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Rihanna Shuts Down Halloween As Only She Can—and Debuts Fall’s Must-Have Lip Color

Rihanna Shuts Down Halloween As Only She Can—and Debuts Fall’s Must-Have Lip Color

NOVEMBER 1, 2018 12:09 PM

by Adetoun Adeyemo

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A true style chameleon, Rihanna is a sight to behold every day of the year. But even the Bad Gal herself has to outdo, well, herself on Halloween—and last night at a party in London, the Grammy-winning singer, fashion designer, and beauty mogul put her signature twist on the holiday with an equal parts spine-chilling and va-va-voom look.

A mash-up only the 30-year-old pop star could pull off, her costume was an amalgam of traditional skull makeup—punctuated by a fluorescent pink complexion with hyper-hallowed cheeks and a cascade of raven lengths—and the smoke-show swagger of Catwoman. Her Technicolor beauty look offset the iconic character’s uniform of a jet-black, second-skin PVC bustier and hot pants, replete with slinky evening gloves and plastic feline frames.

A visual feast for the eyes, it was hard to know where to ogle first, but beyond the beauty renegade’s more theatrical flourishes was a rich lip color ripe for real-world application. As autumnal feeling as a glass of Bordeaux wine, an accessory RiRi might, say, walk out of a restaurant with, her deep maroon pout (perhaps the product of a yet-to-be-released Fenty Beauty offering) was not only in line with the evening’s noir undercurrents, but it also perfectly complemented the fall’s lush palette of earthy hues.

 

The lesson that goes well beyond Halloween night? A swipe of a dark, moody matte is a must for every card-carrying lipstick enthusiast this season. Because let’s not forget: What RiRi says—and does—goes.

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Results Shows HotBath Helps Fighting Depression

Results Shows HotBath Helps Fighting Depression

By Editor. October 30, 2018. 12:30pm

There’s perhaps no better elixir than soaking in warm water after a long day. Many of us can attest to the relaxing benefits of unwinding with a hot bath, but did you know it can also help improve your health?

Most ancient cultures have long believed in the healing effects of water. Similar to mindfulness, the Japanese practice of engaging in public baths known as “sento” is used as a way of cleansing both the body and the mind. While we don’t have public baths in the States, we may be able to get the benefits in the privacy of our own homes. In fact, in a modern Japanese home, this is known as “furo.”

That’s right, your own bathtub may be key to literally washing your pain away. Hot water is healing with passive heating

The therapeutic ritual of bathing culture in Japan involves more than just cleansing yourself of physical dirt. From “onsens,” or natural hot springs, to sentos (public baths) and furos (private baths), soaking in these healing waters are a way of purifying from the day-to-day spiritual grime.

Your skin releases endorphins in response to the soothing warm water the same way that endorphins are released when you feel the sun on your skin,” says Dr. Bobby Buka, a dermatologist based in New York. He explains that submerging ourselves in hot water can be both therapeutic and reinvigorating because blood flow increases to the skin.

A warm bath can also improve breathing. The temperature of the water and pressure on your chest increases your lung capacity and oxygen intake. A growing body of research has shown that passive heating, like spending time in a sauna, can also reduce the risk of having a heart attack, improve blood sugar control, and even help lower your blood pressure.

In one eye opening study published earlier this year, researchers collected data from 14 participants and found that soaking in an hourlong hot bath burned as many calories (around 140) as a 30-minute walk. This is because the warm water makes your heart beat faster, giving it a healthy work out. They also found positive anti-inflammatory and blood sugar responses which can protect against illness and infection.

An hourlong hot bath may help:

• reduce risk of a heart attack

• improve blood sugar control

• lower your blood pressure

• burn 140 calories

• protect you from illness and infection

Let’s not forget about the best benefit: pain reduction

Bathing in a sento is a unique cultural and communal experience in Japan. They claim that the hot water from their natural springs can improve blood circulation, calm the nervous system, and help relieve intense pain. While hot spring water isn’t readily available in the States, science shows that we can obtain similar benefits by soaking in a hot tub or visiting a sauna.

Stress causes the muscles of the body to contract,” says Dr. Mark Khorsandi, a migraine surgeon in Houston, Texas. “A hot bath can relieve those symptoms and keep the muscles loose.” Stretching and moving in the water also provides a low-impact workout for discomfort in muscles, joints, and bones.

This has been true for Alaina Leary, 24, who regularly takes hot baths to help manage chronic pain from living with Ehlers-Danlos, a disorder that affects the connective tissues. When she was first diagnosed at the age of 9 in 2002, she recalls feeling extremely breakable. “I was slower than other kids. I had trouble running [and] walking one foot at a time.”

After working with different physical and occupational therapists, she began using warm baths during pain flare-ups. In the evenings, she would set aside time to ease into the tub and let her muscles relax.

Many people who have chronic illnesses report feelings of depression and despair. Khorsandi says hot baths can provide physical comfort and contentment, and can ease the blues that are associated with chronic pain.

Improve mindfulness with an Epsom salt bath

She remembers feeling pins and needles in her hands when she initially found out about her illness back in 2012. “I went through a period of depression after getting diagnosed, not knowing if I was ever going to feel better.”

