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Pamper yourself silly with World Duty Free


There aren’t many things in life that come for free, especially not when it comes to looking your best. However, thanks to travel retailer World Duty Free, you can board your flight looking a million dollars, without having spent a cent.

A whole range of beauty services such as skin consultations, hand massages and make-up tutorials are on offer at World Duty Free airport store locations, including London Heathrow, Manchester, Barcelona El Prat and Madrid-Barajas airports. Booking is not required so all you need to do is get yourself through security and to the World Duty Free store.

Each treatment usually takes between two and ten minutes, which leaves you plenty of time to complete your shopping before boarding.

PretAirporter brings you some of the service highlights below.

bareMinerals offers three services: Effortless Eyes teaches customers about the benefits of framing eyes; Take Off & Glow suggests luminous products that will cast you in your best light; and Complexion Perfection shows you how to enhance your favourite complexion products with contouring and highlighting.

Getting hitched soon and need a bridal make-up lesson? Head to Benefit’s counter and ask for the ‘Big Day Beautiful’. Other services include 10 Years Younger (does what it says on the tin) and Beauty Blitz – a complete make-up overhaul.

Bobbi Brown offers Secret to Perfect Skin and Secret to Standout Eyes tutorials along with Bobbi’s Ultimate Lesson – a step-by-step lesson on everything you need to know from prepping with skincare to finishing with mascara.

How about a fragrance consultation with one of the oldest perfumers in the world? Guerlain can help you find your perfect perfume among its iconic creations as well as a make-up and flash make-up consultation.

If you’re after a more relaxing pre-flight experience then head to Jo Malone for a beautifully scented hand & arm massage (I’ve had this myself and would highly recommend – a ten minute sit down while your hands and arms are massaged with delightfully smelling products – bliss). Jo Malone also offers scent recommendations for men and women.

British brand Molton Brown also offers a pampering hand & arm massage and when you’re done you can discover its exotic collections with the help of the brand’s experts.

For a taste of luxury, visit La Mer for a personalised facial treatment to combat dehydration and a dose of the brand’s Miracle Broth to transform skin and eyes.

Lancôme helps you to understand your skin via a skin diagnosis and if you’re lacking lustre in that department then the brand offers tips on which of its products will energise and moisturise your skin.

No outfit is complete without a smudge of lipstick so why not make a statement before your next flight with Yves Saint Laurent’s iconic lipstick – you’ll leave with intense, long-lasting colour. If a sultry eye look is your thing then YSL will fix you up with a custom eye look – all in a blink.

Services from Gucci, Urban Decay, Givenchy, MAC, Dior, Clarins plus more are on offer so you really will be spoilt for choice and left feeling like a VIP.

Full details on the beauty services are available here. What are you waiting for? Get in the taxi and get to that airport in plenty of time!

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Heralding a return to the glamorous age of travel

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Do you remember your first flight? The anticipation and excitement? Taking in the sights and sounds of the airport, the thrill of seeing ‘your’ plane, the adrenalin kick of take-off? Cast your mind back to the images of air travel in bygone eras when those who could afford to, took to the skies in three-piece suits, dresses and hats, champagne and elegance all the way.

The democratisation of air travel, the rise of low-cost airlines and the relative accessibility of air travel mean flying has become much more quotidian. Whether you are constantly on a plane for business or take one flight a year to your annual holiday in the sun, air travel seems to have lost its lustre. Amid the leisure wear and clear plastic bags bursting with regulation-size carry-on toiletries we yearn for a more refined experience. Add increased terrorism-related anxiety and it’s little wonder we all want to feel a bit more looked after, our journeys made to feel as special as possible.

In the beauty industry, this desire is being answered by prestige brands placing the emphasis on treatments and services at their counters. It is often no longer the case that you can buy cheaper in duty free: Now beauty brands want to attract travel consumers with exclusive products and ‘experiences’ such as a hand massage or a make-up refresh.

One shining example is the Shilla Beauty Loft at Singapore Changi Airport. Here Chanel, the Dior Beauty House, Luxury Skincare Bar by La Prairie and SK-II Pitera Lounge offer truly world-class enclaves of pampering and tranquillity. Who wouldn’t want to book in for a private consultation with Chanel, enjoy an Eye-lifting Massage from La Prairie, an SK-II Power Nap Therapy session (you are encouraged to sleep while a beauty consultant thoroughly cleanses your skin and applies an SK-II Facial Treatment Mask…yes please.) or be the beneficiary of a flash complexion makeover from ‘Fly Perfect with Dior’.

The good news is that we are seeing more and more brands and airports taking their cue from this groundswell of passenger preference so that even if your journey doesn’t take you to Singapore or your ticket doesn’t stretch to the First Class Lounge, making airport time indulgent rather than arduous is becoming a valid aspiration for all.

Take this new initiative at London Heathrow Airport: Billed as ‘a mocha and a manicure’, a new nail service has launched in Terminal 2A Departures. Open to all passengers, the Wellness Spa in the Plaza Premium Lounge offers a walk-up and walk-in service so that you can have an express manicure before boarding. Not only is that a real feel-good way to start your trip, it also saves you time trying to schedule a manicure into your interminable to-do list before you leave. The Wellness Spa has a range of treatments that can be pre-booked or walk-in. As well as the nail services there are a range of massages specifically designed to tackle common travel ailments and fatigue.

