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A Collegiette's Guide to Life

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    Disney wants to emphasize strong, independent and goal-driven princess role models by highlighting the inspiring stories of real-life female role models.

    “I’m thrilled to be a part of Disney’s Dream Big Princess Video Series in collaboration with ‘Girl Up’ to help empower the next generation of female storytellers. For each like and share on the projects posted across global social media platforms with the hashtag #DreamBigPrincess, Disney vouches to donate $1 to “Girl Up,” Walt Disney Animation Studio’s Chief Creative Officer Jennifer Lee said.

    I’m all about supporting the future Disney Princess, so you bet I’ll be keeping my eye out for that hashtag.

    Baby Rapunzel

    The twist is that it’s all filmed by talented young women using solely the iPhone X and Final Cut Pro. As Rapunzel said, “Like all you lovely folks, I’ve got a dream!” And it’s most definitely worth sharing if it has the power to inspire kids to follow their dreams.

    The final production of the female-run, influential, digital short stories will shared globally starting October 10, 2018. Based on the number of likes and shares, the funds will continue to be accounted for until November 20, 2018. Just be sure to start following the hashtag #DreamBigPrincess to support aspiring female storytellers and princesses worldwide.


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    Be careful what you tweet...

    Hailey Baldwin's old posts have come out of the woodwork and they're honestly hilarious. The now fiancee to Justin Bieber used to be obsessed with Jelena—and Bieber in general—and had no problem vocalizing her feelings on Twitter. All I can say is LOL, to be honest.

    There are tons of tweets to the pop star from Hailey circa 2011 and beyond. I will just leave a few here for you to see. We will start with one where she was stoked to see him IRL and let him know later.

    Or that time when she hyped him up after his SNL performance.

    And my personal fave, her Happy Thanksgiving wishes post-Today Show.

    Now onto those Jelena tweets. It is so crazy how the future pans out sometimes, let me tell ya. Lets just cut to the chase, because this tweet speaks for itself.

     

    2011 was a different time!

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    That's not all though.

    The best part of this one is her evident crush on the Biebs, though she still loves Jelena. Hailey, if only the past you could see whats happening now. Forever alone? Please.

    Though its totally hilarious to see this, she might be onto something. BRB, tweeting about Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra and how I wish I had a man. I mean, it's worth a shot, am I right ladies?


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    The third season of HBO's Insecure is right around the corner and it, of course, involves the ups and downs of adulthood—more specifically, the ups and downs of your 30s—and it's going to be a wild ride.

    The trailer starts off with our favorite ladies and an important motto: "Single, 30, thriving." Yes, girls, think positive! It then moves to Issa, who is living with Daniel because of her lack of funds and she's trying to keep it casual, but we all know that will *probably* be a disaster. The chemistry is obvious in the trailer alone, so it's only a matter of time before she decides to fall back into her old ways with him. Considering she's living with the *other* man, Lawrence is nowhere to be seen. Is he ever going to make an appearance? I guess we will have to find out, but he is M.I.A. in the trailer.

    Issa's living arrangements are the main focus of the sneak peek, but there are a couple other pieces that we will probably see more of throughout the season. For example, Tiffany is pregnant, Molly is dealing with Dro drama (as expected), and Kelly is honestly just killin' it. I can only hope to be Kelly when I'm 30.

     

    To make a long story short, there's a lot to unpack this season and thankfully we don't have to wait much longer. Insecure returns to HBO on August 12, and I know it's going to be so much fun to watch.


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    The typical single college girl is asked about her relationship status an average of 500 times per day. Or, at least that’s what it can start to feel like. You’re thriving academically, satisfied with your squad, and beyond excited to start that summer internship you’ve been looking forward to all semester. So why is everyone worried about your single status?

    For some reason, plenty of people think a collegiette’s love life falls into the same category of small talk as asking about where she goes to school or if she has any pets.  Female celebrities are all too frequently subjected to this same question on the red carpet instead of being asked about their accomplishments and have totally nailed the perfect witty response to shut down nosy reporters.   

    Maybe, like Rihanna, you’re just not looking for that kind of thing right now. Or maybe you and your potential boyfriend/girlfriend are DTF but haven’t DTR’ed yet, and you don’t feel like explaining what that means to your grandparents at your fam’s barbecue. Whoever is asking, here’s how to address the situation and seamlessly transition into talking about that internship you just landed––or anything else that’s happening in your busy life as a single collegiette!     

    Your hairstylist  

    Your usual stylist at the blow dry bar was booked and you find yourself face-to-face with a complete stranger for nearly an hour.  There are only so many magazines to flip through, and your phone is about to die. It’s only a matter of minutes until they ask the question––and when you shake your head no, it’s time for the equally dreaded follow up.  Are you really about to explain your entire philosophy about the benefits of being single to them? Please don’t. Or delve into the saga of how you wound up in a super messy love triangle in a matter of weeks? Probably not.  After all, your stylist is just trying to make smalltalk, not become your therapist.  

    You really don’t owe them any information about your personal life, but you also don’t want to snap at someone holding a curling iron two inches from your face and tell them to mind their own business. Instead, say that you’re way too busy for a relationship and start talking about something that really fills your schedule. But what if they push the issue? Lighten the mood with a joke by showing them that GIF of Rihanna and tell them that you don’t mind being compared to her!    

    Your mom

    You’ve been back home for all of five minutes and your mom has asked you about the new person she saw on your snap story a month ago multiple times. Of course, she’s not satisfied with the answer that you two are far from a thing––She wants to know why on earth you’re not a couple, and do they have a sibling your sister’s age? 

    First, take a deep breath, and suggest she do the same. Maybe she’s worried that all your friends are in relationships and you’re the last single girl on campus. If that’s almost the case, tell her that you already experience all of your squad’s relationship drama firsthand and have no intention of getting involved in that anytime soon. Don’t go overboard on the gossip, but mention something that’ll make her think twice about wishing you were in the same situation.  

    How to avoid being bombarded with SO talk at all? Keep your mom updated on what’s going on in your dating life during the semester. Meet someone new? Let her know! Went on a fabulous first date? Give her the details! Well, maybe not all the details. She probably has some fun guy-related stories to share from her time in college, and the sooner you get her talking, the sooner you can stop talking about your own love life.  And, when she’s done, don’t forget to remind her that its time to go blazer shopping for that new internship!  

    Your squad

    Right now, your friends could be dating any one of these seven types of guys. But the guy you’ll hear the most about? The one they want you to go out with!  

    They might be thinking about how much more fun it would be to go on double dates instead of always making you the default third wheel. In that case, tell them that an all-girls spa day sounds just as fun and make it happen. If they decide to spend their entire mani-pedis pestering you about why you refuse to get cuffed?  Remind them that not sticking a label on the person you've been seeing doesn’t make spending time with them any less fun.

