NYLON Singapore Beauty Hit List 2018

It’s time again to award the best in beauty: For the fifth edition of the annual NYLON Singapore Beauty Hit List, we’re focusing on products launched through 2017, so you can update your collection with all the best-performing products on the market. To select the winners among this year’s nominees, we’ve assembled an expert panel of judges who share several decades of beauty experience between them.

THE JUDGES :

 

 

ADELE CHAN : Apart from being the Editor-in-Chief of NYLON Singapore, Adele has released two editions of her book Editing Beauty. She has spent most of her working life in the local media industry and was previously handling Public Relations for Estée Lauder in Singapore.

 

 

NIKI BRUCE : A media professional with over 15 years of experience in the industry, Niki’s work spans across fashion, beauty, entertainment, lifestyle, and design, in both print and digital. The former Editor-in-Chief of HerWorldPLUS and Editorial Director at Honeycombers has an addiction to shoes and admits she drops way too much money on emerging Korean fashion and beauty brands. Have a look at her style blog here: nikibruce.com.

 

SHARON LIM : With 30 years of experience in print and digital media under her belt, Sharon is now a Strategic Content Director at The Ate Group, an integrated communications agency. The former Editor-in-Chief of Elle Singapore and current Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts lecturer has also appeared on Channel NewsAsia and BBC World News to speak on fashion, beauty, as well as women’s and social media issues.

 

 

SUSANAH CHEOK : Susanah is an accomplished multi-platform publishing professional, who spent the last three decades shaping the consciousness of readers in Singapore’s leading print magazines and websites. She is the founder of The Edit, a content creation consultancy that collaborates with magazines, websites and brands to produce compelling content for a wide variety of audiences. She is also an ardent animal advocate, a devoted mother of cats, and a part-time radio DJ.

 

WENDY CHENG (@xiaxue) : Better known by her pseudonym Xiaxue, the OG blogger and influencer made her mark for being an outspoken personality on social media, but that’s not all she’s recognised for. The proud mother of one is also a beauty junkie who produces regular content for her own YouTube channel as well as reality lifestyle channel Clicknetwork.

 

 

 

MONGCHIN YEOH (@mongabong) : Like many others, Mongchin started out as a blogshop model, but the Singapore Management University Accountancy undergraduate carved a niche for herself through her love for fashion, beauty, food and travel. If you’ve ever visited her Instagram account or stopped by her YouTube channel and website, you’ll know that this content creator has a clear passion for all things beauty and lifestyle.

 

 

CHRISTABEL CHUA (@bellywellyjelly) : Known to most by her moniker Bellywellyjelly, Christabel doesn’t just post photogenic snippets of her life on her blog and Instagram account; she also curates her collaborations with notable brands on her social media channels, and she’s got a few tips and tricks of her own when it comes to getting that fresh, glowing complexion. You can check out her line of cheeky accessories too over at iamkai.co.

 

 


 

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All The CNY Beauty Collections You Need To Know For The Year of The Pig

It’s the Year of the Pig and whether you’re queuing up for crisp notes, shopping for new clothes or even KonMari-ing your houses, we can all agree that we’re all just as excited to ring in the festive occasion.  Besides receiving loads of ang paos, indulging in mouth-watering delicacies, and spending time with your loved ones — the one thing that’s getting us all hyped is the plethora of makeup collections that are being released in commemoration of the Lunar New Year. In this article, we’ve rounded up an assortment of lipsticks, skincare and more beauty products, inspired by the Year of the Pig, for you to get your hands on so you can look like a 10/10 while you’re out visiting.

HERA 

HERA Limited Edition Golden Pig Collection (L–R): Magic Starter in Lavender ($62), Age Reverse Cushion ($80), Rouge Holic Shine ($45), Signia Cream ($380). Available at all HERA counters

The Year of The Pig will officially begin on 5th February but brands have already started rolling out a ton of their own collections inspired by the farm animal. Take a cue from HERA’s latest CNY range — that also comes with an Age Reverse Cushion — a great go-to product if you’re looking for something protects and conceals any signs of ageing. The collection also includes — a Magic Starter cream that helps in improving dull skin, a Rouge Holic Shine lipstick (that comes in 2 shades: One Perfect Red and Secret Burgundy) to dress your pouts with, and a Signia Cream that improves your overall complexion while giving the skin elasticity!

CHANEL Beauty 

CHANEL Beauty Asia-Exclusive Rouge Allure N°8 Lipstick, $54.

We all know that you can’t go wrong with a red lippie, especially if it’s one that’s from CHANEL Beauty. If you’re looking for a true classic, enter Rouge Allure Lipstick in No.8. The lipstick glides on seamlessly on the lips and dresses your pout in the prettiest red hue that speaks volumes. Who doesn’t want to make a statement?

YSL Beauty

YSL Beauté Touche Éclat Le Cushion, $92. Available at all YSL counters and TANGS.

This glorious oriental-themed compact by YSL Beauté just dropped — and, truly, it’s a beauty in its own form. Inspired by the style and dynasty of the ancient Chinese legend, YSL Beauté presents its highly coveted Touche Éclat Le Cushion in a limited edition imperial blue engraved case engraved with an intricate dragon’s scale pattern. So, so, so sleek!

M.A.C Lucky Red 

M.A.C Lucky Red Collection (L–R): Lucky Red Lipstick ($33), Powder/Blush Brush (68), Powder Blush Duo ($68). Available at all M.A.C. stores.

M.A.C is bringing some serious game this year ’round with its Lucky Red Collection — and we can’t help but love every single one of them! The collection features an array of beauty must-haves for you to add to your ever-growing stockpile of makeup you have at home.

Dust on the Powder Blush Duo on your cheeks for a rosy flush with M.A.C’s very own Powder/Blush Brush and add a pop of colour to your lips with their Lucky Red Lipstick for a look that’ll steal the show at every gathering you go to!

Benefit Cosmetics 

Benefit Cosmetics You’re A Lucky Star – Happiness (Limited Edition), $54. Available at Sephora.

Nothing screams The Year of the Pig than a Piggy Bank adorned in an auspicious red box like this number by Benefit Cosmetics. Stocked with some of the brand’s bestsellers, the set features all your basic tools for you to get dolled up this Chinese New Year! Brows, lashes and lips? Check, check, and check!

NARS

NARS Lunar New Year Collection (L–R): Powermatte Lip Pigment Limited Edition ($40), Aqua Glow Cushion Foundation Compact Case Limited Edition ($20). Available at all NARS counters.

Cult beauty brand, NARS, is celebrating the Lunar New Year in the prettiest way possible: with the launch of a new makeup collection inspired by all things red! For a quick touch up while you’re on-the-go, buff on NARS’ Aqua glow Cushion Foundation Compact Case and finish your look with the Powermatte Lip Pigment, that doesn’t only come in 1, not 2, but 3 different shades for the perfect pout! Huat even…

BECCA Cosmetics

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector™ Pressed Highlighter — Year of the Pig (Limited Edition), $58. Available at Sephora.

Fancy something that isn’t red, yet festive? BECCA Cosmetics just launched their new Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter and it sports a pig graphic imprint on the palette itself!

Shu Uemura 

shu uemura RD163, $38. Available at shue uemura stores and TANGS.

Rule No. 1: No outfit is ever complete without a bold lip. If you’re still on the hunt for a good lipstick that doesn’t crack or feather, look no further. shu uemura’s latest RD163 is formulated especially for Asian women and what can we say — it’s suitable for ALL skin tones. No doubt about that! The lipstick goes on smoothly on the lips and dries off nicely for kissable lips that’ll last all day long! Not to mention, it also comes in matte, satin and lacquer textures for you to choose from for any occasion.

Lancôme

Lancôme Advanced Génefique Serum ($130), Absolue Cushion ($140) and L’Absolu Rouge lipstick ($49). Available at all Lancôme counters.

Want glowy, dewy skin? Lancome just released their own CNY Limited Edition collection which features its Advanced Génefique Serum, Absolue Cushion and L’Absolu Rouge lipstick — all decked out in red and gold accents!

Giorgio Armani 

Giorgio Armani Beauty Cushion Couture My Armani To Go Essence-In-Foundation Cushion SPF-23 (RED) and My Armani To Go Essence-In-Foundation Tone-Up Cushion SPF-15 (BEIGE), $105 each. Available at Giorgio Armani Beauty counters and TANGS.

When you’re out travelling from one place to another, the sweltering heat in Singapore can take its toll on your skin. If your makeup slides off your face by 2pm, you might want to try Giorgio Armani Beauty’s latest Cushion Couture. Inspired by the elegance of the couture fan, the collectable edition comes in two different types of cushion foundations: My Armani To Go Essence-In-Foundation Cushion SPF-23 and My Armani To Go Essence-In-Foundation Tone-Up Cushion SPF-15 — of which both comes encased in two varying colours: red and beige respectively.

