Here's A Handy-Dandy Guide On How To Use The New Emojis | Clozette

Brace yourselves: a new batch of emojis is coming out soon. It includes necessary and long-awaited inclusive emojis like interracial couples and differently abled-themed ones. But it's also clear that some of the new additions are just for fun. A drop of blood, a smiling otter, an oyster (with a pearl inside!) and the much-talked-about pinching emoji are just some of the remarkable launches among over 50 new emoji variants. 

Although the Unicode Consortium already released related keywords to the symbols, we all know that most of these emojis will have further meaning than what was initially intended. Case in point: the eggplant emoji. Aside from the really obvious ones, most emojis remain open to interpretation and can be associated with any meaning we bestow upon them. With that said, here are our suggested ways on how to use five of the new versatile emojis in your future messages. Keep them handy!

The pinching hand 

Best for: pinching cute or irritating things digitally, to say how little you think something is, or how close you are to something or picking up things you find disgusting.

Example 1: "Oh my goodness, your dog is so cute! "


Example 2: "They're so irritating and I'm this  close to losing it."

Example 3: When someone sends you unsolicited nudes and your feedback is... 


Example 4: Ew, how come it's so smelly? (recommended to use with the new underwear emoji). As in "

Example 5: "Sorry, the traffic is so bad. I'm already so close, you just need to wait a ."

The smiling otter 

Best for: when you're feeling like a boss or when you turn out to be right all along when nobody believed you. 

Example 1: "You didn't believe me, but look who's sorry now. "


Example 2: "Do this and this and this ASAP. That's all. "

The kneeling emoji 

Best for: when you've completely given up all hope, when you're desperately begging, when it's already Friday and you find out there's a need to do some overtime, when you didn't save eight hours worth of work and now it's all gone or when you tried to do yoga and this is the only position you can master.

Example 1: "I beg you, please don't eat all the pizza.  Have mercy on my (and your) stomach."

Example 2: "Hey, girl! I did yoga today for the first time after the holidays and this is what happened... The yoga instructor was like, 'Okay, now transition to Eka Hasta Vrksasana.' And then I was like... "

Example 3: "What is my life? "

The bandage 

Best for: when you need to patch things up with someone, when you need to cover up something or when you're comforting someone who's emotionally wounded

Example 1: "I know. Life is tough but you need to pick yourself up and put on some  and lipstick."

Example 2: "Hey, aunt! My mom is so mad at you after you forgot to return her Tupperware. You have to come here and return it soon. So you can  things up."

The hanging sloth 

Best for: when you want a coy but dramatic entrance in a group chat or when you're about to fall but you're still hanging in there

Example 1: "Oh, you're asking me how work is? Hmm, well I'm still there. "

Example 2: "Hey, besties, how's it hangin'? "

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If you scan your calendars, it would occur to you that despite having many holidays listed for us to celebrate or commemorate, we only dress up majorly for a handful of occasions: Christmas and New Year, with the optional birthdays and Halloween on the side. But now, we can definitely add Valentine's Day to the list regardless of relationship status. Unlike in the previous years where V-Day was often dedicated to couples, these days, family, friend or self dates are now on the 'hip list', making it more exciting and much anticipated by anyone of any age. So no matter how you're celebrating Valentine's Day, we devised a prep plan for you to follow to ensure you feel and look good on the special day. 

Step one: start with some self-loving with skin and body prep

Counter-clockwise: Sabon Roses Speak For The Heart Gift Set, SGD107;  L’Occitane X Rifle Paper Co. Hand Cream Trio, SGD45; Sigi Skin Pink Nectar, SGD62

"Love yourself before you love others," says the old adage and we couldn't agree more. That's why we're putting those words to life by starting your Valentine's Day prep with a simple yet soothing skin and body pampering. Not only will it leave you feeling good for the rest of the day but it will also reignite your confidence that will carry your entire look. 

Start off with SABON's Roses Speak For The Heart Gift Set that contains a shower oil, a body oil and a body scrub, all in a sensuous limited edition rose-splash scent that will leave your skin renewed and soft like a petal at the comfort of your own home. Next, take care of tired and puffy-looking skin by swiping on the multi-purpose SIGI Skin Pink Nectar, which helps firm and moisturise your under eyes and can also be used to prep your lips for a soft and kissable pout. Last but not the least, don't forget to prepare for a lot of hand-holding, care-filled touching and hugging by also giving your hands some loving with the L’OCCITANE X Rifle Paper Co. Hand Cream Trio collaboration.

