Skin as pink and white as a newborn (white) baby’s bottom

I saw this on youtube, and thought immediately: I want that!! Not because I want to be white, but because I want my skin to look brighter. I think there is a difference, but a lot of the people who comment on the commercials for Pond’s Flawless White and White Beauty were appalled and thought it was racist. Perhaps it’s the name of the product. Maybe it should be Flawless Bright or Bright Beauty. Unless some of the women in Asia use this product because they want white skin and not just bright skin. Perhaps they feel self-conscious if their skin is dark.

Is this wrong? There’s probably some people out there who wish the women these commercials are aimed at would accept themselves for who they are. Unless they just want to get rid of a few spots.

I know the lady looks pretty white at the end of this commercial. Almost like she’s wearing face paint.

But other commercials just show some dark spots fading away.

What do you think? Is race seen differently in Asia than in the United States? What do you think the races are of the people who commented on these videos?

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Nostalgic for the 1990s?

Me too! My memories of the (early to mid) ’90s include my aunt cutting her hair into asymmetrical bobs à la T-boz and a mixture of gangsta menswear and aerobics spandex. But that was for the older folks. I was too busy watching cartoons. Althoug I did dress up like Chile for Halloween.  Don’t worry, I’m not going to mention slap bracelets. Or was that the 80s?

Remember…

Pogs?

Pogs!

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I used to have some pretty serious unicorn pogs. In case you didn’t know, these were really popular back in the mid to late 90s. They were made of plastic or cardboard and the “slammers” were made of some other material and were a little heavier. Pile the pogs and hit them with side of the slammer. The player with the most face-up pogs won. I think that’s how it went.

 

JTT?

 

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Are those flowers for me? *Swoon*–JTT, or Jonathan Taylor Thomas, was the love of every girl’s life when I was younger. My ballet classmates and I would exchange Tiger Beats and wish we could go to Hollywood and tell him how much we loved him.

Jelly Sandals?!!!

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Every girl had to have jellies. I’m going to say around ’97. I hade clear glitter jellies and although I’ve heard people complaining that even though they hurt your feet, they were still the style–they never hurt my feet. These purple ones are so cute I’d wear them now!

Patches?

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I had a smiley face patch on the butt of my jeans and everyone thought that was pretty cool. Usually, the patches were ironed on to backpacks or skater jeans.

Mary Janes?

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Cher's Mary Janes--loved these then and still want them now! Don't know who Cher is? For Shame!!!! Go watch "Clueless."

These would have been so awesome to have in 7th/8th grade. Yes this is how the girls in my class dressed (or at least how I dressed!). I think Cher Horowitz popularized these in the 90s.  I know they were popular in other decades but, can’t you see a pattern? Everything else was, too! How unoriginal.

I thought I would have come up with more, but that was exhausting.

Texting

No one’s writing letters anymore! No one’s even calling on the phone! So, now that texting is the thing, people can compare telephone conversations to letter writing. It’s personal because you can hear the other person’s voice! But texting is writing, hence the word “text” in “texting,” isn’t it? What do you think?

Look Thinner and More Beautiful Instantly!

Sit up straight!

Not only will you look better, but your back will benefit in the long run. Your spine and pelvis like to be positioned a certain way, and it’s bad enough that some of us have to either sit on our butts, or stand on our feet for hours during work. Sitting can be hard on our spines and pelvis so excellent posture can build up the muscles in your back and prevent future injuries.

You may not realize when you are sitting hunched over in your chair, how absurd you look! When people aren’t sitting up straight they look tired, bored, worn out, short, or just lazy. Sitting up straight gives the illusion that you’re taller than you really are. You can try this when you’re out with friends or at the office. Look around at everyone’s posture.  Are they hunched over, or sitting up straight? Who looks better? Then sit up straight yourself, put your shoulders back, and lift your chin a little to elongate your neck. You will realize that you’re head is higher than some of your taller friends, and that you even feel better, more regal. Ballerinas, belly dancers, and other performers always make sure that their posture is correct so they look graceful and elegant. A longer neck makes you look thinner and gets rid of a small double-chin!

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 Miley would look much prettier if she was standing up straight with her shoulders back and her head held high!

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Taylor Swift with great posture on the red carpet! 

