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5 Beauty Tips for College Gals

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If you guys follow me on Instagram, you know most of the pictures I post are of me in makeup. Makeup and beauty are things I want to get better at, but it’s hard to when you’re in college. Even drugstore makeup products can be expensive, and buying a whole set of makeup can cost almost $90 if you’re doing it all at once. Adding skin care and other beauty products can rack of the price even more. So how does a girl in college or on a budget look good and take care of her skin?

While I don’t know all the tips and tricks, I’ve picked up a few things here and there from practice and watching beauty vloggers on YouTube. So here are my top five beauty tips for college girls or young women on a budget. Keep in mind that these tips aren’t solid as everyone’s skin is different, so these tips might not work for everyone.

1: You don’t need to use foundation

As a part of my daily makeup routine, I rarely ever use foundation. Partially because my skin is pretty clear and even toned, so I don’t need an extra product to achieve that. So if you feel like your skin is clear and even toned, you can just skip that step. Instead, you could try getting a tinted primer or BB cream instead to combine both primer and foundation steps. (Granted I don’t use primer or BB cream at all, so sometimes you can even skip that step if you want.)

2: Regular Dove soap is a good makeup remover

You don’t need a super fancy makeup remover and skin hydration lotion to still look and feel good. Dove bar soap is a good substitute for that and does a good job at removing makeup, even eye makeup. You will have to be careful about getting soap in your eye, so I would recommend checking out some makeup wipes for around your eyes.

3: Expired doesn’t always mean unusable

This one depends on what type of product. I’ve been using what are probably “expired” products for a while, and thankfully I haven’t had any problems. Again, that probably has to do with the fact that most of the makeup products I use are powdered makeup and not creams or things that can dry out. That being said, my mascara is guaranteed over three years old and surprisingly still holding strong. So check out how long different types of makeup last as compared to other types before you buy. This way you know you’ve made a good investment in the product you’re buying.

4: Powdered makeup is less likely to make you break out

We’ve all had those moments when we go to sleep after a long day and forget to take our makeup off. You wake up, realize what happened, and try not to panic about the effects of the overnight incident on your skin. You can avoid those kinds of panics by using powdered makeup over liquid. Powdered makeup is less likely to clog your pores because it’s loose and doesn’t completely cover your skin. It also comes off more easily, so keep that in mind when considering whether to use primer. If you have a little more money leftover from your paycheck or gift money, you can try mineral makeup, which is known to be better for most skin types. It is more expensive than drugstore makeup, and can be pretty pricey compared to brands like Urban Decay as well. So again, keep that in mind.

5: Drugstore makeup isn’t that bad

If you need a quick fix, or have just run out of your favorite blush, mascara, or eyeliner, drugstore makeup isn’t a bad option. Some brands use all natural ingredients in their products, and others have a strong reputation among most drugstore brands. My favorite picks for most of my options are Maybelline and then L’oreal for lipstick. I’m still looking for some better options in terms of ingredients, but I know that these brands haven’t been harsh on my skin. So if you’re looking to find a quick fix or replace a former beloved product, consider trying a few drugstore brands to find one that fits what you’re looking for.

And those were my top beauty tips for college girls or young women on a budget. Again, this most definitely not all the tips one could ever find, but these are the ones I’ve found most helpful for myself. They may not work for everyone, but I hope I was able to help a few young women out. Let me know if there are any other tips you’d like to see about beauty, food, fashion, or health for ladies on a budget. Until next time, readers!

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Healthy College Living: How Do You Do It?

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One of the biggest struggles in college isn’t the load of homework or making new friends. It’s adjusting to living on your own, especially taking care of yourself. Suddenly, you’re responsible for laundry, food, and making sure you take medicine when you’re sick. It can be tough, especially when you’re used to someone else reminding you when to do things. And college is not an easy place to stay healthy. Between the number of students and the difficulty of keeping a campus of well over 2,000 students clean, illnesses have a high chance of spreading quickly.

Just about every year, several students get the flu or some illness at my school, so staying healthy is super important. This year, the flu (also called plague), a bacterial infection, and a cold have run through the student body, and so far I’ve come out not too terribly. I don’t have the best track record when it comes to staying healthy. My freshman year I ended up getting multiple colds that were extremely annoying. Sophomore year I continued to get colds. Junior year I came down with pneumonia during the fall, which really dragged me down. Thankfully, the second semester was a lot less crazy, and I only got a couple colds. So far, senior year has passed by pretty quietly. The worst I’ve gotten so far are two nasty colds and an injured foot. Not too shabby, considering how many students get sick at my school a semester.

On top of avoiding all the illnesses, staying fit is also important. This is something I’ve struggled with quite a bit. Staying active when you have to walk everywhere is easy. But after you’re done walking to classes, you’re tempted to stop. Combine bad food options (both in the cafeteria and with fast food) with lack of exercise, and things go downhill pretty quickly. So with all the craziness happening between sickness and exercise, how does one stay healthy? Or at least keep from getting sick too often?

Usually, I try to get plenty of sleep, eat veggies and fruits and proteins when I can, and try to be mobile. Whenever I’m prescribed medicine, I make sure to take everything I’ve been prescribed (especially when it comes to antibiotics). But I know I could always do better. So how do you guys stay healthy in college? Regular exercise, sleep, the right diet, or is there something else you’ve found that helps? Share your tips in the comments, and I’ll compile the top answers into a master post in three weeks. Until next time, readers, and I look forward to reading your answers!

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Finding the Motivation: Writing in College

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(It’s a little ironic that this is a post about writing motivation, and it’s late because I have little motivation to write anymore. Welp.)

As anyone who’s done personal writing during college can tell you, it ain’t easy. There’s homework that need attending to, a body that needs cared for, and sleep to be had. And that’s just the beginning stuff. Then there’s papers, projects, presentations, and other random homework that pops up out of nowhere. Between all those assignments and the need to take care of yourself, writing non-school-related things can be hard. Add the dreaded writer’s block, and boy does it get messy. So what’s a girl, or guy, to do about it? How do you stay motivated to write when school builds up?

There’s no set way to get back into writing, since motivation varies between person. For me personally, reading through old stories sometimes sparks my interest and desire to write. Sometimes, the sheer anticipation of an event like NaNoWriMo helps a lot, too. In general, I try to peak my interest back on what I’ve been writing. When it comes to new stories, it can be a little more tricky.

If I don’t have a set idea, writing a new story can be kind of a pain. I always try to flesh out the main characters, the general plot, and the setting before I start writing. So far, that technique has worked pretty well, but sometimes I can’t even get those things to cooperate with me. Instead, I’m left with a blank Word document, trying to beat the characters I very lovingly crafted onto the page without so much as a peep from them. It’s annoying to say the least.

Sometimes, just the characters show up. Sometimes, I can only get the setting right. And sometimes the plot starts out okay and two pages later, I have no idea what I’m doing and how I’m getting to the next step. Even nonfiction can be a pain, when the scenario I wanted to write about suddenly stops being a source of inspiration and starts being a source of bland sentences piling up on a page. Motivation definitely doesn’t come as easily as it used to, and it hasn’t gotten easier. I also don’t have a lot of time to write personally, between the reading and papers. I’m hoping that after I finish this last semester, I’ll have more time to sit down and write more often, but we’ll see what happens.

So what about you? How do you stay motivated to write despite life’s craziness, especially if you’re still in school? Are there specific triggers you try to get the creative juices flowing? Or do you set time aside to write everyday? Let me know down in the comments, and until next time!