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35 Best Christmas Beauty Gifts

2 Dec 2015 by Venetia Sng

Christmas is less than a month away and if you haven’t started your Christmas shopping yet, it’s time to do it now! If you’re out of ideas on what to get for your loved ones, here’s a list of the best beauty gift sets. Psst.. they are all pretty affordable too! You’re welcome!

For Beautiful Hands

Crabtree & Evelyn, Memory Makers Hand Therapy Trio ($33)

Crabtree-Evelyn-Hand-Therapy-Trio ($33)

What is the first product that comes to your mind when we mention Crabtree & Evelyn? Their award-winning ultra-moisturising hand therapy of course! This trio pack contains their classic fragrances – Gardeners, La Source and Rosewater.

THEFACESHOP, Around The World Hand Cream Set ($17.90)

The-Face-Shop-Around-The-World-Hand-Cream-Set $17.90

Honestly, hand creams are our go-to present when we are clueless on what to gift someone we’re not very familiar with cause (almost) everyone uses them! Get these adorable limited edition hand creams from THEFACESHOP that will delight anyone!

Soap & Glory, Winter Wonderhand ($21)

 Soap-Glory-Winter-Wonderhand ($21)

If you want to get something more refreshing, try the Hand Food Hand Cream by Soap & Glory! This set comes in three addictive fragrances – freshly-squeezed-sweet-lime Sugar Crush, rose and-bergamot Original Pink and almond-and-sweet-vanilla Smoothie Star.

For Gorgeous Nails

Butter, London Password Please ($38)

Butter-London-Password-Please ($38)

This 6-piece nail art collection with ombre brush creates the perfect tailored nail looks that set the tone for a night out! Mix and match the 3 base colours (Hush-Hush, Looker, Password Please) with the 3 overcoats (Spotlight, Bubbly, Doily) for any look you want! 

Nails Inc, Festive Cracker ($42)

Nails-Inc-Festive-Cracker ($42)

We love the Christmas cracker packaging and it’s the perfect stocking stuffer with 3 classic nail polish shades in it! You can never go wrong with these nail colours.

Ciaté, Oh Christmas Tree ($39)

Ciate-Oh-Christmas-Tree ($39)

Or how about this super duper cute Christmas Tree with 6 festive mini paint pots within! Make your mani merry with Tangled Tinsel, Serendipity, Mosaic Madness, Headliner, Kiss Chase and Sand Dune.

THEFACESHOP, Christmas Trendy Nail Set ($13.90)

The-Face-Shop-Christmas-Trendy-Nail-Set ($13.90)

If you wish to pick the colours yourself, this nail set is the perfect gift! Simply pick 3 colours of your choice from the Trendy Nail Polish range and you’re done! The set comes with a Trendy Nail Polish Remover as well.

Sephora, Creative Nail Art Set ($32)

 Sephora-Creative-Nail-Art-Set ($32)

Because women change their minds frequently, this kit of six nail art accessories is the obvious choice. Scared of messing up? It comes with six tutorials for foolproof application!

For Glowy Skin

innisfree, Limited Edition Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask Set ($21)

Innisfree-Super-Volcanic-Pore-Clay-Mask-Set ($21)

We’ve featured the Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask here before and we cannot stop raving about how good it is! What’s best is that you can get this limited edition set that includes the Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask 100ml, Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner 13ml and Cleansing Foam 15ml all for $21 only!

Kiehl’s, Ultra Delight Oil-Free ($48)

Kiehls-Ultra-Delight-Oil-Free ($48)

If you know someone with sensitive skin, you can consider getting them this gift set that contains the Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser 30ml, Gel Cream 50ml and Toner 40ml. Gentle on the skin, it is oil-free, paraben-free, fragrance-free and colorant-free.

Laneige, Limited Edition BB Cushion Colour Therapy Box ($59)

 Burts-Bees-Classics-In-Your-Purse ($22)

If you have a beauty junkie friend who loves to try every product, this is the gift for her. This set holds two Holiday BB Cushion 15g, Clear C Advanced Effector, Power Essential Skin Refiner, Balancing Emulsion, Water Bank Gel Cream_EX, Water Bank Eye Gel, Water Sleeping Mask and Lip Sleeping Mask! We love that they’re all travel friendly so you can pack them along for a staycation or vacation. 

