Posts Tagged: beauty

I Fell Down the Cosmetics Rabbit Hole

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I started experimenting with cosmetics sometime in 2009. Previous to that, I didn’t even know how to apply mascara. And only five years previous to that, I’d never plucked my eyebrows.

Because I grew up being told that I didn’t “need” makeup, and since I’m an incredibly lazy person by nature I embraced this news with open arms. Even back then, though, the very phrase gave me pause. What kind of human being “needs” makeup? How did the transition to feeling fine barefaced to feeling naked without makeup take place? Wasn’t it unhealthy for women to feel self-conscious to the point of terror at the very idea of being seen without cosmetics? read more

Reader Request: Perfectly Polished

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Reader A. e-mailed me this conundrum:

You know how some women seem to always look fresh and pretty and manicured and wrinkle free….. well, that would not be me. Even when I try really hard, I can’t seem to pull off the “polished” look and it is so discouraging. Last weekend, I went to Nordstrom and decided to not wear the usual Alaskan attire of athletic pants and puffy coat—I put on simple black tights, a cute black corduroy Boden skirt, and a white tee. Simple. I felt pretty good when I left the house. An hour later, trying on some clothes in the dressing room, I was appalled at how shabby I looked!! Hair was frizzy and flat, the black tights and skirt felt too thick and overpowering for the bright sunny day that we were having, and the corduroy skirt looked old even though I only wore it 3-4 times! read more

Girl Knowledge

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Several years ago, I was having lunch with two girlfriends. One was a no-makeup, Birks-and-jeans boho gal. The other was a consummate athlete who ran and biked all summer, ran and skiied all winter, and seldom wore anything flashier than a simple silver necklace. We chatted away about our husbands, our hobbies, movies we’d seen, new local restaurants, short- and long-term life goals. Then, somehow, the conversation turned to matters of grooming, and eventually the two of them were trading tips about the best place to get a Brazilian and great spots for cheap pedicures. read more