Lifestyle & Wellness

A visual and literary representation of lifestyle tips. Because we’re more than just about skincare (though that’s what we primarily breathe and live)!

Time is precious. With each day, you find yourself chasing a never-ending list of tasks. You actively seek out hacks to make your workday more efficient. While it may seem that you have gotten a grasp on time, you have not. Time continues to slip away, leaving behind its effects on your skin. While you search for tips to make work efficient, we are here to provide you with 5 quick anti-aging tips you can easily implement to help fight the effects of time and to keep your skin youthful. 

Tip #1: Swipe and Exfoliate  

Healthy skin has a cell renewal rate of 28 days. This means that it takes 28 days for new skin cells to generate and reach the surface of your skin. As you age, this cell renewal process slows down, leaving behind a dull and rough complexion with visible fine lines and pigmentation.   

Including regular and proper exfoliation into your skincare routine aids in speeding up the process while also helping:  

  • The skin stays soft and supple  
  • Stimulate cell renewal  
  • Minimise dullness, fine lines and wrinkles  
  • Boosts the skin’s absorption of products  
  • Increase collagen production in the long run  
  • Unclog pores, minimising the frequency of breakouts  

With all these benefits in mind, you might think regular and proper exfoliation would take a lot of effort. Contrariwise, all you need is an effective chemical exfoliant and a cotton pad to swipe and exfoliate.   

Effective chemical exfoliants can be AHAs (like Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid) that have concentrations below 2%. Any higher concentration would be too strong for daily use and may require an expert’s opinion for its suitability to your skin.   

Therefore, add the simple step of swiping your chemical exfoliant nightly to counteract signs of aging! 

Credit: Adrienn 

Tip #2: Stay Hydrated  

The most effective tips are ones that are easy to implement and can help to tackle multiple issues. Although this tip may seem blatantly obvious, it serves as a good reminder to do the things that are so obvious that they are often forgotten. Additionally, dehydrated skin is often less elastic, has more obvious fine lines and is rough to the touch.   

On top of keeping the skin hydrated and plump, keeping hydrated provides a whole host of benefits – from promoting cardiovascular health, lubricating joints, and easing muscle fatigue to helping the body drain toxins. This makes drinking water a multi-functional anti-aging technique.   

 Aim to drink an average of 2.5 to 3.5 litres of water per day. To minimise the time spent walking to and from the water cooler, keep a large water bottle or water jug close by. Besides, the water bottle/jug can serve as a visual reminder to stay hydrated!   

Tip #3: Do Not Strip Your Skin of its Moisture  

After a long day of work, all you want to do is to step into a hot shower and wash away the grime of the day. Unknowingly, you are stripping your skin of its natural moisture, causing it to become dehydrated. As relaxing as a hot shower can be, hot water damages the epidermis of our skin, preventing the cells from locking in moisture. A lack of moisture in the skin often results in dryness and irritation that can cause signs of aging (like fine lines, wrinkles, dull skin tone and rough skin texture) to be more obvious.  

Thus, all you need to do is to simply swap out your hot showers with lukewarm or cold ones.   

Tip #4 Slap on the Sunscreen  

UV exposure is inevitable, even though you may be working from home or in an office environment with no windows nearby. UV rays comprise of UVA & UVB Rays. UVAs penetrate deeper into the skin to cause cell damage and often result in premature aging, sunspots, and wrinkle formation. UVBs are responsible for giving sunburn and largely contribute to skin cancers.  

Avoid the aging effects by simply applying a Broad Spectrum SPF before starting your day. If you’re rushing for time and cannot afford the extra step in your skincare and makeup routine, search for tinted Broad Spectrum SPF to emerge with protected and airbrushed skin.   

Credit: Nathan Cowley 

Tip #5: Fuel Your Body with the Best  

Much like drinking sufficient water, fuelling your body with the right food does wonders in the realm of anti-aging. Here are some of our favourite skin-loving foods:  

Fatty Fish

Fish like Salmon, mackerel and herring are great for skin as they contain Omega-3 Fatty acids which are vital to keeping the skin thick, supple, and moisturised. Plus, they strengthen the skin against harmful UV Rays. Fatty fish also often contain Vitamin E – a potent antioxidant that can help protect against the aging effects of free radicals.  

