Beauty & Shopping, Skincare

MW Top 5 List: Skincare Products You’ve Probably Not Bought Yet

You’ve probably heard about them, read about them … and wondered if you should buy them. Well, as September makes its exit, we know the wet, cold and humid weather of the monsoon months would soon be upon us. Time to add a little more help to your skincare regime! We’re sure you don’t want to greet 2015 looking less than fabulous.

This month, we introduced you the game-changing prowess of Sulwhasoo Luminature Essential Finisher, explained the efficacy of Hada Labo Lotion‘s 4 interlocking hyaluronic acid, and demonstrated the anti-ageing effects Clarins Extra-Firming Eye Complete Rejuvenating Cream. Besides these, the Material World team have also tried some incredible beauty products that we simply have to share with you. So, if you’re still in two minds whether to snap up a particular skincare product, the 5 below certainly have our stamps of approval.


Skincare Products You’ve Probably Not Bought Yet 

#5 Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Lotion SPF 20 PA+++
Coming in at No. 5, we have the heavenly scented Fresh Black Tea moisturizer-sunscreen. The packaging scores points by surprising us with a little twist, literally! Twist its cap and the dispenser pump rises from the center. Clean, no-mess, so fun to use.

WE LOVE: The comforting cream disappears into nothing on your skin, great for those who think sunscreens make their skins even oilier! Combination of black tea ferment, lychee seed extract and blackberry leaf extract provides an anti-ageing boost by sweeping away free radicals and improving skin elasticity.


#4 Innisfree Soybean Energy Essence [Light] 
A 6-in-1 skin lotion, this watery product promises to be a multi-functioning skin elixir for those with oily and combination complexions. This essence contains 94 percent fermented soybean extract obtained through 300 days of natural fermentation in a volcanic claypot atop Mount Halla in Jeju Island.

WE LOVE: That it’s free of parabens, animal ingredients, minerals, colorants and artificial fragrance. The essence feels incredibly refreshing on the skin. What blew us away was the video the brand shared at its launch. To show how it strengthens the barrier function, the researchers soaked an eye yolk in the essence for 24 hours. After a day, they picked up the egg yolk and dropped it onto a plate. The yolk did not break up, proving this essence is indeed capable of strengthening your skin.


#3 Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate 
As explained before, hydration is extremely important when it comes to maintaining healthy, younger-looking skin. This potent hydrating serum from Kiehl’s penetrates 10 layers of skin and awakens channels of moisture transportation that have grown weak due to age. Using a combination of plant-based glycerin and shiso leaf extract, this serum anchors water in skin to turn dry, papery-thin, ageing skin into youthful, plump skin again!

WE LOVE: That it gets absorbed by the skin so easily. Founder Debs, who is obsessed with keeping that youthful bounce in her skin, can testify to the effectiveness of this serum. Her testimonial can even be found in the September issue of Kiehl’s Times!


#2 Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate 
There’s been a lot of talk about strengthening the skin from within as a way of truly protecting it from the ravages of Time. This September, Shiseido launches a concentrate that enhances skin’s inherent defences against stress and environmental pollution. The concentrate gives skin’s immunity a boost by activating the Langerhans cells, which may have been compromised by age and stress. Backed by some 20 years’ of research, this ground-breaking product also boosts the efficacy of your other skincare products.

WE LOVE: That it made our skins softer and smoother to the touch within just one day of use. And, unlike most anti-ageing products that focus on erasing wrinkles or improving lift, Ultimune talks about strong skin being good skin. This is definitely a refreshing way to look at preserving your beauty through the years.


#1 Biotherm Blue Therapy Serum In Oil 
Ringing in at No. 1 is Biotherm’s newest Blue Therapy Serum In Oil. A micro-algae oil rich in omega-3 fatty acid is fused with a serum for a non-greasy, non-sticky anti-ageing night treatment. The Blue Therapy range is most definitely one of the brand’s more successful lines and the night serum is truly an innovative product for those who have come to believe in the efficacy of Blue Therapy.

WE LOVE: How easily absorbed this serum in oil is. It’s not even a “if you sleep in air-conditioned room” product. This serum in oil works beautifully in air-conditioned and non air-conditioned rooms. It gets first on our list this month because one night was all it took to see a significant improvement in the texture and glow of our skins. Bumps on foreheads disappeared after just one night. Definitely a gem to have if you feel your skin is in need of a good dose of ultra pampering.


Have you tried any of these products? If so, what are your thoughts about them? Share them with us in the Comments section below – we would most definitely love to hear from you, fellow beauty junkies! 


Material World was given the aforementioned products to review. All opinions are our own. These reviews were not advised nor paid for by any of the brands above.

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.


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Beauty & Shopping, Health & Fitness

26 Things To Put On Your March Watchlist

The first quarter of 2014 is almost completed and what exciting things have you done or checked out? This list of 26 things should inspire you to get out and get exploring!

A is for AntiGravity Fitness

Anyone game to hang out?

Anyone game to hang out?

Challenge yourself to a whole new type of workout experience this March at Breathe Pilates! Introducing AntiGravity Fitness, a revolutionary form of exercise to help you build a stronger core, improve joint flexibility and cardiovascular stamina. Using a hammock, participants hang vertically inverted to help realign the spine. AntiGravity Fitness is available at Breathe Pilates’ East Coast studio, for more information, visit now!

B is for Bright Eyes

Wake up to brighter-looking eyes this March!

Wake up to brighter-looking eyes this March!

Show your eyes who’s the boss with Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright Eye Illuminating Cream. With ingredients such as ume, molasses and centella asiatica, this eye cream promises to brighten the eye area and improve skin density in just 4 weeks.

Origins can be found at Isetan Scotts, Metro Paragon and Robinsons Orchard.  

C is for Clearly Corrective White

This masque is perfect for quenching thirsty skins too!

This masque is perfect for quenching thirsty skins too!

