It's a chance to show your appreciation to people who make you look mah-vel-ous! This includes hair stylist, manicurist, obviously, but I would also credit cosmetics themselves and then add image consultants and life coaches! Perhaps dieticians and fitness gurus could join the list because they, too, are concerned with beauty.
Humans have almost always adorned themselves or enhanced what occurs naturally. We see it in the art they leave behind. Ancient Egyptians were very enthusiastic about self-beautification before and after death. Men and women used makeup, perfume, and beauty rituals to improve appearance and odor and to give them selves spiritual power. Above is the alabaster head of a young king showing that he used lipstick and eye makeup as well as jewelry.
Here are some of the things the Egyptians used to beautify themselves. Red Ochre was used to stain the lips and the cheeks.
Kohl was the best-known cosmetic from Egypt. Although it was made from heavy metals and lead salts, the ancients filtered and processed it for 30 days to remove most of the lead. What was left actually protected the eyes from the sun and warded off eye infections. It was used as eyeliner. Egyptians were also the first purveyors of the cat eye we all love (and struggle with) so much.
Burnt Almonds Egyptian women used burnt almonds to fill out their eyebrows. They were on top of the eyebrow game before it even got started.
Castor, Sesame, and Moringa Oil In statuary and painted art, we see that the Egyptians were so obsessed with beauty that they had themselves depicted as young and slim. We know this isn't as true as they would have liked from the mummies we've found. They died with missing teeth, deformities, and wrinkles. Many were obese and suffered from cardiovascular diseases from a lifetime of consuming large amounts, fatty and high meat foods. The oils they used were for skin conditioning and wrinkle prevention.
Soap Paste was made fromand olive oil to cleanse the body and soften the skin.
Honey and Milk Masks, Milk baths Egyptian women often mixed milk and honey to create moisturizing face masks.
Body Sugaring Hair removal was important. Hair was cropped very close in men and women and often shaved and waxed. Later priests felt hair on any part of the body was unclean. To get rid of this hair, they used a sugaring technique which you can use today. Here is a video posted by Beauty magazine Marie Claire that shows this less painful "waxing" than the standard. It also exfoliates and doesn't irritate the skin.
Henna I wanted to save this for last. Henna was used to naturally dye their fingernails yellow and orange. It also conditioned the nails and promoted growth. Usually it was red or orange but other colors could be added to these. The various patterns gave power to the wearer.
In Book 2 Going Forth By Day Marai's wives Ariennu, Naibe and Deka have been scooped up by a high priest and told that Marai is dead. As foreigners, they have no rights so they are being placed into concubinage. The lucky part? High ranking men will be looking them over. Ariennu and the others are no strangers to the skin trade, so she encourages the others to just make it work and seek vengeance later. For that, they have to look good.
After they had bathed, the maids attended to Ariennu and her sister-wives with dry toweling. She tried to keep her thoughts from Marai, but despite her efforts, something would always drag her thoughts to some of the energy he had left behind.
When she had been in the water and had closed her eyes, she felt him with her. He bathed in this room… I can feel his spirit here, she told herself.
Although they had never bathed together in a rare pit pool or even in a wadi hole on the entire journey to Kemet, she felt as if he had reached through time and had created a fantasy of them bathing together.
When did he weave this dream? She imagined him gently pulling her back against him in the darkened warmth, planting evil-sweet kisses on the back of her neck until she wanted to beg for more. Ariennu allowed the soothing oil massages and the general pampering provided by the maids to continue in her waking world as the thoughts drew her further and further away.
At some point, she and her sister wives were left alone so they could rest in a private room beside the pool. They finished the shared meal brought down from the kitchen while the maids brought out bowls of henna paint mixed with paddles, and brushes of various sizes for applying it. Deka used it a little to brighten the dark jets of her hair.
Ariennu laid it on thickly to make her hair shimmer like brighter fire.