Etude House 

Etude House Happy Piglet collection. Prices range from $7.90 onwards. Available at all Etude House stores.

Fans of Winnie The Pooh (and Piglet), this one’s for you! Etude House and Disney have recently teamed up to release the brand’s Happy Piglet collection and it’s literally the cutest thing ever! Choose from blushers, eyeshadows to lip tints and many others — this Happy Piglet collection doesn’t fall short on makeup with the cutest packaging to ring in the New Year.

L’Occitane

L’Occitane Chinese New Year Limited-Edition Shea Butter Hand Cream, $39. Available at L’Occitane stores.

Whether you’re gambling or handing out red packets to your loved ones, you’d want to make sure your hands stay soft and supple throughout the day. For a quick pick-me-up, try L’Occitane’s iconic Shea Butter Hand Cream. Unlike its original packaging, the brand’s bestselling hand cream receives a whole new makeover, just in time for the Lunar New Year! Undeniably one of the must-have items to tuck in your purse, this cream will definitely come in handy while you’re out visiting.

SK-II

SK-II Lunar New Year Limited Edition Facial Treatment Essence, 230ml, $269. Available at SK-II counters and online.

A cult beauty classic and a holy grail must-have for many, SK-II’s bestselling Facial Treatment Essence receives an upgrade with its new fiery red packaging! Not only will this bottle stand out on your vanity table but it’ll also brighten your skin’s complexion. Trust us, if you can’t seem to find the time for any facial treatments before CNY, adding the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence might just suffice.

Salvatore Ferragamo 

Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina New Year Edition EDP, 50ml, $156. Available at departmental stores.

What’s the point of looking good when you can’t smell good? When you’re out visiting, you’ll definitely want to make an impression with every visit. No?

This Lunar New Year, treat yourself to a floral-fruity fragrance like this iconic classic by Salvatore Ferragamo. This limited edition Signorina bottle is dressed in a beautiful vinyl red gradient bottle that comes complete with an opulent velvet Vara bow for a touch of classiness. The blend, on the other hand, features an intoxicating mix of sparkling pink pepper and redcurrants, alongside notes of rose, peony and jasmine with hints of musk, patchouli and pannacota! What a dream…

The Lazy Girl’s Guide To Popsicle Lips With Revlon’s New Kiss Cushion Lip Tints

As we saunter into the new year, our never-ending need to strive to be better versions of ourselves is of utmost importance when it comes to our resolutions. Exercising more regularly, starting on a healthy diet… the list goes on. But let’s be more realistic — when it comes to fulfilling our resolutions, most of us, for that matter, end up losing our drive and we fall back to being lazier versions of ourselves, especially when it comes to makeup.

Popsicle Lip Trend (Photo Courtesy)

Introducing the popsicle lip trend. Now, this trend may not sound new to some, but it certainly is the ultimate lazy girl’s go-to look when it comes to looking effortlessly chic and polished (without even trying). Essentially, this trend involves applying a lip tint in the centermost part of your lips and smudging it out with your fingers for a gradient-like finish. It’s the kind of stained look you’d get after eating a popsicle — it’s lighter on the outside and fades into its true colour on the inside of your lips.

Revlon Kiss Cushion Lip Tints, $21.90 each. Available in-stores at Watsons, Guardian, Sa Sa, major departmental stores and online at Lazada and Shopee. 

To snag this look, try Revlon’s new range of Kiss Cushion Lip Tints. These revolutionary lippies make exceptional additions to anyone’s makeup stash, especially if you’re looking for an everyday lip colour to pop onto your lips.

Designed with a cushion tip that glides seamlessly upon application, these Kiss Cushion Lip Tints apply like a gloss with buildable colour for you to go as sheer or as bold as you’d like. If the popsicle lip trend doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can always swipe on more layers for a more pigmented lacquer finish.

Revlon Kiss Cushion Lip Tints in 8 shades: Berry Lit, Crimson Feels, Extra Violet, Fancy Rose, High-End Coral, Naughty Mauve, Pink IRL, and Wine Trip.

We all know how important it is to stay bomb while beating the summer heat in Singapore — and so, if you find yourself having to deal with dry, chapped lips, or if you’re not a fan of matte lipsticks, then these new lip tints might be your new match. Plus, they come infused with coconut oil to keep your lips healthy and hydrated ’round the clock so dry, chapped lips would be the least of your worries.

Here’s a closer look at the different shades that Revlon has to offer with the new collection of Kiss Cushion Lip Tints (available in 8 shades):

 

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And if you’re curious to find out more about Revlon’s new Cushion Lip Tints, drop by any of the 5 selected Guardian stores below to enjoy exclusive promotions and stand a chance to win $120 worth of Revlon products!

 

REVLON X GUARDIAN EXCLUSIVE 

From 17 Jan to 23 Jan: Jurong Point, Raffles Place MRT, Novena Square
From 24 Jan to 30 Jan: Clementi Mall and JEM

 

Plus, be one of the first 100 to get your hands on the new Revlon Kiss Cushion Lip Tint when you bring your pre-loved lipstick for exchange, happening only at Guardian Jurong Point! Check out the full deets below:

REVLON LIP PRODUCT EXCHANGE 

Date: 19 Jan 2019, Saturday
Time: 11AM — 3PM (or while stocks last)
Venue: Jurong Point
Like & follow RevlonSG on Facebook and Instagram

Terms & Conditions include:
Products must be full-sized.

Limited to the first 100 customers.
1 exchange per person.
*More T&Cs apply.

 


Revlon Kiss Cushion Lipsticks ($21.90) will be available in-stores at Watsons, Guardian, Sasa, major departmental stores and online at Lazada and Shopee

A Brand New Shower Experience with Lush’s Shower Bombs

I’ve seen numerous videos of people using Lush’s bath bombs. The moment the bath bomb touches the tub water, it dissolves, magically forming a sea of psychedelic colours. It is fun to watch, but probably not so practical to use in Singapore since most of us take showers instead of baths. Well, Lush has introduced their new invention, shower bombs, and you can now have a luxurious experience in the shower.

 

 

The shower bombs fizz upon contact with water, releasing both scent and sound for a sensory experience. With the use of essential oils in the shower bombs, these fizzers are sure to provide you with an aromatherapeutic, spa-like experience.

 

From left to right, first row: Sleepy and Not Sleepy; second row: Karma and Koyaanisqatsi; each retailing at $7

 

Each shower bomb uses different ingredients for various effects. Use Sleepy or Koyaanisqatsi for a balancing and calming effect, Karma for a relaxing and uplifting effect and Not Sleepy for an uplifting, refreshing and cleansing effect. The shower bombs also use added seaweed and starches to create a cleansing mousse that can be applied all over your body, giving you silky soft skin. All you have to do is to get a shower bomb of your choice (Sleepy, Not Sleepy, Karma or Koyaanisqatsi), run your shower just right and hold your shower bomb under the flow. As it expands, scoop up the foam, use it to cleanse and go back for more until the whole bomb is gone. Watch how to use the shower bombs here.

 

From left to right, first row: Under The Umbrella Tree (bath bomb, $10) and Little Bottle Of Calm (bath bomb, $10); second row: Little Pot Of Energy (naked body lotion, $23) and Brave (mouthwash tabs, $18); third row: Spinning Plates (bubble spinner, $18)

 

These are all part of Lush’s upcoming #LushMoods launch, which includes other products such as bath bombs, mouthwash tabs, a bubble spinner and a naked body lotion for your various needs.

 


Shop these new products at Lush stores nationwide from 18 January 2019 or get them online.

Gentle Monster’s Full 2019 Collection ’13’ Is Finally Here!

Seoul-based designer eyewear brand Gentle Monster is not unfamiliar to many. You may have seen their exhibition-like stores at ION Orchard and The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, or have noticed your favourite Korean celebrities donning their eyewear pieces. The brand has just announced the release of its full 2019 collection and it is like no other.

Gentle Monster’s new collection is named after the number 13. This is a significant number and isn’t just randomly picked by the brand. In this eyewear campaign story, ’13’ represents the imaginary 13th lunar month, ‘Undecember’. This is when the earth begins to face extreme ecological changes, flora and fauna start to behave abnormally and humans start to be dangerously dependent on scientific or religious beliefs. In essence, ’13’ is a fictional story of what will happen with the introduction of the 13th lunar month. You can check out the full story of ’13’ here.

 

 

Gentle Monster’s identity of being abstract and eccentric shines through both the story and the collection itself. ’13’ mirrors the brand’s image of being bold and unconventional, boasting a total of 18 styles with a mixture of classic and avant-garde eyewear designs. The use of shapes, colours and details in this collection gives rise to trendy and unique pieces, such as BEES, MOHENIC and NEWTURTLE.

