Fresh Faced: Creams to help protect your skin from the winter chill

As the cold season approaches, creams are constantly a vital must-have in every woman’s skincare best practice.

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Award winning Fresh luxury perfumes and cosmetics house Lancôme has made a huge impact in the world of beauty. In 2009, its Advanced Génifique collection sold roughly 35 million bottles worldwide and received over 170 awards. The French house has now upgraded the product with a unique complex of seven pre-and probiotic fractions. One drop delivers 30 million pre- and probiotic fractions to the skin and is said to facilitate skin recovery by up to 77 percent an hour after application. 

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Next on our list is Belif‘s Ritual Time-Honored Tincture of Chamomile Cream. Belif is known for its heritage ingredients, time-honoured extractions method and anti-stress using its own original fragrance of herbs. This product apparently provides skin restoration and lasting radiance with intensive care for rough and dry skin, which makes it healthy and radiant, especially when used in a three-stage process. 

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Known for its next-generation age-defying solutions, Clé de Peau Beauté has launched its Volumizing Cream Supreme, an age-defying innovation inspired by dermatology and regenerative science. This volumising cream helps boost the skin’s natural plumpness, resulting in a firmer, softer, smoother, moisturised and youthful-looking skin. 

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Meanwhile, DERM iNSTITUTE marries DNA technology and oriental therapeutic herbs for purportedly unsurpassable results with its Anti-Oxidant Hydration Cream. Rich with antioxidants and ceramides repair ingredients, it apparently helps protect against the winter chill. 

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Last but not the least, IT Cosmetics employs the mantra of “Sleep your way to younger-looking skin with it!” with its Confidence in Your Beauty Sleep Night Cream helping to renew your dermis overnight. Its rest-and-restore technology addresses five major skin issues: ageing fine lines, wrinkles, dryness, dullness and firmness. Almost instantaneous results are seen in terms of hydrated, smoother and supple skin. 

“To ward off winter’s drying effects, hydrating creams are an absolute must”


Neck’s Best Thing: These new creams target your neck and décolleté

Though ladies never hesitate to splurge on skincare routines for their faces, one of the first telltale signs of ageing actually appears around the neck. To combat this undesirable conundrum, a slew of new products have been launched this season, putting the focus beyond the face to the nape and the décolleté as well.

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Notable among these is international beauty brand La Mer’s new offering, The Neck and Décolleté Concentrate, said to strengthen, soften and smoothen skin through a cell-renewing Miracle Broth. Coming with a similar promise is the Syntactif Crème Cou et Décolleté cream from Japanese skincare marque Clé de Peau Beauté. When used together with the rose-petal shaped Essential Flow Massager, it enhances blood circulation around the neck area, lifting any signs of sagging.

Parisian brand Darphin, meanwhile, offers a holistic skincare regime through its Stimulskin Plus Multi-Corrective Divine Cream. Targeting not just the neck but also the face, it’s apparently best utilised when applied using Darphin’s own Kinesio massage techniques. Taking a similar approach is US-based cosmetics company Tom Ford Beauty’s Tom Ford Research Crème Concentrate, said to provide 24-hour moisture protection to the skin, thanks to its algae, caffeine and green tea extracts.

Finally, beauty brand Helena Rubinstein looks to restore damaged skin in just three days courtesy of its Replasty Age Recovery Night cream, that contains an unprecedented 30-percent clinical dose of Pro-Xylane – a key ingredient for skin recovery.

Taking the Fall: Own the coming season with these autumn beauty products

Even as we bid a fond farewell to the fading weeks of summer, autumn is surely waiting in the wings, with its briefer days and cooler temperatures necessitating a different beauty regime. It is, indeed, time to trade in those light summertime creams in favour of weightier, more rejuvenating treatments. Fortunately, there is no shortage of skincare brands only too willing to help you make the required transformation.

Latest autumn beauty products

With a promise to replenish and revive come the reformulated Intensive Fortifying Emulsion and Intensive Fortifying Cream from Clé de Peau Beauté. Designed to work in harmony, the duo have been formulated for night-time usage, allowing them to nocturnally activate the epidermis’ natural defences, ensuring you wake up with smoother and healthier-looking skin.

