no such thing as a free makeover

25 No/Low Cost Self Care Acts

1. Have a drink from your favourite cup/mug. Coffee. Tea. Hell, even plain water is nicer when it’s in your fave mug (and you’re probably dehydrated rn so get on that). Allow yourself the couple of minutes to drink it in entirety.

2. Visit the library. Seriously. Nothing says quiet me time like the quiet couches and a novel in a library.

3. Look up some topics on iTunes U and read up on them. You’ll feel accomplished when you learn about a new scholarly topic.

4. Check over your resumé. Anything need to be updated or polished? Do that now, it can come in handy if an opportunity comes knocking.

5. Call a beloved family member or close friend. I just called my aunt for the first time in a little while and honestly you feel a lot lighter and a lot warmer.

6. Listen to ASMR, Binaural Beats, or guided meditation. There’s ASMR and meditation videos on youtube for pretty much any need– general relaxation, reassurance, mock spa days…

7. Volunteer at the local animal shelter. Volunteering is proven to make you feel better about yourself, petting animals helps lower your blood pressure, and nothing compares to the love and gratitude from a dog or cat.

8. Randomly browse Wikipedia or WikiHow. Clicking the random article is always an adventure– probably a laughable one, but you might learn something new.

9. Clean out your closet. It’ll feel like a lot of weight is off your shoulders, and you can sell or donate pieces that are still in good shape.

10. Write out a list of things you like about yourself. It can be tricky at first, but write down whatever comes to mind, even though it may seem trivial. Put the list away for times when you are being too hard on yourself, or need some self love.

11. Movie night. Obviously. Netflix, Hulu, library… A lot of thrift and secondhand stores often have really cheap DVDs. Re-watch your faves, allow yourself a guilty pleasure, or choose something that looks laughably awful.

12. Have a bonfire. Check your local fire codes beforehand, first. A bonfire or a fire pit is extremely soothing, especially wrapped up in a blanket.

13. Meal Plan/Prep. You’re probably going to be cooking anyway, so setting aside a day or half a day to prep meals ahead of time helps free the rest of your schedule.

14. At-Home spa day. Wash your hair. Trim your nails. Soak your feet. Exfoliate.

15. Write letters. Especially to your grandparents if you’re emotionally close– it will make them feel really loved.

16. Sleep in or nap. No explanation needed.

17. Bake cookies or make eggless cookie dough. One serving of edible cookie dough uses only spoonfuls of ingredients you probably have at home.

18. Wash your pillowcases and linens. This is especially good if you’re like me and the depression is real. Washing sheets gets neglected but the feeling of fresh sheets makes everything suck a little bit less.

19. Forgive yourself. Acknowledge that past mistake that’s been eating you alive and accept the fact that you can’t change the past. You’re still growing, still learning.

20. Keep a happiness journal. Before bed, write three things that made you smile that day. Life won’t seem all that bad, and it’s a good way to de-stress.

21. Shamelessly sing and dance along to music you enjoy. That song you would TOTALLY kill on lip sync battle? Own it.

22. If you like makeup/skincare, go to your local sephora or drugstore that has a beauty section. Sephora does free mini makeovers if it’s not busy. At the drugstore makeup counter, ask the beauty questions that you’ve wanted answers to.

23. Remember to say “no.” Declining to do a favour or go on an outing you can’t currently justify or afford does not make you a bad person. It means you have boundaries and deserve respect.

24. Watch some game shows. Lots of channels have them, and there’s plenty of compilations on youtube.

25. Let it out in writing. Sometimes having it all out in black and white can make solutions easier to realize.

I believe in you all! Remind yourself that you’re a good person, and a bad bitch 💕

how to do prom on a budget

Because not everyone can afford to spend a ridiculous amount of money on one high school dance, but that absolutely does not mean that you can’t enjoy your evening to the fullest. 

  • Your prom dress definitely does not have to cost several hundred dollars. Amazon.com has some really nice formal dresses, and most of them are in the $50-100 range! (I know there are other websites specifically for discount prom dresses, but in my experience Amazon has better quality and lower prices. Plus prime shipping can be a lifesaver if you’re in a rush.)
  • And if fifty bucks is still out of your price range (and I know that it is for a lot of people), check your local thrift stores. Second-hand prom dresses sell for a fraction of their original price, and they’ve usually only been worn once or twice. Seriously, I got my first prom dress at a thrift store; it was a very pretty, very well-made dress, and I payed $15 for it. Check. Thrift. Stores. 
  • Or, if you just don’t like second-hand clothes or if you couldn’t find anything good in the thrift stores, check Ross or a similar store. (Ross is just what we have in my hometown.) They usually stock some formal dresses around prom season, and they’re almost all in the $20-30 range. I’ve gone to formal events in dresses from Ross before, and they hold up really well and look great in pictures.
  • All of the stores I just mentioned are also really good places to get shoes, jewelry, ect. to go with your dress. Even stores like Walmart and Target might be good places to look for shoes, bags, and other accessories. And definitely check your own wardrobe – you might already own stuff that will look good with your dress. (I’ve worn the same pair of heels to, like, three different proms at this point tbh.) 
  • Get a dress that fits you well without alterations. Seriously, tailors are so pricey – you’ll probably end up paying several times more for alterations than you did for the dress itself. You’ll save yourself a lot of money if you just buy a dress that already fits and looks good. 
  • Do your own hair and makeup. There are approximately two billion “prom hair and makeup” tutorials on YouTube – find one that you like and practice it a couple of times before the big night. 
  • And if you aren’t confident enough to do it yourself, call in a friend for help. I’m totally useless when it comes to hair, but my best friend is a hair genius. We would always get ready for dances together, and we’d do a trade-off; she’d do my hair for me, and I’d help her with her makeup, and then we’d both go to the dance looking amazing. It’s a good system, and makes getting ready a lot more fun.
  • Or, if you don’t want to do your own makeup and don’t have a friend you can ask, a lot of department stores that have makeup counters (Macy’s, Belk, ect.) will do free makeovers, even if you don’t buy any of the products! I had a friend in high school who always got her makeup done at Belk for school dances. I don’t like trusting a stranger to do my makeup, but it is an option if you want to get it done professionally without spending a lot of money. (MAC and Sephora both do “free” makeovers, but only if you make a $50 purchase first, so probably not the best option if you’re trying to save money. Always make sure that the makeover service really is free before you sit down in the makeup chair.)
  • Also, you absolutely do not have to wear dramatic makeup or complicated hairstyles to prom if you don’t want to. If bold makeup isn’t your thing, you can just do mascara and a little bit of lip gloss. If you don’t want to spend two hours on your hair, just wear it down, or pin it up in a really simple bun, or whatever works for you. You don’t even have to wear a dress if you don’t want to – if renting a tux is more your speed, then rent a tux. Feeling comfortable and confident in how you look is more important than following trends. 
13 Going on 30 (Part 3)

