avoid chemicals

Updated beauty routine

Face:

Wash your hands before cleaning your face or you’re just rubbing germs all over your face

Wear a head band while washing your face to avoid getting chemicals in your hair

Cleanse your face (make sure you cleanser is the right one for your skin eg. oily skin, dry skin, combination skin, normal skin)

Apply toner (if your cleanser is PH balanced you do not need a toner and if you do need toner use an alcohol free toner)

Apply rose hip oil, this stuff is honestly a god send, I had such red, uneven skin my whole life and I just accepted that’s how my skin was but after using this my skin is completely even and never looked better!!

Apply eye cream to soften and smooth any smile lines

Moisturiser (once again find one that’s right for your face, my skin kept breaking out so I went to the doctor and he told me it was because my moisturiser was too thick for my skin type, if you have oily skin use a light moisturiser)

Apply daily face sunscreen (slows down aging so you can be looking 20 when you’re 35 😉)

Pluck eyebrows, only if you want to and know how, don’t go giving yourself thin ass eyebrows cause they won’t grow back

Lip balm, preferably a more natural one like paw paw cream

Try to avoid wearing makeup but if you do always use a primer before hand and take your makeup off with micellar water instead of makeup wipes as they dry out the skin

Clean your pillow cases!!!

Hair:

Look at the ingredients in your shampoo and conditioner, my hair used to have so much breakage and it turns out it was because I had sulfate in my shampoo and conditioner which dries out your hair, go for shampoo and conditioner which has more natural ingredients

Only wash your hair 2-3 times as it takes the natural oils that your hair needs away, if you’re used to washing your hair every day and it goes greasy if you don’t purchase a dry shampoo while you train your hair

Only apply shampoo to the scalp and massage it for about 40 seconds

Apply conditioner from the roots up, avoiding the scalp and keep it in your hair for as long as you can, I like to shave while my conditioner is still in just to leave it there a little longer

Avoid towel drying your hair as your hair breaks easy when it’s wet

Do not comb your hair while it is wet

Apply a leave in conditioner after the shower to moisturise the ends of your hair

Avoid using straighteners, hair dryers and curling irons but if you do use them make sure to use a heat protective spray

Put coconut oil in your hair and put it up in a bun and leave it over night once a week to restore your hairs natural oils

When brushing your hair brush the ends first and slowly make your way up to avoid breakage

Avoid tight hair do’s as your hair will break where the hair tie is, if possible avoid tying your hair up


Teeth:

Brush and floss your teeth twice a day, you might not want to but once you get in to the routine it will do miracles for your dental health

Make sure you brush your tongue as that is where most of the germs that create bad breath are

Use a mouth wash twice a day

Add baking soda to your toothpaste once a week for whiter teeth

He can no longer find the courage to miss her, and he doesn’t, he doesn’t.

He snaps his eyes shut trying to convince himself, only to be betrayed by what threatens to well up behind the lids.

On February 5, 1987, Ted had his first panic attack. Although he’d maintained an unperturbed exterior, always in control, always cool and superrational, inside, he apparently was destabilizing after the events of the past year. Until his first death warrant his life at Florida State Prison had been relatively peaceful, especially after he and Carol and Tina had settled into their weekly routine. The disruption caused by the first warrant was only the first tremor of the crumbling of that existence. The TV movie had brought more public attention, hatred, and unavoidable reminders of the crimes he had put out of his mind for six years. The second warrant had made the possibility of execution real to him - and to Carole. Then Carole had left for Seattle, and Ted’s six-year pattern of Saturday visits with his “attentive” family were over. Bad memories were being dredged up from the past as Dr. Norman visited sporadically, spending several hours each time probing Ted’s recollections, his dark side. He was spending time alone with Diana Weiner. He’d always expected to be permitted time to apply for clemency in the Lake City case after cert. was denied. Instead, he had found himself on death watch again, receiving a stay only six hours before his execution was to take place. Then, to top it off, he’d been wrongly placed in disciplinary status upon receiving the stay and deprived of outdoor exercise - his most treasured privilege. The pressure was mounting, his peaceful existence was slowly unraveling. Even the Eleventh Circuit ruling in our favor and remanding the Chi Omega case for further consideration was not necessarily a great comfort to Ted. For him, the mere resolution of a court case - whether in his favor or not - meant that he was that much closer to running out of legal ammunition.

