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MonthJuly 2021

$250 Vitamix ONE versus $100 NutriBullet Pro Review

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The Vitamix ONE features a 32-ounce BPA-free container, simple one-dial mechanics, a somewhat less powerful 750-watt motor as opposed to its predecessors’ normal 1400-watts, and comes with a free mini-tamper. The dial allows you to adjust how fast it blends. A lower speed, for example, is better for chunky salsa. But even if you want a smoothie, the variable speed has advantages. When blending up ingredients, it’s ideal to start slow and crescendo your way up to the highest setting with a few changes in speed to really mix things up.

After flipping through other reviews and comparing the ONE to more popular Vitamix models, people’s main concerns are the missing pulse function and extra control notches. The pulse function modulates the speed automatically for smoother blending, something you have to do manually with the ONE. The additional controls on other Vitamixes let you switch between variable and high blending and include an on/off switch. With the ONE, however, you run the risk of accidentally placing the container on without the lid and sending your smoothie flying.

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Why Paul Verhoeven’s Benedetta Is Problematic

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As the 74th Cannes Film Festival drew to a close last week, one film in particular remained the subject of wild debate and curious conversation: Benedetta, the latest creation by provocative Showgirls and Basic Instinct director Paul Verhoeven. The film, centring around a 17th century nunnery, features all the characteristics of a Verhoeven production: bloody violence, religious blasphemy and sex. A lot of sex. Unlike his other movies, however, the sex in Benedetta is between two women; more specifically, two nuns, whose ‘love’ story is less about their queer self-discovery than it is a collection of graphic sexual encounters for which they constantly and intensely punish themselves. It’s definitely for the kink-inclined, the actors preened and toned like they were born out of a lesbian porn fantasy (even their pubic hair is impeccably shaped into tidy triangles). In one scene, they perform oral sex on each other as if they’ve been practicing for years. In another, they use a statue of the Virgin Mary as a dildo.

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Is Venus In Virgo The End Of Hot Vaxx Summer?

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Venus in Virgo is all about practicality and logic — and while that may not be the sexiest thing we can focus on in our romantic lives, it’s still necessary. “During this time, we’ll try to better our situations with ourselves and others to create productive relationships,” says Lisa Stardust, the author of Saturn Return Survival Guide and The Astrology Deck. She warns that this will give us a bit of relationship brain fog, too. “Neptune and the Nodes of Destiny will activate the romantic planet, making us somewhat delusional at the crossroads we are in when it comes to our relationships,” Stardust says. Use the particular nature of Virgo to keep your head on your shoulders during this time, and if you do end up at a crossroads, take a page out of the sign of the maiden’s book and organize a list of pros, cons, and action plans.

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Guide To The Best Casual Summer Dresses, Lounge Dresses

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For this guide to the best casual summer dresses, we set a few criteria. One, the fabric of the dress had to be easily machine- or hand-washable, and the material needed to handle a bit of inevitable summer sweat. Two, the dress silhouette had to be a pullover or pull-on style, with no complicated zippers, hardware, or accoutrements. And three, the length of the dress needed to fall within the mini to midi range (because maxis can require a whole lot of work, not to mention hemming, for the petite dress-wearers of the world). 

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Your Horoscope This Week: July 11, 2021

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While new moons are generally invigorating, there’s something about the week following the last new moon in Cancer that has many of us feeling like we’ve finished a triathlon. Invigorated? Maybe. Exhausted? Definitely. Perhaps it’s all those celestial squares we’re shrugging off, like Mercury square Neptune or Venus square Uranus, or the persistence of Saturn square Uranus. It’s a lot.

With the fog of Mercury’s retrograde shadow just barely behind us, our planet of travel, information, communication and connection finds itself under the sentimental stars of Cancer. Sentimental as in: of or prompted by feelings of tenderness, sadness, and nostalgia. Sentimental as in: against indifference; toward world-building, sensation, and consonance. 

Venus joins Mars at 19° Leo, putting our money and our actions where our heart is. You might be tired, reader, but you’re not out for the count — especially because you know that there are many ways to make an impact, even when you can’t make it to the gathering. The Sun in Cancer makes a trine to Neptune in Pisces and what connects us, keeps us afloat, is larger than our singular experience. Hold on to what holds you afloat. Like the forests, like the oceans, we exist in relation. Even our dreams intertwine.

