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[Material World x Porcelain, The Face Spa] Freezing Time With Cryotherapy – Vanessa Tai

Facial treatments these days are getting increasingly advanced and I, for one am thrilled. Anything to achieve that flawless, glowing complexion, right? Ever since my first experience at Porcelain, The Face Spa, I’ve been in awe of the efficacy of their treatments. So I was chuffed when they invited me back to try their latest treatment, the Cryotherapy Facial.

About Cryotherapy Facial

Originating from Korea, this 60-minute treatment has a two-pronged approach. First, a customised blend of serums will be applied onto your skin using 0.5mm micro-needles. If your eyebrows just arched at the word “needles”, don’t be alarmed! There’s zero pain involved; it just feels like gentle pricks against your skin. Plus, it uses a cooling technology so there’s no redness or risk of inflammation. The purpose of using micro-needles is to enhance absorption of the serum into your skin. Plus, the upward stamping motion helps with the lifting effect.

The second step of the treatment involves using a cryo probe to chill your skin to -10 degrees Celsius, which helps restore firmness to overall skin tone. The therapist would glide the probe over your face in gentle, circular motions, which aids in improving microcirculation.

Check out my Before and After pics below:

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Before

After

After

Pretty amazing huh? Being only 26 years old, you would think skin firming wouldn’t be a top concern. But I guess pictures really don’t lie. Apart from the picture that I took for this post, there have been several “candid shots” of me where my chin is – horrors of horrors – visibly sagging southwards. I’ve tried a couple of facial treatments in the past that promised to lift my skin, but none of them had as dramatic an effect as the Cryotherapy Facial.

After the treatment, my previously-tired skin also looked and felt rejuvenated, as if it’s been given a new lease of life. Just take a look at the condition of my skin before and after treatment.

Before (Tired, dull complexion)

Before (Tired, dull complexion)

After (Bright, refreshed complexion)

After (Bright, refreshed complexion)

There was absolutely no Photoshop or airbrushing involved in the images you see above – what you see is what you’ll get.

Customised Treatments at Porcelain, TheFace Spa

Flawless Pore+Spot Intensive Serum

Flawless Pore+Spot Intensive Serum

What I like about the treatments at Porcelain is how they take care to customise products and treatments to treat each individual. My skin is relatively unproblematic – it’s just a little on the dull side, with pigmentation spots – so the product used for my treatment was the Flawless Pore+Spot Serum. This highly concentrated serum comes with Vitamin C, Coenzyme Q10, and Sodium Hyaluronate to brighten skin and lighten dark spots.

For customers who have acne or sensitive skin, the Cryotherapy Facial may not be a recommended treatment as the stamping action of the micro-needles may trigger a reaction. Not to worry, Porcelain has a comprehensive suite of services that will suit any skin condition. The products and equipment you see at Porcelain have all been sourced from various countries by their founder Pauline. Come 2014, she will be bringing in even more products, and equipment, which means a greater level of customisation for you, the consumer.

Porcelain, The Face Spa is located at 15 Cantonment Road, Tel: 6227 9692.

Material World worked with Porcelain, The Face Spa to review its facial treatment. All reviews are the author’s own and were not vetted by the client. You may read our advertising policy here.

WIN A CRYOTHERAPY FACIAL, WORTH $250!

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We have three Cryotherapy Facial treatments, each worth $250, to be won! To enter your name for the draw, follow the instructions below:

1. In the Comments section, name two benefits of the Cryotherapy Facial.

2. Then Share this post with your friends on Facebook. Remember to tag “MaterialWorldSG” and “Porcelain Face Spa” in your post. Set your post on Public so we can verify you have completed this step.

3. Private message us on Material World’s Facebook Page with the term “Porcelain, The Face Spa – Cryotherapy Facial”. Include your name, gender, NRIC number, mailing address, and age.

This contest is open only to Material World fans on Facebook. Contest ends Wednesday, December 25 2013.

 

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[Material World x Maybelline] The Lip Polish Shade That’s Like My First Kiss – Deborah Tan

Maybelline’s makeup has always been well regarded for its colour, value-for-money and on-trend sensibilities. And, you can see all these in its newest range of liquid lipsticks – Lip Polish by Color Sensational. This 3-in-1 liquid lipstick promises the intensity of a lipstick, shine of a gloss, and comfort of a balm in one easy to use product. The premium concept of a liquid lipstick is now made accessible in this single sleek tube – Maybelline Lip Polish is the first liquid lipstick of its price category. At just $19.90, you can take your pick from 10 fashionable shades.

