The prevalence of haul videos sends the wrong message that beauty must be acquired by certain products on the market. Anyone who has experienced irritation from even the high-end cosmetics will disagree such a contention. One of my few regrets is signing up for facial packages as the result is far less visible and long-lasting than a week of good night sleep. In my opinion, beauty is a lifestyle and its foundation is having good habits. During the year 2015, I have experimented several daily routines which I find greatly rewarding to my beauty. Here is a list of my discoveries and suggestion of what you can do to replace the whole vanity of products.
Replace your concealer which covers up dark circles with the habit of looking away from your smartphone/iPad/digital devices while you are on the go.
Replace your slimming pills with the habit of reducing your portion size of the next meal after a big feast.
Replace your gym membership with the habit of using the stairs instead of the elevators whenever you can.
Replace your fancy accessories which help cover up your imperfect physique with the habit of practicing yoga.
Replace your facial serum which promises bouncy skin with the habit of going to bed before midnight.
Replace body massages which stimulates blood circulation with the habit of eating only room temperature food and avoiding anything steamy or icy.
I have been putting off my sharing of a Chinese anchor-turned-CEO lady whom I labelled as my role model of the month. What fascinates me about Wang Xiao is how she wrapped her macular aggression with her feminine appearance. To me, nothing is sexier than someone who acts like a lady but thinks like a man. (Yes, I am aware that it is a book title and no, I wasn’t intended to advertise.) The first five minutes of her interview on YouTube has easily captivated me, giving me an instant surge of motivation to greater pursuit in life — exactly what the deflated and jaded me needed. I got up and started outlining new plans and engaging in new projects being in her workaholic mode, and finally had the time to turn my appreciation into words three weeks afterwards.
But I didn’t take her words blindly. When I watched another video of her TV appearance last night, there was one saying of hers that I couldn’t agree with entirely — a waist is the watershed of a maiden and a mum. I would perhaps fall for that, or being more politically correct I should say, concur with that idea a few years ago but not today. There have been enough beauty inspirations circulating on the media that got me into thinking the importance of looking fabulous. I am not despising the fashion and beauty industry. To be honest, I am one of those anti-aging practisers who try every mean to stay as young as long as I can afford to, time-wise and money-wise. But then, does it mean that beauty is the highest value to be found in a woman? While maidens may want to print Wang’s saying onto a bumper sticker, mothers may just laugh it off as they have better things to do in life than to spend hours in the closet gathering the perfect outfits.
When I was younger, I used to take whatever advice from anyone of higher social status, but not anymore as the more quotes that I have collected, the more I realise how differently the “right way” can be according to two equally smart people. There was a period of time in my life that I was obsessed with books written by entrepreneurs or successfully people likewise but I was reminded twice (by my lecturer and one of my very outstanding course mates) that those are their own ways of living which can be followed but can’t guarantee the same results as one’s conditions can’t be held constant like what it is in the laboratory. “A life manual” or “The guide to life” can exist at most as a book title, not in real life. I have always believed in that what an individual can serve her decadents most is to figure out what works best for her. On second thought, I am the one who do the talking and the walking but all don’t really matter if they take different paths.