June 30, 2019 // Archive

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30 Jun

The Scorpio

Colour Pop The Scorpio Pressed Powder Shadow ($4.50 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark plum with strong, warm coppery undertones and a pearly sheen. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, lightly creamy consistency that was easy to work with. The eyeshadow applied evenly to my lid, blended out with little effort, and stayed on well for eight and a half hours on me.

  • MAC Cranberry (P, $17.00) is more shimmery (95% similar).
  • Pat McGrath Hedonistic (LE, $25.00) is brighter (95% similar).
  • Colour Pop Burner (DC, $4.50) is more shimmery (95% similar).
  • Viseart Rapture (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar).
  • NABLA Cosmetics Inception (PiP, ) is cooler (95% similar).
  • Urban Decay Girl Crush (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar).
  • Colour Pop Once and Floral (P, $8.00) is lighter (95% similar).
  • Colour Pop Jackpot (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery (95% similar).
  • Anastasia Sangria (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar).
  • Too Faced Temper Temper (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar).

Formula Overview

$4.50/0.05 oz. – $90.00 Per Ounce

The new Pressed Powder Shadow formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented” with an “ultra-velvety and silky” texture that is “long-wearing” and “adheres easily to the eyes.” Most of the shades have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation that applies well to bare skin, blends out without issue, and lasts for seven to eight hours. The matte eyeshadows tend to be a little more powdery, though soft and finely-milled, in the pan, while the shimmers have a creamier, dense consistency. Occasionally, the more sparkly or metallic shades apply better with fingertips or a dampened brush.

Browse all of our Colour Pop Pressed Powder Shadow swatches.


Dimethicone, Boron Nitride, Lauroyl Lysine, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethiconol, Phenoxyethanol, Talc, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499), Mica (CI 77019), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

The Libra

Colour Pop The Libra Pressed Powder Shadow ($4.50 for 0.05 oz.) is a soft, pinky-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a soft, lightly creamy texture that wasn’t too firmly nor too softly pressed in the pan. The eyeshadow applied well and blended out easily along the edges. It wore nicely for eight hours on me before I noticed fading.

The Sagittarius

Colour Pop The Sagittarius Pressed Powder Shadow ($4.50 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark plum with subtle, cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation with a soft, lightly dusty consistency that was very blendable and had almost no fallout during application. The eyeshadow lasted well for eight and a half hours on me before it showed signs of fading.

The Capricorn

Colour Pop The Capricorn Pressed Powder Shadow ($4.50 for 0.05 oz.) is a soft black with barely-there gold shimmer. It had opaque pigmentation with a drier, slightly stiffer consistency that was a bit thin compared to most of the brand’s matte eyeshadows. It applied evenly to my skin but took a bit of extra effort to diffuse along the edges. It stayed on well for eight hours on me before fading visibly.

The Aquarius

Colour Pop The Aquarius Pressed Powder Shadow ($4.50 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium, periwinkle blue with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had medium, buildable pigmentation with a soft, lightly powdery consistency–though it had a lot less fallout and was easier to work with than the version I have from the palette. So while there’s still room for improvement, it did improve from the last iteration (at least for me). It wore well for eight hours before fading noticeably.

The Pisces

Colour Pop The Pisces Pressed Powder Shadow ($4.50 for 0.05 oz.) is a bright, medium aqua with subtle, cool undertones and a metallic finish. The consistency was thicker and chunkier, which resulted in light fallout during application, and it was better to apply this with fingertips, which helped to smooth out and press the product onto my lid. The pigmentation was semi-opaque and buildable. This shade stayed on well for eight hours on me before creasing faintly.

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30 Jun

DENVER – After

months of investigating

by the Contact7 Investigates team and multiple state and federal agencies, the state of Colorado has

moved to revoke

the psychiatric hospital license for

Clear View Behavioral Health

in Johnstown, Colo.


state outlined findings

from its Department of Public Health and Environment and federal investigators in a

32-page revocation notice

sent to the mental health facility and its administrators in late June. The 92-bed facility about an hour north of Denver will have 30 days from June 24 to respond.

