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~ Sunday, April 20 ~
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There once was a man
with a shopping cart in hand.
He had a brilliant plan
to buy every single can.
“To buy what?!” you ask.
“Moldy peaches? Shards of glass?”
No, no, no way! None of that!
He searched for beans of black.

He battled through the big store
like it was the first world war.
“Can’t live without them,” he swore.
Eating anything else was a chore.

But there were no beans to catch.
Kidney beans, but none of black.
Black-eyed peas were still no match.
“Could I be blind?” he’d just ask.

I’ll tell you where it all went.
I walked in, feeling discontent.
I bought it all, my money spent.
one hundred and ten percent.

I bought every can I’d find.
And now I didn’t think twice.
I put it all in your rice.
Now,
isn’t
that
nice?

— I still love this stupid poem I wrote last year.

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Uni VoxBox Review!
I received this box full of goodies complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster. I’ve been enjoying them for the past few weeks, and I’m here to review all of the products for you today!
Red Rose Real Tea Premium Water EnhancersI happened to receive this guy in Black Tea flavor, which I was super excited about! I drink a ton of tea—at least one cup a day—and I have been loving black tea lately. I drink it with mint, lemon, cinnamon, vanilla, caramel, and even black. The idea is simple: put a squeeze of this super-concentrated tea in a cup of water, stir, and you have insta-tea! You can use it in hot or cold water!!I honestly was really stoked to try this out. I tried making iced tea the next day. It’s a little puzzling to figure out how much liquid to squirt into your cup, but you can add a little, stir, taste test, and add more as you see fit. I liked the idea and thought it’d be good for on the go, but I didn’t like how it was pre-sweetened. It was real sugar, which was cool, but it was really, really sweet, and I drink my tea black. I’m back to sticking tea bags in my purse for now. I would enjoy testing out an unsweetened variety, though.Verdict: 2.5/5 stars. I like the idea, but it’s much too sweet for me. 
Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-on ManicureRemember those stick-on nails you received as a little girl? These are like a more sophisticated version of them that last a lot longer. I received this press-on manicure in the style “TGIF,” which was an adorable floral pattern. They were relatively easy to apply, and they lasted me about a week, even through my job that constantly makes me use my hands and nail. Taking them off was a dream, too! I actually filmed a whole video on this kit, which is located here! Verdict: 4/5 stars. They were a dream. I just wish they were super duper affordable.
NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Forever FuschiaWhen I received this, I didn’t know if I’d like it. It was an extremely pigmented bright pink. I tried it on, though, and instantly adored it. It looked good with my pale skin tone. It was a bright, bright color that still didn’t overpower my look. It dried pretty quickly in a matte texture and stayed on until I had my next meal. I can’t comment on the longevity of the lipstick because I am constantly doing something like eating or drinking or playing saxophone, but I will say that I loved it so much that I went out and purchased another lip color in the same line in a bright red a few days later! Verdict: 5/5 stars. $1.99 for a lipstick that doesn’t have any flaws? How could you possibly go wrong?
Pilot Acroball Pure White PenOkay, I’m reviewing a pen? So wacky, but I’ll do it. I’ve been using this thing constantly since receiving it. It writes better than my fancy pens from Delta and the Hilton. It feels smooth and there are no breaks in my lines. The bottom has a nice, yellow (my favorite color!) grip that keeps me from getting writer’s cramp. I’ll probably buy a pack of these when the ink runs out. The pen is supposed to be “stylish,” and while I’ll agree that this is a much better looking pen than the rest of mine, I think this is a silly thing to look for in a writing utensil. ;) Verdict: 5/5. I like it, and it’s yellow!
Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse FoundationOkay, here’s a confession: I never wear foundation. My foundation experience is pretty much nonexistent. I like going au-naturel. Is that a real phrase, or did I just make that up? What I will tell you, though, is that I like this a lot better than the other stuff sitting in my makeup box right now. It’s a mousse, which makes me feel more confident than a cakey powder. It matches my white, white, white complexion. It gives me great coverage without making me feel like I’m wearing a gross amount of makeup. I’ve been wearing this by blending it on my face with a kabuki brush. It’s really easy, super fast, and it stays on pretty much all day. Verdict: 4/5. It’s pretty easy to use, lasts long, and is affordable. I’ll probably buy again when I run out of this bottle!
So, there you have it! I’ve really enjoyed working with these products and finishing all of the challenges Influenster has provided me. I really hope to be chosen to review another VoxBox in the near future!

