In this exclusive insiders’ edit, nine beauty advisors reveal the must-haves in their own beauty stashes.
STORE: BEAUTY BY NATURE
Store manager at Beauty By Nature, which offers a curated collection of botanical products.
$149.90 (12 x
Fight hair loss. “When I ﬁrst moved from Qingdao to Singapore, I started losing a lot of hair from work stress. Phytocyane Women Hairloss Treatment really helped to stop hair loss, and restore my thick and healthy hair. I am still using it for healthy hair growth.”
Firm the skin. “Lierac Body-Slim Multi-Action Concentrate keeps my tummy, arms and thighs taut. When I skip it for just one day, I feel my body getting soft and ﬂabby again. I’d recommend this for when you want to look sculpted at special occasions.”
Oil, $78 (45ml).
Reduce stretch marks. “I applied Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil on scars, and they are lighter and less visible now. This ultra-lightweight, organic oil also hydrates dry skin and helps prevent stretch marks.”
Combat the haze. “When it’s hazy, Puressentiel Purifying Spray with 41 essential oils helps to keep my lungs clear and reduces sinus problems by eliminating dust mites, germs, viruses, fungus and odours.”
STORE: BUD COSMETICS
Beauty advisor at Bud Cosmetics, a boutique beauty store dedicated to organic and natural products.
Soothe delicate skin. “Antipodes Apostle Skin-Brightening Serum helps to reduce redness and lighten acne scars. Unlike other brightening serums, this oil-free formula is not too harsh on my sensitive skin and won’t cause breakouts.”
The Organic Pharmacy
Collagen Boost Mask,
Reboot instantly. “I use The Organic Pharmacy Collagen Boost Mask whenever I need to perk my skin up. It works instantly, but I prefer to use this on my skin overnight, so that it is plumper, ﬁrmer, brighter, and smoother in the morning. After this, makeup glides on so easily.”
Eyes Wide Open
Serum, $83 (15ml).
Have younger-looking eyes. “Supermood Egoboost Eyes Wide Open Serum is my holy grail for eye care. Containing an extract from chaga, a mushroom that grows on birch trees in Finland, it instantly tightens my eye area and reduces the appearance of pufﬁness.”
Living Nature Balancing
Day Lotion, $42 (50ml).
Hydrate sensitive, oily skin. “My combi skin is prone to occasional eczema ﬂare-ups, so I need a super-lightweight daytime moisturiser. Living Nature Balancing Day Lotion controls my oily T-zone and doubles as a foundation primer.”
Beauty advisor at Escentials, a haven for cult beauty labels and artisan fragrances.
Deep cleansing treat. “I use Eve Lom Rescue Mask as part of my weekly springcleaning ritual. It gives tired, dull skin a boost, minimises pufﬁness, evens out my skin, and illuminates my whole face.”
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Fragrance
Wardrobe, $240 (8 x 11ml).
Distinct scent every day. “I love wearing a different mood and personality every day. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Fragrance Wardrobe’s eight discovery-sized scents are great for versatility.”
Mood enhancer. “Diptyque Baies Candle combines the irresistible freshness of roses and sweetened blackcurrant leaves. This candle never fails to put me in the mood for romance.”
Luscious lip colour. “I am always looking for a lipstick that achieves powerful colour impact without thickness or stickiness, and By Terry Rouge-Expert Click Stick Hybrid Lipstick No. 9 delivers. Its water-droplet shaped pencil offers precision and balm-like conditioning as well.”
STORE: PURE TINCTURE
Juan Senior beauty therapist at Pure Tincture, which is dedicated to organic products for sensitive skin.
Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle
Hydrating Cleanser, $88 (200ml).
To gently cleanse. “Most cleansers sting, but Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser gently cleanses without stripping away natural moisture, and leaves my skin hydrated, smooth and supple.”
To strengthen sensitive skin. “I used to have sensitive, damaged skin. Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil has helped to strengthen it so that it is less prone to redness now. I use it nightly to repair, hydrate and illuminate my skin, and lighten the look of pigmentation.”
Shea Terra Moroccan
Rose Water Ester-C
Facial Spritz, $35
To boost moisture. “Shea Terra Moroccan Rose Water Ester-C Collagen Regeneration Facial Spritz instantly and gently replenishes my moisture-deprived skin. Its delicate rose scent is a mood booster as well.”
