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Budget Beauty? 3 Spring Hacks

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Finance, Latest | by — March 20, 2019

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Are you tired of spending a fortune on the latest makeup products? Yeah, you probably are. We’ve put together 3 make up hacks that will not only save you some time, but will save you some cash too, which your bank account will thank you for. Incorporating these tips into your daily routine will have you looking beat like these beauty Youtubers, all while staying on budget. It’s a win-win!

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Blush Doubles As Eye Shadow | As you emphasize those cheekbones with blush, take the same brush and lightly dust some of that color on your eyelid. This will not only create a monochromatic color palette on your face, but you’ll be able to save your expensive palette for special occasions.

Castor Oil | Caster oil is a thick and heavy oil that has qualities to promote hair growth. Rubbing a little bit on your eye lashes before bed will make a difference in as little as a week. You can say goodbye to false lashes! Just remember that consistency is key!

Samples | If you wear makeup only a handful of days a year, this is for you. When possible, ask for make up samples when you go to the beauty counter. They will be more than happy to let you try a few different products before putting your money towards a purchase.

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~Tia Banks, Content Coordinator

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Beauty Diary x Kaela!

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Health/Beauty, Latest | by — March 12, 2019

Scroll through the Beauty Diary of College Youtuber + Blogger, Kaela!

What’s your name + city you live in?

My name is Kaela Moore. I’m from Atlanta, Georgia but live in Tallahassee, Florida and attend Florida A&M University aka FAMU. Beauty is all about being comfortable in your own skin + having fun!

What are 2 beauty trends you’re loving this year?

Normally, I’m a minimalist when it comes to makeup. I always gravitate towards nudes or girly pink makeup looks. For 2019 I am looking forward to lots of color. I want to explore out my comfort zone and try more bold, careful, daring eye shadow looks.

If you had only 15 seconds to grab 3 beauty products, what would they be?

Chap stick. Clear or sheer pink Lip gloss. Lash glue if I’m wearing lashes. Literally in that order.

Beauty inspo is everything! Who’s your ultimate beauty icon + why?

For makeup my favorite beauty icons are MakeUpShayla and AaliyahJay. Their youtube tutorials are always thorough and they were the first mua’s closest to my skin tone that I looked up to. For hair my ultimate beauty icon is NaturalNeiicey. I’ve watched her in the beginning of her hair journey and my hair journey. Her hair texture and curl pattern was similar to mine so it helped me throughout my hair journey.

Getting ready for class can be fun but stressful if you’re in a time crunch, what’s one beauty must-have that lives in your bag?

I always have lip gloss and mascara in my bag. Those are my two must haves every day. 

What’s your number 1 beauty rule?

My number 1 beauty rule is to be authentically you. Be authentically you in any hairstyle, makeup look, or outfit your in. Your inner confidence enhances your look and always remember another woman’s beauty is not the absence of your own.

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Snatched Culture? How To Deal!

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Daily Blog, Latest | by — March 5, 2019

Riding trends is the new wave. People base things like their wardrobe and hairstyle choices on whatever is popular at the moment. However, a lot of these “trends” are rooted from different cultures; and without acknowledging or understanding the significance of them, they can be easily appropriated and seen as offensive especially when it’s your culture. So when you see a culture vulture on campus here are some ways to effectively handle it.

Be Understanding | Most of the time when people appropriate culture, they do it unknowingly. Explain to them the situation and why it is seen as inappropriate and how it bothers you personally. Never miss an opportunity to educate them.

An Open Door | Invite your friends who are unknowledgeable to cultural club meetings and events on campus. This gives them the opportunity to get a taste of something different, ask questions, and see what cultural practices are similar to popular trends.

Check Yourself | You can’t call people out on appropriation if your are appropriating as well. Do a self-check and make sure that you aren’t in a position to be called a hypocrite.

~Tia Banks, Content Editor

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Meet Isis Christopher!

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Feature, Latest | by — February 26, 2019

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Sweet lyrics fueling your daydreams matched with a cool + powerful voice that sweeps you away describes singer + songwriter, Isis Christopher!

Hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, she recently graduated from Fisk University with a BS in Biochemistry/ Molecular Cell Biology. Knowing that her inner desire, true love and talent was wrapped in her musical gifts, she leaned into her purpose and gave the world her beautiful vocals + her authentic energy.

