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A Collegiette's Guide to Life
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    College life can feel like a never-ending ride on the struggle bus sometimes, and these memes are here to display exactly what we're feeling on a daily basis...

    1. When that beginning-of-semester optimism starts to disappear 

    2. When you're about ready to give up

    3. When you find time for a power nap

    4. Senior year

    5. When you start a paper 9 P.M. the night before it's due (AKA always)

    6. When your professor complains about grading something they assigned

    7. ~Trying~ to get into classes for next semester

    8. When you try to talk to a professor in a big intro class

    9. Handing in that paper after an all-nighter

    10. Gourmet cooking on a budget

    11. When your friends drag you to a career fair so you can be a real person

    12. When you are a professional procrastinator

    13. When you are putting off laundry as long as humanly possible

    14. When tuition is suspiciously higher than the brochure claimed

    15. And finally... when we all reach that point in the school year

     

    Stay strong... memes will always be there to make everything okay.


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    Every fashion girl and aspiring entrepreneur has been dying for Netflix to release their new Girlboss series, based on the rise to success of Sophia Amoruso. Well, it's finally here, ladies, and, if I may, the fashion is lit. Check out some of Sophia's (aka Britt Robertson's) absolute best outfits from the 13-episode show.

    1. This dope-ass jacket

    2. This retro Gucci sweater

    3. This vest combo

    4. This structured number

    5. This underwear-as-bikini look

    6. These leather pants

    7. This vintage PE shirt

    8. This cropped jacket

    9. Union Jack & overalls

    10. This badassery

    11. Yep

    12. This gorgeous sundress

    13. This incredible jumpsuit

    14. This roadie-chic get-up

    15. This grungy situation

    16. The embroidered bomber of your dreams

    17. THIS THIS THIS

    Girl fucking boss.


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    On Tuesday evening, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said during an interview on “The Mark Levin Show” that he was “amazed” that a single judge from “an island in the Pacific” — meaning Hawaii — could block President Trump’s travel ban, CNN reports.

    According to NPR, Sessions’ comments come only a month after federal judge from Hawaii, Derrick Watson, blocked Trump’s new and revised travel ban.

    “We've got cases moving in the very, very liberal Ninth Circuit, who, they've been hostile to the order. We won a case in Virginia recently that was a nicely-written order that just demolished, I thought, all the arguments that some of the other people have been making. We are confident that the President will prevail on appeal and particularly in the Supreme Court, if not the Ninth Circuit. So this is a huge matter,” Sessions said during his interview. “I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the President of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and Constitutional power.”

    According to CNN, the Justice Department “tried to clarify” Sessions’ comments on Thursday. Ian D. Prior, spokesperson for the Justice Department, said, “Hawaii is, in fact, an island in the Pacific — a beautiful one where the Attorney General's granddaughter was born. The point, however, is that there is a problem when a flawed opinion by a single judge can block the President's lawful exercise of authority to keep the entire country safe.”

    However, Sessions’ remarks received backlash from Hawaii’s senators and attorney general.

    Senator Mazie Hirono, according to CNN, called Sessions’ comment “ignorant and dangerous,” while Senator Brian Schatz told Sessions to “have some respect.”

    Hawaii’s attorney general, Doug Chin, also criticized Sessions, saying, “President Trump previously called a federal judge in California a so-called judge. Now U.S. Attorney General Sessions appears to dismiss a federal judge in Hawaii as just a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific. Our Constitution created a separation of powers in the United States for a reason. Our federal courts, established under article III of the Constitution, are co-equal partners with Congress and the President. It is disappointing AG Sessions does not acknowledge that,” NPR reports.

    Sessions addressed his critics on Friday morning on CNN. “I wasn't criticizing the judge or the island. I think it's a fabulous place. But I gotta tell you, it is a point worth making — that a single sitting district judge out of 600, 700 district judges can issue an order stopping a presidential executive order that I believe is fully constitutional, designed to protect the United States of America from terrorist attack,” Sessions said.

     

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    We've long heard the rumor that radiation from cell phones can give you brain cancer, but an Italian court just ruled in favor of that idea, saying that improper use of a company-issued cell phone caused an executive to develop a benign brain tumor.

    The Telecom Italia employee, Roberto Romeo, said that his work obligations led him to use the cell phone for three to four hours a day for 15 years, according to a report by Agence France-Press. Romeo sued the state social security agency, not Telecom Italia, where he is still currently employed.

    “I started to have the feeling of my right ear being blocked all the time, and the tumor was diagnosed in 2010,” Romeo said. “Happily, it was benign, but I can no longer hear anything because they had to remove my acoustic nerve.”

    The New York Daily News reports the court ruled in Romeo’s favor and as a result, Romeo will receive between 6,000 and 7,000 euros – or $6,000 – $7,500 – a year in state-funded pension.

    This pension covers accidents in the workplace and was awarded after a medical examination concluded Romeo’s bodily function had been affected by 23 percent.

    “For the first time in the world, a court has recognized a causal link between inappropriate use of a mobile phone and a brain tumor,” Stefano Bertone and Renato Ambrosio, Romeo’s lawyers, said in a statement.

    This verdict is being called a "landmark" decision, but there was actually a similar case in Italy five years ago, according to Venture Beat. Guess this one just managed to get more attention.

    The ruling is still subject to possible appeal, so we may be hearing more of Romeo in the near future. 


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    The Liars are back, and so is their drama. The Season 7B premiere of Pretty Little Liars aired on Tuesday, and since then fans have been trying to find any possible clue to who A is, per usual. The end of "Playtime" showed the Liars' enemy Jenna reading a book presumably from A. People thought there was a hidden message written in Braille, since A and Jenna are likely working together on some evil plot to end the girls for good. So fans looked to the internet to decode it, naturally.

