Bloglikes - LifeStyle https://www.bloglikes.com/c/life-style en-US Thu, 13 Aug 2020 05:31:09 +0000 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 FeedWriter Cheryl Tiegs Sells Her Balinese-Style Bel Air Estate https://variety.com/2020/dirt/fashion/cheryl-tiegs-sells-her-balinese-style-bel-air-estate-1234733721/ ]]> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 21:00:11 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Fashion Los Angeles Moguls Bel Air Coldwell Banker Cheryl Tiegs Hilton & Hyland Bel Air Estate Zaran’t You Glad I Sorted Through the Good and Bad So You Didn’t Have To? http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/fragrantica/~3/eP3sdyI9pXc/Zaran-t-You-Glad-I-Sorted-Through-the-Good-and-Bad-So-You-Didn-t-Have-To--13963.html This summer I gave birth to two very different encounters with a selection of perfumes from Zara. In the adjoining text, I had a good, hard think, scratching at the edges of an existential crisis staged in the derivative logics of affordable dupes chasing after current or recently current trends and tastes among perfume consumers in an economy of data-driven fast fashion. It can be read here —�...
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7 Steps to Get Promoted to Senior Management http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/BiggSuccess/~3/UseyfiVMoZs/ [click the title link above to read our full post]]]> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 17:12:04 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Career Podcast Careers Entrepreneur Management Professional Development Promotion Audioblog Bigg Success George Krueger Mary-lynn Foster The Bigg Success Show The Professor And Mary-lynn New Trend: Hair Perfumes http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CanadianBeauty/~3/M1_AIKKFc8s/ Visit CanadianBeauty.com to read the rest of this article. ]]> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 16:11:59 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Beauty Hair Balmain Perfumes Byredo Ouai Raincry Hair Perfume Simple Human 8 Inch Round Sensor Makeup Mirror Pro Back On Sale During the Nordy’s Anniversary Sale https://www.musingsofamuse.com/2020/08/simple-human-8-inch-round-sensor-makeup-mirror-pro-back-on-sale-during-the-nordys-anniversary-sale.html

It’s back! The Simple Human 8 Inch Round Sensor Makeup Mirror Pro is back on sale at 33% off for $167 shipped free at nordstrom.com!

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, you need one in your life! These mirrors are incredible. This version simulates natural sunlight and can be paired with your phone to access custom light settings based on your location or the weather. The motion sensor detects when you’re in front of it and lights up automatically. It even includes a 5x mini mirror. This thing has really turned around how I look at my face as it gives an exceptional 10x magnification so you really see EVERY little hair and flaw on your face haha…!

Snag it now on sale at Nordstrom!

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The New Bright Yellow Gucci Bloom Profumo di Fiori http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/fragrantica/~3/O4ps8i4Q6vQ/The-New-Bright-Yellow-Gucci-Bloom-Profumo-di-Fiori-13962.html Gucci has launched a second colorful perfume in the Bloom family – bright yellow Bloom Profumo di Fiori. The softest. The original Bloom has defined Gucci's creative director Alessandro Michele's perfume interest; I'd call it sentimental neofolk. In the new Gucci fragrances, the influence of the perfume hits of the '80s and '90s is very noticeable, accompanied by pictures stylized more like the...
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Is Nike's Latest Auto-Lacing Basketball Shoe a Gimmick or a Game Changer? https://theinventory.com/is-nikes-latest-auto-lacing-basketball-shoe-a-gimmick-o-1843712309

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Amouage Overture Woman http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/fragrantica/~3/D9I5tInWO0c/Amouage-Overture-Woman-13961.html   Amouage presents the newest fragrance for women, exclusively offered in Harrods. Amouage Overture Women follows the masculine edition from 2019, whose biggest teaser was an intense cognac accord. The feminine perfume, signed by Annick Menardo, also has a cognac accord. It's blended with bergamot and piquant saffron in the top note. The heart note of rose and geranium is spiced with cinnamon an...
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July 2020 Favourites and Empties http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CanadianBeauty/~3/pyV_FjaYftk/ Visit CanadianBeauty.com to read the rest of this article. ]]> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 14:35:02 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Video Instagram Pr Beauty Vichy Gifted Bobbi Brown Neutrogena Affiliate Links More Than Beauty Deciem Favourites Lise Watier Olaplex NIOD IGTV Skin Actives Todo Food Dehydrator Review: What’s Behind the Product? https://www.momdot.com/todo-food-dehydrator-review/ The hunt for the perfect dehydrator can be a long and daunting one. Perhaps in your search, you’ve stumbled across the Todo Stainless Steel Food Dehydrator and wondered if it would be a good purchase. In this article, we’ll provide you with a thorough Todo Food Dehydrator review and complete guide to determine what’s good...

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I’m Just Over Here Wondering If Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Kiss Tinted Cupuaçu Lip Butter Tastes Good https://www.musingsofamuse.com/2020/08/im-just-over-here-wondering-if-sol-de-janeiro-brazilian-kiss-tinted-cupuacu-lip-butter-tastes-good.html

This one time in band camp I ate an entire cherry Chapstick. Does Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Kiss Tinted Cupuaçu Lip Butter smell good enough to eat? One wonders! No seriously, I really did eat a cherry Chapstick when I was a kid. Hey, sometimes you gotta eat lip balms because they smell so damn good.

Sol de Janeiro is launching three shades of Brazilian Kiss Tinted Cupuaçu Lip Butter on August 18 on their website and I’m just wondering if they taste good. Are they going to smell like Bum Bum Cream? Are they going to taste like Bum Bum Cream? Why does that sound obscene…?

No but seriously, how can you take the beautiful Cheirosa ’62 and work it into a flavor? There has to be a way to translate that gorgeous fragrance into a yummy flavor for these new lip balms right? I’d be disappointed if they didn’t have a delicious flavor. I know some of you hate flavored lip products but I’m all about ’em!

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Kiss Tinted Cupuaçu Lip Butter will be available in the following three shades:

  • Keep It Rio
  • Teeny Bikini
  • Sol Mate

Sadly, they don’t appear to contain SPF. I’m surprised but that’s ok they still look yummy none the less. No word on pricing but I’ll update as soon as I can!

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My Hair Smells Awesome Thanks to this Hair Mist and I’m Pretty Sure You Need It https://www.musingsofamuse.com/2020/08/my-hair-smells-awesome-thanks-to-this-hair-mist-and-im-pretty-sure-you-need-it.html

I picked up some The Body Shop Apricot & Agave Hair & Body Mist when I did my last Ulta haul and can I just say this stuff is amazing! I was looking forward to Holiday sales because I’m stocking up on these but now I don’t have to because they are on sale at Ulta for $8! The Body Shop recently introduced their Hair & Body Mist in five different fragrances and I stupidly picked up one. It was actually a really spontaneous purchase just to tip me into the free shipping zone because Ulta had sent me a coupon to try the new Clinique Concealer and I needed to add a few items to my cart to reach the free shipping zone and this was one of those items. So glad, I dove in because I loves it.

The Body Shop Apricot & Agave Hair & Body Mist is 5 oz in size and will set you back $8.40 on sale at Ulta but they retail typically for $15 each! They are available in five fragrance as I stated above and the formula can be used on your hair or your body. I really like some of the Body Shop’s perfumes and mists but none of it really lasts on me. Their stuff is either really weak or my body chemistry just doesn’t like their formulas.

That being said I thought the The Body Shop Apricot & Agave Hair & Body Mist was quite strong with an excellent throw and linger in both my hair and on my body. The scent is quite unique too! It’s not a sweet, fruity scent as you’d expect from apricot. I actually don’t even know what it is I’m smelling when I mist this. I don’t get the apricot or the agave but it’s this twisted up scent with a nice twang to it. It’s quite fun and fresh smelling!

