Perceptions of perfect…

I am embarrassed to say that in watching the movie “The Other Woman” I looked at Kate Upton running down the beach and thought…”Wow is she fat!”.


This is a beautiful woman and not all that far off from me (except the boobs of course), but nothing like the other models and movie stars that are shoved down our throats in movies and magazines all day long.  I even surprised myself when I listened to Cameron Diaz comment in the movie about how perfect Kate’s character was and how could she compete with that!


I felt uncomfortable watching these scenes because in  my mind I was struggling to really see that Kate’s character was so comfortable wearing that bikini when I wouldn’t be caught dead in something that skimpy because of how I think that I look.

I am finally beginning to realize that beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder especially when you are looking at yourself.  This year I am really trying hard to be easier on myself and how I look and feel about me…how about you?



For me the name and packaging of a product helps make the sale.  Some years ago I signed up to sell Avon.  I figured that my mom liked it and my sister-in-laws too so that would mean some sales for me.  Of course when you are selling it you get exposed to new products each and every week.  And of course they are described to you in a way that makes you say “Hey, I need that!”

That is when my eyes were opened to BB Creams.  BB Creams or Beauty Balms…Blemish Balms, were enticing because the name implies that they are a miracle  application that is, in some ways, better than foundation.  I don’t like heavy foundations and would use tinted moisturizer instead because of the lightness of the application.  BB Cream was new and different and maybe would give you that extra SPF Protection in a “balm”.  Doesn’t that sound luxurious?  #biteme

BB Creams


Then lo and behold the next trend came out…CC Cream!  CC Cream promised to even out the color of my skin and provide a much needed SPF.  What a deal!  But what if I wanted to correct my color and get the additional moisture that the BB offered?  Well I guess I would need to use both which defeats the purpose of “keeping it light”.  Then again wouldn’t the tint in the BB Cream do that as well?  Still the name of the product enticed me to buy and try it.  So I purchased the one and noticed that it was definitely lighter than the BB Cream and really didn’t give me the look that I was going for.

CC Creams

Now I hear that there may be a DD Cream coming out.  These “Daily Defense” versions add anti-aging benefits as well.  Anti-aging to me is an oxymoron.  We are all aging and there is nothing, so far, that is going to change it.  I guess these products appear to slow it down a bit though.

DD Cream


And finally there is the EE Cream.  It is Estee Lauder’s Even Effect Cream that smooths skin tone and acts as a full face concealer.  I will probably hold off on this one for a while.

EE Cream


My conclusion is that BB + CC + DD + EE = a lot of money down the drain when you wash them off at night!