uses for hemp

Heavy-duty makeup removal routine and aftercare.

Babes, I’m generally a pretty simple person when it comes to makeup. A soft Smokey eye, natural brows, some concealer, I even skip foundation 99% of the time (no I was not blessed with flawless skin, I struggled, I put effort and I got results people…). What can I say? The I-woke-up-flawless look is my jam…

Anyways as I said before that’s me 99% of the time. Here and there though come some times (Halloween for instance…) that I l tend to go a bit overboard with that face… yup, I end up wiping glitter off of the most interesting places (jk)

Here’s how I remove the most stubborn, baked to the gods, bedazzled, plastic-plastered, waterproof makeup:

Step 1: Remove everything you can. Lashes, beads, rhinestones… Pick them one by one out of your face.

Step 2: Take off the thick layer. I use makeup wipes to remove my base and michellar water for the eyes, lips and any other place with stubborn makeup. If you have glitter on use a pad drenched in michellar water, let the area soak and soften and gently remove it.

Step 3: Oil up. I use an oil or balm to thoroughly clean my face. My favorite is the darphin aromatic cleansing balm with rosewood but any oil will work (for acne prone skin use hemp or grapeseed oils). In circular motions work the product into your skin until everything starts melting off (be extra gentle with your eye area!).

Step 4: Cleanse. Use a soap-free, pH balanced face wash to remove any oil and makeup residue. During this step I like to incorporate my Clarisonic brush to help really deep clean my face. My face wash of choice is the 100% pure rosewater sensitive skin cleansing foam.

Step 5: Tone. Either spray on some mineral water of an herbal toner, nothing harsh though. The goal is to balance your ph level and sooth the skin. If you use a cotton ball/pad to apply your toner you shouldn’t notice any residue on the cotton, after the process your skin should be 100% clean. If you do find that it’s not, go back with a gentle makeup removing milk.

Step 6: Purify. This is completely optional but if you’ve been wearing all that makeup for a few hours (or much more…) you might want to use a nice clay mask to deep clean your pores. Glamglow supermud, lush dark angels and a simple bentonite clay, water and apple cider vinegar mix are amongst my top choices.

Step 7: nourish & hydrate. I’d skip any treatments and harsh products like chemical exfoliators, retinols, etc… instead I like to increase the moisture. I will pack on a hydrating mask, top it off with a face oil and seal everything in with my heaviest moisturizer.

!! Be extra gentle with your skin throughout the whole process! If your skin becomes irritate or develops some raw spots make sure you keep your hands away and let everything heal. !!

Gaia/Terra

Originally posted by thewriterofthewoods

Small devotional acts.

  • Think of her while watering your plants*
  • Always reuse or recycle when possible* 
  • Make mini gardens/landscapes and put them around your home**
  • Wear feathers in your hair**
  • Eat fresh fruits and vegetables**
  • Use natural fibers (like hemp)**
  • Wear earthy tones**
  • Spend time caring for your pets**
  • Being motherly/affectionate – take care of others** 
  • Go barefoot
  • Put out birdseed – especially in the winter
  • Plant some native plants in your area
  • Press some flowers
  • Go bird watching
  • Take a moment to enjoy the weeds that grow in the harshest places
  • Drink more juices and teas!
  • Go to a farmer’s market
  • Wear clothes with leafy patterns
  • Go for a walk
  • Wear perfumes/scents that remind you of summer
  • Enjoy the sunshine – even if it’s through a window
  • Buy foods from local farms
  • Wear wooden jewelry
  • Listen to music that makes you feel like its summertime
  • Go on a picnic
  • Learn a new wild plant name
  • Leave flowers in random places
  • Watch a nature documentary
  • Visit your local park
  • Decorate your home with things that remind you of nature
  • PRACTICE LOVING YOURSELF
  • Many, many, many other things not said here

* @legia and ** @theimpossiblegirl31

✧ ( 13RW SENTENCE STARTERS.

warning: triggers apply. mentions of suicide and rape present. read and reblog with caution.

