Suffering from painful acne that just won’t ease up? We know your pain. Check out our list of top Teenage Beauty Award 2017 nominees that’ll tackle pesky pimples, improve your complexion and keep blemishes at bay! 

Miacare Acne Patch for Day, $4.50 miacare PROIf you have the habit of picking at your pimples, then the Miacare Acne Patch is perfect for you. An effective blemish buster, each pack comes with super thin, flesh-coloured medical grade hydrocolloid dressings that help to absorb excess sebum and oil from the pimple and allows the area to heal quickly while acting as a protective layer to minimise bacteria. Simply patch onto clean skin and watch as your spots ‘magically’ disappear in less than 72 hours! 

For Beloved One Mandelic Acid Advanced Renewal Serum, $55 acne-treatment-for-beloved-one-PROTreating acne from deep within, lightening dark pigmentation left by blemishes, brightening skin tone and exfoliating dead skin cells – For Beloved One’s Mandelic Acid Advanced Renewal Serum does it all. Infused with mandelic acid, the gentle chemical peel will even help to control oil secretion and deep cleanse pores to reduce the chances of acne outbreaks. And it’s safe for sensitive skin, so you don’t have to worry about irritating your acne-prone complexions further. While this acne saviour is definitely pricier, its multi-tasking abilities makes it an essential for any skincare routine. 

Porcelain Balance Hydraclear Gel, $128

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Porecelain’s Hydraclear Gel is a watery gel that helps to control sebum, supply moisture, increase water retention and sebum balance in skin. It helps to reduce inflammation and microbial activities which prevents acne formation without causing peeling, sensitivity or redness. Additionally, it helps to brighten and refine the rest of your face, giving you the clear, healthy skin you’ve always dreamed of. 

Acnes Oil Control Cleansing Sheet, $3.10 

acne-treatment-acnes-PRONot like most makeup remover or cleansing sheets, the Acnes’ Oil Control Cleansing Sheet has perforations in it that helps exfoliate, lift dead skin and loosen some whiteheads. The sheets are saturated with liquid, but not dripping wet, and after each use, your skin will feel like it has been deeply cleansed. It contains a number of herbal extracts such as Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract and Centella Asiatica Extract that keep bacteria at bay, decreasing the chances of breakouts occurring.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution, $32.90thebodyshop PROA lightweight, pre-serum concentrate that helps to fight breakouts, The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution is formulated with tea tree oil that helps to purify skin, treat acne and soothes redness and inflammation. Do remember to apply plenty of moisturiser after using as the formula can be quite drying on skin. 

Kiehl’s Breakout Control Acne Treatment Facial Lotion, $80

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This Kiehl’s lotion is an all-over treatment that aims to prevent acne from forming whilst soothing your skin and reducing dullness. It contains gentle exfoliating acids that help remove dead surface skin cells that can trap oil, and ingredients that calm and brighten the complexion. The ingredients include 1.5% salicylic acid that reduces inflammation, aloe vera to soothe the skin, and vitamin B3 (or niacinamide) that helps in skin-restoration.

OXY Anti-Bacterial Acne Patch, $6.50

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Similar to Miacare’s acne patch, the OXY Anti-Bacterial Acne Patch works to fight acne by using a hydrocolloid ingredient to absorb excess oil and dirt directly from blemishes like a sponge. It also comes with UV protection that helps prevent sun rays from aggravating the acne spot, and is water- and sweat-proof, so you can apply it on comfortably throughout the day without it falling off midway. 

IDS DermProbiotic, $55 and IDS Probiotic Mask, $67IDS PROUsed in tandem with IDS’ Probiotic Mask, the brand’s DermProbiotic pills contain a live strain of bacteria that’ll help calm blemish-ridden skin instantly. Simply empty a capsule into a small amount of the mask and blend it in. Then, apply it on acne-affected areas and watch as it helps to reduce inflammation and destroy harmful bacteria lurking on the skin’s surface. 

THEFACESHOP Dr. Belmeur Clarifying Spot Calming Ampoule, $43

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Part of THEFACESHOP’s Dr. Belmeur line, the Dr. Belmeur Clarifying Spot Calming Ampoule helps to soothe sensitive problem areas and relieve dry and flaky skin around healed acne spots. The spot treatment comes with a dropper tool (yay for hygiene!) and spreads easily once applied onto skin – you’ll notice budding pimples disappearing within a day and that active acne heals faster. 

