Cup of coffee boosts weight loss 'helping the body burn calories faster'

YOUR morning coffee may have the power to get you out of bed in the morning, but it might also help you to lose weight.

Drinking a cup of joe can stimulate "brown fat", which burns calories to generate body heat – scientists have found.

Professor Michael Symonds, from the University of Nottingham, said theirs is the first study to show how coffee can affect brown fat in humans.

He said the breakthrough could help tackle the obesity crisis.

"Brown fat works in a different way to other fat in your body and produces heat by burning sugar and fat, often in response to cold," he explained.

"Increasing its activity improves blood sugar control as well as improving blood lipid (fat) levels and the extra calories burnt help with weight loss.

"This is the first study in humans to show that something like a cup of coffee can have a direct effect on our brown fat functions."

Potential diabetes solution

He went on to stay that this was the first human study to show that something like a cup of coffee can have a direct effect on our brown fat functions.

"The potential implications of our results are pretty big, as obesity is a major health concern for society," he added.

"We also have a growing diabetes epidemic and brown fat could potentially be part of the solution in tackling them.”

First study on humans

Prof Symonds' team used stem cells in the lab to test their theory that caffeine would stimulate brown fat.

They using thermal imaging technology, they tested it on humans.

They traced the body's brown fat reserves to see how it produced heat.

The findings, published in the journal Scientific Reports, showed coffee really does make brown fat hotter – indicating it being worked off.

“From our previous work, we knew that brown fat is mainly located in the neck region, so we were able to image someone straight after they had a drink to see if the brown fat got hotter,” said Professor Symonds.

The results proved that coffee really did make the brown fat hotter.

But scientists now need to determine what it is exactly about coffee that is so fat-busting.

Temperature also affects brown fat

Dr Pam Peeke is a "fat doctor" and she wrote on Maria's Farm Country Kitchen that exercise can convert white-yellow fat to brown fat, as can getting enough sleep and exposing yourself to cold temperatures regularly.

"Getting enough high-quality sleep (is important) as proper melatonin production influences the production of brown fat; and exposing yourself to the cold regularly, such as exercising outdoors in the wintertime or in a cold room.

"Lowering the temperature in your living and working spaces is another tip."

Darren Sealey is a PT and founder of boutique gym Mindset, and he told The Sun that working out in the cold really can burn more calories.

"It's due to something called thermogenesis," he explained.

"This is a metabolic process during which your body burns calories to produce heat.

"Several factors induce thermogenesis in your body including exercise, diet and environmental temperature which all need to be working harmoniously to increase the rate of thermogenesis in the body."


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Is it the caffeine, or is it another component?

The team is now looking at caffeine supplements to test whether the effect is similar.

Prof Symonds said: "Once we have confirmed which component is responsible for this, it could potentially be used as part of a weight management regime or as part of glucose regulation programme to help prevent diabetes.”

Brown fat – also known as brown adipose tissue (BAT) – differs from "white fat" in the body, which occurs as a result of excess calories.
Experts say people with a lower body mass index (BMI) tend to have a higher amount of brown fat.

The more brown fat you have, the better insulin sensitivity you have (which means you're less likely to store belly fat) and the slimmer you tend to be.

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Flat chat: the rule Aussies have to learn in Paris

Flat chat … Jasmine Stefanovic (left) and Tamie Ingham of Mara & Mine have their sights set on European expansion after building their business in the US.Credit:James Nelson

If there is one thing the world has learnt from the style of French women, it's that they walk. A lot.

So it makes sense that French women are hardly seen in sky-high stilettos, preferring a sensible kitten heel, moccasin or slipper.

Tamie Ingham and Jasmine Stefanovic have been honing their Mara & Mine shoe business, which began excusively with flats, for several years in Australia and the US, and now, buoyed by this French style maxim, are set to take on the ultimate fashion test of Paris Fashion Week.

