Where to Shop When Stopping by Singapore

There’s already a lot of conversation over at our sister site, Travelers Daily, about how there are always new discoveries to be had in Singapore. But while I am a big advocate of purposely throwing away the map to deliberately lose yourself in alien streets and alleyways when traveling, there’s also a reason why I write for Fashionese Daily: for one, I completely understand justifying the need to purposely make a beeline for the nearest central shopping district to get your fashion and beauty fix. Let’s face it: Indonesia already offers a very healthy and varied diet of shopping options, but there are  some exclusive things worth picking up during your hop across the sea to Singapore.

Take fashion, for example: Singapore has a pretty cool indie fashion scene, and one such label that I’ve enjoyed from afar is FruFru & Tigerlily. I love the minimalism and drama in their pieces, but more than that is how I love the story behind each and every piece. You see, the ehereal aesthetic of everything they produce is sonically-sourced, with every dress and separate named after the song or lyric that inspired that particular piece. Two of my favorites from their Like Wolves collection are the Coughing Up Butterflies and Flying Dream dresses.

Now on to makeup: a girl can never have too much mascara, which means that the Helena Rubinstein Surrealist Everfresh Smudgeproof Mascara sounds like a very tempting addition to the list. This product is retails exclusively at DFS Galleria Singapore for SGD $62, and is a product with a unique “brush, formula and tube [that] ensures that the formula remains mixed, does not dry out and glides on easily from the first to the last day.” The brush has a pretty unique shape to it, resembling the pistil of a flower to reach and open individual lash fringes. The formula is waterproof, and is beautifully packaged in a see-through vial.

If you’re still not quite through with resupplying your makeup bag, mosey over to TANGS Beauty at Tangs Orchard L1. This revamped 29,000 square meter space is basically a comprehensive walkthrough of the best-loved names in beauty, with brands like Tom Ford Beauty, Sulwhasoo, and NARS establishing flagship boutiques under one roof. The first of its kind in Singapore, boutiques have been carefully designed and collaborated over to best reflect each brand’s philosophy. The retail experience offers complete services, including consultations with experts, makeovers, and the convenience of dedicated cashiers.

But when you’ve finally had your fill of retail therapy and want a little bit of personal pampering, simply take the elevator up to Tangs Orchard L3 and stob by Seviin. This is the right place to go to for a facial or massage to loosen tense muscles at Decléor Institut, La Mer, or Shiseido. Or maybe you’re in the kind of mood to give your tired-looking tresses a late afternoon pick-me-up? No problem. Check out the UrbanHair salon and give your hair the TLC it deserves.

There’s nothing better to do than hit the rest of Singapore town now that you have a new dress, a fresh coat of mascara, a new tube of lipstick, and a bouncy head of hair :) For more tips on taking in Singaporean sights, check out Travelers Daily.