So you’ve survived a particularly bizarre year, but there’s plenty to rejoice now that we’re gearing up for what we can assume would be the most wonderful time of 2020. 

Sure, it might be stressful with all that panic gift shopping you’ve been doing, but it’s also a fantastic opportunity to sneak a little beauty treat in for yourself, especially if you’re looking for a little pick-me-up ahead of all the festive parties you’ll no doubt be (responsibly) enjoying.

For those interested in a total regimen rehaul, K-Beauty favourites Hera and Glow Recipe have new products that promise to lend you a newfound glow, even with all those late nights out. On the make-up front, Gucci Beauty’s new foundation and serum, Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Brow Pen, and Fenty Beauty’s new take on its famous Gloss Bomb will have you looking your best with only half the effort.

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Tata Harper Water-Lock Moisturizer

Formulated by the Queen of Green at her farm in Vermont, this moisturiser-primer hybrid has been created to serve up a sustained dose of hydration without any of the skincare nasties and greasiness. As a clean product, expect naturally nourishing ingredients such as orange blossom peptides, which supports the skin’s natural barrier, macro hyaluronic acid for a healthy glow, and pomegranate spheres that provide sustained hydration throughout the day.  Better yet, it comes with a sustainable refill system that reduces overall waste in the long run.

Price
S$104
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Heure Ageless Series

With a team of local scientists at its helm, Heure (pronounced “her” and means “hour” or “time” in French) is a first-of-its-kind skincare line with an encapsulated transdermal delivery system that promises to deliver active ingredients into the deeper layers of skin, where and when it matters. These ingredients are packed into the brand’s proprietary SPHR — a formula so minuscule it’s able to penetrate the epidermis and into the dermis — and are time-released to optimise results for up to 24 hours. For best results, dive deep into the brand’s six-product Ageless series; it promises better skin elasticity and a drastically improved skin barrier function after just four weeks.

Price
From S$130
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Hera Age Away Collagenic Line

Hera continues its K-Beauty reign with its new Collagenic line, the latest in its anti-ageing series that capitalises on three main ingredients – Collagen Cube, Double Hyaluronic Acid and Truffle-derived yeast extract — to rebuild the skin from its very foundation. When combined, they help retain collagen and hyaluronic acid within the skin, lending a cushiony soft bounce and invigorated radiance, especially after the festivities. The regimen begins with a glow boosting water that preps the skin, followed by an oil-moisture balancing emulsion for deep nourishment and a serum and cream for a potent boost of moisture and plumpness to the skin.

Available at the Hera ION boutique and online.

Price
From S$67
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Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Cream

Anyone worth their mirrored pout would’ve tried the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer at some point in their life. This season, the brand expands on its global best-seller with five new shimmer-free shades — handpicked by Rihanna herself — that promise to look smashing on any skin tone. The high-shine lip glosses see deliciously named hues like Honey Waffles and Fruit Snackz, and can be worn alone or layered over the Stunna Lip Paint for an extra pop and plenty of sass.

Price
S$32
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Glow Recipe's Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops

If you loved the tropical freshness of the brand’s OG superfruit — the watermelon — in its bestsellers, you’re going to enjoy its latest even more. Inspired by Korean makeup artists’ ability to achieve dewy skin effortlessly, this skincare/makeup hybrid lends a natural glow to your skin without the use of mica, glitter, or pearls. Instead, it relies on a combination of antioxidant-rich niacinamide, False Daisy (a soothing plant native to Korea) and watermelon to create a lightweight buildable gel that nourishes while it highlights. The best part? It doesn’t leave a grey cast like many other highlighters do.

Price
S$52
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Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pen

Instead of a thick hot mess, this superfine-tipped pen creates realistic hair strokes for natural-looking brows. It’s also not made of felt, so this specially designed brush tip doesn’t clog or skip on the delicate area, and can be easily manipulated to precisely build dimension for fullness and lightness, depending on the look you’re going for. The Brow Pen is available in nine shades in a wide range of cool and warm undertones.

Price
S$38
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Gucci Beauty Fluide De Beauté Fini Naturel and Sérum De Beauté Fluide Soyeux

Gucci expands its beauty universe with two new products, this time a liquid foundation and a serum for fans to complete their beauty routine with. Developed for all skin types, the liquid foundation lends a natural finish instead of masking your features completely, and can be worn sheer or with more coverage without that greasy sheen.

The silk priming serum is the ultimate base for the foundation, and leaves skin soft, supple and pore-free with its lightweight formula. Both are housed in frosted glass tubes and finished with a pale pink cap, perfect for your vanity or as a stocking stuffer this festive season.

Available now till 23 December ahead of the official launch at the BHG Bugis Gucci Beauty counter.

Price
$100 for primer; $90 for foundation
Shatricia Nair
Deputy Editor
Shatricia Nair is a motoring, watches, and wellness writer who is perpetually knee-deep in the world of V8s, tourbillons, and the latest fitness trends. She is fuelled by peanut butter and three cups of coffee a day.