Luminous Candyfloss

Luminous Candyfloss

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This is such a clever (but silly) idea I am surprised not to have seen it before.

Some smart marketing person has taken the light-up colour-changing sticks you see waved around at concerts, and used them in place of the normal wooden stick for candyfloss. The result – a fabulous treat which glows a rainbow of luminous colours, perfect for evening events and dark places.

We saw these on sale in the aquarium complex on Sentosa, and the stall was doing a roaring trade. Not a bad deal for S$6, after which you get to keep the stick!

Mood Lipstick

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This was more of a joke than a useable lipstick. It looks blue, but turns pink when it reacts with the moisture of your lips. Daughter #2 thought it might be a good prank, if you were able to make your lips very dry first, then lick them to transform the colour. Potentially, you could let then your lips dry out again so they would gradually turn blue (and presumably scare the life out of your companions…)

Although the pink colour is way too vivid to wear out, it becomes a lot more subtle and wearable once you start to take it off, so maybe it won’t be consigned immediately to the dressing-up box.

Colour Change Mask

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Always on the lookout for something new and unusual, I was excited to find these ‘magic’ colour change masks in SaSa. Billed as a ‘first’, and (of course) coming from Korea, the sheet mask is printed with a design using heat sensitive ink, which changes colour as the temperature rises. The idea seemed to be that once the mask had changed from blue to lilac, it was time to take it off and pat in the product still remaining on your skin. In practise, however, this did not work as planned.

My first mistake was to try using the mask straight from the packet, which had been in my bathroom and was therefore at room temperature. What I should have done was read the instructions properly first which, since they are mostly in Korean, meant looking for a website with an English translation.

The key point there was that the mask should have been stored at 3-10 degrees C, so I stashed one in the fridge for a while. This being Singapore, however, the ambient temperature is almost always around the 32-34 degrees C at which the mask changes colour. Which it promptly did, before my eyes, before I could get it on my face. I expect that in colder places – including Korea – this does actually work as expected, and would be quite interesting and satisfying to watch. As it was, I had to work fast, with an ice pack in one hand and a camera in the other, to get some usable photos (see below).

But never mind, the various active ingredients (which include marine and plant collagen, chamomile and liquorice) were presumably not affected by the temperature change anyway. So in the end, this is just a slightly more amusing take on the standard sheet mask which is so popular in Asia at the moment. A neat idea, and less than S$5.

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