The Makeup Palette I’m In Love With

August, 10, 2017

There’s a reason why the Too Faced Love palette has the word “love” in it. I instantly fell in love with this versatile product.

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The hues are so compatible they can be combined in an almost-infinite variety of ways. Here’s one of my favorite looks, and how you can recreate it:

First, use a fluffy brush to apply the cream shade in the right heart all over your eyelids and up to your eyebrows.
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Second, use the lighter shimmer cream above the right heart to apply on your eyelids.

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Third, use a smaller fluffy brush to apply the light green to your eyelids.

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Fourth, with the same brush, dust the taupe shade onto the inner corners of your eyes.

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Fifth, take a slanted eyeliner brush and use the dark green shadow as an eyeliner. Don’t wet your brush. This is meant to be more of a smoky line.

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Sixth, use the pencil that comes with your palette to make a more distinct line over your smoky green line.

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The opposite end of the eyeliner pencil has a slanted rubber tip that is perfect for gently smudging out your upper eyeliner.

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Use your pencil eyeliner again on the lower waterline.

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Seventh, mascara time.

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Eighth, use your blush brush to apply the light beige as a highlighter under your eyes.

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Add lip gloss…

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And you are ready to head out the door for a day full of adventure!
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Cheyenne Frontier Days—Ten Days of Non-Stop Excitement

July, 28, 2017

Every year, during the last ten days of July, Wyoming hosts Cheyenne Frontier Days (CFD), the world’s largest rodeo. This celebration of America’s Wild West has been a tradition since 1897, when William “Buffalo Bill” Coty was a popular performer…

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and Harry Longabaugh was becoming the Sundance Kid.

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If you plan to join the 200,000 participating in this nostalgic look at American culture, be prepared to get your pulse pumping. There are bucking broncos, wild horse races, chuck-wagon pancake breakfasts, a frontier town, an Indian village, and a mercantile to outfit the best of the buckaroos!

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For those of you who like to keep one foot firmly in the 21st Century, you can watch the Thunderbirds of the U.S. Air Force perform unbelievable stunts…

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and take in the midway, attend concerts by popular American country music bands, and see comedy shows.

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It’s no wonder this rodeo is called “the Daddy of ‘em all.”

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CFD is even more special for me, when I cover it as a reporter and anchor for CBS News Channel 5. Every day, I get to wear traditional western wear to work.

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And talk about heart-pounding adventures―our CBS team tries so hard to report on all the exciting events that it’s not unusual to see us sprinting from one story to another…and then broadcasting live!

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This experience has been one adventure after another. Sunday is the last day of CFD. I wish it would never end.

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Denver ComiCon. It’s a Wrap!

July, 3, 2017

Comic fans were so excited about Cheyenne’s Comi Con, that CBS NewsChannel 5 sent me to cover the Denver Comic Con as well. And since these two cities are so close to each other, a lot of locals got two servings of cosplay. Lou Ferrigno, the title character from The Incredible Hulk, also attended both events.

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In Denver, the first group I bonded with were these zombies. They are Umbrella Corporation, a group that cos plays as characters from Resident Evil, to raise money for charities.

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Denver Comic Con is put on by Pop Culture Classroom. As you can probably tell from their title, this is a nonprofit that supports education. They teach storytelling through comics and graphic novels by using science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. April O’Neal covered it all.

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Comic Con gives you a chance to cut loose, assume a fantasy persona, make lasting friendships with like-minded fun-lovers, and learn valuable information that you can use in the future.

These Pirates Told Tales

June, 18, 2017

According to Variety, “ Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” exceeded $500 mil at the global box office in early June.

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In honor of this, I’m taking us back to the real pirates of the Pacific. They hid out in the Sea of Cortez, and stashed their treasures in the cave at Cabo.

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To them, this was the Gold Coast. To hear their story Visit
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Nostalgia is Never Out of Style

June, 12, 2017

Say it isn’t so!!! Landmark Theaters has abruptly closed Seattle’s Seven Gables and Guild 45th.

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Both places have served up an eclectic mix of indie films, foreign imports, and avant-garde flicks, stirred together with new releases—since well before I was born.

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The photo above is of the Seven Gables, and the one above that is of me in the theater’s sitting room. Built in 1925 in Seattle’s U District – that’s short for “University of Washington” for all of you nonnatives – it become known as “the house above the Italian restaurant.” And I’m sure you can guess why. Well, the Italian eatery is still there, but the graffiti-covered building across the street featured in the pic below isn’t.

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This history of this edifice is typical of the Seattle culture. When it was marked for demolition, local teens, college students, and graffiti artists converged. The kind-hearted developer and community-minded police indulged their desire to make it a shrine to creativity before bringing in the wrecking crew. The spray-paint brigade brought me into their fold for a photo shoot, and my dad clicked the shutter. That’s him in the pic above.

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The pic above is of the Guild 45th. It was built in 1919, in Wallingford, just west of the Gables. Francis Ford Coppola has often chosen the Guild for test-audience screenings.

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You might think life is over for the Seattle lover of laissez-faire theater. Well, we still have the Grand Illusion (below), host to people like Quentin Tarantino, and others who walk on the wild side, as well as beat poets, professors, tech entrepreneurs, and hedge fund managers. Basically, Seattle makes room for everyone.

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