Ted later told me he thought he was going to die that morning of February 5. He said he has been feeling fine since his release from the DR, exercising as usual, doing yoga, avoiding coffee and chemicals. Ted valued self-discipline. The panic attack hit at six in the morning, without warning. He said he lost his short-term memory; lost all perspective; he felt “waves of adrenaline, terror and panic”; he was trembling and his hands were shaking; he felt “numbness, pinpricks on top of my brain”; he was dizzy, heard echoes, and had ringing in his ears. He writhed on the floor of his cell for half a day before it passed. Subsequent attacks would last longer. - Polly Nelson on Ted’s first panic attack

clothaboo  asked:

Okay. I was scrolling through your blog, and saw the wire hanger post. My girlfriend has a huge, CLAMP artbook Nunnally vi Brittania dress that must weigh at least ten pounds. The only way I've gotten it to stay hanging (due to the weight and the off the shoulder design) is to bend the wire hangers so when it's hanging, it looks like an organza zombie in my closet. But I don't want it to tear like that jacket! How else can I hang it so it's safe? Should I be good with padding the hangers?

This is a great question! Hanging heavy garments can often strain the fabric or cause unwanted stretching, even on non-wire hangers. Depending on the particular style of the dress, you have a few possible solutions.

Option 1: Install hanger straps.

You know those annoying little ribbons that attach at the armpits in a lot of commercial formalwear? They’re actually really helpful for preventing fabric strain and preserving the integrity of clothing in storage. You can make your own hanger straps by sewing loops of grosgrain ribbon, cord, or twill tape to the strongest structural part of the garment (usually that’s inside the top of the bodice, though on some really heavy dresses it may be at the waist) and use those to support the dress on the hanger.

This option is the best solution for garments that have open shoulders, spaghetti straps, or delicate material at the top.

For example: The material over the shoulders of this gown is thin elastic mesh, which can’t support the weight of all the beads and ruffles (it’s actually quite heavy!):

On this dress, the hanger straps (which are made of a strong shoelace-like cord) are sewn in at the reinforced waistband:

When I’m wearing the dress, the straps just hang down inside and aren’t visible. But in storage, the straps hook over the hanger and support the entire weight of the skirt. The delicate shoulder elastic only rests on the hanger to retain its shape, so there’s no risk of it stretching or tearing.

While not strictly necessary for structural reasons, hanger straps can also be a good way to hang skirts or trousers on a regular coat hanger, if you want to store all the pieces of a costume together!


Option 2: Pad the hanger.

I curate a large antique clothing collection, with some pieces dating back to the 1830s. These garments are extremely fragile; a wire hanger would tear right through the material! When I must use a hanger, I pad it by wrapping it in thick layers of quilt batting, then in unbleached muslin (to avoid chemical damage to the vintage material). The wider and more padded the surface, the better, as spreading the weight over a larger area helps reduce strain on the fabric.

This method is best for very fragile garments, or for fabric that is likely to stretch or lose its shape.

Example: This cheap plastic hanger has been padded with batting and muslin to better support the shoulders of an 1860s Civil War militia coat:

If you don’t feel like making your own, you can also buy commercial padded hangers for just a few dollars. They’re usually sold in the lingerie section (though I’ve actually seen them at the dollar store, on rare occasions!).


Option 3: Store it flat.

Some costumes just aren’t hanger-friendly. Just as wedding dresses are often preserved in flat boxes to prevent hanging damage, very long or oddly-shaped costume garments are sometimes better off stored flat. If you have the space, you can carefully fold costume pieces and place them in a dresser drawer or a large box.

This is great for sheer or delicate garments that can’t safely go on a hanger, as well as pieces that are too bulky or too long to hang efficiently in a closet.

For example, because of its odd shape (the skirt collapses without the steel hoops underneath, and the dress has a four-foot train off the back) and the thin, delicate silk it’s made of, this dress can’t really be kept on a hanger without damage. Instead, I store the whole thing rolled up loosely in a large box.

Any clean, sturdy box or storage bin will do the job, though if you’re thinking of preserving your costume long-term, you’ll want to find something that breathes (not solid plastic!) and is acid-free. Breathable nonwoven fabric boxes are pretty easy to find. You can also buy acid-free garment storage boxes. These archival boxes came from The Container Store, and are sized to fit under a bed. (The prices have gone up a lot since I bought mine, though, so keep an eye out for coupons and/or sales if you’re looking for something like this!)

When folding delicate fabrics for storage, it’s a good idea to loosely roll some fabric or acid-free tissue paper to pad inside the folds, so you don’t end up with hard creases in the material. Creases create weak spots in the fiber, and can damage the fabric over time.

