12 incredible beauty buys to celebrate Lunar New Year
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By Iantha Yu
Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / January 22 2020
2020 is no ordinary year. Besides marking the start of a new decade, it’s also the Year of the Rat, which, according to the Chinese Zodiac, is the first sign to appear in a cycle of 12, symbolising renewal and fresh beginnings.
The cultural norm when celebrating the start of a lunar year (this year it’s on January 25th), is to clean your house, avoid washing your hair on New Year’s Day or getting a haircut in the first month of the lunar new year, and make sure you lock in some time with your friends and family for a big meal.
As for our favourite Lunar New Year ritual? There’s a superstitious rule that you must buy yourself something new (no, we’re not even kidding), and reach for items in red and gold. A new material item, such as an outfit or a beauty product, can help you get ready for a new start, and the colours symbolise happiness and prosperity respectively. And who are we to budge from tradition?!
So, here are the best beauty products for ringing in the new lunar year (psst… most are limited edition, so you’re going to want to be quick!).
Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Lunar New Year 2020
There are so many reasons why we can’t get enough of Elizabeth Arden’s Advanced Ceramide Capsules: they are conveniently and cleverly pre-measured doses of serum captured in biodegradable ampoules, they contain a powerful blend of ingredients to repair and strengthen your skin’s barrier, and they’re proven to deliver serious results. This Lunar New Year, the brand has given us one more reason - for a limited time the container will come in a bold red colour, so you can keep celebrating for months to come.
Clinique Lunar New Year Cheek Pop Highlighter
The award for the most adorable Lunar New Year beauty buy this year goes to Clinique - we mean, you’d be crazy to ruin the floral and rat imprinted powder with a swirl of your brush! But if you’re tempted to, we suggest blending it on cheekbones and eyelids to bring your complexion to life.
Calvin Klein CK One EDT
On the outside of Calvin Klein CK One EDT, you’ll see a gorgeous rouge bottle adorned with the cutest outline of a cartoon rat. On the inside, you’ll love the soft floral notes like violet and rose, muddled with green tea and bergamot, and layered with warming amber and musk.
NARS Lunar New Year Singapore Eyeshadow Quad
Four intensely-shimmery shadows in beige, champagne, copper and burgundy are placed in NARS’ limited edition Lunar New Year Singapore Eyeshadow Quad this year, and we just know these are going to fly off shelves. Our word of advice? Run, don’t walk to take this baby home.
Eve Lom Lunar New Year Limited Edition Cleanser
This Lunar New Year sees Eve Lom’s best-selling cleanser dressed in an eye-catching rouge box, and it promises to gently (yet effectively) remove hard-to-budge makeup, such as long-wearing foundation and waterproof mascara without stripping skin of moisture.
Guerlain Météorites Pearls
Guerlain Météorites Pearls need no introduction. An application with a large fluffy brush swirled onto your complexion can instantly illuminate your skin, as if you’re glowing from within. Oh, and don’t forget the limited edition red tin that the pearls are housed in. Divine.
Sisley Lunar New Year 2020 Ecological Compound Set
If you’re after something that can update your skin care regimen, look no further than the Sisley Lunar New Year 2020 Ecological Compound Set. Featuring an Ecological Compound, Sisleÿa L’Integral Anti-Age Anti-Wrinkle Concentrated Serum, Sisleÿa L’Integral Anti-Age Face Cream, and Sisleÿa L’Integral Anti-Age Eye & Lip Contour Cream, your skin will be absolutely glowing.
Bobbi Brown Luxe Liquid Lip in Frosé
Looking to update your lip look this month? We’re loving Bobbi Brown Luxe Liquid Lip in Frosé for its limited edition pink and gold packaging, not to mention the gorgeous pink gloss that’s flecked with tiny particles of gold glitter.
Clarins Golden Double Serum
We’re lusting over Clarins Golden Double Serum and not just for its outstanding gold packaging. With 21 plant extracts in its formula (which is seriously impressive!), this product is a top contender when it comes to “doing it all” for your skin - we’re talking a smoother and firmer surface, skin that boasts luminosity and pores that look almost invisible.
Miu Miu Fleur D’Argent EDP Absolue
Besides the beautiful bottle, we’re totally obsessed with this memorable scent that heroes tuberose. But that’s not all that there is to this gorgeous scent - it’s also rounded out with musk and akigalawood for a fragrance that’s feminine and slightly mysterious.
Givenchy Lunar New Year Prisme Libre Powder
When it comes to knocking out shiny spots and smoothing your complexion post-foundation, you can’t go past a light dusting of Givenchy’s Prisme Libre Powder. This Lunar New Year sees the brand release a limited edition red container that’s *so* bold and beautiful, you’re going to want to show it off on your desk or bathroom counter instead of stowing it away in your beauty bag.
Jurlique Rose Body Oil
Featuring a blend of rose gallica, rosemary and chamomile extracts, this nourishing body oil is your solution to nixing rough skin on your body, especially in areas that are extra susceptible to dryness, like your elbows and knees. This Lunar New Year, the bottle has been adorned with a beautiful magenta sticker covered with yellow and pink flowers.
If you’re looking for more ways to get smoother skin on your body, we’ve got you sorted with this summer body care guide.
Which Lunar New Year beauty product are you most interested in buying, and why? Tell us in the comments below.
Main image credit: Sevak Babakhani
Gold Lacquer Tray provided by West Elm
Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinky-nude nail polish and wispy false lashes, she has a healthy obsession with face masks and skin care ingredients. Her previous work can be found in Virgin Australia Voyeur, Women's Health, and SHOP Til You Drop.