Makeup Products That Will Change Your Life

Makeup Products That Will Change Your Life

And a Couple Beauty Products

Ok, so maybe they won't change your life. But as someone who was a dancer for 14 years and has been regularly wearing makeup for the better part of a decade, I've found a few staples that have been with me for a while and will hopefully stick around for years to come.

Too Faced Peanut Butter & Jelly Eye Shadow Palette

I. Love. Eye. Shadow. I own many palettes, including multiple other Too Faced palettes and this one is without a doubt my favorite. There isn't one color I don't love, and each one is pigmented and long lasting. I love the look guide included and could spend hours playing around creating new looks. This was my first Too Faced palette, and was worth every penny. Plus it smells delicious.

ELF Liquid Eyeliner and LA Colors Eyeliner

I like both liquid and regular (stick? pencil?) eyeliner. I'm partial to everything ELF because it's cheap and works well. My makeup bag currently has four of their liquid eyeliners because I love it that much. Liquid eyeliner can be intimidating, but this one has a thin brush which is easy to use and make precise lines with. Plus it washes off easily if you mess up. I also really like LA Colors eyeliner because it goes on easily, doesn't need to be sharpened and provides a lot of color with little effort.

Ardell Wispies False Eyelashes

I love Ardell eyelashes, and use many different styles, so it was hard for me to pick which one is my favorite. I bought these Wispies thinking they might be fun to try out, but would be way too big and dramatic for daily use. Boy was I wrong. At first, they looked a little crazy because I usually wear more understated lashes. However, despite what they look like in the package, once their one I didn't look like I was wearing fake lashes and more like I had been blessed with long dark lashes instead of my short blonde ones. These have quickly become my favorite Ardell lashes.

Batiste Dry Shampoo

Before I discovered Batiste, I was a bit of a dry shampoo connoisseur. I spent so much time and money trying different shampoo/conditioner combinations, different drying techniques, a variety of dry shampoos. No matter what I did, my hair is always greasy within hours of taking a shower. I can't say enough good things about Batiste, they should really hire me as a spokesperson. It works wonders! It soaks up the grease without leaving white powder or residue in my hair, it lasts all day, it's cheap, it's easy to find, a little goes a long way and there are so many varieties, all of which smell amazing. Ulta recently had a sale online where I got 10 for about $40, which made me so excited I actually teared up when they came in the mail. One million stars for Batiste, you won't regret trying it.

Jeffree Star Liquid Lipstick

While I don't like Jeffree Star as a person, I gotta give him credit, his liquid lipsticks are kick ass. They claim to be scented, and maybe it's just me, but they just smell like lipstick, which is fine by me. The pointed brush allows for easy application, they dry matte without being overly drying and last for hours. I'm an avid Mountain Dew drinker, and it holds on for dear life without getting on the can or needing touch ups. Pictured are three of my favorites, in order, Calabasas, Hunty and You Better Work. I like the variety of colors, including multiple shades of nude, there's one for every look.

Cetaphil Lotion

I've been blessed? with skin that doesn't know if it wants to be dry or oily. What it does know is that it likes to get all pink and angry at almost any sort of moisturizing/cleansing product. It's a little pricey for lotion, but Cetaphil is the only thing that takes care of my dry skin without angering it. It's unscented, not greasy and a little goes a long way, so the bottle seems to last forever.

Kiss and Duo Eyelash Glue

This was another one where I couldn't pick between the two. I love them both because they both work really well and don't smell like plastic or glue. I like to use the Duo one because it dries clear despite being white and doesn't come out too much at once. The Kiss one is the one I keep in my purse because the little wand is really good at gluing down rouge corners that come up throughout the day.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara

I love a mascara with a big, thick brush that provides a lot of color with little effort. Plus it doesn't flake. What's not to love?

Wet N Wild Bronzer in Reserve Your Cabana

If you're like me, pale skin and blonde hair, bronzer can be tricky. I want to look less ghostly/sickly without looking like a cheetoh and not having my face a different color than the rest of my body. I love this bronzer because it does just that, plus I love how big it is and how easily it goes on and comes off.

