4 Ways To Beauty Prep For The Holidays | Clozette

While a season packed with endless parties and get-togethers may be fun, these various cocktail soirées are also going to be filled with fizzy drinks and sinful food indulgences, which can really take a toll on your skin.

Just like how you ought to prepare your wardrobe essentials to turn yourself into party-ready perfection, your complexion needs a little beauty prep too to endure the numerous festive and late-night parties. So keep reading below for the best ways you can prepare your beauty regimen, and yourself, for the holiday season.

Add punch to your existing regimen

The key to any great holiday makeup look is a flawless canvas underneath, i.e. smooth and even skin. That's why, besides using a cleanser and a moisturiser, you should add more potent products to your routine to get the most out of a short period of time. Before going in with the SK-II R.N.A Power Radical New Age Cream, dab the Facial Treatment Essence all over your face and neck to replenish your skin’s moisture, and improve its appearance and texture. If you have an oilier or more acne-prone skin, make sure to grab a bottle of Facial Treatment Clear Lotion for its mixture of AHAs and Pitera. It removes dead skin cells and impurities, ensuring that the rest of your skincare routine will be able to penetrate deeper and more effectively.

If you're in the mood to give yourself a pampering session, use the Facial Treatment Mask to restore your skin's glow — the perfect way to relax and unwind before you head to the party. 

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

Combine the cool weather with stress, lack of sleep, one too many drinks, and it’s hello to a dry and dehydrated complexion. So make sure you constantly keep your body, especially your skin, hydrated during this time of the month with LANEIGE’s Essential Balancing Emulsion_Moisture, Water Bank Essence, Water Bank Moisture Cream, and the beloved Water Sleeping Mask.

Soft, plumped up skin that lasts all day and night, even under a dry and air-conditioned environment? Yes, please!

Play with colour

‘Tis the season for bold eyes and lips! To achieve your party makeup look in under five minutes, simply smoke out your eyeshadow using the Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Eyeshadow Palette by defining your lower lash line and outer V with their deeper shades. Next, layer on coats of the Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara for a lash look that’s extraordinarily long, defined, and smudge-proof.

Swipe on the Pure Color Envy Sculpting Blush on your cheeks for an enhanced radiant glow, and the Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick for a beautifully-shaped and pigmented pout that's soft, smooth and pucker-ready for your kiss under the mistletoe.

Make your best features pop

During the holidays, nothing slays like a good feline flick paired with rosy cheeks and a glowing complexion. To cop the look, start by using the CLINIQUE Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector & Optimizer to reduce the appearance of blemishes and dark spots for a brighter look. This will help get rid of any pigmentation you might have from previous breakouts.

Follow up with the Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief to give your skin that dewy, lit-from-within finish. Then, proceed to apply your base makeup as usual, making sure to create that "just-pinched" look with a Cheek Pop blush to get that base look down pat. After filling in your brows and defining your eyes and lashes, take the Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen and draw your flick. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert in tight-lining, this mistake-proof pen will allow you to create a clean and sharp line in one glide.

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Heading to a snowy country this holiday season? Or maybe you’re head off to the warm beaches instead? Wherever you’re going, it’s always important to know which items of clothing, tech gear, skincare and beauty products you should be bringing with you. After all, you want to feel comfortable and right at home in the place you’ll be visiting; and be prepared for any situation you might end up in, right?

So whether you're already a seasoned traveller, or it's your first time venturing out into the world, keep reading below for our must-have travel items that you shouldn’t forget to bring along on your upcoming holiday trip.


Lip Balm

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Dry lips can happen to everyone, especially if you’re travelling. To ensure that your pout stays plump and healthy, always carry with you a nourishing lip balm. Because trust us, the feeling of chapped lips while on holiday is no fun at all.

Sheet Masks

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Travelling can take a toll on your skin since the plane is filled with recycled air. That is why if you want to avoid dull-looking skin once you touch down, pack a sheet mask or two and put them on in-flight. They come in handy too when you want to give your complexion a treat after a long day of walking and sight-seeing.


Small notebook

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A notebook is always one of those things you think you never need, but actually do. Bringing a small one with you on your trip can help you navigate the place better as you can note down your schedules, which trains to take, different restaurants to visit, and if you ever have little notes that you want to revisit later, you can write them all in here. You’d be surprised at how useful having a notebook is when travelling.


