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Harry Styles’ foray into the beauty world sparks huge demand

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The world of men’s beauty products has remained relatively untouched in the past, with many believing these self-care products are exclusive to women. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, as Grammy award-winning musician and style icon Harry Styles has launched his own non-binary line of products, the demand for men’s products has seen a global rise. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">His new brand, called Pleasing, was launched in November and features skin care items and nail polishes, which have become Styles’ signature in recent years. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Global fashion marketplace, </span><a href="https://www.lovethesales.com/press/articles/fashion-data-daily"><span style="font-weight: 400;">LoveTheSales</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, has been tracking demands and a range of sales data from over 10 million international shoppers. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since Pleasing was announced on Styles’ Instagram account, shopping searches for “men’s makeup” sky-rocketed a whopping 393 per cent compared to the week before.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CWeVKMVvrpI/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CWeVKMVvrpI/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Harry Styles Updates. (@harry_update1)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There was also a 72 per cent increase in fashion searches for “men’s nail varnish” and a truly giant 641 per cent increase in demand for “men’s lip serums”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Harry started his line with specifically non-gendered items, as the conversation around gender and fashion continues to be evolving and changing amongst younger generations. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s starting with nail polish because that was kind of the birth of what it was for,” he told </span><a href="https://www.dazeddigital.com/music/article/54765/1/harry-styles-pleasing-brand-cover-2021-interview"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dazed</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in an interview. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Me seeing a colour on a flower or a wallpaper or something and thinking, ‘Oh, I wanna put that on my nails.’”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/reel/CWTYc_4lWHf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/reel/CWTYc_4lWHf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Pleasing (@pleasing)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Harry Styles has long been known for embracing gender-neutral style, as he has pushed the envelope with his fashion in photoshoots, and donning a more progressive way of presenting himself. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With the help of his army of fans, Styles is helping to break down gender stereotypes in the world of beauty and fashion, as his new Pleasing brand is only the beginning. </span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: Getty Images / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Queen Elizabeth II’s outfits exhibited in royal residences

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">To commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, a trio of her most recognisable outfits will be exhibited in the royal residences. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Royal Collection will showcase the Queen’s outfits from her accession, coronation and jubilees at Windsor castle, Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Among the pieces will be the pink silk crepe and chiffon dress and coat worn by Her Majesty in June 1977 to mark her 25 year reign.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The iconic ensemble was designed by </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">royal couturier Sir Hardy Amies and a matching hat by milliner Simone Mirman. </span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7845734/queen-exhibit-silver.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/307f48ed25b24399bfff029341527f20" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: Getty Images</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Also among the collection will be the Queen’s Coronation Dress and Robe of Estate she wore for her coronation in 1953. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This gown took eight months of research, design, workmanship and intricate embroidery to complete in time for her Majesty’s coronation. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Caroline de Guitaut, curator of the displays, said the collection will showcase timestamps in the monarch’s reign, with royal fans being delighted with the insider look. </span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7845732/queen-exhibit-coronation.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f32dc6586af54278b4bc786e87e863c6" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: Getty Images</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Their historic significance resonates all the more greatly given their depiction of the longest reigning monarch in British history.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Visitors to the exhibitions will also see a rare collection of Her Majesty’s personal jewellery collection that adorned these historical outfits. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Among the priceless pieces on show will be the Queen's Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara - an heirloom wedding gift given to her by her grandmother, Queen Mary, when Princess Elizabeth married the Duke of Edinburgh in 1947.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Commonly known as Granny's Tiara, it is one of the Queen's favourite and most treasured pieces and she often wears the glittering headpiece, made of diamonds in a festoon and scroll design, to state banquets.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">These exhibits will celebrate the 95-year-old monarch’s 70 year rule, which will be celebrated on February 6th 2022. </span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Royal sisters' rare night out

<p>New mothers Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie have been spotted together on a rare night out. </p> <p>The royal sisters attended an intimate dinner hosted by Sofia Blunt to launch the Loci vegan sneakers in aid of Blue Marine Foundation on Wednesday night in London. </p> <p>Eugenie, who recently attended the COP26 Climate Conference in Glasgow, is an ambassador for the ocean protection organisation. </p> <p>Both women wore simple and sleek black outfits as they posed together for a rare candid photo.</p> <p>Other celebrities in attendance at the event included singer-songwriter James Blunt, supermodel Yasmin Le Bon, author Gabriela Peacock, and other distinguished supporters of the foundation.</p> <p><span>Princess Eugenie is no stranger to fun nights out on the town, as Meghan Markle revealed in her surprise interview with Ellen DeGeneres.</span></p> <p><span class="c-mrkdwn__br" data-stringify-type="paragraph-break"></span><span>The Duchess of Sussex revealed that she and Prince Harry snuck out to attend a Halloween party in secret while they were dating – and that they were joined by Princess Eugenie and her future husband Jack Brooksbank.</span></p> <p><span class="c-mrkdwn__br" data-stringify-type="paragraph-break"></span><span>While they were dating, Harry made a number of secret visits to see Meghan, who was working as an actress on Suits in Canada. </span></p> <p><span>“He came to see me in Toronto, and our friends and his cousin Eugenie and now her husband Jack, they came as well, and the four of us snuck out in Halloween costumes, just to have one fun night on the town before it was out in the world that we were a couple,” Meghan told DeGeneres.</span></p> <p><span class="c-mrkdwn__br" data-stringify-type="paragraph-break"></span><span>DeGeneres added: “So you went with Harry to a Halloween party and they had no idea it was the two of you?”</span></p> <p><span class="c-mrkdwn__br" data-stringify-type="paragraph-break"></span><span>“No,” Meghan said. “It was a post-apocalyptic theme, so we had all this bizarre costuming on, and we were able to just sort of have one final, fun night out.”</span></p> <p>Queen Elizabeth's two granddaughters both became mothers this year, as Princess Beatrice welcomed her daughter Sienna in September. </p> <p>Princess Eugenie gave birth to her first child in February: a son named August. </p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Bride reveals her biggest wedding mistake

<p><em>Image: Tiktok</em></p> <p>US woman Nicole Pellegrino, who married earlier this year said you should never show anyone your wedding dress before the big day.</p> <p>In a video shared to her TikTok account, Nicole advised to only show your dress to your nearest and dearest, The Sun reports.</p> <p>“Grab your mum and your mother-in-law…that’s ALL” She captioned the post that has been viewed almost 400,000 times.</p> <p>In the short clip, Nicole explained showing a photo of her dress to “anybody who asked” was her biggest wedding mistake.</p> <p>“Do not show anyone your wedding dress before your wedding day and here’s why,” she wrote.</p> <p>“I was showing mine to literally anybody who asked, I’m not kidding, whether it was a friend, a distant relative, a co-worker, I was dollin’ photos of that dress out like hot cakes, and I regret it.”</p> <p>She said that she could tell by people’s expression if they didn’t like her dress, even if they didn’t say it.</p> <p>“People are bad liars and no matter how hard they try, if they don’t like your dress when you show them that photo, it will show on their face. Their true feelings will show,” she said.</p> <p>“So even if you truly love your dress and feel great in it, those little opinions will subconsciously start to taint your perspective of your own dress.”</p> <p>She advised that you should only bring people you really trust with you shopping, and only let people in this small circle see your dress in advance of the wedding.</p> <p>“Instead, grab two to three people that you really trust, and you want their opinions on the dress, take them shopping with you, have them support you throughout the way – only show them,” she said.</p> <p>“That way, on the big day, it’s a big surprise for everybody, all your bridesmaids will see it for the first time, it’s really special, and you don’t have to deal with people’s opinions.”</p> <p>Since sharing her experience, tiktok users have been quick to thank Nicole.</p> <p>“This is REALLY good advice,” commented one person.</p> <p>“Yes 100 per cent agree with this. The dress I’m going to wear isn’t a basic dress; some people have given me really negative feedback on it,” another TikTok user said.</p> <p>“Yes! I can relate to this. I’ve had so many doubts about my dress over the past few weeks all because of one person’s comment and my reaction,” a third person commented.</p> <p>Despite the negative feedback, Nicole wore her chosen dress with confidence on her big day.</p> <p>In a separate video, the newlywed could be seen standing on a balcony overlooking a body of water wearing her strapless white gown with beaded detailing.</p> <p>“I’m never taking it off” she said.</p>

