10 life-changing beauty products we discovered in June

Some are new, others simply undiscovered, but all are worth trying

10 life-changing beauty products we discovered in June
10 life-changing beauty products we discovered in June
26 Jun 2018

10 life-changing beauty products we discovered in June

Over the past few weeks, we've had a ton of fun trying Urban Decay's wanderlust-themed makeup line, Real Techniques' diamond-shaped alternative to the Beauty Blender, Laneige's  Stained Glasstick, and more products that not only lived up to the hype, but that exceeded our expectations. 

Here's everything that made us feel a little prettier in June. 

L’Oréal Paris’ EverPure Hair Masks, $6.90 each
L’Oréal Paris’ EverPure Hair Masks, $6.90 each
26 Jun 2018

L’Oréal Paris’ EverPure Hair Masks, $6.90 each

What it is: A mess-free, shower steam-activated hair mask that delivers deep nourishment in just five minutes. The sheet mask comes in two varieties: The Intense Repair Hair Sheet Mask strengthens damaged or chemically-treated hair, while the Deep Moisture Hair Sheet Mask gives dry hair new shine. 

Why we liked it: As terrible as this zhng-ed up shower cap looks for the environment, we’ve got to admit that it was not only a cinch to use, but that our hair felt salon treatment-soft the following morning. Just be sure to rinse thoroughly afterward, as the creamy formula leaves quite a bit of residue near the scalp. 

Available at all Watsons, Guardian, major supermarkets, hypermarkets and Lazada

Dove DermaSeries Replenishing Body Lotion ($23.30) and Gentle Cleansing Body Wash ($12.50)
Dove DermaSeries Replenishing Body Lotion ($23.30) and Gentle Cleansing Body Wash ($12.50)
26 Jun 2018

Dove DermaSeries Replenishing Body Lotion ($23.30) and Gentle Cleansing Body Wash ($12.50)

What it is: Light, fragrance-free, and suitable for eczema-prone skin, Dove’s DermaSeries is clinically proven to provide 24-hour lasting comfort and relieve itchiness.

Why we liked it: Despite lacking the glamour and fun we often seek in our bodycare products, this unpretentious series works wonders on dry skin in hot climates, as we found out while holidaying abroad in mid-June. When it comes to visiting new environments, being practical works best, so we’d recommend packing some travel sizes of Dove’s DermaBlend series during your next getaway. 

Available at Guardian stores

CNP Laboratory Vita-B Energy Gel Cream ($51.30) and Vita-B Energy Ampule ($45.70)
CNP Laboratory Vita-B Energy Gel Cream ($51.30) and Vita-B Energy Ampule ($45.70)
26 Jun 2018

CNP Laboratory Vita-B Energy Gel Cream ($51.30) and Vita-B Energy Ampule ($45.70)

What it is: CNP Laboratory’s dynamic pink duo is chock-full of Vita B Complexes, including oh-so-popular Niacinamide, to lighten pigmentation and give the skin a pinkish glow. Instead of using purified water, this line of products uses Cherry Blossom Water to moisturise skin more effectively.

Why we liked it: The moisturiser’s gel-like texture makes it perfect for Singapore’s humidity, and at the same time, it’s substantially creamy enough for us to feel like we’re doing more than simply slapping diluted collagen gel on our faces. Use the serum after applying your toner, and before applying the moisturiser, for additional efficacy.

Available at selected Guardian Stores and on cnpcosmetics.com.sg

Laneige Stained Glasstick, $34
Laneige Stained Glasstick, $34
26 Jun 2018

Laneige Stained Glasstick, $34

What it is: You’ve heard of glass skin, but how about glass lips? Laneige’s newest lip product provides a fuss-free way to copy the trend. With 10 gemstone shades and a reflective finish, the Stained Glasstick illuminates the lips with a sheer wash of colour after just one swipe.

Why we liked it: The Stained Glasstick’s juicy colours add a touch of vigour to even the most haggard of faces. And the slim wand makes it a breeze to apply. It’s non-sticky, it’s easy to use, it makes us look younger – what’s not to like? Just make sure you exfoliate your lips beforehand, as the thin formula tends to cake around dead skin.

Available at all Laneige boutiques and counters and on Lazada

Mamonde Creamy Tint Squeeze Lip, $18
Mamonde Creamy Tint Squeeze Lip, $18
26 Jun 2018

Mamonde Creamy Tint Squeeze Lip, $18

What it is: A squeeze-to-use liquid lipstick ideal for both gradient lips and a full pout. Available in 10 shades and infused with 20 percent of Mamonde’s Rose Water, which is also used in the beloved Rose Water Toner.

