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Counterfeit watches clocking up sales online

The watches are advertised as “boutique grade” – fakes which are of such high quality, even dealers have trouble telling them apart from the real thing.

The replicas of luxury timepieces from the likes of Audemars Piguet, Panerai and Rolex come in official-looking boxes, complete with warranty cards and papers.

And there is a booming trade in them online.

The Sunday Times has found at least four Facebook pages through which these counterfeits are being sold for between $500 and $1,500, depending on the model.


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10 Super Annoying Things Dudes Have Done While Their Partners Were in Labor

They may have meant well, but…

Pushing a watermelon-sized human out of your hoo-ha is one of the most nerve-wracking things a woman can do in her life. And that’s exactly why most baby daddies probably need some kind of coaching on how to not make us want to punch them during those grueling hours. Maybe it’s not their fault—after all, they are trying to be a supportive. But a lot of the time, they unintentionally take actions that are so. Not. Helpful. Here, 10 women share the crazy annoying things their partners did while they were in labor.

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“While I was in labor with our first child, Steven watched an entire season of One Tree Hill. When I was in labor with our twins for over 24 hours, he kept going to get food and brought it right back to the room to eat in front of me. And when I was ready to deliver the twins, he was afraid to move to my side so stayed right next to my head; when I started leaning up to push, his head was in the way, and we kept head-butting each other.” —Jenna G.

“My partner is usually a ‘husband of the year’ type of guy, but he fell short when I was in labor with our daughter. After 47 hours, he told me he was really tired and said that I probably wasn’t because I got sleep between contractions. Yeah. Right. Obviously, this didn’t go over well with me!” —Stacey H.

“I had to have a last minute C-section, and I felt like I couldn’t breathe. I was actually having a panic attack—it was my first one ever. I told the technician that I was absolutely terrified, but he said I was fine and went back to whatever he was doing. My then-husband—we’re not together anymore—kept trying to watch the doctor perform the surgery, so the doctor invited him to the other side of the curtain to watch. And he actually left! I begged him not to leave my side because I felt like I was dying. I lived, obviously, but I needed him to be there for me and he wasn’t. I eventually forgive him.” —Monique P.

“Not long before I was ready to have the baby, my husband wanted to run across the street to a bar to have a burger. He said he was starving and that he wouldn’t be able to eat after the baby came, though I don’t know why he thought that. I told him he didn’t have enough time, but he insisted. Well, he almost missed the birth because it took him about 40 minutes to get his food, eat it, and get back into the room. I could have killed him.” —Kristen K.

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“After my water broke, I held out for as long as I could before going to the hospital. When my cursing became too frequent, my husband decided we should go because he didn’t want the neighbors to think that he was beating me up me all day. But they all knew I was pregnant! When we were on the way, after 12 hours of labor, he told me to ‘stop squirming’ in the car because other people were ‘looking at us weird.’ Seriously?” —Ronjini J.

“As I was lying in the delivery room giving birth to our first child about a month before my due date, waiting for the rest of the action to start, my husband decided to head to Best Buy to buy a video camera so he could tape our son’s birth. I’ll never forget his last words before leaving the room: ‘Don’t do anything until I get back!'” —Kathie G.

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“After 30 hours of labor with my first child, my husband was trying to be helpful by cooling off my face with a washcloth. But when he placed the damp, gross cloth on my open eyeballs, I ripped it from his hand and threw it across the room. The sound of the wash cloth hitting the wall was way more soothing than him putting the thing on my face!” —Jessica D.

“My now-ex-husband freaked out when I told him it was time to go to the hospital. He bolted to the living room and said, ‘I can’t! I have to work tomorrow.’ He pulled out his briefcase, took out a file, and said, ‘See! This is the case! I really do have to be in trial tomorrow at 9:30!’ And with that, my patience ended. As he turned his back to me and bent down to put the file back, I gave him a swift kick to the butt, which knocked him off of his feet. I sensed that I finally had his complete attention, so I said, ‘We are having a baby now! So, get up and drive!’ And he did.” —Bonnie R.

