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Beauty & Style – IS BEAUTY REALLY SKIN DEEP?
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14. If you have particularly sensitive skin, try a Pepto Bismol facial. Apply with a soft cotton ball directly from the bottle; just as it soothes the stomach, it will sooth your skin. Cover your face and neck and allow to dry before rinsing.

15. Use an antioxidant cream. You are bombarded every day with environmental toxins that attack the surface of your skin. In fact most damage to the skin can be attributed to free radicals. When you expose yourself to toxins like air pollution free radical production increases. Apply an antioxidant cream to your skin before applying your sun screen.

16. If you have oily skin, only apply a toner in the T zone, your forehead and nose.

17. The best cure for wrinkles is to never have them in the first place! If you are like most of us, you didn’t listen to your Mom when she tried to tell you to stay in the shade, stand up straight and stop squinting!

18. Unlike Cleopatra, we live in the nuclear age and wrinkles can become a thing of the past. Consider “laser skin resurfacing.” It is supposed to work for those fine lines and wrinkles of any depth. This technique reminds you of the “light swords” in the Star Wars movies. It literally zaps and vaporizes away the lines and wrinkles. The procedure is conducted in the doctors office and it’s said that you heal within a week or so. Expensive? Yes. Fast? Yes, much faster than deep chemical peels or dermabrasion.

19. If your budget won’t handle laser skin resurfacing you might try a skin peel. There are several types. There’s dermabrasion as we mentioned. This procedures literally sands the top few layers of your skin off, just like refinishing furniture! It’s done with a wire brush that rotates and is said to remove even deep wrinkles.

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Beauty & Style – IS BEAUTY REALLY SKIN DEEP?
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5. Don’t forget sun screen for your lips. They want to be healthy too!

6. Apply your sunscreen BEFORE going outdoors and allow plenty of time for it to adequately absorb into your skin cells rather than
just sitting on top of the skin.

7. Read the labels on skin care products. The truth is that some ingredients may do more harm than good. The more ingredients that are
listed, the more potential harm they can do to your skin. Here is a list of some of the common ingredients found in skin care products that have the
potential to irritate your skin:

Ammonia
Balsam
Bergamot
Citrus juices and oils
Coriander
Eugenol
Fir needle
Horsetail
Lemongrass
Marjoram
Mint
Papaya
Sandalwood oil
TEA-lauryl sulfate
Arnica
Bentonite
Camphor
Clove
Cornstarch
Fennel
Geranium
Lavender
Lime
Melissa (lemon balm)
Oak bark
Peppermint
Sodium C14-16 olefin sulfate
Thyme
Balm mint
Benzalkonium chloride
Cinnamon
Clover blossom
Eucalyptus
Fennel oil
Grapefruit
Lemon
Linalool
Menthol
Orange
Phenol
Sodium lauryl sulfate
Wintergreen
Witch hazel
Ylang-ylang

8. There are a few ingredients that are totally banned by the Food and Drug Administration and should be avoided:
Bithionol
Mercury compounds
Vinyl chloride
Halogenated salicylanilides
Zirconium complexes in aerosol cosmetics
Chloroform
Methylene chloride
Chlorofluorocarbon propellants
Hexachlorophene
Methyl methacrylate monomer in nail products

9. Keep your skin clean. Use a soft warm cloth. Skin does not require scrubbing. You will do more harm than good if you do.

10. Exfoliate dead skin cells every night.

 

11. Create your own facial masks. Here are a couple of excellent masks that you can create with ingredients right from your kitchen: Oatmeal mask: Mix oatmeal with skim milk and apply. Eggs: A raw egg yolk makes an excellent face mask. Try adding a little honey to the egg yolk for a change of pace. Mayonnaise makes another terrific face mask and will leave your skin feeling very soft.

12. Try a milk of magnesia facial. Apply directly from the bottle and leave on for 5 to 10 minutes then rinse with warm water.

