RG Magazines http://rgmags.com RG Magazines Thu, 08 Nov 2018 19:17:47 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 5 Ways the WRC Member’s Tent is Everything http://rgmags.com/2018/11/5-reasons-why-the-wrc-members-tent-is-everything/ http://rgmags.com/2018/11/5-reasons-why-the-wrc-members-tent-is-everything/#respond Thu, 08 Nov 2018 19:16:24 +0000 http://rgmags.com/?p=7534 The World Rugby Classic is well under way in Bermuda, and the corporate sponsors have turned a game, into an experience. If you’re not a rugby fan, the Member’s Tent is here to convert. A VIP facility sits just behind the goal line, and is accessible to anyone with $300 to spare. The Member’s Tent [...]

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The World Rugby Classic is well under way in Bermuda, and the corporate sponsors have turned a game, into an experience. If you’re not a rugby fan, the Member’s Tent is here to convert. A VIP facility sits just behind the goal line, and is accessible to anyone with $300 to spare. The Member’s Tent allows you to view the games from the comfort of a table stacked with flowing concessions and endless opportunities to meet and greet. Here, the reasons why we thought it was everything:

  1. The Hospitality

From parking, to security and admission, navigation and crowd control around the tents is airtight – key and too-often missed aspects of a major event. Driving up the hill, excitement builds the minute the National Sports Centre floodlights come into view. The organised welcome from the marshals and volunteers, the seating arrangements, and tremendous ice sculpture near the tent entrance extends that happy feeling. The one that makes you look to your partner in crime and say, “Tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  1. The Food

They market it as a “buffet” – an understatement. The options are to your heart’s desire and of remarkable quality, as is to be expected from Fourways – one of the best corporate caterers on the island. Whether you enjoy a gourmet salad or feel the atmosphere lends to a giant plate of fish and chips, fresh-cut piece of beef or chicken, no one leaves hungry or unsatisfied.

  1. The Booze

You might want to feed your alter ego before it comes to life in the Member’s Tent. The hours for the open bar alone, make you snuggle into your seat – from one hour before the first game to one hour after the final whistle. First-class wines, premium vodka and rum from Goslings, plus endless canned beers such as Magners, Bud Light, Corona, Boddingtons and Dark and Stormy. For non-drinkers – or in-between drinks – you have a choice of still or sparkling Pellegrino, soda and juices.

  1. The People

This is most certainly the place to entertain corporate clients, meet industry professionals, or rub shoulders with politicians. Having said that, the Member’s Tent is the most relaxed atmosphere for these connections to happen. Whether from the booze or the excitement of the game, there’s a buzz that bring walls down and opens the room up for opportunity.

  1. The View

Get the best view of the scrums and biffs from behind the goal line. The Member’s Tent allows you to really soak in the heart, sweat and emotion of the game. Don’t miss an opportunity to really experience rugby the way it should be. In the words of Steve Smith, former Captain of England, “I have no doubt that, during the next week, many tales will be told on many parts of the Island. For us veterans of the Island, it is great to be back amongst such crazy people. For the “Island Virgins” (first trippers) hold on to your hats!”

Go to www.worldrugby.bm for more on the Member’s Tent admission, games and tickets.

 

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Natural beauty business Cassine launches http://rgmags.com/2018/11/natural-beauty-business-cassine-launches/ http://rgmags.com/2018/11/natural-beauty-business-cassine-launches/#respond Wed, 07 Nov 2018 19:34:56 +0000 http://rgmags.com/?p=7530 Established in 2018 by Bermudians, for Bermudians, Cassine brings a curated selection of natural beauty products to the island. The brand has a strong focus on education and action around the preservation of the island and oceans making sure our future stays bright. Cassine is focused on bringing acclaimed beauty products to the island that are [...]

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Established in 2018 by Bermudians, for Bermudians, Cassine brings a curated selection of natural beauty products to the island. The brand has a strong focus on education and action around the preservation of the island and oceans making sure our future stays bright.

Cassine is focused on bringing acclaimed beauty products to the island that are all-natural, organic, reef-safe and have the least impact on the environment. The meticulously curated product offering includes: Province Apothecary Skincare, Green People, rmsbeauty and Beauty by Earth.