    The only word Jenna left us with is "endgame," which refers to the board game the girls received in the premiere. But it could mean more. The end of the Liars? The end of A's secret identity? The end of the world? 

    Cosmopolitan contacted Braille instructor Rose Angelocci, PhD, to get to the bottom of it, and it turns out that the book tells us… nothing. Angelocci deciphered words such as "water vapor drop,""science" and "earth," but didn't see anything about the oh-so-mysterious endgame. Was the book just a ploy to steer A-searchers in the wrong direction?

    Refinery29 found that the words aren't complete nonsense. Apparently a Reddit user uncovered an article from the journal ScienceNews, titled "Water Vapor Drop Dampens Temps." Does this article have anything to do with the Liars? Or with A? Probably not. 

    Bottom line: Jenna's book isn't the master clue we've been waiting for. We're just going to have to keep watching the last nine episodes to find out who A really is. And in the meantime, PLL addicts should probably stop wasting their time trying to decipher Braille.


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    On Thursday night, a gunman opened fire in Paris on the Champs-Élysées, killing one police officer and severely wounding two, according to the Associated Press

    After the gunman opened fire, he attempted to flee on foot and was shot dead by an officer. 

    This attack comes right before the highly anticipated French Presidential election. According to The New York Times, analysts believe an attack like this one could cause people to vote for the candidate "perceived as tougher on crime and terrorism."

    Immediately following the Thursday night attack, French policemen and soldiers closed off the heavily populated area. Many tourists who emerged from restaurants and stores, completely unaware of the attack, were searched by police and military personnel. 

    According to the AP, police say the attacker was likely acting alone, and directed his attacks towards police patrolling the tourist-heavy Franklin Roosevelt Subway station.

    Just after midnight, the Islamic State declared they were behind the attack in a message posted on a jihad channel.

    Peter R. Neumann, the director of the International Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence at King’s College London, told the Times that the speed with which ISIS claimed responsibility made it seem like they really did plan the attack.

    Sadly, of course, this is not the first terrorist attack Paris has endured in the past couple of years. In 2015, 128 Parisians were killed in a series of mass shootings and suicide bombers, heightening the fear of another attack on the City of Love. 

    As the premises were secured, and the gunman was identified, President François Hollande addressed the fearful nation and offered his condolences and admiration for the police force. “It has been the case for a number of months, and we will have absolute vigilance when it comes to the elections,” he said, “but everyone will understand that at this hour, my thoughts are with the family of the police who were killed and with those close to the wounded policeman.”


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    Katy Perry is the latest celeb to take aim at the Unicorn Frappuccino and oh boy, were shots fired. The singer taste-tested the Starbucks concoction on her Snapchat Thursday and captioned the video, “I couldn’t handle drinking my own blood.” Of course, there was a unicorn emoji too.

     

    I love her, I have no words @katyperry #katyperry #katycats #KP4 #keiry

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    The first few seconds looked promising, but then Katy had to go and spit it out. While we truly believe she wasn't a fan of the Insta-ready beverage, the comedic timing of this clip makes it seem like it was scripted, which makes it even funnier.

    Regardless, just add Katy to the list of those who think the drink missed the mark. 


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    Long-gone TV shows have found new audiences in this age of reboots and reunions. And a lot of Gossip Girl fans would love to see the series join in. Hope has been dim thus far, but leave it to Blake Lively to intervene.

    In a new interview with Variety, Blake was totally on board with the idea of a GG reunion. 

    “I don’t know. Why not?” Lively said. “It sort of all depends. Would I do seven years of the show? No, because it’s hard work and I’ve got my babies, and I don’t want to be away from them that much.”

    It’s been five years since the Upper East Siders said goodbye, but the actress expressed she would be interested in returning if the opportunity presented itself.

    “I’ve just learned in life you never say never. I’m looking to do something that I haven’t done yet, not something that I did. But would I do that? Who knows—if it was good, if it made sense. We had so much fun shooting and living and working in New York City,” Lively explained.

    While it’s not exactly a guarantee that the show will return, it’s enough to suggest it could happen. Either way, we’ll be over here binge-watching while we admire the fashion, immerse ourselves in the drama and fall in love with the romances.


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    Shopping for bras is never easy, but for small-chested women, the hunt for a perfect bra is endless. Although bras in smaller sizes definitely don't lack in variety of colors, materials and designs, there seems to be a problem all women with small boobs encounter: the bras never fit. Well, thanks to a an awesome new company, this problem has a solution.

    Founded by lady bosses Jaclyn Fu and Lia Winograd, Pepper is a new line of bras specifically for smaller cup sizes. As the founders state perfectly, "after searching, buying, and returning countless bras, [they] realized there isn’t an affordable, flattering, and comfortable bra out there made just for small cup sizes. One-size-fits-all designs and marketing by mass retail stores marginalize certain body types, rather than solving specific small boob issues (hello, gaps!)." So Pepper is here to literally fill that gap with their All-You bra, which "celebrates what you got, so that you feel authentically you in a bra made just for you."

    Pepper launched on Kickstarter on April 12, and surpassed its fundraising goal in just a few days! Clearly Fu and Winograd are onto something. If Pepper seems like a fit for you, you can pre-order a bra for $40 right now. Come on, you know you want to.


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    Throughout Grey's Anatomy's 13 seasons, producer and creator Shonda Rhimes has killed off plenty of beloved characters. After all of the tragic losses, it would be natural for her to have some regrets.