Inspired by the crescent moon, BEES features a half-moon shaped micro lens with bold bridge details. MOHENIC has a vintage, rectangular metal frame and narrow, tinted micro lens that adds a strip of colour to the piece. As for NEWTURTLE, it has a statement acetate bar across the top of the eyewear with unique bridge details for those looking to add a statement piece to their wardrobe.

 


The Gentle Monster 2019 collection ’13’ is now available at Gentle Monster Singapore flagship stores.

Makeup From Our Moms: After All These Years, Do They Really Work?

Come on, ‘fess up, we’ve all sneaked into our parents’ room before, and chances are, you’d have reached for something on your mom’s dresser. A secret spritz of Chanel N°5, perhaps? Maybe a daring dab of rouge, or sinister smear of lipstick?

 

Whatever it was, we’ve since left those impressionable days behind and are more than capable to form our own opinions on what constitutes a beauty staple. Or what shouldn’t be — cakey powder compacts, anyone? While mom might still fuss over the same makeup, we’ve moved on to the greener pastures of high-tech beauty, a world of beauty blenders and way better formulas.

For the sake of curiosity though, the NYLON team has decided to re-dive into our mom’s beauty drawers — with permission this time — to find out what they’re using, and whether it works. Does that decades-old cult product or brand deserve its fame, or is all that brand loyalty for naught? We’ll see.

 


MAKEUP

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup

$70, available at Estée Lauder counters and Sephora

“Full disclosure: I was not completely sold when I first tried the Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation. I usually prefer a more dewy look and this formula leans more towards a soft matte finish. But after two to three more rounds of playing with the product, I liked the lightness of the foundation and when I buffed it into my face, the application was pretty seamless. Even though the coverage is light, a few drops provide you with a really sheer natural-looking finish; a tad more and most of my imperfections basically went poof.”

— Sinead Lee, Writer

M.A.C Satin Lipstick in Amorous 

$33, available at M.A.C counters

“So yes, I’m openly admitting to stealing this from my mom’s makeup stash, and I truly think it was this M.A.C lipstick that led me down that slippery slope of lipstick addiction. I’m now the type of person who constantly has at least 5 lipsticks in my bag, always. Moving on to this product though. With its classic packaging and such a wearable shade, I can see why my mom’s a M.A.C lipstick advocate — heck, any one would be! It’s been a while since I had one to my lips though, so I gave it a proper go…

Only to find that 12-year-old me probably thought more highly of this than the current me. It’s not bad, but it’s not amazing either! The creamy formula sits comfortably most of the day, but isn’t as velvety-smooth as I’d like and tugs slightly upon application. I’m glad to say that the stickiness and unaccustomed taste I used to complain about when I was younger is no longer here though!

There’s also a lingering scent I used to unimaginatively brand ‘the lipstick smell’ that’s still here — it still obvious, though it’s more powdery and toned-down now than it was before. Smelling it all over again did made me feel kinda nostalgic! Still, I don’t think I’ll be picking up this particular rosy hue that soon, since I tend towards brighter shades; I’d be more open to the iconic bold red of Ruby Woo. I’m my own person after all!”

— Amelia Tan, Deputy Editor

IT COSMETICS Your Skin But Better CC Cream SPF 50+

$62, available on Sephora

“I’ve always heard about IT Cosmetics’ Your Skin But Better CC Cream, especially from my mom who claims that it’s one of her must-have beauty items in her makeup stash. The thing is: I’ve never been a huge fan of CC Creams. For one, I’ve always felt that it doesn’t give me as much coverage as a normal foundation would. Secondly, it isn’t as long-wearing as the other foundations that I’m more familiar with.

So when I learned that this CC Cream was something my mom swore by, I got curious. I applied it and after using it once, I knew that this CC Cream was much different than the ones I’ve used before. CC Creams in general are formulated to address issues are more treatment-oriented; they help to protect and restore your skin while colour-correcting. For this, I particularly liked how it’s built in with SPF mineral sunscreen, which skips the hassle of me wearing an extra layer of sunscreen while prepping.

Another thing to note about this CC Cream is that it provides medium to full coverage — depending on the amount you use — and it goes on smoothly when applied on the skin.

However, I have to say, it does oxidise after application so I’d recommend you getting a shade lighter than your usual. The range of shades available for this CC Cream is also quite limited (they only have 6 shades!) so you may or may not be able to find the perfect shade if you’re intending to get one for yourself. On top of that, the CC Cream actually feels quite heavy on the skin and gives off a more dewy, radiant finish so it might not be the one for you if you’re one who skews towards a matte look.

The CC Cream is also said to have anti-ageing properties and I guess that’s one thing that draws a slightly mature crowd. In my experience, I realised that I couldn’t see much of a difference, but in my mom’s case, it actually reduces the appearance of her fine lines and wrinkles, which is a definite plus if you’re looking to cover any signs of ageing.

Overall, I think the CC Cream is a fairly good product if you have mature skin and if you like something that’s more full coverage. But if you’re looking for something that lasts longer on your skin, I’d recommend you use it as a primer, before layering it with a foundation. Honestly, I would still prefer using a foundation than a CC Cream because it’s much easier to deal with.”

— Shazrina Shamsudin, Writer

SKINCARE

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream

$52, available at Kiehl’s stores

“My mom introduced this product to me about 2 years back when my skin was having a dry spell, and it has been my go-to moisturiser since then! I have sensitive combination skin — my nose often gets irritated with constant peeling, although it is oily throughout the day. My forehead gets oily and cheeks slightly dry. It was always a feat to find skincare products that catered to my skin condition, and I had to be particularly cautious as I have acne-prone skin as well.

The Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream is widely raved, and I’ve often heard about it — for good reasons! The moisturiser is lightweight so it doesn’t feel too heavy or greasy on the skin. After just one application, my skin immediately felt and looked more hydrated! When I apply it before sleep, I’ll wake up to supple and healthy-looking skin. Whether you’re going bare or full faced for the day, this moisturiser serves as a great base to set your skin every morning!”

— Cheryl Yip, Editorial Assistant

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Bouncing Sleeping Mask

“My mom doesn’t use a smudge of makeup aside from lipstick, and since I have my own hoard of lip colours, I thought it might be more interesting to try out one of her skincare products instead. A decision made easy, since I’m well aware that she doesn’t go a night without using this on her face, even bothering to carry the admittedly not travel-friendly tub with her when we travel overseas. For some reason, she thinks this mask to be partially responsible for her youthful looks, so of course I was intrigued to put it to the test.

Through a combination of both genetics and hopefully still retaining youth, I have yet to sprout any wrinkles on my face nor show any signs of ageing skin, so I decided to tackle this trial from a more objective point of view, focusing on the moisturising and smoothing effect the mask claims to have. I realise that the ‘bouncy’ aspect from this product’s name is more due to the silicone-like texture of the mask itself, rather than its effects. As I applied it onto my skin, leaving it for a half hour or so before going to bed, I noticed at once that it leaves my face feeling rather unpleasant and sticky. My mother does not have the same issue, mainly because she does not have oily skin. Nevertheless, I applied it as a substitute for my usual moisturiser for two nights straight, too short a time frame to properly gauge its worth, but I dare say that it has succeeded in subtly smoothing my skin regardless.”

— Patrene Mathieu, Designer

 

 

Do You Like These Jeans As Much As I Do?

By Marcus Lee

I wear jeans every day. They’re a great pant that works for everyday style; it’s casual, and suits everything. I own over 20 pairs, across several brands. Of them, I’ve worn pairs from 5 high-street brands for a while. Here are my favourite price-accessible jean options, ranked in order:

 


5. H&M

Straight HIGH ANKLE JEANS, $44.95 ON H&M SINGAPORE

I have 2 pairs of white straight cut jeans and 1 pair of distressed boyfriend jeans. Generally, they fit very snug and true to size. So true, they almost have no give, I don’t even bother wearing a belt with them. The straight cut jeans didn’t have much stretch on them, so I found my thighs working out every time I crossed my legs. Have worn them less over time; not at all in the last year.

4. Uniqlo

SLIM BOYFRIEND JEANS, $49.90 ON UNIQLO SINGAPORE

I’ve fallen prey to “lazy” shopping before—buying multiples from Uniqlo—but they’re a cult favourite for a reason. These jeans have so much give, and are soft and stretchy they almost don’t feel like denim (I don’t like that, but you might). Moreover, they sometimes are on sale for as cheap as $25 a pair! On the downside, they always stretch beyond salvation, so I’m left folding the waist before belting them, which can get quite annoying. Great for comfort, but you’ll have to buy a new pair every few months.

