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06 Jan

I remember the first time I heard the term “superset.” Even once I realized it was about training, the phrase evoked images of muscular heroes and diabolical villains—larger than life, majestic, and powerful. In a word, super!

Since I wanted to get strong, I decided at a young age to investigate this training methodology, and it has continued to pay off even on the far side of 40.

As you probably know, the term “superset” refers to the act of doing two different exercises in a row, with very little to no rest in between. There are many advantages to performing supersets. Here are just a few:

Advantage 1: Getting More Done in Less Time

When you incorporate supersets into your training, you can essentially allow yourself to recover from one exercise, while performing another.

Think about it: When supersetting different body parts (dips into pull-ups, for example), we can emphasize one muscle group (in this case chest and tris vs back and bis) while the other one rests. This is often referred to as “active recovery” and can help you get an efficient, effective workout on days when hours are limited.

Advantage 2: Maximizing a Single Muscle Group

Despite what I just said, there is no rule that says you have to do opposing muscle groups or upper-to-lower supersets to get a great workout! In fact, you can also use supersets for the same body part or muscle group to double down on your training.

Advantage 3: Peripheral Cardio Effect

When you work out, your blood flows to the area that’s being trained, hence the often-sought “pump.”

Consider this when you superset upper-body with lower-body training. Training push-ups will promote your blood to flow into the chest, shoulders, and arms. Following up directly with a leg exercise gets the blood flowing down to the lower extremities—and it’s gotta go through your heart to get there!

In my experience, upper/lower supersetting can be some of the best cardio and conditioning work out there.

Advantage 4: Diversify Your Training

There’s a lot of talk these days about “muscle confusion” and its alleged physical benefits. To be clear, I don’t agree with this notion. In my experience, it’s the basics that work; the most effective exercises are the ones that have stood the test of time.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from mixing it up sometimes! The reason I suggest mixing up your training by including supersets is to alleviate mental plateaus, not physical ones. Sometimes, when you do the same exercises in the same order on the same day, again and again, you may be tempted to phone it in, rather than giving all you’ve got. Not good for gains! Throwing in some supersets can help you avoid getting stagnant in your workouts.

Here are five of my favorite calisthenics supersets. Each one offers its own unique set of challenges. Get comfortable with each exercise on its own before incorporating it into a superset. Let’s do it!

Superset 1: Parallel-Grip Pull-up with Parallel-Grip Dip

The pull-up and the dip are two of the most foundational calisthenics exercises, and for good reason. Combining them into a push-pull pairing is also one of my personal favorite ways to blast the entire upper body.

Why it makes sense: This superset requires you to train two opposing upper-body muscle groups back to back. What makes it unique is the grip. By performing the pull-ups on parallel bars, you maintain the same “palms in” hand placement as the dips, protecting your shoulders from potential strain and also providing neurological consistency throughout the workout.

Trainer talk: Push-ups can also work here, but I prefer dips because they’re a more difficult upper-body exercise than push-ups, which are typically paired with pull-ups. This combo is a more balanced push-pull alternative in terms of exertion.

Superset 2: Single-Leg Squat with Single-Leg Deadlift

Detractors of bodyweight training often perpetuate the misconception that you can’t get strong legs without adding weight. As I’ve been writing on for years, this isn’t so!

Like the previous combination, this superset also focuses on opposing muscle groups, but for the lower body.

Why it makes sense: The single-leg squat and “drinking bird”-style deadlift both train one side of the body at a time. This “unilateral training” is a fantastic way to expose muscular imbalances and maximize your focus on each individual side. The fact that these exercises are performed one leg at a time allows us to focus on our weaknesses.

Danny Kavadlo performs a Single-Leg Squat with Single-Leg DeadliftDanny Kavadlo performs a Single-Leg Squat with Single-Leg Deadlift

Trainer talk: You can perform single-leg squats with your non-squatting leg either in front (pistol squat) or behind you (shrimp squat) for different emphasis. Both these exercises are a fusion of strength, mobility, and balance. Not only will you get stronger, you’ll also improve your flexibility and movement.

Superset 3: Jump Squat with Plyometric Push-up

The classic combination of squats and push-ups is a calisthenics staple. By incorporating plyometrics into this already taxing combo, we can get a great deal more out of this equipment-free sequence. I like to call this combo “The Heartbreaker.”

