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Life, How Does it Work? #08342098432-098

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Yay a semi-personal post! A brief thing about life in the last year. Last year my husband and I separated, the kids and I ended up going to a homeless ranch out in Yamhill. Then I slept on the floor of some neighbors houses for a few days, then we ended up staying with some friends for like 3 months. Now the kids and I are sharing an apartment with my mom. Which is not the greatest thing but it’s better than other options. I am currently going through disability appointments and what not.

Sascha’s school is setting up a plan for him for when he starts 7th grade. So hopefully things will be easier for him. He is doing excellent in his new school getting all A’s and B’s and only one C. So much better than his last school. Fumiko is doing well. She likes her new school. She was being bullied by another girl but that is getting solved. I can’t believe she’ll be starting first grade later this year. Sheesh.

I just got back from the ER a little bit ago. T.T My knee just went limp while I was walking out of my room and fell. I mangled myself. I some how twisted the crap out of my foot. They took x-Rays and whatnot, fortunately it’s just a bad sprain. Though the dr said it will take around six weeks to fully heal. Ugh. I was already feeling awful. Thanks knee. -.- Now that things are settling down, I will have more time to actually blog and swatch and do stuff. XD

I have been working on an indie shop list and just started working on an indie blogger list. So feel free to email me or comment with shops you don’t see on the list or your blog if you blog about indie stuff. :) The shop list is barely started. I have so much to add and I’ve only been working on the cosmetics list. I still have to do perfume and bath and body and other lists. XD Oh my. I have lots to swatch so look forward to that becoming a regular thing again.

I hope everyone is doing well! :)

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Coquette over Foil Me

Swatches: Glamour Doll Eyes Matte²: Feminine

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Yay more swatches! Also first swatches in our new apartment. ^.^ We started moving in yesterday. I have Glamour Doll Eyes Matte²: Feminine for you today from Vee! These like the Glitter Tubes will be available for purchase on May 12th.

Official Descriptions
Conceited is a matte light gray with a soft blue shift and a purple/pink sparkle. Having an excessively favorable opinion of one’s abilities, appearance, etc.

Coquette is a atte baby pink with a blueish purple sheen and sparkle. A woman who flirts lightheartedly with men to win their admiration and affection; flirt.

Heartless is a matte bright pink (semi red) with a slight purple sheen and a holographic sparkle. Unfeeling; unkind; unsympathetic; harsh; cruel.

Jolie is a matte mint green with a blue sheen and blue to green sparkle. Beautiful, pretty. Of French origin.

Paramour is a matte pinkish maroon with a very strong green sheen/sparkle. An illicit lover, especially of a married person.

Pretentious is a matte dark purple with a strong copper undertone. Characterized by assumption of dignity or importance, especially when exaggerated or undeserved.

Provocative is a matte darkened violet with strong blue shift and a golden green sparkle. Tending or serving to provoke; inciting, stimulating, irritating, or vexing.

Silhouette is a matte lavender with a strong blue green sheen. The outline or general shape of something.

Tawdry is a matte blueish teal with a very subtle purple sheen and a silvery gold sparkle. Gaudy; showy and cheap.

Tease is a matte light yellow with a subtle orange sheen and a silvery pink sparkle. To irritate or provoke with persistent petty distractions, trifling raillery, or other annoyance, often in sport.

Ordering Options
You will receive loose product in a 5g jar with a sifter, packed 1.5-2g by weight for $6.00 per jar.
You will receive loose product in a 5g jar without a sifter, packed 2-2.5g by weight for $6.00 per jar.
You will receive loose product in a 1.5×1.5 baggie, packed ⅛ teaspoon by volume for $1.25 per baggie.
You will receive loose product in a 5g jar without a sifter, packed ¼ teaspoon by weight for $2.50 per jar.

You can purchase the entire collection in sample baggies for $9.35, in mini jars for $17.75 or in full size jars for $40.00.

These photos were taken in direct sunlight outdoors and indoors in direct sunlight. Swatched over bare skin, Madd Style Cosmetics Optimus Prime primer and Glamour Doll Eyes Foil Me.

