Apart from our houses and wardrobes that needs a little sprucing up, it’s time to give your makeup stash a little spring clean too and make room for the new beauty drops that will only be available during the festive season.
Brands like Innisfree and Etude House are even coming up with puppy themed products to celebrate the Year of the Dog. Who can ever resist those puppy-dog eyes? Here are 9 limited edition festive beauty products that you should fetch this Lunar New Year.
This is paw-ssibly one of the cutest collaborations to ring in the New Year. K-beauty brand Innisfree teamed up with Snoopy to come up with the Love, Laugh and Dream Big 2018 collection that is inspired by the innocent and good-hearted beagle Snoopy. This collection brings out the Peanuts-lover in all of us with its packing that features a smiling Snoopy front and centre.
The collection ranges from nail varnishes to lip tints and hand and body creams so there is something for everyone. We recommend picking up the brand’s signature No Sebum Powder ($10) that is encased in this vibrant pink Snoopy container. Perfect for the festive season, this powder that is packed with mint extract and minerals will keep your looking soft and matte even after a long day of visiting. Aside from blotting your face, the versatile product also acts as an eyeshadow and lip primer as well as dry shampoo when you massage the product into your oily scalp or hair.
Etude House is another K-beauty brand to create a limited edition collection, the Lucky Puppy Makeup Collection, in honour of man’s best friend. The collection comprises of cushion foundation covers and bold lip tints topped off with a vibrant red and yellow packaging that features various breeds of pups. A bright bold red lip is pretty much synonymous with Chinese New Year.
Usher in the New Year with the Etude House Lucky Puppy Dear My Glass Tinting Lips – Talk & Case ( cases are $7.90 each, lipstick shades are $15.90 each) that comes in three different shades Swag Red (a cherry red hue), Choker Red ( a true red colour) and Hot Body Red (an orange red hue). If bright red lipsticks aren’t your thing, any other lipstick shade from the Etude House Dear My Lips-Talk range will fit nicely into these cases.
For those who prefer to ring in the Year of the Dog in a more subdued fashion, M.A.C launched a limited edition collection that comes with five lipsticks, a blush duo compact and an eyeshadow palette that are all in peachy and neutral hues.
All of the wearable lip colours ($33 each) are named after New Year Greetings like “Prosperity” (a pink coral shade) and “To luck” (a dusty rose colour) so if you are looking for a gift for your loved ones or yourself, look no further.
Hair dye jobs can cost quite a fortune if you get it done in a salon (and not even your red packet money can cover this kind of expenditure). Unless you are going for bleached colours like blonde, an at-home colour kit like the Liese Creamy Bubble Hair Dye ($16.90) is an effective and cheap alternative.
There is no laborious pouring and mixing involved with this kit. Simply dispense the foam colourant and massage it into your hair before rinsing it off. The brand recently launched this Violet Red (deep auburn red) hair dye that is perfect for this time of the year.
Chinese New Year visiting can get hectic. If you want to ring in the Year of the Dog with glowy (not greasy), bouncy skin, it is important to use a potent and hydrating serum like the First Care Activating Serum Ex (US$141.90) by Sulwhasoo. The limited edition festive packaging features an adorable gold dog with the words “Happy New Year”. Infused with plant-based ingredients like peony, rehmannia, sacred lotus, Solomon’s seed and white lily, this serum promises to restore the body’s yin deficiency that is caused by ageing.
Applying this lightweight serum before your makeup helps your base makeup to glide on seamlessly, and your complexion will glow even without the use of a highlighter.
The coveted Yves Saint Laurent Chinese New Year Palette makes a return for the Year of the Dog($88). Adorned in a lust-worthy gold and red packaging, this palette is inspired by the colours of the plum blossom, a flower that symbolises the arrival of spring.
The Blush Volupté N°5 housed within the palette draws inspiration from the fuschia and coral hues of the flower.
Adorable pups adorn the box of this limited K-Beauty set from Laneige ($95) that comes with the brand’s iconic Water Sleeping Mask, BB cushion and Two Tone Matte Lip Bar.
This set that is the ultimate blend of fun and function is great for makeup fanatics who savours each step, from prep to finish.
Dogs have always been regarded as a symbol of loyalty. If you’re ride or die with the highlighter, you wouldn’t want to give this compact ($55.20) a miss. Sweep the shimmery iridescent highlighter on the highest points of your cheeks, cupid’s bow and down the bridge of your nose for a gorgeous yet subtle flush.
Plus, this limited edition Poudre Lumiere highlighter has an embossed pup on it, need we say more?
If you’ve been pulling one too many all-nighters and have a pasty and pale complexion to show for it, here is an essence ($269) that will help you to stave off fatigue and look your best at all of your Chinese New Year gatherings even if you’re running on empty.
The SK-II essence is packed with over 90 per cent Pitera, a fermented yeast extract that is loaded with amino acids, vitamins and minerals, all of which combine to mimic the natural moisturising factors (NMF) found in healthy skin to retain hydration and radiance. The Chinese character “Meng” (dream) written on its packaging and the limited edition red bottle adds a festive touch to this cult-classic beauty product.