Summary: When your 13th birthday party goes awry, and you make a life changing wish - you wake up to discover you’ve flash forwarded 17 years ahead. 

Word Count: 1,719.

A/N: This part was super fun to write! Hope you enjoy, and feedback would be greatly appreciated. (also can we take a moment to appreciate this beautiful gif)

@spidweeb - you’re a gem, and thank you so much for always being a great help.

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Loki Deaths/Rebirths 2004-2015

Just for comparison’s sake. Apologies in advance for not putting this under a cut! Or for leaving out certain details as I wanted to keep the summaries brief.

2004 - Thor vol 2 #85 - Loki Death (along with everyone else)

With the end of Asgard at hand, thanks to you-know-who, Thor cuts the threads of the god’s fates, attempting to free his people from the endless cycle of repeat storylines Ragnaroks and finally give them proper peace in death. Shockingly, it doesn’t quite last.

2007 - Thor vol 3 #5 - Physical Rebirth (in Sif’s stolen body)

Thor wakes up from a long nap, informed that he’s needed on Earth and that all his fellow gods currently exist within mortals there. Possessing the Odinforce, Thor now has the ability to free them from these people, and does so very carefully until lil brother figures out how to screw up his plans.



2008 - Thor vol 3 #12 - Physical Rebirth (in his own body, with a makeover)

Loki needs help to screw around with past events, but can’t do such things in Sif’s body, so he enlists the help of sometimes-daughter-Hela to restore his old body back.

(Take note of the burning & fire themes here, because they’ll become a reoccurring presence.)

Of course, Loki will not switch to using this new body regularly for a few more issues. (Poor Sif.. :(  )



2010 - Siege #4 - Death

Attempting to save Asgard from trouble that he started, Loki is destroyed by the Void. Whether accidental or intentional (since he just got done signing a ‘Get out of Hel free’ deal with Hela) is still open to debate, but one thing for certain is that his brand new body is most definitely destroyed.

2011 - Thor #616 & #617 - Physical & Mental Rebirths

One quick storyline later, and with the threat of soul-devouring Disir at large, Thor is ready to bring Loki back. But, for whatever reason, (I personally think it happened because Thor was being nostalgic about his childhood with his brother, shortly before he summoned him) Loki is now a child. In both in appearance and memories.

2012 - Journey into Mystery #645 - Mental Death & Rebirth

To save billions of lives, Kid Loki needs to prevent Mephisto from using a fear crown which was created from his thoughts. A companion spirit, whom claims to be something akin to the original Loki, suggests that if Kid Loki allows him to take over his body, he will be erased from existence, rendering the fear crown useless.

Hence, this phantom spirit (aka Ikol, Loki-copy or eventual Aoa Loki) now exists within Kid Loki’s body.

2013 - Young Avengers #11 - Physical Rebirth

In order to aid the Young Avengers against an evil that he intentionally unleashed, (are we sensing another theme?) Loki states that he needs a power-upgrade in the form of an older body. One magic ritual later, courtesy of Billy Kaplan, and Loki has finally grown into a pair of horns.

The transformation seems intentionally a mirror copy of Siege Loki’s first appearance, right down to the green smoke. And there is physical burning occurring. Actually, the only time Loki has been reborn without fire is when Thor is involved. In those case, lightening is present instead.

2015 - Agent of Asgard #13 - Physical? &/or Mental? Rebirths…?

With guilt from the past and fear of what is to come, Loki is pressured to make a decision. Should he destroy himself once more or simply accept the role of the villain? Instead he chooses a third option. One towards additional changes.

Within his mental plane, he places the horns upon his head. This is quite contrary to the last visit within this realm, when he held the horned helmet against his chest in shame.

It is burning, just as his physical self is doing in real time. A moment later & Loki’s body appears to be obliterated. (or turned into a carpet stain, to quote King Loki)

8 months later, Loki’s lost his shoes and gloves, lowered his shirt, spiked his hair and still hasn’t gotten around to seeing a dentist. 

His memory appears faint, but the fact that he remembers where his best friend lives, is a hopeful sign. 

To be continued..?

