massaging your face with oil but when you add water to it, the oil emulsifies and you’re massaging a milky texture into your skin that binds to impurities so that they can be easily rinsed away. Primrose and lavender oils fill your senses with a soothing aroma while also richly hydrating and nourishing your skin so at the end of a simple cleanse, your face feels soft, smooth, and glowing!
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil retails at SGD52 for 180ml and will be available at all Kiehl’s stores from 1 February.
2. L’Oreal Paris Hair Expertise Ever Cleansing Balm
Shampooing just got simplified, yet six times more nourishing with the L’Oreal Paris Hair Expertise Ever Cleansing Balms. Your hair is allowed to retain its natural oils while impurities are gently removed and hence its natural shine due to these cleansing balms being sulfate-free. Also, they do not lather, thus reducing the friction between your hair cuticles, which is the common cause of dry, tangly hair. You also save a ton of time while enjoying multiple haircare benefits as you cleanse, condition, treat, detangle, soften, and add shine in one single wash!
These multi-tasking cleansing balms come in three formulations: EverPure for coloured hair, EverCreme for dry and damaged hair, and EverCurl for frizzy, curly hair. Rosemary is infused in EverPure to preserve hair colour and add shine to dull hair, Camelina is infused in EverCreme to nourish chemically-treated, dry hair, and Coconut is infused in EverCurl to give your curls bounce and tame frizz! They also leave your hair smelling heavenly long after your shower.
L’Oreal Paris Hair Expertise Ever Cleansing Balms retail at SGD25.90 each since this January and are available at Watson’s, Guardian, SASA, and selected Fair Price and department stores.
3. Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Collection
The ocean breeze soothes our body and soul, but you don’t have to travel to a beach to breathe in the ocean air. The newly curated and reformulated La Source collection by Crabtree & Evelyn retains its classic, beloved scent of sparkling citrus, green herbaceous, and musk that evokes the restorative sensation of warm sea breeze. This new collection features three new marine blends: Refreshing Marine Blend (cleansing, purifying, and moisturising), Hydra Marine Blend (nourishing and purifying), and Restorative Marine Blend (protective).
You’ll bring the crisp ocean air into your shower with the La Source Refreshing Body Wash! Richly infused with Dead Sea salts and the Refreshing Marine Blend, which combines Green Seaweed extract and the purifying Brown Algae extract, this body wash gives your skin a good conditioning cleanse and restores balance to its natural moisture levels, leaving it smelling fresh and feeling ultra soft and hydrated.
Alternatively, you can choose to cleanse, exfoliate, and massage with the Exfoliating Massage Bar from the collection. Also infused with the Refreshing Marine Blend, this massage bar also contains apricot seed powder and walnut shell powder that exfoliate dead skin and impurities from the skin’s surface so that it’s restored to its natural shine. The cute nubs protruding from the bar massage your skin and tense muscles as you cleanse.
The multi-purpose La Source Hydra Marine Nourishing Oil can be used on hair, face, and body due to its lightweight and non-greasy formula. Your skin and hair will feel satiny smooth and soft with the ingredients of Moroccan Argan Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, and Apricot Kernel Oil, and nourished and conditioned by the Hydra Marine Blend infusion in the oil.
Crabtree & Evelyn’s La Source collection will be available from 16 February onward at all Crabtree & Evelyn stores. The Refreshing Body Wash is priced at SGD30 for 250ml, the Exfoliating Massage Bar at SGD15 for 150g, and the Hydra Marine Nourishing Oil at SGD53 for 100ml.
4. Orbis Koubijin Night Time Pack
It’s finally time for bed and you’re too tired to apply anything else on your face after your moisturiser. But it doesn’t take long adding a hydrating sleeping mask to your routine and your face will thank you for it in the morning!
Orbis Koubijin Night Time Pack is a sleeping mask that is powered by skincare nutrients made more potent through fermentation. It works on the facial skin as you sleep, protecting it from dryness, dullness, and losing elasticity. The fermented soymilk ingredient promotes skin brightening by reducing melanin production and thus alleviating pigmentation and dullness.
The mask also contains fermented rice liquor (sake) which delivers Amino Acids into the skin to improve moisture retention. The skin wakes up plump and firm as the ingredients of Hydrolised Yeast promotes collagen growth in the skin. Moreover, the Moisture Wrapping Ingredients of the mask locks in all the goodness from the other skincare products you used, thus giving you clear, radiant, mochi-like skin in the morning!
The Orbis Koubijin Night Time Pack is available at every Orbis counter and boutique from 20 January and retails at SGD48.