Journey Into May With These Adventurous Beauty Launches | Clozette


May is the month of vacays and holidays. While you book those trips to new locations, consider taking a piece of home’s comforts with you by adding these to your present routine. Thinking of doing a staycation? These products can also help you channel the spirit of foreign destinations with their exotic ingredients, mood-inducing colours, and inspiring packaging. Whatever you prefer, there’s one for you here. Here are May 2019’s beauty launches.


Acqua di Parma


Acqua di Parma Cipresso di Toscana

Acqua di Parma Cipresso di Toscana 75ml, SGD130/~USD95


Invoke images of the Mediterranean with Acqua di Parma’s newest fragrance, Cipresso di Toscana. Using Tuscany’s cypress tree as its base, the scent is an energising concoction with notes of Orange and Petit Grain mixed with Sage. This light and lively scent is perfect for sunlight-bathed walks in nature.


Antipodes


Antipodes Blessing Serum

Blessing Anti-Pollution Light Face Serum, SGD59.45/~USD44


New Zealand brand Antipodes' Blessing Anti-Pollution Light Face Serum is a lightweight oil-based serum blessed with pollution-fighting powers. Bioactive ingredients target pigmentation and stress while reinforcing the skin barrier. Say hello to brighter, younger looking skin with this blessing.


Albion


Albion Exage White Rise Milk, SGD82/~USD60


The new and improved Exage White Rise Milk from Albion has been reformulated with white full oil. A super ingredient, the oil allows better penetration on the skin, imparting a glowing radiance from within. Pearl extract increases skin clarity while vitamin C acts as an extra boost.



Carolina Herrera


Carolina Herrera Good Girl Dot Drama

Carolina Herrera Good Girl Collector Edition Dot Drama Eau de Parfum 80ml, SGD197/~USD145


Karlie Kloss collaborates with Carolina Herrera for the Good Girl Collector Edition Dot Drama Eau de Parfum. Dressed in a playful polka dot print, the fragrance combines Haba Tonka and Cacao with Tuberose and Jasmine resulting in a mysterious and modern scent for the independent woman. The box includes Kloss’s signature in gold for an elegant finish.


Chanel 


Chanel Ombre Premiere Gloss

Chanel Ombre Premiere Gloss in 057 Lunaire, SGD52/~USD39


Chanel revisits East Asia for its 2019 Cruise Collection. The shades play with the harmony of light and dark to define features. Vision D’Asie: Lumiere et Contraste face palette focuses on lending some light structure to the face with its peachy-beige and golden chocolate tones. Stylo Ombre et Contour pencils helps define eyes alongside the muted brown tones of the Les 4 Ombres palette. The Ombre Premiere Gloss adds a shiny, sophisticated finish to lids while the Rouge Coco Flash Gloss in vibrant blue and bright pink add focus to lips. Rosy beige and dusty pink lend an East Asian tone to the Rouge Coco Flash and the cool pastel hues of pink, blue, and purple create the Le Vernis Trio

Chanel Micellar Water

Chanel L’Eau Micellaire Anti-Pollution Micellar Cleansing Water 150ml, SGD64/~USD47 



Complement Chanel's new makeup with its latest L'eau Micellaire Anti-Pollution Cleansing Water. Made with two marine active ingredients, blue marine algae and marine salicornia extract, it'll help purify the skin while keeping it hydrated.



Dior Beauty


Dior Prestige La Micro-Lotion de Rose

Dior Prestige La Micro-Lotion de Rose, SGD160/~USD117


Dior adds three new products to its luxury skincare lineup. Dior Prestige La Micro-Lotion de Rose combines purifying rose minerals and nourishing rose oils to create a balancing and refining lotion to treat skin. Dior Capture Youth Age-Delay Advanced Eye Treatment targets fatigue from inside using antioxidant glyoxalase and a retinol-like active derived from the crithmum plant to reveal younger, brighter-looking skin. Finally, the Dior Hydra Life Reviver Sorbet Water Mist is a hydrating and energising spray which promotes deep moisture with Hylauronic Acid and radiance with vitamin C.


Fenty Beauty


Fenty Beauty Eyeliner Trio

Fenty Beauty Baeside/Baewatch/Baecae Vivid Liquid Eyeliner Trio, SGD51/~USD


Fenty Beauty’s long-awaited Getting Hot collection really turns up the heat this May. The Poutsicle Juicy Satin Lip Colour brings a bunch of mouthwatering and vivid shades with a matching flashy case. Meanwhile the Baeside/Baewatch/Baecae Vivid Liquid Eyeliner Trios add a dose of electric pastel pop to your peepers. Get it while it’s hot!



