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PHOTO: BEYOND THE VINES
Lavande 01 (right) and Rose 02 (left)
Lavande 01 (right) and Rose 02 (left)PHOTO: LANCOME
Tui & Kahili
Tui & Kahili PHOTO: ASHLEY & CO
Dry Skin Repair with Oat Extract
Dry Skin Repair with Oat ExtractPHOTO: VASELINE

Celebrating a decade Asian-American designer Alexander Wang is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his eponymous label. Wang, who is also the creative director of Balenciaga, is calling on fans to vote for 10 designs that should be reissued for an anniversary capsule collection. To vote, go to www.alexanderwang. com/sg/wang10_section before the end of today.


Unique Tees

Customise your own T-shirt with Uniqlo's new mobile app. Snap a photo and enhance it using various editing tools on the app, then save the image and take it to the Uniqlo Bugis+ outlet to be printed on a T-shirt.

An adult T-shirt costs $29.90, while a kid's one is $24.90.

All net proceeds from the sale of the T-shirts between now and Aug 10 will go to the Community Chest.

The UTme! app is available on iTunes and Google Play for free.


Wardrobe staples

Here are some new online stores for everyday styles:

• Beyond The Vines (www. beyondthevines.com) is making everyday dressing simpler with its offering of chic, affordable clothes.

Prices range from $39 for a viscose jersey T-shirt to $79 for a suede pleated midi skirt. Shipping is free.

• Grana (www.grana.com) is a Hong Kong-based store with quality basics at wallet-friendly prices. Among its staples are tops made of silk (from $41) from Huzhou, China, Peruvian Pima cotton T-shirts (from $17) and boyfriend jeans (from $55) made with denim from Japanese mills.

The label has its items on display at The Style Click pop-up store (1A Keong Saik Road) until July 18, so shoppers can try the pieces before buying online. Orders made there will be shipped for free and delivered within two business days.


Gladys Chung

Japanese pampering

Japanese luxury hair and nail salon Branche has set up shop at the new mall, Capitol Piazza.

The Nagoya-based salon chain is known for its attention to customer service. The highlights of this 1,400 sq ft salon include a private VIP room with a reclinable automated chair that transports you straight to the basin for a hair wash and back; hair treatments that soften and smoothen hair in 60 minutes; and a bar offering free coffee by Japanese coffee-roaster Kawakami Atsuki, champagne, matcha latte and fruit tisane.

What impressed Life were the manicure and nail art services rendered by nail technician Safori Asai. Using the Paragel gel polish - from Japan - which is supposedly less damaging on the nails, Ms Asai's artwork was detailed and refined.

Prices start from $100 for a haircut and from $100 for a gel polish manicure.

Branche also stocks its in-house line of Cristalnoe and Rajunina haircare and skincare products.


Primers for smooth skin

Perfect your complexion with Lancome's La Base Pro CC ($68, from Lancome counters).

Inspired by the backstage tricks of make-up artists, this new range of make-up primers is made to correct the skin tone, so the complexion looks even and smooth.

Lavande 01 and Rose 02 brighten the skin and balance out sallowness and dullness. Corail 03 corrects the appearance of pigmented skin and Jaune 04 erases redness. Wear them under foundation for more polish or on their own for a hint of coverage.


Local scents

New Zealand bodycare brand Ashley & Co is now available at the multi-label store Kapok, located at the National Design Centre. The brand is known for its uplifting and long-lasting scents.

For the Singapore launch, two ranges of soaps and hand creams are available: Tui & Kahili, blended with accords of ginger, ylang ylang, sandalwood and mimosa; as well as Mortar & Pestle, a cocktail of cedar, patchouli, black tea, lemon and elemi.

Prices start from $32 for a tube of hand cream. 


Spray and moisturise

If you hate thick body moisturisers, give Vaseline's new Intensive Care Spray Moisturiser ($13.90, from selected supermarkets and personal care stores)

a shot. Dispensed through a spray can, the moisturising formula comes in a lightweight liquid that sinks easily into the skin. The product contains micro-droplets of Vaseline jelly to seal in moisture.

There are two versions: Aloe Soothe with aloe, and Dry Skin Repair with Oat Extract.


Contest winners

The winners of last week's THE BODY SHOP DROPS OF YOUTH contest are :

1. Chng Mei Fong Lily

2. Clive Lee

3. Wee Poh Hsien

4. Angela Abraham

5. Minaal Ajeet Vaswani

6. Yeo Mui Eng

7. Velasani Nair

8. Sophy malik

9. Poh Hwee Hoon

10. Jariyah Yusoff

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 09, 2015, with the headline 'StyleNews'. Print Edition | Subscribe