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Five-year-old Miles Scott, from Sikiyou County, near Oregon, has assumed the persona of ‘Batkid’, donning a mini cape in his crusade to rid the city of its fiercest foes, the Penguin and the Riddler.

Thousands of volunteers signed up to help cheer along the boy, who is in remission after a four-year battle with leukemia, as he enjoys his dream day granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

When the charity, which grants wishes for ill children, asked Miles to name his dream, his answer was simply: ‘I want to be Batkid!’ (X)

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i found this blog a week ago and it's wonderful! following on from the last ask, i'd love to hear you talk a little on the intersection between monstrosity and divinity and any cool theorizing thereof...

i could literally talk about this all day—about how gods and monsters move at the phantasmal boundaries of the human, at the limits of what we can bear to see and know and understand.

it’s often said that Latin monstrum means “sign” (ancient Greek τέρας, monster, also means marvel, wonder, divine sign, omen), and both God and monster are bound up with the idea of showing, unveiling and revelation, that which can’t be fully shown. (the idea of apophasis, of things so overwhelming that they can be described only in terms of what they’re not, often occurs in how we talk about gods and monsters.) if they could be seen entire by human eyes they’d cease to be divine/monstrous. religion speaks of hierophany, the epiphany of the holy, the moment when a god shows themselves (the “holy terror” described by St. John Chrysostom, as when the prophet Isiah beholds the throne of God), and there’s an equivalent in every monster-story, when light falls slantwise on the dreadful creature enough to illuminate it a little, and your fear has a shape, and unholy eyes gazing back into you. 

in human imagination God and monster are excess: God is the divine excess of capability and love and order; monsters are the profane excess of horror and chaos and uncertainty. Rudolf Otto writes of the holy as numinous—that we experience God as mysterium tremendum et fascinans, a mystery before which we tremble and marvel, afraid and desiring. sometimes it’s like a gentle tide of silent and worshipful calm; sometimes sudden violent convulsions of the soul, a frenzy with wild and demonic forms. horror and shuddering. 

monsters are an ontological riddle, they ask terrible questions: if all things come from God, is God the creator of evil and chaos, as well as good and order? (c.f. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which asks who is more monstrous—the creature who endures the world, or the creator that formed them and put them there?) are some creatures cursed to live as abominations in the natural order, and forbidden redemption? (should we pity them?) monsters might be the shape of divine judgement, beautiful and awful—or a sign that there’s no divine plan steering creation at all. often, unexpectedly, monsters are a revelation or sign of God. (what is an angel?)

and the idea of God disorientates us because we associate the Good with self-identity and sameness, and Evil with exterior and alien and invasion; God is radically Other (sometimes pure presence; sometimes the dark of the abyss). God is ineffable, sometimes in an aspect that seems monstrous: there’s the ὀργὴ θεοῦ, wrath of Yahweh, in the Old Testament—God the destroyer, who sends plague and flood and fire—analogous to an idea in many religions of ira deorum, the wrath of gods, before which humans can only cower and wonder. and yet humans dream gods and monsters in our own image; they belong to us, and we to them, our rational and irrational fear and want reflected and refracted over and over. gods are undying, and monsters are undead—they always return to us, in different shapes. 

it goes back to the idea in Hebrews 13:2, that we should not forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so some have unwittingly entertained angels. the strange and disquieting thing that comes might be god or monster, or both; you don’t know until your door is already open, and you’ve dared to look. 

OVER HYPED: NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

When it comes to foundation, I’m pretty fussy. It has to be the right formula, finish, coverage, shade range and price for me to love it and sadly NARS Sheer Glow didn’t tick any of those boxes. I was so excited to try this insanely hyped up (and insanely over priced) foundation and in the end I couldn’t be more disappointed, it seems that it is one of those products people either love or hate. For starters, this foundation significantly dried out my skin, exaggerated my dry patches and made my skin look dry and flaky my skin didn’t look dewy or luminous, instead it felt & looked awful. By the end of the day there was barely any foundation left on my face and my extremely oily, and I’m someone with dry skin. Secondly, the coverage was light yet managed to look extremely cakey and unnatural it was also hard to blend and I’d tried multiple different techniques. The shade range was a big let down too, for such a high end, expensive brand I was disappointed to see that even the lightest shade  only just matched my fair skin, well that was at-least before it oxidized. There wasn’t a vast selection of shades for women of colour either. Finally, the price and packaging were another let down, if I’m paying $45 and upwards for a foundation I expect not to have to pay for a pump. So many people love this foundation and sadly as much as I wanted to,  I can’t say I’m one of them. 

