This 9-year-old is boxing his family out of poverty.
This 9-year-old is boxing his family out of poverty.
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Zara's beauty range has been on the tip of everyone's tongue since the launch of its lipstick collection in 2018 and an exciting segue into perfume alongside Jo Malone a year later. Excitingly, the brand has just quadrupled its beauty offering with an entire makeup collection set to rival your favourite luxury and high street brands.From lipstick in a handful of different shades and finishes (matte, demi-matte, satin and balm) to shimmer-matte eyeshadow palettes, bronzing bricks and cheek compacts, Zara's makeup collection is bigger and better than ever before. It makes sense, considering makeup artist and industry legend Diane Kendal is the brains behind the creative direction.The collection, which starts at an affordable £5.99, promises high performance ingredients and places a focus on sustainability, as all compacts and lipstick tubes are refillable. That's what we like to hear. But is the makeup really worth the hype? Here are a beauty editor's honest thoughts on the range. Refinery29's selection is purely editorial and independently chosen – we only feature items we love! As part of our business model we do work with affiliates; if you directly purchase something from a link on this article, we may earn a small amount of commission. Transparency is important to us at Refinery29, if you have any questions please reach out to us.I'm going to let you in on a secret: in terms of formula and colour, this is practically an exact dupe of the sold-out Supreme x Pat McGrath lipstick everyone went wild for recently, and it's my new favourite. The colour payoff is incredible, the feel is smooth not drying, the square bullet makes it easy to apply without lip liner and the staying power is truly unrivalled. I only required one quick top-up after eating and the colour was as vibrant as when I'd first applied it. At £6.99 it's a steal and there are 14 shades to choose from to suit all skin tones.I'm also wearing the Cheek Color Palette in Impeccable Touch, applied with the Small Blush Brush, which is so soft. Swirled together, the blush and bronzer made a lovely peach shade which applied so easily and didn't budge until I removed it, but the highlighter fell short and didn't pop like I wanted it to. I'll be sticking to my trusty Charlotte Tilbury Superstar Glow. Unfortunately, the cheek colour range is small. Vieve's Sunset Blush, £23, is similar in texture and comes in a wider range of shades for all skin tones.Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Superstar Glow Powder Highlighter, $, available at Charlotte TilburyZara Small Blush Brush, $, available at ZaraZara Cheek Colour Palette in Impeccable Touch, $, available at ZaraZara Ultimate Matte Lipstick in Original, $, available at ZaraVIEVE Sunset Blush, $, available at Cult BeautyThere are five eyeshadow palettes to choose from but I tried Clash Out. I have to admit, I'm not too keen on the colours. The glittery purple and yellow gold shades feel outdated when you compare them to popular eyeshadow palettes by Charlotte Tilbury and Huda Beauty, which combine wearable golds and flattering nudes. I love the look of Earthy Warm instead. Though I'm not a big fan of the colours in the palette I tried, everything is easy to blend and there's no dusty fallout whatsoever. I applied my eye makeup at 8am and come 8pm, it was still intact and didn't crease at all. The pigment is better than any designer eyeshadow I've tried. The palettes get sustainability points for being refillable, too.I'm also wearing the Stiletto Demi-Matte Lipstick in La Journée, which is slim enough to throw inside the tiniest of bags. It's glossy and hydrating, then dries down to more of a matte colour which I really enjoyed. However, I did have to reapply this multiple times, as the staying power isn't as brilliant as the matte lipsticks.Zara Eyeshadow Palette in Clash Out, $, available at ZaraZara Eyeshadow Palette in Earthy Warm, $, available at ZaraZara Stiletto Demi-Matte Lipstick in La Journée, $, available at ZaraI thought this Satin Lipstick in Bonne wouldn't be my thing but it dried down to the loveliest stain, giving my lips that 'just bitten' look. It's moisturising, too, so you can skip the lip balm. Next, I want to try Buttercup and Nude Fiction.Again, I'm wearing the Clash Out Eye Shadow Palette, but this time I combined the matte pink shade (third in the bottom row) with the glittery taupe hue (second in the top row). They blended so well but on my skin tone I'd prefer something a lot warmer. Shades like this are probably better suited to paler skin but the collection does have plenty of palettes for a wider range of skin tones. I can't fault the staying power (very impressive) and I enjoyed using the super soft brushes. I pulled the look together with a swash of Bronzing Powder, which I think is on par with luxury versions in terms of the buttery pigment and how well it lasts. But the shade range really does need to be expanded. The Large Powder Brush was a little too soft for my liking, though; I used the bareMinerals Blooming Brush, which is a bit more dense and blends more seamlessly.Zara Cult Satin Lipstick in Pretty Bizarre, $, available at ZaraZara Bronzing Powder, $, available at ZaraZara Large Powder Brush, $, available at ZarabareMinerals Blooming Makeup Brush, $, available at bareMineralsLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Yes, Trinny London Really Is Worth The Beauty HypeL'Oréal x Elie Saab Makeup Is Affordable LuxuryBold Yet Simple Makeup Trends To Try Post-Lockdown