10 lip smacking shades!

10 lip smacking shades!

Well, with 10 shades to choose from, the team at Material World was hard-pressed to pick out our personal favourites. So we decided to do a kiss-and-tell (literally!). To talk about Maybelline Lip Polish in a creative way, each of us picked a shade that best represented the story of our first kiss! Ready to find out more?

(From Left to Right) Glam 2, Glam 5, Pop 6, Glam 1

(From Left to Right) Glam 2, Glam 5, Pop 6, Glam 1

Denise’s first kiss was like Glam 2
Youthful, unexpected and statement-making

denise“Honestly, I must have been about five when I had my first kiss. Believe it or not, I was a really girly girl who loved frilly dresses, mary-jane shoes, and I was obsessed with the colour pink – in a shade quite close to that of the Maybelline Lip Polish I’m wearing, actually! Anyway, it was after our annual kindergarten concert when one of my boy classmates ran up to me and unexpectedly planted one big smackeroo on my lips. I was appalled and all I remembered was how wet and disgusting it was, and wondering why grown-ups seemed to like kissing so much. Ah, youth …”

Lili’s first kiss was like Glam 5
Natural, a welcomed surprise and somewhat romantic

lili“When Debs mentioned how Glam 5 would suit my skin tone really well, I was skeptical. The mix of violet and pink is a shade I never thought I’d wear. But I tried it and, she was right. The element of welcomed surprise matches with what my first kiss was like. I expected something wet and sloppy (like all romance novels) but it was pretty chaste (though still awkward!). I don’t remember much about how it happened except that it was after a group outing with classmates, and he had politely asked if he could kiss me. I also think we avoided one another for a couple of days after so we could figure out if we should ‘go steady’ – we didn’t.”

Deborah’s first kiss was like Pop 6
Passionate, dramatic and potentially scandalous! 

debs“My first kiss was quite ‘scandalous’. I was quite the party-animal back in my uni days and my hostel mates and I would head out to party nightly from Wednesday to Saturday (I know, how I managed to graduate is still a myth to me). So one night, at the now defunct Madam Wong, a guy came up and started dancing with me. After like 30 minutes of flirting, he asked if he could kiss me. Being quite drunk and not wanting to make such a big fuss about my ‘first kiss’, I pretended I was cool with it. He started kissing me quite furiously there and then, and I was like, ‘Oh god. This is so wrong.’ Finally, one of my friends decided to pull me away and told him we had to go. Walking down the road to catch a cab, he came running after us, gave me a red rose and asked for my number! I was so overwhelmed by his ‘passion’, I gave him a fake number cos I didn’t think I would be able to go out with him after I’ve sobered up.”

Vanessa’s first kiss was like Glam 1
Subtle, shy and a promise of better things to come

vantai“The shade I have chosen is a subtle, almost nude shade, with a light hint of colour – which is pretty much like my first kiss (no! We did not get naked!). We were at the bus stop, chatting about inconsequential things. Both of us were pretty nervous because we kinda knew what was going to happen when his bus arrived. There was a buzz of anticipation but we pretended to be calm. When his ride finally came, he hastily kissed me on my lips and scurried up the bus, avoiding all eye contact! Not quite the stuff of epic romances. Thankfully, things have radically improved since this first kiss.”

With the exception of Denise, who used a pink lip pencil to fill in her lips before applying the product, all of us wore the liquid lipsticks as they were. The colours are intense, we found the texture light and non-sticky. The leaf-shape applicator also makes it easy to do a quick application – great for covert touch-ups!

Verdict:
If you are looking to play with different lip colours this festive season, Maybelline Lip Polish will give you the variety and intensity. It wears comfortably on the lips and has moisturising ingredients to keep them from peeling or chapping. At $19.90, this is a really fun product to experiment with. Don’t just get one Lip Polish, get a second one in a shade that you least expect to wear and see what it does to your look!

Pictures of Denise, Lili, Deborah and Vanessa have not been Photoshopped or airbrushed in any way. Maybelline Lip Polish by Color Sensational is available at Watsons, Guardian, SaSa and selected department stores and supermarkets. Maybelline worked with Material World on this sponsored post to highlight the launch of this product. All comments and opinions are the team’s own and were not vetted by the brand. 

WIN A MAYBELLINE MAKEUP HAMPER WORTH $50!

