Jan 23, 2014

5 Beauty things I'm not apologizing for



Reading this morning a post by the lovely Liesl from Liesl loves pretty things (check her out if you haven't already!) I got tempted of doing the same thing she's done, that is writing about beauty things that one should or should not be doing according to some "rule". I truly believe the most important thing is being oneself and I want to share with you 5 beauty things I'm not apologizing for. Are you with me?

I'm not trying to say one should persevere in annoying defects. But as long as it doesn't harm anyone, one should be oneself. Here are 5 beauty things that make me be myself, and I'm not apologizing for.


1. Swatching nail polish without a lightbox. I've been "adviced" many time to build a lightbox. I will not. Natalia's pictures are like this "au naturel". I might reconsider the idea IF ever a brand would pay me for swatching. That not being the case, swatching is done in a way that is compatible with my life.

2. Collecting nail polish and makeup
What is too much? I don't know, I'm still in the "not enough" stage.

3. Wearing "too much" makeup
See answer n°2 :)

4. Life is too short to live feeling bad about your appearance. I've gained a lot of weight during pregnancy that I have not lost yet, for many reasons. I know I should lose weight to feel better (the upstairs ride kills me every time), and be able to wear my beautiful outfits. And I will as soon as my studies are through. In the meantime I'm not going to apologize for it. You know what? I feel pretty all the same.

5. Mirror selfies and close-ups
Many people think you're conceited if you take selfies and publish them. Not even talking about close-ups! I've been politely advised not to do it and in the case I'd do it use a tripod, professional lighting and photoshop. And no close-ups.
I'm not longer going to apologize for my selfies (I've done in the past!). This is me. I like to take selfies for myself and to keep track on my blog of my makeup looks. I know I have blemishes, wrinkles and I'm old(er), but this is who I am. I try my best to make good quality pictures but that's about it. Plus I think bloggers who use photoshop are cheaters in a way, because as a blogger you're no trying to look perfect but to show whether a product does what it says.

So there you go! I'm sure you also have a list of yourself with beauty things related you are not sorry for. If you feel like sharing with us, consider yourself tagged! If you do this tag don't hesitate to leave your link to your post in the comments :)

Love,
Nati


24 comments

  1. Aaaah ma che carino questo post! Riguardo ai punti da te elencati:
    1) non credo userò mai una lightbox. A volte l'ho desiderata (perché il tempo era così brutto e per così tanti giorni di seguito che i miei swatch ne soffrivano un po') ma io preferisco "catturare" gli smalti con una luce più naturale possibile, perché è così che appaiono nella vita di tutti i giorni. Ho smesso di seguire blogger molto blasonate perché abusavano della lightbox (e anche di Photoshop), ho comprato degli smalti basandomi sulle loro foto e quando li ho avuto in mano erano completamente diversi, e ne sono rimasta molto delusa. Magari i miei swatches sono troppo "caserecci" e non gradevolissimi alla vista, ma almeno corrispondono a realtà.
    2) A volte mi sento in colpa, lo ammetto. Ho tante cose ed alcune sono usate poco o non usate affatto. Ma non credo di dovermi giustificare con nessuno, c'è chi spende centinaia di euro per aperitivi, cene fuori, serata in discoteca, auto costose, e nessuno li biasima. Io preferisco spendere in smalti e make-up. E allora?!?! ;)
    3) Anche qui, cos'è troppo? Io amo il colore, forte, vibrante, quasi "rumoroso". Ovvio che non mi presento con un trucco arcobaleno e labbra rosso fuoco se devo andare in cava o devo fare lezione ai militari, ma per il resto per me il troppo non esiste. Esiste, semmai, ciò che mi sta bene e ciò che mi sta male.
    4) Sono in perenne lotta con la bilancia, da quando ero adolescente. Sono la classica donna mediterranea formosa, in passato ho fatto diete strettissime e mi sono ammazzata di palestra; col risultato di essere magra ed indubbiamente "affascinante", ma ero cupa, triste, arrabbiata e scontrosa. Amo mangiare e rinunciarvi mi fa cambiare completamente. Ho una 44 italiana (a volte entro anche nella 38, ovvero 42 italiana, di H&M, sono soddisfazioni!!!) e mi sento molto meglio ora con i miei chiletti di troppo rispetto a prima! Ogni tanto cado in crisi a causa del mio seno prosperoso (coppa E), fatico a trovare bikini o intimo carino, ma questo accadeva anche quando ero magrissima perché avevo comunque una coppa D o DD, e sembra che qui in Italia avere un bel seno sia peccato. Ho risolto iniziando ad acquistare on line, in UK, i miei reggiseni. Tié!
    5) In realtà è un argomento che non mi tocca più di tanto perché io detesto essere fotografata, tanto più fotografarmi. Ma se un giorno dovessi cambiare idea, lo farei senza problemi. ^_^

