Top Essentials You Will Need To Transit Into The New Norm

Are you counting down the days to the final re-opening of all services and stores after exiting from circuit breaker? We know we are! Whilst looking forward to better days ahead on top of heading out to work or school, are you prepared to embrace the new norm after the prolonged #StayHome period?

Let the curators at Sift & Pick give you a hand with these latest fashion picks and lifestyle products:

New Norm Staples

Remember to mask up when you’re outdoors – prevent the chances of spreading or contracting the virus, and avoid getting a hefty fine!

With the colourful and comfortable masks from Japanese brand KILLYEDNA, you’ll be spoilt for choice; save the environment with their reusable Gauze Earloop Mask – Stripes with adjustable ear-loops. For extra comfort during long wearing periods, try the Gauze Headloop Mask – Blue Candy, where the mask bands go over the head – suitable to be used with a Hijab too.

Going dotty for polka dots? FUN FROM FUN’s Scollop Dot Mask is sure to be favoured for its vintage vibes and whimsical look. Remember to keep your mask hygienically with We The People’s functional and compact Pocket Mask Holder from GIFT by Changi Airport!

Ensure your hair doesn’t get in the way of your masks as well with an adjustable colourful KILLYEDNA Headband – Dahlia or Korean brand UNDERCONTROL Cross Hair Band for a lacier touch!

If you think masks are not sufficient in terms of protection for you, consider face shields. Thai brand WOVE launched both a Face Shield Cap and Face Shield Bucket Hat that might protect you from unwanted germs and UV rays. Talk about multi-tasking! If sun protection is all you’re seeking for while running errands, look no further than the classic Sun Visors from UNDERCONTROL – simple and stylish for everyday wear.

To ensure flowy articles of clothing such as ties, Hijab or scarves stay in place – Japanese brand Bloom beauty bar Kanazawa Accessory has got you covered with the chic, timeless Kanazawa Mizuhiki Tie Clasp that features a traditional Japanese knot. Do away with dangerous pins that may come undone and opt for this sturdy option instead!

Don’t forget the new bag staple – sanitisers! Local brand SimplyGood has Food Grade Sanitiser Sprays to place your mind at ease when sanitising your hands prior to eating.

Also, do check out the latest 180ml bottle besides the 20ml version of the sdtravel Self-disinfecting Coating when you’re out and about,  by GIFT by Changi Airport.

Once gyms reopen, sanitising your yoga mat or the area of your workout will be crucial too. #SupportLocal and give The Verdant Lab’s Yoga Mat Cleaning Spray a go – scented with essential oils of lavender, Egyptian geranium and lemon, enjoy your workouts with a relaxing smell.


Now that you’re all set with your personal safety when resuming daily commuting post-CB, let’s place attention on self-care and indulge in a skin treat. Put your best face forward when facing the world again with some TLC from Korean brand MEDI-PEEL’s Royal Rose Modeling Pack – a peel-off mask to brighten up dull skin!

A more instant, out-of-the-pack option would be GLOSOME’s Rose Quartz Facial Gua Sha + All Day Solution Tencel Mask – Simply place sheet mask on face and use the Rose Quartz Gua Sha to massage face. What’s more? Receive a set of free pink cotton buds with every purchase from GLOSOME, while stocks last!

Amplify your complexion’s radiance with MEDI-PEEL’s Luxury 24K Gold Ampoule too – a potent blend of 24k pure gold and 5 revitalising extracts with moisturising and skin-smoothing properties.

For everyday skin care, put your money towards a good cause for the environment with UK brand Tamaar London; The brand is a proud member of B1G1 (Buy One Give One) – where a forest tree is planted for every product sold! Turn back the hands of time with fine lines by trying out Tamaar London’s Rejuvenate-Advanced Natural Anti-ageing Cream Complex – an advanced multi-action formula with clinically proven, vegan ingredients that increase Collagen synthesis and reduces wrinkles.

For oily skin, fret not! Tamaar London also has a Natural Balancing Face Oil that contains safe, natural anti-inflammatory ingredients which prevent and reduce spots while helping to regulate sebum production!

For acne-prone skin, try out local brand The Bath Theory’s Acne Suicide Kit – an all-in-one gift bundle, including the Matcha It Up! Face Mask to exfoliate and mask up to calm angry pimples and for clearer skin altogether.

With facial care pat down, let’s move on to body care! Ensure you’re smelling fresh with Singapore brand Soul Good Project’s Mandarin Spring Deodorant Balm. Formulated with cruelty-free, natural ingredients such as arrowroot flour to absorb sweat, and other key actives to neutralise odour, step out confident without fear! For those who prefer fragrance-free deodorants, check out French beauty apothecary HuygensDeodorant with Mineral Salts – colourless and suitable for sensitive skin. 

Whether you’re still working from home or heading back to your workplace, consider keeping Huygens’s Verveine D’h. Reed Diffuser close by and have a productive day. Also, check out a couple of Huygens’s ongoing bundle promotions here!