Contact7 Investigates has compiled more than seven months of reporting – which included interviews and discussions with more than four-dozen current and former patients, their family members and employees, along with state of Colorado officials and investigators – into a 30-minute special: “Dying for Help: A Mental Health Crisis in Clear View.” (You can watch the special in the player above or

live on Denver7

at 5:30 p.m. MT on Sunday, June 30.)

The piece goes into depth on the allegations of unsafe facilities, questionable intake and discharge practices, insurance and billing questions, and patient deaths that the family members and staffers – both current and former – have made to Contact7 Investigates and state and federal investigators.

Many of the facility’s administrators have stepped down and been replaced since Contact7 Investigates first started reporting on the facility.

Facility brass and administrators from Clear View’s parent company, Strategic Behavioral Health respond in the special to the allegations and discuss what steps they say they are taking to improve the facility and its standing with the state.

MORE: Read all the statements from Clear View Behavioral Health and Strategic Behavioral Health sent since January by

clicking here.

The Contact7 Investigates probe started in December with two families, who claimed their family members had been held for the purpose of insurance money without receiving proper medical attention. In the

initial January report

, several current and former employees raised concerns about “inadequate” patient care and staffing issues contributing to what they said was a dangerous working and patient environment.

At the time, at least two state agencies were investigating Clear View Behavioral Health.

Colorado downgrades Clear View Behavioral Health’s license amid Contact7 investigation

By Feb. 1, the state had

downgraded the facility’s license

to a conditional license, and four state and federal agencies were investigating the claims made by the patients, their families and employees current and former. The downgrading of the license came after multiple unannounced visits to the facility by the agencies and

a 173-page report


The conditional license meant that the facility had to improve its care, better-train its staff and determine its proper staffing levels, and to also correct some of the issues investigators had found there.

State regulators wrote that Clear View failed to properly investigate patient falls, injuries and suicide attempts, failed to provide adequate infection controls and failed to keep rooms in a sanitary condition.

The report concluded that patients received care in an unsafe and unsanitary environment. The deficiency findings led the state to issue two separate “immediate jeopardy” designations to Clear View – the most serious label regulators can hand out.

At the time, then-Clear View CEO Rick Harding sent

a 10-paragraph response

to Contact7 Investigates’ report on the conditional license, saying that Clear View was “committed to providing safe, high-quality care … while working collaboratively with regulators to ensure we comply with all laws and regulations.”

But the allegations about

poor working and patient conditions continued

, with one former facility nurse saying: “It’s all about the money, and it’s fraud and it’s not patient care.”

The former President and CEO of Mental Health Colorado and now-Senate candidate, Andrew Romanoff, said the allegations outlined in the reporting and investigations amounted to “a matter of life and death.”

In early March, the allegations of improper billing and care from families of former patients continued. One woman said she was charged for three days of care for her 13-year-old daughter who was feeling suicidal but reported her daughter saying she had seen a doctor for less than 10 minutes total.

A former facility administrator

said she had seen

several patients be held for longer than necessary during her time there, and a former therapist said management asked her to lie in order to keep patients longer.

Many of the current and former patients and employees agreed to speak on the record with Contact7 Investigates only on the condition they remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation.

By mid-March

, Harding, Clear View’s CEO, had resigned along with at least five others from the facility’s senior management team – including the chief operating officer, chief financial officer, director of business development and two other senior managers.

A week later, Contact7 Investigates told the story of a woman who alleged that $400 of her 70-year-old father’s cash had gone missing from his valuables after he was admitted to Clear View. A former therapist and a former administrator confirmed they had heard of several other complaints that valuables would go missing during patients’ stays. The former administrator says they reported it was happening but that “nothing was ever done.”

Clear View

at the time declined requests for an interview

but its new CEO, Dan Zarecky, sent a statement saying the facility had “rigorous procedures in place to register and secure belongings when patients are admitted.”

The investigations by the state and federal agencies continued, as did Contact7’s reporting.

In early May, we

highlighted the death

of 47-year-old Tibor Hetei, who died hours after he was given a powerful B-52 tranquilizer. Larimer County Coroner Dr. James Wilkerson said there was reason to believe the cocktail contributed to Hetei’s death: “That cocktail is intended as a tranquilizer for somebody who is very agitated and confrontational. Those situations did not exist. He was not agitated, and he wasn’t confrontational.”

