October 28, 2015
The fourth edition of the NYLON Singapore x Vanity Trove Beauty Box has arrived! With every issue, we put together a box of carefully chosen beauty products for you to purchase and try. As this is our Japanese issue, this latest edition of the box is dominated by popular Japanese beauty brands, alongside other cult favourites.
This box is priced at just $38 and you get to sample trusted brands like Shiseido, Za, Bioré and Tsubaki.
Click here to buy! $38 from October. Here’s a look at what’s in this edition of the box:
IN THE BOX:
- Benefit POREfessional (3ml)
- Bioré Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover (20ml)
- Bottega Verde Body Cream With Red Grape Extract (50ml)
- CNP Laboratory Anti-Pore Blackhead Clear Kit
- Curél Sebum Care Lotion (8ml) and Moisture Gel (7ml)
- Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion (180ml, full-sized)
- Senka Perfect Watery Oil (20ml) and Perfect Whip (35g)
- Shiseido Professional The Hair Care Fuente Forte Toning Serum (10ml)
- Tsubaki Extra Moist Shampoo and Conditioner (40ml each)
- VDL Beauty Cleansing Foam (25ml)
- Za True White Ex Essence Lotion (20ml)
1. Benefit POREfessional
If you’ve been wondering what’s with all the rave this product gets, it’s high time you try it out. It’s a professional balm that minimises the appearance of pores and fine lines to create a smoother canvas. Use it under makeup (it doubles as a primer) or throughout the day as touchup to keep the shine at bay. The translucent formula is lightweight, oil-free and contains vitamin E to protect your skin from free radicals.
Benefit POREfessional, $51 for 22ml, available at Sephora stores. benefitcosmetics.com
2. Bioré Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover
Bioré has some of the most effective makeup removers in the market, and this one is no different. A first of its kind, this jelly formula has a silky serum-like texture that removes stubborn makeup like waterproof mascara. It’s easy to spread and minimises the tugging the skin to get makeup off, keeping your skin firm for the long run. With 40% moisturising essence, it leaves your skin hydrated and dewy as well.
Bioré Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover, $20.90 for 230ml, available at Watsons stores. kao.com/sg/biore
3. Bottega Verde Body Cream with Red Grape Extract
All the way from Italy, Bottega Verde has set up their first South-East Asian store here in Singapore and we get first dibs on their luxurious products. Get a feel of their body cream, a delightfully aromatic cream with a velvety texture that makes your skin softer from the first application. Our box’s smaller version is ideal for carrying around in your handbag for whenever your skin is feeling parched.
Bottega Verde Body Cream with Red Grape Extract, $18.90 for 250ml, available at Bottega Verde, #02-454/455 Suntec City Mall. bottegaverde.eu
4. CNP Laboratory Anti-Pore Black Head Clear Kit
If the airbrushed-looking skin of Korean stars seems almost impossible to achieve, there’s Korea’s leading cosmeceutical skincare brand, CNP Laboratory, to make our complexion goals a bit more accessible. As one of their star products, the Blackhead Clear Kit promises to remove blackheads and excess sebum to reveal clear and healthy skin. There’re two masks involved in this process – the first is the Hypoallergenic Blackhead Clear Mask containing CNP’s patented active ingredients that lift sebum to the skin surface. After 10 to 15 minutes, peel the mask off and use a cotton bud to remove the loosened blackheads. The second Pore Tightening Mask contains Witch Hazel extract to tighten pores, the CNP Anti-irritant Complex to soothe sensitive skin, and an active ingredient that controls sebum production and reduces the appearance of pores.
CNP Laboratory Anti-Pore Black Head Clear Kit, $14.10 for three sets of two masks, available at selected Guardian Health & Beauty stores. cnpcosmetics.com.sg
5. Curél Sebum Care Lotion & Moisture Gel
Koreans aren’t the only ones with a secret to flawless skin; Japanese women have glowing skin to envy as well. Curél is Japan’s top brand for sensitive Asian skin and its Sebum Care range has been created for sensitive and oily or combination skin types. The range helps to strengthen skin against external irritants through protecting and replenishing ceramide, a necessary component in the skin that builds resilience. It also regulates sebum secretion to keep oil and acne in check. The Curél Sebum Care Lotion is a non-sticky formula that preps your skin to better take in moisture – after the Lotion, apply the Moisture Gel, a non-sticky liquid-based gel that spreads easily for quick absorption into the deep layers of skin.
