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Meet The Judge Who Went Viral For His Creative Punishments

Judge Michael Cicconetti say he believes in making the punishment fit the crime. I would have made that animal abuser also wear a spiked collar with a leash attached and tied up to a pole. See how she likes it!


The Next Big Celebrity Makeup Artist Hung Vanngo

Celebrity makeup artist Hung Vanngo’s work speaks for itself. Although he’s worked on some of the most famous faces in the past decade, including Taraji P. Henson for her Allure cover, Gisele Bündchen, Cindy Crawford in Vogue’s September issue, and practically every single Victoria’s Secret Angel, the makeup artist isn’t a household name yet — and he prefers to stay that way, doing relatively few interviews. Vanngo is known for blending makeup so finely that you can't even see an eyeliner line, creating a lived-in radiance that has people like celebrity hairstylist Mark Townsend nicknaming him Hung “Van Glow." Here, the Cut talked to Vanngo in a rare interview to learn more about his career, what Helena Christensen taught him about eyeliner, and his favorite products, which you can find in the slideshow.

How did you start your career?
I came from Vietnam and was a refugee in Thailand. I came to Calgary in high school and originally wanted to be a hairstylist. Two days after graduating, I went to hairdressing school. But I didn’t really graduate. I have a bit of a stubborn, strong mind. They asked me to enter this Fantasy Hair contest in school about four months in and they showed me a picture of the hair they wanted me to do. And I said, “Shouldn’t it be my fantasy of what I wanted to do?” My teacher said, "No." So I got frustrated and dropped out of the course.

I got a job at the hairdressing salon, but in my heart, I really wanted to do makeup. I started to contact local modeling agencies and offer my services for testing models. In Calgary, I would do both hair and makeup. Then the owner of Kelly Streit, a modeling agency, suggested I get out of the city to expand my portfolio. I went to New York with the agency owner and knew that this is where I wanted to be. But I had nothing in my hand but local tests, no visa or working sponsor. He saw the talent in me and said, “Let’s move to another step.” So I moved to Toronto, which is like the New York of Canada. I was freelancing full-time, did a lot of magazines, and got a really good book, and eventually got a working visa for the U.S. I moved here in 2006. But I started over two times, really. Every time you move to a new city, you start over.

You're known for your airbrushedlike effect with skin. How do you make skin look so good?
I don't use a brush or a usual face sponge, but a body sponge for the face. I came across it about seven years ago by accident when I didn't have my brush. I love how it blends into the skin but people tell me when they try using it, they hate it [laughs]. You have to work with your hands, modeling the gigantic sponge into the shape of the face. Sometimes for camera, I will use a foundation brush. But personally, I love the body sponge.



How Tokyo Micro-apartments Inspired ‘Room’

“I’ve never built such a small set that had so much detail that went into it,” says “Room” production designer Ethan Tobman.

And for good reason. The titular room is a major character in the emotional drama about a mother and her 5-year-old son who have been held captive for years in a small garden shed.

Tobman studied real cases, including Cleveland’s Ariel Castro kidnappings, as well as Tokyo micro-apartments to inform the room’s look and functionality.

The space measured 10-by-10 feet and was built on a Toronto sound stage. Each of the dozens of soundproof cork and foam squares that cover the walls was removable, allowing director Lenny Abrahamson to place the camera through the hole and capture the action at almost any angle. And unobtrusively.

“Sometimes Jacob [Tremblay, who plays the son] wasn’t even aware that a camera was there looking at him,” Tobman says.

Tobman figured out how the sun coming through the skylight would move through the room each day, and bleached the wall cork and other items accordingly. The production designer even stained the wall behind the duo’s bed with real hair grease.



Astrologer Predicts 2016

Jennifer Lawrence
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Born Aug. 15, 1990, Lawrence was right to speak up about her salary because 2016 is a big year for Leos. The first eight months, specifically, will be fantastic, so from now until Sept. 9 is when she should get those negotiations done.

Happy about this!


Gang Of Kids Are Violently Mugging Tourists In Daylight

This is what we have to look forward to this summer at the Olympics? #Rio2016

In August, millions of tourists from all over the world will be flocking to Brazil for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

But now, all eyes are already on Rio de Janeiro thanks to a video of street youth gangs brazenly and violently mugging people that has gone viral.

The video, shot over the last few weeks, shows young criminals physically attacking passers by and stealing their phones, jewelry, and other belongings. Additional footage shows an adult male advising the group of thugs how to steal from victims.

According to the Daily Mail, the scenes were filmed by a local businessman who constantly heard cries for help from mugging victims. He placed a camera in his office window on the corner of Avenida Rio Branco (a major thoroughfare of the city) and Avenida Nilo Pecanha.


