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NY community mourns 4 children, father killed in fire

NY community mourns 4 children, father killed in fire


WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Hundreds of mourners attended a funeral Friday for a father and four daughters who died in an upstate New York house fire.

Firefighters lined the entrance to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart church in Watertown for the funeral celebrating the lives of Aaron Bodah and his daughters: 4-year-old Skylar; 6-year-old Erin; 8-year-old Alexa and 14-year-old Merissa.

The fire broke out early Feb. 14. A fifth daughter, 13-year-old Hailey, survived after escaping from the burning home; she ran to neighbors for help.

“They were just the sweetest girls,” Watertown teacher Erin Weston told WWNY . “They loved each other so much. You always saw them walking hand in hand. They loved school; they always had a smile on their face.”

Skylar, the family’s youngest, loved singing and ponies. Erin, a first-grader, sang, too, and also danced. Alexa, a second-grader, was a fan of video games and superheroes. Merissa, a ninth-grader, liked doing makeup with their mom, Melissa Davey, also of Watertown.

Prayers were offered Friday for Hailey and for the girls’ mother, Melissa Davey.

Then the family members followed a coffin and several urns as they were placed in a hearse and taken to a cemetery.

Investigators said it appeared the fire started in the kitchen, where pots had been left on the electric stove. Smoke detectors had no batteries, they said.

“We must take the lessons taught to us by this event and come together,” said Fire Chief Dale Herman, “not only to support those family and friends in their grief, but also to help our neighbors and responders return to their new routines and prevent future tragedy such as this from occurring in our homes.”

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7 Valentine’s Day Makeup Tutorials to Try Today

7 Valentine’s Day Makeup Tutorials to Try Today

Valentine's Day makeup tutorials - best tutorials to try for V-day
Photo: Dilan Sabah on YouTube

It’s finally Valentine’s Day, and I’m celebrating by… doing my makeup.

I don’t know if I’m the only one who does this, but as a beauty lover, I look forward to celebrating holidays by theming my makeup to the day. And Valentine’s Day in particular is a great chance to experiment with makeup, since it’s all about all things romantic and pretty.

Below, I’m sharing some of my favorite Valentine’s Day makeup tutorials, with different tutorials to fit every makeup style, from soft to ultra-glam. Let’s get to it!

Before We Begin: Eyeshadow Basics


First things first, if you are a makeup beginner, I suggest watching the video above before attempting any of the tutorials below.

Tati has been in makeup for most of her life and used to be a makeup artist, so you know that she has all of the best tips and tricks to help you perfect your technique.

Once you’ve watched the dos and don’ts video, it’s time to get more advanced and try a tutorial! Here are some good ones:

Valentine’s Day Makeup Tutorials: Soft Looks

Look 1:

I am in love with this look! The soft colors and monochromatic theme are beautiful for this Valentine’s day. The peachy color is perfect for getting a beautiful flush and glow to your skin as well.

This tutorial covers everything, starting from a bare face. While there are a lot of steps, she fully explains every product she uses and uses diagrams to help you understand where to place the product.

Beginner alert: This one is really well explained. I think that most people would be able to do this look.

Look 2:

This is a similar peachy look for those with mono lids. With this tutorial you get a really up close look while she is doing her eye makeup.

If you are a visual learner, this is a great tutorial for you. That being said, she does not explain each step in-depth so if you need some words of guidance, I suggest trying a different tutorial on this list.

Valentine’s Day Makeup Tutorials: Bold Looks

Look 1:

This tutorial is perfect if you want to go all out glam this year!

In the video above, Dilan shows you how to create a beautiful halo eye with different red and orange tones. She uses some more advanced techniques than the average person might like to do, so if you’re into baking and contouring — and also like to do eye makeup — this one is for you!

If you’re a beginner and want to try out this look, I suggest doing your eyeshadow before your foundation so that if you mess up, you can wipe it away without taking off all of your foundation too.

Look 2:

Another mono lid look! This beautiful glitter smokey eye is super glam. I think that most people will be able to do this look from a bare face.

In the video, our guru masters the basics and explains each step well. You also get a really good close up while she is doing her eye makeup so this is another great one for visual learners.

Look 3:

The Valentine’s Day makeup tutorials I’ve included so far have been all about the eyes but this is my personal favorite of them all, based around the lips.

A bold red lip is perfect for Valentine’s Day and the tutorial above shows you how to create a beautiful neutral eye look to go with a red lip, helping to balance the face.

