Tried and Tested: The Best Beauty Buys To Spend Your Money On This Month
As a beauty editor, a part of my job description is knowing what’s new on the market and recommending it to you. How do I know what to recommend? By trying them out, of course. Here are some of the latest beauty drops that I’ve tried and loved.
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Dior Lip Glow Oil, $50
This lip oil saved my lips on my recent winter vacation, keeping them soft and hydrated thanks to cherry oil in the formula. After wearing it through the day (you’d need to apply it regularly), I didn’t even need my usual lip mask at night. My lips felt smoother and lines looked softer. It offers a sheer wash of colour that adapts to all lip shades thanks to the colour reviver technology. I enjoyed using it so much I find myself reaching for it even after I came back to Singapore.
Fenty Beauty Snap Shadows Mix & Match Eyeshadow Palette, $$39 each, $70 for 2
These are so convenient to travel with, and are equally handy when you’re back home. Plus, they’re really affordable. Want neutrals but don’t want to sacrifice on colours? No problem! Mix and match any of the eight palettes and snap them together to emulate a single, two-sided palette. Switch them up for different occasions, travel destinations and your mood. The combinations are endless. My favourite is the Deep Neutrals, which is a mix of matte and shimmer textures in—neutral shades, of course—but also includes one transition shade. With these, I could create soft day looks or smoky looks ideal for a night out.
Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial, $74
This mask this the F-Bomb! Literally. It’s packed with vitamin F, which is really an essential fatty acid, which has an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin. This along with the soothing niacinamide, plant squalane, ceramides and antioxidant deeply nourishes and hydrates skin. I use it alone, in place of my moisturiser, or over my moisturuiser, depending on how my skin feels on a particular day. I also use it in the morning, especially after I have used retinol or acids, to counteract any dryness or irritation I may have, and also to combat dryness caused by air-conditioning.
Tarte Big Ego Sketch & Set Brow Pencil & Tinted Gel, $36
There are quite a few brow products out there that allow you to draw and set your brows. What I really like about this one is that the microfine tip of the pencil has formula that glides on, allowing me to easily fill in the sparse parts of my brow. Once I’ve built my brow, I set it with the gel that comes with a spoolie that is just the right size for brows. If I want natural-looking brows, I just use the pencil. If I’m going for stronger brows, I add the setting gel. You can also wipe off the excess product from the spoolie when you absolutely need to set your brows but want a softer finish.
MAC Patent Paint Lip Lacquer, $39
This is one of my favourite lip products at the moment. It gives me vinyl-like shine combined with pigmented colour. It’s great for when I want to focus on one feature, i.e., my lips, and pare back the rest of my makeup. It doesn’t feel sticky or heavy and fades to a beautiful stain. Plus, the shape of this applicator allows me to trace the outline of my lips for a precise finish.
Marc Jacobs See-Quins Glam Glitter Liquid Eyeshadow, $38
I’m a big fan of the original See-Quins, so I was excited to try out the new liquid iteration of it and I wasn’t disappointed. Firstly, it’s super easy to use—just swipe on with the applicator wand and blend with your finger or an eyeshaow brush. Blending will sheer out the product and give you a very subtle glimmer. If you prefer a bolder sheen, swipe it on and leave it as is. Whichever you choose to do, once its set, it won’t budge till you decide to remove it.
Urban Decay Stay Naked Threesome - Bronzer, Highlighter, Blush, $52
If there ever was a threesome I was into, this would be it. The newest addition to the Naked range, this combines a highlighter, bronzer and blush. Depending on my mood and my makeup look, I sometimes use them individually. But when I’m in a rush, I just swipe my brush from right to left, for a blend of all three, to give me a healthy, sun-kissed, glowy look. The finely milled powder blends easily and doesn’t look cakey. Pack it with you on your next vacation so you don’t have to carry too many products.
SkinInc Beauty Jelly Dose, $68 for 28 sachets
I haven’t been taking this long enough to notice any changes to my skin, but what I can tell you is that unlike some other collagen supplements, it has a tasty peach flavor. It has apple cider vinegar and black vinegar, both of which promote gut health, which is important for clear skin. They also detox the body to reduce water retention for a less puffy face. The tasty supplement is also packed with vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, marine collagen and marine placenta which together help fight intrinsic ageing, fine lines, damage from the sun’s rays and pollution. You just need one sachet a day.
Peter Thomas Roth Peptide 21 Amino Acid Exfoliating Pads, $89 for 60 pads
I use these at night to slough off dead skin and refine pores, and I always find my skin looks brighter and more even toned the next morning. It also feels smoother, and my makeup just glides on. Along with a powerful exfoliating complex that is a combination of phytic acid, salicylic acid and sodium lactate, these peel pads are also infused with peptide building amino acids, to help keep skin plump. They alos contain soothing green tea and chamomile, which are rich in antioxidants.
After gently swiping the pads all over your face, you can keep the formula on for one to three minutes before rinsing off and following with your skincare regimen. But remember, don’t skip out on sunscreen when using exfoliating products. And as with any new product, remember to do a patch test before you use it all over.