Why I Willingly Put Tape On My Eyelids Every Morning

Why I Willingly Put Tape On My Eyelids Every Morning

No, I'm Not Trying To Look White.
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Every morning I wake up, brush my teeth, wash and moisturize my face, put tiny pieces of tape on my eyes, then do the rest of my makeup. Whoa, whoa, whoa! You put tape on your eyelids?! Yes, you read that right. I religiously, voluntarily put tape (sometimes I switch it up and use glue) on my eyelids prior to eyeshadow or eyeliner. This concept might be a foreign one to many, but this secret is extremely common to millions of girls who were born with mono-lids or uneven eyelids, like me.

At this point, some might already be confused by the terminology mono-lid. Let me explain. A mono-lid, also known as a single eyelid, looks like this:

On the contrary, the (oh so desirable) double-eyelid looks like this:

That small crease does wonders to one's eyes. Here is a side-by-side comparison:

The double-eyelid tape and glue have become a staple in many girls' makeup bags. However, it is only one part of the big-eyes craze sweeping all of Asia. Eyelid tape or glue are the cheap (and safe) alternatives to getting blepharo­plasty -- or, in simpler words, double-eyelid surgery. In addition to this, many Asian women are getting eyeliner tattoos (my aunts included), and who could forget the amazing circle lenses?

There are so many western outlets reporting on these different Asian crazes that just don't seem to understand why exactly we go through the trouble of putting contacts in our eyes even though we have perfect vision. Or why we spend time putting almost microscopic pieces of tape on our eyelids. Almost all of them report something along the lines of, "The New Asian Craze! Surgeries To Look More Western!

How about we take a step back now. Millions of women in Asia are not gluing their eyelids to appeal to Westerners. They're trying to appeal to Asian standards of beauty. Not to mention, a good chunk of surgeries aren't even for beauty-related reasons. Many women get these surgeries because their eyelids sag so low and interfere with their daily lives.

I, for example, only started using eyelid tape because my left eye had a double-eyelid, while my right eye had a mono-lid. I simply wanted to even them out. I didn't go on Amazon to order the tape and glue with the thought, "Oh boy, this is totally going to make me look Caucasian!" That's absurd.

I started using the tape and glue about four years ago -- my eyes are pretty much permanently even. However, I started using them regularly a few months ago once again because I decided I wanted higher creases. Not because I wanted to look white, but just because I wanted to define my personal look. With higher creases, the possibilities of different makeup looks are so much broader!

I willingly put tape on my eyelids every morning because I want to put tape on my eyelids, not because I'm trying to look less Asian.




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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Tips And Tricks For Thrifting For Clothes

Thrifting: cheap and cool

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Goodwill, Savers, Salvation Army; thrifting for clothes is a great way to find cute looks on a college budget. Not only are things cheap, but you can also find things that are unique and one of a kind.

1. Hand sanitizer or gloves

Before you leave for your thrifting adventure, make sure you bring hand sanitizer or gloves! Clothes are usually not washed or not washed thoroughly before being put out on the rack, so it's a good idea to ensure your hands are clean after you dig through the piles of clothes.

2. Dress to try things on over it

If you're planning on trying on clothes before you buy, consider wearing leggings, a tank top, or a zip-up hoodie. When you find something you like, it's easy to slip a pair of pants on over your leggings or throw a jacket on over your tank top. This way, you won't get dirty from the clothes, as well.

3. Check clothes thoroughly for rips, tears, or stains

When you find an article of clothes, keep in mind it likely has a few blemishes. Check everywhere for torn seams, rips or holes, or stains. If there are, be sure you're ok with it the imperfections before you commit to buying it.

4. Considering altering clothes to look better

If you find something that has imperfections or just isn't quite your style, consider channeling your creativity and altering it! You can try to cut, sew, or paint to individualize your clothes and improving it. My personal favorite is cropping baggy, size XL shirts.

5. Visit often

Thrift shops will restock often with new things that people will snatch up, so be sure you frequently check. Find out when your favorite thrift store restocks so you'll be there when they cycle new items onto the shelves.

6. Reselling Apps

Consider buying from reselling apps such as Depop or Poshmark. Even though they are marked up higher, sellers on these apps have already done the searching in thrift stores for you. Even though you don't get the hunt, it's quick and easy to search for exactly what you want.

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