Burt the Introvert…

Ok, so this isn’t about Burt… I don’t even know a Burt. But this is about introverts.

I am the epitome of an introvert. I am literally convinced that no one is more of an introvert than myself… well maybe someone is more introverted, but you catch my drift. From the time I was young I was always very reserved, quiet and to myself. This may come as a surprise to some who “know me”, but I do a good job of coming off as a little more outgoing. For those of you who know me, know it does not come naturally. Trust me when I say, it is extremely hard work, like seriously… I have to dig deep to put myself out there. *cue horror music* Any of my fellow introverts can agree to this, I am sure.

Introverts get a bad rap in a world that celebrates extroversion and “people-persons”. There are things us introverts wish you knew about us that would help any relationship or situation. For instance, we are not anti-social or depressed, we’re just different. People love us, in secret. As introverts, we have many “ways” that only our closest friends understand.

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Some funny, but super true facts about us Intros

::We don’t need you to care about our birthday::

Yeah, we don’t. We have friends who genuinely know us and care, if we care. However, an interesting thing about introverts, is some don’t need to celebrate it. We’re okay with quietly honoring the day on our own or with a group of friends we’ve carefully selected. We don’t have to let the world know. *yes mom, this is exactly how I feel* My mom is the queen of letting the world know and celebrating for a month, no lie 😉

::We are not really listening as you recount your weekend::

Unless you are part of our circle of friends, we don’t care what you did last weekend. We are of the mind that everyone has a right to privacy, and if you chose to spend it in a drunken stupor or beating down the door of your ex, then that is up to you. We don’t judge, and find it takes too much energy to give it to people we don’t know. Just because we work with you, that doesn’t mean we know you.

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::We hate crowds::

Large groups of people make us tired. All the stimulation of having so many different types from all walks of life can make us a little woozy. Some introverts are empaths, so they tend to take on the energy of others easily. We sometimes feel like we “know” everyone in the room and get easily overwhelmed with the swirl of activity. *my god, I just felt pain from reading this*

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::We don’t really like networking events::

This is especially hard for introverts who run a business. Networking makes us feel like we have to perform. We struggle to say the right thing and listen attentively. We don’t really care since we don’t know you. Even in business, we have to feel connected to someone on another level to get the most out of a networking type of event. This takes time, and choosing the right event, and coming up with a plan to offer value to others, while getting some for ourselves. *literally just spent hours thinking about this last night with networking for TheBlogery*

 

Now for some things to prove we are good people …

::We know how to get stuff done::

We pack our alone time with activities–projects, phone calls, emails, rough drafts and blueprints for world takeover of our next big idea (which we have lots of). We value solitude because it lets us experiment with new concepts, plan and stretch our imagination. Anything is possible when we spend time alone, and what we create may change our lives, and yours, too. *yay, I am a life changer 😉 *

::You’re a dreamer::

As an introvert, you turn inward for energy instead of turning outward, which makes you prone to daydreaming. And often, that’s a good thing!

It’s true, of course, that too much daydreaming can be a problem (especially if the boss calls on you in a meeting). In fact, it’s easy for you to develop “introvert ADD,” which can cause trouble at work and at home. So you don’t want to spend too much of your day in la-la land.

However, daydreaming can also unleash your creativity and help you think outside the box. In fact, some of the greatest books, poems, and physics theories of all time have come from daydreaming introverts. So dream on.

::We feel safe with the right people::

When we have the right people in our lives, we give our all. We give our best selves. We become protective warriors who will fight almost any cause for someone we love. Just ask our friends. We blossom in the right company, and shine. It takes us time to find the right people, and when we do, we don’t hold back. *Taccara Rae approved*

::We can do the extrovert thing, for a while::

We have to do that to get along. We can be the life of the party, host the networking event, and be the chairperson of the charity. We do this willingly, knowing that at the end of the day we can go home. When we get there, it may take days, or weeks to replenish ourselves, and feel ready to do that again.

::You intrigue people::

It’s true! One of the most common comments that people make about introverts is that they’re enigmatic or mysterious. And that’s kind of cool, isn’t it?

Why do many introverts come across as mysterious? One reason is that they don’t say much, so people have to guess what they’re thinking. Another is that introverts tend not to show their emotions on their faces. Now, being mysterious can sometimes be a problem if you’re an innie. For example, people may think you’re being aloof or ignoring them, and you may not communicate what you need from them. (It is possible to be too enigmatic.) But other times, being quietly mysterious works to your advantage because it can make people think you’re hiding intriguing secrets when you’re really just thinking about something mundane, like whether you remembered to buy laundry detergent the last time you were at the store.

