January is a time that rings with renewal. As we dust off the debris of the past year and set our course for 2022, hopes for fresh possibilities and brighter days blossom anew.
In the same spirit, our beauty and skincare picks for this month revolve around reviving, restoring and bringing new life into the old. With the Lunar New Year hastily approaching, we’re also excitedly welcoming new limited edition collections that scream festive celebration in specially designed packaging and exclusive shades, all revolving around the Year of the Tiger.
From Sulwhasoo’s Renewing Creams that fortify the skin’s resilience to Laura Mercier’s red and gold clad Blush Color Infusion, here are our favourite beauty drops for the month.
Sulwhasoo CNY edition
In conjunction with the Lunar New Year, Sulwhasoo presents its cult-favourites in new limited edition red ‘lucky knot’ themed packaging. Dressed in the auspicious colour, the exclusive line includes beloved products like the Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream Ex, First Care Activating Serum, and Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Serum. Using the brand’s unique GINSENOMICS™ for a triple resilience boost, the Renewing Cream Ex and Renewing Serum deliver a firming and smoothing effect on the skin, while the upgraded JAUM Activator™️ in the First Care Activating Serum works to bring a healthy and youthful glow.
Available at sulwhasoo.my
MAC Cosmetics Lunar Luck Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Cosmetics embraces all things fierce and feminine for its Lunar Luck collection this Year of the Tiger, offering a line-up of never-before-seen shades of reds and metallics in peony-printed packaging. The Extra Dimension Skinfinish liquid-powder highlighter in a limited-edition golden beige promises a luminous finish to your New Year look, sculpting and highlighting the face for an all-day glow. Thanks to its creamy powder formula, the highlighter provides up to ten hours of lasting shine, keeping you festivity-ready from morning to night.
Available at maccosmetics.com.my
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex Serum
Estée Lauder’s best selling serum is back and dressed in its New Year’s best, sporting a red Year of the Tiger themed packaging. While the ferocious zodiac features on the bottle’s exterior, its contents are equally powerful in its anti-aging qualities. Fighting multiple signs of aging, this deep-penetrating serum uses Chronolux™ Power Signal Technology to reduce the effects caused by daily environmental assaults on the skin. The result? Radiant, youthful looking skin that’s smoother, less lined and more even-toned.
Available at sephora.my
Barbie x dUCk On-The-Duo Pod
In another collaboration with Mattel, dUCk taps into our vacation fantasies with a line of Malibu Barbie™ themed accessories and cosmetics. Inspired by the iconic doll’s place in beauty and fashion history, the new Barbie™ x dUCk collection includes a vibrant, beachy set of On-The-Duo Pods that bring dreamy, natural colour to the lips and cheeks. The cream-to-powder formula contains nourishing shea butter and coconut oil for optimum hydration, giving you that dewy, fresh-faced look around the clock.
Available at getducked.com
SK-II New Year Limited Edition PITERA™ Essence
This Year of the Tiger, SK-II encourages you to bravely define your own destiny with its New Year Limited Edition PITERA™ Essence. Inspired by the strong, bold characteristics of the tiger, the exclusive package design declares SK-II’s brand purpose and mantra: ‘Destiny is not a matter of chance, is a matter of choice’. For decades, the PITERA™ Essence has been loved the world over for its ability to bring crystal clear skin. A combination of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and organic acids work together to condition the skin’s natural functions, enhancing and restoring its translucency, softness and smoothness.
Available at sk-ii.com.my
Nudeskin X Beauty Magnet 4-In-1 Rosegold Professional Skin Tool Set
Behold your next shelf staple: the Nudeskin X Beauty Magnet 4-In-1 Rosegold Professional Skin Tool Set. Featuring a Rose Quartz Face Roller, De-Puffing Eye Roller, Comedone Extractor, and a Precise Tweezer, this opulent rose-gold quartet not only enhances the performance of skincare products but brings a spa-like self care element to your daily routine. On top of that, the four tools in this compact set are magnetised, portable, and fit perfectly together, so that you can have all the skincare essentials you need with you, no matter where you go.
Available at sephora.my
Laneige NEO Foundation Matte
Fans of Laneige’s bestselling NEO Cushion will not want to miss the newest addition to the NEO range, the all-new NEO Foundation which helps achieve the coveted, oh-so-trendy cloud skin look. The cloud-skin finish strikes a balance between matte coverage and subtle glow to create a natural effect not unlike a second layer of skin. Enter the NEO Foundation, formulated to provide a lightweight, comfortable finish while offering a dense, cloud-like cover. Presented in a stylish yet functional pastel-coloured bottle, the NEO Foundation Matte is sweat-resistant, long-lasting and protects against blue light and sun damage.
Available at Laneige boutiques and counters, and online at laneige.my, Laneige Social Store on Facebook, and the Laneige official store on Lazada, Shopee, Zalora, Hermo, and GrabMart.
Laura Mercier Blush Color Infusion in Ginger
Capturing the essence of the Year of the Tiger, Laura Mercier releases a limited edition version of the bestselling Blush Color Infusion in shade Ginger, specially embossed with this year’s zodiac. This sheer, silky smooth blush blends flawlessly with the skin to create a healthy, fresh look, offering up to ten hours of natural colour that feels weightless all day. Oozing festive exuberance, the Blush Color Infusion is housed in a red and gold metallized case that makes it an ideal gift or collector’s item to mark the season.
Available at Laura Mercier boutiques and lauramercier.com.my
Caudalie Vinopure Purifying Mask
Caudalie welcomes the newest member of its acne-fighting Vinopure line, a Purifying Mask that takes on blemishes, enlarged pores, blackheads and oily skin, all in just five minutes. Formulated with natural origin ingredients like Green Clay and Zinc, this blemish-busting solution acts as an impurity magnet, reducing imperfections and mattifying the skin almost instantly. For optimum effectiveness against acne issues, Caudalie recommends using the mask twice a week on cleansed skin alongside the full Vinopure range.
Available at KENS apothecary stores and at kensapothecary.com.my
YSL Beaute Encre De Peau Cushion Collector CNY 2022
Decked out for the Lunar New Year season, the iconic YSL Le Cushion Encre De sports a festive makeover with a deep red look on its haute-couture case. Offering a luminous matte finish and flawless coverage from day to night, the foundation will become your go-to for effortless touch-ups whenever and wherever you need it. Formulated using neo skin powder technology and jasmine petal extract, the Encre De Peau Cushion delivers anti-shine control while preventing dullness, providing excellent coverage that lasts up to 24 hours.
Available at yslbeauty.com.my
/Skin Regimen/ Polypeptide Rich Cream
A clean skincare brand centred around a 3-step custom regimen to cleanse, correct and protect the skin, /Skin Regimen/ is devoted to making a positive impact not only on skin but also on people and the planet. This moisturising Polypeptide Rich Cream utilises firming biomimetic peptides, dandelion extract and Longevity Complex to reduce wrinkles, even the skin’s tone and bring out a healthy glow. In collaboration with Fugeelah, purchase of the Polypeptide Rich Cream or any other skincare products worth RM350 and above will come with a special edition tote from the social enterprise, whose programme helps support and empower refugee children and women.
Available at the /Skin Regimen/ retail outlet at 1Utama Shopping Centre and online at oneshop.com.my