Conceited is a matte light matte gray with a blue sheen and pink and purple sparks.
Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Tin Oxide, Iron Oxide, Synthetic Fluorophylogopite, Silica. VEGAN

Coquette is a matte cotton candy pink with a blue-ish sheen and blue and purple sparks. This is my favorite of the bunch! It’s so pretty!
Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Pigment Violet, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorophylogopite, Silica. VEGAN

Heartless is a matte red/pink with purple sheen and rainbow sparks.
Ingredients: Kaolin, Red #40 Lake, Carmine, Iron Oxide, Magnesium Myristate, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Talc, Zinc Stearate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Synthetic Fluorophylogopite, Silica. May Contain: Magnesium Violet, Carmine, Bismuth Oxychloride, Blue #1, Yellow #5. NOT VEGAN

Jolie is a matte mint green with a blue sheen and blue and green sparks.
Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Tin Oxide, Chromium Green Oxide, Synthetic Fluorophylogopite, Silica. VEGAN

Paramour is a matte dirty wine with green sparks.
Ingredients: Pigment Violet, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Tin Oxide, Iron Oxide. VEGAN

Pretentious is a blackened matte egglant/purple with copper sparks.
Ingredients: Pigment Violet, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Tin Oxide, Iron Oxide. VEGAN

Provocative is a blackened matte brown/red with blue and gold sparks.
Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Iron Oxide, Tin Oxide, Ultramarines, Pigment Violet, Synthetic Fluorophylogopite, Silica. VEGAN

Silhouette is a matte lilac with aqua sparks. Another favorite!
Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Ultramarine Violet, Tin Oxide. VEGAN

Tawdry is a light dusty matte teal with a slight lavender sheen with silver and gold sparks.
Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Tin Oxide, Ultramarine Blue, Chromium Green Oxide, Synthetic Fluorophylogopite, Tin Oxide, Silica. VEGAN

Tease is a soft matte yellow with a slightly pink sheen and silver sparks. Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Tin Oxide, Iron Oxide, Synthetic Fluorophylogopite, Tin Oxide, Silica. VEGAN

So what do you think? Overall I really liked the colors in this collections. I’m not a huge matte person, but these I can do. They’re definitely on the more unique side of mattes. :D

You can find Glamour Doll Eyes here. You can contact Vee on her contact page here. Find Glamour Doll Eyes on Facebook and Twitter. Just so you know the links to GDE are affiliate links. If you make a purchase through my link I get a small percentage. :)

Luna

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Glitter Tubes!

Swatches: Glamour Doll Eyes Glitter Tubes

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Vee from Glamour Doll Eyes sent me her new glitter tubes and Matte Squared: Feminine shadows to swatch. :D I have the glitter tubes for you today and will be getting up the shadows in the next few days! These will be available for purchase on May 19th. :)

Disclaimer from GDE: While our glitter is superfine milled, the FDA has not approved it for the use of color cosmetics in the United States. They have however been approved for all cosmetics uses in the European Union as well as have them the EU’s REACH criteria. What makes it safe for European Countries but not for the United States is not known to me but just be warned this is NOT eye safe by FDA guidelines and is not advertised as an eye product. However if you choose to use this glitter on your eyes/face, do so at your own discretion. If irritation occurs, stop use immediately

Official Descriptions
Empty Little Dreams is a brassy glitter with sparkles of green, dark blue and silver. Say Anything – A Walk Through Hell. Hex Size: .004 & .008
Hopeless Hearts is a rose gold metallic glitter. My Chemical Romance – Thank You For The Venom. Hex Size: .004
Let all the Cats go Free is a gold glitter with a quick flash or orange, brass, dark brown and a tiny bit of black. The Ataris – I Won’t Spend Another Night Alone. Hex Size: .004 & .008
My Dismay is a predominately purple with sparkles of pink and a tiny bit of black. This is a limited edition glitter tube and will only be sold until supplies are gone. Beastie Boys – Girls.] Hex Size: .004
Not Too Cool is a red base with a brighter red sparkle and semi holographic light pink sparkles. Bayside – Masterpiece. Hex Size: .004 & .008
Nothing Left of Her is a black glitter with sparkles of a light rose and lavender. Hollywood Undead – City. Hex Size: .004
Nothing Without You is a silver base with purple and fuchsia sparkle and a slight lime green sparkle. Sum 41 – With Me. Hex Size: .004 & .008
Ride Shotgun is a white glitter with rainbow glitter throughout. Bloodhound Gang – Asleep At The Wheel. Hex Size: .004 & .008
Sick Lullabies is a light purple base with a hot pink, bright blue and silver flash of sparkle. The Killers – Mr. Brightside. Hex Size: .004 & .008
Tacky & Irrelevant is a chartreuse green with slight flashes of purple. Taking Back Sunday – What’s It Feel Like To Be A Ghost?. Hex Size: .004
Unsuspecting Victim is a holographic white base with flashes of black and red. Blink 182 – I Miss You. Hex Size: .004
Waiting for Disaster is a bright green with flashes of lime green, yellow and a tiny bit of brown. Papa Roach – Getting Away With Murder. Hex Size: .004 & .008

Ordering options
You will receive loose product in a tube, packed 1.25-1.50 teaspoons by volume for $5.00 per jar or $45 for all 12.
Custom glitters are $5 as well.