Uni VoxBox Review!

I received this box full of goodies complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster. I’ve been enjoying them for the past few weeks, and I’m here to review all of the products for you today!

Red Rose Real Tea Premium Water Enhancers
I happened to receive this guy in Black Tea flavor, which I was super excited about! I drink a ton of tea—at least one cup a day—and I have been loving black tea lately. I drink it with mint, lemon, cinnamon, vanilla, caramel, and even black. The idea is simple: put a squeeze of this super-concentrated tea in a cup of water, stir, and you have insta-tea! You can use it in hot or cold water!!
I honestly was really stoked to try this out. I tried making iced tea the next day. It’s a little puzzling to figure out how much liquid to squirt into your cup, but you can add a little, stir, taste test, and add more as you see fit. I liked the idea and thought it’d be good for on the go, but I didn’t like how it was pre-sweetened. It was real sugar, which was cool, but it was really, really sweet, and I drink my tea black. I’m back to sticking tea bags in my purse for now. I would enjoy testing out an unsweetened variety, though.
Verdict: 2.5/5 stars. I like the idea, but it’s much too sweet for me.

Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-on Manicure
Remember those stick-on nails you received as a little girl? These are like a more sophisticated version of them that last a lot longer. I received this press-on manicure in the style “TGIF,” which was an adorable floral pattern. They were relatively easy to apply, and they lasted me about a week, even through my job that constantly makes me use my hands and nail. Taking them off was a dream, too!
I actually filmed a whole video on this kit, which is located here!
Verdict: 4/5 stars. They were a dream. I just wish they were super duper affordable.

NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Forever Fuschia
When I received this, I didn’t know if I’d like it. It was an extremely pigmented bright pink. I tried it on, though, and instantly adored it. It looked good with my pale skin tone. It was a bright, bright color that still didn’t overpower my look. It dried pretty quickly in a matte texture and stayed on until I had my next meal. I can’t comment on the longevity of the lipstick because I am constantly doing something like eating or drinking or playing saxophone, but I will say that I loved it so much that I went out and purchased another lip color in the same line in a bright red a few days later!
Verdict: 5/5 stars. $1.99 for a lipstick that doesn’t have any flaws? How could you possibly go wrong?

Pilot Acroball Pure White Pen
Okay, I’m reviewing a pen? So wacky, but I’ll do it. I’ve been using this thing constantly since receiving it. It writes better than my fancy pens from Delta and the Hilton. It feels smooth and there are no breaks in my lines. The bottom has a nice, yellow (my favorite color!) grip that keeps me from getting writer’s cramp. I’ll probably buy a pack of these when the ink runs out.
The pen is supposed to be “stylish,” and while I’ll agree that this is a much better looking pen than the rest of mine, I think this is a silly thing to look for in a writing utensil. ;)
Verdict: 5/5. I like it, and it’s yellow!

Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation
Okay, here’s a confession: I never wear foundation. My foundation experience is pretty much nonexistent. I like going au-naturel. Is that a real phrase, or did I just make that up? What I will tell you, though, is that I like this a lot better than the other stuff sitting in my makeup box right now. It’s a mousse, which makes me feel more confident than a cakey powder. It matches my white, white, white complexion. It gives me great coverage without making me feel like I’m wearing a gross amount of makeup. I’ve been wearing this by blending it on my face with a kabuki brush. It’s really easy, super fast, and it stays on pretty much all day.
Verdict: 4/5. It’s pretty easy to use, lasts long, and is affordable. I’ll probably buy again when I run out of this bottle!

So, there you have it! I’ve really enjoyed working with these products and finishing all of the challenges Influenster has provided me. I really hope to be chosen to review another VoxBox in the near future!


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~ Friday, April 18 ~
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I accidentally took this “selfie.” I’m working on my first D.I.Y. YouTube video. I’m excited. Be excited.