Through trial and error, she discovered that doing gentle yoga and soaking in weekly baths lessened the constant aches in her joints and muscles. After filling the tub with Epsom salt, she set her phone nearby and listened to guided meditations. Soaking in dissolved Epsom salt can help with muscle soreness and stress, allowing for even greater relaxation.

She now uses her time in the warm water for practicing mindfulness. “One of the things I learned from having an autoimmune disorder is that there is no cure. And not only is there no cure, you’re really kind of on your own in terms of what’s going to make your body feel better,” she says.

Paying closer attention to the sensations in her body has helped Sherman feel more present, in spite of her illness. Now, several years after being diagnosed, she’s noticed significant changes in both her physical and emotional well-being. Restorative bathing like onsen, sento, and furo involves transforming both the mind and soul to have deeper, more meaningful experiences.

“The meditations have taught me that using water is a way of washing off your day and releasing energy.”

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Checkout The Best Skin Care Gift Sets for Beauty Lovers

Checkout The Best Skin Care Gift Sets for Beauty Lovers

By Adetoun Adeyemo. October 23, 2018. 10:13am

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Whether you’re shopping for a skincare-obsessed friend or you’re tempted to try a new regimen for yourself, these gift sets offer the perfect solution. Each contains the essentials for a fully fleshed-out beauty routine—in one convenient package. Here are a selection of our favorites.

Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Starter Kit
LANCÔME $35.00

A starter kit for skincare lovers with commitment issues. Inside, you’ll get two Advanced Génifique Hydrogel Melting Masks, Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate, and Advanced Génifique Yeux Youth Activating Eye Cream.

Hydration Heroes Set
KATE SOMERVILLE$73.00

For the person who’s always complaining about their dry winter complexion, Kate Somerville’s Hydration Heroes set is a no-brainer. It comes with a full-size cold cream cleaner + makeup remover, a full-size Wrinkle Warrior Plumping Moisturizer + Serum, Wrinkle Warrior Eye Gel Visible Dark Circle Eraser, and Wrinkle Warrior Pink Plumping Mask.

Secrets of Algae Kit
ALGENIST$115.00

This trio of the brand’s bestsellers—Genius Liquid Collagen, Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream, and Complete Eye Renewal Balm—promises a visible transformation in 10 days. 

Celestial Transformations The Radiant Collection
LA MER$250.00

Whether you’re buying for yourself or a La Mer-addicted friend, this four-piece collection is the perfect way to splurge. You’ll get a 1 oz tub of Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream, a tube of Cleansing Foam, Renewal Oil, The Treatment Lotion, a cute pouch to boot.

Daily Essentials Set
TATA HARPER SKINCARE $75.00

Fans of the all-natural skincare brand will want to get their hands on the daily essentials set ASAP. It includes Tata Harper’s Repairative Moisturizer, Rejuvenating Serum, Regenerating Cleanser, Hydrating Floral Essence,Resurfacing Mask, Replenishing Nutrient Complex, and a Restorative Eye Crème sample.

De-Aging Experts Smart™ Set
CLINIQUE sephora.com$55.00

A four-part system for those looking to up their anti-aging game. The set includes a Broad Spectrum SPF 15  Moisturizer, a Custom-Repair Moisturizer for night time, a Custom-Repair Serum, and a Custom-Repair Eye Treatment.

Repair + Renew For Firmer, Radiant-Looking Skin
ESTÉE LAUDER$72.00

A three-piece set from Estée Lauder’s cult-favored Advanced Night Repair line, including: Global Anti Aging Cell Power Crème, Synchronized Recovery Complex II, ANR Eye Supercharged Complex Synchronized Recovery.

Drunk Elephant The Littles™
Drunk Elephant $90.00

Mini versions of your favorite Drunk Elephant products, including: No. 9 Jelly Cleanser, C-Firma Day Serum, B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum, T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, Lala Retro Whipped Cream, Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense, Shaba Complex Eye Serum, and a cute pink travel bag.

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The Best Celebrity Engagement Rings of All Time

The Best Celebrity Engagement Rings of All Time

October 19, 2018 5:30 PM

by Adetoun Adeyemo

These stunning celebrity engagement rings prove that a diamond—if not a marriage—is forever. Engagement rings have not always been all about the diamond: Roman brides were given a gold ring to wear in public and an iron ring to wear at home. In the 1700s, simple poesy rings were popular in Europe, while in New England, Puritan men—shunning frivolous rings—were thought to have given thimbles to their betrothed (though women often cut off the tops and wore them as rings anyway). Fast-forward to 1947 and De Beers’s famous slogan, “A diamond is forever.” The rest is history. Now we have everything from Elizabeth Taylor’s 33-carat diamond from Richard Burton (though it was just a gift, not an engagement bauble) to Kim Kardashian West’s 15-carat diamond from Kanye and Olivia Wilde’s brilliant emerald from Jason Sudeikis—ring inspiration galore from some of the dazzling gems sported by stars.

