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When a woman loves and appreciates herself, she doesn’t skimp on buying quality things. Additionally, inexpensive items can be bad not only for self-esteem, but for health as well. For example, a cheap mattress can ruin your posture, which is more difficult to correct than just buying a good mattress in the first place. And an old phone case can ruin a well-thought-out look… the list goes on and on.

We at Bright Side compiled a list of ordinary things that any self-respecting woman shouldn’t try to save money on.

1. A good mattress

A poorly chosen mattress can become a reason for chronic fatigue and this is counterintuitive taking into account the hectic schedules of modern women. Moreover, it could give you poor posture.

Manufacturers and doctors recommend changing your mattress every 8 years because it becomes too soft and saggy and is unable to properly support the natural S-shaped curve of the spine.

How to choose a mattress correctly:

  • A semi-firm model is a good option for most people.

  • If you don’t have trouble sleeping, choose a mattress made of memory foam — it provides comfort in any position by taking on the body’s shape. If you’re one of those people who keeps tossing and turning while sleeping, a more firm mattress will be a better choice.

2. Thermal underwear

They will help you look great even in the coldest seasons. Moreover, you won’t have to wear many layers to keep yourself warm. We believe that thermal underwear is a long-term investment in beauty and health.

The model choice depends on your needs:

  • If you have a low-active lifestyle, choose heat-saving underwear made of wool or fleece.
  • Moisture-removing models made of synthetic materials are good for intense physical activities. They will also help to avoid overcooling.
  • Mixed options are suitable for city life. For example, single-layer or double-layer synthetic underwear with a thin layer of fleece or with a small percentage of wool in the composition.

It’s important to choose the size correctly. Thermal underwear should be well-fitted and shouldn’t be too tight or too loose. The size directly affects how warm you’ll feel.

3. A phone case

People around you will notice how neat this item looks. That’s why you shouldn’t try to save money on this accessory. Moreover, nowadays there are a wide range of phone cases available on the market.

However, even the most expensive case will lose its sparkle after some time. Don’t skimp on the new case if that happens. The best option is to have several phone cases at once. And remember to choose accessories so that they fit in with your overall look.

4. Water

It’s dangerous to drink tap water that hasn’t been boiled, but at the same time the heat treatment ’kills’ the water because of the salting out process. It makes minerals settle down to the bottom, resulting in a loss of about half of its beneficial properties.

Buy bottled water in stores or go to a confirmed natural spring that is located outside of the city. Good water is a fundamental contribution to your health.

5. Good quality desserts

Women like to treat themselves to goodies, but chocolates and other store-bought sweets are not that great. Not only are they bad for our figure but also for our gastric mucosa. Chemicals that are found in ordinary check-out line chocolate negatively affect the skin, and reduce the sensitivity of our taste buds.

So, it’s better to take care of your health in the long run rather than indulge in a momentary weakness. If you can’t cut out sweets completely, treat yourself with visits to restaurants or high-quality pastry shops from time to time. Pounds of cheap grocery store candy can’t compare to a piece of good, high-quality cake.

6. Toilet paper

Reddit users are sure that the price difference between a monthly supply of cheap and expensive toilet paper is pretty small. However, the comfort level differs greatly.

If you track your expenses, try to check this difference yourself. Maybe they’re right and it’s really not that big and you don’t have to use a bad quality product.

Lesser quality toilet paper can contain harmful additives that can cause an allergy or dermatitis. So, buying expensive toilet paper is not an indulgence, and when you do it, you’re actually taking care of your health.

7. Hair dying

Besides harming your hair and the skin on your scalp, cheap hair dye results in bad color. Oftentimes, the colors sold by budget manufacturers have no depth and they don’t look the way we want them to on our hair.

You also shouldn’t skimp on hairdressing services. Not only will an expert help you in choosing the right look, but they will also provide high-quality hair care by using good hair products.

If you decide to go to the nearest hairdresser in order to get a budget service for your hair color, there is a high chance that your hair condition will suffer and you won’t get the desired results.

8. Hand care

Well-groomed hands are a bright indicator of how much a woman cares about herself. Aside from many other factors, this body part indicates a woman’s real age.

Taking care of your hands is not just about buying expensive creams. There are other things you shouldn’t try to save money on like not using gloves for cleaning and for protection from the cold. Also, try to avoid water that is too cold or too hot — washing your hands at these temperatures can lead to the appearance of microcracks.