The brand is determined to ban harmful sunscreen from the island and is hugely supportive of the Living Reefs Foundation, who work tirelessly on coral gardening in an effort to sustain, preserve and grow the reefs for the future and livelihood of Bermuda and its people.

So, why the need for reef-safe sunscreens, skincare and beauty products? Here are a few examples:

  • ●  15% of the world’s coral reefs are dying due to sunscreen and cosmetic chemicals
  • ●  Coral reefs cover less than 1% of the ocean floor, yet they support 25% of all

    marine life

  • ●  25% of coral reefs worldwide are damaged beyond repair
  • ●  The reefs that surround Bermuda reduce storm impact by 75-85%
  • ●  Coral reefs have declined: 40% in the Great Barrier Reef – 85% in the Caribbean –

    99% in the Florida Keys

    Cassine customers can trust that all of the brands that are stocked have been meticulously reviewed, tried and tested by focus groups to ensure that every product stands up to its claims and delivers results.

    Know that every Cassine purchase made is one step closer to protecting our island, yourself and your family. There is no better feeling than that! Do your part and make the meaningful switch to clean beauty today.

    Visit their website at: www.cassine.shop

    Instagram: @cassine.shop
    Facebook: facebook.com/cassine.shop/

    For further information on the brand, please contact: Jennifer Page at jennifer@cassine.s

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Benjamin Moore 2019 Color Of The Year http://rgmags.com/2018/11/benjamin-moore-2019-color-of-the-year/ http://rgmags.com/2018/11/benjamin-moore-2019-color-of-the-year/#respond Thu, 01 Nov 2018 08:00:45 +0000 http://rgmags.com/?p=7448 Every year paint companies release their colour predictions for the upcoming season.  Think of it as the paint colour fashion awards.  With my love of the colour grey I was over the moon when Benjamin Moore announced that the 2019 Color Of The Year was AF-690 Metropolitan. Because greys have so many undertones, finding the [...]

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Every year paint companies release their colour predictions for the upcoming season.  Think of it as the paint colour fashion awards.  With my love of the colour grey I was over the moon when Benjamin Moore announced that the 2019 Color Of The Year was AF-690 Metropolitan.

Because greys have so many undertones, finding the right one can be tough (click here for tips on picking your perfect shade) but Metropolitan strikes just the right balance between too warm (beige) or too cool (blue).  It has has a nice depth so it’s perfect for making large rooms feel cozier but not too dark that it can’t be used in smaller rooms too.  In short – it’s pretty great!

Benjamin Moore Metropolitan can be found the Affinity fan deck which is a collection of 144 colours that are designed to compliment and work well with each other.  It’s just enough choice to give you a variety but not enough that you’re overwhelmed.  Most of the colours are muted so think earthy moody colours instead of bright oranges, yellows and turquoises.

In addition to the colour of the year, Benjamin Moore also releases a small collection of additional favourite shades.  I was thrilled to see a few of my favourites on that list too (hello Hale Navy)!

Need some inspiration on how to use Metropolitan?  Let’s start in the bedroom – I love sleep so it’s my favourite room in the house.  See how the colour is just dark enough to make the room feel relaxing without looking small and closed in?  Also, I love that it’s been paired with soft pink fabrics and gold accents.

Navy

When it comes to my favourite colours navy is right behind grey and the two make a stunning pair.    In this kitchen, walls in Metropolitan are paired another one of my go-to shades Benjamin Moore Hale Navy.  Again, note the gold accents.  It’s an unexpected choice but really warms up the space along with light woods, marble counters and plenty of natural greens.

Okay this is pretty much my dream kitchen!  Hale Navy is definitely on our short list for kitchen cabinet colours and it looks stunning paired with gold hardware and marble counters.

Pink & Grey

I’ve always loved the combination of pink and grey.  They balance each other very well and sometimes we just need a little bit of pink in our adult lives.  This cabinet painted in Metropolitan is set against background walls in Head Over Heels AF-250.  We’re “head-over-heels” in love!

The trick to painting walls in pink in your adult space is picking the right shade.  Look for tones that are softer, slightly grey or brown.  Here’s another shot of Head Over Heels AF-250.

Too much pink for the walls?  Try it as an accent on the bathroom vanity.  It’s just the right amount of colour.  Keep the rest of the space white.  We love the slight hint of grey in Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White.

