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02 Sep

Tell us what you love and hate about…

Urban Decay

There are a lot of permanent products from Urban Decay that I really love (Vice Lipsticks and 24/7 Eyeliners are some of my go-tos, as far as I can have go-tos!). I’ve found that their seasonal/limited edition launches can be more hit or miss, and they can be repetitive, despite the brand not having THAT many launches per year (like why it is always the same cheek trio?).

— Christine


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02 Sep

CNBC reports that Apple will launch a new sleep monitoring feature for the Apple Watch called “Time in Bed tracking.”

The company has not yet provided a first-party way for Apple Watch owners to track their sleep, but may finally be ready to after acquiring a sleep tracking company named Beddit in 2017.

The report said it’s unclear if users will need to buy a new Apple Watch to use the feature, called “Burrito” internally, or if it will work with older models, too. Apple is expected to introduce new Apple Watches during its iPhone event on Sept. 10.

Apple will tell users how well they slept inside the Health app on an iPhone, with data pulled from sensors on the Apple Watch that detect movement, noises and a wearer’s heart rate, 9to5Mac said. Other wearables, such as those from Samsung and Fitbit, already provide sleep tracking capabilities. The feature could help Apple take sales away from competitors who have offered the option to track sleep.

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02 Sep

Provenance is a moderately high-end operation in Rutherford in Napa Valley with a focus on big reds. Today we look at a quartet of new releases, all from the 2016 vintage in current release.

2016 Provenance Chardonnay Carneros – Chewy chardonnay, oaky and chewy on the palate, but cut just so with notes of lemon and grapefruit. Buttery vanilla notes endure well into the finish, however, leaving a somewhat cloying aftertaste that’s hard to shake. B / $15

2016 Provenance Merlot Napa Valley – Tight at first, this merlot slowly opens up to reveal layers of character. Chocolate comes first, then black cherry, then a mint component. While this wine could well be mistaken for cabernet (or a meritage), there’s a softness on the palate that belies its merlotness, particularly when you reach the silky, minimally tannic finish and its gentle floral influence. B+ / $32

2016 Provenance Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford – Approachable cabernet, distinctly on the softer side — though that’s not meant as an insult. Fresh blueberries and raspberries outpace a light balsamic character, which add a certain austerity to the otherwise straightforward wine, its finishing chocolate and cassis notes tempered by a surprising acidity. B+ / $35

2016 Provenance Deadeye Red Blend Napa Valley – A red mystery blend; Provenance doesn’t say what’s in this bottling. If I had to guess — cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and cabernet franc, primarily and in that order, but that’s just conjecture. Notes of chocolate and hazelnuts inform a silky palate of dense cassis and blueberry, with well-integrated tannins enduring into the lasting finish. Violet floral notes are evident, but only after a bit of air time. It’s a bold and aggressive wine, but one that deftly threads the needle, preventing it from ever becoming overwrought. A- / $40

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02 Sep

NARS Honolulu Honey Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium peach with warm, yellowish undertones and a natural sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage in a single pass, which didn’t build up well. I had trouble with the application, as the product sank into my lip lines and emphasized the natural texture of my lips. The consistency felt lightweight, lightly emollient, and thin (in a comfortable-enough way), but it wasn’t flattering on despite exfoliating my lips before applying it. This shade lasted well for three hours and was lightly moisturizing while worn.

  • Colour Pop Quickie (LE, $7.00) is lighter (90% similar).
  • Urban Decay Fuel (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte Darling (P, $34.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (90% similar).
  • Colour Pop Likely (P, $7.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (90% similar).
  • Colour Pop She Cute (LE, $7.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • Giorgio Armani Sand (100) (P, $38.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar).
  • Urban Decay Stark Naked (P, $18.00) is lighter (85% similar).
  • NARS Vibeke (LE, $34.00) is lighter (85% similar).
  • Urban Decay Stark Naked (DC, $22.00) is lighter, more pigmented (85% similar).
  • Charlotte Tilbury Angel Alessandra (P, $37.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$26.00/0.12 oz. – $216.67 Per Ounce

NARS has reformulated their core lipstick range, which now includes 72 shades across three finishes: matte, sheer, and satin. The formula is supposed to go on “smoothly and evenly with a light feel” that is “long-lasting” and “resistant to bleeding and feathering.” The sheer finish has “subtle, sheer color that shines,” while the satin finish has “creamy rich color” and the matte finish has “intense color with a velvety finish.”

The matte finish has a very thin, featherweight feel to it, but they didn’t feel clingy or too prone to dragging during application, though they were definitely a firmer texture in the tube. There was enough glide from the inclusion of dimethicone (first ingredient for the matte finish) that went on evenly, felt velvety but didn’t feel as powder-like as some of the other more silicone-heavy matte lipstick formulas that have been released in the last couple of years. Most shades were pigmented and nearly opaque to opaque. The wear ranged from three to six hours with deeper, richer shades staying on a bit longer and leaving slight stains. They were comfortable to wear but felt more non-drying than particularly hydrating.

