The Red Lip Through the Years

The Red Lip Through the Years

“I’ve got that red lip, classic thing that you like”
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Even before the days of Marilyn, the red lip has been a staple in the world of makeup. Research shows that Sumerian men and women used crushed red gemstones as far back as five thousand years ago to accentuate both their eyes and face. Since then, women have been bold and beautiful in the color. Here is a list of 6 divas who rock or have rocked the red lip.

  1. Cleopatra

The Egyptian Queen is often envisioned wearing a red lip with her signature liner. For her lipstick, Cleopatra preferred red ochre, a type of clay that was colored red by iron oxide.


2. Marilyn Monroe

The rouge lip became the go to look for silver screen star Marilyn Monroe in the 1950s. She made the red lip sultry and alluring. It’s difficult to envision her without the red lip.

3. Madonna

The 80’s pop icon usually wore a bright red lip, particularly through her “Like A Virgin” stage. Her rebellious take on her makeup in general gave red lipstick lovers a new way to rock this look.


4. Gwen Stefani

Stefani channels Marilyn when she rocks the red lip. She woos in ruby shades with a look as bold as her vocals.

5. Taylor Swift is a vision in her typical red lip. At this point, her name is pretty much synonymous with red lipstick. She even featured the look in the lyrics of her song, “Style.”

So whether you’re slaying on a night out or just feeling fun for the day, red lips are a classic look that work for just about everybody if done right.



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I Went To "The Bachelor" Auditions

And here's why you won’t be seeing me on TV.
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It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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The Ultimate Disney College Program Bucket List

*Quits college for a semester to work for Walt Disney*

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Less than two months and I'll officially be a Walt Disney World Cast Member!! I'm so excited but super nervous to live alone on the other side of the country. So to keep my mind off of everything I'm going to be missing at home, I came up with a short and to-able Disney College Program bucket list. It's everything I want to do during my program, but it's things that regular people can do on their Disney trip too, so I'm sharing it.

1. Four parks in one day.

Challenge accepted.

2. Take a picture with the Mickey Balloons.

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3. Meet as many characters as you can.

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4. Get as many autographs as you can.

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5. Stay in the parks from open to close.

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6. Visit the parks alone.

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As scary as it may seem, I'm going to try to enjoy the parks alone.

7. Obviously get a picture in front of the castle.

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8. See as many shows/parades as possible.

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Okay so maybe you aren't going to Paris but Disney World in Florida has this too lol.

9. FIREWORKS!!

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10. Character breakfast.

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What better way to start your day than with the most important meal with your favorite characters. But obviously look happier than this little girl.

11. Eat around the world.

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Maybe you'll have a Lady and the Tramp moment.

12. Eat at every restaurant.

Dinner and a show anyone? But maybe not every restaurant, considering Be Our Guest is just one that has like a 4+ month reservation.

13. Ride every ride, no matter what.

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14. Take a picture on Main Street when it's empty.

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15. Find as many hidden mickeys as you can.

16. Take a picture with all the cool walls as backgrounds.

Basic but necessary.

17. Resort hopping!

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Bonus: Find/meet as many celebrities as you can.

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