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24 Aug

The new MAC Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.12 oz.) 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.

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E for Effortless
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

A

MAC E for Effortless Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a rich, deep red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a creamy, luminous finish. It…

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MAC E for Effortless Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a rich, deep red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a creamy, luminous finish. It…

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02.
Mon Coeur
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

A

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…

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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…

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03.
Coffee and Cigs
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

A

MAC Coffee and Cigs Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a soft, muted plum-brown with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had nearly opaque…

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Maison Rouge
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

A

MAC Maison Rouge Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a deep, pinky-red with strong, cool undertones and a lightly glossy, cream finish. It had…

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MAC Maison Rouge Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a deep, pinky-red with strong, cool undertones and a lightly glossy, cream finish. It had…

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05.
Joie de Vivre
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

A

MAC Joie de Vivre Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark berry with subtle, cool undertones and a cream finish. The lipstick…

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MAC Joie de Vivre Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark berry with subtle, cool undertones and a cream finish. The lipstick…

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06.
Hey Frenchie
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

A

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…

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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…

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07.
Killing Me Softly
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

A

MAC Killing Me Softly Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a brighter, medium plum with subtle, cool undertones and a natural sheen. It was…

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MAC Killing Me Softly Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a brighter, medium plum with subtle, cool undertones and a natural sheen. It was…

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08.
Give Me Fever
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

A

MAC Give Me Fever Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a brighter, medium red with subtle, cool undertones and a cream finish. It had rich…

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MAC Give Me Fever Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a brighter, medium red with subtle, cool undertones and a cream finish. It had rich…

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Tres Blasé
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

A-

MAC Tres Blasé Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with strong, warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had rich color…

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MAC Tres Blasé Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with strong, warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had rich color…

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10.
Bated Breath
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

A-

MAC Bated Breath Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium-dark plum with strong, warm undertones and a cream finish. It had nearly opaque…

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MAC Bated Breath Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium-dark plum with strong, warm undertones and a cream finish. It had nearly opaque…

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My Little Secret
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

A-

MAC My Little Secret Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a bright, coral-red with warm undertones and a cream finish. The texture was…

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MAC My Little Secret Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a bright, coral-red with warm undertones and a cream finish. The texture was…

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12.
Nine Lives
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

A-

MAC Nine Lives Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a deep, raspberry pink with cool undertones and a glossy, cream finish. It had good color…

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MAC Nine Lives Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a deep, raspberry pink with cool undertones and a glossy, cream finish. It had good color…

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13.
La Femme
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

B+

MAC La Femme Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark burgundy with subtle, cool undertones and a luminous finish. It had…

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MAC La Femme Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark burgundy with subtle, cool undertones and a luminous finish. It had…

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Under the Covers
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

B+

MAC Under the Covers Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with moderate, warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had good…

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MAC Under the Covers Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with moderate, warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had good…

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You’re So Vain
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

B+

MAC You’re So Vain Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. The lipstick…

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MAC You’re So Vain Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. The lipstick…

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Shamelessly Vain
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

B+

MAC Shamelessly Vain Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark red-orange with warm undertones and a cream finish. The consistency…

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MAC Shamelessly Vain Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark red-orange with warm undertones and a cream finish. The consistency…

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Vanity Bonfire
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

B+

MAC Vanity Bonfire Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a bright, medium pink with warmer undertones and a cream finish. It had good color…

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MAC Vanity Bonfire Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a bright, medium pink with warmer undertones and a cream finish. It had good color…

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Laissez-Faire
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

B+

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…

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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…

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As If I Care
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

B+

MAC As If I Care Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a natural finish. It had good color…

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MAC As If I Care Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a natural finish. It had good color…

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20.
DGAF
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

B

MAC DGAF Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium-dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had semi-opaque…

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MAC DGAF Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium-dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had semi-opaque…

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French Silk
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

B

MAC French Silk Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a bright pop of mid-tone coral with warmer undertones and a natural sheen. It had…

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MAC French Silk Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a bright pop of mid-tone coral with warmer undertones and a natural sheen. It had…

