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Makeup Mondays

“Beauty is as Beauty Does”1Close up picture of a flower with a golden sunset in the background.

In last week’s Makeup Mondays I talked a little about the “what” of skincare and this week I promised to discuss the “how” but first I want to touch on the subject of beauty. Beauty in my opinion is just a word like any other word and since becoming vision impaired I’ve found that beauty isn’t just visual and that it’s all around us in hearing, smelling, tasting, touching, feeling, and being.

A very good friend of mine, Sue Etters, told me once that she was having her apartment completely renovated and she was so excited that I couldn’t help but be excited for her. So the destruction and reconstruction began and she mentioned that someone in her complex told another person “I don’t know why Sue would have her apartment renovated, it’s not like she can appreciate it.” When Sue told me this I was so angry and hurt that someone could say something so mean but I chalked it up to the society we live in where people can say whatever they want without thinking that it may hurt someone else. I purposely left out that Sue is completely blind because it shouldn’t matter. You see, Sue, like anyone else sighted, or blind, can and does appreciate beauty in all her surroundings and Sue is a beautiful person who I am glad to call my friend.

Picture of a kitten looking in the mirror and whose reflection is a lion. the quote is "what matters most is how you see yourself."Embracing Our Uniqueness’

Blindness/vision impairment has such a negative connotation associated with it that people are afraid to even talk about the subject. So when a fully sighted person loses their sight they are suddenly faced with their own prejudices and fears of how to navigate within a sighted world. Being fearful of the unknown is completely understandable and everyone must go through the process at their own pace however I’d like to add another element to this process and that is embracing blindness/vision impairment. Blindness/vision impairment is nothing to be ashamed of and while it takes time to become adjusted to doing day-to-day tasks differently, life goes on and for me life is sweeter because I’m learning each day to appreciate the things that matter and to filter out those things that do not enhance my life. In view of this I want this blog to be a place where we can come together to learn how we too can have fun with makeup, fashion and style to put our best foot forward and embrace our blindness/vision impairment.

Picture of Mary Kay Skincare Products referenced in Steps 1-5.Okay, now that I’ve got that off my chest, last week I told you that I use Mary Kay skincare products because they work for me. If you learn nothing else from this blog you need to understand what works for me or another person may not necessarily work for you. I encourage you to experiment and find products that suit your skin. Following are the steps to my daytime skincare regimen.

Step 1: TimeWise® 3-in-1 Cleanser – Amount used is about the size of a quarter, I wet my skin with warm water then I apply the cleanser and gently work it into a lather, then rinse and pat dry.

Step 2: TimeWise® Day Solution Sunscreen SPF 35 – Amount used is one squirt from the spritzer bottle I then dot it all over my face then gently massage into my skin.

Step 3: TimeWise® Age-Fighting Moisturizer – Amount used is about half the size of a dime (a little of the moisturizer goes a long way) and like the Day Solution I then dot it all over my face and gently massage into my skin.

Step 4: TimeWise® Foundation Primer – Amount used is about the size of a dime and like the Day Solution I then dot it all over my face and gently massage into my skin.

Step 5: Mary Kay® Concealer – Amount used is about the size of a small bump dot and I just squeeze a bit on tip of one finger and apply to problem areas with a finger on the opposite hand.

After the above 5 steps I apply my Mary Kay® Mineral Powder Foundation and complete my look with eye liner, mascara and lip color.

“That which is striking and beautiful is not always good, but that which is good is always beautiful.” ~Ninon de L’Enclos

1 “Beauty is as Beauty does” is a popular phrase used in the south and was a play on words in the movie Forrest Gump. The original phrase “Handsome is as Handsome does” was coined supposedly in the 1600s dictionary.reference.com, answers.google.com

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  1. It’s important that you spoke about this at the start of this post. I will be the first to admit that my house isn’t the most well designed and decorated, but I still appreciate things that look nice and in my own head I see beauty in so many things visually that I can no longer see with my eyes. I love that you still include pictures and images on your site, but that you always describe them. I try to draw people in with my words, to make up for the fact that there may be fewer pictures on my two blogs, but it isn’t always easy. People expect visual images on whatever it may be online and I often feel like I am unable to deliver this. I love words but sometimes there is no replacement for the visual.

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