Technology: The Early Years

by Kristie LeVangie

I’m currently trying to simplify the house and clear some of the clutter accumulated after years upon years of adulthood.  And then last night, as I stared at the two blank Memorex cassette tapes on my desk, I was struck with the realization that there a whole world of technology that my children will never know– a whole world of technology that led to smartphones, iPods and laptops.

1.  The 8-Track

The first car I can remember my mother owning had an 8-track player.  She would listen to folk music like Carole King, James Taylor, and yes, even Crosby, Stills & Nash.

2. The Typewriter

I remember my senior thesis in college being a disaster area of White-out, ink ribbons, and torn pages.

3. Rotary Phone

Calling Grandma used to take sooooo long as I waited for the dial to return after each number.

4.  The Walkman

I got my first one in the 4th grade.  I thought I was so cool.  My world was opened to the mix tape.

5. The ColecoVision System

Before Xbox or Playstation was even a thought, there was Pong.

6. The VHS Tape

We used to get charged fines for not rewinding these before taking them back to the local video store, and sometimes, the VCR actually ate the tape.

7.  The Polaroid

Teens may dance to lyrics telling them to “shake it like a Polaroid picture”, but few have actually had this experience.

8. The Car Phone

I remember one of my first bosses having to lug around this suitcase-type thing that she finally explained was her “new” phone.

9.  The Record Player

I used to have the coolest Cyndi Lauper album that had her picture imprinted on the vinyl.  I still own about 300 records. My kids simply don’t get it.

10.  The Boombox

Who didn’t bob their head with one of these on their shoulder in the 80s? Now, you just Bluetooth in to the nearest speaker.

11. The Dial Only Television

In a time long, long ago, we actually had to get up off the couch to select between the 3 channels that actually came in when you adjusted the antenna just right.

12.  The 35mm Camera

Remember all the rules that came with these things?  You couldn’t expose the film to light, had to develop it before it went bad, had to wait to see if the exposure was good once you got them back from your local drug store, and often lost entire moments to film that wouldn’t manually rewind correctly.

13.  The Watch

With everything moving digital, telling time by the hand positions on a watch face is a skill set for extinction.

14.  The Calculator

Remember when you actually knew and used the M and MR buttons?  Now, nearly any smartphone is a calculator.

15.  Pagers

I had my first pager in my early 20s.  I was a baller…who had to run to the pay phone at each beep.

16. The Pay Phone

Yes.  They used to be in booths and cost a dime to a quarter for local calls.

17. Carbon Copies

Yes, before you could choose the number of copies to print from your computer, we used to write on a special paper that would make duplicates.

18.  Floppy Discs

There was a time long ago before flash drives when we used to carry around our floppy disks.  In 1984, they could hold up to 1.2 MB.

19.  CB Radios

I used to play around on Grandpa’s CB.  I would talk to truckers at the age of 6 under the name “Disco Queen.”  No wonder about my mouth.

20.  Credit Card Slips

Back before you could slide a credit card on your smartphone, they had these machines where you would imprint the card numbers into the receipt that the store clerk filled out by hand.

What didn’t make my list that would have made yours?

MUSIC REVIEW: Far East Movement

by Kristie LeVangie

 

It is my goal here at Libidacoria Magazine to supply you with the sickest tunes for your online music playlists, and today I is no exception.  Today I bring you a song that will make you want to crank your stereo into overdrive, roll down your windows, pull on those shades, stick your arm out the window, and just bob your head to the “motherfuckin’ ill”ness of the beats.

Who are they? you ask.  Let’s see if any of this rings a bell.