For example, this antique garment is too long to fit in the box, so it must be folded over on itself. I’ve rolled up some unbleached cotton batting to place inside the fold:

Now when the delicate material is folded back, it is supported in a loose curve rather than being pressed into a crease:


There you go! Storing costumes can be challenging, but in the end it’s worth the effort to prevent damage to a costume you really care about. I hope this helps you find a storage solution that works for your dress!

Simple Chemistry in Spellcrafting

My favourite kind of Spellcraft is that which combines the theories of scientific knowledge with the intent and mysticism of witchery. Let’s look at some very simple chemistry that can be incorporated in our day to day practice.

The Science

All chemical reactions either absorb or produce energy. My practice of witchcraft is often centred around this concept of energy - be it movement, internal will, a feeling of power or the energy of the things around me, I will try to mentally capture it, shape it, direct it, and then release it. There is a strong parallel in chemistry, and we can see the modern chemist over their test tubes and beakers as a reimagining of the wood witch over her bubbling cauldron.

Endothermic Reactions

The chemical reactions that absorb energy are called endothermic - they are non spontaneous (they need a kick from their surroundings to get them started) and often absorb heat. If you have a glass of ice water creating condensation and evaporating, you are witnessing an endothermic reaction. In fact, the simplest way to absorb heat energy into your surroundings would be to work up a sweat. You will be releasing your biothermic energy out from your own body.

Exothermic Reactions

Exothermic reactions release energy contained in the atoms and molecules added to the reaction. Exothermic reactions are spontaneous - they don’t need additional energy to get started - and often they can pack a real wallop. Most people think of explosions as exothermic, and they are correct, but often times spontaneous reactions are slow. The rusting of iron is an exothermic reaction that can take years.

The Magic

Originally posted by amethystslinky

To use these reactions in your spellcraft, first make clear your intent. Are you trying to absorb energy (endothermic), or release energy (exothermic)?


Endothermic/absorbing Spell Ideas:

- Self Love

- Recovery and Healing

- maintaining relationships

- attracting money or material wealth

- Renewing after curses and cleansing

- Warding off fatigue

- strengthening before a fight

- Self defense, shielding and warding


Exothermic/releasing Spell Ideas:

- Cleansing

- Forging a new path

- opening gateways/doors

- removing blockages

- curses or attacking spells

- spells that need large amounts of energy

- outward manifestations, like projection

- love spells for new lovers


Simple endothermic reactions:


1. Ice water in a container, allow the water to warm to room temperature. It’s now imbued with energy from it’s surroundings.


2. Vinegar and Baking Soda, the classic elementary school experiment, absorbs large amounts of energy, you can even witness the drop in temperature if you put a thermometer in the container where the reaction is happening. This is because it’s absorbing energy faster than the environment around it can give.


You can use the vinegar and baking soda reaction to draw sigils, ward doors or soak talismans in. Be careful with anything metal, many metals react with vinegar to create exothermic reactions. It may ruin the metal (not very likely), but it will definitely reverse the energy flow.


3. In fact, you can use any acid with baking soda. Lemon juice or lemon drink mix and Baking Soda can be consumed safely, and will taste pretty good if you add water and/sugar to it.


4. Epsom salts and water create an endothermic reaction as the salt absorbs energy from the water in order to melt. Bathing or washing with Epsom salts is a fantastic renewing activity. If you can, visualize the little H20 molecules releasing their energy around you, to be absorbed by the salts that are now all over your skin.


5. Any kind of cooking - baking and cooking adds heat from your stove into the food materials. The simplest is boiling water.


Simple Exothermic Reactions:


1. Burning. Fires, candles, burning paper, are all releasing energy. The larger the fire, the greater the energy. Campfires can easily get to hundreds and thousands of degrees Celsius.


2. Rust Iron. Put the iron in water or vinegar to speed up the reaction. Rusty nails and metal will give off energy for those spells that you want to have the slow manifestation over a long period of time. Handle them with care - rusty iron can give you a lethal neural disease called tetanus. If you puncture your skin, go to emergency for a tetanus shot immediately.


3. Aluminum and Silver Sulfide. Have you noticed that your silver or silver plated items get tarnished over time? The silver is reacting with the air to create silver sulfide - a black substance that sits on the surface. You can transform this black layer back to silver by using a simple redox reaction:


Put your silver item in an aluminum lined vessel, make sure the aluminum is touching the item.


Boil water, for each gallon of water add 1 cup of baking soda, several tablespoons of salt. The water will foam.