At the beginning of the year, summer felt like a false memory. British winters often feel never-ending but in a year that saw most of us confined to our homes, the seemingly relentless cold weather was almost too much to bear. Thankfully, the sun is finally starting to rear its head – and bringing with it a bucketload of newly sanctioned, socially distanced activities. So what better way to celebrate the arrival of the warm weather (and gatherings that don’t require a majorly advance restaurant booking) than with a new pair of sandals? After a year of wearing slippers, we're ushering in a new wave of stylish sandals to accessorise our show-stopping summer wardrobe. Don't worry though, chic doesn’t have to mean uncomfortable: some of the season's biggest trends are built around fashion and function. Whether you're searching for the perfect pair of sandals to wear to Sunday brunch or some fancy flip-flops for a seaside staycation, there are tons of covetable shoes to shop this summer. To check out the biggest sandal trends on the agenda for 2021, click through the slideshow ahead...Refinery29's selection is purely editorial and independently chosen – we only feature items we love! As part of our business model we do work with affiliates; if you directly purchase something from a link on this article, we may earn a small amount of commission. Transparency is important to us at Refinery29, if you have any questions please reach out to us.Fisherman SandalsFor a sensible sandal that works just as well with socks as it does with tanned toes, you can't go wrong with fisherman sandals. Since The Row debuted its much-coveted caged design last year, closed-off sandals have become a firm favourite of fashion's finest, offering wearers full foot protection and lightweight breathability. St. Agni Black Axel Leather Sandals, $, available at BrownsZara Flat Leather Cage Sandals, $, available at ZaraDr Martens Leather Fisherman Sandals, $, available at DR MARTENSToast Steve Mono Artisanal Sandals, $, available at ToastGrenson Quincy Leather Sandals, $, available at Net-A-PorterSlinky Slip-OnsCast your mind back to pretty much any '90s teen movie and you'll remember that the coolest girls in school wore platform mules. This summer, the slinky sandals are making a major comeback, with Steve Madden's original chunky slip-on acting as inspiration. Just add butterfly clips and a mini backpack for the perfect Clueless-inspired look. & Other Stories Leather Platform Sandals, $, available at & Other StoriesVagabond Courtney Sandals, $, available at VagabondArket Flatform Slides, $, available at ArketSteve Madden Slinky Black Sandal, $, available at Steve MaddenMonki Flatform Sandals, $, available at MonkiDad SandalsIf 2020 taught us anything, it's that comfort is key. There was a widespread desire for comfortable shoes, with everyone on the internet pining after a pair of Chanel 'dad sandals'. Now, in 2021, two-strap sandals have finally made it to the mainstream, providing padded, practical styles for the masses. Arket Chunky Leather Sandals, $, available at ArketVagabond Erin Sandals, $, available at VagabondDUNE LONDON Lockstockk In Blue, $, available at Dune& Other Stories Croc Embossed Leather Sandals, $, available at & Other StoriesBirkenstock x Proenza Schouler Milano Leather Sandals, $, available at Matches FashionFlatform Flip-FlopsAnother sandal trend looking to the past this summer is the flatform flip-flop. No, we don't mean the foamy kind you wear on the beach; we mean the chic thong sandals plastered all over your explore page. From The Row's Ginza to Jacquemus' Les Tatanes, these statement shoes combine platform soles and leather uppers to create the sweetest '00s-inspired style.Massimo Dutti Black V-Vamp Platform Sandals, $, available at Massimo DuttiDUNE LONDON Padded Toe Post Flatform Sandals, $, available at Dune LondonZara Satin Flat Platform Sandals, $, available at ZaraMango Mango Chunky Sole Flip Flop In Black, $, available at ASOSMarks & Spencer Leather Flatform Flip Flops, $, available at Marks & SpencerSustainable SlidesIt's easy to forget that shopping sustainably includes what we wear on our feet. While it's simple enough to shop for eco-friendly swimwear, sustainable summer sandals (or shoes in general) can be tricky to find. Happily, a growing number of brands are bringing green sandals to the forefront this summer, with a variety of slides that are as easy on the planet as they are to style. Ganni Knotted Recycled-Satin Flatform Slides, $, available at Matches FashionSt. Agni White Arne Leather Sandals, $, available at BrownsFreedom Moses Bond Velvet Two-Strap Slides, $, available at Saks Fifth AvenueALOHAS Toe Ring Flop Black, $, available at alohasH&M Knot-Detail Sandals, $, available at H&MLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?9 Dress & Sandal Combinations To Try This Summer10 Comfy Sandals To Slide Into This Summer7 Socks & Sandals Pairings For Optimum Comfort
