It was around this time last year that I first discovered Glossier through a friend (& brand ambassador) at school. At the time, I wasn’t super into makeup the way that my friends were – while they spent 45 minutes perfecting the smokey eye, I was satisfied just to blot out my “T-Zone” before taking flash pictures. I was immediately drawn to the dewy, fresh-faced models on Glossier’s ad campaigns. Most brands seem to point out what’s wrong with the way that we look, in order to convince us to try their product – anti-aging retinoids marketed to women under 30, state-of-the-art creams & peels for the microscopic flaws on my cheeks I didn’t know there was a name for. I love that Glossier products make me feel like I’m not even wearing makeup at all, enhancing what’s already there instead of trying to cover it up & turn it into something else.
It’s an understatement to say that I was hooked (& still am!).
I still don’t wear makeup every day, but now it’s less of a chore when I decide to. I’ve taken a nosedive into the wellness world – testing out oils, masks, gels, powders, paints, & everything in between. My favorite moments of the day are scrubbing my skin clean in the shower, blotting toner across my forehead, rubbing extra lotion over my knees & elbows. I don’t leave home without my most trusted lip balm, & a spray of rosewater in the morning feels like the most luxurious thing in the world. As the bottles accumulated, I learned that I didn’t need to master winged eyeliner or contour like a Kardashian in order to feel beautiful. Some days all I need is brow gel & mascara as I run out the door, while on other days I take the time to layer blush & bronzer so that it’s juuust right. There’s no vanity in wanting to look good & feel good, too — & there’s no one “right” way to do it. As Audre Lorde said,
“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, & that is an act of political warfare”
Highlighters & clay masks are not a shield of armor, but they might make you feel invincible. Give yourself permission to indulge in your own self-care, whatever that may look like. Whether it’s relaxing with a new bath bomb or piling on false lashes to reach the skies, find YOUR definition of beauty & embrace it.
A few products (my favorites!) to treat ya’self with:
If you’re a brand addict or (self-claimed) wellness guru, share your tips, tricks, & stories with me! Reach out via Instagram: @the.fitnurse or @alyssamattison.