Why Megan Fox is a Role Model

As with any young starlet, Meghan Fox has her fair share of uncomplimentary rumors and harsh criticism. She’s not the type to act coy and sweet for the camera. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying she’s “all-that.” Frankly, I don’t know her personally, and, until recently, I didn’t care much for her acting. But the moment I  laid eyes on a few candid photos of Fox and her sons, my attitude is changed!

Often we forget that celebrities are people, too. It sounds awful, but it’s true. You compare them to their red carpet looks when they’re out on an off day. We are expecting them to be like the people they play on T.V., in movies, on stage, etc. They do it so well that, people forget to differentiate the person from the character. It’s the sad truth of being in the limelight.

Then there are the moments when those differences become part of our appreciation. It only takes one bold show of their character and we forget who they were in that blockbuster or that music video.

In Fox’s case, her unspoken statement could not be clearer or more awe-inspiring.

This picture doesn’t speak a thousand words. It’s somewhere closer to a million. It’s the much-needed balm to our aching hearts during a very stressful time.

It may seem simple enough. A mom out with her kid- he’s wearing what he wants and she doesn’t appear to mind in the slightest, right?

Wrong.

It is a big deal. In a world where gender stereotypes and expectations are near-impossible, I escape, Fox gives her sons the freedom to express themselves.

Gender role expectations are a relatively well-known concept. Except, not, at the same time. We know they exist. Some of us speak out and act out against them. Still, there are the persistent foundations of social norms that are hard to shake.

What’s more, now when people choose not to conform to these expectations, they’re out into a category of “other”. Begrudgingly accepted (though not by everyone) but still kept at a distance.

Well, Fox isn’t having it.

She isn’t the first celebrity to publicly allow her children the freedom to express themselves however they smile. Brad and Angelina Jolie are two advocates for safe and free expression from their children .

It’s this type of publicity that not only adds dimensions and a “self” to the celebs, but it also normalizes and even glamorizes something that is normally frowned upon.

Megan Fox deserves a big pay on the back for showing people how it’s done.

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Cosmetic Brand Spotlight: Bésame

Hello, all you glamorous and fabulous people! This week, I was introduced by one of my friends to an interesting makeup brand that I’m sure most of you makeup-nistas would love to try and get your hands on! Thanks to the power of the Internet, Bésame is a trending topic among the beauty division. It is also in the most notable fashion magazines such as Elle, Vogue, and Marie Claire! Here’s the catch, most of their cosmetics available only through Sephora or exclusively online purchases.

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Bésame is a cosmetics line that specializes in classic and vintage makeup, representing the elegance, femininity, and strength of all women. This cosmetic brand’s purpose is to bring out the confidence in women everywhere. Founder of Bésame, Gabriela Hernandez, created this line in remembrance of her cherished times with her grandmother. Hernandez has always looked to her grandmother’s collection of vintage and classic makeup as inspiration. With the idea of bringing the classic romantic age back, Hernandez created the brand to remind women exactly how beautiful they are, regardless of time.

Bésame cosmetics is focused upon on the beauty of vintage makeup inspired by the time eras of the early 1920s-1950s. The color schemes and the packaging of each cosmetic are made accustomed to fit the style of the certain time period. In most of their products, red and gold are accented as part of their main color schemes.

Recently, Buzzfeed released a video that introduced classic makeup products and trends for the staff to try out, featuring all of the popular bestsellers of the brand, including their cake mascara, Delicate Rouge blush, and classic color lipsticks.

One of their most interesting products, in my opinion, would have to be their cake mascara. Presenting with a black block of mascara, cake mascara was one of the first forms of applying the product. Provided with a brush, users can apply the mascara on their eyelashes, eyebrows, and can even use it as eyeliner.

Delicate Rough blush features pigmented pink, red and orange colors that bring out the dramatic glow to the face, just like the style back over 90 years ago.

Who doesn’t love a good classic lipstick? It’s definitely a must-have in every woman’s cosmetic collection. Bésame’s classic color lipsticks are popular for not only its classic red tones (which has a variety of gorgeous colors) but for its buttery, textured finish and its fun, history fact of the time era that color was trending in.

Check out all the amazing products Bésame has to offer at https://besamecosmetics.com/. Or you can check out other exclusive products at Sephora’s website at http://www.sephora.com/search/search.jsp?keyword=besame.

Also, check out their YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/BesameGirl/featured on anything of the Bésame products and application.

So to all my glamorous people, this makeup is perfect for you. It basically screams out the kind of people we aspire to be, or who we already are. Which one of these Bésame products would you like to try? Let us know in the comments below! Or tweet it at @GlamorousPaper on what other classic trends and vintage makeup you would like to try!

