Optical Materials

Flaunt it: Plexiglas

An acrylic coffee table by Nina Petronzio.

Saturday, 29 September, 2012, 11:50pm

Beauty brand Sjal taps soothing essence of sapphires in a facial oil

Kristin Petrovich

It's not unusual to have sapphires in your jewellery box, but how about in your cosmetics cabinet?

Kristin Petrovich, the founder of cult beauty brand Sjal, says she believes sapphires can give beauty products a magical boost.

Petrovich flew in from New York on Tuesday to launch Sjal's Saphir facial oil at Causeway Bay's 10/10 Space salon.

7 Sep 2012 - 3:52am

A daub of the summer's aroma

Think of a summer bouquet bursting with juicy fruits and flowers ... Then imagine it all crushed up into a portable potion.

Such are the sensual solid fragrances created from pure and natural ingredients by skincare expert Sabrina Lo Ming-yan from Sabrina's Secrets.

Just rubbing a little onto your pulse points will keep you smelling good all day.

3 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

The woman whose footprints stopped

It had been a long winter, but now spring was at last returning to the snow lands. Akiak lived with his wife, Sakiri, in an igloo at the edge of a frozen creek. Through holes drilled into the ice, Akiak caught fish that Sakiri cooked for their winter meals.

They were grateful for the food that Nature gave them, and to still be alive at the end of each hard winter.

30 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Healing powers

From left: Melvita Quintessential Oil Moisturizing Care HK$360; Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil HK$380; Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Essential Oil HK$1,290; Estelle & Thild Rose Otto Age Prevent Facial Oil HK$950; Darphin Jasmine Aromatic Care HK$880; Amala Rejuvenate Cocoa Bean  Treatment Oil HK$1,685. Photo: Gary Ng, Common Studio

There is another solution to the woes of dry and irritated skin, writes Victoria Ip.

8 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Ban to curb 'gutter oil' operators

Shanghai has ordered restaurants to sell used cooking oil only to 'regulated teams' in a bid to stamp out 'gutter oil' - reprocessed oil linked to health risks.

12 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Dip into some luxury at home

1 Ecoya Candles HK$420, available at Lane Crawford

Made from natural plant wax obtained from sustainable sources and 100 per cent cotton wax, these Australian-made candles come in sumptuous scents including lotus flower, French pear, and frangipani.

2 Timeless Repair Cream by Pevonia HK$2,280/30ml

7 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Prize and shine

Lifestyle cover: black-gold necklace with sapphires and diamonds (HK$2.62 million) from Boucheron, The Mandarin Oriental, Central. White-gold bracelet with diamonds (HK$510,000) and white-gold Panthere de Cartier ring with diamonds, onyx and emeralds (HK$510,000), both from Cartier, Prince's Building, Central.

24 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

The journey home

Silent Sound has turned the corner and we're heading south and towards home. Soon we will again cross the Arctic Circle, marking the official end of the Northwest Passage and an important milestone in our journey. But home is still a month of sailing away.

We are now sailing down the eastern Baffin Island coast, and we've had some stormy weather in recent days.

28 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Breaking the ice

Icy nouns

Make sure you don't slip on the ice and fall over as you work through this exercise. Tread carefully.

What is ...

1 black ice?

a. A dangerous, thin layer of ice on a road drivers can't see

b. A frozen dessert made from plum juice

2 dry ice?

6 May 2009 - 12:00am

Brand story: Cinq Mondes

What is it? Cinq Mondes is a French brand from the Cinq Mondes spa in the heart of Paris.

24 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Top tips: essential oils

Geraldine Howard, the co-founder of Aromatherapy Associates, shares her favourite essential oils and how to use them.

24 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Winter healing

e essential oils

10 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

What's In It? Mink oil

What is it used in? Styling gels, hairsprays, hydrating masks and conditioners.

What does it do? The oil, which is obtained from the thick, fatty layer of tissue just under the mink's hide, is supposed to help the skin absorb the product.

8 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Jewellery designer impresses Muscovites at fine-arts fair

While the world looks east towards China, Wallace Chan Sai-ying has been looking to eastern Europe. The Fujian-born Hong Kong jewellery designer was invited to display at the fifth Moscow World Fine Art Fair in late May and early last month. It's one of the most prestigious fine art events in Russia, held in a fabulous building next to the Kremlin and Red Square.

7 Jul 2008 - 12:00am