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Thick, luscious lashes are just a few swipes away with these 7 mascaras from Teenage Beauty Awards 2017 that’ll work wonders on your peepers and bring ’em into the spotlight. 

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, $44 

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For those with short or sparse lashes, the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara makes a world of difference in just three swipes – and our Judges’ Choice winner boasts the ability to give lashes up to 1800% more volume! Achieve the falsie effect easily thanks to its ultra-black formula that’ll give you life-changing volume instantly, sans any clumping. Extra bonus points goes to its mascara wand: its brush bristles allows for clean and even product distribution at hard-to-reach areas!

IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara, $42

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Infused with Elastic Stretch Technology – a fancy technology that wraps each individual lash with a coat of lengthening, fattening, and blackening mascara – this formula rescues short and sparse lashes and gives you those va va voom flutterers of your dreams. Additionally, it has ingredients like collagen, biotin, and other powerhouse proteins and peptides that strengthen lashes over time as well. With that being said, the IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara isn’t smudge- or waterproof, so be prepared for slight smearing throughout the day. 

Eyeko Black Magic Mascara, $21

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Armed with a curved brush that lifts lashes for a 90-degree curl, the Eyeko Black Magic Mascara assures supple and defined lashes that will last you all day. This paraben-free formula contains conditioning botanical Keratin and Shea Butter extracts for the ultimate staying power of about 12 hours, yet it’s still easy to remove – living up to the magic it promises. 

Catrice Glam & Doll Sculpt & Volume Mascara, $7.50

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At a budget price, Catrice’s Glam & Doll mascara holds the curl of your lashes so well it is comparable to the high-end mascaras in the market. The wand is curved to ensure that every lash of yours is coated well with product. Although not water-proof, this go-to drugstore mascara ticks off all the boxes at a highly affordable price!

essence Volume Stylist 18h Lash Extension Mascara, $5.50

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Encompassing lengthening fibers for fuller and longer lashes and a fiber releasing extension brush as a wand, the rounded brush that comes with the essence Volume Stylish 18h Lash Extension Mascara helps give lashes that extra pop. And you can count on the staying power of this mascara because it holds your lashes for a really long time without clumping or flaking. 

M.A.C. Instacurl Lash, $38 

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If there were a queen of mascaras, this would be it. M.A.C.’s Instacurl Lash mascara comes with a super-nifty and bendy silicone-bristle brush that seals the deal for us. With a simple twist, the wand bends to the right, helping you reach every corner of your lashes. The bristles are fine and precisely positioned in such a way to comb through the tiniest, and most fragile lashes to create false-lash length without clumping. If it’s anything that will include that drama-rama effect to your lashes, this is it. 

Maybelline THE FALSIES Push Up Angel Waterproof Mascara, $21.90

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The applicator might look slightly quirky and unordinary, but the Maybelline THE FALSIES Push Up Angel Waterproof Mascara definitely delivers that oomph your lashes needs. It requires slight technique finesse and it seems like tilting the brush at a 45-degree angle up from the base of your lashes rather than combing through straight on, helps give ’em lashes the extra length.

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Forget the pain of having bad brow days – we’re here to the rescue with the arch-raising products that scored at our Teenage Beauty Awards 2017! From pomades and powders to pencils and gels, these babies will have your #BrowGameStrong in no time. 

Sephora Retractable Brow Pencil, $18

SEPHORA BROW PROA dual-ended retractable brow pencil that contains a unique wing-shaped brow comb to tidy your brow hairs, this product has a fine pencil tip that’ll help you achieve natural, full-looking arches that won’t smudge out throughout the day thanks to its long-wearing and waterproof formula. 

ZA Brow Liner, $12.50

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A quick and easy-to-use brow pencil, it may be slightly tough to use when it’s brand new. But that is no biggie, just run it over your skin a couple times to warm up and soften its edges, making it a whole lot easier to apply. The spooley that’s attached on the other end helps sheer out the colour and smoothen out any hard strokes, giving you a more natural look. Thanks to its affordable price and easy-to-use nature, the ZA Brow Liner is perfect for beginners. 

