Beauty & Shopping, Fragrances, Makeup, Skincare

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

material world_gummi nails
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, Makeup

Eye Colours For Every Day – Vanessa Tai

When it comes to eyeliners, I usually stick to the fail-safe shades of black or brown. I’m sure you can identify. Mornings are usually a mad rush to get out of the house; we don’t have time to play around with various eye colours. Or so I thought. When Maybelline sent us their latest range of eye colours – Color Show Crayon Khol – the bright hues were too tempting not to try out. So, I decided to do a little experiment to see how I could fit these colours into my everyday life.

The colours that I used.

The colours that I used.

Day 1: Rushing out stories in the office


Electric Blue Eyeliner

Pardon my messy hair. As you can tell, grooming takes a backseat during deadline week. However, I loved how the electric blue shade added a zing to my eyes, and made me look much more awake and vibrant.

Day 2: Photo Shoot at Tiffany & Co.

Soft blue

Soft Blue Eyeliner

On this day, we were involved in a photo shoot at Tiffany & Co. Since one of the Maybelline shades was similar to Tiffany’s classic robin egg blue, I decided to try it on. There’s something about this particular shade of blue that gives off that sweet, romantic appeal. Great colour for first dates, methinks!

Day 3: Taking a walk on the wild side


Orange Eyeliner 

When I first saw the bright orange eyeliner, I thought to myself, “There’s no way I can pull off this hue!” But on this day, I was wearing my favourite dress with the scary jaguar print, and I thought, “Why not try a bolder shade today?” The trick to wearing bold eye colours is to make sure the rest of your makeup is quite simple and pared-down.

Day 4: Casual Fridays


White Eyeliner

For this final look, I decided to experiment by blending a bit of green eyeshadow with the white shade. White eyeliner is great for lining your inner eye corner or inner water line to make your eyes appear brighter and slightly more elongated.

See, it isn’t that difficult to introduce colours into your daily beauty regime! I hope this post has inspired you to step out of your beauty comfort zone.

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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[Material World X Maybelline] Your Lucky Color For The Year Of The Horse – Deborah Tan

It’s always fun to read what the year ahead has in store for you. With Lunar New Year in less than a month’s time, everyone is keen to know how their zodiac sign will fare. Together with Maybelline – who launched Color Show, a new series of makeup centered on on-trend, eye-catching colours – we have done up an infographic telling you how you’ll do in the Year of the Horse and what your lucky nail lacquer is. Enjoy!

[Update: If you need to find out what your zodiac sign is, click here.]

Maybelline Color Show infographic

Click on the infographic for a closer look!

Maybelline Color Show is available at Watsons islandwide. Maybelline worked with Material World for this post to promote the launch of its new Color Show line of nail lacquers and eyeliners.



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1. In the Comments section below, tell us, “My favourite Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer shade is …”

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How To Create A Wearable Two-Tone Lip Makeup – Deborah Tan

Christmas is the perfect time to try out the makeup trends you’ve been itching to experiment with. For weeks now, I’ve been spotting these two-tone lips on the Internet everywhere. Further research revealed that it’s a makeup trend that’s part of the whole Korean Ulzzang movement where devotees aim to create a natural, child-like look with their dressing, makeup and hairstyles.

Obviously, “child-like” is not a Deborah-thing. But the lips look like a challenge to create and I am, admittedly, getting a bit bored of my bright red matte lips ala dominatrix-look. So with too many lipsticks and too much time on my hands, I have decided to try these two-tone lips!


Tools from shu uemura

Tools from shu uemura

1. A powder puff with a variety of slopes and angles – I used shu uemura lighbulb sponge

2. A lip brush

1. A liquid foundation and a concealer – I used Lancome Teint Visionnaire because I love how you can mix the liquid foundation with its accompanying concealer to create a very workable texture.

2. A two-way cake

Layer 1

Layer 1

3. Maybelline Nude by Color Sensational in Sugared Almond (Layer 1)

Layer 2

Layer 2

4. Maybelline Bold Matte by Color Sensational in Cheeky Coral (Layer 2)

Layer 3

Layer 3

5. Maybelline Lip Polish by Color Sensational in Glam 2 (Layer 3)

(Photos have not been retouched and are taken using my iPhone 4s)

Step 1

Step 1

Step 1: Moisturise your lips using a water serum rich in hyaluronic acid. Then mix a liquid foundation with a little concealer and gently dab the mixture over your lips.

Step 2

Step 2

Step 2: Using a lip-brush, apply the first layer of colour. I used Maybelline Nude by Color Sensational in Sweet Almond here.


