Hello Gorgeous!

look_2“Hello Gorgeous!” 

by Sheryl Porter

Where does one begin a beauty blog?  I have to laugh when people underestimate to power of beauty products… “oh, it’s just lipstick”  Yep, that’s right… lipstick.  Lipstick and face cream and perfume,  just to name a few products that create a multi-billion dollar industry.  We really don’t NEED any of these potions, lotions and sprays, but we just can’t seem to live with out them. In fact, in years of economic decline, the sales of ‘just lipstick’ increase. Thousands of years ago, beauty products were used to create a message…. distingush people of a certain class, region, profession, age group.  Today, it is just as an emotional experience (if not more) as it is physical enhancement.  I find this aspect of the beauty world the most interesting.  Especially when you consider the origins of what a physical ideal was.  In Roman times, emotion did not  play a part in considering ones phyiscal attractiveness.  One was considered beautiful based on mathmatics and symmetry.  BORING!  Obviously the Greeks did not subscribe to the thought of “Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder”.  The Romans are a tough crowd… just as tough as any of our modern day ‘worst dressed’ lists.  Some of today’s most exquisite faces may be outcast based on this theory.  I’m curious to know how beauties like Angelina Jolie, Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaug-hottie-hey and Brad Pitt would fare in Rome circa um, I don’t know, let’s say 1000 BC?  I did see the theatrical trailers for TROY, Brad Pitt  could supercede mathematical logic.  Fast forward to today. Sure, media sets us up to unrealistic ideals.  Airbrushing and Photoshop can forgive a myriad of sins… but we buy it.  I’m even going to go out on a limb and suggest we want it that way.   If I wanted to see untouched photos (ie-real people), I would just go to the mall, grocery store, family reunion, or just look in the mirror.  I want to look like the girl in the magazine (of course I never will… I know this) and will do what I can within my means and morals to get it.  So, let’s get back to that tube of lipstick, that face cream, that perfume.  Sure using those items will make me look a little nicer, firmer, younger but it makes me feel good.  And by the looks of my make-up collection… I feel great.  I hope you do too!

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