May's best fashion and beauty products

Here’s how we're spending our monthly paycheck this week! 

Kiehl’s Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence
Kiehl’s Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence
29 May 2015

Kiehl’s Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence

Essences are huge these days, given the success of SK-II’s famed Facial Treatment Essence and, well, the unbearable stickiness of moisturiser on a humid day in Singapore. We’re loving Kiehl’s new essence, which not only smells as fresh as a summer morning, but which applies as smoothly as a few drops of cold water.

S$68, available in Kiehl’s stores islandwide

Laneige 2015 Summer Makeup Launches
Laneige 2015 Summer Makeup Launches
29 May 2015

Laneige 2015 Summer Makeup Launches

Laneige has unveiled a host of new products for May to help you replicate the Korean dewy look. Their summer lineup includes two new shades of the Laneige Pure Radiant Shadow (S$40), which comes in Cinnamon Brown and Cashmere Coral; the Laneige Satin Finish Loose Powder_EX (S$52), in two shades, whose improved formula includes corn starch powder for absorbing excess sebum; and the Laneige Water Drop Tinted Lip Balm (S$33) in three shades, which change colour according to the hydration level of your lips.

Available now at all Laneige boutiques and counters

Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution by Clarisonic
Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution by Clarisonic
29 May 2015

Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution by Clarisonic

Fans of the Clarisonic rejoice: the brand’s Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution has combined its celebrated brushes with skincare products to help combat hyperpigmentation. This new system makes your skincare regimen as easy as one-two-three (there are literally three steps: cleanse; hydrate and renew; treat and prevent).

The Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution retails for $355 and is now available at Sephora TANGS Orchard & Robinsons Raffles City. Sonic Radiance Customization Set, $170 (Only available in June 2015); Skin Illuminating Cleanser, $35; Brightening Activator Serum, $75; Skin Renewing Essence Boost, $55; Radiance Brush Head, $40.

YSL Vernis A Levres Pop Water
YSL Vernis A Levres Pop Water
29 May 2015

YSL Vernis A Levres Pop Water

What do you get when you combine a YSL lippie with gummy bears? The Vernis a Levres Pop Water lip glosses, that’s what! These lip products (which really were inspired by sweets), replace the usual pigments with the high-grade colourants found in gummy bears. This helps the colours apply uniformly and last longer.

S$49 each, available in 12 shades

Biotherm Homme Dose Promotion
Biotherm Homme Dose Promotion
29 May 2015

Biotherm Homme Dose Promotion

Is it just us, or do men’s beauty products tend to have the most obnoxious packaging? Hence our attraction to Biotherm Homme’s clean designs. To marks its 30th anniversary, Biotherm released limited edition capsules containing four ranges (Aquapower, Total Recharge, Force Supreme, and Age Fitness) as well as a T-Pur inside a special T-Pur value promotional kit.

Aquapower, S$65
Total Recharge, S$81
Force Supreme, S$100
Age Fitness, S$82
T-Pur, S$58 

Available at Biotherm stores 

The Body Shop Vitamin C range, Matte Kajal, and Honey Bronze Highlighting Dome
The Body Shop Vitamin C range, Matte Kajal, and Honey Bronze Highlighting Dome
29 May 2015

The Body Shop Vitamin C range, Matte Kajal, and Honey Bronze Highlighting Dome

The Body Shop’s summery new range suits Singapore’s two seasons (hot and hotter) perfectly. First up: The Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser (S$40.90) and the Vitamin C Instant Glow Enhancer (S$36.90), which hydrate your skin using Camu Camu berries (which, by the way, contain 60 times more Vitamin C than an orange).

Next up: the Matte Kajal (S$22.90), available in black and white, which uses Black Rose extract and CFT Marula oil to make your eyes look extra dramatic.

And finally, the Honey Bronze Highlighting Dome, S$34.90, which will surely disguise the fact that you’ve been spending all your waking hours in the office. 

