Strange Things That I Like…. Musings

  • The sounds of crickets
  • The smell of gasoline
  • Wiggling me feet in my sheets
  • Windy days
  • Talking in puns
  • Peeling oranges (especially in one piece and making the essential oil burst from it)   
  • Smashing marshmallows between my fingers to make taffy
  • The smell of lightening in the air
  • Biting into a Wintergreen lifesaver to make it spark   
  • Corny jokes
  • Walking on leaves that make a crunching noise
  • Novelty mugs &  t-shirts with funny quotes
  • McDonalds sweet and sour sauce
  • Drawing in foggy or frozen windows or mirrors
  • Wiping the last bit of food out of a container with my fingers to eat
  • Balling up a paper bag

What strange things do you like?

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Beauties of the Month: Cara Gee, Fairuza Balk, Joan Chen, Maisie Richardson Sellers, Daisy Ridley, Simone Kessell, Aimee Mullins, Lea Salonga, Nanna Øland Fabricius, and Rita Dominic!

Cara Gee

Fairuza Balk

Joan Chen

Maisie Richardson Sellers

Daisy Ridley

Simone Kessell

via Icon Magazine

Aimee Mullins

Lea Salonga

Nanna Øland Fabricius

Rita Dominic

Beauty Must Haves For September!

Charlotte Tilbury ‘Matte Revolution’

Luminous Modern-Matte Lipstick

in Bond Girl

The Laundress Delicate Wash, Lady

St Tropez In Shower Gradual Tan

Bobbi Brown Lip Color Shimmer Finish

in Twilight Shimmer

Dermaflage Worryless Starter Kit

Scar Coverage (Has learning curve, but really works

once you get the hang of it!)

Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers

Kiehl’s Original Musk

Beauty Bear Age Delay Pillow

T3 Source Showered Filter

TopShop Lip Ombre

Bodyglide Original Anti-Chafe Balm

Great for preventing blisters!

Dragon’s Blood in Skin Care – Not Derived from Fantastical Creatures! But Does Amazing Things to Your Skin!

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Dragon’s blood is a bright red resin that is obtained from different species of a number of distinct plant genera: Croton, Dracaena, Daemonorops, Calamus rotang and Pterocarpus. The red resin has been in continuous use since ancient times as varnish, medicine, incense, and dye.

Dragon’s blood(Daemomorops draco) crushed incense and ground apothecary’s or pigment grade. Photo: Andy DingleyDragon’s blood resin is also produced from the rattan palms of the genus Daemonorops of the Indonesian islands and known there as jerang or djerang. It is gathered by breaking off the layer of red resin encasing the unripe fruit of the rattan. The collected resin is then rolled into solid balls before being sold.

The dragon’s blood known to the ancient Romans was mostly collected from D. cinnabari, and is mentioned in the 1st century Periplus (30: 10. 17) as one of the products of Socotra. Socotra had been an important trading centre since at least the time of the Ptolemies. Dragon’s blood was used as a dye, painting pigment, and medicine (respiratory and gastrointestinal problems) in the Mediterranean basin, and was held by early Greeks, Romans, and Arabs to have medicinal properties. Dioscorides and other early Greek writers described its medicinal uses.

Locals of Moomy city on Socotra island use the Dracaena resin as a sort of cure-all, using it for such things as general wound healing, a coagulant (though this is ill-advised with commercial products, as the Daemonorops species acts as an anti-coagulant and it is usually unknown what species the dragon’s blood came from), curing diarrhea, lowering fevers, dysentery diseases, taken internally for ulcers in the mouth, throat, intestines and stomach, as well as an antiviral for respiratory viruses, stomach viruses and for skin disorders such as eczema.

When applied topically, the sap dries quickly to form a barrier, much like a second skin. This protective shield helps regenerate the skin and prevents further damage with its anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and antioxidant qualities. Defending the skin against oxidative free radicals, it may ward off genetic alteration within the DNA of the skin cells. It also has exceptional anti-inflammatory properties that have shown to stimulate human skin fibroblasts, which ultimately helps to heal the skin when marred by acne or injury. It is ideal for sensitive or stressed skin to plump out fine lines and protect from the elements whilst hydrating the deepest layers of the skin and reduce redness.

Dragon’s blood contains phytochemicals including proanthocyanidins (antioxidants), diterpenes, phytosterols, and simple phenols. Alkaloids apsine and a lignan named dimethylcedrusine. which actually repair collagen, the lattice-like main protein that makes up much of our tissues. Additionally, Dragon’s blood contains taspine, a known tissue-healing agent it has been documented to have anti-inflammatory and wound-healing actions, and when combined with the proanthocyanidins, also shows anti-viral activities.

