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Dermals: Taking Care of Microdermals

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Microdermals are beautiful pieces of jewelry. I’ve gotten dermals done nine times (I still have six) and I love them to pieces but there is not a lot of information circulating about them. How do they stay in? How do you get them? How much do they cost? Can you change them? What if they start to reject? Are they irritated? Getting a new piercing can be confusing but luckily, I’m here to teach you all about them so you don’t have to learn the hard way.

Microdermals are small, decorative pieces of jewelry that can be placed virtually anywhere. It’s best to get them in low impact areas because they never fully “heal” (they don’t develop a fistula like more traditional piercings) therefore they can reject at any point, especially if they’re snagged or bumped. Dermals are also semi-permanent because they only have a single entry point and must be removed through small incisions, making them harder to remove in the case of an MRI.

So how does it stay in?

Saint Sabrina’s was my go-to guide when I first began to consider dermals. She describes dermals as a leg and a foot, with the foot being the anchor that stays in your skin. The anchor has holes in it to allow the tissue to grow through it and anchor it down. You can change the jewel after 2 – 3 months by simply unscrewing the top.

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How dermals look

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Undocumented and Unafraid

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Hello all you lovely followers of mine! I know it’s been a really long time since I’ve posted but I have something that I’m really eager to share with everyone! My freshman year of college (Fall 2013) I had to write a paper placing myself in the shoes of someone I couldn’t relate to. The assignment was called the Diversity Role and seeing how I never miss an opportunity to spread word about the DREAM Act, I wrote as though I was an undocumented immigrant. My professor was hesitant about my topic because it was “controversial” and a “political hot topic,” but I assured him I wasn’t going to offend anyone and that I knew what I was talking about. After I presented the paper to my class, everyone was so interested in it that I was able to answer a ton of questions and tell everyone about my experience volunteering with the Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance. Here’s the paper that sparked a great discussion:

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Getting Rid of Razor Bumps

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Razor bumps are very unsightly, not to mention annoyingly itchy. The good news is that I’m going to share with you a few ways to get rid of and prevent them.

Getting Rid of Them

  1. Rub Hydrocortisone cream on the irritated area twice a day, three times a week until the razor bumps are gone.
    1. Don’t do it more than instructed or the area will become more irritated.
  2. Rub on Aloe Vera to soothe the irritation.
  3. Mary Kay Calming Influence soothes the irritation.
  4. Tend Skin is sold at Walgreens or you can buy it on Amazon by clicking the hyperlink.
  5. Dab on Visine then let it air dry.
  6. Rub on Cocoa Butter or Shea Butter to moisturize the area.
  7. Salicylic Acid
    1. If you don’t have salicylic acid, you can crush up Aspirin and mix it with water to create a paste you can rub onto the bumps. Wash it off after it dries.
  8. Don’t rub the bumps as this will increase the irritation.
  9. Keep the skin moisturized. Non-scented, non-oily lotion works well.

Prevention

  1. Soak in warm water for at least five minutes before you shave to open your pores.
  2. Let a shaving cream or shaving gel sit on the area to be shaved for a few minutes.
    1. I personally find shaving cream to irritate my skin so I opt to go without it.
  3. Throw out dull or rusty razors.
    1. Razors are typically only good for about three or four uses before the start to knick you.
  4. Rinse your razor with rubbing alcohol before and after every use to prevent bacteria.
  5. Use razors with moisture strips. Trust me, they feel so much better.
  6. Don’t press down on the razor as you shave. Although it might give you a closer shave, it will also give you razor bumps and irritated skin.
  7. Give the hair time to grow before you shave again. Yep, that means waiting 2-3 days.
  8. Gently exfoliate either right before you shave or on a day that you don’t shave. An exfoliating scrub, loofah, or mitt, works well. If you have very sensitive skin, I wouldn’t suggest the loofah.
  9. Do not go over the same area twice. As much as you want a close shave, you will regret doing this later.
  10. Shave in the shower. Not only is the warm water good for shaving, but the steam will also soften the skin and help you get a closer shave without the razor burn.
  11. Don’t shave against the grain of your hair, meaning shave in the direction your hair is going.
  12. Rinse the area with cold water to close the pores.
  13. Pat dry. Do not rub dry or you will increase the irritation.
  14. Wipe deodorant over the area after shaving and patting dry. Yes, deodorant. It clogs the pores, thereby preventing razor bumps from forming. Baby powder also works.
  15. Don’t wear tight clothing. Tight clothing will rub against the freshly shaved area and increase irritation.

