Watch Out, Tinder: The Singles Mixer Is Back

Last October I attended a singles mixer. No one forced me. Not the rabbi at the local temple. Not a well-intentioned grandmother or an overzealous friend. I went because it seemed…cool.

When my invitation arrived—in the form of a millennial-pink Paperless Post—the event was described as a night out for “beautiful people” ages 27 to 42. A friend of a friend who’d tipped me off to it also promised there would be snacks—sliders, grilled cheeses, premium finger food. So I decided I could take a night off from my busy schedule of watching Friday Night Lights while aimlessly scrolling Bumble, searching for my own Tim Riggins.

The mixer took place in a private room at a hip bar, and the rosé was bottomless. An hour and a half in, and about three glasses of wine deep, I stumbled upon a VC bro on crutches and was convinced I was having a true meet-cute. We met at the bar after I almost stepped on his cast and spent the night talking about his college baseball career, as I rambled on about the Red Sox and my deep love for the film Fever Pitch.

At the end of the night, I gave him my number, but he never called. (He hated the Sox, so it could never have worked anyway.) But for Tali Mishael, the mixer was a total success. Mishael, 33, works in branded content and had been on the New York scene long enough to feel, as she put it, “jaded.” When she accepted the invitation, she didn’t expect much. But once she got there, she was surprisingly into it. “When you meet someone on an app, typically within three minutes of the date, you know if you’re into each other. But nobody’s going to be like, ‘I gotta go, I’m not gonna waste my time or money,'” she says. “But at the mixer you could talk to someone for 10 minutes, quickly assess, and leave the conversation. Everyone talks about how the apps are a numbers game, but I really think the numbers game is a room of like-minded people.” Mishael also reveled in the “survival of the fittest” vibe in the room and the fact that there were no pretenses. If you approached someone, it was for one simple reason: You were single and ready to mingle.

Singles in the middle of a round of speed dating at Perchance

Courtesy of Perchance

So when Mishael saw a tall, dark real-estate developer from across the room—talking to another girl—she knew she had to make her move. At one point another friend of hers tried to come over and get in on the action (anything goes!), to no avail. “You know the rule that you’re not supposed to talk about politics, religion, or sex? Well, we talked politics for the first hour, so we clearly didn’t adhere to that,” says Mishael. The two exchanged numbers, started texting, and six months later decided to move in together. “Meeting like we did heightened the stakes. It was a huge advantage in getting to know each other quicker,” she says.

Tali Mishael, with her boyfriend in Israel, where they traveled for Passover to meet her family

Courtesy of Tali Mishael

As the events become more and more popular, the range of people interested in them grows too. Babetown is a pop-up dinner for queer and trans women and nonbinary people that invites guests to come together and make meaningful connections—romantic or otherwise. Founded by Alex Koones, a 29-year-old chef, the series takes place in a different location each month, with a new, kitschy theme. (Think a Harry Potter movie marathon at which “Snape’s magically refilling platter of breakfast sandwiches” was presented or a Babetown wedding complete with a MilkBar cake.) When Tara Chee, 34, who works at a nonprofit in New York, decided to check out the event, it was a BBQ theme, and the group was grilling up a feast outside. Chee soon found herself in a conversation with a woman named Rachel, who was working at Rikers Island at the time. “I joke that Rachel and I bonded over the prison industrial complex,” says Chee. “She started talking to me, and I thought she seemed like a wonderful person, and we connected over our work.” For their first date, the two had dinner and wandered through Washington Square Park. They’ve been together since.

Huda Beauty LifeLiner Eyeliner Review—Wow, It’s Good

As mesmerized as I am by the rise of so-called Instagram Makeup—typically involving full-coverage foundation, a Technicolor eye, and matte lipstick—I usually don’t incorporate the look into my own routine. I’m much more minimalist in style, somewhat hopeless with an eyeshadow brush, and always, always short on time. That being said, there’s one Instagram trend I can get behind: bold, beautiful winged eyeliner.

