Turning the gears


Hello everyone.

If you’ve been keeping up with this blog, you must know how irregularly i post. The reason for that is simple, though i might have not admitted it before, but im lazy and severely unmotivated. There, i said it. I’ve been trying hard to give my life a direction for quite some time, but all my efforts so far have been in vain for the most part. No matter what i did, i just couldn’t catch a break. But recently i’ve come to the point where im done fooling around and for better or worse, just giving it my all regardless of whether or not the results end in my favor.

To put it simply, what im trying to say is that im going to start taking everything i undertake a bit more seriously, which includes this blog. I might not post much, but i will post regularly starting next month. So for those of you who have kept up with my erratic blogging schedule so far, thank you for tolerating me. And those of you who have just discovered this blog, do stick around. Things are about to get quite good.  That’s it for now.

Till next time, au revoir!

InstaNatural Mega Haul

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Hiya subbies. After finishing having to deal with a load of drama in real life and weeks and weeks of procrastination, at long last I bring to you this brand new write up sponsered via courtesy of InstaNatural. InstaNatural offers a range of beauty products focused on using natural and organic ingredients. They manufacture and distribute high quality products, while focusing attention on providing the best services to their customers. I was given the opportunity to try out multiple items from their skin and hair care line for this brand write up.

All items listed below are available at InstaNatural’s website here. Be sure to like their page on Facebook and follow their Twitter for updates.

Organic Argan Oil, $19.47
100% Pure Emu Oil, $21.95
Peppermint & Lemon Essential Oil, $19.47 each
Argan Oil Hair Mask, $17.95
Age-Defying Retinol Serum, $23.75
Retinol Moisturizer with Vitamin C, $24.75
Youth Express Eye Serum, $21.95
Youth Express Eye Gel, $19.47
Vitamin C Moisturizer, $19.97
Vitamin C Serum, $16.97
Dead Sea Mud Mask, $24.97

4NqjsbOMRbaMFu20KYfQ_5a394f1ad6b414e749dbd9ceb2ed3d05b1a24497Age-Defying Retinol Serum contains a proprietary blend of antioxidants and nutrients that nourishes your skin while helping it to look younger and healthier. The serum contains Retinol (Vitamin A), which is an antioxidant that protects against free-radical damage that causes your skin to look and feel older. It is highly effective in reversing the appearance of sun damage and signs of aging, such as wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation and rough texture. Vitamin C works synergistically to aid in this process of repairing and restoring damaged skin, while also stimulating new healthy skin to appear. Meanwhile, Hyaluronic Acid traps moisture in the skin to prevent further loss so you can enjoy a younger looking appearance with firmer, plumper skin. Works best in combination with the Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer, which reduces blemishes and breakouts by removing dead skin and unclogging pores. Equipped with Vitamin A, C, and green tea, which provide strong antioxidant power to fight against the signs of aging.

71i-MGUbxuL._SY450_InstaNatural’s Youth Express Eye Serum is a highly concentrated blend of invigorating ingredients designed to restore a youthful appearance to the eye area. This serum contains an advanced Peptide Complex – along with Plant Stem Cells, Matrixyl 3000, Astaxanthin, Kojic Acid, Caffeine, Passionflower, and Vitamins C and E – which help to deliver exceptional results to the under eye area, resulting in a decreased appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles and puffiness.  The Youth Express Eye Gel contains a potent combination of ingredients for maximum results. This gel provides all around care and protection to the eye area. This powerful formula will help reverse the signs of aging and revert your skin back to its natural youthfulness. It will help you tackle dark circles, eye bags, crow’s feet, fine lines, sagginess and puffiness so you can obtain a healthy and radiant appearance.

rrdgbThe Vitamin C Moisturizer contains a proprietary blend of supercharged antioxidants and other powerful ingredients that help you achieve youthful-looking skin. Vitamin C is a well-known antioxidant agent that fights free radicals in the environment to help protect your skin from the damaging effects of sun exposure and ultraviolet radiation. Constant exposure to such harmful elements can contribute to signs of aging such as wrinkles, age spots, discoloration and dryness. Applying this moisturizer will deliver a potent 20% dose of Vitamin C to your skin, along with other nourishing ingredients – such as Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid, and Plant Stem Cells – that work together to repair existing, damaged skin and restore a healthier, even skin tone. This moisturizing cream is a great way to enhance antioxidant protection to brighten and nurture skin for a healthy, glowing appearance. Best when used in combination with the Vitamin C Serum which provides instant hydration to the skin and goes on smoothly to provide soothing relief and moisture. In addition, the vegan Hyaluronic Acid prevalent in the serum enhances hydration further by boosting the skin’s ability to retain moisture throughout the day to help combat dry and/or damaged skin.