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"I was looking for my equal": Paris Hilton ties the knot

<p dir="ltr">40-year-old socialite and hotel heiress Paris Hilton tied the knot in an extravagant ceremony on November 11, with celebratory events lasting a further two days after the couple said ‘I do’.</p> <p dir="ltr">Hilton married 40-year-old entrepreneur and venture capitalist Carter Reum in a lavish ceremony on Thursday in Los Angeles’ prestigious Bel Air neighbourhood, at late grandfather Barron Hilton’s estate.</p> <p dir="ltr">The couple got engaged in February, when Reum proposed during a surprise birthday vacation on a private island, with a ring designed by Jean Dousset, great-grandson of Louis Cartier.</p> <p dir="ltr">For the ceremony, the bride wore a custom high-necked Oscar de la Renta gown. Hilton told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.vogue.com/slideshow/paris-hilton-wears-oscar-de-la-renta-to-marry-carter-reum-in-bel-air" target="_blank"><em>Vogue</em></a><em>,<span> </span></em>“We spent months designing my dress to perfection with the amazing Oscar de la Renta designers, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I love how it turned out. I wanted something that was timeless, elegant, chic, and iconic, and I am so happy. My stylist, Sammy K, helped me choose accessories to go with my look.” Hilton explained on Instagram that the gown was inspired by Princess Grace Kelly's timeless elegance.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CWO2mQDvb4G/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CWO2mQDvb4G/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Paris Hilton (@parishilton)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">As for the reception, Hilton changed dresses three times: off-the shoulder Ghalia Lav style with a corset top and sweetheart neckline, a long, crystal-covered style with cape designed by Pamella Roland and a short dress also by Oscar de la Renta.</p> <p dir="ltr">The reception featured a performance by Demi Lovato and a five-tier wedding cake created by Joanie and Leigh’s Cakes. Attendees included childhood best friend and<span> </span><em>Simple Life<span> </span></em>co-star Nicole Richie, and Hilton’s former stylist turned mogul, Kim Kardashian.</p> <p dir="ltr">The celebrations continued on Friday with a carnival at Santa Monica Pier, and on Saturday with a black tie ball.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CWPQ-NgpeZK/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CWPQ-NgpeZK/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Paris Hilton (@parishilton)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Reflecting on her ‘dream wedding’ and being a new bride on her<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://parishilton.com/my-first-reflections-on-my-dream-wedding-and-being-a-bride/" target="_blank">blog</a>, Hilton wrote, “I’ve lived a very unique life in the public eye over the last two decades and throughout the years, I was always searching for my partner. Not only someone to share my dreams with but a man to build a future together. I was looking for my equal. Someone who wasn’t fascinated with “Paris Hilton” but instead, someone who saw the real me and loved me for me.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Someone who is loving and kind. Someone to be a father to my future children. I’m so proud of my love story with Carter, and even more excited that it’s just beginning. My next chapter as a wife is going to be the best yet.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Yesterday was the big day: My Wedding. I finally got to kiss my Prince and begin the happily ever after I’ve been dreaming of since I was a little girl. It was a true fairytale wedding.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Hilton filmed a docuseries for Peacock while preparing for her nupitals, with the first episode of<span> </span><em>Paris in Love<span> </span></em>premiering over the weekend.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Paris Hilton/Instagram</em></p>

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"I’m going to own this" says 2021's sexiest man alive

<p><em>Image: Getty</em></p> <p>Hollywood star Paul Rudd has been crowned as 2021’s Sexiest Man Alive by People Magazine.</p> <p>Rudd, known for his starring roles in Marvel’s<span> </span><em>Ant Man</em><span> </span>films,<span> </span><em>This is 40</em><span> </span>and cult classic<span> </span><em>Clueless</em>, was revealed as this year’s winner on Tuesday night on CBS’<span> </span><em>The Late Show with Stephen Colbert</em>.</p> <p>Rudd naturally expects that many will be surprised by him receiving the honour, and he said as much to the<span> </span><em>New York Post</em>.</p> <p>“I do have an awareness, enough to know that when people hear that I’d be picked for this, they would say, ‘What?’” he said. “This is not false humility. There are so many people that should get this before me.”</p> <p>But of course, Rudd did not turn down the honour. In fact he jokingly hopes the new title will grant him an invitation to “those sexy dinners” with George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Michael B. Jordan — all recent winners.</p> <p>Other past honourees include John Legend, Dwayne Johnson, Chris Hemsworth, Idris Elba, Adam Levine, Channing Tatum and David Beckham.</p> <p>“I figure I’ll be on a lot more yachts,” Rudd said. “I’m excited to expand my yachting life. And I’ll probably try to get better at brooding in really soft light. I like to ponder. I think this is going to help me become more inward and mysterious. And I’m looking forward to that.</p> <p>“I’m going to lean into it hard. I’m going to own this,” he said. “I’m not going to try to be like ‘Oh, I’m so modest.’ I’m getting business cards made. But all of my friends will destroy me, and I expect them to, and that’s why they’re my friends.”</p>

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The 2022 Australian Firefighters Calendar is back and better than ever

<p dir="ltr">If you’re running out of Christmas gift ideas, never fear: the Australian Firefighters Calendar is here. And they don’t just sell calendars to raise money for charities - with over $3.2 million raised since the first calendar was printed in 1993 - they also sell<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.australianfirefighterscalendar.com/merchandise/pillowcase-dog-3" target="_blank">pillowcases</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.australianfirefighterscalendar.com/merchandise/daily-planner-2" target="_blank">planners</a>!</p> <p dir="ltr">Firefighters from the Urban, Rural, Aviation, Armed Forces and Corporate firefighting services have come together for yet another glorious series of calendars. After three weeks of photoshoots, the final products include a calendar with the firefighters on their own, as well as a ‘mixed animal’ calendar, specific animal calendars (cats, dogs, and horses), a summer calendar with numerous beach shots, and an animals only calendar. The summer edition, new for 2022, features the firies in swimming gear instead of their usual fire protection ‘fits.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/reel/CWC6OJKjND1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/reel/CWC6OJKjND1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Aus Firefighter Calendar (@australianfirefighterscalendar)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">In addition to the calendars, a daily planner is available for $10, and six different pillowcases featuring firefighters with and without animal companions are also for sale.</p> <p dir="ltr">As always, all proceeds will go to charity. Last year, charities supported included the Kids with Cancer Foundation, Rural Aid Australia, Pets of the Homeless, Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, Precious Paws Animal Rescue, RACQ, and Healing Hooves.</p> <p dir="ltr">In addition, the calendar is teaming up with US-based Greater Good Charities to support their Rescue Rebuild program. The Rescue Rebuild program is dedicated to renovating animal shelters, domestic violence shelters, and homeless shelters.</p> <p dir="ltr">Director of Partnerships at Greater Good Charities Lesley McCave said, "The Greater Good Charities are so excited to be partnering with the Australian Firefighters Calendar, we have been a huge supporter of their work through our social media channels for years now. This will be the start of a long-lasting partnership on charity projects across the US.”</p> <p dir="ltr">According to the Australian Firefighters Calendar team, the decision to begin supporting US charities was made, in part, as a thank you for the generosity shown by American animal lovers during Australia’s devastating bushfire season in 2019-20. Proceeds from calendar sales in the US helped support the Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital, which cared for numerous animals, particularly koalas, who were affected by the fires.<br />Australians and Kiwis can pick up a calendar<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.australianfirefighterscalendar.com/" target="_blank">here</a><span> </span>for $22, or buy all of them as a bundle for $175.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Australian Firefighters Calendar</em></p>

