This is default featured slide 1 title

This is default featured slide 1 title

You can completely customize the featured slides from the theme theme options page. You can also easily hide the slider from certain part of your site like: categories, tags, archives etc. More »

This is default featured slide 2 title

This is default featured slide 2 title

You can completely customize the featured slides from the theme theme options page. You can also easily hide the slider from certain part of your site like: categories, tags, archives etc. More »

This is default featured slide 3 title

This is default featured slide 3 title

You can completely customize the featured slides from the theme theme options page. You can also easily hide the slider from certain part of your site like: categories, tags, archives etc. More »

This is default featured slide 4 title

This is default featured slide 4 title

You can completely customize the featured slides from the theme theme options page. You can also easily hide the slider from certain part of your site like: categories, tags, archives etc. More »

This is default featured slide 5 title

This is default featured slide 5 title

You can completely customize the featured slides from the theme theme options page. You can also easily hide the slider from certain part of your site like: categories, tags, archives etc. More »


10 Korean Skin Care Mistakes to Avoid

Korean beauty products, Soko Glam

Image: @sokoglam

You don’t need us to tell you that the Korean skin care craze is major. You just need to take a look at any department store counter or drugstore aisle. Even Western beauty brands are being inspired by K-beauty and developing their own ranges based off of its principles.

If you’re curious about Korean beauty and have begun researching it, you’ll know that there’s a lot more to a traditional Korean skin care regimen than your usual routine — about 10 steps more. There are many products — like milk peels, essences and ampoules — that don’t fit into your typical cleanse, tone and moisturize routine.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the Korean skin care options or you’ve tried products but aren’t sure whether you’re really doing the routine right, we asked experts for tips on avoiding the most common mistakes and how to get the most out of your products.

Not Cleansing Thoroughly

Charlotte Cho, co-founder of popular Korean beauty site Soko Glam and editor-in-chief of The Klog, says that the biggest mistake people make is failing to realize how essential cleansing is. That doesn’t simply mean rubbing your face with a cleansing wipe and calling it a day. It usually means double cleansing. Cho explains, “With all the dirt and impurities in the air, it is so important to make sure your skin is being cleansed, not only from dirt in the air, but also the oil that skin produces throughout the day.”

“An oil-based cleanser, like the Enature Moringa Cleansing Balm ($23), is needed to take away all of that extra sebum, makeup and SPF that a water-based cleanser is not capable of removing since water and oil don’t mix. A water-based cleanser in foam or cream form, like the Neogen Green Tea Real Fresh Foam Cleanser ($19), will gently draw out sweat and dirt,” she says.

Misinterpreting K-beauty Terms

The more you start looking into K-beauty, the more new terms you will come across. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, but don’t let that stop you. If you’re thinking about buying new products, it’s important that you get what those terms mean. Take one new term at a time and learn it. It will help you shop smarter.

Jessica Jeong, MISSHA‘s marketing and PR coordinator, points out that “brightening” and “whitening” often lead to some confusion because they’re not the same thing. “Products labeled ‘whitening’ only target hyperpigmentation and dulling skin tone,” she explains. Furthermore, “whitening” products aren’t necessarily about bleaching your skin. “I can’t speak for other brands, but MISSHA’s ‘whitening’ products do not include any potentially dangerous bleaching agents. Therefore, anyone can benefit from so-called ‘whitening’ products, no matter what their skin tone.”

Rubbing Instead of Tapping

Are you scooping up your creams, then rubbing them over your face? If so, you need to stop. Your complexion is sensitive and all that rubbing isn’t doing your face or your products any favors. Cho suggests tapping your products into the skin. Being gentle is key.

Not Following the Grain of Your Skin

There’s more to grains than steaks and wood. Jeong explains that following “the grain of your skin” is a popular application method for many products. What it simply means is that when you’re applying a product, you start from the innermost part of your face and work outward and upward. For example, you start at your nose and go out toward your temple. Then you work from your forehead to your temples. “This process is meant to give your skin a little boost in reducing lymphatic swelling and fighting the downward pull of gravity … Many of the women I have encountered during my life as a beauty enthusiast swear by it,” she says.

