5 Beauty Must-Haves To Get You Through The Festive Parties | Clozette

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With 2016 coming to a close, the year-end parties are in full festive swing. But with numerous social gatherings also come late nights, cocktail drinking bashes, and the pressure of completing your workload before the year officially ends. All these festivities can lead to distressed skin and a dull, tired-looking complexion -- not exactly the kind of holiday look we’re going for this season.

That doesn’t have to be the case, though. Whether it is to refresh and rejuvenate, or conceal and enhance, the beauty department’s got whatever we need to look fresh for any occasion. So if you’re gearing up for a month of hectic holiday parties and gatherings, keep reading below for the five beauty must-haves that will ensure you’re ready to party as soon as you step out of the office.


Lip & Cheek Pencil

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Have your lipstick and blush already faded? If you’re looking to make them pop, a lip & cheek stick will easily do that for you without the extra bulk. Because let’s be real here: keeping a lipstick, lip liner, blush compact, and blush brush in your purse for more than eight hours every day is just not practical at all.


Dry Shampoo

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No time to head home for a quick shower before heading to that party? Dry shampoo to the rescue! With a few spritzes, it instantly freshens up and gives your hairstyle a little boost by combating greasy hair and adding volume. Plus, dry shampoos often come in travel sizes so you won’t have to worry about lugging around a tall and heavy bottle.

Facial Essence

All that partying, end-year travels and late nights can really take a toll on your skin, so it’s always best to take care of it first before whipping out your makeup SOS kit. Our favourite to use this season (and frankly speaking, every other season) is the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, which is now available in a limited edition Suminagashi art-inspired design.

It’s the perfect holiday companion for whenever we want to take our makeup look to the next level. All we need to do is apply the FTE before our base to help smooth and even out our skin’s texture. And voilà, one simple step is what we need to show off a primed and prepped crystal-clear complexion.


Waterproof Mascara

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Who wants to worry about mascara running down their faces while they’re enjoying themselves? To make sure that your lashes stay in tip-top shape until dawn, add a layer of waterproof mascara over your current favourite to seal them in. It’ll ensure that your va-va-voom lashes stay fluttery-flawless even if you cry from laughing too hard.

Wave Spray

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Master the chic “undone hair” look this season with the use of a wave spray. Also known as a sea salt spray or texturising spray, this miracle hair product creates natural-looking beachy waves without leaving your locks crunchy or dry. With this little bottle in your kit, you can easily change up your hairstyle into a party-ready ‘do.




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Whether you’re an avid nail art lover or you’re someone who’s contented with sporting bare nails all year round, the holidays are a time to get your head to toe look on point – and with that includes your nails too.

Since you’ll be going all out for Christmas and New Year’s Eve this year with your outfit and makeup, why not do the same for your nails as well? For manicure that will sleigh all the way till 2017, keep reading below for the five nail art ideas you should sport this season.


Abstract Christmas Nail Art by Simply Nailogical

Mesmerise with your fingers during the festivities with this amped up abstract nail art. The bold colours and psychedelic gradients scream “festive” with their shimmers and glitters, and will surely catch the eye of everyone at the party.

Sharpie Holiday Lights Nail Art by twi_star

If you want a slightly more understated look, this holiday lights-inspired manicure is for you. With its classy base colour paired with pops of neon, this will match any makeup and fun outfit you put together for all your must-attend get-togethers and soirées.


Matte Christmas Nails by Janelle Estep

Take your love for all things matte to the next level with this matte Christmas nail art. It’s refreshing, bright, and its velvety finish is right on trend!

DIY Holiday Nail Art Decals by Kelli Marissa

Need a semi-quick and easy manicure to do? Then take inspiration from this DIY holiday nail art. Using scotch tape as a homemade nail decal, you can instantly create festive shapes and stick them on your base colour for a party-ready manicure.


Winter Wonderland Nails by Nails by Jema

If you’re like us and craving for a white Christmas in our tropical climate, this beginner-friendly winter wonderland manicure will be your new holiday nail go-to. You only need a few products to create the look, and it’s so beautiful that we guarantee everyone will want to know how you did it.



Courage, renewal, and purity -- what do you get when you put these three big words alongside beauty?