Princess Annora

Originally posted by mulllered

Summary: The Solo/Skywalker family go on a family vacation to the happiest place on Earth. Overwhelmed with excitement, the littlest cousin Rey has the whole trip planned, including meeting the newest princess at the park. As the time comes to finally take her to meet this elusive character, Kylo is asked to accompany her. Reluctantly he takes his little cousin to see this princess, only to become enchanted himself.

A/N: I couldn’t get this out of my head after @primma-dona brought it up and totally fueled me with ideas and I needed a little something floofy to make me happier, haha, so here’s this! For reference, I made it so Rey is like 8 or so, and cred for the triplet AU goes to @knightsoforgana

Also please note I only gave the princess a name and a vague background story so it’s truly reader insert with whatever you would want to see that character as. Hope you enjoy!


The sun was shining down over the park, glistening against the roof tops of the various shops and the glorious castle. People were bustling through the space, covered in merchandise, ears of all fashions and colors engulfing the park, with smiles accompanying almost all of them. The atmosphere of joy and excitement could be felt in the air that carried the scents of various foods and thousands of voices and laughs.

Among the sea of people, the Solo-Skywalker family emerged before the grand sight of Cinderella’s castle. The smallest of the bunch, Rey, stopped in her steps as she gazed at the structure in all its wonder. Her eyes widened as her jaw slowly fell open, the amazement obvious in her expression. Looking down at her Luke smiled as he crouched down to her height.

“What do you think?”

Rey turned to him with an ecstatic grin, “I love it already!”

Luke patted her on the back as he stood back up, watching Rey charge forward towards the castle with her trio of buns bouncing with every step she took.

“Whoa, whoa, Rey wait for everyone else!”

Rey turned back, throwing her arms in the air dramatically with a somewhat serious expression on her face.

“We’re burning daylight dad!”

Luke shook his head with a sigh as Han approached him, patting him on the back with a smirk.

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Star Queen’s ~ Out of this World ~ Bachelorette Challenge

After much thought, I decided to do it!! While I have done a few in TS3, this is my very first attempt at a Bachelor/ette Challenge in TS4 ^__^ 

Star Queen was not born on this planet. Roughly a year ago, she awoke alone in an open field, surrounded by what everyone could only assume was a spacecraft of some sort. With no memory of who she is or what she came for, she had to pick up & start anew. In this time, she has adjusted quite well to our culture, though she still needs a bit of help from time to time ;) What she has not seemed to figure out, is where & how to meet Earth’s eligible love interests. Obviously, she needs someone who understands her situation & out of this world lineage!!

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Reasons why Hawk Moth is probably Ty Pennington
  • yell a lot
  • if u like one thing then suddenly u r that thing
    • Ty Pennington: well we heard you liked chocolate so we painted ur entire room with real chocolate, ur bed is made of chocolate, u have a six ft chocolate fountain as a decoration and it never runs out of chocolate also u now have sixteen regular sized refrigerators that look like chocolate bars and inside of them are more chocolate
    • Hawk Moth: Pattern Pop…. I see you like that piece of fabric… How would u like it if you could make everything fabric..? Live in a world of fabric and patterns and all u have to do is give me the miraculous….
  • the whole thing is pretty much free of charge and everyone in the community is part of the interaction

Welcome, one and all, to a very special episode of the Unions, entitled Eyes Wide Shut. No, we haven’t joined a sex cult (not for lack of trying as you will soon discover), I’m talking about my eyes, as this update is comprised entirely of shit that happened on free will while I was makeovering the dormies and not paying attention. I was about to type ‘big mistake’ but honestly, what thing about this family isn’t.

As seen above, Daniel and Gunther are still battling it out over the amazing honor of being Jojo’s #1 best bro. Having picked the genius strategy of pandering to Jojo’s violent tendencies, Gunther is slowly but surely edging Daniel out.

-Damn that std-riddled-almost-morning-after-pilled brat! Jojo is mine, I have seniority!

Ugh, wish I could help, Dan, but I see no way to win this short of letting Jojo murder you. A bond that can never be broken..

..unlike every other bond going on around here. I hear secret society bells! We’re coming, Ronroneo ❤

Aw, newly madeover dormie likes Gunther, how sweet! Well, sis, It’s your lucky day!

-Congratulations, babe, you’re the 200th insignificant rando to be into me! You win a quick view of my topless body and the opportunity to write my term paper while I ask out the hot goth chick next to you. No offense but that dog shirt freaks me out, traumatic pet childhood, you understand.. Can’t be dating people who remind me of my dad.

YOU HEAR THAT JOJO?

Gunther’s aspiration bar is about to hit the crapper so I briefly intervene to make sure the date with blue-meatballs-hair goes well. Things are heating up quickly as per us, dog shirt is writing our term paper in the background, all is well, and then Gunther puts his date down..

AND TURNS AROUND AND KISSES THIS RANDO. I took a look at Gunther’s panel and apparently he has already woohooed the rando at some unspecified point in time but this is the first time they kiss! Kids these days. But seriously who the fuck is this girl and WHERE WAS I. Even better, Meatballs has 0 reaction to this even though its happening smack down in the middle of their date. WELL ALRIGHT THEN

Oh nice, gross hippy also wants a piece of this. Get in line, bro, it’s kind of a busy day.