JUNGSAEMMOOL


JUNGSAEMMOOL Concealer Foundation Palette

JUNGSAEMMOOL Essential Star-cealer Foundation, SGD60/~USD44



Acclaimed Korean cosmetics brand JUNGSAEMMOOL will be landing in Singapore this month. Inspired by fine art and inner beauty, the brand encourages self-expression with its high-performing products. Things to look out for include the Essential Mool Cream, a lightweight moisturiser which doubles as primer; Essential Star-cealer Foundation, a cult-favourite that combines a buildable foundation and concealer in one handy palette; and the High Tinted Lip Lacquer, a non-drying but long-wearing lip product. Other recommendations from the line are the handy 2-in-1 cushion foundation and concealer Cushion-cealer and the versatile nude matte Artist Eyeshadow Palette


Kiehl’s



Kiehl’s Calendula Serum-Infused Water Cream 50ml, SGD68/~USD50


Adding to Kiehl’s beloved calendula line is the new Calendula Serum-Infused Water Cream. Formulated with the highest concentration of Calendula Extract, this powerful hydrator packs in five vital soothing compounds to calm troubled skin. Its light, water-burst texture is a cooling potion to the summer’s heat.



Lancome

Lancome  157 Mademoiselle Stands Out Lipstick

Lancome L’Absolu Mademoiselle Shine in 157 Mademoiselle Stands Out, SGD47/~USD34


Channel effortless French beauty with Lancome’s new duo: the L’Absolu Mademoiselle Shine Lipstick and Blush Subtil. Drawing on the French beauty secret of using a sheer swipe of blush and a touch of lipstick to liven up the complexion, these two will make for an easy-yet-chic update to your makeup kit. The L’Absolu Mademoiselle Shine Lipstick is enriched with Pro-Xylane™ and rose oil to care for lips while the iconic Blush Subtil’s super fine micronized powder pigments give you a healthy, glowing skin look.


Mamonde


Mamonde Red Energy Serum

Mamonde Red Energy Recovery Serum, SGD44/~USD32


Bloom like a flower with Mamonde’s Red Energy Recovery Serum. Its Blossoming Energy™ technology creates smooth, healthy glowing skin. The hypoallergenic 8-free formula makes it sensitive skin-safe and pomegranate works as combatant to free radical damage.



Narciso Rodriguez


Narciso Rodriguez Pure Musc For Her

Narciso Rodriguez Pure Musc For Her, price unavailable


Narciso Rodriguez brings an addictive and intoxicating new scent to its line up with Pure Musc For Her. A minimalist fragrance drawing on the scent of musc, it includes a white floral bouquet and warm cashmere to heighten the senses and lend a delicate warmth. This perfume is perfect for the modern woman who is confident, poised, and self-aware.


Paco Rabanne


Paco Rabanne Olympea Legend

Paco Rabanne Invictus Legend EDT 100ml, SGD149/~USD109 and Paco Rabanne Olympea Legend EDT 80ml, SGD166/~USD122


Paco Rabanne updates its original dynamic duo with the Invictus Legend and Olympea Legend perfumes. Invictus retains its fresh and energetic fragrance but now with a cool woodland twist through a combination of amber marine and wood. Olympea keeps its oriental floral fragrance with a twist of green vegetal notes from the dessert palm flower.



Paul & Joe Beaute


Paul and Joe Illuminating Powder

Paul & Joe Illuminating Powder, SGD68/~USD50


Paul and Joe amps up the radiance factor with two new products. The Illuminating Foundation Primer includes lavender pearl to brighten up yellow-tinged skintones and provide a graceful luster. The Illuminating Loose Powder, on the other hand, uses the same ingredient to reflect light and make the face more translucent. Achieve a flawless face with these two products!


SK-II


SK-II Red Facial Treatment Essence

SK-II Limited Edition Facial Treatment Essence, SGD289/~USD217


SK-II’s iconic Facial Treatment Essence gets a quirky redesign with the Limited Edition Facial Treatment Essence. The vibrant bottle’s details nod to the signature ingredient Pitera™, known for its incredible youth-bringing properties. The bottle is available in bright red or cool teal — perfect for looking good on your dresser.