These photos were taken in direct sun. Swatched over Glamour Doll Eyes Foil Me.

You can find Glamour Doll Eyes here. You can contact Vee on her contact page here. Find Glamour Doll Eyes on Facebook and Twitter. Just so you know the links to GDE are affiliate links. If you make a purchase through my link I get a small percentage. :)

Luna

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Celery and Bile over Glitter Glue

Swatches: My Pretty Zombie Celery and Bile

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As I sit here writing up this post, I have Fumiko to the right of me and Sascha and Diego the dog to the left. Diego is sitting very attentively waiting for me to give him my peanut butter sandwich. Fumiko is making some… thing out of crayons. Sascha is oblivious to the world around him as he plays pokemon on his DS2. Anyways… Andrea from My Pretty Zombie sent me Celery and Bile and her previous collection, which I have photographed. Wee! It’s a pretty green, I think you’ll like it. Yes.

Official Description
Celery and Bile is the exact shade of celery with the orange-y gold shift.

Ordering options
You will receive loose product in a 5g jar without a sifter, packed 1.5g by weight for $5.00 per jar.
You will receive loose product in a standard baggie, packed ¼ by volume for $3.00 for 3 sample baggies.

These photos were taken in direct sun. Swatched over bare skin, Madd Style Cosmetics Optimus Prime and Darling Girl Cosmetics Glitter Glue.


Celery and Bile is a silvery celery green with a gold to orange shift. I’m not a huge fan of greens myself but this is a beautiful green. You want this in your paws. Especially if you’re a green lover. :D
Ingredients: Mica, titanium dioxide, tin oxide, iron oxide, ferric ferrocyanide, magnesium myristrate. VEGAN
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You can find My Pretty Zombie here. You can contact Andrea on her contact page here. Find My Pretty Zombie on Facebook and Twitter.

Luna

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Honey in the Raw: All about raw honey

Re:post because Raw Honey is awesome!

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By Zhenya K. Wine

Bees get a bad rap. All their hard work produces raw, unprocessed honey, which contains pollen with 22 amino acids, 27 minerals and a spectrum of vitamins, along with honeycomb, antioxidants and 5,000 live enzymes. Have you taken advantage of what bees can offer?

It may seem strange to some that scientists recently discovered a mummy buried with, of all things, a pot of honey. Even more surprising, the honey was still good to eat after thousands of years! To me, this makes complete sense – after all, it’s honey we’re talking about.

What makes honey so special? As an example, by combining half a cup of raw honey with half a cup of aloe juice or pulp and the juice of one large lemon, you can create an effective syrup for colds and cough that even finicky children will not refuse. All of these components are antibacterial and the syrup is soothing to the throat, which reduces cough. The star of this syrup concoction, of course is the raw honey, which has not been pasteurized or filtered and ideally is taken directly from the hive.

Not all honey is the same – you know this by simply looking at the honey and smelling it. Honey that is full of pollen will be heavier than the same amount of honey without the pollen, and its smell will be rich and heavy. The honey quality depends on the amount of pollen found in the nectar the bees gather. Local honey contains all of the local pollens (some of which are irritants or allergens to us). By ingesting the pollen in honey you will, in fact, build immunity to the pollinator, and this is an easy way to prevent pollen allergies. The action is not dissimilar to the flu vaccine – by ingesting small amounts of the irritant, you build a tolerance to it. Ideally, you should look for the honey that contains both spring and late summer pollens in it. The best news about the presence of pollen in the honey is its change in taste – it has almost a “body” to it(like wine).

There are many subtle variations in honey made all over the world. Orange blossom honey from Florida or California is excellent for flavoring white tea due to its aromatic and exquisite orange blossom taste. Linden honey has an incredible aroma and medicinal function from the properties of the linden flower. Linden blossoms, which bloom in May, contain flavanoids that soothe and reduce inflammation. These properties are then passed into the honey. Linden hone is “blond” in color and has a very exotic, flowery aroma. When my local beekeeper does not have much linden honey, I buy it in specialty stores(it comes from Europe and is marked as such). If the honey you buy crystallizes, don’t be alarmed; crystallization only occurs around a pollen pod. If your honey crystallizes rabidly and in large quantity, this is a good sign it is loaded with pollen.

Raw honey has so much more to offer than the honey you buy in most supermarkets. The honey is created by bees foraging and eating plant food as compared to the simple sugar syrup that so man commercial and larger beekeepers feed their bees in order to meet the production demand. The reason honey is such a great healer is because it is composed mostly of fructose, though glucose and other sugars such as sucrose and maltose are also present. Raw honey that has more fructose(more pollen means more fructose) can be used in very small doses by diabetics since the fructose has a slower rate of transformation into glucose.