Aries Sun & Aries Rising

While Mars in Leo hanging out with Venus in Leo might have you yearning for a wild time, the week following the Cancer new moon will be calling for a slower, more measured approach. It’s a good week to read the room, and if the room is far from packed and ready to go, you might as well find a comfortable seat. Chiron in Aries stations retrograde on the 15th, and if the trine to Venus in Leo intimated anything about the transit, it might be this: While the first cut is the deepest, it’s not the cut itself that wrecks us. Instead, it’s our refusal to accept how it governs us when we continually do the same thing, hoping for different results. When patterns persist, remind yourself: Breaking cycles is not easy, but you were born to do it.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Taurus Sun & Taurus Rising

It’s true that Cancer season can bring out the sentimental side in most of us, a reverence for deep and abiding connections we made so many Julys ago. With your ruling planet, Venus, alongside Mars in Leo, the importance of loving and being loved in turn could feel heightened. If you are the kind of Taurus that has felt torn between building relationships and building a personal future (a career, an audience, a place in the world), this week would be a great week to get clear on how much of that opposition is based on circumstance and how much of it is based on insecurities that belong to a person you might not even be anymore. Perhaps the possibility of building both is more available to you than you want to admit. Why is that?Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Gemini Sun & Gemini Rising

The more time we spend with someone, or something, the closer we feel. An intimacy born out of attention and close regard is incredibly potent, even if it is an intimacy that is fleeting, that has no greater purpose than to be felt. Mercury’s arrival under the stars of Cancer could very well bring such intimacies to the surface, casting a warm, rosy glow onto whatever’s occupying you. This is a great week to dive deep and get familiar with a new creative passion or nurture a new connection. Mercury’s trine to Jupiter in Pisces the day following her ingress into Cancer can heighten your sense of interconnection and possibility. So long as you remember that what’s beautiful is also always fleeting, you’ll be set to get it while you can.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Cancer Sun & Cancer Rising

With how hard you work to take care of others, you deserve to take care of yourself from time to time. What better time to give yourself some attention than birthday time? It’s your solar return and you’ll shine if you want to, especially if it’s been a long time since you were in the mood to shine. Try to remember, dear Cancer, that while it’s easy to excuse big purchases and splurges this time of year, there are other ways of loving on yourself than spending more than you’ve got to spare. Give yourself time to yourself, long walks, laying in the sun. Celebration, especially with someone as relationship-oriented as you, can be a committee affair. Listen to the treasurer inside you and communicate her concerns, lest they become your resentments.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Leo Sun & Leo Rising

There’s nothing wrong with asserting yourself, with letting people know exactly where you stand, especially when you find yourself standing on opposite sides of an emotional river. Like most difficult things in life, it’s not the what of the matter, it’s the how. Letting those you care about in on your emotional experience can be a difficult negotiation, especially if you’re not sure how much you really care at all. A good rule of thumb when it comes to internal conflict is noting how long you’ve been sitting on a feeling born out of an exchange. If it’s coloring your ability to relate, if it’s underpinning the way you react and respond, then it’s more likely to burn the bridge than flow under it. If you value the bridge, you’ll need help putting that fire out.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Virgo Sun & Virgo Rising

Would you believe that the more you delay your personal gratification in service to the team, the more services your team is likely to need? And, if you haven’t already, you’re much more likely to find yourself compensating — bingeing in the few moments of respite you find and waking up burnt out without satiation. If you haven’t already, this week is a great time to take some intentional time off. Set some boundaries around when and how you’re available to others. Protect your weekends. And, if you find yourself on the other side of vacation grinding hard to make up for lost days, be easy on those gears. Pace yourself. Besides, midnight oil doesn’t last forever and you were not meant to live all your days around deadlines. Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Libra Sun & Libra Rising

What’s been moving over you and through you has been going on for quite some time. If you’ve been facing it head-on, if you’ve been making the necessary changes, you know that you’re not the same person you were three years ago. Still, life has to be lived before we know what it is and the lives we build along the way to our future selves are not lives that simply disappear. If you have found yourself at odds with aspects of your past, you have found the places where you are called to make new acquaintance with yourself. If you’re reluctant to share your journey with friends, ask yourself if you’re protecting what you’re slowly building within you, or if you’re afraid to let go of an identity that no longer fits.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Scorpio Sun & Scorpio Rising

With your traditional ruling planet, Mars, transiting Leo this month and touching Venus in Leo this week, you’re likely to feel a good deal of warmth — especially around connections you’ve made in your trade or profession. This warmth is a kind of welcome, an invitation to recognize that the work you do is deeply rooted in your relationship to others and the world you want to help build for them. Recognize it and then reshape that work to better fit your image. Mars is all about self-assertion and Venus is what you value. Under the stars of Leo, these two planets pack a powerful invocation. Whatever you call in, Scorpio, is sure to come knocking. So, be very intentional about what you call in — but not so intentional you let your chance pass by.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Sagittarius Sun & Sagittarius Rising

