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5 Beauty Buys to Celebrate Chinese New Year

The Lunar New Year is around the corner and if you gotten all your outfits ready, bring your vision to life, honour individuality and put your best face forward with one of these carefully formulated product line to kickstart and celebrate the grand occasion.

We got you covered, select from peach-colored nude shade with a satin finish lipstick made for an arresting look at MAC to Semi Matte Lipstick’ in a red cherry blossom from Givenchy to embellished powder compact kit from Estée Lauder that now comes with a cute canine theme, all to make everyone go star-struck and let you usher in the Chinese New Year in style.

Here are five beauty buys to usher in the Year of the Dog:

MAC’s Lunar New Year collection comes in the prettiest rainbow-like ombré packaging we have seen for a long time and includes five lipstick shades that come in three different textures. “Good Health” – a peach-coloured nude shade with a satin finish – is bound to be the perfect all-rounder. https://www.maccosmetics.com/product/13854/55720/products/makeup/lips/lipstick/lipstick-lunar-new-year#

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Jewelry designer Monica Rich Kosann has teamed up with Estée Lauder on a sparkly, embellished powder compact with a cute canine theme.

Givenchy’s Chinese New Year edition of its ‘Le Rouge Semi Matte Lipstick’ comes in a red cherry blossom-stamped packaging for an extra dose of elegance.

Glamglow’s signature ‘Gravity Mud’ mask now comes in a special-edition red jar to allow you to usher in the Chinese New Year in style, while simultaneously keeping the complexion looking tight and defined. https://www.glamglow.com/product/15132/52685/shop-treatments/gravitymudtm-lunar-new-year-exclusive

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This trip of ‘Lucky Puppy’ cushion cases by Etude House will keep your cushion makeup on-trend all year round.

Designer beauty collaborations in Fall 2017 from Bella Hadid to Emilia Clarke 

Heralding someone as the “the number one most powerful person in fashion” is quite a bold statement to make, and even more so when the label is given to a makeup artist. The one in question is Pat McGrath, who also made history last June by becoming the first of her trade to be honoured by the CFDA. When a ceremony that is often called the “Oscars of fashion” makes it a point to recognize a key player of the beauty industry, our attention should inevitably be turned towards it.

If the above is any indication, the beauty industry, which has long been seen as the little sister to its more seasoned fashion counterpart, has officially come into its own. In fact, the beauty industry — all USD 423 billion of it — is doing better than it should in an age when the world is headed towards something of an economic apocalypse. While luxury fashion brands puzzle over strategies to recreate the “miracle work” of Gucci’s Alessandro Michele and Balenciaga’s Demna Gvasalia, many are cleverly focusing on their beauty lines as a lifeline.

Reflecting the power shift between the fashion and beauty industries, the rules of the beauty game have been changing too. A major catalyst for this is social media platforms and the ubiquitous Instagram in particular. The photo-sharing app has opened up a whole new world for beauty products to be consumed: one that is easily accessible (the app is available for free across mobile platforms and has a web version), engaging (refer to the “#makeup”, “#mua” and “#onfleek” hashtags) and boundless (as of last April, the app has 700 million monthly active users).

For beauty brands, choosing a new ambassador is a decision that bears as much significance as a fashion house appointing a new creative director. Traditionally, the privilege wasn’t granted to just anybody. Models, for one, would need years of experience and campaigns under their belts. In the case of 90s supermodel Christy Turlington, it took almost a decade after her model debut before she was offered a contract to be the new face of Maybelline in 1992.

Similarly, actresses like Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron had to prove their worth through Oscar wins and critical acclaim before even being considered. When Kidman starred in Chanel’s No. 5 the Film in 2004, the Australian actress had already bagged several Golden Globes awards, a BAFTA Award and an Academy Award for Best Actress.

In an age of increasing connectivity, however, beauty brands are now being drawn to a new crop of fresh faces: influencers whose social media reach is much stronger and substantive than their portfolio. Instagram, of course, is increasingly becoming a key part of this equation.

