The key to a flawless, pigmented lip is a bomb lip liner (go ahead and quote us). Lip liners stop lipsticks from feathering, lock them in place all day and are a great way to make a shade work. Pairing a deeper lip liner with a shade that isn’t quite right will help you refresh and reuse the lippies you haven’t reached for in a while.
When it comes to playing matchmaker with your lip products, there’s lots of ways to go about it. You can go for a matched pair of lippies for a bolder finish or choose a deeper liner to complement a lighter lipstick.
Peep some favourite pairings, ahead:
NYX Suede Matte Lippie in cold brew
A pre-matched pair, this two lippies ae the same shade so you canamplify and lock in your lipcolour. This is a great everyday option. It’ll last (almost) all day.
NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Earth tone & Soft Matte Lip Cream
For that dusty mauve look you’ll love, try this combination. Together, they make a pretty neutral shade with dimension.
NYX Lip Lingerie Lippie Duo in Teddy & Cappuccino
These two lippies have opposing undertones we mixed together, they balance each other out.
(PHOTOS): Lacoste Replaces Its Crocodile Logo With 10 Endangered Species.
French brand Lacoste has teamed up with IUCN’s SOS (Save Our Species) — a nature conservation charity — for a limited-edition collection of polo tshirts.
The tees have logos of endangered animal species instead of the green crocodile, and were launched on the runway during the brand’s show at last year’s Paris Fashion Week.
The 10 species represented by Lacoste – with the estimated remaining numbers – are: Vaquita (Gulf of California porpoise): 30, Burmese roofed turtle: 40, Northern sportive lemur: 50, Javan rhino: 67, Cao-vit gibbon (ape): 150, Kakapo (parrot): 157, California condor: 231, Saola (herbivore): 250, Sumatran tiger: 350, Anegada ground iguana: 450
“For the endangered species of this world, the crocodile abandons its ancestral place,” say Lacoste, who had previously never changed their green croc since its debut 85 years ago.
The globally recognized logo was designed as an homage to the brand’s founder René Lacoste, who was dubbed “The Crocodile” because of how he dealt with his opponents on the tennis court.
The new, limited edition logos were produced using the same green coloring and embroidery style as the crocodile.
Each of the 10 designs were produced in limited numbers, corresponding to the remaining population size of each species in the wild.
For example, just 350 polos were produced featuring the Sumatran Tiger, whose main threats are poaching and deforestation.
The smallest batch—at just 30 pieces—features the California porpoise, who due to overfishing is one of the most threatened mammal species ever.
Other species include the Burmese turtle, the northern weasel maki, the Java rhino, the eastern black crested gibbon, the kakapo, the California condor, the saola, and the Anegada iguana.
Each Save Our Species polo was retailed at $185, and the total collection of 1,775 are already sold out, with the profits of each sale donated to the IUCN conservation.
However, If you’d still like to contribute to the worthy cause, you can still donate via the Save Our Species website.
See The World’s Most Expensive Watch.
A one-of-a-kind Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300A sold for a hammer price of CHF 31-million (about $31-million) today at Only Watch, a charity auction held in Geneva to which top watch brands donate special editions. The previous record for the world’s most expensive wristwatch was Paul Newman’s Paul Newman Rolex Daytona, which sold for $17.7-million at a Phillips auction in 2017. The previous record for the world’s most expensive watch (a pocket watch) was the Patek Philippe Henry Graves Jr. Supercomplication, which sold for $24-million at a Sotheby’s auction in 2014. It was made in 1920.
The Grandmaster Chime reference 6300A-010 was created specially for Only Watch, and it is the only one that will ever be made in stainless steel. It has four spring barrels driving 20 complications, including a grande and petite sonnerie, a minute repeater, instantaneous perpetual calendar with a four-digit year display, second time zone, day/night indicator, day/date (on both dials), month, leap-year cycle, four-digit year display and 24-hour and minute subdial. There are front and back dials, which can be changed via reversible lugs. The salmon colored front dial bears the inscription “The Only One” on the alarm subdial at 12 o’clock.
The watch also has a chimed alarm function that strikes the time by reproducing the complete tone sequence of the minute repeater – a function never before integrated in a mechanical wristwatch. To protect it against damage caused by inadvertent manipulations, it incorporates isolators that interrupt the flow of power between individual mechanisms or block certain functions while others are active.Patek Philippe originally introduced the Grandmaster Chime in 2014 in a series of seven pieces to mark its 175th anniversary. It is the most complicated watch Patek Philippe has produced. No word on who bought the watch.