    Or maybe your entire squad is single, and they want you to be the one to switch up the usual hook-up centric brunch talk with some good, wholesome couple stories––even though you’re really not feeling the whole relationship thing right now. Try playing matchmaker for one of your more introverted friends and set her up with someone super sweet. Chances are, she’s only so obsessed with your relationship status because she isn’t happy with her own. And once she’s coupled up, it won’t be your responsibility to bring the relationship talk to the table!   

    Related: The 15 Most Annoying Things Single Girls Are Tired of Hearing

    Your grandma 

    When you were twelve and had your first major middle-school crush, your grandma probably told you to stay far, far, away from them. Now it seems like she’s counting down the days to your wedding. Wait, what? 

    Don’t freak out. Stay calm and tell her just how busy that cool new summer job keeps you. Even if you’re really not looking for a guy, reassure her that if you had the time, you’d be interested in going on a date or two.  

    And if your squad is single too, Let her know! When she was your age, it was probably way more common (read: basically required) for girls to be seriously paired up, and even controversial for them to admit liking being single. Tell her about how you like to spend your limited free time with your girlfriends, and mention the cute brunch place you went to last weekend.  

    But what if she refuses to let the subject drop? If the question becomes so common that it starts to feel like you can’t have a conversation without her judging you by your relationship status, mention the situation to your mom or an aunt. They might be able to reassure her that there’s nothing wrong with you being single and help change the topic quickly next time she brings it up.    

    Guys

    Every so often, the dreaded question is going to come from a guy. Is it a backhanded compliment, implying that as fabulous as you are, you’d be better off if you had a SO? Or is he genuinely curious, wondering what might convince you to consider giving him a chance?  

    If you’re into him, this is the perfect time to let it slip that you just haven’t met anyone that you really liked yet––and ask for his number.  Of course, if you’re not looking for anything serious, don’t lead him on. Be as honest with him as you would want a guy to be with you when it comes to relationship expectations. 

    And if you just want him to mind his own business? Tell him you just don’t want a boyfriend right now, and that’s all he needs to know. Don’t let him pressure you into divulging more information than you feel comfortable. If he persists, ask him about his relationship status––Why doesn’t he have a girlfriend? Maybe because he thinks that being nosy is a good way to get one. 

     


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    In a recent Harper’s Bazaar interview between Taylor Swift and famous rock 'n' roll wife Pattie Boyd, the two women agree on the dark side of being famous, and it shows us that celebrities, including Swift, can be sensitive to the torrent of public scrutiny.

    Boyd, an English model and photographer, served as the inspiration for both her rock star husbands George Harrison, of the Beatles, and Eric Clapton. Swift confesses about her singer-songwriter process in the interview saying, "There are mystical, magical moments when an idea that is fully formed just pops into your head."

    However, a risk each celebrity is bound to face in being in the public eye is criticism, and shaking off haters isn't always easy.

    Boyd remembers a time when she was attacked by raging fangirls. She was kicked, yanked by her hair, pushed down a long hallway and ridiculed to the core.

    "I got to see the Beatles play at a theater in London, and George told me that I should leave with my friends before the last number. So before the last song, we got up from our seats and walked toward the nearest exit door, and there were these girls behind me," Boyd recalled. "They followed us out, and they were kicking me and pulling my hair and pushing us all the way down this long passageway."

    Boyd called the experience "absolutely terrifying," adding that the girls told her "we hate you."

    Swift admits, "That is my worst nightmare. You probably felt like, 'If you knew me and I knew you, you would not be pulling my hair in an alleyway and saying, ‘I hate you.'"

    The only defense Swift might have against her recent nightmare is either reclaiming her new reputation or coming back saying, “Look What You Made Me Do.”


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    When I started the experiment of a week of sheet masks, I was skeptical. Sheet masks aren’t my fave. Shocking, I know. Everyone seems to love them, but the first one I used broke me out so intensely, it took a while to get my skin back to normal. However, I had heard of a sheet mask subscription box called FaceTory (and was intrigued), so when an opportunity to test it out came up, I decided to give a try.


    FaceTory is a monthly subscription box that sends you four or seven masks, depending on which box you order. They’re all Korean sheet masks that come in cute packaging and promise to benefit your skin in different ways. The box I received had a lot of nourishing masks in it, which my skin could definitely use. The box also included a cute card that tells you about each mask and lists some key ingredients and benefits of each mask. Since there were seven masks, I tried a different one out every day for a week, and here’s how it went.

    Monday: Anti-Wrinkle Bio Cellulose Mask by Royal Skin

    The first thing I notice is the scent. It smells really good. I was expecting it to smell coconut-y because the card said it was “developed coconut water fermentation.” But it actually smelled like a light floral perfume, which surprised me, but it was nice, so I didn’t mind.

    The mask itself had two sides of netting. The idea was to remove the netting from one side, apply to your face and then remove the other side of the netting. The mask itself was really thin. From a distance, it almost looked like I just had really dewy skin. I wore it for ten minutes, and I could feel my skin tingling ever so slightly while wearing it. After I took it off, my skin looked so dewy and pretty. We’re off to a good start!

    Tuesday: Collagen Melting-Chou Mask by DewyTree

    This mask is definitely creamier than the last mask. It seems like more of a moisturizer than a serum. Also, it’s a little thicker than other mask and less of a hassle to put on.

    My skin felt a little dry today, which is why I chose this mask. It has more leftover serum than the other, and I liked that. With sheet masks, sometimes it seems like too much serum is left behind, and that was my problem with them before, so I’m weary of too much serum. But the moisturizer that was left behind on this one was a manageable amount. After the remaining moisturizer/serum absorbed into my skin, my face looked dewy and felt plump. I really liked this mask. It was very good for when your skin feels like it could use some serious moisturizing.

    Wednesday: Rose Mask Pack by Beaucros

    This one is interesting because, unlike the other two, this one is a light nude color. The other ones were white and translucent. I was worried, though, that this mask would have an intense rose scent, but it didn’t. It was a light floral scent, but it wasn’t intense, which was nice. Overall, this wasn’t the most notable mask of the bunch, but it made my skin feel healthy and had the added bonus of delivering anti-aging properties.

    Related: 11 Face Masks That Feel Better Than a Professional Facial

    Thursday: Deep Cleansing Bubble Mask by No:hj


    Omg, this mask was a trip! First off, the packaging had holographic bubbles on it, so that was fun. The mask itself is black and smells citrus-y, which I prefer to floral scents. The minute you put the mask on, it starts bubbling. But like, to a point where it looks like the color of the mask is changing (it’s not; it’s just the bubbles over top of it getting foamy). It’s a lot of fun to watch.

    You’re only supposed to keep this mask on for 5-10 minutes. I’m assuming that’s because it’s a cleansing mask. It does feel tingly, but in a good, pore-cleaning kind of way. My face felt so clean after using this mask. I really like the cleansing mask situation for two reasons: 1) I can cleanse my face and do other things at the same time, and 2) it didn’t leave a serum behind. After you take the mask off, you wash off the bubbles left behind. And I like that way better. Like I told you before, serums always make me nervous because I feel like I might breakout after using them. So the cleansing mask is much more my vibe. Can you tell I loved this mask? Because I did.

