Loving Makeup But Being Lazy: The Struggle

Loving Makeup But Being Lazy: The Struggle

I refuse to commit two hours to contouring.
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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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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

Price: $8.49 (one pack), $14.99 (two pack)

2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

Price: $10.98

3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: $1.95

4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

Price: $28.46

5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

Price: $12.00

6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

Price: $9.99

7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

Price: $16.99

8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

Price: $6.50

9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

Price: $38.76-$41.11

10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

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11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

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12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

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13. Frat House Dr. Sign

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Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

14. Beer Lights 

Lights are an essential for any party and these will surely light up even the lamest parties.

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Please note that prices are accurate and items in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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10 Essential Lists For Busy College Students

I promise, organization can be fun.

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I love lists. There is something about seeing your entire day written out on paper that can make even the most stressful things seem doable. I keep lists with me wherever I go, as well as a pen and paper in case I need to make more. They keep me organized and sane when I have a lot that I need to do or remember, especially during particularly stressful times, such as exams.

It is very easy to forget things in today's day and age, where everything is rushed and seems like they need to be handled immediately, and lists are a good way to lay out what exactly needs to be prioritized and what can wait.

1. Daily to-do lists

Every night, I try to make a to-do list for myself for the next day. Usually, I try to condense it down to a post-it note, but occasionally I will need a bigger piece of paper. I carry this list around with me all day and usually stick it somewhere in my planner so I can always add to it as the day goes on or cross things off as I complete them.

2. Weekly to-do lists

On Mondays, I make my weekly to-do list, which normally comprises of assignments for school or deadlines for work. This is where I schedule when I will sit down and get assignments done, so I do not have to worry about forgetting one. In the margins, I will list smaller tasks that I have to do either before working on an assignment or that have a less harsh deadline.

3. Running shopping lists

I keep one list in my bag of things that I need to pick up from the store, so if I find myself with a few minutes to spare or out shopping for something else, I will be able to get these essential items and not forget what I need.

4. Gratitude lists

It always helps to take a moment and reflect on things that we are grateful for, especially because there is so much college students have that we tend to take for granted. Things like our education are often forgotten about because we are too caught up in how stressful school can be and do not take time to be happy that we are able to improve our minds in the first place.

5. List of upcoming events

This list is usually for the month or the next few months. I will list all of the birthdays I need to remember and get presents for, days where I will need to go back home, or any plans that I have made that I do not want to double book myself for. (PS, this picture is a lie, there are no naughty pups.)

6. Chapters covered in each class

I don't know if this is a computer science thing, or if a lot of subjects have this, but almost all of my classes that have textbooks will skip around with the chapters. In one class, we have covered chapters one through 10, but last week we were going over chapter three. Therefore, I keep a running list of what chapters we have covered in each of my classes to make studying for quizzes easier and make finding answers to questions more simple when I refer to the textbook.

7. Article ideas

I am a writer, so this should come as no surprise. At any given time I will have about 10 ideas on a sticky note on my computer (my one digital list). Between my platforms, this will last about a week or two, so it's constantly being updated with new ideas I've had or current events I've found interesting. This is helpful to non-writers as well in case they need to provide a writing sample for something.

8. Bucket list

Even though I am not planning an ending just yet, I do have a list of things I want to do. I usually compose one for each year, but I do have a larger list of things I want to do before I die. I suppose these are kind of like resolutions, but they do not require a daily commitment.

9. Books to read

I am guilty of not keeping up with my TBR, or To Be Read List. I get too excited about new books that I often forget that there were many before it in the TBR priority list.

10. Movies and TV shows to watch 

Similar to books, there are always new movies and TV shows coming out, and as they do, I add them to my list. I try to watch one feel-good show and one serious TV show at a time so I don't get plot points confused and can watch what I feel like based on my mood.

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