Colorado expanding probe into mental health facility after new info. about patient’s death uncovered

Dr. Wilkerson said that Clear View gave his office “inaccurate and misleading information in the initial investigation” and said facility staff members failed to monitor Hetei’s condition every 15 minutes as had been required at the time.

Additionally, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment confirmed shortly after the story about Hetei’s death was published that his death had sparked the initial investigation into the facility. The CDPHE also confirmed that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had placed Clear View on a 90-day termination track to remove its certification.

Two weeks later, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser confirmed the state, along with Larimer County prosecutors, were conducting a criminal investigation into Hetei’s death and claims of insurance fraud. Contact7 Investigators also obtained a

state report

that followed some of the visits made to the facility by investigators and outlined significant mistakes and oversights at the facility.

“The facility failed to provide care in a safe setting for all patients admitted to the facility. Specifically, the facility failed to ensure patients did not have access to contraband; failed to increase levels of observation after suicide attempts; failed to monitor patients who required increased observation; failed to discharge patients in a safe manner; and admitted patients with unstable medical conditions who met exclusionary criteria,” the report stated. “These failures resulted in negative patient outcomes and potentially contributed to a patient’s death. Additionally, these failures resulted in patients having access to heroin.”

The report also outlined another death at the facility involving a patient with a kidney condition who received a medication with side effects that could have contributed to his death, the state wrote.

And a former mental health technician at the facility discussed with Contact7 Investigates another death that he witnessed, which he said was “highly preventable.”

Clear View again declined to be interviewed and released a

written statement

that said, in part: “We want to assure our community and the providers who refer patients to us that these problems are behind us.”

More problems uncovered inside Clear View mental health hospital in Colorado

Meanwhile, Weiser lauded those speaking with investigators.

“We appreciate that the people are coming forward. They deserve to be heard. We are doing our best to not let this sort of thing happen again,” he said.

Following Contact7’s first report on Hetei’s death in May, attorneys hired by Clear View sent a letter demanding all stories be removed from our website, that the raw interviews be published, and concluded: “Lastly we encourage you to review the above-reference Story (and others that aired previously) and take whatever other action you deem appropriate to address Mr. Kovaleski’s unethical, inaccurate and unbalanced reporting.”

Denver7’s lead attorney declined to adhere to the demands made by Clear View’s attorneys and responded, in part: “The Station’s reporting on Clear View is true, substantially true and is supported by extensive investigative records.”

The report issued mid-May proved to be consequential to the late-June news that the state had moved to revoke Clear View’s license.

Colorado moves to revoke license of Clear View mental health facility after repeated investigations

In the notice to Clear View

, the state said that Clear View has been “unable to sustain compliance with state licensing and/or federal certification requirements” and has been cited by CDPHE for 85 deficiencies. The notice also says that the facility “has been out of compliance for eleven (11) months” and that administrators “have failed to demonstrate evidence that the Facility’s compliance is improving.”

The state wrote that investigators made another unannounced visit the last week of May and found the facility “had not achieved compliance” with the terms of the conditional license – noting that Clear View failed to track contraband properly and did not properly care for those under observation for suicide attempts, among other things.

The notice also said that the facility broke its own rules, along with the state’s, for how it accepted and admitted patients based in its own ability to meet those patients’ needs, including some of the instances previously cited in earlier reports.

Clear View’s latest CEO, Sharon Pendlebury,

said the facility

was “disappointed” by the notice and said it was working with the state.

“The Health Department approved our improvement plan and we have been working collaboratively with them as we have implemented it,” Pendlebury wrote. “We were disappointed by the notice we received yesterday, and are in communication with Health Department to determine how we can address their concerns so that Clear View can continue its vital role of providing much-needed behavioral health treatment to the people of our region.”

Clear View Behavioral Health and the other respondents to the notice have until late July to respond to the license revocation notice from the state.

The investigations by state and federal agencies – and the Contact7 Investigates team – continue.

