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how to get into skincare

I’ve already done a post about how to get into makeup, and one about how to get into SFX, so I figured I might as well make one for skincare. I have extremely sensitive, extremely acne-prone skin, so when it comes to skincare products, I’ve literally tried everything. It’s gotten to the point where I’m the “resident expert” that all of my family and friends come to when they need help figuring out which products to use.

I think a lot of people don’t take proper care of their skin because they have the misconception that it’s time-consuming and/or expensive. Honestly, I spend less than two minutes on skincare on most days, and I only use affordable products that are available at drug stores. No matter who you are, you can afford to take good care of your skin.

product names you’re likely to see, and what they mean:

  • cleanser is just soap that’s gentle enough for the delicate skin on your face. It comes in liquid, cream, and even powder formulas, but all you need to know is that if the label says “cleanser,” then it’s just face wash. If you’re only going to use one skincare product, this is the one you should invest in.
  • Note: You should NEVER use bar soap on your face! The skin on your face is thinner and more delicate than the skin on the rest of your body, and most bar soaps will damage it. There are some cleansers that come in bar form, but as a general rule you should never use a product on your face that wasn’t made specifically to be used on faces. 
  • moisturizer is probably the second most commonly-used product, after cleanser. This is exactly what it sounds like – it’s basically lotion that is specially made to be used on your face. No matter what your skin type is, you should be moisturizing daily. (Proper moisturization actually helps cut down on oily skin in most cases.) 
  • toner (sometimes also called astringent) is a product that is usually applied after cleanser, but before moisturizer. It’s called “toner” because it tones your skin, as well as cleansing any dirt or grime that your cleanser missed. Not everyone needs to use toner, but if you have oily or acne-prone skin, I’d recommend it.
  • a face mask is any product that is made to be used occasionally to give your skin a little extra love. A lot of them are made to address certain issues, like acne, dryness, or dullness. Usually, you apply it and let it sit on your face for a few minutes before you wash it off. I personally try to use a mask on my face once or twice a week whenever I have the time, but they’re more of a treat than a necessity. (And you probably shouldn’t use them every day.) 
  • exfoliators or exfoliating scrubs are products designed to buff away dead skin cells. Usually, they have some kind of gritty texture to them (like sugar grains) that scrubs off the dead skin. Like face masks, they’re more of a treat than a necessity, but unlike with face masks, too much exfoliating can actually hurt your skin. You should never exfoliate more than 2-3 times a week, and never, ever exfoliate two days in a row.
  • pore strips are kind of like waxing strips for your face, but instead of removing hair, they remove blackheads and other junk clogging your pores. I would not recommend pore strips to someone who is new to skincare, and like with exfoliators, using them too often can really damage your skin. If you’re going to use them, you should never use them more than once every three days. 

There are other product names that you might see floating around online (like “essence” or “facial oil”), but these are the basic products that you need to know about. Honestly, if you have a good cleanser, toner, and moisturizer (plus maybe a face mask or two for occasional pampering), then you don’t really need any other products, because those three will get the job done. 

how to build your own skincare routine:

  1. The first step is to understand your skin type. The three most common types are: dry, oily, and combination (in between dry and oily). Shop for products that are designed and labelled for your skin type. (If you have a lot of acne, look for products labelled “acne care” or something along those lines. If you have a lot of skin allergies, or if your skin doesn’t react well to harsh chemicals, look for products made for sensitive skin.)
  2. Go to the nearest Walmart, CVS, Walgreen’s, ect. with $20, and find the skincare aisle. Keeping your skin type in mind, look for a good cleanser and a good moisturizer. (If you have oily or acne-prone skin, you might want to pick up a toner as well.) If you can, look for generic brands (I know Walmart carries one called Equate) that make products with the same ingredients as name-brand products, but significantly cheaper. (If you’re looking for cruelty-free products, check out the brands Burt’s Bees and Yes To.)
  3. If you want to make things easier, you can buy all of the products you need in a pack. (Like this, or this.) These usually contain a cleanser, a toner, and a moisturizer. 
  4. Every morning when you first wake up, wash your face with the cleanser and pat it dry with a clean towel. Then apply the toner, if you bought one – you do not wash this off. Then (after waiting a few seconds for the toner to take effect), apply your moisturizer. That’s literally all there is to it. If you’re a morning shower person, you can save time by washing your face in the shower, then applying toner and moisturizer after you get out.
  5. Every night before you go to bed, do the same thing. (Of course, if you wear makeup, you’ll have to remove it, either with makeup remover or with warm water, before you wash your face.) 
  6. Right before bed is a good time to use face masks/exfoliators/pore strips, if you want. I always wash my face first, then skip over my toner and go straight into applying the mask/exfoliator/strip, and let it sit for as long as the directions on the packaging indicate. After I wash it off, I use my moisturizer like always.
  7. Congratulations! You now have a skincare routine!