13. Moisturize dry skin with essential oils. A combination of juniper, cypress, mandarin and grapefruit will work as an astringent that will leave your skin feeling tighter. If your skin is extra dry, premix the essential oils with a teaspoon of carrier oil (mineral oil) and ad ¼ cup of

13. Moisturize dry skin with essential oils. A combination of juniper, cypress, mandarin and grapefruit will work as an astringent that will leave your skin feeling tighter. If your skin is extra dry, premix the essential oils with a teaspoon of carrier oil (mineral oil) and ad ¼ cup of milk or a tablespoon of honey to give you added moisturizing.

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Beauty & Style – IS BEAUTY REALLY SKIN DEEP?
November 13, 2017
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The answer is yes and no. It’s a paradox, isn’t it? True beauty begins from the inside out. Don’t you wish there was some way to
“wriggle your nose” and regain that soft skin you had as a child? Well, until someone comes up with the true “Fountain of Youth” we are stuck with what we have.

The best route to healthy skin is to take care of what you have. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? The truth is that your skin takes a beating from the environment every single day. Here are some of our favorite tips for keeping your skin fresh and healthy:

1. Stay hydrated and do it with plenty of water! That doesn’t mean soda, caffeine or any other type of liquid even if it is low cal. Soda (even diet soda) has a high concentration of sodium. Sodium retains fluids. You need fluid that will hydrate and flush your body free of toxins. Make sure you are drinking at least 8 glasses a day!

2. Protect your skin from harmful ultra violet (UV) rays. We all love the sun. We love being in it and we love having a beautiful tan. The truth is you can poison yourself with too much sunshine. UV rays cause skin cancer and if that isn’t bad enough it causes your skin to age faster than it should contributing to unsightly wrinkles. If you must play in the sun, make certain you are using an adequate sun screen. Don’t leave home without it!

3. Apply your sun screen even if you only make a quick trip to the grocery store. Yes, you can get harmful UV rays even while driving your car!

4. When you purchase sun screen make certain you are buying the right tool for the job. There are different types of UV rays and they don’t all affect our skin in the same ways. The time of year also has a bearing on how much damage the sun can do to your skin. Altitude is another important factor. UV rays are more intense at high altitudes. Sunshine alone is not the culprit. You can do just as much damage to your skin (or in some cases even more) on a cloudy day!

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The Best Tips for BEAUTY THROUGHOUT THE AGES
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If you think todays obsession with beauty is something new, think again! Men AND women have been in touch with their bodies and beauty
dating back as far as the ancient Egyptians. Their concern was based as much on pleasing the “gods” of their time as it was for personal adornment.

In fact, it could be said that they prepared their bodies more for the “afterlife” than the current time. All one need do is read about the tombs
and mummies that have been excavated and study what was found. Lavish pictorial examples reveal how extravagantly the aristocracy lived their lives.

Just take a look at the detail the next time you have an opportunity to view Egyptian hieroglyphs. Gold and silver bracelets, lapis and jade
pendants, rings of gold studded with semi-precious stones. All are evidence of just how deeply involved the human race is with regard to beauty and adornments.

Many wore wigs and false braids with jewels threaded through them. Women wore elaborate combs and pins made of copper, bronze and silver.
Oddly enough, silver was considered a more precious metal than gold and was widely used to decorate boxes and pots where they stored their implements of beauty.

For all of their elaborate trappings, much of it was not just an attempt at satisfying their vanity. They held the belief that certain metals and
elements were specifically tied to powers that were bestowed upon them by the “gods” so a great deal of the adornment was steeped in spiritual belief.
Women and men both used a paste made from copper material to paint their eyes a vivid green. Ochre, a red clay, was used to tint their lips.
Ancient Grecians displayed their vanity through elaborate hairdos. Each hairdo was a visual message letting you know their age, if they were
married and how far up the socio-economic scale their class. The same practices were followed up by the Romans.

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Danger! Chemicals In Cosmetics May Kill You!
November 12, 2017
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How to Look Beautiful Without Harming the Earth (or Yourself!)