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How to Motivate Yourself to Workout

Fall and Winter have always been the seasons of staying warm and staying full. With school, work and everyday life making a full comeback after the end of summer, it isn’t easy to motivate yourself to do much. Not unless that “much” involves take-out and T.V. Some of us love the hibernation period; cookies, hot drinks and home-cooked meals, whats not to love? Its the side effects most of us would rather do without. But, the last thing on our minds during the holiday season is working out. It doesn’t have to be impossible, though. At least, not if you don’t want it to be. So, for those desperately seeking inspiration and a kind kick in the butt, here is the best ways to motivate your workout.

1. A Fire Playlist

Don’t brush this one off. Arguably, its one of the most motivating ways to get yourself to the gym. Think about it, whether you’re walking down the street or behind the wheel, you’re usually moving to the music. So why not apply that to your workout? If you haven’t updated your playlist recently, there is nothing to feel excited about. Sure, they may be some of your all-time favs, but pick a playlist that refuses to let your body still. It’ll give you something to look forward to and promote a better, longer workout.

 

2. Be Creative

You don’t have to go to the gym to workout. More often than not, its the formidable trip to the gym that holds us back. The drive, or walk, seems unworthy of our effort. So ditch the trip and use the area around you. It can be you living room floor, your backyard or your entire neighborhood. Whatever appeals to you most is the best choice to keep your motivation in ‘drive.’ Even if its a slow walk around your block, a few rounds of ‘Just Dance‘ or Pilates DVD, do something. Your body and mind will come to anticipate the daily activity, need it, even.

 

3. Switch it Up

Once you’ve gotten into the initial swing of working out, the motivating doesn’t stop there. In fact, its even more important to focus on motivational while you workout regularly. Don’t give yourself a reason to call it quits. And nothing will stop you faster than the absolute boredom of repetition. Now, its possible that routine and repetition is the driving force for a lot of exercisers, and its cool. But, for those of us who can’t stand doing the same thing over and over again, diversity is a must. Change up your workout from day-to-day so you don’t avoid it altogether. Whats more, you can look to fellow exercisers and the internet for information. There is no shortage of workout tutorials on the web, Thus, there should be no shortage of working out for us.

4. Flaunt Your Stuff

Literally, flaunt your workout clothes. What better feeling is there than when you buy that brand new pair of shoes you had your eye on? Or, the perfect dress for a long-awaited night out. You look good in it, and more importantly, you feel good in it. Do the same for your gym clothes. Treat yourself and get the outfit you want. It doesn’t matter if its more a matter of comfort or appearance. Whatever it is, if it gets you in the clothes and off the couch, thats all that counts. This generation is the luckiest in this respect, with workout clothes being something of an admired style- one that offers a countless number of flawless looking sneaks to tie any look together.

 

5. Buy Your Motivation

If you can afford it, buy yoga or workout classes. Group exercises are growing in popularity and they all but ensure your attendance. After all, if you pay for the classes ahead of time, do you really want to waste your money? Tying yourself to a paid-for exercise class is probably the smartest, though not most cost effective, way to handle you workout motivation. If you pay and don’t go, thats the sound of the toilet flushing with your money in it.

How you do it doesn’t really matter. Each person is different from the next and maybe no one thing will work for you. What matters is if it means something to you, and if you want to do it to be a happier and healthier person, there are plenty of ways to motivate yourself. Just remember the end goal, remember why you started and if you scratch it, pick up and start again .

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Why People Are Wearing Safety Pins

Since the end of the election, you may have noticed a unfamiliar new trend. Except, its not a trend at all. Wearing ‘safety pins’ on your clothing is actually a very meaningful political message. The purpose of wearing safety pins as a political stance first started in the U.K. Just after the vote to leave the European Union there was an increase in hate crimes. As a way to show support and solidarity for immigrants, people in the U.K. started to wear safety pins.

The simple gesture spoke volumes, especially for those in need of that support. It was a strange but unique way to help immigrants feel safer and to unite those against hate in the U.K.

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The creator of this simple, yet moving idea? And American woman living in London whom, like many others, were outraged by the treatment of immigrants. In an interview Indy100, Allison spoke about the concept of wearing a safety pin as support…

“It’s simple because you don’t have to go out and buy it, there’s no language or political slogans involved. It’s just a little signal that shows people facing hate crimes that they’re not alone and their right to be in the UK is supported. I’m always having to remind people I’m an immigrant. You know, I’m white and speak English as a first language so I get a pass. They say ‘oh you don’t count, you’re not the kind of person we’re talking about.”

The ‘safety pin’ messages didn’t just impact U.K. residents, though. As of recently, Americans have taken to adding the extra accessory to their clothing.

Trump ran a campaign that encouraged hate for minorities. Hate based on race, gender, religion and disabilities to name a few. He was not shy in his verbal attack on Muslims and Mexicans. Nor did he sugarcoat his feelings towards women and war veterans. It was this attitude and race riding on the hate of so many that instilled fear into the masses. It became clear, very soon after the election, that a presidential election won from hate would only encourage the hate of his followers. And, it did just that.

