10 Ways to Get a Natural Look This Summer


If you have fallen victim to more than two of the signs of wearing too much makeup, this guide is just what you need to get out of your beauty rut. Don’t throw away your falsies or red lipstick just yet, follow these tips for a flawless, effortless face for a natural look this summer.

1. Switch from a full coverage foundation to a BB Cream
If you are prone to hormonal breakouts, save the full coverage foundation for that time of the month only. Usually, a full coverage foundation is highly detectable on your visage and makes you prone to a cakey face. A tinted moisturizer or BB cream will do, instead.

2. Keep falsies to a minimum
There is no crime in wanting to accentuate your eyes, and the good news about makeup is that there are a dozen of techniques to flatter them. But vow to wear falsies only on special occasions then, you will feel extra glamorous and flirty when you do wear them.

3. Don’t give up on red lipstick
Just like we push our au naturale girls to try dark colors for winter time, we recommend you perfect the nude lip or the perfect shade of pink for your pucker.

4. Think sheer
We like to think smokey eyes are perfect for every occasion, yes, even to your 7 a.m. class (just use softer shades). Experimenting with natural colored blush, lipsticks and eyeshadows instead of always going dard. This doesn’t mean you’re boring, it indicates the opposite; everything looks good on you. Try a gorgeous peach blush to bring out your complexion or a fleshed colored eyeshadow.

5. Make sure your eyeliner isn’t wearing you
It’s totally fine if you are into a grungy, intense kohl look, inspired from the 90s; think young Kate Moss and Taylor Momsen. We are all for a messy eye look, it brings edge and sex appeal, but it becomes an issue, when we can’t see your peepers. A smudgy eye is supposed to be purposefully smoldered, not a mess. Take it from us, a makeup overdose is never pretty, unless it’s in your shopping bag.

If you do find that your liquid or pencil line are becoming too harsh for your taste, switch to matte shadows. Using matte eyeshadows are liner will create an effortless smoldering effect.

6. Eyebrows need attention too
We admire Audrey Hepburn’s eyebrows for decades, but there is room to grow. The times have changed since her iconic brows paved the wave for Brooke Shields and Cara Delevingne. Don’t deprive yourself from this major it moment in beauty, but also, do it right! Do not draw in eyebrows. They’re are meant to frame the face, not detract from the rest of your features. Always chose an eyeshadow or pencil two shades lighter than your natural brow color, and remember, never use a black pencil to fill in your face framers.

7. Stop at two coats of mascara
Your eyes are the window to your soul and the place where people most often look, so beware of the spidery lashes! Creating the illusion of full, voluminous lashes is not a crime, until they become crispy. Although some of you ladies like spidery lashes, they’re not always a good idea. Over time, spidery lashes lead to breakage and fall out, meaning you’ll have less lashes.

8. Be picky with powder
Stick to the T-zone dolls, if you have dry skin, don’t worry about it. Over-powdering is the least flattering technique.

9. Watch out for the blush
We will admit it, we are guilty of clown cheeks. We can’t help it, but we have learned from our mistakes, as you should too. Blush is definitely one of the funnest makeup products. Before you leave your dorm, don’t forget to ask your roomie if you have on too much. If you do, grab your foundation brush and blend to tone down the color.

10. Natural light will tell all
Before stepping out, any beauty guru will tell you that they don’t leave the house without checking their made-up under natural light. As a glamour girl, you love to look flawless, don’t forget to check for any mascara smudges, harsh lines (especially along the ching), lipstick on your teeth or for clown cheeks!

If you are still hesitant about going through a make-under, think about all its advantages: Your skin will forever thank you, and more makeup won’t cover up your imperfections, instead it magnifies them. Give your skin the time and space to breathe. You won’t regret it. We would never tell you, college goddesses, to tone it down without a reason, we want you to be the best you. Keep it professional and pretty, but don’t deprive yourself from experimenting.