Maybelline Brow Tattoo Gel Tint, $19.90

MAYBELLINE BROW PROThe first of its kind in Maybelline’s extensive brow lineup, using a brow tint might seem intimidating to some but it’s actually surprisingly easy to use. Using its applicator, which is shaped like a lipstick brush, simply paint on a thin layer of product according to your natural brow shape. We recommend having an oil-based makeup remover and cotton tips handy incase you make a mistake. Then leave it to dry depending on how dark you’d like it to be – 20 minutes at least and two hours at most – and gently peel off afterwards. The gel tint stains your brow hairs and the skin underneath but you don’t have to worry about looking like Crayon Shin Chan; the brow tint lends a pretty stain that’ll gradually wear off and gives the “your brows but better” effect. 

Benefit Cosmetics ka-BROW! Eyebrow Cream Gel, $42 

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A tinted brow pomade, this cream-gel tint comes in a pot with a built-in brush that allows you to either keep your arches natural or sculpt out an intense brow look. A little goes a long way with this waterproof formula, so you can definitely count on it to last forever – and through impossibly hot days. While Benefit already has a great track record with their brow products thus far, our Teenage Beauty Awards 2017 Judge’s Choice is definitely one to have in any makeup kit! 

NYX Micro Brow Pencil, $16nyx brow PRONeed ultimate control over thick unruly brows? NYX Micro Brow Pencil will do the job despite its unassuming packaging. It has a waxier formula than the other brands on the list, and its fine tip will allow you to fill in your arches with fine brow-like strokes. 

Skinfood Mineral 3-in-1 Hard Formula, $18.90SKINFOOD BROW PROThis Skinfood 3-in-1 Hard Formula is unique because on one end, it features an oil-resistant, long wearing brow pencil on one end, and the creamy powder cushion applicator on the other. The former is shaped like a triangle which will allow you even greater precision to fill in all the angles, while the cushion end helps fill in sparse areas effortlessly. It also includes a third function – a screw brush that’s handy for brushing out harsh lines for a natural finish. Compact and functional, no brow is the limit with this multi-purpose product.

Billion Dollar Brows Brows on Point Micro Pencil, $25

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As explained in its name, the Billion Dollar Micro Pencil features a thin tip that does not need to be sharpened to create super fine, hair-like strokes that’ll have you rocking great brows in no time. And it’s waterproof and it does not smudge like how powders or pomades do, which means your brows are guaranteed to be on point all the time. 

Catrice Slim’Matic Ultra Precise Brow Pencil Waterproof, $5.50CATRICE BROW PROThose with sparse brows will love this product. It’s creamier texture glides on smoothly while delivering strong colour in one stroke. You won’t have to worry about your brows disappearing mid-day, because this baby will last all the way! 

Kate Designing Eyebrow 3D, $20.50 KATE-BROW-PROThe fan favourite of the lot, this eyebrow palette offers three varying shades to help you contour and design your perfect brow. Its powder formulas impart a softer appearance that can be easily turned into something more defined and contoured by building up more product, and its lightest shade is great for blending out any harsh edges. 

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14 Lipsticks For The Pout Of Your Dreams

16 Nov 2017 by Teenage

 Liquid lippies, creams and stains, lipsticks with matte finishes, glossy shimmers, metallic hues and more – we want them all! It’s time to pucker up ’cause we’ve selected the top 14 lipsticks that’ll bring out the best in your pout. 

NYX Professional Makeup Matte Lipstick, $15nyx lip PROWith a highly pigmented, creamy formula that gives you the perfect pucker in just one swipe, the NYX Professional Makeup Matte Lipstick feels extremely comfortable and non-drying on the lips despite having a matte finish. While they’re touted to be extremely long-wearing, you’ll have to keep it handy for after meal touch-ups. 

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, $31kat-von-d-lip-PROLike the rest of the world, we fell in love with Kat Von D’s highly pigmented Everlasting Liquid Lipstick at first swipe. A matte finish liquid lippie, this cult favourite packs a punch with its long-wearing, non-drying formula which contains vitamin E and Sunflower Seed Wax to keep our pout comfortably well-moisturised. And no matter what you’re doing throughout the day, this best-seller will stay smudge-proof, flawless through it all!

