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Jonah Hill Shows Off Weight Loss: See the Before and After Pictures

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Candace Cameron Bure Says She Has ‘PTSD’ From Her Time on ‘The View’

Candace Cameron Bure is reflecting on her time as a cohost on The View — and she admits that some of the downsides have stayed with her since. “The stress and the anxiety — I actually have a pit in my stomach right now,” Bure, 45, detailed to her former cohosts Sara Haines and Raven-Symone […]

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Dr Lisa Chan on K-pop Inspired Beauty Enhancements

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If you have an urge to radiate the effortless good looks of a K-pop star, Dr Lisa Chan explains how it’s done.

With the explosion in popularity of global K-pop superstars, such as Blackpink and BTS, many of my clients have come to me with requests for the kind of skin and contour enhancements that make such artists look impeccable without make-up. Some recent favourites include:

Glass Skin: Poreless, luminous skin that glows from within. As any good make-up artist will emphasise, foundations and concealers can only do so much to cover blemishes and pockmarks. Dewy, hydrated and radiant-looking skin is the basis for flawless make-up and, depending on the initial condition of the skin, this can be achieved via deep dermal hydrating injections and sessions of intense pulsed light.

Eyelid Contouring: Prominent creases that widen and increase the charisma of the eyes. Over time, sagging of the upper eyelid skin and loss of volume under the brow area can result in a tired, defeated appearance. Biostimulant and hyaluronic acid filler injections can fill in creases and make up for fat loss and bony resorption, while devices utilising high-intensity focused ultrasound and radiofrequency energy can help tighten and lift sagging skin. Opaque lenses will need to be worn to protect the eyeballs during treatment.

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Aegyo Sal: The creation of “charming fat” under the eyes radiates youth and good cheer. If you’ve ever wondered why so many Korean celebrities always look as if they’re smiling, this is one of their best-kept secrets. Tiny cannulas are used to deposit minuscule amounts of hyaluronic acid fillers under the bottom lash line to mimic the muscular action of “smiling eyes” and create a highlighted, cheerful effect.

Smile Lipt: A lip reshaping and “smile” formation technique. To add to the impression of effortless serenity, gone are the days of puffy overblown lips, in favour of delicate petal-shaped borders with upturned corners. Carefully placed botulinum toxin injections and low-viscosity hyaluronic acid fillers can smooth out wrinkles and gently lift lip corners, while intense pulsed light can reduce unwanted pigmentation.

Jaw Contouring: A sculpted, defined appearance to the jawline. Double chins and loose skin can make it difficult to be camera-ready at all angles, but there are multiple ways to combat these issues. Deoxycholic acid, a fat emulsifier naturally found in the body, can be injected to reduce stubborn fat under the chin area, while a combination of hyaluronic acid fillers, polydioxanone threads, high-intensity focused ultrasound and radiofrequency treatments can be used to tighten, lift and improve the definition of the chin and jaw.

K-pop artists are known for their meticulous attention to detail and high beauty standards that make it seemingly impossible for unflattering photos to surface. Beauty filters and Photoshop aside, there’s nothing quite like the glow of confidence that comes from looking and feeling your best.

Follow Dr Chan on Instagram for more beauty tips and musings.

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Some Positive Effects of High-Quality CBD Products

When you are investing in any type of product, you naturally want to ensure you get something of high quality and that does what it is supposed to do.

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This New Lexus Road-Trip Program Turns Driving Into a Restorative Experience

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Scientists Discovered a New “Fountain of Youth” Substance That Can Help Strengthen Ageing Bones

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Thierry Wasser, master perfumer at Guerlain, talks to Prestige about the latest compositions in L'Art & La Metière collection, and the past, present, and genderless tomorrow of perfume-making.

Perfume making at Guerlain is pretty much an elevated art form under the leadership of master perfumer Thierry Wasser, who ensures that all the house’s creations connect with the spirit of the time. It was under his watch that the exclusive L’Art & La Metière collection was established in 2005 as an ode to the source of all perfumes – the natural, raw materials themselves.

