Gear Up For CNY-visiting With These Essential Beauty Products
Chinese New Year is not just friends, family, good food and ang baos. It could also potentially be shiny t-zones, frizzy hair and faded lipsticks. But you can’t really lug around your whole makeup kit, and juggle oranges, and walk all over Singapore in your fancy shoes all at once. Whis is why we have complied a list of beauty essentials to stash in your bag so you enter every house looking refreshed. The best part? They fit comfortably in any cute bag.
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A face mist
Going from house to house visiting and fielding questions about your job and love life—or a lack thereof—can be just as tiring as a HIIT class. That’s why you need a mist like the CliniqueFIT Workout Face + Body Hydrating Spray, $19. Not only will it snap you out of your food coma, it will also refresh, hydrate and cool skin, thanks to a blend of Witch Hazel, Clary Sage Extract and Trehalose, so you reach the next house glowing, not grumpy. Those with oily skin can opt for mists that help tackle shine.
A cushion compact
A cushion compact is the perfect all-in-one product for visiting. It comes with a handy mirror, which means you don’t have to carry a separate one, and the cushion can function as a foundation touch-up and concealer (just fold the sponge and dab gently where necessary). The new Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion EX, $80, is great for coverage, but here are some others to try.
It always seems to get warmer around Chinese New Year, or maybe it’s all the pineapple tarts you’ve eaten. Either way it’s a good idea to have blotting sheets handy. We like the Fenty Beauty Invisimatte Blotting Paper, $26, which comes in a compact that looks like a lipstick tube and has a mirror. You can refill the sheets when you run out, and it doesn’t take too much space in your bag which makes it ideal for days when you are out visiting.
The Ouai Anti-Frizz Hair Sheets, $27, are exactly what you need before you visit that overly critical auntie of yours. Swipe one of these sheets over your hair from root to tip before you reach her house to smooth any unruly or frizzy strands. Each hemp paper sheet has a combination of coconut oil to tame frizz and shea butter to add shine. Here are some other products to help you fight frizz, no matter what your hair type, so she won’t have anything negative to say about your hair.
Between the hot pot, heat and fierce rounds of ban luck, you’re bound to need to top up your perfume. The Chanel Gabrielle Chanel Eau de Parfum Twist and Spray, $216, is a chic iteration of the original square glass bottle and will fit nicely in your bag whether you’re visiting your family at Grange Road or Kuala Lumpur. You can’t go wrong with feminine, floral notes of jasmine, orange blossom, grasse tuberose, ylang-ylang, plus, it comes with two refills so it will last you through all of your Chinese New Year visiting.
Meeting your friends and cousins over the Lunar New Year means there will be a lot of wefies. While you might not be able to change your outfit before each visit, you can change up your look in each picture by keeping a pack of hair clips like this one from Zara, $29.90, handy and switching them out for each pic. They will also keep your hair out of your food when having lunch and the rhinestones on are sure to go with every outfit so you can wear them long after Chinese New Year.
Nothing finishes off a look quite like a good bold lip, and there’s no better time to be bold than Chinese New Year. Anyway ang is good right? Try to find one that’s long-lasting and that’s easy to touch-up. The HERA Rouge Holic Matte, $45, is a good option but any lip addict knows there are many options.