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theenergyissue:

The Bio Intelligent Quotient (B.I.Q.) Building is the First Fully Algae-Powered Architecture

Operating successfully for over a year, the Bio Intelligent Quotient (B.I.Q.) building in Hamburg, Germany is the first to be fully powered by algae. The building is covered with 0.78-inch thick panels—200 square meters in total—filled with algae from the Elbe River and pumped full of carbon dioxide and nutrients. The panels, which display the bright green algae, are not only aesthetic, but performative. When sunlight hits the “bioreactor” panels, photosynthesis causes the microorganisms to multiply and give off heat. The warmth is then captured for heating water or storing in saline tanks underground, while algae biomass is harvested and dried. It can either be converted to biogas, or used in secondary pharmaceutical and food products. Residents have no heating bills and the building currently reduces overall energy needs by 50%. 

mooneyedandglowing
Some scars have no story, some
are staring at you & waiting
to be explained, some scars
are the car crash—the accident.
Tonight the universe told me
slow down or you’ll hurt yourself.
It said it when I got up too quickly
& then somehow I was falling & then
my side was bleeding, skin like
a lottery ticket someone took
a quarter to but lost everything.
A new story is a new scar. I think
that’s what I’m trying to tell you.
I’m trying to tell you how easy it is
for me to hurt me. Nothing tearing
things apart but my own heart playing
some sandpaper serenade, nothing
but myself vicious against my ribs.
godsnd
Look, I don’t expect this to be simple. I don’t expect you to give me all of you in a certain amount of time, and I am not looking for any benefits. But I am telling you that I’m here, and I always will be. My presence will always be constant, and my arms will always be open. Love takes time, and time will never be an issue, because I promise you, the feelings I have, they are certainly eternal, and time can’t compete with that.
(via 15895)
sephora
sephora:

MOUTH OFF: THE SMARTEST NEW WAY TO SHOP LIPSTICK
Go on—flatter yourself.
A lot of people walk into Sephora with a shared mission: to find the perfect lipstick. If you’re looking for something new and cool, you’ll probably want to browse our new Color Melt, Silky Gloss, or Balmy Tint categories. While these innovative hybrids solve our most common lip product woes, there’s still the most obvious question on every shopper’s mind: Which shade looks best on me? We caught up with Stephanie Hilgendorf, Senior Manager of Color and Artistry, to see how using the in-store Color IQ device not only helps you find your best foundation match, but guides you to your most favorable lip hue, too. KELLEY HOFFMAN
How can someone use her Color IQ number to find a lipstick? Using the technology we have in store, we divided the Color IQ grid into ten different groups. So you have a light skin shade option with a red undertone, a neutral undertone, a yellow one, etc.  We did this for light, medium, and dark. Within those groups, we ask, do you want to wear a red lipstick? Do you want to wear a pink one? Do you want to wear coral, plum, or more of a nude? You have ten groups for skintones, and within those groups are five color families. What we’ve done is narrowed down the thousands of selections in store to ones that would probably look best on you. Once we’ve shown you the color, we show you how to apply it with a mini makeover.
What determines what color looks the best? Just like any other color product, lipstick or gloss is going to have an undertone. A red lipstick could be more of a blue-red, or it could be more of an orange-red, or it could fall somewhere in the middle. Certain undertones look better with certain skintones. If you have a darker skintone, a warmer undertone will flatter you more. If you happen to be lighter, a more blue or cooler tone of red work better. When someone says, “Wow, that color looks really great on you,”—it’s the harmony: the balance between your skin, your hair color, your eye color, and the color of your clothing. That’s what we’re trying to achieve.
So, Color IQ can help you find a flattering lip color for your skintone, but you still need to test it out with your eye and hair color as well? It’s the full package. I don’t know if you’ve ever colored your hair? Sometimes you go to another color, and it’s like, “Oh my god! I have to change my whole makeup, because it doesn’t seem right anymore.” It’s the same consideration, and I think that’s where the expertise of the employee really comes into play, to help the customer navigate those options and find the one that she’s going to fall in love with.
How does this work with wild lip colors, like blue or green? There’s something that’s very playful about lip, especially right now. There’s lots of saturated color, and we have so many color and formulation innovations. The sky’s the limit with lip color. We’re here to guide you because we have so many options.  When it comes to other colors, whether it’s the super purples or blacks or whites or blues or greens, it’s a free for all. If you have the guts to wear it out and be confident about it, then that is what you should do. The great thing about lipstick is that you can play. You can wear it for fifteen minutes, or a full day, or make it your new signature color.
SHOP LIPS>
LEARN MORE ABOUT COLOR IQ>

sephora:

MOUTH OFF: THE SMARTEST NEW WAY TO SHOP LIPSTICK

Go on—flatter yourself.

A lot of people walk into Sephora with a shared mission: to find the perfect lipstick. If you’re looking for something new and cool, you’ll probably want to browse our new Color Melt, Silky Gloss, or Balmy Tint categories. While these innovative hybrids solve our most common lip product woes, there’s still the most obvious question on every shopper’s mind: Which shade looks best on me? We caught up with Stephanie Hilgendorf, Senior Manager of Color and Artistry, to see how using the in-store Color IQ device not only helps you find your best foundation match, but guides you to your most favorable lip hue, too. KELLEY HOFFMAN

How can someone use her Color IQ number to find a lipstick?
Using the technology we have in store, we divided the Color IQ grid into ten different groups. So you have a light skin shade option with a red undertone, a neutral undertone, a yellow one, etc.  We did this for light, medium, and dark. Within those groups, we ask, do you want to wear a red lipstick? Do you want to wear a pink one? Do you want to wear coral, plum, or more of a nude? You have ten groups for skintones, and within those groups are five color families. What we’ve done is narrowed down the thousands of selections in store to ones that would probably look best on you. Once we’ve shown you the color, we show you how to apply it with a mini makeover.

What determines what color looks the best?
Just like any other color product, lipstick or gloss is going to have an undertone. A red lipstick could be more of a blue-red, or it could be more of an orange-red, or it could fall somewhere in the middle. Certain undertones look better with certain skintones. If you have a darker skintone, a warmer undertone will flatter you more. If you happen to be lighter, a more blue or cooler tone of red work better. When someone says, “Wow, that color looks really great on you,”—it’s the harmony: the balance between your skin, your hair color, your eye color, and the color of your clothing. That’s what we’re trying to achieve.

So, Color IQ can help you find a flattering lip color for your skintone, but you still need to test it out with your eye and hair color as well?
It’s the full package. I don’t know if you’ve ever colored your hair? Sometimes you go to another color, and it’s like, “Oh my god! I have to change my whole makeup, because it doesn’t seem right anymore.” It’s the same consideration, and I think that’s where the expertise of the employee really comes into play, to help the customer navigate those options and find the one that she’s going to fall in love with.

How does this work with wild lip colors, like blue or green?
There’s something that’s very playful about lip, especially right now. There’s lots of saturated color, and we have so many color and formulation innovations. The sky’s the limit with lip color. We’re here to guide you because we have so many options.  When it comes to other colors, whether it’s the super purples or blacks or whites or blues or greens, it’s a free for all. If you have the guts to wear it out and be confident about it, then that is what you should do. The great thing about lipstick is that you can play. You can wear it for fifteen minutes, or a full day, or make it your new signature color.

SHOP LIPS>

LEARN MORE ABOUT COLOR IQ>