Thursday, August 29, 2013

It's a Girly Thing

So, I just discovered another definition of courage:

Right there, in front of God n' everybody in the superstore, a young lady sat bare-faced waiting for the cosmetics guru to begin her "make-over."


In my youth, I'd have probably traded a body part in exchange for a pretty face.   (No, it never occurred to me that real beauty comes from within.  I'm kind of slow on the uptake that way.)

I know it's ridiculous to hang onto old insults ... but I still recall an awful "come as you are" breakfast in my early 20's.  Evicted from my comfy bed by members of a social club I'd recently joined, neither I or other newbies were given benefit of lipstick or a comb, even.   I'm sure we were a "sight", but it hurt so bad when I was voted, "Ugliest."
(No, I never went back.)

In the ensuing years, there've been more misses than hits .... and plenty of pictures to laugh over decades later!
Still, I'm more than loathe to step outside without make-up.   "At least give me a chance to draw on some eyebrows?"   
I know it's a big "no-no", but there's nights I still go to bed without washing my face.    At this point, there's little can be done to repair the damage save a skilled plastics man!

A dear blog chum has, however, convinced me to finally start applying sunscreen.    But that didn't come without incident:

In a mid-guided notion that more is better, I massaged that potion onto my face and neck ... with vigor.   Meanwhile, the steam from the shower provoked little beads of perspiration ... which quickly multiplied ... dripping in my eyes.  Burn!
Nearing panic -- without stopping to wash my hands -- I decided to take out my contact lens.
... and spent the next 10 minutes hopping around, clutching my eye sockets and wondering how in the heck I'd managed to live this long.

Live and learn!

Has anyone else a bashful face?   I'd love to know if you've any funny stories to share on the way to your close-up!

Me and my oldest granddaughter ... a long time ago!


  1. I've gone from always wearing makeup to a whole lot less. I do start With sunscreen and skin care basics daily, but now a little lip gloss does just fine. I did go for a makeover a couple of months ago and just bought new foundation. I never thought most of the time I'd go out without my "face."

  2. I went fishing yesterday, early, no makeup, no shower. I easily would have won in the "ugliest" contest!!!! (I bet that really hurt back then.)

  3. I used to NEVER step outside the house without makeup on. Horrors! What is I saw someone. Then 2 years ago when my husband had a stroke and I became his full-time 24/7 caregiver I NEVER put make up on anymore. Crazy huh?

  4. Well phooey. Google ate my comment. I guess you'll never know what I wrote the first time... about the time I went in public with part one of a two part mascara technique on my eyes. In other words, I wore the white part of mascara "beauty tubes" to Walmart but forgot the dark mascara over it. I looked like a had cobwebs on my face.

  5. I love this one (keep 'em coming)!!! Society has created monsters our of some ladies, and I hate it.

    Also There are some MEAN folk in this world who do not know how to WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE EVEN THE FAMILY DOG.

    I am sure Tom is glad that YOU are YOU, and always has been!

  6. You are such a hoot.
    When I was young, people told me I resembled Natalie Wood, only the chubby version. We had the same coloring, that was about it! Now, I resemble Zelda, Frankenstein's bride. I look in the mirror upon arising, and wonder, "when the heck did THAT happen?" I've never been disciplined in using sunscreen and now have brown patches on each side of my face. My eyebrows are gone. I panic if my pencil is hiding. My mom, at 96, had lovely skin well into her 90's, and still doesn't look her age. Obviously, my genes came from dad!

  7. I wear almost no make-up in the hottest months, as I enjoy a tan, yes, even in my old age. I do wear a little eye make-up, mainly because I wasn't blessed with many eyelashes and need all the help I can get.

    I've seen your "young" photos and, listen here to me, you were gorgeous!

  8. OMG Myra, you are so funny! I still don't wear sunscreen and as you know I live in Florida. I suppose that's one of the big reasons I'm not aging so gracefully. My face is more wrinkled than most people 15 years older than I am ::sigh::

  9. My grandmother told me that what is on the inside determines what your outside looks like. You are beautiful.

  10. What a cruel type of club that would vote someone as beautiful as you the ugliest (sans makeup, but still very cruel of them to have even such a thing). I haven't worn makeup in years, but am considering figuring out what I'll need to do these days with an aging face to perk it up a bit :)


  11. Hi-ya. I wandered over from Carol Z's blog.

    I wear make-up. Sometimes. It makes me look better, I suppose, but sometimes it feels like I'm just trying to polish a turd, if you know what I mean.

    Nice to meetcha. Count me in as your newest follower.

  12. I don't wear much makeup...just a little cover up. But I was very shy about my smile for most of my life. Now I smile and show my teeth and don't worry about it. I'm happy and I know it....heehee! You are beautiful my friend!

  13. Hi dear one,
    I am the new follower of your wonderful blog.
    Our common friend, Sandie sent me the link to your blog.
    I am so happy to have found you in Blogland, sweetie.
    I love to make good friends.
    I agree with Sandie, beauty starts in the inside, and you are beautiful in all the ways.
    I am Starry, a Christian mom, and a grandmother of my 3 New York grandchildren.
    I am a freelance writer, poet, lyricist, artist, blogger, animal and nature lover, dreamer, etc.
    My hubby will soon retire from his medical practice of a lifetime. In fact, he is a Physician Surgeon, specialized in Plastic Surgery. That is how I met him, through surgeries.
    One day, I'll try a face lift when I'll get more older.
    Cream is good to use, especially when you go to sleep, because it works better on your tissue.
    Well, that is all for today. I hope you may visit some of my blogs, even follow, if you wish.
    I shall return to read more of your posts, sweetheart.
    I am so pleased to meet you. Welcome Aboard!
    God bless you, and those you love.
    All the Best,
    Poet Starry Dawn.

  14. Hi friend! This post touched me a dozen ways! I had lovely skin when I was young and than age took over! Rosacea was diagnosed too and it is awful! In fact I am going to see my derm dr. soon. I always heard some of the brown spotting comes from having children too, the pregnancy stuff, and I am plagued. But the biggest slap in the face came a month ago when I was "demoted" to the file room so all the pretty girls could sit up front. I am still having a hard time dealing with it. But I remember these words,
    New American Standard Bible
    But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7. I will never understand the cruel ones. Never! You are more beautiful than you know. I am so sorry you were put down that way years ago. Another quote I love:
    "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Maya Angelou
    I think people who strike out at others are miserable human beings. Just like a bully. They will do whatever they want because they have sunk so low they want to drag you down with them.
    Also remember, "Never argue with an idiot, they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience!"
    My dad use to say "Keep your words soft and sweet, you never know when you will have to eat them," and "When you point your finger at someone else, the rest of your fingers are pointing back at you!"
    Your beautiful my friend. Don't you forget it! Hugs Anne


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