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 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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What To Expect For Your First Brazilian Wax

Be informed and do it right the first time!

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It's going to hurt like hell, you're going to swear to yourself you're never going to go through with it again, and that you've betrayed your razor. Just like the pain, these feelings will subside.

Before The Appointment.

First things first girl, you must let your hair grow out very long. Ideally, it should be longer than a grain of rice. Absolutely do not shave two to three weeks before since the wax will have a harder time gripping onto short hair, likely leaving it behind. When I hear Brazilian, I think bare. Hairs left behind defies the whole point of a Brazilian, so please just wait.

Next, you should exfoliate the area a day or two before your appointment. Exfoliation will remove the dead skin around the follicle, making hair removal a tad easier.

Right Before.

Now, it's the day of your long-awaited Brazilian appointment. Shower, which is self-explanatory and a nice gesture for your dignity and much appreciated from your esthetician, though do not exfoliate. That will irritate the area before the waxing even begins. It will help to take an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. Yes, it will still hurt, but it will help.

During The Wax.

During the session, relax. Your esthetician should guide you in deep breaths and knows techniques to minimize the pain.

Personally, I love going to the salon because it's like a free therapy session. You can vent and talk about anything and they'll likely listen and give you their opinion, or silently judge. They're already seeing every bit of you, so nothing seems off the table, but proceed with caution and just be yourself.

When the wax is over, they will apply a cooling crème, gel, oil, or other product to soothe the stressed skin.

After Care.

After the appointment, it's crucial to be aware that everyone's skin heals at different rates. It's also likely you will develop little white bumps from waxing. To inhibit ingrown hairs from forming, I've found that applying Thayer's witch hazel, or another witch-hazel toner without alcohol helps the healing process immensely. Then, top it with a hydrocortisone cream. It helps with redness and swelling. If you don't have witch hazel, that's perfectly fine. Just proceed with hydrocortisone cream and an ice pack if needed.

I'm aware that these after-care instructions make a Brazilian sound like a terrible self-inflicted experience, but I can assure you'll be going back for more. After the bumps subside, you will love the smooth skin, the ability to hit the pool without the worry of "Did I shave?" In a way, I'd compare the experience to giving birth, but way less painful. Yes, it hurts, but women are strong. They become pros at childbirth, and soon, you'll become a pro at Brazilians.

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