I saw this commercial and it really struck me because I've been seeing a lot on the topic lately.
What about different cultures?
This women sent her photo to photoshoppers in different countries and told them to make her pretty and here is what she got back. It's so interesting to see what different cultures use to define beauty. Even something so simple as her eyebrows changed so much from picture to picture. My favorite are the ones that still left her looking very natural and just exaggerated qualities they liked (like giving her fuller lips).
So what really is pretty?
What struck me the most about this video was when she talked about not recognizing her own face. I feel this way too some times. When I look in the mirror in the morning I think "thats not me". I don't have curly/frizzy hair, red blotchy skin, short eyelashes, unruly eye brows, or pale lips. That's not me. I have straight perfectly shiny hair, even glowing skin, long dark eyelashes, shaped eyebrows that are just the right shade of brown, and hot pink glossy lips. That is me. That's how I see who I truly am. Which when I think about it is a little screwed up because that is the person I become after a couple hours of my daily beauty routine.
I think it was a little bit inspired by something I read earlier this week that talked about how a girls greatest quality is how great she looks. That women are typically defined by beauty and men by success which is typically based on wealth. Both of which are not really accurate values of worth. I think worth is defined by kindness, intelligence, loyalty, and open mindedness. I'm not saying I'm perfect because to be honest I value my own worth on my looks which is why I think I'm often not confident in myself. It's impossible to be confident when you solely based your worth on any one thing.
You can not be contained in 5 letters. xoxo Natalie
This isn't really a pinterest recipe but it is a new recipe I tried so I figured its the same thing. I actually learned this recipe from my summer roommate. She is quite the chef so I'm looking forward to learning more recipes from her :).
1 block of cream cheese
1 box of Oreos
about 15 ounces of chocolate chips
1. Set the cream cheese out to soften.
2. Put Oreos in a blender or food processor and blend until they are a powder consistency. It's ok if there are some larger chunks just make sure they aren't too big.
3. Mix together the cream cheese and the Oreo powder until they are fully mixed.
4. Roll mixture into very small balls (about 1 in diameter).
5. Put the balls in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
6. Melt the chocolate down. I suggest doing this in the microwave for 30 second intervals and stirring in between. Also I suggest using a nice chocolate like Ghirardelli because it melts smoother. If your chocolate is thick just add some vegetable oil.
7. Coat the balls in the melted chocolate.
8. Place the chocolate covered balls in the freezer until the chocolate is hard.
I brought them in to work and every one loved them! They are so easy and are definitely a crowd pleaser.
As always, let me know if you try this and what you think!
Natalie. 25. Mechanical engineer. Mining and Minerals Engineering graduate from Virginia Tech. I love pugs, pink, nail polish, crafting, feminism, makeup, and Netflix.