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10 Lip Products to Try at Sephora

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By Christine

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Here are some of my personal recommendations for lip products to pick up while Sephora’s offering 15% off! Beauty Insiders use code TICKET, VIBs use code VIBTICKET, and Rouges use code ROUGETICKET. icon smile 10 Lip Products to Try at SephoraFeel free to share your recommendations for other readers to try!

  1. Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Creams (review) are really intensely pigmented liquid lipsticks. I’ve tried three shades and have loved all three! (Pictured: Moscato)
  2. Guerlain Rouge G (review) is my all-time favorite lipstick formula, and it’s by no means inexpensive, so a sale is a great time to indulge. Love shades like Gemma, Girly, Gisela, Genna, Garconne, Gigolo. (Pictured: Genna)
  3. YSL Glossy Stains (review) are glossy, pigmented, and long-wearing lip colors that come in a wide variety of shades. These are lovely for someone who likes a glossy lip but needs longer wear. (Pictured: Fuchsia Dore)
  4. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick (review) is a pigmented, comfortable, hydrating, and moderately longer-wearing lipstick that comes in a good variety of shades from beige to plum. I really love shades like Anarchy, Naked, Streak, and Venom. (Pictured: Anarchy)
  5. Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lipgloss (review) is my go-to formula for sparkling, shimmery gloss with a high-shine, high-shimmer finish. I love shades like Canary, Naked Plum, and Plum Gold. (Pictured: Citrus)
  6. Too Faced La Creme (review) is an excellent formula if you love a lipstick with a very creamy, emollient texture, good color payoff, and hydration. (Pictured: Bon Bon)
  7. Givenchy Le Rouge (review) is one of my favorite formulas for its satiny finish, intense color payoff, and comfortable, hydrating, long-wear.
  8. Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick (review) is a richly pigmented, longer-wearing, comfortable formula that won’t break the bank! (Pictured: Menace)
  9. Marc Jacobs LoveMarc Lip Gel (review) is hydrating, emollient lipstick with a lot of shine and pigmentation. Some of my favorites are Showstopper and Seduce Me. (Pictured: Seduce Me)
  10. Jack Black Lip Balm (review) is a must-have for me at all times.

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Sunday Link Love, Volume #182

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By Christine

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Happy Sunday!

How’s your weekend been treating you? Hopefully you’ve had some time to yourself I’m very much looking forward to Sunday brunch this week, because we tried a new place for Saturday brunch, and it just wasn’t very good–so now I’m even more excited to go to our usual place (which is amazing!).

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Los Angeles’ Meningitis Deaths Rattle Gay Community

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By Curtis M. Wong

 Los Angeles Meningitis Deaths Rattle Gay Community

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — In the heart of this close-knit gay community, Luke Martel reflects the feelings of many when it comes to a strain of meningitis that has killed three gay men this year in Los Angeles County: He’s concerned but not overly so.

Martel, a gay bartender who moved to West Hollywood from New York City several months ago, called the deaths from the rare bacterial infection that can be passed by kissing, sharing utensils or coughing “a little scary” but said he doesn’t plan to heed calls to get vaccinated. “I might not take a drag off someone’s cigarette now. And I’ll run from people who don’t cover their mouths when they cough,” he said. But otherwise, he believes, “I’m safe.”

Health officials this week announced a cluster of cases of invasive meningococcal disease that sickened eight people in the LA area. Among those who fell ill, half were gay or bisexual, including the three who died. Two of the victims were HIV-positive.

Meningitis infections occasionally pop up in places where people interact closely. The risk of infection is considered low among any population, but those with compromised immune systems are more susceptible, health experts say.

“It is concerning,” said Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which is offering free meningitis vaccinations.

The disease attacks the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. It can only be spread through close contact. Symptoms including fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting that can develop within days of being exposed.

College campuses, high school locker rooms and prisons can be breeding grounds for the disease. In recent years, gay communities in New York, Chicago and Toronto have seen outbreaks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since 2010, New York has recorded 22 meningitis infections among gay men and seven deaths.

The latest cases in Los Angeles, which aren’t considered an outbreak, come a year after a 33-year-old lawyer from West Hollywood was stricken with meningitis after attending a party in Palm Springs. He fell into a coma and died.

Several of the recent cases involved people who lived or socialized in North Hollywood and West Hollywood, an enclave for gays and lesbians where crosswalks are painted rainbow colors. Residents and visitors flock to bars and clubs lining Sunset Boulevard and displaying gay pride signs and flags.

Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, an infectious disease specialist at the University of California, Los Angeles, said people shouldn’t be fearful of visiting the city. “It’s not unexpected that where people socially congregate, there may be a small increase in communicable infections,” he said.

The California Department of Public Health has received reports of 25 meningitis cases so far this year. Last year, there were 111 reported cases. Health officials don’t yet know what strain is involved.

Advocates have criticized the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s response, noting the agency on Wednesday initially reported the cluster of cases and asked gay men to seek vaccinations, but the agency didn’t mention the deaths.