-Ugh fine BUT I’M NEXT. I DARE YOU BITCHES TO TRY AND STEAL MY TURN

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You guys istg I didn’t do this, this is all Gunther, still IN THE MIDDLE OF HIS DATE WITH BLUE MEATBALLS. WHO IS NOT ONLY FINE WITH IT BUT SEEMS TO BE ENJOYING IT. ACR IS FUCKED UP

-We have something that you’ll never understand ♡

SAY GOODBYE TO FREE WILL

-Ah, that was a pleasant break.. So where were we? Right, so Victor is like, the bully of the family, a massive asshole tbh but don’t tell Jojo I said so cause he loves him, go figure.. 

-SO DREAMY

-WHAT A GENTLEMAN 

WHAT IS GOING ON IN THIS DORM. And of course it’s a dream date! Meatballs, no offense, but you’re truly setting the bar for low standards.

-Ugh get with the times, grandma, spending an entire date without fucking at least two people? What is this, Victorian England? 

Yea but all you did was stand there smiling, homework in hand, and then get shooed off?

-IT’S CALLED MULTITASKING OK. GAWD

-EWW DID A TRAIN RUN OVER YOUR FACE BRO OR HASN’T IT BEEN INVENTED YET IN YOUR TIME PERIOD

LMAO oh man did gross hippy pick the wrong guy to pull this shit on. See you @ the pearly gates sis!

AT LAST, JUSTICE, as delivered by the heavy hand of the secret society lunatic who we’re not even friends with. Whatever, get him, girl!

-I’M GONNA SLAP THOSE SUNGLASSES RIGHT OFF YOU YOU WHORING TRASHBAG. DID OUR CHEAP RANDOM HALLWAY MAKE-OUT MEAN NOTHING TO YOU

-It meant the world to me, babe, do you have any idea how much I want to resurrect my cat??

-OH THAT SHIP HAS SAILED, ASSHOLE, NO UNION TRASH IS GETTING IN THE SOCIETY AS LONG AS I LIVE

Woah, woah, let’s not be hasty here, lunatic Vicki.. I mean if you being alive is the problem, there are ways to solve that. Meatballs, I take back everything, I see your value now.

-HA.

UGH. I HATE THIS DORM </3

…But at the end of the day, all that matters is the person sleeping next to you! In different but related news, I’m deleting and I won’t be missed.

QUICK LITTLE PSA THING: the vast majority or rph/t/c whatever are all in school/college/have jobs. So AS MUCH AS WE WOULD LOVE to be on photoshop 24/7, we can’t. Most of us want good grades in college/school. Almost all of us want to keep jobs we have cause we need paychecks ( some of that actually pays for photoshop… ) so all we ask is a little PATIENCE when it comes to doing requests. PLEASE don’t send us requests within a few days of sending us the request the first time. PLEASE DON’T send things to multiple RPHs ( also we are most likely going to be making resources from the same sort of things so what’s the point of having double of the same things )ALSO, these things take TIME. Making gif packs isn’t EASY. ( downloading content, giffing, colouring and then making sure it’s under 2mb so it works on tumblr ) Theme Makeovers aren’t as EASY as they look. ( colors, graphics, textures, pictures, fonts ) Icons aren’t as easy as they look ( gathering/making screencaps and then making sure that the colouring is good/doesn’t whitewash ) 

PLEASE have some patience as many RPH are doing this all for free and out of their free time. Patience is the least that you can give back. 

let’s ignore the shitty graphic b/c i wanna get this up as soon as possible so y’all got more time.

SO WHAT THE FUCK IS ALL THIS ABOUT?

for those of you who missed the little announcement on my dash, this coming monday (april 3, 2017) marks THREE YEARS since i first made this blog. i’m not going to go into some spasm about how i feel b/c y’all have heard it a thousand times, but i will just say this; i’m forever grateful for how far i’ve come with claire, and how much love you guys have given her. this blog means more to me than you could ever know.

so anyways, i always miss this anniversary, so since i remember this year, i wanted to do something special — and of course the only thing i can ever think of doing is a giveaway. but hey, i’m sure y’all won’t complain about getting some free shit, right?

WHAT THE FUCK DO YOU GET OUT OF IT?

i decided since it’s the three year anniversary, i’ll be gifting stuff out in threes! so the prizes are as follows:

  • three people will receive a ‘theme makeover’, which contains 1 theme background and aid with setting it up (tweaking the coding and whatnot)
  • three people will receive 250 icons of a fc of their choice, tailored to your liking in regards to size/shape. 
  • three people will receive a promo graphic in a style of your choice
  • three people will receive a new dash icon + mobile header

SO WHAT ARE THE FUCKING RULES?

  • obviously, you must be following me; new and old followers alike are welcome to enter!
  • if you unfollow right after, you’ll forfeit your prize. not to mention you’ll just be a giant dick, and not in the good way. 
  • only reblogs count. you’re welcome to reblog as many times as you’d like, but everyone will only be entered once (to allow for as many people as possible to receive a prize)
  • winners will be chosen by drawing names from a hat

GIVEAWAY ENDS AT APPROXIMATELY 10:00PM MST on APRIL 3, 2017. 

best of luck to everyone!

Avengers Grimm

Have you ever thought to yourself “Gee, I wonder what it would be like if fairy tale princesses formed a superhero team”?

The answer is amazing. For the record.

Imagine a world where Little Red Riding Hood is out to avenge her family at all costs, where Snow White’s husband gets fridged and she’s full of determination and womanpain. Imagine Cinderella inexplicably having purple hair. Imagine that Rapunzel attaches a miniature wrecking ball to the end of her hair and uses it to battle people. Imagine a world where ALL OF THESE LADIES PLUS SLEEPING BEAUTY FIGHT TOGETHER AND FIGURE SHIT OUT AND ARGUE AND GET VENGEANCE AND HAVE PLOT POINT MAKEOVERS AND SAVE THE WORLD WITH A FABULOUS SOUNDTRACK.

