Follow Friday

Winter is in full swing. Thank God I have my Twitter stream to keep me warm. Well, Twitter and my snuggie. We are one Friday closer to Spring! Let's celebrate!

Rave Cat wishes you a happy Friday.

Here are my picks for this week's Follow Friday:

@marriottmurdock: I met him during #brandchat and have come to get to know him this past month. He's incredibly savvy (in both Social Media and otherwise) and he's really smart. He's also helpful and hilarious.

@REALChaseAdams: He is a southern gentleman, hubby, and Social Media influencer. Ask him about being an #UsGuys. He's always sharing great information and he's funny, too. Did I mention that he's a tea drinker? Check out his thoughts on auto DMs here.

@anniezoll: She is my new Twitter crush! She's hilarious, honest, and one heck of a smart business woman. She's loves animals (ask about her cat!) and she is beloved by the Indy. If you love to cook, or in my case eat, follow her business account @ZescoProducts.

@PrettyIndyGuide: Have you checked out PrettyIndy.com yet? I love the great beauty tips, great fashion, and great writing. Check out the 'Not Just Another Pretty Face' posts to get to know of some Indy's raddest ladies.

@TiffanySchutt: She is one of the (many) beautiful faces from PrettyIndy.com; in fact, she's a co-founder. She loves to blog, she loves good food, and she has a positive vibe. I'd say she's one of the most fabulous women in Indianapolis, too.

@RobbySlaughter: He's one of the funniest men on my time line. He created #PunThursday, which is a gift that keeps on giving. He's a blogger, a dog dad, and a productivity expert.

@shaynartkerfoto: He's a photographer from Ohio and he's pretty darn good at it. He's smart and funny. What I like about him most is that he loves what he does; passion is so inspiring. You can check out some of his work at Shaynartker.com.

@ronniedare: Every time I talk to him he's working on a new project. He's into Facebook, Twitter, website development, and Search Engine Optimization. He also talks to his followers, which I really like. Social Media is all about connecting, after all.

@pamelareilly1: She drives a sexy red sports car and is my go-to for natural healing and wellness. She's the perfect mix of sweet and sassy, and she knows her Social Media. Shoot her a question about nutrition and natural methodologies (and much more) at @IndyHealer.

@theAmazingBen: He's from Fort Wayne and he knows his way around the internet. He's a web designer, a comedian (I think he's hilarious!), and a blogger. He's also an Arrested Development fan.

Feel free to check out previous Follow Friday picks. They are located on the sidebar.

Skins US: ironically, sex doesn't sell

I finally did it. I broke down and watched the premiere episode of Skins US.

I did my best to stay away from it based solely on the reaction from my Twitter time line. The general reaction was a negative one and I had no desire to see why.

Instead of watching the premiere I re-watched the first episode of Skins Vol. 1 'Tony' on Instant Netflix. I was instantly reminded why I loved this show so much; the kids are 'bad', the content is 'edgy' and the situations are 'ridiculous'. It's everything one could want in a teen drama, uncensored.

Huge mistake. My curiosity got the best of me. I wanted to watch the US version to compare notes.

Cast of Skin US could be breaking child pornography statutes? Say what now?

What I saw was pretty much the exact same story line from the first episode of the BBC America series (also titled 'Tony') with several key differences.
    • Less swearing
    • Less nudity
    • Less drug use
After 45 minutes of deja vu I sat in silence. That's it? That's it?! I felt cheated! All this hype and controversy over something I've seen before (and done better)? I expected more, considering the original series. People are upset because of something that we have seen before? Really America?

Taco Bell pulled their ads from the series because it was too racy; the parent company of MTV asked the show to 'tone it down'; there is even a debate about future episodes breaking child pornography statutes.

Is America really that shocked to see teenagers acting like, get this, teenagers! You may not have experimented with sex and drugs, listened to terrible R & B music and used preposterous slang when you were in high school, but that doesn't mean no one else did, either.