This post goes into detail of all the products and tricks I use in my own personal routine, if you’re curious. 

I hope this post was helpful! If you have any questions about specific products, or about treating specific skin conditions, feel free to message me and I’ll try to help in any way I can. 

masterlist (there’s more beauty/skincare tips on there, if you’re interested)

I pay close attention to price. The cost of things. Deals fascinate me. Bargains. I got a deal. It’s the best deal in town. A steal. I say things like this all the time. When I go home, to the house where I grew up, it’s a common topic of excited conversation around the kitchen table. How much per pound you got something good for. Found a can of good olive oil from Lucca. Three liters. 19.99. I bought five. You want one? My friends here, they couldn’t give a shit. I’m not sure why. They’ll pay anything for anything and then forget what they paid. When one of them brings beer over to my place that tastes right, I ask, by reflex, what’d you pay for it? They never know. This is tragic. We live in a consumer world. I know. There’s no way around it. Not getting ripped off is complicated. It’s hard work, but it’s also a radical act. I believe this. If you can do that, and still eat and drink well, you’re my kind of guy. My kind of gal. I live in a city, surrounded by pavement and old slouching wood. I can’t grow my own food or raise livestock. I can’t keep hens for eggs or rabbits for meat. There’s no sow out back to eat the trash and give her babies for my table. My friends are cozying into their 40s. Most have kids. They’re settling into a decade in the same job, that sweet spot where the salary bumps and you see the road stretch out before you and the sun’s not burning in your eyeballs anymore. You can take a breath. Put your feet up. Maybe it’s a bore, that job, but who cares because you married your best friend and your kid’s the cutest kid in school and, really, you never knew what a rose smelled like before she was born. Probably she saved your life. Maybe that’s when you stop worrying about what shit costs and toss your debit card at the kid behind the register at Whole Foods instead of arguing about whether the sign under the broccolini says 2.49 or 2.99. Man, listen to me, it’s 2.49 because I swore to myself as much as I want broccolini next to my roasted chicken thighs, 2.99 is too much for an honest man to pay. It’s possible I wouldn’t go to three different stores to save a few bucks on tomatoes. Maybe I wouldn’t pocket two twigs of rosemary because that’s all I need and I’m not paying two-change for a whole box. Maybe when the road levels off and looks flat for a hundred miles all the way to the horizon, maybe that’s when you stop pushing the limits of the return policy. You might not bother explaining to the young man, earnest and concerned, that the overpriced shrimp you bought tasted like soap. You wouldn’t demand your money back even though you ate them all and probably shit them out by then. But, fuck it, a few of them were soapy and it ruined the sauce of garlic and good oil I cooked them in. Ruined my night, if you want the truth. But I might still do it, even then with the world in the palm of my hand, because there’s something tidy about taking a policy literally. If you’re disappointed in any way (ANY WAY!), we’ll refund your dough. Clearly these policy-makers haven’t met me. Maybe if I had a job and the cutest kid in school, who looks up at me with my own eyes, I wouldn’t delight so much in telling my friends about the fancy beer on perpetual sale at the liquor store in Central Square where the bums stumble in to buy their nips of Fireball cinnamon whiskey. It’ll ring up for 14.99, oh you can count on that, but there’s an old sign up high in the back that says: 11.69. The workers are too lazy to get the ladder from the storeroom and take the sign down, so I call them on it and get it for 11.69. Every time. It’s not much, but it adds up. It’s not nothin’ as my old dad might say. Sensible people say so. And don’t forget the tax. Tax is a killer. Don’t get me started on the tax.

