Taylor Swift’s surprise new music!! | 1989

I read from Instyle.com that Taylor Swift just made  Monday a lot more exciting. Below is a snippet about how she pulled off a huge surprise making fans go crazy.

From a lounge at the top of the Empire State Building in New York City, Swift began her “Live Stream Extravaganza Adventure-a-Thon” (as she called it), in which she revealed a trifecta of news: her new single is “Shake It Off;” the album—complete with Polaroid-style cover art—will be called 1989.

Taylor speaking of her new song ” Shake it off”—– “I have a new song I’m going to play you in 30 seconds,” she told the crowd. “The idea is that I’ve had to learn a pretty tough lesson in the past couple of years: People can say anything they want about us at any time, and we cannot control that—the only thing we can control is our reaction to it. I figure we have two options: You can either let it get to you, let it change you, make you bitter. Option two, is you just shake it off.”

She did it once again…. caught me in her web of catchy music. 🙂 Enjoy 1989

Xo-A

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Dry vs. Dehydrated and The hydration magic of Hydroluric Acid!

 

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Who knew there was a major difference  of  Dry vs Dehydrated skin?!!?   I have always thought my skin was oily and that’s why my foundation never lasted. Years and years going to different makeup artist and just being told to use a primer… well I have and it still doesn’t work.   Lately, I have noticed my foundation has become patchy after an hour or so. Which is not a cute look. I started looking into patchy foundation and the causes. I stumbled upon lumiashe’s  Youtube Channel and she went over what she learned from her research and mostly from Caroline Hirons’ blog

Caroline made a fantastic cheat sheet on Dry vs Dehydrated skin and how you can have oily skin that is dehydrating. New news to me!

Here is what Caroline explained about the differences in skin types and conditions !

“Dry and dehydrated skins have similar characteristics, but different underlying reasons.

Dry Skin – normally a skin type but can be a temporary skin condition

  • caused by lack of oil in the skin
  • small pores
  • ‘tight’ feeling
  • may be flaky
  • milia, blackheads and spots may still be present
  • skin looks dull
  • skin is not plump
  • doesn’t absorb products easily
  • easily irritated – more likely to suffer reactions to products
  • aggravated by poor skincare

Dehydrated Skin – is a skin condition affecting any skin type – including DRY

  • caused by lack of water in the skin
  • pores can be large or small
  • skin feels tight and dry although it can confusingly sometimes look oily and have breakouts
  • absorbs moisturizers really quickly
  • blackheads and spots are still visible
  • makeup disappears (and goes patchy) throughout the day as the skin is absorbing any water in your foundation
  • skin looks ‘ashen’
  • aggravated by lifestyle circumstances – may suffer from a lot of headaches

Skin is made up of 70% water – around  20-30% of that is in the epidermis (top layer of the skin). In normal circumstances, your hydrolipidic film acts as a regulator and barrier – retaining moisture and protecting against germs. If – for whatever reason that is compromised, the moisture in the epidermis evaporates too quickly and the normal, healthy state of the skin is compromised.

The following can cause dehydration –

  1. Environment – wind, cold air, dry air, too much sun, air conditioning, central heating
  2. Diet – the wrong foods, alcohol, caffeine, not eating enough water-heavy foods, not drinking enough
  3. Lifestyle – stress , poor skincare routine, using the wrong products, medication – including birth control, smoking
  4. Genetics – monthly cycle, pregnancy

It is quite common to be both dry and dehydrated but if by looking at the above you have ascertained that you are one or the other – these do’s and don’t might help.

Do and Do Not:

  • Do upgrade your moisturizer to something suitable for dry skin if you recognize the signs – go for products using the words ‘nourishing’
  • Do change your moisturizer to something labelled ‘hydra’ or ‘hydrating’.
  • Do steer clear of foaming anything  – keep the bubbles for your dishes
  • Do use balms, oils and serums for dry skin.
  • Do use milks, specified oils and treatments for dehydrated
  • Do stay away from mineral oils, silicone (in skincare – not makeup), lanolins and synthetic fragrance which will make a dehydrated skin worse and make a dry skin scream for help.”

So, what is the magic to getting hydration back to your face? Hydroluric Acid!!  It holds up to 100 times it’s own weight in water.