If you have a tip for Contact7 Chief Investigative Reporter Tony Kovaleski Call him at (303) 832-0172 or email him at


Watch the special live at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 30 in the player below. You can watch a replay at 6:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. as well.

The Contact7 Investigates Team

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30 Jun

No mayo in this coleslaw! Cool and crunchy, this southwest coleslaw has thinly sliced cabbage with carrots, radishes and cilantro. Great as a summer side dish or piled high on tacos.

Photography Credit:
Elise Bauer

I make a great pie crust. My father, a killer meatloaf. My mother? She’s the queen of salads. When the three of us cook together, mom almost always gets salad duty, because she just does it so darn well. She has perfected the balance of sweet and acidity, salt, and bitter.

No Mayo Coleslaw

This particular coleslaw of my mother’s is one of my favorites and has a southwestern touch. The coleslaw is made with cabbage, carrots, green onions, and cilantro, and seasoned with rice vinegar. No mayo!

It’s light, cool, and crunchy, just what you want a coleslaw to be.

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Make-Ahead Tips

The ingredients for this salad can be prepped a day or two ahead of time. Store them in an airtight container in the fridge and toss with the dressing ingredients when ready to serve.

Leftovers will keep for a few days in the fridge, but the coleslaw will become more wilted and watery over time.

What to Serve with this Coleslaw

Serve the coleslaw alongside Mexican or TexMex dishes or chili beans. No mayo coleslaw is also a perfect side to fish or piled high in a taco.

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30 Jun

New Hampshire-based Fabrizia, which makes just about every type of alcoholic beverage you can that includes Sicilian lemons, is out with yet another lemon-heavy product: Italian Style Lemonade, a ready-to-drink, canned product that’s made with vodka, limoncello, and lemon juice.

I love the idea of making lemonade out of limoncello, but Fabrizia’s rendition falls a bit flat. It’s very light all around: Light on fruit, light on sweetness, light on character. The lemon feels overly bitter, almost green at times, and fairly herbal on the back end. On my first sip (and straight through to my last) I was reminded of good old fashioned Country Time Lemonade, invariably served straight from the can on a Sunday afternoon, usually not quite chilled as much as it should be, complete with a chalky note reminiscent of Country Time’s own powdered lemonade mix — or, sometimes, chewed-up aspirin. The finish, as with Country Time, feels a bit watery and weak.

Fabrizia’s Lemonade isn’t quite as daunting as honest-to-god CTL, but as sense memories go, the callback here is palpable. Children of the ’70s, tell me if one sip of this doesn’t make you wonder when The Wonderful World of Disney is coming on.

7% abv.

B- / $10 per six-pack / fabriziaspirits.com

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Fabrizia Italian Style Lemonade


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30 Jun

Much of the features Temptalia’s built over the years have been guided by trying to help readers make better, more informed purchases that they’ll love.  I approach this from the standpoint that I’m not necessarily trying to convince someone to buy or not buy any specific product but to provide the information, resources, and tools for someone to make that decision knowing their own needs, preferences, budget constraints, and so on.

1. Why do you want it?

Ask yourself questions that will help you figure out why this particular product is pulling at you.  Here are some examples of questions:

  • Is it because you’ve been looking for this type of eyeshadow palette for awhile?
  • Is it because you haven’t bought anything in awhile and want something “new and shiny”?
  • Is everyone else raving about it, and I just want to see what the fuss is all about?
  • Did a friend say it was life-changing and I want that experience?
  • Is it the type of product I’m normally drawn to and enjoy?
  • Is it the type of product I love seeing but rarely use?
  • Do I just enjoy trying new products?
  • Am I bored with what I own? Am I in a rut with my own stash?

These are the type of questions you want to think about (as applicable!), and your answer may or may not stop the want — it’s not necessarily about saying no (or trying to justify a purchase either) but being mindful about any new purchase. You might have the budget and desire to buy something just to see what the hype is for yourself, while someone else may feel like, “I didn’t want it before the hype, so I’m going to move on.”  You might really trust your BFF’s recommendations and go for it, or you might remember that they often don’t work for your skin type/preferences, so then you can look at whether this recommendation might not work for you after all.