Curél Sebum Care Lotion, $24.90 for 150ml, and Moisture Gel, $34.90 for 120ml. Available at selected Guardian and Watson’s stores. kao.com/sg/curel
6. Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydration Lotion
Say good riddance to uncomfortably chapped skin. This Neogence lotion is infused with hyaluronic acid and an ingredient called Tornare to deliver ample moisture to the skin. It simultaneously maintains hydrous conditions in the skin for a greater ability to absorb moisture. On top of that, its ingredients are purified, it’s alcohol-free and it soothes dry skin that’s undergone medical beauty treatment or sun exposure.
Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydration Lotion, $22.90 for 180ml, available at Sasa stores and SELECTIV’ by Sasa at ION Orchard Link. sasa.com
7. Senka Perfect Watery Oil and Perfect Whip
Senka’s Perfect Watery Oil is a fast, scrub-free makeup remover that not only clears impurities but also cleanses sebum. Follow this with the Perfect Whip foam cleanser, which contains a high moisture-retaining ingredient from silk cocoons. The cleanser has a bouncy marshmallow-like texture that’s five times denser than conventional foam cleansers.
Senka Perfect Watery Oil, $22.90 for 230ml, and Senka Perfect Whip, $12.90 for 120g, available at Watsons stores. facebook.com/senka.sg
8. Shiseido Professional The Hair Care Fuente Forte Toning Serum
Through dermatological research, Shiseido has found that healthy hair begins with a healthy scalp. More than 60% of women have scalp roughening, which leads to weaker hair and increased sebum secretion. The oil that results is turned into irritants when in contact with UV rays and resident microorganisms on the scalp, ending in dreaded scalp odour and skin inflammation. To solve this problem, Shiseido has developed a toning serum that promotes a healthy scalp less prone to irritation. Try out a sample of the toning serum and feel the difference in your mane.
Shiseido The Hair Care Fuente Forte Toning Serum, $60 for 125ml, available at selected salons. See facebook.com/shiseidoprofessional for salon listing.
9. Tsubaki Extra Moist Shampoo and Conditioner
As its name states, a key ingredient of this shampoo and conditioner set is Tsubaki, or Camellia Japonica – an oil that’s used as an emollient and smoothens hair for greater shine. Both shampoo and conditioner smell divine, and leave unmanageable hair silkier and detangled.
Tsubaki Extra Moist Shampoo and Conditioner, $16.90 for 500ml each, available at Watsons stores and Guardian Health & Beauty stores. tsubaki.sg
10. VDL Beauty Cleansing Foam
With so many cleansing foams to choose from, what makes VDL’s Beauty Cleansing Foam stand out is that it’s been specially formulated to suit different skin types as it comes in two versions: one for sensitive skin and one for normal skin. It offers a mild but deep clean with silky and fine micro bubbles, and foams up into a rich bubbly foam.
VDL Beauty Cleansing Foam comes in a sensitive skin option, $24, and normal option, $18, both 150ml. Available at VDL stores. vdlcosmetics.com
11. Za True White EX Essence Lotion
Under the Shiseido brand umbrella, Za’s products are many women’s go-to brand for affordable beauty and skincare, no matter what age. The True White Ex Essence Lotion promises whiter and clearer skin with a more even skin tone and fewer dark spots. It contains Shiseido’s star ingredient, Whitening 4MSK, that stops melanin formation, the culprit of uneven skin tone, and SPA ingredients to keep the skin hydrated over long periods of time. Vitamin C derivatives are included for a double lightening effect against dark melanin and prevent further discolouration. The Essence Lotion multi-tasks as a lotion, emulsion and essence – a convenient solution for healthier looking skin.
Za True White Ex Essence Lotion, $21.90 for 150ml, available at Watsons stores. za-cosmetics.com
The October edition of the NYLON Singapore x Vanity Trove Beauty Box, $38. Available here.