Old habits are hard to break — and when those habits are formed around money, it’s even harder. Sometimes these habits are our visible spending routines. Often, they’re less material, and certainly less logical. A culmination of beliefs about ourselves born of experience and upbringing — an inheritance and a faith system. What you might have found, in the past year, is that your faith system around finances is changing as your place in the world changes. For some of you, this might very literally be about new work and opportunities. For others, it has been a wider reimagining of what you need to feel secure in this world. Be gentle with yourself when old feelings that no longer reflect your circumstances seem to come up. Believing in something new takes time. Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Capricorn Sun & Capricorn Rising

Capricorn babes can have a little date, as a treat. Wait, are we still saying “as a treat”? Capricorns know all about time and if the time for that joke and your solitude is past, then you’re most likely correct. The truth is, you could keep working on yourself forever, getting high (and dare I say… mighty?) off your commitment to personal development. But, there comes a time when the only thing that gets us past our pervasive and pesky patterns is another person. So, make a date, make more than one. Put yourself out there in a way that has nothing to do with playing it safe and everything to do with pushing your own boundaries. It’s okay to push just a little bit, Cappy. Even if it doesn’t work out, you get to widen the perimeter of your play.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Aquarius Sun & Aquarius Rising

While love is a measureless resource, your energy is not. This is a lesson you’re bound to find yourself learning repeatedly, a lesson only as difficult as your ability to accept it. When you find yourself fading into other people’s problems, you lose sight of the connection between you. The pull of the other — what they need, what you might be able to offer them, the quest to prove one’s preciousness — can feel like less of a wave and more of a riptide. There are, of course, activities available to you outside the water. Redirect your focus toward your side of the shore. Isn’t there something you were hoping to build in the near future? There are resources within your kinship systems that are ready to help when you’re ready to ask for it.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Pisces Sun & Pisces Rising

To make the dream work, you’ve got to do some team work — even if the team work in question is less about working directly with others and more about attending to all the mundane things that make collaboration possible and powerful. While it may not seem like it on the surface, your presence is integral to the creative world you are trying to be a part of, and it’s not enough for you to simply show up. You gotta give it as close to 100% as you can muster. If there’s something holding you back, this week is a great time to get clear on the *why* of it. While one would be a fool not to let the lessons of the past inform our future endeavors, one could miss out on a great many things by confusing past issues for present concerns.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

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Get bulk seasoning for your kitchen

Get bulk seasoning for your kitchen

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Seasoning, spices, kitchen

When you have many options to simplify your work then why you are going through the traditional method to complete your task. You can ease your work in the kitchen with the bulk seasoning available at the online grocery stores of can also be readily found in offline shops. The bulk seasoning includes spices that are used in day-to-day life in the kitchen. This seasoning contains spices like dried ginger, fried onion, dry chili powder, dehydrated garlic, black garlic, freeze-dried corn, and many more. You can add them to your spice rack and make your kitchen life easy.

Having these ready-made spices in your spice rack has many benefits like these will save your time when you are heading late for the office or your work. You can use fried onion in place of that messy onion. Peel, clean, slice, and then fry, then use it for vegetables. When you have no time for preparing meals you can go for these spices as dried ginger has its benefits, it helps prevent cold and flu. You can use ginger powder in your drink to increase weight loss and also to boost metabolism. The fried onion is loaded with so many sulfur compounds that are great for your skin and hair health.

Bulk seasoning is a must addition to organize your work in the kitchen and save your time. They also help in preventing the kitchen from getting messy. So grab them and enjoy your kitchen life!

Beauty Products For Cottagecore Makeup TikTok Trend

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Thanks to TikTok, the core trend is now a prominent part of our collective style dictionaries. From cabincore to dark academia, it seems like every season brings a new aesthetic along with it. Although cottagecore debuted during the early days of the movement, it’s still thriving with fresh summer roots sprouting beyond fashion and into beauty. As best evidenced by the trending TikTok account of onigiri.nanaaa, it can take on the forms of a soft and glowy style of barely-there makeup that pairs well with sunshine and just a hint of dewy perspiration OR it can edge into the whimsical realm of a full forest-fantasy face. Regardless of whether you literally live in a charming cottage in the woods or it’s more about radiating that vibe, you really only need five actual products to nail cottagecore makeup — no brushes, just your fingertips or a single sponge. Below, find our TikTok-inspired shopping guide to a beauty routine that effortlessly achieves that whole ethereal-sunkissed-freckly-and-free-romance-in-the-countryside look.

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July 4th Home Furniture Sales: From Sofas to Mattresses

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Amazon Prime Day is now a thing of the past, but we see some equally major Fourth of July home and furniture sales in our near future — in fact, we’ve got our eyes on a few steep discounts that have already made their mid-summer debut. Right now, big-ticket items like Saatva mattresses, Burrow sofas, Wayfair office chairs, and more are hanging out at dangerously small price points. And by dangerous, we mean it’ll be hard to put our wallets away.

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