❛ And this time, absolutely no requests. ❜
❛ No return engagements. No encore. ❜
❛ I hope you’re ready, because I’m about to tell you the story of my life.  ❜
❛ And if you’re listening to these tapes, you’re one of the reasons why. ❜
❛ I’ve heard so many stories I don’t know which one is the most popular.  ❜
❛ Betrayal. It’s one of the worst feelings.  ❜
❛ Where’s my bike? ❜
❛ This was in front of the library? ❜
❛ What about the student honor board? ❜
❛ There’s some justice and some closure. ❜
❛ I couldn’t watch. ❜
❛ People can be fucking assholes. ❜
❛ I thought we had like another week for that. ❜
❛ Listen, I could, if you wanted to, I could help you finish the paper. ❜
❛ We only have like twenty minutes before the first bell rings. ❜
❛ I Googled everything. ❜
❛ Well the founding father’s did grow and use hemp, but it wasn’t weed exactly. ❜
❛ Sometimes books are more reliable for this kind of stuff. ❜
❛ Everything I publish is personal to people. ❜
❛ Still, it feels wrong. I’m just being honest. ❜
❛ What are you working on? ❜
❛ This is so cool. I’ve always wanted to set you up with someone. ❜
❛ Maybe I was stupid to keep hoping. ❜
❛ That is shocking. I’m shocked. ❜
❛ Wait a second, how do I know you’re telling the truth. ❜
❛ Come on, what do you say? ❜
❛ Then again, they almost always do. ❜
❛ Did you want to see if the rumors were true? ❜
❛ Why did you do it? ❜
❛ Thanks for helping me, that was really nice. ❜
❛ I’m just saying if you’re getting fat shamed then don’t be fat. ❜
❛ It’s always best to give compliments face to face. ❜
❛ Sometimes the silly things can mean more than anybody knows. ❜
❛ It’s kind of soul crushing, you know? ❜
❛ We all need it. Human contact. ❜
❛ You’re going to have to wait, just like I did. ❜
❛ Let me know if you need to talk, anytime. ❜
❛ I’m going to play mind games with you, just like you did with me. ❜
❛ That’s a whole new level of lonely. ❜
❛ You were kind that night. You just sat there. ❜
❛ I’m sorry about _____. He’s/she’s just a dick. ❜
❛ Want to see a trick? ❜
❛ You got to get the positioning just right. ❜
❛ After the way you played in Saturday, it’s on me. ❜
❛ Take it easy, okay? You’ll feel better tomorrow. ❜
❛ I wonder if you ever felt what it’s like to be lonely. ❜
❛ Have you ever noticed us? ❜
❛ How many of these did daddy make you? ❜
❛ It’s okay. I’m over it. ❜
❛ I never got the chance to say something. ❜
❛ The thing is you were the Valentine I was hoping for. ❜
❛ I don’t know if you’re doing this on a dare or whatever… ❜
❛ I like you for so much more than that. ❜
❛ The fact that you don’t even know. ❜
❛ This shit that happens to you, I think some of it you bring on yourself. ❜
❛ Thanks for the insight genius. ❜
❛ You said something stupid and I yelled at you. Big deal. ❜
❛ You didn’t like that someone told you no. ❜
❛ You should of just let it go but you didn’t. ❜
❛ I just needed to be alone. ❜
❛ You’ll do anything to keep up your perfect reputation. ❜
❛ I’m a fucking weak, pathetic loser. ❜
❛ They’ll just laugh at you like they always do. ❜
❛ Come out, come out, little girl/boy. ❜
❛ We’re protecting ourselves. ❜
❛ I’ve got no plans. I’m good to tell the truth. ❜
❛ It’s only a matter of time before we’re all screwed. ❜
❛ Nothing we did compares to what he/she did. ❜
❛ You’ve been doing it for weeks now. ❜
❛ My God, _______, you should fucking listen to yourself sometimes. ❜
❛ You want to know what’s worse then being a rapist? Hiding behind one. ❜
❛ You want to get the story straight? We all know the story. ❜
❛ The honor board, because you are all so honorable. ❜
❛ This happened off campus so the only alternative is the police. ❜
❛ It was no ones fault. It just happened. ❜
❛ I mean, maybe I was driving a little too fast. ❜
❛ I’m taking some fucking responsibility. ❜
❛ Maybe it’s all your faults, has that ever occurred to any of you? ❜
❛ Who’s going to believe a dead girl/boy? ❜
❛ You know my motto, no cheerleader left behind. ❜
❛ I’m always looking for the wrong person. ❜
❛ I thought you said you didn’t do it? ❜
❛ I’m telling you, the worst is yet to come. ❜
❛ You’re calling me a pussy, after what you did or didn’t do. ❜
❛ Oh, so, if I kill myself then I kill you guys too? ❜
❛ Why are you asking me about this? ❜
❛ I don’t know what your truth is. ❜
❛ Get your dirty ass feet off my notebook man. ❜
❛ Do you want to talk in there? ❜
❛ Maybe there’s even a message from beyond. ❜
❛ At that moment, everything was perfect. ❜
❛ I know you felt it too. ❜
❛ I wanted you to do everything you were doing. ❜
❛ What happened? I thought it was okay. ❜
❛ Just leave me alone, you should just go. ❜
❛ Part of me never wanted to see you again. ❜
❛ You walked out the door like I told you too, why’d you have to leave? ❜
❛ Your name does not belong on the list. But you need to be here. ❜
❛ I didn’t deserve to be with someone like you. ❜
❛ I would ruin you. It wasn’t you, it was me. ❜
❛ There’s that word again. ❜
❛ The kind of lonely feeling I’m talking about is when you feel like you’ve got nothing left. ❜

