Living on our side of the hemisphere means that the sun is always at its peak no matter the time of the year. We may be approaching the cooler months ahead, but we beauty lovers know that we shouldn't keep our guard down when it comes to sun protection. 


So if you're on the lookout for a sunscreen that's of holy grail material, find out which made it into our Clozette Beauty Awards Panel's list. 


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The BIORÉ UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ is a definite fave, not just by the panel but by most beauty junkies in general. As Clozette Ambassador Ryan Sim puts it, "[It's] refreshing, featherlight, and offers strong sun protection."


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On the other hand, if you're looking for a sunscreen that won't go tacky under your makeup, Clozette Editor Becks Ko recommends KIEHL'S Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA++++.  She shares, "It's not too greasy to layer on top of my moisturiser and below my make-up. [It] finishes translucent so it does not disrupt my make-up routine after."


Clozette Ambassador Yen Ong threw in her bet into the bag: DIOR Diorsnow White Reveal UV Shield SPF 50 PA +++.  If you want a reliable sunblock, this is one for the books. She says, "This fabulously lightweight, ultra-sensorial fluid leaves no white residue, and melts instantly into the skin."


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If it's one of those days when you need to jet off to work or an immediate commitment, there's no excuse to miss out on your sun saver with Clozette Ambassador Alene Breddemann's recommendation, the DRGL Sun Protection Mist. "For lazy days, I'll just mist from top to toe and go," she gushes. 


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Feeling bittersweet about the year coming to an end? Us, too. As we welcome the whirlwind holiday season, we can’t help but experience a hit of nostalgia. We start to reflect on the things we did, the things we didn’t do, and the things we wish we did better.


So before 2017 comes to a close, we share six worthy resolutions you should really consider committing to in your personal journey. P.S. You might just walk away with some of our featured picks below!

Try out a new look




We’re a community who loves dressing up, so it only makes sense that our first New Year’s resolution would be a sartorial one. This season, if you ever feel unmotivated to dress up, Pomelo’s 2017 Holiday Collection is your sweet escape.

Aptly themed ‘Sweet Escape’, the special 50-piece capsule collection is all sorts of feminine glamour in pastel shades, jewel tones, and satin and velvet fabrics. Our picks? The Cupid Cropped Top and matching Shorts, Velvet Surplice Flounce Sleeve Bodysuit and Tie Ankle Crop Trousers!


Health first




Because what could be more important than your health? But we get it. Staying active aside, eating healthy can get boring and bland — but it doesn’t have to be this way. Sometimes, it’s about being more conscientious when it comes to choosing your meals on the menu.

Most of the time, it’s just one teaspoonful of healthy goodness. HIC’s all-natural powder blends are created with a high concentration of body-lovin’ ingredients to help you achieve your daily nutrients. Simply add your HIC powder blend into your breakfast bowls or use it as seasoning for your savoury dishes.




Practice mindfulness




Your mental health is just as vital as your physical health. Make it your goal to practice mindfulness for a more balanced life. Be more self-aware.

Be kinder, breathe deeper and allow yourself to experience the now. The Mindful Company’s reminder cuffs are stylish, delicate accessories printed with simple yet meaningful mantras. From ‘Laugh often’ to ‘Warrior’, wear your reminder on your wrist and embrace the art of mindfulness.



Skincare is self-care




Sure, self-care goes beyond taking care of our physical appearances. But there’s no denying that skincare is a part of self-care, too. Skincare goes skin-deep, that’s why we only want the best for our skin.

The SK-II Facial Treatment Essence has amassed a massive cult following since its inception over 35 years ago. It’s a class of its own, a beauty icon designed to deliver crystal clear skin thanks to its famed proprietary ingredient: the PITERA. For the festive season, the iconic bottle is spruced up with three Change Destiny mantras across an all-white background to celebrate inner wellbeing and empowerment. They're calling it #YourStatementYourBottle.




Our hair deserves better




Oftentimes, we take care of our skin more than our tresses. We say it’s time we take our crowning glory seriously! Add some natural punch — minus the harsh chemicals — to your daily ritual with O&M Maintain The Mane shampoo and conditioner. This duo is made with natural extracts such as Evening primrose oil, Macadamia seed oil and Banksia flower to hydrate and protect your hair.



When it comes to styling tools, you just need one that can do it all. The ghd V gold styler is great for straightening, curls and waves on all hair types. Bonus: its automatic sleep mode is activated if the styler isn’t used for 30 minutes — it's a godsend for the forgetful mind!




Don’t forget to indulge




Amidst it all, we urge you to always remember to pamper yourself — and we know just the perfect way to do it. We have in mind a sumptuous at-home spa treatment, and where else to find the best in body care than Crabtree & Evelyn?

The White Cardamom Body Duo features a body scrub and body cream, doused with the indulging scent of mimosa and mulled cardamom spice essence to warm the mind and body. Sweet!


Want to win products from all featured brands above? Check out our ongoing #MyHolidayClozette giveaway here!


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We know how a multi-step can get overwhelming. But sometimes, the extra step really does make a mountain of difference. We know you already know your basics and maybe a sleeping mask is just excessive. Well, we’ll try to change your mind.

Overnight sleeping masks are like sheet masks but you actually leave them on while you sleep. The idea is they work as your body recuperates from all the energy and effort you exerted during the day. Sleeping masks are said to be created with the same ingredients as skin resurfacing products but are gentler and milder. So just think of it as something to add to your routine for a good night’s sleep.

If you’re ready to take the plunge, here are some masks you can add to your to-try list.

SHISEIDO Ibuki Beauty Sleeping Mask



Get the confidence to say, "I woke up like this" with hydrated and dewy skin with the help of this overnight leave-on gel. This mask features vitamin capsules that give your skin a boost of hydration. It also has a violet fragrance that aids in getting a good night's sleep.


LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask




This mask promises great skin when you wake up with the help of its Sleep-tox purifying effect. Made with the technology that helps remove toxins from your skin before you sleep, your skin will look refreshed the next day. 


Pixi by Petra Nourishing Sleep Mask



This product is extra hydrating thanks to jojoba oil and also calming thanks to lavender. Aside from keeping the skin hydrated, it also acts as a good sealer for products that were applied before it.


Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask



This mask, which has avocado and apricot kernel oil promises to give your skin intense moisture. It also has Japanese seaweed that helps repair the skin so it can better retain moisture and get hydrated. 



Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask


With tea as its main ingredient, this overnight mask from Fresh promises to improve your skin's elasticity. It also contains Hyaluronic Acid to make sure that moisture is attracted and retained on the skin.


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