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  •, Makeup

    Holiday Makeup Ideas for Every Eye Color

    For those of you who are looking for some makeup ins(ta)piration this fall and winter season we got you. Glamour, chic, glitter, glimmer, bold, bright we’ve got ideas that can work for anyone or hopefully inspire a unique creation of your own!

    Brown Eyes

    Coppers, golds, cobalts, pale blues, lilacs and deep purples like eggplant are great seasonal colors for brown-eyed beauties.

    Our go-to brown eye pallet:  Click Here

    Fall Look:

    Winter Look:

    Blue Eyes

    Coppers, grays, browns, oranges, rusts, purples, smoky pinks and turquoise/blue liners all complement a striking blue eye.

    Our go to blue-eyed pallet: Click Here

    Fall Look:

    Winter Look:


    Green Eyes

    Warm taupes, brown liners, any shade of purple, dark emerald greens, coppers, terracottas and heather grays are fabulous on our green-eyed goddesses.

    Our go to green eye pallet: Click Here

    Fall Look

    Winter Look:

    Hazel Eyes

    Nudes, warm neutrals, burgundy, soft browns…pretty much anything that makes you feel warm and cozy inside is perfect for bewitching hazel eyes.

    Our go to Hazel eye pallet: Click Here

    Fall Look:

    Winter Look:

    For those of you who want to go all out. I mean showoff some real holiday magic we also got you.

    Just some glitter sprinkle to brighten your day.

    For that Winter themed party.





  • Makeup

    Is Your Makeup Cruelty-Free?

    Look in the mirror. Are you wearing makeup? Do you moisturize your skin? Is your hair clean? It is okay if you answered yes to the above questions or if you answered no. What you need to be asked is have you checked the facts on the brands you choose to use. Have those brands tested their products on animals or are they still testing on animals?

    Product safety is a huge concern for those producing the item and for the consumer. As the consumer, you should want to know what is going onto your skin or into your hair. You may have tried several different brands and established which one works best for you, which is great, but have you researched how those brands test their products or do you check the label for indication of animal testing?

    The label “cruelty-free” or “vegan” might be found on the packaging of the item you buy. This is usually a sign that the product has not been tested on animals before reaching your palms. However, there still begs the question if the company tests on other articles of their products. In the United States it would not be a lie for Victoria’s Secret to label a product as “cruelty-free,” yet the moment that package reaches China, it is government mandated to be tested on animals.

    Some companies will typically pay the extra expenses for the Chinese government to test their products on animals before reaching their shelves, to make a little extra money. To be sure that a brand is 100% cruelty-free, you will need to know if it also sells in China.

    For a little more information on how animal testing is done, you can check out the Humane Society’s article on Cosmetics Testing:

    A summary of the animal tests includes: swatching irritating products on bare animal skin, force-feeding products in large quantities to animals, and dropping particles into their eyes.

    I prefer to use brands that are in no way associated with animal testing. Some of my favorite brands are Smashbox, Pacifica, Tarte, and Lush. These brands do not sell in China, nor do they test on animals in the states.

    Other known cruelty-free brands are:

    Wet n Wild


    Urban Decay

    Kat Von D


    These are not the only cruelty-free makeup brands, but they are some popular ones. They can be found online, at Sephora, Ulta, Lush, JCPenny, Kohl’s, Target, or other cosmetics retailers.

    Here is a list of some brands that allow for animal testing on their products:

    Victoria’s Secret





    Mary Kay

    Elizabeth Arden


    There are things you can do if you are interested in not only changing out your everyday products for animal-free tested items but also would like to help make a difference in how allergy testing is regulated for the cosmetics industry. Check out the Humane Society’s petition and do research online. They are trying to have a bill passed that requires alternative methods to be used to test cosmetic products, as well as the ban of animal-tested products from other countries. Check out the link above to find out more information.

    If you know of any brands that support other positive movements, or are cruelty-free and not listed above, please feel free to comment down below.

  • Body Image, Celebrities, Confidence, Fashion, Makeup

    How To GLOW UP This Summer

    So, it’s finally the summer. You’re looking forward to laying out in the sun, hanging with your besties, and taking some time to yourself. But the summer is good for something else too, and we all know what it is…. glowing up. No, I don’t mean playing with glow sticks. I mean glow up. Urban Dictionary defines glow up as “when someone becomes really attractive after they hit puberty.” Now maybe you’re thinking to yourself “I’m past puberty! I missed my glow up time!” No need to fret, my friend! It is NEVER too late to glow up. And the summer is the perfect time! You have a couple months off from seeing everyone at school, so you can come back looking completely different. Without further ado, I present to you, how to glo up this summer.

    Visit a hairstylist

    Visiting a hairstylist is one of the easiest (and most fun!) ways to change your whole look in a single day. A new haircut can completely change your appearance and face shape, so a good hairstyle is a must. It’s important to visit a hairstylist so that you can ask a professionals opinion on what hair color and cut will look best with your look! Make sure if you set an appointment to bring photos of the hair you want, so your stylist will know exactly what you’re going for.

    Experiment with make up

    If you’re a girl and you’ve never experimented with make up before, it can really change your appearance! One of the best ways to get exposure to make up and how to learn some tips is by the magical and wonderful world of no other than Youtube. You can simply search “Make up tutorial” on Youtube, and millions of videos will pop up. The good news with the summer is that you have plenty of time to practice and perfect your look! That way, if a makeup tutorial goes wrong, you can just wash it right off and nobody even saw! And if you decide you don’t like wearing make up, then it makes your life even easier!

