Body Talk

BY: RONNA WHITE

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Today’s society claims that we are more accepting and less judgmental than previous generations, but this can easily be argued. Producer Paula Richer and Ronnie Larsen created “The Vagina Talk Show,” quickly followed by “The Penis Talk Show,” in hopes to create a more sex-positive community.

“We feel that we are doing our part to raise awareness about a human condition - sexuality, that most of us up until now, have felt a lot of shame or guilt around discussing it,” said Richer. Both producers are devoted to Richer’s idea of “edu-tainment.”

Both shows are composed of three women for the vagina portion and three males for the penis portion. Each individual volunteers to display their private body parts while concealing their identity with a sparkling red piece of fabric draped from the top of the stage, just hanging below their collar bones.

The audience is encouraged to ask the “vaginas” and “penises” anything they have ever been curious about or want to know specifically about the performers. The questions range from peering questions of the performer’s sex life, their fantasies, as well as complicated anatomical questions. Larsen said that before the show started he had no idea that women had a completely separate hole strictly for urinating.

Richer wanted to develop a show about human sexuality that was not only interactive and educational but was also lighthearted and potentially humorous. This idea had been germinating for most of her life. She grew up in a traditional, religious family where there was a lot of shame and guilt surrounding sexuality, especially female sexuality. Frankly, she did not agree with the oppression of sexuality.

In the 90’s Richer watched a series on HBO called “Real Sex” that was vignettes of people expressing their sexuality in many different ways. One episode called “Vagina Gazing” showed a woman exposing herself as she allowed people to take a close look at her vulva and ask her questions. Richer thought this idea was brilliant and groundbreaking.

Richer met her co-producer Larsen last year and they immediately started talking about a lively way they could present their ideas of bringing light and acceptance to human sexuality in a unique way.

Their idea turned into a reality when she and Larsen decided to do a peep show. Immediately, they noticed that people were talking to the woman in the box and she was responding back. Larsen asked the audience, “Did you just talk to the vagina? Did it talk back?” The audience started laughing and they realized they were onto something.

“The Vagina Talk Show” began soon after their first two successful peep shows on July 2014, and ran for 12 weeks in Van Nuys, Calif. The show opened in Long Beach on January 10. Both shows are non discriminatory, except audience members must be 18 or older to attend. Other than that, they are completely accepting and welcoming to all genders, sexual orientations, and religions.

The performers are also a very diverse group of individuals who are straight, gay, bi-sexual, polyamorous, pansexual, and more. Richer plans to look for transgender and transsexual performers.

Jason Major, a 39-year-old comedian and host of “Jason Major’s Sex Party” show, performed as one of the “penises” in a previous show.

“My goal is to talk about sex because...sex has become more taboo than it used to be to talk about,” said Major. “While our culture simultaneously embraces certain aspects of sexuality we also don't talk about it and I don't like that. We’re at this tipping point culturally where we have all of this acceptance but we don't want to talk about what that means.”

Laurie Bennett-Cook, a 46-year-old clinical sexologist and former prostitute, was a friend of Richer before she got involved with the show. She could not wait to become a “vagina” in the show because it was an amazing opportunity to educate while normalizing a lot of sexual curiosities, mysteries, and questions.

“It’s not very often that we can have a candid conversation about sexuality,” said Bennett-Cook, “and that people can ask questions and get real answers from another and be rid of the shame and stigma that come around those things.”

The shows are performed at The LGBTQ Center Long Beach, which is a gay and lesbian organization that caters to people of all varying sexual orientations.

Beach Hacks

BY: DANIEL GOLDSBARY

Face Cleansing Tools From Around The House If you’re an all around normal person who cooks eggs for breakfast, drinks tea or coffee, or uses olive oil while cooking, there is absolutely no need to surrender your money to the celebrity-endorsed facial treatment creams or ointments that bombard your late night television viewing. Our average readership is comprised of college students who may be feeling a large dent in their bank accounts. There’s no room in your budget for 30 easy payments of $99.99, and there is definitely no room in your medicine cabinet for the assortment of 10 different wipes, creams, injections, and voodoo dolls. So instead of listening to Adam Levine or Katy Perry, sit down and learn about how you can get that healthy skin using everyday products around your apartment.