March is a BIG month for one of our all-time favourite brands, Kiehl’s! This month, fans of Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective White can look forward to the return of the Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution in a JUMBO size. Also, be prepared for FASTER results as the brand welcomes the arrival of Kiehl’s first-ever sheet mask, Clearly Corrective White Hydrating & Clarifying Treatment Masque. Each masque is the equivalent of 3 weeks’ use of the Dark Spot Solution and together, the duo can give you a significant boost in clarity and radiance in 3 weeks.

Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions Clearly Corrective White series is available at all Kiehl’s stores islandwide now!

D is for Denise

She doesn't just deliver punchy copy. Denise delivers a mean punch too!

She doesn’t just deliver punchy copy. Material World’s Denise (far right) delivers a mean punch too!

Material World’s Denise will be taking part in her first boxing competition at Executive Knockout, an event organised by Impakt Gym. Some of the proceeds from ticket sales will go towards ONE(SINGAPORE), so if you want to show her your support and do your part for a good cause, get your tickets at this link today!

E is for Earth Hour
Saving the environment just got a whole lot sexier. World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Singapore just announced that the cast of the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Jamie Foxx – will be in Singapore on 29 March to commemorate Earth Hour. The stars would be helping turn off the lights across the Marina Bay area at precisely 8.30pm.

F is for Fossil

Don't you just love the super-cute icons on the watch face?

Don’t you just love the super-cute icons on the watch face?

Fossil celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and it has launched a series of limited edition watches to mark the occasion. We’re dying to get our hands on the Townsman Watch. Only 984 pieces are available worldwide, and it features vintage Fossil motifs – such as an old-school telephone and robot – as indexes. Definitely one for the collectors among you!

G is for Ghibli
Studio Ghibli, that is! This is the internationally acclaimed animation studio that brought you classics such as “My Friend Totoro”, “Grave of the Fireflies”, and “Spirited Away”. Sadly, founder and director Hayao Miyazaki has announced that the upcoming “The Wind Rises” would be his last film. In celebration of his illustrious career, Golden Village is holding a special screening of several of his most popular films. Click here for details.

H is for Hotel Clover The Arts
Awkward name aside, we have to applaud the people behind this new boutique hotel for being so supportive of the local art scene. Each and every one of its rooms has a mural designed by students from the various art and design schools, or an independent professional artist. Definitely Instagram-worthy!

Hotel Clover The Arts is located at 58 South Bridge Road. Tel: 6439 7089

I is for iTunes Gift Cards

A quickie gift idea many will appreciate.

A quickie gift idea many will appreciate.

Gifting is now made even easier! iTunes Gift Cards are now available in Singapore in denominations of $30, $50, $100 and $150. You can get them at selected resellers such as Challenger, Courts, istudio, epiCentre and InFinite.

J is for Jewellery

Who doesn't love a beautiful bling? Find yours now at TANGS Orchard, Level 1.

Who doesn’t love a beautiful bling? Find yours now at TANGS Orchard, Level 1.

Those with a weakness for pretty shiny things should definitely pop by multi-label concept boutique bycanary at TANGS Orchard, Level 1. Specially curated by former actress/style icon Lum May Yee, bycanary features a selection of exquisite jewellery and designer pieces discovered through her travels and friends. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for a friend, or even for yourself, this is the place to go.

K is for Kimrobinson accessories
Apart from offering premium hairstyling services, Kimrobinson also carries their own line of designer hair accessories. This season’s collection draws its inspiration from the freedom, florals, and bright hues of Spring/Summer, so you can expect chiffon-floral headbands encrusted with Swarovski crystals, playful crepe de Chine scrunchies, and girly duppioni-silk-ribbon.

Kimrobinson accessories are available at #02-12, Ngee Ann City. 

L is for Ladies’ Watches
The world’s first Casio G-Factory ladies concept store has opened at 313@Somerset, housing the latest models from the Baby-G, Sheen and G-Shock collections. From now till March 31, 2014, you stand a chance to win a getaway for two to Bali with any purchase of a Baby-G or Sheen timepiece.

The Casio G-Factory ladies concept store is located at B1-19 313@Somerset.

M is for is Micellar Solution
A good makeup remover is perhaps the most important thing you’ll need in your skincare regime to ensure your skin stays clear, bright, and healthy. Micellar solution is the Next Big Thing in skincare; it basically acts as a “purifying magnet” to attract oil and impurities, removing them from the surface of your skin with just one swipe. Formulated for dry and sensitive skin, L’Oreal Paris Skin Perfection 3-in-1 Purifying Micellar Solution can be used on your lips and eyes, and also doubles up as a toner and skin soothing lotion. When it comes to having clear, healthy skin, there’s no such thing as magic … but we think micellar solution comes pretty close!

L’Oreal Paris Skin Perfection 3-in-1 Purifying Micellar Solution is available at Watsons, Guardian pharmacies, and Sa Sa.

N is for New Music
As music lovers, we are constantly looking to discover new artistes who cater to our preferred music genres. While Spotify still appears to be king in music streaming services, European-based Deezer is definitely one to watch. With unlimited access to over 30 million licensed tracks from artistes from all around the world, Deezer lets you discover new music, share your favourites with your friends, check out editorial recommendations, and more. The coolest part about Deezer is its Offline Mode feature, which allows you to listen to your pre-selected tracks offline – perfect for our oft-unreliable 3G network. Click here to start your Deezer experience.

O is for Optimal Efficacy Against Dark Spots

Radiance in a bottle!

Radiance in a bottle!

In order to escape this heatwave unscathed, we need to stay smart. Apart from ensuring you have adequate sun protection, you’ll also want to ensure any existing dark spots don’t get darker. Biotherm’s Liquid White Spot Focus Dark Spot Corrector is formulated with red algae extract and white lotus extract, and features a new anti-dark spots technology to fight both the signs and origins of hyper-pigmentation.

