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  • 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.”

  • Articles

    The Impossibility of South Korea’s Beauty Standards

    Korean Beauty Standards

    The Impossibility of South Korea’s Beauty Standards

    South Korea is notorious for its impossibly high beauty standards.

    Take a look anywhere in Seoul, and you’ll see makeup shops proliferating the streets. There are advertisements for everything from advanced moisturizers to long-lasting lipsticks. Above all, western features are highly desired. For instance, double eyelid tape is commonly used for achieving enlarged eyes. Tinted lenses transform brown irises to bright blue. Skin-lightening products are everywhere. In a society as fast-paced and conformist as South Korea’s, companies and consumers thrive on adopting the latest makeup trends.

    Ironically, South Korea’s competitive drive is both a blessing and a curse.

    Because of this drive, Korea gave birth to technological powerhouses such as Samsung and LG. Likewise, this constant push to be good, better, best, permeates throughout Korean beauty standards. Korean society expects women to look their best to keep up. Everything from shedding glasses in favor of contacts or having surgery. Often, this helps to better employment prospects. A tapered jaw suggests femininity and a high nose bridge implies elegance. These societal standards encourage women to strive towards the same aesthetic ideals.

    In response to unrealistic beauty standards and broader cries for women’s rights, South Korea is currently undergoing a feminist awakening.

    Sparked partly in the wake of the #metoo movement, South Korean women have been taking to protests and the Internet to voice their cries. The initial backlash against feminism was unusually vitriolic, steeped with anger. Economic discontent compounded this backlash. However, to many people, the response was expected. South Korea has a tradition of being culturally conservative, and its Confucian society is, subsequently, deeply patriarchal. The Korean hoju system was a family register system making men the legal the head of the household. In 2008, the Korean government abolished this law.

    In the face of opposition from both men and women, Korean feminists remain undaunted.

    One new movement, called “Escape The Corset,” calls for Korean women to fight unrealistic beauty standards, some of which require 10-step skincare regimes and hours applying makeup. Women in this movement often adopt short hairstyles, comfortable garments, and, above all, no cosmetics. Apart from being a time and money-saver, Escape The Corset is a broader challenge to Korean patriarchal views that women. These views, are that women subordinate to men and thereby must expend more effort to be acceptable. To many supporters of Escape The Corset, freeing themselves from their cosmetic “corsets” is a form of liberation — a step towards greater freedom in all aspects of Korean society, from employment to appearances.

    Like any other deep-set ideology, progress takes time.

    In conclusion, it will take time for Korean beauty standards to change: to embrace monolids, to stop idolizing Western features, and to accept people as they are. However, I have faith in South Korea. As a country, they believe in strength and harmony. Korea unites in times of need, and values progress above all else. I believe that change will come — one corset at a time.

  • Makeup

    MakeUp Secrets, Tips, and Events

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    Do you want to know the secret to every beauty guru out there? They’re artists.

    They practice almost daily to achieve the desired looks. Somehow, they know how to move a brush across their face and create something so pretty. The final results are so good that everyone is dying to get whatever product they use. However, it is important to not compare yourself, or your makeup to professional make up artists. It is similar to seeing a painting and wanting nothing more than to be able to paint like that.

    Give yourself a break. This is the first step to achieving confidence with your looks.

    Stop comparing yourself to others, and you might find that you enjoy the way you put your makeup on. I know that I struggled with this realization for a long time. I didn’t want to put in the effort to achieve some Youtuber’s “simple” makeup creation, only to be disappointed that I’m terrible at applying it myself.

    Once you’ve accomplished facing reality, try looking at makeup differently. See it as a skill that you can either master or be decent enough to move on with your life. I know that I like learning new skills all the time, so why not add basic makeup application to the list.

    There are classes you can take provided by certain beauty brands.

    These may seem like a scam because you that you have to purchase so much makeup from them to participate. However, it ends up being a good deal. If you’re interested in honing your skills or crafting new ones, check out a local beauty store for upcoming events.