Recently dropping her 14:14 mixtape, Isis Christopher radiates in her truth and continues to empower each listening ear. She says, “I tell my own story. Sharing some of my vibe. That is my individuality. There is no place for unnecessary drama when the goal is love.”

Let’s get to know Isis Christopher a little better…

Currently living in Nashville, what motivated you to begin sharing your beautiful vocals + creating a lane for your talent?

Well, after graduating from Fisk University in 2017 with a BS in Biochemistry/ Molecular Cell Biology, it felt like more than ever I was pulled to share my voice and explore the possibilities of my artistic expression. I never really gave myself permission to do it before… I guess because I was never given permission as a little girl. But singing has always been one of the few things in life that gave me such raw pure joy and energy. I’ve wanted to sing and write songs ever since I could remember; singing has always been a part of me, almost like breathing, but I was never encouraged to pursue it seriously. Education was always my parent’s top priority. But once I graduated, honestly it felt like I had an obligation to the universe and to humanity; to share my voice and to share my story. I feel as though emerging into adulthood, I am really just now learning who I am, the philosophies I live by, and what I want. I always felt suffocated not doing what I truly loved. I share my art because, although scary, it is empowering.  It feels good for me and it feels good to make others feel good. Why not use the tools God gifted you with to help empower and inspire those around you?

You recently launched a video for your single COLORS! The video and lyrics pull you in with its feel-good vibe + heartfelt lyrics. What’s your writing process like when it comes to your songs?

Honestly, the process is a little bit different with each song that I write. Contrary to popular preference, I write all my lyrics in my iPhone Notes, that way I have them with me everywhere I go. I’m able to jot down lines of inspiration as they come and keep them organized. For me, songwriting is about feeling something, through melody and rhythm. Lyrics make these musical components concrete. And when a lyrical melody dances in balance with an accompanying chord progression, beat, or whatever it maybe, the song really comes to life. Because I am an untrained musician, besides high school marching band, I strongly go off frequency or feeling, components that are moreso metaphysical and less technical. The feeling always correlates with the inspiration, story, or message of the song. The powerful thing about songwriting is how it is able to take you back and relive certain memories, and emotions.

Not only do you have a smooth and captivating voice but you play a 6 string uke called a guitulele! How did you learn to play?

Haha thanks so much! Funny story, so I bought my ex a guitulele one Christmas…fast forward to about a year and a half after the break up, I find the guitulele tucked away in my closet. So naturally, I picked it up and started messing with it. I learned how to play as I was songwriting. I actually started writing Colors (March of 2018) just a couple of days after I first picked up the guitulele. And it’s like with each song I wrote, I explored different chords and strumming patterns.  I eventually became more comfortable with fundamentals of the instrument, like fingerpicking and executing barre chords. Each song I tried to challenge myself more. Just as I was and continue to develop my skills as a guitulele player, I also continue to learn to be more comfortable with singing and playing spontaneously, a whole other skill in itself.

In a time where talent can come secondary behind tons of gimmicks, what’s one way you protect your individualism? Is their pressure to conform? 

I protect my individualism by not pressuring myself to be who I think I need to be to “make it”. I am naturally a very quiet person, so for me its always about the music, the message, and the feelings first. I tell my own story. Sharing some of my vibe. That is my individuality. There is no place for unnecessary drama when the goal is love. When I remember to cast my ego aside and let the energy flow, life flows.

I’m blessed to be surrounded by and growing within a community in Nashville that values authenticity and love. Everything is love. Everyone is love. Art is love. So I don’t feel like there is pressure to conform. However, I admit that there is a rather slick inner critic that tries to make me feel bad for my introverted nature and not having the typical characteristics of an entertainer. Because I know my truth in that there is no shame in being a quiet person, I counteract that critic through acknowledgment then dismissal, and by encouraging me to just be me.

Music can be a melting pot of who you are and the inspiration around you, who inspires you to continue to express yourself?

Friends and family inspire me to continue to express myself. Society inspires me to continue to express myself. The future inspires me to express myself. I feel as through in order to truly spread light and to love, those around me deserve the real the true me. And truthfully, I am still learning how to express myself and who the true me really is. It truly is a process, the journey of life if you will.

We are all about empowerment, what does EMPOWERMENT mean to you?

Empowerment is living the realization that I am my own teacher, leader, healer. I feel as through having the courage to face your journey and the challenges it brings forth is empowerment. I feel as though empowerment is self-progression and elevation of self. Empowerment is accountability and action. Pair empowerment with your wildest dreams and with the homegirl faith, and you’ve got a success baby.