For a full listing of Biotherm stores, click here.

P is for Pasarbella & Friends Go To Town

Looking forward to lots of yummy food!

Looking forward to lots of yummy food!

As part of i Light 2014, Pasarbella will be setting up an outdoor market called “Pasarbella & Friends Go To Town”. Featuring traders and purveyors offering a smorgasbord of gastronomic treats, foodies will be in for a treat. This market is open from 7 – 30 March 2014 at Event Plaza @ Marina Bay Sands. Opening hours are 4.30pm – 10pm (Mon – Fri) and 10am – 10pm (Sat & Sun). Admission is free!

Q is for Quirky
Our favourite way of giving our look instant oomph is with a pair of statement sunnies. That’s why we can’t wait to get our hands on a pair of shades from the Craig & Karl and Le Specs collaboration. Aussie pop culture creatives Craig Redman and Karl Maier have had their work displayed at the Louvre, and have done work for the likes of LVMH, Nike and Apple. Now, they’ve put their unique, one-of-a-kind spin on this collection of sunnies and we’re in love.

The Craig & Karl X Le Specs collection is available at Playlab (TANGS Orchard), ASH and Define Happiness (69 Haji Lane).

R is for Ride in Singapore Cable Car
Singapore Cable Car turns 40 this year! Remember those good ol’ days where you and your family piled into a cable car to get into Sentosa? Now you can relive those memories with a Cable Car joyride! From 1 March to 4 May 2014, all DBS/POSB, NTUC cardholders, and SingTel customers get a special 40 percent “Thank You” discount. Click here for details.

S is for Smith Street Taps
Daniel Goh of The Good Beer Company, and Meng Chao of Brewer’s Craft, are well-known in the local craft beer industry. These two industry pioneers have banded together to bring you Smith Street Taps, which brings you a wide range of artisan draft beers. Located at Chinatown Complex (just a few stalls down from The Good Beer Company), you can look forward to an international selection of beers, from Norway to New Zealand. Hic!

Smith Street Taps is located at #02-62 Chinatown Complex

T is for Tea at Axis Bar and Lounge

Scrumptious eats at Axis Bar and Lounge

Scrumptious eats at Axis Bar and Lounge

This March, Mandarin Oriental Singapore caters to the health-conscious with its Wholesome Afternoon Tea, $42++ per guest, $80++ for two. The menu features healthier alternatives such as organic ingredients, whole grains and seeds, but that doesn’t mean blah-tasting food. You’ll still be treated to yummy treats like salmon & petit pois pie, carrot and pumpkin seed cake, and organic maple syrup and pecan tart.

Axis Bar and Lounge is located at Level 4 Mandarin Oriental Singapore, Tel: 6885 3500

U is for UV Rays
Lately, we’ve been getting more than our usual dosage of harmful UV rays thanks to this relentless heatwave! In addition to using sunscreen lately, try incorporating some whitening products into your regime to stave off dark spots. Za True White EX has a truly comprehensive regime, but if you buy just one product, make sure it’s the True White EX Essence Lotion. Doubling up as a toner and a moisturiser, we love its cooling texture, and how smooth and moisturised our faces felt applying it.

Za is available at Watsons and Guardian pharmacies.

V is for Hair Vinegar

Sells out the moment it reaches Singapore so you'd better grab a bottle asap!

Sells out the moment it reaches Singapore so you’d better grab a bottle asap!

Don’t let the word “vinegar” scare you off! Yves Rocher Rinsing Vinegar is based on a traditional botanical remedy that is used to enhance the shine of your hair. Used regularly, it also helps keep your hair radiant. Best of all, it has a delicious raspberry scent that leaves your hair smelling fresh. The store consistently sells out the Rinsing Vinegar so be sure to grab a bottle as soon as you can.

Yves Rocher is located at #02-16 Westgate.

W is for Wednesdays at Bochinche

Cheese and wine = best way to end a Wednesday!

Cheese and wine = best way to end a Wednesday!

Looking to jazz up your midweek with some great music, cheese and wine? Check out Bochinche’s Beat Packing District, which runs every Wednesday night from 7pm to 11pm. At $39, you get to enjoy a carafe of house wine (red/white) and the Argentinian restaurant’s signature Provoleta (melted cheese served with warm homemade bread). Plus, chill out to groovy live house music by DJ Anderpants, and enjoy 20% off the bar menu all night.

Bochinche is located at #02-01 22 Martin Road, Tel: 6235 4990

X is for An XXX Weekend
After undergoing an extensive renovation for nearly five months, Singapore’s first luxury boutique hotel The Scarlet is now open for business again. Swankier and bolder, the guestrooms and suites in particular now boast more personalised design concepts so you can be assured your stay will be nothing short of memorable.

The Scarlet is located at 33 Erskine Road, Tel: 6511 3333

Y is for YSL CC Cream

Can't wait to try this new CC cream by YSL.

Can’t wait to try this new CC cream by YSL.

The brand already has a legion of fans for its awesome Touche Eclat Radiant Touch, and now, it is set to corner the radiant-complexion market with the launch of its CC creams. Expanding on its Forever Light Creator range, YSL will be bringing in CC creams that claim to have skincare benefits on top of cosmetic ones. Most famously, these CC creams tap into the brand’s expertise in glycanbiology to smooth skin texture and lighten dark pigment spots.

YSL can be found at TANGS Orchard.

Z is for Zits

Cleansing is the most important step and here's one that'll help you keep the zits at bay.

Cleansing is the most important step and here’s one that’ll help you keep the zits at bay.

In hot and humid urban Singapore, it’s no wonder that many of us suffer from acne even as adults. Laneige Trouble Relief Line is a skincare line specially formulated for acne-prone skin. The star ingredient here is the Hinoki Cypress Polysaccharide extract to help reduce the growth of the bacteria responsible for causing acne. Our favourite product is the Cleansing Tissue. Use with a little water to create lather before using it on your skin. For an acne product, we loved how soft, clear, and moisturised it left our skin after use.

