sixpenceee:

Lat summer, I researched a couple things and they made my life better. Why not share it?
Feel free to add to this list, I’m sure there are those who are an expert at this stuff. 
Emergency pimple that you need to get rid of ASAP
1) Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar. It’s recommended that you dilute your apple cider vinegar if your skin is sensitive. 2) Hold the soaked cotton ball onto pimples GENTLY (don’t press hard) for at least 5 minutes! 3) Dab apple cider vinegar on your pimples through out the day. 4) Let the apple cider dry. Results: By nighttime or the next day, your pimple should shrink or disappear provided you persistently dabbed it repeatedly 
Facial scrub
Mix olive oil, honey, lemon juice and sugar together in a bowl. Once a week, rub this scrub on your face in circular motion. It makes your skin very soft and exfoliates it.
For longer, thicker eyelashes
Apply vaseline on your eyelashes before you sleep. You can also use a clean mascara brush and dip it in some almond, olive or coconut oil and apply it on your eyelashes. 
To get rid of dark elbows and knees
Use a lemon and squeeze it until you get the juice out. Use cotton balls to soak them in the lemon juice and then apply all over your knees and elbows. Leave them it on for a couple minures, then using a warm washcloth scrub it off. 
For baby smooth skin
Use 2 teaspoons of yogurt, 1 teaspoon of milk and honey, 3 teaspoons of flour and mix all together and apply on your face. Leave it for 30 minutes and wash it off. 
For lighter skin
Wanna get rid of that summer tan ? Squeeze lemon juice again but remember to dilute it. Never put direct lemon juice onto your face. Mix this with some sugar. Use it as a scrub. Leave it on your face for no more than 5 minutes. The same can be done for your body. 
For silky hair
Apply olive oil/coconut oil to your hair. Make sure you get it deep into those roots. Leave on for 30 minutes up to 1 hour and wash it off with shampoo and conditioner
For whiter teeth
Sprinkle some baking soda on your toothbrush and brush using gentle, circular motions. I’d watch out if you had gum sensitivity though. Old wives’ recipes often state that a paste of baking powder, a little salt, and a few drops of white vinegar, works effectively. 
For cleaner nails
Just scrub your nails with a loofah and use a toothpick to take out dirt.

sixpenceee:

Lat summer, I researched a couple things and they made my life better. Why not share it?

Feel free to add to this list, I’m sure there are those who are an expert at this stuff. 

Emergency pimple that you need to get rid of ASAP

1) Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar. It’s recommended that you dilute your apple cider vinegar if your skin is sensitive. 
2) Hold the soaked cotton ball onto pimples GENTLY (don’t press hard) for at least 5 minutes! 
3) Dab apple cider vinegar on your pimples through out the day. 
4) Let the apple cider dry. 
Results: By nighttime or the next day, your pimple should shrink or disappear provided you persistently dabbed it repeatedly 

Facial scrub

Mix olive oil, honey, lemon juice and sugar together in a bowl. Once a week, rub this scrub on your face in circular motion. It makes your skin very soft and exfoliates it.

For longer, thicker eyelashes

Apply vaseline on your eyelashes before you sleep. You can also use a clean mascara brush and dip it in some almond, olive or coconut oil and apply it on your eyelashes

To get rid of dark elbows and knees

Use a lemon and squeeze it until you get the juice out. Use cotton balls to soak them in the lemon juice and then apply all over your knees and elbows. Leave them it on for a couple minures, then using a warm washcloth scrub it off. 

For baby smooth skin

Use 2 teaspoons of yogurt, 1 teaspoon of milk and honey, 3 teaspoons of flour and mix all together and apply on your face. Leave it for 30 minutes and wash it off. 

For lighter skin

Wanna get rid of that summer tan ? Squeeze lemon juice again but remember to dilute it. Never put direct lemon juice onto your face. Mix this with some sugar. Use it as a scrub. Leave it on your face for no more than 5 minutes. The same can be done for your body. 

For silky hair

Apply olive oil/coconut oil to your hair. Make sure you get it deep into those roots. Leave on for 30 minutes up to 1 hour and wash it off with shampoo and conditioner

For whiter teeth

Sprinkle some baking soda on your toothbrush and brush using gentle, circular motions. I’d watch out if you had gum sensitivity though. Old wives’ recipes often state that a paste of baking powder, a little salt, and a few drops of white vinegar, works effectively. 

