I am a near-25-year-old that never used make-up routinely. I am starting to get curious about it at a late point, and am inspired when I see others wearing make-up to enhance their look. The problem is, I don't know where to even start looking at brands or what goes well with various skin types and such. I don't even really know the difference between foundation and concealer. Does anybody have a good cosmetic guide or beginners advice?
This is Offbeat Home's archive of posts by Caroline Diezyn.
Caroline is the Offbeat Copyeditor and Offbeat Home's Assistant Editor. She's an academic and a wannabe artist from Canada. She likes to dress in all black, has a severe case of wanderlust, and loves art and fashion. You can be her friend on twitter.
My significant other and I are thinking about a trip from the US to Australia and New Zealand. But we've never traveled internationally before. Does anyone have any advice on using travel agents, or on how to get the most bang-for-buck from a trip like this?
Now before you all start chanting "You don't win friends with salad!" at me in a conga line, understand that I too was once perplexed at the idea that salad could be delicious. No longer. I'm going to share my salad recipes with you and hopefully you'll have the same tasty epiphany that I did.
My favourite souvenirs from travel seem to be booze-related. I have a bunch of corks that I've saved from vineyard tours; bottle caps from my favourite beer at a brewery tour; and paper pub coasters from Hofbräuhaus. They're sentimental and touristy at the same time (not to mention cheap and easy to bring back home) — but right now they're just packed away. I want a way to display them that's tasteful or even useful, and I'm inspired by this quote from Suzanne and Tim over on Offbeat Bride…
We have an entire tag devoted to tiny homes, but this is the first we've featured built by a middle-schooler. 14-year-old Sicily and the tiny house she built are both amazing and adorable. She named it La Petite Maison, and it's 128 square-feet of efficiently organized space. It has a working kitchen and bathroom, a queen-sized loft bed, a bunch of storage — and it's on wheels.
Even if you're not using it to run, empowering, upbeat music could help get you through something like a breakup (or a job rejection, or almost any disappointment) and remember how awesome you are. These tracks are more about loving yourself, surviving, not needing anyone else, or feeling powerful, and less about hating an ex. I'm going to share some up-tempo, self-empowering songs, then I'll open it up to the Homies and see what they suggest.
Ariel Gore's memoir, The End of Eve, describes the complicated role of caretaker thrust upon her when her mother Eve is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Their relationship has been fraught with emotional manipulation and abuse since Ariel's childhood. Now that she's dying, Ariel has to confront their relationship whether she's ready to or not — and she has to move across the country to do it.