How My CBD Vape Pen Helps Me Manage My Anxiety


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I have been prone to high stress and anxiety for as long as I can remember.

When I was in the fifth grade, my teacher told me that I was going to get an ulcer by the time I was 20 if I didn’t calm down. While reading The Scarlet Letter in high school, our class was instructed to put a letter on our shirts to symbolize our biggest faults. On mine, I put “HS”: high strung.

My anxiety is, in part, rooted in my parent’s divorce. They separated when I was four years old, and I haven’t spoken to my biological father since their divorce. My mom remarried when I was 11, and ever since then I’ve thought of my stepdad as my “real” dad.

As I got older, I developed a tendency for perfectionism to cover up the fact that things weren’t going well at home. I’d think to myself, if everything is going okay school-wise, then no one will ask me what is happening at home. Maintaining a picture-perfect facade became incredibly important to me—I needed to make sure everything looked fine so that no one would ask me how things were going.

“As I got older, I developed a tendency toward perfectionism to cover-up the fact that things weren’

Part of my anxiety could be rooted in my own genetic makeup. My biological father struggles with substance abuse, depression, and anxiety, but since we’re not in contact, I don’t really know the extent of it. I also know that my grandmother had mental health issues, though again, I don’t really know more than that. Because I only have this vague information, it’s hard to know how much of my anxiety is wired in me.


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I’m 30 years old now, and these days, my anxiety and stress are mostly triggered by small things that don’t really matter in the big picture, but can be really frustrating in the moment. Travel can be a real stressor for me. Work situations can get me all riled up, too. If something is happening where I can’t control the situation, my heart starts to race and I can easily spiral hard and fast. I get into a mentality where everything seems terrible, and everything is wrong, and it can be really tough to switch out of this mindset.

I’ve gone to therapy, and my therapists have told me that my symptoms are aligned with anxiety, and that I definitely qualify for medication if I want to take it. I don’t. I’m in a grey area where my anxiety absolutely affects my life but it doesn’t control it, so I prefer to pass on prescriptions. I honestly don’t like to be on any medicine stronger than Ibuprofen. I think I try to avoid drugs that could cause strong reactions, because I feel that will ensure I’m in control of my own body and mind.

I’ve used meditation, yoga, and other types of exercise to manage my anxiety, but this year I tried CBD for the first time and I loved it. I feel like my anxiety has gotten so much better ever since. I started with a tincture, but I find that the vape pen is even more helpful for me. It’s most useful in those situations where I can feel myself starting to get really stressed out—it’s this immediate action I can take to calm down.

“Knowing that I can calm myself down with my pen makes me more conscious of when I’m getting stresse

I think that CBD is also great for helping me recognize those anxiety-inducing moments before they get bad. When I first sense that I’m beginning to freak out, I’ll think to myself, I should take a couple deep breaths and find my CBD pen. Knowing that I can calm myself down with my pen makes me more conscious of when I’m getting stressed. The pen itself has literally become a symbol; it’s a physical object that I know is going to calm me down, and that’s really powerful. It gives me something to do and takes me out of my head for a second.

Ultimately, CBD is a nice solution that works really well for me right now. I hope that I’ll be able to keep my anxiety under control in the future so that I can keep on using it in combination with my other anti-anxiety routines. Who knows how things will progress? If my anxiety ever gets more intense—to the point that I feel like it’s interfering with my life in a really big way, or affecting my relationships—I’ll talk to a therapist about what’s best. But for now, having a CBD ritual has helped immensely.

