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02 Aug

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02 Aug

Tarte Unleashed 15-Pan Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette ($39.00 for 0.645 oz.) is a new, limited edition eyeshadow palette with a mix of rosy and warm-toned neutrals with pops of mid-tone teal and deeper blue-teal. I really enjoyed the palette from a quality standpoint, and I’m not always a fan of Tarte’s eyeshadows (often the mattes are too powdery), but these had a lot of intensity, good substance, and were easy to work with.

About This Series

Each look idea is centered around a “quad” of four shades with the expectation that one might bring in the appropriate brow bone or additional transitional shade based on skin tone. I know that I tend to use more like five or six shades in a typical look, but I think that four is a happy medium to give a good idea of the “core” color scheme of a look while giving you the ability to lighten/darken as desired. I have listed the colors in this order: inner lid, middle of lid, outer lid/crease, and crease/above crease.

You might see combinations that seem slightly repeated but placement will vary (e.g. a halo placement where the lightest and more shimmery shade is placed on the center) as placement can also create a different effect/look! You might also want to consider incorporating your favorite matte/shimmer shades (as applicable) to increase the versatility of certain palettes. Consider these ideas a jumping off point!

Unleashed 1.0

Tarte Palette

Hawkward, Toad-ally, Party Animal, Bear Necessities

Unleashed 2.0

Tarte Palette

Monkey Business, Iguana Love You, Koalified, No Fox Given

Unleashed 3.0

Tarte Palette

Hippocritical, Iguana Love You, Koalified, Oh Deer

Unleashed 4.0

Tarte Palette

Iguana Love You, Irrelephant, Toad-ally, Party Animal

Unleashed 5.0

Tarte Palette

Oh Deer, Toucan Do It, No Fox Given, Koalified

Unleashed 6.0

Tarte Palette

You’re Lion, Hippocritical, Iguana Love You, Camelflauge

Unleashed 7.0

Tarte Palette

Toad-ally, Hawkward, Monkey Business, No Fox Given

Unleashed 8.0

Tarte Palette

Party Animal, Irrelephant, Iguana Love You, Koalified

Unleashed 9.0

Tarte Palette

Hippocritical, Irrelephant, Camelflauge, Koalified

Unleashed 10.0

Tarte Palette

Toad-ally, Monkey Business, Iguana Love You, Koalified

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02 Aug

Mental Health First Aid classes teaches loved ones how to detect and aid someone in crisis.

LOGAN – A national curriculum is hoping to make mental health first aid certification just as popular, and just as requested, like first aid and CPR certifications.

It’s the same type of principal as being certified in CPR or physical first aid,” said The Family Place’s Mental Health First Aid Director Curtis Snelgrove. “We learn how to help an individual having a mental health crisis until a person with official training can come to take over, or until the crisis passes.”

The Family Place received a grant to offer this program almost a year ago and has been offering free classes and certifications since the beginning of 2019. The certification takes place over an 8-hour day and is valid for three years. Snelgrove said anyone would benefit from taking a mental health first aid course because everyone will regularly interact with people who have a mental illness.

“One in five individuals have a diagnosed mental illness. It’s your neighbor, your parent, your child, your sibling, your best friend,” he explained. “It’s going to be someone you know. And it’s empowering to know you can help them in a moment of crisis until they can get professional help (if needed).”

The Family Place is getting ready to roll out a youth-specific certification for those adults who deal with or interact with youth. Snelgrove said the things he has learned about how to be an advocate for youth is powerful and mentioned it’s always easier said than done.

“Even as a parent myself, I feel like deep down I knew these principles, but then when I got the training the rubber hit the road and brought it more into the light,” he said.

One main thing Snelgrove reminds parents and others involved in youths’ lives is to be willing to listen and not jump to conclusions.

“What our youth need is to know they can talk to us about difficult things. Make sure those lines of communication are open so they can turn to us to talk as parents or leaders because they’re going through some really hard times,” he said.

Snelgrove said that a line of communication can open easier when the dialog is headed in the right direction. He recommends listening to them while they talk, without trying to answer their question or solve their problem.

