Friday, December 9, 2011

"Festival of beauty"

Two days ago, I posted about a post that Matt (Please do yourself a favor and click on the link and read it. It's worth the 5 minutes) made on his blog about women's natural beauty and a challenge that he gave girls to go one day a week without wearing make-up. At first thought, I decided Matt was crazy. But, after more consideration, I thought it might be kind of a fun thing to try. Even if I feel way better about myself when I'm wearing make-up and hate going places without it, I realized there could be some benefits. (Like, learning not to freak out when I wake up 3 minutes before I need to be somewhere and don't have time to do anything) It's healthy for your skin, you'd save a little bit of time one day a week, and you'll start to notice your already-beautiful features so you can enhance them instead of hide them with your make-up. Really though, I don't want to take Matt's challenge just to learn to deal with myself when I'm ugly. I want to learn to appreciate my natural beauty. So, here goes! One day a week! You should join me!!

When I told Matt I was accepting his challenge, he told me that I  needed
 to post on my blog about my "festival of beauty" (hence, the title of this post).
So, here's day 1 without make-up!

"Do you girls think you look ugly if it's a sweat-pants, hair-up, no make-up kind of day? Well I have got news for you... You all still have the same beautiful eyes, same beautiful smiles, and same beautiful personalities... I believe that to be beautiful, it's more about what is on the inside of you rather than the outside... make the inside of you beautiful. Be the best person you can be and that will make you more beautiful than any make-up product the industry can throw at you."
--Matthew Woodruff

"The gospel teaches us that true beauty is more than skin-deep. A young woman whose countenance is aglow with both happiness and virtue radiates inner beauty... If happiness is the most attractive accessory a young woman can have, then a smile would have to be the most charming cosmetic. Make-up, if applied tastefully and in moderation, can enhance appearance. But no amount of eye shadow, lipstick, or mascara could possibly compete with the natural attractiveness of a genuine smile. It brightens the room. It cheers others. It communicates friendship, love, and optimism so much more than any cosmetic ever could. It puts people at ease and is welcoming. Truly in the world of glamour, there is no close second to a genuine smile."
--President Thomas S. Monson

Also, here's another little tidbit form Ilene Beckerman (I have no idea who she is):
"When I was your age... I wish I'd known that I already had everything I needed within myself to be happy, instead of looking for happiness at beauty counters."


Jeremy said...

Bronwen, I love you :)

Bronwen said...

I love you too Jeremy!

Andrew said...

I love Bronwen too. And Jeremy.

Matt Woodruff said...

Bronwen I love you!!! :D Thank you for trying my challenge, and I am positive 100% of everyone who sees you like that thinks you are beautiful!! :)

Tyler said...

Matt has done a good thing by giving this challenge and you have taken advantage of it! I'm so proud of your confidence Bronwen! You're beautiful!

Shakira said...

I think every girl out there needs to accept this challenge. I would join you Bronwen, but I rarely wear makeup so..It wouldn't work for me. I'm proud of you though! See you are beautiful even without makeup :]