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Cleopatra’s good looks are legendary, thanks to her equally famed beauty rituals. Milk and honey were a staple in her baths to give her soft, moisturized, and glowing skin. And here at Porcelain, we’re just a big a fan of those as much as she was. Milk and honey facials, anyone?

On Honey Facials, Milk and Almonds | #GetYourGlowOn

Credit: Van Lanigh

Oh, Honey…

Sidetracking a little…

One fine day in 2018, a woman drove to and parked at a commercial building — promptly getting lost within while trying to get out of the carpark. Somehow, she found herself wandering the kitchen corridors and started panicking in earnest as she’d been lost for over an hour. A gentleman soon rescued the damsel in distress and got her out. Alas, said gentleman was from a prestigious hotel within the premise, and they were searching for an equally esteemed spa partner to work with. With that, a fruitful collaboration was born of The Curious Incident of the Lady in the Daytime.

Now let’s give all these characters a little more character:

Woman:          One of our lady bosses
Building:          Guoco Towers
Hotel:               Sofitel City Centre Singapore
Collaboration: A facial treatment – BeespokeTM Honey Facial + 3 products designed exclusively for them

And the BeespokeTM Honey Facial was Born | #GetYourGlowOn

And the BeespokeTM Honey Facial was Born

This instant rejuvenator is specially designed to deliver radiance to dull, tired skin. The combination of Cryotherapy™ and our signature Shiatsu face massage further lift and rejuvenate skin from within to fight signs of ageing. Complete with LED light therapy, a brightening almond-and-honey scrub, a purifying bee propolis extract plus a milk and honey firming masque, this Beespoke™ Honey Facial is perfect for occasions when you need the fast track to brighter, more hydrated skin.

I’m not sure about you, but that sounds just about #GetYourGlowOn-perfect for the festive season that’s just around the corner. Or for any other time you need a pick-me-up, really.

“Age cannot wither her.”
| Shakespeare on Cleopatra

Other #GetYourGlowOn-worthy treatments to consider: IlluminateTM; Cryotherapy; Arctic ToneTM; ProionicTM

 

Aren’t we all waiting for X’mas,

 

 

 

 


 

READ MORE STORIES HERE:

Rescue & Restore: 4 Steps to Restore Glow to Post-Holiday Skin | #GetYourGlowOn

5 Skin Tips To Revive Dull-looking Skin In Time For X’mas | #GetYourGlowOn

5 Healthier Christmas Recipes You’ll Actually Enjoy

 

or… just flip through our site like you do a diary you found by secret!

 

 

It’s so cliched to kickstart something new whenever January and the New Year roll around. This time, we’re reinventing the wheel (okay, exaggerating here). This December, we’re kickstarting 2019 with a brand-new series with WearOhWhere.com — the Origins series. In this series, we uncover people’s stories once more, focusing on their heritage, roots and then their futures. We explore how they look back on their pasts, how they use their histories to inspire their todays and tomorrows, how their origins define who they are and will be.

The Origins Series | Kelly Latimer

Credit: WearOhWhere

Here’s Origins defined — the Porcelain way:

 

Origin
{or·i·gin} /noun/
The point at which something begins its existence

[1] The inception of fresh concepts that push traditional boundaries and create paradigm shifts in beauty and skincare. The birthplace of the trends of tomorrow.
[2] Also a celebration of You – you who came, loved and stayed

These remain the inspiration behind our latest collaboration with WOW. Soon, we’ll be unearthing three ladies’ versions of their backgrounds and how they play an integral part in influencing their futures.

Last week, we launched the new Origins series with Kelly Latimer — TV host, vocal talent, fitness enthusiast, mother of a very beautiful Sienna… but my personal favourite? SAF-enlister.

The Origins Series | Kelly Latimer

Credit: WearOhWhere

Here’s Kelly defined — the Latimer way:

On being British:

“I like tea. I think my frankness is quite British. I’m quite straight to the point and quite curt… if you asked me for my opinion, I will give you my opinion. Everyone says what they think there whether you like it or not, whether you can take it or not. If you are willing to dish it, you’re going to have to be willing to take it as well.”

