DO or DON’T? Photoshopping Your Ex Out of Pictures Thursday, Mar 21 2013 


I was recently reading my daily edition of Glamour when I came across this article regarding: Photoshopping Your Ex out of Pictures. I have to say I have contemplated this situation as I ended my previous relationship, going through old photos of holidays, birthdays, or special events. Many of which I look amazing and have fond memories except for the fact my ex is in many photos. Now, as I am trying to figure how I can save this picture of a great day (LSU TIGERS FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2007). I decided to block out my ex face and put in LSU TIGERS mascot Mike the Tiger. Grant it, years ago I wouldn’t have thought about photoshop my old pictures of ex’s or what not. But, given the thought I look amazing why should I trash a special moment, all for the reason I cannot stand the sight of my biggest mistake/ex. You just make it work to your benefit!
What do you think…would you photoshop your ex from a picture?

DO or DON’T? Photoshopping Your Ex Out of Pictures

by Gena Kaufman
Glamour 3/15/2013

Some of us might just straight up destroy all evidence of a previous relationship, but for those who want to keep their memories without having their ex paraded in front of their faces, what do you think of this solution: Keep the photos, edit out the offending ex?

The Huffington Post recently pointed out a trend of Reddit users submitting their edited photos. First, a graphic designer who had been asked to photoshop a photo for a woman who wanted her ex-daughter-in-law removed from a family photo:

Ouch. Sorry, ex-wife.

Then, there was this post by a regular non-graphic-designer guy who took it upon himself to edit his own photo of himself with his ex-wife. His version is a bit more rough around the edges but also infinitely more hilarious:

Ouch, but…yum?

Would you guys ever go to such lengths to doctor a photo? Even though the idea of replacing all my exes with giant hot dogs (yes, there’s an intentional wiener joke in there) is pretty appealing for the hilarity, I can’t see myself ever seriously altering a picture. I can see why you wouldn’t want to sit around staring at your ex or your son’s ex, but…you can’t change history, you know? Everyone is still going to remember that the ex was there no matter how many delicious burritos you put in their place.

Source: Reddit

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The World As We Know It… Thursday, May 24 2012 


As a lot of you may know the world of the Internet has pretty much evolved into a much higher speed, we want it now, product of research and news forums. We use the Internet for everything in our daily lives. If you think about it when was the last time you went a day without being on your computer or smartphone. You have your social media, news outlets, shopping, gaming, videos, iBooks, and ect. I am one you uses the Internet as part of my job and for personal use. Today, in the headline news in New Orleans only daily newspaper it was stated the circulation of the Times Picayune News Paper will only be delivered on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. This was very disappointing to read, because I kind of suspected that this would soon happen. See, my boss is old school, he’s 62 years old he reads the paper every morning at the office, he doesn’t use the computer, if he needs a document sent to his office it’s only in a fax no email. If he needs a phone number or address to be looked up, he uses this book called “the phone book”. I guess in a sense I’m the same way, I love reading the daily paper in the morning, reading each section of the paper, doing the crossword puzzle, and it’s not the same as the Internet. It just doesn’t feel like you are getting all the news, even though you are. I feel the same way about magazines and books, my family knows that I love to read, you should see my library of books. I love the feel of a book in my hands, turning the pages, and having my books in my sitting area. That’s why my family wanted to get my a reading device that I can read or purchase books and magazines. I just can’t commit to such a device when the world of publications of books, magazines, and newspapers is at the end of the world as we know it. It’s a sad day but I guess it’s slightly hypocritical of me to be out raged by this as I am writing my blog from my computer. Oh well, I guess this was going to happen sooner or later and I will hold out with my favorites as long as possible.
xoxo

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How to Read His Beach Body Language Tuesday, May 22 2012 


I’m a big people watcher, especially at the beach. I mean it’s a classic form of entertainment watching complete strangers setting up camp, wondering “why in the hell would you choose to wear that article of clothing”, or the watching the group of hot boys not to far from you play in the sand.
I’ve always wondered what is he thinking as he’s all muscled out, walking with his friends, or with a girlfriend applying sunblock on her back. Well, if you’re interested check this out…

How to Read His Beach Body Language

Body language experts say that guys are way flirtier at the beach. (Hello, that’s what your slammin’ body on display does to a dude.) His actions can tell you a ton about his hook-up potential and availability, so here’s a guide to the sand and surf behavior that screams “I Want You.”
By Brittany Talarico
Cosmopolitan June 2012

•He Strolls the Beach With a Bouncy Step
If you spot a hottie walking back and forth near your chair or towel with some pep in his step, pay attention. “A lively stroll conveys confidence and interest,” says body language expert Lillian Glass, PhD. He’s showing himself off for you, and it’s an early clue that he wants you to notice him.