::We are not shy, rude, angry or uptight::

At first, we may seem that way. Get to know us, and we can actually make you laugh, and hold a conversation that lasts more than 15 minutes. The thing is, we don’t share this with everyone. Being “social” or “sociable” is an option, not a way of being. We can’t fake happy or excited really well, and we show what we think on our face, not as much in our words.

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::We make a choice to be with you–appreciate it::

We value our alone time and are picky about who we let in. Letting in the wrong person will drain us, leaving nothing for ourselves. We tend to attract extroverts who suck our energy, and search out likeminded introverts for our groundedness, deep thinking and sense of control. We appreciate our time with other introverts and have an understanding of each other’s limits and boundaries.

So there you have it. I know, I know…we’re insanely cool people, don’t be jealous. We’re all awesome in one way or another 😉

There is a really fun personality quiz, I took it and it is so on point it’s not even funny. It will literally break you down to a T. Click here to take the quiz

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Brows on fleek?…Not for this chick. Epic Brow Fail

First let me start by expressing my extreme hatred for the word FLEEK, but it helped get you in here huh 😉

Polly Smith, 19, is making national headlines after undergoing a procedure known as ” HD Brows.” This cosmetic procedure is intended to darken and thicken sparse brows, the treatment involves waxing, threading and dyeing the eyebrows to get this look. *Because everyone wants the Cara Delevingne look*

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I for one, LOVE a strong and defined brow. Thisssss may be a little much…

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This is poor Polly just days after the “HD Brows” procedure. She began to notice irritation, and days later, Polly was horrified to find an allergic reaction caused her face to swell and bruise so badly she could barely open her eyes.  Honestly, it’s painful to even look at her in that picture, but it gets worse. For the faint of heart, you might want to close your eyes…

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*DUN DUN DUNNNNN*

Told ya!

A friend brought her to the hospital where doctors prescribed her a plethora of antibiotics, steroids and antihistamines to treat the infection. *Clearly plain ol’ Benedryl was not going to cut it*

Weeks later, the infection still hasn’t fully healed; in fact, doctors believe Smith may be permanently scarred.

R.I.P. to the old Polly, who I’m sure wishes she had her pin thin brows back any day…

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But no, in all seriousness, I do hope Polly makes a full recovery. For now, let’s leave the HD to tv and cameras, not your face.

If you are looking for a SAFE, NON-FACE THREATENING way to make your brows ::POP:: try Kelly Baker Brows “Fab Four Kit“. It’s got the all the essentials you need to give you that bold brow look that would even make Cara green with envy 😉

Happy Blogging 🙂

 

 

Skinny Jeans… Dangerously Sexy. No, Seriously…

While skinny jeans are still a fan favorite among many women, it seems that they can actually cause your body real harm. Well, this totally gives a new meaning to beauty is pain, huh.

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I don’t really know why that chick is smiling. Every girl/woman knows the struggle of looking like a circus clown to get too tight jeans on, and I’m sure you don’t look that happy…Annnnyyway..

Now, it is true *for some* that skinny jeans will give you the appearance of elongated legs, and… well, make them look skinny. However, when you find out what they can be doing to you, you might want to ditch them for the newly popular boyfriend jean. *my personal fav 😉 *

Just last month, an Australian woman spent four days in the hospital after her too-tight pants constricted the blood supply to her calf muscles and she collapsed. The staff had to cut the jeans off of her body and Dr. Thomas Kimber of the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Australia told the AP, “We were surprised that this patient had such severe damage to her nerves and muscles.” (Who needs nerves anyway, they’re soooo overrated)

In case you thought this was a strange one off situation, here’s another for you…

Scientists recently documented a case of a 35-year-old woman whose legs had swelled up so bad — and whose ankles had become so weak as a result — that she couldn’t walk. At the hospital, doctors had to cut off her pants to remove them from her inflated legs.

Her diagnosis?

Compartment syndrome, a condition that results from increased pressure in a confined body space, like, from wearing *TA-DA*… skinny jeans.

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See, there’s a theme here. I mean honestly, could you image telling friends and co-workers that you were hospitalized for wearing your favorite pair of skinny minnies?…That you had to have emergency surgery to have denim cut off of from your limbs?! ..Yeah, didn’t think so.

