5 Beauty Hacks for the Frazzled College Girl

5 Beauty Hacks for the Frazzled College Girl

Even if you don't have the time, you can still look flawless.

In high school, I pretty much was on a set schedule. I’d get home from practice or work, (or whatever else I may have had after school) eat dinner, shower, do homework, go to bed. I usually was in bed by 11, and woke up around 6. In college however, my schedule tends to vary a lot. I used to be the type of person who NEEDED to shower at night. Not only at night, but I needed to shower every night. Dry Shampoo was not in my vocabulary. But college students reading this will understand, sometimes you just don’t have the time to look at your absolute best every day! Here are 5 things I have found to be super helpful in my beauty routine while away at college, and hopefully they will be able to make your lives a bit easier too!

1. Skip the shampoo sometimes!

When you are crunched for time and just need to rinse off, don’t worry about shampooing and conditioning your hair every time you shower! Just getting your hair wet can make it appear less greasy, and prevents your body from overproducing oils in your hair. Washing your hair everyday, you run the risk of your glands becoming overactive and your hair being susceptible to appearing greasy after a short amount of time.

2. Use Vaseline on your wrists to make perfume last longer

Before I go to class at 9 AM, I put vaseline on my wrists and spray perfume on them after. This makes the perfume last longer and stick to my skin, which is perfect for days that I am at class from 9-1 or times I can’t come back to my room all day!

3. Just use Vaseline for everything.

I use my vaseline on my eyelashes as well on days when I don’t feel like putting mascara on. Not only does it help them to grow and strengthen, but also makes your lashes appear darker and shinier.

4. Whiten your teeth quickly and inexpensively with this recipe:

I found this on Pinterest and I swear by it! After just 3-4 times of brushing your teeth with it, you will see results. Put a tiny bit of toothpaste into a bowl, along with one teaspoon of baking soda, one teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide, and half a teaspoon of water. Mix it all in and get rid of any clumps, then simply brush your teeth for 2 minutes. Use this 1-2 times a week for best results!

5. Drink a glass of tea before bed

I drink “Sleepytime” tea, which is decaf and uses herbs such as chamomile, spearmint, lemongrass, and orange blossoms to calm me before bed. I get the “Celestial Seasonings” brand from Target, and it is super reasonable! I have also started taking “Ollie: Flawless Complexion” gummy supplements before bed as well. While I have only used them for about a week or so, reviews claim that after routine use you will notice your skin to appear more clear!

Being in college, you have to be handy and resourceful when it comes to health and beauty, and with these few tips hopefully your morning routine will become a little more effortless… and MAYBE even give you 15 more minutes of sleep; cause we sure need it!

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Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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Thanks to genetics, fate, or some kind of coincidence, I got hair that isn't perfectly straight or in tight curls. I've been told that my hair is pretty, and for the most part, I do like it. However, there are some aspects of having wavy hair that I get annoyed with. Here are some of the struggles that wavy-haired girls like me deal with every day.

1. Some days it’s “more straight” and others it’s “more curly”

When you wake up, you don't know what you're going to get.

2. When it’s curly, it’s weirdly inconsistent

One side of your head could be more curly than the other and there's nothing you can do about it.

3. Frizz. Everywhere. All the time.

4. A lot of hair products simply don’t do anything for you

Any products that attempt to smooth frizz just make your hair look greasy and unwashed.

5. But when you find one, it becomes your holy grail

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Other girls can brush their hair and it looks the same. When you do it, it looks like you've been electrocuted.

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13. You absolutely have more bad hair days than good

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