The risible abuse of the #SG50 “branding” on just about anything marketers can lay their paws on has become something of a running gag, but these beauty buys, my friends, is legit loot worth splashing out on.
Presenting a fantastic four for your perusal and purchasing consideration, please:
Porcelain The Face Spa Revive Makeup Cleanser, $55 (shown below)
This is a prime candidate for most patriotic product ever, at least in my beauty books. Here’s why. It’s from Porcelain The Face Spa, for starters, so there’s the local angle down pat. Throw in an opulent orchid extract and you’ve got as Singaporean a skincare salve as you can get.
I’ve been test-driving this incredibly comforting oil-free cleanser for a couple of weeks now, and can attest to its claim of melting away makeup and revving up the skin’s renewal process without rocking its natural pH balance.
Bonus: The beautifying botanicals in this milk leaves a super supple finish, so much so that I’ve found myself skipping my moisturiser on nights when I just can’t be arsed to follow through with my eight-step regime.
Best bit? The brand pledges to funnel all proceeds from the sale of this product in August to Touch Community Services, a not-for-profit charity organisation that assists low-income and single-parent families. How’s that for feel-good beauty?
Mandy T Limited Edition Zen Gift Set, $50 (above)
And because cleanliness is right next to gorgeousness, grab this carefully curated bundle of bath basics that are well, far from basic. For just 50 bucks – and yes, the price is an SG50 tie-in – you’ll get a reassuringly solid beaker of bath salts, an Instagram-ready wooden soap dish plus a pretty bar of soap speckled with bits of barley and brown rice. One set for each boudoir in my mansion, please!
Skin Inc Marsala My Daily Dose Custom-Blended Serum Bottle, price on request
Another one for the orchid-obsessed. This fabulous flacon’s muted Marsala hue alludes to the our Garden City’s fuchsia flowers without being too in-your-face about it. (Pairs perfectly with a gorgeous goblet of your finest red too, if you’re into artistically arranged #flatlays.)
As for the product proper, a pal of mine swears by this custom serum – and her face is “on fleek”, as the young'uns are wont to say these days. Oh yeah, one last thing. The burgundy bottle’s strictly limited edition, so fastest fingers first!
Coat Nail Colour in Race-y Red, $25
All scrubbed up and serum-ed down? Good. Time to paint the town red! Try pairing your puckers with your polish with this crimson colour by Coat that’s as vivaciously vibrant as the vermillion half of our national flag.
The organic beauty brand’s formula is famed for its no-chip staying power, and this limited edition hue is no exception. Even better, this Jessica Rabbit red will really pop on your feet – and play up the soles of your Loubies. Cheers to the long weekend, and happy birthday, Singapore!
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