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!

Cover Image Credit: Annie Condodina

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14 Things No One Tells You Before Your First Spray Tan

Everything you need to know about preparation and aftercare.

I recently got my first spray tan, which I had put off for way too long. I always had an irrational fear of not going to the right person, not doing it right, or not being tan enough before hand and then turning out like a carrot, an orange, or Donald Trump. But honestly, when done right, spray tans can look just as natural as a regular tan.

Before and after my first spray tan, I did a few things wrong that led to a not-so-flawless glow. The mistakes were nothing major, but that even annoyed me more. They were super simple things, like not going to get a spray tan right after it rains or not using a loofah afterward, that I would have done differently had I known to.

Even so, I loved my first spray tan and recommend it over harmful tanning beds any day. You just have to know what you're doing. So for all you rookie spray tanners, here are some helpful preparation and aftercare tips I learned from tanning professionals or through unfortunate trial and error myself:

1. You will smell like a spray tan even after you shower multiple times.

The smell will fade significantly after your first shower but will definitely overstay its welcome. Deodorant and perfume will be your new BFFs. Sidenote: Despite the smell, don't shower until at least eight hours after your spray tan. I would go get a spray in the very early morning then shower late at night before bed to avoid staining your bed sheets and pillowcase.

2. You'll look better if you go get your spray on a cold day.

Heat = bigger pores = clogged pores = a less smooth and more spotty tan.


You will look like this. Seriously. Just don't get a spray tan while it raining or while you've got the water works going.

4. Bend your limbs while getting spray tanned.

While you're getting sprayed you should bend your knees and elbows, keep your fingers spread apart and slightly bent, and squat a bit. Awkward? Yes. But, unless you want to have even more awkward untanned spots in those creases, I'd do it.

5. If any spots of your skin look like they are extra dark or have extra bronzer on them, JUST IGNORE THEM.

DO NOT TOUCH THEM UNTIL YOUR FIRST SHOWER. You'll only end up looking like you took a Magic Eraser to your newly tanned skin, making things worse.

6. Your feet and elbows will always look a little dirtier, blotchier, and more Cheeto-esque, no matter what you do.

Try using pre-spray lotion if provided, wearing flip flops or, even better, staying barefoot as much as possible. But honestly... you're just going to have to deal with the fact that your feet and elbows will not look as great as the rest of your body.

7. Your nose will look so tan and cute right after your spray, you're not going to want to wash it off or cover it with makeup.

Sadly, you definitely should wash it off during your first shower. When you do, the color you see running down the drain is NOT your tan, it's just the excess bronzer. This goes for the shower too! Don't worry if you see the water changing color and don't stop rinsing until it runs clear.

8. Don't moisturize the day-of but DO moisturize all day every day after your first shower.

Moisturizing frequently after your spray tan will help your tan not to come off due to dry skin, rubbing during regular body movements, shaving, or sunburn.

9. If you're treating yourself to a pampering spree, the spray tan comes LAST or, even better, the day after.

Any facials, pedicures, etc. that involve scrubbing will rub your tan off almost entirely if you do them right after your spray tan, and slightly still if you do them a day or two after (so don't use a loofah in the shower either). If you are going to get a facial, pedicure, etc. the same day, make sure you do that BEFORE the spray tan and that no oils or lotions are used.

10. If you have big boobs they will rub together and consequently rub your tan off underneath and between them... without fail.

Lotion, lotion, lotion. Lotion every day all day after your first shower.

11. The more you go to the gym the faster your tan will disappear.

Sweat is no good when it comes to spray tans. I'd give it a few days before going hard at the gym— Good thing being tan makes you feel toned.

12. The tan on your hands and face will fade much faster than the rest of your body. It's inevitable.

I mean... unless you stop washing them. Considering the fact that it's ~vom~ worthy, I'd recommend getting a tan extending moisturizer instead.

13. Your tan will develop more over time.

During those eight or more hours before your first shower, your tan will darken. Some will even continue to darken after your first shower. So don't be disappointed if you're not as tan as you want to be right away and start lathering on tanning lotions or anything. Just give it time to set in.

14. Having someone spray you (as long as they know what they're doing) will almost always look better than having a machine spray you.

This way, the spray is more personalized to your body, the person spraying you can go light on your feet and elbows, and you can have them fix any spots they might miss.

If you're in the Pittsburgh or Morgantown area, check out Spray Tans by Alexa for an experienced spray tan technician who will come to you for free if you have a group of five or more!

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Try These Top 10 Makeup Hacks For Your Worst Days

Serial Sweater? Always oily? From someone who knows your pain, here are the top 10 ways to avoid—or survive—your worst day.

