• I know confidence should come from within but I care deeply about what other people think of me to the point where Im highly self conscious and suffer from social anxiety! How do I stop caring about what other people think of me and start building confidence from within? Thank you!

    • Great question!

      My best suggestion …

      Take action!! And if that means taking baby steps toward building your confidence, that’s okay.


  • I like Revlon Colorstay Mineral Foundation product provides good coverage with a light feeling to it. It is as if I am not wearing anything on my face at all! Good product for the price! Revlon is great for me since it goes minimal coverage and is very light.

  • Heather, I’m sure your students appreciate you and the positive messages you are impressing on their minds. They are so impressionable and if they can be helped to understand what true beauty is and not some superficial image determined by a sector of society, that will help to mold them into loving themselves for who they are. Please keep up the good work.

    From getting to know you, my perception is that your daughter is glad to have you as a role model as, like her mom, her inner beauty shines through.

  • Joyce, That’s a very good reason to go shopping, lol. One of the things I learned from International Makeup Artist, Robert Jones, was that we should view makeup as an “accessory.” And I love that!

    Do you remember the days when if you had on a green dress, your eyeshadow had to be green? Don’t you have fun looking back at those photos? Now we know that something in the gold family, lilac, purples or even browns enhance that green outfit so much better and can complete the entire look.

    I’m off to read about the “Delicious Brain.”

  • Hi Yvonne and Melanie,
    Perhaps you remember when color analysis for not only makeup but wardrobe colors as well had just come on the scene. The color profile was based on the “seasons.” I turned out to sit on the fence of being neither a true Spring nor a true Summer. Nevertheless, I found a way to incorporate the colors of both into my professional wardrobe and it made a big difference. Yes, each of us has our own true beauty, but our natural color palette really glows when we extend it into what we wear as well. Besides it’s the best excuse I found for cleaning out the closets and for going shopping with a purpose.

    • Hey Joyce ~

      I remember when color analysis was all the rage, too. I even went to a couple of home parties where color experts did an analysis on volunteer guests. Funny thing, though. I distinctly remember that every woman looked good in “mauve”.

      Yep! Knowing your personal color palette is the perfect excuse to get out and do a little shopping. 🙂 Lucky for us, Yvonne knows a lot about this topic and I know we’ll be able to rely on her to help us.

      I see you’re still cookin’ that brain!

  • ‘Letting our inner beauty shine through’ – I love that. I’m on a mission to help my young students see their own beauty and allow it to shine through. They get bombarded with so many negative messages and sometimes find it hard to see what beautiful women they really are. I hope I’m a good role model for my teenage daughter too. We recognise each others beauty in what we do for others, how we make people feel, our kindness and caring. She is becoming very spiritually aware and I see that radiate from her – I want to help her to shine.
    What a beautiful post from 2 beautiful ladies, much love Heather xxx

    • Hi Heather,

      We need to multiply your efforts and your mindset (and your beauty!) by millions! Young women and girls, especially, have a media-induced view of how they should look and many of them suffer from eating disorders, low self-esteem, and depression. Helping them to recognize and embrace their inner beauty, I believe, will transform the way they see themselves on the outside.

      I applaud you for doing your part and I know that Zoe has a wonderful caring mum!


  • And I endorse that, Melanie. Evelyn is beautiful in ‘the eye of the beholder’ but my perception of her personality is that she is also truly beautiful on the inside…and it shines through.

    I’m so glad I had the opportunity to be Melanie’s guest author today as you, Ms. Kissell, are someone I admire as a truly beautiful lady – inside and out.

  • Hi Melanie and Yvonne – I enjoyed visiting here today. I think positive advice to women is so helpful to cut through all the suggestions that are often given, which seem to say there’s only one right way to look or you must use the latest colors and products or you are not in fashion. Wonderful reminders to just be yourself and enhance your own inherent beauty.

    • Evelyn!! What a joy to see you here. It’s always wonderful to re-connect with participants of the blogging challenge. I think we’ve created a bond that’s cemented with super glue! 🙂

      I agree with you and that’s why I’m very proud to have Yvonne as my guest author today. She has a good grip on what “beauty” really means. Women, especially, can get so fixated on external appearances that they lose sight of where their true beauty resonates from.

      By the way …

      You’re beautiful!