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We have 10 Maybelline makeup hampers, each worth $50, to be won! To enter your name for the draw, follow the instructions below:

1. In the Comments section, tell us the story of your First Kiss.

2. Then Share this post with your friends on Facebook. Remember to tag “MaterialWorldSG” and “MaybellineSG” in your post. Set your post on Public so we can verify you have completed this step.

3. Private message us on Material World’s Facebook Page with the term “Maybelline Lip Polish”. Include your name, gender, NRIC number, mailing address, and age.

This contest is open only to Material World fans on Facebook. Contest ends Wednesday, December 18 2013.

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Lancome Answers Your 5 Most Pressing Questions About Makeup – Deborah Tan

Lancome National Makeup Artist Lina Tok

Lancome National Makeup Artist Lina Tok

It’s the party season and people are always asking, “What kind of makeup should I wear?” You know what? Your worries are not unfounded. Many of us (including myself) often wonder how to create a party makeup look that is different from what we would usually do on a daily basis. And, as most of us have come to realize, we usually just end up with too much blusher, too much shimmer, too much eyeliner, and look too much of a mess.

Lancome’s National Makeup Artist Lina Tok has decided to help us all out a bit here. Below, she answers 5 questions many of us have about achieving the right look for the parties coming our way:

CC cream vs Liquid Foundation: How do I decide which base to go with for the party look I’m going to create?
Contrary to popular belief, CC creams, BB creams, and liquid foundations don’t have to be exclusive of each other. Depending on the amount of coverage you need, how long you’ll be wearing your makeup for, you can use a mixture of two types of base makeup to give you your desired results.

If you need a lot of coverage while still looking natural, use a CC cream as a makeup base and a liquid foundation on areas you want to cover up. A CC cream helps correct color tone and has the effect of brightening the skin. It also helps your makeup to last longer. A liquid foundation helps to provide coverage, while smoothening skin’s texture to give a flawless finish. We would recommend the Mat Miracle 24H Liquid, which is a long-wear foundation that gives skin a luminous finish, which controlling sebum and shine. This would be great for customers who don’t want to worry about touch-ups during the evening.

Lancome Highlighter Rose Etincelle illuminates your face and collarbones with a joyful glow.

Lancome Highlighter Rose Etincelle illuminates your face and collarbones with a joyful glow.

Even though it’s the party season, I’m really conscious about applying glittery or shimmery makeup. How can I apply them so I look glamorous, not OTT?
Glittery and shimmery makeup are very trendy this season. However, I would suggest not to overdo it; use it subtly – less is more. For face highlighters, use them sparingly on the cheekbones, instead of all over the face. You can also apply them on the collarbones. As for eyeshadows with a shimmery finish, use just one shade (the rest can be of a matte or creamy finish) and apply to the brow bone or at the outer corner of your eyes as an accent. If your skin tends to shine after a few hours, perhaps consider using shimmery lip colours so you don’t end up “shining” too much.

Are there any rules regarding applying bright colours on eyes and lips? Which eyeshadows in Lancome complement which lipstick shades?
For the festive season, I would recommend all customers to be daring and more adventurous in their makeup routine. Bold lips are a must-have this season; we recommend sticking to basic colors for the eyes – such as taupe or brown. Allow one feature to be the key focus – either the eyes or lips.

Lancome L'Absolu Rouge comes with a limited edition case encrusted with Swarovski Elements crystals. Available in two shades.

Lancome L’Absolu Rouge comes with a limited edition case encrusted with Swarovski Elements crystals. Available in two shades.

I would recommend using L’absolu Rouge 193 for red, bold lips. For a cuter alternative, you can try L’absolue Rouge 363 for a dash of pop pink colour. To complement the lips, I would recommend eyeshadows from the Christmas limited edition collection – Ombres Hypnose Dazzling in DO11 (silver) with ST211 (taupe). It gives a very sophisticated and shimmery finish.

What’s the fastest way to prep the skin before putting on makeup?
Tired, dehydrated skins are not the easiest to work with when it comes to applying makeup. When this happens, a quick DIY facial at home is a must! After a hydrating mask, I would recommend using the Genifique Youth Activator to prep your skin before makeup to give instant radiance to the skin. You can also mix it with liquid foundations for a sheerer, more glowy finish, as well as to make the texture smoother.

Tell us more about Lancome’s eyeliner patch? How should we put it on?
The Hypnose Eyeliner Patch is great if you want to add a dramatic touch to your makeup for those year-end parties! Apply closely on the eyeline, as an extension of your eyeliner. It helps extend the eyeline shape and create a more dramatic and fun effect. Treat it as eyeliner art! But as it is a sticker, the whole process is made effortless! For dramatic looks, you can wear it on both the outer areas of upper and lower eyelids.

