July 19, 2019 // Archive

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19 Jul

When Johnnie Jae was 15, her best friend died by suicide. Then her grandmother passed away. The grief was overwhelming. Jae stopped showering and her moods swung from crying nonstop to feeling nothing. Her parents thought she was just being rebellious and dismissed her cries for help.

“No one really took the time to figure out what was going on,” Jae, now 38, an activist in Los Angeles, told TODAY.

For years, Johnnie Jae struggled to access mental health care that provided quality treatment for her bipolar disorder. She now works as an activist hoping to help other Native Americans understand mental health in a culturally appropriate way. Courtesy of Johnnie Jae

Desperate, she talked to her guidance counselor, who was her aunt, which only caused more problems.

“We were kind of at a standstill and I didn’t know what to do,” she said.

Jae, who was eventually diagnosed with bipolar disorder, has continued to face numerous barriers to treatment throughout her life. She grew up in rural Oklahoma and is a member of Choctaw Nation, a federally recognized Indian tribe, where therapists and psychiatrists are not readily available.

“When it comes to our Native communities we don’t have access to mental health care. There is not always going to be a clinic or we don’t have the financial means,” she said.

Jae is not alone. Many Americans struggle to access mental health care. Sometimes it’s because there aren’t enough providers. Other times it’s because the providers are out-of-network and their insurance doesn’t cover it. And yet other times it’s because the system fails them.

Barriers to obtaining mental health care

“There are a number of things that are happening at once that make it very difficult for people to access quality care,” Azza Altiraifi, a research associate for Disability Justice Initiative at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C., told TODAY.

Congress passed a law in 2008 encouraging mental health parity, which means insurers are required to treat mental health the same as they would physical health, according to the National Alliance on Mental Health. If you have depression, you can see a psychiatrist or therapist as much as someone sees a cardiologist for heart disease. Yet, all insurance plans are different and some plans limit care, or are exempt from offering it. And many providers don’t accept insurance because they feel they’re not appropriately reimbursed for their services.

Angela Carpenter Gildner, 51, of Washington, D.C., struggled finding in-network doctors for her son Graham, 12. When he started showing symptoms of autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and sensory processing disorder, she found one in-network therapist who soon stopped accepting their insurance. Since 2012, they have paid out-of-pocket for services.

“There was one year where we took over $30,000 in medical deductions,” she told TODAY. “His actual therapy is not as bad as it used to be … For his mental health it was a little over $9,000 last year.”

Angela Carpenter Gildner struggled to find mental health treatment for her 12-year-old son Graham that was within her insurance network. She and her husband pay out-of-pocket for his care. Courtesy of Angela Carpenter Gildner

Dr. Cecilia Livesey, a psychiatrist at Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, said this complicated insurance landscape makes it challenging.

“The system is not set up to help people navigate mental health care,” she told TODAY.

And, misunderstanding about mental health, in general, provides another barrier to treatment.

“There is a lack of education about mental health,” Livesey said. “A lot of people end up in the mental health system very abruptly and at a point of crisis and it doesn’t provide good care and they are not re-engaged.”

The problem with crisis care

“We are also talking about a social structure that not only stigmatizes mental illness, but it also criminalizes it,” Altiraifi said.

She said many police shootings involve a person with a mental illness. Other times, people are forced into a hospital or jailed.

Jae’s experience with what she calls “medical incarceration” after a suicide attempt in her 20s caused another crisis.

“It was very violent. It did more harm. I had my third suicide attempt after that and it had a lot to do with the way I was being treated,” she said.

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19 Jul

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Mark Zuckerberg’s “sleep box” could be coming to a store near you.

In April, the Facebook CEO shared that he built his wife, Priscilla Chan, a device he called a “sleep box,” a wooden box that sits on the bedside table and emits a soft light between the hours of 6 a.m. and 7 a.m., when it’s time to go get their kids. That way Chan doesn’t have to constantly wake up and check the time on her phone.