    You may remember the episode in Season 2 where a bomb was inside a patient. Not only was this episode ~*insanely*~ stressful, but it was also one of the most memorable since Meredith almost died. According to HelloGiggles, Shonda has some regrets about killing off Dylan, a character from the bomb squad. Remember him? After the bomb left the patient's body, we saw Dylan walk away with it in his hands and then explode. A little melodramatic, but hey, it's Grey's—what do you expect?

    Before Kyle Chandler was cast as this character, Shonda was dead set on not changing the script since it literally said, "Dylan explodes." Kyle pitched different ideas for his character, but it kinda made sense for a guy from the bomb squad to be killed by a bomb. Shonda said she felt the character had to die that way. “He was written to explode. But I did not expect to have Kyle Chandler. I didn’t want to explode him," she said.

    Years later, Shonda really regrets killing Dylan. But you know what they say: Shoulda, woulda, coulda!

    Follow Catherine on Twitter.


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    From using all natural ingredients to fighting animal testing, each of these companies has its own commitment to making our planet a better place. Their products will keep you looking radiant, and you can feel good about supporting them—it's a win-win!

    1. Bröö

     

    Spice up your Monday with our different scents! Citrus Creme, Hops Flower and Malted Mint. #BROOshampoo #BeerHair

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    This indie hair care company uses all natural ingredients (including beer!) and has a commitment to helping provide clean water worldwide.

    2. Yes To

    Yes To products have made their way into thousands of our beauty bags, thanks to their nasty stuff-free ingredients and commitment to empowering women.

    3. Joanna Vargas

    This luxury beauty label makes a point of using plant-based ingredients and supports a variety of awesome organizations.

    4. Briogeo

    This hair care brand, endorsed by yours truly, has a "6 Free" policy whereby they never use these six harmful ingredients and instead feed your hair with a cocktail of natural ingredients.

    5. Smith & Cult

    Like Briogeo, makeup brand Smith & Cult develops its products (including gorgeous nail polish colors) without a slew of gross ingredients that you shouldn't put on on near your skin.

    6. Georgette Klinger

     

    Head over to georgetteklinger.com to receive special offers and news. We're coming soon

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    Georgette Klinger is relaunching this Earth Month and bringing us soothing scrubs, lush cleansing milks, exfoliating toners and luxurious facial mists, all cruelty-free, paraben-free and dye-free.

    7. Marin Bee

     

    We love our Honey Polish is part of @sustainablychic's daily routine! #Repost @sustainablychic ・・・ For those who like their skincare #nontoxic just wanted to share with you SOME {I have a long list, really} of my daily favorites!! Every morning - in the shower - , I wash my face with @orendaskincare & treat myself to @marinbeecompany body polish. After, I mist with @5yina & put on my natural deodorant by @alluvian.info. Before I put my makeup on, I use @plumescience to help grow my lashes {omg y'all it works SO WELL, I highly recommend it - & I have a great coupon code for you : 15% off with code SUSTAINABLYCHIC for International shoppers - SUSTAINABLYCHICCAD for Canadian shoppers at plumescience.com}. I have lots of tricks for smooth {almost break out free} skin so I'll be sure to share more with you in the future Happy Friday!! #greenbeauty #ecobeauty #sustainablychic

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    Marin Bee skin care products use honey from sustainable sources in an effort to protect bees that are threatened with extinction.

    8. R+Co

     

    Mirror, mirror...

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    According to this hair care brand's website, every product "is formulated without parabens, sulfates (SLS or SLES), mineral oil and petrolatum. They are all vegetarian, cruelty-free, gluten-free and color-safe."

    9. Tarte Cosmetics

    This fan favorite makeup brand is a self-proclaimed "eco-chic beauty" brand, which offers cruelty-free products made with natural ingredients that actually work.

    10. VERT Beauty

    This natural cosmetics retailer is your one-stop shop for eco-friendly beauty.

    11. C2 California Clean

    C2 California Clean is a woman-owned cosmetics brand with a commitment to never using toxic ingredients and to educating their community on how to lead a healthier lifestyle.

    12. Trilogy Skincare

    This natural and organic skin care brand creates delightfully rich formulas from awesome ingredients like rosehip and coconut oils. Available at Whole Foods.

    13. Mad Hippie

    This natural skin care brand is accurately named and works wonders for your face and body. As a bonus, $1 from every web sale is donated to the Wildlife Conservation Network, so you know what to do!

    14. MANIC PANIC

     

    Sunshine & sparkles all day at #coachella! @lovetribestyle @brooklynneyoung

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    MANIC PANIC is a fab line of bright semi-permanent hair dyes that are vegan and cruelty-free. Kylie Jenner is a fan.

    15. Dr. Hauschka

    Dr. Hauschka's initial goal, "to support the healing of humanity and the earth" tells you pretty much everything you need to know.

    16. Lush

     

    Spring has sprung! What's your favourite shower gel from this season? #LushEaster : @lushieayy

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    Lush's ethical products are not only bright and beautiful; they are also vegan, handmade, minimally packaged and never tested on animals.

    17. Burt's Bees

    This classic of the cosmetics aisle cares deeply about the environment, providing us with clean ingredients and running campaigns such as the #SelflessSelfie initiative, to save the bees.

    18. Juice Beauty

    Nontoxic, organic beauty, or green juice for your face, if you will. Bonus: Gwyneth Paltrow is the creative director of makeup.

    19. Too Faced

    TF prides itself on being cruelty-free and supports animal-loving organizations such as the Best Friends Animal Society.

    20. Farmaesthetics

    Farmaesthetics founder Brenda Brocks comes from a long line of Texas farmers, so you can trust that she knows her green beauty.

    21. Beverly to 5th

    These gorgeously packaged and vacation-scented coffee scrubs are vegan, organic, cruelty-free and all-natural, with no synthetics, parabens, or preservatives. Best of all, they work like magic.