It's almost summertime, y'all. I'M READY for the pool parties, beach days, finding an actual job, blah blah blah, you get the picture. But whether you're meeting friends for lunch in 102-degree weather, or you're going to your first professional job interview, you want your makeup to slayyyy and STAY that way.

1. Moisturize. Moisturize well.

The secret to a good face with makeup is in fact, a good face in general. Take good care of your skin and it will come in clutch on the days you need it most. The best stuff on the market might set you back a little (OR A LOT), but you can find some really good deals on comparable moisturizers at T.J. Maxx or Marshalls.

2. Wear sunscreen even on cloudy days.

This should be a given by now. We all know how much the sun can damage our skin, it's literally roasting it. Sunscreen is like your sassy comeback. Always have a sassy comeback when someone roasts you. You'll be Twitter famous and your skin will thank you.

3. Use eyeshadow primer on your nose.

And when I say eyeshadow primer, I mean eyeshadow primer. Yes, they make this wondrous product. Yes, you should be using this—your eyeshadow will survive the gym, the shower, and probably the Apocalypse. Apply this on your nose before foundation and your pores will never have existed. It. Does. Its. Job. Check out Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer at Sephora and get yourself some free beauty samples with shipping.

4. Setting spray. Setting spray. Setting spray.

I once went swimming on a hot day in August with a group of friends. After half an hour, a girl said to me, “How do you still have your face on?” Smiling, but not too broadly at the idea that my face is only my face with makeup, I replied coolly: “Setting spray.” Urban Decay's De-Slick is my favorite right now, but Milani's Make it Last Setting Spray is a great drugstore dupe, and more importantly, my bank account's preferred product.

5. Carry blotting paper with you.

YEAHHH, NO, sweat is a very real (and oftentimes embarrassing) thing. Trust me. I'm an expert. God bless genetics and social anxiety. While some blotting paper can take your oil AND your makeup off, certain kinds, like Clean & Clear® Oil Absorbing Sheets, will only take off your oil. Press gently. And don’t go showing it to the girl on your left, she won’t be impressed with the massive BP-esque spill you’ve discovered. Unless she’s your best friend, in which case you may just earn yourself a high-five.

6. Carry extra concealer with you.

You can use concealer for just about anything these days: to contour under your eyes, to set your eyeshadow and better show the pigment, to hide government emails or stormy political scandals… Okay, maybe not that last one, and we’re much better off for it.

7. Just carry extra anything with you.

Always be prepared to walk into the bathroom for a quick fix-up. You never know when you’re going to be hugging your cousin at your grandmother’s funeral and step back to see an imprint of the right side of your face on his black blazer. Trust me. It will happen one day. You either run to the nearest mirror and save your face or attempt to not cry while trying to rub your contour off his coat and keep the conversation going while reaching into your purse for a Tide to go pen.

8. Don’t bother with eyeliner if you’re going to be late.

The wings. The wings. They just won’t mirror each other. One is bigger than the other, and it’s nine a.m. and you need coffee and you’ve got class in 20 minutes. Worth it? NO! Wipe off the monstrosity with a Makeup Remover Wipe, add some mascara, there will be no need for anyone to ask questions about the alien-eyed new girl in the back row.

(Alternatively, seriously invest in Kat Von D's Tattoo Liner and your wings will always be fly. That pun sounded better in my head.)

9. Use antiperspirant/deodorant the night before. And in the morning, if you want.

Deodorant is by no means makeup (although one terribly misguided hack back in 2016 was claiming that it could be used as a primer), but it is integral to making it through the day alive. The one thing they never told us in 8th-grade health class (amongst other things) is that antiperspirant doesn’t magically close off our sweat ducts right when we apply it in the morning like the fairy godmother we assumed it to be. It takes time to work and as most are pretty long-lasting, experts recommend that antiperspirant/deodorant be applied right before bed.

10. Use men’s antiperspirant/deodorant.

While we’re on the topic, I also recommend using Old Spice. Not only does it smell like your ex’s best friend’s hot brother who you met that one time at the movies and never saw again, but it also works way better and is way cheaper than female-oriented products like Secret or Dove. Sweat stains, begone!

*BONUS* If you don’t want to wear makeup today, here’s a hack: You don’t have to!

You have a cold, a sunburn, you pulled an all-nighter to study for your Algebra final while seriously rethinking your major and getting existential at three a.m. while looking up EDM YouTube videos to get you through those last few equations. Gurl. I feel you. Everybody else feels you. For God’s sake, grab a coffee, kill that exam, and go back to your dorm and cry and sleep and don’t worry about what people think of your non-makeuped-face. What really matters is you and how you feel.

Just remember to moisturize. 😉

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