What advice would you give girls who want to follow their dreams and passions but are nervous or intimidated?

I was there not long ago. I didn’t have the courage to confidently sing in front of others or to consciously go after what my heart so longed for… not until after I had graduated from college (Fisk University ’17). It’s difficult when everything and everyone around is telling you that what you want is not possible. That agreement you make with your inner self believing that they are right seeps into your subconscious… and your subconscious directs life’s manifestations. But it’s not your fault. I believe once you have the understanding that you are the God of your life, the “captain of your soul”, anything you say goes. Granted it is scary to possess all that power in your mind (learning how to leverage that power is a whole other thing!), but if you have the power to align your life with your soul’s frequency, why not use it? And honestly, life is too short not to choose love; it’s too short not to do what you love. Why choose to suffer when you can choose heaven? It is a scary thing but the truth always prevails. You are going to have to get uncomfortable. It is not easy so be patient with yourself. Love yourself. Everything is a process. Everyone has their own unique process. There is no need to compare yours with anyone else’s.  

Time for faves! Celeb Crush? Artist? Food? Movie?

Rihanna will forever by my celeb crush. Aaliyah ranks as my all-time favorite artist, but right now my favorite artist is definitely H.E.R.

Honestly, I love any food with cheese, so I have a soft spot for Mexican and Italian food. But I just love food, I will eat anything tasty, but I do prefer moreso plant-based meals.

Not to be a 90s baby cliché, but The Lion King has always been my all-time fav movie. My fav movie right now would be Black Panther and Avatar. The graphics, storylines, and executions were spot on.

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SWIPE? Not A Match!

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Finance, Latest | by — February 22, 2019

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We get it. In a world where casual scrolling can get you a date, meal or outfit, it’s easy to get caught up with the obsession of swiping. After opening your first credit card bill and hiding it from your parents, you realized maybe a quick swipe isn’t the best approach to everything. Before having a complete breakdown, we got you covered! We chatted with Rod Griffin, Director of Public Education for Experian, and he gave us the rundown on keeping your college credit in tip-top shape!

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Many students hear the words ‘credit score’ in high school + college but truly don’t understand its value, what is credit + why is it so important?

Credit is simply obtaining goods or services and then paying for them at a later date under terms agreed upon in a contract. Managing credit is crucial to starting on the right path to your short and long-term financial goals. It might be a cliché, but knowledge truly is power.

Your credit accounts are reported in your credit history. A credit score is a tool used to analyze the information in your credit history. Think about a paper you write for class and the grade a teacher assigns to that paper when you turn it in. Your credit report is like the paper. A credit score is like the grade your teacher or professor gives your work.

 

Your credit report is a historical record of how and when you pay your bills, the debt you have accrued, and how long you’ve had credit accounts for.  A credit score is calculated using the information from your credit report at the moment the report is requested and indicates the likelihood you will not repay a debt as agreed.

There are five key factors that impact your credit score: how often you pay bills on time, how long you’ve been managing credit account, how much credit you’re actively using compared to your total available credit, the different types of credit you are using, and how many companies or lenders have been checking your credit report.

Credit reports and scores are important because they are used to help lenders and businesses determine whether you will be a good, reliable customer. Lenders use credit reports and scores to decide whether you qualify for a loan, a credit card, or a mortgage. What many don’t realize is that credit reports and scores also play a part in whether you can get the latest cell phone, qualify for an apartment lease or what interest rate you’ll pay for a credit card. They also can affect how much your car insurance rates are and how much of a utility deposit you might have to pay to start electric service.

Having good credit can even play a part in getting your dream job – although credit scores are never used in employment decisions.  Employers get a condensed version of the credit report so they can see if you have been financially responsible without all of the personal information or details about these accounts.

From swiping for textbooks to shopping for a new wardrobe, what are some bad habits students have that lower their credit score without them being aware of it?

Students often get credit cards to use in case of emergencies, but don’t realize pizza on Friday night really isn’t one. One of the easiest mistakes that students make is using a credit card without thinking ahead about how they will repay the debt. A common pitfall for new credit card users is to max out their credit card, without the funds to pay it back. It opens a dangerous path towards missed or late payments and insurmountable debt that are guaranteed to damage your financial future. The best way to avoid that is to never overextend your credit: keep your credit card balance below 30% of your credit limit, and always pay your bills on time, and if possible in full every month.