THEFACESHOP, Around The World Face Masks Gift Set ($30.90)

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Everyone needs to start taking care of their skin by using face masks and if you have a friend who’s not a fan or haven’t tried, get them started with this 3-pack gift set! Have all areas covered with the Clay, Honey and Almond Pack! 

Biotherm, Aquasource Hydration Gift ($69)

Biotherm-Aquasource-Hydration-Gift ($69) 

Celebrate well hydrated skin with Biotherm’s iconic Aquasource Moisturiser Set! It includes Aquasource Gel 50ml, Biosource Hydrating Cleanser 50ml, Aquasource Toner 100ml and Aquasource Nuit 20ml.

Biotherm, Aquapower Hydration Set ($65)

Biotherm-Aquapower-Hydration-Set ($65)

For that guy friend who has no beauty/skin care regime, get him started with this Aquapower Hydration Set! It’s contains the essential skincare items that any guy should have – Aquapower Hydrating Moisturiser 75ml, Aquapower Shower Gel 75ml and Anti-Redness Shaving Foam 50ml

Burt’s Bees, Classics In Your Purse ($22) 

Burts-Bees-Classics-In-Your-Purse ($22)

Let your skin bee merry with this pack of travel-size goodies that provides you with everything you’ll need to keep your skin nourished! Comes with Lip Balm Beeswax Tin, Res-Q Ointment to sooth dry skin, Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream and two Intense Hydration Treatment Mask.

For Enchanting Make-Up

Tarte, Fanciful Favorites Deluxe Discovery Set ($29)

Sephora-Tarte-Fanciful-Favorites-Deluxe-Discovery-Set ($29)

This 3-piece, deluxe trial set of tarte favourites in an adorable gift box makes the perfect stocking stuffer! It comprises of the maracuja oil for that perfect skin glow, limited-edition Amazonian clay blush in fanciful and lights, camera, lashes 4-in-1 mascara that increases lash volume instantly!

Sephora, Wonderful Dreams 8-Tone Eyeshadow Palette ($19)

Sephora-Wonderful-Dreams-8-Tone-Eyeshadow-Palette ($19)

Chantilly Lace, Marron Glacé, Crystal Ball, Midnight Swim, Soft Cookie, Toasted Almond, Pretty Surprise and Hot Cocoa: With these eight eyeshadows in either matte or shimmery finishes, any eyes will be ready and radiant for Christmas!

Tarte, Shine Bright Statement Lash Essentials ($34)

Tarte-Shine-Bright-Statement-Lash-Essentials ($34)

For that someone who loves anything and everything bling, this limited-edition picture perfect eyelash curler will fit nicely into her collection. It comes with a travel-sized Lights, Camera, Flashes Mascara as well!

M.A.C Cosmetics, Eye Compact ($55)

MAC-Eye-Compact ($55)

Get any of these eye shadow compacts as a gift and your girlfriend will love you for it! Each featuring six eye shadows, striking all the right notes. Eyes get the smoky treatment in shades of deep navy, warm nude and soft yet radiant mauve.

Sephora, The All-In-One Brush Set ($36)

Sephora-The-All-In-One-Brush-Set ($36) 

For a brush noob, get her this very intelligent set of three brushes that includes must-have makeup tools for powder, blush and eyeshadow. The cherry on top is that adorable little pouch!

Etude House, Snowy Dessert Ginger Cookie Blusher ($24.90)

Etude-House-Snowy-Dessert-Ginger-Cookie-Blusher ($24.90)

Another perfect stocking stuffer! This two-toned blusher will make any cheeks pretty and flushed. Did we mention how cute the ginger bread man is?! It comes in a contouring shade as well.

FauxFayc, Fauxlash Mascara Duo and Fauxliner Set ($65)

Faux-Fayc-Fauxlash-Mascara-Duo-Fauxliner-Set ($65)

In case you didn’t know, FauxFayc is our fave homegrown beauty brands and their Fauxlash Mascara Duo is the go-to mascara for va-va-voom lashes! Score a great deal with the Fauxlash Mascara Duo and Fauxliner in this gift set. 

