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Shu Uemura Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium A/O Seoul Edition

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shu_oil_seoul_LEJapanese brand Shu Uemura likes to release special, limited-edition versions of its best-selling cleansing oils, and this is one of those.

The Shu Uemura Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium A/O Seoul Edition is a duty-free exclusive product that combines the famous cleanser formula and cute packaging representing the South Korean capital.

As you can see in the picture, both the bottle and the outer carton are thoroughly decorated with drawings depicting “the breathtaking sights of Seoul”, according to the brand.

The 450ml product retail on board Korean Air flights for $69, and at Shinsegae Duty Free for $73 – in theory it shouldn’t be available outside Korea but a quick Google search tells me otherwise!

Click on the image to see the bottle and packaging in full.

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April 30th, 2013 at 12:37 pm

New launch: Osiao skincare range

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Osiao skincare rangeThe Estée Lauder Companies own many of the beauty brands we know and love (including but not limited to MAC, Clinique, Bobbi Brown and Origins), but they are not averse to bringing up new ones, having even an internal organisation within the company called BeautyBank dedicated to new brand development.

IdeaBank, a division of BeautyBank, has partnered with other Estée Lauder personnel in Asia and globally to create a new skincare brand targeting what the company describes as “the unique needs of Asian skin”. That new brand, Osiao, will be launched this month in Hong Kong (exclusively in Lane Crawford stores).

The reason I am posting about this (as it’s not technically a duty-free exclusive) is that a selection of Osiao products will also be available on board Cathay Pacific Airways’ Hong Kong flights from mid-October.

According to Estée Lauder, the brand was developed by experts in traditional Chinese medicine, dermatology and product formulation science, who together formed the Osiao Asia Skin Institute to focus on “the science of skin light”. In order to do that they conducted in-depth analyses of the skin of thousands of Asian women in China, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea, which resulted in “a unique understanding of the mechanisms of skin and how to restore skin’s natural radiance”.

They also added the following:

The scientists and dermatologists of The Osiao Asia Skin Institute created a complete protocol for optimum skin analysis: The Osiao Diagnostic Method. This proprietary diagnostic approach accounts for influencing factors both inside the skin and on its surface. The Osiao Diagnostic Method measures an unprecedented range of parameters related to a woman’s life, health and beauty, including age, lifestyle, environment, stress, fatigue, body condition, skin condition, exercise and diet. Now, for the first time, a specific recommendation of care can be assigned according to an individual’s unique Skin Constitution, along with a customised treatment plan, to reveal skin’s true radiance.

The full range includes 19 products designed for topical application and complementary oral use, including the Inner Radiance Concentrate, a serum; Inner Radiance Essence Lotion, a watery lotion; and the Inner Radiance Beauty Tablets. Additional products include a collection of moisturisers, cleansers and a mask, with suggested retail prices ranging from HK$350–1480 (about $45–190).

I don’t have any plans to visit Asia in the near future, unfortunately, so won’t be checking these out in person. If you do, though, get in touch and let us know what you think. Also, click on the image above for a larger version.

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October 4th, 2012 at 10:08 am

L’Occitane Smiling Lips set

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L'Occitane Smiling Lips setFrench brand L’Occitane has a well-loved range of skincare products, and it is from its portfolio of best-sellers that it draws the items to include in its travel-retail range. The L’Occitane Smiling Lips set is one such example, featuring four moisturising lip balms from the brand’s collection in one place.

The set comes with four 15ml/0.5oz tubes of lip balm in the following varieties: Moisturizing Lip Balm (the traditional one, with 10% shea butter and no flavour); Desert Rose Lip Balm; Hibiscus Flower Lip Balm; and Cocoa Flower Lip Balm. The three scented varieties are limited editions and come in colourful packaging, as you can see in the pictures.

The four come in a transparent zip-top bag that can double up as a travel case for your liquids or a makeup pouch for your handbag. Pricing varies according to location, but in Asian airlines you can find it for about $48. As usual, you can click on the photos for larger versions – I didn’t do swatches as they are all transparent. :)

L'Occitane Smiling Lips set  L'Occitane Smiling Lips set

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June 23rd, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Kiehl’s Travel-Tested Solutions

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Skincare brands started to realise last year that frequent travel can wreak havoc on skin. The first one to act on these findings and launch a product specifically for regular travellers was Biotherm, and now sister company Kiehl’s (also owned by L’Oréal) has entered the fray as well.

Kiehl’s Travel-Tested Solutions is a full range of four products designed for skin affected by travel. All products come in travel sizes (so you can fit them in your onboard bag for liquids and gels) and have been tested on pilots and inflight crew of four Chinese airlines – Air China, Air Hainan, China Eastern, and China Southern – to ensure they work under extreme conditions, and that they continue working on your skin after you return from your trips.

According to the supplier, travelling by air causes skin to be affected by dehydration, jetlag and extra sensitivity. To combat these effects, Kiehl’s Travel-Tested formulas use “calming, soothing and anti-microbial properties to help skin defend immediately against these adverse environmental conditions”.

The products are available individually or as a set (pictured below), which includes a limited-edition luggage tag.  All four are formulated with cactus flower, known to keep skin hydrated under unusually dry conditions; Tibetan ginseng, a mountain plant known to increase skin-cell respiration at high altitudes; and a blend of lavender, geranium and rosemary rejuvenate skin in the air and in the recovery period days after travel. Here’s a full description of each product in the range:

In-Flight Refreshing Facial Mist: Helps purify skin irritated by severe inflight cabin conditions.

24/7 Activated Moisturizer: Shields skin from extreme inflight dryness and dullness as onboard humidity levels can drop below 10%, which is equal to or drier than a desert.

First Class Purifying Hand Treatment: This cream-gel is supposed to leave hands feeling soft, smooth, and clean.