Most women are of an average height of between 5’2” and 5’6”, so sitting in certain chairs for long periods of time may be uncomfortable.  In my experience, most office chairs (that can’t be adjusted) and restaurant chairs are not made for women this short. It’s almost a stretch just for my feet to lay flat on the floor! So a good way of sitting up straight and being comfortable while sitting is to move all the way to the edge of the seat. My feet lay flat on the floor and take the pressure off of my back while maintaining proper posture!

Women (and men) used to take great pains to have perfect posture. Corsets weren’t just used to make the waist smaller, but to force one to sit up straight. The bones in the corset prevented any kind of slouching. Even children were made to wear corsets as a kind of training in good posture.

From "History of Corsets" on Wikipedia.org

 

 After a while, your back may get tired or stiff from sitting up straight. Give your back a little break by getting up and walking around. Bend backward and forward slightly and from side to side to give yourself a little stretch, but don’t overdo it. You may also sit all the way back in your chair. Most office chairs are made to mold the contours of your back. Use it to give your back a rest, or as a reminder to sit up straight.

My Favorite Perfumes

Has someone ever walked past you and left a beautiful scent in their wake? Has anyone ever asked you, “What perfume are you wearing?” Have you ever smelled a perfume or scent that immediately brought back wonderful memories, or just made you feel nice?

Some women have a signature scent and I think that’s an important part of being an elegant woman. I, myself, have a few special scents. Right now, I only have a couple of perfumes, and they aren’t my ideal scents. I don’t know what happened! I just ran out and never got more. I was thinking about all of the perfumes I’ve had and loved and the ones I’d like to have again. Scents bring back memories, and your nose remembers far more than your eyes, in my opinion. You can be walking around the mall one day and you get a whiff of a scent you haven’t smelled in years and all of a sudden, it’s after gym class again, and you’re dousing yourself with CK-1. And that’s another good point!

A dainty woman never reeks of perfume!  Your perfume shouldn’t be able to be noticed unless someone is close to you, and even then, should be subtle. A dab or spray on the pulse points: behind the ears, on each wrist, and some on the décolletage is more than enough. If the perfume is very light, a light spray on your hair is very nice!

Cheap fragrances smell like cheap fragrances! Cheap doesn’t have to mean inexpensive. I’ve enjoyed some inexpensive perfumes in my life. But some dollar store or designer imposter perfumes can be very off-putting.

These are my favorite fragrances of all time:

Charlie by Revlon–This was my grandmother’s (on my dad’s side) signature scent. I called her “Nona.” Nona wore Charlie everyday and everything she owned smelled like Charlie. I liked the way she smelled but I don’t like it straight out of the bottle or on me. I guess it’s true about frangrances smelling different on different people. Charlie White is more my taste.

Charlie was introduced by Revlon in 1973. Charlie was the first perfume ad to feature a woman wearing pants!  (Wikipedia.org)

Strawberry Oil from the Garden Botanika—My mom used to go to the Garden Botanika and just pick up this oil. It smelled like strawberry bubble gum! I loved it. Too bad there’s no more Garden Botanika where I live!

HeartAnother Garden Botanika favorite. Heart is actually their best selling fragrance according to the website. This scent is light and absolutely delicious. You have to smell it to believe it.

Navy White– I used to wear this when I was about 11. I must’ve got it as a Christmas present. It came in a little circular bottle with a navy blue top. The perfume itself was creamy white and I think it had a moisturizer in it. Very light and subtle but very pretty.

Chanel No 5– Another of my Nona’s fragrances. I never smelled it on her, but it was on her dresser and I kept it after she died. I looked up the shape of the bottle and found that it’s over 20 years old. It still smells lovely. I wear it sometimes. I like the way it smells but I think I wear it more because it’s Chanel no 5 than because I actually like it.

Revlon Streetwear Scent in “Fling”-I wore this scent when I was around 12. Flirt came in a little silver bottle and smelled like vanilla and candy. I can’t find it anywhere so it must be discontinued but Britney Spears’ Fantasy is very similar. I don’t know what’s wrong with Revlon because this scent was great.

Ralph Lauren Polo Sport– This may be the closest thing I have to a signature scent. It came in a tall, clear frosted bottle.  I wore it from around 16 to 22 (I’m 25 now) and have since run out. I may just get it again! It’s very strong so a little goes a long way. It’s an unmistakable scent and anyone would remember it. It’s classy and fresh.

K de Krizia-This perfume makes me think of the holidays. My mother used to wear it. It’s spicy and warm.

KenzoAnother perfume of my mother’s (I used it all up on her!). Kenzo came in a bottle shaped like a leaf and smelled as green and fresh as a rainforest. It was floral and fruity and wasn’t too strong.

