Beauty buzz: Timothée Chalamet is a Chanel boy, Aesop’s Women’s Library is coming soon and more beauty news from May

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By Redzhanna Jazmin

Beauty buzz: Timothée Chalamet is a Chanel boy, Aesop’s Women’s Library is coming soon and more beauty news from May

May is shaping up to be a big month in beauty—from new brand launches in Malaysia to some very exciting upcoming activations, find out what’s happening this month ahead!


Timothée Chalamet is the latest face of Bleu de Chanel


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The latest ambassador for Chanel’s iconic Bleu de Chanel fragrance is a familiar face. French-American actor Timothée Chalamet is best known for his illustrious resume—you’ll likely recognise his breakout role in Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name, Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird and Little Women, Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, and most recently, the blockbuster Dune. Though he’s just 27 years old and at the very dawn of his career, Chalamet has already earned himself international acclaim.

That’s what makes him the perfect man to front Bleu de Chanel, a magnetic fragrance that personifies a man with no bounds. It marks Chalamet’s first-ever collaboration with Chanel and his ambassadorship with any fashion or beauty label. In his new role, he’ll be starring in a campaign for the fragrance that will launch in June 2023, as well as a campaign film directed by Martin Scorsese which is set to be released in fall.


The Aesop Women’s Library is coming soon…

Aesop Womens Library

If you’ve been looking to expand your reading list, Aesop has you covered. The Women’s Library is the brand’s inaugural project aimed at elevating the voices, stories and experiences of Malaysian women-identifying authors and allies, and it’s opening soon on our shores. Over the course of three days, three Aesop storefronts will be clearing their shelves of products to make way for the literature of six collaborating publishing houses, including Lit Books, Clarity Publishing, Cite Book Garden, Gerak Budaya Kuala Lumpur, Penwings Publishing, and Buku Fixi. The brand has purchased over 6,000 volumes for the library, and there will be over 20 titles available spotlighting four featured writers—Viji Krishnamoorthy, Leong Ching Foon, Hanna Alkaf, and Alina Rastan.

In addition, the Aesop Women’s Library has collaborated with the literary podcast Two Book Nerds Talking for a three-episode run introducing the local initiative, discussing the featured literature and inviting a few key authors to discuss their journeys.

The Aesop Women’s Library will be open at Aesop Pavilion and Aesop The Gardens Mall in Kuala Lumpur from 26 – 28 May and Aesop Gurney Plaza in Penang from 2 – 4 June. Stream the podcast on Spotify and Apple Music. For more information, click


Supergoop! launches the first Glowtel in Southeast Asia


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Gear up for a glowing day out—Supergoop!’s latest activation is open to the public! If you’ve been around the Chinatown area recently, there’s probably one doorway that has caught your eye. Clad in a sunny yellow, Else Hotel has undergone quite the super transformation. Introducing: Glowtel, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. Supergoop! has taken over the hotel to highlight its growing Glow franchise. The collection includes cult favourites like Glowscreen, (Glow)setting Powder, Glowscreen Body, and Glowstick, all of which are available to try at the Glowtel now. There are, of course, other activations to take note of:

The Glow and Go station, where you can get your own glowy make up and hair tinsel makeover done is open from 12pm to 2pm on Saturday to Sunday, and 6pm to 8pm on Friday to Sunday. Then, the Refresh with Popsicles station is open from 12pm to 2pm on Saturday to Sunday and from 6pm to 8pm on Friday to Sunday.

The Supergoop! Glowtel is open at Else Hotel KL til 21 May.


& Other Stories’ beauty line is officially available now

Following the brand’s Southeast Asia debut last year, & Other Stories has announced the launch of their beauty range, available exclusively through Zalora. There are fragrance, bath and body products up for grabs in this collection, as well as a small limited-edition Eau de Toilette collection inspired by the world of books. The first is Poem A Day, which features a nutty top, floral heart and sweet woody base. The second, Moon Fiction, is an ambroxan and sandalwood creation that features a sweet, musky base. The final fragrance in the collection, The Lost Chapter, is a vibrant fruity and woody fragrance that marries a spicy top and creamy heart.

Shop & Other Stories Beauty here.


Rituals Cosmetics opens its first-ever store in Malaysia

Just earlier this month, Rituals Cosmetics opened its first store in Malaysia together with the luxury and lifestyle retail group Valiram. Based on the philosophy of slowing down and find happiness in the smallest of things, the brand is known worldwide for its extensive home and body care range. As such, its arrival in Malaysia has been long anticipated. Head to their storefront to indulge your senses in the brand’s soothing scents and try out their coveted body care range in person.

The Rituals Cosmetics store is located at G-036, Ground Floor, Mid Valley Megamall.


Sigi Skin arrives in Malaysia


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This Singaporean brand made waves across the industry for its vegan, superfood-infused and clinically-proven formulations, and it’s finally going to be available in Malaysia. The brand’s current lineup includes a niacinamide and avocado-infused sunscreen, a kale and glycerin-infused cleanser, a plumping chamomile-infused hydrating mist, an active-packed plumping moisturiser and much more!

Shop Sigi Skin here.


Guerlain Partners with Céline Cléron to celebrate World Bee Day


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For this World Bee Day, the French luxury beauty house has launched a new, limited-edition version of its hero product, the Abeille Royale Advanced Youth Watery Oil.  The special-edition packaging has been designed by painter, sculptor and visual artist, Céline Cléron, and is a large, colourful watercolour drawing inspired by nature—a large field of flowers and a buzzing garden.

Of course, the brand’s ongoing efforts to promote awareness and bee conservation will continue, but from the 20th to the 22nd of May, you’ll also be able to help the cause! During this period, 20 per cent of sales will be donated to the Guerlain for Bees Conservation Programme.


Louis Vuitton celebrates the new Pacific Chill fragrance with Miranda Kerr

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The luxury house recently launched the newest addition to its Parfums de Cologne family, Pacific Chill, in an exciting event on 17 May in Los Angeles. In attendance was the fragrance’s face, Australian model Miranda Kerr; the nose of the fragrance, Master Perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud; and the artist behind the campaign’s stunning visuals, Californian artist Alex Israel.


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