VANILLA CINNAMON PROTEIN NICE CREAM

4 bananas , frozen
1/4tsp cinnamon
2tbsp vanilla protein powder (i used purplebalance )
a splash hemp milk

 Freeze the bananas overnight. In the morning defrost them for 5-7 minutes. Put all ingredients in a blender or a food processor and process until smooth. Move to a bowl , add your toppings and ENJOY.

[more recipes can be found using THIS link]

April 2017
Name: Sorry For The Wait Cookies
Dosage: 25mg each
Description: Festive Ghirardelli chocolate chip cookies! Besides this month, I have always been able to get orders out within 1 week. Which is pretty good imo. However I had some technical difficulties with my medical card, we’ll say, after needing to use it so much for Hemp Fest April 1st, so orders were frozen for almost 2 weeks 💔 Thankfully I have the most amazing, understanding patients. Still I just HAD to apologize the l.e.g.i.t. way! Sorry For The Wait

Blueberry chocolate smoothie bowl


The first recipe of 30 Days of Veganism is, of course, a breakfast smoothie! Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and you can prepare any delicious smoothie bowl in such a short period of time. This morning I added some cocoa powder to my usual fruit smoothie; it definitely satisfied my chocolate cravings!

Just a side note: I usually eat my smoothie bowls either with added oatmeal or homemade granola. Feel free to take out the rolled oats and substitute them with granola of your choice.


Ingredients:

  • 40-50g of rolled oats
  • 100-125ml of plant milk (depending on the desired consistency; I used soy milk - it has extra protein)
  • 1 tbsp of vegan protein powder (optional; I used hemp protein)
  • 1 tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp of nut butter (I used almond butter)
  • 80-100g of frozen blueberries
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 tsp of chia seeds
  • fruit toppings: banana chunks, kiwi (or any other fruit you have)
  • other toppings: 1 tbsp of nut butter, 2 brazil nuts (for your daily dose of selenium), a handful of cashew or other nuts


Preparation:

  1. Boil the oats with about 200ml of water.
  2. In the meantime, pour the plant milk into a blender, add the protein powder (if you’re using it), cocoa powder, nut butter, frozen blueberries and 1  1/2 banana, and blend it all until smooth. If the consistency is still a bit too runny, add 1 tsp of chia seeds to make it a bit thicker.
  3. Make sure to stir the cooking oats.
  4. Prepare and cut the fruit for toppings.
  5. Once the oatmeal reaches the desired consistency, pour it into a large bowl. Then pour the smoothie over the oatmeal. Add the fruit (including the remaining ½ a banana) and other toppings, and enjoy!

anonymous asked:

sophia ... are there certain foods u feel helped clear ur skin ?? i remember u said u had really bad cystic acne prior to becoming vegan. do u take anything else for it or has just being vegan really helped? my dr wants to prescribe me accutane and i'm scared it may make me depressed but i'm at my wits end. is there anything topical u have applied to ur skin that u feel has really helped? love u love ur blog and ur outlook on life <33 thank u

