Your November Beautyscopes Are Here!
(March 21 to April 19)
Everyone strives to find the haircut that works for you, but it seems like you've become a little too reliant on your standard look. Mix things up a bit, Aries—your fiery personality is begging for some experimentation. Read up on trends and get the beauty ball rolling again. Change is good.
(April 20 to May 20)
Is the whole beauty thing boring you, Taurus? It’s time to lighten things up. Get yourself excited about the fun of primping by buddying up with a friend who's got an eye for what works. Schedule a fun makeup counter day with a pal and have a go at playing around with shadows, highlighters, and lippies. You'll end the day with a smile, for sure.
(May 21 to June 20)
Piling on the makeup can leave you looking 10 years older than you actually are. It's time to strip things down and go for a dewy, fresh-faced look. Leave the heavy mascara and smoky eyes for special occasions and wear your youth proudly for your everyday face. There's a reason why the no-makeup look works!
(June 21 to July 22)
It's time to take charge of your own beauty arsenal, which may either be getting out of hand (is your stash spilling all over your sink?) or is in sore need of an update. Go to the trenches and get organizing. Throw out anything that’s expired and make a To Buy list of what to restock. Beware of shopping distractions! Get the important stuff done first.
(July 23 to August 22)
Creativity is calling you this month. Think of the fine details—they can make a huge difference. Whether it's updating your nighttime routine, or switching your side part, you don't have to do a lot to get great results. We're willing to bet that with practice, you could get that liquid eyeliner perfect in just one stroke.
(August 23 to September 22)
When was the last time you took a real, hard look at your reflection, Virgo? It can be challenging to stare ourselves in the face because it can make us feel vulnerable—it's also when our inner critic likes to come out to play. This month, find one thing you love about the way you look everyday. Smile at yourself in the mirror. Practice self-love.
(September 23 to October 22)
You're going to need to give yourself some spa day pampering if you're ever going to make it through the busy holiday season. Stock up on the face masks, get some super hydrating foot lotion (and socks!) and save at least one weekend for some intense relaxation at home. You deserve it.
(October 23 to November 21)
We tend to work our hands and feet super hard everyday and barely give them the TLC they need. Before your digits give in to dry skin, messed up cuticles, and discoloration, take some preventative measures and tote a nourishing hand cream with you wherever you go. Schedule a mani-pedi—show them some love.
(November 22 to December 21)
Have you ever just sat around with all your makeup and played? Halloween may be over, but that doesn't mean you can't channel different personalities through makeup. Throw a beauty sleepover with your pals and experiment on looks that inspire you. Who knows? You could leave the night with a brand new look and fresh inspiration.
(December 22 to January 19)
Are breakouts bothering you? Instead of adding more potions and lotions to your routine, it's time to strip everything dow. Go for ultra basic, dermatologist-approved, fragrance-free products and see how your skin magically begins to clear up. Sometimes, it’s best to get back to what the doctor ordered.
(January 20 to February 18)
There's no better season than this time of year to bring out the drama, full stop. Add a bit of mystery to your look with some smudged out liners, deep berry lipsticks, and pale skin. Get your tips and toes to match with black polish, and your inner goth will be ready to take over.
(February 19 to March 20)
Let your girly side take flight this month by playing with the sweetest pinks, peaches and glitter. Have fun playing up the romance. Spend some extra time with the hair iron to put in some waves in your hair, swipe some cherry lip gloss on, or add some sparkle to your usual cream polish. November is calling you to show your softer side.
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The journey of how I won people’s hearts by having a winning heart
Whatever happens tonight, I am a winner. That was the last line I delivered in front of the roaring crowd. My knees were trembling and my smile was shaking. I wanted to radiate confidence but I knew inside me were whirling storms of uncertainty. I wasn’t sure how to carry on for the rest of the night, it was only the first hour and my soul was already exhausted. I stood in front of an unfamiliar sea of people, I felt uncomfortable as they fixed their glances on me. The stage was bright and flashy as my co-contestants glazed the platform with outstanding physique and beauty. I couldn’t look straight at them because every time I did, a bucketful of insecurity was being poured on me. The whole pageant took about a few hours but it felt like eternity to me. I repeatedly asked myself questions every single time I stood on that platform. My vision was impaired by the blinding spotlights and all I could hear were the deafening roar of the audience combined with the booming music of the event. My head was filled with questions like “why are you here?”, “Will you be okay?” What will others think of you?” “What if you fail?”. Every step was heavier as I continued to overthink.
For a moment on stage, I felt like I was floating. I was staring blankly at the end of the gymnasium. I was awakened by the loud cheer from the front row, I fixed my glance and saw large letters A-B-Y. it was like a snap to reality, I realized that’s my name. This time I could hear the synchronized cheers of people screaming my name. I smiled, walked away from the spotlight as I whispered to myself “let’s do this”. As the curtains opened, I walked towards the stage I felt lighter and different from the person a while ago. Walking was much easier and my knees weren’t trembling any longer. I stood at the edge of the stage, wandered my glance, and smiled genuinely. Flashing those pearly whites took barrels of longtime stored courage from within me. I marveled at how I could see the rainbow in the lights, the spotlights weren’t blinding anymore.
