Whether you have chronically dry skin or are subject to bouts of extreme dryness when travelling to different climates, be sure to have this intensive serum with you. Formulated to relief dry skin of its symptoms, including tightness, peeling and itching, this oil-serum is made with argan oil and tamanu butter, which are both rich in fatty acids to nourish skin and rebuild its lipid barrier. In addition, it is also infused with super antioxidant iris extract, which neutralises the hazardous effects of free radicals so that the skin is better equipped against environmental assaults. Perfect on its own or mixed in with the Capture Youth Age-Delay Advanced Creme, use it as an overnight treatment and wake up to healthier, more resilient skin every morning.
#2: Shu Uemura’s new Re:Set Tint Remover and Lip Conditioner, $38
With a ton of new-gen lipsticks claiming to last throughout the day with minimal touch-ups and feature budge-proof, stain-like formulas, using a regular makeup wipe just isn’t enough to remove it all. Our answer: this gel-like lip treatment that is meant to be left on the puckers for a reported five seconds before wiping it off. Besides clearing up the remains of your lippie, it also conditions and treats to prep puckers for the next lipstick application thanks to a trio of technologies. The Tint Melting and Polishing Technology work together to quickly unbind the pigments and remove stubborn stains while wrapping around dead skin cells to gently exfoliate. To nourish the lips, an Orange Peel Technology, which is made up of orange peel essential oil, is infused to hydrate and plump up puckers.
#3: Benefit Roller Liner, $39, Sephora
This reportedly offers precise definition with a natural-looking, matte finish that lasts for 24 hours without smudging or budging.
#4: Clinique Fresh Pressed Vitamin A + C, $52 for both vials
The vitamin C portion is meant to be used in the day to improve skin’s defense to neutralise damage while brightening, evening out skin tone and improving skin texture. The vitamin A portion is then applied at night to repair damage, treat lines and wrinkles, as well as boost natural collagen production. The vitamin C is protected in a sealed chamber within a lightproof vial while the vitamin A serum comes in a double-walled chamber to ensure the ingredients are fresh for use.
#5: Medicube Moisture Relax Calming Ringer Mask, $19.90 for a box of five
With a packaging that looks like an IV fluid, it instantly gives you the idea that it serves to give your skin an SOS boost. Made to suit all skin types, even sensitive ones, this gentle yet effective mask soothes irritation-prone skin with its blend of tea tree and centella asiatica extracts. When combined, these two ingredients have a synergistic effect, providing a pore-tightening effect while speeding up skin repair. Also available are the Moisture Hydra Ringer Mask (which contains hyaluronic acid to plump skin), Shining Toning Ringer Mask (which boosts skin radiance with its blend of vitamins and antioxidants), Revital Nourishing Ringer Mask (which firms and regenerates skin with peptide, royal jelly and propolis extracts), so there’s something for every skin need.
#6: Vanderohe No.1 Enhancing Body Serum, $200
Give your skin the goodness of the finest botanical oils, ethically sourced from all over the world, in the form of this body serum. Made of camelina, grapeseed, jojoba and apricot kernel oils, it is lightweight and non-sticky, as it is quickly absorbed by the skin to hydrate, soften and firm. Plus, it also features a divine blend of lime, neroli, lavender and vetiver essential oils, which makes the sheer act of applying a body moisturiser a pleasurable ritual as it leaves a delicate scent on skin surface.
#7: Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser, $52
Packed with French green clay, white clay and bentonite, this cleanser packs serious power in thoroughly removing makeup, waterproof eye makeup, sunscreen, sebum, pollution and dirt. Yet, it remains super gentle on all skin types, as it is fortified with rice and olive oil esters, which balance skin’s moisture-lipid levels.
#8: Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Face Cream, $89
Specially created to support your skin’s natural repair mechanisms which kick in while you sleep, this night-use face cream detoxifies and destresses the skin so you wake up to a more clarified and soothed complexion. Made with peach leaf extract and Fresh’s Super Lotus ingredient, it infuses skin with antioxidants to enable skin to recover itself from a day of accumulated environmental hazards. Over time, skin’s barrier becomes reinforced for firmer, more resilient skin.
