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In just two days, we’ll all be talking about 2017 and what to look forward to. That means tons of speculation on what trends – both for fashion and beauty – we should all look out for, what to sport to be ahead of the times, and various ways on how to style these new ‘it’ clothes and looks.

But before we start predicting what’s going to be big in the new year, we thought we’d do a little “Throwback Thursday” to give some love to our favourite fashion and beauty trends of 2016. So keep reading below to find out which trends we fell head over heels for and couldn’t stop wearing.

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Skinny Scarves


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Because we live in a tropical climate, we don’t always have an excuse to wear a scarf. But thanks to the introduction of the skinny scarf, we were able to rock it with more OOTDs than we can count. Plus, it came in various materials and textures, so we were able to easily mix things up.

The Lob


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Is there a more universally flattering haircut than the lob? Whether worn straight, wavy, or curly, it beautifully emphasises your best facial features because it’s the perfect balance between short and long. It’s so chic that we’re sure this haircut will still be popular in 2017!

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Bell Sleeves


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Whenever we needed to give our outfit a fashionable pop but still wanted to keep things simple and sleek, bell sleeves became our new go-to. Why? Because it’s able to add dimension, shape and edge to a look without overwhelming you.

Extreme Strobing


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While we love the power of contouring, strobing stole our hearts the minute we came across it in various fashion shows and makeup tutorials. When chiseling out your features, why use two products when you can just use one, right? Plus, with strobing, it’s easier to get that Korean dewy look everyone loves.


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Culottes


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It's perfect for work, nights out with the girls, fancy dinner parties, and whatever else you can think of. Culottes became a closet staple for us in 2016 because of its elegant cut that made it easy to style. So whether we wanted a casual, work, or more formal look, just by changing up a little detail, we were able to make the perfect outfit.

A Pop of Colour


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Nothing can ever take over the sheer sophistication of a neutral eye, but this year we were in the mood for a little more colour. Blue, green, fuchsia, and lavender -- the bright colours we sported on our lids, lips, and hair -- were endless and they looked just as elegant as a neutral makeup look.


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Pinafore and Slip Dresses


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Ask anyone what their favourite trends are from 2016 were, and we guarantee you pinafore and slip dresses are two of them. Ever since the 90’s aesthetic exploded this year, this layering trend has been seen on the streets and runways because of its versatility, flattering silhouette and statement-making capabilities.

Gradient Lips


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In need of a natural, yet fuller-looking pout? Gradient lips, darling. It's no wonder why it's one of our favourite K-beauty trends. By doing a little swiping and mixing, we’re instantly able to create a soft but bold lip look that emulates the ones sported by our favourite Korean celebrities.


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Micropleats


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From tops to pants to skirts, micropleats is one of those trends that can be worn in any part of your outfit and will still look chic. And aside from the texture and dimension it adds, we love the way it feels, too; its soft material is extremely comfortable to wear.

Warm Lids


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While 2016 was the year we decided to rock brighter colours on our eyes, it was also the year we dove into warm eyeshadow territory. From coppers to chocolates, we couldn’t get enough of the classic tone on our lids. And whether we wore it alone or smoked out, it always turned out “cool girl” gorgeous.


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Everyone who loves makeup knows that choosing the right lipstick is no easy task. There are a lot to consider when it comes to formula, longevity, pigment – honestly, it's like rocket science. With New Year's parties just around the corner – not to mention the traditional New Year kiss to think about – having a lippie you can rely on is a must-have in your purse.

So to make sure you get that kiss sealed, delivered, and ready for some serious snogging, we listed our top five lipsticks to set your pout for 2017.

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Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick



Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick, USD6 (Colourpop.com)

Beauty gurus are raving about this liquid lippie – and for good reason! Not only is it affordable and features a sleek-looking packaging, the variety of shades also provide countless dupes for a lot of high-end brands. Plus, it's been tried and tested not to budge even if you take the liberty to indulge in a hearty New Year's meal.  

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick, USD9.99 (Lorealparis.ca)

Need a lipstick that gives you a luscious colour pay-off combined with an amazing staying power? This one's your best pick! With its colour selection ranging from nudes, peaches, pinks, and bold reds, you'll have one ready for any mood and style you opt for the New Year's Eve party. 
MAC Cosmetics Lipstick

MAC Cosmetics Lipstick, USD17 (Maccosmetics.com)

Our lippie of choice for Clozette Beauty Awards 2016, MAC has proven yet again that spending a little more money on quality is totally worth it. Formulated to give definition to the lips with its exquisite range of textures and innovative shades, this iconic product led MAC Cosmetics to become part of every makeup lover's radar. It's also worth noting that this lippie's staying power is off the charts. 

Ofra Long-lasting Liquid Lipstick


Ofra Long-lasting Liquid Lipstick, USD19.90 (Ofracosmetics.com)

This one-step liquid lipstick gives you a luscious pout in a single sweep. Its creamy and soft texture feels light on the lips. It's perfect to wear all day as it doesn't feather or smudge even if you go through some serious New Year smooching. 



Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick Singles, USD17


Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick Singles, USD17 (Kyliecosmetics.com)

Love her or not, you still know that trying Kylie Jenner's liquid lipsticks should be in every makeup lover's bucket list. It took the world by storm assoon as it was launched, paving the way for other liquid lippies to step up their game. We must say that this product prides itself on an amazing colour selection, incredible pigment, and remarkable longevity.

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Prepping up your beauty look for the New Year? Make sure you add these holy grail products in your shopping list!
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After reviewing over 200 beauty products that were newly released over the past year, our editors – Kersie, Becks and Lystra – finally debuted 26 winners from the Clozette Beauty Awards 2016: The Editor’s Choice. From skincare to makeup, each beauty product – whether it’s from a departmental or specialty brand – was strictly tried and tested based on five judging criteria: application, results, innovation, packaging, and price-point.

So, who won the hearts of our discerning resident beauty junkies? Below, we’re welcoming the New Year with these 11 editor-approved skincare must-haves of 2016.

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Best Essence: Elizabeth Arden Prevage® Anti-aging Antioxidant Infusion Essence



This refreshing and lightweight essence is infused with Hydrachannel Technology™ and a powerful blend of seven antioxidants to boost skin’s natural hydration levels instantly and over time while keeping it well protected against environmental radicals.
Best Eye Cream: Clarins Enhancing Eye Lift Serum



This eye serum absorbs easily into the skin, leaving a soothing texture to layer on subsequent eye creams. Concentrated with pure plant extracts, it works on the eye contours to lighten dark eye circles and lifts the upper eyelids for visibly bigger and brighter eyes. On top of that, the Eye Lift Serum also features a Panthenol-Enriched formula, which can help to strengthen lashes for a flutter-worthy look.

Best Facial Oil: SK-II Facial Treatment Oil



Combine PITERA™ with six nourishing oils in a unique Golden Ratio, and you’ll get skin that is intensively drenched with moisture. We recommend using the Facial Treatment Oil once every few days, or everyday for skin that’s constantly exposed to harsh cold weather, air conditioning or pollution.



Best Cleanser: Neutrogena Deep Clean Brightening Cleansing Oil To Foam

We must say, we had quite the sensorial experience when we reviewed this cleansing product. From an oil gel texture to cream to soft foam, its dual-transformation process first removes make-up, before cleansing away dirt and oil effectively in one wash. On top of that, we love how a vacuum at the bottom of the packaging helps to push up any remaining product to prevent wastage.

Best Makeup Remover: RMK Moist Cleansing Balm




The RMK Moist Cleansing Balm – scented with a rose fragrance – does a pretty great job in removing our makeup to ensure a clean face at the end of the day. From a solid balm to silky oil, this cleansing balm combines all the benefits of beauty oils with an emollient base that gently glides on skin to melt away even the most stubborn makeup. Bonus point: it comes with a spatula that can be attached onto the cover for hygiene and convenience.


Best Mask: innisfree Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask (Departmental) & Lancôme Énergie De Vie The Overnight Recovery Sleeping Mask (Specialty)

The innisfree Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask packs some serious sebum-absorbing power thanks to its Super Volcanic Clusters™. A deep cleansing mask that is great for those with oily skin or various pore concerns, it glides over small pores and fine lines; and is carefully formulated with exfoliating ingredients such as AHA, BHA, walnut shell extract and cellulose. Plus, the packaging provides clear instruction on how to use the product, and its new pump applicator gives a hassle-free experience – exactly how we like it.

The Lancôme Énergie De Vie The Overnight Recovery Sleeping Mask has a transparent, gel-like texture that is lightweight and soothing enough as an overnight mask. It works hard overnight to keep your skin protected throughout the day with a layer of antioxidants. This anti-fatigue mask offers the hydrating and plumping effect of a balm, and the freshness and lightness of a water mist.


Best Moisturiser: Sothys Hydra3Ha™ Hydrating Gel-cream



Available in two textures for different skin preferences – Hydrating cream and Hydrating gel-cream – this moisturiser works to combat dehydrated skin to smooth, soften and intensively hydrate your skin, making it a reliable everyday skincare essential.

Best Serum: Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Firming Serum



Concentrated with a blend of exclusive Black Tea Complex, this firming serum is said to give a “corset-like” effect to firm and give more definition to the facial contours. This fast-absorbing moisturising treatment smells delightful but not too overpowering, leaving you feeling relaxed and ready to hit the sack. The bottle nozzle also allows you to control the amount of product to be dispensed more precisely as compared to a pump.



Best Sunscreen: Biore UV Watery Essence



If you’re the kind of user who skips the sunblock because of its oily after-feel, this is for you. Packed with SPF 50 PA+++ for maximum protection, this watery-based sunscreen comes in an ultra light texture that does not leave the skin greasy after application. We like that it absorbs quickly and does not interfere with our makeup after.

Best Toner: Porcelain Revive Glycolic Toner


Enriched with a blend of gentle alpha-hydroxy acids, vitamin C and E; and enhanced with aloe vera, sodium hyaluronate and witch hazel, this toner works hard to clarify the skin to make way for a brighter, clearer appearance. This hydrating anti-aging toner also works to speed up collagen and elastin production to treat fine lines and acne for younger-looking skin. 
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Want to know what other products won in their category? Discover all winners of Clozette Beauty Awards 2016 here!
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