This Girl Just Flipped Feminine Beauty On Its Head. These Grotesque Photos Say It All.

I once read this quote that has stuck in my mind: “What some women do to themselves for beauty would be considered torture if done by one person to another.” Australian artist Jessica Ledwich seems to agree with that quote, judging by this art series of hers she named “The Ferocious – Monstrous Feminine.” In the series Jessica grotesquely re-imagines traditional feminine beauty routines. In one of the images, a woman has her fingers severed and replaced with the tools used for traditional manicures. See some of the images from the series here below:

Ledwich says she hopes her images will make viewers question the increasing normalization of beauty treatments that once seemed extreme.

I personally think what is really disturbing now is the way that the expectation of a women to engage in beauty treatments, procedures and cosmetic surgery, is so ingrained in our culture that we don’t even think twice about it. These procedures are almost so mainstream now that you book them to fit between your grocery shopping and your laundry. There are a whole generation of young women who not only think it is normal to do this but that its desirable and worse, expected.

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You Could Spend A Ton On Store-Bought Lotion Bars, But Why Not Make Them Yourself?

You’ve probably seen them in high-end beauty stores, snagged the tiny free sample, and made it last as long as humanly possible…yes, we’re talking about those delicious-smelling lotion bars.

They last a long time and do wonders for your skin…then again, they’re so darn expensive!

But don’t give up on the idea of an indulgent beauty routine — you can make these bars at home with just a few key ingredients. Get ready to seriously impress your friends…

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DIY Lotion Bars

Posted by Top Knot on Tuesday, March 8, 2016

You can make a bunch in one go and you’ll save so much money while you’re at it!

Want to give one of these recipes a try? Find all the details below.


  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups beeswax
  • A few drops lavender oil (according to your preference)
  • Lavender buds (optional)

Melt all ingredients on medium, adding the lavender buds if you’d like. Place the mix into molds and refrigerate for ten minutes.


  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup beeswax
  • 3/4 cup cocoa butter

Melt all the ingredients on medium. Lightly dust the mold with cocoa powder and pour the mixture in. Refrigerate for ten minutes.


  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup shea butter
  • 1 1/2 cups beeswax
  • A few drops rose oil (according to your preference)
  • Rose petals (optional)

Melt all ingredients on medium. Add the rose petals into the molds if you’d like, pour in the mix, and refrigerate for ten minutes.

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12 Of The Most Glamorous Nail Bars In London

                                            <b>Making sure you look glam right from head to toe.</b>                                                            


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1. Wah Nails

The Wah Nails is all about powerful feminist women, who like wearing trainers as much as stilettos. Having started out in Dalston they have now moved to Oxford Circus Topshop, and are often credited with bringing Nail Art to the UK. The Wah girls will pretty much put whatever you want on a nail, but the more out-there the better.

2. MW Nails

MW Nails is a nail bar inside the first class lounge of an airplane — also known as The File High Club — in Spitafields Market. MW Nails aims to be something in-between the all-out indulgent full day spas, and your local in-out nail salon.

4. Hula Nails

Hula Nails rock a distinctive vintage aesthetic, and do excellent 40s/50s hair and make-up as well as damn good nail art. Catch them on Old Street in their Hawaiian themed salon.

5. Decadent Digits

Decadent Digits is one of the most creative nail salons around, with custom decals and nail art to die for, located in the heart of Islington.

6. Cheeky Parlour

Cheeky cosmetics are CowShed’s little sister, with reasonably priced salons in Holborn and Shoreditch. Their salon in Shoreditch, Barbour and Parlour, is the perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon, with three floors of cafes and beauty treatments.

7. Coco Nail Bar

True nail luxury! Ever wanted to have some sushi and champagne with your manicure, no problem, come along to Coco. Located right on the Portobello Road.

8. Lyttle Minx

A very reasonably priced salon in West Dulwich. As well as being one of the best nail salons in London, there are just so many deals to be had, with 10% off for OAPs, students, new customers, and when you refer a friend. They also do £5 manicure for 3-12 year-olds, cute!

