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Chinese women are known for having exceptionally flawless skin, and thick, luscious hair to boot, too. Exactly how many of us have looked at an impeccably groomed Chinese woman, and admired her white, poreless skin? Far too many to count! And we at Nuffnang bet your bottom Ringgit that this has happened more than once.

That said, that doesn’t mean you can’t attain the same level of beauty as well. Here, I’ll share a couple of Chinese beauty secrets that will help you along the way:

Rice water

Inexpensive and pretty much readily available in every Asian household, this beauty secret is one that you can get started on right away. All you have to do is soak unpolished rice in water, and stir it until the water turns milky. It is at this point that you can dip a cotton pad in the mixture, and pat it all over your face.

What’s more is that you can keep this in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days! This homemade toner is great for helping keep that dreaded oil shine at bay.

Mung beans

Mung beans are used for de-puffing and treating acne- news those with problematic skin will rejoice over for sure. These beans have been a part of Chinese skincare for centuries too, which means there has got to be a darned good reason behind this practice.

Adding on, they’re applied in the form of face masks, and have been used by ordinary people and empresses alike even during olden times. These masks are created by grinding up the beans and adding water until the mixture turns into a paste. An alternative method is buying the powdered form from health stores and mixing it with Greek yoghurt.

Herbal tea

This one’s a no-brainer, given the widespread popularity of tea in Chinese culture. These herbal remedies are prescribed depending on a variety of factors as such the season and your symptoms. For instance, Goji is generally prescribed during the summer when it is most potent, and is commonly used for detoxing and boosting your defense system. Other popular herbal teas include and are not limited to red dates, Chrysanthemum, Bei Qi and Huang Qi.

Fun fact: After drinking Goji tea, you can eat the berries afterwards. These plumped up, juicy berries are filled with vitamin C, amino acids, antioxidants, minerals and carotenoids. Perfect for enhancing your skin!

Turmeric mask

While more commonly associated with the Middle East, it turns out that turmeric is popular with Chinese women as well. This powerful root has been relied on as far back as ancient China to help reduce wrinkles and even out skin tone, and continues to be widely used to this day.

To create your own DIY turmeric mask, all you have to do is mix a tablespoon of turmeric powder with a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of almond milk. Leave it on your skin for about fifteen minutes, wash off, and check out the difference in your complexion.

Jade roller

This one might sound a bit odd, but hey, don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. Jade rollers are meant to help improve circulation, which will in turn improve your complexion and help your skin heal.

This is best done after you’ve used a face mask. Simply and gently roll it across your face from the centre to the outside, and enjoy the cooling sensation that comes with it. These devices also supposedly soothe and de-puff your skin, as well as help decrease wrinkles.

Did you find this article helpful? Or do you know any Chinese beauty tips you’d like to share? Hop on over to Comment below!

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

If you’re a fan of Dr. Sandra Lee – who is more famously known as Dr. Pimple Popper – then you’re in for a real treat. The doctor, who gained YouTube fame for uploading videos of her popping her patients’ zits, cysts and blackheads, has gotten her very own TV show.

You read that right. Her very own TV show.

From popping zits on YouTube videos to doing the same on television, Dr. Pimple Popper is making strides in the entertainment world. The sole difference now being? Television viewers will get a more in depth look into her world of dermatology.

The TV show is aptly named “This is Zit”. And rather than simply watching her perform extractions, viewers will be afforded a look into her office, her preparations before appointments and even her patients’ background stories. So for those of you who simply can’t stand seeing ginormous zits and cysts being popped in all their liquid glory, the format of “This is Zit” might help mitigate the ick factor.

By helping viewers learn of the patients’ stories and struggles, “This is Zit” has an emotional aspect that draws people in. One cannot help but to watch on to see the conclusion. Will the patients’ troubles be solved? Will they be at peace with themselves? We have to know!

Such is the appeal of “This is Zit”. This TV series follows the story of four patients: Angelina, who has a baseball-sized lipoma under her breast; Delano, a homeless man whose job search is complicated by the growing lump on his back; Carla, who has 50-year-old pilar cysts in her scalp; and Brenda, who has a sizable growth above her eyebrow.

Do you dare watch “This is Zit”? Your favourite popstar awaits.

“This is Zit” premiered on January 3rd. Catch it on TLC!

You can watch her YouTube videos here

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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If there is one thing that people are clueless about when they first start getting into skincare it’s what type of moisturiser they should use on their skin. After all, it’s just moisturiser. They only have one function. So it really shouldn’t make a difference which one you grab off the shelf, right?

Wrong.

Just like how there are different skin types, there are different types of moisturisers to cater to your specific skin type needs. Pick the wrong one, and your face may end up dreadfully dry or home to an oil slick. Neither of which are desirable options.

How does one determine what’s right for them, though? Take a look at the nifty info we’ve compiled for you below, and thank your lucky stars that Nuffnang is here to save the day.

