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New Age beauty brands (clockwise from left): Dior Hydra Life, Ouai, Waso and Mamonde

For Awesome Bedhead Hair: Ouai

Founded by LA-based celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin (whose clients include Katy Perry and the Kardashians), the label celebrates model-off-duty, “woke up like this” tresses – and helps you get it right easily. Its Texturizing Hair Spray ($26), for example, is part hairspray and part dry shampoo to create effortlessly tousled locks with volume, while the Rose Hair & Body Oil ($32) smooths frizzy flyaways in a jiffy, while also working wonders on skin.

Must-try: The Dry Shampoo Foam ($28), reportedly a first, dispenses as a mousse before dissolving into hair and scalp to refresh strands and give instant volume, sans any white, powdery residue. 

For An Uncomplicated Routine: Waso

Targeted at busy millennials, this new skincare line by Shiseido makes fuss-free beauty a reality with its pared-down selection consisting of just a cleanser, exfoliator, lotion and moisturiser (read: buh-bye finicky 12-step grooming regimen). Each product features just one key Japanese botanical active for maximum efficacy. For instance, the cleansing honey in the Quick Gentle Cleanser ($40) removes makeup and impurities without stripping the skin, while mattifying loquat leaf in the oil-free Quick Matte Moisturiser ($55) helps to keep excess shine under control. 

Must-try: The clear, gel-like Fresh Jelly Lotion ($45) transforms to a liquid upon contact with skin for rapid absorption and hydration to get that coveted bouncy QQ skin. 

For Barefaced Beauty: Dior Hydra Life

With a variety of unique and refreshing textures, this recently revamped nine-product range promises to improve the strength and luminosity of skin, while feeling so good that you won’t want to pile on the makeup. The refreshing sorbet creme ($110) is infused with haberlea leaf, and helps retain moisture in skin for 24 hours, while the fast-working fresh jelly mask ($92) does triple duty as it’s also a moisturising mask and scrub, thanks to the inclusion of citrus fruit and apricot kernel extract.

Must-try: The Time To Glow Ultra Fine Exfoliating Powder ($73) with sugar extract and lotus seeds lathers up into a milky foam to gently exfoliate and
polish the skin without causing unnecessary aggravation.

For Modern “Hippie” Skincare: Mamonde

Though it’s far from the first to harness the healing power of flowers, Mamonde sets itself apart with its honest-to-goodness efficacy. Light-on-the-nose floral actives like rose, lotus and hibiscus sooth and calm nerves, while enhancing the products’ all-natural, skin-boosting properties. One bestseller, the Rose Water Toner ($38), contains over 90 per cent of Bulgarian Damask rose water for maximum anti-inflammatory benefits. The other way it’s a flora-influenced skincare brand for all? Its prices, which start from $2 for its Flower Essence sheet mask to $60 for the Age Control Power Cream.

Must-try: The Mamonde Enriched Nutri Sleeping Mask ($28) formulated with its Flower Oil Complex (made of evening primrose oil, camellia oil, sunflower oil), with plant-based squalene and jojoba oil to nourish and treat dehydrated skin intensively while you sleep. 

Text Karen Tee Photography Darren Chang Art Direction Adeline Eng

This story first appeared in Female’s December 2017 issue. 

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