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Cheers to the end of the working week! Relax, put your feet up and pat yourself in the back for a job well done. Kickstart your rejuvenation routine with these refreshing news from the worlds of fashion and beauty. From a record-breaking achievement in jewellery-making to the rumoured expansion of a big beauty brand, here are the latest updates that you shouldn't miss. 

The Graff Lesedi La Rona

London-based jewellery company Graff just broke a world record when they unveiled Graff Lesedi La Rona, the largest square emerald cut diamond in the world at 302.37 carats. Found in Botswana, it was the largest gem-quality rough diamond discovered in over 100 years and the second largest ever found. From the initial cutting and shaping to the faceting and polishing, Graff's diamond artisans took 18 months for the process to be completed. You can learn more about this rare jewel here.

Kim Kardashian West is on her way to becoming a lawyer

Following the footsteps of her father Robert Kardashian of O.J. Simpson murder case fame, Kim Kardashian West is venturing into law studies and hopes to become a full-fledged criminal lawyer by 2022. Last year, the social media star met with US President Trump to plead the case of Alice Marie Johnson who was imprisoned for drug-related charges. A week after, clemency was granted for the 63-year-old inmate. This particular case is one of the highlights of Mrs. West's apprenticeship at a San Francisco law firm that she joined last summer. What do you think of Kim K.'s career move?

Where's Rexy? At Paragon.

COACH launches special pop-up booths around the globe featuring everybody's favourite T-Rex, Rexy. In Singapore, you can find it at Paragon Shopping Centre from today until 21 April. It will be hard to miss the colourful booth especially when it features a life-sized Rexy in neon at centre stage. Inspired by a new era of streetwear melded with luxury fashion, the Rexy Capsule collection leverages on the playful nature of Rexy and is paired with elevated basics. From bags to beanies, this collection features a variety of quirky designs that will catch your eye.

SK-II #BareSkinChat returns with a brand-new episode

SK-II #BareSkinChat releases its fifth episode! This mini web series starring comedian James Corden and actress Chloe Grace Moretz explores skincare in a fun and unintimidating way with just the right splash of humour. Another version from SK-II Japan featuring Naomi Watanabe and Kasumi Arimura is also garnering attention for its entertaining storyline. Together, the series has garnered more than 40.6 million views to date. Make sure to subscribe to the SK-II Youtube channels so you won't miss the latest episodes.

Fenty Beauty rumoured to release a skincare line

It's been two years since it was first rumoured that the young beauty empire will release a skincare line. And today, it looks like we have a clear answer. Will Rihanna be launching a skincare brand? All signs point to yes. The most obvious evidence, pointed by Page Six, is the official listing of the trademark "Fenty Skin" at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It seems that we're closer than ever to the official launch, so stay tuned.

(Cover photo from: @graff)


Don't miss updates from earlier this week. Read all about it here.



“Put on sunscreen.” We’re sure you’ve heard that before — incessantly. But it’s for good reason. After all, sunscreen is the best anti-ager out there. Slathering some on should be utmost priority. But did you know that aside from making it part of your usual routine, there are also specific situations where your skin may be screaming for a particular sunscreen? The new Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Aqua Gel SPF 50 PA++++ is perfect not just for warding off the sun’s rays but also for other skin-caring benefits. Find out more about where it will come in handy below.

When you’re out running errands

We sometimes go from one air-conditioned location to another (from one shopping mall to another, perhaps?) with the sun casting its rays on us in between. To combat the elements, make sure you have a sunscreen like Kiehl’s that offers UVA and UVB protection. These nasties can make the skin age faster than it should and causes skin concerns such as sun spots and wrinkles.

When you’re spending a long day in an airconditioned office

The hustle is real, but so is humidity. Spending long hours in the office where the air conditioning is set on high can also affect the way your skin reacts to the sun’s harmful UV rays. Yes, it’s true. Being in a humid area can dehydrate your skin, causing it to become more prone to irritation. So make sure you’re using something that hydrates it. This sunscreen offers all-day hydration in a water-light formula enriched with moisturising Vitamin E that feels refreshing when put on the skin. It’s great for people with normal to oily skin who live in humid areas such as ours, too.

When you’re commuting during the peak hours in the CBD

Living an urban life in the city means living with the fact that traffic might be horrible, and that the horrible traffic can cause horrible skin issues as well. Protecting your skin from just the sun won’t cut it anymore; you need a product that shields your skin from pollution as well. This sunscreen from Kiehl’s creates a protective barrier on the skin that prevents the formation of oxidative stress caused by environmental factors like pollution. It also helps neutralises free radicals that make the skin age fast.

When you need to cut some parts of your routine

Leading a busy life means you need to cut some parts of your routine to make room for other things. While we understand the joy of putting your face on for the day, there are days where we just won’t have the time. The key is to find a product that does more than one job. The Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Aqua Gel SPF 50 PA++++ is not only a good sun protector but its unique new aqua gel texture also visibly reduces the appearance of pores, making it a great base for makeup.

