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March 28: an Instagram round-up during COVID-19

Filed by Lucire staff/March 28, 2020/11.44

It’s actually refreshing that we haven’t heard much from celebrities and influencers during the pandemic; instead, press coverage has been on doctors, nurses, other frontline health care personnel, and essential workers who are keeping our countries moving.
   Out of interest, we thought we’d take a look at a selection of Instagram accounts—something we haven’t done for years here at Lucire—to see just what a cross-section of “names” are sharing.
   New York model Imani (@champagnemani) shows that you can be stylish and comfortable while working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, tagging the Working from Home Fits account (@wfhfits). Imani’s wearing items from NewTop Jewelry (@janes8103), Eckhaus Latta, and Ugg boots.
   Model Bree Kleintop (@breekleintop) is out dog-walking in Alo Yoga, though there’s no telling when the photo was actually taken. We know that Kleintop is self-isolating from an earlier post—don’t we all have several thousand photos on our phones?
   Actress Franziska Knuppe (@franziskaknuppe) reminds us not to lose our positive vibes during the pandemic, and for those who are at home, she has a new shoot and interview in the latest German edition of Gala. The magazine photo was taken by Frauke Fischer, with make-up by Melanie Schoene, using Shiseido.
   We couldn’t ignore one politician: New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern (@jacindaardern), possibly the only PM who has an infant at home toilet-training. New Zealand is in a four-week lockdown in the fight against COVID-19, and the PM is no exception: while still showing up for press conferences, she’s observing the 2 m physical distancing rule, while at Premier House in Wellington, she has a “bubble” with her fiancé and daughter. Ardern shared a Lego Duplo tower and reminded people they can get official information on the country’s COVID-19 fight at the government website, www.covid19.govt.nz. After all, no one wants to wind up like Boris.
   Rising model Tehya Elam (@precioustehya) wished a friend happy birthday with artwork of a sunflower, sending out a personal wish during these uncertain times. Earlier in her account she shared Psalm 91 in a call to others to have faith.
   Parisian model Mika Schneider (@mikaschndr) is staying at home, too, but managed to do a shoot. Considering the limited circumstances we’re all facing, the four shots are excellent, and shows that models are keeping themselves entertained—not to mention adding to their portfolios.
   Russian model Viki Odintcova (@viki_odintcova) used an earlier photo shot by Aleksander Mavrin while relaying a more personal message in Russian, lamenting the fact her diary is less packed during the pandemic. She had managed to get herself organized with a new system, before things came to a halt, her meetings now on Skype, and filming on hold. She’s looking forward to getting back into the swing of things again and travelling. Till then, it looks like Odintcova’s staying put, too.
   Finally, Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) says she misses being outside in her city and also walking her dog, sharing an older photo with her wearing Inamorata, her own label.

 


LG releases CES-award-winning UltraGear monitor with 1 ms response for US$399

Filed by Lucire staff//4.27



Gamers are an increasingly influential computing market, with their demands for fast response times from their computers and peripherals. LG is adding to their choices with its 27-inch UltraGear gaming monitor, retailing in the US for US$399.
   LG has already won a CES 2020 Innovation Award for the new IPS unit, model 27GN750.
   Gamers want monitors to show the action as soon as possible, and LG has its UltraGear’s refresh rate down to 1 ms. It has a wide viewing angle, delivering 99 per cent of the sRGB colour accuracy, HDR10 support, and Nvidia G-Sync compatibility, validated to be free from flicker and artefacts. (G-Sync keeps the monitor and video card perfectly in sync.) It also offers gaming-specific options, which LG calls Dynamic Action Sync mode, Black Stabilizer, and Crosshair, for accuracy in FPS games. In lay terms, it means the monitor is sharp, can be seen from more angles accurately, and it’s showing something new every millisecond.
   The back shows red detail, in line with many gaming devices and software.
   The monitor can also be rotated 90 degrees for a vertical display.

 


Twelve things I do to keep balanced while working from home

Filed by Jack Yan/March 17, 2020/23.08

When I was 13, my father became self-employed after being made redundant at his work. By choice, my mother did the same when I was in my early 20s. They both loved the lifestyle and I imagine it was inevitable I would do the same in my career, beginning at a time when I was still studying.
   As some who self-isolate because of the COVID-19 pandemic say that their mental health is affected, I thought I’d share how I’ve been based at home for over three decades—a period that saw the founding of this magazine in 1997.

1. For those working, make sure it’s not just one project. There’s nothing more wearing that having just one thing to work on the entire day. I always have a few projects on the go, and make sure I switch between them. The second project should be a lighter one or be of less importance. Even if it’s not work, make sure it’s something that gives you a bit of variety.