NARS Night Fairy Eye Shadow

My mom gave this to me as she was cleaning out her makeup drawer. I'm partial to ELF, Wet N Wild, I don't like to spend a ton of money on makeup. I'm not sure why my mom didn't want this because I'm absolutely in love with it. First off, purple is my favorite color, and cool colors tend to be the most flattering to my complexion. This eye shadow isn't super pigmented unless you pile it on, which I love. It's perfect for the brow bone, it's a fun glitter accent that doesn't make you look like a stripper, and my favorite way to use it, as a highlighter! I've bought products that are marketed as a highlighter, and none of it comes close to the payoff this gives me. I love a makeup product that can be used for more than one thing, which is why this is something I would definitely splurge on and purchase in the future.

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

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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My Freckles Are Not A Beauty Trend For You To Appropriate And Immitate

Those with faces full of freckles can't wipe them off like you can after a photo shoot.


While it is fun to use makeup to express yourself, one can argue unless you are in costume, it should be used to enhance your features, not create new ones. The trend of artificial freckles puts a nasty taste in my mouth reminiscent to the feeling I get when I see a Caucasian woman apply such dark foundation to her face that she appears to be donning blackface.

To someone who has a face full of freckles, it is offensive to see you paint on freckles as if they were not permanent features of other people's skin that they cannot remove with a makeup wipe. I remember asking my cousin at 5 years old if I could surgically remove my freckles and crying when she broke to me that I'd be stuck with what she called giraffe spots my whole life.

I'm not alone in feeling self-conscious about my freckles. The face is the fulcrum of the identity, and it can feel like my facial identity is like a haphazard splash of orange/brown debris. Another against the fake freckles movement retorts: "you'll soon regret them when people begin to describe you as a polka-dot-skinned troll or a cinnamon-toast-faced goblin. Also, when your eyebags start to sag in middle-age, that 'cute' skin art will probably deteriorate into something more closely resembling oblong blackheads. Sincerely, A Freckled Person"

One woman recalls her struggle with accepting the patterns of her skin from a very young age:

“When I was a young girl, I remember staring at myself in my bathroom mirror and imagining my face without the scattered brown dots that littered my face and body. I dreamed of having the small imperfections removed from my face and obtaining the smooth porcelain skin that I envied. I looked at my bare-faced friends in awe because they had what I wanted and would never know. For some odd reason, I had made myself believe that my freckles made me ugly."

I've come to appreciate the beauty of these sun kisses, and many nowadays have too. However, freckles haven't always been considered cute. There is a history of contempt toward red reader freckled people, just ask Anne Shirley! The dramatic young heroine laments: "Yes, it's red," she said resignedly. "Now you see why I can't be perfectly happy. Nobody could who had red hair. I don't mind the other things so much — the freckles and the green eyes and my skinniness. I can imagine them away. I can imagine that I have a beautiful rose-leaf complexion and lovely starry violet eyes. But I cannot imagine that red hair away. I do my best. I think to myself, "Now my hair is a glorious black, black as the raven's wing." But all the time I know it is just plain red, and it breaks my heart. It will be my lifelong sorrow." (Montgomery).

Historically, freckles on ones face have been seen as dirty or imperfect. It's easy to forget that Irish features such as red hair and freckles have been subject to hateful discrimination for centuries. In some places, the word ginger is even used as a slur.

I am not a red-headed stepchild for you to beat — or for you to appropriate.

My facial texture is not a toy for you to play with.

It is rude and inconsiderate to pock your face for a selfie while those with randomly splashed spots get someone once a week trying to rub off the "dirt speck" on their face.

Greg Stevens has a theory to why there is anti-red prejudice

“Skin tone is another one of those well-studied features that has been shown to consistently have an impact on people's assessment of physical beauty: Those with clear, evenly-colored skin are widely regarded as being more attractive than people with patchy, blotchy, or freckled skin.
Nowhere is this more obvious than when looking at professional photos of redheaded models and celebrities. Even those "hot redheads" that flaunt the redness of their hair usually are made-up on magazine covers to have almost unnaturally even skin tones. Moreover, there is a reasonable theory to explain why the bias against freckles might be more than just a cultural prejudice. Not to be too blunt about it, but freckles are cancer factories."

By that, the author means freckles can be early indicators of sun damage or skin cancer. This illusion that freckles indicate deficiency may also play in negative connotations toward a person with freckles

While I acknowledge the intention of people with clear skin who paint freckles on their face isn't to offend — rather it is to appreciate freckles as a beauty statement — the effect is still offensive. If you are thinking about trying this freckle fad, you should put down your fine tipped brush and consider what it would be like if you couldn't wipe away the spots.


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