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26 Things To Put On Your August Watchlist

From a snazzy poolside party to the much-anticipated movie about four reptilian brothers, there are plenty of reasons to say, “Hello, August!”

A is for Aliwal Arts Night Crawl


Who says Singapore doesn’t have culture? You just need to know where to look. Aliwal Arts Night Crawl is an annual showcase of various arts groups in Singapore, from literature to music and dance. With performances and activities at over 20 outfits in and around Kampong Glam, you can while the entire evening around this historic neighbourhood.

Aliwal Arts Night Crawl is on Friday, 15 August from 6pm till late at the Aliwal Arts Centre, 28 Aliwal Street. For more information, please visit or

B is for Boots


Dr. Martens fans can now start converting your own kids, nieces and nephews, to the brand’s famed footwear, the boot. These tiny reproductions are suited for 3 age groups: babies, toddlers and juniors, and come with features like a side zip to help parents get them on and off little feet quickly and easily. Prices start at $79 for Auburn Lace Booties (it’s seriously cute!).

Available at Dr. Martens at #03-05 Orchard Central and #02-17A Wheelock Place.

C is for Catalunya

As part of Catalunya Singapore’s second anniversary celebration, they will be rolling out an exclusive five-dish menu on August 8, prepared by executive chef Alain Devahive. After the dinner, guests are welcome to join the inaugural Catalunya Late Nights launch party for free, as well as take home some special goodies specially prepared by the team.

Catalunya Singapore is located at The Fullerton Pavilion, 82 Collyer Quay. For enquiries, call 6534 0188. To make reservations, call 6534 0886

D is for DRx Medispa

“If you have an oily, sensitive scalp like I do, just shampooing regularly will not cut it! Oily patches on the scalp, if left untreated, will lead to thinning hair in the long run. That was what I (most terrifyingly) found out recently when I made an appointment at DRx Medispa, before undergoing the DRx Purifying Treatment. This deep cleansing treatment will help exfoliate and loosen build-up on the surface of your scalp, draw impurities to the surface, and control excessive secretion. If you suffer from flaking or itching, this treatment can also alleviate those issues. Post-treatment, my scalp felt more soothed, and some of the angry redness (indicating sensitivity) had disappeared. Monthly visits are recommended for maintenance – that just might be something I’ll find myself investing in!” – Denise Li

The DRx Purifying Treatment is priced at $188. DRx Medispa is located at 302 Orchard Road, #14-02/#16-02 Tong Building. Tel: 6223 1555

E is for Easy Cooking


Domestic goddesses, you might want to find something to hang on to. WMF has rolled out Perfect Pro, a new range of Red Dot Award-winning pressure cookers that claim to shorten cooking time by to up 70% and save up to 50% of energy. The highlight of the WMF Perfect Pro is its central operating element – an All-In-One twist knob on the lid of the handle. It controls functions like closing and opening of the lid, as well as the cooking level and pressure settings. To find out more about the new range, click here.

WMF Perfect Plus Pressure Cookers, from $429, are available in 4.5L, 6.5L, and 8.5L, at major home appliance stores. They are also available in Junior Sets and Senior Sets (each comes with a pressure cooker and a pressure pan).

F is for Flaska 


For those of you who complain constantly that water tastes “weird” and that’s why you need to drink bottled water, there is now a more environmentally-friendly way to pander to your tastebuds. Slovenia-made Flaska is a glass bottle containing a vibrational programme to restructure water molecule so it resembles fresh, spring water. The creator Flaska found that watering his strawberries with structured water resulted in firmer fruit and larger yield. Our taste-test reveals that water does taste a lot “better” after being kept in a Flaska bottle. But don’t take our word for it, get your own Flaska at locations like Eat Organic (619H Bukit Timah Road) and Sky Pilates (541 Orchard Road). More info about Flaska can also be found here.


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G is for Gucci Premiere EDT


Gucci’s captivating woody scent gets a makeover! The EDT is a lighter, more sparkling incarnation of the original Premiere, thanks to orange blossom and citrus oils. At its heart is freesia, jasmine and Bulgarian rose, before it settles into its musky, androgynous base of leather and patchouli.

Gucci Premiere EDT is available at BHG (Bugis and Tampinies), Takashimaya, Robinsons and Isetan.

H is for Hearty Bites


Seasons Bistro is somewhat of a hidden gem that somewhat easy to overlook, given that it’s located slightly off the main Orchard Road strip at TripleOne Somerset. The food, however, is pretty damn good. Though the menu looks confusing at first glance – a mix of modern European and Southern American – it kind of makes sense when you take into account the fact that Seasons – like the name suggests – makes the effort to use seasonal ingredients. What we enjoyed: The Seared Albacore Tuna ($26) which comes with Asian pear, avocado, jicama, watermelon with chipotle mojo and salsa verde. A great option for those into clean eating, we love how fresh and perfectly cooked the tuna was. Another noteworthy mention is the Buttermilk Fried Chicken ($22) that’s accompanied by succotash, deviled ranch dressing and homemade catsup. The catsup had a hint of mango that cut through the oiliness of the fried chicken. If you’re dining with a big group of finicky friends, Seasons Bistro is a great option for its variety and reasonable prices.

Seasons Bistro is at #01-11/12 TripleOne Somerset. Tel: 6836 5841

I is for Iridescence


Let’s face it; as ubiquitous as they are, Ray-Bans are still the epitome of cool. And now the iconic Wayfarers just reached a whole new level of cool with its Summer 2014 edition, Iridescence. The lenses are made with silica micro-crystals before being coated with highly-refractive metal oxides, which means it creates a “liquid” finish that constantly changes colours depending on the power and angle of the light. That means you could be sporting many different looks throughout the day! Cool huh?

Ray-Ban Summer Edition is available for $350 at Capitol Optical and Ai Eye Fashion.

J is for Japanese Meets Peranakan, Korean, French, Chinese …


Sakae Sushi has revamped its menu to include some really interesting new flavours, inspired by cuisines from around the world. If you’re a fan of Peranakan cuisine, check out the Japanese restaurant’s new Otah creations, such as Long Bean Otah (mackerel otah wrapped in long green beans and fried in a light tempura batter) and Otah Bibinba (yup, it’s a three-way fusion dish featuring otah strips, shredded omelette, shitake mushroom and rice). Apart from the new fusion creations, Sakae Sushi has also expanded its offerings for popular items like the Aburi (torch-seared sushi) and Yakimono (char-grilled skewers).

Available at Sakae Sushi outlets islandwide.

K is for Kiehl’s Oil Eliminator


As men have more sweat glands than women, they are more likely to be victims of shine and oil. The Kiehl’s Oil Eliminator range promises to eradicate this problem for good. How? For one, the Oil Eliminator 24-Hour Anti-Shine Moisturizer contains Aerogel, the lightest solid material on Earth, which is also used in space exploration. This vaporises sweat droplets, as well as absorbs an amazing four times its own weight in oil!

The Kiehl’s Oil Eliminator range will be available at Kiehl’s outlets from August 2014.

L is for Literature

Bookworms, this one’s for you. Instead of your usual book club where everybody discusses the same book, Scribbled encourages each participant to bring a book to this literary meetup. The only criterion? Your book has to have scribbles in it – be it doodles, underlines, or notations in the margins. During the meetup, you get to share your thoughts about the book with the other participants while they pen down their own thoughts. At the end of the meet, everyone gets a chance to look through all the books and notebooks, and even bring a pair home!

For more information, click here.

M is


Get your online shopping fix at, a local online apparel store that rolls out new collections every Wednesday. They stock a wide selection of clothing items, from casual playsuits to sophisticated workwear. But what caught our eye are their funky necklaces – the adorable chain necklace (above) is only $19! Psst … if you are a POSB/DBS debit or credit cardmember, you get to enjoy 10% discount off your total bill from now until 30 September.

N is for National Day Photo Contest

Take a photo and win $500 CASH? Yes! Express your love for Singapore this National Day and stand to win an exciting $500 cash prize and $200 worth of Charly T’s dining vouchers! To participate, simply post a photo of your heartfelt wishes for Singapore on Charly T’s Facebook page. The photo with the most votes will win $500 cash! $100 Charly T’s dining vouchers will also be given to the two photos with the most creative messages.

