Loving Makeup But Being Lazy: The Struggle

Loving Makeup But Being Lazy: The Struggle

I refuse to commit two hours to contouring.

I love makeup. Makeup is one of the most fun, creative things I can actually somewhat do. (Don’t ever ask me to draw. Trust me, it's for your own good.) I love looking at the newest trends, admiring beauty guru’s rainbow highlighter—seriously, that stuff is magic—and shopping for new shades of whatever I can get my hands on. However, one thing I love more than makeup is sleep. As a college student I tend to get up an hour and a half before I have to be in class, and considering I need an hour of that time to drive to campus, catch a bus, and walk to class, I don’t have a lot of time in the morning to make myself presentable. I enjoy applying makeup every day, but it is always the most time-consuming part of my morning routine. Here are some of the struggles of loving makeup but being too lazy to wake up early enough to do it well.

1) Eyeliner

Wings are the devil. I personally love them, (and need them; my eyes are so small I need the wings to elongate my eyes) but it’s a miracle if I spend less than twenty minutes just doing eyeliner. Draw a wing, check. Draw the other, and suddenly it’s three times as large and a quarter inch too long. Wipe it off, start again. I’ve actually rubbed my skin raw from removing messed-up eyeliner. It’s the most important part of my makeup routine, and I’ve nearly been late more times than not because of it. Wings will be the death of me, but I’m never going to stop doing them.

2) Mascara

Definitely not as difficult as eyeliner. However, every time I apply it to my lashes I have the inevitable fear of clumping, leading to removing mascara (and in turn some of my eyeliner, see above) and reapplying, hoping my eyelashes will cooperate this time. God forbid I accidentally stab my eye with the applicator brush, causing not only burning pain, but eye watering that leads to black ink running down my face, quickly transforming me from a halfway-decent human being to something out of a horror movie. Cue the removal again, and I’m back at square one. Rarely do I have a catastrophe such as this, but when I do, it’s armageddon.

3) Eyebrows

One of the biggest trends in makeup: having that perfect arch and an ending point that could stab a man. There are as many shapes of eyebrows as there are people, but similar to eyeliner, getting the two to match up is often a struggle. And for beginners it can be just as hard to find a pencil that actually matches. (I had red hair and black eyebrows for a while—it’s okay, I’m cringing too.) But it is one of the few things I can guarantee gets easier the more you do it, so as long as you keep practicing, soon you’ll be a brow master. Maybe one wing is three inches and the other a third-inch, but your eyebrows will slay.

4) Contour

Mostly bronzer/shadow. It’s fun to do, and the results can be staggering. But in my opinion it is one of the most difficult parts of your typical everyday makeup, and definitely one of the most time-consuming. I personally avoid foundation and contour, mainly because I’m so terrified it’ll break me out. (And honestly because I’m super lazy.) But I have done it multiple times before, and I’ve drawn some weird contour lines. I’ve had a cheekbone halfway down my cheek, a jawline on my neck, and temples so sunken in I looked like a skeleton. So make sure you practice a lot before you go outside, especially when it comes to blending. You’ll either over-blend it and your efforts will be pointless, or not blend enough and it looks like someone smeared dirt on your face. All I can say is good luck.

5) Lipstick

Lord, this matte trend has been the death of my lips. I love it and think it looks so gorgeous, but every matte lipstick I’ve bought became less of a cream on my lips and more of an extra layer of skin that peels. It dries my lips up so bad that I can rarely wear it much anymore. Not to mention the struggles of actually applying it. Messing up can be super easy, especially if you’re like me and have exceptionally small lips. Getting that perfect Cupid’s bow, being mindful of your teeth, and getting an even application are only a few struggles of lipstick. That’s why I’m mainly a ChapStick kind of girl; non-tinted, moisturizing, and if I smear it all over my face, no one will see, so no one can judge me. I’d rather have that than a pink smear up the side of my cheek.

What makeup issues do you struggle with? How long is your daily routine? If you can commit the time, I applaud you. You’re the real makeup MVP’s. Get that contour and flick those wings. You look fabulous.

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Cute Clothes That Don't Fit

Bodies aren't made for the clothes, clothes are made for the bodies.

