Beauty & Shopping, Skincare

The Face-Shaping Product That Really Surprised Me – Deborah Tan

If the hashtag “#fatface” pops into your mind every time you see a picture of yourself, perhaps it’s time to give this mask a try. Founder Deborah did and hasn’t looked back.

If you think you’ve got “fat face”, you haven’t seen mine. My face is so big, that on a trip to Seoul once, the uncles and aunties at Dongdaemun asked if I would consider going for plastic surgery. I also remember a particularly humiliating incident where some girl (who was flirting with a date) loudly commented that my face is “like a ball”.

So the moment I starting drawing a “sizable” salary, I decided to get Botox injections to slim down my jawline. These injections are by no means cheap (they go up to $1,000 each time) but the results are visible and they last for about six months each time. Obviously, the size of my face is down to bone structure more than anything else. To achieve permanent “face shrinkage” would demand a more invasive method … like shaving the jawbone.

For someone who has resorted to pretty “drastic” measures to have a slimmer-looking face, you will understand why I’m skeptical towards creams and masks that claim to give you a “V-shape face”.

A recent visit to Yves Rocher at Westgate introduced me to the Ovale Lifting Supra Lift Mask. I was told that the brand not only patented the active ingredient, it also patented the delivery method. It seemed promising and I decided to give it a go.

To use the product, you first twist the brush-head to “On”. Squeeze a dollop of the cream-mask out and apply it upwards starting from the base of your jaw to your cheekbones. Visualize yourself painting on a sort of a “hammock” for your face.

The instructions say that you need to put on quite a thick layer so don’t scrimp on that. Once you have “painted” on the mask, click the brush-head to “Off” and use the brush to massage your face in an upward manner for a minute or so. Leave on for 5 minutes before wiping off the excess. There is no need to rinse the mask off.

You are supposed to use this twice a week – which was what I did. I used it on Day 1 and then once more on Day 4. The result, below:

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Photos have not been digitally altered or Photoshopped in any way. Difference in skin-tone is due to lighting.

I am astounded by the result! The mask had a clear “anti-slackening” effect on my face. If you look at the right side of each photo (that would be the actual Left of each face), you’ll see that the cheek is lifted and looks firmer. The “droopy” flesh along the jawline has also “tightened” up. My jaw is square so clearly that is something the mask cannot correct. Overall, I’m really pleased to see that the mask made my face looked less puffy, more lifted, and the skin, tighter and less saggy.

I also applied the mask onto my neck and as you can see, on the photo on the right, the lines have also become much fainter.

Verdict: This mask is definitely a cheaper, less invasive method to achieving a slimmer-looking face. This is great for days when you are suffering from water-retention, or feel that your skin is in need of a lift. Got a wedding dinner or a class reunion round the corner? Then this mask will shave a year or two off your face. For me, I just like that I can save on those Botox injections … until I absolutely need them.

Ovale Lifting Supra Lift Mask

Ovale Lifting Supra Lift Mask

The best thing about an Yves Rocher product is that it is 100% plant-based and you can trace its ingredients back to their source. The brand prides itself on growing and harvesting the ingredients it uses, and this commitment to accountability also extends to its manufacturing and research arms. Yves Rocher believes that a brand that respects Nature and the environment is a brand that respects your beauty. The list below explains, in a nutshell, why Yves Rocher is the brand for those who desire products that respects the planet.

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The Ovale Lifting Supra Lift Mask was given to Material World for review purposes. This post was neither paid for nor advised by Yves Rocher. You may read our advertising policy here.

Yves Rocher is located at #02-16 Westgate.

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Beauty & Shopping, Malls & Boutiques

A New Way To Shop At Jem – Vanessa Tai

As someone who lives in the west, I’ve had to put up with east-siders going on and on about how they live in the “better side” of Singapore. However, I must admit that even as a West-sider, I hardly venture beyond the Holland and Bukit Timah area. Which was why I was completely taken aback by how much Jurong East has transformed in the last couple of years.

I was recently invited to try out JemX Rewards, a new app-based loyalty program by the shopping mall Jem. When I emerged from Jurong East MRT, I looked around in mild confusion. “Is this really Jurong East?” I thought. Instead of the flat grasslands of yore, I was surrounded by tall, shiny buildings. When I stepped into Jem, my eyes widened at the sight of high-street fashion brands H&M and Uniqlo … something I didn’t expect to see in a heartland mall. It was definitely a “Wow” moment for me.

The Jem app itself is also pretty amazing; it really adds value to the entire shopping experience. One of the features that impressed me was the Car Locator function, which helps you remember where you parked your car and even guides you step-by-step from wherever you are to where you car is! You can also use the Navigation function to figure out how to get from one store to another – which is very helpful, considering there are over 200 stores in the mall!

I know of many people who would find this function very useful!

I know of many people who would find this function very useful!

Nifty navigation features aside, JemX Rewards is a points-based system that allow you to earn rewards on the go. After registering and activating your JemX Rewards account (you’ll need to produce a minimum spend of $20 beforehand), you can start earning points immediately! How does it work?

When making payment, just type in your transaction details into the app and get it verified by the cashier who will then pass you a QR code to scan with your phone. Once the transaction is completed, you’ll automatically earn points. Every $1 spent is 1 Jem Point. Upon accumulating enough points, you can exchange it for e- or paper vouchers that you can spend on that day itself, or on your next visit.

An easy overview of your points earned.

An easy overview of your points earned.

For a step-by-step guide on how to use JemX Rewards, check out this video.

I think what’s great about having an app-based loyalty program is how convenient it is – your points, vouchers and even updates on the latest promotions are all centralised in your smartphone. My mum is big on loyalty programs, so she has plenty of cards from all the various malls and boutiques. Very often, when making payment, she’ll have to sift through all her cards and ask the cashier, “What colour is the card?” Methinks having an app like this would make things so much easier for everyone involved!

The Jem app is available for download on iTunes and Google Play. 

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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