9. Makeup foundation

When choosing a makeup foundation, keep in mind that it is supposed to enhance the natural beauty and not layer over it. A cheap foundation clogs pores, dries them out, or conversely makes the skin too oily. Additionally, budget cosmetics don’t allow you to choose the correct structure and color of the product depending on the condition of your skin and its problems.

Not only can a good-quality foundation even out your complexion, but it can also protect the skin from the negative impact of the environment. One tube of foundation is usually enough to last for 6 months which means that the monthly cost of an expensive foundation won’t be that high.

10. Tattoos

When you’re young, the desire to try new things is overwhelming and it’s difficult to realize that a tattoo might stay with you for the rest of your life and that it will be extremely hard to remove it.

That’s why it’s better to go to a tattoo parlor that has a good reputation:

  • The availability of a medical book for all tattoo salon masters is mandatory.
  • Using original and certified consumables is a must as well. Hi quality dyes have brighter colors than budget ones. The difference will be more vivid after a couple of years of getting the tattoo.

Before getting a permanent tattoo, try a temporary one or get a Mehndi drawn on your skin. Keep it for a while and it will help you to understand how comfortable you’ll feel with this new look.

11. Tampons and sanitary napkins

It’s vital to not skimp on feminine hygiene products. Not only is it dangerous to buy tampons and sanitary napkins from dubious manufacturers (the composition of the materials they use is pretty suspicious), but one should also remember that it’s recommended to change them every 3-4 hours. And the manufacturers themselves remind us about this requirement.

A menstrual cup is a good alternative. It isn’t cheap, but it will serve you for a long time. It’s environmentally friendly and has far fewer contraindications compared to the traditional means of feminine hygiene. Ask for a gynecologist’s help in order to choose a cup correctly. This will also ensure that you don’t have any contraindications for using it.

12. Professional photos

It’s unlikely that you’re going to proudly want to show a bunch of selfies or quickly-taken photos to your descendants.

It’s better to not try to skimp on good-quality photo sessions. A professional photographer will pick the right angle and light, catch your sincere emotions, and fully capture your look. Why not make an annual photo session a tradition? On your birthday, for example.

Which things do you skimp on but would like to stop? We would be glad to hear from you in the comments!

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What happens when a gothic lit expert moves into a haunted house

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Welcome to Vox’s weekly book link roundup, a curated selection of the internet’s best writing on books and related subjects. Here’s the best the web has to offer for the week of May 19, 2019.

Another thing about that first workshop was that I heard something about myself that I had never heard before: that my story was protective and civilized and carefully managed. These to me seemed the primary virtues of fiction that I loved and that I wanted to write. There’s nothing I want more than peace and order. I had a difficult life. A strange life. And so in turning to fiction, I wanted to create for my characters a space where the urgent material of their lives would not contain the question of whether or not they would live or die. I wanted to write about people moving through the world who could count on more time, who didn’t have to confront the ugliness of violence and harm and malevolence. I wanted only to make for my characters a space where they could be. I left the workshop that night feeling like I had been struck by lightning. I was angry and ashamed.

Become a literary citizen of the world. Spend time in a foreign literary community by hatching an insane plot to launch a new Holy War against the infidels of Egypt, a plot so deeply deranged that when you finally manage to present your plan to Louis XIV, a king who enthusiastically led France into four major wars, he’s so appalled by the idea of a new crusade that he literally responds, “I have nothing to say.” Do all of this just to live in Paris for a bit.

“I don’t think the Times has ever seen this number of requests,” a veteran editor concurred, adding, “For department heads, it’s become almost impossible to manage.” The glut of big newsy projects that require essential beat reporters to take book leave is especially tricky. For one thing, there’s always concern among editors about balancing reporting that’s exclusive to books with reporting that can be published in the Times. More practically, as another Times journalist put it, “It’s kind of made the editors stand up and realize, holy shit, we have all these people writing books, and that’s an awful lot of man- and woman-power off the daily report in a pretty significant way.”

Books can be aesthetic signifiers, colorful set pieces of sorts, their spines telegraphing a certain gravitas — or a certain playfulness, depending on how they’re arranged. “I like to compare physical books to candles,” Mr. Blackwell said. “Light bulbs do the job, but there’s a strong aesthetic of a candle that puts soul into a room. Books do that, too. They create theater and drama.”

It is lined with red, marbled paper. On the inside cover, two skeletons hold a banner reading: “Statutum est hominibus semel mori,” or “All people are destined to die once.” It’s Hebrews 9:27, and it wouldn’t be nearly as ominous if it wasn’t next to 10 little drawers labeled with names of poisonous plants, and a mirrored shelf holding several little glass bottles.

