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Holmes, Voiceless

On reading my stories, one might believe that Holmes and I have always been as we became, co-conspirators in everything. This was not at all the case. To begin with, I was a little in awe of him. Sherlock Holmes is possessed of an abundant and even unreasonable vitality, while I had entered upon our association in broken health. I was a young man, then, but moved like an old one, having compounded the effects of fresh war-wounds with the constitutional damage wrought by a dangerous fever, contracted in the recovery wards of Peshawar. Upon my return to English shores, amid the slow rebuilding of my strength–painful walks on warmer days and silent nights at home, studying the medical advances which I could not yet put into practice–stretching my shoulders and shifting my hip against the aching trail of the Jezail bullets–I felt my limits keenly. Holmes seemed limitless.

I had had enough of human suffering by then to weary me deeply. I bore a kind of exhaustion of the soul which put me in precisely the frame of mind to appreciate Holmes’ endless speculative talk, his boundless enthusiasm. I listened, first amused by the extravagance of his confident assertions, and then astonished to find him capable of proving every one. He was more than talk; he was action, decision, adventure. His singular spirit animated a body which, slender, and used more to study than to sport, still seemed capable of exceeding the energy of every criminal in London. When presented with a question he could not solve by talk alone, he would begin his own investigations; put on the clothes of a gentleman and infiltrate glittering clubs and great men’s homes, or affect a workman’s tongue, and go among builders and craftsmen in search of information. As I went to my rest, I would see him just leaving, poorly dressed to maintain his anonymity, for a sleepless night about in the vile miasmas of the back alleys of London. He never seemed to suffer for it. Upon conclusion of such a case he would sleep until noon for three days running, and then return to an ordinary schedule, with the constitutional elasticity of a boy in school. He delighted in the demands of his work. I only saw him restless and worn under the pressure of several weeks of perfect peace.

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The Face Shop Chia Seed Sebum Control Moisture Water

This product is an Editor’s Pick Allure Award Winner of 2014, and since then its popularity has skyrocketed. Along with the Chia Seed Sebum Control Moisture Cream, I thought it would be a wonderful to try out the line as it is intended to be used.
Reviews for the other products can be found here:
- Chia Seed Sebum Control Moisture Cream (review coming soon!)

The Chia Seed Sebum Control Moisture Water is a pore cleansing toner that removes sebum from deep within the skin and tightens pores. 100% organic germinated chia seed is used instead of water for enhanced freshness and effectiveness. The moisture water provides sebum control and moisturising to the skin.
To be used every morning and night. Take an adequate amount onto a cotton pad after cleansing and wipe from the middle of the face to the outer sides then tap lightly for absorption.

The Chia Seed Sebum Control Moisture Water comes packaged with a fresh looking design. The bottle has a circular pump head which dispenses the moisture water evenly and conveniently onto the cotton pad. There is 300ml of product in the bottle. The face shop has recently updated their packaging design.

The Chia Seed Sebum Control Moisture Water is a lightweight watery toner. This allows for the toner to absorb quickly into the skin and also leaves the skin with a completely non-greasy finish when fully absorbed. The moisture water has sebum control properties that allow for your face to remain fresh. The moisture water does in fact provide a tad of moisture to the skin. Skin feels softer and smoother after use, and the product leaves a slight moisturising layer. It also aids in moisture absorption from products that you put on after it. Possibly one of the best thing about thing toner, and really the whole line, is the amazingly refreshing scent that follows that of the rest of the Chia Seed Sebum Control line. This is absolutely a fantastic product, no wonder why it was an award winner!

-lightweight and quick to absorb
-leaves a non-greasy finish
-sebum control properties
-provides a bit of moisture to the skin
-aids moisture absorption of other products
-refreshing scent

Cons: NONE!

Overall Rating: 5/5


Protecting, Calming and Cleansing Jar for Loved Ones

Since I am leaving my homecity and traveling to a different state, I asked my mom if she’d let me make her a protecting, calming and cleansing jar pendant for her. She of course said yes :) 

If you have a loved one you wish to protect against negative energies, keep their own energy calm, and help cleanse their aura who is willing to wear this at least every week to keep its effect fresh, here is how you make this simple Jar Spell.

For this spell, you will need:

  • A Fresh Pine tree Needle
  • A Fresh Blooming Lavender Flower
  • A TINY White Pebble
  • Sea Salt/Kitchen Salt
  • Ground Sage
  • Ground Marjoram
  • Olive Oil
  • A Small Screwcap Jar (X - x)
  • A White Candle
  • A small funnel (easily made out of paper)
  • Small Blessed/cleansed/charged bowl
  • Oil Dropper


  1. Mix healthy pinches of Salt, Sage and Marjoram in the bowl.
  2. Funnel this mixture into the bottom of the Jar, until the Jar is 1/3 full.
  3. Use the Dropper to drop in some Olive oil and wait for the mixture to be fully soaked through. Do not fill the entire Jar with oil yet. (Check for air pockets.)
  4. Make sure the Pine Needle and Lavender are cut to a length that will fit the jar. Account for the fact that some of the stems will be submerged in the herb mixture and will not be visible.
  5. Add the Pine Needle and then the Lavender. Put them in a position that guarantees they will stay in place and not flop around in the Oil.
  6. Add the White Pebble.
  7. Use the Dropper to fill the rest of the Jar up with Olive Oil.
  8. Light the White Candle and recite your favorite Charm for Healing/Protection of others
  9. Let the candle burn near the Jar until you feel the need to screw the cap on. (Make sure it is tight and will not budge.)
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  • small tattoos with big meaning
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  • animal friends to help, play with, and love
  • a place to live with lots of opportunity, nature, and happy people
  • healthy, delicious, fresh food
  • blissful runs and effective workouts
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  • big muscles and big motivation
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  • see faraway places
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