By: IVANNA COELLO | Image

Get the Job: An App to Help You With Interview Questions



Preparing for interviews for your first job after college? You might want to check out the new "Get the Job" app, created by HR professional Tiffany Gibson.

This user-friendly app prepares you for various questions or scenarios presented before and during the job interview process. To make it a fun and enjoyable experience, the “Get the Job” application was designed as a multiple-choice game. Users are asked up to 50 questions and their responses yield either a “correct” or “incorrect” reply screen. If you answer incorrectly, you are also given the proper answer.

 The questions Gibson selected came from her experience as a job recruiter. “It’s all about being prepared. When you go into an interview feeling confident, it shows. The “Get the Job” app helps you understand thing like: How many days should I wait before following-up with the interviewer? What is the best way to answer a question about teamwork? Or, how many pages should my resume be?” Tiffany said.

Tiffany graduated from Ohio State University and has a Master’s Degree in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan. She has worked as a career coach helping prepare and train clients for landing their dream jobs. Her experience also includes working as a recruiter for Robert Half International and a resource specialist with Alexander Mann Solutions.

Have you tried this app out? Let us know if it was useful to you in the comments below.

How to Handle A Flirtationship


Dealing with a guy who’s a little more than a friend but not exactly a boyfriend can be more than confusing because you have no commitments and thus, no obligations to each other. Navigating through a flirtationship -- a situation where you flirt and have special feelings for a friend but do nothing more -- is no easy feat. Feelings can get hurt, and friendships can be damaged. Read on for some information on how to safely handle your flirtationship!

Take stock
Evaluate the situation. There is nothing wrong with a little harmless flirting here and there. It’s perfectly healthy, especially when you’re in college. If you and your guy friend are content with the occasional kiss on the cheek or going for a hand-held walk through the park without crossing any lines, then good for you! It can be nice to have that type of affection without having to commit to a serious relationship. What’s most important is that the two of you are on the same page.

What should you do when you realize that you want more than a flirtationship? You can either tell your friend that you have a bit of a crush on him or you can keep it to yourself. Both scenarios have pros and cons. If you tell him and discover that he feels the same way, you’ve opened the door to what could grow into a wonderful relationship. On the other hand, if he doesn’t feel the same way, it could be awkward or tense. If you don’t tell him, you protect yourself from a possible embarrassing scenario. However, you could possibly be cheating yourself out of a great situation due to your own fear. Either way, you’re taking a substantial risk, so it’s something to think about.

What if he wants more?
It can be equally weird if your guy expresses romantic feelings for you, but you don’t exactly feel the same way. In situations such as these, it’s best to be as straightforward as possible. Try to steer clear of telling him how it’s not him, it’s you or declaring how at some point he’ll meet a girl that’s perfect for him. Although you may think you’re being comforting, after being rejected, your guy might feel as though he’s being patronized. Let him know that while you think he’s great, you simply don’t view him in a romantic way. Give him some time to process. If you two are able to return to your friendship after that, stay away from the physical affection, as it might lead to confusion and him feeling led on.

Friendships with guys are always tricky. As much as we’d like to believe that we could be strictly platonic with the opposite sex, the lines always seem to blur. Having a flirtationship is dicey, so it’s important to stay on the same page and keep the lines of communication open and clear. Doing this will protect you, your guy and the friendship that the two of you share.

By: Adjoa Bruce | Image: Source

3 Outfits for Late Night Library Sessions


With finals right around the corner, nighttime library runs are more common than not. Late night studying is the worst, but you never know, you could run into a cute study buddy. Try these three outfits to be cute and stay comfortable while at the library.

Too Chic for School





You can’t go wrong with a chic sweater and a pair of dark skinny jeans. Keep warm while studying with this gold-collared Chanel sweater and Burberry jeans. Pair it with gold flats and a stylish, convenient bag. This Michael Kors satchel will keep you looking chic but can easily contain all the studying materials you will need.

The Brainy Basics

Want to be a little more comfortable but still stylish? Try sticking to the basics. Leggings and an oversized sweater with riding boots is a classic library look. Add an adorable backpack to carry all of your school needs. Now you can stay cute and be cozy.

