Skin Myth: Can Pores Open and Close?

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When I started a proper skin care routine back when I was 13 years old, I first heard about this skin myth when my mom told me that I should finish washing my face with very cold water, to “close” the pores. However, this is a really big skin myth – probably one of the biggest ones – and is used to sell hundreds of products, but unfortunately…

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but no – pores cannot open and close. For them to actually open and close would mean it would have to have muscles. In fact, pore size is genetically determined!

From Society Hill Dermatology:

There’s no magical process or product that will cause your pores to “open” and allow impurities to rise to the skin’s surface.
By the same token, splashing cold water on your face – or doing anything else for that matter – won’t cause the gates to slam shut on your pores.

Simply put, “pores are pretty stationary,” says Susan C. Taylor, M.D., a dermatologist in Philadelphia and author of Brown Skin: Dr. Susan Taylor’s Prescription for Flawless Skin, Hair, and Nails (Amistad, 2004).

What you’re doing when you steam your face is causing the blood vessels to dilate and the skin to swell slightly. Similarly, “astringents and toners slightly irritate the walls of the pores and make them swell, causing the pores to look smaller,” Baumann explains. But they haven’t actually changed in size. Even in the best-case scenario, their diminished appearance won’t last for more than 24 hours.

That being said, with pore minimizing products, don’t expect miracle results; especially those that claim to make your pores smaller. Though they clean your pores out, making them appear smaller, the size of your pores haven’t changed one bit. Think of your pores as a “V” shape. The only real thing you can do is to exfoliate your skin. If you exfoliate it scrubs off a layer of the ‘V’, they will make your pore appear smaller, but again, your pore size really hasn’t changed size.

Sad but true, but this skin myth has officially been debunked! Any thoughts?

P.S. One great product that is used in my household that diminishes the appearance of pores is Benefit’s Porefessional – highly recommended!




Introducing Modajar

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It’s another big win for Singaporean fashion entrepreneurs! I first discovered Modajar, a luxury boutique here in Singapore recently and have been stalking their online shop ever since, especially since they house some really cool cult brands that you can’t find elsewhere in Singapore. Origami Jewellery (my favorite!), House of Holland and Patrizia Pepe are some of the brands you’ll find at the store.

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While Modajar is a physical shop (isn’t it gorgeous?!) – you know me, I’m all about online shopping! Their online website is easy to use and everything is photographed perfectly – my items arrived exactly how they were presented online. (They also do international shipping by the way). As you can see – I got a cool brick print tee from One.T.Shirt, a go-with-everything basic top from Patricia Peze; and my favorite, an Origami Jewellery necklace. I was deciding between the elephant and the dinosaur (love them both), but chose the dinosaur as they were my first loves! At 4 years old I saw Jurassic park and I have loved dinos ever since. Isn’t he beautiful? I named him Larry. ;)

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Modajar launched earlier this year in July, with specially handpicked and sourced straight from the designers, resulting in a truly bold yet sophisticated shop. Oh, and before you think Modajar is just for women, don’t worry men, there are plenty of choices for you too. Modajar is set to cater to the fashion-forward man and women who loves uniqueness and a bit of “out there” style. I can only vouch for their online shop so far but as I mentioned, I enjoyed my experience shopping with Modajar. Other than the user friendly site, the delivery was pretty quick and in a sturdy, pretty Modajar box. I also have to say that I’ve been in touch with the people at Modajar and they are simply the friendliest, most helpful staff (shoutout to Shanti).

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Top 10 Chick Flicks (Part 2)

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I’ve been wanting to write part 2 to my first post, My Top 10 Best Chick Flicks, because really, as a chick flick lover, how could I only limit it to 10? Chick flicks, to me, are the ultimate “feel good” movie, even though they may not exactly be the most realistic. But one can dream! Here are 10 more must best chick flicks…

Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

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Bend it Like Beckham (buy here): Right after I published the first article, I smacked myself for forgetting this gem. Probably one of the most funniest chick flick ever. The plot is that the daughter of orthodox Sikh rebels against her parents’ traditional cultural beliefs and runs off to Germany with a football team. So yep – it’s a girl’s soccer movie! It also stars Keira Knightley and it’s so, so hilarious.

Fave quote: “Lesbian? Her birthday’s in March. I thought she was a Pieces.”

Beastly (2011)

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Beastly (buy here): This is not so much a chick flick; it’s more of a teen romance; and if you get past the terribly unrealistic plot (as in, Lindy and her father’s storyline, not that the guy turns into a beast) then it is thoroughly enjoyable. This is the “modern day” Beauty and the Beast story, based on the book by Alex Finn, and I don’t know, it was just such a sweet, lovely little movie. It stars teen queen Vanessa Hundgens and the drop dead gorgeous Alex Pettyfer. I really enjoyed it. It’s one of my favorite movies even though it was a big flop, ha.

I love it for several reasons. The piano score throughout the movie was absolutely breathe-taking (there are many variations in the film but this one is my favorite), the beautiful imagery, and also… Alex Pettyfer… more like PRETTYfer am I right? They made him look like a monster and he still looked hot. Go figure. Also, the last 30 seconds of the movie will also make you LOL so bad. Mary-Kate Olsen also stars and she was perfect for this role, I loved her outfits.