Teal

There were a couple of surprise shades in this year’s collection too.  I love the colour of deep ocean – a rich teal that gives rooms a moody almost old fashioned vibe.  These walls painted in Benjamin Moore Beau Green 2054-20 is stunning behind an antique gold desk and gallery wall.

Charcoal

Over the years I have changed almost every wall paint colour in our house but our living room has remained constant. It’s not large and doesn’t have a lot of light but I painted it a deep charcoal and have loved it for almost a decade.  Benjamin Moore Black Pepepr 2130-40 has very slight violet blue undertone and pairs well with creamy tones, other cool greys as well as pink!

If you’re looking for a warmer charcoal grey you can’t go wrong with Kendall Charcoal for walls, trim or cabinets.

Greige

If you’re worried all these moody shades are too much for you try Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist, which has been on my favourite “off-white paint colour” for along time.  It’s a light greige perfect for all-over interiors as well as individual spaces.

Which one of these shades is your favourite?  Leave us a comment below and don’t forget to Pin the images above for inspiration on your next paint project!

There’s more where this came from!  See thousand of our decorating and design Pins on our boards here. If you liked this post don’t forget to check back next week to see what’s new on the blog but if you can’t wait  our Facebook page is updated daily with amazing spaces, design tips and DIY projects.  Or get a sneak peak at life behind the scenes at the paint store (and more stunning rooms) on our Instagram here.

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Karolina and her husband Justin De Costa took over Rowe Spurling Paint Company in 2007 after the senior De Costas, Pamela and Neviile, retired.  Both Karolina and Justin studied theatre at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island.  This gave them a foundation in architecture and design while helping to fuel their creative endeavors.  They continue to evolve Bermuda’s oldest paint store, providing the latest in coatings technology as well as inspiring their customers in their own home and professional projects.

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Book Review: Into the Raging Sea http://rgmags.com/2018/11/book-review-into-the-raging-sea/ http://rgmags.com/2018/11/book-review-into-the-raging-sea/#respond Thu, 01 Nov 2018 08:00:45 +0000 http://rgmags.com/?p=7461 Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro by Rachel Slade 5 out of 5 stars I’m generally not a fan of non-fiction – as in I’ll rarely pick up a true story on my own volition.  So to have read not one, but two non-fiction books in the span of a couple [...]

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Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro

by Rachel Slade

5 out of 5 stars

I’m generally not a fan of non-fiction – as in I’ll rarely pick up a true story on my own volition.  So to have read not one, but two non-fiction books in the span of a couple months is pretty incredible (especially if you saw the contents of my to-read pile). However, I still can’t stop thinking about Into the Raging Sea– or recommending it to people, fiction and non-fiction lovers alike.

Journalist Rachel Slade brings to life the story of the ill-fated El Faro, which sunk off the coast of the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin in October 2015. Slade takes this story, with an ending, sadly, we already know, and manages to make it as gripping as any psychological thriller all while bringing to it the heart and soul of each and every one of the 33 souls lost on the ship.

Through hours of voice recordings from the ship’s “black box” to interviews from the family members of the ship’s crew and maritime experts, she weaves together a story that still brings me to tears. There are lessons to be learned here, including the devastating power and unpredictability of hurricanes as well as the cutthroat history of the shipping industry. While we’re still deep in hurricane season, this is a book not to be missed.

Available at Bermuda Bookstore.

Here are some more suggestions from the staff at the Bermuda Bookstore:

There’s a theme in book publishing this fall and it’s all about Greek mythology. First up is “Circe” by Madeline Miller, telling the story of the daughter born of the gods but who turns to the world of mortals for companionship. Passing down the Greek myths through many millennia means there are many interpretations. Stephen Fry’s “Mythos” brings together these stories in Fry’s entertaining and informative retelling.

Sarah J Maas has a new “Throne of Glass” book out at the end of October, but in the interim fans who can’t get enough of Maas can indulge in DC Icons Series and enjoy her take with “Catwoman: Soulstealer”. Other Icons in the series written by other sought-after YA authors include “Wonder Woman: Warbringer” by Leigh Bardugo and “Batman: Nightwalker” by Marie Lu.

