14 new summer lovin' beauty products to try

All you need to protect your skin and humid-proof your makeup

14 new summer lovin' beauty products to try
14 new summer lovin' beauty products to try
24 Jul 2019

14 new summer lovin' beauty products to try

Heat and humidity, two things that can wreak havoc with our skin, hair and makeup. From long-lasting makeup to protective skincare and sunscreens, here are 14 new beauty products to try this month.  

Rovectin, from $29.90
Rovectin, from $29.90
24 Jul 2019

Rovectin, from $29.90

This K-beauty brand focuses on repairing and restoring the skin from within. Using hypoallergenic formulas that are carcinogenic-, fragrance-, artificial colorant- and paraben-free, each product is gentle and effective for even the most sensitive of skins. 

Must-tries include the multi-tasking Activating Treatment Lotion that absorbs quickly to soothe and hydrate the skin but also keeps it youthful and radiant with its anti-ageing and brightening properties. The Cica Care Balm that helps keep breakouts at bay is also particularly useful when the weather is hot or just before that time of the month.

Available at Watsons stores.

Giorgio Armani Beauty Color Sketcher, $55
Giorgio Armani Beauty Color Sketcher, $55
24 Jul 2019

Giorgio Armani Beauty Color Sketcher, $55

Inspired by an artist’s pencil, these multi-purpose colour crayons for the cheeks and lips can be layered and blended easily to achieve the intensity you desire. Comes in seven wearable colours.

The balm-like texture makes application a breeze. As a lip colour, the formula is surprisingly long-lasting, leaving a hint of colour even after lunch. On the cheeks, it gives a soft glow, that mimics a natural flush. But unfortunately, the colour didn’t last through the morning and lunch.

Available at Giorgio Armani Beauty boutiques and counters.

AHC Natural Perfection Sunscreen Trio, from $34.50
AHC Natural Perfection Sunscreen Trio, from $34.50
24 Jul 2019

AHC Natural Perfection Sunscreen Trio, from $34.50

Marrying skincare benefits - moisturising and anti-ageing - and high sun protective properties, AHC introduces three sunscreens to suit all skin types and needs. Choose from three versions ­- Fresh Moist Sun Cream, Fresh Sun Stick and Aqua Sun Spray, each enriched with high sun protective properties, SPF50 and PA++++.

Out of the three, our favourite is the Aqua Sun Spray. This handy sunscreen is truly the best of both worlds; it’s small enough to slip into your bag for easy, fuss-free sunscreen touch-ups anytime, anywhere. Plus, its cooling properties instantly soothes the skin when the weather is hot too.

Available exclusively at Watsons stores.

Laneige Water Bank Hydro Cream EX and Water Bank Moisture Cream EX, $52 each
Laneige Water Bank Hydro Cream EX and Water Bank Moisture Cream EX, $52 each
24 Jul 2019

Laneige Water Bank Hydro Cream EX and Water Bank Moisture Cream EX, $52 each

New and improved, the Laneige Water Bank moisturisers are now enriched with a Water Zipper technology to strengthen skin’s ability to re-hydrate itself, together with a Green Mineral Water that contains moisture-balancing minerals and reparative minerals to keep complexion well-hydrated, smooth and supple.

The Hydro Cream EX is a fresh gel that is perfect for Singapore’s humidity, while the Moisture Cream EX is a lightweight cream that absorbs well and doesn’t leave a tacky finish behind.

Available at Laneige counters and boutiques.

Urban Decay Perversion Waterproof Mascara, $38
Urban Decay Perversion Waterproof Mascara, $38
24 Jul 2019

Urban Decay Perversion Waterproof Mascara, $38

A case of “go big or go home”, this mascara lengthens and volumises, taking lashes from blah to va-va-voom in an instant. The combination of soft and hard waxes also prevents lashes from looking brittle, making them flutter-worthy. 

This waterproof mascara is able to withstand pretty well in Singapore’s heat and humidity, though by the end of the day, there were some light smudges on the lower lids. That said, our lashes did look full and long throughout the day. 

Available at Urban Decay boutiques and Sephora stores.

Moist Diane Perfect Beauty Hair Masks, $18.90 each
Moist Diane Perfect Beauty Hair Masks, $18.90 each
24 Jul 2019

Moist Diane Perfect Beauty Hair Masks, $18.90 each

The claim? The ability to repair one year’s worth of damage to your hair in just 30 seconds. These new hair masks are enriched with seven times more Keratin and three times more Argan nano-repair active ingredients than its shampoos and treatments, giving hair the intensive nourishment boost it needs. Choose from three variants - Extra Damage Repair to reduce hair breakage, Extra Smooth & Straight to reduce frizz and Extra Moist & Shine to protect against heat and UV damage.

With our frequently bleached and coloured hair, the Extra Damage Repair was our go-to, leaving our hair silky smooth and soft. And with its 30-second claim, we didn’t have to spend too long inside the shower.

Available at Watsons and Guardian Pharmacy stores.

Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Lip Care Collection, $48 each
Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Lip Care Collection, $48 each
24 Jul 2019

Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Lip Care Collection, $48 each

A range of four lip care products that promise an enviable pout, perfect to carry off any lip look you desire. Start with the Smoothing Sugar Scrub that gently sloughs off chapped, flaky skin, followed by the Replenish Lip Balm that hydrates the lips keeping them soft. For fuller lips without resorting to fillers, the Lip Volumizer plumps the lips, and for an overnight treatment, the Lip Repair Potion makes lips oh-so-smooth, supple and oh-so-kissable when you wake.

