A few weeks back, Sarah Von asked me if I’d been reading Beauty Bets. When she found out I hadn’t yet discovered this Twin Cities-based blog o’ beauty-related goodness, she nearly fell out of her chair. And when she e-introduced me to bloggess Elizabeth, instant buddyhood was kindled. I’ve been avidly reading her budget-friendly, down-to-earth cosmetics and beauty tips and tricks ever since.
And now I’m introducing you folks to the gal herself. I asked her to cook up a guest post that tied beauty practices to self-love, and couldn’t be more tickled by her response. Take a look!
Disclaimer: I was born with a beauty gene. I don’t mean that I’M beautiful, I mean that from the time I could sell lemonade on our street corner, I was spending my meager earnings on Mood lipstick and lavender eye shadow. My parents, who are of the hearty hunt-fish-camp variety, used to joke that I was adopted. I tell you all of this so that you believe me when I say that I’m not a product of patriarchy, or a victim of the media, I’m just a honest-to-goodness hedonist who takes pleasure in regular pampering. For me, beauty is about making that mind-body connection. In fact, some of my most beloved rituals don’t even require a trip to the makeup counter:
- Steam. The ultimate detoxifier is essentially free-of-charge. Here’s my recipe for a simple yet invigorating DIY facial steam that will leave your pores clean and your mind clear.
- Tea. I’m a morning coffee drinker, but in the evenings my husband and I make tea. It’s a soothing ritual that feels healthy and mellows me out so I can get my beauty sleep. Any herbal blend will do, but Aveda Comforting Tea is laced with licorice and peppermint—so good.
- Meditation. Running has wreaked havoc on my knees and feet, but so has the negative energy I carry in my body. You HAVE to take care of your mind if you’re going to keep your temple in tact, so I do my best to meditate regularly and see a holistic healer when I need help finding balance.
- Facials. You don’t have to go to a fancy spa to rejuvenate yourself and your skin. It’s far from selfish to lock yourself in the bathroom with some almond oil, a superb facial massage treatment, or this ingenious baking soda mask.
- Embracing You Inner Goddess. In other cultures, and in times past, women have had a sacred bond. Instead of competing, they propped each other up. They celebrated being female, and all of the emotions, intuitions, and complexities that come with it. Telling your friends how smart/funny/creative they are — or the stranger on the street how much you love her dress/lipstick/handbag — will make you feel beautiful, too.
Find more insights and beauty advice over at Beauty Bets!
Image via Weheartit.