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We talk with Toby Froud about Netflix's upcoming Dark Crystal prequel!

Yesterday, the faerie community, and indeed all those who love beautiful and fantastical storytelling, received momentous news when Netflix officially announced their upcoming project, slated to begin filming in fall. A prequel series to the beloved 1982 Henson/Froud film, The Dark Crystal, it will run for ten episodes and include state-of-the-art puppet creations from the imaginations of our own friends and Faerie Magazine contributors, Brian and Toby Froud. The series is called The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, and our minds are racing with guesses as to what characters and stories might be included.

The original film, The Dark Crystal, featured a world imagined by renowned fairy artist Brian Froud (conceptual designer) that was a surreally accurate three-dimensional recreation of his artwork. Froud’s imagination combined flawlessly with Jim Henson’s vision and skill, and the film is now considered a fantasy masterpiece. With Jim Henson’s Creature Shop and Brian and his impressively-skilled puppeteer and artist son, Toby, involved in the project, we have no doubt that the project will be a rousing success.

Deputy Editor Grace Nuth was able to give Toby Froud a quick phone call to ask him some questions about the project.

Faerie Magazine: How hard has it been to know this project was happening and not be able to share it?

Toby Froud: We’ve been on this around five weeks or so. When people have asked us “will Dark Crystal ever happen again” and things like that, my mom and I have had to keep quiet, and say “well, possibly,” and things like that.

FM: Way back at the first Faeriecon, your parents were guests, and announced the possibility of another feature film, so this has been a long time coming.

TF: It has! The idea of doing a sequel has been kicking around for twelve years or so. They did the Power of the Dark Crystal stuff for this big sequel feature, and it never really got off the ground. But then after the resurgence from the Hensons doing all of these competitions, [ex: Jim  Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge on SyFy] and having the fan base be what it is today, it just so happened that they caught the idea doing of a prequel, using all of the writing and lore of the world that now exists in recent years. Netflix said yes, so it became this idea that the Hensons would think in a different way, a prequel instead of a sequel. And now here we are.

FM: Were you and your father directly approached by Netflix, or by the Hensons?

TF: By the Hensons. It’s a Henson-Netflix production. We are a part of the Hensons’ development to build the creatures and world under management of Netflix.

FM: You and your father have worked together in creative capacities informally throughout your life. Was the creation of “Granny” for Lessons Learned the first time you had him create a creature, and you then translated it into a three dimensional puppet?

TF: It was, for a film together. We certainly have done a lot of puppets…Ignatz [Toby’s Froudian puppet, seen at many fairy events like Faeriecon] was my father’s design, and my creation. But Granny was our coming together for film.

FM: Do you anticipate the creations on this Dark Crystal project happening similarly, with him creating the concepts and you interpreting those concepts in three dimensional puppets, or do you and your father plan to work together to create the concepts as well?

TF: We are doing both. What’s very interesting is I am working alongside my father right now in the conceptual designs. I am translating his designs still as well, into three dimensional forms. What is bigger and is the amazing part is the translation of them into puppets. My father and I are giving them these characters; we are developing these ideas with the Hensons…and Louis Leterrier, and Lisa Henson and my father and I are figuring this out, creating this visual. Then the team of the Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, this amazing team, are creating the puppets for us.

FM: Has work already begun on pre-production?

TF: I am in the studios in L.A.! I’m working with them on a daily basis, designing and also fabricating with them. Then my father is in England, and he is designing from there. So work has begun fast and furious!

FM: Of course you can’t tell us anything about new creations, but what is your favorite type of creature in the world of the original Dark Crystal film? Are there any that you are especially eager to bring to life?

TF: Ooh…That is a tough question. I love them in different ways: To revisit all of the Skeksis…To be able to build a Mystic again, things like that. To be able to envision in the new world with new technology and modern times, bringing these creatures up to date in certain ways. I am so excited to see Aughra on screen as well. So that sort of thing is what I can’t wait for. I’m excited to see the new creatures of the world and also the expansion of the world itself. And then we are revisiting certain things of the old world too…that’s what I’m excited for.

FM: Will your mother be assisting on this project as well, or just a father/son duo?

TF: Wendy is certainly consulting on this, especially with the Gelflings, because she did Jen and Kira originally. So I’m working closely with her and also my father. But she was the sculptural designer for those, and so she’s invaluable to our new process.

FM: How does it feel creating a large-scale work that your young son can grow up watching, just as you watched Dark Crystal and Labyrinth growing up?