    Friday: Intensive Brightening Mask Pack by Mediskin


    Okay, this one scared me. Mostly because it had a warning on the package that said not to use on blemishes, pimples and/or irritated areas. As That Time of the Month is upon me, I have all of that right now.

    I couldn’t find anywhere that said how long to wear the mask for, so I decided to just put it on for five minutes because I didn’t want to irritate my skin. This mask smells more chemically then the other ones, but it’s also transculent like a couple of the other ones were.

    After I took the mask off, I could definitely see a difference. I was wearing a thick headband for this mask, just so I wouldn’t get the serum in my hair. The hairband covered a little bit of my forehead, and when I took off my headband I noticed the part the mask was on was definitely brighter than the part that my headband covered. I was skeptical of if this mask would actually brighten my skin, but after that, I believe it.

    Saturday: Escargot + Caviar Repairing Mask by Elensilia Intra-CELL


    What a bougie sheet mask! I saved this little number for Saturday evening. I was going to a birthday party, so I figured I’d be extra and do a sheet mask before I put makeup on to go out. I can’t take all the credit, though. FaceTory’s card had suggested to use this mask before a night out, so I was just going with it.

    Anyway, I put on the translucent, soap-scented mask for ten minutes. Then I took it off and let the extra serum absorb into my skin before I did my makeup for the night. It left my skin with a dewy glow, like a lot of these masks did, which I loved. The serum absorbed into my skin pretty quick, too, which was nice considering I needed to get ready. Overall, I really liked this mask. Plus, it was a nice way to indulge in some me-time before a night out.

    Sunday: I’m Sorry For My Skin, Black Mud Mask-Tightening by Ultrue


    I intentionally left this mask until the end because of how much of a time commitment it is. You’re supposed to wear this mask for 30-40 minutes. And I thought ten minutes was a lot. But this seemed like a good Sunday night kind of mask.

    It was definitely the most intense to put on. The mask comes with two layers of film on each side of it, and there are two pieces to the mask: the upper face part (which covers your forehead, your cheeks and your nose) and the lower face part (which covers your lower cheek area, your chin and underneath your nose).

    Before applying the mask, I put moisturizer around my eyes, on my eyebrows and around my mouth like the instructions on the package said to do. It was good advice, as it kept me from having to scrub mud out of my eyebrows.

    I have to say, though, this mask was actually the most comfortable to wear of them all. I love a good mud mask, but I’ve never seen it in sheet mask form, so this was really cool to try out. It tightened my pores and made my skin feel super soft. Plus, I actually ended up wearing this mask for almost 40 minutes. The time went by so much quicker than I was expecting! 10/10, would recommend.

    As a whole, this box was a lot of fun. I discovered I’m not a sheet-mask-every-day kind of girl, but I loved getting to spend a decent amount of time on my skincare every day. That was the best part of this: practicing self-love. Each day I was doing something good for myself by focusing on my skincare longer than I normally do. And for that, I love FaceTory. Will you catch me doing sheet masks every day again? Probably not. Would I use FaceTory again, though? Absolutely, yes. The box itself so cute, and the masks are fun to try out. This box is great for one person, but I could totally see this box being amazing for a girls’ night in, too. So if you like a good sheet mask, definitely consider giving FaceTory a try because some of those masks were real game-changers (looking at you, mud sheet mask).


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    The last remaining members of the Wild Boar soccer team and their coach have been freed from the flooded Thailand cave, ending a nearly three-week harrowing and dangerous rescue mission.

    The rescue mission was accomplished at 6:30 p.m. local time on Tuesday, less than nine hours since the last leg of the mission commenced to rescue the remaining four boys and their coach, according to Thai Navy SEALs.

    The Thai Navy SEALs announced that the “12 wild boars are out of the cave and their coach. Everyone is safe,” bringing joy and peace to those around the world that wished for the young men’s safe return.

    “We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science or what. All the thirteen Wild Boars are now out of the cave,” the SEALs later posted.

    The last group to emerge from the cave was a team of four Navy SEALs, including a doctor who stayed with the trapped soccer team the entire week after they were discovered in the cave.

    According to CNN, the last four boys and their coach have all been transported to the hospital where eight of their teammates are being treated in an isolation ward in a Chiang Rai hospital after being rescued on Sunday and Monday.

    Medical officials told reporters that the boys are healthy and “seem to be in high spirits.”

    Two of the boys rescued on Sunday are suspected of having a lung infection, according to CNN. Jedsada Chokedamrongsook, the permanent secretary of the Thai Health Ministry, said that the parents of the first four boys to be rescued have been able to see their children through a glass window and talk to them over the phone, and the parents will be reunited with their sons after tests show the boys are free of infection.

    All of the boys are likely to stay in the hospital for a week as the boys’ immune systems grow stronger.

    The rescue operation began on Sunday, when rescuers were able to extract the first four boys from the cave, and the rescue team, made up of divers and experts from around the world, raced against the clock and fought dangerous conditions and insurmountable odds to successfully remove all 12 boys and their coach from the cave.

    According to ABC News, after replenishing supplies and allowing divers time to rest, the final rescue efforts began Tuesday morning with 19 divers entering the cave, with two divers escorting each of the boys out of the cave.

    “If everything goes to plan, all will come out today,” an official said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

    After the news broke that the rescue mission had been successful, officials and leaders congratulated the team’s heroic efforts and wished the boys a speedy recovery, including President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.

    “On behalf of the United States, congratulations to the Thai Navy SEALs and all on the successful rescue of the 12 boys and their coach from the treacherous cave in Thailand. Such a beautiful moment - all freed, great job!” Trump wrote.

    “Wonderful to hear all 12 boys & their coach are out of the cave in #Thailand. What an amazing & heroic global effort! Wishing them all a speedy recovery,” Mrs. Trump tweeted.

    Nopparat Kanthawong, the team's head coach, told CNN that he had been waiting for this day for a long time, adding, “I can sleep well now and have good dreams at least for this one night.”

    Kanthawong said he is eager to comfort and embrace his soccer players now that they have been rescued.

    “I'm going to give them a hug,” he said.


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    If you’re hoping to add some bold eyeshadow to your makeup repertoire, purple may just be the way to go. It’s flattering on every skin tone, and has a nice feminine touch while also adding some sultriness to your look. And with the announcement of the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina palette, purple was just put into the spotlight, and you definitely want to hop on this trend.

    The Norvina palette, according to Teen Vogue, is named after Claudia Norvina Soare, ABH president and the daughter of ABH founder and CEO Anastasia Soare. The palette is clearly very close to Claudia’s heart, since she posted about it on Instagram with a caption that went over four paragraphs.