Why it makes sense: If you want to get the most bang for your proverbial buck without using any gear at all, this is a great way to go. Fast, explosive movements recruit all kinds of muscle, while also giving you a serious conditioning boost.

Trainer talk: The phrase “plyometrics” refers to an explosive exercise where the muscles explode quickly out of a stretch position, and the body (or part of it) gets airborne. Although there are many variations in existence, they all require pushing into the ground fast and hard in order to generate the requisite force needed. A key component for creating explosive force is to push into the ground fast and hard, almost as if trying to push through the floor. If you’re new to plyometrics, be mindful of the impact on your wrists and ankles.

Superset 4: Feet-Elevated Push-up with Hands-Elevated Push-up

Both these exercises target the same body parts, chest and triceps, but from different angles and with varying degrees of leverage. A warning: The pump is sneaky good!

Why it makes sense: This combination is almost like performing a dropset with weights or machines. Working hands-elevated push-ups right after feet-elevated push-ups will enable you to squeeze in some extra reps that you may not have thought possible, without sacrificing form.

Danny Kavadlo performs a Feet-Elevated Push-up with Hands-Elevated Push-upDanny Kavadlo performs a Feet-Elevated Push-up with Hands-Elevated Push-up

Trainer talk: Placing your feet on a bench or other elevated surface puts more of your body weight into your hands. Placing your hands on the bench does the opposite. In progressive calisthenics, this is referred to as “weight-to-limb” ratio.

Superset 5: Superman with Dragon Flag

This superset, which I like to call “Hardcore on the Floor” consists of two of my favorite moves. Sadly, both of them are sometimes (inappropriately) categorized as simply “abs” or “back” exercises. To be clear, yes, they do emphasize the core, but they also challenge much more, including your arms, legs, chest, and shoulders. These exercises can both be trained for reps or as isometric holds.

Why it makes sense: It’s important to train the undivided anterior and posterior chains of the body for complete strength and fitness. Remember, there’s more to a split than upper and lower!

Trainer talk: You will find that a level of full-body tension will be necessary for clean execution. Ultimately, aim to keep your elbows and knees locked for both these exercises, although you may need to bend slightly at one or both knees at the beginning. Take your time and be patient.

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24 Sep

Pat McGrath has extended the brand’s offering quite a bit since its long-awaited debut! I’m sharing the best Pat McGrath products I’ve tested and reviewed in this post–that’s 50 of the top-rated products the brand has released and are still available today. Pat McGrath is likely known best for the Mothership Palettes, though don’t overlook the MTHRSHP.  The brand also has a plethora of lip products, which can overwhelming at first glance, so the recommendations below should help!

From September 23rd through September 27th, you can save 20% off at Pat McGrath with code VIP20.

Top 50 Best Pat McGrath Products

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Gold Standard is a bright, medium gold with strong, warm undertones and a metallic finish. The color payoff was opaque in one layer, while the…

Gold Standard is a bright, medium gold with strong, warm undertones and a metallic finish. The color payoff was opaque in one layer, while the…

Lapis Luxury is a rich, medium-dark blue-teal with cool undertones and a bright, metallic finish. The eyeshadow had a creamy consistency that was…

Lapis Luxury is a rich, medium-dark blue-teal with cool undertones and a bright, metallic finish. The eyeshadow had a creamy consistency that was…

Crimson Fire is a rich, deep copper with warm, reddish undertones and a pearly sheen. The eyeshadow had fantastic color coverage in a single layer,…

Crimson Fire is a rich, deep copper with warm, reddish undertones and a pearly sheen. The eyeshadow had fantastic color coverage in a single layer,…

Sextrovert is a medium bronze with warm undertones and a soft, metallic sheen. The pigmentation was opaque in one stroke, while the consistency was…

Sextrovert is a medium bronze with warm undertones and a soft, metallic sheen. The pigmentation was opaque in one stroke, while the consistency was…

Synthetica is a medium purple with a subtle, cooler undertone paired with multi-colored flecks of sparkle. It seemed almost like it had a blackened…

Synthetica is a medium purple with a subtle, cooler undertone paired with multi-colored flecks of sparkle. It seemed almost like it had a blackened…

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More Pat McGrath Recommendations

Over time, I’ve also included roundups of the top-rated shades as the brand has released new formulas or shade extensions, so here are links to those posts for handy reference!

