You know we love our skincare, haircare and makeup at Vanilla Luxury! Each month, as we discover a world of skincare and makeup brands - both local and international - we try, test and tell on these beauties.
Here are the beauty and makeup products that we tried this month, along with what we loved about each of them.
Our Favourite Beauty Products for May
An effective day or night moisturiser, the Chantecaille 24k Gold Firming Moisturizer helps reduce the appearance of wrinkle depth, visibly improves skin elasticity, increases firmness, and deeply moisturises the skin. Pure gold and botanical stem cells are boosted with peptides and micro-algae to help reduce the appearance of lines while visibly boosting suppleness for youthful-looking skin that glows.
Vanilla Luxury Raves: With quality ingredients such as Gold Heptapeptides, Matrixyl™ 3000 Tripeptide, Apple Stem Cells Complex, Microalgae Dunaliella Salina Extract, Palmitoyl Dipeptide 5 and 6, High Molecular Weight Hyaluronic Acid, Imperata Cylindrica Extract, Vitamin E, White Tea Extract, CoQ10, Jasmine and Mimosa Flower Waxes, Chantecaille 24K Gold Firming Moisturiser is truly the crème de la crème of anti-ageing moisturisers.
Formulated, developed and produced in Switzerland, Swiss Perfection is the pioneer in applying plant cell extraction technology to cosmetics, and its exclusive ranges incorporate highly concentrated biotechnological ingredients and natural extracts for the most advanced, result-oriented formulas tailored to specific skin’s conditions and needs.
The magic ingredient? Cellular Active IRISA, extracted from the root cells of the Iris Germanica flower, boasts restorative, regenerative and radiant effects with its high enzymes, proteins, and antioxidant properties.
You can now get access to Swiss Perfection’s skincare line in Singapore exclusively at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore. The hotel has recently launched a new series of facial treatments centred on the use of the brand’s different ranges.
A targeted anti-ageing treatment, the Perfect Lifting facial ritual (90-minute, S$480) acts on a multidimensional level to visibly lift and improve the skin firmness whilst promoting cellular renewal, remodel the facial contour and smooth away wrinkles. It includes a skin peel treatment to exfoliate, refresh and rejuvenate the area around your neck and chest, revealing a youthful complexion.
Enhance the glow in your skin with a rejuvenating RS-28 Intensive treatment (top-up of S$80) that aids in cell regeneration and promotes resistance and elasticity in skin.
Specifically designed to brighten and even out skin tone, the Perfect Lightening (90-minute, S$380) restores damaged skin and revives dull skin, leaving the skin supple and radiant.
Tailored for men of any age, the Men Perfect Repair (60-minute, S$300) is a deep cleansing and purifying facial treatment that soothes, purifies and eliminates fatigue, promoting a calm, fresh and youthful appearance.
Vanilla Luxury Raves: We tried the Perfect Lifting facial and were pleasantly surprised at the visible results after just one session—lifted cheekbones, sharper chin, and reduced fine wrinkles around the eyes, what more could we ask for!
For more information or to schedule an appointment, email email@example.com or call (+65) 6885 3533.
Express how you’re feeling every day with our new collection of empowering and uplifting vegan scents. Made for you to switch up with your mood. Whether you’re feeling happy, calm, free, vibrant or slightly rebellious, convey your unique energy through fragrance. All five scents come in a Eau de Toilette, Body Mist, Shower Gel and Body Cream, so you can layer it up or top up when you want.
Vanilla Luxury Raves: Bergamot has always been one of my personal favourite scents which is a blend of bergamot, magnolia and lily however their Wild Jasmine is definitely one to check out too. A mix of Indian jasmine, violet leaf and white iris, these fresh scents work perfectly in our climate, especially for the day.
Alexndr&Co. SeriTone™ Essence - With An Exclusive 15% Discount!
Have you yet to try Alexandr&Co's skincare? The brand’s ‘Silk Story’ began when their founding medical doctors noticed the dramatic rate of healing in their patients' incision wounds when exposed to a unique silk extract known as Sericin.
Chemists and silk artisans, then together created the brainchild known as Silk Sericin Complex™ - the miracle at the heart of each Chrysalis Silk Treasure.
Alexandr&Co. is a Singapore-born luxury skincare range made in Japan. The technology behind Alexandr&Co's proprietary Silk Sericin Complex is a patented method of extraction which removes the Sericin from raw silk threads in its integral form known as Integral Sericin. This is then combined with the most advanced anti-aging ingredients backed by research and formulated by a team of doctors.
The award-winning SeriTone™ Essence comes with the Silk Sericin Complex™ that combines raw silk sericin with potent biopeptides, cermaides, plant placental protein extracts, collagen and hyaluronic acid. Hydrating and brightening, it counters pigmentation and has a myriad of anti-ageing benefits. Add to your skincare routine and reap the benefits of the ultimate anti-ageing experience.
Vanilla Luxury Raves: Clinically proven to fight all signs of ageing, you know that the Chrysallis SeriTone™ Essence is a winner just by looking at the reviews online! Gentle, non-drying and suitable for even sensitive skin types, the toning essence takes care of oiliness and leaves you primed for the next steps in your skincare. A little goes a long way too! After cleansing, just soak a cotton pad with water until damp. Then add 1-2 drops of SeriTone™ Essence on a pad and lightly dab over face and neck. Continue with the rest of your skincare as usual, or invest in other best-selling Alexndr&Co. products- you know you want to!
Vanilla Luxury readers get 15% off! Use Discount Code QDG086GPD6RN when you check out on the Alexandr&Co website and receive 15% discount on all items.
Looking to repair skin as you sleep? YouthBeam, a vegan serum that boasts a mix of prebiotics, probiotics, postbiotics and potent plant-derived skincare actives is here to make your nights more productive.
Powered by Reishi Mushroom, Youth Beam by local skincare experts Sigi Skin provides powerful revitalisation, fortification and skin relief.
Youth Beam gives instant hydration and skin relief as it nourishes your skin and repairs cellular damage as you sleep.
Curious about prebiotic skincare? This serum consists of a unique blend of all 3 biotics – prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics which help ensure your skin’s microbiome is self-resilient and less sensitive over time.