Want to give the Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Aqua Gel SPF 50 PA++++ a try? Redeem your complimentary sample here.



Summer is here and with temperatures rising faster than ever, your skin needs all the protection it needs. But other than that, it's also the perfect season to be playful with colours and scents. Here are April 2019’s beauty launches to help your skin maintain peak condition and give you colourful makeup and fragrance inspiration.

Anna Sui Mermaid Lagoon Collection

anna sui mermaid eyeshadowAnna Sui Mermaid Lagoon Shimmering Eye Color, SGD40/~USD30 each

Tap into your inner siren and be enchanted by Anna Sui’s new Mermaid Lagoon collection. Featuring five shimmery shades of liquid eyeshadows and two illuminating powder blushes, now you can channel that magical sea creature vibe with just a swipe of these colours. Use the Mermaid Lagoon makeup palette, a beautiful casing reminiscent of shining water complete with an image of a mermaid inside, to store your magical makeup products. 

Astalift D-UV Clear White Solution

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Astalift D-UV Clear White Solution SPF 50+ PA ++++ 30g, SGD72/~USD53

Love the sun but hate getting a tan? Astalift’s reformulated sunscreen contains D-UV Guard+ blocker, which claims to block even the most penetrating UVA1 rays. Its highly elastic Stretch UV Shield also accommodates facial movements, so your skin is well-protected even when in motion.

Aveda Mini Paddle Brush

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Aveda Mini Paddle Brush, SGD31/~USD23

Expect good hair days ahead, wherever you are, with this new mini paddle brush from Aveda. It’s travel-friendly and pocket-sized but with fully extended bristles to detangle your tresses while reducing stress on your hair and scalp.

Bio-Essence Bio-Hydra Range

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Bio-Hydra Aqua Sleeping Mask, SGD29.90/~USD22

Harnessing the powers of Jeju marine algae, the Bio-Hydra range promises deep hydration for your skin. Its Bio Energy Complex™ works to optimise the efficacy of the products to help the skin regenerate and replenish moisture loss.

Chanel Les Beiges Collection

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Chanel Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint, SGD106/~USD76; Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder, SGD82/~USD61; Chanel Les Beiges Natural Eyeshadow Palette, SGD139/~USD102; Chanel Les Beiges Heathy Glow Lip Balm SGD52/~USD38

Chanel adds to its Les Beiges Collection four new products. The Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint gives you a luminous base, the Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder gives you a healthy and glowing finish, the Les Beiges Natural Eyeshadow Palette adds depth and dimension to your lids, and the Les Beiges Healthy Glow Lip Balm in the new shade “Intense” is a sumptuous brick red that will keep your lips looking luscious for hours.

Chanel Le Rouge Duo Ultra Tenue

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Chanel Le Rouge Duo Ultra Tenue Liquid Lipsticks in no. 40 Light Rose, SGD52/~USD38

Chanel’s high-performing liquid duo lipstick is now in Asia. The Le Rouge Duo Ultra Tenue provides exceptional shine and intense colour with a single swipe. Its long-lasting formula will keep your lips vibrant for a full eight hours.

Dior Addict Stellar Shine Lipstick

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Dior Addict Stellar Shine Lipstick, SGD52/~USD38

Cara Delevingne returns to the spotlight as the new face of Dior Addict Stellar Shine. With the old packaging revamped for 2019 with the signature Dior lettering lit up in pink, the redesign is a nod to Christian Dior’s fondness for the colour. With the slogan “Be Dior. Be Pink,” Dior unleashes 24 stunning rosy shades in its collection with shade 976 (Be Dior) in a gorgeous hot pink taking centre stage.

Drunk Elephant Slaai™ Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser with Bamboo Booster™

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Drunk Elephant Slaai™ Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser with Bamboo Booster™, SGD48/~USD32

The first ever cleansing balm from the brand, this PEG and essential oil-free makeup remover is effective even with water-resistant formulations. Antioxidant-rich fruit extracts soothe and nourish skin, and the oil-to-milk formula makes for an easy rinse. Add the Bamboo Booster to make it a twice-weekly physical exfoliant. 

Fenty Beauty Body Lava Limited Edition

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Fenty Beauty Body Lava Limited Edition, SGD82/~USD61 each; Face & Body Kabuki Brush 160, SGD50/~USD37

Body Lava is back with a new shade addition, Trophy Wife (a hyper-metallic gold). Also back in the market are Who Needs Clothes? (a radiant rose gold) and Brown Sugar (a glistening bronze). Apply it with the Face & Body Kabuki Brush 160 for a seamless look.

