4 Halloween Costumes You Should Try This Year

4 Halloween Costumes You Should Try This Year

Halloween is soon approaching, so you need to prepare for your costume!

It's October, and you know what that means: Halloween!! Halloween has always been a fan favorite for those who enjoy dressing up, but can be a pain for those who lack creativity or passion for costumes and makeup. For this Halloween, you have multiple options here to look back at. So, save your American Horror Story binge watching for another night and get out and make it your spookiest night yet!

1. Senior Citizen

The costume for this is relatively easy, just find a sweater and some pajama pants with slippers and add slight wrinkles to your face! This look is super fun to create, and not many people think of doing it! The only products you need for the wrinkles is a brown eyeliner or eyeshadow, and just draw naturally placed wrinkles all around. Retirement for the win!

2. Cleopatra

Channel your inner Egyptian with this colorful take on a classic Cleopatra look! For the costume, you will need a white dress, gold bet, blue shawl, and sandals. The makeup look can be done with a teal shadow all the way up to your brow, inner and outer winged liner (pointing the wing downwards in the outer corner) and a peachy lip. Walk like an Egyptian when going to your Halloween event this year!

3. Fox

Being an animal for Halloween is a classic, but being a fox can change it up a bit, and you can look super cute with a friend! For the fox, you will need an orange top, jeans or white pants, and a fox tail with ears. The makeup can be a bit challenging, because a few more products are used. The lower half of your face needs to be a couple of shades lighter than your natural skin tone, add an orange shadow all over the lid and into the crease, and then go ham on the black liner. The liner should cover the tip of your nose, connecting down on your cupid's bow, adding small whiskers above your lips. I also added winged liner on my eyes, furthering the inner corner's wing down beside the bridge of my nose on each side. Although the makeup is a bit challenging, it pays off in the end!

4. Car Crash Victim

Many people cannot stand the sight of blood, and just looking at someone else bleeding creeps them out. If you're like me, however, you enjoy the creepy special effect makeup style that deals with all things gore. The costume is really simple, just wear a normal, everyday outfit. The makeup, however is the hardest makeup out of all four looks mentioned. To make a bruise, you want to use a dark red to start, blending the edges. You then want to add purple towards the center of the wound, blending into the red. To make your bruise more realistic, adding a tiny bit of yellow to the outside of the bruise and blending it well, will help. For the open wounds, I used scar wax, molding it into the shape of an oval, keeping the middle open. Once it is placed on your skin, use the same bruising technique on top of the scar wax. Add some fake blood to the inside of your wax, and let some of it drip down your skin. Now, you can live your creepiest life ever on the creepiest night of the year!

All of the products needed to achieve each look can be easily found at Walmart, or any drug store that sells Halloween makeup. Stay safe out on the town, and remember to make it an awesome night. Happy Halloween!

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10 Irrelevant Things You, A Broke College Student, Keep Buying

When shopping is a lifestyle...

It's not often that a college gal has extra money to spend, but what do I do when I have a solid $17 in my bank account... scroll through online shopping. I've created a pretty solid list of the 10 things you probably don't own but could spend a while on Amazon shopping for.

1. Car Coasters

Natural Life literally has the cutest, whoever thought of this is absolutely genius.

2. Bobby Pins

Literally, who can ever have enough of these! Always something to buy!

3. Lululemon

OK, don't hate me, but I kid you not these are just the best things you will ever put on your legs. Once you do, there is no turning back.

4. Chaco's

I was never a Chaco girl, but these are just great to have for summer, the pool, and doing earthly things.

5. Boho Bandeau

Again, Natural Life killing the game with useless things. Seriously how cute though?!

6. Makeup Bags

Canvas Pouches could rule my world. I just can't have enough, they are too cute!

7. Little Prayer Box

These are available at T.J.Maxx and are a super cute place to store your prayers.

8. Sudoku Calendar

These are so cool and they have a sudoku puzzle for everyday!!

9. Wall Canvas

Who can ever have enough of these?? Wall canvases are my most favorite thing. I could unload at Hobby Lobby.

