Are you frazzled by the slew of new beauty product launches? Or looking for beauty advice and tips from experts? Fret not, we’re here to help. From the latest skincare to must-try makeup essentials, we’ve got you covered.
Ahead, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite beauty products for the month.
Plant a smooch without messing up your lip colour. These kiss-proof lipsticks stay on your lips, and only your lips, all day
Rouge Dior Forever Transfer-Proof Lipstick in 626 Forever Famous, $62, Dior
Lip Soufflé Matte Lip Cream in Motivate, $33, Rare Beauty
Cream Lip Stain in 84 Rose Redux, $22, Sephora Collection
Locked Kiss Ink in Ruby True, $49, M.A.C
Le Rouge Duo Ultra Tenue Ultrawear Liquid Lip Colour in 49 Ever Red, $62, Chanel
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Face cream or mask? You choose. Developed by a stem cell and biomedical scientist, Professor Augustinus Bader, The Face Cream Mask is powered by a proprietary TCF8 patented complex, a blend of amino acids, vitamins and synthesised molecules, which triggers the skin’s ability to repair and regenerate from within. Combined with Swiss grape, polysaccharide complex, ginseng extract and vitamin C, this mask brightens, hydrates, evens out imperfections, and helps restore skin’s youthful appearance. Rinse the mask off after 10 minutes for a quick pick-me-up, or leave it on overnight to wake up to supple skin.
The Face Cream Mask, $330, Augustinus Bader
…Mizu Aesthetic Clinic’s 7-in-1 Multi-Vitamin Infusion Facial ($478 for 90 mins). Medical-grade vitamins boost skin health and leaves complexions glowing. It’s available at the clinic’s new flagship space at ION Orchard, which now houses medi-aesthetic salon Aeras by Mizu under one roof.
Bee Bottle Maison Matisse Edition 2023, $23,600, Guerlain
Guerlain’s Bee Bottle perfume flacon has been reinterpreted by artists over the years, sporting everything from Swarovski crystals to gem-encrusted bronze flowers to calligraphy. This year, for the iconic bottle’s 170th anniversary, the Bee Bottle Maison Matisse Edition 2023 is inspired by the motifs and colours of artist Henri Matisse’s painting La Musique. A fruity chypre fragrance, Couleur Bonheur, was created just for this edition, and only 14 pieces are available worldwide. Each bottle is hand-painted, signed and numbered, and housed in a wooden case reminiscent of crates used to transport precious pieces of art. There is only one piece in Singapore, propitiously numbered eight.
Mascaras that lengthen, curl and add volume to even the most wimpy and sparse lashes.
Full Frontal Volume, Lift & Curl Mascara, $40, Fenty Beauty
Mascara L’Obscur, $65, Gucci Beauty
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Mascara So Stretch in Nº1 Deep Black, $80, Sisley Paris
Perfect Strokes Universal Volumizing Mascara, $33, Rare Beauty
Caution Extreme Lash Mascara, $50, Hourglass
Noir Allure Mascara, $68, Chanel
Retinol-based skincare is great for dull, oily and acne-prone skin but if your sensitive skin can’t tolerate it, try these retinol alternatives. They offer the same benefits of exfoliating, lightening pigmentation and boosting collagen production, minus the irritation, flaking or breakouts.
Black Tea Advanced Age Renewal Cream, $164, Fresh
It contains a blend of black tea and rambutan extracts which are naturally rich in antioxidants, and also support collagen synthesis for plumped-up skin. Packed with ceramides, squalane and pink porcelain lily, this cream improves hydration, skin firmness and elasticity.
Daily Dose Bioretinol + Mineral SPF40, $76, SuperGoop!
Containing bakuchiol, a plant extract which reduces the appearance of fine lines and evens out skin tone, this daytime treatment suits
most skin types, and protects against sun damage as well. A combination of collagen-boosting peptides, olive esters and glycerin plumps and keeps skin hydrated.
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Advanced Retinol + Ferulic Intense Wrinkle Cream, $126, Dr Dennis Gross
Though it does contain retinol, this cream is also formulated with bakuchiol and rambutan extracts which boost hydration and collagen production. Combined with ferulic acid, which is able to fade and reduce dark spots, skin appears plumper, more lifted and even-toned.
Moon Fruit 1% Bakuchiol + Peptides Retinol Alternative Serum, $106, Herbivore Botanicals
Powered by bakuchiol, which supports collagen production, as well as plant peptides and schisandra berry extract, this plant-based serum helps to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Retinol Alternative Cream, $148, Indie Lee
This cream uses rambutan extracts in place of retinol, allowing skin to reap the benefits of the latter—collagen synthesis, firmer skin and reduction in the appearance of fine lines—without the side effects. Paracress extract, squalane and orange milk tree extracts help skin retain moisture while restoring glow.