How to go light with thin hair

For those people who are desperate to go blonde or lighten things up but are worried about damaging their already thin hair, fear not. It isn't an impossible feat and just requires concentration and care, as senior colourist Marcos Verissimo at prestigious London salon Neville Hair and Beauty has explained. This venue has catered to some famous names, including Natalie Portman and Sienna Miller, so Marcos knows his stuff!

To ensure each customer is given a personal look, Marcos approaches each client as a "blank canvas" and caters to them as an individual rather than recreating the same look.

"Some clients suit a more traditional technique such as methodical highlights. I like to select a bespoke service and for clients with thinner hair, I visually select the pieces of hair I want to colour," he told Cover Media of his approach to thin hair. "Creating the shape with layering and the use of shadowing. It's often best not to use bleach on thinner hair as it can be prone to breakage, however with the use of a bleach-free lightening agent, you can lift the hair with minimal damage."

No matter what though, Marcos picks a service which best suits the customer's "lifestyle and personality" and gives his best advice on how to create the desired finish.

There are other ways you can brighten up your tresses away from a salon though which doesn't involve buying a box of DIY bleach. Lightening agents are easy to get your hands on, just make sure you read the ingredients carefully and you can even speak to an expert to make sure you've picked the best product. Some may be harsher than you think so don't jump straight into using them.

Natural methods are also a great way to try colouring and while these won't have an instant effect like visiting a professional would, if you're patient enough the effort will pay off.

Now the warmer weather is hitting a lot of spots around the globe, soaking in as much vitamin D - while being safe with sunscreen - will make the world of difference on your hair. It will naturally lighten and to give hair a helping hand, add some lemon juice mixed with the same amount of water onto your hair before sitting in the park to lift colour.

Vitamin C is another great way to boost your body and brighten your hair, only if you apply directly though. Beauty experts recommend crushing up to eight tablets up and mixing them into shampoo to help stimulate the strands.

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Why kids don't need to hear 'fat talk'

Helping kids sidestep problems with body image needs to start sooner than you'd think.

By the age of three children begin noticing differences in body shape and by five they're starting to pick up on cultural bias around larger bodies - like big people are 'fat and lazy'," says Dr Heidi Bergmeier. Education Manager with Eating Disorders Victoria in Australia.

At the same time they're navigating a childhood landscape of teensy waisted Disney princesses and ripped action heroes and while there's nothing new or even wrong with seeing these images, what's changed is that childhood is so saturated in them. There are now more ways to put these images into children's lives thanks to the internet and mass marketing.

"With this comes a very narrow view of what beauty is. For girls it's very thin and usually white skinned and for boys it's athletic," Bergmeier says.

While it's impossible to cloister kids from these images, there are other things we grownups can do to help the children in our lives develop a healthy body image - like catching ourselves using 'fat talk'.

"Fat talk is when people criticise their own or other people's bodies, including celebrities' bodies - it can add to the pressure to be thin and help drive body dissatisfaction. The whole family needs to be aware of this," says Bergmeier, who's helped develop a new workshop for primary schools aimed at helping kids not only grow a more positive body image but also be more critical of what they see in the media.

"It's now accepted that you can't start early enough to build resilience when it comes to body image. Children pick up messages that thin is good and fat is bad very early, "says Christine Morgan, CEO of Australia's the Butterfly Foundation, which supports people with eating disorders and problems with body image. Like Eating Disorders Victoria, it also runs programs in primary schools which include teaching kids not to use bullying language.

"There are now kids as young as seven in hospital for eating disorders and calls from parents concerned about young children to our helpline are increasing.

"There's also a rise in body image problems among boys. Barbie has been around for 50 years and in that time her body hasn't changed - unlike Ken and superhero figurines which have become more muscular."

Still, not everyone with a problem with body image goes on to join the one in 24 Australians with an eating disorder, Morgan stresses.

"Eating disorders happen when there's a genetic vulnerability that's triggered by an outside stress. But the warning signs are quite subtle so if you hear children make negative comments about how they look or if they're avoiding eating, don't ignore it."

Like Heidi Bergmeier, Christine Morgan urges families to be good role models.

"Don't make comments about your own weight and rather than comment on how kids look, talk about their other strengths like how well they do things," she says

"Be aware of the media images children are exposed to and if they're unrealistic then have a conversation about it. This is one of the things we do in our primary school program - we get kids to think about how realistic these images are or what it took in the way of make up or photo shopping to create them. We also get them to think about who decides what's beautiful," Bergmeier adds.

"Families can also help by promoting healthy relationships with food and exercise - talk about the benefits of healthy foods and do active things for fun, not to lose weight. "


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How to minimise pores

When it comes to what you see in the mirror, pore size is one of those unmissable beauty bugbears that can affect the appearance of otherwise flawless skin.

