Brows In A Mess ?

I’ve always had full thick brows, and for a long time I thought fixing them wasn’t needed as long as I waxed or threaded regularly. But then college hit, and some weeks there was no time to walk, drive, or Uber to the nearest threading salon. Luckily for me after some heavy research (a lot of youtube videos) and a significant amount of practice I was able to learn an easy hack to cut my trips to the threading salon in half!

tools needed;

  1. Eyebrow pencil with spoolie at the end
  2. concealer
  3. brow gel

Start by using the spoolie, brush all the hair on your eyebrows up while moving outgrown pieces to the side. Use an eyebrow pencil that matches your hair color or is slightly darker. The biggest mistakes girls make when fixing their brows is pressing the pencil in too much or merely coloring in their eyebrows without any thought. The key to a perfect brow is just to line the brow lightly, while holding the pencil in the middle for a more natural effect. If you color in your brows, it will cause more attention to go towards your stray hair.

Use a concealer that is just one shade lighter to your skin. Simply line the brow right under and over. Make sure to cover any stray hair so it will be less noticeable.

Finally, use a brow gel to set your brows in place.

Note** This method will only work if your growth isn’t too much*

Signs that show you grew in 2018…

1. You cringe at some of the decisions you made throughout the year. When you look back at 2018, you should not be completely satisfied with what you accomplished. There should be some moments that make you uncomfortable to think about. If you are mad at yourself for screwing up a few tasks or getting into a screaming match with a certain someone, that means you are wiser now. It means you have grown into someone slightly different, someone who would never make the same decision.

2. You have noticed areas where you need to improve. You are your own worst critic — and that is not always a bad thing. Instead of taunting yourself over your negative traits, you should be proud you are self-aware enough to notice them. Maybe you have not successfully quit your bad habits yet, but you have at least acknowledged them. That is the first step toward changing.  Recognizing your weak spots is a strength.

3. You made it here. 2018 was not easy. It was rough. But you are still here. Even though there were days when you weren’t sure if you could make it until tomorrow, you survived. You never gave up on yourself. You are still here.

4. You cut people out of your world. Maybe you stopped answering texts from toxic friends. Maybe you moved away from toxic family members. Maybe you ended a toxic relationship. In one way or another, you cut someone toxic from your world and that takes courage. It takes commitment. You should be proud of yourself because losing them means giving yourself more opportunities to grow.

5. Your priorities have changed. You have realized the things that used to matter to you the most are not as important as they used to seem. You have realized the material items — or the people — you used to think were necessary to your happiness are not irreplaceable. You have realized you can find happiness without them. You can find peace without them.

6. You allowed yourself to cry. Emotionally vulnerability is a good thing. Tears are also a good thing. It means you care. It means you have a heart. It means you are in touch with your emotions and listen to your feelings instead of shoving them down until you cannot function anymore.

7. You spent a lot of time alone. When you are all by yourself, you have time to think. Time to reflect. Time to learn more about yourself, create goals for yourself, and develop love for yourself. The more comfortable you feel alone in an empty room, the better.

8. You feel like you could have done better. If you feel like you have fallen behind, if you feel bad about all your missed opportunities, that is okay. Saying I could have done better means you recognize your potential. It means you know what you are capable of achieving. A thought like that means you have grown from someone who doubts yourself to someone who believes in yourself. Maybe 2018 didn’t turn out exactly the way you wanted, but you can do anything you want with 2019.

New Year, New you? New me?

Part of what makes New Year’s Eve hard for a lot of people is our odd ability to hang on to the irrelevant past. We are still so upset about what didn’t happen when we weren’t given the chance, and we hold onto that. We cradle it in our arms and try to wake it back up into existence. Wouldn’t it be easier to accept that time will continue to move, and we have to move with it? But see why New Years? I enjoy the mindset people trick themselves into, that it’s a fresh start and everything can be different. In reality (and we all know this) nothing changes just because you got a new calendar and the clock struck 12. You’re still you, everything that has happened to you still clings to your soul. Nothing’s different. You’ll be the exact same person on January 1st as you were on December 31st. So if you choose to agree with me on this, then start your goals this month. Make your list, let things go, and restart even if it’s still December.

Here’s my list, I started. Will you?

1. Learn to take constructive criticism with grace and gratitude.

2. But don’t allow others to bully your sense of self and worth.

3. Tell the people you love why you love them and do it without it being a holiday or special occasion.

4. Understand that growth isn’t always linear and beating yourself up for “not being where you should be by now” is a toxic and fake construct placed on you by society.

