Unboxing: Sephora Brands Holiday Launches | Clozette

When it comes to shopping for makeup and skincare, one cannot help but think of Sephora. From in-store buying to online shopping, the platform has definitely changed the way we stock our vanity. It has become a haven for most of the brands we have come to love. And this season, it definitely feels like our holidays will become extra merry considering that beauty brands housed in Sephora have started releasing and relaunching some cult favourites and global bestsellers in full festive style. 

There's the Too Faced Under the Christmas Tree Breakaway Face & Eye Set, serving us 18 eyeshadows; a bronzer, a highlight and blush palette; and the highly coveted Better Than Sex mascara in one gorgeous package. There's also the Briogeo Hair-O-Scopes Brightest Stars Holiday Kit, giving us astrology vibes with their hair care bestsellers that won't leave your hair in retrograde this holiday season. Check out the beautyblender Blender's Delight Set (Limited Edition 2018), which is looking a lot like holiday candy and promises to keep your makeup base blended to perfection. And then there's also the Tarte Let's Flamingle Brush Set that will leave you tickled pink with its super-soft bristles and tropical-themed gold handles. There's also the Peter Thomas Roth Mask Frenzy holiday set to get you in a relaxed and rejuvenated mood this festive season. Got you excited, didn't it? Take a peek at these holiday sets from Sephora from our unboxing video above.


The holidays are almost here! The feeling of gifting is already thick in the air and we can hardly contain our excitement. We’ve already listed down the people who are near and dear to us and the gifts we’re thinking of surprising them with. It’s never too early to prepare, and with the many choices laid upon us, we suggest you get to it soon, too.

They say it’s the thought that counts, and we completely agree. More often than not, it’s in the intention rather than the gift itself. After all, the simplest gifts in life are the greatest. The same should go for the skincare products we use and recommend to others. The truer, the better — which is exactly the ideal belif stands for. Made with the purest and best ingredients sourced from the world over — they’re free of parabens, sulfates, phtalates and synthetic preservatives, synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrances, mineral oils, and animal origin ingredients — belif’s products provide true and lasting benefits.

That said, if you’re just starting with your list, here’s a nifty guide on worthwhile skincare sets to get the women — or men — in your life based on their personalities.

For the Skincare Rookie

The Merry Moisturizers Set, SGD99 (worth SGD130) contains The True Cream - Aqua Bomb 50ml, The True Cream - Moisturizing Bomb 50ml and Numero 10 Essence 30ml

There’s nothing better to give a skincare newbie than a set of products that will give her the coveted glass skin glow. belif’s Merry Merry Moisturizers Set is the perfect pick for that. It includes the cult-favourite Aqua Bomb and the Moisturizing Bomb that makes the skin look supple and glowing through the Napiers Aqua Formula. The set also includes Numero 10 Essence that’s packed with Rose of Jericho, which locks in the skin’s moisture in just 10 seconds — perfect for a glowing look.

The Adventure-Follower

The Peat Miracle Revital Set, SGD85 (worth SGD119), contains Peat Miracle Revital Serum Concentrate 30ml, Peat Miracle Revital Cream 10ml and Peat Miracle Revital Serum Concentrate 6ml

It’s hard to give an adventure-follower a gift because experience is already a pretty swell present. But since they’re always out and about, give them the gift of improving the look of the skin despite being exposed to damaging factors like the harmful rays of the sun and sleepless nights while they’re out exploring. Give your favourite explorer belif’s Peat Miracle Revital Set, which features the Peat Miracle Revital Serum Concentrate and deluxe minis of the Peat Miracle Revital Eye Cream and Cream. They contain Peat extract, which helps refine the skin’s texture, improves the skin’s turnover and increases skin’s elasticity for a more youthful look.

The Doting Superwoman

The Prime Infusion Repair Cream Special Edition Set, SGD123 (worth SGD157), contains Prime Infusion Repair Toner 80ml, Prime Infusion Repair Cream 50 ml and Prime Infusion Repair Essence 10ml

There’s truly no way we can repay in full how our mothers love and care for us, but the least we can do is make sure they feel good about themselves. Help them look as young as they should feel with belif’s Prime Infusion Repair Cream Special Edition Set. Take the evidence of stress from their face through this set of products that contain Solar Nectar Infusion Formula and Mountain Arnica that are great for repairing the damages on the skin, giving it a smooth, radiant look.