Being a girl is so much fun when it comes to cute clothes and getting dressed up or looking nice. Girls love compliments and feeling good about themselves, but sometimes finding the right outfit can be difficult.

There are so many stores like Francesca's or Dress Up that go from size extra small to large, and even then the clothes might fit too tight or snug. I know certain stores don't order larger sizes for in-store purchases, but customers can go online and buy clothes that may fit them.

It is really difficult for girls who aren't very small, or what the idea of "skinny" is, to find cute clothes that don't make them feel enormous or uncomfortable. Women come in so many different shapes and sizes and the clothes that are available to us are almost desgined to fit one figure or one type of person.

Personally, I hate going shopping and trying on clothes because I know that the clothes I like won't fit me so I don't even want to try.

Of course, there are stores out there that will fit the larger woman, but most of the time the clothes aren't as cute as the extra small shirt in the adorable boutique around the corner or makes a girl feel as beautiful as their smaller friends that can easily buy something fashionable in these certain stores.

Bodies aren't made for the clothes, the clothes are made for the bodies and I wish stores and designers cared more about people who don't fit into the stereotypical small, medium or large.

There are so many beautiful outfits out there and it makes me so angry that I am turned away from certain stores because clothes simply run up to a large. It's unfair to larger women and women who have larger breasts or anything else that may set them apart from the smaller sized women seen shopping in the boutiques.

It's difficult going shopping with friends who are smaller than me. They can easily walk into a store and find something that will look great on them and fit them and it might take me four or five stores before I can even fit a shirt over my left boob, even if it is a large.

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Everyone Is Stuck On Stickers

Stickers have become a new form of personal expression among students.

Need a new way to showcase your interests? Or maybe just a way to promote the organizations you are a part of? If this is the case, go walk around a college campus, and you will soon see laptops and water bottles covered in stickers. This sticker fad has become a social norm among many students across the country, and these stickers are often used to display students’ interests and involvement. From a desire to travel, to a quote from their latest Netflix binge, students cover their laptops and water bottles with different pop culture references and symbols.

Redbubble is one of the most popular websites students use to find different types of stickers. This site claims that their stickers are waterproof, and can last up to 18 months of outdoor use due to them being made of vinyl instead of paper. One Tumbler user decided to review these Redbubble stickers, testing them up against soap and water, probably a smart idea considering students are using them on water bottles. These stickers stood up against different factors and were still able to stick to materials.

One of the best things about these stickers is their ability to attract conversation. Looking around a public area, you can find individuals who share similar interests to your own. They provide a great ice breaker that can allow you to make friends and find others who are involved with similar organizations. Popular sticker themes are

  • student organizations (ie. Dance Marathon and Greek life)
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Here are some examples or inspiration for all of your sticker needs from college students! These stickers are basically tattoos for your laptop, without the lifetime commitment!

Ella Class of '21

Her favorite sticker is the "I'm sorry I was taking a nap" because she naps all of the time. If she wakes up with any missed texts her response is always 'sorry, I was taking a nap'.

Nichole Class of '21

Kayla Class of '20

Her favorite sticker is the 'Explore' sticker in the middle. She thinks it is important to explore the world in an effort to better understand yourself.

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Kate Class of '20

Her favorite sticker is the one about books because reading helps her escape to new worlds. Books have been there for her when people in her life were not.

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Zoe Class of '21

When asked about her favorite sticker, Zoe responded with "As a whole, I chose to put these on my laptop because every sticker represents who I am as a person and I wanted people to be able to get a feel of what type of a person I was by my stickers. I have a Harry Potter one because I'm an HP nerd my 2 more equal rights stickers to show that I am for equality and peace, the oh whale to show I have a cute girly side the planets because who goes to Purdue and doesn't have something space related."

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Jasmine Class of '21

When asked about her favorite sticker, Jasmine replied, "my favorite sticker is the top right rose one bc the rose is the flower of my sorority so it reminds me of my sisterhood and the "oh la la" describes the amount of sass I throw on the daily."

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Ben Class of '21

When asked about his favorite, Ben chose the Cubs sticker. His reasoning was, "I've been a fan my whole life, and they are a big part of why I like baseball".

Sarah Class of '21

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