Zuckerberg said “a bunch” of his friends seemed interested in having one, so he posted his creation on Facebook “in case another entrepreneur wants to run with this and build sleep boxes for more people,” he said.

Greg Hovannisyan did just that — he and a team engineers and builders developed a prototype for Zuckerberg’s sleep box and launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production in June.

By May 18, Hovannisyan had a prototype, on June 13 he launched the Kickstarter campaign and with 27 days left it has already raised $108,000, more than 21 times its $5,000 goal.

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19 Jul

Dry Farm Wines may sound like a hippie commune where they produce foot-trodden vino, but it’s actually a wine club, and a unique one in my experience.

As oxymoronic as it might sound, Dry Farm claims to be “the only health-focused, low-alcohol, natural wine club in the world.” No, that doesn’t mean you’re getting alcohol-free wines, but rather getting the healthiest wines you can find. All wines shipped by Dry Farm are (among other honorifics):

  • Sugar Free (< 1g/L)
  • Low Sulfites (< 75ppm)
  • Low Alcohol (< 12.5%)
  • Mycotoxin/Mold Free
  • Additive Free
  • Dry Farmed
  • Old Vines (35-100 yrs)
  • Organically Grown/Biodynamically Grown
  • Fermented with Wild Native Yeast
  • Hand Harvested

Are old vine wines “healthier” than new vine wines? While the jury may be out on that, I will give massive credit to Dry Farm for one bullet point on that list alone: The wines in its club are all under 12.5% alcohol. That’s quite a feat in a world where wines are habitually pushing 15% alcohol and where a 13.5% alcohol wine is widely considered a “low alcohol” option. 12.5%? That takes some doing.

For Dry Farm, that means looking heavily to the Old World, where lower-alcohol winemaking is still practiced, for sourcing its products. To that end, the service sent us three recent offerings, all of which were born in Europe.

The club runs $159 a month for 6 bottles, $299 for 12, with shipping included. Choose from reds, whites, or a mix of both. Cancel any time. While you can’t buy individual bottlings from Dry Farm, I’m including prices for them below as a point of reference. All three sell for about $20 a bottle at retail, but they’re invariably hard to find. That’s a reasonable markup (especially considering you get shipping included), but only if the wines are worth buying, right? Let’s find out.

2017 Proidl Gruner Veltliner Niederosterreich – A classic, aromatic, and very acidic gruner, Proidl’s offering is rich with minerals and layered with white flowers, lemon peel, and white peach notes. Clean and biting, with just a hint of caramel sauce on the back end to liven things up. A- / $20

2015 Colline Lucchesi Calafata “Majulina” DOC – A strange Tuscan blend of sangiovese, canaiolo nero, aleatico, and ciliegiolo (among other native varietals), only a few of which I’ve ever heard of. Somewhat austere and quite earthy up front, there’s a significant amount of volatile acidity here, giving it a balsamic edge. Some floral and mixed berry notes liven up the finish, which is otherwise tempered by loads of green herbs. B / $20

2013 Domaine des Beguineries Chinon – Cabernet Franc from the Loire. This wine is well past its prime, with a significant herbal, balsamic edge to it. Tart with notes of unripe cherry and slightly sour plum, there’s also a peppery kick that feels a bit at odds with the austerity on display. C+ / $22


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19 Jul

Wine bottles. Photo: Gina Passarella/ALM

New Jersey laws barring wine shipments to consumers by out-of-state vendors could face a shake-up in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

The justices struck down a Tennessee law in June that imposed a residency requirement on applicants seeking retail liquor licenses. The court’s 7-2 decision is expected to ease the way for plaintiffs in a suit seeking to overturn a New Jersey law that prohibits direct shipments of wine to consumers by out-of-state wine retailers, while allowing such shipments by in-state businesses.

A civil rights action filed July 3 seeks a declaratory judgment that New Jersey’s ban on shipments from out-of-state wine sellers violates the Commerce Clause and the Privileges and Immunities Clause of Article IV, Section 2, because it denies nonresident wine merchants the privilege of engaging in their occupation in New Jersey on the same terms enjoyed by the state’s citizens.