To make their move count, some beauty brands are turning to the number of followers one may boast. Enter Bella Hadid, one of the most sought-after models of the moment. Electing the American model as the face of its Goldea The Roman Night fragrance was a no-brainer for Bulgari, especially with her 14.4 million Instagram followers considered. What really set her apart from other models — say, her sister Gigi Hadid who is the 39th most followed user on Instagram with 35 million followers — was the younger demographic of her followers, which the Italian luxury label hopes to attract. With the younger Hadid sister on board, Bulgari can expect its new fragrance to make 30 million euros in its first year.

For YSL Beauté, naming singer and actor Zoë Kravitz as its global makeup ambassador was a move that highlighted the brand’s understanding of Instagram’s power. The 28-year-old may only have 3 million followers, but her appeal really lies in her engaging content. Capturing everything from high-profile red carpet events to intimate moments with friends and family, Kravtiz’s Instagram account makes her seem more relatable. With her first YSL Beauté campaign, “Tatouage Couture”, set to launch in September, Kravitz will definitely be keeping her fans posted through behind-the-scenes shots and the like, thereby bridging the gap between them and the luxury beauty label.

Like models and influencers, actresses are also being chosen by their popularity. This is the case for Emilia Clarke, who was recently appointed as the face of Dolce & Gabbana’s The One fragrance. The timing is no coincidence: HBO’s wildly popular TV series Game of Thrones is currently airing its 7th season, with Clarke’s character in the centre of it. The star’s campaign for the fragrance will only be unveiled this September, but fans are definitely keeping as close an eye on it as they are on Daenerys Targaryen and her loveable brood of fire-breathing dragons.

From a less commercial angle, some beauty brand ambassadors are chosen based purely on how well they embody the spirit of the brand. Case in point: Victoria Beckham’s new Estée Lauder makeup collection. “Like our founder, Estée, Victoria has a real understanding of what women want and has applied this to beauty in a very passionate and personal way,” says the brand’s Global Brand President, Stephane de La Faverie. Appointing Beckham to both design and be the face of the collaboration makes it a lot more meaningful and appealing to customers.

Another example of this is Kristen Stewart’s appointment as the face of Chanel’s upcoming women’s perfume, Gabrielle Chanel. The actress will star in the film campaign and print ad for fragrance, but it’s hardly her first stint with the French couture house. Stewart was named a Chanel ambassador back in 2013 and was also made the brand’s face of makeup last February. She has since appeared in campaigns for Chanel’s Eyes 2016 and 2017 campaigns, as well as its Fall 2016 Le Rouge Collection Number 1 ad.

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New York Fashion Week 2016: 4 Highlights

New York Fashion Week is winding down and it showcased some high-profile shows that not only surprised but also grabbed headlines for many reasons. To help catch you up on what has been happening in the Big Apple, we rounded a few highlights that made through our news filters.

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Model Gigi Hadid walks the runway during the Tommy Hilfiger fall 2016 collection presented at New York Fashion Week in New York, September 9, 2016. © TREVOR COLLENS / AFP

Model Gigi Hadid walks the runway during the Tommy Hilfiger fall 2016 collection presented at New York Fashion Week in New York, September 9, 2016. © TREVOR COLLENS / AFP

We start with Tommy Hilfiger and Gigi Hadid who have produced a collection that was made available for purchase once it hit the runway. The collaboration was presented over the course of two days with a public fun fair followed by the runway presentation. With a full house and Taylor Swift in attendance, the show certainly was not short on star power. We look forward to learning the results of this experiment, which leads us to the next point…

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We love how technological advancements have brought us numerous opportunities enjoy the collections from across the globe. Tom Ford was one such label that invited the world to watch as it kicked off New York Fashion Week live on websites, well everywhere! Like Hilfiger, the designer made his collection immediately available for purchase. Other brands that are made their shows available for all, include Kanye West and Rebecca Minkoff who relied on Tidal and Ripple respectively for their showcases.