3. GAP

WEARLIGHT JEANS IN WADER FIT WITH GAPFLEX £49.95 ON GAP UK

I walked into GAP a few years ago while they were constantly going on sale. Impressed by their selection of jeans, I tried on a few pairs. I left with one, albeit a really decent pair: dark wash, slim fit, stiff but not without stretch. As a wimp for discomfort, my GAP jeans aren’t the pair I break in daily; and when I do it’s a conscious choice, but I feel instantly elevated, almost “formal.” Jeans to have dinner in.

2. Topshop

AUTHENTIC RAW HEM STRAIGHT LEG JEANS $89.90 ON TOPSHOP

Topshop is my solution for affordable Saint Laurent-looking fashion, and their jeans are a big reason. I think their jeans get better older; their fade is incredibly vintage-cool, and the denim softens so well it becomes more buttery with each wear. They also do very seasonal yet rewearable jeans in kookier silhouettes like flares, crops and boyfriend cuts; I have a pair of “Chinese New Year Red Wide Jeans.” That’s its actual name, and I love it.

1. Levi’s

LEVI’S 505 REGULAR FIT JEANS $139.90 ON ZALORA

Surprisingly, I’ve only recently gotten into Levi’s—but, best for last?! I love the 505’s and 511’s (straight and slim cut jeans with zips), and have gotten numerous pairs and numerous hem lengths. These jeans marry the old-timey ruggedness of the Wild West with the fashion forwardness of celebrity street style. They’re my best buys so far, and always go two-for-one!

The Coolest Tech Gadgets Unveiled At The 2019 Consumer Electronics Show

tech gadgets

The word “Bandersnatch” has been casually exchanged over our morning cuppa. Cue the ten seconds of comparing poor Stefan’s life choices. Reflecting on the interactive nature of the film got us thinking about new tech gadgets and how they can “influence” our lives (for the better, of course).

Naturally, we turned to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

The annual CES is like the tech’s World Cup. With a rollout of buzzed-about tech merch on the market (several of them ringing up in the triple digits), our red packets couldn’t come sooner enough. And because we’re tech-snobbish, there are a few undisputable boxes an impressive tech gadget has to tick: innovative, stylish, game-changing experience.

While still proving their clout as the heavyweights of worthy tech gadgets to buy in 2019, we’ve rounded up our favourites below.

WORLD’S FIRST ROLLABLE TV 

tech gadgets
LG Signature OLED TV R (model65R9)

LG Electronics has been known for its televisions, and the brand recently released the world’s first rollable OLED TV that’s stealing the show in 2019. With a touch of a button, its unique function allows the 65-inch TV to rise and roll-up into a full screen. Acting much like a shutter gate with a display that seems to magically appear and disappear, it gives TV viewers the ability to design their ideal viewing space in Full View, Line View or Zero View.

Full View
The fullest extent of this TV, users can even control the display with just their voice through Amazon Alexa. Bonus: You can sync and play videos, music, and picture slideshows directly from your Apple device.

Line View
If a full screen doesn’t tickle your fancy, this viewing option has a three-fold effect: It allows the screen to be partially displayed while providing a mood mode and still illustrating the time and weather.

Zero View
As the name suggests, the screen is hidden away in the base and instantly maximises your space, all while still enjoying music.

For more information, visit LG. Pricing and availability, TBC.

RECREATING THE CLASSIC VINYL SOUND 

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Sony PS-LX310BT Turntable

A peek up the sleeves of Sony’s new tech launches led us to discover what may make vinyl music lovers be itching to swipe their credit cards on: the new wireless turntable. The Sony PS-LX310BT Turntable (read: hella stylish) lets you play your old school records while experiencing high-quality vinyl sounds through its calibre sound technology. To simplify the user experience, its Bluetooth function easily pairs your device and brings the sound to any wireless speaker or headphones.

Available in Singapore at selected Sony Stores, Sony Centres and authorized Sony dealers from May 2019. price tbc.

STYLISH PORTABLE HOME SPEAKER

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Sony LSPX-S2 Glass Sound Speaker

This souped-up, Glass Sound Speaker by Sony is built to reproduce a 360-degree crystal clear sound (get it?) while seamlessly blending into your home thanks to its minimalistic aesthetic. The portable speaker can pair up with your smartphone, meaning you can stream songs (via Spotify Connect) literally anywhere in your home while doing anything. Plus, it comes with 8-hour battery life.

Available in Singapore at selected Sony Stores, Sony Centres and authorized Sony dealers from May 2019. price tbc.

BUILT FOR DIGITAL CONTENT CREATORS

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Lenovo Powerful Yoga A940, USD $2,349.99

Even if you’re a professional graphic designer or a digital nomad, Lenovo’s new smart computer boasting a 27-inch optional 4K IPS touchscreen display promises to ease your creative journey and bring your vision to life. Its precision dial, a new tool that can easily select or adjust features like brush stroke or opacity, allows you to multitask with both hands. The best part? You can tilt the display screen up to 25-degrees for easier sketching. While the optimisation of our design process seems promising, we must declare: in Lenovo we trust.

Available on www.lenovo.com and Best Buy from April 2019.

WORLD’S SMALLEST GAMING LAPTOP

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Razer Blade 15 Gaming Laptop

The Razer Blade 15 laptop has a 15.6-inch screen making it the world’s smallest gaming laptop, ideal for gaming on-the-go. Though the basic form is the same, the reinvented graphics, colour accuracy, and lightweight design sets it apart from the competition. We’re talking NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20-series graphics to enhance the visual experience and utilising GDDR6 memory for faster memory processing. The only caveat: We heard it might run you a pretty penny.

For more information, visit Razer. Pricing and availability, TBC.

WORLD’S FIRST WIRELESS KEYBOARD AND MOUSE FOR XBOX ONE

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Razer Turret for Xbox One, USD $249.99

In comes the Razer Turret, a.k.a. the first ever wireless keyboard and mouse designed for Xbox One and destined to give gamers an (almost) unfair advantage during online multiplayer games! With a battery life of up to 40 hours and a stable 2.4 GHz wireless connection, this product practically makes lazing around on your couch a prelude to… anything else. Additionally, users have up to 16.8 million colour options and lighting effects for their keyboard and mouse. As Bilbo Baggins puts it: I’m going on an adventure!

For more information, visit Razer.

Eytys and H&M Team Up For A Gender-Neutral Collection

With so much recent discussion on gender fluidity, and the rise of genderless clothing and collections, it’s about time mainstream fashion embraced this already. What was mostly featured in high-end and street brands by bold designers has now entered the fast fashion industry, this time in a notable collaboration between H&M and Swedish brand Eytys!

 

Eytys is known for their versatile pieces that transcend the stereotype of what different genders should wear. Sticking to the cult brand’s mantra, the Eytys x H&M collection will feature a unisex collection of fashion-forward apparels for both adults and kids!

You know an Eytys shoe when you see one — a bulky look distinctly their own, and of course, this collaboration will not be missing that out! The collection includes streamlined yet chunky-soled shoes and boots in leather, suede and cotton canvas.

 

 

What’s more, purchase a pair of shoes and it will come in a custom-designed box featuring a unique artwork by painter Zoe Barcza!

 

 

Loose silhouettes are another trademark of this genderless collection. The clothes are definitely not for the faint-hearted — apart from their chunky footwear, the line also features bold snakeskin prints to faux patent leather.

If that is too far out your comfort zone, you can also opt for items that come in raw denim, supple suede and cotton graphic tops.

 

 

The colour palette consists of bottle green, school bus yellow, beige khaki, dark indigo, black and white. Mix and match the garms and style it yourself! If you need some inspiration, take a look at the gallery below to see how Eytys x H&M paired it!

 

 

We’ll have you know that the collection doesn’t just cater to adults too; it also offers gender-neutral clothes for your kids. We are way past the pink and blue gender myth, and dressing your kid up in this collection will make sure they’ll be the most stylish one on the block. Moreover, you can share the clothes among your kids, regardless the gender!

 

 

 

The Eytys x H&M collection will be available at H&M Orchard Building, ION Orchard and hm.com from 24 January 2019 onwards.

Terrazzo Is The New Marble, And It’s Bound To Spark Joy In You

That’s an assumption, of course — because, would a real Marie Kondo enthusiast really give in to adding more items to their house? Probably not. But once that hype dies down, and you’re done culling your wardrobe from unwanted non-essentials or feverishly folding your t-shirts into odd triangles, you might wanna give these terrazzo items a shot. Don’t feel ashamed, come over to the dark side! You can start by simply imagining your home looking like this:

 

Thing is, until recently, terrazzo was never really “in”, unless you’re into the whole 60s aesthetic that is. The material’s humble beginnings sound downright dismal, and at best practical, since it’s essentially a composite made from waste produce in Venice’s marble factories; chips of marble, granite, quartz and glass were mashed together and set in concrete, and the world was blessed with a durable flooring solution that can be found across Italian palazzos, train stations, and later, your grandma’s HDB flat.

