Beauty & Shopping, Entertainment, Lifestyle

The 8 Big Ways To Conquer Crazy Sale Periods – Matthew Fam

There is an imperceptible energy in the air of Orchard Road. Yes, the Great Singapore Sale is fast approaching: the crowds will be packing, and your wallet will be crying. Taking place this year from 30 May – 27 July, here are the 8 ways to emerge a champ from this islandwide sale we all love!

1. The Dormant Shopper
The lights, it almost hurts your eyes. The colours, can’t… resist! You try to keep a calm, serene expression as you enter the store, when your shopping-deprived self is actually squealing on the inside. “Shall not embarrass self. Am grown woman with inner poise,” you tell yourself.

Relax- there’s more than enough reasons to get excited. Sales are a great opportunity for cash-strapped individuals where your wardrobe FINALLY gets an update. No more recycling outfits for the umpteenth time!

Tropical prints can still be muted, as seen from Marc Jacobs Spring 2014 Ready-To-Wear Collection.

Tropical prints can still be muted, as seen from Marc Jacobs Spring 2014 Ready-To-Wear Collection.

2. Eyeing Trends
The one statement piece to get? Tropical prints. Seen on the runways of Peter Pilotto and Marc Jacobs, these nature-themed motifs are still riding high on the trend wave. Allergic to colour? Pare down with monochromatic designs instead. Totes do-able.

3. Perfumes
Most often, sales assistants in department stores would offer a sampling of fragrance sprayed on card strips. Instead, ask if you could apply the perfume directly on yourself. Scents react differently to your skin chemistry, so what smells great on a card may not on yourself. Wait for an hour and then sniff the spot you sampled the perfume on.

4. Sales Assistants
“Hi, can I help you with anything?”
“Oh no, I’m just looking around. Thank you.”
You are then being followed around (eek), sometimes even eyed as if you’re stealing something. Sounds familiar? Oh trust me, it gets even worse with some security guards – they don’t even smile.

However, do know that these lovely staff have the best intentions to help find what you need. In fact, you can even score freebies with beauty sales assistants! Enquire politely about a product that you would love to try before committing to a purchase. They might just provide sample sachets.

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5. The To-And-Fro
No, this is not a Salsa dance step. But if you think about it, navigating through a sale is a kind of dance. How many times have you held on to a garment, before placing it back (do I NEED this?) and then taking it back again (but it’s in my size!) and then– you get the drift.

When faced with such a dilemma, ask yourself: Is this similar to what I already have? Sales are the perfect time to get styles you normally wouldn’t purchase at normal price, so experiment!

6. The Dressing Rooms
If the streams of garments spilling out from hands hadn’t given it away, you would have thought wartime food rations were being handed out. To combat long waiting times, you need a major game plan. Form a tag team with your girlfriend: wait in line as she gets the outfits she wants, and switch over when she returns. Just remember to set a time limit!

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7. Unflattering Dressing Room Lighting
Sometimes you wonder if the harsh lighting found in dressing rooms are just out there to make you feel completely miserable about yourself.

Overhead lighting tends to highlight every pore, stray eyebrow hair and blemish on your skin to the point where you just want to burst out of the dressing room half naked and cry. But remember: you are fabulous no matter what, so don’t let deceptive lighting deter you from your shopping expedition. Now… strike a pose!

8. The Final Stretch
Snaking queue at the payment counter? Worst. Part. Ever. As if queueing for dressing rooms weren’t enough! This is where people start cutting losses by dumping unwanted items on the closest rack or counter they can find. The department store will look like a war zone, and you the brave trooper who survived it all- good job!

To avoid overspending, draft a shopping list so you don’t buy more than what you need. But to err on the side of caution, bring a set amount of hard cash and leave your credit cards at home. That way, you’re putting a direct limit on the amount you spend.

 

So what other tips do you have for the Great Singapore Sale? Share with us in the comments section below!

About the Author: Matthew Fam is a contributing writer of Material World, and has worked at Cosmopolitan Singapore as an intern and Contributing Beauty Assistant. He writes, teaches, and performs for the stage. Matthew enjoys museum visits, Singaporean Theatre, and spends too much of his undergraduate allowance on magazines.
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Beauty & Shopping, Contests, Fragrances

[Scent Your Love] Shiseido Zen Sun

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 makes 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 Shiseido Zen Sun EDT, a fresh floral scent for the free-spirited woman.

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Notes of Shiseido Zen sun
Top Notes:
 Bergamot, grapefruit, mango, peach blackcurrant, citron, lemon
Middle Notes: Blue rose, gardenia, cherry blossom, lotus, lily-of-the-valley
Base Notes: Amber, raspberry, sandalwood

Our take on Shiseido Zen Sun

1. It’s a surprisingly fresh take on the original Zen, which is a lot heavier and creamier.
2. It is rather complex for a fresh scent. Sniff your wrist every half an hour to uncover new notes!
3. Uplifting and cheery, one spritz of this is enough to lift heavy spiritz.
4. The bottle’s rather sharp, masculine lines offer a nice contrast to this feminine scent.

Most suited for:
The girl who loves backpacking around the world. This perfume will make the perfect companion for her on all her travels to exotic locations.

 So win this bottle of Shiseido Zen Sun for your friend!

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!

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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.

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[Scent Your Love] Coach Poppy Blossom

A fragrance makes 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?

Coach Poppy Blossom

Coach Poppy Blossom

Today’s giveaway is from the Coach Poppy Blossom collection, and is the title scent in the collection of three. This romantic fragrance was created with the sweet and charming woman in mind.

Notes of Coach Poppy Blossom
Top Notes: 
Lychee, Mara Strawberry and Mandarin
Middle Notes: Rose Centifolia, Tuberose Fleur and Jasmine Sambac
Base Notes: Vanilla, Blonde Woods

Our take on Coach Poppy Blossom:
1. It has a soft, gentle aroma; not sharp or overpowering at all.
2. The refreshing top notes make it a great pick-me-up right before a dreary meeting.
3. Despite its citrusy and floral notes, this scent has an edge of maturity to it, making it ideal for the working professional.
4. The fragrance dries down to something subtly sweet, and lasts the entire day.
5. The romantic-at-heart will appreciate the beautiful fabric flower that adorns the bottle cap.

Most suited for:
Your charming friend who is able to win over just about anybody with her wit and grace.

So win this bottle of Coach Poppy Blossom for your friend!

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!

ScentYourLovebanner

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.

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