1. Ariana Grande

The fiancé: Pete Davidson

The ring: A three-carat pear-shaped diamond from jeweler Greg Yuna

The price: Nearly $100,000

The proposal: June 2018

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2. Hailey Baldwin

The fiancé: Justin Bieber

The ring: A six to 10 carat oval diamond by Solow & Co.

The proposal: July 2018

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3. Cardi B

The fiancé: Offset

The ring: An eight-carat tear-shaped diamond

The price: $500,000

The marriage: September 2017

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4. Charlotte Casiraghi

The fiancé: Dimitri Rassam

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5. Paris Hilton

The fiancé: Chris Zylka

The ring: A twenty carat tear-drop diamond by jeweler Michael Greene

The price: $2 million

The proposal: January 2018

Photo: Getty Images

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6. Princess Eugenie of York

The fiancé: Jack Brooksbank

The ring: A padparadscha sapphire surrounded by diamonds

The proposal: January 2018

Photo: Getty Images

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7. Emily Ratajkowski

The fiancé: Sebastian Bear-McClard

The ring: Two pear and square cut diamonds with a gold band, designed by Ratajkowski

The marriage: February 2018

Photo: Courtesy of Emily Ratajkowski / @emrata

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8. Meghan Markle

The fiancé: Prince Harry

The proposal: November 2017

Photo: Getty Images

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9. Pippa Middleton

The fiancé: James Matthews

The ring: A large asscher-cut diamond surrounded by a cluster of smaller diamonds.

The price: An estimated £200,000

The proposal: July 2016

The marriage May 2017

Photo: FameFlyNet

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10. Kim Kardashian West

The fiancé: Kanye West

The ring: A 15-carat D, flawless cushion-cut diamond from jeweler Lorraine Schwartz.

The price: An estimated $2 million

The proposal: October 2013

The marriage: May 2014

Photo Courtesy of Kim Kardashian / @kimkardashian

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11. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

The fiancé: Jason Statham

The ring: A classic large center stone flanked by micro-pavé-set diamonds

The price: An estimated $350,000

The proposal: January 2016

Photo: Getty Images

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12. Miranda Kerr

The fiancé: Evan Spiegel

The ring: A round brilliant cut diamond flanked by tapered baguettes on a platinum band.

The price: An estimated $75,000 to $100,000

The proposal: July 2016

The marriage: May 2017

Photo: Courtesy of Miranda Kerr / @mirandakerr

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13. Eva Longoria

The fiancé: José Antonio Bastón

The ring: A ruby center stone surrounded by diamonds.

The proposal: January 2016

The marriage: May 2016

Photo Courtesy of Eva Longoria / @evalongoria

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14. Lady Gaga

The fiancé: Taylor Kinney

The ring: A 6-carat heart-shaped diamond from jeweler Lorraine Schwartz.

The price: An estimated $500,000

The proposal: February 2015

Called off: July 2016

Photo Courtesy of Lady Gaga / @ladygaga

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15. Kate Middleton

The fiancé: Prince William

The ring: The 18-carat oval sapphire surrounded by 14 diamonds that Lady Diana Spencer wore when she was engaged to Prince Charles.

The price: An estimated £300,000

The proposal: October 2010

The marriage: April 2011

Photo: Getty Images

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16. Blake Lively

The fiancé: Ryan Reynolds

The ring: A 12-carat oval-cut diamond with micro-pavé band.

The price: An estimated $2 million

The proposal: unknown

The marriage: September 2012

Photo: RexUSA

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17. Jessica Biel

The fiancé: Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake

The ring: A 6-carat diamond flanked by aquamarine stones set in blackened platinum that Timberlake codesigned.

The price: An estimated $130,000

The proposal: December 2011

The marriage: October 2012

Photo: Getty Images

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18. Beyoncé

The fiancé: Jay Z

The ring: A reported 18-carat center diamond set on a split shank.

The price: An estimated $5 million

The marriage: April 2008

Photo: Getty Images

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19. Mariah Carey

The fiancé: James Packer

The ring: A 35-carat emerald-cut diamond set in platinum by designer Wilfredo Rosado.

The price: An estimated $10 million

The proposal: January 2016

The marriage: Called off in October 2016

Photo: Splash

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20. Sofia Vergara

The fiancé: Joe Manganiello

The ring: A reported 7-carat cushion-cut diamond with a micro-pavé halo.

The price: An estimated $500,000

The proposal: December 2014

The marriage: November 2015

Photo: Getty Images

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21. Angelina Jolie

The fiancé: Brad Pitt

The ring: A total 16-carat ring that took Pitt, along with jeweler Robert Procop, a year to design.

The price: An estimated $500,000

The proposal: April 2012

The marriage: August 2014

Photo: Splash News

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22. Amal Clooney

The fiancé: George Clooney

The ring: An ethically mined emerald-cut 7-carat diamond with two tapered baguettes.

The price: An estimated $750,000

The proposal: April 2014

The marriage: September 2014

Photo: Getty Images

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23. Mary-Kate Olsen

The couple: Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy

The ring: An antique Cartier ring with a European-cut 4-carat diamond surrounded by 16 sapphires.

