Treat Yo’self: Best Beauty Products To Buy In August
It’s just past pay-day and you’ve been adulting like the responsible person you are. Your bills are paid, you’ve (hopefully) saved for that metaphorical rainy day and now it’s time for a little treat for yourself. Pick from a skin resetting serum (to undo all the damage OT has caused your skin) a multitasking lippie, an essential sun protection product and a foundation that feels like second skin. Go ahead, you deserve it just for getting out of bed.
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Text: Kayce Teo, Smita DeSouza
MAJIFASHION by L’Oréal Professionnel
Your hair colour is one way of expressing your personality and individuality—so why settle for anything less than your signature style? Enter MAJIFASHION by L’Oréal Professionnel, a translucent permanent hair colour that boasts long-lasting colour and luminosity. The range contains 46 different shades (including 16 ultra-pastel shades!), which you can mix and match to create something that’s uniquely you.
*Do note that MAJIFASHION hair colours are only available at salons. Click here for eight that we recommend!
Benefit Cosmetics Feathered and Full Brows Kit, $62
If you’ve always wanted to cop the full, feathered brow look, it now comes in a box. Comprising the 24-HR Brow Setter gel, Gimme Brow+ that helps beef up sparse brows, Precisely, My Brow Pencil that allows you to create natural looking hair-like strokes, and stencils that take the guess-work out of shaping your brows, this kit all you need. Available in light, medium and deep shades, it’s the easiest way to achieve the on-trend feathered brow look.
Shu Uemura Unlimited Breathable Lasting Cushion Foundation, $78
The cushion version of the much-loved Unlimited Breathable Lasting Foundation, it lets you achieve lightweight, medium-to-full coverage conveniently. Expect any imperfections blurred for a breathable, second skin-like finish that lasts all day without streaking or slipping. There’s also added sun protection factor of 36 and you can choose from 24 shades that were created especially for Asian skin tones. A must-have in your makeup pouch in our books.
Cover FX Monochromatic Blush & Bronzer Duos, $56
Blushers are essential because they add colour and glow to your complexion. We like that Cover FX’s blush and bronzer duos come with two finishes, matte and shimmer, so you can pick and mix depending on your mood or the makeup look you want to achieve that day. The pressed powder has a hybrid powder-cream texture, with emollient ingredients that blend easily, and pigments that give an airy, air-brushed finish. Plus, the formula is vegan-friendly and cruelty-free, and free of parabens, gluten, mineral oil, fragrance and talc – great if you are looking for greener and cleaner options in your beauty routine.
Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Foundation, approx. $96
We’re excited for the launch of this liquid foundation that comes in 36 shades! Categorised into five shade groups—light, light-medium, medium, medium-deep and deep—so it’s easier for you to find a match for your skin tone. This is the very same foundation Mother (as Pat McGrath is fondly called) uses backstage at runway shows. The oil-free formula is also said to be creamy, self-setting and long-wearing, with a satin finish that lasts the entire day. Skin-loving ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, ceramides and a Vita-Serum Complex work with pigments that scatter light and blur out imperfections, so your skin doesn’t just look good, it feels healthier too.
Lancôme Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate, from $130 for a 30ml
With one bottle of serum is sold every six seconds, and 25 million bottles sold worldwide—the love for this serum transcends “cult-favourite”. Which is why the reformulation of this beloved serum is a big thing. At first glance, the bottle looks unchanged. But the reformulated serum has been enriched with pre- and pro-biotics fractions that now work more efficiently to help skin better defend itself against internal and external aggressors. The aim of the serum remains the same—to keep the skin microbiome in a balanced state, which then translates into stronger skin barrier functions and healthier, more radiant skin.
Armani Beauty Color Sketcher, $55
Multi-purpose products that are easy and convenient to use always have us excited. And Armani Beauty’s new Color Sketcher, a makeup pencil/crayon that works as a blush and lip colour, is one of those. It has a smooth, creamy and easily blendable texture, and its satin sheen finish makes it ideal for everyday makeup looks. The formula can also be layered for a more intense look that you can sport for dinner dates and parties. Plus, the colours are super wearable and classic, think shades of beige, brown, pink and plum.
Hourglass Arch Brow Micro Sculpting Pencil, $47
If you’re looking to create natural looking brows, add this brow pencil to your stash. The 1.4mm fine, flat tip allows you to mimic the natural hair so your brows look full without looking fake. The formula is smudge-proof which makes it great for the heat and humidity and it come with a spoolie on the other end so you can create naturally defined brows wherever you want.
Crystal Tomato Beyond Sun Protection, $78
Damage from the sun’s rays is one of the biggest causes of skin ageing—think dehydration, fine lines, rough skin, uneven skin tone and pigmentation. Which is why you need a sun protection product like that Crystal Tomato Beyond Sun Protection that goes beyond protecting your skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays. Not only does it have a high sun protection factor of 75, it also protects your skin from blue light, Infrared and pollution. It’s also hydrating, so you can skip your moisturiser if you have oily skin. And it’s lightweight without leaving a white cast. A winner in our books!
YSL Beauté All Hours Setting Powder, $82
The YSL Beauté All Hours Setting Powder is on our must-buy list this month because it’s a setting powder which comes in a compact form (read: not messy) and gives added coverage on top of setting our makeup. The pigments in the powder are encapsulated in microspheres which ensures even distribution, and the matte finish has a buildable coverage that doesn’t make your complexion look ashy. Plus, there are 12 shades to choose from!
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intense Reset Concentrate, $140
Too many late nights, OT, travel, increasing pollution and even certain foods can set off inflammation in the skin causing it to get red, sometimes itchy and maybe even breakout. All this can also exacerbate signs of ageing. Hit reset on inflamed skin with the new Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intense Reset Concentrate. With 15 times more hyaluronic acid than the Advanced Night Repair, it provides hydration for up to 24-hours forming a mesh over the skin to seal in the hydration. Skin is soothed thanks to lavender and chamomile extracts while powerful antioxidants reduce damage from free radicals. Skin is returned to its pre-inflamed state within an hour. It’s best to save this for periods of high stress, travel or when your skin is inflamed.
Dior Dreamskin Care & Perfect Perfect Skin Creator, $150 for 30ml
The newly reformulated Perfect Skin Creator has more active, natural-origin ingredients such as shea butter, niacinamide, marine sugars and French Alpine water compared to its predecessor, which makes it gentler on skin while helping to strengthen skin barrier, accelerate cellular renewal and nourish skin. The light rose-tinted fluid also has a patented blend of pigments and powders that imparts a youthful radiance and blurs out skin imperfections. Used as the last step of your skincare regimen (before your sunblock), it creates a beauty filter-like effect on skin—great for days when you want to go makeup-free with a your-skin-but-better look. Used under foundation, it works like a primer to allow your makeup to last longer.