My acne was still there when I went vegan and it actually got worse in my first year of veganism. I went to a dermatologist in this first year and we waited months to get in for the appointment and all he did was say ‘go on the pill or go on accutane’. Then he proceeded to hand me a 5 page booklet of the side effects of accutane… ‘bleeding out of nostrils’ ‘infertility’ ‘depression’ etc etc etc …. I cried when I was reading it lol… At that point in time I was lucky enough to understand how detrimental the pill and accutane can be for our precious little bodies and hormones so I simply refused… I started working at a health food store around the same time as my dermatologist appointment and we had a beautiful naturopath lady who I started speaking to about my skin!! In my first year of veganism I was eating ‘raw till 4′ and was SO unfoundedly afraid of eating fats and salt and I was stressed and ridden with anxiety .. so those things really contributed to my acne. The naturopath made me write down what I eat for a week and answer all of these questions she gave me then she gave me some tips that actually WORKED and really helped me clear my skin. Doctors are amazing but pls remember they are paid to prescribe you things, so they will do so regardless of how badly you need it / how it will help you. Naturopaths are paid but they don’t make any extra money for telling you to eat turmeric for you skin … they just tell you. 

Sorry about this rant but I’ll list some of the things that really help my skin! I still struggle with it sometimes and I’m still working things out, and pls remember everyone is completely different… It’s taken me 4 years to figure out some of the things that truly work for me!!!

- ginger !!! put fresh ginger in your cups of tea. 

- echinacea tea! every single day! I drink the one by the brand ‘yogi’…its called ‘immune support’ 

- eating MORE foods in general!!!!! and whole foods!!!!! I wasn’t eating enough in my first year or two of veganism. Even recently if I’m noticing my skin breaking out, I start to eat more 

- putting next to nothing on my skin!! i leave it alone. do not touch ur skin .. and do not pick at it … My favourite cleanser is aqua marina by lush (I don’t have any right now so I’m using dr broners lavender hemp soap but its too strong for my skin) … I would use aqua marina at night and just warm water in the morning, then I love to moisturise morning and night with the ‘acure’ sensitive skin moisturiser… sometimes I apply makeup but rarely! let your skin breath. 

- controlling stress!!! find ways to centre yourself… meditation ,, creating things, sitting down and breathing … going outside for a walk… talking to someone who keeps you calm! and most importantly do not stress about your skin … you will not have acne FOREVER. and it adds to your character! nobody thinks its gross, nobody sees you any differently, so why should you put yourself down and set yourself back by stressing about it??? 

- eating more fats !!!! seeds, avocado, nut butters … particularly with breakfast …. I don’t know why with breakfast but thats what the naturopath told me to do and I do and it works. 

Sending you copious amounts of love and sunshine and PLEASE try to stay positive about your acne! She is truly beautiful!! 

majahawt  asked:

Hey, I don't know if you've covered this before but are there any details on what specifically in marijuana that's harmful for reptiles/what it does? Even without the smoke, just the substances. I've... Got a guy talking about feeding cannabis plants to iguanas

Yeah, the substance itself is actually quite toxic! There’s been a few studies done on marijuana toxicity, but most of them refer to the smoke. There’s a few other citations, but the best comprehensive thing I know of is from this vet textbook called Reptile Medicine and Surgery. The second edition’s fairly recent (within the past decade) and everything that’s come out after typically refers to this book and the stuff cited within. (Side note: This book is an excellent resource and honestly quite worth signing up for the free Scribd trial just to download and have on hand. For most reptile owners, the detailed vet procedure stuff won’t be as useful, but the pictures and stuff about common diseases and how they present is invaluable.)

Here’s what the book’s got to say about marijuana toxicity and what it does to reptiles:

Marijuana continues to be by far the most used illicit drug in the United States. Cannabis sativa has been used for centuries for its hemp fiber, as rope, and for its psychoactive resins. Totally or partially herbivorous captive reptiles may encounter growing marijuana plants or ingest dried stems, leaves, and flowers. The main active ingredient of marijuana is tetrahydrocannibinol (THC). The highest concentration of this psychoactive constituent is found in the leaves and the flowering tops of plants. Hashish is the dried resin of flower tops. The precise mechanism of action of THC is unknown, but the psychoactive effects of this drug are thought to stem from a number of sites within the CNS, including cholinergic dopaminergic, serotonergic, noradrenergic, and GABA receptors. Ingested marijuana shows effects much more slowly than the results of the inhaled smoke; however, the effects of ingested THC last much longer. Clinical signs after ingestion of marijuana include mydriasis, weakness, ataxia, bradycardia, hypothermia, and stupor. The extent of clinical signs after marijuana ingestion is almost totally dose related. Treatment for marijuana ingestion is primarily supportive and symptomatic. Marijuana toxications are rarely fatal because of the wide margin of safety of THC. Activated charcoal administration is recommended to decrease enterohepatic recirculation. Despite its relative safety margin, recovery after ingestion may be prolonged and take up to 3 to 4 days. Fluids and monitoring of body temperature may be beneficial. We have seen two reptiles ingest fairly large amounts of marijuana. A 10-pound Sulcata Tortoise showed no effects after eating four marijuana cigarettes. However, a 6-pound male Green Iguana was stuporous after eating into a “baggie” of marijuana and needed support. Both animals recovered completely. Undoubtedly other “under-the-counter” drugs have been blundered across by reptiles. Various “over-the-counter” drugs kept on nightstands, kitchen counters, or bathroom shelves may be encountered by captive reptiles given free range in the house. For their own safety, captive animals should be confined and all medications kept in their original containers in child-proof and animal-proof cabinets.

