5 Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Beauty-Obsessed Friends

There are only a few weeks left until Christmas, which means it’s time to start thinking about presents! But what do you buy for your most savvy and stylish friends?

Whether you’re thinking about purchasing something small and special, or pulling out all the stops – we’ve got something for all friends and all budgets.


For The Skincare Guru

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Skincare routines don’t always have to be lengthy and complicated. The Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Skin Cream can be used for everything – from being used as a makeup primer or an eye cream, to treating dry skin and soothing razor burns. It’s also made from 100% natural ingredients and cruelty free.


For The Social Butterfly

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For the friend whose calendar is always packed with parties, dinners and more, treat them to Aesop’s Tacit Eau de Parfum. With notes of lemon and yuzu balanced with earthy undertones, this is a delightfully subtle scent that serves as a perfect contrast to whatever crazy antics the night may hold.


For The Makeup Maven

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Anyone who knows anything about makeup has witnessed the impact and huge popularity of Fenty Beauty’s debut. So, any makeup bag would be incomplete without at least one product from the collection – we’d recommend Rihanna’s stunning Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette.


For The Jet Setter

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It’s a well-known fact that the atmosphere inside air cabins seriously dehydrates your skin – Tony Moly’s sheet masks nourish your skin and provide a barrier against the dry air. They’re easy to pack, and with 11 varieties to choose from, these are a must-have in everyone’s carry-on.


For The ‘Becky With the Good Hair’

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Your friend will never have a bad hair day again, thanks to Ouai’s Morning After Kit. With Rose Hair & Body Oil, Dry Shampoo Foam, and a Finishing Crème, this simple three-step routine will revitalise your tresses – so they can keep partying all through the holiday season.

Favourite Sunscreens

We’re going to talk about one of the most important skincare products – SUNCREEN! We know some of you guys love this andthere are some who just hate it. Like Hollywood’s beauty icon Jennifer Aniston’s said in a recent interview with Harper’s Bazaar :

“I hate it. I’ve been experimenting with ones that don’t make you look like you have Kabuki makeup on or like a corpse. I understand we’re saving our skin, but they gotta figure that stuff out. Who wants to be in the sun and not look cute?”

Jen is right! We definitely do not want to look like we have Kabuki makeup on or like a corpse! We know that purchasing sunscreen (the good ones that suits your skin) are expensive and you really have to find the right one for your skin.

Whether or not your foundation or BB cream has SPF, we believe it is better not to skip the sunscreen step. We have compiled some sunscreens which will blend well with makeup just for you to check it out and get yourself a consultation or test it out at their stores or counters!


KIEHL’S – Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA++++
This sunblock is one of the best selling product in Kiehl’s! With its oil-free lotion texture, you can still wear makeup on top of it. It gives a matte finish and it feels refreshing on skin.

Kiehl’s – Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA++++, RM155, available at Kiehl’s outlets.



CLINIQUE – Even Better City Block Anti-Pollution SPF40/PA+++
The product’s name sounds pretty intense but it does one heck of a job especially if you’re living in a sunny, humid country like Malaysia! It works well as a base, no clogging of pores, non-sticky and it applies easily all over the face. This sunscreen works perfectly for all skin types.

CLINIQUE – Even Better City Block Anti-Pollution SPF40/PA+++, RM160, available at Clinique outlets or counters.



SUPERGOOP! – Everyday Sunscreen SPF 50 with Cellular Response Technology
Holly Thaggard, founder of Supergoop wanted to create a sunscreen that’s non sticky, tacky or smells messy, one that you’ll want to wear every single day! It does its job keeping the skin from wrinkles, blemishes caused by UV rays. It’s water resistant and oil-free, which is also perfect to bring along with you on your beach vacations. Also, it has a very nice citrusy smell.

SUPERGOOP! – Everyday Sunscreen SPF 50 with Cellular Response Technology, RM143 (7.5fl oz), available at Sephora.



Shiseido Extra Smooth Sun Protection Cream N Broad Spectrum SPF 38
If you have an oily T-zone, combination skin or prefer semi matte finish – this may be the sunscreen for you. Many of Shiseido’s customers stick around for the brand’s sunscreen. Their sunscreen products blends well with moisturisers. It’s also non-greasy, smooth and easy to apply.