I accidentally took this “selfie.” I’m working on my first D.I.Y. YouTube video. I’m excited. Be excited.

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~ Monday, April 14 ~
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Ten Women I Have Been Warned Against Becoming:

1. The Girl Who Takes Up Too Much Space, always, her shoulders too wide in stairwells, her hips too big in doorways, her voice too loud in classes. This woman does not understand the art of crumbling, of curling herself tight like the spiral of a fern, soft, delicate, unwilling to reach out the ivy of her fingers to grasp onto what should rightfully be hers. This is a beast, an elephant, a moving mountain and she is capable of flattening you, she is capable of ruining you, she is capable of making you feel as small and insignificant in her life as she is supposed to be. You are this woman’s footnote to history, you are her side note in song lyrics, you are constantly interrupted by her with a witty joke you wish you thought of. I asked what the problem was with being a steamroller instead of a sunflower and I was laughed down.

2. The Beautiful One, the long hair or the slim waist or the pretty eyes or the lips like bowstrings. This woman looks good in everything because she’s confident in whatever you put her in. She’ll cut her hair short on you no matter how you like it, she’ll wear high heels and step on your opinions, she’ll look hot as hell no matter what size she is. See, the reason you can’t trust her is because women like this don’t need your permission, they’ll do as they please and get away with it. They’ll say no to you, over and over. Teach your daughters that beautiful means dangerous, teach them to distrust women who love themselves. Equate beautiful with vapid, equate pretty with stupid, take their power from them. Say they’re vain for their makeup, refuse to see them without it. These women are snakes, they are serpents. I said maybe the problem lies with you being unable to control yourself and was told to get off my pedestal.

3. A Bitch. Women are supposed to be ladies in the street but will tear skin under sheets. I’m told: Never raise your voice. Speak gently. Submit. Hold your opinion against your lips and when you admit to it, make sure it comes out as a butterfly wing suggestion. Don’t disagree. Don’t undermine someone else’s authority, regardless of whether or not they deserve your respect. Someone touches you, just move away from them. Don’t hit. Don’t talk back. Be like the ruins of Rome, only beautiful if you can’t hear your quiet death.

4. The Needy One. I have heard how others spit when they talk about how she gave you everything and you shoved it back down her throat until she choked on it, until she came back crawling and asked you what she did, until her palms and knees were scraped for want of just a little affection - never be this woman, I’m told, because she’s a joke and the joke is that she dared to have more emotion than you did. The truth is, I’m told, the one who cares less in a partnership is the one who wins. I didn’t know this was a competition.

5. The Cock Tease, certified stripper, how dare that girl look like that and not want me to sleep with her. Lust is always personified as a lady in red with a dress slit up her thigh. Lust is sinful because it’s power, it’s not asking for attention - it’s demanding it. I’m told she is the worst kind of woman, that looking good is supposed to be some kind of shame on her kin. I’m told not to leave the house in such a short skirt, not with a shirt so low, not with a lace back, not with high heels, not dressed like that. My lipstick can’t be too red, my hair can’t be too mussed, I can’t just “turn someone on like that and then leave them wanting.” I mentioned that instant gratification actually ruins our psyche and was told that being led on was “exhausting.” I said that there was a difference between purposefully tricking someone into liking you and just being attractive or friendly. I was told there’s also a difference between coffee and tea but both result in caffeine. I said, “I’ve been turned on in class by the girls I talk to but I didn’t expect anything from them,” and they said, “It’s different, you’re not a man,” but couldn’t explain where that difference was.

6. A Slut, obviously ruined by another person’s touch. It doesn’t matter how many people she’s actually been with, it’s all about the rumors she carries with her. Easy. Harlot. You’ll still try to get with her, you’ll still take her into your bed and kiss her and say things you don’t mean - but you’ll defame her name when you talk to your buddies. My father used to say “A slut is fine for the night, but the virgin is who you take home and marry.” Maybe he didn’t know he was teaching his daughter to hate her sexuality. Maybe he didn’t know that every time she’d be kissed, her whole system would shake until she felt ready to combust, shame and self-hatred shivering against her spine. Maybe he didn’t know she’d disconnect emotions and sex because he always told her, “Boys are different, they won’t care about you.” Nobody said to her that it was okay to experiment. See, the funny thing is, I’m a dancer so I know exactly where my center of gravity is. I know how hard I’ll fall in each direction. Yet out of fear of getting hurt, I won’t let a single person inside of my bed.