O is for Outback Steakhouse


The American chain has opened its second outlet at Orchard Gateway. But although it prides itself on being a “steakhouse”, we found the New York Strip ($36.90) a little overcooked, and you could hardly taste its seasoning. The Baby Back Ribs ($19.90 for half; $32.90 for full) fared a lot better – it was juicy, meaty and well-marinated. The Carrot Cake ($9.90) was also a surprise; moist and chockfull of ingredients that gave it an amazing texture. You should definitely save space for this.

Outback Steakhouse is at #04-01 Orchard Gateway. Tel: 6702 6842

P is for Puma Night Run

Here’s yet another exciting run to add to your race calendar! The inaugural Puma Night Run, slated to take place in November, will be the very first night race organised in Sentosa. The 10k route will take you to idyllic spots around the island. Definitely not one not to be missed. Limited to the first 3000 runners, registration opens August 1, 2014 at Registration closes September 14, 2014.

Q is for Quayside Isle 

We may not be able to afford a property at Sentosa Cove but we certainly can treat ourselves to a little pampering along the waterfront every now and then. Spa- and massage-fans need to check out new reflexology centre The Good Sole at Quayside Isle. A younger, fresher, more modern take on the traditional foot reflexology centres, The Good Sole incorporates aromatherapy and oils with tried-and-tested massage techniques to help ease tension and restore balance. The prices are super reasonable too: $60 for a 60-min foot reflexology session.

Located at #01-19 Quayside Isla Sentosa Cove. Call 6268 4842.

R is for Robinsons Home Fair 


If you’re looking to give your home a mini facelift, pay a visit to Robinsons Home Fair, a one-stop shopping destination for all things to do with the home and kitchen. Expect to find exclusive brands such as C.A.M from Australia and Wald from Italy at Robinsons Orchard. From now till 24 August 2012, shoppers can also enjoy 50% off selected items while Robinsons OCBC Visa cardholders get an additional 20% off on top of discounts offered.

S is for Shopping For A Cause

From 1 August to 30 September 2014, every purchase you make with your MasterCard at any Club 21 boutique, organic food and health store SuperNature, and Culina Gourmet Boutique will go toward a worthwhile cause. With every purchase, MasterCard will donate US$10 to the companies’ community partners, Beautiful People and Nanyang Polytechnic. Beautiful People is a volunteer work programme that targets teenaged girls-at-risk. The funds for NYP will be channelled to helping underprivileged students in the school’s Hospitality program.

T is for The Body Shop

Better known as the “Queen of Oils”, the super hydrating properties of Wild Argan Oil is sure to make you feel like a queen. In line with The Body Shop’s ethos of using mainly Community Fair Trade ingredients, the oil used in this new range of products is sourced from Morocco, where the Berber women handpick and hand-crack the best nuts to obtain the richest oil. Bring on the royal treatment, we say!

The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Bath & Bodycare range is available in The Body Shop stores islandwide.

U is for The Ultimate Belvedere Pool Party


Party-goers, get ready for yet another splashing good time at the Belvedere Music Lounge, which is back for the second year running. Besides bespoke Belvedere Vodka cocktails, you can also expect great music from DJs, including DJ AgentSmith who will be specially flown in to Singapore for this poolside party.

The Belvedere Music Lounge will be held at W Singapore – Sentosa Cove on August 23. Table packages are available via or 6509 1453. Single tickets can be purchased at or via the TopTime application (available on iOS and Android). A Single Ticket costs $30 ($50 at the door) inclusive of event entry, one complimentary Belvedere Cocktail, and pool access.

V is for Veuve Clicquot

Racking your brains for a gift idea? Veuve Clicquot has launched a special edition mailbox, in line with brand founder Madame Clicquot’s tradition of penning long letters. This classic curb-side letter box is built to perfectly house a 75cl bottle, making it an ideal housewarming present.

Clicquot Mailbox is available for $84.50 at Cold Storage outlets islandwide.

W is for Wine


Fancy sipping on wine that (may or may not) be a favourite of the British royal family? Corney & Barrow is a 230-year-old independent wine merchant from the UK, and they hold the Royal Warrant of Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. They carry over 70 wines from top tipple regions such as Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Italy.

Corney & Barrow wines are now available on

X is for Extra Savings


Skincare and beauty wellness centre Renaza is celebrating their eighth anniversary this month, and they are giving you a really special treat! In the months of August and September, you get to enjoy Renaza’s treatments at crazy-good discounts. For example, their Hair Wash & Blow (U.P. $23-$30) will be going for just $8, and the Customised Aesthetics Facial (U.P. $250) at $38.

To read our review of Renaza’s Customised Aesthetics Facial, and to find out more about their 8th anniversary promotions, click here.

Y is for Youth Day


Who says we have to be below 21 to celebrate International Youth Day? This August 12, relive the days of yesteryear with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Directed by Michael Bay Jonathan Liebesman, the movie introduces the band of four reptilian brothers and follows their journey to Ninja-hood. Expect plenty of high-flying action, mega explosions, a Shredder-Splinter battle and, of course, Megan Fox.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens in cinemas August 7.

Z is for Zits 


All new fighters in our eternal war against zits are always welcomed with open arms. Introducing Dermalogica’s Clear Start – a new product system that targets mild to moderate acne in teens and young adults. Utilizing known acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid, the range also contains soothing botanicals such as tea tree, lavender and cucumber to calm and heal skin. The colorful packaging certainly makes these products a joy to use. Prices start at $34 for a toner.

Available at all AsterSpring Centres and selected Dermalogical authorized skin treatment centres.

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[Material World x Renaza Wellness Lifestyle Lab] Chemical Peel For Dry Skin, Found – Tan Lili

Want to achieve smoother, younger-looking skin but aren’t a fan of chemical peels? A relatively new non-invasive exfoliating procedure known as Aqua Peel Facial might just be the ideal treatment for you. Read Tan Lili’s review to find out more.

In case you haven’t had enough of my whinging, allow me to yet again express my utter dismay at my drier-than-average skin. In my line of work, it’s pretty often that I get a chance to have my skin analysed. And each time, the skincare therapist would reaffirm my greatest beauty woe – that my skin is dehydrated.

My recent visit to Renaza’s Medical Aesthetics Spa at Palais Renaissance was no exception. Before deciding on the type of Customised Aesthetics Facial I’d be getting, the therapist gave my skin a thorough cleanse so she could get a better look at it and design a treatment for me.

“Hmmm … your skin is dry and it looks very dull.” Yep, she sure isn’t one to mince her words. “You shall try our new Aqua Peel Facial!”

My response was a rather violent upward jerk.

You see, I did a chemical peel before, and it took my skin one full week to stop shedding. But my patient therapist assured me the 90-minute Aqua Peel Facial is no chemical peel. In fact, it was probably created for apprehensive people with dry skin like me.

So, What Is The Aqua Peel Facial?

How my makeup-free skin looked the morning after.

How my makeup-free skin looked the morning after.

The Aqua Peel Facial is a relatively new non-invasive exfoliating procedure that works like a chemical peel, minus the discomfort as well as dry and flaky appearance after. My therapist likens it to an advanced diamond peel, which also employs microdermabrasion. But what makes this facial especially great for those with dehydrated skin is that it comes with the infusion of saline. The microdermabrasion step and infusion work hand in hand to safely and painlessly exfoliate the skin while hydrating it.

Somewhat appeased, I left my fragile skin to the hands of my therapist.

The microdermabrasion was, as promised, pain-free, and the saline infusion had a reinvigorating effect on my skin. The quick strokes of my therapist also worked to relax me further, making the procedure refreshingly comfortable – something you’d never experience with a chemical peel.

Next up is the extraction, followed by a soothing 20-minute mask. The Aqua Peel Facial includes a neck-and-shoulder massage as well.

After the facial, my skin looked a little raw (it’s a peel, after all) but otherwise noticeably brighter and more radiant. To my great relief, unlike my previous bad chemical-peel experience, my skin did not flake at all the next day. Consider me sold!

Great hair in less than an hour!

Great hair in less than an hour!

For An Amazing Head Massage

The Aqua Peel Facial wasn’t the only treat I received from Renaza that day. Before the facial, I had a Hair Wash & Blow at Renaza’s Telok Ayer Street outlet.