     

    I took the palette with me on vacation naturally, she goes everywhere :) The over the pool pic was too tempting to pass up I was curious what people will say about the palette. I did not expect the overwhelming response this palette got, in a daze still. I was so shook today I literally went to the office lmaoo, its my comfort zone. I got so flustered I just went on auto pilot came into work and Ive been testing products all day The palette has 7 mattes and 7 shimmers which is a first for ABH, we generally do less shimmers. I need shimmer in my life because of my big lids, but I also use shimmer along my lash line. All about the grungy slept in look, without ever sleeping in my makeup actually, that would be bad. The key to this palette is the shimmers and accompanying mattes, personally I love cool tones but I do love a deep blue tone berry and a shade like Eccentric which is really unique, its a dark squash, or really yellow brick color. This helps me create so much dimension & contrast which gives my eyes the intensity I like. I choose intensity in my makeup, but at the same time I balance with whimsical colors. I love the fantasy of color that allows me to look like Im walking in a Disney parade no matter how cold my eye makeup is. The palette is wearable by many which is what is truly important. N O R V I N A has 3 purples. Soul which is a matte deep periwinkle, Celestial which is a combination of pearls all resulting in this cool tone violet, and last Drama which is my smolder shade. Drama is a deep aubergine or deep violet shimmer (will pick up warmth or coolness depending on skin tone) with a black base. Purple is my absolute favorite color, but I love purple shadow to a limit personally. In order to really commit I need variety. There are two cool tone pinks that I die for, Love which is matte and Wild Child which needs to be swatched as this duo-chrome shadow has so many dimensional pearls it will pick up different tones in the light its so pretty. CAPTION TOO LONG CONTINUED IN COMMENTS

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    Norvina has 14 flattering shades, half of which are matte and half of which are shimmery and glittery. The brightest purple shades, like Celestial, Drama and Soul, are the obvious stars of the show, but in case you’re not ready to shell out $42 on purple, there’s also some warm neutrals, golds and pinks. “Purple is my absolute favorite color,” Claudia said on Instagram, “but I love purple shadow to a limit personally.”

    Claudia continued in her post: “I choose intensity in my makeup, but at the same time I balance with whimsical colors. I love the fantasy of color that allows me to look like I’m walking in a Disney parade no matter how cold my eye makeup is. The palette is wearable by many which is what is truly important.”

    That last point rings true, as the official ABH Instagram posted a photo of all 14 shades swatched on four different models’ arms of varying skin tones. As is to be expected with ABH, the pigment was fantastic, and the colors looked great on all four models.

    We think this is the perfect palette for every girl, since you can keep it simple and natural when you want to, but also have fun experimenting with brighter hues. According to Allure, Norvina launches on the ABH website on July 17, and will hit other stores in the following weeks.


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    We all know “Havana”—we dare you to tell us you haven’t at least tapped your foot to the catchy tune that served as Camila Cabello’s post-Fifth Harmony breakout. And you can now take your love of Cabello and the song to the next level, with L’Oreal Paris’s Havana makeup collection.

    According to InStyle, Cabello is L’Oreal’s global spokesperson, so it makes sense that she would eventually venture into the world of makeup creation herself. The Havana-inspired collection is made up of 14 products that range from eye shadow to lip gloss to bronzer, and nearly everything in between.

    In a statement, Cabello emphasized, "To me, beauty is about being happy and comfortable in your own skin, so you can live your best life!" We’ll take her word for it—with the success of her first album, Camila, she certainly seems to be living her best life.

    "I wanted to create something that I personally would wear, and that I know people will love,” Cabello said. And so far, we’re definitely loving these summer-ready products.

    The Havana eyeshadow is a cream shadow that comes in four shades; while Control, In Love and Oh-Na-Na (a clever nod to the lyrics of “Havana”) are more on the pinky, blush-toned side, Hot Havana is a standout glittery green. The Flash Liner, a felt-tip liquid eyeliner, is sure to be another fan favorite, since Cabello is known for her always-sleek cateye. However, our personal pick is probably the Sun-Lit Liquid Bronzer, which InStyle calls “hydrating and easily blendable,” perfect for helping us just a little bit with our summer tan.

     

    Havana. @lorealmakeup. coming soon #CamilaxLOreal

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    The Havana collection will launch on Ulta’s website July 15, and will hit shelves sometime in August, so you’ll be able to head to your local store and try them out for yourself. Which product are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments!


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    Whether you’re looking to get an internship or a job, it’s inevitable that you will be faced with a phone or video interview at some point. On one hand, these types of interviews are great because you can do them anywhere and they give you the freedom to interview without having to make the trip in person. On the other hand, they aren’t exactly like a normal interview, which means they come with their own set of rules and formalities. To give you all the information you need to rock your next phone or video interview we talked to Maddie Schmitz, publicity assistant at Penguin Random House and former Her Conference speaker. So take notes, because with these tips you’ll be ready to tackle any interview.

    1. Know your interviewer

    This is a universal tip, whether you have an in-person or digital interview. Not only should you research the company, but also the person conducting the interview. We’re not talking CSI background checks, but a little digging on LinkedIn to see some of his or her past experience can’t hurt. Understanding who you’re talking to can help guide the way you answer questions.

    “Check to see if there are any alumni from your university who currently work at the company, and ask if you can ask them about company culture and what their favorite things are about working at there,” suggests Schmitz. “I work in book publishing, for example, and during a phone interview an interviewer asked which of that particular publishing house's books I had read recently—luckily I had written down a list of recently published books and kept the notes close by during my interview, so I could answer!”

    Being over-prepared is always better than under-prepared, so taking notes and keeping them close by is a trick you should use during phone interviews. For video interviews, it’s still great to keep notes, just remember to focus on the interviewer. It’s completely acceptable to take notes during an interview, so writing your prepared notes on the same paper you’ll take notes on is a good trick to make it look less obvious.

    2. Know your greeting

    For an in-person interview this seems fairly obvious, but for a phone interview especially, this is a super important step. It sets up the tone of your entire interview, so answering confidently it key. One huge mistake collegiettes make is answering the phone with “hi” or “hello.” This response is confusing because your interviewer doesn’t know if you’re the right person, leaving him or her having to ask who is on the other end of the line. This interaction puts you off to an awkward start and can leave you feeling shaky for the rest of the interview.

    To avoid this uncomfortable situation, Schmitz suggests, “When you first greet an interviewer, a good start is ‘Hi [name], this is [your name]. Thanks so much for taking the time to speak with me today!’ By saying the interviewer's name out loud at the beginning of the call, he or she will likely feel instantly more connected to you (and it'll help you remember his or her name for the rest of the interview)!” If you’re not sure how to address the interviewer, check out how they sign off on their emails to you (assuming you set up the interview via email). If they sign off with just their first name it’s fine to refer to them that way. If you don’t have any emails to reference and you’re still not sure, it’s always appropriate to refer to him or her as “Ms. or Mr.” Once you’ve set up your interview to succeed, you’ll be much more confident in answering questions and sound prepared and focused.

