What's Making News In The Beauty World This August
HAND CREAMS WITH HEAVENLY SCENTS
If you’re the sort who takes delight in the lingering scent of hand creams each time you moisturise your hands or enjoys layering your hands with a lasting scent after washing them, you may approve of Penhaligon’s new launch.
The brand has released a trio of perfumed hand creams ($56 each) that is said to ease itching and inflammation while restoring skin elasticity.
The Luna Hand Cream contains a calming blend of orange, jasmine, soft rose and fir balsam while the Quercus Hand Cream is a perk-me-up with its scent of lemon and basil. Lastly, The Favourite Hand Cream contains a rich mix of mimosa and musk.
SEPHORA STOCKS UP ON NEW BRANDS
From local skincare brand, Heure, to Selena Gomez’s coveted Rare Beauty label, these brands are finally arriving in Sephora.
First up, is clean beauty advocate Bite Beauty which is all about infusing its products with superfoods and making sure that they are free from sulfates, formaldehyde, mineral oil, and other potentially harmful ingredients.
Even if you’re not bought into the idea of clean beauty, Bite Beauty’s range of lipsticks performs wonderfully and feels amazing to wear. Do check out its Power Move Hydrating Soft Matte Lipstick ($40) for its velvety matte texture that doesn’t feel dry on lips.
Another new-t0-store brand is local skincare brand Heure which is deeply rooted in science and technology. It has a unique encapsulation technology called SPHR, which helps skincare active penetrate and release them over time.
Besides efficacy, being a locally-designed label has its benefits as the products’ texture is lightweight and doesn’t feel greasy or heavy in our climate.
Do check out its Ageless Serum ($190) for its amazing hydrating properties and ability to boost collagen synthesis.
Cle de Peau Beaute which hails from skincare giant Shiseido and has loyal followers who swear by their best-selling Le Serum and La Creme, also makes its debut at Sephora.
The luxury skincare brand is launching skincare sets exclusive to Sephora from 20 July and features some of the brand’s signature bestsellers such as Le Serum ($380 for 50ml) which is known for its potent blend of actives that help stimulate skin’s natural regenerative powers.
Lastly, Rare Beauty has hit our shores. Singer and founder Selena Gomez emphasizes heavily on mental health and Rare Beauty celebrates everyone’s innate beauty, without the unhealthy pressure that social media inculcates.
Brand messages aside, its products are easy to use and come in wearable colours suitable for a wide range of skin colour. A must-try: Stay Vulnerable Melting Blush ($34) for its fuss-free cream-to-powder blusher that’s pretty difficult to mess up.
ELEMIS EXPANDS IN SINGAPORE
Fans of British luxury skincare and spa label Elemis can now shop it locally. The brand, founded in 1990, opened two stores in recent weeks – at Ion Orchard and Raffles City – after launching online in Singapore in April.
Through the years, Elemis, a pioneer in the holistic beauty space for its use of natural ingredients, has gained a following for its prestige skincare and aromatherapy influences. In 2019, French beauty brand L’Occitane acquired Elemis for US$900 million (S$1.2 billion).
The British brand is currently available in 45 countries.
In Singapore, its stores merge the brand’s history and modern luxury. The design concept is based on British Georgian architecture, featuring millwork, arched bays and floor tiles reminiscent of London townhouses.
Must-try: An iconic London phone box houses the brand’s bestsellers, which include: the Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm ($90 for 105g), Pro-Collagen Marine Cream ($180) and Superfood Facial Oil ($90).
Available at #B1-15 Ion Orchard, #01-31 Raffles City and Elemis’s website. Shoppers can also receive a complimentary skin consultation via the brand’s medical-grade skin analysis camera in-store.
GIVENCHY HAS THE PERFECT ANTI-STRESS RANGE
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 Takashimaya and Sephora’s website.
LAURA MERCIER GIVES HERO PRODUCT AN UPGRADE
Get just the right amount of coverage in the sweltering heat at home with Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free SPF 20, which was reintroduced with an expanded shade range in June.