9. Nails and Brows

Believing in the beauty of the natural nail, Nails and Brows offers no nail extensions as they believe they can damage your nail bed too much. But they don’t let that stop them doing some of the most elegant nails around.

10. Nail Berry

Nail Berry polishes are high quality with a classic style, and their salon in South Kensington is no different.

11. Nail Girls

Nail Girls in Islington offer manicures using polishes that are non-animal tested, vegan-friendly, and free from harmful chemicals such as (toluene, formaldehyde, DBP (phthalates) and camphor). And all in the most on trend colours.

12. Nails Inc

Nails Inc is not only a leading Nail Polish brand, but has quality nail salons in many locations around London. And it has recently announced a collaboration with Victoria Beckham.

13. The Illustrated Nail

The Illustrated Nail is a freelance nail artist, offering some of the best nail art in London. She also does some excellent tutorials.

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We Tried Out Pinterest Hair Tutorials And This Is What Happened

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2. With Pinterest being one of the most popular beauty resources, we got five women with different hair types to try out the most popular DIY hairstyles.


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Allison: I’m Jewish so I got that Jew hair: longish, darkish, curlyish, frizzyish.

Kirsten: I have short, thick, wavy hair. I’ve never been very into doing my hair, so this is going to be interesting for me. I’ll be excited if I can find some quick, easy hairstyles.

Candace: Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve been “blessed” with more hair than I can handle. It always air-dries into a a grown-ass Simba mane.

Kristin: I have long, fine, curly hair. If it’s too long I look like a cocker spaniel; if it’s too short, it frizzes up and I look like a clown. I am bad at Pinterest, so I do not have high hopes for this.

Sheridan: Well, I’m black. But really, I like to describe my hair as “What the fuck are you?” It does this weird curly-wavy-straight thing and there’s a reason why I see my hairdresser as often as possible.

4. The Half-Crown Braid Tutorial from Hair Romance from the front…

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6. …and from the back:

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Allison: Not to be Allison Bragg, but I was pretty sure this one was going to be easy for me since I’ve been known to dabble in the braid crown. My technique is typically the poor man’s version of this, so I was a little thrown off, but overall it was pretty easy.

Kirsten: This one isn’t bad. I mean, I am pretty bad at hair, but I can conquer a braid, so this one wasn’t terrible for me. Though I do wish I had some Rapunzel locks to make this look cooler.

Candace: Braiding is actually a way for me to pin down the puffiness of my hair. It was hard to determine how much hair to actually grab though. I was really proud of my braids, so I discovered I DID get something out of Girl Scouts.

Kristin: I got lucky. I got so lucky. I was not expecting this turn out OK and THEN IT TOTALLY DID. I haven’t seen it from the back, but I suspect I am living the American hair dream. Also, taking this out was easier than putting this in.

Sheridan: Like WTF kind of black magic is this shit? The chick’s hair looks FLAWLESS in the tutorial, and if she’s gonna tell me she didn’t blow-dry, straighten, then perfectly wave the bottom in order to have a good base to do this, then buh-bye. In the end, it didn’t look as terrible as I thought it would, but let’s be honest, this style is for longer hair.

8. The Two-Minute Updo With a Headband from Hello Natural

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Allison: LOL! We all looked like George Washington or judges from the 18th century.

Kirsten: Is my rat tail out? My ears kept poking out like that girl from Lord of the Rings. Actually, just Orlando Bloom. But like a not-hot version. Also, this did not take me two minutes. This could come out at any second. Actually — like right now, it is coming out right now.

Candace: I think my hair is just too damn thick for the Pinterest lifestyle. I aimed for 1920s chic, but because of how bad I am with hair, I got George Washington mixed with Princess Leia.

Kristin: I think this only takes two minutes if you are good at things, which I am not. Also, my hair is way too fine for this. I feel like I’m wearing a hat. Allison and Kirsten look good, though.

Sheridan: I feel like it’s the Regency era and I’m a Bennet sister but no one mentions me because I’m worse than Lydia.

