At-Home Workouts for Busy Chicas

Being a student can definitely make it hard to fit in time for a workout. However, it is definitely something that will benefit you in the long run to have the energy to do your best at school and work. When you are stressed out because of an upcoming exam or maybe just a bad day, you can relieve stress in a healthy way that also makes you feel great.Having an active and healthy lifestyle can not only boost energy and improve your mood, but it can be a fun way to maintain healthy. There are lots of ways to stay active without having to leave your home. Here are a couple of personal favorites.

1. Jumping Lunge

a) Get in a lunge position with one foot in front and one foot behind with your hips dropped into a squat. (Keep your chest upright throughout complete movement.)

b) Begin with normal lunge, with front leg at an angle in the squat position and back leg behind you.

c) Squat body up into a jump.

d) Replace your feet in the air, moving back leg in front, and front leg in back.

e) Go straight into lunge with opposite legs.

f) Repeat on other leg. Perform 10 reps on one side, and then the other. This counts as one set. Do this four times.

2. Curtsy Lunge

a) Stand with your feet hip-width apart, hands on your hips.

b) Take a large step back with your left leg, crossing it behind your right.

c) Bend your knees and lower your hips until your right thigh is practically corresponding to the floor.

d) Keep your chest upright and your hips and shoulders as straight as possible.

e) Return to start.

f) Repeat on other leg. Perform 10 reps on one side, and then the other. This counts as one set. Do this four times. (Feel free to add weight once you master the form.)

3. Jumping Squat

 

a) Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms hanging at your sides.

b) Squat down until your knees are bent. (As if you are sitting on a chair)

c) Immediately sway your arms over your head and jump up as high as you can

d) When landing, gently bend your knees and fall back down into the squat position.

e) Repeat 10 reps per set, do four sets. (Swaying your arms will give you momentum so you can catch more air!)

4. One-Leg Squat (with back leg elevated)

-This exercise requires a bench or chair(around one or two feet high).

a) Place your working foot a couple feet away from the chair and place the balance keeping foot flat on the chair.

b) The frontward knee should be inline with the toe of the working foot as you drop down into a squat.

c) Repeat on other leg. Perform 10 reps on one side, and then the other. This counts as one set. Do four sets. (Brace your core a all times.)

5. Skateboard Abs

-This exercise requires a skateboard.

a) Getting into a push-up position, carefully place the skateboard at the tips of your feet and place your hands up in front of you on the floor, shoulder’s width apart.

b) Pull in the skateboard using your core muscles.

c) Pull out the skateboard using core muscles.

d) Repeat 10 reps per set, do four sets.

Zumba Your Heart Out

DSC_0259Dancing Salsa may have been considered exercise before, but now it’s one of the most popular exercising techniques around. The Zumba craze began in the 1990s and was started by a Colombian dancer. Imagine how many other salsa dancers were upset when they found out they could have gotten so many people across the globe to take place in a fitness routine revolved around doing what you love.

Zumba is now officially trademarked by Zumba Fitness, LLC., and it is basically a dance routine that is done to Latin music, mostly, as well as other genres of music. Although Zumba can be learned by almost anyone, Zumba.com has a series of programs and workout videos that can be purchased in order to help people participate in the exercise program in the correct and healthy manner. When on the website, there’s even a link to find out how to become a Zumba teacher if you’d like to teach at a gym in your area or just with friends.

Although Zumba can be done alone, the more the merrier! If someone wants to make their own dance routine, she could always choose a song, look up some salsa moves, and make them work with the beat. That’s exactly what Julia Sloan, 20, did for her women’s retreat. She chose a song she liked, Dance Again by Jennifer Lopez, looked up some Zumba videos on Youtube, and just made her own routine to the song and taught it to a group of women. “It was great and I had so much fun,” she said after the retreat.

Even celebrity Latinas love doing Zumba because it’s so healthy and fun to do. Jennifer Lopez (Puerto Rican), Eva Longoria (Mexican), Shakira (Colombian), and Eva LaRue (Puerto Rican) are only some of the many Latina celebrities who include Zumba in their daily workout routines.

According to Zumba.com, “we take the “work” out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you’ll see why Zumba® Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Super effective? Check. Super fun? Check and check.”

If boredom strikes and there’s nothing to do in your town (or if there is), Zumba  your heart out. “I’ve always wanted to try Zumba,” said Alejandra Luna, 16. “But I never wanted to do it alone. I never thought of looking up videos on Youtube and just doing it with my friends.”