Student loan debt is a growing problem for many young people. What many students do not understand is that they don’t have to accept every penny offered. They should know how much they actually need to cover their education expenses and take on as little student loan debt as possible. High student loan debt can stand in the way of buying a home and other important financial opportunities after graduation.

Tossing bills and hoping they magically disappear seems to be a trend many students do if they don’t have the funds, why is avoidance a bad idea + what are some ways students can be proactive in this situation?

Dealing with a growing stack of bills can feel overwhelming, but avoiding your financial responsibilities are a surefire way to cripple your future opportunities, even if it feels good in the short-term. Ignoring bills could make renting an apartment, purchasing a car, or securing financing for a home or business incredibly difficult, if not impossible. Students can be proactive by understanding when bills are due and how much is due, and develop a plan to satisfy their debts.

If you know you are facing problems, talk with your lender, utility company or cable provider to work out a repayment plan. Doing so can help reduce the negative impact on your credit history. There are a number of options for managing student loan debt. Being proactive can help protect your financial future.

 

With little to no money in college you can have a tight financial flow during this time, what are small steps that you can take to raise your credit in college?

Having your parents include you as an authorized user on their existing credit card, or setting up a joint card, is a great way to build positive credit history. Not only will it show lenders that you can be trusted with credit lines, it opens up an opportunity for you to learn from people with experience in managing their credit and broader financial activities.

If you are renting an apartment, you may be able to have your positive rent payments reported. Doing so can help you establish your credit history and start it in a positive direction.

You might also consider opening a secured credit card account. That means you deposit money in a savings account that is tied to the card. If you don’t pay on time, the lender is protected – or secured – because they can withdraw payment from your savings account. However, they would still report the payment late, so be sure you always pay on time. If you do, you can build a positive credit history and start saving at the same time.

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In some cases the damage has already been done, what’s the first step out of the school to raising your credit after graduation?

One way to instantly increase your credit score as a graduate is by using Experian Boost, a free service that incorporates your utility and mobile phone payment history into your score. This can help you build up more credit history, which helps improve a credit score. It is a great first step but don’t stop there – make sure to pay all of your bills on time and don’t take on too much debt.

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GALS Day vs. BAE Day!

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Relationships, Latest | by — February 13, 2019

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It’s that one day a year that people either seriously dread or go all out for. Typically, you spend Valentine’s Day with the girls but this year is different because you have a boyfriend now. Balancing both of these important people that you care about can be difficult and confusing. You don’t want to bail on your friends that you’ve known forever, however, your boo has become a significant part of your life too. What’s a girl to do?? Luckily, we’ve put together three ways to balance both!

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Split Up Your Time| Enjoy your afternoon with your friends and spend the evening with your boo. You could even spend the day after Valentine’s Day with your crew because that’s when all the candy goes on sale!

A Token of Appreciation | If you decide to cancel on Gal-entine’s Day this year, giving your friends a small gift might not be a bad idea. They’ll definitely appreciate the thought behind it. A great + chic gift to round up for your crew are beauty sheet-masks from Leaders Cosmetics. Meshing much-needed relaxation + hydrating skin rejuvenation, your girl gang will barely notice that you’re gone! Who doesn’t love to Detox and Chill, right?

Mix and Mingle | Have a Valentine’s Day get-together for everyone. Invite your friends and your boyfriend’s single friends. There could be a match waiting to happen!

~Tia Banks, Content Editor

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Surviving PMS x BLUME!

Although having your period can be a hallelujah moment for some, it can be a nuisance for others. There are so many symptoms that accompany your period and PMS. Between cramps, mood swings, and breakouts, it’s a time of the month no one looks forward to. On the bright side, we recently tried some amazing products from BLUME, a company that makes “safe, sustainable period products for your life”. They offer monthly customizable boxes to be delivered to your house with all the essentials including face wash, PMS oil, blemish treatment, and organic tampons and pads. Keep reading to find out what we loved about BLUME!

Meltdown (blemish treatment)
This all-natural treatment is perfect for when you get a breakout or when you feel a pimple coming on. I used it at night right after using the face wash and it felt so good on my skin. Plus, since you only need a drop or two for each use, the bottle will last you a
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Daydreamer (face wash)
I’ve used other face washes in the past, but this one felt different. It was light and felt so good on my face, especially when it massaged it in. After rinsing, it didn’t leave my face feeling dry or anything. This product is a keeper.

