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Secrets of Beauty Junkie: 5 Beauty Tips for Finals Week


As finals and project deadlines approach, most CMU students find themselves spending more time on work than taking care of themselves.  Makeup disappears from the faces of CMU girls, and sweatpants are the norm.  Inevitably, we then run into the guy we like in Hunt or at Starbucks.  Prevent that awkward moment of seeing him, or anyone for that matter, when you look less than your best with my tips for quick, easy finals week skincare and makeup:

1. Get enough sleep (or at least fake it).  I know it seems impossible to get enough sleep during finals week, but remember, you will focus better if you sleep at least 7 or 8 hours, and you won’t risk getting sick either.  On the beauty end of things, not getting enough sleep leads to dark circles that are hard to cover up, as well as a less bright complexion in the morning.  If you must run on less than 7 hours of sleep, use tea bags or Clinique all about eyes serum, as well as brightener under the eyes.  For the sake of you and everyone around you, please don’t leave the dorm looking like a zombie when it only takes a few minutes to make yourself look awake. 


2.  Use mascara.  Not wearing makeup makes people think you don’t care about your appearance.  Even if it is finals week, there’s no excuse for not taking the time in the morning to at least throw on a little mascara.  No only does it make you look more awake, but mascara takes less than two minutes to apply a couple of coats, and you’ll look like you made an effort. 


3. Use a mask.  Masks are a great way to improve your skin, and you can do one while you study in your room (don’t do this in Hunt) or eat your breakfast.  If you have oily skin, use a mud mask.  If you have dry skin, use a hydrating one.  Brightening masks with vitamin C are great for everyone, especially when sleep is at a premium and skin looks dull.

4. Paint your nails during a study break.  It only takes about 15 or 20 minutes, and you’ll feel so much happier when you look down and see a bright color during your exam.  Painting nails is relaxing, too, since it lets you focus on just one thing for the moment and completely clear your mind.  Remember, greens and blues have a calming effect!


5. Study outside (don’t forget the SPF).  Flagstaff Hill in Schenley Park is a great study spot for CMU students.  The vitamin D from the sun is good for you in so many ways, and you won’t be left looking like the ghost of Hunt Library when summer comes.  Besides, who doesn’t want to work on their tan while they study?  Make sure to use an SPF of at least 15 (higher if you have fair skin), and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.  Enjoy the only few weeks of sunshine Pittsburgh has to offer while it lasts!

I am a junior Materials Science and Engineering mjaor at Carnegie Mellon University, and I am also minoring in Professional Writing and Business. I am a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma.  I love TV and trying out new beauty products.  I follow E! on Twitter so that I can stay up-to-date on celebrity news.  I'm royal-obsessed, and I love Kate Middleton's style.  I'm kind of a Sephora addict, and I could easily spend hours there.  I also spend way too much time on Pinterest.  Finally, I love hockey and all Pittsburgh sports. 
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