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7 Best Sunscreens For Singapore

27 Apr 2015 by Venetia Sng

Here’s the last installment of the Teenage Guide to Sunscreens (catch up on the first two parts: Knowing Your UVA to PA++++ and What Type of Sunscreen Is For You), and we’re picking out our fave sunscreens for the brutal Singapore weather. 

Good for first time users

Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel SPF 50+ PA++++, $18.90

Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ $18.90

The Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel comes in the same light and watery texture of Bioré’s popular UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence. We love it for its cool and refreshing feel upon application! It is infused with hyaluronic acid and citrus extract to keep skin hydrated and fresh. Suitable for first time users cause it’s easy to use, affordable and you can use it for your face and body! 

Good for outdoor activities

Shiseido Perfect UV Protector Wet Force SPF 50+ PA++++, $59

Shiseido Perfect UV Protector Wet Force SPF 50+ PA++++ $59

If you’re into outdoor activities, the Shiseido Perfect UV Protector Wet Force will be perfect for you. It doesn’t just resist water; it recruits water into the protection process! Get it wet, and the minerals in water or perspiration will boost the strength of its protective veil so you can swim, cycle or run without worrying about sun protection. Tough as it might be, it removed easily with any cleanser. 

Good for reapplication

Ettusais Aqua Splash UV SPF 30 PA++, $34

Ettusais Aqua Splash UV SPF 30 PA++ $34

The Ettusais Aqua Splash is a handy mist that shields your skin from the harsh summer sun, and you can just sprintz over makeup for extra sun protection anytime of the day. Skin stays hydrated with ingredients like hyaluronic acid and rosemary extract, to create a veil on skin to prevent moisture loss. The spritz bottle makes reapplication a breeze, plus it doesn’t hurt that it refreshes the skin at the same time! 

Good for high coverage

L’Oréal Paris UV Perfect Even Complexion SPF 50 PA++++, $20.90

L'Oréal Paris UV Perfect Even Complexion SPF 50 PA++++ $20.90

The L’Oréal Paris UV Perfect was scientifically tested with a UV camera to prove its efficacy and true to its claims, it completely blocks out the UV rays to create a protective barrier between the sun’s rays and the skin. Aside from its UV protection, the L’Oréal Paris UV Perfect evens out skin tone, prepping it for makeup application. Double-duty goodness, we like! 

Good for sensitive and/or acne-prone skin

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra-Light Fluid SPF 50+ PPD 42, $57.90

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra-Light Fluid SPF 50+ PPD 42 $57.90

The La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra-Light Fluid has very high, broad and photostable UVA/UVB protection. It has an ultra-light texture, is non-greasy, very water resistant and leaves no white residue. Fragrance-free, paraben-free and non-comedogenic, the La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra-Light Fluid is perfect for those with sensitive skin. 

Good for oily and/or acne-prone skin

Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA+++, $52

Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA+++ $52

The highly-raved about Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense is oil-free, fragrance-free, colorant-free and non-comedogenic, making it the ideal choice for sensitive skin. The formula is quickly absorbed without any greasy feeling. Plus points for making the skin look great on its own, or underneath makeup!

Good for the environmentally friendly

The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Sebum Control Moisture Sun Cream SPF 40 PA+++, $23.90

The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Sebum Control Moisture Sun Cream SPF 40 PA+++ $23.90
For those who are more eco-conscious, this sunscreen is for you. Containing eco-certified Organic Sunflower sprout extracts, The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Sebum Control Moisture Sun Cream contains powerful antioxidants to strengthen skin’s immune system. The formula absorbs quickly, controlling sebum production while smoothing out your skin texture. 

Let us know what sunscreen products you are using and share with us if they are any good by writing a comment below! Don’t forget to check out part 1 and part 2 of our Guide to Sunscreens! 

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MAC Wash & Dry Collection

24 Apr 2015 by Arissa Ha

Inspired by the bright packaging of detergent boxes and the popularity of laundromats in the 1930s, MAC has created the ultimate makeup collection for summer. 

