Beauty from the Inside Out

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We are sometimes under the delusion that someone’s outward attractiveness is an indicator of their inner beauty. But beauty is about the entire package: physical beauty, mental and moral strength, a warm personality and one’s personal presentation.

As women we need to be sure that we have a clear understanding of just what beauty really means to us. It’s important that we focus on the other things that make us look and feel beautiful besides how to get just the right nip or tuck in hopes of resembling the model on the cover of Glamour magazine.

Not to sound cliché, but beauty really does come from the inside. To begin with, check the mirror and ask yourself: What is it that people really see when they look at me? It doesn’t take too much effort to implement some inward and outward beautifying practices each day. It’s simply a matter of choice, from starting with our beauty routines, to how we manage our time, home and life. Whenever we finish with a project or task, two more will sprout up to take its place. It’s easy to grumble about our circumstances, especially when many of today’s women are “do-it-allsuper- women” trying to juggle work, friendships and families. But most women I know are not manicured mommies analyzing 50 Shades of Grey with their girlfriends over lunch. And they aren’t women who bake from scratch, do yoga, run multimilliondollar corporations, volunteer at the homeless shelter, campaign for Feed the Children, and find time for soul-shredding sex with their adoring husbands 4.5 nights a week and twice on Sundays. The women I know get excited when they actually manage to pick up their dry cleaning, get a manicure, and attend their favorite workout class.

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Virtually everyone complains about chronic busy-ness, yet the term “busy” often connotes drudgery and speed – flitting about from one requisite task to the next. I admit that I often bemoan my own busy-ness. But I’ve made a choice to replace the term “busy-ness” with completeness. Again, it depends on our daily choices and how we balance them that help us regain our inner sense of calm.

It’s not a myth that how we feel on the inside reflects how we appear on the outside and vice versa. Sowing the seeds today will reap new beautifying practices each day. Here are five ways to develop a beauty arsenal checklist.

REWARD YOURSELF
Do you really want to open your closet every morning and look at clothes you can’t or won’t wear? Invest in pieces of clothing that fit well and enhance your attributes, and mercilessly get rid of anything that doesn’t make you feel fabulous. Tip: Shoes are a game changer. If you are going to invest in any one item for the season, a nice pair of shoes can dramatically change your outfit. A great pair of shoes is an easy fix for a bland outfit. Shoes can instantly change the look of those black pants or plain skirt.

WORK OUT
They say men sweat and women glow. Exercise is a powerful thing. Even just one trip to the gym can increase positive feelings. A workout helps renew your body, and renews your spirit, and it’s a great confidence builder. Confidence is the real secret here. A confident woman is a beautiful woman.

BRIGHTEN UP
Glowing, vibrant, smooth, youthful, radiant…these are all words we use to describe the skin we want to have when, in truth, what we really want is sexy skin. One of the quickest ways to look and feel fresher is a alicylic or glycolic peel.

BE FLEXIBLE
Free your mind from your makeup rut. Experiment with new colors, techniques and textures. This little change may surprise you. Make it an adventure. Be sure to organize and toss makeup you haven’t used in a while. Products do spoil, and most brands don’t include use-by dates on their packaging.

ROCK SOME RED LIPSTICK
Be bold! Science shows that red lips also get you noticed. A study at the University of Manchester found that men stared longer at women who wore red lipstick (7.3 seconds) than they did at women who wore pink lipstick (6.7 seconds). Bare lips clocked the least attention at 2.2 seconds. My favorite lipstick quote is, “Beauty to me is about being comfortable in your own skin. That or a kick-ass red lipstick!”
– Gwyneth Paltrow
So, for the sake of your inner and outer beauty, take a deep breath and embrace a positive mindset. You have the power to feel as good as you look and to look as good as you feel.

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