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Part cosmetic, part lip care, the Losec Summa Elixir Golden Lipstick from South Korean brand su:m37° delivers great colour payo while caring for your puckers. Formulated with the brand’s proprietary ingredients, Cytosis and Ferm-Theriaca, it plumps lips and enhances skin’s reparative abilities. It is also infused with opulent gold, which is reported to slow the depletion of collagen and elastin, has anti-inflammatory properties, and even offer protection against harmful UV rays. Thanks to the moisturising oil that coats the colour pigments, a single swipe gives long-wearing, crease-free colour that doesn’t leave your lips feeling dry. 

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Losec Summa Elixir Golden Lipstick, $58 each, su:m37° 


Cleansing is the most basic, yet most important, step in your beauty routine, ridding skin of makeup and impurities so that it can better absorb and benefit from subsequent products. Here are four that do their job and more. 

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1 Comfort Stretchy Wash, $75, KANEBO

Combining cleansing and hydrating ingredients, this luxurious cream lathers into a rich, cushiony foam that draws out impurities, no scrubbing required. It leaves behind a thin layer of moisture after it is rinsed off, thanks to its Hydro ST complex of macadamia nut oil, apricot extract, lemon extract and glycerin. The moisture veil keeps skin hydrated and boosts the penetration of essences and lotions used in the next step of your beauty routine. The BEAUTY next step of your beauty routine. 

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2 Ultime8∞ Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil-in-Foam, $65, Shu Uemura

Delivering the deep-cleansing benefits of oil and the light fluffiness of a foam cleanser, this is a good middle ground for those who’ve always wanted to try cleansing oils but are afraid they’ll clog pores, cause breakouts or leave a greasy after-feel. The oil in the innovative formula melts makeup while the foam gathers up dirt and debris, gently whisking them away without stripping skin of its natural oils. With tsubaki oil in its formula, this non-comedogenic cleanser cares for the skin too. Enriched with vitamins A, D, B and E as well as omega 3, 6 and 9, the nourishing oil is easily absorbed, leaving skin soft and smooth post-wash. 

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3 Vinopure Purifying Gel Cleanser, $33, Caudalie

This gel cleanser points the way to a clearer complexion with salicylic acid and a patented complex comprising grapeseed polyphenols and six essential oils. The first unclogs pores and refines skin texture, while the second inhibits the production of the pimple-causing bacteria, P.acnes. The polyphenols also reduce inflammation, promote wound healing and fight premature skin ageing, while the oils work to soothe, further decongest, tone and tighten skin. Free of sulphates and soap, this leaves skin feeling refreshed and ultra clean, sans unpleasant tautness or dryness. 

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4 Le Gel Anti-Pollution Cleansing Gel, $66, Chanel

A lifesaver for urbanites, this gel cleanser, which transforms into a luscious, creamy foam upon contact with moistened skin, helps counter the detrimental effects of pollutants while gently lifting away dirt, impurities and makeup. At its heart are two marine actives: The blue micro-algae, which works on improving skin’s resistance against environmental stressors, and marine salicornia extract, to help skin retain water and strengthen its barrier function, so it is better able to defend against external aggressors. 


Bask in warm pinks and shimmery bronzes that add depth and definition, and reflect a sunny disposition.

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1. Touche Éclat 3D All Over Glow Powder, $99, YSL Beauté 2. Sensual Spicy Nude Volume Matte in 412 Etiquette, $43, HERA 3. Les Beiges Healthy Glow Natural Eyeshadow Palette in Warm, $107, Chanel 4. Pure Canvas Primer – Illuminating, $70, Laura Mercier 5. Veil Setting Spray, $80, Hourglass 6. Diorshow Iconic Overcurl in 090 Over Black, $54, Dior 7. Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer in Butta Biscuit, $50, Fenty Beauty 8. Matte Glow Foundation, $85, Burberry 9. Emporio Armani