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SHEI Magazine is a University of Michigan student-run fashion, art, and pop culture publication. Everything from the photography, writing, modeling, editing, and publicity of our bi-yearly print publications and monthly digital mini is created by students who attend the University of Michigan. Founded in 1999, SHEI Magazine continues to produce issues of professional quality, as well as provide real-world experience to students interested in journalism, publishing, and the fashion industries.

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Tempt: An Introduction

Elena Odulak

In the fourth grade, I discovered lip gloss. Oh glorious, glorious lip gloss!

I had a four-color pack from Claire’s that I gobbed on every morning. I mixed the four colors in a thick, slimy layer that I thought looked very cool. Luckily, most of my poorly applied lip gloss disappeared during the course of breakfast. I probably ate more lip gloss than I wore in the fourth grade. It's embarrassing to talk about, but this misguided foray marked the beginning of my passion for beauty products. That little four-pack of lip gloss that I liberally misapplied was a rite of passage into the world of femininity.

In middle school, I continued to learn about make-up by watching my older sister. Her makeup came in sleek black cases and tubes that lined her bathroom counter. I never noticed that her eyeliner was a little too thick or that she never took off all of the Lancôme Hypnôse Drama mascara. I soon started my own collection of fancily packaged makeup and as my bank account dwindled, my passion grew.

My sophomore year of high school I got considerably more serious about makeup. I had developed the kind of acne a beauty routine couldn’t fix. My face was riddled with painful cystic bumps that scarred my skin.

As my acne became worse, I fought hard to rid myself of the unsightly bumps and even harder to hide them from other people. I learned everything I could about  eye makeup because I was making a desperate attempt to draw attention away from my bad skin. I tried every foundation the department store makeup counters had to offer because I was looking for something that would correct my skin. I had started to wear makeup because I needed it to feel good and not because I loved it.

My junior year, I cried in front of my dermatologist. In a last ditch effort to avoid putting me on Accutane, she gave me an experimental combination of medications. Within weeks my skin started to clear. With my confidence restored, I fell in love with beauty products again.

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These days, I'm still in love with all things beauty. I think it's a innocent form of self love and creative expression. It's a kind of art you can share with your friends and your sisters. Sharing beauty secrets from generation to generation is a human tradition and one of the things I love most about being a woman.

This column is meant to celebrate being human and all things feminine. I want to write about caring for your body and looking your best, so you can feel your best. I have a complicated past with feeling beautiful and I know how important it is to feel confident in your own skin. I want this column to be an informative and fun way for me to share my love of beauty. I hope that I can share what I know while continuing to explore and experiment with things I have not tried. I'm not a professional or an expert, just a girl who loves being a girl.

I hope you enjoy Tempt.