How To Prep Your Skin For The Hectic Holiday Season | Clozette

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The holidays are practically knocking on our doors and soon we’ll be stressing about gifts and parties and whatnot. A bunch of late nights will happen, hangovers from celebrations, eating a ton of food we normally wouldn’t, and a whole lot more. Not only will this stress out our minds and bodies, but our skin as well! Add to that the cold, dry weather and it’s like a recipe for disaster.

So, if you don’t want dry, flaky skin this season, scroll down to see our tips on how you can prep your skin for the hectic holiday season!


Take a chance on oil

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Face oils are perfect for the winter months as they’re very emollient and moisturizing, and they really penetrate the skin to hydrate it. There are a ton of oils to choose from with different ones for each skin type, so take your pick and watch your skin come alive again! A great way to use face oil is to add a drop of it to your favourite foundation, and it will give you that gorgeous, healthy glow!

Remove makeup religiously

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Since you’re going to be attending a lot of events, celebrations, and parties, of course you’re going to want to look your best — and besides wearing a fabulous outfit, you’ll be wearing a ton of makeup too! So however tired you are every time you get home, make an effort to remove every blob and smear. You’re skin will definitely thank you for it, and you will be much happier the day after when you wake up with blemish-free skin!

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

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The dry weather will really take a toll on your skin, especially if you already have dry skin to begin with. One thing you can do to combat it? Drink lots of fluids, particularly water. Slather on your moisturisers and night creams, and flaky skin and dry patches won’t stand a chance!

Don't skimp on the eye cream

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One thing you should never, we repeat, never, forget during the cooler months is your eyes — specifically, your eye area. Skin there is thinner and drier, which might cause it to become dehydrated during this season. So day and night, dab on some heavy-duty eye cream for a smooth surface perfect for putting on concealer.

Be gentle with your skin

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With all these tips in mind, remember to still be gentle with your skin. Don’t tug and pull every nook and cranny because this might just cause premature wrinkles, no matter how much moisture you put on top of it. When applying eye cream, use your ring finger as it has the lightest touch; and when applying your moisturizers and creams, pat it in and slowly massage your face to stimulate blood flow and promote cell renewal!


How will you prep your skin for this festive season? Let us know in the comment section below!



When it comes to beauty shopping, makeup items are probably the top in every girl's list. From foundations, to blushes, to eyeshadow palettes...there's a product out there that we all lust after--those holy-grail items that have proven themselves time and time again to be great buys.

So if you're looking to stock-up on new makeup for the coming holiday season--whether for yourself or as gifts--you definitely can't go wrong with any of these makeup products that we've deemed a total must-have for 2015. Best thing about it? These products recently topped our Clozette Beauty Awards 2015, with our Community in Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, and Indonesia giving these products the Clozette stamp-of-approval.

Scroll down to view our full list of the top 14 makeup items to add to your shopping list.


Primer: Benefit POREfessional

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Quickly minimise the appearance of pores & fine lines for smoother-than-smooth skin by applying this lightweight balm alone, under or over makeup. Its translucent, oil-free formula also complements all skintones and helps makeup stay put through the day.

Foundation: Make Up Forever HD

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A bestselling HD foundation developed specifically for the film and TV industry's most advanced technology, the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid Foundation creates a naturally flawless complexion. This foundation features uniquely-coated pigments that provide medium-to-buildable coverage with a lightweight, second-skin texture that looks great on or off camera.

Concealer: YSL Touche Eclat

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Like a touch of magic, the YSL Touche Eclat adds a beautiful radiance to any skintone. Use it to add a touch of light or banish shadows and signs of fatigue from the eye area, the hollow of the chin, the contour of the lips, and the sides of the nose.

Cushion: Laneige BB Cushion

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All the rage for K-Beauty fans, the Laneige BB Cushion provides remarkable skincare benefits while keeping the complexion looking smooth, flawless, and dewy through the day. Over time, your skin is better protected from the sun with its whitening, moisturising, and suncreen properties. 