Too Much Too Soon

While you may be tempted to get right into the 10-step Korean beauty routine by completely switching things up, it’s actually not the best idea for your skin — or your wallet. Jeong suggests replacing products in your current regimen with K-beauty equivalents, then adding in other steps that seem relevant to you, such as an essence or ampoule.

Cho adds, “An important tip is to introduce one product at a time and slowly build a skin care regimen based on products that react and work well with your skin.” She suggests getting a starter kit like the Soko Glam Quick Starter Skincare Set ($56) and gradually incorporating each product.

Applying Products in the Wrong Order

You can have all of the right products, but they won’t reach their optimal potential if you’re using them in the wrong order. Cho explains that a good rule of thumb is to apply cosmetics from lightest to heaviest. That way you won’t have a heavier product preventing a lighter one from being absorbed. For example, you use your toner before your serum, followed by your moisturizer.

Focusing Only on Treatment

One of the biggest principles in the Korean beauty world is prevention. Instead of waiting for those pimples or fine lines to appear before you treat them, think about maintaining the health of your skin now. Cho says that being proactive is essential. That means using products like sunscreen before your skin is damaged.

Not Being Consistent

In life, being consistent is the key to doing things well and that applies to your skin care routine, too. That means washing your face on those nights when you can barely lift your arms. It also means giving your products enough time to work. If you’re constantly switching from one thing to another, you’re not giving products ample time to do their job.

Mixing the Wrong Ingredients

You’ve probably discovered that mixing perfume doesn’t always produce the best results and it’s the same with skin care. Cho cautions that you don’t want to mix vitamin C with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) because they can interact and cause irritation. Remember that when it comes to non-Korean beauty products, too.

Improper Storage

Most places that are good for Instagram flat lays aren’t ideal for storing your skin care products. Cho explains that it’s best to store your products in cool areas where they will not be exposed to direct sunlight. That means no shower stalls or sunny vanities. Direct sunlight exposure causes products to fluctuate in temperature, which can reduce their potency. Cho cautions that this is especially true with products containing vitamin C, retinol or benzoyl peroxide.

She suggests storing skin care products inside a cabinet, drawer or even a lidded box. You can also keep products containing vitamin C in the fridge. Cho says that this helps keep the vitamins from breaking down or oxygenizing, which can potentially change the formula.

The post 10 Korean Skin Care Mistakes to Avoid appeared first on theFashionSpot.

The entire article can be viewed

Trump's immigration crackdown is paving the way for a 'deportation force'

john kelly homeland security

Two memos released by the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday helped spell out President Donald Trump’s plans for aggressively enforcing federal immigration laws, and they were quickly criticized by immigration advocates as providing a blueprint for mass deportations.

The memos include sweeping guidelines that supersede previous Obama administration directives and that increase the power federal authorities have in detaining and deporting immigrants living in the US illegally.

But while the memos don’t detail the financial resources that will be needed to implement Trump’s orders, they do mention the hiring of 10,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and 5,000 Customs and Border Protection agents.

Immigration advocates say those hirings, coupled with the expansion of the 287(g) program, which allows local police officers to act as federal immigration officers, would create a “deportation force” and threaten the removal of nearly every all of the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the country without permission.

Yet past examples of such measures have been far from successful — from a botched CBP hiring spree beginning in 2006 to ongoing accusations that police departments have discriminated against Latinos. Immigration experts are cautioning that the Trump administration’s actions could do more harm than good.

“I think that in the end, this could have a really devastating consequence for immigrant communities and undermine public safety, rather than making the nation more secure,” Joshua Breisblatt, an immigration policy analyst at the American Immigration Council, a nonprofit advocacy group, told Business Insider.

Local police enforcing federal immigration laws

ICE immigration sweepOne of the most controversial aspects to the DHS memos has been the expansion of the 287(g) program, which calls for more local law-enforcement agencies to voluntarily participate in federal immigration enforcement.

This program was implemented two decades ago but was largely scaled back by the Obama administration, which allowed many of its agreements with police departments to lapse without renewal. Today, just 38 law-enforcement agencies across 16 states still participate in 287(g).

The program led to 175,000 deportations from 2006 to 2013, according to federal statistics, and in some cases resulted in widespread racial profiling — the most infamous case being that of Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona’s Maricopa County, where a federal judge ruled in 2013 that Arpaio’s leadership resulted in the discrimination against Latinos.

