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I’ve always wanted to have an Aunt Agony column and now we do – only ours is a beauty column! Entitled “Dear Pauline”, we will have it up on WearOhWhere for just 3 months and the first is up here! Like our #BareWithMe campaign, we collaborate with different women from all walks of life. Still centred on honest conversations, we stack up their beauty and skincare woes against our MD Pauline Ng’s skincare savvy / prowess / expertise. Can Pauline answer them all?

(Read our very first #BareWithMe story here if you haven’t yet done so!)

We had to do this first column ourselves, but we really want this to be all about you! After all, what’s a beauty column without answering our readers’ questions? You’ll have 2 more chances to throw us beauty and skincare questions you’ve always wondered about, and we’ll have them answered in the next post. So, read our first #DearPauline exchange with MTV VJ Hanli Hoeffer here, and leave us a comment below to share your woes! We promise to be honest.

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And one last thing… #DearPauline isn’t going to be your typical beauty column where we answer only skincare woes. Our candid, open conversation goes beyond skin deep, as we take a deep dive into Hanli’s life as a teen, her definition of beauty, and how she really feels about being 1.75m tall… amongst other things. You might just find yourself struck by honest truths like

“Spend time in the nude more often, laugh at yourself when you can… and learn to let go of the things you can’t control.”

How can we not love this girl?

Read our first #DearPauline exchange with Hanli here!  And remember to pop us some questions (:

 

Stay True,

 

 

 

This year, the fire of a revolution started when Alicia Keys went makeup-free for her new album cover as well as for her appearance at the VMAs.

Alicia Keys explained the reasons behind her actions, stating that she decided to do away with the many years of stress that had been placed on her to always look “perfect”. Now, she is grateful for taking that bold step forward and forgoing her made-up look even when attending a prestigious event. In her words, it was “the strongest, most empowered, most free, and most honestly beautiful” she had ever felt.

Women all over the world cheered as they felt liberated by her actions – that constant standard of looking impossibly impeccable all the time was slowly getting vanquished. For the longest time and for most women, makeup has become a large part of a daily routine. Many no longer see makeup as an accessory to look good but a necessary step to take before heading out of the house. However, this really doesn’t have to be the case: applying makeup can still be enjoyed without becoming a form of societal pressure. As long one is confident in their own beauty and skin, going out with or without makeup is inconsequential.

At Porcelain, we strongly advocate going foundation-free as this allows the skin to breathe better and ultimately heal quicker from the impurities that lie upon and clog up skin through the day. Some may feel hesitant at first because of redness in skin or marks from acne, but a light tinted moisturizer could do the trick instead of a heavy-based foundation.

After all, it is more advantageous to opt for a regime of improving skin health with skincare instead of constantly covering up. Additionally, the pros of going foundation free can also provide that extra 15 minutes of rest each morning, leading to an even clearer and brighter complexion!


To read the Straits Times’ latest article and Porcelain’s founder’s comments on going Foundation Free, simply read:
http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/fashion/grin-and-bare-it

Men, there’s no need to shy away from skincare products. Skincare is something essential everyone should indulge in and there’s nothing embarrassing about it. We round up simple (extremely so, really) skincare tips for the modern man from the highest authority in male skincare – male models.

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Those of you who have watched hunger games would have witnessed how great Jennifer Lawrence looks.

Here’s why we think she’s absolutely stunning and inspiring – despite the overwhelming and almost-impossible-to-ignore trend, this Hunger Games star is not a big fan of looking stick thin.

Instead of going for crash diets, she opts for healthier and informed choices:
– Huge amounts of water to keep her hydrated and healthy
– Tea, tea and more tea! We all know that tea is low in calories and have great health, body and skin benefits, and Jennifer Lawrence takes advantage of that to help her detox and get rid of water retention.

How then, does this starlet achieve her glowing and velvety smooth skin?

The secret to it is….ORGANIC BATH SALTS. Many of us haven’t tried this before, but here’s a reason to try now!

Organic bath salts can…
1. Soothe your muscles
2. Detoxify your skin
3. Act as an exfoliator to help achieve soft and smooth skin
4. De-bloat you

Most importantly, Jennifer Lawrence is all for simplicity and looking natural. Evidently, sometimes less is really more.

I’ve always been extremely envious of the KPOP stars, they have such fair and flawless looking skin.

Just look at Sandara Park from 2NE1, Suzy from Miss A, Song Ji Hyo and Song Hye Kyo (just to name a few). They have such amazingly radiant, fair, soft and smooth skin. It is to die for.

 

Now, many Koreans are naturally fair skinned, but it cannot honestly be said that they are born with good skin. It comes with a good amount of time and effort before they achieve that glowing skin every girl (or guy) would wish for.

I’m a strong believer of ‘There are no ugly women, only lazy ones’. I’m sure most of you know one girl who looked less-than-attractive as a child or teenager, but ‘transformed’ over the years. Now, i dare say she must have invested a lot more time and effort in grooming herself – she probably grew her range of skin care products, added more clothes to her wardrobe and paid more attention to her skin, hair and nails.

If she can do it, so can you! Just put in that extra effort, and you could look as great as a KPOP star 🙂

Here are 5 skincare secrets of korean celebrities. You’d be surprised by how simple yet effective they are. Just look at the above mentioned KPOP stars for proof.

#1 HYDRATE HYDRATE HYDRATE!
Drinking lots of water will help to maintain your skin’s healthy glow and moisture. Koreans also believe in eating their water by adding more fruits and vegetables into their diet. As obvious as this may sound, many of us are still guilty of drinking less than 8 glasses of water a day, and not eating enough fruits and vegetables. This could well be the reason why your skin is lacklustre! Gradually change your diet. I assure you, a difference will be seen and felt 🙂

#2 Get Sufficient Sleep
Let me quote Sandara here to make my point more convincing: ‘My beauty secret to achieving that rosy and fair complexion is to get a good night’s sleep.’ Again, this is something that everyone knows, but how many of us are actually getting sufficient sleep every day? Try sleeping early and getting at least 8 hours of sleep for a week. Not only will you look less like a panda, your skin will also be clearer and brighter!

#3 Cleanse, Tone & Moisturize 
Koreans are very diligent when it comes to their skincare regimen, and this includes cleansing, toning and moisturizing, twice a day, everyday without fail. When it comes to cleansing, Suzy believes in rinsing with lukewarm water but splashing her face with cold water at the end to close the opened pores. Rinsing with warm water helps to open pores and thus cleanses more thoroughly, while cold water shrinks the pores and keep your skin fine and smooth. A simple trick, but works wonders!

#4 Use Sheet Masks
Koreans are huge fans of sheet masks. It acts as a quick fix to instantly moisturize, brighten and rejuvenate skin. Apart from getting her beauty sleep, Sandara will apply a sheet mask before sleeping when she feels that her skin is getting tired and dry.

#5 Apply Light Makeup
I’m sure many of you would have noticed that Koreans always have this effortless – also known as nude – makeup look. To achieve that look, apply thin eyeliner, a thin layer of mascara and use an eyebrow pencil to create neat and tidy brows. Most importantly, keep your skin clear and supple with the above tips, so you won’t have to pile on thick layers of foundation and concealer.

Goodluck!