For further reading: Curate a Makeup Collection  You Love with More Mindfulness / Guide to a Low- or No-Buy and Avoiding Temptation

2. Can I afford it / will the purchase have an impact my financial goal(s)?

Whether your budget is $10 or $1,000, if you’ve decided that you still want to purchase the product, then the next step is to determine whether you can afford to purchase, whether making that expenditure is in keeping with whatever financial goals you’ve set for yourself, and so forth.  I’d also consider whether it’s something that might be available on sale later on, say you there’s an upcoming % off promotion from the retailer.

If it will set back a financial goal, but it is something you can afford (like you’ll have to skip the movies the next weekend, not that you’ll skip rent to buy the product!), that’s your choice to make! Acknowledging the pros and cons helps to ensure that you really want the product and will feel good about the purchase afterward (and less likely to regret spending the money!).

Further reading: Guide to a Low- or No-Buy and Avoiding Temptation

3. How does this product fit in my collection?

Next, assess how the product in question will fit in with what you already own.  You’ll want to think about how likely you are to use it, when you’ll use it, whether it’s something you know you’ll use sometimes but still really enjoy or whether you think it’s going to be a real workhorse for you.  The answer and whether it gives you the go-ahead is personal.  The point of the process is to think through a purchase methodically as sometimes the “want” will go away with time or we can’t find good justification to allow the purchase, so that tempers the want.  I also like to spend more of the initial time thinking about the product and myself rather than doing a lot of research for reviews or swatches (which can sometimes feed into the want, I think) initially.

For further reading: Curate a Makeup Collection  You Love with More Mindfulness / How to Declutter a Makeup Collection / Keep Track of Your Collection on Temptalia

4. Do I have any dupes? Can I mix what I own instead?

Right now, the most popular tool on Temptalia is our Dupe List, so duh, that’s a good place to start, but there are some more advanced ways to use the Dupe List along with some other handy tools that are great for comparison.  Sometimes we don’t need dupes so much as something similar enough, as similar enough shades can still be a good starting point to figure out whether we actually use that type of product.

The Dupe List

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Limit your search results to show only dupes you own!

  • Check for dupes. Use Temptalia’s Dupe List to lookup color products to see if you have something similar (enough) in your collection.  Sometimes this gives you a way to recreate the look and feel without buying something new, but it can also be a baseline for you to better understand if and how you use that type of product/color normally.  If you’re a registered user, you can add products to your vanity and refine our Dupe List results to products you own!
  • Compare Any Two. Use our comparison tool to pull up swatches of any two shades (that I have swatched) on the fly.
  • Compare Any Two Palettes. Use our comparison tool to see what overlap exists between any two palettes I’ve swatched in the past.  It will highlight similar shades as well as mark actual dupes (that are on the Dupe List).

If you don’t have anything that’s similar enough, consider layering (or mixing) two or three shades to get there.  You can mix a gold and green to get a warmer, more olive-toned green shade.  You can layer a sparkly top coat on top of a more matte/satin eyeshadow to change the finish.  You can pat a bit of eyeshadow on top of a lipstick to create a shimmery effect (add a touch of balm or gloss to give it some luminosity).

Further reading: How to Create New Shades with Makeup You Already Own / How to Use Your Makeup Collection More Often

You can also look across categories; for example, if you’re after a duochrome highlighter for cheeks, perhaps you have something similar enough in eyeshadow form that you could experiment with.

5. Have I done my research on it?

Research includes reading reviews, browsing swatches, or even seeing and trying it in person, should that be an option.  If it’s a relatively new product or it’s slim pickings for reviews on it, you can also look at past performance by that brand and for that type of product–some brands are fairly consistent and others can be all over the place.  If you live in an area that allows returns, make sure you’re familiar with the return/exchange process as well.

You can use a tool like Fakespot for certain retailers, like Amazon and Sephora, to help eliminate the impact of “unreliable” reviews (fake or otherwise). My other tips for wading through reviews on retailer websites is to look for longer reviews, sort by “most helpful” or “lowest rating,” and if possible, sometimes looking at the user’s review history can show you some insight into what they’ve liked (or disliked) in the past.

