As editors at Lifestyle Asia, we’re privileged to get a first look at the most exciting new luxury goods every single day, but with so many new releases rolling out all the time, it’s virtually impossible to cover every single lust-worthy find we have our eyes on. That’s what you’ll find in Weekly Obsessions: a running list of highly covetable items we’re currently mad about — because if it’s on our radar, it should definitely be on yours, too. From the must-have shoe of the moment to age-defying beauty products, scroll down to see what our editors are obsessing over this week.
From ‘The Windsor Yellows’ that once belonged to Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, to the magnificent 132-Carat ‘Golden Empress’ Fancy Yellow Diamond (cut from a 229-carat opaque rough uncovered at Lesotho’s Letšeng Mine) — Graff has long been famous for acquiring and polishing the most important and rare yellow diamonds in the world. Imagine, then, staring straight at a full collection of captivating jewellery pieces set with these enchanting stones, all of which are radiating in brilliant shades of yellow. You basically just go speechless — no explanation needed. —Cindie Chan, Style Editor
I’m a very literal believer in the maxim “to come with clean hands”. Consequently, despite impeccable prehensile hygiene, I’m often left with the dilemma of dry skin and rough cuticles. The solution? Low profile hand creams such as Aēsop’s Reverence Aromatique (HK$212). Made with a selection of naturally hydrating ingredients (e.g. bergamot and vetiver root), this balm is a robust solution to dry skin 365 days a year. Its lightweight feel and extremely matte finish make it a pleasure to wear; and the faint aroma of smoked cedar wood is a classic olfactory expression from Aēsop. For best results, apply half a teaspoon immediately after washing hands. —Randy Lai, Staff Writer
Every self-professed beauty geek has some kind of love affair with hyaluronic acid, a powerful ingredient touted for its powers to combat signs of ageing by keeping skin nicely plump and hydrated. Containing oodles of the magic ingredient is New York dermatologist brand Dr. Dennis Gross’s Hyaluronic Marine Hydrating Modeling Mask (HK$305 for 4pcs). You typically see more modeling masks in spa treatments rather than at home, but this pack lets you DIY — in a way appealing to all the millennial souls out there who were addicted to Play-Doh and ectoplasmic slime kits. It’s therapeutic in a tactile sense, and works wonders on dry, red or stressed out skin. Stir up the bright blue, algae-based hyaluronic cushion gel with the activating powder and spread the stuff onto the skin for a nice cooling sensation, then peel off the jelly after it sets, revealing super hydrated, calmed and radiant skin. —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor
I’m your typical homebody who would much rather spend the weekends chilling with my husband and dog at home rather than head into the city, which is frankly getting way too crowded these days. Watching a movie in bed is certainly a favourite pastime of mine, and I really wouldn’t mind curling up under this beautiful reversible blue and green eiderdown duvet (HK$7,830, exclusive to Matchesfashion) by fashion label Preen by Thornton Bregazzi. I’m not only in love with the feminine floral illustrations (the brand’s signature) and added ruffled trim, but also the ultra-smooth feel thanks to the silk-satin fabric. —CC
I used to be one of those people who forget to put on sunscreen unless I’m at the beach or by the pool, hating the cloying creamy consistency of most products I’ve tried. That’s until I recently got my hands on a bottle of Shiseido’s Perfect UV Protector (HK$340). Boasting SPF 50+ and PA++++, this broad spectrum sunscreen protects against UVA and UVB rays (important!), but what I particularly like is the weightless, silky and invisible consistency: it’s like spreading on nothing, but still feeling moisturised with a light, refreshing aroma. It’s a delight to apply and I strangely find myself looking forward to this step in my routine. It’s meant to work even better when in contact with water and sweat, which is crucial in this horribly humid pre-typhoon weather. I hardly leave the house without it now. —EL