5 Perfect Gifts For The Strong-Minded Woman | Clozette

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Got an inspiring woman in your life? Well, then she deserves a treat! This holiday season, grab the chance to shower her with gifts that reflect her strong-minded spirit and independent drive. This goes beyond just a gesture and admiration for her incredible spirit; but it's also an open declaration that you understand the kind of woman that she is--one that you aspire to be.

So here are five gifts that any strong-minded, independent woman will thank you for.


A Good Read: A Motivational Book

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Women stick together, sharing life-lessons and wisdom with one another to create a circle of strong-minded women who support and encourage each other through life. So share that gift of wisdom through a motivational book, much like this one from Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook. In Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, Sheryl Sandberg explains what it takes to be an effective leader while sharing her personal stories to empower women to reach their true potential.

A White Power Suit

Wool Blazer & Flared Pants

When it comes to business, image is everything (aside from wit and a sharp mind). So a polished power suit will make all the difference when it comes to commanding attention in the boardroom. A sleek power suit, like this ensemble from Pallas, will make a fabulous gift for the woman who has the confidence to rock an all-white suit without staining it with coffee during the morning rush. It's sophisticated chic at its best.

A Classic Tote

Marc Jacobs The Grand Majestic Leather Tote

Smart and driven women are all about staying organised. So help them do it in style with a classic handbag that comes with compartments and zipped pockets for her documents, gadgets, and makeup kit. Pick a style that easily goes from day-to-night, like this leather tote from Marc Jacobs that's perfect for both a business meeting and after work cocktails.

A Skincare Treat

SK-II ‘Wings of Change’ Facial Treatment Essences

Nothing boosts confidence more than a healthy, luminous glow. So gift her with a skincare product that commits itself to empowering women with the promise of beautiful, crystal clear skin. Inspired by two winged creatures – the butterfly and the hummingbird – the “Wings of Change” SK-II Limited Edition Facial Treatment Essence series is all about transformation and the capacity to take flight and soar to new heights. Truly a meaningful gift that she’ll appreciate. 

Choose from SK-II Iconic Set at SGD $259 / RM620; SK-II Flawless Beauty Set at SGD $558 / RM1,410; SK-II Beauty Blossom Set at SGD $348 / RM852; and SK-II Age Protect Set at SGD $478 / RM1,181.

A Stylish Workout Gear

Lululemon Drop It Like It’s Hot Leotard

A strong, healthy body equates to a strong and sharp mind. So keep her on top of her fitness game with functional exercise gear that’s a lot more stylish than the usual tank and track pants combo.


Got a strong-minded woman in your life? Tag her in the comments below!



When we embarked on Clozette's very first Clozette Beauty Awards this year, we did so with the intention of giving our Beauty Community a bigger voice in the region. These are Clozetters who live, breathe, and love everything about all things Beauty and we wanted to give them a platform to celebrate their most beloved products and brands. At the same time, we wanted to also get together as a Community to place our Clozette stamp of approval on the beauty products that are highly-loved in the region. 

So since we just announced the Winners in our inaugural Beauty Awards, we thought it would also be fun to share a few fun-facts about Clozette Beauty Awards 2015. Here is everything you need to know at what went on in creating and launching our regional beauty award.


Sifting Through The Beauty Pile

Our Clozette Beauty Awards started in the hands of our Clozette Beauty Crew, consisting of beauty-obsessed Clozette staffers who are in the loop of the latest trends, product releases, and holy-grail products in the Beauty world. As a team, they sifted through all the products and separated them into main categories and sub-categories in preparation for product nominations from our Beauty Panel. At the end of it, we had split the awards into 4 main categories (skincare, makeup, haircare, and fragrances), further broken down into 31 sub-categories.

Selecting Our Beauty Panel

A snapshot of some of our Beauty Panel

The main thing we wanted to do with our Beauty Awards was to ensure that every product nominated came from our regional Community. So who better to represent our community than our Clozette Ambassadors, specifically our Beauty girls who are synced into the latest trends in the Beauty world. By the time nomination forms were ready to be sent out, we had created a Beauty Panel that consisted of 50 Clozette Ambassadors and the Clozette Beauty Crew.

Finalising The Products For Voting

The Beauty Panel spent about a month carefully nominating products for each category and sub-category, listing out products that have worked for them and they regularly use in their beauty routine. The focus of the selection was that we wanted to find the highly-raved products in our Community. At the end of the nomination period, the Clozette Beauty Crew sifted through all the nominations and picked out the top-five nominated products under each sub-category. These would be the products that the rest of the Community voted on.

Countries That Participated & Number of Votes Cast

As a Regional Community, we knew immediately that we wanted a Beauty Award that went across the Clozette family--giving a voice to our Communities in Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, and Indonesia. Together, our community voted for their favourite products, creating a Community-curated list of holy-grail beauty products worthy of the Clozette stamp of approval. As a whole, our Clozette Beauty Awards received a total of close to 40,000 votes.


Did your favourite beauty product make it to the top? Click here to see the list of winners in this year's Clozette Beauty Awards.



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If you’re a skincare junkie, you’ve probably already heard about the konjac sponge, which is all the rage here in Asia, specifically in Japan and Korea. And recently, it’s starting to spread out and gain popularity across the world because of its benefits and uses.

It may look scary (especially when it's dry, rough, and hard) and gimmicky, but this tiny sponge is going to be your new BFF. Don’t believe us? Read below for our reasons on why the konjac sponge should be, and will be, your skin’s new best friend (forever)!


It's Extremely Gentle 

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Don’t be scared of its rock-like physical quality because these sponges are extremely gentle on your skin! So gentle, that they can be used every day, making it perfect for even the most sensitive skin out there. All you have to do is wet the sponge until it turns soft and feel gelatinous, and massage all over your face and neck!

It Will Give You Radiant Skin

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This sponge doesn’t promise to heal acne, but it will unclog those pores holding onto bacteria and other impurities! The gentle rubbing motion on your face will help bring blood back to your skin, promoting new cell turnover, and will give you that beautiful radiant glow!

A 3-in-1 Product

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For those who want to save a few steps in their skincare routine, then the konjac sponge is for you as it can cleanse, exfoliate, and remove makeup! All you have to do is wet the sponge, put a bit of your makeup remover on it, and gently massage your face! After rinsing everything off, you can wash the sponge and rub it all over your face again for a double-cleanse. And this can be used as rare as once a week for that gentle-but-effective exfoliation.

It's All Natural

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You know how sometimes it’s scary to look at the ingredients of our favourite products because they have words we can’t pronounce, or they have ingredients with the word “paraben” at the end of it? Well, we don’t have to be afraid with the konjac sponge because this tool is purely organic!

They’re made from the fibers of the konnyaku tuber, which has been used for beauty, food, and medicinal purposes since the 5th century! Now if that doesn’t speak well about a product, I don’t know what will.


What's your favourite skincare tool? Let us know in the comments below!