The satin finish has more slip, feels thicker (though not actually thick or heavy) compared to the matte finish, and of course, there was subtle to light shine/sheen. They applied smoothly, comfortably, and for the most part, went on evenly and didn’t sink noticeably into my lip lines but there was some variance between shades. They were typically semi-opaque to opaque in coverage with four to six-hour wear that was lightly hydrating.

The sheer finish had coverage that ranged from semi-sheer to true medium coverage but most had some translucency to them, which gave them a sheerer finish. I found most of the shades I tried were buildable to some degree. The texture was a bit firmer, but they felt more emollient and “melted” a bit more against my lips than I recall the original line of lipsticks doing. Some shades applied well with even application and were flattering on, but there were a few that sank more noticeably into my lip lines. This finish tended to wear between three and five hours.

I don’t have many of NARS’ original lipsticks in my stash (I have mostly Audacious as they haven’t been releasing many in the core range) to compare to. The matte finish was definitely thinner, more matte, and had a velvetier look on lips compared to the original which had a subtle sheen to it. The satin finish seemed a bit more pigmented and not quite as luminous/glossy as the previous formula, while the sheer finish was creamier, more emollient, and was easier to apply. It didn’t feel like a vastly different formula, but it felt a bit easier to work with (smoother, more emollient but still lighterweight and thin, far less slip than any of the Audacious range) and was more comfortable to wear across the board for me.

I didn’t notice any scent or taste, though there is “fragrance (parfum)” listed in the ingredients–it smelled neutral, not waxy but I just didn’t get any scent.

Browse all of our NARS Lipstick swatches.

Ingredients

Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Synthetic Wax, Polyethylene, Dimethicone, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Hydroxyapatite, Diisostearyl Malate, Microcrystalline Wax/Cera Microcristallina/Cire Microcristalline, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Glyceryl Behenate, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Calcium Stearate, Tin Oxide, Simethicone, Bht, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Linalool, Citronellol, Limonene, [+/- (May Contain/Peut Contenir): Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Mica, Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 33 (Ci 17200), Red 33 Lake (Ci 17200), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)].

NARS Blonde Venus Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep peach with warm, orange undertones and a natural sheen. It had medium to semi-opaque pigmentation with a thin, lightly emollient texture that applied evenly but separated along my lip lines noticeably. The lipstick stayed on well for three and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating over time.

  • MAC Uncontrollable (LE, $19.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
  • Colour Pop Creme Fresh (P, $7.00) is cooler, less glossy (85% similar).
  • Colour Pop Oouuuu! (LE, $7.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar).
  • Sephora Adventuring (63) (P, $8.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar).
  • Jaclyn Cosmetics Tipsy (DC, $18.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar).
  • Charlotte Tilbury Angel Alessandra (P, $37.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar).
  • Colour Pop I Like It (LE, $6.00) is darker, brighter (80% similar).
  • NARS Firecracker (LE, $26.00) is lighter, less glossy (80% similar).
  • LORAC Savoir Faire (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (80% similar).
  • NARS Grotto (LE, $27.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy (80% similar).

Formula Overview

$26.00/0.12 oz. – $216.67 Per Ounce

NARS has reformulated their core lipstick range, which now includes 72 shades across three finishes: matte, sheer, and satin. The formula is supposed to go on “smoothly and evenly with a light feel” that is “long-lasting” and “resistant to bleeding and feathering.” The sheer finish has “subtle, sheer color that shines,” while the satin finish has “creamy rich color” and the matte finish has “intense color with a velvety finish.”

The matte finish has a very thin, featherweight feel to it, but they didn’t feel clingy or too prone to dragging during application, though they were definitely a firmer texture in the tube. There was enough glide from the inclusion of dimethicone (first ingredient for the matte finish) that went on evenly, felt velvety but didn’t feel as powder-like as some of the other more silicone-heavy matte lipstick formulas that have been released in the last couple of years. Most shades were pigmented and nearly opaque to opaque. The wear ranged from three to six hours with deeper, richer shades staying on a bit longer and leaving slight stains. They were comfortable to wear but felt more non-drying than particularly hydrating.

The satin finish has more slip, feels thicker (though not actually thick or heavy) compared to the matte finish, and of course, there was subtle to light shine/sheen. They applied smoothly, comfortably, and for the most part, went on evenly and didn’t sink noticeably into my lip lines but there was some variance between shades. They were typically semi-opaque to opaque in coverage with four to six-hour wear that was lightly hydrating.

