Rejoice or revolt, it’s in the cards – we’re all heading back to our official workplaces following the green light given by the government to ease safe-distancing measures.
And if you’ve been neglecting your beauty routine in the past six months (guilty as charged), it’s certainly safe to say that blemishes and frizzy hair show up more visibly IRL than over a Zoom call — let’s be real here.
But fret not just yet! To help you achieve that post-Circuit Breaker glow, we’ve rounded up some of the most exciting skincare, haircare, and bodycare launches coming our way.
Amp up your routine with these fresh drops, including a smart device for personalised cleansing and some of the most cuddly collectables that’s got us giddy with excitement. Besides, we don’t know about you but new beauty buys = extra motivation to get up and about in the mornings!
New skincare & makeup products to add to cart
1. Belif Ritual Time-Honored Tincture of Chamomile
Loyal fans of belif’s petal-powered skin booster, here’s good news for you. Renewed with the additional nourishing goodness of Scottish Heather Honey, the Ritual Time-Honored Tincture of Chamomile is back with a potent blend of 96.9% chamomile tincture extract to provide even more nutrients for your skin.
Formulated with the healing power of organic chamomile flowers, this hydrating blend boosts skin’s vitality levels and supports blood circulation for an illuminated complexion that glows all day. Pat on this lightweight serum after toner or even under makeup!
Retails for S$65 at THEFACESHOP, Shopee, Lazada, and Zalora.
2. Dr. G now exclusively available at Watsons Singapore
After an unfortunate accident that left burnt scars on Dr. Ahn Gun Young’s face, the co-founder of Dr. G developed a fervent passion for dermatology and has since amassed more than one million clinical experiences over 20 years.
The award-winning brand has finally reached Singapore’s shores this month, carrying many bestsellers from Dr. G’s expansive portfolio, including the R.E.D Blemish, Aquasis, Hydra Intensive, and A-Clear ranges.
We’re stocking up on the Dr. G RED Blemish Spot Balm in awful anticipation of maskne that’s bound to develop as we don our masks for up to 10 hours straight.
Containing licorice extract that works to calm inflammation and soothe redness, this concentrated spot treatment is quick-absorbing with its balm-like texture that forms a strong protective layer over damaged skin to prevent further aggravation of acne as well. Bid farewell to blemishes with this powerful treatment.
Retails for S$41.90 at Watsons.
3. Kanebo I HOPE series
Awaken your skin from within with Kanebo’s comprehensive skincare line I HOPE, which includes two essences and two revitalising creams. We’re especially loving the On Skin Essence F that comes with nano-sized oil and micronised particles that penetrate deep into the stratum corneum, bringing about dewy and supple skin, drenched in moisture.
As our return back to the office exposes us to dry air-conditioned environments that can cause partial roughness and dry patches, it’s important we load up on products that provide the extra hydration without clogging pores. This essence is formulated with bilberry leaf extract, watercress extract, and glycerin that soothes and protect.
BONUS! This new launch also comes accompanied with a makeup range featuring a foundation, makeup oil, powder, 12 lip colours, multi-use cream colours, a makeup sponge, and six new eyeshadow palettes. Check them out here!
Retails for S$146 at Takashimaya, OG Albert Complex, and Lazada.
4. Yours Sunny Side Up Sunscreen Mist
No matter your skin tone, the unsightly white cast left behind by sunscreen is a common issue amongst many when it comes to sunscreen — with reapplying being another. That’s why Swiss-powered clean beauty brand Yours designed an invisible, water-based broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen mist, suitable for everyday urban wear under and over makeup.
The best part is that it’s non-greasy, non-comedogenic and is also formulated with powerful active ingredients extracted from the Swiss Buddleja flower containing natural anti-ageing, antioxidative, and antibacterial properties – this means you can put your worries to rest and mist on liberally even if you have acne-prone skin!
Retails for S$45 on Yours online.
5. Laneige Perfect Renew Youth Regenerator
LANEIGE’s formulas are certainly some of the most hydration-packed and well-loved ones on the market, with the incorporation of cutting-edge technology that strengthens the skin from the inside out.