Egg Yolk Face Mask

While a regular egg would work just as well, apparently quail egg packs a bigger nutrient punch. But if you can’t track down and ensnare a quail on your down time, store bought chicken eggs are just fine. What you need to do is get two eggs and separate the yolks from the egg whites. Next, mix the yolks with one teaspoon of organic honey and one teaspoon of olive oil. Rinse your face before applying the mixture, and make sure to avoid your eyes and mouth. No one wants a pesky case of salmonella poisoning. Wait 15 minutes before rinsing your face with warm water, and your dry face is on its way to being healthy and moisturized.

Green Tea Bath

It’s time to take some of those tea bags you’ve been storing in the back of your pantry and put them to good use. What you’re going to want to do is fill your tub with piping hot water and place 6 tea bags in the water, then hop in. Wait for about 15 minutes before taking them out. You may continue soaking for as long as you’d like, just remember to moisturize after bathing. If you’d like to get the best version of this you can make a trip to Yunessun Spa Resort in Japan, where you can bathe in a spa adorned with a 2 meter high tea pot.

Coffee Grounds

After making countless cups of coffee, it’s time to use those coffee grounds to help exfoliate your face. Grind some coffee beans until they’re a fine powder. You’ll want to get some olive oil as well. There is a ratio of 3 tablespoon of coffee for every 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Once you have a fine paste, apply it to your face and let it sit for five minutes. Rinse and towel dry your face and voila, exfoliation.

Sun-kissed hair, even through the fall

BY: COLETTE KILLWORTH

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As summer comes to a close and fall creeps up on us, keeping those natural, sun-kissed highlights can seem like quite a feat and can take a huge toll on us dirty blondes. Luckily, there are other inexpensive bleach-free tools to aid our sunshine-deprived manes.  Check out these easy methods! Lemon Juice

While this method works best when used in collaboration with sunlight, it is still an effective solution for lightening dull locks.

How to use: Fill a spray bottle with lemon juice and water. Spray mix on hair in areas that you wish to be lightened. Go outside and enjoy a sunny day!

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea has an incredible way of adding golden tones to hair, while the tea’s natural chemicals and flowers work together to expose and enhance lighter tones in the hair. Added bonus – chamomile can also aid in repairing split ends!

How to use: Boil a bowl of chamomile tea (I suggest using three or four bags).  Let tea cool so that you don’t end up with a burnt scalp! Once cooled, rinse hair with tea, making sure to catch the tea with a second bowl. Use recycled tea to repeat as desired.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon contains a natural peroxide that doesn’t dry out hair. This method takes a little bit longer than others, but if you have a few hours to kill or want to try the method overnight, go ahead and give it a try.

How to use: Cover hair with conditioner. Make a mixture of cinnamon and water. Coat hair with the mixture. Leave in overnight, or for about four hours, and rinse.

Product - John Frieda Go Blonder Shampoo and Conditioner

Okay, so this method is not so much a DIY, but it is cheap and effective! I love this product.  I feel I can visibly notice a difference in my hair after one wash.  Go Blonder shampoo and conditioner lightens and nourishes hair, to keep your locks sun kissed all year.  Plus, it’s only $5.99 at Ulta.  I mean, us college kids love a cheap deal, huh?

How to use: Lather, rinse and repeat. When using conditioner, let sit for two or three minutes before rinsing.

Fall hair and make-up trends to follow

BY: MICHELLE SIEBERT

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Hair and makeup is a way to express one’s individuality and enhance one’s appearance in ways they choose to.  There are many different styles and looks you can try for the fall season. Make-up

If you want to try a full, strong, and bold look for eyebrows, you can create the body by filling in your brow with short strokes.

