Jennifer Lopez takes the ‘natural’ approach to beauty and has never had Botox

Jennifer Lopez has a “natural” approach to skincare.



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The ‘Waiting For Tonight’ hitmaker – who has just unveiled her eponymous JLo beauty brand – has insisted her glowing complexion is not the result of Botox and she will hold off turning to “the needles” for as long as she can by using the best products.

Jennifer was involved in the creation of every piece in her upcoming range, which drops on January 1, 2021, including the That JLo Glow serum – which took 20 attempts to get right.

And the 51-year-old singer-and-actress insisted she would never put out skincare that she didn’t believe in under her own name.

Speaking to Glamor, she said: “I’m not that person. I don’t have anything against people doing that; it’s just not my thing.

“I’m more about a natural approach to skincare. Whatever topical I use has to be somewhat natural, but I want them to work. I want the hyaluronic acid in there. I want the things that are going to help, because I don’t want to have to go to the needles at some point. I’m not saying one day I won’t, but I haven’t yet.”

The line is comprised of eight products in total – which come in rose gold packaging inspired by Jennifer’s favorite brand Cartier – with prices ranging between $18 (face mask) and $79 for the That JLo Glow serum.

The ‘Made in Manhattan’ star – who is constantly asked what the secret to her ageless appearance is – also revealed that she has olive oil to thank for her radiant glow.

She said: “This has been something I’ve been thinking about for maybe the past 20 years.

“I was just, like, I have to do skincare because the number one question, no matter where I went – if I was filming a movie, music, or whatever – was, What are you doing for your skin? And as I got more mature, the question came even more frequently.”

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Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner Approach Winter Fashion Totally Different

Sometimes BFFs share the same taste in clothing and, others, their styles are polar opposites. Supermodels Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid are great examples of the latter. The two were recently spotted together in New York rocking two very different — but equally cool — approaches to early winter fashion.

Kendall and Bella were snapped on the streets of New York after going to the MET Museum, as documented amply by Bella’s IG stories. For the occasion, Kendall wore a long, almost sidewalk-grazing spice-colored classic cashmere coat, white turtleneck, black trouser pants, and black and camel-colored Nike SB Dunks (Dunks are notoriously hard to get hold of these days but you can achieve a similar effect by customizing a pair of crispy white Nike Air Force 1s or Jordan 1 Lows!)

Kendall wore her hair loose and kept accessories to a minimum. She rounded off the look with a ’90s-style, fluffy black bucket hat, some pink-tinted sunglasses, and a mini bag. Simple, stylish, and very Kendall, the look was a blend of sporty and elegant. 

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Bella, on the other hand, went for a more eclectic look, wearing classic loafers, pinstripe pants, a cropped white tee, cardigan, and a ’00s-style printed jacket with a wild feather-like fur trimming. Accessories-wise, Bella donned her favorite tiny sunglasses, pigtail braids, a brown leather bag, and a few rings and necklaces, and her ever-present mask.

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While the vibes are definitely not the same, the two looks do share a few similarities: They’re built around a casual pant and top, and both include statement coats, though Bella’s is much funkier than Kendall’s classic choice. Both models skipped the heels in favor of comfier shoes, with Bella choosing menswear-inspired loafers and Kendall in her Nikes. They’re also the perfect “model off duty” looks — a representation of the street style that both Bella and Kendall have made their signature.

Want to replicate these supermodel styles for your next socially-distanced weekend hang? Here are a few pics to channel your inner Kendall or Bella. 

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Searching for the perfect gift? Holiday markets offer a different approach to shopping during the pandemic.

Holiday markets are an essential part of Washington’s most festive season, even for people who finish purchasing gifts in September. You don’t run in, grab something and get on your way, as you might at a department store: A holiday market is a place to browse and soak in the season, lingering over a pair of gloves that might be perfect for your mom, or wondering whether she’d actually prefer the gemstone pendant you saw at the jeweler a few stands back. With a cup of mulled wine in hand and a band performing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” a visit is a holiday tradition for many people — and one that’s going to be dramatically reshaped this year.



a group of people sitting in front of a building: The Downtown Holiday Market, held outside of the National Portrait Gallery, features dozens of vendors selling gifts. This year’s version will look very different.


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The Downtown Holiday Market, held outside of the National Portrait Gallery, features dozens of vendors selling gifts. This year’s version will look very different.

The Downtown Holiday Market returns to Penn Quarter this weekend with a greatly enlarged footprint: Instead of packing a gauntlet of booths on both sides of a crowded sidewalk, this year finds 60 booths spanning two city blocks, set in the middle of F Street NW between Seventh and Ninth streets.

Michael Berman, the executive director of organizers Diverse Markets Management, says the holiday market will follow rules similar to farmers markets: There’s only one entrance and exit, near the steps of the National Portrait Gallery, allowing staff to monitor capacity and make sure all visitors are wearing masks. Once inside, customers will have to walk in a counterclockwise direction around all the vendors, though they won’t be limited to one loop around the market, in case they decide that the perfect gift really was at a booth near the entrance. Capacity will be limited to a maximum of 250 shoppers at a time, Berman says, though the ideal number is a little lower for social distancing.