As a culture we are bombarded with sexual messages. The average teenager is exposed to hundreds of sexual images daily. What older generations find racy and offensive (such as Skins) is now normal. What, you expected us not to notice? Silly rabbit.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 75 percent of prime-time programs contain sexual content. Only 14 percent of those incidents mention any risks or responsibilities that go along with sexual activity.

The first generation of BBC America's Skins, which premiered in Jan 2007.

We use sex to sell cars and cleaning supplies but featuring it on a cable network's (copy cat) show is unthinkable! Teenagers could get the wrong idea from a show they have (probably) already seen. 

I'm not saying I am for or against Skins US, but I will say this: our society's completely dis-ownership of sexual identity is no longer acceptable. We leave the most important 'talks' to school's with not-so-hidden agendas and television programming that doesn't reflect reality (remember that 14 percent from earlier?) and consequences. How lazy are we going to allow ourselves to get?

Talk to teens about the reality of the themes discussed on Skins.

'16 and Pregnant' lowered the US teen birthrate. What will an honest conversation with the youth of our nation prevent? What will it inspire?

Puritanism is so 2010, y'all. Knowledge is power.

If you'd like to see what all the fuss is about, you can view it on MTV.com. You'll have to enter your birth date, though. This is intended for a MATURE AUDIENCE only. The BBC America series can be viewed here.

DIY Biore Pore Strips Mask

Peeling off my gelatin skin is fun and gross at the same time.
I'm not exactly the girliest of girls but every once and awhile I like to pamper myself in the comfort of my apartment and sweatpants.

I recently Stumbled Upon an easy at-home recipe for pore strips.

For those of you just joining us, Biore Pore Strips are those white cotton things that are around eight bucks a pop that one can buy at the grocery store to clean out one's pores. You wet them, apply them to your nose (or chin or forehead) for ten, fifteen minutes, then rip them off.

Oh those? I love those! Being the gal on a budget I am, I was willing to spend $1.89 and experiment. Two dollars seems like a small price to pay for clean pores and baby-soft skin.

LediaMedia's DIY Biore Pore Strips Mask

What You'll Need
  • 1 Tablespoon of unflavored gelatin
  • 2 Tablespoons of milk (any kind will work)
  • 1 old make-up brush or popsicle stick to spread the mask on your face
For obvious reasons clear gelatin is a must. No dyed faces, you hear me? Remember to start with a clean face for best results.

How to Make Your Own Biore Pore Strips Mask
  1. Combine gelatin and milk into a microwave-safe dish.
  2. Mix until gelatin and milk are a paste. The mixture will have a chunky consistency.
  3. Microwave mixture for 10 to 15 seconds.
  4. Remove from microwave and test temperature on your wrist or arm. The skin on your face is the most sensitive on your body so you don't want to burn it.
The mask will get creamier as it 'cooks' and should be applied immediately because it dries FAST.  I nuked mine for 15 seconds and had to let it cool for a tick.


How to Use Your Biore Pore Strips Mask
  1. Use an old makeup brush or Popsicle stick to apply mask generously to entire face. Don't be afraid to really slather it on. Remember that it dries uber fast so work quickly.
  2. Let mask dry for 15+ minutes. You will know its dry when it feels like your face is going to fall off; the skin should be so tight that it hurts to talk. Beauty is pain so suck it up, sistas.
  3. When you are sure the mask completely dry, start peeling. Continue peeling, peeling, peeling. Peel even more until there is no mask left on that beautiful face of yours.
  4. Admire your fresh skin in the mirror. Voila, your pores are clean and your face feels like velvet!

What I learned
  • Gelatin drying on my face is ticklish. Really, really ticklish.
  • It's better to use it all than not enough. I used the mixture sparingly and regretted it during the peeling stage. I didn't have enough to peel off in some areas and it was more of a scraping than a peeling.
  • Avoid your eyebrows and hairline. Gelatin is unforgiving and will rip out your hair.
  • Don't rush -- wait until it's completely, and I do mean completely, dry before you start to peel. Goop under your nails isn't going to clean out anything.

Happy pore cleansing!