The sheer finish had coverage that ranged from semi-sheer to true medium coverage but most had some translucency to them, which gave them a sheerer finish. I found most of the shades I tried were buildable to some degree. The texture was a bit firmer, but they felt more emollient and “melted” a bit more against my lips than I recall the original line of lipsticks doing. Some shades applied well with even application and were flattering on, but there were a few that sank more noticeably into my lip lines. This finish tended to wear between three and five hours.

I don’t have many of NARS’ original lipsticks in my stash (I have mostly Audacious as they haven’t been releasing many in the core range) to compare to. The matte finish was definitely thinner, more matte, and had a velvetier look on lips compared to the original which had a subtle sheen to it. The satin finish seemed a bit more pigmented and not quite as luminous/glossy as the previous formula, while the sheer finish was creamier, more emollient, and was easier to apply. It didn’t feel like a vastly different formula, but it felt a bit easier to work with (smoother, more emollient but still lighterweight and thin, far less slip than any of the Audacious range) and was more comfortable to wear across the board for me.

I didn’t notice any scent or taste, though there is “fragrance (parfum)” listed in the ingredients–it smelled neutral, not waxy but I just didn’t get any scent.

Browse all of our NARS Lipstick swatches.

Ingredients

Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Synthetic Wax, Polyethylene, Dimethicone, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Hydroxyapatite, Diisostearyl Malate, Microcrystalline Wax/Cera Microcristallina/Cire Microcristalline, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Glyceryl Behenate, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Calcium Stearate, Tin Oxide, Simethicone, Bht, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Linalool, Citronellol, Limonene, [+/- (May Contain/Peut Contenir): Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Mica, Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 33 (Ci 17200), Red 33 Lake (Ci 17200), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)].

NARS Casablanca Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium orange with warm, slightly red-leaning undertones and a natural sheen. It had medium pigmentation that applied fairly evenly, but it slipped into my lip lines and emphasized any lip texture. The consistency was lightweight, thin without feeling clingy (thought it looked it!), and had just enough slip to glide across my lips without dragging during application. It wore well for four hours and was lightly moisturizing while worn.

  • Bite Beauty Lit Turmeric (LE, $26.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).
  • Revlon Kiss Me Coral (P, $8.49) is darker (85% similar).
  • Revlon Siren (P, $8.49) is darker, brighter (85% similar).
  • MAC Morange (P, $19.50) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar).
  • Estee Lauder Out of Control (P, $32.00) is brighter, cooler (85% similar).
  • Colour Pop Chi Chi (P, $6.00) is brighter, cooler (80% similar).
  • Bite Beauty Tourne (DC, $24.00) is darker, brighter (80% similar).
  • Colour Pop 7 Springs (P, $7.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar).
  • Shiseido Fire Topaz (OR417) (DC, $28.00) is darker, brighter (80% similar).
  • Estee Lauder Daring (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar).

Formula Overview

$26.00/0.12 oz. – $216.67 Per Ounce

NARS has reformulated their core lipstick range, which now includes 72 shades across three finishes: matte, sheer, and satin. The formula is supposed to go on “smoothly and evenly with a light feel” that is “long-lasting” and “resistant to bleeding and feathering.” The sheer finish has “subtle, sheer color that shines,” while the satin finish has “creamy rich color” and the matte finish has “intense color with a velvety finish.”

The matte finish has a very thin, featherweight feel to it, but they didn’t feel clingy or too prone to dragging during application, though they were definitely a firmer texture in the tube. There was enough glide from the inclusion of dimethicone (first ingredient for the matte finish) that went on evenly, felt velvety but didn’t feel as powder-like as some of the other more silicone-heavy matte lipstick formulas that have been released in the last couple of years. Most shades were pigmented and nearly opaque to opaque. The wear ranged from three to six hours with deeper, richer shades staying on a bit longer and leaving slight stains. They were comfortable to wear but felt more non-drying than particularly hydrating.

The satin finish has more slip, feels thicker (though not actually thick or heavy) compared to the matte finish, and of course, there was subtle to light shine/sheen. They applied smoothly, comfortably, and for the most part, went on evenly and didn’t sink noticeably into my lip lines but there was some variance between shades. They were typically semi-opaque to opaque in coverage with four to six-hour wear that was lightly hydrating.

The sheer finish had coverage that ranged from semi-sheer to true medium coverage but most had some translucency to them, which gave them a sheerer finish. I found most of the shades I tried were buildable to some degree. The texture was a bit firmer, but they felt more emollient and “melted” a bit more against my lips than I recall the original line of lipsticks doing. Some shades applied well with even application and were flattering on, but there were a few that sank more noticeably into my lip lines. This finish tended to wear between three and five hours.

I don’t have many of NARS’ original lipsticks in my stash (I have mostly Audacious as they haven’t been releasing many in the core range) to compare to. The matte finish was definitely thinner, more matte, and had a velvetier look on lips compared to the original which had a subtle sheen to it. The satin finish seemed a bit more pigmented and not quite as luminous/glossy as the previous formula, while the sheer finish was creamier, more emollient, and was easier to apply. It didn’t feel like a vastly different formula, but it felt a bit easier to work with (smoother, more emollient but still lighterweight and thin, far less slip than any of the Audacious range) and was more comfortable to wear across the board for me.

