As a student of THE Florida State University, I am guilty of never wanting to venture off of our beautiful campus. However, within my past year of living here in Tallahassee, I've had the pleasure of visiting some pretty incredible places. Some I've explored on my own, and some were introduced to me through friends. There truly is something for everyone in Tallahassee and I'm here to help you explore this great town we live in!
Comment below with the places that you love and the ones that I forgot to include!
2. Clean your dorm/room/apt/house etc: having a clean study area/sanctuary always helps to clear my mind and make me feel comfortable. Lighting candles or playing serenity music also contributed to my relaxation. Relaxation is definitely key when you're dealing with a lot of stress. The "volcano candle" is one of my personal favorites. The scent is almost like aromatherapy for me. You can get it at anthropologie, urban outfitters, or pretty much anywhere online! The brand also has other scents and diffusers if you are not allowed to light candles in your dorm, etc.
3. Detox your mind, body, and soul: this tip goes hand in hand with #2, because whenever I have a busy week ahead I like to put on some fuzzy socks, light that candle, and put on a face mask. My personal favorite is the "Kakadu C Amethyst mask" by DERMAdoctor. This mask truly smells AMAZING, and does not contain parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. This clay mask absorbs impurities and detoxifies without removing any of its natural oils. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated and brighter.
4. Organize your computer: cleaning out old files and creating new folders to store all of your assignments, quizzes, and projects in can be more helpful than you think. I love having everything in their proper folder all in the same place. Color coding them to match my notebooks that correlate with each class satisfies the OCD in me. Also, organizing my iPad and having it correlate with my files on my macbook make it that much easier and convenient. Sometimes I just take my iPad to class so having everything on the same server makes life easier.
Find your joy. Then do it. Be it. Live it.
Step 1: Start with an oil-free moisturizer. This will make your skin smooth and help the makeup glide on with fluency. You can also apply a BB Cream, instead, to even out your skin tone, and create a subtle, natural looking glow. I use Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream Oil Free in Light/Medium. This product is inexpensive and available at any drugstore. It also has SPF protection, so it’s perfect for wearing underneath foundation.
Step 2: You are more than welcome to use the BB Cream in place of your foundation if you want to be the closest to bare you can get. If you desire classic foundation coverage, keep reading for my next step.
When it comes to foundation, I will never put something on that does not accurately match my skin tone. This is especially vital with the “no makeup” look. The best advice I can give you when choosing a foundation is to do what I did: Go to Sephora or another makeup store where they can match you, and tell the sales associate what you want. When I was matched at Sephora, the sales woman took a picture of my skin on their computer and had it matched to products in the store.
Whether you want to use liquid or powder is up to you. I opt for liquid since it is smoother. The most important thing is that you apply your foundation with a full-bristled brush.
Step 3: To give yourself a healthy glow, use a cream blush on the apples of your cheeks and blend toward your temples. You can use your fingers to apply it. I like to use a color that is on the peachy, golden side instead of the trademark pink because it looks more natural and can fill the void you may feel from lack of bronzer.
Step 4: Onto the eyes, or more accurately, the eyebrows! Your eyebrows frame your face, so it is important that they are kept in top condition. Since we are going for a bare look, I would strongly suggest not darkening your eyebrows with a pencil or shadow. However, lightly filling in gaps here and there using the perfect product: the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. It is ideal for lightly filling in gaps, and the strokes come off looking like real hair. This product is $21 and available at Sephora.
Step 5: I would suggest skipping eyeliner. Although, if you feel you must wear it, use a cream or pencil eye liner in a soft color, such as gray or brown. Line the rim of your eyelid only. Lining in this spot might sound strange, but it hides the obviousness of the liner while still making your eyes pop. When finished, apply a few coats of your favorite mascara.
Step 6: Almost done! Give your lip liner and lipstick a break, and go for a tinted (in a nude or subtle pink color) lip balm. It will moisturize your lips while still keeping your look natural and fresh.
2. Love More
The more negativity that surrounds you, the more difficult it will be to achieve your resolution. The whole point of a New Year's resolution is to create a better you, or enhance the 'you' that you already are. In order to do so: love more.
I fear that we do not do enough of loving ourselves. We often times forget who we are, and what purpose we serve in this world. This year, don't forget to remind yourself that you are loved and important. Take the time to treat yourself to that pedicure or that massage, and buy those shoes you've been eying for months. You deserve it!
As humans, we're not quick to sit next to the weird kid in class; or we often aren't paying enough attention to hold the door open for the person behind us. As humans, we also have the innate need to belong; we don't want to be neglected. Make it a point to make someone else feel important or noticed. Chances are, it will make you feel good too!
3. Save $$$
Saving money is probably the most important to us students. The problem is: finding a way to do it without sacrificing the things we want. Here are some tips on how to save when you can:
4. Be You
Although it is important to have goals, dreams, and desires, it is also important to not let our hopes of a little more money, a nicer car, or a better body define us.
Merriam-Webster defines resolution as "the act of finding of an answer or solution..." The word change isn't anywhere to be found. With this said, don't change you. Find your answer or solution that you feel would make a better you.
Don't forget to let you shine through all your improvements. Being you is the most important thing you can do this year. (If Cara can do it, you can too!)
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