Beauty & Shopping, Branded Content, Contests, Skincare, Spa Treats

[Material World x Porcelain, The Face Spa] Freezing Time With Cryotherapy – Vanessa Tai

Facial treatments these days are getting increasingly advanced and I, for one am thrilled. Anything to achieve that flawless, glowing complexion, right? Ever since my first experience at Porcelain, The Face Spa, I’ve been in awe of the efficacy of their treatments. So I was chuffed when they invited me back to try their latest treatment, the Cryotherapy Facial.

About Cryotherapy Facial

Originating from Korea, this 60-minute treatment has a two-pronged approach. First, a customised blend of serums will be applied onto your skin using 0.5mm micro-needles. If your eyebrows just arched at the word “needles”, don’t be alarmed! There’s zero pain involved; it just feels like gentle pricks against your skin. Plus, it uses a cooling technology so there’s no redness or risk of inflammation. The purpose of using micro-needles is to enhance absorption of the serum into your skin. Plus, the upward stamping motion helps with the lifting effect.

The second step of the treatment involves using a cryo probe to chill your skin to -10 degrees Celsius, which helps restore firmness to overall skin tone. The therapist would glide the probe over your face in gentle, circular motions, which aids in improving microcirculation.

Check out my Before and After pics below:





Pretty amazing huh? Being only 26 years old, you would think skin firming wouldn’t be a top concern. But I guess pictures really don’t lie. Apart from the picture that I took for this post, there have been several “candid shots” of me where my chin is – horrors of horrors – visibly sagging southwards. I’ve tried a couple of facial treatments in the past that promised to lift my skin, but none of them had as dramatic an effect as the Cryotherapy Facial.

After the treatment, my previously-tired skin also looked and felt rejuvenated, as if it’s been given a new lease of life. Just take a look at the condition of my skin before and after treatment.

Before (Tired, dull complexion)

Before (Tired, dull complexion)

After (Bright, refreshed complexion)

After (Bright, refreshed complexion)

There was absolutely no Photoshop or airbrushing involved in the images you see above – what you see is what you’ll get.

Customised Treatments at Porcelain, TheFace Spa

Flawless Pore+Spot Intensive Serum

Flawless Pore+Spot Intensive Serum

What I like about the treatments at Porcelain is how they take care to customise products and treatments to treat each individual. My skin is relatively unproblematic – it’s just a little on the dull side, with pigmentation spots – so the product used for my treatment was the Flawless Pore+Spot Serum. This highly concentrated serum comes with Vitamin C, Coenzyme Q10, and Sodium Hyaluronate to brighten skin and lighten dark spots.

For customers who have acne or sensitive skin, the Cryotherapy Facial may not be a recommended treatment as the stamping action of the micro-needles may trigger a reaction. Not to worry, Porcelain has a comprehensive suite of services that will suit any skin condition. The products and equipment you see at Porcelain have all been sourced from various countries by their founder Pauline. Come 2014, she will be bringing in even more products, and equipment, which means a greater level of customisation for you, the consumer.

Porcelain, The Face Spa is located at 15 Cantonment Road, Tel: 6227 9692.

Material World worked with Porcelain, The Face Spa to review its facial treatment. All reviews are the author’s own and were not vetted by the client. You may read our advertising policy here.


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We have three Cryotherapy Facial treatments, each worth $250, to be won! To enter your name for the draw, follow the instructions below:

1. In the Comments section, name two benefits of the Cryotherapy Facial.

2. Then Share this post with your friends on Facebook. Remember to tag “MaterialWorldSG” and “Porcelain Face Spa” 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 “Porcelain, The Face Spa – Cryotherapy Facial”. 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 25 2013.