Check-in, tune-out: Manicures and massages are the order of the day at the Heathrow Terminal 2 Departures Wellness Spa

Anyone, regardless of ticket class, can access the Plaza Premium Lounge. A range of packages are available including a two-hour visit for £35 and a ten-hour stay for £68. The facilities include all-inclusive food and drink (hence ‘a mocha and a manicure’), including alcoholic drinks, free WI-FI and plush seating.

When balanced against the likelihood of sinking the same amount on a glass of Prosecco/celebratory cocktail in the bar (well, we are on holiday/heading home/about to work hard) plus the requisite impulse buys…why not treat yourself and reclaim your own slice of the golden jet age? The revolution starts here.


Take dirt (and years) off your skin with the new Clarisonic Smart Profile Uplift


Doing double duty seems the normal for skincare and make-up these days – you’ve got cleansing foams that exfoliate, make-up with skincare qualities, and what-nots. Now, say hello to Clarisonic’s new Smart Profile Uplift, a gadget that not only thoroughly cleanses your skin, but also firms and lifts your face, neck and décolleté. The product is available now in the US domestic market and will be rolled out to travel shopping locations in June.

When used twice daily over a 12-week period, clinical tests have shown users experiencing visible improvement of 15 signs of ageing –  firmness, sagging, wrinkles on both the face and cheeks, forehead and lip area fine lines, radiance, neck folds, smoothness, and more. What’s particularly impressive is that these improvements were said to take place on the face, neck and décolleté.

Now if you haven’t yet heard of Clarisonic, the brand’s cleansing devices utilise a patented sonic frequency technology (it is more gentle than a rotary brush, and doesn’t place unnecessary “pulling” on the skin). This technology allows its brush heads to more efficiently purge your skin of the day’s accumulated dirt and grime.  No wonder it’s the most recommended cleansing device by US dermatologists and has fans in millions of consumers and skincare professionals worldwide.

Joining its current repertoire of devices (Mia 2, Mia Fit, Smart Profile) is the new Smart Profile Uplift. Now what makes this newbie different is that it features a new sonic frequency based on mechanobiology that delivers skin firming benefits. The gadget also has a specially-designed silicon Firming Massage Head (for use with your daily skincare) that produces 27,000 micro-firming massages over a short span of three minutes.

How to use

It’s a simple 2-step regime with the Smart Profile Uplift – first, cleanse your skin by affixing the Revitalising Cleanse Brush Head to the gadget. Using your usual foam cleanser, all you need is 80 seconds, and you’ll receive a gentle cleansing experience that removes make-up and sunscreen 6x better than hand washing.

Next, change over to the Firming Massage Head, which be used with your skincare creams, serums and oils to boost absorption rate. Used just three minutes a day for 12 weeks, 92% of the respondents in the clinical tests thought their skin felt more moisturised, with visible improvement to skin quality and texture.

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Undressing Mr. Burberry: Eau de Parfum campaign unveiled


This week saw the unveiling of a new Burberry campaign for Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum, an intense interpretation of the original Mr. Burberry Eau de Toilette. These days any new campaign from the British fashion house is big news as the brand enjoys a golden era under the direction of Chief Creative and Chief Executive Officer Christopher Bailey.

Josh Whitehouse, British actor and musician, returns as the ‘face’ of Mr. Burberry with perfumer Francis Kurkdjian continuing his collaboration with the brand as the creator of the fragrance.

The inspiration for the fragrance itself is the pulsing energy and frisson of excitement that buzz beneath a city, in this case, London. It tries to capture the anticipation of a night unfolding, the thrill that anything could happen. In a nod to the brand’s British heritage, the Eau de Parfum draws on classic scents of British male perfumery: Top notes of fresh tarragon blend with comforting, spicy cinnamon layered over rich patchouli with a base of dense, woody amber and smokey vetiver.

Tales of the city: The new Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum is inspired by “the anticipation of London at night”

As with the Eau de Toilette, the bottle uses elements of the iconic Burberry Heritage Trench Coat in the design details of the dark lacquered bottle: The weighted cap is modelled on the horn-look buttons of the coat while the hand-tied bow around the neck of the bottle is English-woven gabardine in honour of the fabric invented by Thomas Burberry over 100 years ago.

Josh Whitehouse is no less well-dressed in a Burberry slim fit wool mohair tuxedo with satin lapels and satin-covered buttons and a handmade silk bow tie, woven and crafted in England.

A monogramming service which personalises the 100ml or 150ml Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum bottle with up to three initials is available on and in selected Burberry stores.

The Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum range also introduces three new limited-edition grooming products all infused with the fragrance: Aftershave Balm; Face Scrub; Hair and Beard Clay.

Q&A with Mr. Burberry ‘face’ Josh Whitehouse

Mr. Burberry is referred to as a ‘man of contrasts’. In what ways are you a man of contrasts?

JW: I am generally quite a quiet person in my day-to-day life and more of a thinker than a speaker. However, I am also a performer so when I’m up on stage with my band I become quite the opposite. In fact, while performing in general – be it acting or music – I, like many other creative people, find that this often becomes something of a release. It is certainly one of my own personal contrasts.

Mr. Burberry is inspired by London. How would you describe the energy of London?

