Attaining True Beauty

Written March 29, 2015

As a contestant and runner up in the Mrs. DC America 2014 Pageant, as well as a makeup artist/beauty expert, people look to me for tips and advice on beauty. I love helping women of all ages and ethnicities look and feel their very best. A big part of that goes way beyond makeup application!

photo_3   I remind my clients that all women are beautiful. My approach to beauty is holistic. True beauty radiates through a woman’s eyes, her smile, what she has to say, and her actions. It may sound cliche, but true beauty comes from within.

When a woman is self confident there is nothing more beautiful! As women we can tend to be our own worst critic, so how does one gain this confidence especially in our youth/beauty oriented society? I have learned to achieve this by not comparing myself to others, I just try to be the best me. Focusing on your own positive attributes, as a whole person, and taking inventory of your personal achievements, accomplishments puts things in perspective. Looking at your life’s experiences, good and bad, and what lessons you have learned helps you realize just how far you have come and the wisdom you have gained. This definitely builds self confidence!

Self acceptance and learning to love yourself, flaws and all, is the best feeling in the world! This doesn’t mean to let yourself go, on the contrary, it’s important to understand your self worth and take the time to pamper yourself and take pride in your appearance! A good and healthy balance of self care, physical fitness, and a good beauty routine is a great start!  securedownload-1

Makeup is a wonderful way to enhance one’s beauty, but I am not going to focus on makeup today in my writing. Instead I want you to think about yourself as a whole, not just the sum of your parts. Think about all the things that you can do to look and feel more beautiful. Exuding self confidence, balancing your life, taking care of yourself, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Seeing yourself in a positive light. Doing things to feel more fulfilled, being kind to yourself and others. Letting your own light shine through your eyes, and in your smile is what makes YOU beautiful!




What Does It Mean To Be Beautiful From The Inside Out?

Written November 6, 2013

There is an old expression “beauty is skin deep”. What exactly does this mean? I am in the beauty business and I love beautiful things, all beautiful things. I love the beauty of a sunset, I love hearing a beautiful song, I love surrounding myself with beautiful decor. I am a very visual person and I love being surrounded by beauty.  I think as humans we all love and appreciate beauty. Of all the many beautiful things in this great big world there is nothing that is more captivating than a beautiful woman. A beautiful woman can make a man stop in his tracks. A beautiful woman is admired by other women and at times, unfortunately, she can bring out the “green eyed monster” in others. Beauty is a powerful thing. Of course I am speaking about physical beauty. Physical beauty catches our eye, it catches our attention, but we must remember that it is fleeting.speech_beauty_is_skin_deep_by_sakuraangeladdiction-d4t0m8q

So what does this expression “beauty is skin deep” really mean? It means that physical beauty is superficial. It means that once we get past the physical beauty on the surface there needs to be more. Being beautiful from the inside out is so much more substantial and lasting.

The things that I find beautiful in a woman are the things that most women possess. The ability to be nurturers and caregivers, for one. Women are great at multi tasking too, so often balancing many tasks and responsibilities all at once. We are strong as women, and that strength is beautiful! When we take care of all the other facets of who we are…our mental health, our physical health, our spirituality we are much more balanced and that keeps us feeling great! Feeling great from the inside out, truly helps us look and be beautiful! Having a positive outlook on things and taking life’s ups and downs in stride, by learning to be resilient is also part of what keeps us feeling and looking beautiful from the inside out. There are so many things that we can do to maintain this. Regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, meditation and/or prayer, taking a step back to regroup when our daily responsibilities can feel that they are taking over. Accepting the things we cannot change and understanding that we can’t control everything in our lives and that sometimes we just need to let go. inner-beauty1Aging gracefully is also part of being beautiful from the inside out, accepting that this is just a very natural part of life. That can be very difficult for women at times. Valuing yourself and all that you have to offer, these are all the things that make us beautiful from the inside out. Really feeling that, comprehending that there are so many components that make a woman beautiful and we, as women,  all possess them!