Beauty brands are celebrating the world of olfactory this month as several luxury houses, from Chanel to Guerlain, have released new fragrances that will treat the senses

1. Louis Vuitton City of Stars

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Louis Vuitton has launched its newest Cologne Perfume, City of Stars, created by Louis Vuitton master perfumer Jacques Cavalier Belletrud, in collaboration with Alex Israel. It is the sixth cologne within the Louis Vuitton “Cologne Perfumes” collection, a unisex cologne for evening wear that is inspired by the city that never sleeps: Los Angeles.

Belletrud infused the cologne with citrus quintet mixed with Tiare flower and sandalwood, creating a wonderful blend of the freshness of a cologne and the aristocracy of perfume. Alex Israel, an American multimedia artist, writer, and designer from Los Angeles created an original work for the perfume. The brilliance of the citrus notes is both refreshing and sensual, allowing wearers to enjoy it from day to night.

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2. La Prairie Pure Gold Radiance Nocturnal Balm

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La Prairie has introduced a final step to its exquisite Pure Gold collection. The Pure Gold Radiance Nocturnal Balm acts as the final step in the brand's Pure Gold Nocturnal Ritual, which can also be deemed as its recommended nighttime skincare routine using the Pure Gold collection. This cream, infused with the Pure Gold Diffusion System, provides nutrients, smooths the skin, evens its texture, comforts and deeply hydrates.

The balm features a rich, lustrous champagne-coloured formula that envelops the skin comfortably, making it a luxurious way to pamper the skin before bed.

La Prairie encourages users to carry out a series of specially conceived massage strokes using the cooling Nocturnal Massage Stone to stimulate microcirculation and lymphatic flow, allow a free flow of energy and an exchange of nutrients and oxygen in the skin, increase lymphatic drainage and soothe facial muscles by releasing the daily build-up of tension. 

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3. Les Eaux de Chanel Paris-Paris EDT

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Inspired by the places that were significant to Gabrielle Chanel during her lifetime, the Les Eaux de Chanel collection features six fresh fragrances that reminds one of faraway vacations and escapades. For 2022, the House has discovered a new journey in a new creation: PARIS-PARIS.

The spicy rose fragrance evokes both freshness and lightness as it contains Damascena rose. Polge chose to use this rose as it is full of character that reveals a multitude of facets, which are bolstered by fresh citrus accents and heightened by the sharpness of pink peppercorn extract and an elegant patchouli base.

PARIS-PARIS is housed in the same refined, curved bottle as the other fragrances in LES EAUX DE CHANEL collection. The thin, lightweight glass bottle reveals a rose-coloured fragrance inspired by the glistening stone facades of Parisian buildings in the early morning sun—an easy reminder of the beauty that Paris offers. 

Use this EDT fragrance generously, allowing the mist to envelop you, and enjoy its long-lasting nature. 

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4. Miss Dior Rose Essence

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The all-new Miss Dior Rose Essence will make an apt contender for a highly luxurious "treat yourself" move this month. The sole reason is this: Dior has chosen to distil the entire May rose harvest from the Domaine de Manon, to collect its rose water, for the very first time. Just to give the Miss Dior fragrance "the most beautiful and the most precious of floral waters". 

Grasse May rose water shines at the heart of Miss Dior, and it is the only one of its kind. The Miss Dior Rose Essence is presented as a yearly perfume vintage, featuring floral nuances that reflect the particular characteristics of each harvest, year after year. As a fragrance, it celebrates the entire rose—from its green stem to the sensual, soft petals. Besides notes of rose, there is also a piquant touch of geranium along with notes of Vetiver, Patchouli and a potent Guaiacnote.

The full composition of the essence may feature a lower-than-usual alcohol level for perfume but it does not lose any intensity. 

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5. Gucci Beauty Rouge à Lèvres Liquide Mat

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It's finally here.

Gucci Beauty has launched its highly anticipated liquid matte lipstick: the Rouge à Lèvres Liquide Mat. A liquid lip colour that dries down to a matte finish once applied, it is the first of its kind for the House. The liquid lipstick is available in a variety of shades—each inspired by sunset skies.

What's exceptional about the product is its cream-to-powder texture as well as its transfer-proof soft matte finish. While it is highly pigmented, don't worry about the colour cracking or separating on the lips as the product feels almost weightless on the lips. The reason why it's so comfortable lies in its nourishing ingredients that include Black Rose oil and Hyaluronic Acid, and an infusion of Vitamin E. With a completely weightless texture, the highly pigmented colour is initially liquid and creamy before transforming to a powdery matte texture for a lightweight feeling. The soft and slanted applicator makes the application extra seamless.

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6. Chantecaille 24K Gold Firming Moisturizer

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It's perfectly normal for skincare junkies to own a number of extra-special products that are reserved for days that their skin requires some TLC. This moisturiser by Chantecaille may be one of such products. The luxurious Chantecaille 24K Gold Firming Moisturizer cream-serum hybrid is boosted with the newest, most powerful gold ingredient yet: 100 per cent vegan gold heptapeptide.