Dr. Jonathan Fielding, public health director, defended the department, saying a separate letter went out to doctors notifying them of the deaths. “There was no effort to hold anything back,” he said.

In light of the meningitis deaths, a clinic affiliated with the AIDS Project Los Angeles vaccinated four people, said UCLA’s Klausner, who’s the medical director there.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation vaccinated nine people. Those who were immunized during last year’s scare don’t need another shot, said spokesman Ged Kenslea.

Many people asked about the disease Friday knew little or nothing about it. Frank Leigh, a 44-year-old online ad salesman, said he and his partner discussed it in passing but don’t plan on getting vaccinated because they have been in a monogamous relationship for years.

“If I was still going out and doing the club thing I might be more concerned,” he said.

He has never known anyone with meningitis, “but I know it’s a serious thing. It’s no joke. I hope guys will be careful out there. We don’t want this thing blowing up.”


AP Science Writer Alicia Chang contributed to this report from Los Angeles.

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We Tried It: Towerrunning

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By Sarah Klein

 We Tried It: Towerrunning

What We Tried: Towerrunning, the sport of climbing up the stairs of skyscrapers, because, why not?

Where: 4 World Trade Center, in New York City, for the first-ever Runyon Up stair climb for cancer research, benefitting the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.

What We Did: I climbed to the top of 4 World Trade Center — that’s 72 floors, thank you very much.

For How Long: It took me 15 minutes and 30 seconds, good enough for 112th place out of 640. The winner crossed the finish line in 8:56, and the first woman to finish did so in 11:17, according to the official results.

How’d It Feel: Utterly exhausting and so fulfilling. But let me back up. I’ve never been so nervous before a race, and I’ve raced a handful. But all those other races have been almost entirely known. Whether I was toeing the line at a mile, 5K, 10K or half marathon, I had always previously run that distance or just slightly less in a training run. There’s not exactly an easy way to training running up 1,632 steps. I did a really tough stair workout a couple of weeks before the race and kept up with my general workout routine, but I felt completely lost going into this adventure: What should my pace be? How much was this going to hurt?

I got my hands on some answers from Michael Karlin, an experienced towerrunner who was also planning to compete at RunyonUp Karlin, a U.S. delegate to the Towerrunning World Council (yes, such a thing exists!), has been ranked as high as 40th in the world among male towerrunners. He assured me that no one has unlimited access to practice in skyscrapers, and that with a general base of plyometrics, cardio and strength training, I’d be just fine.

Still, I knew I could easily fall prey to what he called a towerrunner’s biggest mistake: going out too fast. “They get really excited, really revved up, the buzzer goes off and they start running up that building,” he told me of people who make this blunder. “You have to pace it. After half of it, if you feel okay, you can push it a little faster.”

With his words ringing in my ears, I crossed the start line at a slow jog that took me to the 26th floor in what felt like no time. Two thoughts immediately came to mind when I saw that 26 on the wall. The first was, “Wow, I can’t believe I’m already more than a third of the way!” That was followed immediately by, “Holy cow, I’m only a third of the way!” My slow start hadn’t been quite slow enough. After the 26th floor, I probably ran about every third floor and sort of marched the others. I took water whenever it was offered — aid stations were about every 10 floors — and I climbed at a slower pace while I sipped. As if climbing 72 floors wasn’t taxing enough, the dry, dusty indoor air caused a scratchy dryness in my throat that made me remember (fondly and less so) my high school indoor track meets.

My calves and quads started to burn around floor 30 and then melt around floor 50. A couple of times my feet didn’t find the next step as cleanly as they had in the beginning. I got into a nice rhythm, using the railing to my advantage (another pro tip from Karlin!), and found myself passing people as I neared the top. A friendly competitor called out, “Keep jogging, girl, almost there!” as we rounded a corner in the high 60s. I crossed the finish line smiling.

What It Helps With: You don’t have to climb to the top of a skyscraper to reap the benefits of a workout on the stairs. Even just walking up more steps every day can bring noticeable improvements in physical fitness. Stair workouts also challenge all the leg muscles (surprise, surprise), while being easier on the joints than pounding the pavement, according to Greatist.

What Fitness Level Is Required: Despite the name towerrunning, the majority of competitors I saw at RunyonUp were walking, and people of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels participated. All you need is the will to keep putting one foot in front of the other. That said, to be competitive in towerrunning is a whole different ballgame. It goes without saying you’ll likely need to be extremely fit to finish at the front of the pack. It may even require a slightly different set of athletic skills: Karlin says he’s not the frontrunner in normal road races, but he seems to naturally excel on the stairs.

What It Costs: Entry fees vary by race. Running stairs in your office or apartment building or at a local stadium, however, is totally free!

Would We Do It Again: Going into this, I figured I’d be able to say I did it, and I’d want nothing more to do with stairs. Call me crazy, but I really enjoyed this race. Maybe it was seeing the number of floors tick by so quickly — there was always measurable progress — or maybe it was just the spectacular rush seeing this view from the top, but I just might try another.

 We Tried It: Towerrunning

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