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Tried and tested: top beauty products of 2016

2016 has been a good year in terms of beauty launches. Read on as our EL staffers spill the beans on their favourite beauty products!

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We review six star products of 2016

1. Soap & Glory’s Sugar Crush 3-in-1 Body Lotion

“I’ve loved Soap & Glory’s Sugar Crush 3-in-1 Body Lotion. This is the one product sample I’ve kept within reach of my desk this year. The sweet lime fragrance is divine, the ingredients include kiwi water juice (which sounds ultra-healthy, at least) and the lotion is deeply moisturising. It hydrates for the entire day too, which is ideal for skin exposed to office air-conditioning. Buy it at Sephora.” — KATIE ROBERTS

2. La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Luxe Lift Eye Cream

“I can’t get enough of La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Luxe Lift Eye Cream, though it’s on the pricey side: it glides on nicely and I’ve seen swift improvements to fine lines and puffiness. I picked mine up at Takashimaya beauty hall.” — JACQUI YOUNG

3. L’Oréal Paris Extraordinary Oil

“I’ve been through countless bottles of hair oil over the years, but recently found a gem in L’Oréal Paris Extraordinary Oil. It offers great protection frommy daily blow-drying and manages frustrating morning frizz well. What’s more, it smells amazing. You can buy it at Watsons, Guardian and major supermarkets.” — LINDSAY YAP

4. OPI nail polishes

“I’m a huge fan of OPI nail polishes; the endless array of colours, the even application, and how long they last. I also like the quirky names given to each colour. My go-to’s are Bubble Bath for a pink neutral, or Malaga Wine for an elegant, deep red. There were some gorgeous new shades this year to celebrate the release of the new Alice in Wonderland film, including a sparkly black called “What time isn’t it?” for a bit of drama. The Hello Kitty collection has a great range of pinks. You can buy these at Sephora or at Robinsons for $16.95 each.” — AMANDA BROAD

5. ElaDerm CosmeLED serum

ElaDerm CosmeLED serum comes with the Dermabooster micro-needling roller device, which increases the absorption of the product and allows it to penetrate the skin at a deeper level. This works even better in combination with the 3 Days to Instant Youth programme, which includes radiofrequency and LED technologies – your skin definitely looks so much better. The serum gets absorbed easily, and doesn’t sit on the surface of the skin or feel oily. I use it before moisturiser (when I remember and am being good!), or at night. It’s available at Estheclinic at Rochester Park and Tras Street.” — REBECCA BISSET

6. Hada Labo Retinol Lifting and Firming 3D Lotion

I’ve been using the Hada Labo Retinol Lifting and Firming 3D Lotion religiously. It’s a lightweight moisturising serum that I use right after my toner. Not only is retinol one of the best anti-ageing ingredients, it doubles as an exfoliant and can also help to prevent or heal pimples. Applying it before bedtime, I wake up in the morning to soft, smooth and supple skin. The lotion can also be used under makeup, as it dries matte as long as it’s massaged properly into the skin. The best part is that it’s so reasonably priced, and one bottle can last several months! Buy it from Watsons and Guardian stores for $25.90. — LIANA TALIB

This article appeared in the December 2016 edition of Expat Living. Head to the Shop to get your copy!

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