Scrubbin’, waxin’, workin’ it

Is beauty in the eye of the beholder or is it in the bottles in your bathroom closet?

Let me tell you a secret: there is much more to beauty than makeup. Manipulation starts way before that and can be very subtle. I never took part in the madness, unti I recently discovered that actually, I do…

You see, on thing that makes you really pretty, is a flawless skin. That is something you can barely fake with foundation and concealer. The best way to have a flawless skin, is to just have it. How? Well, you should ask someone else for good information, because I don’t have a flawless skin. I do use a peeling with dead sea minerals from Obey Your Body, and that stuff is good. It takes of the dead skin without it feeling like you are rubbing sand on your face. The skin on my nose had the tendency to look aggressive, but that really improved with this peeling.

I use a body scrub as well, though I don’t really see the effect of that one. Your skin feels a little softer, but it doesn’t seem to have a spectacular effect. You never know though, I believe it’s a healthy thing to do still.

A flawless skin also means without hair, if you think of legs. And so the adventure with pink wax starts… It hurts a little, doesn’t rip out everything, but in the end the effect seems to last quite a while. Thank god. There seems to be a new ‘movement’ of women not shaving their legs. Though I think it’s very freeing, I can’t bring myself to doing it. Having soft legs is something I do for myself too.

via 9gag

via 9gag

There are also even more subtle beauty tricks than these. I started polishing my finger nails – not with nail polish. Together with the Obey Your Body peeling we got a sort of cube. You have to rub three sides of it on your finger nail, however that may seem, and then your finger nails will shine. Very subtle, but it does look good. No shiny nail polish needed. It makes your finger nails look very clean.

And then there is the hair mask from Lush. It promises to ‘light up’ your hair, if you have blonde hair. I’ve always been blonde, but it gets darker every year, and I don’t like this evolution. So I am trying to light up my hair. It does seem to have a paler, lighter shine, so I believe it works. Of course it doesn’t turn you into a bleached blonde, but okay, the product never said it would do such magic tricks.

So you see, I’m guilty of manipulation you wouldn’t even notice when you see me. Of course I can’t live without makeup either, without mascara I don’t have eyes and I like some soft glitter as well, but that is manipulation you can trace. I don’t think all the products mentioned above are makeup, but they have a good effect and make you shine more. Shining is nice.
It does take some time,but not as much as it may sound, luckily. Shining isn’t as far away as it may seem!

So, is beauty in the eye of the beholder, or in the peeling/scrub/nail polisher/… in your bathroom closet?
Probably in both…

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19 Comments

  1. Guess what? I use the very same mask from Lush – it’s called Marilyn, isn’t it??? πŸ˜€

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    • Yes πŸ˜€ Haha, great! And do you see the effect?

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      • I do actually – my hair becomes really manageable and shiny. But the colour doesn’t change btw. You see it?

      • It does get shiny, and I have the impression that there is a paler shine now – but I can’t tell if it was there before. It’s too subtle to actually see a difference, I think. But I like to think it gives a more golden-like shine πŸ™‚

  2. Oh god, this all sounds like way too much effort for me! I scrape the grime from my beleaguered flesh with a rusty spatula, then cover my ENTIRE BODY AND FACE in clothing so that no one may look upon me. I jest. I wish I knew how to achieve flawless skin but alas, I fear lots of sleep and plenty of water may be the answer and I don’t do either of them…

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    • It does sound like way too much effort indeed, but actually it’s quite okay! Plenty of water isn’t enough for me – I have the habit of drinking a lot, and still it doesn’t change it for the better.

      Maybe covering in clothing is not such a bad idea after all πŸ˜‰

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  3. NotAPunkRocker

     /  September 15, 2014

    I just love makeup!

    I am guessing what you got was a buffing block, which is nice for natural nails. I wear so much polish in so many dark and crazy colors they are stained yellow. No “natural” for me LOL.

    Some guys will say they prefer women without makeup, I don’t know if that is because they associate makeup with garish looks or have been with people who panic if they can’t “put on their face” before leaving the house.

    I prefer the makeup look…for me. I would rather hide cretain flaws if I can, but I also don’t panic if I have to run to the store without it.

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    • Oh yes, the whole ‘girls look better without makeup’ thing – I don’t believe it. I mean, if you do natural makeup and no one notices, they will think you always look good. Overly done makeup is not pretty, of course, but some foundation when your sking is freaking out makes it better. Period.

      I too like makeup, as I said, mascara above all! And some additional things when I feel like it. It’s fun to try out new things! And honestly, the men won’t even notice that it’s makeup πŸ˜‰

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  4. It’s nowt but soap and a toothbrush for me… although occasionally I might use a razor blade as well.

    That pic made me laugh though.

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    • Maybe you are one of those lucky bastards with a flawless skin?

      The idea for this post was there already a while when I came across that picture, so I had to put it here πŸ™‚

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  5. I’m guilty. So very, very guilty.

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  6. I use very little, mainly because I’m to haphazard for routines and I’m so bad nothing is going to make a difference anyway lol
    I did however try one of those little nail buffer things, it was brilliant, think mine had 4 sides although I can’t remember what the 4th one was for.

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  7. I too am guilty of using way too many products. But like you said about shaving your legs – it’s something I do for myself. Most of it, anyway. The rest is so the husband will think I look good, even though he claims I look good no matter what. Very nice of him to say, but I can’t bring myself to believe it!

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    • Haha, yes! Whatever people say (you don’t need makeup, you look good anyways), it’s hard to think they’re not just being nice. I just feel better when I do some effort to look good as well, so I just keep on doing it πŸ™‚

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