My Favorite Beauty Finds Of 2016-2017

My Favorite Beauty Finds Of 2016-2017

"Where is all of your money?" "It's on my face."
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Over the past four years, I have been taught how to spend my money wisely. There are many occasions where I struggle with that (ask my mother, she'll tell you all about it). I go through phases. Clothes, jewelry, food, you name it. However, I do have one big monster to blame, the Beauty Industry.

That being said, it's a friendly giant. Here are 15 of my favorite products and brands I like to keep in arms reach.

1. Glossier

Glossier is what began my love of skincare and beauty. I even wrote an article about this wonder brand a few months ago. I have nothing but good things to say about this company. If you love their products, you’ll love their customer service even more. Glossier blows me away purchase after purchase. My favorites out of such a great selection are the Haloscope in Topaz, Super Pure, Boy Brow and Wowder. There’s no doubt you’ve heard of this brand created by the Jewish Beauty Superstar, Emily Weiss. You might as well just pull the trigger.

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2. Colourpop

I have no words that can describe what this brand has done for my life and to my bank account. I have no regrets and you won’t either once you get hooked. Do me a favor and order a super shock shadow, a couple of a pressed powder shadows, a lippie stix and a concealer. You’ll be thanking me later, especially after the check out cart reads: “free shipping with a $30 purchase”. Did I mention that shadows are only 5 dollars?

3. Pixi Beauty: Glow Tonic

This is a product that has completely transformed the surface of my skin. I never had bad skin, but my face always used to get little "bumpies." Not acne, in particular, I just didn't like the texture of my skin. This changed all of that.

4. Clinique Turnover Serum

My mom has used this product for years. My sister swears by it, and two of my best friends can't get enough of it. I put it on every single day. Need I say more?

5. Pixi Beauty: Rose Oil Blend

After I shower and use my toner, I pump a dollop of #4 on my face, and I squeeze two little droplets into my Clindamycin (I get from the dermatologist for dry skin), and I smell and feel like a dozen roses.

6. Charlotte Tilbury Bar of Gold

This product is everything you could ever want as a highlighter. I love love love this golden box. Now, I was disappointed about the size in comparison to the price. But, once I let this powder grace my skin, my worries glistened away. You will never want another highlighter again.

7. Sephora: Pro Featherweight Fan Brush #92

Remember the Bar of Gold I told you about in #6? Well, use this brush when your Charlotte Tilbury package arrives. You'll want it as a blanket, pillow, sweatshirt. Anything you can sleep on and it wouldn't be weird. This brush is perfectly soft, gives the best finish and is the best form of comfort a girl could ask for.

8. Nars Liquid Blush: Orgasm

My cheeks are rosey, dewy and flushed. This is the perfect product for an everyday casual makeup look. Your skin will look flawless. No need to thank me.

9. YSL Matte Lipstick

This color. Oh my god, this color. It isn't completely brown. It's precisely what it's labeled. Its the most delicious raisin you'll ever find touching your lips, I promise.

11. Mac Lipstick: Shanghai Spice

Another game changer for every day. My mother, sister, best friends and best friend’s mothers are all on this spicy bandwagon. You'll be questioning where this pretty little bullet has been all of your life.

12. Fenty Beauty: Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer

Fenty Beauty: 10/10

I have only good things to say about this brand. But the lip gloss? Sorry, I'm speechless. I have nothing to say. I keep getting too distracted looking at my lips in the mirror. Rihanna does it all and succeeds every time. Is there anything she can't do?

13. It Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact

My skin but better, there is nothing more to be said that describe this product. There's a fun cooling sensation that sparks your interest on first application. Since then, I couldn't stay away.

14. Stila Eyeshadow: Kitten

The very first eyeshadow I have ever owned. My mama bought it for me for valentine's day when I was younger. I lost the shade but luckily, I stumbled upon it again at Ulta a few months ago. I know that I'm never letting this circle leave my makeup bag ever again. Use it to highlight, and any eyeshadow looks your heart desires.

