Beauty & Shopping, Contests, Fragrances, Hair, Makeup, Skincare

[Contest] 31 Days Of Beauty Giveaways!

We’re celebrating Singapore’s birthday in style this year by giving away 1 beauty treat every day in August!

To take part, you simply have to check in to our Facebook Page at 9pm every night.

Look out for the picture of the day (it looks something like the one below) and follow these steps:

1. Like the picture

2. Share the picture with your Facebook friends

3. Private message us your name, age, email, and occupation


Of course, only Material World fans are eligible for this contest so remember you’ll need to Like our Facebook Page.

Please read our Rules & Regulations before you enter any contests on Material World.

By becoming a follower of our Twitter account, you will get TWICE the chance at the draw. So be sure to follow us on Twitter! We promise to keep you entertained with updates, pictures, and random stuff.

Good luck and Happy August, everybody!


Beauty & Shopping, Branded Content, Contests, Skincare

[Material World X Biotherm] Get Skin You’ll Love – Deborah Tan

During my uni days, my group friends and I used to make an annual “pilgrimage” to Tioman during the term break. One year, my sister was dating a guy who was – to put it mildy – obsessed with tanning. He had a really golden, healthy tan, and when you are in your 20s, you think, “Yah, I wanna look like I am sporty, I wanna look like a beach goddess. So … TO HELL WITH THE SUNBLOCK!” Following his lead, we skipped the sunblock that year and used suntan oil with the SPF of a staggering total of 4.

Yep. SPF 4. Our skin peeled away in palm-sized pieces for a good three weeks after.

Now, don’t turn your nose up at this. More than 10 years down the road, I’m paying my skincare debt for this. If you’re sitting less than a feet away from me, you will see my acne scars and the pits left behind by the fiercest of pimples. My skin is easily inflamed. A lot of work is required to keep it “reasonably healthy”.

So I was in Bali last week where I spent a day out at the beach. While everyone was taking in the sun, there I was hiding under a huge beach umbrella, frantically coating myself with sunscreen. I did not get burnt – thank god! – but I still got darker. It’s in my genes. I get a mild sunburn driving from my place to Orchard Road. No kidding!

Biotherm-Aquasource-Deep-Serum-1_highHelp Is Here!
On Tuesday this week, Evelyn from Biotherm introduced the newest baby of the brand’s iconic franchise Aquasource to Material World.

Meet Aquasource Deep Serum.

The serum contains 3 times the concentrations in Life Plankton and Mannose (a naturally-occurring sugar that helps trees store water) compared to Aquasource Gel.

Now, first of all, why use a serum?

You probably know that serum penetrates the skin better and deeper than moisturizer due in part to the fact that its texture is usually lighter. Serums tend to contain more concentrated levels of active ingredients so they are used to amplify the effects of a skincare range. Once the serum is applied, you put on the moisturizer to lock in the goodness.

The same with Aquasource Deep Serum. If you are already a fan of Aquasource moisturizers, you’ll love how the powers of your favourite moisturizer are now more potent and evident with the accompaniment of Aquasource Deep Serum. In fact, in a test of 41 women, 80% of them felt the results of Aquasource were more evident with the use of the serum.

If, like me, you are not a regular Aquasource moisturizer user, you can still reap the benefits of Aquasource Deep Serum. How?

Tuesday To Thursday
For this review I tried the Deep Serum for 3 days.

I stuck with my normal skincare regime, I did not use any mask or go for any facials, and I continued wearing my usual sunscreen.

The picture below shows what a difference 3 days on this serum have made to my skin.

Pictures have not been digitally altered

Pictures have not been digitally altered

The ‘Before’ picture shows my skin as inflamed, slightly red from my week in Bali and a bit dull and dehydrated. And, if you look closer, you can see tiny bumps appearing on the skin as if they are about to erupt into a mini-breakout.

The ‘After’ picture shows how the redness has gone down, and, most importantly, how my acne pits have appeared shallower and less obvious. The ‘After’ picture was also shot at a closer distance, and cropped much tighter. Yet, you can see the texture of the skin has improved dramatically.