Sulwhasoo


Sulwhasoo Phoenix Lip Palette

Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion EX Phoenix Limited Edition, SGD80/~USD59 and Sulwhasoo Luxury Lip Palette Phoenix Limited Edition, SGD86/~USD63


In celebration of Mother’s Day, Sulhwasoo released a limited edition Phoenix Collection inspired by the Korean folk painting, Seosunagwondo. The collection includes the Perfecting Cushion EX Phoenix Limited Edition and the Luxury Lip Palette Phoenix Limited Edition. Both are perfect for travel as the formulas are compact with cushion offering weightless flawless coverage and the palette including six fresh shades.


Sunday Riley 


sunday riley ceo face oil


Following the success of it's C.E.O. products, Sunday Riley includes a new addition to the line with C.E.O. Glow. The lightweight vitamin C + turmeric face oil absorbs easily into skin, brightening and hydrating it. Expect a healthy, glowing complexion with this in your arsenal. 



TWO L(I)PS


Two Lips Vaginal Cream

TWO L(I)PS Undercover, SGD120/~USD88


Addressing the need for skincare down “there”, TWO L(I)PS taps into years of experience with spa care and sensitive grooming with its latest product: Undercover. Formulated as an anti-blemish cream for your sensitive area, it promises to reduce the appearance of blemishes on the vulva with key ingredient, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-36. Gynecologically and dermatologically-tested, it’s safe for use not just down there but for the face and body as well.


Urban Decay


UD Perversion Mascara Waterproof

Urban Decay Waterproof Perversion Mascara, SGD38/~USD28


Urban Decay’s iconic Perversion Mascara finds its update with the new Perversion Waterproof Mascara. Retaining the same volumising and defining qualities of the original, this one is improved with water-resistant and smudge-proof abilities. No more smears this season!



YSL Beauté


YSL Luxuriant Heaven

YSL Beauté La Laque Couture, SGD40/~USD29 Vernis A Levres, SGD52/~USD38, The Luxuriant Haven Palette Collector, SGD112/~USD82, and Les Sahariennes Bronzing Stones, SGD99/~USD73


YSL Beauté’s Summer 2019 colours are inspired by the vibrant lifestyle of Marrakech. The Luxuriant Heaven makeup collection is a study in contrasts: dramatic meets subtle, sophisticated meets casual. Whether on you’re on the neutral or the bold side of the equation, one thing is certain: this is makeup that demands to be worn.


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

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Beauty trends and releases are cyclical. They come and go but when they do return, they arrive with much fanfare. Which is why we were very excited when we learned that cult favourite L.A. cosmetics brand Milani is finally back in Singapore. Its mission, however, is timeless: beauty justice for all. A popular drugstore brand, Milani established itself as a label to watch out for due to its luxury-quality makeup without the luxury price. Its following is as diverse as its colour selection, garnering fans ranging from beauty editors, influencers, and real people all over the globe.


Milani Singapore Launch

Left: The Milani Conceal + Perfect Foundation Sticks at the SG launch; Right: The diverse models of Milani at the launch


As always, the question with every promising beauty brand is: which product should I try first? Here we detail Milani’s bestselling products and what you can expect from them.


Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation


Milani Liquid Foundation

Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation in 02A Creamy Natural, SGD21.70/~USD16


This 29-shade award-winning foundation is oil-free and water-resistant while offering a lightweight but long-lasting full coverage. The drip pump dispenser ensures no-mess when using this product.

Conceal + Perfect Foundation Stick


Milani Foundation Stick

Milani Conceal + Perfect Foundation Stick in 280 Nutmeg, SGD21.70/~USD16


The handy foundation stick is a travel-friendly option. The formula is creamy with a full-coverage finish but blends seamlessly into the skin. It contains bamboo powder that helps control shine and lily extract that diminishes the look of pores.


Conceal + Perfect Longwear Concealer



Milani Conceal + Perfect Longwear Concealer in 100 Pure Ivory, SGD19.50/~USD14


This creamy, full coverage and water-resistant concealer can hold up until 12 hours. It has vitamin E that helps replenish skin’s moisture.



Bold Colour Statement Matte Lipstick


Milani Matte Lipstick

Milani Bold Colour Statement Matte Lipstick in 16 I Am Fierce, SGD15.15/~USD11


The lipstick’s highly pigmented formula offers superior, bold colour while lasting more than eight hours. Monoi oil helps keep lips soft and smooth with a comfortable matte finish.


Amore Satin Matte Lip Crème

Milani Liquid Lipstick

Milani Amore Satin Matte Lip Crème in 01 Lavish, SGD19.50/~USD14


The buttery-soft cream glides on easily with a suede matte finish. It has shea butter and soybean oil to hydrate the lips, while the primer in the formula fills in lines for a smooth look.