15. Burts Bees Eye Liner: Soft Black

I got this last week. And for an entire week, I have continued to kick myself over using Mac eyeliner all of these years. This item is life-changing. No smudging, running and not too soft. Always a home run when I don't end up with raccoon eyes.

There you have it- all of my makeup favorites. Enjoy your shopping!

Cover Image Credit: Fremont Beauty College

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.
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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 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!

SEE RELATED: "Please Stop Asking What My Tattoos Mean"

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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10 Stages That Everyone Who Changes Their Hair Experiences

Maybe it's a big snip or a new color, no matter the difference, new hair comes with a new vibe.

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Changing your hair can be a little like a roller coaster ride—there are lots of different feelings and ways it can go. We've all been through that one phase where your hair was so bad you just block out that part of your life. The biggest fear as a young adult is reliving the middle school hair situation in a time where you can't just laugh it off as an "I was a kid" moment. When you change up your hair drastically as an adult it can really end one of two ways: a new mature, more "wow" look, or a repeat of the sixth grade Dora triangle hair. Here's a series of thought one goes through when they decide to do the big chop.

1. "You got this! You need change."

Dogogo

We all know the feeling, when you have short hair you want to grow it out and when you have long you hair you have this dire urge to chop it all off.

2. "This will be fun."

dance hair

You know, sometimes you just need a change. Lots of people find that their hair can come to define them, so changing it up can be nerve-wracking or just an adventurous way to explore a new part of yourself. New hair comes with a new vibe, which may be just what we need in the new year.

3. "So far, so good..."

barber at work

So this is that moment when your sitting in the salon chair and they're making those first few snips. Your hair floats slowly to the ground and you feel content. All those dead ends leaving you and your life forever.

4. "Oh no, oh no, OH NO!"

the real way to cut hair

And this is the moment when it feels like the hair dresses cut too much. Your hair is now falling to the ground in much larger chunks. Why did you sign up for this again?

5. "What have I done?!"

hair cut sad

A big chop, a big chop?!?!? Who in their right mind thought this was a good idea? So what if it worked on your friends? You don't have their face shape or hair texture. This is all wrong!

6. "Someone fix this!"

own bangs

Maybe you just went to the wrong salon. Someone has to be able to fix this fiasco, right?

7. " Ahhhhh, I hate it!"

ohno hair

Worst case scenario, a wig will do? Or you could just flee the country.

8. "What will people think?"

bird hair

How are you ever going to show your face in public again? People know you for your [insert hair characteristic here] and now it's gone. "No one is going to like me now!"

9. "How does one even style this?"

doggo help

Well, its done now. It feels so much lighter. Now that it's shorter and your hair isn't being weighed down, it actually looks fuller. But how should you wear it now? It barely stays in your usual ponytail.

10. " Wait...I actually really like this."

good hair day

Wait, actually, you like the way you look. It's very low-maintenance too. This is going to be fun!

My experience with cutting my hair went down pretty much like this series of thoughts. I cut my hair from butt length to about shoulder length. To make matters worse, I did it myself. It was a very dramatic experience. There were some tears, some frustration, and a dad that had to come to the rescue, but now, about a month later, I have gotten nothing but compliments. I am super confident with short hair, and my shower time has been cut down drastically. What more could I want?

When I was freaking out about what people would think about my hair my best friend reminded me that, just like a piece of clothing or makeup, my hair is something that accentuates who I am.

When I felt dumb for writing a whole article about hair, I sat down and thought for a second about why it is such a big deal. Hair can hold a lot of meaning for people. It can have cultural and religious significance. It can be a way to outwardly describe how you feel on the inside. Hair is a big way to express yourself and your personality. There's a reason why a good hair day can change your mood.

This experience was my attempt at figuring out who I am without this huge part of my appearance. I got a lot of "Your long hair is who you are, Nandini" during my first semester in college. So this change was a drastic one. Personally, I feel like it was a way for me to portray myself in a new way, from an angle that maybe people haven't seen before: a more serious, more professional, no-nonsense kind of way. But the end result of this endeavor is an understanding that that side of me has always existed, no hairstyle is going to make it disappear. The difference exists in my confidence.

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