Don’t forget to soothe your senses and unwind tense knots, with a little help from The Verdant Lab’s Neroli Nectar Linen Spray. Keep your indoors smelling fresh and reminiscent of a warm summer afternoon outdoors as this spray infuses your surroundings with the scent of Lily and bergamot, without harmful aerosols.

Style On Fleek

With everyone wearing a mask, it might get a tad difficult to stand out from the crowd these days. Be recognisable by friends or colleagues with your fashionable accessories such as Belarusian label ALEL’s Flower Apple Watch Band. Fashioned with leather flowers cut by hand and further embellished with Japanese beading, this wrist candy is definitely an eye-catching piece.

Carry a fashion statement with you to tote all your essentials with a unique Photo Phactory’s Batik Shiok Collection Clutch Bag from GIFT by Changi Airport, or Thai brand RINA’s colourful tote bags such as their Too Pink For Flower tote to embrace some flower power vibes.

It’s also a good time to show your ears some newfound gratitude with all the masks you’ve been wearing. Show some self-love and reward your ears with floral baubles from Korean brand luvinball and their Flower 2way Snowball Earrings, or fellow Korean brand 803STUDIO’s Flower Garden Earring.

Gift Of Gifitng

After being isolated from your friends and loved ones, perhaps it’s time to send them a mood-lifting gift to delight them and show that you’re thinking of them. Start small by sending an “I’m Here!” World Map Postcard by Taiwanese brand re:cycle, featuring a pin pointer on a world map. Indicate where you’re currently located or a place where you wish to travel to before sending them out!

For gifts with a local twist? Consider these bright, vibrant cushion covers of our Colourful Rowhouses or Emerald Peranakan Tiles – sure to bring a pop of colour to any place and a smile to the face with memories of cafe-hopping and strolling along traditional Peranakan houses in Joo Chiat!

How about a practical gift your friend can use for grocery runs? A nifty bag that is convenient to grab essentials sounds just about right! Check out Korean brand STABY.L’s Pattern Beige Mini Daily  – a lightweight, stylish pleated tote bag that will go with any outfit, and is a good size for daily use.

Korean best-selling brand MARHEN.J’s Lucy Pop series is another great on-trend bag for zipping through errands – small, functional, easy to clean and definitely a statement piece. Your friends will definitely be giving you a ring to gush over it. Ready to glow up? Check out Lolly Glow Pink – also available in blue and charcoal.

Another idea for a smaller, more practical gift that your friends may use daily? Keychains! Take a gander at Japanese brand AZUMAYA’s dual function Small Gamaguchi that is also a coin purse! Another option, with an easier ring clasp, would be Korean brand Love Charm’s Pop Key Ring which is made out of leather and features a tong-clasp for easier access.

Mood Boosters

Now that you’re all set, here’s the best for the last – your very own mood boosters to tide you through the gradual resuming of heading outdoors and quelling any wanderlust!

Consider the ALEL Leather Journal Cover with Name Personalization, to pen down all your heartfelt thoughts and travel plans during the Circuit Break, to the aftermath of the entire duration. Set the mood for your reflective moments at home while writing with Thai brand KUSU’s soy wax Vintage Flower Pot Candle – a delight for your nose and eyes with its beautiful geometric pots and preserved flowers.

Don’t forget to hydrate yourself with your favourite drink in a handmade wooden Dot Cup by Japanese brand SHIRASAGI. Made from the MIZUME Cherry Tree native to Japan and coated with a layer of urethane to ensure it lasts.

If you’d like to keep close to you a constant reminder of how far you’ve come during this period, how about some dainty earrings such as Korean brand Jubiler’s Dot Pearl Set or a simple, dangly pair like the Porcelain Pearl – Indigo Gold Dots pair from Japanese label AMOR?

Looking to reward yourself with arm candies instead? Don’t miss out on the limited pieces of KOIMOOI – a South Korean brand specialising in eccentric and unique handbags. Check out their cylindrical Once Bag Sky Blue , or the Mode Bag Rose Pink, both statement pieces which will instantly jazz up your outfit!

A hardier version of a go-to bag for errands, would be Thailand’s NeoweaveTwo Tone Casual – White & Pink  or Light Sukhumvit Case – Blue. Handmade with 100% hand-dyed acrylic, the unique colour tonality of each bag along with its sturdy structure is a definite collectible for every fashionista!

For a roomier bag, try Hong Kong label’s Frequent Flyer and its Captain Mini in Polka Dot Black or Captain Mini – Dandelion Black, with its ability to unzip completely – giving you ease of access for packing!

What are you waiting for? Go ahead and get started on the preparation work for the new norm post-circuit breaker by ensuring all your personal needs are met! Recharge, relax and enter the new phases refreshed after the prolonged periods that you had to work from home.

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