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The Highs and Lows of Beauty: Great Products On Both Ends of the Price Spectrum

High Low Beauty: When to Save and When to Splurge

Giorgio Armani Eye Tint #11/Rose Ashes

I’m envious of millenials who can wear swanky pearlescent lid shadow. It doesn’t work well when your skin isn’t tight as a drum. (Shimmer + crepey-ness = not so pretty.) But I was seduced by Armani’s Eye Tint—a liquid tube shadow with a wand in a warm brown shade with metallic sheen. It swipes on like cool velvet, dries to a powdery-yet-creamy finish, and is perfect for when you don’t want a totally naked eye. It’s extra glam at night when used as the base for a more intense shadow (and keeps it in place). $38.

NYX Butter Gloss in Crème Brulee

I can’t do lipstick anymore. Most of the time, it looks like my lips are wearing me. So I stick to gloss. I love NYX Butter Gloss in Crème Brulee because it’s a smashing sheer hybrid between pink and peach with a hint of opacity. Plus, at $5 a pop, you can buy several of the more than 30 colors. $5

—Hillary Quinn

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Tea Is Aging Boldly!

Back in the day, tea was simply the stuff with the Lipton label on it. Good, basic, but no surprises. Then, over the years, in swept the herbal varieties (Red Zinger, anyone?), the green, health-boosting versions, the rooibos (still struggling to pronounce that one …) kind, and more. We longtime and recent tea lovers rejoiced!

Now, in most cities and towns across America, there are many, many more types of tea. And some of the newest ones are worth discovering this summer. Bubble teas or boba teas are found in cafes and mall shops, offering concoctions that hail from Taiwan. They’re usually served icy cold, in tall glasses with wide straws, because along with the tea, milk, and flavorings are tapioca pearls or other jelly-like beads that add a fun, offbeat texture (at least to U.S. palates) to the drink. 

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These drinks are a fun indulgence instead of ice cream as the temperatures tick up—and when we say indulgence, that’s code for calorific. They are often blended with sweetened condensed milk instead of regular milk, bringing the calories into the 300 to 600 range! (You can ask to swap in different milks to bring it in line.) Now that we’ve shared the buzzkill details, let’s focus on the fun. Often brightly colored, these teas come in all kinds of enticing flavors. At Boba Tea KC in Kansas City, Missouri, you can sample honeydew, lychee, mango, or taro, the latter being a root vegetable.

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Fruit tea is refreshing. YiFang offers several flavors. Image: Little Foodie/Instagram

Another kind of tea to try: Fruit tea. One chain, Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea, serves up tea with different levels of sweetness and ice, and you pick the fresh fruit that gets chopped up and added to your drink. Pineapple, passion fruit, winter melon, green plum, apples, and oranges are among the options. And if you want to go all in, you can get fruit tea with the boba/bubbles in it. Regardless of what variety you try, it’s a fun way to cool off this season and a perfect way to break out of the afternoon “Want to get an iced coffee?” rut. — Janet Siroto

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How Old Is Madonna? 60! Happy Birthday to the Material Girl | NextTribe

Happy Birthday to the Material Girl

Look who’s turning 60! Madonna, the world’s best-selling female recording artist and the culture-changer we all grew up with. You may not like her fake British accent but let’s recognize that not only is she showing she can pack a stadium at this life stage, but she’s also a pioneer in a million and one ways.

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