The Mole versus The Beauty Mark (cue the horror flick intro music)

Did know that an imperfection can turn into your greatest beauty feature?  I know, I know, you are probably thinking, “Yeah right https://i1.wp.com/www.alicavanaugh.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/intended-imperfection-b.jpgFeisty Girl, if I didn’t have this chin, or this nose or this hair, then all my problems would go away and I’d feel a lot better about myself.” Well, I’ve got news for you sister, thinking you should send a supposed beauty imperfection on a permanent vaca is NOT the answer. Believe me, I can relate!  Let me share a little personal story with you…

I have a very distinctive nose… a nose that when I was little, thought it took up my entire face.  EVERYONE commented on my nose. My nose….well…my nose made me, “me.” The worst part? I couldn’t do anything about it!  It was and is my nose for crying out loud!  So I had to make a choice. I could be upset for the rest of my life about it, or I could embrace it, love it and let it define ME.  I had to get some courage and get a little feisty with myself and decided to kick the “woe is me” self to the curb. I looked in the mirror and said to my nose (that’s right, I talked to my nose), I said, “Nose, you are no longer my mole, you are my beauty mark. You were placed on my face for a reason and I will never forsake you again.”

From that day forward I became empowered! I decided to make my nose fashionable  – just like Marilyn and Cindy did with their moles. And if people continued to comment, I’d get a little feisty right back and say, “Yep, my nose is definitely unique but I love it and it makes me “me.” Too bad you’ll never have one like it.” Then I started noticing how awesome my nose became! Just by switching it from a mole to a beauty mark, I realized that I had a nose like no other. My nose and I were going to conquer the world together! … Okay well, not really, I’m getting a little too excited here about my nose, but you get the point…

Inner Beauty Thoughts: If you don’t like one of your supposed “imperfections” – change the way you think about it.  See it as unique… as you. Change your mole into a beauty mark.

Outer Beauty Tips: Did you know that beauty marks were particularly highly regarded during the eighteenth century and creating false ones became common, often in fanciful shapes such as hearts or stars. They could be purchased as silk or velvet patches known as “mouches” (flies).

In the twentieth century Marilyn Monroe’s beauty mark generated a new vogue. Musician Prince is iconic for several of his beauty marks. Fashion model Cindy Crawford’s prominent mole helped revive the fashion. The Monroe piercing has gained popularity in recent years as a flexible way of approximating a beauty mark.

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The Foundation Behind the Makeup

Have you ever noticed the difference a good foundation makes under your makeup? It is an essential primer before the palette.  If you choose the right color and consistency, it provides an even, smooth canvas allowing all the other colors, shades and shimmers to magnify the beauty of your face. It is an essential part of your makeup regimen and without it; the colors won’t shine as bright nor last as long.

The foundation to your makeup is very similar to the foundation of your life.  If you don’t have a good foundation, everything you pile on top will be inconsistent and will fade quickly.  Yeah, you may get a quick, short burst of color here and there, but what’s the point if you can’t build on it and make it last? I know I would totally run out of steam if I had to keep re-applying throughout the day! No thanks!  So how do you get a good foundation set for your day, and for your life? Well, you gotta get a little feisty with some non-negotiables.

First, start with a small application – meaning – start in the morning, one day at a time. As you begin applying your foundation to your face in the morning think of three non-negotiables for your foundation of your day.  For example, “I will only surround myself with positive people, I will not participate in gossip (that helps my lipstick stay on better anyway) and I will not compare myself to others.” Voila! By the time I’ve laid out my “foundation” for the day, my foundation for my face has been applied.  Now I’ve got a prep for my makeup AND a healthy “me prep” for my day!

Inner Beauty Thoughts: Just like the foundation for your makeup, you must have a foundation before you start your day.  Whether this foundation is three healthy mantras, a quote, a verse or just a word, “put it on” before everything else in your day, remain true to it throughout the day and the rest will fall into place.

Outer Beauty Tips: Well, I can’t leave you all for the day without telling you what foundation I personally like best – duh! So in my feisty make-up bag I usually have these essential items: Colorscience or Glo Minerals for face makeup. Eye primer for the evening out (helpful for adding extra dimension).

I’m a lip gloss junkie, but only with minerals! The only over the counter product I can’t live without is Chanel’s mascara “Inimitable” in black for my feisty lashes.  Don’t forget your pimple cover up! Must be a mineral stick. I opt for Glo Minerals Coverz-it sticks with a salicylic to treat, cover and heal.