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    1. Grazie Cristina per questo commento, è favoloso!
      Io pure amo mangiare, e non mi tiro mai indietro. Mio marito diceva che dove lo metto perché mangio più di lui. Anzi facilmente il doppio di lui. Mentre facevo sport non ho preso mai un kg di troppo. Smesso lo sport, studi+lavoro+bimbo... ecco arrivati i kg. Lo so io, e chi mi conosce davvero, ma non posso stare a spiegare questo a tutti tutto il tempo ne a dover "scusarmi" per così dire. Si perde troppo tempo e la vita e troppo corta.
      Baci!

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  2. Hi Natalia,

    I dont believe those which you had written about here were ever concerns. Your close ups are such quality and your nail polish pictures are very true to color. Here is the thing, I just purchased a light box to make product photos because during winter, it is very dark at the hours I am at home. I had to rather quit blogging or I would buy the light box. I chose the second but still I am doing the nail photos outside on the weekend because they are colorwise more accurate. I remember seeing a polish at a very big blog, thinking it is red but it turns out to be a plum! LOL. I am trying to tell you, even if you would invest in a light box, I think you shouldnt "abuse" it in a way because everything looks more polished or whatever but the colors are not accurate-
    About the weight part, ugh, I feel the same. I had to go through a treatment and put on a lot of weight which I couldnt get rid off for the last two years. I started to feel worse and worse about it... But I still believe it is not "that" bad and life is too short to ignore delicious food ;-)

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    1. Hi Sara, thank you for your nice comment!
      Of course I don't see lightbox as a bad thing! that is not what I meant, Quite the opposite. I understand why you got one, I thought about it several times myself, since we get little sunlight in Switzerland as well. But for me this is just a hobby, I like doing it the best I can, but without too much hassle and without interfering with the family life!
      Kilograms come and go, the important thing is to be healthy and feel good, and you look perfectly fit to me :)

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  3. People are so weird, I think you're so correct not apologizing for that! Apparently people are just jealous because obviously me and the other whole bunch of readers adore your photos. I think its silly that people have written that you should use a light box, I don't do that (I have one but I don't use it because the pictures don't come out so great in my opinion), but the main thing when swatching is taking pictures with some color accuracy and then a light box isn't necessary at all. And I love your selfies and closeup's and I definitely don't think your makeup seems to be too much in your face or in your storages. Basically you do this because its fun and you're not getting a full time payment for it so people shouldn't complain. Just keep up the good work. :)

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    1. Thank you for your comment Gelic! :)

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  4. Good for you! You should never have to apologize about the way do things. Your pictures look professional anyway :)

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  5. I think that you really don't have anything to apologize for :-)

    1) I would like to have a good light box, just because I don't have so much free time and I hate when I have to try to "catch" the sun to make some decent photos outside... and sometimes I can't make a decent photo for a week because of the bad weather... and I don't like the photos of my manicures made on some rainy day, they look "gloomy"... I have the impression that I could work on my manicures more relaxed, in late evening hours, when I have some time for myself...

