Tuesday, March 29, 2011

What is Everyday Beauty?

Does any of the following sound like you?

  • One day you realized that the tried-and-true cosmetics you'd relied on for the last n years were no longer working—maybe a reformulation was making you look or feel worse. Or maybe you suddenly, mysteriously developed allergies to your old favorites.
  • Your skin, which once tolerated daily scrubs or any old cleanser/toner had suddenly become sensitive, or you've developed a permanent flush on cheeks, nose, chin. 
  • You found the almost-incomprehensible stew of ingredients impossible to decipher (are parabens bad? should I avoid gluten? is this stuff even healthy? )
  • Eye makeup you'd worn for years (not the same item, obviously, but a repeat purchase over the years) now made your eyes itchy, watery, red, and on fire.
  • Your lips always felt flaky or cracked no matter what you did to treat them. Lipstick and/or gloss and/or balms just seemed to make things worse.
  • Those sweet little freckles that used to emerge when the summer sun kissed your skin not only stopped fading in winter but seemed to multiply ... and merge!
  • You used your normal eye crease brush to apply contouring to the eye socket, and one day you noticed that the skin did not spring back the way it used to. In fact, you could pinch and lift it away from the crease.
  • You skin tone began to look uneven, dull, splotchy, or one-dimensional.
  • The outer third of your eyebrows thinned considerably, or you lost volume in your eyelashes and/or hair--maybe in patches of maybe the loss was more diffuse.
  • You thought that looking into x10 magnifying mirror was a good idea!
  • Your oily skin, which had protected you from wrinkling, finally betrayed you and left you with Frankenpores. (See x10 mirror above)
  • You lost confidence about which skincare products to use, especially given that advertising targets (and shows images of) women who don't need those products yet.
  • Your hands began showing your age; they were not as full, skin appeared tissue thin, or you saw your first sign of the dreaded "liver spot."
  • You began to wonder if your best interests were being represented by the cosmetics industry.

If you've thought about, or observed, even one point from the above list, then I hope you find what you're looking for on this blog, as I explore what looks good now and, more importantly, what feels good now, and what you can feel good about using.

This blog is called Everyday Beauty, not because I find beauty ordinary but because I believe that beauty—in all its forms—is something we can and should welcome and embrace every day. Beauty is found in all living creatures. It is ageless, timeless, and never need stop. It certainly does not need to be saved for special occasions. Everyday Beauty also implies your best everyday look. It does not necessarily mean picture-perfect, pampered, or every hair in place.

If you like what you read here and are interested in more dynamic interaction, please join us at the Everyday Beauty forum.  
(Note: Because of the huge increase in penis-peddling spammers on forums, I have turned off automatic registration and I manually check all IP addresses. So there could be a small delay--but I almost always approve registrants within 12 hours.)


  1. This sounds like an exciting new blog and I can't wait to read more.

  2. I definitely related to some of the things you mentioned above. Especially, about the flushing. I just discovered you blog and became a follower because I like what I see. :) ~Jenn


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