Oily Skin

  • Characteristics: Large pores, skin so oily that you could fry an egg on it and the risk of a pimple or two (or God forbid, cystic acne) popping up ever present… the woes that oily skinned folk are plagued with seem endless. The only good thing about it is that oily skin tends to age well, thanks to all of that excess sebum helping keep wrinkles at bay. Till then, though, can it please behave?
  • What to use: Your best bet with this foe is an oil-free moisturiser. This will make sure that your skin remains hydrated without turning it into an oil slick or depriving it of proper moisture- which will ironically only cause it to produce even more sebum.

Dry Skin

  • Characteristics: On the other side of the spectrum, those born with dry skin have to deal with red, flaky and itchy skin, as well as a general, tight-feeling discomfort.  As if those weren’t enough, they are also prone to wrinkles, fine lines and sensitivity. Lovely, we’re sure! Which is why it is all the more important for dry skinned folk to ensure their complexion is properly hydrated.
  • What to use: Moisturising creams is the way to go with this skin type. These tend to have a higher level of oil, water and wax, all of which will help replenish your skin’s moisture level and retain it.

Combination Skin

  • Characteristics: Just like the name implies, those with this skin type have to deal with different skin types; combination skin is typically characterised by an oily T-zone and dry cheeks. It isn’t the worst skin type to be bestowed with, but it definitely does in some ways require more work in terms of upkeep.
  • What to use: It isn’t the most ideal solution, but what you can do for this skin type is to use an oil-free moisturiser on your T-zone and a moisturising cream on your cheeks. It’s costlier, but at the very least you’ll be using less of both on your face. This means they should last awhile.

Normal Skin

  • Characteristics: If you have normal skin, then lucky you! This skin type has an even skin tone, and experiences no flakiness or oiliness. It’s essentially what other skin types strive to be.
  • What to use: A gel moisturiser should be The One for you. These tend to contain high water content as well as some oil; both ingredients will help replenish your skin while maintaining hydration.

It might seem like a bother to look for the right moisturiser and heck, even tempting to skip right to your sunscreen, but it is exactly what you need to combat premature ageing. So don’t dismiss this important player in your daily skincare; your skin will thank you for it.

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a huge wardrobe to be stylish. Nor do you need to grab every on-trend piece in sight. Admit it. You know they’ll only go out of style once the hype blows over!

So what exactly makes a good wardrobe?

While it definitely helps to have a few statement pieces, it is essential to build your collection with a couple of good, solid classics first. It might sound drab, but it’s true!

Let’s take a quick look at the ten pieces your closet cannot do without.

Solid T-Shirt

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It’s always a good idea to stock up on a couple of solid t-shirts. White, grey and black ones in particular. These are the ones that you can immediately pull on whenever you’re in a rush, and know that you look good– especially when you dress them up with some bling bling.

Solid Cami

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A fun alternative to the casual t-shirt, a solid-coloured cami is the way to go if you want to opt for the playful route. It’s just as easy to accessorise with, and just as easy –if not easier- to pair with other clothes! Talk about a bang for your buck.

Plain Shirt

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Sometimes we want to look a bit more sharp, a bit more polished. What better option is there than a nice, crisp shirt? Depending on how you style it, you can go from Casual Chic to Sophisticated Corporate Lady to Downright Laidback Casual Urban Gal.

Who says shirts are boring?

Turtleneck

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The thing that we love about turtlenecks is that they do so much without asking for anything in return. It’s amazing how a simple outfit can be transformed into one that effortlessly breathes casual sophistication. Pair this with a statement necklace and you’ve got some glamorous vibes going on.

Jeans

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How many times have we thanked our lucky stars that we have a trusty pair of jeans in our closet? Way too many. Which is exactly why this all-time favourite has made it to our list. With its versatility, you can dress it up or dress it down, and best of all, you can create dozens of outfits with it. It is just that versatile.

Denim Shorts

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The more fun-loving cousin to the trusty pair of jeans, denim shorts are especially appreciated in our hot and humid country. What is there not to love? They’re cute, they’re comfy, and they possess just about the same level of versatility that a pair of jeans do, albeit more so in the casual sense.

Little Black Dress

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Who could ever forget the Little Black Dress? A forever classic, there is a reason why this piece has earned an eternal place in every woman’s wardrobe. It is not only elegant and chic, it is perfect for just about any occasion! Be it a casual day out with your friends, a job interview, a formal dinner or (God forbid) a funeral, the LBD has got your back.

Denim Jacket

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The best way to lend an air of casual cool to your OOTD is by pulling on a denim jacket. Simple and fuss-free, this item will keep you warm while ensuring you peace of mind. This is yet another item that possesses high mixing and matching power, after all.

Leather Jacket

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For instant badass, might we suggest a sexy leather jacket? Bold and daring, this statement-making number is a purchase that you will not regret. It looks good with just about everything and it enhances your OOTD without a hitch. Talk about a winner.

Nude Strappy Heels

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We’ve all heard praises for black heels, and that’s wonderful. But why not turn our attention to the more demure nude strappy heels? Not only can you pair them with just about anything from everyday casual wear to red carpet stardom (why do you think celebrities wear these so often?) they can grant the illusion of longer legs too. That’s win-win in our book.