Set your spin cycle to “fresh” and plunge into summer with the new WASH & DRY collection from MAC. The bright metallic packaging instantly sets the mood for light-hearted fun – after all, makeup shouldn’t be taken too seriously. 

MAC Wash & Dry Collection

MAC Wash & Dry Collection

LIPSTICK, $33.00
MORANGE vivid orange (amplified)
CRÈME D’NUDE light beige pink nude (cremesheen)
STEAM HEAT vivid yellow red (satin)
TUMBLE DRY light peachy coral (lustre)

LIPGLASS, $33.00
GIRL ON BOARD light crème nude
LAUNDRY LIST vivid orange
HOT / COLD true red
DOMESTIC DIVA frosty watery pink

TECHNAKOHL LINER, $33.00
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT deep blue green
SUDSY marine blue
COLOUR MATTERS lime
COIN OPERATED metal grey with silver pearl

FALSE LASHES WATERPROOF, $37.00
STAY BLACK!

VELUXE PEARLFUSION SHADOW TRIO, $47.00
GREEN CLEAN pale white green, lime,deep khaki with gold pearl
WARM WASH white with orange gold pearl, peachy orange, copper gold bronze
PERMANENT PRESS white beige, calm brown bronze, black with gold pearl

POWDER BLUSH, $42.00
HIPNESS light peach
CRISP WHITES pale tangerine with pearl

HIGH-LIGHT POWDER, $58.00
FRESHEN UP color wave ranging from coral to neutral

M.A.C STUDIO NAIL LACQUER, $25.00
MONDAY BLUES blue (cream)
WASHETERIA blue green (cream)

The collection also sees a focus on brows, with products that will tame and enhance your arches. 

MAC Wash & Dry Collection The Modern Brow

WASH AND DRY MODERN BROW-LINEUP-1

WASH AND DRY MODERN BROW-LINEUP-1

FLUIDLINE BROW GELCREME, $31.00 
DEEP DARK BRUNETTE rich-brunette 
DIRTY BLONDE soft taupe-brown 
REDHEAD muted golden brown 
ASH BLONDE pale soft taupe 
TRUE BRUNETTE soft brown 

EYE BROWS, $31.00
TAPERED red-brown 
ACCENTUATED ashy-grey brown 
DELINEATED cork taupe 
STYLIZED brown 

BROW SET, $31.00
CLEAR 

WATERPROOF BROW SET, $31.00 
EMPHATICALLY BLONDE soft muted beige taupe 
TOASTED BLONDE dirty blonde 
BOLD BRUNETTE muted blackish brown 
BROWN EBONY asphalt black 
RED CHESTNUT gold brown with gold shimmer 
QUIET BRUNETTE muted mid-tone grey 

STUDIO SCULPT DEFINING BRONZING POWDER, $58.00  
GOLDEN RINSE light brick reddish bronze with fine shimmer 
DELICATES neutral deep bronze with fine gold shimmer 

PRO LONGWEAR BRONZING POWDER, $46.00 
REFINED GOLDEN finely spun golden with soft pearl 
MATTE BRONZE bronze 

BRUSH 
125 SPLIT FIBRE DENSE FACE BRUSH, $68.00 
126 SPLIT FIBRE LARGE FACE BRUSH, $67.00 

Which are your favourites from this collection? Let us know in the comments below! 

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Christopher Kane for NARS Collection

16 Apr 2015 by Arissa Ha

Having worked with NARS for London Fashion Week since 2012, it’s only natural that Scottish fashion designer Christopher Kane collaborates with Francois Nars to launch a bold and vividly coloured collection – NEONEUTRAL. 

“I often use neons as neutrals. They refresh and inspire.”

– Christopher Kane

This 10-piece collection is the first designer collaboration that extends beyond a single product group, comprising of lip glosses, eyeshadow, blusher and the Multiple in various iridescent hues and neon shades. 

