Perfectly Pretty

In a world where women are taught they need to wear makeup and spend an obscene amount of money on their hair and nails in order to be loved, I took a stand to live my life differently by appreciating the way I look without all of the unnecessary bells and whistles.

It is quite amusing to see the expressions on the faces of those who find out I do not wear any makeup. I mean, they are flabbergasted! Why do you think that is? It is because the confidence I exude without makeup distracts people from the fact that I choose not to wear makeup. And I am more comfortable with the way I look than a lot of the women I know who do wear makeup.

Friends, I don’t wear makeup and I still think I’m beautiful. I don’t wear makeup and other people still think I’m beautiful. I don’t wear makeup and I’m still loved by those around me.

Today’s challenge: Leave the makeup on the shelf and tell yourself you’re much more beautiful without it. You may not know this but… you really are! If you can’t go a day without makeup, ask yourself why that is and then sit quietly for an honest answer. You may be surprised at what you discover.

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DIY Lip & Cheek Stain

What you need
• One Beet
• A Sharp Knife

What you do
Start with a clean, dry face. Slice off about an inch of the beet. Rub the cut side of the beet on your lips and cheeks until you get your desired color. Let the beet juice sit on your face for about 5 minutes. Gently rub your face and lips with coconut oil or your moisturizer of choice.

How much money per month do you spend on lip and cheek stain? Have you tried using beets on your face to add color? What were your results?

DIY Lip Balm

What you need
2 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp beeswax
1 tsp cocoa butter or shea butter
Lip balm containers (I use the solid black sample jars I got at Lush.)

What you do
Melt the oil, wax, and butter in a double boiler and stir well. (I sit a glass measuring cup into a small pot of simmering water.) Once melted, pour contents into your containers. Let cool before using.

*If you’re making tinted or scented balm, mix in color and/or essential oils before pouring your balm into containers. For brown hue, add cocoa powder. For red hue, add beet root powder. Add a little bit at a time to come up with your preferred color and fragrance strength.*

Do you wear lip balm? Do you have a lip balm recipe you’d like to share?