If you had told us 15 years ago that we'd be sticking the equivalent of duct tape to our nostrils, forehead, and chin, then ripping them off and furtively examining the remains, we might have mistaken you for someone who was a little too into The X-Files.
Yet, what we once thought of as beauty sci-fi, we now look to as a skin-care necessity: Pore strips are one of those inventions we didn't really know we needed, but now that we've experienced them, we don't think we can live without them.
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For anyone who's been paying even the tiniest bit of attention to social media lately, it’s been hard to miss the increasing flood of "Karen" videos — footage of angry, dramatic, sobbing white women getting called out for scolding, spitting at, cursing at or even pointing guns at people — displaying a sense of entitlement, privilege and racism.
The Fourth of July is coming up fast and, while the holiday has historically been a time to celebrate with fami;y and friends, things are a little different this year. Surging coronavirus cases around the nation raise a major question: What can people do to celebrate the holiday safely?
If you’re feeling young, scrappy, and hungry - or just hungry - while awaiting the Hamilton premiere, look no further. We’re here to help you make the story of tonight a success in a way that would make our Founding Father without a father proud. Sure, you could entertain your premiere party guests with Hurricanes to drink, A Winter’s Meatball dip, A. Ham-burgers from the grill with a side of You Will Never Be Satisfries, and end the night with a World Turned Upside Down Cake. The Hamilton food puns are plentiful. But history has its eyes on you, so let’s take a look at what the esteemed Alexander Hamilton might have feasted on while watching his eponymous musical. While historians may not know much about what the first U.S Secretary of the Treasury actually ate - his writings rarely mention food - we can assume by his location and circumstances what he may have enjoyed throughout his life. From the West Indies to New York City As a child growing up relatively poor in the West Indies - first in Nevis and then on St. Croix - Hamilton likely would have been raised on stews, rice & peas, fresh island fruits, conch, and a cornmeal flatbread like Johnny Cakes. Variations on Johnny Cakes - known by a myriad of names - can be found from the islands of Hamilton’s youth on up the Eastern seaboard all the way to Canada. When Hamilton arrived in New York City in 1772, it’s likely he would have discovered an adaptation of this island staple. What would a Johnny Cake have tasted like in Hamilton’s time? Thankfully, there’s a cookbook to tell us. American Cookery, published in 1796, is the first known cookbook written by an American. Its author, Amelia Simmons, describes herself as “an American orphan” and was likely a domestic worker somewhere in New York’s Hudson Valley. The book features recipes for early American staples pumpkin pie and suggests serving cranberry with turkey. It also includes a “Johny Cake, or Hoe Cake” recipe. Simmons’ recipe below uses shortening and molasses, something you won’t find in many Johnny Cake recipes today. Tastes like 1776, New York City. Working in the nation’s early capital - Philadelphia Though Hamilton called New York City home for most of his adult life, he spent a considerable amount of time working in Philadelphia, even residing there temporarily while the city served as the nation’s capital. While it would be years before Hamilton could have enjoyed an iconic Philly cheesesteak on his lunch break, he most certainly would have savored its popular predecessor, Pepper Pot Soup. “Pepper Pot is the most famous soup in American history that most people have never heard of,” remarks Tonya Hopkins, food historian and Foodizen podcast host. “It originated in Africa, bloomed and blossomed in the Caribbean, and became the first signature dish of Philadelphia.” “Pepper Pot women” were among the earliest street vendors in the city, lining the streets along the port. “Pepper Pot was made and sold for pennies per serving, almost entirely by free black women,” Hopkins continues. “This was the street food of Philadelphia at the time.” There are many renditions of Pepper Pot Soup available online. Campbell’s even offered their own canned version from 1899 - 2010. Most recipes are similar in that they utilize affordable cuts of beef, leafy greens, lots of herbs, spices, and chili peppers native to the Caribbean. Hopkins, who comes from a long line of cooks, says her recipe was based on a version she sampled at Philadelphia’s City Tavern, but then took on a life of its own. “When I make a soup, I’m not the only person in the room,” says Hopkins. “It becomes a medium for me to communicate with my ancestors. The soup starts to make itself.” Dinner in “The Room Where It Happened” What would a Hamilton premiere menu be without a dish from “The Room Where It Happened”? This musical number tells the story of the Compromise of 1790, made over a fabled dinner where Thomas Jefferson and James Madison met with Alexander Hamilton to discuss his federal taxation plan. As stated in the song, the men walked into dinner ‘diametric’ly opposed, foes’ but left with Madison agreeing to back Hamilton’s policy in Congress. In return, Hamilton would support moving the nation’s capital to the Potomac, so the Virginians could ‘work a little closer to home.’ Often considered America’s founding foodie, Thomas Jefferson was known for his elaborate dinner parties, prepared by enslaved James Hemings, the nation’s first French-trained chef. Hemings had traveled to France with Jefferson to study the culinary arts and served as the chef de cuisine at America’s first diplomatic embassy there. He is credited with introducing classic foods like French fries and ice cream to the fledgling nation upon his return. Based on historical records, we know much of what was on the dinner menu on June 20, 1790, including capon stuffed with Virginia ham, boeuf a la mode, and a take on modern day profiteroles that author Charles Cerami describes in his book “Dinner at the Jefferson’s,” as such: “At the precise moment when the evening was approaching perfection came the universally favorite dessert — the delicious vanilla ice cream that still seemed like a miracle, for it was enclosed in a warm pastry, like a cream puff, giving the illusion that the ice cream had come straight from the oven,” Cerami writes. “It never failed to elicit cries from the groups of diners at Monticello, and it did not fail now. Even Madison gave a small squeal, and Hamilton positively exulted." The recipe below pays homage to the dessert served as this famous dinner, with a modern day adaptation of Hemings’ ice cream recipe, and nod to Hamilton’s love of caffeinated beverages in the coffee fudge sauce. This dessert is sure to please even those who will never be satisfied. Regardless of what’s on your menu, be sure to raise a glass - or a shot - to freedom this weekend and enjoy Lin-Manuel Miranda’s masterpiece. Hamilton will be released on Disney+ at 12 AM PST (3 AM EST) on Friday, July 3rd. Featured Recipes JOHNY CAKE, OR HOE CAKE Adapted from Amelia Simmons, American Cookery Makes 12 cakes Ingredients: 2 cups cornmeal 1 cup milk 1/2 tbsp molasses 1 tbsp vegetable shortening 1/2 tsp salt Directions: Mix salt and cornmeal in a medium bowl. Scald milk (bring to just below a boil) and remove from heat. Whisk in molasses and shortening until dissolved. Let cool slightly. Pour milk mixture into cornmeal and stir to thoroughly combine. Spoon mixture onto baking sheet in 12 2-3 inch circles. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. PHILADELPHIA PEPPER POT SOUP Recipe by Tonya Hopkins Makes about 6 quarts Ingredients: 1 large cassava (peeled, cored and cut into chunks) 2 small sweet potatoes, diced 5 strips thick-cut bacon, cut in 1 to 2 inch pieces 1½ pounds stewing beef, cut into 1 or 2 inch cubes 3 teaspoons sea salt (or to taste) 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper ½ teaspoon allspice ½ teaspoon ground cloves ¼ teaspoon paprika ½ teaspoon smoked paprika 1½ teaspoon onion powder 1½ teaspoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon tapioca cornstarch 1 medium sized onion, diced 1 bunch scallions, greens diced, whites chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 poblano pepper, diced 1 each (small) red, yellow and orange bell peppers, diced 1 habanero* minced (don’t discard seeds to stir into simmering stew if you prefer more heat) 1 small to medium jalapeno minced ½ pound leafy greens, such as collards, kale, callaloo) stemmed and cut into strips 2 or 3 sprigs fresh thyme Beef Stock (about 32 ounces or more to cover) ¼ cup dry red wine (optional) Directions: In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, allspice, cloves, paprika, onion and garlic powders. Season beef cubes with half the mixture, and set aside. Peel and cut cassava, discarding hard, fibrous parts. Bring a medium size pot of salted water to boil, then add cassava chunks. Simmer until soft, about 15-20 minutes. Drain, coarsely smash to chunky consistency. Set aside. While the cassava is cooking, brown bacon on both sides until just crisp in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Remove and set aside, leaving the rendered fat. Lightly dredge seasoned beef in starch, then brown beef on all sides in the bacon fat a single layer in the pot. Brown beef in batches if necessary. Add sweet potatoes, garlic, onions, peppers to the pot, sprinkling in the seasoning mix on top. Stir. Cover and let simmer until vegetables soften and become aromatic, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle in additional starch (up to 2 teaspoons) for thickener, stir well. Stir in stock, wine, fresh thyme leaves and cassava mash. Bring to just under a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for 5 minutes. Add bacon pieces, scallions and seasoned greens and continue simmering until greens are tender. Remove from heat and let the soup rest for a few min before serving. Remove thyme stems before serving. Adjust with any additional salt, pepper and other seasoning to