Review: Katie Melua achieves ethereal beauty on new album

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This cover image released by BMG shows “Album No. 8” by Katie Melua. (BMG via AP)

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Katie Melua, “Album No. 8″ (BMG)

Katie Melua sings as though she’s sharing a secret, which is what makes her music so inviting.

Born in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, Melua lives in the United Kingdom and is more popular there than in the United States. Perhaps that’s because she rarely raises her voice, but on “Album No. 8,” she really doesn’t need to.

Her affecting, arresting alto stamps the set’s 10 original songs with an ethereal beauty that’s immediately ear-catching. When Melua begins by singing “I’m taken in,” she’s describing her audience.

The Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra provides support, with lovely arrangements by producer Leo Abrahams. As strings swirl and bloom, Melua is also accompanied by guitar, piano, organ, saxophone, bass and drums in various combinations that never spoil the intimate mood.

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We tried Lauren Conrad Beauty, and here’s our honest review

From “Laguna Beach” to beauty mogul.

In August, Lauren Conrad surprised her fans by launching her clean, eco-friendly, vegan and cruelty-free makeup line with five core products, all priced under $30: a lipstick in four shades, a black liquid eyeliner, three shades of lip gloss, a lip and cheek tint and a liquid highlighter.

Since then, she’s expanded her cosmetics brand to include two eyeshadow palettes, powder blushes, eyeliner and eyebrow pencils, mascara and even skincare.

Available in store and online at Kohls and LaurenConradBeauty.com, the products were “years in the making,” as the 34-year-old star of “The Hills” shared on Instagram. And with their minimalist pale pink packaging, all of which is recyclable, they certainly reflect Conrad’s famously feminine and classic aesthetic.

But do they truly deliver that gorgeous “California girl” glow? In our latest episode of “Style Trial,” two Page Six editors put the MTV darling-turned-designer’s makeup to

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Selena Gomez’s Rare Beauty Highlighter Review

I’m a sucker for a good highlighter; I love how ethereal it makes me feel and the glow it gives off. It’s perfect for the no-makeup look, which is something I strive for every time I reach for my makeup. I feel like adding a highlighter to my face instantly makes me look a little more dressed up, like putting on a pair of earrings or a necklace. So naturally, I couldn’t wait to test out Selena Gomez’s much-hyped Rare Beauty Positive Light Liquid Luminizer.

The liquid highlighter comes in eight colors, ranging from darker hues to one that is almost iridescent. My favorite pick is Mesmerize because it matches my skin tone and gives off a natural glow, which is something I look for in a highlighter. I have tested many beauty products in my time as an editor, but this formula felt so easy to use and didn’t

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Vintage Electric E-Bikes Review | Big power and retro style without the sweat or spandex

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Portland is the only city in the continental United States with a volcano within its city limits. It’s called Mount Tabor, and although technically a mere “extinct volcanic vent,” walking or hiking up to the top of its roughly 440 feet is still a decent workout. Those who bike up it are typically spandex-clad Lance Armstrong types or casual cycling sadists content to chug up at 3 mph. I, on the other hand, pedaled up Mount Tabor at 20 mph. No huffing, no puffing, no sweat, no spandex.

That’s because I was riding a Vintage Electric Café electric pedal-assist bicycle, and after a summer spent zipping around town without the typical cycling concerns of hills, going too damn slow and showing up to your destination drenched, I’m thoroughly sold on electric assist bicycles as a concept. And as for the Café itself, it takes that

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Medterra CBD Oil Review – Read Benefits Of Medterra CBD Oil Coupon And Ingredients!

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Medterra CBD Oil- Stress is the cause of several health problems and in this modern age, half of the world is unable to cope up with daily stress. It can lead to several problems like sleeplessness and other serious health problems. We have a product that can handle such issues and it will also heal your chronic pains. Medterra CBD Oil is a pure and natural CBD product that contains genuine hemp oil and it has been certified by the authorities as well. It is a natural solution for problems like depression, anxiety disorders, and chronic pains. You do not have to worry about this product because it will not make you high and THC has been removed from

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Eternal Beauty review: A perfect showcase for Shape of Water star Sally Hawkins

Guillermo del Toro once said that when he casts a movie, he casts eyes. The main eyes in his Best Picture winner The Shape of Water belong to Sally Hawkins, and they’re impossible to confuse with anyone else’s. There’s a warmth to her face that’s used well in films like Paddington and Happy-Go-Lucky, but there’s a brittleness to her features, too. Her forehead always seems furrowed in sadness or concern, even when she’s smiling, as if she could break down at any moment. Her latest role, as the lead in Craig Roberts’ Eternal Beauty, takes full advantage of that dangerous, fragile quality.

Hawkins stars as Jane, a woman struggling with schizophrenia and depression. Her visits to her doctor, who reproaches her for saying she’s “doing fine” instead of “doing better,” are fruitless, and her medication isn’t making her feel any better. Her family — her mother Vivian (Penelope

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‘A Call to Spy’ Review: A Women-led Resistance

“A Call to Spy” is a welcome, albeit imperfect, addition to the existing slate of movies about World War II. The propulsive historical drama, which was written by Sarah Megan Thomas (she also plays Virginia Hall, one of the three leads) and directed by Lydia Dean Pilcher, explores the lives of three remarkable women who served as spies for the Allied nations.

It’s 1941 and Winston Churchill, desperate in the losing fight against the Nazis, has ordered the recruitment and training of women spies. Vera Atkins (Stana Katic), a secretary of the Special Operations Executive, persuades her doubtful male colleagues to let her recruit Hall, an American and an aspiring diplomat with a wooden leg, and Noor Inayat Khan (Radhika Apte), a British wireless operator and pacifist. The two women shine in the field and, in the face of danger and unexpected betrayal, prove themselves as assets to the French

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‘Eternal Beauty’ Review: Sally Hawkins, in Another Transformation

The Welsh actor Craig Roberts dedicates his second directorial feature to “the real Calamity Jane,” making clear that “Eternal Beauty” is based on actual people in his life. (He’s also said so in interviews.) The Jane he presents in this movie — he’s also the writer — is played by Sally Hawkins, and her performance is another startling transformation in her filmography. (She’s a two-time Oscar nominee, for her work in “The Shape of Water” and “Happy Go Lucky,” playing two very different characters.)

Jane suffers from a form of schizophrenia. Her state is not entirely debilitating but is certainly erratic. And it manifests itself in often alienating behavior. She buys her own Christmas presents, opens them in front of her family and hands out receipts to the designated givers.

She definitely shouldn’t drive. She almost breaks her nephew’s neck when coming to a sudden, unnecessary stop on the road.

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