You do not need to imagine this world, because you can see it for yourselves.

It is streaming on Netflix and probably in other places of dubious legality, I don’t know friends, you do you. Feel free to ask me if you have any questions or hesitations (is it a little bit terrible? Yes. Are there warnings to keep in mind? Mostly mind-control related things, some characters death mostly of villains, feel free to ask me to expand), but I will do anything I can to enable people to watch this magical film.

anonymous asked:

idc about what she does or she doesnt do to her face but these things arent for free so if the girl is unemployed and if louis refuses to maintain anyone but the child then who is driving this plane

SAME.

i do not give a single fuck what anyone does to their appearance. i do care about the fact that WE ARE THE ONES PAYING FOR IT.

and that she’s getting a whole makeover off of money she ‘earned’ for faking a pregnancy and a child to forcibly closet a celebrity.

Clan Ith Giveaway: The Hoopla Hustle

A'ight, folks. This is it. The big 200. Clan Ith has no idea why so many of you have decided that our self-indulgent ramblings are worth perusing, but we thank you for your interest. In fact, we’ve decided to put together a little something to show our appreciation. Most categories are available to anyone, regardless of follower status.

Participants in the Hoopla Hustle will have a shot at walking away with one of a number of gift baskets. Let’s get started on category listing.

Ithspawn Kit and Caboodle

Several of you already have the spawn of Clan Ith in your lair. At this point, we feel it important to remind you that our zero refunds policy is still in effect.

Now, for the kit and caboodle package, we’d like you to know that the offerings are not set in stone. While this is the first clutch for those two coatls, Clan Ith would like to offer the alternative of first pick from a pairing of your choice. Even if the two dragons involved don’t typically have a breeding contract with eachother. Even if the two dragons would normally be perfectly happy to feast on one another’s entrails.

So, y'know. We’re advertising the coatl babies, but if there’s something else you’d like that is within Clan Ith’s power to produce, you’re free to go for that instead.

As for the food, we’re talking 1000 points of food of whatever variety your chosen hatchling eats.

The fluff is for the hatchling’s bedding. We hear other clans prefer to provide their young with this “comfort” thing, figured we’d give it a try.

Mama’s Makeover Box

Maybe you’re not after a new stranger. Maybe you’d prefer a new you. Don’t worry, Mama will make you pretty.

The winner of the makeover box will have their pick of scrolls with a total value in the neighborhood of 325k

That’s right, you could have six guardian scrolls. Six. Guardian. Scrolls. If that’s what tickles your fancy.

It tickles our fancy in all kinds of ways.

Spoils of War

Let’s be honest. Your hunting troupe’s been all kinds of worn out lately. It’s high time you let someone else step in and put a little food on the table.

Those interested in the Spoils of War package will receive a care package of food totaling 1500 points in each food type.

You’ll also get to pick any three familiars that drop in the coliseum, with the exception of a yeti. We don’t have one of those, so we can’t really offer one without paying an exorbitant price to nab it off of the auction house.

And you get a crown of bones.

Bones for the bone king.

Brand Loyalty Crate

This category is only available to those who were followers at the time of this giveaway’s posting.

I really do want to thank you for putting up with my nonsense clogging your dashboard. So keep it wild and start lookin’ fer booty.

RULES AND ENTRY CONDITIONS:

  • To enter, you can use a reblog, the ask/submit/fanmail options of tumblr, or Flight Rising’s mail system. Just fling the relevant information this way, we’ll sort it out.

  • As per the standard, we’ll need your username and number. If you’re participating via FR mail, you can omit this chunk.

  • List which prize packages you are most interested in, from greatest rabid desire to vaguest curiosity. Don’t worry about specific choices within a package, we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.

  • Recommend another FR blog to follow, and explain why you think said blog is the bee’s knees.

This giveaway will end on Sunday the 20th. The usual time (after rollover), with prizes dispensed as we can manage throughout the day.

Clan Ith thanks you for your continued interest in ethically questionable dragons.

MINI MAKEOVER: PERFECT LIPS

At Sephora, paying lip service is a good thing.

Most bold beauty looks aren’t for me. I’ve been wearing the same bronzer as a blush for years; I don’t have the badass attitude to convincingly pull off a strong eye look. But a bright lip? That I can do. I own so many lipsticks, glosses, and balms that my vanity shelf is literally starting to sag under my collection’s weight. However, I tend to only buy reds and pinks that fall under the same, purple-hued color spectrum. When I popped into Sephora for a free Mini Makeover, I was excited to have my beauty expert show me shades outside my comfort zone. BECKY PEDERSON

STEP ONE: PREP
“Regularly exfoliating your lips is like making an investment in our future make-out sessions,” I once explained to my boyfriend, who is completely confounded by the idea that lips require any attention beyond drugstore balms. With this in mind, my beauty expert, Claudiavel, scrubbed my kisser with Fresh Sugar Lip Polish so my lipstick wouldn’t pick up any dry skin flakes. To further smooth and hydrate, Claudiavel used Marc Jacobs Beauty Lip Lock Moisture Balm. I liked that the formula had SPF, and the subtle minty scent was a nice surprise.

STEP TWO: LINE
A crucial step to avoid feathering, Claudiavel prepped my lips using the MAKE UP FOR EVER Lip Line Perfector. She called this her go-to liner because it’s transparent, so you can use it with any lip product.