Pour hot liquid over the silver and add half a cup of vinegar. Watch as the black turns silver. This reaction absorbs 2 electrons and releases 6, adding an minute electrical charge to the surrounding space. Don’t worry, it won’t hurt you. When the reaction is done, You can pour the remaining liquid down the drain.


4. Growing foam from peroxide and detergent. ½ cup 3% hydrogen peroxide, ¼ cup of dishwashing detergent (like dawn), 1 packet of active, dry yeast, warm water and food colouring. Mix the peroxide, detergent and colouring together. Separately, Mix the warm water and yeast until the yeast is activated. Pour the yeast into the peroxide mix and watch it go crazy. It’s messy, immediate and can be coloured to tailor your spell. Plus, it looks awesome.


Exothermic and endothermic are the simplest ways to think of reactions and their energy systems. We already use many of these techniques, but I hope this knowledge helps to boost your visualization in your spellcasting as well as give you new ideas for harnessing or releasing energy.


Disclaimer: do not mix substances or chemicals that you have not researched. There are many household items that produce toxic gas or can explode when combined. This is especially true of crystals and minerals. Its safer to avoid crystal and potion/chemical combinations all together, including water.

anonymous asked:

Can you do a summer skin care survival list for people w combo/oily/acne prone skin? Pleeeeeease! I live in the south and my skin turns to shit in the late spring/summer. Face and body :(

you mean humid warm as shit climate? i will find a post on this and link it soon but for now this is what i do most of the time when it hits like 40°C
-I cut out all oils with oleic acids out of my routine, as my skin will already pruduce way too much sebum (oleic acid too and comedogenic). I keep using my linoleic acid containing drying oils (hempseed, perilla and safflower)
-niacinamide serums will decrease your oil production (like the niacinemide + zinc one from the ordinary)
- i make sure to be exfoliated (chemically) to avoid breakouts or to make them as little as possible, i like glycolic acid but salicylic acid will also decrease your sebum production
- i keep my skin and myself hydrated by making sure to drink 2L of water (or just any fluids) a day
- I love fruit and i will eat a lot of them in the summer to keep my skin and body healthy and glowy
- I make tea tree oil water in a spray bottle and spray it on my face multiple times a day when i start getting oily as fuck to also kill some of the bacteria on my skin to avoid breakouts. i add bout 10 drops of Tea Tree oil into 100ml of water
- I dont put on my usual mineral sunscreen but i use an alcohol based one instead (because the mineral one makes me really dewy and oily right after applying it, which i like in colder months but not then) because alcohol based ones sink and absorb into the skin easier and dont leave you oily to begin with
-I blot all the time. With paper towels/toilet paper or blotting sheets it doest matter just blot to make sure the sebum and sweat doesnt stay on your skin and clog your pores.
-I dont put on as many hydrating layers at night as id usually do because id suffocate my skin (yes theres such a thing as overmoisturising and it can cause you closed comedones too)
- At the end of the day every 2 days i will do a green clay mask to draw out the sebum from my pores to avoid breakouts and closed comedones.
-and ofcourse i dont wear foundation or any other skin makeup when its that hot.

If you do too many of the drying steps and not enough hydrating steps your skin will suffer and break out as well, and produce more sebum in addition to that. Its about finding a balance.

