Thursday, 13 May 2021

Jay-Z & LL Cool J Inducted Into Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

JAY-Z and LL Cool J are among the latest rappers to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

 JAY-Z, legendary emcee, entrepreneur, and connoisseur of the letter "B," can now add another accomplishment to his substantial list. Following his nomination in February, JAY has now been officially inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. In addition to Hova, LL Cool J, The Foo Fighters, Tina Turner, The Go-Gos, Carole King, and Todd Rundgren have also received the honor of inclusion.

Though the name may inherently suggest otherwise, the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame has inducted a decent amount of rappers throughout the years. In addition to Hova and the self-styled Ladies Love Cool James, the list of hip-hop representatives includes Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run DMC, the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, N.W.A, 2Pac Shakur, and last year's inductee Notorious B.I.G.

LL Cool J in 1987. Paul Natkin/WireImage/Getty Images
 LL Cool J in 1987. Paul Natkin/WireImage/Getty Images

In addition to his induction, LL Cool J will be receiving the Music Excellence Award alongside Randy Rhodes and Billy Preston.  At this point, it feels like the number of rappers will continue to grow in the years to come, with names like Nas, Eminem, The Wu-Tang Clan, and OutKast feeling like inevitable selections. 

The ceremony is set to take place on October 30th at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, with a broadcast available on HBO Max. It will be interesting to see whether or not JAY-Z attends, as he tends to be rather selective in his movements. Either way, it's a solid accomplishment for both him and LL, two of the game's legendary OGs. Congratulations are in order. 

Wednesday, 12 May 2021

STYLEINSPO: Casual Outfits That Can Be Worn To Work

There are work days you just want to get comfortable. Or, you got a party, function after work. Whatever it is, our STYLEINSPO carefully selected versatile outfits to help you "turn up" and "pen up"

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Get Rid Of Dark Knuckles Instantly

Dark skin on your knuckles can have many causes. The darker pigmentation on your knuckles may be inherited. Or it may be a reaction to a drug you’re taking, such as an oral contraceptive, a strong corticosteroid, or niacin.

Darker skin on your knuckles can also be a sign of an underlying condition that needs to be treated, such as diabetes.

Anyone at any age can develop dark knuckles. But they occur more frequently in people with darker skin pigmentation.

Home remedies

Some common household items that may help lighten your knuckles include:

  • baking soda mixed with water into a paste and applied to your knuckles for 15 to 20 minutes
  • lemon juice applied to your knuckles with a cotton ball daily

It’s a good idea to keep your knuckles and hands moisturized year-round. Also make sure to use sunscreen when you’re outside, even if your skin is naturally dark.

Although moisturizer and sunscreen won’t lighten your knuckles, they can help prevent damage and irritation from the sun, cold weather, chemicals, and hot water.

If you want to lighten the skin on your knuckles, you can opt for home remedies or store-bought products. If these don’t work, you can ask your doctor about prescription treatments.

It’s a good idea to see your doctor if you notice that your knuckles have darkened. Sometimes it can be a sign of a more serious condition that requires treatment.

Monday, 10 May 2021

Nicki Minaj 'Chanel's Pink Energy While Teasing Fans Of A New Song

The come back of the Queen is all we need for the week. She shares some striking photos and captioned them "Friday".

Do you think Nicki got a song or album coming up? 

Easy Ways To Fix An Uneven Skintone

Something as small as a pimple or as complex as melasma equally contribute to the overall look of your skin, so when it comes to getting a totally even skin tone, you have to address all the factors at hand. 

According to New York dermatologist Neal Schultz, MD, two main categories make a skin tone appear to be uneven: texture and color. 

"For successful treatment, we need to smooth the texture, decrease the brown spots, and decrease the redness," he explains. And he says since the body can make excess pigment faster than we can remove it, we've also got to protect our skin to prevent it from returning so quickly. 

So just how do we go about doing all of those things?

Exfoliate Regularly

If the texture of your skin sounds like a weird thing to bring up when on the topic of skin tone, allow us to explain.

 If your texture isn't smooth due to either large pores or fine lines, that texture will not only prevent your products from applying evenly but also can cause shadows and darkness. 

"Skin tone is 75% about how the light hits it and what the light does when it hits it," Schultz explains. "Does it reflect back or does it get scattered? When the surface is smooth and the light reflects off, your skin tone appears more even because it gets brighter and the browns are not as obvious." In other words, the first step to an even skin tone is to have smoother skin, whether that's by removing dead skin cells, minimizing pores, or evening out fine lines, and the most effective way to do that is through proper exfoliation.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient required for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of the body, including the skin, but we cannot produce it on our own. For the skin, it helps to boost collagen, lighten discoloration, and fight free radicals.

An easy method of achieving even skin is using topical wipes or washes containing glycolic acid or topical vitamins C and E, which minimize the production of melanin, the substance that causes skin darkening, and even out skin tone.

Get You A Sunscreen

The importance of proper sun protection is to stop an uneven skin tone from getting worse or prevent unevenness from returning. 

At the end of the day, any sun protection is better than none, but if you are someone who has melasma 

Melasma is stimulation of the melanin, which are supersensitized usually by female hormone so that any injury causes darkening, the most common injury being ultraviolet light)

You might want to swap out your formula that relies on traditional chemical ingredients for a physical sunscreen, which is one that is formulated with minerals such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.

Zinc is an essential mineral that is needed for numerous healthy bodily functions, including boosting the immune system, healing wounds, and assisting in DNA/protein synthesis and growth. Applied topically, it's shown to aid in wound healing and regeneration, as well as protect the skin by deflecting UV rays.