I didn’t notice any scent or taste, though there is “fragrance (parfum)” listed in the ingredients–it smelled neutral, not waxy but I just didn’t get any scent.

Browse all of our NARS Lipstick swatches.

Ingredients

Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Synthetic Wax, Polyethylene, Dimethicone, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Hydroxyapatite, Diisostearyl Malate, Microcrystalline Wax/Cera Microcristallina/Cire Microcristalline, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Glyceryl Behenate, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Calcium Stearate, Tin Oxide, Simethicone, Bht, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Linalool, Citronellol, Limonene, [+/- (May Contain/Peut Contenir): Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Mica, Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 33 (Ci 17200), Red 33 Lake (Ci 17200), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)].

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02 Sep



Mental health has become a topic on college campuses across the country. IU offers mental health services through Counseling and Psychological Services. 

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“I am not okay.” 

These four words are not easily uttered in society. Whether it be due to pride or fear of being ostracized, talking about mental health and the struggles we face simply does not happen enough. This is something that needs to change — conversations about mental health must be destigmatized.

As students head back to school or begin their new journeys in an environment foreign to them, it is important for students to know they are not alone if they are struggling to get by day to day. 

In the age of social media, people are expected to paint a facade that shows we are all doing awesome and everything is great. According to collegestats.org,  50% of college students are living with what they claim is below average or poor mental health, and 30% of college students find it hard to keep up with their school work because of mental health issues.

According to these same statistics, 40% of students fail to seek help for their struggles. This could be attributed to the fact that people in the United States spend twice as much on health care, on average, than any other country on earth. 

Students failing to seek help for their mental health struggle with a multitude of outcomes, such as self harm, drug usage and physical health issues. According to the American College Health Association, the suicide rate among students aged 15 to 24 is now three times what it was in the 1950s.

What can help with beginning the dialogue is for people to avoid negatively stigmatizing mental illness. According to a UCLA-led study conducted at more than 150 colleges, students who experience suicidal thoughts are more likely to not seek help if they are in a campus environment with negative stigmatization toward mental health.

Students will not seek help if they feel they’ll be shunned or chastised by their peers. It’s a matter of wanting to fit in and feel accepted, so creating awareness and showing students that they are not alone in their mental health struggles is much needed. At the end of the day, it is okay for a student to talk about mental health, because it is likely there is someone around them who has been wanting to talk about their own struggles but didn’t feel they could.

The National Alliance of Mental Illness recommends talking about these issues with family and friends, and they even have a list of suggestions on how to go about that process.

It’s important to know you don’t have to share everything with loved ones, if you choose to talk to them. You can set boundaries, let them know how they can support you as you go about your day to day life. Mental health struggles don’t go away like a cold. They’re to be handled over the course of a lifetime, and there are highs and lows.

When it comes to taking care of our students, parents and mentors play an integral part in the solution as well. Unfortunately, only a mere 7% of parents reported that their children suffer from mental health issues while in college. Many parents are completely unaware of their children’s mental health struggles. 

Fortunately, colleges are spearheading campus initiatives to help students living with mental illness. Here at Indiana University, the college offers mental health services through CAPS, which will allow for students to have low-cost access to mental health care.

As we can see, we are definitely not alone with our struggles. Even if we do not seek help for our struggles in the form of professional treatment, just being able to have a dialogue about our problems can also be helpful. Reaching out to a friend can do a world of good to help with getting through a tough time or handling an ongoing issue, such as depression or anxiety. We need to create a change for young adults. This is literally a life or death matter, and we can’t afford to do nothing.

If you or someone you know is experiencing depression or suicidal thoughts, there are resources to help. IU Counseling and Psychological Services is on the fourth floor of the IU Health Center and offers help with stress management, anxiety, depression and more. To set up an appointment, go here. In an emergency, call 812-855-5711, which is available 24/7. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.

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02 Sep

Even if you are a non-smoker who exercises and has no genetic predisposition to cardiovascular disease, skimping on sleep⁠ — or getting too much of it ⁠— can boost your risk of heart attack, according to a new University of Colorado Boulder study of nearly a half-million people.

The research, published Sept. 2 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, also found that for those at high genetic risk for heart attack, sleeping between 6 and 9 hours nightly can offset that risk.

“This provides some of the strongest proof yet that sleep duration is a key factor when it comes to heart health, and this holds true for everyone,” senior author Celine Vetter, an assistant professor of integrative physiology, says in a statement.

For the study, Vetter and co-authors at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of Manchester analyzed the genetic information, self-reported sleep habits and medical records of 461,000 UK Biobank participants age 40 to 69 who had never had a heart attack, then followed them for seven years.