Bonus: This tutorial is a cinch. Anyone will be able to do this and create a gorgeous pout for a night out.

Valentine’s Day Makeup Tutorials: Fun Look

Yes, this final tutorial is a little crazy, but I couldn’t not include this one. If you’re going to a Valentine’s themed party, having a Galentine’s Day celebration, or just having fun, this look is so pretty and surprisingly easy.

This heart freckle look will take some time — and some patience — but I’m sure the instagram photo will be worth it!

What are your favorite Valentine’s Day makeup tutorials?

Did I miss your favorite tutorial? (If so, leave a link in the comments so I can check it out!) Are you going to try any of these? If so, let me know how they go! Happy Valentine’s Day, guys!

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Kylie Jenner’s birthday party for daughter Stormi may rival all the Kardashian cousins’ birthdays – Yahoo Entertainment

Kylie Jenner’s birthday party for daughter Stormi may rival all the Kardashian cousins’ birthdays – Yahoo Entertainment

Kylie Jenner posted a photo in front of a neon sign at daughter Stormi Webster’s first birthday party, writing she “had to go all out for my baby.” (Credit: Kylie Jenner via Instagram)

Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott went for daughter Stormi Webster’s first birthday party on Saturday, you haven’t been paying close attention. After all, no one does birthdays like the Kardashian-Jenner clan.” data-reactid=”22″ type=”text”>If you are surprised by how over the top Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott went for daughter Stormi Webster’s first birthday party on Saturday, you haven’t been paying close attention. After all, no one does birthdays like the Kardashian-Jenner clan.

started planning this party back in June. Some of us naively thought she’d decided to go low-key and that this party on Stormi’s actual birthday, Feb. 1, featuring a rainbow sprinkle cake and a petting zoo, would be it for her. But that event was just a preview for the real thing, which was an indoor amusement park, featuring a giant Travis Scott-style inflated baby head entrance. There was a carousel, a swing ride, a “Baby Shark” performance, costumed fairy princesses, a magical forest, a wall of giant teddy bears, a bubble room, a Stormi World souvenir shop and images of the adorable tot everywhere.” data-reactid=”26″ type=”text”>By her own account, the mother and makeup mogul started planning this party back in June. Some of us naively thought she’d decided to go low-key and that this party on Stormi’s actual birthday, Feb. 1, featuring a rainbow sprinkle cake and a petting zoo, would be it for her. But that event was just a preview for the real thing, which was an indoor amusement park, featuring a giant Travis Scott-style inflated baby head entrance. There was a carousel, a swing ride, a “Baby Shark” performance, costumed fairy princesses, a magical forest, a wall of giant teddy bears, a bubble room, a Stormi World souvenir shop and images of the adorable tot everywhere.

This Youtube account compiled many of the Instagram stories from the party:

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian created Kidchella for North West’s first bday. Just last month, North’s baby sister, Chicago, was celebrated with an Alice in Wonderland birthday setup her parents created in their house. Middle child Saint’s first birthday coincided with his father’s release from the hospital for exhaustion in 2016, so it appears there were just a lot of balloons on his big day.” data-reactid=”31″ type=”text”>Stormi was not, however, the first of her generation to get such an elaborate treatment on her birthday. Her family has even used this amusement park theme before — way back in 2014, when Kanye West and Kim Kardashian created Kidchella for North West’s first bday. Just last month, North’s baby sister, Chicago, was celebrated with an Alice in Wonderland birthday setup her parents created in their house. Middle child Saint’s first birthday coincided with his father’s release from the hospital for exhaustion in 2016, so it appears there were just a lot of balloons on his big day.

Penelope Disick also had a similar celebration for her first birthday, as far as photos show. Her brother Mason got a petting zoo for his first.” data-reactid=”32″ type=”text”>Penelope Disick also had a similar celebration for her first birthday, as far as photos show. Her brother Mason got a petting zoo for his first.

big alien bash for his first birthday, shared with Mason, up to a wild Tarzan party he shared with cousin Saint last year.” data-reactid=”33″ type=”text”>The third Disick kid, Reign, has apparently never had his own solo party since he was born on Mason’s birthday. Still, doubling up has its perks — with a big alien bash for his first birthday, shared with Mason, up to a wild Tarzan party he shared with cousin Saint last year.

Blac Chyna threw her a mermaid party.  For her second, her aunts swooped in to make her a fairy.” data-reactid=”34″ type=”text”>And what of Dream Kardashian, daughter of Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna? It appears the circumstances of her parents’ split have led to double the celebrations in her honor. On her first, dad gave her a car and mom Blac Chyna threw her a mermaid party.  For her second, her aunts swooped in to make her a fairy.

