Saturday, November 29, 2014

Drinking Age

In 1984, Congress passed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, which required states to raise their ages for purchase and public possession to 21 by October 1986 or lose 10% of their federal highway funds.

Seeing as I've had a lot of free time with my family recently, I've heard some interesting viewpoints on topics of discussion.
Here's some food for thought on the drinking age:
If I'm a legal adult, and I can enlist for the army or be tried as an adult, should I not be treated like an adult and have all the perks of adulthood (i.e, drinking)?
I may have slightly reworded it, but you get the idea. What my brother was saying is that if 18 year-olds are treated like an adult in some ways, they should be an adult overall. That if they can  have jury duty, they should be able to drink.
Another point on why the drinking age should be lowered:
Increasing the drinking age has not been effective in preventing college kids from drinking. There are still 21 year-olds in college, and they just pass along the alcohol.
So what do you think now?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Why I Take So Long in the Bathroom

Sometimes I'll take forever in the bathroom, and people ask why. This post was inspired by a topic at Thanksgiving dinner: taking forever in the bathroom. Apparently it runs in the family.
I can't speak for anyone else, but here's my two main reasons:

  • It's alone time. Sometimes I need a break from hanging out with friends or classes.
  • I like to take my time. Why rush when I don't have to?
The second reason is pretty self-explanatory. But as for the first reason, if you're not like me you might be wondering why I need so much alone time.
Well, I don't really need that much alone time, I just need a few minutes every once in a while. Here's my thought process:
  1. Okay, I'm already here, now I'm done, what am I gonna do now?
  2. I don't want to leave yet.
  3. Leaving means going back to class and my brain is full for the day.
  4. *sigh* I'm so tired. And school is so boring.
  5. Okay, I guess I should go back now. *washes hands and walks back as slowly as possible*

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Abortion

Pro-choice or pro-life?
I was discussing this on a girls' forum app, and some great points were brought up.

Pro-choice
  • "If you call yourself pro life should you not be pro-life to every living creature on this planet? If you're not than that's very hypocritical. You're simply pro-fetus and that's fine, but don't preach to people who are pro-choice about how cruel and heartless we are."
  • "I don't believe people should be using abortion as a method of birth control, but I also don't believe abortion should be banned altogether."
  • "I believe that abortion is wrong, but I don't think it should be illegal. The government has no right telling someone what to do or not to do with their bodies."
  • "Our population is growing wildly and we don't need any more humans."
  • "I'd rather the baby not be born than risk having a life of poverty, etc."
  • "Putting the baby up for adoption isn't completely safe. Some adopted parents abuse their children, or they never get adopted."
  • "The baby isn't alive yet, so you aren't taking a life. The baby doesn't have feelings, so it couldn't decide for itself to live or not."
Pro-life
  • "Promote other options, like adoption."
  • "Animals are here for eating. They don't apply to abortion.
  • "A baby shouldn't have to die because of someone else's mistakes."
  • "Who am I to judge our population?"
  • "The baby may be alive, depending on how far in the pregnancy you are."
So I think it's obvious that I'm pro-choice. What are you?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

My Pinterest account!

Follow Julia's board Earrings on Pinterest.

That's my "Earrings" board on Pinterest. I found so many cute/artsy earrings on Pinterest, and I even found tons of cat earrings! Aren't they adorable?
I have a post on my Ear Piercing Horror Story, which was the first time I got my ears pierced.
I just wanted to show you my adorable Pinterest board.

Rejecting Suggestions

I hate it when you're I'm editing someone's paper and they act like their paper is perfect and reject all my suggestions.
  • Don't you want to improve your paper? Don't you want my help? Because if you don't, I'll gladly go get a cup of hot cocoa from the cafeteria instead. Just let me know.
  • Beause I'm over here asking if you think my paper is okay and you're shooting out suggestions like a machine gun, as if my paper sucks and is in need of tons of improvement, and your paper is perfect as it is?
  • It bugs the crap out of me because they're acting like they're so superior, even though I'm just trying to edit their paper! If you don't want me to edit your paper, just let me know!
  • Because let me tell you something. My spelling is 1000x better than yours so SHUT UP.
  • And the worst thing is when they spell something wrong and don't believe that they're wrong. HELLO, look it up! I know how to spell.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Asking for Favors

I despise asking people for favors. I have two main reasons.

  1. I am shy. It's difficult for me to talk to people in the first place, so asking them to do stuff for me is even worse.
  2. It makes me feel weak, like I need that person. I don't like being dependent on someone. I want to be independent and self-sufficient.
However, I do like being asked for a favor because it makes me feel needed.
So I want other people to need me, but I don't want to need other people.
I guess I just like to fend for myself. Not have to need anyone else. That's why I hate group projects. I'd rather just do it all myself, so nobody will argue with me and I can get credit for everything.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

How to be a good person.