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Over at Lacoste, the designs were slightly more relaxed thanks to softly draped terry dresses in hues that evoked a sense of calm. Embracing the idea of a summer getaway, the brand paired comfy fits with minimalistic lines. Also at New York Fashion Week, was Victoria Beckham (main picture) whose show was held exactly 15 years after the attacks on the World Trade Centre. Before sending models down the runway, the designer observed a two-minute silence to honor the victims of the attacks. Her collection featured unstructured designs, asymmetrically panelled skirts that joined the list of relaxed designs that have now become staples on the runway (most especially at NYFW). Filled with plush colors and contrasting materials, the flirtatious collection was a departure from previous designs that were structured. Beckham also used the runway to showcase her upcoming beauty collection with Estée lauder.

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Another highly anticipated collaboration was from Alexander Wang and Adidas Originals. The collection focused on unisex streetwear basics with an urban and subversive feel. The designer also presented the Spring/Summer 2017 collection from his eponymous label. Bringing a Californian vibe to Manhattan, the designer brought out sexy black leather pieces that featured contrasting retro neon hues. Hood By Air provided this youthful allure just a few notches higher with a conceptual show that featured double-ended boots, transparent ponchos and oversized outerwear. Also, porn logos for some reason…

6 SPF Products You Need for Summer 2016

Living in the tropical paradise that is Singapore has its perks but with it comes year-long sweltering heat and a whole lot of sun, which brings us to the importance of slathering on that SPF. Its benefits go beyond protection against skin cancer; it also prevents premature ageing and skin discoloration. Here, we bring you six SPF-loaded products that will save your skin, sans the weight and oily texture.

Shiseido Perfect UV Protector S SPF50+/PA++++ ($63)

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Ever get the nagging suspicion that you didn’t even out your sunscreen application? You don’t have to worry with this sunscreen as it uses the Super Veil-V 360 technology, which is said to help form a protective layer even over the tiniest bumps and depressions in your skin so nothing gets missed. There’s also the Wetforce technology which reportedly strengthens this protective layer when it comes into contact with water or perspiration, making this product waterproof and ideal for the beach, water sports or just very humid days. As this sunscreen is free of parabens, alcohol and fragrances, it is suitable for sensitive skin and even young children.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Protect Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen/PA+++ ($55)

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Its name may be a mouthful but that’s only because this oil-free creamy gel is one super multi-tasker. While it protects skin from sun damage, it also primes your complexion for a smoother, more flawless makeup application and keeps your foundation looking fresh for longer. The formula also uses vitamins A and E for their conditioning benefits. And because it’s dermatologist-tested and not made with fragrances or oil, it’s ideal for sensitive skin.

YSL Beauté Or Rouge UV Protection SPF 50/PA+++ ($179)


The luxury Or Rouge skincare line gets its anti-ageing powers from the pistil of the saffron flower from the Moroccan Atlas mountains. Recently, YSL Beauté discovered that saffron also has a unique glycan with anti-pollution properties. Just the thing an all-rounder sunscreen needs to protect skin from all sorts of UVA and UVB damage. The texture doesn’t disappoint either. For those of us who have become well-acquainted with the lightest of sunscreens, this one ups the game further by melting on skin and making it matte, smooth and radiant.

Chanel UV Essentiel Multi-Protection Daily Defender SPF30/PA+++ and UV ESSENTIEL Multi-Protection Daily Defender SPF50+/PA+++ ($85 each)

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There’s a lot going on inside our skin cells. For instance, certain proteins known as SPRRs help to protect skin from external stressors. But these SPRRs can lose their potency after skin has been exposed to environmental aggressors for a long time. In comes tiare flower, which, the Chanel labs have discovered, stimulates SPRRs, even under long-term stress. You’ll get the flower extract in the brand’s choice of two sunscreens, which are said to keep skin plump and radiant.