101 ways to cope with stress

1. Get up 15 minutes earlier
2. Prepare for the morning the night before
3. Avoid tight fitting clothes
4. Avoid relying on chemical aids
5. Set appointments ahead
6. Don’t rely on your memory … write it down
7. Practice preventive maintenance
8. Make duplicate keys
9. Say ‘no’ more often
10. Set priorities in your life
11. Avoid negative people
12. Use time wisely
13. Simplify meal times
14. Always make copies of important papers
15. Anticipate your needs
16. Repair anything that doesn’t work properly
17. Ask for help with the jobs you dislike
18. Break large tasks into bite size portions
19. Look at problems as challenges
20. Look at challenges differently
21. Unclutter your life
22. Smile
23. Be prepared for rain
24. Tickle a baby
25. Pet a friendly dog/cat
26. Don’t know all the answers
27. Look for a silver lining
28. Say something nice to someone
29. Teach a kid to fly a kite
30. Walk in the rain
31. Schedule play time into every day
32. Take a bubble bath
33. Be aware of the decisions you make
34. Believe in yourself
35. Stop saying negative things to yourself
36. Visualize yourself winning
37. Develop your sense of humor
38. Stop thinking tomorrow will be a better day
39. Have goals for yourself
40. Dance a jig
41. Say ‘hello’ to a stranger
42. Ask a friend for a hug
43. Look up at the stars
44. Practice breathing slowly
45. Learn to whistle a tune
46. Read a poem
47. Listen to a Symphony
48. Watch a ballet
49. Read a story curled up in bed
50. Do a brand new thing
51. Stop a bad habit
52. Buy yourself a flower
53. Take time to smell the flowers
54. Find support from others
55. Ask someone to be your ‘vent-partner’
56. Do it today
57. Work at being cheerful and optimistic
58. Put safety first
59. Do everything in moderation
60. Pay attention to your appearance
61. Strive for excellence NOT perfection
62. Stretch your limits a little each day
63. Look at a work of art
64. Hum a jingle
65. Maintain your weight
66. Plant a tree
67. Feed the birds
68. Practice grace under pressure
69. Stand up and stretch
70. Always have a plan ‘B’
71. Learn a new doodle
72. Memorize a joke
73. Be responsible for your feelings
74. Learn to meet your own needs
75. Become a better listener
76. Know your limitations and let others know them, too
77. Tell someone to have a good day in pig Latin
78. Throw a paper airplane
79. Exercise everyday
80. Learn the words to a new song
81. Get to work early
82. Clean out one closet
83. Play patty cake with a toddler
84. Go on a picnic
85. Take a different route to work
86. Leave work early (with permission)
87. Put air freshener in your car
88. Watch a movie and eat popcorn
89. Write a note to a far away friend
90. Go to a ball game and scream
91. Cook a meal and eat it by candlelight
92. Recognize the importance of unconditional love
93. Remember that stress is an attitude
94. Keep a journal
95. Practice a monster Smile
96. Remember you always have options
97. Have a support of people. Places and things
98. Quit trying to fix other people
99. Get enough sleep
100. Talk less and listen more
101. Feely praise other people

BONUS: Relax. Take each day at a time…you have the rest of your life to live.

gangsta (part one)

“i need a gansta…to love me better…than all the others do. to always forgive me. ride or die with me. that’s just what gangstas do.”

warnings:heartbreak, betrayal, asshole boyfriends,profanity, guns, sexual remarks

characters: joker, reader, barry allen(flash), the trickster(dc villain)
note:flash is played by erza miller

Racing down the streets of Gotham with J in the drivers seat in the Purple Lamborghini. Music blasting through the speakers and J punching his fist on the roof, with his loud laughter echoing in your ears. Your cheeks hurt from the amount of smiling.

How did you get here? In this purple sports car, with a man who you used to hate?

••••
The Trickster had made another attempt to drive Barry bonkers. You had been on a date Barry, the first one in what seemed like forever. He had been so busy being the Flash, you thought he had almost forgotten about you. Of course, he denied that, and immediately set up a date for the next day.

You had your doubts, but there you were. In a small café outside of the wayne enterprises building. He had actually taken you somewhere, granted, it was 10 minutes away from your shared apartment but it was still nice.

The entire time he had actually spoken to you. Asked about your day. He made an effort.

That all changed when about an hour into the date, the news had flicked on saying how there was a building on fire in metropolis, and there was no way to get everyone out fast enough.

He was gone before you could say anything.

You huffed and puffed about it, of course. But you understood, this is his job. He saves people. It’s what he is really good at.

You started to take the cloth napkin off your lap and grab your purse when someone sat down across from you. You froze in your movements. The Trickster.

Barry had been messing with his plans lately, you knew that. And apparently, he had had enough.

A thin cloth soaked in chloroform wrapped around your mouth and you screamed, kicking the table down in the process of trying to escape. You tried to avoid breathing in the chemicals, but he only held it there longer. Your world dwindled into darkness and your breaths felt shallow.

You woke up in an unfamiliar place, unsure of how you had gotten there. Your arms were tied behind your back, and your ankles were bound together. You sat in a chair that was on a ledge, you didn’t know what was behind you but you knew it wouldn’t be good.

The trickster walked out of the shadows and smiled at you, his blond hair sweeping in front of his eyes. “Hello the beautiful, (Y/N).”

You scowled at his complement and looked at your surrounding. “Where the fuck am I, Giovanni?”

His eyes grew dark at the use of his real name, and he spun your chair around making sure to tip you slightly over the edge. Large containers of chemicals laid under you, the smell drafted up into your nostrils and your heart pounded.

“Why am I here?” You asked as he spun your chair around, so you were facing a screen and a camera.

“We’re gonna call your boyfriend, duh.” He laughed and walked over to the computer, typing some things quickly.