    22. Balanced Guru

    This lovely label creates "wholesome products that are certified organic, cruelty-free and sustainable, while limiting the environmental impact and maximizing the impact on society by giving back to the communities around us." Score.

    23. NU Evolution

    Organic ingredients, a wide range of colors and great packaging. That is all.

    24. Herbivore Botanicals

     

    good morning @aprilcsmith #herbivorebotanicals

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    This very trendy label is organic, cruelty-free, and Insta-worthy as hell.

    25. ILIA Beauty

    ILIA creates every organic product with an "ethical-sustainable approach" and offers a wide range to choose from.

    26. Nudus

    This Aussie brands brings us cute organic lippies, among other things.

    27. Jane Iredale

    A staple of natural makeup and skin care, Jane Iredale supports a flurry of amazing organizations, including Greenpeace, Wildlife Conservation Society, the Berkshire Humane Society and more.

    28. Vapour Organic Beauty

    Pure ingredients, a wholesome philosophy and celebrity customers. Aww yeah.

    29. Pacifica

    Pacifica's beachy cosmetics are 100 percent vegan and cruelty-free—plus, they make great gifts.

    Have an amazing Earth Day on April 22, collegiettes!


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    During the Variety New York Power of Women luncheon on Friday, a reporter asked Blake Lively what her go-to "power outfit" is, and the actress refused to answer the question. Blake was at the luncheon because of the work she's doing with Child Rescue Coalition to combat child pornography, so naturally Blake thought she would be talking about that.

    The Huffington Post reports Blake told the reporter, "Come on, you want to talk about an outfit today? Come on, what about building women up? Outfits? Would you ask a man that?…You wouldn't ask a man what a power outfit was. I'm sorry."

    Blake's frustration of course made it to Twitter. In this clip, you can see Blake is fed up.

    Yes, we all wish we could steal Blake's closet, but who can blame her for wanting to talk about real issues too? Let's remember: She's more than her wardrobe.

    Follow Catherine on Twitter.


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    No matter the season, Kendall Jenner always rocks the latest trends, even though she sometimes takes it a tad too far. She recently stepped out in a denim skirt that captures all the new trends popping up for spring and summer, the perfect combination between a denim mini and a midi skirt. Of course Kendall pulls it off like a champ.

    The piece was created from different patches of denim sewn together and cut right in the middle, giving off a very cool, edgy vibe. Jenner paired it with a black camisole top with subtle lace detailing from Alexander Wang which only complemented the skirt further with its contrasting tones. Matching accessories such as Kendall's suede mules and retro-esque oval sunglasses completed the very casual but polished look. Why so stylish, Ken?


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    It's no secret that every Urban Decay limited edition is fabulous, and the legendary Urban Decay Vaults sell out every time! The new Urban Decay x Jean-Michel Basquiat collection features eyeshadow palettes, makeup bags, lipstick, and so much more, all inspired by Basquiat's work. Oh and did we mention there's even an Urban Decay x Jean-Michel Basquiat Vault?

    Unfortunatly, this vault, which costs $165 and contains the entire collection, is currently sold out on the Urban Decay site which is not exactly shocking considering how popular it is. The graffiti makes it even better!

    Awesome news though, beauty junkies: Set a reminder on your phones ASAP, because you can find the vault on Ulta's website starting on April 27! Makeup is art and that's exactly what this vault portays. Owning this vault is owning Basquiat's work. It's that amazing! 

    The UD x Jean-Michel Basquiat Vault includes Basquiat Lipstick in Epigram, Basquiat Lipstick in Abstract, Basquiat Lipstick in Exhibition, 24/7 Glide-On Basquiat Eye Pencil in Anatomy, 24/7 Glide-On Basquiat Eye Pencil in Vivid, 24/7 Glide-On Basquiat Eye Pencil in Post Punk, Gallery Blush Palette, Tenant Eyeshadow Palette and Gold Griot Eyeshadow Palette.

     

    The newest addition to your art and makeup collection. #UDxBasquiat #UrbanDecay

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    Ugh! It looks so dope. 


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    We all know what it feels like to get to that point in your life where you want to avoid everything with two eyes, two legs and a head. Parents, professors and even your friends mostly just bother you. It is these feelings and so much more (so, so much more) that propel us into the perpetual state of imagining we are stuck on an island alone in pure, solitary bliss. If this sounds like you, here are 15 signs you like avoiding human contact.  

    1. You have a special ability to turn off your lights as quickly as possible to make it look like you're sleeping 

    2. Going outside is a foreign concept to you

    3. Takeout and pizza delivery are how you survive

    4. Your friends know to only expect one text a week and nothing more

    5. You have unsuccessfully tried on more than one occasion to convince your dean to turn your classes into online programs

    6. You now go on social media so little that your laptop and phone always time out of accounts

    7. Because seeing people on TV is even too much, you prefer reading over Netflix

    8. When people talk to you when you aren't in the mood, you go full Cersei Lannister 

    9. If you ever hear a knock on your dorm door, you cower under the bed and hope they go away ASAP

    10. There is a permanent imprint on your bed because you spend about 99.9 percent of your time there

    11. Before you leave your room, you put your ear to the door to hear if there's anybody outside

    12. Online shopping is everything to you

    13. You make it seem like you're busy whenever anyone calls you

    14. If you’re ever sick, you ask a classmate to get notes and either email them or discreetly slip them under your door

    15. You often wear giant sunglasses when you go outside so no one will see you or talk to you


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    Warning: If you're anything like me, and yell at your screen while watching people do crazy sh*t, you might lose your voice after watching this video. Vlogger Nicole Skyes did a  blackhead peel-off mask - except she used it all over her body. The video is cringeworthy and I can't take it! Her video makes waxing seems like a piece of cake. 