New non-fiction currently burning up the charts includes “21 Lessons for the 21stCentury” by Yuval Noah Harari, one of today’s most innovative thinkers exploring some of the world’s most pressing issues. And for Bruce Lee and martial arts fans fans “Bruce Lee” by Matthew Polly is an authoritative and most comprehensive account of the actor’s life that also features dozens of rarely seen photographs.

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5 things that healthy men do regularly http://rgmags.com/2018/11/5-things-that-healthy-men-do-regularly/ http://rgmags.com/2018/11/5-things-that-healthy-men-do-regularly/#respond Thu, 01 Nov 2018 08:00:44 +0000 http://rgmags.com/?p=7445 Be prepared! The month ahead promises lots of healthy moustaches, grown in attempt to create awareness for men’s health. It’s usually fun and hairy, but many organisations are urging men to start habits of checking prostate, testicular, and even mental health early in life, which could be the difference between life and death. Here are [...]

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Be prepared! The month ahead promises lots of healthy moustaches, grown in attempt to create awareness for men’s health. It’s usually fun and hairy, but many organisations are urging men to start habits of checking prostate, testicular, and even mental health early in life, which could be the difference between life and death.

Here are five things that men should be doing throughout November (and regularly!) for their best life!

  1. Check yourself

Yes, once a month, while in the shower, roll your testes between thumb and fingers to get to know what’s normal. They should feel smooth, firm and sensitive, but not painful. If you notice a change in size or shape, a lump that wasn’t there before, or if they become painful to touch, see a doctor.

  1. Carve out bro time

It has been proven that men need to take the time biweekly to be with good friends. Whether playing sports or just sitting and having a drink, the effects are enormous. A reportby a professor of Oxford University says that “men who maintain social groups are healthier, recover from illness more quickly and tend to be more generous”. Women, the perfect excuse to push them out of the house. Their life depends on it!

  1. Say how you feel

If you don’t feel like you can open up to your closest friends, know where to go. If you are having a tough time and need someone to talk to, contact Bermuda Mental Health Foundation for an anonymous call. If a friend is looking to talk, try to ask questions, listen intently, encourage action, and check in with them later. Opening up has been proven to put things in perspective and release tension, leading to a longer and happier life.

  1. Make movement a lifestyle

If you do one thing this month, make it a resolution to move more. Research suggests that exercise may help to counter the decrease in testosterone in men as they age. It also decreases the risk of lung, colorectal and other cancers, and heart disease; while lowering the risk of death by diabetes and sleep apnea.

  1. Know your facts

About testicular cancer

Testicles are responsible for the production of male hormones (mostly testosterone) and sperm. Testicular cancer starts as an abnormal growth or tumor that develops in one or both testicles. There are several types of testicular cancer, but the most common is the germ cell tumor.

About prostate cancer

Only men have a prostate gland. The prostate gland is usually the size and shape of a walnut and grows bigger as you get older. It sits underneath the bladder and surrounds the urethra, which is the tube men urinate and ejaculate through. Its main job is to help make semen – the fluid that carries sperm.

Prostate cancer occurs when some of the cells in the prostate reproduce far more rapidly than normal, resulting in a tumor. Prostate cancer often grows slowly to start with and may never cause any problems. But some men have prostate cancer that is more likely to spread. These prostate cancer cells, if left untreated, may spread from the prostate and invade distant parts of the body, particularly the lymph nodes and bones, producing secondary tumors in a process known as metastasis.

A common myth is that these types of cancers only occur in men older than 45. The truth is that young men can be affected and should be checking themselves regularly – even to know what’s normal – and creating habits that make up a lifestyle that works for both their physical and mental. Early detection of cancers, diseases and mental health issues is the difference between life and death. So, do what you need to do.

Happy Movember!

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Unique thanksgiving food ideas http://rgmags.com/2018/11/unique-thanksgiving-food-ideas/ http://rgmags.com/2018/11/unique-thanksgiving-food-ideas/#respond Thu, 01 Nov 2018 08:00:38 +0000 http://rgmags.com/?p=7485 Traditionally,  thanksgiving dinner includes turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing — here are some creative recipes with a twist on the classics that will have your loved ones looking forward to them every year. Fried Mashed Potato Balls Ingredients 3 cups leftover mashed potatoes 3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled 2/3 cups shredded cheddar cheese 2 tbsp. thinly sliced [...]