TF: It’s…I mean it’s amazing. Beyond amazing. This project is very interesting because it’s a legacy. It’s a dream to do this. What is fascinating is that I am the same age my father was when he started The Dark Crystal. So what’s really interesting is that that’s coming to light. It’s wonderful that I get to work with him and the Hensons on this thing. It’s far more than just another project. And yes, to continue that, and to have my son grow up and see this project eventually. It’ll be interesting.

There’s a lot of pressure from fans and from the world. We’re trying. And what will be wonderful is actually the new: the new ways, new look, new feel. The director coming in and putting his vision into this, and the producing team, and Netflix. It’s quite an interesting and wonderful marriage. I think it will benefit, in a lot of ways. I’m excited to see what director Louis Leterrier does: bringing the camera to life in new ways I think the audience will really enjoy.

Netflix is an amazing juggernaut of a company that has great creative taste in what they’re providing the world, and things to come. It’s brilliant. A very clever match.

Suga Kenta and Kimura Tatsunari
Livedoor Interview Translation

Translation continues under the Read More.  It’s important to note the actual interview took place about a month ago, it’s just this second part is now finally published.

Q: This will be my third interview with the two of you after the re-run “View from the Top,” and “Karasuno, Revival!” 

Kenta: Whoo! [applause] Thank you each and every time!
Tatsunari: That’s right, and for this particular production…
Kenta: Whoah whoah, no, too fast! [laughs] They haven’t asked us anything yet!

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anonymous asked:

Funny how reynos go running to comfort some white bitch whos celebrated Finn's getting hurt. You don't call out racism in your fandom but you'll run to comfort them when they get called out. I just think it's funny :))

Let’s go through your message, anon.  

First, yes I did comfort a fellow Reylo recently.  I’m assuming you are talking about @coupdefoudrey , who received some pretty vile Anti-Semitic messages recently.  What you and your friends did isn’t calling out, it’s harassment.

Second, I comforted her because I value her feelings because unlike Finn, she’s a real person.  This is something you and your little group of victim playing sociopaths forget when you go to avenge imaginary slights against imaginary characters. 

Third, I have yet to see an incident of racism not addressed in this fandom.  In fact, for the longest time, many people would rush to attack a person when what they did was not intentional and was the cause of being from a different culture.  I am honestly proud of Reylos for taking a step back from the callout culture and attempting to educate rather than eviscerate. 

I’m not sugar coating this next part; every single one of you and your anti friends are sociopaths.  You take pleasure in harming real people under the delirious reasoning of helping.  If you wanted to help people, you would spend your time doing productive things.  You could volunteer to work with disadvantaged children, walk shelter dogs, raise money to donate to real victims of abuse if you truly wanted to help.  Hell, you could make content for your own ship and be far more productive than you are now.   Instead, you and your sociopathic friends spend their free time circle jerking to something that supposedly triggers them.  Each one of you competing to cum the hardest while shouting all the ways an imaginary ship has victimized you personally.  You and your friends are so completely pathetic and your lives are absolutely disgraceful.  

Your parents should be ashamed of the monsters they have raised, ones that believe it is okay to threaten real people over imaginary characters.  What you are doing isn’t because of immaturity from youth or from mental illness.  All of you are just horrible assholes who lack empathy because you were raised to believe that everything you think and feel is incredibly important.  You truly believe that the importance you personally place on a fictional character is more important than someone else’s mental health and therefore have the right to send them threats and Anti-Semitic messages.  You derive pleasure from harming real people and I worry for the safety of the people around you.

Since we are talking about things we find funny, I think it’s hilarious that you would reach out to me over this matter and expect me to address it in any other way than what I just did.  Now if you will excuse me, I have to finish editing stories for a Reylo project that is coming out soon and am very busy.  Since you obviously have nothing productive to do, I would offer for you to come help me, but from your original message, we both know your editing abilities are not up for such a task.  

I meant to post this on april fool’s day because my writing is a joke :) But I’m late, so here’s a joke posted on the wrong day.

Summary: Keith, who just happens to be coming down with a cold, is forced to wait out a thunderstorm with Lance.

“You’re still coming to pick me up, right?”

Lance’s voice is questioning, insecure, as if he doesn’t already know the answer. Keith sighs into the phone, before sniffling once, absently rubbing his nose on the back of his hand. “I thought we already went over this.”

“I know, but I called you and you weren’t picking up–”

“I was in class,” Keith retorts, pressing the phone to his ear with one hand as he slings his backpack over his shoulders with the other. He twists away briefly to cough into his shoulder. “The lecturer ended a little later than usual, that’s all.”

He can hear Lance’s hum of assent on the other end. “So, you are coming, then?”

