Holiday 2019 Anti-Haul: What Not to Buy this Holiday Season

Holiday 2019 Anti-Haul: What Not to Buy this Holiday Season

With Thanksgiving only a week away, the commercial holiday season is already in full swing. While the holidays are ultimately about family, friends, happiness, and health, nobody (including myself) can seem to resist a good Black Friday deal. It’s no surprise that we live in an overly-consumerist society, and the holiday season seems to only increase consumer demand for new and exciting products, especially in the beauty industry. Beauty websites like Ulta and Sephora are packed with new holiday products, and it’s almost overwhelming trying to navigate through all the glitz and glamour. Back in 2015, famous drag queen and beauty YouTuber Kimberly Clark began her anti-haul series about new makeup releases where she explained the reasons as to why you didn’t need to buy them. Since discovering beauty anti-hauls, my whole perspective on the industry has changed, and I’ve been trying to be a smarter shopper. While new holiday makeup releases can be exciting, there is no way that one person needs to add that many products to their collection. Today, I’m here to put my spin on the anti-haul to try and help everyone become more conscious consumers. I’m going to be going through some of the new holiday makeup releases and telling you which products you can skip, so (hopefully) your wish list can become a bit more concise, and you can save a few bucks. The holidays always feel a lot better when you have a little extra cash! Happy Holidays!

1. Advent Calendars

One of the more popular products that never fails to come out every year are extravagant, beauty-themed advent calendars. While these can be exciting to open every day, you realistically won’t be using most of the products that you receive. Typically, advent calendars are filled with sample size or mini products, many of which are from the company’s main stock that have not been selling well. Advent calendars are smart marketing wise, but realistically you will not be getting your full money’s worth of products that you are actually going to use. For a price tag that often runs over $100, like this one from The Body Shop, or this one from MAC Cosmetics, advent calendars can be a huge waste of money. If you still want to have an advent calendar experience, you should stick to the chocolate calendars from your local drugstore, which don’t break the bank and never fail to disappoint!

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2. Full Collection Value Sets

At face value, buying a full product line for a fraction of the cost seems like an amazing deal, but when you really think about it, it’s still a giant waste of money. Full sets, like the Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle 10/10 Lipstick Collection, which retails for $149, and the Cover FX Glam and Glow Liquid Lights Vault, which retails for $235, offer great discounts for the amount of product you’re getting, but nobody needs to get 10 new lipsticks or seven highlighters all at once. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on a vault or larger than life gift set, buy two or three of your favorite products from that line that you know you’ll get use from. Buying less of one product isn’t a bad thing; it allows you to only spend money on the products that you know you will use up, instead of getting a bunch of products that you probably won’t use.

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3. Too Faced Holiday Sets

While Too Faced is a brand that sells amazing, cult-favorite products, their holiday sets are notoriously worse quality when compared to their normal product lines. This year’s holiday set, Let It Snow, Girl!, retails for $49, and features an eyeshadow palette, a bronzer/highlighter duo, a blush palette, and a mini mascara. For the sheer amount of product you’re getting, it seems like a good deal, but the quality of the products is just not worth the price tag. Also, Too Faced is repetitive with their holiday collections, so if you have ever gotten any Too Faced limited edition holiday sets in the past, you can definitely skip this one. When you look past the cute packing, you’re getting a natural eyeshadow palette with a pop of blue and purple, basic face products, and mini version of a mascara that you probably own in the full size. Instead of spending money on a basic collection, buy a few Too Faced products from their normal line, because I can guarantee that the quality will be much better.

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4. Perfume Samplers

Every year, Sephora comes out with a Holiday Perfume Travel Sampler, retailing for $25. The sampler includes five perfume samples and a voucher for a free mini-sized perfume of a scent of your choice from the set. In theory, this idea isn’t too expensive and seems like a good idea to try a few different scents. However, the samples that you are paying for are the exact same samples that you can get in the store for free, and can be used a maximum of once or twice each. Although it comes with a voucher, paying for a bunch of free samples is a bit ridiculous, and you are only allowed to redeem your voucher for one of the scents included in the set. Instead of spending money on this, I would recommend going to Sephora and getting free samples of scents you may be interested in, and buying a rollerball or mini sized perfume of scent that you know you love. On the other hand, if you’re ok with spending a bit more, use various holiday sales (Hello, Black Friday!) to invest in a larger size of a scent that you’ll be able to use every day.