For Kissable Lips

Stila, Sealed With A Kiss Lip Glaze ($39)

Sephora-Sealed-With-A-Kiss-Lip-Glaze ($39)

A holiday favorite! Keep lips mistletoe ready with an assortment of Stila’s iconic high shine lip glazes in six universally flattering shades – Pomegranate Sparkle, Ruby Grapefruit, Raspberry, Mandarin Lights, Papaya Pizazz and Peach!

Bare Minerals, Tiny Treasures ($33)

Bare-Minerals-Tiny-Treasures ($33)

Or go with these pocket sized Marvelous Moxie Lipglosses in seven bestselling shades for fabulous fuller-looking and deeply moisturised lips. The collection includes Show Off, Rebel, Smooth Talker, Daredevil, Stunner, Maverick and Rule Breaker. 

Marc Jacobs, Beauty The Sofia Le Marc Collection ($65)

Marc-Jacobs-Beauty-The-Sofia-Le-Marc-Collection ($65)

This ultimate lipstick collection that features five muse-inspired shades of velvety Le Marc Lip Crème. So Sofia, Blow, Dashing, Infamous and Boy Gorgeous round out the limited edition set that arrives ready to gift in a chic mini clutch.

Etude House, Snowy Dessert Pudding Tint ($13.90)

Etude-House-Snowy-Dessert-Pudding-Tint ($13.90)

We’re sure anyone will love this Pudding Tint that comes in this cute packaging! Available in five flavours – Soft Strawberry, Bouncy Apricot, Sweet Grapefruit, Sticky Rich and Soft Apple. This lip tint melts softly onto lips, giving a bouncy texture and vivid, moist, long-lasting colour! 

M.A.C Cosmetics, Lip Compact ($55)

MAC-Lip-Compact ($55)

You never know where the night might take you. These lip compacts provides all the right tones, each featuring three lipsticks. Classic reds meet crisp corals, as vibrant pinks put on an unforgettable show.

Handmade Heroes, Santarina’s Kiss Christmas Stocking Stuffer ($21.90)

Santarina’s Kiss Christmas Stocking Stuffer is a pocket size treat to give anyone that perfect pout! A delicious all natural vegan Coco-licious Luscious Lip Scrub to prep and perk your lips up, paired with Coco-friggin’ Fantastic Lip Tint in French Rose, will make anyone pucker ready!

For Irresistable Body

Victoria’s Secret, VS Fantasies Holiday Coffret ($39)

Victoria-Secret-Fantasies-Holiday-Coffret ($39)

You don’t have to be a Victoria’s Secret Angel in order to smell like one. Their Fantasies Holiday Coffret is available in a variety of fragrances but our favourite has to be Passion Struck! It includes the Hydrating Body Lotion 125ml, Fragrance Mist 125ml and Body Wash 125ml.

Watsons, Grace Cole Summer Florals Gift Set ($24.90)

Watsons-Grace-Cole-Summer-Florals-Gift-Set ($24.90)

Treat your skin with these essential body products formulated to leave the skin nourished and delicately scented. This gift set is for one that needs a bath experience that’s like a spa heaven, leaving the skin feeling relaxed and smelling fresh after!

The Body Shop, Best of Body Butter ($39.90)

The-Body-Shop-Best-of-Body-Butter ($39.90)

There’s always that someone in the group who loves The Body Shop’s Body Butter so why not get this delightful Butter Dome for them? It has the best of Body Butters – Shea, Moringa, Coconut, Mango and Strawberry!

Soap & Glory, Bright & Bubbly ($34)

 Soap-Glory-Bright-Bubbly ($34)

A box of Original Pink scented mini delights! It has products covering from head to toe with The Righteous Butter Body Butter, Hand Food Hand Cream, Clean On Me Shower Gel, The Scrub Of Your Life Body Buffer and Body Polisher.

Sephora, Let It Snow Maxi Chalet ($34)

 Sephora-Let-It-Snow-Maxi-Chalet ($34)

Head to the “Chalet” for a pampering break this holidays! Which contains the Bubble Bath & Shower Gel, Velvety Body Moisturiser and a mesh sponge. It’ll put a smile on anyone’s face!

For Stunning Hair

Percy & Reed, Santa’s Little Helper Gift Set ($34)

Percy-Reed-Santas-Little-Helper-Gift-Set $34

Naughty or nice, everyone’s hair can be Christmas-ready with this collection of shine-boosting hair essentials that will provide plenty of dazzle. This set has Colour & Shine Shampoo 50ml, Colour & Shine Conditioner 50ml, Volumising No Oil Oil 15ml and Shine & Fragrance Spray 50ml.