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13 inexpensive beauty tricks only stylists know

<p><strong>Get the look for less</strong></p> <p><span>Watching beauty tutorials can make it seem like the only route to a flawless face is dropping major bucks. But once you know the tips and tricks, you can recreate them with your favourite inexpensive products.</span></p> <p><strong>Naturally youthful skin</strong></p> <p><span>Sir John, the superstar makeup artist behind Beyonce’s most iconic looks, says the secret to making your face appear naturally glowy during the age of Zoom calls: it all starts with hydration. </span></p> <p><span>He’s a fan of hyaluronic acid because it holds a heavy amount of moisture compared to the size of the molecule. </span></p> <p><span>To achieve a youthful look, he suggests applying hyaluronic acid as the first step as well-hydrated skin equals a more radiant complexion.</span></p> <p><strong>No-mess eyeshadow application</strong></p> <p><span>Gucci Westman, who regularly works with A-listers and behind the scenes at fashion weeks around the world, explains why you need to use an eyeshadow without ‘fallout.’ </span></p> <p><span>If you apply eyeshadow as one of your last steps and the product you are using falls from your lids to your under eyes, you will suffer a sloppy look. “You have to go in and try to fix it,” Westman says. “Sometimes it makes a big hole [on your freshly applied makeup] depending on how much coverage you have,” she explains. </span></p> <p><span>You can avoid this conundrum by using cream-based products that don’t have that ‘fallout’ effect most powder eyeshadows give off.</span></p> <p><strong>'No makeup' makeup</strong></p> <p><span>Barely-there makeup has been all the rage for the last couple of years and is only getting more popular now that we’re all going out less. Artist Lisa Eldridge, makeup artist to Kate Moss, Cameron Diaz, Sienna Miller and more, confesses a simple truth when it comes to nailing this look in a tutorial with over 3 million views. </span></p> <p><span>“How you do it depends on your skin tone,” she says. Your skin tone should dictate the type of colours and formulas you use. To find the best blush colour, she suggests that you choose a natural cheek shade that mimics the colour you turn when you blush naturally.</span></p> <p><strong>Reduced redness</strong></p> <p><span>Celebrity makeup artist Daniel Martin, known for his signature red carpet looks, has a genius trick to calm down redness caused by acne breakouts. </span></p> <p><span>“I use cortisone to calm the redness from my acne,” the pro shared on Instagram when explaining a no-makeup look to his followers.<br /></span></p> <p><strong>Warmed up to shimmer</strong><span></span></p> <p><span>To achieve a natural glow, try highlighter, recommends Monika Blunder, a celebrity makeup artist with one of the most famous YouTube channels around. Her recent Instagram tutorial explained how you can expertly apply it: dispense a pea-sized dab of highlighter to the back of your hand. </span></p> <p><span>Then warm it up by rubbing it with your fingers in a circular motion for a few seconds. Dab on your cheekbones with your fingers for the most natural glow around.</span></p> <p><strong>Outdoor makeup</strong></p> <p><span>Outdoor makeup is tricky, as it’s prone to melt away with sweat and heat. Follow this summer-ready tip from makeup artist Tim Quinn so you can spend your time outdoors having fun without worrying about your face: Start your beauty routine with a primer chock-full of SPF. </span></p> <p><span>This step helps your makeup stay intact during outdoor activities like pool parties and baseball games and also prevents sunburn.</span></p> <p><strong>Bye-bye puffiness</strong></p> <p><span>Charlotte Tilbury confesses to personally suffering from puffiness. In order to combat late nights, the makeup pro massages her face to reduce inflammation. </span></p> <p><span>She demonstrates her technique in a beauty tutorial video: she starts by using four fingers to gently tap right below her eyelids, atop her cheekbones. She then moves on to her ‘angel wings,’ aka the apple of her cheeks and cheekbones stretching back towards the ears. </span></p> <p><span>She then follows the massaging movements to her forehead and chin. Try using a thick moisturiser to avoid friction between your fingers and face while massaging.</span></p> <p><strong>Signature red lip</strong></p> <p><span>Perfecting a signature red lip is no easy feat but Mylah Morales, Rihanna’s longtime go-to makeup artist, has a few tips that make it easy for you to master a beautiful red lip like RiRi’s at home. </span></p> <p><span>Her golden rule is to start out with a lip liner. She doesn’t cover the entire lip with the liner, rather she just uses it to create definition around the mouth. </span></p> <p><span>She also suggests staying away from drying matte lipstick formulas in favour or a moisturising one.</span></p> <p><strong>Perfectly blushed</strong></p> <p><span>Patrick Ta’s is celebrated for giving celebs a naturally flushed look at red carpet events. </span></p> <p><span>He shares how to recreate this at home with a few simple steps: first, he applies a powder blush to the apples of the cheeks with a brush, then follows with a cream blush applied with a beauty blender sponge. This two-step process helps ‘melt’ blush into the skin to make the colour appear as if it’s coming from within.</span></p> <p><strong>Eye brightening </strong></p> <p><span>Though you may not know his name, chances are you’ve seen Matthew VanLeeuwen’s work on his A-list clients including Salma Hayek. </span></p> <p><span>He has a very easy technique that can be used to naturally brighten your eyes: Swirl powder eye shadow with a brush, in a circular motion to the middle of your eyelid, which he says is a naturally bright spot. </span></p> <p><span>This creates a natural highlight to the area, rather than detracting from it and gives the appearance of naturally rested and more youthful eyes.</span></p> <p><strong>Hooded eye rescue</strong></p> <p><span>If makeup tips from Mary Greenwell were good enough for the late Princess Diana, they are good enough for us too. This makeup veteran has the no-fail tip for applying makeup to hooded eyes: she starts with an eye cream as a base then layers on CC cream to add another layer of moisture. </span></p> <p><span>She then uses an eyeshadow quad to create dimension; she starts by dusting on the lightest shade in the quad to the whole lid including as a highlight to the brow bone. </span></p> <p><span>She then uses a darker shade to draw an arch in the middle of the lid, creating instant depth.</span></p> <p><strong>Flawless foundation</strong></p> <p><span>Finding the right foundation shade is tricky, but absolutely necessary. Pat McGrath, one of the world’s leading makeup artists, shared her simple solution to finding the best shade: she tests the colour on the neck. </span></p> <p><span>Once she has the right hue, she blends the foundation upwards all the way to the hairline, including behind the ears.</span></p> <p><strong>Contouring trifecta</strong></p> <p><span>Queen of contour Kim Kardashian West has a secret for achieving the perfect makeup look. She has a three-step process she calls conceal, bake and brighten. </span></p> <p><span>In a recent tutorial, she admits that applying concealer to places like her laugh lines helps soften the area. Start by dabbing the concealer on to cover up problem areas. </span></p> <p><span>You then ‘bake’ the concealer with powder and follow it up with a brightening powder.</span></p> <p><em>Image credits: Shutterstock</em></p> <p><em>This article originally appeared on <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.readersdigest.co.nz/healthsmart/beauty/13-inexpensive-beauty-tricks-only-stylists-know?pages=1" target="_blank">Reader's Digest</a>.</em></p>