Lancome Hypnose Velours is a set of 3 pairs of eyeliner patches, each can be reused for up to 3 times.

Lancome Hypnose Velours is a set of 3 pairs of eyeliner patches, each can be reused for up to 3 times.

We’ve Got 3 Sets Of Lancome Makeup To Be Won!

Each set of Lancome makeup includes a lipstick, an eyeshadow palette and a mascara. To win a set, simply follow the instructions below:

1. In the Comments section below, share with us your thoughts on your favorite Lancome skincare product.

2. Click on this link to answer a simple question and enter your details.

3. Click on the Facebook Share button below and share this post with your friends! Remember to tag “Material World” and “Lancome Singapore” in your post. Set your post to Public so we can verify you have completed this step.

ALL 3 STEPS HAVE TO BE COMPLETED AND FOLLOWED.

Only Material World’s Facebook followers qualify for this contest so please Like our Facebook Page first before proceeding. Contest ends Saturday, 14 December 2013. Good luck!

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Tutorial: How To Create A Christmas Photo Greeting!

A lot of you are probably going, “Damn. This new Material World contest is so hard!”

Well, it’s not. Here is a simple tutorial we have put together to help you create a Christmas photo greeting using your smartphone. [Note: The apps here are available on iOS. But we’re sure you can find the same, if not similar, ones for Android]

Step 1: Download the app Overgram

Overgram is an app that lets you add text and artwork on top of the photos you take with your iPhone.

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Step 2: Gather 3, or more, of your friends and pose for a picture

While the theme may be Christmas, it’s up to you if you want to take your picture in a festive setting. For us, we will that with words, ANY picture can become a Christmas greeting card.

Step 3: Edit your photo – if you like – using your phone’s Photos app

We like to crop our pictures into a square so that it’s easy to use it later on Instagram. If your photo is one that’s difficult to crop into a square, try this app call Squareready. With the white space above and/or below the photo, you can even add text on it so it can look like a Polaroid.

Editing a photo on Squareready

Editing a photo on Squareready

Step 4: Now, launch Overgram

Choose the photo you want to add a caption to and simply let your sense of humour and creativity take over. The app is extremely instinctive to use so we’re sure you’ll catch on in an instant.

Adding text using Overgram

Adding text using Overgram

Step 5: Save the photo you wish to submit for Material World’s Christmas contest.

To submit your photo via your phone, simply click on this link now. If you wish to submit your photo using your computer, email yourself the photo and then save it somewhere, say your Desktop, and upload it in jpeg, png or gif format.

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See! It’s that easy to submit an awesome picture for this contest! What are you waiting for? Join in the fun now! Who knows? You might just find yourself the lucky winner of 12 BOTTLES OF FRAGRANCES to use as Christmas gifts!

Good luck!

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Only followers of Material World’s Facebook Page qualify. Click here to Like us on Facebook and take part in this contest now!

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[Scent Your Love] Shiseido Zen Sun

Christmas is next month and over at Material World, we are all about making your life easier. This month, we are giving 12 lucky readers a chance to please their closest and dearest. We have up for grabs 12 bottles of the most sensational fragrances. If you win it, you can give a friend this fabulous gift as a Christmas present!

A fragrance makes for a great gift because of the intimacy it invokes – everybody has their personal favourites when it comes to scents. What better way to show your BFF how well you know her by selecting a fragrance that best represents her personality and preferences?

Today’s giveaway is Shiseido Zen Sun EDT, a fresh floral scent for the free-spirited woman.

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Notes of Shiseido Zen sun
Top Notes:
 Bergamot, grapefruit, mango, peach blackcurrant, citron, lemon
Middle Notes: Blue rose, gardenia, cherry blossom, lotus, lily-of-the-valley
Base Notes: Amber, raspberry, sandalwood

Our take on Shiseido Zen Sun

1. It’s a surprisingly fresh take on the original Zen, which is a lot heavier and creamier.
2. It is rather complex for a fresh scent. Sniff your wrist every half an hour to uncover new notes!
3. Uplifting and cheery, one spritz of this is enough to lift heavy spiritz.
4. The bottle’s rather sharp, masculine lines offer a nice contrast to this feminine scent.

Most suited for:
The girl who loves backpacking around the world. This perfume will make the perfect companion for her on all her travels to exotic locations.

