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  1. US Elections: Groper in Chief

    As a fellow Brit, I agree. I don't really get the hatred. I don't really get the unlikeability charges either. She seems no less likeable than any other US politician I've seen much of. Certainly no less likeable than either Trump or Bernie. Maybe it's partly a cultural thing to some extent - maybe she'd do far better here in the UK - though I certainly know some people here in the UK who dislike her, but following the elections this time around, the whole thing has utterly bemused me. I really don't get it.
  2. Makeup VI : SPFantastic

    I find these things fantastic for applying foundation and concealer. I can never get them to blend properly with a brush.
  3. Are Vibes Real?

    I've always somehow managed to give off supreme small-child-attracting vibes - I'm like the Pied Piper sometimes, and I've never quite understood why. But young kids take to me in seconds. I've had one or two really weird experiences with it. Thankfully I love kids. I wish those magical powers had the same effect on adult men, but sadly not.
  4. I had a vague plan to become a lawyer, so went off to uni to do my undergrad in law. I loved it, but came out at the end fairly convinced that I didn't have the personality or temperament to be anything other than a pretty crappy lawyer. So looked around for other ideas and someone (possibly my mum?) suggested looking into archive work as I've always loved history and stories. It looked interesting, so I did a work placement and then went off to do my masters in the subject. Been doing that ever since in various different places, some tiny museums, some huge world famous companies. I've been at the place I am currently for seven and a half years, after joining to just work on a short five month project and ending up staying. I work in the field of human rights, which I love, and I'm kind of more interested in that than the archive side now. I love helping to try to make the world that bit better every day. I'm also currently on secondment to our audiovisual team for a year, so I'm learning a ton about photography and video production and editing, and the media. It's a lot of fun.
  5. Margaret Thatcher resigning as PM. I always remember that photo of her driving away from Downing St looking tearful. The horrible, horrible Jamie Bulger murder.
  6. Am I the only person who doesn't like watermelon?

    During my trip to Costa Rica a couple of months ago, I basically became addicted to fresh watermelon juice, all blended with ice. Most refreshing thing ever. I must have had about six of them a day, I swear.
  7. Weather Complaint Thread

    London feels like mid-October. It's kinda miserable, really. I'm not feeling Christmassy at all.
  8. Makeup V: Inspired by a Diva

    Not used Sleek, so I can't really compare. The packaging for the MUA makeup is quite flimsy, but the quality of the makeup itself has been pretty good, of the stuff I've tried so far. You can't really go wrong for the price.
  9. Makeup V: Inspired by a Diva

    Coming out of a bout of depression that's been a bit yuck the past couple of years, and I've suddenly become super obsessed with makeup and skincare and beauty products, probably because it's been a while since I bothered much! The Roller Lash mascara is amazing, for me at least. Most mascaras just go clumpy on my eyelashes, and wear off really quickly. This one totally curls my eyelashes and opens up my eyes. I'm in love. Trying to mix pricey makeup with some cheaper stuff at the moment. Have any of you in the UK tried stuff from MUA? It's super cheap (£1 lipsticks! £4 eyeshadow palettes!) and I'm really impressed with their eyeshadows particularly. Good pigment and they stay put on my eyelids all day. I think you can buy the range in Superdrug, but I bought a massive boxful for about £30 from their website the other day - My sister has started working for Neals Yard Remedies too, so I'm getting a bunch of samples and discounts there. Love their Beauty Sleep skincare stuff. Hmm. That's all. Hi everyone?
  10. Makeup V: Inspired by a Diva

    Get some sort of carrier oil to go with the castor oil, I'd suggest. Castor oil on its own can be pretty drying. I use jojoba because it's pretty light and moisturising as well, but I think you can try a whole lot of different things. There's advice online for the best types for different skin types. I imagine the Simple stuff is fine. If it makes your skin feel better, then use it. I've started exfoliating using just bicarbonate of soda and a bit of water to make a paste, and that's pretty nice too. And cheap. And I use tea and lemon as a toner sometimes. ... basically my skincare routine comes out of my kitchen cupboards these days. But it works for me, at least!
  11. Makeup V: Inspired by a Diva

    I use a mix of castor oil and jojoba oil, with a bit of tea tree mixed in, usually. You don't need much, so a bottle tends to last a while. Some people do find it breaks them out more, so you might not want to chance it, but if castor oil already helps, it might be worth a shot. My skin feels better all round - not just that I don't get the acne, but my skin also feels far more supple and even. It feels far tighter and drier if I have to use commercial stuff for any reason now.
  12. Makeup V: Inspired by a Diva

    I had a couple of years when I turned thirty when I suddenly started getting nasty hormonal acne - big painful lumps, mostly - along my jawline. The oil cleansing method is what worked for me, and I don't get them at all anymore. My skin is a ton better. I know it doesn't work for everyone, but it did help me, so maybe worth a look?
  13. Vote on the Reputation System

    I have no problem with people -1ing my posts, so long as I know why they've done it. Waiving anonymity would help, as I feel that in most cases, on seeing who had given me a negative rating, I could probably figure out why, as I feel I know enough about the opinions of most boarders to be able to do that. At the moment I generally seem to use positive ratings on posts where I strongly agree with what has been written, and particularly on posts where someone has written exactly what I would have written myself, except they've done it far more eloquently. I've been using negs mostly for posts which I find offensive (like that lovely Margaery/Renly one linked earlier).
  14. Vote on the Reputation System

    My feeling is that the rep system would be a lot more useful if there was more indication of what positive or negative rep actually meant. As I said in another thread, if the +/- signs could be changed to Agree/Disagree or Helpful/Unhelpful or Like/Dislike, or something along those lines, there would be more value in looking at someone's rep or at the post rep. If that's not possible, maybe even a sticky post with some indication what what we're assuming it means? The way it is at the moment, positive rep could mean "Great, informative post" or it could mean "Made me laugh" or it could mean "This person is my best friend and I'm giving them positive rep on every post they make" or it could mean "I agree with everything written". I like the public voting history idea. If people are giving me rep one way or another, it'd be useful to know who did it so I might have more of an idea why. Might also stop some of the silly rep giving.