Laid back Library Look




Is it getting way too late, and there is no way you have time to put effort into your outfit? Don’t worry, the sporty look is laid back and classic. Throw on some yoga pants and a jacket for the ultimate laid back library look. Carry this Victoria’s Secret gym bag to hold all of your essentials, and you’re guaranteed a successful night of studying at the library.

Whether you are camping out at the library all night or just making a quick stop, with these three outfits, you can’t go wrong. Study on, fashionistas!

By: Alexandra Abboud | Image: Source

5 Ways to Fix Frizzy Hair



Weeks of heat-styling your hair regularly, chemically-coloring, and 10 pounds of glitter makeup later, literally every part of you is dry after all those end of the semester parties! The most difficult part of your winter beauty care can be your hair, believe it or not. Fight freezing temps and frizzy strands with these five steps.

1. No more wet hair
No matter how late you are to class, do not leave your dorm room with wet hair, or you’ll risk getting sick and damaging your locks due to freezing.

2. Condition
This may sound like a no-brainer, but you would be surprise to find out how many women skimp out on this step to avoid greasy locks. This is the biggest hair myth, we all need to condition our hair. Just opt for a lighter formula, if you’re worried about greasiness and avoid the roots.

3. Wear a hat
It’s only natural to hate hat hair, but a hat is the best defense against a dry scalp when walking to class or doing some holiday shopping.

4. Carefully choose products
Look for products geared to your hair type, whether it’s thick, thin or colored-treated. Also consider a leave-on conditioner because using daily products for your hair type “...will not be enough to coat the hair for the all the days between washing,” said YouBeauty. “To help maintain a more moisturized hair shaft, daily leave-on products can be very helpful in the maintenance of smooth hair shafts, minimizing frizz, as well as minimizing the heavy weighed-down feeling that a wash-off conditioning product will cause if left on the hair.”

5. Deep condition
This step is vital during winter. Hot oil treatments are our favorites. Apply Extra Virgin Olive Oil on your damp hair half an inch from your scalp. After application, put a shower cap on and let the oil heal your strands for 30 minutes. To remove the olive oil, use a mild shampoo and rinse it out completely. Voila, this will make a world of difference. If you’re worried about creating a greasy look, you can always book a professional conditioning treatment with your next haircut at the salon.

For the most moisturized hair, don’t follow the same hair routine as you did last fall or summer season. Remember conditioning is key, and wash your hair as frequently as you would like. Find your happy medium.

By: IVANNA COELLO | Image

Culinary Treats on a Budget


Dining on a budget need not be dull. Some of the world’s classic dishes depend on basic, inexpensive ingredients. Many food favorites originated in the peasant and working class cuisines of the world. The key to great food on a budget is flavor, intelligent ingredient combinations and imaginative ways of putting dishes together.

Mediterranean


Mediterranean cuisine is justly famous for its great flavors. Pasta is a prime example of a basic, staple foodstuff transformed by flavorsome – and wholesome – sauces. The chief ingredients of pesto, namely basil and pine nuts, would have been collected for free from the garden and woodlands. Pasta with pesto and a side salad remains a classic budget dish. Growing your own basil is easy and fresh pesto is cheap to make at home. Cashew nuts may be a cheaper alternative to pine nuts; spinach (or swiss chard) is also easy to grow and can be substituted for basil. Pesto freezes well, so you can enjoy a regular fresh supply. Check out the Instawares Food Blog to read about the latest dishes and recipes you can make at home. They also cover the restaurant and kitchen industry.

Pasta Puttanesca


Pasta puttanesca is another economical Italian dish that relies on simple ingredients and inspired flavour combinations for its deliciousness. The sauce is made from tomato, olives, garlic and onion, with anchovies and chillis providing piquancy. It is a very versatile sauce and a variety of other ingredients, such as chopped spinach and mushrooms, can be added to add both flavour and bulk. Only a tablespoon or so of sauce per portion, plus a sprinkling of parmesan, turns a bowl of pasta into a taste treat.