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Traditionally,  thanksgiving dinner includes turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing — here are some creative recipes with a twist on the classics that will have your loved ones looking forward to them every year.

Fried Mashed Potato Balls

Ingredients

3 cups leftover mashed potatoes

3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

2/3 cups shredded cheddar cheese

2 tbsp. thinly sliced chives

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 eggs, beaten

1 1/3 cups panko bread crumbs

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine mashed potatoes with cooked bacon, cheddar, chives, and garlic powder, and season with salt and pepper. Stir until all ingredients are incorporated.
  1. Place eggs and panko in separate shallow bowls. Use a small cookie scoop to scoop 1” to 2” balls of mashed potato mixture. Roll into a ball in your hands, then dredge first in egg and then in panko. Repeat until all mashed potatoes are used.
  2. Heat 3” of oil in a large cast iron skillet until candy thermometer reads 375°. Fry potato balls in batches until golden on all sides, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain on a paper towel lined plate and season immediately with more salt.

Turkey Sliders with stuffing biscuits

Ingredients

2 medium stalks celery, cut up

1 medium carrot, cut up

1 medium onion, cut up

1 tbsp. fresh thyme leaves

5 large leaves sage, torn

1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tbsp. sugar

1 tbsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

4 tbsp. butter, cut up and cold

1 1/4 cups buttermilk

1 1/2 lb. ground turkey (93% lean)

1/2 cups mayonnaise

1/4 cups cranberry preserves or sauce

Directions

  1. In food processor, pulse celery, carrot, onion, thyme, and sage until finely chopped. In 12″ skillet, heat oil on medium. Add vegetable mixture and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper; cook 15 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Transfer to medium bowl; cook completely.
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Spray two 12-cup muffin pans with nonstick cooking spray. Line large rimmed baking sheet with parchment. In clean food processor bowl, pulse flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and 3/4 teaspoon salt until blended. Add butter. Pulse until coarse crumbs form. Transfer mixture to large bowl. Stir in buttermilk, then one-third of cooked vegetable mixture until just blended. Divide among cups of prepared muffin pans (about 3 tablespoons each). Bake 15 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer biscuits from pans to wire racks; let cool slightly.
  3. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, combine turkey, remaining cooked vegetable mixture, and 1/4 teaspoon salt until just combined. Form into 24 patties (2″ wide); place on prepared baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes or until cooked through (165 degrees F).
  4. When biscuits are cool enough to handle, slice in half. Add turkey patties and dollops of mayo and cranberry preserves.

Baked Apples with Sausage Stuffing

Ingredients

1 Tablespoon oil or butter

1 celery stalk, diced

1/4 cup finely diced onion

1/2 package sausage

1 box stuffing mix

1 1/4 cup Swanson’s UNSALTED Chicken Broth (or the same amount of water called for on the instructions for the stuffing)

6-12 apples such as Granny Smith, Golden Delicious and Red Delicious

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a medium or large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and the onion and the celery and cook until softened, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the sausage to the skillet and cook thoroughly making sure to break it up into crumbles. Remove from heat.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together stuffing mix and sausage mixture. Add Swanson’s chicken broth in the same amount as water is called for on the stuffing mix instructions. Mine called for 1 1/4 cups of water and I used 1 1/4 cups of chicken broth.
  4. Stir the mixture together so that the stuffing is soft and moist. Feel free to add a little more broth if needed. Set the mix aside.
  5. Prepare the apples:
  6. Slice the very top of the apples off.
  7. Use a spoon or a melon baller to carefully scoop out the entire core of the apple.
  8. Repeat this for every apple.
  9. Spoon stuffing in to the apples and place in a high sided baking dish.
  10. Once all the apples are stuffed and in the dish, carefully pour an additional 1/4-12 cup of broth over the apples. Add another 1/4 cup to the bottom of the dish.
  11. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until the apples are softened but not falling apart. If you don’t want the stuffing to brown, cover the dish while baking.