‘Ha, idiot. As soon as he calls Barry, I’m outta here.’ You thought, smiling to yourself.

There was a long silence before the screen opened up, to reveal The Flash, looking confused at the screen. Until he saw you. “(Y/N)?!” He yelled panicky, and looked like he was ready to speed off and save you.

“So, I have a proposition, Mr. Flash.” Trickster laughed walking behind you and putting his hands on your shoulders.

“Flash, darling, he’s fucking crazy.” You spoke sweetly, careful not to use his real name due to the countless citizens around him.

“Where are you? I’ll come-”

“Nah uh uuh.” Trickster waved his finger, cutting Barry off. “You have a choice to make mister.”

Barry squinted his eyes and glared at him. “What kind of choice?”

“You see, you can save your pretty girlfriend here and have everyone know who the Flash really is. Or, you can leave me and my plans alone, and I promise I won’t spill your identity.”

You wanted to laugh. That was the stupidest thing you had ever heard. But Barry really seemed to think about it. “Babe, c'mon.” You spoke sternly. “This isn’t even a question.”

He looked away from the camera and his eyes darted around nervously. Was he fucking serious right now? “Times a ticking, fast boy. Your girl is about to be at the bottom of a tank filled with chemicals.”

“I-I- fine.” Your heart stopped. What?“

“Barry?! What? You’re not serious right?” Tears started to collect in your eyes as you wiggled in your chair, trying to break free.

He looked you in the eyes through the screen, his own becoming glassy, “I’m sorry.”

That was the last thing you heard before the Trickster had tipped your chair. The last thing you saw was Barry turning his screen off, and the Trickster packing up his belonging.

Your hair flew up into your face as you fell for what seemed like forever. Your heart pounded in your ears, and tears flew up off your face.

Splash!

The thick cold chemicals hugged every inch of your body like a snake. You tried to shut your eyes but the acids crept through your lids, burning them like fire.

A loud cry escaped your lips and the chemicals fell into your mouth. Your lungs burned with chemicals and your felt yourself fading.

As black started creeping from the corners of your vision you saw a black shadow jump into the acid and grab you.

You felt lips on your, blowing air into your burning lungs. They oddly fit perfectly in your.

Your eyes opened with a gasp and your came face to face with your savior. His green hair was faded a bit from the bleach, but his eyes shined a bright crystal blue.

Your mind was dazed but you still knew who this was. The Joker. Infamous for being the worst villain ever. You tried to scoot away, only to find your hands still bound behind you. “Oh, hold on doll.” He grabbed a knife from his acid destroyed pants and at first you though he was going to kill you, but he cut the restraints off.

When your wrists were free you sat up in against a large concrete pillar and felt every part of your body ache. “You okay doll?”

You nodded, despite the few stray tears that pooled at the bottom of your chin. “(Y/N), my name is (Y/N).” He nodded and smiled at you, his silver grill on display.

“Well (Y/N), what got you thrown into a bucket of ace chemicals?” He laughed loudly, his personality showing through his craziness.

Your heart shattered. He left you. He chose that damn mask over you. Your whole body shook as a large sob fell through your lips. The Joker looked shocked. He didn’t know what to do. He didn’t comfort people. That wasn’t his thing.

“My boyfriend left me for a mask.” You smiled sadly, your eyes bloodshot and bottom lip trembling . “He fucking chose that mask over me.” Your smiled dropped as you sobbed again, your whole body shaking.

You felt yourself being lifted into someones arms, and you felt…home.
•••

Originally posted by carpeyouth

Originally posted by secretsocietyofwonderland

How to growth black hair fast ?

Growth your hair fast

Don’t believe the common misconception that African American women must settle for short, fragile, unruly hair.

The secret to achieving long black hair involves adopting a simple, yet effective hair care regimen.

To obtain substantial length, you must nurture hair growth while limiting the amount of stress afflicted on the hair.

With proper black hair care, which includes proper nourishment of the body, you can have lovely, long, beautiful hair.

STEP 1 : cleanse your scalp more frequently.

Whether it is because of cultural traditions or because of mis-information, black women tend to think it is better to wash their hair once every two week or less.

Your scalp should be cleaned at least twice per week in order to keep it healthy. At the very least, wash your hair once per week.

STEP 2 : Do not apply too much heat to your hair.

Excessive heat can severely damage “african hair”. Strive to avoid overusing flat irons, curling irons and blow dryers in your routine.

Choose roller sets, wraps, twists or up dos that don’t require excessive heat.