 So win this bottle of Shiseido Zen Sun for your friend!

To Enter:

1. LIKE all Posts about this “Scent Your Love” contest on our Facebook Page between 1 November and 1 December 2013.

2. Complete the Sweepstake Form below by clicking the banner. Invite your friends. If they join up as followers of our Facebook Page, you get EXTRA 5 CHANCES!

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This contest is open until December 1, 2013. You can take part as many times as you like. Winners will be picked after we achieve 8,000 Likes on our Facebook Page. Only followers of Material World’s Facebook Page are eligible to win.

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[Scent Your Love] The Body Shop White Musk Smoky Rose

Christmas is next month and over at Material World, we are all about making your life easier. This month, we are giving 12 lucky readers a chance to please their closest and dearest. We have up for grabs 12 bottles of the most sensational fragrances. If you win it, you can give a friend this fabulous gift as a Christmas present!

A fragrance makes for a great gift because of the intimacy it invokes – everybody has their personal favourites when it comes to scents. What better way to show your BFF how well you know her by selecting a fragrance that best represents her personality and preferences?

Today’s giveaway is The Body Shop White Musk Smoky Rose EDT, a sensual floriental fragrance that’s perfect for evenings.

WMSR 30ml EDT $28.90

Notes of The Body Shop White Musk Smoky Rose:
Top Notes:
 Bergamot, pink pepper, blackcurrant
Middle Notes: Tobacco flower, smoky rose, orange flower
Base Notes: Musks, immortelle flower, olibanum

Our take on The Body Shop White Musk Smoky Rose:
1. The scent devilishly seductive without being overpowering, making it ideal for romantic date nights.
2. It has an amazing longevity – just a couple spritzes and it will last you through the night.
3. Its sexy allure lies in its floral-musky heart of tobacco flower, orange flower and smoky rose.
4. At only 30ml, you can easily stash it in your bag on workdays and spritz it on before your after-work activities.

Most suited for:
The girl who loves animals. White Musk, launched in 1981, was one of the first man-made, cruelty-free musk fragrances created to replace real musk, which is extracted from civet deer using cruel and painful methods.

 So win this bottle of The Body Shop White Musk Smoky Rose for your friend!

To Enter:

1. LIKE all Posts about this “Scent Your Love” contest on our Facebook Page between 1 November and 1 December 2013.

2. Complete the Sweepstake Form below by clicking the banner. Invite your friends. If they join up as followers of our Facebook Page, you get EXTRA 5 CHANCES!

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This contest is open until December 1, 2013. You can take part as many times as you like. Winners will be picked after we achieve 8,000 Likes on our Facebook Page. Only followers of Material World’s Facebook Page are eligible to win.

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Beauty Review: Kiehl’s Aromatic Blends Patchouli & Fresh Rose – Deborah Tan

Kiehl's Aromatic Blends Patchouli & Fresh Rose

Kiehl’s Aromatic Blends Patchouli & Fresh Rose

Growing up, I always saw the rose as a cheesy flower. The flower silly girls insist their boyfriends buy them, the flower girls pretending to be sophisticated love, the flower boring people choose. Whenever friends asked me what my favourite flower was, I would sniffed at any suggestion that the rose could be mine. I didn’t like the rose because people associated it with romance and love, I didn’t like the rose because of all the silly meanings attached to it.

But as you grow older, you come to realise that being obstinately resistant to something just because it’s popular is silly as well. It’s like a desperate cry that says, “I’m different. Really!” Although the rose still doesn’t rank as one of my favourite blooms, I have become one of those who appreciate just how well-rounded a flower it really is.

It’s beautiful and its uncomplicated look makes it a great decoration choice. Compared to the hydrangea or the peony, it’s hardier and it lasts longer in a bouquet. And then, there is the scent.

I know what you’re thinking. Rose = bandung, right? Not so. A true rose scent – not a chemical composition – is divine. If you’ve not come into contact with a well-made rose essential oil, you need to find a chance to do so. Because it is only when you have had a sniff at pure rose essential oil, can you begin to appreciate the heady, intoxicating scent of the flower WITHOUT the saccharine overtones.

I like the scent of rose but I don’t like it when it’s mixed with other notes, as with what you’ll find in most perfumes. If I like a particular note, I don’t want it to change or morph into another scent. So, when Nicolette from Kiehl’s told me about the brand’s new Aromatic Blends, Patchouli & Fresh Rose, I was very excited.