    Related: Phone Interview Tips: How to Ace Your Phone Interview

    3.  Know what to do if you need to call the interviewer

    This is a rare circumstance, but on occasion the interviewer will ask you to call them. If this is the case, you might be faced with the impossible question of whether you should be early, on time or a little late in calling. But don’t get too caught up in the logistics of it all; your best bet is to call on time. If thy don’t pick up for some reason—you never know, it could happen—then leave a brief message with your name, reason for calling and number.

    “[Calling on time] shows that you are taking the interview seriously and are respectful of the interviewer's time,” says Schmitz. Being prompt is always the best way to go because it shows that you’re serious about the position and reflects your punctuality in the workplace.

    4. Be prepared for multiple interviewers

    Sometimes you’re faced with a panel of interviewers. This is so multiple employees can get to know you and determine how well you would fit into the company. Oftentimes they are also people you would be working with if you secured the position. But whether you’re face-to-face or over the phone, panel interviews are daunting. It can easily feel like you’re being ganged up on, so it’s important to understand how to attack a panel interview.

    Schmitz says the preparation for this interview is similar to a normal interview. “[T]ake a peek at each person's LinkedIn page to figure out if they are the same level professionally, and try to get an understanding of how each person relates to the others within the company,” says Schmitz. “Do they all work closely on the same team? Does one work just with interns/new hires? During the interview, try to engage with each person on the call equally and call people by name to avoid any confusion.”

    This last tip is important because things can get a little confusing over the phone—you remember three-way calling with your friends in fifth grade. For phone interviews, you should also jot each interviewer’s name and position to help keep things straight.

    5. Know the types of questions they might ask

    Obviously it’s impossible to know what questions your interviewer will ask you because there are countless choices, but for these types of interviews you can usually predict the type of questions you will be asked.

    “Phone and video interviews are generally first round, screening interviews,” says Schmitz. “The interviewer (often an HR person) is looking to see how you think and approach problems, how you express yourself, and what your overall personality is like, in addition to making sure that you have the requisite experience and skills that are listed in the job description.” Because these interviews are typically preliminary, it’s best to expect that you will be asked about items on your resume and background information.

    Schmitz also says, “Some phone interviews are more casual, and interviewers will ask questions like, ‘Where do you usually get your news?’ or, ‘What kind of books do you like to read?’ These questions help the interviewer understand more about your general interests and determine whether you'll be a good fit for the culture of the company.” Knowledge about what the company does will help you in these situations, which is why your preparation will pay off in the interview and is extremely important.  You can even check out popular sites like Glassdoor to see what the job interview process is like, and maybe some frequently asked interview questions. The more information you gather, the better.

    6. Find a good spot and come prepared

    Just because you aren’t going to an office doesn’t mean you can just chill in your living room or at a Starbucks for a phone or video interview. You want to limit all distractions, so find a quiet spot and get there half an hour before your interview to ensure everything works correctly and that you can go over your notes. For a video interview, you want to make sure the wall behind you is plain—it doesn’t look super professional to have old Twilight posters behind you. This way, your interviewer will be focused on you—not all the distracting things around you. In addition, remember to dress for a video interview like you would dress for an in-person interview. The last thing you want to do is accidently stand up while you’re wearing pajama bottoms. You can also dress professionally for a phone interview, but the most important thing is to feel comfortable. Wear something that makes you feel confident and ready to go.

    Lastly, Schmitz says, “Keep a glass of water at hand! And smile while you're talking—that energy translates across the phone.” Also be sure to find a space with reliable WiFi. If your apartment’s WiFi isn’t great, reserving a private study room at the library is a good alternative. Give yourself some time to get comfortable and relaxed; with all the prep work you’ve done, the only thing left is to nail your interview!

    Interviews can be stressful, and whether they’re on the phone or through video, if you’re prepared mentally and physically you’ll be ready to go. So keep these tips in mind and be ready to start accepting job offers!


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    New film Sorry to Bother Youstars Tessa Thompson as Detroit, a politically minded artist and girlfriend to a African-American telemarketer who succeeds at his job by using his “white voice.” The movie centers around how people of color have to adopt a sort of white identity in order to be successful, and has so far been called shocking, political, dizzying and surreal – but that’s what makes it so great. Even better are Thompson/Detroit’s politically-charged outfits appearing throughout the film.

    From Detroit’s statement earrings that also make a statement – reading “Tell Homeland Security We Are the Bomb” and “Murder, Murder, Murder, Kill, Kill, Kill” to her slogan tee shirts, and one that states “The Future is Female Ejaculation” across the front – her outfits are the most memorable in the movie, and it's for good reason. 

    Deirdra Govan, the costume designer for the film, wanted Detroit’s clothing to send the same message as her politically-minded artwork. Govan told Nylon: “What I really wanted was for her clothing to be her whole business card." She continues, "[Detroit] is definitely a strong female, very self-aware, not willing to sell out by any means necessary to obtain [a high] level of success.”

     

    Sundance here we come! #SorryToBotherYou — shirt by @feedmyfeelings via @otherwild

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    According to Glamour, Detroit’s clothing and her art spread the same political message, mostly against the patriarchy. To create the character’s outfits, Govan took inspiration from her teenage years in the '80s and '90s and the political movements of the past to create the perfect look for Detroit. Glamour also notes that she did a lot of scouring through thrift and army surplus stores, but some of the most memorable pieces were designer by her. The penis and electric chair earrings (yes, you read that right) were made by the costume department, and the middle-finger bikini bottoms and hand-shaped bra top (you read that right, too) were all created by Govan.

    But simply describing the costumes really doesn’t do it justice - they’re way more powerful than you’d expect. So if you’re looking for a mind-blowing movie with an ever more intriguing set of costumes (the men’s outfits are just as great, we promise), definitely tune in to watch Sorry to Bother You RN.


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    Good morning, Her Campus! With a break-neck news cycle, there is no possible way for you to stay on top of every story that comes across your feeds—we’re all only human, after all.

    But, life comes at you fast. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in for this quick and dirty guide to stories you might’ve been sleeping on (like, literally. It’s early.)

    Trump Says “Tell People Not to Come to Our Country Illegally”

    President Donald Trump said the solution to the federal covering not meeting a court-imposed deadline to reunite migrant families is to “tell people not to come to our country illegally.”

    When asked about the missed deadline while departing for Europe on Tuesday, Trump said, “That's the solution. Don't come to our country illegally. Come like other people do. Come legally.”

    The Trump administration acknowledged on Monday that it would most likely the Tuesday deadline set by a San Diego federal judge for the federal government to reunite children under the age of five with their parents.

    Trump, according to The Associated Press, also criticized Democrats for calling to abolish U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, saying that “Democrats want open borders, and they don't mind crime.”

    Protests Over Trump's UK Visit

    As President Donald Trump jets off to Great Britain, he will be greeted by demonstrators, a giant “Trump baby” and a musical protest.

    According to CNN, Brits have sought to make 2004 Green Day hit “American Idiot” the number one tune in the UK by Friday, when Trump is set to arrive.

    The “Get American Idiot to No.1 for Trump's UK Visit” Facebook page has been calling for the musical protest during a Trump visit to Britain, and since his trip was announced in April, the group has been pushing to get the song to number one.

    The musical protest campaign has asked protesters to download the song Friday, July 6, and Friday, July 13, to get the song to the top of UK charts.

    As of Tuesday night, “American Idiot” is at No. 18.

    But that’s not the only protest taking place during Trump’s “working visit.”

    According to CNN, during a “Stop Trump” march in London on Friday, a 19-foot-tall orange “Trump baby” balloon will fly as high as 98 feet in the air near Parliament.

    Trump is set to meet with the Queen and British Prime Minister Theresa May, but won’t be spending too much time in London during the three-day visit to minimize encounters with protesters.

    This Game Show Will Pay Off Your Student Debt

    We all know the struggle of student debt. And as student debt gets harder to pay off, it looks like there might be a game show that will help you eliminate that debt.

    *cue cheesy game show music*

    Paid Off With Michael Torpey pit millennials against each other in a Jeopardy-style game as contestants win money to pay off their debt.

    The show is meant to be satirical, but will point out the cold, hard truth about student debt issues in the country, Hello Giggles reports.

    “One of the mantras is ‘an absurd show to match an absurd crisis,’” Michael Torpey, the show’s host and creator, told The Washington Post. “A game show feels really apt because this is the state of things right now.”

    Torpey says he will implore people at the end each episode of the show to “call your representatives right now and tell them you need a better solution than this game show.”

    Torpey said he came up with the idea for the after he booked an underwear ad to pay of his wife’s student loans.

    “I know what we are doing is a little ridiculous,” Torpey said. “But in a way the show matched my family’s story. The only way we could pay off student loans was because I booked an underpants ad? That’s insane.”

    “If [the government] want to fix this, I will pull the plug on [the show] immediately,” Torpey told Paste Magazine. “I will happily step aside if they step up and take control of the situation.

    What to look out for...

    Reese Witherspoon is getting her own unscripted series, and I’m so excited!


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    The weirdest of weird paradigm shifts has afflicted Hollywood coupledoms everywhere. Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson’s engagement sparked an extended (but apparently necessary) conversation on BDE and other bizarre genital-themed discussions. Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber are newly engaged. On the other end of the spectrum, G-Eazy and Halsey recently broke up, with not-so-subtle hints that Gerald cheated on Halsey. But, our queen Halsey might be winning the split, seeing as G had to cancel an entire concert. (Why? Because even Canada is Team Halsey.)

    That’s right: the couple that monetized on their loved-up album that was basically a string of couplely DMs about their personal relationship, which was made public to their fans and followers (because it was a whole ass album, with some straggling singles) broke up. We’re already high-key waiting for Halsey to drop her probably-inevitable breakup-themed album about her succeeding in her fresh single habitat. Although, she’s already succeeding in her post-breakup life because, well, G definitely isn’t winning RN. (That’s right: there is always a clear winner and loser in a breakup. If you don’t want to admit it, then you’ve probs been losing your breakups. Don’t @ us because you’re bitter that you don’t have Halsey’s BDE.)

    Hot New Hip Hop reports that G-Eazy had to nix his gig at the Cowboys Music Festival in Canada after he was denied entry into the country. Does this mean that Canada is a Halsey fan? Or that Canada is just against cheating, even if it’s still “alleged”? Regardless, it seems like indirectly Canada canceled G-Eazy’s concert. (We’d say Canada canceled Gerald, but did G-Eazy really ever start?)

    Anonymous sources told TMZ that there was apparently an issue with Canadian customs. Seeing as Canada is pretty stringent on who they let into their country, G’s recent assault and cocaine charges might have had something to do with the Canadian customs agents’ decision.

    Low-key, we stan these ambiguous customs agents because this is the kind of post-breakup news every newly-single gal deserves to hear (or read). Call us petty all you want—and we totally are and we’re not ashamed—but sometimes everyone needs to hear some bad news about their ex to truly thrive in their singledom glory.

    If you can’t relate, then you’ve clearly never sleuthed that your d*ck of an ex-fling got denied entry at his favorite bar. Regardless of whatever the f*ck Gerald’s doing with his life, we just hope that Halsey is happy, healthy and having a great life.


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    Cardi B announced on Instagram today that her and Offset's daughter has made her way into the world! Kulture Kiari Cephus, a name chosen by Offset (whose real name is Kiari Cephus), according to PEOPLE, was born on July 10.

     

    Kulture Kiari Cephus 07/10/18 @offsetyrn

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    Cardi B’s journey to motherhood has certainly been an interesting one, with Cardi dealing with many outside opinions about her marriage and pregnancy. Cardi announced that she and Offset have been secretly married since September—a month after they publicly got engaged. This led Cardi to write on Twitter that “there are moments that I want to keep to myself” and cheekily adding, “Now since you nosey little fucks know, at least ya can stop saying I had a baby out of wedlock.”

    Then, Cardi was dealing with sexism from people who didn’t believe that mothers could also have successful careers. She rightfully got angry in her interview with the Breakfast Club, “It just really bothers me and it disgusts me because I see a lot of women online like, ‘Oh I feel sorry for you, oh your career is over.’ As a woman, why can’t I have both? Why do I gotta choose a career or a baby? Like, why can’t I have both? I want both.”

    Despite all the drama, it’s clear that Cardi is super excited and prepared to be a mom, if her extravagant baby shower is anything to go by—she flew 60 people to Atlanta just to celebrate with her!

    Cardi also already knows how she’s going to mother Kulture, claiming that she is “going to tell her everything” and keep it real with her. She mimicked a potential talk with her daughter: ”‘You have a choice. I could maintain you. I could spoil you if you go to college. Or if you want to be independent, go ahead. When you a teenager and you 18, 19, you can’t get no job that pays you more than $200 a week.’”

    So now that little Kulture is here, all I want is a pic of her wearing that adorable “Cardi G” John Mulaney gave her mother.

    Congrats to Cardi and Offset!


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    This Is Us is beloved by fans for its ability to make everyone shed a tear (or two or three) over the touching family relationships that played out over the first two seasons. Now, Season 3 is set to premiere on September 25, but show creator Dan Fogelman has another exciting project coming up a few days earlier, and we think you’ll love this one, too.

    New film Life Itself is written and directed by Fogelman, and the trailer alone is enough to have us reaching for some tissues. Oscar Isaac and Olivia Wilde star as a new, head-over-heels couple, but the film’s full story spans generations and dips into the lives of several other characters, played by Hollywood heavyweights like Mandy Patinkin, Antonio Banderas and Annette Bening, to name a few.

    According to The Huffington Post, the film takes place in both New York City and Spain, and the story aims to show how the decisions we make in life and love have impacts far beyond ourselves. And Fogelman’s directorial touch is clear here: the same moving and heartwarming storylines and dialogue that made This Is Us an award-winning show are displayed here (Isaac’s speech at the beginning was just so. Damn. Beautiful.).

