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Shiseido's Complexion Makeup campaign


Shiseido has long been synonymous with unique beauty innovations rooted in Japanese tradition. Their latest cosmetic coup is the Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing collection, a line of complexion makeup that’s out to change the game with ActiveForce. This cutting-edge complex is found in the collection's foundation, concealer and Asia-exclusive cushion compact, creating flexible formulas that are resistant to creasing, heat and humidity so that your makeup stays in place and true to colour all day. They also have sebum-regulating properties to help your skin maintain a soft, shine-free glow. Elevating the line by way of application and sensoriality is the Hanatsubaki Hake Polishing Face Brush (in the shape of the brand’s camellia flower logo, no less), which helps to seamlessly blend and buff for an immaculate finish.

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Self-Refreshing Cushion Compact Foundation texture in Linen 

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Self-Refreshing Cushion Compact Foundation; Hanatsubaki Hake Polishing Face Brush 

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If your eyes and neck are in need of some quick lifting, tightening and firming that even the best creams can’t achieve, head to Ageless Medical at Wheelock Place for a SonoQueen session. This High Intensity Focused Ultrasound machine (HIFU) reaches deep into the skin, heating targeted tissue to induce collagen regeneration and provide a lifting effect. SonoQueen is ideal for treating fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin as well as thickening the delicate skin around the eyes, brows, cheeks and jowls. 

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Dr Lam Bee Lan, Founder and Director of Ageless Medical 

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Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate with microbiome, Lancôme 


Lancôme is out to break more records with its new and improved Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate powered by microbiome science. The microbiome is a living ecosystem of microorganisms found on the skin surface that is vital for natural skin recovery. Thanks to a new skincare complex consisting of specially selected prebiotics and probiotics fractions, this improved iteration of the iconic anti-ageing serum delivers essential nutrients that repair, recharge and maintain the balance of your microbiome. With regular use, you get younger, healthier skin that glows. 


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Its heritage links back to the era of Dior's New Look; a revolutionary fashion silhouette that was perfectly matched with a statement-making lipstick—the first-ever Rouge Dior. This newest addition is the brand's first flower oil-infused ultra-care lipstick, providing long-wearing, luminous matte colour and a petal-soft finish. The velvety, mousse-like formula also provides skincare benefits, thanks to 100 per cent natural-origin camelina oils, sweet almond oils and shea butter at the white "CD" heart of the bullet. 

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Hedi Slimane's Haute Parfumerie collection


Mention “French high perfumery” and the likes of Maison Christian Dior come to mind. The author of that line, Hedi Slimane, is continuing that olfactory tradition, this time at CELINE with the launch of the Haute Parfumerie collection. Eight for day and three for night are what the designer has prescribed, with each scent inspired by his personal memories and stylistic androgynous codes; as well as emblematic notes from French perfumery like iris, tree moss, rose and chypre accord. With a powdery signature that wafts through all eleven scents, the fragrances come in bottles that pay tribute to French glassmaking seen through a modernist lens. 

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The Rejuran treatment promises to heal and rejuvenate even the most eczema-plagued skin 


If you’re plagued with eczema around the neck and face, and are tired of using topical steroids that take away the insufferable itch but thin the skin, help is at hand with Rejuran. Derived from salmon DNA, it involves multiple injections to the affected area, which causes temporary weals that subside within 24 hours. The treatment helps to even out the skin tone where darkening happens when you scratch and irritate the skin. It also removes the lines and skin slack caused by dryness and rash outbreaks. In time, your skin will be smoother and more refined. 

“Rejuran heals skin. Containing salmon DNA that helps to stimulate the fibroblast in our skin, basic cells will stimulate collagen and hyaluronic acid, helping to heal skin,” says Dr Lam Bee Lan of Ageless Medical. “Once the skin barrier has been restored (this can take up to six months, depending on how damaged your skin is), eczema can be brought under control. 

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As it’s a chronic condition that always comes back, Rejuran accelerates the healing process.” she adds. The beauty of this injectable treatment is that it also benefits ageing skin that lacks hydration and suffers from fine lines and wrinkles. It also improves skin elasticity, tone and texture by balancing oil and moisture levels. For best results, complement the treatment with LDM (Local Dynamic Micro Massage) that aids in healing and lifting, as well as yellow and red light therapy to help heal and promote skin rejuvenation.

Rejuran is best done as a series of three to four sessions to see maximum results, spaced three to four weeks apart between treatments. 

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From left: Intensive Fortifying Cream; Hydro-Softening Lotion; Intensive Fortifying Emulsion, Clé de Peau Beauté 


Clé de Peau Beauté makes an illuminating case for ageing gracefully with its Key Radiance Careline —a luxurious five-step ritual that seeks to improve tone, texture and glow, while redefining contours for overall anti-ageing. From the Hydro-Softening Lotion to Intensive Fortifying Emulsion, each product boasts the brand’s new Skin-Empowering Illuminator, together with extracts like Platinum Golden Silk, Japanese Pearl Shell and Perilla, which work to repair environmental damage, boost regeneration processes and cellular energy, and fortify owering Illumina e skin from deep within.


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From UV rays and the haze, to blue light from every screen, protect your skin with this arsenal of multitasking sunscreens 

1. Hair in the Sun, Sachajuan 2. Tinted Cream SPF 50+, $49.90 for 50ml, Eau Thermale Avène 3. Global Suncare Perfect UV Protector Sensitive, $63, Shiseido 4. Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk, $31.90, ANESSA 5. Umbra Tinte™ Physical Daily Defense SPF 30, $52, Drunk Elephant 6. Organic Sheer Sunscreen Mist SPF 50, $55, Soleil Toujours 7. UV Protective Cream, $165, Clé de Peau Beauté 8. Natural Perfection Fresh Sun Stick SPF 50 PA++++, $48.50, AHC 9. Prestige Light-in-White The Mineral UV Protector Blemish Balm SPF50+ PA+++, Dior 10. CliniqueFIT Workout Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 40 Foundation, Clinique