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Beautify Your Confidence

Beauty Hack

So a few days ago, my friend Amanda and I got together to “study” (and by study I clearly mean eat snacks and watch YouTube videos). We were deep into beauty hacks when my friend started saying she isn’t “pretty enough” to pull off these looks.

WHAT?!?

Amanda is gorgeous! I don’t understand how she gets her hair to be so cute every day. Not to mention, she is one of the sweetest people EVER. How does she not realize how beautiful she is?

She compliments me all the time, but when I tell her how amazing she is, she doesn’t believe it. I started to realize that I am guilty of that too sometimes. It is easy to look at these beauty vloggers and see them as perfect. It is easy to see all the beautiful features in your best friend. But for some reason, it is hard to recognize those amazing things in ourselves.

All this studying *ahem* YouTube watching reminded me that we need to add CONFIDENCE to our beauty routines.

Feeling beautiful is about knowing within YOURSELF that you ARE beautiful. The power to feel good about yourself lies within YOU.

About a year ago, I posted The Essential Step You Need in Your Beauty Routine.

I wanted to link it in this post and share it again because it is so important. It is my sticky note beauty hack to beautify your confidence.

You take time on the way you look. Don’t forget to take time on the way you feel about yourself.

Intrigued? You should be.

Go check out the link above and remember you ARE beautiful.

Dear Hope: Tired of Wearing Glasses

Dear Hope,glasses
I’m tired of wearing glasses. I have worn glasses my whole life and I want contacts. My parents said they don’t think I’m ready. They think I need to show more responsibility. I even have enough money to buy the first box. How can I prove I’m responsible enough?
– Contact Ready

Dear Contact Ready,
When it comes to showing parents your responsible, it’s about taking care of your business.

Examples:

Keeping your room clean
Getting all of your homework done
Completing the chores they have given you
Taking care of pets
Being nice to siblings
Not being rude to your parents

I don’t know what you already do or don’t do. All I can say is to take a look at the areas you can improve. If you’re already being super responsible, then it’s time to talk to your parents. Let them know the types of things you do to show responsibility.

Try asking them for a trial period. Maybe you can suggest that you will buy the first box with your own money. Then you can show them how responsible you are. If it all works out then they can start getting you contacts.

If they decide they are not ready to agree to contacts, don’t get mad. Just smile and say ok maybe we can discuss this again in a few weeks. Then just keep proving that you are ready. If you get angry or stop doing chores, it will just prove them right. Be strong and you will get your contacts eventually.

Thank you for being brave and sending in your question.

Dear Hope

Dear Hope: Am I the Right Size?

Dear Hope,penis size
I’m a 15 year old guy. I have not dated yet, but I have a concern. You know when you see guys comparing their stuff in movies well the guys at my school do that too. When we are in the locker room after gym they are all talking about size and sex. I try to stay off to the side and change quickly, but I still think about it. They go on and on and make a big deal about it. I want to know how can I tell if I’m the right size? Can you still have sex if it’s too small? I’m too embarrassed to ask anyone else.
– J

Dear J,
The talk you hear is just talk. Guys like discussing these types of things and most of it is exaggerated. Yes, you can still have sex no matter the size of your penis. There are no size requirements.

Everyone is different, so you cannot compare yourself to someone else. Some of the guys might be more developed than others. Everyone develops on their own schedule.

Don’t be embarrassed to talk to a dad, uncle, or someone you are close too. All guys have gone through puberty and I’m sure most have wondered about their size.

If you have any more concerns or you think there is a problem talk to your doctor. They are completely fine with you asking questions. No question freaks them out.

Until then don’t worry about your size, you are still growing. Plus, it’s no one’s business what size you are. The important thing is that you accept your own body.

Thank you for being brave and sending in your question.

Dear Hope

The Essential Step You Need In Your Beauty Routine

Beauty Hack

Do you use a thousand products, yet still walk away from the mirror feeling self-conscious?  Do you have the longest beauty routine ever?

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was one product out there that can boost your confidence in no time?

If you are anything like me, your morning beauty routine probably includes things like face wash, mascara, blush, and sticky notes.

What? Sticky notes?

You heard me.

Sticky notes.

Sticky notes are a MUST in anyone’s beauty arsenal. They are the first product I use every morning. Some days, they are the only product I need! They always make me feel beautiful!

