By NICOLE LOSEK, A&E Editor
Struggling with style? Struggling with a story? Let me help you help me.
I received some positive feedback on the two fashion/beauty articles I have written, so I thought I’d shoot for another one with some little tips to add to your looks.
Starting super simple, girls and guys can both get in on one of my beauty favorites: chapstick. Reading this I bet half of you just licked your lips while the other half just realized their lips were chapped and are in need of some chapstick.
Well, ditch whatever brand you’re using and jump on the Nivea bandwagon. It’s simple, doesn’t have a tint or scent to it, and lasts. I always keep one on me. As I mentioned in a skincare article a while ago, moisturizer is key for your face, including your lips. No one likes chapped lips–to have or to look at.
Another random but easy suggestion to your style is utilizing your black jeans. If you don’t own a pair, now’s the time. In the winter, I’ve noticed that I wear my black and darker grey jeans more than my typical blue jeans. I think they go better with the season and match well with almost anything. I also think that no matter what you wear, dark jeans dress up the look. Try swapping out your blue jeans for a black pair to see the difference.
I might lose some guys at this point, but keep reading and suggest to your friends who might benefit from or enjoy these tips.
My go-to makeup look when I’m in a rush is eyeliner and mascara. It takes about 10 minutes tops and gives a semi-natural look if you don’t feel like doing a full face, but still want to do something. I’ve recently started using Clinique’s “pretty easy” liquid eyelining pen. I absolutely love it. It paints on smooth and has a tiny tip to where I can do a more subtle look or a more dramatic wing when I’m feeling it.
For my mascara, I use the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise. I used to use the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and loved how it made my lashes look. But as a broke college student who needs to prioritize what I throw my money on, I had to find another option. The L’Oreal mascara is basically a knock off of the Too Faced one that works just the same–and it’s cheaper.
A beauty trick that I have been doing for the past 5 months, that has actually proven to work, is adding a drop of lavender oil to my mascara once a month. Doing this helps your lashes grow and stay full while also making your mascara last longer and look fresh all day long.
My next beauty pick and trick is ditching plain hair ties and using scrunchies instead. Scrunchies are much more friendly to your hair than regular hair ties. I usually wear my hair either up in a ponytail or half-up half-down to keep it out of my face, and throwing it back in a cute scrunchie is one of my favorite things to do to add a little something to my outfits. I’ve found smaller and regular sized ones at Target in basic colors. If you want more stylish ones, just about every retailer carries them. I bought a pack of three (pink, cream and gray) from Francesca’s that I am obsessed with.
The last of my beauty picks that I have to share isn’t something you can see–it’s something you can smell. My two favorite perfumes that I wear are Moonlight and ARI, both by Ariana Grande. I feel like a good perfume (or cologne) is the final aspect of a look to tie it together.
You’ve definitely helped me by giving me a chance to write about a few of my beauty picks and style favorites, so I hope I’ve held up my end and intrigued you into trying some!