[Photograph: 99 Cent by Andreas Gursky, 1999]

anonymous asked:

Okay so maybe the restrooms thing is a matter of the store? The men's restroom at the pharmacy I work at is always fucking GROSS and the women's room almost always clean beyond a few piece of toilet paper on the floor.

ok so literally no one asked but !!!

my headcanon for why benny buys two different newspapers:

  • so he gets the daily news and the post 
  • (he also gets a milky way and his boss’s second coffee. the first bit is relevant later)
  • i firmly believe that benny doesnt even like the daily news (or milky ways for that matter)
  • he enters the store one day and hes really only there because he has a crush on usnavi. he doesnt need anything and didnt think through a reason as to why he’d show up there
  • that’s all fine until usnavi goes “so what do you need?” 
  • and benny just grabs a candy bar and the first newspaper he sees as though thats what he came here for
  • usnavi remembers his order the next time benny comes in and it becomes his usual
  • benny learns to love milky ways
  • he still only reads the post though. he actually kinda hates the daily news.
More Tiny Tamatoa Headcanons #2

Tamatoa is not a picky eater. Healthy food, junk food it doesn’t matter. The food would have to be either rotten or very disgusting for him to not want to eat it. He is also a ravenous glutton. He is always hungry and will often make late night snack raids into the kitchen. He will also always ask you to buy him snacks when you two are out shopping. And if he has a particular hankering for something that’s not in the house he will make you go out and buy it for him either at the convenience store or grocery store. No matter how late it is. And because food is so important to him he rarely shares it with anyone. And that’s how you know be likes (loves) you. He is willing to share his food with you.
Large Retail Stores: Start carrying binders for pre-operation transgender youth

Many members of the FTM transgender community face crippling gender dysphoria because of the size of their chests and the presence of female breasts. This problem is something that can be absolutely detrimental to someone’s confidence and actually have a negative impact on their life, but luckily, can usually be stopped altogether by having expensive surgery. Unfortunately, not all people have the ability to pay for such surgery, which is where chest binders come in. A chest binders is a type of specially made compression shirt that reduces the appearance of female breasts but still remains safe, making daily life for these individuals bearable. The problem resides in the fact that these products are unavailable in most stores and can only be bought on specialty websites online. Kids that are in need of these products don’t always have a way to purchase these things over the Internet, forcing them to participate in various methods of unsafe binding such as bandaging their chests in ace wrap or even duct tape which can cause irreversible damage to their lungs or even death. It’s important for large retailers like Target, Walmart or Kohls to start carrying binders so members of the transgender youth can have the comfort and safety that they deserve and the ability to freely be themselves.


I don’t usually post things like this, but this is the condition of the fish at my local Walmart. I remember seeing this as a child and crying to my mom to save them all. After a while this inhumane treatment of fish was normalized for me.

I implore you to make a rating or comment to your local Walmart if you see these conditions. I’m making complaints to corporate and would love support for this issue. If you do comment or make a rating please do so with the hashtag #fishmatter

Please share this message, let’s stop this!!!

  • *Genos waits outside of the store as Saitama runs inside quick*
  • Sonic: *walks up* what's the matter, tin man? Store have a metal detector?
  • Genos: *staring out at the road* No, I would not activate a metal detector. My features are too advanced. Such as the feature I have to locate sacks of garbage for my daily cleaning chores *looks over to Sonic as his scanners beep* located
  • Sonic: *scowls*

Michael wouldn’t take buying baby clothes for his best friend’s new arrival all too seriously, ignoring the small looks of hope and expectation you were giving him through the entire store, praying that he’d catch on and want to follow Ashton’s footsteps and become a dad. According to your husband, babies were crying, restless, attention seeking poop machines and honestly he couldn’t even wait to leave the store. However as he turned the corner after wandering away from you, he noticed you cradling a tiny baby in your arms, clutching the little body close to your chest and cooing at the little bundle to keep them entertained while their mother - your best friend who you had met briefly whilst shopping - went to pay at the checkout. Michael would feel odd, just not quite himself as he watched you interact with the baby dressed in a big thick winter coat nearly double their own size, before handing them back over to their mum with a look of adoration and longing on your face before you shake your head, most likely answering your friend’s question surrounding the topic of ‘any talk of a baby Clifford?’; ‘No, I don’t think he ever will want one.’ The devastated look on your face turned him sick with guilt and regret, and the tiny pair of striped newborn socks he’d had curled up in his hand to fidget with for the duration of his time in the store soon became a sign of what was to come, as he walked towards the checkout with every intention of buying the teeny patterned garments smaller than his own pinky finger, his first step in trying to prove to you that he could make you the happiest baby mama in the world.


