Beauty Tues: The Power of Minimum Makeup in 5 Easy Steps

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Everywhere I look–fashion magazines, blogs, YouTube stars, strangers on the street–I see so many women making makeup way more complicated and difficult than it needs to be. If you remember, we chatted about this not to long ago on Beauty Tues.

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There are two extremes–you have those who love makeup and do cool, multi-step looks everyday, and you have those who hate makeup and don’t wear any because they are convinced it’s too hard, or they were never taught the basics. And somewhere between those two extremes are people like me who like stately makeup at times, but 95% of the time–we like it simple and natural. Personally, I like to enhance my natural beauty with makeup–not hide it or change my face.

So, for this week’s VIP Beauty Tues, I want to talk about the power of minimal makeup. The step-by-step look on this blog is my everyday routine (minus when I have to be on or in front of the camera) which is super quick and stress free. If you’re new to makeup, this look is also for you! On a scale from “child’s play-makeup kit” to “YouTube makeup video”…this look is totally easy and child’s play *wink* So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the power of minimum makeup because, “Maybe it’s not Maybelline. Maybe you were just born with it.” (Mandy Hale)

What I Use:

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Now…let’s step right to it! Hit it DJ *wink*

Step 1:

After applying foundation and powder (if you wear these products), apply a light dusting of pale pink or nude shadow to the entire lid. For an added lift, extend the shadow to the browline.

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Step 2:

Next, take a white or nude eyeliner and fill on the bottom waterline of both eyes. This will make your eyes look wide open without having to add a dark liner to the top lid, which saves time and stress!

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Step 3:

Simply add some volume to your lashes with a light application of mascara. Depending on your lash-type, you might also want to use an eyelash curler.

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Step 4:

Add a little brightness to your undereye with undereye concealer. I truly love the Guerlain Precious Light because it’s a creamy (not oily) product that magically hides my dark circles and makes me look wide awake–no matter how many hours of sleep I get *wink*

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Step 5:

The last step is to pucker up and put on a fabulous pinky-nude lipstick + lipbalm. Adding a moisturizing lip balm on top of your lipstick will create a great barrier to lock in moisture, and it will also lengthen the life of your lipstick (leaving you with fewer times to reapply).

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

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I Love My Health More Than Fries | The Struggle of Losing Weight & Loving Your Body

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So often, we hear about women struggling with body image issues. It’s hard sometimes to look at celebrities (and even our “skinnier” friends) and think positively about our own bodies especially if we struggle with weight–whether that be five pounds or a hundred pounds. No–being skinny isn’t a “requirement,” and this post is not about body shaming the curvy women of the world who have the confidence to rock a bikini (like Ashley Graham in Sports Illustrated). This post, despite how hard it is to talk about my personal health, is about how I love my health more than fries.

2008 | In this year, I was at my healthiest weight. I was extremely active and ate responsibly *wink* This photo was taken before a dance performance in my hometown of Louisville, MS.
2008 | In this year, I was at my healthiest weight. I was extremely active and ate responsibly *wink* This photo was taken before a dance performance in my hometown of Louisville, MS.

For the past three-ish years, I have been haunted by the same twenty-ish pounds. Each new year, I tell myself that I am going to get back on the wagon, but just like a lot of people, after the first few weeks…I fall off the wagon and find myself binge watching episodes of New Girl and Better Call Saul on Netflix while consuming an entire pint of Haagen-Dazs coffee ice cream by myself. I’m not proud *wink*

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One of my resolutions for 2016 was to lose the weight that has been crippling my self-confidence. There is nothing worse and more dream-shattering than stepping on the scale for the first time and seeing what you really weigh. For me–that is the hardest part about losing weight because you can work your booty off all week and lose a half of a pound. While that is ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC, we all want instant results…and that’s not how weight loss works…and it’s hard to remember that. 

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Now, I am writing about this on Beauty Tues because I feel that health and beauty go hand-in-hand. If you are healthy, you feel beautiful–and right now in my life, I do NOT feel beautiful because I know that I am not loving my life more than fries. I know that I am not doing everything I can to better myself physically, so that I can feel better inside and out. I know that I am not the only woman in her 20s out there struggling with the dilemma of weight loss. I know that I need someone to hold me accountable, so I am putting it out here for the whole world to see

So, over the next few months, I am going to be dieting and following several workout plans (because I cannot always make it to the gym with my schedule), and I hope to  I WILL reach my goal of losing 10-ish pounds by the end of May. I want to get back to a healthy weight (according to my BMI), start eating healthier, and begin to love my body again. So, VIP readers–here is my plan.

