14 Must-Have Beauty Products That Are Worth Every Cent

by Joyce Cheo
LIFESTYLE  |  October 08, 2018
  • Aprilskin Real Calendula Deep Moisture Essence ($32.90 for 100g)
    1 / 15 Aprilskin Real Calendula Deep Moisture Essence ($32.90 for 100g)

    Ideal for those with combination-oily skin, this lightweight hydrating essence quenches skin’s thirst without any stickness. Made with calendula water, calendula oil and hyaluronic acid, it is rapidly absorbed into skin to hydrate, soothe and keep bacteria at bay to minimise breakouts. It also contains a Pore Reduction Complex so skin texture is plumped and more refined.

    (Also read: 10 Facial Essences You Need for a More Radiant Complexion)

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  • Calvin Klein CK Women EDP ($165 for 100ml)
    2 / 15 Calvin Klein CK Women EDP ($165 for 100ml)

    Inspired by the multi-faceted roles that modern women play, this scent was created to reflect the diverse strengths and qualities of women. The result is a seamless blend of contrasting ingredients that meld together in perfect harmony. With vibrant notes of orange flower petals, fresh eucalyptus, rich cedarwood, spicy black pepper, voluptuous magnolia and jasmine as well as sexy Ambrox and Olibanum essential oil, this woody floral celebrates every single component—kind of like how embracing oneself is the key to modern feminism.

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  • Chanel Les Eaux de Chanel Paris-Venise Hair and Body Shower Gel ($78); Body Lotion ($100)
    3 / 15 Chanel Les Eaux de Chanel Paris-Venise Hair and Body Shower Gel ($78); Body Lotion ($100)

    Following the success of the launch of Les Eaux de Chanel earlier this year, your fragrance ritual is now completed with the introduction of Body Lotion and Hair and Body Shower Gel. Infused with the same delectable scents, these bath and body products give you the versatility to wear your favourite one in multiple ways, or even layered for a more intense fragrance trail—and definitely elevates your bath time to a whole new level.

    (Also read: 8 Hydrating Body Lotions Anyone With Dry, Sensitive Skin Will Love)

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  • Chantecaille Lip Veil in Portulaca ($80)
    4 / 15 Chantecaille Lip Veil in Portulaca ($80)

    Combining bold pigment payoff with unparalleled hydration, this lipstick promises vibrant colours in just one stroke that feels utterly lightweight. Thanks to certified organic Baobab oil harvested ethically from Zimbabwe, this formula coats lips in a moisturising veil. This lipstick is also enriched with wild mango butter and argan oil to ensure all-day comfort without flaking or peeling. And that’s not all, each sale of this Lip Veil also goes towards conservation efforts of elephants as part of the proceeds will benefit Space For Giants, a non-profit organisation that works to protect elephants’ migratory paths from deforestation and poachers.

    (Also read: 12 Lipsticks That Are Super Creamy And Moisturising)

    Photo: Chantecaille

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  • Dermalogica BioLumin-C Serum ($189 for 30ml)
    5 / 15 Dermalogica BioLumin-C Serum ($189 for 30ml)

    Harnessing Vitamin C’s multiple benefits like brightening, anti-oxidising as well as anti-ageing, Dermalogica’s latest serum works by fighting major signs of ageing like dullness, dark spots, fine lines and loss of elasticity. Using one of the most stable forms of vitamin C, this formula delivers an optimal amount of actives to your skin without causing irritation. Moreover, it is also complemented by peptides, lactic acid and plant extracts to improve firmness, refine skin texture and strengthen it against free radical damage.

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  • Estée Lauder Limited Edition Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II ($175 for 50ml)
    6 / 15 Estée Lauder Limited Edition Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II ($175 for 50ml)

    There’s a reason why countless women all over the world swear by this iconic product from Estée Lauder. Featuring the brand’s revolutionary ChronoluxCB™ Technology, this deeply restorative serum supports your body’s natural ability to regenerate itself for accelerated anti-ageing action while you get your beauty sleep. It is also supported by hyaluronic acid, which holds moisture throughout skin layers for a plump and radiant complexion. And this month, as part of its continuous support for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Estée Lauder is introducing a limited edition pink Advanced Night Repair, and the beauty company will donate $20 from each limited edition product sold.

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  • ghd Platinum+ ($425)
    7 / 15 ghd Platinum+ ($425)

    Favoured by stylists all over the world, this ghd styling iron is now upgraded and made even better. Developed by ghd scientists and engineers after more than 5 years of research, this smart styling tool now features a cutting-edge predictive technology which adjusts the amount of heat according to your hair type and styling habits. With inbuilt sensors that monitor the heat of styling plates at 250 times per second, it is able to recognise the thickness of your hair, the size of the section you’re styling as well as the speed at which you are styling. This means that it constantly adapts the power to ensure that the heat is maintained at a healthy 185°C so you never have to worry about overheating and damaging your precious locks.