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Princess Anne responds to a child's hilarious comment

<p>While at a recent event, Princess Anne reacted perfectly to a hilarious comment from a young boy.</p> <p>Meeting with workers <span>at a Riding for the Disabled (RDA) event, a young boy named Ryder began chatting with the 71-year-old royal. </span></p> <p><span>Ryder asked, "Are you the Queen?"</span></p> <p><span>To which Princess Anne responded, "No, the Queen is my mother."</span></p> <p><span>Ryder then shocked the Princess Royal, saying "You're very beautiful...and very sexy!"</span></p> <p><span>The exchange was captured by the organisations social media accounts, as the photo they shared shows Ryder doubled over in </span>embarrassment, while a worker covers their mouth in surprise and Princess Anne is shown in a fit of laughter.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Are you the Queen?" asked Ryder, "No, the Queen is my mother" replied The Princess. "You're very beautiful...and very sexy!" said Ryder. <br />There's a beauty to working with children, they'll come out with anything! This was an exchange between <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HRH?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HRH</a> and one of our riders. <a href="https://t.co/0M9mSN0xhw">pic.twitter.com/0M9mSN0xhw</a></p> — RDAnational (@RDAnational) <a href="https://twitter.com/RDAnational/status/1456939417700954113?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 6, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>RDA captioned the images, <span>"There's a beauty to working with children, they'll come out with anything! This was an exchange between #HRH and one of our riders."</span></p> <p>Commenters were delighted with the young boy's sudden outburst, with one person saying, <span>"Aw, he's too cute. What a story he'll have to tell for the rest of his life."</span></p> <p><span>Another person commented, "What a wonderful exchange. Out of the mouths of babes....!"</span></p> <p><span>Princess Anne became a patron of the RDA in 1971 and then became president in 1985. </span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CV58BoTMd4n/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CV58BoTMd4n/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Royal Family (@theroyalfamily)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>The celebrate 50 years since taking on the role, Princess Anne launched the new Princess Royal Coaching Academy, "which will enable the RDA to improve learning opportunities for their coaches".</span></p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Woman’s eyebrow procedure leaves her “looking like Mr Bean”

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">UK mum Sarah Donnelly has proved that we go to extraordinary lengths for beauty.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sarah took to Tik Tok to share the results of a beauty treatment that she said left her “looking like Mr Bean”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She went to have her eyebrows laminated, which according to </span><a href="https://www.elle.com/uk/beauty/a29030088/eyebrow-lamination-review/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Elle magazine</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">“is like a </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">lash lift for your brows ... Every hair stands to attention, giving a result very similar to the full and feathery effect of microblading, but without any needling or pain.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">During the procedure, eyebrow hairs are “straightened” using a chemical solution that has results lasting for several weeks. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As Sarah showed off her new brows to her online followers, she said she “couldn’t stop laughing”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In hysterics in her car after her treatment, Sarah said, “I look ridiculous! What have I done to myself?”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I don’t know whether I want to laugh or cry.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The clip was captioned, “I was trying to keep up with the kids, so I got my brows laminated, and this happened.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Among the 1,600 comments on the video, one follower likened her thick black brows to Mr Bean, to which Sarah responded, “Hilarious! I actually really look like him, don’t I?”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Luckily, Sarah was able to find the humour in the situation, as she even referred to her new brows as “slugs” in one comment. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While many poked fun at the trendy procedure, one person questioned why the beauty professionals would use such a dark tint colour. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">They asked, “Why on Earth would they put black tint on a blonde-haired woman?” </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite many in the comments vowing to never risk the procedure themselves, a few people insisted Sarah’s new look would be worth it. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“In a couple of days these will look epic,” one person reassured her.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Lamination is the ultimate, trust the process!”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We can only pray that Sarah publishes an update for us all to enjoy.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: TikTok @sarahdonnelly5</span></em></p>

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Woman documents her daily struggles as the “most attractive person”

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a world inundated with media perceptions of beauty, plastic surgery and many people on the constant search for superficial validation, a lot of people are striving for beauty. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, as Ariana will tell you, being beautiful is a constant struggle. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 21-year-old American college student posted a video to her TikTok account, saying she often feels that other girls exclude her because they are so jealous of her looks. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In posting the video, a hesitant Ariana said she was worried about posting the confession in case she got “attacked”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While applying her makeup, she spoke candidly to the camera saying, “So there‘s a topic I really want to talk about, and I wanna talk about it often but I have a hard time doing it because I know I’m going to get attacked.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It goes along with pretty privilege. Obviously, pretty privilege is a thing, we know this, we know there‘s a lot of pros to that.”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CTXrmwzpNfb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CTXrmwzpNfb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by ari;) (@arianasavannahh)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She goes on to say that there are a lot of “downsides” to being good looking, and she wanted to share her “experience as a woman”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“As I said, this topic is very difficult to talk about, because if you know you know, and if you don‘t know, you’re probably going to attack me, my personality, which I am expecting,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This is why I don‘t talk about it often.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ariana explains that she was often excluded by women, and always wondered why. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“College was really the hardest point for me. Girls will always be like oh my gosh, I love you so much, you‘re so gorgeous, we’re gonna hang out,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The time comes around and I always am left out, and talked about poorly behind my back, and it never makes sense because I am always being so kind and genuine.”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CTDHfpbJ9NP/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CTDHfpbJ9NP/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by ari;) (@arianasavannahh)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ariana assures her viewers that it was not her personality turning people away from her, but rather her blindingly good looks. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I was super outgoing, especially around girls, and loved empowering women and just being a b**ch, you know we love being b**ches, in a good way,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“So I would come home from college on the weekends because I had nothing to do and I would cry to my mum.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Her mum backed her up as a teenager, saying all the girls were just jealous and that was why she found it hard to socialise with other women. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ending the video that has been viewed over 350,000 times she said, “If you know me, you know I don‘t carry myself that way, I was so confused and thought this probably is not true, my whole life that this is the reason I can’t make girlfriends.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The post has racked up thousands of comments from fellow beautiful people, saying they empathise with Ariana and her difficult situation, as they have all banded together online to create a pretty privileged group of people. </span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: Instagram @arianasavannahh</span></em></p>

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Olivia Newton-John receives Japan’s highest honour

