Five Frizz Fixes: Winter Hair Care

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.


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 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.


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.


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 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


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


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


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

Enter to Win A Copy of Libba Bray's "The Diviners"

Do you believe there are ghosts and demons and Diviners among us?

Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City--and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It's 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he'll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfurled in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened....

Libba Bray’s New York Times bestselling "Diviners" is now in paperback. And we hear there’s going to be a second book next August so stay tuned!

One (1) lucky College Gloss reader will receive a copy of "The Diviners" and a Ouija board. All you have to do to enter is comment below with your name and email address and "like" College Gloss on Facebook.

Prizing courtesy of Little, Brown.
Giveaway open to US mailing addresses only.

Keep up with the author by visiting her website or following her on Twitter. Find out more about the book by visiting the official website and liking the book on Facebook.

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

How to Make Apple Cider Doughnuts

If you think you’ve eaten just about every seasonal treat, think again. A delicious dessert, perfect for cool days, is apple cider doughnuts. These cake-like doughnuts topped with a cinnamon-sugar glaze are a heavenly combination. Baking homemade doughnuts for any event is a creative and original idea; they’ll also be sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Pay close attention to the directions because there are a lot of steps involved in the baking process. Don’t worry -- once their scent fills the kitchen, you’ll be thanking yourself for the hard work.

  • 2 red apples
  • 2 1/2 cups apple cider
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • Vegetable oil, for frying


1. Core and coarsely chop the apples (do not peel). Combine with 1 1/2 cups cider in a medium saucepan over medium heat; cover and cook until softened, about 8 minutes. Uncover and continue cooking until the apples are tender and the cider is almost completely reduced, about 5 minutes. Puree with an immersion blender or in a food processor until smooth. Measure the sauce; you should have 1 cup. (Boil to reduce further, if necessary.) Let cool slightly.

2. Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, salt and nutmeg in a medium bowl.

3. Beat 2/3 cup granulated sugar and the shortening in another bowl with a mixer on medium speed until sandy. Beat in the egg and yolk, then gradually mix in the applesauce, scraping the bowl. Beat in half of the flour mixture, then the buttermilk and vanilla, and then the remaining flour mixture. Mix to make a sticky dough; do not over mix.

4. Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured sheet of parchment paper and pat into a 7-by-11-inch rectangle, about 1/2 inch thick. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

5. Meanwhile, make the glaze: Simmer the remaining 1 cup cider in a small saucepan over medium heat until reduced to 1/4 cup. Whisk in the confectioners’ sugar until smooth and glossy, then set aside. Mix the remaining 1 cup granulated sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon in a shallow bowl; set aside for the topping.

6. Heat 2 inches of vegetable oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with paper towels. Cut the chilled dough into 12 rounds, using a floured 2 1/2- or 3-inch biscuit cutter, then cut out the middles with a 1-inch cutter (or use a doughnut cutter). Slip 2 or 3 doughnuts at a time into the hot oil and fry until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes per side, adjusting the heat as needed. Transfer to the paper towels to drain.

7. Dip one side of each doughnut in the cider glaze, letting the excess drip off; dip just the glazed side in the cinnamon-sugar or roll all over in cinnamon-sugar, if desired.

Be sure to serve these delightful, sugary doughnuts warm. Your friends will be begging you for more.

By: Chrissy Tansey | Images: 1, 2 | Source

Be Bold: Vibrant Lipsticks for Every Skin Tone

A bold lip is the perfect finishing touch to any look, whether it’s fancy or casual. Adding a pop of color is a great way to change up everyday makeup. Dark shades in particular are trendy during fall and winter.

You may feel overwhelmed while examining the hundreds of shades of lipsticks lined up at the makeup counter. It’s no easy task picking out the best shade. When picking out the right shade of lipstick for someone, makeup artists often take into consideration the person’s features, focusing mainly on the tint of the skin. Based on the tint of your skin, you can select the best lipstick shade for you and feel confident about it.

Fair Skin

For light, fair skin, the best shades of lipstick are ones with pink undertones. These include shades of berry and mauve. Try Revlon Super Lustrous Creme Lipstick in Berry Haute or L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick in Saucy Mauve.

Medium/Yellow-Toned Skin

 For medium or yellow-toned skin, try shades of coral or bright reds. This is the perfect skin tone to rock a daring red lip. For a bold, reddish coral lip, try Mac’s Matte Lipstick in Lady Danger, or for a plain red lip, test out Maybelline’s Color Sensational lipcolor in Red Revival.

Olive Skin

This skin tone is very versatile with several different lip colors. Shades of bright berry and plums really pop on olive skin. For a berry-inspired lip, try Marc Jacobs’ Lovemarc Lip Gel in Seduce Me. For the perfect shade of plum, try Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry.

Dark Skin

Shades of red and mauve look fantastic on a dark skin tone. For a classic red lip, try NARS Lipstick in Jungle Red. Another dark shade of mauve to try is Maybelline’s Colorsensational Lip Color in Madison Mauve.

If you’re still having trouble finding the best bold lip color for you, don’t be afraid to ask for help at the makeup counter. Makeup experts can give you the assistance you need in finding your perfect shade. You’ll be sure to make a statement this season wearing a fresh and new bold lip.

By: Chrissy Tansey | Sources: 1, 2 | Image: Source

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