I typically mist this on my damp hair and proceed to style as usual. The scent wafts around me all day even with my hair up! On my body, it has a really nice staying power which surprised me as I expected it to be weak.

All in all, an excellent purchase!

I’d recommend checking these out.

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The World’s Best Hope for Enough Covid-19 Vaccine Comes from India http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ParsiKhabar/~3/GbsLM4Lk7iw/

▲ Adar Poonawalla, CEO of the Serum Institute, and his wife, Natasha, at their ranch in Pune, India.

Photographer: Subhash Sharma for Bloomberg Businessweek

The Serum Institute of India is preparing to crank out a billion doses. And that’s just the beginning.

By Ari Altstedter | Bloomberg

As chief executive officer of the Serum Institute of India, the largest manufacturer of vaccines in the world, Adar Poonawalla can produce about 1.5 billion doses a year of almost any inoculation. He has machines that fill 500 glass vials every minute, and gleaming steel bioreactors almost two stories high that can make more than 10 million shots a month. He can claim, credibly, that he helps inoculate 65% of the world’s children, in more than 100 countries, against diseases such as measles and tuberculosis. And deep inside Serum’s lushly landscaped, 50-acre campus, about three hours inland from Mumbai, he’s already brewing the raw materials to make one of the leading experimental vaccines for the novel coronavirus at a scale that could make a serious difference to ending the pandemic.

But before getting into all that, the first thing Poonawalla wants to show me during a recent visit is his office, because it’s brand-new—and it’s a plane. Specifically, a converted Airbus A320. “This is kind of similar to Air Force One,” he says as he leads me through an onboard lounge, a 10-person boardroom, and, finally, in what was once coach, a bedroom that could easily be found in a five-star hotel. It’s all elegantly designed, vaguely art deco, and accessed through a luxe jetway with marble floors and carved wooden doors that’s connected to ground level by a dedicated elevator. How much did the remodeling cost? “Oh, nothing,” Poonawalla replies before revealing the figure: about $1 million.

▲ Poonawalla in front of the construction of a vaccine factory.

Photographer: Subhash Sharma for Bloomberg Businessweek

While his family fortune stands at about $13 billion, that kind of spending—to say nothing of indulgences that include a collection of 35 rare cars (one of them a Mercedes converted into a replica Batmobile) and flying in Michelin-starred chefs to cater dinners with his glamorous wife, Natasha—might seem extravagant for someone in his business. Making basic vaccines, particularly for emerging markets, is such a low-margin proposition that manufacturers in the developed world largely abandoned it decades ago. But there’s a case to be made that Poonawalla’s immoderate ways put him in a better position than almost anyone to help get the world out of its present crisis. Since becoming CEO in 2011, he’s habitually ignored projections for sluggish vaccine demand. Instead, buoyed by his family’s money and a history of long-shot bets that went the Poonawallas’ way, he’s steadily increased Serum’s production footprint, building manufacturing lines that doubled its capacity and then doubled it again.

The results are visible from the cockpit of Poonawalla’s office. Just across a patch of tarmac—he uses it to land his helicopter—are two factory buildings and a giant concrete-and-glass warehouse, a brand-new campus that cost about $700 million to construct. When Serum began planning it a little less than four years ago, the coronavirus pandemic was merely an epidemiologist’s bad dream. Now the facilities are starting to be put into commission, boosting annual capacity to about 2 billion doses. That will put Serum far ahead of the second-largest vaccine producer, Sanofi SA, which turns out a bit more than half that volume, largely from Indian factories.

Serum already has a deal to produce a billion doses of ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, the vaccine being developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca Plc, which could win approval from U.S. and European regulators as soon as this autumn. But Poonawalla argues that whichever of the more than 100 vaccine candidates in development ends up being effective, Serum will have to be part of any global-scale manufacturing plan, and not just because of the size of its factories. The only shareholder Poonawalla has to answer to is his 79-year-old father, Cyrus—one of India’s best-known bon vivants in his day and the man he credits for his own liberal attitudes toward money. That family ethos is what created Serum’s massive capacity, and, in Poonawalla’s view, it allows the company to move faster and take bigger risks manufacturing in the pandemic than any publicly listed pharmaceutical giant. After all, he can afford it. Have you seen the plane?

“People today are really puzzled why we are the only ones who can make Covid-19 at this scale, and that’s because I had the vision, and we put in all the money, to just build,” he says, with typical humility and restraint. “I don’t see a choice. They’re going to have to come here.”

The Poonawallas trace their lineage to a migrant who, sometime in the mid-19th century, came from western India to Pune, about 90 miles from what was then Bombay. The migrant promptly set himself up as a “billiard marker” at the local British officers’ club, keeping score and refreshing drinks. He parlayed his connections with the colonial military into a successful construction business and wound up owning so much land that people started calling him Poonawalla, which more or less means “the guy in Pune.”

But his descendants had large families, which divided inheritances. By the time what was left of the fortune made it to Soli, Adar’s grandfather, all he got was a house and 40 acres of undeveloped land. Soli used that spread to create the Poonawalla Stud Farms, which would eventually become the country’s most successful breeder of racehorses. But the sport of kings had an uncertain future in newly independent, officially socialist India, and as he came of age, Soli’s son Cyrus figured it would be wise to diversify into a business with more mass-market potential.

▲ Poonawalla at his ranch.

Photographer: Subhash Sharma for Bloomberg Businessweek

Casting around for ideas, Cyrus realized the Poonawallas had ample raw material for two lifesaving products that Indians desperately needed. Anti-venom for snake bites and tetanus antitoxin, which neutralizes tetanus in the bloodstream, are produced by injecting horses with small quantities of venom or bacteria, respectively. When the horses develop antibodies, their serum—the fluid part of blood—can be harvested and refined into treatments. The Poonawallas had been selling retired racehorses to a government institute in Mumbai for that purpose, but Cyrus decided he could do it more profitably himself. The Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd., which he founded in 1966, was soon working on vaccines, too, including one for tetanus.

It was a time of huge innovation in vaccines—the measles-mumps-rubella shot was introduced in 1971, while international efforts to eliminate smallpox and polio were in high gear—and Cyrus decided that was where the future lay. At the time, vaccine production in India occurred largely in sleepy government labs, and Serum’s more nimble management and lower costs allowed it to win contract after contract from the national and state administrations. Earnings from that work gave Cyrus the capital to import manufacturing equipment from Europe and the U.S., which allowed him to add more products to Serum’s lineup.

In 2001, Adar Poonawalla, newly graduated from university in the U.K., joined Serum’s sales team. He found the experience frustrating. The company was at the mercy of India’s all-powerful and emphatically glacial bureaucracy. He often brought stacks of books to meetings with ministers or civil servants, assuming he’d be kept waiting for hours in their anterooms no matter how early he arrived. “I found that not only humiliating but also pointless,” he recalls. “That’s when I said, ‘This is ridiculous.’ ”

The only solution was “building, building, building capacity, because I knew the demand for exports would be growing so fast”

Western manufacturers had spent much of the previous decade shifting to more complex vaccines that could command higher prices. But poorer countries often couldn’t afford them, leaving much of the market open to anyone who could provide the same benefits at lower cost. Poonawalla believed that should be Serum, which at the time exported to only 35 countries. He began making regular drives from Pune to Mumbai, catching multileg flights to Egypt, Indonesia, and other countries, and found that compared with India, their governments worked at lightning speed. Soon Serum was adding as many as six countries a year to its list of importers. (Today the company sells to 140 countries, accounting for more than three-quarters of its roughly $782 million in annual revenue.)

Production couldn’t always keep up with the pace of new business. “Within two or three months of having the facilities commissioned, they were sold out,” Poonawalla says. The growth became a virtuous circle. Serum’s economies of scale allowed it to sell vaccines cheaper than anyone else and still turn a profit: One meningitis shot went for just 64¢ a dose. Those low prices spurred more demand from governments and organizations such as Gavi, the global vaccine provider backed by Bill Gates. For Poonawalla, the only solution was “building, building, building capacity, because I knew the demand for exports would be growing so fast that we’d never be able to catch up. And that’s exactly what happened.”