This might seem a little stupid. For example, when someone says, "Just be nice!" it sounds pretty self-explanatory. However, a lot of people (myself included) struggle with this day to day.
Disclaimer: I'm not an expert or anything, and I'm not always nice. But when I am nice, this is how.

  1. When friends get in an argument, don't take sides. Try to be neutral and unbiased. This way, neither friend will get mad at you.
  2. Disagree gently. If you disagree with something someone says, insetad of saying "you're wrong! This is the right answer," say "I think the answer is this, but that makes sense too." Or "I understand where you're coming from, but I think that..."
  3. Be polite.
  4. Just be nice, in the classic sense. Pick up people's pens for them, hold doors for them, help them with things, etc.
  5. Don't act superior to other people (even if you think you are). This makes you appear vain and mean.
  6. Avoid drama. Yeah I don't follow this one. You should avoid drama as in "but Becky said this!" but if your friend did something that upset you, let them know without making a big deal out of it.
  7. Don't make a mountain out of an anthill. There's no reason to blow issues out of proportion. If you do want to mention something to your friend, don't make it a bigger problem than it has to be.
  8. Don't be stubborn. Just because you're nice doesn't mean you have to be a pushover, that's true, but it definitely doesn't mean you have to be stubborn to protect yourself from people being mean to you. Being stubborn is NOT a route to becoming a nice person.
  9. Don't gossip. It's impossible, so I suggest you ignore this one.

Calling People Ugly

I have a few main reasons why I think it's wrong for someone to call another person "ugly." It really bugs me when I hear someone say someone else is ugly, because of these reasons.
Disclaimer: nobody has directly called my ugly to my face recently. I'm just using myself as an example.

1 - Nobody is ugly.
It's true. I agree, some people reeeeeally need to pluck their eyebrows--and if they did, they'd be a lot prettier. Or if they weren't wearing orange lipstick and the wrong shade of foundation, that would help too. But as for the big picture, if you can ignore that stuff, everyone is pretty. I never look at someone and say, "wow, she's ugly." I do look at someone and say "wow she needs to pluck her eyebrows" but that's another topic for another day.

2 - Who are you to judge that?
As if you're perfect yourself? Who are you to tell me how pretty or not pretty I am? Did I ask you? No, didn't think so.

3 - It's not a fact.
Everyone sees beauty differently. Someone who you might think is "ugly," someone else might think they're gorgeous. People say "she's ugly" as if it's a fact. But really, beauty is not black and white. It's not like math, where 2+2 always equals 4.

4 - They're getting hung up on one feature.
I'm sorry if I have a little acne, so shoot me! I'm sorry if I have a big nose. I got news for you, it's too big for me too. But that doesn't make me ugly. Clearly you're looking at one feature, when there are other things about me that are better.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

First Impression: Maybelline Brow Drama

Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara
in Soft Brown

As soon as I saw this in my November Teen Vogue, I instantly knew I had to have it. I've always been dying for the Benefit tinted brow gel, but it's $30 so I decided against it. But now that there's a Maybelline dupe for $8, hell yeah I got it.

Before:
(the pictures look weird because they're taken from the side to get a more accurate representation of what they look like.)


After:
(sorry, the lighting is different so my face looks more pink than yellow. It's just the lighting, I promise.)


Okay, so here's the meat of the review. I'll tell you what I like about it and what I don't.

Pros:

  • It gives a more natural look. If you're looking for a more refined look, I recommend brow pencil. If you want something in between, try brow powder.
  • It is a LOT less time consuming. Seriously, it took me maybe 1 minute to do and then I was done. I usually spend up to 15 minutes on my eyebrows in the morning with brow powder, trying to get the shape just right, which is detrimental to my morning routine. I miss the bus on a weekly basis.
  • It has a multi purpose. It tints your eyebrows (changes the color), makes them appear fuller, and keeps the hairs from going all over the place.
Cons:
  • You need to clean up the edges with a Q-tip and liquid makeup remover, because the gel gets on other smaller hairs that I missed during plucking but I don't necessarily want to highlight by covering them in tinted gel.
  • You better get the shape right when you're plucking, because filling them in with this method won't put color in places where you actually have no hair. But you can always go in with a brow powder at the end if you want.
  • It makes your eyebrows hard, as if you were using cheap hairspray on them. However, that's why they stay in place. With brow powder or pencil, you have the option to not use clear brow gel on top, to keep them soft and realistic.
  • It wasn't true to color. The color is called "soft brown" and on the package, it looks like it would be perfect for dirty blondes, but I'm dirty blonde/brunette and it's a little dark.
  • It only comes in 3 shades. If you're a redhead or have black hair, good luck to you.

Overall:
  • Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes, definitely! I have this friend who always complains about how light her eyebrows are (in color), and this would be perfect for her.
  • Are you going to use it every day? YES. It will be an awesome time saver.