Chowking – The cashie name patricia, Review 1107798

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Chowking binondo, Philippines

Bastos na crew. Kumain kmi last feb 23, 2019 ng baby ko at ng kapatid ko. Apat na meal ang aming inorder. Then nghingi kapatid ko ng extra chilli dahi dalawa lng binigay niya at sinabihan ba naman kami na “madami na yan” at ung kapatid ko nlng ang nahiya sa knya kaya sa ibang crew nlng ng hingi sister ko. Kulang kulang pa bigay ng order. At pag pag tanong ko ng extra milk para sa naicha na inorder ko sagot niya sakin na pataray na may bayad nga dw. Sabi ko . “ok mag babayad nlng ako. Then kumakain na kmi napatingin ako sa knya, naka tingin din pla siya na naka simangot at naka taas ang kilay. Nakipag labanan tlga siya ng tinginan. Sana ma aksyunan niyo ung ganyang kabastusan na crew niyo. Di nko nka complain sa manager dahil may baby ako na kasma at nag mamadali kmi gabi na din un. Buti pa ung guard na nka duty naiintindihan ako. Dahil sknya ko sinabi. At sana ayusin din nila pag huhugas ng mga baso dahil malansa kitang kita ung sebo pag nalagyan ng coke. Ang tagal pa ng service. Ngaun lng ako nag ka time mag complain dahil bc po ako sa bussines ko. Maraming salamat po. Ps dati din po ako ng ibat ibang fast food pero hnd po ganyan kabastos ugali ko.


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7 Best Sweat Proof Makeup Products


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I know that sweat is a very important function of your body, but that doesn’t change the fact that it quite literally puts a damper on things—namely your makeup. Luckily, perspiration doesn’t have to ruin your face beat if you’re actually prepared for it with the right makeup and skincare products.

But if you break into a sweat at the thought of having to re-vamp your entire beauty routine, don’t worry—follow these seven guidelines, below, and rest easy knowing your face makeup is gonna be just fine, no matter how ~hot~ you get.

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Stop Streaks

CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara

Smeared eye makeup in the summer? Tell me something I don’t know. So why even test your luck with a non-waterproof mascara this season when this cult-favorite drugstore formula does. not. budge, no matter how many Lauren Conrad tears you cry.


Prevent Liner Smudges

Tarte Cosmetics Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner

Unfortunately, sweaty, oily eyelids are a real thing, and most eyeliners can’t compete—except for this one, that is. With a gel pencil on one end and a liquid liner on the other, this eyeliner duo has everything you need for pretty much any eye look. It’s also so long-lasting, it’s like using Sharpie as a liner (but without putting your skin, vision, and overall health at risk).


Prep With Oil-Free Lotion

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel SPF 15

Despite what you might think, moisturizer is essential all year long (especially one with SPF). Skip it, and your skin can produce even more oil to compensate for the dryness—exactly what you’re trying to avoid in the middle of a heatwave. Since grease break down makeup, use an oil-free moisturizer like this one as your base.


Put on the Primer

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer

A great primer extends the wear of your foundation and keeps shine in check. Look for one that’s lightweight and feels almost the tiniest bit tacky, which helps the primer grab and hold onto your foundation. If you have oily skin, steer clear of anything that feels thick and slick, since your makeup can slide right off them after a few hours.


Pick a Sweat-Resistant Foundation

Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation

Not all foundations are designed to withstand a muggy, sweaty day, but this one really is. It’s somehow both hydrating and sweat-proof, it doesn’t oxidize and turn a weird orange shade on your skin, it’s available in 40 shades, and one application lasts 24 hours. I bet your regs foundation can’t promise half of that.


Set Your Face

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

You’ll be obsessed with this genius pro hack for upping your foundation’s longevity: Dampen your makeup sponge with setting spray instead of water, then use it to blend out your concealer and foundation. You’ll get the flawless coverage you love from using a sponge, while locking your base in place.


Dust It and Forget It

Wunder2 Perfect Selfie HD Photo Finishing Powder

The final step in your melt-proof foundation routine: powder. A finely milled, translucent formula is best in warmer weather, since tinted ones can look cakey. Focus the attention on the areas that tend to be most oily, which is usually your T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin), and lightly dust on a layer of powder with a fluffy brush.