    Before putting on the mask on her entire body, she had to shave first. But (uh-oh) she forgot to shave her hairy stomach - which she only remembered after putting on the mask! Skyes describes the pain as, "getting scratched by 10,000 cats, especially the back of the arm.” How wonderful. 

    Her body was super red afterwards, complete with bumps and all (ouch). In the end, she was in so much pain that she ended up rinsing the rest off. On the bright side, she also mentions in the video that her skin is now super soft. There are better, more painless ways to get soft skin, girl. 

    What people do to go viral! Please do not follow in Skyes's footsteps. If she taught us one thing, it's that when it comes to peel-off masks, you should stick to just your face.


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    While we're all ridiculously bummed about Pretty Little Liars coming to an end this year after seven seasons, it's already looking like we won't have to say goodbye to Troian Bellisa, a.k.a. Spencer Hastings, any time soon.

    Refinery29 reports that Bellisario has written, produced and plans to star in a movie, Feed, based on her battle with anorexia several years ago. Bellisario is only just now getting a chance to work on the project, but it's been eight years in the making - she actually wrote the script before starring in PLL.

     

    Family dinner last night to prepare for the premiere tonight!

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    While she says the film isn't an exact copy of her experience, she told Rotten Tomatoes in a recent interview that she wanted to have the chance to make people understand what living with an eating disorder is like.

    "It’s not the exact events, but what I wanted to do with the film was get the audience to understand what it sounds like and what it feels like to be struggling with that illness," Bellisario told Rotten Tomatoes. "I struggled with anorexia for many years and one of the most difficult things about that was it was very tough for me to explain to my family and friends why it was so hard for me to disengage with that."

    In the past, the actress has spoken out about eating disorders and her own experience with anorexia - back in November, she came out in support of Hillary Clinton, citing the candidate's views on mental health treatment and care.


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    While there are some festival trends that we're kind of over by now (we're looking at you, flower crowns and flast tats), and some that are just plain not okay in terms of cultural appropriation, we can get behind some fresh festival fashion. The latest trend that's taking over Coachella? Bedazzled boobs - and yes, it's exactly what it sounds like.

    As Allure noticed, the look that's on the rise basically involves replacing a shirt with enough glitter and gemstones to rival your average unicorn.

     

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    While it seems like the perfect eye-catching look to rock at a music festival (becuase seriously, where else are you going to wear this?), I have a few questions. Namely, how exactly do you get all of that bling to stay on your body? And what prevents you from sweating it off in the middle of the desert? Lastly, exactly how does one afford enough glitter and gemstones to wear them as a shirt replacement? Am I supposed to just roll up into my local Michael's or Hobby Lobby and buy their entire stock of all things sparkly? Let me know.

     

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    College life is hard, and there are many obstacles all students will face before they graduate. That being said, being a female in college presents its own unique set of challenges that only our fellow collegiette women will understand.  

    1. Never knowing what to wear no matter what the occasion is

    I need more options.

    2. Taking a century to do our hair

    There's a reason we're always late for dates.

    3. Being patronized at the gym, especially when lifting

    No, I don't need any help, thanks.

    4. Mother Nature delivering her monthly gift at the most inconvenient times

    Sure, I'd love to get my period the day before Spring Break!

    5. And then forgetting to bring reinforcements with us to class

    Welp, I'm screwed.

    6. Being told we look sick or hungover when we don't wear makeup

    Nope, this is what I really look like.

    7. Trying to keep up with every new trend in the college fashion world

    Wait, so scrunchies are really back? 

    8. Overthinking every text we receive from bae

    Why did he just use a period like that? Is he mad at me?

    9. Not allowing ourselves to text back until we’ve asked every one of our friends how to respond

    You don't think a winky face is too forward?

    10. Lipstick on the teeth

    We have a love/hate relationships with lipstick.

    11. Sticky boobs… and bras in general

    Taking them off is the best part of any day.

    12. Wearing high heels

    Whoever thought these were a good idea?

    13. Guys that can’t take a hint

    No, I would not like a drink. I would like to be left alone though!

    14. Falling asleep with makeup on

    Clogged pores are just what I need right now.

    15. Being judged for what we choose to wear out at night

    Thanks for the input, but I don't really care what you think about my outfit.

    16. Cat calls

    Can't we walk down the street in peace?

    17. Feeling the need to get dressed up when we would prefer to wear sweatpants

    Why aren't sweatpants parties a thing yet?

    18. Spending entirely too much money on toiletries and makeup

    The things we do for beauty.

    19. Being expected to order dainty salads on dates when we really want a pizza the size of our heads

    I'll have a salad... and three orders of french fries.

    20. Shaving our legs  

    ...and every other inch of our bodies.

    21. Living with other females

    So much estrogen, so little time.

    22. Feeling the need to pack our entire wardrobe for any trip

    Of course I'm going to need my crop top in Alaska!

    23. Not being taken seriously when we talk about sports

    Yeah, I like baseball. No, not for the tight pants.

    24. Having to actually find a public bathroom when we need to pee

    Because the side of a building isn't really acceptable for our gender.

    25. Being asked to dance when we really just want to be with our friends

    Sorry, it's girls' night.

    26. Walks of shame

    Oh, hello there, family with small children. Just taking a little morning stroll over here.

    27. Attempting to understand what's actually going through a guy's mind at any given time 

    The world may never know.

     

    Yeah, we have our struggles, but in the end, being a woman is pretty damn awesome. Keep on, keepin' on, ladies!