Eucalyptus Lip Relief Class: A no-shine lip treatment to soothe parched lips.

The Travel-Tested Solutions  range will be available at airport shops, downtown duty-free shops and on board selected airlines from May.

Kiehl's Travel-Tested Solutions

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March 21st, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Dr Sebagh Travel Kit

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Dr Sebagh Travel KitNot only of traditional mainstream brands live airport duty-free stores. Niche skincare brand Dr Sebagh, which has a cult following due to some of its most popular products (the ones for oily/acne-prone skin are particularly famous), now has its own travel-exclusive set.

The Dr Sebagh Travel Kit comprises a transparent bag containing travel sizes of six products: Suprême Maintenance Youth Serum 5ml, Serum Repair 5ml, Eye Primer Lift 15ml, Foaming Cleanser 50ml, Deep Exfoliating Mask 15ml and Crème Extrême Maintenance 15ml.

I know this set is available in World Duty Free stores in the UK, but am not sure how widely distributed it is – chances are it will be sold at other European locations though. With World Duty Free, the kit retails for £108.30 (roughly $171).

Do you like Dr Sebagh skincare? Is this good value? I don’t really know but would appreciate your comments. :)

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March 19th, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Clarins Take-Off Essentials

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As a fan of Clarins skincare, I was very happy when I received this set as a gift. The Clarins Take-Off Essentials set includes six of the brand’s cult and best-selling products in handy travel sizes, all neatly packed in a zipped-up bag that can double-up as your liquids bag for when you’re flying around the world.

The products in the kit are: a 15ml tube of Beauty Flash Balm; a 30ml bottle of Moisture Rich Body Lotion; a 30ml bottle of Hydra Quench Cream; a 50ml tube of Hand & Nail Treatment Cream, fantastic for during flights (when your hand feels extra-dry because of the cabin air); a 100ml bottle of One-Step Facial Cleanser; and a 3ml tube of Eye Contour Gel.

This set retails for £35 (roughly $55) at World Duty Free stores in the UK and €39.90 (about $52.50) in Germany – other locations may have different price points for this as it usually depends on how much the products cost in the local market. As usual, click on the images for larger versions.

Clarins Take-Off Essentials  Clarins Take-Off Essentials
Clarins Take-Off Essentials  Clarins Take-Off Essentials

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March 5th, 2012 at 11:49 am

On location: Chanel store at Moscow Sheremetyevo airport

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Chanel beauty boutique at Moscow Sheremetyvo airportMost airports are lucky to have a full Chanel makeup counter in their general duty-free shops, but the Russians, those lovers of luxury, take it up a notch. The new terminal D at Moscow Sheremetyevo airport – which felt incredibly empty the two times I passed through late last year – has its own dedicated Chanel beauty boutique, offering a full range of cosmetics, skincare and fragrances to the discerning traveller.

I didn’t go in due to lack of time, but took this picture of the shop entrance – very posh and decorated for the Christmas season – where you can see the large TV screen showing the brand’s commercials and promotional videos. The interior decoration is also lavish, full of sleek black counters and beautiful displays showcasing the brand’s products in the best possible way. I don’t think I’ve seen such a luxurious airport presentation for a single brand before.

If you want an exclusive Chanel experience at an airport, head over to Moscow! Click on the picture to see a larger version.

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January 20th, 2012 at 10:40 am

Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Travel Set

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This is one for high-end skincare lovers. The Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Travel Set is a luxurious kit containing a full size of the brand’s Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Age-Correcting Eye Crème as well as deluxe samples (around 50ml each) of the range’s Ultimate Lift Age-Correcting Crème, Softening Lotion and Hydrating Foam Cleanser.

The set comes in a vanity-style travel bag and will be available at all locations that stock Estée Lauder products in duty-free and travel-retail this month in the Asia/Pacific region, rolling out to Europe, Middle East and Africa doors from February. The company did not specify whether it’ll be sold in the Americas, but I’ll keep an eye out while travelling.Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Travel Set

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January 12th, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Clinique Best Sellers set

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Clinique Best SellersIf you are a fan of Clinique’s skincare range, this post might interest you. The brand has launched this month the Clinique Best Sellers set, a travel-exclusive trio containing – surprise, surprise! – some of itsmost popular skincare products.

The three products in question are Turnaround Concentrate Extra Radiance Renewer 30ml, Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief 50ml and All About Eyes 15ml.

The first is described by the supplier as providing “a gentle yet high performance exfoliation with moisturisation”; the Moisture Surge cream is an updated formula thatis claimed to keep the skin moisturised for 24 hours; and All About Eyes is the brand’s do-it-all eye cream.

This set is available at duty-free locations in the Americas and Asia/Pacific, but not in Europe (at least for the moment). I’ll update with the price as and when I have it. You can click on the image to see a blown-up version.

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January 6th, 2012 at 10:10 am

Shu Uemura Cleansing Beauty Oil Advanced Formula Designed by Lisa

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Shu Uemura Cleansing Beauty Oil Advanced Formula Designed by LisaHappy New Year, everyone! I am happy to say I’m back from an enforced break (no internet and knackered computer at home) to give you the sweet and lowdown on the best duty-free beauty buys out there. :)

Today’s featured product is the gorgeous Shu Uemura Cleansing Beauty Oil Advanced Formula Designed by Lisa, a new collaboration between the Japanese makeup brand and artist Lisa Kohno, the first winner of the Shu Uemura Art Award (I wrote about a previous partnership here). This beauty is exclusive to Korean Airlines so unless you’re flying with the carrier soon (or know someone who is), you won’t be able to purchase it!

This limited-edition 450ml bottle is currently available and retails on board for $70 or €52. Click on  the image for a larger version.

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January 5th, 2012 at 5:06 pm