From the overfilled shelves of our bathrooms and the full-length mirrors we sit across blearily every morning picking potions and lotions from overstuffed makeup bags, to you and wherever your stash of serums and creams inhabit, Best in Beauty rounds up the very best products we’ve smeared across our faces and spritzed upon our pulse points this month.
The best beauty products we used this month:
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- L:a Bruket’s Revitalizing Eye Cream
- SYMA's Moist-24 Whitening Double Up Essence Mask
- The Ordinary's Resveratrol 3% Ferulic Acid 3%
- Bioré's UV Watery Essence Aqua Rich
- L'Occitane's Cherry Lychee Shimmering Body Milk
- Hourglass' Unlocked Satin Creme Lipstick
- Dr Barbara Sturm's Intermittent Fasting Supplement Set
If there’s one step in my routine I’m guilty of skipping, then it’s putting on eye cream. I know, I know, the skin around the eyes is extra thin and needs extra TLC… but like, my face cream already covers the eye area so why would I need a specific product for my lids?
Thankfully, my stubborn thinking changed when I tried out L:a Bruket’s Revitalizing Eye Cream. Made with red algae and Nordic cotton, the natural blend helps reduce dark circles, fine lines and puffiness under the eyes. It only takes a few seconds to apply and my eye area feels instantly more comfortable and relaxed. You’ll be glad to know it’s now a crucial part of my skincare routine! — Charmaine Ng, Editor
Don’t be put off by the minimalist packaging of the Moist-24 Whitening Double Up Essence Mask. Despite its unassuming appearance, it has successfully secured a place in my heart as one of my favourite moisturising face masks. Completely manufactured in Hong Kong, this SYMA product contains French Melaclear, which reduces pigmentation and brings a double whitening effect; and Swiss Ameliox anti-wrinkle serum, which effectively reduces fine lines. I’ve been using it every other day for the past two weeks and my skin looks obviously brighter and clearer. — CN
This has been a godsend in combatting all the things I’ve put my skin through lately: late nights, not enough water, too much wine, stress, careless diet (the list continues…). After a few uses of this detoxing serum, my skin is noticeably brighter, smoother and more even-toned. This product turns into a superhero when layered under a retinol product at nighttime 2-3 times a week — you wake up with calm, clear skin. I use it during the day too, under lots of sunscreen, of course. — Vanessa Lee, Managing Editor
It’s almost spring in Hong Kong but the weather is still cold. While I’m not the biggest fan of lotion or body milk in general — because I hate how stinky they can get — I loved using L’Occitane’s Cherry Lychee Shimmering Body Milk this month. It melts into my skin so I don’t feel like I just got out of the shower. It’s enriched with cherry flower and litchi extract, which is perfect this season but also helpful in moisturising and softening my skin. The rosy fragrance is an added plus! — Jianne Soriano, Digital Writer
Well, now that mandatory mask-wearing is scrapped, I can finally flaunt my lips! I have a pile of unused lipsticks waiting for me but my first pick is Hourglass’ new Unlocked Satin Creme Lipstick, especially the Deep Neutral Rose. Firstly, it’s 100% vegan! I love the natural colour, as it gives life to my lips but not to the extent that it feels obvious. In short, it looks natural. I also like how the lipstick doesn’t chap even if I have dry lips. As I’m always in front of the screen, the only time I need to re-apply it is when I eat, so it mostly stays throughout the day. — JS
Dr Barbara Sturm’s Intermittent Fasting Supplement Set claims to have you glowing from the inside out and energised throughout the day. I decided to do the 16:8 method of intermittent fasting, where I fast for 16 hours and restrict my daily eating to eight hours.
At first, I found it a bit difficult to fast since I work out in the morning but somehow, I made it work. The supplements helped support and sustain my body with the essential nutrients that I needed to get me through the day. For a full month, I began the morning by taking the recommended amount of electrolytes in my water, and it made me feel super hydrated and replenished. After my morning workout, I’d take the vitamin, trace element and mineral mix with omega-3 with my breakfast. Throughout the day, I maintained the fast by just drinking water and coffee. Since I work out five to six times a week, the magnesium supplement played a crucial part in helping me recover, be less sore and sleep through the night. — Austin Miao, Branded Content Manager