Life Hair and Beauty Are Delighted to Introduce to Sligo to Irelands First and Original Peat Skin Ca

About ÓGRA SkincareÓGRA Skincare has developed a unique and quite amazing range of skincare products using 9000 year old peat from the bogs of Ireland as one of its ingredients.Peat is organic soil produced naturally when plants and vegatation decompose in the bog.It lies deep in the bog and has lots of natural goodness from the herbs, shrubs, berries and minerals it absorbs.Peat contains up to 200 organic ingredients that help our skin's natural beauty. Zinc, copper, iron, selenium are all found but most remarkable of all is the medicinal plants it contains such as sundew, heath, crowberry, bog whortleberry and bogHow is Peat formedPeat is formed when plant material in bogs or marshy areas cannot decay fully because of acidic conditions. It is made up of bogland vegetation such as trees, grasses, fungi and other organic remains.So tell me, how is Peat good for my skinAnti-aging: The peat in Irish bogs has amazing preservation properties. These all help to combat ageing and enhance our skin's healthy glow.Moisturising: Peat has excellent moisture retaining qualities which improve the skin's elasticity.Healthy Skin: When peat is applied to the skin, it penetrates partially between the epidermis cells. An exchange reaction of ions is produced when the binding process with albumin in the skin occurs. The harmful positive ions in the skin tissues are exchanged for the rejuvenating negative ions in the peat. These particles are captured by the blood vessels in the system and are carried throughout the body to help rejuvenate the skin.Gentle: The soluble organic and inorganic active ingredients leave the skin detoxified, purified, and toned. It's naturally hypoallergenic and powerful and yet gentle.Soothing: Smoothing skin helping to eliminate visible sign of stressed and damaged skin.What makes Peat so specialThe rejuvenating benefits can be attributed to the abundance of essential oils, fatty acids and lipoids. These penetrate the skin reestablishing its natural ph balance.How do I know it's workingWhen you apply the moor peat to your skin, the increased flow of blood to the skin can be seen by the flush of colour seen on the skin when the peat is rinsed off. Because of the acidic nature of peat you will also experience a tingling sensation on the skin but this is natural and just the peat doing its work.This characteristic of peat makes it most effective as an addition to any antiageing and beauty treatment for the skin.Life Hair and Beauty are the only Salon in Sligo to have this amazing Irish product. Call now on 0719169377 for more info or to book an appointment.

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Antarctica Is the Trip of a Lifetime
Travelling to Antarctica is something you will save a lifetime for, but it's also one of the rarest, most magical encounters you'll ever have. Natalia Rosa experienced the cerulean glaciers and silent stretches of ice that few people ever see first-hand.For French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot, journeying to the end of the world was more a case of "Why not?" than "Why?"In fact, Charcot's three-year stint exploring the western fringes of Antarctica at the turn of the 19th century left him so susceptible to the "charm" of its "empty and terrifying" landscapes, that he went back for round two just a few years later. This time, in a rather aptly named vessel, Pourquoi Pas? (in English, Why Not?) This fine three-masted beauty may have escaped that particular journey a little bruised, but, having discovered over a thousand miles of new territory on the world's most inhospitable continent, she justifiably earned the right to lend her name to an island, glacier and point - all of which remain today almost certainly exactly as they did over a century ago.Sailing south on my vastly more comfortable voyage to Antarctica with the world leaders in exploration travel, Hurtigruten, I pondered why travellers would refuse their inner Charcot and decide not to go - it's cold, it's expensive, it's far, what if I get seasick? But for every reason not to visit Antarctica, there are several for why you should; not least because this final frontier needs advocates to ensure it remains as it did in the time of Charcot - devoid of human interference and a paradise for the penguins, seals, whales, pelagic birds and lichen that thrive in its white wilderness. I learnt a lot about the creatures that call the world's driest, coldest continent home on my 12-day voyage. Most notably, I