Beauty & Shopping, Makeup

Beauty Review: Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion – Deborah Tan

I love it when I have a “problem” whenever I’m reviewing a beauty product. Many of my friends have asked if the products I’ve tried in the course of my career work for real. The answer is often a YES. The amount of money poured into R&D by these brands has to mean something, and with people increasingly turning to online media for product reviews, it’d be pretty embarrassing if a product doesn’t work as well as it should. Which is why I am of the belief that we can afford to tone down on the Photoshop a lil’ bit. People aren’t asking for perfect, airbrushed skin. People want to know how a product really work. And, isn’t it always better to manage your consumers’ expectations than sell them a dream they can hardly achieve?

Laneige-BB-Soothing-CompactI was given a Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion to try at a recent meeting with the Laneige team. Having seen the TV ads about the product, I was curious to see if it does give a dewy, moisturised look to the complexion. No thanks to the haze, I have a zit at the end of my right eyebrow. Although many people have commented that my skin looks good, up close, you can still see the marks of years spent as an acne-ridden teenager.

Packaging
The Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion comes in a handy compact that shuts tightly. You do not have to worry about it popping open in your makeup pouch. The BB cream layer has an additional lid that snaps shut, ensuring spillages will not happen. The compact measures about 2.5 inches in diameter. The entire thing fits easily into a small clutch or your makeup pouch.

Product
Most BB creams come in a tube or a pump bottle. Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion holds a sponge soaked in the product. Press the sponge slightly with the applicator and apply as you would with, say, a two-way cake. The texture is watery (containing a high level of mineral water) rather than creamy. Upon application, I was surprised at the sheer (but substantial) coverage this BB cream gave. The watery texture meant it felt cooling on the skin and was easy to blend. Apparently, this BB cream increases the moisture content of your skin by 30% and has been proven to cool your skin down by 3 degrees Celsius. It also has an SPF of 50+ PA+++.

Verdict
I found the BB cream a breeze to apply. You don’t really have to worry about your face looking patchy because it practically melts into your skin. I do, as a precaution, still wear a layer of sunscreen before I put this BB cream on. Not that I don’t trust its ability to shield my skin from the sun’s UV rays but because I just don’t want to get too complacent about sun protection. If you desire more coverage, I strongly suggest you brush on a layer of two-way cake.

The photo below shows the Before and After shots of my skin up close. The After picture is me just wearing the BB Soothing Cushion. I did not put on any sunscreen before the BB cream nor did I apply any powder on top of it. And, as you can see, the zit is sufficiently concealed and my acne scars and pigment spots are less obvious.

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These pictures have not been digitally altered in any way.

You can get a really good deal on the Snow BB Soothing Cushion at the Laneige roadshow happening at VivoCity today and tomorrow – Lili and I popped by last night. If you are interested in trying it out, I strongly recommend you go check it out. If not, you can always redeem a travel-size sample by showing the beauty advisors at Laneige this picture.

Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion was given to Material World for review purposes. All opinions are the author’s own and this review was not paid for by Laneige. Please read our advertising policy here.

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 dreams of driving all the way to Russia in a Land Rover … Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweets.

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Beauty & Shopping, Makeup, Skincare

Get Your K-Beauty Fix At VivoCity This Weekend!

Looking for something fun and exciting to do this weekend that doesn’t involve the outdoors (because who knows when the next haze or hailstorm hits!)? Head on down to the VivoCity atrium and get your beauty fix at the Laneige and Sulwhasoo roadshows!

At the Sulwhasoo roadshow, experience and learn more about the world’s first skincare with Thermal Protection Factor (TPF). Unlike SPF, which protects your skin from UV rays, TPF guards against heat. Why heat? Studies have shown it accelerates ageing, causing visible signs of ageing like fine lines, wrinkles and dehydrated skin. And, here’s the shocker: It takes just 15 minutes of being in the open for your skin temperature to rise from the normal 31°C to 41°C – 43°C!

Help is here in the form of Sulwhasoo Renodigm EX Dual Care Cream. Besides containing traditional herbal plants to shield your skin against heat, it also has SPF 30 PA++ to block out harmful UV rays. At the Sulwhasoo workshop, you can find out more about this anti-ageing day cream, as well as the different Sulwhasoo skincare products that make up the perfect skincare regime. Psst … one of the products is made with an entire ginseng!

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After the talk, you get to create your very own ice cream at the one-hour hands-on ice cream workshop with the good people of Scoopy’s & Cream. Debs and I learned some really cool tricks, and we had such  an awesome time making apricot-flavoured ice cream (which was edible and, in fact, super yummy, thank you very much)!