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Like all in-person events taking place this year, the Downtown Holiday Market is expected to be less hands-on, Berman says: “Not a lot of touching of product, not a lot of cash going around. I don’t think there will be a lot of ‘let me try on that scarf.’ ” He’s urged vendors who sell candles, soap and other scented products to change their approach: “Customers can’t put their noses inside a candle,” he says. “Put that aroma on a test strip,” like perfume at a cosmetics store, that can be thrown away after it’s sniffed.

Other annual markets have decided to forgo the in-person experience altogether and move online. Grump, which has featured local makers at pop-ups at ZooLights, Artisphere and the underground Shops at Crystal City, is known for its whimsy, such as staff dressed as yetis, as much as it is for the array of artisans. “Our challenge this year, in making it virtual, is to not only offer our usual assortment of amazing

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Proposed Tougher Approach to Examination for Utility Model and Design Patent Applications in China

Proposed tougher approach to substantive examination for Utility Model and Design Patent Applications in China.

In a bid to improve the quality of Utility Models and Design Patents granted in China, the Chinese State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) has put forward proposals to impose tougher examination requirements for Chinese Utility Model and Design Patent applications.

Currently, a design patent (also known as a registered design in Europe) application in China does not undergo substantive examination. This means that, although the Chinese Patent Law requires a design to be new and distinctly different from any one of the existing designs known anywhere in the world, in practice, a Chinese Examiner does not conduct any searching during examination of the design application. Based on the current Examination Guidelines, the Examiner is only required to examine the application based on the application details and what is considered to be common knowledge of a general consumer.

Equally, although a Utility Model (also known as a petty patent in the US or innovation patent in Australia) application is required to be novel, creative and of practical use under the Chinese Patent Law, the level of examination requirement is similarly low.

Considering an Invention Patent application, which is the equivalent of a standard patent available in countries or regions such as the UK, Europe or the US, typically takes around 3 to 6 years to grant, grant of a Utility Model can be obtained quickly, typically between 10 to 18 months. A Design Patent can be even quicker. As such, filing such applications in China has been a faster, cheaper and easier way to obtain patent protection for an invention, compared to an Invention Patent. Both forms of patent protections have been proving popular. In 2011, SIPO granted 408,000 Utility Models and 380,000 Design Patents.

However, this may all be about to change. In a public consultation issued in February 2013, SIPO has indicated that the lack of substantive examination for both types of applications have caused patents to be granted to inventions or designs that are already known, or caused patents to be granted to inventions or designs more than once, ie double patenting.

In order to improve the quality of Utility Models and Design Patents, SIPO is proposing to amend the Examination Guidelines such that Examiners are encouraged to conduct searches on existing technologies and designs when examining such applications. Furthermore, the Guidelines proposed to be amended such that Examiners are not restricted as to how such information are obtained.

It is envisaged that if SIPO is to implement its proposed changes to tighten examination procedures for both types of applications, the costs and time required to see such applications through to grant are also likely to increase.

Early indications suggest that SIPO may already be implementing changes and Examiners will be improving enforcement of the novelty requirement for such applications. However, even with tighter examination requirements, for an invention with a short commercial life and somewhat limited novelty, a Utility Model application should …

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The MAIR Model – A Non-Linear Approach to Business Start Up

As an entrepreneur and someone whose business involves working with entrepreneurs, I'm always interested in different models of business start up, and an article I read recently reminded me of the MAIR Model. I first came across this when doing and MSc in Entrepreneurship at Stirling University in 1995, and have used it quite a lot since for training both advisors and entrepreneurs, both in my work with support organizations and my consultancy with Eriskay Associates. Since then, it seems to have come in and out of fashion a bit, but I like it for its logical simplicity and the fact that it is not linear (ie step one, step two, step 3 …)

The basic idea is that you explore four 'interactive variables': Motivation, Abilities, Ideas and Resources. Clearly, each has a critical role to play in its own right:

Motivation: I guess that's what separates thinkers and dreamers for actors and doers … The willingness to really go out and work hard, often under conditions of little short term reward and lots of uncertainty, seems to be one of the hallmarks of successful entrepreneurs .

Abilities: We could start a whole separate thread on this – what are the key abilities that make a successful entrepreneur – no doubt a mix of both hard and soft skills.

Ideas: Arguably, these need to be clearly rooted in a market need to be valid, although, there are some business that seem to be product-led rather than market-led … fashion, any Apple product, the Rubik's cube .. .

Resources: Entrepreneurs are kind of hamstrung until they get resources behind them. I guess we automatically think of cash here, but skills, knowledge and contacts can make a lot of difference to.

… but you also need to think about how these factors interact – a good idea is of limited value, without the motivation and resources to turn it into a business and this is where the final components of the MAIR model come into play: Planning and Organization! Arguably, this is the real job of the entrepreneur. Bringing all the factors together to create something that did not exist before, and may just change the world!

As far as I know, the academic origins of this model lie with Gibb and Ritchie (1982), but I have seen references to it dating back to the 1970s, where it was apparently in use at Durham University Business School. It has appeared in a number of articles since, but I am surprised that it has not gained more traction.

By comparison, think about SWOT analysis – it provides a simple mnemonic and a recognized structure for analysing a situation. And, despite it's many deficiencies (the subject of a future article!), It has gained widespread usage. So, why has the MAIR model not achieved the same? Incidentally, one of the other advantages is it's adaptability. In a very interesting article by Pat Richardson et al (The challenges of growing small businesses: insights from women entrepreneurs …

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