Your October Beauty Horoscopes are Here!
(March 21 to April 19)
It's time to hit pause on the makeup shopping for a minute, Aries. Put your virtual dermatologist lab coat on and observe what works and what doesn't on your skin. Strip down your stash to just the products that get you glowing from within. Do away with the unnecessary.
Try: The Therapy Moisture Blending Formula Cream, The Face Shop
(April 20 to May 20)
Who says you have to figure out your best look all on your own? Take your best pal with you when you're out to get that drastic cut (she can give your stylist the evil eye in case he tries something out of whack). Transform your home into spa central and hold a mani-pedi party for you and your gals.
Try: Miracle Gel, Sally Hansen
(May 21 to June 20)
Trouble sleeping at night? Make a ritual out of getting ready for bed and give yourself the best ZZZs of your life. Spark up some scented candles, put on a facemask while watching your fave show on Netflix, slather your heels with a rich foot cream and enjoy the process. Make bed time appealing and it'll give you sweet dreams right back.
Try: Shea Butter foot cream, L'Occitane
(June 21 to July 22)
Period pains giving you a headache out of nowhere? Did a zit show up unexpectedly? No need to be a drama queen about it. Tap into your inner Beyoncé and slay the unspeakable annoyances with confidence. Assemble your emergency beauty toolkit and arm yourself with the stuff that can take care of the worst surprises possible.
(July 23 to August 22)
Lacking beauty inspiration? You've got a wealth of information at the tip of your fingers. Subscribe to a new beauty channel on YouTube, add an app to your smartphone, read reviews on the latest shades. You don’t have to be stuck in a rut. If you're tired of the same old look, make a move to shake things up.
(August 23 to September 22)
Even the best of us gets hit by beauty boo-boos (just run through any red carpet and you're bound to find a faux pas somewhere). Don't be so down on yourself for cutting your bangs too short, forgetting to shave on the one day you decide to go sleeveless. The great thing about beauty is you can start fresh with a new perspective any time.
(September 23 to October 22)
Kylie lip kits work because they’ve pair essentials you can’t resist. This month urges you, dear Libra, to find your perfect beauty partner. Whether it's a wear-anywhere gloss that works when you’re dressed up or down, or a multi-purpose blush you can pat on your lips for a pop of color, something that offers double duty is always worthwhile.
Try: V Face Blush Contour, Maybelline
(October 23 to November 21)
When things go awry IRL, you can always trust a beauty fix to make you feel better (even for a moment). What gives you an instant feel-good boost? Stuff your purse pocket with these essentials and get your fix anywhere. Even a small can of breath mints, a spritz of your fave scent or a quick brow shape-up can make your day better.
Try: Flaunt, Penshoppe
(November 22 to December 21)
Check your beauty stash for the underdog you may have been ignoring these last few weeks and put it back in rotation. When we're so set on getting on trend, we forget what's always worked for us through the years. Give your old standby a new lease on life and give yourself a chance to freshen up your look.
(December 22 to January 19)
You've been in your comfort zone way too long, Capricorn. Sure, those earthy shades look good on you but it wouldn't hurt to try something new. Switch up your liner to a bold shade that'll make your brown peepers pop. Mix up your polish and go for a surprising color combination. Give yourself a much-needed makeover.
Try: Eye Studio Hypersharp wing liner, Maybelline
(January 20 to February 18)
No matter how many layers of primer and foundation we plan on piling on, nothing beats beauty that starts from the inside. Give your skin the reset it needs—keep yourself hydrated, get the rest and sleep you know you need, and keep yourself protected from sun damage. When you get your skin routine right, and everything else follows.
Try: Skin relief after-sun gel, Celeteque
(February 19 to March 20)
Fast fashion and inexpensive trends are fun to play around with, but as you're building your beauty stash, also consider shelling out a bit more for products that you know are worth the investment. If you've ever craved a cult classic (maybe a MAC lipstick or a Deborah Lippman limited edition shade), it's time to consider saving for the real deal instead of a dupe.
What're you up to today? Submit your OOTD, fanfic, essay, school project, org event, a pic of your latest hobby, or anything you want to be posted on the Candy Bulletin page!
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.