Apple has long touted the power and design of its devices, but recently the world’s most valuable company has been emphasizing another feature: privacy. That’s no small matter when many users store important private data on those devices: account numbers, personal messages, photos.

Apple CEO Tim Cook talks to NPR’s Robert Siegel about how the company protects its customers’ data, and how it uses — or doesn’t use — that information.

On Apple’s recent emphasis on customer privacy

We do think that people want us to help them keep their lives private. We see that privacy is a fundamental human right that people have. We are going to do everything that we can to help maintain that trust. …

Our view on this comes from a values point of view, not from a commercial interest point of view. Our values are that we do think that people have a right to privacy. And that our customers are not our products. We don’t collect a lot of your data and understand every detail about your life. That’s just not the business that we are in.

Apple CEO Tim Cook: ‘Privacy Is A Fundamental Human Right’

Photo: Ariel Zambelich/NPR

18 Foods You Can Scrimp On At The Grocery Store

Buying store brand foods is the way to go when saving money. Here, we provide you those items that taste just the same no matter store or name brand.  

It’s OK to Buy Generic

If you’re trying to win brownie points in taste and texture by purchasing name brand items only, you’re really just losing money and not helping the flavor of your dishes. If you’ve stuck to name brand items only in the past, break away today and start buying generic brands so you can save your grocery budget for specialty items and organic produce.

Follow along as we debunk these pantry staples to start shopping smarter today. 

Source: Cooking Light

1. Sugar

Store brand is just fine. 


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2. Whole and Ground Spices

Store brands deliver plenty of aroma and flavor. 

Source: Cooking Light

3. Block Cheese

If you’re not buying artisanal cheese, go for the cheapest option. 

Source: Cooking Light

4. Precut produce

Buy whole fruits and veggies and slice them yourself to avoid the nearly 40% markup. 

Source: Cooking Light

5. Nuts

Buy in bulk, and store extras in the freezer for up to 9 months. 

Source: Cooking Light

6. Tomato Paste

Because most recipes use little more than a tablespoon or two, it’s practically impossible to tell the difference between premium paste and less expensive options in finished dishes. 

Source: Cooking Light

7. Fresh Herbs

Buy combo packages, sometimes labeled “poultry mix,” that give you smaller amounts of several herbs to avoid waste. 

Source: Cooking Light

8. Milk

Now that most supermarket store brands have eliminated growth hormone (check labels to be sure), there’s no need to splurge on organic or name brand.

Source: Cooking Light

9. Canned Beans

Any difference you might notice is lost in the rinsing and draining. 

Source: Cooking Light

Brown Rice and Other Whole Grains

No quality drop-off in cheaper bulk offerings. 

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11. Bagged Lettuces

Store brands are just as good and often on sale. 

Source: Cooking Light

12. Popcorn Kernels

Cheaper brands pop and taste about the same as premium kernels. They keep for as long as a year, so buy in bulk and store in airtight containers. 

Source: Cooking Light

13. Table Salt

No real difference in taste or size of grain among brands. 

Source: Cooking Light

14. Panko

You’ll get the crisp crumbs regardless of brand.

Source: Cooking Light

15. Neutral Cooking Oils

Canola, vegetable, and safflower—they’re flavorless. Buy cheap. 

Source: Cooking Light

16. Cooking Spray

All that matters is that it lubricates the pan, which they all do. 

Source: Cooking Light

17. White Vinegar

The most fundamental of vinegars, what matters here is its 5% acidity level. While taste does indeed vary among brands of other vinegars, such as white and red wine, balsamic, and sherry, white vinegars are consistent.

Source: Cooking Light

18. Dried Beans and Lentils

Just as with rice and whole grains, you’re fine to go with cheap bags here.  

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New Year’s Eve Style for Men

What to wear for every type of celebration

Do you have your plans for New Years Eve secured or you’re just going to lay low? No matter what’s in store, step into 2015 in a stylish new get-up. From a dressy club night to an outdoor adventure, see four looks for every type of celebration below. 