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Let me make something clear here about Martha Jones

Martha Jones didn’t defeat the Master by “spreading the story of the doctor.”

Spreading the story of the Doctor did two things:

  1. Get the Master’s attention and taunt his ego to a point where he would feel compelled to bring her aboard the Valiant, and
  2. Rejuvenate the Doctor to relative youth.

Things that rejuvenating the Doctor didn’t do:

  1. Stop the Master. 

Things that rejuvenating the Doctor did do:

  1. Scared the shit out of the Master’s henchmen to the point where they defected to the side of the most powerful person in the room, Martha Jones. 

At that point, Martha took command of the Master’s vessel and all of his men. Jack Harkness, who was freed by Martha’s power grab, was now able to destroy the Master’s super-weapon and undo the damage he caused. 

Martha didn’t stop the Master by spreading the Doctor’s story, or by saving his life. Her plan would have worked even if the Doctor was lying dead on the ground. Restoring the Doctor’s health was an added bonus. 

Martha defeated the Master because she took his power from him by proving she was more powerful than he ever was. She laughed in the face of history’s greatest monster, turned his men against him, and then her new lieutenants completed her military coup

Martha Jones didn’t need the Doctor to beat the Master. Martha Jones beat the Master because she was smarter than him and stronger than him. 

Which is why Martha Jones is, and most likely always will be, the best companion by a wide margin.

How to Clean your Makeup Brushes

Brushes are one of the most important steps in makeup application, there’s no point having expensive makeup and horrible brushes. With the right brushes every makeup application can look great.

For brush cleaning I HIGHLY recommend the Masters Brush Cleaner & Preserver, which is designed for art brushes, but works fabulously for makeup brushes. It’s super gentle on the bristles, but removes EVERYTHING and leaves your brushes feeling super soft and smelling great. There’s a reason so many makeup artists love it. 

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Took me forever, but here it is! I put together all my favorite youtube tutorials, pinterest tips and tumblr posts about makeup, I hope you like it! PS: I also have two masterposts that you can check out on my updates tab. Also these are the ones I usually use for myself? So I’m sorry if there’s not a lot of posts for your skintone/hair color ♥

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The Best Foundation Brushes Under $10

Do you wear liquid or cream foundation?  If you do, and you’re on a budget, pay attention; these affordable brushes could completely change your application experience for the better!

Brushes give you better control over your application of foundation.  You can customize the amount of coverage you’re getting, and with brushes like these you can buff the product into your skin so it looks as natural as possible.  

1.  ELF Studio Powder Brush - $3

This dense, flat-topped brush is a real cheapie, but it’s pure gold.  The synthetic bristles make this “powder” brush perfect for liquids and creams, and the shape is perfect for buffing foundation in so that it looks flawless and full coverage.

2.  Ecotools Skin Perfecting Brush - $8

This angled brush is cut so that it’s almost like a stippling brush, but more dense and very soft.  Designed for blending tinted moisturizers, BB and CC creams, this brush is great for getting into nooks & crannies and creating a natural finish.

3.  Real Techniques Expert Face Brush - $9

A cult favorite brush, this is a dense brush with a rounded head that makes short work of blending in even the thickest foundations and concealers.

4.  Ecotools Retractable Foundation Brush - $6

Perfect for people on the go, this brush is round with a pointed tip and collapses down for portability.  The bristles are super soft and press foundation into the skin so you wouldn’t even know it was there.

5. ELF Studio Small Stipple Brush - $3

This brush is a true stippling brush, with duo fibre bristles cut at two different lengths for expert blending.  Pat product into the skin or buff in circular motions for perfect coverage no matter how thick or thin the foundation.

6.  Real Techniques Stippling Brush - $8

This brush has duo fibre bristles cut closer together for a soft application of liquid or cream.  The size makes short work of application and blurs away any imperfections easily.

