What We Do To Feel Beautiful

What We Do To Feel Beautiful

What lengths would you go to in order to feel pretty?

What does it take to feel beautiful? What does it take for you to dance around your room and sing the immortal song from "West Side Story", "I Feel Pretty"? Now, be honest! Don't stand there and piously quote, "beauty is only skin deep" or "beauty is in the eye of the beholder". Come on now, out with it. You do something to feel pretty. There is some little routine that you indulge in, at least once in a while, that makes you feel beautiful in your own eyes.

Let's think about some of these practices for just a moment. What seems of no consequence to us may seem very strange to someone else. For example, one day my husband came into our room while I was plucking my eyebrows. He watched for a moment with a puzzled look on his face.

"Why do you do that?" he asked.

"Because I don't like how they look when they're bushy."

"It seems like that would hurt."

"It doesn't," I replied.

Well, it does, but I wasn't about to tell him that. Just a little. Compared to birthing twins, it's nothing. It helps to keep it all in perspective. I wondered what he would think about waxing? Now there's a practice that I don't even pretend to understand. When I think of it, all I can feel is hot duct tape being ripped off my skin. Ouch. I wonder, if like Band-Aids, they have an "ouch-less" brand of waxing.

My husband teases me a little about some of my routines, such as putting on makeup. He sweetly assures me, romantically, not to worry that my barn door doesn't need painting. A real smooth-talker, he is. He doesn't understand that sometimes I like to put on the makeup because it makes me feel pretty. Some days I need it so I can fool others into thinking that I'm alert and enthusiastic. All in all, I think a little eyebrow plucking and some makeup is within the realm of "normal" for our culture.

Granted, some people may take it to an extreme. What others do to be beautiful in the eyes of others may very well make some people raise eyebrows. For example, most people have heard about women of yore wearing corsets. That is child's play compared to the abolished practice of foot binding that Chinese women endured for centuries. It was believed that a 3 to 5 inch foot was a symbol of wealth. The neck rings of certain African tribes make us cringe. How about those trendy lip plates? The bottom teeth of the woman are knocked out to make room for a clay plate inserted in the bottom lip. And I mean plate, as in the size of what you eat off of at dinner. The bigger the better.

Hardware isn't the only novelty item when it comes to beauty. Japanese women smear chicken manure (that's a polite way of saying chicken poop) over their faces. Oh, don't worry, it's in the form of a cream, so that makes it okay. It is supposed to smooth out those pesky wrinkles that appear after decades of living. We Americans have a similar novelty. For a mere $200 per treatment, you can have facial gurus smear nightingale manure (that's also bird poop, people) on your face. I wonder if there is a discount if you ask for pigeon poop -- oh, excuse me, excrements -- instead. Oh, and don't worry, it's "sanitized" poop, so that makes it okay. Brings to mind the Proverb, "A fool and her money are soon parted".

So, now that you are all lathered up with wrinkle erasing bird poop, let's top it off with some lovely and expensive perfume made from whale vomit. Sounds alluring and enticing, doesn't it? Call me unsophisticated, but whale vomit and perfume don't seem to go together. How does one advertise that anyway? I can see the commercial now. A couple at a five-star restaurant, enjoying fine dining. The man leans in close to the woman, dressed to the nines and says:

"My darling, what is that wonderful scent you are wearing?"

"It's whale vomit, my love."

Talk about killing the mood.

Never mind the beauty practices we consider strange in other countries. Look closer to home, and you'll find African and Japanese ladies scratching their heads, wondering why those American ladies use bull semen to cure wrinkles; or how can they stand ripping hair from their bodies with primitive wax methods. It does bring up the question of whether or not we in America are qualified to judge others on beauty, when we think that using our lunch hour to inject paralytic agents into our faces is a sane use of time and money.

Though beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, it shouldn't make you raise your eyebrows or vomit! Then again, maybe you could market that as a facial cream.

Cover Image Credit: Isabell Winter

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6 Colorful Hair Dye Trends You're Already Calling Your Salon For

*Calls hair stylist*

If you love colorful hair, and, like me, have spent hours admiring different colors and styles on Pinterest, then you need to see these hair dye trends. They are imaginative, beautiful, and very inspiring for your next trip to the salon.

1. Split Hair

This hair dye trend gives you the best of both worlds. You can have any combination of colors and not have to choose just one!

2. Sunset Hair

Sunset hair reminds me of Mardi Gras and King Cake. The colors are so pleasing and mesmerizing, and you won't have to look out the window for the sunset, you can just look in the mirror!

3. Underlayer Dye

This trend is for a more subtle look. You can dye just the underside of your hair so that the color can only be seen when in a ponytail or bun. Business on top, party underneath!

4. Dyed Bangs

This is another less extreme option. You can leave your hair its natural color and just dye your bangs. Or, like the picture, you can go all out and have two colors that compliment each other.

5. Colorful Highlights

This trend is just what it sounds like, and consists of one color as the base, with another brighter color as the highlights. Pink and yellow is my favorite combination for this trend.

6. Subtle Color

Another very understated and elegant option is to add some subtle hints of color throughout the hair. It almost blends in with the hair, but upon closer inspection opens up into layers of color.

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Bruno Mars And Cardi B Brought Back The 90s With The "Finesse" Remix And We Are THRIVING

They're straight stuntin' and we are loving it.

Those who grew up in the 90s and miss this era terribly, and for those who didn't, but wish they could've because they love the music and fashion the 90s had to offer, must be in music heaven right now!

The reason is because of the recently released remix of the song "Finesse" by Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B! Bruno Mars is known for bringing back 90s sound, style, and dance in his songs and music videos. For example, in the music video of one of Mars' other popular songs, "That's What I Like," he is wearing early 90s men's R&B fashion.

The original version of "Finesse" was featured on Mars' "24K Magic" album in 2016. The original version is just as good and fun to listen to, but with Cardi B's fire rapping included in the remix makes this version the perfect 90s comeback song. Overall, it just beautifully brings back the New Jack Swing sound so many people loved during the late 80s through the 90s!

According to Billboard,"Finesse" began at No.13 on the Digital Song Sales chart with 30,000 sold in the week of Jan. 4th. The song additionally drew 8.7 million U.S. streams in the week ending Jan. 4th.

I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that every time after hearing this song, I have to also listen to throwback New Jack Swing songs such as "Motownphilly" by Boyz II Men, "Poison" by Bell Biv DeVoe, "What About Your Friends" by TLC and more!

Not only is this song everything 90s, but so is the colorful music video. Cardi B is definitely "straight stuntin" in the video wearing ripped, high waisted denim shorts, a colorful bomber jacket, big hoop earrings, and striped tube socks while rocking a baseball cap backward to match.

Bruno Mars is also fashionably giving off 90s vibes by wearing a vertical striped shirt that, according to today.com, is reminiscent of Corey Matthews from "Boy Meets World", along with wearing denim jeans, and gold chains.

Along with everyone dressed in hot 90s fashion, most of the dance moves were also straight out of the 90s. In the music video, Bruno Mars, Cardi B, and the backup dancers incorporate 90s dance moves such as the Running Man, The Reebok, and from what I see, a little bit of the Roger Rabbit.

Let's also not ignore the music video's background! What a great way to pay homage to the 90s sketch comedy T.V. series, "In Living Color". I bet Damon and Keenan Wayans had deja vu after watching this music video.

This song is definitely on the top of my playlist and I hope more artists will create more like it!

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