Pumpkin Pie Popsicles

Ingredients

8 ounces of Goats Milk, fat free Greek Yogurt, unsweetened Coconut Milk or any Vegan milk you desire

3 ounces unsweetened Pumpkin Purée

1/2 dropper full of Vanilla Stevia Drops, Honey or Maple Syrup to taste

1/4 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice

Pinch of fine Sea Salt

Directions

  1. In a bowl mix together all ingredients well.
  2. Add sweetener to taste.
  3. Pour into popsicle molds or dixie cups with about ¼ inch room at the top.
  4. Lay a sheet of foil on top of the pop mold and poke sticks through.
  5. Freeze for about 2 hours or until frozen solid.
  6. Gently remove pops from molds.

Do you have any unique thanksgiving recipes that you and your family love? Share them with us on social media or email them to us at rgmags@bpmedia.bm.

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Top fall makeup trends http://rgmags.com/2018/11/top-fall-makeup-trends/ http://rgmags.com/2018/11/top-fall-makeup-trends/#respond Thu, 01 Nov 2018 08:00:11 +0000 http://rgmags.com/?p=7475 By Raél Iman The weather is changing which means your style is too, why should your makeup be the exception? Here are a few fall makeup trends that will have you slaying the season: Feeling vampy? Vampy lip colors are always a fall necessity! They make your lips the focal point, so this can even be [...]

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By Raél Iman

The weather is changing which means your style is too, why should your makeup be the exception?

Here are a few fall makeup trends that will have you slaying the season:

Feeling vampy?

Vampy lip colors are always a fall necessity! They make your lips the focal point, so this can even be worn alone if you aren’t up for a full face! And, of course tons of highlighter!

Neutral glam!

MUA, Raél Iman.

Neutral tones are everyone’s favorite for the versatility! But to switch it up for fall, add a bold wing AND a pair of Iman Artistry Collection luxury mink lashes for a twist!

Let’s get smokey!

Smokey eyes are a fall staple, and one of my favorites because they immediately give a sultry look to the eyes. Pair it with a neutral lip color to avoid over powering the look – or not! There’s no rules to makeup ladies.

Matte, not flat!

Dark matte/liquid lipsticks are essential for fall. They ensure that you won’t have to reapply and aren’t sticky, so when the wind blows you won’t have to worry about your hair sticking to your lips, lol!


Bio

Raél Iman is a 21 year-old Make Up Artist (MUA), beauty advisor for Lancôme International, and owner of freelance makeup business: Iman Artistry.

Raél Iman is self-taught, having perfected her passion over the last two and a half years through the creation of her YouTube Channel hosting hundreds of followers; teaching them the basic tips & tricks of perfecting make-up application, and the importance of quality skin care and products.

Raél has worked diligently and tremendously hard this year to make her mark on the Bermuda makeup scene. From bridal parties, private makeup classes, carnival, maternity shoots, funeral makeup, Halloween and even makeup master classes – she puts no limits to what she can create!

She is driven by passion, motivated by beauty, and devoted to educating women (both young & old). She prides herself on ensuring that her work is always clean and detailed and that every client has an exceptional experience. It’s so much more than just the exterior – the makeup application, but what it does for women internally/emotionally as well. Raél Iman believes that make-up is for the beauty within! Her tag line is “Putting your best face forward!”
Follow Iman Artistry on Instagram to book an appointment, see beautiful makeup looks and to keep up with what’s to come for Raél’s most recent project: Iman Artistry Collection!

Instagram:

@iman.artistry (Business)

@rael.iman (Personal)

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Reaching for an Education: It’s not a commodity http://rgmags.com/2018/11/an-education-is-not-a-commodity/ http://rgmags.com/2018/11/an-education-is-not-a-commodity/#respond Thu, 01 Nov 2018 08:00:09 +0000 http://rgmags.com/?p=7441 What is education? For hundreds of, if not several thousand, years obtaining any sort of education was a privilege, being restricted to narrow segments of most societies, usually male and members of whatever constituted the dominant power structure, or religious hierarchy. In the West, the first glimmers of change came with the invention of the [...]

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What is education?

For hundreds of, if not several thousand, years obtaining any sort of education was a privilege, being restricted to narrow segments of most societies, usually male and members of whatever constituted the dominant power structure, or religious hierarchy.

In the West, the first glimmers of change came with the invention of the movable type printing press by Johannes Gutenberg in c. 1440, as it significantly lowered the cost of producing distributable information – books.