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Olivia Newton-John </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-03/dame-olivia-newton-john-to-receive-japans-highest-honour/100589182" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">will receive</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Japan’s highest honour for her contributions to developing the country’s musical culture and relations between Japan and Australia.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Japanese government announced it would be conferring the Order of the Rising Sun on the Australian singer, who was the first foreign artist to perform in Fukushima following the nuclear disaster that forced the city to evacuate.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I first visited Japan in 1972 and since then I’ve been back more than 10 times, one of my favourite countries and favourite people. A particularly memorable moment was my ‘Pray for Fukushima’ concert in 2015 in Fukushima,” she said.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Congratulations, Olivia Newton-John DBE AC <a href="https://twitter.com/olivianj?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@olivianj</a>. My favorite singer was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, the Government of Japan announced today. <br />Here is a video message from her! <a href="https://t.co/lNAcLTuwOR">pic.twitter.com/lNAcLTuwOR</a></p> — Ambassador YAMAGAMI Shingo (@YamagamiShingo) <a href="https://twitter.com/YamagamiShingo/status/1455625764267773973?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 2, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I was deeply touched by the resilience of the people affected by the disaster and it was a heart-warming experience.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I so look forward to visiting Japan and seeing you all again soon, thank you so much.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 73-year-old has advocated for several causes, including promoting awareness of cancer, and post-disaster recovery efforts such as Fukushima and following Australia’s Black Summer bushfires.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Newton-John was previously made a dame in the Queen’s 2020 New Year’s honour list in 2019 in recognition of her services to charity, entertainment, and cancer research.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Queen Elizabeth’s top 5 most expensive brooches

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In all of Queen Elizabeth’s public outings, she is always seen looking stylish, powerful and glamorous in the best designer items. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She also often pairs one of her impressive brooches with her outfits, adding to the glitz and glam that comes with being the reigning monarch. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">All of her brooches have a special meaning behind them, and are valued at extraordinary prices. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The fine jewellery experts at </span><a href="https://www.stevenstone.co.uk/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Steven Stone</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> have taken a closer look at Queen Elizabeth’s brooch collection, and determined the likely value of each stunning piece. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We have put together the list of the top five most expensive accessories – from least to most – at prices that will make your eyes water.</span></p> <p><strong>Cullinan V brooch</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7845214/queen-cullinan-v-brooch.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d0970c3091ea4ee89f34adb65c081935" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cut from the Cullinan diamond, the heart-shaped brooch was made in 1911 and first belonged to Queen Mary. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Queen Mary wore the diamond for her 1937 coronation, and passed it on to her granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II, when she died in 1937. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In its 111-year history, the brooch has only ever been worn by the two women. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It is estimated to be valued at $4 million.</span></p> <p><strong>Queen Victoria's Fringe brooch</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7845215/queen-queen-victorias-fringe-brooch.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/dca934ce30bc460bbf633c4f92b27650" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This extravagant brooch began as a much more garish piece, but was cut down in the late 1800s when it was simply too large to wear. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Queen Mother wore the show-stopping piece for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953, and kept it until her own death in 2002. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It has a current estimated value of $4 million.</span></p> <p><strong>The Prince Albert brooch</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7845216/queen-the-prince-albert-brooch.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b6bcf844e33548f1ab3a85d69286478a" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This sapphire brooch is also known as Queen Victoria’s wedding brooch, as Prince Albert offered it as a gift to his bride-to-be on the eve of their wedding day in 1840.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The large sapphire is set with round diamonds, and was worn by Queen Victoria on her wedding gown the day after she received it. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Queens Mary, Elizabeth and the current Elizabeth II have worn the brooch often, usually for daytime occasions. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It is said to be worth $15 million. </span></p> <p><strong>Williamson diamond brooch</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7845217/queen-williamson-diamond-brooch.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/5a2e8ab2ad0544e6919737cd403b2824" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This flower-shaped diamond brooch features one of the rarest flawless pink diamonds in the world. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The diamond was discovered in the Williamson mine in Tanzania in 1947, and mine owner John Thoburn presented the uncut diamond to Queen Elizabeth that year as a wedding gift. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Queen often wears this brooch for state visits and diplomatic occasions. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It is rumoured to be worth approximately $47 million.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">And last but CERTAINLY not least . . .</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Cullinan III and IV brooch</strong><br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7845213/queen-cullinan-iii-and-iv-brooch.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c29350dab22349a18fe2d654aac5e837" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This brooch was originally crafted for Queen Mary in 1911, and was inherited by Queen Elizabrth in 1953. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It features one cushion shaped diamond stone, and another pear-shaped diamond stone drop, that collectively consist of over 150 carats of diamonds. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It is made of the third and fourth largest stones cut from the famous Cullinan diamond that was presented to King Edward VII in 1907. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Today the brooch is estimated to be worth $94 million. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">All image credits: Getty Images</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p>

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“Human race is doomed”: Model slammed over pose at her father’s funeral

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An Instagram model has been </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/instagram-model-slammed-for-disrespectful-pose-at-fathers-funeral-c-4336312" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">called out</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> online after posting a “disrespectful” image from her father’s funeral.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">US influencer Jayne Rivera sparked a heated discussion on Reddit after she posted a photo of herself posing beside her father’s casket.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Butterfly fly away,” she captioned the photo in what was meant to be a heartfelt tribute. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She went on to describe her dad as her “best friend” and said his life was “well lived”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, it was the image she shared alongside the tribute that prompted it to go viral.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the snap, the influencer is wearing a black strapless dress, casting her eyes downward, and posing with her leg bent in a “foot prop” pose that has become popular on social media.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a second image, Ms Rivera was captured in a close-up shot with her hands together and standing right in front of her dad’s open casket.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">this Instagram model’s father passed away,,,, and she did a photo shoot with the open casket…. <a href="https://t.co/u1EVNxaajz">pic.twitter.com/u1EVNxaajz</a></p> — Mac McCann (@MacMcCannTX) <a href="https://twitter.com/MacMcCannTX/status/1453030106528632836?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 26, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Initially, her followers urged her to take it down - but its emergence on Reddit sparked further outcry.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Holy crap, is this so incredibly disrespectful,” one commenter shared.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Hey my dad died, let’s get 5000 likes!” another fumed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I found her on Instagram and started following her, because one day I’ll have kids of my own, and I need to see where all these parents went wrong,” a third commented.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I can’t have my future kids grow up like this.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Rivera’s Instagram account has since been deleted.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7845135/funeral1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/21fbd12e84124d0a95ce8b2bd1cd6cf7" /></span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Reddit</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another commented on the changing attitudes towards funerals in general.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Last funeral I went to everybody just wanted it to be over so we could go to the bar and tell funny stories about the deceased,” they shared.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Human race is doomed there’s no way it will last till 3000, we need a hard reboot,” another wrote.</span></p>

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23-year-old gets married in grandmother’s wedding dress

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Allie Livingwater found her grandmother’s wedding dress in her basement in 2016, and instantly knew she wanted it to be her “something borrowed” for her own wedding. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 23-year-old tied the knot in Massachusetts in September, dressed in her 88-year-old grandmother’s white lace gown. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After being stored in a garbage bag since 1961, the dress needed a good spruce up, but required no alterations for Allie to fit into it. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The incredible gesture was a sentimental one for Allie, as she grew up with her grandmother Anne after the </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">family moved into her home when her husband passed away after 38 years of marriage.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CVYBn8Crlka/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CVYBn8Crlka/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Keptya David (@keptyaphotography)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“My grandma couldn't believe I decided to wear her dress”, said Allie. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She stored it in an old trash bag because she didn't think it was anything special. But to me it was.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She was tearing up when she saw me for the first time on my big day. It was an incredible moment that I will treasure forever.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She said, “The dress is obviously sentimental to me as she wore it to my marry my granddad. I had never met him but I know they had a successful, long and happy marriage. So it felt like the dress paved the way for my marriage.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As well as the obvious sentimental value, Allie chose to wear the dress in order to save money on buying a new one. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I fell in love with how the dress looked from the moment I had seen it. So it was a no-brainer for me to wear it,” Allie said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“But if I was going to buy my own, it would have been $2,000 so it's great to have saved some money whilst creating special memories.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: Instagram @keptyaphotography</span></em></p>

