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What NOT to Do Before and After a Facial Treatment

What NOT to Do Before and After a Facial Treatment

Beauty Editor, Adetoun Adeyemo, January 2nd 2019. 10:30am

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For most of us, facials aren’t a part of our regular skin-care routine because of cost, busy schedules, sensitive skin—the list goes on. But ask any celebrity aesthetician, and they will tell you facials are one of the top secrets behind Hollywood’s most beautiful complexions. Here, Joshua Ross, founder of SkinLab and celebrity aesthetician—shares his facial dos and don’ts for flawless skin all year long.

Two weeks: “If you want to get a spray tan, have it be more than two weeks prior to your facial, so your skin tone doesn’t end up irregular.”

One week: Stop exfoliating. “This will allow the aesthetician to do a more thorough exfoliation. If skin is overexfoliated, you won’t get the best results-oriented exfoliation that they might have done otherwise. It’s also a good idea to increase your sun protection one week prior.”

72 hours: “Discontinue use of all retinols, acids, actives, anti-acne and anti-aging products, as they can sensitize the skin and not allow for the treatment to be as thorough.”

48 hours: Be sure to avoid the steam room both prior to your facial and for at least 48 hours after your facial in order to reduce inflammation. “Steam increases the core temperature of the body and causes an increased amount of circulation in the blood, which can lead to inflammation. You want to avoid this pre- and post-facial because you want a controlled amount of trauma and injury to the skin, and your facial will take care of all of that. You’ll most likely be steaming in your facial anyhow, so you don’t need it!”

The day of: “If you plan to work out before a facial, have it be at least two to three hours ahead of your appointment. Workouts increase the core temperature of the body, which can make the skin more reactive to certain parts of your facial, such as the steam and extractions. Also, if you plan to get Botox injections on the same day, get them afterward because it’s recommended that you don’t lay down after receiving Botox.”

Also notes that after a facial, it’s crucial not to wash your face, or even that evening before bed, so you can allow the products to absorb. “But the next day, you can return to your regular skin-care regimen,” he says.

 

 

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The “IT BAG THAT CELEBRITIES CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF” launches in Nigeria… Get the scoop!

Posted on November 4, 2018. 10:00am

By Adetoun Adeyemo.

Nuciano has swayed the international market for years and now finally ready to introduce its luxury handbags to the Nigerian market. These bags made out of pure authentic leather and with a design team that is innovative on design and craftsmanship, these bags are to die for.

The luxury bags will be available for purchase at a lush pop-up during its exclusive launch in Nigeria on the 8th of November 2018. we are super excited for this big announcement and Nigerians get a 20% discount on all purchases made on the www.nuciano.ng

Follow @nucianobags for updates.

Photography: @kosolonwudinjor styling: @moashystyling

Models: @preciousjohn and @Eniolaabolarin @bethmodelAfrica girls

More: @www.dcwlifestyle.com

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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

Photo: Getty Images

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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

Photo: Shutterstock

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4. Charlotte Casiraghi

The fiancé: Dimitri Rassam

Photo: Shutterstock

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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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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.

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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?

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Haircuts styles to Indulge in, for 2018

By Editor, January 23th, 2018

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Haircuts styles to Indulge in, for 2018

If 2017 was anything, it was the year of multi-colored unicorn hair and loose, delightfully lazy lobs, courtesy of the awesome advancements in color technology, as well as the prominent desire to have a fun, not-quite-short, not-quite-long style. Braids were also everywhere, as were pixie cuts adopted by usually long-haired celeb lovelies.

But those looks are all in the rearview. What’s on deck for hair in 2018? What picture will you be ripping out of a fashion mag or saving to your phone while browsing Pinterest or Instagram so that you can show it to your stylist at the salon and say “Give me that!” next time you sit in their chair? What hues, textures, and lengths will reign supreme over the next 365 days? Here are the haircuts you’ll be asking for in 2018.

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Shoulder lengths

Short hair, don’t care, Damaged hair is ready for a rest. In order to achieve a clean, sleek look, women will be going shorter in order to get rid of those fried ‘n’ frazzled follicles.

“Due to the more aggressive color techniques over the past four years, such as ombre and balayage, hair is brittle and damaged with over-bleached ends,. “You’ll start to see a lot of chin and shoulder-length styles.”

However, if you are not quite ready to snip, snip, and snip some more, the colorist suggests trying extensions to nurse your hair back to a healthier state, along with taking vitamins.

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Natural-looking

A more natural look will eclipse the aforementioned wild, crazy, and ultimately daring styles and hues that defined 2017. “The trends for 2018 will focus on enhancing natural beauty,. “As we move away from aggressive hair colors, you will see more natural blending, using paper-thin highlights to create a gradual blonde, instead of sun-drenched blonde.”

Moving away from unusual hues in favor of colors actually found in nature may not be as adventurous, but it’s certainly more wearable for the office, at school, and formal occasions. Plus, these techniques will give tired tresses a much-needed break.

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Undercurrents

Wild colors will fall by the wayside not only in favor of the natural looks, but also for something known as “undercurrents.”Some, clients want to tone it down with multi-dimensional colors woven through out their hair.” It’s surprisingly easy to get this depth of color, so hair “moves” beautifully and bouncily!