10. Mini Mason Jars

You can grow plants, fill these with hair things, or bucket lists. What else could one need!

So here is my irrelevant list of things you should currently online shop for instead of studying! I hope these things benefit your life like they have benefitted mine!

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CVS Needs To Treat Their Pharmacy Employees Better

The treatment of pharmacy staff at nation wide CVS locations is not okay

Like most people, I began working when I was a young teen hoping to have my own money to spend on frivolous stuff I thought I needed. Those jobs — which were not exactly fun or meaningful — came with their pros and certainly many cons.

Working conditions were subpar, especially in a tourist town, because the constant business from open to close would usually result in skipped breaks and smiling through verbal abuse from angry, petty customers.

These jobs were short-term, so having crazy hours and never-ending lines of spoiled children and zombie parents was bearable when you realized you would have a “real” job after school.

When I graduated and started my career...

that is when working conditions and management became a top priority for me as an employee. I even had to leave a career position because it had completely drained me of any mental strength.

I understand what it is like to be in a position that exhausts the body and mind, and I know the frustration and hopelessness that inevitably follows mistreatment within the workplace.

You cannot succeed in your profession if you are constantly bombarded with heavy workloads, angry clients, job duties that were never mentioned or agreed upon and management that clearly disregards the employees’ needs.

Recently, I have had multiple conversations with different people about the poor working conditions within health and human services industries.

Specifically the pharmaceutical industry

When I go to my pharmacy to pick up my medications, I assume that the pharmacist must make tons of money and is carelessly happy. After all, they are doctors with a salary, in a position that is secured and probably offers decent health coverage and benefits.

If I had any issues with insurance or my medications, I immediately trusted that the pharmacist had my best interests at heart and would help me find a solution. And they usually followed through with those expectations.

Sometimes, I would encounter bitter and rude pharmacy employees — both technicians and pharmacists — and that made the whole experience substantially different. I would feel like the company only wanted my money and did not give any consideration to whether my medications were correct and safe.

After speaking with one of my closest friends — who is just starting her career as a pharmacist — I have been appalled at the stories of how horrible some companies can be to their pharmacy staff.

One specific corporate giant within the health and pharmacy business seems to carry the worst reputation.

CVS has been a successful and constantly growing company that focuses on wellness and health, especially within the pharmaceutical realm. As a customer, CVS offers the beauty and health items I need, with convenient locations.I briefly used CVS as a pharmacy and was not particularly impressed with their services but did not really expect special treatment. They made mistakes, but everything would quickly be sorted out and I would be on my way.

Talking to my pharmacist friend, working in the pharmacy of CVS is a nightmare. The issues that she encounters as a young professional just starting out in a new state and company are beyond any mistreatment I have endured in my working life.She explained that she works in the busiest area, typically alone or with one other technician.

As the pharmacist, she has many important responsibilities to focus on that techs actually are not certified to do.These can be tedious tasks of taking inventory and checking on incoming scripts and insurance issues. Of course, she also assists in ringing out customers and filling the medication properly.

But, because her store is severely understaffed, she must focus her attention on every aspect of the workload.

This causes longer processing times, an overloading of impatient customers waiting in line at both the counter inside the store and the two drive-through lanes.

She usually works long hours, hardly receives a proper break to eat (or breathe) and rarely has the support from her administration to make the conditions better.

I obviously felt like I needed to figure out the best course of action to back up my friend so that she could demand some changes or find a new company to work for. Seeing an intelligent, hardworking person being treated like a replaceable dollar sign is a hard issue to standby and watch.

But, what could I really do to make a difference?

I support her, listen to her frustrations and push her to remember that she is genuinely incredible at her job. I also decided to research how one would go about filing a formal complaint with the company as an employee but came up with just a few options.However, I did find a huge population of disgruntled and frustrated pharmacy employees — past and present — who cautioned those looking to get into a CVS pharmacy position. A simple Google search of “working for CVS” shows multiple pages of separate sites with threads or reviews just focused on the issues they encountered when they worked for CVS.

