Fighting Back Against Mike Pence

They say you can’t fight fire with fire. That’s true…usually. But, a small dose of shame and frustration can wane the strongest of flames. Whoever said revenge is a dish best served cold? They were wrong. Let the dish be served hot- let it marinade in the flavor of unexpected retribution. Let your victim enjoy it, then tell them the contents afterward. Or, in this case, let the prey bask in his triumph as you patiently watch their unavoidable defeat. This is how you take revenge on a man who is fighting to take away a woman’s control over her own body. This is how you take revenge on Mike Pence.

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Nobody knows shame and frustration like Mike Pence right now. As Donald Trump’s running mate, its comes as no surprise that the politician is against Planed Parenthood.

Since 2011, when Pence was an Indiana congressman, he made his stance on the health care provider quite clear.  His efforts were put into taking away all of Planned Parenthood’s federal funding. The anti-abortion bill that Pence signed was one of the most invasive and constrictive of its kind. It barred abortion in Indiana based on the gender, potential disabilities and the race of the embryo.

Seems unreal, right? It isn’t.  And it looks like this is could be a topic that we’re forced to face on the regular, now. That doesn’t mean we have to take it lying down, though.

The election results only fueled the anger of thousands when it became obvious that our leader, and his right-hand man, were willing to take away rights that women fought very hard for. So, in response to the end of the election, a frenzy of donations began. Donations made to Planned Parenthood, and, incidentally, donations bearing the name “Mike Pence.”

 

Even worse (for Pence), certificates of acknowledgment for these donations were sent to…

Drum roll, please…

You probably guessed it: Mike Pence, himself.

So how many of these donations could possibly be in Pence’s name? According to NBC News, over 20,000 of the 128,000 donations to Planned Parenthood are courtesy of newly elected vice-president.

Now, if that isn’t a large pill to swallow without a drop of water, I don’t know what is.

Whats more, the spike in donations to Planned Parenthood have also shown a number of those contributions in Hilary Clinton’s name. Though, as a candidate who expressed her firm belief in women’s rights and their access to health care providers like Planned Parenthood, these donations appeared to be a show of support, rather than an insult. In a way, its an expression of people’s displeasure for the election’s results and a creative one, at that!

Many celebrities have been joining the ‘revenge-trend’ and encouraging it through social media. And, with the help of influential stars and Trump’s wiggling stand on punishment for abortion, the donations probably won’t be ending anytime soon.

What is important to remember, even if you’re pro-life (because it is okay to have your own opinion) is that Planned Parenthood isn’t just about abortion. On the surface, it’s an aspect that they are most well-known for. Unfortunately, it is this uninformed assumption that causes so much confusion when the funds of the healthcare provider are brought into question. But, it is deeper than some care to know…

“We deliver comprehensive sex education that empowers all people to make informed choices and lead healthy lives. Planned Parenthood is proud of its vital role in providing young people with honest sexuality and relationship information in classrooms and online to help reduce our nation’s alarmingly high rates of unintended teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. Planned Parenthood affiliates provide educational programs and outreach to 1.5 million young people and adults every year.”

Regardless, everyone has a right to their beliefs. And, in the same sense, everyone should have a right to their own body. This movement isn’t just about the equality of gender, race, disability or orientation. It is also about the equality for an individual. What might be right for one person is not necessarily the best for another? So why try to make everything black and white when we live in a world decorated with color?

Restrictions of the body, culture or mind are like trying to fit 120 crayons into a box meant for 24. You’re doing more harm than good. Maybe some of the crayons will survive, but how can you justify breaking the majority of them just to have them all together?

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7 DIY Treatments to Revive Your Hair

Winter is coming. And, for most of us, that means putting our hair through all kinds of chaos. Which also means desperately trying to find successful hair treatments. The heater at home does enough drying out, in itself. To make matters worse,  most of us face a huge drop in temperature during the cold season. That means more hot showers and using heat-powered products on our hair.

It doesn’t always seem like a big deal.A quick hair-dry here and there when we’re running late and don’t want our hair to freeze. It won’t kill us, right? True, but it is killing our hair and draining out all of the moisture. Trying to fix the problem once the damage is done can be a long and hopeless process. Not to mention, an expensive one.

While you can’t always quit while your ahead, you can at least take some precautions and add on a few treatments to improve the life of your hair through coming cold. Even better, you can do it all with common household products and avoid emptying your bank account.

1.Beer

Yeah, it seems weird, right? But a beer mask can do wonders for your hair and help you avoid using volumizing products that tangle your hair and dry out your scalp. The recipe requires ½ cup of flat beer (let it sit for a few hours), 1 tsp. of sunflower or canola oil and one raw egg. One you’ve got the mix down, how you apply it is up to you. Some may opt for the less-messy path of using a spray bottle. If you want to get a good soak on your hair though, dipping it back into a bowl of your beer mask will do just as well.