Catrice Ombre Two Tone Lipstick, $9.50catrice lip PROFans of the ombre lip trend should take Catrice’s version for a spin. While it has a considerably shorter wear as compared to the others on this list, this lippie makes up for it with a creamy, Argan oil-infused formula that leaves the lips feeling super moisturised. It also applies pretty smoothly, with application made easier thanks to its diamond-shaped tip that traces the contours of the lip easily. 

LANEIGE Silk Intense Lipstick, $36

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One of the most hydrating lipsticks in the market, the LANEIGE Silk Intense lipstick features a newly-revamped formula that glides onto your lips perfectly. It is also one of the longer wearing lippies from LANEIGE’s lip collection thanks to the brand’s ultra-micronised pigment technology that packs pigments densely to ensure vibrant staying power.

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick, $29

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Coming in a whopping 120 shades, the Urban Decay Vice lipstick collection guarantees there’s a colour for everyone. The lipsticks are formulated with Aloe vera, jojoba, avocado and abassu oils to soften lips and Illipe butter to provide long-lasting moisture as well as Vitamin C and vitamin E. True enough, the formulas provide a smooth finish along with awesome pigmentation. 

essence Sheer & Shine Lipstick, $3.50

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More on the sheer and glossy side, essence’s lipstick is a great translucent topper above your normal lipstick for the extra shine. Low in colour transfer, it also acts like a tinted balm that gives you a pop of colour for days where you do not want to wear anything too heavy. Definitely an affordable thrill for lovers of sheer, lightweight lipsticks!

Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick, $22sephora lip PROSephora often dishes out products that are surprisingly impressive and their Rouge Cream lipstick collection is no different. Aside from the affordable price (and its sleek packaging), the formula is the best part of these lipsticks. As the name suggests, they’re ultra creamy, insanely pigmented and very long lasting. The semi-matte cream product sits comfortably on your lips too, making them easy to wear on long days. 

M.A.C. Liptensity, $39

mac lip PROIf you love the rich pigment and saturated color of matte lipsticks or liquid lipsticks but abhor the dried out matte look, the Liptensity lip colors will give you that full coverage without causing your lips to become flaky. One thing to note, they do transfer, so it is advisable to use a lip primer before applying the lipsticks and you’ll be good to go!

THEFACESHOP Moisture Touch Lipstick, $19.90

thefaceshop lip PROHugged by a sleek gunmetal grey packaging, THEFACESHOP’s Moisture Touch Lipstick are moisturising and creamy enough to not place any emphasis on any dry patches of your pucker. It lasts up to four hours and is very concentrated, holding up the colour well. However, it does have a slight floral scent to it and if you are generally uncomfortable with scents in your makeup products, this may be a little off-putting for you. 

shu uemura Rogue Unlimited Supreme Matte, $38 –> Reader’s Choice

shu-uemura-lip-PROAs much as we love matte formulas, matte lipsticks often can go very wrong when the formula starts to dry out and tug at your lips. That is not the case when you use shu uemura’s Supreme Matte formula that’s infused with Jojoba oil. It gives the extreme matte effect without wicking away moisture, leaving you with superb comfort all day. 

ETUDE HOUSE Dear My Glass Tinting Lips-Talk, $15.90

etude house lip PROLightweight and glossy, this lipstick from ETUDE HOUSE feels more like a lip balm-tint than anything else. High-shine with low concentration of colour, you can build up your hue easily. And ETUDE HOUSE nailed their packaging too because you can now customise your lip casing, and then replace the lipstick with another refill when you’re done – an ingenious idea that’s environmentally-friendly at the same time! 

Maybelline Colour Jolt Intense Lip Paint, $9.90

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The formula of this Maybelline Colour Jolt is perfect – it applies smoothly, evenly, and flawlessly with the slanted sponge applicator. The color is pigmented on a single stroke and only gets bolder with each application without the fear of the product going sticky, tacky, or flaking up. The color remains smooth and weightless with a very creamy, lightly hydrating consistency that’s pleasant and comfortable to wear.