Most Recent Pat McGrath Palette: Midnight Sun

You can check out our review + swatches for the new palette here.

More Pat McGrath Reviews & Swatches

Need more help figuring out what Pat McGrath products are worth the money? See below for quick links to several of the brand’s top selling formulas:

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18 Sep

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits remains the largest wine distributor in the United States and retained its No. 1 position on the list of the Top 10 U.S. Wine Distributors in 2019. No. 2 Republic National Distributing Co. formed a partnership with No. 4 Young’s Market Co as the largest companies strengthened their hold on the wholesale wine market.

The September issue of the Wine Analytics Report features the third annual Top 10 U.S. Wine Distributors list, which is based on proprietary data from the Wines Vines Analytics’ Distributor Market Service. The rankings are based wholly on distributors’ wine business and not their entire beverage alcohol portfolios. The list first appeared in the pages of Wines & Vines magazine.

The biggest story in the world of wine wholesaling this past year was the megadeal that didn’t happen. Republic National Distributing Co. (RNDC) and No. 3 Breakthru Beverage Group had announced plans to merge and form what would have been a national giant with the reach and portfolio depth to compete directly with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, but the deal was quashed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. The companies cited a “protracted review process” in withdrawing their merger plans for review, while the feds cited concerns over higher prices and worse service for consumers and suppliers.

RNDC did obtain federal approval for a partnership with Young’s Market Co. that solidified its No. 2 position on this year’s list of Top 10 U.S. Wine Distributors. The top two distributors now account for $27 billion in wine sales or more than half of the nearly $50 billion U.S. consumers spend on domestic wines per year.

2019 Top 10 Wine Distributors

1. Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits

2. RNDC/Young’s Market Co.

3. Breakthru Beverage Group

4. Johnson Brothers

5. Winebow Group

6. Empire Distributors

7. Opici Family Distributing

8. Heidelberg Distributing Co.

9. Wine Warehouse

10. Martignetti Companies

The latest Wine Analytics Report features more insights on the top wholesalers including the number of wineries represented by each company and U.S. states covered.

The new report is available at

Press contact:

Andrew Adams, Wine Analytics Report editor


About Wines Vines Analytics

The Wines Vines Analytics division of Wine Communications Group publishes the Wine Analytics Report and also provides data and business intelligence services to the wine industry. The group maintains the wine industry’s most accurate databases and offers data-driven analysis, data, insights and reports to help clients grow and manage their businesses. The Wine Analytics Report is a monthly, digital publication featuring the latest Wine Industry Metrics, market analysis and news on the people and trends shaping the wine industry.

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16 Sep

With over a thousand reviews and swatches, I’ve tested my way through the majority of NARS products and releases, both past and present, so I have a good idea of what NARS best products are! In the last two years, NARS has revamped some of their core products, too, like their standard Lipsticks (now with 72 shades!) and standard Eyeshadows, which means that it’s a good time to update our guide to the best NARS products!

You’ll find some resources we have on Temptalia to quickly access our NARS reviews and swatches. I’ve also included some quick links to the top rated NARS products along with more detailed descriptions about why each formula made its way onto the list.

What are your favorite products from NARS? Are there any must-have NARS products from your experience?

Best NARS Products 2019 | Temptalia's Top Recommendations
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NARS Powermattes
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NARS Audacious Lipstick
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Our Resources for NARS Products

  • Overview of NARS | Overview of the brand, the most wanted NARS products, most loved products by readers, editor’s top rated products, and most recently reviewed.
  • NARS Swatches | Browse every swatch we’ve ever added to the Swatch Gallery from NARS.  You can sort the results by things like date, color, rating, price, and so forth, but you can also refine the results and drill down by color, type, finish, availability, undertone, and more.
  • NARS Reviews | Browse almost 1,000 NARS products that we’ve reviewed from highest rated to lowest rated.  You can also sort the products we’ve reviewed or refine results to see things like just eyeshadow or lipstick.

Top 10 NARS Products

You can jump to any of the products mentioned by clicking one of the below links, or you can keep scrolling down for more detailed explanations about each product we’ve featured!

