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  • The great masterpiece in 2019 - Movie Joker Review (No Spoiler)

    0 comments / Posted on by Rita Dunne

    I am not really a DC fan. Super hero movies are not for my stomach. A powerful but selfishless person saves the entire world? That’s sounds like a narcissistic fairy tale to me.

    When I was introduced to Joker movie, I thought it was just another DC production splashed with expensive special effects and backed with a childish story line. I was biasedly wrong. It is the best movie I have seen in the past 5 years. It’s a masterpiece of absurdism with realistic touch, just like Chaplin's work, which the director paid tribute to at the most ironic scene in the movie. 

    The music choices throughout the movie are dark and heart-wrenching, but deeply consistent with its tempo. The gloomy cello music reflects well on Arthur's despair as well as the struggling society setting. The cinematography is right on point. Pheonix's portrait of the Joker deserves an Oscar. The emotions of the character and the transition of the personality are totally embedded in his gesture, his laughter, his walk and his every bone in the body. It's not just a movie. It's an art work. Everything is chosen carefully and worked so smoothly with each other. At one point, I really wanted to leave the cinema. I couldn't bring myself to continue witnessing his sufferings and struggles. I felt suffocated by the despair in the air and I wanted to cry out.

    Other than the visual feast the movie presented to us, the movie discusses a very important topic: how well we can embrace people different from us?
    Arthur is an eccentric guy with mental illness. His condition of uncontrolled laughter that usually triggers when he is nervous, sad, afraid or angry, makes him unwanted in any social circle. Even his kind gesture is encountered with a hostile attitude. Adding his awkward body movement, he is the outcast in the society to say at least. He tried to be "normal". Until one day, the string of sense snapped and he decided not to try, not to blend and not to be normal. He found his identity as Joker. The society is not welcoming him so he brings disruption and chaos to it. He is the villain whom we can all resonate with to some extent. I believe most of us feel outcast at some point of our life. Some choose to keep silent and change; Some resort to self-destruction; Some bring destruction to fellow human beings and society; Some rise above the adversity but still keep their edge throughout the life. Either way, there is always a joker in our heart. I don't want to get too deep in the social meaning of the movie because different viewers can have different perspectives.

    Here comes my favourite part. At the end, Arthur emerges as a villain dressed in style. His choice of costume, a dark green silky shirt and an orange vest, hooded with a red blazer. The theatrical clown makeup adds more drama to the entire style. To me, the climax of the movie is not the gun shots or any other violent scene. It's before he entered the stage, the dance he did behind the curtain. The clothes, the makeup, the dance movements, the music and the reactions from other people, all put together to complete his metamorphosis. It's so daunting and poetic.

    Have you watched the movie, what do you think?
    Written by Rita

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  • Top 10 Hottest Hair Styling Products at SGPomades

    9 comments / Posted on by Sameo Yong

    If clothing choice and dressing sense truly do make the man, his hairstyle must be the most essential aspect of completing a wholesome look. Long and unruly, shiny and slick, short and rigid; a man’s hairstyle of choice often speaks more than what he wears, says or does. Hairstyling may seem straightforward, but it is often not the case.

    With a plethora of hair styling products to choose from, one can hardly be blamed for getting lost in the overwhelming range and variant of hair styling products. Here at SGPomades, we break down the most popular hair styling products to help you in your quest to individualise your spiffy coif and find a permanent solution to your styling woes. You’ll have head-turning hair in no time.

    Starting at Number 10:

     UBERSUAVE™ DIAMOND LOCK HAIR SPRAY

    The UBERSUAVE™ DIAMOND LOCK HAIR SPRAY is a professional locking hair spray with built-in Heat Protection, withstanding up to 150°C, making it an excellent pre-styling option. DIAMOND LOCK HAIR SPRAY offers extreme holding power coupled with volume-boosting properties to keep your hairstyle in place for an entire day.

    • Heat Protection
    • Matte Finish
    • Extreme Holding Strength
    • Boost Volume
    • All Day Hold

    At $12 for 175ml, UBERSUAVE™ DIAMOND LOCK HAIR SPRAY is a must buy in your hairstyling routine.