“Yeah. Yeah, I am.” Keith pauses outside of the university building, scanning the parking lot for his motorbike, before he spots it parked in the far left corner. “Have you been waiting for a long time?”

“The meeting ended ten minutes ago,” Lance responds, “so, not really.”

“That’s good,” Keith unfastens his helmet from where it’s been clipped around the handlebars, then fits it over his head, brushing loose strands of hair from his eyes. “….I’m heading off. I‘m going to have to hang up now, okay?”

“Okay,” Lance pauses. “I’ll see you in twenty minutes?”

“Fifteen.” Keith fishes a keychain out of his pocket, pausing to find the right key before inserting it into the ignition. “See you there.”

The engine starts up, a low rumble of sound and motion, and Keith presses the end call button before sliding the phone back into his pocket. He sniffles, before straightening slightly, navigating the bike carefully out of the parking lot.

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I am a bit sick right now and with the humid air condition here I am not really able to be very productive. :( 
I know it’s not that long ago since I’ve posted some art but every day I do nothing, feels like a waste and I am worried and yeah…

There will be art eventually… But I am not able to draw right now. 

14-15/05/17 || I had a bit of a freak out earlier this afternoon and made a very dramatic post about how I’m feeling anxious and about how I’ll probably fail, but Tumblr is against me lately so it didn’t actually post it, which is probably for the better because I was really stressed in that moment. Not that I’m not stressed right now, I still am but I’m trying to make something productive out of it and study study study for this exam. My exam is in exactly a week time and I am indeed worried, I still have loads to read and memorize, I hope I’ll be able to do everything in time for next Monday. 


Hey. I made a thing. For anyone dealing with PTSD or flashbacks or sensory overload or a panic disorder who might be helped, here it is. This is a slightly adapted version of the dual awareness protocol that I use to remind me that I’m where I am, that I’m real, and that nothing bad is happening right now.

I’ve got a sticker version available at my Redbubble store (I think it’s very useful to be able to put things like this on notebook covers and inside my wallet and on the sun visor of my car and so on). I do not have any markup on this product, I’m not charging anyone who might need this to have access to a physical copy, and FYI if you order six or more of any stickers from redbubble they give you 50% off so if you want, like, five stickers of kittens and one of these you can get this sticker for a dollar.

If you think this might be helpful for you, get a few of the stickers to keep around yourself and a few to hand out to people who you trust to help you if you’re having a flashback.

Or just print them out and hand them out. This is not a thing I made to make money, this is a thing I made so that people have to spend less time in their personal hells.

*EDIT* - choixsimple mentioned that they’d like a less annoying version (sorry, I find bright colors distracting in a soothing way) and they have a good point, so I made a more toned-down version, also available as a commission-free sticker for people who might need reminders but don’t like/aren’t okay with bright colors.


I think this one is finally done! Or as done as I can get it right now. I put in more grass seed, so again, I’ll wait for that to grow in a bit before adding more leaf litter. And then the last thing is installing the RHP and locks on the doors. 

I am super happy with how this looks! I’ll probably still make some small decorations to assist the theme, because right now it’s just kind of any random forest. But it’s a very pretty forest, so I’m totally fine with that, since it’s very likely that I’ll procrastinate making the extra bits until they’re irrelevant. 

My thoughts on this whole Jon Tron deal

Okay I just recently found out about this whole Jon Tron controversy surrounding Yooka Layee. Granted, I didn’t even know Jon was actually in the game until this happened and I will say the general overreaction from people on this has been downright disgusting. Generally I do agree that it’s important to accept and respect others opinions. Playtonic is no different in this regard but as a company it’s perfectly within their right to disagree with Jon both morally and legally as well as sever ties with him if they feel he could potentially damage their image. Them cutting out Jon Tron is simply their way of saying “We don’t want any part in your mess.”

It’s funny really people give Playtonic crap for supposedly not respecting Jon’s opinion yet they can’t seem to accept and respect Playtonic’s view on things and act like they stabbed them all in the back simply for wanting to distance themselves from a potential scandal. Funny enough that Jon from what I hear has handled this really well and said he respects Playtonic’s decision while his fans on the other hand throw a massive tantrum and act like overly self entitled children. Looking at some of the things Jon said, it’s not too surprising why they decided to let him go. If you said the sort of stuff Jon said, don’t expect to keep your job for much longer. 

Ultimately Jon has no one to blame but himself. He should have known very well what he was getting into when he started talking politics. As a general rule, personal opinions on race are best kept to yourself if you want to maintain a good public image. Freedom of Speech is not the same as Freedom from Consequence. Jon didn’t watch his mouth and he said some pretty stupid shit and now he is suffering the consequences for it.

