Face The Lunar New Year With Confidence With The Help Of These | Clozette

It's almost time to whip out your new dresses, paint your face and gear up for a new year of hope and plans. The Chinese New Year is coming soon! It's a time to refresh and restart. Make sure you and your beauty arsenal are ready for things to come. This year, let us help you sift through the myriad of options while you sit back and check out these awesome items for a fantastic Year of the Pig. 

New year, new you


Get on board the Pitera train with SK-II’s Facial Treatment Essence and treat your skin to maximum magic, especially after all those late night merrymaking sessions. Even better if you’re looking to spruce up your vanity because this little power product now comes in a vibrant red bottle with a playful swirl to usher in the new lunar year.

Can’t shine if you don’t glow

They say prevention is better than cure and that anti-aging products should be gradually introduced into your regimen as you sail into your 20s. With the Clarins Double Serum, you can maintain your youthful complexion well into your middle years, thanks to their blend of anti-aging ingredients that firm skin up and restores radiance.

Additionally, if you have dry or combination skin and haven’t gotten into face oils yet, this is the perfect time to try Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil. It promises to revitalise your skin and nourish it for that enviable satin-soft feel.

Start the year right

Now that your skin is properly pampered, you might want to refresh your makeup routine with the HERA Magic Starter in Lavender. Targeting dull skin, it is formulated with components that promise to even out your complexion, creating that beautiful, neutral base for effective blending and shading.

Cheek to cheek

You’ll find reasons to whip out your MAC Powder Blush Duo because it is themed to perfection to go with any outfit you choose this year. Embossed with the Chinese character for luck, this comes in the shades Melba, a soft coral peach shade in matte, and Lovecloud, a perky mid-tone pink in a satin finish.

Painting ‘ong’ a smile 

Bring joy into every home you visit with your smiling lips painted with the stunning Kanebo Liquid Rouge in 10 red-toned shades. The formula has been optimised to bring a nuanced glow to any complexion and results in a delicately plumped appearance, with the colours melting into your lips with a light glossy shine.

For the lady who loves a unique lip, the Kanebo Liquid Nuance Rouge is the one for you with five pearly shades to choose from. To be worn individually or mixed with other colours, this particular formula is made to brighten the complexion, paired with a lightweight texture that’s easy on the lips.

Easy on those hands

After everything is said and done, take a moment to give your hands a little love with L’Occitane’s best-selling Shea Butter Hand Cream. Rich in vitamin E and shea butter, packaged in a bright red tube to match the festivities, this cream is sure to keep hands soft, smooth and cared for, setting a great example for the rest of your year.



While most of us don't have ambitions to become a movie star, it's fair to admit that we'd love to look like one. But short of plastic surgery and drastic skin procedures, there are only a few accessible products out there that can take us one step closer to the flawless image we see on the silver screen. Enter GlamGlow masks and their promises to deliver camera-ready, glowing skin in an instant — well, 10 minutes to be exact. 

The story behind this popular mask goes like this: an actor asked if there's a skincare product that can improve skin on the spot. This kickstarted founders Glenn and Shannon Dellimore's idea to develop one exclusively for their friends in Hollywood. After the initial success within the entertainment industry, the product was made available to the public. Now, it's known on Instagram as the masks that celebrities swear by.

Of course, we'll never pass up on the opportunity to test such a promising product. We got the GlamGlow YOUTHMUD® TingleExfoliate Treatment (SGD80/USD59), the original and first product of the brand, to see if it's really as amazing as Nina Dobrev and Shay Mitchell say. Can it really give the skin an instant glow? Keep reading for our review of the GlamGlow mask.  

Formulation and packaging

At the heart of the GlamGlow YOUTHMUD® TingleExfoliate Treatment are volcanic pumice rock and French sea clay. Both work to seep out gunk from pores and provide gentle exfoliation. It also contains nourishing extracts from Camellia sinensis leaf, cucumber and calendula. All these ingredients are tightly packed and sealed in a sleek, heavy-duty metal jar. With its compact and sturdy built, there's no doubt that it's travel-friendly. 

Texture and fragrance

Upon opening the seal, the first thing that I noticed was its super pleasant scent that's reminiscent of the smell you'll usually encounter at spas. It's very calming and soothing, which makes it perfect as a nighttime mask. Moving on to texture, it feels very gritty and rough with some huge leaf chunks. Because of this, a mask spatula will be very helpful to evenly and thinly spread out the product onto your face.