I don’t know if it’s just me, but the part I look forward to the most during a blowout session is the hair wash, and Renaza sure doesn’t disappoint. For a good 10 minutes, I was treated to quite possibly the best head massage I’ve ever experienced, thanks to my stylist’s skillful fingerwork.

Birthday Deals For You!

As part of their 8th birthday celebration, Renaza will be rolling out a whole lot of great promotions over a period of two months. The Customised Aesthetics Facial (U.P. $250) will be going at $38, while the Hair Wash & Blow (U.P. $23-$30) will be priced at just $8.

Other signature treatments include Gua Sha Eye Massage at $38 (U.P. $200), and Beautiful Lips Treatment + Anti-Aging Pearl at $88 (U.P. $158).

Renaza’s 8th anniversary promotions, from August – September 2014, are available at all outlets. (Click here for outlet locations.) For the full list of treatments, please refer to the image below.


Renaza Wellness Lifestyle Lab worked with Material World for this post to review the Aqua Peel Facial and Hair Wash & Blow treatments. All opinions are the author’s own and have not been vetted by the client. Read our advertising policy here.

About The Author: A founder of Material World, Tan Lili has previously worked in magazines The Singapore Women’s Weekly and Cosmopolitan Singapore, as well as (now, the online counterpart of Her World). She is now a freelance writer who works on this website full-time. Lili hopes to travel the world, work with wild animals, and discover more awesome Twilight fan-fiction. Follow her on Twitter @TanLiliTweets.

Beauty & Shopping, Skincare

A Parking Stamp Inspired This Beauty Product – Deborah Tan

To date, some 30 million units of Cushions have been sold worldwide. Nope, it’s not your couch cushions we’re talking about here. It’s a cushion-type base makeup created by South Korea’s top beauty company Amorepacific, and it’s taking over the world by storm. Let Deborah Tan take you through this beauty phenomenon below.

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Who wants skin like a Korean celebrity????

The quest for a perfect complexion never stops. Actually, with this product by Amorepacific, maybe it will. The creation of the Cushion has heralded a new age for base makeup. For years, the scene was dominated by the liquid foundation and two-way cake. Then in came the BB cream and then the CC cream. While these base makeup products have evolved in terms of technology, ingredients and textures, many of them continued to fail when it came to addressing one pertinent beauty problem: How does one reapply her sunscreen on top of her impeccably applied base makeup?

You could pat on more BB cream but who would want a thick layer of makeup on her face at the end of the day? The Cushion solves this conundrum. With its watery texture and specially-designed puff, reapplication is easy and the result, always dewy and natural. The efficacy of the Cushion is evident in the global craze it has sparked off – more than 30 million units have been sold worldwide

Here’s an interesting tidbit about the Cushion: its technology was inspired by a parking stamp. Inspired by the crisp, even impression it makes on paper without the liquid running, the development team at Amorepacific created a special urethane foam that could hold the makeup in a liquid formula, without causing leaks and spills. Together with a three-layer puff, the team was able to create a product that allowed users to apply a combination of foundation, skincare and sunscreen without the creation of a thick, cakey layer on the face. Reapplication would deposit a fresh new layer of the product that is thin, natural and comfortable.

In Singapore, the brands under Amorepacific – namely Sulwhasoo, Laneige, Etude House and Innisfree – each have their own Cushion products. They are …

Sulwhasoo Evenfair Perfecting Cushion (3)1. Sulwhasoo Evenfair Perfecting Cushion, $74
Great for: Those who want anti-ageing skincare benefits in their Cushion. This contains SPF 50+/PA+++, and has an exclusive herbal hydrator made up of 5 traditional Korean herbs. Apricot kernel oil helps improve skin’s elasticity and increase the production of collagen.

Available at Sulwhasoo counters at TANGS Orchard and Takashimaya Department Store.

BB Cushion Original (1)
2. Laneige BB Cushion, $59 

Great for: Those who have concerns about uneven skin tone. A powerful 6-in-1 BB Cushion with a Melacrusher Technology to target pigmentation, this also contains Laneige’s famous active mineral water, made by aligning water particles of clean, natural water rich in mineral collected from Jeju Island. Clinical studies show that skin temperature drops by 4 degrees Celsius after using Laneige BB Cushion.

Available at all Laneige boutiques such as ION Orchard (#B3-66A) and JCube (#01-04).

innisfree Water Glow Cushion
3. Innisfree Water Glow Cushion, $34

Great for: Those who want a moisture- and antioxidant-boost in their makeup. The key active ingredient is a 100% freshly squeezed green tea essence that leaves the face more supple, radiant and healthy. The water glow complex coats skin with a veil of moisture for an instantly dewy complexion.

Available at Takashimaya S.C (#B2-34) and Plaza Singapura (#01-63/64).

4. Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion, $32

Great for: Those looking for a great cushion to use while on the go and when you’re travelling. This 6-in-1 that protects skin from the sun, controls sebum, moisturizes, whitens, gives coverage and cools the skin.

Available at all Etude House boutiques such as 313@Somerset (#B2-30), Plaza Singapura (#B1-26) and VivoCity (#01-K3). 

Are you a cushion-user? If so, tell us which cushion foundation do you use and why you like it!

This post was neither paid for nor advised by Amorepacific or any of the brands mentioned. All opinions are the author’s own. Please read our advertising policy here.



As a special treat to all Material World fans, these 4 Amorepacific brands are giving away 3 hampers containing 1 of each cushion foundation mentioned above! Each hamper contains a cushion foundation from Sulwhasoo, Laneige, Innisfree and Etude House.


Win a hamper containing cushion foundations from all 4 Amorepacific brands worth $199.

Win a hamper containing cushion foundations from all 4 Amorepacific brands worth $199.

To win this, follow the steps below:

1. Answer in the Comments section below: “What inspired Amorepacific’s development team to create the Cushion?”

2. Share this post with your friends on Facebook and tag “Material World”. Remember to set your post on Public so we can verify that you have done this step. Only fans of Material World’s Facebook Page can enter this contest, please Like our Page here.

3. Email your details (Name, Gender, IC No., Email) to us at by 8 August, 2014.

Note: Shades are given at random. No exchanges and no selection of shades will be allowed.

About The Author: Deborah Tan is a founder of Material World. After 10 years of working in magazines Cleo and Cosmopolitan Singapore, she is now a freelance writer/editor who works on this website full-time. She finds that she achieves the best result for foundation when she uses a sheet mask on her face for 5 minutes before putting on her makeup. Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweets.


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You Need To Check Out This New Shop On Club Street – Deborah Tan

Club Street has a new resident and it’s none other than uber-cool beauty brand Aesop. Deborah Tan gets to know this (relatively) new kid on the block.

Aesop Suntec City. See what I mean when I say it looks like a dark cavern?

Aesop Suntec City. See what I mean when I say it looks like a dark cavern?

For me, shopping for a beauty product at Aesop can – at times – feel a bit intimidating. Each store has been designed to have a unique look that, mostly, reminds one of a lovechild between an art museum and a very expensive house. Stepping into one, the individuality can either repel or attract you. Take the brand’s Suntec City store, for instance. The darkened interior might remind you of a cavern: do you venture inside or do you stay well away?

Enter a brand new store on Club Street.

Club Street is an area well-known for its bustling restaurants and pubs. The area, together with adjacent street, Ann Siang Hill, can get quite manic with merry-makers and its infamous lack of parking spaces. There is a quaintness that draws both hipsters and yuppies to it. How does Aesop fit into the neighborhood?

Unlike the cold, imposing majesty of the Suntec store, this new Club Street store is an oasis of peace and tranquility. It almost feels like, if I had one too many boozy cocktail at any of the bars along Club Street, I can pop inside, clear my head, and chill the f___ out.

But before you visit the shop (and I strongly recommend you do pay homage to this beauty retreat), here are 6 things you need to know about Aesop:

Welcome to the Club ... Street store!

Welcome to the Club … Street store!

1. You can find it at really accessible locations
Aesop was established in Melbourne in 1987 and entered Singapore in 2005 with two stores at Millenia Walk and Holland Village (the latter closed in 2010), which it opened with a distributor partner. To date, it has 4 signature stores – Ngee Ann City, Millenia Walk, Suntec City and Club Street – and 1 counter at TANGS Orchard.

