Summer is coming to an end and the beauty biz is revving back up for fall. Whether you’re looking for a special offer, some new product suggestions or a skincare solution as the seasons change, we’ve got the scoop in this instalment of Beauty News Flash!
Fall is fast approaching, but in Hong Kong, sandal season never ends. The Nail Library’s end-of-summer promotion is the perfect solution to keeping your toes in good order. Go with a girlfriend anytime from Monday to Thursday – or to The Loft from Sunday to Thursday – and quote “Happy Pedis for Two” to enjoy this limited time offer: $700 for two pedicures, or upgrade to two shellac pedicures for just $1,110! Offer expires September 30th. See here for more info!
The Nail Library, 6 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2803 2290, www.facebook.com/pages/The-Nail-Library
The Loft by The Nail Library, Level 2, 26 Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2618 8623
Forget botox and fillers with Rodial’s new Dragon’s Blood range. Dubbed as a “liquid facelift”, the sky-high hyaluronic acid in this line is enough to plump out the most hollow of facial contours. While these products don’t come cheap, it’s a welcome non-invasive alternative to Juvéderm and Restylane injectables. Rodial Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel applies like a typical gel moisturiser and not only adds volume to your face, but also smooth’s out wrinkles and improves skin elasticity for a firmer, smoother complexion.
Exclusively available at Joyce Beauty, www.rodial.co.uk
Nail guru Marian Newman, often found behind the scenes at Fashion Week (be it Milan, Paris or New York), is the brain behind MAC Cosmetics’ latest Nail Transformations collection. Newman developed a range of topcoats that transform the texture and colours of an average mani, and it’s one bottle fits all! Choose from five effects – from texturising for leather-coated nails to an opaque, high-gloss finish – this is sure to revamp your routine manicure from average to amazing in one easy step.
Available at MAC locations, www.maccosmetics.com.hk
We already know and love Yves Saint Laurent for their luxe everything – Baby Doll mascara, embossed lipstick, you name it. Now they’re launching the ultimate high-end skincare line, Or Rouge, in YSL’s signature gold packaging and I’m all over it. The collection name, French for “red gold,” references the ultra-luxe ingredient saffron, the red centre of the Moroccan flower crocus. Known as the most expensive hand-picked spice in the world, YSL skin scientists infused this into Or Rouge to create four aromatic products to combat wrinkles, sagging skin and uneven complexion.
Available at all YSL Beauté counters starting 1 September, www.yslbeautyus.com
If it’s good enough for professional makeup artists, it’s good enough for us common beauty-crazed folk. Make Up For Ever is celebrating the big three-oh with their iconic Artistic Shadow series in their classic engraved packaging from the brand’s 1984 debut. This Pantone-inspired line boasts 210 cream colours in five texturised finishes (Diamond, Iridescent, Matte, Metallic and Satiny). Step into a Make Up For Ever store and select the perfect set of shadows for you.
Available at Make Up For Ever Beauty Boutique starting 28 August: Shop B206B, Basement 2, Times Square, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2154 1151
When you’re exhausted from weaving through the typical CWB crowd, stop by the new Bathe store. You won’t miss the dark, rustic storefront contrasted with the light and airy interiors (not to mention the whimsical yellow ducks scattered throughout the shop!). Founded in Bali, this boutique beauty brand carries products for everyone in the family. All products are completely natural, but my personal favourite is the fragrance-free line, suitable for anyone with sensitive skin.
Bathe Store: 2 Sharp Street East, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 852 2164 8868, www.bathestore.com
Amplify your natural flush with Benefit Cosmetic’s latest launch – the Majorette Booster Blush. It’s a cream-to-powder product with the perfect twinge of peach for your cheeks and your lips. Do you need another blush? Probably not, but if the kitschy packaging isn’t enough to make you drool, the product versatility and handy sheet of Benefit’s tips and tricks should convince you.
Available at Benefit Cosmetics Counter; Lane Crawford Times Square, Causeway Bay, 3102 3690, www.benefitcosmetics.hk
The plague of clogged pores and blackheads gets to the best of us. Particularly in Hong Kong humidity, excess sebum can’t evaporate and is trapped on your face – gross! I recommend B-Liv for an affordable solution to this relentless gripe. Try the Absolute Matte Charcoal Clarifying Mask before bed for a deep cleanse that leaves your skin shine-free! A better deal is The Great Summer Kit, which contains a bit of each B-Liv product.
Available at all SASA stores in Hong Kong, 2505 5023, www.sasa.com
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Born in Hong Kong, raised in Toronto, and educated in Montreal, I’m now back in my hometown and taking it by storm. Under my belt are editorial stints in ELLE Canada’s beauty department and Beauty RSVP magazine. When I’m not scouting the latest beauty buzz, I’m out shopping in Causeway, eating in Soho, sipping on G&Ts at Socialito and dancing with my girlfriends at Rula Bula – in that order.
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