I find the energy of London to be almost frantic: crackling with the busy feet of the busy people running here, there and everywhere. It is a place that is beaming with creativity and life from every corner.

What three words would you use to describe London at night?

Beautiful. Fun. Invigorating.

Would you say that London is different at night versus the daytime?

London at night is like a new city: more romantic, full of fun and flair. It’s when people are out to dress up or relax and have a good time, but the hustle and bustle of all walks of life are still all around you. London never sleeps.

Describe your perfect London night.

My perfect night in London would be with close friends on a nice summer evening, having early evening drinks in Islington or Soho, then off somewhere nice for a bite to eat, followed by bowling or going to see a comedy, a play, a film or to watch a band.

What are your favourite London views at night?

One of the best views I have seen in London at night was overlooking Piccadilly Circus from the rooftop of Hotel Café Royal, where we filmed the Mr. Burberry campaign. You can see all of the rooftops for miles, and all the madness of the streets below.

You can create your perfect night with anyone (living or otherwise), doing anything and being anywhere in London. Describe it.

I would have to skydive onto Dalston Roof Park with my band, eat a hearty steak, and drink some tasty wine. Play a gig on its rooftop, then abseil halfway down, jump and land on one of those big, squishy nets and then head over to a Northern Soul night somewhere and have a dance.

The campaign for the new Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum is about the anticipation of a night with a love. How do you get ready for a night out, and what’s the best part of anticipating such a night?

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of being excited for a night out, especially if you are anticipating spending it with someone special. The best part of looking forward to it is just that: when it’s nearly time to go, you are getting ready and walking out of the door. You know you have the whole night ahead of you to enjoy.

What do you like about the Mr. Burberry scents?

I love the smell of both fragrances. The Mr. Burberry Eau de Toilette is brighter in smell: morning fresh, almost, yet zesty and light. The Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum is a deeper, woodier fragrance – it’s almost more of a romantic scent.

In three words how would you describe the new Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum?

Woody. Romantic. Warm.

How do you think a man should wear fragrance?

If a man enjoys wearing a fragrance, I think it’s nice to have a day scent and a night one. I would apply Mr. Burberry Eau de Toilette in the morning around the neck and chest area just after a shower. Then if I’m going out later, I’ll wear Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum.

There are some new grooming products in the Mr. Burberry line: Aftershave Balm, Face Scrub and Hair and Beard Clay. Do you have any favourites of these?

My favourites are the Mr. Burberry Face Scrub and Mr. Burberry Aftershave Balm; they smell amazing and are not too strong, just this lovely hint of the fragrance on your skin.

Do you feel British men have a distinct style, attitude and outlook versus, perhaps, men from other countries – and what do you think the difference is? Does this refer to you too?

I think British men are not afraid of being who they are and looking how they want to look. They don’t take themselves too seriously and can be quite irreverent, and I think this characterises their style. I’d like to think this applies to me too.

Q&A with Mr. Burberry Perfumer Francis Kurkdjian

You said that when you started working on the scent for Mr. Burberry Eau de Toilette, Christopher Bailey asked for ‘irreverent’. What did he request for Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum?

When I met with Christopher Bailey to discuss the inspiration for Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum, he asked for it to be even more irreverent than the Eau de Toilette – a more intense, deeper fragrance.

What was the inspiration for Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum?

The Mr. Burberry fragrances are inspired by London and its moments, and Christopher Bailey wanted Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum to capture the essence of London at night. It is inspired by the heritage of British male perfume and is constructed to embody the Burberry man.

How do you create a fragrance within the same family, but with a stand out contrast?

Raw materials for a perfumer can be compared to colours for a painter. You can play with them and balance them with each other to create the harmony you want to express. It means you can play with the raw material, but also choose how much of it you put in the fragrance.

Tarragon, cinnamon, patchouli, amber and vetiver are the fragrance notes within Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum. What role does each of the notes play?

These fragrance notes help to increase and underline the contrast between freshness and warmth. They bring depth and texture to the Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum fragrance.

How did you approach making the Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum?

When I was creating the Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum, I tried to capture the intense moments and the sensual vibes of the Mr. Burberry film. I immersed myself in the formula to highlight and emphasise the darker and more sensual part of the scent. The idea was to keep the masculine Britishness, but to infuse the fragrance with warmer and deeper undertones.

As a perfumer, how do you capture the energy of London at night in a fragrance?

It’s a creative process. I use my imagination, my feelings and my intuition, all together. It’s all about capturing a feeling, vibes and a sense of what you feel while in the city and to translate it to the fragrance so it has the same type of feeling.

Fragrance is great for evoking memories and your senses. What memory does the Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum fragrance evoke for you?

The world of fragrances has been related to work for me for the past two decades. It’s a passion, but it’s also my day-to-day life. Whenever I smell a fragrance that I have created, it reminds me of the period of time when I composed it.

What is your favourite memory evoked by a scent?

The smell of mimosa is my favourite scent memory as it reminds me of the house I grew up in.



Short on time? Check out these five products for instant glow


Travel often involves celebrations and special events – exactly the times when you most want to shine. But travel can also take a lot out of your skin. I’m a big proponent of chasing radiance through skincare, so here are a few tips for bringing back your inner glow when you’re far from home and short on time, and one versatile make-up product to pull it all together.