2. Complement your Aesop regime with literature and red wine
While the brand is committed to using both plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients of the highest quality and proven efficacy, it advocates the use of its formulations as part of a balanced life that includes, “a healthy diet, sensible exercise, a moderate intake of red wine, and a regular dose of stimulating literature.” Consider us fans already.

The brown-glass bottles serve both an aesthetic as well as a functional purpose.

The brown-glass bottles serve both an aesthetic as well as a functional purpose.

3. Quotes on bottles and jars are chosen by founder Dennis Paphitis
Aesop’s signature brown-glass bottles are reminiscent of those found in 19th century pharmacies. The choice may seem like an aesthetic decision but, it’s actually functional – to protect the product inside from UV rays, keeping ingredients fresher for longer. The quotes that appear on all Aesop packaging, in-store, on brochures and marketing collaterals have been carefully chosen by founder Dennis Paphitis from his favorite philosophers and authors.

4. Comfort IS a priority
Club Street gets its name for its history as a center for Chinese clubs where wealthy businessmen would leisure. Designed by the brand’s in-house Architecture Department, the store at Club Street replicates this notion of the “domestic” in the space but do it with everyday and common materials like cement and rattan. The loose furniture and lounge elements not only enable the customer to feel comfortable but also hark back to the history of the street.

Can you spot the sink??

Can you spot the sink??

5. Sink Into The Experience
No two Aesop stores are alike but at the very heart of each is The Sink, where customers can experience the textures and scents of all its products comfortably and conveniently.

6. Just How Much Does Aesop Love Literature?
Enough to launch a website for it! Launched in May this year, The Fabulist is a person who invents or tells tales, much in keeping with the Greek fabulist who name its products bear. Each month, The Fabulist publishes five pieces, both fiction and non-fiction, by writers whose work it admires, as well as interviews and glimpses of private pleasures. The mainstay of each edition is a FABLE: a prickly parable, pseudoscience fairytale, or memoir of a formative moment. Check it out here.

One final glimpse at this beautiful store and it's on to check it out in person, ok?

One final glimpse at this beautiful store and it’s on to check it out in person, ok?

Aesop Club Street is located at 52 Club Street. Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 11am – 8pm. Closed on Sunday.

This post was neither paid for nor advised by Aesop. All opinions are the author’s own. Images courtesy of Aesop Singapore.

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[Material World x Ioma] The Skin Analysis Test EVERY Woman Needs To Try – Denise Li

Recently, Denise Li did a skin analysis test that changed her life. Here’s why she recommends you do it too.

“I’m sorry to tell you this, DL,” Deborah interrupts herself mid-sentence as we were discussing work-related matters last week. “But I feel I have to tell you that your pores are getting bigger.”

I guess if there’s one thing you can never accuse the Material World team of, it’s mincing our words.

She was partially right: My pores ARE getting very visible. But it wasn’t the only skincare woe I had to worry about.

Lately it seems like my skin’s in revolt. Breakouts every month in addition to the shine and oil I have to battle on a daily basis. This is despite the fact that I’ve tried all sorts of products to keep sebum production under control, and been diligent about exfoliating and masking weekly.

As someone who gets to be legit obsessed about her skin condition – all in the name of work – I thought I was the best authority about what my skin needed.

Trying out the Ioma Sphere ... all smiles before the sobering news

Trying out the Ioma Sphere … all smiles before the sobering news

I Thought I Knew My Skin … I Was Dead Wrong

The Ioma Sphere

The Ioma Sphere

That was, at least, until I attended the Ioma media session last week. At the event, we were invited to do a skin analysis test via the Ioma Sphere. The Ioma Sphere is a high-tech device that helps takes five photographs of your skin to reveal imperfections invisible to the naked eye. At its heart is MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) technology – commonly used in planes and space probes – which are micro-sensors to help analyse the condition of your skin, down to its smallest details.

The Ioma Sphere provides details of 12 types of skin conditions: Hydration, desquamation (the level of dead skin cells present on your skin’s surface), fine lines, wrinkles, sagging, redness, UV damage, bacterial activity, clogged pores, bags and eyelids, dark circles, fine lines around your eyes.

Each of these conditions is measured on a scale of 1 – 15, with level 1 being the best, and the ideal condition you want your skin to be at.

What shocked me: With 15 being the Sahara Desert level of dryness (I’m exaggerating, but probably only slightly), I was at level 13. My skin was SEVERELY dehydrated and in dire need of intervention.

Suddenly, EVERYTHING makes sense. My dehydrated skin condition probably came about because I’ve been using one too many oil-control products. As a result, my skin overcompensates by producing even more oil … but because of its lack of water content, sebum dries and hardens, leading to clogged pores (also causing them to look even more enlarged and visible).

I also found out that bacterial levels on my skin were high (13 again) – which explains the monthly breakouts, and discovered that fine lines under my eyes (level 7) were something I needed to do something about, STAT.

It wasn’t all doom and gloom though: Sagging, redness, UV damage were at level 1, so it was probably only my hydration levels and fine lines under eyes that I have to take care of, for now.

Lesson Learnt

Beauty advisers at counters usually advise you on products to buy based on your self-diagnosis, or what they observe, but often, what we know about our skin condition is guesstimation at best. Why leave things to chance when SCIENCE takes so much of the guesswork out?

This is why I recommend every woman to take the skincare analysis test using the Ioma Sphere. What you’ll find out may just surprise you.


You’re cordially invited to take the Ioma skin analysis test, as well as try the Ioma Cell Protector SPF50+ PA+++ suncreen for yourself. Enjoy canapes and mocktails with the Material World team this Friday evening at Isetan Scotts!

A little more about Ioma Cell Protector …


  • It offers the highest possible daily protection against UVA/UVB rays
  • It contains Desoxine, a powerful plant-based active ingredient that offers THREE skincare benefits: (1) Detoxifies skin by removing existing free radicals (2) Protects skin against further free radical damage (3) Strengthens skin by stimulating its natural antioxidative defences

Date: July 18, 2014, Friday

Time: 7 – 9pm

Venue: Ioma counter, Isetan Scotts

What you’ll enjoy: A $30 shopping voucher, a complimentary one-week Ioma Cell Protector SPF50+ PA+++ trial kit worth $13, exclusive discounts on Ioma products.

Admission is FREE.


See you at Isetan Scotts this Friday!

 *Thank you for your overwhelming interest in the Material World x Ioma event! We are fully subscribed for the event and are therefore unable to accommodate anymore RSVPs.

Beauty & Shopping, Skincare

This Skincare Product From Shiseido Is Iffy – Deborah Tan

Great research and powerful ingredients in the new Shiseido Vital-Perfection range can’t seem to change Deborah Tan’s mind about this particular skincare product. What gives?

Shiseido Vital Perfection range

Shiseido Vital Perfection range

Shiseido’s latest skincare range Vital-Perfection addresses two concerns every woman has about “growing older” – lines, sagging skin, dullness, and a “yellowing” complexion. The range contains a revolutionary ingredient complex called VP8 to shut off the pathways leading to the root cause of multiple aging and discoloration.

The range aims to
1. Lift the skin
2. Smooth out wrinkles
3. Keep fine lines from forming
4. Erase age spots
5. Fight dullness
6. Improve softness of skin
7. Improve the texture of skin
8. Keep skin well hydrated

The regime is fairly easy to follow – it consists of a cleansing foam, a softener and an emulsion. Those who desire a richer texture can opt to use to the enriched version of the softener and emulsion. Results can be seen in just one week.

I tested the range and discovered that, while I like the cleansing foam and the emulsion, the one product I had to stop using after a day was the softener.

What happened?
This could be a matter of personal preference. Although the function of a softener is to help prep your skin to absorb your serum, essence and moisturizer better, I have always found that it impedes the absorption rather than improve it. Whenever I try out a Shiseido skincare range, I find I have a much better experience, and result, when I exclude the softener.

For Vital-Perfection, I tried to, once again, follow the regime as instructed. The cleanser was excellent – a soft cushiony lather forms easily and cleanses the skin thoroughly without over-drying it. The emulsion has a watery texture and quenched my tired and dehydrated skin adequately.

