I’ve spent the past month sitting at home with my only connection to world being via a phone or web cam, so my beauty game has been more about skincare than makeup: serums, masks and even devices. Because what better time to work on glowing up? Though there are few makeup essentials I wouldn’t go without, even at home—a brow kit for example. Sunscreen is another staple. And every now and then when I’m feeling particularly meh, I’ll reach for my eyeshadow palettes and products that give me dewy skin. Here are some I really enjoyed using this month.
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I may be working from home but doing my brows makes me feel and look pulled together and presentable. Last minute Zoom call? Yeah, I’m ready! And while I’ve always preferred a brow pencil, even I see the benefit (see what I did there?) in having this palette handy. It’s got a mix of brow waxes and powders that allow you to sculpt, build and thicken your brows as needed. I find that using the wax and powders together allow me to create depth and dimension for my brows and keep them from looking flat. But I can also use the wax and powder alone depending on what look I am going for. I really like that the brand included two brushes, one of which has a spoolie at the end of it, which is super helpful. The palette comes in two shade options and each has shade variations that allow you to mix and match to get the perfect brow.
I love a brand that lets you try their products before you decide invest in the full-sized versions. This kit is great for when you’re travelling, but that’s for another time seeing as we’re not going anywhere soon. The Littles Kit has most of the brand’s bestsellers in sizes that are likely to last you at least a month (just nice for the rest of the Circuit Breaker period). That’s enough time to give you an idea of how the products are working for you. My favourites from here are the Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil and the B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Serum, which I have used before. Thanks to this kit, I now know that the cleanser is super gentle and is a good option for a second cleanse or your AM cleansing routine.
This is my go-to whenever my skin looks dull and it has worked every single time. Now that I am home and have a little more time for my skincare routine, I plan to use it more often. The key is to use it with a water-based skincare product or you might find your skin getting clogged. I’m kiasu, so I use all the six lights on every part of my face instead of targeting it according to the areas. But when I do have a breakout, I use the blue light on the affected areas and it helps calm it down a bit. The great thing is, it’s now rechargeable via a USB port, so you no longer need to use alkaline batteries, which can harm the environment.
If you’ve been following me on Instagram (shameless plug, I know), you would know I’m partial to a blue smoky eye. So really, how could I not include this palette in the list? The formula is the same excellent quality as the rest of the Luxury Eyeshadow Palettes with great colour pay-off, no fallout and no creasing. This blue really brings out the brown in my eyes and makes them look striking. Plus the other shades can be worn when you’re not feeling as adventurous.
Wearing a mask every time I step out of the house has left my skin feeling extra dry and I rely on this super hydrating mask to replenish any lost moisture. It comes with a generous amount of a rich jelly-serum that’s packed with coenzyme Q10, royal jelly extract and argan oil. Because there is so much of the jelly-serum, I like to slather it onto my face before putting the mask on. You can use this by itself. But I like to use it as the last step of my skincare routine in place of a moisturiser after all my serums. I assume because it’s the sakura edition, it has quite a strong scent (no added fragrance, though). It doesn’t bother me, but people who don’t like strong fragrances should take note. I keep the masks in the refrigerator and they make for a cooling soothing skincare treat before bed. In the morning, my skin is hydrated, bouncy and dewy.
This product is classified as a “quasi drug” by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, which means that it’s a cross between a skincare product and medical care product and that while it is a cosmetic, its ingredients have been found to reduce wrinkles and lighten pigmentation. Which I can attest to because I found that some of my pigmentation look lighter after using it. I also like that it doesn’t dry my skin like a lot of brightening products do. It has a creamy texture that is quite nourishing, and while I can’t say how well it works on wrinkles, I like to use it as preventive measure for that. If you have oily skin, you might want to use it on its own, but if you have dry skin, you can use it under your moisturiser.
I’m all about dewy, glass skin and this stick allows me to achieve that look without looking shiny. I wouldn’t call it a highlighter—it’s more like a dew stick because the glow you get from this is sans any glitter or sparkle. As with all Fenty Beauty products, it’s meant to work on all skin tones, and unlike other pearlescent products that can look grey on my skin, this one works perfectly. I use it on the high points of my cheeks, and sometimes even on the eyes, for a subtle glossy eye look.
Given that I have to wear a mask each time I step out of the house, it’s essential to fortify my skin barrier so the friction, heat and sweat that gets trapped in it don’t lead to irritation. This serum has five per cent vitamin B5 to keep skin hydrated. This vitamin is also has anti-inflammatory benefits and boosts the skin barrier’s natural healing process. It also has five percent vitamin B3 (also known as niacinamide) that helps reduce pigmentation and redness and protects skin against external aggressors. It also helps brighten skin. It’s ideal for dry or sensitive skin, but really, anyone can use it. It’s lightweight, easily absorbed and layers well with other skincare. I am using it as a preventive measure more than a solution as the moment, because when it comes to skin, prevention is better than cure.
This product has two of my favourite things in one bottle: SPF and a radiance/illuminating primer. The first day I tried it, I used too much (because I am so used to slathering on sunscreen even when I’m at home) and ended up looking like Tin Man. Since then though, I have found the right amount of product—about the size of a 20 cent coin—for the face and neck. It makes me look like I have the most beautiful, glowing skin and protection from the sun’s rays and blue light from my devices (which I spend a lot of time with these days). Though you have to tread carefully if you have textured skin, because it could draw attention to that. It’s a clean formula—for your skin and the oceans—and it packed with ingredients that hydrate, boost moisture and tackle damage from free radicals. It’s best for normal to dry skin types.
The colours of this palette are like the shimmering water of a pool, inviting me to dive in and cool off. And right now with all the pools closed, this is gives me some joy. As usual, I am drawn to the more striking colours of this palette: Ganges the shimmering teal and Risk, the matte sienna. If you’re on the fence about buying this palette because of the bright colours, there are enough neutral and “safe” colours so you can use this palette daily. Plus, the colours have a beautiful colour pay off and minimal kick back. This palette is exclusively available at Tangs.