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What you need, what you want, and what really works.

Turn up skin’s glow with Chanel’s Le Blanc newcomers: Essence Lotion, Crème Fine and Crème Riche 


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From top: Le Blanc Brightening Gentle Touch Foundation, $90; Le Blanc Creme Riche, $162, Chanel 

2017 saw Chanel discovering ume flower extract, with its ability to revitalise and brighten skin. This led to the launch of Le Blanc, a skincare system that enhances luminosity in a gentle but deeply restorative way. The brand’s most recent development? Ume flower oil, a rich active ingredient that bathes skin in comfort, radiance and strength. This ingredient powers the new Le Blanc Essence Lotion, a milky brightening lotion that nourishes and revitalises; as well as whitening creams, Le Blanc Crème Fine and Crème Riche, which cocoon the face in long-lasting moisture, giving it a dewy youthful glow. And for days you really want to turn up the brightness, the new Le Blanc Brightening Gentle Touch Foundation is there for an opalescent veil finish. 

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From left: Vitamin C 35% Collagen Rebuilding Serum, $185; Triple Hyaluronic Antioxidant Hydration Serum, $105; Mandelic Pigmentation Corrector Night Serum, $138, Allies of Skin 


Singaporean skincare brand, Allies of Skin, is well on track for world domination, with a global list of stockists and a collaboration with American Airlines to its name. Back home, we are treated to a new trio of clinically supercharged serums: The first-of-its-kind Vitamin C 35% Collagen Rebuilding Serum is a waterless formula with 35 percent concentration for cellular repair; the Triple Hyaluronic Antioxidant Hydration Serum works with no fewer than three types of hyaluronic acid, while the Mandelic Pigmentation Corrector Night Serum is an overnight cure-all that smooths skin, erases spots and injects hydration. 

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Re:Erth's Multi Targeted Elixir, $108, is a bottle full of rejuvenation for lacklustre skin. This lightweight concentrate is potent with Japanese spring turmeric and white turmeric extracts for improved skin clarity and radiance. 

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Deluxe Facial in a Flash 10th anniversary set, $498, Skin Inc 


Skin Inc recently marked its 10th anniversary and the tech-meets-beauty brand has launched three limited-edition sets to celebrate. The first is the My Daily Dose Create Your Own Kit, which starts with a My Skin Identity self-diagnostic quiz online before you get three serums for your unique concerns. The second, the Facial in a Flash set, puts three of their bestselling products together; while the Deluxe Facial in a Flash set features the Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light++, for the ultimate flash facial on the go. 

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From below: Celestial Nail Sheer in Nova (bottle) and Polaris (swatch), $47; Polar Ice Eye Palette, $163; Lip Cristal in Citrine, $82, Chantecaille 


Fusing botanical skincare and cosmetics with an unwavering commitment to conservation, Chantecaille has stayed at the forefront of the ethical luxury beauty industry since its beginning over two decades ago. Its latest crusade is centred on the Great Glaciers, an initiative in aid of the polar regions, and this can be seen in the brand’s spring/summer 2019 makeup collection. From a crystal-encrusted compact housing its Polar Ice Eye Palette of shimmering eye shadows, to its iridescent Celestial Nail Sheer vegan nail polishes, its products clearly take inspiration from glacial ice and the aurora borealis. But it is the Lip Cristal glitter-coated metallic lipsticks that might bring about a difference—Chantecaille has committed to plant a tree in Kenya for every lipstick sold in a bid to reverse the harmful effects of global warming. 

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From top: Camu Brightening Mist; Marula Hydrating Serum; Camu Brightening Serum, Luxe Botanics. Customised serums, Alcheme 


Beauty Uncovered is an initiative launched by four local undergraduates passionate about “uncovering” the fundamentals of ethical beauty consumption. Adopting a sustainable routine isn’t easy, but the team is tapping on digital platforms to help communicate and break down the different ways one can do good for the skin, hair and planet at the same time. In March, they pioneered The Ethical Beauty Market Place, a game-changing one-stop pop-up shop for anyone to connect with local and international ethical brands, all of whom share the same passion for living a beauty-conscious life. 

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Clarins has launched a new Targeted Spot Brightener, $60, that zooms in on problem areas to reverse the damage caused by exposure to urban aggressors like stress, pollution, blue light and UV rays. Best applied after a brightening serum has fully absorbed for an overall radiance boost, this roll-on makes pesky pigmentation a thing of the past.

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Clinique iD, $75, a new custom blend hydration system for any and every skin type


Clinique is ushering in a new era of skincare personalisation with Clinique iD, their new custom blend hydration system. Think three Dramatically Different Moisturizer bases (Jelly, Lotion+ and Oil-Free gel) and five Active Cartridge Concentrates based on your primary skin concern. This equals no fewer than 15 unique combinations to choose from, so everyone is sure to find their best-fit moisturiser-cum-targeted solution. Best of all, the specially engineered bottle-plus-cartridge packaging delivers the exact amount you need in every pump for fuss-free application: 90 percent hydration base, 10 percent active ingredient.

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1. Moon Fruit Superfruit Night Treatment, $85, Herbivore Botanicals ; 2. Xishuang Banna Pu’Er Tea Soap, $35, Lu Ming Tang ; 3. Opiat Dentaire Toothpaste in Orange, Ginger and Clove, about $39, Buly 1803 at Net-a-Porter ; 4. Rose Hair & Body Oil, $23, Ouai ; 5. Cacao Coffee Scrub, $25, Frank Body ; 6. Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner, $38, Fresh ; 7. Support Equilibrium Bath and Shower Oil, about $115, Aromatherapy Associates ; 8. Stress Check Breath In Roller, $25, This Works ; 9. Himalayan Healing Salts, about $66, Mauli Rituals 


Turn your beauty regimen into an indulgent ritual with pampering formulas that treat the skin and uplift the soul.