When I did include the softener, I found, to my dismay, that it formed a wet, impenetrable layer on my skin. Add the emulsion on top of this layer and I ended up with a product-slick on my face that took too long to be absorbed. Even after I pat the excess off with a piece of a tissue, I found my skin looked shiny and felt sticky.

After a day of “sticky” skin, I decided that, once again, a Shiseido softener was not for me. I proceeded with my review with only the cleanser and emulsion.

The result
Most skincare products require anytime between 28 days and 2 months for results to be evident. After my week with Vital-Perfection (six days without the softener), I am happy to note that …

1. My skin is smoother – especially at the forehead
2. Less “yellow”
3. Skin texture on the cheeks is more refined
4. More lifted and firmer around the jaw area

Before (left) and After (right). Photos have not been digitally touched up or Photoshopped in anyway. Pictures are also taken without makeup.

Before (left) and After (right). Photos have not been digitally touched up or Photoshopped in anyway. Pictures were also taken without makeup.

I would recommend Vital-Perfection for women who are beginning to worry about becoming “yellow-face housewives” (huang lian po). Vital-Perfection addresses the 3 root causes that lead to aging signs on the face:

1. Carbonylation – main cause of dermal proteins yellowing
2. Glycation – main cause behind the breakdown of collage
3. Oxidation – main cause of skin damage and inflammation

It provides an all-rounded, comprehensive approach to keeping your complexion and skin youthful-looking.

To see if the softener does indeed work for you, I recommend you go to a Shiseido counter and try the emulsion with and without the softener to see which option makes you more comfortable.

Shiseido Vital-Perfection is retailing at all Shiseido counters islandwide. The Vital-Perfection range was given to Material World at the press event. This review was neither paid for nor advised by Shiseido. You may read our advertising policy here.

About The Author: Deborah Tan is a founder of Material World. After 10 years of working in magazines Cleo and Cosmopolitan Singapore, she is now a freelance writer/editor who works on this website full-time. She is currently on the hunt for a good non-sticky neck cream that she can use during the day. Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweets.

Beauty & Shopping, Food & Supplements, Hair, Health & Fitness, Skincare

The Multi-Functional Oil You Have To Try – Matthew Fam

We’ve all heard of oils that beautify your complexion and give you shiny locks of hair, but Matthew Fam has found one that you can actually eat for a nutrition boost while ticking all the beauty boxes for great skin and hair! Here’s why he’s going loco for the coco(nut oil).

o-BENEFITS-OF-COCONUT-OIL-facebookIt’s a nutrition must-have!

Uhm… Logically speaking, isn’t eating oil unhealthy? Well, not this one. Coconut oil is a rich source of saturated fat that aids in weight loss. What’s different is its chemical structure of medium-chain triglycerides that allows the body to digest it more rapidly, thus using up more energy.

In fact, 15 to 30 grams of such fat can increase 24-hour energy expenditure by 5% (that’s about an extra 120 calories burnt a day!) Its high lauric acid content also bolsters your immune system by fending off viruses such as the common flu, for instance.

You can cook it with rice, use it as dressing for salads, or just ingest it as it is. What I usually do is to add a tablespoon of the oil into my breakfast of soy milk, seeds and oats- and it totally ends up tasting like CHENDOL. Mind. Blown.

Plus, it’s easy to find a jar of this multi-functional oil from your local supermarket. You can even purchase a jar and have it home-delivered from health food websites like these.

2269941It gives you beautiful skin and hair!

Coconut oil works as a great moisturiser too. The luxuriously nourishing oil turns into a paste-like consistency below temperatures of 24 degrees celsius, so I leave a jar of it in the fridge. This way, it’s less messy for me to scoop the solidified, fluffy substance to spread on skin.

I have dry skin on my legs, so this beauty fix was perfect for an overnight moisturising treatment. The oil is absorbed well by skin, and you don’t have to worry about staining your bedsheets. I was surprised at how applying a dollop of coconut oil left a mild, fragrant scent that wasn’t overpowering at all. In addition, my legs definitely felt smoother the next morning!

If the thought of smearing food on your skin or scalp grosses you out, there are plenty of coconut oil-infused products out there for you to reap its benefits, without the potential ‘ick’ factor. Try Organix Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Shampoo. It’s non-SLS formula (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, a drying detergent ingredient in most shampoos) gives you shiny, silky strands.

cdentistryIt’s a major oral hygiene booster!

You’d be surprised to find out that the benefits of coconut oil even extend to oral health! The next time you get your hands on a jar of this miracle oil, try out oil swishing- an ancient Indian practice that dates back thousands of years.

What you need to do is gargle a table-spoonful of oil in your mouth, as you would with regular mouthwash, for 10 to 20 minutes. It is said to reduce bacteria and plague from your mouth, and gradually whiten teeth. When you expel the solution, the naturally transparent oil should now have a milky colour.

Sure, it shouldn’t replace regular brushing and flossing; but who doesn’t want a gorgeous smile, right?

With these all-encompassing benefits that ensure a healthier, more beautiful you, I am officially hooked on coconut oil!

About the Author: Matthew Fam is a contributing writer of Material World, and has worked at Cosmopolitan Singapore as an intern and Contributing Beauty Assistant. He writes, teaches, and performs for the stage. Matthew enjoys museum visits, Singaporean Theatre, and spends too much of his undergraduate allowance on magazines. Follow him on Instagram @mattjfam.


If you liked this article, you might also like:

1. The Fat Singaporeans Don’t Eat Enough Of – Deborah Tan

2. Top Weight-Loss & Nutrition Myths, Debunked – Tan Lili

3. [Material Moms] Why This Fruit Holds The Kiwi To A Mother’s Heart – Delphine Tan

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26 Things To Put On Your July Watchlist

Are you ready to embrace the second-half of 2014? We’re still recovering from the whirlwind that was the first-half of the year, to be honest. But with so many cool places to see, products to try and activities to check out in July, we’re all set to enter yet another whirlwind of new experiences!

A is for Anti-Ageing



Youthful skin isn’t just wrinkle-free; it’s also free from pigmentation, and glowing with youth and radiance. A two-step, in-home peel, the Philosophy Microdelivery Peel aims to rejuvenate skin by resurfacing and replenishing skin with peptides and vitamin C for smoother and more radiant skin. Best of all, results are evident after just one use, and the whole process takes less than 10 minutes!

Philosophy is at B2-03 Takashimaya S.C., Ngee Ann City; and #01-16 Bugis Junction.

B is for Becasse 

Becasse has launched its first full format dining concept at Dempsey Hill and it promises to spoil you silly with a wide menu consisting of French- and European-inspired dishes, a seafood bar and fresh hand-made pastries made on-site daily. Fans of brunch will love the Croque Madame with a truffle baked egg and the fluffy but oh-so-sinful sticky date pancakes.

Becasse is located at Blk 10 Dempsey Hill #01-21. Tel: 6479 8119.

C is for Cats of the World Photo Exhibition

One of the entries from Japan!

One of the entries from Japan!

Love cats? Then this annual exhibition is one you can’t miss! In its eighth season this year, the non-profit Cats of the World Photo Exhibition features photos of adorable furballs, taken by aspiring and professional photographers around the world. This year, look out for one-off cat-inspired creations by artists such as David Chan, Ginette Chittick, Wyn-Lyn Tan and Puffingmuffin; each artwork will be sold for $100 to raise funds for Cat Welfare Society. Of course, you can also look forward to the exhibition’s feline-themed flea market. From postcards and notebooks to accessories and even toys for cats, the Saturday Purrzaar Market has been a crowd favourite since it was launched in 2011.

Cats of the World Photo Exhibition will take place from July 2-28 at The Arts House. The Saturday Purrzaar Market, also held at The Arts House, will take place on July 5, 12 and 19, from 11am to 6pm.

D is for District 10 Brunch 


Mothers looking for a place where the kids can play while they tuck into their scrambled eggs can check out District 10 at The Star Vista. On Sundays, the restaurant installs a full-size bouncy castle to keep the kids occupied while their parents grab a bite. If you like food with a local twist, the pandan pancakes with gula melaka syrup will hit all the right spot.