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We hate to sound like a broken record, but wearing sunscreen is crucial to your skincare routine. Even if you’re heading to a cold and snowy country where the sun rarely shines, UV rays still exist everywhere, like your phones and computers. So make sure you take good care of your skin while travelling.



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The best way to avoid premature wrinkles on your eyes is if you don’t squint; something which sunnies can help you out with. So don’t forget to pack your favourite pair in your bag. Not only will they protect your peepers, but they make a chic accessory too.

Dry Shampoo

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Since your schedule will be packed with fun activities each day, you may not always have the luxury of time to take a shower and style your hair. The best way to prolong your beautifully blown dry mane? Dry shampoo. It will clean your scalp while adding volume and texture to your locks for that perfect bedhead look.



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No matter how busy you may be on your trip, it's always nice to find time to relax and unwind. What better way to do that than by reading a book, play some games, or watch some movies on your iPad?

Hand cream

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Who wants dry, flaky hands when they’re travelling? No one, that’s for sure. So don’t forget to pack your hand cream to nourish and soften your hands wherever you go.



Step into digital beauty influencer and Clozette ambassador, Leanne’s beauty room, and you’ll be greeted by an exquisitely curated array of the finest in skincare and makeup. It’s something like what you’ll see in her Instagram feed -- a delightful visual feast for the uninitiated eye and an absolute haven for the beauty obsessed.

It doesn’t take much to know that Leanne has the eye for anything visual-centric (and beauty, of course), that’s why we took the opportunity to sit down with her to pick her brain on the best types of gifts to give -- and receive! -- this festive season.


What is your favourite part of the holiday season, and why?

“The people -- I like that it gets very crowded during the holiday season. I don’t usually like crowds, but somehow the Christmas crowd is very different. Everyone’s busy [moving around], but they’re busy for someone else. It’s the spirit of giving and loving, the time of the year when people get together. That’s very important to me.”

She says…
Go for something iconic like the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence.

“I would give something iconic so the giftee knows that it is something that is trusted, especially when it’s limited edition! SK-II has been around since 1980, and when everyone talks about SK-II, what do they talk about? The Facial Treatment Essence and its iconic ingredient, the Pitera™.

For me, the FTE is something that I trust because it helped me with my acne issue many years ago when everything else failed. When I signed up as a departmental store member, they gave me a pack of samples, which included a small bottle of the FTE. I only needed to use that one bottle and it helped clear up my acne patch. I thought, “is this what they really mean by miracle water?” That’s how I’ve been using it since.”


Tell us about your most memorable Christmas ever.

“I was about five or six, and it was the first time I saw a Christmas tree at my late Aunt’s place. She told me to go under the tree and pick any of the gift-wrapped boxes. I picked one, opened it, and it was a little bear. That bear meant a lot to me because she showed me what the magic of a Christmas tree is about, and that Christmas is about giving.

That little act from her, which I can remember till this day, made me want to give. So gifts are very important to me. Not because they are materialistic, but it’s a gesture. You’ll never know what you can do for someone like what my late Aunt did for me.”

She says… Go for something edible from Crabtree & Evelyn Fine Foods collection.

Crabtree & Evelyn Fine Foods Holiday Collection

“Crabtree & Evelyn has amazing cookies and tea. The combination of cookies (or cakes) and a cup of tea always feels so comforting. It’s also “unisex” and perfect for gift exchanging!”

She says… Go for something pretty like the Guerlain Météorites.

Guerlain Météorites Holiday Collection

“Every girl needs a Guerlain Météorites. I feel that this multi-coloured finishing powder always cheers people up with its pretty packaging. It’s not just another foundation or eye shadow palette that’s based on personal preference. The Météorites is a finishing powder that gives a shimmering finish to any look -- an easy yet elegant choice. Plus, there’s a festive mood to it.”


What makes a great holiday gift?

“Preferably something that the person needs -- otherwise gifts can become very redundant, even if it’s a pair of bedroom slippers. [At least] it’s something that they need. When they wear them, they’ll remember you.”

She says… Go for something personalised like a Pandora charm bracelet.

Pandora Charm Bracelet

“Something customisable, like a Pandora bracelet, can tell the personal story of the wearer based on the charms you choose for her.”

She says… Go for something she likes.

Chanel Filigree

“For that special someone, forget the surprise and bring her out instead to choose the big-ticket items. That’s when you know she’ll definitely love and use it. For me, I choose the Chanel Filigree.”


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