10. The Easy Hair Bow from Beautylish

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Allison: I was so excited for this one because it’s a BOW MADE OF HAIR, GUYS! But it ended up looking like three buns on the top of my head. Whatever, I’m not mad at it. Going to try this every day for the rest of 2015 and see if I can perfect it. Hoping to really nail it down as my summer look.

Kirsten: I feel like this is a hairstyle that I would see on Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century. Or maybe Ariana Grande would wear this and people would look at you like, “How does that girl not have a headache?”

Candace: I swear, it is pretty much impossible for me to line something up perfectly in the center of my head. I need to live in the ’80s where everything was to the side. I’m proud because I could actually get a semi-decent bow, but the lopsidedness was so sad, so, so sad.

Kristin: Look, I’ve always wanted to join the Mickey Mouse Club, so this worked out fine for me.

Sheridan: LOL. No.

12. The Half-Up Criss-Cross Updo from Ma Nouvelle Mode from the side…

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14. …and from the back:

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Allison: I don’t get this one at all. It’s just like a half pony thing? Also teasing my hair is a big mistake, and I know not to go there.

Kirsten: When I teased my hair that gave me a nice “after sex” look, but not the kind you want, the kind where you run into the bathroom and fix yourself so the person isn’t terrified of you.

Candace: So, I feel like Snooki pre-baby right now, and I’m ready for my duckface selfie. You’re supposed to tease your hair for more volume in the tutorial, and I should have known not to do that based on how poofy my hair already is.

Kristin: This took me three tries. I tried so hard, you guys, but all I got was mad bumps. My hair just didn’t wanna. No amount of back-combing was gonna make this happen for me. Now I just have a head full of frizz.

Sheridan: So, according to the tutorial, short hair girls can totally rock this hairstyle, and I have to say…doesn’t look too terrible. The teasing was my favorite part — it brought me back to my picturesque New Jersey childhood in which bumps were REQUIRED. I wish I had a little bit straighter hair just so that the sides would look less frizzy and a little more ~sleek~ but I didn’t hate this so SUCCESS.

16. The Straightened Braid Waves Tutorial from Hey Wanderer

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Allison: This made me look like I’m in an ’80s hair band. I guess it’s supposed to curl your hair, but it kind of straightened mine?

Kirsten: I think I should have tried larger braids because I kinda look like I got electrocuted. This hairstyle was described as “after beach” wavy and I look like “after I got caught in the undertow” wavy.

Candace: Welp, I was super excited about this, thinking, “YAS I can finally do my hair in under an hour.” Wrong, so wrong. I ended up getting this, like, ’00s middle school crimped-lion hybrid. I made my natural waves turn into teeny tiny riptides. I feel like I have no skill.

Kristin: Yeah, my hair looks the same.

Sheridan: I feel like this hairstyle actually made my hair look straighter. I could totally rock this look normally — no sarcasm. Maybe people will mistake me for Solange Knowles. Don’t white people think that all black people look alike? They’ll be like, “Black girl, big hair, Solange, Solange!” I’m just getting carried away now. This one is an A+, y’all.

18. After putting our hair expertise to the test, we had some final thoughts:

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Allison: I don’t even own a brush, hair dryer, or straightener, soooo I suppose I’m not the target demo here. I prefer to keep my look au naturel, but I am a big fan of all these braids and bows and will definitely incorporate them into my look (summer 2015 here I come).

Kirsten: I’m the type of person that can’t even get all of my hair into a ponytail correctly, so these tutorials were hard for me to say the least. They are advertised as being super easy and quick to do, but if you don’t have fine, long, wavy hair I think they don’t work as well.

Candace: I mean, it’s always been incredibly hard to do anything with my hair, and I know I am an exception, but people still have insanely thick hair like me. I guess there really are hairstyles that are specifically for certain hair, and that’s OK. To those with coarse and unruly hair out there, you’re NOT alone.

Kristin: I think the important takeaway here is that doing your hair is hard, and being good at it is harder, so everyone should just try to be a little nicer and more patient with themselves because we all have to go through a lot of bologna to look good in the morning.