For a full listing of Laneige stores in Singapore, clink on this link.

Beauty & Shopping, Skincare

Beauty Review: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration – Denise Li

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration is made for those with dry skin. So why exactly is Denise – perennial sufferer of oily combination skin – raving about it?

I’ve been struggling with a whole host of skin-related issues in the past few months. My skin looks dull because my pores are clogged, I’ve been even more prone to whiteheads and blackheads than usual, and I’ve also had to deal with some massive whoppers where zits were concerned.

I put it down to my skin being oilier than usual. Perhaps it is playing havoc because it doesn’t like being subjected to UV rays and pollution one minute, then being in a freezing cold air-conditioned environment the next?

So, imagine how surprised I was when I had my skin analysed just before a facial a couple of months ago. “You have combination skin,” declared the facialist, “But some parts are dehydrated.”

Naturally, I panicked. This was uncharted territory: oily skin, I knew how to deal with. But dehydrated skin?

After doing some sleuthing, I found out that there is a HUGE difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin. Dry skin is skin that doesn’t secrete enough oil. Dehydrated skin, however, can happen to anyone regardless of skin type and here’s why: the skin’s outermost layer is compromised, which can be attributed to a whole host of factors including sun exposure, or using the wrong type of skincare products. See, products made for oily skin often contain ingredients that dry out or irritate the skin, affecting its barrier function. As a result, skin loses its ability to retain moisture. Hence, oily AND dehydrated skin.

I wondered how my skin was going to fare just before I left for Europe in December, so it was timely that Nicolette from Kiehl’s passed me a bottle of their Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration just before I left.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration

This product is supposed to help improve skin’s barrier function, while retaining a super lightweight texture. I think Dr Geoff Genesky, head of Kiehl’s Skin Care Laboratory, Research and Innovation Manager said it best when he said, “I compare the technology in this product to today’s high tech sports fabrics. Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay ascended Mount Everst carrying with them close to 20kg each. Explorers making that same climb today would only need to carry half of that weight thanks to lighter high-tech fabrics and technology that offer support benefits without excess weight.”

During my trip to Europe, I took the opportunity to give my skin a break and pared down my skincare regime. While I was tempted to layer hydrating serum upon hydrating serum on my face and apply yet another moisturising mask every couple of days, I really didn’t know how my skin would act in the cool, dry climate. So, my skincare regime comprised of just two steps: cleansing, and moisturising with the Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration.

True to its claims, it had a really light texture that took less than a minute to sink into my skin. Yet, my skin immediately softer, smoother and more supple. I used it day and night, and I didn’t need to re-apply it at all, even though my skin was subject to harsh, “whipping” winds when I was out walking on the street.

In the two weeks that I was in Europe, my skin was more calm and looked more radiant than it had ever been. After a couple of days, I even found it in me to skip my daily staple – foundation.

Here’s the proof:

"Look, Ma! No foundation!"

“Look, Ma! No foundation!”

The secret of this moisturiser lies in Enriched Hyaluronic Acid. This basically has two hydrating molecules that work to “break” upon application to skin, delivering concentrated hydration pockets that leave skin hydrated for 24 hours. As a result, the outermost layer of skin has an increased ability to capture moisture, “filling the cracks” of dry skin.

I never thought that I would fall in love with a product made with dry skin in mind, but there you go.

Since coming back from Europe, I’ve been using this as part of my nighttime skincare regime, and I’ve noticed an improvement in the condition of my dehydrated skin – I no longer have dry patches on my cheeks.

I’m really curious to see what those of you with dry (not necessarily dehyrated) skin think of this product. If you ever try it out for yourself, drop me a line to let me know!

This post is in no way paid for or advised by Kiehl’s. The writer was given the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration for review purposes. You may read our advertising policy here. For a full listing of Kiehl’s outlets in Singapore, click on this link

About the Author: Denise Li is a founder of Material World and a freelance writer-editor. Before that, she spent a few years in the Features section of CLEO and Cosmopolitan Singapore. She considers Chiang Mai her spiritual home and makes it a point to head there for a yearly pilgrimage. She’s also a fitness buff and enjoys boxing, running and the occasional yoga session. Follow her on Twitter @DeniseLiTweets.

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26 Things To Put On Your February Watchlist

Spring is officially upon us and besides the Lunar New Year, the month of February also brings us Valentine’s Day! For those of you who love beauty, this is the month to start shopping!

A is for Aesop
Tea Tree Leaf facial Exfoliant 30g BWIf you love scrubs, then you’ll have to check out Aesop’s new Tea Tree Leaf Facial Exfoliant. This blend of ground botanicals lets you control the exfoliating strength—you can mix your desired amount into your favourite cleanser or mask! If you desire a stronger scrub, simply add up to half a teaspoon of it to your cleanser. Contains aloe vera, tea tree leaf and walnut shell.

Aesop Tea Tree Leaf Facial Exfoliant, $51, is available at its store at Suntec City and its counter at TANGS Orchard.

B is for Beauty Cleanse

Screen shot 2014-01-30 at PM 01.39.48With a system clogged up by all that CNY pigging out, it’s no wonder your skin is in a terrible state! Worry not! Get onto this 3-day juice cleanse programme ASAP. Using organic fruit and vegetables (each bottle has 1kg!), the service includes delivery and a support system to help you ride out of these 3 days with as little trouble as possible. For more information, visit Beauty Cleanse’s website now! 

C is for Collection Cosmetics

vt-collectionWe’ve always loved the bright and zany colours from UK brand, Collection Cosmetics, and their Spring collection promises to be brighter and zanier than ever. For this look, we blended teal with lime green eyeliner, which made Vanessa’s eyes look brighter and more alive. As for her lips, we layered a few generous swipes of Colour Pro Lip Lacquer on top of the Deluxe Lipstick, for a pert and juicy pout. (L-R) French Kiss Colour Supersoft Kohl Pencil, Rebel Colour Pro Lip Lacquer, Speakeasy Deluxe Lipstick, Peacock Feather Colour Supersoft Kohl Pencil.