But Ingham and Stefanovic, who will miss attending Sunday's Logies with her husband, Karl Stefanovic, won't be diving in the deep end of the Seine alone, having teamed up with a fellow design darling in Marina Afonina of Albus Lumen.

Ingham said she'd admired Afonina, who has won several Australian fashion awards since launching three years ago, and relished the opportunity to create a collection for Albus' Paris show, which will take place on Tuesday night, Paris time.

"We built on our core, existing styles with new fabrications and styles to create something more targeted towards the 'Albus girl'," Ingham said from Paris on Monday.

Ingham said working with Marina Afonina (pictured) brought ‘two designers together [to create] something new for both audiences’.Credit:Edwina Pickles

Albus Lumen is a brand very much built on the fantasy and romance of modern travel – think natural fabrics and fluid shapes in an earthy palette – so it was a challenge for Mara & Mine to pivot from its traditional aesthetic while staying true to brand. The collection includes moccasins and suede ballet slippers with square toes and blanket stitched edging in colours inspired by Peru, where the Albus campaign was also photographed.

Ingham said collaborations worked best when both brands can "offer our customers and [the customers of] who we’re collaborating with something they haven’t seen before".

"The alchemy of bringing two designers together and creating something new for both audiences is something really exciting," she said.

Since launching, Mara & Mine has secured major wholesale accounts in the US including Bergdorf Goodman and Saks, as well as keeping its own Sydney store and e-commerce platform.

Ingham said both channels are critical to a brand's survival in the existing retail climate.

"There is still a very traditional customer who likes to come to the shop … They want to touch and feel the product," she said. "It’s shoes, they want to try them on."

Last week, a survey by media strategy company Blis, found about two-thirds of Australian consumers still prefer to shop in physical stores for clothing and footwear.

Blis' Australian and New Zealand managing director, Nick Ballard, said physical stores were here to stay "as long as they adapt to the changing landscape and evolving customer expectations".

"Consumers do not see a delineation between online and offline shopping, rather the modern consumer journey fuses both worlds and it is imperative that brands and retailers do the same," he said.

A number of other Australian brands are showing in Paris over the next two weeks including Toni Maticevski (in collaboration with Heart of Bone), Steven Khalil and Paolo Sebastian.

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Tiny Love Stories: ‘My Ex Moved Out, a Rat Moved In’

Lobster and Loon Song

Each of us had come to the lake with our hearts cracked open and picked clean. I waited tables at the resort where city dwellers came for lobster and loon song. He washed the dishes I passed him across the kitchen’s steel table. He reached out to me with his quiet, gloved hands. I offered him shells and husks, my hopeful smile. After work, we met by the water. If we were patient, across the lake’s untroubled sheen came the voice of the loon, the peace we had traveled far to find, a flash of fireflies as his eyes met mine. — Nicola Waldron

“To Live and Die in the Dark”

In high school, we watched “Brokeback Mountain” in the movie theater, a secret date. The story on the screen was set in rural Wyoming in the early 1960s. We lived in a liberal state, New York, in the mid-2000s. As the movie played, we settled into the theater’s darkness, held hands, touched legs. My head rested on his shoulder. When the movie ended and the lights came up, we had already pulled apart. A world away and generations later than the cowboys on the screen, what we shared was also doomed to live and die in the dark. — Seamus Kirst

The Rat Bat

The month my ex moved out, a rat moved in. José, the maintenance man, came, wielding a sawed-off table leg — “the Rat Bat” — which he used to chase the rat (and all other demons) out. We toasted to my newly sanctified home, my loneliness melting like the condensation on our beers before José said, “My wife awaits.” He turned his phone toward me, tapping the background photo of a beaming woman. “Twenty-three years and it’s still all love.” My current home is free from both memories and vermin. But the Rat Bat remains: Excalibur, purger of hurt, welcomer of love. — Mickey O’Neill

