Forum posts made by dancing_doll

Topic Gutted, RIP Chris Cornell
Posted 18 May 2017 15:13

I'm still so sad about this. Was listening to all his music today. Black Hole Sun was the first song I ever danced to with a boy - that memory is imprinted forever - youth and nostalgia and ugh... So tragic to lose one of the good ones. So much creativity and artistry lends itself to darkness, and sometimes it just keeps you. RIP.

Topic Announcing the Winners of our "Passion" Poetry Competition
Posted 09 May 2017 13:42

Congratulations to Avrgblkgrl, Liz, Sprite, as well as the top 10 and really everyone that entered to honour Alan's spirit and love of poetry!

Topic Pussy smell
Posted 28 Apr 2017 08:47

She may have Bacterial Vaginosis, which is an overgrowth of bacteria, and very common - the smell gets worse post-sex, so that might be why you're both noticing it. She can go to her doctor to get a prescription gel to treat it, or try her luck with one of the over the counter products like CanesBalance. .

If it's not this and something more random, she can maybe try a ph-balance wash like Vagisil and/or eat more probiotics.

Topic Awesome Award 4/17/17: HeraTeleia
Posted 17 Apr 2017 19:09

Well deserved! Big congrats on the Awesome Award! 3601

Topic Moderator of the Month, for March
Posted 17 Apr 2017 19:06

Well done! Congrats, Sassy! 3601

Topic The Walking Dead
Posted 05 Apr 2017 19:04

That hella bugged me... Forget about how silly it is for a damn cat to know who to kill... What about all the gunfire? Sneeze around a cat and they freak.

I read this 'serious' comment on Youtube arguing that Shiva would know who to attack based on 'scent'. That since people from both Hilltop and Alexandria visited Ezekiel in The Kingdom, they would carry the 'scent' of their respective camps and all the randoms would smell the same, so Shiva was going after the people that smelled 'unfamiliar' during the battle and saw them as the bad guys. This would be some highly evolved tiger radar. I think the audience really needed that 'feel good' scene after the oppression and depression of the season, and Shiva delivered. I will be crushed when they kill off that sexy CGI cat.

Topic The Walking Dead
Posted 05 Apr 2017 18:04

I like how carl became a full fledged badass in the finale. I can totally see him leading a group now even at his age. By the time he's 25 he'll be king shit.

Scott Gimple said he wants to keep the series going for hopefully 20 years.

By then Carl and Enid will be a power couple leading whatever group exists by then, along with adult Judith and Glenn Jr. Kind of crazy to imagine if they can pull it off and stay successful.

Topic The Walking Dead
Posted 05 Apr 2017 17:53

Saw this earlier making the rounds.. lol

Ezekiel prepares Shiva for battle:

Topic The Walking Dead
Posted 05 Apr 2017 17:30

My only nagging thought during the time with Rick, Negan and Carl, was, where was Judith? Would Rick have acted differently if it was Judith's life he was threatening? Glad I don't need to think about that for too long.

Judith is still at Hilltop, probably with some elderly babysitter type that couldn't go to fight. We see her there with Maggie and Enid just before Maggie decides to rally the troops.

I don't think Rick would have acted differently if it was Judith. I think he knows this is bigger than any one person, even his own loved ones. Michonne helped him see that earlier when they were on their supply run when they talked about possibly losing each other and how they had to be accepting of that and willing to go on.

I think it's an interesting contrast to Negan's outlook. He's not motivated by relationships - he's only motivated by resources and what's good for himself. Losing anyone from his group would be irrelevant - they're just there to fulfill a purpose, even his wives. He even chuckles when Sasha sheds tears at the idea that anyone else has to die and asks if those tears are for real. He doesn't get it. I think that's the overall story theme this season and the reason Rick tells him he's 'already dead' - as Maggie's final speech says - it's about the people and the relationships and they fight for each other. That's what maintains their humanity.

Topic The Walking Dead
Posted 05 Apr 2017 17:21

I think Eugene's only redemption arc for the group would be if he's tasked to make bullets for the 'All Out War' and ends up making them blanks instead (or maybe 80% blanks). Of course, he'd have to sacrifice himself or get out of the Sanctuary before the first major battle, but it would be the noble thing to do. I can't imagine making real bullets that you knew were meant for your friends (really, his family) - the same people that saved your ass over and over again from the beginning of the apocalypse. I'm hoping Sasha's final "I believe in you" speech will have him do the right thing.