The Science Explained
biothermdeepserumSo what happened?

Aquasource Deep Serum has another benefit:

It enhances the efficacy of your existing skincare regime.

Most skincare regimes would follow these steps: Cleanser, Toner, Essence, Serum, Treatment, and Moisturizer. Since Aquasource Deep Serum is supposed to amplify the effects of the products that come after it, I improvised a bit and applied the serum after Toner. The essence I’m using is affectionately known to its fans as “miracle water” because of its skin-regenerative powers. I’ve been using this essence for 5 years so you need to know that it is already part and parcel of what you see in the ‘Before’ picture.

To see if I can give my usual essence a boost, I applied it after the serum for these 3 days, hoping this would help my essence to “penetrate” better and breathe a new lease of life into the way it works for my skin. The experiment (as you can see from above) worked.

What Else? 
In my 3 days of trying this serum, I have found that my skin remains matte and soft even after a day out running errands and going for my meetings. I was at a Volkswagen event on Wednesday where I was at a race track (hot and sunny) for a good half of the day. And still, my skin did not get red and stayed comfortably hydrated and soft.

Paraben- and mineral-oil free, this serum is great for those who want more intensely hydrated skin but worry if a serum is going to make their skins even oilier and shinier. It is also wonderful for those who want their existing skincare to work harder for them.

Biotherm Aquasource Deep Serum is now selling at all Biotherm counters at $85.

Material World worked with Biotherm to review the Deep Serum. All opinions are the author’s own and were not vetted by the client. 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, Suits, and loves it when a new skincare product surprises her … Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweets.



To win one, simply follow the steps below:
1. In the Comment section, answer this question: “What is Mannose and what does it do in nature?”

2. Share this review on Facebook with your friends. Remember to tag Material World’s Facebook on your post. Make sure your post is set at Public so we can verify that you have completed this step.

3. Remember to Like our Facebook Page. Only Material World’s followers qualify for this contest.

4. Private message us your details – name, age, gender, NRIC, and email address. Remember to state “Biotherm Deep Serum” in your message so we know which contest you’re entering.

Contest ends July 23, Tuesday, 2013.

You can also score a 3-day sample of Biotherm Aquasource Deep Serum! Simply flash this picture at the Biotherm counters at TANGS Orchard and Takashimaya this coming Saturday and Sunday (20 – 21 July, 2013).


Contests, Food News, Lifestyle

[Contest] Win A One-For-One Set Meal From Forlino!


Italian restaurants are a dime a dozen in Singapore, but how many are truly outstanding? Forlino’s accolades speak for themselves – the fine-dining establishment has won the highly-coveted “Singapore’s Best Restaurant” award an impressive four times. With the talented young Chef Kentaro Torii taking over the reins, Forlino’s position as a key player in the local dining scene looks to be set in stone. We sampled some of the new items on the menu and here’s our verdict …

Cured Tasmanian Ocean Trout

For appetisers, the cured Tasmanian ocean trout comes with a touch of decadence thanks to the Baerii caviar and is absolutely delicious when eaten together with the plump Burrata cheese. For something a little more traditional, opt for the foie gras prepared both “hot” and “cold.” Served atop homemade pannetone, this dish is accompanied by a traditional cherry mostarda (pickled cherries.)

5 Cheese Tortellini

Five-Cheese Tortellini

As tasty as the appetisers are, the show stealers are undoubtedly the mains. The five-cheese tortellini is handmade pasta stuffed with a winning combination of parmesan, mozzarella, taleggio, gonzola and scarmoza that oozes into your mouth as you bite into it. Paired with the impossibly tender Kurobuta pork cheek, this is a moreish dish that’ll leave you in a happy state of food coma.

Roasted Italian Sea Bass Involtini

Roasted Italian Sea Bass Involtini

Do try to save space for other dishes like the Roasted Sea Bass Involtini, which comes with a special type of fragrant black rice that has an earthy, almost barley-like flavour. Or go for the Roasted Deboned Quail, which is wrapped with crispy bacon, lending the dish a crackling oomph.