  1. Intensive hydration

Has airplane travel or hotel A/C sapped your skin of its dewy bounce? For dry or dehydrated skin types, a quick hit of deep hydration will revive your luminosity and bring your skin back to its optimally firm state. Look for watery liquid products, like hydrating toners or sheet masks, that contain hyaluronic acid, a humectant that traps water in the upper layers of skin.

Short on time? Pat in a layer or two of Hada Labo Gokujyun Premium Lotion, which hydrates multiple layers of skin using five different molecular weights of hyaluronic acid. (Review)

Got 30 minutes to an hour to spare? Relax with a My Beauty Diary sheet mask – in addition to providing maximum hydration, its anti-inflammatory ingredients will calm redness and even out skin. (Review)

  1. Gentle clarification

Sometimes the source of dry skin is right on the surface, in the form of dead skin and clogged pores. The night before or the morning of a special event aren’t the time to attack such issues with heavy-duty exfoliating peels or scrubs, but a gentle clarifying treatment can work wonders to brighten skin. Stay away from excessively grainy physical exfoliators or highly concentrated acid treatments.

Want non-irritating overall exfoliation with an extra brightening effect? Check out B-Lab I Am Sorry Just Cleansing Peeling Gel, which delicately sweeps dull dead skin away and reveals a soft, lively complexion.

Want an overall clarifying treatment that will clear dullness and enlarged pores without stinging or drying out skin? Try Eclado Oxygen Bubble Pack, a smooth gel that transforms into tickling, cleansing bubbles on skin and leaves it clear and bright.

  1. A little extra help

As staunch as I am about achieving luminous skin by perfecting your actual skin, even I appreciate a little extra make-up help sometimes. A creamy liquid illuminator that adds iridescence rather than glitter, like Thank You Farmer Be Beautiful Luminous CC Cream, can go a long way. Mix it with your foundation for overall luminosity, create a subtle highlight by dabbing it onto cheekbones and the bridge of your nose, or use it to tone down a strongly pigmented cream or gel blush.

Don’t let travel stress and strange environments dull your natural beauty. Instead, take advantage of the opportunity to glow!

Also by Jude Chao:

Travel skincare essentials

The best K-Beauty cleansers for travel


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Announcing the PretAirporter Travel Shopping Exclusive Awards


Eager to know what the best traveller-exclusive products are out there? Look no further than the inaugural PretAirporter Travel Shopping Exclusive Awards.

The awards will recognise the best channel-specific products, new launches and consumer campaigns of the year. We will unveil full details of the awards, to be judged in Q3, later this month. They include:

· Travel Shopping Exclusive of the Year – Beauty
· Travel Shopping Exclusive of the Year – Fragrance
· Travel Shopping Exclusive of the Year – Fashion
· Travel Shopping Exclusive of the Year – Luxury
· Travel Shopping Exclusive of the Year – Wines & Spirits
· Travel Shopping Exclusive of the Year – Confectionery
· PretAirporter Global Travel Shopping Exclusive of the Year

For more information on the awards or to be featured on, please contact If you are launching a travel shopping exclusive, please tell us about it.


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Calling all bloggers: Chance to win cash prizes and Editor-in-Residence status


Love blogging? Love shopping? Love travel? If so, we want to hear from you. We’re looking for exciting writers who blog about the joys of travel shopping. It could be a post on the airports you rate for retail therapy, or, the amazing travel-exclusive products you’ve picked up, or, your essential airport shopping lists. Whatever you choose to blog about, if you’re writing about travel shopping we want to be reading you.

From April, PretAirporter will host the monthly PretAirporter Travel Shopping Blog Awards, a recognition of the importance that bloggers and key opinion leaders play in raising the profile of travel shopping.

Each month the best posts across beauty, fragrance, fashion, luxury, watches and jewellery, fine wines & spirits, and general travel shopping will be assessed, with the best each winning a US$300 cash prize, a ticket in Dubai Duty Free’s Finest Surprise luxury car draw and a special PretAirporter award logo.

To be considered for the monthly awards, all online posts must include a reference to and be dedicated to the travel shopping channel and its products.

The initiative will culminate in December with the PretAirporter Blogger and Key Opinion Leader of the Year Awards, featuring some outstanding cash and product prizes and winners’ trophies. The ultimate winner will also earn a paid stint as Editor-in-Residence at PretAirporter.

The award categories include:

· Blogger of the Year – Beauty
· Blogger of the Year – Fragrance
· Blogger of the Year – Fashion
· Blogger of the Year – Luxury
· Blogger of the Year – Wines & Spirits
· Blogger of the Year – Travel shopping
· Vlogger of the Year
· Instagrammer of the Year
· PretAirporter Global Blogger of the Year

For more information on the awards or to be featured on, please contact If you are launching a travel shopping exclusive, please tell us about it.


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Glow girl: Iris Law stars as the all-natural Burberry Beauty

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After its latest catwalk show, where natural beauty took centre stage, Burberry has launched a new campaign highlighting The Essentials, its range of cosmetics to prime, contour and highlight. Burberry Make-Up Artistic Consultant Wendy Rowe describes it as “an edit of must-have products that everyone can use to effortlessly enhance their features”.