7. The Soulmate. Never love romance more than you love being cynical. Never show weakness, never like pink, never think maybe you might find someone nice and settle down with them. Someone will find you, I was told, And if you’re lucky, he’ll put up with you when you start getting old. Never be the woman who believes in happily ever after, never be dumb enough to think maybe someone could love you after all of your mistakes. It has nothing to do with whether or not a family is important to you and you’re in a good place where a relationship would make your life better - you’re not a princess. You don’t get married, you settle.

8. The Girl With Strength, who can outrun everyone and who is stronger than her boyfriend. “See the thing about boys,” says my daddy, “Is that you have to let them win.” I sat at home and read stories about Artemis and wanted to become the huntress, too. I wanted to howl at the moon, I wanted to slay the beasts that bested me, I wanted to rule my kingdom with bloody fists. But girls are never athletes, never supposed to be “built,” regardless of the fact civilizations were constructed on our spines and we made homes in war by the steel of our ribs. Never be strong. We are supposed to wilt.

9. The Lady CEO: because if you choose work over family, are you really a girl? How dare you fight your way to the top through every pair of eyes that bore through your blouse, through every meeting where you were hushed by the sound of someone else talking, through every time someone called you “sweetie,” how dare you yearn for something. Is your husband the stay-at-home one? I can’t imagine how that is going. He’s not a real man, after all. I don’t give it long before the divorce. How dare you decide you’re happy being single. Don’t you know you’re supposed to bear children. Where is your honor? Where is your wisdom? Who cares if you are the leader, the best suited for your position, the quickest-thinking, the one who makes the hardest clients come back again. Don’t you see? Across history, women have been terrible at success. They always lose their man in the end. (When I said, “I would rather be a famous author than a mediocre mother,” I was told, “No, don’t worry, you’ll be a fine mommy.”)

10. THE GIRL I AM: FIRECRACKER AND DON’T YOU FUCKING FORGET IT I’LL RIP YOU TO SHREDS AND I WON’T FUCKING REGRET IT I’M NOT YOUR PRETTY GIRL I’M NOT YOUR ANYTHING I’M PERFECT, MOTHERFUCKER, AND I’M NOT GOING TO GIVE UP WHAT I’M DOING. I DON’T WANT TO BE “LADYLIKE” THAT LITERALLY MEANS NOTHING I’M NOT GOING TO STOP STANDING UP AND DEMANDING WHAT’S COMING TO ME. I’M GONNA BE SOMEBODY. I’M GONNA MAKE THEM REMEMBER ME. I REFUSE TO BE OVERSHADOWED IN HISTORY. I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU WERE TRYING TO CREATE BUT YOU MADE ME A DRAGON YOU PUT ME IN THE FIRE AND WHEN I STOPPED BURNING I LEARNED HOW TO GLOW DON’T THINK YOU CAN STOP ME YOU CAN’T TAME A TORNADO.

In respectful response to a poem tilted, “Ten men women have warned me against becoming." /// r.i.d (via inkskinned)

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~ Sunday, April 13 ~
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thelonelyscarecrow:

castiels-time-traveler:

nintendocanada:

mapsontheweb:

Map of the World by Natural Skin Color

i’m really dumbfounded that i never realized skin colour is literally just caused by being closer to or farther from the equator and the resulting sun exposure and skin darkening

actually, its an adaptation. natural selection. people with darker skin are selected for in areas near the equator, where the melanin that causes the darker color protects them from radiation and protects them from skin cancer and other health defects, and because they are healthier they can pass on that trait more. people near the poles have lighter skin because it allows them absorb more of the limited sunlight to convert to vitamin d. 

