Optical Materials

grease is the word

To many palates, Cantonese food can be distinguished by three main factors: freshness, sweetness and oiliness. For centuries, the two oils most commonly used in Chinese cooking have been fah-sang yau (peanut oil) and chu yau (lard).

Sunday, 16 March, 2008, 12:00am

beauty buzz

There's nothing like a spritz of toner to refresh and revitalise dull, tired skin and enhance your mood. It can also help to set make-up after application - just be sure to spray at least 25cm from your face.

18 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Xinyuan Germanium aims to raise 700m yuan

Lincang Xinyuan Germanium Industry, the mainland's largest germanium producer, plans to raise up to 700 million yuan through an initial public offering next year to fund expansion, according to a senior executive.

29 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Beautiful new age


26 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Well oiled

Jan Kusmirek, founder of Fragrant Earth aromatherapy oils

'You can guarantee the best aromatherapeutic experience if you start with the best oils. Organic and wild essential oils are best, as they're free from pesticides or herbicides.

'You only get what you pay for. You're buying for the effect, and if it's not that good to begin with, what can you expect?

21 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

beauty buzz

As the temperature and humidity rise, so does the skin's oil production level. To curb excess shine and control sebum production, choose cleansers and moisturisers with purifying and mattifying properties.

20 May 2007 - 12:00am

City Briefs

Newborn abandoned in Causeway Bay

6 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

First person

After staging a hugely successful exhibition of dinosaur fossils last year, Cityplaza is currently hosting a recreation of the Harbin Ice Lantern Festival. Stephen Spurr, director and general manager of Swire Properties, explains some of the logistical challenges of bringing a world of ice to a Hong Kong shopping mall

3 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

beauty buzz

A new hair product could be the answer to lifeless locks. Revitalise and soften unruly tresses with these offerings.

4 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Smash hits

With warmer weather around the corner, it's time to think about enjoying the outdoors again. That usually means dining al fresco - and the risk of breakages it entails. To ensure parties or boat trips don't end in tears, especially where the little ones are concerned, parents might consider Palm break-resistant and non-slip cups and crockery.

5 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Spring cleanse

Acid reign Yonka combines essential plant oils with vitamins, trace elements and fruit acids contained in plant and marine extracts, and is ideal for people with problem areas or sensitive skin. Clarifying peeling gel ($330) is a deep cleanser for the T-zone, while the mild, non-greasy cleanser ($260) makes tired skin glow.

23 Feb 2005 - 12:00am


Continuing its 142-year history of precision, TAG Heuer has added two models to its Sports Vision Eyewear series by Ross Lovegrove. The range exemplifies the brand's avant-garde advances in technology and design.

12 Sep 2004 - 12:00am


More news from Artemide, which recently opened its new showroom at shop 102 in the Ruttonjee Centre (11 Duddell Street, Central). The Italian lighting company, which aims to improve the quality of light and the way it responds to human needs, has introduced a healthy crop of new collections.

25 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Iceberg alert on the good ship Earth

Cruise ship Earth is sailing into another year on seas as unsettled as ever. The promise of an unspoiled desert island is forever over the next horizon, but the map seems pockmarked with as many 'Monsters Be Here' warnings as ever.

27 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Regina Ip's sister-in-law accused of damaging firm's reputation

The sister-in-law of former security chief Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee has been named in a writ for allegedly conspiring with others to damage a firm's reputation.

The writ, filed yesterday by Poly Friends Ltd, involves the $1million 1997 renovation of the lift lobby of the AIE Building in Central.

30 Oct 2003 - 12:00am