My Facebook impersonator

So I discovered this morning that I have an impersonator on Facebook. I know, weird right? Why would anyone impersonate me? I’m not famous or anything…

Anyway. I was searching my name on Facebook because I wanted to see what my search result looked like to other people. I noticed that there were two profiles for me: one with my married name and our wedding photo (my actual profile) and one with my name and an older profile photo. I thought maybe when I changed my name on Facebook it had created a duplicate account so I clicked and saw this (UPDATE 27/08 – It’s isn’t there anymore!).

This person is in France, in Angers (a place I never set foot in) and is using my name and photo! I looked at the history of posts on that person’s wall and realized that he or she is using my name to join stupid groups and spam the members of these groups with unwanted links to spammy websites.

I am not exactly concerned for my security or anything. But it does bug me, after all the care I put into developing my online presence, that someone would use my name and photo to partake in such activities.

I am trying to get everyone I know to report them so the profile is deleted. Go to the fake profile, click “Report/block this person” at the bottom, select “Fake Profile” and “Impersonating someone” in the options and link to my real profile where they ask for it.

Thanks so much for all your help!
UPDATE August 6, 2010

Thanks for all the people who reported this person! I have not heard from Facebook in this matter. But after doing a bit of research on the web, I found out that Facebook actually does not take action on impersonators because they don’t want to meddle with international law on theft of identity or something. Ridiculous. So this person will always be there. I have blocked her so at least she does not have access to any more info about me. And I have removed all personal information that could lead to me from Twitter and Facebook (unless you’re my friend). What a pain in the a**!

UPDATE August 27, 2010

The fake profile is gone!!!! WOOT!

The dangers of benzoyl peroxide

I have been using benzoyl peroxide for years to control my acne, as has my husband. When I decided to green my beauty routine, my BP product was the only one I had trouble letting go of, because I was so self-conscious of my acne and I was afraid that stopping usage of BP would make me break out like crazy.

Then I stumbled upon an article which opened my eyes to the actual dangers of BP. I learned that benzoyl peroxide is banned in Europe in all beauty products. BP was linked to cancer and other developmental toxicity concern. The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database rates BP as a 7 out of 10, which is considered high hazard.

So somehow, giving up BP became pretty easy, for both my husband and I. We both switched to natural cleansers. And the thing is, acne has not been an issue since I completely cut BP from my routine. I use Cocoon Apothecary Petal Purity cleanser, and my skin is actually healthier looking and clearer than it was when I used BP. The key is in choosing a product that is gentle, and soothing, while including ingredients that fight acne naturally, such as lavender (antibacterial), geranium (antibacterial and astrigent), witch hazel (anti-inflammatory) or tea tree oil.

The married life

For the past week an a half, or basically since I got married, people have been asking me the same question: “How is it being a married woman?”

The truth of the matter is, the answer to that question is that I am happy, but I was happy before. Being married hasn’t changed a thing in my life. Wait no, that’s not true: I get the check the “Mrs.” box on forms, and I am now addressed as “Mrs. Lacroix-Barbe”. But that’s it.

See, I don’t feel like being married has made me a new person, or a better person, or a happier person. I am still the same person, and Nic is still the same person. Our relationship has not

changed a bit. We feel the same way about each other, we still have the same plans for the future, we still do the same things. Our bond hasn’t strengthened – it was already pretty darn strong. Our love hasn’t deepened – it was already as deep as it gets.
I feel fortunate that I have found someone like him, that our relationship did not need a wedding to feel real.

Don’t get me wrong, I am thrilled that we got married. It was a beautiful day, and a beautiful celebration of our love. But what it was to me, most of all, was an opportunity to get all the people I love together in the same room (or in our case, under the same tent) and share this with them. Getting married was really just a good excuse to get my family and my friends to come for a visit.

All in all, it was a great moment of my life. I am thankful that I experienced it, but mostly I am thankful that I found someone as wonderful as my new husband.