“While we were at the hospital, my husband said he was going to go park the car in the long-term hospital parking lot. I told him it wasn’t necessary because we were parked in the space for labor and delivery patients. When he came back from ‘moving the car,’ he didn’t tell me that he had also gone to a fast food drive-thru across the street. Our daughter was born a couple of hours later. The next morning, my father-in-law dropped off breakfast for us at the hospital and said that we were probably hungry since my husband hadn’t eaten since his sandwich last night. I said, ‘What sandwich was that?’ Then, he finally admitted to getting a cheeseburger while I was in labor. I was beyond annoyed.” —Jeannie H.

“While I was giving birth, the doctor and my husband were so interested in the Wimbledon tennis tournament on TV that they forgot to tell me to push when I was having a contraction. Since I had an epidural, I couldn’t tell when it was time to do it.” —Vicki G.

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What’s The Optimal Speed For Exercise?

There was a time when the optimal exercise speed was however fast you had to run to get away from a saber-tooth tiger. Even today, in much of the developing world, people exercise through activities such as farming and fetching water that are necessary for survival. However, in the developed Western world, where exercise tends […]

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Art, Music, and Fashion Come Together in This Southern Weekend Festival

This weekend, head south to witness how art, music, and fashion collide. Commercenter Alabang presents Southside Collective, a two-day mini-festival at the mall’s Activity Center. The festival will feature work from both established and up-and-coming artists in the country. Independent Filipino publishing house Meganon Comics, which aims to create a sustainable local comics community, joins the event alongsideRadioactive Mushrooms in the […]

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How to Go Blonde the RIGHT Way

Follow these steps for a gorgeous new hue.

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Asia’s affluent love the sun and the sea

Places with pristine beaches and swanky hotels top the list of family vacation destinations for affluent families living in the Asia Pacific region, results of a recent study by Visa has shown.

The study observed the travel patterns of the affluent consumers around the Asia Pacific and found that 4 in 5 respondents have travelled with their families in the past 6 months and prefer spending their family vacations within the region.


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What to Do if You Have an Oily Scalp

Get to the root of the problem—literally.

Greasy hair, don’t care? Yeah, right. If you have an oily scalp, you know frustrating it can be to have hair that feels clean one minute and dirty the next. 

So what exactly causes all that oil? “The reason hair gets oily is because sebaceous glands in your scalp produce excess sebum, which travels down the hair shaft,” says celebrity hairstylist and hair thinning expert Angelo David Pisacreta of the Angelo David Salon in New York City. Causes of excess sebum (the natural oil produced by your scalp) can include genes, hormonal imbalances, humidity, your diet, or something as specific as a disease called seborrheic dermatitis, which also causes scaly patches and will need to be managed with the help of your dermatologist. (And keep in mind that you may also need to visit your derm if the problem persists after you’ve tried at-home solutions.)

To treat oiliness at home, Pisacreta suggests shampooing less. That may sound counterintuitive, but it works. That’s because shampoo strips your hair of oil, and the more you use it, the more sebum your scalp produces in response. 

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Although it may be tough at first to break the daily habit, Pisacreta recommends washing every other day. “Washing every day can irritate your scalp, dehydrate your hair and fade your color,” he says.  

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And when you do wash, shampoo and rinse twice, says Pisacreta, because that will reduce any product buildup. “Also, avoid highly moisturizing hair products or leave-in conditioners and oils,” he says. All of the above not only make hair greasier, but they attract particles in the air, which weigh strands down and make them appear dirtier.

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That being said, when you first skip shampoos, your hair will look greasy for those initial few washes as it adapts to producing less oil. Your not-so-secret weapon until your scalp adjusts: dry shampoo. If dry shampoo hasn’t worked for you in the past, you’re probably not using it correctly, says Pisacreta. The best way to do it is by first brushing your hair, then shaking the can of dry shampoo and misting it just on the roots, keeping the bottle a few inches away from your scalp. Then distribute the product evenly by brushing out your hair again, says Pisacreta. If you skip brushing post-spritz, the product can clog pores and result in overproduction of sebum.