What isn’t to love? Great music and loads of fun dancing in a room with your friends! That’s gotta be one of the best workouts that’s ever existed. Curious about how to get into a class in your area? Hit up the Zumba website. It is extremely user friendly and contains plenty of information about classes, teachers, programs, and so on.

As the website says, “Zumba is for everybody, and every body!”

Accessorizing Guide: The Do’s and Don’ts

Credit: Collegefashion.net

Credit: Collegefashion.net

Fashion is power, and accessories can help to achieve your ultimate look. Ever wonder what type of accessories would compliment your overall look? Well, there are many concepts that you have to know when choosing the best type of accessory.  But once you know exactly what to look for, accessorizing eventually becomes simple! Here are some steps into finding your accessorizing forte.

Selecting the Right Outfit

What you wear will help determine what accessories to use. If you are wearing an outfit with heavy layers, then most of your accessories won’t be seen. That is why you need to look for areas where accessories will compliment the outfit. For example, if you are wearing too many layers of clothing, you can probably accessorize your ears and your hair.

Coordinate Colors

An important detail to look out for is color schemes — not every accessory will fit with your outfit choice. An accessory might be to dull in color or might be too bright. The best thing to do is to balance out the color. If your outfit is mainly red with a few splashes of yellow, then you can add a few yellow accessories so it can compliment the red. If you were to chose a red accessory, that would be a little too much since you are already mainly wearing red. Accessories are made to give your outfit that little bit of spice, so it is best to use accessories that compliment your main look.

Daily Activity
It’s always a good idea to plan out your accessories with your schedule. If you are cooking, then wearing a lot of rings or bracelets may not be a good idea. Once you know your plans, you’ll automatically be able to narrow down what accessories you can and can’t use.  Wearing appropriate jewelry will make you feel more comfortable. If you want to cook with bracelets because you are used to it and are more comfortable wearing them, then go for it! It’s all about your comfort level — choose comfort over beauty, chicas!

Decluter Your Body

Accessories come in all different sizes and colors, but it doesn’t mean that you have to wear your entire jewelry box.  If you are planing on wearing a couple of small accessories, then maybe 4 pieces of jewelry should be enough. If you are wearing something big and flashy, then remember that just one is usually enough. Some chicas like to combine different sizes of jewelry, which is fine, but listen to yourself. A girl usually knows when it is too much because they’ll see AND feel it.

 

These are basic Do’s and Don’ts, but don’t let it stop you from experimenting with your style. There are so many accessories in this world, so most likely you’ll find the perfect accessories for you.  Accessorizing is also supposed to be fun so don’t try to take it too seriously — have fun!

Spring Braids

Whether you are studying for a big test or working on your soccer skills, your thick hair always seems to be getting in your face. Do these scenarios sound familiar, chicas? Instead of slicking your hair back in a head ache inducing ponytail, try out some of these braided hairstyles just in time for spring. They are all heat free, quick and abuelita approved.

For all of these looks you will only need bobby pins, hair elastics and an optional styling product to hold your hairstyle all day.

Hanging Low

  1. Start by sectioning off a section of hair from the front of your head. If you have bangs, you can leave them out for this look.
  2. Tie the rest of your hair in a side ponytail.
  3. Begin braiding the sectioned piece of hair towards the back of your head.
  4. Bobby pin the braid behind your head.
  5. Twist your side ponytail into a bun and hold with hair elastic.
  6. Spray your hairstyle with finishing spray to hold the look throughout the day (ex. hairspray or spray gel).

 

Best of Both Worlds


 

  1. Start at the top of your head and begin French braiding your hair.
  2. Stop braiding when you get to the back part of your head.
  3. Combine the rest of your hair with the braid and tie it into a ponytail with a hair elastic.
  4. Spray your style for an extra hold.

 

La Princesa


  1. Section off a piece of hair from one side of your head and begin braiding it towards the back of your head.
  2. Secure the braid with a bobby pin.
  3. Repeat step one on the opposite side of your head.
  4. Secure the second braid by crisscrossing the bobby pins behind your head.
  5. Tuck in any extra hair under the braids.
  6. Spray your style for an extra hold.

 

If you’re feeling some extra springtime inspiration, add clip-on flowers or hair bows for a unique touch. Who said convenience can’t be cute? Now get to braiding, chicas!