Modern designers though seem to have made it a personal mission to, as they say, make terrazzo great again. Certainly, the speckled design commands attention, and adds a quirky visual flair to the sometimes rigid minimalism of Scandi-style furniture. As countertops, backsplashes and wallpaper, they’re achingly cool — part nostalgia, 100% hipster. All the better if you’re into mid-century armchairs and dressers, because terrazzo fits right in.

Not everyone has their own place to overhaul though, so if you’re into little doses of the material’s signature print, here are a few ways you can incorporate it into your wardrobe, desks, or tech gadgets.

 


APPAREL

Our Second Nature Milestone Cami Top, $59

Pomelo Premium Satin Terrazzo Print Shirt, $74
Weekend Sundries Dip Shift Dress in Terrazzo Prints,  $139

Here’s where the toughness of terrazzo gets a little softer. Local labels Our Second Nature and Weekend Sundries do relaxed takes on the design, this time in the form of a clean-looking camisole, or a 100% cotton poplin A-line dress with the cutest cut-out detail at the back. If a cluttered aesthetic’s more your thing, go for the busy prints of Pomelo’s satin shirt, which adds just the right amount of pizzazz to stark trousers.

 

FASHION ACCESSORIES

Veja 3-Lock Leather Sneakers, $190
BlaucelStore Terrazzo Tote Bag, $34.04

We don’t know if everyone can embrace the more experimental facade of this pair of Veja leather sneakers, but go for it if you dare! It’s a statement piece, for sure. For something that’s a little everyday though, you might foresee yourself relying on this roomy tote; the pastel tones and bright straps look chirpy enough for you to weather any stormy day — or weather, really, since it’s made from weather-resistant fabric too.

 

JEWELLERY

Corian U Necklace, US$60

22 Studio Circle Earrings, US$69
The Lorem Ipsum Store Glass Series – Sophia, $48

This is probably the easiest way to wear the architectural material on you. Terrazzo gives off a rather industrial vibe, which is why it’s usually moulded, set, and shaped into geometric shapes for jewellery. Don’t let the stiff lines fool you though, the fact that each of these pieces look so artfully uncluttered is testament to good design. Our picks: a striking necklace paired with gold hardware, round earrings that’s polished to perfection, and an adjustable necklace with textured beads to go with that draped dress of yours.

 

DESK ACCESSORIES

The Paper Bunny Wildflower Notebook, $15.90
ZAKKIA Sepon Terrazzo Desk Set, US$85

Is the most scenic view from your desk a desktop wallpaper that’s hidden behind all your pop-up applications? We 120% feel ya. Cheers to the mountain and ocean vistas for that bit of light in your life, but for something that truly sparks joys to your #hustle, try these. The Paper Bunny does a most stylish iteration of a notebook, with a blush terrazzo pattern and rose gold-foiled plans, while ZAKKIA’s here to impress your desk buddies with a pyramid paperweight and a vessel for the one pen you still have in this digital age.

ZAKKIA Sepon Terrazzo Vessels – Set of 3, US$135
Tom Dixon Materialism Terrazzo Candle Medium, £65.00

To jazz up your home, we’ve got more ZAKKIA vessels that can house every millennial’s favourite low-maintenance plant: succulents. These low-key vases are handcrafted by a family-run workshop in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, which makes it all the more special if you’re keen on anything sustainably-sourced. On a more luxurious front, you might want to consider these Tom Dixon candle, which are great for cradling in your hand, or leaving on your bedside table to fill your room with its fresh Mediterranean scent.

candles of light Dawn Terrazzo Candle Jar, $53.90

Those into scents would love Candles of Light too, since their natural soy & beeswax candles, as well as botanical perfumes, are made in small batches right here in Singapore — which brings us to this soothing blend of lavender, citrus and mint. Crafted by regional artisans, the candle’s soft matte terrazzo jar is indeed beautiful to behold too, though it’s even more a beauty when you consider how it can be reused as a plant pots or desk accessory long after the flame goes out.

 

TECH

NATIVE UNION Dock Wireless Charger Terrazzo Edition, $149.99

You’ll be surprised by how many speakers, chargers, and phone docks we’ve come across that are more aesthetically-pleasing than you think. Giving bland blacks a run for their money is Native Union, a design company which brings much-needed fun and sophistication to your tech essentials, including this wireless charger, now made with black or rose-hued Jesmonite. The functional steel structure allows you to charge and view your device at the same time, with built-in temperature control that prevents overheating, and is suitable for the iPhone 8 and X series as well as other Qi-enabled devices.

FormMaker iPhone Case – iPhone 7/8, $36 – $39

Casetify Terrazzo iPhone XS Impact Case, US$45
Casetify Terrazzo – Mint, Pink, Grey Snap Case, US$29

So, there are literally thousands of phone cases to pick from, but if your relentless urge for the terrazzo life ain’t about to die any time soon, a phone case can be quite the easy commitment. Creative studio Form Maker has a wonderful texture to its eco-conscious utilitarian case, while you can count on Casetify for producing the world’s slimmest military-grade phone cases so any accidental drop won’t lead to a teary affair.

Casetify Apple Watch 38mm Band in Terrazzo 1, US$52
Casetify Apple Watch 38mm Band in Terrazzo, US$52

And with the Apple Watch being all the rage these days, you’ll want to play around with the most repetitive part of your outfit too. Switch out your basic straps with these vibrant leather bands and head out for the active lifestyle you’re so clearly stunting.

CHANEL Beauty Launches Its First Online Store In Singapore And A Limited Edition Rouge Allure N°8 Lipstick

A red lip is like a little black dress in the makeup world — it’s perfect for any occasion, be it Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, you name it! But before we dive into the topic, let’s make this clear: Anyone can wear a red lipstick. Whoever said they can’t, just haven’t found the perfect shade yet.

There are tons of red lipsticks in the market but anyone who loves a red lippie knows that CHANEL Beauty makes one of the most iconic shades of all time. A long-standing favourite? CHANEL’s Rouge Allure Lipstick, of course.

With Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day coming in full speed, there’s no better time than the month of February to rock a bold, red pout. Here, we’re uncovering the latest addition to CHANEL’s Beauty range and it’s going to bring your look to the next level.

CHANEL Beauty Asia-Exclusive Rouge Allure N°8 Lipstick, $54.

Presenting to you: the Rouge Allure N°8.  Fashioned in a red collectable click case, and a chic gold tube, the eponymous Rouge Allure lipstick by CHANEL is the ultimate cult classic for any lip hoarder out there. The lipstick opens as a satin red shade that’s faceted with gold sparkles for a luminous pout like no other.

The lipstick also goes on seamlessly upon application and melts into your lips in an instant with just one swipe! Another great reason why you should get your hands on this lipstick is also its amazing formula;  this chart-topper by CHANEL is made of a blend of green tea, sweet almond oil and sappan wood — basically ingredients that won’t dry out your lips. (Because dry, chapped lips are literally the worst combos.) With a staying power of your ex that you’re trying to forget and a formula that keeps your puckers moisturised 24/7 — put it together and you have yourself a match made in heaven.

So with all the festivities coming up, we’re pretty sure finding time to go shopping can be pretty tough to juggle (alongside all the other deadlines you’ve to meet.) But fret not. If you’re planning to get your hands on CHANEL’s latest Rouge Allure lipstick, check out CHANEL’s latest online store.

CHANEL Beauty debuts their first online store in Singapore and you can get your hands on some of their wide assortment of products celebrating the festive season, all the way till 15 February.

CHANEL Beauty online exclusive: Buy a set of 3 lipsticks and receive a free limited edition CHANEL pouch! *While stocks last

On the website, you can find other online exclusives like their Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip, Luminous Intense Lip Colour, Liquid Matte Lip Colour Blurred Effect and many more. Our favourite pick? No doubt, it’d definitely be their Lipstick set that comes with a limited edition CHANEL pouch!

You can also enjoy complimentary gift wrapping, samples, and local delivery when you purchase online at their site. Talk about real convenience! So what are you waiting for? Start clicking away.

 


Available on the CHANEL Fragrance and Beauty online store and in all CHANEL Fragrance and Beauty boutiques and counters in Singapore. 

5 Travel Destinations That Embrace Pantone’s ’Living Coral’

living coral

In case you missed it, Pantone’s Colour of The Year is Living Coral!

living coral

It’s not just fashion that has a love affair with the warm hue, but our makeup looks as well. Although we don’t fancy subscribing to every trend, we do relish in experimenting with them. What will you wear? (This.) What makeup should you buy? (This.) This colour may have been born ready for your glamorous selfies, but its pretty face has also extended into some hidden holiday gems. We’re talking travel destinations that are decked out in this OTT shade.