learnt that, unlike them, we didn't belong.As the MS Midnatsol surged through the whirling of the waves on the Drake Passage, I watched albatrosses and petrels effortlessly skim the waters in our wake. We spent the better part of two days at sea preparing for what was to come, as on-board lectures by scientists introduced us to the geology, history and biology of the continent. We learnt how to leave no footprint, how the fickle weather conditions could change in a matter of minutes and to become stewards of this extraordinary place. The bleakness of the Drake Shake, as the turbulent passage is sometimes called, gave way to excited shouts of "Iceberg!" on day two. In the midst of a grey Southern Ocean, a 50m high and 350m wide iceberg appeared. It looked like it shouldn't be there, having floated around in all its beryl-blue beauty for decades, most certainly without melting. One iceberg became many as we neared what looked like billowing white clouds on the horizon. It was impossible to know where land ended and the sky began. As Charcot himself had once explained, the clear air and colourless landscape make it difficult to gauge height and distance in Antarctica. The low puffy clouds emerged as smooth snow slopes, without an imperfection in sight. Stationed on the open decks or in the comfort of the observation lounges, coffee shop and even the sauna, we spent the next week surveying the ethereal landscapes as we sailed through the South Shetland Islands, across the Bransfield Strait and through the Lemaire Channel, savouring their exquisite natural beauty. Fringed by snow-capped peaks plunging into polar waters, we sailed as far south as the puzzle of pack-ice would permit, watching seals sunning themselves on ice floes and rafts of penguins porpoising ever so delicately through the frigid water in search of the day's catch. Landing on AntarcticaAntarctica rewards flexibility and patience - opportunities to land on its islands, ice floes and the peninsula are dictated by wind and ice conditions, which change within minutes and several times a day. Only 100 people are allowed to land at one time and are given, at most, an hour and a half to explore the snowy landscape, putting five metres between them and the closest penguin. This land has been so untouched by humans, that these quirky little creatures have no reason to fear them and edge their way closer, curiously inspecting the out-of-place crimson-clad characters who briefly share their penguin highways.These landings, as well as all the on-board lectures, meals, tea, coffee, water, and accommodation are included in the Hurtigruten sailing. Passengers are also provided with boots, walking poles and windbreakers. In addition to the landings, passengers can pay for optional excursions such as kayaking, snowshoeing, photographic courses and camping overnight on land - the last being a rather expensive exercise, but, as bucket-list experiences go, worth every penny. There is a well-equipped shop on board, selling everything from postcards to toothpaste. Aside from alcohol, two internet packages providing different download speeds can be purchased at the bar or in the restaurant, notably the best restaurant in the Antarctic, which serves mostly buffet meals inspired by Norwegian cuisine. Charcot would undoubtedly have returned to the Antarctic a third time had his voyage been as comfortable as ours. For all of us on board the MS Midnatsol over 110 years on, the difference between the romantic accounts of these brave explorers and the reality of Antarctica couldn't have been more different. The reality, in fact, is far, far betterQUICK FACTSWhat will it cost?A trip such as the one described in this article costs $7 764 (about R106 417) excluding flights between South Africa and Buenos Aires.Where will you fly from?The package starts and ends in Buenos Aires. You are flown via charter flight to Ushuaia where you embark on the ship. 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Tell your travel agent about special requirements beforehand.I have physical limitationsTo join the cruise you must present a medical certificate. If you are unable to participate in any of the activities, you can still enjoy the views of nature from the comfort of the ship and attend the on-board lectures.When's the best time to go?The season runs from November to March and there are different things to see throughout that time. While in early summer the landscape is snowy and the penguins are mating, later in the season you'll see more land and be able to see penguin chicks. There's no 'best' time to go.
