I Stopped Wearing Makeup

I Stopped Wearing Makeup All The Time And I'm The Happiest I've Ever Been

Makeup is now a thing of the past.

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Let's get one thing clear: I love makeup.

I can spend hours watching makeup tutorials on Youtube or Facebook. I also used to be the kind of girl who wouldn't be caught going anywhere if I didn't at least have a fresh coat of concealer on or some mascara brushed on so it looked like I had some eyelashes to speak of. I used to be so insecure about what I looked like because I was terrified of someone looking at me and not being happy with what they saw.

Against my better judgment, however, this all changed last semester when I had to be at work at 8 a.m. every morning. I was working two jobs, was a full-time student, and wasn't getting enough sleep as it was. Judge me all you want, but getting up that early every morning was a struggle. I give major props to any person who is as busy as I am and still finds the time to wake up early and look good.

I just didn't have it in me to put that type of effort into my appearance.

It got to the point where I would roll out of bed and leave my apartment at the last possible second just so that I could get an extra minute of sleep. I barely gave myself time to eat breakfast, which meant I definitely didn't have time to apply makeup.

I hated it at first. I couldn't help but think that everybody was judging me or when I had a particularly bad pimple that shone bright like a diamond on my face, I worried incessantly that everyone I passed would be staring at it. I was so self-conscious, I think it actually drove me a little nuts.

But after the first few weeks, things got calmer. I stopped worrying and I grew more confident in myself. I now realize that most of that self-doubt came from not recognizing what I looked like without makeup, and as I grew more comfortable with my appearance, I stopped caring what other people thought about me.

The crazy thing though, and something I still have to remind myself, is that nobody was judging me to begin with. We are our own worst critics, and if I'm being honest, I don't think many people cared about what I looked like. The things that I think are the most noticeable, like how short and light my eyelashes are, are most likely not noticed by anybody else.

And odds are if anyone did notice it, they didn't care.

I can't think of one time I ever judged another person for not wearing makeup. It has never crossed my mind to judge someone on the amount of makeup they're wearing if any at all. So why on earth did I expect the rules to be any different for me?

Not wearing makeup has allowed me to be more confident in myself and it has allowed me to see my natural beauty. I don't think makeup covers up what we look like or makes us lie about our appearance, in fact, I think makeup is something that just enhances all the beautiful things about us. But sometimes it's hard to remember that and we forget to remember that we're still beautiful without it.

I've never felt more like myself. I can confidently walk around campus without anything on my face, and that's something I would never have been able to do even last year.

I encourage any person out there who wears makeup to remind themselves that they do not need it in order to look beautiful. You grew up without it for a majority of your life and you were beautiful then, so you will absolutely be just as beautiful now.

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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!

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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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6 Fun Hair Colors You Should Try This Summer

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Coloring your hair can be a way to express yourself or to change up your look, whatever the case is it's fun. While it can be very expensive, most of the time it's worth it. These are some hair colors that would be fun to try out this summer.

1. Red

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Now, red doesn't have to be Ariel red, it can be a subtle red, or fire truck engine red- whatever you prefer. The color will most never wash out, you will always have a hint of red in your hair (just as a warning).

2. Purple

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This is a good color if you are naturally blonde or have colored blonde hair because the color can easily go from purple back to a somewhat natural blonde color. But just as an FYI, the color washes out really quick, especially if you wash your hair often.

3. Blonde

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If you have black hair or brown, this could be a fun change. You don't have to dye your entire head, it could just be the ends. But if you are expecting to go blonde in just one trip to the salon you are going to be disappointed. It's going to take at least 4 times to get to what you want if you have dark hair. It is also a big commitment and a big expense.

4. Blue

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This is always fun if you are trying to channel your inner mermaid! There are so many shades of blue that the options are endless, but if you have already blonde hair it will eventually turn green because of the yellow hues in your hair. The best idea is to bleach your hair before putting the color on this way it won't result in having a weird hue in the weeks after coloring it.

5. Pink

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This color is always a fun go to, it's one of easiest to do and doesn't require a lot of maintenance, it will show up in most hair colors. While it does washout pretty quick, it will look just as awesome as it fades.

6. Brunette

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If you are a blonde who is trying to change it up this would be a fun adventure, there are so many different ways you could go brunette, either a nice light brown or chocolate brown even can go as far as dying it black. Either way, there are so many options that will fit anyone's comfort zone.

Being someone who has dyed their hair a good number of times, understand the fear and commitment that goes into doing it because it's a big change especially for those that have never done it before. It's also pretty expensive, and can leave your hair damaged, but if you find the right salon and there are plenty of great products that can help with damage and protect colored hair it should all be a positive experience. Now, the one thing everyone should know before going into a salon is that what you want might not happen because you don't know how your hair will react with the color. Just go in with an open mind and a good idea of what you want, but trust that your stylist will try and get you exactly what you want.

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