May 28, 2015
The NYLON Singapore team tries a huge number of beauty products on a regular basis. While some are forgettable, every month there will be at least one that stands out from the crowd and becomes the one that we recommend to all our friends. To kick off a monthly series on our beauty favourites, here’s what we’re really into for the month of May:
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day® Night Cap Overnight Perfector, $36, Sephora
I have naturally thick, dry hair, and over the years as the white hairs start to emerge (job hazard), my mane has only gotten frizzier and more unmanageable. To be honest, I’ve yet to find a haircare product that can give me the sleek, glossy locks every famous blogger seems to have. I’m pretty much resigned to my hairy lack-lustre state, and either keep my hair pinned back, or hidden under a cap. Then this month I was introduced to Living Proof’s overnight perfector — a hair cream that supposedly gives you better hair in the morning. “Won’t that be greasy if I wear it to sleep?” was my first question. Then I started imagining said greasy hair on my face, and me having a horrifying break out. The bottle says no. The product is “pillow proof”, meaning it gets absorbed into the hair quickly and does not stain or transfer onto pillows. I decided to give it a go. “What could go wrong?” I thought. “It’s just one night.” That was a magical night, because the next day, my hair was a better version of itself. It was, for lack of a better description — full of life. It had better volume — I use the word “better” because remember, I have naturally thick hair, which should be a good thing, but it isn’t when it’s thick and frizzy. The Overnight Perfector made it voluminous and bouncy. Furthermore, the usually annoying stray hairs were behaving and staying in place. Also, the effects of this miracle cream is said to last up to five days, but with these unexpected results, I’ve been adding this to my nightly routine. It also helps that the product smells divine.
– Adele Chan, Editor-in-Chief
VDL Lumilayer Primer, $36, VDL stores
I’ve always been a matte kind of girl. Matte primers, matte foundations, down to matte lips, I hardly ever venture into shimmer territory. It’s for fear of ending up a hot, sparkly mess, I guess. I was aware that VDL’s Lumilayer Primer is its star product, but I never thought of giving it a try, just because it’s not matte. Until it landed on my desk recently, and after letting it sit there for awhile, I thought, what the heck – let’s just give it a chance. And oh boy, does this product live up to its promises. It really adds a radiance that shines through even a thick layer of my matte-finish liquid foundation, much like the kind of glow you see on Korean stars. I’ve written a lot about K-Beauty skin, but have rarely taken active steps to achieving it for myself since I’ve always been content to stay safely in matte territory, but this primer pretty much nails it. And it lasts the entire day too, a happy discovery I made when an intrigued friend came up to me after a gathering at the end of the day to say, “Your face is glowing.” “You don’t mean it’s oily, right?” I asked, mildly horrified – but she insisted it was a glow, not light reflection from oily patches. Of course, I told her about the primer. It’s a mainstay in my daily makeup regime now, and I might just add luminous foundation to the mix soon.
– Tami Lai, Writer
ettusais Creamy Lip Crayon, $23, ettusais stores
Unlike the weird Crayola-as-eyeliner trend that has been going around recently, this lip crayon works! My lips are often dry, and I find that some lip balms tend to make that worse over long hours. This moisturising lip pencil glides smoothly across the lips, provides great moisture, while the colour goes on natural, with a slight sheen that isn’t too sticky or glossy. Been in my makeup bag ever since I first tried them!
– Amelia Tan, Writer
Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara, $32, Sephora
This has officially become the holy grail of mascara for me. With regard to mascaras in general, I’m pretty picky about what I apply onto my lashes. My requirements basically revolve around it being long-lasting, easy to remove and most importantly: serving its purpose to maximum effect.
Tarte’s formula doesn’t clump your lashes neither does it make it feel like your eyelids weigh a ton. One common problem among girls is ripping their lashes off while trying to remove their mascara but with Tarte, one swipe of makeup remover is all you need. Above all, it enhances both the length and thickness of your lashes effortlessly. Stock up, ladies. This is the only mascara you will ever need.
– Trishna Goklani, Fashion Stylist/Writer
Jurlique Daily Exfoliating Cream, $94, escentials at TANGS Orchard
Having dry skin is not an excuse to not exfoliate. This is by far the best exfoliator I own that’s perfect for all skin types, especially dry-sensitive skin. There’s nothing but natural goodness (oats, green tea leaf extract, lactic acid, vitamin C and E and geranium oil, just to name a few) that’s mixed into the oatmeal-looking paste to gently buff away the dead skin cells as you massage the product onto your skin. My face always feel moisturised, plump and smooth after every use. I highly recommend checking this product out.
– Ashley Tang, Designer
Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon, $24, Sephora
I was skeptical when Burt’s Bees released their all-new Lip Crayon, but was pleasantly surprised at the staying power of this one. Besides that, this lip crayon is everything a lip product should be – moisturising, easy to apply, and 100 per cent natural. It comes in six shades that bring you from an easy day look to a pout for a night out, maintaining its lightweight quality all through. It’s already assumed the throne of my daily go-to lip perk-me-up.
– Angelene Wong, Editorial Assistant