  1. NARS Audacious Lipstick
  2. NARS Velvet Lip Glide
  3. NARS Eyeshadow
  4. NARS Dual Intensity Blush
  5. NARS Satin Lip Pencil
  6. NARS Lipstick
  7. NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base
  8. NARS Powder Blush
  9. NARS Highlighting Powder
  10. NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment
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NARS Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is supposed to be a richly pigmented, creamy, hydrating, and long-wearing formula. In my experience, the formula is typically opaque in a single stroke, lightweight, moderately to very creamy with four to six hour wear. It feels lightly hydrating to mostly non-drying overall. There is no noticeable scent or taste, and they are very comfortable to wear. Some of my favorite shades are: Apoline, Natalie, Anna, and Audrey.

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NARS Velvet Lip Glide ($26.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a hybrid between lipstick and lipgloss that is hydrating, richly pigmented, and comfortable to wear. They have stronger color payoff, a non-tacky consistency, and a smoothness to their consistency that is a lot like a good lipstick, while they have a plusher, thicker texture that gives lips a plumper, fuller look along with a glossy sheen that is more like a gloss. Some of my favorite shades are: Unspeakable, La Maine Bleue, and Bound.

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NARS Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.04 oz.) comes in an assortment of shades available as singles as well as in duos (which retail for $35 each).  The brand completely redid their eyeshadow range in 2018, so they feature new packaging, new formula, and new shades (plus returns of old favorites!).  They’ve definitely improved the range over time with the more satin to pearl shades having the most standout formula and look applied to the skin.  Some of the brighter pops of color could still be improved, and the more sparkly shades are best for someone who doesn’t mind applying the products with a dampened brush.

NARS Dual Intensity Blush Duo ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a powder-based blush that can be used wet or dry, though it is plenty pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing used dry so don’t think that it has to be used wet to achieve coverage. The formula will suit someone who prefers their blush to have a stronger shine or metallic finish. Some of my favorite shades are Panic and Fervor.

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NARS Satin Lip Pencil ($27.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a pigmented, long-wearing, and velvety over-sized pencil that is easy to keep in a bag and touch-up on the go. Some of my favorite shades are Lodhi, Luxembourg, and Yu, ,.

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NARS Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is now available in 72 shades–that’s a mega range!–across three finishes: Matte, Satin, and Sheer.  Shades in the satin finish family are our favorites because they’re smooth, pigmented, and sit well on lips (doesn’t emphasize lip lines) and has good adhesion for better longevity.  Some of the Sheer shades are delightful with their more luminous, lightly glossy finish, but we’d say that most of the shades are more medium coverage than truly sheer!

NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base ($24.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a smoothing, velvety primer that works exceptionally well at intensifying pigmentation in eyeshadow, extending the wear, and making everything blend more easily.

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NARS Powder Blush ($30.00 for 0.15 oz.) is available in a slew of shades and has been one of the most popular blush formulas in the market for years. The range encompasses quite a few types of colors from barley-there to deeply pigmented, bold shades with finishes that range from matte to sparkly. Some of my favorite shades are Luster, Blissful, Deep Throat, Oasis, and Lovejoy.

NARS Highlighting Powder ($38.00 for 0.49 oz.) is a mega-sized powder highlighter that introduced a new, permanent formula to the brand’s portfolio of cheek products.  For anyone who wants a smoother, more luminous (but less overtly shimmery) highlighter, this is one worth checking out.  They’re very large, so the price point seems fitting, but keep an eye out for holiday sets as they often are sold as minis (with a blush or lip product).

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NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is the brand’s take on matte liquid lipstick. The line-up includes a lot of deeper, richer shades with matte finishes. The formula has a very fluid consistency that is thin, smooth, but not at all watery, and the majority of shades were nearly opaque or opaque in a single layer. Some of my favorites are Save the Queen, Get Up Stand Up, and Wild Night.

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15 Sep

It may still be hot out, but rest assured, winter is coming, and sooner than you’d think. For this inaugural edition of Drinkhacker’s Top 10 Wines for Winter, 2020 edition, we’ve dug into the last year’s worth of wine reviews – along with a few wines we didn’t formally review – to pull out a list of 10 bottles to add to your collection for cold weather drinking. These wines are focused on heartier reds, though we’re also including some celebratory sparkling bottles that should fit in perfectly with your holiday celebrations.

Without further ado, let’s dive in. (Note: All prices are based on the most recently available market prices.)

