Auburn Hicks


Learning to live with long distance lovin’

If someone asked me in the senior year of my high school career what I believed college was for, I am fairly certain of the answer I would have given.

Apart from the politically correct response of education, the betterment of the mind and whatever else any parent might like to hear, I would have included meeting people.

The idea of being thrown into a pool of new and fresh faces with whom one might share moments worthy of remembering is nearly the only aspect of college life that excites.

Why miss out on all of that? Why commit yourself to something that proves itself daily to be far more difficult than you ever expected it to be?

The answer is as old and tired as time itself. Love. I entered a relationship a few days following my graduation, to the dismay of most of my friends.

The idea of becoming someone’s girlfriend when I did was the same as deciding to order the familiar chicken Caesar salad before even being shown the menu.

It did not help our case that the two of us could not be more opposite. To me none of this mattered, because I knew what I wanted and for one of the first time, I let that be enough.

The friends who had my best interest at heart and tried to convince me of what a stupid decision I had made were right about one thing: being in a long distance relationship while in college is well, hard.

The word hard does not do it justice. I have learned that it’s heavy, wearying and even breaking at times.

When you embark on this frustrating endeavor with the right person you are given an opportunity. In these two years of my young adult life, I have been given a view into the deepest parts of my own determination.

After a long day of class and all the other stresses that school brings, a voice on a receiver isn’t the most comforting thing in the world, but it’s something.

I refuse to let something whither away that throughout history was maintained through only letters when I have the miracle of FaceTime at my disposal. It takes work, but don’t the best things in life require the most of us?

The time that I am able to share with him makes weekends and holidays all the more sweeter. I have learned how to love and be loved and that is something that I will never lose.

All that my friends were concerned about me missing out on has not been missed at all; I have been able to have it all.

I have made a life for myself and within myself here at UNC Charlotte without the crutch that a relationship can become all while maintaining a love that enriches my life and has made me a better listener and far more patient.

Some people might believe that being as young as we are it’s far too soon to be committed to just one person. To that I have to say that each of us have our own story that will play out and teach us what we are meant to learn.

My age is of no concern because a love like this is always right on time.

Primer Perfection

This primer from L’Oreal keeps makeup looking fresh all day and can be purchased at Target stores for $9.99. Photo by Auburn Hicks

A fried egg, pancake batter, flubber -none of these things are exactly what I have in mind each morning when I attempt to draw closer to Beyoncé status.

Unfortunately, in this weather and in a full face of make-up, having a face as slick and shiny as flubber is more than possible, it’s inevitable. Great deals of the cosmetics that we use (especially foundation, ladies) contain petroleum and other heavy elements that can potentially weigh down skin, oversaturate pores and cause an over-production of oil as well as dryness in some cases.

Now let’s add sweat, you know the stuff that floods your face, back and thighs the moment you start your trek to class lately -your make-up’s worse enemy. With the lethal combination of clogged pores, oil and sweat it could seem like your pursuit of a fresh face is doomed from the start.

I have stumbled across a little beauty product that will cause the oil-prone girls of the world to join in a hallelujah chorus. L’Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Secret No.1 Magic Perfecting Base, long title, I know, but worthy of every single syllable.

This primer is easy to use, unscented, light as a feather and increases the life and look of your make up in all that Mother Nature might throw your way. After using my facial moisturizer this primer served as the perfect follow up, I just dabbed it all over my face, focusing particularly on my t-zone where most of my oil surfaces, massaged it in and applied my make-up as I usually would.

L’Oreal’s Studio Secrets Professional Secret No.1 Magic Perfecting Base morphed my skin into the perfect canvas, smoothing over my imperfections and minimizing my pores before the touch of a single brush.

Even if you wouldn’t describe your skin as the most perfect texture you can get pretty close with this stuff. I noticed instantly that my skin appeared smoother as if with each stroke of primer my face was being re-surfaced. My make-up went on smoother as well as showed truer tones of color. From eye shadow to blush, everything was more vivid.

Then the true test arose, taking my fresh and smooth canvas into the blazing light of day. After four long classes, I returned home and back to my vanity to assess the damage. I was determined leave my make-up be all day and not allow myself to sneak in any touch-ups to determine just how much power this L’Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Secret No.1 Magic Perfecting Base was really packing. I was pleasantly surprised to find my skin smooth and far less oily than I ever thought possible after such a long day.

The state that my eye shadow was in was one of the most exciting results: there was none of that creasing streaky nonsense that I have grown to expect after facing high temperatures. The colors were just as bright and in place as they had been at 8 a.m.

I purchased this primer at Target for $9.99 and will be happy to pay that price again and again. The .5 oz tub easily lasted me a month, and proved itself extraordinarily helpful with all types of make-up.

I would highly recommend L’Oreal’s Studio Secrets Professional Secret No.1 Magic Perfecting Base to anyone who wants to maintain that feeling of flawlessness all day long, sweat and all.