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Today brings exciting news for Bridgerton‘s millions of fans: an intriguing prequel series is in the pipeline. The spin-off series will explore the origins of Queen Charlotte, the fan favourite character played by Golda Rosheuvel in the main Bridgerton series. Queen Charlotte does not appear in the original novels by Julia Quinn – she was created especially for the Netflix series – so writer Shonda Rhimes will have plenty of room for manoeuvre in crafting her backstory. In addition to introducing the young Queen Charlotte, the spin-off series will also explore the backstories of young Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury, the characters played in Bridgerton by Ruth Gemmell and Adjoah Andoh. Deadline reports that Netflix has also announced that Jess Brownell will serve as showrunner for seasons three and four of Bridgerton, which have already been ordered by the streamer following the show’s enormously successful launch. Chris Van Dusen served as show runner on season one and is also overseeing the eagerly anticipated second season. Rhimes will oversee the Queen Charlotte spin-off series. “Many viewers had never known the story of Queen Charlotte before Bridgerton brought her to the world, and I’m thrilled this new series will further expand her story and the world of Bridgerton,” said Netflix head of global TV, Bela Bajaria. “Shonda and her team are thoughtfully building out the Bridgerton universe so they can keep delivering for the fans with the same quality and style they love. And by planning and prepping all the upcoming seasons now, we also hope to keep up a pace that will keep even the most insatiable viewers totally fulfilled.” Rhimes added: “As we continue to expand the world of Bridgerton, we now have the opportunity to devote even more of the Shondaland fold to the Bridgerton-verse. We’ve worked with Jess Brownell for over a decade and have long wanted to find the right project to place in her hands. When it came time to pass the baton, I knew this unique voice was vital to the future of the show.” So, there we have it: some good news for Bridgerton fans to help compensate for Regé-Jean Page’s devastating departure. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
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After six months in lockdown, Greece’s long-awaited tourism reboot in the Cretan capital of Heraklion was a bit of a non-event. At 11am on May 14, despite temperatures of 27°C in the shade, the museums were empty, many shops were shuttered and only pigeons strutted along streets that had bustled with life pre-Covid. “It’s not just that there are no tourists, its Greeks, too, who are missing – they have no money,” said Evgenia Chasapidou, manager of Capsis Astoria, one of the few city hotels that stayed open during lockdown. “I think it will not be an easy season for us here in Crete. So far all the bookings are last minute. People all want to be vaccinated before travel – to feel safe.” In the race to win British tourists back to the Mediterranean, Greece was doing well and then lockdown fatigue set in and cases spiked. “People became careless, especially younger people – they wanted to go out; to have fun,” said the hotel’s restaurant manager, Giorgos Terizakis. With the country currently recording around 2,000-3,000 new cases per day, Greece has also been hampered by the slow vaccine rollout – as of today’s date only 1.4 million people, around 13 per cent of the population –have received both shots.
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Do you ever feel as though it’s TikTok‘s world – and the rest of us are just living in it? Well, the app’s latest boss move sounds like another step towards digital domination: an expansion into the recruitment market. According to Axios, TikTok is testing a dedicated recruitment channel targeted at Gen Z users. It won’t be part of the main app, but will be easily accessible from it. This spin-off recruitment channel will reportedly allow brands to post job listings – in particular, entry-level roles appealing to Gen Z users. According to the report, “several big brands” have already been approached about getting involved. It will also allow users to search for jobs and connect with potential employers. Because it’s aimed at Gen Z, users will reportedly be invited to post a video résumé instead of a typical written CV. They’ll also be able to share this video résumé to their main TikTok profile. Though the recruitment channel sounds as though it’s very much a work-in-progress at the moment, it’s hard not to feel a little excited. After all, video résumés sound like a great way of displaying creativity to potential employers and bypassing some of the boring and drawn-out recruitment process. It could even help to disrupt the job market in fields that are currently lacking in diversity and dominated by thinly veiled nepotism. In the meantime, we can continue using TikTok for skincare advice, sleep hacks and breakfast trends – as well as to keep an eye on the dark side of Sylvanian Families. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
“I ran upstairs as fast as I could. I was crying. I was shaking.”