1. 2014 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder (California) – With this mountain cab, Freemark Abbey is firing on all cylinders. A deceptively gentle body kicks off with notes of dark chocolate, raspberries, and blueberries, then folds in layers of baking spice and, ultimately, some brambly notes that evoke charred wood. The tannins are integrating beautifully here, though the wine still has some time left ahead for further improvement. A killer. $100 -CN

2. 2006 Champagne Billecart-Salmon Brut “Cuvee Nicolas Francois” (France) – A beautifully dry vintage Champagne, paired with a pushy, powerful body. With none of the yeasty notes typical of the style, Cuvee Nicolas lets nutty and fresh brioche notes shine alongside a growing grapefruit character. The choice for your New Year’s toast! $160 -CN

3. 2017 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Nacional (Portugal) – Quinta do Noval’s Nacional bottling is an unbelievable rarity – and the most expensive vintage Port on the market, alas – but if you can find (and afford) this release, it’s worth it. It’s a beast of a wine, bold with chocolate and vanilla notes up front, delving from there into an incredibly deep level of tannin, featuring tobacco, tar, and licorice before finishing on a citrus note. As gorgeous now as it will be in 2050. $1000 -CN

4. 2006 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva (Spain) – The exceptional 2006 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva will treat the taster to robust aromas of red fruit, leather, earth, and dried herbs. It’s well balanced too with acid, tannin, weight and alcohol all keeping one another in check. The wine is grippy and hearty enough for red meat, yet it isn’t so hefty as to overpower poultry or pork. A great wine from a consistently excellent producer. $40 -SA

5. 2017 Bouchard Pere & Fils Chambertin-Clos de Beze Grand Cru (France) – I love Burgundy in the winter, and this top of the line bottling from Bouchard Pere is the perfect example why. Chewy and bold, it mixes spice and pepper notes with dried fruit on its powerful, seductive body. Gorgeous. $305 -CN

6. 2012 Domaine Carneros Le Reve (California) – This sparkler is a beautifully fruity concoction of apples and pears, touched with notes of peaches and lemon. The bubbles are perfectly integrated into a wine that offers the lightest touch of brioche atop a creamy, almost pillow texture. An excellent celebration wine at an approachable price point. $97 -CN

7. 2017 Maple Creek Winery Artevino Pinot Noir Estate Yorkville Highlands (California) – Fresh and fruit-focused, with ample blackberry and blueberry jam notes, but this wine is nonetheless ready to stand up to colder months and bolder meals, with notes of clove and cedar box adding a brooding complexity. $45 -CN

8. 2015 Primus The Blend Apalta (Chile) – A stealth, blue chip Chilean blend of cabernet, merlot, carmenere, and more, this wine has an incredible depth, loaded with chocolate and cassis. There’s an unusual botanical and spicy element here, a curious edge that hints at a bounty of elements ranging from honeysuckle to wet earth, dried flowers to toasted coconut. Again and again I went back to Primus to pick out new flavors and experiences, and again and again I found myself surprised. And now for the big reveal, the price tag: $16 -CN

9. 2016 Cartograph Pinot Noir Estate (California) – Another powerhouse pinot noir, this one made from estate fruit. Bold cherry and orange peel notes contribute to an impossibly bright body. Starry and acidic, it shows a touch of mint on the lively finish. $68 -CN

10. 2012 Masi Costasera Amarone (Italy) – This widely available Amarone is deep and rich. At 15% alcohol, this wine will keep you warm on a winter night, and while it goes very well with a range of foods, I like to just sit with it after dinner. If someone has another Amarone to recommend that is equally as good but perhaps less expensive, I would happily cede my selection. $40 -RL

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05 Sep

Let’s be honest… it’s not like we can go out and buy a whole new wardrobe every time the season changes. The easiest, most wallet-friendly (and commitment-free!) way to try out a new trend is with nail polish.

Newsflash: Pastels and variations on your go-to shades are totally ‘in’ for spring!

Nothing says 2019 quite like Pantone’s Color of the Year: Living Coral. The bright, golden orange just says ‘hello, it’s spring’, plus it looks super flattering on every skin tone. If you want to go bold, give canary yellow a go or bright Barbie pink. Both colours are eye-catching and give off a happy vibe.

If you’re going for a more mellow springtime look, you’re in luck because a few softer shades are trending this season. First, there’s sky blue. Rock the muted-down shade all over your nails. Or, try an oh-so-cool minty greens… basically lime green’s little sister. The mix between yellow and green might look a little Halloween ‘scary’ in the bottle, but it’s as easy to pull off as any pastel. Lastly, metallics are still big news (the silvers and golds are so mainstream, they’re essentially neutrals). Pair them with any look and they’ll match perfectly.

