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Seeing through the myths of beauty

Setting the record straight!

I thought it would be fun to gather a list of “myths” I hear all the time. Most of you probably already know most of these but sometimes when those little fibs take hold they are really hard to get away from! So just in case, here is my list.

Myth #1: Shaving hair makes it come back in thicker.

Your hair is shaped like a blade of grass. If you cut the top off the stump will appear to be thicker but that is only temporary as the hair is being shed and replaced constantly.
Shave your arms if you like, live it up! Gratefully razors don’t have magical hair growing properties but if they did I bet a lot more bald dudes would be shaving their heads.


Myth #2 If you are having breakouts you must not be washing your face enough

Over washing could actually cause breakouts and skin irritation. The tendency is to try to dry your skin out and medicate it as much as possible but your skin is sensitive and might be revolting in the form of …more breakouts! If you are doing everything you can and your skin isn’t getting any better, it might be better to see an esthetician or dermatologist for a second opinion.

Myth #3 The professional always knows best

I think it is important to be open to the opinions of beauty experts and consider their advice but ultimately what matters most is what you like and feel comfortable in. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I am a makeup artist and I hope my advice is helpful to people but I also have my own biased opinions based on my own personal preferences and lifestyle.
A stylist might think you need bangs and love the way you look in bangs but if you disagree don’t assume you must be wrong. It’s your face so you’re kind of an expert as well:)

Myth #4 Haircuts make hair grow faster
I understand that this myth is founded on something truthful. If your hair is damaged and splitting at the ends it will break off and kill any growth you are working on.  Although, when I used to hear this growing up I’d always picture my hair follicles going on strike because the ends told them they haven’t been cut in longer than 8 weeks:)
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Instead of getting regular trims the goal should be to avoid needing them by keeping your hair as well taken care of as possible. You can also zap split ends before they cause a problem by doing “selfie trims” (described here) this way you loose damaged ends without loosing length.
Myth #5 Powder foundation is lighter coverage than liquid

Women often times tell me they choose powder foundation because they like a light coverage. Powder can be heavy, it can also be light. The same thing applies to liquid.
Don’t shy away from liquid because you are afraid of heaviness, many liquid foundations are very light!

Myth #6 People with oily skin should not wear moisturizer

By using cleanser without moisture it can cause your skin to create even more oil to compensate. Creating a bigger problem. Try using light moisturizers  instead.

Myth #7 There is one proper way of applying eye shadow
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The land of Pinterest seems to strongly disagree with me on this, with hundreds of pins claiming to show you “the proper way”. While I think its nice to have guidelines and helpful hints I think it’s silly to think that with a world full of different people with different personalities, eye shapes, brow shapes and wildly different opinions on the hotness rating of Ryan Gosling (just kidding I think we can all agree he’s a hard 10 but..still you get my point, right? usually we aren’t all the same) that there could be one way we should all be doing our shadow? I think not. Go ahead, try the proper eye shadow application, but when you get bored with it? Try something totally different. Proper is so boring anyway:)
Myth #8 Hair damage is ALWAYS a bad thing

Here’s the thing: the whole purpose of having healthy hair is because generally healthy hair looks prettier. The whole purpose of most hair damaging (ie coloring, curling, blow drying) is to…make your hair look prettier. So the real goal is to manage your damage depending on your preferences.
For instance my best friend Shelly ALWAYS blow dries her hair. If she doesn’t it never dries right and she has to wash it twice as much. She also colors it every once in a while. Other than that she mostly leaves it alone. Her hair is coarse and strong so she can blow dry it every time she washes it and it’s still very shiny and healthy.
I color my hair regularly and part of the reason I love to do my roots is because I have very fine hair and a little bit of damage on my roots gives my hair body and makes it fall prettier. I also love to curl my hair fairly often. Which means I have to make concessions in other areas. So I almost never blow dry it or use sulfate on it and rarely use hair spray.
Some damage can actually make your hair more manageable, it’s when you do what I did this summer and throw damage caution to the wind for months, that you end up with broken hash browns where luscious locks once were.

Myth #9
Maybe there are people that do look like that, I haven’t seen everyone in the world so I can”t say with a surety but what I will say is that most of the photos you see that look like this are edited.. heavily. My friend Lacy showed me the app I used to demonstrate this the other day. It will smooth out and brighten your skin, shrink your nose, broaden your smile, add lashes and makeup, brighten your eyes and a bunch of other things.
You know me, I’m old fashioned and prefer the look of skin with texture and character but if people like their photos better with these edits I’m totally in support of using them. The only problem is when it changes an expectation of what is normal or makes you wonder “why the heck don’t my photos ever look like that!?” in which case you should rest assured, it’s probably an app.  (the app is beauty365 if you’d like to play with it, it’s very fun to make yourself look like a crazy 80’s dance party fell on your face and send the photos to your friends)

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    Miss Viola Swamp (@imaqt209421)
    September 4, 2013 at 4:16 am

    You rock, thanks!

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    September 4, 2013 at 4:27 am

    Thank you!!!! Lovele you!
    Can’t find beaty 365 tho, is it perfect 365? 🙂 xoxo

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      September 4, 2013 at 4:35 am

      It is 🙂

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    September 4, 2013 at 4:37 am

    Hello Cara, the app (at least for the iPhone) is called Perfect365.

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    Marie Claire
    September 4, 2013 at 4:56 am

    I LOVE your blog!! so many helpful tips and tricks 🙂 I’ve had conversations with so many people who swear blind getting their hair cut makes their hair grow and they never believe me when I try and reason with them. It always makes me laugh when they say that’s what their hairdresser told them, and I just say, well of course they do, they want you to come back!!!

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    September 4, 2013 at 6:27 am

    Great post Cara, going to have to get that app. At 42 a girl can use a little help brightening her…well everything!

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      Gretchen Joy
      September 4, 2013 at 7:02 am

      Melissa!!!! Shut it girl, you are NOT 42! You are gorgeous. I just love your eyes!!!!

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    Gretchen Joy
    September 4, 2013 at 7:01 am

    I LOVED that you said Myth #8! My sister always says to me “You could use some healthy damage”… because otherwise my hair will just keep getting larger and larger because of how thick it is and how bulky it grows in. A nice coloring honestly makes it so much softer and more manageable for me to deal with!

    And I loved what you said about personal preference, too. That is the truth. We kind of all are experts on our face to some extent hehe. And I think that so many items that people use regularly are personal preference. People always ask me what kind of mascara I use because they tell me they love my lashes– but then are disappointed when they don’t get the same results. It’s all so different for everyone!

    And lastly, I had tried WEN several months ago (before discovering the wonderful world of MaskCara!) and hated it because I wasn’t using enough and it made me a greaseball. So I ordered some (uhm, hello pumpkin ginger scent for fall!?!?!) and last night was my first attempt. Once again, I didn’t use enough… so I’m greasy at work haha. But I’m going back to re-read your WENNING post!

    Thank you for making all of us feel beautiful. XoXo

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    Becky H
    September 4, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Please, oh please, do tell where you got that necklace! L.O.V.E.

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    September 4, 2013 at 7:28 am

    I loved this post! 🙂

    Sincerely Miss Ash

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    Brooke Anne Stacey
    September 4, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Loved this blog article!! Also, I think we have the same necklace!! Too cute!

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    Lara B
    September 4, 2013 at 7:50 am

    I think you are more beautiful without the app. I also want to say that just because the item is purchased at a beauty counter in a department store, it isn’t necessarily “better.”

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    Maquillage Magic
    September 4, 2013 at 8:37 am

    This was so good!! I always tell my friends that cutting your hair doesnt make your hair grow but they never believe me! L xxx

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    Krista Hughes
    September 4, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Cara, you’re soooo right! I agree 100%!