Need a vegan/vegetarian alternative? Try out Avocados and Walnuts!   

Sweet Potatoes  

Rich in beta carotene, sweet potatoes fuel your body with anti-oxidants while protecting your skin from damage caused by UV Rays. Plus, beta carotene adds a nice warm, orange tone to your skin, giving you a healthier and glowing appearance.  

Soy   

Soy contains isoflavones – a plant compound that mimics or blocks estrogen in the body. Isoflavones have been shown to improve wrinkles, collagen, skin elasticity and skin dryness. All the anti-aging benefits contained in a tiny soybean!  

Red or Yellow Bell Peppers  

Like sweet potatoes, red and yellow bell peppers are a great source of beta carotene. They are also one of the best sources of Vitamin C which are necessary for creating collagen.  

Just with these 4 ingredients, you prepare a multitude of meals in advance for an entire week: time saving and good for the skin! In addition to this list of skin-loving foods, always remember that a balanced diet is best. Minimising sugary or fried foods can also help in anti-aging as they impact your body’s ability to receive nutrients and can break down vital proteins like collagen and elastin.  

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While there are many other tips and tricks you can apply to start your anti-aging journey, start with small, easy steps to establish key routines, and build a strong foundation for a healthy body.   

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Have you ever read a book or listened to a speech and came away from it feeling it was so vacuous, you could sum it up in a line or two? Or, conversely, finished one with your notepad chockfull of hastily scribbled notes of talking points, because there were just so many takeaways? That’s Serena Adsit’s story for us.

Part 2 of our #Origins series that kicked off with Kelly Latimer, Serena’s tale is so unapologetically honest, and revealing in how her history and experiences carved out her story of undeniable internal strength.

INTERVIEW WITH SERENA ADSIT - I ROCK TO MY OWN BEAT
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“My eclectic background wasn’t traditional in any way, yet I have learned some real important life lessons from the home. You are not your family, and should never let them dictate who you should be… Everyone is an individual, and should have her / his own personal freedom to work towards that. That’s a huge gift my mother has accorded me:
The choice to be whomever I wanted.

SERENA ADSIT
FOUNDER, MINT SINAGAPORE

The Origins series with WearOhWhere was meant to dive deep into our interviewees’ origins — their original birthplaces and cultures and how they influence their present-day selves despite being in Singapore and away from “home”.

When we approached Serena to be a part of this series, her story took a slightly different turn. Instead of focusing on the influence of her mixed parentage, she shared how her history as a model shaped her first views of what beauty was and “should be”, creating a toxic cycle where she silently imposed judgment and expectations on others’ bodies and on her own, in line with how much of the outside world similarly does to women’s (not just models’) bodies. We talked about how, in time, she chose to break her silence on her own flaws and “broke (the) spell of perfection”, and how that granted her relief and a profound sense of freedom.

Serena agreed to the interview, while requesting that we cover more ground beyond “what is beauty, success and happiness”… which forms, I guess, the cotton-candy, fluffier aspects of most interviews with successful entrepreneurs (Serena runs Mint Singapore, a commercial modelling agency that represents talents of all ages, shapes and sizes). We talked beauty and its impositions on society at large, and how her EveryBody movement seeks to change that.

Kind of felt like a throwback to our tough interview with BBC just last year, where we discussed whether beauty businesses were profiteering off people’s insecurities and creating too much pressure on women to look a certain way.

INTERVIEW WITH SERENA ADSIT - I ROCK TO MY OWN BEAT
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“Being in the modelling industry, I’ve seen first-hand what unrealistic expectations can do to a person… I’ve spent years hiding my flaws like cellulite, and had boyfriends try to exercise it off me, but worst of all, it not only made me feel bad about myself and my “shortcomings”, it made me judge others based on this unrealistic expectation that I had inadvertently put on myself. That hurts me more than the burden of having cellulite — that I became judge, jury and executioner of what I mistakenly thought “beauty” means. I was done living that way, done hating the way women’s bodies are always under scrutiny. By openly discussing my own perceived flaws, it instantly broke a spell of perfection I have been trying all these years to upkeep. Instantly, I felt it allowed others to breathe a sigh of relief in knowing hey, she’s got issues just like all of us and
none of us are perfect after all.”