  • This is the same group that brought us the mega hit, “Like a G6″ in late 2010.
  • Their first emergence into the limelight was in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift when their song “Round Round” was featured in the movie.
  • They have the distinction of being the 1st Asian-American group to earn a #1 hit on the Billboard Top 100 in the U.S.
  • Their second album, Animal, released in 2008 featured collaborations with Bruno Mars, Wiz Kahlifa, and The Stereotypes, among others, and off this same album, “Girls on the Dance Floor” was a featured song in Get Him to the Greek, “So You Think You Can Dance“, and “CSI: Miami.”
  • They opened for Lady Gaga on the Japanese leg of The Monster Ball Tour in 2010 and later with Rihanna and Calvin Harris in 2011 and with Lil Wayne on his I Am Still Music tour.
  • On their Free Wired album (the first major album released since signing with Cherrytree Records, they worked with artists such as Keri Hilson, Lil Jon, Snoop Dogg, Natalia Kills, Koda Kumi, and Ryan Tedder from OneRepublic.
  • They performed “If I Was You (OMG)” at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards with Snoop Dogg, and their other top 10-smash “Rocketeer” at NBA All-Star Weekend.

This group is made up of four members: Kev Nish (Kevin Nishimura), Prohgress (James Roh), J-Splif (Jae Choung), and DJ Virman (Virman Coquia).  The three original members (Nish, Prohgress, and J-Splif) grew up in the Koreatown area of Downtown Los Angeles and went to high school together.  They began their career as “Emcees Anonymous” but later changed the band name after creating a song by the same name.  In the early days, they harnessed the power of social media and performed in local clubs and at local events in and around LA, including an event they called, “Movementality” in 2003 that featured 10 different performances with all proceeds going to a local youth drug rehab center.    

What does the band think about their latest release?

According to Kev Nish, their latest album, Dirty Bass, is “LA electro-rap meets Miami booty shake meets Dutch house and the lifestyle that embodies that. “You don’t need a fancy whip, but as long as your stereo is bumping, everything’s alright.”

Indeed…everything IS alright.  Enjoy and add to your playlists everywhere!

Getting the Lay of the Land – The Event Begins

Part 2 of my journal about a weekend-long fetish event.

by Johnny Jackhammer

There was a distinct lack of nervousness as we walked into the conference registration room.

The people were welcoming and warm. Then we were hit with the paperwork.

At a private fetish event, there is plenty of paperwork to navigate. It outlines the rules, what you are about to encounter, and what is not allowed. Events are grounded in consent and safety for all participants. A signature means that the signer is not squeamish, believes in sexual expression of all orientations, and acknowledges that just about every sex act imagined will be taking place. We signed eagerly.

(Side note: one of the rules prohibits photography once you are past the security checkpoint.  Therefore, there will be very few photos included in this series and none with this chapter.)

This may surprise you about the BDSM community: it is a warm and welcoming community of people. Of any collection of people, I have not known more consistently tolerant, cheerful, and supportive group. Perhaps it’s the open vulnerability of striking up a conversation with somebody who is wearing nothing but a collar with their hands tied behind their back. Kinksters want to share their interests, show off their bodies or outfits, and make new connections. For many participants, this is a lifestyle of power exchange and connections.

Events like this all have “play” space, usually referred to as “the dungeon.” This is where you can witness most of the fetishes and edgy play. Often, the most popular equipment is the St. Andrew’s Cross, which is a wooden X-shaped frame that people can lean against or be restrained on. In most all cases, whippings, floggings, and beatings take place there.   If you attend, you need to be ready to see bodies brutalized until black marks and bruises are raised. Later at the parties and hallways, we saw many corseted ladies proudly showing off their blackened chests.

In the midst of the harsh action is a prevailing consent. Tops frequently check in on their bottom, making sure that the scene is going according to everyone’s wishes.   Extreme play creates a need for tenderness and after-care that is essential as a cool-down.

There are usually a few spanking benches, which are dual-leveled and padded. You kneel on the knee rest and lay your torso over the padded top. Here you’ll generally see spanking, paddling, and – on special nights – some fisting.

Beyond the dungeon, this convention had playrooms for sensual play (home to glory holes and gang bangs), bondage play (with plenty of scaffolding and framework), and medical play (more about this one later). Along with the play spaces, there is a XXX theater open and running for all the conference operating hours.

We appreciated that the conference kicked off with a dungeon tour and a pizza party mixer. They had a cash bar at the entrance, and my lady, GWN, and I grabbed nice stiff cocktails to go into the room with. As we started to mingle, we understood why there was no line at the bar. We might have been the only two people with drinks in our hand. While the swing community is a drinking culture, the BDSM community is not. There are some who may partake on separate occasions, but drinking is not generally a part of fetish play.

