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.
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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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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

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It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning. You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret. So here are 20 tattoos where you can't go wrong. Here are 20 small tattoos with big meanings. (But don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!).

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.



2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."



3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.



4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."



5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."



6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."



8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)



9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.



10. The Greek word “Meraki” means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.



11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.



13. “Lux in tenebris” means “light in darkness.”

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora” is translated literally as “Towards greater things.” It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.



16. A glyphs means “explore.” It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."



18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower’s first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.


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To the people who hate on tattoos, I got Them For Me, Not You

I got my tattoos for me, not to please you.

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There is this stigma in society around people who have tattoos. More specifically, people who got them young or have a lot of them. That they look tacky and serve no purpose. I am almost to the ripe and tender age of 19 and I already have two tattoos and I do not regret them one bit.

Most people do not know that I have them as they are easily covered. One is on my ankle and the other on my right shoulder blade. The first time people saw the one on my ankle, they thought it was a joke and that the tattoo itself was fake. I got my first one right before I turned 17, and I got some backlash.

People have told me that getting tattoos so young is a stupid choice and that I am going to regret them in the future. That they label me and they will make it less likely to get a job- which is false especially since they can be covered. A lot more professions are becoming more accepting of people with tattoos because it is a lot more normal to have one now than it has been in the past.

Well, with each passing day I love my tattoos more and more. They represent who I am. They remind me to stay strong and stay young at heart. I will continue to embrace them and add more to my body as I grow as a person. When I am older, I will look at them and think of all the memories that are associated with them and smile.

It is my body and if I want to put permanent ink on my body, then I will. My tattoos do and will always have a special meaning to me. The meanings may not make much sense to others, but that does not matter. They matter to me and they always will.

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