2. Make sure you have a decent work set-up. I find it important to have a monitor where I can read things clearly. Also I set mine on a mode that restricts blue light. If you’re working at home, it’s not a bad idea to have comfortable settings on a screen. If your monitor doesn’t have a native mode to restrict blue light, there’s always F.lux, which is an excellent tool to make screens more comfortable.
   If you’re used to standard keyboards and mice, that’s great, but for me, I have to ensure my keyboard is either at around 400 mm in width or less, and my mouse has to be larger than the standard size since I have big hands. Ergonomics are important.


Above: Westward view from the publisher’s office

3. Find that spot. Find a comfortable space to base yourself with plenty of natural light and ventilation. At-home pet cats and dogs do it, take their lead.

4. Stretch. Again, the cats and dogs do it. Get out of that chair every now and then and make sure you don’t get too stiff working from your desk. Exercise if you wish to.

5. If you relax to white noise or find it comforting, there are places that can help. One friend of mine loves his podcasts, and others might like music, but I enjoy having the sound of web video. And if it’s interesting, you can always stop to watch it. One site I recently recommended is Thought Maybe, which has plenty of useful documentaries, including Adam Curtis’s ones. These give an insight into how parts of the world work, and you might even get some theories on just what landed us in this situation in 2020.
   When Aotearoa had two network TV channels, I dreamed of a time when I could have overseas stations accessible at my fingertips. That reality is now here with plenty of news channels online. If that’s too much doom and gloom, I’m sure there are others that you can tune into to have running in the background. Radio.net has a lot of genres of music.

6. Find that hobby. No point waiting till you retire. Was there something you always wanted to learn about but thought you’d never have time? I recommend Skillshare, which has lots of online courses on different subjects. You learn at your pace so you can delve into the course whenever you want, say once a day as a treat.

7. I do some social media but generally I limit myself. Because social media are antisocial, and they’re designed to suck up your time to make their owners rich (they look at how much attention they capture and sell that to advertisers), there’s no point doing something draining if you’ve got some good stuff to do in (1). However, they might be cathartic if you want to have some human contact or express your feelings. Personally, I prefer to blog, which was my catharsis in the mid-2000s, and which I find just as good today. It’s a pity the old Vox isn’t around these days as there’s much to be said for a long-form blogging network.
   Sarb Johal started the #StayatHomeEnts hashtag on Twitter where Tweeters have been putting up some advice on what we each do to keep entertained. I just had a scroll down and they’re really good!

8. Many of us have this technology to chat to others, let’s use it. We’re luckier in 2020 that there’s Facetime, Skype, Google Hangouts, etc. I had thought that if we didn’t have social media, we’d be finding this an ideal opportunity to connect with others around the planet and learning about other cultures. I remember in the early days of the web how fascinating it was to chat to people in chat rooms from places I had never visited. I realize these days there are some weirdos out there, who have spoiled the experience for the great majority. But I’m sure there are some safe places, and if they’re not around, see what friends are in the same boat and form your own virtual networks. Importantly, don’t restrict yourselves to your own country.

9. Don’t veg: do something creative. For those of us with a creative bent, draw, write, photograph, play a musical instrument—something to de-stress. I can’t get through a day without doing one creative thing.

10. Anything in the house that you said you’d always do? Now’s your chance to do it, and hopefully you’ve got your tools and equipment at home already.

11. If you’re in a relationship, don’t get on top of each other—have your own spaces. Having said that, seeing my partner helps as I used to go into town a few times a week for meetings; because I see her each day, that need to meet up with colleagues to get out of your own head space isn’t as strong.

12. Take plenty of breaks. You’d probably have to anyway, in order to cook (since you’re not heading out to a café) so structure in times to do this. It soon becomes second nature. Don’t plough through till well after your lunchtime or dinnertime: get a healthy routine. Remember that self-isolation means you can still go for walks, just not into crowded places or with someone. When we self-isolated in January over an unrelated bug, my partner and I headed to a local park that wasn’t busy during the day and we were the only ones there.

   Normally I would have a small amount of meetings during the week but as I get older, they’re actually fewer in number, so I can cope with not having them.
   Do you have any extra tips? Put them in the comments and let’s see if we can build on this together.—Jack Yan, Publisher

 


Clé de Peau Beauté announces 2020 Power of Radiance award winners

Filed by Lucire staff/March 9, 2020/10.07


Pratiksha Pandey and Binita Shrestha, winners of Clé de Peau Beauté’s Power of Radiance award.

