MMERCIENCORE For­mer beauty edi­tor, Founder of ar­ti­sanal aro­mather­apy brand Mmerci En­core

Harper's Bazaar (Singapore) - - THE BEAUTY -

I’m ad­dicted to… Cleans­ing balms. It started in Paris, while hav­ing a fa­cial treat­ment at Jo elle Ciocco. It was all be­cause of… My ther­a­pist, who told me that dou­ble cleans­ing at night leaves my skin (which is sen­si­tive) clean enough when I wake up, so a spritz of toner or wa­ter is suf­fi­cient to wash sleep away. She en­cour­aged me to opt for balms or cleans­ing milks over strip­ping fa­cial washes, then add hemp oil and min­er­als in am­poule form to my skin (the kind I raided French phar­ma­cies for years till the spe­cific lab went out of busi­ness). I sim­ply can not live with­out… Ma­halo’s Un­veil Cleanser Melt Con­cen­trate, Eve Lom’s cleans­ing balm and Josh Rose­brook’s Hy­drat­ing Ac­cel­er­a­tor and Re­vi­ta­lash’s Re­vi­taBrow. My­self-care ritual is… Mag­i­cal, theatri­cal, and so nour­ish­ing. If you’re an em­path like me, you need to take time out to re­cal­i­brate and recharge. I light can­dles, ap­ply oils on my body, read books, give my­self elab­o­rate head-to-toe skin, hair and body treat­ments, mas­sage my face, and gen­er­ally get very still. When it comes to

treat­ments, I love ... Any­thing in­volv­ing the bath or bathing rit­u­als. My favourite treat­ment is Remède Spa’s Sig­na­ture Black Soap and Ras­soul Ham­mam Ritual. For 90 min­utes, your body is wor­shipped on a mar­ble al­tar as a ther­a­pist soaps, scrubs and bathes you. The pièce de ré­sis­tance for me is the carafe of or­ange blos­som wa­ter they bap­tise your body in when it's all done. My most lav­ish beauty splurges are ...

The two-and-a-half-hour Well­ness Es­cape at Shangri-La Ho­tel Sin­ga­pore’s Chi, The Spa. You can se­lect as many treat­ments as you like in that time, and that for me in­cludes a Bi­ologique Recherche fa­cial. I in­dulge in guilty plea­sures

like ... Can­dlelit show­ers (it’s re­ally re­lax­ing for the eyes ), Ritz Carl­ton’ s Hot Lapis Stone mas­sage treat­ment, the odd scalp treat­ment and blowout, and pedi­cures! My ul­ti­mate beauty dream is ... Hav­ing my own in-house spa with treat­ments on call. Per­haps even a lit­tle well­ness cen­tre out back with wa­ter ther­apy, yoga and other heal­ing modal­i­ties. Ev­ery­one’s in­vited, of course!

I be­lieve in bal­ance, so I use a mix of or­ganic and clean beauty prod­ucts with re­ally high-per­for­mance makeup.

Fu­mus, XL cat can­dle, Gucci Alli Sim La Grand Crème, Bi­ologique Recherche Amande Exquise can­dle, Dip­tyque Fu­mus scented can­dle, Gucci Marula Shim­mer­ing Gold Oil, African Botan­ics Gold Feu de Bois Can­dle, Dip­tyque Hy­drat­ing Ac­cel­er­a­tor, Josh Rose­brook ParisBiar­ritz Hair and Body Shower Gel, Chanel Sa­cred Union Scent & Dry Oil, Mauli Res­ur­rec­tion Bath soak, Pur­soma Calm Dead Sea Soak­ing Salts in Ylang-Ylang and Vanilla, Her­bi­vore En­core Mmerci po­si­tion Sim’s prime tstake pro­duc shelf beauty on­her Vi­sionAiry Gel Lip­stick in Ginza Red, Shi­seido Cleanser, Eve Lom Pol­ish­ing Body Brush, Aro­mather­apy As­so­ciates Lip Vel­vet Crush in Cin­na­mon 25, Burberry Brow Whiz in Choco­late, $40, Anas­ta­sia Bev­erly Hills Le Lion de Chanel Illuminating Pow­der, Chanel Res­ur­rec­tion Bath soak, Pur­soma Or­ange Blos­som Ma’amoul Soap with Mar­ble Dish, Sen­teurs D’Ori­ent

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