In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, swastikas were painted onto buildings, some of which were Jewish-owned businesses. Similar acts of hate occurred in states all across the U.S. It was a reaction very unsurprising of the results of the election. No one is safe, not unless you’re a white male in America, that is.

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That is why the safety pins have become a symbol of protection. To some, it may seem fickle or pointless. But, its not. Its a symbol of unification in a country that is quickly being divided by hate and fear. It is a reminder that when we cannot be string there are those we can lean on. In a world that is growing increasingly dark and seemingly unbearable, people will continue to fight and stand up for what is right.

Maybe no one will notice the safety pin. Maybe it is too small and the world is moving by too fast. But…maybe there will be a moment when someone spots it walking by- someone who felt attacked, someone who felt alone or a fellow supporter. It is in those moments that we are united. When these displays of bravery and refusal to assimilate to hate catch and spread like fire. That is the kind of America we should be living in.

 

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The Art of Chinese Face Mapping

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Hello to all my lovely and beautiful Glamorous People! Let’s face it (literally): we all have struggles and insecurities about our acne. For real- who doesn’t? It’s totally normal and it’s a part of our human development. Recently, I noticed I started to breakout a few pimples around my T-zone area- mostly around my chin, mouth, and the center of my forehead area. It’s probably due to lack of sleep, stress, irregular eating schedules and a bunch of other factors that cause these red, painful bumps on my face.

That’s pretty easy to point out how you might have gotten acne. But did you know where acne might pop-up, can be a certain part of your immune system that causes it? This is called Chinese face mapping. Chinese face mapping is a longstanding, Eastern medicine practice used to determine how healthy your body. What it does is indicate the parts of the face that corresponds with a specific internal organ. If acne, pimple, or discoloration pops up on certain places on your face, it usually means that there is a deficiency with that internal organ. The only way to make it go away is to make changes in your diet and lifestyle.

There are many places on the face where it centers on different organs, but here’s a quick overview on the different parts of the face that indicates internal organ problems. (Plus, a bit of anatomy 101, just for you cool, biology geeks out there!)

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Forehead (Above the brows)

The forehead indicates the gallbladder and bladder in the body. These two organs, apart from the kidney, act as a filter for the body by getting rid of the toxins and other foreign materials that shouldn’t be good for the immune system. If breakouts occur there, eat less processed or junk food and reduce the intake of fat in your diet. Instead, try to consume more organic and raw foods and probiotics. Getting enough sleep will also do the job.

Between the brows

This area, also including the middle part of the forehead, indicates the liver of the body. The liver is a main organ that acts as a filter along with the bladder and gallbladder. Breakouts in that area can indicate that you might be consuming too much rich foods such as dairy and meat. Limit your intake on those two food groups. You can opt for eating more fruits and veggies in your diet. This also might have something to do with pollution, or the air you’re breathing, especially if you live within the urban, city areas. Every once in a while, try to get some fresh, clean air by taking a walk in the park or neighboring hiking trails.

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Cheeks

The right side of your cheeks is connected to your lungs, while the left side of your cheeks is connected to your kidneys (also related to your liver a well). Reasons being could be due to unhealthy foods, high stress, and smoking. Simplest solution to getting rid of skin problems on these areas is to eat healthy and consume less sugar. Eat foods that have a lot of water retained in them, such as cucumber and melons. The key to treatment is getting the proper hydration.

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Nose

This area is connected to your heart, can breakouts can happen due to pollution, inconsistent blood circulation, and high blood pressure. To counter this, exercise, watch cholesterol and high blood pressure levels, and sweat out toxins with soup, green tea, etc. Eating foods with fiber, vitamin B and omega-3 and 6 will also counter against constant acne on your nose.

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Mouth & Chin

Around the mouth and chin area is related to what goes on inside your stomach. The biggest factor to breakouts on these areas is due to bad diet and stress. Consuming too much fat, sweets, caffeine, and alcohol will cause some digestive problems in your stomach and will show on your face. Again, maintain a healthy diet of fruits, veggies, and fibers such as chia seeds and aloe vera can improve stomach health. Especially around the chin area, stress can cause hormones to break out and show as acne. To counter that, find ways to de-stress the body. You could start by drinking spearmint tea or taking omega-3’s to relieve breakouts. In any case, also check with your local doctor or dermatologist on your hormone levels.

Overall, maintain a healthy body and face can be obtaining a healthy diet with no processed ingredients, drinking a lot of water, having at least eight hours of sleep, and taking the time to de-stress your mind and body.

Did you Glamorous people find Chinese face mapping accurate? Let me know in the comments below! Or tweet @GlamorousPaper for other remedies to clear breakouts and improving your immune system!

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