Since it’s the first time we’ll be celebrating Chinese New Year with safe distancing measures officially in place, CNY is going to look a little different this year. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t spend the festive season as joyfully as we did in previous years. And we can certainly still get dolled up and look our best when we visit our loved ones.
To help you get glowing this CNY, here are a few beauty essentials you’ll want to bookmark, from a glow-boosting fermented facial mist to debloating supplements. These will help you look your best, so you can welcome guests, visit relatives, or even indulge in a late-night mahjong session without a worry.
Glow-boosting skincare products
PSA Heroine Mandelic & Licorice Superfood Glow Toner
This toner is bound to be your secret weapon for fresh, glowing skin. Infused with 6% mandelic and lactic acid, PSA’s Heroine Mandelic & Licorice Superfood Glow Toner gently exfoliates and lifts dead skin cells away, so your pores will appear tighter and clearer.
Antioxidant-rich licorice root, pomegranate extract, and centella asiatica in the formula work to brighten your skin tone, calm irritation and blemishes, as well as replenish moisture. There’s also kombucha in the mix, which helps to strengthen your skin barrier.
While you can use the toner day and night, we like to save its exfoliating benefits for after hours. A few swipes act as a clean-up crew that works overnight to give you brighter, fresher skin the next morning.
PSA Heroine Mandelic & Licorice Superfood Glow Toner retails for S$45 at Sephora.
Drunk Elephant Sweet Biome™ Fermented Sake Spray
If mists, toners, or essences are already a key product in your skincare routine, you’ll want to make the switch to Drunk Elephant’s Sweet Biome Fermented Sake Spray. The ceramides, fermented sake spray, and electrolytes found in this product make it ideal for dry, dehydrated skin, as well as those who need some barrier repair after over-exfoliating.
You can use this mist a few different ways. It can be mixed into or layered with all of your skincare products, so you can give your moisturiser a boost by layering a few veils of mist in-between steps of your routine to lock in the full benefits. Of course, it works as a traditional mist, used over your moisturiser or as a makeup-refreshing step in the middle of the day.
Drunk Elephant Sweet Biome™ Fermented Sake Spray retails for S$60 at Sephora.
Versed Sunday Morning Antioxidant Oil-Serum
An oil-serum hybrid, Versed’s antioxidant-rich serum is the best of both worlds. It combines all the moisture and nourishment of oils with the lightweight, hydrating finish of a serum, so you can glow without the grease.
The one-step formula contains seabuckthorn and camellia seed oils that boast moisturising fatty acids as well as antioxidants to shield your skin from free radical damage. You can use it however you please – under or over your moisturiser, in place of your moisturiser, or layered with other serums to keep your skin calm, balanced, and bright.
Versed Sunday Morning Antioxidant Oil-Serum retails for S$26.52 at Cult Beauty.
Tatcha The Dewy Serum
Give your skin a fresh start with Tatcha’s new The Dewy Serum. The serum’s secret lies with its special 73% Hadasei-3 blend, a trademarked concoction of three Japanese ingredients: fermented Uji green tea, Akita rice, and Okinawa Mozuku algae.
Thanks to the blend’s natural lactic acid and amino acid content, it helps to gently exfoliate your skin while hyaluronic acid grabs on to moisture and is locked in by squalane. You’ll notice smooth, plump, hydrated skin that’s ready for the final steps of your routine, all prepped for makeup.
Tatcha The Dewy Serum retails for S$140 at Sephora.
BYBI Beauty Bright Eyed Illuminating Eye Cream
Our delicate eye contours need gentle but effective ingredients, which is why BYBI Beauty’s Bright Eyed Illuminating Eye Cream is packed with replenishing properties. Algae and arnica extracts are great for brightening the eye area, while hyaluronic acid hydrates and softens the look of fine lines.
The eye cream contains light-reflecting, sustainably-sourced peach mica too, which counteracts the appearance of dark circles and shadows to refresh and awaken tired eyes. This helps to prep your eyes for all the dazzling makeup that’s going on top of them.
BYBI Beauty Bright Eyed Illuminating Eye Cream retails for S$25.50 at LookFantastic.
Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 40 PA+++ Lunar New Year (Limited Edition)
Weightless, scentless, and completely undetectable, Supergoop!’s bestselling Unseen Sunscreen now comes in a limited edition jumbo size in celebration of the Lunar New Year. It provides consistent, broad-spectrum protection without clogging your pores, perfect on its own or as a primer for your makeup.
It’s also infused with a cocktail of beneficial skincare ingredients, from blue light-protecting red algae to hydrating meadowfoam seed. With this many skin benefits to offer, there’s simply no reason to skimp on sunscreen when you’re out visiting during CNY.
Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 40 PA+++ Lunar New Year (Limited Edition) retails for S$67 at Sephora.
Makeup to keep you looking radiant
Anastasia Beverly Hills Highlighter Pressed Powder in Iced Out
A part of Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Spring 2021 Collection, the Highlighter Pressed Powder will give you a frosted, lit-from-within radiance. Made to flatter all skin tones, the refined highlighter delivers a multi-dimensional gleam with its ultra-reflective powder.
It fuses the high-shine effect of a liquid and the weightlessness of a powder to give you a lightweight finish. Use it anywhere on your face, body, eyes, and even lips to create a desired luminescence that lasts all day.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Highlighter Pressed Powder retails for S$55 at Sephora.
Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Skin Finish Buildable Coverage Foundation Stick
If you’re a fan of the Huda Beauty’s #FauxFilter Liquid Foundation, you’re in for a real treat. The new #FauxFilter Skin Finish Buildable Coverage Foundation Stick is giving her big sister a run for her money. It has the same waterproof formula and filtered finish, but it boasts a lighter, more buildable medium coverage – all in a portable stick format.
The creamy foundation melts on your skin easily, giving the formula a spreadable, blendable quality. You can sheer it out as an illuminating skin tint or build it up to hide imperfections. Plus, the diamond-shaped bullet allows for optimal precision to create a perfectly sculpted look.
On top of that, the formula is resistant to water, humidity, and sweat, so you can go through a day of visits without having to worry about your complexion.
Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Skin Finish Buildable Coverage Foundation Stick retails for S$61 at Sephora.
NARS Audacious Matte Lipstick in Sandrine
NARS’ cult-favourite Audacious Lipstick has just introduced more shades to its family, including the gorgeous scarlet red shade, Sandrine. The limited edition lippie delivers delicate colour with a sheer-to-medium coverage. This matte lipstick will settle to a comfortable petal-soft powder finish and it’ll stay put under your mask for hours.
NARS Audacious Matte Lipstick in Sandrine retails for S$55 at Sephora.
Urban Decay Stay Naked Hydromaniac Tinted Glow Hydrator
If you need a good complexion-boosting makeup product, reach for Urban Decay’s new Stay Naked Hydromaniac Tinted Glow Hydrator. It has the long-wearing, medium coverage of a foundation, but with all the lightweight, hydrating benefits of a tinted moisturiser.
Infused with nutrient-rich kombucha and nourishing marula oil to moisturise your skin, the tinted formula grants you a glow that stays fresh even after a long day. It hydrates your skin for up to 24 hours for a flawless base that feels weightless on your face. The Stay Naked Hydromaniac Tinted Glow Hydrator comes in 12 flexible shades that are created to flatter an array of skin tones.
Urban Decay Stay Naked Hydromaniac Tinted Glow Hydrator retails for £29 (S$52.30) at Cult Beauty.
Fenty Beauty New Year Glow Lip + Luminizer Set Lunar New Year (Limited Edition)
There’s no better time to shine, and what better way to do so than with Fenty Beauty’s exclusive Lunar New Year set? The brand has paired up two favourites in limited edition shades: Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil in Royal Icing, a pure champagne gold sparkle; and Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in Cheeky, a shimmering red-orange.
For the uninitiated, the Diamond Bomb has a unique jelly-powder formula that’s bouncy and cool to the touch. It melts onto your skin like butter, drenching it in pure glittery brilliance. What’s more, it comes in a faceted jewel-like compact you won’t be able to put down. Complete your makeup look with the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer, a bright red-orange hue that flatters all skin tones.
Fenty Beauty New Year Glow Lip + Luminizer Set Lunar New Year (Limited Edition) retails for S$85 at Sephora.
Tarte Tartelette™ Juicy Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette
Tarte’s cult-classic Tarlette palette now features 20 new shades of rose and bronze tones. Go for a romantic look this CNY with sultry pinks, plums, and neutrals in 10 matte, four pearlescent, and six metallic finishes.
With shades neatly arranged in five rows, you can create effortlessly natural eye looks with this intuitive palette. These coloured clays deliver maximum pigment and all-day wear without creasing or fading, even on oily eyelids. The mineral pigments help to soften your skin for a smoother application too, so your eye look will last all day long between visits.
Tarte Tartelette™ Juicy Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette retails for S$74 at Sephora.
To shed excess weight and prevent bloating
AVALON Fat Burner Plus
If you’ve already started munching on love letters and pineapple tarts, you may have noticed that your pants have gotten a little more snug around the waist. The good news is you don’t have to absolutely say “no” to your beloved bak kwa and shrimp rolls during your upcoming CNY visits.
To help you shed weight along the way, try the AVALON Fat Burner Plus. An improved formula of the AVALON Fat Burner, this supplement is designed to be five times stronger and more effective than regular fat burning formulas. Using natural ingredients such as decaffeinated green tea extract, black pepper extract, and essential vitamins B1, B2, and B6, these vegetable capsules bump up your metabolism to enhance its fat-burning abilities.
Don’t worry, the AVALON Fat Burner Plus doesn’t contain any diuretics, laxatives, appetite suppressants, ephedrine, and caffeine, so you won’t experience any harmful side effects such as dehydration, diarrhoea, anorexia, and increased heart palpitations.
AVALON Aloe Multiple Detox
Experiencing bowel irregularities or feeling uncomfortably bloated after chowing down your favourite CNY treats? Reach for the AVALON Aloe Multiple Detox. This supplement eases your bowel movements as well as reduces bloating and abdominal discomfort by cleansing away toxic waste buildup in your body.
Using a highly concentrated extract of aloe barbadensis, the aloe vera species with the highest medicinal value, the Aloe Multiple Detox is packed with enzymes, minerals and vitamins for a healthier digestive system. On top of that, the antioxidant-rich formula will also give your skin a radiant glow, so you’ll look your absolute best before, during, and long after CNY.
Not to mention, the supplement is loaded with three billion probiotics to promote better gut health as it strengthens your immune system.