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    #Australia

    Tasmania has plenty of fruit picking work if that's your thing. There are a number of websites where you can check the harvest schedules and arrange accommodation ahead of time, and the Lonely Planet Thorn Tree Forum is a goldmine of information from experienced travellers.
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      CommentAuthorStoto
    • CommentTimeJul 15th 2013
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    #Australia

    Thanks, Greasemonkey. That Lonely Planet Forum looks super helpful. Looks like September is too early for work in Tasmania, so will fly into Cairns instead.
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    #Australia

    Cheers. Don't forget to check out Port Douglas while you're in that neck of the woods, it's bloody amazing.
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    Yeah, and don't go straight from Far North Queensland to Tasmania either! It'd be like the Amazon to Canada.

    My wife just got back from Tassie and raved about MONA. I've had some nice travels down there too. It's sparsely populated and even the cities have small-town feel.
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      CommentAuthorStoto
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2013
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    Cheers. So apart from Port Douglas is there anywhere else I should check out in Queensland? So far the North seems more like what I'm after.
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      CommentAuthorGreasemonkey
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2013 edited
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    #Australia

    1) The Great Barrier Reef and its islands. They're fucking spectacular, and there are hundreds of tour operators who'll take you fishing or whale watching or just touring the reef.

    2) Undara Lava Tubes. The accommodation is kind of terrible (either filthy or too expensive), but the lava tubes are worth it. Take the long tour if you can.

    3) Port Douglas. The Courthouse Hotel serves oysters and grilled seafood from the Reef, and you can sit out on their deck with a cold brew in your hand, watching the sun set over the harbour. Accommodation ranges from five-star resorts catering to Hollywood A-listers, to campgrounds by the beach where you can pitch a tent for a few bucks a day. Fantastic fishing from the old Bruce Highway bridge out on the main road. If you only visit one place outside Cairns, make it this one.

    4) Cape Tribulation. Cape Trib, as it's known locally, is situated in the Daintree rainforest north of Cairns and Port Douglas. There's only one winding road into the place, and conservation laws have severely restricted development to the point where there's just one campground, a shop and a few houses. The campground owners demand that you hand over all alcohol and purchase all your drinks at their overpriced bar, but they don't have any power to enforce it and I always ignore them. Fantastic beach and possibly the best fishing spot on the coast (do not loiter on the water's edge cleaning fish or cutting bait, or a croc will grab you), unparalleled access to the Daintree rainforest.
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      CommentAuthorStoto
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2013
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    Wizard!
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2013 edited
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    #Makeup101

    So I know we used to have a thread for this, but it's died, and I don't really feel like starting a new one since this is a relatively specific question.

    Background: I'm in a wedding, in August, in a pale, pale pink dress. I'm ... also really pale. The tone does little for my skin and so I feel like I kind of have to kill it with a dewy fresh-faced make-up look.

    The bridesmaids are pretty preppy, pretty normal. I am doing my own makeup. Ditto my sister. She and I have VASTLY different skin tones so I can't really do what I would do on her on me.

    I don't know what my undertones are. I'm assuming cool? I don't know what kind of blush I should be trying. I don't know what kind of eyeshadow/liner/primer deal I need. I don't know what kind of lipstick to use to set off the whole natural-beauty-but-clearly-wearing-make-up look that I want.

    I like vintage, I like minimal, I like things that draw attention to eyes and lips because I have them and like them.

    Photos for skin tone reference:

    here (makeupless) and here (minimal makeup, only on eyes and lips).

    I am looking for recommendations around blush, lipstick, and eyes.

    .... Halp??

    EDITED TO ADD: Extra challenge, sensitive skin and gluten issues, so brand recommendations are probably not something I can follow through on.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2013
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    #Makeup

    Skintone - you look cool to me, but I can't tell for sure. Cool means your skin looks pinkish, warm means your skin is more yellowish (which mine is), and neutral means you're just kind of beige and in between. You can test this by either just swatching foundations and seeing what matches (if a warm foundation stands out as yellow on you rather than matching, then you know you're cool, and if it looks pink rather than matching then you're warm).

    Blush
    : if you want natural, look for something that matches the color your skin is when it burns, and then just apply it lightly. Since I'm warm toned, I used a coral. Now, as far as blush goes, wear whatever fuck color you want, but the general rule is that yellow based blushes work for warm skintones while blue based ones work for cool skintones. Since you're so pale, you might do well with a soft, cool pink or rose. Go to a sephora or makeup counter and just swatch a bunch of colors on your wrist and either buy the one you like, or find a dupe at a drug store. That's the one thing I dislike about drug store makeup is you can't swatch it first. Sephora lets you swatch *everything*. I personally really like Tarte's Amazonian Clay blushes because they have a lot of awesome colors (when in doubt, their "Exposed" shade matches everything and eveyone), and they last really well, but they are also expensive ($20 for one blush)

    Eyes Go buy Urban Decay's eyeshadow primer. It's pricey, but your eye makeup will stay on FOREVER. I can fall asleep with mine and it'll look perfect the next day, and I have oily as fuck eyelids that makeup tends to just slide right off of without primer. If you want a minimal look that draws attention to them, but it kind of vintagey, get a brown or taupe eyeshadow and use that just above your crease to deepen your eye. You can then lightly use a black just on the outer corner of your lid to deepen it even more. Use a light white or champagne shimmer on the brow bone to highlight, and then use a good liquid liner to make a cateye. If you're willing to spend some money, Urban Decay's "Basics" palette is really nice. It has mostly matte eyeshadows (and one shimmer one for highlighting) that you can use to make classic vintage looks.