#9: Goutal Paris Oriental Hand Balm, $55
Touted as “a touch of poetry at your fingertips”, the brand’s latest hand care collection (of hand creams and hand washes) is the amalgamation of Korean skincare expertise with French fragrance savoir-faire as it teams up with K-beauty leader Amore Pacific to create these exquisite textures and scents. Made with shea butter, illipe butter and camellia oil, the lavish texture of this hand cream melts into the skin with no sticky or greasy residue whatsoever. Our favourite has to be the Oriental Hand Balm, which features a warm and sensual scent of amber. There’s lots to love about the packaging too, as it features botanical illustrations on a pastel apricot shade that echoes the brand’s heritage of respecting nature. Plus, it comes in a handy 40ml tube which fits into any handbags for on-the-go hand care.
#10: Estee Lauder Beautiful Belle EDP, $150
Inspired by the journey of modern love, this scent opens with an exhilarating blend of lychee, rose and mimosa. As it develops, intoxicating notes of orange blossom, gardenia and tuberose surface, which mimics the headiness of passion. And finally, it settles into a warm and comforting melange of orris root, blush suede accord, musk and ambrox—just like a loving embrace from your partner.
#11: Innisfree Jeju Orchid Ageing Care Set, $43
Reformulated in late 2018, the latest Jeju Orchid Enriched Cream features the upgraded Orchid Elixir 2.0, an ingredient that’s packed with antioxidant power to strengthen skin’s natural defence mechanism while improving skin clarity, firmness and reducing the appearance of enlarged pores and wrinkles. This January, you can experience this power-packed cream as well as complementary products in the same range when you get your hands on this all-in-one set, which also includes three complimentary items from the same anti-ageing range. Comprising of the Jeju Orchid Enriched Essence (15ml), Jeju Orchid Eye Cream (10ml), and the Jeju Orchid Sleeping Mask (20ml), healthier, younger-looking skin will be within reach in no time at all.
#12: Albion Exage Vital Focus N Serum, $82
Help set the foundation for healthy skin with this latest serum from Albion. Formulated with ingredients that are rich in antioxidants and fatty acids, it delivers moisture and nutrients to all skin types. Beyond that, once skin is adequately hydrated, cellular renewal is optimised so your complexion regains a smooth, radiant and springy texture.
Formulated to deliver all the benefits of a potent-strength retinol product without the potential irritation, this retinol cream targets cellular renewal to reduce and soften the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and sun damage over time. Moreover, it is supplemented with a combination of peptides that help improve skin elasticity and firmness while vitamin F and a blend of fruits and botanical oils help replenish skin with moisture and antioxidants for healthier, suppler skin.
#14: Thann Astringent Cleansing Water, $45
Ideal for those with sensitive and acne-prone skin, this cleansing water is fortified with eight natural plant extracts to thoroughly remove all traces of makeup and impurities while respecting the skin’s natural moisture-lipid balance. Formulated free of potentially irritating chemicals, it contains witch hazel to keep bacteria at bay and refine pores, while aloe vera soothes inflammation to reduce redness. Factor in a powerful antioxidant blend of Rice Callus Culture Extract and Moringa Seed Extract and you’ll be on your way to healthier, clearer skin with each use.
#15: Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Eyeliner, $18.90
Fans of the classic winged eyeliner look will definitely know of the staying power of Heroine Make’s Smooth Liquid Eyeliner. With the brand’s Super Keep Polymer and Water-Resistant Film, it withstands water, perspiration, sebum and tears so it looks immaculate from the moment you put it on till you decide to remove it. Yet, it dissolves easily with eye makeup remover and warm water, so you don’t have to tug at your delicate eye area. The super fine 0.1mm brush tip also makes it easy to create the thinnest, most precise flick. It’s now available in a brown-black shade, which doesn’t have red undertones like the existing brown shade, yet isn’t as harsh as the black shade.
#16: Chanel Les 9 Ombres Palette Quintessence, $139
Inspired by the brand’s Global Creative Make Up and Colour Designer, Lucia Pica’s travels to Japan and South Korea, this limited edition eye palette holds an extensive range of shimmer, high-shine, matte and cream textures. Comprising of shades like gold, platinum, beige, brick red, brown and blues, “there’s a theme of layering that runs throughout the collection”, says Pica, and it offers women the freedom to alternate between different aesthetics to create a wide array of looks based on their travels.