Mascara: Maybelline The Falsies

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One of the best-selling mascaras, the Maybelline The Falsies mascara gives lashes that 'falsie' look effect without having too apply actual falsies. It's also waterproof and ultra-black to give your eyes a wide-eyed look that lasts through the day.

Eyeliner: Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner

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A great drugstore purchase, this gel liner features an oil-free formula that is highly pigmented and smudegproof--the perfect liner to finish off any eye look. Best thing about? It's also waterproof and safe for sensitive eyes.

Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Naked 2

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This eyeshadow palette is filled with luminous eyeshadow shades ranging from shimmer to sparkle to the smoothest mattes, with a pigmented and buttery texture that Urban Decay shadows have been known for. The 12 never-boring taupe-hued neutrals are great for creating sultry neutral looks to dramatic smoky eyes.

Blush: Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette

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This is a silky bronzer, highlighter, and blush in a sleek, travel-ready compact. Use these pressed powders individually or blend them together to create just the right effect. The colour is also intensely pigmented and blends beautifully for subtle illumination. 

Highlighter: Benefit High Beam

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This pink, shimmery formula is ideal for spot highlighting and creating a natural glow along the cheekbones. Add definition and a light glimmer to your makeup look with its subtle satin finish that suits a variety of skintones. 

Bronzer: NARS Laguna Bronzer

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The NARS bronzer in Laguna is great if you're looking for a bronzing product the gives a warm, sunkissed glow to your skin. It's a true brown-based bronzer with a gold shimmer fusion that's excellent for enhancing the look of healthy, glowing, tanned skin.

Lipsticks: M.A.C

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With a variety of finishes and colours to choose from, you definitely can't go wrong with MAC's range of lipsticks. From bold, vampy colours, to bright reds, to sweet and wearable neutrals...there's a colour to match every look and personality.

Lip Gloss: Dior Addict Gloss

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A go-to gloss frequently used for the runway, the Dior Addict Gloss features a featherweight formula with a spotlight-shine effect. Hyaluronic spheres keep lips smooth and moisturised while mirror-like micro-pearls reflect light in all directions for a dazzling finish. 

Brows: Etude House Color My Brows

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An easy-to-use brow mascara to keep your brow hairs looking neat and on fleek. It provides a natural finish and keeps your brows in place and tinted through the day.

Makeup Remover: Bioderma

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A holy-grail product raved throughout the beauty community, Bioderma gently cleanses and removes make-up from face and eyes easily without any irritation. The micelles contained in its formula ensure all impurities are removed while respecting the balance of the skin. 


What are your favourite makeup products? Share it with us in the comments below!



Eight years ago, Sabrina Tan sought to find a solution that could solve her eczema-prone skin issue and founded Singapore-based beauty brand, Skin Inc. Eight years later, Skin Inc has grown into an internationally known skincare authority with standalone boutiques in Singapore, Brunei, and Spain – as well as a global presence in Sephora stores in Malaysia, Thailand, Spain and the United States.

To celebrate the brand’s eighth anniversary, Skin Inc presented the #SkinIncBeautyHackathon, uniting some of the world’s best beauty YouTubers, editors and key opinion leaders in Singapore to share about their skincare wish lists for upcoming Skin Inc products.

Later in the evening, guests gathered at the swanky Flow 18 bar on the rooftop of The South Beach hotel, where they got up close and personal with CEO and founder Sabrina, as well as brushed shoulders with their favourite YouTubers, including Angel from beautifymeeh, Aurelia from Auraure; Jen from frmheadtotoe, Karissa Pukas and more.

Amidst the festivities stood the Skin Inc vending machine, where each guest brought home a pack of customised serum blend tailored to their skin identity. Powered by nine different types of serums with various active ingredients developed in Japan, Skin Inc honours skin’s uniqueness by recommending the best concoction for every individual’s needs. “From one size fits all to one size fits one” – that’s what Skin Inc stands by.

Longtime user, fashion entrepreneur Velda Tan also took to the stage to talk about her skincare journey with the brand – from tackling acne-prone skin issues to embracing skin clarity today and everyday. As a round up to the momentous evening, guests raised their mocktail-filled Skin Inc bottles in tandem to eight years of the distinguished beauty powerhouse.