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply indulging yourself after a long week of work, the excellent nosh at Forlino will keep you coming back.

We have a one-for-one Forlino Classic Menu dining voucher to give away! The Classic Menu is a five-course meal worth $108 per person, and includes dishes like Pan-Fried Foie Gras, Cream of Green Pea Soup, Spaghetti with Boston Lobster, a choice of Slow Braised Beef Cheek or Grilled Fillet of Sea Bream and a sweet ending of Chocolate & Amaretti Mousse.

Chocolate & Amaretti Mousse

Here’s what you need to do to win:

1. Answer this question : “Name one of the new dishes featured in Forlino’s revamped menu.”

2. Share this story with your Facebook friends by clicking the Facebook button at the bottom. 

3. Tag Material World in your post.

4. Then Private Message us on Material World’s Facebook Page with your answer and your details (Name, Age, NRIC No, Occupation, Email Address).

Contest ends July 5, 2013. Only followers of Material World’s Facebook Page qualify for this giveaway. Please like our page here.

Material World was invited to attend a media tasting at Forlino . All opinions are the author’s own. You may read our advertising policy here.


Flash Giveaway For Material World’s Super Tweeter!

We’ve only got ONE palette to give away this weekend.

It’s not just any palette. It’s an Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette! What’s inside this super eye makeup set? Well …
1. First of all, it all comes in a handy zipped pouch so you can easily carry it anywhere
2. There are 10 eyeshadows inside. I mean … can you imagine the number of looks you can create?!?!
3. There is a booklet that teaches you how to work all that makeup magic!
4. Nestled within the palette is a full-sized 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Perversion
5. Finally, in case you’re one of those who have problems keeping your eye makeup on … there is a travel-sized Eyeshadow Primer Potion

To join, simply follow the steps below:

1. Find the Giveaway Tab on our Facebook Page. It looks something like the picture below. You need to be logged in. You can also click here.

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2. As this is a giveaway for the Material World family, you need to Like our Facebook Page first. But … this only gives you ONE chance. There are 5 tweets you can tweet out to your followers. Each tweet gives you 10 chances. Tweet all 5 and you get 50 chances! The more you tweet, the better your chances.

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3. If you need a lil’ reminder … here’s how to QUALIFY for the Tweet function. Click on the “Tweet about the Giveaway”. Once you see this window (shown below), click on the Twitter Bird logo.

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4. A secret twitter message will pop up. You are supposed to tweet this message UNEDITED to your friends. Also, make sure your Twitter account is not set on Private. If we can’t verify that you have tweeted this message, we can’t let you enter the draw.

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5. Once you’ve tweeted, go to your Twitter page where you can see your tweets. Click on the date/time at the top right corner. Copy the URL. See below if you need a visual guide.

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6. When you’ve copied the tweet’s URL, go back to the contest page and paste the URL in the box below. Then hit the “I Tweeted!” button to complete your submission.

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7. Be sure to Private Message us on Facebook your details – name, age, gender, NRIC, email address. Do not forget to state that you are entering the “Urban Decay Contest”!!

This contest ends 30 June 2013, Sunday, 11pm, exactly.


Branded Content, Contests

[Material World X For Beloved One] A Garden State – Deborah Tan

gardenI’m known for being a stress-ball – no thanks to my over-achieving personality, I guess. One of my least favourite questions in the world is, “When was the last time you took a holiday?” If you read my post last night, you’d gather that, often, it’s not because I hate going away. Rather, I’d only want to go on a vacation if I am assured I’d be “pampered”. No roughing it out for me!

Most of my days are spent “roughing it out” already. I start work at the crack of dawn and often don’t stop until 11 at night. I am – quite literally – addicted to work. If my mind isn’t on work, I feel “lost”. To get me to “relax” would take a lot … a lot. So when Shangri-La emailed us and offered Material World a staycation, Vanessa immediately asked me along.