READ MORE: Your Nail Colour Can Indicate Health Problems — Here’s How To Tell

No matter which direction you go, all of these trending spring nail colours will be sure to brighten your digits…and your mood.

1/ Best Bright Coral

This take on the trend is heavy on the orange, so if you’re looking for a bit more pigment, this is it.

Smudge Nail Polish in Tangerine

R 30.99

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2/ Best Trendy Coral

As close to Pantone’s Color of the Year as you’ll get!

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Essie Nail Colour in Tart Deco

R 86

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3/ Best Shimmery Coral

This tangerine shade with just a touch of shimmer will leave you dreaming of a December beach holiday.

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MAVALA Mini Nail Polish in Orange Sherbet

R 89

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4/ Best True Sky Blue

Look up sky blue in the dictionary, and you’ll find this polish. Okay, not really! But this cheery aqua is sure to get you in the springtime mood.

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MORGAN TAYLOR Professional Nail Lacquer in Water Baby

R 163

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5/ Best Baby Sky Blue

There’s something about this misty blue that’s tranquil and calming. And it’s not just because the shade is called “powder blue.”

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MoYou Nail Lacquer in Powder Blue

R 91

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6/ Best Amped Up Sky Blue

Amp up the trend with this cornflower hue. You have the same light, airy feel but with a bit more oomph.

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OPI Nail Lacquer in No Room For The Blues

R 115

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7/ Best Soft Mint

Like a ice cold mint mojito, this colour will instantly refresh any look.

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OPI Nail Lacquer in That’s Hula-Rious!

R 190

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8/ Best Bold Mint

This shade is as fresh as it gets!

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Chanel Le Vernis in Verde Pastello

R 480

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9/ Best Ice-Cream Mint

So delicious, you’ll want to eat it. Looks great on tanned toes!

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Sorbet Pro Gel Effect Nail Polish in Tint Of Mint

R 110

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10/ Best Cool Metallic

Want a shade that is as cold as ice? We imagine that this is the shade Princess Elsa would rock.

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Revlon Holochrome Nail Enamel in Unicornicopia

R 125

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11/ Best Warm Metallic

Tend to reach for gold jewellery? Then this is your nail colour. The metallic paint is half gold, half silver, and entirely cool.

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Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Color in Game of Chromes

R 129.95

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12/ Best Glitter Metallic

This is the ultimate shimmery polish for glitter lovers everywhere. Wear it on its own or paint a coat over any polish to amp up the shine.

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MORGAN TAYLOR Professional Nail Lacquer in Silver Holographic Glitter

R 163

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13/ Best “It” Yellow

If Chanel makes it, it must be good! Two coats of this sunny shade is an instant outfit maker.

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Chanel Le Vernis in Giallo Napoli

R 480

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14/ Best Long-Lasting Yellow

This long-lasting formula will make sure your trendy nails won’t chip, dull, or fade for days.

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Nail Lacquer in I Just Can’t Cope-acabana

R 184

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15/ Best Pastel Yellow

If you’re looking for a softer shade try this sunny, sweet hue.

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Max Factor Max Effect Mini Nail Polish in Mellow Yellow

R 69.95

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16/ Best Soft Pink

Looking for a toned-down version of this notice-me colour? Try one with a bit more white, like this version from essence cosmetics.

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essence Shine Last And Go Gel Nail Polish in 30

R 26.95

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17/ Best Radiant Pink

In true Barbie fashion, this pink with a blue-undertone is a standout shade.

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Smudge Nail Lacquer in Bubblegum

R 30.99

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18/ Best Bold Pink

It doesn’t get bolder or brighter than this!

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Rubi Nail Polish in Hot Pink

R 79

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30 Aug

Becoming a world champion takes extreme discipline and a fitness routine that will keep you fit and in shape to compete against the world’s best.

We had a chat with rowing world champion and two time Olympian Kirsten McCann (who just got back from the World Rowing Championships in Austria) to find out what her ultimate workouts are for strength.

“In terms of strength, I try to push myself out of my comfort zones and mix the exercise up,” McCann says. “I feel that if I get too comfortable doing an exercise, then my body starts adapting to the exercise and I reap fewer benefits.”

