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If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, how can you know what someone looks like when they have on fake hair, fake eyelashes, fake nails, and an inch of makeup on their face? Strip all that away and then I can see you. Today’s women wake up in the morning, look in the mirror and instantly pinpoint what they need to cover up. They are led to believe they need all these products in order to look good. My father always taught me there is an occasion for Chanel or a face full of makeup, your average day at school isn’t that occasion. I never understood what he meant until recently. I look around my classroom and see beautiful girls but hidden behind layers of product. It is a runway show before my eyes. Except, wait. I’m not at a runway show.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love using color cosmetics and getting dressed up. However the average girl hasn’t spent hundreds of hours in a studio learning how to apply makeup or know all the ingredients they are layering on each day. We are constantly bombarded with images of actresses and models with professionally done make up from head to toe, literally. There is an intense pressure in society to perform—a day-to-day performance of what we think we should look and act like.

What happened to modesty? The food industry is passing us by with organic, vegan and raw diet trends. What about an organic, vegan, raw cosmetic diet? The other day I pulled together the couple dozen beauty products I had (excluding my makeup). I found fifteen contained parabens. From what I understand doctors have found parabens in breast cancer tissue. Denmark is in the process of trying to ban these chemicals. Now if a whole country is fussing about this dilemma, I think people should know about it. I think we should take a look at what we’re allowing the people of this country to put in/on their bodies.

I have a friend who has been a nutritional coach and herbalist for thirty years. She lives her life by helping people take care of themselves, not by prescribing them medication that hasn’t been around long enough for us to even know how it will affect us, but by talking to them and identifying what emotional and physical effects may be causing them to not feel good. I aspire to be even half the person she is. In the last year my goals and aspirations have changed entirely. I want to be in this industry helping women value their beauty they were born with and learn how to take care of it. I used to wear makeup everyday and have used skincare products since I was twelve or thirteen. A few weeks ago, I got a facial and practically had a panic attack on the table. I’m surprising myself with how I’m reacting to what little I have learned already. I love this industry but I feel there is something wrong with it when we allow people to inject a deadly neurotoxin, derived from food poisoning, millimeters, away from people’s brains. I am eager to learn as much as I can and start making my own fuss in the beauty industry. 


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