Shiseido Extra Smooth Sun Protection Cream N Broad Spectrum SPF 38, RM218, available at Lazada / Shiseido counters.



DERMALOGICA – super sensitive shield spf30
This heavenly sunscreen delivers UV protection without unwanted oiliness or chalkiness. Easy on skin, reduces inflammation, irritation, redness and sensitivity. This is definitely ideal for our girlfriends with sensitive skin. The downside is that the bottle is only 50ml with a very steep price.

DERMALOGICA – super sensitive shield spf30, RM284, available at Dermalogica outlets.



LANIEGE – Marshmallow Sun Cushion SPF50+ PA+++
This unique packaging is different from all the other sunscreens. Just like Laniege’s famous BB Cushion, they recently released Sun Cushion which contains Japanese apricot extract and skin soothing powder to protect the skin. It is convenient to carry around wherever you go. One thing you should know is that this product has a newly formulated Water ScreenTM technology that maintains the moisture balanced on the skin.

LANIEGE – Marshmallow Sun Cushion SPF50+ PA+++ (10g), RM110, available in Laniege outlets/stores.


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GLOSSIER – Invisible Shield Sunscreen SPF35
If you still haven’t heard about the Glossier hype, you’re missing out! Glossier is the beauty brand that’s about to take over the world, slowly! This divine sunscreen formula absorbs faster than your best serum. It’s called Invisible Shield sunscreen because it is invisible on all skin types and tones! Our editor from Buffer Daily swears by this sunscreen (read here for the review). This product is not available in Malaysia yet unless you have awesome family/friends living in the U.S who could ship it over to to try, it will be great!

GLOSSIER – Invisible Shield Sunscreen SPF35 (30ml), $34, available in Glossier website.


LAURA MERCIER – Flawless Skin Daily Face Shield SPF40 UVB/UVA
If you have combination, dry or sensitive/acne-prone skin, this may be the suitable sunscreen for you! Non sticky, runny liquid, lightweight, tinted and overall it gives the skin feeling silky smooth. You would not feel like you have an extra layer on your skin. It’s also great if you want to apply make up over it.

LAURA MERCIER – Flawless Skin Daily Face Shield SPF40 UVB/UVA (30ml), RM232, available on Lazada or Laura Mercier outlets.


CLARINS – UV Plus Anti-Pollution, UV Plus SPF50
Its formula is rich in plant extracts that gives a clear and light cream which is pretty suitable for all skin types. This sunscreen also helps to prevent your skin from ageing, which will make your skin look and feel younger, fresh and radiant. The light cream also spreads on your face easily, as well as drying up quickly.

CLARINS – UV Plus Anti-Pollution, UV Plus SPF50 Blue (30ml), RM185, available in Clarins outlets.


Your skin absorbs everything it touches, it’s important to be super choosy about your sunscreen! Let’s fight anti-aging, fine lines, wrinkles, all at once! If you have any great sunscreen suggestions, please feel free to share it with us too!






IN MY BAG – Jo’s Favourite Drugstore Products

Whenever time allows for it, I like to roam the aisles in drug stores and without fail, I’ll always walk out with at least one item! I know, I am terrible! But unfortunately it’s my thing! I’m currently obsessed with travel-sized items because I love trying out new things and I don’t really want to waste the products, in case I don’t quite fancy them. But let me share with you the drugstore products that are in my bag at the moment:

MAYBELLINE – Volum’ Express Hypercurl Mascara
Maybelline is well-known for their reasonably priced mascaras that give lashes the volume it needs. My current favourite is their waterproof Hypercurl Mascara. Thanks to its formula, the mascara helps lengthen my short lashes while making it appear curly and full of volume.


BOURJOIS – Little Round Pot Blushes 41 Healthy Mix
I have been carrying this little blusher with me for a while now. I love how it’s so compact and light, therefore taking very little space in my handbag. This blusher allows for me to touch up while I’m on the go, and gives me a naturally blushed look because it’s not that heavily pigmented. Plus this Little Round Pot comes with a teeny-tiny mirror.


