Are ideas of “beauty” solely socially constructed?

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Hippie-dippy Pain Relief


If you’ve never heard of arnica before then I suggest you continue reading. A friend of mine works on a traveling dance production that tours the nation. One night, I was complaining about my shoulder and he told me that “whenever a dancer gets injured, they use arnica gel for pain relief” and suggested that I tried it too.

Arnica gel? What the devil is that? Well, I’ll tell you. Arnica is a flower in the sunflower family. The arnica flower is used to make medicine. When arnica is applied to the skin it temporarily relieves muscle pain & stiffness due to minor injuries, overexertion and falls but also reduces overall pain, and the swelling & discoloration from bruises (WebMD & arnicare).

My friend swears by this product and couldn’t shut up about it. He went on and on about how many people he has seen reduce their injury down-time by more than half because of arnica. It peaked my interest enough for me to go out and purchase some.

Whole Foods Market sells the Arnicare topical gel and oral pellets combo pack for less than $10, so I picked it up and started using it on my shoulder immediately. After a few days my shoulder pain almost completely disappeared. After a week, the pain was gone. Sold! You don’t have to tell me twice. If it works, it works.


Makeup by TiffanyD

Makeup by TiffanyD

I love this blog almost as much as I love shopping at Sephora. TiffanyD is a sweet, likable, self-taught makeup artist who makes video tutorials centered around “all things beauty”. What I like about her vlogs is that she doesn’t discriminate against drugstore products. She is interested in quality products regardless of the price point. It also helps that she tends to wear face shades that match mine. If you haven’t checked out her blog, do so immediately. 

Don Jon Triumphant

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But really, the movie is about how men [in general] develop unrealistic expectations from watching porn and how women [in general] develop unrealistic expectations from watching romantic movies. In both types of media, everyone is pretending (as they say in the film). This film is spot-on and couldn’t be more relevant.

HAPPINESS & INTIMACY are so important, which is why this movie is important. Don Jon shines a spotlight on all the fakers out there who are just going through the motions. Find someone you can open up to and be real with. That is where true happiness lies.

My quest for perfection in iPhone protection.

nüüd for iPhone 5s by LifeproofFirst stop, the nüüd case for iPhone 5s by Lifeproof ($89.00). This case intrigued me because like all Lifeproof cases, it’s waterproof, dirt proof, snow proof, and shockproof but unlike all Lifeproof cases, it offers screenless technology, so end-users can touch their actual iPhone 5s’s touchscreen. My one issue with this case is it’s Otterbox-like front appearance but I figured it was worth a shot as long as I kept the receipt. I gave this case the good old college try but I just couldn’t get over it’s clunky appearance. Returned.

Next stop, I tried the InvisibleSHIELD HD for iPhone 5/5s by ZAGG ($25.99). I’ve tried the original InvisibleSHIELD by Zagg in the past but I didn’t like it and I was hoping Zagg had made improvements in the HD version. False. I had the exact same experience with the Zagg HD screen protector as I had previously with the original. Here are my issues: the installation is almost impossible to get right, the screen protector basically downgrades the end-user’s iPhone navigation experience due to the tacky finish of the product, and the famous, “microbubbles” are finicky and while some of them may disappear over time or the others are there to stay. Returned.



Next and final stop, the InvisibleSHIELD Glass Screen Protector by ZAGG ($39.99). This screen protector is LIGHT YEARS ahead of the other screen protecters in the Zagg InvisibleSHIELD family. Installation is a snap, the tempered-glass material looks and feels amazing, and ZAGG offers a lifetime limited warranty as long as you register your product (and I would keep the receipt too). The video I have included is the one I watched while installing my screen protector. The young man in the video has some great tips on how to install it perfectly. Enjoy!