Welcome to my blog. While I have a lot of great future blog posts planned for you, I thought I would start with one that makes sense since it is part of my brand name: Beauty.
What is Beauty? And why is beauty even important? Here are a few famous quotes on the topic…
“There are more important things than outward appearance. No amount of makeup can cover an ugly personality.” – Audrey Hepburn
“Beauty, like supreme dominion is but supported by opinion.” – Benjamin Franklin
“A smile is the best makeup a girl can wear.” – Marilyn Monroe
“Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.” – Saint Augustine
“Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference.” – Aristotle
“Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic.” – Rosalind Russell
“My mother always called me an ugly weed, so I never was aware of anything until I was older. Plain girls should have someone telling them they are beautiful. Sometimes this works miracles.” – Hedy Lamarr
“The beauty in a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart; the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring and that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows and the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.” Audrey Hepburn
“She got her looks from her father. He’s a plastic surgeon.” – Groucho Marx
How many of you have heard the quote ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’? The literal meaning is that one’s perception of beauty is subjective. What one person finds beautiful, another may not. What are your thoughts on this? Yes, we can all agree there is something called an opinion and that our opinions on the things we find beautiful have been influenced by what we’ve learned. For example, the Mursi Tribe of Africa finds beauty in placing round discs inside a woman’s bottom lip until the lip is stretched out to the size of a small dinner plate, while millions of other women are simply delighted with a lovely shade of red lipstick.
Years ago when I was in college, I wrote a research paper on the subject of beauty. (I’m certain I was the only one in my writing class to do so). I found it intriguing that, according to my research, there was a universal understanding of beauty. It wasn’t just referring to people, although that was my reason for writing the paper. We can all agree that lavender and roses are beautiful. As is looking out onto a green, hilly English countryside with blue skies above, that has the soothing sound of a trickling stream nearby. These are two universally beautiful views. But, did you realize studies have shown that even tiny babies recognize beauty in faces? Also, people considered ‘beautiful’ are often given preferential treatment? Don’t we all know of an example where a good-looking person got out of a speeding ticket? Hmm… I’m not saying it’s fair. I’m just pointing out that there is something about physical beauty upon which we can all agree. We would prefer to be in the company of a physically pleasant-looking person, if given a choice.
Wikipedia states under Human Beauty “That the characterization of a person as “beautiful”, whether on an individual basis or by community consensus, is often based on some combination of inner beauty…and outer beauty.”
Aristotle defines beauty in Metaphysics as having order, symmetry and definitiveness…
What does this mean? Basically that there are two forms of beauty. Your outward (which has to do with your bodily proportions (you know, the 35-25-35 we’ve heard about), your facial dimensions (how far your nose hangs down or how far your chin sticks out in proportion to the other dimensions of the face), and things such as the shine of your hair, the smoothness of your complexion, and the fullness of your lips. Yet your ‘inner’ Beauty (personality, intelligence, grace, politeness, etc.) is most important. This is your kindness and love shown to others and as Audrey Hepburn says, “…that which is seen in your eyes…”. I just love Audrey Hepburn’s quotes (so much so, I put in TWO of them)!
I believe something special exists when we combine the beauty of nature and apply it to physical beauty. Inner beauty is most important, but since I’m not a life coach, I’d like to focus on what I do know, and that is how to assist you with the outside. I hope you will continue to follow along with me on my blog journey, so I can help you with what I know best… Makeup and skincare tutorials…Simple DIY skincare recipes… Selecting cosmetics and skincare found in nature, products created for you. It’s going to be fun. It’s all for you… That would be the Natural. Beautiful. You.