Old guidebooks bought cheaply off the internet have been getting me through lockdown. I have armchair-travelled to Italy and France in 1960 and to India in 1965. I don’t think the Hides had a copy of Fodor’s Great Britain 1975 on a family day trip from Yorkshire to London that year. But I do remember seven-year-old me riding on the Tube, being allowed to choose a toy at Hamleys on Regent Street and, the ultimate treat, a knickerbocker glory in the café at Fortnum & Mason before the train home. If we had stayed overnight, Fodor’s might have pointed us to moderate category hotels in Earl’s Court that started at £5. Or, we could have splashed out on luxurious properties, such as the Hilton on Park Lane or the Ritz, from £17 and up, including pesky 10 per cent VAT, which had been introduced two years earlier. But it’s not just London’s grande dame properties (which can reopen to leisure guests for overnight stays from Monday, May 17) that have stood the test of time… a number of their distinguished staff have too. Peter Sweeney, 77 Doorman at The Goring, joined 1965 “I started off in the merchant navy taking Ten Pound Poms down to Australia. My younger brother got a job at The Goring and loved it, so he persuaded me to join in 1965, which wasn’t difficult because the pay was better. I’ve been here ever since… 56 years isn’t bad, is it?
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The drama will also follow young Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury
The relationship between a person and their hairstylist is sacred — even more so when that stylist is your mom. In this week’s episode of Hair Me Out, Zharia McRoberson gets 25-inch knotless braids courtesy of her mom, Lena Jaye, a celebrity hair artist. The captured style sesh was one of many regular appointments McRoberson has in her mom’s chair. “I mainly get my hair done by my mom for free because I’m her daughter,” McRoberson says. “My mom does my hair, like, every month.” This time, the style involves jumbo braids with wooden beads at the end. “I feel like hair and braids are a form of expression,” Jaye says. “I teach my daughter that her hair is beautiful in all stages. It can enhance her beauty, but it doesn’t define her beauty.” To start, Jaye pre-sectioned her daughter’s hair before stretching it with a heat-powered brush. “Pre-sectioning the hair is my road map to protective styling,” she explains. Once Jaye separated her daughter’s hair, it was time to start braiding. McRoberson helped her mom by braiding the ends to complete each plait. When all of the jumbo braids were installed, Jaye decorated the ends with wooden beads. In an adorable moment, the teenager — already thinking ahead — envisioned an adult life where her mom wouldn’t be able to style her hair frequently. “When I leave home, it’s going to be a lot harder to find someone to do my hair because she’s not always going to be there to do it,” McRoberson says. “This is a bonding time for my mom and me.” McRoberson’s final look is super-cute braids made with extra love. “I had really high expectations,” she says of her mom’s skills, “and she lived up to that.” Click play to see her style come to life. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
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As a kid, I lived directly across the street from my elementary school, leaving me ample time to watch TV directly before and after school. Pre-homeroom, I’d turn on the TV to catch reruns of Charmed while I ate breakfast. Following the last bell, I’d race home to watch Gilmore Girls. The latter, to this day, is my comfort watch — I’ve probably seen every episode more than a dozen times. And though the show is more flawed in my 25-year-old mind than it was when I was 11, a few things about Gilmore Girls have held up: (1) Jess Mariano (played by Milo Ventimiglia) in a band T-shirt (preferably worn with short shorts), and (2) Lorelai Gilmore’s (Lauren Graham) underrated sense of style. While I’ve always been a fan of Lorelai’s quirky, early aughts wardrobe, it only hit me recently how many of her pieces live inside my closet — fitted graphic tees, cut-offs, and cowboy boots. But while previously combining a bandana, a baseball tee, and sunglasses with coloured lenses would have been outlandish for me (to wear in Manhattan at least), after spending the last year at home alone, I’ve found myself trying new combinations style-wise, and taking more risks than I would have pre-pandemic. That’s how I found myself in the “laundry day” outfit, famously worn by Lorelai on Rory’s first day at Chilton (Season 1, Episode 2). I wasn’t intentionally copying her look; instead, after a day of work, I looked in the mirror and noticed how uncanny the sartorial resemblance was. My version included a slightly too small Connecticut Huskies T-shirt with jean shorts, and black, knee-high boots. After observing the likeness to Lorelai’s iteration — her shirt was pink tie-dye and she wore it with a long, black coat — I slipped on a coat of my own, for good measure. Wondering if the look was recognisable to anyone else, I posted it on Instagram stories, asking my followers if it looked familiar. To