Ginger and other plants

It only took a week or two for the ginger to take off after I planted it in the soil. I should have done it long ago! All those weeks languishing in the shallow dishes of water.

Ginger
Every other day I found new sprouts and they’re doing pretty well now.

The begonia has 4 leaves now.
Begonia
It started out with 2. One of them dropped and it grew 3 more. It’s getting taller too. I’m so proud of this little begonia. It started out pretty sad looking. You can see at the base is the stumpy twig it came from.

The succulents are growing like weeds, I’m not even sure what to do with it all. They’re going to quickly outgrow these containers.
Succulents

I can’t wait until next spring so I can start propagating these. I’ll have succulents everywhere!
succulents

Back to the makeup again – Rejuva

It’s been 3 years since I went on a makeup binge.  Like last time, first I purged and then I bought.  This time I found a new brand, Rejuva Minerals.  
Rejuva Minerals
They’re rated 0 on EWG.  I didn’t know there were products with 0 ratings.  Ingredients include cocoa powder and tapioca.  Sounds like food to me. I got this almost a month ago and I wanted to use it before writing about it.

I ordered the eyeshadow (taupe), multi task powder (primer), loose foundation, and bronzer (light skin), and black eyeliner. I’ve tried all of them now in these past few weeks and they are pretty great for daily work/going out make up. My face doesn’t prickle or itch, and the colors seem pretty universally flattering and subtle/natural. I use the bronzer the most. Sometimes I mix it with my blush and sometimes I use it as blush. It’s much more subtle and I like that. It gets rid of the sickly sallowness but people don’t realize I’m wearing makeup.

If I’m going somewhere fancy where I need makeup to last longer I might need my old school makeup, but for daily use, I definitely prefer these products.

Rejuva Minerals Eyeliner
This eyeliner is a twistup. It’s pretty good, but it won’t last all day at work. To be fair, I’ve never had eyeliner last all day at work for me. It glides on easily and blends nicely.

Since I wasn’t sure of the color for the foundation, I ordered the small size.
Rejuva Minerals

It comes in a shaker bottle.

I use my existing powder foundation lid and blush lid for the bronzer to shake it on.
Light Skin Bronzer
This is the bronzer for light skin. I probably could have gotten the dark one too, but I really like that this bronzer is more of a neutral blush color. It makes it easy to use, blends right in.

Overall, I’d definitely recommend this and I’ll get it again.

Proper Shoe Fitting

Yesterday, we went to the Public Shoe Store to get some athletic shoes. In the past, we’ve ordered them online for the sake of convenience but this time, we went because the proprietor there is a podiatrist who knows proper shoe fitting and the store is closing soon so this would be our last chance. Actually, we’ve walked by there hundreds of times and I’ve always wanted to go in because SHOES!!, but never did. So we mentioned we do running and we learned that the toes actually need room at the front of the toe box to grow/swell when you run. We ended up buying shoes a full size bigger!! Tight or too small running shoes can wreck your toes. And it all made sense to me immediately when I heard that because I’ve lost a toenail from running before. I came home and just tried on my athletic shoes which are a half size bigger than my normal shoes and based on the way they judged it, I now realize I should go a full size bigger. When you lift your toes with the sneakers on, you should have an inch of space up to the front of the toe box for your feet to grow when you run. So that’s that. Get properly fitting shoes.

Ginger Plant

I finally have something to show you besides a ginger root that everybody’s seen before.

It started out like this
Ginger
I just chopped up ginger and put them in dishes with shallow water.

When they started to sprout a little, I buried them in the soil.
Ginger

And they grew! Easy. I think once you start to see a little growth, get it in the soil and just water it. Keeping it too long in the dishes with water just slows down the growing and they are more susceptible to growing mold or drying out.

I hope they flower.

Burdock

If you like bamboo, you’ll probably like burdock.  It’s fibrous and crunchy. At the store, it looks like a long root. Kinda’ like a 3 foot long brown furry carrot or parsnip.

Burdock

Peel it by scraping it with a spoon.

Chop it into matchsticks.

Cook it with a little oil, soy sauce, and sugar. Add toasted sesame seeds at the end.

Tossing Make Up Again

Aside from tennis, I’ve also been preoccupied lately by beauty tutorials on Youtube. I love Lisa Eldridge and fall asleep to her soothing lulling British voice often. And a new one I’ve been watching is called AsianBeautySecrets, hosted by Mia, who is Australian. I like Australian accents too. So between the two of them I’ve learned about facial massages and how to find the right shade of foundation. I don’t get any of the products they recommend though because the Environmental Working Group generally gives most cosmetics medium to high toxicity scores. Instead I kinda’ went on a makeup tossing kick, throwing out a lot of my old (or new) creams, eyeliner, eyeshadows, eye primer, highlighter, concealer, and mascaras. I save the spoolies though. The mascara applicators can be washed and used as eyebrow brushes.

The stuff I’m keeping:

  • Boots No. 7 Mineral Perfection Foundation – EWG Rating: 1
  • Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette – 2 (for allergens, not carcinogens or reproductive toxicity, and I’ve used it and know I’m not allergic to it)
  •  Juice Beauty Tinted Mineral Moisturizer – 1
  • Coastal Scents Eyeshadows  – no rating
  • bareMinerals Blush – 1
  • e.l.f. Eye Transformer – 2 (I haven’t used this yet so I don’t even know if I like it, but I threw out the E.L.F eye shadow palette years ago because it was just low quality stuff.)
  • e.l.f. Mineral Infused Mascara – 2

Tennis

It was Winter WINTER spring winter Spring… and boom – it’s Summer. Like 80 degrees Summer. Since it’s still only early May, we just keep our windows open. It’s about 80 some degrees in our house which is quite warm but tolerable. And in the evenings when a cool breeze comes by, it’s perfect.

Lately we’ve been spending a good amount of time trying to learn tennis. We have lessons and also go to the park to play a little. I’m horrible at it and mostly just run around chasing after the balls. Now I sort of understand why dogs love chasing after tennis balls. It’s kinda’ fun.