Emily Gray

Mascaras Even Lash Extension Addicts Will Love

There comes a time in every lash extensions addict’s life where regularly refills take a brief pause. For some, it’s a busy schedule and the inability to get into the salon, and for others, it might be because their monthly budget isn’t allowing for the cost of a new set every few weeks. Whatever the reasons, the withdraw of not having fluttery, full, super long lashes all the time (and looking strangely awake and glam in the a.m.) is testing. I should know–I’m going through it right now. But before I turned to faux mink, I worshipped mascara and all its transformative powers. Luckily, that beauty staple is still here for me with even more amazing formulas than before.

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Here are a few volumizing, thickening, and lengthening products that, yes, even the lash extensions addicts out there will love.

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Chicken Connoisseur heads into print

Chicken Connoisseur heads into print

Elijah Quashie, aka The Chicken ConnoisseurImage copyright
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The Chicken Connoisseur could be coming to a chicken shop near you

You may have seen the videos. You may even have eaten the chicken. And soon you’ll have the chance to buy the book.

That’s because The Chicken Connoisseur, a fast food critic whose YouTube videos have made him a viral sensation, now has the UK’s bookshops in his sights.

The reviewer – real name Elijah Quashie – will release The Pengest Munch: In Search of the Nation’s 50 Favourite Chicken Establishments on 5 October.

For those not in the know, pengest is slang for best.

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The sharply dressed critic looks 15 but is actually 23, according to some reports

The nattily dressed wings man, whose real age is a matter of some debate, has generated more than 22 million views on YouTube with his pithy critiques of poultry purveyors.

He also has some famous fans, among them Star Wars actor John Boyega and BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Charlie Sloth.

His upcoming book will bring his expertise to bear on 50 chicken shops across the country nominated by members of the public.

If you’d like your favourite (or least favourite) eatery to receive a visit, you have 25 days to cast your vote on the Connoisseur’s official website.

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Olivia Palermo's Best Looks Ever

Leave it to Olivia Palermo to put a whole new spin on the athleisure trend. The style star (who is known for putting her own twist on all things style) stepped out in New York City yesterday, braving the cold weather in a pair of striking chunky Etro sneakers. Palermo showed off her sartorial prowess in the bold kicks, which feature a paisley print, rich orange and turquoise hues, and a shaped rubber heel.

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Paired with a black turtleneck, cozy fur sweater topper, skinny leather leggings, and an oversize black tote, the fashionista’s cool and colorful tennis shoes were the perfect way to spice up her otherwise neutral look. Love Palermo’s footwear? These oh-so-fancy sneakers aren’t the sort that you wear to hit the trails in Central Park–coming in at $620 on etro.com, they call for a full and less athletic commitment to the sporty fashion trend. Here’s to comfy and stylish kicks!

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Starting Today, Chicagoans Can Test Out Starbucks’ Healthy New Lunch Menu

Starbucks is becoming much more than a coffee chain. Starting Tuesday, the brand is testing out a diverse menu of lunch items in more than 100 stores in downtown Chicago, and residents of the Windy City will want to try out these new offerings.

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The Mercato menu features salads and sandwiches, including high-protein, vegetarian, and vegan options. The grab-and-go items are made fresh daily, and you can grab either a half or a full sandwich, salad, or sides like fruit cups and yogurt parfaits.

Healthy options like Cauliflower Tabbouleh Salad (above), Za’atar Chicken & Lemon Tahini Salad, and Seared Steak & Mango Salad are among the new menu, as well as paninis like Herbed Chicken & Fig Spread Sandwiches, Smoked Pork Cubano Sandwiches, and Crunch Almond Butter, Strawberries & Jam Sandwiches.

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As if that wasn’t enough exciting Starbucks news for the day, the brand has added two new summer Frappuccinos to the menu. Pop’zel Coffee frapps and Roasted Marshmallow S’mores frapps are available for a limited time in the Philippines starting April 18 (and hopefully will make their way around to the U.S. soon).

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For now, keep scrolling for a look at the new menu offerings that Chicagoans can get their paws on today.

3 Things That Keep Teyana Taylor Looking Flawless

When Kanye West’s “Fade” video premiered at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, there was a sudden spike in gym memberships the world over. Or so we suspect–Teyana Taylor’s body looked just that incredible. Now the 26-year-old is sharing her secrets on Fade2Fit, an online hub for dance-based workout videos and wellness advice. “We’re setting you up for success,” says Taylor. “All you have to do is put in the work.”

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Here, she shares the self-care moves that helped her make it there.