When applying glittery eye shadow, make sure that the glitter looks diffused and not chunky or patchy.  In order to direct attention on the glitter, make sure the rest of the face is neutral.

Red eye shadow should be applied above the black eye shadow.  The color goes well with any eye color and awakens the black.

A dramatic smoky brown eyes look is soft and sultry.  Blend the shadow all over the lid and all the way up to your eyebrows.  Use the same shade to line the whole eye, then go over it with a medium-size powder brush to soften edges and top it off with mascara and eyeliner along upper and lower lash lines.

A jewel-tone colored eye shadow look is created by blending the shadow into a cat-eye shape, and then work in a frosty shade at the inner corners of the eyes to illustrate brightness.  The color orange for this fall, goes on lips appropriately causing the lips to pop out, it is also a distinctive look.

Make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury says silver eye shadow is “punky and a little futuristic,” according to an allure.com article.  Line your eyes with a gunmetal shade, and then apply the liner over the lids and blend it upwards.  Afterwards, put silver cream shadow in the corners of the eyes.  If you want a shiny look, spread clear gloss over it all.

Hair

Braids, side-swept hair, classic French twist, buns and knots, bob, and braided updo are all trends that are considered in for the fall, so you can consider trying out one of these new hairstyles for the new season.

Halloween Make Up: Chelsea Grin tutorial

BY: MICAYLA VERMEEREN

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Happy October! Halloween is slowly creeping up on us, which means it’s almost time to pick the perfect costume to rock on the 31st. I’m here to share some of my favorite high-impact, low-effort makeup looks that you can use to be the life of the party.  To kick things off, I’ve created a tutorial for my personal favorite—the Chelsea grin! This morbid wound is the calling card for characters like the Joker and the Black Dahlia.

To create this look, you’ll need

  • Liquid latex
  • Blood gel
  • Liquid Foundation
  • Powder
  • A thin makeup brush
  • Q-tips
  • A makeup sponge
  • A stippling sponge
  • A powder brush

Step One: Creating the outline

Using liquid latex and your thin makeup brush, apply an outline of the shape you want your grin to take onto your face, starting at the outer corners of your mouth and extending into your cheeks. It might help to have a reference photo nearby to use as a guide. Start with one layer of the latex, and slowly build on top of that to create a defined ridge. Once you’re satisfied, give the latex a few minutes to dry.

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Step Two: Covering the latex

With the base of your grin in place, you can now move on to evening out the color of the cuts to make it look more realistic. Using your makeup sponge, gently dab a liquid foundation that matches your natural skin tone onto the latex. Since most latex dries white, the outline may show up as a bit lighter than the rest of your skin. That’s okay! Once we apply the blood gel, you won’t be able to notice. Set your foundation by gently applying a similarly colored or translucent powder with a fluffy brush.

Step Three: Get bloody

Here’s where the true Halloween spirit comes into play! Using a Q-tip or other small makeup brush, apply a generous layer of blood gel to the inside of your grin. Don’t be stingy with the amount you use! Remember, we’re trying to recreate the look of a fresh wound, so the bloodier, the better. Concentrate the blood gel in the center of your cut to help give the illusion of depth.

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Step Four: Stipple and drag

Now that the blood gel is in place, it’s time to stipple out the blood and create a few “splatters” across your mouth. This helps add texture and distribute the blood gel to give your grin a more gritty, sawed-through feel. Simply take the stippling sponge and quickly dab it across your grin, letting the blood fall slightly out of the latex borders at times.

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Step Five: Sit back and admire your handiwork

You are now the proud wearer of a completely chilling Chelsea grin. From here, you can finish any additional face or eye makeup, pop on a costume, and paint the town blood red!

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Tutorial Step 5

Have fun, get creepy, and be sure to share your final looks with all of us at DIG!

Coffee as a body scrub? Yes please!