Christopher Kane for NARS Collection 2015

Q&A with Christopher Kane

Why did you decide to work with NARS? 
NARS has been a long-standing and valued partner of ours, so this collaboration was an obvious fit. NARS has the same bold and creative aesthetic that is signature to the brand and I’m excited to share what we’ve created together.

Can you tell us about the colour palette for the collection? Are these signature Christopher Kane colours? 
The color palette is based on artifacts brought together from our past collections, like our signature safety buckle and bolt fastenings. These artifacts naturally communicated three Christopher Kane color themes; our classic bold neons, our brand shade of nude and futuristic iridescence.

These colors are signatures of the brand and we wanted to represent that in the purest sense.

Tell us more about the final products you selected for the collection. 
It is a full color collection featuring products for eyes, lips and cheeks and combines NARS’ iconic and bold beauty philosophy with our design aesthetic.

Christopher-Kane-NARS-products

From left to right

  • Mezmer Lip Gloss, S$37 (Sheer neon pink)
  • Nebulous Lip Gloss, S$37 (Neon coral)
  • Nucleus Lip Gloss, S$37 (Seashell pink)
  • Glow Pink Lip Gloss, S$37 (Sheer fuchsia)
  • Outer Limits Single Eyeshadow,S$38 (Iridescent rose gold)
  • Parallel Universe Duo Eyeshadow, S$50 (Iridescent pink lilac, Soft iridescent violet)
  • Starscape Blush, S$50 (Neon pink )
  • Silent Nude Blush, S$50 (Soft beige)
  • Violet Atom Illuminating Multiple, S$60 (Sheer iridescent violet)
  • Quantum Illuminating Multiple, S$60 (Sheer iridescent magenta)

The Christopher Kane for NARS collection will be available in early June 2015 at NARS boutiques at TANGS Beauty, TANGS Orchard, Robinsons the Heeren, and Sephora ION Orchard. 

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Our Sephora Summer 2015 Picks!

15 Apr 2015 by Venetia Sng

The weather is getting hot hot hot and it’s time to save our skin with a selection of summer launches from Sephora. We tried and tested everything to give you a list of our favourites, and when you can expect them to reach the stores. 

Alterna-Bamboo-Smooth-Kendi-Pure-Treatment-Oil

Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Pure Treatment Oil (S$38)
The unforgiving weather we have in Singapore spares no one (not even Mrs Beckham)! To tame the unruly frizzy hair most of us have, Alterna’s Bamboo Smooth Kendi Pure Treatment Oil can be used as a normal hair oil or as a hair treatment. This baby sulfate-free and smells amazing.

Launch date: In stores

 

 Arcona  Triad Pads S$44

Arcona Triad Pads (S$44)
We love products that simplify our beauty regimen, and the Arcona Triad Pads does just like that. Each pad (45 in a jar) removes make-up, cleanses and tones your face all at the same time! It’s formulated with cranberry extract to protect and clarify the skin and perfect for taking the day off after partying. 

Launch date: 14 May

Skin-Inc-Hydrating-Shield

Skin Inc Hydrating Shield+ (S$68)
We believe it’s always best to start protecting your skin while it’s still firm and taut. The Skin Inc Hydrating Shield+ by Skin Inc is an all-in-one sunblock, moisturiser and anti-aging lotion which protects the skin from the harmful environment. Unlike most sunscreens, this one absorbs quickly, goes well underneath make-up and doesn’t streak foundation. It protects acne-prone skin without clogging, has anti-bacterial and soothing abilities to help reduce the redness and irritation caused by the sun.

Launch date: May

Tarte-The-Sculptor-Double-Ended-Contour-Highlighter

Tarte The Sculptor Double-Ended Contour & Highlighter (S$38)
If you didn’t know already, we love products that are easy to use! The Tarte Sculptor Double-Ended Contour & Highlighter has the matte bronzer on one end to define your facial features, while the other end has a highlighter shade that creates a soft dimension to balance your contoured look. Perfect for carrying around in your makeup pouch!