    2) I'm still in "not enough" stage... I have the impression I will be in "not enough" stage forever...! :-) Sometimes I feel "bad" after some compulsive shopping of nail polishes, and sometimes I feel like: well, I don't drink, I don't buy expensive bags or shoes or dresses... this is my only "vice" :-)

    3) I don't have much make-up :-) I use it, but I'm kind of "boring", I wear grey, purple, blue.. I found a type of make-up that's good for me, I feel comfortable with this kind of make-up and these colours and I rarely try other colours... But, I would like to be your model, for at least 10 types of make-up that you would suggest to me, I think you would make also me look beautiful :-)

    4) Life is too short. We should take care about our health and about appearance, but not lose the right perspective... and yes, we should enjoy all the beautiful things in life, also some delicious food... It's useless to be in a eternal war with your weight scale, because this is not the only "problem" or imperfection that we have; speaking of me, there will always be something new to make looking more solid, better, more pretty... yes, I will try to do the things that I can do, but not to suffer too much if I don't get the results that I desire...

    5) I don't have so many "selfies" and... well, I don't like me on photos, it seems to me that I'm not photogenic... About your photos, I think they are perfect and I love seeing them, so I hope that you will continue making them... And, yes, one more thing: you are beautiful! :-)

    Un abbraccio! :-)

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    1. Thank you Tatjana! You're really sweet (blushing)
      I agree with you, lightbox solves the problem of lighting in many cases! I'm not saying it's a bad thing or anything like that. The post about things you don't apologize for is exactly "ok, I know I should do this and this but I don't do it, I'm not harming anyone, I don't think I need to apologize*. For instance, a Liesl wrote she does not groom her eyeborws that much when now everyone seems to be doing it, it seems like a must have, but she feels if she changed her unruly eyebrows it wouldn't be her anymore! So I'm saying more or less the same, but I don't write as well, lol :P

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  6. I loved reading this! You're totally right about what you've said...one should embrace who he/she is and not try to emulate a trend or who knows what. Photoshop creates a perfection we all strive for but very few achieve so most of the time we end up being dissapointed of ourselves

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    1. Thank you for your comment Roxy! If you'd like to write about things you won't apologize for, consider yourself tagged!
      :)

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  7. De las pinturas de uñas bueno tengo lo mismo , la cosa también que tengo ciertos gustos en colores i aun no tengo todos los colores con el acabado que quiero. osea aun me falta

    maquillaje bueno muy poco uso, lo que uso diario si es mi rubor. y allí todavía no tengo suficientes creo heheh aunque solo tengo dos que los uso juntos ( color berry mauwe y un color beet). Lo que si necesito es un polvo, conseguir un bueno color que me siente bien con mi tono que no se vea innatural.

    bueno sin selfies no puedes mantener un blog para mostrar el maquillaje. No eres de las tipas que se sacan selfies casi desnudas en baños y cada diez minutos lo tuyo es normal.

    la apariencia en verdad sin photoshop es mejor

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    1. Hola Andrea, claro ada uno se modera como le parece. yo tomé gusto a coleccionar esmastels y a veces tengo muchos sin usar al mismo tiempo!
      nooo, nunca harí ESE tipo de selfies jajaja, definitivamente no!
      un beso :)

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    2. Haha ami me encantan los esmaltes,

      si yo se que tu no harías ese tipo de selfies

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  8. Hola Nati, me encanto tu blog! Estoy de acuerdo con todos tus puntos. La fotografia con luz natural es un arte en si, y tus fotos son de excelente calidad! Yo de hecho, uso mi lightbox porque generalmente no tengo tiempo en el dia para mis uñas, pero mi preferencia es luz natural. Yo soy de la opinion que el ser mujer trae ciertas desventajas de indole sociales y naturales, asi que por que no disfrutar tambien de los beneficios como el maquillaje y la coqueteria? Booo a los amargados criticones, tu sigue haciendo lo que haces y disfrutando de tu vida y tu familia a tu propio ritmo! Un abrazo! -Yadi

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    1. Hola Yadi, que gusto verte por aquí, tu blog es fantástico.
      Claro que la lightbox puede ser de mucha ayuda! pero la verdad no me veo usándola, es una cuestión de preferencia creo.
      Un abrazo!

