1. ADULT ACNE

 

 

If you think you are finally done with acne during your teenage years, think again. Unfortunately, acne is not just for teenagers and can actually make their way into your life again in your 20s. Coming to terms with adult acne is not easy but rest assured, you’re not the only one dealing with zits.Pimples popping up on the lower face and along the jawline is particularly a sign of adult acne, says Doris Day, MD, board certified dermatologist who

Pimples popping up on the lower face and along the jawline is particularly a sign of adult acne, says Doris Day, MD, board certified dermatologist who specialises in laser, cosmetic and surgical dermatology in New York City. Your hormones may be to blame as fluctuations, like before your menstrual cycle can explain the cause behind the hated acne beard. The pimples are usually deep under the skin and are painful to the touch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. HYPERPIGMENTATION

 

Hyperpigmentation will bite you in the back if you don’t slap on that sunscreen. Melasma, a form of hyperpigmentation, are brown patches that often occur on foreheads, cheeks and chin and are a result of sun exposure. Sun damage throughout the years causes increased levels of melanin, the pigment in your skin that produces colour.Sun exposure is actually the main cause of skin damage and causes more damage to you than just hyperpigmentation. In case you didn’t know, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light breaks down elastic tissue in the skin and will cause your skin to stretch, sag, wrinkle and become blotchy. So don’t forget that sunscreen the next time you’re out!

Sun exposure is actually the main cause of skin damage and causes more damage to you than just hyperpigmentation. In case you didn’t know, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light breaks down elastic tissue in the skin and will cause your skin to stretch, sag, wrinkle and become blotchy. So don’t forget that sunscreen the next time you’re out!

 

 

 

 

 

  1. DRY SKIN

 

Dry skin sounds like heaven to those who have had oily skin since their teens. But for those who naturally have dry skin, this may be an added nightmare to your beauty routine. Get ready to stock up on heavy duty moisturisers because your skin will get dry and flaky, which is a common problem among all adults. This is because as you age, you lose the oil glands that is responsible for keeping your skin soft. So moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!

 

 

 

  1. SINKING LOOKING FACE

 

When you are young, fat in the face is evenly distributed with some areas that plump up the forehead, temples, cheeks and areas around the eye and mouth. However, with old age, you tend to lose the “chubby” face as the fat loses volume, clumps up and shift downwards. Fat loss may sound ideal now, but it actually causes different areas of the face to sink, and skin starts to get loose and saggy. Fats are no longer distributed evenly in the face, and you might get slightly baggy around the chin.

 

 

 

 

  1. WRINKLES

The first wrinkles tend to appear on your face as a result of facial expressions, which are called expression or animation lines. If you’re very facially expressive, you might want to tone it down a notch because these can cause deep ones in the forehead and between the brows.Sure, you can be smiling, squinting and frowning without any thought now but as you age, your skin may not be able to spring back as often anymore as it loses its flexibility, resulting in wrinkles.

Sure, you can be smiling, squinting and frowning without any thought now but as you age, your skin may not be able to spring back as often anymore as it loses its flexibility, resulting in wrinkles.

If you are constantly exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light, you are also increasing the chance of developing wrinkles at an earlier stage. This is because UV light breaks down the collagen in your skin which is located deep down under the surface to support the skin. As UV light breaks down this much-needed support system, your skin becomes weaker and less flexible, hence resulting in droopy, wrinkly skin.