Step 3

Step 3: Set this layer by dabbing on powder from a two-way cake using a puff (I’m using Shu Uemura Lightbulb puff in the photo).

Step 4

Step 4

Step 4: Decide how “deep in” you want the second tone to be. Using a lipstick and a lipbrush, mark out the area. This also gives the final layer something to “cling” onto. I used Maybelline Bold Matte by Color Sensational in Cheeky Coral here.

Step 5

Step 5

Step 5: The gloss layer goes on onto the darker area. I used Maybelline Lip Polish by Color Sensational in Glam 2 here.

Step 6

Step 6

Step 6: To really achieve that ombre effect, use a lip pencil in a shade close to the lighter outer area and blend the line separating the darker and lighter areas.

It’s amazingly easy to do and I was done in less than 10 minutes. OK. I’m not really the expert at selfies here so you’ll have to bear with my badly-taken pictures below. I find that keeping the rest of my makeup sheer and natural makes it easier to step outside of the house during the day.

Finished look with a close-up of my lips!

Finished look with a close-up of my lips!

Of course, feel free to experiment with different colour combinations! I am most tempted to try deep purple with bright red the next time I’m headed out for an evening event or a party!

What other makeup trends are you curious about and want to try this season? Drop us a note and we’ll try out best to figure out a super easy way to achieve it.

Merry Christmas and have fun with your makeup!

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. She believes makeup should not take you more than an hour to do. Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweet.

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

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

10 lip smacking shades!

10 lip smacking shades!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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Awesome Makeup Cleansing Oils Below $23 – Vanessa Tai

By now, you probably know the importance of removing your makeup thoroughly before going to bed – it prevents your pores from clogging up and zits from appearing. But with so many different types of makeup cleansers out there, how do you know which one works best? Personally, I’ve always liked cleansing oils. Why?

Firstly, because I’m very lazy when it comes to beauty regimes. Cleansing oils are so easy to use – just apply evenly over your face and wash off with water. The second reason why I prefer cleansing oils is because they are gentle on my skin. When I used cream-based cleansers previously, I had to use cotton wool to swipe repeatedly at my face. Over time, this “tugging action” can lead to a saggy skin tone.

Another advantage of cleansing oils is how it works well for all skin types. Yes, even those with oily skin. When your skin is oily, your first instinct is probably to reach for oil-free skincare products. However, this tends to dry out your skin, causing it to produce even more oil to compensate. An oil-based cleanser works by merging with the oils from your makeup products, so when you wash it all off, you take the debris with it. And if your skin is already dry to begin with, oil cleansers are great for moisturising your skin and keeping it soft.

Like any other skincare product, makeup cleansing oils are available at all price points. While some people believe the pricier oils come with a higher concentration of natural oils, don’t turn your nose up at drugstore brands just yet. These three cleansing oils are all below $23, but have been widely raved by those who’ve tried them (including yours truly.)

Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Cleansing Oil, $20.90

Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Cleansing Oil, $20.90

This was the first cleansing oil I ever tried, and coming from a background of cream- and milk-based cleansers, this was definitely a game changer. It’s incredibly gentle on my skin – so gentle that it doesn’t irritate my eyes – yet is able to remove even thick foundation. Of course, as with all makeup cleansers, it’s always recommended to use a separate facial cleanser after removing your makeup, for a more thorough cleanse.

Za Deep Cleansing Oil, $22.90

Za Deep Cleansing Oil, $22.90

This has a runnier texture compared to the other oils – almost water-like – so it required a few more pumps. However, because you’re supposed to apply this with dry hands anyway, the slightly watery texture made for an easier application. It removed almost all traces of my makeup – I still needed to follow up with a separate cleanser – but my skin felt soft and smooth after.

Maybelline New Clean Express Miracle Oil, $17.90

Maybelline New Clean Express Miracle Oil, $17.90

The most affordable of the lot, this new oil cleanser from Maybelline comes with five different botanical oils, including macadamia oil and jojoba seed oil. Its texture is slightly thicker and richer than the other two oils. I tested it when my face had a heavy application of sunscreen and BB cream, and it managed to remove almost all the makeup (there was still faint traces of makeup when I dried my face with some tissue paper.) However, I liked that it didn’t leave behind any greasy residue – and my skin felt clean but not tight.

All the abovementioned products are available at Watsons. This blog post was not paid for by any of the above brands; all opinions are the author’s own. Please read our advertising policy here.

