I've Learned To Love My Freckles By Stepping Away From The Cosmetics Aisle

I've Learned To Love My Freckles By Stepping Away From The Cosmetics Aisle

Freckles are technically defined as "blemishes," but I've found that definition couldn't be further from the truth.

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For most of my adolescence, I struggled with my appearance. I was never fit and skinny, but I was also not overweight. I'm a whopping five feet tall, and my face is covered in freckles. There are tons of them—it's to the point that in the summer, my face doesn't tan, it only reveals more and more freckles. Needless to say, in my teenage mind, I was not traditionally pretty. Even if I thought I looked good, I didn't adhere to society's beauty standards so I wasn't pretty in the way other girls were pretty.

To cope with this fact, I wore quite a bit of makeup. I was a dancer and cheerleader for most of my life, so putting on makeup was a part of my routine. I was lucky enough to never struggle with acne and my skin has always looked relatively good, except for my freckles. Oh, how I hated those freckles. My mom constantly told me that she was in love with my freckles and wished she'd had them herself, but that meant nothing to me—she was my mom for Pete's sake, it's her job to love me. My freckles make me look more like a 12-year-old than I already do thanks to my height. As a teenager, all I wanted was to look, well, just like a normal teenager. So, I became best friends with foundation.

Now, I never piled the makeup up like some do, but I wore a lot more than I needed to be wearing. I didn't even really like makeup—I wasn't talented enough to make it look good. I just wanted to cover up my freckles so I could blend in. I even kept this up through my freshman year of college—it didn't matter to me that most other girls were rolling out of bed and making themselves look just presentable enough to go to class, no I was waking up two or three hours before I had to be in class so I would make sure I had the ten or twenty minutes I needed in my morning to make sure my hair and makeup looked flawless.

As time went on, I noticed I was getting compliments on how I looked, but the compliments were coming hours after the makeup came off.

I'd go through the line in the dining hall and the workers would stop me solely to talk about my freckles. I met a new group of friends, and they couldn't get enough of my freckles either. Eventually, between their encouragement and my desire to get more sleep at night, I finally got the courage to stop with the foundation. And honestly? I've never felt more beautiful in my life.

Sure, I still put on a little bit of makeup when I'm in the mood for it, but it's no longer an essential part of my morning routine. I am more confident because I don't feel the need to hide what I actually look like anymore. I worry less about how I look and can focus more on who I am. A few little compliments made the world of a difference for me—this is a real-life example of how words can have an impact. I've improved as a person because my main concern isn't looking just like everyone else, it's more about looking like me. Freckles are a part of who I am, and finally, I can say I'm okay with that. I mean, those little dots are pretty cute, aren't they?

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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 semi-colon 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 in to 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 & 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 glyphs 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 & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.


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5 Wedding Hairstyles For The Bride With Rapunzel-Like Hair

Stunning wedding hairstyles especially for brides with longer hair.

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In the event that you have long hair and you are making sense of how to manage your hair for the big day, perusing this may very well spare you.

More often than not, Rapunzel-like ladies are frightened of getting excessively hair covering the front of her face under the cloak. Being too wild is likewise one issue, so some resort into getting it trimmed or abbreviated for the event. However, that shouldn't be the situation.

Here are a couple of beyond any doubt methods for wearing your long hair upon the arrival of the wedding without the need of shedding a couple of inches.

1. Lay it down straight

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Got lovely, stick straight and impeccably gleaming hair? Display it out and don't let the cover out sparkle it. Get a headband type tiara to help shield the strands from straying into your face as you state "I do."

Ensure that your hair won't choke you as the breeze blows or be snared in the beading subtleties of the outfit. Check if the length of the hair won't barge in the outfit's trimmed or style.

2. One-sided

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Breadth the majority of your locks to the other side, contingent upon which side you believe you are most OK with. Just the ladies with long bolts can pull off this look. Extra adornments like a little tiara brush or blossoms can be added to the haircut to give it a little edge and energy.

The hair can be prodded for more volume or twisted at the base for a progressively fantastic look.

3. Sensational twists

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Either by a hair curler or a perm treatment, twists bring out sentiment and body to your wedding look. On the off chance that you are going for the twists to be restricted to the lower half of your hair, the headband tiara still works incredibly as an emphasis.

A touch up may be required if the twists are escaping before the supper has even begun.

4. Half up, half down

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Half dos are perfect in the event that despite everything you need to have your hair down to light up your face yet don't need your grin to be concealed. Some hairdressers can even make a rose, smaller than expected bun or a complete style with your hair at the back. Concerning adornments, an exquisite yet straightforward tiara would work — not excessively but rather sufficiently only to shimmer.

5. The exemplary bun

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Definitely, a major bun over the lady of the hour's hair delegated with a complex wedding tiara is everything necessary. Indeed, long hair might be a waste on the off chance that just kept covered up at the same time, envision the conceivable outcomes all on the grounds that the beauticians inspire a great deal of material to work with.

With the likelihood of interlaces, twirls, circles, prodding and weaving the look of the bun won't be much the same as some other out there. Matched with crowns and tiaras folded over the bun, this great lady of the hour look has been the one you've been longing for since age six.

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