On being Singaporean:

“I like to feed people! I inherited my mother’s Asian hospitality. If you come to my house, you’ll never be hungry.”

Read our story with Kelly Latimer here.

And if you’re not yet up to date with our #BareWithMe and #DearPauline series, you need to catch up. Pronto.

 

Stay True,

 

 

 

 


 

READ MORE STORIES HERE:

#INSIDERNEWS – #BareWithMe Campaign 2018

#BareWithMe – Guilty Pleasures Are Okay. Really.

Our Very Own Beauty Column! | #DearPauline

Our Beauty Guru On “Skin” | #DearPauline

Layering Hydration the Right Way | #SkinHacks

 

 

We generally steer clear from sales talk or pushy blog posts, but our recent annual Client Satisfaction survey sprung some surprising results: Our clients actually want to hear more about our treatments, products and seasonal offerings. So, here’s answering some of their wishes because this X’mas, our Christmas offerings are looking pretty fine.

1: Porcelain Triple Moisture Kit for the Thirsty

Christmas Offerings 1: Porcelain Triple Moisture Kit for the Thirsty

No matter what age you are, hydration remains the essential solid foundation for great skin – making this set of three essential hydrators an absolute prize. The deal clincher – it also comes with a complimentary limited-edition pouch.

WHAT’S INSIDE:

– Soothe – Aloe Recovery Gel (1x 50ml)
– Balance – Hydraclear Gel (1x 50ml)
– Pure – Botanical Soothing Gel (1x 30ml)
– Porcelain Pouch (1x, Complimentary)
– Porcelain Aurelie tea (1x, 10g) * 

PERFECT FOR PEOPLE WHO:

– Have skin so dehydrated, they think it’s oily
– Have legit, dry skin
– Frequently complain they can never find a good aloe gel that’s made up of 99% stabilized Aloe Vera
– Have pimples and who can’t find a good spot treatment that also hydrates while zapping zits and that also balances sebum and that also feels featherlight on skin and that also…
– Want a moisturizer that hydrates while providing bursts of antioxidants for brightening and protection from free radicals
– Love natural ingredients like aloe vera, peach, mountain pepper, peony, lemon verbena, tea tree oil…
– Are men who need that extra bit of TLC post-shave
– Are all of the above

 

$269 (U.P. $350.50)

 

2: Ultimate Acne Busters Kit for the Zitty and Inflamed

Christmas Offerings 3: Ultimate Acne Busters Kit for the Zitty and InflamedOur favourite unisex kit.

Also the definitive SOS kit for acne-afflicted complexions, this bundle contains what Porcelain fans consider as the go-to stars when hormones go haywire, and acne rears its many ugly heads. Ridding skin of p.acnes bacteria and excess sebum while keeping hydration levels up is key.

WHAT’S INSIDE:

– Balance – Daily Cleansing Gel (1x 120ml) or Soothe – Hydro Cleanser (1x 120ml)
– Revive – Glycolic Toner (1x 120ml)
– Balance – Sebum Control Essence (2x 8ml)

PERFECT FOR PEOPLE WHO:

Zit-prone people
– Have combination-oily skin, including and especially men who are more prone to these skin types
– Are in need of controlling excess shine
– Need a gentle, exfoliating toner that contains mild AHAs, and that hydrates while providing bursts of antioxidants for brightening and protection from free radicals
– Love natural ingredients like aloe vera, coconut, sage, cucumber, tea tree oil, soybean extracts…
– Who are men, especially the ones who believe that they deserve good skin too

 

$149 (U.P. $200)

 

3: Prep & Revitalize Kit for the Dreary and Dull

Christmas Offerings 3: Prep & Revitalize Kit for the Dreary and Dull

Or, more warmly known as the essential kit for people who have plans pre-X’mas all the way till the New Year. Also the perfect complementary set to the above two kits.