It’s a good idea to invest some time (at any point!) to find reviewers that suit your needs, whether that’s in-depth demonstrations, written reviews, or having similar coloring.  This will help you build go-to resources for future purchasing decisions as well.


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30 Jun

WEST WARWICK — A detective and a civilian mental health advocate were treated at Kent County Hospital after exposure to drug paraphernalia.

On Friday, a West Warwick detective and a civilian mental health advocate were completing follow-up assessments throughout town with people who were recently involved in drug overdose cases.

This is part of a police department program to help people with drug dependencies and to provide information on how to overcome and prevent future issues related to drugs.

After visiting one apartment where they were exposed to remnants of illegal drug use, including burnt tinfoil wrappers, glass pipes and cut plastic straws, both the detective and the advocate started to display symptoms of exposure to an unknown toxic substance.

Both individuals were treated at the fire station and transported by rescue to Kent County for evaluation. They were released from the hospital several hours later.

A Hazmat team condemned the apartment until it could be safely cleaned. Both the detective and advocate have recovered.

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30 Jun

Around 80 per cent of homeless people have mental health issues and despite their great need for support, being homeless actually reduces the chance of receiving help.

It was Alex Brown, the director of a soup kitchen in Camden, who made the suggestion that perhaps by giving free mental health support to homeless people you may increase their chances of getting back on the path to health and off the streets – and so Saved by Soup was born.

Michael Brown, Soup Kitchen trustee and founder of advertising company MKTG, told MyLondon about the huge task that they undertook to get to the launch on Wednesday, June 26.

He said: “After Alex told me about his amazing idea, in my enthusiastic naivety, I simply called our local branch of MIND in Camden , told them about our plan, asked them what sort of mental health professional we should look to hire.


“At first they suggested a link worker, who is someone aware of the support on offer to homeless people and of NHS services, someone who could put them in contact with a NHS provider – but we wanted something more.

The brand new consultation room gives people a private place to get help from fully qualified therapists
(Image: Toby Hicks)

“We wanted a therapist but were told they generally earn £80,000 a year, so we found someone part-time for £30,000. Then that was our target to crowdfund .”

They set up a page and hit target in late 2017, exceeding it in January 2018 thanks to a £5,000 donation from CALM, but then realised that ‘due diligence’ had to be done as they would be dealing with mental health issues.

Michael said: “We had found someone to do the therapy from Lambeth, but the NHS stepped in and said we have to find someone from Camden, which put us back to square one.

“We found a person but it took a while – it was a bit of an epic journey, there was a minefield of red tape.”

Eventually they found counselling psychologist Dr Brett Grellier and CBT therapist Dobrochna Zajas who will be offering specialist therapy, using techniques tailored for those who have been through trauma.

They also had issues when trying to build a private consultation room alongside the soup kitchen, located in the courtyard of the American International Church, eventually getting planning permission from the council.

The launch also featured pieces of street art
(Image: Toby Hicks)

During this period the mental health workers spent time getting to know the visitors to the soup kitchen, known as guests, and it was found that just chatting was very beneficial for people’s mental health.


“We’ve learned a lot, particularly about NHS governance, about how this branch of medicine works and our obligations to our guests when talking about mental health.

“When you get knocked back it is hard but you have to pick yourself back up – but fortunately we are all problem solvers.”

The Mental Health Foundation advises that if you are concerned that you are developing a mental health problem you should seek the advice and support of your GP as a matter of priority.

If you are in distress and need immediate help and are unable to see a GP, you should visit your local A&E.

City of London

Dragon Café in the City of London welcomes anyone working or living in the Square Mile.

It’s a space where you can “release the pressure” of work, home or day-to-day life.

Come along and take part in a range of free activities promoting mental wellbeing, or just to relax and meditate in the space.

Find more details on Dragon Café Website here.

Thive LDN

They’ve launched a campaign to raise awareness of how the inequality and discrimination experienced by certain individuals and groups in society can affect their mental health and wellbeing.

A statement on their website reads: “We can only create change in London if more people are aware of the impact of inequality on mental health and are supported to take action.”

Find out more about the great work they do here.