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Info about the “No White” diet.

Feel free to join in and share your progress with me on Twitter/Instagram by hashtagging #VIPLoveHealth or mentioning @AbbyHathorn. I am going to do my best to share my progress weekly as well! :) 

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Beauty Journal | Doable Makeup For Every Day Even If You’re Running Late

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Last week, I talked about how makeup is becoming so complicated with the crazy complex contouring and elaborate tutorials. I am getting stressed and exhausted again just thinking about it *wink*

So, for this week’s Beauty Tues, I am going to use a the fabulous VIP Beauty Journal to showcase some doable makeup for everyday–even if you’re running late! No, you don’t need a lot of products or a lot of time to look picture-perfect beautiful–all you need are a few essential goodies + a little time!

Now, let’s take a look at what makeup basics we will need to achieve doable makeup.

Phew! That list wasn’t near as long as a lot of makeup tutorials on YouTube make it out to be *wink* Now, let’s take a look at this month’s VIP Beauty Journal entry which is all about neutral inspiration!

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Be sure to come back next week for Beauty Tues for a FABULOUS and REALISTIC makeup tutorial video which will be about doable makeup by your average makeup wearer–not a MUA *wink*

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Beauty Tues | Why Are We Making Makeup So Complicated?!

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Okay–so, confession time. How many of us really contour our faces? I’m not talking about a little bit of highlighter or under-eye concealer, I am talking full-fledged face contouring with all the different colors and brushes and blending tools and tutorials? 

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I see my friends on social media sharing “extreme makeup transformation” videos all the time, and I watch them because they are oddly satisfying; however, after the videos are over, I cannot help but ask myself, “Wow…why are we making makeup so complicated?!” 

Think about it–who really has time everyday to use 3 different colors of contour, 2 different highlighters, concealer and primer galore, 78 different brushes, and to top it off with finishing powder–hoping you don’t accidentally rub your face and ruin an hour (or two hours) of your morning in a split second. *deep breath* Call me old-fashioned, but I like my basic primer, basic foundation, basic blush and basic powder. I can barely get my eyeliner even much less blend my face with different colors–and I know I cannot be the only person in this predicament. 

Now, don’t get me wrong–I totally respect the makeup artists and beauty bloggers who make these epic makeup videos…but I honestly just don’t understand why we as a society are so obsessed with altering the way we look. From plastic surgery to extreme contouring, we try to change our appearance, so we can be more like Kim Kardashian, Angelina Jolie and other famous people. Why can’t we just be ourselves in a world that preaches “Be-YOU-tiful”? Are we contradicting our “Motivational Quotes” Pinterest boards? 

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As I was looking for videos to include in this post, something that struck me funny is how we are also obsessed with “f” words–no I am not talking about the dirty word (although it’s popular in most pop songs *wink*)–I am talking about “flawless” and “fake.”  We want that “flawless finish” and “fake big lips”…whatever happened to “I am beautiful the way I am” and “normal” lips? Blame Barbie all you want; however, I don’t think Barbie’s makeup, wardrobe and proportions are the reason for this crazy increase in women wanting to and trying to change their faces. 

So, without further ado, here are some of the extreme makeup tutorial videos I found oddly satisfying, but also more complicated than they need to be. I want to give a big kudos to these marvelous ladies for creating beautiful makeup looks, but I also want to express how gorgeous they are without all the crazy contouring and highlighting! Makeup doesn’t have to be complicated and complex–it is meant to enhance and draw attention to our natural beauty–not completely alter our faces. :)

Now, what do the basic, non-contouring-makeup-wearers do because there seems to be no in between. By the looks of the mass media, women either wear zero makeup for a variety of reasons (political, religious, etc.), or women go to the opposite extreme by faking big lips, contouring, highlighting, wearing false eyelashes and doing complex eye makeup? Well, the VIP has a plan *wink* Coming soon, I will be doing a few makeup (and hair) videos for basic makeup–that means no complicated makeup palettes or using clear crafting tape under the eyelids! Woo hoo–I cannot wait *wink* 

Remember, you are made beautifully unique–embrace it…enhance it…don’t alter it or change it!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Beauty Tues: Naturally Curly Hair Hacks | Short Curly Hair

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Ah…natural curls. They are a blessing and a curse. Everyone tells you to straighten your curls while they are out getting perms or getting on Pinterest looking for curling iron hacks. So, don’t listen to the critics and feel like you have to slick down your curls–let them breathe! Embrace the beautiful craziness of your natural curls! *fist in air*