2. Honey

To prevent or revive dry hair, honey is one of the best natural ingredients to go for. No matter the cause: be it sun damage, curling irons, flat irons or just one too many shampoos, honey masks are nothing short of miraculous. The consistency is thick and hard to handle, so consider adding an oil of your choice to ease the application process. Make sure your hair is damp when you start the process and don’t forget to massage. Massaging is a vital step in any hair care treatment. It helps open up your pores and let the mask soak deep into your roots.

3. Avocado

Its not just a delicious ingredient that we love to see on our plates. The benefits and uses of avocados are countless. Frizz hair, is just one of many things the green superfood works wonders on. It isn’t the cheapest produce you can buy, but the mask will show results for up to two weeks. Arguably one of the easiest masks to master, all you do is mash up, smear on and let sit for fifteen minutes.

4. Egg

Raw egg is a holy grail of beauty regimes. It reveres some of the worst damage to your skin and hair. While some products or treatments meant to target one problem can cause another (dry hair treatments making your hair look oily and visa-versa) raw egg treats both. The fat and protein in egg is what moisturizes while the whites of the egg remove unwanted oil. Talk about versatility.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar

I first came across this product when I had some severe sun poising due to my sensitive skin and acne treatment. I did three-parts water and 1-part apple cider vinegar and it put my raw aloe to shame. Nothing took the burn out of my skin like ACV did. Of course, how astounded was I to discover that its usefulness surpassed pain relief and stretched out into beauty. It doesn’t smell great but its amazing, trust me. A handful of beauty gurus swear by the benefits of apple cider vinegar. Some claim its a cure all. It improves skin and hair from a number of issues- acne, dullness or dryness. All it needs a little red cape and an orchestrated theme song.

6. Yogurt

It tastes good. Its good for your body. Its good for your health, so why wouldn’t yogurt be good for your hair? Greek yogurt, especially, is perfect for very brittle hair. If you dye your hair or style it often, yogurt masks can make return a lot of life lost. The fattier the better and you can do it as often as you want. Apply it to dry or wet hair before shampooing and the effects will be immediate.

7. Coconut Oil

We had to save the best for last, of course. Coconut oil is, and always will be, one of the most influential and universal beauty products. You can use it as a moisturizer, a make-up remover, chap-stick, nail treatment. The possibilities of coconut oil treatments are endless. It is one of those grocery store buys that puts the most expensive, top of the line, products to shame.

We aren’t perfect. We do shitty things to our hair that only adds to the damage of our environment, the sun and the climate we live in. But, it doesn’t have to be a hassle taking care of your hair. These simple DIY treatments deserve to be put to good use. So, even if the heat is on blast, we took a hot, shampooing shower everyday instead of every other, and we’re dying it for the second time this month, it doesn’t have to end in the funeral of our hair.

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How to De-Stress- Part One

Hello to all my Glamorous and beautiful people! How are you guys today? With the 2016 presidential elections finally past us (whoopee.), the holiday season coming up, and all the complexities of life coming at us like bullets, it’s no wonder a majority of us are burnt out. We all feel it at some point. Quoting Michelle Phan, “We’re kind of like mobile devices- we’re always working and running for hours on end, constantly keeping up-to-date with society and balancing between different stages of our lives.” But like these devices, we can’t run on forever. Even devices shut off when it’s overworking itself. So as humans, why shouldn’t we do the same? Taking the time to wind down and relax can really help your mental and physical state. Which, in the long run, can help in better performance in your career and personal life. In this article, I’ll show you a few tips on how to start to put de-stressing time into your daily routine.

Unplug and unwind

That’s the first step everyone should do. This means turning off any electronic devices such as computers, television, cell phones, tablets- anything that would distract you from going back down to earth. This is the time to settle down and take focus upon yourself and no one else. If you have a lot of friends that like to talk to you on a daily basis, give them a heads up that you will take off an hour or two for self-reflection, and will inform them when you will be back online. Take this time to do a complete digital detox. By simply unplugging, you are taking the initiative to be able to unwind be able to start on your journey of self-reflection and recovery.

Warm Water Therapy

This is one of the more common therapies used within the home because biologically we are geared towards water or liquids for hydration. There are so many ways in which someone can utilize different forms of water therapy. Taking a hot bath with added minerals, salts, and even Lush’s famous bath bombs into the tub can instantly boost up the calm aura. This will help you relax all the muscles in your body. Drinking hot teas, hot chocolate, and soup can help relax your body and sweat out all the toxins. Remember to take your time with your beverages- there’s no need to rush.

Music

Another therapy soothing to the ear. Take a break from all the Top 40 on KISSFM, and listen to more soothing music, such as classical music, new classical music, nature sounds, meditation sounds, etc. Take this time to meditate and release all thoughts of negativity and stress from your life. This will help you solely focus on the music and the rhythm of your breathing. If classical music or meditation isn’t your style, go for some acoustics or soft indie music. This might sound similar to the songs played at your local Starbucks coffee shop. Other activities you can do while listening to soothing background music is to either read your favorite book, drawing, or writing.

What are ways do you wind down you, Glamorous People? Leave a comment down below, or tweet it at us at @GlamorousPaper!

 

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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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