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If you’re a DIY fanatic, you may already know that baking soda and salt have a tonne of skin care uses, but what about an ingredient that’s a little sweeter? Sugar is actually pretty useful, from your face down to your toes.

1. Smooth your lips

Put a little water on your finger, then dip it in granulated sugar and gently apply it in a circular motion to lips to exfoliate them. This is the perfect DIY trick to do in a pinch when your lips are dry or flaky.

2. Soften your skin while you exfoliate

Mix a cup of brown sugar with a few bananas to create a moisturizing body scrub that smells sweet and leaves your skin looking lovely.

3. Give your body a pretty glow

Need to prep for sunless tanning? Mix sugar with oil to create a body scrub that works great on your back, legs, and shoulders, allowing you to get the perfect glow.

4. Make your feet feel less rough

Mix sugar and peppermint oil, then scrub the mixture onto the bottom of your feet while in the shower for an at-home pedicure scrub that sloughs off dead cells and dryness. The peppermint oil has a cooling effect on your skin, making it perfect for those hot summer months.

5. Clean grimy hands

If you’ve been busy doing other DIY projects and find it’s hard to get tough substances like grease and dirt off your hands at the end of the day, add sugar to soap. It acts as a mild abrasive, allowing you to remove any thick gunk without using harsh chemicals.

6. Get a smoother shave on your legs

Exfoliate dead skin cells by applying slightly wet granulated brown sugar beforehand in a circular motion, then rinsing. This helps the razor get a closer cut. Bonus: You can tell your favorite guy with a beard to do the same.

7. Keep your hands looking young

Want gorgeous hands that look youthful and fresh? Mix a cup of brown sugar with 1/3 of a cup of olive oil plus a vitamin E capsule to give yourself an at-home manicure scrub. Rinse, let your hands dry, and you’re ready to apply some fantastic nail art.

BEIJING: Taking supplements that contain antioxidants at an early age could result in premature death, according to a new discovery by a team of mainland scientists.

“More and more ‘white collar workers’ in their 20s are taking pills containing antioxidants such as Vitamin C and tea polyphenols. They must stop,” said Professor Chen Chang, lead scientist of the research team at the Institute of Biophysics, part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing.

Her study, published in the journal Redox Biology, has found that antioxidant pills can upset the body’s stress-response mechanism and accelerate ageing in young people.

According to a belief popular since the 1950s, oxidants – chemical agents capable of removing one or more electrons from other atoms in a process known as oxidisation – can damage animal cells in a process similar to the rusting of metal.
Antioxidants are vitamins, minerals and other chemicals that can neutralise oxidants.

They have been hailed by makers of health supplements for such benefits as slowing down the ageing process, curing diseases or preventing cancer.

But in recent years, a growing number of studies have cast doubt on these claims. Some animal experiments failed to confirm the benefits of antioxidants, while others found a slight increase in oxidants can prolong the lifespan of certain species, such as mice.

Chen’s team took the investigation further, comparing the stress response in worms and human cells at various ages. The cell’s ability to battle oxidants decreased as it grew older, according to their experiments.

The researchers called the mechanism for fighting oxidants the redox-stress-response capacity (RRC). Ageing was caused by RRC degradation, not the presence of oxidants, Chen said.

Young organisms can deal with the stress of oxidants effectively, Chen said. In fact, the RRC mechanism needed oxidants to stay active and functional, in the same way that the presence of wolves keeps deer alert.

Antioxidant supplements could “spoil” the RRC mechanism and cause a young user to age “unnaturally fast”, she said.

Even older people should treat antioxidants with caution. The correct strategy to slow ageing was to strengthen the RRC capability, not take pills, Chen said.

The status of the RRC mechanism can also be measured and provide an index for an animal or human being’s “actual” age.

The ageing process in two people of the same age can vary significantly, but so far scientists do not have a reliable method to quantify the phenomenon.
Chen said her team was developing an algorithm to estimate ageing with the RRC index. It was also studying possible strategies to prolong RRC effectiveness, with the aim of increasing the lifespan.

Professor Sang Jianli, a cell biologist at the college of life sciences at Beijing Normal University, said Chen’s findings “make perfect sense”.

Such artificial intervention could upset the inner workings of the human body, leading to negative effects, Sang said. But he said the RRC mechanism might not fully explain ageing.

