Posts Written On February 20, 2011

Honey, You’re Amazing

For the last few weeks, I’ve been stressing so much dealing I haven’t really had time to take care of myself. In the last two weeks I’ve lost my voice twice and I’ll admit my skin hasn’t been looking very good. I’ve been drinking lots and lots of tea especially with this cold weather… tea and honey! That’s when I got the idea I had to do a post about honey. Honey can be used in much more than your cup of tea or your food, it actually has healing powers.

Honey is really well known for fighting infections and bacteria and for its anti-inflammatory qualities. Way back in the day, honey was even used to put over battle wounds disinfect and prevent infections. When digested, the vitamins and minerals in honey can help disappate the bad cholesterol in your body and clean out the germs floating in your system because honey is absorbed into the bloodstream. Honey is also great for keeping your hair shiny, helping with dry skin, clearing up acne, and even as lip balm.

I’ve always done honey hair and face masks growing up so here are a few quick simple tricks you can use with that good old honey bear you have laying around your pantry.

Honey Face Mask: After a long hot shower (and your pores are steamed open,)  slather a generous, even coat of  honey on your face (avoiding the eye area) and leave it on for 10 minutes. The honey thickness of the honey pulls off all the excess dirt and oils lodged in your pores. The antioxidants in the honey will help clear up blemishes on your skin and the wax in the honey will leave your skin smooth and glowing.

Honey and Olive Oil Hair Mask: With all the products we use in our hair to smooth it out, poof it up, curl it, wave it, etc., our hair is damaged goods. I’ve tried using store bought hair masks and conditioners but honey is the only thing that can give your hair natural sheen because it locks in moisture to your hair.  All you need is half a cup of honey and between 2 tbsp. to 1/4 of a cup of olive oil depending on how thick and how dry your hair is. Mix it together and put it on your hair from root to tip. Leave it in for 30 minutes or even overnight then rinse and shampoo. Be careful not to put too much olive oil in the mix or your hair might turn out greasy even after you shampoo it out (from experience, believe me.) If you have it, I’d even suggest using  jojoba oil, almond, avocado, rosemary essential oil, wheat germ oil, or shea oil. All of these oils are natural humectants which will help give your hair that shine and moisture it needs.

Honey and Cinnamon Spot Treatment: Try this one out if you have acne or problems with blemishes. Mix a tablespoon of honey and two teaspoons of cinnamon together into a paste. You can use this mixture as a mask or as a spot treatment. I recommend as a spot treatment a few times a week so you don’t experience any burning or irritation as this cinnamon can be harsh especially for sensitive skin. This is a great, cheap at home remedy for blemishes and best of all, it’ll keep in a resealable container for about 2 months.

Honey Lip Balm: Just smear some honey on while you’re at home watching tv or running errands. The honey will disinfect your lips and help with cracked dry lips. Honey will help seal in moisture and it also tastes good so you don’t have to worry about licking it off. Not to mention the honey sheen could double as a gloss (depending if you’re a fan of the sticky gloss or not.)

Honey Mouthwash: This is really weird, I know. I heard about this trick a while ago. Mix honey with warm water and gargle. The honey will kill germs in your mouth and leaves your mouth with a sweet taste. I actually think this would be a good trick to use right before you go on a date or you see your significant other because its not as strong of a smell and not as obvious as minty mouthwash. Actually, I wonder if this would be a good trick to add to the weight loss thing… got the taste of honey in your mouth so there goes your sweet tooth 🙂

Try ’em out 🙂

 

xo, June 🙂

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Miss Puff’s Goldfish Bowl

By far the best thing I have ever seen. Amazing piece and commercial for Chevy Cruze.

 

You can watch it here

A popular video currently being watched on the internet in China right now is the animated “Miss Puff’s Goldfish Bowl”, a philosophical art video made by a collective called “The Bright Eleven” and sponsored by Chevrolet. It tells the story of the eponymous Miss Puff, a modern-day Beijinger who admits to searching for true love, [spoiler] and yet when she accidentally encounters a man with ideal qualities who falls in love with her, she ultimately rejects him after a series of passionate encounters depicting implied nudity and public sex.  Although this man does everything possible to please Miss Puff including fulfilling her greatest spoken wish, it is still not enough to grant Miss Puff her happiness.

What at first seems nonsensical becomes an artistic statement when this video is treated as a existentialist work.  [spoiler] Miss Puff’s greatest wish is to keep a fish in its natural state forever; however, in reality she doesn’t want that but instead what it represents: her ideals that have over time become her illusions.  When the “bubble” finally bursts she then also rejects her boyfriend, the ideal man that she never asked for in the first place.  While it may be interpreted that Miss Puff is choosing to be unhappy, by looking at it from an existentialist’s world view we see that from making this her rational choice in an irrational world, Miss Puff is empowered by the ability to choose; put simply, she is “not choosing to be unhappy, but happy to be choosing.” And by rejecting a ideal man who is rich, caring and attentive and who has a car, a house and a good career it appears Miss Puff is not choosing the materialism and traditional ideals he represents.

[spoiler] By having her illusions destroyed, Miss Puff experiences absolute freedom but also horror and anguish in the void that remains.  What prevents this video from veering off into bleak nihilism is the video’s parting message of hope: “Actually, in this city many people are just like Miss [Puff], looking for true love, between possessing someone and being free of restraints.”  Also spoken at the end is “Miss Puff’s goldfish bowl is empty, waiting for love”; if this were to be examined from the point of view of existentialism, we see that Miss Puff has gotten rid of all external values in order to find the happiness that lay within; if true love does exist, she must first love herself, and for that her bowl must be empty.

A Chevrolet Cruze, the new model from the video’s corporate sponsor, can be seen throughout the video driven by the male character.  If the video is taken as a commercial to promote their new product, it can be seen that this car isn’t used in a positive fashion.  [spoiler] Rather, the Cruze is ignored when a police officer is ticketing it to show the man’s attention to Miss Puff; as well, the Cruze is used as a place where it is implied Miss Puff and the man have sex in public; also, the video advocates the use of public transit as shown in the scene where Miss Puff and the man have sex on the subway.

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Never Say Never

As the gusty wind swept all ideas of spring away from the minds of New Yorkers on Saturday, I went to see Justin Bieber’s movie Never Say Never.  Even though I knew his story, saw most of the footage on YouTube, I still wanted to see this documentary and be filled with happiness and inspiration.  It is so astounding how music moves people, how fan-demonium is so incredible and the way a passionate person can move others to hysteria and tears.


This is a true testament to… And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose .

How to Bieberize your wardrobe:

Get some Supra Skytops

Get a American Apparel Hoodie

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