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