This holiday, SK-II dressed its iconic Facial Treatment Essence up in three colours -- red, blue, and green -- to symbolise these three qualities with its Suminagashi art-inspired pattern. Each artful dot and swirl creates a unique, one-of-a-kind masterpiece, much like the FTE, where every drop delivers a nourishing glow to reveal crystal clear skin every day.

There is no question why the FTE remains as the Holy Grail skincare product up till this day. Along with their FTE festive bottles in tow, we sat down with three of our Clozette ambassadors and beauty insiders -- Sydney, Everest, and Celine -- to hear them weigh in on the Holy Grail gift that keeps on giving.



Fill in the blanks: In 2016, I _________________.

“I finally completed an intensive three-month fashion design course. All my life, I wanted to pursue my passion -- and I finally did it. The next step is to go forward and build my brand bigger and better.”

What does the word “courage” mean to you?

“Courage is when I took the leap of faith to go into my fashion retail business without any know-how or prior experience.”

How has the SK-II FTE changed your beauty experience?

“To me, SK-II has always been a premium brand. My mum uses it, along with my other friends who had just entered into their adult years. I don’t know why, but most people I know always reached out to SK-II eventually. When it was my turn, I wanted to try it as well.

When I want to achieve “that glow”, I’ll go for SK-II’s FTE. It replenishes my skin’s moisture, smoothens my skin’s texture, and has given me more confidence and assurance in my skin’s condition. I also thought that it helped make my skin more translucent. The FTE just boosts my confidence even without makeup. Ultimately, it just gives that natural glow.”

FTE as a gift for the festive season -- yes or no?

“Definitely. We all deserve the best. If you love someone enough, you’d want the best for her, right?”



Fill in the blanks: In 2016, I _________________.

“I travelled and visited a lot of magical places. Travelling allows me to see different places, views and cultures. I got to see Santa Claus at the Santa Claus village and I managed to catch the Northern lights.

On the fashion front, I got to walk my first ever runway show at the Clozette Style Party 2016. I had more opportunities to work with homegrown brands and had fun collaborating with fellow fashion bloggers to showcase our National Day outfits.”

What does the word “renewal” mean to you?

“It’s quite simple and something that we already embrace every day. It’s very important that we have adequate rest so we can rejuvenate and recharge ourselves. This to me is renewal. It’s something we do on a daily basis.”

How has the SK-II FTE changed your beauty experience?

“The FTE was recommended to me by an aircrew friend. Her skin is always glowing even though she goes through late nights, odd hours and terrible in-flight conditions. “How do you maintain your skin?” I’d ask her. That’s when she told me about SK-II and how she has been using it even before she began flying. I think the FTE really helped preserve her skin and give her a plumped up look.

I have been using the FTE for close to five years now. It actually made me stay loyal to a brand. Previously, I was changing product after product because I couldn’t feel that I could really trust [a brand]. I think that’s why SK-II is so confident of calling the FTE a miracle water.”

FTE as a gift for the festive season -- yes or no?

“I would recommend the FTE to anyone who wants beautiful skin. To give a bottle of FTE at the end of the year for them to start using it for the New Year is like starting afresh. Maybe at the end of next year, they’ll be hoping to receive another bottle of the FTE!”



Fill in the blanks: In 2016, I _________________.

“I managed to juggle my full-time job and my blogging career enjoyably well. I always get the question on how I manage blogging along with my full-time job. A lot of times people think that I have so much time. But it’s all about the passion. If you have the passion, anything can happen. Anything can motivate you to do the things you do.”

What does the word “purity” mean to you?

“To me, purity is honesty and integrity. When you handle relationships and meet people, you want people to treat you like how you want to be treated. I enjoy treating people with integrity, so that the friendship is a pure and honest one.”

How has the SK-II FTE changed your beauty experience?

“I got the SK-II FTE as a gift. Before I received it, I already heard so much about this SK-II essence and had a hopeful image of the product. When I got it, I felt so excited about trying it. I like to use the FTE before my other skincare products to prep my skin. You just need a few drops and it’s enough for your entire face.”

FTE as a gift for the festive season -- yes or no?

“I believe that all women have probably heard of SK-II’s FTE. It’s such an iconic product that every woman should try it at least once in a lifetime. If you are a new user, you should try it. If you’re already a fan, you should collect it!”


Looking for more gift-giving ideas? We got digital beauty influencer Leanne to share her holiday faves with us.