Now, you might be thinking I can’t wear my curls natural because the battle with frizz is too stressful! Trying to dry my curls takes too long! It’s an endless struggle because my curly strands have a mind of their ownTrust me–I know the struggle all too well; however, I have fabulous news for you! On this special post of VIP Beauty Tues, I am going to spill the beans about all of my top-secret naturally curly hair hacks! Okay–so maybe the tips and tricks aren’t top-secret or super ground-breaking…but they surely are helpful *wink*

SO, without further ado, let’s take a look at the VIP’s curly hair hacks that are perfect for girls with short curls *wink* 

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1. Talk to your stylist!

Before you make any drastic changes to your hair or hair routine, talk to your stylist about the best cut and products he/she recommends for YOUR curls.

If you have natural curls and friends with natural curls, you know that all curls have different textures, volume, and curl style (like spiral, wavy, messy, etc). So, it is important to consult a professional before lopping all of your hair off or deciding to try products (like oils) that could make your curls cooperate less than before…leaving you more frustrated and ready to schedule a blowout. *gasp* and we wouldn’t want that! 

My hair stylist, Courtney Bennet of Salon Confidence, always helps me choose the best length and layers to help me manage my natural curls while also making it easier and faster to get ready in the morning. Recently, I chopped my hair off the shortest it has ever been + for added attitude, Courtney cut it short in the back and long in the front. See photos above.

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2. Know Your Curl Type

This hack is pretty self-explanatory; however, it is very important to know your curl type because different curl types require different styling products and hair care. If you are uncertain of what your curl pattern is, refer to step one and talk with your stylist :)

**Do keep in mind that as we age and our hormones change, our curls can change too. I have noticed as I am getting older, my curls have gone from super spirals to a messy combo of waves and loose spirals. If your curls start to change like mine have with me, you can experiment with a new hair cut (like I am currently doing) in order to revive and manipulate your curl style. 

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3. Don’t Be Afraid to Use Heat!

I have had my fair share of hair stylists who encouraged me NOT to use heat when drying and styling my natural curls; however, I see better results with a hairdryer and diffuser than I do pin-curling and air-drying. 

Sure, drying curls on “hot” with a diffuser can cause damage; however, ways to prevent breakage, flyaways, and excess frizz include: anti-frizz sprays (like the one I mentioned on last week’s Beauty Tues), a conditioner made specifically for curly hair, and a weekly hair-repair mask. You can find all of these products online or at your local Walgreens/CVS!

4. Taming Frizz and Flyaways Without Product

Though taming frizz without products MIGHT sound impossible, trust me–it’s not! Two hacks I swear by are scrunchies/lose pony tail holders and dryer sheets. SAY WHAT?! How does that work? Well–let me explain *wink* 

If your curls are frizzing all over or your curls aren’t as peppy as usual after styling, take a few stretched-out pony tails and make loose buns in random places all over your head by starting at the roots and working your way to the back. Let the loose buns set for approximately 5 to 8 minutes then flip your head over and remove the pony tails. Once you have set your curls free, lightly shake out the curls with your fingers before flipping your head back up.

If this does not help with the frizz the first time, take a damp rag, lightly scrunch the ends of your curls, and repeat the process above.

Now, about the dryer sheet–

On cold days, I find that my curls often frizz and have lots of flyaways, so I figured out that dryer sheets are a need little trick for taming that craziness. I simply rub a dryer sheet on the problem areas and/or all over–and TAH DAH! Done. *presses Staples button* That was easy!

**This handy-dandy dryer sheet hack also works fabulously if  you’re straightening your natural curls and trying to tame static frizz without using styling pastes or heavy hair sprays.  

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5. Skip a Wash Once a Week

I am a total clean freak when it comes to my hair; however, I have learned the power of skipping a wash once a week. Because my hair tends to be quite oily when not washed everyday, I schedule my skip-a-wash day around my busy schedule + when I know I will be home with no plans on venturing out *wink*

Skipping a wash once a week gives your curls a break + allows the curls to “soak up” natural oils that can help keep your hair healthier longer. If your hair is oily like mine, I recommend using a clarifying shampoo the day after your skip-a-wash day in order to strip the excess oil and grime without damaging or over-drying your hair. 

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Now, go out and love your curls, girls *wink* Remember your curls are something to be proud of–not something to hide! :)

To see what products I use to style my natural curls, please check out the Beauty Tues post here.

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn