Dear 15 Me

Hey there!
Do you remember being 15? The insecurities, the peer pressure, the awkwardness?

No? Well, then consider yourself lucky.
It’s hard out there for teens, and I want to do something about it.
While there’s no time machine to take us back to 15 to correct our thinking back then, we at #Dear15Me hope our past stories and struggles, and current strengths and hindsight vision will help inspire – and make the road a little easier – for teens to walk today.
Sometimes we all just need to hear these two words: "You're Okay." Won't you share the words that encourage you?

Sometimes we all just need to hear these two little words words: “YOU’RE OKAY.”

Bonus? Those who have participated, thus far, tell me that sharing their stories has been super cathartic, and has helped boost their confidence today.

Yep. This is actually a win-win movement that changes both the lives of others, and yourself.

Here’s the scoop:
How does it work?
It’s really simple. And there are two easy choices to get involved, using the power of social media.
CHOICE A
1) Post a picture of yourself at 15 (or any teen age), with a caption saying: “Dear 15 Me…” 
2) Follow it with what  you were feeling at that age, and most importantly..
3) What do you wish you could go back and tell yourself at 15? What would help or inspire you to get through those tough years with a little grace?
4) Share on your social media channels, ask 5 of your friends to join the movement and ask them to do the same. 
Together, we can make a difference in the confidence of today’s teens. And be sure to tag @Dear15Me and @BeautyFrosting so we can share your experiences with our social media channels.
 
 
CHOICE B
1) No picture readily available of you at 15? Don’t feel like sharing 15-year-old you with the world? No problem. Just print your choice of the “Dear 15 Me…” sign pdf below.
2) Write your piece of advice on there, and tell the world what you wish you could tell 15-year-old you in the caption. What do you wish you could go back and tell yourself at 15? What would help or inspire you to get through those tough years with a little grace?
4) Share on your social media channels, ask 5 of your friends to join the movement and ask them to do the same. 
Together, we can make a difference in the confidence of today’s teens. And be sure to follow us and tag @Dear15Me and @BeautyFrosting so we can share your experiences with our social media channels.

It’s that easy.
Below, please find examples from celebs, bloggers, influencers, myself – and others who have joined the movement – so you can get an idea of what we’re all about.
xoxo,
Dawn

Actress, Sarah Jane Morris, shares her support of the #Dear15Me movement for teens everywhere – and the future of her kids, Emmett and Beau (pictured here)!

Actress Sarah Jane Morris is on board!

Actress Sarah Jane Morris is on board

Blogger, Rachel Sarnoff of Mommy Greenest, shared her story on her blog, and it was beautiful!

Blogger, Rachel Sarnoff of Mommy Greenest, shared her story on her blog, and it was beautiful!

Blogger, Rachel Sarnoff of Mommy Greenest, shared her story on her blog, and it was beautiful!

 

Actress & Thick Dumpling Skin blogger, Lynn Chen, shared how she wished she had better spent her time in her teens, and it was deeply moving.

Actress & Thick Dumpling Skin blogger, Lynn Chen, shared how she wished she had better spent her time in her teens, and it was deeply moving.

Actress & Thick Dumpling Skin blogger, Lynn Chen, shared how she wished she had better spent her time in her teens, and it was deeply moving.

What have I learned in my life of struggles and strengths? To embrace your quirkiness. It can be the very thing that sets you apart.

I  say, "Embrace your quirkiness!"

I say, “Embrace your quirkiness!”

 

BF Asks: Are you up for the Challenge? The #Dear15Me Challenge, that is. If so, post you pic and spread the word! Want to use a current picture, holding our #Dear15Me sign. Email me at Dawn@BeautyFrosting.com and we’ll send the printable pdf files your way!

Dear 15-Year-Old Me: You’re Okay

This is hanging on my dad’s office wall. Me at 15. I saw this picture at my dad’s house, and it broke my heart.

Me at 15.

I saw a gorgeous 15-year-old girl, but that’s not the 15-year-old girl I remembered.

The 15-year-old I rememberer was chubby, with braces, looked like a boy, and was much too much.

Too much, physically.

Too much curly hair.

Too much love to give.

Too much of a talker.

Too much of a singer.

Too much of an actor.

Too much of a kiss-up.

Too much for her parents.

Too much for her brother.

Too much for boys.

Too much for herself.

Too much everything.

That is not who I see now. I see someone who was just enough.

I see this picture and see a gorgeous 15-year-old, with a big personality, who was painfully insecure. More than anything, I wish I could go back and tell myself: “Embrace your curves. You’re never going to be a size 0, so stop fighting it so hard. You’re only wasting time and energy. Embrace your talents and loving spirit. You don’t need to be your big brother, best friend, or anyone else for that matter. You just need to be you. It’s enough. Don’t be afraid of being different. It’s the very thing that will change your life for the better. You’re enough. You’re special. Life is going to be so sweet. And, lastly, you’re okay, you’re okay, you’re okay, you’re okay.”