The names that landed on our radar were these joints here, showing off impressive landmarks that are at once unique, sensational, and refreshing. And, since sharing is caring, here are the 5 Living Coral destinations that warrant hashtagging your Instagram snap with #aestheticgoals.

SEVEN MAGIC MOUNTAINS

 

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Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Why you should visit: Prolonged sunshine, neon-coloured totems, road trips out to the desert — there are many reasons to love the Seven Magic Mountains, but the perfect ‘gram background probably ranks above all. The public art installation is made up of seven colourful stacked boulders (that are over 9m tall), some of which mimic the coral shade.

LA MURALLA ROJA 

 

Location: Calp, Spain
Why you should visit: You’d be hard pressed to find a building decked out in such a vibrant and artsy colour. Perched on rocky cliffs, this architectural landmark is one of the best kept secrets in Spain, with glimpses of the sea owing to its breathtaking view. Fair warning: As this is an apartment complex, locals might not be as welcoming to tourists.

HAWA MAHAL

 

Location: Jaipur, India
Why you should visit: Known as the “Palace of the Winds”, the gem of Jaipur impresses with its 200 years of history and rosy sandstone colours. The rich culture in “The Pink City” is booming, and you’ll be served with interior inspo on top of your Insta-opportunities.

PIETRO NOLITA

 

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Location: New York, USA
Why you should visit: Millennials have been flocking to this retro café in New York City and it’s not hard to see why. Maybe it was the pretty-in-pink decor adapted in the 360, the peach-coloured entryway (basically a fancy AF outdoor seating area begging to be Instagrammed), or their hearty Italian cuisine. 

AMANJENA

 

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Why you should visit: This picturesque rose-hued resort in the vibrant city of Marrakech cuts a striking silhouette, especially during sunrise. Architectural lovers should put this resort on their bucket list, as its ancient-style interiors and courtyards reign supreme.


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Makeup and Skincare Brands For Men: Why Grooming For Men Is The Next Big Thing

We’re all used to the idea that makeup and skincare were two things that were strongly associated with women. But times have changed and even the concept of beauty has expanded to male audiences as well. At this time of age, we can all pretty much agree that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with men buying lines that aren’t specifically marketed for men — in short, regular skincare. On top of that, makeup for men are now not just accepted, but are seen as tools to practice self-care and to look and feel better.

So in the spirit of understanding, some brands have, perhaps, eased the rather intimidating selection process a little by specifically creating men’s makeup or skincare lines for guys to feel comfortable in their own skin, beyond the usual razors and beard grooming products that is. Scroll through to find out more about these essential grooming products that every guy needs to look dapper. (Rest assured, these products won’t be compromising on anyone’s masculinity; we’d like to think self-grooming’s always a win.)

Clinique for Men

Clinique for Men Face Bronzer, US20. Available online at Clinique.

Can’t find the time to hit the beach? Fret not. For the ultimate sun-kissed glow, check out this Face Bronzer from Clinique for Men’s range. All you need to do is to slather it on your face for a nice tanned look, and you’re good to go!

The Fresh for Men by The Face Shop

The Fresh For Men by The Face Shop. Available at The Face Shop.

Is your skin parched from Singapore’s unforgiving weather? Boost your moisture levels and hydrate your skin with THE FRESH FOR MEN Facial Skincare Set by The Face Shop. Formulated with English Breakfast Extract, the set includes a  Hydrating Toner and Hydrating Emulsion, that’s loaded with moisturising ingredients to help hydrate and smooth your skin.

Boy De Chanel

Korean actor and model, Lee Dong Wook, as the face of Boy De Chanel’s campaign

Headlining the beauty industry with its very first makeup line for men is none other than French fashion and beauty house, Chanel. The collection was initially launched in South Korea on September 1st 2018 before it made its debut to the international market. Boy De Chanel goes about the concept where men should feel confident about themselves without having to question their masculinity.

Boy De Chanel collection (L—R): Lip Balm ($55), Le Teint Foundation (4 shades)($114), Stylo Sourcils (4 shades)($62). Available in CHANEL Fragrance and Beauty Boutique (ION Orchard) from 25 January 2019, and CHANEL Fragrance and Beauty Boutiques (Marina Bays Sands, Raffles City, VivoCity) from 1 February 2019.

The launch also comes as the first of its kind and it features three key essential products — a balm, a tinted foundation and an eyebrow pencil.

The Matte Moisturising Lip Balm helps protect, soften and hydrate your lips for 8 hours of comfort, while the Eyebrow Pencil allows you to define and fill out your arches for a natural finish that stays put for long hours. Besides that, the Tinted Foundation comes off as a sheer foundation base that’s light on the skin while it corrects imperfections and hydrates your skin with antioxidant kalanchoe extract that improves skin oxygenation — it feels like you’re not wearing anything at all — on your face at least.

Find out more about the collection in our other post.

Tom Ford Beauty for Men

Tom Ford Beauty for Men (L—R): Brow Definer ($65), Concealer (US$42), and Tobacco Vanille Conditioning Beard Oil (US$52). Available at Sephora and online on Tom Ford.

Another refined range of makeup catered especially for men is none other than the one by Tom Ford Beauty. The collection features products like the Brow Definer to tame unruly brows and a concealer to correct any imperfections.

One product, on the other hand, might appeal to the lot who have grown beards (or are planning to grow one, to say the least). Enter Tobacco Vanille Conditioning Beard Oil. It’s basically what it is — an oil that helps conditions, softens and nourishes your beard that’s made with a blend of almond, jojoba, grapeseed oil and Vitamin E. Choose from blends which include scents of Oud Wood, Neroli Portofino and, last but not least, Tobacco Vanille.

UNI- Skincare

UNI- Life Skincare Acne Skin Treatment Essence, 10ml, $68. Available online and at Robinsons Raffles City.

A great basic to add to your arsenal would be an acne spot treatment like this number by UNI– Skincare. There are days when your skin would look flawless, but then there other days when your skin isn’t as forgiving and you’d panic at the first sight of a red bump on your face. To treat your acne woes in a flash, roll on some Acne Skin Treatment Essence by UNI– Skincare for a blemish-free complexion.

LANEIGE Homme

Laneige Homme Active Water Collection (L—R): Foam Cleanser ($20), Skin Toner ($35) Moisturiser ($36), Gel Cream ($40). Available at Laneige and online at Lazada.

Yes, beauty is more than skin deep, but taking care of your skin doesn’t hurt can it? If you’re on the hunt for a skincare routine that works, try Laneige Homme. It can be troublesome for some to stick through a whole routine of cleansing, toning and moisturising, but when your skin needs a little TLC, you have to give it what it wants. The collection features four fundamental products: a foam cleanser, a toner, a moisturiser and a gel-cream — just in case your skin needs of a boost of moisture.

SK-II MEN

SK-II Men Facial Treatment Essence ($99) and Moisturising Cleanser ($93). Available at SK-II stores and Sephora.

The FTE, otherwise known as SK-II’s Facial Treatment Essence, has long been a cult favourite in many skincare routines for its well-developed formula that works to refresh, moisturise and boost skin cell renewal. The difference between the original and the men’s edition: it comes with a menthol scent and is specially formulated for men’s skin. For best results, complete it with SK-II’s Men Facial Cleanser.

LAB Series

LAB Series BB Tinted Moisturiser, $75. Available at LAB Series stores and TANGS.

The last thing you’d want when applying a tinted moisturiser (or any makeup /skincare for that matters) is an oil-slicked complexion. Oh, the horror! Even out your skin tone and control shine with this BB Tinted Moisturiser by LAB Series. Formulated to moisturise skin while reducing the appearance of pores, the Tinted Moisturiser gives a natural finish while providing the right amount of coverage — you’ll barely be able to tell that you’ve got anything on your face!

All 20 new shades of YSL Beauty’s 2019 Rouge Volupté Shine and Volupté Plump-In-Colour

Back in November 2018, I was having lunch at Greyhound Cafe at Paragon with the Singapore YSL Beauty team, and they shared with me the new launches that were coming up in early 2019 for the brand. I can confidently say that the lipsticks are the ones that will start queues (remember the mad rush for the Star Collection in 2017?).

There are two types of lipsticks — the Rouge Volupté Shine (a solid, but sheer shade that offers plenty of moisture and shine); and the Volupté Plump-In-Colour, a lipstick with a balmy texture that includes peppermint oil to plump lips, and a heart centre made of black pearl powder for supreme shine. We announced these just two weeks ago on our website here. Also, these new lipsticks really set the trend for 2019… while almost everyone is still obsessed with matte lips, YSL Beauty brings us back to better times where lips look healthy, classic and most importantly, are comfortable!