5. In fact, go ahead and delete the entire idea of what “you should be here by now” is from your brain.

6. Don’t spend time with people who don’t reciprocate your love, care, or friendship. 

7. Choose a form of exercise you enjoy (not one that makes you miserable just because it’s supposed to be effective).

8. Invest in a skill you’ve always wanted to explore and take a class in it.

9. Apply to that job you’ve convinced yourself you aren’t qualified for.

10. Unfollow social media accounts that make you feel like shit.

11. Take ownership for your mistakes.

12. But also, forgive yourself for being human.

13. Make a concise step-by-step plan on how to achieve your next goal, be it big or small.

14. Practice appreciating your body not for its appearance, but for all the intricate, weird, and amazing things it does for you daily.

15. Tell a trusted loved one something you’ve held inside for too long.

16. Every now and then, switch out Netflix for a book.

17. Learn how to disagree with someone without exploding into an argument.

18. Put your phone away when you’re having lunch with a friend.

19. Reach out to someone you’ve wronged and tell them you’re genuinely sorry without expecting anything in return.

What Every College Student Forgets To say To Their Mom…

You know it is sad, that human nature makes us so scared to love openly. That we often forget to tell those whom we love the most, why we love them, or even that we do love them. And in this world of relationships and fast-paced careers, we get blinded by the city lights and forget that before all this, in the very beginnings of our time we were first shown love by our mothers. Every daughter’s first best friend and every son’s first love, a mother is someone who is special to all. And we often forget that it doesn’t need to be Mother’s Day to appreciate your mom. So here is what I would like to say to my mother today, and I know many will be able to relate… so do share some love today with your mom. 

Dear Mom,

I apologize if I don’t take every chance I have to say I love, I apologize if sometimes I act like I don’t, I apologize for the times I made your life harder. 

But I love you. So much. Unconditionally.

I love you even when I am arguing with you over the silliest thing just to prove a point. I know you are always right but I have to show you that I have my own voice, that I have my own words, that I don’t have to follow everything you say even if it’s the right thing. I’m trying to learn from my own mistakes. I’m trying to be myself — just like you taught me.

I love you even when I hide things from you or keep secrets from you. I don’t want you to worry about me. I know you won’t sleep at night, so I’m sparing you the anxiety. I keep things from you because I love you not because I don’t trust you. And trust me, you’ve got nothing to worry about. I got this.

I love you even when I don’t agree with your decisions. You’re too kind sometimes, too forgiving, too understanding, too gentle and too accommodating and it drives me crazy. But I understand why you do it, I understand how big your heart is and how strong you are and I understand why you don’t want to leave people feeling unloved.

I sometimes forget that you know what you’re doing, I sometimes forget that your wisdom and love surpasses what my heart can feel and what my mind can comprehend.

I love you even when I’m mad at you. Even when I don’t think you make sense. Even when I tell you that I don’t like you, I love you. Your words hurt more because they’re true and sometimes I want to believe my lies. I know they’re lies but they make me feel better. Let me believe them sometimes, I will figure them out later. I promise.

I love you even when I’m away, when I go weeks without seeing you. I miss you even though I don’t always tell you.

Your hug still warms me up the most and my tears somehow dry faster in your arms. I love you because your love is still and will always be the greatest love anyone has ever given me.

I’m sorry if I don’t tell you I love you more often, I’m sorry if I sometimes forget that you need love also, that you want to be nurtured too, and that you need to be taken care of instead. I forget because you never ask for it, you’re always giving and loving as if your satisfaction comes from the love you give rather than the love you receive.

I love you even if you never ask for my love. I love you because you’re the reason why I’m living and you’re the reason why I’m surviving. So if I get too rebellious or too busy or too stubborn, just remember that I love you.

So if I ever forget to say it when you need to hear it the most….I love you.

The Gist Of A College Life…

I am slowly learning to become my own parent, my own caretaker, my own protector. I cannot rely on my family to support me financially forever — and I cannot rely on a future partner to do that, either. I have to make my own money, and I have to make something out of myself in order to do that. I have to buy my own apartment. Live my own life. I cannot wait around, hoping that someone will magically save me from my nightmares. I have to put in the effort to save myself. I have to play the hero in my own story.

I am slowly learning no one else is responsible for my success or for my saftey. No one else is required to ask how I am doing and make everything okay again. They are busy taking care of themselves — and that is not selfish. That is what they should be doing. They should be placing themselves first, and so should I.

I am slowly learning to stop relying on other people to bring me happiness. I am always going to have high expectations and am occasionally going to end up disappointed — but only if I put my faith into other people. I cannot get too excited about getting dinner with friends, because they could cancel at the last second. I cannot get too excited about going to an event together, because they could become busy. I cannot get my hopes up about things that are out of my control. I have to accept shit happens to the best people at the worst times. I also have to learn to live in the moment, because if I spend too much time predicting the future, I will end up disappointed.