The price: An estimated $81,000

The proposal: February 2014

The marriage: November 2015

Photo: Pacific Coast News

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24. Elizabeth Taylor

The fiancé: Michael Todd

The ring: An almost 30-carat emerald cut diamond.

Sale price at 2011 auction : $3.7 million

The marriage: February 1957

The divorce: March 1958

Photo: Getty Images

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25. Jennifer Aniston

The fiancé: Justin Theroux

The ring: A reported 8-carat radiant-cut diamond.

The price: An estimated $500,000

The proposal: August 2012

The marriage: August 2015

Photo: Getty Images

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26. Anne Hathaway

The fiancé: Adam Shulman

The ring: A reported 6-carat emerald-cut diamond from Kwiat.

The price: An estimated $150,000

The marriage: September 2012

Photo: Getty Images

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27. Heidi Klum

The fiancé: Seal

The ring: A 10-carat canary yellow center diamond set in a gold band of pavé diamonds.

The price: An estimated $150,000

The marriage: May 2005

The divorce: October 2014

Photo: Getty Images

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28. Natalie Portman

The fiancé: Benjamin Millepied

The ring: A conflict-free diamond ring set in recycled platinum designed by jeweler Jamie Wolf.

The price: An estimated $200,000

The marriage: August 2012

Photo: Getty Images

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29. Kate Moss

The fiancé: Jamie Hince

The ring: A custom creation inspired by sketches of the ring F. Scott Fitzgerald gave to wife Zelda.

The price: An estimated £67,000

The proposal: January 2010

The marriage: July 2011

The divorce: 2016

Photographed by Mario Testino, Vogue, September 2011

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30. Olivia Wilde

The fiancé: Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis

The ring: A brilliant-cut diamond surrounded by a halo of emeralds.

The proposal: January 2013

Photo: Getty Images

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31. Scarlett Johansson

The couple: Romain Dauriac

The ring: An Art Deco ring with three prominent diamonds surrounded by smaller diamonds.

The marriage: October 2014

The divorce: 2017

Photo: Getty Images

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32. Leighton Meester

The fiancé: Adam Brody

The ring: A 4-carat cushion-cut diamond in a rose-gold band.

The proposal: November 2013

The marriage: February 2014

Photo: Getty Images

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33. Gabrielle Union

The fiancé: Dwyane Wade

The ring: An 8.5-carat cushion-cut diamond from Jason of Beverly Hills.

The price: An estimated $1 million

The proposal: December 2013

The marriage: August 2014

Photo: Getty Images

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34. Alexis Bledel

The fiancé: Vincent Kartheiser

The ring: A vintage-inspired octagonal diamond ring.

The price: An estimated $80,000

The proposal: March 2013

The marriage: June 2014

Photo: Getty Images

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35. Kate Bosworth

The fiancé: Michael Polish

The ring: A square-cut diamond

The proposal: August 2012

The marriage: August 2013

Photo: Courtesy of Kate Bosworth / @katebosworth

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36. Camila Alves

The fiancé: Matthew McConaughey

The ring: A rose-cut diamond with smaller diamonds on either side.

The proposal: December 2011

The marriage: June 2012

Photo: Getty Images

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37. Drew Barrymore

The fiancé: Will Kopelman

The ring: A nearly 4-carat radiant-cut diamond from Graff.

The price: An estimated $80,000

The marriage: June 2012

The divorce: August 2016

Photo: Getty Images

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38. Kate Hudson

The fiancé: Matt Bellamy

The ring: A classic emerald-cut diamond with tapered baguettes on either side.

The price: An estimated $200,000

The proposal: April 2011

Called off: 2014

Photo: Getty Images

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39. Elizabeth Hurley

The fiancé: Shane Warne

The ring: An approximately 9-carat center blue sapphire with diamonds on the side set in platinum.

The price: An estimated $100,000

The proposal: September 2011

Called off: December 2013

Photo: Getty Images

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40. Emily Blunt

The fiancé: John Krasinski

The ring: A 3-carat round-cut diamond set in platinum and flanked by baguettes.

The price: An estimated $100,000

The proposal: August 2009

The marriage: July 2010

Photo: Getty Images

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41. Gwyneth Paltrow

The fiancé: Chris Martin

The ring: An asscher-cut diamond on a double-pavé band.

The price: An estimated $90,000

The marriage: December 2003

The divorce: July 2016

Photo: Getty Images

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42. Mia Farrow

The fiancé: Frank Sinatra

The ring: A pear-shaped diamond with tapered baguettes.

The price: $85,000 in 1966

The marriage: July 1966

The divorce: August 1968

Photo: Getty Images

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43. Sarah Jessica Parker

The fiancé: Matthew Broderick

The ring: A 5-carat, emerald-cut diamond on a yellow gold band.

The marriage: May 1997

Photo: Getty Images

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44. Marilyn Monroe

The fiancé: Joe DiMaggio

The ring: A platinum eternity band with 35 baguette-cut diamonds.

The marriage: January 1954

The divorce: October 1955

Photo: Getty Images

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45. Allison Williams

The fiancé: Ricky Van Veen

The ring: A classic round-cut diamond flanked by baguettes on a platinum band.