Clé de Peau Beauté Intensive Fortifying Cream and Intensive Fortifying Emulsion
Clé de Peau Beauté Intensive Fortifying Cream and Intensive Fortifying Emulsion

Also focussing its attention on dispelling the telltale signs of ageing is Guerlain, with oily and multi-problem complexions particularly in its sights. Using only natural ingredients, the brand’s new Abeille Royale Mattifying Day Cream boosts the skin’s self-regeneration capacity, allowing for a more comprehensive takedown of the visible signs of wrinkles.

Guerlain Abeille Royale Mattifying Day Cream
Guerlain Abeille Royale Mattifying Day Cream

Meanwhile, the fine folks over at Helena Rubinstein have ventured into decidedly organic territory with the Powercell Skinmunity range, which boasts a high native vegetal cell content. The real miracle products in this range are the Powercell Skinmunity The Serum, with its smoothening properties, and the Powercell Skinmunity The Emulsion, with its hydrating qualities.

Helena Rubinstein Powercell Skinmunity The Serum and Powercell Skinmunity The Emulsion
Helena Rubinstein Powercell Skinmunity The Serum and Powercell Skinmunity The Emulsion

Last – but certainly not least – is Japan’s Shiseido, with its all-new Legendary Enmei Ultimate Luminance Serum, the crowning glory of its Future Solution LX collection. Incorporating both enmei herbs and green treasured silk, the serum derives its raw regenerative power from nature and smoothly delivers this onto the skin’s defence system, helping to restore your youthful tones and banish wrinkles.

Shiseido Legendary Enmei Ultimate Luminance Serum
Shiseido Legendary Enmei Ultimate Luminance Serum

Optical optimisation: New eye creams in the market

It’s a commonly known fact that the region around the eyes is the most sensitive area on the face – one that is susceptible to dark circles, wrinkles, eye bags and other tell-tale signs of ageing. Thankfully, some of the leading beauty brands have launched some new eye creams this spring, all promising to be the miracle solution to eye problems. Let’s check them out.

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Ever since it was discovered in 1952, Life Plankton – a patented ingredient owned by French luxury skincare company Biotherm – has been celebrated for its rejuvenating effects on the skin. No doubt eager to cash in on the renown of its hero ingredient, the beauty brand has just unveiled Life Plankton Eye, a soothing serum for the eyes that is said to reduce fine lines and dark circles from the first application onwards.

Another brand making a similar claim is Japanese luxury skincare marque Clé de Peau Beauté. Its newly launched Enhancing Eye Contour Cream Supreme is said to not only reduce fine lines and signs of ageing, but also to re-contour the eyes altogether – largely thanks to an iris extract that apparently plumps up the skin from within.

Hot on its heels is Shiseido, with the Japanese brand having just released its Essential Energy Eye Definer, said to deliver a cool, energising look. Saturated with Vitamins E and C, its unique cinnamon extract claims to boost oxygen flow, thus bidding any signs of fatigue an unfond farewell.

Essence Essentials: Serums to get smooth skin in the Year of the Pig

Courtesy of premier luxury skincare brand Shiseido comes Clé de Peau’s reformulated Essential Refining Essence. Its cutting-edge formulation is said to target the root cause of visible pores, while reducing the roughness and dullness of the skin. Designed to minimise excess sebum release and erase impurities, it also promises up to eight hours of hydration, ensuring your skin stays smooth and properly moisturised throughout the day.

EVE LOM, the British skincare brand, meanwhile, has turned its attention to skin-soothing serums, with its new Time Retreat Radiance Boost Treatment – featuring special acids blended with a radiance-boosting formula – guaranteed to even out your epidermis. Said to help reduce wrinkles and puffiness, the serum also apparently boasts cell-renewing properties, all intended to bestow a healthier glow.

BIOTHERM is on a mission to help you turn over a new leaf – at least dermatologically – in the Year of the Pig with its firecracker-themed Life Plankton Essence. Sourced from the thermal springs of France – home territory for the company – comes this naturally nourishing life plankton, which works to activate skin renewal and enhance absorption. It’s said to make your skin feel younger in just eight days.