Club Night

If you bought tickets to a New Year’s Eve celebration and you’re ready to party all night, dress the part! Put some effort into your look and enter the New Year in a sleek outfit. Make sure you wear a blazer and button-up (at some clubs, it’s a requirement), and pair it with a nice pair of black jeans and dress shoes. 

Black Ultra Skinny Suit Jacket

Jack & Jones Concealed Button Down Shirt With Collar Bar

Black Skinny Jeans

Men’s Polka Dot Socks

Tokyo Leather Monk-Strap Shoes

Dinner Date

If you’re being more on the mellow side and having a nice dinner with your loved one, keep it simple and sophisticated. Wear a modern overcoat, classic button-up, slim jeans and leather boots - nice socks are always a plus too! 

Knit Collar Shirt

High Slim

Okita Coat

Micro Square Socks

Sebago Tremont Chukka Boots

Cozy Night In

If you’re a family guy or don’t really like all the New Year’s Eve crowds (we get it!), stay comfy in the doors of your own home in something warm and lounge-worthy. Light a fire, put on your Netflix and look good while you do it.

Mr. Invisible

Feeder Stripe LS Tee

‘Bruswick’ Herringbone Jogger Pants

Bjarki Blend Socks

'Alpine’ Slipper (Men)

Outdoor Adventure

If you want to start the New Year off with a clear mind in nature, we have just the look for you. Head to the woods in an explorer jacket, cable knit sweater, blue jeans and hiking boots with wool socks. 

Explorer Jacket

Men Heavy Gauge Cable Crew Neck Sweater

Levi’s Vintage Jeans 1966 501 Selvage Customised Slim Tapered New Rinse

Bertel 6” Boots

Hansker Sock

  • Store Guy: I'm going to have to ask you to tell the kids to leave their scooters outside, sir.
  • Me: I don't really think it's appropriate for me to discipline them.
  • Store Guy: Well, that's a discussion for you and your family, but I still have to ask you to tell them, or you'll have to leave.
  • Me: I really think it's a matter for you.
  • Store Guy: Look, tell them or put down your shopping and leave.
  • Me: Okay, I guess. Hey, kids: leave your scooters at the entrance way!
  • Kids: *weeping*
  • Kids' Mother: Who the hell do you think you are?
  • Me: This gentleman informed me that if I did not discipline the kids he would ask me to leave.
  • Store Guy: I did.
  • Me: He wasn't in the mood to discuss it.
  • Store Guy: I was not.
  • Me: So I couldn't tell him they weren't my kids.
  • Kids' Mother: *bursts out laughing*
  • Store Guy: What?
  • Me: I did try. Can I go now?
  • Store Guy: Um. Yes. *goes to move away*
  • Kids' Mother: [To Store Guy] Oh, hey there, cowboy, you ain't remotely finished with this conversation.
  • Me: *hides behind the chocolate counter*

See this monster. This is not an algea eater, no matter what the pet store tells you.

This is what’s known as a common pleco. It’s an 18" fish with the bioload of 4 full grown fancy goldfish. They come from river systems where there is clean cooler, highly oxygenated water. They also have all the food they need. They are omnivores and scavengers. They eat algea yes, but they can’t live off it. They require protine too. This protine in the wild comes from hunting smaller fish, scavenging dead creatures in the river, and when they’re small worms and other aquatic insects. They are a strong fish that deserves much more respect than being an easy cleanup crew. If you want this animal and want to provide the best care possible you need to provide 75+ gallons per pleco a juvenile okay with half up that up to 4",no smaller. A well filtered tank with a current and oxygen transfer. They should only be paired with medium fish that are non aggressive but can handle themselves. They also need to be provided a vast diet that meets all their needs.

There is no upgrading as the fish grows. The damage of the small tank is already done. Stunting is when the body grows too slowly, often the organs still grow though resulting in complications and early death or deformity. Please respect these beautiful giants.


Yesterday I was at the mall and no matter what store I walked in there was something with pineapple on it! So my little sister knows that I’m obsessed with Psych and she was there when all this started. And every time she saw something pineapple-y she would run with it to me and yell, “LOOK, ANOTHER ONE” and certainly that drew attention. I guess they were all thinking that I’m just madly in love with pineapples!