The compartments bear the German names for hemlock, wolfsbane, foxglove, and more—all lethal, properly administered—and the suggestion seems to be that the little vials are there for a would-be poisoner to mix up their own deadly cocktails.

Stories give shape to experience, sometimes by accommodating traditional literary forms, sometimes by turning them upside down, sometimes by reorganizing them. Stories draw readers into their web, and engage them by putting them to work, body and soul, so that they can transform the black thread of writing into people, ideas, feelings, actions, cities, worlds, humanity, life. Storytelling, in other words, gives us the power to bring order to the chaos of the real under our own sign, and in this it isn’t very far from political power.

Of course, bookstores sell books, but these shops often serve other purposes as well. Leftist bookstores in particular commonly act as multipurpose spaces for local activists as well as stops for progressive and leftist authors’ book tours. In some smaller towns, these bookshops can be neighborhood or even city strongholds for locals who may not have many other places to safely and comfortably organize, or even just hang out. Bookshops that are not expressly political in their mission still frequently host authors whose work is political, and thus when these authors are targeted, often bookshops are as well.

This is the problem with white people, as Eddie Murphy assesses it in his 1983 standup comedy special Delirious: we stay in haunted houses, like idiots. We don’t heed the warnings; we don’t read the signs. In pursuit of the American dream of homeownership—the middle-class domestic ideal, the manicured lawn, the 30-year mortgage and its promise of equity and upward mobility—we colonize spaces, nominally vacant and hauntingly occupied, as if we belong there. As if it is our right.


Here’s a rundown of the past week in books at Vox:

As always, you can keep up with Vox’s book coverage by visiting vox.com/books. Happy reading!

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Whales dying from plastic bags: The alarming trend, explained

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Another dead whale has washed ashore with a belly full of plastic.

This week, the carcass of the young sperm whale, estimated to have been 7 years old, was found on a beach in Cefalù, Italy. Investigators aren’t certain whether the plastic killed the whale. But it’s part of a gruesome pattern that’s become impossible to ignore.

In April, a pregnant sperm whale washed up on a beach in Sardinia with nearly 50 pounds’ worth of plastic bags, containers, and tubing in her stomach. Biologists in Florida last month euthanized a baby rough-toothed dolphin with two plastic bags and a shredded balloon in its stomach.

“The dolphin was very young and emaciated,” said Michelle Kerr, a spokesperson for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, in an email. “Due to a poor prognosis, the decision was made to humanely euthanize the animal on scene.”

In March, a 1,100-pound Cuvier’s beaked whale was recovered in the Philippines filled with 88 pounds of plastic bags, fishing line, and rice sacks. A beached sperm whale was found in Indonesia last year with more than 1,000 pieces of plastic inside.

As the quantity of plastic humans dump in the ocean has reached obscene proportions, we’re seeing more and more sea life — including birds, otters, sea turtles, and fish — choking on it.

But the impact on whales is particularly alarming. After centuries of whaling and overfishing, the survival of many whale species is already precarious. Now, just as their numbers are starting to recover, whales are consuming our toxic waste. And their deaths aren’t just about biodiversity loss: Whales play a critical role in marine ecosystems, which provide 3 billion people with their primary sources of protein.

To find out more about why whales are so vulnerable to plastic waste, I talked to Lars Bejder, director of the Marine Mammal Research Program at the University of Hawaii Manoa. He said there are multiple mechanisms at work here and that dying isn’t the only plastic hazard for whales, and explained why the problem will only get worse.

There’s a gargantuan amount of plastic in the ocean

The root cause of these stranded, plastic-filled whales is that plastic is cheap and easy to produce but almost impossible for nature to destroy. Chunks of plastic linger for decades, breaking down into smaller and smaller pieces. This waste then churns in the ocean in massive gyres.

Roughly 8 million metric tons of plastic — a mass greater than that of the Great Pyramid of Giza — enters the ocean each year.

Meanwhile, we’re still trying to figure out how much plastic waste has already accumulated in the ocean. A study published this week in the journal Scientific Reports estimated that 414 million bits of garbage weighing 238 tons have been deposited on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands 1,300 miles off the coast of Australia. It’s a sign that even the most remote regions of the world are now contaminated with the detritus of civilization.


Prince Charles, Prince of Wales stands beside a huge Whale made from plastic bottles as part of the Sky Ocean rescue Campaign, outside the Queen Elizabeth II building at Westminster on April 17, 2018 in London, England.