Kiehl’s launched its range of Aromatic Blends last year with four series – Vanilla & Cedarwood, Orange Flower & Lychee, Nashi Blossom & Pink Grapefruit, and Fig Leaf & Sage. The beauty of these scents lies in the fact that they are uncomplicated. Made with 1/3 of the ingredients found in most fragrances, these scents contain a higher concentration each key ingredient to give a purer expression of the notes. The newest Patchouli & Fresh Rose is no different.

The rose oil in this new range of Aromatic Blends is extracted using copper vessels used over 100 years in a labour-intensive process to produce an oil with a scent closer to that of a living rose.

The entire range consists of a Body Cleanser, a Body Lotion and an EDT.

Did you know that Kiehl's offer a 100% money-back guarantee within 28 days of purchase? Click here for more details.

Did you know that Kiehl’s offer a 100% money-back guarantee within 28 days of purchase? Click here for more details.

To ensure that the scent really lasts, layering is important. This means taking a shower with the cleanser, which is also formulated without sulfate-based surfectants, massaging on the body lotion, and then spritzing on the EDT. I found the entire experience luxurious and utterly blissful. Lost in the heady scent of the rose, I felt as pampered as I would be in a spa.

At the launch last year of Aromatic Blends, we were asked to pick out our favourite scent. Although I liked the Orange Flower & Lychee, and Nashi Blossom & Pink Grapefruit ones, I didn’t really have a clear favourite. With Patchouli & Fresh Rose, I can now say I do have a favourite scent in the Aromatic Blends family.

Thank you, Kiehl’s, for producing this fifth scent. I really, really like it.

Kiehl’s Aromatic Blends Patchouli & Fresh Rose is available at all Kiehl’s stores islandwide. This set of body products was given to Material World for review purposes. All opinions are the author’s own. 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 likes liquid eyeliners, bright red lipsticks, tattoos, rock & roll, Mad Men, and Suits. The Earl Grey tea addict is looking forward to Kiehl’s adding something with bergamot in it. Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweets.

2 Of You Will Each Win An Entire Set Of Kiehl’s Aromatic Blends Patchouli & Fresh Rose Products!

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To win this, simply follow the steps below:

1. Answer this question in the Comments section below: “Tell us your TWO FAVOURITE Kiehl’s products of all times.” [Hint: You can browse around here.]

2. Share this post with your friends on Facebook by hitting the Facebook share button below. Tag Material World’s and Kiehl’s Singapore Facebook Pages. Make sure your post is set to PUBLIC so we can verify you have completed this step.

3. PM Material World on our Facebook with Name, Age, Gender, NRIC, Mailing Address.

Closing date for this contest is 29 November 2013, Friday. This contest is open only to fans of Material World’s Facebook Page.

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[Scent Your Love] Coach Poppy Blossom

A fragrance makes for a great gift because of the intimacy it invokes – everybody has their personal favourites when it comes to scents. What better way to show your BFF how well you know her by selecting a fragrance that best represents her personality and preferences?

Coach Poppy Blossom

Coach Poppy Blossom

Today’s giveaway is from the Coach Poppy Blossom collection, and is the title scent in the collection of three. This romantic fragrance was created with the sweet and charming woman in mind.

Notes of Coach Poppy Blossom
Top Notes: 
Lychee, Mara Strawberry and Mandarin
Middle Notes: Rose Centifolia, Tuberose Fleur and Jasmine Sambac
Base Notes: Vanilla, Blonde Woods

Our take on Coach Poppy Blossom:
1. It has a soft, gentle aroma; not sharp or overpowering at all.
2. The refreshing top notes make it a great pick-me-up right before a dreary meeting.
3. Despite its citrusy and floral notes, this scent has an edge of maturity to it, making it ideal for the working professional.
4. The fragrance dries down to something subtly sweet, and lasts the entire day.
5. The romantic-at-heart will appreciate the beautiful fabric flower that adorns the bottle cap.

Most suited for:
Your charming friend who is able to win over just about anybody with her wit and grace.

So win this bottle of Coach Poppy Blossom for your friend!

To Enter:

1. LIKE all Posts about this “Scent Your Love” contest on our Facebook Page between 1 November and 1 December 2013.

2. Complete the Sweepstake Form below by clicking the banner. Invite your friends. If they join up as followers of our Facebook Page, you get EXTRA 5 CHANCES!

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This contest is open until December 1, 2013. You can take part as many times as you like. Winners will be picked after we achieve 8,000 Likes on our Facebook Page. Only followers of Material World’s Facebook Page are eligible to win.