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“Somebody getting fired”: Angelina Jolie’s red carpet disaster

<p>Angelina Jolie, or more specifically her hair, has gone viral after an unfortunate disaster on the red carpet.</p> <p>The Hollywood actress walked the carpet <span>for the premiere of Marvel’s </span><em>The Eternals</em><span> at the Rome Film Festival on Sunday, and became the biggest talking point of the night. </span></p> <p><span>Despite wearing a show-stopping silver Atelier Versace gown, her dodgy hair extensions became the hot topic. </span></p> <p><span>Eagle-eyed fans were quick to point out the Angelina's hair extensions, which flowed all the way down her back, were uneven and didn't blend into her natural hair, </span>which stops just past her shoulders.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7845111/angelina-hair.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/cd71f29286b04a70b4322d92c6042dd0" /></p> <p><em>Image credit: Getty Images</em></p> <p><span>“How do you let Angelina Jolie walk a red carpet with her hair extensions looking like this,” one person wrote on Twitter.</span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“Somebody getting fired. Angelina Jolie’s hair stylist needs sacking asap,” a second person said.</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">Another outraged fan said, <span>“How did you mess up her hair when it was gloriously bouncy and sexy that morning before?”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I have been trying to cope with Angelina Jolie’s hair extensions for the past 24 hours</p> — Bernie Zilio (@berniezilio) <a href="https://twitter.com/berniezilio/status/1452848533636190209?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 26, 2021</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Whomever handled Angelina Jolie's extensions in Rome needs to be put on warning - STAT. The queen was wronged</p> — Chocolate is a vegetable (@alnaazenathoo) <a href="https://twitter.com/alnaazenathoo/status/1453031422642511873?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 26, 2021</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Who cares abt Angelina Jolie’s hair extensions she’s still hot either way</p> — Annie (@anniexakbar) <a href="https://twitter.com/anniexakbar/status/1452807067304136708?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 26, 2021</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Who ever did Angelina Jolie’s hair/extensions will have a special place in hell. 😇</p> — liezelle (@liezzellee) <a href="https://twitter.com/liezzellee/status/1452922258935074818?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 26, 2021</a></blockquote> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><span>Jolie's daughters Zahara and Shiloh joined her on the red carpet for her latest movie, in which she plays a member of the race of super-humans in the Marvel universe called The Eternals.</span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><span>The film will be released on November 5th, but is already creating an international buzz own social media. </span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Bride's touching gesture for blind husband on wedding day

<p dir="ltr">Kelly Ann Ferraro surprised her husband, Paralympian, musician, motivational speaker and blind man Anthony S Ferraro, by wearing a tactile wedding dress on their big day.</p> <p dir="ltr">"I've also said she's my eyes in this world, but for her to have a dress custom made so I could feel and touch it meant the world to me," Anthony Ferraro told USA TODAY. "I could feel her. I could feel she looked beautiful."</p> <p dir="ltr">Kelly Ann was continuing a tradition she started on the couple’s first date in 2018, when she wore a velvet dress so he could “feel how she looked”. Her wedding dress was embedded with woven cotton flowers and lace, and in a Tiktok video shared by Anthony, he sounded overjoyed that he was able to “feel how beautiful she was” on their wedding day.</p> <blockquote style="max-width: 605px; min-width: 325px;" class="tiktok-embed" data-video-id="7018660125703556357"><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/@asfvision" target="_blank" title="@asfvision">@asfvision</a> <p>🤍🎥I married my camera person @turmericteatime <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/blind" target="_blank" title="blind">#blind</a> <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/wedding" target="_blank" title="wedding">#wedding</a> <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/relationshipgoals" target="_blank" title="relationshipgoals">#relationshipgoals</a> <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/lucky" target="_blank" title="lucky">#lucky</a> <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/pov" target="_blank" title="pov">#pov</a></p> <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/music/A-Thousand-Years-224206288400887808" target="_blank" title="♬ A Thousand Years - Christina Perri">♬ A Thousand Years - Christina Perri</a></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">The couple’s first date took place at the New York premiere of Anthony’s documentary, ‘A Shot in the Dark’, which chronicles his journey as a blind wrestler and athlete. After meeting Anthony, Kelly Ann researched blindness, including blindness experienced by those who can perceive some light, like Anthony.</p> <p dir="ltr">She learned to place pillows and bubble wrap around sharp objects in their shared apartment, and after learning that he loved the feeling of velvet and soft fabrics, a tactile wedding dress seemed like an obvious choice. Kelly Ann collaborated with Loulette Bride to create a dress that featured woven cotton flowers, a velvet waistband, and soft, gentle fabris like chiffon and lace.</p> <p dir="ltr">Speaking to USA Today, Kelly Ann said, "The whole time at the aisle I was whispering to him 'touch my dress, touch my dress,' and it made me so happy to know he could feel and enjoy my dress as much as I did.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Kelly Ann and Anthony’s mother planned the whole wedding with Anthony’s comfort in mind. Prior to the ceremony, Kelly Ann wrote Anthony a letter in braille. They were married on a beachfront property in Maine, and the wedding was held during the day since Anthony can perceive shadows and light. The reception was held in a tent, and the poles were wrapped in bubble wrap disguised with decorations so Anthony could safely move around. "The thoughtfulness and work behind making our wedding accessible for me meant everything. She's truly my best friend and like I said, 'my eyes in the world,'" Anthony said.</p> <p dir="ltr">Describing Kelly Ann as his “partner in crime”, Anthony says in the viral video of their wedding day, “I can’t wait to spend so much more time together and create so many more beautiful memories on our adventures in life.”</p> <p dir="ltr">"Our story sheds a lot of light on just joy and unity, even for those with disabilities like me who didn't think love was possible," Anthony said. "The world needs more light and I hope our story shows some of that."</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Anthony S. Ferraro/Tiktok</em></p>

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17 daily habits of people who never get acne

