Well, Lorde isn’t taking any of this silently. Not only did she tweet that she could “murder” a stage, she rocked a statement dress at the awards.
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“Rejoice! Our times are intolerable. Take courage, for the worst is a harbinger of the best. Only dire circumstance can precipitate the overthrow of oppressors. The old and corrupt must be laid to waste before the just can triumph. Contradiction will be heightened. The reckoning will be hastened by the staging of seed disturbances. The apocalypse will blossom.”
Donald and Melania Trump rode separate cars to the State of the Union on Tuesday, breaking with the longstanding tradition of the president and first lady arriving together.
Instead, Melania chose to have the guests she had invited to join her in the first lady’s box for the brief motorcade ride from the White House south lawn to the Capitol building, according to CNN.
The first lady’s communications director Stephanie Grisham told CNN that Melania rode in a different car because she is “honoring her guests for the true heroes they are.”
“In addition to holding a White House reception and photo opportunity for them, along with their friends and family, she is accompanying them to the Capitol,” Grisham said in a statement. “Once there, the first lady and Mrs. Pence will host a more intimate meet-and-greet to engage with them on a personal level prior to the speech.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told CNN that Melania came separately for “no reason other than she can greet the guests and he can go straight in.”
Grisham said the first lady wanted to have a more intimate pre-event gathering with her 15 guests, who include the parents of two girls who were killed by members of the MS-13 gang in New York. Trump has promised to “destroy” MS-13 and has drawn parallels between the gang and undocumented immigrants.
Both recent former first couples — Barack and Michelle Obama, and George and Laura Bush — drove together in a limo from the White House to the State of the Union, for all eight years each president was in office.
A White House official told CNN that Donald and Melania Trump will travel together in the same car to return to the White House.
In Michael Wolff’s explosive new book Fire and Fury, he writes that the Trumps’ relationship was “perplexing” to those who worked closely with them, and that they would often go for days at a time without contact. “He and Melania spent relatively little time together… Often she did not know where he was, or take much notice of that fact,” he writes.
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It’s unheard of for a single skin-care product to fly off shelves at the same rate as, say, a KKW Beauty contour kit. But that’s exactly what happened last week, when Kim Kardashian West, she of the dewy, poreless skin and poor judgment calls, shared with subscribers of her paywalled website that she relies on a $9.80 serum to slow down the signs of aging.
The Ordinary’s Granactive Retinoid* 2% Emulsion sold out at Sephora shortly thereafter, another nail in the coffin for retinoids’ former reputation for being stodgy anti-aging ingredients that are either prohibitively expensive or only available by prescription. Times have changed; celebrities now charge you money just to look at their websites. But some things remain the same — like what, exactly, retinoids are in the first place.
Retinoids are a class of vitamins, all derived from vitamin A, under which falls, in order of potency: retinoic acid, retinaldehyde, retinol, and retinyl palmitate. Retinoic acid is the active form of the chemical, the one that can immediately be used by the skin; it almost always requires a prescription, like in Retin-A (tretinoin), cosmetic chemist Randy Schueller of The Beauty Brains tells us. The others are slightly less effective than the real thing because the skin must convert them before they can be utilized, and you lose some of the potency in the process.
Retinyl palmitate, sometimes called vitamin A palmate, is the least powerful retinoid. That’s why it’s also the cheapest… and, on the plus side, the least drying. “The most ‘effective’ forms tend to be the most irritating,” says Schueller, so a weaker form doesn’t necessarily mean a bad thing. “Some people get better results using a less effective form because it doesn’t irritate their skin as much, so they’re more likely to use it more often.” But even if retinoids are the sweet, sweet anti-aging, anti-acne ambrosia the world has been waiting for but doesn’t have totally figured out just yet, one cannot simply walk into a store and grab the nearest thing that says “retinol” or “vitamin A” on it.
Or, well, you can, but it’s probably not the best idea. You’ll want to take into account your skin type — many sensitive types are too delicate for the full-strength stuff and can do more harm than good with dryness and irritation if they dive into it too fast — and you’ll also want to be extra cautious about only purchasing from brands you trust, not just the cheapest formula or the one that promises to be the most potent. (You’ll also want to not be pregnant. There is no reported evidence of topical retinoids causing any harm to an unborn child, but some studies have shown that high doses of vitamin A can be harmful, and oral retinoids like Accutane are known to cause birth defects.)
As celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau explains, retinol is known to be highly unstable — not only extremely fragile to oxygen and light exposure (which is why you should look for ones that come in opaque, airless packaging), but also when combined with other ingredients together within a product. “Simply put, retinol doesn’t play well with others, and only a very experienced formulator will know the best way to make it effective,” she says. “Anyone can add the ingredient retinol to a product and market it for anti-aging, but it may not be doing much of anything.”
And, yes, a well-formulated, high-quality retinoid can err on the expensive side to formulate, which is how they got that reputation in the first place. But you don’t need to spend tons of money to get a good, effective retinoid — you just need to know what to look for, and where. How’s that for making good judgment calls?