You can expect nothing less with the Perfect Renew Youth anti-ageing series, which features a serum, toner, emulsion, eye cream, and moisturiser enhanced with Glyco-Miracle Technology and extracts with four times stronger antioxidant effects than vitamin C.
Look forward to a more youthful, radiant, and well-hydrated complexion within seven days with the patented formula of the oil serum that’s been 20 years in the making. In a home usage test conducted among 30 Singaporean females between 25 to 35 years old, 87% agreed that their skin feels bouncier and 93% agreed that their skin feels more hydrated after seven days of usage.
The serum retails for S$92 at LANEIGE boutiques and counters islandwide, on Lazada, Shopee, Zalora, and Sephora.
6. Kew Organics Lip Mask & Scrub
If you’ve been searching for an effective yet gentle lip scrub that leaves you with supple, fuller-looking lips devoid of wrinkles and fine lines, the new Roselle Berries Superfood Lip Exfoliant from Kew Organics may just be the answer.
Formulated with 92.5% certified organic ingredients and superfoods like roselle, raspberry oil, and sweet orange, this scrub contains AHAs, fatty acids, and vitamin C to buff away dead skin cells while healing dry lips. Simply apply, scrub gently for 20 seconds to a minute, and wash off the product for extra cushiony lips. Top it off with Kew Organics’ Drenched in Moisture Age Defying Lip Mask (S$21.50).
Retails for S$19.50 on Kew Organics online.
7. Foreo Luna Fofo
Say hello to your new skincare BFF. The LUNA Fofo is the most advanced cleansing device from the LUNA range featuring dual skin sensors capable of reading hydration levels across 1,000 units per second to deliver a unique algorithm with custom-built routines.
Simply hook it up to the mobile app and you’re all set for optimised skin that radiates with the help of AI intelligence. Aside from its state-of-the-art tech, the Fofo boasts many of the signature features that put Foreo’s facial cleansing brushes at the top of the game.
Retails for S$130 in four colours (Fuchsia, Pearl Pink, Mint, and Purple), at Sephora. Available from 1 November 2020 at TANGS, Takashimaya, Lazada, and Shopee.
8. Nudestix NudeFix Cream Concealer
While it technically falls under the category of makeup, you can’t blame us for considering this versatile cream concealer as skincare. Known for its multi-tasking makeup range that enhances your natural beauty, Nudestix debuts lightweight liquid concealer that features shade adjusting pigments for a flawless finish.
If you’re struggling with acne or irritation, listen to this. This vitamin E-packed concealer is infused with powerful natural ingredients including sweet berry extract, containing anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce redness as well as natural AHAs to speed up wound healing.
Retails for S$42 in 13 flattering nude shades, at Sephora.
9. THEFACESHOP Forest Friends
Be one with nature (and these cute collectables) with THEFACESHOP’s exclusive eco-friendly Forest Friends series, including plenty of sun protection options and skincare products. We’re loving the Dr. Belmeur Mineral Sun Stick SPF50+ PA+++, a bear-shaped sun stick that makes mid-day reapplication such a breeze!
It consists of the brand’s UV Derma Damage Care System that protects against harmful UVA/UVB rays, as well as vitamin E derivatives that fight free radical damage and keep skin moisturised. If a sun stick isn’t up your alley, check out the water- and sweat-proof sun cream, sun powder, or sun cushion from the range.
BONUS! From now till 31st October 2020, enjoy 20% off purchases with the Forest Friends collection.
The Dr. Belmeur Mineral Sun Stick SPF50+ PA+++ retails for S$37 online and at THEFACESHOP stores islandwide.
10. Sigi Skin Tea-Tox Sheet Mask
Probiotics seem to be making rounds in the beauty industry as the up-and-coming ingredient that’s good for your skin, and homegrown skincare label Sigi Skin is the latest one to incorporate the ingredient in its all-new sheet mask.