Clé de Peau Beauté has announced its second Power of Radiance award to Binita Shrestha and Pratiksha Pandey of Nepal for their contribution to girls’ education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (the STEM fields), opening up opportunities for their future.
   Shrestha and Pandey are behind the WiSTEM (Women in STEM) Nepal movement, and have led initiatives in education in their country to give girls and women opportunities to pursue their interests in science and technology. Shrestha herself is an IT engineer and educator, and oversaw several initiatives, including a collaboration between WiSTEM Nepal, Unicef and the Telecommunications Commission in Nepal. Pandey has devoted her career to breaking gender stereotypes, encouraging women to take leading roles in classrooms and to pursue the sciences.
   Many girls cannot get to high school because of obstacles including premature marriage, poverty, discrimination and gender inequality. By giving them starts in STEM fields, their prospects, financial capacity and self-sufficiency improve.
   Shrestha notes that 600 million girls will reach working age in the next decade. Most will work in informal sectors, facing difficulties.
   Pandey adds, ‘It is important that, as women and educators, we teach these girls invaluable skills, confidence and awareness of our own value. At the same time, we must give them the knowledge and opportunities they need to take control of their own future and decide their own fate. Every step we take, no matter how big or small, is a huge step towards improving the capabilities of girls around the world.’
   To date, WiSTEM Nepal has helped over 370 girls and young women to pursue their interest in STEM and providing them with the confidence they need to demand appropriate treatment.
   The award is financed through the sale of Clé de Peau serum. An awards’ ceremony will be held in Thailand.

 


Basquiat items at accessible prices

Filed by Lucire staff/February 25, 2020/12.54



If you’re a fan of Jean-Michel Basquiat, but can’t touch his unique work, here’s a wallet-friendly group of alternatives for you. Lucire’s travel editor, Stanley Moss, has just released a reissue of his privately printed 1980 limited edition The New Wave Cookbook in book form. It’s a chance to get a collectible 33 pp. booklet based on a rare item (only 200 were originally printed), one which is included in the permanent collection of the MoMA NYC, and occasionally comes up at auction for over US$1,000 a copy. The unconventional and irreverent cookbook contains Basquiat’s recipe scribbled on a card, along with eleven others, and a photo album of snapshots from the nightlife which includes pictures of Basquiat, Deborah Harry, Fab 5 Freddy, Robert Mapplethorpe and other habitués of the punk nightlife. Basquiat’s recipe card features a photo of the artist taken by Stanley in 1980. The collectible reprint, available on Amazon, goes for US$25 plus shipping.
   If you like the recipe you can also visit Stanley’s Espace DiGanZi printables’ website, and order a replica of Basquiat’s card printed on a mug, T-shirt, tote bag or pillow. Visit diganzi.wixsite.com/espacediganzi/objets to view the possibilities.
   Basquiat produced a limited number of works in his short career. He did not do a lot of multiples. You may not be able to hang an original on your wall today, but here’s a chance to at least live with a replica of one of his rare early works.




 


Hollywood: at your service

Filed by Elyse Glickman/February 20, 2020/11.11




At the TMG and Smile Direct Club 16th annual pre-Oscar lounge, celebrities, media and influencers joined in the pre-Oscar beauty treatments such as Smile Direct Club’s Teeth Whitening Lounge, ab-toning and cellulite-reduction treatments by Emsculpt and Emtone, make-up consultations and beauty makeovers by Senegence International, red-carpet express facials by Celebrity Spa Oskin Med Spa, lash extensions and brow services by celebrity make-up artist Shareen Adair of Icandy Salon, massages by celebrity masseuse Cinthia Dahl, blow=outs and styling by Aquage Haircare and manicures by OPI and My Beauty Spot. Above, from top: Anne Winters (13 Reasons Why) gets her smile ready. Drew Seeley and Amy Paffrath enjoy a family outing with daughter Ember Seeley.

Before we get started on our annual post-Oscar pre-show wrap-up, we wanted to extend our congratulations to Taika David Waititi, the first Māori to win an Oscar for best adapted screenplay on a history-making night that also included the multi-Oscar-winning South Korean film Parasite crowned best picture.
   Not everybody will agree on whether the line-up of nominees or winners reflected what made 2019 one of the best years in recent movie history—especially when it comes to gender or diversity. However, one thing we all share is necessity of presenting our most winning selves, regardless of who’s voting and what’s being voted on. The sentiment seemed to prevail at a few of the pre-show extravaganzas leading up to the red carpet.
   The TMG Pre-Oscar Luxury Suite certainly had that idea down, with their annual chill fest at the Beverly Hilton. It was built around achieving that winning smile with their lead sponsor, the Smile Direct Club. Every guest was treated to that “glow from within” right off the bat, via the opportunity to try out their revolutionary teeth whitening kit, and get sent home with their own compact cosmetic dentistry office. The goods needed to stay bright for a full six months included a whitening device and solution small enough to fit into one’s computer bag or purse, along with a daily whitening toothpaste and sleek electric toothbrush. The whitening device plugs into a smartphone and should be used about 10 minutes twice a day for a week.