If Poonawalla has played his cards right, humanity’s deliverance from its worst viral outbreak in a century may begin on a cramped second-floor landing on Serum’s Pune campus. Usually used as a staging area for deliveries, its new purpose was declared by a piece of office paper slid into a plastic sign holder: “Covid-19 Vaccine Manufacturing Facility,” it read. The vaccine it referred to is the one under development by Oxford scientists and AstraZeneca, which could be one of the first approved. It uses a harmless chimpanzee virus to mimic the so-called spike proteins that allow the coronavirus to breach human cells, hopefully training the body to recognize and destroy them.

▲ A Serum technician checks on coronavirus vaccine production.

Photographer: Subhash Sharma for Bloomberg Businessweek

Because the Oxford team, led by researcher Sarah Gilbert, had proved the same method was safe for humans with a previous experimental vaccine, its Covid-19 effort entered human trials at high speed. AstraZeneca, which agreed in April to back the effort with its financial muscle and distribution network, wanted to begin putting together the necessary factory capacity right away, so if the vaccine does prove effective, injections could begin immediately. Poonawalla says he and Pascal Soriot, AstraZeneca’s CEO, were connected by a mutual friend in May. Over a couple of video calls, they negotiated a deal for Serum to manufacture about 1 billion doses over the course of a year, almost half the overall total, with 400 million due before the end of 2020. They’ll be sold at cost until the end of the pandemic—in a recent deal to supply 100 million doses to low- and middle-income countries, Serum capped the price at $3 per shot—though even after that Poonawalla estimates he won’t charge much more than $13.

When I visited in June, the company had already started preproduction. In a sterile room crammed with stainless-steel lab equipment, a technician in a white hooded jumpsuit attached an oversize plastic syringe to a tube sticking out of a 200-liter (53-gallon) bioreactor—essentially a still that grows cells instead of fermenting alcohol. Slowly pulling back on the syringe’s plunger, he drew a slug of pinkish goo from inside. A huge bag of the same substance was sitting on a heavy-duty steel shelving unit, feeding into the bioreactor through another tube, like a giant IV drip. The fluid, known as animal cell culture media, is a soup of nutrients and amino acids that the cells growing inside the reactor use for sustenance, and the technician was taking a sample to see how they were doing.

The goal was to create a “virus bank”—a large volume of human embryonic kidney cells that can be infected with the Oxford researchers’ modified virus. Once the virus had multiplied through these cells, they might be purified and processed to produce a modest quantity of vaccine, but in this case the Serum team was planning to bank them to infect even more cells, part of its plan to have enough for commercial manufacture. The company was in the process of ripping out the ceilings above another factory floor, creating room for 2,000-liter bioreactors suitable for pandemic-level production.

The Oxford team published promising data in a July article in the Lancet, showing its vaccine produced an immune response in almost everyone who received it in early tests. But it still has a long way to go before its safety and efficacy are proved in large-scale human trials, which are now under way. If the vaccine fails to prevent disease or turns out to have unacceptable side effects, Serum’s preparations will have been for nothing. That would incur a loss the company estimates could be as high as $200 million—though the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has agreed to help share some of the production risk, and Serum hopes to repurpose its new equipment for other coronavirus vaccines.

That could require some significant retooling. Another leading candidate, from the U.S. biotech company Moderna Inc., relies on a never-before-used method that teaches the body to ward off the spike proteins by recruiting its own cells to produce and release them. This “messenger RNA” method—so called because the instructions for the spike protein are written in bits of genetic code that tell cells what proteins to produce—might be much easier to make at scale. Researchers at Imperial College London estimate that a single 5-liter bioreactor could produce as many as 50 million doses a year. But the technology is completely unproven, and Serum will have the capability to manufacture it only early next year, using techniques it’s never employed before.

The company is far more experienced producing vaccines of the oldest kind: inactive or weakened forms of an original virus, rendered harmless by heat or a chemical such as formaldehyde, or trained to infect a chicken embryo until they become inept at replicating in humans. At least two Chinese companies are developing coronavirus vaccines that employ the inactivated-virus approach, but it’s not clear where production would occur if they’re successful.

The potential for complex problems, and even outright conflict, is obvious. The past several months have seen the emergence of a sort of vaccine nationalism, with governments around the world clamoring to make sure their citizens are at the front of the line. Sanofi CEO Paul Hudson prompted outrage in France when he said the U.S., which put up initial cash for manufacturing, would likely get the first shipments of the vaccine the Paris-based company is working on with GlaxoSmithKline Plc. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, meanwhile, recently bought up almost the entire short-term supply of remdesivir, an antiviral drug that’s been helpful for some Covid-19 patients.

Poonawalla says Serum has received no direct instructions from the government in Delhi to prioritize domestic use—only a general mandate to “make sure you have enough vaccine for India.” The plan for now is to devote half of Serum’s Oxford vaccine production to its home country—enough to cover the most vulnerable, plus a substantial chunk of the general population—and the rest to other developing nations, many with no meaningful production capacity of their own.

▲ The Covid-19 vaccine plant at Serum Institute.

Photographer: Subhash Sharma for Bloomberg Businessweek

That would make Serum something of an outlier. If AstraZeneca’s manufacturing plans are any guide, most vaccine supplies are going to be national or regional, with American factories supplying the U.S., European ones responsible for Europe, and so on. But India, which already produces about 60% of the world’s vaccines, would make the shots for itself and anyone else who needs them. How much of that production comes from Serum, and not its many smaller but no less adept domestic competitors, will depend on Poonawalla’s abilities as a dealmaker and his production team’s ability to adjust to the needs of the winning formula.

No one can afford to wait long for a coronavirus vaccine, but time in poor countries is particularly short. India, where tens of millions of people live in densely packed slums, implemented one of the strictest lockdowns in the world but has failed to flatten the curve of infections, more than 2.1 million of which have been confirmed. The virus-fighting measures contributed to an economic collapse, throwing more than 100 million people at least temporarily out of work and creating a real risk of starvation among the poorest. So while some richer nations were able to maintain controls on movement until new cases fell to manageable levels, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had little choice but to open the economy back up, whatever the cost in viral deaths. So far, more than 43,000 have been recorded, with the daily count regularly exceeding 800 in early August. Many more almost certainly have gone uncounted.

▲ Serum’s billion-dose vaccine factory, under construction.

Photographer: Subhash Sharma for Bloomberg Businessweek

What worries some epidemiologists, though, is the possibility that humanity is entering a dangerous new age of infectious disease. There have been a half-dozen serious viral threats over the past 20 years, from the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, which shattered previous records for the spread of the terrifying pathogen. The odds of more emerging are arguably higher than ever. The destruction of natural habitats is putting people into much closer contact with animal viruses, while global travel networks make it possible for them to spread with ease. Many of these “zoonotic” viruses will be harmless to people, or not contagious enough to travel far, but some could have the right mix of attributes to create another catastrophe.

Shortly after the World Health Organization declared a pandemic in March, Poonawalla assembled 600 construction workers to build his biggest plant yet. Two months later the hulking concrete frame of the first and second stories was in place, with thickets of rebar pointing upward for the third. When the facility is complete in three years, it will add an additional 1 billion doses to Serum’s annual capacity, at a cost of about $400 million. With any luck, the coronavirus will be far less of a threat by then, and immunizations for it in only limited production. But Poonawalla plans to keep the new line ready for whatever comes next. “Maybe not in my lifetime, but at least in my children’s lifetimes, there’s going to be another global pandemic,” he says. “And I’m willing to bet anything that pandemic will be far worse than this.”

