Makeup brand offering witchy product line

One of my areas of interest, only developed in the last few years, is in the power of cosmetics to alter the perceptions others have of you. While there is some intersection between this subject and the general topic of glamours/perception manipulation magic…it’s not one that I’ve consciously explored as of yet. There’s only so much time in the day.

Anyways, I tend to keep half an eye on new products that come out from brands I’m acquainted with, as one does.

Recently, a limited-edition collaboration product line came out that, in theory, sits squarely within the intersection of cosmetics and magical practice.

https://www.smashbox.com/crystalized-collection

I’m deeply bothered about it from several different angles.

* The use of witchcraft/alt-stuff’s rising mainstream popularity as a marketing gimmick. Nothing new there, though.

* The sale of mass-produced “witch stuff” that doesn’t actually have anything to do with witchery other than a slapped-on label. Also, nothing new.

* The sale of mass-produced “witch stuff” that is guaranteed to have no actual magical properties because there are little-to-no magical ingredients. Also nothing new.

* The contribution it makes to perpetuating the whole ‘instagram witch’ thing. Smashbox isn’t a drugstore brand like Maybelline or L’Oreal, but it sits more-or-less at the introductory level in the cosmetics counter/shop brand hierarchy (price-wise; the quality is fantastic). The demographics skew younger than a lot of the other brands owned by Estee Lauder. I suppose that I’m irked because I see it as a bit of a remix of the 90’s teen witch fluffery.

Le sigh. I’ll freely admit that the colors are really pretty.

I just…I don’t know. I guess I want to hear other people’s thoughts on the topic. I can’t be the only one bothered.

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Image hosting sites?

Hey all,

I am trying to decide on an image-based site to upload pictures of my crafts, fanart and whatnot. I’ve already dismissed Pinterest because it won’t let you look at things without logging in  >:(” title=”Angry” class=”smiley”> I know of Instagram and Deviantart, but I’m not familiar with either platform (especially in the back end). So, does anyone have any pros/cons/other platform recs?</p>
<p>Some notes:<br />– I would mostly be uploading images from a PC, not directly from my phone camera.<br />– I want to be able to link to images from other sites, such as here or AO3.<br />– I would rather avoid any overly-obnoxious monetization.</div>
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Satanic Temple’s Seven Tenets Morally Superior To Ten Commandments?

I’m not sure if this was the right place to put this, but anyway.

I came across this on Facebook and it struck me as amusing.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2016/01/satanic-temples-seven-tenants-are-morally-superior-to-ten-commandments/

(Full disclosure: I know next to nothing about Satanism and I’m also unfamiliar with this website.)

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Prayers for having the strength to seek refuge (for a friend of a friend)

This is for a friend of a friend who’s in an unhealthy relationship, possibly somewhat psychologically abusive.

It seems she has recognised the unhealthiness of the situation and she’s speaking about getting out & going to a refuge, at last.

Prayers/well wishes for her to have the strength to go through with it would be welcomed by my friend and me (and, I’m sure, by the subject – she doesn’t specifically know I’m posting this here, but she has asked for this type of help from me and I believe it’ll be more effective by far if some of you can lend your aid, too).

Many thanks.

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Good times and bad times rituals

Hi everyone,

It’s been a while.  Hope you are doing well.  I’ve mentioned this before, I really like this community at eCauldron.

In the past when something has gone well in my life I have praised Goddess and I have done something good to celebrate and thank her for the good that has happened to me.  For instance when I became better from a past illness I felt called to do volunteer work and spent a lot of time doing it and it was really a life changing experience.

But I was wondering what would a person do when something bad happens?  It is so frustrating when things are going well then something bad happens and messes everything up.  It feels hypocritical to praise Goddess when something good happens but do nothing when something bad happens?  What would one do?  I am thinking of the ritual of sacrificing an animal (or a human in some old societies), but that is not an option.  I then thought that maybe that is why it is called an altar to sacrifice something.  How does one channel the negative energy when something bad happens and feels that Goddess is responsible for it?

Thanks.

Brightest blessings,

Adonia

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Romano-British religion

Hey guys! I’ve been reading up on Brythonic paganism recently and it made me curious about combining it with Religio Romana. I know this was done in antiquity when the Romans conquered the British, but I’m not sure if it is right to reconstruct it. We don’t know a lot about the tribes beliefs, so I don’t want to use roman religion just to fill in the gaps. I’m also concerned that such a practice might offend the gods and I should just keep the two separate. Are any of you practitioners of such a path? Any thoughts or advice? Thanks!

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