Separating the egg yolk from the white is truly as difficult as people say!

Separating the egg yolk from the white is truly as difficult as people say!

No fancy ice cream machines were used to create this ice cream? The secret? Attend the workshop to find out!

No fancy ice cream machines were used to create this ice cream! The secret? Attend the workshop to find out!

Want to attend this workshop? There are still available slots tomorrow!
Date: June 30, 2013
Time: 11am-1pm OR 3pm-5pm
Fee*: (DBS Cardmembers) $80/person OR $120/2 people
(Non-DBS Cardmembers) $100/person
To register, call 6376 9122
*Redeemable against Sulwhasoo products

EXCLUSIVE TO MATERIAL WORLD READERS!
Flash this picture to any Sulwhasoo Beauty Advisor and claim a Sulwhasoo Renodigm EX Dual Care Cream sample! Promotion ends June 30, 2013, while stocks last.

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material world food review of earle swensens
Food News, Lifestyle

Food Review: Earle Swensen’s – Deborah Tan

material world food review of earle swensens

All-You-Can-Eat Salad Buffet with every main course ordered. Also available as a la carte for $13.90

Swensen’s has always been a “childhood” restaurant for me. That was the place my mum and my grandmother would take us for an ice cream treat, that was the place my friends and I would go if we were feeling a bit “generous” with our pocket money. Since I’ve “grown up”, I hardly stepped into a Swensen’s. Until recently.

So an invitation to check out Earle Swensen’s new menu came up and it had a very, very crucial word on it: STEAK.

Now, what’s the difference – first of all – between Swensen’s and Earle Swensen’s? Think of the latter as a more “grown up” dining venue! The new menu clearly exhibited this fact. It is chockfull of hearty choices featuring good quality ingredients with a well thought-out combination of meats, seafood and, of course, desserts.

Are you a fan of all-you-can-eat salad bars? If so, you will be pleased to find that at Earle Swensen’s. Besides the usual offerings of Caesar salad, macaroni and fruit salad, potato salad, you will also find thematic salads that change with the “seasons”. So whether it’s a Szechuan theme or a Indian theme, your tastebuds will be tantalised just enough for your main course.

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Charbroiled Black Angus Ribeye Steak

The steak menu is surprisingly affordable, considering the cuts used. Featuring Black Angus steaks and grass-fed steaks from New Zealand, the average price of each steak is about $36. You might wonder if the affordable pricing means anorexic cuts of meat. Not at all. My Charbroiled Black Angus Ribeye Steak ($35.90) was HUGE. I actually had problems finishing my steak! And I always take that as a good sign of a restaurant aiming to be a go-to location for steak.

I’m not asking for a GINORMOUS piece of carcass, don’t get me wrong. To me, a good portion should be slightly bigger than my palm and almost as thick as a deck of poker cards. I don’t mind paying a bit more for good steak and so, Earle Swensen’s Black Angus ribeye surpassed my expectations in terms of pricing and portion size. Good start.

The meat was done to my request and every bite filled my mouth with the subtle iron-ish sweetness of beef jus. In fact, the steak itself was so redolent of natural flavour that I didn’t even need to smother it with the accompanying black pepper sauce. Thank god that the restaurant served the sauce on the side and did not drown the steak in it.

You may choose between black pepper sauce or beef jus. Every steak order also gives you a choice of how you want your potatoes – mashed, fries and, if I remembered correctly, baked.

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Creamy Seafood Chowder in a bread bowl

There were other dishes for us to try. For non-beef fans, I found these dishes equally memorable: the Lamb Loin Skewer, the Fried Game Hen, and the Seafood Chowder. The chowder I recommend you share it with a friend since the combination of salad, and soup in a bread bowl, might fill you up too much to enjoy your main course.

The mains at Earle Swensen’s are definitely the highlight of a budget-friendly menu. Not only are the portions generous, the dishes are done well and feature good ingredients.

For a venue to have your weekly family dinner tonight, I strongly recommend checking out Earle Swensen’s today.

Earle Swensen’s can be found at VivoCity (1 Harbourfront Walk, #02-117, Tel: 6272 3306) and Changi Airport Terminal 3 (Viewing Mall Central, Level 4, Tel: 6443 7123).

Material World was invited to review Earle Swensen’s new menu. 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 knows she can be a bit too shameless for her own good. Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweets.

 

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