For cleaner nails

Just scrub your nails with a loofah and use a toothpick to take out dirt.

run-rhianna-run:

When I first started University I was so excited to start being more independent! Had absolutely everything planned out! Until I got there and had to do my first food shop.
But, what should I buy?!
If you’re the same, or if you just want some advice on what your fridge should be stocked with to ensure you stay away from the notorious ready meal then read ahead! I’ve tried to keep it as clean/healthy as possible but it’s totally adaptable to whatever you want/need :)
Fruit and veggies:
Bananas 
Berries (frozen berries are cheaper than fresh!)
Apples
Lemons (great as condiments or sliced up in hot water, too)
Mangos
Pineapple
Grapes (Try freezing them as a summer snack, too!)
Avocado
Onions (I always have onions in my cupboard!)
Tomatoes
Spinach
Broccoli
Lettuce
Carrots
Mushrooms
Basically any fruit or veg you like that’s in season! Click here for a great info sheet about when food is in what season!
Protein
Chicken/turkey
Eggs
Salmon
Tuna
Cottage Cheese
Veggie/vegan protein
Tempeh
Tofu
Nuts and nut butters
Seeds
Beans
Quinoa
Lentils
Almond Milk
Grains and ‘good carbs’
Porridge/oats
Quinoa
Brown rice
Buckwheat
Brown rice
Wild rice
Sweet potato
Any bread you want, make sure it’s brown/wholemeal at least. Ezekiel bread is also great
Fats and oils
Almonds
Sunflower seeds
All natural nut butters (no sugar and no added salt)
Coconut oil
Extra virgin olive oil
Flax seeds
Chia seeds
Dairy and non-dairy alternatives
(If you eat dairy, obviously)
Greek yoghurt
Semi-skimmed/skimmed milk
Cottage cheese
Organic yoghurt
Almond milk
Soy milk
Oat milk
Rice milk
Legumes
Edamame
Black beans
Chick peas
Lentils
Peanuts/peanut butter (yep, peanuts are technically a legume!)
Condiments and seasonings
Salsa
Tabasco sauce
Low salt soy sauce
Hummus
Raw honey
Stevia
Apple cider vinegar
Mixed dried herbs
Freeze-dried basil
Lazy garlic
Paprika
Other necessities
Tea/coffee
Flour (any type you like)
Butter/spread
Ketchup
Canned beans
Canned tomatoes
Oxo cubes
Canned sweetcorn
Other general tips about shopping
Keep an extra loaf of bread in the freezer just in case
Keep a spare pint of milk in the freezer just in case
Start a weekly food planner to make sure you’re eating healthily and saving money on your food shop
If you’re having leftovers, it’s best not to re-heat pork, bacon or shellfish
If you’re not vegan/veggie, buy a whole chicken and cook it. You can use the meat for several meals such as sandwiches, curries, risottos, baked potatoes, salads etc.
Click here for a bunch of posts dedicated to help you with your shopping lists!
Part of my Student Survival Guide
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run-rhianna-run:

When I first started University I was so excited to start being more independent! Had absolutely everything planned out! Until I got there and had to do my first food shop.

But, what should I buy?!

If you’re the same, or if you just want some advice on what your fridge should be stocked with to ensure you stay away from the notorious ready meal then read ahead! I’ve tried to keep it as clean/healthy as possible but it’s totally adaptable to whatever you want/need :)

Fruit and veggies:

  • Bananas 
  • Berries (frozen berries are cheaper than fresh!)
  • Apples
  • Lemons (great as condiments or sliced up in hot water, too)
  • Mangos
  • Pineapple
  • Grapes (Try freezing them as a summer snack, too!)
  • Avocado
  • Onions (I always have onions in my cupboard!)
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Mushrooms

Basically any fruit or veg you like that’s in season! Click here for a great info sheet about when food is in what season!

Protein

  • Chicken/turkey
  • Eggs
  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Cottage Cheese

Veggie/vegan protein

  • Tempeh
  • Tofu
  • Nuts and nut butters
  • Seeds
  • Beans
  • Quinoa
  • Lentils
  • Almond Milk

Grains and ‘good carbs’

  • Porridge/oats
  • Quinoa
  • Brown rice
  • Buckwheat
  • Brown rice
  • Wild rice
  • Sweet potato

Any bread you want, make sure it’s brown/wholemeal at least. Ezekiel bread is also great

Fats and oils

  • Almonds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • All natural nut butters (no sugar and no added salt)
  • Coconut oil
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Flax seeds
  • Chia seeds

Dairy and non-dairy alternatives

(If you eat dairy, obviously)

  • Greek yoghurt
  • Semi-skimmed/skimmed milk
  • Cottage cheese
  • Organic yoghurt
  • Almond milk
  • Soy milk
  • Oat milk
  • Rice milk

Legumes

  • Edamame
  • Black beans
  • Chick peas
  • Lentils
  • Peanuts/peanut butter (yep, peanuts are technically a legume!)

