The year of the Tiger is almost here, and as much as the past year has been a challenging one for all of us, we can’t help but put our best foot forward to usher in this new year with new hope. If you’re not ready to get yourself dolled up at your favourite spa or salon, then put those worries behind as we’ve shortlisted some of the beauty products that’ll do the trick for you right at home!

1. Dr. Dennis Gross Limited Edition Alpha Beta® Universal Daily Peel

Photography: Dr. Dennis Gross

Booking a spot for a facial can be quite tricky as CNY draws near, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your skin glowing in time. With this daily peel, you can wave dull and uneven skin, excess oil and impurities goodbye just by massaging the first peel onto your skin, followed by the second after two minutes and applying serum or moisturiser to set them in. Made from a combination of five acids (citric, glycolic, lactic, malic and salicylic) alongside chamomile, green tea extract and retinol, the fast-acting daily treatment will not only bring you radiance but improve skincare absorption and makeup application while keeping breakouts at bay. If you’d like to gift it to someone for CNY, you’re in luck cos the packaging comes in auspicious colours of red and gold that looks like a red packet!

Shop the Limited-Edition Alpha Beta® Universal Daily Peel (RM410) at Sephora from 27th January 2022 onwards.

2. Etude House Muzik Tiger Makeup Collection & Muzik Tiger Soon Jung Skincare Set

Photography: Etude House

With the overload of K-dramas that we’ve been watching, we’re not surprised if you said that you’d want to get an all-round K-beauty look for CNY this year. The good news is that you can achieve it with this year’s Muzik Tiger Soon Jung Skincare Set that comprises of the essentials you need to prep your skin like your favourite K-stars; from the pH5.5 Relief Toner to the 10-Free Moist Emulsion and Hydro Barrier Cream. To complement that, go for the Muzik Tiger makeup collection that’s made up of a pigmented eye palette with shimmering pearls and glitters, a micro-sized dewy blusher that has a soft and silky texture and a jelly tint that’ll give you plump and bouncy lips, which are all available in two variants – Joyful Tiger and Sleepy Tiger. While the first is more suitable for warm skin tones as the eye palette comes in juicy peach corals, the latter is more suited for cool skin tones as it comes in lilac pink hues.

Shop the Muzik Tiger Soon Jung Skincare Set (RM169) & Muzik Tiger Makeup Collection: Muzik Tiger Play Color Eyes (RM114), Muzik Tiger Dewy Blusher (RM46) & Muzik Tiger Jelly Tint (RM54) online on Etude House, Lazada, Shopee and Zalora.

3. Huda Beauty Limited Edition Fierce Liquid Matte Lipstick in Shade Lucky

Photography: Huda Beauty

The one thing we love most about CNY is how everyone is welcome to show up in their boldest outfits and makeup that reflect prosperity for the coming year. If you’re looking for a red lip colour to welcome the Year of the Tiger, then this ‘Lucky’ shade in a velvety, matte formula will do the trick. With its lightweight texture that’s flake-free, streak-proof, smudge-proof, transfer-proof and rich in olive oil and vitamin A and E, you can go from one house visit to another sporting bold, luscious lips all day – even under your mask!

Shop the Limited-Edition Fierce Liquid Matte Lipstick in Shade Lucky (RM90) at Sephora.

4. Lush Lucky Tiger Bath Bomb & Lunar New Year Knot Wrap

Photography: Lush

What better way to prep yourself for all that festive fun than with a good soak in the tub using the Lucky Tiger Bath Bomb? Imagine immersing yourself in a glittering blanket of foam that's packed with a citrusy scent to uplift your mood thanks to Brazilian Orange oil, and at the same time bewitch your senses with the Dark Sumatran Patchouli oil. If you’re considering giving it as a present to your loved ones, wrap it using the Lunar New Year Knot Wrap that’s made from 100% organic cotton and adorned with an image of a tiger as influenced by traditional Thai Sak Yant tattoos to symbolise strength, protection and good luck in the coming year.

Shop the Lucky Tiger Bomb (RM50) & Lunar New Year Knot Wrap at Lush.

5. SK-II New Year Limited Edition Pitera Essence

Photography: SK-II

Calling all SK-II fans: it’s time to add yet another limited-edition bottle of the best-selling Facial Treatment Essence aka Pitera Essence to your collection and rewrite your destiny! Inspired by the bravery, power and strength of the tiger, the latest design on the iconic SK-II bottle comes in a striking orange and reminds us of the purpose and mantra of the brand: “Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice.” If fine lines, wrinkles and ageing skin are some of your concerns this CNY, give this essence a go. Packed with 90% Pitera that was first unlocked over 40 years ago in a sake brewery in Japan, the prized essence is widely known for its ability to make your skin look crystal-clear!

Shop the New Year Limited Edition Pitera Essence (RM759) at Aeon, Isetan, Lazada and Sogo.

6. Sulwhasoo Lunar New Year Collection

Photography: Sulwhasoo

Dreading the signs of ageing from showing up on your skin? Perhaps it’s time to give it a ginseng boost with the Lunar New Year collection from the pros at Sulwhasoo, where the packaging is inspired by Chinese knots that have been reinterpreted in a modern way on the three products in the range to express love, happiness and good luck. If you need something that’ll make your skin look radiant, go for the First Care Activating Serum Lunar Limited, an anti-ageing boosting serum that’s formulated with Youth Master Technology™. For something stronger, opt for the Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Serum Lunar Limited that’ll make your skin resilient and firm thanks to Ginsenomics™ that contains 6,000 times of ginseng’s vitality. And if you’re looking for a product to replenish, strengthen and support your skin’s structure, try the Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream EX Lunar Limited, an anti-ageing cream that’ll restore your skin’s autogenic power.

Shop the First Care Activating Serum Lunar Limited (RM565), Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Serum Lunar Limited (RM690) & Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream EX Lunar Limited (RM895) at selected Sulwhasoo boutiques and departmental stores, Sephora, Lazada, Shopee and Zalora.

7. Tatcha Limited Edition The Essence

Photography: Tatcha

CNY weather is back and there’s no doubt that the effects are going to show on our skin! To prevent yours from looking dull and tired, the limited-edition release of The Essence from Tatcha will put your worries aside, and it comes with a special design on the bottle that’s hand-painted and decorated with the bloom of ume aka Japanese plum. The Essence’s potent hydrating formula is rich in superfoods like Hadasei-3, Akita Rice Ferment, Okinawa Algae, Uji green tea and amino acids and AHAs that’ll work wonders on your skin. While it helps to deliver nutrients to your skin, The Essence also helps protect it from premature ageing and support the natural surface of cell turnover that ensures your skin remains smooth and plump. It takes only seven seconds for the solution to increase skin’s hydration levels, so try it for a week and see your skin become smoother, softer and more radiant!

Shop the Limited Edition The Essence (RM520) at Sephora.

8. Wunderbath Fortune Cookies Soap

Photography: Wunderbath

CNY is probably the best time to get funky and not offend any guest who visits your house by handing them a bar of soap as a welcome gift (thanks to Covid-19!). To spice things up a little, why not hand them one that comes in the form of a fortune cookie? Formulated with a blend of plant-based oils, this soap has a light tangerine scent and is ideal to cleanse your face and body without stripping natural barriers and oils away from your skin. As it’s handmade, SLS- and paraben-free and suitable for sensitive skin, it’s pretty much safe for everyone! You can also customise your soap in different shapes, colours and scents with a minimum order of 100 pieces from Wunderbath.

Shop the Fortune Cookies Soap (RM24.90) at Wunderbath.

Featured image: Lush

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