McCann’s advice for when it feels like you just can’t continue with the workout because it’s too difficult is to focus on your motivation!

“When I do a workout, I sometimes think of how I’m burning fat so that I can have a treat (Nutella flapjacks) or I imagine my body transforming right at that moment,” McCann says.

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“Sometimes I also just push through looking forward to that feeling of accomplishment I’m going to have after the workout – this is always the best feeling in the world and never gets old!”

McCann shares her top five core strength workouts.

1/ Kettlebell swings

Kettlebell swings are an underrated total body exercise that mainly target your core, hamstrings, glutes, and shoulders.

HOW TO DO IT: Kettlebell swings

With your kettlebell on the floor in front of you, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Bend down (with a slight bend in your knee and keeping your back straight) and grab the kettlebell with both of your hands. Proceed to hike the kettlebell back and up between your legs and quickly stand up straight while swinging the kettlebell forward.

READ MORE: Takkies Shares 4 Of Her Ultimate Total-Body Workouts

Swing it up to eye level and bring the kettlebell back down and up and repeat the movement. As soon as you’ve finished a set, drop the kettlebell back on the ground in front of you. Rest. Repeat.

2/ Box jumps

Box jumps are great for burning calories and building lower body strength. You can adjust the intensity of the workout by changing the height of your box. You don’t always have to have a box to do this workout – you can do it on any raised surface.

HOW TO DO IT: Box jumps

Stand in front of a solid box with your feet shoulder-width apart. Hinging your hips back with a straight back and engaged core, swing your arms forward and jump up onto the box and land softly with both your feet. Stand up on the box and carefully step back to the ground. Repeat.

3/ Pull-ups

The pull-up is an upper body strength exercise that works your biceps, upper back and forearms. If you want strong arms and a toned back – pull-ups are a must!

HOW TO DO IT: Pull-ups

In a standing position, grab the pull-up bar (handgrip shoulder-width apart) with your palms facing downward. With your legs of the floor and straight arms – hang on to the pull-up bar. Pull yourself up by pulling your elbows towards the ground and go all the way up until your chin goes above the bar. Lower yourself until your arms are straight again and repeat.

4/ Split squats

A regular squat works your quads, glutes and hamstrings – and these are the same muscles that a split squat works. The defining difference is the single-leg foundation of the split squat that places more tension on the core and boosts your overall functional strength.

HOW TO DI IT: Split squat

Start in a standing position and proceed to take a long step forward (as though you are doing a lunge) and raise the heel of your back foot. Then lower your back leg slowly until your back knee is almost touching the floor. Make sure to keep your upper body in an upright position and your back straight. Push back up and alternate legs.

Kirsten’s Latest Fitness Adventure?

Kirsten will be taking part in the upcoming Toyota Fortuner 4×4 Challenge 2019 alongside Takkies.

You reckon you can keep up with Kirsten? She needs a partner to take on the Toyota Fortuner Challenge… and it could be you! There are some serious prizes up for grabs (the four finalists each win a Specialized Epic Comp mountain bike valued at R49 000, a Garmin Fenix 5 Multisport GPS watch worth over R14 000, plus Salomon active gear). Go on, enter here. We dare you!

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28 Aug

Pear and Honeyed Goat Cheese Galette

We bake all year long but fall is one of our favorite baking seasons, and our September/October 2019 issue is packed with every reason why. Whether you’re after an elegant pear galette or a slice of our marbled pumpkin spice cover star, this issue makes the most of the season’s harvest. Bring bagels to your home kitchen with our guide to these ring-shaped treats, or bake up comfort from scratch with cozy autumn breads. If you’re in need of some baking inspiration, turn to our roundup of the top 10 blogs every baker should follow, or go behind the scenes of Downton Abbey as we chat with the show’s renowned food stylist, Lisa Heathcote. Packed with sugar, spice, and everything nice, this issue is the ultimate ode to fall.

Scroll down to see some of our favorite recipes from the issue and for an exclusive recipe share! Be sure to pick up your copy today to get started on fall baking!

Marbled Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake

In our velvety two-tone cover star, creamy cheesecake gets swirled with sweet and spicy pumpkin spice batter for a dessert packed with fall flavor. Our gingersnap crust rounds out this recipe with extra crunch and caramelized notes.