There are 12 new shades added to the Rouge Volupté Shine range (gold tube), and 8 shades for the completely new Volupté Plump-In-Colour line (silver tube). The entire lineup with descriptions is below; but before you stare at product pictures and try to imagine what they would look like on lips, here are four friends of NYLON I’ve invited to our office to model all the gorgeous shades!

PHOTOGRAPHed BY Adele Chan, USING the LEICA M10-P with the SUMMILUX-M 35MM f/1.4 ASPH lens. 
Hannah Cheng-Bradshaw and CAMIRA ASRORImakeup and hair by peter khor.
Fiona Fussi and Layla Ong, makeup and hair by dollei seah.
hairstyles for camira and layla created using the Dyson Airwrap styler.

 

YSL BEAUTY ROUGE VOLUPTÉ SHINE +
YSL BEAUTY PLUMP-IN-COLOUR
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EXPERT TIPS:
  • Peter says that these new textures are sheer; so to achieve the bold solid lips on Hannah, he applied three layers of lipstick.
  • No lip liners were used in this shoot.
  • The lipsticks were applied directly from the tube, and a lip brush was used to clean up the lip line and to blend the product on the lips to achieve an even, solid shade.
  • Dollei says that for the Volupté Plump-In-Colour in shade 7 Furious Gold (as seen on Fiona), if you want the colour to pop, apply cushion foundation to the lips first to create a pigmented base, as the gold shade is quite nude and sheer.
  • One trick that Dollei uses to get a solid, even shade, is to apply a first layer with a soft brush, and then a second later with a firm brush. This works especially well for the Volupté Plump-In-Colour in shade 8 Dramatic Plum, which is a dark shade but with a sheer texture.

 

YSL BEAUTY ROUGE VOLUPTÉ SHINE
LIPSTICK COLLECTION (12 NEW SHADES)

YSL BEAUTY VOLUPTÉ PLUMP-IN-COLOUR
LIPSTICK COLLECTION (8 SHADES)

 

YSL Beauty Rouge Volupté Shine ($52) and YSL Beauty Volupté Plump-In-Colour ($52) is available at YSL Beauty counters located at BHG Bugis, ION Orchard, Metro Paragon, Raffles City, TANGS Beauty, Takashimaya and Vivocity.  

 

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Why This Netflix Marvel Series Will Remain An Important Part Of Pop Culture

2018 was a big year for many things, including pivotal moments in female empowerment, but if we had to sum it up, scoop up the entire year’s sentiment and present it to you in one tight package, we’d say this: diversity.

Say what you will about the frivolity of entertainment — if you’re truly #woke, you’ll know that a society’s culture, including what its people actively choose to consume, can tell us a lot about what we prize. And entertainment, or art, since it’s often lovingly crafted, has never been more important a measure of an era’s zeitgeist.

So we’ll turn to it then. Certainly, representation was discussed a lot — demanded — along with the idea of inclusivity.

 

Just look at the praise and support surrounding Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians, both necessary and overdue feature films, their casts filled with faces that are seldom represented in mainstream (or, Hollywood) media; an African-American kid, or an Asian one, can look up at the screen and finally feel recognised. Those films went on to break box office records, in a decade where movie attendance is waning, in the face of outright skepticism. It’s astounding.

We’d argue though, that TV has long been ready for this moment. Part of the conversation we should be having as a society — beyond just representation — is how we’re dealing with our internal, perhaps hidden, racism. And we know no smarter show than the Netflix’s Luke Cage.

Hailed as the first black superhero of this generation, certainly the first leading Marvel black man, a lot fell on the shoulders of actor Mike Colter and showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker.

They know it, and they handle it well. At a media conference in Manila, they fielded difficult questions with ease, and lighthearted humour — everything from the symbolism of Luke Cage as “a black man in a hoodie”, to how the show deliberately subverts the original 70s comic, unfortunately steeped in a history of ‘blacksploitation’, to deliver a genre series that’s poignant, positive, and hopeful.

If you’re reading this now, you’ll know that the show — along with Iron Fist, and, true shocker, Daredevil — has been cancelled for further seasons, after two spectacular runs. We won’t go into speculating why, but what we can do is give the creators, everyone from the cast and crew, a rousing send-off. Naturally, we’d urge you to watch it if you haven’t.

Now, the writing’s already on the wall, but we’ll let Colter’s words speak for themselves.

Let’s talk about Luke Cage as a character. What do you find most admirable about him, what do you identify with?

Mike Colter: You know, having somebody like him who has a very clear understanding of what his job is in the community. We started out with him having a very strong moral compass, wanting to do things the right way, which is sort of his worst enemy — because any time you’re a good guy and you’re doing things right, people are doing it however they want, and you’re always gonna be a step behind. He’s the best part of us when we’re trying to be a better society, he’s trying to do right — and for that, that’s something that people can connect to. The desire to do good, even though there is no reason other than to be a good person.

How do you incorporate elements of that into the portrayal of the character?

MC: It’s mostly Cheo’s writing that helps with our certain desire for the character. Cheo puts in a lot of stuff with the writers. People like [Ta-Nehisi] Coates and [James] Baldwin and [Langston] Hughes. He reads a lot of literature. He’s modelled a superhero after these people in literature, so we have a superhero who has a swagger to him, but also sort of introspective, with a self-awareness. I think that makes him unique.

And kind of sensitive as well, for a guy of that physique. He’s able to embody this sensitivity that’s quite rare in a lot of superheroes, where it’s usually just, a physical strength kinda thing. There’s that play on strength.

MC: Yeah, exactly.

For Luke Cage, they moved away from the costume, obviously, because it’s cheesy right — save for that early origin reference. Then again, costumes can be very integral to a hero, it’s a symbol. Is it a deliberate choice for Luke Cage to be a “black man in a hoodie”? Do you feel that its a powerful symbol as well?

MC: Well, we’re trying to debunk the myth that a person or black man wearing a hoodie, you know going back to Trayvon Martin being killed in Florida, unarmed. Whenever someone sees that, immediately, they’re thinking something’s amiss, a criminal activity’s happening. In this case, we want to make him approachable, relatable, and to have people think differently about anyone who walks around in a hoodie. That’s a choice, and it makes sense.

So it kind of subverts that expectation! 

MC: Yeah, yeah. Everyone in your neighbourhood should try to help, be a person who’s conscious and wanting to help. We’re trying to get people to understand that you can’t associate criminality with a race, just because of something you’ve been taught or felt growing up. It’s a long road, but yeah, this is what we’re fighting against.

And I think it’s important to show that in a piece of popular culture. Was there a part of your growing up that mirrors Luke Cage’s experience?

MC: You know, I grew up in a rural setting, away from the city, so not really Harlem at all! But what’s unique about Harlem and New York City is that a lot of the residents (before now, because it’s quite gentrified) would be from the South, moved there, and brought their culture with them. So a lot of the same people you’d find in the South, where I lived, moved there. The people were not that different. It’s the culture that they’ve taken and brought over. So the people in Harlem, you know, dress with the same kind of flair, sensibility and style, same cadence of speech, same music. Though the South have their own flavour!

Okay, so Luke Cage exists in the TV universe. How does he compare with the other characters in the MCU?

MC: I feel like they’re all in the same world. I think Luke would react to Thor the same way most people would react to Thor in costume, like, what are you wearing, what is that? [laughs] I think, for people in the cinematic MCU, there’s a certain sense of going with it, like what you see, we accept it. To me, the most pedestrian, approachable and relatable character is Spider-Man, because you have this young teen who gets his power, and gets in with Iron Man, then looks up to him, in awe.

Yeah, he’s us basically!

MC: Exactly. So that’d be it. If Luke were to walk up to Spider-Man in Queens, you know, that I can see. It would be cool for Luke to hang out with those guys, but he’d be out of his element too. Looking around, like, what is this? The jet. It’d be mind-blowing for him.

What do you think they’ll bond over though?

MC: One thing is that we all represent a part of mankind that desires to be able to do things in a supernatural way, to do things that we’re incapable of doing. As humans, we feel so limited in our abilities to overcome evil, to undo things. There’s so much evil in the world, and people that do unspeakable crimes, and if we could, what can we do with power? That desire to make change, to overpower evil. That in itself, is what draws people to superheroes, and all of us. We can actually go there and stop it. If someone’s being attacked by like 20 guys, Luke Cage can go there and kick all their butts, you know. That’s what we wish we could do when we see things in the news that bother us — we wish we were superheroes who can go fix it.

How about the Luke Cage comics, are you a fan of them?

MC: I did read some it! There’ve been various versions of it. I actually enjoyed some of the earliest versions we pulled when we were doing Jessica Jones. I learn a little bit from all the characters. I mean, I wrestle a bit with the old ones because they’re not really…

Yeah… they come from the 70s right, which has a history of blacksploitation in the media. Do you think the series subverted that into something more meaningful for today’s context though?