“Ageing involves many other mechanisms, such as genes,” he said. “Many scientific problems remain to be solved before we can estimate precisely how long an individual can naturally live.” – South China Morning Post/Asia News Network


Trends may come and go with the seasons, but there are some timeless beauty looks that stand the test of time. Jackie O, renowned for her style, encompassed several of them. Over twenty years since her death, there is still plenty of inspiration to be drawn from the former First Lady’s groomed appearance. On the eve of the release of the film Jackie, where Natalie Portman plays her following J.F. Kennedy’s assassination, we explore the lessons can all still take from the former First Lady.

Make sure your hair is always groomed

Perhaps one of the most memorable features of Jackie O’s appearance was her signature bouffant. The man behind her style was celebrity hairstylist Kenneth Battelle, who also tended to the tresses of Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe and Katharine Hepburn, and created the look using plenty of rollers and hairspray. As one of the most photographed women in the world, Jackie O’s coiffed style was copied across the world.

Accessorise with lipstick

It’s rare that you will see a photo of Jackie O without lipstick. From a striking red and bright coral to pretty pinks and softer nudes, the former First Lady always finished her look with a sweeping of lipstick.

Look after your skin

Like many celebrities of that time, including Audrey Hepburn and Greta Garbo, Jackie O sought out the expertise of Erno Laszlo. The New York based dermatologist highly recommended double cleansing and used to create bespoke skincare regimes for every one of his clients. “I owe 50 percent of my beauty to my mother and the other 50 percent to Erno Laszlo,” Hepburn once famously said. Strong evidence for finding your own beloved dermatologist.

Find your signature scent

After Jackie’s second husband Aristote Onasiss gave her a bottle of Lovely Patchouli 55 as an engagement gift, she adopted it as her own; wearing nothing else until she died. Unsurprisingly, when word got out that Albert Krigler’s fragrance was her chosen one it became a global bestseller.

The perfume is an interesting blend of patchouli flowers balanced with rich amber. Made with only the finest ingredients, each batch takes two and a half years to make. “This scent has a strong personality and an unforgettable touch,” says the brand’s fifth generation owner Ben Krigler of why he thought Jackie O was attracted to this particular fragrance.

If all else fails, employ oversized sunglasses

While it’s likely she used oversized sunglasses in an attempt to go incognito, they also have the benefit of disguising tired eyes and protecting the delicate area from sun damage. And – bonus – look chic year-round, too.-The Telegraph/Victoria Hall


It’s rare that a week goes by without a fragrance brand announcing a new celebrity face. However, Guerlain’s announcement that Angelina Jolie is its new ‘icon’ has created huge amounts of excitement.

Rather than simply fronting a new scent, Jolie has acted as a muse and source of inspiration for the luxury French fragrance house’s master perfumer Thierry Wasser.

Very little has been revealed about the scent, however Wasser hinted that we can expect ‘notes of a woman’ and that the choices, emotions and dreams that embody modern femininity inspired him.

“We create perfume for the women we admire,” added Jacques Guerlain, creator of the house’s iconic scents, including Shalimar, L’Heure Bleue and Mitsouko. And, if this fragrance is anything like those classics, we can expect great things.

While the fragrance doesn’t launch in March, the project has been in the works since December 2015 when Jolie was directing her film “First They Killed My Father in Cambodia”. It is also known that the actress has a special interest in the brand as she remembers her mother using one of Guerlain’s powders as a child.

For some, Guerlain’s decision to partner with Jolie might seem surprising. However, the comparisons between Natalia Vodianova, who has been Guerlain’s face and muse for years, and Jolie are striking. Like Jolie, the Russian model continues to enjoy and juggle a successful career with her role as a mother and has strong ties with charities.

It’s been revealed that Jolie has donated her salary from this project to a charity.

Although it’s not known which specific one it is, she is the special envoy of the UN Refugee Agency and co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative.

This isn’t the first time Jolie has joined forces with a beauty brand, she was the face of Shiseido back in 2007. It is the first time she has worked so closely with one though. And no doubt, with Wasser’s expert blending skills and Jolie as his muse, this is one scent that we’ll all want to try.


As any makeup sponge devotee knows, switching from traditional brushes to a more flexible applicator can completely change your glam game. Ever since the BeautyBlender arrived on the scene, legions of beauty lovers have come to rely on the domed pink sponge to bring out the best in every kind of base product.