InstaNatural’s Argan Oil Hair Mask is a deep conditioning treatment designed to transform dry and damaged strands into soft, shiny, healthy hair. Its restorative ingredients – such as Argan Oil, Japanese Green Tea, Amino Acid Complex, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil & Vitamin B5 – work together to penetrate hair deep down and deliver ultimate nourishment and hydration to enhance texture and shine. This intensive blend full of organic ingredients also serves to strengthen hair to defend against heat damage and other external aggressors.  Leave in for 15 minutes to revitalize limp and lifeless hair and increase volume, softness and shine.  The result? Softer, shinier, more manageable hair.

BJMLZP5kTQmMTqtfnCnR_71fRMLLSZ5L._SL1370_The Dead Sea Mud Mask is an all-natural detoxifier and purifier that comes from the renowned and sacred Dead Sea. More than a million visitors each year flock to this extraordinary body of water in the Mediterranean, which contains many minerals beneficial to the skin, such as magnesium, sodium, bromine, potassium and calcium. Once applied, this mud mask treatment starts working to absorb excess oil, dirt and toxins from the skin. It is great to expunge acne, pimples and blackheads. It also helps to restore an even skin tone for a smoother complexion. When used as a body treatment, the mud mask can soothe and relieve muscles aches and pains. Whether used on the face or the body, the Dead Sea Mud Mask is a superb in-home spa treatment that will reveal more vibrant, refined, healthier skin.

ADRHywIFQUW8QIWKttEV_essential-oilsInstaNatural’s Peppermint Essential Oil is a multi-purpose oil that cools, energizes and refreshes the body and mind. This steam-distilled oil is extracted from dried or fresh leaves from the Mentha Piperita herb, giving it a sharp, menthol fragrance. Its pleasantly sweet and minty aroma makes it a premium choice for aromatherapy to improve the mind and lift the spirits. The Lemon Essential Oil is extracted from the rinds of lemon, which lends its fresh citrus fragrance. This cold-pressed oil has a strong bright scent that is both refreshing and uplifting. Its astringent and purifying properties also make it a great aid to help cleanse and tone the skin, while delivering a boost of Vitamin C antioxidant benefits.

71jyLGo5zJL._SL1500_100% Pure Emu Oil has no added chemicals or preservatives. Just Pure and Natural Emu oil with unsurpassed nourishing benefits that provide radiant, youthful and plumper skin while reducing dryness, redness, itching, marks, and soothes sunburn & promoting hair health and growth. Perfect for aching joints, sore muscles, sprains, burns, wounds and scars. Moroccan Argan Oil is therapeutic for every skin condition, for instance Acne, dry scalp, split ends, frizzy hair, stretch marks, body cuticles and more. This Argania Spinosa is guaranteed to make your body shine. Its fast absorbing and long lasting. Absorbs instantly without leaving an oily film on your face or hair. Leaves your Face, Skin & Hair feeling smooth & silky. This Argan Oil is perfect for all skin conditions. Its a multipurpose moisturizer you can apply directly onto the skin and hair or mix with your favorite lotion or other essential oils for homemade moisturizer treatment. This 100% Argan Oil also happens to be my favorite product out of the bunch.

So ladies,  get all your beauty regimen requirements taken care of right now and log on to http://www.instanatural.com to pave the way for the best skin of your life! InstaNatural does NOT disappoint. ;)

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Watch a Video of British Artist Banksy in Gaza

Originally posted on TIME:

British graffiti artist Banksy, known for his subversive street art, released a two-minute video from war-torn Gaza on his website Wednesday.

