Beauty Heroes

[By Evanne Lauren]

Once in a while, we come across a beauty product that changes our lives completely. Like a shooting star in a sky of darkness, these little beauty aids become overnight heroes, transforming our beauty regimen in ways we never thought possible.

Here are some of our top 5 beauty heroes of 2013.

GLO Brilliant™ Personal Teeth Whitening Device

What: A groundbreaking, at-home teeth whitening system that promises professional quality teeth whitening results at-home. You can expect results up to eight shade changes with no sensitivity. The GLO Device, paired with the GLO Brilliant™ Whitening Gels and GLO Brilliant™ Whitening Mouthpiece, uses the patented Guided Light Optics Technology and illuminates with a brilliant blue light to accelerate the whitening effects delivered by the GLO Brilliant™ Whitening Gel.

Why: This transforms the way we beautify our teeth. Instead of the uual brush and floss, we can now whiten our teeth in the comforts of our home with minimal fuss. One up for dental aesthetics!

Sloane Inc Lip Serum

What: A host of powerful emollients including sphingolipids and ceramides, form an unparalleled anti-ageing and instant smoothening therapy for uninspired lips. This powerful treatment helps prevent premature signs of aging, while restoring moisture with natural ingredients that penetrate deeply to boost cell turnover and moisture retention. 

Medical research proves that combination therapy with a lip hydrator provides better protection from environmental aging, helping to shield the delicate lip area from UV light as well as environmental elements such as smoke and air pollution.

Why: We love the fact that unlike lip glosses which are mere cosmetics, this is a tailored treatment that nourishes and enhances the texture of the lips. Use before bed or layer before your favourite lip gloss for a truly skin deep lip treat.

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YSL TOUCHE ÉCLAT – Radiant Touch

What: A luminizing pen loved by models, makeup artists, celebrities, and women everywhere to bring light and radiance to the skin, immediately erases any signs of fatigue and brightens the complexion with a few clever strokes. This highlighter pen comes in a variety of shades to help you bring out the luminosity of your complexion.

Why: A clever trick with TOUCHE ÉCLAT when applied in the undereye region helps banish shadows and tired-looking eyes. To widen eyes, use TOUCHE ÉCLAT between the eyebrows and along the sides of the nose. To create fuller looking lips, use in the hollow of the chin and around the contour of the lips. Its your own instant face transformer in an easy to use magic wand!

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Sloane Inc Oxygen Boost Energising Masque

What:  This innovative skin rejuvenator treats skin to a revitalizing blast of oxygenating ingredients to revive fatigued, sallow skin and achieve that fresh-from-the-shower-dewy glow.

Pure stabilized oxygen complex delivers star ingredients such as vital peptides, vitamins, antioxidants and amino acids to breathe new life into lacklustre complexions, instantly leaving skin soothed, glowing and refreshed. Ginseng extracts provides additional oxygen boost to energize fatigued complexions.

Why: Instead of the usual hydrating sheet masks or drying clay masks, this mask delivers bubbly oxygen in a gel that turns into a fizzy foam on contact with the skin. It leaves skin feeling soft, supple and totally recharged after. It’s the perfect skin revitaliser for the busy woman who wants results pronto.

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What: Beautyblender® is the first ergonomically designed, non-disposable sponge applicator that allows you to flawlessly apply your makeup. When wet, beautyblender doubles in size and becomes even softer, returning to its original size when it air-dries.

Why: Not only is the smaller end the best applicator for concealer under the eyes and around the nose, but also for achieving dramatic results with your eye shadow. Perfect with all types of makeup, including loose powder and mineral cosmetics. Transforms the way you apply makeup.

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11 thoughts on “Beauty Heroes”

  1. I bought the GLO Brilliant™ Personal Teeth Whitening Device on a whim and after reading the reviews I was a bit skeptical. It seemed as though most had a good experience but those who didn’t had absolute horror stories. Regardless I decided to give it a whirl.

    Now, like I assume most people who’ve used the kit have done, I rushed to the mirror after every treatment desperate to see the results, and every time I began to worry more and more that I was destined to join the ranks of the naysayers. I just wasn’t seeing results. However, I was determined to prove it was working. So, after the eighth treatment I pulled my mouth to the side so I could see the teeth that the mouth piece doesn’t reach…and I was floored. My teeth had never really been yellow, just of average coloring, but the difference in coloring was absolutely astounding.

    This kit is absolutely incredible and I would recommend it to anyone who asked, but it’s probably best if you leave he difference check for the very last treatment; because that’s when you’ll see it.

    The cost seems crazy high until you compare it to the cost of whitening services at a dentist. This costs you pennys on the dollar with very real results.