For much of the past two decades, proposing big, speculative investments in vaccine production would get you laughed out of many pharma company boardrooms. It still might. Vaccines are expensive and risky to develop but rarely have the payoff of, say, a new cancer therapy. A disproportionate share of the demand comes from developing countries with little ability to pay, and by definition each patient receives just one or a few doses, rather than becoming a long-term customer. In a 2019 report on global vaccine development, McKinsey & Co. said “pipeline growth has been flat” among the so-called Big Four vaccine developers—GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Pfizer, and Sanofi—with more lucrative products such as biologic medicines attracting a rising share of investment dollars.

Poonawalla’s business model, by contrast, is built almost entirely on vaccines—and he’s hopeful the experience of Covid-19 will spur a dramatic change in how governments, and investors, view his product. Politicians are going to “put huge priority and funding to vaccine procurement and distribution,” he says. That would benefit Serum enormously, though Poonawalla insists he won’t cash in on the interest by going public or bringing in outside investors. But he is investigating the possibility of setting up some kind of dedicated unit to prepare for novel threats, and finding a philanthropic entity or sovereign wealth fund to help back his 1 billion-dose pandemic factory. Poonawalla is plenty rich and has the tolerance for long-term risk you might expect from a man who was to the stud farm born. But the burden of permanent vigilance against the next catastrophe is more than he can handle. “The endgame solution is to have some dedicated pandemic facility on standby forever,” he says. “Finding a financial model to keep that going is where I will need outside funding.”

▲ Vaccine manufacturing at the Serum Institute.

Photographer: Subhash Sharma for Bloomberg Businessweek

In the meantime, Poonawalla’s family is isolating at home, albeit with a vibe that’s more Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous than Contagion. They’ve been riding out the virus in a spacious ranch house, surrounded by 190 acres of rolling hills and patches of woodland. In a glass-walled enclosure in the garden, Natasha, his wife, told me about how the virus scotched her tentative plan to send one of her two sons to a British boarding school, forcing her to take over his education personally. Meanwhile, a platoon of waiters in white shirts and black waistcoats laid out a teatime repast of cakes, cookies, and nuts. None of them wore masks; no one is allowed to get near the family without being tested. The last thing Poonawalla wants, as he tries to roll out a vaccine the world desperately needs, is to get sick. “I need to perform, and I’m focusing on that,” he says.

Natasha had barely had a chance to reach for a cookie before we were called out to the lawn. Two miniature Shetland ponies that Poonawalla wanted to show me had been fetched. Attendants led them to an artificial waterfall to pose for photos with the couple, Poonawalla in burgundy jeans and a light pink button-down and Natasha with a sleeveless Louis Vuitton hoodie hanging off her shoulders. They each held one of the tiny horses by a leash.

After the photos were taken, the Poonawallas retired to a nearby patio. As I left, the last thing I saw was the team of butlers racing across the lawn, the snacks we’d abandoned earlier balanced on silver trays.

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I Try All This Stupid Sh1T So You Don’t Have To https://www.musingsofamuse.com/2020/08/i-try-all-this-stupid-sh1t-so-you-dont-have-to.html

Dewytree Mocha Peel Off Nose Pack is one of three different peel off nose pack gels that act like a Biore Nose Strip but in gel formula. Don’t ask me why they have three different versions because I have no clue. At first, I thought it was a fragrance thing as the one I have is Mocha and the other two available are Strawberry Honey Jam and Watermelon but as far as I can tell they aren’t scented as mine smells nothing like mocha!

Shrug.

If you want a true scented experience you have to get some of the scented nose strips they have available in Japan! Those are always brilliant! We’ve had some in the US but they aren’t nearly as good as the ones from Japan.

Anyway, about Dewytree Mocha Peel Off Nose Pack….

Dewytree Mocha Peel Off Nose Pack is actually intriguing and a little bit of a novelty. I mean, we’re all used to just applying a strip on our nose and giving a rip to remove blackheads and gunk but this is actually a gel that sets to a mask. It’s kind of a nifty and different way to apply your normal ho-hum nose strip.

I’ve been using this on and off for the past month and I can honestly say it works but you have to use it in conjunction with a nose strip.

Here’s how it goes.

This is a thick gel that you’ll apply on your nose and only on your nose in the shape of a nose strip. See below? Most embarrassing picture every but for the sake of beauty right? Just smooth it into your nose in a nice even layer. Now we wait! I’d say it give it 20 to 30 minutes to work. I give it 30. It’ll start to dry down and tighten up during this time. Once it is complete dry you can take the two ends and rip it right off. It removes quite well and in one pull too! You can either take two ends and rip upwards or take one end and rip across. It’s entirely up to you. I didn’t feel like it hurt and it wasn’t that horribly painful experience that products like Memebox I Dew Care Space Kitten Mask provide. It was a simple rip off and done. If you’re used to Japanese nose strips you won’t have any issues with it. If you’re used to the more gentle Biore strips here in the US maybe you might feel it’s a bit more painful. I personally didn’t feel like it was painful at all!

The first few times I used it I wasn’t terribly impressed with it. I didn’t really see a single plug on the strip after I ripped it off. It did remove the shine I had on my nose but that’s because it contains alcohol.

I started using it in conjunction with my regular nose strips and I feel like it sort of loosens up blackheads for the strip. My nose strip seems like it has more plugs in it when I used it along with this gel kind of the way I used to use Mario Badescu Silver Powder.

Would I re-buy it? Maybe! It seems like a nice companion piece to my regular nose strips so why not!

Would you try something like Dewytree Mocha Peel Off Nose Pack?

Or have you?

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Meanwhile in the World of Donna Karen…..! https://www.musingsofamuse.com/2020/08/meanwhile-in-the-world-of-donna-karen.html Well, I did a bad thing or maybe it was a good one. Depends how you look at it. Let’s start this tale with a little back story…! Every single year, like clockwork, when my sister’s birthday rolls around I get her one big gift and with that gift I also get her the biggest bottle of Donna Karen Cashmere Mist Perfume I can find. That would be the 6.7 oz bottle that Macy’s carries. Yes, 6.7 oz of fragrance that I almost convinced my sister bathes in because she seriously has very little left when I purchase it for her again for her next birthday. She’s either drinking it from the bottle, bathing in it, or she’s misting herself madly.

We all have a signature scent (I probably have too many of them). That one scent that evokes strong emotions in us, that scent that makes us happy, that scent that gives us confidence, that scent that makes us feel comforted…! We all just have that one fragrance that hits all the marks. For my sister, that would be Cashmere Mist.

Now, I’ve obviously caught the bug because when I started buying it for her many, many, many years ago I never really liked it. You see, my sister and I have a big age gap between us. One would never know this because we are the bestest friends and we act like children but she’s actually 12 years older than I am. That being said, when I started buying it for her my taste in perfume was all cotton candy gummy bear Bath and Body Works Sweet Pea….! I’ll be honest, when it comes to gourmands, my taste hasn’t changed much. I always felt like Cashmere Mist was a very mature scent but the last five or so years I have become a covert to the religion of Cashmere Mist and I adore it. I’m either an old lady or this stuff just smells incredible and I never noticed. It really is such a smooth, gorgeous, comfy blanket sitting by the fire scent. It’s not intrusive, it smells clean and sophisticated, truly a gorgeous fragrance! I feel bad I missed out on enjoying it for many years because my nose wasn’t picking up on what my sister was loving about it.

Fast forward to present day and every time the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale pops up I look forward to what they have on offer in the world of Donna Karen Cashmere. They never fail to disappoint as they do some great bundles. This year, I did a bad thing…….I indulged in the massive Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Jumbo Body Lotion (It also comes with a Travel Size Eau de Parfum). It’s $116 for a 32 oz bottle and I do not regret it at all. I always have small versions of this that I get as GWPs or sometimes it comes bundled with a perfume but I run through it like water. I don’t really like body lotions but this stuff is ridiculously good. It absorbs easily, isn’t sticky or tacky, and it smells amazing. I can literally use this without following up with the perfume and people will compliment how I smell. It just smells so damn good and it pairs so beautifully with the fragrance. So yeah, no regrets and I totally recommend grabbing one if you love the scent! It’s a typical Nordstrom Anniversary sale offering and I never purchased it before this but I know I’ll def do it again next year now that I have! This will last me ages!