THEFACESHOP, Cherry Blossom Hair Mist Set ($12.90)

 The-Face-Shop-Cherry-Blossom-Hair-Mist-Set $12.90

This set consists of 2-pc Cherry Blossom Hair Mist, a unique hair mist that removes excess oil, provides moisture to damaged hair and refreshes hair with Cherry Blossom fragrance. Perfect for our weather!

Which beauty gift set is your fave? Let us know in the comments box below! 

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M.A.C Just Upped Their Game With #MACZacPosen

14 Oct 2015 by Venetia Sng

Beauty and fashion junkies rejoice! M.A.C Cosmetics just announced that designer Zac Posen will be debuting his collection with M.A.C in February 2016! The collection will feature a range of eye, lip and cheek make up plus brushes. Take a peek of the collection below!

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MAC-Zac-Posen

Over the past 15 years I have learned a great deal from M∙A∙C about beauty.  Fashion and beauty go hand-in-hand and I have always wanted to create a makeup collection to complement my designs and brand. It was only natural to work with M∙A∙C to create my first ever signature collection. I wanted to keep it luxurious, a little mysterious and clean with a large dose of star wattage.

Zac Posen

Excited about the collection? Stay tuned for more news of the launch!

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Beauty 101: Best Eyebrow Products

6 Oct 2015 by Venetia Sng

In case you haven’t read our article on the Hottest Eyebrow Trends , natural looking full eyebrows is the hottest beauty trend at the moment. Well groomed brows make you look polished and give your face a good frame, while over-tweezed brows are just, well, scary. We picked out the 4 best brow products, from pencils to gels, to achieve that perfect brow just for you.

Brow Pencil

Browhaus-Classic-Brow-Lead

Browhaus Classic Brow Lead, $17.90

For those who prefer eyebrow pencils, this dual-ended brow enhancer comes with both a pencil and a spoolie tip for tidying up. Perfect for those with unruly brows, the comb keeps the brows in place after you fill them in with the pencil.

Brow Duo

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Maybelline Fashion Brow Duo Shaper, $14.90

This 2-in-1 brow liner is great for brow beginners. Use the slim pencil tip end to shape and fill your brows and if the lines are a little too harsh for you, use the powder tip end for a soft finish or for blending purposes. Plus there’s a spoolie hidden in there as well so technically it’s 3-in-1! 

Brow Gel

Eyeko-Brow-Mascara

Eyeko Brow Gel, $32

Need something to hold them brows in place? This lightweight gel glides effortlessly onto your brows, plus it will not smudge or stiffen even after long hours of wear. So no worries about your eyebrows going awry in Singapore’s humid weather!

Brow Kit

Benefit-Brow-Zings

Benefit BrowZings, $50

This small little palette has practically everything you need in a brow kit. It has a coloured wax for shaping and defining, a soft powder for filling and blending, 2 brushes and a pair of tweezers (you know just in case). It’s really amaZING.

Any brow products to share with us? Comment below!

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Hottest Eyebrow Trends for 2015

16 Sep 2015 by Venetia Sng

We have all gone through the pain of finding the eyebrow shape that suits us best and if you’re still looking, look no more. The eyebrow trend for years to come (not just 2015) is natural looking brows. Here are 3 types of natural looking brows we love and how you can carry them off!

Thick & Bushy

Bushy-Thick-Eyebrow-Cara-DelevingeCredit: Getty

Have thick and bushy brows like Cara Delevinge? You have no idea how blessed you are. It’s like the perfect blank canvas where you can trim and shape it into anything you want! If you’re still new to brow-scaping, you would want to keep the original shape of your brows. Start by plucking away the stray hairs surrounding your brows then use a pair of brow shaping scissors to trim the length.

The Diva Arch

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If you’re into that brow arch as seen on Queen Bey here, first you’d need to know the proportions of your eyes to your face.

Eyebrow-Shape-GuideCredit: asthestyleturns

However if you’re still new or not just not very good with trimming your own brows, we suggest getting professional help. We recommend the eyebrow wax ($24) at Benefit Brow Bar located in Sephora ION Orchard! The staff are well trained so don’t worry, you’re in safe hands.

