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A new breakthrough study featured in the latest issue of Allure suggests both topical and oral caffeine use can promote the destruction of UV-damaged skin cells, and can actually reduce our risk of basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer! Another reason to get my daily Americano fix!

There’s increasing evidence that caffeine may help prevent skin cancer. Researchers monitored 112,897 people for more than 20 years, during which time nearly a quarter of them developed the disease. Compared with women who didn’t drink coffee, those who drank more than three cups of caffein­ated coffee daily had a 20 percent reduction in the risk of basal cell carcinoma (the most common form of skin cancer and the most prevalent cancer overall). Decaffeinated-coffee drinkers didn’t have decreased risk. Studies in mice have found that both orally ingested and topical caffeine promote the destruction of UV-damaged skin cells and reduce skin-cancer risk, says Fengju Song, an epidemiologist at Harvard School of Public Health. The new study is one of the largest to confirm the link in humans, and it’s the first to show that the effect is specific to basal cell carcinoma, which is diagnosed in about 2 million Americans per year, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.


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Get The Look: Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert at the Academy of Country Music Awards!

Did you catch the Academy of Country Music Awards? The red carpet was buzzing with country-crooners in their Sunday’s best. Well Too Faced is a lil’ bit country, too– glamming up songstresses Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert so they lit up the red carpet! Here’s how:

Carrie Underwood was glowing from head to toe as a country-gal’ turned bronze-goddess!

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Miranda Lambert had all eyes on her in a sizzling gold gown paired with an au naturel beauty look!

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Photo Credit: Getty

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MakeHerUp Must Listen: Tiffany Kuenzi

It’s a cold rainy spring day in Oregon the perfect day to crank the music. Nothing fits the bill better than Tonight by Tiffani Kuenzi. A beautiful song sure to resonate with anyone who has ever been in love and had to watch the object of their affection walk away.

Rising Country Star Tiffany Kuenzi’s Single “Tonight” Is Causing A Buzz

Every now and then, a singer comes along that is really fresh yet that feels familiar, interesting yet simply relatable, and moving without becoming sappy. A gem such as this is a rare and welcomed treat for the public, and rising country star Tiffany Kuenzi is just that singer. Tiffany has been snagging attention and causing a buzz within the industry with her soulful, authentic country tune, “Tonight,” and it is now available on iTunes!

Tiffany’s ”Tonight” is a emotionally-infused country song with an unforgettable melody, carrying lyrics that pull the listener in. The song’s playability has caused it to quickly climb charts and grab the attention of those in the industry, garnering praise such as that from The Radio Cafe radio show host Christopher Ewing: “I get thousands and thousands of song submissions for airplay, and this is one of the best songs I have gotten in weeks! [Tiffany’s] got what it takes to make it.” “Tonight” has not even yet officially been released, but is already being played on major radio stations across the U.S. and is continuing to bring in fans from all over the world, including France, Berlin and Tokyo. The song is so engaging and buzz-worthy that it has even scored Tiffany a coveted feature on The Kings of A&R website.

With an overwhelmingly positive response to ”Tonight” leading up to it’s official release, country singer Tiffany Kuenzi is quickly making a name for herself in the music industry. Check out Tiffany’s website to learn more about this rising star, and be sure to snag her hit single, “Tonight,” available now on iTunes!


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Cheryl Cole Covers Marie Claire UK May 2012 Issue.

Cheryl looks amazing! Such a beautiful girl and I love all the dresses.

Britain’s sweetheart Cheryl Cole is the 2012 May cover girl for Marie Claire UK and the diva opens up to the magazine about her weight, her love for shoes, on being much more normal than she’s portrayed in tabloids.

Cheryl Cole, who is a slim size 8, says that she does work out but doesn’t follow a diet , instead she tries to make healthy choices. She reveals to Marie Claire that she too suffers from weight fluctuations, but she’s found the perfect trick to help er feel and look comfy regardless if she’s packed a few pounds or shed them by keeping different size jeans in her wardrobe. She tells Marie Claire UK that:

“I’m like any other woman, my weight fluctuates. I have a pair of jeans one size bigger than the other just in case that week I’m a little bit heavier. I work out and try to make healthy choices.”

Ms. Cole, who revealed that she was advised to lose weight back in 2002 after winning the ITV talent shop Popstars: The Rivals, about the same time that she found fame with Girls Aloud, says she avoids dieting ‘like a plague’. She reveals that:

“I try to avoid them like the plague. That can get you into a vicious circle. I did when I was younger. When I first got in the band I remember the first mean story I read where newspapers called us “Pork Stars” – because the show was called Pop Stars: The Rivals. We were all fat… we were all fat! Not fat, chubby. And Louis Walsh had come out publicly and said, ‘They’re all fat. They all need to lose weight.’ And the record label sent us all to have training.”

However, her battle with malaria, which she contacted while on vacation in Tanzania in 2010, and which almost took her life, helped Cheryl switch her priorities. To get back on track after slimming down to a size 6 while battling the disease, Cheryl says she ‘ate everything’ and that ‘it’s now less about work, work, work and more about making time to chill and be with my friends and family’.

Cheryl Cole seems to have discovered her love for shoes for quiet some time and since then developed an addiction. The singer also ventured into the shoe design industry and the line featuring her signature was quite a success. She tells Marie Claire about her shoe addiction that:

“It’s definitely got worse over the years, my shoe thing. Just worse and worse and worse. I should really seek a little bit of therapy. Me doing my own shoe range is quite cathartic.”

Although she’s made headlines with variosu stories regarding her life, Cheryl states that she has quite a normal lifestyle, much different than most people think. She tells the magazine that:

“I’m from such a normal family and background. I’m grateful for that; otherwise it could send you crazy… People have this crazy idea of my life.”

When it comes to regrets, the 28 year old singer says that life is too short to have regrets. Although she’s already gone through a divorce, Cheryl says that she tries to take things as they are.

“Life’s too short to have regrets. Mistakes are life. I don’t live like that. I don’t have that mentality. I think that things are sent to you so you learn and grow. If you regret them, you would never be the person that you are.”

Check out Cheryl Cole’s full interview and complete photo spread in Marie Claire’s UK, May 2012 issue.



Photos courtesy of Marie Claire UK

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