“We try to fix, and they aren’t done explaining. Youth just want us to listen. Make sure the focus is on them,” he said.

An example of positive dialog would be, “I remember when I was your age going through similar things and that was hard for me but tell me how you’re feeling and how it’s impacting you.”

Snelgrove said that kind of connection keeps the focus on the youth and helps them feel safe enough to share. He also said actions that sound so simple really do make a big difference when connecting with youth. Examples include going to get ice cream, family dinner, or playing basketball.

When I took the class for the first time, I remember thinking: be comfortable talking about what’s uncomfortable,” he added.

The Family Place encourages every member of the community who interacts with youth on a regular basis to become mental health first aid certified. The program was offered to Cache County School District employees earlier this year and the two classes filled up overnight.

“Teachers, coaches, these are adults in these youths’ lives that have that connection and bond with them. It’s having these types of skills to be able to help those youth in times of need, being able to know what to look for so they can start conversations that will keep them safe and bring hope for a recovery of what they’re experiencing. It can keep these kids alive,” Snelgrove said.

Even though Snelgrove is certified in both CPR and physical first aid, he said he uses the skills and tools he learned from his mental health first aid certification on average 2-3 times a week.

“I’ve never needed to utilize the skills to provide CPR, and I’ve used first aid skills as a parent, but it’s nowhere near the frequency of my mental health first aid training,” he explained.

Snelgrove explained this isn’t a form of technical training that leaves those certified licensed to treat or diagnose someone. “Just like we could help a hiker who cut their leg by applying pressure and making sure they stay hydrated, but we wouldn’t be the ones stitching them back together. We just assist in the crisis until the professional help can arrive.”

The grant allows the Family Place to serve Cache, Rich, and Franklin counties and Snelgrove said the response has been great in the communities they serve.

“Those community members who say they have someone in their life they’ve wanted to help in the right way…this class has been a great opportunity for them to feel less frightened in that moment of need,” he said.

The Family Place is offering their next adult certification class on August 10 at their Logan location from 9-5 p.m. The value of the course is $170 but, because of the grant they received, they’re able to offer it to the public for free. The first youth-focused class for adults will be announced on their website. The Family Place can also set up classes for groups. Attendees must be 18 years or older and the class must have at least five participants and no more than 30. Those interested in booking a class can visit

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02 Aug

Alois Lageder’s RIFF label is designed to be an ultra-affordable option for those looking for the mountain-grown wines of northeast Italy (which means namely pinot grigio but RIFF also has a merlot-cab blend).

Notes Lageder:

Riff stands for reef, a reference to the terroir of the foothills of the Northern Italian Alps, where grapes for RIFF wines are grown. Here, throughout the northernmost of the Veneto region, 220 million years ago was an ocean filled with reefs.  The sea retreated and over the course of millions of years the fossilized coral reefs turned into an impressive mountain landscape. Today the rock layers are still full of hidden fossils from their past.

As an homage to these soils, RIFF Pinot Grigio features a Nautilus on the label, one of the fossils that can be found in these rugged Northern Italian Alps. For the 2018 vintage, RIFF has launched a new aesthetic which tells the story of the transition from colorful coral reef to tall mountains that this region has undergone over the last many millions of years, and the influence of distant marine ecology continues to have on the wines. From the ocean into the glass!

That’s a lot of back story for a 10 dollar pinot grigio!

Let’s try it.

Nothing entirely unexpected awaits the drinker, offering notes of coconut and pineapple, plus a mild floral character weaving its way through the tropical fruit. The body’s on the gummy side, offering a hint of coconut milk character on the rustic but approachable finish. Notes of almond butter and a bit of spice inform the slightly chewy conclusion.

B+ / $10 /

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2018 RIFF Pinot Grigio


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02 Aug

1st August, 2019
Lucy Shaw

New York-based wine critic-turned media mogul Gary Vaynerchuk has re-entered the wine business with a disruptive new direct to consumer wine company called Empathy.

