What Is Beauty?

Purple Makeup Prince Shirt

When I discuss beauty on my blog, I am usually talking about some sort of cosmetic/health related topic that we can connect with what make makes us look or feel beautiful.  Physical beauty is only skin deep and is only one facet of a person’s makeup (no pun intended).  Surely, most people want to enhance their natural beauty or at the very least, maintain and preserve their looks. So we spend money on products that promise to make us “better” in some way. We follow trends (some of them harmful), watch YT and IG “influencers” (folks on social media who are paid to promote cosmetic brands), and practice the latest diet fads that promote miraculous feats (“make your cellulite disappear”). People spend hours discussing and practicing how to create the perfect smokey eye, cut crease, contour, and highlight, as if somehow mastering these techniques will elevate them to “beauty.”  We pick, poke, and prod at our skin and our friends and those we cannot stand, trying to discover what’s “wrong” with their “beauty” as if they needed fixing in the first place.

What’s wrong? Everyone has their own definition of “beauty” yet people spend an inordinate amount of time dissecting others personal standards of beauty instead of critiquing themselves.  Simply put: worry about yourself.  Take care of YOUR skin and YOUR body. Buy and use products that YOU like. Strive to be a better human being because THAT is beautiful. Being happy in your own skin is beautiful. Having love in your life and in your heart is beautiful. Appreciating every day that you are here and not dead is beautiful. Having a job you hate that still pays your bills is beautiful. When you laugh from deep within and your face shows your happiness, you are beautiful.  I challenge you to define what beauty means for YOU and rock with that in YOUR life.

Until next time,


p.s. For all of you Prince lovers, my BEAUTIFUL shirt was created by my dear friend Timothy Flowers of  Flowers Custom Keepsakes Company! Check out the site: http://www.flowerskeepsakes.com




Facial Mask Sheets Work. That is All.

It’s been a real drag around these parts. I still miss my boy Prince, and I’ve been playing his music non-stop since he died. Since I haven’t been feeling all that fabulous, I decided to finally try out the Dermal Korea Collagen Essence Facial Mask Sheets that I ordered weeks ago via Amazon.  My skin is dry and because I’d been a little neglectful in recent weeks, I knew I needed to get back on track with using a moisturizer for my face and neck.  Dermal Mask IMG_6374

The facial mask sheets from Korea are really popular right now, and extremely easy to use (as well as economical).  My sheets contained aloe, and after figuring out how to accurately spread the almost sopping wet mask over my face (yes, this mask is literally a sheet that contains the serum), I put the timer on 20 minutes and waited to see how my skin would feel later. Well, here’s what I discovered:

  1. The mask felt really cool on my skin and had a pleasant smell that wasn’t overpowering.
  2. Smoothing out the mask so that it fit around my nose, mouth, eyes, hairline, and jawbone was a little difficult. The mask is really thin, and I was afraid that it would tear but it was surprisingly sturdy.
  3. You should shut the bathroom door or warn anyone before they see you. I looked like I was wearing the mask of Michael Myers.
  4. After 20 minutes, I thought the mask would have dried out but instead, it was still wet. I guess I thought it would have hardened at some point.
  5. My skin felt SOOOOOOOOO GOOD!! My skin felt like a newborn baby. My skin felt like silk. My skin felt like it should have had its own theme song! Did I say how hydrated my skin felt? The “used” mask still contained serum, which I applied to my neck (never neglect the neck).

So for under $10, I got a hydrating facial and I still have 9 masks left (there were ten in my order). I noticed that there were several formulas from the brand, including Green Tea, Cucumber, and Vitamin. This is my new at-home beauty fix!

Until next time,