Diy Lipstick: How to Make the Perfect Gift for Your Squad This Holiday
I happen to think thata custom DIY lipstick is the *perfect* gift for all your gal pals at Christmas. Just imagine your entire squad wearing an exclusive shade of fuchsia lipstick throughout 2017, a shade that you made and is worn as a clubhouse rule - like the Pink Ladies, only with lipstick as the new satin jacket. It's brilliant!I'm here to confirm for you DIY lovers that it's unexpectedly easy, and completely fun, to make your own coolest lipstick ever, from scratch in your kitchen. So, let's get started!Step 1: Source your ingredientsAs a personal fan of healthy and simple beauty products, I began my project doing some research for a DIY lipstick recipe that I could feel good about. I also wanted to work with Canadian wholesalers of natural beauty ingredients. After some investigation, I settled upon Anarres Apothecary in Toronto. Tracey, the owner,responded to my email right away and offered her help on which ingredients to buy for what I wanted to make: a semi-matte, fuchsia lipstick that wasn't too dry or too glossy. If you don't live in Toronto, you can buy from Anarres Apothecary online, or look for another shop that suits you, there are many. This is what I bought and, yes, this lipstick recipe is vegan:100 mL Candelilla wax100 mL Shea Butter100 mL superfine French pink clay100 mL Red Reef Australian clay15 mL fire red mica15 mL ultramarine pink oxide15 mL red oxide10 mL certified organic non-GMO anise flavour oilA handy pocket scaleA (cute) surgical mask so you don't ingest mica powdersA silicon lipstick mold kitThe base of this lipstick is Candelilla wax, which is a wax derived from the leaves of the small Candelilla shrub, native to northern Mexico. It has protective properties and is an effective emollient, which refers to this wax's ability to remain soft enough to wear as a lipstick.The anise flavour oil is a food-grade oil meant to add a sweet scent to your lipstick. You can choose from any number of food grade oils, like coconut or lemon or chocolate, but I happen to love the unexpected scent of black licorice!Micas will give your lipstick a little hint of sheen.Clays will make your lipstick super matte.Oxides will give your lipstick an extra punch of colour.How do you want your lipstick to look? You decide. Making your own lipstick is total creative expression.Step 2: Cook up your lipstickThat's it! It's a really simple recipe that you can make and re-make until you formulate your coolest lipstick ever. If you are a fan of super playful shades of lipstick, I found this handy dandy guide to colour recipes for every shade from metallic violet to navy blue. This lesson onhow to transfer the lipstick from its silicon mold into a lipstick holder is helpful too.Have fun, DIY beauty chemists!
L'Oreal Turns to Plant-based Hair Dye As Natural Cosmetics Thrive
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These 3 New Boutique Fragrance Brands Give Byredo and Jo Malone a Run for Their Money
Niche fragrance brands are increasingly taking market share from the more established fashion and fragrance houses.And with their unusual scents and super cool packaging, it's easy to see why.From Byredo to Le Labo and Jo Malone, boutique brands offer beautiful fragrances in even more beautiful packaging, and while they may be slightly pricier than designer perfumes, their higher concentration of eau de parfum means they linger much longer.But with so many brands cropping up, where should you begin?Here's a list ofsome of the most exciting new brands on the market. Well, it is National Fragrance Week after all.Art Meets ArtImagine if Karl Lagerfeld, Muccia Prada, Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang got together to create the fashion collection to end all fashion collections. Well, Art Meets Art, is the perfume equivalent.Recently launched (and exclusively available) at The Conran Shop, the team of five world-renowned perfumers who came together to create Art Meets Artnumbersindustry heavyweights such as Alberto Morillas who created iconic fragrances such as CK One, Acqua di Gio and Kenzo Flower and Fabrice Pellegrin, who created many of Diptyque's signature scents.The five Art Meets Art scentsare each themed around acult single(think Like a Virgin and Sexual Healing... yes, there's a theme) which founder Ali Kashani purchased the rights to.50ml Eau de Parfum, £70. Available online and at the ConranShopProsody LondonAre you into your natural beauty? Do you eat organic?Then Prosody London, the UK's newest luxury organic, 100% natural, fine fragrance brand, might just be for you.The products are completely free fromsynthetic aroma chemicals which are very common in the fragrance industry (and tend to be petroleum derived), and free from phthalates, hexane, GMO's and parabens.The