For days your oily scalp needs more help, Pisacreta recommends two simple styles—a messy ponytail or flirty curls.

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To make the ponytail, mist Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender & Oil Absorbing Dry Shampoo ($10, redken.com) onto your scalp evenly, says Pisacreta. Next, use your fingertips to brush your hair back and create natural texture, securing the ponytail with a hair tie.

Curls work by making greasy hair look less flat. “When your hair gets greasy, it tends to get flatter,” says Pisacreta. So to fluff it up, section off your hair, and wrap sections around a curling iron to create loose curls. Brush out with your fingertips, and finish with texturizing or sea salt spray.

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Here’s When At-Home Hair Dye Is a Good Option—and When It Isn’t

DIY color can have its perks—if it's used correctly.

You’ve probably heard (and maybe even experienced) your fair share of at-home hair color horror stories. But DIY dye does have its perks. It saves you the time and hefty price tag that come along with a salon appointment—if used correctly. There are certain situations, though, when you absolutely shouldn’t try to change your hair hue on your own.

First things first: The good news is that all hair types and textures can use at-home color—the trick is finding the right one. If you’ve got thick or curly hair, George Papanikolas, Matrix celebrity colorist, recommends gel or liquid formulas because they’re easiest to distribute throughout your head.

Meanwhile, foam dye is best if you’ve got fine hair—or sensitive skin. “A foam won’t weight the hair down,” says Papanikolas. “And if you have sensitive skin, the foam won’t drip onto the face or hairline, which can cause minor or severe breakouts.”

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Hair that has previously been chemically treated with a perm, relaxer, or straightening treatment can be colored, says Papanikolas. “[However], I don’t recommend highlights, as getting both [color and highlights] can result in damage and uneven porosity,” he says. Double-processed hair is also more prone to breakage because it dries out easily, so use a hair mask once a week. We like Matrix Hydrasource Mask ($23, ulta.com), which also adds shine. Korres Almond and Linseed Mask ($21.50, sephora.com), which contains B vitamins to strengthen and prevent further breakage, is another good choice.

The key with at-home dyes is to go no more than two shades lighter or darker than your natural color. “Any lighter and it gets brassy,” says Papanikolas, “any darker and it looks harsh.”

When choosing your color, do so based on whether you’re cool or warm. (To find out which one you are, look at your veins: If they’re blue, you’re cool-toned, and if they’re green, your warm-toned.) Cool tones should opt for cool ash browns and cool blondes (look for the words cool and ash on the dye box to make your selection). Meanwhile, “for warm tones, dark, warm browns, chestnuts, rich golden brown and auburn, warm gold and red highlights, and golden-blonde look best,” says Papanikolas. 

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Here are three situations in which you should never do your color on your own:

…If You Want Highlights
When it comes to highlights, Papanikolas says they’re best kept in the hands of professional stylists. “I don’t recommend doing [highlights or ombré] at home because they’re too complex,” he says. Hand-paint too-large sections of hair by yourself, and you could end up reliving those dreaded frosty ’90s highlights. (Not a good look, right?)

…If You Want a Bold Blonde Color
“Going blonde from a box is hair suicide,” says Papanikolas. “A brunette or redhead to blonde requires highlights and several sessions [of dyeing].”

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…If You’re Trying to Lighten Previously Colored Hair
“You can color hair darker over previously colored hair, but color will not lighten previously colored hair,” says Papanikolas. To lighten strands that have been colored before, your hair would first need to be stripped out with bleach or a similar lightener. We recommend leaving bleaching to the pros.

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Must-Know Dos and Don’ts for Heading Back to the Gym After Giving Birth

Make this your go-to guide once you get the green light from your doctor.

A few weeks to a couple months after you give birth, your doc will tell you, “Okay, you’re good to exercise.” As if it were that simple.

Not that long ago, you squeezed a person out of your body, and now you’re hormonal (and you thought you were bad during pregnancy!), breastfeeding, sleep-deprived, and, oh yeah, have a crying baby to contend with. So how exactly are you supposed to exercise? Here, experts share the dos and don’ts of getting back into fitness post-pregnancy.

