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Just when we thought that the year-end festivities are over, done and dusted, the dragons of Asia swing their heavy heads around and let out a little cough of laughter. Over? It’s only just beginning!
With Spring just around the corner, we are all looking forward to celebrating the Lunar New Year aka Chinese New Year (on 5 February 2019 this year); the symbolic start to the year for many of Chinese descent.
As everyone celebrating will be aware, the Lunar New Year is a time for family, feasting, festivities and frazzled nerves LOL! 😀 Here in Malaysia, it is a time when we open our doors to family and friends to visit and late nights are inevitable.
In fact, on the eve of Chinese New Year (which is the most important day of all) when we have the Reunion Dinner to reunite family members from near and far, we are all encouraged to stay up late to ring in the new year. Yes, even the little ones. Especially the little ones, because it is believed that it will bring longevity to their parents – Chinese are very symbolic, but really, I think it’s just because parents can’t be bothered to tuck their excited little ones in bed 😛
So, with all this going on, you can expect to look a little wan and tired during the coming Chinese New Year festivities – 15 days! – but here’s some tips for you on how to survive this, and look your best while doing so!
Do note that these tips are useful to bear in mind for ALL festivities, not only for Chinese New Year! 😀
Do a face mask every night
When you go home for Chinese New Year this year, remember to pack a selection of sheet masks – 1 for each night. While I prefer using a wash-off mask at the best of times, a sheet mask is most useful for this purpose.
Be sure to bring a mask that you’ve used before – you don’t want a last minute allergic reaction – and pick something that is hydrating. For added comfort, keep it in the fridge for a few minutes before using.
Each night, seek out half an hour of some alone-time, slap on a mask, and tune out the noise. Not only will your stressed, tired skin thank you for it, your frazzled nerves will as well! Be the envy of your relatives, as you smile at them the next day, and put forward plumped, hydrated, glowing skin 😉
Wear a bright lipstick
Red, being a prosperous colour, will be all around so why not wear it on your lips too! Or, if red lipstick isn’t quite your thing, pick a bright colour.
Skip the pale nudes and pale pinks that wash you out and make you look wan and tired. You already are, you don’t have to look it! So, pick out a bright lipstick that brightens your complexion.
If a bright lipstick isn’t something you’d normally wear, consider a bright lip gloss over your usual lipstick. This adds shine and a hint of brilliant colour, to perk up your complexion.
Many Chinese New Year activities happen in the day time, like visiting friends and relatives, so save your smokey eye makeup, go with something light, fresh and neutral, to dazzle with your bright lip. It goes very well with a cheongsam too! 😉 But see tip #5 below LOL!
Wear light longwearing base makeup
It is a known fact that Chinese New Year weather here in Malaysia is very very hot and very very dry. The temptation therefore is to put on thick or drying longwearing foundation, concealer and powder, in the hopes that it will last you through the day.
Here’s a tip for you : Skip all that.
Instead, go with a sheer, lightweight base that is longwearing. If you want something full coverage, go with a full coverage foundation that is light in texture (good options are the NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation and the Bobbi Brown Skin Long-wear Weightless Foundation), but apply a thin layer.
The trick to having your foundation last is not troweling on a thick base of drying long-lasting or longwearing foundation and then hoping for the best. It is in applying thin layers, where you need it.
Remember that concealer is your friend, so use concealer where you need it more, such as the undereye area or on blemishes. Blend it out with a brush for a more diffused effect.
Apply a light dusting of powder, to help set your base. Keep every layer thin and light. Then, set your makeup with a mist. Not only does it freshen your skin, it helps the powders and creams meld together and look more natural.
Not only will thin layers of makeup feel more comfortable, it will look less cakey and powdery, which in turn makes you look better. Under bright, harsh sunlight, this is not the time to cake on your makeup in the style preferred by your favourite YouTube guru ok? Be practical 😛
Fuel up with Nespresso coffee
Late nights, early mornings and busy days will have you wilting faster than a picked flower. You can fake it and look fresh as a daisy on the outside, but you could be a mess inside.
So, there’s nothing for it – caffeine to the rescue! 😀
You could trouble Mom to boil up water and make some traditional kopi-O or you could save her the hassle (and avoid trouble for messing up her kitchen and giving her more work to do) by popping in a Nespresso capsule into that sleek brand new Nespresso Essenza Mini machine you just brought home 😉
It’s so slim, it barely takes up any space at all, so Mom won’t scream at you for cluttering up her kitchen (and you can even pop it in the living room if you like!).
For the morning, when you need to stay awake, make a strong cup of espresso and in the afternoon, when you want something more mellow, use the Aeroccinoto froth some milk to make your own latte and cappuccino 😀 I had fun playing, I can tell you.
For the Lunar New Year Nespresso has some auspicious offers for their machines and bundles:
- Inissia: MYR 88 off and get MYR 88 Coffee Credit
- Essenza Mini: MYR 88 off and get MYR 88 Coffee Credit
- Inissia Bundle (With Aeroccino): MYR188 off and get MYR88 Coffee Credit
- Essenza Mini bundle (With Aeroccino): MYR188 off and get MYR88 Coffee Credit
- Lattissima One: MYR 288 off and get MYR88 Coffee Credit
- For every purchase: Receive an ang pau pack
RM88 Coffee Credit nets you approximately 4 sleeves of capsules, depending on the flavour you pick. Or you could opt for the Lunar New Year 8 Sleeve Assortment. Go to the Nespresso Chinese New Year Special to shop these deals and more!
Mom might even appreciate a cuppa as well, to fuel her up in the middle of cooking the reunion feast 🙂
If you don’t intend to bring this home, but want to enjoy a cuppa after returning to the relative calm of your own home, then be secure in the knowledge that you’d have a fancy machine and coffee waiting for you when you get back, to calm your post-nosy relatives nerves and to fuel you up through the post-CNY working week! 😀 If you need more reasons why I love my Nespresso machine, you can read this post! 😉
Dress for comfort
This one’s a bit thorny I know LOL! 😛
For some reason, Chinese New Year is the one festival in the year when we see Chinoiserie pop up in the most gaudy of ways. High mandarin collars and frog buttons are incorporated into all sorts of fashion, red and floral prints are in abundance, and let’s not forget the most unforgiving of traditional dress – the cheongsam!
I’m not built to wear the cheongsam, so I never have. I still haven’t found my new clothes for Chinese New Year (it’s one tradition I maintain that gives me an excuse to buy something new, red and bright LOL! 😀 ) but I have one important tip for you to look good this Chinese New Year.
Dress for comfort.
If you have to shoehorn yourself into the cheongsam or qipao, skip it. If that high mandarin collar digs into your neck, skip it. If your outfit clings to the most unfortunate of places (and believe me, old Aunties will always notice) skip it.
We already have to battle weather, frayed nerves, noise and “family-friendly” criticism – the last thing you need is to feel uncomfortable in your outfit!
So this year, I’m going to go with something loose, preferably in cotton, and with a comfortable neckline. Comfort over fashion I say! It just has to be bright, and red to remain auspicious 😀
How do you plan to look your best for the coming Chinese New Year festivities, or how do you cope during festive seasons?
Do share your tips. We can always learn a new trick or two!