BY: COLETTE KILLWORTH

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Ladies and gents, if you like to get naked, dirty, rough and clean… then you’ll love Frank.  He’s not just another typical scrub. Generation Y has quickly become a generation full of Do it Yourself (DIY) and all-natural home remedies.  However, Pinterest seems to have a knack of making anything DIY look a million times easier than reality.  Thankfully, you can get the DIY effect and benefits with Frank’s Coffee Scrub, a natural, vegan scrub designed to target and aid skin conditions such as eczema, cellulite, stretch marks, acne and psoriasis.

Frank is packed with tons of great  ingredients including brown sugar, sea salt, almond oil and orange essence, but the scrub’s main ingredient is a roasted and ground robusta coffee beans.  Caffeine stimulates blood flow and increases circulation, in attempt to minimalize the appearance of stretch marks.  Not to mention, coffee acts as a natural exfoliator for dry skin, leaving your skin refreshed and renewed.  Who would’ve thought that there are more uses for coffee than keeping you alive during mid-term cramming?

I can act as an advocate for these claims and confidently say I love Frank.  After one use, I could see a slightly reduced appearance in stretch marks, and my skin felt brand new.  Yet, don’t be fooled, there’s no magical ingredient in Frank that makes all cellulite, stretch marks and other problem areas disappear, but really there’s no one magical ingredient that makes problem areas disappear all together - period.

Here are a few tips for first timers using Frank.

Stay in the shower: Frank will get messy.  I recommend starting using this product in the shower, turning the water off once applied but staying inside the shower until the process is complete.

Get rough: The more elbow grease put into exfoliating, the more results you will reap.

Be patient: Once applied, the longer you keep Frank on the better.  This goes with repetitive use as well.  The more you use Frank the more he’ll help!

Use before bed:  If you’re using Frank right, your skin may be a little sensitive and red from all the elbow grease.  Best to use before bed, so you’re skin has a chance to relax.

Beauty in Review: One Love Organics

BY: JOANN ROW 

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Imagine using products that are made from the simple, herbal ingredients that can be made from your garden. I fell in love with One Love Organics products over a year ago and first discovered these adorably packaged products when I sampled them at Foam Magazine. Today, One Love Organics has been featured in Elle, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire and many more. There’s a good reason One Love Organics is generating so much buzz.

Talking with One Love Organic’s President Suzanne LeRoux opened my eyes to sticking with simple ingredients and nurturing my skin.

Row: How has your company grown over the years? LeRoux: Through good, direct customer sales. It’s important we keep the highest, quality ingredients. We make and manufacture everything ourselves, we cut out the middleman; we would go against any brand for our quality of ingredients.

R: What are two products college students should use? L: It’s a toss up between Easy Does It and Brand New Day Scrub. At your stage of life, a lot of people go to bed with their makeup on and there cannot be anything that can age you faster! Just cleanse you skin.

R: What is your best seller? L: The Skin Savior Balm. It’s multi-use and you can use it on anything and mix it with anything. It’s the wonder balm! When I first became a mom, my house was full of stuff and I developed this for its multi-purpose use.

R: What exactly is facial oil? L: Regular lotion leaves emollients. Facial oil is a straight, active ingredient. Three drops and press it deep into the skin, it should feel matte afterwards.

R: Any tips for stressed out university students? Since we wear our stress on our skin. L: The Skin Savior Balm, it helps smooth and calm down the skin without aggravating it. Second, try your best to cut carby foods. Take in tea and a local, home grown diet.

R: What should I do about my occasional breakouts? L: Brand New Day, Greek yogurt and raw honey for a facemask. It’s good enzyme treatments while moisturizing and pampering your skin.

R: I have the worst eye bags…. L: Under eye treatment is starting with treating you skin gently. Gently pamper and care using gentle cleansers.

R: Any final words for female college students? L: You feel a lot of pressure in college and it’s unnecessary because no one is perfect. I think I have found that a happy woman is a pretty woman. A woman is lovely, happy, laughing… that is beauty. Happiness is beauty.