Estée Lauder Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening UV Protector SPF50/PA++++ ($86)

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This gives you the best of both worlds: it has a high SPF but comes in a light, easy-to-blend texture. The use of powerful antioxidants in the formula means that this sunscreen can protect skin from oxidative damage and prevent spots from forming. Plus, it has soothing anti-irritants to calm skin – some studies have discovered that inflamed skin can be more prone to hyperpigmentation.

Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint SPF30/PA+++ ($70)

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Available in nine shades, this gives skin a soft-focus effect by blurring out imperfections with something known as Transparent Blurring Powders. You’ll get a natural finish coupled with a velvety feel. And because the formula is sheer enough, you can use this tint on its own if you don’t need or like too much coverage.

This article first appeared on L’Officiel Singapore.

Top 10 Luxury Firms 2016 Revealed

Deloitte’s reveals, for the third year running, the best performing companies in global luxury. Now, we usually argue against paying heed to how well luxury companies are doing, earnings wise, because this doesn’t tell you anything about the products or the experience. Also, some firms, such as Rolex, are not particularly transparent as they are not public. Anyway, for those who care, Deloitte’s annual Global Powers of Luxury Goods ranking sees the parent companies behind Louis Vuitton, Cartier and Estée Lauder retain their places at the top of the list. The AFP has the following details on it.

French-based LVMH, full name LVMH Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy SE, also owns Bulgari, Chrisitian Dior, Emilio Pucci, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Hublot, TAG Heuer, Moët Chandon, Dom Perignon and Benefit Cosmetics. Based on figures from 2014 (the most recent data available, apparently), it is also the world’s biggest luxury conglomerate.

Swiss company Richemont (Cartier, Dunhill, Lancel, Montblanc, Jaeger-LeCoutre, Piaget) comes in second, with the US’s Estée Lauder group (MAC, Clinique, Jo Malone) in third. The top three retain their places from 2015’s equivalent Global Powers of Luxury Goods report.

Italy’s Luxottica manufactures eyewear under the its own Ray-Ban, Persol and Oakley brands as well as for Chanel, Armani, Versace, Prada and more, and moved up one place to fourth.

Also moving up one were Switzerland’s Swatch (Breguet, Longines, Omega) and France’s Kering (Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga), with Hong Kong jewelry group Chow Tai Fook moving from fourth to seventh.

L’Oreal Luxe (Lancôme, Biotherm, Kiehl’s), Ralph Lauren, and PVH (Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger) completed Deloitte’s top ten, which is cam out June 7.

Victoria Beckham Teams Up with Estée Lauder

You’ve watched her evolve from Posh Spice to Mrs. Beckham and finally fashion designer. Now, Victoria Beckham can add makeup collaborator to her fast-growing resume.

The fashion maverick has announced that she will be working with Estée Lauder on a limited edition range of makeup that will launch in September this year. Dubbed “Victoria Beckham Estée Lauder”, the collection will only be available at select retailers globally, Victoria Beckham stores, esteelauder.com and victoriabeckham.com.

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“We are excited to join forces and bring Victoria’s take on beauty to her many fans around the world,” said Jane Hertzmark Hudis, Group President, The Estée Lauder Companies.

“Victoria is an entrepreneur in the true spirit of our founder, Estée Lauder, with a real understanding of what women want and a commitment to making women look and feel their most beautiful. [She] has a passion for beauty and we are delighted to welcome her into our brand.”

We’re just excited that we’re one step closer to achieving the cheekbones of our dreams.

Read more about the collaboration on L’Officiel.com.

White-Out: 4 Lightening Cosmetics

It’s that time of the year again, when brands launch their range of whitening products and skincare and we feel that it is only fair that we share our picks for the season. With some help from the team at L’Officiel Singapore, we present you with a few products that you can incorporate into your skincare routine, for that flawless, radiant finish.

