Thought-Provoking Thursday|Beauty

It’s still Thursday somewhere…This week’s thought-provoking post comes in the form of a simple question prompted from a story I just heard about this week (late on yet another viral story).

 When do you feel most beautiful?

Personally, I feel amazing when I’m fresh out of a hot shower! My hair is silky and smooth, my cheeks are slightly pink like natural blush from the hot water, and I just feel naturally sexy!

Makeup-free and filter-free!


I stopped wearing makeup a couple of years ago. I originally started wearing it in my mid-twenties because of skin issues caused by my hormones being out of whack. When the skin issues cleared up, I had gotten so used to seeing myself with makeup, I no longer thought I could go without it. All I saw were my dark circles, uneven skin tone, and whatever imperfection my skin had that day. Eventually, the makeup routine got old and I started to ditch it one product at a time. I got used to seeing myself with less and felt more comfortable that way. Now I have a hard time remembering when the last time I wore it was!

I don’t want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing. -Alicia Keys

I love this quote and couldn’t agree more! I find it incredibly confident for someone who is in the limelight to ditch makeup publicly. Especially in a time that natural beauty isn’t celebrated the way it once was. These days photoshopped images are commonplace and imperfections are hidden behind filters. For her to step out sans makeup is a pretty amazing statement to make! Whether you wear makeup or not isn’t the point, I just want to know what makes you feel beautiful and celebrate it with you!

Feel free to share in the comments what makes you feel beautiful! Maybe there’s something about you that you feel is particularly beautiful. Is it your hair? The color? Texture? Your freckles? A birthmark? Is it something you do? Something you wear? A certain time of day? During a season? Whatever it is, feel free to share in the comments!

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17 Replies to “Thought-Provoking Thursday|Beauty”

  1. I do not wear too much make up; I find with my porous italian skin it just looks cakey. Less tends to be more when I try to use make up. Just a little mascara and a dash of eyeliner in the corner of my eyes seems to work ok :). I am not going to lie, I have a hard time feeling beautiful. But, oddly enough that you mentioned a particular season. I feel most beautiful, probably, in Fall. I don’t feel like the sun is making my face oil, or the humidity is frizzing out my hair. Heat doesnt complement my skin tone haha. A cool fall day, with my hair down and nothing fancy going on, is when I feel the best 🙂

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    1. I love it! Fall is one of my favorite seasons and I can see how it’s easy to feel beautiful in the fall! Is there something you can to do remind you of how beautiful the you feel in the fall so you have that reminder and feeling with you throughout the rest of the year?

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      1. Well…it’s funny because now that we live in the south and it’s hot all the time I find myself getting in ruts a lot….the constant heat really gets me down. Now that it is starting to get a little cooler out maybe I can pin point something I can take with me all year :). Great idea!

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  2. There are so many things that I love about this post! (1) I LOVE your BRAVERY! Not only do I think it takes a tremendous amount of self-confidence for a woman in today’s to go without makeup while still feeling good about herself (I know many people with very low self-esteem who don’t wear makeup, but that’s a different matter), but (2) I LOVE the photograph that you shared. I love your willingness to be vulnerable. It is a very beautiful photo! (3) I love the way you open the definition of beauty: “A birthmark? Is it something you do? Something you wear? A certain time of day? During a season?” There is so much more than physical appearance that makes us beautiful, and so much more even within the category of physical appearance than what people generally think of (like birth marks). I’ve blogged about this before, but one of the things I love most about myself, and that make me feel beautiful, are my strong feet. Great post!

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    1. Thank you Lulu! 1. I got tired of feeling like I was “putting on my face”. 2. Thank you so much! 3. Yes! There are so many different aspects of beauty! I was just trying to think of things that might make someone feel beautiful. Maybe ways they hadn’t considered before.

      I love that! May they keep you grounded!

      Thanks Lulu ❤

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  3. I feel most beautiful when I’m in running, teaching, kickboxing, writing, smiling, connecting… breathing! Because I think of “beauty” as being fully engaged, alive, and grateful. A spiritual being thankful for this very day. AND your beautiful post! Love your blog. Keep sharing your beautiful spirit!💙🎉

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    1. I love it!!!! You feel beautiful just BEING! Yes!!! Thank you so much for sharing ❤

      Awww thank you so much, I pour my heart into this as we all do as bloggers and writers. So grateful to have you in this beautiful community ❤

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