    (Also read: I Can Roll out of Bed with Frizz-Free Hair Thanks to This New Treatment)

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  • Kenzoki Moisturizing Lotus Mask ($106 for 60ml)
    8 / 15 Kenzoki Moisturizing Lotus Mask ($106 for 60ml)

    Formulated to boost skin’s ability to defend itself from external aggressors like pollution and temperature fluctuations, it harnesses the antioxidant powers of lotus to strengthen skin. With Lotus Plant Essence and White Lotus Glycolysat at the heart of its formula, it has a refreshing gel texture that cocoons skin to provide an instant soothing sensation while skin’s barrier function is enhanced. It also contains high molecular weight hyaluronic acid which forms a protective layer over skin to seal in moisture for plumper skin.

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  • Kiehl’s Herbal-Infused Micellar Cleansing Water ($45 for 250ml)
    9 / 15 Kiehl’s Herbal-Infused Micellar Cleansing Water ($45 for 250ml)

    While the benefits of double-cleansing are irrefutable, sometimes there’s nothing more convenient and gentle than having an effective micellar cleansing water on hand. With a non-stripping, soap-free and sulfate-free micellar cleansing system, this mild micellar cleansing water removes makeup, dirt and impurities without upsetting skin’s moisture-lipid balance. Plus, it is infused with Thyme Essential Oil and Lemon Balm Floral Water for added soothing properties, making it perfect for sensitive skin. We also love that it can be used on the lips and eye for a one-step cleanse anywhere, anytime.

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  • L’Occitane Immortelle Reset ($89 for 30ml)
    10 / 15 L’Occitane Immortelle Reset ($89 for 30ml)

    Just like its name suggests, this repairing serum aims to counter accumulated skin damage to reset skin balance for a healthier, more radiant complexion. Expect a smoother, more radiant complexion in just seven days as it contains a blend of botanical extracts which recharges tired skin and douses it in antioxidants for a nutrient boost to support cellular repair while you sleep.

    (Also read: These Hydrating Overnight Masks Will Give You Smooth Skin By The Next Morning)

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  • Omorovicza Cashmere Cleanser ($95 for 100ml)
    11 / 15 Omorovicza Cashmere Cleanser ($95 for 100ml)

    Taking cleansing one step further, this gentle yet powerful cleanser caresses skin like soft cashmere to melt away stubborn makeup for a clarified complexion. Enriched with calendula extract, apricot kernel oil and shea butter, it also helps fight inflammation, hydrate and respect skin’s moisture-lipid balance for supple skin.

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  • Patchology Perfect Weekend Flash Masque Trio ($31)
    12 / 15 Patchology Perfect Weekend Flash Masque Trio ($31)

    What could be a better way to test out new products than through a sample set? The Perfect Weekend kit contains three of Patchology’s signature face masks: Hydrate Sheet Mask, Illuminate Sheet Mask and Milk Peel Sheet Mask. Soaked in hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5, the Hydrate Sheet Mask plumps and soothes skin in just five minutes and is suitable for all skin types and all climates. Illuminate Sheet Mask delivers licorice root extract and vitamin C to skin to not only instantly energise the complexion but also regulate melanin synthesis for brighter skin. And lastly, the Milk Peel Sheet Mask uses a blend of milk-derived lactic acid and fruit enzymes to lift away dead skin cells to unveil smoother skin sans irritation.

    (Also read: 7 Deep Moisturising Masks Every Woman Needs)

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  • Sisley Velvet Nourishing Cream with Saffron Flowers ($260 for 50ml)
    13 / 15 Sisley Velvet Nourishing Cream with Saffron Flowers ($260 for 50ml)

    Those with dry skin are more susceptible to tightness, redness and itching as dry skin conditions are usually characterised as a lack of natural oils in the skin. As a result, its barrier function is usually compromised, making it more vulnerable to inflammation from external sources of irritation. Formulated to replenish, strengthen and protect dry and weakened skin, this sumptuous cream contains buckwheat seed extract, shea butter, saffron flower extract, a blend of three botanical oils and algae extract for an inside out regenerative action. Rich in fatty acids and antioxidants, this moisturiser rebuilds skin’s external barrier, combats free radical damage from UV and pollution and seals in moisture to restore comfort and balance skin.

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  • SU:M37 Secret Essence Cushion ($77)
    14 / 15 SU:M37 Secret Essence Cushion ($77)

    Fans of the K-beauty brand will be glad to know that its iconic Secret Essence is not infused into a cushion foundation for perfect making that looks dewy and radiant all day long. Not only is the cushion enriched with skin-loving ingredients, it is also made with a Triple Fitting System so it adheres closely to skin through facial expressions for a flawless, round-the-clock wear.

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  • YSL Beauty Couture Blush in Rouge Tuxedo N1 ($78)
    15 / 15 YSL Beauty Couture Blush in Rouge Tuxedo N1 ($78)

    Thanks to the brand’s new “powders infused in water” technology, this blush promises weightless intensity and a powderless finish. The seamless texture glides onto skin like a dream, delivering high pigment concentration in ultra-fine pigment particles so it is effortless to blend evenly without streaking. It is available in 10 shades, ranging from pretty pinks to vibrant corals to suit all skin tones.

    (Also read: Easy Tips to Apply Blusher So You’ll Have a Natural, Rosy Glow)

    Photo: YSL

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