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Imagine a gadget that dispenses a fine face mist that tightens and moisturises the skin and subtly lifts facial contours immediately.

Sounds implausible, but new gadget Plosion by Japanese health and beauty gizmo manufacturer MTG aims to do just that.

The secret lies in the high concentration of carbonic acid in the fine mist, which supposedly penetrates deep into the skin and widens blood vessels, so both the lymphatic system and the blood flow are given a boost. As a result, the face is supposed to look instantly slimmer. The effects last up to eight hours.


The Plosion starter kit - which includes a carbonic acid cartridge and two 13ml bottles of Face Essential Lotion - is priced at $399.

It is available from


Japanese fast fashion giant Uniqlo reinvents the traditional Japanese summer kimono for women and girls .

As it is made of 100 per cent cotton, the comfort and lightness of a traditional yukata are retained, but given a modern update with cheerful prints inspired by the works of artists Yumeji Takehisa and Junichi Nakahara.

Prices range from $69.90 to $79.90.

The collection will be available exclusively at the Uniqlo stores at Ion Orchard and Changi Airport as well as from, starting tomorrow.


To celebrate Singapore's 50th birthday and the opening of Berluti's second store at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, the French shoe and menswear brand is releasing a limited-edition collection of leather goods, all featuring an image of a lion.

Customers will be able to choose from 24 exotic leather products and nine Venezia calfskin leather products.

The collection includes the brand's iconic Un Jour briefcase and F1000 carry-on luggage.

It will be available exclusively at the The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands from next month, when the store opens.


He has clothed fans in his sexy bodycon dresses since the 1980s. Now, Azzedine Alaia wants to envelop your entire being in his first fragrance.

The Tunisian-born, Paris-based designer has launched Alaia Paris, but the scent is not as straightforward as its name.

Perfumer Marie Salamagne told The New York Times that the brief was to create something akin to "the smell of cold water falling on hot chalk".

We like to describe it as a mix of cool and aquatic notes set against floral and animalic ones.

Sniff it out yourself at Metro Paragon, where it is exclusively available for $105 (30ml).

Complementary deodorant, shower gel and body lotion are also available.


Keepers, the local designer collective in Orchard Green, has launched its second pop-up at Changi Airport.

The 11 brands taking part include speciality pants brand Matter and bag label Ling Wu.

There will also be products from a collaboration between local lifestyle store Supermama and Japanese craftsmen, such as Japanese toe socks featuring graphics of local snacks and games.

The 21 sq m pop-up is located at Changi Airport Terminal 1 Departure Hall and will run till Jan 7.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 30, 2015, with the headline '(No headline) - KENEWS30'. Print Edition | Subscribe