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 Review: Maybelline Lash Factory – Deborah Tan

When it comes to making your eyelashes look great, no one does it better than Maybelline. This month, the brand best known for its mascaras launches a product that’s almost anti-mascara: false eyelashes. I was quite tempted to skip reviewing Maybelline Lash Factory because, personally, I don’t like falsies.

I find them distracting. Quite like coloured contact lenses, there is just something very disconcerting when you talk to someone wearing false eyelashes. I remember interviewing a girl for a job once and her falsies were so over-the-top long, I ended up not listening to what she had to say because I was so afraid one of the lashes would blind her or something. Well, a career tip here: don’t wear falsies when you go for a job interview. Just curl your lashes and use a good mascara, trust me on that.

What is so “strange” about falsies, you wonder? There are quite a number, actually. Often what causes them is the lack of good falsies-application techniques.

The tools you need. [From left to right]: Lash glue, eyelash curler, falsies, tweezers, liquid eyeliner, and an eyebrow brush

The tools you need. [From left to right]: Lash glue, eyelash curler, falsies, tweezers, liquid eyeliner, and an eyebrow brush

1. An obvious second layer of lashes
Asian lashes are often straight, short and pointing down. So when you wear very dramatic falsies, your real lashes “peep” out from under the spine of the falsies, forming a second level of short, stumpy lashes. This problem can be solved by curling your lashes before and after you stick on your falsies and, if you want, you may brush on a layer of mascara to help hold your natural lashes up. Avoid using more than a coat.

2. The spine is hanging off your natural eyeline
A problem that can be solved by trimming the falsies to fit the length of your eye. Many girls don’t want to trim their falsies because they don’t want to “waste” it. The end result is often that of a lashline that extends unnaturally past the outer corner of your eye or a spine that is poking uncomfortably into the inner corner.

3. An appearance that is too heavy
Many girls also think that with the addition of long, fluttery fake lashes, they can now go crazy with the eyeliner. Unless your eyes are the size of flying saucers, don’t do that. By being too generous with your liquid eyeliner, you end up over-dressing your eyes and the result? You look very, very sleepy because your eyes just look weighed down by these extra accoutrements.

Why then did I decide to review Maybelline Lash Factory? Three reasons:
– The designs are a good fit for Asian eyes: The lashes are actually categorised into Single Eyelid, Double Eyelid and Inner Double Eyelid. The lengths are also more suited for Asian eyes; I didn’t have to trim the pair I chose.
– The spine isn’t overly thick. In fact, they are quite flexible and therefore comfortable to wear.
– The lashes are not too dramatic (although this said, Maybelline Lash Factory has both Natural and Intense falsies for each type of eye).

So how do you go about putting on false eyelashes? It’s really simple but to do it fast, you need practice. Do it often enough and you can do this in less than 10 minutes. Here’s a visual guide for you:

stepsStep 1: Curl your natural lashes. Remember to do so in three stages – at the base, in the middle, near the top. This will give your lashes a gradual curl rather than them being bent at an angle.

Step 2: After applying the glue on the spine of the falsie, wait 5 seconds for the glue to dry slightly. Then put it as close to your lashline as possible. Don’t worry about getting it perfect; you won’t be able to. Instead, what you need is a brush (like an eyebrow brush) and use it to gently ease the falsie into place.

Step 3: Once that is done, wait for the glue to dry. Then curl your natural lashes and your falsie together in the three stages mentioned in Step 1. Apply some mascara if you want.

Step 4: Use a liquid eyeliner and lightly line your eye. This step is more for filling in any gap at the inner corner or create a subtle flick at the outer one. You can also use it to dot away any “white” stuff left over by the lash-glue.

And there you have it. Below, you can see the Before/After shot and a shot of how I look with the Maybelline falsies on. Each box of two Maybelline Lash Factory falsies costs $16.90 and the lash glue costs $12.90.

Before and After:

Images were not digitally altered in any way

Images were not digitally altered in any way

Overall look:

Keeping it natural - the trick to wearing falsies.

Keeping it natural – the trick to wearing falsies.

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 is obsessed with her eyebrows. Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweets.

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Food Review: Wawawa Bistro – Deborah Tan

(6) IMG_0446To be honest, I’ve walked past Wawawa Bistro a couple of times but I’ve never thought to eat there. Not because the surroundings or the ambiance ain’t welcoming enough. I’m just always iffy about eateries that are the ONLY dining option at far-flung places. I am of the opinion that they won’t care about the food because most people would have “no choice” but to eat there.

So when I was invited by the PRs of Wawawa to do a food review, I was – honestly – prepared to be underwhelmed.