The suit was filed by three New Jersey residents who are wine collectors but are unable to purchase wine from out-of-state retailers and have it sent to their homes. The plaintiffs also include a wine store in New York City called The Wine Cellarage and its owner, who ship wine to customers nationwide but are unable to provide that service to consumers in New Jersey. Gov. Phil Murphy, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and Alcoholic Beverage Control Division director James Graziano are the defendants.

“I expect a bitter fight in New Jersey. I don’t think they’re going to lay down,” said Robert Epstein of Epstein Cohen Seif & Porter in Indianapolis, who filed the suit along with attorneys from Winne Banta Basralian & Kahn in Hackensack. The recent Supreme Court ruling in the Tennessee bars discrimination against out-of-state wine sellers, but other states where similar challenges have been brought have fought hard against revisions to their laws, said Epstein.

A spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office, Lee Moore, said he could not comment on pending litigation.

In the Supreme Court case, Justice Samuel Alito said in writing for the majority that the 21st Amendment, which repealed prohibition, does not provide a license to impose protectionist restrictions on the sale of alcoholic beverages. Justice Neil Gorsuch, joined by Justice Clarence Thomas, wrote in a dissent that state residency requirements on who may sell alcoholic beverages help ensure that retailers comply with local laws and norms.

The lawyers in the present case previously brought another case in New Jersey that secured the right of out-of-state wineries to ship their products to the state’s residents. That case went on for more than a decade. But local wine retailers are expected to resist any change in the law that would expose them to competition from retailers elsewhere.

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19 Jul

Spiked (65)

Sephora Spiked (65) Lipstories Lipstick ($8.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy mauve with neutral-to-cool undertones and a satin finish. It had opaque color payoff in a single layer, which adhered evenly and smoothly across my lips without tugging. The texture was lightweight, creamy without being too slippery, and a bit denser (though not thick!). It stayed on nicely for four and a half hours and felt moisturizing while worn.

  • Colour Pop Lumiere (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • Bite Beauty Sake (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • Urban Decay Backtalk (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar).
  • Shiseido Sweet Desire (RD714) (DC, $28.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar).
  • Makeup Geek Old Soul (P, $12.00) is cooler (85% similar).
  • Urban Decay Hideaway (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar).
  • Make Up For Ever C211 (Holiday 2017) (PiP, $22.00) is darker (85% similar).
  • Bite Beauty Pink Salt (LE, $26.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar).
  • Bite Beauty Taurus (LE, $26.00) is more muted (85% similar).
  • Bobbi Brown Tawny Pink (P, $37.00) is warmer (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$8.00/0.14 oz. – $57.14 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be “lightweight” with “full-coverage color in one swipe.” The majority of shades were pigmented with semi-opaque to full color payoff in a single layer, as described. The more shimmery shades tended to be a bit sheerer overall, while the mattes and creams were usually closer to opaque in coverage. The textures were typically creamy, lightweight, and not too thin or too thick on the lips, so they were comfortable to apply and to wear. There were some shades where the color pulled into my deeper lip lines upon application, and it was more or less noticeable just depending on the color and finish of the particular.

Some shades seemed hydrating and others were non-drying. They lasted anywhere from three to over six hours on me. There was a subtle, sweet, fruity scent (I couldn’t detect it on, just in the tube), and I haven’t noticed any taste after wearing them.

Browse all of our Sephora Lipstories Lipstick swatches.


Octyldodecanol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Polyethylene, Diisostearyl Malate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), Polybutene, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Disteardimonium Hectorite, CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake), Fragrance, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, BHT.

Offshore (66)

Sephora Offshore (66) Lipstories Lipstick ($8.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep, blue-based red with a creamy, glossy finish. It had a smooth, creamy consistency with moderate slip, so for those more prone to feathering, the texture and hue may give you issues (I didn’t personally experience feathering but that’s not something I normally experience). The color applied evenly and didn’t sink noticeably into my lip lines. It wore well for five and a half hours and left behind a strong, pink-red stain and was lightly hydrating over time.