District 10 is located at The Star Vista, #01-42/K3 (next to the taxi stand). Tel: 6694 2884. Email: .

E is for Exciting Fashion News

material world_zalora material girl

We may call ourselves the Material Girls, but we all know who the original Material Girl is. Apart from being the reigning Queen of Pop, Madonna also dabbles in fashion. She and daughter Lola have a popular fashion label, Material Girl, which was previously only available in department stores in the US, Australia, and Canada. But not anymore! You can now get your hands on the label’s trendy peplum tops, printed pencil skirts, bodycon dresses, and more on Zalora! The Spring collection is now available for purchase at

F is for Football Fever

So not everyone’s inclined to sit down to spend 90 minutes watching The Beautiful Game, especially when it’s screening at unearthly hours, but we’re pretty sure that practically everyone will fall in love with the Breadzil 2014 collection that Breadtalk has released to celebrate The World Cup. Our favourite? The Dillopillo, a spicy sambal chicken bun inspired by the armadillo mascot. It looks cute, and tastes even better.

For a full listing of Breadtalk stores, visit this link.

G is for Great Skin


If hot and humid weather is causing your zits to come out and party, now may be the time to switch to a BB cream that not only provides coverage but also controls shine and fights blemishes. Powered by Community Fair Trade tea tree from Kenya, The Body Shop Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream blends seamlessly into the skin to give you a great-looking complexion. At just $29.90 per tube, it’s a summer beauty must-have!

Available at all The Body Shop islandwide from 7 July 2014.

H is for Healthy Tresses

HWe’ve all resorted to trimming our own tresses at home to get rid of split ends, but now there’s an easier way to repair damaged hair. Enter the L’Oreal Paris Total Repair 5 Emergency Care Split End Sealer. Powered by active ingredient LAK1000, it promises to penetrate deep into the hair to reinforce damaged hair structure and strengthen hair fibre. Up to 6,500 strands of hair will be repaired with just one use!

Available at Watsons and Guardian pharmacies. 

I is for Instant Laksa

There’s something strangely comforting about a bowl of instant noodles, especially after a long day of work or after a night of partying. Now, MAGGI ups the ante with MAGGI SENSES Laksa, with a special wet paste made with fresh galangal, spicy red chilli, and ginger. Combined with MAGGI’s signature springy noodles, this is a slurp-worthy bowl of deliciousness.

MAGGI® SENSES™ Laksa is available at $7.95 for a pack of 4x141g at all leading super/hypermarkets and convenience stores.

J is for Jermyn Street


The trend of high-end grooming stores for men seems to be taking off in Singapore and more’s the better, we say! Jermyn Street is the new kid on the block. The decor is inspired by the 1930s style, and it offers a comprehensive suite of services including a luxury hotel towel straight razor shave, haircuts, shampoos, manicures and pedicures, eyebrow grooming and much more. Something to treat your man to on his birthday, we think.

Jermyn Street is located at 108 Amoy Street. For more information, visit

K is for Kiehl’s 

One of our all-time favourite beauty brands is celebrating its 10th year in Singapore! Kiehl’s turns 10 this July and to mark this momentous event, it is sending out Ultra Generous Trucks across 21 destinations across the island to hand out samples and treats! So keep a lookout for these trucks – there is a selfie contest too! Details in the latest issue of Kiehl’s Times at all Kiehl’s stores islandwide.

L is for Laneige


After 20 years of research (you know they mean business when they spent two decades researching on moisture), Laneige has introduced the new and improved Water Bank range, which claims to deliver eight times more moisture into the skin. Through their research, they found that Asian skin is more susceptible to moisture loss. To tackle this problem, the reformulated Water Bank range features the exclusive Moisturizing Biogene Technology and Hydro Ion Mineral Water to restore the Asian skin’s natural ability to generate and retain moisture – even under dry conditions. The Water Bank range consists of Water Bank Essence_EX ($60), Water Bank Eye Gel ($49), Water Bank Gel Cream_EX ($52), Water Bank Moisture Cream_EX ($52), and Water Bank Double Gel Soothing Mask (5 sheets, $34).

The Water Bank range is available at all Laneige boutiques and counters islandwide.

M is for Melissa


Brazilian shoe brand Melissa collaborates with some of the biggest names in fashion – Karl Lagerfeld, Jason Wu, Gareth Pugh, and J Maskrey – to roll out even more fantastic pieces for its Fall/Winter 2014 collections. These pieces will be available from July 2014 at the new MDreams Boutique at One Raffles Place, as well as its existing store at Wheelock Place.

MDreams is at #01-11/12 1 Raffles Place, and B2-03 Wheelock Place.

N is for “No” to Shark Fin

Kudos to Marina Bay Sands (MBS) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) Cargo for saying “No” to shark’s fin! Starting last month, MBS is no longer serving shark’s fin in restaurants it owns and operates, as well as in MICE events at Sands Expo and Convention Centre; from August 1, SIA Cargo will no longer carry shark’s fin on its cargo flights. The two bigwigs are the latest to join the growing list of companies that have pledged to protect the environment and play a part in shark conservation.

O is for Oleosome Technology

A sunscreen is a sunscreen is a sunscreen, right? Not so, with Dermalogica Protection 50 Sport SPF50. This sunscreen is made with the new Oleosome Technology, which is a type of technique that slowly releases sunscreen directly to your skin surface over time. This increases the UV protection minus any additional chemicals or emulsifiers. Even better, this formulation comes with botanical extracts like Licorice, Orange Peel, and Ylang Ylang to soothe and nourish your skin.

Dermalogica Protection 50 Sport SPF50 is available for $75 at all AsterSpring Centres and selected Dermalogica-authorised skin treatment centres.

P is for Pretty Homeware Collection


Racking your brain for a housewarming gift for a vintage-lovin’ friend? Cath Kidston’s High Summer collection has her name on it! Featuring a botanical theme inspired by the ’50s, the Painterly Rose baking collection includes baking ware and accessories such as a ceramic cake stand, rolling pin and adjustable apron.

Cath Kidston’s High Summer collection is available at Cath Kidston outlets islandwide.

Q is for Qi Mantra

If you’re after flawless, radiant skin for that special occasion, be sure to book yourself in for the Miracle Facial, $350, at Qi Mantra. It’s a 90-minute non-invasive treatment that marries advanced VPL (Variable Pulse Light) and revolutionary stem cell technology to stimulate collagen production and significantly improve signs of ageing. Best of all, there’s no downtime!

For a full listing of Qi Mantra outlets, click on this link.

R is for Ramen 


Sake + Ramen = one deliciously addictive bowl of noodles! The sake broth at Shin-Sapporo Ramen takes a minimum of 8 hours to produce and you can taste the potent flavor of the sake with every bite. The noodles are made fresh daily in the shop and the pork broth is painstakingly prepared by boiling the bones over high heat for 15 hours. For a taste of this awesome ramen, make your way to Shin-Sapporo Ramen at Orchard Gateway today.

Shin-Sapporo Ramen is located at B2-04A/05. Tel: 6702 4906.

S is for Summer Beauty


Founder Lili sporting Priscilla lip gloss

Founder Lili sporting Priscilla Lip Gloss in Shocking Pink.

Synonymous with poolside and beach parties, summer is all about having a splashing good time and sexy, bold appearances. Complete the sun-kissed look with Nars Summer 2014 collection, whose palette is a striking mix of pop and sultry the collection. We love Priscilla Lip Gloss in Shocking Pink ($37) – it is eye-catching and amazingly wearable! Other makeup products from the collection include Tropical Princess Duo Eyeshadow in Neon Lemon Lime and Icy Lavender ($50); Lost Coast Duo Eyeshadow in Golden Pewter and Lilac Snow ($50); Malacca Single Eyeshadow in Iridescent Peacock ($38); and Hot Sand Illuminator in Peach Champagne ($45).

Nars Summer 2014 collection is available at Nars counters islandwide.