The average woman uses about 12 different beauty products a day – from her shampoo to body lotion to lipstick. That is a lot of stuff we’re slathering on our bodies! It’s hard to resist when society dictates a certain standard of beauty and personal appearance. Depending on the trends, we strive for shiny straight or curly hair, bronzed or pale skin, thin or bold eyebrows.. the list goes on.

But do the majority of us understand the list of ingredients on the back of all these products, let alone even look at them?

If human health isn’t a top priority, then what about the environmental side-effects? As with most items we buy and consume today, there are excessive amounts of unnecessary packaging – which usual ends up festering in a landfill for several lifetimes. There is all the energy and fuel used in the transportation of the materials to your local drugstores across the country. And hey, what happens when you wash all those chemicals off your hair and body and flush them down the drain? (That is, the chemicals which aren’t already absorbed directly through your skin) They flow into the wastewater and can disrupt all sorts of micro-ecosystems out there.

Although a number of cosmetics claim to be ‘natural’ or even ‘organic,’ there isn’t currently strict standards on what those terms denote. A crucial example of hypocrisy in the industry is the pink ribbon cancer-fighting product which actually contains ingredients which have been proven to cause cancer in the first place (called ‘pinkwashing‘).This is a brief overview of the appalling risks involved in using all these beauty products which is second nature to most of us.

Ever wondered why that Chinese nail polish dried up so soon? That is just one of the few flaws found in cheap cosmetics. Here are some of the reasons why you should not opt for attractive looking cheap cosmetics….

  • Manufacturers of these cosmetics compromise on the quality, longevity and stability test. During these tests the products are put under extreme conditions and observed with regards to quality.
  • Manufacturers also use extra perfumes  to make the product attractive for the consumer. And excess perfume causes acne.
  • Using cheap eyeliner or kohl can make your eyes water. Sometimes these products even cause irritation.
  • Besides drying very fast, the cheap nail polishes start smelling and even changes colour.
  • Sometimes these cosmetics don’t suit your skin and cause allergies.
  • Some of the fancy looking nail polishes that you get at throwaway prices don’t have a date of manufacture on the bottle. Most of these cosmetics have crossed their expiry date.
  • Manufacturers also use a creamy base to sell the product. If you have oily skin, this creamy base blocks the oil glands and results in breakouts.
  • A cheap skin-lightening product may contain lightening agents that haven’t been tested and may cause pigmentation. It may also leave dark patches on your skin.
  • Most of these products don’t mention the ingredients used in them. In case of any side effects, this makes it difficult for a dermatologist to treat your skin.
  • Foundation and blushes contain zinc oxide, which is not harmful for skin. But a cheap brand might use eccess  colour in these products, which may cause allergies.
  • Lipsticks that have passed their expiration date could cause discolouration of the lips, swellings or peeling of the skin.
  • Severe rash and redness are some of the most common skin problems caused by using untested cosmetics.

Avoid these Side Effects

  • Always use good quality brands.
  • Make sure the products have been tested.
  • Always check the date of expiry, irrespective of the brand.
  • Always conduct a patch test on your forearm to ensure that you are not allergic to the product.

Expired cosmetics are a danger for your health

Only one in four women consider the expiration date of her cosmetic products, according to research. Other women put their health at risk by using cosmetics for several years, even if they start to smell funny or discolor.

At some point, aging cosmetics lose their effectiveness to fight bacteria no matter how careful you are when using it. But there are steps we can take to extend the shelf life of our cosmetics and protect ourselves from infections, like pink eye and skin breakouts.

Toxic Chemicals to Avoid in Makeup (cosmetics and personal-care products)

Here are the 12 toxic chemicals you should avoid when buying make-up, which put you at the highest risk of biological mutation, reproductive complications, acute toxicity, tumors, skin and eye irritations.