We arrived at Wawawa at about 7pm on a Monday evening where there was still some daylight left for us to appreciate the beauty of the surroundings. I must admit that, once seated, the view in front of the restaurant was pretty breath-taking and relaxing. The vibe was casual – diners wearing their jogging clothes fitted in easily among diners in office-garb – and I liked the “wall-less” concept of the restaurant because you really feel as if you’re dining IN a park, not inside an air-conditioned box located in a park.

(1) mini burgerThe menu is extensive, boasting Western dishes and Asian-inspired ones such as the soft-shell crab laksa. While I wouldn’t go as far as to say that the food here are culinary works of art, but they are comfort food done well and the portion sizes, generous.

For appetizer, I recommend you share the Mini Beef Burgers ($13.80) with your friends. The juicy grilled mini patties are rich in beefy flavour and whet your appetite instead of filling your stomach. If you’re a small eater and are looking for a meaty dish with a manageable size, this could also work as your main. With mini burgers, there is always a chance that the entire patty is done too dry and you’d have to douse the entire thing in ketchup for it to be palatable. These were done just right and the buns were fresh and pillow-soft.

(2)pork knuckleThe Signature German Pork Knuckle ($25.80) is a dish for sharing. The crackling was addictive and worth every fat and calorie. The meat retained its juiciness and did not have an overwhelmingly “porky” taste. Still have room to try another main? I strongly recommend the Soft-Shell Crab Laksa ($12.80). When Vanessa wanted to order it at first, I was like, “Please?!?! Why are you ordering something you can easily get for $3 at a hawker centre?!!” But when the dish arrived, I found my mouth beginning to salivate. With an entire fried soft-shell crab on top of the laksa, this dish hit all the spots and checked all the boxes. It was flavourful, rich, comforting, spicy, and every bite makes you just want to have some more.

(3) lavaFor desserts, don’t turn your nose up at the Wawawa Chocolate Lava Cake ($10.80). Ours was done perfectly with a soft chocolate cake and a crusty shell that opened up to a thick, molten center of warm chocolate sauce. It was the perfect end to a more than satisfying meal and I understood why the restaurant had such a healthy crowd on a Monday evening – when you’re stressed, all you want is eat food that is focused on being unabashedly shiok. At Wawawa, the food is just that – shiok.

Wawawa Bistro By The Reservoir is located at Bedok Reservoir, 901 Bedok Reservoir Road. Tel: 6285 8038.

Material World was invited to a tasting by Wawawa Bistro. All opinions are the author’s own.


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How would you like to do some yoga and have brunch here?

20 Material World readers will have the chance to enjoy a Sunday morning at Bedok Reservoir with a yoga session followed by brunch at Wawawa Bistro. Details:

DATE: 15 September 2013, Sunday
TIME: 9.30am SHARP
MEETING POINT: Wawawa Bistro at Bedok Reservoir
This is a LADIES-ONLY event. Gentlemen, we appreciate the support but we are unable to accommodate men at this event.

Every participant pays $10* to sign up. You’ll receive:
1. An hour-long yoga session with yoga instructor Lu Jingshi
2. A healthy brunch courtesy of Wawawa Bistro
3. A beauty goodie bag by Maybelline
4. A yoga mat

*The $10 will be spent solely on covering the expenses of the yoga mat and logistics. Wawawa Bistro will not be profiting from this event.

Booking Deadline: 11 September 2013, Wednesday

To sign up, simply fill in the form below and we’ll advise you on the payment method. WE DO NOT ACCEPT PAYMENT ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT. Only by bank transfer or cheque. All payment must be made by the Booking Deadline. Your spot will only be confirmed when we receive your payment.


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Beauty Review: Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser & Dream Matte Mousse – Deborah Tan

I’ve always wanted to see the effects of skincare and makeup WITHOUT Photoshop. But obviously my previous job required every single image to be picture-perfect. Not that it’s bad but I am of the belief that with all that money poured into R&D, surely the beauty industry has to be confident that their products WORK, right?

Anyway, I was super curious about a couple of Maybelline‘s new stuff so I went and terrorise Lili into trying them out for me. And, although she allowed me to take her pictures (Before & After), what she didn’t know was that I was going to blow her pores up close for the whole world to see! Sorry Lili … haha!

Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser, $19.90, at Watsons, Guardian and selected stores.

Well, let’s start with the Baby Skin Pore Eraser.

