Make skin glow this January



January is considered by many to be one of the most depressing months of the year. But even if you're having trouble mustering up the energy to go out partying or hit the gym, one thing you can make sure of is that your skin looks radiant.

There are countless products on the market claiming to be able to brighten your complexion, but getting a flawless and luminescent skin takes more than just one step.


It goes without saying that a thorough skincare regime it vital if you want a blemish-free and brilliant complexion. After cleansing, toning and moisturising, a primer is the perfect way of achieving an even base for your make-up. Many primers also boast brightening properties, meaning that your skin can look dewy and glowing from the get go.

Christian Dior's Glow Maximiser Light Boosting Primer might be a little on the pricey side but it promises to "amplify the skin's natural light to create a spectacular glow". Other options include Benefit's That Gal primer, which has a pink colour so perfectly warms up even the palest skin shades.

Cheaper alternatives include the L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer Pure Light, which can be used on its own or as a brightening pre-base moisturiser.

Under eye concealer

However much you make your complexion glow, dark under-eye circles can be a total giveaway. So make sure you invest in a decent concealer to ensure they're a thing of the past. Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser Eye Concealer Light is cheap but one of the best on the market, providing complete coverage without clogging up the delicate skin under the eye. Go for a concealer, followed by a light diffusing concealer, such as the celebrity favourite Yves Saint Laurent's Touche Eclat, or the more reasonably priced L'Oreal Lumi Magique Highlighter Pen.


If it's a dewy look you're going for, make sure you don't opt for a matte foundation, as that will ruin all your hard work priming and preening. A good option to achieve a radiant complexion is Rimmel's Wake Up Me Up liquid foundation if you're looking for something that won't break the bank, or if money is no issue, then why not try NARS' Sheer Glow Foundation - providing lightweight coverage with a formula that claims to clarify and brighten your skin tone.


Once you're happy with your base, make sure you add some blusher or bronzer for a touch of colour, then move on to a highlighter. These comes in various forms, such as stick, powder or liquid. Kim Kardashian is a huge fan of make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury, and with good reason - her Bar of Gold skin highlighting powder is sublime. For more of a choice in shades, Makeup Revolution offer a Highlighter palette which includes three different highlighting colours for a very reasonable price. If you prefer a liquid highlighter then why not go for Rimmel's Good to Glow highlighter. Try applying on the cheekbones, the bridge of the nose and underneath the eyebrow arch to complete your radiant look.

And that's it! In four easy steps, you can achieve a flawless look that will have your friends wondering just how you managed to get such a glow in dreary January.Read more at:


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Warwick student’s modelling breakthrough


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Alisa Bernardo couldn’t believe her eyes when she spotted an acceptance letter in her inbox from Top Model UK.

The 15-year-old knew it was a long shot when she applied for entry into the professional model search competition.

Two weeks ago she learnt she had not only made the cut for the British competition, but was also confirmed as a grand finalist in Top Model Worldwide 2016.

“I originally only applied to Top Model UK because it’s a smaller branch of the competition, but they were interested in my look and said I’d be eligible to represent Bermuda in the international competition as well,” Alisa said. “I was thrilled and honoured to have the opportunity.

“I was jumping up and down and running around my house after I found out. I was actually home alone when I first read the e-mail.

“I called my mom. I was so excited. She was ecstatic as well.”

Alisa will fly to the UK next week for the first stage of training and coaching.

In March, there’ll be another round of rehearsals to determine who makes it to the grand finale at the Hilton London Metropole on April 1 and 2.

The Warwick Academy student said she just hopes to learn as much as she can.

“I’m mostly looking forward to getting the experience and hearing advice from the professionals because I really think this is a time now where I can improve my walk and train so I’m at the highest international standard,” she said.

“I’ll hopefully gain a lot of exposure from this and maybe even find an agency to sign with.

“My ultimate dream would be to open designer shows in fashion weeks around the world — in Paris, Milan and London.