Enlarged pores are due to a malfunction in the sebaceous glands which produce an excess of skin oils, known as 'hyperseborrhea'. They typically appear on our noses, the T-zone, cheeks, forehead and chin and it can be a bit of a job to get rid of them. Read on for our top tips on how to painlessly minimise your pores.

Causes of 'pore' skin

The top three causes of enlarged pores can be attributed to either of the following; hormonal changes which occur more frequently during puberty and during pregnancy, environmental issues such as pollution and sunshine, and the stresses of everyday life, poor diet and lifestyle.

Minimising the appearance of pores so that they're less apparent - and are less prone to blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples - can be done but it requires a consistent skin care routine, with oil balancing products with an emphasis on proper cleansing and exfoliating.

Purify pores

There are also a number of primers and powders which can be used as part of your skincare routine to decrease the size of pores. Murad Skin Smoothing Polish is part of the Pore Reform range, a line of products specially formulated to address blackheads and large pores.

The two-step treatment will help reduce the recurrence of blackheads and seal pores against pore-clogging impurities, lessening their appearance. Kiehl's Rare Earth range includes the Deep Pore Daily Cleanser, a mildly foaming cleanser made with Amazonian White Clay, to deep cleanse and remove debris, toxins and excess oil.

Mask up

Target pores using masks with ingredients such as clay to draw out excess oils. Then pick a continuous skincare line that will cleanse/tone/treat the skin while rebalancing and tightening pores. Sukin's range includes a cleanser, exfoliant, moisturiser and an Oil Balancing Anti-Pollution Facial Masque containing bamboo charcoal, which helps to draw out impurities in the pores and will help to relax and soothe skin. Alpha-H Balancing and Pore Refining Mask is a deeply clarifying mask which is seriously effective when it comes to enlarged pores. Or try Murad's InstaMatte Oil-Control Mask, which dissolves excess oil and deeply cleanses for a matte finish.

Moisturise and hydrate

Sisley Global Perfect Pore Minimizer is pricey, but it's a beauty editor favourite which is renowned for it's work on smoothing the skin's surface and ensuring a flawless base. It contains an astringent concentrate with lentil extract and java tea extract, that not only tightens pores but also deeply hydrates the skin. Kiehl's Rare Earth face lotion is a more budget friendly option, with the lightweight, oil-free formula that contains Amazonian White Clay helping to absorb excess oil to create a matte appearance throughout the day.


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Keep Her Wedding A Secret

Some brides want to proclaim their nuptials from the rooftops, share all the prep with their best friends, and have every single painstaking detail of their ceremonies documented on every social media channel possible. Zosia Mamet isn't one of those brides. In fact, when she did get married to now-husband Evan Jonigkeit, the details she revealed to Stephen Colbertshowed that many of her choices were decidedly alt-bride. But why did Mamet decide to keep so many aspects of her wedding on the down low?

The Girls star explained her reasoning on a recent appearance on The Late Show, saying, "I was secretly engaged. We just wanted it to be our thing. Our families knew." Mamet added that not having it out in the open made it more special — and she probably avoided a lot of pushy relatives and friends tossing their opinions around.

Mamet also explained that her wedding prep was deeply connected to Colbert, adding that right after her last visit to the late-night talk show, she went to choose her wedding gown (which, by the way, was black). "I went directly from our taping to the place I got my wedding dress, and I bought my wedding dress that night," she said.

Though most her friends and family didn't know about Mamet's engagement, she explained toVogue that those who were in on the secret were more than willing to help her out. Mamet said that unlike most girls, she never dreamed about her wedding. She was more focused on finding the perfect partner, not choreographing a perfect ceremony. So her pals helped her out. Naturally, Mamet had some backup when she went to pick out her gown.

"The dress I ultimately chose was by Givenchy, and it was the last one I tried on — the minute it went over my head, both my friends gasped," she told the magazine. "It definitely wasn’t the most epic in terms of the dress' power on its own, but it fit me like a glove in every way, and I knew, without a doubt, that it was my dress. That was it, I bought it off the rack."

Mamet's decision to keep her wedding details a secret may be wise advice to brides who don't want to have it all out there. And now that her ceremony is in the rear-view, it's clear that Mamet is more than happy to discuss every last detail, from that stunning black dress to the aura photographer.

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Erdem to Design Costumes

Erdem Moralioglu will be taking his flair for romance and storytelling from the runway to the stage of the Royal Ballet next year in a project that pays tribute to Leonard Bernstein.

The London-based designer has revealed plans to collaborate with the Royal Ballet on its program for 2018, designing a series of costumes for a one-act performance honoring the late composer, pianist and conductor Bernstein to mark the centenary of his birth.