And yes, Maggie's speech really gets you in the feels. Tears shed.

Topic Her Royal Awesomeness Award
Posted 04 Apr 2017 09:17

Many years ago, Rachel blazed onto Lush with liquid red hot (brilliant!) stories, confidence and genuine kindness. On the social scene, she quickly became someone to look up to, while still managing to emerge as a real champion of the underdog. If you didn't already know her, you wanted to.

She's a quirky blend of 'can't look away' Oakland edge, whimsical Disney Princess, and she has a playful inner kitty vibe capable of just the right kind of bite. Pretty much a total original. I think this partly explains her fantastic ability to write quality stories that span a dizzying array of styles and voices - that mind is crisp!

Her devotion to the site and its betterment is complete and yeah - royally awesome. She's fully deserving of the accolades, and I'm grateful to call her a friend. Love you, girl! xx

Topic Paris or Hollywood?
Posted 03 Apr 2017 04:59

How about Havana, Cuba during the high life, pre-Castro, Tropicana, American mobsters, gambling, burlesque, sex clubs and brothels, rum and cigars.

"Havana's Tropicana cabaret has been the last word in near-carnal excess for more than 60 years, most famously during the iron-fisted rule of Fulgencio Batista, who seized power in Cuba in 1933 and presided over one of the most blood-soaked and corrupt, yet frighteningly successful, regimes of the century. Bankrolled by the U.S. government, supported by an army of thugs and torturers, and aided by American mobster Meyer Lansky, Batista built an island of fantasy dedicated to the seven deadly sins."

But... of the two you mentioned, I voted Hollywood, purely because of the genre. I think it might be a little more fun to play with, but maybe that depends on the style of story you're planning.

Topic The Walking Dead
Posted 03 Apr 2017 04:28

I've been critical of this season, especially the first half, but I thought they really did a nice job of building momentum to the finale, especially the last couple of episodes leading up. The only flaws I found were errors in characters thinking (eg. Rick trusting the Heapsters with barely a sentence exchanged between them and the Fam robbery of Oceanside, which made them only moderately better than Negan).

The finale was really strong, and it was possibly the best season finale I can remember. It had the tension, plot pacing and heart. Both Sasha and Maggie pull in all the emotional accountability, even in the midst of the action. And it was fun to see Shiva enjoy her snacks. Everything (all the communities) have come together and it feels like there are rich possibilities for next season.

Sasha went out like a boss. Great (worthy) episode for her character.

Here's the final fight scene (spoilers). So much happened, it's worth a second watch.

Topic Awesome Award 3/16/17: Dirty Martini
Posted 17 Mar 2017 05:01

This was beautifully written, Rachel.

Topic DirtyMartini.. Alan... Did he pass away?
Posted 14 Mar 2017 15:46

OMG. My eyes skipped across this thread and I was convinced I must have been reading this wrong. This is so shocking. I had no idea he was ill. He was always so kind and friendly and helped me get some of my writing seen and reviewed, always eager to pass on news of potential writing opportunities. He was also a tireless champion of fighting against plagiarism and helping writers protect their work.

There are no words. What a lovely human being and talented author. He will always be remembered fondly.

Topic Awesome Award 3/13/17: MostPreciousLittle
Posted 14 Mar 2017 02:50

Congratulations, Margot, and thank you for your generous and kind spirit! 3601

Topic Announcing the Winners of our, "On the Road" Story Competition
Posted 13 Mar 2017 16:43

Congratulations to Puddleduck, WannabeWordsmith and Littleduchess, as well as the rest of the top ten. There were some really great stories in this comp. The winning story was total writing genius.

Topic Lana Del Ray
Posted 10 Mar 2017 17:33

Such a great cinematic video. I'm really looking forward to the new album.

Topic Does gel nail polish increase the risk of skin cancer in the long run?
Posted 03 Mar 2017 04:50

Theoretically, yes. UV and LED lamps both emit UVA light/radiation (4 x stronger than the natural sun). It's higher intensity for a shorter amount of time to cure the polish.

