Beauty best: A roundup of our most-loved products for 2018


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  • Friday, 28 Dec 2018

Browse our round-up of our beauty must-haves of 2018. Photo: Laneige

Everyone has their favourites when it comes to beauty products. From Sothys to Aesop and Laneige, here’s a look at the Star2 Fashion and Beauty desk’s most loved beauty products for 2018.

Dzireena Mahadzir, Editor, Fashion And Beauty

beauty best

Hourglass Veil Transluscent Setting Powder

I love this powder so much! It’s very finely-milled and is infused with diamond powder (we love diamond anything!) which gives it a light-refracting effect without any flashback. It’s long-lasting, makes your skin look good, and blurs pores and lines, too. It’s also got this innovative sifter that prevents too much powder coming out.

beauty best

Anastasia Brow Wiz

My current favourite brow pencil. This is an ultra-slim, retractable pencil perfect for outlining and detailing brows. Easy to use and gives a natural look. Just do feather-light strokes and use the spool to blend. Doesn’t look overdone and hardly takes any time.

beauty best

Sothys nO2ctuelle Detox Resurfacing Overnight Cream

If you’re looking for something to destress your skin and rejuvenate it, this is one cream that worked for me. With anti-ageing stabilising vitamin C and oxygen-like nasturtium plant extract, it detoxes your skin. It made my skin look better and smoother the next day and has a nice light fragrance


Bervin Cheong, Features Journalist

beauty best

Cosrx Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream

It’s called a cream, but the light texture and formulation feels more gel-like. A bit sticky upon application but absorbs quickly for superior moisturisation. Spreads well enough that just a small dollop is enough to cover the whole face.

beauty best

Aesop In Two Minds Facial Toner

If you have combination skin like me, then this is for you. The product removes lingering impurities after cleansing, but also balances and soothes. I love the light scent, and the fact that it really makes my skin feel refreshed after each use.

beauty best

The Face Shop Honey Black Sugar Scrub

Sugar scrubs are all the rage. Environmental reasons aside, it just feels good. The granules exfoliate your skin, then dissolves to leave it feeling soft and smooth. The fact that it comes in a tube instead of a jar is a big win in my books.


Sandra Low, Chief Reporter

beauty best

Laneige Water Bank Hydro Mist

Am in love with mist products as its super efficient and easy to use. When I’m in a rush or out running errands, I just mist my skin with this Laneige Water Bank Hydro Mist and my skin feels sufficiently hydrated for hours. It contains Green Mineral Water extracted from vegetables to give an instant moisturising boost to dry skin so it’s a great refresher for my face (and body!) anytime.

beauty best

Numasque Talc Free Setting Powder

This is a loose, colourless finely milled powder that ensures my makeup won’t smudge or transfer throughout the day. On a long day out, I usually use this setting powder over my powder foundation. This way, my makeup looks freshly applied even late into the evening and I love that it’s talc and fragrance free.

beauty best

Fresh Vitamin Nectar Antioxidant Glow Water

This is a skin nutrition face mist with a vitamin fruit complex from a blend of vitamins C, E and B5 that smells like citrus heaven. It’s alcohol-free and can be used as a cooling primer, makeup setter or just to refresh your skin anytime. On days I’m too tired (or lazy!) for multiple skincare steps I just apply this mist before sleep and skin feels hydrated the next morning


Sheela Chandran, Features Journalist

beauty best

Dr Wu Daily Renewal Serum With Mandelic Acid

This mild and multi-functioning alpha-hydroxy acid works wonders to brighten skin tone and decongest pores. While it contains three potent acids – mandelic, salicylic and pyruvic – it is gentle and effective to expedite skin regeneration. My skin always feels rejuvenated and softer after using it. If you have dry and sensitive skin, you will thank me for this recommendation.

beauty best

Jurlingo Magical Enticing Dense Mascara

Out of the many mascara brands that I’ve tried out, this one is pretty decent and affordable. I love how it helps to thicken and lengthen lashes without the smudged look. Another plus point is it’s a breeze to remove.

beauty best

Comfy Care Dry Shampoo

On days where I have an event but am pressed for time, I turn to this haircare product. This affordable dry shampoo helps to remove dirt and grease, without wetting hair. It also helps to absorb excess oil and adds extra volume to hair.


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