Collection Cosmetics is available at selected Watsons stores, and BHG. 

D is for Derma Center

material world_derma center
Derma Center is your one-stop boutique to get professional advice and personalised diagnosis for your skin and hair. Bringing together three brands — Vichy, La Roche-Posay and SkinCeuticals — this boutique is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. One thing we’re absolutely looking forward to? For the first time ever, SkinCeuticals medi-spa facials will be available in the SkinCeuticals spa cabin within the boutique!

Derma Center is located at Westgate #02-33

E is for Elizabeth Arden

velpicstitch20140128_110507The brand is best known for using cutting-edge technology in its skincare lines, but going by this road-test, we can vouch for the fact that it creates pretty damn good base makeup too. The foundation Flawless Finish Perfectly Nude Makeup SPF 13 is lightweight in texture and blends easily into skin, yet it is also effective in neutralising redness, as well as blurring imperfections. The bronzer Pure Finish Summer Escape Bronzing Powder gives features a more 3D effect, while adding a healthy, sun-kissed glow. (L-R) Flawless Finish Perfectly Nude Makeup SPF 15 (in Beige 13), Beautiful Color Gloss Stick in Sunrise 03, Pure Finish Cool Radiance Highlighter (in First Mate 01), and Pure Finish Summer Escape Bronzing Powder (in Warm Glow 01).

For a full listing of Elizabeth Arden stores, visit its website

F is for The Face Shop

Screen shot 2014-01-30 at AM 11.38.24Skin feeling sore and inflamed from stress? The Face Shop’s new natural skincare line Calming Seed may just be what you need. Free of synthetic preservative, fragrance, artificial coloring, ethanol, and animal-sourced ingredients, the products contain Tamanu Seed extracts—used by Polynesian women to treat their skin troubles. 100% of the testing panel reported calmer, cooler skin after 2 weeks. We love the soft, light, creamy texture of the Skin-Resting Cream, $55.90.

The Calming Seed range is available at all The Face Shop stores islandwide.

G is for Giorgio Armani Makeup

material world_giorgio armani makeupLove your makeup light, subtle and feminine? Check out Giorgio Armani’s Spring Makeup collection. Inspired by the understated glamour of 1930’s Hollywood, this collection features plenty of pearly Nude shades and subtle shimmers. One key product to look out for is the limited edition Belladonna Highlighting Palette. It features a soft gel-to-powder, which helps brighten your complexion for a lively radiance.

Giorgio Armani Makeup is available from mid-February at DFS Scottswalk. 

H is for Hair Chalk

vt-the body shopThese limited edition hair chalks from The Body Shop are perfect if you’re still deciding whether or not to get your hair coloured, or if you just wanna try a new look for a party. Plus, it’s so easy to use. All you have to do is gather a section of your hair, place the colour pad on top (with your thumb underneath), then glide down to the tip. Available in two lively shades – Falling for Blue and Tickle Me Pink.

Available from 10 February at all The Body Shop stores. 

I is for Instagram beauty inspiration

Here are some Instagram accounts to follow if you want to be inspired to try new beauty looks every day. We love @jinsoonchoi (for manicures), @bleachlondon (for hair colour), and @michellefawn (YouTube makeup guru Michelle Phan’s Instagram account).

J is for Dr Jart+

material world_dr jartIf you work in an air-conditioned environment, you’ll want a jar of Dr Jart+ Ceramidin Multi Balm on your desk permanently. This multi-purpose balm contains ceramides (the molecules that prevent moisture from evaporating from your skin), which means no more dry, scaly skin from being in an air-conditioned office all day. Unlike other cream-based moisturising lotions, this balm doesn’t leave your hands with greasy residue — in fact, the texture is more like candle wax. It also has a soothing bergamot scent that helps calm frazzled nerves during the workday.

Dr Jart+ is now available at selected Guardian and SaSa outlets.

K is for Kiehl’s
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Fans of Kiehl’s Ultra Facial range of skincare will be pleased to know that the brand is launching a new cream that’ll address skin dryness. Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration keeps skin moisturised for up to 24 hours with Enriched Hyaluronic Acid. A more detailed review of this super-hydrating cream will be posted up on Material World soon. But, if you can’t wait, hop down to your nearest Kiehl’s store to a 7-day sample.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration is available at all Kiehl’s stores islandwide.

L is for Laneige
No. 2 Shiny Gold

No. 2 Shiny Gold

The Spring eyeshadow palettes of Laneige come with high-pigmented shades that promise high-color realization. With 7 palettes to choose from, you can create a natural day-look or glamorous smoky-eye look. Personal favourite of the team? No. 2 Shiny Gold. Each palette retails for $40.

Laneige boutiques can be found at ION Orchard, JCube and Plaza Singapura.

M is for Maybelline Color Tattoo

Don’t you hate it when your eye makeup smudges or cakey after a day of being out and about? Being a busy go-getter, the last thing you need is to spend time cleaning off and re-applying your makeup. Maybeline Color Tattoo is an intense cream-gel that adheres to your eyelid easily, and clings on all day. No fading, no smudging, no caking. What’s more, this versatile product can be used as base makeup for your eyes, an eyeshadow, or even an eyeliner (you just need a fine-tipped brush).

Maybelline Color Tattoo is available at Watsons.

