14 life-changing beauty products to try in May

For Beloved One's new brightening mask, HERA's Rouge Holic lipsticks, innisfree's new Essence-in-Lotion, and more awesome things we tried last month

For Beloved One Flawless Brightening Ethyl Ascorbic Acid Bio-Cellulose Mask ($63 for a box of 3)
For Beloved One Flawless Brightening Ethyl Ascorbic Acid Bio-Cellulose Mask ($63 for a box of 3)
30 Apr 2018

For Beloved One Flawless Brightening Ethyl Ascorbic Acid Bio-Cellulose Mask ($63 for a box of 3)

What it does: For Beloved One’s latest bio-cellulose mask uses Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, a derivative of Vitamin C, to diminish dark spots and combat sallowness. Out of all the Vitamin C derivatives, this one is the smallest in molecular weight, making it especially effective at penetrating the skin. An additional brightening ingredient known as Brightenyl also helps resist the production of melanin, while the thickness of the mask helps seal the essence deep into your skin.

Why we like it: At $63 for a box of 3 pieces, these masks are certainly a luxury, but they’re worth it if you either need to do serious damage control or need to look your best the next day (going on date tomorrow? WEAR THIS TONIGHT). Not only did my skin look immediately brighter and smoother upon first use, but the effects lasted about a week. Use in tandem with the Flawless Brightening Ethyl Ascorbic Acid Essence ($78) for best results.

Available exclusively at all Sephora stores. ​​​​​​​

innisfree Essence-In-Lotion ($32)
innisfree Essence-In-Lotion ($32)
30 Apr 2018

innisfree Essence-In-Lotion ($32)

What it does: innisfree’s beloved Green Tea Seed line has a new addition: The Essence-In-Lotion, which combines the moisture-retaining power of an essence with the moisture-locking power of a lotion.

Why I liked it: Because it essentially combines two skincare steps into one. Ain’t nobody got time for a 10-step Korean skincare routine on a Monday morning. I found that a serum, plus this product, and SPF on mornings when I was really rushing got the job done and kept me hydrated for most of the day.

Available at innisfree stores.  

PIXI Glow Tonic ($28 for 100 ml)
PIXI Glow Tonic ($28 for 100 ml)
30 Apr 2018

PIXI Glow Tonic ($28 for 100 ml)

What it does: Uses a solution of 5% glycolic acid, ginseng, and aloe vera to exfoliate, brighten, and soothe the skin.

Why we liked it: Yes, yes, I’ve finally tried PIXI’s legendary exfoliating toner, which is finally available in physical stores here. While glycolic acid can be a little drying for some skin types (it made my combination skin feel brittle and break out after about four consecutive days of use), once I reduced usage to AM and PM twice a week, the patchiness in my skin cleared right up.

PIXI Rose Flash Balm ($39.00)
PIXI Rose Flash Balm ($39.00)
30 Apr 2018

PIXI Rose Flash Balm ($39.00)

What it does: This three-in-one moisturiser, mask, and makeup primer uses rose water, rose extract, and olive leaf extract to soothe redness and supply the skin with antioxidants.

Why we like it: At first I was a little bit skeptical about wearing a mask as a makeup primer (especially in Singapore’s weather), but this product lives up to its name, banishing all signs of fatigue in a flash – and without compromising the integrity of my foundation and concealer. This handy little tube is a great alternative to traditional silicone primers and as a bonus, feels cool when applied.

Available at all Sephora stores

Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick ($45 for the lipstick, $22 for the case)
Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick ($45 for the lipstick, $22 for the case)
30 Apr 2018

Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick ($45 for the lipstick, $22 for the case)

What it is: We’ve seen some pretty “extra” makeup packaging in our day, but this is off the charts. You can choose from 15 case designs, each of with comes with a double mirror, and the products themselves come in 30 shades, which include crazy colours like gold and emerald, as well as classics like red and pink. You can even get it engraved with your name.

Why I liked it: Like I said, this is one luxurious lipstick. I loved the weight of it in my palm, the sexy yet practical pop-open mirror, and the myriad of available designs, which even include a Batik pattern. The lipstick itself goes on like a dream, and is comfortable to wear, thanks to a formula that includes hyaluronic acid spheres, mango butter, and jojoba oil.

Available now at all Guerlain counters.

HERA Rouge Holic Exceptional ($46)
HERA Rouge Holic Exceptional ($46)
30 Apr 2018

HERA Rouge Holic Exceptional ($46)

What it does: With its rich colour, smooth texture, and privilege of Jun Ji Hyun as an ambassador, the HERA Rouge Holic line of lipsticks, available later this month in Singapore, will bring out your inner ~Seoulista~.

Why I liked it: For starters, it actually stayed on for more than half the day, but more importantly, the orangey-red one I tried – shade 333 -- miraculously manages not to make my skin look yellow. It’s not too sheer, and not too matte, and comes in a magnetic, ergonomic case that feels luxuriously sturdy. Available in 20 shades.

Singapore’s first HERA counter opens on 10 May 2018 in Takashimaya. Find this lipstick and more there! ​​​​​​​

Urban Decay’s Limited Edition Backtalk palette ($76)
Urban Decay’s Limited Edition Backtalk palette ($76)
30 Apr 2018

Urban Decay’s Limited Edition Backtalk palette ($76)

What it is: Inspired by its number one bestselling shade of Vice Lipstick, Urban Decay has released an all-in-one eyeshadow, blush, and highlighter palette so that you can rock Backtalk’s “nude-mauve, soft berry and muted rose” hues all over your face.