brand's 100 per cent vegan scents are instead made using fine organic essential oils, natural isolates and organic grain alcohol.The inaugural collection comprises six eau de parfum: Rose Rondeaux, Neroli Nuance, Oud Octavo, Lissom Linden, Mocha Muscari, Jacinth Jonquil and six candles.50mlEau de Parfum, £135,available exclusively in Fortnum and Mason and online.Anima VinciWhen the former creative director forPenhaligon's and l'ArtisanParfumeursets out to create a perfume brand, you can expect to be in safe olfactory hands.Launched at the end of last year with unanimous acclaim from industry insiders, NathalieVinciguerra'scollection of five fragrancesrangefrom oriental oud to light and refreshing florals, andallhave a high concentration of Eau De Parfum, ensuring a long lasting effect.The range includes Lime Spirit, Rose Prana, Jasmine Yang, Wood of Life and Oud Delight.100ml Eau de Parfum, £150 and £170 forOudDelight. Available to purchase fromLesSenteursin London andanimavinci.com
Where to Stay in New York's Hudson Valley
From House BeautifulForget the Hamptons-these days, more and more New Yorkers are heading north for the summer and weekends, exploring the small towns and breathtaking natural beauty of New York's Hudson Valley. This stretch of towns and cities situated along the Hudson River has a long history of admirers: In the mid 19th-century, artists like Thomas Cole and Frederic Church (whose delightfully unique home, Olana, is open to the public) took to the region to create the sweeping landscape paintings that earned them the name The Hudson River School.Now, centuries later, the region has remained a bastion of natural beauty, from foliage in the fall to sun-dappled mountains in the summer. Plus, towns from Hudson to Catskill to Kingston offer a slew of great dining options (often featuring local, farm-to-table ingredients) and some of the country's best antique and vintage shopping. Plus, cultural institutions like Dia: Beacon and Storm King Art Center offer a rotating selection of inspiration.So what are you waiting for? Book your getaway now. To get you on the right track, we've rounded up some hotel and Airbnb options that are as aesthetically-pleasing as their natural surroundings.Shown above, this historic getaway-created by designer Alexandra Champalimaud alongside her son, Anthony, and daughter-in-law, Charlie-is a calm retreat any time of year. In summer, head to the retro-feeling pool, and in winter, curl up next to one of the home's many fireplaces with a good book. Forgot yours? Shelves of old tomes (appropriate, given the property's history as an intellectual hub: Mark Twain, Thurgood Marshall, and Ernest Hemingway all stayed there).BOOK NOW Troutbeck, TripAdvisorMid-century furniture and exposed brick and historic beams-oh my! This renovated 1840s studio in the beloved town of Hudson is a dream getaway. The light-filled space offers views of the Catskill Mountains and is just a few minutes' walk from the Amtrak station and the bustle of downtown Hudson. Plus, it sleeps four people.BOOK NOW Historic Hudson Hideaway, AirbnbOpened in 1966 as a motor lodge adjacent to Hunter Mountain, Scribner's, which was reimagined with a fresh, breezy new interior and restaurant, Prospect, in 2016, has quickly become a go-to for chic travelers. In addition to the Instagram-worthy guest rooms, visitors to the lodge can take in mountain views from the room's terraces, cozy up by the lobby's wood-burning stove, and enjoy the many activities the lodge puts on throughout the year.BOOK NOW Scribner's Catskill Lodge, TripAdvisorThis charming property just outside of Woodstock's town center houses 12 guest rooms designed in a contemporary rustic aesthetic-with special attention to sustainability. The rooms overlook a brook and waterfall, plus the Hudson Valley's mountains further in the distance.BOOK NOW Woodstock Way, Expedia.comWith its white clapboard siding, single dormer, and front porch, we're smitten with this house before even seeing the inside. Luckily, it gets even better once you open the door: bright colors, midcentury furniture, and lots of art make for a layered, inviting space.BOOK NOW Arts District Craftsman, AirbnbOnce a textile manufacturer-and one of the first factories in Beacon-this group of buildings fell into disrepair toward the end of the 20th century before a local family purchased the property in 2010 to turn it into a hotel. After a long renovation, the onetime factory became Roundhouse, a 23-room hotel and event space with a lauded restaurant (which overlooks a waterfall!).BOOK NOW Roundhouse, TripAdvisorHudson River Carriage House Airbnb, HudsonWith its wide-plant floors, wood-burning stove, and graphic wallpaper, this looks like a house straight out of your Pinterest dreams. It's famous, too: the carriage house, which is conveniently