N is for Nars

Nars new

Bright, shimmery colours make up the colour palette for Nars’ Spring 2014 makeup collection. The Kauai Duo Eye Shadow, made up of gold lamé and iridescent smoky orchid, is a must-have in your makeup pouch. The gold shadow leaves a slight shimmer on your lids, making you look bright and perky during the day. After work, simply blend in the purple shadow from the outer corners of the lids, then dab the gold shadow on the inner corners for a sexy evening look. The Bimini Larger Than Life Lip Gloss gives your lips a juicy pout, thanks to its high-shine formula that’s infused with nourishing ingredients. Apart from the ones featured in the photo above, Nars’ Spring 2014 collection also comprises pencil liners in vibrant shades like metallic aquamarine, and a lip pencil in striking mandarin red. (L-R) Kauai Duo Eye Shadow, Bimini Larger Than Life Lip Gloss.

Nars is available at TANGS Orchard and Robinsons Orchard. 

O is for Origins Plantscription Powerful Lifting Cream

Screen shot 2014-01-30 at PM 12.31.44Gravity can be such a party-pooper sometimes. If you think your face is starting to sag then this cream by Origins may be just the thing to give your jowls a lift! Promising to give your face the enviable the “V-shape”, the cream also claims to make your chin look slimmer and sharper. Well, there’s only one way to find out …

Origins can be found at Robinsons Orchard and TANGS Vivocity.

P is for Porcelain, The Face Spa

Material World_Soothe Mist Toner
If you’re a regular reader of Material World, you’ll know that we are fans of the facial treatments at Porcelain, The Face Spa. Apart from facials, this homegrown brand also carries their own line of skincare products. Porcelain Soothe, Mist Toner is a hydrating product that can be used after cleansing your face or even as a midday perk-me-up. With ingredients like Witch Hazel extracts, and vitamins C and E, this toner is robust enough to take on free radicals caused by environmental damage, but is still gentle enough for those with sensitive skin.

Soothe, Mist Toner is available at Porcelain, The Face Spa

Q is for …


R is for RMK

velpicstitch20140129_115847This season, dramatic eyes make way for healthy, radiant skin and bold lips. RMK’s S/S 2014 collection is centred around fun, flirty pink, which is best epitomised by its W Crayon & Gloss Lips. On its own, the lip crayon has gives a matte finish with impressive staying power. Top it off with the semi-transparent gloss for a glossy finish – a great way to quickly change up the look to look more glamorous for evening events. RMK Kaleidoscope Nuance Color contains six different hues and six different textured powders to help contour and sculpt your featured, while giving it an unmistakable glow. (Clockwise from left) Kaleidoscopic Eyes 01, Kaleidoscope Nuance Color 01, W Crayon & Gloss Lips 02

RMK can be found at Isetan Scotts Level 1, Isetan Serangoon Central and Takashimaya D.S.

S is for Shiseido 

shiseido newLove the summertime glow but don’t wish to get a tan? With Shiseido’s Spring 2014 makeup collection, you’ll be able to find just the products to create that sun-kissed look. Apply the shimmery soft beige cream around the eyes, then blend in the yellow cream. For lips, dab on the lip gloss in pale lavender for a hint of colour. (L-R) Lacquer Gloss Lacque Brilliance in VI708, Shimmering Cream Eye Color Ombre Creme Satinee in BE217, Shimmering Cream Eye Color Ombre Creme Satinee in YE216. 

Shiseido can be located at TANGS, Robinsons and Takashimaya.

T for Too Faced

toofaced-mascaraThis mascara by Too Faced has made some rather bold claims – the most obvious being its name, Better Than Sex. And, based on the consumer study results, there was a 1,944-percent increase in lash volume, with 100 percent of the participants reporting dramatic volume and longer lashes. Lili, who claims to be “lash-deprived” was more than excited to try out this mascara. The first thing you’ll notice is its hourglass-shaped brush. Shaped after the silhouette of a woman, the brush was designed to separate, coat and curl each lash. This mascara has also got a long-wearing, smudge-proof formula with Acia Senegal tree extract to nourish the lashes. Application was a breeze; one single coat was enough to plump up and lengthen her sparse lashes. “While I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s better than sex, it is one of the better mascaras I’ve tried,” says Lili.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is available at Sephora outlets islandwide. 

U is for uemulo munenoli for shu uemura

uemulo for shu uemura new uniformStarting this month, shu uemura’s Beauty Stylists will sport a chic new look courtesy of Tokyo fashion label uemulo munenoli. You may wonder, “But it’s just a uniform. Why put in so much attention?” But according to the brand, its late founder Mr Shu Uemura once said that beauty stylists are like actors performing on the stage, except in this case they are delivering “artful performance centering on makeup and skincare.”

Check out this new uniform at all shu uemura counters islandwide.

V is for Vera Wang Princess Pink

Dressed in hot pink glitter, this limited edition Vera Wang fragrance is the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day! The scent is a heady mix of pink grapefruit, dewberry and raspberry sorbet, marshmallow fluff and sandalwood—just what we would expect of a budding new romance!

Vera Wang Pink Princess EDT is available exclusively at SaSa stores islandwide.

W is for … Water Transfer Nail Decals

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Always loved those cute and delicate nail art but find it too expensive to get a manicurist to paint it on for you? Well, now you can easily do it at home with Water Transfer Nail Decals from Gummi Nails. Available in assorted designs, these nail decals are super easy to apply. Check out the tutorial here.

X is for …


Y is for Yves Rocher
Not only is it Yves Rocher’s best-selling range, every product you buy from the Elixir 7.9 line will help plant a tree in the world. The brand hopes to plant 50 million trees by 2015 so every bit of help you can give this initiative will benefit our planet tremendously. Made from 7 active botanical ingredients, the Elixir 7.9 serum promises to intensify the rejuvenating effects of your current anti-ageing skincare. Read our review of the serum and the eye roll-on here.

Yves Rocher is located at Westgate #02-16.

Z is for Za 

velpicstitch20140127_153348Never again will you have to make the tough decision between lipstick and gloss with Za Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge. This lip product promises to give the rich, pigmented look of a lipstick and the high-shine finish of a gloss. What we like about this is its applicator — it dispenses just the right amount of colour, and is spoon-shaped to fit the curve of your lips for fuss-free application. The shade shown here is RS481.

