New lifestyle releases to celebrate the Chinese New Year
By: Stephenie Gee
January 29, 2024
Start the Year of the Dragon right with new and limited-edition launches from Bang & Olufsen, Lululemon, Guerlain and more. Haley Sengsavanh and Stephenie Gee rounds up
Bang & Olufsen
Bang & Olufsen’s luxurious Festive Gold Collection is so exclusive, stock has been limited to eight sets across the APAC region, with only one available in Hong Kong. The collection includes a Beovision Harmony 83’’ (with floor stand), a pair of Beolab 50 speakers, a Beosound 2 speaker, Beoplay EX true wireless noise-canceling headphones, an exclusive and custom Beoremote One engraved with the owner’s name, as well as a limited edition certificate. This collection is not only a valuable collector’s item, but a sleek home setup that promises to deliver an unparalleled audiovisual experience.
To celebrate the beauty of the Sakura, Guerlain has launched a limited edition Rouge G lipstick in No. 69 Cherry Bloom, a soft rosewood shade with almond tones. The matching metallic gold case is designed by Japanese artist Ryo Shinagawa as a contemporary take on the 17th century gold leaf paintings by the Rinpa school. To perfectly complement these new products, the rest of the collection includes existing Guerlain favourites: the N°530 Majestic Rose eyeshadow quad, Météorites loose powder, and the Flora Cherrysia eau de toilette.
Paper symbolises creativity and expression so for the New Year, the renowned French Perfumer Diptique has tapped Chinese calligrapher Ao Hei to design a limited-edition box for its L’Eau de Papier Eau de Toilette. A harmonious blend of white musk, mimosa, blonde wood and rice steam, the box design showcases the characters of “Dragon” and “Paper” in shiny black ink on a red background, adorned with touches of gold. While the bottle itself features gold accents and transparent elements that reveal the shades of ink on paper.
Gucci Beauty’s new sheer plumping Gloss à Lèvres will keep your lips feeling hydrated for up to eight hours, thanks to ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid and Menthol. They are available in six universally flattering shades, ranging from a glossy tan called Suzanne Brown, a shiny scarlet called Teresina Red, a soft orange called Sadie Coral, to a classic clear gloss called Joslyn Clair. This buzzy new lip product is sure to be the perfect new addition to your makeup bag.
This coral-themed limited edition Valentino Beauty launch also marks a new collaboration with rising 3D artist, Benjamin Muzzin, who designed the collection visuals and gift set artwork. The radiant Go-Cushion Glow foundation and two iconic Rosso Valentino red shades, 111A Undressed Velvet and 77A Nude in Roma, got a bright coral packaging makeover. The final item in this launch is the Born in Roma Coral Fantasy eau de parfum, a zesty, floral scent with notes of jasmine grandiflorum, rose, and orange.
Their Lunar New Year campaign launched alongside “Be Spring”, a short film featuring Academy Award-winning actress Michelle Yeoh, and eight wing chun dancers from the Shenzhen Opera and Dance Theatre. Key pieces from the collection include a Satin Balloon Sleeve Jacket and Sueded Terry Front-Overlap Pullover, designed to mimic overlapping dragon scales. Well-loved items like the Wunder Puff and Metal Vent Tech have also been reimagined into a new auspicious colour palette.
The latest addition to Noble Panacea’s groundbreaking The EXCEPTIONALᴺᴾ Collection is the Overnight Chronobiology Peel. Powered by OSMV™ Technology for a micro-dosed, gradual and precisely controlled release of AHAs and BHA for a strong yet gentle exfoliating and refining treatment, this high-performance leave-on treatment is carefully synchronised to work in synergy with the skin’s natural overnight biorhythm of regeneration and self-repair processes, for a skin transformation overnight.
To celebrate the Year of the Dragon, Oribe Hair Care has launched two new limited-edition sets filled with the brand’s bestsellers. The Magnificent Volume Set includes the body-building and fortifying Shampoo and Conditioner for Magnificent Volume, and the heat-protecting Maximista Thickening Spray. The Hair Alchemy Liter Set includes their award-winning Hair Alchemy Resilience Shampoo and the matching ultra-hydrating Conditioner. Presented in gorgeous custom-crafted boxes by Australian-Chinese artist Chris Chun, these are the perfect gift for a loved one, or a nice Lunar New Year treat to yourself.
The new We’re Even Hydrating Longwear Concealer is perfect for dry or combination skin, and delivers medium coverage with a natural finish. The unique formula consists of Persian Silk Tree extract to target dark circles, Sodium Hyaluronate for hydration and conditioning, and Prickly Pear Cactus Extract for long-lasting moisturising results. The range includes 50 shades, promising immediate hydration through 12 hours of wear and over time with continued use.
Red Hibiscus is the latest addition to the alluring and sensual Jo Malone Cologne Intense collection. Inspired by memories of adventuring in the Hawaiian tropical forests, it features top notes of tart mandarin, heart notes of red hibiscus complemented by ylang ylang and jasmine, with a warm vanilla base. This vivid and tropical scent will be soon available in bath and body product varieties as well.
L’Occitane’s new limited edition Cherry Blossom and Strawberry collection is the perfect joyful and romantic scent to brighten your day during these winter months. The launch includes a moisturising Hand Cream, Perfumed Body Milk, and Perfumed Shower Gel created with 100% natural extracts of cherries and cherry blossoms from Luberon, Provence. The last item is an eau de toilette that launches in March, featuring fresh top notes of bergamot, grapefruit, and basil, heart notes of cherry blossoms and strawberries, and an enduring musk, cedar wood and amber base.
To celebrate the new year, M19Minus has specially curated the Beauty Duo collection, featuring some of their best-selling products, ranging from hair care, facial cleansers and masks. Hair² is made up of their premium BUND-I Enlivening Beer Yeast Hair Bath and BUND-II Rousing Beer Yeast Hair Wrap. Concentrated with 100,000ppm of beer yeast extract, it works to invigorate your scalp, strengthen your strands, and impart a lustrous shine. For the skin, Diamond² includes the PURGE 000 Monster Bead, crafted with the black-tech 3-in-1 cleansing beads to provide a thorough cleanse, gentle exfoliation, and brightening glow.
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