At the mixer, we quickly encountered an attractive couple. The woman was Amazonian in stature, and her man was kind and collared as her slave. We had a great connection and came to like them quite a bit. They planned some medical play later that evening, and they hoped that we’d be on hand to watch.

Which brings me to one of the conference tracks – Master and slave relationships. One thing I learned is that the Master/slave connection is not one of brutality but of service and protection. My assumptions were clouded by watching in Roots in the 1970’s, for sure. But instead, I learned that it can be a comfortable fit for the right type of people. Masters are dominant, for sure, but they are strong in how they watch out for the best needs of their slave. Punishment is immediate and public sometimes, but often it’s part of the kink for both parties. For example, the slave may be ordered to kneel on the floor next to the Master and wait quietly for a command. Even with this layer of control, there is explicit consent throughout.

The convention was a smorgasbord of kinky fun. We really enjoyed the “Tapas” session, which set up stations in the dungeon for people to get a taste of various fetishes. GWN gladly had her boots licked and feet worshipped, and we witnessed some amazing heavy flogging by a true artist. Other stations included a vacuum bed, fire cupping, light needle play, light whipping, and rope suspension. This was a useful offering to give people a taste of what they might want to try when the real play parties begin.

I also learned how freeing it is to see abundant skin and kinky outfits maneuvering through the conference space. Most people in our culture are self-conscious to some degree, and it was liberating to see so many different body styles be desired and accepted. We enjoyed seeing men and women of all types – between 80 and 400 pounds, from 3 to 7 feet tall – feeling sexy and showing off.

Sexiness is truly about attitude, and fetish events are filled with attractive people who were hotter than any Hollywood starlet. Sure, the model might have the Barbie-doll body, but we were much more turned on by the BBWs who were rope-bound and begging to be handled. I have to admit that there is something admirable about a 6’, 90-pound gender-flexible man in a wig, high heels, and a skirt. It’s the freedom and attitude that is sexy, not the package.

Now that things have kicked off, the only question left is do we just watch or do we jump in and play?

Reminder: This blog is discussing the Kinky Kollege.  You can find more at their website here.

Sexual -I-N-Ging

by Kristie LeVangie

I’ve done some things my life. I’m by no means a prude.

I’ll be the first to admit, somewhat sheepishly however, that I’ve been around the block once, twice…maybe even, 200 times. There’s not such a thing as too much experience in my opinion.

But when researching for my former talk show, I was surprised to discover 4 present continuous tense verbs (–ing forms of verbs) that have not yet made my resume. And let’s be real, most of them probably won’t. (I’m getting mellower in my old age, and would give into a riveting conversation far quicker than a pretty smile now-a-days.)

There ARE plenty of –ing’s that do pad my sexual resume though.

I’m really good at shopping…even for sexual items. I’m great at spending, especially when it’s not my money. It’s nothing for me to spend hours looking for the right shoes or dress or corset to set my lover’s mind racing. FYI…I’m also good at saving since I will hunt down the most extreme bargain and never pay full price for anything.

I’m great at kissing. I am best with slow, soft kisses with lots of tongue and just the right amount of moistness and pressure.

I’m also pretty good at sucking…or so I’ve been told. Earlobes, tongues, or genitalia eventually almost always find their way into my mouth. And if not, you’ll surely find me licking them sooner or later.

I’m pretty good at singing, but I don’t bring that into the bedroom often. Usually I’ll transform it into moaning or talking or screaming or heavy breathing. In short, I’m good at vocalizing.

I’m great at driving. I’m nearly always in control whether behind the wheel of a vehicle or on top of my man.

You’ll often find me fantasizing about, researching for, or creating a unique experience for my lover.

I’ve dabbled with tying, blindfolding, spanking, costuming, whipping and begging. I became fairly proficient at fucking, faking, tasting and jacking. But my real skills lie in anticipating, teasing, torturing, self-satisfying and fulfilling.