This is my sticky note beauty hack.

This beauty hack will make you realize your outside beauty by making you feel beautiful on the inside.

This essential step in your beauty routine is not just fast, it’s easy!

Let me explain how the hack works.

First Step:

Keep a pad of sticky notes and a pen in the same place you keep items you use daily (toothbrush, makeup, zit cream, etc.).

Every morning when you step in front of the mirror, reach for the sticky notes.

Do this FIRST!

Don’t even fix your wild bed head. GRAB THE NOTES!

Then take your pen and write down “I AM BEAUTIFUL”.

Step Two :

Stick the note to your mirror. Stick it where you can easily see it while getting ready.

Step Three:

Repeat as much as you want!
Grab another sticky note. This time, try writing down something you love about yourself. It can be about your appearance, or about a quality that makes you special.

Today I wrote “I am kind”.

Now stick it! Write as many as you want or need and keep sticking.

Take a minute to let the things you wrote sink in as you see yourself in the mirror. Recognize that YOU are the beautiful person in the mirror.

Beauty

As you continue to get ready, keep reading the notes, especially if you feel self-conscious. If you start to focus on a flaw, put your attention on your notes. Think of them as your personal beauty team complimenting you as you get ready.

You have to try this amazing beauty hack! Not only does it remind you of your beauty on the outside in no time, it makes you feel beautiful on the inside.

It beautifies your confidence.

Now you can take care of that bed head.

What are some ideas you can write on your sticky notes? Share your ideas in the comment section!

– ttfn G –

STOP Hating Your Body! START Loving Yourself!

Love Yourself

 STOP hating your body! START loving yourself!

Keeping a healthy body image can be a challenge.
Body image is how you view your body. It is how you believe your body looks no matter what it actually looks like.

There is always a television show or magazine telling you how you should look. They are ready to give you tips and instructions on how to have the perfect hair and makeup or the perfect body. They try to make you feel as if you need to do this to look “right,” or to be accepted. Everywhere you turn there are flawless (photoshopped) pictures of celebrities trying to reinforce that if you’re not perfect, you’re wrong. Even your family and peers can say things that make you question the way you look and feel about yourself.

You are worth loving.

When you’re a teen your body and emotions go through a lot of changes, changes you might not have control over. There are some you may like, some that may just be an annoyance, and some you may absolutely hate. Maybe you’re three inches shorter than your friends because you haven’t had your growth spurt yet. Maybe you have “blossomed” over the summer, but your friends haven’t. Maybe you have been working out, but all your friends have bigger muscles. Maybe you’re just right, but you don’t see it that way so you have an unhealthy body image.

You are worth loving.

I “blossomed” way earlier than the rest of my friends. While they were still wearing training bras, I was trying to figure out how to actually contain mine. My friends were all jealous and the boys loved it, but I hated it. I hated those two big balloons that were suddenly there. I had always thought I looked fine until they came, then my body image got all screwed up. I started thinking I was fat just because they puffed out my shirt more. Then I realized my self-talk was to blame. I got a better attitude, figured out which shirts looked best on me, and felt better about myself. They just become a part of who I was. They weren’t a negative thing, just a piece of me.

You are worth loving.

How you look at yourself and how you talk to yourself, (your self-talk) determines how you feel about yourself. It creates your body image. Sometimes our self-talk distorts things and it may not have anything to do with your actual appearance. Your self-talk can have you thinking you’re bigger or smaller than you actually are, that your skin color is not right, or that your nose is too crooked.

No matter what body shape you are
No matter what color eyes or hair you have
No matter what your skin color is
No matter how tall or short you are
No matter if you’re the first out of your training bra

You are worth loving. You deserve to love yourself. You are worth protecting.

Every part of you is worth caring for. Once you understand that, you are on your way to a healthy body image.

It can be challenging to look in the mirror and not see flaws. Especially when everywhere you turn someone or something might be saying you should be different from what you are. It’s not easy to maintain a good body image, but it’s important to have confidence and to treat your body with respect. Having good self-talk is an important first step to having a healthy body image.

– NBL V –

Dear Hope: Lipstick Queen

Dear Hope,lipstick

My friend told me my other friend said I wear too much lipstick to a
group of girls. It really hurted my feelings. This isn’t the first time my friend said I wear too much lipstick. I don’t wear heavy eye makeup, so I think it is fine to go a little more with my lips. This is my best friend I have known since the second grade. It really hurt my feelings that she talked behind my back. She isn’t my mom, so she shouldn’t be telling me or anyone else that I wear a lot of lipstick. What should I do?

