Why I Want to Start Doing Make-up Tutorials.

I’m all for anything that makes you feel confident and empowered.

And as empowered and confident that squatting and deadlifting makes me feel- a good lipstick can do just the same for me.

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Purple lips are my favorite!

For me, make-up isn’t necessarily just about “covering up” imperfections. While I’m perfectly fine walking around without it (and often do!) it’s the aspect of using creativity to create a painting ON MY FACE that is just so neatΒ to me. And while some may say makeup is superficial, or “tricking” people- I think that’s a shallow viewpoint. IfΒ it makes you happy in any way, if it brightens your day or makes you feel a few degrees more inspired and confident, then WHO CARES. I don’t do make-up to impress anyone, I do it because it makes me feel like “me” in a way.

It’s also a form of self-care. There’s something about putting on a full face of make-up that is extremely relaxing, therapeutic, and somewhat meditative.Β It is anxiety reducing, even. I’m sure not everyone feels this way- for many, doing it is a chore. And there are times that it can be, but most of the time it’s a welcome one. One that I’d a zillion times rather be doing than any other I can think of, haha!

I also love that I can “break the rules” with make-up. Similar to how being a woman- you’re not “supposed” to lift heavy, right? Well- you’re also not “supposed” to wear blue lipstick. There is also a movement of “Men don’t like heavy make-up! Men want you to be natural! Make-up is gross blablabla”

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Well- I love wearing this specific dark indigo lipstick (OCC Liptar in Technopagan!) and you know what? There are people that probably would think “That looks weird” or something. But I don’t care because it makes me feel like a BOSS. I know I’m breaking the rules in a weird way and I love that. And I’m grateful that my husband understands and encourages me to express myself in that way, too πŸ™‚

I actually almost pursued a career in make-up artistry but just didn’t have the time to devote to it. That being said, I actually do make-up for clients from time to time.Β It’s pretty encouraging to see others just light up and feel more confident and beautiful afterwards!

While I don’t necessarily have the time to pursue that more at this time, I realized that I do have time to do tutorials myself. Now that I have a new Macbook- I’ve been playing with iMovie and am so amazed at how easy and fun it is to edit videos.

So- here’s my first tutorial! It’s a fresh, fun summer look. Starting out simple, here!

Let me know if you enjoyed and if you think this is something I should continue.

I know it’s not fitness/health related- but it’s confidence related which I think is still important to my mission and what I’m about. I hope you enjoy!

My Starting Strength Journey Recap Video!

Hey all! I was asked to write a blog post about my Starting Strength journey, and then I thought- hey- why not make a video about it? Because Lord knows I can talk your ear off πŸ˜‰

I hope this helps you guys who are considering doing a heavy lifting/strength based workout regiment. I found that for me, it gave me an excellent basis before I started delving in to more bodybuilding styled workouts, because it allows me to lift HEAVY and really maximize my results.

Plus, it feels pretty awesome to be able to squat/deadlift over your body weight!

I’m not a powerlifter or an “elite” athlete by any means, I’m just a regular girl who got strong on this program and you can too! I know there are many programs out there similar, but for the past 2 years I’ve really dedicated myself to exploring Starting Strength and all that it has to offer and it really paid off for me.

Comment if you have any specific questions to ask me, I would love to answer!