Sheridan: I’m glad I got to be a part of this and represent the awkward black girl who doesn’t know how to do her own hair, but this honestly just reaffirmed my belief that you don’t get in between a black woman and her weekly hairdresser, whether that’s her sister, mom, paid professional, aunt, or even a dad who knows how to wield a comb like no other.

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25 Reasons You Should Never Visit The South

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1. Many people believe the South is some kind of beautiful place.

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Lake Jocassee, South Carolina

2. Their beliefs are 100% false!

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Tallulah, Georgia

3. The South is the opposite of pretty.

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Starkville, Mississippi

4. It’s just a huge mess of thicket and brush.

Stone Mountain, Georgia

5. There is nothing but miles and miles of weeds, and huge swarths of undergrowth.

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Lexington, Kentucky

6. The entire region lacks any kind of allure…

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Cades Cove, Tennessee

7. …and most of the land is dull and featureless.

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Whitaker Point, Arkansas


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Windsor Ruins, Missisippi

8. All the water here is murky and dirty.

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Pembroke, Virginia

9. It’s just a bunch of unmajestic streams…

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Arrow Island, Mississippi

10. …and slow-flowing creeks.

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Mather Gorge, Virginia

11. All the countryside is bland…

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Craggy Gardens, North Carolina

12. …and totally unassuming.

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Vacherie, Louisiana

13. The beaches are soooo underwhelming…

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Gulf Shores, Alabama

14. …and the sand is strewn with seaweed.

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Gulf Shores, Alabama

15. The cities here are nothing but backwood pit stops.

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Atlanta, Georgia

16. These metropolises have no culture…

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New Orleans, Louisiana

17. …and totally lack any kind of charm or beauty.

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Charleston, South Carolina

18. Not to mention, nothing of note ever happens.

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New Orleans, Lousiana

19. The wildlife here is so damn average.

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Ellijay, Georgia

20. There are pretty much the same kind of animals you would find anywhere else.

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Valdosta, Georgia

21. Taking a walk around here is mind-numbingly dull.

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Pine Mountain, Georgia

22. There is absolutely nothing pretty to look at.


Helotes, Texas

23. Every landscape looks exactly the same.

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Key Largo, Florida

24. So if you’re thinking of visiting the South, think again.

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Savannah, Georgia

25. Its utter ugliness will only serve to disappoint.

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Winston, Mississippi


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Browns, Tennessee

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This Is What I Learned When I Tried Wearing Makeup For A Week

                                            <b>I rarely wear makeup, mostly because I don&rsquo;t think I&rsquo;m very good at applying it.</b> So <a href="">while my co-worker Erin went makeup-free for a week</a>, I donned a face full of makeup.                                                          
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I have nothing against makeup, and I’m definitely not trying to make a statement by not wearing it. The reason I usually go makeup-free is mostly because I feel like I’m not good at doing it, and also because I love sleeping and would rather sleep for an extra 30 minutes in the morning than spend that time applying makeup.

For this week of wearing makeup, I wanted to go all out in the makeup department. The only problem was, I wasn’t really sure where to begin. So I decided to head to Sephora to get some ~stuff~.

I wandered the aisles looking totally lost, until, finally, my half-terrified, half-excited look prompted one of the makeup artists to approach me. After I explained to her what I was doing, she was super excited to help me, and ended up giving me a mini-makeover. Though I dropped way too much money, I also left with a look to try and emulate each morning.

4. Here’s what I learned wearing makeup for a week:

5. Day 1: When I learned that people would notice something was different, but wouldn’t be able to figure out what it was.

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For the first day, I decided to go big or go home, so I came to work sporting hot pink lipstick, several brown and gold eyeshadows, foundation, bronzer, black eyeliner, mascara, and highlighter… I even filled in my eyebrows! After putting on so many different layers of products, I sort of felt like I was wearing a mask, but figured at this point I had to try and own it.