    I recommend this whole heartily!

  2. In all honesty, this is probably the best sponge I have every used. My mom and I have bought all of the makeup sponges Sephora had to offer. The Beauty Blender however is more friendlier to the face due to its soft material. Although it is more on the expensive side, I would buy it again. The reason people complain about the sponge absorbing too much product is because they squeeze out too much water which leaves room for foundation to be absorbed in. Also, this sponge DOES NOT work well with sheer or oil based products. Think about it, you’re using water to damp it and then oil products, it doesn’t go hand in hand. Also, maintaining the sponge properly will make sure you do not break out on your face due to bacterial build up. Clean it after every use, and you will receive great results from this sponger. Completely recommend it.

  3. I think my beauty hero is Vaseline. i use it on my lips, on dry patches such as my elbows and knees. and it doubles up as an eye makeup remover for waterproof mascara! best of all, its cheap.

  4. have been temoted to try a hom whitening kit but not sure if the results would be as good as one at the dentist. but the convenience is definitely something worth considering. does anyone know if GLO is sold in sephora in Singapore?

  5. I have a hard time finding any makeup products that I really love, and if I buy something more than once then its gotta be really good. I just bought my second tube of YSL TOUCHE ÉCLAT a few weeks ago, and this stuff really is very good. I have fair skin, and I use this as an under eye concealer in shade 2. This brightens dark circle very well, but mine aren’t the most severe. My favorite thing about this product and what makes it stand out is that it doesn’t feel cake and heavy around the gentle under eye area. I haven’t found any other under eye concealer that is just as light in texture as this one with this much coverage. Also, I use this to high light various parts of my face. As other have mentioned, the packaging isn’t ideal because you don’t know how much product is left until you run out!

  6. I find YSL great as a highlighter. I use it from my cheekbone to the area beyond my eye, down my nose, and sometimes on my brown bone and around the lips. I really do think of it as a highlighter, although it does give some coverage as well. There are a huge number of highlighters out on the market today, and what I like about this one is that it is much more natural and doesn’t include any of the glimmer, etc of others. It is also extremely easy to apply with its brush (I then use a separate brush to blend). I have tried it both before and after foundation, and find that before is the way to go, at least for me.

  7. YSL TOUCHE ÉCLAT – Radiant Touch is a very good highlighter. It’s not a concealer so don’t expect it will cover your blemishes.
    It gives my make-up a fresh, dewy look.Works well. It is brightening, and has beautiful packaging. The click pen dispenses the perfect amount of product. It does crease easily though. $40 seems like alot for a brightener. It is not a holy-grail product for me, but I like it.

  8. YSL TOUCHE ÉCLAT – Radiant Touch definitely does not cover my birthmark on the side of my face, but it does a nice job of highlighting and concealing minor imperfections. I like to use it on the corners of the insides of my eyes, around the curve of my nostrils , and right above my brow bone. It also works really well as a primer on my eyelids. I wish it didn’t have the click feature, because when you tend to click too much, a lot of product comes out that ends up being wasted. At this price, you don’t want to waste it. One thing that I really like about this is that it does not settle into fine lines around my eyes. It actually gives off reflective light that makes the lines seem smoother. Other concealers tend to be too heavy and make the lines look worse. This will continue to be a favorite of mine for years to come.

  9. I first tried YSL TOUCHE ÉCLAT product as a sample, and I was so impressed that I bought the full size. I use shade #1. My skin has a lot of pink to it and this corrector cancels it out well. I have no problems covering blemishes or semi dark under eye circles. This product is very thin though, so a little goes a long way! I’m not a huge fan of the packaging. I find the gold to look to a bit gaudy, and I don’t like packaging where you have to click or twist the container to get product out. It makes it very easy to get too much, especially with such a thin consistency product. I also prefer to just use my fingers to blend the product into my skin. It is a bit expensive. I only use this corrector about once a day so it has lasted me almost 2 months now and to me, that is worth the money. I would definitely repurchase this product.

  10. Although YSL products is expensive. It does not cake and does brighten.
    I don’t usually wear under eye makeup so I can’t compare it to others. However, I have not been impressed with any of the other ones the Sephora ladies have tried on me.

  11. YSL TOUCHE ÉCLAT – Radiant Touch is one of the most expensive makeup products I’ve purchased considering its size, yet I would definitely buy again! It’s got pretty but sensible packaging and the highlighter itself is beautiful. I don’t wear much makeup daily other than eyeliner/mascara, colored lip balm, and concealer – no foundation – but this still brightened up my face. It’s not very noticeable because it has very little shimmer, but once you go into the light you can really tell the difference. <3

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