Dior Addict Lacquer Stick
Considered both a lacquer and a lipstick, this hybrid gives the shine, smooth texture and colour intensity of a liquid in an easy to apply stick format. Infused with nourishing oils, beeswax and a quasi-crystalline base, its hydrating formula melts into a fluid upon contact with lips and gives a radiant finish that lasts for up to six hours.

Clarins Boosters
Think of these SOS treatments like vitamin shots that you get to immediately boost skin health and immunity. They claim to work faster and more efficiently than regular skincare and target lifestyle concerns (like jet lag, bad diet, too much partying or being in smoky environments) instead of specific skin problems. Available in three variations: Energy tones and targets fatigue for a rosy complexion, Repair strengthens skin’s protective barrier and soothes sensitivity while Detox helps to decongest and smooth the complexion. To use, just add three drops to your regular moisturiser or liquid foundation. These ultra-concentrated formulas are said to give results in just a few hours.

Cle de Peau Beaute UV Protective Cream SPF50+/PA++++
This sunscreen for the face doubles as a makeup base and is made with an oil-absorbing powder to fight oiliness and breakouts. It contains mangosteen extract to suppress the overproduction of gelantinase, an enzyme activated by UV rays, which weakens collagen and leads to sagging and fine lines. It also has Asian ginseng extract to boost repair, plump and firm skin, while Japanese pearl extract helps to retexturise skin for a smoother complexion. And if that’s not good enough, this anti-ageing sunscreen also contains ingredients to defend against aggressors which can exacerbate ageing. Wild thyme extract is said to be able to protect skin cells at a DNA level to prevent damage, while scutellaria baicalensis herb extract fights free radical damage and eliminate oxidation-causing enzymes. Anti-pollution powder is also infused into the formula to act like a veil over skin to prevent harmful pollutants from coming into contact with skin.


Chanel Gabrielle EDP
The first new fragrance pillar from the French house in 15 years, this is probably one of the most anticipated scents in years. Would it be more classic and powdery like the iconic No 5, or fresh and fun like the Chance series of perfumes? While the bottle at first glance might resemble the former with its clean lines, the Chanel Gabrielle EDP is actually housed in an ultra thin-walled glass bottle, with a barely-there base to give it a sleeker appearance. Described by Chanel nose Olivier Polge as an “abstract floral”, the mix of velvety ylang-ylang, creamy tuberose, fresh orange blossom with mandarin peel and milky sandalwood makes it a feminine yet fresh scent that smells distinctively Chanel.

Three Balancing Cleansing Oil
The Japanese brand’s skincare is known for being extremely pure and primarily composed of essential oils, botanical oils, botanical waters and plant extracts to improve skin health and boost its healing abilities. This lush cleanser has won a number of awards, is made of 88 per cent natural ingredients, and is able to remove makeup and heal skin damage at the same time.

La Mer Blanc de la Mer The Brilliance White Mask
This two-step treatment is our go-to when we want radiant skin fast. It includes a Soothing Primer and Gel Cream. The former has a blend of algae, vitamins and nutrients to soothe and calm skin and prevent redness, while the latter has a Vital Brilliance Ferment – made with a cocktail of sea-sourced actives and marine peptides – to treat stubborn spots, dullness and wrinkles.

Dr Jart+ Cicapair Re-Cover, Sephora
This day moisturiser has Centtella Asiatia extract, which has skin regenerating, soothing and antioxidant effects to strengthen sensitive skin. A multi-purpose cream, it helps to heal damaged skin,  even out skin tone,  block dust, protects skin from UV rays and even has whitening and anti-wrinkle benefits. Sensitive skin can be damaged more easily during the day. This protects your skin from harmful environments such as fine dust during the day with its UV protection and dust-blocking effects. In addition, it also doubles as a makeup base. Once it’s applied on skin, the cream’s green shade will change to beige and covers redness and subtle imperfections.

Lancome Advanced Genifique Sensitive
With stress and pollution on the rise, more and more people are becoming susceptible to chrono-sensitivity, which is when sensitivity comes and goes instead of being a permanent condition. When this happens, skin becomes weakened and inflammed, which not only results in redness and irritation but also leads to premature ageing. This targeted treatment is infused with an ampoule made of 98 per cent pure antioxidants to fight damage and signs of ageing, as well as a trio of probiotics to soothe, repair and strengthened. Designed to be used daily for a month, it will help to calm and treat all skin problems while giving you a fresher complexion.

Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer
Everyone – and we mean EVERYONE – needs a concealer. Whether it’s used to hide dark circles, redness, pimples, scars or lines, it’s the little miracle worker that all women have to transform normal complexions to good ones, and make great skin look flawless. The only problem: if the coverage is high, it tends to too obvious that we have makeup on. Which is why we’re obsessed with Nar’s latest offering. It gives full coverage (the highest from a brand that’s already known for their great concealers) but in an ultra natural finish. The oil-free cream weightlessly blends into skin to blur, smooth and conceal imperfections with a soft-focus effect. It’s definitely going to be the It item in every makeup artist and junkie’s pouch.

Dior Addict Lip Tattoo
This is the one lip colour that won’t budge – or smudge – at all. The weightless tint fuses with lips within a few seconds after application and promises zero transfer, be it to a glass or through kisses, almost like a tattoo. It gives a semi-matte finish with subtle shine, and you won’t need to reapply for at least 10 hours.

Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydrating Mask
Formulated with handpicked calendula petals (the flower is a popular TCM ingredient too treat skin) and aloe vera, this instantly cools and soothes redness, irritation and sensitivity. It’s our fast-working SOS whenever we get sunburned or skin goes out of whack due to travelling, late nights or stress. After just five minutes, skin feels calm, refreshed and even looks healthier. An added bonus: it balances oily complexions.

YSL Beauty Touche Eclat Le Cushion
Fans of the French brand rejoice, its iconic highlighting pen is now available in a cushion foundation format that promises the same light texture and skin-illuminating effect to brighten the complexion and give it a natural glow. What’s more, the compact comes with a double-applicator puff: the smooth side gives coverage while the flocked side creates a strobing effect so you won’t need to get a separate highlighter for a luminuous, contoured appearance.

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Killawatt Freestyle Highlighters
Everything the popstar touches turns to gold, and her new beauty line is no different. And while we’re loving all the products she has created, this is probably our fave. Lightweight and velvety, the cream highlighters left our skin looking radiant but with no oiliness. They gave great shine, blend easily and goes well with all skin tones. The best thing about them: there are no rules to how you can apply them. You can use this on any part of your face —your eyes, your cheeks, your nose bridge, your collarbone. Rihanna herself likes to use it on her body as well because it gives such a high sheen.

La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Pearl Infusion
Want your whitening skincare to work faster and more efficiently? Then make sure your key ingredients are encapsulated. They not only penetrate more easily and quickly, but are also able to go into the deeper layers of your skin for a more intense treatment. This has encapsulated golden caviar extract and vitamin C – in white “pearls” – to treat uneven skin tone, loss of luminuousity and dark spots quickly and effectively. The membrane of the “pearls” even contain anti-pollution properties to shield skin from particles and heavy metals in the air which can damage cells and cause dullness.

Nars Aqua Glow Cushion Foundation SPF23/PA++
The first cushion from the brand known for its base makeup, this ultra-protecting and hydrating foundation defends skin against urban pollution, smog, PM 2.5 (fine air pollutants that we’re probably all very familiar with) and UV rays. And if that’s not enough (cause we want it all), it gives a cooling sensation and has a weightless, moisturising texture that leaves a radiant dewy finish that every K-pop/drama fan wants.

Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Creamy Mask
This is not your typical sheet mask. The first thing you notice is its texture. The plush, almost cushiony sheet has a unique, almost creamy texture that feels lusher than your usual serum-based sheet masks. When you remove the mask, it leaves behind a light layer of cream that you can massage into your skin for extra hydration.

The anti-ageing mask is also chock full of skin-loving ingredients. It has eight times more Compound K (the anti-ageing ingredient extracted from ginseng roots) than the brand’s iconic Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream EX. Its cocktail of powerhouse ingredients includes ginseng root extract, which is said to boost collagen and hyaluronic acid production, while restoring skin’s regenerative abilities at the same time. It is also infused with ginseng flower extract that increases skin’s defensive properties while also treating dryness, loss of firmness and dullness.

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