8 Tips For Shopping During Holiday Sales | Clozette

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One of the many things that is great about the holidays are the sales that come after. All brands are trying to get rid of old products to make room for the new year and for new stuff. It’s all fun and amazing, until it’s not — you spend too much money or you can’t find the items you’re looking for, someone pushes you to get something, and more.

Shopping holiday sales can be stressful too. So to avoid that and take shopping back to what it truly is (therapeutic and awesome), here are some tips we have come up with to make your shopping trips feel like a breeze!

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Get digitally connected


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First thing’s first: make sure you have the inside scoop on your favourite brands, because many give sneak peeks of discounts and limited edition items via e-mail blasts and social postings. How can you plan if you don’t know the deals? Like how CLINIQUE is having incredible deals and discounts, and events this season TANGS!

Take time, make a list (for them)


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There’s a difference between knowing you should make a list and actually doing it. Take 30 minutes to map out exactly what you want to buy for holiday gifts. With it, you’ll navigate sales like a laser beam—and be less likely to get sucked in by the thrill of the deal.


Take time, make a list (for you)


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This time of year, temperatures start to dip—suddenly, you’ll need the lush moisturiser that you couldn’t imagine buying last month. Make a checklist of all the things you wish to buy and focus on those. Being able to focus on something you want will actually drive you to find it, instead of roaming endlessly through racks and piles of items you don’t know if you should or shouldn’t get.


Go with a team


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If you're heading to the mall, you'll need all hands on deck. Examine everyone’s lists before you shop, pinpoint any overlap, then divide and conquer. Even if you only do this for checkout—one person waits in line while the other grabs the last few items—you could easily save yourselves an hour.


Do online purchase, in-store pick-up.



Check whether your destination retailer is honoring this system during the sales. If so, you’ll deal with a separate section of the store and a lot less people. Plus, you get to combine the comfort of browsing online with the instant gratification of on-site shopping. Hello, efficiency!

One thing to always purchase during holiday sales? Holiday kits, aka limited edition kits, because these contain products that cost so much more when sold separately. Like with the CLINIQUE Holiday Travel Sets, you literally get a lot of bang for your buck with their vast collections of skincare and makeup packages!  

If you love your eye makeup, a good holiday kit to purchase would be the CLINIQUE Power Up The Drama Set (SGD $38) as this contains an eye cream, mascara, and eyeliner for incredibly full, lush lashes and hydrated smokey eyes for all your parties! Or if you’re more into skincare, the CLINIQUE Moisture Favorites (SGD $75) is the one for you to keep you well hydrated and plump for the entire winter!


Wear a hands-free outfit


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Sales are not the place to wear sky-high heels or tight dresses. You want to be able to move freely and comfortably wherever you go. An old-fashion T-shirt and jeans look with some flats are perfect. And the more pockets you have, the better—you won’t need to carry a handbag.  Or worry about that handbag while you’re shopping!


Shop the “doorbusters”—maybe


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The extra-super-bonus discounts that retailers offer at the crazy hours (late night, early morning) might only be worth it if you’re buying multiple items at one location. So do the math before you wake up your household at 4 AM.


Park far away


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There's no doubt that you'll have to battle the masses and wait in long lines when you're inside a shopping center. But the exit lane from the parking garage is one you can skip! Simply park far from the doors or elevator bank and closer to the parking lot exit. The walk to the store while you’re still fresh will also give you a sweet endorphin rush for happy shopping.

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Got any more tips for shopping during holiday sales? Tell us all about it in the comment section below!

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Hair, like skin, is complicated. There are different types and textures, and corresponding treatments and serums for those. Two of the most challenging hair types are curly and coloured as the former tends to easily dry out, while the latter can be the same too, but look duller because of chemicals in the dye. And finding products that cater to these specific issues is an even bigger challenge. 

  
So for those who colour their hair, and for those who battle with natural curls every day, you’re going to love these two new releases from L’Oreal. With their EverCurl and EverPure lines, wavy and curly hair will perfectly stay in shape, and coloured locks will be instantly radiant and hydrated! Keep reading below to find out more on these amazing new products!

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EverCurl Hydracharge Shampoo (SGD 15.90 for 250 ml) 



This sulfate and paraben-free shampoo will keep curls defined and frizz free for up to 48 hours! Soft and manageable curls and waves are now within reach as this contains Grapeseed to hydrate and lock in moisture, and Hibiscus to promote the growth of healthy, well-nourished hair.

This gentle formula doesn’t contain harsh salts, will eliminate unwanted frizz, split ends, and brittle hair, and leave your tresses extremely soft and smooth!

EverCurl Hydracharge Conditioner (SGD 15.90 for 250 ml) 



Pair the EverCurl Shampoo with this rich conditioner, which is sulfate and paraben-free as well, and is gentle enough to prevent split ends and brittle hair from forming! It will deeply penetrate your strands to quench its thirst, while promoting the growth of revitalised hair — giving you tresses that are deliciously soft!


