It’s here! The Younique Moodstruck Epic 4D Mascara!

image of younique 4d mascara resultDid you hear the exciting news?! Younique has done it again!! The title of industry Lash Leader is still ours, especially now with our brand new product, Moodstruck Epic 4D Mascara.

Back in 2014, we had the incredible 3D Fiber Lashes and that’s how Younique got the attention of so many out there. It was a must-have product and everyone wanted it. I mean everyone. Back then we didn’t have a whole lot of products and mascara was “the” product to have and to sell and to increase women’s confidence (and lashes, of course). It’s been some time since I’ve felt that super wow feeling (you know the one I’m talking about) like I did with the 3D until this afternoon.

Let me explain… [Read more…]

Day 12: Down 11.6 lbs & feeling a little sad. Whaaaat?!

image of Kristin HawthorneYesterday marked the end of my monthly visitor so I went to bed excited to wake up and step on the scale. Today is Day 12 of my new life and I’ve been so crazy proud of myself. Something in me has most definitely shifted and I feel like I’m getting to that place of being comfortable in my skin. While I feel like the outside of me is starting to change and look different, I can’t even describe how I feel on the inside. I know there’s been a lot changing and developing going on in there and I’ve felt incredible lately. Invincible almost.

Like I’ve said before, I’ve never been the type to really stick to anything when the going got tough. Or when life got in the way. Or when friends wanted to do something. I was so easily influenced and dropped what was *supposed* to be important to me at the time. I’ve given up on myself so much in the past and when I set out to make these huge changes now, I just knew deep down in my soul that the outcome would be [Read more…]

The New Younique Presenter Kit 2019! Bonus: There’s 2 To Pick From

image of Younique presenter kitYounique has a new Presenter Kit that just launched today! Not only is it a great new kit to really get your business going, but there’s more. Yep, there’s something brand new this time around and Younique has never done this before. What is it? I know you’re on the edge of your seat with anticipation right now.

Younique now has two Presenter Kits that you can choose from! That’s right, there’s two amazing kits, both full of makeup to propel your business and start you off on the right foot! In the past every time that  the presenter kit [Read more…]

Living My Best Life: Day 5 Adjusting & Too Much Urine

image of believing in yourselfI don’t want to toot my own horn, but TOOT TOOT!! Y’all. I’m five days in and feeling amazing! I feel excited and energized. I feel optimistic and stronger. I feel so dang proud of myself! I love that I can tell you that it has not been hard, at least not yet. I’m sure that’s strongly due to the fact that I’m motivated, but more so than that, I am disciplined.

That’s right. DISCIPLINED. I AM disciplined.

You know when you have your first baby and you stick to that nap schedule no matter what? No, I will not go to lunch. No, I will not run that errand that I’ve needed to do for 4 days now. Nothing will disrupt the naps during the day because that time is so precious to you? That’s kind of where I’m at right now. I don’t want to derail myself, so I’m sticking to my routine for the first time in my life[Read more…]

Living My Best Life: Day 1

Today is the beginning of the rest of my life… or does that sound way too dramatic? But really, it is! I am so ready for today and all that it means. You know when you’re just ready for something without a shadow of a doubt. Like R-E-A-D-Y? That’s me right now.

In addition to incorporating my daily routine, I’ve also made some other decisions regarding wine and food, but before I share that I want to touch on something that I’ve never written about on here. I do have a whole other site dedicated to it, but up until right now, it’s been two completely separate things.

And that’s because that’s how I wanted it. It’s under my maiden name on purpose. Just sayin’. It’s the fear of it all, especially being vulnerable… But I do know that being real helps me [Read more…]

Living My Best Life: #KristinsRise

image of motivational quoteIt could have been just feeling so fed up with myself. It might have been that I was concerned with the reflection staring back at me in the mirror that I didn’t seem to recognize. Maybe it was just what was supposed to happen this whole time. Like maybe everything that I’ve been reading and listening to was now coming into fruition. I guess how it happened doesn’t matter as much as the fact that it did happen.

This is my time, y’all.

