Just a Spot of Tea, Please. How to Decrease Eye Puffiness with Bags of Tea

This is exactly my kind of pampering.

The College Primp

It’s the end of the semester and I’m exhausted. This time of the year is bitter sweet, because I’m so close to being done, but the next few days will be so draining and demanding. It’s a known fact I’m not going to sleep at all. Mainly because I leave everything to the last minute, but that’s a different story.

I recently did a review on Olay Fresh Effects Eye Cream. I know creams and moisturizes, particularly under eye creams, can be expensive. There is a cheap, quick method to reducing those puffy tired eyes. If you’re a tea drinker this will work perfectly for you.

Tea has caffeine, caffeine makes people happy and happy people just don’t like tired.

You can use plain or green tea bags. The tea grains contain anti-irritant solution that will help reduce redness and inflammation around the eye area. Chamomile tea bags also contain…

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Oatmeal Soap

Excellent recipe. Oatmeal is very good for sensitive folks like my ginger self. Home made products make it easy to avoid anything to which you are sensitive.

This can be far better than the usual advice of buying organic products, as many irritants and most allergens are organic substances.

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Oatmeal not just a breakfast cereal Quaker Oats we love you so much
More oatmeal is eaten in the month of January than any other time of the year but oatmeal is not just for breakfast. Oatmeal is used in some alcoholic drinks, cosmetics, soaps and external medical treatments: Below is a very simple Recipe that you can try.. I am working on this recipe myself. Dress it up or down.

10 ounces Palm Oil
4 ounces Coconut Oil
2 ounces Olive Oil
1/4 cup regular oatmeal, run through the blender
2 ounces lye
8 fluid ounces water
1/4 ounce essential oil (optional)
Rosemary, Lavender, Vanilla just to name a few

***Never Pour Water into LYE****

***Never Pour Oils into Lye***

1. Pour lye into water (never pour water into lye) – Set aside to cool

2. in a small metal pan or low temp microwave Melt palm and coconut…

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Recipe: Strawberry Rose Milk

Step one: find a rose that is lactating. Wait. No.

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This is a subtle, luxurious caffeine-free hot drink. It’s great for just before bed and unlike most pre-bed beverages, is fairly low energy and very low carbohydrate. Organic versions of all these ingredients are readily available.

Ingredients:

A mug of hot milk
Two drops of pure strawberry essence
Two drops of pure rose water or about five fresh rose petals (remove after steeping)
One drop of cochineal extract (optional, it just makes the milk a pretty colour)
Slippers
Open fire
Small spaniels
Letters from admirers

Buddhism for Bogans

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Warning: May be offensive to everyone.

Buddhism for Bogans

Buddha was just a normal guy who tried stuff and thought about stuff. Afterwards, he told people about the stuff. The were four things he was pretty sure about:

-life sucks
-because you make it suck
-you can stop making your life suck so much
-by doing these things I tried

He thought these eight things were the way to go:

Stop thinking about what life, the world and other people should do, it’ll piss you off when they don’t.

Don’t try to make people do what you want, it won’t work and people won’t like you.

Say it like it is.

Don’t make stuff more complicated than it is, don’t read something into everything.

Your job probably sucks – do it properly anyway, you lazy shit.

Stop fighting everything, go with the flow, chill the fuck out.

Pay attention to what you’re doing, don’t live with your head up your arse.

Sit still and be quiet sometimes instead of playing Nintendo. You don’t need to stimulate yourself 24/7.

If you do all this, you can get to nirvana, a constant state of not-a-single-fuck-was-given-that-day.

Realistic Egg Shell Nails

They’re subtle, fascinating and surprisingly simple.

You will need:

Nail polish in several pastel shades and a black or dark brown
A matte top coat
A very small round paint brush
A nail file

Method:

File nails into egg shape.

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Look up pictures of eggs, and choose types you like.

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I picked a wren’s egg for this one.

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Dapple on your base shade, cream in this case, then cover with a matte coat.

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With your little paintbrush, dapple speckles in your dark colour. An over loaded brush gives big round spots, a dry brush gives tiny spiky speckles. For most eggs you’ll want somewhere in between. For wren eggs, I used a well loaded brush for the concentrated area and a dryer brush for the rest.

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Pick another egg and keep experimenting!

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Making Lingerie

There are very few patterns available for lingerie, and those that do exist are for enormous, bizarre, billowing contraptions which are possibly designed to serve a contraceptive purpose.

Patterns and recipes have their place in life, but once you understand the basic principles at work, wine and improvisation always give a more interesting result.

I just made these for a friend’s upcoming modelling comp. It took 2.5m of nice elastic, two metal rings, a tiny piece of diaphanous fabric and two episodes of Farscape. Next time I’ll be a little less lazy, take photos of the process and post a tutorial.

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Crackling Teacup Candles

I own a lot of impractical teacups. The problem with pretty teacups is that they often make bad tea. Bowl shaped cups cool too quickly, tiny cups make tiny serves and impractical handles suit no one. This is one of many beautiful unused tea sets, that are sitting around, filled with origami.

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So I decided to try a current yuppie fad, wood wick candles. After much googling, I discovered that no one seems to know what species of wood is used. I did a bit of experimentation and discovered that pine works well if you soak it in wax first. Pine is also extremely easy to buy, I bought long matches and icecream sticks. You can buy purpose made wooden wicks on eBay, but they are shockingly expensive.

You will need:
A sacrificial pot or stainless steel bowl. Don’t use one you plan to use again for other purposes, buy an opshop one.

Wax. You can buy this in the form of cheap candles, but buy container candles not pillars, as the wax will be more volatile. Tea lights are perfect.

Wicks. Craft stores have all sorts of little pieces of pine and the reeds that come with oil defusers work well too.

Containers. Any bowl shaped heat resistant container is fine.

Essential oils. The oils are what makes your flame crackle.

Method:

Melt wax in your cheap pan over low heat. Add essential oil. To make a good crackle you will need a significant proportion of oil, 6%-10%.

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Soak your wicks in the liquid wax until they stop releasing bubbles. This should take a couple of minutes. Then lay them out to cool.

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Pour the wax into containers.

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Cut or break wicks to the correct length. Leave enough for 15-20mm of wick above the surface.

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When the wax is a soft opaque solid, push in the wicks. I found that a wooden wick makes a slightly smaller melt pool than a cotton one, some containers may need multiple wicks. Remember, you don’t have to light them all at once.

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If you are using large containers, the wax may sink significantly in the centre, this can simply be filled with more wax once the candle is cold.

Tips:

When you light these, put the flame low to melt a little pool of wax beside the wick, this helps the wicks last longer.

Wooden wicks smoulder for longer than cotton ones, creating more smoke, so keep an extra wick lying around, and after blowing them out, put a drip of liquid wax on the wick to put it out.

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