When I finally worked up the courage to walk into the kitchen after hiding at my desk for the first hour, a few people came over and said something — that’s when I realized how different the reaction would be from guys and girls. Every girl seemed to notice I was wearing makeup, while every guy knew something was different, but couldn’t put his finger on what it was.

My male boss asked if I did something to my hair. Another male co-worker said I looked different, “in a good way,” but it was clear he had no clue what exactly had changed.

But female co-workers immediately commented on my lipstick, eyeliner, or just that I was wearing more makeup in general.

7. I felt the need to mention the experiment as an excuse for why I was wearing makeup.

I quickly realized that when people began to comment on my change in appearance, I would immediately tell them I was doing an experiment for work where I was wearing makeup.

Why couldn’t I just say “thank you” and own the fact that I wanted to put a little extra effort into my look that day? I’m allowed to spend time making myself look pretty, even if it is just to go to work. But for reasons I’m still not entirely sure of, I found myself still feeling a need to justify myself instead of just embracing it.

9. Day 2 (aka the day my phone would only take blurry selfies): When I learned how insanely hard it was going to be to not touch my face all day.

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Ladies who wear makeup every day, I don’t know how you do it! Apparently I touch my face all the time, and wearing makeup really made me realize that. All I wanted to do after looking at a computer screen for a few hours was rub my eyes, and remembering I couldn’t because I would smear makeup all over my face was a form of torture.

11. Also, this is the night I learned that coconut oil is a truly amazing makeup remover!

12. Day 3: The day I realized I love sleeping in.

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One of the main reasons I usually don’t wear makeup is because I have a love affair with sleeping. I feel totally fine about getting 10 hours of sleep on an average night, and sometimes on the weekends, I marathon sleep.

So having to wake up 30 minutes early was never fun for me.

This became painfully clear on Day 3, when I woke up and wanted nothing more than to crawl back into bed. It took everything in me not to say “fuck it” and go back to bed. But I pushed through because I was doing this experiment and I had to. My sleepiness made it quite clear to me that a little extra beauty sleep is the main reason I end up makeup-free most days.

14. Day 3 was also the day I finally found the courage to actually post one of the millions of selfies I had taken…

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15. Day 4: When I learned that people get used to you looking a certain way, and they’ll notice any variance from that — whether it’s makeup or something else.

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On Day 4, I decided that it was time to spice up my makeup-wearing experiment by also wearing my hair pulled back — something else I never do!

I did this because I figured it was the bravest I could get, forcing my full, made-up face to show without any hair to hide behind.

But ironically, my master plan failed, because on Day 4, no one noticed that I was wearing makeup; everyone just noticed that I had a new hairstyle.

17. Also, a lot of people had no idea I didn’t wear makeup in the first place.

One of my male co-workers who knew I was doing this experiment told me that before this week he didn’t realize I didn’t wear makeup, and if someone had asked him, he would have said I do. He said that now looking at me, he definitely sees a difference, but that neither one is better or worse, just different.

Later that day, while chatting with a female co-worker about what I was doing, she made a comment like, “Well, you usually wear some makeup, like mascara and stuff.” “No,” I corrected her, “I usually wear literally NOTHING. Not one ounce of anything.” My co-worker, who has seen my face five days a week for over a year, was in disbelief at the fact that I don’t wear makeup.

As Erin talked about in her post, I think this is because society has conditioned us to assume the people we see are all wearing makeup — it’s almost expected at this point. I think this is especially true for women who seem to put some extra effort into their appearance, like I do. While I might not wear makeup on a daily basis, I always do my hair and spend the extra time to make sure I feel confident and beautiful in the outfits I wear. People assume that ~those~ types of girls must always wear makeup.

19. Day 5: The day I realized wearing makeup makes me feel more confident, i.e., the day my boyfriend called me bossy.

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“Whenever you put on makeup, you get sassy and bossy.”

That’s what my boyfriend told me as we were walking home from dinner on Day 5. I’m sassy by nature, but I think the bossiness and sassiness he was picking up on was actually my heightened confidence.

