Use A Different Toner Every Day

Why should you? Well, your skin isn’t the same all the time.

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Why should you? Well, your skin isn’t the same all the time. Some days, it’s drier. Other days, it’s more sensitive. Since a toner is the first product you use after cleansing, matching it to your skin’s needs for the day gets things off to a good start. The five floral toners ($25 each) in Mamonde’s new range cover these needs.

1 The Chamomile Pure Toner’s frillsfree formula works well on sensitive and irritable skin.
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2 Rose Water Toner is more than 90 per cent hydrating rose water, to use on nothing-reallywrong-with-myskin days.
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3 Aqua Peel Toner has apricot enzymes and alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) for when skin looks dull. After sloughing off dead skin cells, the toner hydrates and nourishes.

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4 Flower Honey Toner has the thickest texture. It feels like a light lotion, and helps firm and lift skin.
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5 The mattifying Pore Clean Toner is dual-layered: mud absorbs sebum, and a medicinal plant extract controls sebum production and makes pores look less obvious. – CT 

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The Phyto-aromatic Sisleya Facial

What it is: A 90min treatment said to tone facial contours, firm skin and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This facial is tailored to your skin type – normal, dry to very dry, or combination to oily – and uses the newest addition to Sisleya’s L’Integral Anti-age range, the Firming Concentrated Serum ($620). A combination of seven botanical extracts in the serum is said to strengthen fibroblasts, kick-start collagen production and improve elastin quality. The aim: to combat sagging.

Verdict: “The extraction-free facial relies on manual massage combined with rich creams. Post-facial, my complexion looked radiant and my skin felt soft and toned. The treatment also soothed a dry, itchy patch under my eye. The fine lines on my neck looked significantly diminished after.” – KT

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What’s Your Foundation Preference?

Said no beauty brand ever. In terms of finish and coverage, foundations are one-size-fits-all, so the search for your ideal one can seem pointless.

Innisfree’s My Foundation system goes beyond finish and coverage. It gives you choices – and a chance to get a lot closer to your ideal foundation, whether you like it matte with sheer coverage, or dewy with full coverage, or other combos.

Step one: Choose your moisture level (Innisfree-speak for the type of finish) – matte, semi-matte or glow. Step two: Decide on the coverage level – from sheer and natural to flawless. Step three: Pick one of fi ve shades. Done. $32 – CT 
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"Utena Premium Puresa Golden Jelly Mask (Hyaluronic Acid), $16.90."

The Mask That Won’t Fall Off  Your Face

What it is: A sheet mask infused with a thick jellylike serum. The texture keeps the serum from evaporating and makes it better at keeping moisture in the skin. The drip-free jelly – 33g of it – acts like a glue so the mask doesn’t slide around your face, neck and decolletage. It costs $16.90 and comes in four variants: Hyaluronic Acid, Collagen, Royal Jelly, and Rose.

Verdict: “I replaced my night moisturiser with the hyaluronic acid mask. It held fast to my face and didn’t fall off as I went about my pre-bedtime routine. It didn’t drip down my neck either. Enough jelly was left in the pack for my neck, elbows and kneecaps. Utena says you can also keep the remaining jelly in the fridge and use it as a moisturiser the next day. The jelly blended into a lightweight water-like layer when I massaged it into my skin. I kept the mask on for 30min, then went to bed. My skin felt soft and supple the next morning. It was even more hydrated than after I’d used some of my night moisturisers.” – CT 
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The New Yin-Yang Perfume Mix

… is the woody-floral. The mix is neither too masculine nor feminine, neither too earthy and spicy nor too powdery or sweet. It’s the perfect in-between. Lanvin Parfum’s Eclat de Nuit has a heart of jasmine and orange blossom, with a base of vanilla and sandalwood. Warm and sweet, it’s from $74. Memo Paris’ Tiger’s Nest has rose and ylang-ylang, with amber and papyrus as sweet, spicy, woody notes to balance the powdery florals. $355 – CT