Compared to those who slept 6 to 9 hours per night, those who slept fewer than six hours were 20% more likely to have a heart attack during the study period. Those who slept more than nine hours were 34% more likely.

When the researchers looked only at people with a genetic predisposition to heart disease, they found that sleeping between six and nine hours nightly cut their risk of having a heart attack by 18%.

“It’s kind of a hopeful message, that regardless of what your inherited risk for heart attack is, sleeping a healthy amount may cut that risk just like eating a healthy diet, not smoking, and other lifestyle approaches can,” says lead author Iyas Daghlas, a medical student at Harvard.

Many factors can influence both heart health and sleep, making it even more difficult to determine cause and effect. For the new study, the researchers used the massive UK Biobank dataset and combined observational and genetic research.

After taking into account 30 other factors ⁠— including body composition, physical activity, socioeconomic status and mental health ⁠— they found that sleep duration, in and of itself, influenced heart attack risk independently of these other factors.

The farther people fell outside the 6 to 9-hour range, the more their risk increased. For instance, people who slept five hours per night had a 52% higher risk of heart attack than those who slept 7 to 8, while those who slept 10 hours nightly were twice as likely to have one.

Using a method called Mendelian randomization, the researchers then looked at participant’s genetic profiles to determine whether those who were genetically predisposed to short sleep were more likely to have heart attacks. Twenty-seven genetic variants have been associated with short sleep.

They saw similar patterns emerge and found that genetically influenced short sleep duration was a risk factor for heart attack.

“This gives us even more confidence that there is a causal relationship here, that it is sleep duration, not something else, influencing heart health,” says Vetter.

The study did not explore the mechanism by which short or long sleep may boost heart attack risk, but previous studies have pointed to a few explanations. Sleeping too little can impact the lining of the arteries, or endothelium, impact bone marrow development of inflammatory cells, but also lead to poor dietary choices and ill-timed eating (which can in turn impact weight and, thus, heart health). Sleeping too much may also boost inflammation in the body, which is also associated with cardiovascular disease.

The authors hope the study will increase awareness about sleep’s heart-health benefits among physicians, public health agencies and the public. “Just as working out and eating healthy can reduce your risk of heart disease, sleep can too,” says Vetter.

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02 Sep

Sublime

Pat McGrath Sublime Eye Ecstasy Mini Eyeshadow Palette ($28.00 for 0.18 oz.) is a new, five-pan eyeshadow palette with four metallic shades and one semi-matte shade (matte with fine shimmer/micro-sparkle). All five shades have been released previously, so those who have a lot of the brand’s past palette releases, this may be redundant. For those who have always wanted to try the formula but have held back due to the price point, it’s an excellent way to enjoy it. It’s a fantastic palette from a quality perspective, and I’m glad that the price point will make Pat McGrath more accessible to some.

The packaging is functional; it’s by no means luxe or weighty like the Mothership Palettes, but it seems like it would hold up for travel to me. The cover will give a little if you pushed firmly on the center, but it has a good click to stay shut. If you’re someone who would rather more of the cost go toward the actual product than the packaging, this is that–it contains $118.42 worth of eyeshadow!

Pat McGrath Sinful EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Sinful EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Sinful EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Sinful EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Sinful EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Sinful EYEdols Eyeshadow

Sinful

Sinful is a bright, light gold with subtle, warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had nearly opaque color coverage in a single layer–enough that with a heavier hand, it was opaque. The texture was smooth, dense without being too firmly pressed in the pan, and felt creamy to the touch. The eyeshadow applied evenly to bare skin without falling out and blended out easily along the edges. It wore well for 10 hours on me before creasing noticeably.

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.04 oz. – $625.00 Per Ounce

Pat McGrath’s eyeshadows are, generally, supposed to be “super-saturated” with “creamy, soft textures” and “extreme blendability and adherence without creasing.” A lot of how well they perform (and to some degree, how they are supposed to be applied and marketed) depends on the type of shades, but by and large, the eyeshadows perform very much as they are described.

The brand released single eyeshadows in March 2019, and the shades have been consistent in quality, look, and feel. They are not removable, unfortunately, so one would have to depot like any other single eyeshadow–I tried using tweezers and lifting on several shades to no avail. The lids are held closed by a weak magnet, so I’m not sure they’re as secure as most single eyeshadow compacts in my stash–I wish it really locked in, but there’s definitely a magnet that pulls the lid down if it’s within 2mm of the base.

The mattes are velvety, blendable, and dense without being thick or too heavy, and they have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation where a little can go a long way with some of the deeper and richer hues. The satin and pearl finishes are smooth, lightly creamy, and firmer but not dense or thick with good pigmentation, blendability, and easy application. The more metallic finishes tend to be softer, creamy, and smooth with a bit more denseness and no powderiness. The sparkly/glittery shades are often designed to be applied wet for richer coverage or intensity, which has largely been my experience. Most of the shades last between eight and nine hours.