Doctor Oz covered the who, what and why of  Hydroluric Acid!

He explains, that it is a powerful humectant which is a  moisture-binder. This  keeps skin plump and hydrated and looking young!

Biology geekout:  Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring polysaccharide in the human body. It’s present in large amounts in the spaces between skin cells, where it provides moisture, plumpness, firmness and suppleness to the skin.

As a baby you are born with extra H.A but over time you no longer have the fresh dewy baby skin and need a little help.  While you’re never going to get back that perfectly dewy baby-skin, it is possible to help restore the skin’s hyaluronic acid content and get a  fresher, more supple look.

There are serum or moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid. While it won’t give you the dramatic, instantaneous  results , you will see benefits in the form of softer, smoother, more hydrated skin.

Applied topically, it will increases hydration, improves elasticity and also reverses free radical damage, so it may have some benefit in protecting from UV damage.

Bonus: Hyaluronic acid is one ingredient that works across the board. Every skin type, even oily, can benefit. Look for hyaluronic acid serums and apply one alone if you have oily skin or under moisturizer if you have dry skin.

It is all about prevention of wrinkles and making sure  your skin is kept  fresh and hydrated.

Hope you babes learned something helpful!

xo- A.

 

 

 

 

TMI Tag | Get to know me.

 

1. What are you wearing?
Workout leggings and a big T. I am about to workout….and obviously avoiding it by doing this.

2. Do you have any tattoos?
Nope! I like being a clean slate and I don’t know anything I would like forever

3. Piercings?
One in each earlobe and I use to have my nose pierced. It was my one rebellious things lol

4: Ever been in love?  That I have, for the past 7 years!

5: Ever had a terrible breakup? I was pretty sad and ate my popcorn and chocolate and cried for a night and picked myself up and moved on.

6: How much do you weigh? 136  I am learning that the number actually says nothing. It’s how you feel and what looks good to you. I will never be stick and I am happy with that.

7: Something you miss?  My family. I am now the only one in California

8. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? Well it matters on what I am doing. In general 30 minutes or so. If I am taking my time and going out for the night or on a date closer to an hour.

9. How tall are you?
5’3 and 3/4ths… .every bit counts. Short and proud

10. Zodiac sign?
Sagittarius.

11. Favorite quote?
Be the best you possible version of yourself.

12. OTP (One True Pairing)?
Chuck and Blaire! Gossip Girl obsessed. Chocolate and wine.

13. What are your fears?
Regret, walking into a dark house alone, bad guys.

14. Favorite TV show?
Where do I start, I like all the worst TV and the best. Scandal, Real Housewives of everything lol. oh and of course…NEW GIRL!

15. Favorite flavor of candy?
Dark Chocolate. I have been on a major dark chocolate and salted Caramel kick…. Mmmm. Oh and I just discovered dark chocolate snickers… HELL YAH!

16. Favorite Song?
I don’t have one favorite song… I can’t ever just pick one of something. Rihanna Rude Boy, Notorious B.I.G Juicy, No scrubs by TLC, Mars Volta Widow, Pearl Jam Creep Okay I will stop now… oh and Britney Toxic.

17. Last song you sang out loud?
Latch by Disclosure Featuring Sam Smith.

18. A place to visit?
All the places. I want to see the world and experience different cultures.

19. Favorite color?
Coral, Black, purple, teal… again I don’t have one.

20. Have you ever been in a physical fight?
…. no thanks.

21: Turn on?  strength and kindness

22: Turn off? Immaturity.

23: The reason I made a blog? To share and explore with others.

24: Last thing that made you cry?  so pathetic but over a TV show lol.

25: Last time you said you loved someone?  Just a few minutes ago to my man.

26: Meaning behind your blog Name?  My boyfriend only refers to me as babe to the point when I meet one of his co workers or friends for the first time they know me as babe and call me babe. lol Babe has many meaning to me its endearing and sweet, and what you think of a cute girl… a total babe. It encompasses a lot for me. What girl doesn’t want to be someones babe, to be the total healthy sexy babe. 😉

27: Last book you read?  The Defining Decade and The Fault of Our Stars.