“A big dream of mine is also to become a Victoria’s Secret angel.”

Alissa got interested in modelling by watching the hit television show, America’s Next Top Model.

“I think I was also inspired by my sister, Leticia. She’s a product manager at Berghaus, a big outdoor company in the UK,” Alisa said.

“While she was in school studying fashion and design technology at the University of Manchester, I remember looking at her sketchbooks and always wanting to be on the runway modelling them.

“I think it’s something that runs in our family. My dad is really creative, but I think we probably really inherited it from our mom’s side. My grandmother, Eileen, loved fashion and wanted my mom to become a model, but my mom wasn’t as confident doing it.

“I think that’s one of the reasons she really pushed me to be confident and do whatever it is I want to do. Her support has pushed me and my sister to become the best we can be.”

Another huge inspiration was former international model and pageant trainer, Diane Whittaker Maughan.

The owner of Creme de la Creme International taught her basic modelling skills and how to be confident in her own skin.

“I used to be very shy, both inside and outside of school, and now I’m finding myself in more professional business situations where I’m presenting myself really well,” Alisa said. “On top of that my posture has improved from modelling and my overall appearance has come a long way over the past year.

“I actually started modelling seriously around this time last year and things took off soon after that.

“There was a designer from London named Rhona Sutton who came to Bermuda to do a fashion show at Coral Beach last May and I was in her show. That was my first runway show ever.”

It was an “eye-opening” experience.

“Just from the rush of being backstage and the quick changes I learnt a lot,” she said.

“It was really fun too. It made me even more confident about my direction to pursue modelling professionally because I found once I was on the runway everything came together. I felt fearless and really comfortable with my look and my walk.

“I was proud of myself and the fact I was doing something like that. For me it’s a big achievement. It feels like I’m living my dream.

“I never thought I’d get this far to where I’m expanding my modelling on an international level and it’s getting me a lot of exposure, more than I could have asked for.

“It’s just a really amazing opportunity and a huge privilege.”

Lusso will sponsor some of her clothes for the trip; family friends Jim and Debbie Butterfield will help with travel costs.Read more at:cheap evening dresses uk


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DELCO girls up for Tecnovation Challenge


Fourteen young girls from Delaware County’ middle schools were brainstorming for ways to better their community and the world by creating apps in a new technology mentoring program offered at Delaware County Technical School (DCTS). Delco Girls Code-Tecnovation Challenge is part of an international program.

Technovation began as a small pilot program in 2010 with just 45 girls. Over the past five years, it has transformed from an in-person program taught by Technovation staff to a global competition reaching thousands of girls.

Over 5400 girls from 28 countries have developed 1029 mobile phone apps and learned to launch startup companies through Technovation

“It’s a way to encourage girls to follow a non-traditional path. The girls are energetic. We want to get them to be able to speak in front of people. They will create a pitch video and there will be a pitching their ideas where they will describe their apps and why it is beneficial to their community,” said Coach David Euwings.

The Technology mentoring program for girls called Delco girls CODE workshop is part of the Technovation Challenge. Over 3000 girls in 28 countries will compete to create an app that will help address a need in their communities both locally and globally. Each team is paired with an adult mentor who acts as a role model and project manager.

Collingdale resident, Euwings, an IT professional is coaching the teams of sixth to ninth graders from seven school districts: Southeast Delco, Chester-Upland, Wallingford-Swarthmore, Upper Darby, Haverford, Ridley and Radnor.

“This program gives girls more information about technology. It engages girls to think about technology and problem solving in their community by inventing an app,” said Euwings

Latiaynna Tabb, Community Resource Developer for DCTS reached out to the community creating a network of women to encourage these young girls to excel in technology. The program is free.