Fenty Beauty Killawatt Highlighter Shades

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Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo in Afternoon Snack and Mo’ Hunny, SGD54/~USD40

Rihanna adds new shades to the fan favourite Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo and Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter lines this April. The duo includes Afternoon Snack (a soft-bronzed champagne sheen) and Mo’ Hunny (a supercharged bronzed champagne shimmer) while the foil welcomes Penny4UThots (a metallic burnt copper) to its lineup.

Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk’r

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Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk’r Instant Warmth Bronzers, SGD46/~USD34

Get a sun-soaked glow that lasts with Fenty’s new instant-warmth bronzers. With eight versatile shades, these bronzers are sure to bring out the warmth in your face regardless of your skin tone. Apply it with the Cheek-Hugging Bronzer Brush 190 or the Sculpting Bronzer Blush 195.


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FloraÏku Secret Teas and Spices Collection, SGD475/~USD351 for the 50ml EDP and 10ml set

If perfume were a poem, it would be FloraÏku. Inspired by Japanese Asian traditions, ceremonies and culture, particularly that of the haiku, each fragrance is short, sensual, and striking with an actual haiku poem at the back of each bottle. The scent collections have three categories: Enigmatic Flowers (for floral scents), Secret Teas and Spices (for tea-based fragrances), and Forbidden Incense (for woody notes).  

Fresh Rose Sleeping Mask

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Fresh Rose Sleeping Mask, SGD80/~USD59

Fresh encourages you to stop and smell the roses with its newest Rose Sleeping Mask. Infused with rose oil and rose extracts, this mask delivers deep hydration to replenish and revitalise your skin overnight. Now you can imagine sleeping on a bed of roses with this in your nighttime routine.

Jimmy Choo Floral

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Jimmy Choo Floral Eau de Toilette, SGD108/~USD80 for 90mL

The new eau de toilette from Jimmy Choo features a delicate scent bouquet inspired by the Magnolia blossom. An ode to the Jimmy Choo woman, this fragrance blooms with feminine radiance and a dynamic allure. 

Kat Von D Vegan Love Eyeshadow Palette

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Kat Von D Vegan Love Eyeshadow Palette, SGD64/~USD47

Bright and bold is the theme of spring for Kat Von D’s new vegan eyeshadow palette. With an array of colours and finishes (from reflective metallics to pearlescent pops), this 100% cruelty-free palette gives you plenty of room to play around while committing to a kinder, more compassionate world.

Lancôme Absolute White Aura and Lancôme UV Expert

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Lancôme Absolute White Aura Cream, SGD450/~USD332

Get youthful, clear and glowing skin with Lancôme’s Absolute White Aura. Containing a premium blend of three rose extracts, the White Aura Regenerating Brightening Fresh Cream and White Aura Regenerating White Serum promises to revitalise your skin for an even, brighter complexion.

Moist Diane Sicilian Fruits Range

moist diane sicilian fruits range

Moist Diane Botanical Refresh & Smooth Sicilian Fruits Shampoo, SGD18.90/~USD14; Treatment SG18.90/~USD14; and Body Soap SGD10.90/~USD8

Japan’s No. 1 silicone-free haircare brand adds to its renowned Botanical series with the Sicilian Fruits range. With pineapple ceramide and mandarin orange, it repairs dry, damaged hair with more than 90% plant-based ingredients.

Sabon Spring 2019 Collection

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Sabon Spring Limy Lavender Essence Kit, SGD87/~USD64

Sabon’s favourite body care products are scented with the limited edition “Limy Lavender” fragrance in this new collection. With top notes of fresh lemon and bergamot mixed in with lavender, the scent is fresh, vivid, and deeply relaxing.

Serge Lutens Les Eaux de Politesse Collection

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Serge Lutens Les Eaux de Politesse Collection in Eau de Paille, SGD214/~USD158

Serge Lutens expands its captivating scent library with the Les Eaux de Politesse Collection. Featuring six unique scents, each bottle speaks of a different experience. Gris Clair is a light and sunny fragrance which brings to mind grey pollen infused with  dry lavender and frankincense while L’Eau de Paille is an irresistibly crisp, dry fragrance with the imagery of stalks tangled in someone’s hair. Which story speaks to you?

Sigi Skin Morning Glow Sunscreen

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Sigi Skin Morning Glow Sunscreen, SGD58/~USD43

Sigi Skin’s eco-friendly sunscreen contains no harmful chemical UV filters which can be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Its cream formula does not contain nano particles which can contribute to ocean pollution. In addition, it also contains avocado extract, acai extract, and niacinamide to strengthen the skin barrier and brighten skin.

Skin Inc. My Daily Dose For Bright Eyes

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Skin Inc. My Daily Dose For Bright Eyes Cream, SGD118/~USD87

This luxurious anti-fatigue eye cream uses a rare stem cell extract from the “super apple”, Uttwiler Spätlauber. It promises to combat ageing, dark circles, puffiness and dehydration on the eye area. Can this be the apple of your eye care?

Next, check out last month's beauty launches here.