located just off of Hudson's Warren Street, was featured on the Netflix show Stay Here. We just might.BOOK NOW Hudson River Carriage House, AirbnbMountainside Equestrian Suite Airbnb, BeaconLove animals? This is your dream destination: This 1 bedroom suite is situated above the owner's barn home to her Icelandic horses and miniature donkeys. Enjoy the natural light and views of the Hudson valley in between outings to pet the animals or jaunt to downtown Beacon, just a short drive away.BOOK NOW Mountainside Equestrian Suite, AirbnbHasbrouck House, Stone RidgeA full 25 bedrooms occupy this 18th-century Dutch Colonial house and its various outbuildings, which surround a 100-year-old pool and lots of scenic forest on the property's 50 acres. Designers Akiva Reich & Co. devised the interiors to thoughtfully reflect the home's history while offering all the comforts needed for a recharging retreat (freestanding tub soak, anyone?).BOOK NOW Hasbrouck House, HasbrouckHouseNY.comCalling all yogis who love rustic charm: This restored, 1870s barn offers original details-like exposed brick and wooden beams-plus dream weekend amenities like a back porch, BBQ grill, and yoga studio. Past guests call it "beautiful," "comfortable," and "perfect for a cozy weekend." What more could you need?BOOK NOW Restored Farmhouse, AirbnbA light, bright palette and lots of greenery make this space feel fresh and inviting. The 1 bedroom home, built in the 1890s, is situated in uptown Kingston, a short walk away from the town's restaurants, shops, and cafes.BOOK NOW Historical Bau Guesthouse, AirbnbWith guest rooms renovated just last year and a riverside grill and bar featuring local ingredients, the Stewart House is a hit for locals and visitors alike. The biggest draw, though, just may be the circa-1883 tavern, which new owners Lois and Lon Ballinger have lovingly restored for a modern audience.BOOK NOW The Stewart House, TripAdvisor"Step through the red door into a designated landmark dating from 1735," invites the listing on this airy home. Don't have to ask us twice. With its minimal palette, original wide-plank floors and millwork, and historic fireplace, this two-bedroom stone house is the perfect home away from home.BOOK NOW Historic Stone House, AirbnbLikely the oldest business on this list, this historic hotel in Rhinebeck has operated continuously since 1766. Of course, the rooms have been updated quite a bit over the years, but the property still retains the same historic char as it did more than 200 years ago.BOOK NOW Beekman Arms & Delamater Inn, TripAdvisorLooking for someplace in the heart of downtown Kingston, New York? This spacious, light-filled Airbnb might be perfect for you. One unit of a two-family home, the apartment boasts 4 bedrooms and 5 beds, and is located within walking distance of the shops and restaurants of the city's Stockdale District.BOOK NOW Spacious Apartment, AirbnbFor a more rural Kingston experience, settle into this four-bedroom Dutch Colonial nestled in a woodsy area outside of town. Because it was recently renovated, the stone house is eco-friendly despite being from the 17th century. Bonus: It boasts a pool and grill.BOOK NOW The Stonemason's House, AirbnbOn the banks of the Hudson at the end of Cold Spring's antique shop-lined main street is Hudson House, an inn that has been in business since 1832. The porched building is on the National Register of Historic Places and is perfect for an easy weekend getaway.BOOK NOW Hudson House, HudsonHouseInn.comOn 75 wooded acres in Milton, New York, Buttermilk offers guest rooms, a spa, and a farm-to-table restaurant in a 1764 house, plus additional lodging in several private cottages scattered across the property. Looking to get back to nature? Visit an orchard, aviary, barns, and a kitchen garden at the adjacent Millstone farm.BOOK NOW Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa, TripAdvisorFollow House Beautiful on Instagram.('You Might Also Like',)
Natural Beauty Purveyor CAP Is Popping Up at Jenni Kayne in Brentwood
New York natural beauty and skincare purveyor CAP Beauty is popping up atJenni Kayne's Brentwood boutique from Friday through Nov. 12.The pop-up will introduce customers to the retailer before CAP (the acronym stands for clean and pure) opens its first L.A.-area location in 2016.Jenni Kayne is in theBrentwood Country Mart at 225 26th St., Ste. 30B, Santa Monica. