Makeup Changing the Face of Poverty

I have been blessed with an education, wonderful friends, a job and a family who provides me support both emotionally and financially.  Unfortunately, many women around the world are faced with the harsh reality of poverty.  However, there is a way for these women to feel independent, strong and beautiful all through the use of makeup. Selling cosmetics, such as Avon, and becoming entrepreneurs allows women to earn money and thrive on their own.  What Avon and these women have done is truly inspiring.

Avon sells more than beauty products.  Avon gives any woman the opportunity to earn money, work at their convenience, make connections and be their own boss.  As we all know, makeup can change our appearance drastically, but the fact it change the world is incredible.

In a three year study conducted in low-income parts of South Africa, Oxford business professors, Linda Scott and Catherine Dolan, learned poor women who started working for Avon became significantly more financially independent and secure.  Worldwide the company sold more than $11 billion in cosmetics in 2011.  The money earned for selling products we take for granted, such as lipstick, eye shadow, nail polish, helped a woman facing poverty pay for food, water and shelter.

Avon is giving women the chance to be their own person while also selling a product which makes others feel beautiful.  The stories of poverty are traumatic, but the stories of women who rise above and become their own boss is exciting and uplifting.  According to the study, women living in South Africa made about 900 rand ($110) a month.  Those working for Avon, however, made up to 1,400 rand per month after working for the company a little over a year!

Clearly makeup is a powerful tool.  Makeup provides women confidence not just physically, but financially.  Other businesses are following Avon and helping women facing poverty feel more empowered and self-sufficient.   Let’s see where else makeup can take us!

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Valentine’s Day L-O-V-E

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Whether you’re going out with your significant other or a group of girls, keep the eye makeup light and simple. I’m working tonight and seeing Endless Love with some of my girl friends after, but I still like to play around with my makeup and hair for today. Today is all about being fun and flirty. I love my pink and nude colors from my Urabn Decay Palette! Apply two coats of mascara to make your eye lashes extra long and flirtatious. Carefully add a swipe of liquid eyeliner to your lids to make your eyes really stand out (a winged look is always fun and engaging.) Don’t forget to brush on some soft pink blush for a soft, light finish. Add a pink or red color to your lips and you’re ready for Valentine’s Day! If you’re staying in tonight, pamper yourself with a nice facial mask or manicure.

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History of Makeup

At my school there is no History of Makeup class, although I believe there should be. Women began beautifying with cosmetics and other enhancers in ancient civilizations. Of course, in 10,000 B.C.E. Cover Girl and Maybelline products weren’t around. However, all around the world, women created their own makeup; from eye shadows to lip stains to foundations these women made cosmetic products out of their natural resources. So beauties let’s take a trip back to ancient times and learn how these women influenced how we look and do our own makeup today!


When I think of Egypt the first person that comes to my mind is Cleopatra. Looking at pictures of her you can see even she liked to play up her eyes and lips! Egyptian women made their own cosmetics out of natural products, such as copper, lead, ore and malachite to add more of a lively color to their face. The most notable product, for both men and women, was kohl. When applied to the eyes kohl, a blend of metal, led, copper, ash, and burnt almonds, added the almond shape and dark eyes Egyptians are famous for.


In Asia women were notable for their fingernails and luscious color. Chinese women stained their fingernails with secretions from plants, gel, beeswax and egg. Painted fingernails represented royalty; the Cho dynasty wore rich colors such as red, gold and silver. Similar to other ancient societies, a whiter complexion portrayed status and royalty. For a more porcelain look, Chinese and Japanese women applied a rice powder foundation to their face.

Greece is renowned for their statues. Women tried to mimic these statues by whitening their complexion with chalk and face powder made from lead. To make their lips stand out from their statuesque complexion, women smeared on lipstick made from clay mixed with red iron.

Roman women knew a thing or two about primping. Extravagant hairstyles and elegant makeup symbolized status and royalty in ancient Rome. Influenced by Egyptians, Romans applied a green dye from the stone malachite for eye makeup.

Intricate makeup is not just for the face. In India and parts of Africa women painted henna on their hands and feet. Henna is extracted from plants leaves and when mixed with water can be applied to the body in complex, yet beautiful designs for all to see.

What’s your culture famous for?

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Teeth Whitening

What’s the first feature you notice about someone you just met? Do you notice their piercing blue eyes, their long, luscious locks, or their perfectly shaped eyebrows? For me it’s the smile and teeth. Nothing is more attractive than pearly whites and good dental hygiene. I’m not the only one who agrees, in fact, 96% of adults agree a whiter, brighter smile is more alluring when trying to attract someone you’re interested in. The quirks in a smile, such as a gap or braces, make a person unique and beautiful! What aren’t beautiful are yellow teeth. DIY and at home teeth whitening are a simple solution for the beauties on a budget.

As we get older our teeth become more sensitive. American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry states genetics, antibiotics and certain foods and drinks are all factors affecting a dull, lusterless smile. As a college student I feel as if I always need caffeine—I love my coffee and soda! But all the sugars and dark liquids really take a toll on my smile. Professional teeth whitening can cost anywhere from $300 to $800. Crest White strips, depending on which box you buy, can cost over $50.

My beauty steal: Plus White Premier Speed Whitening Gel.

The gel is sold in drug stores, I found mine in RiteAid, and sells for $8. The gel can be applied with a cotton swab, mouth guard or toothbrush (I found the best method to be on a cotton swab). Simply apply the gel to your teeth for five minutes, ten minutes for more difficult spots, rinse with cool water and brush normally. Don’t forget to floss!

Add a pop of color to your lips to make your pearly whites really stand out!
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