Stop Social Media From Ruining Your Self Esteem
Apr28

Stop Social Media From Ruining Your Self Esteem

Social media is part of our lives, there’s no denying it. It has become one of the pillars of our culture and it’s the easiest way to share your life with people. However, researchers are finding that excessive use of social media may lead to low self esteem and depression, especially in young people. And it’s not difficult to see why. When we spend a large amount of time staring at other people’s seemingly perfect lives, some insecurities are bound to arise. Why not me? What am I doing wrong? How can I compete with that? The good news is that you can still enjoy social media without taking a hit for your self esteem. It just requires a little shift in perspective, and you will end up more confident as a result. Have you ever heard the phrase “The reason we are insecure is because we compare other people’s stage performance with our behind-the-scenes”? This is doubly true for social media, because people curate the best moments of their life to post about on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and any other site. Nobody Instgrams a picture of that bunion they are taking care of or posts a Facebook status on their grocery shopping. (And if they do, they are annoying contacts and you probably block them). So keep this in mind: Nobody’s life is as good as their Facebook timeline. Another thing you have to keep in mind is that happiness is not a limited resource. And neither is success. Other people’s achievements do not diminish your own, and just because somebody has a happy life, that doesn’t mean you can’t be happy as well. Now, being aware of those simple truths, you can start shifting your attitude towards social media. Turn comparison into inspiration. Instead of beating yourself up because your makeup is not as great as that one girl’s, pinpoint what is it that you like about it, and think of a way to incorporate it in your life. Instead of criticizing yourself for not volunteering at a pet shelter like that old friend of yours, ask him how you can get involved. But the most important thing you can do is focus on your life and be proactive. Realize you have things to be happy about too and be grateful for them. Researchers show that gratefulness is one of the things that set happy people apart. Make a list of all the things in your life you are grateful for. Make it a habit to remind yourself of them when you are feeling down. And maybe post about them on social media! And if you still...

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Plus Size Model Fights Against Online Bullying
Apr24

Plus Size Model Fights Against Online Bullying

Here’s some shocking news for you: people are mean on the internet! I know, I wasn’t very shocked either! The truth is that we’ve allowed online bullying to become so normal that we barely even think consciously about it. We kind of accepted it as part of ‘internet culture,’ and every time we hear about it we sort of think “yeah, it sucks… oh well”. And then move on with our lives. But some people can’t. Some people get their lives ruined by bullies on the internet. And this isn’t acceptable. This is what plus size model Tess Holliday, (aka, Tess Munster) is fighting for. She became the first model over size 16 to be signed to a major agency, when she got a contract with Milk Model Management in London. She is one of the people currently changing the face of fashion and that means she is continuously facing a lot of backlash due to her size. Even after absolutely killing it on her first campaign with Torrid, she is still the target of body-shaming, bullying and straight up hate from certain online communities, especially on Reddit and Instagram. However, this has done little to stop Tess from continuing to defy the odds in the fashion industry. In fact, it seems that they only managed to reinforce her motivation. Because even though she is strong enough to laugh in the face of internet trolls and continue being successful in her awesome life, the model is not the only one affected by online bullying. So she set out to shut down hateful communities. She said in a tweet that “Just so you trolls are aware, I’m in contact with Instagram an Reddit and your fat hate pages won’t be around much longer”. That’s right, there are people on the Internet who get together exclusively to hate on fat people. Because that’s productive and not at all sad. “So instead of bullying others, you might actually have time to work on yourselves and try to be happy instead of projecting your problems on others”, Tess continued. The sad truth is that all this vitriol and vicious, hateful comments coming from online bullies is just a way to cover up insecurities and making themselves feel better by putting others down. But this doesn’t mean we should stand for it. Tess definitely isn’t. And if she sets her mind to something, we know she is going to get it. “If I can defy the odds in my industry and be the first model to be signed to an agency, you better believe I will shut you all down and change the laws against this...

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The Three Types of Acne And What To Do About Them
Apr21

The Three Types of Acne And What To Do About Them

Not all acne is created the same, even if all different kinds share their awful inconvenience. When you see a couple (or more) spots on your face, you are probably only thinking about how to get rid of them. And the hell with letting anyone see you with them just hanging out all over your face! But knowing the different types of acne can help you find the appropriate treatment. 1. Teen acne Teen acne. The great equalizer. No matter who you are, no matter where you are. You will get it. It’s pretty much unavoidable. Your body is changing, producing all these weird hormones, adjusting to a new metabolism… Acne is a byproduct of that. Accept it as a fact of life and focus on treating it. There are things you can do to reduce its impact (like taking good care of your skin), but you will wake up to red spots on your face often enough. You can treat it with over the counter gels and creams. Look for products with Benzoyl peroxide, that will help kill the bacteria that produces acne. Other than that, exfoliate and cleanse your skin regularly, but remember to keep it hydrated and protected from the sun. And wait. Puberty doesn’t last forever. 2. Adult acne This isn’t fair. You paid your dues. You went through puberty already, you are a respectable member of society, with a job. Probably a blazer or a two-piece suit as well. You are not supposed to get acne anymore! If you want to enjoy the years between spots and wrinkles, you have to pay attention to your skin. Figure out what is triggering your spots. Make sure your make up is non-comedogenic, so it doesn’t clog up your pores. Change your pillow case every night (it really works). Cleanse your skin regularly and hydrate it. And stop touching your face. Your hands are filthy and bring nasty bacteria to your pores. When you do get the occasional spot, because you will, treat it topically. Find an over-the counter treatment that works for you, but avoid Benzoyl peroxide, as it has irritant effects on adults. 3. Chronic acne Even if suffering from acne is perfectly normal at any age, there comes a point where it becomes a medical problem. The occasional spot is expected, but when you are getting consistent, serious breakouts, it might be time to consult a doctor. Your dermatologist will work with you to determine the causes of your acne and the best course of action to treat it. For this, they might prescribe you strong drugs like Accutane, but make sure to discuss...