Naibe painted it on everyone’s nails. She painted lacy patterns that beckoned spiritual strength together with symbols of protection on her hands and arms. Adding to the artwork, Ariennu stained everyone’s lips with ochre paint. Deka put the kohl and the green color on everyone’s eyes and then painted her own patterns over the tops of her hands and on her breasts and torso. In silence, they anointed themselves with spicy smelling oil. Naibe-Ellit braided Deka’s hair in tight rows along the sides of her head. The Ta-Seti woman returned the favor by pinning up Naibe’s braids and twisting Ariennu’s hair into rows that swept over her ears in a band.
As soon as she could do it without being seen, Ariennu retrieved the stones from their hiding place. She planned to bury them deep in her basket underneath the rest of her clothes. Once she was in her new home, she could find a place to hide them. Ari hoped the Children would tell her what steps would be next, now that Marai was gone, before she had to start her own ideas.
Last Week we met Author Rosemary Johns and learned of the Release of her latest novel Blood Renegades. Today we meet her character Light.
1. What is your name?
My name is Light. In 14 nights I'll go up in flames. In 14 nights I'll die for my family. In 14 nights I'll save the world...
The terrorist Renegades sacrificial betrayed me. The ambitious Blood Life Council craves to burn me. My interrogator is trying to break me - one secret at a time.
My name is Light. Predator. Slave. Freedom fighter.
And I’m the bloody hero.
2.Tell us where and when were you born.
Tricky one that because I was both born and reborn. My first birth was in Victorian
London as a First Lifer. My second was into the glorious darkness of Blood Life
when my red-haired gorgeous nightmare of an Author – Ruby – elected me.
3. How would you describe yourself?
I’ll never be human again – always on the outside, looking in. I’m a caged predator,
battling the dark, as bit by bit it consumes me. Of course, I’m also a bad boy Rocker
rebel with a cracking leather coat. What more do you want – blood?
4. Tell us about where you grew up.
Just outside the bustle of London – always craving for something more because the
world never seemed big enough. But it was Ruby who shook the boyhood from me.
Then it was my Moon Girl in the 1960s who opened my eyes to the truth: there’s no
divide between our species. That was the moment I grew up.
5. How old are you?
Oi, watch it with the personals, yeah? I’m no Long-lived or powerful Magnificoe
centuries old but I’m over 150. Since the 1960s I’ve blood abstained because the
woman I loved for more than five decades was human.
6. Did you have a happy childhood? Why/why not?
My papa taught me to explore and challenge the world. That I wasn’t destined for
Bedlam because of my photographic memory. That I was no freak. But happiness is
as fleeting as snowflakes. And I lost everything.
7. Past/ present relationships? How did they affect you?
I thought Blood Life meant freedom: from society’s rules, family and control. I was
wrong. For over a century Ruby and I carved out a path of crimson carnage aflame
with our love alone. But I was a daft berk to ever believe that. It took a human to
show me love could be free. Yet I’d reckoned myself the predator and humans the
prey? I was wrong about that too. I may battle for redemption but the battle for my
species’ freedom – for the right to love, family and home – that one I’m still fighting.
8. What do you value above all else in life?
Freedom. Means so little until you lose it. But when you’ve been a slave and even
making a choice becomes a privilege…? You’d battle to the death for it. What would
you sacrifice to free your family? I once reckoned I was a loner: no
need for anyone but the woman I loved. I learnt in my slavery that I was bonded to
others; I could love and be loved not by the biological but by actions of
I’d suffer death and then resurrect myself and suffer it again, for those I love.
9. What are you obsessed with?
Obsession – yeah, I was always one for that. See, when you’re elected into
this dark Blood Life your emotions are amplified, the good along with the bad: love,
rage or ambition. So I love, yet to me it’s an obsession – a beat, beat, beat –
pounding, until I’m consumed. I’m loyal because of it and always keep a promise.
Even if it means getting my arse kicked.
10.How do your beliefs make life better for yourself and the people you care about?
