9 Reasons Why Instagram is Taking Over Your Life as Told By Kim Kardashian

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 It seem like having social media accounts are becoming more of a hassle than a way to express yourself, especially Instagram, in my opinion.  In the past couple weeks, most of the conversations I have had with some of my friends were about Instagram, which I find a little crazy.  
1. Spending more time picking the caption then taking the photo
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I personally love coming up with a creative caption for a photo, but some people take it to the extreme.  They make a list of captions to put on future posts, or keep changing the caption after the photo is posted.  Honestly, no one reads the caption anyways.  People just scroll through and double tap without reading. Next time, say something crazy and see if anyone even notices.
2. You notice when people unfollow you
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I honestly do not know how people know when someone unfollows them, but this trivial thing is actually destroying friendships.  It’s the ultimate stab in the back today; it makes the news when celebrities unfollow people and comes up in conversations between people my age.  

3. Having to take multiple pictures that are pretty much all the same

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I really dislike getting my photo taken and don’t ever understand why it’s necessary to take a bunch of photos with the same backdrop and the person is standing in the same position.  Instagram has a great editing system, so there is really no need to take any more than one picture.  
4. Posting a picture at the wrong “Instagram time.” 
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I will tell you that the best time to post a photo is Wednesday at 5pm, but that’s only if you’re using Instagram as a marketing technique.  If you’re just looking for likes from your friends, it honestly does not matter.  Everyone scrolls through their feed, therefore all of your followers are going to see your photo.  That means it doesn’t matter what time you post it.  
5. Double-guessing your posts because it may not fit your overall “aesthetic.”
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Instagram is not your photo exhibit at a art gallery in New York City, you do not have to have a “theme” and not every photo you take has to be perfect.  For example, I love Lauren Conrad, don’t get me wrong, but her whole Instagram is the same idea, with the same filter, and it’s not that interesting. Being different never hurt anyone.
6. Not enjoying whatever we are photographing
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I have already told my whole family, that if they ever come over my house for future family gatherings, phones are going in a box and can be given back when the night is over.  I feel that Instagram has made us not enjoy what we are actually doing because we are so worried about getting the “perfect” picture.
7. Not hitting your “like” goal
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Does it really matter if you only get 43 likes on a photo and not 44, no, it does not change your life at all. This brings be to another point, when people post the same photo because it doesn’t get enough likes.  Don’t worry because if you like the photo what does it matter what other people think?
8. Not posting a photo because you have to “Schedule” your posts
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 Instagram, in my opinion, began as a way for people to post their photos, because for the first time everyone has a camera at their fingertips with an iPhone, but then it turned into pleasing your followers.  Why do we care about what people from high school think of us?
9.  Feeling extreme envy while going through your feed
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Let me tell you the truth, no one is as cool as their Instagram feed.  Chances are, the person took a hundred photos to get that perfect one, edited it to make it look even more envious, and then took about 15 minutes to come up with a perfectly witty caption.  

3 Biggest Makeup Myths


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I honestly don’t believe that anyone is really “bad” at makeup. I also don’t need that anyone “needs” makeup. What I do believe is that you need to have the right philosophy to avoid having bad makeup. Whenever I see someone who can’t do makeup, I realize that they generally follow certain beliefs that make makeup useless.

#1: Makeup Hides

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 You can’t really hide anything with makeup. I always see people boast that makeup is so powerful that it can disguise everything on your face but that’s usually just for pictures and bathroom mirrors. In real life, light will fall on your face and reveal that unsightly bump you’re trying to hide. This is not to say that your scars and facial flaws cannot be alleviated with the help of a good foundation or concealer, but nothing is actually hidden.
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 Once makeup becomes about hiding the parts of your face that you do not like, you become addicted to piling it on and on especially on your worst days. This just leads to a masked, cake-face. Try to think of seeking instead of hiding. You want to lead people’s eyes to the best parts of your face (and I know there are many).
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 Makeup is really like a neon arrow saying “hey look here!” rather than a bandaid covering up a blemish. Lip colors that suit you, highlighter and eyeliner are used to bring eyes to the parts of your face that you favor. Applying makeup with this mindset always makes you happier in the morning, too, so you’re focusing on your good parts and not the things you resent about your (probably perfect) face.

#2: Some People Need Makeup


I really hate this one. There are always people who are going to hate others for wearing makeup and they always claim that some people are just plain ugly without makeup. Refer to Myth #1. Without makeup, no one is going to suddenly have a haggard face. Most people just look tired or younger without makeup. I’ve never seen anyone that’s transformed into another person.
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 Even with contour, the face you were given at birth is pretty much the face that you will reveal to the world every day. You only know yourself through pictures and the bathroom mirror in certain lighting, so maybe you are actually shocked when you take of your Kardashian contour – but they human eye is often more clever. No one is going to think you are hideous without makeup. They might ask if you’re sleepier, but sleepy is cute. Have you ever seen a sleeping puppy or kitten? Totally adorbs! Don’t worry about it.

#3: Wearing Makeup Means You’re Vain

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Let’s be honest. Almost everyone is concerned to a degree about thier appearance. It is not really wise to say that just because someone is intervening with what nature gave them is actually more concerned or vain. I think most people who wear makeup actually find application fun and colors interesting.
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 It’s horrible to assume that just because someone wears a crop top it means that they think they have the worst body ever and they are self-conscious, right? It’s like that with makeup. Just because someone wears makeup to show off the parts of their face they like or to experiment it doesn’t mean they are robots that are obsessed with physical appearance. It just means that they, um, like makeup. That’s all!

My Thoughts on Body Image

Body image is a hot topic among all youth and fills the pages on the most popular fashion magazines.  For a while I wanted to share my thoughts on body image and what I believe needs to change for young adults to have a healthy view of themselves.  
One of the aspects of our society that has hurt people’s ideas of their body image is magazines.  Even though Photoshop seems like a harmless computer program, it creates a fantasy about what a person is suppose to look like.  I remember I was watching an episode of the Kardashians and not even after the photo shoot was completed one of the sisters said, “They better Photoshop them.”
Everyone strives to be perfect, even the people that say they don’t care or don’t try want to be perfect.  The thing is, we can’t be perfect because what is perfect?  
There’s another thing about body image I really wanted to bring up.  I watch The Mindy Project and just recently watched Trainwreck.  In both of these the main actresses, Mindy Kaling and Amy Schumer, are making jokes about their own weight or one of the supporting characters is making the joke.  This may not be the opinion of the masses, but I don’t think it is alright to make a joke about a woman’s weight especially when I think those are two gorgeous actresses.  
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There are many articles about how to end the stigma of body image, but to tell you the truth I think the solution is impossible.  Magazines and companies are always going to use Photoshop, which is horrible because we are never going to be able to see a real image of someone on the cover of a magazine.  Fashion is a world that strives for perfection, which is something I really prefer not to stand for.  In my opinion, fashion should be like a messy experiment, it’s what makes me love fashion.