This month in beauty, it’s been all about how to protect your skin from the changeable elements. From raging sunrays to blasts of downpours (and then perhaps jet-setting off to exotic holidays), our daily task is to get our skin and hair through the toils of the rainiest, hottest, most active months of the year. So here, we have a round-up of some of the best new and current beauty products in stores to have close to hand this July. From the best sunspot-erasing serums to adorable limited edition beauty collaborations, these are the best beauty buys of July 2019.
[Hero image: Sephora Thailand. Feature image: Panpuri.]
The most talked-about star of serums, Lancome’s Advanced Genifique is the serum of choice of some of the biggest stars in the country. It targets key signs of ageing from textures, fine lines, and wrinkles to ensure radiant, clear, youthful-looking skin. The ingredients are a powerhouse of hyaluronic acid and probiotic fragments, while its texture is incredibly refreshing and lightweight. Known to produce extremely quick results, Lancome Advanced Genifique is one of the best beauty buys lauded by brides who have found it to be an instant face-lift in a bottle. It’s cooling mousse-y gel also makes it a fabulous skin treat during the hot months, and there’s no wonder that celebrities such as Suquan Bulakul and Sririta Jensen have stepped forth to endorse this new skin-saver.
Available at Lancome. Locations: M/F Siam Paragon, Rama I Road, Bangkok 10300 (10am-10pm). 1/F Central World, Rama I Road, Bangkok 10300 (10am-10pm). M/F Emquartier, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10100 (10am-10pm). G/F Emporium, Sukhumvit Road, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10100 (10am-8pm). THB 4100.
This is a great matte foundation to combat the appearance of oily or over-shiny skin. In an amazingly convenient pump container with an in-built blending palette, the Bounce foundation is weightless yet full-coverage. It also comes in an impressive 40 shades so you’re sure to find one that blends seamlessly into your own skin tone. The texture isn’t too runny or too thick – more like a whipped liquid, which ensures a velvety matte finish with a multi-dimensional effect. Infused with hyaluronic acid and white birch extract, this foundation protects as well as perfects your skin. Oh, and of course, it’s completely vegan and without parabens, sulfates, and other nasties.
Available at Sephora Thailand. Locations: G/F Siam Center, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10300 (10am-10pm). 1/F Emquartier, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10100 (10am-10pm). 2/F Central Embassy, Rama I Road, Bangkok 10300 (10am-9pm). THB 1650.
One of our favourite new haircare products in the market is the Revive Hair Serum Oil from Panpuri. This magic hair potion contains 100% natural and organic ingredients and is led by scalp-revitalising Inca Omega Oil as well as beetroot extract. It’s a multi-tasking serum that immediately softens, shines, and volumises your hair. Here’s definitely one of the best beauty buys if you’re looking for the “cleanest” way to guarantee healthy, luscious, mermaid locks for the summer. You just massage the delicately aromatic oil into your scalp 20 minutes before washing your hair and then again from mid-length to the ends on cleansed hair. Even just the process of putting it on makes you feel like a princess. And just wait until you see the results.
Available at Panpuri. Locations: L/F Gaysorn Village, Ploen Chit Road, Bangkok 10300 (10am-10pm). 2/F Central World, Rama I Road, Bangkok (10am-10pm). 4/F Emporium, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10100 (10am-8pm). G/F Siam Paragon, Rama I Road, Bangkok 10300 (10am-10pm). 5/F Central Chidlom, Ploen Chit Road, Bangkok (10am-10pm). THB 1250.
First of all, this isn’t your stereotypical whitening product chocked full of harmful chemicals and skin-stripping acids. Oriental Princess have developed a formula based on Japanese skincare, which uses natural skin-brightening ingredients found in Japanese florals and botanicals. Second of all, there are actually two products we love here from Oriental Princess’ newly released natural skin-brightening series, RED Natural. We’ve been seriously impressed with the way the combination of the boosting serum and concentrated serum works. Apply the boosting serum first as a “skin opener” to prep your skin and allow it to more effectively absorb the concentrated serum. This refreshing combination is impressively effective, and most people report seeing much brighter skin within just seven days.
Available at Oriental Princess. Locations: 3/F MBK Center, Rama I Road, Bangkok 10300 (10am-10pm). 2/F Silom Complex, Silom Road, Bangkok 10500 (10am-9pm). THB 1115.
Philip B natural haircare line is driven by both passion and expertise. This isn’t technically a new product, but it needs to be your staple shampoo during the hot months. All of Philip B’s products are naturally luxurious and exotic, but the Peppermint and Avocado shampoo is a particularly good life-saver for when you’re living in hot and humid Bangkok. The peppermint gives your scalp an invigorating, cool tingling sensation that really refreshes you, while the avocado restored my hair’s hydration for that healthy shine. Not only does your hair get squeaky clean, bouncy, and more nourished; the shampoo’s zingy freshness makes it one of the best beauty buys a Bangkokian could find.
Available at Philip B. Locations: M/F Siam Paragon, Rama I Road, Bangkok 10300 (10am-10pm). M/F Emporium, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10100 (10am-8pm). THB 2340 for 220ml.
With all this changeable weather, it’s an important time to keep your skin moisturised. Harnn’s new collection in celebration of their 20th anniversary — ‘The Legend of Organic’ — includes three body oils, all with gorgeous scents. Using all natural ingredients, these oils are amazing lightweight and very easily absorbed, leaving no greasy excess on your skin. If the best beauty buys are the ones with the most benefits and functions, you’re on to a real winner with Harnn’s body oil. Heading to the spa or beach? Take these as a nourishing massage oil that also has aromatherapy benefits and long-term skin nourishment. We’re quite partial to the Orange Jessamine and Rosewood scent; it’s delightfully uplifting, brightly floral, and subtly glamourous.
Available at Harnn. Locations: 3/F Central World, Rama I Road, Bangkok 10330 (10am-10pm). 1/F Siam Center, Rama I Road, Bangkok 10330 (10am-10pm). G/F Siam Paragon, Rama I Road, Bangkok 10330 (10am-10pm). THB 1490.
The greatest (or, at least, the pinkest) makeup collaboration this summer has to be this Sephora x Barbie collection. We just couldn’t resist the amazing millenial-pandering packaging of their lipsticks, which are from Sephora’s hugely popular #Lipstories collection. There are 8 shades to choose from, 3 of which are completely new, with a matte, cream or metallic finish. The colour intensity is impressive and the glide-on texture feels light and smooth. Go for classic nude shades for your everyday natural look, or go for the full Barbie experience with the iconic pop pink. If you’re even more extra than Barbie herself, then the bold metallic purple is for you. Summer is all about having fun, right?
Available at Sephora. Locations: Locations: G/F Siam Center, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10300 (10am-10pm). 1/F Emquartier, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10100 (10am-10pm). 2/F Central Embassy, Rama I Road, Bangkok 10300 (10am-9pm). THB 390.