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19 Jul

The Congressional Black Caucus recently created a task force on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health, and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman is the chair. She spoke with Chief Political Correspondent Michael Aron about the work of the emergency task force and why it’s needed.

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19 Jul

Some children may experience complete resolution of obstructive sleep apnea as they transition to adulthood, but persistent disease is more likely in those with certain characteristics, according to data published in CHEST.

The researchers conducted a longitudinal analysis of a prospective community-based cohort that was established for an OSA prevalence study. The cohort, which was established between 2003 and 2005, included 619 children aged 6 to 13 years. Of these participants, 243 participants (59% boys) completed 10-year follow-up. Mean age was 9.8 years at baseline and 20.2 years at follow-up.

At baseline, the obstructive apnea-hypopnea index (OAHI), which counted the total number of apneas or hypopneas per hour, was used to characterize the disease. OSA was defined as OAHI of more than one event per hour; mild OSA was defined as OAHI of one to five events per hour; and moderate to severe OSA was defined as OAHI of five events or more per hour. Disease remission was defined as having an OAHI of fewer than one event per hour at follow-up.

At follow-up, 30% of children with mild OSA at baseline had complete remission; 69% of those with mild OSA at baseline had an OAHI of fewer than five events per hour; 57% of those with moderate to severe OSA at baseline had persistent disease; and 22% of all participants had OSA with an OAHI of five events or more per hour. Those who achieved complete remission were more likely to be girls.

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19 Jul

Soldiers are taught to hate the enemy, to see them as evil people who have no other intention than to kill you. Therefore, killing them first is considered a good, noble, and necessary act. But as spiritual teacher Sam Keen points out in Faces of the Enemy: Reflections of the Hostile Imagination, this “Us” versus “Them” attitude only leads to more hostility and more violence for generation after generation.

There are a staggering number of ongoing armed conflicts in the world. Four conflicts — the Afghanistan conflict, the Mexican Drug War, the Syrian Civil War, and the Yemeni Crisis — have caused at least 10,000 direct violent deaths in 2018 and 2019, many of them civilians. Given this reality, it is not surprising that there is ongoing support for retaliation and revenge. That’s why it is so surprising, salutary, and spiritually rewarding to come across a movie that focuses on the healing power of forgiveness.

For this, we are grateful to writer and director Benjamin Gilmour and the courageous and remarkable cast of Jirga. After permission was denied for his plans to film in Pakistan, Gilmour took his star Sam Smith and filmed in Taliban-controlled regions of Afghanistan, using some incredibly natural non-actors, a few being former members of the Taliban itself. Jirga was Australia’s pick for the Best Foreign Language Film for the 2019 Academy Awards.

The film opens as Australian soldiers are conducting a night raid on a village in Afghanistan. When it is over, one of them, Mike (Sam Smith) discovers he has shot an unarmed man; he watches as the man’s family drags the body back into their house.

Three years later, Mike has left the military and returned to Afghanistan. He wants to find the family and make amends for what he has done. When his military contact declares it is too dangerous to go back to the village, now under Taliban control, he convinces a taxi driver (Sher Alam Miskeen Ustad) to take him to a tourist site. Along the way, the two men, who speak only a little of each other’s languages, bond over music. But even though they have many moments of camaraderie, the taxi driver refuses to take Mike all the way to the village of the raid.

After crossing the desert on foot, Mike is discovered by a group of Taliban. When he explains his mission — to give his victim’s family the large stash of money he has brought with him — the Taliban leader (Amir Shah Talash) advises against trying to buy forgiveness. But they do decide to help him by taking him to the village. There Mike submits himself to the judgment of the “Jirga,” the traditional Pashtun tribal authority of community elders.

“Forgiveness is something freely granted, whether earned or deserved; something lovingly offered without thought of acknowledgment or return. It is our way of mirroring the goodness in the heart of a person rather than raising up the harshness of their actions.

