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How Mercury Retrograde Winter 2022 Will Affect Your Zodiac Sign’s Career




The hyper-diligent, laborious energy of Capricorn season may be coming to an end, but that’s not to say there will be a shortage of entrepreneurial vibes this winter — not even during one of the most dreaded astrological events, namely the chaotic Mercury retrograde. The planet ruling all things communication and tech-related will be backtracking in both forward-thinking Aquarius and industrial Capricorn from Jan. 14 to Feb. 3, granting ample opportunity for technology mishaps, social media bloopers, and workplace drama. You’ll want to be prepared to find out how Mercury retrograde winter 2022 will affect your zodiac sign’s career.

“Mercury retrograde is all about looking back so you can ultimately move forward. These periods are an invitation to slow down, review, reflect, reassess, and reconsider,” astrologer Sofia Adler tells Bustle. “Mercury retrograde in Aquarius has to do with our individuality and autonomy. It asks questions like: Who would you be if you didn’t conform to any external expectations or norms? What does your most authentic self look like?” says Adler.

Mercury is the heavenly body associated with travel, technology, and communication in astrology. On a good day, aka when it’s direct, these daily essentials move harmoniously. During Mercury’s retrograde period, technology goes down, arguments break out, and travel delays run rampant. Starting Jan. 14, Mercury will be causing disruption in the rebellious sign of Aquarius, the futuristic sign that rules technology, so be mindful of your social media accounts and professional emails. You may find yourself more prone to work blunders are prone when Mercury pedals back into hard-working Capricorn on Jan. 25, so you’ll probably want to hold off on pitching any new ideas or signing contracts until Mercury goes direct on Feb. 3. Whatever you do — save your work often.

How will this Mercurial melodrama play into your professional life? Read on to reveal how Mercury retrograde winter 2022 will affect your zodiac sign’s career.

If Your Zodiac Sign Is Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Aries, this Mercury retrograde is glaring down on your friendship and social sector, so this period is all about reviewing the connections you made with your colleagues. Be wary about miscommunication among associates but don’t elect yourself as the harbinger of peace — try to stay out of the middle of things.

“Think about the communities you’re a part of, Aries. Who is in your network, and how do they support you? Now is a good time to reflect on the people in your professional circles, and whether or not they’re a supportive fit for helping you be your most authentic, true self in your work,” says Adler.

If Your Zodiac Sign Is Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Prepare for a lot of heat in your career, Taurus, because this retrograde is happening in your house of profession and public image. Mercury’s backspin may throw you into an existential crisis about your career and reputation, so take it as an opportunity to reflect on your professional path and how you show up for yourself (as opposed to how others perceive you).

“Taurus, in the words of Maya Angelou, ‘People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel’,” Adler quotes. “What do you want to be known for? What mark do you want to leave on the world?”

If Your Zodiac Sign Is Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

You’re itching for bigger and better these days, Gemini, and your inquisitive nature is interested in following your newfound sense of wanderlust. This retrograde is all about asking yourself if your current career is giving you the tools you need to expand your skills and soar.

“Chances are you want to dream big right now, Gemini, and that might include picking up a new course or workshop to get your wheels turning. Give yourself grace if your mind isn’t moving as quickly, and hold back on making any big picture decisions about what you’ve learned and how to integrate it into your work until retrograde wraps,” explains Adler.

If Your Zodiac Sign Is Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Cancer, Mercury’s backspin is pushing for a transformation, and that could look like an ending or a change of heart. It may be time to reassess the path you’re on and ask yourself if your vocation serves the purpose you need it to, but don’t make any rash decisions just yet.

“Something isn’t working in your career, Cancer. You feel it, you sense it, but right now during retrograde, you may not be able to put your finger on it. Instead of fearing this restlessness and wanting to make your way back to the safety of your comfort zone, write down clues about the tidbits of information you’re receiving during this time. Come the end of retrograde, consider what you learned, and use that intel to shed what no longer serves you,” says Adler.

If Your Zodiac Sign Is Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22)

Your professional network may feel insufferable during this time, Leo, as retrograde is turning up the frustration while misunderstandings run amok. Pay special attention to the needs of your coworkers, and do your diligence in being clear and direct with your needs, too.

“You’re like ships passing in the night with your colleagues, Leo, with stilted communication and frequently missed memos. Opt for in-person or phone over email or text and be sure to overcommunicate during this time. Relationships may feel difficult, but Mercury retrograde is an opportunity to double down on maintaining strong communication skills with your colleagues,” explains Adler.