I am still very excited for Yooka Laylee and I am not going to let the removal of some guys voice affect my enjoyment or purchasing decision. At the end of the day Playtonic is a business. They aren’t your best friend and they have their own views on what is considered acceptable in their company. It’s their game and they have the right to change or remove something if they feel it could be detrimental to their product, 

Waking Up In Vegas

Write-A-Thon Day One: AU day
(waking up in vegas au)
John Laurens x Alexander Hamilton
Words: 1540

i’m so excited for this week guys and i hope you are too!

originally, my disneyland fic that i posted the other day was going to be my au day fic, but i changed my mind last minute so here we have the waking up in vegas au! 

i’m kind of tempted to make this into a series, but i’m not sure yet so let me know what you think. 

the write a thon is going to be awesome. you can join in if you want! i just reblogged the prompt lists. 

requests are open and i hope you’re all doing great xx

see you tomorrow for femaslash! day


The pounding hit him like a tonne of bricks.

With every tiny movement, he felt the pain intensify. He let out soft whimpers until he decided that the floor was where he would stay.

His freckly cheeks rested against the cool, damp tiles. John figured he must’ve passed out in the bathroom while trying to go to the toilet. And it seemed reasonable, because he’d woken up in weirder places after crazy nights out.

He opened his eyes slowly and let the light appear in his morning. He ignored his better judgements and sat up slowly, resting his head against the wall. He tried his best to ignore the pounding in his head as he took in his surroundings.

It seemed John had been right about the bathroom, but this wasn’t his bathroom. He couldn’t remember anything from the previous night… he wasn’t even sure if he was in South Carolina anymore, or who he was with.

He flipped through fragmented memories of the previous night. For moments, he saw his friend Hercules, and he had reason to believe that he had stayed the night at his house. But Hercules’ bathroom was warm and his house was comforting… this whole situation felt like some kind of unholy nightmare.

The weight on his finger was the thing that woke John up fully. The only jewellery he would keep on him was his mother’s necklace…

His hands flew to his neck and he let out a sigh of relief when he felt the secured clasp of the familiar metal. He relaxed, licking his dry lips.

He was still under his mother’s watch… that meant he was safe… but so many questions remained unanswered. Where was he? What was he doing here? What was the strange ring around his finger?

The door next to John swung open, revealing a shirtless man that looked a mess. Dark circles under his eyes hollowed out his face, making it look incredibly pale. He stumbled towards the sink, turning tap on and splashing his face with the warm water.

John stayed silent. Strangers had never been his friends… so coming face to face to this one in a strange place was not the way he wanted to spend his Saturday. Or at least, what he thought was Saturday. He wasn’t sure of anything right now.

He took a deep breath before deciding breaking the silence was the best thing to do in the situation. “Who are you?”

The man at the sink jumped, grabbing the closest thing to him (which happened to be a bar of soap), and pointing it at John. The soap slid out of his hands, landing at John’s feet. He felt around behind him, grabbing a toothbrush and holding it out in front of him.

“W-Who are you?” He replied, a red blush spreading over his cheeks.

John stood up slowly. “I asked first, so you should answer me first. I’ll ask again, who are you?” He asked, leaning heavily against the wall.

“My name is Alexander. Alexander Hamilton. I don’t know why I’m here. Your turn,” The man, Alexander, replied.

“Do you mind if I call you Alex?”

His question was returned with a glare, which John simply shrugged off.

“Well, my name’s John Laurens. And I remember leaving the house with my friend… but that’s the end of it. I don’t even know where we are now,” John stated, walking to the sink and checking his face in the mirror. He too carried a sleepless appearance, prominent bags staring back at him through the mirror’s reflection.

“Vegas. We’re in Vegas,” Alex stated, turning from the mirror and heading back out to the bedroom area. John raised his eyebrow, following.

“You mean like, casinos, strippers and creepy people in character costumes Vegas?” John replied, sitting on the edge of the bed where Alex had laid down on.

“No, I mean the Vegas where everything is rainbows and we’re all friends. Peace on earth, kumbaya!” he snapped, continuing to glare at John. “Could you just shut up for a few seconds? I’ve got a terrible headache.”

“So do I. We can complain about it together,” John stated, lying on the opposite side of the bed and staring at Alex. “What are your theories on last night’s happenings? I feel like my friend Hercules thought it would be funny if he set this whole thing up for me… I am surprised he didn’t find a girl though. Man, I would shit myself if I woke up next to a female.”

“I’m assuming you’re gay then,” Alex stated, picking up the room service menu on the bedside table and squinting at it as he flicked through it.