     

    Number 9:

    Suavecito Strong (Firme) Hold Pomade

    Suavecito Firm Hold Pomade, the "most popular pomade in Singapore" is a water-soluble pomade which makes washing out easy without leaving flakes behind. Suavecito Strong (Firme) Hold Pomade can tame the most disoriented hair into your ideal hairstyle, from pompadours, side parts to tight slick backs. Although this formula has extra strong hold, it is still easy to scoop out and apply into your hair, leaving behind a clean, fresh scent

    • Strong/Firme Hold
    • Medium Shine
    • One Time Wash
    • Non-Flaking
    • Non-Drying for Hair and Scalp
    • All Day Hold

    At $22 for 113ml, Suavecito Firm Hold Pomade is definitely a must buy in your hairstyling routine.

     

    Number 8:

    Stickmore Clay Fiber

    Waterbased, matte finish, strong all-day hold, the best of all easy washout. What more can you ask for a clay? Best of all, all Stickmore products are paraben-free. Stickmore Clay has been a go-to for many hair enthusiasts. Why don’t you give it a try too?

    • Super Hold
    • True Matte Finish
    • All Day Hold
    • Ideal for all Hair Types
    • All-Natural Ingredients

    At $28 for a 113ml of strong hold clay, Stickmore Clay Fiber is definitely one of those clay you can rely on for crazy voluminous hair that last the whole day.

    Number 7:

    Arcadian Clay Pomade

    Ever since Arcadian has improved their formula, the Clay Pomade just got even better ! Featuring an improved hold, remarkable consistency, feels and looks natural. Arcadian Clay Pomade is definitely one of the most popular products and an absolute must for anyone looking for a matte hair styling product!

    • Strong Improved Hold
    • Matte Finish
    • Ideal for all hair types
    • All-Natural Ingredients

    At $28, Arcadian Clay Pomade is definitely a bang for the buck.

     

    Number 6:

    Blumaan Original Styling Meraki

    Blumaan Original Styling Meraki, an excellent prestyler with heat protection while adding extra hold and texture to your hair, is a must-have in your hairstyling routine for a solid foundation. This one-of-a-kind product can be used as a post styler to create voluminous hairstyles with high texture too.

    • Texturizing Effect to any Hairstyle
    • Matte Finish
    • Improved "Smoothness"
    • Lightweight, All-Day Hold
    • Easy Application, Heat Protection
    • Paraben-free, Sulphate-free

    At $29.90 for a 70ml hair styling product that is capable as a pre and post styler, Blumaan Original Styling Meraki is the one product that every man should have in their hair styling arsenal.

    Number 5:

    Ubersuave Volumizing Clay Pomade

    The UBERSUAVE™ Volumizing Clay Pomade is a high performing textured clay pomade with strong hold, matte finish and volumizing effect. Ideal for short, textured styles to longer length contemporary quiff hairstyles. UBERSUAVE™ Volumizing Clay Pomade also has properties to remove oil, dirt and toxins with stripping off excessive nutrients in your hair.

    • Strong Hold
    • Matte Finish
    • Light Weight, Volumizing Effect
    • Easy Washout

    At $20 for a 100ml UBERSUAVE™ Volumising Clay Pomade is an ideal clay product for anyone who just started their hairstyling journey. But of course, this amazing product is suitable for everyone *wink*

    Number 4:

    Blumaan Cavalier Clay

    BluMaan’s Cavalier Clay is an essential hair styling product in the modern gentleman’s arsenal. From the tight slick hairstyles to messy effortless-looking hairstyles, you can count on Cavalier Clay. The best part is, Cavalier Clay nourishes and strengthens your hair with organic oils, natural proteins and amino acids.

    • Natural Matte Finish
    • Extreme High Hold
    • Extreme Texturising Properties
    • Long-Lasting
    • Hair Nourishing and Strengthening
    • Re-styleable

    At $29.90 for a 74ml jar of high texturising and all-day hold clay, Blumaan Cavalier Clay is the most popular clay in the market right now.

    Number 3:

    Apestomen Volcanic Clay

    APESTOMEN™ Volcanic Clay is a high-performance clay with an extreme hold which adds fullness, thickness and structure to otherwise messy and lifeless hair. This versatile product allows you to manipulate your hair into any style while removing toxins and excess oils in your hair with bentonite clay properties.

    • Extreme Hold
    • Matte Finish
    • High Volume Effect
    • Easy Wash
    • Ideal for all Hair Types
    • Free from Parabens

    At $15.90 for a 80ml jar of Apestomen Volcanic Clay, what are you waiting for, just get a jar and test it out for yourself!

    At number 2:

    Ubersuave Classic Pomade

    UBERSUAVE™ CLASSIC POMADE is a waterbased hair pomade that has maximum hold and a natural shine finish which lasts the entire day. It works best for tight, sleek, combed hairstyles.

