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Beauty Black Book: Hourglass' Lash-Lengthening Mascara, Waterless Eco-Friendly Sunscreens & More

The 411 in the beauty world right now.
Touted as a mascara that’s ultimately ‘lash extensions in a bottle’, Hourglass’s new Unlocked Instant Extensions Mascara ($49) can reportedly work magic in giving more definition, lift and length. Containing a special formula that makes use of film-forming technology, each lash will be coated with lightweight fibers that lock-in high impact results and is smudge-proof too.   Besides being a close alternative to achieving lash extensions, the product has also been ophthalmologist-tested and is both vegan and cruelty-free. The Hourglass Unlocked Instant Extensions Mascara is available at Tangs and Sephora. OH, HONEY
Those of us with warm and olive undertones might get excited at the news that Laura Mercier is introducing a new shade, Honey, to their bestselling Translucent Powder range. Said to be a cult favourite and go-to for professional makeup artists, the lightweight translucent powder ($70) is great for easy application and will give a natural matte finish for up to 16 hours.   What we’re loving most about this product is the fact that it has a high-quality, no-flashback formula which will give you a softer look as it blurs out fine lines and imperfections – talk about looking picture-perfect? Translucent Honey will be available first at Sephora from August 20. DREAM STORE
Leading French luxury brand Lancome is launching its first Lancome Advanced Genifique #LiveYourStrength Virtual Flagship Store. In Singapore, the event will last from August 28 August to Sept 20, and will provide an immersive 3D virtual shopping experience that will celebrate its 11-year legacy product, Advanced Genifique Youth Activating serum on top of enticing shoppers with a surreal e-retailtainment experience.   Shoppers will be able to discover and learn more about the power of microbiome science found in the serum through online personality tests; get a virtual skin consultation; hear inspirational stories of strength by 100 real women; participate in the pop-up’s live stream sessions; and of course, shop. If you’re planning to join, you’ll also receive a seven-day Lancome Advanced Genifique trial kit. SEALED WITH A KISS
In celebration of the upcoming Chinese Valentine’s Day, Estee Lauder has released an exclusive lipstick collection that draws inspiration from a 2,000-year-old legendary folk tale of two star-crossed lovers, Niulang and Zhinu. Similar to Romeo and Juliet, the couple was separated but in this case by the Silver River and could only rekindle their love for each other on a single day in the lunar calendar, when a flock of magpies formed a bridge to reunite the two.   Celebrating the power of love and how it conquers all, Estee Lauder’s limited edition Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in shades Carnal (520), Slow Burn (130), and Emotional (140) will feature a special illustration of the pair. TELL 'EM SUN
It can be difficult to find the perfect sunscreen that works to actually give full protection – without being too greasy or diluted. Thankfully, new-to-town eco brand, Skinnies does the job with just a pea-size drop needed for each part of your body.   Holding the number one sunscreen brand position in its native New Zealand, Skinnies incorporates a safe, green, and high-quality formula that’s been tested to the highest sunscreen standards in the world. The sunscreens also employ a waterless OrganogelTM technology which forms a thin layer that sticks on the skin which is said to able to prevent sunburns for longer periods of time. Shop Skinnies online here.