My family need me to be the leader. Christ in heaven is that hard. I was always
trying to save the world, even in my First Life – even though the cost is usually too
high. Because there’s always a price. Yet someone has to take a stand when the
system becomes so corrupt. Someone has to light the match to the
rebellion…sodding frightening that it’s me… Welcome to the Rebel Age!
11. Biggest fear?
The dark. That it’ll come for me. Take me. Consume me. That I won’t be able to
battle it and will slip back to being the wild Blood Lifer I once was.
The dark was used to torture me – I was shut in – now it terrifies me.
12. What line will you never cross?
Blood Lifer here, I don’t have many lines… I’d never hurt those I love.
13. What is the best thing that ever happened to you? The worst?
Best thing? Kathy – my Moon Girl. Every moment of the 50 years I spent with her –
that she loved me.
Worst? Let’s just say high level of competition for this… Because of me, someone I
14. Most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?
Again, have to say I’ve had my fair share…reckon I won the medal at most
embarrassing stalker/boyfriend when I was trying to persuade Kathy to date me in
1960s London. I’d never dated a bird before; I’d only ever been with Ruby (and she
controlled everything there). Look, Victorian Blood Lifer here, what do I know about
human courting rituals?
15. Biggest secret?
Not going to tell you, am I? But I am being forced to confess a secret a day to the
Blood Life Council – one secret for one reward.
16. What is the one word you would use to define yourself?
17. What is your current goal?
We Blood Lifers have a choice: to hide in the shadows or walk out into the light.
I’m only going to save the world, yeah?
Powerful interview Light. My best to you in the time you have allotted!
Last week I picked a name under the new system for Monthly Free Book Raffles. From now on, if you "like" a comment or post, You get one one time point. If you comment, you get two. If you share the post of the blog, you get three.
The Party Hat winner was Hilary Anderson. Hilary already had a copy of Book 1 and so chose Book 2 Going Forth By Day. The next drawing will be held July 24.
This time I'm including EVERYONE who voted for me in the HAVE YOU HEARD 2016 Indie Awards Competition. If I go to the third level, I will choose TWO winners. If I am a finalist I will be so excited that I pick three
As little change of gears and always welcome!
A children's author and illustrator. Think of these for your next Birthday and likely Holiday gift buy.
Who are you? Maxine Sylvester. I was born in London but now live in Bali, Indonesia, with my partner, Mark. I love pizza, curry and dark chocolate (not on the same plate) and am a trained Pilates Instructor. I am a self confessed Disney geek, love the films and the theme parks, and listen to anything from James Taylor to Guns N Roses.
Art has always been a passion and illustrating the Ronaldo books is an absolute joy. The writing process is equally pleasurable and I feel privileged to be able to bring my own stories to life.
How long have you been a writer?
I have been writing and illustrating for three years.
Are you Traditionally or Indie published? If not yet, what are you considering?
I am self-published at the moment and although I enjoy the creative control, I would love to be traditionally published. The idea of being surrounded by brilliant people who can take my work to the next level really excites me.
What writers inspired you? Favorite Authors?
My earliest memory is of two giant books of Disney fairy tales, one pink and one blue; I loved the colour illustrations and still do. I also read a lot of Winnie the Pooh, Paddington and The Famous Five, so A.A. Milne, Michael Bond and Enid Blyton were favourite authors. I also enjoyed The Railway Children by E. Nesbitt and The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I devoured Harry Potter and am in awe of J.K. Rowling’s imagination. At the moment I am reading Dr. Wayne Dyer, he’s compulsory for any self-published author as the process can be tough and he makes you believe anything is possible.
What is your book/series about (elevator speech or quick tweet post)
The adventures of a reindeer flying cadet called Ronaldo.
What is the setting and genre?
The Ronaldo series is set in Beresford, a brightly coloured village, not too far from The North Pole. The books are funny, exciting and suitable for children aged 7-9 years.
Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
Rudi! He’s so quirky; my editor thinks he’s hysterical. I love how he doesn’t need to be part of the ‘in’ crowd, he’s just himself and totally loyal to his best friend, Ronaldo.
What character is most like you? Ronaldo, he’s reliable and conscientious. My report cards at school always said that about me. I think he’s a little braver than I was at his age though.
If you had a supernatural power, what would it be?
Flying - I love to travel and it would save a fortune on airfares!
Would you say your book has a message or underlying theme? What is it?
Yes, Ronaldo and Rudi have heart and are good role models for children. I want the reader to laugh and enjoy Ronaldo’s adventures, but more than anything I want them to feel they are picking up a friend. You never know what’s going on in a child’s life and books can provide escapism and comfort.
The message in is self-belief.
Children are so impressionable and if I can instill confidence in a child then the message will have been a success. is about valuing friends. Ronaldo is faced with a dilemma, to help Ernie or go for flying glory.
How are you marketing your book? I’m social networking - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest (started today). I’m currently working on The Ronaldo the Flying Reindeer website; it’s almost finished and will have fun activities for children.
Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?
Walt Disney, although I’ve read he was a bit scary! His vision and imagination inspire me and his films have brought me so much happiness over the years. It wasn’t easy for Walt Disney but he always got back up and kept going. John Lasseter is also visionary and taking Disney animation to new heights.
A wonderful thing has happened! Hollywood wants to make a movie of your book! You get to pick the actors & actresses.
As my characters are reindeer they would have to be animated, so here are the voices I would like – Milo Parker (Ronaldo) Julie Kavner (Rudi, but with an English accent) Emma Thompson (Wing Commander Blitsen), Sir Anthony Hopkins (Ronaldo’s grandad), Benedict Cumberbatch (Vixen Pederson)… and I am sure they will be tweeting me as soon as they read this (ha!)
What music do you hear (what songs) remind you of your story?
What a great question! I imagine catchy Disney songs as written by the Sherman brothers. There is a chapter in The Reindeer Flying Academy where Ronaldo is competing in The Endurance Challenge. It’s freezing cold and he dreams about being home with his family by the fireplace and sipping hot chocolate. When I imagine him up in the sky all alone, I hear ‘Homeward Bound’, by Simon and Garfunkel playing in the background.
What are you working on right now? Ronaldo: Rudi’s Birthday Extravaganza. It’s the third in the series and I’m having such fun illustrating it.
What future plans do you have in writing? To self-publish Rudi’s Birthday Extravaganza this summer, then start work on the fourth in the Ronaldo series, The Vixen Pederson Workshop.
What links or website do you have? List them below.
Author and illustrator Maxine Sylvester has created an endearing character in Ronaldo - a top flying cadet at the prestigious Reindeer Flying Academy - who loves carrots dipped in hot chocolate. While he trains to win the coveted Golden Snowflake Medal for even more spectacular aviation skills, Ronaldo discovers his beloved carrots have been stolen from his backpack by a mysterious thief - for the sixth time!
As Ronaldo tries to find the culprit the story unfolds into a humorous buddy story, a demonstration of personal sacrifice, and of a unique friendship with a lost wolf cub, when it’s not the popular - or prudent - thing to do.
The book has a happy, silly, slapstick feel to it that made me laugh out loud a few times. There are the familiar reindeer names: Rudi (short for Rudolph), Vixen, Blitzen, Comet, and Dasher with their own unique personalities and place in the scheme of things. The interior illustrations are black and white but no less adorable and effective than the bright cover art.
The message of the book is that “Good friends make happy times brighter.” Well, good books make happy reading better. This is one good book.
And now we close with the Amazon links for our recent Guest Authors! Check them out and Remember to vote for me or your favorites in the Have You Heard Indie Awards 2016
Jen Selinsky https://www.amazon.com/Jen-Selinsky/e/B00EOJU2AG/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1498516733&sr=1-2-ent