It can cause premature ageing and potentially skin cancer in the same way that tanning salons and outdoor-tanning-by-sun can cause the same.

You can help limit this by putting SPF-50 plus sunscreen on the hands prior to this (though you'll have to work with your manicurist to ensure it isn't washed off during the manicure) or she can help put it on for you without it touching your nails. I've heard of some places that use fingerless gloves.

Personally, I wouldn't be overly concerned about it if you're not doing it on the regular, and assuming you aren't super sensitive to UV light/sun. But yeah... technically, the theoretical risk is there. I don't use them.

There are several 'gel-style' polish lines that don't require the lamps that are pretty good and give similar effect/durability. Not exactly the same, but comparable.

Topic Awesome Award 2/27/17: Rumpleforeskin
Posted 27 Feb 2017 13:45

Excellent nomination and decision. Rump is a kind, warm-hearted, talented yet humble man who offers some of the best constructive feedback for writers who really want to improve their skills and grow. He's a huge asset to the site and a really awesome human being! Congrats!

Topic The Walking Dead
Posted 26 Feb 2017 04:35

I know Series 7 was probably a bit too grisly to begin with, but does anyone else think the second half has gone a bit flat?

D x


A few things they've gone off the rails with, in my opinion:

- Overdose on the 'terror of Negan'. Honestly, I love the actor, but I find the campy swagger and smirky theatrical monologue style of the character to be annoying. Maybe this character doesn't translate as well from the comics, but I thought the Governor was more compelling and believable as a villain.

- Fragmented episodes. I hate that the first half has all been insulated episodes that focus on new characters and maybe one or two regulars max. I think we've only seen Maggie for an episode and a half at this point. They should have been able to cover multiple story lines within a single episode for the sake of continuity and momentum.

- Too many bizarre fantasy-world characters. We have the medieval pageantry of 'The Kingdom' and its community-theatre leader, the submissive dungeon vibe of Negan's lair, a giant tiger, the apocalyptic-cult hipster dumpster gang who don't speak in full sentences, the all-female fishing village etc. It's bordering on feeling like a different show. I get that they need to introduce a ton of new characters for this upcoming 'war', but I feel like its an overload of overly strange characters nobody cares about.

- The zombies are no longer threatening or scary. They're merely bumps in the road that are quickly dispatched with minimal effort. Like swatting a mosquito. I get that they've evolved, but I kind of miss the tension the zombies used to create.

- The breakdown of strong characters. In the first half, they broke Rick's spirit. Daryl was caged in a cell and crying. And Carol - wtf did they do to this character?

- And... I still miss Glenn. :(

I'm still watching/invested and hopeful things will turn around and get exciting again. I get why they went this route for the greater storyline (breaking people, followed by a revolt), I just think they could have done it a little differently.

Topic Honorary Awesome Award: Buz Bono
Posted 23 Feb 2017 15:22

Congrats, Buz! This is more than well deserved. You truly are a one in a million kind of guy. Your selflessness, kindness, empathy, humor and adventurous spirit are character facets I've always admired. I hold you in the highest regard, and I mean that sincerely. Thank you for being a friend over the years, for sharing your stories and for leading by example. Awesome sauce, all the way!

Topic Natural Hair care and Tips?
Posted 22 Feb 2017 08:41

I don't have curly hair, but I know my hair oils and moisture lock-in products and I know what you mean about some of them feeling heavy or weighing hair down. I've tried a lot, and I always come back to Aveda's Light Elements Smoothing Fluid as a styling serum. I find it much more potent and pretty much weightless compared to similar ones (Biosilk, Moroccan or Argan oil etc.).

If you're looking to promote hair health and growth, I also recommend up to 5,000 mcg of Biotin per day.

I take 2 of these Nature's Bounty gummies with breakfast and then I'll pop a 1,000 mcg regular Biotin cap with both lunch and dinner. It's best to spread it out. It makes hair/nails grow fast and strong. I've noticed a difference since I started taking these supplements.

I also see consistently fantastic reviews on Grow Gorgeous hair serum (you massage it into the scalp). I'm on the fence still, but its on my radar. I might try it at some point as a booster.