According to Burberry, The Essentials are “super easy to use for everybody, at any age”

Part of The Essentials collection, the Fresh Glow Palette is the go-to option for all the make-up magic you need to create a glowing complexion, sculptured and highlighted features and, that beauty holy grail, the perfect nude lip.

The current collection includes: Fresh Glow Highlighter; Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base; Fresh Glow Highlighting Luminous Pen and Face Contour.

New additions include two new shades of Fresh Glow Highlighter: Pink Pearl and Rose Gold. Fresh Glow Highlighter in buildable, luminous shades is a flattering pearly, translucent powder whose job is to define the features and illuminate the complexion for a gorgeous glow. Basically, it has been designed to create the high-maintenance look of contouring and strobing but with no effort required.

How to use: Sweep the powder over the areas of the face where the light would naturally hit: the cheekbones, bridge of the nose and just under the brow bones.

In need of a complexion boost? Fresh Glow Highlighter is a lightweight, illuminating powder

One new product that we predict will become a best-seller is the all-new Lip Colour Contour. This nude pen is designed to prime, contour and shape to give your lips a natural fuller look. Think of it as your needle-free way to a plumper pout. It achieves this effect by applying a soft shadow to the lip line, creating the illusion of fuller lips. It also does double duty as a primer, smoothing and softening the lips. A dome-shaped tip makes it easy to apply and it can be worn alone or under lip colour.

How to use: There are three different ways to use Lip Colour Contour:

  • As a primer: Line the outer edges of your lip with the Lip Colour Contour pen and then fill in. Gently blend along the lip line.
  • To contour: Apply the Lip Colour Contour pen along the top and bottom lip lines. Blend well using your fingertip until the product is undetectable.
  • To colour: Line the lips first, taking the product slightly outside your natural lip line if you want lips to appear fuller and then apply the product all over the lips to create a natural nude look.
Lip Colour Contour delivers up to six hours of moisture and comes in four shades

We have the inside information on Iris Law’s personal favourites from the collection: the face of Burberry Beauty chooses Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base in Nude Radiance No. 01; Face Contour in Medium No. 01; Lip Colour Contour in Fair No. 01.

Face Contour in Medium is an Iris favourite
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Smoking hot: How to do heatproof liner without losing your cool

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Waterproof Liner LR

There has been a lot of talk in the beauty world recently of make-up that is workout proof, enabling you to look good in those all-important gym selfies. If that’s your thing. Of course, when it comes to travelling, make-up that can stand up to sweat and humidity is also going to be great for tropical climes.

Hot, humid conditions and perfectly applied eyeliner don’t usually go together but Bobbi Brown Cosmetics is challenging this idea with the launch of Long-Wear Waterproof Liner.

So if you’re heading to the sunshine, or already get to live in it, and don’t want to compromise your signature smokey eye, this liner could be for you. The secret is that it contains minimal oils and is therefore less likely to slip and smudge. Having been tested in “the most humid, demanding climates”, maximum staying power is what it promises, along with crisp, strong colour. Eight strong colours to be exact, from Deep Sea and Rich Plum to the classic Blackout.

The highly-pigmented formulation includes waxes so that when you apply the liner it ensures a smooth, even stroke, delivering uniform colour along the lash line. It is also designed to last all-day long whilst being gentle enough to use on the inner lash line.

How to apply:
Positioning the liner as close to the lash line as possible, apply along the length of the lid. Build up and shape as desired.

The twist-up design eliminates the need to carry a sharpener and also helps those less than confident at applying eye liner (me) by allowing for ultra-precise application. Two more reasons to ensure that this liner has earned a place in my make-up bag.


Travel skincare essentials: Six tips for keeping your glow while on-the-go

US-based skincare blogger Jude Chao shares her shortcuts for travelling beautifully

I’m a skincare fanatic, which can make travel a challenge.

Don’t get me wrong, I love travelling, but I don’t love the complex calculus of figuring out how much time I’ll have each day for skincare, which products would make the best use of that time, and how many products I can pack in the first place. Giving up and going back to basics isn’t an option, either. I look my best when my skin is at its best, and I definitely want to look my best when I’m out in the world. I imagine many of you feel the same.

So over the years, I’ve come up with a few shortcuts for travelling beautifully. Try some of my tricks the next time you travel. Your skin will thank you, and maybe if we run into each other in some hotel lobby somewhere, you’ll thank me.

(I’m totally kidding. No thanks needed).

  1. Careful preparation is everything

I hope you’re reading this at least a couple of weeks before your scheduled departure, because if you need to buy new skincare for the road, you’ll want to start getting and testing what you need now. Don’t start a new product when you’re already on the move. The day of your conference, reunion, or destination wedding is not a day you’ll want to find out that that new skincare product breaks you out or gives you a rash. The same goes for any peels, facials, or other cosmetic procedures. Get things done well in advance so you don’t run the risk of things going awry when it’s too late to fix.

Got enough time to assemble your travel beauty routine? Then let’s get down to it!

  1. Cleansing balms are your friend

Travelling is not the time to let your pores get clogged and your skin get dull from sleeping in your make-up, but who wants to use up valuable space in your quart-size bag on boring make-up remover that also might leak all over everything? Grab a cleansing balm instead. These cleansing oils in solid form melt onto skin, easily breaking up even stubborn waterproof make-up, then emulsifying and rinsing away with a touch of water. The best thing about them? They don’t count as liquids.