Toxic 12 Chemicals to Avoid in Makeup
1. Benzoyl peroxide
2. DEA (diethanolamine) and MEA (monoethanolamine) and TEA (triethanolamine)
3. Dioxin 4. DMDM hydantoin and imidazolidinyl urea
5. Synthetic colors and pigments
6. Parabens (methyl, butyl, ethyl, propyl)
7. FEG (polyethylene glycol)
8. Phthalates (xenoestrogens)
9. Propylene glycol and butylene glycol
10. Sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate
11. Sunscreen chemicals like avobensone, benzphenone and PABA
12. Triclosan

The following tips lessen the contamination of makeup and extend its use:

– Use common sense.
– Basic hygiene is key: Before applying makeup, wash your face and hands with soap.
– Instead of directly touching your makeup by placing your fingers in the product, pour a little into your palm or scoop a little out with a disposable spoon or applicator.
– Don’t share your makeup with others.
– Keep makeup containers tightly closed when not in use.
– Throw makeup away if the color changes or an odor develops (makeup has preservatives, similar to that in food, which can break down over time).
– Don’t use water or, even worse, saliva, which could introduce bacteria that could easily grow out of control. If makeup has lost its original texture or consistency, the preservatives have probably broken down.

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Rosary Vine Ceropegia woodii /enjoy it
November 12, 2017
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Rosary Vine Plant Features

Rosary vine, also called string of hearts, is a beautiful, easy-care houseplant for hanging baskets. This succulent earned its name because it has gray-green, heart-shaped leaves that are veined in silver. It’s striking no matter where you display your rosary vine.

The silvery leaf variegation makes rosary vine a striking choice for metallic-silver or black hanging baskets.

Rosary Vine Questions?
Our houseplant experts may be able to help. Just drop us an email!
Rosary Vine Growing Instructions

Grow rosary vine in medium light for best effect. This easy-care houseplant can grow in brighter spots, as well, and can even take direct sun on its leaves.

A low-water succulent, you can let the rosary vine’s soil dry between waterings. It holds up well to neglect, so you don’t have to worry about it if you forget to water from time to time.

Rosary vine doesn’t really need fertilizer, but if you wish, you can fertilize it in spring and summer. Use a houseplant fertilizer and be sure to follow directions on the packaging.

Note: Rosary vine is not intended for human or animal consumption.

Light

Indoors: High light
Indoors: Medium light
Colors

Green, Variegated
Water

Low water needs
Special Features

Colorful foliage
Purifies the air
Super-easy to grow

Complement your Rosary Vine with these varieties:
Senecio
String of pearls and rosary vine are easy to grow together and have a fun textural contrast.

Stephanotis
Related stephanotis enjoys similar growing conditions and thrives with rosary vine.

Water

Low water needs
Special Features

Colorful foliage
Purifies the air
Super-easy to grow

Complement your Rosary Vine with these varieties:
Senecio
String of pearls and rosary vine are easy to grow together and have a fun textural contrast.

Stephanotis
Related stephanotis enjoys similar growing conditions and thrives with rosary vine.

Water

Low water needs
Special Features

Colorful foliage
Purifies the air
Super-easy to grow

Complement your Rosary Vine with these varieties:
Senecio
String of pearls and rosary vine are easy to grow together and have a fun textural contrast.

Stephanotis
Related stephanotis enjoys similar growing conditions and thrives with rosary vine.

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Purple Pleasure Plant Mikania ternata /enjoy it
November 12, 2017
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Purple Pleasure Plant Plant Features

Purple pleasure plant is an exotic indoor plant that has bold, purple foliage that looks good all year long. It’s ideal for adding color without relying on flowers. A relatively small houseplant, purple pleasure plant can be grown as an indoor groundcover, a vine, or a trailing plant in a hanging basket. Growing purple pleasure plant in a hanging basket is often the best way to show off its beautiful color.

Purple Pleasure Plant Questions?
Our experts are happy to help answer questions about this and other unusual houseplants. Just drop us an email!
Purple Pleasure Plant Growing Instructions

Grow purple pleasure plant indoors in medium to bright light. Water when the potting mix starts to dry, but take care not to overwater purple pleasure plant. Like most houseplants, purple pleasure plant doesn’t like drafts, so keep it safe from blasts of hot or cold air.