This year, the collection is relaunched as an impassioned celebration of the art of fragrance, with the original 11 scents joined by four beloved Guerlain fragrances – Frenchy Lavande, Hermès Troublants, Oeillet Pourpre and Épices Volées (formerly Le Frenchy, Un Dimanche à la Campagne, Lui and Arsène Lupin Voyou respectively). Two new compositions have also created by Guerlain perfumer Delphine Jelk. Rose Chérie and Santal Pao Rose are both interpretations of that most popular floral, the rose, to bring the L’Art & La Metière collection up to 17 unique and distinct scents.

Although the rose is popularly viewed as a feminine ingredient, Wasser insists this was an “occidental way of thinking”, and that the divide never existed in the world of perfume until marketing intervened. And Wasser would know: he’s worked with Jean-Paul Guerlain himself and, before joining the house permanently in 2008, he’d created many notable perfumes for others, including Christian Dior and Lancôme.

Thierry Wasser and Delphine Jelk
Thierry Wasser and Delphine Jelk

Wasser talked about his lifelong commitment to perfumes, the joys of creating perfumes that celebrate a singular accord, and his belief that the future of fragrances will be genderless.

I read that you collected plants to dry at home and make tinctures when you were young. Were you always fascinated with nature, raw materials and scents?

From about the age of 10, I began reading all the literature I could find regarding medicinal plants, then I’d search the hills outside Montreux for the species I’d read about. Indeed, I’d collect them, dry them, and make all sorts of potions. It was my first, innocent, romantic foray into perfumery.

You’ve made so many well-known perfumes in the past, for other houses as well as Guerlain. How would you describe what makes your signature?

I’d rather leave it to beauty journalists and fragrance critics to identify my signature, since self-analysis can be quite difficult. I do believe that I’m versatile as a creator, due in part to my natural curiosity and desire to explore.

How do you approach each new fragrance in a creative way? Is it important to you to create a completely new fragrance with a new story or do you look to the archives?

Formulating fragrance is a way to express oneself, sometimes creatively, sometimes emotionally. In order to do that clearly, one needs to have a sense of culture – its past and its present. There are times when I do take inspiration from the past; other times I literally begin with a fresh, blank page in front of me. I think creating from both perspectives makes for a richer, fuller expression.

Of all the senses, smell is the most powerful when it comes to evoking memories and feelings. Is this something you bear in mind when creating new fragrances?

Creating a fragrance is like telling a story, but instead of words I use raw materials – and, like words, each one has a meaning. That said, the story I choose to tell via fragrance is open to interpretation from the wearer and may be forever linked to their memories and feelings in a way that I never intended or imagined. I quite like that aspect of perfume. It’s intensely personal and eternal in a way that I’ll never know.

Guerlain L'Art & La Metière fragrance collection with bespoke stoppers
Guerlain L'Art & La Metière fragrance collection with bespoke stoppers

Perfumes are usually created as a mix of different notes, but with the L’Art & La Metière collection you placed a singular focus on a raw material itself to create the fragrance. What inspired you to do this?

The fragrances in this collection are of a style, one that distinctly expresses a feeling about a specific raw material. This collection reflects the unique marriage of intention and a singular note. That collision of emotion and solo raw material is very inspiring to me.

Are there certain raw materials that you find more interesting to work with than others?

My passion for specific notes is very capricious. Very often when working with one accord, I begin to fall in love with another complementary ingredient. I can’t name a favourite, because my interest is constantly changing.

The rose comes in so many variants. The new Rose Chérie and the Santal Pao Rose, for example, are two very different takes. Can you tell us more about the two fragrances and the ingredients you’ve chosen to work with?

Rose Chérie is about romanticism. It’s a romantic interpretation of the beauty of the flower itself. It’s like a sweet kiss. Santal Pao Rosa reflects a flower grounded in soil. The added touch of sandalwood gives the fragrance strength and even a sense of spirituality.