<p><strong>Clean skin isn't easy</strong></p> <p><span>Some people never have to deal with the difficulties of a spotty complexion; others just take extra steps to manage their acne, something that is possible with diligence. </span></p> <p><span>Here are the secrets of the blemish-free.</span></p> <p><strong>They never skip a face-wash</strong></p> <p><span>Wondering how to prevent acne? You might start by considering your choice of skin cleanser and how often you use it, says assistant professor of dermatology, Dr Joshua Zeicher.  </span></p> <p><span>“While having acne does not mean that you are dirty, washing your face has been shown in studies to improve the appearance of acne,” he says. “Using a gentle skin cleanser that effectively removes dirt, oil and makeup from the skin can help maintain a healthy skin barrier.” </span></p> <p><span>The key is to actually wash your face. Every. Single. Night. Skipping your daily face wash regimen, he adds, may lead to breakouts as dirt, oil and makeup can block your pores.</span></p> <p><strong>They clean their smartphones</strong></p> <p><span>Don’t freak out, but your phone screen is way dirtier than you think. “Studies have shown that your mobile phone is dirtier than a public toilet,” Dr Zeichner says. </span></p> <p><span>“If you are not cleaning it regularly with an alcohol swab and it rubs against your face, you may be transferring that dirt to the skin, which combined with friction, may promote breakouts,” he says. </span></p> <p><span>Dermatologist Dr Ted Lain adds, “Plastering a phone to your cheek for minutes on end could lead to not only occlusion of the pores, but also infection and then acne.”</span></p> <p><strong>They never touch their face</strong></p> <p><span>Frequent face-touching can cause breakouts, Dr Zeichner says. </span></p> <p><span>“Leaning on your palm during the day can create friction against the skin, create inflammation and actually transfer dirt and oil that may get trapped in your pores,” he says. The solution? Don’t do it.</span></p> <p><strong>They change their pillowcases frequently</strong></p> <p><span>Even if you are steadfast in your nighttime face washing ritual, not changing your pillowcase on a regular basis can result in breakouts. </span></p> <p><span>When you don’t refresh your pillowcase at least once per week, dirt and oil build-up, and when you put your face into the pillow at night, these blemish-causing substances can clog your pores, explains dermatologist, Dr Betty Rajan. </span></p> <p><span>The type of pillowcase doesn’t matter much when it comes to the transfer of dirt and oil, but one of the ways that dermatologists wake up with younger-looking skin is by sleeping on soft, less abrasive pillowcases.</span></p> <p><strong>They eat like Greeks</strong></p> <p><span>Add better skin to the list of benefits associated with a traditional Mediterranean diet, says Dr Lain. This healthy way of eating is rich in vegetables, olive oil, whole grains, plus small amounts of lean animal protein and of course, some red wine. </span></p> <p><span>“It is clear that the typical [Western] diet, which is high in refined flours and saturated fats, bodes poorly for a good complexion.” </span></p> <p><span>This may be one of the reasons that reservatrol, the beneficial compound in red wine, is popping up in skin-care products.</span></p> <p><strong>They try to never pick, pop or squeeze</strong></p> <p><span>Picking or scratching at your acne leads to open wounds, prolonged healing, and sometimes scarring, Dr Lain says.  </span></p> <p><span>“In addition, we all have bacteria on our hands, therefore you transfer bacteria to your face and lead to more infection.”</span></p> <p><strong>They try to watch their weight</strong></p> <p><span>Being overweight or obese is a risk factor for a host of illnesses including heart disease and some forms of cancer, and there is a link between acne severity and obesity too. </span></p> <p><span>“To minimise acne risk, keep your body mass index in the ideal range by exercising, eating correctly, and minimising sugar intake,” Dr Lain says.</span></p> <p><strong>They mind their microbiome</strong></p> <p><span>The microbiome is the collection of normal bacteria, fungi and viruses that live on the skin and in our gut. A growing body of research suggests that a balanced microbiome is super important for skin health. </span></p> <p><span>“There is no one skin-care product or supplement that will absolutely protect or repair the microbiome,” Dr Lain says, but some studies have shown that people with acne tend to have an imbalance of good to bad gut bacteria and that certain probiotics (such as Lactobacillus paracasei) can improve barrier function and make skin less reactive.</span></p> <p><strong>They try to wash their hair regularly</strong></p> <p><span>All of the natural oils produced by our scalps to protect the hair can also clog pores on the face and lead to acne, Dr Lain says. </span></p> <p><span>“Washing hair helps remove the excess oil on the scalp and hair, which minimises the oil at the hairline and forehead.” But avoid heavy, oily hair-care products during styling, Dr Zeichner warns. </span></p> <p><span>Touching the skin on the forehead may block pores and lead to pimples.</span></p> <p><strong>They may avoid some types of milk</strong></p> <p>People who don’t drink cow’s milk may be less likely to get acne than those who do, says dermatologist, Dr Joel Schlessinger.</p> <p>A 2016 study of 225 teens aged 14 to 19 that was published in the <em>Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology</em> found that people who drank more low-fat or skim milk had more acne than people who did not drink as much. (The study included teens with moderate acne or no acne.)</p> <p>However, there was no link between acne and the consumption of dairy (in general) or full-fat milk. The authors note that the research on the topic has been mixed, and the study can’t determine if one factor caused the other.</p> <p>(It’s possible that skim milk is devoid of the good-for-your-skin fatty acids found in whole milk.) Some think it has to do with the high ratio of sugar found in skim milk. If you like it, you might consider trying almond milk.</p> <p>“Almond milk contains all of the great vitamins and calcium we need, but without any of the hormones,” Dr Schlesinger says.</p> <p><strong>They pass on the pasta</strong></p> <p><span>There may be less white bread, white pasta, white rice, potato chips, or other high glycaemic index (GI)-scoring carbs on the menu for the blemish-free. Instead, they may be more likely to eat foods that rank low on this index, such as multi-grain bread, peanuts, vegetables and beans. </span></p> <p><span>Emerging data suggest that high glycaemic index diets may be associated with acne, according to the latest guidelines from the American Academy of Dermatology. </span></p> <p><span>Exactly how a diet that is high on the GI index can cause or contribute to acne is not fully understood, but low GI foods keep blood sugar levels stable while high GI foods may cause a blood sugar spike that can lead to inflammation and oil production, which plays a role in acne. </span></p> <p><span>What’s more, eating lots of high GI foods can also increase hormones which in turn dial up the activity of oil glands in the skin, causing acne.</span></p> <p><span><strong>They was their hands after working out</strong><br /></span><span></span></p> <p><span>Sure, working out on a regular basis helps us stay fit and healthy, but if we don’t exercise caution with hand hygiene, we may break out – or worse, because gym equipment can be full of bacteria. </span></p> <p><span>“Working out in a gym is potentially very dirty and can cause something that looks just like acne, but is actually a staph infection,” says Dr Schlessinger. </span></p> <p><span>“The best thing to do is to avoid touching your face while playing sports or working out. If you must, bring a towel or use the back of your hand or sleeve.”</span></p> <p><strong>They try not to share makeup</strong></p> <p><span>No matter how jealous you are of your BFF’s new bronzer or a colleague’s mascara, don’t borrow it.</span></p> <p><span> “Sharing makeup is sharing bacteria with a friend,” says Dr Schlessinger. Whatever you do, don’t try on makeup in a store unless you test it on your arm or the back of your hand.</span></p> <p><strong>They don't smoke</strong></p> <p><span>In case you needed one more reason to kick the habit, smoking may also cause acne, according to research out of the San Gallicano Dermatological Institute in Rome, Italy. </span></p> <p><span>Smokers may be more likely to develop non-inflammatory acne.</span></p> <p><strong>They don't stop fighting the fight</strong></p> <p>It can be oh-so-tempting to skip the skin-clearing products in our skin-care regimen, but this is a mistake, says clinical assistant professor of plastic surgery, Dr Mark H. Schwartz.</p> <p>“It is natural to want to stop using acne-fighting products when your skin is clear, but acne is chronic and requires long-term care to keep it under control – even when you are travelling.”  </p> <p>Make sure you take your acne medications as directed for as long as directed.</p> <p><strong>They stay out of the sun</strong></p> <p><span>Just how bad is tanning? Do you really need to ask? Skin cancer risk aside, it may also worsen acne. Despite a popular misconception, tanning doesn’t make acne better, warns Dr Lain. </span></p> <p><span>UV rays actually dry out and damage your skin. Certain acne medications also increase sun sensitivity, making a burn more likely. </span></p> <p><span>Always wear broad spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 30 or higher and reapply it frequently.</span></p> <p><strong>They protect their skin from pollution</strong></p> <p><span>Some research suggests that smog, chemicals and toxins in the air can clog your pores and cause acne, points out Dr Schlessinger. </span></p> <p><span>If you are a city dweller, there’s not much you can do to avoid pollution, but sunscreen will create a barrier between your skin and the toxins, and antioxidant serums can help fight damaging free radicals in air pollution.</span></p> <p><em>Image credit: Shutterstock</em></p> <p><em>This article originally appeared on <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.readersdigest.co.nz/healthsmart/beauty/17-daily-habits-of-people-who-never-get-acne?pages=1" target="_blank">Reader's Digest</a>.</em></p>