Purple pleasure plant (say that three times fast!) is not intended for human consumption.

Light

Indoors: High light
Indoors: Medium light
Colors

Purple
Water

Medium water needs
Special Features

Groundcover

Complement your Purple Pleasure Plant with these varieties:
Elephant’s Ear
The rich, dark foliage of African mask makes it a dramatic partner for purple pleasure plant, especially if you like a modern look.

Brown Spiderwort
Brown spiderwort has wide, bronze leaves that contrast purple pleasure plant’s soft-textured purple foliage.

Zebra Plant
For a knockout combo, pair zebra plant with purple pleasure plant.

Complement your Purple Pleasure Plant with these varieties:
Elephant’s Ear
The rich, dark foliage of African mask makes it a dramatic partner for purple pleasure plant, especially if you like a modern look.

Brown Spiderwort
Brown spiderwort has wide, bronze leaves that contrast purple pleasure plant’s soft-textured purple foliage.

Zebra Plant
For a knockout combo, pair zebra plant with purple pleasure plant.
Purple Pleasure Plant Growing Instructions

Grow purple pleasure plant indoors in medium to bright light. Water when the potting mix starts to dry, but take care not to overwater purple pleasure plant. Like most houseplants, purple pleasure plant doesn’t like drafts, so keep it safe from blasts of hot or cold air.

Purple pleasure plant (say that three times fast!) is not intended for human consumption.

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Alsobia Alsobia dianthiflora /nice article
November 12, 2017
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Alsobia Plant Features

Alsobia dianthiflora is a beautiful houseplant that features furry leaves and, in ideal conditions, interesting white flowers that look like they’ve been put in a paper shredder (but in a good way!). This African violet relative trails as it grows, making it a striking plant for hanging baskets or to grow horizontally on a surface such a mantle. Its green leaves and white flowers make Alsobia dianthiflora perfect for just about any color of pot — and it fits right in any color scheme in your home.

Alsobia Questions?
If you have questions about growing Alsobia dianthiflora, just drop us an email. Our experts are happy to help!
Alsobia Growing Instructions

Grow alsobia dianthiflora in bright light to keep the plant happiest. Like most houseplants, it prefers some protection from too much direct sun, so if you have it in a south-facing window, for example, put up a sheer curtain to help diffuse the sun’s rays.

Water Alsobia dianthiflora when the potting mix starts to feel dry. Though it’s not an especially thirsty indoor plant, it doesn’t love to be kept too dry for too long.

Because it trails from its pot, you might want to pinch the growing ends of Alsobia dianthiflora back from time to time to keep the plant busy and prevent the stems from getting too long and lanky.

Note: Alsobia is not meant for human or animal consumption.

Light

Indoors: High light
Colors

Green, White
Water

Medium water needs
Special Features

Purifies the air

Complement your Alsobia with these varieties:
Nerve Plant
Nerve plant is a delightful contrast to alsobia that offers fun variegated foliage.

Rex Begonia
Rex begonia offers flashy foliage that pairs well with alsobia.

Flame Violet
Flame violet, a close relative of alsobia, adores the same growing conditions and the two look smashing together.
Complement your Alsobia with these varieties:
Nerve Plant
Nerve plant is a delightful contrast to alsobia that offers fun variegated foliage.

Rex Begonia
Rex begonia offers flashy foliage that pairs well with alsobia.

Flame Violet
Flame violet, a close relative of alsobia, adores the same growing conditions and the two look smashing together.

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Banana Musa spp. /enjoy it!
November 12, 2017
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Banana Plant Features

Bananas are popular indoors and out. These gorgeous tropical plants make excellent houseplants if you have a bright spot for them. Commonly called banana trees because of their thick stems, the best varieties to grow as houseplants stay about 3-4 feet tall. Other varieties can grow much taller!