Look radiant before that Christmas / New Year bash! Come off like you’ve had 8-hours’ sleep every night when you’ve been hopping from festive dinner to dinner!

Whether it’s revitalizing you need pre- and / or post-party, cure its hangover with mask after mask, and remember to drink more water.

WHAT’S INSIDE:

– Hydrocare – Bio-cellulose Mask (2x)
– Revitaleyes – Multi-Peptide Silk Mask (2x)
– Revive – Natural Skin Refiner (1x 50ml)
– Gold Dropper Bottle (1x 5ml)

PERFECT FOR PEOPLE WHO:

– Party a lot
– Are very busy
– Have skin so dehydrated, they think it’s oily
– Have legit, dry skin
– Frequently complain they can never find a good face mask that adheres well to their faces
– Suffer from tired, lined eyes
– Love value for money and serums in equal parts: this mask comes with 30ml of serum which you can squeeze into a 5ml dropper bottle we include with every set!
– Live for multiple-functional gadgets: The Natural Skin Refiner acts as an exfoliator-cum-mask
– Want a mask that hydrates while providing bursts of antioxidants for brightening and protection from free radicals
– Are women, especially mothers, grandmothers, wives and daughters — show them it’s okay to take a break!
– Are men, especially the ones who believe that they deserve good skin too

 

$99 (U.P. $198)

 

* Buy any 2 sets with a total value of over $200 and get 1x Porcelain pouch + 1x tin of Porcelain Aurelie tea. The Triple Moisture Kit automatically comes with one of both.

(Limited to 3 per person, while stocks last)

 

4: Just Aurelie.

You’ve met Aurelie.

PERFECT FOR:

– Grandparents
– Friends who love tea
– Friends who don’t know tea
– Everyone? Who doesn’t like tea? Even coffee lovers love tea

 

We’re all waiting for X’mas,

 

 

 

 


 

READ MORE STORIES HERE:

Rescue & Restore: 4 Steps to Restore Glow to Post-Holiday Skin | #GetYourGlowOn

5 Skin Tips To Revive Dull-looking Skin In Time For X’mas | #GetYourGlowOn

5 Healthier Christmas Recipes You’ll Actually Enjoy

 

or… just flip through our site like you do a diary you found by secret!

 

 

Have you met Aurelie? She’s the latest thing to hit our shelves this Christmas — a classy silver needle white tea speckled with gold dust, and an aromatic mix of neroli, bergamot, jasmine, peach and apricot thrown in for good measure. Whether it’s brewed in a pitcher or teapot? Elegance to the highest degree. With her light, refreshing scent and taste, it’s easy to fall in love with her as swiftly as we did with her name (which we decreed after having the first sip).

A practical fun fact: Aurelie comes high in antioxidants and polyphenols (great for anti-inflammation), reduces cholesterol levels and helps with digestion.

Aurelie — Porcelain’s Bespoke Silver Needle White Tea

AURELIE — PORCELAIN’S BESPOKE SILVER NEEDLE WHITE TEA

Silver Needle is the holy grail in the world of white tea, with distinctive straight needle-like buds and tips that are usually covered in a fine, white downy hair. Beautiful — and also expensive.

The reason for the almost exorbitant price tag? The harvesting process is tedious, time-consuming and requires utmost care. Only young, unopened tea buds can be plucked. At the time of harvesting, the stems are picked as well to prevent damage to the delicate buds, and only at the factory are these removed. Due to this intensive and painstaking SOP, even the most expert tea gatherer can only pick about 500g each day. And after processing, only 100g is left.

So… Who Made Aurelie?

Our dear friends at Gryphon Tea.

So… Why Aurelie?

They understand our mission for healthiness from within. We are first and foremost a skincare provider, but we don’t believe that good skin starts and ends with just good skincare habits. Clear, radiant skin is a culmination of not just that, but a holistic sum of parts, including your diet, lifestyle, sleeping habits, etc.