The proposal: February 2014

The marriage: September 2015

Photo: Getty Images

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46. Brooke Shields

The fiancé: Chris Henchy

The ring: A center diamond surrounded by a unique configuration of micro-pavé-set diamonds, designed by Neil Lane.

The proposal: July 2000

The marriage: April 2001

Photo: Getty Images

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47. Reese Witherspoon

The fiancé: Jim Toth

The ring: A unique 4-carat Ashoka-cut diamond.

The price: An estimated $450,000

The proposal: December 2010

The marriage: March 2011

Photo: Getty Images

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48. Catherine Zeta-Jones

The fiancé: Michael Douglas

The ring: An antique ring from Fred Leighton featuring a 10-carat stone surrounded by 28 smaller diamonds.

The price: An estimated $1 million.

The proposal: December 1999

The marriage: November 2000

Photo: Getty Images

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49. Kate Beckinsale

The fiancé: Len Wiseman

The ring: An emerald-cut diamond set horizontally on a band of micro-pavé diamonds.

The price: An estimated $1.4 million

The marriage: May 2004

The divorce: November 2015

Photo: Getty Images

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50. Gisele Bündchen

The fiancé: Tom Brady

The ring: A large center diamond set in platinum and offset by two tapered baguettes.

The price: An estimated $145,000

The proposal: January 2009

The marriage: February 2009

Photo: Getty Images

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51. Miranda Kerr

The fiancé: Orlando Bloom

The ring: A round center stone surrounded by a halo of nine diamonds.

The marriage: July 2010

The divorce: October 2013

Photo: Getty Images

 

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Checkout how to fade those annoying acne scars…

Checkout how to fade those annoying acne scars…

It’s not as hard as you think.

By Adetoun Adeyemo October 21, 2018

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Dealing with spots can be bad enough, so the annoying aftermath can feel like metaphorically rubbing salt in your wounds, but unless your skin is damaged to the deep layers of the dermis, these reddy-pink or brown marks will eventually disappear.

While patience is key, there are some ways to speed up the fading of discolouration that remains after a spot. Try these tips for a brighter-faced future:

Always wear sunscreen

Try to avoid prolonged sun exposure as it will make the skin’s healing process slower, and wear a broad spectrum SPF daily to prevent the marks from appearing more obvious. UV exposure stimulates pigment production, causing spot scars to darken, so sun protection really is key to fading discolouration.

Exfoliate with AHA and BHA

What-HA? AHA stands for alpha hydroxy acid such as glycolic and lactic acids (think anti-ageing), while BHA, or beta hydroxy acid, refers to salicylic acid (think anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory) and both AHA and BHA are exfoliants that will promote a more-even skin tone. A combo of the two will help to encourage the rejuvenation of the skin, without you having to scrub your skin red-raw and cause more damage. We recommend using the Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser (£34, murad.co.uk) daily which helps improve cell-turnover.

Pick vitamin C-loaded products

Another non-scary acid that works wonders on complexion clarity is ascorbic acid, or vitamin C. This free radical-fighter aids inflammation and fades pigment patches. Two skin-brightening serums powered with vitamin C that are equally recommended include the Ren radiance Perfecting Serum (£35, liberty.co.uk) and the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster (£23.50, feelunique.com).

Repair your complexion

Rosehip oil can work wonders when it comes to calming, soothing and repairing damaged skin, so much so, it’s been used to increase healing time following the treatment of burns. Try MV Organics Rose Plus Booster (£72, Cultbeauty.co.uk) it’s full of high quality essential oils (including rosehip and jojoba), just add a couple of drops into your moisturiser to help fade stubborn spots.

Get professional resurfacing facials

Talk to a dermatologist about treatments such as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and microdermabrasion, which can be highly effective in reducing scars and wrinkles more than at-home exfoliation can. For an easy way in, try the Elemis BIOTEC Skin Resurfacer Facial, available at The House of Elemis and Elemis Spas nationwide.

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Checkout the Fall’s Coolest and Most Versatile Haircut

Checkout the Fall’s Coolest and Most Versatile Haircut

OCTOBER 14th, 2018 10:56 AM

by Adetoun Adeyemo

Bye Summer!

When the temperatures start dropping, nothing says that autumn has arrived like getting a fresh chop. From bangs to bobs, and crops to long locks, the best fall hairstyles are all about making a statement as we step right into sweater season. Old-school trends are coming back with a vengeance, including airy feathered texture and smooth middle parts, while spanking-new ones are showing up strong too. (We’re looking at you, baby bangs.) Whether you want to make a dramatic chop or tweak your current cut, we’ve got the fall 2018 hairstyle inspiration you need to refresh those locks just in time for the season.

LAYERLESS LOB

Oh, the layerless lob, how we love thee. The long bob is inarguably the most flattering cut ever sheared, and the forever-cool style makes it very clear that layers aren’t required. Add dimension to super dark hair with warm fall colors, like this cinnamon brown á la colorist Mizz Choi.