    If the trailer wasn’t enough to make you want to see this film, it’s already gotten some high-profile seals of approval that might change your mind. John Green (who, based on The Fault In Our Stars, knows a thing or two about how to write something that makes people cry) raved about the film on Twitter, having seen it at an early screening. “Months later, I still feel the story’s presence,” he wrote.

     

     

    This Is Us stars Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore (aka your favorite couple) both also tweeted about the film, promising that it will “change your life” and calling it “brilliant.”

     

     

     

     

    Even Barbra Streisand put in her two cents, getting a pretty funny reaction from Fogelman himself.

     

     

     

     

    With all this hype, how could we not be excited for this movie? Life Itself will open in theaters on September 21.


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    With all the quarreling celebs, it’s refreshing to see two stars having a mindful, productive discussion. After Khloé Kardashian inadvertently misgendered actor Asia Kate Dillon when the Kardashian used the wrong prefix, it opened up a necessary lesson for their followers.

    Teen Vogue reports that Billions star Asia Kate Dillon, whom you might also recognize from Orange is the New Black, used them’s Twitter account to spark up a virtual convo with Khloé about the show. In response, Khloé tweeted her praise for the show and them’s role in the series.

    “Ughhhh I was so caught off guard by Taylor’s move! Now I’m on fucking pins and needles for season 4! Miss Asia, you don’t disappoint,” Khloé wrote.

    However, Asia corrected Khloé’s use of her prefix, clarifying that they identity as non-binary. “I love love love that you're so into the show! And, as a non-binary person myself (like Taylor) I use, 'Mx.' (instead of 'Miss', 'Ms.' or 'Mr.' as my prefix.). As in, Mx. Asia or Mx. Dillon. Say word,” Asia tweeted.

    After realizing that she accidentally misgendered Mx. Asia with her improper use of the pronoun, Khloé immediately apologized and used the correct pronoun. “Oh my goodness! My sincerest apologies! Thank you for telling me Mx. Asia!!” Khloé tweeted.

    Beyond showing that celebrities can continually learn from each other, and even correct each other without taking offense, Khloé and Asia’s Twitter interaction sets a vital example for their fans and followers. Not only can you have a healthy interaction about gender and subsequent pronouns, but you can also adapt your preconceived notions about gender itself. After all, we’re constantly learning and our knowledge should grow to include everyone and the full extent of their identities.

    Mx. Asia discussed they’s non-binary gender identity with Yahoo earlier this year. And, this star-studded duo’s supportive discussion about gender can show others that you might not know someone’s gender (or lack thereof) from just looking at them, but you can learn about their gender. (Better yet, you can learn how to appropriately use gender pronouns and prefixes.)


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    You would assume that it should be easy to identify someone by just their voice, but if you hear them completely out of context it really isn’t that simple. Sure, you probably know your mom’s voice no matter what, or your best friend—but someone you’ve only met once or never met at all might be a little harder to identify. That being said, it’s not surprising that it’s hard to recognize an actor (even a really distinct one) when it’s only their voice, like in an animated movie, for example.

    What’s really strange, though, is when you finally recognize the voice of the animated character as a certain actor, you can’t stop seeing the cartoon as the human celebrity, or vice versa. There’s so many celebrities that you definitely didn’t know have voiced cartoon characters, but once you know you’ll never be able to stop picturing them as their real-life/animated counterparts.

    1. Selena Gomez - Mavis, Hotel Transylvania

    She’s one of the most well-known actresses today, but not many people know her as her vampire counterpart—the spunky and hilarious Mavis in Hotel Transylvania. If you didn’t catch the first two movies, you have another opportunity to see (or hear) Selena in the third installment of the series, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, coming out this Friday.

    2. Miley Cyrus - Penny, Bolt

    A fan favorite in Hannah Montana and, obviously, The Last Song, this time Miley played a kind and adorable 13-year old who loses her dog in Bolt. It’s heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time—a definite must-watch.

    3. Zac Efron - Ted, The Lorax

    Along with another unexpected co-star (see #4), Efron is the voice of Ted in one of the most well-known of Dr. Suess’s stories,The Lorax. Living in an entirely artificial town, he sets out in search of a real living tree to give to his love interest, Audrey.

    4. Taylor Swift - Audrey, The Lorax

    The voice of Ted’s love interest, Audrey is Taylor Swift! Aside from her music, of course, you probably recognize her from movies she’s physically acted in (like Valentine’s Day and The Giver), but you probably didn’t know about this one.

    5. Rihanna - Tip, Home

    An adorable movie about aliens that conquer earth and relocate all the humans, Rihanna is the voice of the one little girl that gets left behind. Far from her “Bad Gal RiRi” image, her character Tip is an adorable girl who befriends and set off on adventures with a fugitive alien.

    6. Robin Williams - Genie, Aladdin

    He’s known for playing some of the world’s most beloved movie characters, and his voice is super recognizable, so it’s a surprise that we didn’t realize he was the voice of Genie in Aladdin. Maybe the singing, elaborate musical numbers, and a little bit of genie magic was distracting us.

    7. Mila Kunis - Meg Griffin, Family Guy

    She’s been the voice of Meg for almost 20 years (since 1999), but don’t be mad at yourself for not realizing it. It’s honestly a shock that the most ridiculed, insecure and socially-inept of the Griffin family is voiced by someone as inhumanely perfect as Mila. But that's the magic of animation!

    So next time you watch an animated movie, try to figure out who's the voice behind the cartoon. It might comes as a big surprise!


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    Living with others is tough—from sharing space to paying bills, cohabitating can put a strain on any relationship. This can particularly occur when you’re living with friends, who you might love and admire but have drastically different living habits from.

    This doesn’t mean, however, that you shouldn’t live with your friends or that it can’t be an amazing experience! We polled our expert collegiettes for their tips on living with your friends, and they shared several strategies for successful cohabitation. If you’re just considering it, or if you already reside with your pals, refer to this guide to have the best possible living experience!

    1. Communication is key

    Our collegiettes agree: if you’re not open and honest with your roommates, things will go downhill fast. “I’ve found that relationships are strained when friends live together because they forget to be open, and communicate honestly with one another,” says Lexi Hill, a senior at the University of South Carolina. “My advice: bring it up. If your roommate leaves dishes out and that really bothers you, send a quick text letting her know.”

    It can be hard to be upfront with friends, but living together constitutes a different kind of relationship than friendship alone. “As long as you both aren't short-tempered and passive-aggressive, everything should be fine,” says Dajin Kim, a sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin. No one wants to be unhappy in their living situation, so having an open channel of comfortable communication is to everyone’s benefit.

    Related: Rooming With Your BFF: A Guide to Your Best, Most Drama-Free Year Yet

    2. Common areas require boundaries

    If you’re sharing any kind of space in your living area, make sure you establish rules about cleaning and space allocation too. “I would run into the problem of running out of space, especially in the freezer, because my roommate at the time didn't want meat touching her tofu or frozen vegetarian meals,” says Stepanie Murray, a junior at Savannah College of Art and Design. “You don't have to draw a line down the middle of everything, but make sure you have your designated spaces and your friend/SO/roommate has theirs.”