Featuring a highly potent five-ingredient cocktail of 20% lactobacillus ferment, kombucha, yuzu, galactomyces ferment filtrate (made from fermenting rice wine), and hyaluronic acid, the Tea-Tox Sheet Mask purportedly delivers antioxidants, anti-ageing, and anti-inflammatory properties to restore and balance dull, fatigued skin commonly seen on urbanites. It also offers protection from environmental aggressors and even maskne.
Apart from boosting collagen production and hydrating parched skin, the mask is meticulously created with a silky, high thread count microfibre material that hugs your face perfectly to nourish and repair your skin at the same time.
Get the Sigi Skin Tea-Tox Sheet Mask at S$32 (four sheets per box) and S$62 (eight sheets per box) online.
New body & haircare products to add to cart
11. Diane Bonheur Blue Jasmine Shampoo & Treatment
If you enjoy the sensorial experience from perfumed haircare, you’re probably no stranger to Moist Diane’s lovely Grasse Rose (infused with Rose de Mai fragrance) and Orange Flower (laced with the scent of neroli) series from the Diane Bonheur collection.
This month, the brand adds Blue Jasmine to the natural haircare collection, which is formulated with cold-pressed single-origin organic craft oils, 100% plant-derived cleansers from Japan, and the sweet floral aroma of jasmine blooms from Grasse, France.
This all-new series, which comprises a shampoo and a treatment, is designed to give fine hair the TLC it needs to look effortlessly airy and lustrous!
Retails for S$22.90 at Watsons and Lazada. You can also purchase a starter kit for only S$8.90 on Watsons or Lazada if you’d like to try before investing in the full-sized products.
12. Marks and Spencer 100% cruelty-free, plant-based range
Ever thought of trading in your mainstream beauty products for ones that reduce your carbon footprint? Safe to say, it’s now made easier with the launch of Marks & Spencer’s 100% plant-based personal care range, featuring 25 high-quality products additionally designed with recyclable packaging to reduce your impact on the planet.
From the moisturising Almond Milk Hand Wash (S$5.90) to a luxurious Shea Butter + Honey Body Butter (S$9.90), pamper yourself from head to toe with these affordable purchases all under S$10.
The new Personal Care range retails between S$5.90 and S$9.90, available on the M&S Singapore App and at selected M&S Foodhalls.
13. The Body Shop Ginger Scalp Serum
The Body Shop understands the power of a good hair day, and you’re just a few drops away from it with the new Ginger Scalp Serum. If you loved the shampoo and conditioner that came before, this third step is sure to further nourish the scalp, soothe dryness, and leave you with flake-free hair all day long!
Made with ginger essential oil from Sri Lanka, white willow, and birch bark, this non-greasy quick-absorbing serum is basically your must-have item to achieving glossy, healthy-looking tresses.
Retails for S$29 at The Body Shop, Lazada, Shopee, GrabMart, and foodpanda.
14. Essential Renewed Basic Series
There’s no denying that pesky tangles can turn into a mega nightmare. Essential understands that constant tugging and pulling can worsen the damage and result in brittle hair cuticles and hair loss in the long run.
The brand’s solution to minimise adhesion between hair fibres involves the all-new Auto Separation Technology in the Moisturizing Frizz Free Shampoo & Conditioner series that promises to leave your hair knot-free even without running your fingers through it. Working in tandem with the brand’s proprietary 360° Cuticle Care, it restores dull hair from roots to ends in just one wash.
If you’re looking for something to strengthen tresses damaged by frequent rebonding, curling or colouring, reach for the Nourishing Breakage Defense Shampoo & Conditioner instead.
The Essential Basic series retails for S$10.90 at selected NTUC and Sheng Siong outlets, DonDonDonki, Welcia as well as online at Lazada and Shopee.
15. MICHIRU Anti-Hair Loss Scalp Care
If you’ve been missing your favourite hair treatments since the closure of salons and never quite found the time to return, craft your very own ritual from home with modern Japanese haircare brand MICHIRU. Formulated with the highest quality of botanical essences known to drastically improve hair condition, MICHIRU’s latest launch is an extensive shampoo-to-tonic routine that’s been clinically proven to reduce hair loss in just a month.