Don’t have a cleansing balm? Try these recommended picks: Banila Co Clean It Zero (available in full size and a travel-friendly mini size); Botanic Farm Grain Ferment Cleansing Sherbet and Su:m37 Skin Saver Melting Cleansing Balm.


  1. Non-liquid facial cleansers are your friend, too

Now that you’ve saved some room in your liquids bag by picking up a cleansing balm, why not save even more room by grabbing a non-liquid cleanser, too? I’m not talking about bar soap, either. These days, there’s no need to tear up your precious moisture barrier with an alkaline bar soap just to save some liquids space. Instead, pick up one of these travel-friendly, skin-safe options. They get skin sparkling clean without disrupting its natural moisture balance.

Recommended picks: Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash and Su:m37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick.

  1. Sheet masks might be your best travel buddy yet

In case you haven’t noticed, I am strongly opposed to making my skincare fit into my liquids bag. Another way I dodge that is by packing a handful of sheet masks whenever I travel. These single-use facial treatments drench your face in hydrating essence, deeply hydrating skin for a firmer, smoother appearance with a lit-from-within radiance. In a pinch, they can stand in for an entire toner-essence-serum routine. And the flat packets fit into any suitcase or purse pocket.

Recommended picks: My Beauty Diary Black Pearl Brightening Mask; Tosowoong Pure Propolis Mask; Too Cool For School Egg Cream Mask.


  1. Prioritise radiance

Sheet masks are essential travel skincare not just because of their ease of packing, but also because of how they deliver plump and glowy skin with just one use. If you know you won’t have the time or space for your full skincare routine, leave your more clinical treatments at home. You’ll have all the time in the world for those once you come home. Instead, focus on the products that produce rapid (even if temporary) results so you can put your best face forward every time you step out of your hotel.

Recommended picks:

For smoother, brighter, gently exfoliated but never overscrubbed skin: Amorepacific Treatment Enzyme Peel. For instantly plumper, firmer-looking skin through the power of hydration: Hada Labo Gokujyun Premium Hyaluronic Acid Super Moist Lotion. For skin as soft and supple as a baby’s: COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream; For a velvety finish with a subtle luminosity and blur effect: Shiseido White Lucent Luminizing Surge; For all-around plumper, firmer, brighter, and more radiant skin overnight: Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask EX.

    1. Protect yourself from the sun

One item you should never leave at home is sunscreen, unless you’re travelling to a far northern latitude during a sunless part of the year, and even if that is where you’re going, you should bring some sunscreen for your return home.

Your travel agenda probably doesn’t have room for hour-long aloe baths or the crippling embarrassment of reptilian full-body moulting. Also, your skin doesn’t care whether you pick up sun damage on vacation or at home. It’ll age your skin prematurely either way. The sunscreen in make-up or moisturiser won’t be enough to protect your skin unless you trowel it on, so bring a dedicated sunscreen and use it every day.

Recommended picks: For normal to oily skin: Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPA 50+ PA++++; for normal to dry skin: Shiseido SENKA Mineral Water UV Essence, aka Aging Care UV Sunscreen.

It can be easy to take our ability to travel for granted, but if you think about it, there’s something really magical about modern humans’ ability to set foot in a plane in one place and step out of it again just hours later thousands of miles away. Travel often comes with a million and one hassles that can take that magic away. Now skimping on your beauty (and the self-confidence that comes with that) doesn’t have to be one of them. Go forth and conquer your world – radiantly!


Tiny bottles for big routines

We talked a bit here about cutting things down, prioritising certain products over others, and leaving some products behind. But what if you just can’t stand the thought of leaving any of your skincare behind? Your friends and family may advise you to seek help, but I advise you to go get some miniature travel bottles and jars, like these from Daiso. Carefully decant your products into them and label each clearly. Then rest easy, knowing you’ve managed to bring all your preciouses aboard your flight in a single quart-size plastic bag.

Alternatively, seek out sample and travel sizes of your skincare products. Cosmetics salespeople at department and specialty stores are generally willing to make samples for you for products that aren’t already packaged to try.

Daiso miniature travel bottles and jars

Jude Chao, aka Fiddy Snails, blogs about skincare and mostly Asian cosmetics at Fifty Shades of SnailHer work has also appeared on Fashionista. She can be found sharing epic skincare routines and sheet mask picks on Instagram as @fiddysnails and will be joining W2Beauty as Contributing Editor in April 2017.



How to look gorgeous by using a 100-year-old powder, and other Shiseido secrets


We always love a Shiseido product drop and the latest unveiling reveals a triple treat fresh for spring. First up is the Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Fluid Foundation, the newest addition to the Shiseido Synchro Skin Series. The low-down on this beauty? It’s an intelligent foundation which alters as skin conditions change during the day and adapts to the unique nature of each individual complexion.

It does this through the use of Responsive Sensory Technology. We all know that after you have applied your foundation in the morning, it’s not going to keep looking so great as the hours wear on. The genius of this product is that it keeps skin bathed in a flattering glow throughout the day. Time Match Powder and Glow Enhancing Powder SG optimise light so that the complexion retains a healthy glow as post-lunch fatigue sets in.