    The brand Smashbox always does my favorite make-up events.

    They seem to know what they’re doing, and you end up with high-quality products in the end. Plus, you get a cute little notebook and pen set to take notes.

    A make-up event might involve arriving at the store an hour prior to opening times and attending a short class on basic application skills. At the end of the little class, you get a personal makeover and get the list of products you used. This is where spending the money on the brand comes in handy for you just as much as for the company. Go ahead and buy those products that looked so great on you.

    Another beauty tip I want to share is that contouring does not have to be as crazy and hard as some people make it out to be.

    A light and simple contour are achievable. Just take a darker than your skin-tone powder, a thin angled brush and begin at the height of your cheekbone (for reference follow the bone in your cheek to the tip of your ear). Then take a shade a little lighter than the dark shade and brush over it. And finally, finish with a shade that nearly matches your skin tone. If the lines are harsh, then take a blender brush and blend until you don’t feel like you have mud on your face.

    If you are interested in the beauty tools that I use for my makeup or some preferred brands, then I will link them below.

    I work as a nanny for a makeup representative, so I am all in the know for new products and techniques. I may not be talented with makeup myself, but I am at least confident in the simple ways that I can do it.

    Smashbox Brush Vault: https://www.macys.com/shop/product/smashbox-16-pc.-camera-ready-brush-set-created-for-macys-a-382-value?ID=6993742&pla_country=US&CAGPSPN=pla&CAWELAID=120156340028656760&CAAGID=44402199731&CATCI=aud-390063526002:pla-438536849957&CATARGETID=120156340018162291&cadevice=c&cm_mmc=Google_Beauty_PLA-_-G_PLA_Beauty_-_Smashbox_Smashbox-_-173465103305-_-pg1899099_c_kclickid_235407e8-cc2e-4777-b8dd-49bdcd569853_KID_EMPTY_740213458_44402199731_173465103305_aud-390063526002:pla-438536849957_607710078796USA__c_KID_&trackingid=450×1899099&lsft=cm_mmc:Google_Beauty_PLA-_-G_PLA_Beauty%20-%20Smashbox_Smashbox-_-173465103305-_-pg1899099_c_kclickid_235407e8-cc2e-4777-b8dd-49bdcd569853_KID_774_740213458_44402199731_173465103305_aud-390063526002:pla-438536849957_607710078796USA_{feetitemid}_c_KID_,trackingid:450×1899099&gclid=Cj0KCQiAxs3gBRDGARIsAO4tqq0TTCAqv0rqDJ5M-0TcZ9IJFrIyFk6mMEhHNvELSjxJz4uVZe27_KUaAl7XEALw_wcB

    Tarte Cosmetics: https://tartecosmetics.com/en_US/home?mrkgcl=1213&mrkgadid=3296529234&adpos=1t1&creative=256728527705&device=c&matchtype=e&network=g&gclid=Cj0KCQiAxs3gBRDGARIsAO4tqq0fhcjhN9J9DxKqOqyPVUNbBv9QqfDlwBKyfc2FV9mEMimFn8-p5v4aAqQLEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

    Simple Makeup Tutorial Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1GyF14WKjQ

    Smashbox Makeup Events: https://www.smashbox.com/events

  • 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.


     

     

    Do you know if your makeup is cruelty-free? Read here about why it’s an important thing to consider, and get a list of cruelty-free brands.

     

     

  • 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: https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/fact-sheet-cosmetic-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

    Aveda

    Urban Decay

    Kat Von D

    E.L.F.

    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

    Avon

    GlamGlow

    Benefit

    Maybelline

    Mary Kay

    Elizabeth Arden

    O.P.I

    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.

  • 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.

