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It’s that time of the year again -- the streets are bustling with shoppers, the aroma of scented candles fills the air, and Christmas carols play all day long. Merrymaking is everywhere, but no one’s complaining!

An event-filled December means lots of catching up with friends and relatives you haven’t seen in awhile, so you definitely want to look your best. Take the opportunity to reward yourself with these beauty indulgences brought to you by the team behind beauty service booking app, Vaniday. Ps: keep reading to find a special treat below just for you!


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Highbrow



Eyelash extensions aren’t an everyday thing for most of us, but there’s every reason to get them during the festive season, especially if you need that extra 'oomph' to go with your flashy Christmas outfits. Imagine taking mascara application and eyelash curling out of your makeup routine, and still have voluminous, long lashes -- it’s the one time you can actually say “I woke up like this” proudly.



Highbrow is a leading brow and lash specialist that offers three lash services: Lash by Lash, Cluster, and Korean Cirrus extensions. Each one creates a specific look to suit the different styles of customers. Lash by Lash involves the attachment of individual strands to each real eyelash, which creates a natural look best for ladies going for a simple enhancement.

Cluster lashes are for those who love all eyes on them -- they can really boost your drama factor, with a bunch of strands attached to each eyelash for a fuller and more voluminous look. Korean Cirrus is a mix of both, and is perfect for sexy mamas that ooze sophistication. To tailor the lash extensions to suit you even more, the beautician designs the best lash configuration for you based on your eye shape.

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Auriga Spa at Capella Hotel



Forget kissing under the mistletoe. Imagine this: scented candles, glasses of bubbly, and a private jacuzzi surrounded by lush greenery await as you and your partner indulge in a full-body massage. The Auriga Spa takes your holiday romance to the next level with their wholesome couple spa retreats sure to please even the fussiest of lovebirds. Their three specialty day spas for couples are carefully crafted for an all-rounded, unique spa experience. Here’s a quick guide to help you pick the one that suits you best:

P.S. I Love You

An experience guaranteed to get you in the mood for love - we’re talking a head to toe rose and jasmine oil massage, a rose foot scrub ritual in a private garden, and a sensual, candlelit rose petal bath all for the two of you. That’s not all -- you’re in for a treat of refreshing cocktails and refreshments at Bob’s bar, a stunning Cuban-inspired alfresco diner with sassy tunes playing all day. Wagyu beef skewers and a rum cocktail, anyone?


Senja Sunyi Ritual

The perfect pre-event prep. “Senja Sunyi” literally means “dusk silence” in Bahasa Indonesia, which is an apt name for a full pampering experience that eases into the evening. The massage uses a combination of Javanese and Tui Na techniques, along with heated moonstones to release the tension from your muscles. This is followed by an organic rose facial, and treats at The Knolls, a Mediterranean fine dining restaurant by the sea.


Honeymoon

The ultimate head to toe indulgence ideal for couples planning a short stay-cation. The experience begins with a Rose and Ylang Ylang scrub, and a body wrap to detox and nourish the skin. A full-body massage comes after to ease tired muscles out, followed by a revitalising honey and jasmine facial. Then, you’re off for afternoon tea with a spectacular view of the beach at The Knolls -- if that’s not romantic, we’re not sure what is!



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BRANCHE Nails



Think sleek, spacious private styling rooms and immaculate service -- that’s BRANCHE Nails for you. Be prepared to feel like royalty the moment you step into the 1,400 square foot boutique in Capitol Piazza, where you’ll be swiftly escorted to an automatic reclining chair in one of the hip, exquisitely furnished private rooms and served a warm beverage and snack. We hear the Matcha latte is better than any you can find at Japanese cafes here.



Ever heard of nail polish that accelerates the recovery of damaged nails? BRANCHE is the only salon in Singapore that offers Paragel, a highly durable gel technique that is considered by many to be the most advanced nail technology in Asia. You never have to worry about thinning your nails anymore since the Paragel technique does not require any buffing or sanding. The nail polish sticks to the nails nice and smooth, and is even more durable than regular gel nail polishes, showing no signs of chipping or peeling for up to 4 weeks.

Nail maestro Safori is the only certified Paragel in Singapore whose portfolio is impressive to say the least. She has designed for big names like Shu Uemura, styled international celebrities to the likes of Mariah Carey, and is no stranger to the media. A heads-up though: book fast if you want to get your nails done for the upcoming celebrations because her slots get snapped up like hotcakes.


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Firma Skin



Breaking out during the holidays is quite a nightmare. Conveniently located at Market Street in Singapore’s CBD, Firma Skin is a facial bar that offers express treatments that last no more than an hour. Quality is in no way compromised, though -- Firma Skin keeps it simple, providing only the bare necessities of the best quality using the latest technologies. Ps: their serums and essences are developed by a team of in-house scientists.

Firma Skin’s oxygen facial is perfect for those in need of a quick skin cleanse. Its three essential treatments exfoliate and infuse nutrients into the skin while stimulating oxygenation, alleviating damage from free radicals for a clearer complexion. If your skin has been especially congested lately, you may want to opt for a microdermabrasion facial instead. The painless technique is massively popular these days because it is one of the few non-chemical and non-invasive procedures that deliver quick results.

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Special treat for Clozette readers: Use the code VANICLOZETTE upon checkout to enjoy $20 off your first Vaniday booking with a minimum spend of $40!