Castor & Carrot
To invigorate the hair and scalp. “My hair has become very thin and brittle as a result of hormonal changes. I use Shea Terra Egyptian Black Castor & Carrot Seed Shampoo (Growth) to strengthen it and reduce hair fall.”
Beauty advisor at multi-label beauty retailer Sephora.
A must-have for eyes. “Sephora Colorful Shadow & Liner is waterproof and so easy to use. Plus, it is resistant to water, heat and humidity. Simply draw a line to create a nice crease for the eyes and blend out as eyeshadow.”
Hanz de Fuko
Claymation, $30 (56g).
A versatile men’s hairstyling product. “Hanz de Fuko Claymation has a semimatte ﬁnish and super hold. It lasts for hours without hairspray.”
Kat Von D Shade +
Light Contour Palette,
A contoured look in minutes. “Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette is my all-time favourite. Light shades are best for highlighting the T-zone and touching up, and darker shades create the illusion of higher cheekbones.”
Becca Shimmering Skin
Perfector Pressed in
Champagne Pop, $58.
A radiant skin finish. “I love Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop’s intensely pigmented highlighting ﬁnish. One swipe of the fan brush is all you need for that perfect glow.”
Beauty advisor at Sephora.
$14 for 25.
To remove makeup efficiently. “After a long day at work, I want to remove my makeup as quickly as possible. Sephora Express Cleansing Wipes are my go-to – super quick and effective!”
Ghd V Classic
To style hair beautifully. “Ghd V Classic Styler gives me luscious curls. Its sleek golden plates and advanced heat technology deliver salon results so I never have bad-hair days.”
IT Cosmetics Your Skin
But Better CC+ Cream
SPF50+, $62 (32ml).
To protect and make skin look super natural. “IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream SPF50+ is my secret multitasker. It is a serum, moisturiser, sunscreen, primer, colour corrector and foundation! And it doesn’t make me look like I have any makeup on.”
Moonshot Dark Spot
Concealer, $27 (7g).
To conceal flaws. “I conceal imperfections with Moonshot Dark Spot Concealer. Although it is highly pigmented, its water-like texture hides dark circles as well without creasing.”
Senior beauty advisor at Astalift, a Japanese cosmetics brand.
Astalift Pure Collagen
Powder 5,000mg, $76
(30 x 5.5g).
Boost collagen production. “I always travel with Astalift Pure Collagen Powder 5,000mg because it is so easy to carry. I add it to any beverage for my daily ﬁx.”
Rebalance and protect. “Sunscreens tend to be either too drying or greasy for my combination skin. I love how Astalift White Perfect UV Clear Solution SPF50+/ PA++++ hydrates and keeps sebum production in check.”
Perk up radiance. “Astalift White Essence Infilt lightens my freckles, evens out the skin tone and brightens my complexion.”
BRAND: ELIZABETH ARDEN
Beauty advisor at Elizabeth Arden, an American brand.
Elizabeth Arden Eight
Hour Cream Skin
Protectant, $41 (50ml).
To heal skin. “Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant is legendary. It has restored my skin, which was damaged by burns and abrasions, and healed my cracked lips. The tube packaging is perfect for travel.”
To boost lash growth. “I read that 100 per cent of women in a clinical study saw up to 40 per cent improvement in the appearance of length, thickness and density of their lashes after using Elizabeth Arden Prevage Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum. Once I saw results on my own lashes, I was hooked.”
Mascara, $41 (9ml).
To define eyes. “I fell in love with Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara after just one use. It lengthens and volumises. I cannot go without it – not even for a day!”
Senior beauty advisor at Sulwhasoo, a Korean luxury brand.
To increase hydration. “Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum EX is a must-have to enhance the absorption of the rest of my skincare. It gives more balanced, hydrated and smoother skin in just a few weeks.”
Cream EX Light,
To fight signs of ageing. “I love Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream EX Light for its anti-ageing effects. Incredibly lightweight and refreshing, it stimulates collagen and helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles.”
Radiance Energy Mask,
To brighten skin. “I apply this before bedtime. Sulwhasoo Radiance Energy Mask puriﬁes so that I wake up with clearer, more radiant and ﬁrmer skin. I also love its uplifting scent.”