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4 quick at-home beauty remedies for busy women

Le 29 June 2015, 10:39 dans Mode 0

If you're a working woman who doesn't get much time to go to a salon, here are a few simple remedies that will help you keep your skin glowing and at the same time, will save you both time and money

Almond and Lemon cleanser

Ingredients: 1/8 cup ground almonds, 2 tbsp milk or cream and 1 tsp lemon juice

Combine thoroughly, and use to gently cleanse skin. Rinse well with warm water.

Benefits: Lemons are a natural source of antioxidants which not only cleans the skin but also helps tone and exfoliate it.

Orange and honey peel

Ingredients: 1 egg yolk, 1 tsp honey, 1/8 cup fresh citrus (lemon or orange) juice and 1 packet plain gelatin

Mix together thoroughly, and apply to skin. Let it rest for 20 to 25 minutes.

Benefits: Oranges which are a great source of vitamin c help prevent wrinkles and fine lines. Moreover the citrus juice also exfoliates the dead cells away. The egg yolk the skin while honey softens and moisturises it.

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Avacado and coconut oil body wrap

Ingredients: 2 avocados (thoroughly mashed into a paste), 3 tbsp sea salt, 1/4 cup honey, grated rind of two fresh lemons (along with the juice) and 1/4 cup coconut oil

Mix all ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Apply to your skin for 10 to 15 minutes, then scrub off well with warm water. Keep unused portion in refrigerator and you can use it for next two to three days.

Benefits: Avocados includes vitamins A, D and E, as well as proteins, potassium and beta-carotene and is a great anti-ageing mantra.They are excellent to repair sun-damaged skin and they also reduce spots.

Carrot and honey facial mask

Ingredients: 2 to 3 large carrots and 4 1/2 tbs honey

Cook carrots, then mash into a smooth consistency. Mix the mashed carrots with honey, and apply to your face. Leave on for 10 minutes before rising off with cool water.

Benefits: Carrots are known for their high potency of vitamin A, Vitamin C, folacin and potassium. Carrot juice moisturises and repairs skin tissue, while protecting it from sun damage and toning the skin.

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How Amber Valletta Is Setting a New Standard of Ethics in Fashion

Le 26 June 2015, 08:20 dans Mode 0

Amber Valletta knows plenty of grim statistics when it comes to fashion. “One in six people work in textiles,” she explains over the phone, and as it happens, the beauty-obsessed fashion industry is not always pretty: “We are the second-dirtiest industry in the world, next to oil.” Valletta is well versed in the darker side of the clothing industry: Her role in fashion goes far beyond the glossy, nice-to-look-at parts that go along with being a veteran runway-staple or Vogue cover girl. Valletta is an avid environmentalist with an eye toward shaping up the industry, whether by touting the charms of the recent documentary The True Cost, which explores fashion’s impact on people and the environment, or through her e-commerce site, Master & Muse, which focuses on conscientious manufacturing.

Amber Valeetta

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But now Valletta is going a step further, exploring ways to set trackable, measurable standards for clothing production in a new effort to tackle slave labor—an often hidden but rampant dilemma in the manufacturing process. More than 29 million people—including children—mostly hailing from third world countries, are currently being forced into labor, and many of them work to supply the raw materials that are the building blocks for much of the fashion industry (think cotton and rubber). “No one wants to wear clothes that were made from someone’s blood,” says Valletta. To bring awareness to slavery in supply chains, Valletta and Master & Muse teamed up with Made In A Free World—an organization-cum-movement whose website calls for “free markets, free people” and which uses software to check for what it calls “slavery footprints” for businesses and consumers who either unwittingly or intentionally use or create products crafted by forced labor. (One rubric on the organization’s site, Slavery Footprint, begins by asking “How Many Slaves Work For You?”.)

Valletta started using Made In A Free World after meeting with its founder, Justin Dillon, and watching footage of people being forced into slave labor. “I realized that we as a company could have the ability to look at our designers and look at their supply chain,” says Valletta, and the organization promotes a sort of due diligence for companies and consumers using friendly, attractive Web design and a seriously important message. “This is a business tool—we aren’t here to punish you, we are here to help you,” says the model turned activist, and since her first foray with the organization, Valletta has applied the software to labels that she sells on Master & Muse. She’s found that even labels who hold themselves to a responsible standard sometimes have discrepancies in their supply chains. “There was a shoe designer who was using rubber that could potentially be an issue,” Valletta recounts, and though she admits that it’s not always easy to replace a raw material, nor to convince companies to pay more for what they’re used to getting cheaply, “we had a really great conversation with them, and they were willing to go back to the supplier.”

Valletta admits that it’s an uphill battle, but she believes that by beginning the conversation, and educating the consumer, there is room for change. “It’s not all doom and gloom. I really do believe that we have the opportunity to do some great things instead of everyone feeling sorry for themselves like, ‘Oh, what we have done!’ ” says Valletta. “It’s also really exciting because we have the possibility of improving so many people’s lives as well as our own—and to look good while we are doing it. There is nothing wrong with fashion—it should be a beautiful expression of who we are.”

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Armani Expands Charity, Introduces New Ad Campaign

Le 23 June 2015, 08:28 dans Mode 0

CHALLENGING CHARITY: Giorgio Armani’s charity project Acqua for Life, in partnership with Green Cross International, is adding Argentina for the first time to its roster of countries that will receive new water infrastructure projects in 2015; the other countries are Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal, China, Bolivia and Mexico.

In operation since 2011, the charity has been brought to countries on four continents — Africa, Asia and the Americas — providing 530 million liters, or about 140 million gallons, of safe drinking water to communities that live off of 10 liters, or about 2.6 gallons, of water a day. Highlighting the water scarcity problem in underdeveloped countries, Acqua for Life challenges media influencers and key bloggers in the developed countries to try to live with only 10 liters of water a day instead of the average 100 liters, or about 26.4 gallons, a day and share their experiences via social media channels.

Giorgio Armani Made to Measure campaign featuring Matt Bomer, Dan Stevens and Chen Kun

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Meanwhile, Armani is highlighting his Made to Measure service with a new ad campaign featuring American actor Matt Bomer, known for his role along side Channing Tatum in “Magic Mike” and soon to be released “Magic Mike XXL,” as well as Dan Stevens of “Downton Abbey” and Chinese actor Chen Kun of “Painted Skin” fame.

Photographed in New York by John Balsom in a historic theater, the black-and-white images portray the three actors, alone and together, wearing the bespoke tailored suit, while rehearsing on stage or talking together.

“Made to Measure is a unique service designed for the most demanding customers: a tailored suit that follows the customer’s own body-lines, customized to suit individual tastes,” Armani said. “I think of it as a tool for everyday use, suitable for all ages, all professions, in every part of the world. The three young actors represent so many modern men, natural and informal, with different cultures and backgrounds, with fast-paced, contemporary lifestyles that know what they want and make a smart choice in what they want to wear.”

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