“I Am Brave And Beautiful” is an amazing movement that I discovered on Instagram through @Whipperberry. It’s inspired by Colbie Caillat’s song, “Try“, and it encourages bloggers to post about real beauty! As you can see from the photo below, there are 100s of bloggers that have participated in this movement. It’s amazing!!!
I’m a mom who wears no makeup – most of the time.
On Whipperberry.com, she posted a no makeup selfie. As a blogger who has 10,000 Instagram followers I was so inspired by her courage, and I wondered how I could be more brave online. A lot has changed in my life since I worked full time as a celebrity makeup artist. Now that I’m a mom, I spend a lot of days at home with my beautiful boy! He’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me. But I’ll admit to having many monotonous days and spending most days without makeup.
Take yesterday as an example of my new normal. Makeup didn’t really make a lot of sense for my day. Harvey and I never left the house. YIKES! We woke up way earlier than necessary thanks to a smoke detecter with a dead battery that was beeping non-stop. After eating breakfast, it was the normal play, bath, and get into everything routine. Toddlers! During this time I called my mom for some reassurance, a pep talk, pat on the back, etc. Everyone needs a mother like mine. Then, Harvey and I painted a pumpkin. It was the messiest, most exciting activity for him that ended with a full hosing down in the backyard.
During the afternoon, Harvey helped me clean. It’s honestly one of his favorite things to do. He has his own vacuum that is meant for girls, but he doesn’t care. He calls it a “HA”, and shouts the word repeatedly every time any vacuum gets turned on. Harvey loves cleaning so much that when I pulled out the broom, he started bawling because I didn’t let him use it first. I guess he needs his own broom too!
This is just a small glimpse of this somewhat insignificant day. Most moms amaze me at all that they do. If you are a mom, I hope when you look in the mirror or sit down with a hurt back from cleaning like I did, that you will remember that who you are is what really makes you pretty.
When you do wear makeup, keep these tips in mind:
Makeup is Not a Mask
For the record, I LOVE MAKEUP!!! It gives me confidence, and enhances my features. But I do not think it should be used as a mask to hide the beautiful features that I believe are God given! Try to embrace what is unique about you, and add makeup to play up your originality.
Less Makeup is Better for Your Skin
Sometimes less makeup is better for your skin. This is why BB creams and CC creams are so great. They provide you with amazing benefits in one simple product, and there is little chance that you will end up looking cakey.
Removing the Excess
Remember the lyrics to Colbie’s song – “You don’t have to try so hard.” This is a true principle. Have confidence in who you are and let your inner beauty show through. xo