Now, will you ever find sharking, fisting, dogging or squirting on this girl’s resume?

She’s highly doubting.

Wondering what these sexual terms are?  A little Google search should satisfy your curiosity.

What are YOU “-ing” good at?

NEW TOY ALERT: SCCY Firearms

by Wrecker

SCCY industries is an up-and-coming player in the firearms industry and a good bang for your buck. I recently learned about this company, and having done A LOT of research, this firearm is quickly becoming my favorite.

It is lightweight at only 15 ounces, and with a 10 +1 capacity, you are never without enough ammunition for any situation. This firearm also comes from SCCY with an extra magazine. It comes supplied with extended magazines, but if you prefer you can switch to the flush mount plates for a fully customized experience. And finally, it includes a trigger lock with two keys for storing this firearm  safely.

There are only four varieties available in design, which helps keep the cost down.

Option 1 is the model. There is the CPX-1 and CPX-2.

The CPX-1 comes with an external thumb safety which is ambidextrous and easy-to-operate in the shooting position without being in the way.  It also has an inertial firing pin with a 9-pound trigger pull.

The CPX-2 is identical to the CPX-1 minus the external safety.

Both versions come in two-tone and in all black.

The receivers are made of  aircraft-grade heat-treated aluminum, and the frame is made of Zytel polymer.  They have a recoil-absorbing backstrap integrated into the frame giving this gun a comfortable grip.

This compact pistol has an overall size of  5.7″ x 4″ x 1″  and fits easily into most pant pockets or very concealed under even lightweight clothing.   They are double-action, only with an internal hammer, so there is nothing to snag while drawing this weapon.

These weapons come with a lifetime no-questions-asked warranty, which is very rare in this industry.  Not to mention, these are 100% American made in the Nascar capital of Daytona Beach, Florida.

For a price of between $300 – $350 (depending on where you live), it’s a good deal for a great feeling of safety.

According to their website, in  1998, Joe Roebuck recognized the increasing demand for a safe, simple to use, and affordable firearm as a growing number of states enacted legislation to allow concealed-carry permits. With more than three decades of experience in the manufacturing industry, Roebuck set out to apply his skills as a Tool & Die Maker and Mechanical Design Engineer to design the CPX series of 9mm firearms, and in this writer’s opinion, he has accomplished what he set out to do.

The “SCCY” (pronounced ‘sky’) is the limit for this up and coming company.

Fashion Audible: Dude Advice

by Wrecker

In the words of Joan Rivers, “Can we talk?”.

Being a guy, I was oblivious to fashion, and my knowledge ended at “Damn, baby. You look hot in that.”

But, I have slowly learned how important fashion is and how it can be the difference between relaying the image of a smart, sexy, professional woman and the woman you see at your local big box store in their PJs.

Guys, trust me when I tell you.  Fashion can be the strongest indicator of how well a woman takes care and respects herself.

So here are a few tips for my fellow dudes:

  • Take some time and pay attention to The Red Carpet before awards’ shows and even spend some time watching some of those fashion shows that talk about the top stars and what they are wearing  (i.e. Fashion Police, Entertainment Tonight, The Dish, etc.).  Staying current will help you better evaluate the playing field.
  • Let me throw out  a situation that we have all been in before– one of those “Make it or Break it” moments when a woman you have really been interested in finally takes your invite for a date.  You rack your brain for the perfect date: where to go for dinner, what to do after dinner, and last but not least, what to wear.  You think “this woman seems like a down-to-Earth, laid-back woman that likes to have fun.” You knock on the door, and she is in a tea-length summer dress, six inch wedges , and her finest accessories.  Do you ignore what she is wearing and take her for wings, beer and bowling?  Or, do you excuse yourself to the restroom and make reservations at a 5-star restaurant?  Imagine this little scenario as football, and you are the quarterback.  Does the audible lead to the score or does your lack of play read result in a turnover? Like a quarterback reading the defense you need to learn how to read the signs of what she is wearing and by that you can determine her mood and what she expects of the situation.
  • Names like Vera Wang, Dulce Gabbana, and Louis Vuitton may be alien to most guys, but believe me when I tell you that those names will get you far.  Don’t overuse brand names though because you can easily go from boyfriend material to gay best friend material in just a shopping trip.
  • Be attentive if your day with that special woman includes shopping, and don’t bulk at the thought of shopping . In my opinion, this is were a lot of guys mess up by staring into space or looking at the other women in the store. What better way to impress that special woman by participating in the shopping trip and combining what you like and she likes into her next outfit for your next night on the town.
  • Shopping with your lady also gives you the opportunity to see what she likes and could help with gift ideas for her in the future. Whats worse than buying you lady something and it just sits on the dresser or hangs in the back of the closet?
  • Fellas, after you finish with the first five minutes of that porn, take an extra few and look at what those women were wearing including those heels that are now hoisted in the air.  Learn the different types of footwear– flats, wedges, slingbacks, platforms, stilettos (our favorite, of course).