T is for Tempting Cocktails

At a recent media tasting at Ding Dong, we were blown away by the lethally delicious cocktails. One of our favourites was The Golden Mile, which is a blend of Thai herb-infused Ketel One vodka, blue ginger gomme, and citrus. The best way we can describe is like a refreshing alcoholic beverage with nuances of Tom Yam. Sounds strange but it’s surprisingly delectable. Another drink we enjoyed was the Fujiyama, which is made with Yoghurt sake, elderflower liqueur, fresh strawberries, and yuzu liqueur. Because of the sweet flavours, this is a deceptively easy drink to down. It’s only when the buzz hits you that you realise how potent the drink really is.

Ding Dong is located at 23 Ann Siang Road, Tel: 6557 0189

U is for Ujong


The chef who brought you Wok & Barrel is back with even more tantalising treats at the newly-opened Ujong. Chef Shen has a knack for putting a gourmet spin on humble local dishes and elevating them to something amazing. And now you can enjoy her signature dishes such as Claypot Rice with Five Spice Pork, Har Zi Meen, and Hae Bee Hiam Mentaiko Capellini with a side of Col di Salici Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore. This is a zesty, dry Prosecco sparkling wine with fruity notes that pairs beautifully with the rich flavours of Chef Shen’s dishes.

Ujong is located at #01-10, 328 North Bridge Road, Raffles Hotel Arcade, Tel: 6635 6502

V is for Von Trapp


The delightful Von Trapp family comes to town! The Sound of Music, arguably the world’s most iconic musical, comes to the MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands this July, all the way from London’s West End. Based on the original 1959 Broadway production, this is one show everyone in the whole family will enjoy! Get your tickets here.

W is for Whiff of Fabric Fragrance

Downy’s latest range of fabric softeners features an innovative technology known as the Scent Switcher Technology – and, yes, it apparently does what its name implies. The new Downy Parfum Collection is formulated with two types of Downy’s signature perfume microcapsules, which will be deposited onto the clothes during washing. Through the rubbing, moving and wearing of the fabric, the Scent Switcher Technology is activated, during which the two microcapsules are released at varying amounts. We can’t be sure exactly how and whether that works, but it sure sounds interesting!

Downy Parfum Collection, from $6, is available at all leading supermarkets.

X is for X-cellent Deals

If you have a Mastercard debit/credit card, now’s the time to put it to work. Why? Cos it’s partnered with Borderfree to give you free shipping for orders above USD100 at nine US online merchants. The merchants are: Aeropostale, Adriana Goldschmied, Bloomingdale’s, Eileem Fisher, Elie Tahari, Jos A. Bank, Lands’ End, Lane Bryant and MotoSport. Simply key in the code MCSHOP when paying with your Mastercard card. Promotion is on from now till July 14, 2014.

Y is for The Fountain of Youth 


Looking perfect at every age is now almost possible with Shiseido’s new Vital-Perfection skincare series! Combining whitening and anti-aging benefits, this skincare line brings you impossibly bright and firm skin with the revolutionary ingredient VP8. This ingredient shuts off the creation of aged proteins, which are the root cause of wrinkles, sagging, dullness and yellowish skin. Results can be seen in as little as 1 week.

Shiseido Vital-Perfection skincare series is now available at Shiseido counters islandwide.

Z is for Zero Percent Worries On Spots 


SK-II’s new Whitening Spots Care series claims to give you 0% worries when it comes pigmentation and skin damage. For a targeted solution, the Ultimate Spots Corrector boasts a dual approach, breaking the vicious cycle of spot formation and helping repair existing skin damage to prevent new ones.

SK-II is available at department stores islandwide.

Beauty & Shopping, Branded Content, Skincare

[Material World X Elizabeth Arden] For A Tingling Sensation … On Your Face – Tan Lili

Move aside, triple espresso. If you’ve had one too many last night and are now mustering every ounce of energy you have to look awake for your meeting later this evening, look no further than this instant perk-me-up, says founder Tan Lili.

Just 10 seconds into trying it, I had a mini freak-out. The tingling! The fizzling! The slight stinging! GAH THE TINGLING! Five minutes later, I was relieved and indisputably wide awake. Oh, and my skin looked a-m-a-z-i-n-g.



What in the world does this supposedly potent stimulator have got to do with Elizabeth Arden? Well, everything, considering I was talking about their Ceramide Boosting 5-Minute Facial. Perhaps I should begin with a proper introduction to this new at-home facial treatment.

Ceramide Boosting 5-Minute Facial: Self-Foaming Mask (left) and Replenishing Serum

Ceramide Boosting 5-Minute Facial: Self-Foaming Mask (left) and Replenishing Serum

An addition to Elizabeth Arden’s range of Ceramide youth-restoring skincare products, the Ceramide Boosting 5-Minute Facial is a two-step detoxifying treatment comprising Self-Foaming Mask and Replenishing Serum. Ideal for use one to two times per week, it improves skin elasticity, clarity and skin tone while boosting the effects of using Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum, giving you a younger-looking, radiant complexion.

Here’s how it works: First, dispense a cotton ball-sized amount of Self-Foaming Mask. It doesn’t matter if your uncleansed skin is dry or damp; apply a thin and even layer of the mask onto your face and neck, then leave it on for two minutes. For the love of all-things beautiful, please avoid your eye area, because this is when it gets interesting. One of they key ingredients of the Self-Foaming Mask is a combination of alpha hydroxy acids and an enzyme, which is activated seconds upon application. And by “activated”, I mean it starts to fizzle on the skin, leaving behind a tingling sensation that feels so foreign at first, you’d be forgiven for freaking out a little – or a lot. What actually happens during this stage is that the abovementioned key ingredient is exfoliating, drawing out and dissolving surface impurities, hence all that tingling action. It takes two minutes for the activation to complete. Once the time is up, rinse the mask off and pat your skin dry.

The next step is to apply the Replenishing Serum on your now-primed skin. It is made up of a whole host of youth-restoring ingredients, including Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide Triple Complex (a combination of Ceramides 1, 3 and 6), which strengthens the skin’s protective barrier, boosts hydration, improves skin texture and soothes sensitive skin. Massage the serum into the skin in a circular motion until it is fully absorbed. If you have very dry skin, follow with a moisturiser.

The Ceramide Boosting 5-Minute Facial is suitable for all skin types, particularly for those concerned with visible signs of ageing. Because it leaves you with radiant, renewed skin, it is also recommended for use the night before a special occasion or as a replacement for the Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum.

Would I recommend this five-minute facial treatment? Hell, yes! The initial fizzling left me equal parts flabbergasted and intrigued, but it gets less daunting every week. Perfect for combating post-lunch drowsiness, I must say; even when you’ve prepared yourself for the self-foaming action, it will still shock you awake.

More importantly, this treatment works. My oft-lacklustre skin is positively glowing and feels healthier and rebooted post-facial – and it only takes five minutes!

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Boosting 5-Minute Facial, $149, is available at department stores islandwide.

Elizabeth Arden worked with Material World for this post to review the Ceramide Boosting 5-Minute Facial. All opinions are the author’s own and have not been vetted by the client. Read our advertising policy here.

About The Author: A founder of Material World, Tan Lili has previously worked in magazines The Singapore Women’s Weekly and Cosmopolitan Singapore, as well as (now, the online counterpart of Her World). She is now a freelance writer who works on this website full-time. Lili hopes to travel the world, work with wild animals, and discover more awesome Twilight fan-fiction. Follow her on Twitter @TanLiliTweets.

Beauty & Shopping, Skincare

Beauty Review: The Body Shop Body Sorbet – Vanessa Tai

The Body Shop has just launched a range of summer moisturisers, and Vanessa Tai simply can’t get enough of them!

Living in Singapore brings about a slew of skincare conundrums. What do I mean? Well, the weather is hot and humid, but we are also perpetually moving in and out of air-conditioned environments. This is why when I look for a body moisturiser, there are two important factors I look out for – 1) how well it keeps my skin hydrated; and 2) a non-sticky texture so that my skin doesn’t feel gluey or clammy when I’m out and about.

The Body Shop Strawberry Body Sorbet

The Body Shop Strawberry Body Sorbet

The Body Shop Body Sorbet gets it right on both counts, and then some. I recently tried the Strawberry variant, and was completely wowed by its texture. It feels like you’re applying a frozen Slushie all over your skin (pro tip: place your Body Sorbet in the fridge for an even more refreshing sensation). The product sank into my skin almost instantly, and didn’t leave behind any greasy residue. Whenever I use other moisturisers, I’ll usually have to use a piece of tissue paper to clean the sticky streaks from my fingers, but it was not the case with this body sorbet.