taste. PROFITEROLES WITH CHOCOLATE COFFEE SAUCE Serves 6 Pâte à choux: ½ cup water ½ cup flour ¼ cup butter 2 eggs Vanilla ice cream: 1 qt heavy whipping cream 1/2 cup sugar 3 large egg yolks 1 vanilla bean, halved with beans scraped Chocolate coffee sauce: 1/2 pint heavy cream 1/2 cup sugar 2 tbsp butter 6 oz bittersweet chocolate, like Scharffen Berger 2 tbsp cocoa powder, like Valhrona 2 tbsp espresso powder ½ tsp vanilla extract Pinch of salt For the ice cream: In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, combine cream, ½ the sugar, and vanilla bean (including the pod). Stir to combine and bring the mixture just to a boil. In a metal bowl, whisk together the eggs yolks with the remaining sugar until the mixture thickens and pales. Pour 1/3 of the hot cream mixture into the eggs yolks, whisking constantly. Then add another ⅓ of the hot cream mixture, continue whisking. Return this mixture to the saucepan and continue whisking over low heat until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Do not allow the mixture to boil. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature, then at least 2 hours or overnight. Strain through a fine mesh strainer, and then freeze according to ice cream freezer/maker instructions. For the sauce: In medium saucepan over medium-low heat, combine heavy cream, butter, sugar and salt. Bring to a simmer and whisk in chocolate. When chocolate has melted, add cocoa and espresso powder and whisk until no lumps remain. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Serve immediately or refrigerate and reheat before serving. For the pâte à choux: Combine butter and water in saucepan and bring to a boil. Add flour and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until the mixture forms into a ball. Remove from stove and add one egg and a time, beating until fully incorporated. Spoon dough onto a greased cookie sheet in circular shapes with the center slightly raised, 1 ½ inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees, then continue for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Once slightly cooled, cut in half and serve with a scoop of ice cream, drizzled with the sauce.
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It’s time for us to open our eyes. The Lunar Eclipse reaches its fullest point in security-minded Capricorn in the early-morning hours of July 5 (between midnight and 1 a.m. EST). A light is being shone on aspects of our lives that we were once unaware of, and it’s critical to pay attention. New paths will be revealed, though we may need to dedicate some quiet time to a mindfulness practice to see them. Luckily, the Eclipse supports our intuition and encourages us to finally let go of old ways of thinking or acting that are holding us back. The Lunar Eclipse is supported by a trine with change-loving Uranus, which may compel us to discuss our innovative ideas. But it opposes thoughtful Mercury, which can cause some confusion or fogginess — so take time working through your emotions and feelings before you speak, and listen carefully to others. The Moon is void-of-course on Tuesday, and she will remain void for a full day, until Wednesday afternoon. Void Moons are known for halting action and promoting introspection, so these are great days to sit with your emotions, to heal, and to collect your thoughts. The Moon enters Aries on Saturday at just past 1 a.m. EST, stirring up a more active, ambitious energy. Be careful with your words on Wednesday, when messenger Mercury forms a square against warrior Mars. It’s easy for us to get fired up against each other. Avoid jumping to conclusions during this transit. Work to be patient with others — then blow off steam by dancing out your feelings, or going for a quick run to clear your thoughts. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Your July HoroscopeThis Mercury Retrograde, Prepare To FightThe 2020 Revolution Was Written In The Stars
Ah, long weekends... In lieu of crowded backyard barbecues, we seared hot dogs on individual mini grills from a safe social distance of six feet. And, instead of pouring rosé out of a shared cooler while not really keeping track of whose glass is whose, we sipped bottled to-go cocktails beneath the cover of face masks. But, despite all of these time-honored traditions being in a state of flux, there is a holiday weekend staple that we can still expect: the sales. As sure as the sun rising in the east, the annual influx of 4th of July sales is business as usual with many of the deals lasting through Sunday eve — and they don’t disappoint. Click through to see what scores we rustled up this year. No matter how you ended up spending the long weekend, you can complete it with a darn good sale, if you're in the market to do so. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Wayfair's July 4th Sale Is Up To 70% OffThe Black One-Pieces Online Shoppers Swear By23 Red Swimsuits For Every 4th Of July Pool Party