However, not until the second half of the 19th century, did governments begin to understand and accept that “educating the masses” (at least in the sense of enabling them to read, write and understand basic arithmetic) was not some dangerous social experiment, but rather essential to the development and functioning of rapidly industrializing societies.

Even then, access to “higher level knowledge”, firstly in the form of a secondary education and then through a tertiary, or university education, tended to be highly restricted.

So, it is really only since World War II that universal education has become the norm; and only within the last 40 years or so that an individual, male or female, could have a reasonable expectation of being able to obtain a university degree. Of course, there are still societies in which, usually for religious or embedded discriminatory reasons, certain groups (girls/women, members of certain castes or perceived racial categories), are discouraged or even prevented from access to education.

Let us suppose, however, that access is universal, as it theoretically is in Bermuda, the US, UK and Canada. Why obtain an education, which, for these purposes, we shall assume means up to a first-level degree?

We suspect that most people would answer: “So that I can get a good job”. This is entirely rational, as there is clear evidence that, across the population as a whole, earnings potential increases with the level of credentials obtained – and who would not wish to earn more money?

Unfortunately, this mindset, without further thought, leads to the view that “an education” is an essential commodity, which can be traded for money. In one sense, that is obviously true. However, it also represents a very narrow view of the issue, because it also assumes that everything can and should be measured purely in monetary terms.

In your opinion, does this underestimate the potential lifelong benefits of education? In our next piece, we shall explore what the purposes of an education should be.

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Go Green this Halloween http://rgmags.com/2018/10/go-green-this-halloween/ http://rgmags.com/2018/10/go-green-this-halloween/#respond Wed, 31 Oct 2018 09:00:40 +0000 http://rgmags.com/?p=7508 The spookiest time of the year has more of an impact on the environment than we realise. Around 12,500 tonnes of Halloween costumes get sent to landfill each year in the UK along with old bedsheets and plastic skeleton masks – imagine our waste intake here on our little 22-square mile island. Here are some [...]

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The spookiest time of the year has more of an impact on the environment than we realise. Around 12,500 tonnes of Halloween costumes get sent to landfill each year in the UK along with old bedsheets and plastic skeleton masks – imagine our waste intake here on our little 22-square mile island. Here are some tips and tricks to help you enjoy the holiday and be as sustaina-boo as possible.

Costumes

  • Host a costume swap

Make it into a party. Your digs won’t be new, but they’ll be new to you.

  • Thrift store

Visit The Barn or another local thrift store to find costumes or recycled clothing that can help you to create your own.

  • Make your own costumes

Why not be a soda bottle, spider web or snapchat filter? Use items you already have to make the perfect costume. Here are some ideas.

  • Fake blood

Instead of buying fake blood with unknown ingredients, make your own at home.

  • Use non-toxic face paint or make your own

If you plan on painting a face this year, know that many products out there contain small amounts of heavy metals arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead or mercury. Exposure to these products has been linked to developmental delays, hormonal imbalances and cancer. Here are some safe alternatives and a diy face paint recipe.

The Halloween party

  • Email invites

To avoid using unnecessary paper, send out party invitations through email. Try Paperless Post or Punchbowl for some amazing options.

  • Avoid plastic plates, cups, utensils

Even though there will be extra clean-up, use regular dishes and ask guests to bring reusable containers for takeaways.

  • Buy local, organic food

Head to the markets and farms to buy fresh ingredients for party meals.

  • Make your own treats

Instead of store bought cookies, cakes and treats, bake your own. Here are a few fun recipes.

Trick-or-treating

  • Organic candy

Who knew that Airheads were vegan? Try to be more conscious and purchase candy that has less of an impact on the environment (and your body!) Click here for a list of vegan and organic candy options.

  • Avoid cheap plastic toys

You know the ones we’re talking about that come in the variety pack at the dollar store.

  • Walk, bike, carpool or take public transportation to hot-spot neighborhoods

Get your candy fix and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time.

  • Bring a trash bag to avoid littering

Eating candy on the way to the next house is a given, just make sure you dispose of wrappers properly and even pick up a few that may have been dropped!

  • Use reusable bags

In that same vein, avoid using plastic by bringing extra shopping bags, canvas totes or a pillowcases. (Pack more to share with friends!)