Another favorite pick I grabbed? Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Deodorant & Antiperspirant and it’s bundled! Three full-sizes for $66 during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! People, you know I’d suffered the pits of Mordor for my Vanilla Secret Deodorant but Cashmere Mist Deo comes a close second. Again, I fell in love with this because it was included in a GWP but every year Nordy’s offers it in a three pack and I snatch up two of them to get me through the year. It keeps me dry but also, I swear if I’m wearing this and it’s a little warm out I smell like I applied the perfume even if I didn’t! If you love Cashmere Mist don’t hesitate grabbing these up! They are fab!.

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What the scarf-mask tells us about fashion in the new normal https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/aug/12/scarf-mask-fashion-new-normal-sarah-jessica-parker-sienna-miller As seen on everyone from Sarah Jessica Parker to Amber Heard, this aesthetic and virus-preventing statement is a win-win

The first must-have look of the “new normal” doesn’t have a designer label, or a hefty price tag. In fact, you probably already have what you need in a drawer somewhere. And while this may not stand as concrete proof that lockdown truly has ushered in a new era of shared community identity and mindful consumerism, I see no reason why we can’t take it as a cheering sign.

The scarf-mask is the status accessory of summer 2020. All you need is a square of fabric folded in half corner-to-corner to make a triangle, and wrap it tightly around your face from the bridge of your nose, securing at the back of your head. It began with hipsters and influencers on the streets of New York. One of that city’s ultimate style icons, Sarah Jessica Parker, introduced the look to her 6 million Instagram followers, wearing it to open her new boutique. And now Sienna Miller – the OG trendsetter, the woman who singlehandedly made boho chic happen with little more than a maxi skirt and a shaggy fringe two decades ago – has brought it to Britain on the cover of the latest issue of Grazia.

In the latest edition of Grazia; the summer that changed style - @pollyvernon on fashion’s new normal and what we’ll be wearing next, PLUS a guide to transforming your home in 14 days (no DIY required!) Out Tuesday in supermarkets and newsagents or TAP the #linkinbio to get a copy delivered to your door

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Podcast #635: The Existentialist’s Survival Guide http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheArtOfManliness/~3/WvfSrDsR31U/

Life isn’t an easy road to navigate. We’re moody creatures, susceptible to an array of psychological setbacks, emotional ups and downs, fruitless searches for meaning, and trials posed by anxiety, depression, and despair. It’s the kind of journey one needs a survival guide for, and my guest today says one of the best can be found in the writings of existential philosophers. 

His name is Gordon Marino and he’s a football and boxing coach, a professor of philosophy, and the author of The Existentialist’s Survival Guide: How to Live Authentically in an Inauthentic Age. Gordon and I begin our conversation with how he personally found existentialism, and how his coaching intersects with his teaching. We then get into what existential philosophy is all about, and the thinkers and authors who are considered to be existentialists. Gordon shares what he thinks is the greatest existential novel, and which of Soren Kierkegaard’s books he most recommends reading. From there we delve into what Kierkegaard has to say about anxiety, how he thought existential angst was the ultimate teacher, the distinction he drew between depression and despair, and why he argues that procrastination is one of our greatest moral dangers. We then unpack the different models of living an authentic life that the existentialists espoused, and what Nietzsche meant with his injunction to “live dangerously.” We then get into the existentialists’ take on love, why love is actually hard to accept, and why you should presuppose love in others. We end our conversation with what boxing can teach about existential philosophy. 

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Show Highlights
  • What sorts of questions are existentialist philosophers concerned with?
  • How coaching boxing has influenced his philosophy 
  • Who are the primary existentialists?
  • What set existentialism apart from previous forms of philosophy?
  • What is existential angst? Is there a solution to this angst? 
  • What does it mean to be “authentic”?
  • Nietzsche’s call to “live dangerously” 
  • A bird’s eye view of love according to existentialism 
  • The case for pre-supposing love and goodness
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It’s That Awesome Time of the Year When Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base Is Buy 1, Get 1 Free https://www.musingsofamuse.com/2020/08/its-that-awesome-time-of-the-year-when-bobbi-brown-vitamin-enriched-face-base-is-buy-1-get-1-free.html

I am shamed to say I have a little tiny pot of Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base in my stash at the moment but thankfully the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here and like always the Bobbi Brown Full Size Vitamin Enriched Face Base Duo is one of the beauty exclusives. You pretty much get two full-size jars (1.7 oz) for the price of one. One jar is $60 but this set includes two for that price. Thank god as I was running low!

Never used it? Try it! I promise you’ll love it. I used to purchase the duo every year with my best friend and we’d split the cost but I found that it’s a product I actually use to the last bit and a single jar typically lasts me about 7 to 8 months before I need a refill so, I started to just purchase it without sharing with my BFF. Sorry Jai! Love you so much darling but I need my Vitamin Enriched Face Base!

I typically use this in a few different ways. One way is I’ll use it as my daily moisturizer on a day where I’m just doing a really natural look and I don’t really want to do an entire skincare routine. Like on the weekends when I’m just chilled and relaxed I can easily get away with smoothing a bit of this on with a little eye cream and I’m all bare faced beauty out there running errands. The way I use it most though is as a base. It’s typically one of the first products I use prior to foundation. I dip a blending sponge into the jar, remove a small amount, and I dab it onto my face before I apply makeup. If you have dry skin, boy, this is your best friend. It smooths, it hydrates, and it really goes a long way at providing even, smooth coverage for your foundation. I am convinced this is the sole reason I never have issues with my foundation adhering to drier areas on my face. You could never, ever tell I am even wearing foundation because this bad boy makes everything looks smooth and natural. It’s actually recommended for normal to oily skin but I’m drier and always felt it absorbs super easily and left behind a nice hydration without being too heavy, slick, or oily. It’s a little miracle in a jar!

This one comes with my biggest Muse Approval.

Starting August 13th the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is open to all users and you can snag a two jars at the price of one!

Enjoy!

And if you use it please do tell me your thoughts on it!

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Everyday Parsi: Nazneen Thanawalla Spliedt http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ParsiKhabar/~3/q1sNq6_SsEA/

Our seventh author in the Everyday Parsi 2020 series is Nazneen Thanawalla Spliedt of Northern California, United States

Nazneen writes about her Muktad memories from Karachi Pakistan.

My earliest memories of celebrating the Muktad Days in Karachi were as a young child, when my Maternal Uncle passed away and my Grandmother had his Muktads performed at home.

With tables laid with fruits, flowers, divo, and every day some delicious food prepared, we would remember the souls of the departed as we would partake in the offerings.

Each year in Karachi, there would be a Hama Anjuman Muktad & Hambandagi performed during the 10 Muktad days. They were held in the Jehangir Baug Hall (which was the place where weddings & navjotes were performed – similar to the Albless Baug of Bombay). The Muktads were held in another Hall, which was normally used to serve meals.

This tradition was started by a group of Youth and young parents , who had been instrumental in organizing a few Youth Congresses in Karachi during the 1940’s.

There was a Muktad table laid out with flowers, divos, and any offerings brought by people who wished to remember the dear departed. It was one communal table.

The ceremony started at 7.00 a.m. with singing of a ‘kardo’ from the Avesta. This was from a book that was published specially for the Muktad Days. Each day was a different prayer. The singing was led by the Anklesaria sisters. They would lead the attendees in the singing of the ‘Muktad-no-kardo’ and then recite its meaning in Gujerati & English.