The Only Watch auction, held this year by Christie’s, has been held biennially since 2005, with 100%. of its proceeds going to benefit research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a genetic disorder that strikes children. To date, the event has raised more than $40 million. It was started by Luc Pettavino when he learned that his son, Paul, was afflicted with the disease. Paul passed away in 2016. Luc Pettavino received the Special Jury prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève two days ago.
THE DIASPORA & AFRICA: The Year of Return in Ghana, Be inspired.
"I was lost but now, I'm found. Was blind but now i see. It was grace that brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home". These are the sacred words of the Christian Hymn, Amazing grace. These words resonate with many Africans in the diaspora and African Americans who have made a conscious effort to rediscover their ancestral roots in Africa.
The feeling is ecstatic. So much emotion, joy, sadness and beauty to rediscover a home your ancestors left many years ago. What a journey it has been.
For many African Americans, its about a different kind of peace rediscovered. A special kind of connection with the African continent that is a dream come true. Where skin colour is not a determining factor of who you are as a person. Where young people can rediscover an identity, a culture, a serene way of life never known in the West.
The year of return definitely is a blessing in disguise for many Africans in the diaspora who have felt empty and lost in a Country they struggle to find an identity and recognition.
Africa has its challenges like all parts of the world. Africa is however a beautiful continent with so much to explore, discover and rediscover. IT gives everyone an opportunity to reassert yourself, your identity and create the world in which possibility abounds.
Visit the African continent and be inspired.
11 Style Tips For Short Men Who Want To Appear Taller.
Dear short guys, you cannot change your height, but you can make yourself appear taller. You probably already know that there are ways you can dress to appear taller and even look better and have an advantage over all those 6-foot-tall bearded guys, or, at least come close! If you clicked on this article, you’re here to get the deets so without beating around the bush, we will break down these important style tips for short men.
1. Never ever wear baggy clothes.
This is rule of thumb when it comes to men style. Baggy clothes make you look frumpy regardless of your height. If you’re short, you should get properly fitting clothes because baggy clothes make you appear horizontal (kinda like a fridge) while well-tailored, fitting clothes elongate you. So, next time you’re buying that shirt or suit, get it in your correct size.
2. Wear mid to high rise pants or jeans.
Low-rise jeans or pants (pants that fall slightly below your waist line) will elongate your torso and make your legs appear shorter and this is not a good look especially for a short guy. So what this means is, get pants that you will wear at your natural waist so as to balance out proportions.
3. If you can, avoid belts.
This is not an easy one, especially for men who are used to wearing belts almost every day. However, if you’re keen on looking taller, try and ditch the belt bro. Here’s why; when you wear a belt, it cuts your body in half and when you’re a shorter guy, you don’t want anything to breakup the natural line of your body. Basically, a belt will make you look shorter. Instead, get jeans and pants that are your size so that you don’t have to wear them with a belt.
4. Wear shoes that closely match the color of your pants.
Footwear that closely match your pants make you appear slightly taller. It’s like a woman wearing thigh high boots on black skinny jeans. It’s gonna appear like one continuous line and will make you look taller. Same goes to the men, well not the thigh high boots but the low contrasting footwear.
5. Avoid happy socks and instead, wear socks that closely match the color of your pants or jeans.
Basically, this works just like the footwear and makes you look a little bit taller.
6. Still on color, avoid contrasting colors when dressing.
Instead, go for monochromatic looks or hues of the same color. For instance, when wearing separates, instead of wearing a pair of black jeans with a maroon shirt, go for a navy blue or black or gray shirt instead. Wear colors that are close to each other in the color spectrum and avoid contrasting colors.
7. Wear at least one or two accessories on the upper body.
It could be a pendant, a male brooch, a pocket square, tie clip etc. This is because the accessory draws attention to the upper body, especially the chest area.
8. Wear pants with little to no break.
The break of the pants is the part of the trouser that touches the shoe. If you want to appear taller, wear pants with little to no break to make you look taller.
9. Wear hats!
Not only are hats stylish and a great accessories but they also help draw the attention upwards and hey they help add one or two inches to your silhouette so why not?!
10. Go for elongated shoes or those with a pointy toe instead of bulky shoes.
The whole idea is to create a visual streamline that elongates your body and makes you appear taller.
11. Your shirts need to not cover the crotch.
Listen, if you’re a short dude, avoid those shirts and t-shirts that look like shirt-dresses. This will give you bad proportions by making your torso look longer and legs shorter. Instead, go for shirts and t-shirts that fall above your crotch when you’re not tucking in. Also, when buying pants, make sure that the crotch fits and doesn’t sag.