Marc Jacobs Enamoured Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer Lipgloss, $42

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Glossy lips are in trend right now and the Marc Jacobs lipgloss could not be more apt now than before. Coming in a wide range of 18 shades, you are sure to find a gloss that fits your everyday lip colour. Although these glosses are sheer, you’d be comforted to know that they have a relatively long staying power when untouched for hours. The metallic shimmer shades have better coverage with slightly more pigment. These are sure to give you the extra boost you need for the day. 

The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid, $18

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The formula for these Lip Liquids are amazing, because they are all pretty lightweight. The formula varies for all five shades in the collection, with the darker colours being more patchy and uneven compared to the nude shades. Lining your lips before applying the product can help fix this problem and otherwise, it is a reliable lippie that delivers the matte effect without drying out your lips. 

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Prep For Prom With These 8 Beauty Hacks

15 Nov 2017 by Gladys Lee

Prom season is here! Getting ready for the big night can be overwhelming with so many things to look out for, so we have compiled a list of essential beauty hacks (though not exhaustive) to prep you for the best night ever. 

1. Get your curls to last longer by letting it cool while coiled up

You really don’t want to spend a considerable amount of time curling your hair to have it fall flat minutes into prom night. To make your curls last longer, pin each freshly-curled strand to your head so that it cools in that curled position, allowing the cuticle to close and set in place. Your curls would then last for a longer duration.

2. Second day hair works better for intricate hairstyles

It might be difficult to style squeaky clean hair to the Pinterest-worthy hairstyle you’ve decided on for prom as it’s often slippery, thus requiring extra product to create your desired hair-do. In contrast, second day hair is way easier to style as it has a lot more texture and grip. If you’re worried about having oily looking hair, reach for a dry shampoo to keep your look fuss-free!

3. Try sticky bobby pins for stronger hold

And if all else fails, sticky bobby pins are your lifesavers. For extra reinforcement on that one pesky hair strand that defies the normal bobby pin, spritz your bobby pin with hairspray. The hairspray allows the pin to have stronger hold on your hair, clamping down on all the flyaways. 

 4. Nix zits fast with eyedrops

It’s prom night D-1! You leap out of bed excited, only to find a zit that somehow popped up overnight even when you’ve been following your skin care regime to a T. For a quick fix, stick a cotton tip soaked in eye drop solution in the freezer for an hour, then hold it against your pimple. The freezing temperature coupled with the eye drop will banish redness and bring down inflammation enough that you’ll barely notice it. 

 005. Bake your makeup for a natural look.

Yes baking. The word ‘baking’ might bring the aroma of imaginary freshly-baked cookies wafting under your nose, but we are talking about a simple beauty trick here. Baking your makeup means to let your translucent powder ‘bake’ or sit for about 10 minutes to allow your natural body heat to set your base foundation and concealer before dusting the powder off your face. This yields a flawless finish that’ll amp up your makeup like you wouldn’t believe. 

 

6. Use Vaseline to have a lasting scent.

Retain your perfume for the longest time possible with this simple hack. Rub some Vaseline onto your pulse points before spritzing on your perfume. Vaseline holds the scent longer than dry skin does, allowing your fragrance to linger all night long. 

7. Dust translucent powder for lasting lipstick

Even the most heavy-duty of lipsticks fade away after a hearty dinner. But with this hack, you can set your lippie to last the entire evening of socialising and dancing. After applying the first layer of your desired lip colour, lightly hold a tissue over your lips and dust a little translucent powder over the tissue before applying a second coat. This helps to blot away excess oils and sets your lipstick to fade into a lip stain which lasts longer.

10. Break your heels in with socks and a little bit of stomping

Taking a spankin’ new pair of heels out of the box and slipping them on minutes before heading for prom night can be the most satisfying feeling, but that might come with an extremely painful price as well because new shows tend to cause blisters and you really don’t want to ditch your heels even before getting to the venue. Stretch your new shoes by wearing socks in them and practice walking around weeks before the big night. Tip: Create extra traction by rubbing the smooth soles of your heels with sandpaper. Say yay for extra grip and less chances of falling! 

Now, sashay to your prom with the utmost of confidence. Then, come back and share your experiences with us!

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