Teen Talk
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DIY: What to do with broken beauty products

Have you ever reached for your favorite powder compact and discovered the makeup inside left in crumbs all over your fingers?

Don’t stress, even if you have smashed lipstick. You can fix it.

Cracked compact?

Save it: Add a few drops of rubbing alcohol to the compact. Use any flat (clean) tool to push down the broken pieces. Then, gently smooth the powder back into shape. Allow the powder to dry for a few hours before you decide to use the compact again.

Smashed lipstick?

Save it: Use a hair dryer or lighter to warm up the product slightly, making it more pliable. Carefully mash the product back together as best you can. For about an hour, leave our lipstick in the refrigerator to harden. It will not necessarily be perfect, but it will be usable.

Dynasty Anderson, Member of Patterson’s Youth Writing Club

Self-inflicted nonsense


So many people in today’s society have social media files filled with photos of themselves, or their so called “selfie”. Is our generation of people growing up to be self-inflicted?

Are teens and adults more worried about what they are wearing in photos than what their mind should be on, like helping cancer patients or starving children?

You cannot walk down the street anymore without someone taking a photo to “Instagram that,” or take a photo so someone can see it for ten seconds (Snapchat).

We are starting to lose interest in athletics and social fitness with today’s teens because they are more interested in wondering about the new updates on Twitter or the new fashion statement on Polyvore.

Has our nation become corrupt by social media?

Are we so blinded by what is on a screen that we choose to ignore the sand, the sights or views? We are on a landslide that is speeding down every time someone turns over to social media, and it looks as if that is over 60 percent of today’s population.

Are there any restrictions that will hold us back? It is alright to see every two days how people are doing through social media, but watching a screen to look through the latest gossip until those objects, such as a phone or computer, die down is bad. It’s true.

We need to put down those electronics and look into the world and the beauty behind every corner.

Gabriel Chadwick, Eighth-grader, Creekside Middle School

18, the age of a child or adult?

We’ve all been told at least once in our life, “When you’re 18, you can decide.” My question is, why are we restricted to the age of 18 to be considered an adult? I personally believe that a number does not define adulthood.

It’s more about personal actions and decisions that determine if we are considered a “child” or “adult.”

For example, we have financial issues (of course, some are bigger than others), but the decisions we take to solve such conflicts are what we should consider important. One could either cry and complain to mommy and daddy (which I have seen from “adults”), or one can search for answers and work their problems out!

This can be completed at the age of 16 AND 36. I think if one can be respectful, wise and take care of themselves financially, physically and mentally, I would consider them an adult. Making money is just a little extra that makes adulthood more “fun.”

Dulce M. Diaz,

Senior at Patterson High School

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