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Caring for and styling post-pandemic hair

<p><strong>Easing our hair out of the pandemic</strong></p> <p>In the absence of hairdressers, some of us shaved it off in despair, while others embraced the inevitability of visible greys and creeping lengths, doing away with our straighteners and dyes and balayage.</p> <p>While the very nature of preening and styling our hair can be an immensely important part of feeling ‘ready’ for the day, there is also something quite freeing about a stripped-back beauty approach.</p> <p>During lockdown, searches for the ‘Curly Girl Method’ soared as people tried to recover their GHD-damaged locks, while many of us embraced working from home as a great opportunity to train our hair into less frequent washes.</p> <p>Society frequently conditions older women in particular, to feel as if their hair should be kept short and in a certain style, but as the country begins to slowly prepare for re-opening, many of us will find that we’re actually quite happy to keep up with our new haircare-normal. </p> <p>If you’re looking to ease yourself out of the pandemic without abandoning your low-key ways, here are our top haircare tips.</p> <p><strong>Embrace the greys</strong></p> <p><span>Grey hair will come for us all, and the process of fighting it can often be pretty laborious and expensive.</span></p> <p><span> The part that puts many of us off is the transitional process; ease yourself into it by asking for a ‘colour correction’ at the hairdressers instead of a dye, introducing subtle highlights so that the grey has something to blend into. </span></p> <p><span>Keep any brassiness at bay with a colour-correcting shampoo, and invest in thickeners; grey hair can naturally be thinner or sparser in terms of growth, so an extra boost of keratin or biotin via supplements (as approved by your doctor) might help to improve the overall look and feel of the hair.</span></p> <p><strong>Love your length</strong><span></span></p> <p>Many of us refer to long or ‘grown-out’ hair as if it is a bad thing, but it can be fun to have more to play with when it comes to styling. If your hair has grown long during the pandemic, consider strengthening it rather than cutting it.</p> <p>Even if just for the summer, a longer hairstyle can be great for shielding your neck from sun damage, braided or elegantly clipped up for more formal occasions.</p> <p>It doesn’t have to be as high-maintenance as you think either; just invest in a good natural-fibre brush, and tie loosely with silk hairbands at night to avoid tangles or elastic damage.</p> <p><strong>Growing back a bad trim</strong></p> <p>Got a little too enthusiastic with the scissors on a boring lockdown evening? An awkward fringe or haphazard layers might be causing some embarrassment now it’s time to get back out in the world, but good accessories can work workers.</p> <p>Over-sized clips or bandana scarfs are highly on-trend for this season; use them to sweep hair to one side or hide shorter lengths under longer parts in a braid or twist. </p> <p>The key to quick regrowth is good moisture; deep-conditioning masks should be used every other week for damaged or processed hair (every other week for natural), and styling products should be ones with a thick textural weight, such as a clay or gel, to keep wayward hairs in place.</p> <p><strong>Rediscovering your curls</strong></p> <p>Join the masses of those who are embracing their natural hair texture with the curly girl method. Exact instructions and effects will differ depending on your hair type, but the general aim is to encourage your hair to grow healthier, fuller and with more definition, doing away with the damage of excessive heat-based styling.</p> <p>Start with a ‘resetting’ sulphate-heavy shampoo to remove any silicone build-up from your hair, and then condition until your locks feel fully saturated, detangling with fingers or a wide-toothed comb.</p> <p>While hair is still wet, you can then apply styling gel and ‘scrunch’ hair into shape, allowing it to air dry. This process can then be repeated whenever you wash your hair, swapping the original ‘stripping’ shampoo for a more natural sulphate-free alternative.</p> <p>Teasing out your curls can take time and patience, but if you’re looking to get the look without all the effort, a good-quality salt spray (used judiciously) might help to create or define waves, particularly for those whose hair is on the straighter end of the spectrum.</p> <p>Identifying your hair pattern through a hairdresser or online tutorials might also help to streamline the process, allowing you to tailor your product purchases before you dive into a committed routine.</p> <p><strong>Soak up the sun safely</strong></p> <p>With nice weather finally upon us, it’s incredibly tempting to make up for all that indoors time by rushing out to soak up the rays.</p> <p>As well as sunscreen, it’s important to remember that your hair and scalp needs protection too. Prevention is always the best cure, so stock up on hair SPF’s in either mist or leave-in conditioner form, remembering to apply regularly.</p> <p>For those with blonde or dyed hair, chlorine can also be something of a summer nemesis.</p> <p>When in doubt, go all-out on an actual swim cap; you’d be surprised just how many high-end fashion retailers have adopted the retro look.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Shutterstock</em></p> <p><em>This article originally appeared in <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.readersdigest.co.nz/healthsmart/beauty/caring-for-and-styling-post-pandemic-hair" target="_blank">Reader's Digest</a>.</em></p>

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Queen Elizabeth declines Oldie of the Year Award

<p>Over her 95 years, the Queen has received many prestigious accolades. </p> <p>But she is refusing to accept the Oldie of the Year award, saying she doesn't think she meets the criteria. </p> <p>Her Majesty has "politely but firmly" turned down the award, which is given each year to <span>celebrate the achievements of members of the older generations who have made a special contribution to public life.</span><span></span></p> <p><span>She sent the organisers of the awards her "warmest best wishes", along with saying "you are as old as you feel".</span></p> <p><span>Author and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth, who is chairman of the awards, wrote to the Queen's office inquiring if she would accept the award, with her platinum jubilee to be celebrated next year. </span></p> <p><span>However, in a letter published in the November issue of the Oldie magazine, the Queen's assistant private secretary Tom Laing-Baker wrote, "Her Majesty believes you are as old as you feel, as such the Queen does not believe she meets the relevant criteria to be able to accept, and hopes you will find a more worthy recipient.”</span></p> <p><span>In the end, the main Oldie of the Year award went to the French-American actor and dancer Leslie Caron, who at 90 is five years younger than the Queen. </span></p> <p><span>The former England footballer Sir Geoff Hurst, 79, won the Oldie Golden Boot of the Year, while the celebrity cook and TV presenter Delia Smith, 80, was presented with the Truly Scrumptious Oldie award.</span></p> <p><span>Gyles Brandreth was delighted to receive the letter from Balmoral Castle, writing, “Perhaps in the future we will sound out Her Majesty once more.”</span></p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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