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    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.

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    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!

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    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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    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.

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    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

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    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.

     

     

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    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.