my surprise, at least a dozen people responded — some even calling out the exact episode she wore it in. In an attempt to determine if years of watching Gilmore Girls reruns had actually left a mark on my personal style, I looked at the clothing already in my wardrobe to see if I could recreate any other outfits. And, after a few days of experimentation, it was Lorelai’s weekend looks that I discovered were most in sync with my own wardrobe. Shrunken T-shirts and worn-out jeans are my go-to for a Saturday afternoon. Sound familiar? Add a corduroy, leather, or, dare I say, Juicy Couture jacket — tried-and-true picks for Lorelai — and I’m off, looking like a carbon copy of my TV mum. (Admittedly, her choice of accessories, which often included belts, bucket hats, and headbands, were a bit too kitsch for my taste.) My attempts to recreate her signature Friday night dinner ensembles, however, were met with more resistance. Spaghetti strap dresses and shrugs don’t make frequent appearances in my day-to-day life, nor do silky blouses and slacks. Still, a recent slip dress purchase seemed like just as good an opportunity as any to try, so I dug out a ‘90s white button-up that I stole from my aunt and a to-go coffee mug (obviously). Unlike the time Lorelai had to get rid of a spider the size of a Buick, my venture into her dressier side was another surprising success. It would be naive of me to give full credit to my favourite childhood television series for my sudden urge to wear bandanas, baby tees, and cut-offs with boots. Trends from the ‘00s — trucker hats, low-rise jeans, heeled flip flops, and more — are rising in popularity. Still, since her outfits truly live rent-free in my head — years of re-runs will do that — something about Lorelai’s takes on the trends feel especially stylish. Given that Gilmore Girls was up against style-forward shows like Girlfriends, Ally McBeal, and Sex and the City, Lorelai’s nonchalant, yet totally over-the-top looks never quite acquired the kind of following her Go-Go’s T-shirt collection deserved from the fashion world. This is why it’s now time to recognise Lorelai Gilmore as the early-aughts fashion muse that she was. I’ll wait — there’s plenty more in my closet. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Sophie Turner Wore A Controversial '00s TrendTrucker Hats Are Making A Comeback — Yes, ReallyFashion Has Long Loved A Visible Thong
When a body piercing closes, it often leaves a scar. This is exponentially more likely if you don’t go to a professional and you pierce yourself or let a friend stick you with a needle. In those cases, you can expect an infection, scar, or a keloid if and when the hole closes up. For example, when Sincere Williams was in high school, she let her best friend pierce her belly button — a poor decision that has since left her with a crooked hole and scarring where it closed. Now, as an adult, Williams finds herself missing the “glam” of her vintage belly button charm and wants to bring it back this summer, but needs the help of a trained professional to pierce around the scar tissue. In the latest episode of Refinery29’s YouTube series Macro Beauty, Williams visits Aesthetic Ambition, a licensed piercing studio in Marina Del Rey, California, where she books an appointment with the brand’s seasoned navel piercer, Luci Doll. “Belly button piercings have been popular since the ’90s — since the Britney Spears revolution — and they really haven’t gone out of style,” Doll explains during Williams’ consult. “They’re still a very popular piercing that I do all the time.” For Williams’ case specifically, because she’s being re-pierced, the process is a bit trickier. “When we have a scar from a previous piercing, especially with a belly button, it can be pretty significant,” Doll explains. “In this case, the fistula of the scar is pretty long, so unfortunately we can’t pierce through it because the skin will have the heal a brand-new fistula. Luckily, the scar is slightly off-centre, which makes it pretty easy to get around it.” Doll marks the skin where she’ll pierce with a sterile marker then preps the soft tissue with Iodine. “I have Sincere take a nice deep breath in, as soon as she exhales, that’s when the piercing happens,” Doll narrates. “Once we are through, I transfer the jewellery through the piercing and attach the top. Once the jewellery is in place, I clean off the excess Iodine and marker, and she is set to go.” For the aftercare, Doll tells Willams to apply a sterile saline solution to the piercing 1-2 times a day. “The belly button is a soft tissue, but it’s a high movement area, so it usually takes about six months to fully heal,” she explains before showing Williams her re-pierced belly button. “It’s so cute,” Williams exclaims, admiring the new opal charm that sits level in her navel. “And it’s straight; I’m really happy that you can’t see my previous scar. I can’t wait to go to the beach and show my friends.” Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Let Demi Lovato Convince You To Pierce Your NippleInside NYC's Dainty Piercing Hotspot, StudsDakota Johnson Pierced Her Belly Button At 14
The Bridgerton-verse is expanding!