EverCurl Hydracharge Leave-in Cream (SGD 21.90 for 180 ml)



Just like the shampoo and conditioner, this cream is sulfate and paraben-free, but contains a a healthy blend of natural botanical oils that will provide deep conditioning nourishment without the greasy build-up or feeling! This ultra-rich treatment will leave your tresses soft and luxurious by taming frizz and nurturing each of your curl’s elasticity and shape!


EverPure 8-in-1 Color Miracle (SGD 21.90 for 200 ml)



Manage frizz and prevent your hair colour from fading with this extra gentle miracle treatment! This spray-on contains coconut oil to deliver 8 essential benefits to your hair such as boosting radiance, hydrating, softening, and protecting colours from fading, and will instantly penetrate each strand upon application without leaving a greasy or wet finish.

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The L’Oréal Paris Hair Expertise EverCurl and EverPure ranges will be available in Singapore at Watsons, Guardian, Sasa, major supermarkets and hypermarkets, and selected departmental stores from January 2016 onwards.

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With the announcement of the winner in the very first Beauty Bound Asia---a search for Asia's Next Top Beauty Creator---our region is now in the spotlight as the newest and freshest video-creation hub as fashion and beauty bloggers around Asia tackle video content, transitioning towards becoming full-fledged vloggers. Helmed by Top Beauty YouTuber, Michelle Phan and our friends from SK-II, Beauty Bound Asia was all about showcasing Asia's creativity when it comes to creating fashion and beauty videos that resonate with the region.


So we chatted with some of the new breed beauty creators who came out on top as finalists in Beauty Bound Asia. These are Beauty YouTubers you definitely need to keep your eye on as they continue to grow their channels while Asia shapes itself to be the site of the next video creating boom.


Here is our list of 7 beauty creators you need to subscribe to right now! Be inspired by their experience and journey throughout Beauty Bound Asia, as well as learn a few tips on how you too can be on the road to being a video creator.


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JANE MAKEUP - Thailand

(Beauty Bound Asia Winner)




You won Beauty Bound Asia! Congrats! How has this changed your life so far? What are you most looking forward to? 

Before this competition, I was a small beauty creator in Thailand. I do my videos in Thai and sometimes in English as well, because I want to share and inspire a people not only in Thailand but also throughout the world. After winning Beauty Bound Asia, and becoming “Asia’s Next Top Beauty Creator,” I feel like my community has expanded, and that it is not just only in Thailand anymore, but also now the rest of Asia. I am hoping and [believing] it will spread around the world!

What’s your top tip for budding creators out there who are hesitant to start their YouTube channel? 

I just did a video about "ten tips in order to become beauty creator." You should go and check it out! I will just pick one tip from the ten that I shared in my video. One of the most important things I think is to be yourself. Be real to your viewers. They will know whether you lie to them or not. The one thing that I feel makes a beauty creator special and different from a celebrity is that celebrities are part of marketing campaigns and receive payment to represent a brand; but we as influencers will share our own feelings and have to be real to our audience. I think we are more relatable in that sense.

Invite our community to check out your channel! If you could describe your channel in 3 words, what would it be? 

FUNNY, FRIENDLY, FAMILY! I think I'm a funny person and friendly as well. And I feel like my community is my family. We talk and share ideas together. Trust me you will love it!

Follow Jane Makeup on YouTube | Instagram | Twitter

CHARIS OW - Malaysia




What was the Beauty Bound Asia experience like? Was it everything you expected it would be? 

It was a great experience and to be honest, it was way more than what I expected it to be. I never expected to make such amazing friends along the way and meet so many people who are so passionate about their work.

What’s your favourite Beauty Bound Asia memory that you’ll always cherish as you continue in your journey as a Beauty Creator? 

My favourite Beauty Bound Asia memory would have to be the time when I was talking to Michelle Phan during the after-party and I had the privilege of learning so much from the conversation that we had. She complimented me on my videos and I have been holding on to that until today! She is definitely an inspiration and I am so beyond blessed to have met her during the trip!

Invite our community to check out your channel! If you could describe your channel in 3 words, what would it be? 

Creative, fun and personal.

Follow Charis Ow on YouTube | Instagram | Twitter


SUPERPRINCESSJO - Singapore




What was the Beauty Bound Asia experience like? Was it everything you expected it would be? 

The experience was like a roller coaster ride! Throughout the competition, every round had [a] challenge video [we had] to submit. I always hoped [I could clear] the round so that I [could reach to the top] and globally represent Singapore & myself. It had a lot of learning experiences that helped me to feed my creative soul. 

What’s your top tip for budding creators out there who are hesitant to start their YouTube channel?

Be yourself don't be afraid to show and talk about your style and culture to the world. People want to know you and your life. Don't be afraid to share it and you will make life long new friends through this YouTube journey.

Invite our community to check out your channel! If you could describe your channel in 3 words, what would it be? 