You don’t need to learn everything, and trust me once you start learning about fashion, you will already know more than you think you did. The little black dress the girl at the gas station had on or the woman in the pencil skirt  that you couldn’t stop staring at in the bar last week will just start having names to them. Only then will those same women be showing you attention, and for some, know that you exist. Women love attention to detail.  Watch her face light up when her compliment her Michael Kors handbag.

So guys get on that computer and search more than just porn. Look at what the stars are wearing and what is IN. Keep aware of what the color of the season is and go out there and get those true LADIES and leave the girls to the little boys.

Look for more tips soon,

Your virtual wingman

What Kind of Onion You Use Does Matter!

My Personal Guide of What Onion to Use When.

By Jimi James

So you’re creating a recipe, helping to make dinner, or following a recipe that calls for onions. But…it’s not very specific on what kind of onion should be used in your recipe. There are many types of onions in the produce area, and if you visit a store that specializes in food you may find multiple varieties of many common onions. So for today’s article, we are just going to cover the top 5 onions in cooking, what the differences are, and which situations they are best used in.

Now, get your notebook or save this article for reference. Be nice and pass it out to all your grill buddies, girlfriends, cooking show buffs and those who dream of being the next big star on Food Network.

When you go to the grocery and are staring at a mountain of varieties of onions, you’re not necessarily going to ruin lunch or dinner if you choose to use a yellow onion where your best choice should have been a red onion. Now, with that being said, here are the best onion practices.

Yellow Onions

The yellow onion is the most commonly used across the nation. This onion is best for just about everything major in cooking. Use a yellow onion in a recipe when you are making roasted meat dishes– yes, that includes a crock pot meal. Roasted meat dishes such as roasted chicken, pot roast (whether beef or pork) and rack of ribs or lamb in a Dutch oven or crock pot. You can also use a yellow onion for sauces, in stews, and also in a soup. Being the most common onion, this is the onion you should do most of your cooking with. These onions have a sharp, spicy flavor, and they also have a lot of sugar in them. When cooked, the yellow onion loses its spicy flavor and becomes super sweet.

Sweet Onion

Sweet onions are the second most common onions that are used in recipes across this nation. Best uses for a sweet onion are for frying.  You can also use them in baked gratins (like Au gratin potatoes) and in roasted vegetable dishes.

Sweet onions and Yellow onions are very similar; however, their sweet distinct flavor may be better suited for certain dishes. Sweet onions have thicker layers, which is why this onion is a great choice for making onion rings. Having a high content of sugar, it is very sweet without being spicy like other types of onions may be.  The sweetness makes them great for frying, like onion rings or a big bloomin’ onion. They are also a great choice to add some sweetness to a French Onion soup.  (You’re adding sweet with these onions; while Yellow onions are better for meat dishes, because they add a more savory flavor.)  Some common types of sweet onions are Walla Walla, from Washington state area, to the most familiar Vidalia onion.

White Onion

White Onions are the sharpest, spiciest and crunchiest onion you can use. These onions are best suited for use in salsa, to sautee, and in Asian stir-fry dishes for an extra crunchiness. You often see these onions used in Hispanic cooking. We find them in a lot of Mexican food we eat.  These onions are noticeably larger in size than other onion varieties, and they have a thinner skin. White onions are very sharp and have very little to no sweetness at all. They are super crispy due to their very high water content.

