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New beauty treats to try this month

By: Susannah Jaffer


Laneige Mini Pore Waterclay Mask
Laneige Mini Pore Waterclay Mask

Pore Cleansing: Laneige mini pore waterclay mask

While mud and clay masks can be a lifesaver for oily or acne-prone skin, many can leave your face feeling overly taut and dry. Thankfully, Laneige’s all-new Mini Pore Waterclay Mask promises to keep skin comfortable. Using Shinan mud mixed into a gel, it removes excess sebum and tightens pores while hydrating the skin. $38.

Eye-catching Colours: They’re Real! mascara

Good news for fans of the iconic They’re Real! mascara. Benefit Cosmetics has just added two spanking new shades to its range, a flirty blue and a subtle brown. Give your eyes a playful pop of colour while lifting and separating those lashes – time to flutter away! $37.

Party all night: MAC Le Disko limited-edition collection

MAC’s latest limited-edition collection has us reaching for our party heels – Le Disko includes eye and lip makeup to keep you dazzling all night long. For the perfect pout, slick on some Dazzleglass Lip Colour, which comes in five easy-to-match shimmering shades, or add some sparkle to your peepers with the Dazzle Eye Shadow, available in ten stunning shades. From $35 at all MAC outlets from July.

Luxe Bath: Jo Malone bath & body range

Pamper yourself silly with Jo Malone’s latest Bath & Body range. We recommend starting off with an uplifting splash of Lime Basil & Mandarin Bath Oil, and layering the scent with the Blackberry & Bay Shower Oil – the perfect way to unwind after a long day. Available from Jo Malone boutiques.

L'oreal Elseve Extraordinary Oil Balm Mask
L’oreal Elseve Extraordinary Oil Balm Mask

Cleanse and Condition: L’Oréal Paris Elseve 

Blended with lotus, tiare, rose, flax, chamomile and sunflower oils, L’Oréal’s luxurious new Extraordinary Oil Hair Care range promises to remove excess sebum and dirt from the scalp while nourishing and strengthening your locks. Available from $16.90.

Breakout Breakthrough: Dermalogica break out control

If you are one of the few who don’t have to deal with zits, lucky you! For the rest of us, Dermalogica has launched a new solution for acne outbreaks. Free of benzoyl peroxide, which can cause irritation, this antimicrobial cream blends invisibly into the skin, absorbing excess sebum and soothing inflammation. $84.

Daring Perfumery

Taking customers down a road less travelled through eclectic perfume creations, the charming Etienne de Swardt talks to us about alternative fragrance house Etat Libre d’Orange, founded in 2006, whose products are now available in Takashimaya department store.

What is the ethos of Etat Libre as a fragrance house?

Our fragrances are dramatic, in a positive way – and this statement encompasses the spirit of the brand. We like to leverage on emotion to create scents that tell a story, yet are grounded with very high quality formulations.

So each fragrance tells a different tale?

Yes. For example, when we first launched it, Putain des Palaces (translation: “Hotel Sluts”!) became and has remained one of our most well-known fragrances. It painted a picture of a sophisticated brothel in the 19th century, of the femme-fatale figure, through powder and lipstick notes mixed with rose and violet, and finished off with seductive leather undertones. Similarly, the popular Jasmine & Cigarette conjures up a poetic vision of seduction through smoky notes combined with fruity apricot undertones – imagine the iconic picture of Greta Garbo or Marlene Dietrich smoking outdoors at twilight.

We love the way the scents really evoke their names! Are there specific fragrances for men and women?

Actually, we like to play with the idea of gender confusion – we don’t specify a fragrance for men or women; we keep things unisex.

Pick up Etat Libre d’Orange fragrances at Takashimaya Department Store, Level 3, Ngee Ann City.


This story first appeared in Expat Living’s July-Liv 2015 issue.

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