Launch date: 9 July

Eyeko-Sport-Waterproof-Mascara

Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara (POA)
We are constantly looking for the perfect waterproof mascara and guess what, we’ve found it! We tried the Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara and true to its waterproof claim, it’s super easy to apply, clump-free and most importantly, survived our humid weather without smudging for the whole day. You can even use it as a coat on top of your regular lengthening or volumising mascara to prevent smudging as well. We are sold!

Launch date: TBC

Urban-Decay-Ultimate-Ozone-Multipurpose-Primer-Pencil

Urban Decay Ultimate Ozone Multipurpose Primer Pencil (S$25)
If you’ve tried the Urban Decay Ozone 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil and loved it, it’s time to rejoice as they are set to launch the thick barrelled Ultimate Ozone Multipurpose Primer Pencil! You can use it to fill in the fine lines around the eyes and even clean up mascara smudges. But we still prefer to use them on our lips where it holds the colour, prevents feathering, fills in the fine lines and is super moisturising.

Launch date: 11 June

Stila-Stay-All-Day-Liquid-Lipsticks

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick (S$32)
These Stila Liquid Lipsticks really stay, with up to 6 hours of continuous wear, with no touch up needed. The colour pay-off is great, doesn’t transfer, is bleed-proof and hydrating. It doesn’t hurt that it comes in the most delicious summer hues either! 

Launch date: 15 June

 

Butter-London-Nail-Polish

Butter London Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquers (S$25)
The best thing about Butter London Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquers is that you don’t have to put on any base or top coats! The Shock Resisting Polymer Technology delivers limitless shine with up to 10 days of wear. Apply 2 to 3 coats for the best effect.

Launch date: 9 July

Which are the products that you are looking forward to? Sound off below! 

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With hormonal changes, stress and unhealthy diet, teens can expect an onslaught of skin problems like acne, eczema or dryness. We speak to the founder of First Aid Beauty Lilli Gordon for tips on starting your own skincare regimen (even if you’re a complete newbie!). 

Before starting First Aid Beauty, Lilli Gordon faced persistent dryness and flaking on her forehead – skincare products she tried either didn’t work, or worse, sparked off allergic reactions. That’s when she decided to start First Aid Beauty, where products formulated are safe to use, even for sensitive skin. 

“I just wanted to create products that people could have the confidence that their skin would tolerate even if they have sensitive skin – products that get your skin into a state of equilibrium. “

-Lilli Gordon, Founder of First Aid Beauty

First Aid Beauty Summer 2015 Collection

From top left: Eye Duty Triple Remedy ($64), Eye Duty Triple Remedy Overnight Balm ($67), Skin Rescue Oil-Free Mattifying Gel ($54), Vitamin Hydrating Mist ($25)

Here are some beauty tips that Lilli shared with us: 

Less Is More
You don’t need seven or 10 steps in your beauty regimen for beautiful skin. Find out what works for you – everybody’s skin is different so you could be using just three steps while your friend uses five. 

Put On Sunscreen
Your skin might be taut and firm now, but the complacency might cause you some wrinkles a few years down the road. Wearing sunscreen everyday is very important especially with the weather in Singapore. The effects are not immediate (that’s what makes it scary!), but you’d be thankful when your skin is in a better shape than your peers who skip sunscreen after 20 years. 

Basic Skincare Regimen
You really just need a good cleanser to clean your skin, a moisturiser to hydrate it and a sunscreen to protect your skin against UV damage. 

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream, $67

Splurge on These
If you have extra cash to spare, Lilli suggests splurging it on a serum, eye cream or a night cream,  “I like the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydra Firm Sleeping Cream($67),” quipped Lilli, “there are a lot of active ingredients in there so there isn’t any need to put on serums beforehand.” 

First Aid Beauty is exclusively available at Sephora stores islandwide. 

What other skincare questions do you have? Sound off below!

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