STEP 3 : Reduce your use of chemical products.

Avoid overuse of relaxers, texturizers and dyes. Space out the time between relaxers from once every 6 weeks to once ever 12 weeks. Do not keep the chemicals on longer than the recommended time in the hopes of getting straighter hair. Avoid harsh dyes if you have previously relaxed your hair.

But the best is to stop using relaxers, texturizers and dyes !

STEP 4 : Adopt regular trimming habits.

Despite how contradictory as it may seem, hair grows faster when you keep it trimmed.

Ridding your hair of split ends allows tresses to grow healthy by preventing any damage from progressing up the hair shaft.

You have to determine a trim cycle : one per month or one every two months.

STEP 5 : Moisturize your hair consistently.

Moisturising properly is essential to growing long black hair.

Condition your hair often to prevent dry, split ends.

Avoid thick greases and oils that can accumulate and weigh down hair.

Try a few light moisturizers until you find one that works with your specific hair.

[I recommand home remedies, diy products or natural products instead of market’s products.]

STEP 6 : Limit manipulation of your tresses.

Black hair grows best when left alone. Opt for styles that don’t require constant styling.

Braids can help black hair grow long as long as they are used properly and not left in for too long. Make sure they don’t stretch the hair tightly around the edges. Avoid harsh pulling or tugging at the hair.

De-tangle your damp hair with the aid of a little conditioner to avoid breakage and hair loss.

STEP 7 : Use deep protein treatments.

The hair is made mainly of protein so it is essential to use protein treatments regularly to rebuild and straighten the hair.

[Deep condition your hair on a weekly with homemade mask (eggs, avocado, honey, banana).]

Do not use protein treatments more than once per week. Overuse of protein can leave the hair dry and brittle.

STEP 8 : Implement and maintain a healthy diet

Never underestimate the importance of drinking a lot of clean, fresh water to moisturize from the inside out.

Nourish your hair by adding more fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet.

Eat foods rich in vitamins A, D, C, B12 and the other B vitamins, Biotin and Calcium.

According to Harvard School of Public Health, taking a multivitmin daily is a good way to get all the nourishment and nutrition you need in order to stay healty.

Use a multivitamin with those vitamins to help your hair grow. Not only will you have a glowing complexion and a strong, healthy body; you will also have luxuriously shiny long hair.

Things You’ll Need
A good moisturizing conditioner
Protein treatments
Wide tooth comb
Silk scarf

Source : livestrong.com

So, lately I’ve been trying to jump into the whole sheet mask craze; I love the idea of sheet masks: they’re fast, easy, you get to look like a serial killer for twenty minutes, plus they offer a hell of a moisture boost for your skin. I moisturize regularly with natural plant oils, so my skin is really well-balanced and I rarely have problems with dry skin, but now that I’m heading into my next decade, I’d like to add an intense moisture treatment into my skincare routine a few times a week. However, it’s really difficult to find sheet masks without alcohols and all the various sorts of chemicals I avoid in my skincare (I’m a crunchy hippy like that). I finally tracked down some organic ones with just a few ingredients, all plant extracts…only they were $45 for six single use masks. I make $12.50 an hour, so that’s not fucking happening, especially since I want to use these masks a few times a week. 

I finally settled on making my own. You can buy dry sheet masks (e-bay is your friend here) and then just soak them in whatever solution you want; that way you can control every ingredient that goes into them. I stumbled across a recipe online that I’ve used several times now and really like, so I thought I’d share it here. There are only three ingredients, but you can of course add essential oils or other ingredients if you like: 

1 tbs. rosewater

1tbs. vegetable glycerin

1 tsp. aloe vera gel*

Just whisk everything together in a bowl for a couple of seconds to make sure it’s blended, soak your mask in it, spread it on your face, then sit back and relax for 20 minutes.

If you’ve never used vegetable glycerin before, be aware that when you take off the mask, you might feel somewhat sticky. You can either wash off the extra solution on your face or massage it in. I massage it in a little, and then just spread my moisturizer on top of it and I really don’t feel the stickiness anymore. Glycerin is a humectant that will help to actually draw moisture into your skin, which is why you put a moisturizer on over the top of it, to lock in all that dewiness so you can wake up in the morning with fresh, glowing skin. I find that my moisturizer absorbs better when I use this sheet mask beforehand. 

