As editors at Lifestyle Asia, we’re privileged to get a first look at the most exciting new luxury goods daily, but with so many new releases rolling out all the time, it’s all but impossible to cover every single lust-worthy find we have our eyes on. That’s what you’ll find in Weekly Obsessions: a running list of highly covetable items we’re currently mad about — because if it’s on our radar, it should definitely be on yours, too. From the must-have shoe of the moment to age-defying beauty products, scroll down to see what our editors are obsessing over this week.

 

Weekly Obsessions: Celine

Celine Besace 16 bag

Whether or not you’re a fan of Hedi Slimane’s new Celine, it’s hard not to agree that his first bag for the brand, the 16, is a beauty with its sophisticated design, minimalist aesthetics and details inspired by the bags of Celine from the 1960s. The designer has now taken all of these attractive attributes and packed them in this new Besace 16 bag (HK$18,500), which is essentially a cross-body version of the top handle bag, featuring a popular and timeless D-shape silhouette that adds an effortlessly stylish appeal to any outfit. Cindie Chan, Style Editor

 

 

Estee Lauder Micro Essence Infusion Mask

I’ve been lazy lately when it comes to using sheet masks, resulting to just slapping on an overnight cream mask and praying I wake up with more presentable skin in the morning (even though I know most of it will rub off on my pillow). But, I finally got around to trying the Micro Essence Infusion Mask (HK$550 for six) by Estee Lauder, one of the brand’s staples in its repertoire, thanks to a friend who didn’t want her sample. I didn’t enjoy the thickness of the cotton mask itself, which meant that it couldn’t adhere to my face as well as, say, bio-cellulose sheets popular with Asian brands. However, I was incredibly pleased with the results: in just 10 short minutes my cheeks and jawline seemed to have shrunk upwards, my T-zone was balanced and smooth, and I was left with poreless skin that had absorbed every drop of serum without leaving a tacky residue. Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor

For Art’s Sake ‘Casino’ sunglasses

We’ve been blessed with sunny weather lately, which means it’s time to go sunglasses shopping again. Recently I’ve been introduced to this London-based eyewear label, For Art’s Sake, whose shades have been worn by Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Rita Ora and Aimee Song, amongst others. I have my eyes on these ones (HK$1,918) that have an aviator silhouette twisted with statement brow bars and miniature pearls to give it a more polished and edgy flair. They even come with nose pads made from real jadestone, which can be adjusted for the perfect fit. —CC

Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm

Thanks to the Rugby 7s, my whole upper arm was painted with the Hong Kong flag over the weekend — with two types of glitter, I might add. Met with cheeky disdain from friends who joked that I’d never be able to scrub the stubborn gunk off my skin, I laughed, because once I got home I popped open this new baby I picked up from the USA Sephora during a recent overseas trip: The Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm (HK$220 from Sephora HK, currently available on waitlist). It’s a luxurious sherbert texture with an almost undetectable herbal aroma, and melts off waterproof makeup and glittery face paint like it’s no big deal. The formula boasts pollution-beating moringa oil and doesn’t use pore-clogging mineral oils and petroleum, so my skin (face and arm) came out the other end feeling wonderfully purified while also soft and supple without getting dried out. —EL

Cindie Chan
Style Editor
Fashion blogger turned editor, Cindie has spent over seven years covering all things stylish in the digital world. When she’s not busy poring over the latest covetable releases or attending the most talked-about fashion events in town, you’ll find her enjoying some precious downtime with her newborn son and sweet dog Rosy.