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As The Fixx say “One Thing Leads to Another” – this especially true when one spends much time on the internet.

Today I began reading a Vogue article “The New Toxic Beauty Documentary Asks: Are Skin-Care Products the New Cigarettes?“.

Excerpts from The New Toxic Beauty Documentary Asks: Are Skin-Care Products the New Cigarettes?:

“…the award-winning Toxic Beauty, which condenses a three-year investigation of the virtually unregulated chemicals in personal-care products into 90 thoughtful, thought-provoking minutes.”

“…the chemicals in her hair, blood, and urine were more commonly found in beauty products than in people.”

“Reports by a consulting lab from 1957 note that asbestos, a known carcinogen, had been detected in Johnson & Johnson’s talc supply.”

“…tens of thousands of substances available for use in personal-care products in the United States, the majority of which have not been assessed for safety by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review…Regulation kicks in only if customers report problems post-purchase.”

“…cosmetic legislation in the U.S. hasn’t been updated since 1938…”

“‘…it’s the accumulation of a number of products, and the reapplication of those products.'”

“Products aimed at minority women—skin-lightening creams, hair-straightening treatments—’have higher levels of carcinogens and toxicants’…A new study links the use of permanent hair dye and chemical straighteners with a 60% increase in breast cancer risk for black women, as opposed to an 8% increase for white women.”

The article contained a link to the docmentary’s website. Needless to say, I wanted to know more about the film so I clicked on the link. (I’ll provide pertinent URL’s at the bottom of this Post.)

The Toxic Beauty site not only discusses the documentary and where to see it (YouTube, Amazon Prime, etc.), but includes extended interviews and information on what ingredients you should look out for:

What caught my attention were the FREE apps they touted:  EWG’s ‘Healthy Living’, Silent Spring’s ‘Detox Me’, and Think Dirty. All three were available in my iPod’s App Store, but I only loaded one. (I think it was the name…)

A quick download and I was ready to go. Opening the app I found its interface pretty intuitive and put it to work right away scanning the barcode on a tube of lip balm I always have on my desk:

(No surprise that WF’s Organic Lip Balm registered “clean”.)

For comparison I scanned an item that I do not use but others in the household do:

(No surprise here either.)

Scanning other personal care items, I found some were not in Think Dirty’s database but they provided an option for you to request it be added. Although I had to register with them (I did) in order to perform this task, the whole process was quick and painless. They can even notify you when a product you scanned is added to their database. (You can change your Profile settings at any time.) – and allow you to “like” products, keep a list of items in “My Bathroom Shelf”, and write product reviews.

The only drawback is the Think Dirty app requires you to be connected to the internet, which shouldn’t be a problem for most of you out there. All in all it’s a nifty little tool that I’ll be using frequently!

Toxic Beauty (documentary)
Think Dirty.
Environmental Working Group (EWG)
Silent Spring Institute
Breast Cancer Prevention Partners

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VIXENS::Marie Fredriksson

n. an attractive or sexy woman; a femme fatale

As a self-crowned Rock Vixen, I reserve the right to establish the criteria for what is considered a Vixen. Whether Musician or “Video Babe”, she’s got to Rock – 80’s style! They may be eye candy to the guys, but to us gals these ladies influence (and inspire) us with their glamor, talent, style, and attitude.

Marie Fredriksson was a Swedish pop singer, songwriter, pianist, guitarist, and painter best known internationally as the lead vocalist of pop rock duo Roxette, which she formed in 1986 with Per Gessle.

“Marie was born on the 30th of May 1958 in the south of Sweden, starting her musical career in nearby Halmstad where she became friends with future Roxette companion Per Gessle. Following a successful solo debut in 1984, Marie Fredriksson became one of Sweden’s most loved and successful artists. In 1986 she teamed up with Per in Roxette with the ambition to reach outside Sweden, and together they started a historical journey that in the coming years would make them one of the biggest pop acts in the world.”

I first saw Marie in the video for Roxette’s “The Look” (1989) (One of my favorite workout songs.) and man, was she so much cooler than any of the other women in that video! Normally I lean toward long hair, but I absolutely LOVED LOVED LOVED her look. THE LOOK.

She and Per are probably best known for “It Must Have Been Love” (1987) which was featured in the movie Pretty Woman (1990).

Marie Fredriksson passed away last December after a long battle with cancer. Gone but never forgotten, she remains one of the coolest, sexiest, and talented VIXENS ever.

Marie Fredriksson
Daily Roxette

Listen to Your Heart (1988)

Joyride (1991)

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HP Phones Home

Before I get going with this Post let me share a comedic graphic I posted last month:

‘Kayso, anyone who’s had to deal with Microsoft’s updates will recognize the ironic humor in that. However, waiting 30 minutes (and counting) is absolutely ridiculous! This is what I experienced last night when shutting down my laptop – these days one has no recourse but to update (when there’s an update) before shutting down Windows. (To make matters worse [as you’ll see] I had selected “Update and Restart” instead of “Update and Shutdown”, but it was too late to do anything about it.) I did not want to stay up waiting for the update to load for who knows how long, so I threw something over the screen and went to bed.

3:30 this morning I got up to visit the loo. Back in bed and just starting to doze off, my laptop “came to life”. Suddenly the whole room was lit-up by its screen. I jumped out of bed to see what the hell was going on. (Surely Windows wasn’t still updating…)

HP was updating the BIOS. I always shut-down my computers at night so I’ve never seen this sort of thing before and was understandably concerned. Was my HP laptop reaching out to its Mothership or was this some sort of nefarious activity? By now I was fully awake. I decided to wait and see what transpired…

Apparently, it was just an update of the laptop’s BIOS. However, Microsoft changed some of my settings (quelle surprise) such as reverting my browser-of-choice (Firefox) to their piece-of-shit browser, changing some of my “Open with” settings, etc. Typical Microsoft shit.

By the time I reset everything to MY liking, there was no way I was going back to sleep – tossing and turning until Ramses woke me. (Sleeps through the night until 6:30am. The cat’s a fucking alarm clock.) I see a nap in my future…that is, if “the Prince” will allow me to take one.

(The fact that my laptop phoned home still perturbs me.)

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Dream Journal (2.20.2020)

Before I get to the heart of this Post, I thought I’d open with a photo of Ramses chillin’ with his new “brother”.

I’ve been writing about my dreams here, but decided that it might be more fun to publish Posts on them…

I looked like (was?) Heather Locklear on a date (?) with some guy who looked a bit like Patrick Dempsey. We were just good friends. Other than holding hands, no other physical interaction took place. No kissing, hugging, sex, etc.

We were at an awards show/county fair/carnival. An odd combination all the way around. Nevertheless, I/Heather was participating in a variety of stunts/activities in order to win prizes (awards?); however, I don’t remember receiving any prizes/awards.

Some of my dreams make perfect sense. This one doesn’t, which probably means I need to look deeper.

“…the unconscious has the habit of borrowing images from the external situation and using those images to symbolize something that is going on inside the dreamer” – Carl Jung

Jung suggested that the people in dreams represent a certain trait, quality, or behavioral pattern in the dreamer. They are aspects of oneself. The environment in which the dream takes place might symbolize how the dreamer feels about themselves, a state of mind, or a goal your inner growth is moving toward.

This website states, “When you dream of a celebrity ask yourself whether you want greater recognition for something? Are you concerned your talents are going unrecognised?” (Not receiving a prize for my efforts may validate this concern.)

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