Condiments and seasonings

  • Salsa
  • Tabasco sauce
  • Low salt soy sauce
  • Hummus
  • Raw honey
  • Stevia
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Mixed dried herbs
  • Freeze-dried basil
  • Lazy garlic
  • Paprika

Other necessities

  • Tea/coffee
  • Flour (any type you like)
  • Butter/spread
  • Ketchup
  • Canned beans
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Oxo cubes
  • Canned sweetcorn

Other general tips about shopping

  • Keep an extra loaf of bread in the freezer just in case
  • Keep a spare pint of milk in the freezer just in case
  • Start a weekly food planner to make sure you’re eating healthily and saving money on your food shop
  • If you’re having leftovers, it’s best not to re-heat pork, bacon or shellfish
  • If you’re not vegan/veggie, buy a whole chicken and cook it. You can use the meat for several meals such as sandwiches, curries, risottos, baked potatoes, salads etc.
  • Click here for a bunch of posts dedicated to help you with your shopping lists!

Part of my Student Survival Guide

[image source]

maxkirin:

⚘ DAILY STORY SEED ⚘

Ultima II
Write about a character who spends their time seeking to escape from the real world. Are they simply bored of the routine, or do they seek to get away from their sorrow? And, above all, what would this character do if they found a strange door that lead to a place far, far, away?

Want to publish a story inspired by this prompt? Click here to read the guidelines~ ♥︎ And, if you’re looking for more writerly content, make sure to follow me: maxkirin.tumblr.com!

maxkirin:

⚘ DAILY STORY SEED ⚘

Ultima II

Write about a character who spends their time seeking to escape from the real world. Are they simply bored of the routine, or do they seek to get away from their sorrow? And, above all, what would this character do if they found a strange door that lead to a place far, far, away?

Want to publish a story inspired by this prompt? Click here to read the guidelines~ ♥︎ And, if you’re looking for more writerly content, make sure to follow me: maxkirin.tumblr.com!

blindingbluelights:

Beauty Tips:) Part 3

"DYING METAPHORS A newly invented metaphor assists thought by evoking a visual image, while on the other hand a metaphor which is technically ‘dead’ (e. g. iron resolution) has in effect reverted to being an ordinary word and can generally be used without loss of vividness.

OPERATORS OR VERBAL FALSE LIMBS. These save the trouble of picking out appropriate verbs and nouns, and at the same time pad each sentence with extra syllables which give it an appearance of symmetry. Characteristic phrases are render inoperative, militate against, make contact with, be subjected to, give rise to, give grounds for, have the effect of, play a leading part (role) in, make itself felt, take effect, exhibit a tendency to, serve the purpose of, etc., etc. The keynote is the elimination of simple verbs.

PRETENTIOUS DICTION.Words like phenomenon, element, individual (as noun), objective, categorical, effective, virtual, basic, primary, promote, constitute, exhibit, exploit, utilize, eliminate, liquidate, are used to dress up a simple statement and give an air of scientific impartiality to biased judgements. Adjectives like epoch-making, epic, historic, unforgettable, triumphant, age-old, inevitable, inexorable, veritable, are used to dignify the sordid process of international politics, while writing that aims at glorifying war usually takes on an archaic colour, its characteristic words being: realm, throne, chariot, mailed fist, trident, sword, shield, buckler, banner, jackboot, clarion. Foreign words and expressions such as cul de sac, ancien regime, deus ex machina, mutatis mutandis, status quo, gleichschaltung, weltanschauung, are used to give an air of culture and elegance. Except for the useful abbreviations i. e., e. g. and etc., there is no real need for any of the hundreds of foreign phrases now current in the English language.

MEANINGLESS WORDS. In certain kinds of writing, particularly in art criticism and literary criticism, it is normal to come across long passages which are almost completely lacking in meaning. Words like romantic, plastic, values, human, dead, sentimental, natural, vitality, as used in art criticism, are strictly meaningless, in the sense that they not only do not point to any discoverable object, but are hardly ever expected to do so by the reader."

Orwell, George. “Politics and the English Language.”

  • These are Orwell’s rules for effective writing. Read the entire essay here.
(via wordsnquotes)