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5. Boujee Skincare Sets

I absolutely love skincare, and the idea of a sample set of high-end skincare products is really exciting. While some sets are a pretty good deal, most skincare sets are fairly pricey and don’t actually include that much product. Sets like the Drunk Elephant Midi Committee Kit, which retails for $48, and the Tatcha Dewy Glow Set, which retails for $65, contain sample sizes of popular skincare products, which are nice, but only have enough product for a few uses each. To get the full experience and benefits of a skincare item, it is important to use it consistently over a few weeks, which is not possible with the sheer amount of product you are getting with these sets. Instead of spending a lot of money on a bunch of samples, I recommend you research skincare products that will really work well for your skin type, and invest in one really good full sized product that you will be able to get a lot of consistent use out of.

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How Your Cosmetics are Effecting the Environment

How Your Cosmetics are Effecting the Environment

The beauty and cosmetic industry have always been a place with criticism as a result of their history of animal testing. In recent years, however, this has improved and there are many notable cruelty-free and vegan brands, but now there is a new issue on our horizons. As knowledgeable climate change activists, such as Greta Thunberg, receive more publicity, people around the world are beginning to acknowledge the effect we are having on our environment. Individuals have chosen to make changes in their lives, such as purchasing metal reusable straws as opposed to using plastic ones that end up in our oceans. Although these kinds of alterations can eventually make a difference, they are ignoring the industry which has a largely negative effect on our ecosystems.

 

Many luxury cosmetic brands profit off of the use of ornate and lavish packaging, which often allures costumers to their products. The downside of this type of packaging is how it is disposed of. Most commonly these packages are recyclable, and even when they are, consumers often toss them in the trash. Many sites have stated that the global cosmetic industry alone produces 120 billion units of packaging. Not only are these products difficult to get rid of, but making them in the first place is extremely water and energy intensive.

 

The largest issue, which is often forgotten or ignored, is the number of chemicals which go into our makeup. Although these have all been tested to ensure they are ok for our skin, it is unclear how they impact our ecosystems. When our makeup washes down our drains, the chemicals are spread through our sewers, oceans, lakes, and streams, eventually reaching the plants and animals in those regions. Through testing it has been discovered that these chemicals don’t break down, but instead accumulate together, and have led to the disease and harm of aquatic life. On top of that, the spread of these chemicals by rain water has allowed it to infiltrate our agriculture soil.

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There are many beauty consumers who have attempted to get ahead of these types of issues, and have become loyal customers to “natural” or “organic” brands. Unfortunately, these brands are not much better because of the methods they go through to attain their natural ingredients. In attempts to get their ingredients in a cost effective and fast way, there has been an increase in farming and mining, ridding us of our natural resources. This has also led to an increase in pesticide use and the implementing of poor labor practices on farms.

 

Other aspects of these kinds of cosmetics, which people often don’t realize, have negative effects are the use of microbeads. People often favor soaps and products with these microbeads to help exfoliate their skin, but what they don’t realize is that those plastic beads you use to wash your face are being spread to our oceans. Not only is this bad because they take years to biodegrade, but they can also be ingested by fish and other aquatic animals. By way of the food chain, effected aquatic life ultimately makes their way back to us.

 

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Fortunately, many companies have been formed or revamped with the mission of creating an ecofriendly beauty community. Some steps which these companies are enforcing are the use of recycled packaging, water-free products, and renewable energy. If you are looking to create your own Eco-Friendly beauty routine, here is a list of 10 natural, environmentally safe brands:

  1. Ecco Bella
  2. NYX
  3. Tarte Cosmetics
  4. Physicians Formula
  5. Lush
  6. Ilia
  7. RMS
  8. Kjaer Weis
  9. Elate Cosmetics
  10. Body Shop
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Sustainable Fashion is Not Just the Latest Trend

Sustainable Fashion is Not Just the Latest Trend

Surprising ways that your choices contribute to the deterioration of our planet and encourage unethical practices.

