Make-Up is For Ugly Girls

How much better does Kim Kardashian look without make-up?

First of all, a disclaimer: I don’t actually believe you have to be ugly to bother with make-up. Make-up can be a lot of fun, but I read an article on XOJane that got me thinking about the issue. In “The Trials of a Good Online Dating Profile Photo” Kristin Booker discovers that photos where she’s more natural looking have better results than photos where she’s all tarted up. This seems to come as a surprise to her, but to me it seems obvious.

I’ve always believed that make-up causes more problems than it solves. This is, in part, because just applying a lot of chapstick in the winter usually leads to a pimple for me. When I wear more make-up than usual, the same thing happens. That creates a vicious cycle so I just steer clear of make-up on most days. Continue reading

Get Scared, Buy Stuff

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Earlier this week one of my favorite shows from our local NPR station did a show on “Bunkers.” I wanted to call in and rant, but I knew my thoughts were far too disorganized to not sound like a complete loon. I’ve been thinking about it for a number of reasons, not the least of which is  that ridiculous show, Doomsday Preppers. I watched an episode of it a few weeks back — I’m not even sure if I finished it — and quickly came to the conclusion that one of the men featured in the show — a member of the NYPD — was clearly suffering from PTSD and needed a therapist.

And today…I started thinking about Ashley Judd.

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Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Beautiful

It’s a wonder we managed not to claw each other’s eyes out.

A (beautiful) friend of mine recently posted a link to this pitiful story by Samantha Brick on Facebook that made me simultaneously laugh out loud and want to throttle the writer. The title says it all, “Why Women Hate Me for Being Beautiful.” Here’s the gist:

While I’m no Elle Macpherson, I’m tall, slim, blonde and, so I’m often told, a good-looking woman. I know how lucky I am. But there are downsides to being pretty — the main one being that other women hate me for no other reason than my lovely looks.

This article presents you with an interesting conundrum as a reader, commenter, or critic. It’s clear that the writer will just assume you’re jealous if you dare to criticize her. In fact, that’s exactly what happened. There was a backlash and the writer’s response was basically, “This just proves I’m right.Continue reading