STEP THREE: LAYER
When I told her I wanted a red that wasn’t tinged with purple or blue, Claudiavel quickly pulled out an array of vibrant oranges. I settled on Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Kiss & Blush Lips & Cheeks in Orange Fougueux—sorry, sagging vanity shelf.

After she painted my lips from a tiny bead of color, I didn’t think my mouth could pop anymore, but Claudiavel thought differently. As a bonus step, she dotted the center of my pout with Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Sin, saying a frosty color would really make them stand out. She was 100% correct, and to avoid smudging my look, I wouldn’t let my boyfriend kiss me for hours afterward. Probably not the results he thought a make-out investment would yield, but I have no regrets.

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FanFic: Girl Meets Fairy Tale- Rucas

A/N: This is in response to the challenge issued by Jenn0bi. There are a few things that I factored into my response to the challenge. Today is the anniversary of First Date so that helped influence the fluff factor as did everything these two have gone through in Season 2. I decided that we all need some solid fluff. They are 22/23 years old and in college. Lucas goes to Texas A&M and Riley goes to Columbia in NY. The separation has been tough but their relationship has survived. They don’t go more than 8-10 weeks without seeing each other in person. They do “see” each other every day through their lengthy Skype conversations.

Wednesday afternoon- Skype conversation

“Sorry Princess. I wish I could go to Disney with you and your family but there was just no wiggle room at all in my schedule.” Lucas replies to a disappointed Riley. “Just promise me you are not going to meet Woody and fall in love. I know you have a thing for cowboys.”  He watches her reaction closely. He can see the flash of disappointment before she steels herself and gives him a small smile.

“I understand Lucas, hopefully we can go there together one day and I promise Woody is safe. I don’t have a thing for cowboys… I have a thing for you.” Riley explains with her trademark megawatt grin.

“That’s good to know- since I have a thing for you too Riles. I promise babe, the worst is almost over. Only a few months left to go and then we will be together so much, you will be begging me to go away.”

“I know. I’m counting down the days. We’ve made it this far and I know it was the right thing for us to do… and Mad Dog- if I didn’t beg you to stay during all of your visits- I promise you- I will not be begging you to go.”

They both get lost in the moment. It has been a long stretch since they have seen each other in person. They are both feeling the strain and are anxious to just “be” with each other again.

An alarm sounds,indicating that it is time to disconnect and for Lucas to head to class.

“That’s the alarm telling me it’s time to get to my next class. I promise sweetheart, we will go to Disney together one day. I love you, Riley.”

“I love you too, Lucas. I’ll talk to you tonight.”

They both blow kisses to each other and log out.

Lucas

It has been a rough few months but Riley and our future is worth it. She doesn’t know that in addition to my classes, I have been working, with a local veterinarian, to save up enough money to surprise her. I coordinated with Auggie, Farkle, Maya, Zay, Isadora and of course our parents for, what I hope will be, the best surprise of her time with me yet. Riley thinks that the trip to Disney is “spur of the moment”. It’s actually been planned for about 6 months. It was during one of my last trips to NY that I came up with the idea of surprising Riley this way. We have talked about our future for years. Once the dust settled on the “triangle that wasn’t” and when Riley finally understood that for me, it’s always been her, we started to imagine where our relationship would take us. It was clear that we were both in it for the “Long Game”. After this last stretch, I knew I had to “skip a few turns” and hurry the game along. During a late night group chat with Auggie and the Core 4, it was decided that I was going to surprise Riley, in Disney, with every fairy tale cliché her Princess heart ever wanted or could ever want. She was heading to Disney with her parents, Josh and Auggie. The rest will be arriving together and staying out of sight at another Disney resort.

It has been difficult to pull this all together and I can honestly say, I wouldn’t have been able to pull it off on my own. I’m a very lucky guy. I have the best friends and the best future in-laws a guy could ever ask for. Once I brought them all up to speed, they all jumped in with both feet to help me.

Riley

“Riley! Put down your phone and let’s go! We have appointments at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique* to get our Princess makeovers for tonight’s Pirates and Princess party!” Topanga yells as she looks for her keys.

“I’m trying to get a hold of Lucas. He hasn’t answered my calls since we’ve been down here!” Riley hangs up yet again on Lucas’ voicemail. She’s starting to get worried. Previously she would have been worried that he just didn’t want to talk to her for some reason but those days are in the past. Now she fears that there is something really wrong. Granted it’s only been 2 days and they are the busiest days of his week… it’s just that since they became a couple, they have never gone even a day without speaking.

“Honey, you told me that he couldn’t join us because his schedule was brutal and he had no free time. He’s probably swamped. If you don’t hear from him by dinner time on Sunday, we will call the school and ask them to do a well visit, OK?” Topanga is hoping that this appeases Riley enough for them to get out the door. She knows why Lucas isn’t answering his phone and in a few short hours, Riley will know why too.

Once they arrive at the boutique, Riley and Topanga are quickly whisked away for their princess makeovers. Since the boutique usually only caters to kids, a lot of things had to be completed “behind the scenes” to make it seem like giving an adult the full princess experience was the norm.

Time passed quickly and Riley snapped selfies throughout the experience to send to Lucas and Maya. Before too long, Riley and Topanga were met right outside the entrance by Cory, Josh and Auggie. The 3 of them had “pirate” makeovers and each was trying to outdo the other with lame pirate jokes. They walked to Cinderella’s castle where the Princess and Pirate Party was being held.

It was very crowded inside the ballroom and unbeknownst to Riley, the rest of the Core 4 and her family all took up their spots throughout the room, doing everything they could to stay hidden from her eyes.

