From mindful serums to jade face rollers, these are the beauty products we were obsessed with this month
Here at Honeycombers HQ every month brings a barrage of new beauty products, and yes, we try to test ‘em all. This month, we’re kicking off a new column so we can share all our favourites with you. Both new and new to the team, these makeup and skin care products are our top 10 beauty buys of October.
Mmerci Encore Jade Face Roller
Our lifestyle writer Delfina caved in and finally bought herself a jade face roller (pictured top). “Historically, Chinese empresses in the seventh-century used them to attain poreless and perfect complexions. As a former History student and great enthusiast in the evolution of makeup and mankind, I had to purchase one for myself. It arrived a few days ago in a heavy velvet bag so it felt legit. It’s only been two days since I started using it but I can see my skin looking more radiant. Looking forward to proving the power of science to you! Am on my way to a brighter and rosier skin tone.”
$25, available at Mmerci Encore online
3INA’s Lip Oil Balm
Pronounced “mee-nah”, 3INA’s a new one to watch in the makeup world. The brand is best known for its rule-breaking approach to beauty; its foundation range features more dark shades than the average beauty brand, and is home to bold, punchy lipstick and eyeliner shades. We’ve quickly fallen in love with a number of its products, but the Lip Oil Balm deserves the mention – it’s rich in Morrocan argan and jojoba oil and gives lips a gorgeous sheen akin to a high shine gloss.
$16, available at 3INA ION Orchard and Tampines Mall
Kevin Murphy Smooth Again Shampoo and Conditioner
It’s a little embarrassing to admit this, but my hair has gone through some tragic times lately. First began the stringy ends and piecey roots, then a dry scalp which inevitably brought on an onslaught of dandruff. I recently chucked out all my shampoos and conditioners, and switched to Kevin Murphy’s Smooth Again wash and rinse. It’s perfect for thick, coarse hair like mine – both contain monoi oil to smooth cuticles and control frizz, as well as other deeply nourishing ingredients to restore shine, add moisture and soothe hair.
Price on enquiry for Kevin Murphy, only sold at selected salons.
Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution
This bestseller has scored fans world over for its efficient formula. Activated C – a key ingredient in targeting dark spots – and peony extract to reverse skin discolouration work overtime to boost skin radiance. Our Video Producer Hubab declares it as one of the brand’s best skincare products, as “it cleared up my uneven skin tone within 15 days.”
$92, available at Kiehl’s boutiques, including ION Orchard and Raffles City
Oo La Lab scents
Our editor Selina is a big advocate of #shoplocal, which is why she gunned for a locally made perfume from Oo La Lab. While you can make your own fragrance at one of its workshops, you can also shop a ready made one online, or pick up a bottle . In her words: “I like that it’s small enough for me to take around, and I’m a fan of unisex scents, so Fougere is totally me.” The only downside? “It doesn’t last all day.”
$88, available online
For Beloved One Polypeptide DNA Resillience Lift
Creative Services Editor Chelsia swears by this. “It never fails to hydrate and rejuvenate tired skin – it’s all I need after a stressful week. The mask comes in a box of three; it can be a bit pricey, but worth every penny.”
$63, Available from Sephora
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage
As someone who always skips foundation for full-coverage concealer, I’ve tried my fair share of concealers in the market, but many prove to be duds (too cakey, too dry, or too expensive for a lackluster formula). The Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer is the best I’ve tried; its lightweight texture lets it appear as though it’s melted into my skin, leaving it poreless and flawless (it never settles into fine lines!).
$40, Available from Urban Decay standalone stores and Sephora
Re:erth Multi-Targeted Elixir
This new homegrown brand is all about mindful beauty. Instead of fighting against skin problems, it shields it against irritation, dehydration and infection. The star product is the Multi Targeted Elixir: it absorbs astonishingly fast, firms and tightens, brightens and reduces skin blemishes.
$99, available online
In the past, when I thought of Diptyque, I’d automatically think of their candles. Oh how wrong and naive I was; the French label created its first eau de toilette in 1968. Having personally used some of these fragrances, I can tell you that they seriously last, through the hot weather, and even gym (I spray it on my hair too). My personal favourite is the L’Ombre dans l’Eau Eau de Parfum, which balances the mossy scent of a garden with the sweet aroma of voluptuous, Damask roses.
$201 for 100 ml, available at Escentials
Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner
Our fashion writer Cam wears by this Eyeko eyeliner. “It’s easy to use, glides on easily and has a skinny tip – perfect cause I really don’t like chunky lines. Plus, Alexa Chung uses it”. ‘Nuff said.
$18, available from Sephora