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Pure Nonchalance
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

B

MAC Pure Nonchalance Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a muted, pinky-lavender with warmer undertones and a cream finish. It had good color…

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MAC Pure Nonchalance Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a muted, pinky-lavender with warmer undertones and a cream finish. It had good color…

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Daddy’s Girl
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

B

MAC Daddy’s Girl Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with moderate, warmer undertones and a natural sheen. It had good…

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MAC Daddy’s Girl Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with moderate, warmer undertones and a natural sheen. It had good…

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24 Aug

Professionals in the mental-health field across the region agreed that filling crucial jobs is a priority and a challenge.

They need people.

“If you could march 60 qualified employees through my door right now, I’d be a happy person,” said Michael Mondi, corporate recruiter for Pathways.

Pathways is one of the largest national providers of outcome-based behavioral and mental-health services, operating in 17 states and Washington, D.C. In Pennsylvania, Pathways offers services through four subsidiaries, such as Children’s Behavioral Health, which specializes in providing outpatient services to children and adolescents.

“Children’s Behavioral Health covers the whole state, and I recruit for the western part of Pennsylvania,” Mondi said. “I have various hiring managers throughout all the counties and they have specific positions that they are looking for as far as the mental-health fields with individuals, adolescents with disabilities, and that sort.”  

Children’s Behavioral Health, which has several offices in Cambria and Somerset counties, is looking to fill dozens of positions, Mondi said. 

“The majority of those 60 positions are what we call therapeutic staff support (TSS) positions,” he said. “I know for Cambria County, I need over 10 TSSs that need to be placed for the start of the school year.”

Mondi noted that such jobs sees a steady flow of turnover because college graduates tend to use the work as a “stepping stone” to a career in teaching. So keeping candidates in the pipeline is crucial.

“I’m 100% optimistic,” Mondi said. “… I know there are 10 training sessions going on … for TSS hires that will be placed to start for the school year next week.

“That’s a continual cycle now,” he said. “Once the school year starts, as we get more adolescents that come on board … as we get more cases that come on board then we have more work for TSSs.”

‘The whole family’

Alternative Community Resource Program executive director Frank Janakovic says the demand to fill mental-health positions has been on the rise in recent years as area families face daily challenges.  

“With our society there’s been a lot changes from when I started 30 years ago,” Janakovic said. “A lot of single parent families, dysfunctional families, issues within the home that not only effect the parent but the child. Of course, the drug issue out there, and finances and economics.

“The best way to describe it is when I first started, it was one dimensional,” he said. “You dealt with one particular issue and you kind of dealt through that. Now the things we’re dealing with effect the whole family. 

“So it’s not just the individual anymore, and the needs have increased significantly.”   

ACRP is working to bring on several qualified candidates to fill various mental-health positions within the Johnstown-based organization

“There’s a variety of opportunities for those with bachelor’s and master’s degrees,” Janakovic said.  

Kara Ketley, ACRP human resource director, said: “I know there’s this ideology that there’s nothing available in our community. However, social work has the highest-growing demand for employment. It’s a 16% increase, which is higher than all other occupations.”

‘That extra support’

According to statistics reported by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1 in 5 people ages 18 and older (18.3% or 44.7 million people) reported having a mental illness in 2016.

“We’re under pressure,” Janakovic said. “We start school soon, and some of these positions need to be filled. We’re optimistic that we’ll find that person or persons, but it is a challenge. I won’t pretend it isn’t at times.

“It’s a matter of being in the right place at the right time. You look at this time of year and then you look at graduation time, but sometimes it’s very hard in those in-betweens to recruit or find staff,” he said. “At this time I’m very optimistic.

“We just filled probably six or seven positions before the school year starts,” Janakovic said. “We’ve been very fortunate to be able to receive a number of resumes and applications. Honestly, I could probably hire another 10 people for many of these positions.”

Mindy Frye, program director for Sunset Support Services, said she needs candidates, too.

