June 23, 2015

What we’ve tried, tested and loved in the month of June.


Chanel CC Cream, $85, Chanel counters

I’m not a fan of BB creams. A moisturiser / primer / foundation in one sticky, pore clogging formula? No thanks. And CC creams? When they were first introduced, I thought the term was just a fancier version of the BB cream; another marketing gimmick to provide “newness” in an oversaturated beauty industry. Even when Chanel’s prestigious version came along, I was skeptical. Then one day I gave it a try and was pleasantly surprised by its texture. Most BB and CC creams remain tacky on the skin after application (after all, many of them are really just tinted moisturisers), but with Chanel’s version, it felt light, and was not sticky, plus it truly did even out my complexion. Now on days when I’m in a rush, or when I’m travelling, this CC Cream is everything – a makeup base, sunscreen (it has SPF 50, PA++++), and foundation. All I need is a good face brush to buff the product into my skin. There are limited shades, but if you find one that suits you, I’d recommend this product in a second.

– Adele Chan, Editor-in-Chief


GLAMGLOW THIRSTYCLEANSE Daily Hydrating Cleanser, $59, escentials and Sephora stores

I’ve recently embarked on a rather active lifestyle, which means I’m out under the sun more often and I sweat a lot more, so it’s no surprise that by the time I get home all I want to do is shower off and sleep — much less go through an elaborate skincare routine. This cleanser honestly saves me so much time, It does a deep cleanse without having stripping my skin’s moisture and it has a slight hint of coconut from the coconut water within the mud (the scent temporarily makes me think of a beach getaway, which instantly relaxes me).

You essentially get the best of both worlds, as it’s like their THIRSTYMUD and a cleanser put into one, to save time to get that plump and hydrated appeal. It’s definitely my new favourite deep cleanser that I gravitate towards to achieve clear and hydrated skin.

– Ashley Tang, Designer


BeautyBlender, $30, Sephora stores and luxola.com


The original BeautyBlender has made an undeniable impact on my foundation routine and I would almost go as far as to say it has been life-changing. This hot pink and egg-shaped sponge has some specific technology (or magic) in its unassuming build that allows the simplest dabbing to create a flawlessly airbrushed face. Whether applied with my favourite base, the NARS Sheer Glow foundation in Punjab, or over my dark circles with the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer, the BeautyBlender does wonders for a non-professional make up hand like mine. It may be slightly pricey but it’s absolutely worth it if you don’t want a cakey face or brush strokes on your skin, with minimal effort. But do remember to wet it first, and when you dab, let it bounce on your skin lightly. These two tips make a huge difference. Let the BeautyBlender do the work for you!

– Michelle Ong, Account Executive


DrGL Eye Repair Brightening, $188, Sephora ION Orchard, TANGS Orchard, Robinsons The Heeren


This helped a lot with my dark circles. How do I know this? When I went back to Bobbi Brown to restock on concealer recently, I realised I’m two shades lighter now.

– Jolene Quek, Senior Account Executive


NARS Blush in Torrid, $50, TANGS Orchard and Robinsons The Heeren


I’m gonna be really safe and pick a famous favourite – the NARS Blush in Torrid, a warm coral with golden shimmer. Somehow, and I say this incredulously, I have never tried their blushes till early this year. Yes, I’m ashamed. But I finally, finally get why they’re so raved about. The colour goes on instantly, definitely highly-pigmented, while application was smooth. Blending was a breeze too, and I’ll end up with a natural, flushed finish. A lasting one.

Many would compare this to their best-selling Orgasm shade, but I’d say Torrid has a slight edge. Firstly, it’s a lovely coral shade compared to the Orgasm’s pinker tones, making it very appropriate for summer. Corals are also said to compliment skin with yellow undertones. I wouldn’t worry too much about that, but I’d say the shade is pretty universal – it works whether you’re fair, tan or dark-skinned. And secondly, this shade isn’t as shimmery, yet there’s still enough shimmer for a glowing complexion. If you’re planning to add another NARS blush into your collection (you do have one right), this is the one. No pressure. 

– Amelia Tan, Writer


Benefit It’s Real! Push-Up Liner in Beyond Green, $40, Sephora stores


I definitely did not expect to like green eyeliner so much. But since I’ve had pretty good success with blue, when this new version of Benefit’s It’s Real! gel eyeliner appeared in the office, I chose a day when I was feeling particularly adventurous to test this out. And a green cat eye actually looks really, really cool. I kept my lipstick colour neutral when wearing this, which allows it to really pop – and I also realised dark green is a lot more flattering and easier to pull off compared to a light or electric green. It also really helps that the applicator, or as Benefit calls it, the patent-pending “Accuflex tip”, has a shape that complements my regular cat eye flick perfectly. Sure, it takes some getting used to because it’s so different from a regular eyeliner brush tip, but it’s not hard to figure out. While I’ve learnt that eyeliner formulations are subjective (eyeliners that don’t smudge on me could become a runny mess on someone else), this one does not smudge ONE. BIT. It’s probably due to the waxier formula. Anyway, I’m already eyeing the purple version.

– Tami Lai, Writer


Browhaus HD Mascara, $17.90, Browhaus salons 



I bought this on impulse because it’s one of Browhaus’s new makeup products and surprisingly it worked really well. It’s smudge-proof, waterproof and clump-free; perfect for wearing throughout the day and even lasts through my post-work dance training. No looking in the mirror and getting shocked at smudged panda eyes.

– Angelene Wong, Editorial Assistant


Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer, $40, Sephora stores


I am a victim of buying the wrong shade over and over and so, I stopped buying concealer altogether because there really wasn’t a dark enough shade to cover my eye bags UNTIL someone recommended Urban Decay’s Naked Concealer. Not only did I find a shade dark enough for my skin, it also blends in effortlessly and lasts all day (and night). Perfect. 

– Trishna Goklani, Fashion Stylist/Writer