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We have no idea how, but tattoo artists are managing to craft beautiful floral designs down the impossibly small space.

The helix, the thin curved outer part of the ear, is getting inked with dainty designs from flowers and paw prints to simple lines.

The outcome is intricate, lovely, fresh, and prettier than any piercing. 

The trend has quickly become a thing on Instagram and seems to hold particular favour with minimalists as the perfect place for delicate designs. boredpanda.com
There are few things in life that make people of all ages lose their shit quite like glitter. From the haughtiest of runways of Versace an Fend to the shelves at Toys “R” Us, sparkles manage to capture society’s collective imagination. A famed face painter, however, once likened the shimmery substance to the herpes of the beauty world for better or worse. Clinging to whatever it lands upon long after its worn out its welcome, it's a 'huge pain in the ass.'

Funnily enough, Megan Dugan, the founder of Lemonhead—a beauty brand based almost entirely around glitter—doesn’t disagree. “I loved the look of it, but I hated using it.” After working for established cosmetic and skincare giants, Dugan set out on her own as a makeup artist and cooked up a clear, non-sticky, moisturizing base out of jojoba, apricot seed, and almond oils that combine with glitter for a mess-free application.

Even better: The eye-catching concoction smells like sweet, citrusy Lemonhead candy thanks to a brew of essential oils whipped up by a real Los Angeles witch. What started out as a hobby, however, quickly skyrocketed into an Instagram sensation literally overnight.

“Nine Zero One [owned by renowned hairstylist Riawna Capri and colorist Nikki Lee] loved it and called me ... the night before Coachella and asked me to bring more over,” explained Dugan. “I didn’t have any made so I had to scramble, but I dropped off more jars at 10 p.m. that night.” The next morning, a beauty success story was born. Everyone from Vanessa Hudgens to Kendall Jenner was spotted at the festival sporting the sparkly pomade streaked across roots and boho waves, an over-the-top shimmery effect that was practically made for selfies. fashionunfiltered.com
Alabama representatives passed a bill today that would allow midwives to legally practice in Alabama. Known informally as the decriminalization bill, HB 315 was passed  84-11 after a debate and several tabled amendments.It's the first time a pro-midwife bill has made it to the House floor for a vote.

"It was a milestone for these mothers who want this freedom and the choice to have natural home childbirth, where it's not restricted by the government," said the bill's sponsor, Rep. Ken Johnson, R-Moulton.

Currently, most midwives can't legally deliver babies in Alabama, and home birth is only legal if it is not attended by a midwife or other professional. Non-nurse midwives have not been legally practicing in Alabama since 1975. 

This bill would exempt midwives from criminal charges as long as they hold a current midwifery certification from an accredited organization. The bill would also make the practice of lay midwifery a criminal offense. The bill passed after some debate on the floor.

Lending her lifetime support of the bill, like Rep. Laura Hall (D-Madison) had "It's been a long road to even get to this point." Midwifery advocates have been introducing midwife decriminalization bills for more than a decade. She and several other representatives pointed out that they, too, were delivered by midwives. al.com
We’re living longer and longer. Well, some of us.

Age 100 is now an imaginable goal for young people around the world with good health care. The average woman in Japan is already living to 87. Yet many Americans are dying younger and younger. Based on the latest year of data, the Society of Actuaries last fall dropped its life expectancy estimates for 65-year-olds in the U.S. by six months. The health of middle-aged non-Hispanic white Americans is deteriorating fastest. 

The result of these trends, according to a new study, is a widening gap between wealthier and poorer Americans. The richest people in the U.S. aren’t just getting several years of extra life, they’re also reaping a financial reward for their longevity – courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer. These trends will be crucial as the new administration and Congress consider any changes to Social Security, Medicare, and other programs. Even tweaks to these programs, from the retirement age to benefit formulas, could affect the rich and poor very differently.

The researchers, a group of 13 prominent economists and health policy experts, tried to figure out how long Americans can expect to live based on their income, focusing on earnings in midcareer, from 41 to 51, and using Social Security data. The results are stark. In 1980, a 50-year-old man in the wealthiest fifth of the income distribution could expect to live five years longer than a 50-year-old man in the lowest-income group. By 2010, the gap between them had jumped to 12.7 years.  bloomberg.com