It is with passion that I lead an inspired life. It’s pretty powerful enough.
When folks from Bobbi Brown Philippines had invited me to get to know the makeup brand, their philosophy and the Pretty Powerful campaign, I must admit I got a little too excited for my own good. I’m all about the natural, you see. The opportunity to share in their conviction that all women possess natural beauty was something I knew I couldn’t pass up. It has been a personal advocacy.
Nothing’s wrong with being ordinary, but it was something I had struggled against as a kid. Memories of my frustration with skin tone, awkwardness, bad hair and even a set of buck teeth have driven me to a certain level of desperation that I found myself wanting to be someone else. It took years of countless mistakes and buckets of tears before I have come to a realisation that I’ve been looking at things the wrong way. I’ve been consumed with the foolish ideals, allowing someone else to define who I was. I had this strange notion that validation is to be found elsewhere.
“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” Ralph Waldo Emerson pegged it right. Though it required a certain level of maturity on my part to fully comprehend what it meant, in time, I was able to grasp and apply it. Yes, I was much older when I acknowledged this fact. But I was fortunate enough to find not just one but to be surrounded by a number of people who had supplied the inspiration for the change. Inspiration — that’s what mattered.
Truth, clarity and unmasked; things learned along the way were captured in the words of Henry David Thoreau, “Perfect sincerity and transparency make a great part of beauty, as in dewdrops, lakes, and diamonds.” But for many of us, esp if it means we are to be subjected to our sometimes (or is it oftentimes?) exacting public, we prefer the carefully laid out mask of pretensions and layer reflective of insecurities.
Believe that you are pretty enough as is.
It released me. Unencumbered by my past mindset, a better life awaits. I was then free to put my passions into good use.
Of course, the reality is I am not getting any younger. Bad habits such as late nights and cigarettes are taking its toll on my skin and over-all outward self. Though adopting a proper skin care regimen and striving to live a healthier lifestyle will prove to be more beneficial for me, makeup has been quite a useful tool in keeping me (looking) sane or, in this case, enable myself to a higher level of pretty — pretty powerful.
Like I mentioned, I lean towards a look that’s close to natural than anything else. I’m grateful to have learned what makes a person beautiful — what makes me beautiful: “The most beautiful make-up of a woman is passion. ” ~ Yves Saint Laurent. Spot on. Passion in itself is pretty powerful attribute that makes a person pretty and powerful in my eyes. And makeup has been a great instrument to highlight what’s already there. It’s true what they say that it’s up to each of us to regard our own beauty.
Believe that empowering the pretty is not a crime.
Of course, the makeup I used for my powerful photo is the Bobbi Brown Pretty Face Palette. Some women believe that more is better but I beg to disagree. Though less is simple, it doesn’t automatically mean it’s mediocre. It’s all about the quality of the appearance and when you start with quality — a great foundation, concealer or that perfect blush — keep it simple. Personally, I fell in love with the blush (Pretty Pink) that came with the palette. A little help in achieving a healthy glow (the shade adorably flatters my skin tone) is something that I will always welcome. And since I’m big on the smudging bit when it comes to eye makeup, I heart the creamy eye pencil (in Jet shade) I recently bought, too.
Ivory E/S, Bobbi Brown
Pink Chiffon E/S, Bobbi Brown
Pink Flannel E/S, Bobbi Brown
Chocolate Caviar E/S, Bobbi Brown
Creamy Eye Pencil in Jet, Bobbi Brown
Blush in Pretty Pink, Bobbi Brown
Lip Color in Sandwash Pink, Bobbi Brown
Lip Gloss in Bubble Bath, Bobbi Brown
The existence of passion and inspiration at every stage in life. I took it to the streets (figuratively, of course) and let real women talk about beauty, passion and inspiration.
Strive to find that certain something which will fuel your life for the long haul. Consciously live out your life and pursue your dreams with conviction and grace. Relish in the journey of self-discovery and self-expression. As you’re on that quest for the things that will make you happy, the fullness it will bring will produce an inner glow. Inspired pretty, powerful passion and a well-adjusted person to time and age; there’s joy in the journey towards a full life. It’s never too late to be beautiful. Pretty powerful stuff.
“The key is also being true to your unique outward self (in addition to your inward emotional self), developing your own style, a look and manner that feels comfortable and right to you and that you are happy to present to the world.” — Mireille Guiliano
Now, ladies, it’s your turn. What’s your pretty powerful story? I invite you to join in and take part in the advocacy.
P.S. Get a chance to win your own Pretty Face Palette (worth Php 3,000.00!) by simply sharing what makes you Pretty Powerful. Go visit the Bobbi Brown Philippines Facebook Page for more details!