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Sylvia Plath claims ‘absurd’, says Ted Hughes’s widow

Sylvia Plath claims ‘absurd’, says Ted Hughes’s widow

Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath

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Hughes and Plath married in 1956 after meeting at Cambridge University

The widow of poet Ted Hughes has described claims that he abused Sylvia Plath as “absurd”.

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There are reports that Plath wrote to her psychiatrist saying Hughes, her husband at the time, physically abused her days before she miscarried.

A statement issued on behalf of Carol Hughes said the allegations were as “absurd as they are shocking”.

The letters have not been made public but a bookseller who has offered them for sale has confirmed their contents.

The letters were written by Plath to Dr Ruth Barnhouse between 1960 and 1963 and are among a collection that has come to light.

According to The Guardian, Plath wrote that Hughes, whom she had married in 1956, beat her and wanted her dead.

The correspondence was put up for sale for $875,000 (£700,000). Antiquarian bookseller Ken Lopez told the BBC the Guardian story “can be corroborated by the letters”.

Who was Sylvia Plath?

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Plath and Hughes had two children – Nicholas (pictured with Plath) and Freida

  • Sylvia Plath was an American novelist, poet and short story writer
  • Born in Boston, she studied at Cambridge University, where she met Ted Hughes
  • The couple married in 1956 and had two children together
  • She is best known for writing The Bell Jar, a semi-autobiographical novel, released in 1963 shortly before she died
  • Plath was clinically depressed for much of her life, and took her own life aged 30

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Carol Hughes became the poet’s second wife in 1970

Responding to the report, the Ted Hughes Estate issued a statement on behalf of Carol Hughes, who was married to the poet from 1970 until his death in 1998.

It said the claims would be seen as absurd by “anyone who knew Ted well”.

The statement added: “Private correspondence between patient and psychiatrist is surely one of the most confidential imaginable and, in this case, these alleged claims were from someone who was in deep emotional pain due to the apparent disintegration of her marriage.”

The sale of the letters has been blocked by Smith College, the Massachusetts arts college where Plath studied in the 1950s, which filed a lawsuit claiming the letters were bequeathed to it by Dr Barnhouse after her death.

Mr Lopez said: “They are off the market for the time being as the lawsuit is in litigation.

“Hopefully, the lawsuit will be over soon and the letters, and the archive they are a part of, which includes a good deal more material by and about Plath albeit none of it quite as shocking as the Barnhouse letters, can be sold to a research institution where it can all be read and studied by scholars, researchers, students, historians, journalists, other poets and writers, readers of Sylvia Plath, etc.”

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7 Foundations that Feel Like You’re Wearing No Makeup at All

Don’t tell John Snow, but summer is coming. Now that temperatures are getting warmer, the full-coverage foundation you’ve been wearing throughout the polar-vortexes probably isn’t going to wear well when you’re sweating on the humid streets. Not that we’re knocking our favorite rich bottles of foundation, but there’s something to be said about wearing a formula that feels just as light and airy as the dresses you’ve been saving in your online shopping carts for the upcoming season.

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From feather-light skin tints to hydrating skincare-makeup hybrids, the following seven foundations still smooth and even complexions, but do it while making every day feel #MakeupFree. Bonus: They all are packed with SPF protection, just in time for longer, sunnier days.

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8 Elegant Decorations to Help You Throw a Chic Easter Brunch

Leave the Easter egg hunts and bunny races for the kids. We’re ready to celebrate the holiday with a super chic brunch, which is hands down the best meal of the day. Who doesn’t like eating breakfast for lunch? It’s extremely affordable to prepare, plus it doesn’t take a lot of time (or effort) to really leave your guests impressed. All you need to do is grab a few festive dishes or tabletop accessories, and you’ll be able to transform your dining room into a magical Easter wonderland. Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered ahead with some gorgeous on-theme decorations.

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How to Stylishly Wear Denim on Denim

When it comes to fashion, sometimes the rules are meant to be broken. Once seen as a fashion faux pas, thanks to Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake at the 2001 American Music Awards, denim on denim is now one of the coolest trends out there. Celebrities like Kendall Jenner and street style stars such as Olivia Palermo have been seen rocking the Canadian tuxedo in new and refreshing ways.

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The key to pulling off the look is balance. Break up your all-over denim ensemble with classic staples like a white t-shirt or blue oxford. You can also try pairing a lighter wash top with a darker bottom or look for denim pieces with exciting details, like fur accents or fun embellishments. Below, five ways to wear denim on denim like a true fashion It girl.