    • Strong Hold
    • Natural Shine Finish
    • Easy Washout
    • Ideal for all Hair Types
    • Free from Parabens

    At $20 for a 100ml UBERSUAVE™ Classic Pomade is an ideal product for anyone who just embarked on their hairstyling journey.

    At the top of our list, the most popular product at SGPomades

    Ubersuave Texturing Matte Wax 

    UBERSUAVE™ Texturing Matte Wax is a high-performance hair wax with a perfect matte finish and extreme hold that lasts the entire day.  It works best for short, textured styles and longer contemporary quiff hairstyles.

    • Strong Hold
    • Matte Finish
    • Easy Wash Off
    • Ideal for all Hair Types
    • Free from Parabens

    At $20 for a 100ml UBERSUAVE™ Texturing Matte Wax is an ideal product for anyone wanting to try out hair waxes.

    There we are, the top 10 most popular hair styling products at SGPomades. We hope that this list has helped you in looking for the perfect hair styling product for you based on popularity. Finding the right hair product is definitely not an easy journey, filled with frustrations and many trials and errors. Remember, don’t give up halfway along the journey, the next product that you’re going to try might be the one you’re looking for. 

    Still wondering what does clay, pomade, wax mean? Not knowing how to choose your first hairstyling product? Click here Hair Product Guide 101 to learn about the different hair products.

    Like our blog post? Share it with your friends, drop a comment down below. Follow us on our Instagram @SGPomadesOfficial for the latest updates!

    Done by: Sameo Yong

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  • Why I use cold processed soaps now and never want to go back to my body wash

    4 comments / Posted on by Alvin Lim

    Don't get me wrong. I am not some health fanatics who only allow natural or organic products in my vanity cabinet. I also don't want to sweat too much to get my body cleaned. However, I chanced upon cold processed soaps attracted by its artsy appearance and once I have tried, I don't want to go back to my regular body wash anymore. Here is why?

    First thing at first, what's the cold processed soap?

     

    All soap is the result of a chemical reaction called saponification that occurs between lye and a fat or oil. Cold-processed soap, in particular, allows the lye to be neutralized without any outside sources of heat. This is quite a time-consuming process that allows for more gradual saponification. It can take 4-6 weeks for soap to become soap. 

    In contrast, hot-process soap is all about much more immediate results.Instead of placing the soap in a mold for gradual saponification, the liquid is placed in a heat source and heated. The lack of heat of cold processed soap keeps the essential oils intact and in perfect condition to lather you in therapeutic goodness.

     

    The difference between commercial body wash and cold processed soap are at the surfactants used. The surfactants of soaps come from saponification but body wash uses synthetic detergents derived from either plant based ingredients or petroleum. In order to make skin feel more moisturizing, the conditioning agent will also be added into body wash. For most of the brands we found in drugstores, the synthetic conditioning agents are being used due to its low cost. I am not saying synthetic ingredients are bad for skin because all ingredients ratios of brands in reputable sales channels are within the safety limit. Contrary to some informal sources suggested, the products we put on our skin can't get into bloodstream and will only leave on epidermis layer. 

    It's just we have a better alternative because how cold processed soap is made and what ingredients are put into it. 

    1. Natural

    Cold process soap made with all-natural ingredients like coconut oils, essential oils and shea butters creates a creamy lather for deep moisturization. It helps minimize dry itchy skin.

    2. Intensive Scent

    Cold process soaps are often fragranced with natural essential oils, like lavender and jasmine, or fragrance oils like chocolate or apple. Because cold process soap takes a number of weeks to fully saponified, the scent intensifies over time.

    3. Creatively Colorful

    Cold process soap making techniques include a level of artistry, with many soaps decorated with swirls, layers of color and all sorts of interesting designs. Some are mixed with natural ingredients for texture while others have a top layer of herbs for an artistic final touch.

    It uses a proprietary technique to extract and enhance the natural color in the soap. There's absolutely no artificial colors in our soap.  

    And what's best is that you can get all these benefits at your fingertips. 

    With the extensive line of Cellar Door Bath Supply Co. we carried in our website, you can have vast varieties of choices. The brand even creates unique designs catering to each holiday like Halloween. It adds so much fun to your grooming ritual.

    https://sgpomades.com/collections/cellar-door-bath-supply-co

    Did i mention the delivery only takes 2-3 days at your convenient time? Yeah. 

     Written by Rita

     

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