“Well, yes. I mean, I have experimented a little throughout my life, but I’m as gay as they come,” John stated, smiling proudly.

“Congratulations. I’m bisexual, but I have a girlfriend so don’t get any ideas,” Alex replied, putting the menu down and looking at John. “Personally, I think this is some kind of weird, reality TV social experiment. Or it’s a very strange dream. I hope it’s the second one. I’d like to wake up in bed next to Eliza… instead of being in this strange one.”

John scoffed. “At least you had a bed. I slept on the bathroom floor… or passed out there. I’m not completely sure honestly. All I know is that my neck hurts like a bi-“

“Didn’t I tell you to shut up before?” Alex asked, starting to go through the drawers in the bedside table.

“Well, you did continue the conversation so I had assumed-“

“You said your name was John Laurens, right? John “Jack” Laurens?” Alexander interrupted, looking at a piece of paper he had found in horror.

“That’s me,” John replied, sitting up and turning on the TV. “Why do you ask?”

Alexander gulped. Maybe if he didn’t tell anyone, it wouldn’t be real. “N-No reason. We should focus on finding a way out of here, don’t you think? Do you have any money?”

John patted down his pants, shaking his head. “While I’m as gay as they come, I’m also as broke as they come. I haven’t made a solid income in a very long time.”

“Productive. And I don’t have my wallet either, which means we’re pretty much screwed. You said you had a friend, right? Do you have a phone? Can we call them? Maybe they can-“

“Look, Hercules isn’t the best at dealing with hangovers. He mostly just sleeps them off. So, if he drank as much as I did, we’d find he’s pretty much useless to us now. Didn’t you say something about a girlfriend?”

Alex’s eyes widened. “Of course! Eliza will help! But I am without a phone currently so unless you have yours…”

John sighed, taking his phone out of his pocket and passing it to him. “Here. Be as brief as possible. I don’t want an expensive phone bill,” He stated. Alexander nodded, dialling Eliza’s number.

It took three rings before she picked up. Alexander could hear her yawn, and he imagined he had woken her up.

“Hello?” She mumbled, yawning after she finished her sentence.

“Eliza! Thank the heavens. Listen, I’ve just woken up in Las Vegas with this other guy and I have no idea how I got here. My wallet and phone have disappeared, so all I have is you. All my hope is rested on you. Could you please come and pick me up? Or buy flight tickets or something. I promise to pay you back as soon as my card is returned,” Alex rambled, tapping his fingers against the bedside table anxiously.

“If I do any of those things, will you be quiet for just a second? This is a lot to take in first thing in the morning,” Eliza mumbled sleepily, rubbing her eyes. “Who’s this other guy? Do you know him? Does he know you? Did you have some weird kinky sex?”

“What? Of course not. All I know is I’ve gotten myself into the worst situation possible. I’ll explain what I can when I return home. I love you more than words can say,” Alexander said, biting his lip. Had he had sex with this strange man he seemed to have accidentally married?

“I love you too Alexander. Stay strong, my love.”

The line went dead, and Alexander was left alone with the silence between him and John who was now standing by the window.

“The sky looks nice today. The clouds are round… and they look like cotton candy. It’s pure, don’t you think?”

An eyebrow was raised. Alexander went to John, standing next to him and staring out the window. Indeed, the clouds did look nice. Alexander’s eyes moved to John’s ring finger, staring at the golden ring that wrapped around his finger tightly.

They moved back to Alexander’s own hand and he gulped, seeing a similar ring on his own finger. He knew he had screwed up, but surely this man who daydreams about clouds wouldn’t notice. Surely, he would keep daydreaming.

Alexander decided it was best to dream the terrible situation away. Perhaps once he was home, this would all fade away and be nothing but a bad memory.

End day stats from 3-11-17: I actually did go up those 2 flights of stairs. Now that @nosaltadded mentioned the wind thing with trackers, that makes a lot of sense. Those “stairs” counts from last week occurred during my morning/evening walks on the days of a massive windstorm we recently had here in the Midwest. Yesterday was a very productive day. Going outside is pretty much critical to my sanity so there were AM and a PM walks. Also did cardio yesterday. Some shopping later and you get a pretty sweet lookin’ step count, right? A great day for hydration, though I pretty much drop dead of thirst if I ignore it. Now that I’m so accustomed to water there is no such thing as forgetting. You feel legitimately awful once you’ve seen the other side.

I think today is mostly going to be a step day. Might go to the gym, but might just hit the trail again. Spring forward is NOT my favorite day of the year.