My Son, the Homeowner

My son just bought a house. My 32-year-old with a modest salary saved enough for a down payment. My child who struggled for so long found a first-time home buyer assistance program and earned a matching grant. My firstborn whose future I questioned — would he ever become independent? — met with loan officers, talked with bankers, engaged a realtor. My Matthew closed the deal on a two-bedroom, one-bath bungalow with hardwood floors, a funky kitchen and a screened-in porch. My son, diagnosed with a brain tumor at age 11, exceeds my every expectation. My heart. It’s bursting. — Karen DeBonis

Ideal Enabler

I love Aditya because he enables me to the right degree. When I wanted to play with a puppy, he looked up shelters and made plans to visit one after work. We cooed at kittens and fell in love with a lab named Adidas. It wasn’t until the shelter worker asked if we wanted a same-day adoption that he put on the brakes. “You have three roommates and are moving abroad in four months,” he reminded me. A good partner, I realized, will play along until your desires get irresponsible — dreaming with a healthy dose of reality. — Meera Kumar

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Mum of THIRTEEN feeds her family for just 66p per head by buying meat in bulk and grocery shopping online  – The Sun

A SAVVY mum has revealed that she manages to cook for her large family of 13 kids for just 66p per head.

Emma and Roy Hann, both 49, from Dundee, manage to keep costs down by shopping online, bulk buying and using cupboard staples.

They currently have 10 kids at home, and spend around £200 on the 12 of them each week, which works out at £2.30 a day per person.

Some of their favourite meals to cook in bulk include Cajun pasta and fajitas, and they can rustle up a BBQ for 40 friends and family for 79p a head.

Café owner Emma said: “As our family got bigger, naturally it became more expensive to feed everyone, but doing one big supermarket shop every week was actually driving the cost up even more.

“By doing this, you're tempted to throw in deals and special offers that you don't really want or need.”

As their family grew, they realised that they were buying numerous pricey items they didn’t need, like expensive yoghurts and sugary fruit drinks.

Emma and Roy decided to ditch their traditional weekly shop about five years ago, and said the change has resulted in them saving around £200 each month.

They now do one bulk shop a month and freeze the meat, although they do nip to the supermarket to stock up on fresh vegetables.

As our family got bigger, naturally it became more expensive to feed everyone, but doing one big supermarket shop every week was actually driving the cost up even more.

The family say their trick to keeping costs down is to usually spending around £150 worth of meat at the likes of Musclefood, and making it the base of each meal.

From this they can make chicken breasts, steak mince, sausages and diced beef and add vegetables and cupboard items.

They say they can make around 112 meals by spending just £88 for their family, who are aged from four to 27.


CAJUN PASTA (serves 12)

  • 6 Musclefood chicken breasts, £4.20
  • 500g penne pasta, 80p
  • 3 tins chopped tomatoes , £1.00
  • 3 garlic cloves and 2 tbsp of Dried Italian herds/ salt/ pepper, 30p
  • 125g grated cheese,
  • Salad – half bag spinach, one red onion, one pepper, 10 small tomatoes, dressing, £1.20

Total: £8.00

Price per head: 66p 



For the curry:

  • 3 packets of Musclefood diced beef, £5.85
  • 8 potatoes, 50p
  • 4 Carrots, 20p
  • 2 peppers, 50p
  • 1 jar of paste, £1.25
  • 1/3 of a pot Greek yoghurt, 20p
  • Garlic/ginger 3 cloves/small arm, 20p
  • 1 tin Chickpeas, 40p
  • For the homemade chapatis
  • Flour, salt and water, 40p total

For the salad:

  • Half bag spinach, one red onion, one pepper, 10 small tomatoes, dressing, £1.20 total

Total: £10.70

Price per head: 89p


TOAD IN THE HOLE (serves 12)

  • 24 Musclefood sausages, £3.90
  • Homemade batter – 200g flour/ 4 eggs/2pints milk salt pepper, £1.00
  • Mash potatoes – 7kg potatoes / little bit butter/milk/ salt/pepper seasoning, £2.80
  • 1kg carrots, £1.00
  • Gravy – 30g flour / 10 stock cubes/ dash of milk and butter and seasoning, 30p

Total: £8.90

Price per head:  74p

Popular dishes for the large family are spaghetti and meatballs, mac and cheese, and lasagne, and they typically make a range of sides so everyone has something they like.