Wine critic Gary Vaynerchuk is back in the game with disruptive new direct to consumer wine co Empathy

Vaynerchuk, who rose to fame in the early noughties through entertaining wine videos posted on his Wine Library TV webcast, has partnered VaynerMedia colleagues Jon Troutman and Nate Scherotter on the project.

Keen to disrupt the traditional wine distribution model by cutting out the middle men, the trio are seeking to pass on the subsequent savings to the consumer.

Bypassing conventional distributor and retail channels, Empathy works directly with grape growers to source quality grapes and produce its own range of wines.

Among the grower partnerships in place so far are with Shannon Ranch Vineyards in Lake County, California, Bokisch Vineyards and Mettler Family Vineyards in Lodi, and Marietta Cellars in Sonoma.

The first two wines to be released through Empathy are a rosé and a white, which went on sale in May and June respectively.

The rosé is made from unspecified grapes from three vineyard sites in Lodi and Lake County, and is said to be “crisp, juicy and mouth-watering”.

The “zesty” white meanwhile, is a blend of Chenin Blanc, Albariño, Vermentino, Viognier and Chardonnay from sites in Lodi and the Dunnigan Hills in Yolo County. A red blend in also the pipeline and due to go on sale this autumn.

The wines can be bought in three, six or 12-bottle cases or as a subscription, with pricing starting at US$81 for a one-time shipment of three bottles, which works out as US$27 (£22) a bottle.

Empathy was launched entirely online via Instagram and Twitter

The company, which launched entirely on social media, currently ships to the US, Canada, Australia, Singapore and New Zealand.

“We started Empathy Wines as a radical new way of selling wine. We want people to pay less for great, authentic wines while shining a spotlight on top-tier grape growers – the unsung heroes of the wine world,” said Vaynerchuk.

“Old school laws and antiquated business models have forced wine lovers to unnecessarily pay too much for great wine.

“Empathy is able to produce and ship high quality wines directly to consumers who would otherwise pay double the price at their local retailer,” he added.

Subscribers who sign up for three shipments of 12 bottles annually become members of Club Empathy, giving them free entry to Empathy events and tastings around the US.

The company’s SMSomm service meanwhile, provides Club Empathy subscribers with personalised wine recommendations sent via text.

Born in Belarus, Vaynerchuk moved to the US aged three and began working at his father’s wine shop in New Jersey aged 14, joining full time in 1998.

The success of his eccentric and entertaining Wine Library TV videos helped turn his family’s humble Wine Library store into a US$60m business. After filming 1,000 episodes, in 2011 Vaynerchuk ceased Wine Library TV, swapping it for video podcast The Daily Grape.

In 2009 Vaynerchuk stepped away from wine to launch his social media focused digital agency VaynerMedia, which provides media strategy to companies like Pepsi, AB InBev and General Electric, and employs over 800 people.

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02 Aug
NARS Haight-Ashbury High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner
NARS Haight-Ashbury High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner
NARS Haight-Ashbury High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner
NARS Haight-Ashbury High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner
NARS Haight-Ashbury High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner
NARS Haight-Ashbury High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner
NARS Haight-Ashbury High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner
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NARS Haight-Ashbury High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.03 oz.) is a deep, grayish-taupe with subtle, warm undertones. The more the product was built up and layered, the “cooler” it looked–the base was warmer, so sheerer application made it look more like an ashy brown. The texture was velvety with good glide but not too much slip/creaminess, so the eyeliner applied comfortably to the waterline and lower lash line but didn’t migrate while it was setting. I was able to smudge and blend out the edge of the eyeliner as it dried down. This particular shade had more semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation. It wore well for nine hours well on my lower lash line and a solid six hours on my water line.

  • Lancome Pluie (P, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).
  • Smashbox Moody (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar).
  • MAC Shoreline (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar).
  • Make Up For Ever S50 Satiny Taupe (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar).
  • Zoeva Mute (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar).
  • Urban Decay Desperation (PiP, $22.00) is lighter (80% similar).