So yes, it’s toxic. Do the animals usually die from eating it? Well, no, because the plant itself is relatively safe. Is it a good idea? Absolutely not, why would you put your animal through that??

elreki-deactivated20170817  asked:

Do you know some good rituals and stuff to chill out when you're really stressed and feeling down?

Hi beeaaan, sorry for the super slow response. ❤ I don’t know if they’re considered rituals but I have a few things I do. 

  • Honestly, I enjoy/organizing cleaning my altars when I’m feeling down. It’s a good way for me to feel like I’m being productive in my craft, honoring whichever god, and not feeling like I’m letting myself wallow. It’s also good to just do something small when you’re down, ya know?
  • Knot magic is another favorite of mine, it’s a good, easy way to sideline your anxiety while you work is to focus your negative thoughts and feelings into a braid. You can use your own hair if it’s long enough or you can use some yarn, hemp, whatever you have laying around. It doesn’t need to be a braid either, sometimes I just tie knots. Each knot or weave is to tie an issue or negative thought away.
  • I’m always going to recommend tea, if you’re looking for correspondences chamomile, rose, citrus, vanilla, and raspberry are good for bringing yourself out of a rough spot. If you want medicinal properties to help with depression or anxiety I would recommend lavender, chamomile, rose, and green tea.
    • Bonus if you mix it with warm milk/cream and honey.
  • Take a shower or wash your face! The act of water washing over you is my favorite thing for a good cleanse when I’m feeling low and want to chill out. You can light a candle, an incense, play some music to give it a little more atmosphere but honestly showers are just nice. So is face washing!
  • Take a walk out in nature or play with your plants if you have any! I’ll pretty much always say go hang out with plants because I truly believe being around them can heal you.
  • I like to talk to my tarot decks, sometimes I ask for a story, sometimes for them to say something something positive about me or a strength I have. The same can be said for runes though!

I hope this helped a little!

things i learned on my own about ear stretching
  • tapers (or plugs) for ear stretching come in handy but they are bad for your ears long term. The way it’s shaped can affect the way the stretch goes. They irritate skin and also are made of acrylic which is dangerous for an open place on your skin, like your lobe. NEVER use tapers and NEVER use acrylic. dont care who you are. acrylic anything is just bad.
  • the best way to keep your ears clean and non irritated are sea salt soaks when you first stretch. But oil is best. Vitamin c enriched oil is the heslthiest. Many piercers have told me this. I use unrefined hemp seed oil. A lot of people prefer jojoba oil. I suggest procuring some to clean your ears every day or at least every other day. The smell of them drying out is not pleasant and the irritation is no fun. Seriously, get some. Your ears will be thankful. You can buy it at any store or order it online. A little goes a long way.
  • hot topic is horrible with pricing and encouraging acrylic use. you can find better plugs & prices basically anywhere else. If it’s cheap, it’s probably too good to be true.
  • stretching your ears too fast is DUMB, you’ll either rip your earlobe completely open, destroy your lobe permanently, make it impossible to size up or back down or destroy your lobe permanently. It merits a second warning.
  • 2g is “the point of no return.” as in most people cant shrink back down to a normal size. but its not a rule. I have been up to 00g or 10mm and am back down to normal 16g.
  • for a painless transition to a larger size, use emu oil, massage your ears then insert the plug. Make absolute sure it has been over THREE MONTHS since your last size up. If the plug doesn’t want to go in, if it stings, if it bleeds, remove the plug and put your current size back in. your ears are not ready
  • I go by G but most people go my millimeter or mm. It’s easier to stretch up and down with mm and they make ‘in between’ sizes to stretch up. Gauge or G is all even numbers. Skipping sizes is bad for your ears. G is ok but once you hit 10g, you will want to start going by MM.
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Witch Wandering

One of my favourite ways to connect with all elements is through wandering. Whether that be through forests, mountains, prairies, or even neighbourhoods.