“We’re looking for upwards of seven,” Frye said. “We’re always looking for qualified people to work for our company.”

Frye said that her organization is searching for direct support professionals as well as team leaders. 

“There’s definitely an overflow of people who need help,” Frye said. “There’s people in the system all over Pennsylvania just in general that need that extra support. Currently, we have 11 houses and we’re getting ready to open a couple more, so we can get people out of the system and get them into a more home-like setting.”

‘A heart for it’

Frye said the goal of the Cresson-based assisted living provider is to help mentally challenged individuals become independent.

“It’s not possible for all people we help, but that is the ultimate goal,” she said. “There’s definitely a need for qualified people that can step up and fill these caregiver positions. It really takes a special person who can do that type of position. 

“You have to have a heart for it,” Frye said. “That’s probably the most important thing, because if you’ve got that heart, everything else is just going to fall in line behind it. If you have the heart you’re going to be able to learn the skill sets required to help that person.

“This particular field has a high turnover rate because it really does require someone to have a good heart to be able to step and deal with the bad days as well as the good in order to help that individual,” she said. 

“And not everyone is built for that position.”

Frye is now encouraging those with an interest in caring for others to visit the Sunset Support Services website at www.sunsetsupportservices.com.

On Friday, Sunset Support Services held a grand opening for its new day facility Ray of Hope, located in Ebensburg.


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24 Aug

Children and youth who do not sleep enough and use screens more than recommended are more likely to act impulsively, recent research published in Pediatrics suggests.

The findings come from the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (HALO) at the CHEO Research Institute in Ottawa.

“Impulsive behavior is associated with numerous mental health and addiction problems, including eating disorders, behavioral addictions and substance abuse,” Michelle Guerrero, PhD, lead author and postdoctoral fellow at the CHEO Research Institute and the University of Ottawa, says in a release.

“This study shows the importance of especially paying attention to sleep and recreational screen time, and reinforces the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth. When kids follow these recommendations, they are more likely to make better decisions and act less rashly than those who do not meet the guidelines.”

The Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth recommends 9-11 hours of sleep per night and no more than 2 hours of recreational screen time per day.

The paper analyzed data for 4,524 children from the first set of data of a large longitudinal population study called the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study, which will follow participants for 10 years. In addition to sleep and screen time, the ABCD study also captures data related to physical activity. Physical activity is a third pillar of the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines, which recommend at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily.

The ABCD study allowed Guerrero and her team to look at the three pillars of the movement guidelines against eight measures of impulsivity, such as one’s tendency to seek out thrilling experiences, to set desired goals, to respond sensitively to rewarding or unpleasant stimuli, and to act rashly in negative and positive moods. The study results suggest that meeting all three pillars of the movement guidelines was associated with more favorable outcomes on five of the eight dimensions.

Guerrero and her team say that studies using feedback devices to measure the movement behaviors in future research will help further our understanding of how physical activity, screen time, and sleep relate to children’s impulsivity.

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24 Aug

Stirrings was one of the first companies to make a splash in the burgeoning premade mixer business, and the brand now dominates shelf space on the mixer aisle. While Stirrings has 13 mixers at present along with a host of other syrups, rimmers, and other nonalcoholic products, today we look at the flagship: Stirrings Simple Margarita Mix. A quick look at the company’s classic margarita rimmer is also included below.

Stirrings Simple Margarita Mix – Built around key limes, 20% juice (which is on the low side for a margarita mix). The mix on its own is more like a limeade, not overly sweet, with plenty of fresh lime character and little else. (Hey, it says “Simple” in the name, after all.) I liked it surprisingly well on its own, before I added blanco tequila to the mix, which introduced a significant vegetal note. Your choice of tequila (and the quantity of tequila) will impact that to some extent. Keep things on the light side to ensure things stay vibrant and focused clearly on the lime. (And consider a dash of triple sec when you whip up a batch of margaritas using Stirrings.) B+ / $12 per 750ml bottle [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]