Don’t: Expect to Perform Your Pre-Pregnancy Workout Routine“Many women are understandably eager to return to their pre-baby fitness routine,” says Lisa Corsello, certified personal trainer, founder of Burn fitness studios in California. “There is a lot of focus on ‘I used to be able to do this, so I should be able to do it now,’ which can lead to lots of frustration and, in some cases, setbacks.” In fact, Janet Hamilton, certified strength and conditioning specialist, a clinical exercise physiologist with Running Strong in Atlanta, has even seen women suffer pelvic and sacral stress fractures when pushing themselves too hard post-pregnancy.

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During pregnancy, your body produces hormones that relax your body’s ligaments so that the baby can pass through your birth canal. For a while after giving birth, those ligaments are still loose, meaning that your joints aren’t as stable as they once were, says Hamilton. Meanwhile, hormones involved in the production of breast milk can throw off your ability to exercise as you used to. “Training at a high level should be put off until your body is back in balance, including hormonally,” she says. That means until after you’re done breast-feeding.

Don’t: Put Your Weight in Your WristsHolding, feeding, and carrying a baby around can work your wrist like never before, says Corsello. Prevent overworking them by taking it easy on your wrists during exercise. Modify any exercises like planks, pushups, or tricep dips that require you to hold your weight in your hands with flexed wrists. For instance, you could try doing planks on your forearms, performing bench presses, and completing cable tricep extensions.

Do: Perform Kegels“Your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles have been stretched, your spine has likely been in a position of more than usual extension, and your hips are likely a little off kilter from the spreading of your pelvis,” says Hamilton. The solution: Working your pelvic floor, the base of your core. While you can perform Kegels just sitting on the couch, even better is to integrate them into your exercise routine. Hold the down-there contraction during planks. Or every time you squat or do a lunge sets, draw the pelvic floor up as you stand, says Corsello. That way, you’ll train your entire core—pelvic floor and all—to work together.

Don’t: Start with High-Impact ExercisesLike we said, after giving birth, your body is still full of ligament-loosening hormones. That can make high-impact exercises like running, jumping, and plyometrics rough on your joints, says certified perinatal instructor, Jacquelyn Brennan, certified strength and conditioning specialist, co-founder of Mindfuel Wellness. Plus, it can take a few months or more to regain the strength of your pelvic floor muscles, which hold your internal organs in place like a sling. If yours are weak, high-impact exercises may make everything feel “jostle-y” and even lead to urinary leakage, she says.

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Do: Be Careful When Pushing a StrollerTaking your baby along with you on your runs is a great way to squeeze in exercise and spend quality time with your newborn. But it’s important to remember that pushing a stroller changes things up. “For one thing, by holding the jogging stroller, your hands are fixed and you don’t have natural arm swing to counterbalance the rotational forces of your leg swing, so your back kind of bears the brunt of it,” says Hamilton. Start by walking then jogging in short intervals before increasing your mileage. Also, if you experience any back pain, ease off of the stroller-in-tow running.

Don’t: Perform Crunches“Avoid abdominal crunches, full spinal extension, and twisting exercises until cleared of diastasis recti by your doctor, fitness professional, or physical therapist,” says Brennan. During pregnancy, your growing uterus can cause your rectus abdominis “six pack” muscle to split down the center into two three packs. These exercises can all exacerbate the problem, she says.

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Do: Perform PlanksJust because you’re avoiding crunches doesn’t mean you can’t work your core. Ab exercises that require keeping a stable spine—like planks and bird-dogs—engage the transverse abdominis, your inner core musculature, without putting stress on your rectus abdominis, says Brennan. Plus, your transverse abdominis is critical to stabilizing your spine, supporting your back, lifting your pelvic floor, and pulling your belly for a pre-baby silhouette, she says.

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Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Wigs—Answered

Hairpieces are looking and feeling better than ever, and they're ideal for both cosmetic and medical purposes.

Wigs are having a moment. From Vivica Fox, who has her own wig line, to Christina Hendricks and Lady Gaga, famous ladies are now changing up their hairstyles as often as an Oscars host changes outfits. Why? The commitment-free hairpieces are easier to use and more realistic than they once were.