But this moment wasn’t the first hint that I was more confident in my appearance when I wore makeup. I work for BuzzFeedVideo, so from time to time, I appear in videos, and on that Monday, I was in a Jewish Taste Test video. In the past, my makeup-free face has appeared in a couple of thumbnail images, and I’ve been slightly mortified, but when my made-up face was used for the thumbnail, I was kind of excited about it. A co-worker even emailed me to tell me I looked “amazing,” and instead of getting awkward or trying to come up with some sort of excuse, I simply said, “Thank you!”

I’m still not totally sure how to feel about this. As someone who identities as a non-makeup-wearer, it feels somewhat defeating to admit that makeup might actually make me more confident. Does this mean if I start wearing makeup every day I will become a more confident person, or will the newfound confidence wear off after a few weeks or months? I really don’t know. I think it might not be the makeup, but just giving yourself a little extra time to make yourself feel good in any way — whether that’s putting on makeup, spending extra time doing your hair, getting your brows done, or even getting a massage or a manicure.

21. Day 6: When I realized that women’s reasons for wearing makeup and not wearing makeup are REALLY similar.

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… And that the experiment I was doing was more similar to Erin’s than I had ever thought.

I was on the phone with my best friend Victoria talking about women who feel the need to wear makeup vs. women who don’t feel a need to wear makeup, when I had an epiphany.

I think women who don’t wear makeup have an easier time claiming that they are so confident and comfortable in their own skin that they don’t need to wear makeup, while women who always wear makeup can be regarded as insecure or vain.

But in reality, I think that not wearing makeup can be as much of a mask as wearing makeup.

I think a lot of women who don’t wear makeup do so because they don’t feel they are beautiful enough, or worth the time and money that makeup entails. In the same way that women who usually wear makeup feel insecure without it on, women who usually don’t wear makeup, like me, can feel insecure with it on.

Now, I’m a pretty confident gal, but I think my original need to justify wearing makeup for this week proves that I felt in some way insecure about being dolled up, in the same way Erin felt about not being dolled up.

Us makeup-free ladies have more in common with makeup-lovers than I ever would have guessed.

23. Day 7: When I learned that if you feel pretty, you are pretty — makeup or not.

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While I’ll probably never be the type of girl who wears makeup on a daily basis, I did come out of this week feeling like makeup isn’t as horrible or irritating to wear as I initially assumed it to be — makeup can be a fun way to express yourself and accentuate your attributes.

But I still feel like my makeup-free face is pretty darn cute. I don’t think I necessarily need to spend a bunch of time and money trying to make something I already like look different, especially when I’m just going to work or to see people who I already feel comfortable and confident around.

Just like anything else, getting dolled up takes some getting used to, and while I don’t see myself showing up to work wearing bright pink lipstick again anytime soon, I do think this experience has opened my eyes to the world of makeup, and I think I’m now more open to wearing some subtle makeup from time to time. Also, if I ever do have the urge to give that hot pink lipstick another go, I’ll know that the world definitely won’t end, and I might even look kind of cute!

25. Here’s my before-and-after.

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Discover Denver’s Beauty on a Dime

The city of Denver is an ideal destination for many tourists due to its activities and attractions. It not only  has nice blend of urban sophistication and outdoor adventue but is suitable for bargain-conscious travelers as well.


Contrary to popular belief, the climate in Denver is the ultimate dream for many with sunshine for almost all throughout the year. The winter here is quite mild but summer is the perfect time to visit the area where the days are beautiful and the night’s cool temperature invites for a relaxing retreat. And when looking for a place to temporarily call home while in Denver, there are a multitude of options ranging from luxury hotels that offer five-star service, while there are also affordable places that offer a cozy yet indulgent stay and you can find lots of them in Downtown Denver.


Outdoor Adventures in Denver

If you’re looking for adventure, you can join the Raft Masters Adventure which offers quality raft trips that can has a duration ranging from an hour, half-day, and even up to three days. Prices also vary depending on your chosen duration for the said activity from $ 10 to $ 350 for the entire family. What’s more? Should you decide to return to Denver and you enjoyed this rafting trip so much you want to try it again, you can avail of a 15% discount.