Pumpkins

  • Light with beeswax candles

Use beeswax, a renewable all-natural wax produced by honey bees, instead of soy or paraffin-based wax, which is a non-renewable byproduct of petroleum, coal or oil shale. Not to mention it’s not hypoallergenic, so terribe for people with allergies, asthma or chemical sensitivities.

  • Eat the seeds

Clean, salt and roast the pumpkin seeds for a yummy fall snack instead of throwing them out. Not only do they contain lots of antioxidants, but they are low calorie and delicious.

  • Save the pulp

The slimy insides can be used to make delicious pies, muffins and soup that are perfect for the season. Recipes here.

  • Compost, Compost, Compost

Throw jack-o-lanterns and any food scraps in the compost for great soil. If you don’t have one, check out the Earth Machine from the Ministry of Public Works for a compost bin.

  • Grow your own

A great post-Halloween activity is to plant your own pumpkins and watch them grow!

This article was originally published in the October 2018 edition of the RG Green Pages supplement.

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City Food Festival winners announced http://rgmags.com/2018/10/city-food-festival-winners-announced/ http://rgmags.com/2018/10/city-food-festival-winners-announced/#respond Mon, 22 Oct 2018 15:45:35 +0000 http://rgmags.com/?p=7464 The winners have been crowned and will soon be jetting off to their respective destinations; their rewards for winning the City Food Festival’s Chef and Bartending Competitions. The Chef Competition kicked off last Wednesday, October 17,  in a stunning setting at Fort Hamilton with the First round. Elizabeth Blankendal and Mohamed Elfeky went head-to-head in an [...]

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The winners have been crowned and will soon be jetting off to their respective destinations; their rewards for winning the City Food Festival’s Chef and Bartending Competitions.

The Chef Competition kicked off last Wednesday, October 17,  in a stunning setting at Fort Hamilton with the First round. Elizabeth Blankendal and Mohamed Elfeky went head-to-head in an appetizer showdown. They each had to use the five ingredients provided – shrimp, coconut milk, peppers, beets and butternut squash. On Thursday, in Round Two, three more chefs – Antonio Belvedere, Marcella Smith and Ibrahim Elassal took on an entrée challenge using lobster, feta cheese, onions, spinach and sweet potato.

Ticket holders to the two preliminary rounds were provided with samples of the dishes as the chefs led a live demonstration of their recipes. A welcome cocktail and wines served with dinner were provided by Goslings. Each chef was allocated thirty minutes to prepare and plate their meal and fifteen minutes to clean their work area. Judges allocated points to each dish based on taste/flavor, creativity, use of ingredients and presentation.

Elizabeth Blankendal

The winning chefs from the first two rounds, Elizabeth Blankendal and Ibrahim Elassal, moved on to the third and final round, the Dessert challenge, on Saturday night.

Ibrahim Elassal

Guests on Saturday were treated to a 4-course dinner provided by MEF/Fourways Catering. Accompanying the meal were a selection of rums, courtesy of Bacardi, to complement each course. The chefs were challenged to create desserts for the final course, again using five compulsory ingredients. The competition was fierce but it was ultimately Ibrahim Elassal from Fairmont Southampton that was declared the victor.

On Friday night, the Bacardi Bartender Competition got underway at Bacardi Headquarters. Five local bartenders – Matt Francis, Ryan Gibbons, Kazim Muhammed, Keishaun Majors and Sula Foggo all brought their A-game to the table and wowed a packed house with their impressive skills. Judges graded the competitors on visual appeal, balance of flavors and taste, creativity/originality, inventive use of ingredients, use of sponsors brands, knowledge and accuracy of recipe, ability under pressure and time of production.

The judges were so impressed with each creation that there were only mere points between the winning cocktail and its competition but it was Matt Francis, representing The Blind Pig

Matt Francis

Cocktail Co. that walked away with the top prize – $400 in cash from the City of Hamilton and a trip to Puerto Rico to visit one of the Bacardi distilleries. Matt’s winning concoction, the Mellow Season, is a delicious medley of Bacardi 10, lime, strawberry, black pepper syrup, egg white with a vanilla sugar rim.

The City of Hamilton would like to thank all of the contributing sponsors of this year’s fall Food Festival as well as all of the judges and volunteers that participated and lent their support.

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