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.

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11 Things You Understand If You Hate Physical Contact

Please keep your hands and feet away from me at all times.
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We currently live in a world where EVERYONE LIKES TO TOUCH EACH OTHER. People enjoy hugs, high fives, tapping others on the shoulder, pokes, ect. For someone like you and me (I'm assuming you too since you clicked on this article), this is the WORST thing in the world. Whenever I think of someone touching me (even just a poke) without my permission my reaction is like Sofia Vergara in Modern Family.

I mean, when I take that love languages quiz, physical touch is always on the bottom of my preferences. So I thought to my self, you know I can't be the only person in the world that hates physical touching. So here are 11 things every person who hates physical touch will understand:


1. When people tickle you

I don't care that it's just for fun and jokes; I'm not laughing because I want to, you are literally forcing me to laugh. I hate you, get your greasy hands off of me before I make you get them off of me.


2. When people think they need to tap your shoulder to get your attention

As if simply saying "Hey" followed by my name wasn't enough. I don't need your grubby little fingers touching me. Now I'm annoyed with you before this conversation even started, what do you want?


3. When someone you barely know reaches in for a hug

I don't know who the heck you're thinking you're about to hug because it sure isn't going to be me. Hugs are reserved for people I know well and like, not you. Okay release me now, I am not enjoying this. LET ME GO.


4. When people tell you that you aren't an affectionate person

Are you aware there are ways to show my affection without constantly being all over you like a koala bear? Yes, I'm affectionate, hop off.


5. When someone is in your personal space

We could be best friends, we could be complete strangers. We could be lovers, I could hate your guts. We could be in private, we could be in public. I don't care what the situation is, if you're in my personal space uninvited GET OUT. There is no reason to be so close to me unwarranted.


6. You don't know how to comfort people

When you see an upset loved one, most people think they you should comfort then by pulling them into a long lasting hug. But, that's the kind of things that your nightmares are literally made out of. So, you stand there confused how you should comfort your friend/relative while also not sacrificing your touch moral code.


7. When people say you "look like you could use a hug"

Um no. I never could use one, get off of me. I will let you know when I want one.


8. When you're hugging someone wondering how soon you can release

Please end my suffering.


9. When you arrive at a social gathering and people rush to greet you with hugs

Let's not.

10. When you try to leave a social gathering by just waving to get out of goodbye hugs

Please no one make me hug you.


11. That one person who is allowed to hug you/touch you

This person, typically a significant other or best friend, gets to break all the "no touch" rules and we gladly accept their hugs and cuddles and public displays of affection. But only them, no one can copy them.

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12 Classics That All College Students Should Read

Reading is important — yet many people forget about books.

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These are the classics that I think all college students should read.

1. "Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger

This classic by J.D. Salinger is a staple for many high school kids. Yet, I believe college students should revisit this novel, as it's a great portrayal of adolescence.

2. "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

Love him or hate him, Jay Gatsby is one of literature's most recognizable characters. "The Great Gatsby" is a tragic story of a man stuck in the past, and a grim warning of the empty happiness money buys.

3. "The Time Machine" by H.G. Wells

H.G. Wells was far beyond his time. His novel, "The Time Machine," explores what would happen if time-travelling could happen. It's both an evocative and frightening tale, full of important philosophical questions.

4. "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde 

This novel is about the degradation of Dorian Gray, and his descent into depravity. It showcases one of the greatest character declines in literature. By the end, Dorian Gray finds his life to be empty, his hedonistic lifestyle pointless.

5. "Norwegian Wood" by Haruki Murakami 

Haruki Murakami is famous for his surreal novels. "Norwegian Wood" follows a college student in Japan, as he navigates life after a tragedy. It's both beautiful yet melancholy. If nothing else, it'll get you listening to the Beatles' Norwegian Wood.

6. "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte 

I consider "Jane Eyre" to be one of the first feminist novels. It's a fantastic Gothic novel about an independent and strong woman — Jane Eyre — who meets the mysterious Mr. Rochester. It's more than a romance — it's a commentary on Victorian societal expectations of women, with Jane representing objection to it.

7. "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak

This novel is a beautiful story about a girl in Nazi Germany. Liesel Meminger knows the importance of books, and uses her knowledge and kindness to save a Jewish refugee. It's a poignant novel that expresses the importance of literature and books.

8. Any Sherlock Holmes mystery by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

If you've watched the Sherlock series with Benedict Cumberbatch, then you should definitely give the novels a go. The mysteries are exciting and intriguing, despite their old age.

9. "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens

This is one of my absolute favorites novels. It follows a young boy named Pip, who befriends a beggar, meets the depraved Miss Havisham, and falls in love with unattainable Estella. This novel is at once a bildungsroman and a tragedy.

10.  "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov 

This controversial novel by Vladimir Nobokov follows the perspective of Humbert Humbert, a depraved man who falls in love with 12-year-old Lolita. Nobokov showcases his mastery of the English language, while writing a depraved and tragic story following two terrible people.

11.  "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen

Perhaps one of the most famous novels of all time, "Pride and Prejudice" stands the test of time by showing how two outwardly opposite and contrary people can come together and form an amazing love. It's about accepting one's flaws and getting to know people beyond surface level.

12.  "All Quiet on the Western Front" by Erich Maria Remarque

This is a fantastic novel that depicts the absolute horrors of war, particularly World War I. If this doesn't enlighten you about the realities and horrors of war, then no book will.

Reading is important as it broadens one's horizon. Literature is one of the greatest inventions of mankind.

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