“Make this the year you discover a new destination,” it wryly says, in the style of a tourism video. But instead of sandy beaches, it offers viewers a glimpse of what a Gazan sees “well away from the tourist track”: tunnels, rubble and children gazing at some of the 18,000 homes destroyed last July in Israel’s Operation Protective Edge.

The video also spotlights several of Banksy’s latest graffiti pieces, including images of children swinging from a surveillance tower, a parent grieving over a child in a bombed-out setting, and a kitten donning a pink bow.

“A local man came up and said ‘Please – what does this mean?’ I explained I wanted to highlight the destruction in Gaza by posting photos on my website – but on the internet…

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NeSi/SeNi misunderstandings

This post was inspired by the following video by EJArendee.

Never mind the language.

I personally feel that one of the reasons Jay (an ESTP) or any Se Ni combo user in general may perceive someone (say, an INTP) trying to ‘bring them down’ to reality could be due to misunderstandings and differences of interest in their interaction with a Ne Si user.

According to my personal understanding of the functions so far, the Se Ni combo tends to favor a ‘risk and reward’ kind of attitude with Se handling data from the physical, present reality for Ni to access so it can plan towards the outcome it wishes to achieve. The Ne Si combo on the other hand is relatively keener on ‘sustainability’ with Si trying to keep the most favorable existing conditions functional for as long as possible and Ne supporting that notion by generating possibilities which would allow that to happen.

(Note here that ‘favorable values/outcomes’ may vary depending on each person in question’s Ti Fe/ Fi Te combination and order of preference.)

In doing so, Ne comes up with several alternate scenarios in order to point out any and all hindrances or consequences so that Si can find its way around them in order to ‘sustain’ whatever existing condition/property/etc it values as long as it can. With Ni Se, the process is reversed with Ni pointing Se in which way to head and Se forcing its way through with little regard for what existing values/conditions/properties are lost in the meanwhile.

In retrospect, one can assume that Se feels patronized by Ne’s attempts to help Se avoid road blocks and sustain its existing properties/conditions during the course of its journey to its Ni ideal. This of course, is due to Ne assuming that Se values its existing condition/property. However, the former is wrong in this assumption as it is designed to compliment Si, not Se. Because of this, Se may feel ‘trapped’, like its being ‘held back’ from reaching its Ni ‘full potential’ or ‘being brought down’ when discussing his ambitions in the presence of Ne.

Of course, alternatively it could just be a case of some jealous lowlife actively trying to bring you down because they feel threatened by you and what they think you have the potential to accomplish. That possibility may hold true regardless of type of said lowlife, in which case screw him.


Chapter 1: Aftermath

An exasperated sigh catches Charon’s attention as he rows dutifully across the waters of Styx, making his way towards the castle. His wrinkled hands slightly loosen their grip on the oars as he turns to face the defeated form of the lone passenger hunched behind him. The god of the underworld sat there with his eyes cast downwards, shoulders slumped and lips formed into a grim line, his silken black cape waving lightly in the wind. The ferryman remains silent as his gaze travels to the damaged chest plate on his master’s bronze armor and recalls where Eros had shot him with his deadliest dart. Hades was left draped over a sea of flowers until Cerberus, his loyal three headed hound had carried him back to the underworld.


It was seldom that his master allowed himself to engage in luxuries like daydreaming, lest the belly of Tartarus starts to throw a fit and unjudged shades hoard the bank of Lethe. His name may strike fear in the hearts of men and gods alike, but he was more responsible than those wretched mountain dwellers for they spent centuries committing themselves to hedonistic pursuits while turning a blind eye to mortals starving to death, pleading for their help. Only once in his kingdom did their tortured souls finally find peace. In due time all were judged and either whisked away to the fields of Asphodel or thrown in the womb of Gaia for eternity.

Broken from his stupor by the sound of his master heaving another sigh, Charon looks over him concerned, brows furrowing. One thing is for certain, the king has definitely not been the same.

Hades lightly throws his head backwards to rest it over the edge of the boat. Slowly, he opens his eyes and beckons the ferryman to come close. He complies and descends to meet his master’s gaze. Where used to be two unfathomable pits of darkness now rested embers that burned as red and warm as the throne of Helios. Charon gasps involuntarily, earning him a sad smile from Hades. ‘Dear friend..’ he murmurs, ‘I had a strange dream.’ ‘Of what, Sire?’ He asks of his master. ‘The stars.. they ask to borrow the light that adorns my eyes when i see her smile.’ Breath hitches in the ferryman’s chest as he watches the love struck king of the underworld stare at the swirling black waters underneath, eyes glazed over by an element unknown to the servant by his side.