- Sherlock’s interactions with the (fake) little girl were so cute

- “this is family” “THAT’S WHY HE STAYS” yas

- 5 seconds of footage of Mrs Hudson dancing while vacuuming singlehandedly saved the episode

- “My name is Sherlock Holmes”
  “The detective?”
  “The pirate”

- “baker street boys” sounds like the name of an awful boyband

- Why the hell would Mycroft allow Moriarty to talk to her??? So dumb and out of character???

- Eurus was honestly very very creepy and I’m so in awe of her


- THE TWISTS THOUGH the little girl and the plane not being real and the whole Redbeard thing just blew my mind

- The montage at the end made me cry so hard with Mary and the whole gang at Baker Street and the speech and the music

- (also because it looked like a pretty alarming closure sign someone please confirm series 5 before I die)

- Moriarty was fierce but not important at all to the series (?)

- Why are all the security people so stupid is that a requirement when they hire them


- Lestrade’s parallel with the 1st episode was so sad but so beautiful

- Mycroft trying to talk Sherlock into shooting him by being annoying broke my heart and honestly I just want to hug him after all he went through in this episode

- YAY JOHN being the brave,smart,  wonderful person I know and reminding us all of why we loved him

- Bit dissapointed that the “I love you” turned out to just be part of Eurus’ game really

- The way it ended was kinda off too (?) like after all the atrocities she has committed I can’t just buy that a hug from Sherlock was enough to solve everything and make her good again. She was fucking terrifying and definitely crazy. No mind could possibly go from such a state to total submission so easily and it would be odd to shrug it off like that after all they’ve gone through with her

- Loved all the violin scenes so much

- The scene at the beginning when they trick Mycroft was so off but also so hilarious and cute so who cares

- I love how John quickly relates mentions of love and Sherlock to Irene Adler

- Sherlock breaking down is so pure and sad and I want to give him a hug

Overall I’m neither thrilled nor dissapointed, I will make a separate post regarding tjlc but these are my thoughts on the episode in general. There quite a few things I didn’t like about it, though I enjoyed the general product very much. We were warned it would get darker, I have never been so on edge while watching TV before and all the twists produced the desired effect on me. Again, I am very concerned as for the implications of the ending: it’s the first time they end an episode with complete closure, no cliffhangers, and that they would choose to do that while ending a series too is even more alarming. However satisfying I may find the characters’ situation as it is right now, I really don’t want this to be the last we see of Sherlock…

sydniekristen  asked:

Hey there! Just wondering what you plan on buying from the Sephora sale that's currently happening or what you'd recommend checking out

Hey! I LOVE the Sephora sale- and I actually got two Sephora gift cards this weekend for my bday, so I am very excited to shop!

For me personally, the sale is kind of a time for me to restock on products I love & am always out of + pick up some of those pricy skin care products.

Here are things in my cart right now (I am definitely going to narrow it down to my gift card amount, but I am still deciding/reading reviews/etc.)-

  • Laura Mercier oil-free Tinted Moisturizer in ‘ocre’: I usually go through 2 of these a year, but they are 100% worth the money. I am just about out of my current bottle, so I really need to stock up! I LOVE this tinted moisturizer- especially for everyday wear. 
  • Beauty blender: When I first heard about the beauty blender sponge from one of my college friends 3 years ago, I thought it was the silliest thing to spend that much on a SPONGE. But now I can’t imagine life without it lol. My sister and mom both use it now, and I definitely need to repurchase another one since it has been several years & mine is falling apart. If you don’t own a beauty blender yet, definitely, definitely consider making the investment! 
  • Glamglow glow setter: I have seen this so many times on youtube, and I’ve been dying to try it out. I currently use the Urban Decay ‘all nighter’ spray, but I am almost out! Plus- I am a sucker for cute packaging.
  • Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Vitamin C Youth Activating Oil: Ole Henriksen is probably my very favorite skincare brand at Sephora. It’s in a pretty moderate price range, and it works really well for my skin personally. I am almost out of my current bottle of the Youth Activating Oil, and I really love it! It’s on the heavier side, but it smells really nice and I feel like it really works. It makes my skin very radiant and hydrated, and I mostly use it around the areas of my face like my eyes, cheeks, and forehead (that I use anti-aging products on). I also love the Ole Henriksen ‘truth serum’, but I currently have a full bottle of that.
  • Herbivore Moon Fruit Superfruit Night Treatment: So I have this in my cart at the moment, and I really want it! However, it’s very pricy, so I am still reading reviews and deciding! 