Clinical studies using in vitro cell culture techniques show that after 24 hours of application of Youth Beam, S.epidermidis (good bacteria) increased by 156% and it creates a good condition for healthy microbiomes to thrive in.
Youth Beam is also loaded with antioxidants, such as the anti-ageing superstar reishi mushroom. It helps to hydrate and prevent premature ageing, as well as attract water from the environment to the skin. Always keeping your skin plump and hydrated!
Vanilla Luxury Raves: Instant hydration! The moment you try Youth Beam, your skin will feel a rush of moisture that plumps it out. Keep at it and you will start to wake up with fresher, softer skin that seems less red, and sensitive over time. We also love that it comes charged with superfood extracts and anti-ageing ingredients so you can sleep knowing your skin is in great hands!
Infused with Thyme-Capsuled™ to promote hair growth. Fortified with Pre + Probiotics to restore scalp balance. Enriched with Grapefruit Essential Oil to eliminate impurities; Licorice Root for anti-irritation and anti-inflammation effects. Gentle for daily use and for the family. Your scalp is calm and healthy; your hair is happy and lustrous.
Vanilla Luxury Raves: I have an awfully sensitive scalp and I really like that my hair and scalp not only felt clean but supple after just one wash. Ingredients are very important to me and I appreciate knowing that there’s Coconut, Probiotics, Biotin, Grapefruit, Papaya Enzyme, Licorice Root and Thyme in my shampoo. Also, it is very convenient to travel with as it comes in the form of a powder but it still lathers beautifully.
Specially designed for Asian skin, Dermalab’s range of efficacious solutions make skincare as easy as ABC! Derma Lab’s #ABC serum routine is a one-size-fits-all dermatologist-certified regimen that gives skin the essential vitamins in just four steps.
Start with your dose of vitamin A from Derma Lab’s AgeDefy Double Power Retinol Concentrate. With two forms of ultra-stable vitamin A also known as retinol, which is widely regarded as the most powerful and effective anti-ageing active compound – this product serves to dramatically diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone.
Next Derma Lab Lumiclar Mandelic Renewal Serum is a lightweight serum containing 5% Mandelic Acid (a type of AHA) that penetrates deep into the skin’s dermis layer, accelerating skin cell renewal and boosting the absorption of subsequent skincare. It also helps gently remove dead skin on the surface to reveal more radiant, luminous skin.
Derma Lab Hydraceutic Double Power Vitamin Concentrate, comes enriched with 5% Vitamins B3 and B5, this serum attracts and retains moisture in the skin while protecting it from external aggressors. By providing intense hydration and enhancing skin regeneration, the double vitamin boost helps skin feel softer, smoother, and more nourished instantly.
And, Derma Lab Lumiclar Pure Vitamin C15 is formulated with 15% dermatological grade Vitamin C (one of the highest in the market), this super potent serum penetrates deep into the skin’s epidermis and rapidly evens out complexion for a radiant glow.
Vanilla Luxury Raves: If you find choosing the right serum for your skincare routine complicated, this ABC regime by Derma Lab is one you will love! Each serum is formulated with only the essentials that target different skin concerns and strengthen the skin. AHAs from the Lumiclar Mandelic Renewal Serum, Hydraceutic Double Power Vitamin Concentrate for hydrating vitamin Bs and the Lumiclar Pure Vitamin C15 for brightening gives you all the essentials that are needed for your skin.
Our Favourite Beauty Products for April
Can’t get enough of floral scents? Caressing, sophisticated and with luminous transparency, the new Bvlgari Rose Goldea Blossom Delight Eau De Toilette celebrates a woman’s inner spark, reminding us that anything is possible.
Inspired by the precious moment when a rose is about to blossom, this scent captures the excitement of a bright and luminous future, in a call to embrace possibility with open arms. The Eau de Toilette’s dazzling floral scent opens with the transparency of the lily of the valley accord and sparkling grapefruit. At its core, fresh and delicate rosebuds intertwine with bright and voluptuous notes of peony for a magnificent bouquet of radiant elegance, adorned with a veil of white musk notes and cedarwood for a delicate dry down imbued with natural sensuality and comfort.
Vanilla Luxury Raves: If you enjoy soft, floral notes and especially Rose, the Bvlgari Rose Goldea Blossom Delights EDP makes a great summer investment. This floral rose musk eau de parfum, elegantly infuses rose from the top and heart notes to dry down notes. The bottle is a beauty by itself. A Serpenti collier coils around the bottle’s neck, and a white mother-of-pearl aspect makes this a bottle you’ll want to flaunt on your dresser!
Bvlgari Rose Goldea Blossom Delight Eau De Toilette is available at iShop Changi and Sephora.
A luxuriously, velvety-smooth moisturiser, Chantecaille’s Bio Lifting Cream comes infused with five extraordinary plant stem cells and acts as the final hydrating step in your anti-ageing regimen. Its caffeine-free coffee stem cell extract visibly plumps the skin and makes it look more hydrated, and supple. Plantago stem cell extract helps to lighten age and sun spots while Bionymph peptide stem cell extract fight all other signs of anti-ageing while softening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
It also contains Raspberry stem cell extract which is a strong antioxidant that soothes visible redness and prevents oxidative damage over time. Crafted in Switzerland using the highest quality pure botanicals, it contains a rosewater base and is 85% natural.
Vanilla Luxury Raves: We have been staunch fans of Chantecaille’s Bio Lifting Serum and this cream makes the perfect addition to our Bio Lifting anti-ageing arsenal. Particularly suited to those with dry skin, it will leave your complexion feeling hydrated - a great way to soothe and recover overnight. A worthy companion for those travelling to cooler, drier lands, the moisturiser can tide you by even in the coldest of winter months.
Chantecaille Bio Lifting Cream is available for S$950 at TANGS at Tangs Plaza and Takashimaya Department Store.
The Body Shop has taken the bold move to change the name of its best-selling skincare range, Drops of Youth™, to Edelweiss – the resilient alpine flower with all the antioxidant power! With a bottle of Drops of Youth™ concentrate sold every 20s, why change the name? The Body Shop is taking a stand against beauty’s anti-ageing narrative by going back to its activist roots where we believe in helping everyone age powerfully!
