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[Material World x Origins] A World Away From Home – Denise Li

I had been to the St Regis Singapore only a couple times prior to this staycation. The first was for the event, and the other, when I was invited to a tasting at its Italian restaurant La Brezza. But the impression the hotel left on me was that it was one of the few luxury hotels here that was classy but not stuffy, elegant but not excessively opulent. Step into the light-filled lobby and you’ll know exactly what I mean – it has a very clean aesthetic that is at once modern, chic and welcoming.

The lobby

The lobby

Absolutely Fascinating

Being a trivia geek, I was also fascinated by all the little nuggets of info I learnt when I was there. For instance, did you know that the Bloody Mary was supposedly invented by a bartender at the St Regis New York? Back in the day, it was known by its more elegant moniker, Red Snapper. Every St Regis hotel and resort in the world now has its own special version of the Bloody Mary. In Singapore, it’s no surprise that our concoction is made with chilli padi!

My favourite art piece at the St Regis Singapore. What do you think it means?

My favourite art piece at the St Regis Singapore. What do you think it means?

Take the elevator and you might notice that there’s a red stool placed in it. That’s because when the St Regis New York opened in the early 20th century, it was 12 storeys high and was then the tallest building in New York. And because the elevators of days of yore moved up very slowly, a chair was provided in each one to ensure the comfort of the guest as he makes his way up.

Another thing I loved about the St Regis Singapore is the plethora of art pieces you’ll find around the hotel. The one that particularly fascinated me was of this sculpture of a Singapore flag done up to look like an old-school sweet. Lili, my staycation companion, and Vanessa (who just couldn’t resist the chance to hang out at this gorgeous hotel) and I had lots of fun ruminating on what it could mean.

It was time to make our way to the room, and the first sight we were greeted with was of the panoramic view of Orchard Road. It was absolutely mesmerising. Our butler Melissa then came in to tell us about the room, including important information about how to control the light switches, TV, and to tell us more about their butler services. The butlers at St Regis have all undergone rigorous training to ensure the utmost comfort of all their guests. They are even able to pack and unpack your bags for you, if need be!

A Spot of Pampering

Lili used Drink Up Overnight Intensive once for 10 minutes before we went out, and again just before she slept that night.

Lili used Drink Up Intensive Overnight, $59, once for 10 minutes before we went out, and again just before she slept that night.

I used a combination of Clear Improvement and Drink Up.

I used a combination of Clear Improvement, $50, and Drink Up, $45.

Vanessa used Clear Improvement ...

Vanessa used Clear Improvement,$50.

Once we had played around with the light switches, oohed-and-aahed over the huge bathroom (which came with its own standalone bathtub!), we  settled down somewhat and admired the gorgeous view of Orchard Road from our window, it was time for a serious spot of pampering – pampering our faces, that is. It would be just what we need to prep for spending the rest of the evening exploring this gorgeous hotel.

Just before this staycation, the good people at Origins had passed us some three masks to try: Clear Improvement, Drink Up (a 10-minute mask) and Drink Up Intensive Overnight.

These variants were perfect for the three of us, all of whom have different skin conditions. Vanessa, for instance, is dealing with a mild breakout so Clear Improvement, a charcoal mask, would be just the thing to help her skin draw out its impurities as well as environmental toxins. Lili has dry skin so she would try the Drink Up Intensive Overnight for a much-needed boost of hydration. As I have that dreaded hard-to-care-for combination skin, I decided to try two masks at once – Clear Improvement for my T-zone and Drink Up for the dry patches on my cheeks.

(Note: Lili used her mask twice, once to get an instant glow before we headed out for the night, and then again at night to see its effects the next morning.)



A Little While Later …


Vanessa says: “I had to squeeze a large glob of the Clear Improvement onto my fingertips in order to spread a thick, even layer across my face. The consistency of the mask is thick and stiff – almost like poster paint – and it adhered well to my facial contours. Within 5 minutes of applying the mask, I could feel my skin tightening. The feeling is similar to the time when I used to put egg whites on my face as a type of DIY facial but, of course, using this mask is far more pleasant! After 10 minutes, I washed off the mask (it took a good 30 seconds of splashing to get every trace of the mask removed) and was pleased to see a clean, fresh-faced and brighter-looking complexion. It looked like I’d been for a professional facial!”

Check out that post-mask glow!

Check out that post-mask glow!

 Denise says: “As someone who has tried her fair share of beauty products in her life, it would take a very impressive product for me to rave about it. I’m happy to report that both the masks I tried worked miracles for my skin. I used Clear Improvement on my T-zone and within a couple of minutes, like Vanessa, I could feel my skin tightening up – surely a sign that it’s working its magic. It has white china clay to absorb environmental toxins, as well as lechitin and yellow sweet clover to dissolve impurities and decongest pores respectively. I spread Drink Up on my cheeks, the areas of my skin prone to dryness, and was surprised at how lightweight the mask was. It had a consistency that was just slightly thicker than that of a rich moisturiser. I also loved its deliciously tangy smell. The results 10 minutes later were pretty astounding. The pores on my T-zone looked smaller in appearance and my overall complexion had an unmistakable glow. Skin also felt softer and much smoother. I’d definitely recommend these masks if your skin is in need of a quick brightening fix!”

My skin's so radiant, I'm confident enough to step out barefaced.

My skin’s so radiant, I feel confident  to step out barefaced.

Lili says: “No thanks to my super-dry skin, I tend to look tired all the time. I’m always on the lookout for a rich overnight moisturiser to quench my parched skin so I’d wake up with an unmistakable glow. With Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask, I wasn’t disappointed. It contains avocado and apricot kernel oil, which work in synergy to deeply hydrate your skin, while Japanese seaweed helps prevent future dehydration and delay signs of premature ageing. Just before bedtime, apply it over your face and neck, and leave it on overnight. I noticed a visible difference the next morning – my skin was glowing, and it looked more supple and youthful!”

This is Lili in the morning after she'd used Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight. Skin no longer feels tight and dry!

This is Lili in the morning after she’d used Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight. Skin no longer feels tight and dry!

All three of our complexions looked so good post-mask that we all felt confident enough to head downstairs sans makeup for a pre-dinner tipple at Astor Bar. So, what did we think about the rest of what the St Regis Singapore has to offer? Stay tuned for a review of its restaurants and in-house spa, Remede Spa!

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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. She loves any product that smells of a citrus fruit. Follow her on Twitter @DeniseLiTweets.

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Drink Up Overnight Mask

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