4 Ways College Girls Can Brighten Up Her Dorm

4 Ways College Girls Can Brighten Up Her Dorm

Turn your dorm room from dreary to colorful!

Anyone who has ever moved into a dorm room knows the feeling you got when you first walked in: this is it? Blank walls, empty desk, no color. It holds a certain loneliness before you shove your whole life into its every corner. And on rainy and cloudy days even after you're all moved in, you might still feel that it's just a little bit bland. Here are four ways to brighten up your dorm room, just in time for spring!

4. Hang up your own artwork.

Taking time over a school break, or even just on a weekend, to craft something is not only stress-relieving, but when you hang it up in your room everything will seem brighter and more colorful! Plus, you can be proud of yourself for making a cute DIY! Below is a mood board that I recently made and hung up on my wall!

3. Let in more light.

Literally, brighten it up. Seriously, what's worse than sitting by the light of your computer screen because your blinds are closed? Keep everything open, even let in some fresh air and you will feel a lot better.

2. Use light-colored or patterned bedding.

At this point, I actually enjoy making my bed in the morning because I love my bedding that much. I grabbed a white and blue mandala comforter from Urban Outfitters on sale the summer that I moved in! See a few similar options here and here that will keep your room looking clean and bright all the time.

1. Bring in plants and flowers.

I always keep flowers by my window, even if they're just in a little mason jar, and take care of them! Succulents are also super popular for dorm rooms now because they don't require a lot of care, but still help keep the room alive!

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Underrated YouTube Beauty Bloggers Part 4

Beauty Tips and Tricks Provided by Talented Women

I'd like to introduce a few more YouTube beauty bloggers who deserve a larger count of subscribers. These bloggers offer unbiased reviews, makeup tutorials that are easy to follow, and do "in-my-life" videos that are very empowering. Some of these bloggers are bilingual (Spanish/English) and own their own beauty line.

YouTube Beauty Bloggers

SLMissGlam: Stephanie Lewis is a Canadian blogger. She is of mixed ancestry, half Chinese and half Caucasian. Steph has beautiful brown wavy hair. She does unbiased reviews of makeup brands such as L'oreal, Too Faced, and Milani. She's an expert in making organizational room videos. Her get-ready-with-me videos give us ideas on how to get ready in the morning quickly and beautifully. She is the owner of SLMissGlam cosmetics. In her beauty line, SL has beauty brush books with 25 synthetic, handmade, vegan, and cruelty-free, made in the U.S.A. brushes. SLMissGlam brush books have had a great acceptance into the beauty world due to their unique design (inspired by candies, mermaids, unicorns), and lifetime guarantee.

GuatemalanHotMama1: Cindy is a certified makeup artist originally from Guatemala who lives in California. She's been part of many beauty seminars as the leading makeup artist. Cindy creates the most beautiful colorful eye looks under ten minutes in her GRWM videos. She uses affordable makeup mostly to create her makeup looks. In her channel, she's performed outstanding makeover to women that are gorgeous. She's been featured in Access Total on Telemundo's channel. Last year, Cindy collaborated with BeBellaCosmetics.com to design and create her own makeup palette. This palette has a total of 35 highly pigmented 1.3 grams eyeshadows for only 24.99.

Aurora Amor Por El Maquillaje: Aurora who's known as Auroramakeup too, is a Mexican woman who does videos in Spanish with English subtitles. Aurora, just like Cindy, is amazing when it comes to creating extremely beautiful eye looks. In her makeup tutorials, she wears eye contacts and wigs to give an idea to the viewer on how a certain makeup style would like on someone from a different ethnicity. She's very soft-spoken and has a sweet personality. She does outfits of the days videos as well.

Queenie RozenBlad: Queenie is a dark-skinned lady from Guyana. In her channel, she does cooking videos, live videos, GRWM videos, and has recorded a few makeup looks appropriate for Muslim religious celebrations. She is a beauty ambassador for Black Opal cosmetics. Black Opal is a makeup brand designated for darker skin women. Queenie is very nice, and answer to all her subscribers' questions on her live videos, where she shares her life as a mother and a devoted wife.