After the invocation, Dasturji Dr. Maneckji Dhalla, at that time the Head Priest of the Parsis of Pakistan would give a short homily and a wonderful lecture on a different topic each morning. Either he would recite from his book “Homage Unto Ahura Mazda” and talk about various aspects of the religion as pertaining to the subject of the day or experiences from his life.

He continued doing this until he passed away, and thereafter the tradition was carried on by Ervad Godrej Sidhwa. The Anklesaria sister’s tradition was also carried out by Perviz Dastur for many years.

Since the Jehangir Baug was within walking distance of the 2 Parsi Schools and many of the Parsi Baugs, the attendance was always very good and on weekends it was standing room only!

The ceremony ended at 7.45 a.m. after which everyone rushed off to School and work. Those who did not have to do that, stayed on for the jashan ceremony performed by the priests.

Like everywhere else, there were also individual Muktads held in the 2 Agiaries and people would go to pay homage to the Muktads of their relatives or friends.

When the Jehangir Baug was sold and torn down, this tradition was continued to be held in the Hall of the Hirjikaka (Saddar) Agiari. Sadly, the attendance dropped over time, as did the Parsi population of Karachi.

We should be grateful and appreciative of our Priests in North America that they have voluntarily kept this tradition going. The days of the Muktad bring us all peace and tranquility in which to remember those who have passed on and help us build and live a better Now.

Nazneen comes from Karachi, where her family has lived for 4 generations. She attended the Mama Parsi Girls School, St. Joseph’s College & did her MBA from the University of Karachi’s – Institute of Business Administration, she was the 2nd woman from Pakistan to graduate from this Institution. Since her school days she has volunteered with the Zarathushti and other community organizations in Pakistan – thanks to her Parents, Uncles, Aunts & School Teacher’s encouragement. She worked in the Hotel Industry, which took her to Curacao, where she met her husband – Ehler. They spent the next 10 years working in Central & South America & Europe where she never ran into another Parsi until they were posted to Hong Kong, where they lived until 1998. They came to North America in 1998, to retire but became active in the Zarathushti Community of Northern California. She served on the Board of ZANC from 2000 to 2017 and served as President from 2005 to 20017. She is currently a Trustee of ZANC.

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Lush UK Sues Lush North America/Canada Over Financial Mismanagement https://www.musingsofamuse.com/2020/08/lush-uk-sues-lush-north-america-canada-over-financial-mismanagement.html

Lush UK is suining Lush US/Canada. Weird right? Lush claimed in a lawsuit filed on July 7th that Mark Wolverton, CEO of Lush and his companies are breaching terms in a 2003 joint-venture agreement, which brought Lush to the U.S.

According to reports, allegedly the lawsuit states that Mark Wolverton and his companies are guilty financial mismanagement due to accusations of funneling money from Lush’s U.S. operations into Canadian operations, which are controlled by Mr Wolverton.

The lawsuit alleged that, “Wolverton has outright refused to issue shareholder dividends despite that Lush would have been otherwise entitled to at least US$18 million and He has reduced excess cash by creating an unnecessary and bloated budget for capital expenditures; redefining payment terms to require the Lush U.S. corporations to make payments to other entities upfront; and funnelling funds to his own pockets, and to those of his personal company, under the guise of management fees.”

“Wolverton has been so adamant against allowing any corporate input from Lush that he has even denied the majority shareholder’s request to access and audit the corporate book.”

LUSH UK says that Mr Wolverton has blocked access to Lush directors from viewing Lush U.S. corporate information because the finances are intertwived with Lush Canada’s operations. Apparently Lush US runs under an entirely different agreement and is considerate a separate company that’s not part of Lush Canada. It’s confusing I know considering Lush is manufactured, sold, and shipped from Canada to the US.

Since both companies are separate entities and the Lush director from the UK is not on the Canadian board but is on the US one Wolverton feels that she does not need to be privy to the corporation information for Lush US.

“There is no wall between team members to separate their work for the U.S. entities from that for the Canadian entity. And because the financial information and funds for the U.S. and Canadian entities are wholly enmeshed, it is unclear which corporation is paying for which expenses.”

There’s a lot going on here that doesn’t make sense since Lush NA continues to grow and is highly successful. Mr Wolverton is accused of other offenses in the lawsuit but the entire thing seems nonsensical.

It seems like there’s a lot of confusion about the seperation of Lush NA and Lush USA. But it also seems like they could have easily settled this outside of court.

Does anyone feel the same?

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How well will Chris Woakes have to play before he’s in England’s overseas first XI? http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/co/yPPe/~3/YGqxur1LihU/

Chris Woakes swings the ball less than Jimmy Anderson and seams it less than Stuart Broad. As an all-rounder, he isn’t as striking or dynamic as Ben Stokes. He’s still good though, isn’t he?

For several years, England figured that even if there wasn’t an exact Chris-Woakes-shaped hole in their side, he was worth picking anyway. In England, this generally worked. Outside England, it generally did not work.

The ball tends to swing and seam for longer in England, which means it often makes sense to pick another new ball bowler as your first change bowler. In most countries, that doesn’t work. The new ball window is smaller, so things can quickly end up looking a bit fast-medium.

In England, Chris Woakes averages 35.16 with the bat and 22.10 with the ball. If we impose a 30-wicket qualification criterion, a grand total of two cricketers have managed those sorts of figures across an entire Test career: Keith Miller (36.97 and 22.97) and Imran Khan (37.69 and 22.81). That is okay company to be keeping. (It would certainly make for some interesting chats.)

Outside England, Chris Woakes averages 19.00 with the bat and 51.68 with the ball. And that is shit.

There are two by-products of this bipolar output. The first is that English people who only pay attention to cricket in the summer think that Chris Woakes is the dog’s bollocks and cannot comprehend why everyone else doesn’t necessarily feel the same. The second is that England no longer pick Woakes away from home.

Because really, it’s been a while.

Woakes has played 14 of his 36 Tests overseas, which is not an insignificant number. However, this breaks down as follows.

  • 2015 – one Test
  • 2016 – six Tests
  • 2017 – four Tests
  • 2018 – one Test
  • 2019 – one Test
  • 2020 – one Test

It’s worth asking whether Woakes is the same bowler now as he was in 2016/17.

In many respects – no. He has learned a bit. We believe he’s got the ‘wobble seam’ delivery these days and he also has a beard.

In a broader sense – yes. He’s still an accurate fast-medium bowler who swings it a bit and seams it a bit. He’s still a new ball bowler, in other words.

So here’s another question. And also an immediate follow-up question. And then a second follow-up question off the back of that first follow-up question.

Is there anything more that Chris Woakes himself could do to earn selection in England’s overseas XI? Or is he basically at the mercy of circumstance, waiting for rest, rotation or retirement to create a new ball vacancy? And is he even the next in line to be picked as a new ball bowler should that vacancy actually arise?

We would go with: not really, yes and probably.


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Hourglass Cosmetics The At Night Collection for Fall 2020 Is Giving Me Warm and Cozy Vibes https://www.musingsofamuse.com/2020/08/hourglass-cosmetics-the-at-night-collection-for-fall-2020-and-giving-me-warm-and-cozy-vibes.html

Hourglass Cosmetics The At Night Collection for Fall 2020 launched today and features a new shade of Ambient Lighting Blush in At Night which is a brick red! They had me at red blush. I do so love a gorgeous warm red blush. It isn’t a shade everyone can pull off especially if you already have natural redness in your face or suffer from rosacea but if you have medium skin or darker or even have a bit of warmth to your tone it should work beautifully well. I have a love hate relationship with the Ambient Lighting Blush but sometimes a shade will launch that draws me in and I have to admit that Brick Red Ambient Lighting Blush is a shade that caught my eye. It’s giving me really warm and cozy vibes for the Fall. I sure hope that as we approach Fall the world starts to heal itself and maybe we can get back to some sense of normalcy. I’m trying to remain positive and optimistic here but I know that it’ll probably a year or more before we actually pick up the pieces of life but let me have my moment of believing Fall will bring a new beginning for us all.