So how do you know if your skinnies are TOO skinny? Well if the below looks like you taking them off, it’s safe to say it’s time to go up a size or two 😉

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There you have it! Not only is it incredibly hard for most people to look at you wearing painfully tight denim that is bursting at the seam, but it’s actually not healthy for you. Don’t shoot the messenger, I’m just out here trying to save your life …

Quick Life Hack For My Lucky 4 Eyed Followers…

To all you people who have the x-ray vision of Superman, well first off, I hate you *just kidding* but this may not apply to you. Some of you may have missed out on the good vision gene. I myself have been wearing good ol’ bifocals since the tender age of 7-8 years old. If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably had your seeing device hit the floor or another rough surface over the years. There’s nothing more annoying than peering through glasses with scratches that make it even harder to see. Here’s a few quick life hacks for removing annoying little or large scratches from those lenses! You’re welcome 😉

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*The hacks safe for plastic lenses are also safe for sunglasses!*

Save Your Lenses Life Hacks…

::Hack Numero Uno::

Use a cotton or soft wool cloth with a little non-abrasive toothpaste to quickly buff away scratches on eye glasses. Rub the lens gently, moving the cloth in small circles. Continue this motion for around ten seconds. Rinse with cold water and wipe dry.

For a very stubborn scratch, you may have to repeat the process. Continue until the scratch is completely removed. If you have an anti-scratch coating on your eye glasses, you may have to rub this off completely first. This will not damage the lens but will make it more difficult to get to the scratch.

::Hack #2::

Make a thick paste from baking soda and water. Then, apply the paste with a soft cotton or wool cloth and rub gently in a circular motion. Rinse and wipe the lens dry. Again, the process may have to be repeated for deep or stubborn scratches.

::Third Hack::

Scratches on plastic eye glasses can be fixed by using Armor Etch, a glass etching compound. The active ingredient, Hydrofluoric Acid, removes the outer coating on plastic lenses. It should never be used on glass as it can damage the lenses further. For plastic eye glasses, simply place a thick coating of the compound onto each side of the lens. Allow the glasses to sit for five minutes. Rinse and wipe dry. Do not rub the compound into the lenses. The Armor Etch will remove the outer coating and any scratches along with it.

::Fourth Hack::

Another cool product that works well for removing scratches from eye glasses is vehicle cleaning wax. Although it’s often used to polish automobiles, it can also fill in and remove scratches on glass and plastic eye glasses. Apply with a soft clean cloth and gently buff until the scratches have been removed. You may need to use several cloths as the wax adheres easily to fabric.

::5’th and Final Hack::

Windshield water repellants can also be used to remove scratches on eye glasses. They have the added bonus of repelling dirt and moisture, and preventing the glasses from fogging up during temperature changes. Simply apply with a soft cloth and polish gently for a few seconds. This treatment is best for superficial blemishes and may not be effective for deep, penetrating scratches.

Well there you have it! Hope this comes in handy the next time your lovely lenses hit the floor.

Happy Hacking!!!

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Rave Reviews for All My Lash-less Beauties…

For all of my lovely ladies who missed the lash line when God created you… this review is for you! If you’re anything like me, you have thin..sparse..barely there lashes *hooorahhh* -_-

I personally hate leaving the house without slapping on some sort of mascara. It’s pretty much the only thing that lets you know my eyes are open and I’m not sleep walking. It’s not an easy feat to find a mascara that will lengthen your lashes and make them appear thicker at the same time. Matter of fact, I find that most mascaras that are supposed to add thickness, clump your lashes. Other mascaras that are supposed to lengthen, just make you look like you have spider legs instead of eye lashes. *who the hell wants to look like a creepy crawler?!*

Alas… Covergirl has released a mascara that seems to have been sent down from Lash Heaven. It both lengthens and thickens my lashes, without plastering 10 coats of mascara. Watch my review below to see it in action!

 

Here is a close up before and after as well, the before has no mascara on the left eye and mascara on the right eye. I’m sure it’s super obvious, but just to be clear…

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As I’m sure you can see “The Super-Sizer” by CoverGirl LashBlast is a clear winner! Definitely two thumbs up from The Blogery. This can be purchased from CVS or any other drugstore. To my fellow ladies who know the struggle, you’re welcome 😉

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