VASELINE – Intensive care (deep restore) Lotion
Personally a big fan of most Vaseline products and yes it is a must that I carry the travel-sized lotion with me wherever I go. My wrinkly hands gets really dry at times (especially if I’m in air-conditioned rooms) and this little bottle of lotion gives my hand the rescue it needs. The formula is also non-greasy, which is a major plus.


SIMPLE – Kind to Skin Cleaning Facial Wipes
I cannot even begin to describe how important it is for these wipes to be in my bag. My love affair with this particular wipes started when I was 17, and I’m still using it to this day. It’s kind to the skin, and has helped in several occasions. Perfect tool to have if you’re travelling or having a sleepover and find yourself without a cleanser.


Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer
This illuminating wand concealer is so lightweight! It has a soft bristle brush at the end and all I need to do is twist the other end; little bit of the concealer will appear on the brush and just conceal the problematic areas. It is quick and easy with zero mess at all. Coverage is great and perfect to have in the bag for reapplication.


**All products can be purchased in Watsons and Guardian. Except for Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer can be purchased on Lazada.**


THINGS WE LOVE: October Favourites

Joanne Loves: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF15



Two of my friends wouldn’t stop praising the Veil Mineral Primer by Hourglass and how amazing it is. So, once I was done with my old primer, I made sure to rush down to Sephora and grab myself a bottle of this seemingly amazing primer. After first use, I was already impressed and probably will never change to another one.

Here’s why I love it:

  • Love how the texture is silky smooth, lightweight and sits on my skin well, even after I’ve put my foundation on.
  • It helps with keeping my makeup intact all day and controls the shine on my face (especially t-zone area).
  • Highly recommended to combination/oily skin.

The price for Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer is definitely on the steep end (RM259), but it’s really worth every cent considering how long the bottle will last. Remember, a little goes a long way.

Product is available in Sephora.

Qing Loves: Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

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I wouldn’t call myself a makeup guru – I tend to keep my daily makeup routine as simple as possible. Using multiple makeup brushes was too much of a hassle for me, but I didn’t want to apply product using my bare hands either. So, using sponges was an obvious solution.
Everyone’s heard of the Beauty Blender, but after reading a number of reviews, a second name kept appearing again and again.
Enter the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. Many called the Real Techniques sponge a great dupe for the Beauty Blender, with some saying it was even better! I had to try it for myself. And it sells at a fraction of the price of a Beauty Blender.
This is what I found:
  • Blends out evenly without absorbing too much product
  • Versatile – can blend both large and precise areas
  • Can be used damp for a fresh and dew look or dry for a matte finish
  • Easy to clean and maintain

The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge can be purchased online.


Jiar Loves: Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF25


Up until very recently, I never about the need to wear SPF on my lips. I know, I’m clueless! Anyway, when I heard this, I wasted no time and quickly began my research. After reading countless listicles that suggested plenty, I decided to try the Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm. I can’t tell if it’s protecting my lips from the sun but here’s why I love it:

  • Its thick but non-sticky consistency. A little goes a long way with this tube!
  • The product holds its own. I don’t have to reapply very often, even after I’ve eaten!
  • The scent is glorious, I chose the black tea & raspberry.

As I learn more about the importance of protecting our skin from sun damage, I find myself investing in more products with SPF. The lip skin is so delicate that we should not forget to protect it as well.

Shop for this at Lazada

Emma Loves: Glossier Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen+ SPF35

Y’all, I’m a firm believer in spreading word about skincare that works and one that I need to preach about this month is the phenomenal everyday sunscreen by Glossier. Believe the hype because Glossier is about to get you excited over wearing sunscreen. It’s a little hard to believe this considering SPF has a very greasy feel and has a ridiculous white tint that doesn’t agree with women of colour like me. Here’s why you should immediately throw out your old sunscreen and replace it with Glossier’s winner of a product:

  • It’s not white! Its gel-like form is completely clear, making it suitable for EVERY SINGLE SKIN TONE out there. This alone is already why Glossier is winning.
  • It absorbs extremely quick, which is a convenient factor for those looking to apply makeup right after.
  • It’s not greasy at all but if you have oily skin, I suggest patting some powder on after. Perhaps the Wowder?
  • There is a fresh smell to this sunscreen. If you’re not into scented products, this may not be your cup of tea but trust me, the citrus aroma is only light and not overpowering in the slightest
  • The packaging is light and super cute!
  • Its got all the good stuff like aloe leaf extracts, Vitamin E, Vitamin P and brocolli to keep your skin protected from pollution and free radicals.
  • Its broad spectrum SPF 35 shields your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays

It’s a little pricey thanks to the ridiculous exchange rates at the moment but it’s really worth your hard-earned money. Especially if taking care of your skin is priority.