Gnocchi


Also from Italian cooking, gnocchi are an imaginative way to transform potatoes into a culinary feast. No more than little dumplings of potato and ricotta, they are proof that simple ingredients can be turned into taste sensations. Spinach added to the mix gives them a bit of extra zing, and sprinkled with cheese they are a light meal in themselves, or a filling and yummy side dish.

Humble Onion


The humble onion is the budget cook’s best friend. Added liberally to stew and casseroles, it increases quantity and enhances flavor without being overpowering (sweeter and milder varieties are an option for some palates). Onion cooked slowly in butter so that it caramelizes is sweet and tangy. Cheese and onion is another classic flavor combination. Cheese and onion pie (no more than cheese, onions and potato in pastry) is a dish that is simple yet timeless.

Pastry


There is something about pastry that turns plain ingredients into something more. Home-made pastry is astonishingly cheap, and easy once you’ve got the hang of it. Quiches can be filled with a huge variety of fillings and are great for using up leftovers. Cauliflower and broccoli, mixed with 2 beaten eggs and ⅓ to ½ a cup of milk is a good basic filling, to which other ingredients – artichokes, cheese, tomato, mushroom and bacon – can be added to make another classic meal, that can be served hot or cold. With a little bit of imagination and clever ingredient choice, they can be also be made into something quite exotic.

Vegetarian Ingredients


Many budget dishes are economical because they rely on vegetarian ingredients. Substituting vegetables in classic cuisine dishes is one way to eat well while spending less. Mushroom stroganoff can be as good as beef stroganoff, for example. There are many economical meat dishes to experiment with. The traditional cuts of meat with vegetables are always more expensive. Think of meat as a flavour-enhancer, rather than the centerpiece of a meal. Dishes like moussaka or shepherd’s pie use perhaps half as much meat per portion as conventional cooking, such as chops with vegetables. Yet they can be just as flavorful and filling, and even more so. To shop for kitchen supplies visit Instawares.com where you can choose from a wide selection of the latest in dinnerware, flatware, and much more.

Eating classic budget dishes a couple of times a week, preferably making them yourself from scratch, can save you a great deal, without being boring. Many of these dishes are also healthy and few will take up much of your precious time. Experimenting with world cuisine is great fun and allows us take advantage of generations of cooking wisdom and wonder that doesn’t come from the kitchens of kings.

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How to Make A Panini for Any Meal



Something about the crunch of toasted bread makes mealtime so much more better than eating one
thrown together on two pieces of room-temperature, sliced bread. Especially in the wintertime, a grilled sandwich full of melted cheese is a warming and filling way to satisfy hunger. The panini is a favorite of lunch-goers, whether it’s made from basic cold cuts or Italian specialty meats. What many don’t know, is that the panini is a meal that can be made for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With the right ingredients, you could be on your way to making a much more savory version of the average sandwich. Using a panini press is the preferred way to cook one; however, if you don’t have a press, cooking on a skillet over the stovetop will do just fine.


Start your day with a breakfast panini.











Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, and Tomato Panini


Ingredients (makes 2 servings):
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsps water
  • 2 tsps butter (room temperature)
  • 4 slices white bread (wheat)
  • 4 slices cooked bacon
  • 4 slices tomato
  • 2 slices Swiss cheese
  • Salt & pepper

Directions:

1. Heat panini press according to manufacturer’s directions. 
2. Beat eggs, water, salt and pepper in microwave-safe bowl until blended. Microwave on high 45 seconds; stir. Microwave until eggs are almost set—about 30 to 45 seconds longer.
3. Spread butter evenly on one side of each bread slice. 
4. Layer bacon, tomato, scrambled eggs and cheese evenly on unbuttered side of two bread slices.
5. Cover with remaining bread, buttered side up.
6. Grill sandwiches in the panini press, on medium-high heat, until bread is toasted and cheese is melted for about 2 minutes.