Though each component plays a beneficial role, it is the combination of elements within dragon’s blood that makes it so special. In a Belgian lab test on rats, dimethylcedrusine, pycnogenol, and tapsine all were shown to effectively heal skin lesions. But the crude resin of dragon’s blood was shown to speed healing four times faster (or 10-20 times faster than using nothing at all). Unlike its isolated chemicals, dragon’s blood was able to stimulate the contraction of wounds, help in the formation of a scab at the wound site, regenerate skin more rapidly, and assist in the formation of new collagen.

In 2007, researchers in China identified eight new flavonoids and 14 known compounds in dragon’s blood extract. After pitting the dragon’s blood compounds in test tubes against ulcer-causing H. pylori bacertia and thromin (a blood-clotting agent), the scientists discovered that many of the compounds were successful at combatting these bacteria. Once additional experiments lab experiments verify these findings, dragon’s blood may eventually be prescribed to treat gastrointestinal disorders. Today, practitioners are reporting that preparations made with dragon’s blood have shown to be beneficial for stomach ulcers, ulverative colitis, and Crohn’s disease when taken internally. In the Amazon it is used in primary first aid.

Photo: Maša Sinreih in Valentina Vivodhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21073937

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20349349

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/004938488390021X

Preventing Make Up Melt Down!

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  • The heavier the moisturizer the easier make up can slip off, try a lighter formulated moisturizer during the summer.
  • Look for long wearing foundations and don’t forget to use primer!
  • Let your moisturizer set for 2 to 3 minutes to fully absorb, then apply the primer and allow it to set for at least a minute, and then apply your foundation.
  • A common mistake is applying your make up in a rush!
  • Use long wearing powder or cream blush and eyeshadow.
  • Avoid moisturizer on you upper eyelid or blot your lid a few times before applying primer. Oil can settle in the fold of the lid.
  • If using gel or liquid liner, use a powder shadow in the same shade over the liner to set it.
  • Use mascara that is either waterproof, tube mascara (ex. Blinc), or set with a water resistant top coat (ex. Clarins Double Fix’ Mascara).

  • Line your lips, then apply your balm, lipstick, or gloss.
  • Try a lip stain or long wearing lip color.
  • Prevent feathering around your mouth by applying concealer or clear lip liner around the edge of your lips.

  • Set with very fine loose face powder (ex. Make Up Forever HD) then set your entire face with make up setting spray (ex. Urban Decay All Nighter).

Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer a Review!

   
 
  

Not greatest moisturizer on the market but it makes up for it in innovation.

It was specifically designed for you to apply the lotion while still wet from the shower. It absorbs immediately to lock in moisture from your shower preventing it from evaporating. While you can apply any oil or lotion while still wet they take much longer to absorb and are slippery which can be dangerous in the bathroom. If your skin is not very dry that you can use this alone. If your skin is very dry you will need to follow up with additional oil or lotion on top of the Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer.

Lightly and pleasantly fragranced the scent only lasted a few minutes. I think that for those with chronic dry skin adding this additional step maybe worth while.

  

Inspirational Quotes!

   
    
 

   
    
    
    
    
   

Best Products for Men 2015 Continued….

Hair Care:

Sachajuan Stockholm Hair Paste

Davines This is A Strong Dry Wax

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray

R+Co Aircraft Pomade Mousse

Scents:

Casual:

Givenchy Gentlemen Only Casual Chic

Jimmy Choo Man

Byredo Parfums Gypsy Water

Dior Homme Sport

Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme Sport

Le Labo Rose 31

Prada Sport Luna Rossa

Diptyque Florabellio

Acqua Di Gio Giorgio Armani

Evening:

Creed Green Irish Tweed

Tom Ford Noir Extreme

Bodywash, Soap, and Lotion:

Old Spice Fresh Body Wash or Timber Body Wash

Axe Harmony Body Wash

Dove Men + Care Extra Fresh Body & Face Bar

Yes to Coconut Ultra Light Spray Body Lotion

St Ives Fresh Hydration Lotion

Proof That Going Gray or White Can Still Look Great!

  
Jamie Lee Curtis

  Jane Fonda

  

Idris Elba

  
Meryl Streep

  

Anderson Cooper  

  
Nichelle Nicols

 

   

 Helen Mirren

  
Barrack Obama

 Ellen Burstyn

  George Clooney

  
  Ruby Dee

  Shirley Jones

  Roseanne Barr 

  

Alice Walker

  

Emmylou Harris

  
Morgan Freeman 
  
Stacy London

  
Matt LeBlanc

  
Glenn Close

  
Toni Morrison 

  
John Slattery

Poll: Summer Beauty Problems

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