I dedicate this post to all girls in middle school and high school out there, and their parents. I promise it’s going to get better. YOU’RE okay, you’re okay, you’re okay, you’re okay, you’re okay.

xoxo,

Dawn

BeautyFrosting’s Fabulous Fall Giveaway with Tinte Cosmetics

In honor of Fall and all the things it includes (football games, weddings, pep rallies, homecoming, oh my!), Tinte Cosmetics and BeautyFrosting are giving away this fabulous prize package – perfect for a splash of color this Fall!

Tinte Fabulous Fall Giveaway

TINte Cosmetics is a BeautyFrosting-beloved beauty brand based on simpler times and sweet memories like flavored lip shines, lip gloss housed in charming vintage tins and all-in-one makeup palettes of our youth.

With their colorful, pastel candy-coated packaging and nostalgic scents & tastes, Tinte products are pleasing to the most girly of girls bringing us back to a simpler, sweeter time.

I also LOOOOOVE them as gifts for birthdays, holidays, pre-teens and teens!

The lip colors and lip glosses are perfect for your budding little beauty!

So what’s up for grabs in our Fabulous Fall Giveaway?

2 Flavored lip glosses– in Double Bubble a delicious Bubble Gum flavored lip gloss and Mynt Kiss a sweet peppermint flavored lip gloss. These glosses have shimmer and a high shine look. Enriched with Shea Butter they are the best glosses for chapped lips!  These sexy shimmer lip glosses all have such great tastes that you’ll want to eat them up! Or your lovies will!

1 Flavored Lip Gloss in Peaches & cream.  Packed in Vintage slider tins, this moisturizing flavored lip gloss offer a glossy matte finish and will give you the color and coverage of a lipstick.
Tinte’s creamy silky texture is enhanced with Shea Butter and makes for a soft succulent smooch and our flavors and scents assure that you won’t be forgotten! The best lip gloss for chapped lips!
1 Match Book makeup kit -The Natural Beauty MATCH BOOK kit includes: Two eyeshadow colors (a vanilla base shade and a natural bronze contour shade), a deep chocolate brown waterproof cream eyeliner, blush, two vanilla flavored lip glosses and two brushes. They are quick and simple to use. Just follow the five instructional steps on the back to achieve a gorgeous new you!

So, how do you enter in our Tinte Fabulous Fall Giveaway?

Just follow us on Facebook and then tweet to your twitter friends: “

“I’m following @beautyfrosting and just entered the #BeautyFrosting @TINteCosmetics Fabulous Fall Giveaway!
www.BeautyFrosting.com”. Then come back here and reply “I tweeted!! xoxo, @(yourtwittername)”

That’s it! And then, we’ll announce our winner on FREEday Friday, October 5th. Just in time for homecoming!! Just be sure to enter by Thursday, October 4th at 5pm PST.

*Valid to U.S. residents only. No international delivery.
xoxo,
BF

BF Asks: What’s your favorite Fall go-to beauty product?

BeautyFrosting’s Fabulous Fall Giveaway with Tinte Cosmetics

In honor of Fall and all the things it includes (football games, weddings, pep rallies, homecoming, oh my!), Tinte Cosmetics and BeautyFrosting are giving away this fabulous prize package – perfect for a splash of color this Fall!

Tinte Fabulous Fall Giveaway

TINte Cosmetics is a BeautyFrosting-beloved beauty brand based on simpler times and sweet memories like flavored lip shines, lip gloss housed in charming vintage tins and all-in-one makeup palettes of our youth.

With their colorful, pastel candy-coated packaging and nostalgic scents & tastes, Tinte products are pleasing to the most girly of girls bringing us back to a simpler, sweeter time.

I also LOOOOOVE them as gifts for birthdays, holidays, pre-teens and teens!

The lip colors and lip glosses are perfect for your budding little beauty!

So what’s up for grabs in our Fabulous Fall Giveaway?

2 Flavored lip glosses– in Double Bubble a delicious Bubble Gum flavored lip gloss and Mynt Kiss a sweet peppermint flavored lip gloss. These glosses have shimmer and a high shine look. Enriched with Shea Butter they are the best glosses for chapped lips!  These sexy shimmer lip glosses all have such great tastes that you’ll want to eat them up! Or your lovies will!

1 Flavored Lip Gloss in Peaches & cream.  Packed in Vintage slider tins, this moisturizing flavored lip gloss offer a glossy matte finish and will give you the color and coverage of a lipstick.
Tinte’s creamy silky texture is enhanced with Shea Butter and makes for a soft succulent smooch and our flavors and scents assure that you won’t be forgotten! The best lip gloss for chapped lips!
1 Match Book makeup kit -The Natural Beauty MATCH BOOK kit includes: Two eyeshadow colors (a vanilla base shade and a natural bronze contour shade), a deep chocolate brown waterproof cream eyeliner, blush, two vanilla flavored lip glosses and two brushes. They are quick and simple to use. Just follow the five instructional steps on the back to achieve a gorgeous new you!

