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Monday, September 29, 2014

Extraction is the key to Porcelain Skin

So here's what gave me Porcelain skin. 

It has always been a battle with me and porcelain skin. Some days are good but most days are bad. Even if there are no visible acne, i was afraid for any lover to stroke my face. The sensitive fingers would feel the bumps (blackheads/whiteheads/clogged pores) beneath. Despite my regular monthly facial at another salon, while i kept acne breakout at bay, i never did achieve porcelain skin.

I hate extraction. The uncomfortable prodding and pushing with a metal loop and syringe needle sound scary.

Beauty is pain. Yet extraction is necessary so that impurities can be removed and nutrients from products can penetrate easily into the dermis. However, extraction needs to be done by professionals and with the right techniques. 

I've always had dry skin and minor pigmentation scars.
Photo from 2011.
Today, after 3 years with Porcelain Face Spa, everyone's praising my skin and i am no longer afraid of a lover touching my face.

The primary difference between Porcelain and other facial salons is other than the extraction techniques being a tad different from other salons, Porcelain recommends LED light therapy after.

Red Light Therapy Rejuvenates Your Skin
In the anti-aging process, what is important is the collagen production and red light therapy stimulates the collagen production. Collagen is responsible for the elasticity and firmness of your skin, resulting in the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. The collagen is also the protein that repair damaged skin cells.

Blue Light Therapy Kills Acne
The blue light therapy kills the Propionibacterium acne bacteria. This bacteria is one of the cause of acne, and is sensitive to light in a certain range (405 to 420nm). The bacteria absorb the light and the light kills the bacteria. It is also used for to reduce the inflammation caused by acne, reduces scarring, sebum and oil production.

What makes Porcelain different is they believe in 3 key philosophies.
  1. Good skin should be clear and radiant from within. Porcelain does not advocate covering imperfections; instead, they seek to treat the root of the problem.
  2. No two skins are alike. To maintain a high level of quality and professionalism, all Porcelain treatment will be fully customized based on skin type, skin problem and therapist recommendation. Customization begins from a wide selection of cleansers, serums, ampoules, masks and other even equipments.
  3. Skincare is long term. You can’t develop a six-pack after one gym session, just like how it is pretty hard to achieve Porcelain skin after 1 treatment. Because skincare is long term, Porcelain work to educate their clients and develop a trusted relationship to better cater to client’s skincare needs.
Over the years, i really do see Porcelain constantly improving herself with customer service. It must be because of the young, modern and capable lady boss Pauline at its helm. I don't know her personally, but have seen her photos with her mum (extraction pro) around. Just seeing how Porcelain Face Spa has shaped its business over the years have garner my silent respect for Pauline. 

My skin today, without make-up. Mum who introduced me to facials at age 15 is on the right with me.
Call 6227 9692 for appointment booking. Porcelain, The Face Spa is located at 31A Cantonment Road (3 mins walk from Outram MRT, Exit H) Alternatively, you may visit their website at

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Facing Porcelain's New Outlet

Located at the new mall on Somerset Road, Orchard Gateway, Porcelain Face Spa's new outlet is pretty damn fine-looking.

I walked in and felt like i walked into a resort spa. Decked out in dark wood, pebbles strategically placed puts me in the zen mood.
Porcelain's outlets ( the other in Outram) have always given a cosy feeling, small, intimate with welcoming faces of therapists. 

At the new outlet, Porcelain's acclaimed skincare products are paraded in this exhibition aisle. 
I picked up my favourite products to go #foundationfree! 
Porcelain Face Spa's new outlet only serves treatments without extractions. A convenient quick fix in the midst of shopping.

Speaking of shopping, another reason to check out the new Orchard Gateway are these quirky new shops!

While the ladies are getting their face fixed, their boyfriends can browse a level dedicated to men.

Perhaps they can take the time to groom themselves too, at the new Premium Barber, a no holds-barred pampering outlet for men.
Or browse indie fashion boutiques like White Rose Parlour with an old Shanghainese intetior. 
And when you are done with your facial, he with the window-shopping, finish off the day with Instagram-worthy interior and #foodporn with Supply and Demand, a promising Italian Asian bistro.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Cocktail Recipes with Lipton

Just the other day, George Young invited us to his house for a Lipton tea party. 
When there's tea and canapes in the house, there'll be good conversations.
But when you combine tea AND alcohol together, you get many possibili-teas!
Bird's eye view.
George roped in a master mixologist from Cufflink Club to give us a master class in concocting some very refreshing cocktails.
Mixologist Joel looks at George lovingly, that's what possibili-tea do to you
16 unique recipes with a variety of Lipton tea, i am so inspired to start throwing ADULT tea parties! They are good looking to boot too, surely to impress my guests. The Fruitea Red Crush which i successfully made was SO SIMPLE yet such a pretty drink that tasted very refreshing. A tinge of sour, the right amount of sweet and very fruity! It felt like a healthy drink, i almost forgot there's alcohol in there. Such cocktails are deadly, they're so yummy that you'll down too many before alcohol has an effect. Hehehe. This recipe is ingenius! Perfect for our Singapore weather, perpeptually summer. 
Here're the recipes:
2 cocktail instruction videos available

However, if you are having a children's tea party....
I have tea parties with my animal friends!
there are also mocktail recipes! You can get them from Lipton's Facebook page.

With alcohol, tea and a relaxed atmosphere, i made friends at George's tea party. I spoke to another mixologist (also a guest) who told me he has never heard of tea being used for cocktails. This was rather innovative and revolutionary!

These recipes give a new twist to tea drinking, opened up many possibilities other than just being a hot drink. The new Lipton broke teabag tradition to come up with the Lipton Pyramid bag which allows tea leaves more room to move and infuse for a better brew. 

The Forrest Fruits Lipton tea pyramid bag smelled soooo good the moment i release the box from its wrapper. I think i can hang it like potpourri in the bathroom.

Possibili-teas right?
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