Poem of the Week

Portrait by a Neighbor

By Edna Vincent Millay

Before she has her floor swept
Or her dishes done,
Any day you’ll find her
A-sunning in the sun!

It’s long after midnight,
Her key’s in the lock,
And you’ll never see her chimney smoke
Till past ten o’clock!

She digs in her garden
With a shovel and a spoon,
She weeds her lazy lettuce
By the light of the moon,

She walks up the walk
Like a woman in a dream,
She forgets she borrowed butter
And pays you back cream!

Her lawn looks like a meadow,
And if she mows the place
She leaves the clover standing
And the Queen Anne’s Lace!

Favorite Beauty Vloggers

After learning about the wonders of Korean skin care from the Wall Street Journal, I went to YouTube to learn more. There I discovered some vloggers who’re enjoyable and informative. I’ve been sharing these folks with my sister and friends so it seemed I should blog about them and have a one-stop spot for people to sample top beauty bloggers.

Joan Keem

Joan’s a Korean American who’s now living in Seoul where she creates upbeat, informative videos and works for a radio station, I think. In addition to beauty videos she’ll also upload videos about travel and fashion.

Gothamista

Urbanite and self-professed “long time product junkie” Renée has worked in the beauty industry for years. She puts together videos that show her insider know-how. Like Joan, she’s upbeat. I like how she’s willing to show herself without a drop of make up and that she’s closer to my age.

The Beauty Breakdown


Morgan, authentic and energetic, has a very down-to-earth approach to skin care and cosmetics. I like how she’s so real. If she doesn’t like something, she lets you know. So you can use her recommendations with confidence.

Sunnydahey

Sunny is a law school graduate, vlogger and friend of Joan’s. she’s down to eart and gives honest opinions. I like when vloggers honestly point out short coming’s of products.

Gothamista

Urbanite and self-professed “long time product junkie” Renée has worked in the beauty industry for years. She puts together videos that show her insider know-how. Like Joan, she’s upbeat. I like how she’s willing to show herself without a drop of make up and that she’s closer to my age.

Meej Muse

An Australian Korean make up artist, Jen Kim makes informative, fun videos on skin care, make up, life style, travel and woman-in-the-street interviews on social issues. She’s fun and smart and quite professional with her video and post-production skills.

Here’s one of her videos on Seoul.

The Chriselle Factor

Chriselle Lim is the most sophisticated of the bunch. I don’t watch her as often becaue she seems so out of my league. She’s worked hard to make a place in the fashion world of YouTube, but I can tell I don’t and won’t have her budget for clothes, makeup or anything. She does have a sense of humor and wit which she uses in her videos, but still I feel she’s more high fashion than I want to be. Her videos are well-made and she deserves kudos for the production values.

Do you have favorite vloggers on any subject? If so, share links and below and I’ll check them out. They can be on any topic.

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Sunscreens for the Summer

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That’s not me

My first job out of college was at the American Academy of Dermatology as a receptionist.  A big function of that organization was publicizing the bad side of getting too much sun and how that leads to skin cancer.

With an Irish and English heritage, I’m a prime target for skin cancer. Part of the problem was how I’d lay in the sun as a kid. My mother always promoted this as she believed a medium rare look was healthy. I think we’ve learned it isn’t.

Now it seems my father’s best friend is his dermatologist who he seems to be seeing every month to get yet another lesion removed. I do not want to live like that. So  I’ve been wearing sunscreen or make up with sunscreen quite faithfully. The trouble is the Neutrogenia 50 SPF cream I’m using feels rather tacky and heavier than I like.

Enter Japan

From the beauty vloggers I’ve seen, I’ve learned that Japan makes the best sunscreens. Not only do they have high SPFs, but they have better PA plus numbers. As Renee fro Gothamista explains above PA+++, etc. refers to the filters that eliminate the suns forces that cause aging.

Lisa of Beauty Bemused, below, gives very detailed run downs of a wide range of sunscreen products from Japan and Korea. What I like is that she mentions the price so when I hear “pricey” I can ignore that product.

Even if you can’t find these products easily, I’ve gotten Asian skincare products from Yesstyle. com and Memebox.com.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Relic

The former King of Cambodia

The new King of Cambodia (center), his father on the side

In Zhujiayu, China

In Zhujiayu, China

In New Mexico

In New Mexico

Jizu at a temple in Nara, Japan

Jizu at a temple in Nara, Japan

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced. 2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag. 3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great photos from each month’s most popular challenge. Other great photos:

Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrasts

Contrasting Colors

Contrasting Colors

Dark and Light

Dark and Light

Pretty, yet painful

Pretty, yet painful

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced. 2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag. 3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great photos from each month’s most popular challenge. Other great photos:

Bravery

I had some time yesterday and was due for a hair cut.  I was planning to go in Beijing, where I’ve gone before. Sometimes in Asia, I’ve gotten terrible cuts as stylists don’t get much practice with wavy hair.

Yet, this semester a few people have had good luck with a nearby salon. I summoned my courage and gave it a try. I wish I had a camera with me to take photos of all the wild hair colors and styles the stylists sported. I was pleased that the receptionist knew some English. I just wanted a trim and am pleased with the results. The price was amazing. Shampoo, cut and blow dry for $4. (It would be 13 in Beijing.)