At the TMG and Smile Direct Club 16th annual pre-Oscar lounge: Carly Hughes (ABC’s American Housewife) after her teeth-whitening treatment. Sheryl Lee Ralph (Showtime’s Ray Donovan). Peyton Elizabeth Lee (Disney’s Andi Mack) in the Senegence Beauty Lounge. UFC and Celebrity Big Brother’s Chuck Liddell experiences the Emsculpt ab-toning treatment. Vincent Rodriguez (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on CW, Insatiable on Netflix). Dania Ramirez gets brow and lash services from Shareen Adair of Icandy Salon. Fivel Stewart (Atypical on Netflix). Actor Craig DiFrancia (Greenbook, The Irishman) with Aquage Haircare. Lauren Tom gets an Aquage treatment. Grey’s Anatomy’s James Pickens with Olivia Quido-Co shows off his glowing red carpet facial from Oskin Med Spa. Edy Ganem.

   Christine King and Ruben Diaz also picked the perfect cosmetics line, SeneGence, to keep up the smiles with what may be one of the best “kiss-proof” lip colour we’ve tried. There was a process involved with putting it on, demoed by skilled make-up artists on the spot. By following the instructions, one gets all-day colour maintained with a moisturizing top coat–gloss. While the line is not yet a household name, it delivers the goods we want in long-wearing make-up—something that performs at the office or on the red carpet with the wearer leaving the mark instead of the lipstick. This makes us all the more eager to try out the rest of our starter kits, including a neck-lift moisturizer and mascara, and purchase a few more shades of lip colour and eyeliner.
   Getting a little more skin deep, we also indulged in collagen facials from the Olivia Quido skin care collection that administered the beneficial creams and serums with a delicious cold press method that brings real refreshment into professional facials.
   Like best supporting actor winner Brad Pitt, old favourites were a welcoming presence and hardly showed their age, thanks to new colours, packaging and performance. With an assist from a local manicure salon, OPI nail care took us to México City while moisturizing hair care line Aquage offered new dos and products in festive updated packaging to get that blow-dry bar look every day.







   Across town, dynamic event duo Matt and Mark Harris were back on the built-in red carpet lining the halls of (the aptly selected) W Hollywood Hotel for their WOW Oscar Suite. This go-round, the event once again offered some interesting new K- and J-Beauty products (including the posh-but-affordable Vitabrid line, quality wines from the American west coast and Bordeaux, plant-based snacks from Nirvana Bars and some flashy athletic wear from Florida-based Mperial. Donna Leah Designs provided requisite glamour with sequinned accessories reflecting her contemporary eveningwear collection.
   That said, the majority of guest vendors were in the business of making the lives of busy people stress-free and more convenient. Instead of finding reps from a luxury hotel or island retreat on hand, Carefree Boat Club promoted their unique offering of yacht and sport boat rentals for executive DIY vacations and functions. Christine Pacheco, founder of Concierge RN noted she was in the process of providing house (and office) calls for post-operative services and other health concerns, while Spring Rayne explained to prospective clients how as she could help them instil healthier sleeping and eating habits as a ‘health coach intuitive’, with an approach mixing her experience as a professional chef, reiki master and herbalist.
   As many celebrities and their assistants can always improve organization, Hilton Society (not a Paris Hilton fan club, but a provider of financial advice and budgeting) explained their expertise, while Tix Lover showed them how their company could help them source tickets to the hottest sports events, concerts and theatre productions. With home and office entertaining being an essential part of doing business, Cask Cartel provided a nifty sampler as well as information on their online retail endeavour, which they described as a sort of Amazon for high-end wine and spirits.
   The next generation of entrepreneurs was represented by 15 year-old James Cruickshank, founder of TreetingCards.com. With a bit of a writing assist from younger brother, Jack, the concept combines clever greeting cards with attached mini-boxes of candy to convey a very sweet sentiment as well as fundraising for his SOS (Save Our Sharks) initiative to protect the ocean animals from environmental perils of the day.












   Earlier in the week, French brand La Roche-Posay was thinking beyond the Oscars and into “rest of your life” territory with the rollout of its Anti-Aging Serum line. The new power trio of retinol B3 pure retinol serum, 10 per cent pure vitamin C serum and hyalu B5 serum, available separately or as a set, can be used in a variety of combinations based on the user’s unique skin care needs. Teamed with the Anthelios SFP 100 sunscreen, any user can mitigate past sun exposure sins while preventing new ones.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor

 


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