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    Here at Her Campus, we’re all about helping you reach your dream job goals—whether it’s through networking and education from industry experts at Her Conference or by dishing out the details about the careers of women who are on top of their game. But we all have to wonder what these women do every day to stay on top of it all, right? We spoke to seven women who are killing it, both as college students and working professionals, to see what they had to say about the daily habits that keep them on track for success.

    1. Work it out with a workout

    Following trends isn’t limited to fashion, beauty and the Kardashians. As the financial editor for The Today Show, Jean Chatzky is on trend-watch 24/7 to keep an eye out for the latest developments in the market and the finance realm. As if that wasn’t enviable enough, she also hosts HerMoney, a podcast on women’s finance.

    As for her must-do daily habit? “Running. I find I get my best ideas when I'm out for a run (or sometimes in the shower) and it also keeps me sane in a hectic work environment.”

    Try a fun new workout class like barre or kickboxing next time you need to break a sweat and break out of a rut!

    2. A good night’s sleep does wonders

    In the technology industry, innovation is critical to maintaining relevance and staying more successful than close competitors. As an innovation and business continuity analyst for Comcast Corporation, college student Lindsey Thompson offers critical insight to the company.

    Being a busy collegiette comes at a price, though! “I really aim to get to bed by 10:00, 10:30 at the latest,” she says. “I'm a huge advocate for the eight to nine hours of sleep a night thing so going to bed at 10:00 and getting up at 7:00 gives me a solid nine hours. I don't need coffee to wake up in the morning and I can easily last all day without getting tired.”

    Just think of how much you’d save by adjusting your bedtime and skipping Starbucks every now and then!

    3. Collaborate with others

    When Elkus Manfredi, one of the top architecture firms in the country, was founded in 1988, Elizabeth Lowrey was the firm’s first employee. Inspired by her parents’ careers as architects, she’s now the director of interior architecture and a principal with the firm. It’s her creative eye that has overseen the aesthetic development and led the design process for clients like Walt Disney Imagineering, among others. Elizabeth emphasizes the importance of honoring the diversity of her clients.

    “Our goal is to break down the silos between disciplines to spark the great ideas that come from interdisciplinary interaction,” she says. It’s no surprise that Elizabeth’s most important daily habit is collaborating. “Collaboration is my daily habit and the only way I can work,” she says. “I love to be provocative with my team and the process. A project becomes richer from the participation of varied disciplines and points of view.”

    Consider this food for thought the next time your professor assigns another group project.

    Related: 9 Things You Should Never Say to Your Professor 

    4. Remember: you come first

    Anit Hora was studying Ayurveda, an ancient Indian system of traditional holistic medicine, when she began making products and selling them at a friend’s yoga studio, the precursor to her founding of herbal apothecary Mullein & Sparrow. Her work as an esthetician and her impeccable eye for design resulted in irresistibly chic beauty and skincare products that really work—Anthropologie and Birchbox are big fans. From design and production to international merchandising, Anit has her hands on all aspects of running the business.

    For Anit, taking some “me” time every day is what she believes has contributed the most to her success. “I believe self-reflection and meditation are huge,” she says. “They help me to make sense of all the ideas and thoughts in my head, and how I can bring those ideas to light.”

    Treat yourself to more than just a study break every now and then and reset by doing something you really love!

     5. Don’t let others hold you back

    When MelRo was just eighteen years old, she was homeless and living in a shelter with her young son. After a traumatic childhood in and out of the foster care system, she was battling adult depression and PTSD when a modeling agent scouted her while she was shopping for diapers. Reality proved much more incredible than any fairy tale when she began gracing runways, magazine covers and editorial fashion spreads for names like Glamour, Essence and Lucky. Throughout her career, she’s also served as a children’s welfare advocate, educating child welfare services and foster parents on how to communicate and care for traumatized children. Her work for foster children and adolescents is inspired by her desire to prove that their potential is not limited by their past.

    MelRo was incredibly candid with us about the importance of forgiveness and how practicing forgiveness every day has empowered her to be her best self.

    “To really be successful, I had to first heal the pain from my abusive childhood,” she says. “Refusing to forgive is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. That poison was killing me and killing my creativity and all that was beautiful about me. It was a hard decision to forgive, and let me be clear that forgiving does not mean that I think what they did to me is okay. It means that I will not allow it to hurt me and hold me back anymore.”

    Is it really worth it to hang onto bad blood with someone else if it means sacrificing your own productivity and well-being? The answer is no. Besides, you never know what opportunities could be on the horizon if you're too distracted by petty drama to see them.

    6. Look on the bright side

    Imagine this: you’ve scored your dream internship with an industry-leading company, and after months of working hard and hustling, you have a full-time job offer from that company by the fall of your senior year. Katie McCabe made this her reality after a six-month internship, learning tech sales from the industry’s leader in cloud operations. She manages over forty client enterprise accounts and constantly jet-sets around the world for the job she loves. Even more impressive? She’s launching her own swimwear line, called Syreni.

    Between traveling for her corporate job and managing her startup, there’s no such thing as a typical day for Katie. Keeping a positive outlook, however, continues to be her most important daily habit. “I think the most important thing to do to increase your chances of success is to make the conscious effort to have a more positive attitude”

    Try this out yourself by creating a gratitude journal. To start, simply write down things you're grateful for; like having a budget to sustain your indulgence of artisan coffee, or the fact that you have supportive people in your life. Then, on a not-great day, look over your gratitude list and remember the good things that will transcend your bad day.

    Related: Little Things That Will Make You Feel Like You've Got It Together 

    7. Always look to self-improve

    Our final #GirlBoss is Alaina Leary, a graduate student who has written under her own byline for top magazines like Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Seventeen and far too many more to list here. Her pieces have spanned the gamut of LGBTQ+ interests to women’s empowerment and many more topics that are sometimes difficult to cover gracefully and eloquently while still expressing a firm opinion. Alaina has been celebrated by her editors for doing all of the above. But this doesn’t mean that she’s complacent with her work. On top of writing and editing, she’s an accomplished creative in graphic and web design, social media management, professional photography and entrepreneurship.