The new name also comes with a new formula and extended line-up. The game-changer is the Edelweiss extract containing Leontopodic acid, a unique and powerful ingredient that’s 60% stronger than ferulic acid, a known antioxidant. The properties of Edelweiss have also been shown to maintain skin barrier health, as well as smooth the skin’s surface, helping you keep a radiantly fresh face, whatever your age. That’s why Edelweiss is the beauty industry’s best-kept secret: it has 46% more powerful antioxidant properties in comparison to retinol!
Edelweiss is organically farmed and harvested by hand by The Body Shop’s trusted supplier. It is carefully and respectfully cultivated where the flower is not endangered to respect the Alpine biodiversity. It is then extracted using zero chemical waste, first through drying the plant and then distilled using a renewable process.
The Edelweiss line-up still includes the legendary Concentrate and favourites from Drops of Youth range but has been extended to include two more products – Edelweiss Cleansing Concentrate (100ml, S$27) and Edelweiss Intense Smoothing Cream (50ml, S$60) – so all your daily skin needs are covered.
Vanilla Luxury raves: The Edelweiss Intense Smoothing Cream is a nourishing cream that is perfect for drier skin types and helps skin to look re-energized and refreshed every day and night. It absorbs really easily into the skin without leaving any sticky residue.
Inspired by the bounciness of Japanese peaches (or momo), Momopuri wanted to create a skincare line with the same moisturised plumpness of peaches.
Meaning soft and juicy in Japanese, “puri puri” is a complimentary term for rosy peach-plump complexions! A much-loved symbol of Spring, peace, and happiness, peaches are also the fruity equivalent of how we hope our skin will appear: plump, plush, bouncy and velvety-soft to the touch. Literally meaning peach-soft in Japanese, Momopuri doesn’t just design its packaging around the peach but also features Peach Ceramides in its entire line to help skin assimilate the smooth resilience of one.
Momopuri has everything you need for a complete skincare routine, from a gel wash to lotion to jelly moisturiser and jelly masks. Its products are formulated with Vitamins A, C, and E, Bergamot Fruit Extract and Hyaluronic Acid to tighten and hydrate the skin leaving the skin plump, supple and firm with a lightly scented peach fragrance.
For an affordable cleanser try the Momopuri Moist Cleansing Wash. This creamy cleanser with dense foam removes impurities and makeup residue thoroughly to reveal smooth and fresh skin. Formulated with Peach Ceramides and Lactobacillus Paste it contains Vitamins A, C, and E, Bergamot Fruit Extract and Hyaluronic Acid to tighten and hydrate skin. It also strengthens the skin’s natural moisture barrier and leaves the skin feeling plump, supple and firm.
Vanilla Luxury Raves: We have often found treasures at our drug store hauls and the new Momopuri Moist Cleaning Wash is no different. Made with Ceramides and Lactobacillus paste, it leaves behind a soft, yet clean canvas so that the rest of your skincare can perform. Its refreshing lightly scented peach fragrance makes you look forward to your cleansing ritual - night or day!
Momopuri is now available at Guardian, Don Don Donki, Welcia-BHG stores, and online at Guardian and Mandom Official Store on Lazada and Shopee.
Have you tried Patchology yet? The brand was formed around the idea that truly effective delivery of the best ingredients should happen on your terms. Whether you’ve got 5 minutes or longer, the products will fulfil their promise and fit your life. Beauty at the speed of you!
A convenient addition to their power-packed product lineup is the Hero Status™ Roll Model™ Brightening Roll-On Eye Serum. Driven by a dynamic fusion of illuminating ingredients to brighten sensitive skin under tired eyes, this Jade roller is built to battle dark circles. Slide it on your skin and watch Vitamin C, antioxidant-rich Kiwi and Grapefruit Extracts, and Pearlescent Minerals combine to reduce the appearance of dark circles and make your under-eye area radiate. Also comes with the iconic, Flashpatch® Illuminating Eye Gel!
Vanilla Luxury Raves: We are all for travel-friendly beauty at the moment, and Patchology’s Hero Status Roll Model scores high on this. A convenient roll-on eye serum it gives just what you need - soothing eye care and a jade rolling action for those tired peepers. You’ll want to carry it everywhere!
Patchology Hero Status™ Roll Model™ Brightening Roll-On Eye Serum is available at Metro.sg
Achieve your radiant skin goals with the new Bio-essence Bio-Bright Beauty Glow range that comes formulated with Japanese Cherry Blossom and Jeju Star Flower to brighten, soften, and hydrate skin. Cherry Blossoms (also known as Sakura) are one of Japan’s best-kept beauty secrets and are extensively used in many skincare formulations to help achieve clear, translucent and radiant skin.
Formulated especially for Asian skin with Cherry Blossom, the line will help you achieve radiant petal-soft skin. Its star ingredient, Japanese Cherry Blossom, has anti-inflammatory properties to help soothe irritated skin and is rich in antioxidants that combat signs of ageing. It also brightens skin, lightens hyperpigmentation, and enhances the complexion. Jeju Star Flower in the formula provides deep hydration to keep skin plump and supple.
The range includes a cleanser, toner, essence, and all-day cream. The Bio-essence Bio-Bright Beauty GlowGel Cleanser is a brightening gel-based cleanser that has a soft and gentle formula to help thoroughly cleanse impurities on the skin without the tight after-wash feeling.
Bio-essence Bio-Bright Beauty Glow Toning Water comes powered by Hyaluronic Acid, which gives this lightweight toning water the ability to provide instant hydration, leaving skin soft, smooth and supple.
Bio-essence’s Bio-Bright Beauty Glow Essence is also lightweight and nourishes to reduce dullness. It contains Betaine to maintain the natural moisture balance in the skin and reveals softer, smoother skin in the days to come.
Finally, the Bio-Bright Beauty Glow All Day Cream is a lightweight moisturiser which blends into the skin seamlessly leaving you with a brighter complexion and smoother, softer skin.
Vanilla Luxury Raves: The Bio-Bright range by Bio-essence is an affordable yet effective skin brightening line. We love that it is designed for Asian skin, and can be used in our tropical climate. The fragrance from Cherry Blossoms and Jejy Star Flower.
Bio-essence is available at C K Department Store, Watsons, Guardian, NTUC Fairprice, and selected cosmetic houses
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EX NIHILO is a Parisian fragrance house that follows the principle of breaking the rules. With a clear ambition of creating new creations, reaching the innovation forefront, getting rid of the codes and academic rules inherited from traditional high perfumery, EX NIHILO is creating iconic scents that will leave you wanting more.