BeautywithEmilyFox: Emily is a French-Canadian young woman. She has a beautiful accent and her reviews are very clear. She's mostly known for swatching newly released collections of lip products. Whenever a new lip product collection is released into the makeup world, Emily would review and swatch on her lips in its entirety. She does OOTD videos, and makeup tutorials too. If, you're ever looking to know how a lip color would look on yourself, check out her channel.

KawaiiDoll1: Paola who used to go by the username JuanCarlos960, is a Peruvian with Japanese ancestry. She's a mother of three little girls and has been blogging since 2008. Pao is a self-taught makeup artist, she does makeup on others and on herself as well. Just like Aurora and Cindy, she's excellent at creating bold-eye looks. She's great at blending different colors when creating her looks. She collaborated with YCcollection.net to create a limited edition trio of liquid lipsticks, which she named after her daughters.

So, stay tuned for more YT bloggers recommendations, these ladies are a must watch due to their honesty and creative content.

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What You Need To Know About Dinner At Nonna's

Welcome to the family.

Saturday, January 27, 2018.

6:00 PM – After an eight-hour rehearsal, our bodies ache, our voices strain, and in our haze of exhaustion, the pang of hunger clenches our empty stomachs. As if she can hear the rampant grumbling in our bellies, my phone lights up with an ethereal ring. The dainty voice laced with Italian dialect on the other end of the line says, “Gabriella, the sauce is heating on the stove. I’ll make some pasta? Bring your friends.” Without a moment of hesitation, we run to the car and sing, "Grazie, Nonna" all the way down Route 9.

Before you enter dinner at Nonna’s, there is one custom you must remember – the word “no” does not exist. If Nonna asks you if you would like to taste this prosciutto, caponata, green tomato, mozzarella or frittata, the answer is yes.

Always yes.

Not only because she never has, and never will, let a guest go hungry in her home (to do so would be to deny her religion), but because she knows that your stomach, palate, and mind will thank you for that taste and keep you coming back for more. Prepare to be replete.

When we arrive, we are greeted lovingly with kisses, hugs, and the undeniable aroma of fresh tomato sauce boiling on the stove. Nonna’s smile beams as she offers us a seat at her impeccably set table, complete with a heaping pile of parmigiano-reggiano, a loaf of freshly cut pane, and that classically translucent bottle of Aqua Panna.

Almost immediately, we are handed a piping hot bowl of brodo with a poached egg. It sends a surge of warmth through the body as we settle into our gratitude.

At the start of the first course, Nonna apologizes for the lack of dinner and promises to make a “fuller” meal next time. Keep in mind that the tablecloth has virtually disappeared under the number of plates that are presently covering its surface. If the lack of vacant space in our bellies is any indication of the fullness of this dinner, a “fuller” meal would result in spontaneous combustion.

We ask her to sit, but at once she refuses. This is to be expected. To ask Nonna to sit while there is still cotoletta to be made, salata to be prepared, and vino to be poured would be a physical impossibility. Rest is only achievable after the meal is fully served and every plate is filled with her own.

Once the final pot has left the stove, Nonna pulls up her chair. We applaud when she finally decides to get off her feet. As she tells her story from her seat at the table, she continues to instinctively eye the back burner that is heating the espresso that will commence the meal with a cappuccino and biscotti.

When we finally decide to depart, our bellies full and our appetites exceptionally satisfied, there is a quiet moment of graciousness that radiates the room. It is the realization that a seat at Nonna’s table means that you have become her family. When she cooks, she embodies the conversation, kindness, and an unbreakable friendship that food welcomes us to share.

It is the remedy for aching bodies, the soothing relief for strained voices, and the home to those who are yearning for it. While we can feel the slight tinge of heartbreak that comes with the end of our night at Nonna’s, we may leave in the comfort of knowing that the door is always open.

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