This lovely stone via reddit user Smartstocks. Comments say this is a type of Chalcedony, a type of quartz that is composed of only microcrystalline SiO2. The darker stuff is an immiscible material, so when it was cooling the SiO2 would not bond with it. This is usually on oxide mineral. It is a volcanic rock also.


Dinosaur bone as gemstones

The cellular structure of the bone is clearly visible, picked out in various colours of agate that replaced it during the fossilisation process (the study of which is called taphonomy). Found in parts of the western USA amongst others, the beautiful hues of the iron oxides and replacement of different parts of the bone by varying layers of silica, that probably started as a gel before crystallising into the tiny crystals that characterises this microcrystalline quartz. Study of fossils like this has demonstrated that some dinosaurs have structures usually found in warm blooded animals, settling what had been a long standing debate, while their popularity in the gem market is ever increasing, not surprising when nature gives us such beauty.


Image credit: Jessa Dow-Anderson

How To: At-Home Nonsurgical Nosejob

As all of my followers know, I have despised my nose for the past 7 years. Rhinoplasty is expensive, and as a student, I don’t have time to work and balance classes. Nonsurgical nose jobs are much less expensive ($700-$1000 USD, as opposed to $5000 to $9000 for a rhinoplasty). However, I don’t have $1000 to spare at the moment either. I remembered reading a book once many years ago. My aunt is a choreographer, and so she had a bookshelf filled with books concerning dance, theater, costume design, and theatrical makeup. I’ve had a fascination with makeup for as long as I can remember. This old book (I believe published over 40 years ago), showed so many amazing techniques that stage actors use to change the appearance of their face to better suit their character. These people use products that the common makeup fanatic may not have even heard of (though special effects makeup artists are probably familiar with): materials like liquid latex, spirit gum, and- nose putty. In this book there contained before and after pictures from the use of nose putty. Nose putty was used to make a convex nose appear concave, a small nose appear larger, a large nose appear smaller, a short nose appear longer, a long nose appear shorter, to correct a crooked nose, and so on. It was so versatile. Now, I remembered this years later because the idea of nose putty is essentially the same as the nonsurgical nose job: adding material to create a more pleasing shape and the illusion of a smaller nose. Now, you may be able to find nose putty sold at a theatrical shop, and I’m sure there are places to order it online. However, since I’m not one for delayed gratification, I decided to look up if there was a way to create my own. Sure enough- on a special effects makeup site, there was a recipe! And all of the materials (a whopping 2) I had just laying around my house! You will need: petroleum jelly (aka Vaseline) and flour. (Note: I found another recipe that used petroleum jelly and microcrystalline wax, but I did not have the wax available). I gathered a small scoop of vaseline, and coated it in flour, kneaded it, coated it in more flour- until it had a soft but moldable consistency. I then applied it to my nose in the places that I observed seemed to be injection sites in nonsurgical nosejobs. This meant the “nose putty” was applied to the space between my eyes, right above the slight bump in my nose. I applied it first as a ball, and then carefully smoothed out the edges and molded it until it looked convincing (this may take practice, but this is now a part of my daily makeup routine and doesn’t take more than 3-5 minutes). The material mimics the appearance of human flesh so incredibly well. The color is close to a natural skin-color, but perhaps a little yellow. So I add some face powder over it to match it to the color of the rest of my skin (I do not suggest applying concealer or liquid foundation over it, as I did not have great results with this. The liquid didn’t stay put, and made the noseputty appear shiny, as well as oxidized to a strange orange color). Even up close, no one should be able to tell you have like an extra half-centimeter of material on your face. The only problems I’ve encountered have been that like all other makeup, this requires touchups. It gets a little too shiny (I’m assuming because it’s Vaseline), so after a handful of hours, I just lightly press some more flour to the surface. You’ll need to play around with this technique. Research nonsurgical nosejobs and try to locate a “before” nose that resembles yours, and pay attention to where the injections were placed. That’ll be your inspiration on where to apply the noseputty. I’ll make a video on exactly how I apply it later on. Hope this helps! 


Figuration is one of the oldest art forms, but it is continually evolving, reflecting contemporary concepts of human identity. Figurative art responds to technical innovations like printing, photography and digital reproduction, but the ancient craft of rendering the figure renews itself with each subsequent generation. The artists featured in UNREALISM work within the figurative canon without becoming academic. They are able to make a venerable tradition in art completely of our time.