“Technology for netting, materials, and machines have changed so they are better than ever,” says Edward Tricomi, master stylist and co-founder of the Warren-Tricomi Salons.

But as much as the 2.0 versions can help decide if your bang style is on-fleek, the construction of these new hair systems are also ideal for women with medical conditions who just want hair that looks and feels like their own.

Here, experts answer seven essential questions about wigs.

Q: What Are They Actually Made Out of?
There are two kinds of wigs: Human hair and synthetic hair. The natural hair is mainly sourced from India or Asia and costs significantly more than the faux version. But if you’re looking for something more affordable, opt for a synthetic wig that’s heat resistant, says Andrew DiSimone, wig expert and salon owner at HairPlace NYC. That’s because if you’re cooking or open the oven door, the gust of heat could damage synthetic hair that’s not heat-resistant, he cautions.

Synthetic hair is also best for cuts that fall above your shoulders, like a bob, since the lengthier options can start to wear and fray if the man-made fibers rub against your shoulders.

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Q: What Types of Wigs Are Available?
The updated forms come in all lengths, styles, and colors and even in individual pieces. “I always tell every woman to have a winglet or a pony tail in her purse,” says Tricomi. “You can use it to make a more full chignon, add volume, or give the appearance of longer hair.”

Q: Who Can Benefit from Wearing a Wig?
Anyone, but for those experiencing medical hair loss, these hairpieces can be a saving grace. DiSimone, who has clients with alopecia and genetic hair loss or who are going through chemotherapy, explains that his salon sells wigs so real you can put them in pigtails and still have the part look natural.

DJ Quintero, a celebrity stylist who styled Katie Holmes’ wig for the Met Gala, also points out that wigs can be used to simply try a new look. “I think wearing a wig is a fun way to completely change your appearance without actually changing your appearance,” he says, adding that it’s a safe way to be daring.

 

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Q: What Should You Know Before Buying a Wig?
Do your homework. Would you try a new restaurant before checking Yelp? Probably not—and the same goes for scanning reviews as you search for reputable wig retailers in your area. Also, ask about the return policy, says DiSimone. People don’t always know what the options are when they’re looking a wig, he says.

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Q: How Much Do They Cost?
Before you commit to a hair accessory, consider the expense. While synthetic wigs can set you back anywhere from $5 to a couple hundred bucks, a natural wig can cost anywhere from $100 to $3,000.

Q: How Do You Take Care of a Wig?
To help faux fringe maintain its shape at night, experts recommend placing the hair on a wig form (much like a dress on a mannequin). Or if you’re traveling, take the wig, and turn it inside-out, says DiSimone. Then, grab the hair in a ponytail and flip it back inside the center of the wig and store it in a box. This trick ensures that the hair is protected from rubbing the inside of the box.

Maintaining a wig’s look and feel also requires a select stash of beauty tools. Since synthetic hair is a fiber, reach for Woolite shampoo in a pinch and Downy fabric softener as conditioner, says DiSimone.  Keep a spray conditioner and a shine spray handy to restore the wig’s luster, which can fade or look dull easily. With human hair, moisturizing shampoos (like those with argan oil) and a silk protein conditioner will keep the natural hair soft and hydrated.

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Q: How Do You Put on a Wig the Right Way?
The method of attachment is directly based on what’s going on under the hair accessory and how you can best keep it in place.

If you have hair: It’s best to tuck your real hair into a wig cap to flatten it out and create a smooth surface. For industrial-strength hold, DiSimone also drapes clients’ heads with a velour headband that has teeth in one direction and is smooth the other way to prevent the hair from sliding.

If you don’t have hair because of medical hair loss: Bonded wigs are best for this situation. Double-sided tape, which is similar to garment tape that sticks to skin, can also ensure the wig stays put on your scalp.

If your hair is starting to grow back: Sparse growth may mean you’re not up for the caps and bonding, so another option is to use little combs and clips. “They look like little barrette clips that open and then snap close, and it helps keep the wig in place,” says DiSimone.

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