Stirrings Margarita Rimmer – A blend of sea salt and “spices” (including mint), served in the usual, resealable hockey puck tin. There’s a lot of citric acid in this mix, which gives the rim an intense lemon/lime character — coming across even stronger than the salt component. The mint isn’t immediately evident, but it does give the rimmer a cooling character, which is nice if you like your margaritas extra-boozy. Ultimately, I don’t typically take salt with my margarita (or any cocktail, really), but if I do, I prefer a little more actual salt and a little less powdered, dehydrated lime. C+ / $5 per 3.5 oz tin [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]

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24 Aug

Walk of Shame

Charlotte Tilbury Walk of Shame Eyeshadow Quad ($52.00 for 0.18 oz.) is the newest quad in the brand’s line-up, inspired by their Walk of Shame Matte Revolution Lipstick. I imagine if you’re someone typically likes the brand’s formula, the quad seemed consistent with that. The Pop shade (#3) under-performed but not much of a surprise in its performance. I wish the last shade was a bit softer and more yielding.

Charlotte Tilbury Walk of Shame #1 Eyeshadow
Charlotte Tilbury Walk of Shame #1 Eyeshadow
Charlotte Tilbury Walk of Shame #1 Eyeshadow
Charlotte Tilbury Walk of Shame #1 Eyeshadow
Charlotte Tilbury Walk of Shame #1 Eyeshadow
Charlotte Tilbury Walk of Shame #1 Eyeshadow

Walk of Shame #1

Walk of Shame #1 is a soft, golden peach with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had opaque pigmentation with a silky-smooth consistency that was a smidgen dusty but not prone to fallout during application. The eyeshadow applied evenly and blended out easily on my skin. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me before fading a bit.

Walk of Shame #2

Walk of Shame #2 is a slightly muted, medium-dark copper with warm, red undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had rich pigmentation with a smooth, lightly creamy texture that was more firmly-pressed in the pan but not to the point where it was stiff or difficult to blend out on my skin (just no fallout and easy to control). It lasted nicely for seven and a half hours on me before I noticed any fading.

Walk of Shame #3

Walk of Shame #3 is a light-medium copper with moderately warm undertones and flecks of gold and copper sparkle. The texture felt more emollient, but it also seemed to have more of a transparent base. It had sheer coverage applied dry, and it was more medium coverage when applied with a dampened brush. I had the best luck applying it with a dampened, flat, synthetic brush or a fingertip and building it up slowly, though there was a moderate amount of fallout from doing so. The eyeshadow stayed on well for seven and a half hours with light fallout over time.

Walk of Shame #4

Walk of Shame #4 is a muted, medium red with subtle, warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had nearly opaque color coverage that applied well to bare skin with an even lay down of product that blended out well along the edges. The consistency was thin and felt drier, though, and I felt like it didn’t sit as well on my skin compared to the first two shades in the quad. It wore well for seven hours on me before fading noticeably.

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24 Aug

For Lauren Taylor, her art is more than a creation. 

“When I was in high school I had struggled a lot with panic disorder and depression/anxiety,” she told NBC Sports California. “High school was not the kindest place to me and I started doing art just whatever to kind of talk about things in a less vulnerable way.”

The art she’s referring to — well, the term “art,” doesn’t do it justice. It’s beautiful, but even that doesn’t seem appropriate, there’s so much meaning behind it. Perhaps it’s because as talented as she is, she once earned a “C” in art class and with her creations, you’ll find that hard to believe. 

“I have literally no training in art I just kind of wing it. I started creating on wood about five years ago, just because there’s so much wood in the game that I felt like it complemented the piece to bring in the wood grain.”

Taylor admits she has love for each MLB team, but there’s a special affinity for the A’s. 

“I have a pretty big A’s trip coming up here, but I’m also a Red Sox fan I won’t lie to you there,” she said. “I’m also a big Rickey Henderson fan and my mom grew up in the Oakland area so I’m kind of familiar with that part of the world.”

