MENTAL HEALTH + BEAUTY LESSONS
TRIGGER WARNING - TALKING ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS Here is a flashback for you. You are 14 years old at eighth grade graduation, trying to conceal the emo fringe you regretfully gave yourself and slathering your mother’s orange foundation on your face trying to cover your acne. Your complexion that embarrasses you to no end can be attributed to many things but namely lack of knowledge and overall increasingly poor mental health you both can’t afford to treat and are too scared to speak up about. You are completely and utterly miserable. That was me, no more than 6 years ago. I spent the ages of 12 to 16 in varying states of depression and anxiety while simultaneously navigating the world of beauty and skincare as a young girl with little money and resources apart from YouTube. The most important lessons I have learned are:
Firstly, the pursuit of becoming good at makeup or achieving clearer or nicer skin needs to stop being predicated on achieving perfection.
And secondly, self care and mental wellness often go hand in hand, and learning to take care of yourself through routine is a helpful way to learn to cope.Through 6 years of so much trial and error, I can finally say I am in a spot where I understand my mental health and know how to cope, and I am confident in my skin and body for what it is. This is because I got actual help for my mental health, but I think a lot of it also comes from learning to love and care for my body the way it deserves through research and routines. It took learning how to do makeup and take care of my skin to help me realize that I am never going to have perfect skin days every day for the rest of my life and that is PERFECTLY NORMAL AND OKAY!!! And it is okay to have days where I don’t do my routine perfectly (or at all) and that is also okay! I am a mistake-prone human being who is completely and utterly incapable of perfection, and it is a standard we need to stop enforcing so people aren’t plunged into these deep and seemingly irreparable mental states in the first place! It is also so important to note that, at least in my case, developing a routine of sorts where you have designated self care time is a really great way to regulate yourself. Routines help my mental health a lot and I would encourage everyone to try them to see how it may or may not help them. If you read this far, thank you so much. I hope you are well and that the rest of your holiday season is wonderful and (more importantly) safe❤️ i hope you enjoyed ;) please be sure to follow here and on my IG @chloebrk.mua #cheriecreator
Dec. 29, 2020
beautiewithjenYou’re beautiful and I’m so glad you’ve been able to understand and cope with your issues. It’s a journey!
Dec. 30, 2020·1 like
chloebrk.muathank you and you are SO right❤️ both mental health and self care are a lot of trial and error and require dedication and perseverance. both absolutely are not the exact same but in my case I find I am most calm and at peace when I force myself to take care of myself❤️
Dec. 30, 2020·1 like
Bluelight glasses and 5 other at-home-work tips
I have been working from home for about three years and I love it. I realize some people will have to take time to adjust, but I wanted to give a few tips on how to get the most from working at home. 1. Carve out a work area so your home doesn’t feel like your workplace is infiltrating your safe space. 2. Get up and walk around much as you can. Stretching is a must. Yoga is a bonus. Humans aren’t meant to sit in one position for 8 to 10 hours. My chiropractor tells me that all of the time. 4. Invest in a pair of blue light glasses. I purchased #Sojos - Cat Eye Blue Light Blocking Glasses Hipster Metal Frame[products]#from Amazon for about $20. Blue light is emitted from your TV, smartphone, laptop, desktop, tablet and video games. THAT IS A LOT. Blue light causes eye strain, dry eyes, blurred vision, headaches, and neck, shoulder and back pain. The blue light exposure we get from our devices is a part of the same “visible light spectrum and is emitted by the sun.” Call me crazy, but maybe we combat all of that. 5. TAKE YOUR BREAK. It can be easy to forget to do it, but you need to. 6. When you clock out, clock out! I hope this helped. Let me know, what you have done to make yourself more productive while working at home.
Hi! My name is Victoria. My favorite kind of makeup products are foundations and eyeshadow palettes! I’m also obsessed with trying different skincare. I have a makeup page on Instagram: @modern_millennial_girl if you want to check out my makeup and skincare tutorials!
My Natural Hair Affirms My Gender Identity
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How to support Black Lives Matter
Hi beauty lovers! Because beauty would not be anywhere with Black people, we must acknowledge and take action on the injustices happening to them in this country. It’s important to remember that there are actionable ways to be an ally!! Buying Black-owned beauty is one of them! Talk it and walk it. Also, this movement calls for the defunding of the police along with the reform of a system that is inherently racist. I know these days have been heavy, so I hope every takes what they need to replenish. The fight carries on and needs everyone!!! Please continue education and advocating for Black lives all day, everyday.
I stand with my sisters and brothers. I see you. I hear you. I respect you. To the allies, thank you. Educate people in your communities to spread the flames of change. Share black creators on your social media accounts.
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