Step two: go for a love-filled beauty look

Left to right: Les Merveilleuses Ladurée 2019 Spring Collection Eye Color, SGD37 each; The Body Shop All-in-one Cheek Colour, SGD23, Kiehl's Love Oil for the Lips, SGD28

Channel the aristocrat women of 18th-century France and go for a look of new beginnings and fruitful romances by popping on these spring-inspired colours from the Les Merveilleuses Ladurée 2019 Spring Collection. Choose from softer and dustier rose and brown shades or bolder and edgier oranges and greens and go for a look that aims to both impress and express.  Complement your choice of eye colours with The Body Shop All-in-one Cheek Colour in either Bubblegum or Guava for a touch of a natural flushed glow, reminiscent of first meetings and memorable moments. These superfine powder blushers are infused with Vitamin E and Community Trade marula oil from Namibia, making it make-up and skincare in one. Plus, what beauty look would be complete without something for the lips? Get ready to pucker up with Kiehl's new Love Oil for the Lips that helps prep, soften and moisturise before you swipe on your choice of lippie for the occasion

Step three: unleash your inner romantic through style

Left to right: Myla Beaty Street Stretch Tulle Lace Bra, USD100, (; Zimmermann Corsage Pompom Embellished Cutout Floral Print Mini-Dress, USD1,789.23 (; Alice McCall My Baby Love Cold Shoulder Ruffled Silk Organza and Corded Maxi Lace Dress, USD759.34 (

Valentine's is an occasion to unleash a little bit of fantasy and flair so we're challenging you to unleash your inner romantic by going for a couple of interesting pieces. First, if you want to keep the sexier side of you a little more intimate, put on this Myla Tulle Lace Bra under any outfit and discover a spunky 'I've got a secret' spring to your step that will surely pop out. If you want to wow the crowd but still keep it sweet yet subtle, this Zimmermann Corsage Cut-out Mini Dress that flatters the curves and teases a bit of skin without going too much may be the best bet for you. But if you want to go all out and channel an ethereal, Aphrodite-like appeal (which we are all for, to be honest), don't hold back and take this Alice McCall Silk Organza and Corded Maxi Lace Dress out for a spin, which will leave every onlooker, and maybe even Cupid, breathless. 

Step four: time to add on the finishing touches

Rene Caovilla Cleo Crystal Embellished Metallic Leather Sandals, price unavailable (; Furla Signature Metropolis Bag, SGD795; Charriol Crazy in Love Again necklace, price unavailable

Like putting icing on top of the cake or the big reveal at the end of a movie, the final touches definitely set the tone for the entire look. Our recommendations? First, add a modern twist to your own fairytale by swapping out glass slippers with these eye-catching Crystal Embellished Sandals from Rene Caovilla. Pair it with a hint of sparkle by adding this simple yet elegant Charriol necklace from their Crazy in Love Again collection, the asymmetric fluid silver chains with crimped pendants and Lyriats carefully crafted to exude the romance and commitment the occasion exudes. And on a final note, no outfit would be complete with a bag that will take you throughout the entire day's affairs, and Furla's signature Metropolis bag in bold red makes the best pick when it comes to style, versatility and overall functionality. 



While maximalism is undoubtedly on the rise, we can't help but fall back in love with ever-elegant minimalist designs from time to time. There's just nothing that can ever beat the versatility of minimalist jewellery. Whether you're wearing a casual ensemble or a glam ballgown, a piece of barely-there dainty jewellery will complement the look. You can even build a new look by layering several minimalist pieces. If you love minimalist accessories as much as we do, then you should bookmark these cool brands that offer the best minimal designs with maximum stylishness.

Diamanti Per Tutti

Based in Antwerp (the diamond capital of the world), this Belgian brand aims to make diamonds fun and accessible to everyone. Their timeless and minimalist designs featuring real and ethically sourced diamonds have become rapidly popular among style enthusiasts that seven years after its launch, they now have homes outside Belgium, including in East (Hongkong and Shanghai) and Southeast Asia (Singapore). From sophisticated earrings to elegant necklaces, you'll surely find something to covet from their various collections. Right on time for Valentine's Day, they've released their Attraction collection, inspired by the power of attraction between two lovers.


Founded by Australian supermodel and entrepreneur Nicole Trufino, ERTH is all about sophisticated simplicity with an emphasis on showcasing precious stones. The brand is very popular among fashion insiders like Monica Rose, Gigi Hadid and Elizabeth Sulcer. Because of its consistency in style and premium quality, it's now known worldwide as the go-to brand for unique chic pieces. As of now, they don't have a brick and mortar store yet but you can order pieces from their online store

Sophie Buhai

Believe us when we say that it's possible to look bold while wearing minimal yet remarkable designs. Just look at Sophie Buhai's eye-catching pieces that are inspired by sculptural silhouettes. Each piece from the brand is made by hand using recycled metals. These seasonless designs will surely be a staple in your jewellery collection. 

Wanderlust + Co

If you love art deco designs but find it to be a bit too loud for everyday wear, you can instead opt for minimalist geometric accessories. Explore Wanderlust + Co's latest charm collection, which showcases petite geometrical jewellery. The 37-piece collection is 14K gold plated — a subtle shade of champagne gold that has been customised to suit every skin tone. Just pick which charms speak to you and you can customise your very own piece.

Monica Vinader

Going for a sleek and timeless look? You'll never go wrong with a Monica Vinader piece. From stunning triple rings to pretty drop earrings, this celebrity-favourite jewellery brand offers endless variations of demi-fine minimalist designs. We're sure you'll have a hard time choosing which piece to get because you'd want to take them all home.

(Cover photo from: @diamantipertutti)

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