When I caught word that the Queen of Instagram Makeup herself, Huda Kattan, was releasing a new eyeliner this fall, I knew it had to be good. Much like me, Kattan is rarely seen anywhere without her signature swipe of black liner. “Liner was actually the first piece of makeup I ever wore,” she says. “I was probably 12 when I started wearing eyeliner. It was the one thing that I would never leave the house without.”

Huda Beauty’s Life Liner features a pencil on one side and a liquid on the other. It may be surprising for a makeup maximalist, but Kattan wanted to streamline the liner process—and make it easier for travel. The pencil has a twist-up system that allows it to self-sharpen (always a plus), and the brush on the liquid is incredibly fine-tipped (Kattan herself cut the perfect point). The real kicker, however, is the 48-hour-wear claim for the liquid end (the pencil has a standard eight-hour wear time).

According to the brand, the staying power comes from a blend of silicones and silicone resins; the combination creates an elastic texture that bends with your eye and doesn’t crack or smudge. The waterproof formula also features a lightweight film that protects the color once applied. Kattan says that she even uses it to lightly fill in her eyebrows for a day at the beach or pool—in the campaign video, she emerges dramatically from a tub of water, eyeliner wings perfectly intact.

Truth be told, I’ve already tried plenty of formulas that claim out-of-this-world wear but flake off at the first sign of a tear or an eye rub. My liquid-liner track record is a solid nine hours (and that’s the best of the best), and I wanted to put Life Liner to the test. So, in the name of journalism, I slept with it on—two nights in a row. Read on for my liner diary.

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Coming to Netflix in September 2019: 91 New Titles Are Heading to Your Queue

We really hope you’ve cleared out your Netflix queue over the summer because the streaming platform is about to unleash a slew of new titles.

As per usual, there’s a great mix of old favorites and brand-new originals‚ with a little something for everyone. On the horror front, you’ll soon have access to American Psycho, Scream season three, the ninth season of Walking Dead, The Last Exorcism, American Horror Story: Apocalypse, and The I-Land—which looks like Lost meets the Fyre Festival.

If you need a laugh, you can never go wrong with Superbad. But we’re probably most excited about seeing what Zach Galifianakis has come up with for Between Two Ferns: The Movie. And we’re highly anticipating Gwyneth Paltrow’s television acting return in The Politician, which also marks Ryan Murphy’s first original show for Netflix.

Here’s a full list of what’s coming to the platform in September.

300

68 Kill

American Psycho (2000)

Dante’s Peak

Elena

For the Birds

Igor

Loo Loo Kids: Johny & Friends Musical Adventures, Season 1

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season 6

Moving Art, Season 3

My Sister’s Keeper

Mystic River

Olmo & the Seagull

Open Season

Rebel in the Rye

Scream, Season 3

Serial Killer with Piers Morgan, Season 1

Spookley the Square Pumpkin

Stripes

Superbad

The Lake House

The Last Exorcism

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The Saint

The Taking of Pelham 123

The Walking Dead, Season 9

Uncle Naji in UAE

You Don’t Mess With the Zohan

The World We Make

Archibald’s Next Big Thing

Article 15

Elite, Season 2

Hip-Hop Evolution, Season 3

Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father, Season 3

The Spy

Norm of the North: King Sized Adventure

Bill Burr: Paper Tiger

Eat Pray Love

Evelyn

Shameless, Season 9

Terrace House: Tokyo 2019–2020

The I-Land

The Mind, Explained

Turbo

The Chef Show, Volume 2

Head Count

Hello, Privilege. It’s Me, Chelsea

I’m Sorry, Season 2

Tall Girl

Unbelievable

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Los Tigres del Norte at Folsom Prison

Steal a Pencil for Me

Surviving R. Kelly

Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives

The Last Kids on Earth

Come and Find Me

Océans

Between Two Ferns: The Movie

Criminal

Daddy Issues

Disenchantment, Part 2

Fastest Car, Season 2

Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates

Las del Hockey

Sarah’s Key

Team Kaylie

American Horror Story: Apocalypse

Jeff Dunham: Beside Himself

Abstract: The Art of Design, Season 2

Birders

El Recluso

Furie

Glitch, Season 3

Explained, Season 2

The Grandmaster

Bard of Blood

Dragons: Rescue Riders

El Marginal, Season 3

In the Shadow of the Moon

Locked Up, Season 4

The Politician

Sturgill Simpson Presents Sound & Fury

Vis a Vis, Season 4

Gotham, Season 5

Mo Gilligan: Momentum

Let’s Talk About the Amazing Scrunchies on ‘Bachelor in Paradise’

While Bachelor Nation has been focused on the drama between Blake Horstmann and, well, everyone else on Bachelor in Paradise this season, I’ve spent my energy on a more subtle (but no less significant) key player: the scrunchie.

