10 All-Too-Real Confessions of A Clinical Lipstick Junkie

10 All-Too-Real Confessions of A Clinical Lipstick Junkie

My name is Becca and I have a problem.

My name is Becca Steele, and I have a problem. I am a beauty addict, specifically a lipstick junkie.

Okay, maybe not Selena extreme, but very close.

My obsession with lipstick was born from my mom always told me I needed to always wear a little something on my lips so I usually had a nice neutral gloss on. My first like nice lipgloss was Sexpot by TooFaced and it was a lip plumping gloss…. oh the mems.

I was also a dancer and in theatre growing up so I learned the importance of making your lips pop on stage. I always adored wearing bright red lipstick during show season but never pursued the looks beyond the stage.

That is, until I got to college. I had the transcendental epiphany that most college kids have: new year, new school and a new me. I wanted to wear lipstick confidently and fashionably. Thus an addiction began, like a phoenix from ashes.

As a loud and proud lipstick junkie I know that there are others out there, hello I follow hella beauty blogs on Youtube and I thought I’d give a little shoutout to 10 things my fellow junkies can relate too.

Confession 1: The price of the lipstick doesn't matter. If it does the job so I can serve the look, it’s worth it.

No, I do not mean I am spending hundreds of dollars on one lipstick but I am also not a brand snob and appreciate quality lipsticks over quantity lipstick. Brands and prices aside, a nice lipstick that you can wear confidently is worth it.

Confession 2: I wear lipstick 6/7 days of the week and I have switched colors during the day.

It doesn’t matter what I’m doing or where I am going, I will have lipstick on. Trip to the gym, lipstick. Studying in the library, lipstick. Going to the farmer’s market, lipstick.

Confession 3: My “me time” is spent watching lipstick swatches as well as trying them on for myself.

I love a good lipstick swatch video. For one thing, you learn a lot about the chemistry of product color and natural body color. By that I mean, not every color is for every skin tone. Take me for example, I can’t wear any yellow based colors like oranges or reds that have that yellow tone. Peach shades and different variations of pink are always tricky for me.

Confession 4: When people ask me for help finding colors, my heart skips a beat.

There is nothing like putting on a fresh lipstick and feeling confident in your own skin. To be able to help others feel that way makes me even happier. I live for helping my friends, family and sometimes strangers (it’s happened twice) find what they’ve always been looking for.

Confession 5: New releases of lipsticks are the equivalent to the joy of Christmas or my birthday.

It feels like Christmas every time a makeup brand launches a new collection, colors, or formula. Currently, Kylie Cosmetics is always droppin’ new shades on us, Jeffree Star dropped a collection of stunning colors for the holidays as well as his Star Family Box set and Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty Line is dropping hella colors this December.

Confession 6: I would totally get lip fillers if it made my lipstick look better.

Truthfully if it meant that my lipstick would look even more poppin' I would totally get a little lip filler done. Currently, I am satisfied with the look of my lips and also my bank account can’t support that kind of surgery/upkeep. Look out Kylie there could be a new sheriff in town.

Confession 7: I’m on that Ulta Reward Points and that Sephora VIB game.

A true junkie can’t resist the ability to gain points, get deals and be in on what’s happening/what is to come. Sometimes you get what you need at Ulta sometimes you get it Sephora. I’ve had fantastic finds in both.

Confession 8: Kissing is a hassle for lipstick, not the other way around.

Still in search for the kissable lipstick that doesn’t move or stain the guy that I’m kissing (they aren’t a huge fan of that). But sometimes you have to make a sacrifice and if the lipstick must be ruined, then so be it.

Confession 9: Sometimes you have to buy a lipstick simply because it is cool. You might wear it once but still, you HAVE to have it.

Literally, there are so many adventurous colors out there that sometimes you just have to buy them. Jeffree Star has literally created so many interesting ones including one that is a pure gold color called “First Class” and a gorgeous teal color called “Mermaid Blood”. These colors are stunning and I want them just to have them.

Confession 10: There is power in a well lined Cupid’s Bow.

The Cupid’s Bow is the main focal point of the lips. If you hit the mark on your cupid’s bow it will not matter what lip you are wearing it will be poppin’ and you will serve looks. Be gracious when you line it you can always extend them to give an illusion of a deeper bow or a bigger top lip.

Cover Image Credit: Becca Steele

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8 Bathtub-Free Lush Products College Students Need

No bathtub? No problem.

Good college morning, everyone! Welcome to another day of weird not-homey-ness, stress and wondering when you're going to squeeze in time to shower without a bathtub.

In this month since I've been at school, I have been saddened on numerous occasions because I miss baths. I have at least two beautiful-smelling bath bombs at home that I know would take all my stress away. Why am I not sinking in the liquid sunshine and feeling the allure of blackberry and sandalwood (or whatever the package says)? This community bathroom situation is not going to cut it anymore without a little help from the Lush gods. Are they listening? I hope so.

(I can't promise any of this will be budget-friendly, but sometimes sacrifices must be made.)

