Beauty Balance

Hello Joyflakes,

I did something this past week that I haven't done in just about 6 months.  I painted my nails.  It is no secret (especially among my sorority sisters) that I love doing my nails and hair and makeup.  There is something therapeutic and relaxing about taking the time to make myself feel pretty.  In college, I changed my polish just about every 3 days.  It was my way of procrastinating and taking some time just for myself.  I was always the absolute last person to be ready to go out at night because by the time I had finished my hair and makeup I was sick of the outfit I had chosen.

When I started this blog, I highly considered making it a beauty blog, complete with youtube tutorials and reviews for my latest mascara and lipstick finds.  The thing is, once I started to really think about it, when it comes to my daily routine, I may be the laziest and most forgetful person on the planet. I know and understand the importance of a good skin care routine but the amount of times that I remember to remove my makeup before bed, moisturize, use a proper SPF lotion, etc. is an embarrassing number.  How could I possibly preach to the zillions of you (more like 5) that read this blog without practicing what I preach?

The other thing that happened right around then is that I came out to my friends and family and started dating an amazing woman.  You may think...whats the connection here? but for years I had been sure that my face and clothes and hair and nails were on point so that no one would even question my sexuality.  Yes there are "lipstick lesbians" out there, but they're a lot less likely to peak your gaydar than someone that's more butch.  The question I asked myself when getting ready turned from "does this make me look like a lesbian?" to "do I look gay enough?"

Over the past year, I've started to finally feel comfortable in my own skin, and going basically make up free has really helped with that process and has made me feel like my skin is healthier.  The thing is, life is all about balance and when you sway too far in either direction, things just aren't going to work out in your favor.  So I've decided to try and find a balance between these two sides of myself.  Make up free with lots more time on my hands, and feeling super pretty. This may mean that beauty posts begin to pop up here or it may only go as far as my nails.  But either way, I'm happy that I'll be taking more time for myself.

Do you guys have any tips or tricks for me to make my beauty routine more manageable and take less time?