Browse all of our Pat McGrath EYEdols Eyeshadow swatches.

Illicit

Illicit is a deep brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had very fine shimmer strewn throughout, and there was enough of it to keep it from appearing totally matte applied. It had nearly opaque color coverage in a single layer, which applied well to bare skin and diffused out well along the edges. The consistency was soft, slightly dusty in the pan but not prone to fallout or sheering out during application. It lasted well for nine and a half hours on me before fading a bit.

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.04 oz. – $625.00 Per Ounce

Pat McGrath’s eyeshadows are, generally, supposed to be “super-saturated” with “creamy, soft textures” and “extreme blendability and adherence without creasing.” A lot of how well they perform (and to some degree, how they are supposed to be applied and marketed) depends on the type of shades, but by and large, the eyeshadows perform very much as they are described.

The brand released single eyeshadows in March 2019, and the shades have been consistent in quality, look, and feel. They are not removable, unfortunately, so one would have to depot like any other single eyeshadow–I tried using tweezers and lifting on several shades to no avail. The lids are held closed by a weak magnet, so I’m not sure they’re as secure as most single eyeshadow compacts in my stash–I wish it really locked in, but there’s definitely a magnet that pulls the lid down if it’s within 2mm of the base.

The mattes are velvety, blendable, and dense without being thick or too heavy, and they have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation where a little can go a long way with some of the deeper and richer hues. The satin and pearl finishes are smooth, lightly creamy, and firmer but not dense or thick with good pigmentation, blendability, and easy application. The more metallic finishes tend to be softer, creamy, and smooth with a bit more denseness and no powderiness. The sparkly/glittery shades are often designed to be applied wet for richer coverage or intensity, which has largely been my experience. Most of the shades last between eight and nine hours.

Browse all of our Pat McGrath EYEdols Eyeshadow swatches.

Gold Nectar

Gold Nectar is a bright, golden copper with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. The texture was soft, lightly creamy, and felt like silk to the touch. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which applied evenly and smoothly to bare skin. The edges were easy to blend out without losing intensity on the lid. This shade stayed on nicely for 10 hours before creasing slightly.

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.04 oz. – $625.00 Per Ounce

Pat McGrath’s eyeshadows are, generally, supposed to be “super-saturated” with “creamy, soft textures” and “extreme blendability and adherence without creasing.” A lot of how well they perform (and to some degree, how they are supposed to be applied and marketed) depends on the type of shades, but by and large, the eyeshadows perform very much as they are described.

The brand released single eyeshadows in March 2019, and the shades have been consistent in quality, look, and feel. They are not removable, unfortunately, so one would have to depot like any other single eyeshadow–I tried using tweezers and lifting on several shades to no avail. The lids are held closed by a weak magnet, so I’m not sure they’re as secure as most single eyeshadow compacts in my stash–I wish it really locked in, but there’s definitely a magnet that pulls the lid down if it’s within 2mm of the base.

The mattes are velvety, blendable, and dense without being thick or too heavy, and they have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation where a little can go a long way with some of the deeper and richer hues. The satin and pearl finishes are smooth, lightly creamy, and firmer but not dense or thick with good pigmentation, blendability, and easy application. The more metallic finishes tend to be softer, creamy, and smooth with a bit more denseness and no powderiness. The sparkly/glittery shades are often designed to be applied wet for richer coverage or intensity, which has largely been my experience. Most of the shades last between eight and nine hours.

Browse all of our Pat McGrath EYEdols Eyeshadow swatches.

Corruption

Corruption is a medium-dark plum with warmer undertones and a shift that goes from pinkish-violet to copper to subtle green at the very edge and in the undertone. It actually left a slight bluish-teal stain behind when swatched (though I didn’t notice a stain from wearing it). It had rich pigmentation with a smooth, lightly creamy consistency that was dense without being too firmly pressed in the pan. The version in this palette was more yielding from the very first use compared to the original release. It wore well for ten hours on me before fading noticeably.

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.04 oz. – $625.00 Per Ounce

Pat McGrath’s eyeshadows are, generally, supposed to be “super-saturated” with “creamy, soft textures” and “extreme blendability and adherence without creasing.” A lot of how well they perform (and to some degree, how they are supposed to be applied and marketed) depends on the type of shades, but by and large, the eyeshadows perform very much as they are described.

The brand released single eyeshadows in March 2019, and the shades have been consistent in quality, look, and feel. They are not removable, unfortunately, so one would have to depot like any other single eyeshadow–I tried using tweezers and lifting on several shades to no avail. The lids are held closed by a weak magnet, so I’m not sure they’re as secure as most single eyeshadow compacts in my stash–I wish it really locked in, but there’s definitely a magnet that pulls the lid down if it’s within 2mm of the base.