My channel is honest, multi-cultural and helpful in all ways. [I have] all a girl needs to groom herself!

Follow SuperPrincessJo on YouTube | Instagram | Twitter


XANA PEA - Philippines




What was the Beauty Bound Asia experience like? Was it everything you expected it would be? 

It's everything I expected and so much more. It was surreal and may I say, every beauty creator's fantasy. The Beauty Bound Asia experience taught me a lot about myself, the world and the endless opportunities and possibilities, as long as you dream and give your best towards achieving that dream.

What’s your top tip for budding creators out there who are hesitant to start their YouTube channel?

Stop hesitating and start your channel now. Make videos that you are genuinely passionate about, continue doing so while keeping in mind that success doesn't always happen overnight. Keep on creating content that truly express your creativity, and soon, people will recognize the dedication that you put in every single video.

Invite our community to check out your channel! If you could describe your channel in 3 words, what would it be? 

Outrageous, hilarious, ingenious!

Follow Xana Pea on YouTube | Instagram | Twitter


MAYJUNE TAN - Malaysia




What was the Beauty Bound Asia experience like? Was it everything you expected it would be? 

The competition made me recall the days back when I joined a star search reality show, the Star Idol Malaysia 2007 (Star Idol is an acting based competition organised by ntv7 which MayJune won). Everything was so new to me and the progress was full of experiments. I did vlogging style at the earlier stage for the online challenge and then I thought I should focus more on makeup skills at the finals, but also regretted that I should [have done more] acting for creativity marks. The trip to Tokyo was [also] amazing for me. [It was] full of excitements and surprises, though the schedule was very packed. However, I am really glad to know all the finalists from different countries and also the bright people who worked for Beauty Bound Asia. They are all awesome and passionate dreamers who work hard for the goals!

What’s your favorite Beauty Bound Asia memory that you’ll always cherish as you continue in your journey as a Beauty Creator?

The visit to the Meiji Shrine [and the] Harajuku Shopping experience were the best times. I found that those were the times we really talked to each other and [got to know] everybody, especially when we had lunch together. Some stories behind the finalists being YouTubers are quite encouraging. I've learnt that I am not alone at all. At times, I felt that I am only alone because my friends back in Malaysia are still in the traditional media (TV & Radio). It's time to make a change.

Invite our community to check out your channel! If you could describe your channel in 3 words, what would it be? 

I share knowledge from my experience in broadcasting, including makeup, hairstyles, beauty tips, nail art, and sometimes maybe some singing as well! I basically share everything I love! New videos are up every Thursday! Three words to describe my channel? That would be: Natural, lovingly-fun, and practical.

Follow MayJune on YouTube | Instagram | Twitter


JAZZY TAN - Singapore




What was the Beauty Bound Asia experience like? Was it everything you expected it would be? 

It is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience which at the subscriber count I have, is a big thing! We don't usually have such YouTube events in Singapore so I was so ecstatic to be involved in Beauty Bound Asia! Pretty much, it is a competition and I expect all the finalists to want to win so there is a slight tinge of competitiveness; but I had such an eye-opening trip to Tokyo, having learnt some new things about Japanese culture - makeup style, fashion sense and behavioural patterns. Even though I did not win, I still came back with a ton of inspiration, video ideas, and clearer painting of how the industry is like.

What’s your favorite Beauty Bound Asia memory that you’ll always cherish as you continue in your journey as a Beauty Creator?

I will cherish the fact that my audience has been all-so-supportive and how they have risen to spare me 'thumbs ups' and encouraging comments in my videos when they saw I entered Beauty Bound Asia! The connection and interaction I have with my audience is so priceless and I feel like this 'performance stage' of mine would not be present if not for them. I am so grateful and will strive to make even more captivating videos my audience like...and apparently they really love my story time videos!

Invite our community to check out your channel! If you could describe your channel in 3 words, what would it be? 

If you would like to be enlisted to the snazzy jazzy club, do know that my channel is all about me being "YOUR INTERNET GIRLFRIEND." I do story times (chit chats/girl talks), beauty-related makeup and hauls, and a little bit of vlogs too!

Follow Jazzy on YouTube | Instagram | Twitter


KRISSELL LUMAGUI - Philippines




What was the Beauty Bound Asia experience like? Was it everything you expected it would be? 

It has been an awesome platform for me to showcase my talent and skills in doing makeup. I love how Beauty Bound Asia is not restricting us when it comes to product placements and we are free to give our honest opinions.

What’s your top tip for budding creators out there who are hesitant to start their YouTube channel?

Listen to your inner voice! Don't mind what others will say or think about you. Remember that someone out there will benefit from your talent.

Invite our community to check out your channel! If you could describe your channel in 3 words, what would it be? 

If you wanna see fun crazy makeup tutorials and beauty knickknacks...go and check out my YouTube channel and subscribe!

Follow Jazzy on YouTube | Instagram | Twitter

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Who's your favourite YouTuber from Asia? Share it with us in the comments below!

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