    Lips I'm not as good at this one cos I actually just didn't wear lipstick at my wedding. That said, a couple different companies make lip balms that tint to match your skintone according your pH or some shit. It works for some people, not for others. You can also get a tinted lip balm to get a swash of color without getting too much on there. If you're wearing a pale pink dress, you can always try matching it by wearing a pale pink lipstick. That can give you a soft, natural look while still drawing attention to your lips. You can also be daring and just go with a nice red lipstick. Very vintage, but also less minimal, though it works with that cateye I mentioned earlier.

    I hope this helps! Let me know if I need to clarify or talk more about anything, and if I think of anything else I'll add more. I just got home from work so I might be missing stuff.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2013
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    Aaaaand I probably should have mentioned that I have sensitive skin and serious issues with gluten, so general brand recommendations are ... unfortunately not something I can follow through on. The color stuff is SUPER fucking helpful though. Thank you!
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2013
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    ah, got it! Glad the other stuff helped anyway :)
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    Almay is cheap and hypoallergenic. All the palettes are natural. Here is a decent tutorial from my favorite makeup tutorial duo:



    and here is another by them of an easy natural look:



    As far as figuring out the right color palette for your skin, why not go to Sephora and ask someone to help you find the best palette for you? That's probably where you'd have to go to get all gluten free products, anyway, I'd imagine.
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    #apartment art space

    So, I broke up with my boyfriend and girlfriend, and moved out. I now have a shared apartment that, while nice, doesn't have space for a dedicated art room, so I need to carve out a work space in my bedroom. Since we're renting, I don't have the same freedom to make messes that I did in the old house. I'm also concerned about using some of my materials (pure pigments especially) in the same room I sleep in, since cadmium particulates in the air are not restful. I'm also not in the best state, emotionally, to make sound permanent decisions, but college starts in less than two weeks, and I need some kind of functional art space. On the bright(?) side, I get to start from scratch, since I left most of my furniture at the old house. All the furniture I have for my new room are a drafting table and rolling chair, two bedside tables, and a dresser. Thrift store shopping is in order, and I wondered if y'all could give me some advice about making this space functional, and maybe even comforting for my sore brain. The room is 12' 8" by 13' 4" (~3.86m x 4m, according to googled math).

    #Makeup - sweetlibertine makes powdered mineral make-up in a pretty wide variety of colors and tones. They list all the ingredients for each product (and I'm hoping that powdered means it avoids gluten; that sounds like it would be a binding agent issue). I'm pretty new to make-up, so don't really have advice on style, but I'm pretty impressed with their quality and variety.
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      CommentAuthorglukkake
    • CommentTimeAug 4th 2013
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    #apartment art space

    Could you get an air filter or something for the particulates? Or at the very least, a fan for the window to exhaust things out? I keep my drawing desk as far away from my bed as possible in any case. And I guess if you can store them someplace sealed up, that'll also help.

    I live in a 9x13' room, so my stuff is pretty tight. But I tried to make the art side of my room full of art & books & all my supplies, then shoved my bed in the far corner. I try to keep it made up, so it doesn't feel so "bed"-like to distract me, and instead is just another flat surface for things. I keep some sheets of foamcore/plywood to turn it into a secondary table when I need to.
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      CommentAuthorGreasemonkey
    • CommentTimeAug 4th 2013 edited
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    #apartment art space

    Hydroponic supply stores sell air filters, fans and ducting which are perfect for your needs (weed growers use them to eliminate telltale odours). A basic setup requires a 4" squirrel cage fan (centrifugal fan), a length of 4" accordion ducting, and a carbon filter. You should be able to pick up the required equipment for around $150, or cheaper if you find it second-hand on ebay.

    • CommentAuthorbadbear
    • CommentTimeAug 4th 2013
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    #meditation
    Do any of you practice meditation or know of any good meditative techniques? Tips and tricks please. I'm trying to fix my brain.
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    #apartment art space

    Thank y'all! I'll definitely try to make the bed another working surface; that's a great idea. And I'll try do most of the dusty stuff at school, but will also look into carbon filter systems. If it can get odors out that well, it can definitely de-pigment the air.
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      CommentAuthorNygaard
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2013
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    #meditation
    Everyone around me seems to be doing this recently. I've been brought to something called "satha (satya?) yoga" classes a couple of times, and haven't been able to keep it up. But I definitely found that I should; very restful, fulfilling and good exercise as a bonus. So as one total ignorant to another, I'd recommend it :)

    For something with that special Science stamp of approval, you can get guided mindfulness exercises as an app with handy time intervals (three, five, ten, fifteen minutes) now. Those can be very effective in cases of mild anxiety and depression, but I suspect that trying to fix your brain all on your own is not recommended. It's useful to make sure anything you expend effort and time on is part of a coherent strategy.
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      CommentAuthorStoto
    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2013
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    #meditation

    @badbear Jon Kabat-Zinn has been a good source for me in the past. I particularly like his guided meditations. Have had times when I've felt like I've been able to partition myself from my thinking.

    But, these days I've been trying to grasp Acceptance and Commitment Therapy instead, which uses aspects of mindfulness along with CBT tricks to cope with your brain. For me, ACT has the benefits of meditation without the esoteric bits and expensive zafus.
    • CommentAuthorbadbear
    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2013
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    @Nygaard and Stoto
    Thank you both so much, you've given me some great starting points to go and find out more about.