It was sports that started this entire journey.

“After I got hit in the head with a baseball, not just a little bump, but like really in the face with a baseball, the mental health stuff — I had no idea how much a concussion can exacerbate symptoms. I started to think like ‘Are there athletes out there that don’t feel comfortable admitting they’re struggling?’ I heard Brock Holt talk about it a little bit and I started thinking ‘We need to be okay with talking about this more and how can I help.'”

Now, Taylor volunteers as an operator for the Vancouver Suicide Hotline — she’s also a mental health advocate. She says as many stories she hears from people who need help, she doesn’t feel there is enough talking about it.

“So I just decided that as I build my platform with sports art, it’s equally important if not more important to me to lead by example that it’s okay to talk about the struggles we have as well, not just ‘This is my art I’m successful at this, this and this, my social media looks perfect, and I’ve never struggled a day in my life,’ Taylor said. “I think it keeps the people that are unwell feeling more broken and more unwell and my thought from day one is I’m going to be as honest as possible, share the good but also be like ‘Hey I had an awful anxiety day today, and I sucked, and I had a panic attack and I sat in my apartment and that’s okay.'”

But art has a sneaky way of helping cope. 

“You can make an art piece that’s really deep, but then at the end of the day just be like ‘it’s just art man,'” she said. “Then really it’s cathartic. If you told me ‘Oh that’s what you’re going to do with your life,’ I would have laughed. 

“Still sometimes am shocked by it. But that’s how it started, and I was also playing college fastpitch and was getting ready to play college fastpitch so I was very much in love with the sport already. As I was playing, it kind of took a back seat and then after I took the line drive to the face and was out pretty significantly that’s when I started going back to doing art of baseball because I was trying to get that fix because I missed the sport so much.”

Her pieces took on a mind of their own once she decided to create them on wood. But it was hiding the images within the images that was a game-changer.

“The first one I did of that was Felix Hernandez of the Mariners. I took a photo of him and then I started trying to do in the reflection of his glasses some of the Safeco Field’s strong blue skies. That was the first time I was like ‘Okay maybe this is the direction I want to go.’ I was proud of it for two reasons, One, I bounced back from a little bit of a zinger of a rejection and two, It’s how all of this changed, it’s how I’ve gotten to the next level of sports art.”

That initial rejection was from a baseball card company in which her art was criticized from someone saying “a Lehman hobbyist could do this.”

She’s made countless pieces for any MLB athlete you can imagine from Bryce Harper to Aaron Judge. And has even met some of them and presented them with the pieces they’ve inspired.

So the rejections seem far away in memories, but she knows they don’t hold her back. She always bounces back — the theme of her life.

“Metaphorically and literally,” she laughed. 

Some of Taylor’s works of art will be on display at the Battle of the Bay Art Show Saturday and Sunday at the Coliseum.


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24 Aug

In a cohort of adults assessed for sleep issues, those in the highest quartile of apolipoprotein B to apolipoprotein A-I ratio were at the greatest risk for obstructive sleep apnea and insulin resistance, according to findings published in Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases.

“The ApoB/ApoA-I ratio is positively associated with the risk of prediabetes, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and CVD,” Jian Guan MD, PhD, of the department of otorhinolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Shanghai Jiao Tong University Affiliated Sixth People’s Hospital in Shanghai, and colleagues wrote.

“Considering that [obstructive sleep apnea] may promote dyslipidemia, we hypothesized a positive association between severity of [obstructive sleep apnea] and the ApoB/ApoA-I.”

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24 Aug


STUDENTS AT Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
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The short answer is: It depends.

Underscoring the importance of this question is the alarming trend being documented of the number of teens and young adults struggling with anxiety, depression and suicidal tendencies. According to a 2018 World Health Organization report on adolescent mental health, “Depression is one of the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents and suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15-19 year olds.”

What we have seen at Crossroads, a therapeutic center for gap-year students and English-speaking teens and young adults in Israel, is consistent with this universal trend.

