Beauty Flash

SONIC KITS

  • Known for its sonic cleansing devices, Clarisonic's latest innovation is the Pedi Foot Transformation System kit ($290).

The set comprises a device with a metal filing disc head and buffing brush head, as well as a foot balm, exfoliator and peeling serum.

It promises to be 10 times more effective than manual buffing. Available at Clarisonic counters and Sephora stores next month.

Review: This elaborate four-step pedicure routine rivals what I can get at a nail salon.

It starts with a dry buffing of the soles and other rough areas of the feet with the metal filing disc, to get rid of flaky dead skin. This is followed by wet buffing with an oscillating stiff brush head and exfoliant.

Next, peeling serum of glycolic acid and lactic acid is applied on the soles to further remove dead skin. Finally, a moisturising foot balm keeps the feet soft and smooth. It takes at least 30 minutes to complete the ritual, but it is worth it. My feet felt so pampered and clean afterwards.

All four steps are to be done twice a week. For everyday maintenance, a simpler buffing brush, exfoliant and foot balm routine is enough.

  • Clinique has expanded its range of sonic cleansing gadgets. The new Clinique For Men Sonic Brush ($149) comes with a cleansing device with firm, charcoal-dipped bristles that are made to prepare skin for a closer shave.

For best results, use the device with the complementary Charcoal Face Wash ($43). An Anti-Blemish Solutions Sonic System brush head ($35) and Cleansing Gel ($40) for acne-prone skin are also available. From Clinique counters.

Review: The black and charcoal grey bristles on this brush are dense and firm, but still gentle on the skin. I had my husband try the brush and he reports that like most cleansing devices, it softens the skin and beard, and cleanses deeply. After one use, the brush also reduced his clogged pores and blackheads.


SHOPPING FOR A CAUSE

Shop and contribute to society with these latest promotions.

  • To celebrate Singapore's 50th birthday and to mark the brand's 160th year of community service, Kiehl's has created a Heritage Collection Box Set for sale this month.

All proceeds from the set will benefit the restoration of national monuments in Singapore, including the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, Sultan Mosque, Sri Mariamman Temple and the Singapore Yu Huang Gong.

Both the Ultra Facial Cream and Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream sets are worth $106, but are priced at $65.

Available at all Kiehl's counters.

  • For the second year running, Kose will be supporting community activities that raise awareness of marine conservation. Sales of its limited-edition Save The Blue Sekkisei Lotion will go towards the National Parks Board's Marine Eco-toxicity Biomonitoring Programme.

The programme surveys the levels of toxicity in the coastal areas around Singapore. The brand aims to raise $10,000 for the cause.


BLUSH & GLOW

The lightweight formulas of these blushers lend the complexion a natural-looking flush and radiance that powder and cream blushers cannot replicate. They are easy to apply and fool-proof too. Just blend the colours well on the apple of the cheeks and cheekbones.

The coral shades look best on fair skin; while the deep pink ones look better on darker skin tones.

BOURJOIS AQUA BLUSH
photo 1, $21.90, from Bourjois counters

A long-lasting lightweight gel blush that promises to last up to 12 hours. Pump a half-pea-sized amount and blend onto cheeks with finger tips.

Available in four shades: nude, coral, pink and deep berry.

STILA AQUA GLOW WATERCOLOR BLUSH
photo 2, $37, from Sephora counters

The watery gel blush with subtle gold shimmer flecks is dispensed through a fine net, so just the right amount of colour is picked up.

Use your finger and blend onto skin. If you prefer a more hygienic application method, use a make-up sponge instead. Layer on the sheer product for a more intense finish.

ETUDE HOUSE CUSHION BLUSHER
photo 3, $18, from Etude House stores

This product works like an ink pad. Dip the make-up applicator into the soaked sponge and pat the pigments onto skin for a subtle blush of colour. Like the Stila one, this must be applied in layers.

Comes in two shades: coral and pink.


GIFTS FOR DAD

DIOR HOMME BATH LINE
photo 1, from $41, from Dior counters

Keep him feeling fresh with this luxurious line that comprises a shower gel, aftershave balm (pictured), deodorant stick and spray.

GIVENCHY GENTLEMEN ONLY CASUAL CHIC
photo 2, $98 for 50ml, from Givenchy counters

A spicy-woody and fresh scent.

CRABTREE & EVELYN WEST INDIAN LIME DUO
photo 3, $65, from Crabtree & Evelyn stores

A set of zesty and citrusy after-shave balm and shave cream.

SALVATORE FERRAGAMO ACQUA ESSENZIALE COLONIA
photo 4, $102 for 50ml, from Ferragamo counters

A fresh fern-like perfume accented with citrusy and woody notes.

DUNHILL LONDON ICON
photo 5, $100 for 50ml, from Dunhill counters

Blended with notes of bergamot, neroli, black pepper, oud and vetiver.

BIOTHERM HOMME FORCE SUPREME YOUTH REBUILDING SET
photo 6, $116, from Biotherm counters

Valued at $145, the set comprises an anti-aging cleanser and moisturiser.

VIKTOR & ROLF SPICEBOMB COFFRET SET
photo 7, $159, from Viktor & Rolf counters

A pampering set of a bottle of perfume, an after-shave balm, as well as a Gillette Mach 3 shaver. Worth $179.


NEW BOUTIQUES

Looking for a new beauty shopping experience? These new stores aim to offer that.

  • Lancome's new boutique, La Maison Lancome at Capitol Piazza, is the brand's first stand-alone store in Singapore. The 680 sq ft gilded boutique features a private consultation area; a fragrance corner; as well as a cabin that offers Lancome's signature 90-minute facial services.
  • Look out for the soap-making corner at the new 2,450 sq ft Innisfree boutique at VivoCity. There, you can customise your own bar of green tea, volcanic clay, or tangerine soap.

This Innisfree store also stocks an exclusive range of body spritzes, room diffusers and scented vegetable wax candles (created in collaboration with cult Korean perfumery Soohyang).

  • The latest Etude House boutique at VivoCity comes with a spacious nail salon area, where you can get a manicure and pedicure. Prices start from $20.

To mark its launch, the brand has also rolled out the Dreaming Swan make-up collection. The eye, cheek, lip and nail products are decorated with whimsical illustrations by popular Australian fashion illustrator Kerrie Hess.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 19, 2015, with the headline 'Beauty Flash'. Print Edition | Subscribe