After spending many, many months indoors recently, it's very possible that you already know your way around a good cyber sale. But just when you thought you'd be swapping screen time for sunshine in honor of one star-spangled holiday this weekend, let us remind you that the 4th of July is also a major moment for some of the year's biggest markdowns on everything furniture, decor, rugs, and more. And while we're on the topic of that stay-at-home life we've grown accustomed to as of late, we'd like to point out that many of our R29 readers' favorite finds over lockdown (fire pits, desk chairs, and breathable bedding, to name a few) are having their prices slashed, all in the name of patriotism as July 4 draws near. So we're breaking down the top holiday deals by category featuring the season's most-loved home items so you're well-prepared to ride the wave of promotions that's on its way. With discounts of up to 70% off from popular retailers like Wayfair and Lulu and Georgia, it'll be worth the extra few minutes at your computer. The more efficient your sale shopping, the more time you've got to soak up that all-too-precious vitamin D, so click through our roundup of unmissable steals ahead and keep checking back — we'll be updating this list as long as the markdowns are marching in. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?All The Home Sales You May As Well Shop While WFHUpgrade Your Bedroom Decor With This Design HackWayfair's July 4th Sale Is Up To 70% Off
I’m going to kick this off with two statements that are likely beyond obvious to you (unless you’ve spent the first half of 2020 living off the land in the desolate wilderness with nothing but a penknife and a ball of cord to keep you company, à la My Side of The Mountain). You should be wearing a mask. And it’s freaking hot outside. What do these two things have to do with other? Well, wearing a mask in the heat is a pain. Masks can get sweaty, feel stuffy, and can even leave us with a heat rash.“It’s worth acknowledging that masks are uncomfortable, especially when it’s hot and humid,” says Nate Favini, MD, medical lead at Forward, a concierge medical service. “They’re annoying, and I don’t think we should pretend that’s not true. I’m empathetic — but it doesn’t mean that wearing a mask isn’t crucial.” Because the fact is, face masks work. They reduce transmission, helping to curb the spread of coronavirus and to quite literally save lives. “The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an increasing number of cases, so it’s more important than ever to wear a mask,” says Natasha Bhuyan, MD, One Medical’s regional medical director. “Until we have a vaccine, widespread masks are our best defense against this virus.”But when it’s hot and sticky outside, and the humid air you’re exhaling is getting trapped by your mask, things might get a little stifling, admits Dr. Bhuyan. (To be clear: While there’s a myth circulating that wearing a mask can lower oxygen levels, it’s not true. Doctors and nurses wear them all day long, and they’re doing okay. “Even though we are exhaling carbon dioxide, it already exists in the environment… Wearing the mask does not increase this risk,” Dr. Bhuyan says.)So, yes, wearing a face mask on a 100-degree day is still worth it. And to make it easier on you, we asked doctors for their best tips for staying comfortable while doing your civic duty and covering your face in steamy temps. Get a more breathable mask. Choose one that has more structure than those that lie flat against your mouth. But Dr. Favini cautions that the more breathable a mask is, the less protection it may offer to the people around you. “There’s the tension of wanting people to have masks that are more comfortable versus wanting them to have ones that are more effective.” So if you’re going to be indoors and/or around others, wear a more effective mask, even if it makes you feel hotter. (Or layer up. Which brings us to…)Choose the right material. This is especially important if you’re getting heat rashes from your mask. “Consider fabrics that are either natural, like cotton, or synthetic fabrics that wick away sweat, such as fabric found in exercise clothing,” says Ted Lain, MD, dermatologist and chief medical officer at Sanova Dermatology. “The latest recommendation is to use multiple layers of fabric to produce the most effective protective barrier to the virus, so instead of using a thick cotton, consider a thinner cotton fabric but layering it.”Bring backups. A sweaty mask stinks — literally and figuratively. So have a few fresh ones in your bag. That way if you sweat through one, you’ll have another at the ready. This can make you more comfortable, and prevent breakouts. “Sweating and the humidity in the mask area certainly can lead to a dermatitis, or even an acne breakout,” says Dr. Lain. Pack each extra in a clean, sealable plastic baggie so it won’t be exposed to any germs before you slip it on your face.Time your “chin strap” moments. Sure, if you’re totally alone, then it’s fine to pull your mask down and take a few deep breaths. But then pull it back up, Dr. Favini says: “Wearing your mask down around your chin is like having a condom and leaving it on the nightstand while you have sex.” Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?