To work on ensuring your complexion looks its all-round best, Transparent Correcting Polymer and Transparent Colour Pigment EX do the groundwork of covering imperfections and enhancing the skin tone. Meanwhile Photo Smoothing Pearl acts like an Instagram filter, reflecting light and smoothing over deep pores and fine lines.

Beauty with brains: Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Fluid Foundation brings light to our lives

Not only that, but Super Bio-Moisture Network technology, argan oil and yuzu seed extract maintain hydration for a reported eight hours. Wild Thyme Extract provides anti-oxidant protection and, talking of protection, the foundation offers that all-important, skin-saving SPF20. How do they fit it all in one bottle you may wonder?

Eight shades of The Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Fluid Foundation will be available to travel shoppers. Look out for it hitting shelves in Asia Pacific and the Americas in March and Europe, the Middle East and Africa in April.

The brush of Full Lash Multi-Dimension Mascara admittedly looks like it has met a tragic end in the bottom of a make-up bag (see photo) but don’t be alarmed. That rather rakish angle is in fact the secret to its success. Designed by Shiseido, the head is flexible and rotates 360° and can bend up to 30° to reach, lift and coat even the tiniest lashes. Other good-to-know features of this mascara are that it is sweat-resistant for eight hours and can be removed simply with warm water.

Keep an eye (!) out for it when you travel as slightly different versions are available in different regions: Asia Pacific travel shopping locations has the black and waterproof formulation; EMEA has non-waterproof in black and brown; Americas has non-waterproof in black and brown.

Head-turning make-up with Shiseido’s most lightweight formula ever via Full Lash Multi-Dimension Mascara

Rainbow Face Powder has a history with Shiseido going back 100 years. Now, for spring/summer 2017, Shiseido relaunches this heritage classic as 7 Lights Powder Illuminator. Boasting seven new light-reflecting pigments in seven brand new shades, the new formula contains two key powders: Dryness Reset Powder which makes rough, dry skin smooth and even and Stickiness Reset Powder which absorbs excess oil. To make using it even more pleasurable, the Illuminator has also been infused with a floral green scent.

This ability to adjust to different skin conditions combined with the effect of making skin look naturally beautiful as opposed to ‘flawless’ or, rather, caked-over is how a 100-year-old powder can still make you look beautiful.

Already available in Asia Pacific and EMEA travel shopping locations, 7 Lights Powder Illuminator will be coming to the Americas this month.

Standing the test of time: 7 Lights Powder Illuminator is a reworking of the original Rainbow Face Powder



9 Korean beauty brands to check out


The alphabet K can bring to mind many things – of course, there’s the inevitable Kardashian, Kylie, Kendall, but there’s also Korean beauty (or Kbeauty for short). Whether it’s skincare or make-up products, Kbeauty has arguably risen very quickly to become one of Korea’s most renowned exports (besides Kpop and kimchi, that is). If you have yet to hop aboard the K-bandwagon, here’s a short intro to some of the country’s most popular brands.


Laneige’s eternally youthful brand ambassador Song Hye Gyo (star of Full House and Descendants of The Sun fame) attributes her good skin to the brand’s highly hydrating products such as its Water Bank Essence_EX, that keeps your skin hydrated for up to 24 hours, as well the Water Sleeping Mask (which reportedly sells one every 15 seconds). In fact, Ms Song loves the mask so much that she’s even ‘fessed up to dishing out money from her own pocket to buy them as gifts for her loved ones.

The brand is also famous for its BB Cushion, which has sold more than a million pieces worldwide, while its Two Tone Lip Bar and Two Tone Shadow Bar are not just eye candy for any beauty junkie; they’re a godsend for make-up amateurs who want to easily achieve the perfect ombre gradient lips sported by many a Korean celebrity.


Sulwhasoo is a luxury brand that incorporates modern skin science with traditional herbal ingredients to treat your skin from inside to out. A key ingredient in their products is the prized ginseng –  the brand carries out research and development on this pricey root, which has given rise to a JAUM Balancing Complex. Formulated with five precious ingredients carefully selected from more than 3,000 medicinal herbs, this helps replenish the skin’s yin deficiency. Its star product First Care Activating Serum EX  (a skincare booster) was tested on 400 women across four countries who used it for a week, with 93-100% of the respondents claiming their skin looked revitalised, firmer and healthier.


This underrated skincare brand is similar to Sulwhasoo, as it incorporates herbs such as chamomile, bergamot, soapwart and others using a 150-year traditional herbal extraction and processing method. Belif’s products are labelled (very) clearly with all the ingredients, bringing forth the brand’s motto in being committed to bringing good skin to its customers. In need of some serious hydration? Try their True Cream Aqua Bomb, which has been clinically proven to increase your skin’s moisture by 18%. It contains Lady’s Mantle, a herb that helps soften dry, scaly and flaky skin while controlling excess sebum.

3 Concept Eyes / 3CE

This is the Cinderella story of an online brand that made it really big – StyleNanda was previously a fashion retailer that was only available in Korea. But since then, it’s grown to relatively epic proportions, with its own beauty brand 3 Concept Eyes (3CE) and international shipping to over 100 countries. The cult brand has colour products that are intensely pigmented (check out their huge range of lip products), and also boasts products that’ll give that Korean dewy finish.


