For all the beauty content I churn out, I purchase a lot of the products myself. That means a lot of research goes into it because I take the plunge. This includes word of mouth from my trusted beauty junkies, the subreddit, r/skincareaddiction, hollering at my dermatologist to find out what beauty products she’s into lately. 

Because let’s face it — between you and me, walking into Sephora and buying hundreds of dollars of beauty things sounds really indulgent, but in actual fact, it really isn’t smart without prior research. Good thing I’ve done all that for you. Here are some things you should add to cart right away.


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NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum + Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex

There are few material things in this world I would weep the loss of, but when I found my toddler on my vanity with half of the content of my NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum all over the floor, I was very close to shedding tears. My skin was tired, uneven and well, aging, and this combo of serums has given it a new lease of life. Copper peptides, used in this product is a well-known collagen booster. While no skincare will give you an overnight miracle, consistent use with the Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex used right after has brightened my skin, my laugh lines are less pronounced and my skin looks a lot less textured.

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SIORIS Time Is Running Out Mist

I haven’t met a lot of mists I like. And if I do, like Tatcha’s, it honestly feels just like I’m throwing my hard earned Yusof Ishaks’ off a building every time I spritz it. It’s just not worth it. Enter Sioris’ Time Is Running Out Mist, a serum and oil-based mist that brightens and refreshes, while being so incredibly affordable at the same time.


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I have a strange love for FOREO’s devices. While I don’t see the grime that gets removed from my face like using a cleansing brush would, my evening doesn’t feel quite complete unless I finish it off with some facial buzzing action. Enter their LUNA 3; like their UFO device, the LUNA 3 syncs up to their app, a techy thrill that I really enjoy (What about an Apply Watch app too, FOREO?). Plus, it has wider range of 16 different power levels that allows you to customise your cleansing routine. Did I mention that crazy long battery life? 650 uses on a single charge!

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FRESH Sugar Mint Rush Freshening Lip Treatment

At any given point in time, I have at least three different FRESH Lip Treatments in my bag. While I’ve never gravitated towards the very high maintenance matte lip colours, FRESH lip balms have been my ride or die for at least half a decade or so now. Their new Sugar Mint Rush is a first-of-its-kind lip treatment that delivers a fresh cooling sensation while soothing and hydrating for 24 hours. Once you’ve applied the product, press your lips together and you’ll trigger a controlled release of the cooling encapsulation system, while menthyl PCA slowly breaks down over time to keep that fresh feeling. It’s a nice surprise when you forget about it and purse your lips mid day!