For the last 19 years Crossroads has been offering therapeutic services to gap-year students, and while many things have stayed consistent in our support, over the last decade the amount therapy cases related to depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts have tripled.

While the year in Israel or gap-year programs did not create these problems, the programs receive thousands of participants each year who often need more professional help than the staff are able to offer.

This mental health phenomenon is coupled with many teens who are already or shortly turning 18 (the legal drinking age in Israel) who are experiencing for the first time the freedom of being away from home. For some, this can lead to various forms of exploration and rebellion that can further exacerbate other existing mental health problems.

Some gap-year programs have in fact included mental health professionals on their staff. Others have elected to retain mental health professionals on an outsourced basis, or readily refer individuals to local community mental health resources in a crisis situation or when other outside support is required. From our perspective, this is both a positive and growing trend which should be publicly acknowledged and applauded.

Notwithstanding the increased mental health awareness and support being provided by gap-year programs which have chosen to prioritize this issue, too many participants are still falling between the cracks of the system. This can occur where there is not sufficient awareness and sensitivity by staff members. Alternatively, even when the staff are aware and ready to help, there will be participants who are uncomfortable sharing their struggles with the administration. This leaves these students in a lonely place, trying to manage their mental health and well-being on their own.

As evidenced from the above, the topic of serving the mental health needs of gap-year students has definitely come a long way.

However, we must be ever vigilant and undeterred in meeting the sobering reality of today’s alarming rise of anxiety, depression and suicidal tendencies among teens and young adults. We can do no less than find the wherewithal to make sure that no gap year participant will fall between the cracks allowing their mental health well-being and personal safety to be compromised during their program experience in Israel.

What can parents do?

Parents can take a number of steps that can help ensure the best possible outcome for promoting the well-being of their teen with mental health challenges during their gap-year experience.

These pro-active steps include ask, tell and connect.

First, asking a gap-year program about its on-site or outsourced mental health staff and resources is a great way to become informed at the outset. Having a conversation about how the program has dealt with mental health issues in prior years is a good indicator as to whether the gap-year program is knowledgeable about and adequately prepared to deal with the spectrum of issues that may arise.

Second, parents are encouraged to be fully transparent with program administrators regarding current or past issues that have come up with their child, and connect the child’s mental health support network with the staff of the program. A lack of transparency and openness could potentially put their teen in a harmful situation.

Third, for a teen or young adult who is engaged in therapy before entering their gap-year program, it is recommended that parents connect them in advance with an English-speaking mental health professional in Israel. This can be done in coordination with their gap-year program staff. This step can help ensure that an appropriate support system is in place before they arrive in Israel and pave the way for a smoother transition and a successful, safe year in their gap-year program.



The writer is an MSW and executive director of Crossroads Center which offers therapeutic services for gap- year students and english-speaking teens and young adults in Israel.



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24 Aug

Among patients with early Parkinson’s disease, impulse control behaviors (ICBs) are common in the early stages of the disease, with a significant proportion having symptoms of subsyndromal impulse control disorders (ICDs), according to study findings published in Neurology.

The study was designed to describe risk factors, natural history, and prevalence for ICBs among patients with Parkinson’s disease and REM sleep behavior disorder.

Participants were longitudinally screened for ICBs using the Questionnaire for Impulsivity in Parkinson Disease Short Form at baseline, and every 18 months. Individuals found to have ICBs underwent semi-structured interviews with a follow-up 1 year later. ICB severity was assessed using the Parkinson Impulse Control Scale; associations and prevalence were estimated using multiple imputation and regression models.

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From the Archives: Scraped Shins on the Deadlift

by Nick Delgadillo, SSC | August 24, 2019

[Y]ou’ve seen at least one guy who walks around with horrific scabs, scarring, and bruising on his shins from the deadlift, clean, or snatch. You yourself may have scraped your shins with the bar on a pull and left your DNA on some training equipment. Rest assured that this can be fixed – the problem is usually due to an incorrect pull off the floor.

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