Their bold, tropical look makes them an excellent focal point next to large windows or patio doors. Bigger varieties grow leaves that can stretch to 6 feet long, so they’re not houseplants for the timid!
Banana Growing Instructions

Grow bananas as houseplants in the brightest spot you have. These plants like plenty of light. They respond well to both natural and artificial light, so if you don’t have the right windows at home, consider a banana for the office.

Water them enough to keep the soil moist, but not wet. That’s often once or twice a week, but will vary because of factors such as plant size, pot size, temperature, and light.

Being true tropical plants, bananas appreciate abundant relative humidity. In homes with dry indoor air, boost humidity levels around the plant to keep the leaf edges from turning brown and crispy.

Fertilize banana houseplants monthly with a balanced houseplant fertilizer to keep them happiest. You can fertilize less frequently, but they’ll grow more slowly.

Note: Banana plants are not intended for human or animal consumption.
Special Care

Outdoors in frost-free areas, grow bananas in a spot with full sun or part shade. They appreciate moist, well-drained soil rich in organic matter, such as compost or in large containers. (If you grow bananas in pots outdoors, be sure to have a heavy container so the plant doesn’t blow over in the wind.)

Bananas are perennials that colonize via suckers — so be sure to plant them where they have room to spread. Because they’re perennials in the tropics, you can cut them back to the ground if the plants look ragged or get damaged; they’ll quickly resprout from the roots.

Light

Indoors: High light
Outside: Sun
Colors

Green, Variegated
Water

Medium water needs, Moist, well-drained soil
Special Features

Purifies the air

Complement your Banana with these varieties:
Palm, Houseplant
Accent banana’s bold tropical foliage with the lacy look of houseplant palms.

Purple Passion Plant
Add color to a banana plant’s green foliage by pairing it with fuzzy purple passion plant.

Spider Plant
Give banana a skirt of lovely, grassy, spider plant for a finished look in any container.

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Baby’s Tears Soleirolia soleirolii /nice article
November 12, 2017
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Baby’s Tears Plant Features

Baby’s tears is a charming houseplant that forms a dense mat of lush, rich green leaves and creeping stems that grow horizontally over flat surfaces or trail like a full head of hair from hanging baskets. Popular for generations, baby’s tears is easy to grow. Its thickly growing leaves makes baby’s tears an excellent houseplant for just about every decorating style.

Baby’s Tears Questions?
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Baby’s Tears Growing Instructions

Grow baby’s tears in medium light for best results. It can take brighter light indoors, especially in Northern climates, but needs more frequent watering with additional light. Baby’s tears appreciates somewhat moist — but not soggy — potting mix, so water enough to keep the plant from drying out. If it does dry out too much, the plant may wilt dramatically, but usually recovers quickly once you water it again, so don’t be too alarmed.

Baby’s tears appreciates abundant relative humidity (but doesn’t require it). If you’d like to boost the moisture in the air for your baby’s tears, consider keeping your plant in a more humid room, such as a kitchen or bathroom; placing your baby’s tears on a saucer of pebbles and water (with the bottom of the pot resting atop the pebbles, above the water); grouping your baby’s tears with other houseplants (as all plants add moisture to the air through their breathing process); or putting a small humidifier near your plant.

Note: Baby’s tears is not intended for human or animal consumption.

Special Care

Although it’s a superb houseplant, baby’s tears is sometimes grown as an annual in mixed containers. Outdoors, it appreciates a shady spot and regular watering. Avoid direct sun; too much light outside will burn the leaves.

Light

Indoors: Medium light
Colors

Green
Water

Medium water needs
Special Features

Purifies the air

Complement your Baby’s Tears with these varieties:
Banana
Baby’s tears is a wonderful living mulch under taller banana.

Fern, Houseplant
Make ferns look even more lush by underplanting them with soft-looking baby’s tears.

Peperomia
Peperomia is a perfect terrarium plant; baby’s tears is, too!

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