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How To Wear A Graphic Tee And Still Look Like An Adult
Apr17

How To Wear A Graphic Tee And Still Look Like An Adult

Graphic tees are a great way to showcase your personality. You can find cool logos, witty graphics, funny, thought-provoking and all around awesome prints. They come with one downside, though: they automatically make you look like you are 13 years old. Or so you thought. Here are some genius ways to wear a graphic tee without looking like a child. Maxi skirts = instant adult. Maxi skirts are usually perceived as more “mature” and “grown up” than jeans or miniskirts, and they are extremely comfortable to boot. Pair your graphic tee with a maxi skirt (if it has a cool print, all the better), heels and maybe some bracelets or a hat to make the outfit look more complete. Add some structure with a blazer. Blazers are one of those items that add years to your look because they are seen as more formal than other coats. But you don’t have to be going to a job interview to rock a blazer. Combine it with some structured pants, a nice belt and maybe a clutch. And yes, a graphic tee to make the outfit feel more relaxed. Dress shirts are the exact opposite of graphic tees. And yet, they work extremely well together. Even thought the weather is getting warmer, you can still rock your layering skills for your spring outfits. Find a collared dress shirt and wear it under your graphic tee to give the impression of a complete, balanced look and not a “I threw on the first top I could find” look. Leather adds edge to your life. And your look. Match your cool graphic tee with a well-fitted leather jacket or even leather pants, if you are feeling bold. Finish your outfit with some statement sunglasses and eye-catching jewelery to tie up your look. High waisted shorts will balance short tops. And they can work with waist-length tees too, as long as you tuck them in and pair with a nice belt. Accessorize with multiple bracelets or an eye-catching necklace,, and pair up with high-heels or flats. It’s all about the shoes. Even the most basic T-shirt and jeans combination can look more mature with the right shoes. Sneakers? You are in high-school. Heels or dressy flats? You are a contributing member of society with a job. Easy as that. Pencil skirts are your friends. Knee-length pencil skirts (or maybe just a little bit above the knee), combined with heels will give you the unmistakeable silhouette of a grown woman. Throw on your favorite graphic tee and tuck in the front, or completely tuck it in if you can add a belt. Finish the look...

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Baking For Health Nuts: How To Substitute Ingredients
Apr14

Baking For Health Nuts: How To Substitute Ingredients

You like to eat healthy because keeping your body working as it should feels good. You also like baked goods because duh! Who doesn’t? Is there anything better in life than eating? But this doesn’t have to be a dilemma for you, thanks to the magic of substitution. Here is a helpful guide so you can slightly tweak your favorite baked recipes, to enjoy that sweet taste in a healthier way. Flour The backbone of almost every baking recipe, flour is hard to replace. But not impossible. If you are making brownies, for example, you can substitute one cup of pureed black beans for one cup of flour, for a gluten-free, protein-packed brownie experience. For your cookies, cakes and pancakes, replace one third of a cup of coconut flour for every cup of flour in the recipe. The only thing you need to keep in mind is to add an extra dash of water and an extra egg per ounce of coconut flour to keep the consistency of the dish. This will result in sweet goods with lower calories, more fiber and gluten free. Finally, if you don’t want to replace flour with any extreme alternative, simply sub your regular kind with whole-wheat flour. The flavor will not suffer and we can all use the extra fiber. Eggs Want all the fun of baking in vegan, egg-free form? It can be done, I swear! The obvious choice is to substitute one egg for one tablespoon of flax meal (mixed with three tablespoons of water and left to sit for ten minutes). This will result in a fiber-rich, omega-filled experience with pretty much any recipe. If you want to try something outside of the box, replace one egg for one tablespoon of chia seeds left to sit in one cup of water for fifteen minutes. You will get a vegan muffin, cake or cookie recipe with as much protein as you can wish for. Sugar Baked goods are nothing if not sweet, but that flavor doesn’t have to come from your regular white sugar. For example, in any recipe that will work with some added apple flavor, substitute one cup of unsweetened apple sauce for one cup of sugar. You will enjoy delicious apple cookies, muffins and cakes with seven times less calories than you normally would. Remember that now you will need to reduce the amount of liquid in your recipe by one quarter cup. For non-apple lovers, you can replace two tablespoons of sugar for half a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract in almost any sweet recipe. This will cut out 400 calories per cup of sugar, and...

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