Every day in the United States, people throw away enough trash to fill 63,000 garbage trucks. More than 15 million tons of textile waste is produced and placed in landfills each year in the United States alone. (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2018) The fashion industry is the second largest industry contributing to the destruction of the environment following closely behind the oil industry. 

 

Fast fashion is one of the world’s primary polluters, which has led to a massive movement and interest in creating sustainable apparel and footwear. Producing clothing and footwear has been taking a toll on our environment for decades and finding a way to reverse the effects is a global concern. The task of making quality and fashionable products without further harming the environment, while still propelling the fashion industry has become a challenge. 

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Especially as college students, we are compelled to purchase the newest on-trend pieces at the lowest prices, so we look to online stores such as Boohoo, PrettyLittleThing, and Forever 21. These companies are banking off of our low-income budgets and are producing these clothes that will not last for our instant gratification. We have to understand that this is not a sustainable lifestyle, and we cannot go on purchasing clothing so quickly without thinking about the process involved and the resources it takes to make these garments. 

 

Little steps to properly carefor your clothes includes following labels to make sure they last (e.g. using cold water when we wash our clothes) and trying to hang dry as many garments as we can. When purchasing new clothes, I think that people should utilize second-hand shopping. Whether it is online or retail stores such as Goodwill, by giving clothes a second life, we can still be happy with a new piece for our closet while also being mindful of the planet. If you are looking for a specific garment and are unsuccessful with this method of shopping, then I think it is essential to be aware of the stores you purchase your clothes from and do research before buying. It is necessary to know how the companies manufacture their clothes, where they do so, and what fibers are used. As consumers, we need to think about our purchasing decisions and if we need these items or if they are to give us joy for a short moment. Clothing is essential, but we cannot destroy the place we call home. 

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Utility Derived Fashion

Utility Derived Fashion

Great Styles with Great Function

All clothing serves a purpose, whether to cover exposed skin or to send a message. These trendy styles will let you flaunt your fashionability while benefiting from their function.

Barn Jacket

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A barn jacket can be any rugged outdoors jacket that offers protection from cold and dirty farm work. Usually made of canvas, these jackets can be padded for extra warm and often feature many pockets for useful storage. Sold in innumerable different colors, the classic khaki tone matches perfectly with jeans and fall boots and fits in both in the country and in the city.

Bomber Jacket

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Similarly, the bomber jacket has a history for both warm and pocket availability. Pilots in cramped spaces would benefit from easy to access sleeve pockets, and the style can be pulled off casually or dressed up. Different patterns and accents can set you apart from the traditional waterproof nylon.

Scarves

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Traditionally plain or simply patterned, scarves not only provide warmth during the cold months but also serve as an excellent statement piece for any outfit. A powerful creative medium for any fashion designer, scarves give a muted outfit some spice.

Belts

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Just as scarves can accent an otherwise plain outfit, belts serve a greater purpose than holding loose fitting pants up or holding a coat closed. Belts are popular products from fashion giants such as Louis Vuitton and Fendi, who draw attention to logo buckles at the front and interesting patterns all around the body.

1970s Disco Glam Makeup Tutorial

1970s Disco Glam Makeup Tutorial

Let’s get groovy baby!

The 1970s was a transformative decade when it comes to all things beauty. Many remember the 1970s for the hippie subculture, which carried over from the anti-war movement of the 1960s and preached love, peace, and acceptance. This philosophy was also reflected in beauty trends, as people tended to embrace their natural beauty and opt for more natural makeup. However, there was a whole separate side to the ‘70s, which was all about the emerging popularity of the disco movement. The disco scene was extravagant, with influences coming from the sexual liberation movement, the women’s rights movement, and the gay rights movement. Disco was all about the night life: dance floors were packed, parties were wild, and everybody was looking to have fun. This scene was complemented by the flashy, colorful, and larger than life makeup looks that were widely popularized in the 70s. With the holiday season slowly creeping upon us, it’s time to add some retro glam into our makeup routines that will make us want to throw on a jumpsuit, platforms, and some hoop earrings to go back in time and fit right into Saturday Night Fever! Let’s get groovy baby!