While wandering here are some of my essentials and tips:

Invest in 1-3 plant identification guides for your area: wandering is the perfect time to find beautiful herbs and items for spells. There are some toxic look alikes so education is key!

Pack a special altar: bring along crystals, spell jars, healing kit, and other spells/special items. I love charging my crystals in the sun and when I find a beautiful lake or stream - placing them inside to collect natures magic.

Walk slowly and ask: notice your surroundings, sit and take in all of natures beauty. Give yourself time, there is no need to rush searching for specific items. Ask instead and see what is given.

Leave more than you take: try not to disrupt the cycle and balance. I bring seeds native to the area and plant them as I go. It is a beautiful feeling creating balance along the way!

Give it your own touch: if I’m on a popular route I hang a small eco friendly bag tied into a tree (somewhere visible) usually I will place some crystals inside for another wanderer to find. I use hemp bags I purchase from a local market, the idea is completely up to you! I have seen spells from other wanderers tied into trees, or a beautiful creation made out of nature for others to pass and enjoy.

Be safe and have fun! When I first started I was exploring small pathways, now I am hiking summits. We all start somewhere. The most rewarding thing is taking time to be with nature and recharging yourself. Plus! Nature is abundant and bares wonderful gifts.

Have a magical time wandering! 💖

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Living In Character Tip #8: Period Gear

“While it’s definitely easier to use modern equipment like a Zippo lighter or an axe with a carbon fiber handle, replacing them with similar equipment from the time period might enhance your experience a bit. Although it’s a bit of a pain to get the hang of starting fire with a flint & steel, the act helps to solidify your mindset and experience, while also creating a better atmosphere for your peers.”

“Additionally, certain materials can help enhance the setting, too. Rather than using nylon rope, why not use hemp or jute? Instead of plastic or aluminum dinnerware, why not opt for cast or wrought iron, horn, and treenware (wooden) goods? The same mentality can be applied to clothing–you’ll often find that canvas and wool can be far more durable (and better looking to boot), than polyester and similar materials.”

”I’m not saying you should replace all of your modern items with those that fit the period–Those that affect your health and wellbeing, like toothbrushes and the like–are A-OK staying their modern selves.”

Camryn shares her thoughts on trading the luxuries of modern equipment for the aesthetic and immersive qualities of those from the period of the LARP.

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A Clear Day can be purchased here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/568079053/a-clear-day-modern-macrame-macrame

A clear day in the Autumn season, so often filled with clouds and rain. A rare moment to see the skeleton trees laid bare to the sun, the beauty of the land covered in a fallen sunset.  The air is chill, the wind sharp, a poetic lie that today will be filled with warmth.  

This simple but beautiful choker is made using cotton cord (not hemp), frosted seed beads, a gold-tone lead-free pewter tree of life pendant, and tigers eye beads.  If allergic to metal I recommend not wear this.   The clasp is a button through a loop, making easy to take on and off but also very secure.  If you have a hard time taking your jewelry on or off this will be an easy one for you.

The tree of life pendant is a common neutral symbol many of those who identify as witches wear.  It doesn’t draw the negative attention many other witch symbols do, and it doesn’t even have to symbolize anything.  You don’t need to be a witch to wear this.

Length: 17 inches / 43 cm
Width: .5 inch / 1.27 cm

Metaphysical Properties of Tigers Eye:

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Quietly you walk among the trees, the soft earth and blanket of last Autumn’s leaves softens every step.  Ahead is the clearing you heard so often in stories shared but none believed.  The urge to run out there is strong but spooking them is the last thing you want to do.  Remaining in the shadows you watch them, an entire herd of unicorns large and small, young and old, running around without a care in the world.  The light softens around them creating a gentle haze of green.  It isn’t until much later that you wake to the sun’s last light settling in for the dark.  The forest seems so much smaller as you walk home, returning to the world of man.  What took you hours of walk takes you just moments to leave.  No one believes you when you tell the tale, and you hardly believe it yourself.  The memory never leaves you though, nor does the soft green haze others see around you when the light is at just the right angle.

