Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Beauty Beast

As brides, we’re constantly bombarded with the latest and greatest beauty fixes that are supposed to ensure the “perfect” wedding day look. From peels to masks, shots to bleaches, I could drive myself absolutely crazy trying to keep up with all of the “musts” I’m supposed to be undertaking to correct my so-called imperfections.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m no stranger to dressing up for work and play, and have been known to indulge in a shopping spree or two. I know that in our society, looks matter, and it’s important to me that I maintain a healthy weight, take care of my hair and skin, and look put-together and stylish when it counts.


But when all is said and done, I’m no beauty queen. I’ll take flip-flops over stilettos any day, and am more comfortable in my time-tested jeans than I am in designer duds. And makeup? I’ll ask my fashionista sister for advice about anything beyond a basic application. Plus, with the wedding quickly approaching, I have even less time for fancy beauty procedures, thanks very much.

Did I always have this laid-back attitude? I’ll admit that it took me a while to get here. Just last summer, I paid $400 for a Keratin hair-straightening treatment. It did make my locks easier to manage, but the results didn’t last long enough to be worth the money. And more than once, I paid hundreds for teeth-whitening treatments that did enhance the look of my mouth. But were my teeth really that bad to begin with? Over time, I came to realize that I was doing a lot of these things simply because I thought I should be, rather than because I really needed to.

So, enough already! For my wedding day, I’m splurging on a top-notch makeup artist. I’m sticking with my fitness goals from now until the big day, and beyond. I’m making sure my eyebrows are nicely shaped, my nails are healthy, and that I line up a professional manicure and pedicure for the day of the rehearsal. I’ve gone back to my natural hair color after years of dying and highlighting, and have been religiously growing it out for the past year.

But expensive treatments and miracle fixes? I’ll pass. Perfection is impossible in all areas of life, and my wedding day is no exception. My wedding day is about being myself, having fun, and being beautiful in a way that’s true to who I am. And really, what more could I ask for?

Have you or will you be taking up a special regimen or getting a certain treatment before the big day? What are your thoughts about spending big bucks on bridal beauty?

(Photo Credit: Google Images)

10 comments:

  1. Good post! I agree that striving for perfection is unrealistic, and that "perfection" is completely different than just taking the time to take care of yourself. I have stepped up my skin and haircare routines, but no major surgeries or anything like that planned for me!

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  2. I'm not gonna lie if I could afford botox I totally would do it for the wedding but alas I will just have to leave it to my photographers to re-touch my forehead wrinkles out of the pictures :)

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  3. I'm perfectly happy being perfectly imperfect. Cheers to this awesome post!

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  4. I totally agree with you! Nothing extreme for me. Mani, pedi, hair and makeup, but only because I enjoy being pampered every so often.

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  5. So true! Feel good, have fun, and you'll of course look good!

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  6. I have been focusing more on my skincare routine than I had in the past, will have a professional do my hair and make up on the day, get a mani/pedi, and thats about it. I have been exercising but I started early enough with the hopes that it will a lifestyle change, and I think it has! Excellent post!

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  7. Great post. I enjoy pampering myself but I hardly ever do it. I will indulge myself by getting my hair/makeup done and getting a mani-pedi.

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  8. I think your plan is a great one! I think a professional makeup artist is a good investment as they will really make the look for that special day, which you totally deserve!

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  9. Hi there, I am a new reader of your blog. And wanted to give you some advice that will help with your hair, nails, and skin if you want it at its best. I take daily vitamins from wholefood by bluebonnet company called Biotin 5000 mcg. As you may or may not know, Biotin is vitamin for hair, skin, and nails. FOR ME, it's a miracle nail product. I've been using it for two years now and haven't had ONE chipped nail. I used to spend tons of money on fake nails every two weeks but NO longer. Thanks to Biotin :-)

    I just read your last post and thought this may be of help to you as well. Good luck!

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  10. ps...I came across your blog as I was searching the definition for the word 'bicoastal' lol

    Again, Good luck!!! And I hope my discovery of your blog was of benefit to you...it was for me :-)

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