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  9. Hola nati, que lindo post. Yo también saco fotos con caja de luz, lo hago con luz natural indirecta o sol para los holos. Creo que me salen alen bastante bien, a mi me gustan.
    Yo también era un palito igual que vos y engorde unos en kilos de mas mis embarazos (dos en dos años, es mucho!) ahora los estoy bajando pero soy consciente que nunca seré aquel palito que fui. No me importa, hay cosas más importantes.
    Tampoco se cuanto es mucho make up ni esmaltes pero parece que para el gobierno argentino tengo lo suficiente y no necesito mss

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    1. Hola Pau, gracias por pasarte por acá! Tus fotos son buenísimas!
      Y si la vida nos cambia, y no todas las mujeres tenemos las mismas prioridades, para algunas el físico es más importante que para otras, la verdad q no me hago mucho problema y no me siento mal por eso :P
      Che qué loco lo de las nuevas disposiciones para compras online, me parece una aberración!

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  10. Awesome ♥♥ I respect you for not getting a lightbox and for the reasons why! i got mine out of necessity more than anything. I didn't want to put my blog on hold for the winter months and I was tired of photoing my nails with little water droplets on them, lol. Color accuracy is THE most important thing, though, so good on you-- your photos need no help, anyway! I can't believe you get "advised" to not take selfies! First off, you're so stinkin' pretty, why and how would anyone mind it? lol. But first and foremost, why do people care enough to say such a thing? I'm with you on the photoshopping but I admit I'm a fan of the occasional IG filter, lol. I like how pseudo-artistic them make me feel :)

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    1. Hi Liesl, you're so sweet! thank you for your nice comment.
      I don't think the person who advised me was talking about my appearance at all, but about the fact of taking the pictures oneself. He thinks is totally unprofessional inadequate not having the least control over the lighting, the awkward poses holding the camera and the fact the camera is actually on the picture! I do a lot of mirror selfies, he advices to avoid that. Does not mean avoid showing pictures of me, but avoid taking them myself. Also the fact of close-ups, he thinks nobody wants a close-up on imperfections and if I really had to it was highly recommended to use photoshop. It was a great professional photographing advice if you think about it, but I'm not really a professional photographer and if I did all that it wouldn't be me, would it?
      You got me on IG filter because I do not have instagram! I guess is fun because it is artistic! but If I'm trying to show how a foundation or a concealer work, it wouldn't be fair for my readers to use photoshop... is a different story.
      Thank you again for your insights!! xoxo

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  11. What imperfections?? :) You're such a beautiful woman, and the way you're running your blog makes you seem so much more "real" (sorry, I can't explain that better), much more relateable than, say, bloggers that seem to (ab)use photoshop (sure, some pictures are stunning, but do not seem real AT. ALL.).
    You just keep doing what you're doing, it's all great :)

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  12. Ciao Natalia, questo post mi è piaciuto moltissimo e credo che tu non abbia niente di cui scusarti.

    Concordo sul discorso lightbox, anxhe se forse, vivendo in Rep. Ceca (qui d'inverno c'è sempre un tempo orribile e le foto vengono male) dovrei prenderne una...
    e poi non capisco perché la gente deve sempre criticare: ognuno della sua vita fa quello che vuole. Se tu vuoi comprare make up piuttosto che spendere soldi in un'altra maniera è una scelta tua e basta. Sei una donna bellissima e non hai bisogno di photoshop o di scusarti per le rughe (a proposito dove sono?) e a me piacciono molto di più le foto "al naturale" che ti permettono di capire colore e texture di un ombretto e non le foto di blogger photoshoppate in cui vedi un colore azzurro su un pezzo di plastica, perché sembrano trutte barbie.
    La gravidanza è un'evento stressante per il corpo, ci vuole tempo per tornare in forma, e poi una vita sedentaria non aiuta. L'importante è che tu stia bene con te stessa.
    Un bacio

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  13. Great Post, Absolutely love it. No one should have to apologize for doing something they love/like to you. It's your blog you can do what you want with it!

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