The band started to play and Cory asked his daughter to dance.

“You OK honey?” Cory asks quietly

“Yes Daddy, I’m OK. Just missing Lucas tonight.”

“It’s OK to miss him, Princess. I’m sure he would rather be here with you instead of being stuck at school.”

“I know he would. It just seems like it’s been forever since I’ve seen him.” Riley answers as Cory spins her around.

“We will take lots of pictures tonight and send them off to him. You know the worst is almost over. In no time at all, he will be back in NY and I’ll be back to stealing his shoes.” Cory chuckles as the song draws to a close.

Riley leans in and kisses her dad on the cheek “Thanks Daddy. I’ve had a great time this weekend and I know that he will be back in NY with me soon. Nights like this are rough. You know how I’ve always dreamed of being a princess…. I would’ve loved for my Prince Charming to have been here with me. I guess it isn’t so bad, I did get Captain Cory and his Peg-Leg pirates as my “dates” for the party.” Riley walks back to the table and grabs her bag so she can check her phone to see if Lucas has called. Her smile dims a bit when she sees that there are no missed calls or text messages waiting for her.

She strolls outside to the balcony and dials his number again. She sighs deeply when she hears the band start to play “A Dream is a wish your heart makes” at the same time as his voicemail picks up.

“Hey Lucas. It’s me again. I hope you are OK. I’m a little worried that I haven’t heard from you in a few days. I hope you are taking care of yourself. You know that I would be devastated if anything were to happen to you… I love you Lucas.” She hangs up the phone and takes a deep breath. As she prepares to turn around she hears “I love you too Princess.”

Standing in front of her, wearing a tuxedo is Lucas. He reaches out to grab her hands. “Surprise babe.” Riley’s grin is bright enough to rival the sun. “Lucas, what? How? Why are you here?! I thought your schedule was crazy.”

“My schedule IS crazy but I had to be here. I couldn’t let Princess Dancing Sunshine dance with someone other than her Prince Charming.” He answers as he wraps his arms around her. They begin swaying to the music.

“Do my parents know you were coming?”

“Of course they did. I had to make sure that I had someone to watch you for me… couldn’t run the risk of you deciding that Gaston was more your type.”

She giggles and Lucas swears it’s the best sound he has ever heard. He knows that it’s a sound he wants to hear for the rest of his life.

“Nah… Gaston has nothing on you Maddog…. Goofy would have been another story.” She smirks as they walk back into the room arm in arm.

They walk back to their table and put her bag down by her mom, who jumps up and tries to feign surprise at his appearance. Since no one was falling for her act, she hugged them both and told them to go out there and dance the night away.

As Lucas and Riley reached the dance floor, the band started to play “Beauty and the Beast.”  Lucas smiles widely knowing that this is her favorite song and that this is her favorite fairytale. They begin to waltz to the song, just like Belle and Beast did in the movie. (Major kudos to Zay for teaching Lucas how to waltz. As Zay was fond of telling Lucas, Tombstone had more grace)

“Princess, When I met you I had more in common with the Beast than I could ever hope to have in common with Prince Charming. Knowing you, loving you has changed that. I know that there are still aspects of the Beast in me…but now they only surface when I think someone I love is in trouble. That is because of you. You make me want to be Prince Charming… You make me want to be YOUR Prince Charming. We have been through so much together and I want to go through everything life can throw at us for the next 100 years, together.” He dips her and as he pulls her back to a standing position, he sinks to one knee. “I love you Riley Matthews. I have and always will love you Riley Matthews. Will you marry me?”

Riley begins to cry as she yells “Yes! Yes! Yes!” Lucas stands and slips a ring onto her left hand and the crowd around them starts to applaud. Riley looks up to see her family and friends surrounding them and she can’t contain her joy.  

“It’s OK Riles, let it out.” Maya says with her usual smirk.
And in a move that would make 7th grade Riley proud, she lets out a long and loud “Yay!”

Once Riley found out that everyone was involved she was overcome be her emotions. That her family and friends would go through so much to help Lucas make her Princess dreams come true was beyond her comprehension.  Lucas grabs Riley by the hand and walks her outside so she can get a breath of fresh air,

“I take it you were surprised?” Lucas asks Riley

“Surprised is an understatement. This was beyond all of my wildest dreams.” She answers quietly with a gentle shake of her head.

“I have one more possible surprise but you don’t have to say yes if you don’t want to.”

“What is it?” Riley asks

“Just know that I will do whatever you want. I want you to be happy, I need you to be happy, that is the only way I can be happy.”

“What is it?!” Riley demands

“Riley, we can get married right here, right now. All of our important family and friends are here with us. We could have a Disney ceremony, spend the night in Cinderella’s castle and have a huge reception when I get to NY.”

Riley is quiet for a moment and Lucas is afraid that he has pushed the Fairytale Cliché a little too far.

“Lucas, do you mean that? I would love nothing more than to become Mrs. Lucas Friar, right here… right now but our wedding should be something for both of us.”

“Riley, I love you with everything I am. I know you have always wanted to be a princess and since I fell in love with you, I have wanted to be a prince…your prince.  Our families are here, our closest friends are here, we are standing in front of Cinderella’s Castle in what is considered “the happiest place on earth” …  for me…that’s anywhere you are. You say the words and we will make it happen.”

“Well then the only thing left for me to say is let’s do this.” She leans in and kisses him with all of her heart.

The ceremony was short and sweet. The night in the honeymoon suite in Cinderella’s castle was anything but short and sweet.

Oh and our prince and princess?