Available in The Body Shop stores islandwide

Marc Anthony Volumizing Collagen Bamboo collection
Marc Anthony Volumizing Collagen Bamboo collection
29 May 2015

Marc Anthony Volumizing Collagen Bamboo collection

You might have tried collagen drinks and collagen moisturisers, but what about COLLAGEN SHAMPOO? Marc Anthony’s Volumizing Collagen Bamboo collection is the perfect antidote for brittle hair. Bouncy locks, here we come!

Marc Anthony Volumizing Collagen Bamboo Extra Volume Thickening Cream, $18.90 for 175ml
Marc Anthony Volumizing Collagen Bamboo Sulfate Free Shampoo, $17.90 for 250ml
Marc Anthony Volumizing Collagen Bamboo Sulfate Free Conditioner, $17.90 for 250ml

Available exclusively at Watsons 

Depend Cosmetic’s 3-Step Nail Care
Depend Cosmetic’s 3-Step Nail Care
29 May 2015

Depend Cosmetic’s 3-Step Nail Care

If you’re anything like us (that is, lazy), you’ve grown steadily addicted to the convenience of gel manicures. So give your nails some R&R with this uber-affordable 3-step nail care range from Depend, Sweden’s no. 1 best-selling cosmetic brand. The line includes the Depend Nail and Cuticle Cleanser (S$6.90), which exfoliates dead skin cells to facilitate cell renewal; Depend Myrrh Oil (S$7.90), which protects nails from peeling and breaking; and Depend Cuticle Cream (S$6.90), which softens and moisturises your cuticles.

Exclusively available at Watsons Suntec City, Nex, Bugis Junction, and VivoCity

Crabtree & Evelyn Damask Rose Daily Cleansing Foam
Crabtree & Evelyn Damask Rose Daily Cleansing Foam
29 May 2015

Crabtree & Evelyn Damask Rose Daily Cleansing Foam

We’ve raved about Crabtree & Evelyn’s gentle, sweet-smelling Damask Rose Everyday Skincare Collection before, and now the brand’s added an essential item – the Daily Cleansing Foam – to its lineup.

Damask Rose Daily Cleansing Foam, 100ml, S$28. Available at all Crabtree & Evelyn stores. 

Giorgio Armani Aqua Di Gio Profumo
Giorgio Armani Aqua Di Gio Profumo
29 May 2015

Giorgio Armani Aqua Di Gio Profumo

Giorgio Armani’s bergamot-laden scent of the month, a “fusion of rocks and water”, draws inspiration from volcanic rock and the deep ocean. Manliest fragrance ever!

Aqua Di Gio Profumo, $96 for 40ml, $136 for 75ml

Ralph Lauren Polo Supreme Oud and Ralph Fresh
Ralph Lauren Polo Supreme Oud and Ralph Fresh
29 May 2015

Ralph Lauren Polo Supreme Oud and Ralph Fresh

Ralph Lauren fans, rejoice! The brand released two new fragrances in May: the woody-scented Polo Supreme Oud, Ralph Lauren’s first masculine eau de parfum, as well as Ralph Fresh, a floral citrus scent inspired by a sorbet cocktail. Yum!


Ralph Lauren Polo Supreme Oud, 125ml for S$189
Ralph Lauren Fresh, 30ml for S$56

Uniqlo MEN Pocketable shorts
Uniqlo MEN Pocketable shorts
29 May 2015

Uniqlo MEN Pocketable shorts

The ever-innovative Japanese brand has released a line of pocketable shorts for men, meaning that guys no longer have an excuse to walk around all dirty and smelly after an afternoon of outdoor activities.  

Uniqlo MEN Pocketable Shorts, S$29.90 at all stores except, Changi Airport, One@KentRidge, One KM, and One Raffles Place while stocks last.

Clio Gelpresso Pencil Gel Liners
Clio Gelpresso Pencil Gel Liners
29 May 2015

Clio Gelpresso Pencil Gel Liners

Find black eyeliner too intense? Then you’ve got to check out Clio’s dark eyeliners, which come in Black Brick, Black Plum, and Black Cherry. These shades are subtle enough for the office, yet sexy enough for ladies’ night afterward.

Clio Gelpresso Waterproof Pencil Gel Liners, S$18.90, available at selected Watsons stores. 