Career Prep: Fashion Designer

182577_265003626978181_716790972_nBeing a fashionista means more than only knowing how to sew. If a girl is truly passionate about wanting to become a fashion designer, then she must understand the different skills that are needed in order to succeed in the fashion industry. A fashion designer is usually in charge of everything when it comes to their clothing collection. This is why there are so many schools throughout the U.S. dedicated to offering different programs for Fashion Design! If you want to be the very best, then it’s always best to plan ahead!

What Fashion Designers Need To Know

A successful fashion designer knows the in-and-outs of the business world.  A designer is also responsible for finding opportunities that will be willing to sell some of their creations. That is why being knowledgeable in many business concepts, such as Marketing and Accounting, will be of great help if you decide to become a designer. Since your creations are original, you will mainly be working solo unless you try to collaborate with another designer. That is why knowing all these concepts are necessary because you will have to depend on yourself.

High School Preparation
It’s never too early to start preparing for a career in fashion! First, take an art class. Art classes are a good way to let your creativity flow. Plus, something that a designer must be good at is drawing! Taking a couple of business classes is also a plus, because it will help you become more familiar with how to a business works. When you are ready to take the next step, college, start looking up different programs or schools that offer a degree or classes in fashion. Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons, Pratt, and others are some schools you can look into. Check your local university to see what they offer — who knows, you might be interested in working in another area of the fashion industry!

Internship Preparation
It is no secret that the fashion world is competitive. That is why experience is always key to making your application stand out. If you aren’t doing anything time consuming over the summer, consider looking for an internship! There are paid and unpaid internships available, but the networking and experience is priceless! If you want to see what it’s like to actually work in fashion, then an internship is a good way to go. Don’t think that you have to fly to NYC to get the best internship. You can go to a local fabric or design shop and ask about any opportunities they may have. There are people out there that would love to help you with your dreams, so never be afraid to ask! Internships in college and high school will help you the experience you need to get your foot in the door. You may not be super famous right out of college, but the more experience you have, the higher your chances are of finding the perfect opportunity to succeed in the fashion industry. Remember chicas, networking is a HUGE factor for succeeding in the fashion industry!

It may sound like a lot of work, but finding your dream job comes with hard work. Planning ahead will make things simpler in the future.  Start planing chica!

DIY: Holiday Recipes

Holiday season is just around the corner! It  is the  best time to pamper family and friends with the ultimate holiday desserts, YUM! Check out these recipes that are guaranteed to make you and your family’s sweet tooth happy. These recipes require you to use the stove or oven, so ask an adult for help on making one of these delicious treats.

Rainbow Cake for Santa

This Oreo inspired recipe wrks best with the help from another person. Plus, it makes it more fun!

For this recipe you will need:

  • 15 Oreo cookies
  • 2 bars of cream cheese
  • 90 grams of no salt butter
  • 1 tbsp. of vanilla extract
  • 1 lemon
  • ½ cup of table cream
  • 1 cup of condensed milk
  • 2 packages of unflavored gelatin
  • ¾ cup of water
  • 3 plastic bags with a seal
  • Santa mold (preferably plastic)
  • Red food colorantRainbow pie 1

After you have gathered the ingredients, follow these easy steps:

1.       Take the white center of the cookie and put the cookies into one of the plastic bags. You don’t need the white center part of the cookie for this recipe, so you can eat it or set it aside.

2.       Crush the cookies until there are no more chunks of it. That’s right, it’s just dust!
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3.       Put the cookie dust into a bowl and mix it with butter. Using your hands to mix both ingredients makes the whole process easier!
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4.       Move this mix to the bottom of the mold and push until it is flat.

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5.       Place the mold with the mix into the refrigerator until it is cold and hard.

6.       Mix water with the 2 packages of gelatin and place it into a microwave for 80 seconds.

7.     Next, while the mold is in the refrigerator, get a bowl and mix cream cheese, condensed milk, cream, vanilla extract and the juice of the lemon.
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8.       Wait for the water with gelatin to cool, and, once it’s ready, pour it into the mix.

9.       Keep mixing until there are no more lumps.

10.   Separate the mix into the 4 bags, add food coloring to two and leave the other natural.
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11.   Take the mold out of the refrigerator and cut a corner of the bag so the mix can be poured into the mold.