Another thing I liked was how it kept my skin feeling cool and refreshed, even when I was out and about under the hot sun. I guess it’s not surprising, considering how each body sorbet is made with 100 percent Organic Community Fair Trade Aloe Vera from Guatemala. If you recall, I’m a huge fan of The Body Shop’s aloe vera products. That’s because they are very selective about where they source their ingredients from, so as to ensure the sustainability of the local communities.

I’m also happy to report that after a day of being cooped up in an air-conditioned office, my skin still felt soft and smooth, so yay!

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Apart from the Strawberry variant (which is made using cold-pressed strawberry seed oil), The Body Shop Body Sorbet range also includes the Satsuma (made with cold-pressed satsuma oil from Argentina), Mango (made with mango oil from India), and Moringa (made with cold-pressed seed oil from handpicked moringa pods).

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21 June (Saturday)

12pm to 2pm – ION Orchard
1pm to 3pm – Plaza Singapore Level 1
1pm to 3pm – Causeway Point Level 1
2pm to 6pm – Orchard Road
4pm to 6pm – Tampines MRT

22 June (Sunday)

12pm to 2pm – ION Orchard B2
1pm to 3pm – Bugis Level 1
1pm to 3pm – JEM Level 1
2pm to 6pm – Orchard Road
4pm to 6pm – Tampines MRT

This post is in no way paid for or advised by The Body Shop. The author was given a set of The Body Shop Body Sorbets for review purposes. You may read our advertising policy here. The Body Shop Body Sorbet is available at $19.90 each at all The Body Shop outlets.

About The Author: Vanessa Tai is a founder of Material World who has previously worked on magazines Simply Her and Cosmopolitan Singapore. Now a freelance writer and a full-time contributor to this website, the 27-year-old dreams of attending every single major music festival before she turns 30. Follow her on Twitter @VannTaiTweets.

Beauty & Shopping, Skincare

5 Reasons This Is 2014’s Best Moisturiser for Oily Skin – Deborah Tan

In the beauty race to be this year’s best products, Deborah Tan has found her winner for “Best Moisturiser for Oily Skin” in Kiehl’s new and improved Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream.

We are not halfway into June and, here I am, casting my vote for “2014’s Best Moisturiser for Oily Skin”. To be honest, when Kiehl’s launched the Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream a couple of years ago, I was ambivalent, to say the least. While it wasn’t as rich as the classic Ultra Facial Cream, it didn’t exactly have the best texture where oil-free, super hydrating moisturisers were concerned.

And my vote for Best Moisturiser for Oily Skin goes to ...

And my vote for Best Moisturiser for Oily Skin goes to …

But this year, the Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream has been given a face-lift (hurhur …). The texture is lighter, more watery, and most importantly, it is absorbed very easily by the skin. Still doesn’t explain why this is THE BEST moisturiser for oily skin? Be patient. Read on.

1. Say “Goodbye” To Schizo Skin
My skin acts up whenever I have to fly. How is it possible for skin to be flaky and oily at the same time?!? I tried the new Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream on a recent flight to Japan and was pleased to find it helped kept my skin smooth, soft and shine-free throughout.

2. Preps Skin Nicely For Makeup
The key to a natural-looking base makeup? Moisturiser. And you need just the right type and amount. Too rich and your makeup won’t stay on for long, too dry and you end up with a cakey finish. This moisturiser preps the skin so it’s supple enough for your foundation.

3. Keeps Skin Matte For A Very Long Time 
The principle behind why we need to hydrate our skin is because thirsty skin produces more oil as a way of compensating for the dryness. Most hydrating moisturisers I’ve tried have never successfully kept my skin shine-free for more than a couple of hours. With Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream, I found my face stayed matte and fresh through an entire day of going in and out of air-conditioned offices and into the open.

Photos have not been digitally touched up or altered in any way.

Pictures taken on the same day at times stated. Photos have not been digitally touched up or altered in any way.

4. A Relief On Super Hot Days
Do you find your skin crying out for cool relief on afternoons when the mercury hits 35 and above? I certainly do. I keep a jar of this moisturiser on my office desk so I can freshen up after coming in from the sun. The moisturiser sinks into the skin so easily, all you need to do is pat any perspiration off and dab this soothing balm onto your skin. Ahhhh …. sweet relief!

5. Feels Great On Necks
My neck area is prone to oiliness, especially in the more humid months. However, I’m well past the age bracket where I can afford to neglect the area. This moisturiser is powerful enough for the neck area if you want something that hydrates without leaving a sticky film behind.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream, $48 for 50ml, at all Kiehl's stores islandwide

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream, $48 for 50ml, at all Kiehl’s stores islandwide

I started using Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free on May 7. It’s been a month and I have noticed these improvements to my skin:
1. It stays calm even if I go from cool, dry air-conditioning into the hot and humid outdoors 
2. It flushes less easily
3. It doesn’t get shiny or oily in the afternoon
4. Makeup goes on more easily and stays on longer

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream keeps my skin hydrated no matter where I am. Mid-day oil slicks have become a thing of the past and I love how my complexion is so much calmer now. I strongly recommend this moisturiser for anyone who wants to keep their skins well-hydrated whatever the climate or temperature.

Get your sample via a 5-minute consultation here.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream was given to Material World for review purposes. All opinions are the author’s own. This post was neither paid for nor advised by Kiehl’s.


[Want more awesome beauty products? How about …
1. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream
2. Biotherm Life Plankton Essence
3. Yves Rocher White Botanical


Beauty & Shopping, Skincare

[Infographic] 8 Things You Never Knew About Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream – Tan Lili

It’s probably no news to you that this award-winning skin protectant – a beauty essential for many makeup artists, celebrities and beauty editors around the world – is widely acclaimed for its incredible calming and hydrating benefits. But did you know when the cream was developed 70 years ago by Ms Elizabeth Arden, she used it to soothe her horses’ bruises? PLUS: Read founder Tan Lili’s review of the new Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Nighttime Miracle Moisturizer.  

I’m a bit ashamed to admit that, prior to this review of the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Nighttime Miracle Moisturizer, I had never experienced the wonders of the legendary cream. And now that I have, my dry skin wishes I’d discovered it sooner.

The 84-year-old formula of the original Eight Hour Cream – a combination of petrolatum, beta-hydroxy and vitamin E – has seen slight adjustments with targeted benefits over the years with the expanding line of Eight Hour Cream products. The latest addition to the line is the Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Nighttime Miracle Moisturizer, an overnight gel-cream that’s been proven to intensely hydrate the skin and improve its texture while you sleep.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Nighttime Miracle Moisturizer, $57 for a 50ml jar

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Nighttime Miracle Moisturizer, $57 for a 50ml jar

Compared to the original, the texture of this night cream is slightly lighter – though it still feels a little rich, especially for first-time users of the Eight Hour Cream line. Despite its texture, it doesn’t leave my skin feeling uncomfortably greasy. By morning, my skin feels supercharged with moisture-retaining ingredients, and looks visibly smoother and softer. Another unique feature of the Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Nighttime Miracle Moisturizer is the infusion of lavender essence, which works really well to calm the mind before bedtime.

While it is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin, I’d recommend this for those with dehydrated skin – like mine! Slowpoke me can’t wait to try out the rest of the products from the Eight Hour Cream line.

Curious about the original Eight Hour Cream? Check out some interesting facts about it in this infographic!

Elizabeth Arden

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Nighttime Miracle Moisturizer was given to Material World for review purposes. All opinions are author’s own. This post was neither paid for nor advised by Elizabeth Arden.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Nighttime Miracle Moisturizer, $57 for a 50ml jar, is available at authorised Elizabeth Arden counters islandwide.

About The Author: A founder of Material World, Tan Lili has previously worked in magazines The Singapore Women’s Weekly and Cosmopolitan Singapore, as well as (now, the online counterpart of Her World). She is now a freelance writer who works on this website full-time. Lili hopes to travel the world, work with wild animals, and discover more awesome Twilight fan-fiction. Follow her on Twitter @TanLiliTweets.