Formula Overview

$24.00/0.03 oz. – $800.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have “12-hour wear’ that is “humidity-proof,” “sweat-proof, “water-resistant, and “transfer-resistant” paired with “high pigment.” The texture definitely felt a bit gel-like, as intended, as the product glided across my skin without tugging or dragging, and the pigmentation seemed a bit inkier and richer. They’re creamier–but not too creamy–than previous iterations of the formula, and they wore significantly better than most of NARS’ pencils have for me.

Some shades lasted longer than others, but most shades were semi-opaque to opaque in pigmentation, comfortable to apply, went on evenly, and were easy to use. Most lasted for eight to ten hours on my lower lash line with wear on my water line being six to eight hours in most instances.

Browse all of our NARS High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner swatches.



NARS Last Frontier High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner
NARS Last Frontier High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner
NARS Last Frontier High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner
NARS Last Frontier High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner
NARS Last Frontier High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner
NARS Last Frontier High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner

Last Frontier

NARS Last Frontier High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.03 oz.) is a deep, cool-toned brown with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one layer, which was buildable to full coverage with a second layer. The texture felt creamier than it might have appeared in the swatch, as it went on fluidly and never tugged on my lash line. The color applied evenly, and while it was quick-drying, I was able to smudge the edge if desired. It started to migrate a bit toward the outer corner (but didn’t smudge below) after nine hours of wear on my lower lash line, while it lasted closer to seven hours on my waterline.

Mulholland Drive

NARS Mulholland Drive High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.03 oz.) is a shimmering bronze with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in one pass, which adhered evenly and smoothly to my lash line without dragging or tugging on it. The pencil had a smooth, lightly creamy texture that glided across the skin with ease but never felt too wet, so it didn’t migrate or sink into fine lines as it dried down. It stayed on well for 10 hours on my lower lash line (I did not test it on my waterline due to the amount of shimmer).

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02 Aug

Change is difficult for me because it alters the way I think about things. Which is obvious. It does for everyone. But my thinking doesn’t adjust or shift easily, making dealing with change sometimes a debilitating act. It forces me into an altered state. Where if too many things are different, it’s like it triggers my fear response. And I freeze. Or I explode. Fleeing or fighting. 

When things change too quickly, I get confused. Like I’m not synced with time. Causing me to feel overwhelmed. Angry. Leading to meltdowns. 

And often if forced to change, I fall back into old grooves. The negative ones. The ones that tell me that the change is dangerous. That something bad could happen. That I will be out of control. And ultimately, that my entire well-being is at stake. 

This happens with even the most subtle of changes. Like the placement of our bed in our new house. Always wanting my husband to sleep closer to the door, I now have to sleep to his right instead of to his left, which means I’m now sleeping on the opposite side. Which also means that I face him when lying on my left side, the side I’m accustomed to sleeping on, but I like to sleep facing out. So now I’m trying to sleep on my right side. 

A change that caused me insomnia the first week. And disrupted my sleep the next. A change my body needs to lie with for a while in order to accept. In order to feel safe. 

I know it will eventually be okay. That I just need to ride out the discomfort. And that it’s better than sleeping closer to the door. Because that’s an immediate fear response. At least my change of position is one drawn out over time as my body adjusts to the change. 

When something changes, my whole mental perception needs to be changed too. Like I have to completely delete the file and reboot. 

It’s like the file gets wiped clean with the change, and I need to start over. But the new file contains the same items that were in the old file, just in a different order. Making it all the more perplexing. Like if the packaging changes on products I buy or if things are rearranged in a grocery store. I don’t even recognize them even if I’m staring right at them.

And I don’t always catch up in time for the change to make sense. To feel right. To sit comfortably inside my body. So I’m uncomfortable. Something me and my body don’t handle well. 

But I know that lack of change helps me stay in control. Which is probably why my body fights it so fiercely. Because if nothing changes, then I know what to expect. All my rules apply. And everything stays safe. 

But if everything stays the same, then I’m not learning. Evolving. And what are we here for if not to learn. So I’m trying to accept change. However subtle or grand. In order to grow. 