You can purchase any of these brushes on Drugstore.com (international)

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[Requested] Quick On-the-Go Spot Concealer Options

If you need to get ONE concealer for quick everyday application on spots and dark circles that you can apply quickly and go, what should you get? Look for something:
  1. high coverage
  2. matches you completely (if you use translucent powder or no powder) or is a touch lighter (if you use a pigmented powder)
High-coverage means you can use a small brush to very precisely dot on a minimal amount of product and get maximum coverage. Pat a little to blend, and that’s it. Minimal time and effort. If you like to use a pigmented powder or powder foundation to set your makeup, that can often darken when it grabs onto concealer, which is why it might help to use a slightly lighter shade than your skin. Tip: If you still need concealer around your eyes and have dry skin there, mix a dot of eye cream or lotion with the concealer. —

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Full Life, Joyful Heart. Mariska Hargitay on being a mom, turning 50, and why she’s not finished with Olivia Benson. by Nancy Dunham

"It is NOT glamorous at all," says Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay with a throaty laugh when told that many fans imagine her life as a mad whirl of couture fashion, artistic musings and exotic locales. “That’s the thing, though. There are so many working moms out there that get it. They understand it’s not glamorous. Women are strong, and we balance our lives to make it all work.”

On this weekday morning, Hargitay has just arrived at her New York office, fresh from hosting a family birthday breakfast for her husband, actor Peter Hermann.

The previous night, she had worked late, filming intense scenes in which her character, Olivia Benson, struggles to escape the serial rapist who took her captive at gunpoint in the season finale last spring. 

But almost as soon as her scene had wrapped, Hargitay dashed home to have a quick dinner with her family before she put their three young children to bed.

"It is one of those funny moments when you go from work to babies and changing diapers," she says of transitioning from a hard-charging detective in a life-or-death struggle to wife and nurturing mother of son August, 7, and son and daughter Andrew and Amaya, both 2. 

"Anything with my kids is probably the easiest thing I do," she says.

"They bring me such joy. Putting my kids to bed is the highlight of my day. I love the stillness, the peace. It makes everything worthwhile; it makes everything make sense."

LOOKING FORWARD TO 50

Although some high-profile actors look toward their 50th birthday with trepidation, Mariska Hargitay is a study in enthusiasm as she moves toward her big day in January. “It is funny. I heard the same thing when I turned 40. Everyone seems to be worried about it and maybe I should be, too, but I can’t wait to see what’s ahead,” she says.

"This has been the best decade of my life, hands down. I got married at 40, started getting some recognition from the show in my 40s, had my son at 42," she says. "Next year is going to be insane. We will celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary, it will be the 10th anniversary of Joyful Heart (Foundation) … With all the joy I find around every corner in my life, I just look ahead and say, ‘Bring it on!’ "

The youngest daughter of screen legend Jayne Mansfield and actor, athlete and Mr. Universe Mickey Hargitay, 3-year old Mariska was in the backseat during the fatal car crash that took her mother’s life.

Yet she doesn’t dwell on that tragedy—instead, she’s quick to recount tales of her happy childhood both before and after her mother’s death and discuss how her family has guided choices throughout her life.

"We had a lot of fun in our house," she says when remembering her parents. "We always shared so much laughter and a strong, strong bond. There were so many great things that I wanted to replicate in my life."

That included making her children a priority, just as her dad did for her. She credits her father in part for the success she has achieved.

"My dad has been my role model and believed in me so much when I didn’t believe in myself," says the multilingual Hargitay (English, Hungarian, French, Spanish and Italian), who went from high school athlete to beauty queen to an actress in television shows including Can’t Hurry Love, Seinfeld, Ellen and ER, and movies including Leaving Las Vegas and Star 80.

"He was my true inspiration who taught me to overcome obstacles, who taught me I could achieve anything I wanted," she says.

She speaks lovingly of how he would remind her to push herself to become a champion. “He’d come to my (high school) swim meets and would take his thumb and forefinger and hold them about two inches apart to remind me ‘It takes this much, an extra inch of effort, to win,’ ” she recalls. “I always want to finish strong.”

Some would say Hargitay has followed that advice with her current role, which has brought her numerous awards including an Emmy and Golden Globe. Still, she struggled with the decision of whether to sign on for the show’s 15th season.