SERENA ADSIT
FOUNDER, MINT SINAGAPORE
INTERVIEW WITH SERENA ADSIT - Nephra the cat
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Beyond beauty, we talked about resilience, outgrowing friendships and finding magic in life. And played with Nephra, her gorgeous, affectionate, friendly feline.

No more spoilers. Read the full story here.

Stay True,

Detoxification is an integral part of our skincare philosophy — and for the skin’s recovery process, really. It’s one of the biggest processes that’s fundamental and necessary to help us regain clear, radiant skin, but also the most heavily misunderstood. While understandable, it’s also often a misconception… so let’s get straight to the lowdown.

Credit: Dominik Martin

WHAT IS DETOXIFICATION?

It’s a slightly misleading term, in the sense that your skin isn’t getting rid of toxins, but rather, clearing out the impurities. This includes the most superficial layer of the skin all the way down to the deepest ones. It means the restoration of the most important thing to skin health — pH levels.

For the uninitiated, detoxification happens in the form of spots and zits. So yes — sometimes, those nasties are good things! Even when they seem to keep. Coming. Back. When you make a deliberate move to detoxify, you’re essentially purging your skin of congestion and dirt — and where else can it go but up and out? This means it’s completely normal to have your skin break out, clear up, and then break out again. It’s called waves of healing.

WAVES OF HEALING

What’s that, you ask? I liken this healing process to decluttering — you don’t stop until it’s all gone. Similarly, when your skin is done cleaning out a pocket of toxins, it starts to clear up. Then, it goes deeper to find another pocket of dust to stake, thus causing another good kind of breakout. It can be tough to ride out these waves and many give up (who likes spots?), but bear with it! Once it’s gone, it’s likely your acne will be, too — if you have patience and the discipline in following a stringent skincare regime, and staying foundation-free.

We all have skin woes and goals, but did you know? To get anywhere near your skin goal (be it brightening, anti-aging or a more even skin tone), your skin needs to be as healthy, “normal” and pH-balanced as possible for it to reap maximum benefits from any treatment or product.

WHAT IS PH BALANCE?

“pH” stands for “potential hydrogen” and it measures the acidity of substances. Beneath our skin layers lie our oil and sweat glands, and these contribute to our skin’s pH level – which is approximately 5.5, making it slightly acidic. When our skin is too alkaline, it becomes dry and sensitive, resulting in faster ageing, eczema, etc. When it’s too acidic, it causes inflammation and becomes more susceptible to bacterial infection — expect enlarged pores, blackheads, and acne… Therefore, the trick to healthy skin lies in ensuring that your skin’s pH is balanced at 5.5.

Before all else, we need to get your skin ready for the good stuff. This means clearing congestion, balancing the skin’s pH and moisture levels, and renewing the skin on a cellular level. This first stage — what we call the Intensive phase — is usually the most demanding, but also essential. Basically, your skin needs to undergo a reboot so it’s a blank canvas that’s ready for revival.

One of Porcelain’s core competencies is curating personalized, holistic skincare treatment plans for our clients. All new clients first experience a three-pronged skin analysis (including the Skin Discovery) which allows our therapists to design a bespoke regimen around their skins. After that, most new clients undergo said Intensive phase of treatment cycles before progressing to the Maintenance phase. Intensive phases are intended to rejig the skin back to normalcy as quickly as healthily possible… for this reason, severely congested skin, for example, has to undergo multiple cycles of hydrating, extractions and recovery facials to restore skin back to its clear, radiant, balanced self — detoxification. A clean slate.

Credit: Gabrielle Henderson

WHY DOES DETOXIFICATION HAPPEN?

With some treatments (e.g. QuintessentialTM) and products (e.g. Balance – Sebum Control Essence), detoxification is a deliberate process we introduce to your skin to help with recovery. Again: Sometimes, it takes place in the form of a familiar, unwanted friend — zits. Your skin is simply trying to get rid of impurities, and it’s completely normal.