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    Janis Churchill
    September 4, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Cara, as usual you have my attention. At a few months from 50, I’m starting to worry about my face and my hair. Not only am I worried about my look, but I have a tweenager just starting to break out! Sigh…. If you can post some information on young ladies just hitting that special age, it would be most helpful. I have started her on washing her face daily, haven’t started her on moisturizer yet. Your help is always appreciated.

    BTW, I am now using St. Ives, and I absolutely love it! You rock my friend…. 🙂

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    September 4, 2013 at 9:35 am

    You learn new things every day! I honestly believed that shaving your hair made it grow back thicker, and I was so teased in middle school for my hairy arms 🙁 It’s crazy the things you could care less about anymore when you are an adult lol 🙂

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    September 4, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Wow I just learned to much! Thank you!

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    September 4, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Awesome list! I was kinda shocked by myth #5. I shy away from powder because it feels heavy on my skin. Go figure! LOL

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    September 4, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Ryan Gosling doesn’t do a thing for me….just sayin’. 🙂

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    Hayley Grade
    September 4, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Love the photo edit app you showed!!! It can be incredibly disheartening to see these perfect pictures! Heck, I don’t even want to post one of myself until I’ve done some serious editing because everyone else’s look so good! If we can do this with an app, imagine what photo shop is doing to all of those beautiful faces we see gracing the covers of magazine!! Definitely some perspective!! Thanks 😉

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    September 4, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    You look beautiful in both photos edited or not doll! && ohhh man Idk how I completely feel about the 1st! I have been shaving my arms forever & have NEVER had a problem (seriously ladies shave your arms if you want) but with that being said I’ve seen a few YT videos like the mm&l show where they talk about actually shaving their face… yeah I don’t think I could risk it & go that far LOL

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    September 4, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    “Conversations your hair probably doesn’t have with itself . . .” You are so funny Cara!

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    Jen @Love, the Arthurs
    September 4, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Love this list! You’re so good at giving advice while still being authentic and funny!

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    September 5, 2013 at 8:05 am

    This post was so much fun to read & so informative, love it 🙂 I especially liked myth # 3 & #9! It’s very true, how it all comes down to you being comfortable & knowing what works for you the best. As for applying apps on your pics, I agree with you on going easy with editing your pics too much since people will expect always that flawless look.

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    September 5, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    You are so right about #7! I am Asian and so have the monolids, and ALL the eyeshadow tutorials are designed for people with big eyes with a crease — even the Asian fashion/makeup mags because they assume you’ll either be using that eyelid tape to make the crease or that you have the plastic surgery to get it! I like my eyes just fine, but over the years have had to learn how to apply eyeshadow the best way to flatter my specific eye type. If I follow the Western conventional way, it looks very strange!

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    September 5, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    I am not for sure, but I am pretty sure this is the necklace. I saw it on her in one of her videos and think it looks exactly like this one from Target that I have. It is beautiful and comes in silver as well as a few other colors.

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    September 6, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    What an interesting post which really made me think about the myths we have been reading for so long. I do agree about hair. Colouring hair may well do a little damage but it is about feeling good too.

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    September 8, 2013 at 7:28 am

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    September 9, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    What about putting oils into your hair? Iv’e heard putting coconut, olive, almond oil into your hair helps it to grow

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    September 13, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    I was so excited when UPS brought my big box of goodies from Sephora today! I can’t wait to do several of your tutorials especially the one for glasses. (I’m out of contacts and haven’t had time to go get more) Thanks for everything you do!

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    November 8, 2014 at 2:23 am

    Cara, I love all that you bring to the world of beauty! I have been inspired by you in so many ways and share all of your blogs with my beauty obsessed friends.
    May God continue to bless you.

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    September 13, 2016 at 10:56 am

    i always thought that shaving makes out hair thicker. so glad i finally know the truth

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    May 27, 2018 at 9:00 pm

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