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Yo, it's Lara aka Rivet Licker. I'm your average alternative, blue haired weirdo, (actual) nerd from Sydney, Australia. I'm a 26 year old flesh unit. I haven't really changed my hair since 2012, except the cut. My name is known throughout the fake hair world because I taught a lot of people how to make synthetic dreads, and still do, click on my YouTube link above to see me in all my High Def glory! I used to make and sell dreads, then quit for reasons.
I live with a [stupid] disease called Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SYST-EM-IK LOO-PUSS ER-RHYTHM-A-TOE-SUSS), you might think "it's never Lupus", thanks to Dr. House. Well, it's not uncommon and it's a bitch to diagnose (and live with, for that matter).
I'm a huge nerd (no, really). I have studied professional audio in the past (and currently studying it again) and I'm a qualified electronics technician thing, almost like an engineer, but I hate project management. I like physics. the Space Race, geology, sonology and not so much biology.
I still do love Lush, but have opened my horizons into cruelty free makeup,. I don't own or use anything tested on animals (or sold in China, or owned by a profit pushing asshat parent company).
I have a Border Collie called Jack, he's a derpface, he's my #1 dog, but I love all dogs. I am also a volunteer with Sydney Fox Rescue (don't question my ethics or my knowledge on the matter).
My bfflz are important to me, as are my two older, crazy housemates that I just happen to be spawned from, oh yeah, my parents.
I don't update this blog that often, most posts are straight from Instagram, but when I do, it's always about something I've done recently or something that impresses me.
I have said enough. Click the "Ask" link, as opposed to the "Ass" link to ask (NOT AKS) me about things.
Any business enquires should be directed to rivetlicker@yahoo.com.au

TL;DR?
Things I post about: Alternative hair, synthetic dreads, DIY and crafting, chronic illness, nerdy things, physics, Star Trek, Lush, makeup, doggies, pretty things, awesome things and other things.

If you're from the LUSH crowd, you may know me better as "thedigitalprincess"* or "Digi", because I've started to help edit the Lush Wiki.
*I also make music under that name. Oh crap, I'm a musician as well?!

Following

28 August 14

Reblogged: ultrafacts

Posted: 8:49 AM
#throwbackthursday, I found out the other day that Milly the #whippet passed away tragically over Easter. This gorgeous girl was barely 10. Her owner was grieving so badly that she couldn’t even tell me, it’s just by chance that I bumped into her.
Milly belonged to #jackbcollie’s previous owner, and we sometimes minded her. I’m still quite upset that she’s gone. She has been succeeded by Skittles the #bordercollie and a ginger cat, Gimly, whom I have yet to meet.
#RIP dear Milly. Xoxo
#tbt #dogstagram #dogsofinstagram #rainbowbridge #whippets #whippetgood

#throwbackthursday, I found out the other day that Milly the #whippet passed away tragically over Easter. This gorgeous girl was barely 10. Her owner was grieving so badly that she couldn’t even tell me, it’s just by chance that I bumped into her.
Milly belonged to #jackbcollie’s previous owner, and we sometimes minded her. I’m still quite upset that she’s gone. She has been succeeded by Skittles the #bordercollie and a ginger cat, Gimly, whom I have yet to meet.
#RIP dear Milly. Xoxo
#tbt #dogstagram #dogsofinstagram #rainbowbridge #whippets #whippetgood

25 August 14
@illamasqua #intense #lipgloss in #fierce.
High pigment 😃
#illamasqua

@illamasqua #intense #lipgloss in #fierce.
High pigment 😃
#illamasqua

24 August 14
I got some new #spirals!
#leopardprint #bluehair #4g #5mm #stretchedlobes #paddysmarkets #jewelry #jewellery

I got some new #spirals!
#leopardprint #bluehair #4g #5mm #stretchedlobes #paddysmarkets #jewelry #jewellery

23 August 14
22 August 14

Inspiration is a dirty word, mk-II

If inspiration porn really hits the heart strings of the general public; here is my story.