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.EventsL'Occitanestores in Santa Monica and at theBeverly Center are having a shopping event Thursday, offering complimentary mini-facials, hors d'oeuvres and Champagne and an exclusive REISS x Swarovski pop-up shop from 6 to 8 p.m. With any $65 purchase, shoppers will receive a $25 REISS gift card, two travel size beauty products from the new Pierre Hermé collaboration and an invitation for two to a private L'Occitane shopping event. The stores are at the Third Street Promenade, 1239 Third St. Promenade, Santa Monica, and Beverly Center,8500 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles.Bucks & Doeswill preview spring collections by in-house label the Odells and by casual clothing brand 34 N 118 W from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Shoppers can order from the collections during the preview at the store at 3906 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles.Splendidis throwing a launch party Thursday to show off its new collection with fashion blog Damsel in Dior, by Jacey Duprie. The party is planned from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Splendid boutique at the Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. The limited editionSplendid X Damsel collection is 100% cotton and the handful of pieces include T-shirts for $78, pants for $148 and a shirtdress for $198. The first 10 people to make a purchase from the collection will receive a free Damsel tee.Parachute (luxury bedding), Block Shop (pillows and scarves),Vrai & Oro (fine jewelry) andIndustry Standard (jeans) are planning a fall shopping event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 14 at 54 Paloma Ave., Venice.Trunk ShowBarneysin Beverly Hills is hosting a trunk showing of jewelry designerAnna Sheffield'sHeritage Project Collection from Nov. 5 through 15. The collection features gem-quality turquoise and includes both vintage pieces Sheffield has customized and her own original designs. Sheffield plans to donate 20% of proceeds to the New Mexico Community Foundation, which supports a variety of organizations furthering Native American arts, agriculture and education.Barneys Beverly Hills is at 9570 Wilshire Blvd. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.Pop-upsCos is opening a pop-up shop in downtown Los Angeles, featuring an installation by New York design studio Snarkitecture's Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen. The pop-up is scheduled to be open from Friday through Nov. 15 at Austere, 912 S. Hill St. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.Dyer & Jenkinscelebrates the opening of its pop-up shop atHemingway and Sons with a party from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Dyer & Jenkins specializes in selvedge denim, shirting and technical outerwear all made in downtown Los Angeles. Complimenary Lagunitas beer and tacos from Tacos, Tacos, Tacos will be served. Hemingway and Sons is at 1615 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles. The pop-up is scheduled to be open through Nov. 22.Sample and warehouse salesBB Dakotahas a three-day sample sale planned from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at BB Dakota headquarters, 1638 Pomona Ave., Costa Mesa, in the warehouse on the right side of the building. Prices will start at $5 for tops and go up to $20 for coats and $50 for leather.Matisse Footwearhas scheduled a warehouse sale from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 1550 E. Franklin Ave., El Segundo. Prices start at $10.Flynn Skyeis having its last sample sale of the year from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m Saturday at 2320 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.Tiny Banditis having a sample sale featuring men's, women's, home andvintage from a variety of labels at up to 75% off on Sunday. The event will include DJs, rooftop yoga classes, mimosas, cocktails and bites from Flowerboy Project and a raffle to benefit B4BC/Boarding for Breast Cancer, an organization that works on prevention, outreach and support. The sale is scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at 800 Main St., Venice.OpeningsHartmannis opening its first West Coast store on Thursday at the Beverly Center. The store will carry Hartmann's full line of luggage, business cases and accessories. The store is on level seven of the mall at 8500 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.ALSO:Fall handbagsFashion picks for rainy daysSurfer Laird Hamilton introduces new activewear line
Natural Beauty Products, Tax Free Tampons: Health Trends
