Around The World With Guardian Beauty | Clozette


Everyone will agree that drugstores are a haven of product discoveries with the most affordable price points and Guardian Beauty has plenty to offer in that regard. Their latest offerings are competitively global and now you too can take a mini tour around the world with these products in your cart. Here are the brands featured in their launch as well as the countries they came from.


Australia


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If you’ve ever had problems with eczema (or are dealing with it currently), the Land Down Under’s derma365 range has finally landed in-store. Free from colourants, fragrance, parabens, and mineral oil, derma365’s products are suitable for sensitive skin types. Another gem from Australia is Swisse. Not to be confused by the French-speaking nation, Swisse’s superfood-laden multivitamins and supplements promote healthy, beautiful hair and skin from the inside out.


Europe


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Natural skincare enthusiasts will rejoice at UK brand, Barry M, finding its way to their local Guardian branch. With a 96% vegan range, it’s free from any animal-derived ingredients making your beauty choice an ethical one, too. Another natural newcomer is Botaneco Garden’s hair care range which contains 100% eco-certified oils and is free from parabens, silicon, soap, colorants, lanolin and DEA-related ingredients.


Fans of French drugstore beauty will be pleased to find that pharmacie favourites, La Roche-Posay and Vichy are now within reach. La Roche-Posay is a leading brand in dermatologically-tested skincare and its highly-effective but gentle formulation will be a hit among the skincare-savvy set. Vichy, on the other hand, features thermal spa water in its formulations from the its namesake town in Vichy, France, and is a trusted brand for anti-ageing skincare.



Japan


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Detox routines are essential to modern life and Kinohimitsu’s products offer a natural way to get those toxins out of your system. Kinohimitsu’s drinks are safely made with nature-based extracts to promote healthy bodily function. Japanese skincare favourite, Kose, also dropped three new face masks under Kose Cosmeport. The masks are infused with spring water and amino acids and are made according to the process of washi which is used to create traditional Japanese paper.

Another new Japanese brand is Saborino which is geared towards those looking for an efficient and effective skincare routine. Their multi-tasking morning mask cleanses, moisturises, and primes in as little as 60 seconds and is packed with botanical fruit blends. Trichoderm Black Series is the new answer to hair loss concerns with treatment shampoos that stimulate hair growth and regeneration.



Korea


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CandyLab offers a good entry point into the world of K-Beauty and makeup with its playful and versatile cosmetic products. Those concerned with sun protection will be glad to know that Cell Fusion C, combines mild medical skincare and sun protection factor to restore damaged skin and facilitate skin recovery post treatment. Dr. Groot’s hair products target problematic hair and scalps with their different treatment shampoos and conditioners.


I’m provides easy and highly-wearable makeup options for day-to-day wear while INGA (Inspired by Growing Artist) offers trendy, high-performing cosmetics for those wanting a flawless look. Papa Recipe believes in combining the best of what nature and dedicated research have to offer in its products and their “skin recipes” are formulated with only the best ingredients while Ryo is another go-to brand for haircare specialising in treating damaged roots and reviving the scalp.



Taiwan


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Taiwan Taiwan’s KinGirls Face Masks brings healthy nourishment to the skin with its non-toxic formulation. Made without preservatives, fragrance, colourants, mineral oil, steroids and fluorescent agents, you can relax knowing your skin will get all the good stuff and none of the bad ones.


USA


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Drugstore makeup favourite, Maybelline added new colours to its line of lipsticks with 888 Thriller Nude in their Colour Sensational State Your Colour lineup and Noir Red in their Colour Sensational Powder Matte Lipstick range. They’ve also added their new Hypertight Eyeliner, the first of its kind with a liquid formulation and angled brush. Finally, TRESemme leads the pack in keratin-based haircare with its new Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner, and Detox and Nourish Shampoo and Conditioner pairs.



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While it can be fun for the most part, travelling still undeniably comes with a few hassles. As you leave your home to go on your trip, you leave behind parts of your everyday routine to make time for all the activities you have to do in your destination. That’s why we’ve compiled the best tips from itinerant celebrities so you can make the most out of your next getaway.

 

Keep it clean



Even before becoming the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle had been travelling a lot around the globe. Luckily for us, she used to chronicle her daily life on her now archived blog, where she gave us some advice for the next time we board a plane. According to her, it’s a must to give everything a quick wipe down — from the tray, the TV, and all the buttons on your seat — to keep yourself protected from unwanted germs.


Don’t forget your skin



Soaring up in the sky can be so unbearably dry and it makes your skin dull when you finally land. To keep your skin fresh and nourished through it all, follow this quick in-flight beauty routine Karlie Kloss shared on her YouTube. Now, you can relax like you're in a spa up in the clouds.