‘This trip has proven to be quite troublesome..’ He exhales.
‘Troublesome indeed, Mi lord.’


Note; A series of one-shots inspired by the tale of Hades and Queen Persephone. Setting is right after Hades first encounters her playing with the Nymphs and gets shot down by Aphrodite’s son. Constructive criticism is welcome. Flaming is not. 

Art by Sandara.

Product Review; KISS InstaWave

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No longer do we need a professional to style our hair to perfection. Instantly create beautiful, long-lasting curls with just the touch of a button with the KISS InstaWave, a fully automatic tangle-free curler from KISS Hair Appliances.  Easy for anyone to use, from any angle, with any hand. Features a Curl Dial with left/right curl directions. Automatically shuts off after 90 minutes and offers 2 heat settings with a low/high switch with maximum temperature of 420.


As you can see, on the left we have plain crinkled up hair, tired of being twisted up in a bun and on the right a fabulous head of curls. I used a heat resistant serum as well as some leave in conditioner before using the Instawave by the way. Do keep in mind that I prefer more tousled, looser curls so that is why my waves are not as prominent as those featured on the box.


What I really love about this product is that its dual directional switch allows you to hold it with any hand to get the kind of curl you desire. No longer do you have to suffer from cramped shoulders while getting ready in the morning nor does it require the guesswork involved in wrapping your hair on a curling rod. Just place an end on the curl dial and let InstaWave do the work for you. You can easily switch between curling right and curling left to create the most natural looking curls.

The KISS InstaWave retails at about $59.99 at KISSinstawave.com. This is the official site that will allow you to purchase this product from either Target, Ulta, or Amazon.

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One Lovely Blog Award Nomination!

I have been nominated by Naba Iqbal of SheCorner and Umaima Mehtab of DudettesTalk for the One Lovely Blog Award. Thank you both very much for your kindness.



  1. You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
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  1. Im running out of facts to list.
  2. I question what constitutes as a fact.
  3. Im lazy and so not looking forward to commenting on 15 posts.
  4. You probably hate me by now.
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My Top 5 Anime Vampires

5, Staz from Blood Lad


“The vampire, Staz C. Blood, is one of the most powerful district bosses in the demon world, fending off everyone who dares challenge him. But secretly, Staz is also quite obsessed with human culture, especially video games, manga, and everything that comes from Japan.

When Staz makes a decision that he wants something, he’s known for always accomplishing his goal and getting or doing whatever it is that he set out for. So, when the young Japanese girl, Fuyumi, wanders into the demon world by accident and dies, Staz declares that he’ll help bring her back to life and is determined to do just that. And in helping her he also gets the chance to travel to the human world, somewhere he’s always dreamed of going.” -MAL

What sucks blood and makes the ladies swoon? A vampire. And whats better than a vampire? A vampire that’s also an Otaku. Lazy, sarcastic and socially clueless, Staz lands the spot of number 5 on my list of top 5 anime vampires.

4, Saya Otonashi from Blood Plus


“Saya is the main protagonist in the series Blood + who hunts chiropterans using a katana. It is implied that she is the last remaining vampire and called’ the only remaining original.’

Saya has no weakness to sunlight, although it is unknown if she has any of the other vulnerabilities often attributed to vampires.She does, however, become distressed when she encounters religious paraphernalia and angry when people mention God in her presence.” -MAL

On number four we have what i would consider to be one of my favorite anime heroines of all time. Saya is sensible, smart and kicks serious chiropteran butt. Yes the story line of Blood Plus is a bit unconventional than most other anime centered around vampires but having a strong female protagonist as this the show proves no moment a waste.

3, Ozaki Toshi from Shiki


“The dean of the hospital in Sotoba, Toshio resigned from university hospital, returning to take up his father’s position when he passed away. He is fondly given a nickname, “Waka-sensei”, by his colleagues as well as the residents. Toshio has a dislike to both his mother and his late father, as both of them often put reputation of the Ozaki family before anything else.

