• Beauty Standards Around the World

    Over the past few weeks I have been thinking a lot about what makes me feel beautiful. I think this has been sparked by a lot of the events I have attended recently and the discussions I have at them. A lot of the time us bloggers chat about products we like and why we like them. I really love these discussions. I like to know why people like to use makeup, skin care or wear certain clothes. I find is incredibly insightful to hear each person's reasons and a lot of times it is all centred around their emotions - How they feel while applying makeup, when they have it on or how a certain outfit boosts their confidence. 

    For me I feel my most beautiful when my skin is looking its best.  Due to the pressures I am under at work my skin has really not been playing nice with me. I don't have serious breakouts (thankfully) but it has gone incredibly dry, tight, feels uneven and is just plain dull. I have been using masks and paying extra attention to it, but to no avail.  I have been feeling so very ugly and it has affected my mood substantially. 

    While surfing the web I came across a video on Beauty Standards Around the World. In short, a journalist sent a photo of herself to 22 PhotoShop experts around the world and asked them "Make me beautiful". It was really interesting to see just how differently they all interpret physical beauty.
    We do tend to put a lot of emphasis on our appearance and how we are perceived by others. I'd love to be able to say something profound here, but the fact of the matter is that this isn't ever going to change. I definitely don't think there is going to be some major revolution where women will suddenly jump up and burn all their makeup and fashionable clothing - I personally wouldn't because those are the things that add some joy to my day. I think the main thing is that we shouldn't lose sight of why we wear makeup and get dressed up - is it because we enjoy it or is it so that we can be "accepted"?.

    The video ends with the question, "What do you find beautiful?". We should all look in the mirror and answer "Me!". I know this is something I personally need to work on. 

    I'd really love to hear your thoughts on this subject. Please leave a comment below and share your thoughts and experiences.

    Hope you all have a great day!

    Big Hugs,
    Charlene XXX

    10 comments:

    1. I really enjoyed this post Charlene. Women really need to find beauty in themselves without the makeup and the fashion and then use it because they enjoy it, not as a cover up.
      I feel like woman need to actually just stop worrying so much about the world and concentrate on themselves. We are our own worst enemies because we know that we can't live up to the "standards" set by magazines and TV yet we still try or we bully ourselves when we can't. The only way to be beautiful is to know that you are beautiful so instead of taking an hour to cover up your face with makeup in the morning, take some time out of that to self appreciate and learn to love yourself.

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      1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Kerry and you are right, we should spend more time on appreciating ourselves and ensuring we love who we are. Big Hugs XXX

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    2. This was such an interesting video! I never wear make-up, so for me some of the facts were quite surprising! I did not even have make-up on for my first date (I was aged 21, and 6 years later, he still likes me without make-up!) I think make-up should be in moderation, and I know you also mentioned how much you like make-up, but I think women should be more comfortable in their own skin! And I totally agree with you, Charlene, if my face is dull or having breakouts, then I also feel unpretty!

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      1. I am glad I am not the only one who feels this way when my skin isn't great - means I am normal and not entirely vain. JP is the same with me, he doesn't understand why I feel the need to wear makeup and sometimes when we are at home the whole day I'll still put mascara on and he'll scold me, saying I don't need it. It does boost a person's confidence and makes you appreciate men who love you for who you are :) XXX

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    3. Such a great post and that video was so interesting. I love skincare and make-up, just like you. I think it has a lot to do with the 'me-time', but for me, honestly, it's more about my lack of confidence. I don't feel confident walking around bare-faced. My weight is already a big issue for me, so I think I try to make myself feel prettier by wearing make-up. Maybe to draw attention away from my big bum. Ha-ha! Please don't ever forget how gorgeous you are; inside and out! xx

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      1. Sorry to hear about your insecurities. That is one thing I have noticed about myself as well, I have gained some weight over the last 2 years and I do feel shy about my body and even hide at times. But one thing I realised is these insecurities play such nasty tricks with a person's mind - I started wondering if I was good enough and pretty enough for JP. Whenever I call myself fat or ugly he gets upset with me. Sometimes I wish I could see myself the way he sees me. From what you've told me about your husband, I am sure he feels the extract same way about you - that you are an incredibly beautiful woman! So don't forget that either :)

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    4. An interesting post, I tend to agree… beauty has to come from within and everyones standard is different. I just hope that young girls today also find value in this belief!
      Rushda xx

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      1. I hope so too because girls are affected by this at a far more younger age than when I became aware of my weight and looks. I truly do worry about the future generations and the standards they will feel they have to live up to. Thanks for sharing your thought XXX

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