And the only thing we love more than hydration is antioxidants. These protect against free radicals which damage our skin by destroying skin cells, DNA, and collagen production… in other words, they cause visible ageing: wrinkles, sagging, and roughness.

We always advocate eating your water — so why not eat your antioxidants, too?

Brewing Aurelie, A Silver Needle White Tea Cold

HOW TO BREW THE TEA: COLD & HOT

Brewing Aurelie Hot

Water temperature:      75ºC – 80ºC (167ºF – 176ºF)
Quantity:                         1.5 – 2 tsp / cup (250ml or 8oz)
Steeping Time:               3 – 5 minutes
Rebrew allowed:            Yes
Tea ware:                         Glass teapot

Directions

  1. Heat water and pour some into your teapot and cups to warm them.
    Cold tea ware will cool your tea’s temperature too much and spoil the perfect brew.
  2. Tip 1.5 – 2 teaspoons of silver needle tea leaves per cup (250ml or 8oz) into the teapot and pour the hot water (75ºC – 80ºC (167ºF – 176ºF) in.
  3. Steep around 3 to 5 minutes for the perfect infusion. We suggest a glass teapot precisely to watch the buds dance around with the gold dust — it’s a more than pretty sight!
    White tea takes longer to infuse due to its delicate nature. If you prefer an even subtler taste, infuse it for a shorter time.
  4. Silver needle buds may be re-infused up to thrice. With each additional time, you might need to add a minute to the steeping time. Experiment and have fun!

Brewing Aurelie Cold

Water temperature:      Room temperature / Cold
Quantity:                         2 – 3 tsp / cup (250ml or 8oz)
Steeping Time:               4 – 10 hours
Rebrew allowed:            Yes
Tea ware:                         Ice-cold glass

Directions

  1. Add 2 – 3 teaspoons of tea into cold water
    For cold brews, we usually recommend 1.5x the usual amount of leaves used for hot brews
  2. Leave in the fridge overnight and wake to a super refreshing brew the next day!

Just casually dropping our X’mas kits in this post too. But more on that later.

 

Stay true,

 

 

 

 


 

READ MORE STORIES HERE:

#JargonBreakdown: What Are Free Radicals?

#GetYourGlowOn: 5 Skin Tips To Revive Dull-looking Skin In Time For X’mas

or… just flip through our site like you do a diary you found by secret!

 

 

 

I see a lot of young people… scrolling through Instagram, and it’s frightening because there is a very false sense of what beauty ‘should be’.

– Pauline Ng | Founder of Porcelain 

 

Anita Kapoor: On Instagram, Beauty and Hope | Dear Pauline

We all love Instagram and the pretty things it shows us. Scroll, like, scroll, like — scroll like there’s no end to the perfect blue skies (insert clichéd descriptive phrases we used to regurgitate onto our lined papers as English students) others are lying under. Turquoise waters, snowcapped mountains, bikini-clad beach babes, sunkissed surfer dudes, lavish candlelit dinners. The grandeur in others’ lives. Where does it end?

Last week, we took things off the usual track in our latest #DearPauline column with Anita Kapoor. An afternoon of real, unapologetic sharing, while nestled in Porcelain Origin’s plush velvet couch. Instead of focusing purely on physical skincare woes, we had an honest, realistic conversation on beauty, selling hope instead of fear, and other *ahem* Instagrammable quotes.

Anita Kapoor: On Instagram, Beauty and Hope | Dear Pauline

Anita Kapoor: On Instagram, Beauty and Hope | Dear Pauline

RELATED: #DearPauline: Our Very Own Beauty Column!

So… Instagram.

INSTAGRAM — IT’S NOT INSTANT.

The original meaning of “Instagram” was instant telegram. Meant to be an instantaneous visual record of a precise moment, it’s now become a “shoot-shoot-again-edit-filter-post-20-minutes-later” kind of thing.