I am slowly learning one bad moment does not have to taint my entire day. If I make a mistake on exam or get into an argument with a family member, I don’t have to dwell on the problem until I fall asleep at night. I can focus on other things. I don’t have to keep stressing over the one thing that happened to go wrong when I could spend time appreciating everything else that has been going right.

I am slowly learning to take responsibility for my emotions instead of placing the blame elsewhere. If someone hurts me, I do not have to spend weeks crying over them. I do not have to let their mistake cloud my self-worth. While they are choosing their actions, I am able to choose my reactions. That means I can choose to walk away from them, choose to ignore them, choose to cut them out of my world.

I am slowly learning to rely more on myself, because I am the only person who I have any real power over. Even the people who love me most in the world will not be able to help me out of every bad situation. They might not have the money. They might not have the time. They might not have the energy. That is why I can only rely on myself. I have to grow up, act like an adult, and take care of myself for the first time in my life. This is college, it’s only one step out of a million.

2000s Shows That Perfectly Capture Our Teens

Growing Up in the 2000s was just too amazing, and frankly I blame it on the TV. Let me just start off by admitting that I have watched WAY too much TV as a Teenager! In fact I was dedicated to some of these shows, enough to wake up at 5am at the age of 13 and catch an episode that aired at Indian Time just because I couldn’t wait till it aired at night in the US. Here is a list of memorable shows I still can’t get enough of !

1. The Office

If you’ve been on the internet at all in the last 10 years or so, you know that The Office is a cultural staple. It’s full of side-splitting bits, quotable moments, and wholesome character arcs, so it’s no mystery why it’s so widely beloved. Some episodes are so iconic, in fact, that if you haven’t seen them it’s worth taking a few minutes to educate yourself.

2. Dil Mil Gaye

Dill Mill Gayye, the medical soap opera, enjoyed an unbelievable fan following and ran successfully for two seasons. The show gave TV industry some popular names like Karan Singh Grover, Shilpa Anand, Drashti Dhami to name a few. Set in the backdrop of Sanjeevani Hospital, the show dealt with the pressures, drama, romance, inter personal relationships and humour in the lives of surgical interns and resident doctors.

3. Gossip Girl

It’s been more than a decade since teen drama favorite Gossip Girl premiered and immersed viewers into the upper crust world of rich high school students’ Manhattan. At the time, the relatively-unknown cast could easily be boiled down to pretty boys and the blonde girl from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Today, with the cast members grown up, it’s a different story. Time flies when you’re watching reruns!

4. Suite Life of Zack and Cody

I don’t know about you, but growing up I always watched The Suite Life of Zack & Cody on Disney Channel. The show takes place in the Tipton Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts where twin teenage boys wreak havoc and cause the manager problems. And by the way, they live in the hotel too. The show ran from 2005 until 2008. However, the legacy continued when they made a pretty good spin-off called, The Suite Life on Deck, which takes place on a cruise ship.

5. Miley Jab Hum Tum

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This college romance was a favourite amongst the youth. It had all the perfect elements which got the crowd hooked to the television screens. Be it the Morena sister duo – Gunjan and Nupur Bhushan (Sanaya Irani and Rati Pandey), the hearthrob and college stud Samrat or the handsome and nerdy Mayank (Arjun Bijlani), this one made for a super good looking cast. Its this very show where Sanaya and Mohit fell in love with each other and are now happily married. Miley Jab Hum Tum, quite literally!!

6. The Vampire Diaries

It’s been just over a year since The Vampire Diaries concluded after eight seasons, leading to hours upon hours of rewatching by devoted fans. The show was truly something else, part horror show, part drama series, and part soap opera. The brutal portrayal of vampires and other supernatural figures satisfied fantasy fans and eased some of the concerns of those skeptical about the show being just another vampire show, amidst the era of Twilight and True Blood. In short, this was the best vampire show ever made.

7. Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahi

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the fact that Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin is one of the best Indian shows ever created, is not up for debate. So imagine my joy when I found out that rumours are doing the rounds that the makers of the show are looking to make a remake of the show.

8. Avatar: The Last Airbender

True fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra will bring these shows up any chance they get. Hell, it’s been years (10 years) and I’m still salty that Nickelodeon, Netflix, or some other streaming service hasn’t ordered Avatar back to series. What are they waiting for? The franchise has given rise to some of the most beloved characters ever. Not to mention, they’re popular with both children and adults (let’s be real though, way more with adults)

Best Bags for College 2018 (my picks)

The best part about going back to college has always been all the new stuff I get to buy! A backpack is probably the most used item I invest on. I use my backpacks for at least 6-7 month in a row, and during those months it becomes home to all notes, pens, pencils, highlighters, textbooks and countless other things! Because my backpack is so essential, I always like to invest in a good one! Why not? After all, it’s the one piece of fashion you’re not going to be often changing. So here are some of my favorite bag pack pics for the coming year!

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