Here’s a look at the fashion and beauty desk’s favourite beauty products for 2017.


Dzireena Mahadzir, editor, Fashion & Beauty, Star2

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum

I am addicted to this! This lighweight serum moisturises and plumps up my skin and the end result is glowing and smooth skin.

Talika Eyebrow Lipocils Ink

I loved that this product is a multipurpose one. You can use it as an eyebrow pencil but it’s also an eyebrow growth serum, regenerating treatment and a makeup concealer as well! My brows looked perfect and that’s all that matters.

Dior Rouge Liquid

Love my Dior lipsticks! Went on smoothly, great texture and colour. What I liked most was that it was long-lasting and passed the food test. Absolutely no touch-ups needed. My favourite for this year.


William K.C. Kee, #thenewblack columnist and Features editor, Star2

Caudalie Vine (Activ) Soin Yeux Defatigant Lissant

The first sign of ageing is normally around the eye area, so I am particular about my eye creams. Over the past year, I’ve taken a liking towards this cream that visibly reduces dark circles and smooths the eyes and lips. Its main components are peptides, vitamins E and C and antioxidant polyphenols.

Dr.Jart + Rubber Mask Hydration Lover

I like using sheet masks, which are practical, especially when travelling. For the ultimate indulgence, there’s this. A hydrating two-step rubber mask, it stimulates the delivery of actives into the skin while cooling for a radiant, healthy-looking complexion.

Diptyque Benjoin Boheme eau de parfum

The best word I can use to describe this unisex fragrance is elegant. Its backdrop of angelica seeds, sandalwood, styrax and patchouli makes the scent a timeless one. And it’s long-lasting, too; you just need a couple of sprays in the morning.


Bervin Cheong, journalist, Star2

Petal Fresh Hair Rescue Biotin B-Complex Ultimate Thickening shampoo and conditioner

I love that the products are lightly scented. They also leave my hair and scalp feeling minty fresh after each wash. The brand claims that it only uses organic herbs as ingredients, and do away with harsh chemicals and animal testing.

Aveda Men Pure-formance Grooming Clay

It has a great hold, sufficient for a whole day out – yet it shampoos out easily and does not leave any residue. The herbal smell is a big plus too, as I really hate the artificial fragrance that most hair products use.

GlamGlow YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment

The tingling sensation might need some getting use to, but it does work wonderfully to tighten and brighten my complexion. It has green tea leaf bits in it, which works as an exfoliant to scrub the skin during removal.


Sandra Low, chief reporter, Star2

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Highlighter (Stunner)

This powder highlighter has to be my all-time favourite find this year. It gives my complexion a very natural yet highly visible shimmer and it stays on throughout the day. It’s winning point? I love that it’s free of parabens, phthalates, triclosan, etc.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask (Grapefruit)

This soothing balm comes in the yummiest flavours and is a great way to fall asleep with. Working overnight it gently melts away dead skin on the lips leaving my lips super smooth and ready for a ton of lipstick the next day.

Biotherm Life Plankton Sensitive Emulsion

This is a winner as I can use it for my face and eye area. I love an efficient skincare that helps you save time. Who has time for a ton of products in the morning or at the end of a gruelling day? It has the highest dose of Life Plankton and makes my skin feel smooth and well moisturised. Plus, it’s free of parabens, alcohol, mineral oils, etc.