Tuesday, August 20, 2013

YouTube Channel: Up & At Em!!!

My first YouTube video is up and running!!! It is a back to school, very quick tutorial for reasons including me trying to figure out how everything works on the website. I felt so incredibly awkward on camera for the first time, but after editing and working with it awhile, I began to actually enjoy it!
All the links for the products are in the description and my other links as well! Look out for more (and way better done) makeup tutorials and hair tutorials as well!

Excuse the lovely thumbnail and awkward mouth hanging open as I do my makeup. Like I said, I'm still learning.

<3 abbeygail

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

My Day at Warped Tour 2013! Best Day Ever :)

Anyone who has been to Vans Warped Tour knows the feel of the sun crisping your skin, your heart pumping from the beat of drums, and the excitement of seeing your favorite people perform all day long. You would also recognize the sights of smiles from ear to ear, hugs galore, some insane outfits and hairdos, and most of all tattoos! :) To each and every fan who attends one of the many shows, the feeling of belonging and welcome is almost overwhelming.
I attended the Cincinnati, Ohio show on July 30th at Riverbend Music Center. This was my second year at the show and I couldn't be more excited! I will say that 2012's line up had a lot more bands that I was interested in (Breathe Carolina, All Time Low, For Today, Pierce The Veil, & Taking Back Sunday), but this year because we knew what to expect, my cousin and I were able to take our time and just enjoy the day more!

Many stories were to be told after this amazing day at Warped Tour! Pictures go from left to right :)
The entry process was borderline confusing...parking was a pain, the workers at Riverbend didn't really know where to send us because of all the construction and we got pointed in about 3 different directions. Once finding a parking spot, we got up to the front of the building where a line was already forming. I forgot to mention that my cousin and I woke up around 5:30 am to leave at 6 am. We live about an hour and a half away from Cincy and we wanted to make sure we got in at the beginning! Doors opened at 11:30, we arrived at 8:30, and there was already about 20 people in front of us!! 
Feed Our Children Now is a non profit organization that collects canned goods at each of the shows. The program raises food to donate to children from low income families to better their future. Such an amazing organization also gives out a Skip the Line wristband for anyone who donates! So that is what we did! Granted I would have given my whole pantry even if we didn't get the wristbands, it is just too nice of an opportunity to help someone :) Here's the link if you are interested in donating!

We were one of the first 200 people let in (therefore Vans gave us a free wallet and sunglasses!) and they actually started letting the Skip the Line people in around 10:30, which was awesome for us to go grab our meet and greet passes and any merch we wanted! Now, at Warped Tour people hand off free stuff to you like it's a weird Christmas. I got 5 bags just for visiting tents, signing up for newsletters, or purchasing merch. My Breast Day Ever bag was for buying 2 "I <3 Boobies" bracelets (and I was one of the first 50 people to do so) at the Keep A Breast tent. I was given the Spotify bag (and sunglasses) for just having my picture taken!
Excuse the awkward posing, I had no idea what to do. 

Now onto the whole point as we all attend this great day- the music!!! 
The main band we wanted to see this year was Sleeping With Sirens and we did! Amazing set and great guys, we were able to get autographs and say hi to them. For being one of the last 480 people they had to sign for at their tent, the guys were still smiling as ever and happy to talk and say hi to us. 

Another band we love, Goldhouse, played an amazing set! It was so energized and fun! After the show, we went to the merch tent and Grant was there signing stuff, but only about 5 people were there! So I bought his $5 CD and had him sign it. He was such a sweetheart and really took his time to talk to us. He thanked us for dancing up in the stands, that he remembered us and gave me a hug and took a picture! :)
In conclusion, Warped Tour 2013 was an amazing experience and will be great memories for years to come! I understand why so many kids of all ages come out to enjoy the music, but it really is so much more than that. Every one of us is different. At Warped Tour, not one person looks the same, and we are able to embrace our weirdness to the world. No one judges, no one stares. It is one of the most carefree, warm hearted places on this planet and I cannot wait to go back next year!! :)

I do plan on making a video eventually about how to prepare for Warped Tour (what to bring etc.) and special things to do! I hope you guys enjoyed reading this!
<3 abbeygail

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Natural Hair Care Challenge: 1 Month Update!

One month down with the natural challenge! Here's just my review over the first month!
In one of my last posts I talked about the coconut oil and honey hair mask that I had tried out. Now, I really did enjoy the smell and the smoothness of the mask while my hair was in it and right after I rinsed it out, BUT I do not think I washed all of the mixture out... Therefore my hair became very greasy and started to smell horrid. Not to get absolutely vulgar, but it smelled like vomit. Now, it could have been from the mix or it could have been the smell of my natural scalp oils fighting for what they are normally used to (shampoo and conditioner), which I had not used for about 4-5 days. Conclusion: not gonna try that hair mask again, or if I do, wash my hair very very thoroughly.

On the 8th day of this journey, I could not stand my hair anymore. I was washing my hair with just water either once a day or once every two days, but still that putrid smell would not go away and the texture was so greasy that it almost reached my ends of my hair from my scalp. Disgusting, right? So I gave in and washed my hair with shampoo, Aussie deep conditioning on the ends, and finished with a conditioner.
When my hair dried and I tried to style it and such the next day, my scalp was very itching and dry. So much so that it looked like I had dandruff. By this point, I want to rip all my hair out. It was not doing anything I wanted or expected it to do!

So from then on, I knew I had to just keep going! I continued with just washing my hair with hot water once a day or every two days. My hair would still get kind of greasy fast, so I would just rinse it with the hot water. On the 19th day of the journey, I went to a water park for the day with my boyfriend and his family. Chlorine is NOT fun for hair follicles. I feel like its just getting them drunk...in the water your hair feels kind of soft and nice and then when it dries..its just dehydrated and bloated. Therefore, after all that fun in the sun, I washed my hair with the shampoo, deep conditioning treatment, and conditioner. My scalp, yet again, felt dry, flaky, and quite itchy.

Now for the rest of the month, I did not use shampoo or conditioner! Yay! :) I did however use the Aussie Deep Conditioning treatment and the Ion Effective Hair Care treatment on my ends in the shower. I would then proceed to comb my hair through with a wide-toothed comb, and rinse with very hot water.
Sally's Beauty Supply: approx. $12
Sally's Beauty Supply: approx $2-4 (can get in package of 2)
After my shower, I would put in the Aussie Split End Protector on my ends, which is a MIRACLE worker, I swear! I would then spray a leave in conditioner all throughout my hair, and run a wide toothed comb through my hair, adding dangler if needed.

Every two days or so when my hair would start to feel greasy, I would spray my hair with a dry shampoo. Now I had never used a dry shampoo before so I purchased Salon Graphics and started using that. I liked it, but then got a hold of the Suave and just loved it! The smell is amazing and so is the work it does!

At the end of the month this is what my hair looked like! I had gotten about 2 inches cut off at the start of the month, and I'm convinced that the 2 inches plus some more grew back in just a month! I did use heat on my hair, not as much as usual, but every time used a protection spray. In the pictures my hair is straightened, but it definitely looks and feels so much healthier than it did! 

Thank you so much for reading and leave any questions or comments!:)
I will update on the second month and be posting a lot more blogs and hopefully YouTube videos soon!
<3 abbeygail