A mask for your lady bits, skincare made from tea and the first liquid lash liner ever! We bring you the products that stopped us in our tracks this month...
Missed our September beauty reviews? We gotcha. This month, we changing the eyeliner game with the first-ever liquid lash liner, giving our vulva some love (you heard that right) and leaving the house with blemish-free skin and metallic makeup. Are you ready for our October beauty haul?
Kat Von D Beauty Lash Liner Inner Liquid Eyeliner
The thought of sticking liquid liner wand over my inner rim lash line makes me squirm – but here we are, thanks to Kat Von D. The makeup mogul’s first-of-its-kind liquid lash liner has an innovative gel formula with clay for a binding finish that doesn’t sting your eyes or budge (much like her smudge-proof eyeliner that we’ve talked about here). So how does this revolutionary product fare? It’s a little tricky to put on at first but once you get the hang of it, you’ll love the intensity of the black colour and its satin finish. I start with a little product (swab the excess on the tub), dab along my lash line and wait for about 15 seconds to let it dry. Don’t be afraid to build up towards an intense kohl look if you’re feeling it.
$32, available at Sephora.
Mila Cosmetics Acne Cream
This acne cream by local makeup artist Sharmila Logan has been receiving rave reviews online so I just had to see (and experience) what the fuss was about. After using it for one month, I notice fewer pimples on my face and when a random zit does appear (which can’t be avoided when you have oily skin), it dries out in no time. The menthol in the cream also keeps my skin fresh and ready for the day. My only gripe? It comes in a tub which can be a hassle if you have long nails. Best if it came with a spatula but hey, the product does its job so no complains.
$49.99, available online.
Jurlique Herbal Recovery Signature Serum
This organic skincare brand from Australia has remastered its Herbal Recovery signature range and the serum is an absolute hit. Two weeks into it and my skin is already feeling firmer and tighter. It’s probably ‘cos they’ve tripled the original dose of viola tricolour extract, a European wildflower that’s rich in antioxidants and reduces dullness. The non-greasy serum is easily absorbed by my skin, making it look more hydrated and less oily. A definite holy grail for serums if you don’t mind the hefty price tag.
$160 for 50ml, various locations including Plaza Singapura, Vivocity, T Galleria By DFS, Singapore and Ngee Ann City.
Lu Ming Tang Miraculous Detox Paste
Are you a tea fanatic? You’ll be glad to know that tea can make you feel good inside – and out. You can now apply your preferred hot beverage on your face (kinda), thanks to French-Chinese skincare brand Lu Ming Tang’s range of tea-infused skincare. The miraculous paste is one solid detoxifying mask that clears out all the gunk from those pores. Full cred goes to Yunnan black tea, bamboo charcoal, sesame seed and black rice that buffs away tired skin cells. For someone who loves to experiment with natural ingredients and DIY masks, I love that it gives me the DIY feel but from a tube. After leaving it on for about 20 minutes, I scrub the product away in circular motions, towel-dry and finish with my fave toner and moisturiser.
$65, available online and at Tangs, Tang Plaza, 320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865
Two Lips Blackout Activated Charcoal Mask
A sheet mask for your lady parts? What a time to be alive! Yes, you heard that right. Say hello to the world’s first infrared activated charcoal mask for your vulva, AND it’s formulated right here in SG. Free from sulfates, parabens and all nasties, this special mask is packed with organic flower extracts to detoxify, brighten and moisturise the vulva. Plus, the infrared activated charcoal boosts lymphatic drainage, leaving it clean and fresh. Not sure if I felt a significant difference after one try (it’s recommended to be used for five days) but I did enjoy the idea of sitting back, tuning in to the 15-minute vulva ritual playlist and showing some TLC down there. Perfect for post-wax and laser care.
$28, available online.
Smashbox + Vlada Always On Petal Metal Liquid Lipstick
Confession: I’m a lipstick hoarder. And right now, ruling my lil’ collection is a pretty and powerful liquid lipstick. I’ve worn it for a few parties and it’s hella amazing. The XO, Vlada shade is deep rose gold with an unmissable metallic sheen. And man does it stick – after hours in the Singapore heat, sipping on cocktails and munching on bar bites, it stays put like paint with negligible smudging or flaking. The applicator is firm and shaped in a way that makes it super easy to slather on this liquid limited edition lippy. The dark rose gold pigment is wondrous, it dries quickly to turn into a stunning matte yet metallic colour. Can we wear it everywhere? We wish, but nooo. For now, it’s only socially acceptable to wear metallics to the club.
– Aditi, Deputy Editor
$45, available at Sephora.
Shiseido ColourGel Lip Balm Peony 103
Balms fix everything! A rich lip balm is the easiest way to give your lips some no-fuss TLC. We’ve been trying out J-beauty brand Shiseido’s new peony pink tinted balm that works overtime with the moisturising. While the colour is milder and fragrance-free unlike most lip balms we know and love it, it does work well as an underlayer for lipsticks. Its patented humectant technology is supposed to help lock in the moisture and makes your lips feel like you’ve rubbed it with butter. Ummm…butter.
– Aditi, Deputy Editor
$45, available online and at various locations including Tangs at Tangs Plaza and Takashimaya.