Say good-bye to razor bumps and happy shaving!

Head vs Heart: Which Do You Follow?

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We have all been in a situation in which we were stuck between a rock and a hard place just because our head and our heart never really seem to agree. Following your head would be the more logical choice. It’s what you know and what you’ve been planning; however, following your heart is what makes you truly happy. It’s what wakes you up with a smile each day. So which do you follow?

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Your Head

Your head is where all logic is stored. It helps you to rationally think things through. Your head is what makes you weigh your options, the pros and the cons. You know what you should do because your head is telling you all the benefits of following it and the consequences of ignoring it. While it may not always feel right, sometimes your head is actually right. Listening to it can save you from a lot of trouble and help you to accomplish your dreams and goals. You just have to think things through. The thing is, thinking too much can lead to worry and anxiety. I understand the reason you’re thinking so much is because you don’t want to make the wrong decision. Your mind is full of possibilities of what could happen- what could go wrong if you don’t adhere to the logic of your mind. This can create fear. The fear of following your heart because it might lead you in the wrong direction.

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 Your Heart

Your heart is where all emotion and intuition lies.

Intuition is:

  • The ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning.
  • A thing that one knows or considers likely from instinctive feeling rather than conscious reasoning.

According to these definitions, intuition does not require the rationale of the mind. When your heart knows something, it just knows. It’s instinct. Your heart has a tendency to know what’s best for you. Even if it turns out to be the “wrong” decision, at the time it was exactly what you wanted. People always say to follow your heart and do what makes you happy. Being true to your heart is being true to yourself. Following your heart is trusting that things will fall into place. Your heart knows your deepest desires, all of your dreams. Happiness, joy, and love all reside in the heart, as well as many other emotions that make you feel on top of the world. Your heart makes you happy because it knows what you really want.  Maybe deep down inside, your head knows that too. By following your heart, you’re being true to your values. I say that because we are often told to do what we feel is right. You wouldn’t be happy doing something you feel is wrong; it just wouldn’t sit well with you. If you do not follow your heart, you may begin to regret-maybe even resent-the decision that you made.

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Which has better judgment: your head or your heart?

Does intellect, logic, and rationality surpass emotion, desire, and intuition?

Is it more important to be logical or happy? Can you be both?

Tell me, are you a romantic or a realist?

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A Riddle

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Can you answer both of the following questions?

A man is trapped in a room with no doors and no windows. How did he get in?

There is only a mirror and a table in the room. How does he get out?

You Got the Job: So Now What?

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Be On Time:

If you’re early, you’re on time; if you’re on time, you’re late; if you’re late, you’re fired.

Be Proactive:

Take initiative. Do what you know you have to do, and then some. In other words, show leadership.

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Getting the Job Part 3: The Interview

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So you’ve sent in your job application, printed off your resume, and now the employer would like for you to come in for an interview. Uh oh, how prepared are you? Don’t worry, I’ll walk you through it.

Appropriate Attire:

As I’ve mentioned before, dress for the job you want, not the job you’re getting. You never get a second chance to make a first impression and you want to start this off right.

You’ll want to stick to conservative and neutral colors like browns and blacks. If you want to throw a little color in there, think about green, which is the color of money and can send a subconscious message that you’ll be able to bring real dollar value to the company. Stay away from bright primary colors like red and yellow because you want your interviewer focused on your words, not your outfit.-mashable.com

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Getting the Job Part 2: Cover Letter & Resume

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Cover letters and resumes often go hand in hand when applying for a job so this post is dedicated to how they should be done.

Cover Letters:

  • Cover letters should be concise (less than a full-page) and tailored to the particular company you are applying for. If the same cover letter can be used for various companies, it’s not specific enough.
  • The cover letter should not summarize your resume-that’s what your resume is for. Instead, the cover letter should only briefly touch on highlights of the resume and leave the details to the resume itself.
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Getting the Job Part 1: Applying

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If you are among the many people looking for a job, you may find these next few posts very interesting. I have decided to write a four post series on getting the job, starting with the first step: applying.

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WordPress Maintenance Page Without Plugins

After hopelessly searching the internet for how to create a ‘down for maintenance’ page and getting nowhere, I decided to find a way myself.

It’s hard for me to understand HTMLs and plugins (if I can understand them at all) so I wasn’t getting much help, not to forget that I’m not even permitted to use plugins because I use wordpress.com instead of wordpress.org, and yes, there is a difference. It dawned on me that I can just fake a maintenance page by creating the message on the blog myself.

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