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[Scent Your Love] Paul Smith Portrait For Women

A fragrance makes for a great gift because of the intimacy it invokes – everybody has their personal favourites when it comes to scents. What better way to show your BFF how well you know her by selecting a fragrance that best represents her personality and preferences?

Today’s giveaway is Paul Smith Portrait For Women, a light, crisp, feminine fragrance inspired by the fashion designer’s love of traveling and photography.

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Notes of Paul Smith Portrait For Women:
Top Notes:
 Bergamot, black tea, cardamom, blackcurrant, peach
Middle Notes: Wild rose, jasmine
Base Notes: Myrrh, musk

Our take on Paul Smith Portrait For Women:
1. At first spritz, it’s refreshing, fruity and slightly spicy – perfect for a morning perk-me-up just before heading out for work.
2. The powdering heart of wild rose as well as the musky end notes make for a sensual, feminine scent.
3. One of the key notes is black tea. Its rich aroma lends an exotic edge to the light fragrance.
4. The bottle, likened to the “perfect portrait”, is described as elegant and multifaceted. Its design was inspired by two travel accessories – the hip flask and camera.

Most suited for:
The girl with wanderlust in her blood. She loves exploring and taking in the different cultures of places around the world with her trusty travel companion – her camera.

So win this bottle of Paul Smith Portrait For Women for your friend!

To Enter:

1. LIKE all Posts about this “Scent Your Love” contest on our Facebook Page between 1 November and 1 December 2013.

2. Complete the Sweepstake Form below by clicking the banner. Invite your friends. If they join up as followers of our Facebook Page, you get EXTRA 5 CHANCES!

ScentYourLovebannerThis contest is open until December 1, 2013. You can take part as many times as you like. Winners will be picked after we achieve 8,000 Likes on our Facebook Page. Only followers of Material World’s Facebook Page are eligible to win.

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Beauty & Shopping, Contests, Fragrances

[Scent Your Love] Calvin Klein Sheer Beauty Essence

Christmas is next month and over at Material World, we are all about making your life easier. This month, we are giving 12 lucky readers a chance to please their closest and dearest. We have up for grabs 12 bottles of the most sensational fragrances. If you win it, you can give a friend this fabulous gift as a Christmas present!

A fragrance make for a great gift because of the intimacy it invokes – everybody has their personal favourites when it comes to scents. What better way to show your BFF how well you know her by selecting a fragrance that best represents her personality and preferences?

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Today’s giveaway is a Calvin Klein Sheer Beauty Essence, a wonderfully fresh floral fragrance. Though subtle, this fragrance smells amazing even after long hours of wear.

Notes of Calvin Klein Sheer Beauty Essence:
Top Notes: Nashi pear blossom, white peach
Middle Notes: Peony, magnolia, lilac, Turkish rose
Base Notes: Sheer musks, vanilla, cedarwood

Our take on Calvin Klein Sheer Beauty Essence:
1. This scent is unmistakably feminine, but not cloying sweet
2. It’s great the girl whose favourite smell is that of freshly-laundered clothes.
3. The top notes are bright and fresh. Spritz on in the morning to put you in a good mood for the rest of the day.
4. Bottle design is simple and elegant. It makes a nice change from unnecessarily embellished packaging.
5. Pleasant dry-down to something decidedly more warm and creamy.

Most suited for:
The girl who has just gotten into a new relationship. This fragrance is one she’ll want to spritz on before going on dates with her man.

So win this bottle of Calvin Klein Sheer Beauty Essence for your friend!

To Enter:

1. LIKE all Posts about this “Scent Your Love” contest on our Facebook Page between 1 November and 1 December 2013.

2. Complete the Sweepstake Form below by clicking the banner. Invite your friends. If they join up as followers of our Facebook Page, you get EXTRA 5 CHANCES!

ScentYourLovebanner

This contest is open until December 1, 2013. You can take part as many times as you like. Winners will be picked after we achieve 8,000 Likes on our Facebook Page. Only followers of Material World’s Facebook Page are eligible to win.

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[Scent Your Love] Lanvin Me

Christmas is next month and over at Material World, we are all about making your life easier. This month, we are giving 12 lucky readers a chance to please their closest and dearest. We have up for grabs 12 bottles of the most sensational fragrances. If you win it, you can give a friend this fabulous gift as a Christmas present!