12.   Do layers, mixing one layer of red and one layer of natural mix, until you have 4 layers.

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13.   Put the mold with the mix into the refrigerator for a minimum of 3 hours. Then, take the mix out of the mold after the 3 hours are up!
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Truffles

For this recipe you will need:

  •  200 grams of dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp. of butter
  • ¼ cup of whip cream
  • 1/3 cup of hazelnut cream
  • 2 cups of white chocolateRainbow pie 16

 After you have gathered the ingredients, follow these easy steps:

1.      Place a container inside a large pan with water. Then, under a simmering heat, melt the dark chocolate and add the butter, whip cream, and hazelnut cream.

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2.       Once everything is melted, mix it and put it into the refrigerator for 2 hours.

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3.       After the 2 hours, get the mix out of the refrigerator. Use a Parisian spoon to make little balls and put them over sealed paper.

4.       If they’re not hard enough, place them into the refrigerator for 10 minutes.

5.       While you wait, start melting the white chocolate in the microwave.

6.      With help of a toothpick, immerse the truffle into the melted white chocolate.

7.       Then, add decorations of chocolate.

8.       Put them into the freezer for a few minutes, enjoy!

Cookie Christmas tree

 For this recipe you will need:

  • 2 recipients
  • 2 cups of flour
  • ¼ tbsp. of salt
  • ½ tbsp. of baking powder
  • 1 bar of butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp. of milk
  • ½ tbsp. of vanilla extract
  • 1 cling wrap
  • Star molds (different sizes)
  • A rolling pin
  • Skewer sticks
  • Vanilla icingcookies 1

After you have gathered the ingredients, follow these easy steps:

1.       In recipient #1 mix flour, salt and baking powder.
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2.       In recipient #2 mix melted butter, sugar, milk, vanilla, and an egg.
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3.       Mix recipient #1 and #2 together.

4.       Wrap the mix to the cling wrap and put into the refrigerator for 2 hours.

5.       Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

6.       Put flour in a flat surface and spread the mix with a rolling pin.

7.      Take the star cookie cutter and press gently onto the cookie mix. Don’t forget to use molds of different sizes because this will shape the Christmas tree!

8.       Then, spread a thin layer of butter onto a cookie tray. Place the cookies you just cut out onto the tray and insert tray into the oven.

9.       Bake them until they’re lightly toasted, take them out, and let them cool off for 10 minutes.

10.   After they have cooled down, you are going to stack the cookies into the shape of a Christmas tree. Put them one over the other, from the biggest to the smallest one, on a plate. Put a stick into the center of the top cookie and connect with the rest of the cookies.

11.   Add vanilla icing to decorate the cookies and enjoy!

 

Holiday Punch

Looking for a quick recipe that doesn’t involve an oven? Holiday punch can be just as festive.

For this recipe you will need:

  • 4 guavas
  • 3 pears
  • 3 apples
  • ½ cup of raisins
  • ½ cup Roselle dried flower
  • 1 cup of tamarind
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 ½ lt. of water
  • 250 grams of sugar or piloncillo

 After you have gathered the ingredients, follow these easy steps:

1.       Cut the fruit in small pieces.

2.       Place a cinnamon stick inside a pot of water. Turn on the stove and let the water boil.

3.       Once the water starts to boil, add tamarind, fruits, Roselle dried flower, and sugar or piloncillo.

4.      Keep an eye on the pot and occasionally stir while it heats up. It will be ready when the fruit changes color.

5.       When the fruit changes color, turn off the heat and let it cool.

6.       When it stops boiling, add raisins, mix the contents, and serve.

The holidays provide the perfect opportunities to test out new or old recipes. With the help of an adult, making these recipes can be a breeze!

Aspiring Journalist

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Journalism is a good career for those who are tech savvy and likes to write. Many journalists find themselves writing for newspapers, magazines, and internet sites, or  producing, editing and taking pictures. Time management and being organized are important for succeeding as a journalist, which means you don’t have to wait until college to start preparing for a career in journalism

Middle School and High School Preparation

It is always good to be prepared, so start being active at your school! Most high schools happen to have their own newspaper, yearbooks, and even morning video announcements. Since journalism has many platforms, you can chose one program or even become involved in all of them. Your school’s newspaper is perfect if you love to write, but, if you’re interested in multimedia and graphic design, then yearbook might be a better fit. For the future journalists who prefer to be in front of the camera, try out your school’s morning announcement team. If you’re one of the lucky few, your school might even offer journalism classes! Talk to your counselor to see what is available at your school, you might be surprised of what clubs or programs your school has!