“But, most of all, it makes us one with the human family and allows us to live in the sunlight of the present, not the darkness of the past. Forgiveness alone, of all our human actions, opens up the world to the miracle of infinite possibility. And that, perhaps, is the closest we can come, in our humble human fashion, to the divine act of bestowing grace.”
— Kent Nerburn in Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace

Spiritual Take-Aways from Jirga

Director Benjamin Gilmour, in a Director’s Statement, expressed these intentions for his film:

“With Jirga I wanted to counter the Islamic terrorist stereotypes and modern military propaganda we face in the West, demonstrating the true human cost of conflict. Civilians trying to survive in their ravaged lands are not the only ones who believe that war is unjust. Many damaged and disillusioned soldiers have also come to share that view. . . .

Jirga is also intended to give the audience a new perspective on the lives of ordinary Afghan Muslims. It’s a great shame most westerner’s understanding of Afghanistan is only as a war zone. Of course, there’s active warfare in some provinces, but the country also boasts stunning natural landscapes and a rich culture of music and poetry. These aspects are so often overlooked yet so close to the hearts of Afghans. . . .

“I hope Jirga is seen as a film that doesn’t attempt to neatly divide the good from the bad, but instead offers an insight into the character and motives of those we view as the enemy and the struggles of Afghans and the mercy found in their faith and traditions.”

Here are our spiritual take-aways from the film:

  • In the spiritual practice of forgiveness, it is important to emphasize grief over anger.
  • In recalling the sting of the past, we must try to hear the human cry beneath the violence we heap upon the other person.
  • Enemies are often our best spiritual teachers, and we should bear witness to their experiences.
  • Enemies challenge us to open our hearts and practice kindness and compassion.
  • Those who practice loving their enemies show us that love instead of hate is the true path for humans.
  • The mysteries of human beings mean that we can never know for sure that anyone is planning to harm us; we should not make assumptions about who is or is not an “enemy.”
  • Those who have found a way to love and respect their enemies model the beauty of humility for the rest of us.
  • We are transformed by forgiveness when we move from hostility to hospitality.
  • The miracle happens when we start looking at our enemies as family or friends.

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19 Jul

Gay Wine Weekend is almost sold out and Gary Saperstein, the entrepreneur who launched the event 11 years ago, is optimistic and thoughtful as the LBGTQ community pours into the Valley of the Moon for four days of fun events.

“We still face discrimination and homophobia every single day and until that ends we need to bring our community together and celebrate who we are,” he said.

The highlight of the weekend is Saturday night’s Twilight T-Dance at Chateau St. Jean Winery with 650 tickets already purchased. While about 60 percent of the attendees are Bay Area-based, people from throughout the U.S. and Canada will be there.

This is the first year Saperstein is alone at the helm, having taken over Out in the Vineyard, the event and travel company he previously owned with business partner Mark Vogler. Saperstein has added a drag queen performance “to mix it up” at the Sunday’s Recovery Brunch, a fundraiser for Face to Face, Sonoma County’s HIV/AIDS network. There is also a new comedy event on Thursday night at Deerfield Ranch Winery.

Gay rights have been brought to the forefront in Sonoma recently, ignited by a homophobic social media post made by Stacy Mattson. The post, originally made in 2015, went viral last April after a Sonoma Index-Tribune story pointed out that she and her husband Ken Mattson have spent $80 million purchasing 26 properties in the Valley during the past three years, including Sonoma’s Best, Ramekins culinary school and event center and Cornerstone. There was a backlash against the Mattson’s anti-marriage equality views, highlighted by online posts, letters to the editor and public comments.

“I am hopeful in this situation that maybe they will start to evolve in their thinking,” Saperstein said of the Mattsons. “They are religious conservatives and I know their faith does not allow them to support marriage equality and our gay lifestyle, but I really hope that in seeing the feedback and comments they’ve received maybe, little by little, they’ll change their thinking.”