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In makeup, loose powder has always been the sidekick to its more technology-driven and ingredients-packed compact or liquid counterparts. But not the Chanel Le Blanc UV Protection Whitening Loose Powder SPF50/PA+++ ($82). If you ask the lab folks who produce makeup, they will have you know that it’s always a tough job combining a high SPF with light textures. This formula has a super-generous SPF but also melts easily into skin, leaving a sheer finish and a velvety feel. It also doesn’t lose out on the ingredients list, with pearl light pigments that make your complexion look luminous, as well as a special pearl extract and a licorice extract to brighten up sallow skin tones.

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Once upon a time, we were happy enough with makeup bases in that one nude or whitish shade. But they have gone all techni-colour now. Cue the Dior Diorsnow Brightening Makeup Base Colour Correction SPF35/PA+++ ($84 each), which come in three hues. Each has a specific purpose: pink for giving dull skin a rosy glow, beige for minimising redness, and blue for perking up a sallow complexion. Of course, the ideal situation would be to own all three shades and use each where it’s needed most.

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If you’re packing for your next vacay and want to travel “light”, just stash the Chanel Le Blanc Light Creator Whitening Concealer SPF40/PA+++ ($54) in your bag. Why? Primarily, it’s a concealer for dark spots and other flaws like acne marks, thanks to its rich, creamy texture and light-reflecting pigments – the latter being what Chanel calls the “pearl light pigments”. These are supposed to give your complexion a translucent smoothness even as they correct skin imperfections. This concealer stick, available in two shades, also works as a form of skincare, as it has ascorbic glucoside and licorice extract to slow down the formation of dark spots. The generous SPF serves as prevention, since we all know that sun damage can cause spots or make them more visible.

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For your makeup to glide on like a dream, you either have the smoothest skin to begin with. Or you fake it. For the latter scenario, there’s the Estée Lauder Crescent White Brightening Makeup Base SPF30/PA+++ ($89). It has lavender pigments to tone down skin dullness, sallowness and dark spots. And since we all know how dry, flaky skin can make even the best foundation streak, this makeup base is also all about keeping up the moisture levels for hours. This same devotion to keeping your skin well-hydrated is present, too, in the brand’s Crescent White Hydra-Bright Essence Makeup SPF30/PA++ (*$86). It plumps up skin, balances oil levels, and blurs the appearance of fine lines, pores, dark spots and uneven tone. Smart makeup? Definitely on our yes list.

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Text by Pearlyn Tham

This story was first published in L’Officiel Singapore.

9 Beauty Superstars in Focus

From Chanel to Shu Uemura, these are the beauty products to keep you in a maximally tip-top shape for the occasion. Add them to your basket. Now.


Shiseido Bio-Performance Liftdynamic Serum ($145)

Shiseido labs have discovered that when the structural support system in ageing skin breaks down, sub-derm pockets are left behind beneath the skin’s surface. The result: a loss of firmness, followed by wrinkles and sagging. The Bio-Performance LiftDynamic Serum promises to fill these pockets with the use of rosemary phyto-essence. It also boasts other ingredients like wild thyme, a vitamin E derivative and Super Bio-Hyaluronic Acid N to make skin softer, smoother and more hydrated.


YSL Beauté Le Cushion Encre De Peau ($88)

We’ve seen our share of cushion foundations in recent years, but this one’s the most gorgeous by far. And the formula of its debut cushion foundation is said to give a matte yet luminous finish and a touch of freshness on skin. Use it sparingly, dabbing the foundation on areas where you need a little more help, like the reddish corners of your nose or on the chin. Then build up the coverage as you go along or whenever your skin needs a pick-me-up throughout the day. Because we too would find every opportunity to take this stunner out for touch-ups.


Dior Diorshow Maximizer 3D ($53)

An upgrade of its original launched in 2010 and now with the 3D in its moniker, Dior’s lash primer uses an oil-serum with ingredients like fatty acids, vitamin E and a seaweed extract known for its self-repair ability. The formula also has hollow silica beads that don’t weigh your lashes down. Think of it as applying a mask for lashes each time you want to boost their volume – by three times, if you use the Diorshow Maximizer 3D with a Diorshow Designer mascara.


Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Revitalizing Mask Noir ($620)

Ever been dry-brushed at the spa? Here’s the less rustic version of that therapy… for your face: Estée Lauder’s luxury line Re-Nutriv now has a two-step brush-and-mask routine. Massage the brush – specially crafted with the softest, smoothest fibres – on clean, dry skin to re-energise your complexion. Then, apply the mask, which has bamboo charcoal and concentrated levels of black diamond truffle extract to make your complexion look less tired and more youthful. We’ll be saving this power duo for important evenings.


Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo ($49)

Even the most savvy and well-informed among us have to confess: every makeup brand now has so many lipstick types in its stable that we just lose track of the one that has the matte yet hydrating texture, the one that’s good for super-glossy brights and the one that leaves indelible lip marks on him. Chanel has made things easier with its Rouge Coco Stylo, a hybrid formula that gives you all you need in a lippie. It’s intense like a lipstick, shiny like a gloss and comforting like a balm. Really, do you need anything else? In eight shades.


Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint SPF30/PA+++ ($72)

OK, so there are numerous apps out there with a multitude of skin-perfecting filters. But real life still exists. And for that, you’ll need this all-in-one product. Vitamins C and E in this help to nourish and protect your complexion. Additionally, this oil-free tint is said to create a soft-focus effect by using Transparent Blurring Powders that even out your skin tone and blur out imperfections, while giving a natural finish and a velvety feel. And the last bit is something you’ll never get from an Instagram filter. In nine shades.


Tom Ford Black Orchid EDT ($100-$210)

About a decade after the launch of the iconic Black Orchid EDP, Tom Ford fans have something else to obsess about now: the equally sophisticated and seductive EDT. Don’t expect a watered-down version – it’s Tom Ford, after all – as this new variant packs in top notes of black truffle, bergamot and blackcurrant, as well as lotus wood, patchouli, incense, vetiver, vanilla and sandalwood. At its heart is the eponymous Black Orchid, the designer’s idea of the ultimate luxurious ingredient made up of florals and rich fruit accords. And forget the ubiquitous transparent glass bottle. This one’s going into its own matte black flacon. Classy.


Shu Uemura Laque Supreme Shimmer ($42 each)

Laque Supreme is more or less a liquefied lipstick that’s applied like a lipgloss. This year’s Laque Supreme Shimmer is said to use a special shimmer made up of gold and silver powders that are inspired by the making of Japanese lacquerware – it glistens, like a lipgloss, but is more long-lasting and opaque, like a lip stain. The newly designed applicator is a work of art in itself. Slanted at a magic angle, it fits the cupid’s bow and is made of a special material that releases just the right amount of lip product at once. No streaking or clumping here. Brilliant.


Clé de Peau Beauté La Crème ($875 – $1,200)

In its new research, the luxury brand found that, like the brain, the epidermis can process information and, therefore, restore itself to an optimal state of calm even when it is subject to damage from environmental factors. Based on this finding, the iconic La Crème night cream has now been reformulated to include the ingredient theanine, which is said to encourage skin to “reset” itself when it suffers damage caused by previous stressors. Expect bright, moisturised and translucent skin with less sagging and less noticeable nasolabial lines. Now, that’s something all of us think about having 24/7.

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Art Direction by Stephanie Lim
Digital Imaging by Mossy Chew

This article was originally published in L’Officiel Singapore

Estée Lauder debuts world’s first #BeautyPlayground in Malaysia

Continuing in its effort to widen its market to the millennials, Estée Lauder has launched the world’s first #BeautyPlayground in Malaysia.

Opening its doors in Sunway Pyramid, this new concept store by Estée Lauder aims to target the new generation of beauty and makeup lovers with a whole new range of exciting and fun offerings, along with a dedicated ‘Dream Team’ beauty specialists that will help elevate your makeup game.