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02 Aug

“Yoga is made for everyone. You do not need to be an expert or at the peak of physical fitness. . . . It helps integrate the mental and physical plane, and it offers a sense of inner and outer balance, or alignment. True alignment means that the inner mind reaches every cell and fiber of the body,” B.K.S. Iyengar has repeated many times to students, young and old, healthy and sick, confident or stressed-out. Today there are 180 Iyengar Yoga Institutes in 40 countries, yet few people know a lot about his life.

This informative documentary by Jake Clennell shines a light on Iyengar’s life and philosophy. It opens with a celebration for his 90th birthday party in 2008. We then learn he was born in 1918 in India and began teaching yoga at the age of 17. He is acclaimed for identifying and teaching yoga postures as a form of exercise and breath training, often using props to achieve precise alignments.

As we watch this master teacher with his students in this documentary, we witness both the tender and the tough sides of his personality. But lest we judge him as being too hard on those who come to him for renewal, Iyengar makes it clear that his toughness is rooted in his reverence for dedication, thoroughness, and deeply focused attentiveness.

Additional interviews with Iyengar’s daughter, granddaughter, a long-time student who is a priest, and a man who learned yoga in prison reveal the influence of his teaching. A final fascinating dimension of this guru of the path to holistic health is that both Christian and Islamic believers have used his techniques in their rituals, which only goes to prove the universality of much of what he teaches.

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02 Aug

2nd August, 2019
Arabella Mileham

Majestic Wine has confirmed the sale of its commercial and retail business to Fortress Investment Group for £100 million.

The sale includes all but one of its stores and the company’s website, along with the commercial on-trade business, the French division, Les Celliers de Calais, and Majestic’s HQ. It will be held by BidCo, a vehicle of the US investment firm, which is owned by Japanese bank, SoftBank.

The final Majestic store – the location of which is currently unknown – is being sold to an unnamed independent third party for redevelopment for around £5 million.

Proceeds from the sale will be used to eliminate the group’s debt and invest in the growth of Naked Wines. Additionally, around £3.8m will be paid to shareholders in the form of a dividend of 5.2p per share.

Rowan Gormley said he was delighted to have secured independent futures for both Naked Wines and Majestic Retail and Commercial which would allows them to pursue growth by focussing on their “unique propositions”.

The announcement said that in addition to strong growth in multi-channel sales, Majestic believed there was still a key role to be played in face-to-face retail – and that wine is uniquely placed to provide an experience which cannot be found online.

“We intend to be the leader in the UK retail revolution with a focus on experience, expertise and product,”Josh Lincoln, managing director of Majestic said, adding that the company had grown through periods of dramatic change, and had “the recipe to do it again”.

“Majestic has been on the UK high street for almost 40 years, building a bank of affection for our bottles, people and stores”

“We want to keep investing in our stores, in our people and our product – everything you can feel, touch and sip. After all, you cannot taste wine online.”

“Majestic is a British institution, occupying a unique position as the nation’s largest wine retailer,” a representative of Fortress Investment Group LLC said. “It offers a seamless customer experience across multiple channels – physical retail, online, subscription and to the on-trade – and has a customer base which loves its stores, people, brand and – of course – wines.”

“We are excited to work with management to grow the Majestic story.”

Following the news, the company confirmed it was was conducting a full range review, as previously reported by the drinks business, to focus on “getting back to what Majestic has historically done best”, overseen by new buying and merchandising director, Robert Cooke.

“The future of retail, and wine retail in particular, has to be around creating an experience customers seek out. Our first step will be refitting our store estate, using shelving and new tasting areas, to make them easier to navigate,” a spokesman said

It is also planning to roll out a new service to help gauge a customers’ palate in order to offer a more personalised wine offer, called Wineify and will open a new Majestic store in South East London in September.

A spokesman told db that after nearly forty years of trading, the Majestic name came “closer than ever before” to disappearing. “We’re determined not to let that happen again, to continue to be the nationwide specialist we truly believe the UK needs – the vital bridge between indies and supermarkets, and a pivotal route to the British market for producers across the globe,” he said.

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