Well Red: Willfully Scarlet in time for Chinese New Year



With the countdown to Chinese New Year drawing nearer, it’s now the time to gather the very best of retails rouges. Carefully selected by Gafencu’s staff are the most radiant accessories and scarlet fashion pieces to celebrate the Year of the Pig, or perhaps even save for this coming Valentines…

Look 1Scarlet Fashion

Jordy elastic sandal by Bally; Loafer in patent leather by TOD’S; Cuzco Kitten 45 mule by Aquazzura; Varina ballet flat in patent leather by Salvatore Ferragamo; Optic pump in velvet and PVC by Aquazzura; Shiva pump in patent leather by Aquazzura; Heeled mule by Jimmy Choo; Gianvito pump in patent leather by Gianvito Rossi

Look 2

Scarlet Fashion

Joli Rouge Velvet lipstick #742V by Clarins; Le Phyto Rouge lipstick #43 Rouge Capri by Sisley; Gongjinhyang Mi Glow lip balm #Wine Red by The history of Whoo; Rouge A Levres lipstick #18 Cherry Berry by Clé de Peau Beauté; Ecstasy Shine lip cream #400 by Giorgio Armani; Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick #N°5 by Chanel (Limited Edition); Gongjinhyang Mi Glow lip balm #Red by The history of Whoo; Le Phyto Rouge lipstick #41 Rouge Miani by Sisley

Look 3

 Scarlet Fashion

Clayn mini-bag in quilted leather by Bally; Mini bag in weaved satin by Giorgio Armani; Piazza bag with top handle by Bottega Veneta; Small GV3 bag in two-tone leather by Givenchy;  Ferragamo Studio mini-bag by Salvatore Ferragamo; White Rock Road Luxe Sam mini-bag in crocodile-embossed leather by Kate Spade New York; 90s Vintage Logo shoulder bag by Versace; Shoulder bag by Valentino; So Foxy Fall Scene Sam bag with embellished leather by Kate Spade New York; Small Anouck bag in crocodile embossed leather by Claudie Pierlot; Marianne XB cross-body bag from Jimmy Choo’s Cruise 19 Collection

Look 4

Scarlet Fashion

Grace Lace pump by Rene Caovilla; Miu Crystal suede bag by Miu Miu; Graceful Bloom necklace and cuff by Atelier Swarovski; Lilaina pump in suede with crystals by Stuart Weitzman; Cloud clutch bag in satin with crystal bow clasp by Jimmy Choo; Bing 65 mule in suede with crystal strap from Jimmy Choo’s Cruise 19 Collection; Cross-body bag with coloured rhinestones by Giorgio Armani

Look 5

Scarlet Fashion

Two-tone pouch by Prada; Pendant earrings with coral and tassels by Giorgio Armani; Aqua Glow cushion and Powermatte lip pigment #Flame, both from NARS’ limited edition Lunar New Year collection; Woven necklace in nappa leather with metal pendants and tassels by Giorgio Armani; Pig motif charm keychain by Bottega Veneta; Sì Passione eau de parfum by Giorgio Armani; Timeless rose gold tone watch by Links of London; Butterfly motif charm keychain by Bottega Veneta; My Armani To Go cushion by Giorgio Armani; Edition N°5 eau de parfum by Chanel; Mini Friendship bracelets in 18K rose gold vermeil and silver, both by Links of London


Photos: Jack Law
Art Direction & Styling : San Wong

Luxury choice: Our top ten Christmas gift ideas for women

One would think buying a gift for a lady would be easier than for a gentleman (click here for Christmas gift ideas for him), but the mind-boggling multitude of choices themselves may make you feel unsure about just where to start! If you’re daunted by the idea of browsing through a hundred different shades of peach lipstick or choosing between a satchel and a sling bag, we’ve narrowed down the potential Christmas gift ideas for women by quite a bit. So fret not and dive straight into our top ten carefully curated luxurious Christmas gift ideas for women, all assured to win her heart.

