How climate change triggered the Ten Plagues

Passover begins tomorrow evening, Friday, April 22, 2016. Here is an intriguing article on how climate change might have triggered the chain of events known as the Ten Plagues:

The Biblical plagues that devastated Ancient Egypt in the Old Testament were the result of global warming and a volcanic eruption, scientists have claimed.

Source: Biblical plagues really happened say scientists – Telegraph

frog

Frogs were the second of the 10 Plagues

How fitting that Earth Day and Passover coincide this year.

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Why the spate of celebrity cosmetics lines? 

Why the spate of celebrity cosmetics lines?

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham (courtesy photo)

According to the WWD articles Celebs’ New Beauty Push: Color Cosmetics, “Celebrity fragrances are shriveling as a category, plummeting to less than 2 percent of the prestige fragrance market in 2014 from 4 percent in 2011, according to figures from NPD Group.”

Soon after I posted the article about Cara Delevigne, I learned that Victoria Beckham will launch an LE #makeup line with Estée Lauder.  It will launch in September 2016. Victoria Beckham previousl…

Source: Victoria Beckham will launch an LE #makeup with Estée Lauder | The Style Page

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Look! Polaroid instant prints are back

Everything old is new again.  Polaroid, in its heyday, was famous for its instant print cameras.  Now, who needs instant prints when your friends can view the pictures on your smartphone?  (I should mention that Polaroids became a code word for nude pics!) The  downsides of Polaroid prints were that the prints quickly faded and there was a lack of camera settings.

The I-1 camera updates the classic Polaroid camera, as it connects to an app via Bluetooth to adjust the the aperture, shutter speed and flash.  The I-1 will be available on May 10, for the price of $299.  The Impossible Project created the I-1.  It took over Polaroid’s last factory and had to re-create Polaroid film from scratch.

I-1 camera

I-1 camera

Source: The Impossible I-1: Polaroid Cameras With iPhone Tech | InsideHook

And go past the jump break to check out this 1960s TV commercial for the Polaroid Swinger, with its catchy jingle. Continue reading

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#MusicMonday Sarah Vaughan

Sarah Vaughan commemorative stamp

Sarah Vaughan commemorative stamp

The US Postal Service issued the Sarah Vaughan Forever® Stamp on March 29, 2016:

The musically inclined Sarah Vaughan (1924-1990) played piano, then organ, and finally realized her vocal talent singing in the church choir. Her voice ranged over three octaves, and she exercised control over it; swooping from high to low and back. Early in Vaughan’s career she toured with many of the great jazz musicians of the day, and incorporated some of their styles into her own. Later, she recorded both jazz and pop songs as a solo artist. Remarkably, her voice did not diminish with time; she sang with her signature interpretive power for the whole of her five-decade career.

Source: Sarah Vaughan Forever® Stamps | USPS

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Marimekko for Target drops tomorrow, Sunday, April 17, 2016

But expect the collection to sell out within minutes, with pieces being re-sold for exorbitant prices on eBay.

Previously, Marimekko had limited edition collections with Banana Republic (the collection even included nail polish!) and H+M. It even collaborated with Avon on a limited edition collection of makeup in 2008 (see pics here).

Marimekko for Target

Marimekko for Target

Marimekko’s most popular print is its Unikko poppy print (not featured in its collection for Target).  Dolce & Gabbana ripped it off and even tried to cancel registration of the Unikko print in the EU: to learn more, read D&G Dolce & Gabbana rips off Marimekko Unikko print.  Be sure to read the comments too!

Source: Target: Brand Shop: Marimekko for Target

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Victoria Beckham will launch an LE #makeup collection with Estée Lauder

Soon after I posted the article about Cara Delevigne, I learned that Victoria Beckham will launch an LE #makeup line with Estée Lauder.  It will launch in September 2016.

Victoria Beckham previously collaborated with Nails inc. on nail polish.

Lovers of beauty looks that are classic and polished, take note: Victoria Beckham is about to invade your makeup bag.

Source: Victoria Beckham and Estée Lauder Announce a New Limited Edition Makeup Line from vogue.com.

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Rimmel London names Cara Delevingne as brand ambassador

Rimmel London has named Cara Delevingne (she of the  dramatic eyebrows) as its latest brand ambassador.  She joins Kate Moss, Georgia May Jagger, and Rita Ora as Rimmel London brand ambassadors.

Source: Rimmel appoints supermodel and actress Cara Delevingne as newest brand ambassador from Global Cosmetics News

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