Critics fear that an expansion in the 287(g) program will lead to a replication of what happened in Maricopa County under Arpaio’s tenure.

“We are going to see an incentive for localities to engage in racial profiling and other abusive practices that violate basic protection,” Greg Chen, the advocacy director for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, told the Houston Chronicle.

“They’re going to start picking up anyone who may appear to be in violation of immigration law.”

Yet it is up to police departments to determine whether they want to participate in the program, and already some are offering resistance. On Tuesday, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez of Harris County, Texas, announced he would end his department’s participation in 287(g).

The program cost taxpayers $675,000 annually for the salaries of 10 deputies, Gonzalez said, who worked to determine jailed suspects’ immigration statuses and hold them for deportation.

Gonzalez said the decision to end the program was a matter of resource allocation and the deputies were needed elsewhere in the department.

“After thoughtful consideration, I’ve decided to opt out of the voluntary 287(g) program,” Gonzalez said in a letter notifying ICE officials. “We’ll still be cooperating with local state and federal authorities as we always have, we just won’t have our manpower resources inside the jail doing that.”

ice immigration raid

Hiring a ‘deportation force’

As for adding 10,000 ICE officers and 5,000 CBP officers, Breisblatt of the American Immigration Council said that was easier said than done and large-scale hiring efforts for these agencies had previously gone awry.

Some immigration agencies have struggled in recent years with staffing levels. CBP’s Border Patrol, for instance, is supposed to have a minimum of 21,370 agents but maintains only about 20,000 because of retention problems and long hiring processes, Breisblatt said.

“They can’t even meet the standard Congress is setting for them, so the idea that they’re going to be able to quickly hire another 5,000 — I’m not sure how that’s actually going to work in practice,” he said.

ICE employs 7,000 full-time officers for its Enforcement and Removal Operation. To add more than double that number of officers to the agency is tantamount to “the creation of a deportation force,” Breisblatt said.

The Trump administration has denied that its goal is to carry out mass deportations, but it has also broadened the official language identifying deportation priorities to include virtually all immigrants living in the country illegally.

A federal immigration agency most recently implemented a large-scale hiring spree back in 2006, when CBP launched efforts to hire more than 20,000 agents. The next five years, however, saw a 44% increase in employee arrests on suspicion of misconduct and more than 100 corruption charges and arrests, with many accused of taking bribes or smuggling drugs or people, according to the Associated Press.

This led to the introduction of lie detectors during the hiring of officers, the results of which were “shocking,” according to James Tomsheck, the former head of internal affairs for CBP.

After the tests were introduced in 2008, Tomsheck said, more than half of applicants failed, and many acknowledged having been convicted of felonies or being involved in smuggling activities. Several were even confirmed infiltrators hired by drug-trafficking groups to “essentially be spies in our midst,” Tomsheck told NPR.

Tomsheck said the litany of problems that emerged from the 2006 hiring spree should serve as a grave warning to the Trump administration before attempting to boost the number of ICE and CBP officials.

“If we hire people that are grossly unsuitable for the position and place them in critical, sensitive positions along the southwestern border, not only would it not enhance security, it would likely compromise security,” he said.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly himself relayed concerns earlier this month regarding a hiring spree, suggesting it was unrealistic to hire thousands of people within the next few years.

“I’d rather have fewer and make sure that they’re high-quality people,” Kelly told lawmakers. “I will not skimp on the training and the standards.”

SEE ALSO: DHS memos detail aggressive immigration enforcement and speedier deportations

Join the conversation about this story »

NOW WATCH: Trump’s doctor and a hair surgeon explain what’s going on with his hair

See the entire article at

Daytona 24 Hours winner Ricky Taylor tests Pagenaud/Penske Indycar

Daytona 24 Hours winner Ricky Taylor tested reigning IndyCar champion Simon Pagenaud’s Team Penske car at Homestead on Thursday

See the entire article at

Mercedes outlines changes to 2017 Formula 1 power unit

Mercedes has revealed the extent to which it has changed its Formula 1 power unit, which includes an all-new MGU-H and MGU-K for the 2017 season

See the entire article at

Honda can't do anything extra for Cal Crutchlow and LCR

Honda MotoGP team manager Livio Suppo says the Japanese manufacturer would find it difficult to support leading satellite rider Cal Crutchlow more than it already does

See the entire article at

Fausto Puglisi Fall 2017 Runway

images: Imaxtree

See all the Fausto Puglisi Fall 2017 looks from the runway.


more Fashion Week articles on

The post Fausto Puglisi Fall 2017 Runway appeared first on theFashionSpot.