1. Blush, Baby!

In the 1970s, blush was not only prominent but also a necessary part of every person’s makeup routine. From regular powder to cream and even to liquid, blush was all the rage! Many ‘70s babes went for the draping technique, where you apply blush right above the contour line, bringing the product up towards the temples, instead of applying product straight onto the apples of the cheeks. To give this look a modern twist, I would begin with a baby pink cream blush, like the Glossier Cloud Paint in Puff and apply along the guidelines of the draping technique. To elevate your look, you could even lightly apply a matte pink powder blush, like the Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Dollface, over top of the cream blush, to give your look an extra punch!

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2. Touch of Sun

In the 1970s, bronzer came back into style, and every girl wanted that sun kissed golden glow. Many celebrities, notably Cher and Farrah Fawcett, used bronzer to dramatically contour their cheekbones, which is reflected in the contouring trend of today. Bronzer was also liberally applied to the forehead, temples, and jawline. These dramatic contouring lines complemented the draped blush trend shown before and helped the face to appear slimmer. To help modernize this retro glow, I would opt for a semi-matte bronzer with a slight bit of glitter, like the Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess and use a larger fluffy brush to apply the product to the cheekbones, temples, forehead, jawline, and the sides of the nose. Instead of creating such harsh contour lines, I recommend that you blend out the product a little more, to give your face makeup a more seamless effect.

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3. Bold Shadow

The most exciting part of 1970s disco glam had to be the bold eyeshadow! ‘70s makeup lovers were all over monochromatic eyeshadow looks, with a popular color being blue. Today, we are starting to see monochromatic looks coming back into style, which I’m personally ecstatic about! The 70s also saw the increasing popularity of cream eyeshadow, which created simplistic yet bold looks. To bring these elements into a modern glam, Colourpop is where it’s at! I would start with the Colourpop Blue Moon palette, which consists of a monochromatic blue color scheme. Run one of the deeper blue shades through the crease to create some dimension, and pack one of the bright blue shades onto the lid. To give your look a little extra drama, the Colourpop Super Shock shadows (specifically this one in the shade Coconut, a deep blue) have a formula between a cream and a powder, and their pigmentation is next level. I would use your finger to apply the Super Shock shadow over the lids to give the look some glitter and shine, and you’ll be the queen/king of the disco!

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4. Lash n’ Line

In 1971, Maybelline released the Great Lash mascara, which has remained a cult favorite to this very day. Talk about consistency! ‘70s disco gals loved to go for the long, dramatic lashes, with coats applied liberally to both the top and bottom lashes. To go with the lush lashes, black eyeliner was used on the upper lash line, and the outer half of the lower lash line. To make your eyes pop today, Great Lash is still a great option for mascara. Simply curl your lashes and apply  two coats of mascara and you’re done! For eyeliner, line the upper lash line with the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel liner, and bring the product down onto the lower lash line, but only apply a thin line to keep the eyes from looking too heavy. To add an extra pop to your look, apply a white eyeliner, like the NYX Retractable eye liner, to the water line on the inner eyes, which will make you look like a gorgeous doll!

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5. Statement Lip

The ‘70s, were all about shine, glitter, and glow, and lipstick trends at the time didn’t differ too far from that. Ladies loved voluptuous lips and used lip gloss with almost every look. If they didn’t go for the gloss, they would opt for a lipstick with shiny or glossy finish. Popular colors included light cherry reds, rich corals, and natural pinks. To get a 70s pout, I would use the Bite Beauty lipstick in Cayenne, which is the perfect red. To add the extra shine, use the Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb in Diamond Dust, which really elevates the look and will make your lips look exactly like the disco ball hanging from the ceiling of the dance floor! Classic red with a bit of shine will never go out of style!