 

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SUBTLE SIDE SWEEP

We’re aware that the early 2000s are over, but this side-swept bang situation is bringing back our love for the hairstyles of yesteryear, courtesy hairstylist Adetoun Adeyemo. The straight long length with a deep side part and curly is already simple and chic, but the subtle side layering brings some serious sass that we need to round out 2018.

 

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MAJOR FACE-FRAMING

When that autumn breeze hits, let these flattering face-framing layers do the rest. No matter your face shape, those cheekbones can always benefit from some fresh layering. It’s also the quickest way to looking like a modern-day Pocahontas when the fall leaves start blowing with “all the colors of the wind” and so forth. We’re imagining that’s what LA-based stylist Sal Salcedo was thinking, anyway.

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CURLY BANGS

Get on the baby bang train, like these gold-flecked ones on a modern shag cut. Let’s face it: The shag haircut is never not going to be in. But we’re making a case for curly bangs on every length and cut this season.

 

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BLUNT LONG LAYERS

This season, we’re seeing thick, healthy ends win out when it comes to medium to long length haircuts. These long layers, courtesy stylist Buddy Porter, give just enough flattering movement and style to fresh color and soft waves.

 

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GLASS HAIR

It’s shiny, sleek, and straight—it’s the current trend: glass hair. You’ll be seeing glass hair everywhere this fall, from magazine covers to the pumpkin spice latte line. Get yourself a short, razor-sharp, blunt, geometric cut like this, ASAP.

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OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER PREVENTION MONTH. STEP TO PREVENT EXPOSURE.

OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER PREVENTION MONTH. STEP TO PREVENT EXPOSURE.

OCTOBER 13, 2018 BY ADETOUN ADEYEMO

Did you know that around 85% of breast cancers are not linked to family history? This means that there are steps you can take to reduce your exposure to environmental factors linked to the disease. With this encouraging fact in mind, we’ve teamed up with two organizations spreading the word about prevention: Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP) and Keep A Breast.

Partners in breast cancer prevention

Every October, we support the great work of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (formerly known as Breast Cancer Fund), a respected non-profit dedicated to stopping breast cancer before it starts. BCPP’s main area of focus is reducing exposure to chemicals potentially linked to cancer, including those that may be found in beauty products. The organization takes a science-based approach to advocacy—publishing research papers, fighting for legislative reform, and teaching the public about breast cancer’s avoidable causes. We recently partnered with BCPP on a huge win to increase the transparency of ingredients used in professional salon products.

We’ve also joined forces with Keep A Breast, a foundation that promotes the importance of early detection and prevention among young people. With roots in the art world, Keep A Breast’s initiatives include Non-Toxic Revolution—an education platform focused on chemicals linked to breast cancer—and the Traveling Education Booth that promotes breast cancer prevention at places like music festivals and sporting events. We encourage everyone to download the Check Yourself app from Keep A Breast, a great reminder to conduct monthly breast exams.

For the month of October, BCPP and Keep A Breast have created a Beautycounter-specific fundraising page. Visit the link to donate, and feel free to share with friends and family.

In addition, many of our Consultants will be generously donating a portion of their October sales to our partners. Find a Consultant in your area here

Stay informed and educate others

The more you know, the more you can do to prevent exposure to potentially harmful chemicals. That’s why we asked BCPP to share some easy prevention tips to implement in your own life and to share with others.

Around the house:

1 Choose safer cleaning products

Conventional cleaning products take away dirt, but may leave behind harmful chemicals. Try cleaner brands like Seventh Generation (a fellow B Corp) and Molly’s Suds. Vacuum with a HEPA filter to reduce sending chemicals into the air, and then your lungs.

2 If you don’t know what’s in something, don’t use it

Labeling loopholes allow companies to avoid disclosing ingredients on cleaning product labels. Only buy and use cleaning products which disclose all ingredients on the product label to avoid possible exposure to harmful chemicals.

3 Go DIY when you can

Use baking soda to neutralize odors and soak up dampness, and vinegar to clean and deodorize. Add a cup of vinegar to your laundry to brighten up whites, remove odors, and lift tougher grime off fabrics. Add a few drops of your favorite citrus juice (think lemons, oranges) or essential oils (try eucalyptus) to a vinegar-based cleaning spray to fill your home with a fresh scent.

In the Kitchen:

1 Kick the can

Many canned food companies continue to use BPA (or bisphenols), an estrogenic chemical linked to breast cancer, to line their metal cans. Research shows that BPA migrates from the can lining into our food and then into our bodies. Choose fresh, frozen or dried, but keep that can opener away.

2 Skip the plastic

Plastics can leach harmful chemicals like BPA and phthalates into your food and beverages and then into you. Use glass and stainless steel food storage containers and water bottles. Never microwave plastic — even “microwave-safe” plastic can leach chemicals into food when heated.

3 Ditch Teflon pots and pans

Some toxic compounds are used in non-stick cookware. While they keep food and stains from sticking, they stick around in the body for a very long time and may be linked to cancer. Make the switch to cast iron, stainless steel or anodized aluminum cookware and glass bakeware as you can.

In the Bathroom:

1 Read ingredient labels

Companies may use potentially harmful ingredients in the cosmetics and personal care products we use every day. Check out BCPP’s Glossary of Exposures.