At first I thought, “It’s ONE night. Surely all the packing I need to do for this one night is going to take more effort than it’s worth?” But a voice told me, “Look, just go. Oh, and while you’re at it, go take care of your skin, it’s beginning to look as tired as you are.” Oh, thaaanks


I love the seemingly “messy”, “unplanned” look of the garden

A Paradise, Found
Just one step into Shangri-La’s newly revamped Garden Wing transports you into a world away from the hustle and bustle of Orchard Road, located below the hotel. The first thing that struck me was the seemingly “un-landscaped” look of the lush garden right in the centre of the wing. Huge leaves, colourful flowers, and boulders have been laid out to give the impression of a verdant, undiscovered paradise. The effect was immediately soothing to the mind. I was ready for my staycation.

Our room overlooked the swimming pool. With the ample sunlight, fresh air, and sounds of nature surrounding us, it was easy to forget that we were only in a hotel room in Singapore. Shangri-La has lots to offer for the restless. Its gym (HUGE) is opened 24 hours a day. I walked past it at 10pm at night and spotted a couple of hunks working out in there! The hotel has enough F&B choices for the fussiest of palates. The best time to get a good workout at the pool, as we discovered, is in the morning is between 9.30am and 10.30am, before the crowd sets in. If you are looking to work up a sweat, Shangri-La has tennis courts as well.

Of course, do not go for a staycation at Shangri-La without booking yourself a spa treatment at CHI, The Spa. The Singapore Wave treatment features a combination of firm kneads and long, soothing strokes to relax your tense muscles and re-energise your body. Not bad … I could seriously get used to this …

roomIn The Mood For A Facial
So what do people do at a staycation? I found myself asking this question a couple of weeks before we checked in. Obviously, we weren’t going to “explore” Orchard Road like the tourists. So after the eating and the lounging, what else do people do? Surely time spent lazing about in the room can be put to better use.

For Beloved One provided me with a set of products to try for this staycation. Even before we approached For Beloved One to work with, Vanessa has been going on and on about the brand’s popular bio-cellulose mask. “If you stacked up the number of masks For Beloved One has sold, you get a pile of masks as high as Taipei 101!” a fact she likes to remind us.

cleansingThe Skin Needs A Staycation Too
All facials – whether at a salon or DIY – should begin with proper cleansing. Remove all makeup and give your skin a good scrub to slough away all dead skin cells. Exfoliation is necessary to help your skin absorb all these products better.


For Beloved One 20% Mandelic Acid Renewal Serum

After I’m done with cleansing, I applied a thin layer of For Beloved One 20% Mandelic Acid Renewal Serum. Mandelic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), and is derived from an extract of bitter almonds. Touted as a gentle chemical peel treatment you can do at home, this serum apparently penetrates the skin to clear acne and brighten the skin tone.

I’m usually a bit sensitive to products containing AHA but this serum did not give my skin any redness and I could not detect any stinging or discomfort.


For Beloved One Extreme Hydration Intensive Treatment Toner

You then follow the serum with For Beloved One Extreme Hydration Intensive Treatment Toner, which contains a host of anti-ageing ingredients to help restore firmness and radiance to the skin. With that, it’s time for another serum – the Hyaluronic Acid Tri-Molecules Moisturising Serum.


For Beloved One Hyaluronic Acid Tri-Molecules Moisturising Serum

Watery in texture, it spreads easily on the skin. You can gently pat your skin as you apply this serum to improve the absorption and give your face a massage for blood circulation. My skin felt plumper after this step already.

A pearl-size dollop of the Extreme Hydration Intensive Treatment Milk Lotion wraps up the basic regime. The Extreme Hydration series is created to boost the skin’s metabolism, thus enhancing its ability to repair damages that may lead to premature ageing. For ladies in a rush, you’ll be glad to learn that you can also mix the Mandelic Acid Renewal Serum into either the toner or the lotion to save yourself a step. This series also contains Pepha-tight – a film that forms on the stratum corneum to create a “lifting effect” on the skin. Containing a whole host of amino acids, vitamins and anti-oxidants, Pepha-tight has been shown to reveal immediate firming effect that remains visible even after two weeks.