If Your Zodiac Sign Is Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)

Virgo, with Aquarius energy being the disruptive force it is, you may feel extra frustrated with how the chaos of Mercury retrograde has caused your routine to lean more toward the free-flowing side as opposed to its baseline of being defined and meticulous. Be patient with yourself and others who may be stirring up a mess in your day-to-day at work.

“Scheduling and keeping your work organized might prove difficult during this retrograde, Virgo. Double (or triple) check your calendar, and give yourself space for appointments to run over! Your ability to hone in on the details is a bit blurry at the moment, but don’t worry — clarity will return soon,” says Adler.

If Your Zodiac Sign Is Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)

If you’re experiencing creative blocks, Libra, you can thank the cloudiness of Mercury retrograde. Feeling stuck at work or where you want to be professionally is a tough place to be, so remember to be patient with yourself.

“The ideas in your head sound brilliant and amazing, Libra… until you try to get them down on paper. Trust that the aha! moments aren’t lost forever — take notes and return to them at a later date when the cosmic energy will better support your ability to translate and synthesize them,” Adler explains.

If Your Zodiac Sign Is Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)

The office is extra tense right now, and you may be taking it personally. It’s a good idea to reflect on how much you depend on your work-life to feel be your safe haven and create boundaries between home and work so that you aren’t burdened by the strained environment.

“Your sense of community at work will feel fractured during this time, Scorpio, and you may find yourself missing the vibes that make your workplace (virtual or IRL!) feel like home. Think about how you can be your own community right now — the team feel will return in no time,” says Adler.

If Your Zodiac Sign Is Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)

If ever there was a time to think (and rethink) before you speak, Sagittarius, it’s now — despite this retrograde causing you to feel more inclined to speak your mind in that rebellious, direct way you do. It’s best to lay low and do more reflecting on your communication styles rather than pushing to speak your truth. The time for that comes when Mercury is stationed direct.

“You’ll likely feel this Mercury retrograde in the most universal way, Sagittarius: verbal mix-ups, reply-all mishaps, and thinking you were muted… when you weren’t. Be careful of your word choice, be patient with your foggy mind, and when in doubt, say less or nothing at all,” Adler explains.

If Your Zodiac Sign Is Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)

Your finances and sense of security are in the hot seat, Capricorn, and you may feel nervous about the mixups that may happen in your safety bubble. It’s a good idea to review your budget and spending habits.

“Capricorn, Mercury retrograde will likely influence that money, honey. Payments may be late coming in, and you may find yourself itching for a compensation bump. Use this time to make sure systems are in place for money to roll in with ease, and make a list of all your recent accomplishments so you can ask for a raise with the evidence to back you up,” Adler says.

If Your Zodiac Sign Is Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)

Brace yourself, Aquarius, because Mercury retrograde is lighting up your house of identity. When it comes to your career, you could be left with assessing whether you’re cut out for the work you do, but sleep on it before making decisions.

“Chances are you’ll feel this most acutely and directly. You might feel ungrounded and disconnected from your work during the time, and that’s OK. Remember that you are not your work, prioritize self-care, and stay the course — this confusion will pass,” says Adler.

If Your Zodiac Sign Is Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20)

Are you feeling fresh out of ideas, Pisces? The universe is asking to reset your creativity during Mercury retrograde. Now’s the time for deep reflection, but rather than focus on what you should change, review the milestones you’ve made to get here.

“Your creative outlet may feel blocked during this time, Pisces, but it’s not gone forever! Don’t try to force new ideas. Use this retrograde to look back on your favorite ideas/projects in the past and assess what you loved about them and why they worked. What elements do you want to recreate and expand upon once Mercury stations direct?” Adler explains.


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Who Is Samuel Bottomley? ‘The Teacher’ Star Is a School-Based Drama Regular




Channel 5’s new thriller is going to be a challenging watch.In The Teacher, a Bradford high school teacher is accused of having a drunken encounter with a student. Starring Sheridan Smith as the troubled teacher Jenna Garvey, the four-part series will see the educator struggle to prove her innocence. But who is The Teacher star, Samuel Bottomley? The actor who plays 15-year-old Kyle, the student at the centre of the allegations.

The 20-year old actor may be someone you’re already pretty familiar with, appearing in a number of classic British school-based dramas. West Yorkshire-born, Bottomley notably starred as Jordan Wilson in Channel 4’s school drama Ackley Bridge from 2017, where he was challenged to portray his character’s abusive relationship with his father. He also played school bully, Dean Paxton, in the acclaimed musical comedy, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.