Surrounded by elements of current ‘it’ girl and face of Estée Lauder – Kendall Jenner, the #BeautyPlayground promises only the latest of the season, which is split to six different pitstops.

Starting from the first stop ‘Glow On” for skincare, you will be able to enjoy a 360-degree experience to revamp your entire beauty and makeup regime.  Other stops include “Glam Up” for makeup, “Get Polished” for nails and “Mix and Mingle” for the latest and hottest perfume.

Perhaps the most exciting and captivating stop, the final part of the #BeautyPlayground experience is the “Strike A Pose’ digital photo wall, where you take a selfie to show off their brand new look of the day instantly on social media.

Another special corner at the new concept store is the “Chill with Kendall Jenner” space, where you can browse through the ‘It’ girl’s latest makeup looks and get tips on how to achieve them on an iPad.

For each and every booth available, the Estée Lauder “Dream Team” is all ready and set to help you create your desired look.


The Estée Lauder #BeautyPlayground is currently located at the Ground floor (Orange Zone) of Sunway Pyramid Mall, Kuala Lumpur. For more information, please visit www.esteelauder.com.my.

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Joan Smalls Lands Lipstick Collection With Estée Lauder

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Supermodel Joan Smalls has revealed the results of her first collaboration with Estée Lauder with a new campaign for the brand’s Pure Color Envy Matte Sculpting Lipstick.

The Puerto Rican beauty and spokesmodel for the French cosmetics house set tongues wagging last year when she turned up to the Costume Institute gala wearing a custom-blended electric violet lipstick that stole the show.

“I knew my dress was going to be a simple tan gown by Vera Wang, and I was just sort of like, ‘This needs something,'” Smalls says of the bold statement.

She caught the eye of Estée Lauder and the result is a 12-color collection of Pure Color Envy Matte Sculpting Lipsticks in showstopping hues with names like “Furious,” “Volatile” and “Irrepressible.”

The star color is “Commanding,” a deep burgundy that Smalls’s Instagram followers helped her to name.

The super-matte texture of the collection lets the color do the talking, without looking too high-maintenance.

“I love how matte lipsticks don’t look too overpowering or in-your-face, even if the color is bright,” says Smalls of her decision to opt for a shine-free product. A playful new video rolled out by the beauty house sees her putting the collection through its paces.

The Pure Color Envy Matte Sculpting Lipsticks are available to purchase from www.esteelauder.com for $30.

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Is this Kendall Jenner’s new Estee Lauder campaign?

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Kendall Jenner unveiled her signature lipstick shade for Estée Lauder just last month, and now the model has shared pictures from what appears to be a new photo campaign with the cosmetics company.

The US beauty posted two photos to her Instagram page with the simple caption “w/ @esteelauder”. The first shows her lying facedown on a bed covered with blankets, face covered by her brunette tresses, wearing a cami top and lacy underwear. The second sees her taking a selfie with her figure silhouetted against a silk screen.

Kendall and Estée Lauder teamed up back in June on the limited edition lippy “Pure Color Envy Matte Sculpting Lipstick“. Described by the group as “Part poppy. Part orange crush. All matte. All Kendall.,” the high-impact color is only available online and comes in a signed case.

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It is the latest high-profile collaboration for the reality TV star, who has been on the radar over the past few weeks for starring in the latest Balmain campaign with younger sister Kylie, as well as featuring in the new Fendi ad shot by Karl Lagerfeld himself.

Earlier this month she confirmed her position as catwalk queen when she closed the Chanel haute couture Autumn/Winter 2015/16 show as Lagerfeld’s “bride”, wearing a military-style cream suit.

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Estee Lauder buying fragrance company Le Labo

Santal 33 travel set from Le Labo

Estee Lauder said Wednesday that it agreed to acquire upscale fragrance brand Le Labo, which it said complements its portfolio of beauty brands.