Jam and Cream Brioche Tart

In a 1997 episode of Julia Child’s Baking with Julia, Nancy Silverton baked a brioche tart that was so good it made Julia cry. In our take on this groundbreaking dessert, we filled a pillowy brioche “crust” with velvety cream cheese custard and drizzled it with fruit preserves. Finished off with crunchy pearl sugar, this stunner might just make you shed a tear, too.

Our Essential Bagels

Split or whole, smeared with cream cheese or studded with smoked salmon, the bagel is the ringed baked good to rule them all. In our guide to perfecting this doughy breakfast treat at home, we share two recipes that are an ode to the classics: a plain, endlessly customizable bagel and a slightly sweet raisin and chai version.

Apple Oat Bread

Is there anything more comforting than the unmistakable aroma of a loaf of bread brimming with fresh apple chunks and a symphony of fall spices wafting through the kitchen? We souped up the familiar yeasted apple bread by adding a hefty dose of apple cider for a crisp, tangy kick and a thick Oat Streusel for epic crunch.

Pear and Honeyed Goat Cheese Galette

It’s time to up your galette game. This buttery beauty is great for breakfast or cocktail hour. A sugared golden crust encircles warm, tangy goat cheese topped with sweet Bosc pears, which bake into a deep rustic hue. Thanks to the layered pears, the gorgeous design is effortless and accentuates the fruit’s natural shape.

Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

A grown-up chocolate cake, this olive oil stir-together batter has sophisticated cocoa notes complemented by a deep, dark ganache frosting.

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27 Aug

Marmalade Pudding. Photography by Yuki Sugiura / Recipe Development and Food Styling by Edd Kimber

It’s always a momentous occasion when your favorite television show returns for a new season, but to us bakers, nothing is quite as exciting as a brand new season of The Great British Bake Off! As everyone’s favorite British baking show returns to Netflix for its tenth season on August 30, we’re celebrating with a menu of British-inspired recipes. From gooey Lady Grey Chelsea Buns to our best ever English muffins, these are the ultimate British recipes to bake up as you watch this year’s contestants compete in the tent. 

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Lady Grey Chelsea Buns

We added golden raisins and Lady Grey Tea Jelly to the standard currant bun, a sticky, sweet treat often enjoyed at teatime. Proof the dough in the refrigerator overnight for an impressive and quick breakfast.

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Banoffee Pie

This British pie import has been thoroughly absorbed into American tradition. With the winning combination of ripe bananas, sticky toffee, and whipped cream, it’s not hard to see why.

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Traditional English Scones

Edd Kimber, the blogger behind The Boy Who Bakes, believes there aren’t many things better than a scone topped with clotted cream and jam. Scones are known the world over for a good reason! His recipe is fairly traditional but incorporates a slightly unusual kneading and resting technique he learned at Le Manoir, a two-star Michelin restaurant he spent a little time in after winning the first season of The Great British Bake Off. If you don’t have time for the resting, don’t worry—bake the scones as soon as they have been formed. They will still taste excellent; they just won’t look quite the same.

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Matcha Battenberg Cake

This dessert is perfect for anyone who can’t decide on their favorite flavor. A traditional English dessert, the Battenberg is constructed of two different cakes and arranged in an iconic check pattern. For our tea take, matcha and almond sponge cakes form the signature checkered pattern, with a layer of apricot jam sandwiched between the cakes and a cover of homemade marzipan to seal it all together.

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Traditional English Muffins

Though often seen as the perfect base for eggs Benedict, this stalwart classic works as a wholesome breakfast all on its own. Try one toasted with butter and honey or with a slather of tart marmalade. With our straightforward and tasty recipe at your disposal, your days of buying English muffins will be numbered. Look to this visual guide when dividing, rolling, and shaping your dough.

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Photography by Yuki Sugiura / Recipe Development and Food Styling by Edd Kimber

Marmalade Pudding

This Marmalade Pudding by Edd Kimber is about as traditional as it gets when it comes to old-school British puddings. Served warm with a little (or maybe a lot of) vanilla-infused custard, this is the sort of pudding you want to curl up with on a cold British night. Traditionally, this would be steamed, but Edd prefers it baked as it is quicker and, frankly, less fiddly to make. The real twist in this pudding is the addition of Earl Grey tea, which makes this dessert reminiscent of breakfast—toast with lashings of butter and marmalade served alongside a mug of Earl Grey tea.

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