Easy, Breezy, Beautiful, CoverBoy

Easy, Breezy, Beautiful, CoverBoy

17-year-old James Charles breaking down glass ceilings and proving you can do anything your heart desires.
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Two hours later on Instagram and Twitter and I can declare that I am in love. With whom you make ask? James Charles, the new face of "CoverGirl" is who I now wish could be my best friend and give me tips on becoming a makeup aficionado. I have scrolled through his entire Instagram feed, fawning over each post, admiring the art he creates with eyeshadow and eyeliner.

Even more amazing, he is only 17 and has been taking over the social media world by storm. He can now be mentioned along with names such as Sofia Vergara, Katy Perry, Ellen, and Zendaya. On October 11, the CoverGirl family for the first time in 61 years introduced James Charles to their family. Many have flooded to Instagram and other social medias to congratulate him for such an amazing accomplishment.

James Charles, now with 800,000 followers on Instagram, 128,751 subscribers on YouTube, and 87,700 followers on Twitter started off small. His makeup slaying started by simply just watching YouTube makeup tutorials. After doing makeup for one of his friends for prom, he began his Instagram in which he wanted to showcase his talent for his former clients. As his recognition grew, he progressed to YouTube. He began his own journey in December 2015 and the rest is history.

From teaching the world how to create the perfect summer glow to going out of the box with his chunky glitter tutorial and Marve-themed makeup, he never ceases to amaze. His winged eyeliner could honestly kill if you got too close. Every makeup tutorial keeps my eyes glue to the screen as he creates new and inventive ways to do makeup. He makes his face a canvas as he flies through the glass ceiling of what he can go with makeup. Just look at the different creations he has produced simply with his artistic abilities!

Makeup has become such a diverse platform; it accepts those of all genders. It has become an art form anyone can master. Makeup depletes the social boundaries of society and has created an inclusive platform for all. Males such as Patrick Star and Bretman Rock have been slaying the makeup game along with many others. They continue to break down barriers through their tutorials where they highlight and contour like they could do it with their eyes closed. I could only dream to be on their level.

“I love it so much. I am so proud that the makeup world is including everyone, not just race but gender,” freshman Katherine Burroughs said.

“Men are allowed to enjoy and use makeup like women and it’s not just in the realm of drag queens anymore, but just everyday makeup.”

Today, gender norms are being broken every day. Our culture has become immersed with people of all shapes and sizes who are comfortable to express themselves and most importantly be comfortable in their own skin. This “new” culture has been spearheaded by James and others, allowing them to present their wonderful talents to the world. To James, thank you for being an inspiration for all and continue to break boundaries as I know you will.

Cover Image Credit: Makeup Artist James Charles Is the Very First Male CoverGirl

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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6 Eco-Friendly Gifts For The Ones Who’ve Already Stopped Using Plastic Straws

Give a gift that will not be wasted.

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Christmas and the surrounding months are for some people synonymous with shopping and stress over gift giving. If you want to avoid stress, I recommend considering giving practical gifts this season that everyone can use. Personally, I have been trying to be more green and reduce my ecological footprint on the planet by reducing my amount of plastic and waste. This holiday season, I want to encourage my friends and family to also be more green by giving them useful gifts that will also help them reduce their ecological footprint and waste. (You can see what your ecological footprint is here)

1. Stainless steel straws

SENHAI set of 8 stainless steel straws

We heard earlier this year about the high among of plastic, especially plastic straws, in the world's oceans that are harming ocean wildlife. I now carry around a set of steel straws in my purse to use instead of plastic straws. These straws are even dishwasher safe!

Find on Amazon for $8.99

2. Travel coffee mugs

Travel coffee mugs are so much better to use than single use cups because they are sustainable. Plus they keep your coffee warmer longer and don't spill as much. If you bring in your own mug to most coffee places, they will be more than willing to fill it and may even give you a discount. At Starbucks, bring in any reusable coffee mug or tumbler and you will save 10¢!

Find on Amazon for $10.49

3. Reusable water bottles

S'well 15 oz S'ip stainless steel water bottle

Many people worldwide use plastic water bottles with a million bought per minute of which 91% are not recycled. By buying a reusable water bottle, your gift will help save the planet as well as their wallet "with the average American spending over $100 per year / per person."

(S'well water bottles and tumbler not only look good, they also do good with S'well giving back to their partners UNICEF USA, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and RED.)

Amazon for $19.99

4. Reusable shopping bags

BeeGreen foldable reusable grocery bags

Worldwide about one trillion plastic bags are used annually which contributes to the approximately 8 million metric tons of plastic waste that are found in the oceans. Consider helping to cut down on plastic grocery bags by giving reusable shopping bags. (These bags come in packs of 5 with cute prints and even fold up!)

Amazon for $14.55

5. Reusable produce bags

Purifyou reusable mesh produce bags

Another way to cut down on plastic bags is to use reusable produce bags when getting groceries at the store.

Find on Amazon for $14.97

6. Reusable snack bags

Stasher reusable silicone food bag

These not only cut down on plastic bags but are great for students and coworkers who have to pack their lunch!

Find on Amazon for $11.99

My recommendation is to gift several of these as a set or to include one as part of you. You can consider putting your gifts in the reusable bags or even using newspaper (especially the comics section) as gift wrapping to make your gift more unique and reduce waste!

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