Founded in 2006 by Fabrice Penot and Eddie Roschi, Le Labo now has its own stores in New York, London, Paris, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tokyo and Hong Kong, with additional counters around the world.

The brand has sustained the early buzz surrounding its scents with lines of body care, candles, and limited edition fragrances called “City Exclusives” available in select boutiques.

The company will join a portfolio of high-end  companies including MAC, Tom Ford, Bobbi Brown and Jo Malone.

It’s part of a wider interest in niche scents that has seen the growth of the market over the past few years. In 2012, market research experts NPD Group noted 19% yearly growth in the ‘Jewelry & Niche Fragrance’ category compared with 7% growth for classic ‘Designer’ scents.

Estée Lauder x Opening Ceremony

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Cosmetics giant Estee Lauder reached out to Opening Ceremony and Kenzo designers Carol Lim and Humberto Leon to design new outfits for its 15,000 beauty advisors around the world.

The men’s and women’s designs will debut on shop floors from this Saturday at the Estée Lauder flagship coutner at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City. The 14-piece wardrobe has been designed in classic navy blue, off-white and jacquard fabrics.

“We really wanted to communicate the quality, the prestige and everything that you associate with the brand,” Lim told WWD, promising “something classic, timeless, really fresh and modern.”

“Everybody deserves to wear something pretty spectacular and now they will be,” added Richard Ferretti, senior vice president and global creative director at Estée Lauder.

The two brands will be teaming up again on September 8, when the beauty company is set to create the make-up looks at the Opening Ceremony fashion show held as part of New York Fashion Week.

Earlier this year Vivienne Westwood signed up to create sustainable outfits for employees of Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic airline.

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Constance Jablonski video

A day in the life of an Estée Lauder Model

Constance Jablonski video

Cosmetics and skincare brand Estée Lauder has presented the first in a long series of videos entirely dedicated to its international brand ambassadors. French model Constance Jablonski started things off by giving viewers a look at her life in New York.

Each video in the “Day in the Life of an Estée Lauder model” series lasts between one and two minutes and invites fashionistas into the world of Estée Lauder’s most symbolic brand ambassadors.

Constance Jablonski, who was discovered through the Elite Model Look competition in 2006 and who has been a face of Estée Lauder since 2010, lets viewers into her life in New York through images of her makeup sessions, fittings, shows, fundraising and private nights on the town and shopping outings.

The brand will soon unveil new videos featuring Joan Smalls, Liu Wen and Hilary Rhoda who are all brand ambassadors. Watch Constance Jablonski: A Day in the Life of an Estee Lauder Model.

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The Top 10 Global Beauty Brands‎ 2012

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A recent report on the world’s strongest beauty labels has highlighted the dominance of legacy brands, with long-running and affordable favorites such as Olay and Avon dominating the top ten.

Valuation firm Brand Finance’s annual ranking of the 50 biggest global beauty brands measures areas including current market value and customer loyalty, with the number one spot going to America’s Olay — which was launched in 1950.
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Marni to launch first fragrance

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Beauty giant Estée Lauder announced Wednesday that it had partnered with the Italian fashion brand for the latter’s first foray into fragrances.

“Wearing Marni is like wearing a piece of art. It is an expression of individuality. Few designers can make the fashion community smile the way Consuelo Castiglioni does,” Veronique Gabai-Pinsky of Estée Lauder’s Aramis and Designer Fragrances stated.
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Estee Lauder expands China’s cosmetics universe

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China is currently the world’s third-largest market for cosmetics and toiletries, behind the United States and Japan.

While wealthy Chinese once had to travel overseas to get their cosmetics, the domestic market is now spoiled for choice as the world’s leading cosmetic companies open shops across the nation.

That makeover of the Chinese market received another boost this week with news that massive New York-based Estee Lauder Companies group is planning to expand its presence in the country with new stores and e-commerce channels.
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