#BuroBeautyDesk: Skincare favourites to shop this month
Whether moisturisers for oily skin or hydrators that double up as makeup primers, these Auguest editors' picks are what we'll be leaving on our beauty shelf for #winning results.
Marc Jacobs Skincare YouthQuake Hydra-Full Retexturizing Gel Creme
"It's challenging to find a moisturiser that works for my skin and thus, I can be hesitant when it comes to trying new products despite its very convincing product information. Skin type: Sensitive and dehydrated—to the point whereby my skin produces more oil to overcompensate for its dry condition, tricking me to think I actually have oily skin instead."
"Thankfully, this gel creme eased all my fears of breaking out and it's definitely true to its word. The luxurious texture melts into the skin easily and the warm citrus-y scent is really growing on me (summer holiday mood ON). The creme hydrated my skin all day long and also works wonders in prepping my face for makeup to come. My skin felt soft and smooth—and more importantly, less oily—throughout the day." – Rachel Au, Editor
Kanebo Global Skin Protector
"Beauty Editor Wei Yeen can never stress enough how important sunscreen is for both face and body. To be fair, I need that "gentle" reminder often when it comes to the parts below my neck but I can be a bit lazy about incorporating multiple products to my routine on a regular basis."
"The good news: The Kanebo Global Skin Protector works for both face—yes, you can even use it as a primer—and body. Fun fact: It's really water-resistant too! The second good news: It has anti-pollution technology to protect the skin not just from UV rays, but from pollutant particles too. And last but not least, it has a light, airy floral fragrance, moisturises well and does not leave a sticky feeling after. 'Nuff said." – Rachel Au, Editor
Sothys Essential Ampoules (Hydrating)
"Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to suffer from dehydration even if you have oily-combination skin. Exhibit A? Yours truly. No thanks to air-conditioning exposure 16 hours a day, my skin has been dry as the Sahara but thankfully, these mini-but-mighty Sothys ampoules have quenched its thirst."
"Each vial (1.5ml) contains a higher concentration of active ingredients and despite the double dosage of hyaluronic acid, aloe vera and multivitamins, it's surprisingly not sticky and instantly sinks into my complexion upon application. Scent wise, it's non-existent, which is great if you either have sensitive skin or prefer fragrance-free skincare."
"After one week of applying this pre-serum step, I noticed my skin feeling less parched and suppler than ever—as if it had already gone for a moisturising facial at the spa. Safe to say, I'm impressed by what these tiny tubes can do in just 7 days and I'd definitely pop a few more into my suitcase before I embark on my 40-degree summer trip next week. Bonus? It's resealable (just turn the cap upside down), which makes it convenient to use twice a day. Pro-tip: remember to use each ampoule in 24 hours for max efficacy!" – Joanna Pinto, Special Projects Editor
Shiseido Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Concentrate
"I'm well on my way to my third bottle of Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, and if my improved skin texture and resilience is anything to go by, let's just say that the latest eye serum from the same range is a sound investment you should seriously consider adding to your eyecare routine."
"The formula absorbs the same way as the face serum—lightweight, sinks in to the skin quickly, and doesn't leave a sticky residue right after. Marketed as a pre-eye cream essential, this can also be used on its own if your eye area is prone to milia. The former is my favourite way of applying it and I love how it preps my undereye area to better absorb the goodness from the eye cream."
"Couple of weeks later and I noticed some subtle improvements to my undereye circles (mine can rival that of a raccoon). It doesn't help that I've got a nasty habit of tugging my eyes whenever I remove my eye makeup but I have to say that this does a decent job of reducing puffiness as well. (Will check back in a couple of months to see if it truly combats wrinkles and fine lines.)" – Loh Wei Yeen, Beauty Editor
Sisley Ecological Compound
"Got that mid-day shine that could rival a spotlight? If lightweight moisturisers are what you can't live without, Sisley's bestselling Ecological Compound is easily your go-to. This year, Polish artist and painter Elzbieta Radziwill lends her artistic vision once more to design a limited-edition artwork for this bestseller. While the nature-inspired motifs on the bottle will fit in with your vanity desk aesthetic, the formula inside is worth raving over for a good many reasons."
"The Ecological Compound isn't technically a moisturiser—it's more of a lotion-serum-moisturiser hybrid that is lightweight enough to be used as a primer and/or moisturiser in the balmy weather. This fared well as a moisturiser during my recent trip to Korea (it was very humid), and my skin had that subtle glow and plumped appearance after application. The fragrance can be overwhelming to some, but my skin was decidedly okay with it." – Loh Wei Yeen, Beauty Editor