Also, enjoy the sites of Denver and Estate Park several meters off the ground for 30 minutes when you embark on the Fair Winds Hot Air Balloon Flights. When in Denver, you can avail of this anytime you want and they also have discounts for groups, military, and senior citizens.


The Garden of Gods in Colorado Springs is also a great chance for you and your family to enjoy the view of spectacular rock formations and you can get into the park without any charge. But if you want to get more out of the experience, you can join a 30-minute bus tour which ranges from $ 5 for adults and $ 2.50 for children.


Meanwhile, the Evergreen Lake is such an impressive lake which reflects the surrounding mountains on its surface, it’s so hard to think you can get free access of it. You may also fish at the lake or set up your own place where you can enjoy your lunch. But if you’re more of the outgoing type, you can try skiing and take advantage of several ski resorts in the area.


Winter Park is one of the most popular ski resorts in the state which offers a very expansive ski area and multiple trails. For beginners, you can also try out the Galloping Goose for only $ 5 and its gentle sloping hill is perfect to practice your ski or boarding skills. Sunlight Mountain Resort is also your best bet if you’re looking for affordability with price ranging from $ 20 to $ 30 and yet the accommodation offers the perfect haven after a day full of skiing.


Dip and Fun: Excitement Just Would Not Let Up!

To cool off during a hot summer day, Water World and Island Kingdom are among the top choices for world-class water parks in Denver with their fun rides, inner tubes, and large pools. For more child-friendly excitement, take your kids to the Lakeside Amusement Park for an entrance fee of $ 1.50 or if you want to opt for unlimited ride ticket, you’ll pay $ 12.75. Whichever you choose, you and your kids will certainly enjoy rides such as the merry-go-round, Ferris wheel, roller coaster, and trains.


Denver has so much hidden beauty and wonder that is just awaiting to be discovered! Just when you thought you’ve experienced everything Denver has to offer, you’ll be amazed how limitless the fun you can have while in here!


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Denver Beauty Schools: Arming the Modern Cosmetologist

You would not expect less from professional cosmetologists–they have the ability to make any face beautiful on pageant-level. Knowledge on the tools of the trade in the field account for the best results cosmetology in general can offer. The skills gained in providing such services are the fruits of years of certification or licensure training in the field, particularly the how-to in using modern beauty-enhancing techniques.

Skin peeling

Chemical peeling solutions are used for exfoliation, making the skin smoother and more brand new. Skin peeling can range from superficial to intensive, depending on the condition of the skin. It is essential to learn the different chemicals used in skin peeling, as some people might have allergic reactions to certain solutions. There are at least eighteen different skin peeling techniques to learn.

Laser technology

Lasers play a critical role in the field of medicine, let alone cosmetology. Most dermatologists use lasers in a variety of ways such as for removing unwanted hair or varicose veins. Proper handling of lasers is a skill cosmetologists must learn to promote safe and effective treatments. This is an extensive course because there are different kinds of lasers for specific tasks.

Herbal medicine

A natural method of healing may be necessary especially if people prefer such over artificial means. Denver beauty schools teach the art of making herbal medicine such as teas, extracts and tinctures. This is recommended for aspiring aestheticians who plan on selling homemade remedies in their offices. Such a skill may come in handy due to the fact that people are eventually shifting to natural healing methods.


Knowing the right kind of makeup to use is also a skill that can be learned at a Denver beauty school. Whether for stage plays or special events such as marriages, makeup artists must know the different tools and the right time to use them. The concept of makeup can range from basic blush-on and lipstick to something more advanced such as prosthetic makeup. Think of it as a kind of art where the face is the canvas.


Reiki is a Japanese art of natural healing that offered in most spas and massage parlors. It is a non-invasive procedure that heavily involves the natural healing ability of the human body to alleviate the effects of stress. Studying Reiki in Denver beauty schools is basically studying its massage techniques as well as the methods of balancing life energy.

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