Red Onion

Red onions are the easiest and best to eat raw!!! The best uses for these onions are when pickling, salads, guacamole (although I prefer a white onion in guacamole), grilled by themselves, and of course, on burgers, sandwiches and subs. A red onion is milder than the other varieties listed, plus when eating, we have heard it a million times– “we eat with our eyes first”.  This onion adds beautiful color to your dishes.  The red onion also is crisp and sweet; although, you will find it also has a slightly bitter aftertaste than the other onions listed. You won’t need that breath spray or stick of gum after eating this onion, because it’s not a spicy or pungent as a yellow onion, and you won’t have to worry about so many tears while slicing and dicing this onion. With that said a Red onion still has a strong pleasant flavor.

Shallots

The  Shallot is the MOST subtle of all the varieties. Keep in mind that a shallot is not technically an onion at all. However, they are best used in salad dressings, vinegary glazes and also as garnishes. Shallots have a similar flavor as onions, but are less overpowering. Unlike onions that grow individually, shallots grow in clusters, similar to garlic. The flavor of a shallot is similar to that of a mild red onion. It does have a hint of spiciness with some sweet. They are the best overall choice if you are making a vinaigrette, or a chunky style vinaigrette called a “mignonette”. The mignonette is eaten with oysters or other kinds of shellfish. You can use shallots in egg dishes such as quiche, especially since they are smaller and less chunky than regular onions. You can also use them for a simple garnish for a vegetable dish whether raw or fried.

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Stay Hungry, my friends!!!!

 

Editor’s Note: Don’t forget that onions have many medical benefits.  Research has suggested that onions may help prevent most cancers; inhibit platelet-mediated thrombosis (a process leading to heart attacks and strokes); reduce levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, and thromboxanes (substances involved in the development of cardio-vascular disease) in the blood; and has been associated with a reduction in symptoms associated with osteoporosis.

 

I Now Pronounce You – Mrs. & Mrs.: Ohio’s Same-Sex Ruling

by Kristie LeVangie

Ohio is the latest state in line for legislature recognizing same-sex marriage performed in other states.

Last Monday, Judge Timothy Black ruled in favor of same-sex couples rationalizing that refusing to do so is a violation of constitutional rights.

But before we, Ohioans, start jumping for joy, the state is planning to appeal Black’s ruling.  Let us not forget voters overwhelming rejected acknowledgement in the 2004 vote.  Could things have changed so quickly?

Of course, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is speaking out against gay marriage expressing his antiquated views of marriage being between a man and woman.

Heading the charge seems to be Al Gerhardstein, a Cincinnati civil rights attorney who has filed 3 gay marriage lawsuits in the state of Ohio since June.  He stated, “The ultimate goal is full marriage equality.”  And we applaud him for this stance.

Attorneys on both sides of the current legal battle will present arguments on the issue tomorrow, and Judge Black will then decide whether to issue a stay on his ruling.  If he does issue a stay, that means Ohio would have to recognize the marriages of the four gay couples serving as Plaintiffs in this case and these four couples alone.  This would include property rights, the right to make some medical decisions for their partner, and both parents being listed on the birth certificate.

If he declines the stay, that would mean that married gay couples from other states would have the same benefits as any other married couple in Ohio.

Here’s hoping to progress, Ohio.

 

Shine is Not Always Divine: Hair Tips for Using Dry Shampoo

Some of you are thinking, “Dry?  I shampoo my hair with water, crazy bitch.”

Others of you are thinking, “Yeah, I know.  I use it 2-3 days after I shampoo my hair.  So?”

And yet others can close this browser now because they would never use dry shampoo and think it’s a waste of time that someone on the other end here is actually writing about it.

To group #3, I bid you “Adieu.”

To the rest, let’s talk for a minute.

How many times have you found yourself in a position where you slept at his place last night and now you’re late for work and simply don’t have time for a proper washing?

Shine is not always divine.