The list of raw honey’s health benefits is impressive. It is full of catalase enzymes which help the body fight free radicals. These and other enzymes found in honey get destroyed if the honey is heated to more than 104 F to promote faster extraction from the comb. Raw honey is also rich in many flavanoids such as pinocembrin, pinobanksin, chrysin, galagin, acecetin, quercetin and kaempherol, which help the body attack allergens, viruses, and carcinogens. In addition to these benefits, honey is packed with vitamins and minerals including riboflavin(B12), niacin(B3), pantothenic acid(B5), vitamin B6, folate(B9), vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.

The way in which raw honey is extracted and strained can tell a great deal about its quality. A “coarse strain” of honey retains the Propolis – a gluey substance the bees collect from the buds. It has a dark brown or reddish color and looks like small granules in the raw honey. Although there are a lot of misgivings by modern medicine towards Propolis, it has been used in traditional and folk medicine around the world for the past 5,000 years. Propolis is a substance the bees use not only as a sealant for the small cracks in the hive but also to build immunity in their young(like colostrums for mammals). Many humans respond with an allergic reaction when ingesting pure extracted Propolis, but when the Propolis is mixed in the honey, the body generally, is able to absorb it without any problems. Propolis is used for treatment of inflammation, viral diseases, ulcers, superficial burns, canker sores and gingivitis, and can be used as an antiseptic dressing on open wounds. It also is believed to have an antibiotic, antifungal, and even immuno-modulatory function. Please note that honey can be dangerous if ingested by children under 1 year of age due to the presence of botulinum toxin, from which infants can contract botulism(whereas older children and adults can destroy these toxins). The same toxin is the base of the well-known Botox, so it is no surprise that many cultures have used raw honey as a skin rub for thousands of years.

The next time you swat at a bee, take a second to remember the gift of raw honey. Its sweet taste is just the start of its appeal, as long as it comes straight from the source – the hive. When your cold and allergy symptoms act up this season, try a spoonful of honey to keep you going.

Here are more ways to harness the healing power of raw honey:

Burns:
Apply freely over burns. It cools, removes pain, serves as an antibiotic and aids in quick healing without scarring.

Cough Mixture:
Combine 6 ounces of honey, 2 ounces of glycerin and the juice of two lemons. Bottle and cork firmly, and use as required.

Hyperactivity:
Replace white sugar with honey. Honey provides the energy without the “spike” in blood sugar.

Insomnia:
A small spoonful of honey in warm milk helps you fall asleep.

Migraines:
Dissolve a spoonful of honey in half a glass of warm water. Sip at the first signs of a migraine, and if necessary, repeat after another 20 minutes.

Nasal Congestion:
Place a spoonful of honey in a basin of water and inhale fumes after covering your head with a towel over the basin.

Fatigue:
Dissolve a spoonful of honey in warm water as a natural stabilizer. Honey is primarily fructose and glucose, so it is quickly absorbed by the digestive system.

Facial Cleanser:
Mix honey with an equal quantity of oatmeal and apply to the face for 30 minutes. The concoction works as a deep cleanser for acne and other unwanted blemishes.

Poor Digestion:
Mix honey with an equal quantity of apple cider vinegar and dil ute to taste with water. This also eases joint pain and promotes weight loss.

Osteoporosis:
Research has shown that a teaspoon of honey per day aids calcium utilization and prevents osteoporosis.

Sore Throats:
Let a teaspoon of honey melt in the back of your mouth and trickle down the throat. This reduces tissue inflammation. I can’t tell you how amazing this really is for sore throats. We haven’t had to purchase cough drops in I don’t even know how long now. It’s really amazing for the pain relief and quick healing.

Cold & Cough Syrup:
Combine half a cup of raw honey with half a cup of aloe juice or pulp, 3 tablespoons liquid chlorophyll, and the juice of one large lemon. Use as needed. All of these components are antibacterial and the syrup is soothing to the throat, which reduces coughing.

We buy our raw honey locally from this neat little set up at a house. There is literally a little cabinet outside by the garage and you leave your money in the mail slot by the garage then take your honey. :D It’s adorable and sweet and so awesome that they run their business on trust. We generally buy the big jars which are quart jars I believe for $10. Raw honey is an amazing nutrient-rich food and we’ve used it for a long time. It completely got rid of Sascha’s allergies and helped calm him down. It’s my primary sweetener for tea and the first thing I reach for when someone gets sick. Try it, you’ll like it! ;)

Anyways for those who are local and want to try some raw honey, they are located at 6524 SE Queen Rd. in Milwaukie, OR. For those of you who want to try raw honey but don’t know where to buy locally there is a website called BEE-RAW which sells raw honey. :) You can also peruse Etsy for raw honey.

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