EX NIHILO’s iconic scent, Fleur Narcotique, is a sensual floral scent with top notes of Bergamot, Lychee and Peach, heart notes of Jasmine, Peony and Orange Blossom, and Base notes of Transparent Wood, Moss and Musk.
Their latest fragrance, Iris Porcelana, is a new contemporary take on Iris Pallida, the most precious and graceful flower of High Perfumery. Designed by Master perfumer Dalia Izem, the fragrance is a smooth and second skin perfume that is intensely addictive. The floral powdery perfume has top notes of Violet leaf accord, heart notes of Iris and Rose, and base notes of Sandalwood, Musks and Cedarwood.
EX NIHILO is now available at AMARIS Paragon and Isetan Scotts and coming soon to AMARIS Vivocity and Takashimaya S.C., Ngee Ann City.
If you are looking for a scientifically formulated hair tonic that gets your hair back to its thicker, healthier state, try Papilla Haircare’s Hair Regeneration Tonic with PhytoKines.
Fortified with botanical stem cell extracts and Allosterys PE™, the tonic gives your hair the extra support it needs while preventing hair loss. Designed based on the stage of your hair loss, the tonic can be bought for those with Hair Loss 1 to 3, or early hair thinning and hair loss prevention. It can also be bought for Hair Loss stages 4 to 6, or mild to severe hair loss and hair loss prevention.
Papilla Haircare remains devoted to bringing the best clinical hair loss treatments and products to Singapore. With their Hair Regeneration Tonic, the brand gives access to clinically formulated hair care, so you can get all the benefits, from the comfort of your own home.
The Regeneration Tonic with PhytoKines boosts a healthy hair cycle and hair density thereby preventing further hair loss. It inhibits 5-alpha reductase and reinforces your hair to anchor into the scalp. Furthermore, the hair tonic protects hair from free radical damage and prevents dandruff.
Anti-DHT and anti-inflammatory, the product is also free of parabens, sulfates, silicone, artificial colours, toxic chemicals and artificial fragrances.
Vanilla Luxury Raves: If you’ve been unsettled about hair loss and look forward to baby hair, and an overall healthier scalp with Papilla Haircare’s Hair Regeneration Tonic powered with PhytoKines. We love that it comes without any toxic ingredients and is easy to apply even at home. Just add along the hairline any problem areas and massage lightly after!
The Hair Regeneration Tonic with PhytoKines is available online and at Papilla Haircare’s Estore.
Retinol is regarded by dermatologists as the holy grail of skincare ingredients for its unique and clinically proven ability to visibly improve wrinkles and other key signs of aging by increasing surface skin renewal and restoring skin density and firmness. However, because of its potency, products containing retinol can also cause a variety of uncomfortable side-effects, including dryness, visible redness, and peeling.
To that end, Kiehl’s is proud to introduce Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily Micro- Dose Serum; a breakthrough approach to retinol, formulated in a precise daily- dosage that delivers visible anti-ageing benefits, while minimising the uncomfortable side-effects associated with traditional retinol formulas.
Based on clinical evaluation, the micro-dose technology steadily promotes skin renewal, visibly improves firmness, reduces the appearance of wrinkles and redefines skin texture. It has also been clinically demonstrated to minimise discomforting effects including redness, dryness and peeling.
Inspired by the medical science of “micro-dosing,” or the administration of powerful ingredients in low and precise dosages, Kiehl’s newest serum innovation contains a carefully calibrated dose of retinol that works to help promote skin renewal. With each daily-strength dose, new cells are gradually brought to the surface for a fresh, renewed look to skin.
Alongside hero ingredient pure retinol, Kiehl’s newest innovation also contains ceramides and peptide in the formula to help fortify the skin barrier and increase skin’s tolerance to retinol starting from the very first use.
Vanilla Luxury Raves: Kiehl’s Retinol is suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin and can be used daily as it is made with pure retinol in micro-doses and has ceramides and peptides that strengthens the moisture barrier to enhance the skin’s tolerance to pure retinol.
Inspired by these gentle giants, the Chantecaille Spring collection pays tribute to giraffes and their habitats. Working together with the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) which uses scientific findings to bring innovative approaches to saving giraffes in the wild, Chantecaille aims to use its platform to give giraffes a voice.
Chantecaille Giraffe Eye Quartet (S$127), four flattering earth-toned neutrals that can be mixed and matched to create rich, defined eye looks. The versatile quartet of soft matte, chrome pearl, and shimmer formulas create beautifully defined, textured eye looks that can be applied for both a subtle or emboldened look.
Chantecaille Lip Chic (S$82) are glossy and lightweight, infused with hydrating hyaluronic acid for plump-looking lips that feel incredibly soft, hydrated and nourished.
Vanilla Luxury Raves: A beauty brand that truly gives back. Not only does Chantecaille make amazing cosmetics but their collection is always inspired by various environmental causes. Do you know that giraffes are vital to keeping ecosystems in balance, promoting vegetation growth and opening up habitat for other species to thrive? The Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) is the first and only non-profit to focus solely on giraffes throughout Africa. GCF works in 16 African countries, impacting more than 100 million acres of giraffe habitat.
Chantecaille Spring 2022 Collection is available at Tangs Singapore.
Want the hottest makeup colours in town? Get your hands (and quickly) on the NUDESTIX Beachy Nudes 3-Pc Mini Kit.
Featuring a Nudies blush in none other than their new Matte Picante shade, a Nudies bronze and Nudies glow to create that fresh, natural summer look everyone’s fallen in love with!
The new Nudies Matte Blush in Picante adds beautiful eye and creamy lip colour that adds a refreshing pop of coral that is flattering for most skin tones. Developed in collaboration with Youtube influencer Allana Davison, it will add the right amount of flush to your cheeks - almost like you’ve spent a day at the beach!
Vanilla Luxury Raves: Travelling soon? Or perhaps you need the perfect on-the-go makeup kit, small enough to fit that latest mini designer bag you own! Nudies work as multi-purpose makeup products for your face, eyes and cheeks to add that dash of colour and contour, no matter where you go. We especially adore the cute travel size, ideal for quick applications and strong enough for summer-worthy colour!