The entire article can be viewed

The Man Who Collects Bugs For A Living | Tucson Pest Control

The Man Who Collects Bugs For A Living | Tucson Pest Control

Texas A&M University is currently in possession of more kissing bugs than any other college or university in the United States. The amount of insects in the Texas A&M repository is somewhere around four thousand, and each one of these bugs is captured and killed by a “citizen scientists”. One such citizen scientists is a man who takes catching bugs so seriously that he spends all of his time within his 153 acre wooded parcel of land. This man’s name is Hugh Brown, and he has chosen a life of solitude in order to devote every waking hour to catching insects for science, especially the dangerous kissing bugs.

Brown has a particular talent for collecting kissing bugs, which is of value to the university since most people avoid them on account of the fact that kissing bugs spread disease. Thanks to Brown, and other citizen scientists, researchers at Texas A&M now know that sixty percent of all the kissing bugs in Texas possess the parasite that causes chagas disease.

Have you or has anybody else that you have know ever been diagnosed with chagas disease? If so, how long did the treatment last before you recovered?

The post The Man Who Collects Bugs For A Living | Tucson Pest Control appeared first on Arizona Pest Control.

Read entire article

Off to Denver!

Another quick note to let regular readers know that I’m off to Denver for a couple of days on assignment once again. That means either no updates or limited posts for the next few days, although once again I’ll be keeping an eye on a couple of stories to see how they develop and will post news if it is warranted.

Most notably, I’ll be continuing to watch the progress of Alex Txikon on Everest as…

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

The entire article can be viewed

Sean Spicer's comment about Trump's travel ban runs contrary to what Trump said was the original premise of the proposal

sean spicer

Press Secretary Sean Spicer insisted on Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s travel ban had nothing to do with religion, contradicting what Trump originally campaigned on as the reason for such a measure.

The executive order, temporarily barring all refugees as well as people from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the US, is on hold as it makes its way through the legal system.

The Ninth Circuit federal appeals court struck down the ban on February 9, preventing it from being enforced nationally.

Nationwide protests since Trump signed the order have taken issue with the religious component of the ban, though the administration insists religion had nothing to do with it.

“It was crafted in a way that was very clear about the countries, and it was not focused on anything else but the vetting requirements that we have to make sure that we know who’s coming into this country, and to that they’re here not to do us any harm,” Spicer said during the daily press briefing on Wednesday. “He’s made it very clear from the beginning that this was a country-focused issue, a safety-focused issue, and that’s why he issued it.”

But that assertion runs contrary to Trump’s December 2015 campaign promise, a fact that federal Judge Leonie M. Brinkema cited in her ruling suspending the order in Virginia.

“The ‘Muslim ban’ was a centerpiece of the president’s campaign for months, and the press release calling for it was still available on his website as of the day this Memorandum Opinion is being entered,” Brinkema wrote in her ruling. “Just as the Supreme Court has held that ‘the world is not made brand new every morning,’ a person is not made brand new simply by taking the oath of office.”

In the press release — which is still available on Trump’s campaign site — the then-Republican presidential candidate called “for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

“Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life,” Trump said in the 2015 statement. “If I win the election for President, we are going to Make America Great Again.”

The Trump administration has said it will appeal the Ninth Circuit ruling and possibly issue a new order that the courts won’t deem unconstitutional.

SEE ALSO: Trump’s immigration ban has taken another big blow in court

DON’T MISS: Trump has already signed 25 executive actions — here’s what each one does

Join the conversation about this story »

NOW WATCH: ‘This is not about religion’: Trump defends his immigration ban as thousands protest around the US

See the entire article at

Sauber's 2017 Formula 1 car turns first laps

Sauber’s 2017 Formula 1 car, the Ferrari-powered C36, has run for the first time ahead of pre-season testing

See the entire article at