I'm Owning My RBF And So Should You

I'm Owning My RBF And So Should You

I should not be held responsible for the impact my neutral facial expression has on the world.

If I had a dollar for every time someone told me to smile, I would never have to work again. If looks could kill I might end up being responsible for casualties on a large scale. But anyone that knows me knows that I love to laugh and that I do, in fact, smile. However, my laughter and smile cannot be forced. I’m friendly, respectful and a delightful conversationalist (oh, I'm super humble also), but my face naturally gives off the vibe that if you approach me I might cut you for breathing.

Though this is a condition I have dealt with my whole life (see 7th grade school picture), in recent years the term resting b*tch face or "RBF" has been used to describe it. There have even been scientific studies on this phenomenon. But as with most things, I find it more productive to look at the positives. After all, I should not be held responsible for the impact my neutral facial expression has on the world.

Without further adieu, here are five reasons I am choosing to love my RBF.

1. I am less susceptible to wrinkles.

Move over anti-wrinkle creams, we've found the key to maintaining youthful skin and it's free.

2. People don't know When I am judging them.

You can say that you don’t judge all day long, but we all do it. Everyone makes initial judgments about people; it's human nature. The difference is what you choose to do with that judgment and the conclusions you allow yourself or society to draw from and attach to it. Some people were just born with a built-in way of concealing their judgment because we look like we're judging everyone anyway. *snaps fingers in "Z" formation*

3. People have to try harder to get to know me.

You can choose to run in fear, bow down or if you're lucky, have a casual conversation.

4. My game face is my only face.

Ready for anything.

5. Strangers don't interact with me.

The most fascinating people you know were strangers to you at some point, but I know that I am not alone in my dislike of certain interactions with people I don't know. By the way, do I need to mention getting hit on by sloppy drunk guys?

From politicians, activists, artists and celebrities to the woman who works at the post office, RBF doesn’t discriminate. Billions of women (and men) of all ages are affected (that's a made-up statistic — I don't actually know how many people suffer from RBF nor is there scientific evidence...). Hopefully, if you suffer from this condition these tips will help you start to own your RBF too.

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3 Date Night Looks You Can Pull From Your Closet Right Now

Do you really need to buy a new dress?

Date nights can sometimes sneak up on you. During the middle of the semester, right when you’re finally getting into the swing of classes and honestly, when are you going to have the time to shop for something to wear, and who says you have to buy a new dress to spend time with your honey anyway? Here are three looks that you can pull off from things you already have sitting in your closet.

1.The ever-reliable LBD

When all else fails, this wardrobe staple will never let you down. There are so many different styles to go for, my favorite thing about the little black dress is that there is a style for everyone to love. This one from Express is one of my favorites, it’s sassy AF and just a little bit sexy. You could pair this with whatever shoe fits best with your style, I personally have a pair of black heels I’ve been dying to wear.

2. A bold statement skirt

Grab your favorite piece, the one you move aside in your closet every morning because its just too much You only bought it because it was super cute and you could not leave it behind. Today is the day this piece has been waiting for. In my closet, I have this amazing royal blue maxi with sunflower detail that I ordered off of Amazon for a specific occasion. I haven’t found a reason to wear it since that event. Let your favorite piece experience a night on the town.

3. Dress up a pair of Jeans

This look is all about the shoes. You can throw on your favorite most broken-in pair of jeans with a pair of killer shoes and have an awesome outfit. You can wear something really flirty like this super cute statement heel from Steve Madden. I’d top this with a simple blouse, something that doesn’t scream t-shirt but still lets this shoe hold the attention it deserves.

Or for a bolder look, you could go with this black leather thigh-high-boot from Aldo. Thigh-high-boots have been seen everywhere this year, and if you own a pair why not pull them out tonight? For an edgy feel, you could pair with a white V-neck and a leather jacket.

Going out should be about feeling beautiful and confident, you don't have to break the bank to do that! Your closet is filled with your favorite clothes that make you look beautiful and confident every day.

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5 Instagrammable Lip Products For Under $8

Show off your new look for less!