NIVEA Make Up Clear
NIVEA Make Up Clear
29 May 2015

NIVEA Make Up Clear

If you’ve ever found your cleanser sorely lacking in its ability to remove makeup, then you’re in luck: Nivea’s Make Up Clear products are scarily effective at dissolving even the thickest layers of foundation.  We especially like the NIVEA Extra White Make Up Clear 3 in 1 Mud Cleanser, which first absorbs 10 different kinds of makeup (!) as a mud mask before becoming a makeup remover upon contact with water.

NIVEA Extra White Make Up Clear 3 in 1 Mud Cleanser, S$8.90
Available at all leading personal care stores, supermarkets, and hypermarkets 

Romantic shoe designs from Staccato
Romantic shoe designs from Staccato
29 May 2015

Romantic shoe designs from Staccato

It’s impossible to feel burdened by the Monday blues when you’re wearing shoes as cheerful as these ones. Whether you’re fond of pastels or prefer bold colours, there’s something here for everyone who wants to jazz up their work outfit.

From $179.90, available at Staccato stores at VivoCity and Raffles City Shopping Centre 

Etude House Dreaming Swan Collection
Etude House Dreaming Swan Collection
29 May 2015

Etude House Dreaming Swan Collection

When it comes to cute packaging, Etude House is the best of the best. Their limited edition Dreaming Swan Collection, which debuted at the new Etude House outlet in VivoCity, was inspired by Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and was designed by international fashion illustrator Kerrie Hess.  The collection includes eye and cheek blushers, sheer lip colours, a veiling pack, nail kits, cushion cases, and more.

Etude House Dreaming Swan Collection, S$16 – S$29.90

All products available at VivoCity
Selected products available at Wisma Atria from 5 June onwards and islandwide from 3 July onwards

New Balance White Instinct Collection
New Balance White Instinct Collection
29 May 2015

New Balance White Instinct Collection

White trainers are all the range now, but when it comes to comfort, not all trainers were created equal – which is why we’re thrilled that New Balance’s functional, yet trendy White Instinct collection is now available in Singapore. If our feet could speak, they’d be singing with gratitude.

New Balance White Instinct Collection, S$149 to S$179. 

L’Oreal Paris Extraordinary Oil Haircare
L’Oreal Paris Extraordinary Oil Haircare
29 May 2015

L’Oreal Paris Extraordinary Oil Haircare

Oil-based products are so popular nowadays, that oil shampoos – which are popular in Japan – don’t sound as far-fetched as they used to. Oil dissolves oil, so if you’re struggling with an oily scalp, you should try an oil-based shampoo to remove the excess sebum. For beginners, we’d recommend L’Oreal’s Extraordinary Oil Hair Care range, which uses 6 flower oils to nourish and soften your hair.

Extraordinary Oil Shampoo 440ml, S$16.90
Extraordinary Oil Conditioner 440ml, S$16.90
Extraordinary Oil Balm Hair Mask 250ml, S$19.90

Now available at Watsons
Available at Guardian, Sasa, major supermarkets and hypermarkets and selected departmental stores from June 2015 onwards. 

heroine make 1-Day UV Contact Lens
heroine make 1-Day UV Contact Lens
29 May 2015

heroine make 1-Day UV Contact Lens

Well, this is the perfect marriage of practicality and aesthetics: SEED, Japan’s leading contact lens manufacturer, recently collaborated with Japanese Makeup brand Heroine Make to design a circle lens with an elaborate teardrop jewel design for a “sparkling, watery-eye” (a.k.a. anime) effect. The unique packaging alone would entice us to give this a shot!

heroine make 1-Day UV, S$62 for a box of 30 lenses
Now available at leading premium optical stores island-wide 

beautyblender red carpet (2015 limited edition shade)
beautyblender red carpet (2015 limited edition shade)
29 May 2015

beautyblender red carpet (2015 limited edition shade)

This teardrop-shaped makeup sponge might not look like much, but guys: IT’S THE BEST MAKEUP BLENDER EVER. Not only does it work with a variety of textures (BB Cream, liquid foundation, concealer…) but the pointy tip helps ensure that all your face’s nooks and crannies receive a bit of product.

beautyblender red carpet, S$30, exclusively at all Sephora outlets 

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