Scrunchies have been true all-stars this season, showing up in several episodes as both a chic wrist accessories and a hot-weather hair fix for the likes of Hannah Godwin, Kristina Schulman, and Demi Burnett. I’ve seen the women of Bachelor in Paradise rocking scrunchies in everything from a bold leopard print to a neutral cream:

On last night’s episode, a bold neon scrunchie was even there as emotional support for Burnett during her reunion with girlfriend Kristian Haggerty. Of course, Burnett’s scrunchie isn’t the most important part about that scene, which you can see below, but it is a nice bonus.

Inspired, I reached out to Burnett to ask about her love of scrunchies—and how I can cop her look. Turns out, there’s an even deeper Bachelor Nation connection there: Burnett’s signature hair accessories are from Bachelor alum Kaitlyn Bristowe’s scrunchie line, Dew.

Burnett says Bristowe’s line “saved” her in Mexico while filming Bachelor in Paradise. “Not only did they serve as a cute wrist accessory, they were also a convenient way to escape the heat,” she tells me. “My hair is so heavy and hot, so being able to throw it up in a scrunchie during the day was crucial.” The best part? “I could take the scrunchie out in the evening and my hair still looked fabulous.”

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Godwin has also been wearing some of Bristowe’s scrunchies while in Mexico, and she tells me it’s one of her favorite accessories. “I’m a huge fan of scrunchies,” Godwin says. “No, really, I once left my favorite one at a store dressing room and drove 30 minutes back to find it,” she says.

She likes that it can lift her ponytail—”to give it some oomph,” as Godwin puts it—without creasing her hair or feeling uncomfortable. And they’re cute, obviously. “They’re practical for those days when I wanted to look like I tried—without trying.”

Leaving Netflix in September 2019: Say Goodbye to These 46 Movies and TV Shows

It’s almost time to bid farewell to summer—and along with it some of your favorite shows and movies on Netflix.

Has it been a minute since you’ve cried alongside the Braverman family on Parenthood? Well, you’ve got a little more time to reconnect with the whole clan before all six seasons of the show leave the streaming platform on September 25. Cult-favorite comedy Portlandia is also departing, so get in your laughs while you can.

A bunch of iconic movies are leaving Netflix too, which is a bummer, though we know the streaming platform will never leave us without a million options. Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey and the rest of the men of Magic Mike are leaving starting at the beginning of the month. Joining them are Gwyneth Paltrow’s Emma, a couple installments in the Fast and the Furious franchise, The Hangover, The Dark Knight, and Disney’s Mulan. That last one is a serious blow. Alexa, play “Reflection” by Christina Aguilera.

Below, check out the full list of every title leaving Netflix in September.

2 Fast 2 Furious

A Clockwork Orange

Angels & Demons

Baby Animals in the Wild, Season 1

Batman Begins

Battlefield Earth

Californication, Seasons 1–7

Eight Legged Freaks

Emma

Ghost Ship

Gothika

Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay

Hercules

High-Rise

Magic Mike

Meet Joe Black

Miami Vice

Monster House

Mr. Mom

Disney’s Mulan

Music and Lyrics

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Revolutionary Road

Stuart Little

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet St.

Sydney White

The Dark Knight

The Fast and the Furious

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

The First Monday in May

The Hangover

Kicking and Screaming

Honey 3

Leroy & Stitch

Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch

Disney’s Pocahontas

Tulip Fever

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Series 1–3

Super Genius, Season 1

Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D

Carol

The Mysteries of Laura, Season 2

Portlandia, Seasons 1–5

Parenthood, Seasons 1–6

Bachelorette

Night School

People Can’t Stop Raving About These $30 Amazon Dresses

It’s not yet time to break out your Amazon Coat from storage. But the site seems to have another viral fashion hit on its hands: a long-sleeve midi dress from seller R.Vivimos, available in 18 different prints, for $29.99.