He is childhood friends with Seishin Muroi and Mikiyasu Yasumori. He is a 32 years old chain smoker and is married to Kyouko who manages an antique shop. He is baffled by the mysterious deaths and swears to solve the case and protect his village. One of the two main protagonists in the series.” -MAL

Okay, i know, i know.. So he’s not technically a vampire. Still, the dude is the dean of a hospital at freaking 32, figures out the real cause of all the deaths in the area, comes up with a master plan and leads a freaking genocide against the vampires killing people in his village all while relying solely on the power of his brain against supernatural beings. The guy deserves this spot.

2, D from Vampire Hunter D; Bloodlust


 “D is a Dhampir, the half-breed child of a vampire father the legendary Vampire lord and human mother, therefore he makes the ideal vampire hunter. He is renowned for his consummate skill and unearthly grace, but feared and despised for his mixed lineage: born of both races but belonging to neither. Often underestimated by his opponents, D has surprising power and resourcefulness, possessing most of the strengths and only mild levels of vampiric weaknesses. Unlike most Dhampirs, D is able to live as a “normal” human, though marked by his unearthly beauty and powerful aura, and thus rarely accepted by humans.

His only notable weaknesses are that he is, while not unfeeling, emotionally remote but sometimes sentimental. He is also (far more rarely than other dhampirs) randomly susceptible to sun-sickness, a severe type of sunstroke, about once every five years. Otherwise, D does not suffer from vampiric weaknesses usual to Dhampirs, possessing an imposing supernatural aura to his opponents and godlike reflexes surpassing even vampires.” -MAL

The first anime centered around Vampires that i saw was incidentally the Vampire Hunter D movie made in the 80’s, a while before my birth. Then as of the year 2000, the series went through a fantastic revamp to bring us the second movie. Namely, Vampire Hunter D Blood lust. I’ve always admired this character for its awesomeness and even is vulnerability to the part of him that’s human, but Bloodlust brought out all the positives ten fold. In Bloodlust we get to experience his struggle with himself more so than before. The fights are intensified and the amount of detailing in his character design is simply breath taking, all contributing to him securing the spot at number two.

1, Alucard Hellsing from Hellsing and Hellsing Ultimate


“The secret weapon of the Hellsing organization, Alucard is a vampire, specializing in killing other vampires. At first glance he seems to be nothing but a rather odd gunman, but when he truly unleashes his powers, it becomes quite clear that he is not a mortal. 

After walking the night for half a millennium, he is constantly seeking a worthy opponent, and with his powers of regeneration, strength, and shape-shifting, not to mention his army of familiars, he lays waste to any of his master’s enemies. However, beneath his cool and heartless exterior lurks a dark and tragic past, and a longing for the only thing an immortal can never have..” -MAL

Ultimate Vampire, Bird of Hermes, Vlad Dracula III, Vlad Tepes, No-Life King, Count, Dracula, Vlad the Impaler, The Count, Zamiel, Arucard, Monster, King of Vampires, Abyss General, The Impaling Prince, True immortal, Hellsing’s trump card. Call him what you will but no one trumps the most bad ass vampire of them all. His name alone is justification of why he is and shall remain Number 1.

Honorable Mentions

Link Meier from Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust. Dude's a perfect example of a gentlemanly lady killer.
Link Meier from Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust. Dude’s a perfect example of a gentlemanly lady killer. To hell with the likes of Edward Cullen. This is how romance is done right.
Mochizuki Jiro from Black Blood Brothers. At first glance a bishounen imitation of Alucard but look deeper and you'll find a noble warrior and a caring older brother.
Mochizuki Jiro from Black Blood Brothers. At first glance a bishounen imitation of Alucard but look deeper and you’ll find a noble warrior and a caring older brother.
And Kaien Cross... the only remotely sensible character in Vampire Knight, also the only one you dont wanna grab by the shoulders and shake until they snap out of their angst. Again, not technically a vampire but still deserving of a mention
And Kaien Cross… the only remotely intelligent and witty character in Vampire Knight universe. Also the only one you dont wanna grab by the shoulders and shake until they snap out of their angst. Again, not technically a vampire but still worthy of a mention.