Erdem, a supporter of the arts and an avid collector, will be working with the choreographer and Royal Ballet artistic associate Christopher Wheeldon. Wheeldon has previously choreographed a series of performances including “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “The Winter’s Tale.”

“Ballet has long been a love and passion of mine. It is a great privilege to be collaborating with the Royal Ballet and I can’t wait to work with their incredible artists. I am especially grateful to be working with the amazing Christopher Wheeldon,” said Moralioglu.

Moralioglu is joining a series of London-based designers who have in the past translated their designs for performance. Last September, Gareth Pugh unveiled more than 60 opera costumes on the stage of Palais Garnier in Paris for the debut of “Eliogabalo,” while Mary Katrantzou and Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton worked with the New York City Ballet on its fall 2014 program.

The new performance will debut in March 2018 and will run until April 2018.


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How to not dress for success

It has been said that you never get a second chance to make a first impression and so that’s why you should never wear pajama pants or torn blue jeans or sagging pants that show off your underwear to a job interview.

On Tuesday morning, the SCWorks Union Office hosted a meeting of a number of local and state agencies including SC JUMMP, Achieve, DSS, Safe Passage, Vocational Rehabilitation, Union County Adult Education, SC DEW, Youth Stop, and the Union County Carnegie Library. The participants in the meeting arrived wearing tee-shirts, pajama bottoms, torn blue jeans, skintight leather pants, baseball caps, and sagging pants that showed the brand of underwear they had on.

In case you’re wondering, no, this is not what they normally wear to such meetings or at any other time as they go about the performance of their duties. No, they dressed like that in order to make a point about what people should not wear when they go job hunting and/or to a job interview.

“The point of this is that we have a lot of people who are looking for jobs but don’t dress appropriately,” Union County Workforce Development Director Katherine Pendergrass said during Tuesday’s event. “We have a lot of employers and agencies who tell us when people are coming to look for a job or in for an interview they are not appropriately dressed. “

Pendergrass said inappropriate dress can cause a person to lose out on a job they might have otherwise been hired for. She said this was the message she and the other participants in Tuesday’s event were trying to convey by dressing the way they did.

“When you are not appropriately dressed that creates the perception that you are not interested in getting the job,” Pendergrass said. “We dressed like this to send a message about what is not appropriate to wear when looking for a job or going on a job interview.”

So what is not appropriate to wear when looking for and/or being interviewed for a job? Pendergrass provided the following list:

• Flip-flops or sneakers.

• Underwear (bras, bra straps, briefs, boxers, etc.) that is visible. Don’t wear any underwear that shows — even if your bra straps match your top.

• Shorts.

• Jeans, especially torn ones.

• Skirts that are too short.

• Pants that are too low-rise or too tight.

• Blouses that are too low-cut or too short — don’t show your cleavage or your belly.

• More on underwear and low-rise pants — make sure the top of your thong, if you wear one, doesn’t show above your pants.

Pendergrass said that SCWorks has services that can help job-seekers overcome the problem of inappropriate dress and other issues that can prevent them from getting a job.

“We want people to get jobs and so we have services that can help them,” Pendergrass said. “We have a clothes closet where we can assist them in choosing the appropriate attire for that interview. It could be as simple as adding a blouse or a jacket to help keep them from revealing too much flesh.”

Free Clothes Give-A-Way!

Tuesday’s event was also designed to publicize the “Free Clothe Give-a-way!” SCWorks will be host Thursday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

“We’ll be giving away free clothes and shoes, we have men’s, women’s, and children’s clothes in all sizes,” Pendergrass said. “People will be able to come and get what they need. We have some very fine clothes for them to choose from.”

Pendergrass said the Free Clothes Give-a-way! is in keeping with SCWork’s efforts to provide job-seekers with the attire they need for job-hunting and job interviews.

The SCWorks Office is located at 103 West Main Street in downtown Union. Pendergrass said the clothes will be on display along the sidewalk from the corner of Main Street and Pinckney Street to just one door up from the Elle Belle Cafe. She said that parking would be available at the rear of the SCWorks building.

Other Services

Pendergrass said that other things people do that can prevent them from getting hired include bringing a friend with them to a job interview; not being prepared for an interview; and not having a proper resume. She said SCWorks has services that can help job-seekers know what to do and what not to do at a job interview as well as help them understand what is required in writing a resume.

“We offer classes on interviewing skills as well as appropriate attire,” Pendergrass said. “We assist people with writing resumes.”

In addition, Pendergrass said SCWorks can “help people who want to go to school to learn a new skill. We offer financial assistance for welding, CDL (Certified Driver’ License), and Mechatronics.” Pendergrass said SCWorks also offers financial assistance for medical degrees in various health care fields such as nursing, radiology, and respiratory therapy. She said it also provides assistance for certified logistics and certified manufacturing production associate, both of which can be combined with forklift safety training certification.

