You may have bought auspicious items to spruce up your home and work desk in hopes of kicking off the new year with a bang. But they may not always guarantee you a great year ahead. These CNY-appropriate beauty products, on the other hand, will deliver what they promise you in the Year of Monkey.
1. Look forward to a miracle
The iconic SK-II Facial Treatment Essence is now available in a limited edition bottle featuring a red phoenix. Only available in markets that celebrate Chinese New Year, this is not just a collectible, but will also look great on your vanity table. Fondly known as the “miracle water”, this essence is what you need for great complexion this year. This is available at SGD259 for 230ml.
2. Shower yourself with good luck
The candied melon, which represents growth and good health, is often served in the prosperity tray for your guests during Chinese New Year. Shower yourself in this good omen – literally. The Philosophy Melon Daiquiri (SGD38) is a three-in-one shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath, which is the perfect time-saver. What’s really cute too, is that each bottle comes with instructions on how to make a melon daiquiri drink – you can serve them to the guests who visit!
3. Usher spring to your home
We may not all have gardens, but it doesn’t mean you can’t bring the scent of spring into your home. Infuse your home with the refreshing scent of the Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater Fragrance Reed Diffuser (SGD88). A great way to welcome your guests, this timeless fragrance will remain relevant beyond the festive season.
4. Shine blessings on your face
Mandarin oranges are exchanged during Chinese New Year as a sign of goodwill and blessings. Their cousin, the orange, has a great responsibility as a skin-saviour too. Kiehl’s launched the Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque (SGD49) to battle against pollution, and reduce the visible effects of pollution. This is probably the most practical Chinese New Year gift you can have to “get rid of the old (impurities) and welcome the new (radiant skin)”.
5. Sport an auspicious look, all the time
Instead of changing into a red outfit during the festive season, wear red 24/7. We are talking about colouring your hair a gorgeous shade of red. We know it’s impossible to secure a hair appointment by now, so why not do it yourself with the Liese Creamy Bubble Color (SGD19.90)? Available in Maple Red, this hair dye complements Asian skin tones and is easy to use. Follow the instructions provided in the package and in four easy steps and 30 minutes, you’ll be sporting evenly-coloured hair that looks vibrant and healthy.