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5 Beauty Trends That Are Worth the Hype

Hello, trendy lady! Worried about trying new beauty tools? I feel you. Here are some beauty trends that I have tried that have not only lived up to the hype but changed my beauty routine for the better.


1. Glass Nail Files

If you’re like me, and fake nails just aren’t for you, then taking care of your God-given nails is a top beauty priority, and a big part of nail maintenance is filing. What we don’t think about is the fact that emery boards are essentially glorified sandpaper. All the filing creates little fissures in the nail which causes breaking. Glass nail files actually fuse the layers of nail together, making your nails stronger. I was worried that the glass wouldn’t have the same filing effect as emery, but I was so excited when my nails became stronger and smoother than ever before!

2. Detangler Brush

My wavy hair typically rebels against brushes. Because of my hair texture, I easily get knots, and once I get them brushed out, my hair is poofy. The dual-heightened bristles of the brush detangle the knots without poofing my waves. Brushing your hair is important because it increases blood flow in the scalp, giving your hair stems needed oxygen and nutrients. It also makes your hair shinier by balancing the head’s natural oils. Brushing my hair with the detangler has decreased my hair frizz and increased the smoothness.

3. Micellar Water

If you’ve heard it once, then you’ve heard it a thousand times, “Take off your makeup before you go to bed.” You trudge to the bathroom, lugging your cleanser and a washcloth and do your best to get the weak water pressure to the right temperature. But did you really take off all your makeup? For the longest time, I thought micellar water was a scam, so when I got it as a gift, I just had to test it. I washed my face like normal. Afterward, I lightly swiped a cotton pad full of micellar water across my face. I was shocked by the amount of leftover makeup I found when I pulled the pad away. Now, I use micellar water to tone and remove leftover oil/makeup before putting on my makeup in the morning. My breakouts have been cut in half, since I started this routine.

4. Lip Exfoliant

Read my lips: cracked! Come summer, come winter, and my lips were cracked. I tried the most luxurious lip balms, but nothing helped. I finally turned to the internet for help. Over and over, I read that I needed to exfoliate my lips, but this felt really counterintuitive to me. My lips were already torn apart. I didn’t need help with that. But my lips got so bad that I figured nothing could make it worse. I got a cheap exfoliator, followed the directions and finished with a thick lip balm. I was stunned by the results! Removing the flaking dead skin cells, my lip balm could soak deep into the healthy tissue. My lips are now lipstick ready!

5. Eye Packs

Wake up with puffy eyes? Keeping a gel eye mask or individual gel eye packs in the fridge is a great way to reduce puffiness in your eyes in the morning. It only takes a few minutes, and it’s a great excuse to spend a few mindful moments in the morning to meditate before starting your busy day. The chill from the packs also helps you to feel awake faster.

Jamison McLean

Chapel Hill '20

Jamison is currently a Junior at UNC Chapel Hill, studying both English/Comparative Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing and Communications with a concentration in Media & Technology Studies and Production. She is also an award-winning poet and short story novelist for her works "This" and "The Ladies of Catville," which were featured in "Writer's Digest" magazine. Apart from writing, her current (and maybe forever) obsessions are Bill Murray, boba, the color pink, "The Great British Baking Show," & Oxford commas.
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