Rose Powder Blush


Milani Rose Blush

Milani Rose Powder Blush in Tea Rose, SGD19.50/~USD14


This beautiful rose-shaped blush is highly pigmented to accentuate your cheeks. Shimmery shades highlight while matte shades contour, delivering a soft, natural finish. It also contains Rosa Canina Fruit Oil to help nourish the skin.


Luminoso Glow Shimmering Palette


Milani Face Palette

Milani Luminoso Glow Shimmering Palette, SGD36.45/~USD27


This convenient colour palette features a highlight shade, a contour shade, and a blush shade. The cool and warm-toned hues are designed to flatter a variety of complexions. The colour is blendable and buildable for a natural or more intense radiance as desired.



Hypnotic Lights Powder Highlighter


Milani Powder Highlighter

Milani Hypnotic Lights Powder Highlighter, SGD23.85/~USD17


The silky smooth, light-reflecting powder lends a subtle iridescent glow to the face. The hues complement a wide range of skin tones with a stunning holographic effect.


All of Milani’s makeup are vegan and cruelty-free and made for women of all ethnicities, backgrounds, and ages. With Singapore having its own colourful backdrop of cultures, Milani’s return is the perfect complement to the city's diverse women.


Milani cosmetics will be available exclusively at selected Watsons stores and at the Watsons website.


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Let’s face it: the idea of using needles for skincare is still quite unpleasant. While injectable fillers and derma rollers yield pretty great results, a new addition to "needle skincare" has emerged — but in a non-invasive way. Curious to know how it works? Keep reading below.


What is needle skincare?


Needle Skincare


Needle skincare contains certain ingredients in their formulation that work the same way as microneedling or botox. If you're not familiar, microneedling is a process where slight wounds are created on the skin surface in order to produce more collagen and elastin. Other "under the needle" practises include botox (injections that treat wrinkles by "freezing" muscles), dermal fillers (hyaluronic acid injections for plumper lips and cheeks), and vampire facials (where blood is drawn from you and processed to use as a mask-like treatment). But whereas these procedures require a separate device, needle skincare claims to produce similar results with a product you apply topically.

Why should I go for Needle Skincare?




Those scared of needles might not do so well with procedures that require them. And because they're physical procedures, they do come with a bit of pain. Bleeding, swelling and redness are only some of the side effects for patients. It’s also not recommended for those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, have diabetes or a weak immune system as they might experience post-treatment infection. Needle skincare is a way to "try" the procedure for its benefits, minus the scary side effects. 


What products would you recommend for Needle Skincare?


Here are brands that claim to have the needle's benefits in their products.


Dr. Brandt


Dr. Brandt Lip Plumper


Dr. Brandt Needles No More, SGD116/~USD85 (beautybay.com)


The topical version of a lip filler, Dr. Brandt's lip cream plumps and volumises lips. It contains nourishing butters and oils deliver hydration while encouraging tissue regeneration to thicken lips and smooth lip lines. 



Nip + Fab

Nip and Fab No Needle Serum

Nip + Fab No Needle Fix Serum, SGD35/~USD26 (nipandfab.com)


Nip and Fab's plumping and volumising serum uses CellActive® - FORM to fill in fine lines. It has oat extract that smooths and firms skin, and casia angustifolia seed hydrates and softens. 


Private Doctor


Private Doctor Minus Serum

Private Doctor Minus Serum, SGD67/~USD49 (sephora.com)


Private Doctor’s Minus Serum features ID Sculpt Technology which makes use of micro-tingling spicules or microscopic needles derived from a hydrolysed sponge. These enable better absorption of the active ingredient, Sodium Deoxycholate Complex, which helps remove excess fat and cellulite, replacing them with collagen. The result: a bright, smooth, and sculpted visage.



Starskin


Starskin Micro-Filler Mask Pack

Starskin Micro-Filler Mask Pack, SGD49/~35.77 (selfridges.com)


Starskin's mask contains a hyaluronic acid micro-pyramid filler and anti-inflammatory probiotics to address signs of ageing. It combines the power of microneedling with stem-cell cosmetics to firm and rejuvenate the skin.


Zit Sticka


Zit Sticka Killa

Zit Sticka Killa™ Kit, SGD39/~USD29 (zitsticka.com)


Zit Sticka’s Killa™ Kit is an instant treatment for zits, especially the nasty ones that seem to hide under the skin. The zit patch features a microdart technology that dispenses pimple-fighting ingredients into the skin within two hours. The darts are actually freeze-dried hyaluronic acid mixed with the active solution and dissolve when worn.


(Cover photos from: @private.doctor and Zit Sticka)


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