Why we liked it: When it comes to doing gradient lips, this product is a lot less intuitive than the usual two-toned lip colours, but once we got the hang of it, we were mightily impressed with this product’s staying power and pigmentation. What worked best for us was squeezing just a drop on the centre of our bottom lip and spreading out the product along the inside of our bottom lip. Then use the remainder (or an even smaller drop) on the upper lip. Keep the tip of the applicator as clean as possible so that you can use it to feather the edges of the product afterward. Purse your lips slightly and voila – a Kpop-worthy ombre pout!

Available at the Mamonde Boutique at Basement One, Takashimaya S.C., Mamonde counters at TANGS VivoCity and Isetan Tampines, as well as Lazada

Urban Decay Born To Run Palette, $76
Urban Decay Born To Run Palette, $76
26 Jun 2018

Urban Decay Born To Run Palette, $76

What it is: Urban Decay’s wanderlust-inspired mega eyeshadow palette contains 21 shades (almost twice the amount contained in a Naked palette) with everything from light neutrals, to shimmery oceanic metals, to lush jewel tones.

Why we liked it: Urban Decay’s newest palette is a solid collection of safe and sexy colours, making it suitable for a variety of skin tones and for just about any occasion. The vertical columns essentially function as colour triads, meaning you never have to think too hard when deciding which colours to choose out of the array. Pair the look with a limited edition Born To Run Vice Lipstick (our favourites are the metallic red and purple shades, Ready and Marfa, respectively) for a rockstar aesthetic. 

Available at all Sephora stores, online at Sephora.sg, and at the Urban Decay freestanding stores

YSL Beauté Volupté Liquid Color Balm, $52
YSL Beauté Volupté Liquid Color Balm, $52
26 Jun 2018

YSL Beauté Volupté Liquid Color Balm, $52

What it is: Combining the best components of a liquid lipstick and a lip balm, YSL Beauté’s latest high-shine lippie drenches your lips in moisture without compromising on colour payoff. Available in 14 shades, including the nude Rehab Lip Mask.

Why we liked it: Thanks to hydrating coconut water and antioxidant-rich pomegranate extract, this product assuaged our chapped lips while providing a lot more pizzazz than a boring ‘ol lip balm. Special shout-out to the Volupté Night Rehab Lip Mask No.1 for restoring our dehydrated lips to a pillowy state overnight.

Available at all YSL Beauté stores

Real Techniques Brush Crush Diamond Sponge, $20
Real Techniques Brush Crush Diamond Sponge, $20
26 Jun 2018

Real Techniques Brush Crush Diamond Sponge, $20

What it is: A marbled beauty applicator whose sharp angles enable smooth product application in even the tightest of facial crevices.

Why we liked it: Whoever coined the phrase “diamonds are a girl’s best friend” probably didn’t have a sponge in mind, but this thing really was our best friend while we were trying to distribute foundation around our noses and beneath our eyes. Plus, the wide base makes it easy to grip, even when it’s wet.

Available at selected Guardian stores

Sephora Glow Perfection Foundation, $26
Sephora Glow Perfection Foundation, $26
26 Jun 2018

Sephora Glow Perfection Foundation, $26

What it is: Sephora’s radiance-boosting, long-lasting foundation promises 10 hours of even coverage and hydration. Available in 12 shades.

Why we liked it: Um, where has this been all our lives? The product spreads easily, settles quickly, and stays on for most of the day without matting. While the glowiness isn’t as obvious as what we’d get from Korean products, we appreciate how this one’s subtle luminosity creates a more natural effect. At $26, this is an affordable everyday foundation suitable for an office environment.

Available at all Sephora stores

Sugar K Organic Express Peel ($65 per session) and Red Carpet Eye treatment ($68 per session)
Sugar K Organic Express Peel ($65 per session) and Red Carpet Eye treatment ($68 per session)
26 Jun 2018

Sugar K Organic Express Peel ($65 per session) and Red Carpet Eye treatment ($68 per session)

What it is: The second brand of Sugar K Organic Peel Bar has opened in Cluny Court, offering new treatments, as well as tried-and-tested favourites like the Sugar K Organic Express Peel. The Express Peel uses glycolic acid derived from organic sugar cane to remove dead skin cells while generating the production of new collagen – a great option for those who struggle with dull skin and hyperpigmentation. And the Red Carpet Eye Treatment, which is new, uses Electroporation therapy (administered via a facial device from Korea) to decongest the eye area and improve product absorption.

Why we liked them: Firstly, each treatment was under 20 minutes long, meaning that in the future, we can easily pop by during lunch for a quick fix-me-up. Our skin felt smooth as a baby’s the morning afterward, while our eyes looked less puffy almost immediately. The electroporation therapy stings a little bit, but the esthetician will happily lower the intensity for you if you ask.

The Sugar K Organic Peel Bar is located in Cluny Court #02-10

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