Now in 14 shades, the brand’s hero product – which debuted more than 20 years ago – helps give skin a soft-focus effect. Oil-absorbing powders in the formula help control shine and create the look of blurred, matte skin.
Infused with liquorice root extract and vitamin E, the make-up and skincare hybrid gives sheer coverage and is said to protect skin from environmental aggressors. We recommend Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free SPF 20 ($77).
Available at the Laura Mercier boutique, #B1-38 Takashimaya S.C., LazMall and Sephora stores
AN ANTI-AGEING MAKEUP COLLECTION FROM SU:M37°
While this Korean beauty label is best known for its natural fermentation skincare products, this season we’re seeing it produce an all-new makeup collection that prides itself on its anti-ageing properties and luxurious quality.
Whether you’re looking to achieve a flawless base or a long-lasting colour on the lips, the Losec Summer collection will have you covered with the SU:M37° Losec Summa Golden Base, SU:M37° Losec Summa Velvet Cover Foundation, SU:M37° Losec Summa Velvet Lipstick and the SU:M37° Losec Summa Elixir Golden Lipstick. It is even said to be transfer-resistant even when wearing masks too.
Available in-stores at Tangs at Tang Plaza, Isetan Tampines, and the SU:M37° boutique kiosk at Marina Bay Sands.
ACELABS AIMS TO LET YOUR FACE GLOW
Looking to shine bright like a diamond? UK cosmeceutical brand Acelab’s Lumiere Diamond Skincare range will get you started.
Inspired by the rising trend of diamond-infused cosmetics, the beauty label is incorporating diamond power in safe, bioactive formulations that is science-backed and will help damaged skin at a high efficacy rate. The range includes the Lumiere Low PH Diamond Essence Cleanser, Lumiere Diamond Essence, Lumiere Diamond Cream, Lumiere Diamond Luminous Intense Brightening Mask and its star-product the Lumiere Rebalancing Diamond Drop.
A must-try is the Lumiere Rebalancing Diamond Drop ($56.90 for 30ml) which contains a powerful combination of probiotics and hyaluronic acid that claims to simultaneously brighten, moisturise and balance the skin.
Acelabs Lumiere Diamond Skincare range is available at Watsons and its website, the Acelab official website, and Acelabs Shopee Flagship Store.
JOHN FRIEDA HAS THE DREAM HAIR KIT
John Frieda’s newest Frizz Ease range may just be your to tame your tresses.
Offering three different solutions for different hair textures, the brand’s shampoo and conditioner sets will meet your hair needs. These include the Brazilian Sleek set designed for dry, thick and wavy hair; the Weightless Wonder set for fine, frizzy hair types; and the Miraculous Recovery set that even offers a Deep Conditioner Mask for dry, damaged frizzy hair types.
To start off your John Frieda Frizz Ease hair routine, try the John Frieda Miraculous Recovery shampoo ($15.90 for 250ml), Conditioner ($15.90 for 250ml) and Deep Conditioner Mask ($19.90 for 150ml) which are suitable for all levels of frizz and is safe for colour treated hair.
Available in selected Guardian, NTUC, Watsons and the John Frieda Official Store on Lazada and Shopee.
PAMPER YOUR SKIN WITH FOREO
For the beauty tech junkies that enjoy an extra something to their skincare routines, you might consider adding this new device to your arsenal as this will be helping you achieve a quality facial massage from home.
Giving you a celebrity spa-like treatment, the Foreo Bear Microcurrent Facial Toning Device ($469) combines smart microcurrents and T-Sonic pulsations that will exercise muscles from your face to your neck and is said to promote collagen, circulation, elastin that will leave your skin with smoother, softer, glowier results.
It’s safe for the skin with its patented Anti-Shock System and will be coming in a limited-edition mint colour to Sephora first starting from 17 August and will soon be available this October at ZALORA, TANGS, Takashimaya and FOREO Official Store.
Available at Sephora.
Some parts of this article first appeared in Harper’s Bazaar Singapore and The Straits Times