Internships
Internships offer opportunities for you to get experience as a journalist.  Journalism is a popular field, which means finding a job can become competitive. Internships help you stand out from the rest, so the more experience you have the higher your chances of landing a job. Part of the application process as a journalist is showcasing your work, so the more publications and internships you have, the better. Some internships are volunteer based, but, if you work hard, you can land a paid internship.

College Preparation
College is the perfect place to find out what part of journalism you are passionate about. Some people choose to major in journalism because they receive more training, but you don’t need a degree in journalism to succeed. If you are serious about studying journalism in college, you will learn about the history and foundation of the field, new skills and strategies to apply in your career, and will also be able to network with professors who worked in the field!

Journalism is a demanding and hectic career, but it is also fun and worth it. If you have any desire to work in the media industry, journalism is something worth considering.

Hairstyle MatchMaker

There are so many hairstyles in this world, but so little hair! There are so many factors when it comes to picking the perfect style for your hair. Whether you’re a person that’s always on-the-go or someone who likes to take things slow, there is a perfect haircut for everybody! Something that is important to think about when choosing your haircut is your face shape and personality.

Hair Length

Something to carefully consider is the length of your hair; how long or short do you want your hair to be? If you are a girl who is always in a rush to get to school, then a short to medium length is a good option. The longer your hair gets, the more maintenance it requires because it starts to lose its strength. That is why girls with long hair will take longer than a girl with short hair. If you want long healthy hair, then you have to be patient and be willing to work with your hair by buying conditioners and other products to help strengthen it. So, if you’re a chica who is looking for some spice and easy handling, then a cute short hairstyle could be the thing for you.

There are many hairstyles out there that can truly make a girl look cute and professional while saving time by being easy to handle. If you are a girl that has time and the patience, then a long length could be the way to go! Many girls can get irritated by split ends and tangles, and that its why maintaining long hair can be a challenge. Although, with patience comes rewards. Long hair is also a good option for fashionistas who love to do exciting things such as curling and braid hairstyles that can only be obtained with long hair.

Hair Texture

Hair can be thick, thin, straight, wavy, and curly. To find the perfect haircut, think about your hair texture If you want a short hairstyle and you have curly hair, remember that your curls can shrink up the shorter it gets. Therefore, if you cut an inch then the final product is that your hair will get shorter by two inches or more — depending on your curls. Hair can also change depending on the length. For example, a chica with wavy hair might get straighter the shorter the length is. You’ve had your hair for years, so you know how wild or tame it can get. Take some time to understand how exactly your texture changes when it comes to haircuts by straightening it, wetting it, or simply measuring it.

Face Shape

Face shape is also a very important factor when it comes to the foundation of your haircut. A haircut can either compliment or bud heads with it. If you happen to have a round face shape, long hair will actually make it look less round. If you have a shorter hairstyle, your face might appear more rounder. If you happen to have a long face than long hair might make your face look even longer. If you have a square face, then you might consider wanting to get choppy ends to even out your strong-like features.

 

Personality

Your personality can also influence the type of haircut you should get.  A new haircut can boost your confidence, so if you think that you look fabulous with a short bob, even though you have a round face, then go for it! The feeling you get after getting a haircut is mainly influenced by your attitude and personality. If you are fun and creative, and you like long, big curls, then you’ll love long hair. If you’re more on the shy side and don’t want to go a little too crazy, trimming, adding bangs, or even adding layers is the best bet. And if you’re an athlete or an avid traveler, then a short and fun hairstyle would most likely be the best option for you.

 

By picking the perfect haircut, you’ll be enhancing your beauty, personality, and even lifestyle. There are guidelines when it comes to picking hairstyles that flatter your features, but remember that you have the right to break the rules and still be beautiful. The best thing about the haircut is that it is not permanent — hair grows! Have fun and experiment to find the perfect match made in heaven haircut for you. Remember chicas, you’re all fabulous and beautiful.

Finding Your Perfect Look

Fashion for a girl is usually very important, so we all know how stressful it can be looking for an outfit. Everyone has a different style, so remember to just be thinking about what you LOVE when it comes to expanding your wardrobe this school year. By following these rules, you’ll be on your way to becoming the fashion queen at your school!

