Sunday, July 20, 2014

#ShareBeauty

Let's #ShareBeauty. I'm not talking about eyeshadow palettes and makeup tips--I'm talking about stories.


I love traveling and experimenting with makeup and beauty products, but it wasn't always that way. Well, I've always loved traveling--but I didn't cultivate an interest in beauty, makeup, and skincare until I spent last summer in France.

French women really do have this certain je ne sais quoi about them. Their makeup is simple yet chic, and they all have flawless skin. Before France, the most I ever did to my skin was put on my nightly acne medications and slather on some lotion if my skin felt dry. I never conditioned my hair, either--it took too much time. (I hate showering, and I always want to be out of the shower as quickly as possible.) Now, I have an elaborate skincare routine (I just bought this Kiehl's set and can't wait to start using it!), wear sunscreen on a daily basis, and care about anti-aging prevention. I condition my hair, use argan oil in it, and wear heat protector. And I don't even think about leaving the house without wearing lipstick or lip stain.

It doesn't take a lot of makeup to make me feel beautiful--just glowing skin (thanks to my skincare routine), shiny hair, and a dash of red lipstick. And I can't wait to see how this interest grows as I prepare to spend the upcoming year in France!

Similar to how my time in France inspired my beauty routine, the girl in this video uses her skills to inspire an entire city. Take a look:



What makes you feel beautiful? I'd love to read your responses in the comments below!

Also, don't forget to enter the #ShareBeautyContest! This contest is presented by Regency Beauty Institute and Refinery 29, and you could win a beauty treatment valued at $2000. Click here to see contest details and learn how you can enter!

Full disclosure: This post was sponsored by Regency Beauty Institute, but all content and opinions are my own.

55 comments:

  1. Love this! I can't wait to visit France

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  2. love this! that song is quite catchy! i think my eyes and eye brows make me beautiful.
    xo
    Orly
    coffeebeansandhighheels.weebly.com

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  3. Ohmygosh I can't imagine not conditioning my hair! For as long as I can remember I have been total lotions and potions girl. I think I got my first skincare kit from Clinique when I was about 13. It didn't work wonders on my skin, but I was hooked on the process.

    -- Alex at Cashmere Kangaroo

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  4. Ah, that's adorable! I think I may have played with light-blue eyeshadow, heavy black eyeliner, and shiny lip gloss, but nothing else haha. I haven't read any blog entries in like over a week but can't wait to see how your big move went!

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  5. Love this! That song is stuck in my hear now!

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  6. I haven't watched the video in a couple of days and it's still stuck in my head haha

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  7. You're going to have such a great time in France! I used to never be into skincare and make up either! It wasn't until late high school and college that I started experimenting with different products!

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  8. Thank you for stopping by Finding Crystal. I've never been big into makeup and hair care until I stopped working. Now I'm obsessed with finding new stuff and trying new products!

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  9. France is amazing! And love to hear your own personal experience in beauty!

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  10. They say that France is totally life-changing and I guess you're proof of that! So cool hearing your story and getting to know you better, thanks for sharing!

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  11. I swear any time I put on red lipstick I feel instantly sexy and ready to take the world on!

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  12. I like the simple routine of French women, less is more!

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  13. I would LOVE to be able to visit France!! I have a serious travel bug lol!

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  14. The song is so catchy! I love it! I've been playing it over and over lol

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  15. I would love to go to France again someday. With my family this time and not in the middle of winter! Haha.


    I think a clean face and a hint of mascara is all that it takes for me to feel beautiful. Not because I'm full of myself but because I love myself and that is enough to make me feel beautiful.

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  16. I use argan oil all the time on my hair. It really does help.

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  17. I heard it's common for European women have nicer skin because they have better, healthier ingredients in their products.

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  18. It really forces you to appreciate yourself, which I enjoy. :)

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  19. Oh yes--you should come visit! I'd be happy to show you around!

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  20. I wear a variety of colors by day, but ONLY red at night for that reason!

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  21. Oh yes! I long to be like them haha.

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  22. You're always welcome to visit!!!

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  23. Lol I don't know what the original song is but I remember it's "and the green grass grows all around, all around..."

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  24. I've only been in summer so I'm excited about seeing it in wintertime! And I agree--for me, I feel clownish if I wear a lot of makeup.

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  25. Really? I haven't heard that, but it sounds true. I should take a look into that!

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  26. Definitely they have a way to make beauty so natural.

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  27. Nice skin, eyebrows filled in and mascara is the perfect combo to make me feel natural but beautiful :)

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  28. Lol I totally might just! I've been trying to convince my fiancee that we need to take a "travel around Europe to all the places Jacquie has always wanted to go" honeymon, not sure how that's working out though

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  29. I am not much of a makeup person. I might swipe on some lipstick if I am going somewhere dressy and maybe some blush during the winter if I am feeling blah....but mostly I am just me....and what makes me feel beautiful is that my husband loves me as I am.

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  30. Aw, lovely. I want to go to France.

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  31. I love traveling too! I'm working on loving make up!

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  32. France is on my daughters bucket list, not me though, if I can't drive to a destination, then I'm not going. When it comes to my makeup routine, I'm more of a moisturizing foundation and a touch of mascara kinda girl, and I'll add eyeliner if I'm going somewhere special. Oh, and I cant forget my chapstick, I'm addicted to that stuff.

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  33. I'd love to visit France some day. It was my dream in high school to live there one day so I took French for years. Now I know it and have no use for it lol.

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  34. I'm studying abroad in France in about 33 days! I think that I feel most beautiful when I'm with my friends and people who make me happy, doing what I love most (exploring and finding new places that I love). My mom actually gave me a book about French women and French style by Ines de la Frassange. I love it!

    xo,
    Zoe

    La Vie en Zoe

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  35. France is a very place. I feel beautiful just taking a tub bath without 3 screaming kids lol

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  36. I think that's what the je ne sais quoi is. ;)

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  37. I just started filling in my eyebrows. It looks so natural, I love it!

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  38. As long as you got lipstick, you're good to go! But that sounds like such a wonderful relationship. :)

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  39. You don't have to love makeup! I prefer taking good care of my skin and just swiping on lipstick. :)

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  40. She's welcome to visit me, and she can bring you back some great products! ;)

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  41. There's ALWAYS a use! Look to see if you have an Alliance Française nearby or conversation hours for French in a meet-up group. There are tons of ways to keep using it while having fun!

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  42. WHAT?! Do me a favor and email me pronto!

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  43. I bet you also have that motherly glow. :)

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