Christmas Gift Guide: Leanne Shares Her Holiday Faves | Clozette
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.”


Fretting over gifts for a beauty addict? From the newbie to the resident expert, we share the best holiday gifts for every type of skincare junkie.



(Cover photo from: @tompecheux)

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is always a treat to watch as each of their models struts down the runway wearing the craziest and most eye-catching lingerie sets and costumes. But we all know that the real fun, for any beauty junkie, happens backstage where they get their hair and makeup done.

This year, as always, the Angels' hair and beauty looks did not disappoint – even if they have diverted a little bit from their signature eyes from the previous years. The main star of 2016's beauty look was the eyeliner, and each of your favourite model was given her own mini wings to match their mesmeric eyes and iconic angel wings.

To help you get in on the Victoria’s Secret craze, we dissected the hair and makeup they wore to give you a how-to guide to copping the most coveted look of the season.


Hair: Bouncy and Shiny Curls

(Photo from: @devwindsor)

With the 2015 show all about blown-out, woke-up-like-this hair; 2016 dialled up on the glam in the City of Lights (and Love): Paris.

To get the Angels’ shiny and bouncy curls, first take a heat protectant and massage it into your locks – you wouldn’t want to fry your hair, right? Next, using a one-inch or one and a half-inch curling wand, take small sections of your hair and start curling them in different directions. Once it’s cool to the touch, spruce up your curls to loosen them up a bit, then apply a little bit of hair oil to give it that healthy shine and movement.


Makeup: Stretch Your Wings

(Photo from: @rachelhilbert)

If you expected to see a different rendition of subtly lined lids, dramatic lashes, and bronzed skin, you may have been surprised to find that things were a little different this year. And that’s because the Angels were sporting bold and dramatic feline flicks – a homage to their signature wings.

To recreate the look, you have to start with a flawless base – smooth and even, yet still letting your natural skin peek through. Dust a little bronzer on your cheeks, temples, and jaw to define your features and warm them up; and go in with a little bit of blush on the apples of your cheeks for a natural flush. When it comes to highlighter, though, the Angels weren’t short of it. So don’t be afraid to make your high points glow.

(Photo from: @mingxi11)

Moving on the eye area, draw hair-like strokes on your brows and set them upwards for a bushy and feathered look. And as for your peepers, go over your lids with a flesh hue to even it out and lightly put a taupe-brown shade on your socket to make your eyes look deeper. Next, instead of using a black liquid liner, go for a gray one, and draw your flick. To mix things up, according to MUA Tom Pecheux, put a bronze shadow on top of the liner and smudge it a little. Then go over your lashes with numerous coats of mascara. The result: sexy, bronzy glamour.

Top off your look with a chic nude gloss and you are now ready to wear your wings.



One of the most sensitive issues during our 20s and early 30s is our age. We all have that fear of looking much older than we actually are. And seeing fine lines and wrinkles in this early age of our lives can be a real bummer and can even lower our self-esteem. But don’t let this shake your confidence! There are tons of things you can do to say goodbye to these early signs of aging.

A little tweak in your daily activities can make a significant turn in helping you look younger and be your #BestBeautiful. So give these clock-reversing tricks a try and bring back that youthful glow in no time.


Perk up your peepers

One of the focal points of our face is our eyes. This means that if our eyes look tired, then no matter how good our makeup is, the fatigue will still show. And those dark circles definitely make us look at least 5 years older. But don’t worry! Even if you spent sleepless nights meeting a deadline for work or school, there is a way to bring your peepers back to life.

Done with your morning tea? Don’t throw the teabag just yet! Leave it over your undereye area for 5 minutes each. Tea has soothing ingredients that can help reduce the darkness and puffiness of your eyes, making it look like you received 8+ hours of sleep.

To finish it off, give your lashes a nice curl using your favourite long-lasting mascara for a full, wide-eye effect.

Modify your makeup routine

Most of us try to cover our fine lines with makeup. But unless you’re up for constant touch ups through the day, there’s a tendency that your makeup will settle on the creases, making the lines look more prominent.

The solution? Make sure you apply moisturizer before putting on makeup. This helps smooth out the skin to avoid creases by keeping the skin hydrated underneath the makeup.


Maintain a good skincare regimen

Once we notice the early signs of aging, we become more aware of the need to invest in a good skincare routine. But using skincare products that do not meet our skin’s needs can lead to the speeding up our skin’s aging process as these products may irritate and further damage the skin.

So trimming down your skincare regimen to a couple of anti-aging essentials is the best way to go. This allows each product to work its magic, without overpowering one another. Our current favourite? The Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence. This product enhances the skin’s natural rejuvenating process, helps in tightening the pores, and gets rid of dullness and dryness from within. Follow this up with the Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Night Cream to give your skin a boost of hydration.

When used together, the Olay Regenerist Miracle duo helps skin become firmer, softer, and well-moisturised, resulting in a radiant glow that’s definitely noticeable the next morning.


Add berries to your diet

We all know to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to stay hydrated. But did you know that you can complement the hydrating benefits of water by adding berries to your diet? Grapes, plums, and berries contain sorbitol which help retain moisture within your skin and body. It also has antioxidants that help remove the toxins you get from a very hectic lifestyle.

This combination of water and berries will keep your skin hydrated and prevent it from looking dull and dry. This results in noticeably plumper, smoother, and healthier skin that radiates an undeniable youthful glow.


Don’t forget to smile

If there’s one thing that can lift a couple of years off your face in an instant, it’s a sincere and wholehearted smile. Don’t let stress keep you from showing off those pearly whites! Always remember that having fun is one of the best and quickest way to make you look younger. So keep on smiling and embrace the happiest aspects of life!


What makes you feel young? We’d love to hear all about it in the comments below! 

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