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 five 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 every day, 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 a.m., 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 in 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 two minutes. Use this 1-2 times a week for best results!

5. Drink a cup 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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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

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.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, 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 semicolon 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 into 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 and 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 glyph 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 and the strength we all have inside of us.

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

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How My Hair Transformation's Have All Been A Devotion To The New Me

When I change my hair, I feel like a different person.


When someone goes through a hard time, sometimes they decide to dye their hair a different color. Hair is something if you mess up, it'll eventually grow back, change the color, or wear a wig. I'll refer to different points of my life by what color my hair was at the time, saying stuff like, "Oh, I was so much more fun when I had red hair" or "I was at the highest point in my life when my hair was black" etc.

(For reference, I've colored my hair; red, black, purple, back to black, green, and now blue.)

I first colored my hair when I was 19, and I felt like a needed a change. At the time, I was constantly stressed, and after looking at some photos on Instagram for reference, I made the appointment with my stylist. At the time, I'd rather pay for someone else to do my hair professionally, than do it myself and mess up. I L-O-V-E-D having red hair and my confidence went way up. I felt like I stood out a little more, rather than what I felt like, blend in with everyone else around me. This is the time when I'd go out more, was more social, was easier going, and overall, I felt like I was happy.

When I was over the red, I decided to have it dyed black, I naturally have really dark brown hair and in certain lights. I felt like black would be easiest, because it would cover up all of the red dye, and you couldn't tell when my natural hair grew in. Again, my confidence boosted during this time. I didn't stand out anymore, but I felt like it really complimented my complexion and personality. During this time, I traveled to a county I'd always wanted to visit, Japan, with my best friend at the time, was voted into a leadership position, when to my first anime convention, and met/grew closer to many wonderful people who helped shape me into who I am today.

Now I'll admit I jumped the gun a bit when I decided to dye my hair purple. I wanted a more drastic change, and purple is one of my favorite colors. The color didn't come out as bright as I would've preferred, it was a bit hard to see, but I still liked it. During this time, I felt like I was going a bit downhill. This was when my depression and anxiety was at its worst, I wasn't doing well in school anymore, and I wasn't sure what to do with my life. I dyed my black again after that, and I felt somewhat normal again, but all the stuff going on in my life wasn't going to magically get better just because I dyed my hair, and I knew that. I worked on bettering myself every day and got back into old hobbies that made me happy), such as photography and traveling, and socializing with the people closest to me.

Now last October, I decided that I wanted a little change again, but to save some money I was going to dye my hair myself. I only did the ends of my hair, rather than all of it, because I wasn't sure I could have colored hair where I worked, and because I normally wore my hair in a bun, I thought it'd be less noticeable. Well, I was wrong, but no one said anything to me about it, so I guess it was fine. I bleached my own hair and used Arctic Fox Iris and Aquamarine to make a teal color, only I added a little too much green and it came out as more of a green-blue, but I didn't care. I felt like a new person, I was in a happier place, and that's all I cared about. A month or two ago, I dyed my hair the Aquamarine color from Arctic Fox and have been loving it ever since.

Whether you do it yourself or have a professional do it, is up to you. It's something that isn't permanent, and I can change again and again. I don't think you need to dye your hair in order to feel better nor will it fix all of your problems, but I do think it can be a big confidence booster, even for a little bit.

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