Tommy­– Yes Tommy, not Tommy Girl. My friends and I would wear Tommy before Tommy Girl came out because it just smelled so good! I think it should’ve been a unisex fragrance because it smells even better than Tommy Girl.

Escape by Calvin Klein– A strong perfume that smells like sweet flowers. A good one for special occasions.

Jovan White Musk– This perfume is pretty cheap at less than $15 a bottle but it smells very good. It does have that musky smell but is very light-hence the “white” in the name. My fiancé liked this one! It’s important not to overdo a light scent. You might think that others can’t smell it on you because your nose becomes desensitized or used to the scent. Don’t worry! They can smell it! Too much of the scent (especially if it’s cheap) can give you and others a headache.

CK one– This was a big deal to the girls when I was in high school. It was soo cool to have a unisex scent and it smelled dreamy…My fiancé and I bought $10 bottles of fake CK one and CK Be (another favorite) thinking they were real. They were most likely watered down versions.

Gap Scents– All the Gap scents were coveted in high school. The girls would carry tiny bottles in their purses and spritz “Dream” and “Heaven” to their hearts content. “Om” is also good, but “Grass” and “Dream” were my favorites. Even now, if I were to come upon one, I’m sure I would be reminded of high school.

Opium– My mom got this as a gift for Christmas. It was a moisturizer, not the perfume. I thought it smelled so sophisticated, and reminded me of woodsy/spicy incense. Strong yet warm without the alcohol smell of cologne.

I hope I didn’t forget any! Please let me know what your favorite scents are and if you like any I’ve listed!!

Addicted to Surgery!!

We all know we  have cosmetic surgery as an option to stay young looking and beautiful. But some go to extremes and instead of enhancing their features, they have them altered until they are almost unrecognizable.

Meg Ryan:

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 Nicole Kidman

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Courtney Cox

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 Rose McGowan

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 http://Awfulplasticsurgery.com has great pictures of lots of celebrity surgeries gone wrong…

Happy Halloween!

It’s not so happy this year because it’s raining and I see no kids on my street so far!! But it doesn’t matter!

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Darn that stupid night vison!

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                                          My autumn decorations~~I bought the pumpkins at the grocery store and the candy dish from the dollar store. The rest is from Michael’s craft store. I spent around $20 for all of it!

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Dried Roses

My fiance brought me home a beautiful bouquet of roses

But they were starting to wilt so I am drying them. Can’t wait to see how they’ll turn out!

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Himegyaru Hair!

It’s not easy to get your hair perfectly puffed, even if it’s thick like mine! With all the weight from my hair, sometimes it gets weighed down at the root. I don’t believe in teasing your hair, because it damages so much and gets it very tangled.

To get volume at the roots, I spritz in some hairspray, and tip my head over. Then I blast it with the blow dryer while smoothing it with my hands.

I haven’t tried these bumpits things, they’re not really my style, but I think they would give a great himegyaru look.

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Bumpits

Bumpits-Only $20 for a set of 4-buy 1 get 1 free 

Of course you need lots of bouncy curls. A curling spray and a curling iron or curlers will do the trick.

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Himegyaru at Forever 21?!

So girls everywhere are obsessed with the himegyaru fashions of Japan. It’s hard to find clothes online straight from Japan that won’t burn a hole in your wallet! With a little imagination and a keen eye, you can steal the himegyaru look and be the envy of all your friends in America…or wherever you happen to be! Copy and paste the links to your address bar! Only inexpensive and reliable sites!

Think Pink!

Himegyaru want to look as pretty as a princess, and look to beauties from history such as Marie Antoinette for inspiration. Dress all in pastel colors paired with white. Himegyaru is all about looking like  polished, prim, and sophisticated lady.

For Everyday:

An adorable pink polka dot blouse-Only  $11.50!!:

 Paired with a professional pencil skirt–$15.80–forever 21                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Charlotte Russe Shoes–$26.99–buy one get one $15!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     You need lots of accessories! A himegyaru is anything but plain!

Faux pearl ring–$4.80 forever 21

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
 Pin/Clip–$5.80 forever 21

Pin this to a hair-tie and leave it around your wrist for a cute bracelet-when you put your hair up, clip this to your pontyail!

Earrings–$6.80 forever 21

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A romantic white lace clutch–Victoria’s Clutch by HeyLadyHandbags–$12.50 etsy.com

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