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Bottoms Up: Let’s Talk About Beauty Empties

That is, beauty stuff we finished and will probably buy again. And, again.

Ah, that sweet satisfaction when you scoop out the very last of a beauty product from its bottle. That recognition that all the money you spent on it was not for nothing. You give yourself a well deserving pat on the shoulder because not only did you use the crap out of that thing, you were disciplined enough to use it regularly instead of leaving it to rot on your vanity. Good on you, good on you!

Finding the ultimate beauty products that work for you and your skin is not without a series of heartbreaks. Sometimes, your wallet cries along with you. But when you do find the one product to rule them all, you marvel at it, hug it, kiss it and bring home two or more of it – if the wallet permits. That is how we are with our list of beauty empties i.e. beauty products we finished at least once. Some of them are pretty pricey, that we’ll admit, but dang are they good. When it comes to beauty products, reaching the end of a bottle is not an everyday occurrence. If it happens, you know it is a keeper. Bottoms up, ladies.

Skin Inc Pure Revival Peel

An exfoliator that is so gentle on the skin and works like a charm. Little balls of dead skin roll off almost instantly. If you feel that SGD$110 for a big bottle is a little steep, go for the travel-sized ones at SGD$25 a pop. We blabbed a little about it here.


Poretol Milky Mask

We cleared the shelves the first time we visited Seoul this year – and we cleared it again the second time. The only downside is that the brand is pretty obscure. We haven’t seen this anywhere outside South Korea. Bum-mer. We raved about it here.


Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

Are you sick of hearing people talk about this already? Well, if you’re not already using it, you need to hear some more. So astonishingly hardy and easy to use, each pen can last up to four months or so of daily use. (Though, if you’re looking for alternatives, we have a whole list here.)


Skin Inc Deep Sea Hydrating Mask

We haven’t met a Skin Inc product we don’t like. One of our go-to masks, this guy sends moisture straight into the skin without overworking it, making it ideal for oily and acne-prone types. Like the Pure Revival Peel, this comes in travel size for less heartbreak.


NARS All-Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

Everyone I’ve met who uses this swears by it. It isn’t the cheapest liquid foundation around, but each bottle can last up to at least six months because of how little of the product you need each time. And guys, it stays on your face like it is bound by magic or something. For more of the best liquid foundations ever, click here.


Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Circle Concealer

So cheap, yet so effective. Smells good, too. Use it under your eyes, use it on your zits, use it in place of your liquid foundation. Just…just use it, okay? When you do see it at the drugstore, make sure to get at least two because these sell out faster than you can say “cronut”.


Dior Addict Lip Glow

It costs four times as much as regular drugstore lip balm, but we’re willing victims. Slightly tinted and not at all sticky or oily with long-lasting hydration, this is one of the best lip balms we’ve ever used. #truth


Cle de Peau Refining Pressed Powder

A thin little compact that does so much. Not only does it give you a silky smooth finish, a little is all it takes to take away that mid-day shine on problem areas. It costs more than regular finishing powders, but if you use it only as a “blotter”, it’ll stretch longer.


Fresh Ultimate Nourishing Honey Mask

Like the Deep Sea Hydrating Mask, this cult-favourite from Fresh is one of our go-to masking products. (It is somehow hard to locate, though?) The good thing is, one jar lasts for quite a long time even if you use it weekly, so we’ll say the price tag is reasonable.


Lancôme Energie De Vie Liquid Care

This is for all you out there who like a short beauty routine. With a texture that is almost like water, the Liquid Care gives you instant moisture without that goopy, oily after-feeling. No breakouts recorded yet. We like it both as a daily day moisturiser and a quick pick-me-up on flights. The bottle is pretty skinny for its SGD$160 price tag, but this is truly good stuff. Sigh, we’ll just write if off as an investment.

Caught the beauty junkie bug and can’t seem to shake it off? Indulge yourself with picks from our “Best of Beauty” column here.

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