Here are a few of products to check out.

Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser: With all of One Love Organic’s products, a little goes a long way. A quarter size portion of this cleanser wipes away any gunk left on your face from a long day. Made from flower, fruit and other yummy extracts, this cleanser can be used on your face, body and hair.

Morning Glory: I’m still kind of in “facial oil” training but Morning Glory is really simple to use. It took me a while to get the hang of tea tree oils and I’m thinking facial oils can easily become the replacement for heavy moisturizers. This oil is so simple to use and I mix it with a light moisturizer.

Skin Savior Balm: I’m such a fan of balms! My green balm was my best friend for the past few years and it has just met its match. I get random, dry patches of skin during the transition between winter into spring and this balm has saved me this whole week. I keep it next to my bed and when an area of skin starts getting irritated, I rub a tiny bit of this on.

Brand New Day scrub and masque: After a full workweek and weekend of play, I spend my Sunday nights doing a good ol’ masque treatment. Trying new masques can be scary because a lot of low quality ones can really agitate the skin and might cause your face to break out, dry out or freak out. This masque is fail proof for even the most sensitive skin and it feels like you just washed a whole week off your face. Think of it like your face is seeing a brand new day every time you use it.

The quick and dirty guide to contouring

BY: JOANN ROW 

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Have you ever wondered how fashion bloggers or celebrities have those amazing cheekbones, glowing skin and petite nose? If you have a slightly round face, it’s easy to miss the cheekbones seeing as how it barely stands out. Not to say that I don’t have cheekbones, or that you don’t either. With simple little tricks, the cheekbones can be highlighted, defining the nose and even subtly elongating your face. These steps will literally take one minute and such little effort can bring a new level of confidence. Step one: Apply your foundation and concealer as you normally would. I suggest using a primer all around the face before applying foundation. My go-to is the Nars “light optimizing primer” because it has light reflecting properties.

Step two: Use an angled brush and apply a deep colored blush or a matte bronzer around the temples of the forehead, diagonally under the cheekbones (make a pucker face and follow underneath the line of your cheekbones) and under the chin. This will create a shadow drop along certain of the face elongating the features. Use a flat eye shadow brush and apply the contour shade along the sides of the nose. I use MAC “baby don’t go” for everyday light contouring. It’s a more subtle warm tone and easy to build on. For a more dramatic contour I suggest using a deeper shade.

Step three: Highlight the apples of your cheeks with a highlighter shade or liquid applique. Use sparingly so you don’t end up with obviously white cheekbones and avoid matte highlighters. I use Benefit “high beam” very sparingly with a few strokes. I dab in a side sweep and circle motion to brighten my cheekbones. The shine actually creates a youthful glow. Matte finishes ages the face so a bit of shine on the face is actually a good thing.

Step four: Set and buffer the contouring with a kabuki brush. A lot of beauty columns suggest using a setting powder to buffer all over the face but I only buffer around the warm shades used for contouring. I leave the highlight from “high beam” alone without a power finish because I don’t want to lose the shine that pops my cheekbones. This is up to your own preference so I suggest trying both. The best setting powder I’ve come across is Nars “light reflective loose setting powder.” I’m all about anything light reflective to project a youthful glow.

BEAUTY TIP: Use a finishing spray after your entire makeup process is complete. Setting spray is a lifesaver for my 14-hour days. I go through my entire day with only having to retouch eyeliner. My setting spray standard is Urban Decay “all nighter” and it’s total worth the investment.