How do the new fragrances compliment the other rose scents in the line?

Rose Barbare, the other rose fragrance in the line, is a very sensual, carnal composition. I think these two new additions help to reveal more of the moods and facets of this endlessly inspiring ingredient.

The Santal Pao Rosa fragrance in Guerlain's L'Art & La Metière collection
The Santal Pao Rosa fragrance in Guerlain's L'Art & La Metière collection

You’ve credited Jean-Paul Guerlain himself for teaching you the importance of sourcing raw materials.

Jean-Paul Guerlain had a very logical, common-sense approach to sourcing, which I learned and appreciate greatly. I’m proud to witness and uphold Guerlain’s long-standing commitment to sustainability, a value of the house well before my arrival and before it was fashionable. Without sustainability, we’d never have been able to maintain our partnerships and relevance for so many years.

When did perfumes become gendered and, moving forward, will we see more unisex fragrances?

Fragrance became gendered in Europe on the democratisation of the use of perfume. The public’s mindset at the time liked to discriminate between male and female. It’s a very occidental way of thinking. If you go to other cultures, these divisions don’t exist in the world of perfume. I like to think that the future is to design fragrances that are genderless rather than unisex. It’s a fine difference but to me, it’s one that matters.

Is there more room today for men to express their beauty and style?

My hope and my belief are that future generations of perfumers will be free to create without limitations of gender or societal norms. Yes, there’s more room today for all of us to express our individual beauty in ways that my ancestors couldn’t have imagined, but there’s always potential to evolve even further. Freedom of expression in fragrance is the future.

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Dairy Fat from Milk, Butter, and Cheese Could Boost Your Heart Health

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Thierry Wasser, master perfumer at Guerlain, talks to Prestige about the latest compositions in L'Art & La Metière collection, and the past, present, and genderless tomorrow of perfume-making.

Perfume making at Guerlain is pretty much an elevated art form under the leadership of master perfumer Thierry Wasser, who ensures that all the house’s creations connect with the spirit of the time. It was under his watch that the exclusive L’Art & La Metière collection was established in 2005 as an ode to the source of all perfumes – the natural, raw materials themselves.

This year, the collection is relaunched as an impassioned celebration of the art of fragrance, with the original 11 scents joined by four beloved Guerlain fragrances – Frenchy Lavande, Hermès Troublants, Oeillet Pourpre and Épices Volées (formerly Le Frenchy, Un Dimanche à la Campagne, Lui and Arsène Lupin Voyou respectively). Two new compositions have also created by Guerlain perfumer Delphine Jelk. Rose Chérie and Santal Pao Rose are both interpretations of that most popular floral, the rose, to bring the L’Art & La Metière collection up to 17 unique and distinct scents.

Although the rose is popularly viewed as a feminine ingredient, Wasser insists this was an “occidental way of thinking”, and that the divide never existed in the world of perfume until marketing intervened. And Wasser would know: he’s worked with Jean-Paul Guerlain himself and, before joining the house permanently in 2008, he’d created many notable perfumes for others, including Christian Dior and Lancôme.

Thierry Wasser and Delphine Jelk
Thierry Wasser and Delphine Jelk

Wasser talked about his lifelong commitment to perfumes, the joys of creating perfumes that celebrate a singular accord, and his belief that the future of fragrances will be genderless.

I read that you collected plants to dry at home and make tinctures when you were young. Were you always fascinated with nature, raw materials and scents?

From about the age of 10, I began reading all the literature I could find regarding medicinal plants, then I’d search the hills outside Montreux for the species I’d read about. Indeed, I’d collect them, dry them, and make all sorts of potions. It was my first, innocent, romantic foray into perfumery.

You’ve made so many well-known perfumes in the past, for other houses as well as Guerlain. How would you describe what makes your signature?

I’d rather leave it to beauty journalists and fragrance critics to identify my signature, since self-analysis can be quite difficult. I do believe that I’m versatile as a creator, due in part to my natural curiosity and desire to explore.

