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A Beauty Insider Guide To Singapore With Chanella Buck

Beauty maven and founder of ON Beaute, Chanella Buck, who has built a business based on giving impartial beauty advice, shares her beauty-based guide to Singapore.

Entrepreneur Chanella Buck calls her beauty platform, ON Beaute, the “Rotten Tomatoes of beauty.” Her aim? To give you unbiased opinions from a team of industry experts – and to save you splurging on items that don’t make the cut.

Chanella spent over 12 years in the fashion and beauty industries, gaining an understanding of what true quality products look like, and she’s leveraged her little black book of contacts to ensure On Beaute’s users only hear from the top voices in the business.

Both Singaporean and British, Chanella grew up in London but travels to Singapore at least twice a year. Here she reveals her top tips for a trip to the Lion City – including the best place for designer finds and the must-have beauty products to keep your skin glowing in the hot weather and humidity.

The hotel to check into is…

As a mother of two kids, it would have to be the Shangri-La. While it’s a relatively old hotel, the space and facilities are unbeatable for families. If I’m in Singapore solo or with a partner, I’d choose the Four Seasons for traditional luxe or, for a more modern aesthetic, The Edition.

Where should we go for a pampering session?

I love Natureland, which is part of a reputable, affordable, clean and professional chain of massage spas. I go at least every other night for a foot massage – it’s a necessity! My six-year-old daughter loves to come with me too.

Where can we get our hair done? 

A blow dry with my fine hair texture doesn’t hold well in the humidity, so I rarely have my hair done when visiting Singapore. If I were to recommend somewhere for a 10/10 experience though, it would be La Maison des Stars, located at Raffles.

What is the best area for fashion finds? 

For designer fashion, I love wandering around ION Mall on Orchard Road. There is something very calm and serene about shopping there. Especially compared with London.

How can we stay stylish in the humidity? 

Singapore is notorious for its humidity – which (perhaps controversially) I absolutely love. Because of this, I find my skin doesn’t require much hydration when I’m in Singapore. I carry La Prairie Skin Caviar Mist with me to refresh as I go – and my children love a cooling spritz of this too. I’d also recommend Tatcha Blotting Papers for sweatier moments.

Where can we get authentic Singaporean food? 

I love Sergeant Hainanese Chicken Rice located on Level B4 in ION Mall. Tian Tian Hainanese at Maxwell Food Centre is a good option for chicken rice too. Head to Janggut Laksa at Roxy Square for laksa; Springleaf Prata Place for roti prata; Red House Seafood or Chin Huat Live Seafood for chilli crab; and any branch of Ya Kun Kaya Toast for kaya toast.

The best makeup for hot weather is…

I keep it very simple: Ultraviolette Daydream Screen, which combines SPF 50 with buildable coverage. I use this every single day – regardless of my location – for a dewy, flawless finish with the peace of mind of high sun protection. I’m shade V6. Then there’s Westman Atelier Contour Stick and Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer for those who want a face-defining shade of brown, plus some Patrick Ta blush. If I can be bothered, I also add a touch of Kevin Aucoin Glass Highlighter in Crystal Clear.

What are your beauty must-haves on a long-haul flight? 

I always cleanse my face before leaving for the airport and travel without any makeup on. Our skin gets dehydrated on flights, so I prep with Perricone MD Hyaluronic Serum (tip: always apply to damp skin to lock in the moisture). Sometimes I layer a vitamin C serum, usually La Prairie White Caviar Pearl Infusion. For a stand-alone option, I absolutely love the Noble Panacea Sleep Mask; best used on a long-haul flight, when my skin really needs it.

Best beauty tech products…

I travel with my red light mask. The Déesee PRO version can be quite fiddly, however it’s extremely portable and convenient. I find the battery lasts forever once charged.

Where should we dine for a special occasion…

Imperial Treasure for Peking Duck. It’s located on Level 5 at Paragon.

What is your go-to outfit for a day in the city?

On my most recent trip I lived in cream-tailored shorts from Reiss, a good quality cotton tank top, and my white Hermès Orans. I recommend taking a shawl because it can get chilly indoors – Singaporeans are obsessed with aircon. I’ve had this Louis Vuitton one for years; a timeless wardrobe investment in terms of cost per wear.



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