Chinese New Year starts on 22 January this year, which means we effectively have less than two weeks to make sure we’re looking our best at the upcoming house visits and CNY OOTD photos.
To help you achieve a picture-perfect Chinese New Year, we’ve compiled a list of products that will get your skin glowing from now till the end of the 15 days of festivities.
Skincare products that deliver a healthy glow
Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Range
House visits can be very taxing on us – and our skin.
Give your parched skin a hydration perk-up before the big day with this range of intensely hydrating products.
Here’s what you can indulge in with this range:
Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 (RM155): Maintain the optimal hydration levels for your skin with this moisturising lotion. It even has SPF 30 so you can protect yourself against harmful UV rays. In other words, a great 2-in-1 product that will give you supple skin and a healthy glow!
Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner (RM125): Soothe your skin before the slew of house visits begin. This hydrating toner will nourish and comfort dry skin, as well as infuse anti-ageing antioxidants into your skin.
Skin Recovery Softening Cream Cleanser (RM170): This cleanser makes for the perfect post-visiting skincare product that can also prep you for the next day of celebrations. It gently melts your makeup away without drying your skin out. Glide this creamy smooth formula onto your skin for a clear complexion.
Each product in this line is also housed in a gorgeous vermillion packaging that will definitely ring in the festivities when placed on your vanity.
Augustinus Bader The Serum
We simply cannot talk about a healthy glow without mentioning The Serum from Augustinus Bader.
Previously, we have discussed whether we need their products, which come with hefty price tags. After learning about the technology and science behind their formulations, we believe every cent will be well spent on them.
To kick off the new year, invest a little on yourself and get The Serum. It has a formula that suits Malaysia’s hot weather because of its lightweight texture.
You’ll achieve the perfect glow, thanks to vitamin C, nourishing rice bran oil, and free-radical-fighting pomegranate seed concentrate it boasts.
Augustinus Bader The Serum retails for US$375 (~RM1659) at Net-A-Porter.
Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF40A
There aren’t enough fingers on our hands to count the number of times we’ve repeated how important sunscreen is.
While you’re at your family gatherings, never underestimate the amount of damage harmful UV rays can do to you. Slather on this Unseen Sunscreen – in a festive limited-edition packaging, no less! – to protect yourself from its effects.
What’s more, it doubles up as a primer so you won’t have to worry about any caking or piling from extended hours spent commuting from house to house.
Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF40 retails for RM170, available at Sephora.
Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum
Add this best-selling serum that’s now housed in limited-edition packaging to your skincare collection.
Make this the first step of your skincare routine and you’ll achieve the coveted “glass skin” in no time. This lightweight serum primes our skin, restores moisture levels, and strengthens skin barrier.
Get a healthier complexion in no time with the JAUM Activator that powers this serum. JAUM Activator is the brand’s iconic anti-ageing formula that has been carefully designed with medicinal herbs like peony, rehmannia, lotus, solomon’s seal, and white lily.
Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum retails for RM465, available at all Sulwhasoo boutiques and counters, as well as Sulwhasoo.my from 1 January 2023.
Pixi Glow Mud Mask
Stressing over Lunar New Year preparations?
Don’t panic; take a break for 15 minutes and indulge yourself in the Glow Mud Mask that will refresh your skin instantly.
It has a mineral-rich formula that can absorb oil and extract impurities from the skin. This clears unwanted impurities clogged in your pores.
To top it all off, it also contains aloe vera and ginseng to help balance the skin to deliver a soft dewy glow.
Pixi Glow Mud Mask retails for RM111, available at Sephora.
Makeup to look great at every house visit
Espressoh Ohmyglow Foundation
Set the stage with this ultra dewy foundation. It has a medium-build coverage and a lightweight formula so you won’t feel uncomfortable despite commuting from house to house in our humid weather.
Enriched with caffeine, vitamin C, water sea, and algin, this will have your skin feeling hydrated throughout the day.
In addition, you’ll love the natural-looking finish this delivers, giving you a glow that looks like you woke up like this.
Espressoh Ohmyglow Foundation retails for RM150, available at Sephora.
M.A.C Extra Dimension Skinfinish
Achieve a luminous glow with this limited-edition Extra Dimension Skinfinish.
With particles that offer prismatic reflections, this blush gives you a soft radiance that will make you look healthy and energetic.
To add to the festivities, this has been dressed in a limited edition packaging that is in auspicious red and embossed with an elegant Chinese knot design.
M.A.C Extra Dimension Skinfinish retails for RM180, available at M.A.C cosmetic boutiques and Sephora from 3 January 2023.
Bobbi Brown Luxe Lipstick
The easiest way to lift your overall look? A good lippie that’s hydrating and carries a complexion-enhancing shade.
With this lipstick, you’ll be achieving exactly these.
Its moisture-infused formula delivers a satin finish so your lips look and feel smooth and supple. The shades are also super pigmented, which means that you’ll be able to get a gorgeous bold look that will stand out in every picture.
We have our eyes on the two new shades; Ruby Red and Parisian Red. The former is a little muted and wearable while the latter is bold and bright.
Bobbi Brown Luxe Lipstick retails for RM154, available at available at Bobbi Brown cosmetic boutiques and Sephora.
Pixi + Hello Kitty Chrome Glow Palette
If you’re looking for spring-appropriate shades then look no further than this gorgeous palette.
Besides carrying the auspicious colours of pinks and corals, this also feature a cute Hello Kitty-themed packaging that will surely cheer up your day.
Pixi + Hello Kitty Chrome Glow Palette retails for US$20 (~RM88.42), available at Ulta.
Nudestix Pretty Nude Skin 2-Piece Face Kit (Limited Edition)
For those who are rushing for time and want a makeup product that is great for touch-ups, this is it.
One end of this product is a pigmented cream blush, while the other is a dense flat brush – it really can’t get more convenient than this.
The shades that they’re in are also super wearable and festive: Shade Body Language is a dusty rose shade that reminds us of red packets, while Nudies Bloom has a soft peach hue that is similar to mandarin oranges.
Nudestix Pretty Nude Skin 2-Piece Face Kit (Limited Edition) retails for ~RM242.50, available at LookFantastic.