What’s with Carrie Underwood?

Is anyone else tired of hearing Carrie Underwood apologizing for “not looking the same?”  Her accident (falling off a step breaking her wrist and cutting up her face) sounds horrible, but is it just me or is she putting far too much emphasis on what her face looks like? She was quick to post a picture of an xray of her wrist, but her face was not even mentioned until weeks later.

I understand that her looks are an important part of her career, but does she really believe that her fans will think less of her if her face is not perfect?  Refusing to post pictures of her face throughout the whole healing process, she has just returned to the camera.  She looks exactly the same to me.  In my opinion, this whole incident makes her look ridiculously insecure and vain, nothing to do with any (invisible) scars on her face.

Sad, sad, sad that someone so talented feels this way.  I guess she didn’t read my last post about real beauty!

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That’s what makes you beautiful

What makes someone beautiful?  In the modelling world, beauty means perfect facial features and a tall, lean body.  By perfect, they mean a perfectly symmetrical face.  The eyes cannot be too close together or too wide apart, the mouth cannot be too big or too small, the eyebrows have to be just so.  And don’t forget the nose; a big or crooked nose is just not acceptable.

This reminds me of the old Jennifer Aniston vs Angelina Jolie debate.  Which one is more beautiful?  If you asked Ms. Aniston, she would probably say Ms. Jolie is.  Technically, according to the criteria above, Angelina is probably more beautiful.  On the outside.  What the Jennifer fans know though is that external beauty is not always the most attractive quality one can possess.

In my opinion, beauty lies within regardless of what the outside looks like.  Beauty is not just skin deep.  I remember my mother offering the advice “looks will only get you the first five minutes, after that you’re on your own.”  At the time I was a teenager, getting ready for a dance, so that advice fell on deaf ears.  It did sink in eventually though.

Those who spend all their time preening for a camera and need constant reassurance of how beautiful they are appear too shallow for my liking and are not so beautiful.  The song “You don’t know you’re beautiful” followed by “That’s what makes you beautiful!” by One Direction proves I’m not the only one that thinks so.

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Gray is not my color

Gray is not my color.  My hair started to turn gray when I was just 14 years old, yes 14!  The boys in my classes at school used to fight to sit behind me so they could pull out the strands of gray from my very long hair. Good thing I have always had lots of hair.

By the time I was 30, my hair was very gray. This picture of me and my siblings was taken when I was 34; I’m the sister with the gray hair…

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….even though I am the youngest sister and second youngest sibling.  Very annoying, even though I knew it was hereditary; my father was totally white by 30.

When it was streaky gray (like the picture) people actually asked if I had it colored that way.  It did kind of frame my face I guess.  The straw that broke the camel’s (gray) back came later that year (still 34) when my eldest son started junior kindergarten.  For a Hallowe’en party in his classroom, I dressed up as Snow White.  When I took my wig off at the end of the day, one of the children said “that must be Matthew’s grandmother, she has white hair”   That was when I decided that gray is not my color.

So, for years (twenty some now) I have tried various colors on my hair.   I have always admired red hair on other girls, and because my dark brown hair always had natural reddish highlights in the summer, I have always aimed for reddish brown.  The problem is with so much gray, the reddish brown sometimes comes out orange and I HATE orange.  Even at expensive salons my hair would come out too orangy/coppery for my liking.

The solution?  I finally discovered how to get the color I want by combining two shades.  Yes, DIY haircolor.  I do it myself, saving myself lots of money and the annoyance of paying for the wrong color.  I start with a medium dark brown on the roots, then spread the rest of that color throughout my hair, then add a reddish brown in streaks on top of the medium brown, avoiding the roots.  This phote was taken in the summer when my hair is always lightened by the sun, but you get the picture…

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Over the years I have tried many DIY hair color products too.  My choice these days is Belle Color by Garnier, in shades 50 (medium brown) and 65 (chestnut brown)…

 

 

It reminds me of a commercial (I cannot remember which one) where Penelope Cruz proclaimed (with her sultry, sexy accent) “the color I want is the color is get”

I love these Garnier products because they make my hair silky smooth (others leave it coarse and tangly) even before I condition it.  Each box of hair color includes a pouch of conditioner that contains argan oil, a well-known miraculous treatment for hair…

 

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The Garnier products are creamy (not drippy) and offer 100% gray coverage.  They also have an almost pleasant smell, unlike others that reek.  My color lasts three to four weeks before those returning gray roots are too obvious to hide.  It is so unfair that dark roots look much better than white ones and are even quite fashionable (apparently)

These Garnier products can be purchased online through Amazon here:

CHESTNUT    or   MEDIUM DARK BROWN

 

So, if gray is not your color either, try to DIY and create your own concoction of color!

 

 

Christine’s Younique Virtual Party

Younique is the first direct-sales company to market and sell high-quality makeup for every skin type through the use of social media.

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Christine is the wonderful woman who was my son’s Brazilian girlfriend’s (Stella Bella) host mom while she attended grades 11 and 12 as an exchange student here in Kanata (Ottawa).

Instead of the traditional in-home party, you can invite virtually anyone anywhere to attend (shop) at your party.   If you can share a link, you can host a party.  The concept is similar to in-home parties in that the more people purchase at your party, the more free stuff (products) you get.

To support Christine’s new venture, follow the link (before July 3) to attend her PARTY