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How to Apply Self Tanner Like a Pro

June means it is officially summertime (!!!). Which also means it’s officially time to have to worry about looking bronzed & glowy again. Maintaining a tan all summer with a 9-5 job is honestly way harder than I thought it would be. I swear it’s sunny & warm all work week long just in time to rain on the weekends. AND ALSO. The sun = wrinkles. So as good as it feels to lay out in the sun, I’m kind of over it. Hats, sunscreen & self-tanner are my new best friends. To learn all about my SPF & anti-aging tips & tricks, listen to my podcast where I chat all about those topics HERE! Don’t get me wrong, self tanner can be a b*tch to deal with. It can turn out streaky and orange (ew) if you’re not careful. So I’m here to help ladies! After a few years of playing around with self tanners, I officially have application down to a T. Want to apply self tanner like a pro? Here’s how to …

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The Amazing CC Cream That Protects Your Skin From Fine Lines, Wrinkles, and Brown Spots!

I absolutely love testing out new makeup products. Finding something new that you’re obsessed with is so fun. And if you know me, you know I’ve tried a lottttt of products. Like a lot. So I’m going to start a new series on this blog where I highlight one product I’ve tried and tell you all my thoughts. Today’s star: IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream. Have you ever felt like there’s no good way to protect your skin from the sun while wearing makeup? Same. I always felt like it was a take your pick situation: foundation or sunscreen. A lot of the foundations that I’ve seen that have SPF literally have like SPF 15. At that point you might as well be wearing no SPF. This is why I love the IT Cosmetics CC Cream. You finally get to do both! It has SPF 50 (yaaaaas) so it’s actually protecting your skin from sun damage. But it also looks amazing on the skin which is so rare for an SPF 50 …

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Which of These 10 Concealers Is Best For You?

Finding the perfect concealer for your skin can be tricky. I’ve always resorted to YouTube to watch reviews of concealers to get an idea of what I might like. But sometimes a concealer that a YouTuber swears by doesn’t work the best for me! I’m sure you’ve experienced that too- so frustrating. That’s because everyone has unique skin needs. For reference: I look for concealers that cover my dark circles, last for hours, don’t exaggerate fine lines/creases, and look as skin-like as possible. Easy, right? Lol. Learn more about how to apply your makeup flawlessly HERE! To make this selection process easier for you, I’m going rate some of the most hyped concealers out there on a scale of 1-5 for those attributes that I look for. That way you can decide based on what matters to you most! Morphe Fluidity Full Coverage Concealer– $9 Coverage: 5/5 Staying Power: 5/5 Anti-Creasing: 5/5 Skin-Like Finish: 5/5 Overall Thoughts: This concealer is amazing. It’s somehow lightweight and full coverage at the same time. BUT it has a …

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You Need These 9 Eyeshadow Palettes In Your Collection ASAP

Eyeshadow is easily one of my favorite makeup products. The way you apply your eyeshadow & the colors you choose can completely transform your face. It’s amazing. If you need some extra help in the eyeshadow department, I go super in depth on application steps in this video: I have gone through maybe 365 million eyeshadow palettes in the past 10 years, so I know a thing or two about eyeshadows that are actually worth the money. Here’s what I’d recommend: Best Bang for Your Buck Palettes: Morphe x Jaclyn Hill If you don’t have this, what are you doing?! It’s easily the best bang for your buck. The quality is unbelievable- amazing pigment, so blendable, a solid color selection & it’s only $38 for 35 shadows. It doesn’t get better girlies. Morphe 35F This palette is perfect for those of you that love shimmers. I personally wish it had another row of mattes, but all of the shadows are super pigmented & there’s a wide range of colors in the shimmer section. This is …

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How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes Like a Pro

If cleaning your makeup brushes is not currently on your monthly to-do list, it needs to be. Letting old makeup gunk up on your brushes for long periods of time not only ruins your brushes, but it’s also a breakout waiting to happen. And don’t even get me started on beauty blenders & sponges- these things should be cleaned weekly to protect our skin from that bacteria fest. Cleaning your makeup tools doesn’t have to be such a pain, and the cleanser I use is under $3 (and it’s not even technically a brush cleanser)- baby shampoo! I use Target’s Up & Up baby shampoo, but literally any baby shampoo will do. I like using baby shampoo because I know it’s gentle & I don’t need to worry about it ruining the bristles of my brushes. Here’s how you do it: 1. Squeeze a generous amount of baby shampoo onto the head of your brush (or directly onto your beauty sponge) 2. Using warm water, swirl the brush into the palm of your clean hand …

