Muhammad Ali, ‘The Greatest’, Dies at 74

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali died Friday night at a Phoenix-area hospital where he was being treated for respiratory complications.

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Photo: Ethan Miller, NBC

“After a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74. The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer died this evening,” family spokesman, Bob Gunnell, states to CNN.

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The Olympic gold medal winner had been battling Parkinson’s disease since 1984. His funeral service is planned in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.

I am grateful for all my victories, but I am especially grateful for my losses, because they only made me work harder.”— Muhammad Ali

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“I am the greatest! I am the greatest! I’m the king of the world.”

 

Justin Timberlake Scores First No. 1 Debut with ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’

Justin Timberlake debuts at No. 1 and his best sales week for any of his songs. This is fifth solo No. 1 at Billboard Hot 100.

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The animated film Trolls  will be due in theaters this year on Nov. 4; Yes, the trolls that I used to replace my pencil’s eraser-heads with.

“Feeling,” released May 6 on DreamWorks/RCA Records and from the forthcoming Trolls soundtrack, is just the 26th song ever to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100; it’s Timberlake’s first No. 1 debut — Billboard.com

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Pitch Perfect’s Anna Kendrick, James Corden, Russell Brand, Gwen Stefani and of course, Mr. Sexy Back himself will lend their voices for the movie.

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Also, Timberlake is the executive producer for the film’s music. The soundtrack album will be released on September 2016.

 

Photo Credits: ETonline, Getty Images, Maxim

 

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Creates a Makeup Line You Can Eat

An organic and edible make-up? Didn’t think it was possible? Guess again because Gwyneth Paltrow collaborates with Juice Beauty to create a make-up that you can eat. Her health-conscious living helped her become the new creative director of the company.

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Gwyneth Paltrow, creative director for Juice Beauty

“It’s totally edible… Though I don’t recommend eating it,” shares Paltrow. “I could make you something much tastier.”

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Rather than using artificial dyes, Paltrow’s line uses plant-derived Phyto-Pigments with an age-defying serum technology. Some of their key ingredients are pineapple enzymes, apple juice, grape juice, cucumber extract, green tea leaf, aloe leaf juice, jojoba oil, shea butter, and more.

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Juice Beauty is one of those all-too-rare companies that’s really living up to its promise to consumers — sourcing really beautiful, organic ingredients and doing the research and development to create powerful formulations, all while being incredibly kind to the environment.”

-Gwyneth Paltrow, San Francisco Chronicle June 28, 2015

Credits: Juice Beauty, Forbes, US Magazine

Aeropostale Files For Bankruptcy, Closing 154 Stores, CEO Explains Why

Clothing retailer, Aeropostale will be closing 41 of its Canadian stores, plus 113 stores in United States, as the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Stores will start closing down this weekend. 013116_AERO_GIRLS_LP_SHORTS

“We have chosen to take more decisive and aggressive action to create a leaner, more efficient business that is well positioned to compete and succeed in today’s retail environment,” CEO Julian Geiger explains.

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Aeropostale posted a loss of $26 million on sales in its latest quarter. H&M and Forever 21 are attracting younger fashion trend-setters, making it harder to compete.  013116_AERO_GIRLS_LP_DRESSES

Photo Credits: Aeropostale.com

Claire Danes is the Cinderella of Met Gala 2016

Claire Danes lit up the red carpet literally with her beautiful Zac Posen gown. She sets a new standard of class and sophistication at the themed-based Met Gala.

All eyes were on her when she showed up wearing a fiber-woven and glow-in-the-dark dress.

When the lights were dimmed, the fiber-optic gown lit up and made Claire Danes the Cinderella of Met Gala.

Zac Posen’s creativity with Claire Danes’s beauty and poise made the dress the highlight of the 2016 Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala.

 

Prince, Legendary Singer, Dies at 57

Purple Rain singer Prince died earlier today at 57.

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His body was found at his Paisley Park studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota. He had an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois for a flu emergency on April 15th. He cancelled his shows in Atlanta because of his health concerns.

He’s one of the most iconic artist since his 1984’s Purple Rain , earning him the No. 1 album on Billboard 200. He has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. prince-baltimorel

Prince was also inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his eligibility. He won seven Grammy Awards, Oscar and an Academy Award.

He was also known for his Love Symbol, to show protest against Warner Bros. in 1993, but he later changed it back to Prince in 2000.

The Jungle Book Made $300 Million on their Opening Weekend

My movie ticket was worth it. During the movie, both adults and children clapped their hands at least 3 times even though most viewers knew the movie’s plot beforehand. I’ve seen parents jumped from their seats and I’ve heard kids cheer for Mowgli. From the precise and realistic CGI version of almost all character (but Mowgli, played by Neel Sethi) to the simplicity of a classic story-telling, Favreu’s version of The Jungle Book is a triumph movie.

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Director, Jon Favreu, did a wonderful job with connecting the spark between parent’s childhood story to their children’s new favorite Disney classic.