Make a List

It’s a good idea to make a list before you go shopping. If you are wandering around a store without being prepared, then be prepared to be walking around for a few hours. To make things less stressful and more efficient, make a list! You can write down whatever you want. A suggestion would be to write down your favorite colors. This is usually a good start to making sure you don’t go over budget. You can also maybe write down your favorite animals, flowers, and even patterns! This list will help your creative juices flowing and, in no time, you’ll start to see what kinds of outfits you love. Another suggestion is to write down any of your favorite clothing items that you already own. You might just want to find something else with a similar style.

1016130_299715566840320_2117876336_nDress Appropriate

Since it’s middle school, you’ll have to dress appropriately. Many middle schools actually have dress codes. If you happen to break it, then that’s a pass to the principal’s office. Remember that it’s middle school, so don’t try to show too much skin that will cause concern. If you have a free dress day or don’t have to wear a uniform, check your school’s dress code rules. You can also show the list to your parents and they’ll be able to help you as well when on the hunt for the perfect outfit.

Cute Outfits Don’t Have to Cost a Fortune

When summer ends a ton of sales will start to go up. Plus, there’s always Black Friday (in November) and other deals that happen throughout the year. Every store has a website that advertises their sales. Finding out where the sales are is super easy. First, start with writing down a list of your favorite stores. Then, ask your parents to help you find out about the different sales by going to each store’s main websites. Not only will you be happy, but your parents will be happy with a fuller wallet as well!

Shop Smart

If you find a sale that you absolutely have to go to because your favorite jacket is 50% off, be prepared to get to your favorite stores early! The sale is open to EVERYONE. It’s actually very normal for stores to sell out of specific clothing items because of the good deals. That is why preparation is key. Once you have arrived to your favorite stores, keep the list that you wrote everything on. Pre-planning your shopping list is normal, but don’t be shy to look around. Walk around the store and look at what catches your eye. You might find something cuter and better at the store.

Parent Approval

Congrats, you found your perfect outfit! But, most likely you won’t be paying for it. Your family’s approval is very important because if they like it, then most likely it is school appropriate. And if they are happy, then they may happily pay for your outfit (not always, especially if it’s too expensive).

With the perfect planning and timing, you’ll be able to find your perfect look. Plus, you’ll also be saving a lot of money and making your family happy. Find your perfect look and strut your stuff on throughout the school year.

Beauty Diary

249144_265003270311550_560818037_nFrom Covergirl and Revlon to MAC and Clinique, we are surrounded by advertisements and the pressure to be pretty with the help of cosmetic products. Some girls love makeup while others can’t stand to wear so much as tinted moisturizer. Thus, wearing makeup really means something different to each individual.

Beauty Is Truly In The Eye of The Beholder

The significance of makeup often varies with age. As a young girl, swiping that coveted wand of mascara across your lashes might seem like the ultimate ticket to teendom- and then as one gets older and busier with school, a job, etc., makeup is just a regular part of your day, if you even wore it to begin with. The purpose of makeup can be controversial, especially when it comes to figuring out how to use it and understand the meaning behind putting something on your face that is not naturally there. Having a healthy idea of one’s image without makeup helps with having a healthy relationship with cosmetic products.

The Purpose of Makeup

Rising junior at Trinity University and Biology major, Celina Provencio, says: “Makeup should be used to enhance natural beauty, [so] I don’t like to wear a lot. Just to enhance the features I have. I am more likely to wear makeup when I go out.” For Celina, an average day of makeup application means some blush, concealer and mascara for a natural everyday look that glows. As a girl who started wearing a basic and minimal powder, mascara and blush combo in middle school, she considers the beauty industry to be more helpful than harmful.

When asked about what the makeup and the beauty industry means for women, she stated, “It is helpful in giving a confidence boost when enhancing your features, but it [creates obstacles] when you rely on it to make you feel beautiful.”  A confidence boost can come from anything like covering up some blemishes to having some sparkly eyeliner for prom. The important thing to remember is that makeup does not make someone beautiful, but rather the belief that they are beautiful shines, no matter what product you do or don’t wear. And, as long as you wear makeup, knowing this and that it is ok to indulge in dolling yourself up if you like to do that- you are three steps ahead of anyone telling you differently.

Makeup is essentially about owning your beauty. Wear your makeup proudly if it helps you feel pretty, just don’t let your makeup wear you.  Remember that a bare face is perfect just the way it is, and while a touch of blush and a stroke of mascara won’t change your life, it can be fun to play up your already gorgeous looks.

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