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Thursday Thirteen: Make Me A Girl

Growing up, I wasn’t the girly girl. I liked being a girl, because in the crowd of boys at the rodeo it made me different and they treated me special. Even cowboys as kids are a special breed. I didn’t get my Bachelorette of Style until I met a very fabulous man who taught me a lot about being female. There’s something funny about a man teaching a woman about being feminine. So today’s post is thirteen things is a tribute to him because I want to share thirteen beauty product, tips and tricks that I use – daily.

  1. Don’t be shy about waxing, plucking or shaving it. If whatever your ‘it’ is has too much forestation, do something about it. You’ll feel better neatly groomed than if you try to hide or minimize your ‘it’. My it? My upper lip. I tip my waxing tech well.
  2. Eyebrows make a statement. Hopefully yours says something positive. Some women are born with amazing eyebrows that need little to no grooming. I am not one of those people. I plucked for years and years, and finally got waxed and it’s one of two fashion up keeping costs I won’t give up.
  3. Your skin is everywhere. Literally. Pick up after yourself. We’ve all had dandruff, or dry, flaky skin. I keep a roller on my desk at work for days like this.
  4. Skin care. Following the above idea, taking care of my skin was something I didn’t do until I was in my 20’s. I didn’t know I should exfoliate or moisturize. Now it’s one of my routines. I exfoliate with an organics face scrub and I use day and night moisturizers and eye cream.
  5. Something luxurious is a necessary. Some people love pedicures or manicures, maybe a massage. The salon I go to for my hair has a fantastic facial package. My face has never felt smoother, nor have I ever been so relaxed as when I splurged for what I thought would be a one-time facial.
  6. Don’t limit your style. Everyone has a style, even if it’s only jeans and a t-shirt, you have a personal style.  But don’t stick to that. Just because you’re wearing a name tag that says My Name is Sidney doesn’t mean you’re limited to those letters. Pick something in a daring shade, a cut you aren’t 100% confident about or something that is or isn’t trendy. You’ll feel that special something else when you wear it.
  7. Footwear shouldn’t be forced. Comfort is a big deal for me. If something isn’t comfortable for me I’m not going to wear it. I don’t care how fantastic the heel is or how wow the print, I won’t wear it. I love heels, they do wonderful things for my calves, but I won’t bleed to wear a heel.
  8. Sometimes His really is better than Hers. I use men’s razors. I know that women’s razors are supposed to be specifically made for us, with a close shave – but the best shave I’ve ever had was from a men’s cheapie disposable razor.
  9. Find your POP. Everyone’s style has a pop element. Be it blingy jewelry, a flower or jeweled head piece, or a body bag sized purse – there’s some funky twist that we all love. And it’s usually ‘you’ specific. For me, I like a lot of pop. My challenge is selecting the pop items.
  10. Edit yourself. Hard on the heels of the ‘pop’, know when you have too much. We’ve all seen the teenager with a hundred bazillion necklaces, tons of belts, chunky shoes and clothes that scream at us. It’s too much of too many statements. Know what you want to say about yourself, and underline that with your clothes. Don’t scream it.
  11. Artistry is subjective. I encourage everyone to go get their make-up done professionally once or twice. The first time you’re going to be so wide eyed and amazed at all the different products and all the stuff that will be put on your face. A second time you’ll be able to understand what’s going on. Another reason I suggest going more than once, you might not like the results the first time. Different people style different ways and playing with colors and combinations is allowed. Make-up is an art.
  12. Take the whole picture into consideration. Have a good, full length mirror. You are your own worst critic, and being able to
    evaluate how you look, see how fantastic you are, that’s pretty important. I fail on this one. I really need a new mirror because mine is rather pitiful.
  13.  Somedays, you need to let yourself go. This is a hard one for me to do. Make-up was my shield, it was a mask that made me feel
    able to handle being around people and feel confident. Don’t just let yourself be all natural on a day you’re at home, go out al natural sometimes, because you’re fabulous if you’re made up, and when you’re not.

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Painting my Face.

Saturday my friend and I went to see one of the shows put on by the local summer theater venues.  It was a traveling Broadway show.  People here don’t do enough dressing up for fun events like this if you ask my humble opinion.  Thankfully my friend is with me on wanting to dress up so we did.  I also had dramatic make-up which was pretty enough I wanted to share.
Ignoring my need to pluck, I really like this dramatic look.  There are a lot of purple and pink tones in the eyeshadow, most of which are MAC colors.  I was surprised by how purple my lashes look.  Because my hair color is a red with a lot of purple tones in it the MAC lady said I had to have purple mascara.  So I have it, much to the chagrin of my purple loving friends.  I only like purple, they love purple.  The only thing not MAC on my eyes is the liquid eyeliner I used to do the exaggerated cat-eye look.  It’s plain old Maybelline liquid eyeliner that I’ve used for ages.  I’ve thought about switching to a MAC liquid eye liner but I learned to create using the Maybelline stuff.  People watch in jealousy as I draw cat-eyes in a single straight line instead of nudging it along.

Anyways, there’s my fantastic make-up I wanted to share.  My latest work of art.  What are you working on?

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