The formula combines this scientific ingredient advancement with innovative botanicals and peptides that help restore lost moisture while promoting smoother, firmer, and more toned looking skin. The vegan moisturiser is also a multi-tasker that can be used during the day and night while deeply moisturising the skin to encourage a more youthful and healthy glow.

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7. Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Nerolia Vetiver Fragrance

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Floral fragrances are hard to resist for many of us. And leave it to the house of Guerlain to consistently introduce one irresistible fragrance after another for our enjoyment. Its latest launch, the Aqua Allegoria Nerolia Vetiver fragrance, is such a radiant scent that will instantly remind you (or tempt you) of faraway destinations. 

Guerlain Perfumers Thierry Wasser and Delphine Jelk have used this perfume to showcase their love story with an exceptional material: an extraordinary Neroli from Calabria.

And you can experience the floral radiance of this very ingredient, accentuated by vetiver and refreshed by basil and fused with a delicious fig accord, in this brand new fresh, vibrant woody floral fragrance.

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8. Flower By Kenzo Poppy Bouquet Eau De Toilette

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Rose-based perfumes have long been popular among ladies who enjoy such a feminine and floral scent. This month, Kenzo Parfums unveils its all-new female fragrance that will instantly remind you of a morning through a Japanese flower market: Flower by Kenzo Poppy Bouquet Eau de Toilette. 

Created by perfumer Dora Baghriche, the perfume is a fresh, bright and youthful expression of the ultra-floral poppy bouquet. It is centred around three floral scents of damask rose, jasmine sambac and golden gardenia with a botanical combination of green almond, tea leaves with a dash of mandarin essence as its top notes. Completing the fragrance are woody notes of patchouli, virginia cedar and white musk—making the EDT a wearable everyday scent. 

In conjunction with the launch, Kenzo Parfums has also collaborated with minimalist lifestyle concept cafe SYIP Café on a limited-edition Kenzo Rose Latte, a milky and floral beverage that reminds one of the quintessential rose-based beverage, bandung. As part of this collaboration, customers will also be able to redeem a complimentary Flower by Kenzo sample (in random variants) for every drink purchased at SYIP Café, including the Kenzo Rose Latte. Available from now until June 30, 2022.

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9. Sisley Ombre Eclat Liquide Eyeshadow

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Fuss-free makeup products always win a spot in our travel cases. So this liquid eyeshadow by Sisley is a must-have for those of us who want to forgo eyeshadow palettes, especially when on short trips abroad or at staycations.   

The lightweight liquid eyeshadow melts easily into the skin and can be blended using either your fingers or a makeup brush. It gives off a fresh and soft look thanks to the product's velvety texture and finish (which also lasts up to eight hours). And as expected of Sisley, this eye product is transfer-proof. Pro tip: mix and match any of the colours to create a bolder look with ease. Choose the Coral and Pink Gold shades for a cute summer look. 

Available in six colours and two finishes, satin or shimmer. 

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10. Caudalie Beauty Elixir

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French beauty brand Caudalie sure knows its way to a beauty junkie's heart. Its cult favourite Beauty Elixir now comes encased in a brand-new gradient packaging that looks perfect for the 'gram. The same unique formula remains despite its external makeover. Inspired by Queen Isabelle of Hungary’s famous Elixir of Youth, Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir contains a blend of plant extracts such as rose, rosemary, lemon balm, peppermint and grape extract. The natural ingredients effectively hydrates, soothes and tightens pores instantly.

The well-loved Beauty Elixir also works well as a mist to freshen your makeup in the middle of a hot day as well as a priming base or setting spray for a long-lasting and smooth finish. Love sharing your skincare products with your partners? This product can even be a soothing aftershave for men. 

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11. Shu Uemura Brow Sword Naginata

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When it comes to standout Asian beauty brands that have made a name for themselves on a global stage, Japanese beauty brand Shu Uemura counts as one of the most remarkable companies. Not only has it gained a loyal following of fans who love the brand's cleansing oils, it has established itself as a beauty brand renowned for its 3D brow expertise, tailor-made for Asian consumer needs.

Shu Uemura’s 3D brow expertise is reinforced by its two brow makeup icons: Hard Formula and the newly innovated Brow Sword Naginata, both celebrated for their versatility and easy application. 

The new Brow Sword Naginata is now pre-shaped in naginata for drawing at greater convenience and ease. It has a smooth formula that is long-lasting and is also eco-friendly with the refillable bullet following the Japanese minimalism spirit. Waterproof and smudge-resistant, the long-lasting pencil comes in five shades that serve even the hardest-to-match Asian hair colours. 

Available at all Shu Uemura stores at Ion Orchard, Bugis Junction, Tangs at Tang Plaza, Takashimaya S.C., Metro Paragon, Isetan Scotts, Sephora, and online at Shu Uemura’s official flagship store on LazMall from May 24, 2022.

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