2 Be in the know

Don’t be fooled by short and incomplete ingredient lists, or natural and organic claims. Look for products that disclose all ingredients on the product label to avoid possible exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.

3 Avoid fragrance

The word fragrance is a cocktail of ingredients, that can mask countless potential carcinogens and hormone disrupting chemicals, and can be found in nearly half of all personal care products. Avoid purchasing and using products with the word “fragrance” or “parfum” on the label. Be especially vigilant on children’s products.

4 Use online tools and look for official seals

Ditch your old daily routine and replace it with safer beauty products. Apps and websites like EWG’s Skin Deep will rate your personal care products for safety and toxicity and MADE SAFE® plus EWG Verified are helping to make it easier to find safer products by labeling them with a special seal. Visit often and stay up-to-date.

Now that you know, help us spread the word!

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REASONS WHY GREEN CHEMISTRY IS THE FUTURE OF THE BEAUTY BUSINESS

REASONS WHY GREEN CHEMISTRY IS THE FUTURE OF THE BEAUTY BUSINESS.

OCTOBER 12, 2018

BY ADETOUN ADEYEMO

Every day we are faced with making choices that shape our future. As we strive towards better beauty, green chemistry plays an important role in our choice to create safer and cleaner products.

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So, What is Green Chemistry?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “[g]reen chemistry is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances.” In simpler terms, green chemistry allows us to innovate with ingredients and create products that are increasingly conscious of both human health and the environment.

Take one of the bestselling BulkApothecary, offering to a wide range of specialty ingredients and vitamin supplements and had a dominant online presence that was growing by the day. Go to website for inspiration from nature to solve skin care needs, Business and applies it to the formulation process.

Every ingredient in the BulkApothecary delivers multiple functional benefits to the skin. For example, Essential Oil blend of essential oils that is fantastic for massaging away lifes little problems.We carry a complete line of top quality raw ingredients that include natural vegetable oils, colors, clays, acids, butters, waxes, seeds, botanicals, essential oils and countless other fine ingredients

Contains:

Mentha citrata Herb Oil
Litsea cubeba Oil
Origanum marjorana Leaf Oil
Mentha piperita Leaf/Stem Oil
Santalum album Wood Oil
Vetiveria zizanoides Oil
Cinnamomum camphora Bark Oil
Lavandula hybrida Oil
Lavandula angustifolia Oil
Ocimum basilicum Oil
Cupressus sempervirens Oil
Abies siberica Needle Oil

For aromatic use. Add to bath water and dilute with Dilute with Massage Oil for body massage.

Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician.

A Greener Philosophy

Natural ingredients that are derived from nature, the fiber that makes up the wipe comes from renewable wood-based cellulose and we have performed testing to confirm that the product is biodegradable in a composting environment.* Taking inspiration from nature, we will be designing our product to follow a closed-loop system, where a “waste” product is turned into a resource for another process.

A Greener Future

Doublecrownmedspa is not alone in our push for green chemistry. Companies large and small are facing the same sourcing challenges while fielding increasing consumer demand for ingredients that reduce environmental impacts.

To show our dedication to green chemistry, beyond our formulations, we will be steering committee member of the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance which advocates for green chemistry legislation in DC, spanning sectors such as consumer goods, transportation and technology. Also partnering with the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) on a multi-company challenge to invest and create safer preservatives rooted in the principles of green chemistry.

Green chemistry spurs innovation while protecting the environment and consumers. That’s a choice Doublecrown can stand behind.

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*Dispose in your home composting system or municipal receptacle program (in communities that have municipal composting systems). 

Beauty

 

 

 

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Is Laser Hair Removal Really Worth It?

Is Laser Hair Removal Really Worth It?

Oct 1st, 2018 3:25 PM

by Adetoun Adeyemo

Many  years ago I decided to stop shaving my legs and switched to waxing. I was sick of ingrown hairs and the little red bumps that formed on my lower legs from an old school razor. (Note to readers: If this is already too much information, this article is probably not for you.) Waxing your legs, I soon learned, is wonderful—for three days. Then the hair begins to creep back in and you are stuck with it for at least 9month, throughout my pregnancy moments. It was so hard, that everything single on me grow so fast. At that time I knew I have to try Laser after the arrival of my baby. No more of this back-and-forth business, I decided. It was time to look into a more permanent option.

I remembered first hearing about laser hair removal years ago when people were first talking about it and thinking, “Eek, that sounds risky, I’m going to wait and see if this goes the way of the LaserDisc or the DVD.” Basically I wanted to make sure it was legit and worth the time, pain, and cost.

The way laser hair removal works, I soon discovered from a quick bit of precautionary research, is that pulses of highly concentrated light are emitted from the laser into the hair follicles. The pigment in the follicles absorbs the light and that destroys the hair. When I read that 90 percent of laser hair removal patients who are good candidates for the procedure report permanent hair loss after an average of three to six sessions, I was sold. “Chewbacca be gone,” I vowed to myself. “Next year, I am getting my legs lasered.”