Now, it appears that another sponge has arrived to change your daily routine, and it’s like nothing we’ve ever seen before. Meet the Molly Cosmetics Silisponge: an oblong, squished tool that has the Internet losing its mind.

At first glance, the Silisponge doesn’t really look like something that belongs in your kit. It reminds us a little bit of a bra insert, or perhaps a deflated raindrop cake. But, as the makers have explained, it’s designed to blend in product while minimizing waste (due to the material’s lack of absorption). Additionally, since it’s completely transparent, it allows you to see exactly what you’re doing through the sponge.

Here’s why it’s being referred to as the new BeautyBlender:

(1) This see-through, patty-like tool has a non-porous silicone surface (made out of silicone and encapsulated in a super-flexible material called thermoplastic polyurethane) that won’t soak in your foundation, highlighter, or cream blush.

(2) Because of its smooth texture, you don’t have to use as much product, and it’s easy to clean because all you do is rinse it off with soap and water, and you’re done! You don’t have to wait for it to dry, nor do you have to wait until the water runs clear, like you do when you’re cleaning makeup brushes — you literally just wash and go.

3) It lasts longer than a makeup sponge; just replace it when it starts to look weathered.

If you’re tired of losing half your bottle of foundation to your makeup sponge, you just might need this clear silicone applicator like the SiliSponge. This $9 (RM39.93) tool — discovered by Reddit users and created by indie beauty brand Molly Cosmetics — hails from Hong Kong and is here to save your makeup day.

Sure, it resembles a silicone implant or chicken cutlet, but man, does it get the makeup job done.-MYNEWSHUB.CC


In a practical sense, dunking your makeup-covered face in a bowl of water might not seem like the best idea. According to a new Korean beauty trend, however, the opposite may actually be true.

Shared by Vogue, the trend, called jamsu, roughly translates to “diving” or “submerging,” and involves coating your face with baby powder before dunking your visage in water.

The trend developed last summer, when sweltering temperatures and humidity sent Koreans scrambling for a melt-proof beauty solution.

Introduced by a Japanese beauty blogger, jamsu has seen varying degrees of success, with some YouTubers claiming they love the trend, while others saying it didn’t work for them.

Similar to the theory that putting your freshly painted nails in cold water will help dry and set the polish, the trend also bears a resemblance to the popular beauty technique of baking, which involves setting areas of your face with a loose powder to help your makeup stay in place longer.

The Today Show’s Emily Slawek recently tested the trend to see if it actually worked, and her results were pretty promising. She began by applying her foundation and concealer before coating her face in a generous dusting of baby powder before submerging her face in a bowl of cold water for 15-30 seconds (the drier your skin, the less amount of time you should spend under the water). Slawek then applied the rest of her makeup and went about her day, revealing at the end of the clip that her makeup lasted through 10 hours, a quesadilla and a three-mile run.

No one likes to apply their lipstick only to have it wear off in a couple of hours. We spend so much time applying our makeup the last thing we want to do is reapply lipstick every few hours. And, with holiday parties right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to rock those red lips.

So getting the most wear from your favourite shade of lipstick is a must. Apart from trying lipsticks that promise to have more staying power, or drying lip stains, there are alternative ways of extending the time your lipstick last. Below are some quick tips and tricks to get the most from your lipsticks all year round.

Below are some quick tips and tricks to get the most from your lipsticks all year round.

Exfoliate – This is the most important thing you can do for your lips as this removes all the dead skin from your lips leaving new skin cells to grow in their place. This will help keeps your lips soft and subtle. This can easily be done by combining equal parts of sugar and honey and using a toothbrush to gently scrub your lips. Do this once or twice a week to keep your lips soft and kissable.

Lip Balm – Before beginning to apply your makeup put on a thin coat of lip balm of your choice. This will get your lips moisturized and keep them from looking dry and cracked. When you are ready to apply your lip products make sure to gently wipe off any excess lip balm. (It’s also a good idea to apply a coat of moisturizing lip balm to your lips before bed each night to help keep your lips smooth and hydrated)

Lipliner – Begin by using your favorite lip liner on the cupid’s bow of the upper lip and trace the outer part of your lips. Once the lips are lined you are going to use the same liner pencil to fill them in. This is extremely important as this will lay the foundation for the lipstick you apply on top. Simply turn the liner on to its side and colour in the rest of the lip.

