'TIS THE season

From sought-after skincare brands to sparkling holiday make-up, this season is brimming with must-have cosmetics. We've made our list and checked it twice.

Thursday, 8 December, 2011, 12:00am

Confidence in a box - a message from the seller

All around us are advertisements and commercials for products that tell us we are not looking good enough. They also tell what we can do to look better: use their products.

No doubt, some of those products have some science behind them.

Yet many manufacturers just play on our insecurities with false promises.

14 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

This week we test: toner

Toner is the second stage in skincare, and removes any residual grease and grime. It also tightens pores and prepares skin for moisturiser.

Clarins Toning Lotion O/C (HK$210/200ml)

Gradually but effectively reduces pore size and smells amazing. This leaves skin feeling soft, clean and, best of all, very hydrated.

10 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Secure in his own skin

Three years ago, when the financial crisis swept across the world, Christian Courtin-Clarins made two important decisions for his family business - one, to delist it from the Paris stock exchange where it had been traded for 24 years; two, to focus on its development in Asia instead of America.

11 Apr 2011 - 12:00am


Luminous, translucent and radiant skin is something we all aspire to. Today, thanks to groundbreaking skincare research, it's possible to wave goodbye to the dark spots, uneven skin texture and pigmentation that dull our complexions and say hello to brighter, lighter and fresher skin.

29 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Swarovski enters cosmetics market with crystal-glittery line

So, Swarovski has done jewellery, shoes and chandeliers. The crystal brand is now launching a new cosmetics line to carve out a slice of the lucrative beauty market, and of course with something crystal-glittery.

28 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Beauty buzz

Keep your skin smooth and soft from head to toe this winter with a refreshing scrub.

Origins' Incredible Spreadable Smoothing Ginger Body Scrub (HK$240/50ml) softens the skin, leaving it subtly scented with the spice's warming aroma. Available at all Origins counters.

9 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Face up to parties

1 L'Occitane's new Radiance Face Powder Pearls (HK$240) - part of its Fleur Cherie collection - promises to give your complexion a healthy, fresh glow this winter. The loose balls of peachy pink give just the right amount of colour or can be used as a highlighter on cheeks and brow bones. From all L'Occitane stores.

3 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Editor's note

October is a time for change - we pack up our sandals and step into our stiletto boots, we go for the soup instead of the salad, we give up our futile diets and bikini-body dreams and convince ourselves that the extra kilogram or five is actually a good thing to have as winter beckons.

19 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Cosmetics king has taste for high life

What does one expect when meeting the managing director of French cosmetics company Clarins? A mild-mannered man who, perhaps, prefers his teas herbal and his handkerchiefs monogrammed. Certainly not an ex-orthopaedic surgeon who flies helicopters in his spare time and has a penchant for late-night clubbing.

19 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

The Wow Factor

Brow professional

6 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Beauty buzz

The heat is definitely on and so should your sunscreen be. Try some of these handy ray-and-wrinkle-fighting items to keep your skin looking as young as you feel.

26 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

This week we test: body scrub

Summer and bikinis mean it's time to buff away dead skin cells - and tiredness! Body scrubs rejuvenate your skin, leaving you feeling refreshed and revived.

Origins Modern Friction for the body (HK$350/200ml)

7 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

The Wow Factor

Killing it softly

Summer often brings pimples, but it's usually too hot to do anything to cover them up. Clarins' new Tinted Blemish Control Cream (HK$190) is a lightweight, beige product that promises to conceal and cure the blemish. Available from all Clarins locations.

Two becomes one

24 May 2009 - 12:00am

Powder room

IPSA - owned by Shiseido - has upgraded its Sun protection products to increase UV protection and fight dry skin. Its Super Sun Block (bottom, far right; HK$230/30ml) with SPF50PA+++ and Sun Protector (HK$300/30ml) with SPF30PA+++ protect skin from long-wave and UVB rays, and contain acetylated hyaluronic acid to moisturise.

12 May 2009 - 12:00am