The exhibition is on view for the duration of Art Basel Miami Beach, through December 6, 2015, 7pm ET at The Moore Building in the Miami Design District.
Image: Urs Fischer, Zhou Yinghua, 2014, paraffin wax, microcrystalline wax, encaustic pigment, oil paint, steel, and wicks, 73 × 21 ¾ × 20 inches (185.4 × 55.2 × 50.8 cm) , ed. of 2 © Urs Fischer. Photo by Ali Walker

Etude House Zero Sebum✓

Etude House has launched a new collection called ‘Zero Sebum’  which is designed for people suffering from oily skin. This new collection contains three new products: drying powder, matte gel and white sebum clear. 

I was pretty exciting seeing that Etude House has released a new range targeting people with oily skin. After I stopped my skin medication my skin became oily again, and it becomes a huge pain during the summer. Out of this range I’m most interested in the powder since its something you can put over your make up to set it and prevent oiliness. 

I love the packaging for this product, a very clean and simple design which looks cute like any other Etude House products. 

Etude House White Sebum Clear 15 ml 

It helps to melt white sebum on the nose and chin area.

Price: 11,000 KRW

Ingredients: water, glycerin, glycolic acid, mangifera indica (mango) seed butter, butylene glycol, sodium lactate, di-c12-13 alkyl malate, squalane, octydodecyl myristate, tromethamine, cetyl alcochol, glyceryl stearate, limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, peg-75 stearate, plankton extract, gossypium herbaceum (cotton) extract, acetylglucosamine, beta-glycan, cellulose gum, microcrystalline cellulose, dimethicone, steareth-20, xanthan gum, ethylhexylglycerin, propanediol, ceteth-20, disodium edta, phenoxyethanol

Analysis of the ingredients

I’m guessing 'white sebum’ is just another term for 'white heads’ (correct me if I’m wrong) and whiteheads are essentially formed when excess oil clogs up your pores. From this product’s before and after picture it looks like it gets rid of her white heads and reduce the size of her pores. 

Zero Sebum- All day matte gel 65 ml

Removes sebum oil for all-day matte looking skin.

Price: 10,000 KRW 

Ingredients: water, ethanol, methylpropanediol, betaine, sodium polyacrylate, pentylene glycol, peg/ppg-17/6 copolymer, piper methysticum leaf/root/stem extract, portulaca oleracea extract, pueraria thunbergiana extract, glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) extract, paeonia albiflora extract, cnidium officinale extract, origanum vulgare leaf extract, chamaecyparis obtusa leaf extract, salix alba (willow) bark extract, ulmus davidiana extract, lactobacillus/soybean ferment extract, cinnamomum cassia extract, amaranthus caudatus seed extract, scutellaria baicalensis extract, gossypium herbaceum (cotton) extract, soluble collagen, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, hydrogenated lecithin, citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil, citrus limon (lemon) peel oil, eucalyptus globulus leaf oil, pinus sylvestris leaf oil, citrus aurantifolia (lime) oil, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil, sodium hyaluronate, butylene glycol, ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/vp copolymer, ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-hexanediol, disodium edta, methyl methacrylate crosspolymer, hydroxypropyl starch phosphate, xanthan gum, plankton extract, fragrance

Zero Sebum Drying Powder 6g

Provides a clear skin without dryness or flakiness.

Price: 6,500 KRW

Ingredients: silica, mica, caprylic/capric triglyceride, hydroxyapatite, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, methicone, citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil, citrus limon (lemon) peel oil, eucalyptus globulus leaf oil, pinus sylvestris leaf oil, citrus aurantifolia (lime) oil, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil, origanum vulgare leaf extract, chamaecyparis obtusa leaf extract, salix alba (willow) bark extract, lactobacillus/soybean ferment extract, portulaca oleracea extract, cinnamomum cassia extract, scutellaria baicalensis extract, gossypium herbaceum (cotton) extract, 1,2-hexanediol, isoceteth-10, glyceryl caprylate, water, butylene glycol, saccharide isomerate, phenoxyethanol  

As shown in the picture above the product can be used over your eyelids, your t-zone area and even your hair! I’m pretty impressed by how it matified the model’s oily hand in the picture above.