Satisfy midday hunger with a tasty take on a turkey sandwich.


Turkey Avocado Panini

Ingredients (makes 2 servings):

  • ½ ripe avocado
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Ciabatta rolls
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 2 slices provolone cheese
  • 1 cup whole fresh spinach leaves, divided
  • 2 roasted red peppers, sliced into strips
  • ¼ pound thinly sliced mesquite smoked turkey breast

Directions

1. Mash the avocado and the mayonnaise together in a bowl until thoroughly mixed.
2. Preheat a panini sandwich press.
3. Split the Ciabatta rolls in half the flat way, and brush the bottom of each roll with olive oil. 
4. Place the bottoms of the rolls onto the panini press, olive oil side down. 
5. Place a provolone cheese slice, half the spinach leaves, half the sliced turkey breast, and a sliced roasted red pepper on each sandwich. 
6. Spread half of the avocado mixture on the cut surface of each top, and place the top of the roll on the sandwich.
7. Brush the top of the roll with olive oil.
8. Close the panini press and cook until the bun is toasted and crisp, with golden brown grill marks, and the cheese has melted, which will take about 5 to 8 minutes.


Top off your day with a protein-packed dinner panini.



Grilled Chicken Panini

Ingredients (makes 2 servings):

  • ½ package (11 oz) Tyson Grilled and Ready Fully Cooked Grilled Chicken Breast Strips
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pesto sauce, prepared
  • 4 slices Italian bread
  • 2 slices provolone cheese

Directions:

1. Spread 1½ teaspoons of pesto onto one side of each bread slice. 
2. Divide chicken strips between 2 slices of bread. Place a slice of cheese on top of chicken. 
3. Top with remaining bread slices, pesto side down.
4. Brush the outer sides of each sandwich with olive oil.
5. Heat large skillet or griddle over medium. Grill sandwiches until browned on one side; turn and grill until brown on other side.

By: CHRISSY TANSEY | Images: 1, 2, 3, 4 | Sources: 1, 2, 3

10 New Year's Resolutions You Should Make for 2014


Explore your city/town. You don't have to travel far to find something new. Try going somewhere you normally wouldn't.

Forgive, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.

Get rid of your frenemies. It's not worth it to spend all your time with people you secretly despise (or secretly despise you.)

Introduce yourself to new people. You never know what saying "hi" may lead to.

Strengthen your ties with your family. It's easy to forget to let our family know we care when we're busy at school. Make it a priority to catch up once in a while.

Pay it forward. Do some good in the world without tweeting about it.

Turn off your iPhone at dinner. Focus in on the people you're with; trust me, it's worth it.

Don't beat yourself up over the small things. Didn't make it to the gym today? Had a large cupcake? Smile, and let it go. Tomorrow's another day.

Try a fashion or beauty trend that's out of your comfort zone. Don't think you can pull of pleather leggings, or hot pink lipstick? Don't let that stop you. Rock it with confidence.

Don't settle. Keep reaching upward.

10 Tips for Natural Makeup Application



Because you’re already a beauty, your philosophy is: less is more. We know not all ladies think alike, and some hate the way makeup feels, looks or smells, so we have specialized a guide for the days when you DO want to wear makeup and look effortlessly polished.

Tip #1: It’s all in the eyes and brows
We know you hate the harsh lines of black liquid liner, so opt for a brown pencil or brown matte eyeshadow. With a dark brown, you can line your top and bottom lashes. Top it off with a volumizing mascara for extra definition and an opening effect. If you find that your eyebrows get lost in your face after defining your eyes, swipe one coat of mascara on them. Trust us, it works; it is the best lazy girl tip.

Tip #2: Use neutrals
We know this is a no-brainer, but it never hurts to say it again: don’t slap on blue eyeshadow or anything bright on the first go. You will end up loathing your makeup routine and underestimating the power of makeup.