Ever heard the saying “champagne taste on a wine cooler budget”? That pretty much explains my complicated relationship with makeup. I don’t wear makeup that often, so I think it’s financially irresponsible to spend a ton of money on it. A staple in my makeup routine is a good lip. High school and the beginning of college was all about a nice gloss finish, but that has changed. Regardless of the occasion I can be found with a nice matte lip, either nude or bold. There really isn’t a middle ground when it comes to my lips.

I always get compliments on my lip colors and love the responses I get when I tell people it’s a drugstore brand. I’ve tried several brands, but only a few have made the cut for repurchasing.

Choosing the perfect matte lip is a science. There are specific qualities that it must possess to become one of my favorites. Some of the deciding factors include:

Applicator: What is provided for application?

Application and Consistency: How many coats are required for full coverage?

Dry Time: What is the dry time?

Chapped Effect: Does my lips feel like the sahara desert after application?

Longevity: How long does it last from the initial application time?

Food: What does it look like after a meal?

Here are some budget-friendly matte lip options.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream $6.49

Applicator: Doe Foot (the same applicator you get with a lip gloss).

Application and Consistency: It’s creamy and takes 1-2 coats for desired results

Dry Time: Less than a minute, since it’s a cream consistency.

Chapped Effect: For a matte product my lips feel smooth and moisturized.

Longevity: It typically last for about 5 hours before touch up are needed.

Food: This product works well with most food and drinks. However, after eating anything greasy like pizza or wings there is a drastic need to reapply.

Maybelline Color Sensational $5.49

Applicator: Lipstick

Application and Consistency: Super-creamy formula. I think it being super creamy requires more coats to get my perfect lip.

Dry Time: Downside of this product is that it doesn’t dry like tradition matte products.

Chapped Effect: I would compare this product to a lip gloss. That’s great because it doesn’t dry out my lips.

Longevity: This isn’t an all day lip product. I would suggest using this solely for social media. Don’t judge me, everyone has those days when they want to get cute for selfies or snapchat.

Food: Be prepared to reapply after eating.

NYX Velvet Matte Lipstick $6.99

Applicator: Lipstick

Application and Consistency: Dry yet creamy. The thickness of the product makes it a little difficult when applying, but if done right it only takes one coat.

Dry Time: Product doesn’t require a dry time, it’s matte from the first coat.

Chapped Effect: It’s a little creamy, but after a while I feel like I should apply chapstick.

Longevity: It can last for a couple of hours pending on how much you eat. I personally get about 4 hours before I need to completely reapply.

Food: After eating I can’t tell that I had on makeup in the first place, so bring the tube with you.

Let me go on record and say I am not a fan of liquid lipsticks. I am a creamy girl, but I have played around with two in the past.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip $6.50

Applicator: Doe Foot

Application and Consistency: Liquid, but manageable. I try to be as minimal as possible and with liquid lipstick I feel the need to overcompensate to see results. It takes maybe 3-4 coats to get it right.

Dry Time: I strongly dislike that it takes a couple of minutes for it to dry. Even when I only do 2 coat it takes forever and a day.

Chapped Effect: I love how the product looks, but hate how dry it feels. I felt like my lips were dehydrated.

Longevity: Despite how it feels, this is a full day lipstick. I easily got 8 hours or more use out of it. I typically touch up when we are getting close to the 8th hour.

Food: Pretty sure I can enter a pie eating contest and it would still be there when I am done.

NYX Professional Make Lip Lingerie $6.99

Applicator: It’s a flat applicator and I hate it so much. The only benefit of it is that you can perfectly outline your lips before fully applying.

Application and Consistency: It’s creamy and takes 1-2 coats for desired results.

Dry Time: It takes 1-2 minutes for it to dry. When I’m in a rush I stand in front of a fan, don’t judge my life choices.

Chapped Effect: After a couple of hours I feel the need to apply chapstick, but it isn’t as bad as ColourPop in my opinion.

Longevity: Pending on the number of coats applied this can be an all day lipstick. With a slight touch up after lunch.

Food: Similar to the NYX Matte Lip Cream, the greaser the food the more likely you will need to apply.

Why spend hundreds of dollars when you can achieve the same results for half the cost.

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