There isn’t been much information out about this collection yet so I will update this post if more information is released. Is anyone interested in this collection?  

Multiflavoured candy crystal

Colour zoning in minerals is a complex business, reflecting changes in the chemistry of the mother ichor as other minerals crystallise and the saturation level of different colouring elements at various times during growth. What we see are the residual colours, once the various electrons (or lack of) in the outer shells of the metallic pigments have absorbed wavelengths from the white light entering them.

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So I was thinking about Jasper’s “overcooked runt” comment about Amethyst, and like - gems’ humanoid forms are illusory and Amethyst’s particularly skilled with shapeshifting (and therefore Amethyst is probably small because she wants to be/believes she should be, not because something’s wrong with her) and Amethyst’s gem isn’t substantially smaller than the others’. For that matter, I’m pretty sure her gem is bigger than Jasper’s. But it’s unlikely that Jasper could know Amethyst personally, so there must be something about her that’s obviously nonstandard to another gem.

Several people have pointed out that Amethyst and Jasper look somewhat physically similar, and that mundane amethysts and jaspers are both forms of quartz.

I think “overcooked” might be the important word - generally speaking, the larger and better defined crystals a mineral has, the slower it forms. What if for some reason, microcrystalline quartzes are better suited as soldiers, and whatever aspect of Homeworld bureaucracy controls the kindergartens simply chooses not to cultivate many crystalline quartzes? 

If that’s the case, Jasper would almost certainly be aware of that policy, being a microcrystalline quartz herself. And with how proud and combative Jasper is, she probably relates to crystalline quartzes in one of two ways. If they’re seen as inherently inferior, she looks down on them with a good deal of contempt. If there are fewer of them because the ones that are cultivated are groomed for more prestigious or important positions, Jasper probably resents them.*

In either case, she’s probably making the (possibly very safe) assumption that a young Amethyst running around essentially unsupervised on a planet with a defunct kindergarten wasn’t intended to be an Amethyst at all. I think Jasper may believe - and may be correct in believing - that our Amethyst was intended to be some variety of agate or other chalcedony (jaspers are usually red or brown or occasionally green, not purple), and some irregularity in her cultivation allowed her to form one or more well-defined crystals instead.

*(As a slight aside: if crystalline quartzes are more elite than microcrystalline quartzes, it’s possible that even if Rose wasn’t royalty the way that some people theorize, she could still have been an important general or colonial governor of some kind.)

Sardonyx theory time!

Okay so, since Steven Bomb 3.0 was announced earlier, lots of theories have popped up regarding who Sardonyx might be. The options we seem to have are that she’s either a fusion (most likely between Jasper and Peridot or Garnet and Pearl), that she’s a new homeworld gem, or, the theory I personally favour:

She’s a finished cluster.

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For Your Consideration: The Centipeetle-Emerald Theory

So for the past few days I have been thinking about Steven Universe and how after over a hundred episodes we still have seen no Emeralds nor even a hint of foreshadowing of their existence. Enter my thoughts on Centipeetle.

I didn’t read anyone else’s theories before crafting my own, so for all I know this whole thing is Slowbro. Click through for a long ugly post with lots of stolen images and rambling!

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Kiki Smith
Untitled, 1990
Beeswax and microcrystalline wax figures on metal stands Female figure: 641/2 x 17 3/8 x 15 1/4”; male figure: 69 7/16 x 20 1/2 x 17” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York Purchase, with funds from the Painting and Sculpture Committee Photograph © 1998 Whitney Museum of American Art
© Kiki Smith, 1998

Tramadol Hydrochloride

Uses: Pain, anxiety, etc
Side A Imprint: 319
Side B Imprint: (blank)
Strength: 50 mg’s
Color: White
Shape: Round
Availability: Prescription only.
Drug Class: Narcotic Analgesics
Pregnancy Category: C - Risk cannot be ruled out.
CSA Schedule: 4 - Some potential for abuse.
Manufacturer: Zydus Pharmaceuticals
National Drug Code (NDC): 68382-0319
Inactive Ingredients:

  • Lactose Anhydrous
  • Silicon Dioxide Colloidal
  • Hypromellose
  • Magnesium Stearate
  • Microcrystalline Cellulose
  • Polyethylene Glycol
  • Polysorbate 80
  • Sodium Starch Glycolate type A Potato
  • Titanium Dioxide