Here are some products on my ‘wish-list’, but won’t be purchasing (because the other products above are higher on my list at the moment)-

  1. Too Faced Sweet Peach palette
  2. Boscia Swirl Two-Part Gel & Cream Deep Hydration
  3. Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter
  4. Brazilian Bum Bum Cream (I’ve heard it smells amazing!)
  5. Nars creamy concealer

Here are some other Sephora products that I personally use and would highly recommend-

  1. Benefit box blushes/bronzers: I love the benefit blushes, and I am currently using the new color ‘Galifornia’. I am obsessed with it, and all of their box blushes are amazing (and so cute). I have repurchased Coralista and Hoola bronzer probably 5+ times over the years. I adore both and couldn’t recommend them enough.
  2. ABH Modern Renaissance palette: This palette is one of the very highest rated products on Sephora and for good reason. I purchased mine last semester and still use it daily. I LOVE it, and I would highly, highly recommend it if you are looking for a great eyeshadow product that is perfect for everyday wear, but isn’t boring.
  3. Becca highlighter: I am in love with my Becca highlighter in ‘Champagne Pop’. I’ve hit pan on it, and it’s such a stunning highlight shade. I would definitely recommend it! 
  4. Kat Von D Liquid Lipsticks: I own two of these now, and I would definitely recommend them if you love liquid lipsticks. I recently bought the shade ‘lovesick’, and I think it’s soooo pretty for spring.
  5. Urban Decay Moondust shadows: These are so unique & beautiful. I collect them! My favorite is Solstice (it’s also my sister’s fave too).
  6. Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Lipstick: I purchased this lipstick a few weeks ago, and the formula is great. It’s not drying/matte, but it’s also not super shiny and glossy. It’s moisturizing and flattering on the lips. I purchased the shade ‘Beach Babe’, and it’s the perfect nude for me. Plus- the packaging is stunning!! I love all the color options!
  7. Too Face Born This Way Foundation: I have been through maybe 6 bottles of this foundation. I know not everybody loves this foundation, but it works really well for me & I use it for special events/going out. It’s high coverage, but not too high coverage or unnatural. I also find their shade range works well for me. 
  8. ABH x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit: I have been using the heck out of this glow kit this past month. I get compliments every single time I wear it. It is sold out online, but definitely check Sephora stores; it is so worth the money and it’s my favorite beauty product at the moment.
  9. DryBar: dry bar is my favorite hair brand. I LOVE the blowdrier and would highly recommend it. I recently bought the Mai Tai hair product, and it’s really nice for getting those beachy waves! Drybar makes the best hair products and tools!
  10. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick: I have probably purchased 2-3 of these over the years, but I love them. I got my sister one for Christmas, and she loves hers! They are pricy, but super beautiful on the skin. I like that they are so quick to use- a highlighter and blush in one!
  11. Milk Holographic Highlighter: I have been using this a ton lately. It’s definitely not for everyone, but I like it to layer under other highlighters. It’s very, very unique!

For me personally, I try to shop drugstore when I can- especially for thing like false lashes, setting powder, face cleanser, mascara, shampoo/conditioner, eyeliner, and brows. However, at Sephora, I like to splurge a bit more on skincare products/treatments, foundations/bases, highlighters/blushes, and eyeshadow palettes!

I hope that could help! I LOVE Sephora & the sale!!

hey everyone! 

i’m working on really trying to get my animation and motion graphics out there right now, i just made a big pivot into freelancing and looking for design jobs full time after saving money for a few months and helping ted get established here. 

if you enjoy the content i post or reblog, like me as a friend, or if you are into video production and motion graphics, i would really appreciate it if you just subscribe to my YouTube channel. It’s really new and I am just trying to get to 100 subscribers before May.

I am also taking requests for videos right now, if you have a song you need a video for, a short you need a title card for, or an intro video, etc. just talk to me and we can work something out!!!!

ty very much 

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10 Things Jumin Love

Her laugh.

 She was ticklish; it was a very wonderful day for him once he learned about it.

 “Ahahahaha!” Left and right she wiggled in his embrace. To her dismay, his hug only tightened, one arm wrapped around her stomach while his right hand traced up and down the side of her chest. “Jumiiii-AHAHAHAHA!” Laughter turned into roaring cackles, she tried to turn until her right side lightly bumped his chest. “Oppa, you’re meaahahahaha!” Unfortunately for her, this only meant for his hand to easily caress higher until deft fingers tickled the left side of her neck.

 Jumin only chuckled warmly as he kissed the right side of her head. Chu, chu, his kisses were endless, smiling lips then traced down to the shell of her beet red ear.

 He bit back a laugh himself once he felt her tilting her head slightly towards him.