Honey blonde with highlights that you liked? Infuse that blonde with some copper, blush pink, or soft mint. We call these tones ‘undercurrents.’ They help move the overall haircut and hair color.” A cut and color being in synch is important for a pulled together coif in 2018.

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The shaggy bob

Haircuts will have grown out from the short, severe shapes into a sophisticated bob that can be worn straight and sleek, or shaggy and messy.”The versatility that longer bobs can have,” affirming that this cut “can still be pulled back and styled in many different ways.”

Taylor Swift loves to wear the Shaggy bob, Vanessa Quiles and Gabrielle Fishman of Soho’s Takamichi Hair also nod to the ’70s vibe “riding strong” with shaggy cuts featuring cheek-sweeping fringe.

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French girl chic

The biggest trend in the salon and on the street is ‘French Girl Chic. Clients are moving away from beachy blonde lobs and opting for darker-hued, edgier cuts.”

The ubiquitous hairstyle of the last few seasons (and the most popular style on Pinterest) is being traded in for a sleek bob paired with blunt bangs. French girls have been rocking these looks for decades, and every now and then, they become popular again in the U.S.”

A bob with bangs is tres sophisto and allows you to enjoy a dose of instant glam.

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Geometric bowl cuts

Strong, structured looks will also dominate in 2018. 2018 will be the year of cutting it all off. Bowl haircuts and strong geometry will dominate styles, as we trend out of the retro-1990s looks that have been making the hair scene for the last few years.”

A geometric cut with an unusual shape is super sexy but it can be high maintenance, since you can’t simply toss it into a ponytail on lazy Sundays and when you don’t have time to deal with doing your hair. It also requires plenty of confidence with your overall style in order to pull it off, but you’ve so got this. Try it.

Modern, geometric haircuts wear like wigs,” which also contributes to the commitment factor and having to maintain the cut on the regular.

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Androgynous mullets and shags

Androgynous mullets and shags

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Gender fluidity has become such a powerful, amazing cultural and societal construct in 2018. It will further assert itself in the hairstyles that come to prominence in the next year. SureThing suggests that “styles venturing into mullet territory will be hot for the androgynous set, moving away from Barber-inspired and even militaristic-looking cuts.”

These gender-less looks will have both the ’60s and international vibe, as well. “Think soldiers coming home to the ‘Summer of Love’ and deconstructed mod looks from swinging London.

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Unfussy and textured

Based on looks that graced fashion runways, unfussy and textured hair, both long and mid-length, will be a 2018 “go to” with follicles.

There will be a lot of plays on texture, no matter the length or color. Slicked back, tousled, or loose will definitely be a go to in 2018. Mid-length locks will be the hit this year — right below the shoulder, with long, choppy texturizing. This will allow the most styling versatility.”

Natural and tousled hair, featuring soft waves achieved by a wand iron, will result in an effortless look,” explained Dery. “We are seeing women embrace their natural texture and hair versus trying to change it. Mid-lengths that are messy and longer lengths with volume and flow are your best bets.

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The pageboy

Daring, shortcuts besides the aforementioned bob-with-bangs will be back for those who are willing to show off their features, rather than hiding behind a cascade of long hair. “For short haircuts, if the ladies are willing, [there will be] a real return to sturdy pageboy haircuts.

The pageboy calls attention to one’s eyes and jawline, as well as the curves of the neck. It’s a revealing ‘do but in all the right ways.

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Asymmetry

Asymmetrical styles with many vivid colors” are also going to make a play for dominance in 2018. An asymmetrical cut is long on one side, shorter on the other and when paired with a bright shade, it’s really one of the most beautiful things you can do with your strands.

But know this — an asymmetrical cut is one that requires commitment and maintenance, so go into it with that in mind and ready to invest the necessary time to keep it in tip-top shape.

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Tapered Afro

This particular trend has been “creeping in all year,” but is about to become more prominent for those of you who have loads of natural texture. 2018 “will definitely belong to the TWA/Tapered Afro for those with kinky, curly tresses, [which] allows you to enjoy all the volume and glory of curly hair without too much of the hassle… and it’s so versatile!”

A Tapered Afro will never be boring, since, you can go with “an undercut with graphic design, lots of length on top or a shorter finish, marked edges, or a natural finish!” The options are endless and experimental, since “they definitely add a touch of fun and personality to your everyday look.” Go for it!

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More color

Color in general will be big, no matter the cut or the shape. “To incorporate the color with haircuts, it can be from short texture haircut all the way to have a beautiful long hair with layers, creating a perfect sexy Victoria’s Secret model look.

This includes multi-tones in highlights, such as neutral blondes mixing light brown with golden blonde flourishes. Medium brown paired with pale blonde, as well as a red base with blonde highlights, also make for a stunning end result.

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Long Layers

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If you view your hair as a curtain and vehemently nix going short, you can get some additional texture, volume, and playfulness with long layers, like Amanda Seyfried, will love too. The long layers and face-framing angles will prevent hair from falling flat or looking dated. Think of quintessential Amanda Seyfried long hair!

“Women are going to be asking for longer layers for 2018. “The shortest layer starts at your chin. The layers will allow for great fullness and texture to long hair.”

 

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