This brand is AmorePacific Group’s first naturalism brand – after all, when you think of innisfree, the first thing that comes to mind is “green tea”. The brand continues to launch products incorporating natural ingredients such as Jeju volcanic clay, Jeju tangerine peel, Jeju lava seawater, green persimmon, soybean and more, clad in eco-friendly packagings. The brand achieved more than KRW100 billion (US$87 million) in sales in just six years after its inception, and grew to have more than 1,000 stores worldwide as of January 2015.

10 million bottles of its star product, The Green Tea Seed Serum, have been sold worldwide. The moisturising serum contains organic Jeju green tea (rich in amino acids) which hydrates your skin while creating a moisture barrier to keep your skin moisturised for longer. Its Super Volcanic Clay masks are also known for helping purge the skin of impurities and declogging it.

Etude House

Indulge your inner princess with Etude House, a brand whose products are all about sugar, spice and everything nice, and feature predominantly sweet pink packagings. What makes this brand stand out is its affordably priced make-up items that perform surprisingly well – whether it’s a lipstick, eyeliner, eyeshadows or even nail colours. The leading Kbeauty make-up brand is constantly churning out limited edition products every season, with the current Wonder Fun Park collection of pastel unicorn colours eliciting squeals of “I must have them!” from beauty junkies all around.

The History of Whoo

This ultra-luxe brand is based on an imperial concept – “whoo” is derived from the Korean word for ’empress’. It’s been said that a special set of Whoo products, complete with elaborately handcrafted ornate mother-of-pearl inlaid wood box, is used as gifts for high-ranking VIPs who visit Korea. And there’s no wonder why – the National Government of Korea had commissioned LG Household & Healthcare to develop a national skincare brand that fully embodies Korean traditions. The products  feature herbal ingredients and revolve around the concept of skin regeneration and recuperation.

The Face Shop

Arguably one of the first few Korean brands to gain popularity outside of Korea, the brand is known for its association with nature – natural ingredients such as chia seed rice, red ginseng, green tea and more. Of course, its brand ambassadors (past and present) such as Suzy from MissA, Kim Hyun Joong (Boys Over Flowers), Kim Soo Hyun (You Who Came From The Stars), Won Bin and more have done their fair share in generating fans of both genders for the brand. Its Chia Seed range of products work wonders for all skin types – improved clarity and radiance amidst boosted hydration levels.


This brand is extremely strong in its colour make-up offerings – the smouldering bold eye make-up and strong lip you usually see on Kpop stars can be easily recreated with this mass market brand without burning a hole in your pocket. Its lip products – be they tints or lipsticks – are amazingly pigmented, while their eyeliners are known to be intensely black and long lasting.

Worthy mentions

Now these brands may not have as strong a global presence as the aforementioned brands as yet, but if you’re in Korea, it’s worth checking them out. Most of them are under either the AmorePacific or LG H&H umbrella of brands.

Mamonde, IOPE, Dr. Jart+Primera, Holika Holika, Hanyul, Hera, Lirikos, Nature Republic, Leader’s, Espoir, Banila Co, Tony Moly, Too Cool For School, PeriPera.

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Revlon treats travel shoppers to new lipstick shades and packaging

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Revlon’s best-selling Super Lustrous Lipstick sets have been given a facelift and new names to celebrate the eighth anniversary of the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipcube. The three revamped sets will be available to travel shoppers from May so you’ve got time to clear out your make-up bag to find space for them.

The three sets are now named Revlon Super Lustrous Lipcube – The Collection; Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick – The Essentials and Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick – The Nudes. Each features on-trend shades and finishes to spruce up any look. There are crème, pearl and sheer finishes to choose from.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipcube – The Collection features enough lipsticks for every day of the week plus spares. The nine full-sized lipsticks are infused with mega-moisturisers for silky, smooth, seductive looking lips.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick – The Essentials comprises five bold shades which are also infused with mega-moisturisers.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick – The Nudes helps you to achieve different nude lip looks via three shades.

With summer in mind, Revlon will also be introducing a limited-edition Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick – Pinks & Corals set.




Bobbi Brown uses artistic licence in latest Liquid Lip

Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip LR

Art supply shops are one of life’s great pleasures. Even if you’re not an artist, the rows of perfectly sharpened pencils, tubes of paint, bottles of ink, paper-wrapped pastels, pristine brushes and crisp sheets of virgin paper and card are a joy to behold.

In the words of Bobbi Brown herself: “As a freelance artist, I used to shop at art stores. I’d look at the coloured pencils and tubes of paints and dreamed of art-store inspired make-up.”

The dream became reality, first with Bobbi Brown’s Art Sticks, coveted for their long-wearing, bright colours and convenience of having a lipstick and liner in one. Now, the updated version, Art Stick Liquid Lip, offers a super-pigmented, semi-matte lip colour in an easy-squeezy artist’s tube package.

Creamy, yet ultra-lightweight at the same time, Art Stick Liquid Lip provides a bold, strong look while conditioning lips with a moisturising formula. It is designed to be long-lasting (eight hours) and the squeezable tube application is perfect for carrying around and applying on the move. The range of 16 colours moves from nudes to brights to full-on bolds to suit every look.

Tips for application:

Give the tube a gentle squeeze. Emphasis on gentle, as you will get a much better finish by starting with a little product.

Coat the lower lip with the colour.

Press lips together.

Finish by perfecting the lip line.

Et voilà: A masterpiece.