Beauty & Shopping, Makeup

Be A Pop Diva – Vanessa Tai

Lately, I’ve had a beauty awakening of sorts. While I’ve always been interested in makeup and skincare, I never bothered experimenting much (save for a short-lived Harajuku Girl phase in my late teens). I’ve never really deviated from a certain look until recently when Collection Cosmetics invited me to attend an exclusive makeup workshop. While there, I learned how to mix and match various colours to create different looks. No more same ol’ looks for me!

Hotlights Lipgloss (available in six shades), $15.90 each

Hotlights Lipgloss (available in six shades), $15.90 each

Collection Cosmetics is one of the bestselling makeup brands in the UK, and it has recently launched in Singapore. During the workshop, I was blown away by the wide range of colours and products. What I liked about the products was how user-friendly they were – for example, the Hotlights Lipgloss came fitted with a built-in light and mirror so you can touch up your lips even when you’re out clubbing! Ingenious, right?

Another product that wowed me was the Glam Crystals Dazzling Gel Liner, which came in assorted bright hues. Think of a gel-liner with tiny glitter particles embedded within to create eyes that dazzle (quite literally).

Glam Crystals Gel Liner (available in 11 shades), $16.90 each

Glam Crystals Gel Liner (available in 11 shades), $16.90 each

Collection Cosmetics Cover & Go Foundation and Concealer Duo, $16.90

Collection Cosmetics Cover & Go Foundation and Concealer Duo, $16.90

During the workshop, we learned how to create a Pop Diva look. There are three key elements of the look – heavy eye makeup, bold lips and candy-pink cheeks. To start, I prepped my skin with Cover & Go Foundation and Concealer Duo. This is another ingenious product – it’s a foundation that comes with a concealer in a matching shade, so you don’t have to hunt around for a separate concealer.

For my eyes, I decided to go all out with a graphic eyeliner which is currently very on-trend. Here’s how I created it – first, I drew a thick block with the Extreme 24hr Felt Tip Liner Black then used a Q-tip lightly doused with eye makeup remover to erase away parts of the block. That created the thin, zigzag line that I desired. I also added a zing of colour by lining my lower lash line with Glam Crystals Dazzling Gel Liner and blending Bedazzled eyeshadows on my eyelids.

Bedazzled Eye Palette, $19.90

Bedazzled Eye Palette, $19.90

Blushalicious, $13.90

Blushalicious, $13.90

For my cheeks, I swept on Blushalicious on the apples of my cheeks and Way To Glow bronzer in the hollows of my cheeks to create a more contoured face shape. Finally, I stained my lips with a couple of different lip colours together to create a hot pink pout.

Check out my completed look below!

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Channelling my inner Pop Diva!

By the way, there is currently a contest to vote for the participant with the best Pop Diva look. Please click “Like” here to show your support!

Collection Cosmetics is available at Watson’s at Ngee Ann City.

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 26-year-old dreams of attending every single major music festival before she turns 30. Follow her on Twitter @VannTaiTweets.

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Beauty & Shopping, Branded Content, Infographics, Skincare

[Infographic] The Great Eye Experiment Results – Deborah Tan

Almost a month ago, Material World invited you – our readers – to participate in a survey about your eyes. We were interested in finding out what you thought about your eyes and how you think their appearance affect the way people perceive your age. The response was fantastic and we thank you all for taking part.

Over two weeks, a total of 74 people completed the survey, giving us a glimpse into just how much they know about taking care of their peepers. Many believed that a lack of sleep and staring too long into their computers and smartphones are responsible for their tired, “old-looking” eyes. The truth is something else all together.

The infographic below shows the results of the survey. The survey was done with the support of Biotherm, in conjunction with the launch of their new eye cream. Our respondents did not know they (1) were doing a survey sponsored by Biotherm and (2) were going to be rewarded with a sample of their new eye cream until the second-last question. Of the 74 respondents, 7 of them declined to receive the sample – which is fine. Their answers were still taken into consideration.

So have a look at this infographic and see if you fall in with the majority.


The survey “Great Eye Experiment” and the infographic were done with the support of Biotherm to help raise awareness for their new product Blue Therapy Eye. All opinions expressed by the survey’s respondents are INDEPENDENT of Biotherm and were not vetted by the client. All product information offered are for the purposes of education and awareness.

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. Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweet.

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