So You Want To Have That 'Kardashian Glow'?

So You Want To Have That 'Kardashian Glow'?

There are might be a few risks that come along with trying to achieve their signature tan skin.
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Whether you wanted it to happen or not, the Kardashians have became one of the most prominent families in the country, perhaps even the in world. With a reality show going on 12 seasons, all of the family members also have various endeavors in the fashion, beauty, and even technological fields, making their influence very widespread. But with all their power many have argued they aren't exactly the kinds of idols that young girls should look up to. With Kim's first major claim to fame being a sex tape, and youngest daughter Kylie dating someone 7 years older than her starting at the age of 17 as well as having various claims of her getting plastic surgery at a young age it is understandable that many parents don't promote the influence of the family on impressionable young women. But regardless of their questionable reputations, it's hard to deny that the Kardashians are an attractive family. That is the main reason their beauty products are so popular, many girls hope to use them to look just a little bit like any of the 5 girls.

Another common trend amongst the Kardashian girls is tan skin. Whether this is from the California sun, using tanning booths, or natural (Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney are Armenian on their father's side), their sun kissed skin is enviable for most girls. The Kardashians have also tried to capitalize on this by having a line of tanning lotions and products called Kardashian Glow, which is essentially relying on the power of their name and how they are known for their glowing skin. For that reason it wouldn't be crazy to say that there are probably many young girls who either sun bathe or use tanning beds frequently to also achieve a nice color in the hopes to resemble these beautiful celebrities.

But there is an obvious danger to promoting tan skin like this, which is the chance of skin cancer. While watching Keeping up with the Kardashians I was alarmed when Khloe mentioned somewhat off hand that she had had multiple skin cancer scares. This wasn't something I was aware of. As a girl who has spent many summers laying out, and a few trips to the tanning bed to try to achieve the tan of celebrities like the Kardashians, it would have been nice to know this bit of information. Many people are aware of the risk of skin cancer but still think that it won't happen to them. But to hear that it happened to such a prominent celebrity would likely have a huge impact on people to think twice about the importance of skin care and protection and that there isn't just a magical way to avoid the threat, no matter how rich and famous you are.

Lately, Khloe has been getting the message out there about the importance of being aware of your skin and taking care of your health, as well her own experience with issues with moles and removals. I think it's great that she decided to open up to fans on her app about her issues but I think she could definitely be doing a lot more to get this message out there. It would be nice if she did more interviews on the subject to make sure a large variety of people are aware of the fact that skin cancer is a serious issue that can affect anyone. I personally was surprised that Khloe having these issues wasn't a bigger deal, but I just hope that this article can help raise a bit of awareness about the dangers of getting too much sun. It's important to understand that even though we may want to look like the people we watch on TV, we have to keep in mind that anyone can be susceptible to skin cancer and the importance of protecting ourselves with sunscreen and limiting our time in direct sunlight. It should also be noted that the Kardashians frequently use spray tanning methods to achieve their glow, which is a nice alternative to tanning beds and the dangers of UV rays.

Cover Image Credit: Cosmopolitan Kardashian Family

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The 10 Stages Of A 2:30 P.M. Kickoff, As Told By Alabama Students

But we still say Roll MF Tide!

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We all have a love-hate relationship with a 2:30 p.m. kickoff at Bryant Denny Stadium, especially when it's 94 degrees.

1. Immediate sadness

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What do you mean I have to wake up at 9 a.m. to get ready?

2. Bracing yourself for the worst

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It's a marathon not a sprint ladies and gentleman.

3. Accepting the game is going to happen

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Rain or shine we are all in that student section screaming our heads off.

4. Trying to wear the least amount clothes possible without being naked on the Quad

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Is it me or does it get 10 times more hot the minute you walk on to the quad?

5. Shedding a tear when you walk out your front door once you feel the heat and humidity on your skin

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Is it fall yet?

6. Drowning your sorrows inside a Red Solo cup at 11:30 a.m. at a fraternity tailgate

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Maybe I'll forget about the humidity if I start frat hopping now.

7. Getting in line to go through security realizing it'll take an hour to actually get inside Bryant Denny

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More security is great and all but remember the heat index in Alabama? Yeah, it's not easy being smushed like sardines before even getting into Bryant Denny.

8. Feeling the sweat roll down every part of your body

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Oh yeah I am working on my tan and all but what is the point of showering before kick off?

9. Attempting to cheer on the Tide, but being whacked in the head with a shaker by the girl behind you. 

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Shakers are tradition, but do we have to spin it around in a full 360 every two seconds? I have a migraine from just thinking about it.

10. Leaving a quarter into the game because Alabama is kicking ass and you're about to have a heat stroke.

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I'll watch the rest in air conditioning thank you very much!

We may not love the 2:30 kickoffs but Roll Tide!

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I Made Emma Chamberlain's Mediocre Vegan Cookies, And They're Pretty Incredible

Emma and her vegan cookies have made their way into my heart, and are here to stay.

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One day, I went down the black hole that is 'YouTube at 3 am' and discovered my favorite social media influencer of all time: Emma Chamberlain. I started binge watching her videos every night for about a week, where I came across her "Cooking With Emma" series. I decided that I wanted to give her vegan antics a go for myself.

I've never cooked or baked anything with the intention of it being vegan, so not only is that new territory for me, but I've never even eaten a vegan cookie. The only reason I'm doing this is because Emma did, and she is aesthetic goals.

To start the journey of vegan baking, I took to Pinterest, just like Emma, and found this recipe to use. Although the video that inspired all of this used a gluten free recipe, I opted for only vegan, because I'm allergic to most of the ingredients that make things gluten-free.


In true Emma style, I used a whisk to combine the wet ingredients together, making sure to use her special technique.


Then, I did the same thing with the dry ingredients.


After that, I dumped everything together and combined all of the ingredients.


Once they were combined, I chopped up a vegan chocolate bar, because Emma and I like chocolate chunk cookies, not chocolate chip, there's a difference.


Now that everything is combined, I made balls of dough and stuck it on a pan, and baked them while I binged more Emma, because what else would I be doing in my spare time?



The recipe said to make the balls a lot smaller, but we aren't perfect, so I made them gigantic. In my head, I thought the worst thing that could happen was it turn into one big cookie, but that's a whole other video you need to watch.

I took them out of the oven, and they were brown on the top, but still a little doughy. At this point I was tired of waiting and eager to eat them, so I disappointingly set them aside to cool, which only lasted a minute or so before I snagged one up to try.



The taste was definitely one I've never associated with cookies, and came to the conclusion that if I decided to go vegan, it would be doable with these cookies and Emma Chamberlain by my side.



Emma inspired me to get out of my comfort zone, which is a reoccurring theme throughout her channel, and I'm happy to be apart of it. She taught me that even if mediocre cookies is all you have, eat them with pride because you made them yourself.

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