Za is available at all Watsons stores.

There you go! You can’t call yourself a beauty junkie until you go through everything on this list! Yes, yes, we know there are 24 instead of 26. Pictures of the looks on Denise, Vanessa and Lili were taken with the Sony QX100.

Beauty & Shopping, Contests, Fragrances

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!


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.]

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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.

Beauty & Shopping, Contests, Fragrances

[Scent Your Love] Kiehl’s Aromatic Blends Patchouli & Fresh 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 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?


Today’s giveaway is the newest Aromatic Blends EDT from Kiehl’s – Patchouli & Fresh Rose! The Aromatic Blends products are formulated using natural ingredients sourced sustainably. As with all Aromatic Blends, the Patchouli & Fresh Rose EDT is crafted with 1/3 fewer ingredients than traditional fragrances, resulting in the purest scent expression possible.

Kiehl’s Aromatic Blends Patchouli & Fresh Rose combines two qualities of traditional ingredients to create a unique scent experience:
1. Fresh Rose
Origin: Small farms of local growers in Grasse, France
The two-step extraction method used is labour intensive, resulting in an aroma that is closer to that of an actual living Rose flower.

2. Patchouli
Origin: A plant locally grown and harvested in Brazil
Unlike traditional Patchouli that is dense, this one has a more vibrant woodiness to it, with a slightly sweet edge. The cultivation of this Patchouli helps provide year-round employment to a small Brazilian community.

Our take on Kiehl’s Aromatic Blends Patchouli & Fresh Rose:
1. The fresh rose note is unlike what you’ll find in other rose-centered fragrances. It stands out without being overly floral and sweet.
2. It is a clean fragrance. You do not get a complex play of other notes. It’s unmistakably rose.
3. The patchouli grounds the scent in a light woodiness without weighing it down.
4. Delicate yet unforgettable, you’ll find yourself repeatedly bringing your wrist up to your nose to get a whiff of the rose scent.

Most suited for:
The hopeless romantic whose idea of a perfect wedding is a chapel decorated with thousands of roses.


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!


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.


Beauty & Shopping, Fragrances, Makeup, Malls & Boutiques, Skincare

[Shopping Alert] Beauty Treasures Around The World – Deborah Tan

If you’ve got nothing planned for the weekend, be sure to make your way to TANGS Orchard for “Beauty Treasures Around The World” by L’Oreal Luxury Brands.

Presented to you by brands such as Lancome, Kiehl’s, Biotherm, YSL, Shu Uemura, Giorgio Armani Fragrances, and Clarisonic, this one-of-a-kind beauty event promises to take you on a journey around the world to experience the iconic products of each of the brands mentioned above.

To participate, get your hands on a Boarding Pass.


The super whimsical boarding pass!


Upon presentation of this boarding pass, you will be given a Beauty Passport.

The cover of the Beauty Passport

The cover of the Beauty Passport


Now, your job is to “travel” to the different “destinations” and collect “passport stamps”. To get a passport stamp from a brand, all you have to do is sign up for the experience at its counter. What are the experiences?

Lancome: A 2-minute Aura Service where you’ll be taught how to bring out the glow in your skin

Clarisonic: Get a free hand demonstration using the No. 1 cleansing device recommended by US dermatologists

Kiehl’s: A 5-minute personalised consultation where you’ll also receive 5 complimentary samples!

Shu Uemura: A skincare consultation and a complimentary Eye Or Lash Makeover

Biotherm: A mini eye and hand massage for you. And, for your guy, he’s get a 1-minute power cleansing using Clarisonic and Biotherm Aquapower

Yves Saint Laurent: A signature Ritual Lumiere and your sample of the awesome foundation Le Teint Touche Eclat.

Giorgio Armani Fragrance: A 5-minute scent discovery journey into the world of Armani Prive and a travel fragrance vial upon the completion of this journey

See the super cute Biotherm "passport stamp"?

See the super cute Biotherm “passport stamp”?

And the best part for all beauty junkies out there who refuse to travel out of the country without a decent stash of products for your skin, hair and body, once you get 4 stamps in your Passport, you get to buy a Beauty Box filled to the brim with goodies from the 7 brands for just $20!!!!!!

The stuff every jetsetting beauty junkie needs for just $20!

The stuff every jetsetting beauty junkie needs for just $20!

For just today, October 26: 
These 7 brands will be extending a 10% discount off all their products at TANGS Orchard and Vivocity! Start your Christmas shopping now so you can enjoy insane savings WHILE making sure your loved ones get the best presents money can afford.

There are more great prizes and gifts awaiting you at TANGS Orchard so be sure you get ready for the beauty journey of a lifetime today. This event ends October 31, 2013, so don’t miss it!

Fun trivia! The writers behind the Beauty Passport are none other than Material World’s founders Deborah and Denise. This passport also contains cool ideas on what to do and where to go if you should ever travel to the brand’s city of origins. So be sure you don’t leave TANGS Orchard without grabbing a copy of the Beauty Passport! 

Denise and I wrote the copy for this passport!

Denise and I wrote the copy for this passport!

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 needs the new grey Clarisonic Mia2 for Christmas. Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweets.



Flash Giveaway For Material World Readers!

Stuck at home this weekend? Or, you’re sitting somewhere waiting for your friends who are – again – running late? Well, here’s something to keep you occupied! Since we receive more beauty products than we four can actually use, we thought, “Hey, why not share the love with our loyal readers – you?” Today, we are giving away 2 jars of Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masques ($45 each) designed by actress Michelle Chong (pink) and DJs Jean Danker and Mike Kasem (blue). These limited edition designs are available at all Kiehl’s stores this July and 100% of the proceeds will go towards The Autism Association (Singapore). There are 3 designs in total (George Young designed the third one) so be sure to hop down to Kiehl’s to complete your collection and do your bit for charity!

