Daily Prompt 10/25/16 | Transformation

[In response to The Daily Post’s Daily Prompt | Transformation]

Makeup was never something that I was particularly passionate about. Continue reading Daily Prompt 10/25/16 | Transformation

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Daily Prompt 6/18/2016 | Perfection

[In response to The Daily Post’s Daily Prompt 6/18/2016 | Perfection]

No one is perfect. No one. Of course, no matter how often we tell ourselves this, it can be difficult to convince our brains that it is true when we pass by magazines in the stores and see women with flawless skin, shiny hair, zero cellulite, tight stomachs, perky butts… you get the idea. I’m guilty of tearing myself down every time I go out in public, and see pictures and videos of these perfect, beautiful women, that I could never look like. Well, the truth is, no one can look like them, not even themselves.

Photoshop, endless filter options, and apps like Facetune make it all too easy to alter pictures, whether you are just trying to erase a few pimples, or giving yourself thousands of dollars worth of digital plastic surgery, and it is just not fair. It is not fair to the men and women whose appearances have to be altered so much, just to be considered beautiful, and worthy of publication, when they were already beautiful. It is also not fair to the men and women who see these ads, and get tricked into thinking that that type of beauty is attainable, and that they need to spend their money to try and reach it.

You don’t believe me? Here are just a few examples:


It is all a lie. Models, singers, actors and actresses, reality TV stars… no one is ever thin enough, but if you are thin, you’re not curvy enough. Your skin is never clear enough. Your hair is never blonde enough. Your eyes are not blue enough. It isn’t fair, and it isn’t right. Men and women, young and old, are being told that nothing about themselves is good enough, and that they need to buy all of this STUFF to look good, but it is an impossible feat. Even these people, who were deemed worthy enough to grace the covers of magazines, and star in commercials, were not perfect enough. No one is perfect enough. No one.

I know I might be beating a dead horse here, and being a total hypocrite, but really, we need to stop focusing so much on how we look. Your eyebrows do not need to be on fleek, your winged liner does not need to survive a nuclear holocaust, and if you don’t have a thigh gap, then embrace your glorious thighs. If you’re 14, you’re told that you need to look 21, and if you’re 30, you’re told you need to look 22. It isn’t fair, and it just isn’t possible. You don’t need big boobs, you don’t need a huge ass, and you don’t need washboard abs. That’s not to say that there is anything wrong with wanting to better yourself, or lift your self-esteem a bit, but do it for you, and not because you think it is how others want you too look. You are worth more than that. Love who you are, and others will love you as well.

Remember, perfection isn’t perfect, it is fake.

Thanks for reading, friends.

Jan

Photo Challenge | Pure

The Daily Post Photo Challenge | Pure

Young children are as pure as you can possibly get. They have not yet been touched and molded by all of the judgment and hatred that fills the world. They only see the wonder and beauty that the world offers. They will make friends with anyone willing to play with them, regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion, or handicap, because they do not see the differences that divide us. They just want to play, and share their enjoyment with those around them.

Innocence is pure. And beautiful.

40 Beauty Questions!

Hello, friends! I recently stumbled across this 40 Beauty Questions TAG!, and I thought it would be fun to give my answers, and give you a peak into my life, in terms of… well, beauty stuff. I do not know who created this, but I will provide you with a link to the site I found it in.

Here we go!

SKINCARE
-How many times do you wash your face daily?
Honestly, I’m horrible about washing my face, unless I am actually in the shower. I am ashamed to admit that I go to bed with my makeup on more often than not. Ahhh, so bad.

-What skin type do you have (dry/oily/combo)?
I actually have no idea! I would say probably combination skin, because it is a bit of both, though not severe on either side of the spectrum.

-What is your current facial wash?
I use my St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub almost daily. I used to use the lovely Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash, which I looove, but I ran out a while ago.

-Do you exfoliate?
Nothing hardcore, just with my scrub that I mentioned before.

-What brand do you use?
St. Ives!

-What moisturizer do you use?
Up&Up Sensitive Skin Facial Moisturizer, store brand, but comparable to Neutrogena!

-Do you have freckles?
A few, yes!

-Do you use eye cream?
Not yet, probably will start soon.

-Do you or did you have acne prone skin?
Verrrrrry. Ugh.

-Did you ever have to use Pro-activ?
I have in the past, it did nothing for me at all.

MAKE-UP
-What foundation do you use?
Currently, the Younique liquid foundation in “Velour”, which was a gift, but I’m not a fan. Before that, Rimmel Matte Foundation.

-How about concealer?
I think it is also Rimmell, but I have no idea! I don’t use it much. I never have luck with concealers…

-Do you know your undertone color?
Warm? I think.

-What do you think of fake eyelashes?
No thanks!

-Did you know that you are suppose to change your mascara every 3 months?
Nope, and I definitely don’t. Oops?

-What brand of mascara do you use?
Maybelline! Pink tube.

-Sephora or MAC?
Too broke for either.

-Do you have a MAC Pro-card?
Nope.

-What makeup tools do you use in make up application?
Aside from my fingers (I know, I’m awful)? I have a Real Techniques foundation brush, which I love, and some sponges. And two different slanted brushes for brows/eyeliner. That’s it!

-Do you use make-up base/primer for the eyes?
Not anymore. Too expensive.

-For the face?
I need more.

-What is your favorite eyeshadow (color or shade)?
Honestly, I don’t wear much eyeshadow. I got some samples of a few Younique shades, and I like “Sexy” and “Confident”.

-Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?
Pencil usually, but I dabble in cream.

-How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil?
Um, never actually. Not even in the car.

-What do you think of pigment eyeshadows?
No idea, haha.

-Do you use mineral makeup?
I have in the past… too broke for it now.

-What is your favorite lipstick?
I don’t wear lipstick!

-How about lipgloss?
I don’t wear gloss either really, but I have a pretty pink one from VS that I have had for years… and should probably toss.

-What is your favorite blush to use?
Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Cheek Flush in “Pinking of You”.

-Do you buy your makeup on ebay?
Noooo.

-Do you like drugstore makeup?
It’s all I use!

-Do you go to CCO’s? (cosmetic company outlets)
… what?

-Did you ever consider taking make-up classes?
I have, yes.

-Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?
Only eyeliner!

-Name a makeup crime that you hate?
Probably all of the ones that I’m guilty of.

-Do you like colorful shades of makeup (lipstick/eyeshadow) or neutral ones?
Definitely neutral.

-Which celebrity always has great make up?
Celebrity? Pssh. I only pay attention to my favorite makeup gurus on YouTube! Zoella, Marzia, Louise, and my current obsession, Stephanie Lange.

-If you could leave the house using just ONE make up item,what would you use?
Mascara probably, though I have black lashes already… hmm. Maybe just foundation?

-Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on?
I usually do!

-Do you think you look good even without any makeup on?
I don’t even look good WITH makeup on!

-In your opinion, what is the BEST makeup line?
I don’t have much experience outside of drugstore makeup really, I get most of mine from Target, or somewhere similar. I dabble in several brands, as each has its hits and misses. I like quite a bit from Maybelline though.

-What do you think of makeup?
I don’t really know. I like makeup, even though I’m terrible at it, and it doesn’t do much to help my appearance. You definitely don’t need makeup, as women (and men) are beautiful creatures anyway, but I love to watch tutorials and marvel at the skills others have with it. Makeup can definitely be fun!
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And there you have it! I hope you all enjoyed laughing at how horrible I am when it comes to beauty things.

Thanks for reading, friends!

Jan