So, how do you enter in our Tinte Fabulous Fall Giveaway?

Just follow us on Facebook and then tweet to your twitter friends: “

“I’m following @beautyfrosting and just entered the #BeautyFrosting @TINteCosmetics Fabulous Fall Giveaway!
www.BeautyFrosting.com”. Then come back here and reply “I tweeted!! xoxo, @(yourtwittername)”

That’s it! And then, we’ll announce our winner on FREEday Friday, October 12th. Just in time for homecoming!! Just be sure to enter by Thursday, October 11th at 5pm PST.

*Valid to U.S. residents only. No international delivery.
xoxo,
BF

BF Asks: What’s your favorite Fall go-to beauty product?

Whatcha’ Wearin’ Wednesday: MAC Styledriven Shadow – driven by nostalgia

I don’t know about you  – but all of this back-to-school talk on BeautyFrosting has got me thinking of my younger days.

Watching Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom this summer made me wax nostalgic for school days.

More like the summers of school days! All of the romantic pining and adventure seeking left me missing the 12-year-old version of myself. She was waaaaay cooler than she thought she was!

Romance & adventure-seeking in Moonrise Kingdom

 

But, even with all of that, there was one thing in that delightful nugget of a movie, that I just couldn’t get out of my head: Suzy’s (Kara Hayward’s) BLUE eyeshadow.

 

It was that perfect blue that you used to try on, while playing dress up at your grandmother’s. I was smitten. Oh, who am I kidding? I loved it.
And I decided I needed to try it on for size. Like right now.

Luckily, I had just recently been introduced to MAC Styledriven Pro Longwear Eye Shadow.

MAC Pro Longwear Eye Shadow in Styledriven

MAC Pro Longwear Eye Shadow in Styledriven

It was just the ticket. So I wore it all day long and it wore all day strong.

Swatches of MAC Styledriven (from top to bottom: 1 wash, Wet application, 2 washes, 3 washes)

Then I went across the street to hang out with the girls.

Out of that came the delightful photo shoot below shot by 5-year-old Nora and “styled” by  3-year-old Lucy.

Playing dress-up with Lucy - Photo by Nora

Playing dress-up with Lucy - Photo by Nora

Photo by 5-year-old Nora

Photo by 5-year-old Nora

I decided that when it comes to retro true-blue, MAC Styledriven is the perfect answer to my nostalgic pains.
And, as you can see above, it takes me back to the days of dress-up!

MAC Styledriven

MAC Styledriven

 

Let it take you back, too. And you just might discover that the 12-year-old you was a lot cooler than you thought!

xoxo,

BF

 

BF Asks: What makeup takes you back to the days of dress-up?

By My Bedside: Eos Lip Balm Smooth Sphere

Sometimes nothing satiates the sweet tooth besides something, well, sweet.

But, let’s be honest. When it’s 10 pm at night, the last thing we need to be reaching for is a sugary snack. Sweet lip balm is a sweet, and smarter, choice.

Which is why I keep Eos Lip Balm Smooth Sphere (my pick this month is the new Strawberry Sorbet) next to my bed.

Bedtime sweet treat

Bedtime sweet treat

Its cute little pink egg-shaped packaging honestly makes me happy every time I look at it.
Seriously, look at it. How cute is it?

Too cute: Eos Lip Balm - Smooth Sphere in Strawberry Sorbet

Too cute: Eos Lip Balm - Smooth Sphere in Strawberry Sorbet ($4)

And besides being attractive to two of my senses (sight and smell, people), I loooove what it does for my lips.

Its clear formula hydrates my dry lips with shea butter and vitamin E all while being 95% organic and free of many of the things we don’t want (Gluten, Petrolatum, Phthalate and Paraben-free).

And, seriously, it couldn’t be cuter if it tried. These cute little, colorful, twist-off lip, egg-shaped lip balms are perfect party favors for teens or pre-teens and make great Back to School gifts. Try slipping one in your 12-year-old’s lunch; I can pretty much bet you’ll be the coolest mom that day on the playground.

These happy little Eos eggs go everywhere you do. Perfect for the office drawer, in the console of your car, in your purse or carryon bag.

xoxo,

BF

 

BF Asks: Where do you keep your lip balm(s)? In your purse, on your bedside table, in your backpack, in your office drawer? Spill it, sister!

 

 

Mailbox Monday: Dear Dawn

Dear Dawn,

Please tell me where you get the charm necklaces we see you wear on BeautyFrosting. I’m particularly in love with the heart necklace (in a pic I saw), the sideways cross (in a FREEday Friday post) and the cupcake!! I’m thinking they would be the perfect Graduation/Rush gifts! Please share asap. Thank you!

xoxo,

Molly T.

