When I was a little girl, I just couldn’t believe how beautiful and glamorous my mom was. Her long blonde hair looked just like my Barbie dolls, and her colorful makeup collection was more exciting than a new box of crayons. I used to sneak into her closet and come out wearing her wedding dress and patent leather pumps with bright red lipstick smeared all over my face. My mom would always laugh at my crazy ensembles, but she always told me that I looked beautiful. My reply was always “just like you, Mommy!” The true beauty of our dress-up sessions wasn’t in learning how to style an outfit or apply lipstick properly. My mother was helping me to develop my own personality, to feel confident in my own skin, and to learn that she loved me no matter what. She taught me that I would be a more beautiful person if I helped make other people smile and feel beautiful too. She taught me to share beauty with others, whether I was helping a friend find a reason to laugh during hard times or helping one of tiny ballet students get over their stage fright with a little bit of glitter and pink lipstick.
It may seem like style blogging is merely a frivolous form of vanity, and of course in part it is; however, I don’t blog to try to show off what I have or how I look in an outfit. I want to share the excitement of finding the perfect shade of lipstick or my dream jeans not because it’s important but because it’s fun. Life is crazy, and stressful, and chaotic, so why not have a fun, girly space where we can laugh over our fashion faux pas or delight in our new peep-toe platforms?
I remember my mom would always help her friends and family with their beauty and fashion problems. Learning how to curl your hair or pluck your eyebrows may not seem like important lessons, but they can do wonders for your self-esteem sometimes. A new dress and a fantastic pair of shoes can help you walk into an interview with newfound confidence, so that you can get hired for a new job and enhance your career. Outer beauty shouldn’t be the most important thing, but helping other people feel confident and beautiful is a wonderful thing. If wearing hot pink lipstick makes you feel like a million bucks, then work it. If you’d rather wear your hair in a ponytail with a natural face, that’s great too! Personally, I’m a combination of both of those girls depending on the day!
No matter what your career may be, I encourage you to share beauty with your community in a way that inspires you. If you love beauty and fashion like me, volunteer to give manicures at your local nursing home or visit a local charity to help women learn how to dress for interviews. You can donate your extra clothes and makeup to local charities or simply try to help your friends and family members develop healthy self-esteem and confidence. If you’re artistically inclined, volunteer to paint with special needs children or give an art lesson at a local family shelter. No matter what your skill set and interests may be, there is a way to #sharebeauty with the world.
If you’re looking for a little inspiration to #ShareBeauty, be sure to check out Regency Beauty Institute’s “Beauty Grew All Around” video. It features fun animation and really cute message! I think it will put a big smile on your face!
Regency Beauty Institute and Refinery29 are holding a #ShareBeautyContest. Simply visit the #ShareBeauty contest site and see the trend of the week. When you try out the trend, share your beautiful look on Instagram with the hashtag #ShareBeautyContest. All hashtagged photos are entered to win a VIP Beauty Treatment from Regency Beauty Institute and Refinery29 worth $2,000! Your look might even be featured on the Regency website!Be sure to tag me (@ashleybrookenicholas)in all of your #ShareBeautyContest posts and use the hashtag #sharebeauty whenever you share a beautiful moment or look on your Instagram!
Thank you to Regency Beauty Institute for sponsoring today’s #ShareBeauty discussion.