MC: Mmhm. The journey from what the black community was then, and now. We tried to make that journey palpable, feel like it’s a current version. We try not to take ourselves too seriously, so the things that Luke says, we always throw a little flavour of that in there, because it’s what it’s born of. But we do take pride in talking about serious subject matters too. It’s not just entertainment, we do have a message sometimes. It’s a lot of different things in there.

Even just representation, being there on screen…

MC: But that’s the thing about it you know, the pressures of that. People never think that representation’s just the beginning or the opportunity. If you start or you’re the only person, people judge you differently. It’s always like, well, now what you’re here, what do you do? And if you’re not doing it well, you’re just squandering the opportunity. It’s like, all eyes on you.

Did you feel that way in Season 1?

MC: Of course! I didn’t really feel it when we were making it, but it was always way, way distant, back in my mind. No matter what, we had many things we wanted to accomplish in the first season, too many people trying to get involved. We were the only ones out there — the black superhero of this first generation. It’s not the first one ever! For my generation, it was Shaft! Or Blade, you know.

But I think — TV, Marvel, lead character, it would have to be Luke.

MC: Oh yeah, for sure, for this generation yeah.

Do you feel like the reception’s slightly different now after Black Panther? Because Season 1 was kinda before that, and Season 2 was very soon after.

MC: I think, Black Panther was something hip, different and revolutionary. And it was a huge success, and they put a huge amount of money into marketing that. And I think it’s easy to get people to sit down for 2 to 3 hours, it’s still a commitment but people make it, you know. We’re talking about a series. 13 hours, 13 parts. People will have trepidation, you know, 13 hours is a long time. They may watch one, two, some people binge, some people come back to it. It’s a lot of different considerations. In a way, it’s much easier to do a movie than a TV series, because that requires a long-form journey or narrative. You can’t tell it in two episodes! Is it too long? Is it just enough? We’re always dealing with that, and it’s a much more difficult things to accomplish, but the payoff is that you get to explore the characters more, people will get more entertainment, you can live with these characters for a long time, even though some people binge it in one day.

Haha yeah, but have to feel really involved!

MC: Yeah we try to give you enough to sink your teeth into for a long time — which is certainly not easy!

Last one, is there a defining quote to Luke Cage that you feel strongly for? After all, everyone knows the great one from Spider-Man…

MC: Yeah, that’s all of us. For Luke Cage, it’d be “always forward, forward always”. It’s like, you get knocked down, get back up. It’s always about going on, moving forward — we have to, in spite of what we’ve lost, we have to.

 


Forward always! Marvel’s Luke Cage is still available on Netflix

Urban Decay’s Latest Street Style Brow Collection Will Raise Eyebrows, Literally

Bold brows have always been a thing, and no, the overplucked brows trend is never making a comeback (so put your tweezers down!)

British Vogue 2018 (Photo Courtesy)

Although Rihanna did rock the look on the covers of British Vogue last August, we aren’t huge about the look. Let’s be real, we love her for who she is, but with pencil-thin brows like this? Well, let’s just leave them in the 90s.

While not all strive to have such bold brows, I think we can all agree that brow management plays an integral role in every woman’s beauty routine. Whether you’re into Cara Delevigne’s signature brows or if you have a weird fetish for squiggly brows (who knows), check out these new trusty brow products from Urban Decay’s Street Style Brow Collection to achieve Insta-worthy brows that look just as good IRL (and in pictures).

Widely known for their bestselling NAKED palettes, Urban Decay did take us by surprise when they dropped their Street Style Brow Collection. It features a contour and sculpting brow putty (AKA the Double Down Brow), a waterproof brow gel (like the Brow Finish), Brow Volumizer (otherwise known as Brow Endowed) and last but not least, an Ink Stain and Waterproof Pencil called the Brow Blade.

 

And not to mention, the release of the collection also took on the likes of a ton of other Internet-famous personalities and beauty gurus, including Huda from Huda Beauty. Say whaaaat? 

So if you’re dying to know more about what the hype’s all about, continue reading.

Double Down Brow Putty 

Urban Decay Double Down Brow, $45. Available from 15 Jan at all Sephora stores, online at sephora.sg and the Urban Decay freestanding store.

New brows, who dis? If filling in your brows with a powder is more of your style, we suggest you opt for the Double Down Brow set by Urban Decay. Available in 7 versatile shades, the putty-to-powder formula works effortlessly to create bold and well-defined arches that will leave your girlfriends green with envy.

Brow Blade

Urban Decay Brow Blade, $40. Available from 15 Jan at all Sephora stores, online at sephora.sg and the Urban Decay freestanding store.

If microblading is too much of a commitment for you, then you might want to settle for the next best alternative: the Brow Blade. Mimic natural hair with a flick of Brow Blade’s ink-stain formula and fill in those sparse areas with the pencil on the other end. What we love most about this product is its versatility and its convenience — making it so much easier for us to bump up our brow game, anytime and anywhere we go.

Brow Finish

Urban Decay Brow Finish, $33. Available from 15 Jan at all Sephora stores, online at sephora.sg and the Urban Decay freestanding store.

To have great brows all day long, a good brow finish is a must in your arsenal. Brow gels have long been an underrated product for many, but little do you realise that they make a huge difference when added to your beauty routine. Use it after filling in your brows or go au naturale and set your bare brows for a more defined look.

Brow Endowed

Urban Decay Brow Endowed, $42. Available from 15 Jan at all Sephora stores, online at sephora.sg and the Urban Decay freestanding store.

If you like your brows to be thicc, then the new Brow Endowed is the way to go. Add volume and definition to your brows by sweeping this bad boy all over your arches for flawless, fluffed-up brows. Consider it as a teasing comb cum finishing spray for your brows.

The Brow Endowed comes with two ends — one, as a primer to create volume, and another, that comes in the form of a brow cream to fill in sparse areas and define your arches. It also works to set your brows so that it won’t budge for the rest of the day! Besides, it claims to be smudge-proof, sweat-proof and oil-resistant for up to 24 hours — what more could you ask for?


The Urban Decay Street Style Brow Collection will be launching in Singapore from 15 Jan at Urban Decay stores, Sephora and online at sephora.sg

Here Are The Celebrity Makeup Lines Worth A Second Glance

Real talk: do we really need another celebrity makeup line? Probably not, but we’ll make allowances where demanded. We’ve seen our fair share of beauty collections met with negative reviews (Who is Bella Thorne? I don’t know her.) and eventually phased out. But hey, with great power comes great responsibility.

Now, we’re adding another heavy-hitter name that has her sights set on disrupting the makeup category: Lady Gaga. As it turns out, the singer and “A Star Is Born” actress has trademarked the name “Haus Beauty”. In true Gaga fashion, she has kept us in suspense with her website only offering a subscription box for future updates. Like the impatient fangirls that we are, the subscribe button has been ticked, though not before we racked up a few hundred page refreshes over the past month ourselves.

In the meantime, here are our favourite celebrity makeup brands that are unquestionably criminal to sleep on.

Flower Beauty by Drew Barrymore

 

The brainchild behind this affordable brand is Drew Barrymore. According to her, the products are “to help you look and feel great in your own skin”. With illuminating formulas dressed in flower embossed compacts, these makeup products promise to complement all skin tones.

Our top picks:

celebrity makeup

Flower pots powder blush, USD $10
galactic glow holographic palette, USD $16
miracle matte liquid lip colour, USD $9

 

Pony Effect by Pony Makeup

 

Park Hye Min,  a YouTube celebrity makeup artist better known as Pony, launched her makeup line last year. From liquid foundations to eyeshadow palettes in varying sheens and colours, her collection has been praised for representing everything Pony stands for: creativity, transformations and countless possibilities.

Our top picks:

celebrity makeup

Pony Effect Conceptual Eyes Quad, $42.41
Pony Effect Everlasting Cushion Foundation, $50.91
pony effect radiance glow hydrating starter, $30.51

 

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna

 

We really don’t need a reason to sweep Rihanna’s glowing highlighters on. With her cuppa brimming with shimmery formulas, charm, and diversity, her cosmetic line has solidified her status as a mega makeup mogul. That’s the magic of Rihanna, after all.

Our top picks:

fenty beauty

Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo, $50
Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter Palette, $51.80
Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer, $31

 

KKW Beauty by Kim Kardashian West

 

The reality TV star-turned-beauty entrepreneur is constantly launching collections and collaborations, and producing extravagant launch parties (remember the mirrored selfie room decorated with florals?) that rival that of others. Case in point: KKW Beauty’s sold-out lipsticks, palettes and contour kits.

Our top picks:

celebrity makeup

classic blossom palette, USD $45
glam bible mascara, USD $18