Well, they lived Happily Ever After.  C’mon…It’s Rucas…. Did you really expect anything else?   ;)

6

So… since so many of you were up to seeing gameplay pictures, here’s the results of the first day of my experiment… I decided to load up Sunset Valley, cuz it’s the first thing that comes to my mind when I think about gameplay. 
Poor Letty being my test-subject as usual. She’s got Zoe to keep her company though.
I’m trying to resist the urge to makeover everyone at once, but since Letty noticed that blond lady (I forgot her name >.<) in the park I couldn’t stand looking at that CC-free face. She actually looks pretty darn good with CC and a few minor changes, I even saved the outcome for future story needs. 

*don’t delete the text, it won’t show up on your blog*

I’ve decided to giveaway my former “twin” blog as I hardly ever login to that account and thought it would be a shame to just delete it with almost 2k followers; so handing it over to someone else sounded like the best option to me!

RULES -

  • Please be following exotic-asylum; it would be nice to gain a few extra’s before handing the blog over to its new owner!
  • Please reblog this post; likes will not be counted, but they can be used for bookmarking purposes.
  • Message me or make a post and tag it exoticasylum (currently tracking) saying why you want the blog, what you’ll do with it, etc.

WHAT YOU GET / EXOTIC ASYLUM STATS -

  • Currently has 1,975 followers (almost 2k) so the new owner will already have a bit of a head start.
  • Once handed over, you will already be in 2 networks; Wonderland University and The Darkest Depths Network.
  • The blog follows 100 blogs (mainly grunge as it is a grunge blog).
  • I will do a no-promo-charge (ie: free) blog makeover/banner for the new owner.
  • It will be added to my faves page, so you’ll be getting even more perks! :)

EXTRA -

  • I’ll choose the winner once I feel this post has a decent amount of notes or there are a decent amount of interested people (messages/tags).
  • I’ll give a one-time temp email and password to the winner, as soon as you login, it’s all yours to change.

There’s probably a million things I wanted to say in this post, but I tried keeping it short, so if you have any question please message me and I’ll answer you as soon as I can <3

Something that's been on my mind lately...

Working in cosmetics, I have gotten used to hearing people complain about their looks. They apologize to me about their looks. I was phoning people the other day, promoting our gala, asking people if they’d would like a free makeover. So many people replied with the joke “There’s no hope for this face”. Sure, they were trying to lighten the mood, but I think they fully believed what they were saying. Others asked me if we offered plastic surgery instead of just makeup. I laughed alongside them, not sure what to say that would make them feel better about themselves. 

The prettiest ladies come in. I admire their curly hair. Their chic outfits. Their friendly personality. Their adorable children. But the first thing they say to me: “Sorry for my appearance, I look like such a mess”. They end with a laugh but it’s one of those laughs that doesn’t quite finish. A half laugh. Then, they precede to look in the mirrors around the store. Constantly asking me what product could fix the bags under their eyes. What product would mattify their skin. What product could even out their skin tone. 

Older ladies come in. Gorgeous ladies. Ladies who brighten my day with their funny stories of their granddaughters. Ladies who teach me new things about the world, tell me stories about what it was like when they were a kid. But they end their stories with complaints. They ask me “what would you suggest for an old, wrinkled prune like me?” They constantly put themselves down. “Oh I’m too old for that color.” “Oh my that is gorgeous but I can’t wear that. Old ladies like me can only wear matte colors.” “I wish I was young again.”

Ladies of different ethnicities come in. Beautiful asian ladies who have flawless skin. Gorgeous ladies who have lovely deep colored skin. But they always ask me for lighter shades of foundation. They say “No, I want lighter skin” as I put on the foundation that perfectly matches their skin tone. “I want skin the color of yours.”

Preteens and teens come in. They are just starting to wear makeup for the first time. They tell me how all their friends already wear makeup. They want to cover up their already perfect features with makeup to fit in. They’re in too much of a hurry to grow up. 

Then there are the ladies who come in, so desperate to completely cover up their faces. They ask me for the foundation with the highest coverage. The concealer that will hide every imperfection. The mascara that will make eyelashes impossibly long. The bronzer that will contour 10 pounds off your face. They spend hundreds of dollars on makeup trying to create a whole new face. 

But these faces that walk in through the door every single day? They’re already beautiful. I know that by me telling you guys that you’re beautiful isn’t going to change a thing. Self confidence is one of the hardest things to acquire. I know how it feels to want to rip off your face and just replace it with a whole new one. I know how difficult it is to look in a mirror and instead of looking at all your imperfections, to just compliment one thing. But when you come into my store, I don’t see those imperfections that you think dominate your face. I see your perfect bone structure. Your glowing skin. Your big eyes. Your freckles. But I also see your laugh. Your happiness after having a successful day at work. Your motherly love as you stop your daughter from trying out all the lipsticks. 

I realize I am getting a bit sappy here but the truth is, when I hear customers insult themselves time after time over the smallest things, I start to get a bit emotional. 

I’m not saying that you shouldn’t wear makeup. I work in cosmetics. I value the beauty of makeup. I enjoy playing with makeup. I love everything about makeup. But don’t apologize to me for your appearance. The way you look is the way you look. And that way is perfect.

I know how it feels to want to change things about your appearance. But let me ask you this. Would taking away a few wrinkles really change anything? What about having longer eyelashes? What about having clear skin? Your beauty wouldn’t increase. Your beauty is a constant thing. It’s not increasing and it’s not going anywhere either. It’s already reached the maximum and it’s absolutely stunning.