*Do NOT use the ‘aloe vera’ you buy at your grocery store that’s bright blue/green; this is more chemical than aloe vera. I use Lily of the Desert, which comes in both a plastic squeeze bottle as a clear gel or in a big brown bottle that has even fewer additives (and cost me like $8 for 32 ounces, so it will last forever). If you have an aloe plant, even better, but if not, just buy a brand that’s 99% aloe and has few additives. 

As always, especially if your skin is sensitive, remember to spot test. Also, because this is very moisturizing and consequently kind of heavy, ease your skin into it to make sure you don’t break out; start out using it just once a week, and then increase frequency if you like/feel you need to.  

Holiday Blues

((A/N: I need to stop making fics on rooftops but like… that’s apparently my jam??? Anyway this is a cutesy one because I hate being alone on the holidays but this seems sorta sweet and cheesy. Also I love Bucky Barnes. And I need to write more Steve ones.

Pairing: Bucky x Reader

Word Count: 1.5k

Warnings: None ))

It was supposed to be a nice night. A beautiful night. Stark had poked and prodded until he had gotten you to begrudgingly agree to come to the party. You knew the Avengers like the back of your hand and you had adored them all, but parties weren’t really your scene. Steve could put on a show and schmooze with the best. Thor fit in perfectly while Clint and Natasha would stalk about. Of course Tony was the life of the party and always pulled Bruce by his side while Maria made small talk and Wanda and Pietro giggled to themselves in the corner. The only exception to the party was always Bucky.

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101 Ways To Cope With Stress by Brett Phillips

1. Get up 15 minutes earlier
2. Prepare for the morning the night before
3. Avoid tight fitting clothes
4. Avoid relying on chemical aids
5. Set appointments ahead
6. Don’t rely on your memory … write it down
7. Practice preventive maintenance
8. Make duplicate keys
9. Say ‘no’ more often
10. Set priorities in your life
11. Avoid negative people
12. Use time wisely
13. Simplify meal times
14. Always make copies of important papers
15. Anticipate your needs
16. Repair anything that doesn’t work properly
17. Ask for help with the jobs you dislike
18. Break large tasks into bite size portions
19. Look at problems as challenges
20. Look at challenges differently
21. Unclutter your life
22. Smile
23. Be prepared for rain
24. Tickle a baby
25. Pet a friendly dog/cat
26. Don’t know all the answers
27. Look for a silver lining
28. Say something nice to someone
29. Teach a kid to fly a kite
30. Walk in the rain
31. Schedule play time into every day
32. Take a bubble bath
33. Be aware of the decisions you make
34. Believe in yourself
35. Stop saying negative things to yourself
36. Visualize yourself winning
37. Develop your sense of humor
38. Stop thinking tomorrow will be a better day
39. Have goals for yourself
40. Dance a jig
41. Say ‘hello’ to a stranger
42. Ask a friend for a hug
43. Look up at the stars
44. Practice breathing slowly
45. Learn to whistle a tune
46. Read a poem
47. Listen to a Symphony
48. Watch a ballet
49. Read a story curled up in bed
50. Do a brand new thing
51. Stop a bad habit
52. Buy yourself a flower
53. Take time to smell the flowers
54. Find support from others
55. Ask someone to be your ‘vent-partner’
56. Do it today
57. Work at being cheerful and optimistic
58. Put safety first
59. Do everything in moderation
60. Pay attention to your appearance
61. Strive for excellence NOT perfection
62. Stretch your limits a little each day
63. Look at a work of art
64. Hum a jingle
65. Maintain your weight
66. Plant a tree
67. Feed the birds
68. Practice grace under pressure
69. Stand up and stretch
70. Always have a plan ‘B’
71. Learn a new doodle
72. Memorize a joke
73. Be responsible for your feelings
74. Learn to meet your own needs
75. Become a better listener
76. Know your limitations and let others know them, too
77. Tell someone to have a good day in pig Latin
78. Throw a paper airplane
79. Exercise everyday
80. Learn the words to a new song
81. Get to work early
82. Clean out one closet
83. Play patty cake with a toddler
84. Go on a picnic
85. Take a different route to work
86. Leave work early (with permission)
87. Put air freshener in your car
88. Watch a movie and eat popcorn
89. Write a note to a far away friend
90. Go to a ball game and scream
91. Cook a meal and eat it by candlelight
92. Recognize the importance of unconditional love
93. Remember that stress is an attitude
94. Keep a journal
95. Practice a monster Smile
96. Remember you always have options
97. Have a support of people. Places and things
98. Quit trying to fix other people
99. Get enough sleep
100. Talk less and listen more
101. Feely praise other people

BONUS: Relax. Take each day at a time… you have the rest of your life to live.