1. Cup O' Coffee

Spend less money at your campus Starbucks and enjoy the benefits of coffee with this self-preserving face/body mask that increases blood flow. Your skin will feel soft, and you will smell delicious. It lasts for about two months and doesn't need to be refrigerated!

Price: $11.95 / 5.2 oz

2. Ultrabland Facial Cleanser

You actually cannot use water with this product (I have been there and made that mistake). It is super great when you'd rather remove your makeup in peace and not have to weasel your way up to the crowded counter in the bathroom. A little goes a long way!

Price: $18.95 / 1.5

3. Shampoo Bars

Not only are they all super pretty and make your hair smell great, but these palm-sized bars last up to 80 washes and won't weigh your hair down with silicone or residue. The Karma Komba bar (above) works especially well for detangling, but each bar comes with its own unique benefits.

Price: $10.95-$12.95, but mostly $11.95 / 1.9 oz

4. Sleepy Lotion

Wind down after a long day in front of your computer and get ready to fix cracked winter skin with a lavender body lotion. that will hydrate your skin and lull you right to sleep. It's super new and super popular so if you snag some, cherish it.

Price: $9.95 / 3.1 oz

5. No Drought Dry Shampoo

Sometimes there's just no time to wash your hair, and that's totally cool. This powder shampoo takes the place of regular shampoo, blends right in with even dark hair, and won't make greasiness worse like some spray dry shampoos do. It smells citrusy, so no one will ever be able to tell you skipped a wash... or four.

Price: $8.95 / 1.9 oz bottle

6. Jungle Conditioner Bar

We all know there's no time every morning to fix hair that has a mind of its own, so be proactive with this bar that tames wild hair so your straightener doesn't have to!

Price: $11.95 / 1.7 oz

7. Rub Rub Rub Body Scrub

Tired of being covered in dorm room grime? Me too. This scrub comes in a pretty bar and in a jar, but both work well to rub off dead skin and general college dirt.

Price: $9.95 / 4.5 oz bar, $22.95 / 11.6 fl oz tub

8. Bonus: Lush Tins

To transport all of Lush's minimal-packaging goodies to the shower, these reusable tins are great for you and great for the environment! Lush's shampoo, soap, and conditioner bars come "naked", so having somewhere to put them when they're not in use is probably a good idea.

Price: $3.95 / tin made to shape your product

Good luck spending all your money, and happy college!

Cover Image Credit: Raina Shannon

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Farsali's Unicorn Essence Is A MUST Have For Any Beauty Regimen

The famous brand has been raved about all over social media. But is the product actually worth it?

Almost all magazines and top beauty influencers have had something to say about the fast-growing beauty and skin care company Farsali. Although there are only six products available for purchase, the company quickly gained popularity.

The founder of the company, Sal Ali, told Yahoo Beauty, “I created Farsali as a gift for my wife. We are more than just husband and wife — we’re best friends, so we talk to each other about everything”.

Out of the six available products, there are three in specific that have become essential to any beauty and skincare routine: the Rose Gold Elixir, Unicorn Essence and the Jelly Beam.

The Unicorn Essence antioxidant serum and primer is an absolute must-have. Since it is oil-free it does not clog my pores, but instead, it works as a serum. This allows the skin to completely absorb the product without leaving it feeling heavy or greasy at all.

The main issue with most serums and primers is that they feel so heavy when applied to the skin. Some products I have tried made my skin feel like I was weighing it down. I always felt like washing my face right after I applied it in order to feel clean again. Also, other products ended up being too thick, so they did not settle well onto my skin at all.

However, the Unicorn Essence contains ingredients that provide antioxidants and vitamin C to ensure healthier skin (acai berry, goji berry, blueberry, and tamarind). It is perfect for moisturizing, enhancing, and protecting the skin without any added residue or odors.

Finding primers that actually smell good is pretty hard. I have no clue as to what some companies put into their products... they just don’t smell very nice. Farsali’s Unicorn Essence is “heavenly sweet” and has an “uplifting aroma.”

It seriously has one of those fragrances that you cannot stop sniffing. Yes, that sounds strange, but anyone who has tried it will say the same thing.

This all in one serum and primer allows for makeup to be applied perfectly smooth, while also preventing creasing from the use of concealer and even helping foundation last longer.

These are not even all the benefits! Enhance eyeshadow pigments, prevent eyeshadow creasing and even enhance highlighter to get that blinding glow all with Farsali’s magnificent Unicorn Essence serum and primer.

The way in which the product is dispensed has transformed the way moisturizing primers have been used. Not only is the one fl oz bottle super attractive…the liquid itself is eye-catching. Once I use the dropper to dispense the serum/primer onto my skin, I immediately see the sparkles. It is called Unicorn Essence for a reason.

The Unicorn Essence is definitely a holy grail for my beauty regimen. It has allowed my skin to feel fresh and balanced. This product has also prevented my foundation from looking cakey or creating any dry patches.

So, YES, Farsali's famous Unicorn Essence really does live up to its hype.This is definitely one of the only primers I have no doubts in and will always continue to use!!

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