Finding gifts for beauty lovers can be a daunting task. You have to take into account what they like, what skin type they belong to, what your budget is… the list gets longer. Well, if you are looking for gift ideas, look no further. SASA has conveniently launched their “Ultimate Gift Exchange Guide” featuring perfect gift ideas and even offers free gift delivery for orders above $50. Perfect! Whether you are gifting yourself, or your loved ones, here are 5 lovely gift sets that are perfect for any beauty lovers (or anyone, for that matter)

  1. For the Aloe Vera Maniac (Skincare)

Blumei – Jeju moisture aloe vera set

$30.40 usual price was $52.60

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Everybody is raving about Aloe Vera at this moment, and I am totally onboard. The Jeju Moisture Aloe Vera set is perfect for skincare fanatics. The natural skin savior, can be used to moisturize from head to toe. For all the oily peeps out there, moisture can be quite a setback but Aloe Vera is actually perfect for oily skin due to its gel texture. It treats sunburns too, due to its soothing properties and can reduce skin inflammations, blistering and itchiness while helping the skin to heal more rapidly. For those with worries of stretch marks, try slathering this on such areas to lessen the visibility over time.

 

  1. Chosunggah22 – Dong Gong Minn Rock It set (makeup)

$33 usual price $55

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If you are thinking of gifting someone who is obsessed with makeup, Chosunggah22’s Dong Gong Minn Rock It Set is the perfect gift. Chosunggah22 is a K-Beauty line, started by South Korea’s leading makeup artist, Chosunggah. According to avid Korean Beauty fans, she is responsible for shaping K-Beauty into what it is today. Well, having worked with all of the K-Pop stars and celebrities, expect only the best formulas with their high pigment black mascara that is volumizing and has a curling effect. You could even consider not gift wrapping it, as their playful packaging is to-die-for.

 

  1. Gosh- Argan hair care set (hair care)

$24.20 usual price $31.80

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Gosh Argan Hair Care Set is an ideal gift for Argan Oil lovers or anyone looking to give their hair care a boost. Argan Oil provides plenty of benefits like hydrating and moisturizing all hair types. The oil does not weigh your hair down, which is perfect because nobody likes flat hair. Nobody. It is ideal to tackle flyaway hairs, wispy hair and can even be used for styling.

 

  1. Soo Beauty- elixir donkey milk set (Skincare)

$30.20 usual price $47.80

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For adventurous beauty lovers, Soo Beauty Elixir Donkey Milk Set is sure to leave an impression. The beauty world is constantly evolving, bringing new, innovative, ingredients to the beauty community with their newest key ingredient in skincare – Donkey Milk. Donkey Milk is hydrating and has four times the Vitamin C as cow’s milk, hence more nourishing for the skin. It’s benefits includes anti-oxidizing, firming, restoring and soothing.

 

5. Marina De Bourbon – Tendre Reverence EDP ( Fragrance )

$50.40 usual price $69.00

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(Source: http://www.fragrantica.com/perfume/Princesse-Marina-De-Bourbon/Tendre-Reverence-28350.html)

Perfumes are almost the hardest gift yet. If you are looking for a feminine perfume, try the Marina De Bourbon Tendre Reverence fragrance. It is a feminine and elegant fragrance, with floral, fruity and fresh scent notes. According to http://www.fragrantica.com/perfume/Princesse-Marina-De-Bourbon/Tendre-Reverence-28350.html, “The composition of Tendre Reverence is constructed as floral-fruity and opens with a gentle blend of dewy bergamot, currant and peach. The heart encompasses an opulent bouquet of pink peony, magnolia and frozen violets on a base of creamy shades of musk, sandalwood and vanilla”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marble is all about the hype right now. Luxurious, elegant and chic, marble prints are found on pretty much anything at the moment… phone cases, notebooks, nails. You name it.

Marble nail art have been (extremely) viral and trendy at the moment so why miss out on the fun when you can get marble nails too, here in Singapore? Here are 5 nail salons you definitely want to consider visiting if you’re on the lookout to dress up your nails.

 

  1. Branche @ Capitol Piazza, City Hall

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Branche is a top Japanese salon chain established in Nagoya that has opened its flagship luxury nail salon in Capitol Piazza. The nail salon is taken care of by their professional nail artist, Safori who is popular among customers and has been sent down from Japan.  Unlike any other nail salon, Branche is luxurious and has served famous celebrities around the world, including Mariah Carey (Omg!) and Japanese artists back in Japan. Their Japanese hospitality and service

Unlike any other nail salon, Branche is luxurious and has served famous celebrities around the world, including Mariah Carey (Omg!) and Japanese artists back in Japan. Their Japanese hospitality and service separates them from other nail salons in Singapore, serving each customer gracefully with their authentic matcha latte and shrimp cookies.