I have Lupus. It is an incurable autoimmune disease that affects my connective tissue, skin and nervous system, causing joint pain, chronic fatigue and systemic difficulties. It is caused when the immune system, which is responsible for fighting off foreign bodies, instead, attacks they body’s own cells. Treatment for this disease can have more side effects than the disease itself and some medications used are immunosuppressive, like azathioprine, typically used as an organ anti rejection drug, to slow down the immune system’s attack of tissue. This in turn, leads to longer periods of bacterial and viral infections, poor healing of wounds and other systemic and dermatological issues.

I was diagnosed officially in 2012, but symptoms had started appearing as early as childhood. Investigation began in 2003. I missed lots of school and was seeing a doctor every few weeks ever since. I take 8 tablets minimum per day. I had a wonderful job when the disease progressed and left me desperate for rest, along with putting me on a disability pension.

I have been out of work for four years because of the disease’s prolonged activity. I have studied and attained a trade qualification in this time, along with maintaining a social media presence and volunteering at an animal shelter, raising some much needed funding.

I also have been battling with depression and anxiety for as long as I can remember.

Because I’m so brave and inspirational for fighting this disease, I’d like the following:

*My own car so I can get to places I need to go without my parents getting all flustered.

*My house to be renovated into a larger complex with a dedicated crafting room/studio.

*Cruelty free makeup and skincare to take care of my dermatological issues.

*Blepharoplasty for the redundant saggy skin on my eyelids.

*Free food for a year, so I can save the little money I get from the government.

*A holiday somewhere nice, preferably overseas.

*A pro audio servicing job with an employer that can allow me to work flexible hours, when I am not flaring.

*Either cough up the above shit or stop calling disabled people inspiring for doing everyday shit that healthy/able bodied people do and pigeonholing chronically ill people as lazy.

Fuck you, media.

Posted: 6:54 PM
My #illamasqua order came in today!
#makeup #beauty #crueltyfreebeauty #crueltyfreecosmetics #bbloggers #bbloggersau

My #illamasqua order came in today!
#makeup #beauty #crueltyfreebeauty #crueltyfreecosmetics #bbloggers #bbloggersau

Posted: 1:15 PM
Shooting a #video. #illamasqua #bbloggers #bbloggersau

Shooting a #video. #illamasqua #bbloggers #bbloggersau

21 August 14
#tbt back to 2009 with woolies by Jungle Dread!
#throwbackthursday #greenhair #roving #wooldreads #felteddreads #feltedwool #jungledread #greendreads #dreadlocks

#tbt back to 2009 with woolies by Jungle Dread!
#throwbackthursday #greenhair #roving #wooldreads #felteddreads #feltedwool #jungledread #greendreads #dreadlocks

19 August 14
Umm, okay. 
#frizzy #boof #bluehair #selfie

Umm, okay.
#frizzy #boof #bluehair #selfie

17 August 14
#sleepyhead #jackbcollie #bordercollie #seniordogs #dogstagram #dogsofinstagram #dogs #cutedogs #sleepingdogs #oldman

#sleepyhead #jackbcollie #bordercollie #seniordogs #dogstagram #dogsofinstagram #dogs #cutedogs #sleepingdogs #oldman

Posted: 12:09 PM

Reblogged: yamiguru

Posted: 10:36 AM
Okay, one more from last night.
#goth #selfie #makeup #alternative #bluehair #vamp

Okay, one more from last night.
#goth #selfie #makeup #alternative #bluehair #vamp

Posted: 9:12 AM
I went full goth last night.
#goth #gothclub #makeup #crueltyfreebeauty #crueltyfreecosmetics #wetnwildcosmetics #coastalscents #illamasqua #ybfbeauty #byscosmetics #skinncosmetics #purminerals #australis #bbloggers #bbloggersau #alternative #hairfalls #vamp

I went full goth last night.
#goth #gothclub #makeup #crueltyfreebeauty #crueltyfreecosmetics #wetnwildcosmetics #coastalscents #illamasqua #ybfbeauty #byscosmetics #skinncosmetics #purminerals #australis #bbloggers #bbloggersau #alternative #hairfalls #vamp

16 August 14
And I almost didn’t buy this 😨
#australis #velourlips #matte #lipcream in TOK-I-O.
#purple #lipstick #lipcolour #violet #velvet

And I almost didn’t buy this 😨
#australis #velourlips #matte #lipcream in TOK-I-O.
#purple #lipstick #lipcolour #violet #velvet

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh