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  • Articles, Body Image, Confidence, GirlSpring.com, Makeup

    The Blessing and Curse of Make-Up

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    Every girl comes to a point when she must decide if she wants to begin the journey of wearing and using make-up or not. Some girls don’t see the point or hate the feeling of practically painting their faces. Others enjoy the whole process and have fun with it. Then there are those who wear it because they are expected to. She might think she can’t impress her crush unless she’s dolled up, or she doesn’t look professional without it on in a workspace. There are also girls who feel like they don’t look good without it. Not everyone is blessed with genes that give them the looks society likes to see.

    Everyone has insecurities about something.

    Some people can hide them well while others become easily uncomfortable because of them. Make-up does a good job of how hiding the things you hate and enhancing what you love. It can give people confidence when they appear in public where they might not be without it. Make-up even covers those pesky blemishes that everyone hates. It does so many different things: give you a smaller nose, the illusion of cheekbone, well-maintained eyebrows. However, not everyone wants these things. They might not know how to do these things, but the more common these things become, the more they want to figure it out.

    With more commonalities in using make-up, expectations are changing. The main trend right now is having perfect eyebrows. Many different products have been made just for this use. There are pencils, gels, brushes, and stencils all dedicated to eyebrow shaping. But even with all this, does it truly matter if eyebrows are rectangular going in and thin out? They are just hairs on your face. Making your eyebrows look nice is something that some enjoy doing, but you shouldn’t feel like you have to do it. It can be hard to accomplish the perfect brows as well.

    Make-up is a tool to help make people appear nice and well put together. However, it also could make people afraid to ever go out without it.

    Any time you go out, you might be afraid of running into someone you know or you could meet someone. Also trying to look your best makes it hard to know when it’s okay to dress down and not worry about it. This only leads to more insecurities. Never feeling your best unless your face is covered doesn’t make you feel better about yourself as a whole. It could embarrass you more to be without it.

    Beck Lomas got over the fear of having to look good all the time, check out our post about loving our own imperfections.

    For some people, make-up just feeds into the idea that you’re not good enough. If the only way to get a job is based on whether or not you look put together or not and the only way to do that is to wear some make-up then what are credentials or experience even for? The way you look won’t tell an employer the type of worker you are. This also feeds into the idea that women have to wear make-up. It can make something fun become a chore instead.

    Make-up should be something that women actually get a choice in using.

    Make-up can become expensive and start to feel like a necessity. Women shouldn’t be expected to have product on their face to look nice. They shouldn’t be under the impression that the only way to get someone else’s attention is by wearing eyeliner and having boxy brows. Make-up needs to be something that women want to wear because they feel like it not to meet society’s expectations of what a woman looks like. If you despise wearing make-up then don’t put it on. Don’t feel like make-up is something that you absolutely need to have. It is okay to be bare-faced in public. Guys don’t need make-up, and they still can look good. Guys can wear make-up if they want to. Girls should be the same. Do what you’re comfortable with.

  • Articles, Fashion, GirlSpring.com

    The Cutest Hair Scarves that You’ll be Wearing All Summer

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    Hair scarves are such an easy and quick to elevate your summer look. You can wear them as headbands, tie them around your ponytail or bun, the possibilities are endless! Here are five of my favorite places to buy hair scarves from:

    1. Kristin Made Not only are these hair scarves super cute, but Kristin is also the sweetest person. She has a YouTube channel where she talks about her life with her husband and two dogs, Honey and Camper. I love these hair scarves and also like to support her. 
    2. Anthropologie Anthropologie has the cutest hair scarves and scrunchies. I get compliments on mine all the time. I love them!
    3. Free People Free People has their own unique style, so these hair scarves are super cute and really different. They also have so many to choose from, you can’t stop at just one!
    4. Urban Outfitters Urban also has a very different style and selection, which will guarantee that you will be different from everyone else!
    5. Asos I love shopping on ASOS and these hair scarfs are so adorable you cannot pass them by. They are reasonably priced and you will for sure need them to complete your summer outfit.

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  • Articles, Fun, GirlSpring.com, Makeup

    Summer Beauty Must-Haves for a Natural Look

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    Let’s face it: we all feel a little prettier in the summertime. Sun-kissed skin, wind-blown, natural hair and minimalistic makeup all complement each other for a less-is-more look.

    Although it’s easier to sit poolside or run a few errands with a bare face, some summer events require a bit more effort; instead of caking on makeup or relying on lots of products, highlight your natural assets with these summer beauty must-haves. 

    Sunscreen

    Sunscreen is the ultimate beauty secret; by actively protecting your skin, you’re setting yourself up to look more youthful and radiant, now and in the future. Most times, you can even find multiple products in one, such as a moisturizer, skin perfecter and sunscreen. 

    Affordable products can be found at Target, Amazon, or the brand’s website.

    Waterproof mascara

    Whether you spend your days in the pool or the weather is excruciatingly hot, waterproof mascara is a summer staple that will benefit everyone. Longer lashes can complete any makeup look, regardless if you’re pairing it with a few other products or using it by itself. 

    A neutral nail polish

    Summer = sandals season. If you’re anything like me, your days are spent either barefoot or in comfortable sandals, and being self-conscious of your toes is the worst feeling. Since jewelry is less common in warmer weather, a neutral polish, such as light pink or white, is the perfect summer accessory. 

    Liquid blush

    Sometimes a pop of color is all you need. Powder makeup, whether it’s foundation or blush, looks cakier as the weather gets hotter. By choosing a liquid product, your skin will thank you for not being suffocated. It lasts longer, too! 

    A soft eyeliner

    For a nighttime look, a little something extra is required; by investing in a brown or gray eyeliner, you’ll be giving your eyes the pop they need without looking too harsh. 

    Highlighter 

    Paired with the glow of your perfectly tan skin, highlighter will give an extra shimmer to complete your dewy look. A little bit goes a long way and can completely transform your natural makeup look. 

    Standing alone or paired with these other products, any of the listed summer beauty must-haves will heighten your natural beauty, without stealing the show. 

    A natural and quick makeup look isn’t only for the summer. A simple routine is great year-round, so check out ours!

  • GirlSpring.com

    This Simplified Morning Routine is Everything!

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    A Sleepy Girl’s Simplified Morning Routine

    Look Fresh in Half the Time

    Sometimes that additional five minutes of sleep can make or break your day.

    However, indulging in extra sleep can throw off the entire morning. For example, five extra minutes of sleep means five minutes less of morning routine.

    Although that extra sleep took time, your appearance doesn’t have to suffer. Investing in a few time-saving products will get you out the door in half your regular time. You deserve a well-rested and put-together look. Regardless if it is an illusion.

    The first product to streamline your morning routine is dry shampoo.

    Dry shampoo is the holy grail of hair products. It doesn’t matter if you’ve just come from the gym or simply haven’t washed your hair in a few days. Dry shampoo will leave your hair looking fresh and clean.

    In addition to dry shampoo, here is a tip I’ve learned from years of hair trial-and-error.

    If you have time for a quick shower the night before, sleeping in a bun then blow drying your hair for less than a minute creates quick volume and waves.

    Another product I swear by is BB Cream.

    There are multiple types and brands of BB Cream. In my opinion, a tinted BB Cream is best because the coverage is equivalent to a heavier foundation. If you are running short on time, do not stress! BB Cream and a well-moisturized face is all you need!

    Understandably, the no-makeup look isn’t for everyone.

    Whenever you’re running late, a little bit of makeup can go a long way. BB Cream, tinted lip balm, and a touch of mascara create a natural makeup look with minimal effort.

    Lastly, decide on the next day’s outfit on the night before. Doing this saves much needed morning time.