I’ve struggled a lot the past couple of years. There’s been so many [Read more…]

Review: 1 Month Using Younique Touch Stick Foundation

image of Younique Stick FoundationIt’s been about a month since I’ve had Younique’s brand new stick foundation and it’s time to share all the things I love about it… because you need to have this product in your hands. With just a few swipes of this magic stick foundation, your face is literally transformed. It hides the imperfections, including any acne, lone pimple, rosacea, uneven skin tone, and redness. You have it and Younique’s stick foundation will help hide, cover, and enhance.

Younique’s stick foundation is a full coverage foundation. The coverage that you get from using this product will seriously knock your socks off (if people still even say that!). You will have a dewy finish if you use [Read more…]

This Lenten Season

Enough is enough. Picture me throwing my hands in the air and waving the white flag because this girl right here is fed up. I’ve had enough.

Let me share what got me to this place. Yesterday marked the beginning of the Lenten season and, as you know, it’s the time when most people decide to give up something for 40 days, just like the sacrifice Jesus made into the desert. It goes without saying that I often start the [Read more…]

When To Get Your Eyebrows Wet After Microblading

image of brows after microbladingIt’s Day 8 after my microblading touch up appointment and the big question popped into my head: Can I shower (translation: Can I get my brows wet yet)? I did what any other girl that was given contradictory after care instructions and took my question to Google. I learned that if you are using the dry healing process after microblading, your best bet is to not get your brows wet for 10-14 days.

Hmm, this left me in quite a predicament being that I needed to shampoo my hair. Living off of dry shampoo for so long is making me feel very dirty… not to mention that I bought the tint dry shampoo this time around and every single time my hand goes on my head I’m left with brown finger tips. It’s really [Read more…]

My Microblading Touch Up Appointment & What I Wish I’d Done

image of microblading touch up numbingAfter your initial microblading appointment, once your brows have healed, you will need to return to the salon to have your microblading touch up appointment. This is typically 4-6 weeks after your first microblading session. A touch up appointment is needed for a variety of reasons. It is unknown how your skin will take the pigment, there will be fading, and there could be some unevenness that needs to be corrected. The microblading touch up appointment is done the same way as the first appointment and takes about the same amount of time.

Your microblading artist will look at how well your brows took the pigment, notice where more pigment needs to be, and will draw the [Read more…]

Happy Valentine’s Day

image of heartsHappy Valentine’s Day to you today! Whether you are part of a duo, celebrating with your child, or just loving on yourself, I hope that you take time to love on someone. I’m not much for the holiday, but a little reminder about love is always nice. Hope you have a fun heart day!

John C. Maxwell + Rachel Hollis = Perfection

image of a John Maxwell consistency quoteTwo words just excited me in a way that made my mind race and lit a fire deep within my heart: Consistency Compounds.

I was listening to the Rise Podcast with Rachel Hollis. (In case you’ve been living under a rock, Rachel Hollis is the amazing author behind the “Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant To Be“). In this [Read more…]

January 8, 2019: A Day to Remember

image of self loveI did something this past weekend while I was out of town that I haven’t done in forever. I looked at myself in the mirror and said, “I am deserving and worthy“. What you don’t know (and what I probably should leave out) is that I was going to the bathroom and the door facing me had a mirror on it. What can I say? I saw an opportunity and went for it. What better time, right?!

In all seriousness though, years ago I used to look at myself in the mirror (never while going to the bathroom, I might add) and [Read more…]

Obsessing Over Younique’s Moodstruck Beloved Palette, Volume 2:

image of Younique eye paletteWhile I was out of town in California for Younique’s Black Status Retreat, my Moodstruck Beloved, Volume 2 palette was delivered. Of course it happens like that, right? The second I leave on a plane is when my package arrives.

If you remember the palette we launched February 2018, this one probably looks somewhat familiar to you… and it should! Last year’s palette was such a huge hit, so [Read more…]

Review of Younique Touch Stick Foundation

image of stick foundation before and afterYounique now has a full coverage stick foundation that is so lightweight and easy to use! I was able to get mine this past weekend and, to be honest, it’s my first time to ever use a stick foundation. I’ve learned that there’s really no wrong way to apply it and I love the ease of that, especially since I’m a newbie. (But for real though!)

One of the coolest parts is that whether you need a lot of coverage or just a little, you will achieve the look you want with Younique’s stick foundation. You can have a matte or dewy finish; it’s completely up to you and the look you are going for. It really is that easy and effortless, so the [Read more…]