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Top 5 Holy Grail of Make Up & Skincare

Updated on April 11, 2014

There is nothing I hate more than wasting money/energy on SUPPOSED great products that promise the world. Years and years of barely used tubes, huge palettes left untouched and bottles thrown away. It doesn't do much for the environment either. But I just can't pass on products I dislike to friends or family in good faith. So here are top 5 tried and tested go-to products that I pledge my beauty allegiance to. I tried them so you don't need to. Please do share your favourite make up or skincare products with me too, I am always on the hunt for great products that deserve to be on my beauty wall of fame.


1. Shu Uemura UV Under Base Brightening Mousse

I initially tried Shu Uemura's Face Architect Mousse Foundation and liked the foamy consistency but felt it left my skin dark and yellow. I was also looking for a make up base at the same time so something with a brightening effect would work.

So I thought I could kill 4 birds with 1 stone by switching to Shu Uemura UV Under Base Brightening Mousse which has SPF30 PA++, the same foamy consistency, can be used as a make up base and comes in a pink purple shade.

This is the perfect all-in-one make up base, not too purple, not too pink. It is a brightener, corrects yellowish tones, provides adequate sun protection, is light and easy to use. By using this, I skip 2 steps in my morning make up regiment, no need for a separate sunscreen and skin correction concealer.

Just jump right to face powder! I received many compliments about how I looked different and little did they know it was due to this small little bottle of magic.

For those that think it is expensive, I agree it is one of the pricer make up bases, retailing at 50g for SGD$68 but you really just need a tiny bit to make a huge difference. I often need just half a pump to get the amount I need.

I find that it works best when you are light handed with the face powder, that way the illuminating effect come through more effectively. I prefer the result of loose powder instead of face powder, although I use both for different occasions.

We can all use a little pick-me-up when we are feeling tried, this baby erases late nights off your face like nobody's business. The compliments you will get are bound to cheer you up as well.

Christian Dior Rouge Dior 475 Pink Caprice
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2. Christian Dior Rouge Dior 475 Pink Caprice

Nothing beats Christian Dior's Rouge Dior line of lipsticks. It's true that once you go Dior, you never go back. Once know as an established but lacklustre brand for more mature women who prefer reds and orange, I found Pink Caprice to be a refreshing change, now I get the quality and the the pop of contemporary colour I want.

I tried Mac, Lancome, Chanel and much more, none of them come close.

My virgin Dior Rouge friend on Facebook once posted, "Now I know why people like CD lipstick so much." I know EXACTLY what she means, the moisture filled fluidity and intense colour make you feel instantly sexy. It moisturizes like a balm, glides over your lips like a gloss, stays put for hours like a long-stay lipstick. It's luxury in a tube, that's what it is.

A fan of the entire range, I especially like 475 Pink Caprice, it is a cool pink that is great by itself or under other colours with the added benefit of making your teeth look whiter!

Yes, it's true! Don't believe me? Don't buy Pink Caprice just yet, go to a CD make up counter and see the results for yourself!

Retailing at SGD50, it is definitely a more expensive than say Mac's famous Lipstick (yes, it's just called Lipstick) range at SGD29.90. But seriously ladies, it sure isn't luxury in a tube. Mac is known for the colours but not the quality.


3. Lancome's Bi-Facil Non Oily Instant Cleanser

A couple of years ago, I begin to notice that I was losing eyelashes and they weren't as thick as before! The horror! I have always prided myself on my best feature - my eyes. I have been told that I have nicely shaped eyes and long lashes to match. You hear about losing hair on the head but eyelashes? Who knew.

I narrowed down the cause to the constant tugging I do when removing eye make up. Ineffective eye make up removers meant that I had to swipe my lashes repeatedly and with more force than I would like. Especially when removing waterproof mascara.

Scouring the web for a solution, I came across raving reviews on Make Up Alley about Lancome's Bi-Facil Instant Cleanser, reviews include "it comes off clean with just a swipe", "leaving no oily residue." From the official Lancome website, I found that It is suitable for sensitive eyes which I have, ophthalmologically tested and non-oily, only a "fresh-as-water" feeling. After years of using oily removers, non-oily and waterproof makeup remover seems like a contradiction to me.

But I have tried other products recommended by reviewers on Make Up Alley and liked it so I thought why not? The first time I tried it, there was an immediate difference. Granted I was previously using a budget remover - L'Oreal's Gentle Waterproof Eye Make Up Remover but Bi-Fancil blew it out of the water!