Straight Korean Brows

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Straight arch-less brows have been in trend for awhile and trust me when I say, they are not going away anytime soon. These soft looking brows mimic how your brows look when you were younger, creating that youthful overall. Just remember not to go overboard with this trend or you might end up looking like there’re 2 caterpillars stuck to your face.

What not to do

Before-After-Eyebrow-Jessica-AlbaCredit: Getty

Do not, I repeat, DO NOT over-tweeze or over-draw your brows. Future you will give your ass a good whooping. Over-tweezing might result in oddly shaped eyebrows when you try to grow them out after as the hairs don’t always grow back. Like Jessica Alba here, she’s a very good example of why you should never over-tweeze your eyebrows. See how good she looks with natural looking luscious brows now.

Share with us your brow-scaping tips by commenting below!

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Your Step-by-Step Guide To Korean Makeup

20 Aug 2015 by Arissa Ha

Love signature Korean beauty looks like ombre lips, straight brows and dewy skin? We teach you how to achieve K-beauty perfection with Etude House products. 

Clueless about makeup? Click on any of the following K-beauty looks for a step-by-step tutorial on how to create them! #EasyPeasy 

Flawless Face

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Products used:

  • Etude House Moistfull Collagen Facial Mist, $21.90
  • Etude House Beauty Shot Face Blur SPF15 / PA+, $27.90
  • Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream Blooming Fit, $25.90
  • Etude House Magic Any Cushion, $29
  • Etude House Precious Mineral Magic Any Cushion Pearl Aura, $32

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Lightly spray on some Etude House Moistfull Collagen Facial Mist to moisturise skin, then apply the Etude House Beauty Shot Face Blur to prime skin so that makeup goes on smoothly. Applying primer also helps makeup to adhere to skin, making it last longer. 

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Using the Etude House My Beauty Tool Soft Cream puff, apply the Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream Blooming Fit using a light dabbing motion all over the face to even out complexion and cover imperfections. Apply the Etude House Magic Any Cushion and the Etude House Precious Mineral Magic Any Cushion Pearl Aura by patting it on. The pearl extracts within the Etude House Precious Mineral Magic Any Cushion Pearl Aura gives skin a natural highlight for a dewy glow. 

Straight Brows

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Products used:

  • Etude House Color My Brows $12.90
  • Etude House Perfect Brow Kit, $18.90

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With the Etude House My Beauty Tool Brush 351 Eyebrow Brush, apply brow powder to shape the ends of your brow. Aim for a straight-looking brow, emphasizing less on the arch in order to achieve a more youthful look. Darken sparse-looking brows by brushing on the Etude House Color My Brows to give it more volume. You can also use it to neaten and tame unruly brows. 

Ombre Lips

Etude-house-miyake-ombre-lipsEtude House

Products used:

  • Kissful Lip Care Lip Concealer, $9.90
  • Fresh Cherry Tint in PK002, $12.90
  • Color in Liquid Lips in OR203, $17.90
  • Woo~ Baby Lip Plumper, $12.90

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Start by applying the Kissful Lip Care Lip Concealer all over lips – it will lighten lip colour so that the contrast between the lighter and darker gradient can be seen more clearly. Dab on the lighter shade of pink (we’re using the Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint in PK002) from the center of your lips and blend outwards, without covering the entire lip. 

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Dab on a darker colour (we used the Etude House Color in Liquid Lips in OR203) in the center of the lips again and blend outwards, taking care not to go over the pink which was previously applied. Apply the Etude House Woo~ Baby Lip Plumper for a glossy finish! 

Coloured Eyelash Tips

Etude-house-miyake-coloured-eyelash-tipsEtude House 

Products used:

  • Lash Perm Curl Fix Mascara in #1 Black, $24.90
  • Lash Perm Curl Fix Mascara in #4 Pink, $24.90

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Set to be the next Korean beauty trend, coloured eyelash tips are super easy to create. Simply brush on the Etude House Lash Perm Curl Fix Mascara in #1 Black to curl and voluminise eyelashes. Then, use the Lash Perm Curl Fix Mascara in #4 Pink to coat lashes with a hot pink shade 

Which look is your favourite? Share with us your experience creating these looks.

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