Dear Molly T.,

I’m so flattered you noticed my necklaces.

Have I got a tip for you!! You’re gonna love me for this one, Molly.

And I agree! These are the PERRRFECT gifts for graduation, rush or even just a friend’s birthday. At under $20 (!!!!!), they are friendly to any beauty’s budget!

I found this beautiful and budget-friendly private line of jewelery, Flea Market Girl, at a Schecky’s Girls Night Out in Santa Monica in April. I had an extreeeeemely limited budget but ended up buying 4 necklaces for gifts for under $40. Wowza!! I’d been looking for dainty charm necklaces for a while and they were all too rich for me at over $200. Yikes!

So when I found Flea Market Girl, I was a happy, happy girl!!

For those who may be a little less observant than you, here are a few photos of the charms you’re asking about:

The Sideways Cross Necklace

Flea Market Girl Cross

Flea Market Girl Cross (seen in bottom right picture)

 Sideways Small Bronze Cross Necklace from Flea Market Girl ($15)

The Cupcake

Flea Market Girl Cupcake

Flea Market Girl Cupcake

 Gold plated Brass Cupcake Charm Necklace from Flea Market Girl ($7.50)

 Heart Necklace

Brass Heart Necklace from Flea Market Girl ($12)

Brass Heart Necklace from Flea Market Girl ($12)

Brass Heart Necklace from Flea Market Girl ($12)

Texas (& other state charms) 

Texas Gold-plated Brass Charm from Flea Market Girl ($7.50)

And I got this lovely sideways cross bracelet from FMG too!

Sideways Cross Bracelet from Flea Market Girl ($15)

To get your dainty, stylish jewelry, visit www.FleaMarketGirl.com

Hope that answers all your questions (and more!), Molly T!
Please let me know what fun Flea Market Girl jewelry you end up with!

xoxo,

BF

BF Asks: What jewelry have you been hunting for? Let me know and I’ll keep my expert shopper’s eye out for it!

BeautyFrosting’s Gorgeous Graduation Giveaway with Tinte Cosmetics

In honor of you gorgeous graduates celebrating out there this month, Tinte Cosmetics and BeautyFrosting are giving away this gorgeous prize package – perfect for today’s graduate or those who graduated long ago!

Tinte Gorgeous Graduation Giveaway

TINte Cosmetics is a BeautyFrosting-beloved beauty brand based on simpler times and sweet memories like flavored lip shines, lip gloss housed in charming vintage tins and all-in-one makeup palettes of our youth.

With their colorful, pastel candy-coated packaging and nostalgic scents & tastes, Tinte products are pleasing to the most girly of girls bringing us back to a simpler, sweeter time.

I also LOOOOOVE them as gifts for graduation, pre-teens and teens!

The lip colors and lip glosses are perfect for your budding little beauty!

And, right now, Tinte is giving BeautyFrosting a beautiful promo of 20% off. Just type in  BEAUTYFROSTING when you checkout.

So what’s up for grabs in our Gorgeous Graduation Giveaway?

 

2 Flavored lip glosses– in Double Bubble a delicious Bubble Gum flavored lip gloss and Mynt Kiss a sweet peppermint flavored lip gloss. These glosses have shimmer and a high shine look.. Enriched with Shea Butter they are the best glosses for chapped lips!  These sexy shimmer lip glosses all have such great tastes that you’ll want to eat them up! Or your lovies will!

1 Flavored Lip Gloss in Peaches & cream.  Packed in Vintage slider tins, this moisturizing flavored lip gloss offer a glossy matte finish and will give you the color and coverage of a lipstick.
Tinte’s creamy silky texture is enhanced with Shea Butter and makes for a soft succulent smooch and our flavors and scents assure that you won’t be forgotten! The best lip gloss for chapped lips!
1 Match Book makeup kit -The Natural Beauty MATCH BOOK kit includes: Two eyeshadow colors (a vanilla base shade and a natural bronze contour shade), a deep chocolate brown waterproof cream eyeliner, blush, two vanilla flavored lip glosses and two brushes. They are quick and simple to use. Just follow the five instructional steps on the back to achieve a gorgeous new you!

So, how do you enter in our Tinte Gorgeous Graduation Giveaway?

Just share this post on Facebook with your friends, retweet it on Twitter or subscribe to BeautyFrosting. Then come back here and reply below telling me what you did to spread the BF word.

That’s it! And then, we’ll announce our GGG winner on FREEday Friday, June 1st at 11 am PST. Just be sure to enter by Thursday, May 31st at 6pm PST.
xoxo,
BF

BF Asks: What was your beauty routine like the day of your graduation? Are you happy with the pictures when you look back?