The Nudies Matte Blush in Picante (S$50), and Beachy Nudes 3-Pc Mini Kit (S$40) is available at all Sephora stores in Singapore and online.
We all know that sunscreen in a skincare regimen is essential against harmful UV rays. It is also crucial that this shield of protection remains effective in all weather and skin conditions. The star product in the newly reformulated ANESSA range - Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk - has been enhanced with a new Auto Booster Technology that strengthens UV protection when it comes into contact with heat, sweat, water and humidity on our sunny island.
With its 50% skincare formulation, the new Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk also nourishes skin, maintains hydration levels for up to four hours, and provides photoaging defence. Collagen and Super Hyaluronic Acid hydrate and keep skin plump while plant-derived Green Tea Extract provides skin with antioxidant benefits and Yellow Flower Extract helps protect skin from photoaging.
The newly-added beautifying powder creates a smooth finish on the skin upon application. It diffuses harsh light and strong rays into soft light, giving skin a soft and blurred appearance. A new fruity and floral scent specially tailored to Asian preferences is also introduced with this formulation. Even when combined with sweat, it also emanates a refreshing scent.
Vanilla Luxury Raves: We no longer need to worry about unsightly white patches or a greasy finish with this sunscreen. What makes it even better? It’s not just good for the skin, it looks out for the environment too.
Make Up For Ever has finally revealed its latest undetectable foundation – HD SKIN! The new avatar of the iconic Ultra HD Foundation comes powered by technology that enhances performance and undetectability. So, your skin looks like skin under any light!
In 2008, Ultra HD Iconic Foundation was launched and became a game-changer on the foundation market. Pushing boundaries of complexion makeup and expertise further comes the HD SKIN foundation that is available in 40 inclusive shades.
Powered by a new micro-skin system its light texture leaves behind a semi-matte yet luminous finish. The new and improved formulation instantly blurs and covers imperfection for 24 hours. It also syncs with the complexion to give a true skin effect.
Waterproof and sweatproof means you’ll get that medium to full coverage which stays on in Singapore’s weather!
Also, Make Up Forever’s new HD SKIN foundation has been formulated without any animal-derived ingredient and designed to be practical and eco-conceived. The entire cap is smartly made with only a type of bio-sourced plastic while the glass bottle is both recycled and recyclable.
Vanilla Luxury Raves: Non-cakey and a natural finish! The vegan, non-comedogenic new formula is all things lovely for your skin - young or mature. Not one to settle between the lines, the HD SKIN foundation offers medium to full coverage based on what you prefer and naturally flexes with the skin for no caking.
The Makeup Forever HD SKIN is available on Sephora.
Sigi Skin Jumbo Kaleanser & Morning Glow Sunscreen
Sigi Skin's much-loved signature Kaleanser has gotten an upgrade! Now available in a jumbo size 200ml reusable and recyclable bottle, this multi-award-winning cleanser has got you covered for your daily cleansing needs, more so than ever!
Sigi Skin’s vegan, hypoallergenic face wash is specially formulated to gently remove makeup, dirt and oil, revealing a soft, supple and healthy-looking complexion. This gentle yet clarifying face wash rebalances the skin’s pH level and does not strip away the skin’s natural moisture barrier.
Its unique, jelly-like texture is also a sensorial pleasure, helping you to relax while indulging in your everyday beauty regimen. What’s in it? Kale to detoxify, and Soy and Glycerin to soothe and moisturise.
Another update: protect yourself from harmful sun rays with Sigi Skin's improved Morning Glow sunscreen! Boasting an improved formula that is suitable for mask-wearing, this version contains 2% Niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, avocado and acai extracts to prevent pilling (which is common after long hours of wearing a face mask), as well as to reduce redness and acne scarring.
Featuring a new airless pump mechanism, the packaging now has a wider opening to allow for a seamless dispensing of the sunscreen without splattering or difficulty.
Vanilla Luxury Raves: Did we already mention that Sigi Skin’s skincare range uses all-natural superfood ingredients? The Kaleanser can even be used around the eyes and eyelashes to remove water-resistant mascara and eyeshadow. Just remember to double-cleanse!
Jumbo Kaleanser (200ml) retails at S$72 and Morning Glow (50ml) retails at S$58 on sigiskin.com.
Created by French pharmacist and biologist Jean-Noël Thorel, BIODERMA is a dermatological brand that cares about how its skincare products can help the skin repair itself to bring it back to its natural, healthiest best.
New to Bioderma? You'll want to first discover Sensibio H2O, the world's first micellar water that gently cleanses sensitive and intolerant skin. What is micellar water?
Micellar water works like a magnet, lifting and attracting impurities like dirt, make-up and trapped pollutants away from your skin.
The award-winning, ultra-gentle and soothing non-rinse micellar water Sensibio H2O is made for sensitive skin but can be used by anyone who wishes to deeply cleanse and remove makeup or dirt from their face. It is also perfect for removing eye makeup and will not irritate the eyes. Its high-tolerance formula strengthens the skin barrier leaving it soft and comfortable.
Vanilla Luxury Raves: Bioderma's H2O micellar waters are formulated with highly purified water, the purest and safest kind of water. This makes them excellent for your skin’s tolerance levels. Non-drying, you can gently remove and eliminate makeup without any harsh effects on the skin. Best of all, these come in different sizes, so you can choose to stock up on a large 500ml bottle or carry the 100ml version on your travels!
Bioderma Sensibio H2O is available on Watsons, Guardian and other leading stores in Singapore.
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Did you know that Vitamin C was the number one searched skincare ingredient in the past few years? And while we all love it on our skin, Vitamin C loses its effectiveness quickly due to its highly unstable nature. Making it hard to find a formula that truly works.
Caudalie’s Natural Formulation Laboratory has you covered! Stabilised four times to protect and preserve its properties, Caudalie introduces Vitamin C+ into the NEW Vinergetic C+ line to restore energy and glow to tired-looking skin.
The line is formulated with the anti-fatigue trio Vitamin C+, hyaluronic acid and 100% antioxidant Polyphenols - a powerful cocktail for fatigued and stressed-out skin!