Charles, Prince of Wales, stands beside a huge whale made from plastic bottles as part of the Sky Ocean rescue campaign, outside the Queen Elizabeth II building at Westminster on April 17, 2018, in London.
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“Sadly, the situation on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands is not unique, with significant quantities of debris documented on islands and coastal areas from the Arctic to the Antarctic,” researchers wrote. “[G]lobal debris surveys, the majority of which are focused solely on surface debris, have drastically underestimated the scale of debris accumulation.”

And the amount of plastic waste in the ocean is surging. Our current trajectory puts us on track to have more plastic in the ocean than fish by weight by 2050, according to the World Economic Forum.

So for the largest, hungriest animals in the ocean, plastic is becoming an unwelcome part of their diets.

Different whales face different risks from plastic

Whales are among the more intelligent creatures in the ocean, so why aren’t they smart enough to avoid eating plastic?

Well, one reason is that often plastic is in their food.

Small crustaceans like krill and tiny fish like anchovies often end up inadvertently consuming microplastics. Whales, the largest animals ever known to have existed, have a voracious appetite for these critters. A blue whale eats between 2 and 4 tons of krill per day.

Whales like the blue whale have baleen plates in their mouths that act as filters, trapping their small prey as well as small bits of plastic. This means they are less likely to ingest larger plastic waste items like bottles and containers, but the small plastic bits they consume quickly pile up.

“These baleen whales filter hundreds of thousands of cubic meters of water per day,” Bejder said. “You can imagine all these microplastics they encounter through this filtration process that then become bioaccumulated.”

Microplastics are unlikely to obstruct the digestive tract of a baleen whale, but as they build up inside an animal’s tissues, they can leach toxic chemicals like endocrine disruptors that make the creature sick. This problem can affect all ocean filter feeders, including manta rays and whale sharks.


Rescuers found a baby dolphin in distress in Fort Myers, Florida. After the animal was euthanized, officials found two plastic bags and a piece of a balloon in its stomach.

Rescuers found a baby dolphin in distress in Fort Myers, Florida, last month. After the animal was euthanized, officials found two plastic bags and a piece of a balloon in its stomach.
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That means there could be large whales dying of plastic poisoning without obvious culprits like flip-flops and food containers in their stomachs, according to Bejder.

A study published this week in Royal Society Open Science also reported that plastic pollution is more dangerous to baleen whales than oil spills. “Particle capture studies suggest potentially greater danger to [baleen whales] from plastic pollution than oil,” the authors wrote.

Toothed whales like sperm whales and dolphins normally catch bigger prey, like squid. But since they can swallow larger animals, they are vulnerable to larger chunks of plastic, like bags and nets.

“They might be seeking those out because they’re thinking they might be prey,” Bejder said. A plastic container in murky waters could resemble a fish to a toothed whale, or a sperm whale may inadvertently swallow plastic garbage as it hunts for a meal.

Once ingested, the plastic piles up in the whale’s stomach. It can then obstruct bowels, preventing whales from digesting food and leading them to starve to death. It can also give a whale a false sense of being full, leading the whale to eat less and get weaker. That leaves it vulnerable to predators and disease.

We’re only seeing a tiny fraction of the whales being harmed by plastic

Part of the reason we pay so much attention to whales killed by plastic is because the whales themselves are very big and the plastic culprits are startlingly obvious. Large animals decay slowly, giving people plenty of time to figure out the cause of death, whereas smaller fish and crustaceans dying from plastic decompose quickly and are rarely investigated. Even for casual observers, a dead whale blocking a beach vacation photo is pretty hard to ignore.

Still, we’re missing a big part of the picture.

“The ones that land on the beach that are killed through ingestion, they’re just the tip of the iceberg. They’re just the ones that we see,” Bejder said. “I’m sure that many, many marine mammals have some levels of plastic bags and plastic items in their stomachs.”

Many more whales could be dying from plastic poisoning without our knowledge. Around the Gulf of Mexico for example, 2 to 6 percent of whale carcasses end up on a shoreline. That means the vast majority sink to the ocean floor. This is likely the case for most of the world’s waters.

And the fact that whales are suffering shows that our marine ecosystems in general are in peril. “Whales, baleen whales, these larger dolphins species are pretty much at the top of the food chain,” Bejder said. “They are sentinels of ocean health for sure.”

But with more plastic waste pouring into the ocean, the prognosis for the most mega of megafauna is grim.

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