Source: Byrdie

Friday, 7 May 2021

10 Bad Habits You Might Be Doing Everyday

 There are probably some things you do all the time that have the potential to do some harm, maybe contributing to sickness or injury in the short-term, or more serious concerns in the long run. With the help of @DrWhite, here's the run down;


A nervous tic that a lot of people have, biting your fingernails doesn’t just convey a sense of anxiety and insecurity—it’s also pretty gross. “We carry a lot of [bacteria] underneath the fingertips, whether it’s salmonella, E. coli or even the common cold,” White says. Your fingertips touch a lot of different things, so don’t welcome all that bacteria into your mouth, which could lead to gastrointestinal problems or sickness.

Holding in farts

It’s not you—blame society for this one. Holding in your farts for long periods of time is definitely bad for you, as you might suspect from how awful it feels to do it. Research has shown that holding them back can cause severe bloating and stomach discomfort. So let ‘em rip, or if you’re at work, release it and try to keep it quiet, while of course, staying as far from your boss’ airspace as possible.

Washing hair too often

If you shave your head, skip to the next entry. But for those with long locks (or short ones), know that many of you are shampooing your hair more than you need to—maybe even more than you should. In general, thicker, curlier hair can benefit from being washed every other day rather than daily. “A lot of times, [shampoo] actually strains natural oils from the hair and causes it to be more brittle,” White says. “So, by not washing it so often, we preserve more natural oils in the hair which, of course, is healthy.”

Eating too much protein

Probably not a problem for most, but if you frequently pair chicken with protein shakes, or have an affinity for Southern barbecue, it might be time to examine your protein intake. White says that overdosing on protein can lead to dehydration and urinary loss of calcium, and it’s also bad for the kidneys. And of course, you can gain weight from it—the body can only use so much.

Consuming too much caffeine

Tons of Americans rely on a caffeine jolt, or two or three, to help them through each day. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends no more than 300 milligrams of caffeine a day, and although the FDA claims that the average daily intake is 200 mg, that means there are still plenty of people out there exceeding their recommended dosage. “It can cause elevation of the blood pressure and increase anxiety and stress during the day,” White says. “Long-term, it can boost the risk of heart disease if done in excess.” If a few cups of coffee in the morning and an energy drink in the afternoon is normal for you, it’s time to cut back.

Watching TV right before bed

Falling asleep to late-night shows is an American tradition, but it’s probably best to shut the TV off before you doze off. The artificial, bright lights in TV stimulate the brain and can disrupt your melatonin levels, which are needed for sleep. “Also, anything that is disturbing can cause nightmares… which can wake you up in the middle of the night,” says White, clearly suggesting that you should avoid the news and horror movies in the moments before getting some shut-eye.

Exercising right before bed

TV overstimulates the brain for proper sleep, so naturally, pushing your body to the limit late at night also makes sleep tough to accomplish. For those with crazy work schedules, it may be tough to avoid, but for others, know that it’s tough to bring the body down quickly from getting the heart rate up and muscles fully engaged.

Eating just before exercise

Especially pertinent for runners and/or people who do a lot of quick movement in their workouts, eating big meals up to an hour before a workout can cause discomfort while preventing you from pushing yourself as hard. White recommends avoiding high-fiber and high-fat foods that take time to digest and could lead to cramps and sluggishness. If you’re hungry and you plan on working out soon, grab something small and easier to digest, like a piece of fruit.

Holding in sneezes

Ever held in a sneeze out of politeness, trying to stay quiet? Well, it turns out that’s a pretty bad idea. “Our sneezes move at up to 100 miles per hour, so holding it in, in extreme cases, can cause fractures in nasal cartilage, nose bleeds or even detached retinas,” White says. “So, that’s something you really want to let out.” Next time you feel one coming on at a less-than-perfect moment, just do your best to muffle it in your elbow. 

Sitting too much

This is a big one lately—America remains a country of sitters, even though recent studies (from places like the University of California, University of Sydney in Australia and everywhere in between) have linked frequent sitting to increased risk of heart disease, worse mental health, and other issues—even for those who get regular exercise. “They say sitting is the new smoking,” White says, mentioning that standing burns over 20 extra calories per hour compared to sitting. “So, getting up and moving around is obviously important.” It’s a little hard to change your work lifestyle, but try to move around the office whenever possible, and maybe take a walk after your workout to add some time spent on your feet.

Source: MJ

Heard Of Skin Fasting And How It Can Transform Your Skin?

"Skin fasting is where you eliminate some skincare products for a period so your skin detoxifies and resets," says New York City-based esthetician @Taylor Worden. "The goal of skin fasting is to let the skin get back to its natural oil production and repair your skin's natural barrier."

If you're experiencing skin irritation, dryness, sudden breakouts, or any other uncomfortable skin reactions, it can be helpful to take a break from potentially irritating skincare ingredients such as retinoids, alpha and Beta hydroxy acids, and vitamin C for a week or two or until the skin heals. 

Once the skin heals, slowly introduce products into your routine one by one so you can figure out what caused the initial reaction and avoid future irritations.

What are the benefits of skin fasting?

On top of alleviating potential skin irritations and concerns, Worden says skin fasting can help determine what products work best for your skin type. Using fewer products is usually better for your skin.

When skin fasting, you may realize you are using the wrong kinds of products or have too many. Additionally, it could be a way to save some money in the long run as you'll use less product.

Is skin fasting necessary?

Skin fasting has its benefits, it isn't necessary to do. Many people don't need to take a break from their skincare routines unless they're experiencing irritations or recent skin concerns and aren't sure of the cause. 

So, give it a shot if it sounds like something you could benefit from trying—or don't! Ultimately, it's all about doing what works best for you.