    Get healthy

    Something good for your body, skin, and mental health is deciding to get healthy! Getting healthy can be as easy as deciding to work out a few days a week, or limiting the amount of junk food you eat. The healthier you become, the better you will feel! Plus being healthy helps you live your best life, so this one should be near the top of your list.

    Take care of your body

    Whether it be through skin care, working out or taking time to yourself, taking care of your own body can make a huge difference. From treating yourself to a mani pedi, finding a toothpaste that whitens your teeth, or even finding the perfect shade of self-tanner, taking care of your body has a huge impact on the way you look. This means going to the doctor, dentist, dermatologist- you name it! Your body is all you’ve got- so treat it with some respect!

    Become confident with who you are

    If you have any sort of transformation this summer before coming back to school, let it be this- learn to be confident in your own skin! You don’t have to look any specific way to “glo up” because glowing up should be the way you feel about yourself. If you learn to love the reflection in the mirror, it will translate into the way other people see you!

  • Articles, Makeup

    Skin Care Tips for Teens

    Skin Care Tips for Teens: Routine is Key
    by Sarah Sawyer, M.D.

    Keep it clean:
    Gently wash your face twice daily. This will help avoid buildup of oil and dead skin that can lead to clogged pores and acne.
    Remove all of your makeup every night. If you don’t, the makeup may prevent your acne treatments from working and also lead to more clogged pores.
    Do not use products that over-process with harsh ingredients like menthol, witch hazel, alcohol or abrasive scrubs. The irritation they cause will likely cause an imbalance in your skin barrier resulting in redness, increased oil production, dry flaky patches and possibly more breakouts.
    If you have a daily activity such as football or soccer practice, keep a package of baby or facial wipes with you to clean the sweat and dirt from your face as soon as you finish.
    Try not to pick at a pimple. Picking at this delicate skin will increase your risk of scarring.
    In the shower, wait to wash your back and face until after washing and conditioning your hair to prevent these products from leaving a residue on your skin. Do the same when brushing your teeth.

    Keep it Simple:
    The two best over-the-counter ingredients to fight acne are Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid. Benzoyl Peroxide is good for red, irritated, inflamed bumps. Salicylic Acid is good for blackheads and clogged pores. Spot or area treat rather than treat the entire face.
    Use a lightweight moisturizer with sunscreen every day.

    Ask for Help:
    If your breakouts become bothersome or unmanageable, see a dermatologist. They can work with you to find the right treatment combination. Be patient. Give feedback and follow up.

  • Lifestyle, Makeup, Misc, Social, Writing

    You are Beautiful

    Once upon a time, there was a girl. A girl with the clothes, the shoes, the hair, the body, the makeup, and the boyfriend. She lived in a beautiful home with a perfect family and perfect life in general. She walks into school with a big smile and her beautiful hair flows as the wind picks it up. Her hips sway from side to side as all the boys stare- *cough cough* Haha no…

    That never happened nor will it. Listen here girls, that story should have started with ‘Once Upon a Never Time’ because it’s not real. It’s a fairytale. It’s merely a dream that society made up just to make you buy the makeup, the clothes, and the shoes. These people made it so that when you pick out an outfit or makeup they get to judge you or they think they automatically know who you are. I want to get to the point and get to it quickly…

    You are you. Not her. Not the girl next door. No! You are you. Not that made up fantasy. Your face is gorgeous and when people say otherwise, smile and thank them for their opinion (even though you couldn’t find on a map where you asked for it.) Sure, you may not have the Gigi Hadid high-end fashion or Kylie Jenner makeup but you know what? Who cares! My mother used to tell me that I should be grateful for what I have (not saying you aren’t) and to love everything I have, and if I don’t then I’m looking at it all wrong. I need to change my perspective.

    I’m sixteen and for about a year I wore makeup from the minute I woke up, to when I was about to go to bed. I didn’t like my face without it. I thought I was ugly. I thought everyone would run and hide when they saw me without it. Then this year I went with my church to summer camp, I spent so much time packing and picking the makeup I was going to wear. When I put everything into the back of the car, it must have fallen out. I grabbed the bags and threw them on the bus not paying any mind to the makeup that fell out. When I arrived at the camp and looked through my bag, I freaked out, almost crying.

    I had to spend a whole week without makeup… and no one stopped talking to me. No one ran and hid. No one gave me the side-eye. I know what you’re thinking “But you haven’t seen me yet” but guess what, I don’t have to. I know for a fact that whatever you look like, you’re beautiful in every aspect.
    Here’s a challenge for all of you, I want you to wash that makeup off and look in the mirror and say aloud ‘I am beautiful’ and ‘I like me for me’ every day until you start to believe it because, to me, you are.

  • Celebrities, Fashion, Health, Home Life, Lifestyle, Makeup

    TV Perfect

    Things are complicated
    though they should not be.
    Many of us are underrated
    while other are considered better than we.

    Why they are greater
    I do not know.
    Many say it doesn’t matter,
    but I won’t let it go.

    They have taught us to be like them
    not ourselves.
    They are gems
    we are just little house elves.

    They shine on television.
    We watch,
    Jealousy clouding our vision.
    We see them superior when they aren’t all that much.

    They are pretty.
    They are rich.
    Adored like a kitty.
    They sure have us bewitched.