The range includes a Vitamin C Energy Serum that instantly illuminates and re-plumps the skin for a fresh and revitalised complexion. A 3-in-1 Vitamin C Energy Moisturiser brightens and hydrates the skin whilst protecting it against pollution. The Caudalie Brightening Eye Cream reduces dark circles, smooths, and moisturises the eye area. The eyes appear refreshed. The final part of this line, the Overnight Detox Oil comes with 5 precious oils that help regenerate stressed skin for a fresh-looking complexion overnight.
Vanilla Luxury Raves: We’ve got a love-hate relationship with Vitamin C. When it works, it does wonders for the skin, but when it doesn’t, that’s money down our precious beauty budget! The good news here is that Caudalie’s range is built to work. Stemming from research at their Natural Formulation Laboratory, the Vinergetic C+ line is all things science and efficiency.
We also love that the textures are Singapore-weather-friendly and do not break us out like other Vitamin C products we’ve tried. Double yay for the vegan, non-comedogenic and no synthetic fragrance formulations.
The Caudalie Vinergetic C+ line has launched exclusively at Sephora.sg and in stores nationwide.
We’re all for soothing rituals this year and homegrown beauty brand Klynn Beauty is all set to elevate that skincare game. Klynn Beauty develops highly efficacious, plant-powered skincare which promises to transform your daily skincare routine.
Klynn Beauty's 100% cruelty-free skincare is formulated with unique gel textures and bespoke uplifting scents to provide a sensorial, spa-like pleasure and respite from the hectic urban environment we live in.
Formulated with scientifically proven botanicals, the NEW Klynn Beauty Revive Me Centella Cleanser is a unique, gentle jelly-like gel cleanser that thoroughly cleanses without stripping the skin.
Chocker-full of ultra-soothing herbs such as Centella Asiatica, Licorice Root, Chamomile, and Mother Nature's moisture magnet Snow Mushroom, the cleanser delivers ultimate hydration and soothing effects to the skin.
Infused with antioxidant-rich green tea leaves, this bouncy jelly-like gel cleanser removes impurities naturally whilst leaving your skin calm, refreshed and hydrated, perfect for Singapore’s hot and humid climate.
Vanilla Luxury Raves: Miss your trips to Bali? The Klynn Beauty Revive Me Centella Cleanser is all things calming and sensorial with a herbal citrus scent(made of natural essential oils) that will take you back to your spa holidays in Bali!
100% vegan, cruelty-free and suitable for all skin types, including sensitive and acne-prone skin, the Klynn Beauty Revive Me Centella Cleanser is a wallet-friendly cleanser that will take your cleansing experience several notches higher, day after night.
Klynn Beauty Revive Me Centella Cleanser (S$28 for 120ml) is exclusively available at www.klynnbeauty.com.
Luxury skincare brand meeth delivers fine-tuned skin solutions and beauty insights, via cutting-edge Japanese innovation and research. Their newest addition, meeth’s Skin Repair Night Cream Refill Pack is now available, followed closely behind the launch of the Night Cream in November. As a commitment to reduce wasteful packaging, their refill scheme works for anyone who had first purchased the Night Cream and is now ready for the next jar.
This is not their first product to be added to a refill scheme! Through the refill scheme on their existing products, meeth has managed to halve the amount of plastic waste that the Twelement Day Cream would have generated, and in just 3 months, the Ceraderma Essence refill has saved 35% of potential plastic waste.
In their strong commitment to preserving our planet, meeth has also adopted and ensured that every packaging of theirs is FSC®-certified (Forest Stewardship Certified), protecting the lush forests that grace our planet as much as possible.
Still to try meeth’s Skin Repair Night Cream? A pampering, lush moisturiser, this night cream encourages the skin to repair itself from the inside out via its rich hydrating formula. Containing a powerful blend of nourishing ingredients including photolyase enzymes, alteromonas fermentation extract and yoshino cherry leaf extract, it protects the skin from blue light emitted from screens and UV rays from the sun. Additionally, copolymer helps to enhance skin elasticity and yoshino cherry leaf extract functions to deliver intense hydration.
There’s even Alteromonas Fermentation Extract, more commonly known as the ‘hyaluronic acid of the sea’ to fortify the skin’s immune system, preventing irritation.
Vanilla Luxury Raves: Suffering from dry and parched skin? Meeth’s Skin Repair Night Cream is all things lush and pampering - it will literally lift dehydrated skin to wholesome plumpness. Of course, the handy refill pack and the serious amount of packaging saved, gives us all the reasons to shop with meeth.
Colour pay off that also nourish your lips - we’ve got all things nice to say about Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte and Satin Lipsticks!
This range of stunning rose gold packaged lipsticks delivers skin-complimenting shades that are brilliantly pigmented. The bullet tip design gives full control and the lush, velvety-soft formula glides on effortlessly. Did we say they come in 18 stunning new shades with 2 featherlight finishes? Pair with Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Lip Liner for that complete lip-tastic effect!
Vanilla Luxury Raves: Hate matte lipsticks that dry you out? Then you’ll love the mattes by Anastasia Beverly Hills. Creamy and moisturising, these have great colour payoff without feeling like a matte lippie! The satin ones, are sheer enough but still come with a colour kick. Creamy and luminous sans the oil. Oh, and there’s definitely a shade for every skin tone!
Available at Sephora stores and Sephora.sg.
Local beauty brand Sigi Skin, known for its skincare containing superfood ingredients, launched the Garden Party Deep Cleansing Clay Mask late last year.
This face mask helps to effectively cleanse and minimise pores, prevent breakouts, and is specially formulated to deeply purify the skin without stripping the skin of moisture — respecting and rebalancing skin’s microbiome and pH levels.
The Kaolin Clay is what helps to gently draw out impurities from deep within the skin, which will provide you with unclogged and blemish-free skin! Camu Camu, found in the Amazon rainforest is a rich source of Vitamin C that prevents any cell damage from harmful environmental factors such as pollution and UV rays. It also contains Grapeseed Extracts with high levels of omega-6 fatty acid that helps to strengthen the skin barrier and reduces redness.
This powerhouse blend also contains Astaxanthin which is a potent antioxidant that helps to reduce dryness, improve hyperpigmentation, and minimise DNA damage. For those of you with skin conditions such as eczema and acne, Garden Party is powerfully calming and tightens loose or sagging skin too.
Vanilla Luxury Raves: We love the use of Kaolin Clay in the mask as it is a natural detoxifier that removes excess oil, sweat, dirt and bacteria on your skin without causing any irritation! So it’s suitable for those with sensitive skin.
Also, each brand new piece of Garden Party comes with a nice little silicone brush that helps you to apply the mask without dipping your hands into the bottle to prevent any contamination. This also ensures a smoother application on your face. Pro tip: the smaller end is useful for hard-to-reach areas such as the corners of your nose.
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There are hydrating face masks, and then there are face masks that can draw up to 600 times more moisture in your skin! illumiaSKIN All 1n One Mask is loaded with hyaluronic acid (HA) and hydrolyzed collagen to help attract moisture and lock it into your skin.
Founder and well-known entrepreneur Kim Lim puts together a team of skin experts to formulate modern skincare line IllumiaSKIN. She is known to have personally tested hundreds of face masks from around the world before curating the bio-cellulose material for the All 1n One Mask - so it feels just like a second skin!
Containing Salmon DNA, the mask works to boost the skin repair process and has anti-ageing benefits. The hydrolyzed collagen enhances the skin’s moisture barrier and elasticity while HA attracts and locks in that hydration.
It also contains adenosine to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as our latest skin obsession, niacinamide, to even out the skin tone. You can look forward to a fresher, brighter complexion right after!
Vanilla Luxury Raves: Do you find it hard to find face masks that fit you well? What we enjoyed most about the IllumiaSKIN All 1n One Mask was how it felt on our faces - well fitting, no droopy edges and a soft, barely-there feeling.
It is drenched with skin goodness too! There’s enough serum in here to cover your face and neck. Apply for 15-20 minutes once a week and look forward to brighter, softer skin right after.
Pro tip: Don't throw away the face mask bag. Use the remaining serum on your legs, hands, feet or wherever you need that moisture kick. It's also a staple worth taking on your next flight out.
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If you have hair damaged from various chemical treatments or heat from styling tools, this repair hair mask is for you. The K18 leave-in molecular repair hair mask repairs damage caused by bleaching, colouring, exposure to heat, and chemical services. It can be used as a post-service treatment that repairs damage caused during any hair salon service or at home via thermal and mechanical styling.
The patented K18 doesn’t just hide damaged hair or patch it up – it is the first hair product to utilise biomimetics to replicate the internal makeup of hair keratin, resulting in soft, smooth, strong hair. A breakthrough in biosciences, the K18 peptide was patented after a decade of scanning and testing the 1,242 decapeptides that cover the entire keratin proteome - unlocking the unique science to re-virginize damaged stands.
Most hair care products cover up the damage with conditioning treatments that coat hair in oils, bringing superficial hydration and sheen, while repair treatments patch damage like internal glue and provide only temporary results. K18 leave-in molecular repair hair mask is the first product that actually heals your hair from the inside out.
This radically different approach is like magic but it’s backed by biomimetic hairscience and it heals damaged hair in just 4 minutes! The miracle molecule carries amino acids into the cortex of hair to reconnect keratin chains and reforms disulfide bonds to bring damaged strands back to their original, youthful state.
How to use? Before the first time, use a clarifying shampoo to remove any build-up on your hair from styling products so that the peptides from K18 are able to penetrate the strands effectively. It's recommended to clarify your hair once a month. After shampooing, apply K18 and leave-in for at least 4 minutes before blow-drying or styling. There's no need to use a conditioner. For best results, use K18 every 4 to 6 consecutive washes following a chemical service.
Vanilla Luxury Raves: After the first use of K18 you’ll already notice an improvement in hair elasticity and strength. The strands feel less brittle and won’t break as easily.
Also, the mask has a very light mousse-like texture that is easy to apply. It heals and strengthens hair with lightweight moisturising benefits so you can easily detangle your hair after washing. Plus, it keeps hair smooth and soft, without weighing it down.
To find out more or enquiries about K18, please WOORAILOORA.COM.SG.
Ready for a roaring start to the Year of the Tiger? The Limited-Edition Chantecaille Bio Lifting Mask+ comes in a gorgeous red packaging to brighten your beauty closet this 2022.
The supercharged new formula for Chantecaille's iconic bestseller is powered with the newest cutting-edge botanicals and peptides. These help reduce the look of fine lines and visibly contour the face, all while its new lifting agent offers smoothing power and moisture barrier enhancers seal in that hydration. The most age-deying mask yet, it features a faster-acting, instantly smoothing alga blend that directly addresses the appearance of expression lines and contouring.
The Hexapeptide Amplified is 50 times more potent than the original Hexapeptide, and thereby reduces depth of expression lines by helping reduce muscle contraction, relaxing the face quickly without paralyzing the skin. Like Botox in a jar!
As always, Chantecaille has tied up with a partner for the conservation of wildlife around the world. With this product, Chantecaille is proud to continue its support of its fall partner SUJÁN and its longstanding conservation work protecting tigers in India in celebration of the Year of the Tiger.
Vanilla Luxury Raves: We absolutely love all things Chantacaille, and this Lunar Year rendition is all things gorgeous and effective! Whether you wear it as a mask for 15 minutes, prior to a big event or overnight for deeper hydration, the results will be addictive. Think firmer, brighter skin that is washed with moisture. How’s that for a new year lift!
Chantecaille Year of the Tiger Bio Bio Lifting Mask (S$402 for 75ml) is available at TANGS at Tang Plaza and Takashimaya Department Store.
Acne warriors, this one’s for you! 5 minutes to purify and leave your skin visibly mattified, Caudalie’s latest addition to its Vinpure range is the Purifying Mask.
The mask has been developed to help with the number 1 skin concern worldwide, acne, as well as blemishes, pores, blackheads and oily skin, giving just the right boost of confidence you need.
Caudalie’s Vinopure line provides a natural solution, redesigned to be even more effective. The products are formulated using natural origin ingredients, and visibly improve the skin quality of acne-prone skin, without being too harsh.
The Caudalie Vinopure Purifying Mask is an impurity magnet that minimizes the look of imperfections almost instantly. Containing 99% natural origin ingredients such as Green Clay and Zinc, it is suitable for acne-prone skin and is able to manage blemishes effectively.
100% natural French origin Green Clay is naturally coloured and purifies and reduces the size of pores. The 100% natural-origin Zinc reduces oil production and has anti-inflammatory properties to soothe sensitised skin.