28: The book you’re currently reading? Currently reading Untethered Soul (Thanks to Carlibybel55 recommendation)

29: Last show you watched?  Real Housewives of Atlanta

30: Last person you talked to? Currently my friend Stixx and my man. ( they are sitting next to me)

31: The relationship between you and the person you last texted? Great friend and old neighbor

32: Favorite food?  Everything lol. I do love burgers!!

33: Last place you were?  Florida

34: Do you have a crush? That I do, on my man.

35: Last time you kissed someone?  A few minutes ago.

36: Last time you were insulted? Yesterday, some man said ” damn girl why you lookin all angry” It was the morning and I had no coffee and I was slightly grumpy.

37: What instruments do you play??  I wish I played the piano.

38: Favorite piece of jewellery? Probably a few special rings I have.

39: Last sport you played? Soccer. I played pass with some little kids I nanny.

40: Favorite chat up line? I don’t get this… pick up line… none. They don’t work.

41: Have you ever used it? Nope.

42: Last time you hung out with anyone?  Right this very moment.

43: Who should answer these questions next? Everyone!

 

44.: Favourite actor?

Leonadro Dicario… since day one!

45: Loud music or soft?

Depends on the time and event. Soft unless I am getting ready to go out for the night.

46: Where do you go when you’re sad?

No one place. I would say a postive state of mind.

47: How long does it take you to shower?

About 10 to 15 minutes

48: Quality you look for in a partner?

Confidence and accountability.

49: How old are you? 27 years young

50: Favorite Designer: I am loving Mara Hoffman currently! Her colors and prints are amazing!



If you are reading this, you have officially been tagged! Comment your answers to these questions, or blog and tag me in the post so I can read them!

xo- A

Gwyneth Paltrow’s DIY teeth whitening tip : Oil Pulling

I keep seeing “oil pulling” pop up and my curiosity got me. I looked into it and found out that one of America’s favorite actresses practices this healthy trick. Check out her Interview with E! via Glamour Mag below.

Find out Gwyneth Paltrow's DIY teeth whitening tip
PA Photos | By Leanne Bayley

Gwyneth Paltrow has a great set of pearly whites – and now she’s fessed up to how she gets them to stay so sparkly. In an interview with E! the creator of Goop has revealed it’s all down to oil pulling.

‘What is oil pulling?’ we hear you cry.

Well, over to Gwyn…

When asked if she has any favourite DIY skin treatments, Gwyneth replied bigging up coconut oil: “I use coconut oil a lot. I do on my face, on my skin and in my cooking. And I just started oil pulling, which is when you swish coconut oil around [in your mouth] for 20 minutes, and it’s supposed to be great for oral health and making your teeth white. It’s supposed to clear up your skin, as well.”

BLIMEY! Before we all rush off to Waitrose, let’s hear more about it, Gwyneth said: “It’s really interesting; it’s an ancient, ancient technique. I read about it on the Internet.”

So forget Listerine, it’s all about coconut oil! But sorry Gwyn, we have to admit, it sounds a little gross.

Since oil pulling is relatively new to the Western world, its health benefits have been vague, but a few published studies have confirmed that swishing oil does have value – especially for oral health.

In 2009, one study found that people who practiced oil pulling for 10 days showed a reduction in dental plaque comparable to plaque reductions seen in people who used chlorhexidine mouthwash during the same time period.  And in 2008, another study found that oil pulling effectively reduced mouth bacteria in the plaque and saliva samples of study participants.

So there you have it. Will you be trying oil pulling? Or have you tried it? Tweet us@GlamourMagUK.

Also in the interview, Gwyneth was raving about natural skincare line, Restorsea, and she told the presenter: “I get a lot of things sent but this one stood out. I loved the smell; it wasn’t floral, which I find off putting. I started using it and noticed a difference quickly in my skin tone. When looking into the company more, I learned it was started by a woman…I loved that it was a woman! I am all about that, ways to empower women. We call it the ‘Fempire’ here in the Goop office. I won’t ever endorse anything I don’t fully believe in.”

SOURCE: E! 

Original Glamour Article

Recipe: 

.5 to 2 Tablespoons of Coconut oil and swish for 20 minutes then spit it all in the trash. The oil should be a thinner milky  liquid. Other oil options are sesame or olive oil.