Cloud 9 (PMS oil)
First and foremost, I love this oil for the smell. The rollerball style application makes it feel like I’m putting on a light perfume. Not only, does it smell divine, it also helps with PMS symptoms including cramps. A few circular motions on the chest, wrists, and abs will do the trick.

NYC Beauties! Shop Blume in real life at their pop-up in NYC from February 4th-17th!  Click for more deets HERE!

~ Tia Banks, Content Editor

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Style Diary x Aleyah!

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Fashion, Latest | by — January 31, 2019

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Scroll through the style diary of college blogger, Aleyah Joseph!

What’s your name + the city you’re from?
I am Aleyah Joseph and I am from Harlem, New York

Style is showing who you are with out having to speak! Name your top 3 trends you’re feeling this season?
My Top three trends are suit sets, over sized jackets/trench coats & metallics

If you had 30 seconds to grab your  favorite style pieces, what would they be?
If I had 30 seconds to grab my fav style pieces they would be my fur coat + my circle mcm bag from the heritage collection.

Style inspo is everything! Who’s your ultimate fashion icon + why?
I don’t really have one specific style icon, but ultimately I would choose x_carms on Instagram because her style is relatable, chill, but yet unique at the same time. Also, I’m inspired by the artist Aaliyah and her laid back style + oversized looks.

Getting ready in the morning can be fun but stressful if you’re in a time crunch, what’s your go-to look if you’re in a rush?
My go to look if I’m in a rush is to wear my hair in a high bun w/ my baby hair slicked, a hoodie/ cropped sweatshirt, ripped/ high waisted jeans, cute sneakers, and my trench coat.

What’s your number 1 rule when it comes to style?
My number 1 rule is to stay yourself through it all b/c sometimes a trend is not for you and it’s okay. Always stick to what you feel comfortable in b/c you’re wearing it.

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Throw The Whole GPA Away!

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Not every semester is going to be amazing. Even Lebron has a bad game every once in a while. This is only to say that if you focus and re-strategize, your come back can be spectacular. A bad semester doesn’t have to ruin your whole career. It should be a learning experience instead. Here are three techniques for rebounding from a bad semester.

“Dis tew much” | Taking on more classes than the average student doesn’t equate to better grades or a better outcome for the semester. It can actually be detrimental to your GPA if you bite off more than you can chew.

Quality vs. Quantity | Make sure you take the time use good studying techniques. The amount of hours you take to study matters less than the quality of your study session.

Teacher’s Pet | Being teacher’s pet could make or break your semester. Be there during their office hours. Sit in the front row. Always do the extra credit. By doing these things, you will show the professor that you’re putting in the effort to do well.

~Tia Banks, Content Editor

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Beauty Diary x Nia!

Scroll through the Beauty Diary of College Blogger + Youtuber, Nia!

What’s your name + city you live in?
My name is Nia Lackland, but I go by “KeepingUpWithNi”. I currently attend Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA… however, I live in Chicago part time.

Beauty is all about being comfortable in your own skin + having fun! What are 2 beauty trends you’re loving this year?
I am really loving the beauty trends of this year! This year has been all about embracing your natural beauty. I love the trend of natural eyebrows rather than the “ombre” eyebrows that were popular in the recent past. Also, I love the inner eye glow with gold eyeshadow or highlighter. It just brightens up and brings more attention to your eyes.

If you had only 15 seconds to grab 3 beauty products, what would they be?
OMG! I would definitely grab foundation, concealer and natural hair curling cream! I just think these are the basic essentials for a cute quick look.

Beauty inspo is everything! Who’s your ultimate beauty icon + why?
My ultimate beauty icon has to be Alissa Ashley. Alissa is so relatable and humble. I truly enjoy watching her videos and being able to follow her journey as she expands her brand. I love the fact that Alissa stresses that she is a regular person but she also knows her value.

Getting ready for class can be fun but stressful if you’re in a time crunch, what’s one beauty must-have that lives in your bag?
My beauty must-have is definitely lip gloss. I CANNOT leave my house without my lip gloss, it just makes me feel pretty.

What’s your number 1 beauty rule?
My number 1 beauty rule is literally one word, versatility. I love to switch things up and try new styles. I try not to wear the same style for a long time. Otherwise, I would get bored and tired of my look.

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