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Disposable Memories

Disposable Memories

The comeback of disposable cameras and the precious memories they hold

As Instagram has taken over the world, photos have taken a new meaning. Photos are not as unique as they are instantly taken and posted for everyone to see. Disposable cameras are exciting as you build anticipation, waiting to see how your pictures have come out. Fujifilm, a leading brand for disposable cameras, states that it has seen a rapid increase in sales over the past two years. Influencers have been increasingly using these cameras and popularizing this method of photography. History is bound to repeat itself, and as fashion trends re-emerge, so do old technologies. Gen Z and millennials are fascinated by nostalgia seeking the life of what once was and want to take a break from the rapidly developing new technology.

It is crucial to escape the digital world and come back to reality. People can genuinely hold memories and look back to them without looking at a screen. Not only are disposable cameras coming back, but vinyl records, record players, cassette tapes, and Polaroid cameras have also resurfaced. I believe that this trend says a lot about our generation and how people want to connect and live on more than the surface level. Physical connections are lost as the world has become more globalized, and as humans, we are not meant to be naturally isolated. Yes, technology connects us, but I think there is something special about old technology. Companies should try and find ways to combine the old with the new.

We scroll through Instagram and see everyone’s perfect selves, but there is something about the pictures from a disposable camera that are real and capture life’s imperfect moments. People are tired of the fake and want to capture moments more authentically. We are all human, and no one is perfect. With disposable cameras, nostalgia, and essential values make a comeback.  

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Best Skincare for Crisp Weather

Best Skincare for Crisp Weather

It’s that time of year when there is a nip in the air. Not only does that mean bundling up in a million layers and losing a pair of gloves each week, it also means that your skin needs extra TLC. Cold weather is bad for skin because it strips away moisture, and with no humidity, skin can end up cracked and in some extreme cases, it can bleed. Skin care should emphasize restoring the moisture that can dry up in the cold, so here are my favorites (and affordable!) products for the chilly weather ahead.

Cleanser: Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser ($18.00)

When choosing a cleanser for fall/winter, it is important that the formula is more creamy so the skin can be moisturized. Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser is great because it is super gentle on the skin while still given it a fresh clean. This cleanser has five different skin conditioners that leave your skin smooth and moisturized.

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Face Moisturizer: Cetaphil’s Daily Face Moisturizer ($12.00)

The most important part of the skincare routine for chilly weather, a good moisturizer can repair the skin through hydration. Even though there are many great (and expensive) moisturizers out there, Cetaphil’s Daily Hydrating Lotion is a cult classic at only $12.00. What makes this moisturizer so special is that it is oil-free, so it gives your skin the moisture it needs, but does not leave the skin greasy (a double win!).

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Lip Balm: Burt’s Bees Lip Balm ($3.59)

I don’t know about you, but the moment the weather gets chilly, I never go anywhere without a trusty lip balm. Since the air is so dry and cold, chapped lips are one of my biggest issues regarding skin care, but Burt’s Bees lip balm has never let me down. This formula is all natural using ingredients such as beeswax, peppermint and vitamin E. To get the best results, apply after using your favorite lip scrub and your lips will be silky smooth.

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Hand Lotion: Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve ($16.00)

Now for the most important product during the winter (especially if you leave your trusty gloves at home): hand cream! My hands get super dry and chapped during the winter, so Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve has always been a life saver. This thick lotion is filled with oils and moisturizers that only hydrate your hands, but also create a barrier to prevent dryness. With a 5-star rating, it is no wonder why so many people, including me, turn to this lotion the moment the weather starts to nip in the air.

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HBO’s Euphoria Makeup: Maddy’s Rhinestones and Chains

HBO’s Euphoria Makeup: Maddy’s Rhinestones and Chains

Let’s jump into what all of this euphoric conversation is about by moving through some of Maddy Perez’ best makeup looks.

The makeup used on HBO’s new hit show Euphoria not only has everyone talking, but we are all wondering about the television series’ unique and unusual beauty trends.  I know I am a little late to the game, but I recently just finished watching the show a few days ago, and it was so enticing that it only took me about a day and a half to finish.  I was intrigued by not only the outrageous plot line and character development but also the audacious styles of makeup that the actresses wore on the show.  Let’s jump into what all of this euphoric conversation is about by moving through some of Maddy Perez’ best makeup looks.

