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.

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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

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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,

 

 

 

 


 

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#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!

 

 

Let’s face it. Around 80-90% of women struggle with cellulite. Yes, even girls who look like they have hardly any fats under their skin suffer from cellulite. You may call that skinny cellulite, but, come on, that’s still cellulite. Well, I guess cellulite does not discriminate in terms of size.

What then, are the possible causes of it?

1. Genetics – I know it sucks to hear this. I believe I’m one of those suffering from cellulite because my family is predisposed to it. But, not to worry, there is still hope! Genetics may be a part of the reason, but there is also your diet, weight, and lifestyle…

2. Diet – You probably consume too much fatty food, processed food or food that is high in sugar levels. Period.

3. Weight – Though there is such a thing as skinny cellulite, cellulite is generally more noticeable in women who are overweight. So you might want to watch your weight, for health reasons as well of course.

4. Lifestyle – If you are guilty of leading a sedentary lifestyle, start moving! Exercising is probably one of the best ways to get rid of cellulite.

Nonetheless, I will be sharing with you one of the quick, cheap and easy ways to reduce the appearance of cellulite with 3 simple ingredients and in 3 simple steps.

STEP 1. All you need to do is mix 1 cup of brewed coffee grounds with 1/4 cup of sea salt, and add olive oil to give your scrub a paste texture.

STEP 2. Scrub this mixture into your skin (affected areas) for a couple of minutes. It helps with exfoliation as well! 

STEP 3. Leave the scrub on for 10minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. And voila! You’d have smoother and less dimply looking skin!

Remember, it is more normal to have cellulite than not, so don’t let it affect your confidence and start fighting against it, so you can start rocking those mini skirts and hot shorts!

The days when a guy could just shave, shower and hit the road for a big date are all but a fond memory. Good grooming and plenty of it is the order of the day for both sexes. Owning the right tool to tame a cowlick, excise a hangnail or put some sparkle in your smile is important, especially if your social life involves more than delivery pizza and a series of solitary evenings in front of the flat screen.

Let’s take a look at five must-have grooming aids for the budding metrosexual. You don’t need to be a fashion conscious urban dweller to get on board with a regular grooming routine, either. Maintaining healthy teeth and gums, soft skin, and clean, short nails can keep you healthier, too.

Toothbrush

OK, most men brush their teeth, but maybe not enough. The condition of your teeth can affect everything from your smile to your heart health, so brush twice a day and between meals if you can manage it. You might also want to consider brushing your tongue — yeah, it’s an extra step, but germs lurk and linger there, too.

We like electric toothbrushes over manual. Although there may be little difference in scientific tests between manual and electric methods, that’s only when the manual brushing is done correctly. Electric toothbrushes that use rotation oscillation make the process pretty idiot-proof and get the job done right every time. The brush does all the work, whirling around your mouth like a dervish, and all you have to do is hold on.

Rotation oscillation toothbrushes make it easier for you to get at the plaque under your gum line and do a more thorough job of brushing between teeth. If you tend to lose track of time while brushing, many electric toothbrushes also have handy timers to let you know when your molars and bicuspids are minty fresh and ready to greet the new day.

A Brush & A Comb

Even if your mane isn’t your crowning glory, you’ll still need these two tools to keep it under control. Hair is notorious for being unruly, especially when you have a big meeting or date coming up. When the wind blows, there’s nothing like a comb for a quick fix-up, so keep one handy at all times. A small or folding comb will fit in your pocket and help turn a bad hair day into, well, a better hair day. If you have very thick, curly hair, choose a comb with wide teeth. That way you’ll never be the guy who has to call his barber or stylist to schedule an emergency comb-ectomy.

For your morning grooming ritual, you’ll want a hairbrush, too. We like soft, natural-bristle brushes. They’re gentle but still perform some scalp massage without much risk of yanking valuable hairs out in the process. They’re also very effective at lubricating your hair with the natural oils from your scalp. If you have dandruff, though, opt for a stiff-bristle brush that will stimulate good blood flow and keep your dandruff under better control.

Nail Clippers

 

Nail care is important. Clean nails harbor fewer bacteria, and short, well-trimmed nails (and toes) will leave you less vulnerable to problems like hangnails and ingrown toenails. It’s easy to find nail and toe clippers in those cute faux leather, zip up kits, but save your pennies and invest in a pair of precision nail clippers and a larger pair of toe clippers.

Look for clippers that will fit the curve of your nail so that one or two quick snips will do the job cleanly. That way, you won’t need to use a file to tidy up afterward. Toenail clippers should make relatively straight cuts and be strong enough to cut your big toe nail without shredding it or forcing you to shift your grip.

Manscaping Trimmers

Manscaping is the manly art of hair removal, and your personal preferences (and those of your significant other) will dictate what types of manscaping activities you find essential for good grooming. You may want to carve a couple of eyebrows out of your unibrow, give the back of your neck a touchup between haircuts, banish those stray hairs peeking out of your nose or ears, thin your beard, or perform some landscaping on your back or points south.