    “The most important habit to my creative process is constantly thinking of myself and all my work as a work-in-progress,” she says. “Nothing is ever done. Yes, my pieces may be published and far past the stage where I can do more editing, but I revisit them to look for ways I could have added, new angles I didn't see, what worked and what didn't. I think of my accomplishments as stepping stones rather than a final product.”

    No matter what your major is or what industry your dream job is in, you can learn a thing or two about setting yourself up for success from these amazing women. While going to bed earlier and embracing group projects won’t guarantee your dream career by tomorrow, all of these tips from wildly successful women will set you up to be just like them sooner than you think.


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    ICYMI, it has not been a stellar past few weeks for air travel, *cough* namely for United Airlines - but United is now not the only airline making headlines for the way customers are being treated.

    A video depicting a mother crying after allegedly being hit on the head with her stroller by an American Airlines flight attendant is going viral after another passenger on AA Flight  591 from San Francisco to Dallas-Ft. Worth filmed the incident. Posting it to Facebook, the passenger, Surain Adyanthaya, captioned the video, "OMG! AA Flight attendant violently took a stroller from a lady with her baby on my flight, hitting her and just missing the baby. Then he tried to fight a passenger who stood up for her.” 

    According to ABC News, the conflict resulted from the flight attendant yelling at the woman for attempting to store her stroller in the plane's overhead bin. The video also shows another male passenger coming to the woman's defense, saying to the visibly heated flight attendant, "Hey bud, hey bud, you do that to me and I'll knock you flat."

    On the bright side, American Airlines was quick to react to the incident. 20 minutes after the plane landed in Dallas, the airline issued a statement to the Washington Post, saying that the flight attendant had been grounded until further notice, and that the mother and her two children traveling with her had been upgraded to first class. 

    "We are deeply sorry for the pain we have caused this passenger and her family and to any other customers affected by the incident,” Leslie Scott, a representative from American, told the Post. “We are making sure all of her family’s needs are being met while she is in our care.”

    While incidents like these shouldn't be happening to begin with, United might at least want to take note from American of the proper way to handle these situations when they do occur.


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    Despite the fact that she's been super busy spending time with her new beau The Weeknd at Coachella and promoting her new Netflix show 13 Reasons Why, Selena Gomez still made time for a very important occasion - David Henrie's wedding, a.k.a. her former Wizards of Waverly Place co-star/Disney Channel TV brother.

    Of course, Selena also killed it when picking the perfect wedding look, opting for a red cutout dress by Emilia Wickstead, and wearing her hair in a pretty braided updo to show off her gold hoops.

     

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    Oh and don't freak out or anything, but did we mention that there was a Wizards of Waverly Place reunion photo involved? And that it is everything we ever could have possibly hoped for?

    In case you needed any proof that your childhood is still alive and well, let's not forget that David apparently told People that even though their show ended in 2012, Selena was still one of the first people he told he was getting married. Aww!


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    Am I the only one who is totally given life by companies that manage to have an unapologetically savage social media presence? I only wish my own Twitter feed could be just as sassy.

    The latest in social media savagery, however, comes via Samsung and I can't stop laughing. On Friday, the company tweeted a picture of its newly-released phone, the Galaxy S8, along with a caption asking users to share the first photo they took with their new phones. Of course, because this is Twitter after all, some genius responded with, "It was a dick pic."

    While tons of companies would just ignore the response and continue to go about their ~super professional~ social media business, Samsung wasn't having any of this guy's shit, and shut him down with one simple emoji.

    I'M SCREAMING. If this isn't the best thing I've seen all week, I'm not really sure what is. Just going to file this away as a seriously amazing response for the next time a guy sends a totally unsolicited picture of his, ahem, eggplant emoji.


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    File this under most obvious news ever, but Beyoncé is absolutely KILLING the maternity style game. Not only that, but she's here to bless us all with even MORE 'grams of her baby bump, and naturally, we're obsessed.

    According to E!, the Queen reunited with her former Destiny's Child bandmates to promote Kelly Rowland's new book about parenting, called Whoa, Baby! Not only did the band get a seriously adorable photo together (we're always here for a #TBT-style Destiny's Child reunion), but Bey even showed off one of her best maternity looks yet, and I'm still not over how good she looks.

     

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    Her 'gram shows Queen Bey posing in an amazing nude cape-dress, which she paired with thigh-high cutout boots that I'm estimating have at least a four inch heel.

    Since Bey has been pretty hush-hush about her due date, we can't exactly be sure of when to expect the twins - but considering the timeline it's not unlikely that she's possibly in her third (!!!) trimester, all while rocking thigh-high boots and looking better than ever. Seriously, how are her feet not super swollen? Are normal person pregnancy struggles like that just completely below the Queen entirely? I have so many questions.


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    Isn't "me" time just the best? When you’re alone, you can do anything your heart desires, and the best part is no one—not your friends, roommates or SO—will be there to judge you or complain about it. So for those times when your roommate goes home for the weekend, your friends have to work, your SO has to cram or you just want some time to yourself, here are 14 things you can do all by your fabulous self when you’re flying solo.

    1. Wander around a bookstore

    Bookstores are best enjoyed alone. This way you can traipse through the charming literary aisles at your leisure, thumbing through as many books and magazines as you possibly can and daydreaming about being a part of all the beautiful stories on those shelves. That sounds like a pretty stellar way to spend the day in our book (too much?).

