DIY: Terrarium Nails How-To Tutorial

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diy nail art, diy nails, yuka yoneda, terrarium nails, leaf nail art, clover nail art, nail art leaves, terrarium nail diy, clossettePlease ignore the ghastly condition of my cuticles. I garden and do crafts all the time so ’nuff said.

Terrariums and DIY nail art are two trends that I’ve been really excited about, so I thought it was high time for a mashup between the two. Okay, so the title of this DIY tutorial is admittedly a bit misleading. It’s not like you’re really growing living plants on your nails though I would applaud anyone who could actually do that, instead I’m going to show you how to take tiny leaves and stick them onto your nails for the really pretty effect you see above. Unlike the other beautiful nail art tutorials you might see on Pinterest, this terrarium nail how-to is something you can actually achieve and keep for at least a few days and the glassy sheen of the clear manicure creates a, well, polished look over the pressed leaves.

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4 Clever Ways to Use Up Your Leftover Watermelon Rind

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It’s already August and looks like the first days of school are right around the corner! The weather on the other hand, didn’t seem to get the memo because I’m still sporting my flip flops and shades. While I have no problem with an extended summer, there are only a few things I crave during these hot, humid days and at the top of my list… is watermelon! Although it’s super juicy, bright red and delicious, watermelon is one of those fruits where a lot ends up going to waste. But did you know that the white rind we’re so quick to throw away has many great uses? Try some of these options below and see how waste-less you can be!

  1. Pickled Watermelon Rind: Hey, you pickle cucumbers so why not try it with watermelon rind? Use your favorite pickling recipe and use watermelon rinds where they call for cucumbers. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the similar taste and texture!
  2. Sweetened Watermelon Rind: Though the white rind of the watermelon is not as sweet as the red flesh, it’s still edible and definitely has a great crunchy texture. If you have a sweet tooth and you’re craving a great refreshing snack, dice up some watermelon rind and top with your favorite sweetener whether it be sugar, equal, honey or even coconut milk.
  3. Acne Treatment: We’ve all gone through it… being a pimple-faced teenager dreading going to school. Eating watermelon rind can help with acne problems but rubbing the rinds on the skin surface can also help clear up acne
  4. Watermelon Cups: (My personal fave!): This may be a bit time consuming but if you want your guests to rave about your food AND your drinkware, grab yourself some mini watermelons and make some personalized watermelon cups. The natural juices from the watermelon will also be a great added taste for all party goers. All you need is an x-acto knife and a steady hand.


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Double Eyelids – Why Do We Continue to Make Them a Standard of Asian Beauty?

Double eyelids, otherwise known as futaemabuta in Japanese or ssangapul in Korean, are pretty much exactly what they sound like. Basically, some people have a crease in their eyelid that causes it to “double” over itself and some people don’t. If you’re Asian, chances are you’ve heard about double eyelids all of your life, and if you’re not Asian, I would be interested to know if this is the first time you’re finding out about this. You might also be wondering who gives a damn about such minutiae. Whether or not you’ve got a fold in the small flap of skin that covers your eye hardly seems like it should be a big deal. Unfortunately though, at least in countries like Japan and especially in Korea, it is. For many women in those countries and women of Asian descent in general, having a double eyelid can increase your beauty by twofold – or at least that’s what we’re told from a young age by our parents, friends and the examples of attractiveness that we’re exposed to. It’s no wonder blepharoplasty, or double-eyelid surgery, is a common practice for many young Asian girls.

So why am I writing about this? To be honest, I didn’t care about the whole double eyelid thing up until recently. I didn’t care if my friends had double eyelids naturally, got the surgery (you didn’t expect us not to notice that you looked like a completely different person after you came back from Korea that summer did you?), or taped their eyelids to achieve the double eyelid effect. Honestly that’s your business and when it comes to beauty, I think women should make informed choices about what they’re going to do to their own bodies and faces. I like to say I’m a fan of natural beauty but hey, if getting your boobs done, donning a butt pad or wearing colored contacts makes you feel like you look great and gives you confidence, why shouldn’t you? As a person who augments her “natural” lashes by slathering them with 8 coats of mascara and curls them until they fall out, I’m not one to talk.

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