Khloe Kardashian looks like she has a lot to live up to when True Thompson’s birthday comes around in April.

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    The powerful feminist statement in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Instagram beauty tips

    The powerful feminist statement in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Instagram beauty tips

    Beauty devotees collectively lost their minds yesterday (Jan. 28) when US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez detailed her skincare routine in a wide-ranging Instagram story.

    The excitement was warranted—AOC has outstanding skin. And this isn’t the first time the 29-year-old Democratic congresswoman has shared beauty tips on social media. (She once gave an impromptu press-on nails tutorial while on a late-night Amtrak back to Congress.) 

    Ocasio-Cortez’s deft use of Twitter and Instagram is legendary. Case-in-point: an Instagram live stream in which she cooked soup and fielded questions about jobs guarantees and marijuana legalization was viewed in real time by thousands of people before going viral online. Activist Wardah Khalid described the videos as a “2018 version of fireside chats,” a reference to the informal format pioneered by president Franklin D. Roosevelt:

    Despite the flattering comparison, what AOC is doing is very different from what FDR did in the 1940s. Not only is she allowing for a two-way conversation, but she juxtaposes topics weighty and collective with those that are personal or domestic in a way that is largely unprecedented. To connect directly with her nearly 5 million combined followers, and to engage on important policy topics, she moves between subjects in a way that we haven’t seen politicians do before. That means she’ll discuss high fashion in one breath, and tax policy in the next. She’ll talk AI bias and liquid lipstick, displaying a substantive understanding of both. 

    Yesterday’s Instagram story was yet another example of this: A slide about her makeup routine was followed by another with a formidable reading list ranging from Shakespeare to the labor leader Dolores Huerta. Tips on double face-cleansing sat alongside advice on oration.

    Instagram/ocasio2018

    When a follower with a question about running a successful campaign noted they didn’t care about her skincare routines, Ocasio-Cortez didn’t flinch or apologize. Instead she gracefully noted, “we all have different interests” and went on to offer her advice on public speaking. 

    While Ocasio-Cortez is certainly not the first politician to contain multitudes, acknowledging them is something that many women in public life have studiously avoided. And no wonder, when they were generally portrayed in the media either as happy homemakers or shrill “career women.”

    As first lady, Hillary Clinton famously responded to a question about her legal career by saying “I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession.” That comment was in 1992, and as the New York Times described it, “The blowback was intense and she spent weeks apologizing, saying that she respected women who chose to stay at home and raise children.”

    In today’s have-it-all, do-it-all world, there would probably have been a different kind of blowback: The expectation is that women fulfill themselves professionally and have the best (and most Instagrammable) cookie recipe. Still, the notion Clinton was bucking back then—that cultivating traditionally feminine interests makes you a less serious or professional person—persists.

    The backlash to Ocasio-Cortez is evidence of this. Much of it—from both the right and the establishment left—has little to do with her political platform. Her critics have denigrated everything from her clothing to her personal finances. The emergence of a video of her dancing as a college student appears to have been an attempt at a political smear. (It backfired spectacularly.) Recently, outgoing senator Claire McCaskill dismissed the newcomer as “a bright shiny new object.”

    In spite of all this, Ocasio-Cortez has steadfastly refused to apologize for being who she is. So far her mascara-rimmed eyes have remained open, her Manolo Blahniks have effectively conveyed her to her seat in Congress, and her Stila red lipstick has not prevented her from opening her mouth to speak on the House floor. Her critics should probably get used to it. 

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    Christian Bale: Man of a thousand physiques

    Christian Bale: Man of a thousand physiques

    Christian Bale: Man of a thousand physiques

    The chameleonic Christian Bale, at left as Dick Cheney, and as Dicky Eklund in 2010’s “The Fighter.” (Photo at left: Matt Kennedy / Annapurna Pictures / TNS; photo at right: Paramount)

    Christian Bale’s mother was a circus performer, his grandfather a stand-up comedian and his dad a Royal Air Force pilot, all of which may help explain the chameleon-like actor’s talent for high-wire performance. Oscar-nominated for portraying Dick Cheney in Adam McKay’s “Vice,” in which the actor completely transforms into the former vice president, Bale has proved himself a shape-shifting master of the acting craft, driven by Method-like intensity that convincingly animates even his most extreme physical transformations. Here’s a look at six fascinating American characters brought to life by the ever-mutating Welsh-born performer.