How do you approach each new fragrance in a creative way? Is it important to you to create a completely new fragrance with a new story or do you look to the archives?

Formulating fragrance is a way to express oneself, sometimes creatively, sometimes emotionally. In order to do that clearly, one needs to have a sense of culture – its past and its present. There are times when I do take inspiration from the past; other times I literally begin with a fresh, blank page in front of me. I think creating from both perspectives makes for a richer, fuller expression.

Of all the senses, smell is the most powerful when it comes to evoking memories and feelings. Is this something you bear in mind when creating new fragrances?

Creating a fragrance is like telling a story, but instead of words I use raw materials – and, like words, each one has a meaning. That said, the story I choose to tell via fragrance is open to interpretation from the wearer and may be forever linked to their memories and feelings in a way that I never intended or imagined. I quite like that aspect of perfume. It’s intensely personal and eternal in a way that I’ll never know.

Guerlain L'Art & La Metière fragrance collection with bespoke stoppers
Guerlain L'Art & La Metière fragrance collection with bespoke stoppers

Perfumes are usually created as a mix of different notes, but with the L’Art & La Metière collection you placed a singular focus on a raw material itself to create the fragrance. What inspired you to do this?

The fragrances in this collection are of a style, one that distinctly expresses a feeling about a specific raw material. This collection reflects the unique marriage of intention and a singular note. That collision of emotion and solo raw material is very inspiring to me.

Are there certain raw materials that you find more interesting to work with than others?

My passion for specific notes is very capricious. Very often when working with one accord, I begin to fall in love with another complementary ingredient. I can’t name a favourite, because my interest is constantly changing.

The rose comes in so many variants. The new Rose Chérie and the Santal Pao Rose, for example, are two very different takes. Can you tell us more about the two fragrances and the ingredients you’ve chosen to work with?

Rose Chérie is about romanticism. It’s a romantic interpretation of the beauty of the flower itself. It’s like a sweet kiss. Santal Pao Rosa reflects a flower grounded in soil. The added touch of sandalwood gives the fragrance strength and even a sense of spirituality.

How do the new fragrances compliment the other rose scents in the line?

Rose Barbare, the other rose fragrance in the line, is a very sensual, carnal composition. I think these two new additions help to reveal more of the moods and facets of this endlessly inspiring ingredient.

The Santal Pao Rosa fragrance in Guerlain's L'Art & La Metière collection
The Santal Pao Rosa fragrance in Guerlain's L'Art & La Metière collection

You’ve credited Jean-Paul Guerlain himself for teaching you the importance of sourcing raw materials.

Jean-Paul Guerlain had a very logical, common-sense approach to sourcing, which I learned and appreciate greatly. I’m proud to witness and uphold Guerlain’s long-standing commitment to sustainability, a value of the house well before my arrival and before it was fashionable. Without sustainability, we’d never have been able to maintain our partnerships and relevance for so many years.

When did perfumes become gendered and, moving forward, will we see more unisex fragrances?

Fragrance became gendered in Europe on the democratisation of the use of perfume. The public’s mindset at the time liked to discriminate between male and female. It’s a very occidental way of thinking. If you go to other cultures, these divisions don’t exist in the world of perfume. I like to think that the future is to design fragrances that are genderless rather than unisex. It’s a fine difference but to me, it’s one that matters.

Is there more room today for men to express their beauty and style?

My hope and my belief are that future generations of perfumers will be free to create without limitations of gender or societal norms. Yes, there’s more room today for all of us to express our individual beauty in ways that my ancestors couldn’t have imagined, but there’s always potential to evolve even further. Freedom of expression in fragrance is the future.