"It was a decision, and I was going back and forth about it," she says. "There are so many things that I want to do, like comedy. In my heart, though, I had to admit: I am just not done with the show and I’m not done with Olivia Benson. I can’t walk away."

This season’s “ripped from the headlines” plot, she says, is “deeply and creatively fulfilling and so exciting to me. I have never been creatively challenged in this way, and it’s very rewarding.”

In working on the SVU scene during that late night, she channeled the fear and helplessness of many victims, including the three women rescued this year after being kidnapped and held in a house in Cleveland for a decade.

Hargitay was hesitant to discuss the specific turmoil Benson—who calls “a lioness and protector”—faces when she is forced from her role of protector into that of victim and survivor.

The experience unravels Benson’s core beliefs.

"Maybe she is not the superhero," says Hargitay. "Maybe she is flawed. Maybe she can’t do everything on her own."

Confronting the shame, isolation and fear of trauma is something Hargitay has come to understand well, especially because of the victims she came to know as soon as the SVU series began. Their stories and her research into sexual assault, child abuse and domestic violence prompted her to launch the Joyful Heart Foundation, which provides support to victims. 

Hargitay is leading the organization in a new initiative called NO MORE as a way to increase awareness of and end domestic violence and sexual assault.

"I really hope and pray that we can stop this bystander effect and people will take action and stand up for these victims. It is so exciting to see so many people—actors, politicians, celebrities and others who became involved for personal reasons from all different walks of life—working to get traction for this. People deserve a life free of violence." 

She seems genuinely humbled by the opportunity to put a face to such violence through Benson’s horrific ordeal.

She talks about drawing on tragedy from her own life and those of the victims she has come to know.

"We experience trauma in different ways, and it can take many different forms … (Such events) are a huge part of my life creatively and as an activist," she says. "I just want to depict the issues and trauma honestly…. Even though my character survives … she is not the same person at the end of it. She is on a journey of recovery and discovery." 

CARING FOR THE VICTIMS

Although it’s been 15 years since Mariska Hargitay began her role in Law & Order: SVU, she is still strongly affected by the fan letters she receives from assault victims.

Her preparation for the show—which includes meetings with those in advocacy and sex crimes law enforcement—has also made her aware of the breadth of such assaults. Statistics, including those that show one in three women are physically or sexually assaulted by a husband or boyfriend, still seem unreal to her.

"I couldn’t believe it. It haunted me," she says. "I just thought, ‘I have to do something about this.’ … So many (victims) were living in isolation and shame and fear when it should be the perpetrators that feel that way."

In 2004, she launched the Joyful Heart Foundation to educate, heal and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. Joyful Heart complements and supports existing programs by offering a range of healing opportunities and therapies that connect the survivor with the community. Creative arts, guided writing and yoga are among the free programs offered.

The group is also a key player in NO MORE, a partnership among major domestic violence and sexual assault organizations in the U.S. Its symbol—a blue circle surrounding a white circle—represents a goal of zero tolerance and zero incidences of domestic violence and sexual assault. For more information, go to joyfulheartfoundation.org and nomore.org. 

"I joined the show a few episodes into season 1 so the moment of the show that really resonated with me deeply I was not part of.  But it was definitely the slow chicken dance.  And I was in a really dark place in my life [laughs] — not unlike, right, all the guys — and I watched it and I was like oh my god.  I got teary and I was drinking, sure, and I just, like, wrote Liz a VERY long email about how important that moment was.  

Something about it was so scary and absurd and hilarious and heartbreaking and stupid and amazing and I loved it so much and I don’t think anybody — I hadn’t seen anything like that ever.  I just loved it.”

— Kim Rosenstock, New Girl writer, Writer’s Guild Foundation Podcast

merbitch3000 asked:

Have you got any recommendations for foundations for dry and pale skin? I'm from Ireland:)

As a fair skinned gal myself I know how frustrating it can be to find a foundation that matches you, neverlone a good one. There’s nothing worse than buying a foundation in the lightest shade only to discover that it is still too dark for you and makes you look orange. Luckily in recent years drugstore brands have come out with foundations in super light shades meaning you don’t have to run to the high end department stores.

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