A fragrance make for a great gift because of the intimacy it invokes – everybody has their personal favourites when it comes to scents. What better way to show your BFF how well you know her by selecting a fragrance that best represents her personality and preferences?

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Today’s giveaway is a decidedly feminine scent from Lanvin, and designed by acclaimed Israeli designer, Alber Elbaz. Created with the sophisticated woman in mind, this floral fragrance has a subtle sensuality in its notes that’s intoxicating.

Notes of Lanvin Me:
Top Notes: Mandarin, Blueberry
Middle Notes: Tuberose, Rose Absolue
Base Notes: Licorice Black Wood, Sandalwood

Our take on Lanvin Me:
1. The rich notes blend seamlessly together to produce an almost cream-like scent.
2. The beautifully designed bottle – with its heavy glass, gold chain and blue-toned gemstone – will stand out on any vanity table.
3. Women who love sweet-smelling perfumes will love the syrupy scents of the blueberry and licorice notes.
4. Its bright, fruity notes make it a great scent for daytime wear.
5. The fragrance sits on your skin for several hours, which means you don’t have to keep re-spritzing throughout the day.

Most suited for:
Your independent, free-spirited friend who’s always been known to “march to the beat of her own drum”. She will love the uniqueness of the blueberry and licorice notes.

So win this bottle of Lanvin Me for your friend!

To Enter:

1. LIKE all Posts about this “Scent Your Love” contest on our Facebook Page between 1 November and 1 December 2013.

2. Complete the Sweepstake Form below by clicking the banner. Invite your friends. If they join up as followers of our Facebook Page, you get EXTRA 5 CHANCES!

ScentYourLovebanner

This contest is open until December 1, 2013. You can take part as many times as you like. Winners will be picked after we achieve 8,000 Likes on our Facebook Page. Only followers of Material World’s Facebook Page are eligible to win.

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[Scent Your Love] Crabtree & Evelyn Verbena & Lavender de Provence Spray Cologne

Christmas is next month and over at Material World, we are all about making your life easier. This month, we are giving 12 lucky readers a chance to please their closest and dearest. We have up for grabs 12 bottles of the most sensational fragrances. If you win it, you can give a friend this fabulous gift as a Christmas present!

A fragrance makes for a great gift because of the intimacy it invokes – everybody has their personal favourites when it comes to scents. What better way to show your BFF how well you know her by selecting a fragrance that best represents her personality and preferences?

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Today’s giveaway is a refreshing scent from Crabtree & Evelyn, inspired by two of Provence’s favourite herbs: verbena and lavender. Conjuring up images of the beautiful French countryside, Verbena & Lavender de Provence is exactly what summer would smell like if captured in a bottle.

Notes of Verbena & Lavender de Provence:

1. Verbena
This crisp, clean herb is renowned for its medicinal properties. Being the most scented of all lemon herbs, verbena has also been used to rejuvenate and refresh.

2. Lavender essential oils
Instantly comforting and sweet without being overpowering, the scent of lavender works to soothe your senses. It also contains therapeutic properties such as relieving headaches.

Other notes in the blend: Cedarwood, white amber and tonka bean

Our take on Crabtree & Evelyn Verbena & Lavender de Provence:
1. It’s refreshingly light and easy to wear, making it a great scent for everyday use
2. Its energising notes of verbena and lavender help uplift your senses
3. The citrusy scent would also appeal to men – don’t be surprised if your boyfriend/husband decides to spritz this on!
4. Even though it’s light, the fragrance stays on for hours

Most suited for:
Your cheerful friend who often brings sunshine to your life. This uplifting scent would be the perfect complement to her sparkling personality!

 So win this bottle of Crabtree & Evelyn Verbena & Lavender de Provence Spray Cologne for your friend! 

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Details:

1. LIKE all Posts about this “Scent Your Love” contest on our Facebook Page between 1 November and 1 December 2013.

2. SHARE these posts with your friends on Facebook. Tag Material World’s Facebook Page and make sure these are on Public so we can verify you have completed this step.

3. PM your details (Name, NRIC, Gender, Email Address) to us with “Scent Your Love: Crabtree & Evelyn” in the message.

4. Invite and encourage your friends to follow Material World on Facebook. Once we achieve 8,000 Likes, we will pick the 12 winners of this contest. Help us achieve this by December 1, 2013 so we can give your friend the prize by Christmas!

This contest is open until December 1, 2013. You can take part as many times as you like. Winners will be picked after we achieve 8,000 Likes on our Facebook Page. Only followers of Material World’s Facebook Page are eligible to win.

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