Hm hm hm I guess we'll have to agree to disagree about doing the rest of your makeup: my favorite thing now is just mascara and bright lipstick. My tip to making the bright lip work, though, is blotting it and doing a few layers, so it's a bit smudgy and makes your lips look huge.
For the love lady, I think you should just tell him you love him. If it's true you guys talk out your issues, why make a big deal out of things?
And he's "not ready" to say it? Then he can wait for whatever he needs to figure it out. If he can't say it after a certain amount of time you deem appropriate, then fuck him and move on to a guy who can deal with his feelings and express them.
Re: the chick upgrading to nicer products. First, kudos. I too have been doing that and it's been going well so far. Except, I bought some fancy shmancy Shu Uemura compact powder and it's HORRIBLE. So so chalky and dense and my poor old Maybelliene stuff is just so much better.
Can I try a different brush or sponge or something?
I love this piece. I do think, however, that Stephanie Meyer isn't a good enough writer to have consciously crafted the Bella that you describe here. I think you also gloss over the very strong anti-feminist plot points (like Bella not ever considering the choice to abort a fetus that is literally destroying her body, against the advice of her husband and doctor). When read literally, the book is a more than a little anti-woman. (In fact, it makes me nervous that very young women reading it can't possibly grasp your interpretation.)
THAT being said, I loved it and it's fascinating to hear a different point of view on these books.
@heb When I do liquid eyeliner like Jane up here, I just stick two fingers around my eye to hold it taut then just draw the line in very close. Don't be afraid to get in there.
When I do pencil liner, I also draw a line underneath my top lashes, pointing the pencil upward. That gets a lot right in on your line.
I did the Accutane dance, which was amazing for me and I love it. But in high school, I remember trying to cover up the festering mess on my chin and heading over to babysit. The well-intending father took one look at me and went, "WHAT HAPPENED?? DID YOU FALL?" So I had to pretend that yes, I was recovering from a nasty fall. Instead of admitting that I just had horrible skin that occasionally bled everywhere, like a horror movie.
I will never forget how much being a teenager really fucking sucks.
For the cleft lip lady, I just spent significant time googling "repaired cleft lip" and I can say, without any hesitation, that it would never keep me from dating someone in your situation. It's such a small thing, really, when you think about all the other stupid shit we have to deal with when dating someone. I'd take a repaired cleft lip over, say, a cheater. Or a dude who never made me come. See?
I think talking to a doctor would help you get over the issue. Dating is all about confidence, and even people without cleft lips (ex: me) haven't dated a lot of men either.
@pinta Don't rethink it. If you have problems with side effects, your doctor can change the dosage. Just keep your eye on the prize.
When you stop taking Accutane, you will see some breakouts occasionally, but there won't be any of that hideous cystic stuff that takes over your cheeks or chin. I recommend Accutane to everyone—I did experience some side effects, like joint pain, ridiculous dryness and some mood swings, but the payoff is so beyond worth it. I do think iPledge is a huge hassle (the "quiz" you have to answer every month is 1st grade sex ed shit), but I would have gone through four times worse just to end up with the relatively great skin I have now.
MMmmm mayo on fries...