    Your typical morning routine doesn’t have to be a give-and-take. Ruling out extra sleep to look good the next day is unnecessary. By integrating key products in your daily routine, you’ll be ready to take on the day with time to spare.

    Products Recommended By Me:
    Dry Shampoo
    BB cream
    Tinted Chapstick
  • Makeup, Tips

    Lip Products You Will LOVE

    Lip Products You Will LOVE

    Lip Products You Will LOVE

     

    My mom always stressed the importance of finding a good lip color. She told us our makeup look was never complete without the presence of a bright and bold color painted on our lips. So naturally, I’ve always stocked up on my lipsticks and never left the house without one. I have a lot of favorite brands so I am going to share the ones I am most obsessed with.

    MAC Lipstick (Matte Lipstick)

    These are a little pricey, but they are so worth it! This lipstick leaves a soft, light finish that doesn’t wipe off too easily and it also doesn’t dry your lips out. These lipsticks feel so good on your lips and you can feel the quality. These are my go-to lipsticks and I keep them in my purse at all times. My favorite shades are “Half-calf, Fam only, and Nutmegged.”

    Urban Decay (Vice Liquid Lipstick)

    One of my favorite lip brands ever! When I first received this as a Christmas gift I carried it around with me everywhere. It leaves a nice matte finish but goes on very smoothly and doesn’t leave your lips extremely chapped. It is one of my favorites. I love it in the shade “Backtalk.”

    Milani (Amore Satin Matte Lip Crème)

    You can find this at Walmart, Target, and Publix it is sooo cheap and it is amazing! It is only about $7 a tube and it lasts so long. It’s perfectly matte and went with every single one of my outfit looks. It would take so much to wipe off and would still be on after I ate dinner. It also has a really nice smell and it makes your lips smell like vanilla. My favorite shade is “Luxe.”

    Jouer (Lip Creme)

    I found this brand one day as I was scrolling through Twitter and decided to try it out. That was one of my best decisions. This lipstick smells so good and it lasts so long. It stays on throughout eating and drinking and they have an amazing selection of colors. This lipstick is so different from the others I tried and I will continue to order lipstick from this company. My favorite shades are “Bronze Rose” and “Terra.”

    Buxom (Big and Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick)

    I love Buxom lip products. Most of their lip products have plump in them so not only are they completing your makeup look, they are making your lips look good. This lipstick is so good I used the whole tube and bought another one, which I hardly ever do. It looks so good on and it feels so soft on your lips. I get so many compliments on the way it looks and the color. My favorite shade is “Rebel Rose.”

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    Cross-Dressing in One of the World’s Most Conservative Countries

    In Afghanistan, where tradition is valued above all else, there’s a surprising practice that somehow seems to both contradict our idea of Afghan custom regarding women, and reinforce it beyond our imagination.

    The Underground Girls of Kabul reveals Author Jenny Nordberg’s unexpected discovery of Afghanistan’s fascinating hidden secret- bacha posh, or girls who pose as boys. The book unfolds like a mystery as Nordberg unearths surprising and thought-provoking information along her journey.

    Although little was known in the United States of the existence of this practice at the time of Nordberg’s travels, it was actually quite well-known and accepted- even respected in Afghanistan, where, in a family, having a bacha posh “boy” was better than having no boy at all. There, a woman’s function in life was not complete until she could bear a son, and if it didn’t happen, she was shamed.

    Sons could also do many things a daughter couldn’t- play, run around town freely, wear comfortable clothing, or yell. They also could work. When families needed income, it was often best for them to have a daughter pose as a boy to earn money during tough times.

    Nordberg covers reasons for the practice, as well as complications such as puberty, and how individual families handle them. Personally, I found that a major strength of the book is how Nordberg did not try to impose western ideas onto the Afghani people. Instead, she let them speak for themselves, in order to enlighten western readers on a society that often has values different from our own. The Underground Girls of Kabul is a book that should be added to everyone’s summer reading list, and will leave the reader with an entirely new concept of gender itself.

