A de­li­cious gravy

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OF­FER­ING “more than just chicken”, Kedai Aya­mas recently launched its Aya­mas Kitchen range of cook­ing sauce and pastes. The pastes are con­ve­niently packed with blends of au­then­tic Malay spices. They are “sauce con­cen­trates” that can be mixed with water, stock or co­conut milk to cre­ate a de­li­cious gravy for chicken, meat and seafood dishes in less than 30 min­utes. Aya­mas Kitchen has also in­tro­duced chicken stock pow­der to en­hance a dish’s nat­u­ral flavour. JELLY, a word long-as­so­ci­ated with chil­dren's party food and Vase­line, is the beauty buzz­word of the mo­ment.

Elas­tic, ge­lati­nous tex­tures are slowly but surely form­ing the ba­sis of more and more sk­in­care prod­ucts, of­fer­ing a more light­weight alternative to oils and creams with­out com­pro­p­er­promis­ing on hy­dra­tion ties.

The trend was ar­guably sparked back in 2016, when mil­len­nial beauty brand Glossier de­buted its crowd-sourced Milk Jelly Cleanser, which prom­ises to dis­solve make-up and pro­vide a deep but gen­tle cleanse suit­able for ev­ery­day use.

The gel-like prod­uct can be used on wet or dry skin and claims to re­in­force the skin's bar­rier to safe­guard against de­hy­dra­tion.

Fast for­ward to this sum­mer, and jelly is go­ing main­stream.

The Ja­panese beauty brand Shi­seido recently launched a Fresh Jelly Lo­tion as part of its brand-new Waso range, which is rooted in nat­u­ral, or­ganic ingredients. The name comes from the lo­tion's gel-like tex­ture, but also from its star in­gre­di­ent – white jelly mush­room. The fun­gus is said to en­cour­age a healthy, dewy com­plex­ion.

Other brands get­ting in on the act in­clude Estee Lauder, which recently re­leased a Nu­tri­tious Mi­cro-Al­gae Pore Pu­ri­fy­ing Cleans­ing Jelly that claims to lather into a silky foam in or­der to re­move im­pu­ri­ties via a com­bi­na­tion of mi­cro-al­gaes.

And June saw the Amer­i­can brand Drunk Ele­phant, which fo­cuses on non-toxic sk­in­care so­lu­tions, un­veil its Beste Jelly Cleanser, which fea­tures vir­gin marula oil to nour­ish the skin and glyc­erin to hy­drate it.

But de­spite its so­phis­ti­cated rein­ven­tion, jelly has re­tained its fun side.

One of the quirki­est jel­lied sk­in­care prod­uct launches this year comes cour­tesy of Bos­cia, which made waves ear­lier this sum­mer with its new Char­coal Jelly Ball Cleanser. The squishy, bal­loon-shaped prod­uct fea­tures ac­ti­vated black char­coal to ex­tract im­pu­ri­ties, prov­ing that jelly can be a play­ful way to se­ri­ously step up your beauty rou­tine. – AFP Re­laxnews

Fresh Jelly Lo­tion from Shi­seido. Jelly is the beauty buzz­word of the mo­ment.

One of the quirki­est jel­lied sk­in­care prod­uct launches this year comes from Bos­cia.

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