Beauty & Shopping, Fragrances, Makeup, Skincare

3 Days Of Beauty Fun! – Vanessa Tai

Our favourite retailer TANGS is throwing a massive 3-day beauty extravaganza and everybody is invited! Vanessa Tai has the scoop on all the best deals. 

What are you doing this weekend? Well, whatever your plans are, CANCEL THEM! From 6 to 8 June, there’s no better place for a beauty junkie to be than at TANGS. All your favourite beauty brands are pulling all stops to ensure you’ll have an unforgettable time of primping, prepping, and getting pampered. Here’s what to expect:

Yet-to-be-launched Products


M·A·C x Pedro Lourenço

Buy before everyone else! These products aren’t officially launched yet, but you can be among the first to bring them home. We have our eye on the Shu Uemura Drawing Pencil and Benefit They’re Real! Push-Up Liner! Another pre-launch that has us excited is the collaboration between M·A·C and Brazilian fashion designer Pedro Lourenço, with their lust-worthy collection of nudes and reds.

Massive Savings 

Micro Essence & ANR 2

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Set

When I say massive, I’m talking about “OMG I NEED TO SNAP THIS UP NOW!” massive. Just check this out – Shiseido Revital Vital-Perfection Science Cream AAA Set is yours for $300 (save $131), Lancôme Genefique and Visionnaire Serum Set is yours for $238 (save $114), Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Set is yours for $330 (save $90).

Gifts Galore

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Clé De Peau Beauté 9-pc gift set

No, I’m not just talking about a free makeup pouch or tote bag with each purchase. I’m talking about receiving a 9-pc gift set (worth $180) when you spend a minimum of $550 at Clé De Peau Beauté. I’m talking about receiving a 6-pc Hydrating Gift Set (worth $200) with every $250 purchase at Guerlain. I’m talking about receiving a full-sized cK Eternity Aqua Fragrance 100ml (worth $137) when you make a minimum purchase of $180 at cK Fragrances. Yes, that’s the kind of mind-boggling giveaways I’m talking about!

Party with Barbarella


Everybody’s favourite SPG will be roaming TANGS Beauty at the Orchard store on 7 June (Saturday) at 3pm, so don’t miss out! Trust us, she’s as funny in person as she is on The Noose. Several other brands will also be holding complimentary skin consultations and makeup demonstrations so there’ll be much to do and try!

For detailed listings on what to try and buy, click here.

See you there!

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.


Beauty & Shopping, Makeup

Party-Ready in 7 Minutes Flat – Denise Li

If there’s one thing I’m sufficiently smug about with regards to my relationship with Alain, it’s that I’m usually the first one dressed, made up, and ready to go whenever we head out for the night. Partly because he likes to wait till the absolute last minute to take a shower and takes like 10 minutes to get his hair just right, but mostly because I don’t subscribe to the stereotype that women need three hours to get immaculately groomed.

Of course, it took lots of practice over the years to learn how to get party-ready in under 10 minutes. But I think quality products with good textures go a long way as well.

That’s why I’m such a huge fan of Nars – it’s hard to beat the smooth, easy-to-apply texture, whether you’re using one of its eyeshadows or lippies. They just glide onto your skin, and you can quickly build colour, although the colour payoffs are usually pretty amazing with just a little product.

As my fashion sensibilities tend towards the safe side, I like experimenting with slightly bolder makeup looks – an electric blue eyeshadow, or perhaps a hot pink liquid lippie. I was definitely wowed by the Nars Guy Bourdin Holiday Collection.

But first, who exactly is Guy Bourdin?

He’s a well-known French photographer whose work captured the imagination of Nars founder Francois Nars. Bourdin’s works convey “unconventional narratives and overt sexuality”, which was pretty groundbreaking back in the 70s. His bold style has influenced Francois Nars over the years, and nowhere is that more clear in this collection, with its bright colours and impactful finishes.

The photography for this campaign is pretty evocative as well, and clearly plays homage to Bourdin. In the words of Francois Nars himself, “We’re both drawn to beautiful, provocative, even audacious women. I think we’re both willing to break the rules.”


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I’m sure you’re pretty impatient to see what the products in this range look like so without further ado, here are few of my favourites.

NARS Guy Bourdin Cinematic Eyeshadow in Bad Behaviour, $38

NARS Guy Bourdin Cinematic Eyeshadow in Bad Behaviour, $38

This gun-metal shade is great for all skin tones and just what you need to create the perfect smokey eye.

NARS Guy Bourdin Cinematic Eyeshadow Wishful Thinking, $38

NARS Guy Bourdin Cinematic Eyeshadow Wishful Thinking, $38

This electric-blue shade is great for those retro-themed parties.

NARS Guy Bourdin Cinematic Lipstick in Full Frontal, $38

NARS Guy Bourdin Cinematic Lipstick in Full Frontal, $38

My secret to looking instantly dressed up for formal affairs is to swipe on a plum lipstick like this one.

NARS Guy Bourdin Cinematic Lipstick in Goodbye Emmanuelle, $38

NARS Guy Bourdin Cinematic Lipstick in Goodbye Emmanuelle, $38

Pink lipsticks are a great option for the girl who doesn’t feel totally comfortable in bombshell-red shades. It has a more fun vibe, I think.

NARS Guy Bourdin Coeur Battant Blush, $50

NARS Guy Bourdin Blush in Coeur Battant, $50

I can imagine that this blush would look absolutely gorgeous on olive or dark skin.

NARS Guy Bourdin Day Dream Blush, $50

NARS Guy Bourdin Blush in Day Dream, $50

A more suitable option for those with light to medium skintones, this imparts a healthy, post-exercise glow.

Using products from this collection, I managed to achieve that party-ready makeup look in under 7 minutes … I timed it!

What I used:

– A powder foundation

– Nars Guy Bourdin Blush in Day Dream

– Nars Guy Bourdin Cinematic Eyeshadow in Bad Behaviour

– Nars Guy Bourdin Cinematic Lipstick in Goodbye Emmanuelle

– A pencil liner to balance out the smokey lid

– A lashing of mascara

finished look with nars

closer look at eyes

My favourite product from the Nars collection (though it’s hard to pick just one) probably has to be the lippie. It’s so moisturising that I don’t even need to use a lip balm on my chapped lips before applying this lipstick. It also stays put for ages, and this shade is a versatile one I can use day and night.

The Nars Holiday collection also has some wonderful gift sets you can buy to pamper the women in your life.

n Collection Crime of Passion Face Kit, $80

Nars Guy Bordin Collection Crime of Passion Face Kit, $80

NARS Guy Bourdin Collection Beautiful Stranger Nail Set, $45

NARS Guy Bourdin Collection Beautiful Stranger Nail Set, $45

The products I’ve shown in this post are just a taste of what you can expect from the Nars Guy Bourdin Collection. To check out the full range of products, be sure to head down to Nars, Tangs Orchard from mid-November.

Material World was given a set of Nars Guy Bourdin products for a review and was not paid for this review. All opinions are the author’s own.

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. To her, there’s no such thing as too many pairs of boots. Follow her on Twitter @DeniseLiTweets.

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