Now, before you run out to buy any of these awesome classics, remember that these are things that you shouldn’t cheap out on. Given how frequently you’ll be wearing them, it only makes sense, no? Quality is your friend here, dear readers.

That aside, happy shopping!

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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The Korean wave is a strong one. What with its attractive array of music (kpop, anyone?), dramas and of course, beauty products to choose from, it is no wonder that people are sitting up and taking an interest in Korean culture.

One of the most successful of which being their beauty regimen. If there is one thing we’ve noticed about Korean celebrities, it is their effortlessly flawless skin. Smooth, bright, pimple-free and poreless- just how is that humanly possible? It is not just their young ‘uns either; their older celebrities seem to sport the same skin as well. It is certainly worthy of envy.

So it is not surprising that people have started nosing into the beauty practices of Koreans.

And if you’re privy to Korean beauty trends, you might have heard of “glass skin”.

What is “glass skin”, exactly? This particular class of complexion is essentially that perfect Korean skin we all know and love, taken up a notch. The difference being? Glass skin supposedly possesses an even, all-over sheen that makes your skin look like -you’ve guessed it!- a piece of glass.

This is something that most people would find just about impossible to achieve, but one lass has done just that.

Going by the name elliejellyb3an on Instagram, Ellie Choi has successfully obtained this and has even shared her beauty regimen with us. Talk about generous!

Needless to say, we’re endlessly grateful for her wisdom.

Check out her Instagram for those grab-worthy tidbits!

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the entire year, you must have seen at least a couple of these fashion trends around.

For some, these are revivals of their childhood memories. For others, these are brand new trends to tinker around with.

It’s proof of the fashion world’s saying, “What is old can be made new again.” Certainly, most don’t come back 100% the way they used to look like, but the inspiration is there- just tailored to meet current fashion standards.

And whether you like it or not, this time it is the 90s’ turn to experience a resurgence.

From the beloved choker to the oh-so-comfy mom jeans, let’s just see how many of these you’re able to recognise.

Chokers

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Source: Léon: The Professional (1994)

Back in the day, these used to be quite the statement-makers. Be it styled up with studs, sizable floral ornaments or shells, there was something for everyone.

It is a different story now, though. Blessed with slimmer bands and daintier ornaments, the beloved choker has taken on a more elegant look.

Denim overalls

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Source: Clueless (1995)

While the 90s brought us adorable overalls that were more on the youthful side, the modern take of it is a heck of a lot sexier.

Not that we’re complaining, of course.

Leather jacket

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Source: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)

No matter how much time passes, it seems as though leather jackets will forever remain stylish. Check out Eliza Dushku rocking this glossy black number in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Slip this on now and she’d still be slayin’ it.

Combat boots

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Source: The Walking Dead (2010-ongoing)

It has been a long time since we discovered that combat boots look good with just about anything.

Whether you wear them with skirts, floral dresses or ripped biker jeans, these babies are just too good to miss out on.

Platform shoes

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Source: Clueless (1995)

Most memorably seen on the Spice Girls and of course, in the iconic movie Clueless, platform shoes have made an immense comeback in the fashion world.

Comfortable and oh-so-stylish, these will transform your OOTD into one full of attitude.

Mom jeans

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Source: Friends (1994-2004)

Once popular in the 90s before abruptly dying out, the mom jeans have returned with a vengeance.

These are basically comfortable, airy cotton jeans that make you sigh in relief that there’s now another stylish option to choose from- one that is absolutely perfect for lazy, dressed down days.

Crop top

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Source: Friends (1994-2004)

Why did these ever go away again? Once again approved in fashion circles, the crop top has returned- and it’s better than ever.

Pair it with shorts, track pants, jeans or maxi skirts, you name it. The modern age crop top is approved for both casual and runway wear.

Round sunglasses

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Source: Léon: The Professional (1994)

Now, here is something quirky and totally chic to go out with! Round and framed with sleek metal frames, these are incredibly cute when you know how to pull them off.

Every outfit could do with a bit of whimsy.

Flannel shirt

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Source: Full House (1987-1995)

Normally layered over a tee or a tank in the 90s, the flannel shirt now has more versatility in terms of how it can be worn.

You can wear it over a tee or a tank, on its own or tied around the waist, and you can rest assured that you look good.

Brown lipstick

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Source: Friends (1994-2004)

Thanks to the Kardashians, the very much missed brown lipstick is back, and this time around, it’s not limited to just dark, gothic looks. Huzzah!

You’ll be able to wear this in a feminine, casual or bold style, and there will be no judgment.

Millennials may not be able to understand our enthusiasm over certain “new” trends, but at the very least, many have come to appreciate them. As evidently shown by how many young ‘uns have embraced the reincarnations of these 90s items.

It certainly is a nice feeling, isn’t it? Who knew fashion could be a way for two different generations to bond!

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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