The CGI effects were so realistic that even I started wondering which one is live. It turns out that all the animals are CGI. The distinctive voices of the characters added to the emotions that the audience felt, thought and imagined. It’s almost like someone is actually reading the book.

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Neel Sethi (Mowgli) meets with select press on the set of THE JUNGLE BOOK. Photo by Glen Wilson. ©2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

We have Bill Murray as Baloo the Bear who gave the audience more than  a few chuckles; Idris Elba as Shere Khan who gave you the sense of fear; Scarlet Johansson who made it believable that Mowgli can be seductively hypnotize.

Not to mention, Christopher Walken as King Louie who gives you a mobster and leader type of feel; Ben Kingsley as Bagheera who makes you feel safe and protected; Giancarlo Esposito as Akela who delivers a strong and trusting leader; and Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha who delivers a caring and loving mother.

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However, the most impressive one of all is Neel Sethi as Mowgli. He connected with everyone and he made you enter his world. He ran, jumped, climbed, cried, fought, smiled, laughed, and made you see Mowgli the way you always envisioned him to be when you read the classic book version.

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Neel Sethi as Mowgli. Image by: Disney

The Jungle Book worldwide total just for their opening weekend is $294.1M and can easily pass $300M today. I have no doubt that it will be a favorite for both parents and children. I give this movie a 5 star rating.

Watch the trailer by clicking the link: The Jungle Book

My Secret to Smooth Skin

It’s the year of contour, foundation, and concealer on social media. From 100 steps of contouring, 50 steps to put concealer, or blending 2 or more foundation just to look naturally smooth for the selfies. Okay, maybe not that extreme. 2016-04-14 12.45.38

I remember during one of my small talks with Lily Liu, CEO of Lily’s Talent Agency, who’s so nice by the way. She asked me “I’ve always wanted to know what type of foundation you use?” I laughed and told her “I’m not wearing any.”

She didn’t believe me so I rubbed my face and I told her she can check it out herself. “See, no foundation…” as I grab a tissue and wipe my cheeks and forehead. It was funny because she kept saying, “Wow, I always thought you have foundation on. It’s so smooth.”

Well,this wasn’t the first time I had to prove that I’m not wearing any type of foundation. Actually, I don’t own any foundation for my personal use. However, I do have some for my clients when I do their make-up.

Anyway, here’s my secret.

1.) Eliminate contouring, wearing too much foundation or facial powder

You need to let your face stay fresh and clean. When you wear foundation, facial powder or your obsessed with contouring your face everyday, your pores gets blocked. It needs a break time. Let it breathe. Just love your own skin. Show it off and trust me, it feels amazing.

2.) Wash your face before you go to sleep no matter what

As tempting as it is to just go to sleep and wash your face in the morning, that’s an actual no-no. You’re only inviting pimples, blackheads and clogged pores to party on your face. Use a make-up remover wipes if you’re too lazy to wash your face. I usually use Aveeno Ultra-Calming Wipes and my clients love it.

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3.) Exfoliate

Since wipes aren’t enough on those late nights, early mornings and lazy moments. You need to exfoliate your face every other day and say goodbye to all the deep-set buildup. Get rid of those dead skin cells girl. Gently scrub parts of your face, excluding your eye area. I use St. Ives Blackhead Clearing Green Tea Scrub. The key ingredients are green tea, olive oil and olive leaf extract.

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4.) Moisturize

There’s nothing better than soft skin. Once you’re done washing your face, always put moisturizer on. This part is important. I can tell the difference when I don’t have facial lotion on.  Sometimes, I even mix organic extra virgin coconut oil with my facial lotion.

5.) Say no to smoking

We all know what smoking can do to your health. Not only that, you will age quicker. Your face will look dry and dull. Luckily, I never smoke and never will. Also, I usually step away when someone is smoking by me.

6.) Drink lots of water or coconut water

Not only will you hydrate your skin, you will slowly see a smoother face and a fresher look.

7.) Include omega-3 fatty acids and zinc in you diet.

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Try eating omega-3 fatty acids (like avocados, salmons, broccoli, shrimp, kale, strawberries) and zinc (like spinach, mushrooms, lean meat, almonds) everyday. Your complexion will start to improve and you’ll feel more confident rocking your bare face. 2016-04-14 12.51.49

So there you go girl…. that’s my secret. I don’t use expensive creams or fancy cover-ups to make my skin smoother. I just follows those steps. It’s just as simple as ABC and 123.

Balmain’s Best Campaign Ever with Iconic Supermodels

Hats off to Balmain Paris‘ creative director, Olivier Rousteing for the best campaign this decade!!!! A standing ovation for you Mr. Rousteing. #ThisIsHistory

When I saw Balmain’s campaign for 2016 Spring Collection, my jaw dropped.

Besides the fact that Rousteing did another amazing job with his intricate and detailed designs. He featured three fashion icons who made a tremendous impact at the fashion and modeling industry.

The legendary supermodels: Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer stopped the fashion world, proving why they are and forever will be the epitome of a classic, sophisticated and again, legendary supermodel. All Hail the Queens!!!

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credits: Balmain Paris