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On Trend: Makeup to Beat the Heat


-Rache’ll Brown

It’s 97 degrees and you are pouring sweat. Your eye shadow is creasing, your blush is streaking, and your skin is shinier than a freshly waxed floor. You decide to take a dip in the pool, and your mascara runs down your face making you resemble a raccoon.

This is every girl’s nightmare in the summer. In the past, when the temperature reached 80 degrees plus, I’d be stuck with a dilemma—should I attempt to look like a semi-decent human being, or should I ditch makeup altogether to avoid the inevitable mess that ensues via the blazing sun? But then I learned about the magic of waterproof makeup and immediately started giving the products a little test run. This is what I’ve been left with; may the days of running mascara be left behind for good. Amen.

For the Eyes

In any occasion, whether the temperature is insanely high or not, eye shadow primer is always a necessity. Always. Not only does it help your shadow stick longer, but it also makes the colors more vibrant. Another alternative is cream eye shadow, or Maybeline’s new color tattoos. In the summer I stick strictly to light, neutral colors because if something is to go awry the mess is less noticeable. I’d also recommend skipping a lot of eyeliner—simply lining the waterline should suffice, and if it is a necessity use waterproof liquid, not pencil or gel. And of course, opt for a waterproof version of your favorite mascara to finish off your eyes because mascara is one of those products that should be present even if nothing else is.

For the Face

Just like an eye primer, a good moisturizer is something that should be used year-round. The sun will dry out your skin, and a moisturizer with an SPF will keep your face supple and protect from sun damage. If you don’t have problematic skin, great! Skip foundation at all, or opt for something like a BB Cream or Skin Tint—they both offer light, sheer coverage that’ll let your skin breathe in the heat. I have a naturally porcelain complexion, so I always use bronzer. In the summer, Stila’s One Step Bronze is perfect because it gives a little color without a cakey finish. Lastly, use a cream blush or cheek tint for a pinch of color; they are long lasting and look more natural on the skin as long as they are thoroughly blended.

So this summer, skip the streaky mess and sport a more put-together look. By using long lasting and breathable products, your face with stay in place all day while still being comfortable in the summer heat.

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Don't Worry Be Healthy: Finding the Light in Seasonal Affective Disorder

-Marissa Tomko

They say that April showers bring May flowers, but what do January showers bring? For residents of the northwestern corner of the country, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) may be the answer. This is a disorder that seriously affects about 6 percent of Americans ages 20-40, and this does not include the 20 percent who experience less severe symptoms. Of these percentages, 75 percent are said to be women.

It is a pretty common opinion, at least among my peers, that summertime is preferable over the winter months, and it makes sense—it’s less stressful, more fun, and the weather allows us to enjoy outdoor activities without freezing or getting soaked. Even given the financial benefits, the number of Southern California kids that decide to come to school in Eugene always throws me. Even though the majority of them love this school and the experiences they have, there is no shortage of complaints about the cold and constant rain.

This makes for a less active student population in the fall and winter months. Students become more tired, less productive, and have tendencies to veg out and and smile less. Oregon is ranked the fourteenth most depression-affected state in the nation. But why? After looking into it, I realized that it is not the cold or rain that makes us all want to snuggle up and avoid homework—it’s the darkness.

During the fall and winter, the Northwest is under pretty constant cloud cover. It’s an event when the sun decides to shine down for an hour or two in the middle of January. But the sunshine does more than spark excited small talk about the weather—it gives us the chance to soak up some precious vitamin D, which helps us feel more awake and healthy. Melatonin, the hormone that helps us sleep, is produced in amounts inversely related to how much vitamin D we absorb. This causes us to experience a dramatic energy low, which serves as a basis for other SAD symptoms including feelings of depression, cravings for sweet and carb-loaded foods, anxiety, and a less-positive feeling about life in general.

Methods to avoid these symptoms are different for everyone who is affected by them. Spending as much time in the sunlight as possible is crucial. When you cannot do so, light therapy is an alternative option often prescribed. This involves a special lamp that burns ten times brighter than normal indoor lighting and has the ability to simulate a sunrise by increasing in brightness throughout your morning.

Another way to combat symptoms is to create a healthy lifestyle. This includes keeping an eye on your diet and exercise routines, cutting back on time in front of the computer, and trying to maintain a positive mental outlook. These notions may be easier said than done, but they are the main components to beating winter blues and living a sustainable and healthy life overall. If you have a hard time doing these things on your own, talk to a counselor or a friend face-to-face.

Feeling the effects of darkness is more common than you might think, especially in the stressed-out lives of university students. Just don’t forget to take a step back sometimes and focus on what makes you smile.

Flux Playlist: Spasmodic Skies

Eugene weather needs to get its act together! This week, we’ve seen rain, clouds, snow, clear skies, and a quite fickle sun. It makes dressing at the beginning of the day very difficult.

Here at The Pulse, we’re going a little crazy with the weather, so we did the only thing we could think of: we made a playlist about weather. All kinds of weather!


Chasing the Sun – The Wanted
Sunlight – Modestop


It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls
Make It Rain – Fat Joe


Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head – Burt Bacharach
I Love The Rain The Most – Joe Purdy


Island In The Sun – Weezer
Rain – Breaking Benjamin


Buckets of Rain – Bob Dylan
Like A Hurricane – Neil Young


Have You Ever Seen The Rain? – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Rainbow Connection – Jason Mraz


Sunday Morning – Maroon 5
My Boots – Lights

Dealing with SAD


– Heather Ah San

Late fall and winter in Eugene marks the beginning of the long boughs of cold and rainy weather. Endless days of grey skies and frigid weather can make just about anyone grumpy, tired or feeling down.  But some people suffer from the winter blues a little bit more severely than others.

This might be the cause of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression that’s tied to certain seasons of the year. Most people with SAD show all the signs of depression during the fall and winter months.

In North America alone, 6 percent of the population suffers from SAD. It is most commonly seen among young adult men and women, though some people do suffer from it in the spring or summer.

Depression, anxiety, loss of energy and oversleeping are among some of the symptoms. Though it can be serious, often times SAD can be prevented or treated at home, or through therapy.

Here are some tips on SAD treatment and prevention:

– Spend at least 30 minutes outside everyday walking, running, playing a sport, or even just soaking in the great outdoors. And take advantage of the rare days filled with sunshine, it will brighten your mood instantly.


– Increase the brightness of your indoor light fixtures.

– Use a light box before you feel the effects of SAD (compact light boxes can be purchased online).

– Exercise can keep energy level up.

– Eat a well-balanced diet, with healthy carbohydrates and protein to keep energy high. Avoid starches and sweets.

– Be active – join a club, take a dance class, go rock climbing, whatever suits your fancy.

– Stay social – friends are the best way to keep the winter blues at bay. Rhyming helps too.

– Take light therapy classes through a health center or counseling center.

– Try counseling if SAD symptoms persist or worsen.