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While a season packed with endless parties and get-togethers may be fun, these various cocktail soirées are also going to be filled with fizzy drinks and sinful food indulgences, which can really take a toll on your skin.


Just like how you ought to prepare your wardrobe essentials to turn yourself into party-ready perfection, your complexion needs a little beauty prep too to endure the numerous festive and late-night parties. So keep reading below for the best ways you can prepare your beauty regimen, and yourself, for the holiday season.

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Add punch to your existing regimen



The key to any great holiday makeup look is a flawless canvas underneath, i.e. smooth and even skin. That's why, besides using a cleanser and a moisturiser, you should add more potent products to your routine to get the most out of a short period of time. Before going in with the SK-II R.N.A Power Radical New Age Cream, dab the Facial Treatment Essence all over your face and neck to replenish your skin’s moisture, and improve its appearance and texture. If you have an oilier or more acne-prone skin, make sure to grab a bottle of Facial Treatment Clear Lotion for its mixture of AHAs and Pitera. It removes dead skin cells and impurities, ensuring that the rest of your skincare routine will be able to penetrate deeper and more effectively.

If you're in the mood to give yourself a pampering session, use the Facial Treatment Mask to restore your skin's glow -- the perfect way to relax and unwind before you head to the party. 

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Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate



Combine the cool weather with stress, lack of sleep, one too many drinks, and it’s hello to a dry and dehydrated complexion. So make sure you constantly keep your body, especially your skin, hydrated during this time of the month with LANEIGE’s Essential Balancing Emulsion_Moisture, Water Bank Essence, Water Bank Moisture Cream, and the beloved Water Sleeping Mask.

Soft, plumped up skin that lasts all day and night, even under a dry and air-conditioned environment? Yes, please!

Play with colour



‘Tis the season for bold eyes and lips! To achieve your party makeup look in under five minutes, simply smoke out your eyeshadow using the Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Eyeshadow Palette by defining your lower lash line and outer V with their deeper shades. Next, layer on coats of the Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara for a lash look that’s extraordinarily long, defined, and smudge-proof.

Swipe on the Pure Color Envy Sculpting Blush on your cheeks for an enhanced radiant glow, and the Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick for a beautifully-shaped and pigmented pout that's soft, smooth and pucker-ready for your kiss under the mistletoe.



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Make your best features pop



During the holidays, nothing slays like a good feline flick paired with rosy cheeks and a glowing complexion. To cop the look, start by using the CLINIQUE Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector & Optimizer to reduce the appearance of blemishes and dark spots for a brighter look. This will help get rid of any pigmentation you might have from previous breakouts.

Follow up with the Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief to give your skin that dewy, lit-from-within finish. Then, proceed to apply your base makeup as usual, making sure to create that "just-pinched" look with a Cheek Pop blush to get that base look down pat. After filling in your brows and defining your eyes and lashes, take the Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen and draw your flick. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert in tight-lining, this mistake-proof pen will allow you to create a clean and sharp line in one glide.

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Heading to a snowy country this holiday season? Or maybe you’re head off to the warm beaches instead? Wherever you’re going, it’s always important to know which items of clothing, tech gear, skincare and beauty products you should be bringing with you. After all, you want to feel comfortable and right at home in the place you’ll be visiting; and be prepared for any situation you might end up in, right?

So whether you're already a seasoned traveller, or it's your first time venturing out into the world, keep reading below for our must-have travel items that you shouldn’t forget to bring along on your upcoming holiday trip.

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Lip Balm


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Dry lips can happen to everyone, especially if you’re travelling. To ensure that your pout stays plump and healthy, always carry with you a nourishing lip balm. Because trust us, the feeling of chapped lips while on holiday is no fun at all.

Sheet Masks


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Travelling can take a toll on your skin since the plane is filled with recycled air. That is why if you want to avoid dull-looking skin once you touch down, pack a sheet mask or two and put them on in-flight. They come in handy too when you want to give your complexion a treat after a long day of walking and sight-seeing.

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Small notebook


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A notebook is always one of those things you think you never need, but actually do. Bringing a small one with you on your trip can help you navigate the place better as you can note down your schedules, which trains to take, different restaurants to visit, and if you ever have little notes that you want to revisit later, you can write them all in here. You’d be surprised at how useful having a notebook is when travelling.

Sunscreen


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We hate to sound like a broken record, but wearing sunscreen is crucial to your skincare routine. Even if you’re heading to a cold and snowy country where the sun rarely shines, UV rays still exist everywhere, like your phones and computers. So make sure you take good care of your skin while travelling.



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Sunglasses


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The best way to avoid premature wrinkles on your eyes is if you don’t squint; something which sunnies can help you out with. So don’t forget to pack your favourite pair in your bag. Not only will they protect your peepers, but they make a chic accessory too.

Dry Shampoo


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Since your schedule will be packed with fun activities each day, you may not always have the luxury of time to take a shower and style your hair. The best way to prolong your beautifully blown dry mane? Dry shampoo. It will clean your scalp while adding volume and texture to your locks for that perfect bedhead look.


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iPad


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No matter how busy you may be on your trip, it's always nice to find time to relax and unwind. What better way to do that than by reading a book, play some games, or watch some movies on your iPad?

Hand cream


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Who wants dry, flaky hands when they’re travelling? No one, that’s for sure. So don’t forget to pack your hand cream to nourish and soften your hands wherever you go.


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