After putting a remover-soaked cotton pad on my eyelid and leaving it there for a short while, I literally saw the imprint of my eyelashes on it. No rubbing, swiping, tugging. No oily residue as well. Like any good quality product, a little goes a long way. Just a dab of it can do so much. An added bonus is that my lashes become thicker and healthier. I am convinced I found the holy grail of waterproof make up removers and continue to use it today. Retailing at SGD$48, it is well worth it.

Smudge-free Mascara Trick By Michelle Phan

Lancome Oscillation Powerbooster


4. Lancome Oscillation Powerbooster Eyelash Primer

I am a big fan of Michelle Phan (make up artist and inventer of cosmetic line - em). Her tutorials (Check out video above about how to use a business card to prevent mascara from smudging your eyelid) are always personable, fun and informative.

I first saw Lancome's Oscillation Powerbooster on the video above. "Resulting from 4 years of research, tailor made for Asian lashes, it's supposed to ëxtend lashes, separates lashes, multiplies lashes". As you know, Lancome is well known for their mascaras and it seems only fitting that they invent an eyelash primer to protect my lovely flutter.

As seen on Lancome Singapore's website,

- 79 % of women are satisfied with treatment.
Women agree:
- Lashes seem stronger (85%)
- Intensely cares for lashes (84%)
- Lash fringe appears denser (90 %)
- Thicker-looking lashes (92 %)

I met some friends for coffee after my initial purchase and mentioned the 7000 “Z” oscillations per minute oscillating wand that promises to coat my lashes 360 degrees. A friend thought it was just a gimmick and was doubtful, just as I previously was. But after going home and trying it out, it made a huge difference to the thickness of my lashes and it also strengthened them, resulting in less breakage and lash fall. It also keeps my mascara right where it should be, eliminating panda eyes.

The trademarked Ultra-fine dispersion Formula and Fine-Coating Complex, means that it prevents clumps, allowing a thin layer to rest on all your lashes. The solution is white with the consistency of conventional mascara, there is a press and release switch conveniently located on the base of the wand that allows you to press on when using.

Use it like a regular mascara while holding the switch down. It automatically does the "Z" shape for you. The trick is to let the wand do all the work, just place it at the base and gently moving straight through your lashes and away from your eyes. A light touch works best.

Retailing at SGD$63.90, it is a little pricey but well worth the price. After the horror of lash fall I shared above, I was ready to keep my lashes just where they are - on my eyelids.

Chanel Vitalumière Compact Douceur


5. Chanel Vitalumière Compact Douceur

I chanced upon Chanel's Vitalumière Compact Douceuror while browsing Changi International Airport's duty free and LOVE it. Looking for a featherweight foundation that don't become a mask in Singapore's hot weather, it combines "softness and lightness"all in a slim compact case.

It gives just enough coverage and its smooth silky texture glides onto my skin like a dream. Try it yourself, go to the Chanel make up counter, you will know what I mean. It also contains peach pit extract, rich in fatty acids that are essential for hydrated skin, keeping my skin hydrated but oil-free all day long.

The magic lays in the "High-Definition Light Pigments, which diffuse soft and extremely pure white light", camouflaging imperfections and brightening skin. It comes in SPF10 so you can get extra sun protection in one full swoop.

Retailing at SGD$89.90, it is more pricey than other power foundations but its luxurious velvety texture and it's illuminating prowess makes me a convert. Check out the video below by Chanel's make up artist Lisa Eldridge on how to use this foundation.

Lisa Eldridge on Vitalumière Compact Douceur

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      Min 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks Carlinda! These are tried and tested products that work really well for me, save yourself the pain and waste of other products and head for these!

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      Carlinda 3 years ago

      Perefct answer! That really gets to the heart of it!

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      Min 3 years ago from Singapore

      Hi janshares,

      You are most welcome. Yes, I agree. DHC is great for makeup removers. Been using it for years too! Gentle, remove cleanly and pretty affordable too!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks again, Blackilocks for the info on the best products, particularly mascara. Sometimes we have to go for the best when we are talking about what we put on our faces and bodies. Voted up and useful. Check out DHC for exeptional products that are olive-oil and other plant-based. I've been using them for years.

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      Min 3 years ago from Singapore

      Hi CMHypno,

      You are most welcome. Yes, do try them out and let me know what you think. They are a tad more expensive than other brands but the effect is well worth the money. It saves me time and energy too. Good luck!

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      CMHypno 3 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Thanks for the great tips - I'll have to save up and try a few of these products out