TREAT YOURSELF: 14 beauty products under $100 to try this December

A yoghurt mask, lip patch, hair-drying spray and more...here’s what you should try.

Good-looking must-haves for our year-end parties
Good-looking must-haves for our year-end parties
23 Nov 2018

Good-looking must-haves for our year-end parties

Looking for products to combat oily skin? Or how about some sheet masks with adorable packaging? And get this – a hair spray that dries your hair like a blow dryer! This month, we’ve combed the stores for interesting beauty finds for the skin, hair and body … all for under $100.

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Anti-Breakout Pads with Clay
First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Anti-Breakout Pads with Clay
23 Nov 2018

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Anti-Breakout Pads with Clay

The issue with most acne pads is that the active ingredients tend to dry out the skin, but these pads containing 2% salicylic acid do not bite the skin. Instead, leave the complexion clearer and brighter without stripping your natural moisture. Each pad also contains traces of kaolin clay to absorb impurities and purify the skin, and evermat to help reduce sebum, minimise pores and control shine. Natural, soothing plant extracts tea tree oil and willow bark help discourage blemishes, promote exfoliation and smooth skin texture.

$46 from Sephora

Herbivore Botanicals Jasmine Green Tea Balancing Toner
Herbivore Botanicals Jasmine Green Tea Balancing Toner
23 Nov 2018

Herbivore Botanicals Jasmine Green Tea Balancing Toner

If you love the smell of jasmine flower, this one is for you. A little pricier than other toners, but only because it doubles up as a toner, makeup setting mist and midday refresher, and comes with a whole host of botanical ingredients like green tea, witch hazel, aloe vera, white willow bark and ginger root to treat and protect combination, oily, and blemish prone complexions. Oily skin took longer to look shiny after a spritz.

$59 from Sephora

Antipodes Manuka Honey Skin-Brightening Light Day Cream
Antipodes Manuka Honey Skin-Brightening Light Day Cream
23 Nov 2018

Antipodes Manuka Honey Skin-Brightening Light Day Cream

A well-known botanical brand in New Zealand, Antipodes’ cream uses Manuka honey to heal skin blemishes, while antioxidants from grape seeds, kiwi and peony flower work to trap moisture, improve elasticity, decrease redness and brighten skin. A little goes a long way, so use sparingly.

$75.15 from Guardian

Skin’s Boni Yoghurt Mask Pack
Skin’s Boni Yoghurt Mask Pack
23 Nov 2018

Skin’s Boni Yoghurt Mask Pack

Since your skin’s pH is 5.5, it makes natural sense to wear yoghurt with the same pH on your face, no? This Yoghurt Mask Pack contains lactic acid bacteria 3-COMPLEX to maintain this healthy pH balance and moisturising ingredients to make it a complete and healthy drink for your skin. Now, if only we could get past that strange Yakult smell on our skin!

A box of 10 sheets at $39.90 from Sasa

IGK No More Blow Dry High Speed Air Dry Spray
IGK No More Blow Dry High Speed Air Dry Spray
23 Nov 2018

IGK No More Blow Dry High Speed Air Dry Spray

Don’t be that girl on the train that wears her hair wet to work. No time for a blow dryer? No worries. This hair spray has an Advanced Flash Cooling Technology and blend of lightweight starches to dry the hair up to 46% faster. Just spray on towel dried hair and finger massage, working from root to tip, ensuring every strand is coated. Coil, twist or scrunch if you want a bit more waves. Within 10 minutes, you go from wet dog to primped princess!

$43 from Sephora

Soo’ae My Collagen Hydrogel Lip Patch
Soo’ae My Collagen Hydrogel Lip Patch
23 Nov 2018

Soo’ae My Collagen Hydrogel Lip Patch

We just had to try this cute lip mask formulated with licorice root, green tea and cherry extract to plump lips, refine lines and soften your pout. The rubbery patch smells sweet with a subtle berry taste. We left it on clean lips for about 20 minutes while lying face up. Once removed, lips did feel a touch smoother and softer, but lines were still visible.

