Best beauty buys that are worth every cent: August 2018 edition
Read on for our top beauty picks for this month
The world of beauty products is an exciting one: you are guaranteed new discoveries each time you take a stroll through department stores or specialty stores because there are literally new products being launched every month for every brand. And since we are lucky enough to be testing out new goodies before their launch date, we take it seriously to select the most splurge-worthy so you know you’re only buying the best ones. Just read on for our edit before you go shopping — you can thank us later.
Kenzoki Belle De Jour Sacred Lotus Eye Contour, $99, at Sephora
Designed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and puffiness, this lightweight eye product contains Sacred Lotus extracts to infuse skin with antioxidants and skin-conditioning actives that hydrates and firms. Plus, it has a nourishing texture of a cream but the concentration of a serum. We also love that its metal applicator is cooling to the touch, which instantly depuffs the eye contour area and improves micro-circulation.
Available in 16 shades, Dior Creative and Image Director, Peter Philips’ latest creations are any makeup junkie’s dream. The shades are classified in five colour families (pink, red, plum, coral, nude) and come in three different finishes (matte, satin, shimmer), to make for endless combinations and possibilities. With a super fine texture and ultra-saturated pigments to ensure blendability and evenness, experimenting with makeup has never been more fun—and effortless.
Think K-beauty and chances are, you’ll think of a dewy complexion and immaculate brows. And who better than luxury K-beauty brand, Sulwhasoo, to take you one step closer to achieving your desired look. Featuring an angled pencil, the Eyebrow Perfector gives you the versatility to pencil in ultra-fine, hair-like strokes as well as to build intensity for a well-defined effect. It also comes with a spooley brush to make blending easier so you can get natural, full brows every time.
KORA Organics Turmeric Brightening & Exfoliating Mask, $68
You can always count on KORA Organics for products that make you look and feel good. Not only are they made with clean, toxic-free ingredients, they are also naturally scented to bring about the mind-clarifying benefits of aromatherapy. For smoother, softer skin, try applying a dollop of this new mask on damp, clean skin. Leave it on for about ten minutes before rinsing off (don’t forget to give your skin a good massage while removing it) to unveil baby soft skin. Infused with natural exfoliants like papaya enzymes and rosehip seeds, dead skin cells are gently eliminated without causing irritation to the skin. A host of botanicals are also found in this formula to brighten and purify pores for a luminous and clarified complexion.
Want softer lips overnight? Kiehl’s latest lip mask cocoons dry and flaky lips and turns them into soft and smooth puckers, thanks to its ultra-emollient formula made of fair-trade coconut oil and wild mango butter. Use anytime during the day to soften lips or apply a thick layer onto lips before bed and wake up to plump lips.
Elegant and bold, this striking palette headlines the brand’s Fall 2018 collection, which is developed by YSL Beauty’s Global Beauty Director, Tom Pecheux, as a tribute to the colour purple. Featuring the same ultra-smooth and blendable formula, this palette represents Pecheux’s modern reinterpretation of the iconic shade, a definitely must-have for any beauty junkie this season.
Supergoop! 100% Mineral Matte Screen SPF 40, $56, at Sephora
As one of the most sought-after brands when it comes to all things sunscreen, Supergoop! is known for the gentle yet powerful sun-shielding properties of their sunscreens. And the same goes for its latest launch, the 100% Mineral Matte Screen. Ideal for all skin types (even sensitive ones and especially for oily ones), it blurs the appearance of pores and smooths skin surface in one easy step. And unlike many mineral sunscreens, this one doesn’t leave a whitish cast on skin, and instead leaves your complexion looking matte and refined. It is also water- and sweat-resistant, and also doubles up perfectly as a makeup primer.
Harnessing the benefits of probiotics, this age-defying eye cream rebuilds skin’s moisture barrier to better fend off the potentially hazardous effects of urban pollution. In addition, the lightweight texture also replenishes moisture and improves skin elasticity for supple and more resilient skin.
FOREO Glow Addict UFO-Activated Mask, $29.90 for 6, at Sephora
Designed to be used with FOREO’s high-tech device, UFO, these handy sheet masks are infused pearl extract and vitamin E, which work in synergy to improve skin glow, lock in moisture and strengthen skin against free radical damage. The UFO device, which combines cooling, heating, T-sonic pulsations as well as red, green and blue LED lights, boosts product penetration and enables you to treat major skin concerns in just 90 seconds. All you have to do is secure each sheet mask over the UFO and select your preferred mode for an intensive, at-home facial.