  • Social

    First Dates: A Tutorial

    First Dates: A Tutorial

    What does a first date mean to you? To me, going on a first date is the first real chance you have at getting to know someone. The actual date may not be as common as going to the movies and getting dinner, there are other ways to romantically get to know someone. I remember my very first “first date”. It was near the end of my freshman year of high school, and this boy I had met through a mutual friend invited me out to dinner. With permission from my parents, I agreed to go out with him.

    I was so nervous. I did not know what to wear, how to do my makeup—if I should wear makeup—where we would go, or if I was going to be expected to kiss him at the end of the night. I wasn’t sure if I would be ready to kiss him. I had even considered cancelling the date and just asking if he wanted to hang out with a group of friends sometime rather than being alone. But I didn’t.

    I flipped through every single article of clothing I had in my closet and ended up trying a few on. Nothing seemed to fit the mood right. Blue jean shorts felt too casual, my homecoming dress was too formal, a tank dress fell a little too close to casual, and my black blazer would make it feel like an interview. So, when all else failed, I went to my sister. Today you could just use Pinterest for outfit options.

    My sister said to just wear something cute and comfortable. Do you know how vague that is? Very.

    I eventually settled on a black camisole, a white cardigan, and a blue jean skirt. It may sound unfashionable now, but it seemed alright back then. It ended up being both cute and comfortable like my sister suggested. I didn’t have to change my personal style to fit for the date’s mood, which is important when someone is trying to get to know you, and vice versa.

    The next item on my list was the makeup issue. I didn’t wear a lot of makeup in high school, mostly because on weekends my Show Choir group would wear tons of it for a single performance. But during the school days I wore a little bit of eye liner and some mascara. Pretty much nothing has changed, aside from what makeup I wear to professional events. I believe a natural face can be just as beautiful as wearing makeup. Whatever feels comfortable to you, is what you should do.

    The guy I was going to be seeing knew what my face looked like on an average day, so I decided to dress it up a little bit. I watched a short tutorial on Youtube for how to do makeup, and then began applying those techniques to my face.

    With my outfit down and my face embellished, I was ready to see where the night would take us. He had planned for the two of us to eat at local Mexican restaurant. Just dinner, nothing else. I was completely okay with this. First dates are not supposed to be how extreme the other person can be when planning, but to have some time to talk in a comfortable environment. That is not to say that you can’t do fun and exciting things for a date, just try to give time to talk on the first one.

    As the night was coming to an end, we talked about what things we favored, what we are passionate about, where we see ourselves in years to come, and we even gave each other personal compliments. It felt like a huge success, and I was already planning on seeing him again.

    When it came time for him to drop me off at my home, he walked me to my door and let me know how much fun he had that night. He leaned in slightly, so I knew he was inviting me to meet him the rest of the way if I wanted. Instead, I was not yet comfortable enough to kiss him back, so I said goodnight and that I would like to see him again.

    There was nothing weird about the situation. He backed away at a comfortable pace and smiled with understanding. There is no rule that states you must kiss your date on the first one or on any of them. It is something that is nice and will come naturally with time.  We did end up going on a couple of more dates after that night, and I eventually met him halfway.

    If you are ever in need of some first date/dating advice check out these tips:

    • Only say yes if you absolutely want to go out with them. You are not obligated to “give someone a chance”.
    • Pick an outfit that feels like you but give it a little bit of an extra touch so that the other person knows you’re just as excited about the date as they are.
    • If any part of the date makes you uncomfortable, do not be afraid to say something.
    • Always come prepared to pay. Even if the person you are going out with invited you, you should be ready just in case anything happens. This brings me to my next tip,
    • The responsibility of paying typically goes to the person who invites the other person on whatever date is planned, unless you have both agreed to split the tab, or some other arrangement is made.
    • Don’t be afraid to be the one doing the “asking out”. It does not matter what gender you identify with, if you want to go on a date with someone, then just ask them.
    • Healthy Dating Tips: https://www.girlshealth.gov/relationships/dating/index.html