Monday, April 25, 2016

Subvert Your Lashes

Every woman has a beauty issue–some of us more than one. And what we perceive to be an issue is amplified when we look in the mirror.

An issue I have is pulling out my eye lashes.

No, I don’t purposely pull them out. I curl them with an eyelash curler and for some reason my right lashes fall out, while my left lashes stay perfectly intact. This is a problem for me because my right eye has gaps and then about 10 lashes. It looks stupid and ugly. I do have false eye lashes but they are a big pain in the butt. I’d just rather have thick, long lashes on both eyes, thank you very much.

But since the universe rarely bequeaths my wishes, I do the next best thing— I buy what I want. In this case I buy Urban Decay's Subversion Lash Primer. You can get it just about anywhere, although I love Ulta and Sephora, so I purchase a lot of my products there. Plus you can order on-line, which I love.

I have used many, many eye lash primers and conditioners over the years but Subversion is definitely the best one I’ve used. It’s a primer, so you can apply the primer then overlay with your favorite mascara. I just use it at night to condition my lashes. And when I do that, I notice new eye lash growth within a week. It really does work that fast. It also has great reviews on Ulta’s website.

So if you are like me and yank your eye lashes out with your eye lash curler, or if your lashes just aren’t as thick and long as you’d like, give Urban Decay’s Subversion Lash Primer a try.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Be Attentive With Internet & Social Media

Even before social media, there were scams. But back in the day it was more difficult, and a lot more work, to steal someone’s identity. Now-a-days, it’s pretty much easy peasy.

A lot of scammers troll Facebook. They send out quizzes asking things like what’s your favorite pet’s name; the name of the street you grew up on; your first car; your father or grandfather’s nic-name. The answers are logged via IP addresses. Once the scammers get enough info, they can hack your passwords and steal your identity.

They are also good at sending out emails that look legit. I received one the other day at work. I never saw the email address before and it wasn’t signed by anyone, so I was suspicious. I replied with a question and viola—it came back undeliverable.

Just today I received a friend request on Facebook. Before I accept any invitations, I look at the person’s profile. First, to see if they are legit and second to see if they are friends with anyone I know. I won’t friend strangers. Period.

This guy was good-looking—clean cut and smiling. But his profile had nothing. No friends or posts. The only thing was his profile which was added back in December. His info says he’s a Lieutenant in the US Army and he’s from Houston but living in Silsbee, Texas. I ran his picture through TIN EYE.

Well, the picture is stolen:

username: Frankray name: Frank Ray
 age: 43
location: Los angeles, United states
 ethncity: white
 occupation: –
marital status: single
IP address:
description: i’m a very hardworking, passionate,emotional and laid back am not perfect yet but maybe when with you all will be right and well….God fearing and very fun loving and love to protect those i truly care about. Thank you for viewing my profile, I’d hope i interest you in anyway. Don’t hesitate if i do. say Hi message: –

 IP is a proxy
 IP doesn’t correspond location
 Pictures are stolen from a known source
 Nigerian wording

I was really bummed that he was a scammer. I mean he’s not perfect yet and he’s hoping he’ll interest me in anyway. Damn, how could a woman go wrong with someone so articulate! I’m almost tempted to go to Nigeria and find this poetic hardworking, passionate, emotional, laid back guy.


Good grief.

  I really hope parents are teaching their youngsters about social media safety. It truly is a danger. Not just for identity theft, but because of child predators. They are both real threats and adults need to practice safety too.

It’s a really bad idea to post where you are. As in your location. That just gives the bad guys the heads up you aren’t home and ripe for robbing. Use caution not just on Facebook, but also with your emails.

Just like when we are walking down a dark street, we pay attention to our surroundings; we are cautious, so should we be when using the internet, etc.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

A Dodge Girly-Girl

I’ve worked in the auto industry since 1984. I began my career with Chrysler at a Dodge store. From there I went to a GM store, but eventually went back to Chrysler. And I worked for Toyota for a spell, but again returned to Chrysler.

We say you can take the girl out of Dodge but you can’t take the Dodge out of the girl.

I currently have a Mazda CX5 and while I like it, I’m not in love with it and actually wish I would’ve purchased a Dodge Ram Truck.

So, I’ve been looking and I found the Dodge Rampage and I hope FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles)takes it from concept to production line.

If not, I’ll settle for the Dodge Ram 2500. And yes, I will get this sucker with a lift-kit.

Friday, March 25, 2016

My Child Within

Growing up with addictive parents was nothing less than challenging and every bit traumatizing. I had to grow up way too fast and missed out on a normal childhood. I’m not spontaneous and it’s difficult for me to have fun. I was stunted as a child and as an adult I’m trying to unlearn what the abusive adults in my life taught me—about life and about myself.

I’m very hard on myself. I punish and berate myself over everything. I strive for perfection. However, that’s unrealistic—no one is perfect—but I still strive. I suppose some habits are just hard to break.

I stifle my inner child. She’s always frightened and I don’t want to nurture her. She’s just too demanding. And I think I’m ashamed of her. I know I shouldn’t be. None of what happened to her was her fault. But when you are super-responsible, everything’s your fault.

The more I heal, the more I feel, and all the more anxious I become. There are days when I wonder if recovery is even worth it. Even with not knowing, I will continue to work on myself. And maybe one day I will reach in and touch, love and nurture my child within.

I found my child within today,
For many years so locked away,
Loving, embracing, needing so much,
If only I could reach in and touch.
I did not know this child of mine,
We were never acquainted at three or nine,
But today I felt the crying inside,
I'm here I shouted, come reside.
We hugged each other ever so tight,
As feelings emerged of hurt and fright.
It's okay, I sobbed, I love you so!
You are precious to me, I want you to know.
My child, my child, you are safe today,
You will not be abandoned, I'm here to stay.
We laughed, we cried, it was a discovery,
This warm, loving child is my recovery.
-Kathleen Algoe, 1989


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