At least we have Fall 2020 Makeup Collections popping up to give us some joy!

Here’s more of the Hourglass The At Night Collection to drool over!

Along with the new shade of Ambient Lighting Blush there’s a new brick red Nº 28 Lip Treatment Oil in At Night as well. I happen to LOVE this formula. It’s shiny, it’s hydrating, and it keeps my lips so moist and smooth. The color on this will match up beautifully with the blush!

And finally there’s also a new Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick in At Night which is a rich, pigmented warm brick red. It’s too bad with COVID we are all wearing masks because this shade would look wonderful for Fall not to mention it’ll make a gorgeous Holiday red lip look!

The Hourglass Cosmetics The At Night Collection is available now. You can also sign up for the newsletter on site and enjoy 10% Off your purchase.

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Wed, 12 Aug 2020 10:06:35 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Beauty Fall Collections 2020 Brick Red Ambient Lighting Blush
Lecker & simpel: 4 Rezeptideen für die Zucchini-Saison https://www.refinery29.com/de-de/zucchini-rezepte-sommer?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=rss wirklich überall!

Und das ist ja auch gut so. Schließlich schmeckt sie echt lecker. Und das relativ kalorienarme Sommergemüse enthält auch noch Kalzium, Eisen, Beta-Carotin und Vitamin C. Das Problem ist nur, jeden Tag Pasta mit Ratatouille zu essen, ist irgendwie langweilig. Okay, du könntest natürlich auch noch Zudeln (die deutlich weniger befriedigende Low-Carb-Variante von Nudeln) mit Tomatensoße und Parmesan machen. Oder das Gemüse in Streifen schneiden, mit Sauce bestreichen, um Feta wickeln und die kleinen Pakete anschließend auf den Grill hauen. Aber dann hört's – bei mir zumindest – auch schon wieder auf mit den Rezeptideen.

Und deswegen habe ich mich online etwas umgeschaut und nach frischem Input gesucht. Was ich da so Leckeres gefunden habe, zeige ich dir in der folgenden Slideshow.

Bevor es losgeht noch ein Hinweis: Bei den Originalrezepten wurden teilweise Cup-Angaben verwendet, die ich für dich umgerechnet habe. Nagel mich aber bitte nicht auf die exakte Grammzahl fest, sondern probier im Zweifel einfach ein bisschen rum. Was soll schon schiefgehen, oder? (Und jetzt weißt du auch, warum bei mir nur etwa die Hälfte der Kuchen gelingt, die ich backe...) Zucchini-Fritter
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370 g Quinoa (gekocht und abgekühlt)
297 g geriebene Zucchini (entspricht etwa 2 kleinen Zucchinis)
30 ml Avocado oder Kokosnussöl, plus etwas mehr zum Anbraten
80 g fein gewürfelte Zwiebeln
4 fein gehackte Knoblauchzehen
60 g klein geschnittener Spinat
40 g Kichererbsenmehl
60 ml Wasser
2 g frischer Dill
80 g glutenfreies Mehl (vielleicht etwas mehr)
Meersalz, schwarzer Pfeffer

Zubereitung

1. Zerkleinere die Zucchinis, in dem du die grobe Seite einer Reibe verwendest. Gib sie anschließend in ein sauberes Tuch und drück die Flüssigkeit heraus.

2. Erwärme eine Bratpfanne (oder einen großen Topf) bei mittlerer Hitze. Wenn sie warm ist, gib etwas Öl (oder Wasser) hinein sowie die Zwiebeln und den Knoblauch. Würze das Ganze mit einer Prise Salz und etwas Pfeffer. Brate alles drei bis vier Minuten an (oder bis die Zwiebeln glasig sind) und gib dann die Zucchini für zwei Minuten dazu. Jetzt kommt noch der Spinat dazu. Einmal gut durchmischen und dann die Pfanne vom Herd nehmen.

3. Mische das Kichererbsenmehl mit dem Wasser in einer kleinen Schale. Das Ergebnis sollte eine relativ flüssige Paste sein. Wenn dem nicht so ist, gib noch etwas mehr Mehl oder Wasser dazu.

4. Mische alles, was du in der Pfanne angebraten hast mit Quinoa, Salz und frischem Dill zusammen. Dann gibst du den Kichererbsenmix dazu – und im letzten Schritt das glutenfreie Mehl. Gut durchmischen. Das Ganze sollte jetzt leicht klebrig, aber formbar sein. Wenn es zu feucht ist, gib einfach noch etwas glutenfreies Mehl dazu.

5. Forme kleine Pattys mit den Händen und stell schon mal die Pfanne auf den Herd (wir bevorzugen eine gusseiserne).

6. Wenn die Pfanne heiß ist, gibst du so viel Öl hinein, dass der Boden bedeckt ist. Gib immer nur so viele Bratlinge gleichzeitig in die Pfanne, dass du sie bequem wenden kannst und sie etwas Abstand zueinander haben. Das Anbraten sollte etwa vier Minuten pro Seite dauern – die Fritters sind dann goldbraun gefärbt. Tipp: Wenn du es etwas knuspriger machst, backe sie anschließend noch im Ofen – bei etwa 200 Grad Celsius für 10 bis 15 Minuten.

7. Serviere die Reibeplätzchen mit einer Soße oder einem Dipp deiner Wahl (wie Hummus oder Joghurt), Zitronenscheiben und frischem Dill.

8. Solltest du Reste übrig haben, kannst du sie (drei bis vier Tage) im Kühlschrank oder (bis zu einen Monat) im Gefrierschrank aufbewahren. Erwärme sie vor dem Verzehr dann einfach noch mal bei mittlerer Hitze in einer Pfanne oder im Ofen (bei 180 Grad) oder in der Mikrowelle. Gefrorene Pattys taust du am besten auf, bevor du sie erhitzt. Photo courtesy of Minimalist Baker. Zucchini-Pommes
Zutaten

450 g Zucchini
30 g Mehl
1 Prise Salz
160 g Semmelbrösel oder Paniermehl
25 g geriebener Parmesan
1 Esslöffel italienische Gewürzmischung (z.B. mit Basilikum, Oregano, Rosmarin, Thymian und Knoblauch)
1 großes Ei 

Zubereitung

1. Wasche die Zucchini und schneide die Enden ab. Schneide sie in Streifen, die etwa 8 Millimeter breit sind.

2. Gib die Streifen zusammen mit dem Mehl und dem Salz in einen Gefrierbeutel mit Schnellverschluss. Gut durchschütteln bis alle Zucchinistreifen eingemehlt sind.

3. Mische die Semmelbrösel (oder das Paniermehl), den Parmesan und die Gewürzmischung in einer großen Schüssel.

4. Mixe das Ei zusammen mit einem Esslöffel Wasser in einer zweiten Schüssel, bis es relativ glatt und flüssig ist.

5. Heize den Oven auf 210 Grad Celsius vor.

6. Nimm dir einen mit Mehl bestäubten Zucchinistreifen und tauche ihn erst ins Ei und dann in den Semmelbröselmix. Leg ihn am besten auf ein mit Backpapier belegtes Rost, das du auf ein Backblech stellst und lass etwas Abstand zwischen den einzelnen Zucchinistücken – so kommt von allen Seiten warme Luft an die Streifen und sie werden nicht zu labbrig.