Our must-tries are the Lip Repair Potion and Replenish Lip Balm. The first contains the Maxi Lip complex (also found in the Lip Volumizer) as well as Hyaluronic Acid to rejuvenate the lips while we sleep, while the latter not only keeps lips smooth but also gives them a subtle pink hue as it reacts to our body’s temperature and pH - we’ve got this permanently stashed in our makeup bag.

Available at Estée Lauder boutiques and counters.

The Body Shop Carrot Skincare Range, from $21
The Body Shop Carrot Skincare Range, from $21
24 Jul 2019

The Body Shop Carrot Skincare Range, from $21

In a bid to help reduce food waste, The Body Shop decided to include organic Carrots that have been deemed too wonky to sell, in this new vegan skincare duo. Packed with antioxidants to protect the skin, it also uses organic Aloe Vera to hydrate and soothe.

A surprisingly good pair, the Carrot Energizing Face Cleanser ($21) not only gets rid of dirt and grime, but also instantly leaves the skin feeling refreshed, while the Carrot Cream Nature-Rich Daily Moisturizer ($31) absorbs well and keeps skin soft and supple. Best bit? It doesn’t leave skin greasy or shiny - yes, even for our combination skin type, which is perfect for Singapore’s humid climate. 

Available at The Body Shop stores.

NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Cushion Foundation SPF50/PA+++, $76
NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Cushion Foundation SPF50/PA+++, $76
24 Jul 2019

NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Cushion Foundation SPF50/PA+++, $76

The cushion version of the brand’s lightweight foundation, this not only gives the complexion a flawless finish but also protects against harmful UV rays, pollution and other external environmental stressors, while brightening the skin at the same time. It also promises to keep you looking fresh and radiant for up to 16 hours. Comes in seven shades.

The texture blends effortlessly into the skin and leaves the complexion natural-looking with a soft, dewy glow. The coverage is buildable, yet doesn’t feel heavy or cakey. At the end of the work day, complexion still looks decently fresh - especially on particularly hot days. Though a midday touch-up is still needed to maintain an absolutely flawless look.

Available at NARS boutiques and counters.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Capsule in Serum and Water Gel Lotion Sunscreen, $24.90 each
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Capsule in Serum and Water Gel Lotion Sunscreen, $24.90 each
24 Jul 2019

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Capsule in Serum and Water Gel Lotion Sunscreen, $24.90 each

The Capsule in Serum intensely hydrates the thirsty skin and repairs the skin to keep it healthy, smooth and supple. The Water Gel Lotion Sunscreen, on the other hand, not only protects against the sun’s damaging rays but also keeps skin well-hydrated at the same time. Best bit? Its hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic formula is ideal for our humidity.

Our favourite is the Water Gel Lotion Sunscreen thanks to its extremely lightweight texture that sinks into the skin, giving our complexions a matte finish instantly. There is a slight tropical scent too, but we’re not complaining as it reminds us of beach vacations and sipping sundowners by the water. 

Available at Watsons and Guardian Pharmacy stores.

The Face Shop Vdivov, from $22
The Face Shop Vdivov, from $22
24 Jul 2019

The Face Shop Vdivov, from $22

A professional makeup range from K-beauty brand, The Face Shop, Vdivov has finally arrived in Singapore. It offers everything from base makeup to eyeliners, mascaras and lipsticks, so there is something for everyone.

The star of the range is the Lip Cut Rouge Velvet, which is extremely well-loved within the beauty community. It promises bold, long-lasting colour without drying the lips, and we’re happy to report that it definitely lives up to the claims - a single swipe is all we needed to achieve a rich colour.

Available at The Face Shop boutiques.

 

 The Skin Firm, from $15.90
The Skin Firm, from $15.90
24 Jul 2019

The Skin Firm, from $15.90

Combining the best of Mother Nature - 100 per cent organic or natural active ingredients, and the advancements of modern technology, this Singapore-based clean beauty brand doesn’t believe in expensive products (nothing is over $35) to get the job done. The range currently has five essentials - Micellar Water, Pure & Simple Gel Cleanser, Youth Therapy Concentrated Essence, Timeless Youth Elixir and Long Wear Daily Sunscreen SPF40/PA+++, for a healthy and youthful complexion.

Our favourite of the lot? The Youth Therapy Concentrated Essence that keeps skin soft and supple. Also makes an effective and fuss-free DIY hydrating mask when you saturate cotton pads with the Essence and placing it on dry areas of the face.

Available at theskinfirm.co.

 Yves Saint Laurent Beauté Vernis À Lèvres Water Stain, $52
Yves Saint Laurent Beauté Vernis À Lèvres Water Stain, $52
24 Jul 2019

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté Vernis À Lèvres Water Stain, $52

The combination of a high-shine of a gloss and the lasting power of a lipstick in one product, this is truly the best of both worlds. Best bit? There are 18 easy-to-wear shades to choose from.

The formula is super lightweight - you don’t even know you’re wearing anything on your lips. Plus, its layer-able formula allows you to go from a light stain of colour (one coat) to full colour and shine (two to three coats) with ease.

Available at Yves Saint Laurent Beauté boutiques and counters. 

Two Lips Diamond, $150
Two Lips Diamond, $150
24 Jul 2019

Two Lips Diamond, $150

A Vitamin C serum that uses the gentle yet effective Ascorbyl Glucoside to brighten the vulva area, combating a dull skin tone, which can occur from wearing too tight clothes or chafing.

So while this is meant to target the vulva area, this multi-purpose product can also be used on any part of the body, because your skin is the same from top to toe. So we chose to test it on our faces first, and over two weeks, our complexions looked more even-toned and there was a soft glow that made our makeup look flawless.

Available at twolips.vip and Strip boutiques.

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