And now, with thousands of apps in the market that can do anything to your photos? Whether it’s changing your hairstyle or lip colour or granting access to 10,000 more filters than Instagram currently offers, it’s hard to remember the initial intent of Instagram. What began as a very real medium has now become something that churns out embellished, altered replicas of original, in-the-moment photos.

 

You are not an Instagram post, or a 2-D image. You’re unique — breath, skin, bones, thoughts and feelings.

– Anita Kapoor | Host, emcee, performer

 

Instagram — Compare And Despair?

Credit: Sydney Sims

INSTAGRAM — COMPARE AND DESPAIR?

It’s a very real problem when we scroll through unreal photos and begin comparing ourselves to “them”.

Like many of you, I’m following a ton of friends, strangers, KOLs and celebrities on Instagram. At least ¾ of my feed is teeming with women with unabashedly toned arms / thighs / abs, friends floating in Iceland’s iconic Blue Lagoon, lovers touring Santorini’s beautiful whitewashed villages and … people simply enjoying the best of what life has to offer.

Before you know it, “Why am I like this and not like that? Why am I here and not there? Why am I not her?” thoughts appear. I’m no stranger to the comparison game. But being a very sane, very logical person, I shut my phone once this toxicity enters my brain.

In many cases (especially for women), the most hard-hitting is when they begin comparing their appearances to others’. It seems superficial but the (negative) impact that Instagram and other visually-based social media have on young people is very real.

 

“It’s interesting to see Instagram and Snapchat ranking as the worst for mental health and wellbeing – both platforms are very image-focused, and it appears they may be driving feelings of inadequacy and anxiety in young people.

– Shirley Cramer | Chief Executive of the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH)

 

Research has found that Instagram creates insecurity and social pressure around how you “should” look, feel, eat, dress, feel… A study by the University of Buffalo also suggested that women who establish their self-worth on their looks are likely to post more photos of themselves in seeking validation.

 

Instagram — Compare And Despair?

 

 

Instagram — Compare And Despair?

Credit: Ryan Moreno

PAUSE. BREATHE. BE AWARE.

We all know that people tend to show their best sides. We also know that Instagram is a highly-curated platform, and often fail to remember that. While we’re ooh-ing over overs’ lives and wishing we were leading the same, we forget to scroll with a pinch of salt. Scroll “rationally”, if you will.

The honest truth is, they could be posting a photo of their champagne parties but not their hangovers. She could have uploaded a shot of her like-worthy OOTD but not the million (possibly ugly) takes before that. He could have taken a panoramic of the mountain he’s just topped but not the familial death that spurred him up there in the first place.

 

“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.”

– Steve Furtick 

 

If nothing else, whenever you’re in a bad place after this pretty place called Instagram, remember that. If you’re starting to question and compare yourself to X (especially a stranger), know you are allowing someone you’d never met to question your appearance, achievements, and person.

When you’ve fully internalized that, take a step back, and relook at Instagram again.

BECAUSE INSTAGRAM IS STILL A BEAUTIFUL PLACE.

Honestly? I’ll probably never quit Instagram. It’s great for keeping in touch with family, close friends and friends who’d moved miles away from you. It’s great as an inspirational tool and it’s great for seeing non-stop ads.

 

Just stay in a good place,

 

 

 

 


 

 

WAIT, WHAT’S #DEARPAULINE?

Think “Aunt Agony”, except “#DearPauline” is our personal beauty column! Like our #BareWithMe campaign, in collaboration with the amazing Wear Oh Where, we meet different women from all walks of life to talk skin. Our first instalment of #DearPauline (with Hanli Hoefer) is up now.

 

Hanli Hoefer

Image credits: Wear Oh Where

READ MORE STORIES HERE:

Our Very Own Beauty Column! | #DearPauline

Is Mid-Day Cleansing Bad for My Skin? | #DearPauline

Our Beauty Guru On “Skin” | #DearPauline

#SkinHacks for the Time-Starved Traveller

Layering Hydration the Right Way | #SkinHacks