However, once free of what I thought to be an annoying parental restriction, I went a little crazy with the face paint. Eventually found the niche I preferred; vintage. I LOVED IT. I still do. Winged liner, red lips, flawless foundation, what's not to like? I wore this look as my everyday, going out make-up style.
Of course, I also did crazy things, artsy things, vivid, ridiculous things. My face was a pallette, something to be re-imagined and re-created. I edited, airbrushed, filtered, touched-up, re-lit, etc. until my face looked nothing like me at all.
I was wrong. I was really wrong. Why? Because my heart and mind weren't in the right place. I was (and still struggle with being) so concerned about how I came across to people that I was willing to forfeit honesty. I was being self-focused and let media, fashion, and the world around me influence the way I viewed myself. Katie doesn't look like the pictures above.
So, what's the fix? For me, it looks like taking a break from make-up. After much consideration and debate, I decided to participate in No-Makeup November. All blemishes and dark eyelids are now officially visible in my photographs, videos, and if you see me in person. Needless to say, my mother is thrilled. Finally, after years of her sweet and helpful guidance, something is beginning to click and pay off. Should everyone do this? Shoot, I have no idea. This post isn't to guilt or condemn anyone into doing anything. This is what I have decided to do, but that doesn't mean you should too. Will I still wear make-up after November? Yep, but I won't feel bad without it. Who knows, maybe I'll be called to quit all together.
How does this relate to Royalty Soaps? Well, as you, my reader and my subscribers see my face often, it kinda applies. Also, I make natural products. My soaps are free of the yucky stuff, preservatives, glycols, sulfates, blah-blah-blah. I daily take a stand for health and handcraft products that encourage people to feel loved and delightful. I want my friends and customers to know they are valuable and beautiful without having to smear foundation on every day. Every woman should be empowered with the confidence to step out into public shining and radiant irrespective of what they look like.
My name is Katie White. My identity is found in God Almighty, not in my face, appearance, or the opinions of other people. I am loved regardless of the zit on my chin and the discoloration on my cheek. I am above the influence of our airbrushed culture and unattainable standard of physical beauty. I am taking a stand against self-absorption, vanity, narcissism, deceit, egotism and pride . This is my unaltered, no retouch, no lighting fix, no filter, genuine smile, no make-up face.