The LGBT+ helpline

The helpline is a place for calm words when you need them most.

They’re here to help you with whatever you want to talk about. Nothing is off limits, and they understand how anxious you might feel before you pick up the phone.

You can call them between 10am and 10pm everyday on 0300 330 0630.

You can find other ways of accessing mental health help at the bottom of this article.


When it comes to the therapy longer term, it’s hard to know what’ll happen, but if they can help even just one person it would be all worth it.

Michael explained: “There’s no limit on how long you see someone as long as you need the help, which is decided by the cognitive behavioural therapists.

“I think if we can see about three or four people out of the 100 or so at the soup kitchen each night we’ll be doing good.”

Homeless guests got the chance to exhibit their work
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The launch event saw not only the first sessions take place, but live street art on the wall at the rear of the soup kitchen. The work was created by artists working alongside guests, and conveyed life on the streets in a rich city.

And what does the future of Saved by Soup look like?

“We’re hoping to do it elsewhere, we want it to be a model for all of the other soups kitchens in London,” said Michael.

“We’ll run out of money after about a year as we have to keep paying the mental health staff, but we’re already doing more fundraising to keep us going.”


In the pipeline is also a partnership with a celebrity chef and major grocer to create a soup, ‘This Soup Can’, to help maintain funding and allow the CBT session to keep going for years to come.

The Soup Kitchen is at the American International Church in Whitfield Street, and therapy sessions will take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10am – 12.30pm.

To donate to the cause see the fundraising page .

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30 Jun

From the Archives: A Clarification on the Squat Grip

by Mark Rippetoe | June 30, 2019

Mark Rippetoe teaches the proper grip for the squat and addresses the misconception that the elbows should be way “up” and that the shoulder should be in over-extension for a secure and correct grip.

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30 Jun

I love this salsa recipe, and make it every year for Fourth of July. While it appears deceptively average, it actually delivers electric flavor with each bite. When you’re ready to move on from salsa fresca, make this. What you’ll have is a deliciously vibrant, earthy, and slightly smoky-tasting salsa. Different from salsa fresca, the deep, caramelized flavors of roasted tomatoes and onions alongside the smokiness of the chipotles make for a richly beautiful and balanced salsa. And, that color! It’s beautiful.

Fourth of July Roasted Tomato Salsa RecipeFourth of July Roasted Tomato Salsa Recipe

Salsa Inspiration

Initially, I’d been sitting on this salsa recipe for over six months, waiting (and waiting) for tomato season. I waited through citrus season, asparagus season, and a good chunk of the stone fruits. Every few weeks I’d flip through my pocket-sized notebook and there it was, a messy scribble of black pen spanning three-quarters of a single page. The black letters were there to remind me of the deliciously vibrant, earthy, and slightly smoky-tasting salsa I jotted down while visiting friends (Hadley & Philip) in New Zealand. It is a salsa richly red in hue, accented with tiny flecks of green cilantro. We stayed with in Wellington for a week, and Hadley made this salsa for us one evening. 

Fourth of July Roasted Tomato Salsa Recipe

Fourth of July Roasted Tomato Salsa RecipeFourth of July Roasted Tomato Salsa Recipe

Why this Salsa?

If you are used to making or buying salsa fresca, great. I love salsa fresca and make it regularly. This salsa is an entirely different beast – the deep, caramelized flavors of the roasted tomatoes and onions alongside the smokiness of the chipotle(s) makes for a richly beautiful and balanced salsa. The other thing I love is the texture. This salsa has a rustic, hearty texture which comes from pureeing a portion of the ingredients toward the beginning of the process, and then hand-chopping the majority of the roasted tomatoes and onions. With the roasted ingredients, it is a bit more effort, to be sure, but SO worth it.Fourth of July Roasted Tomato Salsa Recipe

Fourth of July Roasted Tomato Salsa RecipeFourth of July Roasted Tomato Salsa Recipe

Not just for chips, this is the perfect salsa recipe for use on nachos, tacos, eggs, veggie burgers, quesadillas, kabobs…..a perfect addition of a Fourth of July spread. Other ideas? Give a shout in the comments.

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