Thankfully none of the kids are “fussy eaters” so there are typically no complaints at the dinner table.

She added: “We also try to do a roast at least fortnightly, but this can be quite expensive when you're cooking for all 13 kids, plus their partners.

“What we tend to do now is get some of the older ones who've moved out to bring the mashed potatoes or Yorkshire puddings, so everyone chips in.”

Nurse practitioner Roy is in charge of all the cooking, and took over eight years ago as they had three little kids under the age of four at the time.

The Hanns say they get through 50 pints of milk, 21 loaves of bread and five large cereal boxes a week – and their washing machine is seldom turned off.


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These Glitter Heels Are So Damn Sparkly, We Need Sunglasses Just to Admire Them

These Glitter Heels Are So Damn Sparkly, We Need Sunglasses Just to Admire Them

Let’s be real: glitter has a way of making everything in the world seem better. Case in point? Glitter heels. These sparkly duds are no longer reserved for the holidays with designers like Miu Miu and Victoria Beckham making them more mainstream. Glitter heels are the perfect way to give your outfit that extra oomph factor without looking like you’re trying hard.

Since so many of our favorite brands have been releasing dazzling designs, we decided to gather our favorite selections for you. Whether you’re looking for a shimmery stiletto or a glitzy mule, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading to shop the best glitter heels ahead.

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The Best Lightweight Clothes to Keep Your Cool This Summer

We ask a great deal of our wardrobe in the summertime: We need ease of movement and temperature regulation and minimal weight and protection from the sun and, as always, to look fantastic. Now, with a wave of fabric advances and design tweaks to classic styles, our lightest, most minimalist clothes can do double, even triple duty throughout the day. To make summer dressing a breeze, here are the lightweight essentials to add to your arsenal this season.

Summer Windbreakers


High-quality tech fabrics takes your summer top-layer to the next level with functionality and style. Take this Woolrich jacket made with Pertex; it blocks wind, weighs next to nothing, is durable, and can be folded to pocket size for packing. It offers you a lot—and it looks and feels like a little.

The Best Lightweight Windbreakers


Yes, from a comfort perspective, you could wear shorts all season long. But should you? When the occasion calls for hiding your hairy calves, consider performance pants, like these from Outdoor Voices, featuring weather resistance and a clean, tapered look. It’s like wearing comfy sweatpants, except you won’t actually sweat.

The Best Lightweight Pants


Uniqlo has put all the stink-fighting, sweat-wicking ability of DRY-EX, a quick-drying fabric found in workout clothes, into the summertime staple that is the polo shirt. The fabric is antimicrobial and anti-odor, so it’ll stop stench on particularly brutal days, and the cotton-like texture means you can wear it as easily in the office as on the golf course.

The Best Lightweight Polo Shirts


Notice the underside of this jacket flapping in the wind. There’s no lining. That’s called unstructured, and it’s a feature that lends itself to the warm-weather season, reducing the layers between your skin and the air, letting moisture and heat escape more easily. And when that single layer is made of the kind of cotton that shapes to your body (rather than imposing shape on it), you’ll feel as confident as you are comfortable.

The Best Lightweight Suiting

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Celebs Showing Off Their Undies

You know what they say: if you got it, flaunt it! Tons of the hottest celebs live by this motto, showing off their assets in some seriously steamy lingerie looks.

Kim Kardashian is no stranger to a sexy snap. In one of our favorite shots, she showed off her Calvin Klein undies in a black and white mirror selfie, looking strong and absolutely beautiful. Her younger sis Kendall Jenner also snapped a picture in a lacy thong and a cropped white t-shirt that displayed just a bit of underboob.