What it does: As the name suggests, this gel claims to erase pores, imperfections, lines and creases.
Key ingredients: Cherry extracts (antioxidant properties; so it’s good for acne-prone skin)
How it feels/smells/looks: Colourless gel that is slightly thick because of the silicon elastomer and silica formula. Nonetheless, it’s got emollients as well so the skin will feel hydrated and look soft and moisturised.
Lili says …
The first thing that struck me was how it glided onto my skin and left a smooth, velvety finish. And, while it obviously can’t magically erase pores, it worked to minimise the appearance of mine. It works great as a makeup base or on it own if you want to achieve a fresh-face no-makeup look.”

Before Baby Skin:


Visible pores around the nose area

After Baby Skin:

Pores visibly concealed after Baby Skin was applied

Pores visibly concealed after Baby Skin was applied


Then I got Lili to try the Dream Matte Mousse foundation. The girl’s never used a mousse foundation before so I was interested to know if she found it easy to use.

Dream matte mousse

What it is: Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse in Nude Light 4
What it does: A lightweight mousse foundation that provides a natural-looking coverage and a matte finish while leaving skin hydrated.
Key ingredients: Amino-acid treated pigments to provide superior blending ability.
How it feels/smells/looks: Feels exactly like mousse – soft, light and airy.
Lili says …
“It’s incredibly easy to blend! I didn’t use a sponge; I applied the foundation using just my fingertips. However, because it dries very quickly to a matte finish, and is oil-free, I wouldn’t recommend this for those with super-dry skin. The Dream Matte range, however, has a liquid foundation, so that might be better for those looking for a more watery option.”

Before Dream Matte Mousse: 

Before the foundation

Before the foundation

After Dream Matte Mousse:

Foundation blends perfectly into the skin, leaving behind no discernible trace

Foundation blends perfectly into the skin, leaving behind no discernible trace

Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser retails at $19.90 at Watsons, Guardian and selected stores.

Maybelline Dream Matte Mouse retails at $24.90 at selected Watsons stores.

The Maybelline products were passed to Material World for review. All opinions are the author’s and tester’s own.

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. Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweets.

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Beauty Review: Maybelline Bold Matte – Deborah Tan

Maybelline Bold Matte lipstick

Maybelline Bold Matte lipstick, $17.90

I received a bunch of Maybelline’s new Bold Matte lipsticks last week in a press kit. Being a big fan of matte lipsticks, I really wanted to give them a try.

The matte lipsticks I’ve previously used have presented these two problems:

1. They were heavy on the lips – felt pretty much like I was wearing war-paint at times

2. They were drying – after a day’s wear, the skin on my lips would peel away in pieces

Instead of drying powders to give the matte effect, Maybelline Bold Matte uses mattifying milk. The lipstick also contains honey nectar to give hydration. After reading the press release, the first thought, admittedly, that came into my mind was that the colour really wouldn’t be as saturated as the conventional matte lippies.

Being a fan of bright reds, I naturally leaned towards the Mat5 Bold Red for this review.

Now, it would be silly to expect your matte lipstick to look professionally applied without these following tools:

1. A lip pencil

2. A lip brush

You will need to prime your lips first as well – lightly brush away the flakes on your lips and apply a thin layer of lipbalm while you do the rest of your makeup first.

Once you’re ready to do your lips, blot away the lipbalm. Too much oil on the surface of your lips will affect the finish and the lasting power of your lipstick. Then, fill your entire lips with a lip pencil. Personally, I like to use a lip pencil that bears a similar shade to the lipstick. You may also use a lip pencil in a shade closer to the colour of your own lips.

The function of a lip pencil is to provide a base for the lipstick to sit on. Don’t just line the boundary of your lips, fill them in completely! And … don’t try to use the lip pencil to alter the shape of your lips. Work with what you have.

Check out my bold red lips!

Check out my bold red lips!

Now, you’re ready to apply your lipstick.

Maybelline Bold Matte was a breeze to put on. What I like about the lipstick:

1. It doesn’t have a strong paint smell that most high-pigment lipsticks have

2. It glides on easily and deposits the colour evenly

After about four hours of wear, my lips remained perfectly coloured. I didn’t even feel like I was wearing a lipstick. The best part of it all was that the colour did not stain my lips and went away easily with a normal oil cleanser. No flaking of the lips, no stains and, the colour remained strong and saturated for as long as your first fried chicken or first slice of pizza.

You’ll need a touch up after an oily meal but I would highly recommend anyone wearing ANY kind of lipstick to check on their makeup after such a meal anyway.

The Bold Matte press kit was sent to Material World for review. All opinions are the author’s own.

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.