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The 4 Brushes You Absolutely Need to Apply Your Eyeshadow Perfectly

Alright guys we are back for the second part of this makeup brush series. If you haven’t seen my post about the brushes you need to apply face makeup, make sure to check that out HERE after this so can have a complete list of brushes to buy! Today I’m walking through all of brushes you actually need to apply eyeshadow beautifully. In my opinion, there are 4 styles of brushes that are a requirement. I’m also including some extras that aren’t absolutely crucial, but can help take your look to the next level. If you need some help in the eyeshadow application department, check out this video where I go super in depth on how to make it look flawless! Again, I’m linking the specific brush that I have, but if you want to buy the least expensive version possible, Morphe has great options! (Click on the name of the brush type to be taken to the site that sells that brush!) Transition Colors & Blending 1 This is the brush you’ll use to …

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The 7 Brushes You Need to Apply Your Face Makeup Perfectly

Using the correct style of makeup brush is an absolute must if you want your makeup to look flawless. The shape of a brush can completely change the way your makeup applies to your face, which means using the wrong brush can screw up everything that you just worked so hard on! Already feeling overwhelmed? Watch my YouTube video where I explain every step to applying a flawless face of makeup here: It doesn’t help that there’s 300 million different brushes out there (both in size & shape!). But don’t worry girlies- I’m here to help with a list of the exact type of brushes you actually need. I link the specific brush that I have, but there’s plenty of different choices out there if you want the least expensive option! (Morphe is great for this). Just remember, a good brush set is an investment. I’ve had my brushes for YEARS. And as an FYI- Sigma has a 2 year warranty on their brushes. I completely replaced my entire set before that 2 years was …

Are You Making This Mistake With Concealer?

Ok time for another quick but life changing makeup tip! (dramatic but w/e- learn all about my favorite makeup tricks in the Ask Abbey Podcast Episode #4). If you’ve ever tried to wear a a full face of makeup minus the eyeshadow & felt like something looked off… I have a secret for you. Apply concealer to your eyelids! Sounds weird, right? But it is so necessary. If you’re color correcting your entire face with foundation & concealer but skipping your eyelids, then you’re asking for attention to be drawn to your eyelids! You’ll be able to notice any discoloration, dark shadows and/or veins super easily because of the stark contrast between your lids and the rest of your face! Also, this is the easiest trick to make yourself look more awake. How to fix this & look cute af without eyeshadow: It’s so easy. When you’re applying your concealer underneath your eyes, blend it up & all over your eyelids too (stop just underneath your brow)! I love to use a damp Real Techniques …

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The 8 Vitamins I Take Every Day to Keep the Dermatologist Away

When I started dealing with hormonal acne about a year and a half ago, I spent months researching & testing out ways to cure it naturally. In the process of doing that, I also learned about vitamins that can help with general health & before I knew it I had a sliiiightly out of control combination of 8 different vitamins a day. I KNOW. This sounds ridiculous. But, if you’re struggling with constant breakouts like I was, you’re willing to be a little extra to put an end to it. My skin is definitely not perfect, but this vitamin regimen has made a night and day difference for me. To hear more about the causes of acne, hormonal acne prevention, and products I’d recommend to treat acne, listen to the Ask Abbey Podcast Episode #8! Also, how cute is that pill organizer?! It’s compact so it’s perfect for travel or your work tote, and it juuuust fits all of my vitamins in it perfectly. But if you take more than 6-8 vitamins/pills (depending on the …

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All The Products & Tools That Transformed My Broken, Damaged Hair

My hair took a serioussss hit when I moved out of my parent’s house & into the city. I’m talking major hard water damage. I’ve always had hair that grows long quickly, but it was starting to look flat, broken & scraggly af (gross). Here are the products I’ve been using to bring it back to life (with a few different options in each category- see what works best for you!) If you want to hear me chat more in depth about this topic so you can get even more tips & tricks, listen to the Ask Abbey Podcast Episode #16. Pureology Shampoo & Conditioner I used to stick up my nose to high quality shampoo & conditioner because I felt like it was unnecessary. That was until I tried this brand & realized it was saving my hair! If you invest in one high quality haircare product, it should be your shampoo & conditioner. Here are some of the Pureology lines I’ve tried & love: Strength Cure Best Blonde Hydrate Clean Volume They also …