Application and results

The first time that I applied this using my fingers, I made the mistake of applying on too much. This led to me experiencing not a tingling feeling (as implied by the product's name) but a bad, burning feeling. Nevertheless, I pushed through and luckily my skin didn't suffer any bad results. It was a lesson learned, you shouldn't apply this mask like an ordinary clay pack. It should just be a thin layer and, again, preferably to be applied with a spatula. 

As you can see, there's this crusty texture that forms after a few minutes. It's not the most instagrammable part of this product.

Once I started applying the right amount, it now felt very comfortable with only a minimal tingling feeling. After leaving it on for ten minutes, it will develop into a crusty mask. The instructions say to wash it off with water in circular motions which makes sense because the gritty texture can now also serve as a physical exfoliant.  You know how the usual mud masks are super hard to wash off? It doesn't happen with GlamGlow, everything is just super easy to take off.

After everything was washed off, I can already see and feel the difference right away. My skin feels smooth to touch, pore appearance is visibly reduced and as advertised it did give my skin a nice, subtle glow. And the best thing is that it doesn't leave the skin very tight which is always a plus in my books. Overall, I'm happy to report that the GlamGlow YOUTHMUD® TingleExfoliate Treatment does fulfil its promises.

Is it worth it?

Well, it works and delivers on its promises. However, as someone who has tried numerous masks, I can say that there are more budget-friendly options out there that can give more or less the same effect. Some of these are L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Anti-PoresInnisfree Volcanic Pore Clay and the Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Rose Clay.

The edge of the GlamGlow YOUTHMUD® TingleExfoliate Treatment is that it never leaves the skin tight so it all boils down to preference. If you suffer from dehydrated or dry skin, your best bet will be the one from GlamGlow. Otherwise, it's best to explore other options before indulging in this luxury celebrity-hyped mask. 

Read more of our skincare and makeup reviews here.



Caught in the Monday madness? We're here to offer a little distraction. From Kate Spade changing their logo to Hedi Slimane's CELINE debuting at Paris Fashion Week, relax, breathe and give our Insider Roundup a scroll to indulge in some news that will ease the early week tension. 

Kate Spade teases logo change

Following the wave of labels changing logos last year, Kate Spade teased that a full alteration is also coming their way before the end of January. The previous logo presented in either black or gold containing the brand name and spade symbol is now reinvented with pink and green hues called "pink kiss" and "clover" respectively and is slated to grace the new line of collections that will be launched before the month ends. From the looks of the comments, people are giving mixed reactions towards this change, but only when their new releases come along will there be a final call if the rebrand is a success. 

"World's Cutest Dog" passes away

Last weekend, the world mourned as Boo, dubbed the "World's Cutest Dog," passed away. According to his owner, the famous Pomeranian died of a broken heart following the death of his best friend and fellow Insta-famous pupper Buddy. Rest in peace, little fella! You and Buddy enjoy doggy heaven, okay?

Black, white and gold gowns graced the Producers Guild Awards red carpet

One of the things that we absolutely adore during awards season is seeing a lot of gorgeous looks on the red carpet. And this weekend, we saw a wide array of elegant gowns in black, white and gold worn by some of our favourites at the Producers Guild Awards. Our top looks include Kate Beckinsale wearing Yanina Couture, Constance Wu in J Mendel and Emma Stone in Louis Vuitton.

Toni Gonzaga launches YouTube channel

Filipino celebrity and multimedia personality Toni Gonzaga officially launches a vlogging channel on YouTube in celebration of her 35th birthday. Upon uploading her first video yesterday, Toni's channel already garnered 47k subscribers but the number is expected to rise as she uploads more candid videos on the platform. It's safe to assume that this move was inspired by her sister and fellow TV personality Alex Gonzaga, who first launched a channel on the platform July 2017. 

CELINE debuts menswear line courtesy of Hedi Slimane

It's been almost a year since Hedi Slimane replaced Phoebe Philo as CELINE's Creative Director but people are still not over the major changes he brought to the brand. Debuting the label's first ever menswear show at Paris Fashion Week last Sunday, the collection aimed to channel a crisp 'retro rock star chic' vibe but was called underwhelming and predictable by many Philo fans and fashion critics. So we ask: how are you finding Hedi Slimane's CELINE so far?

(Cover photo from: @katespadeny)

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