Tip #3: Don’t ignore skin care protocol
Before applying makeup, it is essential that you cleanse and moisturize your face. After washing your visage, wait two to five minutes for the moisturizer to absorb. Finally, do not make the biggest beauty sin by neglecting to remove your makeup at night. This is when it is not okay to be lazy. With great power, especially makeup power, comes great responsibility. Take it off because you don’t want a zit war to erupt overnight.

Tip #4: It’s all in the glow
Our biggest beauty pet peeve is a cake face, which is one of the biggest reasons you hate wearing makeup. If you loathe foundation and find no need for coverage, don’t put on foundation. Just forget it; you don’t need it. If you do want coverage, try a BB Cream or a tinted moisturizer, which are the most natural. To avoid cake face, only powder your T-zone. Finding the perfect base is a trial and error process. Don’t give up.

Tip #5: Concealer is optional
Just like foundation is optional, so is concealer. Instead of covering your face with a tinted moisturizer, a concealer is a better solution for hiding a few pimples and dark circles. Foundation and concealer can be interchangeable -- you pick.

Tip #6: Blush it up OR not
Blush is one of the most personal beauty items in any girl’s makeup. Your favorite blush says a lot about your personality and what complements your complexion. We recommend you try cream blushes; they don’t require much work or a brush! Use the most simple makeup tool, your fingers, to apply. Pinks and peaches work for everyone, again, no bright colors.

Tip #7: Throw out the lip gloss
As beauty aficionados, we hate to confess, some of us just don’t like lip gloss. It can feel uncomfortable, and it can be too shiny, and our hair can get stuck in it. Stick to lipsticks; if that’s also too much for you, lip butters and colored lip balms also are heavenly sent.

Tip #8: Choose quality over quantity
The best benefit about luxury beauty stores like Sephora and Nordstrom is that you can return a product after testing it. After all, you are the girl who concentrates on staples, so keep to the basics, and go for the best. This way you won’t be spending money you don’t have, and you never know, you may end up falling in love with makeup. Study your face, and test out the items you’re interested in buying. And don’t be afraid to ask the employees for recommendations as they have had training to help them find the best product for each client.

Tip #9: Google it
If you are curious about a certain product your BFF raves about it, Google it -- do your makeup research. You’d be surprise how the logistics of makeup help you to create the perfect look. Look up product reviews and makeup tutorials anytime! Check out MakeupAlley and YouTube.

Tip #10: Be you
Don’t feel pressured by society’s norms to wear makeup. As an educated woman, you know women are created equal, and you have the right to exercise your tastes and demands in what constitutes as beauty. Don’t let your boyfriend, girlfriend, family or friends sway you into believing any different. Do what you like, simple as that! Wear makeup for yourself. So your boyfriend doesn’t like your new red lipstick? Too bad, you’re wearing it for you, because it makes YOU feel good!

We promise these tips won’t have you looking cakey or unrecognizable. Practice makes perfect.

By: Ivanna Coello | Image: Source

3 Outfits for Family Get-Togethers





Returning home to your family at the end of finals can be about as intimidating as the essay portion on that history final because it can seem like there are even more questions -- about your major, your classes, your friends and where you’re going with your life. Even if you can’t dodge the questions, it can only help to look like you have your life put together. Try these three outfits when you’re home for the holidays to look cute and collected.

Casual and Cozy



Take a casual approach to the day by starting with a neutral-colored, comfortable dress. Mix different shades of brown throughout your accessories to accomplish an overall warm look. Your family will appreciate the relaxed and innocent look of this outfit!

Funky and Festive






Throw on bold colors with gold jewelry and rock the day. Your family will love your energy and appreciate your love for the season! Try switching out flats with black riding boots for a warmer, more casual look.


Prim and Polished



Top | Pants | Shoes | Handbag

If you really want to look like you have your life together, try this prim and polished look. Dark skinny jeans and a simple blouse are perfect for the occasion. Add red accents complete the look. This is a no-fail way to look put together.

By: Alexandra Abboud | Image: Source

 
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