Here’s why / how detoxification can happen:

CONGESTION         
Oil, dead cells, hair follicles and makeup tend to collect in pores and cause congestion, resulting in breakouts and dull, dehydrated skin. Pollution is also another culprit, which is why proper skincare habits for urbanites are so important.

STRESS                 
High levels of stress do show up on your face… that skin redness you’re experiencing? That’s increased sensitivity. Pimples? That’s due to increased sebum production and slower cell turnover.

LIFESTYLE HABITS   
Alcohol, smoking, too little sleep and too little water are surefire ways to introduce toxins to the body… and you know where these tend to show up!

TOO MUCH SUGAR 
Processed sugar causes inflammation in the body and is one of the biggest contributors of acne.

Credit: Amber Lamoreaux

WHY DO WE NEED TO DETOX?

Simply because clean and clear skin is the only way for good stuff to ever penetrate. In fact, good stuff on clogged pores is only junk on junk — meaning it can trigger breakouts! In which case, it’s not so much the product that’s triggering a reaction, but your skin not being able to absorb the nutrients. If the product’s not going in, it’s staying on… meaning you’re just clogging it up more!

QUICK SIGNS THAT SAY YOU NEED A SKIN REBOOT

– Dull, sallow skin
– Uneven skin tone
– Oily skin
– Wrinkles and sagging skin
– Dry and / or sensitive skin

HOW DO WE DETOX?

So many ways!

FEEDING YOURSELF RIGHT

Are you one of those that can survive on half a cup of water each day? Start living and flushing your body with more than that (we read somewhere you should be drinking half your weight in ounces), because it aids in internal waste removal — so less toxins try to escape by popping up on your skin! Add some lemon for extra detoxing power.

And junk food? It might be hard to cut it out completely (and we won’t ask you to try), but try laying off it for just one week. These include animal fats, dairy products, white bread, fast food, and sugar. For just seven days, eat clean with fresh berries and fruits. Feel the difference.

SWEAT IT OUT

Exercise gets your heart racing and your skin perspiring, which helps to cleanse impurities. That’s a handy excuse to take up a hot yoga session or if you prefer the an even more relaxed method, hit the nearest sauna!

Credit: Haley Lawrence

FACIAL TREATMENTS

Facial treatments are one way to stimulate detoxification. For example, intensive extractions sessions help to systematically and professionally rid the skin of congestion (none of that DIY zit-popping!). With time, experience smoother, brighter and more even skin that actually absorbs all the goodness from award-winning products like ours (;

Another favourite facial treatment of ours is the ProionicTM facial. Aside from its winning anti-aging formula and benefits, it helps boost cellular ionic movement, exchange and equilibrium. Too Greek? The treatment basically helps to jiggle our cells and help our skin purge impurities easier, thus improving its overall health and metabolism.

HOMECARE

Which brings us to the next point. Products! Supporting extractions and facial treatments with a proper regime at home with efficacious skincare products helps heaps. Double cleansing, exfoliating, toning and hydrating are key to keeping the skin clear of impurities.

Double Cleanse. Doing this with a pre-cleanser thoroughly removes environmental pollutants accumulated through the day, making the same job easier for your cleanser. More importantly, pre-cleansing softens your skin so that following products can be absorbed more effectively.

Exfoliate. This helps keep your skin clear and more even as it gets rid of flaky skin cells. Look for chemical exfoliants as they do a better job of dissolving dead skin cells without irritating or damaging the skin. The exfoliator should be applied to damp skin in a gentle, circular motion. Avoid scrubbing and opt for an exfoliator for sensitive skin if you’re experiencing distressed skin, as it only serves to aggravate and exacerbate any existing skin issues.

Tone. One of the most important parts of the daily skin care routine is toning. Face toners balance the skin after cleansing, calming and lowering its pH level. Toning also helps prep the skin for any serums that follow and removes excess oil your cleanser may have missed. Another perk? It shrinks the size of your pores!

Layer Hydration. Complete the detox regimen by keeping moisture levels balanced. Opt for hydrating serums and essences that contain ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, and Aloe Barbadensis leaf extracts to help lock in optimum hydration.