Made using cotton cord (not hemp), glass cats eye beads, seed beads, and a metal unicorn pendant.  The clasp is a button through a loop, similar to a toggle but more secure and easier to remove and put on.  If you’re allergic to metal I recommend you not wear this.

Length: 15.5 inches / 39.37 cm
Width: .5 inches / 1.27 cm
Width with pendant: 1.5 inches / 3.8 cm

Available for purchase here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/573430945/prances-in-the-spring-light-modern

My Skincare Routine

[Two photos taken in similar conditions 6 months apart: freshly cleaned, no makeup, tinted lip balm, similar lighting, no post processing/Photoshop. Click to embiggen.]

I’ve talked briefly about my skin here before. I’ve also talked about how it’s been a trial to me since I hit puberty, and how my insecurities concerning it compel me to trowel on the makeup and airbrush before uploading photos on the internet. We talk so much about fat acceptance and body image (in my corner of the internet, at least) but rarely is the topic of skin brought up, if at all. For my part, the state of my skin has played as great a role in my negative body image as my fat. Most of the “you’ve such a pretty face, if only you lost weight” comments directed at my teenage self were also appended by “…and if you could fix your skin.” This would usually be followed by a list of ‘helpful’ suggestions, none of which I surely could have tried before! Here’s a non-exhaustive list of various unctions, gels, creams and cleansers I’ve slathered on my face (and body) over the past 18 years in an attempt to achieve clear skin:

♦ Mud packs ♦ Coal tar+camphor ♦ Retinoic acid ♦ Ozone facials ♦ Clindamycin ♦ Benzoyl Peroxide ♦ Soluble sulphur ♦ Gentamicin ♦ Erythromycin ♦ Azithromycin ♦ Salicylic acid ♦ Cetaphil ♦ Adapalene+Clindamycin ♦ Clarins’ acne range ♦ Dermalogica’s acne range

There’s pretty much nothing that I didn’t try, except for isotretinoin. I kept saving that as the last resort, as did my dermatologist(s) - a weapon to be deployed only at the bitter end. By the end of last summer, my skin was the worst it had ever been. I was 28, puberty was little more than a shadowy memory, and yet, my skin was breaking out like never before. In my desperation, I finally caved in and convinced my dermatologist to prescribe me the magic pill. I took it religiously for a week. Predictably, nothing happened, but then, I wasn’t expecting anything to happen that soon. Alright, I tell a lie. My skin showed no signs of improvement, but I got the stomach cramps I feared I would, my mood started dipping, and in any case, that shit was expensive. Isotretinoin had failed me. This was the end of all hope.

Last summer was also the worst time in a very long time, as far as my health was concerned. I was hardly eating or sleeping, and mostly subsisting on a diet of nicotine and caffeine. After smoking for about a decade, my addiction had shot up to 25 a day on my good days - the bad ones were worse, much worse. This was aided and abetted by my newfound vice: mugs and mugs of instant coffee. My skincare routine was as pared down as I could make it, and involved coating myself from head to toe with shower gel and washing it off. Looking back, it’s not really surprising that my skin just…gave up.

Luckily for me, by the end of summer, my wheezing and smoker’s cough got so bad that I was forced to cut down - in small degrees at first, and then drastically until I quit for good in December. It’s funny how last year seems so scripted in terms of my fall and eventual redemption, but that’s exactly what happened. If summer was about the destruction of both my physical health and sanity, autumn and winter brought me recuperation and healing. Not only did I quit smoking (and caffeine), I also tried to eat better, stay out of stressful situations, and generally get the kind of physical and psychological respite that I needed. (I also fell in love, and it helped, but that’s beside the point.)

Sometime around October, I also decided to switch over to no-poo for my hair. My hair had been growing steadily ever since early 2012, and in absence of any sort of maintenance and upkeep, it was little more than a shaggy, brittle mess. Raw honey was the first no-poo alternative I used, and while it didn’t work as intended, I found that I really loved it on my face. A bit of internet research indicated that raw honey was antibacterial and moisturising, which made sense, because the more I washed my face with it, the softer and smoother my skin felt. This led to an epiphany of sorts. Maybe, I thought, maybe I’d been going about things the wrong way all this time. Maybe, instead of trying to dry out my skin as much as possible, I should moisturize it. In any case, winter was on its way and winters tend to spell a terrifying combination of dry, flaky, peeling skin and aggressive acne for me.

[The saviours of my skin. I prefer a Lotus Honey I get from Nepal, but this is what I use when I can’t find it.]