7. Die Zucchini-Pommes brauchen etwa 15 Minuten im Ofen bis sie goldbraun sind – die genaue Zeit hängt von der Dicke der Streifen ab also wirf also einfach ab und zu einen Blick in den Ofen. Photo courtesy of Budget Bytes. Zucchini-Feta-Ei-Pfanne
Zutaten

2 Esslöffel Olivenöl
1 rote Zwiebel, fein gehackt
3 mittelgroße Zucchini
2 Knoblauchzehen, zerdrückt
4 Eier
100 g TK-Spinat
3 Esslöffel geriebener Parmesan
30 g Fetakäse
Eine Handvoll Basilikumblätter
Schwarzer Pfeffer
Salz

Zubereitung

1. Erwärme Öl in einer großen Pfanne bei mittlere Hitze. Gib die Zwiebeln zusammen mit einer Prise Salz hinein und brate sie etwa fünf Minuten an.

2. Schneide zwei Zucchini in dünne Scheiben und reibe die dritte.

3. Gib die Zucchinischeiben (wieder mit einer Prise Salz) in die Pfanne und brate sie bei mittlerer Hitze, bis sie goldbraun sind (also etwa 15 Minuten).

4. Gib den Knoblauch, die geriebene Zucchini, den noch gefrorenen Spinat und 60 Milliliter Wasser in die Pfanne und leg einen Deckel drauf. Lass das Ganze bei niedriger Hitze etwa fünf bis sieben Minuten köcheln und nimm dann den Deckel wieder ab (Achtung: heißer Dampf!)

5. Gib den Inhalt der Pfanne in eine Ofenform. Mach vier kleine Kuhlen, in die du jeweils ein rohes Ei gibst. Streue Salz und schwarzen Pfeffer über alles und anschließend den geriebenen Parmesan.

6. Nutze die Grillfunktion (oder Oberhitze) deines Ofens, um die Eier direkt in der Ofenform zu kochen. Nach drei bis fünf Minuten sollte das Eiweiß durch sein und das Eigelb noch etwas flüssig.

7. Nimm die Form aus dem Ofen und krümle noch etwas Feta, ein paar Basilikumblätter und noch etwas schwarzen Pfeffer über das Gericht. Photo courtesy of Izzy Hossack/Top With Cinnamon. Zucchini-Muffins
Zutaten

200 g Weizenvollkornmehl
1 Teelöffel Backpulver
1 Teelöffel Backnatron
1 Teelöffel gemahlener Zimt
1/2 Teelöffel Salz
1 Ei
160 g Ahornsirup
120 g Milch (Mandelmilch, fettarme Milch oder was immer du willst)
50 g geschmolzenes Kokosnussöl
1 Teelöffel Vanilleextrakt
1 1/2 cups 180 g frisch geriebene Zucchini
30 g Haferflocken

Zubereitung

1. Heiz den Ofen auf vor 180 Grad Celsius vor und bereite deine Muffinform vor (entweder mit Butter einreiben oder Papierförmchen reinlegen).

2. Misch Mehl, Backpulver, Backnatron, Zimt und Salz in einer großen Schüssel zusammen.

3. Vermenge das Ei, den Ahornsirup, die Milch, das Kokosnussöl und den Vanilleextrakt in einer zweiten Schüssel.

4. Gieß nun die flüssigen Zutaten in die erste Schüssel – also zu den trockenen. Rühre alles vorsichtig mit einem Löffel durch, aber nicht zu lange!

4. Heb die Zucchini und die Haferflocken vorsichtig unter.

5. Gib den fertigen Teig in die Muffinformen und streue zum Schluss noch ein paar Haferflocken drüber.

6. Back die Muffins 18 bis 20 Minuten – oder bis am Zahnstocher kein Teig mehr kleben bleibt.

7. Nimm die Muffins aus der Form und serviere sie warm oder lass sie erst bei Raumtemperatur – wie du magst. In einem geschlossenen Behälter bleiben sie bis zu zwei Tage frisch. Oder länger, wenn du sie einfrierst. Photo courtesy of Gimme Some Oven. Sweetcorn and Courgette Pie by Pinch of Yum
For something a bit more unusual but undeniably delicious, why not try pulling together a pie? Photo courtesy of Pinch of Yum. Courgette Cake With Lime & Cream Cheese Icing by Taming Twins
Or perhaps a more decadent option in loaf form and paired with lime and cream cheese icing. Photo courtesy of Taming Twins. Socca Pizza with Courgette and Feta by Cookie & Kate
Or if you're feeling adventurous, making a foray into socca (a simple savoury pancake made with chickpea flour) is the ideal solution to your question of what to eat on a hot summer night. Photo courtesy of .

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Training and Performance https://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2020/08/training-and-performance/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=training-and-performance In many jobs your working hours are performance hours. You’re expected to do the work that creates value. If you’re a programmer, you get paid to program. If you’re a lawyer, you get paid to help people solve legal problems.

But in some jobs, performance is just a small slice of paid time on the job.

Consider a professional basketball player, for instance. The performance time is during competitive games with other teams. Game time performance is what creates the value for the franchise, the fans, the sponsors, and the other stakeholders.

But for the athletes, most of the time on the job isn’t performance time. During those other hours, they’re training, practicing, being coached, preparing, recovering, etc. Of course this is still important work so they can be prepared to perform well during televised games.

What if you currently do work that’s mostly performance but you approach it like a professional athlete? What would that look like?

Where is your job closest to the performance of a pro athlete? Which activities really count in terms of delivering value and earning your pay?

Most likely your hours on the job aren’t all equal in terms of delivering value. Some activities may be more critical than others, especially when it comes to career advancement or business success.

Do you know what those critical activities are?

Once you know the critical activities, where’s the training portion of your day? Where’s the ongoing investment in further honing your skills, so you can get better and better at the performance side? Are you investing in enough training… or barely any?

I could frame blogging as a performance activity since my articles are public facing and provide value to people. I could then imagine many hours of private journaling, reading, experimenting, and exploring to be training and practice.

Alternatively, I could frame blogging as a practice or training activity. And I could imagine a larger project like writing a book, creating a course, or delivering a workshop as a performance activity.

The reality is that I use both frames and often flip between them. Sometimes I see blogging as a way to beta-test ideas. Other times I see it as a core activity for delivering value to people. The framing is flexible. But what isn’t so flexible is that some form of training and practice is necessary. Whichever frame I use, training and practice must be an essential part of it.

Alternatively, suppose you view your work as 100% performance time. There is no practice and training while you’re on the clock. How does that framing sit with you? Does it suggest that if you want to improve, you have to devote some of your personal unpaid time to training and skill-building? I think that’s exactly what it suggests.

While you do get some performance gains from training, it’s best not to confuse the two. Training gives you more coverage of different skills than performance alone ever will. You may practice situations in training that you’ll rarely experience on the performance side, yet it’s critical to have those skills when they’re needed. With training you can also break down the fundamental skills and work on them more thoroughly than you can on the performance side.

Imagine that 90% (or more) of your work time is just practice and training, and 10% (or less) is real performance time. If you use this lens, which activities would you put on each side?

What are your most critical skills that provide the most value? What would happen if you devoted the other 90% of your work time to honing and training up those skills to an even higher level?

Suppose you create and publish videos as your main work product. All the value you provide is in your published videos. Now suppose you spent 90% of your work time just training and practicing your video skills – but not publishing any of that work. Do you think that would impact what you’re able to deliver with the other 10%?

The 90-10 ratios are arbitrary by the way. You could use 80-20, 50-50, or anything else that appeals to you. What ratios make you reconsider your approach to work? I like the extreme of 90-10 thinking because it gets me closer to the mindset of a pro athlete who has to invest an extraordinary amount of training and practice time for a small amount of performance time. In reality their ratio is likely to be even more extreme than 90-10, especially if you consider Olympic athletes who may train years for a single performance (which in some cases may be measured in seconds).

Play around with this frame. You don’t have to use it exclusively, but it can be an interesting way to think about work and productivity. What if you approached your work like a pro athlete whereby the vast majority of your work time was treated as training and practice for a small but important slice of critical performance time? Could this (or something close to it) be a better model than seeing your work at 100% performance time?

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