A Look At My Top Three Beauty Products

I love experimenting with new beauty products to see which ones will give me the best results. However, there are certain products that I go back to again and again (like Lifecell), simply because they work. Here are my top three beauty products:

stencil.blog-post-image* A good BB cream. I use BB cream rather than foundation simply because it has sunscreen built in and it works better with my aging skin. Foundation tends to settle in my wrinkles and pores, whereas BB cream tends to hide these flaws.

stencil.blog-post-image (2)* A high-quality concealer. As I have gotten older, the dark circles under my eyes have gotten worse. I have also started to develop a few age spots. Concealing these helps my skin looked much more youthful and fresh.

stencil.blog-post-image (1)* A facial brush. Every night before bed, I brush my face using a brush that is specifically designed for use on the skin. This helps exfoliate dead skin cells and stimulates blood flow which, in turn, helps keep the skin healthy and wrinkle-free.

These are the main beauty products that I can’t live without. They do a wonderful job of helping me maintain my skin and look my best on a daily basis.

What is that one thing you don’t want to happen?

It is important to take car repair seriously (just like how I compare car insurance). If something is going on with your car you need to take it in to get fixed. You shouldn’t let it wait.

With any car you will also want to take it in for regular checkups. You always want to make sure that it is running okay and that it won’t cause you any problems. You want it to last a long time and that is the best way to make sure that will happen.

If you don’t have a place to take your car for repairs it is time to start looking for one. Ask around and read reviews to find the right place to go. You can tell a lot about a place by asking the right questions.

If you are in some type of accident, your insurance might tell you where you need to go. They might have certain places they work with. You will need to take your car in there and then you won’t have to worry about paying for it if you have hit your deductible.

If you don’t have a lot of extra money for car repairs you might want to consider getting a credit card just in case. If you run into car trouble you want to be able to fix it and not have to worry about driving it until you have enough money saved. It is not the best idea to put things on a credit card but sometimes that is what you have to do.

If you take your car somewhere and do not like the service you got, take it somewhere else in the future. You don’t have to keep giving your money to a place you don’t like. Unless there is only one repair shop in your area you should find a place you like better.

If you have more than one car, it is important that you keep up the service on both of them. It can really be a bad thing to let one sit and never drive it or take it in. You don’t want to let that happen.

If you are planning on selling your car, it would be a good idea to take it in to find out if anything is wrong with it. That way you can fix it before you sell it. That would make your buyers very happy.

Votizen wants to reduce big money’s influence in politics

Phone or email your Congressman, and tell him you oppose SOPA. Or that you support SOPA. Or that you oppose healthcare reform. Or support drilling for oil in the center of Disneyland. Or oppose the use of nickels.

No matter your pet cause, the typical means of communication with political representatives is the same. And it rarely has much impact, particularly given that few legislative offices spend the time verifying that the caller or writer is an actual constituent.

But a social startup called Votizen is trying to change that, by creating a digital platform that lets voters create individual profiles for the purpose of collective action and direct communication. It connects with your existing social services (Facebook, Twitter, Gmail) so that you can communicate your views to local representatives or interest groups with the ease of a Like or +1 click. The company’s co-founders are David Binetti, co-founder of USA.gov, and Jason Putorti, former lead designer for Mint.

Fortune has learned that the San Francisco-based company has opened a small convertible round that is oversubscribed, and is expected to soon begin raising around $15 million in a Series A round. Seed backers already include Founders Fund, SV Angel, Felicis Venturesm, 500 Startups and Founder Collective.

Putorti declined to comment on the company’s future financing plans, but did provide the following response when I wondered if Votizen’s business model – basically charge interest groups to push their message to targeted voters — could get exploited by the very type of big money politics that it’s hoping to deemphasize:

“To paraphrase our board member Sean Parker: big-money politics is vulnerable to disruption because money is just a proxy for votes, and social media can deliver relationships much more effectively that the current techniques. There is tremendous value in what we’re creating, but we’re not worried about our mission getting exploited because we’re changing the currency. Yes, it will still take money to run and win campaigns, but brute-force outspending is no longer the recipe for success. There’s a lot of examples of this, you needn’t look further than Iowa.”

Parker did not return a request for comment, although a source says that he is expected to participate in the upcoming financing. “Sean’s calculus is that he could donate millions and millions to candidates and never hear from them or invest those in Votizen and build a new platform,” the source says.

Knightly Nibbles: How Medieval Knights Kept Up Their Strength

Battling is hard work. You’re marching around a battlefield all day long, up and down hills and valleys, and slashing and hacking people right and left. You might even spend some time riding a horse, and if you’ve ever ridden a horse, it can sometimes be more tiring than just walking. Many knights were also even required to dig ditches and battlefield trenches, as well as throw rocks at enemy soldiers. And they had to do all this in unbearably heavy armor – and usually holding a sword and shield as well. So how did knights keep up their strength all day, with all the hearty activities that they had to do? Believe it or not, they packed lunches and snacks just like you might for a hiking trip or a hard day’s work.

One of the most common snacks that a knight would pack was a chunk of hearty bread and several morsels of tasty cheese. They would often keep these snacks in a pouch slung around their waist – akin to our modern fanny pack. They would also keep a horn filled with mead or beer slung around their neck. It’s surprsing, but beer can actually be quite the energy drink under the right circumstances. It’s really packed chock full of calories – there’s a reson that old people get beer bellies.

If they had a break during battle, knights would often go back to their tents to fill up for the rest of the day. They would often eat preserved meats like sausages and bacon, along with bread and fruits, usually apples or pears. The protein in bacon and the sugars in fruit really help to keep you going, especially when you’re weighed down under several hundred pounds of armor. Hard life!