Celebs in Their Boldest Nearly Naked Red Carpet Looks of All Time

While promoting her lingerie collaboration with Frederick’s of Hollywood, Megan Fox posted an Instagram in a lacy white bodice similar to Bella Hadid‘s black lace bustier minidress — only Hadid wore hers out on the town one night for a Paris Fashion Week party, pairing it with sheer tights and patent leather Mary Jane heels for the occasion.

Ashley Graham also had her curves on full display during 2017 New York Fashion Week in a Boomerang video that showed her jumping on the bed in nothing but a bra and underwear.

But nothing quite compares to the queen of skimpy-wear Emily Ratajkowski. Even though she has so many to choose from, one of our favorites is a t-shirt, thong combo that shows off her flawless backside.

So from Jennifer Lopez’s low-rise pant and peek-a-boo thong to Halsey’s Playboy bunny demi-cut, corseted bodysuit, keep scrolling to see the hottest celeb lingerie looks.

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Priyanka Chopra Rocks Dress That Plunges To The Waist & Has Thigh-High Split With Nick Jonas – Pic

Priyanka Chopra stepped out in Paris with hubby, Nick Jonas, on June 24, when she opted to wear a sexy plunging orange dress with a thigh-high slit that showed off her gorgeous toned legs.

Since arriving in Paris, France on Sunday, June 23, Priyanka Chopra, 36, and husband, Nick Jonas, 26, have already been looking fabulous. The couple is in Paris celebrating Joe Jonas, 29, and Sophie Turner’s, 23, wedding, and they stepped out on Monday, June 24, when Priyanka opted to wear a gorgeous dress. Priyanka looked absolutely stunning when she rocked a $2,450 metallic orange patterned Markarian Dietrich Ruffled Satin-Effect Maxi Dress from the Markarian Resort 2020 Collection, that featured a plunging V-neckline that ended all the way at her waist, as she chose to go completely braless underneath. Meanwhile, the skirt of the dress was even sexier as it wrapped in the front, featuring a slit on the side that started all the way at the top of her hip, showing off her toned legs. The flowy dress was so chic as it featured ruffled sleeves and a loose-fitting skirt that was lined with ruffle trim on the sides and hem of the skirt. Priyanka accessorized the sexy frock with a bunch of layered delicate gold necklaces, skinny tortoise sunglasses, and simple nude leather ankle-strap sandals.

While Priyanka looked gorgeous dressed up in the pretty, skin-baring dress, Nick was dressed down in a pair of light-wash skinny jeans with a rip at the knee, paired with a fitted yellow floral patterned button-down shirt, white slip-on Vans sneakers, and a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses. The happy couple looked fabulous in their outfits which they wore for a romantic boat ride around Paris. Since arriving in Paris on June 23, Priyanka has already been slaying her outfits. On June 23 she opted to wear a plunging gray jumpsuit with yet another low cut V-neckline and a pretty bow cinching in her waist.

Since then, Priyanka looked effortlessly chic when she walked around Paris wearing a sheer white Victoria Beckham Oversized Satin Pajama Shirt on top of a black bra, which could be seen through the shirt, paired with loose white straight-leg trousers. Meanwhile, Nick opted for a head-to-toe pink ensemble from Todd Snyder’s Spring 2019 collection.

We love seeing the couple out and about in stylish outfits, and if this is what they wore on their first day, then we cannot wait to see what’s in store in the style department for the rest of the trip.

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Brows Before Vows

Two days before he walks down the aisle this fall, Ali Pourvasei intends to walk into a salon to have his eyebrows waxed. “For my wedding, it’s a no-brainer,” said Mr. Pourvasei, 38, of Los Angeles. “I’m doing a custom suit from scratch, so everything at my wedding has to look good. Eyebrows are just another piece of the puzzle.”