The Fitness Flame

The Ultimate Hydration Set, SGD99 (worth up to SGD140), contains Hungarian Water Essence - Moisture Binder 75ml, Any 1 True Cream (Aqua Bomb 50ml or Moisturizing Bomb 50ml or Water Bomb 75ml), The True Cream - Aqua Bomb 10ml and The True Cream - Moisturizing Bomb 10ml

She loves to sweat it out and give it her all during her workouts. But anything that’s been lost should be replenished. So make sure your favourite fitness enthusiast is hydrated not just inside but on her skin as well. Give her the gift of belif’s Ultimate Hydration Set. It contains the Hungarian Water Essence – Moisture Binder, your choice of moisturizer, and deluxe minis of Aqua Bomb and Moisturizing Bomb. The hydrating properties of the cult-favourite moisturizers coupled with the nourishing prowess of Jasmine Water in the essence is a recipe for skin that’s as strong as your fitness fan’s body.

The Homebody

The Aqua Bomb Sleeping Mask Set, SGD79 (worth up to SGD107), contains the Aqua Bomb Sleeping Mask 75ml, Any 1 True Cream (Aqua Bomb 50ml or Moisturizing Bomb 50ml or Water Bomb 75ml) and Aqua Bomb Sleeping Mask 10ml

If you can’t convince your friend to go on an adventure as a gift, you can at least give her something that works while she lounges cosily in her own space. For an evening of chilling while watching her favourites on Netflix, let her indulge in the goodness of belif’s Aqua Bomb Sleeping Mask Set, which contains the cult-favourite Aqua Bomb Sleeping Mask, a 50ml Aqua Bomb and a deluxe mini of the Aqua Bomb Sleeping Mask. The coveted Aqua Bomb Sleeping Mask has a memory formula that rejuvenates and replenishes the skin overnight. It also contains Scottish Heather and Lady’s Mantle that give the skin a boost of hydration — all while she dozes off to dreamland.



There’s no denying that Korean skincare and makeup products are in high demand these days. Anyone who has tried these beauty items would understand why. Aside from good formulations, they also come in the cutest packaging, and as a cherry on top, they’re also affordable. But despite K-Beauty’s massive success outside Korea, it can still be challenging to get your hands on some interesting new releases. 

All the added courier and tax fees plus the long waiting time is enough to discourage us from having the products shipped. So if you’re lucky enough to go on a trip to South Korea soon, take the opportunity to buy products from these brands for a cheaper price before heading home.


COSRX quickly became popular due to its no-nonsense skincare products that deliver great results. Now, they’re expanding at a rapid rate and distributing their goods internationally via consignments with beauty hubs like Watsons and Riley Rose. While we can grab some of their bestsellers like the One Step Original Clear Pad off the shelves at a nearby cosmetic store, some of their new must-have products are still hard to come by and are often sold by independent vendors for a much higher price. If you ever find yourself in Myeongdong, look for ALand where you can find a COSRX corner. Make sure to get the latest PHA Moisture Renewal Cream and Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence before they’re sold out.


As a huge advocate of using natural skincare ingredients, Neogen focuses on gentle yet effective skincare for individuals who have sensitive skin. The brand’s one-of-a-kind products made a good impression on influential beauty gurus like Charlotte Cho of Soko Glam, who eventually collaborated with the brand to create the beloved Neogen Green Tea Cleansing Stick. If you’ve always wanted to try it, better to get it from Korea at Olive Young Myeongdong where it’s sold cheaper compared to buying it online or from importers.

Krave Beauty

Developed by beauty influencer Liah Yoo, this up-and-coming skincare brand is officially sold only in the United States and South Korea. However, you have the option to order it from individual online sellers; the only problem is that it’s costly. For example, the coveted Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser is sold for KRW16,000 (~USD14.30) in Korea but the average price online could go as high as USD24. A big difference, right? During your trip to Korea, you can place an order on the official website and just wait for up to 2-3 days for the parcel to arrive at your hotel.

April Skin

To this date, April Skin’s most popular items are still their cushions. The craze started with the Magic Snow Cushion, which is said to give amazing coverage yet still maintains a natural, skin-like finish. Over the years, the formula has been improved and the new Perfect Magic Cover Dual Cushion was born. Wanna give it a try? Head to their store at Lotte Young Plaza Myeongdong where the prices are lower and sometimes there are even discounts. You may even get a chance to bag freebies and samples.

3CE by StyleNanda

Known for their pretty packaging and trendy makeup items, 3CE is considered the epitome of a Korean makeup brand. Their products are available locally and online but prices are still cheaper when you buy them straight from the source. If you haven’t given their products a try, we recommend you check out the award-winning Multi Eye Color Palette in Overtake, the Maison Kitsune collaboration and 3CE Back To Baby BB Cream. Swing by their Hong-dae flagship store where you can try out all 3CE products, fit some StyleNanda clothing, and dine at the cute StyleNanda cafe.

(Cover photo from: @3ce_official)

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