Vanilla Luxury Raves: When it comes to face masks for acne-prone skin, we are a little cautious. Typically masks made to counter acne-prone skin tend to be heavy on acids and alcohol and can dry you out even more. This is why Caudalie’s Vinopure Purifying Mask is a boon for acne troubles. Not only will it subdue any inflammation, but it also does so without stripping away the goodness of your natural oils.
Caudalie Vinopure purifying mask launches on 18 Jan 2022 on Sephora.sg.
We really hope you’ve tried cult brand Drunk Elephant? When a company focuses squarely on pH levels and effective ingredients that support the skin’s acid mantle, chances are they’ve got just what your skin needs. Furthermore, Drunk Elephant’s products are never made with the Suspicious 6™ (essential oils, drying alcohols, silicones, chemical sunscreens, fragrances/dyes, SLS), which the brand believes are the root to almost every skin issue.
Their AHA/BHA combination the Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos™️ Glycolic Skincare Night Serum resurfaces dull, congested skin by lifting away dead skin cells. What you get is a dramatically improved appearance, with better skin tone, texture, and fewer lines and wrinkles! It's got all the potent stuff - glycolic, tartaric, lactic, citric, and salicylic acids, so the serum controls oily skin and clarifies your complexion simultaneously.
Vanilla Luxury Raves: Exfoliate without physically exfoliating. The Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos™️ Glycolic Skincare Night Serum is a great option if you have clogged pores, dull skin, wrinkles and fine line. Not only will it give a clearer complexion and radiance over time, but you will also notice your other skincare performing better! Beware though - not everyone can take the product too often. While a slight feeling of tingling in the first few applications is normal until your skin gets used to it, for newbies, we’d recommend limiting usage to 1-2 times a week. We even use it as a spot treatment for breakouts!
LUX Luminique, the No. 1 haircare brand in Japan is back with a magical second instalment of its collaboration with Disney Princesses. This year, LUX Luminique expands its three best-selling ranges, (Damage Repair, Happiness Bloom, and Oasis Calm) by introducing two new additions to the family: Botanical Pure and Moist Charge with New Limited Edition Disney Princess packaging.
The range includes more childhood favourite Princesses like Ariel, Rapunzel, Snow White, Belle and Cinderella in refreshingly light watercolour art.
What’s more, this new range brings you a new powered formula with 100% Natural Ylang Ylang flower oil. Natural oils collected from steam distillation of Ylang Ylang flowers lock in moisture and stimulate hair follicles to keep hair healthy, smooth and shiny. Each Lux Luminique range product also incorporates skincare ingredients that effectively target common hair concerns such as dryness, frizz, damaged hair and even oily and sensitive scalp.
There’s even a range of Super Rich Shine Hair Oils to complete your princess-worthy hair routine. With a superior formula featuring Premium Gold Hyaluronic Acid, this lightweight water-to-oil texture penetrates the hair shaft for thorough moisturization. Instant results with maximum shine without the grease!
Vanilla Luxury Raves: What Disney fan can say no to the cute packaging on this range. LUX Luminique’s Disney range also offers up a sensorial experience - you can relax and indulge in exquisite fragrances that will brighten up any dreary day. Non-silicone lather means you cleanse your hair gently and with a wide range of options, there’s sure to be one for your hair type.
The LUX Luminique x Disney Haircare Range – Botanical Pure, Damage Repair, Happiness Bloom, Moist Charge and Oasis Calm – retails at S$16.90 each (while stocks last), and the LUX Super Rich Shine Oils retail at S$19.90 each. The sets are currently retailing at Shopee and 1 Febr 2022 onwards at major retailers such as Giant, Cold Storage, FairPrice, Guardian, Watsons, Lazada and Redmart stores.
Dermalogica Clear Start Foaming Wash
As a brand created by professional skin experts at Dermalogica, Clear Start is all about targeting breakouts, blackheads and oily skin to give you the healthiest version of your skin.
The Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash is a gentle yet effective face wash designed specifically for acne-prone skin.
Clearing away dead skin cells, dirt and excess oil, unclogging pores, keeping further breakouts at bay - all done with just one cleanse. Is your skin inflamed? Don’t worry, as this multi-tasker also soothes irritation on the skin.
Gentle, and with a non-stripping formula it is safe for use daily morning and night. You can even use it as a body wash for your body acne - neck, back or chest, and you’ll get assistance with any breakouts!
Vanilla Luxury Raves: Control oiliness without drying out your skin! Featuring Salicylic Acid and Tea Tree Oil, the Dermalogica Clear Start Foaming Wash is essential in any closet - especially if you have breakouts. We also highly recommend it for teens as its gentle and yet does the job!
A mascara so good, it’s better than sex! Stretchhhhh…..your lashes to dramatic lengths and defy gravity with a lifted curl this year. The slim brush on this mascara was designed to help maximize the length and curl of straight lashes as it hugs the natural curvature of the lash line. Reach in to the roots of lashes to deliver dramatic volume while helping separate lashes with its fanned bristles. Non-smudging, and a warm water washable formula gives you weightless volume and long, lush lashes.
Users rave about its base-to-tip curl that helps to create a false lash effect. The 100% oil-based formula helps to lock in a long-lasting curl. However, after a couple of hours, it may dry up and flake a little.
Vanilla Luxury Raves: The special ingredients blend with warm water for easy removal so you don’t have to scrub hard on your eyes to remove the mascara. No more wear and tear on lashes.
This silky lightweight essence prepares your skin for optimal hydration by harnessing two powerful Marshmallow Root extracts. Also containing Lavender Extract and Calendula Flower Extract, this essence actively improves the skin’s ability to retain moisture for optimal skin preparation and superior penetration of skincare products to follow.
Apply the Jurlique Activating Water Essence+ after your toning mist and before your serum. Warm product in hands and take a few moments to breath in the uplifting aroma to relax and re-energize the mind gently press and smooth over face and neck.
It is suitable for all skin types. This essence is free from all artificial colours, fragrances, parabens, and sulfates. It is also made with 100% household recyclable and FSC certified packaging.
Vanilla Luxury Raves: This essence instantly increases the hydration levels of the skin providing much-needed respite especially for those with dry skin. Use throughout the night and your skin will still feel fresh in the morning.