Mr. Pourvasei didn’t really care about the state of his brows until about two and a half years ago, when his fiancée, Lizzie Renee, 30, began encouraging him to have them tidied at Anastasia Beverly Hills Salon in Beverly Hills, Calif. “She brought it up a few times,” he said. “In the beginning, I was like, ‘Hell no.’”

Mr. Pourvasei, a founder of LAD Solutions, an online marketing services agency, eventually gave in. “I was like, ‘O.K., fine,’ just for her to leave me alone,” he said. He had the little hairs above and below his brows removed. “When I saw the results, I was like, ‘Damn, why didn’t I do this from the beginning?’ It was super clean.”

For the last couple of years, Mr. Pourvasei has scheduled regular 15- to 20-minute eyebrow-shaping appointments, at $50 per session. Although his wedding at Brandview Ballroom in Glendale, Calif., isn’t until Nov. 17, he already has the touch-up for his big day inked into his calendar.

Many more brides and grooms are seeking to improve their eyebrows, either by commissioning full makeovers or adopting slight changes. Styles are shaped by clients’ personal preferences. Waxing, tweezing, threading, applying pigment, utilizing injectables and other methods, have varied techniques, results, costs and timelines.

“You get your dress a year or six months in advance — eyebrows are kind of the same,” said Anastasia Soare, the founder and chief executive of Anastasia Beverly Hills. She patented an eyebrow-shaping method called the Golden Ratio, inspired by balance and symmetry.

Yoli Cotray, a makeup, brow and lash artist at Hourglass Crosby in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood, said, “Eyebrows are the No. 1 thing that creates symmetry on the face. It balances things out, especially if you have the right brow based on your bone structure and your hair texture. The makeup will look so much better.”

For scheduling wedding-specific brow appointments, Ms. Cotray advises “the sooner, the better,” designating six months out as a good marker. The Hourglass stores in New York and Venice, Calif., offer a 30-minute brow-sculpting service using tweezers and vegetable wax, for $55. A prescribed brow regimen may involve growing out hairs, so Ms. Cotray advises that clients refrain from plucking or waxing their eyebrows before seeing a specialist. Transitional sessions are scheduled in between, depending on how fast the client’s hairs grow. The final appointment should occur four or five days before the wedding day, she says.

Nicole Shotto, the owner of Bonded by Brows at Halo Salon in Dickson City, Pa., oversees the eyebrows of about five grooms and 25 brides each year. Men typically come in for “brow cleanups” she said, while women opt for more involved services. One of those services is threading, which uses thread to shape brows by removing hairs one at a time. The 10-minute process should be conducted one week before the wedding and can last between one month and six weeks, Ms. Shotto said. The cost is $18.

Not all brow treatments remove follicles. Some solutions imitate the appearance of hairs. Microblading involves small blade strokes, cutting the skin in the shape of individual hairs, while pigment is applied. The blade is made of 14 tiny needles. “It causes a three-dimensional effect that looks like eyebrows,” Ms. Shotto said, noting that a topical anesthetic is applied before the treatment and after the skin is broken.

The semi-permanent addition, usually lasting six months to two years, requires two sessions. The first includes a consultation to discuss size, shape and color, followed by application. The second takes place four weeks later, at which time pigment is retouched for one hour. Ms. Shotto suggests the follow-up appointment occurs at least one month before the wedding. The total cost is $400 to $600.

Powder brows are a less-natural look, similar to microblading, Ms. Shotto said. “It’s a more solid brow opposed to a 3-D brow that looks like hair,” she said. They are created when a singular needle slides across the skin, manually or using a tattoo-like machine. Although the same time span and dual appointments apply, a solid powder brow costs $600.