    Patrick Bateman, “American Psycho” (2000)

    Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman in Lions Gate Films presentation of

    Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman in Lions Gate Films presentation of “American Psycho.” (Lions Gate Films)

    Body type: Sleek. Dressed to kill in Valentino Couture designer suits, Bale embodies predatory efficiency as the lean, mean monster misogynist.

    Body language: Hyper confident.

    Voice work: Standard American accent peppered with profanities.

    Trevor Reznik, “The Machinist” (2004)

    Christian Bale in Paramount Classics movie

    Christian Bale in Paramount Classics movie “The Machinist.” (Nicolas Gellar / Paramount Classics)

    Body type: Emaciated. Bale quit eating and began running to lose 63 pounds for his role as a paranoid factory worker with bloodshot eyes who hasn’t slept for a year and looks it. At the time, Bale told a newspaper, “To me, it’s essential that this character look as though he’s on the verge of death.”

    Voice work: Standard American, spoken with the urgency of a man on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

    Dicky Eklund, “The Fighter” (2010)

    Christian Bale from left, plays Dicky Eklund and Mark Wahlberg plays Micky Ward in the movie

    Christian Bale from left, plays Dicky Eklund and Mark Wahlberg plays Micky Ward in the movie “The Fighter.” (Jojo Whilden / Paramount)

    Body type: Crackhead. To play the drug-addled ex-boxer fitfully trying to train his younger brother (Mark Wahlberg) for a big fight, Bale shed 30 pounds.

    Body language: Swimming in baggy cargo shorts and backward baseball cap, Bale’s loose-limbed Dicky lurches from disaster to disaster, perpetually pugnacious.

    Voice work: Bale mastered the Boston “Southie” accent, passing the regional dialect authenticity litmus test by saying “park the car” with the appropriate broad-A enunciation.

    Kudos: Oscar winner for supporting actor.

    Irving Rosenfeld, “American Hustle” (2013)

    Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) in a scene from Columbia Pictures' movie

    Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) in a scene from Columbia Pictures’ movie “American Hustle.” (Columbia Pictures)

    Body type: Schlumpy. The film opens with a shot of the balding Irving’s enormous pot belly as he earnestly glues on a toupee. Appearing in full beard and mustache, Bale gained 43 pounds for the role.

    Body language: Bale swaggers in a spread collar, ascot and aviator glasses in Act 1 with the edgy confidence befitting a confidence man. By Act 3, Bale’s Irving has deteriorated into a nervous wreck.

    Voice work: Assertive working-class New Jersey accent.

    Kudos: Oscar-nominated for lead actor.

    Michael Burry, “The Big Short” (2015)

    Christian Bale plays Michael Burry in the movie

    Christian Bale plays Michael Burry in the movie “The Big Short.” (Jaap Buitendijk / Paramount Pictures)

    Body type: Think the Dude. The 6-foot-2 actor performs at his roughly normal 185-pound weight with his full head of brown hair intact, but takes office casual to a new level.

    Body language: Fidgety and averse to making eye contact, Bale mimics the behavioral tics exhibited by a real-life financial genius known for limited social skills and unlimited mental acuity. Bale also learned to play drums for the role and performed heavy metal music with thunderous commitment even after injuring his knee just before filming started.

    Voice work: Exhibiting a California dude variation on the hard-R American accent, Bale stammers, mumbles, sputters, punctuating his arcane stock market analyses with exasperated gasps.

    Kudos: Oscar-nominated for supporting actor.

    Dick Cheney, “Vice” (2018)

    This image released by Annapurna Pictures shows Christian Bale as Dick Cheney, left, and Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney in a scene from

    This image released by Annapurna Pictures shows Christian Bale as Dick Cheney, left, and Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney in a scene from “Vice.” (Matt Kennedy / AP)

    Body type: Chubby. Bale’s Cheney starts the picture as a relatively slim 21-year-old, then gains girth progressively to embody the politician in his 40s, 60s, and, finally, as a nearly bald 71-year-old. Bale packed on more than 40 pounds and shaved his head to accommodate the Oscar-nominated prosthetics, hair and makeup teams.

    Body language: Studying every Cheney video he could find, Bale internalized the former vice president’s gait, posture and near-permanent sneer.

    Voice work: Bale delivers the Nebraska native’s Midwestern accent in a gravelly rumble that betrays no trace of uncertainty.

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