'The House of Voga' combines yoga with the expressive vogueing dance style of the '80s.Source:FacebookIN DECEMBER J. Walter Thompson Intelligence published The Future 100, a report on 100 trends to watch in 2016. We're already seeing a number of key trends play out in the health sector: new natural beauty, a revolution in feminine care, and a growing affinity between exercise and drinking that we call "healthonism."HealthonismSome health-conscious millennials are offsetting consumption of alcohol with antioxidants and healthy mixers - mashing up exercise with hedonism, and flocking to a growing number of exercise-meets-drinking events.Earlier this year, London's House of Voga, which combines yoga with the expressive vogueing dance style of the '80s, co-hosted a party with Mayfair nightclub Bonbonniere.Voga Bonbonniere began with a one-hour voga class before proceeding to drinks and dancing into the early hours.Fitness club Equinox's London Kensington location hosts quarterly After Dark events for members and their guests, who are treated to a range of different yoga classes, guest instructors, DJ sets and cocktails.A 2015 study published in the journal Health Psychology found that people tend to drink "more than usual on the same days that they engage in more physical activity than usual," according to the authors.The trend can also be seen in some new beverage products, with nutritious cold-pressed juices becoming a popular vehicle for healthier cocktails. Cold-pressed, non-alcoholic juices by US brand CleanDrinking are all-natural, low-calorie cocktail mixers designed to "support a balanced lifestyle of mindful drinking." Flavours include Hotamelon Tequila Cleanse and RaspberryAddict Vodka Cleanse.Consumers are engaging in health and wellbeing in a contradictory, divergent, have-it-all way, putting healthy habits alongside fun.New natural beautyHaeckels sources natural ingredients like seaweed and uses pre-industrial techniques to create its line.Source:SuppliedConsumers are seeking out product information online and are becoming increasingly sceptical about mainstream brands. The health and beauty landscape is responding to concern about industrial pollutants and toxins, and new boutique brands are tapping into natural branding and messaging.UK brand Liha makes beauty products based on African recipes in small batches. For example, Haeckels, which is based in the UK seaside town of Margate, sources natural ingredients like seaweed and uses pre-industrial techniques to create its line. Brands such as Yüli employ advanced skin technology and botanic research to ensure products can compete in efficacy as well as ethics. Mother Dirt is a range of cleansers, shampoos and mists that contain beneficial bacteria.This shift in attitude points to a self-confident, engaged and sophisticated consumer who questions the norm and scrutinises the messaging presented by mainstream brands. Consumers' holistic view of beauty products is telling - they view products through the lens of their physical wellbeing as well as that of the environment.Feminine care revolutionLooncup is a "smart" menstrual cup that aims to "redefine menstruation"- it communicates with an app to track and analyse menstrual patterns.Source:SuppliedTampons are getting a makeover - moving from unmentionable necessity to celebrated cool-girl staple. Look no further than "The 5th Wave," a new Hollywood thriller in which its heroine, Cassie, takes a break from the action to pick up some tampons at a convenience store.The politics of feminine care have made headlines recently over issues related to access and gender equality. In 2015, social media began erupting with outrage over tax regulations that designate feminine care products as a "luxury" in the European Union. In the United States, the California state legislature recently introduced a bill that would classify feminine hygiene products as medical necessities, making them tax free.While mega-brands Tampax, Kotex and Playtex have long dominated the feminine hygiene industry, direct-to-consumer newcomer Lola, founded by Dartmouth College grads Jordana Kier and Alex Friedman, represents a new approach. Lola manufactures its own hypo-allergenic cotton tampons, which are free of additives, synthetics, chemicals and dyes, and, unlike mainstream brands, contain no artificial fibres such as polyester and rayon. Lola is committed to transparency and convenience. Other features include minimalist branding and an intuitive subscription model with options for delivery customisation.New alternatives to traditional pads and tampons are also emerging. Looncup is a "smart" menstrual cup that aims to "redefine menstruation"- it communicates with an app to track and analyse menstrual patterns.Among Lucie Greene's credentials, she is the worldwide director of the Innovation Group, J. Walter Thompson's trend forecasting, consultancy and innovation unit. She is also a public speaker, and has appeared as a trend expert on CNBC and Bloomberg TV, as well as in print publications such as The New York Times and The Guardian. She has a decade of experience contributing to publications like The Financial Times and Vogue UK as an editor and writer.Read moreWeight loss: Hiit, Fitbit and Charge HR - Top 10 fitness trends of 2016The best and worst diets of 2016Kayla Itsines workout: The must-have moves for 2016The superfoods of 2016Five superfoods you need in your kitchen for 2016
Neural Substrates of Embodied Natural Beauty and Social ...