THIS IS THE THING SOME PEOPLE HATE OTHER PEOPLE OVER.Evolution of melanin levels based on geographical location.

thelonelyscarecrow:

castiels-time-traveler:

nintendocanada:

mapsontheweb:

Map of the World by Natural Skin Color

i’m really dumbfounded that i never realized skin colour is literally just caused by being closer to or farther from the equator and the resulting sun exposure and skin darkening

actually, its an adaptation. natural selection. people with darker skin are selected for in areas near the equator, where the melanin that causes the darker color protects them from radiation and protects them from skin cancer and other health defects, and because they are healthier they can pass on that trait more. people near the poles have lighter skin because it allows them absorb more of the limited sunlight to convert to vitamin d. 

THIS IS THE THING SOME PEOPLE HATE OTHER PEOPLE OVER.

Evolution of melanin levels based on geographical location.


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i want to apologize to all the women i have called beautiful
before i’ve called them intelligent or brave
i am sorry i made it sound as though
something as simple as what you’re born with
is all you have to be proud of
when you have broken mountains with your wit
from now on i will say things like
you are resilient, or you are extraordinary
not because i don’t think you’re beautiful
but because i need you to know
you’re more than that
rupi kaur (via rupikaur)

Reasons why I try to talk to my nieces about more than beauty. I want them to know they’re worth more than their outward appearances, and that their unique thoughts and interests are important.


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lalondes:

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DON’T SCROLL PAST THIS.
Scarleteen is a vital queer and trans positive sexual health resource. Their staff do an amazing job of creating really comprehensive and helpful articles on literally every sexual topic you can imagine. They also provide live chats, advice columns, moderated discussion forums, and SMS-based peer support. This site has helped me on countless occasions, and I refer at-risk queer and trans kids to this site every single day.
Scarleteen is invaluable.
And Scarleteen needs your help.
During their annual donation drive this year, the site was only able to raise $1,500. Only fifty people out of Scarleteen’s 350,000 unique monthly visitors contributed to the fundraising drive.
This means that unless Scarleteen sees a stable, sustained, 50% increase in donations, the site will essentially be forced to go dark on May 1. No more new content, no more advice columns, no more forums, no more live chat, no more SMS support. 
This is devastating.
If Scarleteen goes dark, millions of young people, vulnerable queer and trans teens among them, will lose access to essential, fundamental sexual health resources. We cannot let this happen.
Please, please, please donate to Scarleteen. Consider making a recurring monthly contribution if you feel that this is within your means. Even $5 or $10 a month will go a long way to helping this very, very deserving organization.
And whether or not you’re able to donate at this time, please signal boost this and spread the word. Scarleteen does incredible, very necessary work, and they need our help.

lalondes:

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DON’T SCROLL PAST THIS.

Scarleteen is a vital queer and trans positive sexual health resource. Their staff do an amazing job of creating really comprehensive and helpful articles on literally every sexual topic you can imagine. They also provide live chats, advice columns, moderated discussion forums, and SMS-based peer support. This site has helped me on countless occasions, and I refer at-risk queer and trans kids to this site every single day.

Scarleteen is invaluable.

And Scarleteen needs your help.

During their annual donation drive this year, the site was only able to raise $1,500. Only fifty people out of Scarleteen’s 350,000 unique monthly visitors contributed to the fundraising drive.

This means that unless Scarleteen sees a stable, sustained, 50% increase in donations, the site will essentially be forced to go dark on May 1. No more new content, no more advice columns, no more forums, no more live chat, no more SMS support. 

This is devastating.

If Scarleteen goes dark, millions of young people, vulnerable queer and trans teens among them, will lose access to essential, fundamental sexual health resources. We cannot let this happen.

Please, please, please donate to Scarleteen. Consider making a recurring monthly contribution if you feel that this is within your means. Even $5 or $10 a month will go a long way to helping this very, very deserving organization.

And whether or not you’re able to donate at this time, please signal boost this and spread the word. Scarleteen does incredible, very necessary work, and they need our help.


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~ Friday, April 11 ~
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Turn on the app If you feel unsafe hold your finger on the screen. Once arrived to a safe location, enter your code. If your finger leaves the screen without entering the code law enforcement is notified and your location is tracked through your phone.


Please make it for Windows 8!

Turn on the app If you feel unsafe hold your finger on the screen. Once arrived to a safe location, enter your code. If your finger leaves the screen without entering the code law enforcement is notified and your location is tracked through your phone.

Please make it for Windows 8!

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~ Wednesday, April 9 ~
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