    2. Chill out at a coffee shop

    Who said you can’t have an amazing hangout sesh all on your own at your favorite coffee shop? Order your favorite brew, find a seat and just chill. Coffee shops are some of the best places for people-watching. Or you could always bring along that new book you just bought…

    3. Netflix marathon and snacks

    Some days, what we want more than anything is just to turn on some Netflix and binge our current TV obsession. We all know it’s not a true marathon unless snacks are involved, though. So bring out the candy and cookies, and let’s get it going.

    4. Go to a museum

    Going to a museum with other people is fun, but going to a museum by yourself is relaxing. You can take however much time you want to walk through, without having to worry about matching another person’s pace. Mariel Tishma, a sophomore at Columbia College Chicago, enjoys going solo to museums. “I can look at weird art and not wonder if I’m lingering too long on something or if the other person is bored,” she says. Museums are also a great place to just be. Like Mariel says, “It’s just a time to be quiet and not think, so it’s also meditative in a way.”

    5. Drive around pretending to be a pop star

    True freedom is being able to drive around town with the windows rolled down belting Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together,” Sia’s “Chandelier” or pretty much any Adele song and not caring at all that the guy in the car next to you is giving you a weird look. Obviously, he’s just jealous because you’re having a blast. Let me live!

    6. Pamper yourself

    Having a spa day with your girls is great. But having a spa day with your #1 girl (yourself) is priceless and seriously necessary. Whip out the luxurious lotions, cozy candles and pretty polishes to give yourself the treatment you deserve. Complete the package with your favorite playlist of soothing songs. We’re feeling relaxed just thinking about it.

    Related: 5 Spa Treatments You Can Do in Your Dorm

    7. Have a solo dance party

    Blast your favorite anthems until your neighbors/roommate(s) beat on the door, and then turn the music up louder! Just kidding, don’t do that. But you should dance your heart out all around your room. If you’re feeling ambitious, look up some choreography on YouTube and try it out; then make up your own. Your friends will be way impressed the next time you all go out dancing.

    8. Shop ‘til you drop

    It’s great to go shopping with your friends, your sister or your mom…until it isn’t. You know that feeling when you’re exhausted from having shopped for three hours and just want to go home, but the person you’re with is just warming up? Yeah, that doesn’t happen when you shop by yourself. Plus, you can try on all the clothes you want without feeling like you’re making your friends wait on you. AND you don’t have to go into the stores your friends like just because they went into the stores you like. Win-win-win.

    9. Go see a movie by yourself

    Pick a movie, any movie. You can get your ugly cry on with a super tragic love story or laugh until you can’t feel your face in a ridiculous comedy. The first time you go to a movie on your own can be scary, but once you do it, you’ll feel empowered.

    You might even discover you enjoy going to the movies alone so much you make it a regular thing, like Sydnee Lyons, a first-year graduate student at Florida Atlantic University. “I love going to the movies by myself! 10/10 would recommend," says Sydnee. "It's something I started doing during my undergrad program to unwind. I'd go on a weekday at a really off time, when there were probably one or two other people in the theater. It's been two years since I graduated and I still do this. Honestly, I find the whole experience really peaceful. Plus, it's a bonus that I don't have to compromise on the movie or snack choices!”

    No matter what you choose, you’ll feel liberated knowing that you don’t need an SO—or even your girls for that matter—to take you on a nice little movie date; you can do it yourself and love it.

    10. Show your skin some love

    In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we’re not always as diligent as we should be about taking care of our skin properly. So with your newfound free time, make a date with your skin and really pull out all the stops. We’re talking face mask, cleanser, moisturizer, spot treatment—the works. Your skin will thank you.

    11. Take some pics, but not ​for social media

    When was the last time you took a picture of something just because? Not for Insta, Snapchat or Facebook but for you and you alone. You don’t need a fancy camera; just take your phone and photograph something that stands out to you. Maybe it’s the neighbor’s cat that always ends up at your doorstep or the ramen you meticulously prepared. Whatever it is, snap a pic of it, edit it if you want to and then sort it into a special album on your phone that’s just for you—not for social media. We’re telling you, it’s so cathartic to have something that’s only for your eyes.

    12. Go wo​​rk out

    There are few things that feel as productive as a solid workout. Getting to pop your headphones in and focus solely on you for anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour is seriously amazing.

    “I love working out alone," says Rachel Petty, a junior at James Madison University. "It gets my mind off anything that’s stressing me out and I just get to have some alone time."

    Workouts are the perfect place to spend some quality time checking in with yourself. Not only are you paying attention to your body physically, but you’re also paying attention to your mental health by allowing yourself this time to organize your thoughts.

    13. Go out to eat as a proud, independent woman  

    One of the scariest abilities to master is the art of going out to eat alone and enjoying it. When you’re at a restaurant and you look around and only see couples, it can be kind of disheartening. But, it can also be super empowering to realize you are your favorite person, and how do we show our favorite people how much we care about them? By taking them out to dinner. So head to that new Thai place you’ve been dying to try or the pizza place that serves pies fit for a goddess. If there’s delicious food involved, we’re pretty sure it’ll be a good time.

    14. Do that one thing you never do, but always want to  

    What’s that one thing that you always think about doing? Maybe it’s learning to sew, organizing your closet, signing up for a dance class or finally finishing that book you started last year. Whatever that thing (or multiple things) is for you, do it! Now that you’ve got some time to yourself, just really go for it. Think about how proud of yourself you’ll be when you accomplish that thing that’s been sitting in your mind for forever.

    No matter who you are, we all need some alone time here and there. Who knows, maybe you’ll even discover something new about yourself. College should be about discovering and creating your favorite version of you, something that can be done best when you take some time out to just focus on you