What are the neural mechanisms underlying beauty based on objective parameters and beauty based on subjective social construction? This study scanned participants with fMRI while they performed aesthetic judgments on concrete pictographs and abstract oracle bone scripts. Behavioral results showed both pictographs and oracle bone scripts were judged to be more beautiful when they referred to beautiful objects and positive social meanings, respectively. Imaging results revealed regions associated with perceptual, cognitive, emotional and reward processing were commonly activated both in beautiful judgments of pictographs and oracle bone scripts. Moreover, stronger activations of orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) and motor-related areas were found in beautiful judgments of pictographs, whereas beautiful judgments of oracle bone scripts were associated with putamen activity, implying stronger aesthetic experience and embodied approaching for beauty were elicited by the pictographs. In contrast, only visual processing areas were activated in the judgments of ugly pictographs and negative oracle bone scripts. Results provide evidence that the sense of beauty is triggered by two processes: one based on the objective parameters of stimuli (embodied natural beauty) and the other based on the subjective social construction (social endowed beauty).How people perceive beauty is the most important and debated issue in aesthetic psychology and neuroaesthetics. According to aesthetic theories, a sense of beauty may be mainly affected by two factors. The first is objective parameters and external morphology of concrete objects, consistent with the perspectives of Plato's of aesthetic perception. Previous studies have found symmetrical human faces, geometrical shapes and websites designs, symmetrical sequences of apparent movements, representational artworks, sculptures obeying the canonical proportion of the golden ratio, and paintings and polygon patterns with intermediate complexity, typically elicit higher aesthetic appraisal and experience, providing support of this theory that "beauty has corresponding morphological characteristics".An alternative theory argues that the perception of beauty is mainly based on the subjective construction of valence based on abstract social meaning and values. Prior studies have found smiling human faces with direct eye gaze, people with good inner character, and short sentences and scenes describing morally-positive actions can elicit a sense of beauty and produce enhanced activation of aesthetic reward systems due to the positive social meanings associated with these stimuli. These studies imply that aesthetic evaluation is a subjective construction and support the "what is good is beautiful" theory.Although there has been progress in the neuroimaging of aesthetic appraisal, very little is known regarding the mental and neural mechanisms underlying these seemingly contradictory theories. Previous studies have found that ancient Chinese characters can arouse a sense of beauty due to their obvious two-dimensional graphical features, supporting the use of ancient Chinese characters as materials for studies of aesthetic appraisal and judgments. More importantly, ancient Chinese characters were produced using two separate systems, one in which characters referring to concrete objects were generated by outlining the shape of the object (pictographs), and another in which characters referring to abstract social meaning were developed to convey corresponding social concepts (ideographic symbol of oracle bone scripts). Aesthetic qualities of pictographs and oracle bone script therefore may be based on the beauty of objective morphologies and the beauty of subjective social construction, respectively.Following the logic of the studies examining aesthetic perception and appraisal of pictographs, we asked the question of whether oracle bone scripts would elicit aesthetic appraisal dependent on their abstract social meanings. That is, would oracle bone scripts that refer to positive social meanings be more likely to be judged as beautiful, and those that refer to negative social meanings be more likely to be judged as ugly? The answer to this question may contribute to identifying the mental and neural mechanisms underlying the beauty of objective morphologies and the beauty of subjective social construction.The present functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study investigated the neural basis of aesthetic appraisal of objective morphologies and subjective social constructions when participants observed and made aesthetic judgments about ancient Chinese characters referring to concrete objects (aesthetic judgment of pictograph, AP) and abstract social meanings (aesthetic judgment of oracle bone script, AO). The effect of semantic processing during the aesthetic judgments was prevented by using pictographs and oracle bone scripts that were unfamiliar to participants. In addition, high or low luminance grey squares were used in a baseline task (square luminance judgment, SL) to control for activity in motor brain regions associated with the key responses. The neural substrates of pictograph aesthetic judgments were identified by the contrast of "AP > SL", and the neural substrates of oracle bone script aesthetic judgments were identified by the contrast of "AO > SL". According to our hypothesis, if pictographs and oracle bone scripts elicit variable aesthetic appraisals related to the aesthetic qualities of the referential objects and the positive degrees of the referential social meanings, respectively, then similar neural areas should be engaged in both tasks, including regions of the fusiform gyrus, occipital gyri, inferior and middle frontal gyri, anterior cingulate cortex, OFC, caudate nucleus and putamen which are associated with perceptual, cognitive, emotional and reward processing.Because pictographs reflect the shapes of their referential objects, they have a higher degree of visualization than oracle bone scripts referring to abstract meanings. We hypothesized that this high visualization for pictographs would activate perceptual representations, and produce relevant image schemas and visual mental images which could serve to elicit strong recurring bodily experiences. These bodily experiences might result in an embodied contribution towards beauty, which can be regarded as bodily resonance for the intention of making action toward beauty, and which should be revealed by stronger activations in motor-related regions.
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