For Beloved One Extreme Hydration Intensive Treatment Milk Lotion

Finally, as a final treat for my skin, I had to use the mask that Vanessa is a fan of. For Beloved One Polypeptide DNA Resilience Lift Bio-Cellulose Mask is a game-changer when it comes to sheet mask. More than 5 millions pieces of it have been sold since its inception eight years ago. The unique texture of the bio-cellulose fibre material gives a mask that is almost “jelly-like”. The mask adheres to the face tightly, ensuring that every pore on your skin is in contact with all that anti-ageing potion on it. I took a nice 15-minute nap on my plush hotel bed, enjoying the cool serenity, trying to keep my mind off work for a while.


Trying on the For Beloved One Polypeptide DNA Resilience Lift Bio-Cellulose Mask

Refreshed And Relaxed!
When I removed the mask, I loved how bright and well-rested my skin looked. There was a youthful plumpness to the skin – like every cell was flushed with moisture. I even allowed Vanessa to take my “After” photo without any makeup. The most noticeable improvement could be seen around the eyes – more lifted, brighter-looking, less tired.

This staycation – though just one night – did indeed do me a world of good. My mind, body and skin were refreshed and rejuvenated, and after a fabulous brunch at Waterfall Cafe, I was ready to face another week of work.

I continued using the Mandelic Acid Renewal Serum even after this staycation. Just last week, when I met Denise for lunch after her 3-week hiatus in Chiang Mai and Luang Prabang, she commented how my skin looked “poreless”. That was when I revealed that I’ve been trying the Mandelic Acid Renewal Serum for a week and a half. Needless to say, she too was suitably impressed.


Radiant and makeup-free!

Thanks to Shangri-La for the staycation. To book yourself a staycation, you may visit its website here.

For Beloved One’s products can be found at all Sephora outlets. For more information, check out its Facebook Page here.

Material World worked with For Beloved One to review its products. All reviews are the author’s own and were not vetted by the client. 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, Suits, and wonders if people mean it when they say she doesn’t look her age … Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweets.


FBOSetWe have FIVE sets of skincare goodies from For Beloved One up for grabs! Each set contains:
1. A full-sized 20% Mandelic Acid Renewal Serum
2. 1 pieces of Polypeptide DNA Resilience Lift Bio-cellulose Mask
3. A 30-ml Extreme Hydration Treatment Toner
4. A 15-ml Extreme Hydration Intensive Treatment Lotion
5. A 3-ml Hyaluronic Acid Tri-Molecules Moisturizing Serum
(This ENTIRE set is worth $144.40! )

To win one, simply follow the steps below:
1. In the Comment section, answer this question: “For Beloved One was created in which country?”

2. Share this review on Facebook with your friends. Remember to tag Material World’s Facebook on your post.

3. Click on this link to Like our Facebook Page. Only Material World’s followers qualify for this contest.

4. Private message us your details – name, age, gender, NRIC, and email address.

Contest ends June 28, Friday, 2013.

Contests, Drinks & Parties, Infographics, Lifestyle

[Contest] Bring Out The Champagne! – Deborah Tan

The Asia Pacific brand ambassador of Piper-Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck was in town and we met up with him for help to “improve” our Champagne knowledge. The infographic below details our interview with him … with a little surprise for you right at the bottom!

Cheers! And ENJOY!


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, Suits, and hopes to meet Steven Tyler in person one day.


[Contest] WIN A 1-week Trial Of Biotherm Blue Therapy Serum

A while ago, we created an infographic about Biotherm’s powerful new anti-ageing serum – Blue Therapy.

Click on the image below once and then again to zoom in closer for a better view!


Today, we have received 20 1-week trials of this serum for readers of Material World! 

To win one, simply follow these steps:

1. LIKE the Facebook Pages of Biotherm and Material World.

2. SHARE this blog post with your Facebook Friends.

3. TAG both Biotherm and Material World in your Facebook post.

4. PM Biotherm’s Facebook Page your personal details (Name, NRIC, Age, Occupation, Gender and Email Address) to enter the contest.

Closing date for this contest is 21 April, 2013.