  • Articles

    Colorism in India: Light vs. Dark

    Colorism in India: Light vs. Dark

    In India, there is a central obsession with light skin in the beauty industry. This obsession can be seen through the well-known product, Fair and Lovely. It is a cream that is intended for the use of lightening skin. Fair and Lovely is a product that is problematic since it encourages the colorist belief that light skin is more beautiful than dark skin. Unfortunately, it is just one of many that are often advertised to Indian citizens. Furthermore, the lightening skin cream has been very successful. According to a video produced by BuzzFeed India, the market for lightening creams was worth around 423 million dollars in 2010. This obsession with having lighter skin is not just an issue dealing with social expectations, but also has medical disadvantages. Some creams can contain harmful components, including mercury. Moreover, the preference of light skin in Indian society has had much history and has persisted for hundreds of years.

    Radhika Parameswaran, a professor in the Media School at Indiana University who currently focuses on colorism, beauty, and sexism in India, talks about several factors that have led to colorist beliefs in India. According to her, the caste system in India may play a role. In general, there is a perception that wealthier people tend to have lighter skin. This is because wealthy people had money for others to do manual labor, and the ones that did manual labor would work in hot temperatures and their skin would consequently darken. However, there is not an established correlation between the color of skin and the rank in caste, Parameswaran says. But, the perception still exists and that is one reason why fair skin is preferred. She also goes on to mention the significance of colonialism in implementing colorism in Indian society. A lot of infrastructural development in India is accredited to British colonists. Therefore, lighter-skinned can be perceived as a sign of success, even if there’s no such belief as “The white colonists are better than Indian people.” The media also has significance. Many Bollywood actors and actresses are portrayed as fair skinned. In fact, many famous celebrities in Bollywood endorse ads for lightening cream. Furthermore, it is women that are more affected by this issue. When the caste system was more prevalent, women were supposed to have children to further the lineage in the caste system. The assumption that has risen is that if a light-skinned woman has a child, that child will also be light-skinned. Colorism does also affect men. According to The Hindustan Times, 71% of Indian women would rather marry a man with lighter skin. Overall, there are many factors that have resulted in colorism in Indian society.

    There are solutions underway, though. There is a social movement known as Unfair and Lovely. There is a hashtag for it on Instagram in which Indian people who have darker skin can post pictures of themselves with that hashtag. This movement encourages Indian people with darker skin to embrace their skin. Then, a young Pakistani woman by the name of Fatima Lodhi, created an anti-colorism movement in 2013. She now goes to schools and teaches students about colorism and makes them aware of the issue. Even though colorism has deep roots in Indian society, change is on its way.

    Credits:
    “Radhika Parameswaran on ‘Colorism’ in India.” Claremont McKenna College, www.cmc.edu/keck-center/asia-experts-forum/radhika-parameswaran-on-colorism-in-india.
    BuzzFeed India. “Why Is India So Obsessed With Fair Skin?” YouTube, YouTube, 28 May 2018, www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BQc2guo-Lg.
    Rodrigues, Collin. “India’s Unfair Obsession with Fair Skin, Its Impact on Relationships.” Https://Www.hindustantimes.com/, Hindustan Times, 20 Mar. 2015, www.hindustantimes.com/sex-and-relationships/india-s-unfair-obsession-with-fair-skin-its-impact-on-relationships/story-cbkOW7ZShgbR10i5yfvIXI.html.
    Abraham, Mary-Rose. “Dark Is Beautiful: the Battle to End the World’s Obsession with Lighter Skin.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 4 Sept. 2017, www.theguardian.com/inequality/2017/sep/04/dark-is-beautiful-battle-to-end-worlds-obsession-with-lighter-skin.
    Picture Credits: “Fair and Lovely: Skin Care.” EBay, www.ebay.com/bhp/fair-and-lovely.