Lipstick – Now it’s time to apply your lipstick. One of the things that will help your lipstick look it’s best is to use a lip brush to put on the lipstick instead of applying it directly from the tube. As we age we get small crevasses in our lips, when you use the lipstick from the tube the color lays on the top surface of the lips only. Using a brush allows the color to really get into the lip and helps it stay longer. Dip the lip brush into the lipstick and pack the colour onto the lips to get a sort of stained effect. Now take a tissue and blot your lips a couple of times to really press the colour into your lips. Now go back in with your lipstick and apply a second coat of colour.

Concealer – To help clean up around the lips and give them a clean edge, wipe off your lip brush really well to remove the lipstick and use a concealer to clean up the edges.

Having amazing lips with colour that will last is easy. Regardless of whether you are wearing the perfect red holiday lip, or just want to get the most wear from your lipstick, these simple steps will make sure your lips stay looking their best all night.

While the latest it beauty regimens will leave you lasered, covered in honey, and literally freezing in a negative 264-degree chamber, the next big thing in beauty is decidedly much more low-key—as in cleansing your face with nothing but water-type low-key.

These days, skincare is stripping down to the basics with micellar water—a non-rinse, soap-free cleanser that originated in France before gaining momentum around the globe. Pronounced me-sell-air, this water contains microscopic micelle molecules that lift waterproof makeup, oil, and other impurities from the skin with the swipe of a cotton pad, making it a powerful yet gentle cleansing alternative to harsh face wipes or alcohol-based toners and astringents.

1. Removes Makeup Effectively

Micelle molecules are fatty, and following the oil-attracts-oil principle, micellar water acts a magnet in picking up stubborn sebum and dissolving away dirt and long-wear makeup. There’s no oily, tingly, or tightening effect—just a fresh, clean feeling.

2. Hydrates and Nourishes Skin

Without soap, alcohol, or other harsh chemicals and detergents to dry out the skin, micellar water conveniently leaves your face feeling hydrated with a glowy, dewy finish.

3. Benefits All Skin Types

Formulated originally for Parisian women as an alternative to cleansing with the region’s harsh water, micellar water is mild, non-irritating, and perfectly suitable for use on even the most sensitive skin. So go ahead and splash away from forehead to chin.

4. Helps Keep Skin Clear

Though there are formulas for blemish-prone skin, the cleansing agents in all micellar waters naturally clear skin of sebum and wax-based substances, which cause breakouts. And because you don’t need to use a wash cloth, there’s no rubbing to cause redness or irritation.

5. Travels Well

Because micellar water nixes the need for makeup remover, cleansers, and toners, its practicality is never more appreciated than when you’re in a rush or on the go. No running water readily available on a photo shoot, flight, or camping ground? No problem.

In our wildest of daydreams, we often imagine ourselves in Paris, laying on a bed of rose petals and sipping the finest Champagne — without a worry in the world. After all, that’s where the ambiance is always romantic; the makeup, endlessly luxurious.

And while this fantasy is highly unlikely, the upcoming products from Lancôme are helping make our reality equally indulgent.

The luxury French brand is launching its limited-edition Absolutely Rose collection for spring — and it will make the world an infinitely rosier place.

Among the line, which will hit the Lancôme website later this month, includes a cotton candy-pink shadow and lip palette ($50), pearlescent white eyeliner ($26), and perhaps our favorite: the La Rose a Poudrer ($60), the most decadent highlighter we’ve ever seen.

For starters, inside the 50s-inspired vintage box sits a delicate rose — and it’s so soft, you might even mistake it for the real thing. Better still, perched inside those pretty, pink petals is a buildable illuminating powder that would perk up even the dullest winter complexion.

You read that right: the formula is dispersed between flowers! But if you think that’s the most luxurious part, wait until you swirl it on.

One light dusting of the stuff to our cheekbones and down our noses, and our skin looks instantly lit-from-within, with that certain je ne sais quoi we’ve always coveted.

So while a trip to France may not be in the cards right now, we’ll settle for the next-best things: vanity-topping blooms, glowing skin, and a bottle of Prosecco chilling in the fridge.

Suffering from hair loss, why not drink some tea? The caffeine found in the Camilla sinensis plant helps block DHT (Dihydrotestrone), the hormone believed to be responsible for hair loss. In addition, the antioxidants in the plant are also believed to inhibit DHT, so a simple cup of tea has a powerful punch, preventing hair loss on two fronts. And here’s the bonus, when you drink tea, you not only prevent hair from falling out but also encourage more growth. To give an added boost to hair, try a daily scalp massage with a cup of your favorite brew. The tea massage boosts circulation and more hair is the result.

If you have been leaning towards drinking tisanes, don’t worry, these beauties are also amazing for your follicles. Rooibos tea has been shown to help increase hair growth, prevent hair loss and add brilliant shine.

The wonderful hair benefits don’t only have to be enjoyed internally; why not try washing your hair with some tea today? While almost all varieties of tea have been shown to help prevent hair loss, each has their own additional magic that can help create beautiful locks. The polyphenols, vitamin C and E in black tea help prevent dullness, boosting shine while increasing softness.

Chamomile Hair Cleanser
What You Need:

2 chamomile tea bags
1 cup boiling water
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 heaping tablespoon raw honey

What to Do:
Start as if you were brewing a strong cup of chamomile tea by bringing water to a boil. Add teabags and raw honey to a heatproof bowl, and pour hot water directly inside. Stir gently. Allow tea to cool naturally before adding apple cider vinegar.

How to Use It:
Wet your hair by running it under warm water. If ypur texture is naturally dry, keep soaking your hair for a full three minutes. Slowly pour about half the cleanser in your hair, massaging the scalp thoroughly. Pour the rest of the cleanser in your hair.

Why Chamomile Tea Cleanses:
Chamomile is a flower, but its herbal benefits are so famous for calming our minds and digestive system, most of us Westerners consider chamomile a classic tea rather than an herbal tea. Chamomile also penetrates deep into our scalps, with its heavily researched cleansing properties. Expect it to remove oil, product, and dirt build-up.

Not only does chamomile cleanse the scalp without stripping of natural oils, its calming and anti-inflammatory properties are excellent reasons for your hair to be drinking chamomile tea. This is a great cleanser for flaky or irritated scalps.

Stimulating Black Tea Conditioner
What You Need:

1 ounce ripe avocado
2 ounces coconut oil
1 ounce aloe vera
1/8 ounce assam black tea
1 1/2 fluid ounces grapeseed oil

What to Do:
Use fresh aloe and avocado and extract the “meat” by hand. It ensures the correct measurement of the dry ingredients (including solidified coconut oil) by weight. Place all the ingredients in the blender and blend for one to two minutes or until mixture has become dark. This means the tea has blended into the rest of the ingredients. Transfer into a resealable container for immediate use.

How to Use It:
Apply conditioner on clean, wet hair, massaging the scalp and focusing on brittle or split ends. Rinse hair with lukewarm water until the water runs clean.

Why Black Tea:
The tannin present in black tea increases blood circulation in the scalp and stimulates hair growth. Plus, the rich tone can increase shine while giving your scalp and hair a healthy dose of antioxidants. This helps to prevent dandruff, thinning, and dull hair.

Restorative Green Tea and Fennel Hair Mask
What You Need:

2 ounces organic fennel seeds
2 ounces boiling water
1-ounce argan oil
1 tablespoon green tea extract
4 ounces pure, raw coconut oil

What to Do:
You can purchase green tea extract here or make your own extract using vegetable glycerin and dried green tea. First, boil a pot of water in a kettle or small pot. While the water is boiling, mix the oils and extract in a large mixing bowl.

Once the water has reached a boil, pour the fennel seeds and hot water in a heatproof container. Let steep for 10 minutes. Strain the seeds with a colander, reserving the fennel tea for the mask. Allow fennel tea to cool before adding into mixing bowl. Transfer contents to a blender and blend until a smooth consistency is reached. Store in a resealable container.

How to Apply It:
Massage your new restorative mask on clean, wet hair, combing or finger detangling throughout to ensure strands are completely covered. To get the most out of the mask, heat up a towel using a towel warmer or the microwave and then cover your hair with it to let the heat open the pores in your scalp. Keep the towel on for 20 minutes and rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Why Green Tea Restores:
The naturally green leaves come from the same plant as black tea, but since the camellia plant undergoes less processing than black tea, the presence of antioxidants is more potent. The caffeine gives your scalp gentle stimulation for hair growth while the catechins help prevent hair loss. This is a great mask for anyone losing precious tresses or looking to strengthen the scalp.