My interest was particularly piqued by the spate of at-home laser treatments recently on the market. Could it be that easy? An investigation into the leading brands revealed some intriguing contenders, from the Tria 4X (an FDA-cleared device that claims to deliver more than triple the hair-eliminating energy of its DIY peers) to the IluminageTOUCH (which is approved to safetly treat a wider of skin tones than traditional lasers). But while the convenience of zapping away on my couch while watching Law & Order: SVU was seductive, none seemed quite right. I can barely operate my electric kettle—should I really be handling a laser?

“I advise caution because they’re supposed to be much less intense than in office lasers but in the wrong hands you can probably do some serious damage if you’re double- or- triple pulsing areas that you shouldn’t be,. “Typically people at home tend to be aggressive with themselves because they think that they can get a faster, better result without realizing potential consequences.”

I learned that in order to have bikini-worthy legs this season I would need to start the laser process in peak tights-and-boots weather. “Hairs have a growth phase and also a resting and a falling-out phase,. “Some of the hairs are not there right now because they are in the rest phase and not every hair will respond to the pulses.” Hence the need for multiple sessions, spaced about one month apart, the typical length of a hair-growth cycle.

 

I am next instructed to put on a pair of bottle-green goggles. Before we begin, she shares with me the one description of laser hair removal I have heard before: “It feels like a rubber band being flicked against your skin multiple times.”

Either I am wrong, or my pain threshold is incredibly low, because I find laser hair removal excruciatingly uncomfortable. In fact, I start to think, I would take a flick of a rubber band any day over the repeated burning zap of the laser. It feels like someone is taking a lit match to my leg and holding it up close. The darker the hair, the coarser it is; therefore more energy is emitted onto that follicle, causing greater discomfort. When those hairs are zapped, it feels like a bee sting—and you just have to hope there aren’t too many.

Clearly I’m not alone in this. Nearly half a million laser treatments were performed by dermatological surgeons in 2011 (the last year that collected data is available) according to the American Society for Dermatological Surgery, so it must be worth the minor suffering. Most people who get laser treatments are focusing on smaller areas of hair—underarm, upper lip, bikini line. These areas also happen to be much more sensitive: The very idea of getting my bikini line. These areas also happen to be much more sensitive. The lower leg, on the other hand, is one of the largest areas that they laser and it takes about 25 minutes altogether for both legs upon each visit.

By my next appointment I begin to see a real difference when I visit. The laser picks up a lot more “energy” when I find the whole experience far less painful. For several days following each treatment, I have a series of small red bumps on my legs and this actually elates me because I know it means that the laser has picked up that follicle and when the redness dies down that spot will be hair-free for life—a delightful thought as summer, and a season of confidently wearing my favorite miniskirt, begins.

 

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This Body-Sculpting Massage Is Fashion’s Best-Kept Fitness Secret

This Body-Sculpting Massage Is Fashion’s Best-Kept Fitness Secret

SEPTEMBER 28, 2018 6:00 AM

by Adetoun Adeyemo

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“Sorry it’s so painful!” says Marina Baratashvili, a Georgian body guru who regularly tends to the lithe physiques of Vanessa Traina and model Edita Vilkeviciute, and is currently pinching, pushing, and pulling at my bare flesh.

Throughout her 35 years of bodywork, Baratashvili, who studied acupuncture and massage in China and was previously on call at the National Opera and Ballet Theater of Tbilisi (“I only worked with the prima ballerinas,” she recalls with a smile), has mastered “the secrets of muscular gravity” through strong manipulation that loosens fascia, increases blood flow, and wakes up muscles so that she can “move them back to where they should be.” A sculpted physique is only one of her treatment’s selling points, though; it also can calm the nervous system, reduce chronic pain, and speed the elimination of metabolic waste—that is, if you can handle the pressure.

Marina Baratashvili, the sought-after body sculptor.

Photo: Daniel Zuchnik

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“Did you drink water today?” she asks me, as she presses her elbows and forearms onto my thighs, your eyes will welling up with tears (an indication that the tissue is not healthy, she says). Although I regularly refill the VitaJuwel that sits on my desk, she’s quick to tell me, “That’s not enough.” Dehydration can lead to muscle cramping, indigestion, and toxin buildup: “You must drink two liters of water before 2:00 p.m., another liter before 5:00 p.m., and, after that, just take sips.”

At the end of her 45-minute session, she capped with a round of circulation-boosting cupping, you will not only notice a contoured line in your leg that no yoga, barre, or cycling class has ever once revealed, but also that your skin is glowing and you will feel lighter than when you first trudged up the steps to her third-floor walk-up in the Manhattan neighborhood known as Hell’s Kitchen.

If it’s hard to imagine the well heeled making the same trek, consider that Baratashvili’s address may in fact be a welcome relief from the Soho salons that beckon the social media set with their staged Instagrammable backdrops. It’s a feeling not unlike the satisfaction that comes with discovering a hole-in-the-wall restaurant that doles out the most mouth-watering, authentic cuisine. In other words, here you’ll find a treatment that doesn’t need to be buoyed by a populated geotag. Rather, the results speak for themselves. And how refreshing is that?

SOURCE: VOGUE

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