In particular, there is one character that really caught my eye while I was watching the show.  Maddy Perez is seen in the most casual settings, including the school hallways, hanging out with her friends, and even cheerleading practice, with some of the most fascinating styles of makeup that cause everyone to turn heads.  The first style that we see Maddy wearing is a frosted eyeshadow look from the 2000’s, which a touch of rhinestones.  The elements of Euphoria that make the show so entrancing include the styles and vibes that the characters give off.  The show has kind of a Hunger Games effect and it left me wondering: is this a story based in the future or the past?  Some trends from the 1980’s are depicted, like the bold colored eyeshadow, as well as trends from the 1990s and 2000s.​

Photo Credits: https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/photo-gallery/46476609/image/46476620/Maddy-Chain-Eyeliner
Photo Credits: https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/photo-gallery/46476609/image/46476620/Maddy-Chain-Eyeliner

Adding the rhinestones to her outer eyelid doesn’s fail to add an uncommon ingredient to this look. We see Maddy, as well as a couple other female characters on the show wearing eyeshadow with rhinestones in almost every episode.  One of Maddy’s looks that really stood out to me was her metallic purple eyeshadow lined with rhinestones.  This look, to me, was marvelous and did nothing but exhibit Maddy’s dauntless character.  Maddy was a teenager that was bored with societal norms and did anything she could to bring attention to herself, and this look surely accentuated this futuristic enigma. 

Most of Maddy’s makeup looks in Euphoria were also coordinated with her nails, this one being my favorite. This magenta eyeshadow style is a pure interpretation of “less is more”.   They used minimal rhinestones for this look, but instead of having them all around her eyelids, they went far enough to lightly line her eyebrows which makes Maddy’s look even more enchanting.  Placing rhinestones on or near the eyebrows is a style that does not cross the minds of many people, but it adds more attention to the top half of the face, which is the most beautiful!

Photo Credits: https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/photo-gallery/46476609/image/46476620/Maddy-Chain-Eyeliner

Who would have thought that chains would be glamorous? Or, to put them on your eyelids? The Euphoria makeup crew may have been the first.  They thought instead of using normal gold eyeliner, why don’t we do something eye-catching (quite literally)?  Maddy’s gold eyeliner was made from a thin gold chain from a craft store, which was glued on top of a bright blue eyeliner.  To add even more glamour, Maddy also has a wing on her eyelids that is outlined by tiny triangle studs.

Photo Credits: https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/photo-gallery/46476609/image/46476620/Maddy-Chain-Eyeliner

Maddy’s character would not have been the same without these enthralling makeup looks.  These styles of makeup are becoming more and more prominent as more and more Euphoria fans arise.  Both women and men are stepping out of their comfort zones to break through the societal norms of makeup by using styles shown on HBO’s Euphoria.  Thank you, Euphoria, for giving us more ways to express ourselves with fashion. 

Protect Your Neck: Men’s Style Forecast

Protect Your Neck: Men’s Style Forecast

Staying Covered for a Cold Winter

A spooky storm hit the University of Delaware on Halloween, certainly ruining many trick-or-treaters’ nights and dropping the temperature for the following week by nearly twenty degrees. As a result, winter coats have come out in full force, and tedious layering must be applied to keep warm on the walk to class. Many jackets and parkas offer only torso and arm coverage, leaving the neck exposed to the elements (and vampires). It is no surprise that this smart style has been rocked by Steve McQueen, Andy Warhol, and Steve Jobs. There are some differences in styles with regards to the neckline, such as the common turtleneck having enough neck fabric to fold over itself and mock necks being one layer up to the chin. With the right outfit and confidence, anyone can look great either dressed up or dressed down with a turtleneck or mock neck.

The common turtleneck, also known as a roll-neck or polo neck, has existed since the 15th century but has only reached popularity in the early and mid-20th century. Most turtlenecks are made of sweater fabric, knitted, or crocheted fibers, and are often designed to warm the body. Just like crewneck sweaters, turtlenecks may have different gauges, meaning the fineness of the stitching. Fine gauges appear smoother and are often seen as more formal, able to fit under an oxford shirt or suit as an alternative to a necktie. Heavy gauges, like those seen under a fisherman’s overcoat, offer a great deal of insulation for the cold seas or winters. Medium gauges offer a nice middle ground and look great styled with a simple jacket.

