Your partner may or may not agree with you, but walking around aisles and aisles of exciting makeup and other beauty products can be extremely therapeutic for the soul, especially after a stressful period at work or school.
If you’re finding yourself entering Sephora and wandering around aimlessly for the twentieth time in the week, it’s probably time to change things up a bit.
This month, we’ve received news that not one, but seven new places are popping up in various areas of Singapore, with such offerings that will make you regret not having visited them earlier.
1. Guardian Beauty Store
It’s a great time to be alive for fans of drugstore beauty.
Guardian has opened their first ever beauty-exclusive store in Jurong Point, which will carry exciting new makeup and skincare brands that aren’t available elsewhere.
Brands we can’t wait to shop from the Guardian Beauty Store include Palladio, Catrice Cosmetics, Barry M Cosmetics, Crystal Moist, Medicube and Forment!
What should you get? Barry M Fall In Love eyeshadow palette. This indie brand has been impressing reviewers all over the Internet. Reviewers have said that it is “super pigmented and so easy to blend”, and that the palette as a whole is “gorgeous” and “highly recommended”. We can’t wait to try it out for ourselves at Guardian!
Guardian Beauty Store is located at Jurong Point #01-48/49.
If you’ve been to Japan often enough, you might remember Welcia as a drugstore chain selling a seemingly infinite variety of Japanese beauty products.
Well, good news. You don’t have to buy a plane ticket to get the goodness of Japanese beauty into your hands anymore. Welcia-BHG is a collaboration that will be bringing Japanese drugstore offerings to our sunny shores.
Besides offering pharmacy services, Welcia-BHG will also be stocking more than 700 Japanese beauty products, of which 100 will be new to Singapore!
What should you get? We’ve already raved about the capsule facial cleanser Suisai Beauty Clear Powder. Be one of the first few to try out this cult classic from Japanese beauty giant Kanebo!
Welcia-BHG is located at Level 1 of BHG department store in Bugis Junction.
3. The Dyson Hair Experience
Let’s be real: you’ve probably been as fascinated by the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer as we have, and you may have wondered – how does it justify a price tag like that?
Dyson gets that the price tag of the Dyson Supersonic may give people pause, so they’ve set up a new pop-up store just outside Robinsons The Heeren to share the Dyson Hair Experience with the public.
You’ll be able to see actual cross-sections of the hair dryer itself, so you can really appreciate how much smaller the proprietary Dyson motor is compared to its conventional counterparts.
It isn’t simply an exhibition space, though. Dyson really wants you to feel the difference for yourself, so they are offering a complimentary dry blowout service that anyone can sign up for, free of charge!
Simply book an appointment on The Dyson Hair Experience website, and turn up with clean, dry hair without any hair products in, and let their hair stylists work the Dyson Supersonic magic on you.
The Dyson Hair Experience pop-up store is located just outside Robinsons The Heeren, and is open from 10am to 10pm on Mondays to Sundays. It will be open all the way to 2 Jan 2018.
4. Watsons Bugis Gen Y
The Watsons store at Bugis Junction has always been a well-known landmark for decades, particularly for its wide range of beauty products.
Banking on this, Watsons has recently revamped and relaunched the store into one exclusively designed for and catering to the up and coming Gen Y crowd!
Upon entering the store, you can really feel the difference between this particular store and any other Watsons. LED screens are everywhere, and it almost feels like you’re entering a high-tech makeup loft rather than a drugstore.
There’s even a Makeup Station corner, including a “magic mirror” (a display that plays videos of the latest makeup products, but which dims into a reflective mirror when someone draws near enough) and a “Style Me” beauty webcam app (it captures your face and digitally superimposes makeup on your face so you can ‘try it on’ before buying) that features the products that are stocked in the store.
Some of the exciting brands that caught our attention when we visited the store include: MKUP, Essence Cosmetics, Max Factor, BeautyBlender, Real Techniques, Aprilskin, CosRx, and more!
What should you get? Real Techniques now has a much larger range available at the Watsons Bugis Junction store, and the product we’re most excited about is their Miracle Sculpting Sponge.
Watsons Bugis Junction is located at Bugis Junction #02-29 to 33A.
5. Don Don Donki
You may have noticed a recent uptrend in people talking about Don Don Donki. The store is an offshoot of Japanese discount store Don Quijote, and has very recently opened in Orchard Central on 1 Dec.
Being a discount store means that Don Don Donki gets compared a lot to Daiso and Miniso, but the store also offers fresh food, meat, and alcohol, and feels almost like a supermarket. Best part? It’s open 24 hours!
Don Don Donki intends to open an online store soon, and also offers a mobile app. There are plans in store for the retailer to open two more stores in Singapore before the year ends. Watch out, Daiso!
What should you get? If you were particularly intrigued by the Germanium Sauna Mask that we featured in our article about weird Japanese beauty gadgets, but didn’t want to go through the hassle of ordering it online, you may be pleased to know that it is now available at Don Don Donki.
Don Don Donki is located at Orchard Central B1 and B2.
6. Mamonde Boutique
It’s the moment we’ve been waiting for. Our favourite floral Korean beauty brand Mamonde has finally opened its first flagship store in Singapore!
It used to be so difficult to get our hands on this cult favourite brand headed by mega-popular Korean actress Park Shin Hye.
In the past year, the brand has expanded aggressively into our local market, emerging first on Lazada, then moving into Tangs, and finally ending the year with a bang by opening a store of their own.
The entire boutique is designed and decorated in a beautiful greenhouse concept that really drives home Mamonde’s emphasis on their floral ingredients. Now you know the first place you need to check out next time you’re in town!
What should you get? This store-exclusive Mamonde Oil Shine Stick is exactly what you need on those days when you just want that hint of glow and colour to your lips.
Mamonde Boutique is located at Takashimaya Shopping Centre, B1.
7. Neal’s Yard Remedies
Hailing from the UK, Neal’s Yard Remedies is an organic health and beauty company that has been at the forefront of promoting holistic wellness, inside and out.
As you can imagine, Neal’s Yard Remedies stores are microcosms of sensorial journeys and we’re super excited to learn that they have opened a new store closer to our offices (and our hearts).
What should you get? Neal’s Yard Remedies Frankincense Intense Lift Cream is one of the latest additions to their bestselling Frankincense Intense range. It contains Frankincense Active Phyto Complex with “proven collagen protecting properties” to preserve the youthfulness of skin.
Neal’s Yard Remedies can be found at Takashimaya Shopping Centre #B1-52 and now at Chevron House #01-40.