“We have four teams each working on a different app. They have their own ideas on how to impact and solve problems. They are brainstorming about their community and then trying to find an app to address the problem,” said Tabb.Read more at:black prom dresses uk | red prom dresses uk


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David Bowie tribute from Nottingham designers OneBC


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The late, great David Bowie is an influence in a Nottingham designer's latest collection, set to be showcased in a charity catwalk show. Tracy Walker finds out more

There are a lot of similarities between David Bowie and the designers at OneBC.

Both are known for their individuality and not being afraid to stand out from the crowd.

So it is apt that Tony and Reeta Brack, of OneBC, in Gedling Street, near Sneinton Market, are basing some of their latest designs on the style of the pop icon, who died after a secret 18-month battle with cancer earlier this week, aged 69.

They are one of a number of designers featuring in Charity Catwalk, being organised by Nottingham Trent University decorative arts graduate Sarah Clifford, who did a work placement at OneBC around 18 months ago.

A striking silver men's suit, similar to the one pictured and a nod to Bowie's Starman days, will be featured in the showcase.

Tony says: "There are some strong Bowie influences in there – that's in the nature of the stuff we do anyway."

The charity show is in aid of Maggie's Cancer Centre, at City Hospital.

Tony, 59, who graduated from fashion design at NTU when it was a polytechnic, adds: "With what happened, because the show is in aid of a cancer charity, we thought we would do our own tribute.

"It's very sad, what's happened – I admired the way Bowie worked and stuck by what he did. He wasn't scared to change, but you always knew it was him.

"There were some things I like and some things I didn't, and that's the same with people and our clothes," says Tony, who saw Bowie perform in 1971 in Scarborough.

As well as the Starman-influenced pieces, there will be a big push on lace menswear.

Tony, who has lectured at NTU on and off since 1979, says the pieces hark at a new twist on tailoring, adding: "With the history of Nottingham with lace, this is quite quirky.

"We are doing lace so it isn't camp, or gay – we are toughening it up – men can wear it.

"There is an interesting mix of fabrics, with leathers, snakeskin and a bit of rubber, it's more hardcore stuff and eclectic.

"I would like to think it's the type of stuff Bowie would have liked or possibly even worn, it keeps it interesting and exciting."

Tony says he feels inspired that people like Bowie follow their hearts and stick to their beliefs.

"I would like to think we get that kind of thing across with our garments - I think all good designers should do that sort of thing.

"It's a good lesson to students – don't get too sucked in by the commercial side of things."

London streets might be more used to the off-the-wall style, but can Tony see the average Joe wandering around Nottingham in the silver suit?

"I think it's getting like that – London is always going to be slightly different as it's kind of out there and where it is.

"There are certainly pockets of that going on in Nottingham – it always surprises me.

"They may not do the whole suit, but could team the jacket or the trousers with something else."

OneBC was established 18 years ago and was originally based in the Lace Market.

It moved to the units near Sneinton Market 11 years ago and has been at its current site for two years.

The brand focuses on bespoke, made-to-measure pieces and the Rolling Stones, Kid Rock and Uncle Cracker have worn OneBC's clothes.

"We can be making anything from a commissioned leather suit to the most off-the-wall wedding dress, or bog-standard menswear suit," says Tony, who is dad to Lauren, who is studying fashion in London and Sam, a creative metal worker.

The grandfather-of-two, who lives in the city centre, says it is great to be involved with the charity show.

"It's flying the flag and saying there are independents that exist; there are things other than the high street."Read more at:occasion dresses


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Designer Michael Vollbracht to display


Michael Vollbracht's arranges a custom made neckless on an Oscar De La Renta from the 1970's part of his collection that will be on display for a charity event. - Michael Vollbracht, former head designer for Bill Blass, abandoned his collection of classic couture from 1910s Lanvin to 1960s Christian Dior in a back room of his Safety Harbor home for far too long. Most of the molded collection wasn't salvageable. The pieces that partially survived will be put on display at Lot 1901 E 2nd Avenue in Ybor City, for charity in support of the Hinks and Elaine Shimberg Breast Center at St. Joseph's Hospital. The fashion and art installation will be a map of Vollbracht's life and fashion history.

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In my hands was a masterwork, ravaged by humidity, but something so special I could never dream of creating anything like it.

It was a single piece of Kelly green fabric wrapped and folded to make a Palazzo pant jumpsuit trimmed in feathers. THERE WERE NO VISIBLE SEAMS. Do you know how hard that is? Do you?? Look at the pants you're wearing now and count the seams. I'll wait.

See. There's at least four, right? And depending on the fabric weight, they are probably pretty prominent.

This jumpsuit is the missing link. It's high art. It's also falling apart.

Michael Vollbracht, a fashion designer who has worked at Geoffrey Beene, had his own lines at Saks Fifth Avenue, and served as head designer at Bill Blass from 2003 to 2007, found this 1960s Roberto Capucci garment in a New York City thrift store -- along with dozens of other designer looks that could be considered fashion history -- and kept it locked away in his personal collection for decades.

Most of the looks rotted away in his Safety Harbor home, but the surviving pieces are being repurposed and wheeled out for the world to see at a charity show at Lot 1901, 1901 E 2nd Ave. in Ybor City, 6 p.m. Thursday night.

For $30, which will go toward supporting the Hinks and Elaine Shimberg Breast Center at the St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, you can see 20 carefully curated pieces from 1980s Valentino power suits to 1920s Charles Worth shifts. Sprinkled in will be some of Vollbracht's own work including dresses worn by Lady Gaga, Oprah and Beyonce'. Fans of his illustration work can also purchase his sketches with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the breast center.

There are quite a few must sees in the collection including a Balenciaga coat and a vintage, velvet James Galanos jumpsuit. Many are too damaged to be worn again. That's why the show is called Though Tattered and Torn. The clothes are special now, not just for the original wearer, but for every person that sees them. They're symbols of bygone eras and once-in-a-generation workmanship. It's not that they've lost their beauty in the Florida humidity, they've just come into their second phase of existence.

Now, please excuse me while I try to figure out how to make a Palazzo pant jumpsuit out of single piece of fabric to wear Thursday night.Read more at:formal dresses online


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Raceday glamour at Fashion in the Field


Eyes were momentarily drawn from hooves and manes to stilettos and fascinators as ladies and gentlemen of all ages stepped out in their Sunday best for the annual Fashion in the Field event at Richmond Park Racecourse.

The sun came out to play as women, men and children gathered on the field to have their outfits judged by a panel of fashion enthusiasts and about 3500 punters who turned out to the event on Sunday.

"They did look pretty glorious, the ladies put a lot of effort into their outfits and the blokes made an effort too which was great," said event organiser Chris Butler.

The Best Dressed Female finalists; Betty Ross of Nelson, Angela Miller of Nelson, Hannah Korner of Nelson, Ange Leonard of Nelson, Fleur Kay of Tasman, Joanna Perrett of Nelson and Sasha Harford of Nelson during the Richmond Mall

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While fashion was seen in many forms, be it hats, shoes or dresses, the leading lady was Angela Miller of Nelson in her dark hat and houndstooth patterned dress. She won both the best hat competition on Friday evening and best dressed female on Sunday.

The best dressed male also did not shy from a bold pattern - Bruce Gasson confidently rocked a multicoloured polka-dotted suit.

"It was quite funky and different - he had made a lot of effort to get dressed up," Butler said.

For the first time in the racing event's history, a childrens' section was also added. Sun dresses, smart shirts and hats were all the rage on stage as children and even small babies showed off their outfits.

"Everyone loved it. A couple of the parents had to go on stage to show their babies' clothes ... it was a really high standard," Butler said.

Best dressed girl went to 9-year-old Tiana Simpson whose winning pink sash went perfectly with her floaty white dress and cane basket and hat.

Butler said the standard of dress at the races had increased each year.

"Fashion in the Field is certainly an event they work towards, a lot of people make their own hats and dresses," he said.

Special guest judge Anita Punt of the Black Sticks was also a hit with guests at the races. Butler said many families flocked to get photos with the hockey star.Read more at:prom dresses 2016


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5 ways to curb your sweet tooth


5 ways to curb your sweet tooth


With a new year, comes the old trend of forming some new resolutions. While some believe in making new resolutions every year, some stick to the old ones while others prefer re-hashing the old and new bring out a new list.

However, there are many just like me who always winds up with one resolution which is always on their list - curbing your sweet tooth - Forever!

You are in the middle of an important meeting and suddenly you crave for that succulent piece of doughnut laced with chocolate syrup, or in the midst of a family function all you can think is the counter at the buffet that is graced with an array of various sweet delicacies, or while running on the treadmill you think of nothing but your next cheat day where you have decided to try out the new Patisserie in your vicinity? Giving into you sweet cravings can be fun at first but the moment you start losing your grip, all hell break lose on you. It's easy to give in your sweet cravings but to curb it takes a little extra effort and patience. But going one step at a time can surely help you to curb your sweettooth in a longer run.

Go the 'fruity' way

One of the best ways to curb your sweet cravings and still be healthy is grabbing a fruit whenever the sweet pang hits you. Not only the fibers in the fruits will give you the required nutrients, but the natural sweetener in fruits also satiates your sweet cravings. Always keep a fruit handy. Along with fruits also stock up nuts for healthier results.

Healthy substitutes

A healthy way of curbing sweets is cutting it off, in a healthy way. Opt for healthy and natural substitutes like dates, figs, strawberries and even bananas can be healthy options when you crave for sweets. However, go easy if you are substituting your cravings with bananas.

Go the cold turkey way

If you want to steer way from sweets then completely cut them off from your grocery list. Whenever you feel like having them, have a gum instead or a fruit or nuts or simply go for a change of place; for instance take a walk around the block or change the scenario.

Eat at regular intervals

Eating healthy at regular intervals say at every 2-3 hours will help you to keep the sweet cravings at bay. The more time you give between two meals the higher the chance that you may end up choosing sugary and fatty foods instead of healthy foods to cut your hunger. Also eating at regular intervals helps you to keep your blood sugar level stable and also keeps you away from irrational eating patterns.

A little bit makes no harm

There is no harm in giving in your cravings if you know when to stop. Take a small part of your favourite sweet delicacy on your cheat day, and eat it slowly, cherishing every single morsel of it. A small piece of chocolate or a candy can help you to curb your sweet cravings for a longer time if you know when to hit the stop button.Read more at:


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Yoga now global heritage: Modi


Yoga now global heritage: Modi

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Yoga is now global heritage with popularity growing across the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday.

"Yoga is now a global heritage. And, the world is embracing traditional Indian medicine with great enthusiasm," said Modi inaugurating the 21st edition of International Conference on Frontiers in Yoga Research and its Applications (INCOFYRA) here.

"And, it is this belief in the power of yoga and faith in humanity that I proposed this initiative (International Day of Yoga) in my inaugural address to the United Nations General Assembly in September 2014," he said, noting that more than a million people from 192 countries observed the day on June 21, 2015.

Being organised by Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhan Sansthan at Prashanti Kutiram, Jigani from January 3-7 here, INCOFYRA aims to integrate ayurveda, naturopathy, yoga, unani, siddha, homeopathy and modern medicine.

Focusing on non-communicable diseases like diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, psychiatric diseases and oncological problems, the international conference will bring prominent doctors and researchers on to one single platform.

In his address, Modi also hoped that they "will integrate yoga and traditional Indian medicine more closely into our healthcare system and make wellness a part of life for all in India and rest of the world".

He also praised Swami Vivekananda for his contribution to spreading Indian wisdom.

"He not only made a unique contribution to the spiritual revival of India, he also placed our timeless wisdom before the world," Modi said.Read more at:cheap evening dresses


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