6 Skin Care & Makeup Essentials For A New Season

6 Skin Care & Makeup Essentials For Transitioning To A New Season

Hydration is a must!


This winter, while starting off fairly mild in Chicago, has been the driest one that I have personally ever experienced. My skin type is defined as "normal to combination," as opposed to dry or oily, but I have still gone through five face, lip, and body moisturizers.

1. Toner: Kiehl's Ultra Facial Toner

After washing my face, I always find myself using this product with really positive results. Even though this product feels so fresh and hydrating on the skin, it goes on to gently exfoliate the outer layer of your skin, letting healthier skin come through.

2. Primer: TIE!

Between Too Faced's Hangover Rx primer, which I've previously written about, alongside Nars' "smooth and protect" primer with built-in SPF — primer has been an essential this winter to apply makeup alongside hydrate the skin. Before I switched to these two, I was using Smash Box Photo Finish primer, Milk Cosmetics Blur Stick, as well as Benefit's Pore-fessional primer. Smash Box's product definitely provided the best, most airbrushed look, whereas the other two left a light, powdery finish. While there was nothing wrong with that, the reason that the other two listed products are preferable are due to the fact that they hydrate the face much better.

3. Lip balm: Kopari Lip Love

Kopari is a makeup brand that is centered around coconut oil. I've already gone through a tube of this product and went on to restock — this time ordering a pigmented one. A couple of shades are available, and they include the same moisturizing formula.

4. Facial moisturizer: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel

Although I've seen varied results with this product, from safeguarding my skin from acne to maybe not being as effective, potentially based on other factors such as sleep, diet, and other products. But that being said, it always is great at locking in moisture into the skin, from the moment it touches, to its easy blendibility.

5. Concealer: Hydrating Concealer by Benefit

Although you can't feel the physical hydration, this stick concealer definitely keeps creases away all day long. Luckily, I perfectly match tone #3, so I don't have to take too long blending it out and can use it for spot coverage.

6. Setting spray: Hangover 3-in-1 Too Faced

After my Mario Badescu Rose Water Setting Spray finished, I found myself a new favorite in this spray. Using coconut water, this lightweight spray is great to not only prime the skin and set makeup, but also to spray on to refresh dull or dry skin. Toners and setting sprays are easy ways to make sure that the skin is getting plenty of moisture doing the day. Another honorable mention is the coconut scented Mac Fix+ setting spray.

Not only has hydration been a common theme in these products, but also an abundance of coconut scent/oil, as those properties are known for moisturizing the face, hair, and body.

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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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11 Things All Beauty Wannabes Think Watching A Makeup Tutorial

I thought baking was for food only.


Even though I don't wear much makeup on a day-to-day basis, I can appreciate it as an art. I watch James Charles, Jeffree Star, and the like on YouTube pretty frequently, and I am continually blown away at how they use products to highlight their best features, create designs, and transform their face. As much as I'd like to be able to, I don't think I will ever have those skills.

Here are some of the thoughts that run through my mind while watching a makeup tutorial.

1. "This MUA has so many makeup products I don't know how they keep track of it all."

At least for the YouTubers I watch, they have beauty or makeup rooms that have drawers, shelves, and tables filled with every makeup product from every brand. I don't know how they keep track of it all and decide which products to use for that particular look.

2. "They have such nice skin the foundation doesn't even seem necessary."

Practically every MUA video starts off with the MUA complaining about their acne breakouts, even though their skin looks absolutely flawless. Sure, the foundation makes their face look better, but it also seems like a waste to cover up naturally good skin.

3. "How do you match your foundation shade?"

It seems like an impossible feat, but even the MUAs struggle too. James Charles made a video about this after receiving comments about his foundation always being too orange.

4. "The highlight just makes their face look sweaty."

Yeah it looks cool, yeah it's a pop of fun, but I will always contend that overall, it just looks like sparkly sweat.

5. "What does the 'baking' step even do?"

You apply this white powder to your face, let it sit while you do other parts of the makeup routine, then brush it all off. What does it do while it's just sitting there? Plus, to me, their face doesn't even look that different in the before and after.

6. "With all the palettes and all the colors, how do they decide which shades to use?"

Between all the palettes of eyeshadow, they certainly have dozens, if not hundreds, of purple shades. Likely many of them are about the same hue too. So how do they decide which purple shade is best for the look?

7. "That has to be the most perfect winged eyeliner I've ever seen."

And they got it on the first try.

8. "They were able to make the other eye to match."

Between the eyeshadow and eyeliner, it's a mirror image.

9. "False eyelashes look scary but also really pretty."

I'm not personally a fan of the really big falsies, but I have to admit that they look better than natural eyelashes. It's just the gluing something to your eyeball part that makes me never want to try it.

10. "Wow, the lipstick just really brings the look together."

It's always the last step, so it's not until this point that they say "the look is complete."

11. "Even if I'd put in a lot of effort, I don't think I could ever replicate this look."

The whole point of a tutorial is so the audience can try it at home, but it will never truly look the same.

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