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Friday, May 31, 2013

Hashtag gropecrew/rapecrew at A-Kon 24

Just a quick post because I need to address this for those who think this is okay.

Yes, I believe this to be a bunch of trolls responding to the Cosplay is not Consent movement sweeping across the internet lately. However, I do not condone this sort of action. Trolling is entertaining and I participate regularly. But joking that you intend to molest and drag girls into isolated areas at a convention to rape them is unacceptable in ANY situation. These assholes are directly tweeting female cosplayers and posting things like this:
Sure sure, there's some people going, "Pft, if you take this sort of thing seriously you're stupid," but when you have a stranger tweet at you that they're going to forcefully have their way with you and that you posting your cosplay pictures tells them exactly where you are at the convention can make you feel insecure and frightened about your well-being. It's a natural response and in no way an "unnecessary" reaction. And then there's those folks that say those type of comments should be expected when people cosplay. But that revolves back around to cosplay is not consent.

So in conclusion, my thing is: sure, have fun. But don't ruin other people's fun. Trolling is part of the internet but when you start actually making someone fear for their own safety in a setting where that sort of scenario might actually happen, it's just not funny anymore. Log off and eat a Snickers, 'kay? You're being stupid.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Influenster Sugar n' Spice Voxbox Review

I'm a little late with my review but I went to Taiwan/Hong Kong for about three weeks. *shrugs* Anyways, GET ON WITH IT.

This latest voxbox contained BelVita breakfast biscuits, Vaseline Spray n' Go, the Colgate Optic White kit (includes, mouthwash, toothpaste, and toothbrush), Nectresse sweetener, and Dickinson's Witch hazel face wipes.

-What was Meh-

BelVita breakfast biscuits:
Overall it just tasted like graham crackers. Nothing special. I'll stick to my Nature Valley crunchy bars.

Nectresse sweetener:
It was okay. I'll stick to regular Splenda if I want sweetener. There was a definite monkfruit aftertaste.

Colgate Optic White kit:
The mouthwash and toothpaste had the usual whitening taste to it. I just never like it. The toothbrush was pretty interesting though but I'll stick to my Phillips Sonicare DiamondClean toothbrush and Sensodyne Pronamel toothpaste. If I need some extra whitening power I use the Crest 3D White strips.

-What was Awesome-

Vaseline Spray n' Go:
Now this. This stuff was great. I've been using body creams and lotions in the past and while I still do so on the weekends for a nice little relaxing massage on my limbs, on work days the Spray n' Go is a must have. Contrary to the name, you still need to rub the product in somewhat. But it does dry rather quickly after and doesn't feel greasy or heavy. I didn't have any problems spraying at different angles and the smell was pleasant and more importantly for me: light. I quickly went out and purchased the Aloe Fresh scent for my Asia trip and while I didn't use it often (horrible humidity in Taiwan), I do not regret purchasing the second spray. The smell is much more to my liking than the Total Moisture that came in my voxbox but that's purely personal preference.

Dickinson's Witch Hazel Wipes:
These were just a godsend for me on my Asia trip. While I do use witch hazel as a toner occasionally, the fact that these were in wet wipe form were fantastic for travel. One, they're wet wipes so they aren't required to be put in your TSA 3-1-1 quart bag for liquids. Two, I could just slip a few in my purse so when we were wandering the crowded streets of the Night Market or treking up a mountain road, I could use one to wipe all the gunk that humidity and city pollution had settled on my face. While I did break out during the trip (mainly stress and hormones probably), I'd have to say that the wipes prevented me from developing more acne than I had.

Usage in normal settings resulted in my face being slightly dry afterwards but I always moisturize so it wasn't an issue.


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