Pendergrass said SCWorks provides similar assistance to “dislocated workers” who have been laid off from their jobs.


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Vogue Williams still recovering

Vogue Williams is still recovering from the knee injury she sustained while filming The Jump.

The Irish star was set to appear in the winter sports competition on Channel 4 earlier this year (17) but was forced to pull out before the show even began due to hurting her leg.

Vogue, 31, underwent surgery to treat the torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her knee, and she's still struggling to move properly.

"I have made a good recovery after The Jump. (But) I'm not fully recovered," she told Sky News during her visit to Disneyland Paris at the weekend (25-26Mar17), where she was celebrating the 25th anniversary of the theme park.

"And I probably took it a little bit too far today... My knee's a bit sore because of too much walking but it's been fine on all the rides and everyone's been really, really accommodating with helping me so it hasn't changed my trip at all."

The pain didn't dampen her spirits though, as she insisted she enjoyed herself just as much this time as she did during her last visit.

Travelling to Paris proved to have a romantic element for Vogue too, as she and The Jump winner Spencer Matthews appeared to confirm their romance as he posted a picture of them kissing on social media. The cute snap comes after the blonde beauty hinted there may be truth to reports of a relationship between the pair, though Spencer remained coy on his feelings for the star.

"My friends are so cute xx" he captioned the picture of them locking lips, before uploading another snap of them both wearing Donald and Daisy Duck hats in the Magic Kingdom theme park.


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Have a Wedding After-Party

Whether your wedding budget is tight, your venue is strict, or you’re just not the late-night types, there’s absolutely no need to have a wedding after-party if it doesn’t fit into the vision you have for your big day. Sure, they’re a fun add-on for your guests, but after a day of emotions, excitement, and a ton of socializing, calling it a day around midnight actually sounds kind of nice, doesn’t it?

If you decide not to host a wedding after-party but know some guests will be looking for late-night entertainment, you have a few options. The easiest, of course, is to compile a list of your favorite local bars that will be open late, then let them decide where they’ll want to continue the party. Of course, you can join them if you like (and if you’re not quite ready to take off your wedding dress!), but something this informal means you can opt to head to your newlywed suite whenever you’d like.

Not in an area with a lot of options? When you’re choosing hotels for your room block, see if one of the options has a bar downstairs that your guests can head to, then encourage your after-party-seeking guests to book a room there instead of elsewhere.

When it comes to your planning and budgeting, instead of allocating funds for an after-party, see it as an opportunity to put a little more money elsewhere. Host a morning-after brunch, add a few late-night snacks to your catering order, or upgrade your bar offerings. The choice is yours!


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George Town Primary students enjoy day of culture

Quadrille lessons, maypole dancing and thatch work demonstrations were only some of the “old-time thing” displaying the sights and smells at George Town Primary School last week.

On Friday, students and teachers of the school got a chance to learn about Caymanian culture from visiting local heritage ambassadors.

According to Marie Martin, the school’s principal, the activities and events were all part of the school’s culture day celebrations that kicked off on Commonwealth Day, March 13, with a national costume parade around the school grounds.

“We decided to explore the culture and give our students an opportunity to explore and experience different ways of how Caymanians lived long ago,” said Ms. Martin.

Last Friday’s culture day kicked off with Pastor Winston Rose and his wife Hyacinth explaining the importance of worship as part of Cayman’s Cultural heritage.

Swanky band member Paula Scott and folk singer Nayil Arana, along with the children, got things moving along with some traditional Cayman music.

Cultural mainstays such as wompers (old-time sandals made of old tires and thatch rope), fish and fritters, a catboat, quadrille dancing, peppermint candy making, storytelling, thatch work demonstrations, hopscotch, marbles, skip rope, limbo and more were celebrated by students and teachers dressed in traditional Cayman dress and hats.

In the storytelling room, senior Rennie Barnes told the children all about the mosquito “Smoke pan” that was once used to keep bugs away, conch shell blowing, and “ground provisions” such as cassava, pumpkin, yams, sugar cane, breadfruit and coconuts that Caymanians were able to cultivate to feed their families in days gone by.

In another classroom, local expert Marge Quinland taught students the one-two-three steps of quadrille – a traditional dance for people of the island back then.

Grade one students enthusiastically asked questions about items made from Cayman silver thatch on display, including baskets, brooms and shoes, learning about how these were made and what they were used for by Caymanians long ago.

The sweetest part of the day for the children was joining Rose Myles in making peppermint candy.

They also got a chance to enjoy a fry fish and fritters from Cayman Traditional Arts.


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