Picture Creds: https://www.fashionbeans.com/article/best-roll-necks-how-to-wear/

Mock necks offer an alternative to the classic turtleneck, with about half as much fabric available at the neck. Because of their straight-standing nature, mock necks can have a sportier look with the addition of a zipper and can be slightly folded over for a lower-rise turtleneck look. Mock necks will tend to be lighter weight and more sweatshirt like but will also follow the same sweater gauge rules for different thicknesses. The signature look of Steve Jobs includes a black mock neck, effectively dressing up dad jeans and sneakers.

Either style will look great tucked into jeans or pants with a stylish jacket to round off the look. Due to the versatility of turtle and mock necks, suit jackets and dress shoes pair just as nicely as a biker jacket and Chelsea’s or a jean jacket and sneakers. A streetwear look can be achieved with a looser neck paired with striking pants and sneaks. Just remember to follow simple color-matching rules and you will be able to throw on the perfect outfit for this upcoming fall/winter season.

‘Tis the Season to be Healthy

‘Tis the Season to be Healthy

The holiday season is full of food, family, friends, and fun! However, many people struggle with overindulging in food at this time and find it difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I am here to lend you a helping hand and share my tips with you!

Picture Creds: Madeline Costantino

EAT THE COOKIE!

The holiday season is a time to be celebrated with your family and friends. Don’t ruin your fun by restricting yourself of sweet treats and yummy dinners. Eat what you want in moderation! Don’t overindulge, be aware of your choices.  You don’t want to feel like you have missed out, but you don’t want to feel like you have indulged in something that wasn’t worth it.

STAY HYDRATED!

Water delivers important nutrients to all of our cells and is crucial for our body. When you don’t drink enough water, your body tends to retain more of it, causing you to feel bloated and hungrier. Water helps you feel full longer without adding any additional calories. Most times you aren’t hungry probably. In reality, you may be just dehydrated.

GRAB A BUDDY AND WERK!

The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year with the people you love. Why not get a sweat in together?! Partner workouts are a great way to hold each other accountable and stay in shape during this time. Plan your workout regimen around your holiday agenda and shorten the routine if need be. It can be done at home and still be quick and effective. Then, later on you can cuddle up and sip on hot cocoa by the fire, with the satisfaction of a finished workout.

LOVE YOURSELF!

Self-care is essential at all times, especially around the holiday season. Make time for yourself to relax and release all that stress. It is a busy time of the year, from catching up with old friends, to running around shopping for gifts in a hectic mall, to last minute cooking and more. Take a moment to breathe and unwind. Try out a yoga class, meditate in your room, read a book, or take a hot bath. Treat yourself and someone you love to a couple’s massage as an early Christmas gift, or have a spa day with your mom or friend! These are amazing ideas to help keep your cortisol levels low and limit stress.

SUBSTITUTE!

There are plenty of healthy options you can substitute during the holidays. Ditch the sugary alcoholic beverages and chasers. Alcohol is full of empty calories, but it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a glass of wine or a night out at the bar. Stick to plain old vodka and a seltzer as a chaser, which are low in calories and don’t have much sugar. Food wise, try substituting eggs, bananas, and chocolate protein powders in your baking recipes, instead of baking soda and other sugary ingredients. However, when you make healthier choices, watch out for additives when catering food! Most places overdo it on the dressing, so ask for it on the side or water it down yourself. Forget the extra salt, dips, and sauces. Create your own healthy dressings and homemade dips. With that, whole grain and multigrain chips are the best way to keep it somewhat healthy and tasty at the same time.

REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN!

The holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year. Go out with your friends and family, eat the foods you want, and dance your way through the night. “Life happens quickly, and before you know it mid-November will become New Year’s Day. Don’t let those moments of magic and joy during the holidays slip by!”