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Aloe Vera All Natural – Hair & Skin Care Benefits

Aloe Vera works as an effective hair and skincare ingredient for any treatment. Find out here all the great benefits of aloe vera all-natural wellness care. Whilst reviewing a wonderful hotel in Vietnam. I sailed to a gorgeous setting at An Lam Retreats in Ninh Van Bay. One of my unforgettable experiences was seeing how […]

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Feet Pain? These 6 Activities Could Be Causing It

Foot pain can be a nuisance. It not only makes you feel uncomfortable, but it can also restrict your movement. Your feet are vital for performing almost all of your daily tasks, such as getting out of bed and going places. This is why you need to ensure your feet stay healthy.  

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World Suicide Prevention Day: What to know in Hong Kong

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Organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO), September 10 marks World Suicide Prevention Day.

In the United States, the entire month of September is dedicated to suicide prevention awareness, to raise awareness about the stigmatised and taboo topic, shift public perception and spread hope and vital information to people affected by suicide.

This day in particular aims to represent a global commitment to focusing attention on suicide prevention. This year's theme is "creating hope through action", a reminder that preventing suicide is possible — and you can be a key player in its prevention.

In Hong Kong, the suicide rate has increased significantly over the past four decades. It's crucial to do your part — in schools, in the workplace, in your day-to-day.

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Suicidal feelings and the warning signs

Suicide is the act of intentionally taking your own life. Suicidal ideation, or suicidal thoughts, can range from abstract ideas and thoughts about ending your own life or that people would be better off without you to thinking about methods and making clear plans to end your life.

The factors and causes that lead to ideation are complex and many — no single approach works for everyone. People who are suicidal may feel trapped, like a burden to those around them and believe they have no other options.

As the topic of suicide is taboo and heavily stigmatised, it is important to signal to people experiencing suicidal thoughts that there is hope and that we care and want to support them. Just a few warning signs of suicidal feelings include: increased alcohol and drug use; impulsive, reckless, aggressive and out-of-character behaviour; and withdrawal from friends and family.

Suicidal behaviour is a psychiatric emergency. Seek immediate help if you or a loved one starts to: collect and save pills or a weapon; giving away possessions and tying up loose ends (debts, payments); and saying goodbye to friends and family.

Courtesy of PAHO

Where to get immediate help in Hong Kong

If you can't talk to someone you know, call:

You can also use Chat Point, The Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong's online counselling chat room. While not Hong Kong-based, IMAlive.org is a great international "virtual crisis centre" — it's free, confidential and secure.

Getting involved with mental health organisations and community

Suicide prevention is more than proposing a talk and posting a hotline — if you can, reach in! You don't have to tell them what to do or have solutions, just make the time and space to listen to someone's distress and suicidal thoughts. A major obstacle for those in distress in seeking help is stigma. Small talk can save lives — creating connection and hope.

Volunteering for The Samaritans' suicide prevention hotline

The Samaritans is a non-profit organisation that gives confidential emotional support to those experiencing distress. The service is for everyone, regardless of age, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation. The 24-hour multilingual hotline is operated by unpaid, trained volunteers. You can learn more about volunteering with The Samaritans here.

Getting involved with the Suicide Crisis Intervention Centre

Established in 2002, the Suicide Crisis Intervention Centre provides 24-hour crisis intervention and emergency emotional support services to those in distress. You can learn more about getting involved with its focus group and training with them here.

Mental health organisation in Hong Kong

This explanatory and comprehensive list of mental health services by Hong Kong Free Press is a great starting point. We also like Mind Hong Kong — a charity dedicated to mental health in Hong Kong that keeps a running directory of community services, provides online resources, collaborates with NGOs (like KELY Support Group) and hosts events and training sessions. Another great initiative is RainLily, that's dedicated to helping survivors of sexual assault with free immediate crisis support and counselling, among other health services (2375 5322; rainlily.org.hk/eng/safechat)

You can see Mind HK's entire community directory here and its list of mental health service providers in Hong Kong here.

This article is only intended to serve as a starting point for getting (licensed, professional, medical) help.

(Featured image and hero image courtesy of Unsplash, image 1 courtesy of Priscilla Du Preez via Unsplash)

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