Be it hormones, stress, or damaging hairstyling, the Anti-Hair Loss Intensive Treatment Serum is designed to boost hair follicles vitality and provides spot treatment to effectively target balding with its highly-concentrated blend.
The MICHIRU Anti-Hair Loss range is exclusively available at Guardian.
16. LUX Luminique Botanical Pure and Limited Edition Midnight Aroma Gentle Botanical Ranges
There are many factors that can lead to premature hair loss, and one of the most overlooked ones is picking the wrong type of shampoo to match your hair’s needs. If you’re struggling with signs of an irritated scalp, that could mean extra care is needed in your choice of haircare products.
LUX understands just how hard it is to find a haircare routine for sensitive scalps, and the number one haircare brand in Japan has taken matters into their own hands. Introducing the silicone- and paraben-free Botanical Pure and Midnight Aroma Gentle Botanical Ranges for an ultra-gentle wash day and night. Treat yourself to a pampering routine that nourishes the scalp while gently cleansing away dirt and sebum for luscious, shiny hair.
BONUS! Both ranges are currently at 12% off at Watsons and at a “2 for S$29.55” (U.P. S$16.90 each) promotion at NTUC from now till end October.
All products retail for S$16.90 each, available at NTUC, Giant, Cold Storage, Guardian, and Watsons. The limited-edition Lux Luminique Midnight Aroma is exclusively available at Watsons and NTUC.
17. Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Energising Lotion
It’s now even more important than ever before to take time for yourself in these unpredictable and trying times. Re-energise your senses with AVEENO’s newest addition, the Daily Moisturizing Energising Lotion formulated with grapefruit & pomegranate extract.
Powered by colloidal oatmeal and shea butter to help improve skin elasticity, this non-greasy combination invigorates the sense with its citrus scent, suitable for use on regular and dry skin.
In support of women taking time off to focus on discovering the connection between soul and skin for a better us, the brand will be launching a three-part content series featuring content creators Cheryl Tay and Kelly Latimer, and Johnson and Johnson pharmaceutical scientist, Orawan, every Thursday, on Facebook. Catch the second and third instalment this week!
BONUS! Stand to win AVEENO goodies and a grand prize of a staycation package worth over S$800 from till 15 November 2020. More details on AVEENO’s Facebook and Instagram Page.
Retails for S$23.90 on Shopee, Lazada, and Guardian.
18. Sisley Velvet Nourishing Body Cream With Saffron Flowers
Fans of Sisley’s ultra-indulgent Velvet range, rejoice! The French luxury beauty brand has introduced the nourishing body cream in addition to the beloved face lotion and sleeping mask in the skincare line. For the uninitiated, the iconic Velvet line tackles dry skin prone to irritation and uneven texture – not uncommon amongst those who sit in air-conditioned environments throughout the day.
The skin of the body contains fewer sebaceous glands, which makes it more sensitive to dryness, aggravated by the friction from clothing. Slather on a good load of repairing fatty acids, babassu and macadamia oil with this rich body cream that protects without adding excess shine to the skin. Carrying the line’s signature honey and orange blossom notes, this melt-in lotion can’t get any more luxurious!
Retails for S$180 at Metro.
19. Mio Workout Wonders Range
Now here’s a brand to get behind. Featuring brand-new sustainable packaging and responsibly sourced ingredients, all Mio formulas are 100% vegan and cruelty-free to give your body and mind the love they deserve alongside that for our precious planet.
Debuting four new exciting series that promote body and skin-positivity, the workout wonders range caught our eye with its tummy tightening caffeine serum that reveals firmer, smoother-looking, and well-hydrated skin in just days. Charged with an improved smooth booster complex, this serum is formulated with plant-based proteins and vitamins, including niacinamide for a head-to-toe confidence boost whenever needed.
The Get Waisted Sculpting Serum retails for S$58 on Lookfantastic. Purchase now and receive a complimentary Mio Liquid Yoga Bath Soak worth S$7.50, while stocks last.