Injectables are another option. Dr. Debra Jaliman, a board certified dermatologist on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, says she sees 100 brides each year. More than half of them, typically in their early 20s and late 40s, receive Botox. “The frown is the most common area,” she said, referencing the space between the eyebrows. The Food and Drug Administration approves the use of Botox for smoothing frown lines ($500 at Dr. Jaliman’s office) and crow’s-feet (lines around the outer eye area, $500). Botox is not approved by the F.D.A. for use in the lateral brow (the outer third of the eyebrow, $250), where injections facilitate an extra millimeter of height. “We put it underneath the brow to give it an extra lift,” Dr. Jaliman said. The treatments are not covered by insurance and last three to four months. It takes a week to 10 days to see the full effects.

Hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm or Restylane can be used in the lateral brow to lift and accentuate the brow bone, Dr. Jaliman said. Neither indication is F.D.A. approved or covered by insurance, and the effects last up to eight months. Because brows typically use 0.2 cubic centimeters of filler, most of Dr. Jaliman’s patients use the remaining portions in their lips or smile lines. Her office charges $850 to $950 for a cubic centimeter syringe, depending on the brand.

Those looking for a needle-free lift can opt for noninvasive radio frequency therapy. The Thermage system is F.D.A approved for smoothing, tightening and contouring skin. Dr. Jaliman operates an apparatus with a pencil eraser-size tip under the brow to raise it one millimeter. The treatment uses precise shallow heating and results can last one to two years. A 45-minute session costs Dr. Jaliman’s patients $3,500.

There are far less expensive options also available. At-home products like Tweezerman Rose Gold Slant Tweezer ($20.70 at Target), R+Co Magic Wand Brow Gel ($20 at and IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil ($24 at Sephora) can sculpt, tame and fill brows, as needed.

Glamsquad, an on-demand beauty service, offers wedding day makeup application and wedding makeup trials in six markets, including Boston, New York, San Francisco and Washington. Each 90-minute session costs $150 to $220.

A makeup trial should be completed a month or two before the wedding, said Janeena Billera, a senior global makeup artist at Glo Skin Beauty, a Denver-based skin care and mineral makeup brand. To save time (and money on multiple consultations), clients should decide on style preferences beforehand.

Ms. Billera recommends brides and grooms bring model or celebrity photos showcasing eyebrows they most desire and also dislike.

“Everyone has a different brow and hair type, shape and preference,” said Ms. Billera, who suggests a classic and timeless look. “You want to look like yourself, just a better version of yourself.”

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Bride mocked for ‘hideous’ home adjustments to $1 wedding dress she ‘bought at a jumble sale’ – The Sun

A BRIDE has been mocked for the "hideous" home adjustments made to her wedding dress – which she bought at a jumble sale for just 78p ($1).

Posting on Facebook, the American woman explained she "fell in love" with the second-hand gown when she saw it being sold in someone's front garden.

Realising it was much too long for her, and feeling the design was "too simple", she asked a mate for help.

Bizarrely, her friend chose not to hem the dress from the bottom, but in three places around the stomach – creating a triangle design and leaving an unflattering bump at the sides.

She added: "I asked a friend if he knew how to hem it up to make it better.

"This is the end result I love the wrinkles don't like the bump but don't know what to cover it up I can't take it out cause it's holding up the wrinkles!

"Any suggestions what to cover it up with? My fiance said a rose".

The snap was shared on the Wedding Shaming Facebook group, where the poster said: "I think this speaks for itself. Throw the whole dress away.

"PS they dragged her in the comments in the nicest way."

Commenting on the post, horrified people said: "Ugh that's super ugly" and "Fire, fire will fix it."

Others joked: "Looks like the beginnings of tie-dyes we would do at camp".

While one lady slammed: "Another dress. Cover it up with another dress. Bet she’s happy with that 'you get what you pay for' investment now."

One woman labelled it a "train wreck" and another said: "This is just sad."

Others suggested hiding the lumps with "a blanket", "a bin bag" or "6395628 layers of tulle to cover that mess up".

In more wedding shaming news, this bride-to-be was mocked for combining her and her fiance’s birthstones in an engagement ring and people think it looks like ‘ketchup and mustard’.

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