Fave quote: ”Is bullshit one word or two?”

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Bulgari Omnia Crystalline EDP Review

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Two months ago Bulgari launched their gorgeous new scent, Omnia Crystalline, with an exciting regional launch in Bangkok, Thailand. Yours truly was the only blogger invited to the event and I was so excited, until dengue fever hit and I was unfortunately unable to go… sigh! Thankfully though, it’s given me a lot of time to really test the new fragrance out – as well as it’s body gel and lotion – to give you a comprehensive review of the new scent.

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If you’re wondering why the name of the fragrance sounds familiar, this is an “update” to the original Crystalline that was realeased in 2005. Says the perfumer, Alberto Morillas, who was in charge of creating the entire Omnia collection: “The aim was to have Crystalline version almost 10 years after the first EDT edition, which can be richer, luxurious, more polished… while maintaining the same signature, attraction and originality of the fragrance.”

“This is not just a more concentrated version; it’s really a totally new approach for this creation, tied to new, really unique and exclusive ingredients that fit in with Bvlgari’s modernity”.

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I’d have to agree that there is a very “modern” feel to this scent. Featuring notes of lotus, mandarin orange, orris root and musk, the scent is a floral scent, but a little “muted”, more delicate, light and closer to the skin. The bottle is like the other Bulgari Omnia scents; featuring that signature “ring” bottle (anyone else think kinda looks like the infinity symbol?), but this time with a soft light pink glass. To me the scent has a powdery freshness to it; and I think the ad campaign very beautifully captured the image of the fragrance: it is soft, light, feminine with a little bit of warmth and closeness.

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Above is a photo of the full range, including the Shower Gel and Body lotion. To really “get” a fragrance, it is recommended to use the body gel in the shower, the body lotion all over your body, and then the perfume itself over the lotion, on your pulse points. This will allow you to really be enamoured into the fragrance; not to mention it will make the fragrance last much, much longer, and feel a little but more closer to the skin. The gel, was, in a word, incredible. I like having strong scents in my shower (mostly because showering is so boring and in the morning, the scent wakes me up!) and the soft scent lingered in my bathroom which I thought was a plus. The lotion too – no complaints. I was happy it wasn’t greasy which is my pet peeve in lotions. It sunk into my skin with a very light whiff of the fragrance.

With Christmas coming up; if you’re up for treating yourself or another female in your family, I’d definitely recommend taking a whiff of it and seeing how you like it. I think it would be the perfect gift for that girly, feminine woman in your life. Although, I think it would be even better as a Valentine’s Day gift. (Men, you listening?) It is such a floral, feminine scent – and the pink bottle is too cute – that I keep thinking Valentine’s Day when I see it. Either way – gotta try it out.

Omnia Crystalline EDP is available in 40ml ($123) and 65ml ($158). Both the shower gel and body lotion are 100ml and are $45 and $55 respectfully. 

Have you tried Bulgari’s Omnia Crystalline EDP yet? Or any of the others in the Omnia collection?

How to: Shop A Flea Market Like A Pro

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One of my favorite fleas is Portobello Market in London, which my best friend brought me to the last time I visited. It’s so good that I actually dream about it, sometimes! And though I had no idea what I was doing at that stage, after a few years of trying more flea markets out, I now have some kinda idea on howt to make your flea market a great experience:

1. Plan the time. The beginning of the day is better because obviously, everything will be there, and the end of the day is gret too because the sellers are tired and just want to get rid of whatever’s left – cue the extra discounts! It’s up to you to figure out what is more important to you – getting great deals or getting the best or most unique stuff?

2. Small cash only. Nothing is more annoying to both you and the vendor when they gotta exchange a big note – just bring how ever much you want but break them down to $5 and $10 bills. Easier for everyone!

3. Bring a huge tote bag… self explanatory, really. I remember in Portobella my BFF and I were scrambling and sharing each other’s handbags ’cause we didn’t know where to put our purchases, or when they were too much. Just bring a big old bag and dump it all in!

4. Bring a camera. For “expensive” things such as art work or furniture, if you’re undecided, you should take a photo of it and see what it looks like – and visualise it in your apartment. After hours of rummaging around, things can seem unclear and a photo can show the “real thing” and give some clarity.

6. Behind the Seams. When buying clothes, make sure to look for any tiny holes (usually around the seams), stains, smells, missing buttons and the like. Also, gently tug at the seams - especially around the shoulder area – to see if the fabric is sturdy and can last you more than say, one wash.

7. Lastly, ask specific questions. What I do is when I see an item I mentally tell myself how much I would pay for it. When asking for the price, if it’s higher than what you wanted, ask specific questions like “Can you let it go for $20?”, “I’d pay $20 for this, is that cool?”, “Would you take $20 for this?”. This usually starts the conversation and gets the sale rolling much quicker than going back and forth on prices – cut to the chase, other words!

And those are my top tips for working a flea market. Speaking of which, does anyone know of good ones in Singapore? I haven’t come across any yet, though I used to go to one in high school but I cannot for the life of me remember where it was! Also, if you have any other tips for working a flea market, please add them.