When we began our #BareWithMe and #DearPauline journey with WearOhWhere, we were sure we might encounter roadblocks along the way. After all, vulnerability and baring it all aren’t concepts many would be comfortable with – and on social media at that. Through having honest conversations with women who are influential in their own ways, we hoped to inspire the average, everyday lady to similarly gain the courage and open up to share their own stories. To reveal the most real you and to find beauty in that — and in others’ truest selves. And today? We’re 3 stories in: Botanical artist Lucinda Law, MTV VJ Hanli Hoefer, and now, co-founder of Love, Bonito, Viola Tan — who really hits the nail on the head. She sums up a large part of our purpose in rolling this project out:

“When we are willing to show that we are human and stop trying to appear “perfect”, when we open up about our struggles, we might just be helping someone else find strength in their vulnerability.”

Credits: Wear Oh Where

Opening up with us, Viola shares insight after powerful insight. A personal favourite?

“If you tie your happiness to another person’s appraisal of you, you’ll never be happy.”

She also divulges her idea of a safe space, what introversion means to her, and an assortment of quotes that lent her strength in times when all seemed lost. She even shares her quick tip for jetlag and a hangover – something we can’t say we condone, but we’ve all had those!

When we started this campaign, we weren’t too sure how it would pan out. But we’ve experienced nothing less than extremely genuine, personal stories and candid moments of laughter. Behind the powerful, public personas that most see, our 3 women really are more human than we might have thought. It was a humbling experience to read their stories where they bared what they could in the short time we had with them. And we invite you to do the same.

If you’d like to be a part of our #BareWithMe campaign, simply hop on our bandwagon and share one thing which you feel grateful for today, and why, here. To thank you for sharing, we have a little something special for you — one 60-minute OxyReviveTM facial treatment with us (worth S$212.93) + our absolute favourite Soothe — Deep Hydrating Lotion (120ml, worth S$69) — to give away at the end of the month.

Oh, and Viola’s word for 2018?

Courage.

Read our latest #BareWithMe episode here.

Other Related Reads:

Catch up with our previous #BareWithMe and #DearPauline interviews with Lucinda Law and Hanli Hoefer too.

#INSIDERNEWS – #BareWithMe Campaign 2018

#DearPauline: Our Very Own Beauty Column!

#BareWithMe – Guilty Pleasures Are Okay. Really.

 

Stay True and Bare with Me,

 

 

 

 

Credits: WearOhWhere

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.

Credits: WearOhWhere

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,

 

 

 

Lucinda Law, botanical artist and founder of Within.sg with her beautiful watercolor art.

Credits: WearOhWhere

It’s been a flurry of quick tips and skin hacks to take you through the festive season… But now that’s over, we’re taking a breather from all of that today! 2018 is so exciting for us in so many ways, and we’d love to share this with you. To kickstart the year, we’re taking #FoundationFreeConfidence and transparency to a whole new level with our #BareWithMe campaign.

In collaboration with @WearOhWhere, #BareWithMe seeks honest, open conversations with women from all walks of life to uncover their stories. In celebration of the beauty of realness, these ladies will share their thoughts, feelings and everything in between about themselves, their journeys, their Nows, and then beyond. We hope they inspire you as much as they do us: to be brave and confident in your own skin – from the inside out.

And the first to front this new series? A beautiful, talented woman – Lucinda Law, botanical artist and founder of Within.sg.

#BareWithMe: Lucinda Law shares her story and jumps into the tub with us

Credits: WearOhWhere

#BareWithMe: Lucinda Law shares her story and jumps into the tub with us

Our photoshoot was done way back in November at the very lush Lloyd’s Inn (that’s two months of excitement we had to hold in)! We hopped in and out of the tub for that perfect shot, talked about pirates and spontaneous getaways… We won’t say much more because Lucinda’s full story is right up here, and hers is truly an inspiring read.

Credits: WearOhWhere

Till the next update on our second prong of this campaign (next month), stay confident, stay real, and dare to #BareWithMe!

Stay True,

 

 

 

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#New#NewYearNewYou – Understanding the 5 Dimensions of Self-Care for a Better 2018

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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

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