Beauty & Shopping, Makeup

Beauty Review: Nars Radiant Cream Compact Foundation – Vanessa Tai

You probably know the basics of how to choose a good foundation – it should help your makeup application be smooth and effortless, and the colour of your foundation should blend seamlessly with the skin around your neck. But here is a less-known tidbit on foundation that you may not know: when testing a new foundation, you should test it on three spots: underneath your eyes, around your nose and at your jawline. The perfect shade should blend uniformly into the skin around these three areas.

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Nars Radiant Cream Compact Foundation

That’s what I learned recently when trying out new foundation shades at the launch of the Nars Fall 2013 collection. You can watch the video of me trying out a new shade here. Because my skin tone is light with slightly yellow undertones, I was recommended to use the Gobi shade.

I’m not usually a fan of foundation because the ones I’ve tried tend to be either 1) too thick and gloopy or 2) too light and powdery, making me look like some sort of a geisha. This one from Nars has a smooth, creamy texture that glided easily onto my face. Think of this foundation as a three-in-one combination of a liquid foundation, a powder foundation and a tinted moisturiser.

While I liked the lightweight texture of this foundation, it didn’t quite provide me with as much coverage as I would have liked. For those who prefer heavier coverage, you’ll probably have to apply several layers of this medium-coverage foundation. I applied two thin layers across my face, which was sufficient to even out skin redness and minor blemishes, but my freckles and darker pigmentation marks were still visible. Check out the images below to see what I mean.

Before: Skin tone is uneven and freckles are apparent

Before: Skin tone is uneven and freckles are apparent

After: Skin tone is evened out and skin looks more radiant

After: Skin tone is evened out and skin looks more radiant

Verdict: This cream-based foundation is great for those with dry skin; it provides a moisturising effect without making you feel like your pores are clogged with product. The coverage it offers is good enough to correct slightly uneven skin tones, as well as smooth over small blemishes or very fine lines. However, it’s probably not suited for those looking for much heavier coverage.

The product was given to Material World for review; 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 & Shopping, Skincare

Beauty Review: FANCL 5-Step Mutenka Anti-Aging Solution – Vanessa Tai

Scenario: My mum and I are out shopping and the salesperson will ask, “Are you sisters?” My mum will grin from ear to ear whenever that happens while I look away, scowling. I’ll usually tell my mum the salesperson was just trying to flatter her so she would buy more stuff, but it’s happened even with other random people we meet. Even Debs’ fiance said he did a double-take when he first saw my mum, ’cause he thought he was seeing double.

Bottomline: My mum looks younger than her age.

However, she’s recently been complaining about experiencing various signs of ageing, namely fine lines, a saggier skin tone, and pigmentation spots that don’t seem to go away. So she was excited when I asked her to try out FANCL’s 5-Step Mutenka Anti-Aging Solution. Combining skincare with oral supplements, this range works by revitalising troubled skin cells and removing skin damage factors.

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There are four skincare products in this range – the Aging Care Lotion, Aging Care Essence, Aging Care Mask and the Aging Care Emulsion – but the star product in this range is the Aging Care Essence. It contains Early Harvest Kiwi Extract, which helps contract and tighten collagen tissues for firmer skin, as well as Centella Asiatica Extract to help prevent damage caused by UV rays. No wonder then it’s also my mum’s favourite product. She says:

Whenever I use the Aging Care Essence, I can really feel it being absorbed into my skin, hydrating it. It’s as if my skin is taking a drink!”

In addition to having well-moisturised skin, she has also noticed a visible improvement to her complexion in just two weeks. Her pigmentation spots are now lighter and her skin doesn’t appear to be as saggy.

For pictorial evidence, here are her before/after shots:


Before (Skin looks listless and saggy around chin area)


After (Skin is visibly brighter and skin tone appears firmer)

Note: The above images have not been digitally altered.

Overall, this is a great starter kit for those looking for a holistic anti-aging solution.

FANCL Mutenka Anti-Aging products are now available from $36 at all FANCL outlets. The products mentioned in this post were given to Material World for review purposes, all opinions are the reviewer’s own. You may 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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