There are specialty razors for all kinds of manscaping tasks. The trick is to marry the right tool with the task and learn to use it effortlessly. Some newer specialty razors have multiple blades and can perform more than one function by just switching out the head. They can be versatile and convenient — after a little practice. Single function razors, like those with spinning blades that won’t snag the tender skin in your nose or nick your earlobe, can only remove hair efficiently from a few areas, but what they do, they do very well.

A Razor

Choosing your style of razor is a very personal thing. Nine out of 10 boys and men over the age of 15 shave. Shaving is a rite of passage. Dads teach their sons, and boys emulate their fathers. It all sounds so traditional, and it would be if methods of shaving and facial hair fashions weren’t always changing.

If you went back a couple of generations, you’d get a good argument for using a straight edge razor to get a close shave. Fast forward a bit and you’ll find advocates of safety razors for ease of use. Today, proponents of electric razors will tell you that they’re as good as anything else on the market, easier to use and safer, too. Actually, you can still probably find proponents of all three points of view, together with hold outs who believe that shaving at all is ridiculous and unnatural.

The take away is that there are lots of options. We like electric razors because they’re convenient, available for use wet or dry, and you can almost always find a size, shape and blade style for your skin type and the task you have in mind. Whether you’re looking for long battery life, a lightweight option or just like the idea of an onboard moisturizer dispenser, you’ll be able to find it in an electric razor.

Many things could be causes of acne. Let’s uncover the hidden factors that could be causing your blemishes.

Your Prescription

Causes of Acne: Your prescription

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One of the first places to check for complexion-busters is in your medicine cabinet. Steroids found in prescription drugs are a key offender, whether taken internally or topically. If taken internally, the offending ingredient will be listed as prednisone, which is the tablet form of a steroid. Prednisone is used to treat a wide variety of inflammatory disorders like poison ivy, allergies, and arthritis, among others. If your med is topical, however, watch out for both cortisone (prescription) and hydrocortisone (over-the-counter).

If either form is overused, it could aggravate or cause a ‘steroid acne. Other ingredients to watch out for are lithium, lithium chloride, and certain forms of iodine. If you’re taking any kind of medication, check it out and see if acne is listed in the adverse effects column. Oral contraceptives are the most common cause of acne. Whenever there is a change in hormone levels in your body—even if it’s for the better—it’s a change that can result in breakouts. Even though birth control is supposed to have the opposite effect—and eventually does—the change in hormone levels requires time for your body to compensate and balance itself. Keep in mind that when starting or stopping the pill, it could take up to six months for related acne to appear!

Your Beauty Routine

Causes of Acne: Your beauty routine

Causes of Acne: Your beauty routine

Zit-causing ingredients could be lurking on your beauty shelf — it’s one of the largest causes of acne. Unlike most prescriptions, however, you do have control over what you put on your face and hair. Acne caused by topical creams, lotions, and makeup is known as Acne Cosmetica, and is most common on the face, neck, hairline, and scalp. If you regularly apply a product to an acne-prone area, it’s possible that it’s doing more harm than good. Some people may also go to bed with ointments or oils in their hair that can get on the pillow case and then rub on your face, in which case it’s best to put a clean towel over your pillowcase every night to prevent buildup. Makeup brushes are constantly collecting leftover makeup and gathering bacteria and yeast, which can lead to a type of acne known as Folliculitis.

Your Cellphone

Causes of Acne: Your cellphone

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Cell phones gather all kinds of dirt and bacteria throughout the day, and are a big cause of acne on the chin and around the mouth. Wiping down your Smartphone daily with alcohol or Clorox wipes will keep your phone—and your face—clean.

Toothpaste

Causes of Acne: Toothpaste

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Contrary to the popular belief that toothpaste will stop a breakout in its tracks, certain toothpastes can actually cause you to develop acne or an acne-like eruption called perioral dermatitis on the lower third of your face. Fluoride and other whitening and anti-cavity ingredients, especially sodium pyrophosphate, are quite abrasive, it could potentially burn the skin, cause irritation, and initiate breakouts.

Workout Gear

Causes of Acne: Your workout gear

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Your workout could be making you break out, but it’s not the act of exercising that is causing those unsightly spots. If you’re using a communal yoga mat, you may be on the side that someone else’s feet or perspiration has touched. It’s best to put a towel over it when working out—even if it’s your personal yoga mat. Also, workout gear or clothing that constantly rubs in a certain area can cause frictional acne. Constant rubbing ends up making you sweat, become irritated, and eventually develop tiny little red bumps. While it looks kind of like a heat rash, it’s really an acne.

Your Hands

Causes of Acne: Your hands

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Above all, avoid touching your face at all costs—even after you wash your hands. Touching can inflame the skin, and if you’re touching the same area, you might get an increase in oil production, so it’s three-pronged: it’s the bacteria, the inflammation, and the increased production in oil. And don’t even think about trying to pop that pimple!