Though their prices are a tad bit higher than others, expect a luxurious and lavish experience at Branche as they will only give you their best.

Address: 13 Stamford Road B1-33, Capitol Piazza, S178905. Opening hours: Mon-Sun, 11am-8pm

Tel: 67023036

 

  1. The Nail Artelier @ Haji Lane

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Voted “Best for Nail Art” in Expat Living, The Nail Artelier is a definite art-centric nail salon that is popular among the younger crowd with its hip location in Haji Lane. Their signature service is customization, in which you can show the design of your choice to be replicated on your pretty, dainty nails. This beats any other traditional nail salons, which limits your design options to what is on display.

The options are endless, as their nail artists are truly skilled to accede to any requests, be it a design you see off the Internet, the latest runway designs or a photo of a person that you would like painted on your nails. Their nail art is truly a work of art, as they focus on perfecting intricate details and are meticulous to execute their designs well.

If you decide to pay them a visit, try asking for Ying, as she is favoured by many customers who are blown away by her detail work and ability to execute each and every request.

Address: 666 North Bridge Road S188800. Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 11am-9pm

Tel: 62988028

 

  1. Bejeweled @ International Plaza

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If you are working in the central district and would like to pamper yourself during lunch time, Bejeweled is the place for you. The nail salon is located at International Plaza, Tanjong Pagar district and has opened its second branch at Breadtalk IHQ, Tai Seng.

Apart from their nail services, they offer facials, hair removal (Waxing and IPL), eyelash extensions and eyelash perming. Talk about pampering yourself from head to toe.

Bejeweled is the nail salon if you are on the lookout for unique nail art designs that will attract compliments from your friends and family. They are up-to-date with the latest trends and designs and can definitely recommend you the latest design if you’re overwhelmed by their choices. Their design options are (almost) endless with a wide plethora that fits any mood or occasion. They are impressive with their skills and stability to execute hand-drawn designs that are almost impossible to DIY.

Address: 10 Anson Road #02-48 International Plaza S079903. Opening hours: Mon-Fri, 11am-8pm, Sat, 11am-4.30pm

Tel: 62222526

Address: Breadtalk IHQ, 30 Tai Seng Road, #02-01. Opening Hours: 1130am-8pm

Tel: 64439789

 

  1. The Glamorous Factory @ Plaza Singapura

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Treat yourself to a celebrity experience at The Glamorous Factory @ Plaza Singapura. The nail salon has garnered much success after its official opening in 2012, and has opened 3 branches in Singapore located at Plaza Singapura, The Clift and Roxy Square II. The Glamorous Factory is headed by Yee Sin, the head nail artist who have been in the industry for more than 12 years and has an impressive portfolio including her special training in Korea led by the South Korean nail goddess, Mdm Shigeyama Ai, who by the way has an A-list clientele including singer/actress Boa Kwon and members of pop girl groups, Girls’ Generation, T-ara and Sistar. The list is extravagant, I know.

Locally, their loyal customers include celebrities like Priscelia Chan, Ya Hui, Chen Li Ping, and Dawn Yeoh, as well as Taiwanese artiste Annie Chen.

The nail salon brand reaches out to busy executives who are looking for nail services on-the-go. Whether you have a busy schedule or just can’t stand the boredom of waiting for the nail service to end, The Glamorous Factory provides a speedy and efficient service that is sure to impress you.