Why I liked it: At long last, this sought-after palette has reached our shores, just a month and a half after its release in America. And boy was it worth the wait. Not only do the colours feel true to the Backtalk lipstick’s berry-nude hues, but it’s more or less idiotproof, since it’s designed to help you create a monochromatic look.

A warning, though: despite being created by Urban Decay, this palette is more suited for subtle looks than dramatic ones. The eyeshadow pigments are much sheerer than what I expected from an Urban Decay palette, the tones lead more toward a muted, warmish pink than toward berry, so if that look works for you, then you’ll love this palette.

Available at all Sephora stores and online at sephora.sg and from 10 May 2018 at the Urban Decay freestanding stores at Ngee Ann City, VivoCity, and Bugis Junction. ​​​​​​​

Shu Uemura x Yazbukey Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte ($38)
Shu Uemura x Yazbukey Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte ($38)
30 Apr 2018

Shu Uemura x Yazbukey Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte ($38)

What it is: For its first lip-focused collection, Shu Uemura collaborated with Paris-based jewellery designer, Yazbukey, to create a line of 32 matte lipsticks (including nine new shades) in four colour families: Sexy Red, Lovery Nude, Quirky Pink, and Edgy Berry.

Why I liked it: With Yazbukey’s artwork on the outside, and Shu’s famously moisturising matte formula and wearable colours within, these lipsticks are a treat through and through. The collection also comes with four metallic lip liners in gold, bronze, pink and gun metal, for when you’re feeling a little crazy. My favourite new shade? Yaz Red, a candy red that can completely revive my tired appearance.

CNP Laboratory Propolis Ampule Mist ($22.24)
CNP Laboratory Propolis Ampule Mist ($22.24)
30 Apr 2018

CNP Laboratory Propolis Ampule Mist ($22.24)

What it does: Nourishes the skin using activated ingredients from Amazon Bees’ propolis, an anti-inflammatory adhesive they produce to build their hives.

Why we liked it: I was curious about this after using CNP Laboratory’s Propolis Ampule in Cushion two months ago, and found it a useful defence against the ravages of our office air-conditioning. Unlike some other mists I’ve had the misfortune of trying, this one not only makes my skin look dewier, but it does so while leaving my makeup intact. I’d recommend spraying a bit of this on a cushion puff and dabbing it on the high points of your face (forehead, cheekbones) for a bit of that Korean “honey skin” effect.

Available at Guardian 

Eucerin ph5 Soft Body Cream ($34)
Eucerin ph5 Soft Body Cream ($34)
30 Apr 2018

Eucerin ph5 Soft Body Cream ($34)

What it does: This creamy tub of lotion, specially formulated for dry and sensitive skin, delivers hydration while helping strengthen the skin barrier against irritation.

Why I liked it: This fuss-free lotion isn’t particularly exciting, but if your limbs are looking a little chaffed, then this is will do the trick without making you smell like a perfume factory. The packaging makes it easy to apply in large doses, and while it absorbed quickly, it certainly helped my legs feel smooth throughout the day.

Available at Guardian.

Schwarzkopf Beology Aqua Boost Serum ($25 for 60ml)
Schwarzkopf Beology Aqua Boost Serum ($25 for 60ml)
30 Apr 2018

Schwarzkopf Beology Aqua Boost Serum ($25 for 60ml)

What it does: Uses Deep Sea Extract and Antioxidant Algae to protect the hair and scalp from free radicals while taming unruly hair.

Why I liked it: I spent a couple of weeks using this as my third step after washing and conditioning, and found that it made my straw-like hair – slightly damaged from too much dyeing – more manageable after blow-drying. It also smells great, in an “ocean breeze” kind of way, and doesn’t leave any residue.

Available at Watsons and on Lazada. ​​​​​​​

Sisley Paris Hydra Global Serum ($320)
Sisley Paris Hydra Global Serum ($320)
30 Apr 2018

Sisley Paris Hydra Global Serum ($320)

What it does: Using Blue Agave Yeast, Wild Pansy Extract, and Edelweiss extract, this powerful serum hydrates the skin while teaching it to absorb and circulate water more effectively.

Why I liked it: Sisley’s first serum promises suppler, plumper, moisturised skin. While the $320 might be a little daunting for an everyday purchase, if you want to treat yourself – or someone you love – to a luxury beauty product, then this a good choice. The product absorbs quickly, smells vaguely like herbs and flowers, and makes my skin look and feel like it’s chock-full of moisture.

Available in Sisley counters in May.

SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense ($159)
SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense ($159)
30 Apr 2018

SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense ($159)

What it does: This serum uses anti-discolouration ingredients, such as Tranexamic Acid and Niacinamide, to correct and prevent dark spots. Post-acne marks, brown patches, and mottled complexion be gone!

Why I liked it: To put it simply, this works. After about four weeks of usage (with twice-daily application), I noticed that the brown spots I’d incurred from the previous month’s breakout had faded faster than usual.

SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense will be available for $159 beginning mid-April 2018 at top clinics, medical spas, hospital pharmacies.

Vichy Invisible Mist ($26.90)
Vichy Invisible Mist ($26.90)
30 Apr 2018

Vichy Invisible Mist ($26.90)

What it does: While I love the ease of using Vichy’s Anti-Dullness BB Cream ($36), lately, I’ve been all about another product in the brand’s UV Protect Skin Defense Daily Care Line: the Invisible Mist, which helps set and fix makeup while providing an extra dose of SPF.

Why we like it: UV protection mists are a dime a dozen nowadays, but I appreciate how this one’s barely discernible particles make the product feel like little more than a puff of air. Plus, the slim bottle fits just nicely into my jacket pocket.

Available at leading pharmacies including Watsons, Guardian, Unity and selected hospital pharmacies.

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