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?
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