Topic Favorite Makeup products or Brands
Posted 19 Feb 2017 13:37

My stuff is mostly Sephora or dept. store brands. And I could talk about this stuff all day. Embarassed

I like Viseart for eyeshadows and I have a great nude matte palette from Becca as well as Burberry's 'Pale Barley' shadow which I use as my quick go-to when I'm in a rush. For liquid liner, it's Kat Von D's tattoo liner. I like the Too-Faced sweethearts flush blushes and the Burberry light glow ones (the shade 'Earthy' is a must) and of course, NARS. I have the Dior tie-dye ones ones from two summers ago that I love. Guerlain's terracotta line for bronzer is the best (I always try to grab one of their LE ones when they launch in summer). Last year Urban Decay launched some really cute bronzers (with the palm tree cases) that I use often. I am a huge fan of Becca and Dior highlighters. I have most of the Hourglass Ambient Light finishing powders. I used to use NARS for foundation/tinted-moisturizer, but I recently discovered Guerlain's Lingerie de Peau and it blows everything else I've used out of the water - so natural and even more second-skin that the Dior version. For lips - I have a couple of Charlotte Tilbury ones I like, NARS, Dior gloss and I couldn't live without YSL tint-in-oil and Clarins Comfort Oil in Red Berry for casual/no-makeup days.

Topic Announcing the Winners of our "Holiday Hijinks" Story Competition
Posted 13 Jan 2017 07:31

Huge congrats to Rach, Annie and Burquette and those that made the very finest top dozen!

I absolutely loved the winning story. :)

Topic Eyebrows
Posted 09 Jan 2017 12:35

My brow style follows Candice Swanepoel. We have a similar face shape and colouring, so this suits me best. I follow my natural brow shape but just clean it up. I do use a bit of product for definition because as a blonde, I need a little boost, especially if I'm doing a stronger makeup look. My everyday look is a sweep of Benefit's Gimme Brow, but sometimes I'll go for a bit of brow powder or feather in some liner (either Anastasia or Urban Decay) for nighttime, but I aim to keep it subtle.

Topic latest movie that you saw or ones you wish to see
Posted 08 Jan 2017 06:15

is it something i'd like, or should i stay clear? Embarassed sounds intriguing.

You gotta watch it! I know you don't like 'horror', but... it's not really horror in the traditional sense. It's hard to accurately place the genre. I think you'd really love it though. Gorgeous imagery.

Topic latest movie that you saw or ones you wish to see
Posted 08 Jan 2017 05:53

I love that movie and I hope to see Abbey Lee Kershaw in more roles. She was so good in it. I saw neon demon in theaters and it was almost a sensory overload but the theater was not full... at all... And people walked out... I'm sure you can guess when. Refn is an exciting director but yeah, most of his movies are un-recommendable even though they are some of my favorites. Quite a feat really.

Yeah, I read that it got both booed and applauded at Cannes. I understand why, if you go in and view it through the filter of mainstream life and morality, not to mention some people were probably expecting a narratively straightforward horror flick with pretty people. I felt like it was almost like looking at an abstract painting or an art exhibit rather than watching a movie. The musical score really elevated it. As you said, very sensory overload. I loved that it was risky and that Refn just went for it, balls out, no apologies - even in that scene .

I ended up watching it a second time to appreciate the subtleties. Unfortunately a director almost has to first create something mainstream brilliant in order to feel like they have the creative license to produce something like this. At least Refn had the reputation to push this forward. I'd love more films like this as well. And yes - more Abbey Lee!

Topic latest movie that you saw or ones you wish to see
Posted 07 Jan 2017 10:24

I finally saw The Neon Demon the other night, which is an art-house type psychological/surrealist horror. It's fucked up, stark, intelligent and uncomfortable. Reviews were polarizing - it won't appeal to mainstream audiences, but if you're ready for it - it's haunting and visceral and feels like a dark L.A. fairytale. Definitely more art than movie. I loved it.

Topic Favourite supermodel (past or present)
Posted 05 Jan 2017 07:55

If we're talking about beautiful women who've got moves, let's not forget Teyana Taylor.