Inner Beauty

Finding Inner Beauty: The beginning of a journey

Inner beauty is not quantifiable or readily visible. As women we focus quite a bit of our energy on outer appearances and how others perceive us. Collectively women spend over $426 billion a year on beauty products. Studies show that 35% of women use at least two products daily and 17% use three or four. The real struggle is matching up how you look on the outside and how you feel on the inside.

Inner Beauty

There are so many self help books out there that it can be overwhelming. You may end up picking one at random and either agree or disagree with what the author has to say about finding yourself and your inner beauty. In doing some research on the topic I have found some common techniques other’s find helpful. I want to share them so you can use them as well.

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Inner beauty is described in many different ways but it basically comes down to being a generally good person, showing kindness, honesty, etc. I have heard inner beauty dismissed as a term used by “ugly” people to feel better about themselves. This is completely false and we all know this to be false but, unfortunately, negative thoughts are more prevalent than positive ones. One part of the journey to find inner beauty is about finding the positive things in life.

The Beginning

  1. Start by smiling more. It seems a little too simple but it will change the way people interact with you. It will also help change your view of the situation for the better.

  1. Find something you are passionate about and pursue it. This could be volunteerism or a hobby that you have been wanting to get into. A hobby is something you do that is completely of your own choosing and is shown to help relieve stress as well as realize accomplishments outside work that are your own.

  1. Be present in your life. You know those conversations where you are vaguely tuned out and maybe thinking about what is for dinner or what movie to watch later. Being focused and aware of those around you will help your relationships and a feeling of connection. Showing people you genuinely care about what is going on will help you with those relationships in a positive way.

Again, these seem like such small, obvious things to do but we tend to forget about them during the course of the day or the week. I have recently begun a practice of verbalizing the things I am grateful for in my life. They are sometimes small things like my job and my home as well as bigger things like my husband and my life in general. I have found it makes a big difference on my attitude. I find that verbalizing them is more powerful than writing them down because they seem more real. It all depends on what feels best for you.

As I continue down this journey I will continue to post my findings on what works in order to help others be more happy in their lives. If you found this helpful please share or leave a comment if you have suggestions or questions.

Makeup, Skin Care

Everything Beauty

Women are constantly searching for the right products for their skin type, coloring and personal style. I chose to discuss everything beauty not only because I am a Mary Kay beauty consultant, but because there is more to beauty than just the makeup you put on your face. It is about feeling good in your own skin and bringing out your inner beauty.

Many women don’t know they are using the wrong cleanser, that moisturizer is a must or that their foundation is not a good match. I used to be one of those women and it was frustrating. I tried many products until finding the right ones for me. It took quite a bit of education on my part and it was worth it. I want to help others find their perfect matches by sharing what I learned along the way.

We all have our unique features and there are makeup application strategies that maximize each one. I am constantly looking for the latest trends in skin care, new ways to apply makeup and other beauty related topics. This not only includes different products but living a healthy lifestyle and bringing out one’s inner beauty. Inner beauty is just as important as what you see in the mirror and I don’t want to diminish the importance of loving yourself for who you are.

Topics will include, but not limited to:

  • Skin care
  • Makeup
  • How to’s, tips & tricks
  • Trends and styles
  • New product releases
  • Other beauty related topics

I will be posting my findings here. If there is a topic you would like to see here or have a comment about a post don’t be shy, let me know. I will be more than happy to share with you.

-People often say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing you are the beholder.- 

Salma Hayek