Credit: Ameen Fahmy

Also look for:
Facial cleansers that were specifically made to deep cleanse yet feed your skin with moisture so it still feels cared for and nourished
Hydrating enzyme exfoliators so you can exfoliate the non-abrasive way
Alcohol-free toners with a low percentage of glycolic acid so it helps to further exfoliate the skin further and rid impurities without being too harsh on the skin
Face serums with pH-balancing properties to help whip skin back into a healthy 5.5. Our Balance – Sebum Control Essence is a godsend for this
Gel moisturisers with zit-busting ingredients like tea tree oil and lemon extracts to help when detoxification occurs

“I’d definitely recommend double cleansing to really rid the skin of that harmful layer of things that can settle on top.”

KIRSTI SHUBA
CO-FOUNDER, KATHERINE DANIELS COSMETICS

NOW WE’RE DONE DETOXING. HOW ABOUT SOME PROTECTION FEE FOR THE SKIN?

Credit: Mohamed Nashah

Aside from clearing the skin of congestion, we should also be working on protecting it from the likes of pollution and airborne bacteria (hands off your face, now!). Now, wouldn’t that help in creating less work for our skin in the first place?

Our best friend for that is…. Antioxidants! Aside from aloe vera, our next favourite hero ingredients are those that come jam-packed with these. Super multitaskers that they are, antioxidants fight environmental aggressors, neutralize free radicals and heal the skin.

“Products that have antioxidant properties will protect against some free radicals – mainly pollution, and in some cases, UV rays.”

DR. NATALIE BLAKELY
FOUNDER OF LIGHT TOUCH CLINIC

YOUR SKIN DETOX STARTS NOW.


Do you want to hop on the detoxification bandwagon and reboot your skin?
Curious to find out what your skin is like, and how exactly to care for it?

For a limited time only, enjoy a Skin Discovery analysis at $65 and receive a complimentary 3-piece customisable travel set (worth $102).*

What’s inside the Travel Set?
1x Cleanser,  Toner, Gel, and Travel Pouch

* $65 is redeemable for credits to offset the cost of any ala carte treatment. Terms & conditions apply.


Stay True,

We love storytellers with good stories to tell, and chefs with good food to give. In May, we collaborated with a woman who generously shared both with us. Celebrity chef Angela May’s tale is the first of two It’s What’s Inside That Counts stories, which also falls under the Origins series (headlined by Kelly Latimer). While Kelly’s story focused on how her English roots inspire her present and future in Singapore, Angela’s prods us to take a closer look — within ourselves.

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“I love everything about the experience of eating, from sitting down with friends and chatting over food, and the food itself. I just felt the need to feed people… there’s a deep seated spot in my soul that physically hurts when I see hungry people.”

ANGELA MAY
CELEBRITY CHEF

Hello, Sunshine by Angela May

We’ve always been advocates of not just topical care for healthy and radiant skin, but also being mindful of what we eat and drink so we’re nourishing our skin from within as well. With the opening of Porcelain Origins and the quaint café that nests within it, it was most opportune to work with Angela just in time for summer. Hello, Sunshine is Angela’s take on a fruity summer smoothie — available for a limited time only at Porcelain Origins at $12.90.

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The Ingredients

Angela’s recipe incorporates yummies like peach, lychee, aloe vera, and rosemary and bee pollen for garnish. Is it a coincidence that they’re some of our own favourites and are key ingredients in our products and treatments?

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Quite a wonderfruit, peaches are rich in antioxidants and combat free radicals and anti-aging effects that the sun brings. It’s also moisture- and glow-giving. Find this ingredient in our Soothe – Hydro Cleanser and  Pure – Botanical Soothing Gel

Our go-to for its ultra-hydrating, soothing and reparative properties. Found in almost all our products from our toners to our exfoliators, serums and moisturisers, including the Soothe – Aloe Recovery Gel (of course!)

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Another antioxidant-rich superfruit for the skin. Soak up its goodness with our Hydrocare – Bio-cellulose Mask!

Something similarly bee-inspired is used in our Beespoke™ Honey Facial, a treatment that was specially created for Sofitel City Centre Singapore — bee propolis!