The burgeoning talent made his screen debut aged nine years old, featuring in the BAFTA-winning film Tyrannosaur in 2011, alongside celebrated actor Olivia Colman. In the years since, Bottomley has continued making waves in movies, starring in Amazon Original’s “anarchic comedy” Get Duked! in 2019, which saw four teens embark to the Scottish Highlands for a weekend on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. Bottomley’s considerable acting CV also includes features in Ghost Stories (2017) and more recently, in the TV series Ladhood.

The Teacher is Bottomley’s latest acting pursuit alongside BAFTA-winner Sheridan Smith, and it seems despite the series’ difficult themes, the actor rather enjoyed his time on set.

“It’s the first time we’d worked together but as soon as I met her, she welcomed me into the cast with open arms,” the actor said, per The Sun. “We sat down and talked about the characters and the scripts and she never let me feel too nervous,” he added. “We were messing around all the time between takes. Everyone had a really good time filming the series and me and Sheridan were always laughing and joking.

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16 Asian-Owned Beauty Brands That Will Become Your New Favorite




Lunar New Year — oftentimes called Chinese New Year — is one of the most widely-celebrated holidays across the Asian diaspora. Some of my favorite memories center around Lunar Near Year — eating sticky rice cake for breakfast, receiving a red envelope after kow-towing to my parents, and indulging in special Chinese dishes to usher in luck for the new year.

Historically, beauty brands have capitalized on Lunar New Year by offering special edition products (usually emblazoned in red and gold packaging). But Lunar New Year isn’t just a seasonal marketing opportunity. It’s a time for families to gather together, remember past generations’ sacrifices, celebrate how far we have come, and carry our traditions (both new and old) into a hopeful future.

This year, consider celebrating Lunar New Year by supporting these indie, Asian-owned brands and their founders who are paving the way for a more inclusive, equitable beauty space.

Skin Spark Blush Balm

Inspired by nature, founder Jason Lau makes the dreamiest blushes and glitter shadows with the intent of capturing the essence of a moment or an emotion to connect with a wider audience. The product textures are ultra lightweight with major payoff and lasting power, and flattering across a wide spectrum of complexions.

BYO Blush

Youthforia is all about making makeup more whimsical, skin-friendly, and, yes, euphoric. Fiona Chan was sick of coming back home late at night (or early in the morning) after staying out all night with her friends and falling asleep in her makeup, only to wake up with breakouts. She decided to make beauty products that she could sleep in — and thus, Youthforia was born. The BYO Blush and the new Pregame Primer were both personally sleep-tested by Chan — she swears they actually helped to improve her skin over time.

Loved for both its efficacy and affordable price point, Cocokind was created by Priscilla Tsai as a sustainable, transparent skincare brand that won’t break the bank. The brand is also dedicated working against anti-Asian hate, teaming up with Tower 28 to create an AAPI Advocacy bundle to celebrate the Lunar New Year and benefit The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF).

Tower 28 Beauty SunnyDays SPF 30 Tinted Sunscreen Foundation

Known for its milky lip glosses (also included in the Cocokind x Tower28 Lunar New Year bundle) and eczema-friendly face products, Tower28 has gained major buzz since launch. Founder Amy Liu has worked for some of the biggest brands in the skincare game (ever heard of Kate Somerville or Smashbox Cosmetics?), but struggled with finding makeup products that wouldn’t irritate her eczema-prone skin. So, she made her own. Boss move!

Super 8 Vibrant Silk Lipstick

As one of the earliest AAPI beauty brand trailblazers, Jennifer Yen of YenSa Beauty had an untraditional path to beauty. She started her career out as a villain on Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, and became frustrated at the limited roles being offered to her, as well as how stage makeup was wreaking havoc on her skin. She founded beauty brands Purlisse and YenSa Beauty, both of which are heavily inspired by her Chinese heritage and based on the benefits of traditional Chinese medicine.

Vitamin C Brightening Serum
Matter Of Fact

If you’re sick of your vitamin C serums oxidizing, feeling sticky, and smelling pungent, you’re not alone. That’s how former K-pop star Paul Baek felt before founding skincare brand Matter of Fact. Baek wasoverwhelmed and confused upon entering the beauty space to address his own skin issues, and resolved that there must be a way for skincare to be straightforward and simple. His determination led to a vitamin c formulation that retains 94.25% of its initial 20% ascorbic acid concentration after 16 months, according to the brand’s clinical trials. The result is a clear, light serum that brightens the skin, with none of the downsides of other vitamin C serums.