Beauty how-to: 24 hours to perfect skin

BY: JOANN ROW

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With the full schedules we carry day in and day out, there is a tendency to neglect the first thing we introduce to the world: our face. Stress can take a massive toll on our skin, especially with the lack of sleep and overload of work, school and play. Take a few of these few steps to rediscover the natural complexion that is hiding behind stress-filled layers. Morning care:

  1. Berry Beauty Blast smoothie: Jumpstart your skin with a glass of berry-filled yummies. Berries are proven to have natural antioxidant compounds that help in premature skin aging. Dr. Oz approves!1/4 cup frozen or fresh blueberries 1/4 cup frozen or fresh raspberries 1/4 cup frozen or fresh strawberries 1/4 cup kale 1 cup water
  1. One Love Organics Morning Glory oil: I add a few drops of this on my apples of my cheeks before my moisturizer and it instantly gives my face a little oomph of smoothness, rosiness and moisture. Plus, it gives an extra layer of protection from the world.
  2. Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF: I cannot stress how important sunscreen is! Whether it is summer or winter, never forget to give your face an umbrella from the harsh, outside rays. Your face will love you for it!

Nighttime replenish:

  1. Simple cleansing wipes: It takes two steps in order to truly take off every bit of long wear makeup. The first step is these amazing makeup wipes. I’ve tried others before and would leave oil slick on my skin. This feels light, natural and “simple.”
  2. Origins Checks and Balances face wash: This cleanser is so gentle on my skin and takes off every last bit of makeup that may have been left behind. The frothiness makes it feel like my face is taking a little bubble bath!
  3. Fresh Sugar Face Polish: I only use this twice a week (too much exfoliating will dry out skin) but it feels like a new layer of skin is born every time!

I know many ladies lean towards taking biotin (vitamin H) supplements for stronger nails and lengthy hair, but be cautious. Biotin can actually lead to breakouts, so I suggest trying Trader Joe’s Women’s Formula multivitamins instead. Women’s formula still has the ingredient biotin but at a much smaller dose.

Express holiday cheer with nail polish

BY: SAMANTHA LOPEZ

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Show some holiday spirit without having to throw on a funky Christmas sweater by breaking out the red, white, green and gold nail polish for some fun holiday nails. Here are some fun ideas, ranging from simple designs like stripes with a tint of gold, to creative ones inspired by Santa Claus and other Christmas-themed designs. Whatever you choose, you’ll need a few nail polish colors, clear tape and a skilled hand.

Peppermint nails

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For this look, you’ll need red and white nail polish and clear tape.

  1. Prep your nails with a base coat and paint two-three coats of a white nail polish
  2. When the white nail polish is dry, paint red diagonal stripes across the nail. If you feel like your hand isn’t steady enough, you can use clear tape strips keep the stripes straight.
  3. You can add glitter or thinner stripes of green or gold to the design
  4. Finish the design with a clear top coat.

Santa cap nails

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For this design, you’ll need red and white nail posh, a base coat of your choosing and a thin nail polish brush.

  1. Prep your nails with a base coat and paint two coats of a shade, whether it is clear, nude or green.
  2. Using the thin nail polish brush, paint a red triangle to about 2/3 of your nail.
  3. When the red polish is dry, paint a small white circle for the tip of the hat.
  4. Then with the white polish, paint a white strip at the end of your nail but make sure the edge of the strip lying on the red hat has circular edges.
  5. Finish your design with a clear top coat.

Rudolph nails

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This design requires a little more creativity, a steady hand and a thinner nail polish brush. You’ll also need white, brown, black and red nail polish.

  1. Prep your nails with a base coat and paint two-three shades of a white nail polish.
  2. Once it’s dry, paint a semi- circle using the brown nail polish. Add triangles to the top for Rudolph’s ears.
  3. When the brown nail polish has dried, paint two white circles and one red circle for Rudolph’s eyes and nose.
  4. After the white nail polish has dried, dot two black circles in the middle to finish the eyes.
  5. Finish your design with a clear top coat.
  6. As shown in the picture, you can use the Rudolph design as an accessory nail or design all of your nails the same.

Enjoy all the compliments your nails will receive this holiday season! If you aren’t feeling so creative or if you’re worried your cuticles will end up with polish all over them, you can simply take a picture of the designs to your favorite nail salon.

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