    3. Have a clear understanding of chores and house rules

    Though it can be tough to confront because of the nature of your friendship, dividing up household chores and rules is necessary. “My belief is that we thought everything was ‘fine’ because we were friends, so boundaries weren't set in stone,” says Ashley Ortiz, a fifth-year at the University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras Campus. “I'd recommend talking about likes or dislikes while sharing a place, food arrangements, who's going to pay for what and some house rules.”

    Remember that living with another person means you have to take their living preferences into account—it simply isn’t the same as being on your own. “I've watched friendships suffer because one (or both) are bad roommates,” says Hannah McConnaughey, a junior at the University of Washington. “Never taking your turn buying toilet paper or dish soap might not seem like a big deal, but it sends a bigger message about how considerate you are of other people—especially if those people are the friends you live with!”

    “What worked best for me was having a conversation about ground rules in the very beginning—whether this was discussing normal sleep times, guest expectations, cleanliness, etc.,” says Lauren Lee, a junior at Phillips Academy Andover. “And once my roommate seemed to be straying from these expectations, or I had other worries, I was upfront with her.” Everything comes down to you addressing issues head-on. Otherwise, people are passive-aggressive and there’s constant tension, and no one wants that!

    4. Overlapping friend groups can be good or bad

    If you and your friend share a common friend group, there are plusses and minuses to that situation, too. “Your social circles most likely overlap, so having friends over is no big deal,” Lexi says. “You’re able to plan going out easier and there’s more trust there—your roommates become an extended version of your family.”

    On the other hand, having that much of your lives shared could eventually be detrimental to your friendship and living situation. “I currently room with my best friend and this is our second year rooming together,” Dajin says. “We have never had any real issues but I think the main reason is that we usually do our own thing.”

    You don’t want to get isolated from other friendships or life commitments if you and your friend/roommate spend all your time together. “If you room with someone in your same friend group in which y'all end up hanging out and doing everything together, that can cause problems,” Dajin says. “Spending too much time with someone almost always causes issues.” There’s nothing wrong with wanting—or needing—to take some time away from a person.

    Related: 6 Ways to Make Moving Less Painful

    5. Conversations about money need to happen

    Talking about bills and finances can be tense, but it’s absolutely necessary to maintain a home or apartment. “When living with friends, rent and bills come before your friendship,” says Stephanie. “My first off-campus roommate overdrafted her bank account by $2,000 a few months into living together. This made me uneasy in the months following our lease. Needless to say, our friendship is no longer and she ended up moving out.” Ideally, you and whoever you’re living with are fiscally responsible, but again, it’s another conversation that needs to happen—hopefully before you move in with the person!

    Living with someone means taking their finances into consideration as well—you aren’t managing their bank account, but you are in a situation where there is a mutual responsibility to timely bill payments and contributing to shared household items like cleaning supplies.

    “Remember, each of you are paying (or should pay) the same amount of rent, so you're entitled to voice whatever is making you uncomfortable before it's too late,” says Ashley. When it comes down to it, you need to put your financial wellbeing before your friendship, and your friend/roommate should understand that and feel the same way.

    6. Living habits can differ from friendship habits

    Living with your friend likely was or will be a huge wakeup call for both of you. “Your friend thinks she knows you well, but you may have personal pet peeves or sleeping rituals that are important to share with her once she becomes your roommate!” Lauren says. You might have spent tons of time together and been incredibly close before living together, but sharing a living space will likely transform your relationship—hopefully in good ways! Again, living with a friend constitutes an entirely different situation than friendship alone.

    Your experience living with your friend doesn’t have to include any horror stories as long as you remember these guidelines. There will undoubtedly be stressful moments, but there are ways to remedy them.

    “Good friends don't always make good roommates, but when you're lucky, it's like having a sleepover every single night,” Hannah says. Here’s hoping everyone is very lucky!


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    Iggy Azalea and Demi Lovato have been friends since 2014, and they’ve supported each other through it all—relationship problems, body shaming from haters, music releases and more. Now, it looks like Iggy was there for Demi when she was dealing with one of the hardest moments of her life: her relapse, announced to the world through Demi’s heartbreaking new song “Sober.”

    Iggy did an interview with Entertainment Tonight on July 10, and one of the topics that came up was her friendship with the 25-year-old singer. When asked about her relapse, the rapper revealed, "I had known about it, as a close friend. So I had really wanted for her to be the one to tell people that.”

     

    I love these two. Thankyou for always having my back.

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    Despite this, Iggy hadn’t known that Demi would release “Sober,” saying, “I didn’t know that she was recording that song, she didn’t tell me that.” But even if Demi kept the details of “Sober” under wraps, there’s no bad blood between the two. “I was just really proud of her that she was honest, because it's really hard to be honest with yourself,” Iggy continued. “So, to be honest with the whole world, [to share] something that you struggled with very publicly, it's something that is very admirable. I was very proud of her to see her write that song and put it out."

    The friendship between Iggy and Demi definitely seems to be an unbreakable bond, perhaps it's because both women understand the pressures of dealing with personal issues while leading a life in the spotlight. “I worried a lot, as her friend, that something was going to leak or somebody would somehow take that and use it negatively against her, or to make her seem like she's got a secret," Iggy said. She clearly knows how social media can spread rumors extremely quickly. Iggy even infamously quit social media for a while back in 2015 because of haters.

    Listening to “Sober” and hearing about Demi’s relapse was heartbreaking, but her friends will always have her back. Iggy, in fact, will soon be supporting Demi not only as a friend, but as a literal support act when she opens for her at July 22’s California Mid-State Fair, Entertainment Tonight reports.


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    The World’s Ugliest Dog, Zsa Zsa, was celebrated for her ugly reign just two weeks ago — but the English bulldog, with the snaggliest teeth and most barrel-y of chests, has died at only 9-years-old, according to her owners.

    NPR reports that Zsa Zsa earned her crown as the world’s ugliest pup approximately two weeks ago, but her title (and the animal contest itself) was meant to celebrate the uniqueness of every dog.

    Zsa Zsa’s owner Megan Brainard tells TODAY, “She’s been staying over at my dad’s house. He woke up this morning and found her passed away.” We’re ugly crying now because Zsa Zsa was a beautifully ugly pupper.

    It’s clear that Zsa Zsa’s adorable presence will be missed, especially by her family, who held a special ceremony for Zsa Zsa. “I picked Zsa Zsa up and took her outside and laid her down in the grass. We were all saying our goodbyes and Mareslie went right over and gave her a kiss. It was sweet. She was waving at her," Brainard shared,” Brainard expands to TODAY.

    If you need us, we’ll be commemorating Zsa Zsa’s life by taking the ugliest, un-photo-genetic pics of our pets.


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