 Her laughter bloomed flowers in his heart.

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Conversations between people who disagree

Conversations between people who disagree with each other can be really difficult. They can also be tremendously valuable.

One reason that it’s hard is that it takes two to have a conversation.

Each person has to be prepared to listen to the other and be prepared to think about what they have to say. Each person has to respect the right of the other person to think for themself, and be prepared to accept the possibility that they will not be persuaded.

Without mutual willingness to listen and think, it’s not really a conversation. It’s just somebody (or multiple people) presenting demands. (There’s a time and a place for presenting demands, but they don’t generally lead to good conversations.)

Another difficulty in conversation between people who disagree is that some opinions can hurt to hear even if someone is expressing them completely civilly. This can be confusing in two directions:

It can be easy to think that someone is being mean when they’re not. If someone’s opinion hurts to hear, it can feel like cruelty even when they’re being completely civil.

What to do about this varies. Sometimes the right thing is to bear the pain for the sake of listening and learning. Sometimes the right thing is deciding that you’re not ready to hear this yet. Or any number of other possibilities. But it’s always important when this happens to recognize that it’s not the other person’s fault that the concept hurts to think about.

At the same time — it can be easy to make this mistake in the other direction. Sometimes people you disagree with are jerks. Sometimes, when you really want to be open to other opinions, it can end up being hard to tell that people are being mean. (And hard to remember that you don’t have to talk to mean people in order to be receptive to disagreement). Blaming yourself for someone else’s decision to be mean to you won’t lead to good conversations either.

I think it’s really important to learn to tell the difference, in both directions. I think important questions to ask are:

  • Do I feel ok about having a conversation with someone who disagrees with me on this topic right now?
  • Am I willing to listen to this person?
  • Am I willing to explain my views in a way this person can understand?
  • Does this person seem to be willing to listen to me?
  • Do they seem to be willing to explain their views in a way I can understand?

If the answers to any of those questions are no, it’s probably not going to be a very productive conversation. In some situations, it’s possible to fix this by changing your attitude and deciding to hear someone out. (And sometimes trying that is a really bad idea.) Often, the best thing to do is either find a new topic or a different person to discuss the topic with.

All of the skills involved in having conversations with people you disagree with get easier with practice. It gets easier to find disagreement bearable. It gets easier to tell the difference between people being mean and people expressing a difficult opinion. It gets easier to listen. It gets easier to tell when people are listening. It gets easier to explain things in a way that can be understood. It gets easier to learn from others.

These skills can be hard to acquire — and they’re really, really worth it.

Conversations get better when you focus on the conversations that you can have productively — and the range of possible conversations gets broader as your skills get better.

tl;dr Discussing ideas you disagree with with people you disagree with is hard for a number of reasons. It’s also really worthwhile. Part of having good conversations is finding contexts in which they can happen productively. It gets easier with practice.


Hello loves, in case you didn’t know, I make all natural bath & body products & sell them in my shop, Appalachia Apothecary.

My products are 100% handmade with organic, natural ingredients. I use only essential oils, as well as earth-derived, sustainable ingredients.
I have a true love for herbalism & natural alternatives to bath & body care, & I handcraft everything in my humble home in Appalachia with love & intention.

Lately I have fallen upon some really hard times, as my mental health is in very poor condition. I struggle very severely with BPD & OCD, as well as two other anxiety disorders, which have held me back in the last two years from basically everything. My quality of life is very poor & I’m entering recovery for a second time soon with hopes of being able to eventually begin driving, pursue a career & go to school. I’m receiving very poor hours at my current job & don’t have the means just yet of getting another.

Right now, my little shop has become my passion as well as a source of income & has helped me better shape my ideas of what I love to do, as well as who I aspire to be.
I write each of my recipes & make them in small batches, & I have endless plans for new products coming this year. I am constantly creating & it brings me so much happiness & peace. I take pride & joy in all of my creations, as well as the way they have helped me & others.

I would honestly appreciate it beyond words if you could take a look at my shop, & possibly show it some love!


Even if you cannot make a purchase, boosting this would make a world of difference for me & my shop & is so appreciated.
It’s been very slow lately & I’m needing some help.

Love & light


anonymous asked:

Can i ask you what kind of digital tablet you use? I saw a photo of a really big one a while back (you were using it standing up!) and was wondering how much it costed you? I am a designer and I soo want to upgrade the tools I have right now

Hey Anon,

I’m using a Wacom Cintiq 24HD. It was very expensive and I have saved money for a long time and I am very proud of it. Meanwhile there are new devices. Since you will certainly find something great among all the products.

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