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Beauty

Inner beauty is great but a little mascara never hurt!

Beauty enhancement products, don’t you just love em?

When I was a little girl I watched my mom apply makeup and noticed that she would suck in her cheeks to apply the blush below her cheek bone then when she finished I saw how different and beautiful it made her look. It was fascinating to see how the makeup enhanced her features but it was the confidence and grace she carried that made me believe in true beauty, for me this was the best beauty lesson learned.

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I don’t wear much makeup during the weekdays mainly because my routine involves work life, evening walking and swimming and spending quality time with my couch and TV. During the weekdays I like to wear a light tinted moisturizer, line my eyes with a soft brown eyeliner, apply a neutral eyeshadow, apply a soft black mascara and finish my loop with shiny lip gloss. Other days, when I feel like getting dressed up for a fun night out I’ll get a little more creative and experiment with bold pigment colours, highlight the cheeks, contour the face, spruce up the lashes with eyelash extensions and pucker up the lips in fire-engine red lipstick for that glamour girl look then head out the door in my finest outfit!

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I first started wearing makeup when I was 17 and I only wore a little bit of eyeliner, lipstick, mascara and a light eye shadow. I never wore foundation, concealer, blush, or anything else that would cover my skin because I was so proud of it that I didn’t see the point in covering it up. But as the years went by my beauty routine changed and so did my face! It wasn’t until one gloomy, wet morning, when I was 28 years old, that I caught a glimpse of my face reflection in the window while riding the skytrain and thought “Oh sh*t! I’ve got bags! Dark bags under my eyes, and I’m not even that tired!” I admit, I got a little scared! Age was finally beginning to reveal its unflattering self during a skytrain ride to work! Later that day I visited my local Clinique counter where I was able to express my fear of the “bags”. The lovely Clinique Specialist, decked out in a classic white lab coat, analyzed my situation, recommended I drink more water, prescribed a tiny little bottle of magic called Clinique All About Eyes Concealer, showed me how to apply it and sent me on my way. Crisis averted….but for how long?

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I’ve learned a lot about makeup over the years. I am not claiming to be a professional or anything but I do know what looks good on me and I understand the difference between a face with makeup on and makeup with a face somewhere behind it 😛

Sure, makeup and other beauty enhancement products are made to help us achieve “outer beauty” but it’s our kindness, confidence, appreciation and ability to accept what is different that makes a true beauty!

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In my opinion confidence is the key to real beauty, makeup just enhances it, but if your having a bad hair day, or your eyeliner wing isn’t quite right, then smile, a smile will instantly make you, and those around you, feel better 🙂