Fucking hydration

I decided that every dermatologist I’d ever seen was utterly wrong, and my skin needed to be hydrated as much as possible. The first thing I threw out was the soap - dermatologists had always been insistent on foaming, detergent rich cleansers twice a day, which had ever done me any good. Instead of washing my face with soap, I started coating it with raw honey 15 minutes before washing with warm water. I’d do this once a day.

The magic of the green

Then, while my face was still wet, I’d moisturize liberally with my hemp body butter from The Body Shop. This has been my moisturizer of choice for years, mostly because nothing has ever hydrated my scaly winter skin as efficiently (and I am a firm believer in the magical properties of weed anyway.) I’d have preferred to use their hemp face protector, but The Body Shop seems to believe that their customers in India prioritize skin lightening over efficient moisturising - that’s the only explanation I have for their bizarrely incomplete lines in this country, and the addition of a “fairness” range I don’t recall seeing in the UK. In an ideal world, I’d have made my own moisturizer with hemp seed oil, but that’s not something which is easily available to me.

My current skincare routine

After a bit of experimentation, I finally settled on my ideal skincare routine. I wash once a day with raw honey, and moisturise with the hemp body butter. Depending on the amount of humidity in the air, I reapply the body butter from anything between 1-4 more times at different hours of the day. I tried adding a couple of drops of tea tree oil to one of the applications every day, but it dried my skin out, so I suspect this is something I’ll find useful in the summer.

Once a week, I do a brown sugar and raw honey scrub. This exfoliates my face (and body if I’m feeling super energetic) without making it break out like other exfoliators.

Oil cleansing

When I wear makeup, I remove it with oil cleansing. My initial attempts to oil cleanse were disastrous since I was using olive oil. After consulting this chart, I switched over to primrose which works much better for me. I’d personally prefer hemp seed oil, obviously (if anyone has a source for it in India, please let me know!) Oil cleansing with my washcloth is also a decent alternative to exfoliating with raw honey and brown sugar but I’ve found that honey suits my skin best in the long run. 

Products and products similar to what I use

Since I started my ‘natural’ skincare routine, I’ve only had one breakout when I wore makeup three days in a row. I’ve been trying to avoid makeup since then, and I only dabbed on a bit of concealer around my eyes and on the blotchy bits of my face for the last outfit shoot. My skin looks less perfect and featureless than usual in those photos, but I eventually hope to come to a point where I can feel confident with just a tinted moisturizer. Not only is my skin clearer now, my undereye circles and lips have become lighter as well. I don’t think my skin has been this good since I was 10 and crashed into puberty like a brick wall. I’m certainly not going to claim that going all new age-y and hippie is going to work on everyone’s skin, or all kinds of acne, and some people might not respond to anything other than isotretinoin and its like, but I think there’s some truth to the fact that in certain cases, acne can be exacerbated by aggressively drying out skin as dermatologists recommend. I’m not a medical professional by any stretch of the imagination, but I have suffered quite badly because of my zits and the resulting insecurity/ low self esteem for an awful long time now, and this was something unexpected that worked for me. So if you feel like nothing short of nuking your face is going to get rid of your zits (and if you aren’t allergic to any of the things I listed) you could give this a shot! And even if it doesn’t work, you won’t have spent a fortune, AND you’ll have some delicious raw honey for your pantry.

For more information on oil cleansing, you could check this out.

Also, it’s important to distinguish raw honey from commercial varieties, and this is an useful guide.

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1st photo: This was Kahlan’s adoption ads photo, that’s one of her sisters at the door, not her, she was still living with all her sisters, even though they were way past the right time to separate them, so I am glad I rescued her from that life. 
I am showing you all this photo because that small cage was where she was living along with her 4 sisters and I would like to show you how much her life improved. 

2nd photo to the last one: Kahlan’s new home with me

I finally did it, I finally put the two hybrid cages together! Each cage has 1410 square inches, which means Kahlan has now a total of 2820 square inches to explore! Unfortunately the only way I had to put them together was through tubes and I really hate tubes, but so far she just used them to pass through, so, that’s good. 
On the first hybrid I used hemp and on the second hybrid I used sand bath and a paper based litter.
She still didn’t dig anything so far, but I hope she does, because I hid a lot of food and two hideouts in there, also, it was extremely expensive to fill that hybrid, gosh. 

But yeap, I think Kahlan is finally enjoying a good nice life. ♥