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How to Get a Free Frappuccino from Starbucks

It’s Thursday, which means we’re in the home stretch, my friends. We’ve almost made it to Friday, and Starbucks is here to give us that last little push we need to finish out the week strong. Today’s Starbucks Happy Hour deal is buy one espresso beverage or Frappuccino, get one FREE!

This is the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to that Frappuccino you’ve been craving, beginning at 3 p.m at participating Starbucks locations. To redeem the deal, you must purchase an espresso beverage or Frapp (size grande or larger!) to get one of equal or lesser value for free.

According to, Starbucks has changed the process of redeeming the Happy Hour deals a bit. Now, to receive offers on drinks, you should download the Starbucks app.

Starbucks’ new Cloud Macchiatos are espresso beverages, so now’s your chance to try the new Ari-approved drinks. Once you take your first sip and taste that caramel drizzle, you’ll have a new favorite Starbucks order.

People Are Roasting Hannah B’s ‘Bachelorette’ Contestants

  • ABC just released the potential contestants for the Hannah B’s season of The Bachelorette, and Twitter is having a legit field day.
  • ICYMI, Hannah B. earned her spot as the Bachelorette after Colton Underwood broke up with her during the middle of his season as the Bachelor.

    This morning, ABC did something totally unprecedented and released the potential contestants for Hannah B’s season of The Bachelorette early. The internet, obviously, is freaking out.

    But the problem seems to be that fans of the show are, shall we say, underwhelmed by the options, and they are not being quiet about it on Twitter.

    Here are the mans:

    And they are all perfectly acceptable humans, and maybe even great dudes, TBD! But again, the internet wants *more* for Hannah B. Here’s what they have to say about it:

    Wow! Tell us how you really feel, guys.

    Follow Emma on Instagram.

‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ Star Joe Giudice Was Released From Prison and Is in ICE Custody Awaiting Deportation Ruling

  • Joe Giudice was released from prison and is now in ICE custody.
  • He faces possible deportation to Italy.

    Real Housewives of New Jersey star Joe Giudice was released from prison in Pennsylvania today and is currently in the custody of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

    Joe was sentenced to 41 months in prison for mail, wire, and bankruptcy fraud, which he began in March 2016. Teresa Giudice, who was charged with the same crimes, served 11 months in prison and was released in December 2015.

    Joe is originally from Italy but has lived in America since he was a kid. Since he never became an American citizen, he’s currently facing possible deportation. Joe tried to appeal the deportation ruling in November, and is now at a detention center awaiting a final decision.

    Joe’s attorney, James Leonard Jr. gave the following statement:

    “Mr. Giudice has finished serving his federal prison sentence and was transferred early this morning from the Bureau of Prisons to a facility in western Pennsylvania which houses immigration detainees. His lawyers and his family are hopeful that justice will prevail and Mr. Guidice will return home to his wife and four daughters who love him and miss him.”

    If Joe is deported, Teresa has made clear that she’s not down to do a long-distance relationship unless their four daughters say they want to move to Italy. She told Andy Cohen, “It’s like starting a whole new life. And they’ve been through so much already. So, I mean, I’m not doing a long-distance relationship. I’m just not doing it. I want somebody with me every day. I know exactly what happens, I’m sure he’ll be with other women. It happens. We do the long-distance thing? It’s not going to work. I’ll be like, ‘Bye bye.'”

    As the sage Justin Bobby once said, truth and time tells all.

Sam Robinson Skincare Tips – Beauty Blogger Skin Tips

You know what makes “no-makeup makeup” work? Yup: It’s great skin.

Beauty vlogger Sam Robinson knows a thing or two about a flawless base. She always starts with a gentle exfoliator to create a perfect canvas, and then uses a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid to make her complexion plump and hydrated.

When it comes to makeup, she uses products that actually have skincare benefits to treat while they cover. The Neutrogena Hydro Boost line powers your face with gentle moisture, so you look glow-y from AM to PM.

Shop her absolute essentials below, and watch her routine in action in the video above.