Address: 68 Orchard Road #04-38, Plaza Singapura. Opening Hours: Mon-Fri, 11am-9pm, Sat&Sun, 11am-8pm

Tel: 63377966

Address: 21 McCallum Street #01-10, The Clift. Opening Hours: Mon-Fri, 1030am-830pm, Sat, 10am-6pm

Tel: 66368236

 

  1. Glitzy Fingers

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Glitzy Fingers (cute name, I know) specializes in providing expeditious acrylic and gel services. Unlike many other nail salons in Singapore, they only do gelish manicure and does not provide normal nail polish. If you did not know, gelish manicures beats normal manicure out of the park as it lasts up to 3 weeks, provides high shine without fading, does not stain, chip or peel, does not damage your natural nails and the best part: they dry immediately!

Though gelish manicures are usually more expensive, their prices are super affordable and definitely worth all the benefits. Glitzy Fingers has risen to its fame through word-of-mouth recommendations from its loyal following who highlights Belle, the owner, to offer a hospitable service to each and every customer.

Address: 101 Upper Cross Street #03-58 Candy Beauty and Art Gallery, People’s Park Centre S058357.Opening Hours: 11am-9pm

Tel: 81007353 (Belle)

 

 

 

 

I always try to start the day with moisturizing my skin and my lips because I mean, who wants crusty lips. No one. With so many balms on the shelves, I stick to one of my favorites, also a cult beauty favorite, the Rose and Co Rose Petal Salve.

The Rose Petal Salve is more than a lip balm and acts more of a beauty balm that can be used for just about anything. It is natural, not tested on animals and vegan friendly. This cult beauty favorite is available in Singapore (Yay!) and retails at all Naiise outlets.

The balm wins at packaging with its pretty pink tin and is the perfect size to keep handy in your bag or purse. The tin is a little treat in itself, with an elegant turn-of-the-century design.

The rose scented salve smells like pure rose and definitely not like the chemical ones you get in other acclaimed rose products. Like any other balms, I would not recommend you taste it because it does taste floral so perhaps you can give that a miss.

I use this balm probably less than five times a day, which is shockingly less compared to other balms (Also because putting on a lip balm can be quite addictive). It keeps the lips moisturized for a good three to four hours and puts dryness at bay which means less re-application.

It glides like a dream on my lips, and sinks in really nicely. It does not feel too heavy on the lips and not greasy which is perfect because the last thing you need is to have a big goop on your lips. It’s consistency is perfect especially if you work in an office with strong air conditioning, as the balm keeps them moisturized comfortably.

It looks pink in the tin, but it does not leave a tint and is not visible on the lips (Unless you are really fair). For those who finishes off their look with a balm, this gives you the natural, healthy glow that makes your lips look moisturized, plump and soft. Yes please.

If you are obsessed and constantly using matte lipsticks as I am, this balm will be a god sent for you. A great quick tip is to use your toothbrush and brush your lips gently with a small amount of salve and voi la, smooth lips. The balm contains sweet almond oil, beeswax and petrolatum which are perfect to keep your lips soft and smooth.

If you don’t have time, just pop this on your chapped lips during the day and you’ll feel the difference almost immediately.

I use it as a primer to prep my lips before anything else for a smooth application. On some days, I wear it as a glossy coat over my nude lipstick and it gives me a nice sheen over the lips.

Other than the lips, I love applying them on my cheekbones as a natural highlight. This is perfect if you are looking for a dewy look which is in trend right now. Try applying them under the brow bone and cupids bow to accentuate those high points of your face for the perfect glow. You can even try the editorial look by applying them on the eyelids for some extra glossy lids.

With ingredients like beeswax, the balm has more than just beauty uses and works to moisturize the skin. Keep this handy in your bag and massage them into your cuticles, elbows and knees to moisturize the dry areas. It works for emergencies too when you have insect bites and blisters as it helps to calm and soothe the skin.

With so many balms available now, you should definitely give the Rose and Co Rose Petal Salve a try.

Good news! Rose and Co will be having 10% off for each purchase so you can share with a friend, or get both.  You can get them in all Naiise outlets starting December. Trust me, it’s the only one you’ll need.