To join this weekend’s giveaway, 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.

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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 THREE chances. To gain 10 additional chances, CLICK this link to learn how to tweet about this giveaway.

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3. You can win a further 10 chances by following founder Deborah’s Twitter account too! Simply click “Follow @DebTanTweets” and tell us your Twitter handle.

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4. Be sure to Private Message us on Facebook your details – name, age, gender, NRIC, email address. State “Kiehl’s Rare Earth Masques Contest” in your message please.

This contest ends 14 July 2013, Sunday, 11.59pm, exactly. Hurry!

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10 Minutes With … George Young – Denise Li

Over here at Material World, we’re huge fans of George Young. Okay, so maybe him having a beautiful face and hot bod is part of the reason, but mostly, it’s because he’s one of the most down-to-earth and personable celebs around. He also happens to be one big-hearted guy. This year marks the second year running that George is collaborating with Kiehl’s to help raise funds for Autism Association (Singapore) and to help promote the awareness of autism here. We caught up with him recently to find out more about this partnership.

Image courtesy of Kelvin Chia/ELLE Singapore

Image courtesy of Kelvin Chia/ELLE Singapore

You’re partnering with Kiehl’s for the second year running to help spread awareness of autism. What are your thoughts on this partnership?

The first time Kiehl’s and I partnered up, it was through the magic of synchronicity: two of my younger brothers are autistic, and I was looking for a way to spread the awareness of autism and to help raise money for those who care for people with the condition. Kiehl’s was looking to do the same thing. This year, we both know we can work together well to help raise money for a cause that doesn’t get the attention it requires to help those with autism. I’m so pleased that this year, there are more people on board: ELLE Singapore, Michelle Chong, and Jean & Mike from Class 95FM.

Check out George's great design!

Check out George’s great design!

What inspired your design for the packaging of the Limited Edition Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque?

I wanted to create something that was relevant to autism; something that would broadcast a simple message into the minds of those who laid their eyes on the design. I figured that many people may not be aware of the global prevalence of autism – that an estimated 1 in 100 people are diagnosed with some form of autism. So I wanted something that would put that statistic out there. That’s where the (rather abstract) chrysanthemum came about: I drew exactly 100 petals in the design (it took a few tries and a few miscounts), and made one of those petals the same baby blue shade that is used for World Autism Awareness Day. 1 in 100: the message is there in the design!

Can you share what it was like growing up with two autistic brothers?

I have three brothers in total, two of whom are autistic – Andrew is non-linguistic (has no language ability), and Paul has some basic language ability. Growing up with Andrew and Paul was normal to me and my other brother because we were all close in age and it was part of our everyday life. It was only as we all got a little older that we asked questions such as “Why don’t Andrew and Paul communicate like I see everyone else communicate?”, and “Why do Andrew and Paul have to throw a tantrum in the middle of a shopping mall?” that it became clear they were different.

There was a lot of frustration that needed to be dealt with. Frustration for both Andrew and Paul, as well as the rest of the family. This  frustration was borne from the fact that we couldn’t communicate with each other effectively. This is what leads to a majority of the tantrums that Andrew and Paul throw, and the anger and exasperation on the rest of the family’s side that we can’t just know what’s wrong or reassure them that everything’s alright; or even just share stories about each other’s day to day lives. I would love to one day just be able to sit with my brothers and have a full-on conversation with them, and hear their memories about growing up with us. With the right therapies, and innovations and discoveries of how the brains of autistic people function, perhaps that will one day be possible.

What do you think are some of autism’s biggest myths?

There are lots of myths surrounding autism. I’ve heard some doozies in my time. One that always sticks in my mind is that autism is a cause of bad parenting. Wow. Well I think that my family is a great case study showing how that isn’t the case: my parents had four kids, we were all brought up the same way growing up, and exactly two of us are autistic and two of us aren’t. Myth busted.

Some people also believe that all autistic people have some special ability, or are savants. Not all savants are autistic, and not all autistic people are savants. Although it’s true that some high functioning autistic people have been able to see the world differently because of their autism, and are able to translate that unique perspective of the world into something that may seem extraordinary to those without autism, those people with autism who may possess a particular skill have it because they are a person with a particular skill, not because they’re autistic.

What’s the one thing you want people to know about autism?

Those with autism are people first and foremost – they just see the world a bit differently than those without the condition, and have a whole bunch of potential that requires a little more attention to unlock.

Any other thoughts that you’d like to add?

Just like to say well done on the new web platform (Material World) – it’s good to see so many familiar faces pursuing something they believe in with this new venture! (Note from Material World: Thanks, George! And keep doing what you do!)

Kiehl’s Limited Edition Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask

Kiehl’s collaborated with Elle Magazine and four celeb partners – George Young, Michelle Chong, Mike Kasem and Jean Danker – who each designed limited edition packaging for Kiehl’s Limited Edition Rare Deep Pore Cleansing Mask. Do your part for charity this July by purchasing this product. It retails for $45 and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Autism Association (Singapore).

For a full listing of Kiehl’s outlets, click on this link.

About the Author: Denise Li is a founder of Material World and a freelance writer-editor. Before that, she spent a few years in the Features section of CLEO and Cosmopolitan Singapore. She considers Chiang Mai her spiritual home and makes it a point to head there for a yearly pilgrimage. She’s also a fitness buff and enjoys boxing, running and the occasional yoga session. Lastly, she believes that everyone should make it a point to travel solo at least once in their lives. Follow her on Twitter @DeniseLiTweets.

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Beauty Matters At Material World

Don’t hit the shops and counters before you had a read of this week’s Beauty Matters.

This week, we talk about an anti-ageing cream from Kiehl’s , Anna Sui’s easy-to-apply nail varnish and gel top coat, and the perfect Mother’s Day gift from Murad.

Happy shopping!