$7 from Sasa

Belif The True Cream – Moisturizing Bomb Jumbo
Belif The True Cream – Moisturizing Bomb Jumbo
23 Nov 2018

Belif The True Cream – Moisturizing Bomb Jumbo

One of Belif’s bestsellers, The True Cream is a cushiony lightweight cream that absorbs quickly, delivering a blend of apothecary herbs into the skin, supposedly providing up to 26 hours of moisture. We’re not exactly sure about this promise, but our skin certainly felt plump and happy after application. Just for the festive season, it’s available in a 100ml Jumbo size.

$79 (U.P. $108) from The Face Shop Nature Collection stores and TANGS VivoCity

Laneige Perfumed Bath and Shower Gels
Laneige Perfumed Bath and Shower Gels
23 Nov 2018

Laneige Perfumed Bath and Shower Gels

Pack these in your suitcase or gym locker. For the first time, Laneige launches a range of scented body washes so you can enjoy a pampering perfumed treat in the bathroom. Comes in three different aromatic blends with a multi-fruit complex derived from orange, lemon and bilberry extracts for essential hydration. Provides a rich lather and rinses off leaving your skin super soft, lightly scented and moisturised.

Relaxing Musk, Sweet Floral and Water Fresh, 200ml at $15 each, from LAZADA Singapore, Zalora and Shopee

KinGirls Who Cares? Sheet Masks
KinGirls Who Cares? Sheet Masks
23 Nov 2018

KinGirls Who Cares? Sheet Masks

Trust the Taiwanese to come up with quirky packaging for sheet masks! But don’t let their adorable looks detract you from the goodness that’s inside – essential oil-only ingredients that pamper the skin with lots of hydration and subtle natural fragrances. Enjoy the hydrating treat and feel immediate suppleness!

Available in five variants at $7.50 per piece from Sasa

 

Botaneco Garden Organic Chia Seed Oil & Honey Shampoo & Conditioner
Botaneco Garden Organic Chia Seed Oil & Honey Shampoo & Conditioner
23 Nov 2018

Botaneco Garden Organic Chia Seed Oil & Honey Shampoo & Conditioner

A botanical haircare range free from parabens, soap, colorant and DEA, these daily-use products contain organic chia seed oil to restore the hair's natural moisture barrier and retain moisture, and honey extract to nourish and protect your shiny locks. For a soap-free formula, the shampoo lathers well and the delightful fruity-fresh scent is a bonus.

$11.90 each from Guardian

 

Drunk Elephant Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser
Drunk Elephant Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser
23 Nov 2018

Drunk Elephant Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser

Since its arrival into Singapore, this American cult brand has been receiving rave reviews for its organic-based skincare and eco-friendly packaging. This clear gel cleanser emulsifies with water into a milky lather cleaning off heavy makeup, leaving skin deeply cleansed and unclogged. Ideal for normal, oily, combination or sensitive skin, it’s loaded with cantaloupe extract and marula oil to revitalise and regenerate your skin. Over the course of the day, skin seemed to be less oily than usual.

$48 from Sephora

V Prove Any Beauty Vitamin C Soothing Gel Kit
V Prove Any Beauty Vitamin C Soothing Gel Kit
23 Nov 2018

V Prove Any Beauty Vitamin C Soothing Gel Kit

If your skin is a reflection of your stressed, frazzled life, this could be the rescue you need. Containing vitamin C derivatives, this thick gel calms angry, irritated, red skin almost instantly and leaves it soft, satiny and smelling citrusy in two minutes flat! Supposedly, prolonged use will help brighten your skin tone, too.

A 3-piece box at $12 from Sasa

Medicube Blue Erasing Cream
Medicube Blue Erasing Cream
23 Nov 2018

Medicube Blue Erasing Cream

Specially formulated for dry or dehydrated-oily skin types, this day and night cream delivers continuous bursts of intense hydration with the help of four different forms of hyaluronic acid. The fluid-like texture simply melts into the skin leaving a soft velvety finish with a fresh green scent.

$37 from Guardian

Saturday Skin Daily Dew Hydrating Essence Mist
Saturday Skin Daily Dew Hydrating Essence Mist
23 Nov 2018

Saturday Skin Daily Dew Hydrating Essence Mist

The cool pink packaging and minimalist design drew us in at first, but after finding out more about the versatility of this product, it’s become a handbag must-have. A toner first, and hydrating facial mist second, this scent-free spritzer is formulated with kiwi and grape extracts to block free radicals and delivers moisture and nourishment over and under makeup.

$48 from Sephora

Report a problem