Stay warm yet chic



Wherever you go, “the key is to always, always bring a scarf,” according to Molly Sims. This trusty accessory doubles as a blanket to keep you comfortable in chilly places, and also adds an interesting element to your outfits. Scarves will lighten your load too, as you wouldn’t need to bring extra cardigans along anymore if you're heading to just slightly cool destinations.




Work it out



It’s quite tempting to put off your fitness routine when you travel. After all, you’re on a vacation and that means your body is on one as well. But this is probably doing more bad than good. For some, once they stop, it gets kind of difficult to get back on track. In an interview with Travel + Leisure, Lily Aldridge revealed a simple way to stay fit on the go. You don't even need to head to the hotel's gym as you can just use the water bottles from the rooms as weights for your arms.


Battle jet-lag



Lastly, Wonder Woman Gal Gadot shared with Vogue a sure-fire way to beat the ever-so-familiar nemesis of all globetrotters: jet lag. Aside from drinking water and staying hydrated the whole flight, she swears by the power of a freshly squeezed orange juice. The trick is to drink it as soon as you can after getting off the plane as Vitamin C is great for preventing travelling fatigue from catching up to you.


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Fans of the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder rejoiced when the brand introduced a new variant of the cult favourite, which features a luminous finish. The Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow racked up rave reviews when it was first released. Mario Dedivanovic, brand ambassador to Laura Mercier and, most notably, celebrity makeup artist to Kim Kardashian-West, even filmed a makeup tutorial on how to use it with the Laura Mercier Glow Brush and an average powder puff. Having had generally good experiences with Laura Mercier’s products (their Secret Camouflage concealer is a staple in my kit), I decided to try the brand’s latest setting powder to see how it compares to its predecessor. Here are my thoughts.



Packaging and Texture


The Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow doesn’t deviate too much from the original version in terms of packaging. It still comes in the same frosted plastic jar, only this time with a contrasting mirrored screw cap. I think it's a pretty nice touch, especially since the light-reflecting abilities of the cap perfectly convey what the setting powder is about. It isn’t flimsy and it does have a bit of heft, though I’d still be careful with handling it since it doesn’t seem particularly heavy-duty. Something to note if, like me, you’re a bit clumsy and have a knack for dropping things.


Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow packaging

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder Glow, SGD70/~USD51 (sephora.sg)


As for the texture, the powder is very finely milled and it goes on sheer. I took the shade Translucent, which covers skin tone levels 1-4, which I’d assume would be Fair to Light Medium. There is a subtle golden undertone to the powder — courtesy of the custom-blended pearl pigments used in creating it. I think it does reflect light quite nicely. There’s also no noticeable fragrance, only the generic scent of most talc-based powders.





Application and Wearability


Originally marketed as a setting powder with a 12-hour luminous finish, I had qualms about using the product all over my face. For one, my skin type is oily/combination and while I’m not immune to the power of a good highlight, shine is not something I appreciate in excess. This one looked like it would be glow-y, almost too glow-y for me, so I opted to use it to highlight only the key areas of my face where I’d want that extra glow and where light naturally hits: on the temples, cheekbones, the bridge of the nose and the cupid’s bow. I didn’t have the special Laura Mercier Glow Brush so I used my 3CEXMaison Kitsune powder brush. I’ve constantly relied on this one for powder-based products as it picks up just enough to diffuse evenly across the face.




What Laura Mercier gets right is the weightless texture. It didn’t feel heavy or look cakey at all on the face — very important if you live in a humid environment. The glow is subtle but buildable as it took a couple more layers to get the effect I wanted. I can’t attest to its pore-blurring qualities as I generally don’t have large pores but it doesn’t settle into fine lines nor does it draw attention to imperfections. But the 12-hour formula didn’t live up to its claim; the luminosity diminished quickly after three hours.

 

Overall Thoughts


If you’re of the oily/combination skin type, the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder in Glow works well as a highlighter, as it goes on easily and there’s little room for error with the kind of blendability it has. I wouldn’t recommend it all over the face as there’s still a distinguishable shimmer that wouldn’t do well for those battling with excess shine even if it’s blended out. Normal/dry skin types might appreciate it as an actual setting powder, though it’s best to go in with a light hand even then. It also photographs nicely, leaving no tell-tale traces of powder or a white overcast. I wouldn't call it a makeup essential but it's nice to have and great for drawing light to the areas of your face you’d like to enhance. As an overall setting powder, though, I still prefer the original.

 

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