Its popularity has really blown up in recent weeks thanks to Grace Atwood, founder of lifestyle blog The Stripe and cohost of the Bad on Paper podcast, who started a hashtag on Instagram for the #AmazonNightgown and has a Highlight on her profile of different people wearing it.

“I found out about it a few months ago, via Hitha Palepu’s newsletter,” Atwood tells Glamour. “She referred to this $30 Amazon dress she was loving, so obviously I clicked on it and was like, ‘Oh, I need that.’ I ordered it in two colors.”

Once she got it, she started wearing it around and outside the house. And that’s when she started noticing something…interesting. “I would get stopped on the street and asked where I got it. It looks like this beautiful vintage thing or something Ulla Johnson would make,” she says. “Then people started messaging me, ‘I got your Amazon dress!’”

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“I still didn’t think it was a big deal until I was home on Cape Cod with my family—it started to be this thing where at least five people a day sent me messages with them wearing their Amazon nightgown,” Atwood says. “Every time I log into my DMs, I have at least a couple of messages.”

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Atwood originally bought the Amazon Nightgown as a beach cover-up, “but then I realized that if you put a pair of cute gold Loeffler Randall heels on, you can take it out of the house.” She wrote a whole blog post about it.

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Atwood has an Amazon shop through her site, and she can see what people are buying via her affiliate links—and she says people have been digging her Amazon Nightgown.

Some of the customers have been fellow influencers, like Blair Eadie of Atlantic // Pacific, who wore the dress on her blog. “She’s a good friend of mine, but we don’t have similar tastes—Blair’s this style icon and everything she does is fabulous, while I’m in cutoffs and T-shirts most days,” Atwood says. “Even her more high-fashion audience has a need for this because not everyone can buy the dresses she’s wearing.”

There you have it: Another season, another Amazon find bringing people together.

Who Is Kristian Haggerty, Demi Burnett’s Partner on ‘Bachelor in Paradise’?

If you thought Blake Horstmann’s love triangle (or actually, pentagon) was going to be the most talked-about storyline from this season of Bachelor in Paradise, think again.

Warning: Major spoilers ahead. If you don’t want to find out who Demi is dating on Bachelor in Paradise, it’s time to take a moment and say your goodbyes.

OK, let’s move on: Fan favorite Demi Burnett is about to make Bachelor history for being in the franchise’s first-ever same-sex relationship.

“I have kind of been seeing someone,” Burnett tells former Bachelorette Hannah Brown during the premiere episode of season six. “Of course, plot twist, it happens to be a woman. It’s not something I need to label, so I feel like I don’t have to proclaim that I’m gay, I’m straight, I’m bisexual, I’m this. I just like who I like. It doesn’t matter who or what you are, it’s the person.”

Fans first learned of the 24-year-old’s relationship with a woman after ABC released this season’s trailer, which showed Burnett kissing another woman. “I know that I love this girl. I’m just so happy that I found her,” she said in the clip. “I can definitely picture being with her for the rest of my life.”

But it’s been unclear who she’s referring to. So we did a bit of digging to find out: The mystery woman that Burnett was dating before Paradise is named Kristian Haggerty.

If you don’t recognize her, it’s probably because she’s never been on a Bachelor show before. That’s yet another first for Bachelor Nation: Instead of leaving the show to pursue her relationship with Kristian, Burnett brings Haggerty to Paradise.

Sephora VIB & Rouge Summer Sale 2019

Not to sound dramatic, but Sephora’s VIB sale is one of the best things that happens all year. For beauty obsessives and casual shoppers alike, no one can turn down up to 20% off everything in Sephora, if only for the chance to stock up on the things you know and love. So you could do that—or you could go with the “why the hell not, this happens a couple times each year” mind-set, and take home whatever it is that you’ve been coming back to for your last five Sephora visits.

