Monday, June 29, 2015

I Apologize!

You might have noticed that lately I have been missing in action quite. I have been posting very infrequently. I want to apologize. Posting once a month is definitely not what I had in mind when I started this blog over two years ago. I feel like this year has gone by so fast and I don't mean that in a cliché way at all. I seriously think sometimes when I wake up but it's still February and we just had Christmas but it's already July!?! Some days I think it's possible I'm losing my mind. I have also been struggling through writers block. I haven't blogged or filmed a video in over a month! I feel absolutely horrible about this. I am truly sorry for neglecting every one. 

 If you have been reading my blog for a while then you know that I am a stay-at-home mom. A lot of my stress, frustration, anxiety and a bit of the blues is stemming from the fact that come Fall, I will have a preschooler. I have so much anxiety about my little man being away from the nest. I try to tell myself that it's just a few hours a couple days a week. But that seems like forever to a mom who has not spent one night away from my baby. Most nights he is in our bed. He has his own room but only sleeps in it one or two nights a week. My focus has been elsewhere. 

This is probably the most personal post that I have ever written and in a lot of ways I struggle with publishing it. You see I tried to keep this blog about beauty. That is why I changed the name! So when I am in a rut and not wearing makeup much or even trying out new products, I find it hard to blog. However my mommy life and beauty life are more intertwined than I thought. So from here on out you will be seeing more of a family, mommy, beauty blog. 

This will not be a place where you will find reviews on the latest, greatest brand name pallet or lipstick. 

This will be a place where you will find information on how to keep you and your family healthy, happy and beautiful using your own homemade , diy ingredients. As well as a few makeup looks and favorite store bought products. 

I am as I said before a stay-at-home mom and I, like everybody else is on a budget.SO this will be a place where I will share tips tricks and information about how to still feel good and look good while saving money. In a lot of ways I'm taking this blog back to its roots where I started when I named it Mamas Crazy Happy Life. It will remain Hope's Beauty Bar, with the idea in mind that this will be a place for all to congregate, communicate, encourage and inspire each other while not breaking the bank. 

 Thank you so much for reading this post it was quite personal and a bit long . If you would like to continue this journey with me please subscribe, like and share this post.

You can also watch my latest YouTube video about Natural Deodorants. Please Subscribe if you like my channel. XOXOX, Hope. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

My Natural Deodorant Journey Plus Top Favorites

 Making any kind of change in life can be scary but when you're making a change in your deodorant.can be really frightening. 

 So many deodorants these days are filled with nasty chemicals that have so many potential dangers. The very last thing that I want to do is rub them on my skin . Skin is the largest organ on our body, it is a living breathing thing and anything that is put on it will absorb into the rest of your internal body. 

 Over the years there's been plenty of research done on chemicals that are found in every day deodorant.  I will let you do your own research and come to your own opinion regarding these chemicals. For myself I have over the last year and a half phased out all my chemical deodorants. In its place I had to find a natural, healthy alternative that would keep my overly active sweat glands to a minimum. Easier said than done. 

 I have tried numerous brands including all the top well-known ones. If you want to learn a little bit more about my journey and my top favorite natural deodorants then watch this YouTube video. Don't forget to hit the thumbs up if you enjoy watching and subscribe so that you don't miss my weekly videos. XOXOX, Hope. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Flawless Fake Tan Tips

The weather is heating up and this pale, white as paper girl is ready to get my fake tan on.

I have tried so many self tanners I have lost count. From drugstore to high end. I worked for a while at a tanning salon /spa. I was spoiled at that time using the mystic tanning booth whenever I wanted. The color was always perfect. Brown never orange. Always even and never streaky or uneven.

A huge part of that is the preparation before hand. If you take the time to take care of your skin then the self tanning process will be as smooth as the tan itself.

The Week Of

Hydrate with a heavy duty body lotion, balm or oil.

Get in the habit of putting lotion on every single day. When you get our of the shower is the best time to do this, you will be locking in the moisture from the humidity and steam from the shower.

The Night Before

Repeat above steps.

The Day You Self Tan

Shower, Shave and Exfoliate.

Dry off completely from the shower, do not apply anything to your skin. In order to achieve a even, streak free tan you must have bone dry skin.

Right Before You Tan

Apply a light application of body Butter or a thick lotion to your knees, elbows, cuticles on your hands and toes, ankles and any other dry patches you may have.
Now you are ready to apply your self tanner.

I apply mine at the end of the day and sleep in it. When I take my shower in the morning I am beautifully bronzed and ready to go!

Thank you for reading. Please like, share and subscribe. Also please subscribe to my YouTube channel XOXOX Hope

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