Cosmic Glow Oil

In 2019, Melissa Medvedich launched her indie brand Supernal on the Lunar New Year. Her Chinese grandparents instilled in her the importance of taking care of her skin, and Medvedich spent two years researching how to perfect her now cult-acclaimed Cosmic Glow Oil and Illumine Restorative Oil Serum (every bottle is still handcrafted in small batches by Medvedich herself!). In honor of Lunar New Year and Supernal’s third birthday on February 8th, Supernal will be offering a mini Cosmic Glow Oil and Illumine Restorative Oil Serum with every purchase on the Supernal website.

Good Light We Come in Peace Probiotic Serum

After an incredible career as a reporter, writer, and editor-in-chief of website Very Good Light, David Yi felt that the beauty industry was still lacking something — and thus, his skin care brand Good Light was born. The highly-curated skin care line offers clean, high-performance products (its Moon Glow Milky Toning Lotion is an editor-favorite) with a mission to make the beauty space a more welcoming space for all.

Circumference Green Clay Detox Face Mask
Infused with green clay, this face mask will draw impurities out of your skin, leaving it hydrated. It’s best used on combination to oily skin.

Jina Kim started Circumference with the intention of combining her love of skincare with sustainable solutions. But Circumference has always veered away from greenwashing and vague claims of “clean beauty” — the brand is rooted in science, and has always been transparent about its sustainability efforts. Circumference lessens its carbon footprint while also optimizing its products efficacy by sourcing ingredients from plants raised happily in their native, bio-diverse environments.

Nail Artist Polish in Emma
Emelie Heath

As a Korean-American adopted by white Jewish and Christian parents, Emily Rudd struggled with finding her own identity, while also noticing how scarce the Asian representation was in advertisements and pop culture. Her search led her to brightly-colored comics, art, and beauty — and her nail polish brand, Emilie Heathe. The line is an amalgamation of all the places in her journey to self-acceptance, using Asian ingredients like bamboo, rice, and sea buckthorn to help strengthen the nails.

Inner Balance Serum
Strange Bird Beauty

Strange Bird Beauty was born from Tina Chow Rudolph’s desire to prioritize her own emotional self-care, while contributing to a future with more Asian representation in the beauty space so her daughter could see herself. The ingredients of Strange Bird Beauty, like ginseng and licorice root, have been used for thousands of years in Asian culture, and all of the crystal-charged products come with an intention to say aloud as you apply.

Texturizing Cream
Black Bean Grocery

Black Bean Grocery’s food-themed packaging transports you to Chinatown, modeled after the jars of traditional Chinese preserves lining the shelves of Asian grocers. Founded by Brandon Ly and James Bui, Black Bean Grocery’s product lineup seem to be mostly be volumizing and texturizing hair products, like a pomade, root powder (named after Chow Yun Fat), and a “Dai Lo” Styling Powder.

Nail Polish in No.13 Chili Pepper Red

Sundays Nailcare takes the therapeutic process of getting your nails done to the next level. The NYC salon is a soothing space without any pressure to socialize or talk if you’re having a low-energy mental health day. Founder Amy Lin also spent a year working with a chemist to formulate the perfect non-toxic nail polish formula that won’t chip for days.

Sound Renewal Moisturizer

Superegg’s name and concept is based off of the centuries-old Asian skin practice of using raw egg face masks to boost skin elasticity and brightness. Founder Erica Choi, a licensed esthetician and fashion blogger, decided to start her own business after working 10 years in the luxury beauty, fashion, and hospitality industries and seeing a need for a sustainable, luxury skin care brand rooted in Asian practices. The brand’s packaging is a standout, too — the moisturizer comes in a curved, egg-like shape, and Choi has pledged to work towards refillable packaging options by 2025.

Strangers Parfumerie
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Strangers Parfumerie is an indie perfume brand based out in Thailand. The owner and founder, Prin Lomros, created the line to capture whatever inspires him (be that his own memories, his favorite movies, or the music he’s listening to) through experimental fragrances — his fragrance Oliver is actually inspired by Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name. His Parfums Prissana line draws directly from Asian mythology, food, and history, spanning from Russia, to Nepal, to Japan.

Glow Recipe Guava Vitamin C Dark Spot Treatment Serum

Glow Recipe, founded by Sarah Lee and Christine Chang, is one of the most well-known Asian-owned brands on the market — and for good reason. The brand has developed a cult following for its fruit-focused skin care products that feature innovative textures, high-tech delivery systems, and fun packaging.

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