On Reddit, entire communities share their horror stories as a pharmacist or tech in the pharmacy and the recurring complaints of long hours, no breaks and understaffing are abundant.More Google searches showed results from Glassdoor, a popular job site that offers information and reviews on companies one may be considering working for. Glassdoor is incredibly helpful if the job or company has been reviewed.Although some reviews need to be considered as suggestions, not absolute facts since the reviews come from former employees. You never know who is telling the truth.When you look at reviews from former and current employees that work in the pharmacy of CVS, the overwhelming consensus is upsetting.

The reviews are mainly negative, many users choosing to remain anonymous.I did not think that working conditions in an established company, with thousands of stores across the nation, would be as terrible as many have said. Working with corporate companies certainly has its drawbacks, but no one should encounter the issues mentioned on such a large scale.

What got me really thinking about the issues within CVS was a conversation with a coworker.

She explained that she worked for CVS as a pharmacy technician.

We were not even talking about pharmacy or CVS specifically but sharing stories of the weirdest or meanest customer encounters we have endured.

As soon as I explained that a friend worked as a pharmacist for CVS and the horror stories of angry customers who get upset that their fake prescriptions are denied or unfilled, my coworker instantly looked shocked and mentioned how awful employees at the pharmacy were treated at the CVS location she worked at.

My close friend moved to a new state, from Arizona (where she completed school and had relocated to for a few years). My coworker and I are residents of upstate New York.

This just added on the validity that CVS, as a whole, needs to be focusing on the treatment of their staff because complaints have come from different states — meaning that location and demographics are not the issues.

CVS is the issue.

If you think that this issue does not affect you, think again.Not only is it unsafe and unfair for these employees to be exposed to poor working conditions, it is unsafe and unfair to you as a consumer.If CVS is your main pharmacy to get your medications from, would you rather your pharmacist has the time and availability to talk to you about your medications and any possible questions or concerns you have?

I absolutely would prefer that as opposed to a pharmacist who may be on their 12th hour of work without having taken any kind of break during the day. If you are exhausted and mentally drained at work, then you are bound to make mistakes.When I am exhausted, overwhelmed and distracted at my job, I definitely make plenty of mistakes. The difference between my job and a pharmacist’s job (despite being completely different professions) is that if I make a mistake making someone’s coffee, their life is not at stake.

Pharmacists deal with life-saving medications and do much more behind the scenes work than many people realize. You want your pharmacist to be alert and energized enough to do their job well, or the consequences really could be deadly.

Maybe, that is a bit dramatic to say, but the risk (minor or severe) is still dangerous.

If you are currently on any medication and your doctor sends a new prescription over to your pharmacy, to add to your medication regimen, your pharmacist does not just receive that information and immediately fill that prescription.Your pharmacist must make sure that the doctor is credible, the prescription is filled out properly and the dosages are safe.

Sometimes doctors do not realize that you may be on a medication that will negatively interact with a new medication. The pharmacist is just about the last person in line to ensure that you are receiving proper medical treatment and the ones who may have saved you from a fatal drug interaction.

I am sure that CVS is not the only pharmaceutical seller to be scrutinized for poor employee treatment, but the fact that so many bad reviews are focused heavily at CVS is a definite red flag.

I also recognize that I have a personal bias toward the issue because one of my best friends is another pharmacist reporting obvious mistreatment at work. No one wants to see someone they care about go through any victimization.

However, my personal bias also led me to discover that this is not just an isolated incident. CVS clearly has a bad reputation when it comes to the treatment of their pharmacy staff and I think these issues should at least become known to aspiring pharmacists, technicians and customers.

My hope is that more questions are raised about a company whose entire business model is focused on health and wellness but is just seemingly another money hungry corporation that views the health and wellness of their employees as unimportant.

I think we should be questioning the hypocrisy of a company like CVS because how they treat the people who keep their stores going is a direct reflection of how they view their customers. As long as they make money, health and wellness are the last priority of the upper-level administrators and that is not OK.

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