My feet started stomping to the music every time I pose and my hips would flawlessly sway to the music. The roar of the audience was overwhelming no more, it was like whispers lost in the beat of the music. I knew as I stood there, all I needed to do was smile and be myself. My name was called accompanied by the thunderous applause and booming cheers of the crowd. I stood there alongside with other contestants. I was holding a bouquet and a trophy. I could feel the heavy crown on top of my head. However, the trophy beside me was much bigger, the lady beside me wore an even flashier crown, it was the crown of the titleholder. That night I landed the first runner-up spot. My head was filled with “what ifs”. What if I did just a little better, what if I exerted more effort and so on.
As I stepped down on stage, several people rushed to me. They were jumping, screaming and clapping. It was so chaotic that it took me a millennium to recognize them, it was my family. They were hugging me from all directions. When I saw their smiles I knew I did great. I realized that was what I meant when I said “whatever happens tonight I am a winner”. Their presence, genuine smiles, and warm hugs meant more than the trophy and sash that night. For them, I was a star who shined through the darkness of the night. Before leaving the venue, a hand tapped me from behind “Congrats,” she whispered I turned to see her, and to my surprise she was a schoolmate who used to tease me because of my chubby physique.
I smiled as I expressed my gratitude towards her. As I walked away, I realized that I accomplished something legendary that night. I was able to showcase that pageants are not only for thin-looking, tall people. I managed to snatch everyone’s attention with this average height and chubby body. That night started with so much uncertainty and insecurity. As I stared at my reflection, I looked exhausted but I was wearing a different smile. A smile of victory and bravery. A smile that defeated the stereotypes and stigma about people like me. That night ended with a realization that maybe winning isn’t always about winning the crown, it’s about winning people’s hearts and having a winning heart.
I've always wanted to open an online business for me and my mom. My mom is a great cook and baker. So this quarantine, I've decided to finally create an instagram page and a facebook page for our business called Mars' Kitchenette. We offer various kinds of dishes like Lasagna, Tuna Pesto, Carbonara, Palabok, and the crowd's favorite, Brazo Cups. We are planning to expand our business by gradually adding dishes to our Menu. We just started yet we already have so many inquiries and orders. I am happy that me and my mom's hobby and bonding time, can actually make a profit. Visit our social media sites: Facebook page : mars_kitchenette Instagram: @mars_kitchenette Hit Like and Follow us!
5 Mystery-Thriller Novels to Read
If you’re stuck at home and out of Netflix shows to binge-watch, then you might want to try and read these mystery-thriller books to match your homemade Dalgona Coffee.
1. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
The debut novel, and Goodreads Choice Awards Best Mystery & Thriller of 2019, follows Alicia Berenson, a well-known painter married to an esteemed fashion photographer. Life seemed perfect for Alicia, until one evening when she shot her husband five times, and… never spoke again.
2. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
From the author of Final Girls comes this page turning novel about an infamous building in Manhattan called the Bartholomew. After stumbling upon an ad to become an apartment sitter, Jules Larsen has set out to look after apartment 12A under strict and somewhat odd conditions. Not long after stepping foot in the building, Jules has been met with unfriendly tenants, eerie noises in the apartment unit, and an abrupt departure of a fellow sitter named Ingrid.
3. The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
If you loved Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho or David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, then this book is for you. After the disappearance of her Aunt Vivian while working as a night-shift clerk at the Sun Down Motel in 1982, Carly has set off to Fell NY, to work the same job at the same place as her Aunt had 35 years ago – with hopes of uncovering the truth lurking behind the Motel walls.
4. Verity by Colleen Hoover
While known for Young-Adult Novels such as Slammed and Maybe Someday, Colleen Hoover offers readers a romantic thriller about Lowen Ashleigh, a struggling author who was given the opportunity to finish the three remaining novels of a successful series after its original author, Verity Crawford, suffered an accident and has become immobile. After receiving an invite at the Crawford manor to sort through Verity’s notes, Lowen discovers an unpublished autobiography revealing the truth about Verity. With the eerie atmosphere of having Verity confined in her own home, and who is seemingly aware of her surroundings, Lowen is certain Verity is not what she appears to be.
5. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
A mind-bending science fiction thriller from the best-selling author of Wayward Pines – Dark Matter is packed with the concept of the Multiverse and the philosophy of existentialism. The novel follows an ordinary Physics professor, Jason Dessen, who was looking forward to dinner with his family while walking the streets of Chicago. The next thing he knew, he was being held at gunpoint – by a man wearing a mask – and injected with an unknown drug and blacks out. When he regains consciousness, he learns that the world he woke up to was different from the world he knew.