Single Residents Embrace Tiny Apartments

As more people across the country are living alone, the costs of rent and real estate are soaring in many urban areas. Cities like New York and Vancouver are trying to get the most out of available apartment space by creating "micro" apartments. Many of these apartments are smaller than what was previously allowed under the law.


Millennial Street Gangs Turn To White-collar Crime

The Van Dyke Money Gang in New York made off with more than $1.5 million this year — but it wasn’t in gunpoint robberies or drug running, it was a Western Union money order scheme. In New Jersey, 111 Neighborhood Crips used a machine to make dozens of fake gift cards for supermarkets, pharmacies and hardware stores. In South Florida, gangs steal identities to file false tax returns.

These aren’t members of an organized Mafia or band of hackers. They’re street crews and gangs netting millions in white-collar schemes like identity theft and credit card fraud — in some instances, giving up the old ways of making an illicit income in exchange for easier crimes with shorter sentences.

“Why would you spend time on the street slinging crack when you can get 10 years under federal minimums when in reality you can just bone up on how to make six figures and when you get caught you’re doing six months?” said Al Pasqual, director of fraud security at the consulting firm Javelin Strategy and Research.

Law enforcement officials say they see increasingly more gangs relying on such crimes. This year, more than three dozen suspected crew members have been indicted in separate cases around the country. Grand larcenies in New York City account for 40 percent of all crime last year — compared with 28 percent in 2001. About 5 percent of Americans nationwide have experienced some kind of identity theft, with Florida leading the country in complaints.

Crews recruit bank account owners to help cash phony checks, they pay off crooked employees who skim credit card information using hand-held readers, and they buy identities online.

Pasqual said for some, it was a replacement for other crime. “For some it’s a supplement. They’re earning the money to grow the other side of their business, using white-collar crime to fund gun running. For a lot of them this becomes their day to day. They travel the country when they get really good at it.”

A task force created by federal officials in Florida has charged more than 400 people with causing more than $140 million in losses — including more than 60 charged three weeks ago — and officials say increasingly those arrested are gang members.

It’s an organized crime — but not “Organized Crime,” said Bill Maddalena, assistant special agent in charge of the white-collar branch of the Miami FBI office. “They’re very well organized. They have to recruit people to help steal devices, cash the checks.”

And because gang members are engaging more in fraud, there are fewer turf wars.

“There’s still an element of violence,” Maddalena said. “There’s less head-to-head competition. They’re attacking the government.”


Pornography Is Illegal In Vietnam - See What One Vietnamese Born Gal Says To An Extreme PDA Couple

Pornography is illegal in Vietnam and enforcement against it is strict. According to legislatures, pornography harms Vietnamese standard values.

Making out in public is not accepted and can make onlookers feel very uncomfortable. It’s best to keep it classy and show your affection later on–and privately.

When is it ever appropriate to foreplay at a coffee shop?? The regular patrons were annoyed so I had to step in. The 2 had been publicly making out in Vietnam for 4 months. "No one told us""I'm telling you now...get a room"

Posted by LanVy Nguyen on Sunday, December 6, 2015


Do You Have The Habits Of A Billionaire?

Ever wondered if people who have surpassed the billion-dollar mark were just in the right place at the right time? Perhaps they were born into good fortune, have higher levels of intelligence and skills, work harder, or have just the right blend of personality traits. Even though their bank accounts are filled with more commas than one can easily count, at the end of the day they are people just like everyone else.

What are billionaires good at besides achieving goals and rolling in the dough? Some of their habits and personality traits may surprise you. Who knows, adopting some of the characteristics and good habits of successful billionaires could help you along your path to greater achievements and riches.


One of George Soros’ investment principles is to collaborate with others before acting on large investment decisions. Not only that, Soros likes to hear contrarian viewpoints. And he doesn’t insist on everyone being in agreement in order to move forward.

He has a good habit of not rushing big decisions and taking time “to read and reflect” before pulling the trigger. His disciplined habits of collaboration and sleeping on large decisions helped him reach a successful $24.2 billion net worth.1

Even with an impressive net worth of over $70 billion dollars2, Warren Buffett is a prime example of a billionaire who practices frugality. Buffett could easily afford to live in a palace like Versailles, yet he still lives in the same house that he purchased in 1958 for only $31,500.3

Buffett enjoys his long-term home and considers it to be one of his best investments since he could afford it when he purchased it and the memories he’s had there over the years with his family are priceless. As the expression goes, collect moments not things. Memories tend to appreciate in value while material things tend to depreciate.

Fast food might be convenient and cheap, but it’s often overloaded with fat and processed ingredients that does a body bad. Even with hectic schedules, billionaires often do an excellent job avoiding unhealthy food.

Studies have shown that 70 percent of the wealthy consume less than 300 junk food calories a day and 76 percent get four or more days of aerobic exercise a week.4 Leading healthy lifestyles is one way that billionaires are able to stay focused on what they do best and helps keep their minds sharp. If we don’t have our health, we might as well have nothing.

Bill Gates is well known not just for co-founding Microsoft, but also for his philanthropy. He’s held the title of the richest person in the world for the last 21 years and has given 29.5 billion dollars to charitable causes over his lifetime. His private foundation is the largest in the world, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is focused on improvements in global health, solving hunger in Africa, increasing mobile banking, and enhancing US education.5

Bill’s close friend Warren Buffet also created The Giving Pledge, encouraging the world’s richest families to give the majority of their wealth away to charity.

One of the perks of having a lot of money is comfortably being able to afford having a team of people to help with everyday life. You might think that every billionaire out there must have personal assistants, drivers, housekeepers, personal shoppers, cooks, and butlers, but that isn’t always the case.

Charlie Ergen, the chairman of Dish Network, doesn’t need a chef or a personal assistant to order him lunch. He’s perfectly content preparing his own sandwich to bring to work even though he could easily afford someone to do that for him since he has a net worth of over $16 billion.6 Self-sufficiency allows you to stay in touch with reality to help find solutions to everyday problems.

Successful billionaires know that great wealth doesn’t happen by itself. Many billionaires are self-made and owe their riches to years and years of hard work and persistence. Michael Bloomberg, worth over $36 billion, built his wealth over several decades and Warren Buffett made over 99% of his wealth after he turned 50.7

As the common investor saying goes, “Time in the market is better than timing the market.”

Just because billionaires have amassed boatloads of money, doesn’t mean they are spoiled, ungrateful, entitled, or unappreciative. Many billionaires actually came from poor and humble beginnings such as Howard Schultz (Starbucks), John Paul DeJoria (John Paul Mitchell Systems & Patron Tequila), Do Won Chang (Forever 21), Ralph Lauren, and Oprah Winfrey.8

Knowing what it was like to struggle making ends meet, work multiple jobs, and overcome various hardships in their past has kept many billionaires extremely thankful and humble. One of Oprah Winfrey’s famous quotes reads, “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”9

Billionaires don’t have super powers; they were all born just like regular people and have suffered from failures like everyone else. In your quest to reach great riches, remember that many billionaires are self-made. They were able to amass great wealth over many years through hard work, collaboration, persistence, and taking risks. Most billionaires have also developed great habits that have enabled them to achieve many incredible goals and admirable achievements.

Take charge of your portfolio and discover a new way to invest for your future and build your wealth. Let Motif Investing help provide you with the tools you need to get started on the road to achieving your financial goals.



The Secret To Thicker More Beautiful Hair

Asians are known for their thick manes of raven hair, hair loss and thinning hair affects. On a normal basis, we lose around 30-60 strands of hair, but with age, the number can double or triple. Hair loss is inevitable but there are many ways to slow the process down.

Just like you wash your face on a daily basis at least twice a day, the first step is to wash your hair twice every time - lather, rinse, repeat. The first time removes the dirt, grime and grease and the second time cleanses the scalp which, when done properly, can remove a week’s worth of product, residue, and pollution.

Our hair goes through 3 stages: The anagen phase, it grows within the bulb and produces keratin, the catagen phase when hair cells are resting, and onto the telogene phase when the hair falls out.

To determine the health of your hair visit a JF Lazartigue salon. With their new state of the art hair and scalp numeric hair analyzer, a camera takes a close up photo of your scalp, hair & roots, which will enable you to not only determine the true nature of your hair and scalp but also evaluate your own personalized product prescription.

To combat hair loss, some of the specialized products could include the intensive scalp revitalizer to strengthen your hair, revitalizing hair nutrients to feed your hair and stymulactin shampoo to revitalize your hair. Other preventative products to unclog pores include the propolis jelly to cleanse extra oil off the scalp and the massage gel for deep cleansing.

Another way to strengthen your hair comes from within. Viviscal, a leader in hair loss prevention has created a powerful vitamin formula that nourishes thinning hair and promotes existing hair growth from within. Ingredients include:
AminoMar® - The groundbreaking, clinically proven marine complex available exclusively in Viviscal supplements. Derived from key marine protein molecules combined with a blend of Horsetail (Stem) Extract and naturally occurring Silica, it provides essential nutrients needed to promote existing hair growth from within.
Biotin - Also known as Vitamin H, is a water-soluble Vitamin B complex (Vitamin B7) that helps the body metabolize carbohydrates, fats and amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein and thus essential in the formation of the hair structure.
Vitamin C - A powerful antioxidant that helps to absorb more Iron into the blood, which in turn promotes hair growth. Vitamin C in Viviscal supplements is sourced from the acerola cherry.
Iron - An essential mineral that has several important roles in the body. Iron helps to make red blood cells, which carry oxygen around to cells in the body, including hair follicles. Thinning hair can be one of the visible symptoms of anemia (Iron deficiency)
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