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.
The fifth-generation Guerlain Orchidée Impériale Cream taps into the regenerative prowess of two resilient orchids: The Gastrodia Elata and the Dendrobium Fimbriatum, which flourish even in the most extreme of conditions. At its heart is the new active ingredient Orchid Totum, an extract derived from the two that works to optimise skin renewal by targeting an enzyme responsible for cell longevity, thereby helping to improve and preserve the youthful look and feel of skin. The Imperial Triad complex works in tandem to plump skin, with the luxuriously rich cream forming a comforting veil over skin as the actives work their magic.
From the lips to the cheeks, and now to the hands, the French luxury brand has launched a complete hand and nail care range to care for your hardworking hands. The Les Mains Hermes collection consists of 24 nail polishes – now you can match your nails to your Birkin, Constance or Kelly, a nourishing hand cream, a nail and cuticle oil, protective base coat, top coat and a set of nail files for a complete hand and nail care routine.
Our favourite picks: The Nail Polish in 33 Orange Boite, which pays homage to the brand’s signature boxes, and the Complete Hand Care that contains white mulberry extract and shea butter to keep hands soft and comforted.
From $58. Available at Hermes boutiques and Hermes e-store.
Its USP: SK-II says it discovered that the skin can fluctuate from youthful and glowing, to dull and tired, in a single day, due to known external stressors such as UV rays, pollution, lack of sleep or temperature changes in the environment (for example, when you travel from one climate to another).
This results in visible and acute pore ageing in skin which amplifies the visibility of pores and emphasises lines. To combat that, the Skinpower range features what the brand calls “InfinitPower Technology” which includes extracts from herbs and plants such as the calla lily, dokudami (a Japanese herb) and peonies to keep the skin at optimal health.
From $153. Available at SK-II stores and Sephora
The new Rouge Dior Natural Balm is infused with more than 95 per cent natural-origin flora formula with ingredients like shea butter and pomegranate flower, red hibiscus, red peony and fig blossom extracts to keep your pout soft and kissable for up to 24 hours. The balms come in three finishes– satin, velvet and matte, and 12 irresistible shades that leave lips with a flattering wash of colour.
Now there’s a new option to keep skin well-hydrated thanks to the La Mer Hydrating Infused Emulsion. Packed with the brand’s iconic cell-renewing Miracle Broth along with nutrient-rich kelp and soy, and antioxidant-rich lime tea concentrate, its ultra-fluid texture instantly hydrates the skin yet doesn’t leave it feeling sticky – perfect for Singapore’s hot and humid weather.
Related article: 9 Fuss-Free Makeup That Will Get You Ready In Under 30 Minutes
Everyone knows that retinol is the holy grail of anti-ageing. However, it gets a lot of bad press as it can often leave skin dry, tight and peeling. But here comes the good news: The new Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily Micro-Dose Serum uses a precise daily-dosage formula that combines retinol, ceramides and peptides to give you all the benefits while minimising the uncomfortable side effects often associated with traditional retinol use. Say goodbye to fine lines, wrinkles and sagging and hello to a youthful-looking you.
Bring the spotlight back to your eyes and recreate Lisa’s futuristic look with M.A.C Eyeshadow shades in Haux and Cranberry—highly pigmented powders that glide effortlessly across your lids. Here’s how according to Regan Rabanal, MAC’s Education Director for Asia Pacific: “Start your look with Eye Shadow in Haux, sweeping across lids with a 224S Brush to tint the eyes and form a saucer-like shape. Tap Eye Shadow in Cranberry into the centre of your shape and blend outward with the same brush to create a glimmering effect.” Complete your look by whipping those eyebrows into shape.
Available at M.A.C
Related article: Everything You Need To Know About Dark Eye Circles
The legendary clay mask by Glow Recipe is back and better than before! Featuring the star ingredient, the Hyaluronic clay, the Watermelon Glow Hyaluronic Clay Pore-Tight Facial is one mask you’ll want to add to your cart during your next visit to Sephora. What’s great about this particular mask is that it doesn’t just purify your skin while absorbing excess sebum, but it also works to infuse skin with hydration too!
The world is stressed and Givenchy Beauty knows it. The brand recently launched Ressource, a moisturising and anti-stress skincare range that aims to correct the effects of psychological fatigue on the skin and rebalance its moisture content.
Designed to be compatible with all skin types and sensitive skin, the range contains at least 96 per cent natural ingredients.
Must-try products include the Soothing Moisturising Treatment Lotion ($70), Fortifying Moisturising Concentrate Serum ($98), Velvet Moisturising Face Cream ($98), and Rich Moisturising Face Cream ($98), for dry skin. All come in recyclable glass or plastic.
Available at Sephora.
Giving you one less thing to worry about, home-grown skincare label Two Halves offers up two products that cater to the Singapore woman’s busy lifestyle and our tropical clime: Better Balance Soothing Hydration Essence and Better Balance Nutrients Networking Water Cream. The former is a watery gel designed to calm and hydrate while reducing irritation, thanks to sodium hyaluronate and botanical ingredients with soothing, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The latter, meanwhile, works to lock in moisture and strengthen the skin’s barrier. Formulated for sensitised and sensitive skin, both boast a lightweight texture that is absorbed easily sans sticky residue.
If you want radiant, healthy-looking skin, keeping it well hydrated is a must. Ést.lab’s LumiWhite 10% PHA Resurfacing Glow Serum’s hero ingredient, poly-hydroxy acid (PHA), serves as both exfoliant and humectant to help keep skin looking plump and radiant. PHA is gentler than AHAs, which makes this serum suitable for even those with sensitive skin.
It’s not just dull, tired skin that needs a reset – anyone would benefit from a boost so that their skin works better. This double-action concentrate gives gentle exfoliation using AHAs, yet offers skin a hydration boost at the same time, using camellia yeast extract.
Launched in 1983, Danish skincare brand OLE OLEHENRIKSEN focuses on helping people achieve the signature #OleGlow—pure radiance from the inside out. Injecting some fun and joy to skincare, founder Ole Henriksen employs vivid, cheerful hues in all his packaging and scents his products with a deliciously fruity aroma. To perk up dull complexions, look to the Truth Collection, which is anchored by vitamin C and includes the Banana Bright Eye Crème, a cult favourite that helps reduce the appearance of dark under-eye circles.
Related article: The 6 Best K-Beauty Face Masks
Steeped in science and aromatherapy, luxury British brand ELEMIS offers products powered by nature. If maintaining a youthful look is your goal, try its award-winning Pro-Collagen range, which is driven by a myriad of algae plants and plant actives that deeply hydrate skin for a plumping effect, thereby reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
Established by French doctor Michel Tordjman in 1978, Laboratoires FILORGA prides itself on its NCEF (New Cellular Encapsulated Factors) formula, a complex that encapsulates active ingredients to help them reach depths usually achievable only with injectables. Those looking to bump up moisture levels can reach for its star product, the NCEF-Essence. It has more than 50 active ingredients to improve hydration, including polysaccharide, which also has anti-pollution properties to help counter free-radical damage.
Related article: 10 New Hair Products For Healthy, Lustrous Hair