Cop your Glossier Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen+ on Glossier’s website.

BEAUTY BUZZ: Get Ready For A Brand New Sephora Outlet in Genting Highlands

Guess what, beauty junkies! Things are about to get that much more exciting in Genting Highlands thanks to Sephora opening its doors to shoppers enjoying the cool-weather. Located at Sky Avenue, the 19th Sephora store in Malaysia is set to open from 1st September onwards.

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Beauty lovers can find all your favourite brands like Tarte, Too Faced, Urban Decay and many more. Just like all its other stores, there will be an array of skincare, fragrance, makeup, haircare and tools for Sephora devotees to choose from.

Plenty of special promotions will be available during the opening and earlybirds will be spoilt with gift vouchers worth from RM50 to RM100. So, get there fast! You can also snag a mini Sephora backpack with a minimum spend. It doesn’t stop there: Sephora Gold members will stand a chance of taking home the Sephora Collection Geometricolor Blockbuster Palette by spending at least RM600 on the day.

Find your favourite products in the new Sephora store store at Lot No. T2A-49 and 50 in Sky Avenue Genting Highlands. You can also shop anytime, anywhere via sephora.my!

THINGS WE LOVE: Too Faced Hangover Primer


Recently, our Editor made a trip to Sephora in search of the perfect primer and being a primer-newbie, she took advise from a beauty expert who recommended the Too Faced Hangover Primer. Here’s what she thinks:

I’m not really the kind of gal that uses primer, up until very recently and this is because most primers tend to make my skin feel and look like I’ve smeared it with cooking oil. Having oily skin can really make you despise any products that gives your skin a greasy feel but then one product changed the game for me and I became a devout primer user.

Introducing the Hangover Primer by Too Faced. Priced at RM153 per tube, this primer is worth every ringgit. Infused with coconut water, probiotics and other skin revivers, it promises to bring your skin to life even after a rough night out – hence why it’s called Hangover. If you have dry skin, the Hangover Primer will give it a boost of moisture that it so desperately needs. If you have oily skin, you can rest assure that it won’t make your face any more oily.

It’s certainly the perfect canvas for the artwork that is your makeup and for our humid Malaysian weather.

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– Texture is super light
– Instantly moisturizes the skin
– Suitable for dry, oily and combination skin
– Super cute packaging and travel-friendly
– Brightens the skin

– It doesn’t include SPF

Get your Too Faced Hangover Primer at any Sephora outlet or online at sephora.my

BEAUTY BUZZ: Shop Sephora Anytime, Anywhere With The New Mobile App


Get ready to feed your beauty addiction because the Gods have answered our prayers! Sephora has recently released their brand new shopping mobile app. So, you can now shop for your favourite mascara, lipstick and more on-the-go.

“Our shoppers want the best in beauty, they want it now. Thanks to the ‘Sephora – Beauty Shopping’ app, it’s now at their beautifully-manicured fingertips. They can discover the best in beauty – makeup, skincare, fragrance and more – anytime, anywhere, whilst receiving all the benefits of a store experience. Shoppers will also be treated to app-exclusive rewards that include flash previews, early access to product launches and surprise promotions,” says Cindy Lee, Country Manager, Sephora Malaysia.

Beauty junkies all across Malaysia can cop this free app from the Apple Store or Google Play, and have a seamless shopping experience right in the palm of their hands. Besides making on-the-go purchases, beauty lovers can share their wishlist over social media with loved ones and also watch tutorials by experts.


Thanks to the Sephora – Beauty Shopping app, members will no longer need their cards instore but instead have a Beauty Pass barcode. The app also allow shoppers to keep track of everything related to their account – redeem rewards, collect points and membership status.

So, watchu waiting for? Download the app and get shoppin’.