Typically Sephora’s VIB sales take place in the spring or during the holiday season, but this year the retailer also blessed us with its Summer Bonus event. VIB Rouge members (shoppers who spend $1,000 each year) can get 20% off storewide, and regular VIB members (people who spend at least $350 per year) can get 15% off storewide with the code SUMMERSAVE until the sale ends on August 27.

The options are endless, since nearly everything in the store gets the discount. If that’s just too much and you’re overwhelmed, our editors have your back. Scroll on for what we’ll be shopping for.

Netflix’s New Show ‘The I-Land’ Looks Like a Horror Version of the Fyre Festival

The infamous Fyre Festival scam was basically a horror show, but Netflix’s newest series is drawing inspiration from it and making it even more demented. On Tuesday, August 20, the streaming service premiered the trailer for The I-Land, which takes place in a glossy, Instagram-ready beach setting not unlike those misleading Fyre Festival promo ads. But much like the fake music festival that never was, things on “the I-Land” aren’t what they seem—and pretty soon the plot goes down a dark, warped path.

Based on the show’s official synopsis, it’s going to be creepy AF: “When 10 people wake up on a treacherous island with no memory of who they are or how they got there, they set off on a trek to try to get back home. They soon discover this world is not as it seems. Faced with the I-Land’s extreme psychological and physical challenges, they must rise to their better selves—or die as their worst ones.”

What that means is unclear. Do some of these “extreme psychological challenges” have to do with not getting enough likes on a post? Being passed over for a spon-con opportunity? Forgetting the password to your IG account? The possibilities are endless.

We kid, we kid. Watch the actual horrifying events of The I-Land in the trailer, below.

Yikes. The show definitely has a terrifying doomsday vibe as it goes from sun-kissed sand coasts and hot people jumping off yachts to explosions, fires, and actual screaming. The limited series’ seven-episode arc will star Kate Bosworth, Natalie Martinez, and Alex Pettyfer, who play some of the characters struggling to get the hell off this nightmarish island. We’re essentially getting an eerie combination of Black Mirror, Lost, The Hunger Games, Scream, and an Instagram influencer’s feed, and we cannot wait. So mark your calendars: It’s going to drop on September 12.

Is Mike Johnson in a Relationship? Here’s What the ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Star Says About His Relationship Status

I’m not saying that I stayed all the way out of it. I wouldn’t say I’m not in any drama. I definitely wanted to stay out going into it. But I would say, being the man that my mom taught me to be—just being a good human being, a good person—helps to avoid a lot of conflict.

What’s your take, then, on the drama surrounding Hannah and Blake?

Hannah is such a sweet woman that I was kind of feeling bad for her because she’s growing and learning how to deal with, you know, letting someone down while on camera. You know, it’s not the easiest thing to do, but she handled herself well. You’ve got to continue to watch. With Dylan and Blake, I’m completely biased because Dylan’s my little brother. I love Dylan, and I tried to instill confidence in him and let him know that he has to speak things into existence and continue to go after Hannah.

I know you can’t share any spoilers, but what was your mindset leaving the show?

Great question. I’m happy that I went on Paradise. We’ll see in the near future what my Facebook relationship status is…

Speaking of relationship status, a lot of people would like to see you as the next Bachelor… What can you say about that?

I can say that it’s incredibly awesome and a great feeling that people even consider me or think I’ll be a great Bachelor. Quite honestly, that warms my spirit. Like, straight up.

Let’s just say for fun you’re single when you leave Paradise. What are you looking for in a partner?

I like core values. I like loyalty, ambition, and women who are feisty. I find that a feisty woman, I’m attracted to for some reason. Even if they get on my nerves, I’m attracted to it still. I look for sexiness. And I look for someone who can teach me something. Say you’re a dental hygienist or an astronaut, just teach me something.

Any deal-breakers?

Oh, deal-breakers. Yeah. I’m personally not into someone that smokes nicotine.

You talk a lot about how close you are to your mom and grandma. Who would they want to see you with?

I know this is cliché, but they just want me to be happy. I mean, they think they know what I like, but they just want me to be happy. You know how parents are. They’ll be like, “Oh, you’ll like this person!” And I’m like, “No, mom, I don’t like them.” [Laughs]

Have they given you good relationship advice?