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•His Toes Are in the Sand…Pointed At You
“Even if his eyes and head are focused somewhere else, if his feet are directed your way and dig into the sand, he’s planted himself next to you to show interest,” explains Glass. Same goes for his upper body: If he positions his chest and shoulders at you, even if he’s looking at someone else, he’s still set his sights on you.

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•He Plays With
His Board Shorts
When a guy grabs at the clothing around his waist, he’s subconsciously trying to draw your attention to his package. So if you see him pulling at the drawstring on his trunks or fiddling with the waistband, steamy thoughts are most likely running through his head. Thing is, this can also be a sign that he’s immature—he’s thinking only about sex, not getting to know you, adds Glass.

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•He Stands Above You
“This is a power stance and he’s trying to dominate and show sexual attraction,” says Glass. Check how far apart his legs are too: If his stance is wide and his pelvis is facing you, then yowza—he’s really hot for you.

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•He Splashes Around Solo
Uh-oh, beware this beach behavior. “It’s a childish, immature move; he’s jumping around in the water to try to get your attention when he should be spending more time connecting face to face or inviting you in for a dip with him,” says Glass.

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•He Touches Your Bare Arm
Sure it’s hard for a guy to resist touching the sexy skin revealed by your bikini, but grazing your arm is a tip-off that he’s feeling a serious connection. Where he touches you tells you what he has in mind. “If he touches your shoulder, it indicates friendship,” says Glass. “Anywhere below that suggests he’s sexually attracted to you and very interested.”

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•He Takes Off His Sunglasses
He may as well just get down on one knee right along the shoreline. Kidding! But if a guy removes his sunnies and engages in direct eye contact while chatting with you, he’s displayng real interest and is looking for more than just a happy hour companion.

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Carrie Bradshaw Quotes Tuesday, May 22 2012 



Carrie: No matter who broke your heart, or how long it takes to heal, you’ll never get through it without your friends

~Carrie Bradshaw
Sex & the City

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Karen Walker Quotes Monday, May 21 2012 


Love this woman…

Karen:Honey, youre simple, youre shallow, and youre a common whore, thats why were soul mates!
Jack:Kare, youre my best friend in the whole world!

~Karen Walker
Will & Grace

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How You Should Really Wash Your Face Friday, May 18 2012 


As you all know I’m a beauty product whore, the more the merrier I say. Men never understand our beauty rituals but if you educate them on this subject, he will be part of the beauty phase as long as its labeled “For Men Products”. This is so true, my ex boyfriend would watch me with my lotions and potions to a cleaner face, younger skin, and make up application. He would ask why do I go through all this, does it really help your skin. Well, the answer is YES, to all questions, I have never washed my face with a bar of soap nor have I not gone a day without applying moisturizer to my face under my make up.
The basics to all this is to always begin with a clean face (when you prepare and taste food have a clean pallet or paint a portrait use a clean sketch) here are some tips for cleansing your pretty face.

How You Should Really Wash Your Face

When it comes to facial cleansing, there are two schools of thought: old-fashioned soap-and-water or every-bell-and-whistle-at-the-beauty-counter. Turns out, neither is right.
By Gina Way
Marie Claire June 2012

J. Muckle/Studio D
Most of us assume that cleansing is a task so basic it can be accomplished even when you’re completely exhausted or slightly tipsy — which, of course, it can. But with all the latest options (lotions, milks, foaming mousses, oils, wipes, motorized brushes) and antiaging ingredients to consider, there’s a lot more to it than soap and water, says Dr. Doris Day, NYC dermatologist and author of Forget the Facelift. “With so many sophisticated, gentle cleansers that won’t strip the skin, using the right one allows moisturizing and antiaging products to absorb more effectively.” Clearly, an old-school splash and scrub won’t do. Here, the new rules for getting your freshest face.

Myth 1: WASH AND GO It’s more of a two-step process. “Remove your makeup before you wash your face,” says Montclair, New Jersey, derm Dr. Jeanine Downie. “Many cleansers can’t take off concealer or foundation completely, especially around the eyes and nose.” Use an oil-based cream, an emollient wipe, or a cleansing oil to dissolve stubborn sunscreen and makeup. Follow with lukewarm water and a dime-size amount of cleanser (look for the ingredients cocamidopropyl betaine or caprylic triglyceride, which are sulfate-free surfactants) on your fingers or a clean, damp washcloth. Rinse and dry with a soft paper towel if you’re acne-prone.