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ROSEMARY

Yes, again, rosemary has amazing antioxidants properties. More than that, it’s a great oil-balancer (just in time for summer) and cleans out impurities without drying the skin. Catch a whiff of it in our Soothe – Hydro Cleanser.

“Peaches are such a great summer fruit. They smell amazing, and have a blush that screams summer.”

We do love bare skin and outward confidence as much as we love feeling good…

P.S. Read our full story with Angela May, interviewed by WearOhWhere, here. Enjoy Hello, Sunshine at Porcelain Origins at $9.90 (U.P. $12.90) when you flash that page!

Are you ready for summer?

 

 

Iman Fandi is the face that tops off our #BareWithMe stories with WearOhWhere.

“Better an “oops” than a “what if”.”
– Iman Fandi, Model

Iman Fandi: Everything Will Be All Right | #BareWithMe

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For those who don’t know, #BareWithMe is a campaign we kicked off with Lucinda Law (Founder of WithinArtNature) and WOW back in 2017 — a spinoff from #FoundationFreeConfidence. Porcelain has always told the story of good skin from within and preached the benefits that going foundation-free would do for it. Natural beauty on the outside. How about on the inside? We thought, there lies so many parallels between physical and inner beauty, skincare journeys and personal ones. How do we inspire confidence not just on a surface level, but from within?

We reached out to old friend Karman,

the maker of WearOhWhere, storyteller of people’s — well, stories. There was no one better to help us capture the essence of people — inspirational women, to be exact. And to capture their experiences, triumphs, flaws, journeys and definitions of beauty. It was no longer just about physical beauty; we wanted to go beyond skin-deep. And when said influential women bared to us how they were (are) equally fallible human beings, we all hoped to spur others to similarly bare their own stories. Owning them. Finding strength in them. (Re)gaining confidence both outside and within.

Iman Fandi: Everything Will Be All Right | #BareWithMe

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Just like that, Bare with Me was born.

It’s now 2019. Bare With Me came further and lasted longer than we expected, together with Viola Tan, Co-Founder of Love, Bonito and Olivia Eleazar, photographer, stylist and self-proclaimed unicorn. We began planning a capstone story to top off the series and to kickstart the year. This story would take the form of a video, showcasing a woman stripping off her makeup after a day with the world. Symbolism of emancipation.

In all honesty, when we first started talking about this, I had in my mind a 40-something-year-old woman who had reached enlightenment, or something close to it. Someone who had seen much in life. Probably glamorous and strong on the outside, fun and strong on the inside (yes, “glamorous” and “fun” are antonyms in my head). The video would take on a darker, more somber look and feel. Adult.

What we ended up producing was this:

I got it completely wrong and the production team got it completely right. Well, I got one part right — Iman is a girl who’s glamorous and strong on the outside (as a model), and fun and strong on the inside (as herself).

“To anyone out there who doesn’t feel beautiful, I want to tell you that it’s OK not to be OK, and we all go through phases where we just shut down, but in the end, everything will be all right — it just takes time. It took time for me to understand what I like about myself, and how I can improve myself. With body image, I go to the gym and eat healthy, so that’s how I try and basically take care of me. You just have to figure out what is your way.”
– Iman Fandi, Model

We wanted to portray a typical day in her life as a model by day, Iman by night. The idea was to showcase a woman who displays to the world her game face and who then slowly relinquishes that persona to become… her. And as we went from shooting scenes to interview time, Iman literally morphed from professional model to bare-faced girl with candour and ease. And as we uncovered her story, we found someone who was precocious, wise beyond her years and brimming with positivity for the future.

Read our latest (and possibly final) Bare With Me story with Iman Fandi here.

And if life ever gets you down, our 18-year-old girl/woman has wise words for you:

“It’s OK not to be OK… everything will be all right.”

Iman Fandi: Everything Will Be All Right | #BareWithMe

Credit: WearOhWhere

Stay True,


READ MORE STORIES HERE:

#INSIDERNEWS – #BareWithMe Campaign 2018

#BareWithMe – Guilty Pleasures Are Okay. Really.

The Origins Series | Kelly Latimer

Our Very Own Beauty Column! | #DearPauline

Our Beauty Guru On “Skin” | #DearPauline