– Lipstick Queen

Dear Lipstick Queen,
It never feels good when someone hurts your feelings, especially when it’s coming from a friend.

What works best in these situations is being brave.

Be brave enough to ask her why she is saying this. Ask her why she didn’t just tell you herself. Explain how it made you feel and ask her to stop talking about you. Be honest and try to get past this. If she keeps talking behind your back, she’s not a real friend.

Be brave enough to keep wearing the lipstick. If you like it, it really doesn’t matter what other people think. If your parents don’t think it’s too much, then who cares. Keep expressing yourself. Be the greatest Lipstick Queen!

Enjoy being who you are!

Thank you for being brave and sending in your question.

Dear Hope

Dear Hope: Too Busy to Wash My Face

Face Wash

Dear Hope,
I’ve been so busy with school and work lately that I have stopped washing my face at night. I know it’s bad to leave all my makeup on, but I’m so tired. I go to school all day then to my job only to come home to homework. I’m starting to see this neglect on my face. Any tips to help me out, because I’m still probably not going to wash it at night.
– Cara

Dear Cara,
It’s important to understand that you are not only washing off your makeup, but all the dirt and oils you have collected through the day. I understand you are busy. Making time to wash your face is the last thing you want to add to your list. Here is my tip. Buy some makeup remover wipes and keep them by your bed. On those busy nights, you can at least wipe off your makeup and the days dirt right before you go to sleep. They are inexpensive and can be found at most grocery stores. Your face will thank you!

Thank you for being brave and sending in your question.

Dear Hope

Dear Hope: Mom, I Think It’s Time

Dear Hope,Period
l think I am about to start my period. I am about to be 12, and I have some signs. I don’t have cramps, but I do think I have the other signs: discharge, mood swings and cravings. I want to tell my mom that I think I am about to start, and I want to get some pads just in case, but it’s awkward. Any advice?
– Don’t know what to say

Dear Don’t know what to say,
I think it’s a great idea to be prepared. Having the supplies ready will help you feel more comfortable when your period comes. Usually girls start experiencing discharge 6 months before their first period, but that time can vary. Even though you are showing signs, it’s hard to determine when it will happen. The average age is 12-13, but some girls start earlier, or don’t start until they are 16.

Even though it might feel awkward, you should definitely talk to your mom. Remember she knows what it feels like. Every female has been through this. Even if she acts a little uncomfortable at first, it’s ok. Keep talking! Moms have a hard time seeing their little girls grow up, but she is your best resource.

If you get your period before you get some supplies, just fold up some toilet paper and place it in your underwear. You usually won’t bleed that much your first time. The toilet paper will hold you over for a bit while you get some pads.

Once you have some pads, carry one in your purse or backpack. You can put it in a makeup bag or a pencil bag and have it ready just in case. If it happens at school and you are not prepared go talk to the nurse or a female teacher. Trust me they all understand and can help you.

It’s a totally normal part of life. It happens to every girl. Don’t be shy about talking to your mom. You’ve got this!

Thank you for being brave and sending in your question.
Dear Hope

Dear Hope: I Smell

Dear Hope,i smell
I play a lot of sports and I’ve noticed I smell. No matter how much I shower I smell. I wear deodorant, but it doesn’t help. My friends don’t smell why do I smell. I smell like a boy. What can I do?
– Stink Monster

Dear Stink Monster,
Having a stronger odor is normal; many people experience this. Look for products that say “clinical strength” and that are an antiperspirant/deodorant mix. Antiperspirants help to block sweat and deodorants help with the odor. Make sure you read the directions because some of the clinical strength ones recommend applying at bedtime. At night, when people perspire less, more of the antiperspirants’ active ingredient is pulled into the sweat ducts. That signals the sweat glands to reduce or stop perspiration. The effect lasts 24 hours or possibly longer, even after morning showering. Using an antiperspirant/deodorant mix, you can also reapply in the morning if you want. Secret has some great clinical strength options to try. This should help, but if you don’t see any improvement go to the doctor to have it checked out.

http://www.secret.com/secret-clinical-strength.aspx?tab=FAQs

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