Myth 2: WASH TWICE A DAY While the jury is still out on how often to cleanse (every a.m. and p.m. or just once at night), all derms agree that over-washing can lead to irritation and a lack of moisture. The rule is to use common sense: Always wash your face after a workout to prevent breakouts, and wash excessively oily skin morning and night. For very dry or sensitive skin, stick to cleansing once daily in the evening.

Myth 3: CLOSE YOUR PORES Sorry, folks, but you can skip rituals like massaging your face to increase circulation or splashing with cold water to “close” your pores. “Pores don’t open and close,” says Downie. In fact, extreme hot or cold can exacerbate problems like rosacea and redness. That said, mild steam can help soften hardened oil in pores, so it’s never a bad idea to cleanse in the shower. And “while it feels nice, massage doesn’t do much,” adds Downie. “Exercise is what boosts your circulation.”

Myth 4: BUY CLEANSER ACCORDING TO SKIN TYPE No matter what kind of skin you have, make sure the ingredients list doesn’t contain fragrance, which can be irritating; parabens (potentially toxic preservatives); or harsh soap (it’s drying). “If a cleanser fits that bill, the formula itself [cream, lotion, foaming, etc.] is more a matter of personal preference,” says NYC dermatologist Dr. Brad Katchen. Of course, people with dry skin may prefer formulas with added moisturizers, like glycerin or shea butter. And “if you have oily skin, you might want a foaming wash that leaves skin feeling superclean,” says Day.

Myth 5: SCRUB TO EXFOLIATE AND SMOOTHA salicylic- or glycolic-acid cleanser is gentler and more effective than grainy scrubs, and both offer antiaging benefits and help prevent breakouts. Alternate with your regular wash (start with three times a week), and adjust depending on how your skin is looking and feeling.

Myth 6: USE TONER “An alcohol-based toner strips off natural oils,” explains Day. Not good. “Gentle toners calm the skin and balance pH levels, but with the right cleanser, you don’t really need this step.” Love the feeling anyway? Choose gentle, alcohol-free versions.

Myth 7: BRUSH YOUR SKIN TO A GLOW EVERY DAY “A brush removes oil, dirt, and dead skin better than your hands can, and it’s less aggressive than most exfoliating cleansers or scrubs,” says Day. “But it’s not something you have to use every night, especially if you’re also applying ingredients like retinoids or acids. Too much exfoliation can cause inflammation.” Basically: Use, but use sparingly. (Right now we’re obses-sed with Clarisonic’s new acne-cleansing brush head, below.) To keep your brush bacteria-free, rinse and air-dry after use. Oh, and hey, clean freak, like you do with your Brita, replace the brush head every three months.

Myth 8: SPEND A FORTUNE Save your pricier ingredients, like retinol or antioxidants, for leave-on products instead of washing them down the drain. “They’re most effective when they stay concentrated on the skin,” says Katchen.

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Karen Walker Quotes Friday, May 18 2012 


This woman is my idol, she is everything I want!

I haven’t felt this emotionally raw and exposed since Penthouse published those photos of me and Vanessa Williams.

~Karen Walker
Will & Grace

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How to Shop for Skin-Care Productsl Tuesday, May 8 2012 


I have to say I’m a total beauty product whore. I will sample, buy, and utilize any or all products that I can get my hands on. As I was growing up my mother wanted me to learn the correct way of applying make-up and skincare regime. She is sight impaired, so where shall I learn the beauty bible of all schooling, at the Estée Lauder counter in Dillards Department Store. Since this was the company my mother would purchase her make-up ad skincare products, she wanted me to learn from the ladies at the counter.
It was fun learning the tricks of the trade, told to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize, and that less is more. But once I started reading my Mademoiselle, Glamour, and Cosmopolitan magazines I wanted to buy every product that was mentioned. Once I got older I proceeded to buy the bigger name beauty products and still used the basic tools from the drugstore. It wasn’t until Sephora opened in Miami where I was living that I became addicted to all the was beautifully merchandised on display that I could have the best of everything. Look, if you’re clueless as to what you need to use as a daily regime or where to buy (really no need to buy $60 makeup remover when you can easily get this at the drugstore) and what are your skins needs and wants. Are you normal, combination, oily, and sensitive skin. Do you like to experiment with your make-up. If so read this article on how to find out what’s best for your skincare needs.

How to Shop for Skin-Care Productsl

Like traveling to foreign lands, shopping for skin care can be disorienting. The landscape is strange. The people are pushy. And you don’t speak the language (hyaluronawha?). Here’s how to shop the aisles like a native.

BY JOLENE EDGAR
Allure June 2012

TIME IT RIGHT
AT THE DEPARTMENT STORE:
Rooting out the latest anti-aging serums takes concentration, so don’t try it on Saks Double Points days. Department store skin-care floors are most peaceful in the early morning and mid-afternoon (2 p.m. to 4 p.m.) on Mondays and Tuesdays, when most of the world is at work. If you can’t shop then, hit the stores in the evening, early in the week—Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are quietest—or as soon as the doors open on weekends, suggests Barbara Zinn Moore, general merchandise manager of cosmetics and fragrances at Lord & Taylor.

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ASK FOR HELP
Wherever you shop, ask the right questions: Is it safe for sensitive skin? How much should I apply, and how often? How long before I see results?

Even a top-notch scientist like Jeannette Graf, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, appreciates the insight salespeople at department stores have offered over the years. “They can be quite helpful in navigating the multitude of skin-care products at the counter,” she says. Still, be discerning. “Some salespeople stretch the truth,” says Elizabeth Tanzi, codirector of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery in Washington, D.C. (That goes for facialists, too.) So a little skepticism probably won’t hurt. And drugstores including Duane Reade, Walgreens, and CVS/Pharmacy now have salespeople trained in skin care and armed with testing devices—such as hydrometers, which measure skin’s moisture levels—so “they can give personalized advice based on specific needs,” says Boston dermatologist Ranella Hirsch, who consults for Vichy and helped test some of the diagnostic tools for CVS/Pharmacy’s Healthy Skincare Centers, where Vichy, Lierac, and La Roche-Posay are sold.

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BE SENSITIVE
For those with eczema or skin allergies, Audrey Kunin, a clinical instructor of dermatology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, recommends avoiding dyes, fragrances, and essential oils. Botanical ingredients can also cause allergic reactions, says Mary Lupo, a clinical professor of dermatology at Tulane University in New Orleans. Exfoliating products—grainy scrubs, glycolic acid cleansers, retinol creams—can also inflame the skin. They’re not necessarily off-limits, but it’s safest to ease in with the mildest ones, like a creamy scrub with soft, synthetic beads; a low-strength, buffered glycolic wash (meaning its pH is higher and less likely to cause burning and irritation); or a less intense form or concentration of a retinoid that’s geared toward sensitive skin.

Always test products first on your inner forearm—the skin there is similar in thickness to that of the face.

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GO MAINSTREAM
Big skin-care companies tend to have strong research-and-development departments that produce proven formulas. Another reason to go with a name you know: Many crucial facts about formulations are not revealed on most ingredient labels—type of delivery system, quality of raw materials, even the concentration of some of the most important ingredients. For instance, peptides, the tiny amino acids that trigger collagen production in the skin, are usually present in mysterious quantities. “You’ll never know the percentage of peptides in a product,” says Graf. “But a good, reliable company will ensure its delivery system is viable.”

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DECIDE WHEN TO SPEND
If you’re going to buy an expensive skin-care product, make it sunscreen or retinol. Many dermatologists prefer sunscreens with physical filters, like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, because they aren’t irritating and don’t break down quickly. But here’s the catch: They have to be formulated well to blend in easily and invisibly on the skin, and feel so light and silky that you’ll actually use the product. (La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid and Chanel Précision UV Essentiel Multi-Protection Daily UV Care SPF 50 meet the criteria.) In its purest, most effective form, retinol (which improves fine lines and dark spots, stimulates collagen production, clears minor blemishes, and even reduces pore size) is an expensive ingredient, one that has to be carefully formulated to maintain stability and minimize irritation. These factors contribute to its cost. If you need to skimp on something, make it cleanser, the product that gets the least amount of face time.

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LEARN ABOUT RETURNS
Every department store has a different policy, but according to Lord & Taylor’s Zinn Moore, if you keep the original box and receipt, you shouldn’t have a problem returning skin-care products to a department store within 30 or 90 days (depending on the specific store). Barneys New York and Nordstrom take a similar approach, determining the fate of returns on a case-by-case basis. For drugstores, CVS/Pharmacy takes back any beauty product, opened or not, with a receipt. At other stores, like Walgreens, managers usually decide whether or not to give a refund for cosmetics—and, if granted, it often comes in the form of store credit. Always inquire about returns before buying.

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BE PATIENT
You need to use most products consistently, for at least eight weeks, to see what they can do. (Acne spot treatments work faster, clearing minor blemishes in as little as a day or two.) Some women have to wait even longer. “No truer words have ever been spoken in beauty than ‘Individual results may vary,’ ” says Lupo. How your skin responds to a product depends on your physiology, metabolism, and underlying issues, she explains. But if you’ve done your homework and chosen a smart product, give it time. “Beautiful skin is a lifelong process,” says Kunin. “But you’ll get there.”

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Is Anal Bleaching for You? Monday, May 7 2012 


You know my girlfriends and I always joke around about typical girl talk, you know anal bleaching (if one us check into a location like Walgreens, we will comment “pick up some anal bleaching”) vaginal rejuvenation (kegals really haven’t helped in that department) and of course the all time favorite: men and their penis talk during sex. What the hell it’s sex not a porno, that’s a whole other story (stay tuned…). Anyway I found this interesting article about Anal Bleaching, I didn’t know it was such a big deal as of lately. So here you go learn a little something about all you needed to know about enhancing the equipment downstairs. By the way good luck if you chose any of the items mentioned below.

Is Anal Bleaching for You?

By Ali Wentworth
Marie Claire
July 2011

I was in L.A. recently with a group of friends, devouring pommes frites and red wine, when someone blurted out, “You know, Suzanne had this horrible reaction when she had her anus bleached and had to go to the emergency room.” Yes, I know, I’m speechless, too (mostly because my mother-in-law will read this). I assumed this ritual was for dealing with a parasite. But no, Suzanne was given the treatment as a gift from the movie star who employed her. Me? I’m good with a facial, thank you very much.

Apparently, plenty of women want to go past the now-ordinary breast enhancement and pubic electrolysis to a place few have heretofore dared to go in the name of beauty. Much to my ignorance, bleaching one’s anus (I guess to bring it back to its budlike, puckish pink) has become an obsession far beyond the young jet set and the detail-oriented gay community. These days, anal-bleaching creams can be purchased as easily as cough drops. Let’s see … next Mother’s Day, should I go with the balloon bouquet or a gift certificate for total rectal beauty?

There’s more. Turns out Botox has come a long way since giving you a frozen face and eye sockets that look like they were hollowed out with a melon baller. Now you can Botox your bum. Why exercise if you can simply inject poison into your cellulite? The only downside is your butt won’t be able to really express itself anymore.

Our fixation on youth has reached new lows. Thanks to Brazilian waxes, everything is exposed and scrutinized. Back in the ’70s, liberated women used to squat over hand mirrors and have a look at their nether regions; these days they bring photos of porn stars to their plastic surgeons and say, “Make me look like this.”

“Vaginal rejuvenation” is now a fixture on the Web (I was looking at hybrid cars). Vaginal plastic surgery is a fast-growing specialty. Labia too big, not symmetrical, or just not pretty? Thankfully, for $3,000 to $7,000, you can tweak them, plump them, or remake them (just be prepared to lie in bed with a bag of frozen peas on your crotch for several days after). You can also get a twofer called the “Toronto Trim,” which involves the reduction of the labia and slight unhooding of the clitoris. I can’t tell if this is about aesthetics or women fed up with partners who are unable to find it.

Then there is the “new virginity” treatment called hymenoplasty, in demand by some women in Islamic cultures for whom virginity is more precious than oil. American women of all faiths are now flocking to the procedure and giving their men something different from the usual DVD or cashmere sweater. I wonder, does the gift of hymen come with a renewed naivete and shyness? Is part of the game the woman’s pretending that it really is the first time? (Will she cry, like I did?)

G-spot enhancement is also taking off; apparently, you can expand and sensitize the area by injecting it with hyaluronic acid or collagen. The payoff? A constant state of arousal lasting between three and six months. Imagine the happy soccer moms not screaming at you in the parking lot for once.

Of course, if “pelvic relaxation” is your problem, there’s now laser surgery to tighten and reconstruct vaginal muscles — in other words, a “puss-lift.” If science has found a way to turn an outie belly button into an innie, why not relocate your genitals? Hell, why not just put them on your head?

With the country at war and global tension near the breaking point, it’s a great time to have your nipples enlarged, tattoo a new lipline, and fix those imperfect labia, damn it. The good news is, you can also hire a “mummysitter” — a woman who comes and cares for you after your procedures. She’ll heat up the Lean Cuisine, bring home the Sex and the City box set, and change the nasty gauze. Yes, you’ll be in extreme pain, but thanks to your enhanced G-spot, you’ll be grinning all the way!

– Marie Claire

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Life Quote Monday, May 7 2012 


So true…

@Notebook: If your relationship has more issues than your magazine, you need to cancel your subscription.

The Notebook of Love

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