Dry shampoo could be the answer, but there’s more…

Dry shampoo can come in a few different forms: mostly powder or a spray-on.  You’ve no-doubtedly  encountered it in your local beauty aisle (or will now that I’ve mentioned it).  And of course, we know that it was designed to soak up the oil you naturally acquire by living life.

You would normally apply it by concentrating on the roots and brushing through to the ends.  And I would venture to say that most of us are using it between shampoos to extend the life of our freshly cleaned bounciness, but there are other opportunities for use that make sense as well.  For instance:

  1. Apply a bit of dry shampoo to your roots after a fresh shampoo.  It will stave off oil through the day and will pump the volume of your ‘do without the heaviness or stiffness of hairspray.
  2. Use it after a killer work-out at the gym to soak up some of the dew (sweat) you naturally accumulate at the roots.
  3. Use it after a long flight or a long day at the office to fluff up and freshen your style.
  4. Check out Pinterest and other online sites for home recipes (using cornstarch, baby powder, or other ingredients).  These often come in at a fraction of the cost of store-bought, are natural, and are generally made with products you may already have on hand.  (SCORE!  FREE!!!)

A few other dry shampoo tips:

  • Leave it on for at least 2 minutes before brushing out and styling.
  • Always hold the can (in the instance of dry shampoo spray) at least 6 inches from your scalp when apply to eliminate any clumping and ensure even distribution.
  • As a general rule, never use dry shampoo more than twice before you go back to full-on water and your favorite shampoo/conditioner.
  • Nearly everyone can benefit from dry shampoo since it soaks up the oil from your scalp but does not strip the oils out of the hair strands themselves.  The only people for whom dry shampoo should be avoided are those with sensitive scalps and dry scalps.

Ready to give it a try?

Our recommendations for the best brands are:

 

Batiste Dry Shampoo

Batiste Dry Shampoo at Ulta – $7.99

Suave Dry Shampoo

Suave Dry Shampoo at Walmart – $2.88

But there are many others out there.  As always, look at consumer reviews, check your local stores for availability and share your results below.  We want to hear from you!

MUSIC REVIEW: Natalia Kills

by Kristie LeVangie

What happens when you take a rich little teenage actress, strip away her money, dishevel her home life, imprison her father, and move her to a new city with only her talent?

She runs away from it all and starts the fuck over.

Some women you just can’t hold down.

“The minute I moved out when I was 14 and I ran away from home, I decided I could be whoever I wanted to be, and that I could be myself and I didn’t want to be an actress anymore,” Kills said in a 2013 interview with Stuff Magazine.

It wasn’t long after that this self-prescribed perfectionist found music, and we are all the better for it.

In September 2012, Kills released her latest compilation, Trouble.  I now blast her song, Problem (from this same album), from my car speakers and firmly believe it is THE new anthem for bad girls everywhere.

I got your name
Hanging from my chain…
Don’t you wanna claim
My body like a vandal?
You got the cure
Underneath your shirt…
Don’t you wanna save this
Dirty little damsel?
Got my mink coat falling on the
Motel floor… you’re on the bed
Wolf whistling louder louder
Your lips smudging all my
Make up… kicking both my heels off
Come and pin me down.

Natalia seems to have funneled her angst and experience into prophetic lines with a driving beat that makes you want to fuck something…or break something.

The arrangements in her music are unexpected and surprising.  They run the lines of Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani or Rihanna, but her lyrics come from a deeper, more troubled place.  Dare I say…a more powerful place.  Let’s face it, she oozes feminine confidence and “minxiness”.  Check out these overtly sexual lyrics from her song Rabbit Hole off the same album:

‘Cause I eat boys like a cannibal
Fuck hard, howl at the moon like an animal
Eat me, drink me, straight down the rabbit hole
White lies, white lines, straight down the rabbit hole

Trouble is only this English artist’s second album, and it’s progression from her first one, Perfectionist.  I want to call it now.  You may not know the name Natalia Kills, but you sure will soon.

Check out her latest album on iTunes, Spotify, or your favorite music app, and tell me you aren’t chanting, “That girl is a Goddamn problem.”

It’s infectious I tell you.

Infectious.