A new Out in the Vineyards event, Pink Sonoma Saturday, was held at Ramekins after the uproar. The previous owner had donated the space, and Saperstein noted that the Mattsons honored the commitment, allowed the gay event to take place and that they were very cooperative. There have also been gay weddings held recently at Ramekins, he said.

Saperstein, however, will continue to boycott Mattson businesses. “In some ways I feel bad because I want to support their employees who live here, but I can’t spend money in a place that in the end a little of it goes into the pot of people who don’t believe in equality.”

Mattson-related controversy aside, Saperstein sees Sonoma as overwhelmingly gay-friendly. “We are part of the community in every way. And we are fortunate that we are accepted,” he said. He moved to Sonoma from New York City 24 years ago, working first as the restaurant manager for Auberge du Soleil in Napa and next managing the Girl and the Fig restaurant for 10 years before leaving to devote his fulltime energy to Out in the Vineyard. He recently accepted a post as the development director for Face to Face. Over the years the Gay Wine Weekend brunch and auction has raised $325,000 for that organization.

“I am amazed and appreciative of the generosity of the wine industry,” Saperstein said, saying he has received many, many wine donations for the auction lots. “They believe in the cause,” he said.

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19 Jul


MAC Laissez-Faire Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a soft, rosy pink with muted, warmer undertones and a luminous finish. It had good color coverage that applied evenly across my lips comfortably. The lipstick had a lightweight, thinner feel to it that wasn’t clingy and had enough slip that it didn’t tug on my lips. There was a little bit of product that sank into my deeper lip lines, though it wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. It wore well for three hours and was lightly hydrating while worn.

  • Sephora Oui (03) (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • Clinique Pink Honey (PiP, $15.00) is more shimmery (90% similar).
  • Tom Ford Beauty Bad Lieutenant (P, $54.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
  • Guerlain #05 (P, $33.00) is less shimmery, less glossy (90% similar).
  • MAC Let’s Mesa Around (LE, $19.50) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
  • Hourglass Dreamer (P, $32.00) is brighter (90% similar).
  • Burberry Nude Pink (205) (P, $34.00) is darker (90% similar).
  • Charlotte Tilbury Dancefloor Princess (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar).
  • Guerlain #02 (P, $33.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar).
  • Estee Lauder Inescapable (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$19.00/0.1 oz. – $190.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have a “lighter-than-air texture” with “all-day moisturization” paired with “intense color and soft shine.” They had semi-opaque to fully opaque color coverage in a single layer, and most of the shades applied evenly and smoothly to my lips without emphasizing lip texture or sinking noticeably into my lip lines.

The texture was very lightweight, lightly creamy without too much slip, yet there was a distinctive shine to the finish. The luminosity wore down within an hour or so of wear. The formula seemed like a cross between Amplified and Cremesheens, yet there was no tackiness, and the Love Me formula was much lighter and thinner (without being clingy). The wear has ranged from three to six hours and has been lightly to moderately hydrating. They had a sweet, vanilla scent (typical of the brand) but no discernible taste.

Browse all of our MAC Love Me Lipstick swatches.

Hey Frenchie

MAC Hey Frenchie Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy mauve with neutral-to-cool undertones and a luminous sheen. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in one layer, which was paired with a lightweight, lightly creamy texture that felt thin but never clingy. I was surprised at how thin and lightweight it was, yet it still glided on without tugging and didn’t catch on imperfections or emphasize my lip lines. The color stayed on well for four hours and was lightly moisturizing over time.

Mon Coeur

MAC Mon Coeur Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a bright, medium plum with cool undertones and a cream finish. It was a bit less luminous–a little heavier in look, not in feel–than other shades I tried in the formula. It had rich color payoff that applied beautifully to my lips–smooth, even coverage that didn’t catch on imperfections or highlight my lip lines. The lipstick was comfortable to apply and to wear over the four and a half hours it lasted for. The formula felt lightly hydrating while worn.

These will be available August 1st.

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