The mattes are velvety, blendable, and dense without being thick or too heavy, and they have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation where a little can go a long way with some of the deeper and richer hues. The satin and pearl finishes are smooth, lightly creamy, and firmer but not dense or thick with good pigmentation, blendability, and easy application. The more metallic finishes tend to be softer, creamy, and smooth with a bit more denseness and no powderiness. The sparkly/glittery shades are often designed to be applied wet for richer coverage or intensity, which has largely been my experience. Most of the shades last between eight and nine hours.

Browse all of our Pat McGrath EYEdols Eyeshadow swatches.

Sextrovert

Sextrovert is a medium bronze with warm undertones and a soft, metallic sheen. The pigmentation was opaque in one stroke, while the consistency was smooth, creamy, and not too firmly nor too loosely pressed in the pan. I had no trouble picking up the product with a dry brush and applying it for an even lay down of color that looked “melted” after a couple of minutes. It lasted nicely for ten hours on me before creasing slightly.

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.04 oz. – $625.00 Per Ounce

Pat McGrath’s eyeshadows are, generally, supposed to be “super-saturated” with “creamy, soft textures” and “extreme blendability and adherence without creasing.” A lot of how well they perform (and to some degree, how they are supposed to be applied and marketed) depends on the type of shades, but by and large, the eyeshadows perform very much as they are described.

The brand released single eyeshadows in March 2019, and the shades have been consistent in quality, look, and feel. They are not removable, unfortunately, so one would have to depot like any other single eyeshadow–I tried using tweezers and lifting on several shades to no avail. The lids are held closed by a weak magnet, so I’m not sure they’re as secure as most single eyeshadow compacts in my stash–I wish it really locked in, but there’s definitely a magnet that pulls the lid down if it’s within 2mm of the base.

The mattes are velvety, blendable, and dense without being thick or too heavy, and they have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation where a little can go a long way with some of the deeper and richer hues. The satin and pearl finishes are smooth, lightly creamy, and firmer but not dense or thick with good pigmentation, blendability, and easy application. The more metallic finishes tend to be softer, creamy, and smooth with a bit more denseness and no powderiness. The sparkly/glittery shades are often designed to be applied wet for richer coverage or intensity, which has largely been my experience. Most of the shades last between eight and nine hours.

Browse all of our Pat McGrath EYEdols Eyeshadow swatches.

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02 Sep

A network of mental health academics has apologised for any “hurt” caused after reports that its planned Israel conference had been cancelled “under pressure from anti-Israel activists”.

Organisers told Jewish News that discussions were continuing this week about the location for the next biennial conference of the European Network for Mental Health Service Evaluation (ENMESH) network of academics in 2021.

Jerusalem had been mooted as a host city earlier this summer but the idea appeared to have been shelved by the British chair after complaints were made. Two members subsequently resigned in fury, only for one of them to agree to come back as the new ENMESH chair.

Last month, Baroness Ruth Deech said any boycott would would breach Articles 10 and 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights as well as the Principle of Universality of Science and Academic Freedom, alleging that it was “due to fear of pressure from anti-Israel activists”.

Responding, Government spokesman Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon said that although the UK strongly opposed the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, “ultimately it will be the decision of an individual, organisation or company whether to operate in Israel”.

Professor Mike Slade of the University of Nottingham, who was ENMESH chair until early August, said in a joint letter posted online together with his successor Professor Bernd Puschner that the decision to backtrack was not a boycott of Israel.

“The deliberations around whether the ENMESH conference should or should not be held in Israel were never intended as an academic boycott of any kind, nor should they be perceived as such,” he said.

“ENMESH has been sincere throughout in expressing its wish to host a conference in Israel. We were only ever concerned by practical considerations, given the very limited ability of an unfunded and informal academic network to manage the potential campaigning that such an event might attract.”

He added that ENMESH members “work and publish regularly with Israeli colleagues and value the close relationships we have built up over many years,” saying: “We have no wish to damage these relationships and recognise the strength of feeling expressed to Board members over recent weeks.”

Slade further suggested that the idea of an event in Israel had not been ruled out, adding that the group had experienced its own decision-making difficulties.

“It is clear that our processes for securing consensus for decisions across the Board membership have proved challenging and we sincerely regret any hurt to anyone’s feelings as a result. The Board will seek to review our decision-making processes so that such a situation does not arise in the future.”


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02 Sep

Often times a hunky piece of ribeye or filet catches your attention at the market. However, there are other options for tender, flavorful, and more affordable cuts that are often overlooked. The next time a beef craving creeps up, try something new and exciting, and grab the unsung skirt steak.

Skirt steak can be simply seasoned or marinated for extra gusto — it’s often used to make fajitas. It’s best cooked in high heat for a short time, to deliver juicy slices of meat quickly to the dinner table.