Of course, to add an extra-personal touch to the joy of gift-giving, you can always opt for the personalised gift boxes from DFS’s Personalization Gift Shop that’s available till 1 January. From personalised holiday ribbons and monogrammed luggage tags to limited-edition patches and monogrammed tote bags, there’s no better way to make your gift stand out in the pile under the Christmas tree. 

Silk Route: Get silky smooth skin with our top three foundations

Chanel – that most noteworthy of Parisian brands – claims to have discovered the secret of truly silky smooth skin and has incorporated it into its Luminous Touch Foundation, the latest addition to its Vitalumière Glow line. Utilising the very finest hyaluronic acid, the foundation is said to lock water naturally into the epidermis, creating the brand’s signature soft look.

smooth skin

Championing the cause among the non-European brands is Japan’s Clé de Peau Beauté, which has just released its apparently high-functioning Hydro-Softening Lotion, a foundation that, it says, delivers an immediate softening effect, while eliminating all signs of dryness and flakiness. A must-have for winters, we say!

smooth skin

While silky smoothness may traditionally have been the forte of liquid foundations, Guerlain is no respecter of such conventions, as it demonstrated with its newly available New Lingerie De Peau Compact Mat Alive. With easy purse-friendly portability, it could be just the thing you need for a quick touch-up after a long day.

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Foundation Celebration: Clé de Peau Beauté launches Radiant Cushion Foundation

Clé de Peau Beauté, the celebrated Japanese skincare brand, opted for Central’s Pedder Building as the setting for an extravagant cocktail party held to mark the launch of Radiant Cushion Foundation, apparently an one-stop way of ensuring your skin stays glowing and hydrated.

Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Cushion Foundation

The highlight of the event was the brand’s bespoke augmented reality system, which gave guests a glimpse of their future selves, showing just how the Foundation could keep wrinkles at bay and ensure skin remained supple as the years slipped by.

Celebrities and socialites including Isabella Leong, Kathy Chow, Coco Chiang, Lesley Chiang, Adrian Wong, Yen Kuok, Antonia Li, Adelene Chan, Antonia Da Cruz, Veronica Lam, Candice Chan Chao, Adrienne Lim Hui, Ruth Chao, Denise Ho and Sarah Zhuang graced the occasion with their glowing presence.

Beauty Must Haves: Top 5 products to keep your complexion hydrated

Ample hydration has always played a key role in maintaining skin health. Properly applied, it prevents the production of dark spots, excessive oiliness, redness, loss of elasticity and even wrinkles. Many women, though, struggle to find the right product for their skin type. In order to make this hunt a little more fruitful, we’ve road-tested a number of the big brands’ newest products that will keep your complexion hydrated.

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In the case of Caudalie, its new Vinoperfect series is said to be free of oil and chemical preservatives. The stand out here is the Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence, which sweeps away dead skin cells with a glycolic acid-based composition, while moisturising and soothing the skin with grape water. Is white peony extract also helps to maintain an even complexion.

Turning now to Dior and its recently-launched Hydralife sorbet programme is said to offer three-step skin care. For the first step, you prep the skin with Balancing Hydration · 2-in-1 Sorbet Water, then, secondly, rehydrate the skin with Hydration Rescue ·Intense Sorbet Creme, before rejuvenating the skin around the eyes with Cooling Hydration · Sorbet Eye Gel.

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For La Mer, its latest innovation – the Moisturizing Cool Gel Cream – boasts a water-fresh formula that treats the skin to a burst of pure refreshment. Its intense hydration immediately lowers the surface temperature of the skin, apparently reducing the redness of sensitive skin by up to 72%.

Top 5 products to keep your skin hydrated_Elizabeth Arden Visible Whitening Brightening Hydragel Cream

Elizabeth Arden’s new Visible Whitening Brightening Hydragel Cream, meanwhile, promises the kind of intense hydration that will counter any discolouration largely on account of its two active proprietary ingredients – Wonderlightand and NanoWhite.

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Bringing up the rear then is Clé de Peau Beauté’s Synactif‘s synergistic approach, which blends three key ingredients – Rose Synactif, Jasmine and Lotus Element – to deliver deeply-relaxed skin.

So there you have it – Five simple ways to keep your complexion hydrated from the inside out so you can wake up with healthy, naturally glowy skin every day.