When a few blends asked if I would like to join them to speak on a panel titled “Rising Above Negativity” at the 2011 Healthy Living Summit in Philadelphia, I jumped at the chance. I am incredibly passionate about the Healthy Living Blogs community, and a tad bit of a blog-relations-nerd. [I could literally talk about blogs, how and why we write what we write, internet relationships, and general community topics for days without a second thought.] After presenting on The Ups and Downs of Pressing Publish panel at last year’s Summit in Chicago, I felt I had a handle on what I was up for, and knew that it would be an amazing experience I would look back on with fondness.
The night before I left for Philadelphia, Nicholas and I had a conversation we both knew we needed to have at the time. The way I saw it, we had been basically been acting as “just friends” for the past month, and our relationship status on Facebook was the only thing defining our being “boyfriend” and “girlfriend.” I am so thankful for what Nicholas gave me during the first few months of our being together, but we both knew it had come to place where we needed to drop the act, re-examine our intentions and move forward. Luckily, I still felt like we have a great connection together, and during our initial break-up conversation I had a feeling we would be close friends for a long time.
Even though Nicholas and I ended things on a great note [we actually hung out for a bit after the “break-up” – playing a game and laughing may be the best way to end a relationship] I still felt a sort of sadness. I cried a few tears late Wednesday night, some in his arms, and some to my friend Megan on the phone. Megan proved she understood me by stating exactly what I was feeling; “You aren’t sad that you lost him, because you haven’t. You’re sad because of what he represents.” I was still confused about my feelings for Nicholas, debating where we had gone wrong. I was playing things over and over in my head that night, and I knew that a long weekend in Philadelphia with the ladies [and Evan ] was exactly what I needed. [update: N and I regrouped two weeks after I returned from HLS and decided to give our relationship another try.]
The next morning, as we headed to Philly in Courtney’s car, I started one of many explanations of the break up that I would tell over the course of the weekend. Jen, Alicia, and Courtney were all super supportive and encouraging, as was everyone else I spoke to about the break up over the course of the weekend. Of course I was super excited to be at the Healthy Living Summit – making new connections, seeing old friends and learning a lot; but a part of me was also feeling sort of blue. And I didn’t feel 100% secure in who I was.
At times like these I know that my heart is stunning, that I am capable of much, and that I am a wonderful friend. I know that I have talents, and dreams, have achieved much, and will achieved more. Still, insecurity in my outward appearance creeps up, and I find myself looking in the mirror, feeling all sorts of “Uhck.”
At these times when I find myself in need of a search for confidence, I turn to something that DOES make me feel beautiful; something physical that I can add to my appearance when I think my beauty is hiding. [Beauty is always THERE, sometimes you just need to uncover your opinion of it.] Often, I take a few moments in front of the mirror to do some sprucing with an application of lip gloss and a few swipes of blush or eye shadow. I don’t need to depend on make-up superpowers every day, but on the days that I really need a “I am beautiful pick me up” I put it on to do the rescuing of my self-view.
When I was getting ready to attend the Healthy Living Summit cocktail party on Friday night, I put on my dress and my heels, and stood back to look into the mirror. I still felt blue. [and not only because my dress was navy ;)] I was so thankful I had recently received some COVERGIRL LashPerfection™ Mascara to review. It was the perfect pick-me-up to add a bit of pizzazz to my step.
Which explains why when I was feeling pretty crummy about myself while getting ready for our presentation on Saturday morning, I got out my magic wand again, and gave myself a few strokes of awesome, before heading in to talk about Rising Above Negativity.
What I loved so much about the COVERGIRL LashPerfection™:
- This mascara is not at all sticky or gooey like other mascaras I’ve tried in the past.
- Mascara glides on smoothly and I didn’t have any clump-age.
- My lashes not only looked longer, but definitely looked fuller, too.
- Due to lashes looking as such, I caught myself making eyes at a boy. Newly single girl on the prowl thanks to this confidence giving wand of magic.
- I applied mascara Saturday morning before leaving my room for breakfast.
I wore it all throughout the Summit presentations.
I wore it to dinner and drinks.
I wore it to the gay bar for dancing.
I wore it back to the hotel for hanging out with my ladies.
I slept in it and the next morning I ran in it.
It didn’t smudge, run, or disappear even after my sweaty run.
It’s like miracle mascara.
What I didn’t love so much about the COVERGIRL LashPerfection™ Mascara:
- This mascara is not water proof [though apparently sweat proof?] which was proven as I cried my eyes out in the shower Sunday morning. [but more on that later.]
- When I first opened it, it smelled a bit like elementary school art room paint. Though, this went away after a few minutes.
I may have found a new favorite beauty-pick-me-up tool! Every time I caught a glimpse of myself wearing it in our hotel room, I would shout to Julie and Kelly, my roomies “have you seen my lashes?” Smashing!
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Also, While we’re on the subject of make-up and looking great, you might want to check out the “Looking Your Best” posts in the Life Well Lived section of BlogHer.com. There are some great application tips and ideas for switching up your look for fall!