WHAT IS SKIRT STEAK?

Skirt steak is a thin, long cut with visible grain. It comes from the short plate or diaphragm area of the steer, just under the rib section.

There are actually two types—the outside and the inside skirt steak. This is important to know because the texture and tenderness will differ, especially since this cut tends to be quite lean, with some tough muscle fibers.

  • The outside skirt is more desirable, because it’s tender and less coarse. It will be about three to four inches wide, about 1/2- to 1-inch thick, and noticeably longer compared to the inside cut.
  • The inside skirt is wider, about five to seven inches, half as thick, and yields a more chewy bite. If only the inside skirt is available, tenderize it with a mallet to 1/4-inch thickness, plus a marinade.

Sometimes it’s hard to tell if the steak you’re looking at is an inside or outside cut, especially since the beef is folded when packed. If the butcher is available, I recommend asking about the location of the cut.

How to Cook Skirt Steak in a Pan - sliced steak with herbs on topHow to Cook Skirt Steak in a Pan - sliced steak with herbs on top

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SKIRT STEAK AND FLANK STEAK?

Both skirt steak and flank steak are lean cuts of beef that are often grilled, pan-seared on the stovetop, or stir-fried.

Flank steak comes from the flank primal, the abdominal area right next to the short plate, where the skirt is located. It has a less intense beefy flavor compared to the skirt, and it is noticeably thicker.

A good visual cue is that skirt steak has its grain running across the width of the meat, whereas flank runs lengthwise. With both steaks, you want to cut them across the grain to end up with a tender slice.

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO COOK SKIRT STEAK?

Skirt steak is best seared in a hot pan. A cast iron skillet or a sizzling grill are my top picks. Here are some more tips for cooking the best skirt steak!

  • Dry the surface for better crust: I always dry the surface of my steak before seasoning or searing. Any excess moisture will create steam and reduce the likelihood of creating a nice crust on the steak.
  • Do not overcook: A quick hot sear will create a flavorful browned crust, and undercooking by just a minute will reduce the fear of going too far. The best texture comes with just a few minutes of contact on the heated surface, to medium-rare doneness. Skirt steak is thin and lean, so going past medium-rare or medium doneness will yield an extremely dry and chewy steak.
  • Cook it hot! Cook it fast with high heat, instead of low heat for slow cooking. There is not much connective tissue in skirt steak. Fattier cuts of meat with lots of connective tissue fare better when cooked over low heat for long periods of time, because the low-and-slow method helps to break down connective tissue. That’s not an issue with skirt steak.

Hot and fast is the best way to cook skirt steak to end up with a tender piece of meat. The brief flash time, just a few minutes on each side, ensures a juicy finish.

Cast Iron Skillet Skirt Steak Recipe - steak in skillet being lifted with tongsCast Iron Skillet Skirt Steak Recipe - steak in skillet being lifted with tongs

Cast Iron Skillet Skirt Steak Recipe - steak in skillet being lifted with tongsCast Iron Skillet Skirt Steak Recipe - steak in skillet being lifted with tongs

WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO SLICE SKIRT STEAK?

Make sure to slice the skirt steak across the grain in thin pieces, about 1/4-inch thick. I like to hold my knife at a 45-degree angle to create a bias cut. This ensures additional tenderness by creating more surface area between the muscle fibers, so they aren’t stacked, making it easier to eat.

SHOULD YOU MARINATE SKIRT STEAK?

Marinating the steak can add interesting flavors and aromas onto the meat.

Skirt steak has a unique accordion-like structure of coarse muscle fibers that provide increased surface area. That means more flavor can be captured, giving the meat a tasty boost.

No more than 30 minutes is needed for marinating time so that the taste does not overpower the beef. Instead, serve with some additional sauce for dipping or topping. Make sure to dry the meat after marinating (before cooking).

NEED SOME FLAVOR IDEAS?

The robust flavors of skirt steak can handle some hearty dry rubs or marinades.

Try creating a customized blend using coarse salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, thyme, oregano, mustard, chili powder, cayenne pepper, or coriander, or use this recipe for Steak Dry Rub!

Get creative with marinades like citrus juice, chopped fresh herbs, garlic, red wine vinegar, or soy sauce for an Asian twist.  

HOW DO YOU SERVE SKIRT STEAK?

Skirt steak can be served as a main dish with roasted potatoes or grilled vegetables.

My sauce of choice is a tangy avocado chimichurri. Slice it up for fajitas with sautéed peppers and onions. Put it on a salad, with greens like romaine, spring mix, or arugula with a tangy vinaigrette. Chop it up to make quesadillas or nachos.

If I ever have leftovers, I always look forward to the next morning’s breakfast, so I can enjoy it with over-easy eggs, sliced avocados, and sautéed spinach.

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